When she'd boosted the tower, a few such nice little changes in design, decor, and accouterments had crept in from her mind's eye.
So, Wanda did guide the upgrade like a Dirtamancer, just not as consciously. Also, she only refers to boosting the tower, as opposed to upgrading the entire city. That still doesn't prove anything, though.
Wanda absently felt the lace trim of her boots with a gloved hand, trying to put her thoughts into words. She glanced at mirror-Wanda for strength. Oh, she did like this outfit, yes. It made Delphie nervous. It gave her new power.
As I said in the last update thread, Wanda has taken a step towards becoming the powerful woman her reflection shows. She has taken a step in another regard as well. She is enjoying Delphie's discomfort. Wanda is starting to become cold and mean. Also, I wonder if part of Delphie's nervousness comes from seeing the outfit in her visions. Is this the outfit Wanda will be wearing when Delphie croaks?
Delphie put her hand to her forehead, and smiled wistfully at the floor. "Oh, dear. I was making a choice of my own, I suppose. To ease your way into Olive's service." She looked up at Wanda with eyes resigned and sad, yet still accusing. "But your choices undid the effects of mine. You should have trusted me."
It seems like those with Fate are the one's who choices really
matter. They're choices are the one that determine the road they'll take, and they override the choices of others.
"You lying ditch witch!" Wanda turned and stomped across the room, yelling to the air. "Loyal to what? To Fate? Not to Goodminton!"
It is interesting to see Wanda so irate when she thought Delphie might be loyal to Fate opposed to her side, since that is exactly what Wanda will be in the future. It highlights how much Wanda has changed.
"Yes! To Goodminton! It was the only way Goodminton could survive you," said Delphie, tears flowing freely down her face.
I'm glad that Delphie's Duty is to Goodminton. Delphie seemed to have intuited different paths Wanda could take to her Fate, so she was trying go guide her on one that would not have ended in Goodminton's imminent destruction. She saw Goodminton would temporarily be in possession of a highly valuable, highly volatile item, so she attempted to get the most benefit for the least risk.
She stopped in front of the mirror again. Mirror-Wanda and she both knew Delphie was right. Wanda was defiant. She would break her Fate somehow. But, she supposed, not today. Not that way. She took in a deep breath to calm herself.
Wanda is starting to accept her fatalistic view of Fate, but she isn't accepting it yet. She is still defiant. Judging from present Wanda, her defiance will be crushed, but I wonder if it will be completely extinguished. Is there still some tiny spark of it in present Wanda just waiting for the right moment to spit in Fate's face?
drachefly wrote:I thought Wanda knew that Olive knew; and I thought that Delphie shared this information with her side. I'm guessing that I was mistaken.
Also, the illustration is pretty, but I have a hard time figuring out where non-reflected Wanda actually is. I see the other bedpost in the reflection at such an angle that I'd expect to see her on the left side of the foreground.
We aren't exactly sure what Olive knew. She told Wanda that Dephlie had only informed her that Wanda was very special and worth the price, and she claimed that she learned more about Delphie's Prediction from Tommy than from Delphie herself. It may be that when Delphie states here that Olive knew
, she may mean that Olive understood the significance as opposed to knowing the details.
I also agree with your assessment of the illustration. Real Wanda may be behind Delphie. That is the only place I can think of, but it still looks a little off. Also, did anyone else notice Olive's flower on Wanda's hip? Despite the fact she wants nothing more to do with her old raiment, she kept the flower.
Dunbar wrote:But now I wonder...is Parson a tactical genius? After all, there were close calls with tBfGK, and did Wanda's side only prevail because of her Fate? Would the whole uncroaking the volcano trick have even worked? Or did the rules bend because of Wanda's Fate?
Wanda survived a nasty fall in that battle when the Archons killed her mount, if she died there she wouldn't have been around to decrypt the volcano. Not luck, but Fate. Ansom fell for the bogroll-disguised-as-Parson trick. Clever ploy? Or Fate forcing Ansom (and the Archons, who did nothing to prevent it) to act as they did?
In essense, was the ending of Book 1 due to Parson's ability, or just due to Wanda's Fate? They could have brought in Joe the Plumber as their Ultimate Warlord, and still Wanda would have ended up with the Arkenpliers.
Fate seems to determine what will happen, but not when or how it will happen. If the siege raid had captured Ansom and gotten the Arkenpliers, Stanley would have claimed them, and it may have been a thousand turns before Wanda had a chance to touch them and attune. Wanda may have fled to the Magic Kingdom or left on her uncroaked mounts, and she would have needed to await another opportunity to get her hands on them. Wanda's Fate means she won't croak before she accomplishes it, but it doesn't make it happen. As Wanda states, choices do matter. Choices determine how and when Fate happens. In my mind, that doesn't undercut Parson's role at all.