HandofShadows wrote:I think that Parson would oppose the re-creation of the table. He knows the cost of the trimancer spell and does not want to loose anyone else.
Fair enough. However, I think that the table would be very helpful in allowing him to command from GK. I think that the benefits outweigh the costs.
In principle, orders can be conveyed through Maggie verbally (and descriptions returned), this is much slower than how the table managed it.
Also. there is the whole "a picture tells a thousand words" effect.
With a table, Parson doesn't have to keep asking for the status of a given hex, he just has to look at the board.
I think that something similar to Parson personally commanding the fight over the lake would be much harder without the table.
Basically, the level at which he can command is raised without the table. He would still be able to handle grand strategy, but not the low-level tactical stuff. This makes GK more dependent on the quality of their warlords for second to second tactics.
The cost of the table are that Maggie would cease to be available as an advisor. However, he would still gain full use of her thinkamancy skills. (Assuming that she can still connect to enemy units).
Jack's skills are probably completely used up in maintaining the table. I wonder if the table would be usable for long range foolamancy.
Finally, the required new lookamancer is not available for any other tasks. However, the table represents a major boost in the ability of the lookamancer, so actually this isn't a really a loss. Unless lookamancers have additional skills unrelated to obtaining long range info, then there is no loss in having a lookamancer in the link.
Thus, the costs are loss of Maggie as an advisor and loss of Jack as a potential field unit (and maybe advisor too). Given that casters are only used in battle in exception circumstances, this isn't much of a loss.
In any case, it is a mute point unless they can get their hands on a lookamancer.
Another issue is how loyalty works in a link. Would linking to an turned enemy unit risk that the resulting trimancer be potentially disloyal. Could the lookamancer "accidentally" exclude some info.
Also, how do levels work for a trimancer. Maggie and Jack are presumably both master class, would a link with a level 1 newly popped lookamancer be viable. Perhaps, it would result in the link having a very short range. Also, do casters in the link level up.
moose o death wrote:he also knows it can be undone if he orders the trimancer into the magic kingdom.
Maybe he can get a bulk buy option on this