Oh Ansom, poor, poor Ansom. Still, at least her gets to show of his planning for the worst skills. It is interesting he apparently thinks like that yet he didn't seem to display much of that "fight for the best but be prepared for the worst" mindset at GK.
Also interesting to see a little of his views on Jillian. Nothing really there about his feelings for her (while we have seen how strongly she feels about him/Wanda), but he does have the hang up on her being a queen now. Plus he doesn't seem to be wondering why Jillian, who was so opposed to becoming a queen, has retaken her throne at all...
Dances-with-Marbit wrote:Although I've not seen mention made of it, I'd find it highly suspect if he hadn't leveled since tBfGK; he was level 10 at the beginning of GK's conquest, and since then has been directly involved in the taking of fourteen cities
I don't know about "directly involved" - did Wanda have him leading the attack on every one? And at least a few of those cities would have been low lv with fairly small garrisons (like the first one we saw fall). Plus we don't really know of any character higher then lv 10, so it might take a lot of exp. to get to 11 and attacking weaker cities with massive force as GK has been doing might not have offered enough.
The Black Hand wrote:I would also be surprised if Ansom hadn't learned how to Rock Out.
It could very well be that he evolved from being a Dance-Fighter (which, I might add, seems rather pretentious to me - and thus suited to Royals) to a Rocker, which suits Gobwin Knob a lot better than the RCC2 (with the exception of Haggar, but then again they seem to be just barely Royal).
I don't know, Sammy thought GK was set up for a certain type of dance-fighting which would have fit with Wanda and how she was dressed. Ansom meanwhile never even had dance fighting to begin with... I guess like Archons it might be something that can aquire with lvls, but any lvl up? We didn't see Scarlet appear to pick up a new ability (assuming Oss did in fact give her enough XP for it).
And I wonder how possible it is. If Dance fighting is an ability a royal heir/warlord can attain with lvls what abilities has Ansom picked up instead before now? He is lv 10 at least, it seems strange he wouldn't have learnt it already, considering how potent a good dance fight can be.
Besides, as has been pointed out, Ansom's leveled up. Who's to say he hasn't taken a few levels in badass, thus unlocking the ability to Rock Out/trading his Dance-Fighting special for Rocking Out (albeit not quite as well as Stanley with the Arkenhammer)?
Just sayin', it could be possible.
When did he lv up? I guess we could assume that happened... But then again look at Scarlet killing Oss (who would have been fairly close to Ansom) to get her to get to her next lv (and unlike Bogroll it looked like she didn't get multiple lvls from croaking a high lv character, since she is reasonably high lv herself). Would she have gained lvls along the way with Ansom and Wanda?
Oberon wrote:Where the heck is Sizemore? I've backtracked and can't locate him.
Gk seems like the safe answer or possibly still in the MK. It doesn't seem unreasonable he isn't in the war room since he has no reason to be there.
Lefish wrote:Well, I thought warlords that could lead dance-fight were only able to lead those troops in their own stack.
Maybe, although I always read it as Ansom not having dance fighting. I may be misremembering but I thought someone from the GK side said none of the RCC commanders could lead one.
I should probably go back and look myself, but were all those uncroaked Wanda was leading just her own stack?
Fug wrote:I still think there is no way Sammy will end up fighting Ansom and GK. Look at the units behind Tremmenis when Charlie is mentioned. They will not let an army through to the bridge under the direction of Charlie because they think he is the enemy and is going to reinforce GK. They might even think the spell was in order to give Sammy time to bring up his units to help GK.
Eh, from the last page Trem, the Chief Warlord, didn't look like he was unhappy/worried/angry about the idea of Charlie being involved. Jillian obviously isn't. And if they were worried about Haggar and Charlie their choices would be rock and hard place-ish. Trem and his forces go first, allowing a GK/Haggar sandwich to form with Jetstone as the filling or they let Haggar go first and Jetstone can then have their swords at the Haggarites backs if they break, plus it leaves open the way to retreat to Spacerock if need be.
Plus it wouldn't make much sense - GK didn't need more forces to win. The spell robbed them of a quick victory by croaking Slately.
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.