MonteCristo wrote:Considering Sylvia's "burn it all" plan, I would say she would probably be a bad choice.
Why? The burn it all plan would have a high likelyhood of working. It perfectly ruthless, and we have people on here arguing that Parson was an idiot for dropping the ruthless sword.
Because the risk/reward balance is not in GK's favor.RISK:
GK can loose a lot of their best troops, including non-red dwagons; and also including Wanda, Jack and Parson if they aren't trapped in the MK.REWARD:
GK captures Spacerock one turn sooner than if they had waited for their turn so they could pull all inflammable units out of the garrison, and then
...Getting Spacerock one turn sooner just isn't worth the risk of losing so many units, now that Slately and Tramennis have escaped. It doesn't even matter what Jetstone can do, the fire can decimate GK by itself.
Lamech wrote:She is using the fire as a last resort, and its a good last resort.
Well, unless Charlie or Jillian shows up with an army before GK's next turn, the best thing to do would be to simply wait. Then when GK gets its turn, it bring in its army sitting outside Spacerock to flood the garrison with troops, or pull out everything but the red dwagons from the garrison and then
Lamech wrote:I think Parson is just ranting against Erfworld/War right now, not making good tactical choices. Same thing as throwing the sword away. That was a terrible idea. It should have been stashed until needed (or given to Ansom to pull out in battle. That would have given Ansom a sickening level of leadership presumably). He got the character development idiot ball grafted onto him.
There was a good bit of story hinting that the Sword of Ruthlessness had an impact on Parson's actions. Parson doesn't like being controlled. He also didn't like having to send people to their deaths despite the needs of GK for some units to die so that the side could continue or grow stronger. You can call it idiocy in exchange for character development, but I'm pretty sure I was the strongest proponent for "Parson holding the idiot ball" when that was a primary forums topic, and I don't see his throwing away of the sword that way.
The Sword of Ruthlessness was an artifact of terrible corrupting power, like the One Ring. The only way to effectively use such a thing is to become as ruthless as it wants you to be. So do you hide it in the vaults of Minas Tirith, or throw it in the fires of Mount Doom?
Keeping the sword might of made him a better warlord, but throwing it away made him a better man.
Oberon wrote:Jetstone also marched a huge amount of troops into their city. Enough troops that they had planned to hold the 'visible' GK infantry and siege at Exposition Bridge. Unless they loose huge amounts of foot units Jetstone should still be a tough nut to crack.
That was a bridge, a chokepoint where an army can easily hold twice their number at bay... If the invaders cannot bypass it. Now Spacerock's shell has already been 'cracked': GK units are in the garrison, the heart of the city. Jetstone's troops are broken and leaderless, and if Slately stops to rally them he risks being captured as the garrison falls. It isn't worth the risk.
vintermann wrote:If the Magic Kingdom decided a side was sufficiently bad that breaking their own rules was necessary, they could invade and reduce it to rubble in a turn. Even indirect sanctions from the Magic Kingdom (e.g, supplying enemies with support) could be devastating. This was not a calculated risk for Parson if it was only over a tiny warlord bonus.
Maybe he wants
to force the MK into this conflict.