Lipkin wrote:I like the idea of Charlie wanting a lightning trap. Great idea.
Thank you., but even a broken clock is right twice a day; I'd be happy to do that well.
Xarx wrote:Once he knows a lightning trap is possible, nothing stops Charlie from hiring a dirtamancer out of the magic kingdom to install one. He can do the carnymancy part himself. This is assuming that he trusts an outsider at his capital, of course. Possibly with an airtight NDA, or even some headfoolery to remove the memory, if he wants to involve a healamancer.
Actually, it would be surprising if he hadn't had a dirtamancer there at some point to upgrade the city, since it's all he's got.
That is certainly true, and I'm usually willing to admit when I'm wrong. I certainly may be wrong now. Still, it's amazing how even simple ideas had to come from somewhere. Take writing for example. It is so ubiquitous, it's easy to forget that it took millennia of innovation to evolve from paintings on a wall to a phonetic system with syntax that carries a narrow meaning. Charlie figured out what Parson had done with the volcano, but it didn't occur to him before hand that it was a threat; he thought he had that battle in the bag. I'm sure Charlie has hired Dirtamancers in the past to fortify his capital; he's hires casters from the Magic Kingdom all the time and has an excellent reputation as an employer there, but Digdoug may be the first that thought of a way to create a hex-specific trap in a hex that doesn't allow it, or at least the first of whom Charlie is aware. It may not be as simple as casting Carnymancy on a Dirtamancer. Charlie may need to observe Digdoug do it before he is able to recreate it. Of course, as I said before, I may be completely wrong.
Free Radical wrote:Technically, Homekey did have an heir, and trading the heir to Follywood for DigDoug seems about as likely to leave him still the heir as turning in another manner (unless the discussion in Book 2 was purely because they didn't know how Decrypted interacted with those rules). In any case, Dove might be able to Carnymancy up a rule break to allow an heir aligned with a different side to inherit.
If Posbrake abdicated without signing any kind of surrender contract, would Homekey then turn to Follywood's control? I can definitely imagine that counting as fulfilling Charlie's contractual obligations to Delkey (if it's phrased "force Posbrake to abdicate"), and if Charlie can get paid three times, he can get paid four times. A contract with Follywood to have Posbrake abdicate so that the side turned to them, followed by Charlie allying with them to force Delkey to retreat would be pretty clever.
You are completely right. I hadn't even considered the implications of Prince Pluss's existence in this scenario. Now, there is still a lot we don't know about how heirs work. We know that a side can have multiple heirs at once from Jetstone, but we don't know how one heir would be designated to succeed over other heirs or if an heir can be disinherited. We don't know if decryption stops a unit from being heir. If Tramennis had not been made heir at the last minute, would Ansom have become King? Did Jetstone do anything to revoke the heir status of Ansom? Now, I can imagine that being a very bad ending to the day for Digdoug: King Posbrake croaks, and Digdoug suddenly finds Willis Circle to be his Chief again. Still, there is another possibility. How long has Delkey been plotting this? It is possible that Prince Pluss is no longer with Follywood. There is no reason Delkey did not make a trade with Follywood in order to acquire Prince Pluss for themselves. That way, if Posbrake chooses to act in an uncivilized manner beneath royal propriety, his croaking would simply covert Homekey back to the motherland.
Okay, one more random thought. I think King Posbrake has gotten himself into a trap that has nothing to do with Delkey or Charlie. That trap is his horizontal strategy. He has a bunch of low-level cities that don't produce many schmuckers. We know that, after you have a certain number of cities, those cities produce even fewer schmuckers. Homekey has conquered one third to one half of Numloch's empire. They have to conquer more cities in order to raze them so that they can pay their upkeep, but each city they conquer makes their situation worse. It's a vicious cycle. That is the reason King Posbrake seemed so desperate for an archon to take a shot at him and so dismayed when none did. His financial situation is reaching a critical point. He needs an influx of schmuckers. There is a solution staring him in the face, though.
Digdoug - Episode 6 wrote:
If anything, the rumors of Creen’s appearance and manner had fallen short of the true picture. He arrived at the Key Boardroom wearing a long ermine-lined velvet jacket and pantaloons, both of a deep royal crimson, with a white satin waistcoat and silk stockings up to his knees. On his head, he wore a long wig of talc-white curls. At his hip, a silver rapier with a basket hilt gleamed in its jeweled scabbard.
He made no eye contact and said nothing as he swept into the room. The Prince was a flying unit, and he literally glided along on the opposite side of the Long Table from the Homekey contingent. As he reached the head of the table where Posbrake sat, he climbed higher into the air, hovering at a height just lofty enough that everyone could see his patent leather shoes with the gold-plated buckles on them. A Homekey courtier pulled out the tall-backed chair to Posbrake’s left, and guided the scabbard under the chair’s arm as the Prince lightly descended into it.
Although Digdoug could detect that the shoe buckles were not solid gold, much of the rest of his jewelry was of a quality that the pieces were directly convertible to Shmuckers. Having both a Dollamancer and a Moneymancer on your side must be nice.
If Posbrake survives, and they manage to croak Creen, he'd leave enough wealth on his corpse to possibly get them out of their immediate financial difficulties. Perhaps that can used to level a couple of their cities which in turn will increase their revenue enough to get them out of the red.
Another thing that seemed odd was Posbrake's insistence during the meeting that the only way they could avoid disaster was to brush very close to it. Others have mentioned that the Predictamancer made multiple predictions. Combining this with my previous thought, what if one of those predictions was something along the lines of "your side will only survive if you can profit from a betrayal?"
NastySasquatch wrote:Rob left this one too obvious. Creen wasn't flying when he entered the city leading his troops. This was the major tip-off that he knew about the plan with Charlie. His bumbled attempt to not know who the most FAMOUS mercenary company in Erfworld is? Sorry, EVERYONE knows who Charlie is so far, Rob hasn't shown a single unit who seriously hadn't heard of Charlie. Posbrake saw this coming. Rob made WAY too much of a deal about Creens flying special for this not to be a set-up for Creen to be taken down.
Creen was flying over the lead stack of archers when he entered the city. Sorry for the nitpick. It isn't a big deal, but sometimes I can't help myself.