Lamech wrote:I've always wondered something about predictamancy. When something is fated to happen. Say your side falling, would it be possible to "avoid" your fate by making it happen in the most friendly way to you possible? Say your side is doomed to fall! So you pop a heir. And make the heir go out and start a new side. Then the new ruler returns and takes your capital. Then you take it back. And everyone rejoins the same side. Since this is all preplanned you can make this happen fairly easily with no fighting.
Fate is fulfilled! Your side falls. But everyone lives, and you reclaim your cities half an hour after your side falls. Maybe you even get a new caster if the heir's side pops warlords.
Or Jillian with her ambushes. Carry around a few natural allies. If she is going to be ambushed, send out the natural allies ahead, have them break alliance and attack! Then after one attack reform the alliance. BAM! You "avoid" fated ambush.
Maybe. I'm not sure if the natural allies thing would count as an ambush since you know they're there (and so it's not an Ambush), but even if it is, it doesn't mean you WON'T get ambushed again. Like, you could go and send them ahead and be fake-ambushed, re-ally, and then get ambushed *again* by your real enemies. Same thing with your side falling - yeah, that fulfills the prediction, but doesn't mean the side WON'T fall in some other way.
It's a way to get out of predictions you don't like, but it's not actually using the predictamancer to your benefit. As you said, maybe you reform the side and the predictamancer'll be like "Guess what guys, this side is gonna fall... I WONDER WHY, PROBABLY THE SAME REASON IT WAS GOING TO FALL BEFORE."
...ACTUALLY LOL WANDA ALREADY TALKED ABOUT THIS I JUST REMEMBERED. "When the prisoner chooses the easy way... she gets the easy way. But when she chooses the VERY easy way, she gets the VERY HARD WAY."
The right thing to do is probably to take the prediction at face value and work with it. Like, if it's Predicted that the side will fall, well, that sucks... but you can work with it. Pop a new heir to reform a side later - don't do silly tricks like trying to fulfill the prediction immediately, but make sure that when it happens, the casters are ready and escape to the MK, the heir is ready and has a site lined up to found a new side, and so on. Or, like the ambush - don't try to fake-ambush yourself, just be ready for an enemy ambush and maybe bring more forces than you usually would, or stay extra-alert, and so on. Maybe head in such a direction that your enemy won't be able to extrapolate where you're coming from and so on.
So yeah, that's my guess. Trying to avoid the prediction is futile, and that's the Hard way. Working with the prediction, you know it'll happen so don't try to prevent it but try to make the best of it, that's the easy way. Trying to "fake out" Fate appears to be the "very easy" way, but might lead to the very hard way.