Yeah, I think it's just the whole "Sizemore is a hippie shtick."
summer update archive 32 wrote:The dwagon was falling, more or less straight down over the side of the tower.
He then noticed that one of the Archons had her fingers up and was "filming" this event. He had time to wonder who might be receiving the live feed of this view, or if Archons could "tape" the events they saw, and play them back later. He thought in this case that would be useful for talking to the insurance company.
charles wrote:I also notice that while Parson is pissed off enough at Maggie to shoot her down for questioning his orders, he's still on friendly terms with Sizemore and just plays off his questions with a joke. But then, Maggie is a bit of a cold fish as parson has noted, and her first impression on him as someone who killed Misty probably doesn't help either.
effataigus wrote:Hmm... it does seem odd that portal guards would see Sizemore tunneling at their feet and not get curious where the tunnel goes. I hope Sizemore has the good sense to wander off into the forest and then tunnel beneath the two portals... then come back through the gate to pick up Parson and finally, after emerging, just connect the surface to the tunnel itself....
It's clear that Parson doesn't think so. He has said that what he intends to do is a cheat, may not work at all, and will still see the GK side suffer significant casualties even if it does work. Well, hell... Maybe it does apply. There's nothing about the Trope that suggests that taking massive casualties is any detriment to achieving the win. Which is so Ender, and also so Parson.BarGamer wrote:Wait... No... Parson COULDN'T be thinking of doing an "Ender's Game Instant Win Condition," could he?!
I'm pretty sure that if you have a pile of casters and want to prevent something you've seen done once, you've got the means to do so. Preventing repeat tunneling excursions only requires other Dirtamancers. Or any number of other ways to counter using any of the other 'mancer disciplines. The whole issue with Parson is that he is likely to use a different strategy for the first 4 or 5 times he violates the MK neutrality while bringing utter destruction upon most of Erfworld.SteveMB wrote:Hmmm... this might work to let Parson get past the guards, but it'll aggravate the political implications of violating the MK's neutrality (by demonstrating that they can't prevent Portal Park from being used as a vector for raids by enemy casters).
You know, meaning who? It would appear that no one knows, except Parson. No Side guards its portal because no attack has every been initiated across that portal. And this makes sense. Parson is the sole non-caster (perhaps) or at least CWL who has ever had the capability to enter the MK and not die. Casters are rarely used in the field at all, and are poor combat units without support, so it isn't terribly odd that no one ever considered using casters across the MK. No one posts guards against the Spanish Inquisition!Kizmet wrote:Also... you know the portal is a weak point for every Kingdom. However, you have not created additional defenses, posted extra guards, traps, etc to protect your own portal. Warfare is about what you can do to your enemy, and what you can stop your enemy from doing to you (loosely paraphrasing from Ender's Game). Seems odd to leave your back door vulnerable to counter attack.
Understanding what's happening and being able to prevent it or interfere at all is a completely different thing. Remember how Sizemore was able to run raids against the RCC? He popped out, grabbed Wanda, and popped back in with no problem. And he popped out, has rock golems use a pair of RCC Warlords as cymbals, dropped a pile of Shockamancy spells and a crap elemental bomb (hereafter referred to as a "shit storm") without any problems also. Despite calls to "engage that caster!" coming from the defenders. I think that it has been fairly well established that tunneling units can easily go where they want, and just as easily sow chaos in units which are surprised by their sudden appearance. And, the MK casters should be no better at combat than any other caster, where supporting units are key to their success. Parson is there to support, the MK casters have only each other, and a tradition of complacency and non-intrusion.danhaas wrote:Maybe the MK casters will just be puzzled when Sizemore starts excavating the ground in front of GK portal, but when they see the tunnel coming out in front of SR portal, they shouldn't take long to understand what's happening.
Why would they? Being neutral has a meaning, one which involving yourself on one side or another violates. I would expect the MK to spend several turns discussing the implications and arguing one position against another before settling on some cautious position. If they were a force to be reckoned with, then the MK might as well be the ruler of Erf. They must have some reluctance grounded in mechanics which prevents them from enforcing their will on the various Sides.danhaas wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if neutral casters followed Parson through the gate to stop him, unless sizemore shuts it or the portal has an Off switch on SR side.
He just banged Uhura. If I had just banged Uhura, I'd be wearing the pants also!teratorn wrote:Sizemore using pants?
Zeroberon wrote:So we know with 100% certainty that THIS IS HOW TRI-LINKS WORK, PERIOD END OF STORY.
BCCroaker wrote:Or Nehru? Non violent neutral as far as he could be as a head of state?
danhaas wrote:Damn you, fractal. No more meds for you.
Wanda doesn't need featherfall. If she can't decrypt from a distance, she just has to jump off the dwagon and land on an injured dwagon on the floor, the way Jillian did.
the_tick_rules wrote:I'm wondering some things
Combat power-How tought is Parson in fighting really?
Gate defenses- Odds are the gate to the magic kingdom has virtually zero defenses to keep people from the magic kingdom getting in so he'll have a pretty sweet surprise. But odds are it's deep in castle so it can turn bad fast.
His goal- Is he assuming him alone can do something huge? But then again heck he might be able to get Slately. Since Slate is short even by erf standards Parson can like step on him.
Oberon wrote: I would expect the MK to spend several turns discussing the implications and arguing one position against another before settling on some cautious position. If they were a force to be reckoned with, then the MK might as well be the ruler of Erf. They must have some reluctance grounded in mechanics which prevents them from enforcing their will on the various Sides.
joosy wrote:An update on a Monday? No, I couldn't be so lucky!!
Neko wrote:OR she can croak the dragon she's riding on, let it fall through the hex boundary, then immediately decrypt it before it hits the ground. That puts her "legally" in the garrison hex to decrypt any other units that fall through without having the 2/3 chance of death on impact or the risk of a missed jump. All under the cover of yellow dwagon crap bombs. Then the only units you have to worry about *really* losing are the ones who are already decrypted - like all the archons and most the warlords.
shalist wrote:My vote is that he just hurls Slately right out the window and into the neighboring hex, where I'm sure Wanda and all those dwagons would be more than happy to lend Slately a hand.
Also, I'm guessing Parson's happy the casters are in the tower since they're the only ones that can even go into the MK--I'm assuming the tunnel is more of an escape hatch than a means of sneaking into Jetstone, seeing as how they are expecting him, and they must know, from his dossier, that he isn't with the dwagons.
edit: Too lazy to find the linky, but I'm pretty sure Stanley can fly with the arkenhammer.
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