Werebiscuit wrote:Do you think Rainbow springs stopped popping when Armolad left...or did it try to build up resources at home and request some from it's neighbours ?
I think it's been popping its own troops, but those troops will not have been garrison troops- they'll have been oriented toward assault, because they were not expecting us to act as we are. Reference the elven thought processes here
; their king believed that Armolad would be able to reinforce or even retake their city, and from there press on to our capital. Their popping will have been in support of that, meaning that at least up until now they won't have been popping garrison units, and they might even have been popping gumptions or other heavy assault units instead of infantry. It's only from this point onward that they'll adopt a more defensive strategy- and they might not do so even now if they think that they can reinforce and launch an attack before we launch ours. As the much larger and more powerful nation, they might not realize that we'll continue to maintain a highly aggressive posture. And they won't have been sending significant reinforcement toward Rainbow Springs from other cities, because up until we pissed them off they had to keep funneling their new-popped forces toward the front against the Ixians.
Don't get me wrong; I don't expect this to be easy, and the city's popped defenders plus any fast reinforcements will still be a nasty battle, but one that I think is winnable- for now. Things are only going to get harder from here on out, and if we wait an extra five or ten turns then that battle might not be something we can win anymore.
The only compelling argument I see for moving against Logan Run is that it's got a path to our capital, and the elves know it. That makes it a great location for them to launch a decapitating strike, and we will have to deal with it before they can effectively gather the forces to do so. However, on balance I think Rainbow Springs is a greater strategic threat to our position; it's simply put the single best city on the map for them to use as a mustering point. In my opinion, if we don't take Rainbow Springs before they have the opportunity to put it to use as such we will lose this war.