So, in the end, this update ultimately seems like a setup for another powerplay in Transylvito in the turns leading up to the royal heir popping, possibly with Stanley playing the role (once again) of the tool who offs the king and makes the heir designate a barbarian capable of reclaiming the capital. But then, Don King might foresee this... and it all could be an elaborate set up to "whack Stanley". Will be fun to watch, regardless.
Heh, That would be interesting... Caesar does seem like he would try and find a way to save his own hide if the Don does indeed want him offed... (and if Don King did want Caesar offed. he would do it this way, if he simply disbands Caesar he risks loosing more than 1 warlord. I can't see Vinny taking that one lying down, Don King would probably have to disband Vinny too, and maybe even Bunny. The problem with trying to replace Caesar is that he's very popular with the other warlords, so it might incite a mutiny that would have to be put down by mass disbanding, which would be a severe blow to TV's leadership and even magical-capability if casters join in the protests...) anyway, If Don King did want Caesar out of the picture, that is what he would have done... my initial reaction to the Royal Heir being ordered was that, more than keeping the side going if the Wanda-Steamroller turns toward him next, it's about keeping his royal line from ending if he were croaked, however he should have been talking to Caesar about this and making sure the best leadership bonus on his side doesnt feel like he's being stabbed in the back... however the way it was done, the fact that Don King hasnt been talking to Caesar at all smells like a knife in the back to me, just like it does to Caesar... interestingly though, i like the idea that this is an elaborite plot by Don King to draw stanley out of GK and into a fight... haven't a clue how it will turn out...
So assuming that Caesar is going to act in self preservation to try and contact GK (how would he do it, it would have to be through either Bunny, or Charlie, right?) Oh, and does anyone else think it is more than coincidence that this line was in the last update: "Any commander in the world could get those Archons' attention by concentrating hard enough, for long enough. " and now we have this.
Initially this does seem like something Rob would cook up... Don wants to lure Stanley out for a decapitating strike, He thinks if he makes it look like he's turned on Caesar and wants him out of the picture, Caesar then contacts Parson/His Toolship via Charley, Charley wants to facilitate this because he wants any or all of the following to happen A) Overcharge Don for emergency aid when a much larger flight of Dwagons & Archons than had been anticipated appears in his capital's airspace, along with Artifact bonus... or B) With the artifact and leadership not in GK Charlie could attempt a "Grab Parson and the Bracer" Raid on GK, Without stanley, the hammer, and most of the archons and Dwagons a mid sized force of Charlie's Archons should be able to take airspace and then tower pretty easily. Sack GK, claim Parson, (probably Maggie, and Sizemore too), promote parson to "full" then abandon it and let it go neutral. If Stanley survives the ambush he can reclaim GK (Charley likely doesnt want it) but he will have lost a significant core of his leadership and casters...
Charley wants to do this because A: He makes money charging Don King for Reinforcments, B: He gets Parson and the Bracer, C: there's a real chance of getting the tool offed. and D) GK will commit its decrypted Archons to the attack, likely some/many will be re-croaked, leaving GK holding less of charlie's secrets... Don King wants to do this because He's smart, and he knows that the only real way to deal with Wanda's Army of Doom, decapitating strike to cause them all to disband. and GK wants to attempt to decapitate TV because Caesar offers (through charlie) to claim the side once the capital is sacked, and serve as a puppet for GK, securing their flank so they can continue to curbstomp on the rest of the RCC II without fear of being flanked by Don King or Jillian. I could see Parson trying to convince his toolship why it's a good idea. Charlie's playing both sides and his own agenda (as usual) of course Parson will try to convince the Tool to name an heir if he leaves to attack something, just so the whole side doesnt disband... I doubt he'd name Parson, and I'm damn sure he wont name Wanda or Ansom. An idea that's been bouncing around in my head for a while, that i'm really hoping will happen, is that Parson will convince stanley that he needs to have an heir, but to alleviate his paranoia of appointing anyone in GK's inner circle, Parson convinces him to promote another random piker to heir-designate. That way Stanly would have a "Mini-tool" following him around through all of Book telling him how great he is and how awesome all of his ideas are... *shudder*
another Random thought on "Love is a battlefield" Wanda/Ansom will undoubtedly be facing Jillian (and prolly VInny along with her) at some point. I'm beginning to think that Faq's heir will be staying home so that Jillian can safely take command of at least the Faq/TV prtion of the RCC II (maybe all of it, depending on what level Ossomer and Tremminis are) at this point that seems like the one for sure thing that we can predict for book 2.
anyway, i'm mostly just rambling/speculating at this point, I'm definitely excited to see what book 2 brings!