Hiai wrote:The reason it solves CHARLIE'S problems, is that his highly identifiable unique units will be seen actively opposing GK, and specifically Wanda's decrypted troops. Voila! His reputation with his principal market, the royals, is rescued. Your worry about his "loss of confidentiality" is I think, a non-issue for Charlie. He's been around long enough that whatever insights Parson may have gotten from the decrypted Archons are likely to have been out there anyhow, if not exactly common knowledge. The only danger lies in the fact that Parson is the one person that could put it all together enough to make it an issue, but that just means he's even MORE a desirable commodity for Charlie to acquire.
If they were common knowledge, Wanda or Misty or Stanley or hell, anyone on Hamster's side would've said so.
Which bring me to my OTHER theory of where the Archons are:
Preparing to attack GK. This would give Charlie the exact same benefits as attacking Ansom, with the added bonus of possibly acquiring Parson, the mathamancy artifact, the Arkenhammer, some new casters, or any combination of the above. With such a large force of Stanley's dwagons with Wanda, and almost ALL of the decrypted troops as well, GK might seem like a pretty tempting, under-defended place to a guy with 600 mostly-idle Archons sitting around burning upkeep resources instead of bringing in the schmuckers. Any unit lost is merely reducing the upkeep, after all. Were it me, I'd probably think about hitting both GK and Ansom at once, wiping out two entire armies that are comparatively defenseless against air units at the moment (at least appearing so, with so many dwagons off with Wanda, and no confirmation whether Charlie knows Stanley has been augmenting his dwagons with the wild population). Take out, or even merely cripple, either one or both of these armies, and you eliminate Wanda's major threat in one masterful stroke. Even if you fail, you still demonstrate that your wares (superior war-related intel) are still highly desirable, and that you are a trustworthy contractor. It's a win-win-win scenario for Charlie on this one. If Jillian were to have some positive effect on the outcome back at Spacerock, it's mere icing on the cake, as far as Charlie is concerned.
Actualy, more of a win-lose-lose scenario.
1-For all that Charlie knows, Hamster can make his city explode as a freaking volcano at will. Sending troops into GK untill Charlie finds out what kind of trick was that is basicaly sending non-expendable troops to a meat burner. Plus Stanley has been making a new army of twolls and hobgobwins. They're not in the frontline with Wanda. So they're waiting in GK ready to rock out. Plus Sizemore and his army of golems. You just don't rush inside an enemy city if you don't know what's waiting inside.
2- Ansom has been advancing slowly and carefully. The chances that there were veiled archons on the way and he didn't notice them as he passed trough are basicaly zero.
3-If the attacks fail, Charlie has just lost a good chunk of his entire force. It doesn't matter if people trust him again, because he now doesn't have the means to answer contracts and keep his intelegence network working at full force. He can just pop one archon per turn! It would take hundreds of turns to recover!
Hiai wrote:As far as Jack spotting a veil, well Ansom and company are in a different hex now, aren't they? And as has been confirmed (thank you!), Charlie's turn comes before GK'S, so they had only to move into the adjacent hex, which it seems they might have with Jillian, and they are free to attack Ansom the second GK ends turn, by using the strategem originally conceived of by Ansom, allying with the RCC to share their turn. Jillian attacks Wanda, and Charlie attacks Ansom simultaneously. Q.E.D
Even if Jillian borks up her end of the "plan", Charlie's part has a very good chance of succeeding, so it's all win for charlie, again.
As pointed out, other sides are aware of whose turn it is, so veiled archons waiting in ambush are a moot point unless they're under Jillian's control. Ansom isn't the kind of dude to go down whitout a good fight, and really, what does Charlie gains from taking him down? Nobody would see it. Nobody would pay for it. Wanda is the real target here. And she has several Warlord and Eyemancer eyes watching out for veiled ambushes.
Not to say that there isn't a trap in waiting, but it's too late for veiled archons to be a realistic possibility.
Archon rush is just not a viable tactic unless you have someone with a bracelet calculating the odds for you, as archons are not only expensive, they're slow as hell to replace when you have just one city.
That Charlie is a bastard, isn't he?
Meh, he's met his match. Hamster and Wanda are even more. After all, one was humiliated and humbled, the other is now the most scary force in Erfworld right now.