nth wrote:╒╦╧╬╩╦╦╛ wrote:Yosarian wrote:Crackpot theory number 12:
This plan works. Wanda decrypts the dragons, and takes the city. And then uses the city as a capital site to start a new side, with the entire army (including the now decrypted dragons) obeying all of her orders.
I believe this theory have been mentionned quite a few times already and often met the same argument against it:
It wouldn't suit well the whole "Fate wants all tool united" dogma very well...
Wanda is fully able to manipulate Stanley (so she doesn't need her own side), starting her own side would probably only make her an easier target for her detractor.
We don't even know if non-heir can start their own sides.
I can think of at least one sequence of events that would plausibly lead to Wanda turning:
Charlie (via thinkagram): "Wanda! Congratulations! I understand you want all the tools united on one side. Let me make you an offer: I get Jillian to come back, bringing Ansom and that turnamancer, which you can use on Parson. In exchange, I just want you to kill and decrypt Jillian. That way, you get them both under your thumb where they belong. Also, don't tell anyone about our agreement, and I'll make sure the rest of erfworld lines up for you to decrypt them, one by one. Even Stanley, so the hammer will be back on your side in no time."
Charlie (via thinkagram): "Jillian! I hate you! Thanks to you, Jetstone did fall, and now Wanda is in charge there. Go see her and say hello."
Charlie (via thinkagram): "Tramennis! I'm so sorry you didn't listen to me, but I've got a job to keep you financed for now, so you can survive as a barbarian, and maybe retake your kingdom. I want to employ your diplomatic skills to get *everyone* to pile onto Wanda, all at once. This nonsense has gone on long enough, and she's a danger to us all. She even killed and decrypted Jillian, when Jillian showed up under a flag of truce. That was probably Parson's idea, so we'd better let my angels take care of him..."
I'm not saying this *will* happen, but I think it's far from certain that Wanda's own motivations couldn't be used to turn her, especially if Charlie made the case that the dish is more powerful than the hammer, and therefore they had a better chance of uniting the tools together, than apart.
I'm not sure if it adress at all the point "We don't even know if non-heir can start their own sides"...
Nor am I sure it would still make any sense to start her own side even if she could (after a battle that may cost a large part of her army in a die killing-decrypt- die killing-decrypt routine). I can hardly see any way in which it would not be nigh suicidal to start her own side (assuming she could) even with Parson to do the strategy. Plus, I'm not sure she would like the possibility of having a decrypted Stanley that can't use the hammer anymore (it's hypothetical, much in the same way we don't know if decrypted caster can still cast spells).
BUT I will address your last line: ” but I think it's far from certain that Wanda's own motivations couldn't be used to turn her” that I could agree with. I could totaly see Wanda turning for that mysterious bastard of a neutral side known as Charlescomm (especially if she can manage to bring Parson with him)... After all, it would still be a 2/1 tool alliance. The thing is, it would surely mess with said side “neutrality”. But Charlie and Wanda would be a pretty badass team and since the big flaw of the archon seem to be their high upkeep cost, you can see how the plier could improve Charlie’s army and remove any possible limit to his fleet of archons.
But overall, this direction seems to imply a strange path made of a lot of out of character actions, I don’t think will see anything like that without quite a few major twist, but guess what? This comic is about twist so who know?
By the way nht, I like the way you imagine improbable scenario, would you mind to tell me what it would take for Stanley to decide to pop an heir? just to laugh a bit...