Zeku wrote:So what does the misshapen tile "signify?"
Ossomer himself, out of place, but still fulfilling a role in the balance of power?
His expanding perception of Titanic will, that can now tolerate localized imperfection?
Or perhaps he now sees, as Slately does, that something unremarkable or imperfect can be the true sign of Royalty, as he observes in the same update?
I don't think Ossomer is suicidal, at all. I think we're just seeing that while Ossomer is compelled to obey Wanda, this is at odds with his own personality. He places the trappings and Signamancy of Royalty above most other considerations, and will gravitate towards those things in all of his short-term decisions. He's not really considering letting Slately croak him, (this is not what is actually happening) he's just saying "If they manage to kamikaze me, that will confirm the things I believe about Royalty." This is an emotional internal monologue in a moment of weakness, it's not his life mission statement.
-About science answering moral questions, the most mind-boggling example to me is the Prisoner's Dilemma, where computer simulations show that cooperation is logically advantageous, even if each simulation is just attempting to do what is best for itself, with zero consideration for the other simulations.
I personally like the "Ghandi Solution", the program refuses to participate until the rules are changed.