Balina is venting character ideas so she doesn't lose them
Hm. Maybe the doll was originally part of something worse, like the human-facing part of a mimic. A disguise that was cast off like a hermit crab trading to a bigger shell, left alone until it got bored of laying there, then realized it was capable of thinking enough to be capable of being bored in the first place.
the mastodon instance at cybre.space is retiring
see the end-of-life plan for details: https://cybre.space/~chr/cybre-space-eol