The Easy Way finally makes sense to me!

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The Easy Way finally makes sense to me!

Postby TokraZeno » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:06 am

Sorry for other people who already figured this out, but I only just got it in the last comic.

The ease of a path refers to the amount of Numbers that Fate needs to borrow to achieve its outcome. The more Numbers Fate need borrow to force an outcome, the worse off the side becomes as a whole. Choosing a path that lessens the need to borrow Numbers, allows them to remain where they should making it the "easy path" for the side as a whole, or the individual in non-Fated actions.
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Re: The Easy Way finally makes sense to me!

Postby drachefly » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:17 am

Hmm. Maybe.
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Re: The Easy Way finally makes sense to me!

Postby frei » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:42 pm

Agreed that this is at least one important dimension of the mechanics underlying the easy vs. hard ways.

Also very nice to see such an explicit statement of how fate works. Also interesting that it is highly similar to how luck works.

The plot of book 0 isn't revealing all that much of excitement or interest compared to book 1, but these cosmology reveals are very satisfying, and feel like little plot twists of their own.
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Re: The Easy Way finally makes sense to me!

Postby tgriff02 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:49 pm

TokraZeno wrote:Sorry for other people who already figured this out, but I only just got it in the last comic.

The ease of a path refers to the amount of Numbers that Fate needs to borrow to achieve its outcome. The more Numbers Fate need borrow to force an outcome, the worse off the side becomes as a whole. Choosing a path that lessens the need to borrow Numbers, allows them to remain where they should making it the "easy path" for the side as a whole, or the individual in non-Fated actions.

You know, that's probably about the simplest, and most effecient way of stating that mechanic possible. I think there is more to it that just that, but at the heart I think you are on the right track. Fate is marching towards a certain destination and it WILL make the necisary event occure, Zero must still be paid, but Fate can force others to pay it's debts. Ergo, the fewer numbers that Fate has to borrow the easier the path is over all, that would explain why the people that try to over cater to Fate end up making things worse for themselves. They have pulled too far tot he OTHER extreme and are again forcing Fate to borrow numbers.
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