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It does make sense, though. If Maria comes back, Richter doesn't. Richter has to be there, in some form, somewhere. So his bones would still be there. His soul is gone, and Maria would be the alternate.

Because she was Richter's alternate character in Rondo. That's how it worked there and that's how it works here.
 
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.