A'ight... hopefully Adoru will just ignore this then.
I have a few more comments and questions... they'll come to me once these are answered or discussed, I'm sure.
I was really hoping you'd use the white-out effect. I'm pretty sure I'm the only one here who uses text-based browsers for stuff. (It's not too late to edit)
1: Considering that Melodia was taken in by the Duke (I don't recall whether he explicitly said 'adopted', but he did say 'like a granddaughter'), and that she succumbed to that plague, yes, definitely. I'm of the opinion that Sagi and Milly didn't survive it, and that the Duke did what he did because he couldn't stand to be separated from Melodia, who he considered part of his family.
2: End Magnus. 'Nuff said.
3: I'm convinced this will be one of the main focuses of an in-between game (the aforementioned DS one). At this point, all I can assume is that it was caused by insanity brought on by trauma, unless Wiseman's spirit touched him mentally on its way to claim Verus's being.
4: One of the many reasons why I highly, *highly* recommend this series. (Note to others: The original "question" (comment) itself isn't spoilerific. It just identifies a parallel plotline, and if you played the first game, you'd be prepared for an equally unpredictable storyline in this one)
5: Having lost her father, she had to go somewhere, though I don't remember her looking suspicious or anything at the end.
I'm not sure if her presence there was out of a sense of familiarity or because someone noticed that she was in Tarazed and took her back. Either way, it contributed to her backstory and character in the first game.
I assume her life was left to be covered in an in-between game, since the raid on the mining town that she took part in was never described in any great detail; all we know is who was involved and what the outcome was -- there's still room for tons of character development in those events.
6: It was just its head. While, being magical, it's entirely possible that it is still fully sentient and capable of conversing, and no less alive, by definition, than it was before, I don't think it means that Guillo will be playable or have a large role in any other entries in the storyline, unless someone wants to use it for research or something.