Keyword here is “often”. I do appreciate a good nonviolent solution, but I just didn’t think this one was particularly interesting.
Everything seemed to be set up for a fight against Purity to happen, even if it did ultimately end in a peaceful outcome. It’s true it would be incredibly difficult, but that’s the kind of thing you come to expect from narratives like Worm – each threat becomes more impossible than the last, yet the protagonists usually manage to find some way through, and it’s usually the creative ways they do so that you’re actually getting satisfaction from. In this case, the narrative looked like it was heading for such a situation, and then it cut off right at the entrance and went with the easiest, least interesting way around.
Maybe I’m being unreasonable here, I don’t know. It just wasn’t very satisfying to me, personally.