Castamir wrote:Actually, by turning herself, Wanda would show more loyalty to her ruler than by staying a Haffaton unit. She wouldn't be no longer bound to Olive's chain of command, and if Olive is croaked, Judy can be freed.
But this still leaves the problem of the Prediction that Jillian would kill the ruler of Haffaton. Jillian most likely will kill Olive, but for that to fulfill the prophecy Judy has to be already dead.
I'm thinking putting the crown of thorns on Jillian was a big mistake. Jillian is a masochist in more than one way - she thrives on pain, and there's no reason to think the pain of withdrawal would be any different. If the crown of thorns clears her mind from the direct influence of the Hero flowers, as I think it does, then she's going to display her characteristic craftiness again, no matter how she feels.
I think Judy is dying. We know
Judy is dying actually, Wanda said so. But I think they have quite specific predictamancy about when
Judy will die - at least Wanda has. This was why Wanda now was so eager to pump Judy for information about the shoes. Olive might know about the death timing prediction too, which would partially explain the need to turn Jillian (provided Olive can order Jillian to kill Judy, which I think she can as part of a coup - and due to the flowers, the real loyalty of all the turned units is probably to Olive more than Haffaton).