I enjoy letting the little mad man inside me out every once in a while.
This really helped in the writing of the post.
And because I can practically feel the gears in your head turning, I'll leave you with this: the Puppet Master is not the Smiling Man or any form, variation, or aspect of him. He is not even connected to him; a completely original character who will spontaneously show up in each individual work, accompanied by more maddened scribbles. I'll leave that to your pondering.
EDIT: And on another note, you can probably expect a Nightfall post from me tomorrow night. And I'll probably be writing Christoph into the scene as the first person Alcaeus sees, and, given Christoph's personality, I honestly wouldn't expect him not to be by Alcaeus's side. Ideally, I would like for us to be able to squeeze a quick one-on-one in, with me posting, you posting, and then me again before anyone else posts, as I sort of have this nice picture of Alcaeus awakening, talking shortly with Christoph, and then rising to go outside, only to find his home city in near ruin.