Oh Jillian, beating around the bush so, potentially alienating allies. I wonder what Trem would say if Jillian just leveled with him.
And it looks like Haggar was never going to surprise Jetstone, both Slately and Trem were wise to them. Heh and poor scribe, I hope he doesn't get dispaned by Slately in anger (don't shoot the person writing the message either).
Dances-with-Marbits wrote:One well known Erf mechanic is that when an Overlord or other faction ruler croaks, all of their subordinate units disband unless they have an heir. Due to their loyalty to Wanda rather than GK or Stanley, many people think that Wanda counts as decrypted units' ruler/overlord, so that were she to croak all of her decrypted would disband.
Indeed, that is how I see it. While we don't know what might happen for sure (just like the Erfers themselves don't) the decrypted are created by the pliers while attuned. They apparently are more closely bound to pliers wielder then to anyone else, like Stanley. It seems quite possible to me that slaying the one attuned to the pliers could prove fatal for the decrypted (though I also think that could be a bit neat and tidy).
Since not just anyone can attune it is strange to imagine the decrypted just standing around fine but without direction. Surely they wouldn't be so bound to a non-attuned holding the pliers or anything like that.
Lamech wrote:I also fail to see why they think Wanda is the source of GK's power. Its the pliers that give the power, and the wielder can be replaced; if the pliers or titans or whoever chose Wanda, they can just pick another; if its random a new one can be found from the 9000 units; if its some stat requirement I'm sure a croakamancer in the MK will love wielding uber-croakamancy. Maybe its a only one wielder a tool, or the requirements to use or reasons for choosing a wielder are wierd or not understandable, but again I doubt it.
Well Jetstone had the pliers for some time and failed to find someone to attune to them. Slately gave them to Ansom for the war on GK in the hopes it might make him worthy for attunement or something. We have no evidence anyone can control over who attunes and who doesn't - it happens when they are in the right persons hands.
I think Wanda is being given such emphasis by everyone since she is a key component in GK's current war plan. GK is where it is today largely thanks to the power of decryption. Killing her could
render the existing decyrpted harmless, if not destroy them all together. Getting rid of her will ensure GK can't just decrypt its way across all of Erf... plus the whole killing a Toolist makes their Titanic mandate a bit shakier.
Ninjaguineapig wrote:Charlie paid for the caster who is halving the popping time for the heir. If he didn't Don would have to wait another 20 turns or pick up the slack by himself. Also, yes. Jillian does not care about what her backers want, and that can very well bite her in the backside later on. By attacking the ground column, she's throwing her unit's lives away, and risking losing her funding, which would result in a shortage of rations or a wave of disbandment.
As I said in my first post, I would not want to be a EAQian.
I don't know if she really doesn't care about them. She just isn't willing to bow to their every order (even though in this case it would make sense). She knows how much they have helped. And she must know that if she wants Stanley dead she needs them to survive and continue working together. I think she would balance her options and assume that if she is successful she will force Wanda to retreat, which might not be the optimal outcome in the eyes of Slately, Don or Charlie, but it isn't a total disaster that would see them want her head. Plus Faq is still the only real airpower (besides TV) in the RCCII, so kind of important for taking on airpower GK.
DoctorJest wrote:You know, I wonder if they had to pitch those tents, or if the tents just pop when an army is bivouaced in the field then un-pop when the army resumes marching...
I'm curious about that as well (I was also curious about Ansom's commanders table in book one). I could see it as the latter, although maybe they have units that can fabricate things like twolls who make them as needed.
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.