I keep thinking about how... like, out of the Three Heroes of Light, Susie is the one that has the least Interaction with the darker\meta aspects of the narrative.
Like, if you just look at it from the perspective of Susie, this IS just the story of a pair of troubled kids who discover a magical secret fantasy world, find ou that they’re the Chosen Ones, go on magical adventures to save the world and make a lot of fun friends on the way. She doesn’t know about stuff like Kris being mind-controlled by some otherworldly entity, or that this is supposed to be a world where no one’s choices matter, she doesn’t even seem to fully understand the way Dark Worlds are created based on inanimate objects in the Light World (since she assumes Lancer ‘ditched’ them when he turned into the Jack of Spades card).
But Susie is also the one out of our main trio that’s most likely to chafe and rebel against the puppet strings that’s been forced on her, and I think not “in spite of’ but BECAUSE her perspective is pretty much entierly focused on the ‘surface-level’ of the narrative and she doesn’t even know those puppet strings are really there.
Kris clearly knows more about the darker underbelly of the game if only because them being mind-controlled is a huge part of said ‘dark underbelly’. But they can’t do anything about the Player’s control over them, or about the whole universe railroading both them and the Player outside of some vauge Emoting in certain places. Ralsei.... seems to know quite a bit, but he also seems very content just following the rails he has been forced on - and he seems quite intent on keeping everyone else on them as well (whatever it’s fully consciously or not, and whatever his justifications for it is, we can’t quite be sure yet.)
But Susie... SUSIE is the one who's always the first to question The Way Things are Supposed to Go if it seems weird to her, she’s the one to call bullshit on stuff that just seems silly and arbitary, she’s the one who seems to go ‘off-script’ the most out of the three.
SHE LITERALLY CHANGED THE WAY BATTLES ARE PLAYED BECAUSE SHE REALIZED BEING CONSTANTLY ORDERED BY KRIS WAS A STUPID WAY TO GO ABOUT THINGS
Because she’s doesn’t even KNOW that there’s some Powers That Be that are intent on keeping her on a set path - it’s much harder to keep her under control (and when she does know, like with the Prophecy, she doesn’t really CARE).
And because her point-of-view is so DIRECT, so focused on the World as it is presented to her - that actually makes her better equipped to notice the Cracks even though she’s not consciously looking for them. She doesn’t notice that stuff is Off and Weird because she’s intentionally looking for evidence of stuff being Off and Weird, but because she DOES think this world is nothing but the lighthearted fantasy adventure she’s been told this is - so whenever it doesn’t quite fit that expectation, she IS going to notice it. And she’s gonna call it out.
Susie currently is mostly unaware of the darker and stranger elements beneath the surface, she only experiences the story’s surface leve. But that doesn’t mean she’s stupid or that her perspective is shallow. Susie’s perspective is direct and grounded. She has a better understanding of that ‘surface level’ then almost anyone in the story. And it gives her a great appreciation for the adventures and the world-saving, and for her friends and the character arcs they go through, and also gives her a unique insight of the ways the darker underbelly interferes with the Fun Adventures that she honestly wants to have.
And I feel like her direct, grounded POV of the Narrative is going to be more and more important as the story goes on. The more we’ll explore the strange and screwed-up things going on in the depths of the story, the metaphors and the meta-narrative - it will be more and more important to have Susie along to remind us that YEAH all of these things are important
But also, this is also the story about a pair of troubled kids who discover a magical secret fantasy world, find ou that they’re the Chosen Ones, go on magical adventures to save the world and make a lot of fun friends on the way.
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