I was not trying to say that Griffith assembled an army of apostles and now humans for the sole purpose of protection but simply that he has shown little to no vulnerablity that would make any such protection necessary. Furthermore, if Griffith could make use of the helix tree it would be hard to envision him needing any support at all. Griffiths motives are still very much in question. He has seemingly accomplished all that he has ever desired so as far as we know he is simply fortifying his empire. However, the one glaring vulnerability that has appeared his the childs influence over his body, confirmed when he was made to save Casca. The reason for the speculations is that from what we have seen from Griffith in the past he has never been the type to sit back and accept a problem as potentially devastating as this. There have been no signs of any counter measures being set into motion but I can gurantee that if there is an advantage or defense to be taken Griffith has already contemplated a plan. As far as why he would need the child to infulitrate elfhelm he may need someone who is not tainted by evil to get close. Something tells me that if a goon squad of apostles made its way to elfhelm it would not go unnoticed. Also assuming some of the keys to destroying griffith will be found on the island Griffith would certainly be interesting in knowing whats going on being that magical beings are the only threat he seems to acknowledge. That being said of course it is all speculation and until we see for ourselves this will just be a big game of clue.Aazealh said:I don't think the fact Griffith has an army at his command is at all related with the vulnerability the boy might pose to him. As for how vulnerable he is during a full moon... Hard to say at this point. Probably very? I mean that is when the boy appears, and I think you will agree that it is most likely done at Griffith's expense.
That's a lot of speculation going on all at once! First off, as far as we know, no "counter-measures" have been devised so far. In fact we don't know if that is at all possible. Second, it's possible he could be taking advantage of the boy's desire to see his parents, but isn't that too convoluted? Griffith had no problem finding Flora, so why would he need to infiltrate Guts' group like that to get to Elfhelm? And from what we saw in volume 22, Griffith wasn't the one in control when it came to the boy and his parents. Third, about ridding himself of the boy's influence, the problem is that he's using his body. I bet he would want to, but can he? That's the big question. If it didn't happen during the Incarnation, it's bound to be a hard problem to solve.
On a side note, let me reiterate that I think people should be wary of drawing conclusions too hastily based on that last panel. There might be more going on there that meets the eye.