TG :re 129 - Shady people hiding in the shadows
I hypothesise that these two are working under the One-Eyed King or they are from an unknown fraction.
1/ How will things go with these Kingsmen?
The “spies” could be two of the OEK’s citizens. They’re observing Ayato’s group so we might see the One-Eyed King (or his/her legacy) waiting for GOAT.
Let’s say that by some miracle (Kirishima Armour™), Ayato and Co are not attacked and killed on the spot and instead they’re kept prisoners for further interrogation. Which argument and concession could Mr. Handsome use to form a durable alliance with the People of the Underworld? Can those people be allies or will they keep to themselves? Obviously, I need answers about that. I still want to know about the hierarchy in place, if the OEK still alive and how he/she did it, the way those ghouls sustain themselves, the total number of inhabitants, whether all of them are ghouls, etc. I NEED TO KNOW
2/How will things go with an unknown fraction?
If they’re not Kingsmen, who might they be then?
2.A) Could they be rogues? After all, a century has passed since the OEK went into hiding under Tokyo. The power sphere could have changed or become more unstable the longer the ghouls stayed underground. It is not improbable to imagine that a fraction of the original population could have decided to go its own way and form another community.
It would have been extremely risky and possibly suicidal to do so but not impossible. Hunger, fear, dissatisfaction, these are examples of motives to separate from the system in place. The OEK was admittedly the strongest ghoul among his/her followers. As the top dog, OEK must have overseen the feeding of the whole population. Deserting their King would have put a stigma on the rogues, especially if the ghoul population needed repopulating and soldiers/guards to keep the yard safe. The war killed many of them, ghouls were still hunted and there might have been a chance for humans to track them on the 24th yard as well. Going rogue would have also reduced their chances of survival in the hostile territory that was the 24th yard of 100 years ago (food issue, notably).
2.B) Survivors or Immigrants
The spies could be more or less unrelated to the OEK.
100 years ago, the OEK and his followers went to the 24th Yard (the Underworld).
There is little to nothing in regards of possible survivors who didn’t follow the King and stayed above. After all, not all Tokyo ghouls were in the 24th yards since we first met them on the surface. It means either surviving ghouls who didn’t follow the King or Immigration.
External Immigration sounds difficult and makes little sense for ghouls from another city to go to a devastated Tokyo where ghouls were hunted down to almost extinction by zealous humans. If the whole ghoul population in Tokyo did indeed follow the Kind underground then at some point, some of them might have decided to go back to the surface and stayed there, rebuilding the ghoul community as we know it. It would be an internal immigration: Tokyo ghouls from the underground slowly crawling out to the surface once feeling more confident.
On the other side of things, we don’t know how many waves of ghoul refugees coming from the surface to the underground. For all we know, the OEK and the followers might have been the first of a steedy migration to the underworld. Maybe not all the migrants were part of the original OEK’s people, hence why they might not be with the King now. I doubt the OEK and later Kaneki are the only ones to have moved to the 24th Yard.
The legend of this 24th yard is known on some levels by ghouls, especially older generations and informants. They might not have known the actual story but word of mouth could have consolidate this “urban legend”. Maybe the survivors of the war, those who didn’t follow the OEK, still had difficulties surviving in the Upper world and finally decided to join the community…but failed to find the real 24th yard and ended up living in their own community.
Regardless of their affiliation, I’m curious to how things will go with those spies.
Can the OEK and his followers help Kaneki and his group against the Washuu’s Dragon? That is…if they become allies to begin with.