bladestorm wrote:Two casters? I thought only Ace was left. If they go for two, they may as well go for four. An airborne strike against the column marching away from Spacerock could target the leadership, wiping out Tramennis, Pierce, and Lloyd. They just wait for the incapacitated Cubbins to fly straight into the slaughter. That's a very vulnerable convoy if you can avoid the main column. There may be some archery left, but most have spent their ammo, and just how much damage could they possible muster? We've seen what a stack of dwagons can do to a stack in Book 1, and Jetstone no longer has an insane leadership bonus stacked with an artifact bonus.
End of this turn and the start of the next will be the keys to this battle. Neither GK nor Jetstone are in a position for another sustained conflict. Parson will be vulnerable until reinforcements can be acquired. Tramennis will be vulnerable until his entire column can get to their destination. Cubbins will lose that replicated backpack at the start of next turn. If Parson pressed the issue, he might be able to take the remaining dwagons, abandon Spacerock, and launch a counter attack against just the airborn casters and leadership. He might have enough move to reach them, and if his turn starts before Jetstone's, he may be able to catch them as they are breaking camp. It'd be a gamble that would leave him in the middle of nowhere, and he'd be relying on the attack group doing what they do without him being there (unless he can weasel his way around the Heavy unit on a flying mount restriction), but he could wipe out Jetstone.
I can't really see that working. No one in a position to order such a strike knows where they'll be exactly (especially if Trem and co and beelining for Jetstone instead of hovering above the column) - Parson certainly doesn't, at the moment for all he knows all the Jetstone casters are dead and Slately has no heir. Wanda can't get to the city so there'll be no questioning of new decrypted who know anything. If Parson captured either Slately or Ace there is a chance they may spill the beans, but it would be awfully convenient of them to gab "Trem is heir and he and the casters are flying for Jetstone on this route and everyone has been evacuated" in the time they have left.
Plus it seems most of the dwagons are dead (as well as anyone to fly on them), and they don't have archons for any kind of scouting. And Parson, unable to ride dwagons... so Parson would be essentially leaving himself completely defenseless in Spacerock while sending the dwagons off.
And Jetstone still has alot of archers with the column, and the dwagons aren't getting any bonuses either and there'll be no cloaking to cover them this time. And of course - everyone is spread out everywhere. Stanley is (baring overlord senses) fairly blind as to what is going on in Spacerock, Parson is pretty much blind to anything going on outside of the throne room he's currently in. Maggie and Wanda have no idea what is going on in Spacerock, and Maggie is nearly out of juice as well.... and there is Charlie. His turn definitely comes before GK, and I can't help but suspect his plan consisted of more than hoping Parson would burn to death in Spacerock
Yes. Far too many things to coordinate to chase down a small fast moving target when everyone is out of contact with everyone else, especially with the very limited resources Parson has at hand.
mastigo wrote:I think something unusual is up. I'm not sure what, just that it is. There's too many oddities about what's going on:
1. Literally the page before Jack dies due to the dwagon being blind, he's shown helping Jillian see despite blindness. (Perhaps a luck repayment from what Fate did to help Jillian all the way back then?)
The dwagon isn't blind. From the looks of things it is more down to Jack failing to control it properly and ending up in a bad place rather than the dwagon messing up because it is, quote "half blind".
Plus, Jack helped Jillian when he was juiced up. Unless Jack has been lying to everyone the whole time he is spent.
2. When he was out in the courtyard thinking up a plan, it didn't sound very much like his typical speech patterns.
What about it didn't? I can't imagine many other characters musing on the appropriateness of crushing the enemy with statues of their own enemy. He was more hesitant than usual true, and acting less the fool, possibly because he was having to be in command - a position he isn't really use to.
3. Jack had no reason to be mounted on the dwagon
A led stack has greater options than an unled one.
4. Jack NOTES that the dwagon is half blind before getting on it and selected it out of all the other dwagons in the courtyard.
Which consist of... what? Reds which he has already dismissed and what appears to be a dead yellow. He doesn't really seem spoiled for choice.
5. I'm pretty sure Parson could have just ordered a dwagon from where he was standing
Possibly because Parson doesn't ride dwagons pretty well. If he could I could easily see him thinking "hmmmm, the battle is over there, do I want to send an uncontrolled dwagon into the middle of it, or do I want to be able to aim and control it beyond the single order I give it as I send it on its way?".
name lips wrote:And speaking of no juice... he's a Master-class Foolamancer. His value is unspeakable to GK or any side. Nobody would want him dead if there was any way to capture him. And without juice to use his magic, he's completely ineffective. It doesn't sound like Jack to conclude, "well, I'm about as good as a stabber with the Command special... LETS DO IT!" He knows his value. Why would he risk throwing away his life?
Because he's canny enough to realize a trap has been sprung and someone of far greater value to GK - Parson - is in very real danger. Of course he's going to commit everything he's got, which if he's out of juice is whatever combat skills he has.
Plus it is possible he, like nearly everyone else in GK, has a kind of hero worship thing going on with Parson. Jack respects him, if Parson's charging into battle it isn't unrealistic to think Jack would be eager to be by his side. Finally - no, I think at this point GK's opponents are mostly quite content to kill them all.
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.