There was also the case of the mutant cape/monster (Amelia?)
Noel/ Echidna, I think.
Yeah, that's the one.
Yes, but Cauldron was aware of what the end event was going to be and they had some hope that Coil was going to be able to stop it. When he was killed, they fretted over their odds. Same for Alexandria. However, if those two were so critical, it seems to me the Contessa could have been relied on to find a way to get whatever samples from them that would be needed. And Legend. And Eidolon.
OTOH, maybe Contessa's power indicated that cloning high-powered capes like that would inevitably make things worse.
They would develop their own agendas (or perhaps people within Cauldron would develop agendas for them, if they were kept suspended in bubbly vats "until needed"). The Nine could make clones of heavy-hitters willy-nilly because they wouldn't mind if the clones went insane and started unleashing random mayhem; that's pretty much what they wanted in the first place. Cauldron, OTOH, was engaged in crafting a careful, delicate plan to win against overwhelming odds. One or more rogue Coils, Alexandrias, or Accords (or plots within their own organization to seize control of high-powered clones, etc.) could have upset their whole applecart.
One of the main themes of Worm
is that, even in the face of direct existential threat, large-scale cooperation among human beings is really hard,
if not impossible. Again and again, the Protectorate refuses
to cooperate with Taylor and the Undersiders, even against global existential threats like the Nine and Echidna. Ultimately, Taylor has no choice but to use her rebooted powers and her "administrator" talent to forcibly make
people cooperate. Truth In Television: see "Climate change and resource depletion, human response to."
Given that theme, it might have been impossible to get a squad of Alexandrias, Eidolons, Legends, Coils, and Accords to play for the same team, especially if some of them started going nuts because the cloning procedure didn't quite work. I don't recall any "good guy" clones; for the ones made by the Nine, murderous insanity would be a feature, not a bug. Thus, if someone in Cauldron made the suggestion, "Hey, why don't we just clone an army of Alexandrias, Eidolons, and Legends?" Contessa might have paled with horror, then, shuddering, shouted "NOPENOPENOPE!"
They had a bunch of Siberians running around during the end event. I don't think Bonesaw made them all. And if she did, I don't think Siberian is any less dangerous than Alexandria or Coil.
I thought that she had made them all, using the the other bio-Tinker (the one Accord wanted) as a Borged puppet to assist her. I could be wrong. The difference here is that Cauldron never chose to give Bonesaw the ability/facilities to clone Siberians. The Nine did that on their own (unless I'm forgetting something in the story). To have her clone Alexandria, Eidolon, Coil, etc. they would have had to decide to trust her. Analogy: "Sure, the Soviets have nuclear-capable ballistic missiles already. That doesn't mean we want to share our Stealth bomber tech with them, even if they say
they'll use it to help us fight the Martians!"
plot-holes go, the one that stands out to me is the scene where Dragon and Dauntless (IIRC) show up to trap Taylor at the high school, and she is able to escape under the nose of a couple Dragon ships with the help of some other students who serve as human shields. Why didn't Dragon just splat them with the sticky-foam? Also, abandoning pursuit of the Nine with the End of the World at stake
to run back home and try to grab Taylor in a way that would destroy the gentleman's agreement that cape society lived by ("Don't out people's civilian ID's!") was a massively
boneheaded decision IMO, one of the few times characters in Worm
ever held the Idiot Ball.
one, the Protectorate, Dragon and Dauntless must have had the complete Collector's Edition set of all seven.