Ansan Gotti wrote:It's entirely possible Jillian gave this advice specifically to increase the chances of Wanda surviving. Of course, this would continue the volte-face from Book 1 to Book 2 with respect to this character's competence and subtlety, but I'm sure it will be chalked up to her new Queenness or something.
Well, we know that Jillian is still atracted to Wanda. Like she pointed out, there was no need for the initial parley if she just wanted the croackmancer's head on a stick. She even offered the chance of ganking on Jetstone togheter.
Also, she's been dealing with Charlie, wich is a masterfull weaver of lies, and Don King, wich loves to act from the background. Even with Jillian being a hotblooded barbarian, it would be almost impossible she didn't learn a trick or ten from them.
Ansan Gotti wrote: I do think there is a reasonable explanation for this course of action from the "smartest tactics" point-of-view, however (I made this point in the most recent text update discussion thread), which I would find slightly more palatable as a motivation for Jillian's advice. After all, we know she's good in battle, albeit rather unimaginative. Or at least, that was at one time one of her weaknesses. I'm just not so sure any more.
It's my personal theory that as units in Erfworld level up they get smarter(mental stat increase?). A stabber is a drooling idiot wich only cares about stabbing, but that chief croackmancer is capable of orchestating a masterfull plot that will change the face of Erfworld.
Jillian being promoted to queen probably came with nice bonus to her mental stats wich allowed her to see things beyond "stab with sword, eat, sex, sleep, repeat". And again she's been under Don and Charlie's personal tutorage for a lot of turns.
Stanley clearly rolled pretty poorly on the mental stat increase. Well, he's not even a noble after all.