Menas wrote:He could still have pretended this no problem. Having some air units scouting would not have destroyed the rest of the illusion. Now they're stuck gathering intelligence in a combat situation when they should already have the facts they needed at hand. If they get intelligence that indicates attacking isn't a viable option, then they'll have to retreat and their forces will be in jeopardy. If they'd checked things out before hand they wouldn't have needed to risk their forces to find out what they already could have known.
I disagree. One has to pretend to be a fool in order to pull off a ruse. If Ansom scouted too well, then moved up "siege engines" when obvious that even Ansom may realise the siege engines would fail, the enemy would better suspect the foolomancy.
As well, scouting carries risks/you may lose units and give away intel about what you have and where.
Agreed that Ansom shouldn't have dispelled veil before consulting on what was next so other side didn't have more time to plan/react than needed, though depending on the mechanics of game that may have only made a few seconds difference, as scouting or whatever Wanda plans may give away the surprise.
Ansom is using his attack style on GK to the best he could now to play the fool, in that case he *had* to go blind because GK had superior airpower (dragons backed by attunement), and his airpower/Jillian was reckless when told to scout. IMO Ansom and his brothers are very similar, good conventional commanders capable of some suprise plus keeping reserves in emergency, but overconfident. (In GK, Ansom keeping Jillian in reserve saved his butt)
Interesting to find out what is missing, the extra piece that may explain why the Jetstones revealed their casters being in the stack, and perhaps also linked to why Don wanted heirs popped, and the renting of Uniroyal or other casters. I will guess they have extra nasty reserve at home similar to book 1 with Ansom/Jillian and they prefered to fight on *their* turn so that extra reserve could also be called in if helpful.