Thunder wrote:stanley doesn't make sense, but thats explained away as him just being stupid. but once again irrelevant
as for the bats, they seemed to get to the battle against Stanley so they seem to be able to move quite fast since as you say they were told to move out only a turn before. and they kept up with the warlords on the return trip. im guessing they can stow away inside the warlords much like individuals can mount certain beasts.
as for the total movement of the group of warlords if you want to work it out i think Jillian comments about the relative movement of her mounts vs them, and the amount of turns difference could be used to estimate there speeds.
although id still argue that even if it takes more than one turn for the warlords, it still makes sense for them to move in as i have stated and you have ignored, Don clearly wants to fight GK and so it makes the most sense to attack when they are weakest (right after the RCC) and before they can rebuild.
as for your comment about that being accepted and now were on to bat movement, others still aren't here yet and i was addressing them.
You still aren't grasping Transylvito's exact motives here. Don King doesn't like Stanley, but Royalty wasn't such a big thing for Don until after the cataclysm at GK. As long as Stanley was a threat being taken into hand by strong Royal sides, Stanley was little more than a gadfly. But with the destruction of the RCC1, Stanley's claims of supremacy over Royalty suddenly sting a lot harder for everyone who's a Royal. Here, Don King implies that his new plan for Jillian has been heavily influenced not just by the events at GK but by Slately:
"Prince Ansom...cared a lot about that," she said. She took a deep breath, When she let it out, it stuttered a little bit.
"His father does, too," said Don King, sounding a bit kinder now. "We've been talking, he and I."
Stanley upgraded himself from a pest to a serious threat in one trap action. What if he started using his victory as a rallying point, perhaps even convincing other sides to stand against Royalty by pointing to the victory as proof of his divine mandate? And yet, immediately going over and squashing Stanley wasn't an option. The information blackout wasn't something that could be overcome by spending a bat. Even if Transylvito learned what was going on in GK a turn or two after the battle, that still didn't explain how they had managed to destroy the RCC1 through methods that should, by all rights, be impossible. Don King has no way of knowing that it was a link - does he even know how links work? Even if he does, does he know GK had a Thinkamancer and a Croakamancer? All Don King knows is that GK somehow broke the rules to nuke an overwhelmingly powerful army in one shot, and that he was not interested in venturing a much-less-powerful force into the same space immediately after.
Don King was playing a more conservative game. Rather than immediately striking out against Stanley, he chose to sit back and consolidate his strength by installing what he hoped would be a powerful Royal ally. They would need as many Royal sides as possible to bring the fight to GK again, especially in light of the fact that GK somehow had the capability to nuke whole armies. Jillian was the perfect person for the situation - a Royal who had a personal stake in the fight against Stanley, a powerful and wild woman, who was martially minded and fierce as a tiger. Don King had no interest in recklessly sending his inchoate Queen over to GK to possibly get her face melted off by an unknown but horrifying threat, when she could be much more useful given time and space to re-establish her kingdom and her strength. Don didn't keep his throne by playing things risky. (Notice how, once he started playing things risky by funneling far more resources into Jillian than he could afford, things started crumbling for Transylvito?)
Don's increased Royal mandate as a result of Slately's influence and the destruction of the RCC1 didn't mean that he instantly had to drop everything and crush Stanley. Instead, he chose to bolster Royal strength, trying to win by making himself stronger rather than making his enemy weaker. He had no way of knowing that Decryption meant that GK could build up much, much faster than he was capable of matching, but Decryption was kept very secret by GK for a long time for a reason. Don's actions were reasonable and measured given the information he had available and the motives of his character.