drachefly wrote:I wonder when [Wanda's] curiosity [about out-of-school casting] reversed to the disinterest displayed in book 1. I suppose FAQ might be enough to turn her around, if the many experiments with linkups weren't enough.
I was musing on this earlier, and with some input from Warriortribble, came to the conclusion that it was likely a slow process. It began when she was forced to try make up for all the lost casters in the final days of Haffaton, and the way she's being treated by FAQ's Court is probably the last straw. When everyone focuses on one aspect of you as if that is all that matters about you (as the Court is doing to her Croakamancy), the typical response is to either 1) disown that part entirely and pretend you aren't that thing or 2) latch on to that singular identity and try to reclaim it as a source of strength, dismissing other parts of yourself.
So being forced to multi-cast and find her abilities falling short, topped off with being told all that matters is being a Croakamancer...and you have a recipe for her quitting her other studies.
There is also a general disdain for Croakamancy. She was popped with an ability that was repulsive to so many other, from her father and brother, to Delphie, to the casters at Faq. we don't know how her uncroaked were received by Haffaton, so for all we know, her uncroaked could have been relegated to the really crappy assignments that they didn't want to expend real units on. She was liked much better when she wasn't acting like a croakamancer. She was more accepted when she was being anything other than what she was popped to be, whether that would be a warlady, field commander, lookamancer, dirtamancer, general purpose caster, findamancer, or whatever else. Then comes Stanley, and she suddenly finds that she doesn't need to pretend to be anything other than a croakamancer. She had the capacity to cast other spells, but her introduction in Book 1 was as Gobwin Knob's chief croakamancer. not chief caster, not chief counsel of the overlord. There is no bigger prude than a reformed harlot.