Roketter wrote:Specially Wanda, the authors kept extra-care to keep her out of view.
Yes, and I have no idea why so many people assign qualities (evil, religious extremist, big bad) to her without any actual evidence beyond the fact that she is participating in the campaign.
She is not the overlord of her side. She is presumably following orders--something that is true of any unit on her side, decrypted or not, including Parson! Prior to Book 1, the Tool was already set on expansion, if for no other reason than to secure other Arkentools. Maybe Wanda gave him that idea in the first place, but I'm thinking he didn't need much convincing.
We know that she wanted the pliers because of the destiny a predictamancer gave her (a reliable source, if there ever was one). We know that decryption is "glorious" to her--but whether the admiration is primarily religious or primarily as an intellectual curiosity is left unsaid (remember that she loves croakamancy for its own sake). We know she believes there will be more blood, loss and pain in both her own and in Parson's future, which is not really a difficult prediction given there is a Book 2.
...And that's it!
We don't know what she really thinks about Titanic mandates--she could have just been using that as a useful argument to control Stanley's behavior. She (and the author) deliberately obscures her thoughts and motives so we don't know anything beyond that she is secretive, clever and unreadable. The only times she appeared in the summer updates, she didn't say anything or do anything besides engage in offscreen combat. The summer updates revealed that she trusts Parson's judgement, she barely acknowledges Ansom and she doesn't have anything to say to Queen Bea. No other action or interaction.
I am not so keen on the idea of Wanda being the Big Bad.
I am not so keen on the idea of Charlie being the Big Bad.
I am not so keen on the idea of there being ANY Big Bad at all.
Maybe that's just a role reserved for the Titans themselves. Or maybe the Arkentools. Whatever it is, I expect the real conflict to be bigger than Erfworld politics.