Well that is interesting. Getting a look (or description) of the column and what its overall purpose was for puts everything in further perspective. No wonder Parson didn't give good odds for it + Wanda winning if they were facing all three members of the RCCII on their terms.
Nice new characters, now I wonder if Ford's planning will come to anything. Total sacrifice maybe, but done in order to help reduce Jetstone's ability to strike at Wanda... Personally I am hoping Trem doesn't do anything to silly (since I'm hoping he is a very smart warlord). He should have an idea of the challenge he'd face taking Wanda and her dwagons down, and wasting forces on GK's column at this point seems... well, unnecessarily wasteful. I mean if he marches over and does loose a caster? And Haggar probably doesn't have much desire to go at it again. I guess Slately could order something silly, but Oss seems to think he'll want Trem and the casters back to the capital...
gazes_also wrote:It's actually not a great plan. So, yes they want to target units with anti-air capability, but their plan of action has two major flaws.
Well Ford isn't the greatest Warlord and I guess from where he is standing (as a decrypted) it makes sense. They can't win, not really, and their only purpose is to help Wanda, not themselves. Jetstone + Haggar probably does have the forces to take take them out without exposing their anti-air capabilities much, they might just loose a lot of infantry (like Haggar). So Ford is sacrificing the chance to inflict many casualties to maybe increase the chance to inflict a few more targeted ones.
I guess it might also make attacking their position look more attractive to the RCCII forces across the bridge. If Haggar/Jetstone thought they'd have to go up against the same situation Haggar's first wave faced it probably wouldn't look to attractive, even without Ansom. Now at least they might think "hah, we can cross the bridge far easier then before!", since I guess they are watching.
Fug wrote:There is also the issue of parsimony. Why include this update if they will not be attacked? A Parson/Stanley update would make more sense. Its pretty rare that nonsequiter updates occur in this comic, although I may be setting myself up for one :O)
I don't know, a lot of the text updates have involved forshadowing and/or character/background development. Even if Ford's plan doesn't get put into action it gives us a chance to see some more decrypted thinking and how desperate they are to save Wanda, wanting to get attacked and die in the hope to even slightly weaken Jetstone's potential attack against the flyers.
Plus I'm sure people would wonder what the GK column is doing while everything else is going on. I'm just not sure why it would make sense for them to be attacked. There really doesn't seem to be much incentive for either Trem or the Haggar warlord to want to go back over first when a much bigger prize is hovering over Spacerock that could theoretically make needing to fight the decrypted column at all unnecessary. Although I guess Trem could take units useful to fighting Wanda with him to the capital (the casters and most or all archers) and let Duke Antium go and fight the GK ground force. Ford's plan would then go into action but it wouldn't actually influence Jetstone vs. Wanda all that much.
Reclaimer wrote:If you think about it, though, the best reason to wipe out this force is simple: GK can, on its turn, import more Leadership. They've perfected the long-distance transfer of key personnel, so even if Wanda died, and yet the Decrypted remained, they'd still have a big enough force to give a black eye to an attacking army. Not worth the risk, when you can wipe them out without even delaying your return to the capital.
Good point, though Trem might not be too concerned about that, Jillian is heading towards occupied territory, so the status of the dwagon relay might be questionable at this time, especially with the closest GK cities razed. And considering the number of dwagons dedicated to this attack... And they might not be to worried about what warlords could be shipped in. Ansom is out of it, and the best of the decrypted/living warlords GK have that they know of are currently above the city.
Plus they are far better off then they thought they would be, their original plan was to hold up what they thought was a powerful ground force till Haggar arrived then get back to Spacerock and fight off GK's siege. Now they know Ansom is out of the picture and the GK ground forces are significantly less substantial. If Haggar and Trem's army return to the capital the GK's wouldn't have the numbers or siege to take it without significant reinforcements, so it would just be a suicide attack.
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.