To be honest, I didn't like the past few updates pacewise, so it pleases me to say that this one is quite, quite, verily good!
We've had the long anticipated turning of Ossomer happen. Come on, everyone saw it coming, in the bottom of their hearts. But even if we suspected it would happen, the timing of it was just perfect. I don't think it was the distance from the Pliers which mattered. As pointed out, GK has several decrypted in hexes far away from Wanda.
I can imagine Parson's interior monologue, should he somehow become instinctually aware of the troop composition at Spacerock. "Who's in charge? Sylvia? Why not Osso... oh. Wait. FUUUUUUU"
The portal is not collapsed yet- wasn't that just Foolamancy, isn't the bluey portal we see in subsequent panels the one to Jetstone?- because Spacerock is still a capital. So in principle Wanda could go back. The question is, would she want to, even if all the casters present would allow it? I mean, it probably will be the case that some backlash will happen to her.
I'm also very curious about how the situation at Spacerock will resolve. Without Ossomer to provide bonuses, I gather the Archons will be easier prey, and thus Trem will be made heir. Unless Sylvia happens to capture said prince and hold him for ransom, her prospects are, again, bleak.
By which I mean, surely the troops at GK should by now outnumber whatever's left of Jetstone's army post tower fall (and even pre-tower fall, since a mass of troops was converted in the dungeon, a mass of Archers is useless as their arrows are spent, and several elite units were croaked a while ago in the unluckiest ambush ever). However, the dynamics of bonuses on troops are so byzantine that fudge it, whatever the author wants to happen is easily handwaved.
But setting aside the fate of GK units in a combat, there's something else that makes me curious: what will the nature of the resolution be? If Jetstone makes a big win (and it will be so if they win, since quite a few Dwagons would be croaked, and the one other high level warlord GK is known to have would also be dust), then we're just back to square one. That's not quite progress.
If somehow GK units manage to capture Spacerock, wouldn't it then just look like GK is steam-rolling everyone? No, it wouldn't if you ask me, but that's what some would say.
So I expect the outcome of the future battle to be yet another whattheboop moment.
zuche wrote:It is with an odd admixture of delight and terror that I admit to being completely wrong about the contents of this strip. Somehow, I doubt this is going to save me from BLANDCorporatio's wrath...
You're safe. For now.
Radagast wrote:I'm still confused as to why Wanda and Jack are in the MK.
The portal closing trick was obviously to get them past the Thinkamancers so they can stack with Parson, I get that.
But is it really a good idea to strand their army in a far-away city with no casters and no pliers?
Not particularly, but they were expecting a win (they thought the Portal was in imminent danger of closing, which would have coincided with Jetstone ending as a side). Given that, I guess they thought they could afford leaving the troops there plier-less, for the casters could return to the front via relay on GK's next turn(s).
Look, the whole shebang of Parson going to Spacerock is a clusterfudge of suboptimalness. As far as that goes, popping into the MK for a chit-chat, when you were expecting the battle to be won, isn't the worst they could have done.
effataigus wrote:I wonder...
Does Ossomer have upkeep again?
If not, Erfworld has itself a solution.
Indeed. Wanda should set up an upkeep removal shop. It's what the Titans wanted!
The whole point of this is lost if you keep it a secret.