MarbitChow wrote:Because the only condition in which the Portal closes is that both Parson steps through AND Slately reaches the throne, the two hexes can sync up after both outcomes are determined. Because Parson can immediately turn around and leave if Slately still heading to the Throne Room, Slately's success or failure HAS to be determined before Parson steps through.
A quibble with this: from the way Battlespace works, we already know Erfworld can take into account what people will
choose, rather than everything they theoretically could
choose. Given that Jetstone has no serious chance of reaching the Portal room (since they're not trying to), if Parson is cool-headed enough to respond to the burning garrison by talking with Antium rather than running back to face a firing squad in the MK, then he will not see anything in the Portal room that would cause him to immediately return to the MK. So Marbitchow could be correct about there not really being a race between Slately and Parson even if we see Slately make it to the throne room after Parson enters Spacerock.
On the other hand, cheeseaholic made a good point that Parson's delay caused Wanda to leave Spacerock, which has had a big impact on the hex. Slately's drive for the throne room probably wouldn't even have been feasible if Wanda were still in the hex, so it seems that the race is real.
By "justice will be served in the usual way", I think Jojo is saying that Parson will be shot down if he returns to the MK. And that could very well be true, since the Predictamancy is only that he will reach the Portal in this direction.
mortissimus wrote:Slately has options if he is sitting on the throne as the Garrison can not be captured while he or any other Jetstone unit is in it, alive and uncaptured. When Cubbins was the only one in there, he - and thus the burning of the Garrison - was important. Now Jetstone has sent in the reinforcements and all (including Ace, Cubbins and Slately) needs to be croaked, captured or driven away for GK to capture the city.
The only unit that matters as far as rushing Slately's action is Slately. If he is croaked on the throne, then Jetstone loses the ability to change the capital even if they still otherwise hold the Garrison.