Well hey, characters and characterisation. Seems a waste to have all posts focused on arkentool mechanics when we got that nugget of an update thrown at us, so lemme try my hand at this stuff-
Ansan Gotti wrote:Man, this was a SWEET update! I love Sylvia. Too bad, because I'm guessing she ain't long for her decrypted life.
The update is sweet, but because of the difference between Ossomer and Sylvia. And although Ossomer comes across as an unsubtle brute, in the context this actually makes him interesting!
See, Ossomer Does Not Buy It. He's the fresh convert that's there not because of zeal but more by accident, and is maybe a bit confused that he just can't get as excited as everyone else seems to be about this Fate business. He's the little child, calling the Emperor naked.
The update leaves open the question- where does he go, now? Of course, he just LOOOVES Wanda, like all Decrypted, so that puts a limit on his options. But I like to believe that at least in theory he has the choice between phoning it in, and actually going the whole hog and calling Fate bullcrap once in a while.
OTOH, there's Sylvia. She's into Fate, hook, line, and sinker. Waay back, when that one update happened in which she held the Pliers, I thought- here's a potential character, and she might become interesting. Her world, for to her unknown reasons, was destroyed. How would she react to that?
She didn't go into PTSD, and unlike Ansom, she did not chose revenge (see spoiler for explanation). Instead, she sees it as proof that there is something to this Titanic Mandate thing- and I insist, it's a choice, because Ansom did not make it (EDIT:) in the same way, or didn't extend it in the same way (EDIT: see spoiler number two).
I don't think she understands what exactly it is to this Titanic Mandate (I'm biased here- I don't, either), but whatever it is, it's valuable enough that she wishes it will prevail over the old order. This is where Sylvia may become interesting.
Why would Sylvia want the world to burn? She implies, when she says that the Tools could build other worlds, that this needs to be done. We don't know what kind of world she'd like built instead. It's more of a mystery, because Sylvia is the perfect Erfworlder, right? Violent, warlike, content with the cycle of croak till be croaked; there's even something of the honourable warrior in her accepting defeat. Why would she want a new Erfworld?
This of course is mostly for naught. I agree with AlexeiP
that there could be some interesting dynamic here, but alas these guys are redshirts.
"Ansom chose revenge" is maybe extreme- it's a catch-all for all kinds of hostile reactions- but the idea is this: a group of people destroy all you hold dear; perversely, one of them, this Croakamancer, makes you extremely attached to herself. You can't actually swear vengeance on all their heads, but you can hold anyone who is not the Croakamancer in contempt.
Post-decryption, Ansom became the great Apostle of Toolism, of course. But I think that in his mind that's really only replacing "Royal sides are best" with "Attuned are better than Royals", and in particular Wanda is better than anyone else.
Sylvia's version is a bit different. It's less articulate, less clear, because it involves this unknown Parson and what supposed changes he might bring to Erfworld; changes that might go beyond mere redistribution of rulership.
The whole point of this is lost if you keep it a secret.