[cliche] Long time lurker, first time poster [/cliche]
I don't know why this page made me do it, but I finally signed up. I think that when I saw the picture, I just thought about what it would look like to Trem and it got me really excited to see the next few pages unfold. Jetstone expected to have to slaughter the forces, now they're flinging themselves from the sky, killing their own mounts! And then, I imagine, they will eventually realize they are totally boned as more of the plan settles in.
But I'm torn as to whether I want this plan to work perfectly. No, I think I'm decided, I want things to go horribly wrong. It seems fairly likely that Charlie listened in on the whole plan, and it wouldn't be too surprising if he told Trem. Trem does not seem at all perturbed at anything that's going on. Perhaps he knows what Parson is planning, is playing into his hand, but has some countermeasure devised.
Think back to book 1. Basically every good plan Parson made, it ended up not working well enough to do them much good, or failing. He was supposed to be the perfect warlord, but he kept losing, or at least he wasn't demolishing the enemy. And then on plan Q or R or something way down the road, he finally went with uncroaking the volcano, and it was awesome after so much un-success.
But now I'm afraid he's just going to steamroll erfworld and never have a defeat, never have a worthy adversary. To me, the strength in Parson wasn't in his plans, it was in his flexibility and ability to instantly come up with something for the situation. Ansom sat around laying plans. Parson just winged it. But now, Parson's sitting around making plans it feels, and I don't want them to just always work. So I want Trem to have something awesome waiting for those overburdened dwagons and plummeting, mountless cannibalizers. And then Parson's going to have to pull something really great to leave us in awe. He seems to have several ideas in store, remember in the portal room how he said he may not even have to do anything? I feel like all through book 1, he had the idea of the volcano in the back of his head, and it was only the most dire of straits that made him use it. So I'm rooting for Trem, I'm wanting dire straits, and then something even more incredible to happen.
Oh... and on topic with the latest post, I've always had a hard time figuring out the logistics in erfworld. It always felt like something like Parson suggests could be done, but I didn't really know about how much money a side gets per turn (do they get 200 schmuckers every time they pass go, or what?), and how much upkeep was, and just how everything came together. Charlie's finances always made me curious, how he affords so many expensive units with only mercenary work to pay for it. He should really invest in a moneymancer it seems!