Updating on one thing I've been thinking all this time. Regarding Mr. A's role and nature. And about tropes.
Looking back at the metaverse, my initial conclusion is wrong, or at least it isn't the only possible one. So, thanks Rick for pointing the way.
I did discuss some patterns with Scarab and was kind of avoiding posting here again for a while... But, I guess that since no one mentioned something similar, I might as well share my thoughts.
The metaverse is infinitely deep. As seen from our layer, one can plot as many sub layers as he wishes. And we disregard the existence of a higher layer because we are unable to interact with it. In that sense, the characters from a sub layer certainly see it in the same manner, otherwise the model wouldn't be regular. To the fictional, he is as real as we are right now.
So, in the end, every layer of the metaverse is a top-layer to it's fiction. Why does this matter?
Because we, being in a top layer, are unable to directly affect the fictional layer. We can only interact with it through a medium. It's impossible, or so far undocumented, that an author could in fact walk in his realm of fiction, because we cannot cross layers, even towards a lower layer. Not even as authors we have that power.
We do however have mechanisms. We call patterns, tropes, to move the work in the direction we want it to move. Interacting by proxy, through whatever medium we are creating the fiction.
If you think that way, and applying the same model of the metaverse putting us in a fictional layer, then it makes little sense for Mr. A, a being that interacts with us in this layer, to actually be someone from the above layer.
Thought he still fits a role that would imply it, the way I'm thinking currently actually makes him a trope (I mean his role and nature, I don't mean it like as a character he doesn't invoke others, thought I'd clear this up). A narrative device. Specifically an Author Avatar. Which would still fit his playmaker presence, but not conflict with him existing in a way that's capable of interacting with us.
I might be thinking too much, or still missing the point or elephants... But, I suppose the idea alone wouldn't hurt, so regardless, it's here.
"Yami ni madoishi awarena kage yo
Hito o kizutsuke otoshimete,
Tsumi ni oboreshi gō no tama,
Ippen... shinde miru?"