It’s incredible how much of a turning point Act 2 is for Joanna. So many of her lingering feelings and faint fears are brought to the forefront. When I first played through the game as her, I was fairly hellbent on the character I wanted her to be and didn’t have a care to sketch out a proper evolution. But so much in Act 2 can be seen as responsible for the person she ends up as. The separation from Bethany, thereby a divorce from the plight of mages. The betrayals in the Fade, thereby irreparably damaging her relationship with Isabela, culminating in the Hand-Off Betrayal (a defining point in the turn). The death of her mother. The freedom that comes with operating by oneself, for oneself.
Joanna as anyone knew her pretty much dies in this Act. What rises from the ashes is something radiant and awful.
- daedalus: icarus, whatever you do, dont fly too close to the sun
- icarus: im gonna fuck the sun