tgriff02 wrote:The painting
This isn't the first time we've seen that painting. If you're really curious, scroll back to where we first see it, and check the reactions thread from that page. IIRC, a person or two had a theory about it that made sense but that wasn't overly pertinent to the current story arc. My apologies if this is a waste of time.
tgriff02 wrote: "Finally, we have someone who hears a prediction, accepts it as reality, and marches forward to meet it, ready to adapt."
It really does seem like the best course of action is to pretend like you've never heard a prediction. Wanda needs to take a look at her life and realize that trying to dodge fate's punches worked out for her only marginally worse than grabbing fate's fist and slamming it into her face.
I do vaguely remember reading parts of that discussion, but I had not been following the forum for very long and was trying to get caught up on everyone's personal favorite epilectic tree, and my eyes were a bit glazed over by then. I'll try to go get caught up.
Yes, I mean when Jillian was "griping" about the uselessness of predictimancy, talking about how Marie would warm them of an ambush the next turn, and they would waste time trying to avoid it, or find it ahead of time. It really seems so obvious that the best reaction is to just accept that the ambush will happen, and keep your men at the ready so that it isn't a sneak attack. Don't know if if sneaky units get any kind of bonus, but it seems plausible; you can't preventt he ambush, but you can deny them a positive modifier. From Parson's own observations, the key to Erworld is stacking modifiers and multipliers, so Predictamancy SHOULD be incredibly powerful, even used passively like Faq did. But I agree with the comment made previously about the exchange between Wanda and Jillian where Wanda says, "When the prisoner requests the easy way, she gets the easy way; but when she requests the very easy way, she gets the VERY hard way." I think Fate has a similar attitude.