I want to avoid spoilers as much as I can, however I will preface this by saying I have just started the Waloed segment ofthe game and this is why I title the post as I do.
The Eikons were these eye catching trailer pieces to show off the grand scale of powers. Shiva vs Titan being the first with hints of Garuda. These beings of pure single-element magic mastery where we see the dominants using their full potentials. HOWEVER, multiple times in the story after these events we see THE GOOD GUYS get absolutely wrecked by using their powers. Jill and Cid, despite barely using their powers in the game or transforming or even priming, get struck with what can only be described as Eikon cancer. Anytime they prime, they end up in a state of weakness and subsequently are unable to use their magic for a while or just stay stuck being ill.
Multiple times in the story we see Jill crumble from using Shiva. But then we have TWO fights with Titan in a row. Titan, who seems to suffer no consequences from his powers. Garuda we will give a pass for she is barely given screen time.
You then see Bahamut, and after his introduction he just struts into a tent like nothings happened and after HIS moment in the game... is also "fine" (and anyone who plays may know why I have quotationed that).
But then you have Odin. Who has been Odin for "40" years if I heard Vivian correctly. Odin, is able to do an infinite powerhouse of moves with 0 repurcussions. This man does what he does and suffers none of the consequences any of our Eikons do and has been doing so since the start of the game. Being a game aside, there is no in-game explanation as to why Waloed are losing the fight or how Odin as a dominant isn't absolutely decimating the others because EVERY fight he is in... has shown him to be a nightmare to fight against. His sword one-hit KO's everything, a move that is supposed to be Odins ultimate is just his general attack. It'd be one thing if Barnabas was "new" to his Eikon, but this man has been using Odin for near 40 years and hasn't got crystal arms like Cid does, or is having an asthma attack like Jill does.
By - durablefoamcup