Plus the way E7 handles internal politics is far and away superior to anything we've ever gotten out of DL. There's tons of political intrigue going on behind the scenes in E7 whereas DL just has... nothing, really. You'd think there'd be more discussion of internal divisions after the kingdom gets usurped by the king's very obviously possessed daughter, but there'snothing. Again, the world building is almost nonexistent. The world basically exists as a backdrop for the cast to dispatch more and more fiends. It's sad how underutilized and underdeveloped it is.
The worst part is how every goddamn side story has some kind of mandate that Eudenmustbe involved somehow, which is a HUGE flaw in my book notonlydue to how boring Euden is as a character, butalsobecause it heavily constrains the types of stories they can tell. The castle stories are far and way more interesting than any of the side stories and that's especiallybecauseEuden isn't involved in them. E7 doesn't have this problem; almost every side story, including the reputation stories, don't involve Ras in any way.
The way DL's writing ingeneralhas been handled was a major factor in me dropping it in the first place. It just... kind of hurts to read. I mean, it's just so bland and boring that I skipped a huge number of side stories because I could see the tropes coming from a mile away. The writing is absolutely one of the game's biggest failures and I remain baffled as to how anyone gets anything resembling entertainment value out of it. Even children's fairy tales often have more interesting twists and turns than DL's stories! There's nothing for me to latch onto: no sense that any of these characters are (fictional) people and not just caricatures thrown in to fill specific roles, nor any interesting twists to what is already a pretty staid formula. It just feels like a whole lot ofnothing, and I wish, I wish, I REALLY wish there was something more to it.