Bah, you guys are blowing the "falling" statistics out of proportion. While the majority (if not all) of the dwagons are likely to die in this battle (I hope Red survives... Hes made it so far!!), I'm just not seeing how Wanda/ Jack/ the rest of our merry band are in any sort of danger...from falling-related-incidents, at least.Exhibit A.)
Summer Intermission 32 - Parson is on Banana, and Banana falls. The point of interest being that Parson doesn't take any damage (as far as we can tell, but Occam's Razor, et al...) until he rolls (falls) off of Banana... So who's to say that the Gobwin Knob units won't just strap themselves onto their dwagons, tell the things to stop flying, and then enjoy their cushioned landing? So what if the odds of a dwagon dying is something like 5/9? As long as Wanda doesn't decide that fate will save her if she sky-dives, she'll just land with her dwagon and instantly count as being in the Garrison.
Ooooor, if that's too simple [read: easy] for some of you, there's a second possibility...Exhibit B.)
My theory since, like, a week ago, has been that we'll see nearly all the dwagons/hobgobwins crash-land and set up a perimeter... Then, once things are safe, Wanda/ Jack's dwagons will hover *just* above the Garrison and some infantry/Warlords will merely lower them to safety.
is correct, of course... But where's the fun in that? Let's keep speculating!
Much as I hate to say it, I do think that Exhibit A is "too easy". I know that's a generic response, but basically what you're suggesting is crash-landing a Dwagon and walking away from the wreckage unharmed. Parson noted that his fall was unnaturally slow
; either Banana's attempt to fly slowed their fall so it wasn't fatal, or that archon that we saw watching wasn't filming him, she was using Changemancy (or another spell) to slow his fall, or perhaps another one was. Either option could explain Parson's survival, and at the same time, be something we can't rely on working here (with the possible exception of an Archon casting a spell, if that's what it was).
And yeah, even before I say this I know it's a cop-out, but really: It's Parson. We don't even know if the guy can
croak, given that so many of Erfworld's rules only seem to halfway apply to him. Just 'cause he crashed a dwagon and survived, in circumstances that were far out of the ordinary, doesn't mean anybody else could pull it off.
Exhibit B... we've already had Jack reveal via Parson's Klog
that if you fly close to the ground and dismount, it counts as a fall. Being lifted down by another unit might
work, but it's iffy at best. Seems like a loophole that Parson would have thought of. But the way that Klog entry looks, dismounting by any method other than "Your mount has landed and allows you to climb off" counts as falling. Just... maybe not from as far, which like I said in the post above, could lower the chance of croaking.
In any case, the theories might work... and obviosly Parson has something
planned. I'm looking forward to seeing what, and either of these might be it.
But of course that's just my opinion.