Wow, woah, whew. So much tension and excitement. And so close too. Artemis seems to know what she is doing and knows how to do it well, and I suspect Sylvia might be being a little overconfident (and yay, we know Sylvia's level for sure now). Evidently she is putting herself in a lot of danger and leaving herself open to at least some forms of attack.
I guess at least Artemis has bought the tower some time. She knew there was a good chance she would miss and is ready to engage, and I guess the purples can't continuing attacking the tower while Artemis strike team is attacking them. At least Slately should have some time now, I hope he uses it to the best of his abilities.
And I really am enjoying reading Artemis, Rob's doing a very good job portraying her as a skilled, smart soldier and commander. Also very nice art on this update, compliments all round.
Sieggy wrote:The middle of a battle is a really bad place to get depressed and useless, and is utterly unworthy of a CWL. He can't land, but he CAN engage from airspace - Ansom did so during his solo assault of the uncroaked on the top of the GK walls. He didn't land, and didn't need to order to attack. For a WL of his level to get all weepy & mopey in the middle of a climactic battle may be dramatic storytelling, but it sure makes me wish that someone would just put that hamhock out of his misery.
Pretty harsh. And I think the situations are a bit different. I'm pretty sure Ansom's attack was during his turn. Oss is stuck in the airspace, he can't cross zones to attack or do any of that. Which is why Parson had to come up with a creative way to get Wanda and co out of the airspace and into the garrison.
Oss doesn't have that option (and he isn't CWL, unless you mean "utterly unworthy of a former CWL").
Seriously, could you imagine, say, Parsifal getting all sad & weepy?
Depends, can we say for sure how he'd respond to being struck down and then resurrected to serve something that goes against everything (interpretation of religion/faith, philosophy, honor etc) he stood for just an hour (or less) earlier? And that something has made him sit by and watch, powerlessly, while everything he used to stand for is destroyed and in ways that don't sit well with him? While watching his father acting in a way that is resonating strongly with him?
So instead of a glorious death, Ossomer goes down with a tear in his eye. Pathetic, and utterly unworthy of a warrior and soldier.
I would say again pretty harsh for someone who is in Oss position and been through what he has (all in less then an hour I'd say). Leaving him up there alone with nothing but his thoughts... personally I think it makes him very interesting (doubly so, for it shows us another side of the decrypted). He is cutting a tragic figure up there, and I'm pretty sure warriors and soldiers are fully capable of feeling emotion (sorrow, rage, meloncholy etc) during personal tragedy or tribulation, while still being worthy of being called warrior and soldier.
In the end I don't know what will happen, but I suspect Oss will aid Jetstone, consciously or not, willingly or not, and might get some happiness out of it (even if he dusts). I do hope it is a conscious decision and he finds the strength to do... something.
Sylvia, though . . . now, THERE'S a warrior! Professional, focused, courageous, and daring.
Or reckless at best, foolish at worst - as Artemis says. And as much as I like Sylvia it isn't an unfair assessment, since she was saved by luck. Granted, luck can play a significant part in surviving during conflict, but it probably isn't the best course of action to rely on it too much.
Ossomer deserves to drift on the wind, and in the Scorebook of the Titans, he'll be on the 'sorry loser' list.
A kind of "we don't like introspection or self reflection around here, regardless of your circumstances" deal, huh?
Ninjaguineapig wrote:I don't think so. Regular soldiers don't really have enough of a personality to be affected by things like that, and they're what really counts. Losing a warlord they never really had won't change much, Wanda will just have to settle with Uncroaking high level enemy leaders instead of decrypting them. But the army stays.
I think it would affect Wanda (the dominating individual that she is) a lot if it occurred though. To discover the decrypted can potentially break free of her control through the pliers. Stanley seemed somewhat troubled by the idea of his dwagons being decrypted (and might be far more so if he gets a chance to meet one and discovered decryption trumps dwagon hammer).
jbevermore wrote:Further proof that GK is indeed favored by something up there.
Or they just get lucky sometimes. And I don't know how such luck will play out, especially with the players as they are. Sylvia has her whole confidence/fate thing, and Artemis got her start with a warlord known for legendary luck and fell from favor when his luck ran out and he was croaked. I don't think Artemis is going to be to fazed.
badninja wrote:Wow and here I thought that the battle was going to swing into Jetstone's favor, now I think Lady Artemis is screwed and she knows it.
Well Artemis did seem to think there was a very good chance she would miss and was prepared for that. If anything it might motivate her even more if she reads it as luck, because Artemis knows better then anyone luck eventually runs out for everyone.
Quimper wrote:Sigh.. The uninterrupted win-streak of the Deus ex Knob and the Broken Tools have really made the second book a pure and utter disappointment. Theres absolutely no suspense or drama when you give the protagonists 100% victories, imbalanced/game breaking items and zero casualties. Fail!
Then again.. i guess i'll stick around a bit longer to se if anything changes (unlikely..). :/
Heh, I don't know what gave you that impression. Things are very close at the moment and neither side is going to leave Spacerock un-scarred, one way or another.
I for one was expecting the "a mount will take a hit for you" musing of Ossomer to become a foreshadowing. And poor Sylvia to be, again, stuck under a croaked Dwagon
Though maybe a pile of dust would be easier to dig oneself out of.
No need to worry, it is early days for Artemis and Sylvia's rivalry, I'm sure there is plenty of time for a mount to take a hit (I wonder if they arrow ended up sticking out of anyone or anything in the end).
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.