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This is not dissimilar to Afraid/DitV (Vincent's other works) in that "lethal action" is a different category than "physical action" for dice even if intuitively one might think that the former is often a subset of the latter.
Wanda - Defending self. d8 d6. - The roaring flames frighten, but do no real damage.
I was at a real loss for what to do with Andreas so I decided to push him further into a dark direction.
I did not see anything distinguishing the description of Sigmismund's killing Wanda with fire from the example in the rules of Athesa killing Irin using a knife. In the text example they used defend self. I'm still a touch confuzzled, but I think in the example's description there was a hint that Irin would fight back while in my description I included none.
You're saying that, as GM, you're deciding that Bergen's challenge against Sigismund is resolved with Sigismund's same answering dice as were used to resolve the first challenge by Wanda, without a source in the rules text for this deviation from the rules text?
What we have is a piece of narrative that attacks two characters simultaneously (not a series of attacks that need to be resolved in an order), and each of those characters is conflicting with it. The multiple-character conflict rules laid out in the wiki don't cover that.
"And Wanda goes thermonuclear, killing everyone and everything." I arrange it so I roll 1d12, and I then add my 1d6 PIP. Getting an 18. I can almost end the game like that with one lucky roll if we do a 4 for 1 deal. Whereas, if we cycle through individual conflicts, luck fades as we drift toward the mean.
There was no "Sigismund tries to kill both" challenge, Sigismund lost his initiative, that never happened.