Free Radical wrote:
Whispri wrote:If they don't finish things with Jetstone, the RCC II will remain intact. If the RCC II remains intact, they'll face a massive invasion as soon as Jetstone can organise it. They'd end up having to reinvade Jetstone's territory, fighting battles over the Sites of Cities they'd already taken. Spacerock being the Capital is indeed a serious problem that needs solving, but abandoning it just leads to more problems in the long run. And the City's high level, so it's hardly worthless.
As far as the current defences go BTW, they may be low in numbers of soldiers, but they could have as many as five Casters to defend it from any passing Archon Swarms, including Wanda to Decrypt the dead. I don't think Charlie'd risk it. An attack on Gobwin Knob is more of a worry... but we can at least say that Charlie didn't want this to happen. So I don't think he's in a position to kill Stanley on the morrow. Assassination on his trip to Spacerock is what I'd fear.
Jetstone has just lost a significant force, as well as the caster that makes a lot of their heavies, so probably won't be feeling adventurous. Their treasury is also basically empty. Considering that Parson mentions rebuilding a city even with a Dirtamancer is quite expensive, I don't think Jetstone would even be able to rebuild Spacerock (Haggar might though).
Considering Jetstone sent most of the units to the first RCC (and now-destroyed Unaroyal was the next biggest contributor), I'm not sure how much of a threat a new invasion is at the moment. If it did happen, Parson will have a much longer time with much more resources to come up with a winning strategy. That's a threat they have time to deal with. I don't think Charlie or what he's planning is.
Problem is, we're not just dealing with Jetstone.
There's a comic way back in Book 1 where Charlie references "The Great Western Conflict", which clearly indicates the RCC/GK war was only a large one on a fraction of the "world map". There's fairly constant reference to forgotten sides that did not survive, effectively "ghost civilizations" that were lost in forgotten wars. Jillian's tales of mercenary fighting suggest they traveled extremely far to get work from sides so far away they would not even recognize neighbors of neighbors
of Faq, so as to keep anonymity.
In short, this world appears to be quite large, and Parson has metaphorically "claimed the New World for Spain" with this action. That's GOT to bring some attention to him from other parties, that may decide that the RCC2 needs reinforcements. There may be one or two empires out there that decide they need to get involved to preserve their relationship to the MK, and consider Parson a serious threat when they didn't even know of the RCC1/2 or GK story before.
Seems a bit risky to do all this with just 300 units, splitting them between the capitol and the MK "garrison". There's got to be an angle or justification we're missing.