I thought it may be a good idea to split the little debate (such as it was) that happened here off into its own thread, as I think it is an interesting question. The Revolutionaries - do they have a point?
On one hand, they’re obviously not going for a civil, genteel sort of Velvet Revolution. Some of their more violent methods are, at best, questionable. Some of this is understandable, being that death is strange in the Neath; stabbing someone in the heart is far less drastic down here than on the Surface. However, the Revolutionaries cause a lot of property damage, and they’re not above permanently killing people - arguably innocent people, such as [color=rgb(255, 255, 255)]Clay Men used as strikebreakers [/color]and [color=rgb(255, 255, 255)]financiers governing some kind of currency exchange mechanism with the Surface[/color][color=rgb(0, 0, 0)].[/color]
On the other hand, they’re also the only faction that tries to do something about the absolutely brutal class divide. (Charity on part of the Church or particularly virtuous individuals doesn’t work on a scale like this. And one could argue that one should never have to recourse to charity.) The Victorian society of Fallen London has its virtues, but equality, workers’ rights and a fair income distribution are not among them. Mr Fires’ response to strikers is to have them beaten up - and, yes, killed - by the Constables. There’s no real way to adress those grievances, as the Masters control both economy and politics and have their own private military in form of the Neddy Men.
On the other other hand*, the Neath has a few… special properties that complicate the matter, such as the [color=rgb(255, 255, 255)]appetites of the Bazaar [/color]and [color=rgb(255, 255, 255)]the apparantly fundamentally malleable nature of reality in the Neath[/color][color=rgb(0, 0, 0)].[/color] The Masters know how to deal with this, presumbably, and the Iron Republic does not inspire confidence regarding the Revolutionaries’ ability - although you could blame Hell for the latter. But then again, who says the Masters give a d–n about London’s well-being? They have their own agenda, presumbably.
So… what do you think? I believe the Revolutionaries deserve support, on balance, simply because the status quo is so awful, but I’d love to hear about my fellow citizens’ opinions. Revolutionaries? Masters? Neither? Don’t worry, after the Revolution, you probably won’t be visited by a firing squad if you express dissent.
- Not to be confused with the original hand.