First of all, hi! I'm a new reader of Erfworld, having just recently plowed through the archives, and since i'm posting here on the forums, it must have hit a spot
It's really a lovely comic, one of those few cases that actually manage to make you uncertain about which side to cheer for. Not to mention the personal interactions between characters. Which gets me to subject.
Much like that yellow guard who watched over Wanda's interrogation of Jillian, I have a million questions on that. The basics are explained by the comic: Upon the fall of Faq, Jillian joined Ansom's forces and his offensive on Gobwin Knob. She was taken prisoner and held in Wanda's care, until broken free by Ansom. This pattern was repeated many times, until this last time, when Wanda attempted to use her as an insider agent. Pressed by Charlie's Archons, she broke through Wanda's Suggestion spell, confessed her love for Ansom via Thinkagram and proceeded to croak the dragons in an awesome fashion. Later, she brought the dragons to Gobwin Knob, where she confronted Wanda, who literally and metaphorically shot her down. After that, we have not had any interaction between Wanda and Jillian.
I might have missed something in that resumé, and if so, please point it out.
The way I see it there are two ways to interpret the course of action.Theory 1
This suggest that Wanda started working her spell early, slowly gaining hold on Jillian and subordinating her to Wanda's will, that is, her appearent sadomasochism is something that Wanda induced on her. Then, when the spell broke, the magical bashlash hit Wanda and, due to her insufficient Thinkamancy skills, rendered her unresponsive. Later, Wanda shot Jillian out of the air because it was appearant from her questioning that Jillian was no longer in a subordinated position, and therefore useless to Wanda.
That theory does hold water well, and it does fit with the facts laid out elsewhere in the comic. Jillian is a strong, self-reliant woman who is not afraid to take a stand for her beliefs, often disobeys direct orders and has herself stated how she doesn't like Ansom's commanding persona. Such a personality fits ill with the sadomasocistic kink it is implied she has developed with Wanda, and the notion that "she likes it", as she has stated, can be attributed to the Suggestion spell. It's also been made clear that she can indeed appreciate less exotic kinds of love, as implied on Ansom's flying carpet above the lake (I have no proof they did the deed, of course, just pointing at the possibility). The rest of the explanation would fit well with this scenario; Wanda's blankout can be attributed to her non-optimized handling of the Suggestion spell, and her later actions clearly enfore the conclusion that whatever feelings might have been between Wanda and Jillian, they were directed from Jillian to Wanda, not the other way around, and fabricated and enhanced by a Suggestion spell.Theory 2
This theory proposes that when Jillian was taken captive the first time, she was interrogated by Wanda and found to have a kink for being handled in this way. Seeing the opportunity, Wanda continued to have Jillian captured at several points, reinforcing her subordination and the feelings towards Wanda, almost certainly aided by Suggestion spells, but with Wanda also building up a compassion for Jillian. When that spell broke, she suffered a magical backlash due to inept handling. However, she was also devestated by the choice her playmate had made, choosing Ansom over her. The combined trauma rendered her unresponsive. When Jillian later came to confront Wanda, she gained clearification on the feelings of her partner and in scorned wrath shot Jillian out of the air.
This theory does sound a bit more on the farfetched side, but it IS concievable. A person is a complex thing; it is quite possible for Jillian to have been both in love with Ansom on an emotional level and attracted to Wanda's physical treatment at once. Wanda never explicitly states that she is controlling Jillian solely through Suggestion, and when the spell breaks in the fight over the lake, she hotly protests croaking Jillian. She even defends herself when jillian comes to confron her: "but you LIKE being controlled!" She could easily have genuinely believed that, or but misinterpreted the extent and situations it applied too, and is now angrered that her long time would-by playmate is so different from what she though and that she doesn't know her at all beyond a purely physical level.My opinion
When I read through the archives, I naturally leaned towards the second theory. I think it seems likely; a person who has "torture and interrogation as hobbies" would surely warm to a repeat victim. As for their respective staus now, it's harder to tell. Jillian is almost certainly hurt by the liberties Wanda has taken with her mind (if not her body). Wanda is harder to read; she could be hurt as well, her pride at least. Time will tell, I sincerely hope; we just cannot be left hanging on such an intriguing piece of... uh, intrigue!