Aspects: To hope is to believe.
To be more precise, to hope is to believe something is possible.
It should be obvious that something is off about Eridan’s “science wand.” His previous weapon, Ahab’s Crosshairs, was about as powerful as the riflekind specibus would allow - Karkat calls it a “god weapon” in [S] Kanaya: Return to the Core. Kanaya made the wand at least partially as a joke; wherever the code came from, nothing about it, or its required cost in grist, or the stats of the freshly alchemized wand itself made her expect it to outclass Ahab’s Crosshairs in Eridan’s hands - yet, clearly, it did just that. What was going on?