Implications for the Nemesis Denouement for Faction Orientations
One of the things we learned in the course of the Nemesis event is that both the Shapers and the N'Zeer are unquestionably inimical to human self-determination - or, indeed, survival as free individuals. We were given first-hand accounts of torture, abuse, and the "consumption" of humans in the Nemesis node by the Shapers at Cosecha Verde - horrors so dire that even the Jarvis of Nemesis node turned against them - as well as the involuntary subjugation of humans in the Darsana Combine to a cybernetically induced hive-mind by the N'Zeer. The terrors wrought by the Exogenous there were so horrific that the entire Nemesis Magnus risked all in a last-ditch effort to invade Osiris, in the hopes of using our own Tessellation to save their world.
In light of these revelations, it would seem difficult to see how any Agent can now countenance collaboration with either the Shapers or the N'Zeer. Our Nemesis counterparts have reaped the bitter harvest of ingress, and revealed that it serves neither the illumination of humanity nor its path to self-determination. The Exogenous offer nothing but subjugation.
This poses a significant issue for our factions, however. The entire mission of the Enlightened - and of certain self-described elements of the Resistance (though I, for one, have never accepted Jehan and her treasonous willingness to "deal" with the N'Zeer) - is now unquestionably opposed to even the most basic interests of humanity (including those advocated by Agents of both factions). Although many of us gave dire warnings of the dangers of exposing humanity to alien mind control, reasonable people could - arguably - disagree. There were uncertainties. Much was unknown. Persons of good hope and good faith could imagine that salvation might lie either with the "gifts" of the Shapers or by making "deals" with the N'Zeer. There were rationales that could be offered for ignoring the warning signs, and dismissing the nay-sayers as fearful and naive.
Now, however, we know.
And hence, it would seem that the old conflicts, and the old arguments, cannot stand. Even the most zealous of the Enlightened cannot desire to deliver humanity to the fate that befell Cosecha Verde, and none of those who guard the Keys can possibly countenance risking everything for some hope of N'Zeer trinkets. Now that the Tessellation has bought us a second chance, who among us would squander it to sacrifice humanity on the alter of those gods? None, I should hope.
So what now, Agents? Will we take the lessons of our counterparts to heart? Can the factions' existing enthusiasms be humbled by the awareness of the risks that have already been taken? Or are our ranks so devoted to their old paths that no assurance of destruction will sway them from their course?
I know not. But I fear we will know soon enough.