Now one thing I've noticed among several forumites around here it's that they love to call Stanley a coward idiot for retreating from GK in book 1, and it was only by dumb luck that it ended up working.
Well I say it was actualy the best tactical option at the moment. First of all, quick review of the Evil Overlod List.
Evil overlord Rule 106: If my supreme command center comes under attack, I will immediately flee to safety in my prepared escape pod and direct the defenses from there. I will not wait until the troops break into my inner sanctum to attempt this.
Because see, like pointed out by Trems himself, the leader of a faction is their life line. If the leader dies and there's no heirs, the side is lost no matter how much of a supreme warlord you are. Thus you want to keep an heirless leader away from battle as much as possible.
But Stanley had the perfect Warlord! Why didn't he blindly trust him to the end?-may some of you ask.
Well, the answher to that question is quite simple actualy. From Stanley's point of view after the dwagon doughnut failure, there's two options:
1-Hamster isn't perfect. He can fail, and if he fails when Stanley's life on the line, then GK's doomed.
2-Hamster is indeed the perfect warlord, and will win regardless of how dire things look. In that case, Hamster can still perfectly win whitout dwagons and a couple of mancers less. That handicap certainly won't hinder the perfect warlord in any way, but will provide a nice escort to Stanley.
Either situation, the best plan for Stanley is to quietly pull back to FAQ ruins while Hamster performs his last stand. Either Hamster falls or pulls out some miracle. Either way, Stanley's actual presence at the final battle isn't needed, and is actualy a completely unnecessary risk.
Formerly oslecamo2, unable to acess old acount.