Raza wrote:Liking Don King less in this update. Using power or authority to 'win' conversations is pretty much prohibitive to personal charm.
How so, the playing off of Jillian surprise like he knew how it would happen all along? Or sending the guys who nodded with Caesar out of the room? It sounded like, when things looked a bit rocky, Caesar started venting. We know his view on things and this probably wasn't the time for Caesar to air them in that way.
If he'd just ordered Caesar to be silent (like Stanley with Parson) I think it would speak less of him. He saw the mood, denied Caesar the chance to say something he couldn't take back or would distract from the bigger picture without denying him the chance to still contribute as CW (Caesar chose to stay silent himself), and then used an unexpected turn to shore up his position. He probably could have said "oh ye of little faith, eh, Caesar?" if he'd wanted to, but he didn't get to cocky.
splintermute wrote:He has 19 remaining warlords (according to update 3 - and I don't think any of them died between the beginning of the party and this point), 8 of whom were at the party, which leaves 11 who couldn't attend, as well as two casters - Benjamin (presumably a moneymancer) and the TV dollamancer. The only plausible reason I can see for a warlord missing the party is that they're not in the city, which suggests they're either attacking Carpool, or managing another TV city. The Chocula ambush suggests TV doesn't have the resources to keep attacking Carpool.
Well we know Vinnie is hanging out in Faq and Big Al is probably still managing his city. As for the other 9 not at the party - TV is on a war footing at the moment (more so then usualy I'd guess). Aside from the constant threat from Carpool I'd imagine the Don must have forces moving around or stationed in vital cities elsewhere in case GK comes calling, so that might mean more then one warlord in certain strategic locations or warlords between cities.
Assuming casters can't manage cities (otherwise I think Sizemore would be an ideal city manager), TV could have as many as 12 managed cities (the 11 absent warlords + the capital), in which case, if "most" of the cities are unmanaged, TV would have at least 25 cities. Of course, if Don has more than one warlord per city, there would be fewer cities, but if he has cities going unmanaged, you'd expect him to spread his warlords out as thinly as possible to get the maximum city-management bonuses.
As above, I imagine Don is more concerned with the war at the moment then with managing his cities. It wouldn't surprise me if the bulk of Don's remaining warlords were active in the field somewhere or standing by for action.
And with the drain Faq put on TV's treasury, according to Caesar, it is possible Don might not have the resources to be replacing every fallen warlord, which is unfortunate since warlords would help with the finances.
Also, he's offering the prospect of "a" nice level 2 on the coast - is there more than one nice level 2 on the coast? Does he have so many cities that he can just hand them out to his warlords like gold watches at a retirement party?
And not knowing about the lifespans of an Erfer it seems like even if he had five such cities if he filled those positions they'd likely then not be available then for a long time (unless such cities get attacked a lot and the managing warlord ganked). Still, TV warlords fight alot, and Don likely has high standards, so very few warlords might ever earn such a reward before they die in battle.
Jeivar wrote:Refresh my memory please: Have we ever been told WHY Don King decided to throw everything into rebuilding Faq and placing the whole war effort into the hands of a chaotic freelancer, rather than use the resources to strengthen his own army?
I'm not really sure, but I think creating a strong little proxy to do the fighting for TV. And since Faq relies so much on the TV treasury they are relatively safe from Jillian turning on them (plus Faq can only really be attacked by the air, which TV can do).
It was also a good idea to ensure Stanley doesn't just have some empty sites waiting to be rebuilt, though by just absorbing them into TV might not have been that usful either - three fairly hard to access cities (two of low level) that aren't hugely profitable would have just been more cities that TV would have to manage and defend themselves. Now, for the time being at least, the are caring for themselves and aiding TV against her enemies without TV getting involved (just like with the first RC)
gazes_also wrote:So Don knew nothing of Jillian's plan - will he be upset at her putting the turnamancer he paid for to speed up an heir into the front line?
He didn't. Charlie funded her contract the update said, though not being sure if there is ongoing costs with a hired caster TV might have provided some of her upkeep. At any rate she is still Jillian's caster and Don probably isn't going to be upset if Jillian taking her into battle helps the RCCII in a big way.
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.