after Afterkill it doesn't seem to me like Chaz and Hafidha have to spend a lot of energy controlling their anomaly. Jamming takes energy, it takes psychic effort, but it doesn't seem like they have any evil impulse inside them trying to get free--just human impulses. Though there may be internal conflict, they're not battling something not them, but their fears and uncertainties that they might have to.
Yes, good point. I guess they would be a lot more aware of those impulses, fear and uncertainties, though--a lot more given to self-monitoring, because they would know, or at least guess, that it would take less to tip them over into a gamma state than it would to tip over an alpha?
Or at least, Chaz self-monitors like that. I don't feel like I've seen enough of Hafidha's point of view to state with certainty that she does as yet. Maybe that's because she's older, had a more stable background growing up, and was an adult, established personality before she went beta, though.
I don't really think the Anomaly is going to end up being wholly genetic, because of the sinister way it's been phrased that it "likes pain," "feeds off pain," etc. I think the two modes of expression are more like a functional/dysfunctional manifestation of the same mechanism (although I'm not sure which one I think is functional.) And maybe that it has something to do with how grounded you are in reality and what your original "mythology" looks like.
Interesting ideas you have there. I like. But we do have Reyes in 'Overkill' throwing us a pointed reminder that there's no evidence the anomaly 'feeds off'/'likes'/'tastes' pain etc, and Chaz does the same in the privacy of his own head. The human instinct to anthropomorphise may be a misdirect here.
It may not be a conscious entity at all.