MonteCristo wrote:First, To get to the city, they must first get out of the tower and Wanda currently controls most of the ground floor... This means they will have to go through GK's forces to get to the city
Second, You assume too much to say that Wanda will not get a shot because she is engaging Tram... Slately has to go through her forces, so that alone means he will risk an encounter. Tram and TV have no idea where Wanda is (and no idea she's busy securing the portal room) and for all they know she could be waiting in the back expecting them to try and get the king out and making certain that does not happen... Hell i'm sure that Parson's mart enough that he would know that Jetstone might try to get the King out, and thus would have the forces prepare for his attempted escape
Reread the pages carefully. Wanda has NOT conquered all the first floor. She only has the courtyard and whatever she needed to take the backdoor to the portal. That's it. To assume
she's done more... I really don't know where you are getting that?
Want citations? Please read Page 54: Trammenis : "Send the King the all clear."
All clear means all clear.
If you read Trammenis' explanation of his battle-plan, you'll see that GK clearly does NOT control the hallways leading out. The only reason Slately needs an escort at all is to fight off GK if they try exactly what you are suggesting, and to escort him once he's left the city. And even then, they aren't trying to do anything more than get Slately to safety.
Meanwhile, Trammenis and the rest of the Jetstone forces will be doing exactly what T. said they would do. Attacking if it seemed possible, covering the king's retreat and withdrawing if not. Either way, Slately should get away. (Though I certainly concede Parson can probably much T.'s plan up.)
I realize its fun to speculate on what might be happening off-panel. But until we actually see it, we have to work off what's been put out there alone.
MonteCristo wrote:You assume that GK will have the move to even reach the old capitol in nine turns... we have no idea how far the next city is, much less how far the the old capitol is. They might make it there if they only take the dwagons, but if they want to have as many forces as possible to attack the old captiol then they are gonna have to move with the much slower infantry... afterall we have no idea how strong the anti-air garrison is at the old capitol and Parson would anticipate Faq to aid in the air defence. Also, While GK would increase the number of their forces in a fight with Jetstone, they might end up loosing a good number of the decrypted dwagons giving them fewer high speed forces to take on the old capitol.
... I will concede that we have no idea how far it is exactly. However, Trammenis seems reasonably confidant that if he can get Slately outside the city, Slately will make it to Old Jetstone (or wherever) before GK can hunt him down on their own turn. This implies that it is relatively close. Also : keep in mind nine turns of movement is actually HUGE in Erfworld. It only took Jillian and Vinnie a turn or so to reach the Pass to Faq.
MonteCristo wrote:Futharmore, Tram does believe that it is still possible to win this fight, so that chances of croaking Wanda can not be that small
And this supports your assumptions how?
MonteCristo wrote:Slately has gone through serious development and is now thinking differently than he was before.
Mmmm.... yes and no. I think he looks at himself and Trammenis differently. He certainly says as much. But he's still obsessed with the role of Nobility/Royalty. Perhaps more than ever. Otherwise, he wouldn't be guilting his best friend into bankrupting himself when other options are available.
MonteCristo wrote:Furtharmore, he CAN'T take Tram with them because if he did then they would be throwing away what may still be their best chance of croaking Wanda.
True. So instead, he switches places with Trammenis, and tries to do it himself.
Uh-uh. Trammenis has the best chance of croaking Wanda. For Slately to lead the attack would just be pumping more troops into GK.
Some of your points are perfectly valid. But you ignore actual facts from the comic to justify assumptions that are completely unsupported. Again - look at the GK troops in the Courtyard. All we KNOW they have is the Courtyard, the "back way" and the portal room. Nothing has suggested they have cut off the escape route, or are in immediate position to do so.