So if Parson doesn't cross over to Spacerock, Slately dies at the end of the turn and Tramenis becomes the new leader, we have both sides greatly weakened led by intelligent men willing (and in the case of Tramenis, wanting) to negotiate and Parson with the new knowledge to what depths Charlie is the real enemy. I think a ceasefire or even coalition is possible (although it might take some time) and favourable to both. Even Wanda wants the Arkendish (although that might me she would be against a war with Charlie?).
Charlie's going to have to do some tapdancing to spread enough confusion and misinformation to keep people fighting and protect himself
kefkakrazy wrote:That as good as confirms that Thinkagrams are unsecure contact to some degree, which seems to lend credence to the "Arkendish=allows thinkagram interception" idea. A direct contact like this, though, seems to be untappable, or at least the guy seems to think it is....
I disagree, if Isaac thought what they were doing right then is secure he would have said 'we can't do that because Charlie taps all thinkagrams'. Only a private face to face meeting is secure which is why even now he's not telling him everything.
GJC wrote:I agree that parson's insistence on being there is unnecessary. His bonus is nice, and being on-site will help him respond quicker, but far more important than his presence is Wanda's presence in the hex. He's just peanuts, he doesn't need to be in Spacerock. And his insistence on being there, to me, seems like a moral issue and one alone.
But that's obvious. Ruthlessness was one of the qualities Parson needed to become a perfect warlord, and one he rejected at the end of book one. He'll make mistakes relating to that. It's only natural.
I'm in general in agreement that Parson's move was unwise, with Jack and Wanda in Spacerock it probably wouldn't have fallen and his move to get there caused it to fall, it's a decision made because he's a human being. Saying that maybe if the larger problem in Erf is not to win the battle but to break the game, then a general with capacity for morality might be the perfect general, as opposed to a tactical machine who will never be properly motivated to find a peace solution.
Anyone to add two small arguments in that this wasn't a complete blunder, Maggie's juice was running low and it's probable he wouldn't have been able to direct the battle long enough to overcome Slately's change of state and as the archon's said, one of the things about Charlie is he was always there to give tactical advice, something they'd benefit from Parson two. Secondly, most of this Magic Kingdom kerfuffle was unpredictable and with his knowledge it was reasonable to expect he could get through to Spacerock, he probably still can except the new information is going to make him decide against it (hopefully) and whilst he knew he'd upset the Magic Kingdom he probably hoped with Jetstone out of the way he'd have the time and resources to deal with that problem.