The question remains whether...
- Predictions are all self-fulfilling prophecies...
- they will happen one way or the other no matter what...
- it is the act of Prediction that locks in the event
I haven't seen bulletproof evidence of any of these. But reasoning about the ramifications of each yields three very different views of the role of Fate.
View #1 implies that causality (Numbers) rules, primarily. No set future exists, all branches are possible. Fate is passive and requires a trigger to activate. Prediction "creates" a Fate by collapsing all of the possible futures down so they flow through a chokepoint. In the case of Wanda's origin
, the trigger is some statisically unlikely event, which "numerically" requires a Fated future counterbalance. Predictamancers can't "pick" what that Fate is - Erfworld just runs a sim related to the request and then "saves" the answer for when the time comes.
View #2 implies that Fate rules. Basically, there is a single, set future. Predictamancy is merely the act of seeing some bit of the future and telling people about it. The Prediction itself changes nothing - because nothing can change.
View #3 suggests a middle ground - the future is variable, as in View 1, but instead of being infinitely variable there are locuses of "likelihood" (big rolls?) that are going to be on the timeline. These locuses aren't bound to a specific unit/location/Fate, until
they are made bound by a Prediction, or "modified" by a Mathemagician. If they remain unbound, then whoever/whatever happens to be there lucks into the big roll. So, the future is guaranteed to have "good"/"bad" Fates, in the same sense as there are guaranteed to be natural 1's and 20's. Predictamancy/Mathemancy act to tie them down to a particular thing/person.
I'm in the #3 camp. My take is: there were going to be some huge rolls that turn. Digdoug had already established the defenses that would ensure the destruction of the NumLoch forces. The Prediction, "knowing" Digdoug would not be there to collect those big rolls, bound them to NumLoch, thus ensuring the destruction of the HomeKey forces (sans golem) as well.
Yes. That is a rocket-propelled bulldozer of love.