splintermute wrote:The point is, from their perspective it was possible to take out both this turn, and since they had sufficient move to attack the column and then return to the city, but not the other way around...
Really, I didn't catch anything specifying that move was a limiting factor here. We know the GK column has a move of 18+, so presumably the Jetstone group is about that. It's reasonable to think they could go a a hex or two from the bridge to the column, a few back to the city, and a few more back to the column if need be. The Jetstone camp appears to be right outside city walls, and we know that hex boundary extends to the bridge. The column goes back a few hexes, but probably not more than six, and there is adequate move to go six hexes away from the city, come in six hexes, and go back out six hexes again. They are right outside the city when their turn starts.
But regardless of what the distance is, it's irrelevant. If they have the move to hit both targets in one turn, which they obviously do, then they could still do so if they hit the targets in opposite order. Tramennis did not have to accompany Hagar and Jillian to the column. Going into the city at the beginning of their turn would only add two hexes to the ground they have to travel. If they want to be in the city at the end of the turn, they could travel 8+ hexes out and back. If they are okay being out of the city as long as all hostile forces are eliminated, they could move 17+ hexes out.
Tramennis himself advocated this strategy, in page 24 he said, "But attacking the ground forces strikes me as something akin to having a beast in a headlock, and deciding to cut off it's tail." And he also knew at that time that Jillian would be unwilling to help him fight Wanda before or after taking on the column. My prediction is simply that he is going to regret having listened to Jillian and wished he went with his original plan.