Oberon wrote:Who was attacking Charlie? It was explicitly stated that Charlie was not allied with FAQ or anyone else. And yet he was a part of the casting. No one was in his hex or attacking him, he was safe in his city.
"Officially" I think was an important word used when saying Charlie wasn't allied to anyone in the battlespace. And Vanna was there, she did the casting, even if she was boosted by a long range link.
And - *sigh*
Fug wrote:Question 2: Its curious that appointing a chief warlord isn't straightforward- what else do they give the troops besides their bonus? KC, Oss and Sylvia were all decrypted so presumably the highest level one would be best unless units get an attack AND defense bonus or one was more likely to survive than the other?
Since it also gives the Chief Warlord control of planning etc it might include Parson's assesment of their ability to think creatively etc (Oss - pro - high attack/defense, con - not the sharpest sword in the armory).
Plus I assume he'd run them through the bracer - If Sylvia is made Chief Warlord how does this affect the chances of Wanda surviving this turn - kind of thing.
splintermute wrote:The standard answer is - "a wizard (Arkendish) did it." In this case, Charlie was under attack - see book 1, page 54 - the linked casters exist as a joint mind (although presumably the thinkamancer is responsible for the "joining" and the "freeing" of individual members). It's not that one person in the link is the caster, it's that every person in the link is the caster. Whatever threatens one (e.g. Slately talking to Vanna; GK flying into Vanna's hex) threatens them all, which is why Charlie was able to attack.
That makes a lot of sense.
Nihila wrote:My suspicions are that Maggie prepared a magic item with the effects of a suggestion spell. It seems to be the kind of devious, underhanded, totally awesomely clever thing she'd do, just in case it became necessary.
That also makes a great deal of sense.
gazes_also wrote:I don't understand this recurring idea that Parson is a smart negotiator. We've seen one instance of him antagonizing someone to provoke them into hasty action, and we saw him making a deal with Charlie he is still indebted for. He can't convince Stanley of anything; and yet he is expected to be able to strike a deal with whoever is the apparently most amenable threat at the moment (lately it's been Sammy, Charlie, and now Trammenis) and get them to let GK off the hook as a personal favour to Parson because he asks them nicely. I just don't get it.
He's jousted with Charlie, but yes, that is a good point - we've seen Parson the warlord but we haven't see much of Parson the diplomat or negotiator. Plus from what we have seen of him here he doesn't seem to even be thinking in terms of "lets try and talk this out", it is still all planning for the fight, who would be the best warlord for the situation etc.
Ansan Gotti wrote:But then he says here's how to make the plan better. Have all of the dwagons flying high over the tower rather than the walls. As each dwagon gets low on hits, have it dive bomb straight toward the tower. It's slain before it hits the zone boundary, but the momentum carries it crashing into the tower.
I think that theory came up in one of the previous threads (the one following Jack's speech on decryption), and the big question seemed to be whether Wanda would be able to decrypt something that had passed beyond the zone she is currently stuck in, and Jack did specify Wanda would have to be fast enough to catch them as they fell.
Plus talk of maging a flying fortress out of dwagon corpses and bubble pop.
Davre wrote:I guess there could have been guards outside the room but I think it is more likely that the MK has a very, very strict policy against casters doing that sort of thing. Perhaps magically enforced. Actually, it might even be impossible to enter a portal in the MK that goes to kingdom that does not employ you (or is not allied) whatever your intentions.
That would make sense, and it could apply doubly if you are attempting to go from your capital to the MK and then to a non-allied city while it is their turn and not yours.
And isn't the GK portal under guard on the MK side and Parson isn't allowed to return anyway? And Parson did enter the MK a very short while after the trimancers and there was already a number of casters there with wands at the ready.
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.