However, the bracers DO NOT 'predict' the future in a Predictamancy way, as Wanda's story shows us.
The bracers only answer the questions that you would think to ask it, which means that you have to already have an idea of what direction you are going.
Wanda's predictamancer told her that she would wield an Arkentool.
This is an event that is so rare and unlikely, most would never even think to ask about it.
However, once Wanda is told about it, she sets events in motion that eventually allow her to get it.
The bracers handle statistical, reactive predictions. "If I attack with X units against force Y, will I win or lose?"
Predictamancy handles manipulative, unforseen predictions. "You will bring peace to Erfworld someday."
Let's take a simple, but potentially life-changing event: falling in love. Parson could attempt to use the bracers to find love.
Parson: "What is the chance that I'll find true love in Erfworld?"
Hypothetical hidden calculations:
- Parson has a move of Zero.
- Parson cannot fall in love with someone he can order around.
- Parson can order all units at GK except for Ansom and Stanley.
- Bracer allows for minor chance of GK falling, Parson getting captured, and meeting someone that way.
Parson: "Yeah, no chance. I thought so."
Parson gives up.
Predictamancer: "You will find your true love in Erfworld, but you will not find her at Gobwin Knob."
Parson now starts to search for that person, whoever they might be. He manipulates Stanley to promote him from Garrison, and heads out into the world.
Events take unexpected turns, and eventually he encounters a small, hidden neutral side like FAQ once was, ruled by a hippiemancer caster instead of a royal.
Parson allies out of necessity, and brilliantly helps to fend off an attack. The he and the ruler fall in love.
The bracer is a risk-assessment tool. You have to already know what the goal and steps are, and it will determine the likeliest outcome.
It's the difference between "if I invest in Google, what are the odds that I will make money?" and "of the thousands of stocks to choose from, which stock will increase in value by over 10,000% and make me rich?"
The bracer can easily handle the first question, but you'd have to ask hundreds of questions to be able to get the answer to the second, while a Predictamancer would just walk into your bedroom and say "Buy X."