Smoker wrote:I will be very upset if they ARE ditto'd. Surely the way that Ansom doesn't raise some serious ditto-related objection to the plan (so far his only objection was that they dont need the intel) implies that he is confident that the units are the real deal. Im placing my bets that ditto'd units are somehow recognisable.
I wouldn't be upset if they were ditto'd, of course Ansom has always seemed the type to make assumptions about his foes (overconfidence) - if it were possible I imagine it might not occur to him that noble sons of Jetstone might do something sneaky like sending out copies to meet him like that.
But I don't think it is possible like that, I can't see a ditto duplication, if it does copy units, creating something indistinguishable from the original.
I suppose its like how many people got a bad first impression from Tremennis, but are now warming to him after just a few panels. Maybe I'll come around too
I liked Trem from the beginning. I don't mind the dittomancer, but since how the cast is large and growing as it is I don't know if he'll become a regular (doesn't mean he has to die of course), so his dialogue so far is useful for developing his character a bit. Personally I'd like to see more of I.Brows, he seems like his head is screwed on right.
oslecamo2 wrote:Notice the surviving part. It's combat statistics manipulation.
I honestly don't know how, from that phrase, that conclusion can be reached. From my reading it is what it says - units that survive can be duplicated by the dittomancer.
It doesn't fit what Ansom said, because even he would've seen such an obvious trap. It's the dittomancer of his old side. He knows what he can and can't do, and if he could clone the princes, his duty would force him to warn Wanda that they were all walking into a trap.
Unless Ansom, being Ansom, doesn't let it enter his mind his brother might do something like that. After all he got croaked originally by accepting Parson's surrender was on the level (note, I don't actually think the princes are clones etc).
Really, there's no sensible translation to what Ansom said. He's speculating, throwing half-phrases mixed with gaming terms.
Well, as you said above - "he knows what he can and can't do" - so it isn't really speculation if that is true. He is thinking out loud the implications of a dittomancer in the Jetstone forces.
However, some kind of ability where units surviving from a batle perform mythosis and split into two identical beings just makes no sense whatsoever in a fantasy game.
I don't know if I'd say that. At least not in the sense of magic spells
existing in some setting that allow for copies/clones/simulacrum to me made, usually for a temporary amount of time.
From all we know, Ansom could just be mentioning that doubling the leadership and special bonuses would mean that the forces of Jetsone would only take half the casualities they would take whitout a dittomancer, wich is already quite strong.
Then Ansom is a bit strange in the head because that doesn't fit with "duplicating surviving units" in anyway - at least not how a definition would define "duplicating" and "surviving".
But your interpretation? Make one stack fight the enemy, then pull back before you take loses. The stack doubles in size. Repeat ad nausem. Curb stomp everything and everyone with your exponential growth army.
If the dittomancer has unlimited juice. And depending on his level (is he a Jack or Wanda of Dittomancy?). And assuming ditto'd surviving units are permanent and as good as what they are copied from.
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.