Well, shouting stuff during the battle (giving warnings, relaying information, etc) is quite a bit different from standing around the mysterious (potentially omnipotent) being and discussing who he is, and whether poking him in the butt causes him to deflate or explode in a supernova
I suppose it was more of a knee-jerk reaction, rather than something based on reasoning. We do that a lot - behaving in a certain ways, while the circumstances allow a wholly different set of behaviours.
I think writing the M-Fig in a less mysterious and threatening way would have triggered more curiosity and more questions / poking around. Looking back at it, I do see what you meant to say with his actions and his answers, but it wasn't immediately clear back then.
Also, with a character that's basically all-knowing, talking to him looked useless. What's even the point in RP when the NPC can basically read your mind? Although, it was clearly indicated that he wasn't in fact all-knowing nor mind-reading, and was quite surprised by us being there, it was somehow lost on me at the time. Oh well, just another case of reading too much into the attitudes and too little into the actual meaning. Naed might have something here with his constant 'read the words' mantra (although I still believe that emotionally colouring the text in the right way
is still superior to simply stating the facts).
In the end, he was sending conflicting messages, and we've reacted with conflicting responses. It happens even when you don't have the factor of having other people running amok inside your work...writers have editors and proof-readers for a reason, you know
I do hope both sides of the problem learn from it, and I'll make sure to ask instead of assume the next time I feel we've been dragged into what might look to me like some sort of a cutscene / run away from the big bad NOW! scene
Although, to be fair, so far everything has been quite clear, with only minor issues. I can't complain, really.
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