Calemyr wrote:As for arguments for why it wouldn't be Vanna, it has already been mentioned that Jillian's internal dialogue can be read two ways. Either she's cursing to herself over the thought of how much Vanna would have cost her when she was a barbarian, or she's relieved that she finally got a Caster after 40+ turns of trying. Given that it was considered odd that she hadn't popped at least one more than twenty turns ago, this second interpretation is certainly a valid one, whether you share it or not.
Yes, there are two ways to interpret the dialog -- one is to actually read what she read, and the other is to totally misinterpret it.
Text Update 006 wrote:The upkeep for herself, three Warlords, and all of these heavies (and for Titans' sake, a Caster) would have been a lot more than her purse could have supported as a Barbarian, even if she'd had the mercenary income to fill it up every turn.
The part in bold is talking about the physical limitations of her purse. She could not, personally, have carried enough schmuckers to pay for the upkeep, even if she had a source of income to cover it. That's it. That's all the sentence means. The "Titans' sake, a Caster" clause is part of the list of the units she has to pay upkeep on. It's referring to the fact that paying upkeep on casters is really expensive -- not that she finally got sent a caster.
Calemyr wrote:Additionally, Vanna's job was to get her heir popped as quickly as possible, and you can be sure that if Parson has to walk his patrol in order to do his job, Vanna can't phone it in either.
We don't know that. It could be that just having a Turnamancer on your side is sufficient to effect the change. It could be that having a Turnamancer in the city when unit production is set is sufficient (which is most consistent with the phrase used, "Having a Turnamancer reduced the production of an heir by twenty turns," as opposed to `having a turnamancer made each turn spent popping 50% more efficient` or somesuch). It could also be that Vanna did what she could to reduce popping time, and then had to leave on the mission before she had done all she could, because her talents were more urgently needed on the mission.
Calemyr wrote:In short, conservation of characters suggests it should be Vanna, but narrative consistency suggests it isn't.
How is it more "narratively consistent" to produce an entirely new caster out of nowhere?
Calemyr wrote: Since this has been a rather well written story so far, also considering that the story has always had a larger than usual cast and that we are still in the beginning of a book that has introduced a glut of new characters already, I would put more weight on narrative consistency. All told, I'd put the odds at 65% that this is a new caster loyal to Faq.
Go back and look at the summer update where Jillian leaves on her mission
. That update is set 55 turns after TBfGK; the ending paragraph is some indeterminate number of days after that. Note that there is no mention whatsoever of a second caster before Jillian left. Note that we now know that Jillian left Faq with a caster. Note that the only Faq caster we have been told of is Vanna. Note that there are two in-story features for that caster being Vanna (Vanna White/White Mage and "never says much").
Therefore, for that caster to be anyone BUT Vanna would be a glaring example of narrative INconsistency.