GJC Wrote for Effect wrote:
Janis looked down at her battle maps, eyes glassy. That was... a lot of units. A lot of units. Savage camping outside Wonderland's cities, Voyeran fliers streaking around the map. What remained of the Fae, hiding out up north. She'd been a warlady once, long, long ago, and she was very grateful for those old instinct as she tried to make sense of it all. It wasn't easy, but one thing was clear. This turn was going to matter. Fight in the field, or turtle away. Strike or flee. Parley? Probably no more chance of that. The overlady gritted her teeth and turned from the table, dress flowing behind her as she made her way to the balcony. It was snowing lightly, flakes drifting from the sky and melting before they reached the ground. Aiur was cold, but it was still a desert hex. This damn Erflian desert.
The wind picked up as Janis sighed to herself, sending the drifting snowflakes whirling and tumbling. Janis watched them with a strange envy. No choices, no burdens. Just drift and fall and melt away. No betrayals, no death. Just the faint inevitability of their journey. Though Janis could hardly complain on that front. For all her fussing and planning and double-checking, her actions this turn were hardly any less inevitable. The course had been clear for over a turn now. There could be only one solution to this particular knot. And it was Gordian in nature.
Jans let a smile play over her lips as she heard a Megawit's scream in the distance. The wind swirled around her, seeming to entice her, wanting to be let in on the joke. And Janis obliged it, whispering her secret to the wind. "I made it all up. Surprise!
Battle at a Crossroads.Yungstar felt the ding, and immediately lifted his head. He was a favoured son of Savage, and now Chief Warlord. The standing orders had stood. The battle had come.
There was no trumpet like there would have been in a city, but every unit was aware. Wonderland is here.
And... more? Voyera? The Veshtu, riding on Megawits, led by Voyeran Anchors? How was that possible...? Unless?
Of course. A bluff. A blind. A ruse.
Nevermind. Battle was coming. Battle was here.
Yungstar decided to use his new Chief Warlord powers, and immediately promoted his ten vipers to heavies. The Sour Lord would not mind if they won, and if they lost, well, the Sour Lord could curse his corpse.
Turning to the other Warlord, Yungstar gave his final order. "Charge."
The Grand Army of the Winterview Alliance
Stack 1: 12 Wolves, 1 ReignDeer, 3 Veshtu [Wolfstack 1]
Stack 2: 15 Wolves, 1 ReignDeer [Wolfstack 2]
Stack 3: 14 Veshtu, 1 ReignDeer, 1 MegaWit [Veshtu Stack]
Stack 4: 10 ReignDeer, 1 Slay, 3 Warlords, 2 MegaWits [Command Deer Stack]
Stack 5: 3 Veshtu, 2 ReignDeer, 6 SwatCops, 2 Heavy SwatCops, 1 Warlord [Knight Stack]
(78 units - very close to the 80 hex limit - the biggest force assembled in Erflia thus far)
1239 hits, 2180 combat, 4.56 Average Defence
The Savage Army of the Savage Lands
Stack 1: 1 Warlord, 5 Vipers, 6 Stegasus, 2 Flyrannosaurus
Stack 2: 1 Warlord, 5 Vipers, 6 Stegasus, 2 Flyrannosaurus
Stack 3: 16 Rakasa Warriors
Stack 4: 16 Rakasa Warriors
Stack 5: 8 Rakasa Warriors
1108 hits, 1990 combat, 3.68 Average Defence