Trine wrote:My guess is that she turns Ansom - If she does this, the gobwin knob ground stacks lose their leadership bonus, and she can grind them up. When gobwin knob's turn comes again, they can take the tower with their fliers, but she can probably retake it from them on the next turn.
Jillian has no interest in putting her own troops on the line here, not more than is absolutely necessary. She will take Ansom and kill as many decrypted archons with him as she can without getting bogged down (for Charlie), then break combat. At that point, she has two options: Leave, and let Jetstone sort the rest of it out, or return to tower airspace, not attacking, but making it clear that Wanda has one and only one option when her side's turn starts: beat feet back to GK with whatever forces Jetstone left her.
As for Jack, I think one significant variable in his decision making might be... Parson. He likes Parson. If Parson retakes the Chief Warlord mantle and applies his skill seriously, as Jack wants him to, Jack may stay out of loyalty to him. If not, Jillian may ask one more time and get him. Just a thought.
Trine wrote:Other possibility: Sizemore. Would be an interesting twist, and she (assumedly) would also get all of his golems if she turned him.
I know it's not canon, but I think it's a safe assumption that "at a distance" refers to a distance within a hex, or something similar. Turnamancy is wildly overpowered if an unassisted caster can turn someone hundreds of hexes away with relatively little juice. Besides, why not take the obvious choice? By isolating Wanda from the Decrypted army and turning Ansom (assuming she succeeds, which is definitely not
a given) she'll have done an astonishing amount of damage to GK's side simply by taking away its two biggest force multipliers. She can leave cleanup to Trammenis, since he's right there, and since there's no reason for her new, small, heavily leveraged side to take the brunt of this combat. If Haggar sees that Jetstone has the clear upper hand, GK is really toast... assuming that Parson doesn't step in.
I have to say that Jillian may fly by the seat of her pants, but her tactics so far have been brilliant. She's taken apart a much stronger side without a single attack or a single casualty. No wonder Duncan Scone is so loyal.