Yes, I'm finding this idea of encoding the MC's response to the IC's influence intriguing but tricky:
In this example -
"Influenced by Pongo, Roan loses all hope that leads to having a dream about someone while growing steadily worse."
- The first part would be something like "Roan sees Pongo is such a superior surfer that Roan loses all hope of winning the surfing contest" - have I got that right?
But the second part... Does Roan have the dream about, oh, drowning in Pongo's wake_because_ of losing all hope? Or would that just be a second example of conflict from the Hope story point and not Dream at all?
I guess I'm wondering, if I've got it right that Roan's loss of hope can be in response to Pongo's talent (that is, not in response to Pongo dealing with Hope, but rather Pongo's talent prodding at Roan's vulnerability in the area of Hope)... then similarly, could another instance of Pongo's actions have nothing to do with Dream as such, but they again prod at Roan's vulnerabilities - like maybe Pongo flirts with Roan's partner, which gives Roan nightmares resulting next day in a fight with the partner?
(I'm trying to follow the examples of Ava's influence on Caleb in Ex Machina, from Jim's article Ex Machina: The Narrative Code Hidden Within the Machine)