"Everything’s a show, Digdoug. Nobody understands that but the Carnies and the Signamancers. Of course I’m putting on a show. I put on a show wherever I go. And so do you, hon. You just don’t know it."
Sixty wrote:Or the double double twist in which Digdoug was right originally and it IS all a show!
-- Dove, Episode 11
Whatever is going on, I can't believe that it's exactly what it seems to be. If it were simply true that Posbrake died somehow and Digdoug is on his own from now on, then how would Digdoug ever get any answers? Digdoug is right that Dove's story doesn't make sense. Capturing Creen really should have been enough to end the battle. There are so many questions that need to be answered and as far as I can tell there is no magic in all of the Magic Kingdom that could reveal those answers. Predictamancers can only reveal the future; they can't tell us what happened in the past.
Some of the answers might come from Dove, since she surely knows more than she's told, but Dove doesn't know what happened to Homekey and we need
to know that. It would be implausible for this story to set up all these mysteries and end without explaining the truth behind it all. Rob Balder would never do that to us. So something is not as it seems. Is Posbrake even really dead? We've missed Homekey's entire turn this day, so there's no telling what Posbrake might have done on his turn. Moving the capital might make sense, but wouldn't the new capital have a portal of the same color? It would make no sense for Posbrake to banish Digdoug, especially not with an empty purse. Posbrake isn't trying to fake his own death because every remaining Homekey city is proof that Posbrake is still alive.
Surely Dove must know the truth because she is now Digdoug's only connection to answers and that means that Dove is lying about something. I see two possibilities. For one, Dove betrayed Posbrake and arranged his death somehow for the bounty that Numloch would pay. That means that Dove knows exactly why Digdoug's side ended and she's helping him out of guilt. For another, Digdoug has it exactly right and Dove is using Carnymancy to trick Digdoug into staying in the Magic Kingdom. Digdoug even points out that every single realization he's had about losing his side has been in Dove's presence, including the absent portal, and now she's going to pay his upkeep to explain why he doesn't disband at dawn.