Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower) - Episode 021

Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower) - Episode 021

The way back to Portal Park from the Raiment District wasn't something Wanda actually knew, but it didn't matter. From anywhere in the Magic Kingdom, the park had a kind of pull. It was not a physical sensation, but a natural tendency for a caster's steps to lead her there. This place was not her home, and it seemed to gently but constantly remind her of it.

Still, her first real visit here had been breathtaking. Besides being the warmest place she'd ever been, it was overwhelming in all kinds of other ways. Mostly, her head was buzzing with the answers to questions she would never have thought to ask, before losing Tommy to Olive's foul kiss.

She'd learned some important basic lessons about speaking with other casters, too. They were a difficult, eccentric breed, and she wasn't sure she enjoyed their company. They had byzantine etiquette; quite a few of them would not even speak to her at all. Others came to that decision when told her level and/or discipline. She had managed to speak at length only with a Dollamancer, a Thinkamancer, and a Carnymancer, but they'd given more than enough to think about. (And the Dollamancer had sold her new raiment.)

There were birds in the magenta-leafed trees, teal chittering teardrops in the upper branches, and little brown peeping ones on the ground. Wanda followed a large road of granite brick that opened into the grassy park, as naturally as if she'd walked the route all her life.

More than a score of casters stood in her field of view from there, all coming and going. Goodminton's portal was a fair distance across the pathless field of glowing rectangles. No signs stood to point the way, but the Signamancy of a caster's home portal was plainer than writing. It was simply where you were supposed to be. Walk, and your feet led you there.

Wanda followed her feet, holding a small satchel and still looking around with naked curiosity. The styles of garments alone could have held her attention for turns on end. She tried not to stare, but was caught doing so a time or two, earning a frown or a glare in return.

As she neared her home portal, though, she caught someone staring at her. A hefty-looking woman in a green and yellow robe of satin, with a dark brown skin complexion was standing beside a gaunt man with wild black hair. He was talking to her, but she was staring directly at Wanda, and did not turn her deep brown eyes away when contact was made.

Wanda stopped, arrested by this woman's unbroken gaze. She was going to have to return home soon, but...

Her feet led her toward the two casters. The man stopped talking as Wanda approached, and raised an eyebrow at her. The woman's wide-eyed gaze never relented.

"I'm sorry," said Wanda, "was there something you needed?"

"I s'pose I didn't know until just now," said the woman, in an accent musical and strange. She pressed her thick lips together and looked Wanda up and down. Was she...was this a come on?

"I don't understand..." said Wanda. She was not sure she wanted to.

"I don't think you want to," said the woman. "I do undahstand, and I suhtanly don't want to."

The skinny man leaned forward, his eyes shining mischievously. He wore a tunic of purple and green, with exaggerated sleeves and a broad green belt. It was the first outfit Wanda had seen here which made her want to look away. "My ah, companion and I were just discussing how unfair it is that she hasn't the opportunity to use her discipline more. And when she does, she usually can't discuss it. I'm supposing this is one such time."

"No, I can discuss it," the woman said, turning to the man. "It's just that usually? Well, I shouldn't."

"What is your discipline?" Wanda asked. Learning about other magicks was the reason she'd come here, after all.

"Predictamancy," said the man, earning a glare from the woman. He cocked his head at her. "Or was even that something that oughtn't to be disclosed?"

His expression said that he was teasing her, but she was stone-faced. "Possibly," she said, looking guardedly at Wanda.

Wanda was disappointed. She had a Predictamancer to talk to at home, however awkward and difficult things with Delphie had become in the five turns since the air battle. But these two were still intriguing. Odd as they both seemed, there was a kind of familiarity to them, as if they were more real in some way than the other strangers in the park.

"I'm Lady Wanda Firebaugh," she said. "I'm...a Croakamancer, actually." She was aware that this might end the conversation, as it had with one or two of the casters she'd met. But neither of them was showing signs of instant revulsion.

The man was ignoring her, in fact, still looking at his companion. "Why so serious?"

The woman's mouth formed an exaggerated "o". "Oh, only because it is so serious." She shook her head. "I think I shouldn't have complained about being boahd. I'll have a lot of wuhck to do at home, now." She stepped closer to Wanda and said, "Wanda, you will find your way to us. But we should really not be talking to you right now."

"I see!" said the man, grinning slyly. "Well, if that's the case, who's to say we ever did talk to her? Hm? Why, I'll wager that odious Diversion Beast thinks we never met at all!"

He pointed, looking off beyond Wanda's shoulder. There was a growl, and something huge and threatening was moving at the edge of her vision. Whatever it was, it meant her serious bodily harm. She turned with a start, pulling her staff from its scabbard on her back.

She brought the weapon to bear, but there was nothing there to fight. Her heart thudded in her chest as she looked around.

A few nearby casters stared at her. But the man and woman had completely vanished.

