[spoiler]The revolutionary anti-Liberationists in Ealing Gardens honestly confuse me.
Namely the Veteran Revolutionary, but also Ancona herself in some way and the players’ "I fully support Emancipationists, but I hate that FL forces me to gain even a single point of Liberationists if I want to get Mutersalt without Fate, or even a single point of Advancing the Liberation of Night anywhere else" that I see a lot.
It is perfectly logical for anti-revolutionaries. But revolutionaries/emancipationists themselves?
I can understand a character who just doesn’t care that their soul (and all their loved ones’) will inevitably be eaten by celestial tyrants, but I can’t imagine anyone who would stand for it (by fervently opposing those who don’t want living beings to be slaves to fate, death and the Judgements’ selfish whims). Unless they know nothing of it. (But while it’s true that not a lot of people have seen even a small fraction of everything our Captains witness first-hand in the High Wilderness, many Neathians do know what sunlight does to things it doesn’t allow.)
Like, it’s the whole point of this faction in FL/SS. You may free London from the Masters and the Bazaar (whose repeated mass genocide by lacre and manipulative deception of the despaired also wouldn’t happen if it weren’t for the Judgements’ laws on who may love whom and the Couriers’ place in the Chain), strive for equality, achieve better conditions for the workers and the poor… but in a Lovecraftian universe it all will be meaningless. You are still nothing, except maybe a snack, and so are all your hopes, deeds and moral values. Unless you have the courage to object. Because it is definitely possible to succeed. And knowing this (and that lawless or semi-lawless places like Eleutheria, Parabola, the Neath, etc. are quite livable and not so terrible), it’s absolutely illogical for a revolutionary to demand "no, leave everything as it is, let’s just forgive the conscious sources of all tyranny because light is so nice".
Are they convinced that freedom from the Masters is a bigger priority than some complicated distant goal? For now, maybe. But as I’ve already said, the Masters are not the real cause of injustice, only its secondary (or tertiary, if you count the Bazaar separately) link.
(And this is why a very similar logic of "let’s also forgive our direct oppressors who use us as cattle because they’re cute bats" is less questionable: at least the Masters don’t try to deny their crimes, while the Judgements claim to be perfect gods who must never be doubted or disobeyed – despite being just as flawed and petty as beings much lower on the Chain.)
Are they afraid that a more risky Cause would take too many innocent lives (like in a certain Destiny)? They all know that death is temporary in the Neath where the light’s dictate doesn’t reach. In even greater darkness, there will be no law that says that you can’t just snap your fingers and ressurect them. And no law that obliges anyone to die in the first place.
The Jovial Contrarian was the only rev whose opposition to the Liberation of Night didn’t seem odd to me. Because it is his defining trait to debate everything from all angles and to think of all possible alternatives. Which is infinitely admirable and sometimes very useful, but… I don’t remember hearing any justification from him, only the position itself. And I can’t come up with one myself, even as a sophistical exercise.[/spoiler]
Perhaps FBG are yet to elaborate on this sub-faction’s reasoning as the Railway’s plot goes further?
edited by JaneAnkhVeos on 9/4/2020