IronBear wrote:Ditto wrote:Being free of Duty gives you *completely* free will. Being free of Free Will makes you a mindless golem, which is not what Jillian is in anyway.
Jester represents her Duty. It's consistent with every past appearance in Jillian's mind, and we can put together a reason that Charlie is anti-Duty. Also, Duty is an unbearably strong compulsion, just like the buds are. Ripping out the strongest compulsion leaves a gap for Charlie to pave over, making the next-strongest compulsion (buds) easier to ferret out therefrom.
Charlie is under contract to reduce or eliminate her addiction to flower power. Eliminating the sense of Duty would leave her more open to Flower Power by your own admission.
Eliminating the sense of Duty makes a little sense (more than her ability to use the arkenhammer), but the reason does not. But what is the motivation?
Duty makes you savvy. It makes you think about the big picture, the good of the side. Removing that level of intelligence removes one level of threat - from Jillian, the only holdout to Charlie's deal.
He is also definitely removing the addiction to buds - but he's doing it in a way that happens to benefit him.
I still think mechanism of Fate makes the most sense. The mechanism of Fate is not protected the contract since its behavior is unknown. Since its usefulness in fighting flower power is not a clear positive (in the future it may try to persuade Jillian to submit to Flower Power), its removal is allowed under the contract. Duty is a clear and demostrated positive in the fighting of flower power. Destroying it would be clear violation of the contract.
Finally, why would Betty help Charlie destroy Jillian's sense of Duty? For that to happen we have to assume that she did not identify it. Possible, but not likely.
Granting that Duty is a tool beneficial to fighting addiction, Charlie never said anything about keeping her Will or Immune System intact. He said he'd fix the addiction. You don't need to resist a compulsion with Duty if you no longer have a compulsion, so why not remove Duty while you're working?
Betsy is the Muscle in this linkup, Charlie is the finesse. She didn't know what she was helping to shackle - why would a healomancer know how duty works on a thinkamancer-scale level?