Dark Matter wrote:
LordAcme wrote:The alarm will spread whether by Thinkamancy or running and shouting. All the MK WILL come in time, and not all that much time. Parson's Gotti is in a vise here, because he can't retreat without abandoning his new troops (highly unlikely), he can't kill ranged units at distance fast enough to win a battle of attrition through decryption ( a judgement call on my part, but I think an accurate one), and his other-side reinforcements are mainly melee, plus he can only replenish them as fast as he can step through the portal and throw their bodies for Decryption.
Point's kinda moot, because Janis will shut down the hex SO HARD if anything like that even starts to happen anyways. But w/e, if we were to game this, I totally want the MK side.
The Thinkamancers and Janis will stop Parson? And all casters will run (unstacked) into combat against the perfect warlord leading a zombie army backed up by an artifact, rather than flee back to the side they're loyal to?
Um... I think you're seriously overestimating the level of organization MK has.
How about this. Parson kills a few casters, and the rest flee back home. He now has to defend something which doesn't have fortifications, has hundreds of entrances, and he's pissed off basically all sides because he's got a back door everywhere. His actions unify EVERYONE against him.
I predict Parson will win this next battle, but he may strongly regret having done so.
That's certainly a possible outcome, but I have a completely different perception of the MK's responses. I don't believe they're all from other sides, for one thing. We know that it's a barbarian territory, and that means for all of those casters, it's home. They can flee elsewhere, but the sense I get is that they are willing to defend their turf without orders.
Example - Parson entered the MK in Book 1. The reaction? Every caster around instantly got ready to light him up. It was mere seconds since he'd ordered his linked casters through, and the numbers against him were like a dozen solid out of nowhere.
This time? He's entering the MK with TROOPS. Yes there are groups with agendas around him, but that doesn't mean they are the only casters in PP. And his entry is going to be a massive strain on his allies there. They're only working with him to defeat Charlie. Getting killed by him, losing the MK to a side or even facing an enforcement council because of their alliance is not in their plans.
One more note about MK casters. Why does everyone think they're not experienced in battle? All casters pop on sides originally, they're all level 1, and they all serve their side. That doesn't mean they've all got direct combat experience, but I would bet the majority of them have seen more than one battle.
If there were to be an opening volley (which there won't - Janis / Isaac will see to that), a couple of casters would fall to arrows, but the rest will return fire instantly before the melee fighters can reach them. I would not want to be in Parson's group when that happens.