WarFAN wrote:Wanda has no reason to accept her solding to Haffaton. She is a caster, and if Goodminton falls, she will be captured or could flee to the Magic Kingdom instead of being croaked.
Wanda has several good reasons to not trust Delphie´s actions, suggestion´s or predictions. I hope her Duty and her instincts will make her oppose Delphie´s plan.
Wanda's thinking of her side and her family, not just herself. The simple reason for Wanda to go along is that "very long treaty of alliance." Duty might suggest that peace with their closest and most dangerous enemy, and the time to re-arm, is worth a valuable caster, even when you're it. And we know treaties can be made magically compelling, or else have crippling penalty clauses, so properly worded it could in theory work out.
It sounds like Wanda's clear decision at the end was to go along with it.
I do wonder about the effect of that "hidden weight of orders" in a conversation like this. I'm curious if it's an either/or thing, on or off and obvious when it's on, or if there are gradations where the superior can throw her weight behind something but short of an explicit order, to convince someone with more than plain reasoning. You're right that the weak point in that argument was Delphie's appeal to the authority of Fate, and Wanda neither commenting on it or rejecting it, despite having previously thought Delphie was a liar and manipulative.
I also wonder what deal Haffaton has with Goodminton's two faithless allies, and how strong the penalty clauses, if any, are on those alliances. Say Goodminton loses the caster who's been keeping them afloat, Haffaton passes on the cities they previously hoped to hold so they can watch Goodminton fall without breaking alliance while keeping said caster as consolation prize, and the two "allies" who've been no help at all move on those same cities before Goodminton can recover. The only weak point I see is Wanda would definitely be what Stanley once called a "morale case." But one way or another, I agree this doesn't likely end well for Goodminton.