BakaGrappler wrote:And everyone is so full of their own crazy ideas (Trick Charlie! Make his own side! Undust Sylvia!) that they fail to see the very conventional, Occom's Razor style, strategy that I keep describing. Haggar units in the region. They were never in the city, they never retreated from the city. 100 Rockers in the area that Parson KNOWS are there. Haggar has never seen decryption, and who could resist a capitol site with so few defenders?
Bury the dead in very shallow dirt (Sizemore's Dirtamancy), place the remaining defenders in a place to lure Haggar into the field of the buried dead, Mass Decrypt at the command, and have 300 soldiers and 5 warlords ambush the now leaderless Haggar units, netting another 100 free units. Mass slaughter, little loss, element of surprise, realistic strategy, and no excitable leaps of logic, and requires the use of Dirtamancy BEFORE Decryption.
Is it because my strategy holds no enormous gaping holes of logic or unrealism that people are not bothering to read or comment on it?
Who knows? I'm looking forward to the next installment.
However, the last time we saw Haggar's forces, they were retreating
Just before that, they were being blackmailed into a suicide charge which ended with Prince Sammy being stabbed by half a dozen spears and then beheaded by Ansom
Last we or Parson knows, Haggar had taken horrific losses and was beating a retreat - and they took off BEFORE the remaining Jetstone forces did (or Faq, for that matter).
Haggar on their own isn't in any shape to execute the treachery they initially planned. They're leaderless and their capitol is undermanned and threatened by Charlie. Having held up their end of the "bargain" with Charlie, they're going to want to get home ASAP. We've also seen no way for them to even know what's happened in the city, except that last they knew, Jetstone was in a good position.
Maybe Charlie would twist their arm again, but Parson has no way of knowing that Charlie is influencing them anyway.
In short, I just don't see how Haggar is a top priority for Parson at the moment, let alone the subject of an elaborate ruse to lure them back and kill them.
Thank you for that link. Because of that I was able to notice that there were comparatively few corpses on the ground for the skirmish, which means there may be far more Haggar troops than 100 remaining. I also noticed that the Haggar troops did not leave the corpse of Sammy Haggar on the ground, but took it and his decapitated head with them as they fled the hex. Meaning that it is a nice and non-obvious way of getting Sammy back into the story again should his troops carry his body into Spacerock with them and they are all Decrypted as a result.
Also, it is NOT the last we see of the Haggar troops. In the very next page, you can see the new leader of the Haggar troops glowering meanly next to Tramennis. That is not the face of a defeated leader. And by looking at the colorations of the units, you can see the Haggar troops hanging around mingled with Jetstone's for a while, and that they were absent in the Heavy Led strike across the river. Which means Haggar still has a sizable number of troops which still most likely have some fight left in them.
Look, Haggar thought it was likely that they could take Spacerock after the battle with just those 200 troops. That was their plan from the beginning. What exactly has changed?
And Parson doesn't need to lure anyone in for this to be a sound tactical decision. If someone is going to attack the GK held Spacerock this turn, they'll do it anyway. By hiding in the dungeon, Parson would be fighting through conventional means, which means the tactical pre-programming Warlords get on Popping would be in effect. Conventional fighting would cost Parson more troops than such a surprise attack and would give enemies the chance to gauge the strength of his forces before entering. A Decryption Grave ambush not only gives a surprise attack, but breaks any conventional tactics the Warlords would be using, surround them thus leaving no room for retreat, and send a very sound message to any other forces in the region. Set foot into my house, and don't expect to leave.
Besides, Parson has no idea if Jetstone's retreat from the city is not just a rallying measure to regroup and reclaim the city after the inferno had finished Parson off. A tactician hedges his bets and prepares countermeasures against all odds. Odds are, Parson is not going to be left alone long enough to bring in reinforcements and settle his defenses. So prepare a measure against that! And conventional causality of story telling dictates that such a trap WILL be sprung instead of going to waste, and Haggar are the only ones in the region left to fall for it, since Charlie doesn't have the forces marshaled to overwhelm a city at this point in the region, and Jetstone is falling back to the original capitol city.