Kornaki wrote:So Jillian basically has no idea what the combat capabilities of her side's casters are? She wasn't ready for the blind spell, didn't know Jack could spot further than she can, and it seems has no idea what the powers of predictamancy are. This is plausible seeing how the casters never go into the field with her and she kind of hates FAQ's casters specifically, but it seems she really failed to do her due diligence
Faq's casters were courtiers first and three of them were responsible only for keeping it wrapped up in its little bubble. For the rest they were there to engage in mystical-philosophical debate with the king.
Jilllian hated all that courtly stuff, kept out of the kingdom as much as she could arrange and would avoid casters, with the exception of Jack who was at least kind to her when she was forced to attend court. And the king would never risk his entourage at something as uncouth as battle. Jillian said it herself, Brother Orwell was a fat scared caster who had never seen battle. It is likely that the same was true of the other casters as well. How would Jillian have learned anything about their abilities, even if she had not held them in contempt?
This also shows that she is a warlord and not a tactical genius (or at least tactically minded) like Parson.
Also, I have no doubt it has been mentioned time and again, but I think that Faq is the best real world pun in the story so far. Faq, the side that nobody is even aware exists.