dmorenus wrote:You know, meaning Parson! Kizmet is pointing out that Parson is not making any obvious effort to prevent Spacerock or anyone else from counter-attacking using the MK just as he is about to do. If nobody else finds out about his tactic or is able to replicate it, fine, but it does seem like he's about to publish an exploit without protecting himself against it.
Can you name another Side which has units other than casters who can enter the MK without croaking? Certainly there are none other than GK of which we are aware.
This is why there is no need for GK to guard its own portal: No other Side has Parson. No other Side can send a CWL into the MK accompanying casters as an offensive tactic. And we have only seen casters who were well supported enter into combat situations: Sizemore with his golems, Wanda with her flying uncroaked, Wanda with the Thriller army, Maggy hiding behind Parson and throwing out a Hoboken, Maggy using scrolls from well behind the lines. The only time we've seen a caster alone in combat was Sizemore against Webinar and Dora. But then he cast a spell to rebuild a golem which proceeded to one hit kill them, so he sure wasn't alone for long.
Other SIdes, after they figure things out and think about the ramifications for a while may indeed decide that risking their casters on an offensive strike might be worthwhile. But I highly doubt it.
Think about the limitations:
GK has an army in the target city and/or hex (not looking to fire up a "how many hexes is a city" debate, I think/hope that it will become clear during this battle).
GK has a CWL to travel with and guard the fragile casters past whatever defenses they may encounter.
GK has a CWL with a mathamancy bracer which is telling him that his Side has a chance, while every other estimation by anyone
of the coming battle has positioned it as a slaughter of the GK forces.
So, any time another Side happens to have an army in an opposing city, they might be tempted to send in unescorted casters to assist in what appears to everyone be a suicidal fight. That'll be happening often, no?
trotsky wrote:I don't see why everybody thinks that traveling through the portal would be particularly useful outside of a narrow set of situations.
Respectfully, I disagree. Traveling through portals is incredibly powerful. They allow instant movement
, across any distance
, off turn
, of an unlimited amount of troops
Er, you had me until the last point. Please name me another unit other than a caster or Parson who we have proof can enter the MK and live. There are none. Thus, your "unlimited amount of troops" becomes rapidly reduced to "Parson and casters." Only one Side has Parson. Only one Side that we have seen has a lot of casters.
Lamech wrote:As for sudden stats changes, maybe they'll just assume that a Stanley changed his mind and promoted a different chief warlord?
And this is assuming that units can view the stats of units from other Sides. We've seen two viewings of unit stats, both by Parson, and both of units on his Side. We know the glasses are to compensate Parson for a weakness the Erf-born do not have, but I do not recall any indication other than via magic (Duncan's item) that there is a way to get an idea of another unit's stats. Jillian knew Webinar and Dora's level, but she was at the time an allied unit, which may make all the difference.
gazes_also wrote:This looks like an example of how Parson can win every battle but will lose the war.
If Parson does make it Jetstone, what's to stop TMK from sending a snatch-squad after him to grab him? They can force their way into any situation and claim that it's "TMK business" and he's a renegade caster - whose to stop them?
Meh, you are granting the MK a level of FBI-like organization that it has not displayed. We have no evidence that the MK has ever "force[ed] their way into any situation and claim[ed] that it's "TMK business"" So why attribute that kind of behavior to them now? It seems completely out of character for what we have seen.
gazes_also wrote:And then if it all works out and he wins - then what?
Then he'll presumably be sitting pretty in a Level 5 ex-Capital city, with an above-average defendable Garrison zone, guarded by at least one Arkentool-wielding caster, and an unknown number of mostly/completely decrypted units as defenders, including archers, dwagons, warlords and assorted casters.