Recently, I did a quick revisit on Loren-- mainly to test if I could run it on my out-of-stone-age hardware -- and I remembered about this thread. So I came back to check this thread out again and saw some interesting ranking lists.
I've posted here before (page 40), but now I actually managed to put my favourites in a more definitive order.
As far as romances go (reasoning for some of the options provided in my previous post-page 40) the list looks like this
1) Saren + Amukiki
//All the pro-Amukiki posts around pages 39-41 explain this better than I can
2) Elenor + Mesphit
//This option just captures the element of hope the best for me
3) Saren + Loren
//Simply so wonderfully woven into the backbone of the whole storyline, plus the extra, awesome scenes in the beginning of chapter 4...
4) Saren + Mesphit & Elenor + Amukiki
//this is a tie, because I can't decide which odd points in the romance are more of a hindrance. I didn't care for sprung ankle/weakness part with Elenor + Amukiki although I otherwise loved the rivalry between them...and on the other hand I loved the development of Saren and Mesphit's relationship even more than Elenor & Mesphit's at 2nd spot...but the ridiculousness of running back and forth between Hammerhands and Everburn while severly wounded just ... does.. not..make...sense
6)Elenor + Karen
//Gosh, it kills me to put this so low on the list, but Ryzom....without him so recently passed and loved by Karen, this might be number 2 or even 1.
7)Elenor + Loren
//Kind of lovely, but it loses in contrast to Saren + Loren's emotional impact on me, so down the list it goes
8.)Elenor + Rei
//So remarkably well written, but so against my tastes. Seriously, listening to Rei brag about his skills in satisfying nymphs in the early stages of the romance paths just instantly starts playing the song Tonight (Best you've ever had) by John Legend & Ludacris in my head
. I can't even...
9)Elenor/Saren + Chambara
//Just don't care for her as romantic option for either. But hey, awesome CGs in the end, and she's not overtly cute so she beats:
11)Saren + Draco & Saren + Myr
th //Meh, let me hit my insulin again, coz it's raining syrup and I ain't
gonna go out and get myself absolutely soaking wet...
Favourite characters list looks slightly different (characters who you can have in your party, so Jul, Zeal, Tobar, etc are not taken into account here)
//Love the way he turns Elenor/Saren down. Awesome, arrogant, and tragic bastard who is non-romanceable, but you can still try! +10 points!
3) Draco //yea, I like him a lot when Saren's not into him
So, anyway, favourite character and the favourite romance are for me two rather separate things. I'm probably in minority for typing this in a romantically oriented VNs forum, but despite all the/my "romanceable?" jokes, I really hope that there will continue to be well-developed characters with individual & unique sprites regardless if they are romanceable or not.