moose o death wrote:if not MK, then certainly janis is upto something. wanda is clued into it, sizemore is being used to help control parson's developement. the casters seem to be able to abandon a city and become loyal to magic itself, as wanda says she is loyal to fate. she knows she has further to go yet, but she has told parson she isn't his enemy either.
Yes, an interesting string of suppositions. We don't know, for example, if Janis knew even an iota about the perfect warlord spell prior to Parson showing up. She doesn't strike me as the kind to get along well with Wanda, which would make for some tense moments during coffee breaks at the caster conspiracy cabal council meetings. Wanda's loyalties are a complicated subject: she lost her previous source of loyalty when she threw her lot in with Stanley and Faq fell. She speaks of Fate, which, I repeat once more, may or may not have anything to do with what Janis might want or what she might be praying for.
moose o death wrote:jack defended stanley despite wanting to help jillian, we have yet to find out why, but he spared stanley's ego in the fireworks display. so he has some reason to keep stan alive and happy. the predictamancer seems to have vanished from faq, yet stanley has the two other casters. had that predictamancer been taken back to GK as well stanley would never have ascended to the throne. the predictamancer would have exposed the plot for saline's throne and GK would have kept conqueering the world with dwagon armies.
Do we know the storyline vis a vis Faq's fall and Saline's death? Jack acted in the fireworks display to prevent a collision between archons and dwagons, if memory serves. Predictamancy is a large unknown; for all we know, that caster saved her (?) own skin when she read the tea leaves, as it were.
moose o death wrote:so far all mancers appear to be able to move freely through the MK, to me it looks an awful like the MK is the veilled hand running erfworld. by making magic indispensable as a combat aid, they assure they have plentiful new units popped and it appears fairly trivial for casters to survive cities being destroyed. city-less casters move to MK. wanda had dozens of spells in her stash so they make their upkeep selling spells but where does wanda get the cash. only the overlord has access to the treasury
We don't know a thing about MK, but somehow they're the masters of Erf? I respect your intuition, but MK sounds more like a neutral nation, an academic and cultural center that is able to defend itself mostly by being useful and by being hard to reach—and because of the sheer concentration of casters. We really see no indication that casters who are parts of sides are not subject to the same loyalties that affect all other units. Wanda's story (and Jack's) is not as simple, but there's a fair amount of sheer plotmancy involved there.
moose o death wrote:this could be rands at work instead of schmukers but that raises the question of what is a rand and how is wanda getting them, she must be selling something for rands. but what IS she selling. information? she has no problems sharing information with jillian. and has a history of betraying her sides. uncroak spells? seems unlikely to be a large amount of call for units who just die again soon after. i can see decrypt being quite popular at auction. but not uncroak.
We do have canon that scrolls can be bought with shmuckers rather than rands. But don't forget that Wanda is proficient at a variety of magics, meaning that she would have several options regarding what scrolls she could sell.
moose o death wrote:the whole magic kingdom seems like it's upto something. especially those attached to GK in some manner. we will find out eventually. i'd like to think the constant war has gotten on their nerves and they want the conflict to end. but it's just as likely janis is pure evil and wants to rule erfworld
i put more faith in the former, but as always we don't have the resources rob has
Sometimes paranoia pays off. For my money, looking at the MK would mean paying less attention to the individual motivations of GK casters, and that would well be an unwise choice.