Malarik the Caster
Personally, I find this an interesting case study. Something like Fleshweaver, a concept which was teased significantly ahead of time, dividing the fan base as a result of such hype. The game, unlike other games, has never done this, typically surprising (I use the term very loosely) us with every release. I detect a little something the devs aren't telling us here. Chaosweaver is understandable; it has no direct impact on the game at large, as it is non-cannon. But Fleshweaver, this is an entirely new beast. Not only does it go against our character (as the latest iterations of us prove us to not only be 'stock hero' but also 'stock good guy naive' and 'stock hopeful purity') but it would break the game entirely from a storytelling perspective. Dove and crew know this, and this game's #1 rule, if it has one, is that there is only one ending. Why would they offer us a massive choice now? And considering how poorly I hear that went down in other AE games (does AQW even have an NPC roster anymore?), why would this game behave differently? Let's say we end up with a 50/50 split of the fanbase and half of us choose the power, the other half Aegis. Now all we have done is made a new 'class system' so to speak. One route would ultimately end up superior, and become the objective better choice (Baltael Master Weaver and Uber Aegis or Fleshweaver scaryboi). Yes, most players have alts that will allow them to play both sides, but the vast majority of us are only invested truly into one of their characters. Alts tend to be rushed things that exist just to access other possibilities, such as this situation right here.
Now here is the thoughtcrime ideaofmine. What if this is a red herring? What if, we will never get Fleshweaver? What if, maybe, for a second, we become Fleshweavers, maybe for the duration of an event, like the Zardbie thing from a few years back, and then back out at the last second. What if, in a final battle against Aegis, he defeats us, or appeals to our humanity? Why would we cannonically ever do this?
The last time a hero was driven to power, Valen happened. Maybe, me thinks, that is the reason for a reintroduction of Amadeus and the whole Lyn thing. What if, this is what the game is building towards, and some event drives the hero, cannonically, towards this? What if, in the end, our greatest foe is ourselves? Something else will happen here. Likely everything I've just typed is rubbish, but think about it. For the first time ever, we have been given information, ahead of time, about a first ever choice ability in-game, about breaking our character's predetermined personality and traits, for the sake of cool gameplay features?
All I have to say, is let's not jump to any of these conclusions. Before anyone tells me about the Fire Paradigm and the buttons, the voidship is still incomplete. There are buttons all over Lore that were meant for greater things. Dove is up to something. Let's see what he has planned.