Nice update, love the art and Jack is always great. Hmmm, I do wonder how the Great Minds will deal with this one.
And I like all the little touches that suggest the attachment Slately has to people around him. We know his has statues of all his fallen sons and now we see all those giant banners featuring his beloved, departed, dollmancer adorning the walls. Jetstone doesn't seem the place that forgets its fallen (well certain fallen at least, alas I doubt Webinar has a statue or banner).
Kalak wrote:Someone said something earlier about it being much ado about nothing, since the tower was going to fall anyway. I was under the assumption that Stanley was right about to put on his new Jetpack made by his dollamancer and get the heck out of there. Tramennis will probably die from the fall, but Stanley will not, because he'll be up and away. At least, that was the impression I got. Did I go wrong somewhere?
I might be wrong, but isn't Trem still on the ground (unconscious and close to death, unless his warlords are carrying him back up the tower)? Unless you mean the tower falling on him...
I admit all this time I have been thinking Slately would fall in one way or another (though hopefully going out in a blaze of glory that warrants respect from his foes) and Trem would end up leading the side with his core of casters (maybe with the Warlord with the big bushy eye brows), though I'm starting to wonder if Trem is going to end up decrypted (I hope not) and Slately is undergoing a metamorphosis that will turn him into a real new threat fro GK (Slately and Ace, odd couple, kicking boop and taking names).
Lamech wrote:True, Slately is about to flee. But even if he survives, the garrison will have been taken, which is still means the city is gone. And its not like any of the ground units can do squat about Slately in the air. So Parson popping through the portal won't matter. BUT, no one (besides Archer, Lady Lazarus, and the other heavies) on the GK side or in the MK realizes this. So even if I'm right about the garrison falling, everyone in the MK, and dungeon believe this is very important.
Maybe. I think it is worth remembering Trem always intended to sacrifice the garrison in the initial phase of his plan, and then after Slately was safe reassess and either a.launch a counterattack on the occupied garrison if he felt the chances sufficient or b. retreat to Spacerock so as to not give GK a new army.
Jetstone (with Trem not unconscious and Slately in danger) wasn't totally out or the battle anymore then GK was. It was tight. Parson must have run calcs and felt there was still significant risk (and Antium, Caesar, Wanda and Trem evidently didn't think it need
be an easy battle or impossible for Jetstone to win).
sleepymancer wrote:Possibly the casters will add to this and maybe Cubins will survive, swinging from one of the tassles at the corner and watching Ace plummet to his death while the dittomancer falls and falls.
I think all the casters have a chance to get out alive (the dittomancer flying up, up, away), surely Slately must be intending them to join him on all the doubled unipegataurs.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Not exactly, she pushed Janis into recruiting a "souljah" for the Peace on Erf goal. But that's not the point. Marie must be up to no good, the argument goes, because she just has a sinister aura around her.
That, or good intentions, pave, hot place (etc.)
I'm one of those that get some creepy vibes of her (I find her pleasantly grey - she does seem like she could be quite the bloody handed manipulator - instead of black and white), but I am happy to admit she might well be 100% on the level.
Heh, it is probably more that I have a tendency to raise my eye brow a bit when it comes to people/characters that want to bring down civilization as they know it, at least until I hear what they see replacing it and what role, if any, they will have in what comes after all the civilization killing death and destruction (and how sad they are about that).
Sieggy wrote:Well, discounting the sudden shift in the tactical balance, the entire GMTTA argument against Parson proceeding to Jetstone has now been rendered moot. It would be almost certain that a portal room would be one of if not the most heavily defended place in a city. The mere fact that a GK unit just stuck his head out of the JS portal would be prima facia evidence that the city had fallen into GK hands, and could no longer be considered 'enemy'. And their objections to Parson's passage made null. If questioned on this, all Jack has to do is sneer and reply "hmph. I'm HERE, aren't I?", which would be classic Jack . . . Unless the GMTTA have some intelligence resource as yet undisclosed, they don't know WHAT the situation in JS is at the moment. Charlie might, but well, he's not talking to them, now is he . . ?
I'm probably coming at it the wrong way, but it probably doesn't help Parson any even if the great minds think the battle is done and dusted. They are using all sorts of justifications for keeping him there, but if they think the battle is won then they can be all "see, no rush now. With the battle over you have plenty of time to come chat with us" - and since that was also Parson main reason for not wanting to hang around.... They want Parson now, they have no idea when they'll get another chance.
Still, they are, I imagine, mostly smart eggs. We know it is possible for a portal room to be taken without the tower, walls, garrison being taken - and it would make sense for casters in a precarious position to seize a portal room as an escape route. All Jack poking his head out shows is that GK has succeeded in taking the portal room, nothing more really.
And I don't think we have really seen any evidence portal rooms are the most heavily defended places in the city (in Jetstone it is the king's own person) - we didn't see Wanda overcoming any knights or heavies on her way to the portal room (some standard looking troops and Lacrosse, and not in huge numbers...) and certainly no casters.
gazes_also wrote:I suspect that Marie will not be happy to see Jack. You can't fool a foolamancer and they may have some history in Faq. If she's up to no good Jack is the biggest threat to her and she may take extreme measures against him.
I am kind of interested in seeing how Jack and Marie respond to one another (or Wanda and Marie for that matter).
Kreistor wrote:And who on Earth has she ever fooled? Wanda? No, she told Wanda exactly what she would get. Janis? No, everything she told Janis came true. The GMTTA? They aren't complaining.
What "no good" could she possibly be up to? Peace on Erf? That's what she pushed Janis towards. Hardly heinous.
Well, there are various themes out there (I suspect) about how useful truth can be in doing less then good things (and its value in that vs. the lie).
Just because what she says she sees is true (or will be), doesn't mean some characters wont see it a different way. Janis is an idealist who is taken with the peace thing (though we have seen recently she is troubled by aspects of it, like trouble coming to the MK and having to go do stuff), Wanda is totally lost in her fate-ism while Jack... is interesting. Has he come out and said where he stands on fate and free will?
Beeskee wrote:Other than Holly Shortcake, there is another portrait we can't see entirely. It's in the panel where the one decrypted (Antium?) is asking if the bonus is worth waiting for.
Another fallen caster perhaps? I would like to see a bit more of it too.
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.