I was binge-watching Scientology and the Aftermath on Netflix while working on part of this storyline, so as much as Bennet is in-universe Colbert, this is in-universe Leah Remini.
WiB: Okay, let’s see about the next one . . .
Bennet: Although Northwind was a business, some experts have described it as “basically a cult.”
Could other cults be inspired to use magical mind-control, when people don’t respond to their regular manipulation? Could they be doing it right now?
Our guest tonight is Peony Romarin, cult survivor turned activist, who will take us through the horrifying possibilities —
Peony: Actually, Mr. Amande, I don’t think other cults will be pulling this off.
In fact, let me tell you something — if they’re smart, they won’t even try recruiting magicals with these powers. When was the last time you saw a cult implode as hard as Northwind, hmm? And I give all the credit to Magical Kudzu.