BLANDCorporatio wrote:b) I'm not very interested whether this particular decision of Trem's is smart or not. Imagining that I were in his shoes (knowing ONLY what Trem knows), I'd proceed differently. (Unleash hell on the dwagons, apparently indiscriminately, but with the intent to croak the yellows AND Wanda, in such a way that deniability is maintained. If I really wanted a parley, I might spare some of the dwagons and Jack, and presumably Ossomer because of familial attachments.)
Thats the issue Tram has. He REALLY does want a parley. YOU do not. If Tram didn't want a parley, it doesn't seem like he'd have any issue about targetting the entire GK force. But...he does want that parley, so he can't do that. He will also have difficulty targetting Wanda because Parson placed her at the rear and had her and Jack screened. Its likely she would be among the last to fall and, following Jacks plan, one of the units with the highest chance to survive anyway. He can't get to Wanda without killing most of the rest of the force anyway.
Knowing only what Tram knows...you WOULD indeed proceed differently. But only because your goal differs from Trams. You end up "sparing" Jack and ossomer and some dragons at the cost of the parley you wanted.
Tram wants that parley. He wants to discuss matters with Parson. He wants to explore the possibility of a treaty, and try to arrange conditions that will not only have JS win the batle but survive the war. And once you take that desire for a parley into account...Trams options for wiping out Wanda and the rest of GKs forces narrow down to just about exactly whats he is doing. There doesn't appear to be anything else he can do.
c) The real problem, and I've railed against this before, is that Parson has no competent foil. I'd really, really love it if Trem turned out to be that foil, but it doesn't look like it will be the case. Setting aside any surprises, it looks as if Trem's gonna start his Parson-foiling with an enormous blunder.
The blunder, in this case, being to assume Erfworld physics can't be broken/bent