So I first saw the Dawn of the Morninglight trailer, yay, and wondered if the Morninglight preacher was ‘Beaumont’/Loki.
Then I wait, no, stupid me, he has different eyebrows, seems to otherwise look different enough, probably different voice, this is just overreaction to Funcom recycling of face types.
Then I played the story content released. The preacher does seem to look intently at our Bee. He lacks a name(? I think) and we don’t get dialogue or missions with him (yet?). The content mostly addresses characters we get to see and hear and interact with (Che, John, Marquoid…'s family, faction handler, that deal), but the one character we don’t knowingly deal with, but who gets lots of text explanation, is ‘Beaumont’. Beaumont, its made even clearer here, has an experience with the Morninglight, knows its workings, certainly can deal with illusion magic, can even have magic to the point of creating duplicates, and has faced us directly enough to know that an indirect method would be preferable.
So now I’m back to thinking that this preacher is an early nod, a hint, that Loki is out (yeah I’m aware he’s supposed to be put somewhere and is weakened, but writing can easily get through that; perhaps he leaks out a depowered duplicate to watch the Morninglight) and we’re back having to deal with him. Dawn of the Morninglight is a ‘new dawn’, sure, but its also clearly a new bubbling up of characters and issues from the very beginning; Che, Morninglight, Tokyo attack… why now Freddie?
Yeah whatever - its just that the preacher’s stare seemed a bit too direct…