Predictamancy

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Class\Axis Erf Fate Numbers
Hocus Pocus Findamancy Predictamancy Mathamancy

Predictamancy is one of the three disciplines of the Magic class Hocus Pocus and composed solely of the element of Life; it is aligned with the axis of Fate.Erf-b1-p038aSame-site.PNG

Proposed Canon

Although not forbidden by scripture, many sides consider it bad luck to hire a Predictamancer. WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 7

Abilities

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.
Prediction
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.

Known Predictamancers

Natural Predictamancy

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

Predictamancy does not literally look through time.

Predictamancers and Carnymancers believe Fate is a cosmic intelligence that manipulates outcomes for units it cares about. They believe that Predictamancy works by peering into Fate's plan for Erfworld.

Thinkamancers on the other hand believe that Fate is a series of dictums, a sort of Luckamancy manipulating invisible golem that is created when a Predictamancer casts a prediction spell. The dictum enforces what the Predictamancer themself subconsciously intends, effectively making their prophecies self-fulfilling.

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 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.

See Also

List of Predictions

Speculation

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.