I understand I'm in the minority here (or maybe I *am* the minority?), but I can't stress how much I disagree with Wanda's decision. It's almost certainly going to go wrong from a military-view, a literary-view and a plot-view... She's gonna mess stuff up. I can just feel it.
1.) The military reason: Splitting your forces over any distance is rarely a good idea from a strategic standpoint, especially considering the long distance they'll be separated by...and the fact that the two forces would now be divided by a building/wall they can't penetrate and a massive amount of enemy units. That's without even touching on how close the odds were before the detaching Wanda's group.
Not only does it halve the offensive and defensive capabilities of each group (or stack, depending on how the Dwagons would benefit from leadership verses stacking bonuses), it puts both groups at a much larger risk of being destroyed by a massed attack from the Jetstone-ian forces. Caesar actually points that out in this very update (see below), even though he's likely under the assumption that Gobwin Knob's forces are still together... And if he recognizes that the Gobwin Knob forces are halved, well, then Parson wouldn't have needed to come over, 'cause the full might of the Gobwin Knob army would've been enough to win the battle...
Caesar, Book 2, Page 54 wrote:I'd say they gotta rush that Atrium with everything they got, all at once, or they're just feedin' the enemy new units.
2.) The literary reason: This sort of ties in with the 'plot' reason below, but it's slightly different, so I felt like it deserved its own point. One of the first rules I learned about fictional/creative writing was that, when creating a story, everything needs to progress the plot/character development in some way or another. Rob is obviously a talented writer, so from a meta-perspective, I can't imagine him making an error in Parson's wording at the end of Page 52 (see below)...a fact which is highlighted with Wanda telling Sylvia that they have [her] orders, not Parson's. (see below that)
Parson, Book 2, Page 52 wrote:"Then she goes: mass decrypt, take that army to the dungeon and secure their Portal Room.
Sylvia and Wanda, Book 2, Page 54 wrote:"Pretty thought. Do we have the orders?"
"You have my orders."
3.) The plot reason: Tied into the above point, of course, but more-so in the fact that Rob simply wouldn't have had Jack speak those words if it wasn't going to have an impact on the story...to some degree or another, Jack's suggestion is gonna have an effect on the battle. I just get this really foreboding feeling; intensified by the fact things seem to be going well for Gobwin Knob the last few pages. Tie that into my first point about the military implications, and I'm betting we're gonna look at a major player in the battle dying. Soon.
3.) Don King