I don't think Marie is playing games at all here. We don't know enough of the details of predictamancy, but if it works at all like foretelling does in all of human history (from the Oracle at Delphi to Harry Potter's Professor Trelawney), visions of the future don't play like a documentary that gives you all the details. I'm certain that her predictamancy did NOT tell her that Haffaton will be the agent of Faq's fall. If it did, she would have told Faq that their fall was imminent the moment Haffaton started getting close to Faq. She only knows that Faq will fall at some point and that Lady Firebaugh is involved. Her statement earlier that Haffaton would be the agent of Faq's fall was her extrapolating from the fact that Lady Firebaugh is a Haffaton caster.
In sum, her predictions as she states them to the court are her extrapolations of future events based on the facts she gets from Predictamancy combined with what she knows is going on in the world at the moment. She could tell the court that Lady Firebaugh is the one who will cause the fall of Faq, but what would be the point in that? It would only drive Jillian to try to go out and kill the caster first, and as all predictamancers believe trying to fight fate only makes your path harder. So she is hiding that specific information for a reason.
As to how Marie will behave when Wanda is a part of Faq, I think that's going to be very interesting.
Vambann wrote: 0beron wrote:
Mizzle wrote:I'm fairly convinced Marie is destroying Faq deliberately to further her big conspiracy thing.
I'm not sure that Marie is so "evil". Remember that she is still bound by Duty, so she can't just be dooming her Side at every turn freely. ...
What if King Banhammer ordered her to Predict a way to end all fighting in Erfworld? Where would her Duty lie then?
I can see that as the sort of thing Banhammer and the FAQ court would try to pull off.
I just think you are wrong about Marie here. I think she has seen via her prediction magic that Faq will fall. She believes that Fate cannot be changed and fighting it only makes things worse...now that belief might turn out to be incorrect, but she is not trying to cause the fall of Faq for some conspiratorial reason. She's trying to guide Faq along towards the path of least resistance to a Fate that is inevitable, and trying to concoct a plan with the least bloodshed (Faqs casters will flee, their units surrender, etc.).
As for predicting a way to end all fighting on Erf, I don't think predictions work that way. That's not a prediction, that's trying to design events to end up at a particular goal. Predictamancy shows future events, then you get to decide what path you take to get there. You are telling her to decide on the destination (a specific future event you want, in this case no fighting on Erf), then asking predictamancy to tell you the path. That's the exact opposite of what predictamancy does.
Now a counter to this might be wanting all of your magical attacks to land, as was done to great effect. But even that was just the predictamancer asking where the enemy units would be a few moments into the future, then attacking those locations. That's still just asking for information about a future event, then choosing how to act based on that.
You could ask "will there ever be a time when there is no more fighting on Erf," and then perhaps see a time when that is true, but depending on your wording it could just be a turn where there happens to be no fighting (still wars going on in the general sense but no battles on that particular turn). Or it could be that you see a future moment with true peace on Erf, but you would still have no idea when that is or how the world got to that point. You can only see glimpses of the future, you cannot see the path to get there.