The Colonel wrote:We have, 46/8 = Six stacks tops. INCLUDING my uncroaked which will not be in top form after this. We need a trump card.
We have only the leadership for 5 stacks (possibly 6 if Wandreus turns & appears) and we have 4 turns to pop a stack (so we're talking about 2UP or less per unit) plus as I've pointed out we need a vanilla warrior and a bodyguard to round out our stacks. Even on mounts Tenebris is 3 turns away so we can't count on them for much. We could have 2 balrug trips but one of those will be Tod & Tesla. ( Tenebris contribution is likely to be Wandreus, Junetta, 3 naughty kitties and 3 archers plus 4 other undecided units - tops)
Rolf meanwhile, as much as entertaining Faith has been trying to pump her (for information, you sickos, get your minds out of the gutter
), not just on what she knows of the elves but on the lay of the land around Dis to all sides. He determines to later get some imps to check out what information he can glean, to make sure the information she gives is verified. He will start off with casual questions , as per his attempt to determine how far the archons had come, but will get more direct if she is evasive, reminding Faith, if necessary, that they ARE allies and that current battlespace information could be crucial to the coming battle, including whether the elves might try a direct attack or try to manoeuvre round Dis to gain an advantage or even try to siege.
Depending on his results he may return to trying to get as much information on the archons themselves as possible, using more casual questioning such as "Are there many more like you at home ?
" If challenged on this he wilI explain that he only has eyes for Faith but has noticed the looks she gets from other warriors and would like to see if she has many sisters that could divert that attention. He will take her up to the battlements pointing out distant mountain ranges and features and going on about their beauty and asking her casually of the beauty of her homeland.