Comic - Book 3 - Page 27

Comic - Book 3 - Page 27
Comic - Book 3 - Page 27
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There's a certain logic to Parson, Charlie and Jillian eventually joining one side to fight those who believe in fate as all three of them either don't believe it or actively defy it.
They could be the Fight Fate Squad...
...FFS for short
Panel 5: Did Parson really lose that much weight that quickly?!
The Fate issue depends on what Fate's plan is.

Parson is intended to create Peace On Erf. Janis & co, guided by Marie's predictions, certainly seem to believe that's his fate and that's why he was summoned to begin with. It doesn't seem like a fate he would want to fight against, either.

On the other hand, Charlie seems to be the embodiment of maintaining the Permanent War. He's super smart, super rich and we know he has superweapons in reserve and magical tricks far beyond what most of Erf could contemplate. He tries very hard NOT to use them. It seems like his goal is to keep the war going forever, with Charlie ever safer and richer and forever amused and forever winning. It's possible that his actual goal is Total Conquest, and he's just building and building until he feels he has more than enough to carry it out, in which case he and Parson may be more alike than they know.

Whether one or other of them is Fated to succeed is hard to know. If they both have the same end goal in mind then they might just end up on the same side after all.

In favour of the "Parson and Charlie working together" idea is that the Arkentools probably need to come together- and that almost certainly is Fated. But that could also happen by way of Parson conquering Charlie and taking the Dish.
Arky wrote:

In favour of the "Parson and Charlie working together" idea is that the Arkentools probably need to come together- and that almost certainly is Fated. But that could also happen by way of Parson conquering Charlie and taking the Dish.


I kind of want Parson to get the shoes, just to see him mincing around in heels.
Jabberwocky wrote:
Arky wrote:

In favour of the "Parson and Charlie working together" idea is that the Arkentools probably need to come together- and that almost certainly is Fated. But that could also happen by way of Parson conquering Charlie and taking the Dish.


I kind of want Parson to get the shoes, just to see him mincing around in heels.


They'd hopefully resize to red sequined (high heeled?) cowboy boots.
Does anyone else think that Parson ordering Maggie to promote the unit to Warlord has any significance? Is it possible the CWL can promote to field, heavy and knight, but not Warlord?
wih wrote:
Does anyone else think that Parson ordering Maggie to promote the unit to Warlord has any significance? Is it possible the CWL can promote to field, heavy and knight, but not Warlord?

I think he just needed Maggie to pick out the best unit for the job. Parson would have no way of knowing that from his position.
I don't really like the unquestioned assumption that Fate is anything other than what Predictamancers do. I don't think it's personal or has a plan. Or even that it's a machine enacted to bring about the Titan's will. I think it's something Erfworlders cooked up to explain why their prophecies seem so inescapable.

It's a "Toolist" belief that the Arkentools need to be brought together that is unique to Wanda and Stanley. Stanley believes because he's divinely mandated to rule everything. Wanda believes it because she's inherited Delphie's toxic beliefs about predestination. They're both rather petty motivations. Stanley is not the Chosen One and Wanda is just trying to forestall pain.

I think Wanda isn't so much important as she is prominent. She's easy to see. Like a mountain looming over the landscape of time. It's hard for Predictamancers to miss the mountain. But that doesn't necessarily make her important.

Personally, I think Delphie wasn't exactly the most rational Predictamancer out there. She spent most of her life being haunted by the infallible knowledge of her doom.
DVL wrote:
Wanda believes it because she's inherited Delphie's toxic beliefs about predestination.
I agree that Wanda is a highly unreliable source on the subject of Fate, but I think that Wanda got her obsession with Fate from the experience of causing the death of her family. Delphie was critical in making that happen, but I doubt that Wanda actually inherited Delphie's beliefs. As a Predictamancer, Delphie probably understood Fate correctly while Wanda found Fate confusing. I guess that Wanda is still confused by Fate, but doesn't realize that she's confused.

I think that Wanda has been tormented by Fate and that has made Wanda dependent on Fate. She may want to be Fate's puppet because she is afraid of the responsibility of making her own choices. While Stanley likes to boast about his invincibility, the fact that he tends to avoid exposing himself shows that he doesn't really believe it. In contrast, Wanda really believes that Fate will protect her as seen in Book 2, Page 36.
DVL wrote:
I don't really like the unquestioned assumption that Fate is anything other than what Predictamancers do. I don't think it's personal or has a plan. Or even that it's a machine enacted to bring about the Titan's will. I think it's something Erfworlders cooked up to explain why their prophecies seem so inescapable.


What about the next-to-last panel here? Most of our information about Fate comes from Erfworlders but this seems to be pretty direct.