HandofShadows wrote:There has been no mention of the Arkenhammer lowering/eliminating the upkeep of dwagons. I think it would have been mentioned when Parson was asking Stanely about the powers of the Akenhammer in the summer updates.
Hmmm, I couldn't remember if it did, I guess since all the tools so far have different features it wouldn't be surprising it didn't (the pliers create upkeep-less units, although Charlie Archon's still are costly...). Not sure if Stanley would have mentioned it or not, he still seems learn new things about it (the bird effect) occasionally.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:... Aaaaand the Deus Ex Machina debates return. Gosh.
Heh, it's just irksome since it is so rarely used correctly.
So let's call these "Rescued by the Cavalry" moments. You surely know them, every book of fantasy has a few. An "RbtC" would be when one side, facing massively unfavourable odds, is saved by the timely intervention of (sometimes unexpected) friends and allies; whether that intervention was set-up or unexpected is irrelevant, for example Aragorn enlisting the help of the ghosts is also an RbtC.
I'm not sure it really counts as a RbtC if the cavalry have actually been there the whole time, laying in wait for the enemy. There is being RbtC, and there is the trap.
The difference is the state the sides occupy. In the first a side will be in real danger of defeat/death if they aren't saved by the timely arrival of assistance (unexpected or not). In the other a side may or may not be in real danger, but either way they have some plan, some strategy, in place that will really mess up their enemy when initiated. Reinforcements lying in wait, lighting the pitch, collapsing the tunnels or whatever.
I'm reminded of the bit in Red Cliff where
it appears the alliance had broken, and the mainly cavalry side had returned home. The lower commanders of the remaining force doubt their chances of winning against the enemy who already had superior numbers before the break, and the enemy are heartened by this. Of course in the big battle the trap is revealed, the split was a trick by the two sides generals and the strategist. They launch their attack first at the front via water and then the cavalry attacks the, now less defended, rear of the fort via land. Or something like that.
So why could RbtCs be annoying? Well, because they change the outcome of a battle mostly in the simplest way possible- more numbers, or more firepower or the like, as opposed to say inventive use of already available resources....
So at the end of that rant, let me say my conclusion on this particular text update. Not DEM, but an understandable RbtC, even if it makes me a bit disappointed that GK will lose this battle by a numbers game instead of tactical cleverness that we also get to see. Alas, the subtle maneuvers that Charlie made to allow this are invisible to us the readers, so that bit of positional warfare is lost to us.
Eh, it is to early to tell how it is going to play out (I don't think numbers game will be it). But at this stage I don't find it disappointing, mainly because we have been given enough so it isn't a situation where the "heroes" appear doomed when, wait, what is that coming over the hill... horsemen! Clearly young Lieutenant Scott (last seen riding off for help 45 minutes ago) got the news to the general and they have arrived in the nick of time!
Charlie and Jillian have been preparing what ever it is they have cooking for a while now, and the reader knows that. They are almost an independent side in this particular battle, with both Jetstone and GK doing their own thing while Jillian apparently bides her time. This update shows they worked hard to get into position to spring their trap (or whatever it is) and to keep it secret from everyone
that could interfere with it.
Although you are right, we haven't got to see all the subtle maneuvering, though the natural allies trick was a nice move, giving Jillian the final resources she needed to safely leave her kingdom for this mission.
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.