Haggar really are a scary looking bunch. I wonder if Sammy is naturally that colour or whether it shows his RAGE! at being kept honest like that. And heh, sending the rockers in as a first wave. I wonder if Charlie might be hoping Ansom gets diced up before Jillian can capture him. Or he is hoping Haggar will soak so much damage they will be to weakened to cause much trouble afterwards.
And I love Trem here. He is totally unfazed by the Charlie revelation. If anything I get a sense of sneaking approval, his "Reeeeally..." could have ended with "Why Queen Jillian, how devious of you. I heartily approve".
And Jillian is still saying she can't say - not a bad idea I guess. Charlie can keep things secret and if it comes to light, either after victory or defeat, he can lay it as Jillian's feet "Oh, I was hired by Faq, just doing my job". I also like his little dig at Haggar - puzzling delays indeed.
sebastian wrote:Charlie can't attack Haggar for a simple reason. he is a mercenary, who is going to hire him if he start to attack sides on his own initiative rather than because someone paid him to do it?
If you are a mercenary start to fight for yourself is bad for business.
Eh, Charlie is, I think, bluffing and big time. Bit if he isn't then he wipes our Haggar in a turn and no one is the wiser but Sammy who would likely not be long for the world. I mean with GK being GK I'm sure he could spin it to customers that it was them. Or he could say someone hired him to do it.
And besides - the RCCII is already not hiring Charlie and the people who are hiring him off in places GK and Jetstone have never heard of likely wont hear about it.
Fug wrote:How Parson saves the day (assumes Charlie is bluffing)
Parson to Sammy: Why don't you break coalition and join us.
Sammy to Parson: Because Charlie will take my Capital
Parson to Sammy: No he is bluffing- I just checked my bracer and he has a 0.04% chance of taking your capital next turn
Sammy to Parson: Well why should I- I could just croak your side here
Parson to Sammy: Because if you turn to my side everyone will think Charlie arranged it and turn against him
I still don't think that would make any sense (it has come up before). Parson would be fishing big time. GK should have no reason to believe Haggar is less then committed to the RCCII and that they would break the alliance. And if they did they should have even less reason to believe it now that the momentum has shifted to the RCCII. It would only make sense if Haggar decided to secretly contact GK....
Thydron wrote:why is sammy going along with this?
if haggar is in a bad position now, how is throwing away their main force against GK going to help them? i don't think sammy would trust charlies word that he won't attack haggars capital if his stack does what he says.
Well, rock and hard place. Go in and fight hard against GK (and likely be to weakened to threaten Jetstone) and accept Charlie won't attack the capital (and Charlie hasn't given any reason to believe he'd do it anyway). Or... don't do as told as risk the rather immediate end of you side.
And they aren't really in that bad a position. They'll win with the forces there but take a beating, then they can go home, lick their wounds and dream of revenge.
ftl wrote:Charlie could have made an explicit contract, as legally binding as any of Charlie's contracts. "Do what I say and I won't capture your capital, sign here."
I think that is likely. No way Charlie would just take Sammy's word he'll play nice, he'd want it in writing I'd think.
Charlie's the classic example of lawful evil. He never breaks his contracts and always keeps his word, and never lies to or cheats his clients. He just finds ways of screwing them over without actually lying. That's still being a bad guy.
I don't know why, I just don't see Charlie as "evil". Well not yet anyway (and not necessarily more so then, say, GK). But if he is (or something else) lawful would definitely be in the descriptor I think. All the contract and bindings and so forth... which makes him reliable at least, as long as you can think fast enough to stop him outmaneuvering you in negotiations.
Lamech wrote:Charlie seems to be slipping up here. Jillian might have well said, "I'm totally working with Charlie!", when she said no comment;
She answered "I can't comment" to "Did Faq (hire Charlie)?" Which would still let him put in onto Jillian - Charlie hires out his services to other sides, so to those not fully aware of the facts it would appear Jillian hired Charlie. That is probably more then Charlie would want getting out at the moment, but it is better then "Charlie is an equal or more partner with Faq in this".
oh, and she somehow knew that Charlie wanted to hit the ground column.
Well yes, she told Charlie what she was going to do and he said wait, he'd try and get her help. Sammy arrives saying Charlie has told him whats what. Seems pretty clear.
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.