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Total WAG: Cowl's Real Plan
« on: June 24, 2021, 04:28:26 AM »
[inspired by the Darkhallow Cowl vs Ethniu thread]

In GP, Cowl gave Nemesis to Lea, weakening Winter at a critical time.

In DB, Cowl never intended to successfully complete a Darkhallow - DB turned out pretty much exactly as Cowl intended. That's why he was able to escape the collapsing Darkhallow; he'd planned it out ahead of time.

The result? The White Council was very severely weakened, but the Red Court also overextended itself, expecting Edinburgh to fall ... setting things up for Changes.

WN also went mostly as Cowl intended -- that plan seems precisely designed to get Harry to stop it. Harry's chivalrous streak is pretty well known, as is his working outside the Council's traditional scope and with mortal authorities; if they really intended a plan based on attacking non-Council-member magical women to succeed, Chicago would be the absolute last place on the planet to try it.

But at the very end, Harry did something Cowl didn't plan for - working with Lara to get out. I think he probably expected Harry to escape through the NN. Lara wasn't meant to survive - the White Court leadership was intended to be totally destroyed, ending it as a relevant political force. (Instead, it's actually probably stronger in practice since now united under Lara).

Cowl's long-term goal is to weaken all the existing supernatural power structures, break the Accords, call in the Outsiders - and then betray them. Per WOJ, the highest levels of magic can rewrite reality. With the Outsiders weakening the fabric of reality, Cowl will do that: end death, give himself godlike powers, and then kick the Outsiders back Outside.

IMO Cowl has very intentionally not killed Harry. To Cowl, Harry is kind of an "ace in the hole" to ensure that the "betray the Outsiders" part of the plan doesn't go wrong - without ever being consciously helping Cowl, he'll fight to get the Outsiders out of reality.

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Re: Total WAG: Cowl's Real Plan
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2021, 06:03:44 AM »


Intriguing, it's time for Cowl to be showing up again... Or he did intend for Lara to survive..

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Re: Total WAG: Cowl's Real Plan
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2021, 07:43:55 PM »
I gotta say this is one of the better arguments why so many people are recruiting Harry even though he hates them - to be able to use Outsiders without risking Empty Night.

Of course everyone sane is also recruiting Harry, because he can also block those crazier people from properly  using Outsiders to gain power, but it makes a serious amount of sense how you put it. Kudos :)

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Re: Total WAG: Cowl's Real Plan
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2021, 09:19:59 PM »
I like this theory, with one significant quibble: If that was all planned, it was Cowl's contingency plan if he was unable to successfully complete the Darkhallow.
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Re: Total WAG: Cowl's Real Plan
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2021, 09:02:44 PM »
Cool idea!

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Re: Total WAG: Cowl's Real Plan
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2021, 07:44:40 PM »
But at the very end, Harry did something Cowl didn't plan for - working with Lara to get out.
Because Cowl doesn't know about Harry's loyalty to Thomas because he doesn't know about their relationship.

I like this theory, with one significant quibble: If that was all planned, it was Cowl's contingency plan if he was unable to successfully complete the Darkhallow.
That does seem more likely.