I'll summarize your argument as "I am being unfairly harsh on Wanda." This is fair, and I don't mean to say that she is always doing the worst thing possible... far from it. Just that she has had her mostly good thoughts and intentions, time and again, turned into horrible outcomes through outrageous fate, and yet she still has excessive confidence in her own thinking. I find her thinking to be sound, but overly linear. She fails to explore any outcome except the most probable. Compare this to Ansom, who makes plans for when his backup plans fail, or Hamster who uses his outsider's viewpoint to constantly brainstorm all of the bizarre things that this world can use to surprise him, and he it... or even Delphie, who can see the *actual* outcome, factoring in outrageous fortune and other side's shenannigans, of certain decisions. Does Wanda give her intelligent council to these people who have ostensibly been placed in charge of her, and accurately express the likelihood of her ideas being incorrect? Time and again, no. She goes around these people, or she advises only around how she is certain things will come out.Whispri wrote:...
As for blame in specific instances...
I have my doubts that Parson would have given Jillian back to the RCC at all if he had known that the compulsion could be broken. Whether Jillian's presence in the battle over the lake made much of a difference is debatable. I believe it did, especially when you consider that Ansom hired the Archons to escort her. I think there is a much better case to be made that Jillian's presence made a difference in the battle of Faq pass however... especially when you consider that that battle only happened at all because Jillian knew where Stanley was going. Thank goodness Jack saved the day there. This argument tapers off as you go too far into the future though, since it is a chaotic system, and things could have ended much worse. For instance, if Wanda hadn't miss-advised Hamster and caused him to lose the lake battle, and hence caused Stanley to bug out, well, then mebbe Stanley would have been in GK, and zombcano couldn't have happened. Either way, she fed Hamster bad intel with excessive confidence.drachefly wrote:That said, it's not like that error actually had any negative effects. Parson would have done the same had he known Jillian's compulsion was breakable. The dwagons would have been in the same hex, and so on.
Hahah, sure! That enemy army knew where they were because Wanda let Jillian escape. Wanda had too much confidence in the box and in her sway over Jillian (why she let her out of the box in the first place, where the got the ceramic).Whispri wrote: And the attempt didn't fail, it was interrupted by an enemy army (try blaming her for that).
Again, I blame her for her portrayal of the uncertainties in the spell holding that led to Parson given Jillian back to RCC. She even tried to shout down Sizemore when he (belatedly) tried to warn Parson.Whispri wrote:The spell: Parson gambled everything on that spell holding, not Wanda. Also, the spell would have held if Charlie's Archons hadn't decided to work pro bono, the last thing anyone who's heard of Charlie would expect.
You'll recall that Ossomer advised her to fly in under veil and croak Jillian, effectively ending Faq before they could get the spell off (and possibly ending Charlescomm to boot if it was truly Charlie linked to Vanna!) But no... Wanda knows Jillian. Ain't no problem.Whispri wrote:Kingsworld: Not only is there no way Wanda could have anticipated such an action (Parson and his magic bracelet certainly didn't), there's no way she could have avoided it save aborting the attack on the City. She flies in shooting, the spell gets cast, end of Turn and story. You may as well blame her for your car not starting.
Sure, true. My rhetoric got away from me. Wanda's bad decisions are one of the main drivers of the plot.Whispri wrote:Do you not think that the plot is driven by the Arkentools? The Royals' hatred of the wrong sort of dynastic Ruler? The insane whims of certain RCC leaders? Magick Kingom conspiracies? The plots of Charlie?