Not to mention, what would stop Artemis from simply sniping Sylvia even if she had set up flanks? Meat shield infantry won't do you any good against sneak attack arrows if you're standing on a tall dwagon.
Nothing, maybe, although Artemis I guess feels there is something she could have done (or more she could be doing to guard from certain types of attacks at least, you might not be safe from all, but every bit helps).
Wanda and Jack are safe. They can just run away trough the magic kindom portal at any time. And neither of them knows Hamster is coming.
They do, actually - text update 46 http://www.erfworld.com/page/11/
Meanwhile the dwagons and remaining units may as well take the ofensive. The enemy leader is holed in the tower and they have siege. GK has more warlords and dwagons on the field, Jetstone doesn't have extra towers or kings. What part of that don't you understand?
GK doesn't have more warlords (from decrypted Antium "He knew Jetstone's forces here were massive, and their leadership was impressive even without mighty Ossomer." and from Trem "We outnumber them and have greater available leadership"). And true, Jetstone only has one king, so it is worth the shot if you have a good chance of getting him and the losses you take wont totally screw you chances of still winning the city if you happen to not get him (which they nearly didn't, and still might not).
Or big picture kind of stuff. I imagine Parson running calcs along the lines of "What are the chances of us winning the battle for the city with current forces"/"What are the chances of us croaking Slately in his tower with X forces"/"What kind of losses are we likely to take attacking the tower"/"If we don't manage to croak Slately and suffer predicted losses what are our chances of us winning the battle for the city".
Then after that a decision would be made (funny, I usually say Wanda puts far to much faith in Parson, he is only human, but here I am saying it probably would have been best to be careful with the limited number of heavies available to them and wait for Parson's plan). Remembering what Wanda herself says - ""I know the enemy forces here are strong. I know that they may counterattack at any moment. In truth, I have very little idea how to win this city. But Lord Parson will be here soon." So, it doesn't exactly sound like Wanda is confident Sylvia will get them an insta-win with a King kill.
This is, it's not like Jetstone can even get reinforcments of their own right now. This is a grinding battle, and GK has the upper hand with the pliers.
Which is why Trem thinks they have a chance but was prepared to retreat from Spacerock rather then retaking the garrison if he judged the likelihood of victory to be too close. If. A big part of GK current strength is they also have a number of dwagons (while Jetstone left a big chunk of their heavies in the field with no remaining move) but little in the way of infantry at the moment (compared to the masses Jetstone has). They are off turn which also limits there offensive capabilities
The pliers have entered into everyones thinking, but we don't know their limit, which is a problem when a numerically superior force (with greater available leadership) is surging forward - Wanda can't be in the front lines where the push of the pike is occurring, which is also where the dead guys are. If Wanda is even planning on contributing, she does say (in the same update I linked to above), that she doesn't intend to leave the portal room just in case.
Make up whatever justifications you want, Trems still knocked himself out and wounded several of his own units only due to his own reckless actions and the enemy taking free shots when a juicy target positioned itself in their range of fire. That's what the comics prove if you take more than a quick look.
Then why not simply say that is what you think as opposed to, well, saying Trem did something he didn't (or, if you like, making stuff up). And I'm still not quite sure what the reckless action is. This whole post you've been pointing out that you feel Sylvia's best course of action was to take a hand full of purple dwagons and rush tower, killing Slately, no matter the risk, while Trem's best course of action apparently is to not get the king to safety (which is what he was doing, in the only place it could be done).
Again, Sylvia doesn't know Hamster is coming. And her plan worked. Even if Artemis had headshooted Sylvia, the tower would be crumbling down, precisely because Sylvia didn't waste time seting up flanks and went straight for the enemy throat. Even if she had died(again), she would remembered as the noble sacrifice that took down the enemy's strongest position.
You do know the tower hasn't actually fallen yet. It is damaged, sure, but it is still standing and the seige dwagons (weak type) are about to get counterattacked (which I guess means a choice between defending themselves and trying to finish the tower off).
If she had wasted time seting up flanks, then Trems would still be conscious, and/or Artemis would be free to snipe her down anyway.
Maybe, maybe. Although if Trem were still conscious there might be a bit of heated debate going on between him and Artemis.
Not to mention that now that Artemis revealed her position, she's in for a world of hurt. I see at least six dwagons on that picture, several warlords, and GK can now bring extra reinforcments from the dungeon. Let's see how long Artemis careful flanks hold now shall we?
Not sure if Sylvia has brought several warlords with her (the guys surviving the fall were mainly hob heavies and knights, maybe some warlords but not alot, and Wanda took everything tunnel capable). I do wonder though if Artemis has done anything else with the troops Trem brought with him (what happened to that entire stack of noble warlords he and Oss had in the field?) or were holding nearby - they do have a lot, and a fair few knights, warlords in proximity.
Not sure about reinforcements from the dungeon either, time is of the essence and all that.
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.