coyotenose wrote:The only reason I can see that the unit who just Croaked is really Ossomer and not a dupe is that it turned to dust. And Lloyd was present at Exposition Bridge, so he has seen what happens to croaked Decrypted. It all comes down to the details of Dittomancy. I'd bet real money that it's a dupe, though.
I don't believe that Ossomer still lives. But I do agree with your take on dittomancy. If Lloyd had to know what to make the duplicates do, that would be just like foolamancy. I think that the duplicates will act just as the original would, without any direct guidance from Lloyd.
Yeah, I'm also inclined to think that while Foolamancers control every motion of their creations, Dittomancers just wind them up and let them go. What has me on this trail of thought is two things really.
First, I don't want to assume yet that simple art errors are responsible for we are and may be seeing on page 78. I'd rather work with the presumption that the discrepancies exist for a reason in-universe, until we see a little more.
Second, I kind of like the idea that while a Dittomancer doesn't control his dupes per se, that their functionality after being created is related to what he knows when he creates them. There are lots of interesting games to play with the Discipline either way.
The thought did occur that if the Croaked Ossomer is a dupe, then page 78 is pointless. But it isn't. If Ossomer was a dupe, then a half-dozen Archons have just been massively set up, including the "Friends" Archons who were starting to get scared about their futures and what Charlie might have in store for them in that one text update.