Selexor wrote:That's the biggest weakness I can see here. The Decrypted depend on Wanda, and she can't move until Gobwin Knob claims the Garrison, which means taking the Tower.
Not necessarily. Again, I think Wanda (and Jack, and Sylvia, and Ossomer) can
move. They can fall. And they have Healomancy, which I am still willing to bet will allow them to avoid falling damage.
Also, I'm back. That was a craaaazy weekend.
1 - Thanks to the Atrium being splattered with Battlecrap, Gobwin Knob can still harm its own units here if they fill the Atrium and someone steps in the wrong spot. So the Atrium cannot be packed with units, or those units will simply croak.
How do you know that yellow dwagon crap continues to damage after the initial attack is complete?
2 - Not all the Infantry in the Atrium were croaked, since Tramennis ordered an evactuation. Even if 3/4 of the units in the Atrium have been croaked, that leftover force can combine with any and all leftover Jetstone units that were in the rest of the city - including heavies, wall defenders, and others - and provide pretty good resistance against whatever ground force Gobwin Knob can muster.
3 - If Wanda remains in the Airspace, she now has almost no cover with the Yellow Dwagons croaked, the Hobgobwins dropping out of the Airspace, and Jack almost totally out of Juice. If the Tower defences do open fire, her odds of survival are even smaller now. But even if Parson figures out a way for her to get down to the Atrium - very hard, considering it's unlikely she can use The Banana Exploit - she can still be shot down from the archers and casters in the Tower, because with the roof gone, the Atrium is now vulnerable to Jetstone's shooters.
But as soon as she gets to the Atrium, not only can she begin Decrypting the infantry there (thus providing her with ample meatshieldage), she can start dance-fighting, which apparently makes her much more powerful. And the dwagons which the casters are currently croaking can be Decrypted as well, since their bodies will fall to the Atrium ("stuff falls down, doesn't it? Everything and everyone falls down").
Not to mention a final point... a lot of assumption is being made here about how, if Gobwin Knob claims the Atrium, they can simply "take" the Tower. I really don't understand how that task fits any definition of simple.
I don't think it does, either. I just think it's possible.
Let's assume that Wanda can mass-decrypt every fallen Jetstone unit from the Airspace, which we still don't know.
We also still don't know that it's necessary
. I've harped on the Healomancy scrolls for long enough that you really don't need (or want) me to repeat it.
Or, perhaps, we'll assume the Hobgobwins are going to pop a few bajillion allied units in the Atrium after they land, which may not be possible given that Gobwin Knob doesn't own this city yet.
I do think that's
not going to happen, though.
And let's then assume that the remaining Jetstone army, which is not inconsiderable, is too weak to fight this newly-raised army, which we still don't know.
Actually, I'm pretty sure that we know that it is plenty powerful enough to crush Gobwin Knob's hypothetical new army. The question is whether or not it is in a position to do so.
The Atrium can be sealed, which means that most of Jetstone's units would be locked outside with no siege. That's the majority of the force stuck outside right there. I don't think Jetstone has any flyers, so nobody's coming in through the roof. That leaves the units in the Dungeon (which haven't been mentioned, and it seems unlikely that Jetstone currently has any there), the archers and casters and courtiers in the Tower, and the wounded infantry in the Atrium - which are soon to be part of Wanda's latest batch of Decrypted.
Which leads us to...
And then, having assumed all that, let's say that there's nothing stopping them from moving from the Atrium to the Tower and crossing a Sub-Zone off turn, which we also don't know is possible. Let's put every single assumption in Gobwin Knob's favour and say, sure, they can send a huge army of infantry into the Tower.
I don't think this is an assumption
, really. I think it falls more under the category of "educated guess".
That Tower is currently filled to the brim with Jetstone's archers, who have been pumped up to maximum power with every bonus and magical item they could find to ensure they'd be able to croak the Gobwin Knob forces easily. They're backed up by no less than four Casters, including a Healomancer, Dittomancer and Dollamancer... extremely useful for defence.
Agreed. But the units in the Atrium comprise some of Jetstone's finest foot soldiers, and there's a lot
. And, once they're Decrypted, they're suddenly getting Warlord bonuses from Ossomer and
Sylvia, both of whom are high-level, and
Wanda's Croakamancer bonus, and
the dance-fight bonus. And
they're accompanied by Hobgobwin heavies, as well as some Decrypted dwagons.
There's a large number of Jetstone courtiers (which, given that this is Erfworld, means that they're noble-class units with Leadership bonuses)
I don't think so. Nothing has ever said that Courtiers have Leadership. If they did, they'd be called Warlords
. They may count as Commanders
, but they probably don't have Leadership.
and whatever obligatory honour guard of infantry and pikemen the Royals would have following them around. And there's a decent-looking force of flight-capable units like the Unipegataurs there as well. And all of them, this entire bristling mass of military might, is being led by Jetstone's Chief Warlord
Who isn't exactly the most combat-oriented person in the world. The position of Chief Warlord was taken from Trammenis and given to Ossomer once the latter popped. This would seem to imply that Trammenis' Warlord bonus isn't as high as Ossomer's. And Ossomer's is now being applied to the Gobwin Knob units.
and its Ruler.
Who, as far as we know, does not grant any bonuses to units under his command.
Now that is one HELL of a defence force. Sure, infantry units might have the advantage over ranged, but they can be shot while they're in the atrium, and if they climb the tower, they're running up the stairs toward a bunch of guys who are shooting them in the face. Even if a huge swarm of highly-powerful infantry attack that Tower from below, there's still no reason to think that Gobwin Knob have a good chance to actually succeed in taking it.
I think they do have a pretty good chance. See above.