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joosy wrote:
...So now we know that at some point, Wanda was a mini-Parson with her questioning and interest . Something is going to happen to curb her appetite and put her on the path of serving Fate. ...


Balerion wrote:
What I am curious about is if Marie was deliberately attempting a prediction, or if it just came to her... There really isn't much of a reason for her to have been trying to make a prediction involving Wanda, which does raise some questions about just how in control of their magic predictimancers are. Without giving us enough evidence to say anything one way or the other of course ;)


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After the spell was made, Marie called the shots from there. A lot of what she had said and done so far had troubled Janis. She was trying not to get uptight about the way this was all playing out, but the choice of Wanda had bugged her from the start.
"No she's really da one, I Predict it Jonnis," Marie told her whenever she had doubted. "It's Fate, my excellent friend. You don't fight Fate, you help it!"
Book 2 - text 37



Hello everyone. 1st time post; long time reader.

What if the predictamancer / thinkamancer conspiracy regarding Parson didn’t start with him? What if Marie started this whole thing with Wanda’s popping? That would explain Marie’s interest in Wanda and her not wanting to talk to Wanda at this point.

Also, maybe it’s Marie’s influence, and not Olive or any events that happen with GoodMinton, that gives Wanda her fatalist point of view.
Arcana wrote:
What if the predictamancer / thinkamancer conspiracy regarding Parson didn’t start with him? What if Marie started this whole thing with Wanda’s popping? That would explain Marie’s interest in Wanda and her not wanting to talk to Wanda at this point.


... or it could have started with Jack, etc. Jack is also very good at his specialty and has similar eyes with pupils.

Unclear who or what "fate" really is, and that is likely the "beginning".

In beginning of Book 1, Parson was going to DM an impossible scenario with 4 players, and he was going to cheat them till they found a way to cheat him and beat him.
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"I don't understand..." said Wanda. She was not sure she wanted to.

"I don't think you want to," said the woman. "I do undahstand, and I suhtanly don't want to."


Can Predictamancers read thoughts? I thought that was the domain of Thinkamancers, but Marie seems to respond directly to Wanda's thoughts.
Catalyst wrote:
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"I don't understand..." said Wanda. She was not sure she wanted to.

"I don't think you want to," said the woman. "I do undahstand, and I suhtanly don't want to."


Can Predictamancers read thoughts? I thought that was the domain of Thinkamancers, but Marie seems to respond directly to Wanda's thoughts.

She might be able to predict them, or Wanda's actions at some further point in time while she is in the process of finding out [what she doesn't want to understand] and infer her disposition from that.

Predictamancy is extrasensory perception, and we don't currently know what shapes it takes. If intuition is predictamancy communicated over thinkamancy, thoughts might possibly be predictable in their own form.
Raza wrote:
Catalyst wrote:
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"I don't understand..." said Wanda. She was not sure she wanted to.

"I don't think you want to," said the woman. "I do undahstand, and I suhtanly don't want to."


Can Predictamancers read thoughts? I thought that was the domain of Thinkamancers, but Marie seems to respond directly to Wanda's thoughts.

She might be able to predict them, or Wanda's actions at some further point in time while she is in the process of finding out [what she doesn't want to understand] and infer her disposition from that.

Predictamancy is extrasensory perception, and we don't currently know what shapes it takes. If intuition is predictamancy communicated over thinkamancy, thoughts might possibly be predictable in their own form.


Or it could be simple common sense. It doesn't take a genius to read Wanda's expressions and emotions. She probably was looking rather hesitant at that point.

Or, it could simply be Marie being Marie. "what's wrong?" "Trust me, you don't want to know." Even if Wanda did want to know, it's still a valid, easily justifiable statement for a tricksie Predictamancer to say.

I seriously doubt Marie was reading her thoughts. Face, maybe. Body language, probably. But not her thoughts.
Could have a thinkamancy minor, but agreed. That reads as 'natural signamancy' i.e. normal conversation.
Sixty wrote:
Anyways, I said I wasn't so sure that Faq had six casters based on that snippet from Stanley. Faq only has 3 cities and is a very small side by all measures, I don't think you'd need six casters for it to be considered "a lot" especially since one of the largest sides we know, Jetstone, has 4 casters, so a side as small as Faq having even 3 seems like a lot...It's possible Faq had other casters we don't know about, but I dunno about 6 or more, that seems like an incredibly huge amount for such a small side.

I think part of the belief that Faq had so many casters comes from here. In the third panel, you can see five figures kneeling around King Banhammer. Two of those figures are Wanda and Jack. It was speculated that these were casters in circle at the philosophical feet of Banhammer. Given the angle, it is possible for there to be more outside of view. We know Gobwin Knob had five casters at one point, although two of those were captures. If Banhammer was a collector, it is certainly possible he had more.

It also occurs to me, why Banhammer may have desired Wanda. The Wanda we are seeing at Goodminton is interested in other magics. She wanted to discuss it and learn. That is the type of caster Banhammer wanted in his court. It may also be the reason Wanda seems to care so little about it at Gobwin Knob. After discussing it ad nauseum at Faq, she may just be sick of it.

