Chit Rule Railroad wrote:If GK doesn't want peace, then why did they parley in earnest with Unaroyal?
It seems to me that Stanley doesn't know exactly what he wants, so he has allowed Wanda to define it, but she is also unclear what she should do to reach her goal of uniting the Arkentools. Further, it seems that Wanda has not been straight with Stanley about that goal because it would lead to uncomfortable conversations about Charlie.
Can you point to a text update or comic page where Stanley describes GK's strategic goals, either in general or why they are attacking Jetstone? Or Wanda, for that matter?
Well, it isn't Stanley or Wanda, but Princess Cruz definitely seems to have been speaking on their behalf here
The attunement of two Arkentools to the same side may mean many things. But Gobwin Knob has taken it to mean that the Titans of Ark have revoked the mandate bestowed upon Royal lines to rule. Ansom affirmed this point, when I queried. The Decrypted act as if they have a new Titanic mandate.
The Croakamancer herself never spoke. She observed all, and simply met my gaze silently when addressed. The Decrypted Ansom gushed about his "Mistress Wanda" as the instrument of the Titan's will. The Decrypted Cruz said much the same.
They are pursuing the express aim of bringing all sides into a new alliance, in line with this new view of the world. They ask for the allegiance of all. Failing that, they intend to croak and decrypt every unit in Erfworld. Whatever this mockery of my daughter was, she then asked me to surrender Unaroyal and ally with Stanley.
Gobwin Knob does
want peace. They just want peace with everyone united under one alliance. Anyone that won't join that alliance has to go.
Selexor wrote:Hmmm. All true, Foolamancer, good point(s).
There's only one thing about this plan that still niggles at me - and obviously it can't be proven one way or the other just yet.
This is how, exactly, they plan to get Wanda and Jack out of the airspace, when Parson clearly intends for them to survive what's happening. We know that falling from this height carries a pretty decent height of croaking outright...
True, but we already know that they are carrying several Healomancy scrolls. Several people have already speculated that Healomancy goes beyond simply healing wounds that have already been taken, since units heal at start of turn anyway. If that were Healomancy's only capability, it would be rather useless. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to think that Healomancy has the ability to prevent wounds entirely, including wounds from a fall. They could very well be able to use the Healomancy scrolls to survive the falling damage when they get into the Atrium.
and even if the fall only incapacitates or injures them, they're now going to be landing in a puddle of acidic dwagon crap.
I don't think the entire Atrium is covered in battlecrap.
At the same time, Tramennis is clearly not an idiot - if he sees Wanda decrypting the masses below he's going to order his archers to open fire on her, and even with Jack casting baffles and Healomancy to protect her, the odds of her surviving are not good.
Actually, I think they're pretty good. As we see in this KLog
, the Garrison consists of Tower, Courtyard and Dungeon. Spacerock has no Dungeon, so that leaves the Courtyard (Atrium; the Atrium is
part of the Garrison, Trammenis has told us that much
) and Tower. The archers in the Tower would have to head to the Tower base
to be able to attack the infantry in the Atrium (I don't think you attack through the airspace to the Courtyard, and even if you can
, the Atrium roof hasn't been entirely destroyed, so Wanda and the others will have cover), which means that they'd only be able to attack a few at a time. And attacking infantry with archers at point-blank range is generally a bad idea.
And if the archers can
attack across the airspace to the Atrium, they still have to get through the screening stacks that Jack and Wanda have left there. And they have to get through Jack's Foolamancy. I think they have a pretty good chance of surviving. At least, Wanda and Jack do - Parson has already said
"we're going to lose most of you anyway".
Also, the KLogs that I linked to above tell us something new, and very important: you can attack from the Atrium to the Tower, even if it's not your turn
. They're both part of the Garrison, and any part of the Garrison can attack any other. Infantry in the Atrium are considered to be in the same Zone as the archers in the Tower. That means that they can
take the Tower this turn. And taking the Tower would mean that they have the entire Garrison, which means that they have Spacerock. As soon as the Garrison falls, the rest of the city falls as well.
So Wanda and Jack probably can fall into the Atrium without getting incapacitated. Once there, Wanda can Decrypt off-turn, and once Gobwin Knob has units in one sub-zone of the Garrison, they can attack the other sub-zones. They'll have to sacrifice most of the dwagons, but they take the city, and gain all the Decrypted infantry.