In the novel “Piper to the Alternative”, Pamina’s mother is Mildred Payne. She is the great Queen of the Night. She hurls down curses with a bolt of lightning. She emanates charm that can seem almost irresistible. At other times, the air glows black and white with the depth of her profound wickedness.
Mildred was also an adept at various evil strategies. One of them, in fact, perhaps her favorite, was that of finesse. In order to accomplish this, you set your prey up through flattery and deceit, and then move in to destroy them, getting them to do something or give up information they would never otherwise do.
By the time of MinnegeddonPartDeux (post Monostatos’ Orchestra lockout) Mildred is dead. A few proxies seem to have tried to step up to the plate. They too try to corner Pamina and cause her harm. They seem intent on becoming Mildred’s little mini-me’s. Of course, the energy of the great die zauberflote protects Pamina. And, as it might be expected, Pamina has learned from her experiences with her mother how to finesse her adversaries…
So instead of a slanted field, there is instead an even one…:-)