'Course, what with Predictamancy being what it is, there's always the chance that Charlie's out there thinking 'just as prophesied, yay!'
Whispri wrote:And really, how would he gain by dropping her in a pile of doom unsupported?
Either she succeeds and he wins a victory without risking any of his own troops. Or she loses and he doesn't have to pay her and can disavow any knowledge of her actions.
There'd be nothing to disavow, Shelby was in the process of conquering Dagwood. And given that the resistance she encountered was sufficient to send her panicking out of the hex, sacrificing unit after unit, if he'd known he can't have expected any other result.
DevilDan wrote:Or she weakens his enemies and he doesn't have to pay her. Or he distracts his enemies and attacks from elsewhere. Or he's just a mean bastard.
He'd have had to be providing her with upkeep at the very least. To cause a distraction she'd have to be spotted in advance, a problem his own forces would have to summount, and if they could
... Also, given that Dagwood resistance was so strong that even Jillian (I mean, Jillian!) turned and ran, all hiring her likely achieved was to make his enemies stronger thanks to the experience points she handed them. Maybe
she got some useful scouting done though, who knows?
Yosarian wrote: Whispri wrote:
Ninja wrote:What risk? She could go around the whole kingdom in one turn. She would be back before the others could even MOVE.
The risk of ambush, she could fly straight into a hostile stack. And if she dies her Kingdom dies with her. She's recklessly gambling with other people's lives.
No one can even get into FAQ except by air. For that matter, very few people even know it exists, and even less know that there's a kingdom there now. SOmeone would have had to find out she was there, fly in without being noticed, and then somehow know that she was going to fly in that exact path today.
There's probably a lot to be gained by a ruler seeing her kingdom for herself and visiting her cities, and doing so in this way seems a very low risk activity; it's probably safer then Stanly getting the dragons, even with the archeons scouting ahead for him.
Not true, Faq can be reached by tunnels as well (and perhaps by the Hannibal routine). Point is though, it's doable. Units from other sides flew over Faq when it was a hidden Kingdom, and they'll fly over it now. One stack of fliers in the wrong place, and it's curtains for Jillian and her side
She's gambling the lives of every man, woman and beast loyal to Faq on the strength of her luck. And it's a needless, pointless risk. She's worse than every other ruler we've seen. Up to and including Stanley, the poster child for mismanagement.
in EVERY single book I've read with a reluctantly crowned ruler. The king or queen is ALWAYS gallivanting off without the support of bodyguards at every available opportunity.
And in how many of those books would the reluctantly crowned one's subjects literally keel over and die if the ruler perished, hmm? I'm guessing not many...