BakaGrappler wrote:ruleno2 wrote:The trap plan is an extension of this, but relies on Haggar making a bad strategic call by blindly attacking the city, so I don't see it happening.
Which is where the shallow graves and Sizemore's juice come into play. Let's say, for the sake of argument, Haggar's forces decide to send in a scout to check the layout and damage to the military still in the city. I mean, they know Gobwin Knob took Spacerock, and that Jetstone has been completely repulsed. They know there won't be many units left in the place after an inferno. They also know that a capitol site is probably very valuable and worth having. So the scout goes in, just to see what is what, and sees that all that remains is half a stack of infantry, a worn out Dirtamancer, and the tubby Heavy of a Chief Warlord, with less than half a dozen injured Red Dwagons. Ooooh, that's a windfall if ever one has seen one, and a chance to pay GK back for Sammy!
Parson would not have to lure anyone in. The mere lack of strong military presence would draw Haggar into a meatgrinder. And if no one shows, hey, no skin off Parson's nose. No news is good news, right?
This scenario relies on (at least) three things:
1. Haggar is still in the area.
2. They decide to attack Spacerock.
3. Parson anticipates this.
1. As you pointed out, Haggar was still hanging around as of the last discussion between Jillian and Tramennis. Not sure what happened to them after that. Did they continue to hang around? Since we've seen them, Tramennis mopped up the ground forces, went back to Spacerock, conferred with his father, conferred with Charlie, parleyed with Ossomer, the food fight occurred, the battle in the atrium, Tramennis gets injured, Ace and Cubbins outfit Slately, the great air battle and death of Slately, tower comes down, Sylvia vs. Ace... you get the picture. A lot happens, and we don't see Haggar. It's possible they could still be hanging around, even as Jetstone flees.
2. Originally, the plan to attack a weakened side was a great idea. Low risk - they hang back, stay out of the fighting, wait for a good opportunity, if it's not there, no problem - and high reward. Since that plan was made, Sammy gets a sobering wakeup call about just how dangerous GK is, Charlie forces them into conflict which inflicts heavy losses, and they lost their Prince. (It's one thing to headbang as Sammy Haggar is wielding his axe, but just headbanging is silly.) Their capital city has been threatened and is vulnerable. Oh, and GK turns a no-win situation into a victory and Jetstone flees. And they have a Croakamancer who can raise the dead. Nothing about that screams "Haggar is totally going to attack the city!" to me.
3. Ambushes tend to be laid when you think the enemy is coming. Why would Parson think Haggar is coming back, any more than Jetstone is? He has no idea of Haggar's initial plans, even if they were in any shape to carry them out. As he said, they won. Now he needs to see about replenishing GK's devastated ranks again, but going from that to "our enemy knows we can decrypt, and that there have to be a lot of corpses left after a major battle, but we'll HIDE those corpses, trick them into attacking (it could happen!) and then BAZINGA!!"... I just don't see it.