Lazarus’ “friend” Ganta continues to make me very concerned about the goals of The Puppeteers. He continues to treat everyone except Lazarus as sub-human, and appears to believe that we are Lazarus’ servants. While not outright hostile, he seems to very clearly see non-Puppeteers as beneath him. He told us that the entire Gemini Cluster had mana removed simply because it interfered with the “experiment”. Plus, the people on the worlds appear to have been tampered with so most of them won’t even believe anything exists beyond the Gemini Cluster, probably so as not to taint the experiment. (Though all the piracy beyond the Gemini Cluster indicates it’s possible for at least some subset of people to circumvent the programming. I wonder where those not inclined to piracy have gone?)
What sort of race is so callous that they view entire worlds of intelligent people as lab rats? And what happens to the people when whatever the experiment is ends? In studies I’ve been involved in, the lab animals are typically destroyed or dissected at a study’s completion. I’m beginning to wonder if The Puppeteers may be better than The Markann only in that they are more creative than just viewing sectors as areas to be stripped immediately.
If these experiments are benign-ish, I think we should continue to try to stay beneath The Puppeteers notice. However, if the people of The Gemini Cluster are living on borrowed time, and their worlds (including a whole world of Engai!) are planned to be destroyed and reused for the next “experiment”, we can’t stand by. We have been given great power, and, even if it’s dwarfed by The Puppeteers’ powers, we would have to take a stand to help these worlds.
We need to find out more about what the experiment is and what The Puppeteers have planned.