Wanda stepped through into Goodminton's portal room shortly after the turn had begun, and found Clay waiting for her.
I really thought we'd follow Marie and Jack back to Faq and return to Goodminton later. So much for that idea.
Delphie had turned moody and uncooperative.
Given the revelation toward's the end, this is certainly understandable. I can see Clay praising how Wanda's
plan saved the city for the last five turns exacerbating the situation. Wanda's relationship with Delphie has always been strained, but this give us a deeper understanding as to why. As Neko and atalex mentioned, it certainly looks like Delphie foresaw this eventuality if Wanda remained in Goodminton's service, hence her warning the turn Wanda popped. I echo atalex's sentiment.
"You know how when a unit falls, it can croak, or be incapacitated, or just be plain wounded and lose some hits?"
That was a nice allusion to the Battle of Spacerock. I wonder if this conversation passed through Wanda's mind on that occasion
"And I'm thinking f'we get into another airspace fight we can first cast against the enemy to make 'em more likely to croak in a fall."
I don't know why, but some of Clay's contractions remind me of Charlie's. One problem with a comic is you can't hear the dialogue. I wonder what dialect Rob has in mind for both of them.
"Because we don't use air mounts."
Looks like there weren't any Uncroakable Mounts, pity that.
That's one way to interpret what he said. On the other hand, he didn't say they didn't have
any mounts. I think he may have meant that Goodminton does not pop mounts, therefore they don't use them habitually
as part of their tactical doctrine; it is not their modus operandi
. It may be like Tramennis stating that Jetstone's kind of fighting was mass infantry, bolstered by leadership. Jetstone had mounts, but they weren't central to Jetstone's military doctrine. It may be possible that Wanda did reanimate some mounts. I may be wrong, but I think the jury is still out.
They still had prisoners from the air battle who had survived the fall, and hadn't turned. Considering their strategic desperation, she would've preferred to have the uncroaked units on hand.
This tells us several things. It implies that some of the Frenemy units that survived the fall did
turn to Goodminton. If any were commanders, that could provide some valuable intelligence. Also, Lord Firebaugh seems to still want to be a side that takes prisoners preferentially. I have to respect someone who sticks by their convictions when things are dire, but it will probably cost him. Also, Wanda fails to see the upside to keeping prisoners. Bodies, even if claimed as a boon, decay. Uncroaked decay as well. By having prisoners, Wanda has a reserve source for uncroaked.
After the air battle, she had relocated herself, Delphie and Clay to the tower, and told the other two casters they were not to travel to the Magic Kingdom without permission.
I can see why Wanda reaffirmed her order that Delphie should not enter the Magic Kingdom without orders, since Delphie did conspire with Olive, but her forcing them to move strikes me as a bit autocratic.
Delphie was taking it as if Wanda had ordered her summary execution.
I wonder if, when Delphie meets her end, it will be in her tower quarters. She seems to have foreseen it, so if she sees herself ordered towards it, I find this reaction quite understandable.
"Could you 'un-boost' me?"
For a moment, I thought Wanda had actually come up with an interesting idea. Due to Wanda's "Fate crap", she basically guaranteed good rolls. I thought she might have wanted to siphon those good results to other Goodminton units when she didn't need them. Alas, it was only part of her existential crisis.
"Love is its own thing," he said, shaking his head in helpless wonderment. "And it, uh, really messes with the dice."
I wonder if this relates to when Duncan tried to get a feel for fight between Jillian and Wanda, and it felt like the Titans were laughing. It also sheds some light on Charlie's desire to croak Ansom.
Nice! We get to see both the source of Wanda's Fate-alistic philosophy as well as the introduction for futher discussion of Love's effects in-Erf.
Another piece of Wanda's fatalism is put in place. Also, I remember how aloof Clay was with Wanda earlier. When Wanda commented that Delphie didn't know everything, Clay responded that she "[j]ust knew everything that matters." It makes me wonder if Delphie informed Clay of the feelings he would develop for Wanda.
It seems that Fate isn't Wanda's only problem. She wrestled with love at Kiloton, and she will still be wrestling with it at Faq.
So is love under the power of Fate? Is Love under the power of Fate? Can a unit exude an aura of love? Connected to looks, commander rank, etc? It might just be really common in erfworld to make up for shorter lifespans.
Perhaps we'll get to see the circle of casters debating it a Faq. It seems to be one of the many topics they discussed.
Love is being slightly overused, but then it always is. Jillian gets all the princes, Wanda gets all the peasants.
I agree completely. The inexplicable fixation characters have for Jillian is one of the reasons I so dislike her character. It seems Wanda may be surpassing Jillian in that regard, although, since I find Lady Wanda of Goodminton adorable, I can understand it more with her. Still, a big gripe I have with many stories is when a character becomes the focus of the romantic inclinations of a plethora of other characters. While I certainly think romance can add to a story and understand every archetype attracts somebody, it strains my credulity when a character becomes a nexus of affection.
Okay, this can't end well for either party. We know that. So the question now, I guess, is how much can Love affect things? Is it strong enough to override Fate? Or does it merely give bonuses?
Jack thinks love is something greater than magic. If he's right, it may be able to overcome Fate. I don't think we'll get an answer to that question for quite a long time, though.