The function of an alchemist within the Overwatch hierarchy is to shape population genetics through the strategic use of money systems, by promoting politicians who support policies which will shape daily behaviors and worldviews in the general population. Worldview is expressed in many little everyday choices, these choices become habits, habits become character, character becomes culture, and culture drives genetic selection. In the same way that a neurotic enforces the the rules*, a demagogue maintains the institution, a technocrat enforces policy, and a politician enforces the state religion, an alchemist enforces an inherited vision of what humans ought to become. Their method, crudely speaking, is select and fund politicians who are predisposed to structure social mores that will realize the alchemist’s vision. This is merely the raw power dynamic, in reality it’s handled a bit more delicately through persuasion and networking.
For example, let’s imagine an old banking family in the United States has been tasked with raising the average conscientiousness and lowering the average independence of mind of Americans and, for simplicity, we’ll assume a closed-off breeding population so the alchemists aren’t allowed to bring in immigrant genetics. The mores of a society that would breed this sort of American would be distinctly Prussian, so a scion of this banking family is going to be very interested in politicians who preach the virtues of scholastic achievement tests (like the new SAT), and even moreso if the politician has a bit of Mandarin fever in his browser history. Such a politician does not need to be meticulously brainwashed and retrained to surround himself with technocrats who believe a PhD represents a moral responsibility to raise the proles’ average number of years spent in education.
Their power derives from a primordial understanding of money as an instrument for revealing preferences and convictions, which can be exploited to produce desired behaviors reliably. This is like having a mind-reading cheat code which lays bare everyone’s innermost desires and values, and an alchemist doesn’t so much engineer financial systems as play with them like a 12-year-old gray hat prodigy with root access. Their weakness is a fundamentally unserious attitude toward material reality. To call them solipsistic doesn’t really do it justice…it’s more like they’re born with the entire Gnostic religion latent in their genetic memory. On the one hand this detachment gives them the objectivity which enables their sociopathy, but on the other it starves them of real human connection so that the feeling of being seduced becomes an indulgent vice.
*Nowadays “the rules” = explicit professions of belief in the Narrative. Working backwards, we can imagine the sort of politicians an alchemist would select to create an “mandatory thoughtless buy in” type of state religion. Every time you click “I agree” on a EULA, your character is being shaped by this vision.
These profiles are becoming more difficult to write as they get farther from my immediate experience, so I’m going to tentatively say the first draft of Overwatch theory is now complete. There are dynamics between these archetypes to be explored but my intuition hasn’t hinted at any higher-level archetypes, although it’s plausible that more abstract functions enabling the globalist project could exist or already exist.