Hey, fans of TribeTwelve. Here’s some speculation for you.
Besides the idea of making a clementine sandwich with Firebrand’s face burned onto it, one way to pass the time as I drifted off to nightmare-land, has been compiling reasons Noah might be his own worst enemy. These could also be just by chance, or because TribeTwelve is a horror series.
The main realization that prompted me to ponder this at a deeper level was one I had while watching DEUS EX MACHINA. I’d assumed a constant smile was part of F’s nightmarish form. Before DEM, Firebrand was shown grimacing in a Twitpic during The Live Stream Incident, and possibly in the concluding image. I didn’t really notice since it would make sense that F usually would let his face remain in his neutral grin, rather than forcing it into a scowl. DEM surprised me. There are parts were F was clearly not smiling… meaning he had been doing it by choice before. Why would he be smiling all that time as he watched Noah be tormented? Either the emotions of his kind are simply too complex to be understood, or his mind was broken when he was assimilated. We can assume the transformation was agonizing, judging by the nature of the Collective and the burns on his face. It’s believable that it could easily do a number on one’s mental state.
Firebrand is no longer the Noah we know. His style of narration and his videos are very formal, dark, scattered, and cryptic. He can still be angered, but Noah isn’t the only person who gets pissed off, and F got angry at Noah for being understandably hostile. This proves he doesn't think of Noah as the same entity. The (wonderful) song used in DEM, We’ve Been Had, is even about looking back and thinking who you once were was foolish. Firebrand’s new views may have made him into a mislead extremist.
A Tumblr anon posted that the Observer’s text wasn’t shaky when he expressed that he’d taken a liking to Noah, and guessed it’s because, “there’s some kind of genuine feeling there.” Re-watching DEM, I noticed that Firebrand’s text also has shaking. It fluctuated, but never did cease.
Relating to the chess piece motif, Adam commented, ‘Now, I think it’s safe to assume that all of the Collective members are black pieces, and all of the white pieces are… the humans.’ Notice F remains on the opposite side of the board as Noah.
Oh, and yes, he’s aligned himself with HABIT, who hasn’t proven to be a nice guy. Their “mutual interests” may be questionable. Power corrupts?
During INTERCEPTION, the (awesome) song used in Firebrand’s segment was The Devil Is in the Details. From listening to it, one would hear eerie gurgling speech, accompanied by wails. It sounds terrifying, just as F appears menacing, as well as how he seemed to be serving the Collective. Now take a look at some of the lyrics of the song, “…So now you're letting the sound of my voice reach the inner, healthy, receptive center of yourself. See yourself now, in your imagination. You are being transformed in a positive, healthy way….” The lyrics are sending a comforting and positive message to you, like Firebrand promising he was trying to help. It’s been consistent so far, but the song contains a double subliminal message. It’s on the album Geogaddi, where a number of occult and satanic references were dropped. In this song, the bass-line and melody are an octave and a major sixth apart. They repeat the first note three times. That’s three sixths in a row.
I hate to be trying to turn people against my favorite fictional character of all times, but once I noticed these things, there was no denying there’s a chance they’re significant. Regardless, Noah is far from out of the woods. What do you think? Will his guardian angel guide him out of the darkness… or is the devil in the details?