Although not forbidden by scripture, many sides consider it bad luck to hire a Predictamancer. WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 7
- Intuitive Combat
- Can tell whether or not taking a particular shot will have enough Numbers to hit and can choose not to take the shot if it won't.
- Can peer into Fate to see its intentions and advise on the best steps to take in response. They can also see predictions that were made by other units.
- Marie Lavraie: A predictamancer from Faq responsible for many plot central predictions, croaked, decrypted.
- Delphie Temple of Goodminton, croaked
- Maya Calendar of Haffaton, croaked
- Phillip of the Magic Kingdom
- The Magnificent Carniac of the Magic Kingdom
Intuition is said to be a natural form of Predictamancy that allows units to dimly, subconsciously, perceive their Fate in LIAB Text 38. Battlespace determinations is said to be Natural Predictamancy in IPTSF Text 27.
Predictamancy and causality
Some Erfworlders believe Fate to be controlled by the Titans. Fate is planned up to a point, but every once in a while, there comes a very important turn where something must be decided, such as when Parson needed to decide how to react to being reinstated as Chief Warlord. Once said decision has been made, Fate will continue planning out the story from there.
Predictamancy does not literally look through time. It resembles Mathamancy and works by peering into the Fate's intentions. For example, when a unit is in production, Erfworld has probably already decided what it is going to look like before it actually pops. Predictamancy allows you to see the information that is currently hidden from everyone else, but will be revealed in time.
Fate enforces a Prediction like a railroading or even cheating game master via natural carnymancy through subtle manipulation of behind the scenes mechanics. It can do so via Luckamancy, the design of a newly popped unit, and has apparently even been shown to be capable of tampering with Parson's Mathamancy Bracer and causing a burning beam to drop on his head when he tried to take an action it desperately didn't like. It likely nudges units into making certain decisions through intuition in a manner similar to a suggestion spell.
Defying A Prediction
With a great deal of difficulty, it is indeed possible to defeat Fate. The easiest way is by cheating it through Carnymancy.
For example, in WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 9, there is a prophecy saying that the capital of Homekey will come under a massive air attack. Since Fate hasn't weighted any particular enemy side into doing so, the Carnymancer proposes having Homekey attack itself.
Carnymancy has also been used to tweak Fate's intentions, delaying a Fated death due to its current effort no longer fitting the new rule introduced by the Carnymancer.
Even without using a loophole, it is still possible to fight or even defeat Fate, but this results in a backlash against the person to resist their fate, causing an event that they like even less to occur.
It is quite likely that Signamancy and Predictamancy are closely related. When The Magnificent Carniac tells Digdoug's fortune, he does it via palm reading. It is also notable that many units have names closely related to their Fates, and that symbolism has often been used for real life divination.