arin wrote:The only problem I have is a simple logistical one, which I hope isn't a brewing mistake on the author's part - it's not Faq's turn. It's still GK's turn, and that means that Faq's current forces would be as useless in hitting Jetstone's garrison as Charlie's forces were in hitting Gobwin Knob's, since they can't cross into the garrison when it's not their turn. Likewise, if Wanda and Co. flip to Faq, it will no longer be their turn either, which will make Jetstone's garrison completely safe, at least until Gobwin Knob ends turn. Then it's basically a toss up - if Faq's turn comes before Jetstone's, they're good to go, but if Jetstone's turn comes first, the column and casters pull back to the city and take on the Faq/Decrypted Alliance. So Jillian's offer to take the city "right now" is a technical impossibility.
Why would Slately break alliance with Faq just because he sees Wanda turning? The Faq forces could simply enter the tower on the mutual Faq/Jetstone turn and not reveal Jillian's betrayal until they're face-to-face with Slately.
Heck, they could probably capture Slately without much of a fight. Then Vanna & Wanda might play good cop / bad cop to "convince" Slately to appoint Ossomer as Heir Designate. Croak/decrypt Slately (or convince him to abdicate, if such a thing is possible) and you have Erfworld's first decrypted Ruler, King Ossomer, and Jetstone would be under Jillian's control by way of Wanda. Presumably Tremmenis would split off a new side, but he'd be facing a situation where his brother might have free will if he could croak Wanda, so he might be hesitant to war with Jetstone.
I wonder, if Faq is allied with Jetstone by way of the transitivity of Faq's alliance with TV and TV's alliance with Jetstone, would Jetstone have to break alliance with TV, or convince Don King to break alliance with Faq, in order for Jetstone to break alliance with Faq? After all, how can TV's bat have the same turn as both Faq and Jetstone if Faq and Jetstone break alliance with each other but neither breaks alliance with TV? Or maybe when Faq joined the RCC it had to give up its individual alliance with TV, but that's less fun.
Edit 1: By the way, Wanda doesn't seem to have long-distance telepathic communications with the decrypted, so I doubt the ones outside of earshot would turn away from GK until they hear from her via archonic thinkagram. I wonder, if she sent a thinkagram to a decrypted warlord telling him to turn, and he relayed the order to decrypted infantry, would that really be sufficient? Also, could she order some decrypted to do specific sabotage-y things without immediately leaving GK's side? Sure, Stanley could disband any decrypted that don't turn, but I suspect he would at least have to have Maggie track them down individually and may not be able to disband them long-distance at all.
Edit 2: If Charlie can mess with thinkamancy, perhaps especially with archonic thinkamancy, Wanda's ability to recruit the scattered decrypted to Faq might be impaired.
Edit 3: If Vurp natural thinkamancies all the living hobgobwins to attack decrypted troops, how effectively will the decrypted defend themselves if they have not heard from Wanda and are taken by surprise? Maybe Jillian will try to make a deal with Vurp? Yikes!