Zeku wrote:Kind of repeating myself here, but Fate discussions (and Fate comics) are always my least favorite.
I don't understand how Fate or Predictions can exist, without a will or a mind implementing them. Thus, only the will or mind matters. The Fate and Predictions are just the intermediate step: "This is what I'm going to do later." The way Rob is expressing these F/Ps are in terms of numbers. A zero-sum equation. But who is writing the equation?
I can see this panning out two ways. The first is a layered narrative involving god-like entities. This only works if you've got a good long-term story in mind.
The second is a closed self-referential system. Fate affects Numbers affects Logistics. What affects Fate?
1. Unknown gameworld rules, which could in turn be:
2. System imbalances (anisotropy)
3. Self-feedback loops (chaos theory)
4. #2 reflected as unit preference (like Orks, things become true if everyone wants it)
5. Fate is a symptom of some unknown factor existing outside the world. This would require that Erfworld be a kind of pocket universe, within another.
6. Fate is a product of each unit's mind, and in fact is simply the individual unit's perception that their beliefs and external events are correlated.
Fate, "just because" stinks. At the same time, if there is an explanation for it, I wouldn't want it revealed suddenly.
Perhaps Erfworld has a law of conservation of Fate. When a predictamancer makes a Prediction, they are seeing a glimpse of a moment of time in the future. When that happens the event becomes a boundary condition that places limits on all other dependent variables. If you think of the flow of events through time like the flow of water through a pipe, if someone opens or closes a valve downstream it will affect the flow of water through the pump. If the flow is cut off, then a pump can try all it wants but the water is not going to flow. It will either overheat or discharge through its pressure release valve, but the water will not flow unless there is a way around the shut valve.
Place a good conductor in an electric field and all the electric field lines will align themselves to be perpendicular to its surface. If the surface has a high curvature, like at the point of a lightning rod, then all the field lines will seem to converge on that point. It doesn't matter what the field lines were doing before the conductor was placed there, they all adapt to it, whether you can see them or not. But as you get farther and farther from the conductor, its influence disappears, and the field lines behave as if it were not there. Magnetic field lines have similar rules. What happens when you push bar magnets together pole to antipole? That's the easy way. But if you try to push matching poles together then they resist quite strongly, to the point that a strong attempt against a very strong magnet can produce some violent and unexpected reactions.
Perhaps Predictions are like conductors and magnets in E-M fields. They affect the flow of actions very strongly in their immediate vicinity, and push hard against forces trying to fight them.