Predictamancy

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Hocus Pocus Findamancy Predictamancy Mathamancy

Proposed Canon

Predictamancy is one of the three disciplines of the Magic class Hocus Pocus; it is aligned with the axis of Fate.Erf-b1-p038aSame-site.PNG

Abilities

Natural Predictamancy

Intuition is said to be a natural form of Predictamancy in LIAB Text 38.

Known Predictamancers

  • Marie Lavraie: An predictamancer from FAQ responsible for many plot central predictions.

Speculation

Predictions that have proven accurate

Predictamancy and causality

The mechanisms of predictamancy have not been described in any detail. Some possible mechanics are:

Self Fulfilling Prophecy

Knowledge of the predictions or predictamancy itself casues the predictions to be true. It could be argued that Wanda only became attuned to the Arkenpliers due to a course of actions based on future knowledge.Erf-b1-p143Same-site.PNG

Future event created by prediction

Any use of Predictamancy could "plant" an event somewhere in the future of the targeted creature/item/land. For example, when Wanda was affected by Predictamancy, she was "foretold" to attune herself to an Arkentool, but not which one or when. From that point, events that could cause her to attune had a higher odds of occurring, until the prophecy was fulfilled.

Outside influence

Forces beyond the scope of ordinary cause and effect in Erfworld (For instance the Titans) alter events to reach the predicted state regardless of anybody's knowledge or choices.

Foreknowledge

The Predictamancer obtains knowledge of future events by some unspecified means. Any actions taken on this knowledge are known in advance as well, and any influence already accounted for. Thus the act of predicting (or more precisely the act of telling someone a prediction) can change events, but the events leading up to the foreknown event are also foreknown.

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