Chit Rule Railroad wrote:Marie found her way into the MK from Faq. A "message" found its way to Jillian, even though no Faq thinkamancer has been identified. Parson sent casters into the MK. Bea sent casters into the MK. The MK doesn't pop units, but it is full of casters who once belonged to Sides.
None of those situations has anything to do with the hypothetical at hand, where Charlie has sent in a decapitation strike of veiled archons to the capitol of some side, giving them little to no time to do or think about anything except for their fight for immediate survival. The defenders at FAQ were not shown to have had enough time to do more than put up the best defense they could before falling, and this was an attack which would have given even more advance warning than a pile of veiled archons.
You offer speculation combined with interesting but not relevant facts. Marie could have been in the MK when FAQ fell, we just do not know. We do know that Jack was captured and Wanda turned. We also know that if Marie had been present in any of FAQs other cities that she would have been frozen in time when the capitol fell,and thus unable to enter the MK (and there is no evidence that anything other than the capitol of a side has a MK portal). It is reasonable to assume that Marie would have been captured as well had she been present at the fall of FAQ. If the "message" you refer to is the hat magic, this is not relevant. Parson sent casters into the MK when he was standing in the portal chamber, having been fully aware of the attack which was coming and having had time enough to plan for a series of fall back maneuvers as his defensive plans were thwarted one by one. The MK is full of casters who once belonged to sides, but the MK isn't full of casters who died or were captured when their capitol fell. All interesting but not relevant facts.
Chit Rule Railroad wrote:Thinkamancers can monitor who lives and dies. They "can pluck anyone's G-strings"; Maggie knew how many RCC units survived Sizemore's collapses of GK zones. The GMTTA could see Charlie's archons taking casualties up to and until the moment of a Side being wiped out (which I suspect they would notice even if they weren't watching the Side specifically), and it is quite plausible that they are spying on Charlie's archons. Sure, it wouldn't be definitive, but the GMTTA certainly care enough about Charlie to pay other casters some Rands for any information they need to check on what he's up to.
Thinkmancers can see units fall. They don't see who killed them. And any thinkamancer monitoring falling units would need to be in the MK to avoid being either killed or captured in the capitol, or frozen in time as a neutral when the side fell if they were in a non-capitol city. Charlie has both the reconnaissance and the intelligence to arrange for the caster to be at the capitol when the attack starts, if he wants that to be the case. Charlie gets to set the pace, everyone else, whether they know it or not, needs to be ready to thwart a decapitation strike all the time. This fact either makes them very inefficient and therefore weaker by keeping large numbers of defenses penned up at the capitol every turn, or it makes them extinct when Charlie sees that the time it ripe for that side to fall.
Chit Rule Railroad wrote:You don't know what Predictamancy does and doesn't do.
We do know what has been revealed about predictamancy, and nothing revealed points to predictamancy do anything other than stating that some event will occur. No who, no when, no how, no why. Wanda was predicted to attune. To which 'tool? When? Marie could not say. FAQ was predicted to fall. To who? When? Marie could not say. You can't just toss out something which insinuates that Charlie would be identified by predictamancy when there is no evidence for it at all. I'll happily swap theories with you, but you must present them as unfounded theories, and not use made up theories to try to disprove known facts. I don't know what the Shredder claw does or does not do either, but I'm fairly safe in assuming that it doesn't magically inform every unit on my side that unit X from side Y just killed unit Z from my side. Unless the story states or even hints as such a capability, it cannot be held out as a valid counter-argument.