I know there isn't much that this post will do, but I just wanna vent a little bit. I haven't been much for playing Infinity for the past year or so, but I still go to the local tourneys. One such is coming up, and I've gone back to building my dear Aleph lists. Aaaand I get reminded of the Sophotect situation. Sophotect one of the units (next to Asura and Posthumans) that back in N2 days drew me both to Infinity in general and Aleph in particular. Back then, Sophotect was without peer. Super fast with 6-4, supreme Doctor / Engineer with WIP15!!!, resilient with it's NWI, it was the showcase of Aleph. These days, everyone and their grandmother moves at least 6-2 if not 6-4, WIP15 is everywhere, NWI has both been reduced in power due to everyone and their grandfather having Shock and given to every new unit and model. And Sophotect stayed exactly the same - including exactly the same point cost. despite vast majority of units getting significant discounts. But it was still the big utility piece we knew and loved, and was the best at it. And then came Parvati. Just from the lore standpoint I can't stand it. It's a entertainment piece. Why the hell is it better at everything that Sophotect? It moves better: 6-2 but with Superjump, also Dodge at 13s now that you can move in active turn vs 6-4 move. It fighters better: BS12 with SMG at +1B, and a Flash Pulse at WIP15 versus a BS11 Combi Rifle (which honestly doesn't need to be there - I love the old poster with Sophotect holding a pistol). It survives better: ARM2 and BTS6, on top of STR2 (and Immunity Shock that is always granted). Why the hell not. Compared to ARM2, BTS0, 1W NWI (also already mentioned Dodge 13 vs Dodge 10). It's even marginally better in CC, not that it matters. And then, to top it off, it's also a WIP15 Doctor-Engineer... Except it heals 2W with Doctor and has +3 for Engineer. What the actuall hell. (and not, other equipment isn't any better, Sophotect gets DCharges on her measly CC13 but Parvati gets Deactivator). Why the hell some rando entertainment bot is better at healing and engineering than the Aleph's own fragment designed for war, ferrying the Mother-Forge, the most advanced sanitary and military nano-tech? And all that for 38 points. 7 more than Sophotect. 7!!! (oh, also, Parvati is linkable while Sophotect isn't. Not that I want Sophotect linkable, but it adds to the insult) Spoiler: Fix suggestions What I really want is for Sophotect to be again the best at doing Doctor and Engineer stuff. How? Simple: Give it Doctor 2W and Engineer 2STR, or +3 if that would be too strong for some people. Another minor point is, give them BTS 3. Just because I imagine they would have some BTS defences. And finally, it never made much sense to me they'd carry a full rifle. so please give it a nice Pistol - Assault Pistol, Heavy Pistol, doesn't matter. E/M Heavy Pistol for "fun" factor. This should leave Sophotect at around 28-30 points. Honestly, I'll even take increasing her cost so long as they're back to being the premier Doctor / Engineer. As for Parvati, downgrade WIP to 14 or even 13, and remove the additional bonuses from Doctor and Engineer. Let her be the shooty one whose good at fixing but not the best. Also, no points discount because she is severely undercosted anyway. Spoiler: Trisha N33 I was never a fan of OSS part of Aleph having unique characters. It felt wrong from lore standpoint. But okay, we went that way. So lets talk about Trisha N33. Spoiler As lore, it's fun and interesting, her loadout is interesting, but it falls in that uncomfortable point cost that makes no sense. She's only 1W (Dogged doesn't count for anything), but full 26 points. It's... just not a great idea. My preference would be to bring her to WIP15 and NWI, matching her with Devas and Sophotect, and thus providing an interesting option: you want supreme utility piece in Sophotect, or just an Engi with a bit of fighting capacity?