0beron wrote:
Sixty, we have also heard from Jillian that "it is said the Titans know the deepest desires of a Ruler and sometimes see fit to indulge those feelings", which is also evidenced in the fact that Jillian has apparently defied all odds by popping 6? warlords without getting a caster yet. Perhaps this lack of casters in the future justified an excess of casters in the past (settling the debt accrued in the Land of Zero hehe). I agree that having more than 4 casters would be highly unusual...but given old-FAQ's disposition, I posit that is POSSIBLE and we have enough cause to suggest it might have been so.

Great point Whispri, I had totally forgotten about that. So that update seems to suggest they are traded or sold away, perhaps even released into the MK. It likely depends on the situation, since sides tolerate Date-a-Mancers when combat is heavy, but despise them in times of peace. I imagine Croakamancers would be viewed the same way.

Delphie also commented that Fate dictates if a commander will be a caster. Given the fact that some outside force influences it, it seems unlikely a Ruler would be given a caster for which they did not have any use, even if it is only to trade.

Arcana wrote:
Hello everyone. 1st time post; long time reader.

What if the predictamancer / thinkamancer conspiracy regarding Parson didn’t start with him? What if Marie started this whole thing with Wanda’s popping? That would explain Marie’s interest in Wanda and her not wanting to talk to Wanda at this point.

Also, maybe it’s Marie’s influence, and not Olive or any events that happen with GoodMinton, that gives Wanda her fatalist point of view.

Welcome to the board. Personally, I think the conspriacy just started with whatever Marie saw. Marie will approach Janis, since Janis has the influence to make things happen. I also got the impression that won't happen until after Marie is exiled to the Magic Kingdom, though. For some reason, I doubt Delphie is part of it. I may be wrong, but that's what I feel in my gut. We just know what Janis knows, so she certainly may be ignorant of any part of the conspiracy that comes before her involvement.

Catalyst wrote:
Can Predictamancers read thoughts? I thought that was the domain of Thinkamancers, but Marie seems to respond directly to Wanda's thoughts.

I don't think any Thinkamancy is involved. "You don't want to know," seems a perfectly normal response in that situation.

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Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower) - Episode 21:

"Wanda, you will find your way to us. But we should really not be talking to you right now."

Yet another Prediction that Wanda has witnessed that has come to pass. They do seem to be adding up.

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Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower) - Episode 13:

On most nights, she did dream vividly of battles and castles and casting, and of people she did not know, who were as real to her within the dream as any she met while awake.

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Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower) - Episode 21:

Odd as they both seemed, there was a kind of familiarity to them, as if they were more real in some way than the other strangers in the park.

I think this is a nice callback. I don't know if it is Predictamancy, Signamancy or Date-a-mancy, but there is an instant connection to those who will be a significant part of her future. I wonder if this is something unique to Wanda, and perhaps Predictamancers. Jack didn't seem to pay Wanda any particular attention, so he may not have felt it.
Housellama wrote:

Or it could be simple common sense. It doesn't take a genius to read Wanda's expressions and emotions. She probably was looking rather hesitant at that point.

Or, it could simply be Marie being Marie. "what's wrong?" "Trust me, you don't want to know." Even if Wanda did want to know, it's still a valid, easily justifiable statement for a tricksie Predictamancer to say.

I seriously doubt Marie was reading her thoughts. Face, maybe. Body language, probably. But not her thoughts.

I agree, but that wasn't Catalyst's question. Personally, it strikes me as a believable coincidence emphasized by literal symmetry.
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"I don't understand..." said Wanda. She was not sure she wanted to.

"I don't think you want to," said the woman. "I do undahstand, and I suhtanly don't want to."


Housellama wrote:
Raza wrote:
Catalyst wrote:


Can Predictamancers read thoughts? I thought that was the domain of Thinkamancers, but Marie seems to respond directly to Wanda's thoughts.

She might be able to predict them, or Wanda's actions at some further point in time while she is in the process of finding out [what she doesn't want to understand] and infer her disposition from that.

Predictamancy is extrasensory perception, and we don't currently know what shapes it takes. If intuition is predictamancy communicated over thinkamancy, thoughts might possibly be predictable in their own form.


Or it could be simple common sense. It doesn't take a genius to read Wanda's expressions and emotions. She probably was looking rather hesitant at that point.

Or, it could simply be Marie being Marie. "what's wrong?" "Trust me, you don't want to know." Even if Wanda did want to know, it's still a valid, easily justifiable statement for a tricksie Predictamancer to say.

I seriously doubt Marie was reading her thoughts. Face, maybe. Body language, probably. But not her thoughts.


Or, it could simply be clever writing. It gave me a chuckle.
Amado wrote:
Or, it could simply be clever writing. It gave me a chuckle.


wheres the +1 button? :D