Oh very good. I'll say it again - I always enjoy seeing Charlie in action. Also rather interesting look at Archons again. I feel rather sorry for Hillery ending up like that, though it seems things are looking up because Charlie is on his game. Hopefully she'll live to fight another day.
I guess this is what he broke off contact with Jillian to deal with. Looks like Sammy is on board for now. I wonder what casters Haggar has though... and also it looks like the distance link up pretty much took up all the Arkendish's attention for the duration.
I doubt Charlie is in a position to actually carry out the attack on Haggar, but they wouldn't know that I'm guessing. It is these kind of situations that make having comprehensive intelligence a good thing.
I also liked the info of this foolamancy going on. The Archons could take steps to limit the likelihood of being spotted for example.
Lord Kasavin wrote:The brilliance of this move is not that Charlie is making it, its that he CAN make it at all and with such gusto. He had an EXACT tally of Haggar's defenses, and not just in capital but within reach of the capital. Had he merely claimed the capital was vulnerable, then Sammy would be far less likely to swallow an ultimatum. Beyond that, you do make a point that this not Charlie's typical style and is more a move mandated by circumstances that a brilliant grab of opportunity.
Indeed. And he did it with such style. I loved his ""Ambush?" said Charlie. He cleared his throat. "Capital idea, Highness. And funny you should mention it."" bit.
Lord Kasavin wrote:On another note, I suspect Charlie routinely buzzes capitals with Archons to get a feel for their defenses, and since GK is patrolled by Archons itself who can detect any veiled units, he's blind on what's defending GK. Unless he hired a Lookamancer, maybe they could pull it off.
And that would be useful information to have. I suspect many sides would pay a great deal to know what forces are in or about a capital, though I guess Charlie might not sell that information normally.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Kinda interesting though to see him (so far, I'll stick to what the story says before I revert to the theory that Charlie is David Bowie) so invested in this little campaign here. Makes you wonder just how big Erfworld is.
Well it is a rather special campaign that I think warrents closer attention, thanks to the tools and decryption. Even if Erfworld is truly massive it is easy to imagine Toolism and decryption effecting all of it if left unchecked.
Justyn wrote:And if Wanda can get to them before Charlescomm starts turn again, Gobwin Knob will get three new Decrypted Archons.
With the situation Wanda is in now I don't think she'll be going after Archons. And I don't think Charlie will let Sammy hang onto his injured prisoners, he'll have them released one way or another so Wanda shouldn't even be aware they are not to far away.
Taznak wrote:I have a distinct feeling these Archons are immensely weaker than the ones Parson had to fight with his Dwagons. I would have imagined six Archons could've easily wiped out Sammy's column from what I'd seen of them previously.
Well those dwagons were injured.
Plus they have different levels and different powersets. Sounds like these ones are used for spying and not combat. We did see one of GK's archons get dusted when they got fired on as well.
Casander wrote:For a smart guy, Charlie can be Very stupid.
People are going after GK because they are afraid of a particular Arkentool, and its potential to obliterate them. And here comes Charlie, putting a dagger to Haggar's neck, and expecting them to be happy about it, and not move to Heaven and Earth to prevent Charlie from EVER exerting that pressure again.
It may not happen this time, or even soon, but if THIS is how Charlie manipulates people, GK looks MUCH more attractive.
I don't know...
Charlie's Way: Hey I tried to be a bit subtle but the situation being what it is I need you to do something and and you will
do it or else. And when you have done it you can go back to your normal lives and we need never interact again. Understood?
GK's Way: Hey, you can stay alive and serve us or we can kill you, decrypt your corpses and you can serve us. Understood?
I'd be inclined to resist both (depending on what Charlie needs and/or whether I agreed with Toolism or not) but GK definitely doesn't look more attractive.