gameboy1234 wrote: I would have thought that they'd absorb some spells and arrows first, but I guess something about the self-kill makes it preferable? I can't think of what though. .
Yeah, that's a good question.
I think I can imagine a reason why - to make all the dwagons fall at the same time, and to have the element of surprise. If they croak and fall one at a time (as they would if they're being slowly shot down), then two things happen:
1) The enemy gets out of the way of the corpses. Once the first one falls and almost hits someone, they'll know to look up and avoid the falling dwagons.
2) Since the corpses fall one at a time, Parson either has to leave Wanda in the airspace while dwagons are being shot down all around (dangerous!) or she has to come down and decrypt them one at a time (loses the element of surprise badly, puts the grounded dwagons in more danger because they're outnumbered.)
So I can see some benefit to having them all fall and be decrypted at the same time, though I don't know whether this is the benefit that Parson has in mind.
assume that if you 'harvest', and thus croak, a living dwagon, that Wanda can decrypt the corpse, but that the now-decrypted dwagon will still dissapear next turn when the rations show up.
I'm not convinced that'll happen. It might be that doing something with the corpse - burning it, or decrypting it, or something else - prevents it from being used for rations. Parson didn't talk about that in his Klog, but he didn't rule it out either.