ftl wrote:When he tried to leave Erfworld, it turned out that he couldn't, because some coincidence stopped him just in the nick of time.
I find it hard to avoid looking at it from the other side. When I read Book 2, Text 59
, the thing that strikes me as odd isn't the fact that the beam fell on Parson, but rather that the fire waited around for Parson to chat with Charlie and then mess around with the bracer like time was no issue. It's a small miracle that the beam didn't fall on Parson long before it did.
ftl wrote:It doesn't seem like a particularly big leap to ascribe that coincidence to Fate. Especially given the MANOS effect.
If we knew Fate existed as a magical invisible ghost that does things in Erfworld then there would be little doubt that the falling beam was the work of that ghost. That would
be a very small leap.
ftl wrote:Is there a better way of understanding Fate that is more consistent with Erfworld? I mean, we've seen a lot of Fated things now. Lots of stuff with Wanda and Parson. How would you expect Fate to manifest itself?
I would expect Fate to just be the inevitable destination of events in Erfworld, the ends that are foreshadowed by the current situation in the eyes of magic which has full knowledge of everything that is happening and all the thoughts in all the players' heads. There's no need to anthropomorphize Fate. When Predictamancers talk about Fate wanting something, they can easily just mean that events in Erfworld are coming together to make certain outcomes impossible to avoid, even if there is nothing at all supernatural about it.
I'd say this is more consistent with Erfworld. Against it we have a sound effect of ambiguous meaning that only tells us that the beam falling is somehow associated with Fate, perhaps just metaphorically. On the other hand we have Book 0, Episode 24
. When Wanda suggests that she might kill herself to avoid her Fate, Delphie says, "Yes, you could. But you won't." In other words, Delphie is saying that no magic ghost would step in to stop Wanda, but even so Delphie already knows that Wanda wouldn't really choose to do it. To me that seems to be the words of a Predictamancer telling us how Predictamancy works, and a sound effect isn't even close to same class of evidence.