I’m very interested in the lore implications of the shapers. I haven’t played anthem, but it immediately reminds me of the premise behind the Russian classic Roadside Picnic. For those who don’t know the book is the inspiration for the classic movie Stalker and ends eventually the S.T.A.L.K.E.R game. I’ll throw the details behind the spoiler below, but they’re very minor worldbuilding spoilers:
At some point in 8 zones in the world, objects appear. These objects do literally incomprehensible things, and often lead to people going mad. Also going into the zone itself can have health effects on you and your family despite seemingly no contamination. Eventually the idea is put forth that Visitors, some higher form of life, briefly stopped on the earth. They used it as a quick stop, maybe left some trash behind, some tire marks, etc, but left. They didn’t even intend to mess with the world. But humans simply can’t comprehend the objects, it would be like asking an ant colony to understand how a smartphone works. Humans being humans, can’t help but try to figure it out. It would be fantastic if the answer to the shapers was: they didn’t even intend for the disruption. It’s just junk that fell off the back of a truck, acting on its own. There’s no intent, but what humans ascribe to it. Even as it twists reality, its truly unintentional.