Sir Shadow wrote:You seem to be forgetting something. Ansom is not loyal to Stanley. He is loyal to Wanda and the Arkenpliers, just like all of the Decrypted, and we know that Wanda is only 'Loyal' to Fate. She has no compunction regarding disobeying or downright betraying her rulers. The only reason she likely puts up with Stanley at all is because he is attuned.
That's all true, but I think it's putting too much weight on Loyalty. I agree that the decrypted are loyal to Wanda and Wanda probably has low loyalty to Stanley, but Stanley is still the ruler. No matter how little loyalty Wanda may have, Stanley can still disband her, and Stanley can disband the decrypted. Wanda's low Loyalty might someday cause her to turn, perhaps to Charlescomm, and if Stanley had an heir then I can believe Wanda might murder Stanley, but until something like that happens Wanda needs to follow Stanley's lead and so do the decrypted.
It would be highly odd for Ansom to offer an alliance that Stanley would be against. Ansom probably wouldn't want to spring a surprise alliance on Stanley because that could lead to Ansom being disbanded or replaced. There would need to be a very strong reason why Wanda or Ansom want the alliance, but I can't imagine a reason strong enough. Naturally Ansom wants an alliance with Jetstone, but all that should lead to is Ansom suggesting it to Stanley in one of their planning meetings. If Ansom suggested it and Stanley said no, then Ansom should expect to be disbanded for making the offer to Jetstone. If Ansom didn't suggest it, then surely that must be because Ansom expected Stanley to say no and wanted to try to force Stanley into the alliance before Stanley has a chance to say no, but that also should lead to very bad things for Ansom, especially when Stanley has an excellent replacement for Ansom. I just can't imagine Ansom choosing to risk his life and give up his position as chief warlord for nothing more than a short-lived and unhappy alliance between Gobwin Knob and Jetstone.
It would also be an odd thing for Wanda to do, if the idea for an alliance came from Wanda. For one thing, I don't see why Wanda would care enough about an alliance with Jetstone to risk angering Stanley. Jetstone has no Arkentool, so it seems rather irrelevant to her goals. If Wanda wanted the alliance then instead making it happen behind Stanley's back, I'd expect her to manipulate Stanley into thinking that the alliance was his idea.
In short, I agree that Loyalty is weak in this situation, but everything else seems to point to Stanley being agreeable to the alliance offers.