I've thought of a way to talk Stanley into changing capitals. Instead of telling him, "We need a portal here!", tell him, "We need you
here!" (plus have a consensus among all the casters & Parson that it makes strategic sense to hold onto Spacerock). If Stanley heads off to Spacerock, intending to defend it personally, he would naturally switch the capital over to it first.
Perhaps tell him it would be a better staging ground for an invasion of Jetstone city or Faq. In particular, with the dwagons that have been lost (and the archons no longer available for dwagon-hunting), GK may need to consolidate the relay over a smaller area.
Kreistor wrote:But we also have to recognize that Haggar's forces are almost wiped out. Sammy indicated that they were the forlorn hope in that attack, and would be nearly annihilated. Jetstone was to follow up his attack and finish off GK's siege and ground. There may simply be nothing left of Haggar for Charlie to provoke, and holding a Side hostage this way eventually leads to resistance.
If Wanda and Sizemore alone reach Spacerock, the Tower will be so spelled up that almost no force of Archons could penetrate. Add Ace and Jack (assuming Juice refuel with decryption) and we're looking at stunning air defenses. Foolamancy is useless against a Master class Foolamancer, and any losses become forces for the enemy. Would a Bracer's probability include Wanda's capacities? And can Charlie risk Wanda developing a second power with the Pliers? As tempting a target as Spacerock may be, Charlie is not a full-frontal attacker, and so it won't take much to inspire him to set up another plan, but this time with willing assistance from King Trem and Don King. They, at least, have reason to trust him again.
Actually, it was implied that Haggar lost less than half of their force. Charlie's demand was to fight until Ansom was dusted or half their force was gone, whichever came first. When Sammy went down, Jillian reassured them that she would smooth things over with Charlie if they retreated at that point, implying that they hadn't reached the 50% threshold yet.
But you're right that there's no way Haggar would attack Spacerock if Wanda and Sizemore shore up the defenses. If Charlie strong-arms them again, it will be to induce them to keep their forces away from Jetstone city, so that Jetstone feels more free to commit forces against GK.
As for being tempting to Charlie - I think what's most tempting to him is whichever location has bling but no Wanda, especially given the possibility of getting Wanda onto his Side or into an alliance if she's separated from Stanley.