moose o death wrote:we assume, if bogroll was incinerated, then it's a safe bet a large amount of RCC forces were too. sure bogroll was specifically incinerated, but so were thousands of RCC troops.
"we" don't. Bogroll was croaked, burned, and probably torn apart and scattered to ensure he was really dead and not coming back. This all happened long enough before the eruption that one can assume that it was sufficient in preventing him being decrypted later.
We don't really know what happened to Bogroll specifically, and we don't know what the actual effects and ramifications of dying by volcano are. We saw several troops as fireballs, and we've seen some charred corpses after. But we don't know if any of the dead can't be decrypted, and if so, we have no idea how many. Maybe it's 100. Maybe it's 5,000. But we have no way to confirm and I don't know if it's right to assume that someone can't be decrypted because they were burned.
but lets assume the decrypted are a very large army, you can either split them up and conquer as many cities as possible while surprise is on GK's side, or the whole legion descends on one city at a time. it's a safe bet if you do that the second city will be heavily fortified and as you progress the whole world rallies against you.
Well, if anybody can pull off a successful series of attacks with his split forces, it's Parson. As far as the second city being fortified, well, who's to say the first city wasn't? And even if they found out about the first attack (it shouldn't be a surprise), the second city can only fortify better if it has the resources, and then only to an upper limit of 5. If GK can collect 2/3 of the RCC army sent to get them, they can theoretically crack any city in the world (if they add a little siege, at least). Moreover, with each successive victory, GK can increase its army's size. All you have to do is be able to protect Wanda. I think Jack and a flight of Dwagons can manage that. And as for the whole world rallying against you, what was happening when the RCC attacked? A couple friends on a picnic? They may have been overconfident, but that's because it was the largest combined force any of them had ever seen. And even if they can put together a force twice the size, Parson can asymmetric warfare their butts off. But more likely, after the failure of the first RCC, they'll give up on trying again and instead focus on their own defense.
what good is an overpowered protagonist?
A fair point, but only if the conflict is Parson+GK vs the world. If it's Parson vs himself, or Parson vs Stanley, or Parson vs Erfworld, it's just fine. Powerful, even seemingly invincible men can have great drama in their lives. I mean, with Parson at the helm, I think they can do a lot of damage. I'd believe that if it was just Parson, Wandapliers, Jack, and 20 pikers. But Parson has to make himself do it. The easier it is to wipe out whole swaths of people, the harder it will be on Parson. Because he's not fighting for survival anymore. Plus there's always the chance that someone on the other side can pull a trick or two. And there's the conflict between Wanda and Jillian.
Lunaya wrote:I say Jillian surprises everyone by being a perfect lady. Just wait.
We'd certainly get a good spit-take form Vinny, if she pulled that off. "Proper" ladylike Princess' gown, and all!
Well she does
know which fork is for salad, now.