Oberon wrote:Interesting. So Wanda knew about the SPWL spell because Janice had had it made and intended it for her. I wonder what would have happened if Stanley had refused the high price?
Wanda "You won't pay the 350k shmuckers? Well, they are offering it for 300k. Still no? Next week it's Black Friday, and they have 3 for sale for a mere 150k, but I'll have to stand in line all night to get one of them."
I think Stanley would have known something was up if it was cheap. He might not be the smartest cookie on Erf, but he is shrewd like that. They must have known he would balk at the "support plan" too.
Oberon, they made the spell for Wanda, but:
So she insisted on placing the spell with Wanda
I don't think "placing the spell with Wanda" means "let's have Wanda cast it". I think it means "let's cast the spell and put the tactical genius under the control of the faction Wanda belongs to"
And, I agree Stanley would have suspected if the spell was too cheap. But I think forcing Wanda to cast it was against their plans. Remember how surprised Wanda was and how she tried to convince Stanley to pay 500k and have the MK cast it. Wanda knew about it, and she wasn't really sure she could find the perfect warlord
EthericSentinel wrote:Just a thought -- normally Loyalty and Duty would prevent any caster from herself arranging the death of her Ruler. Wanda is a known, puzzling exception, having directly engineered the fall of Faq.
Wanda didn't do that. She believed that Stanley would fall and she'd attune to the hammer. But fate demanded otherwise.
She turned her head around to flash Janis a grin, and stage-whispered, "He's coming back!"
The Hamstard strikes back!
Also, i LOVE the picture of Janis. I'm not usually the one to admire art since story itself is more important to me, but i had to say that the picture is damn good
Finally, my own bit of predictomancy -- it will be revealed that King Banhammer was in on it, and the philosopher-king of Faq sacrificed his own kingdom in order to set the plan in motion. He sent Jillian away so that she would not be on hand to see that Stanley, the man she blamed for Faq's demise, was merely the pawn of her lover, Wanda.
Meh, you're being paranoid
I don't think this plan was that old. Read the text: It says that the predictamancer started bugging Jannis about perfect warlord at least 50 turns before the spell was ready. I think we can say that GK experienced more than 50 turns after Stanley took the hammer. (yeah no evidence, but come on...70 turns passed since TBfGK. it HAS TO be more than 50)
And again, I think that Stanley actually defeating Faq and Stanley deciding to have Wanda cast the spell, was a surprise to the "plotters"
Also, book 1 said that a findamancer joined the link. Incoming retcon?