Free Radical wrote:Kind of a mad idea.. but what would happen if Parson decided to raze Spacerock? It seems to me there's a pretty good chance it would send Gobwin Knob's capital back to Gobwin Knob. (Or possibly Unaroyal, but obviously Parson would know the rules on this before he tried it.)
If it does, and Sizemore had by then placed another pyramid around the Gobwin Knob portal, Parson could safely take all the bodies through the tunnel to Gobwin Knob and have them mass decrypted there. It would eliminate the need to have Stanley fly out to Spacerock and back, and also put Parson and all the casters safely back in Gobwin Knob away from a likely counter-strike by Charlie (or defending Stanley and the capital if the counter-strike would have been aimed at him).
Either way, I don't think Spacerock itself has enough value to Gobwin Knob at the moment to be worth trying to hold if it's possible to retreat most of his army straight home. The main point of taking it was to decapitate Jetstone and that failed. It's way, way out on the edge of their territory, and Charlie just announced himself as extremely hostile, so they're probably not going to want to chase Jetstone yet further and spread their forces even thinner any time soon. The city simply isn't worth holding if they can instead consolidate their forces in the heart of their strength.
If they don't finish things with Jetstone, the RCC II will remain intact. If the RCC II remains intact, they'll face a massive invasion as soon as Jetstone can organise it. They'd end up having to reinvade Jetstone's territory, fighting battles over the Sites of Cities they'd already taken. Spacerock being the Capital is indeed a serious problem that needs solving, but abandoning it just leads to more problems in the long run. And the City's high level, so it's hardly worthless.
As far as the current defences go BTW, they may be low in numbers of soldiers, but they could have as many as five Casters to defend it from any passing Archon Swarms, including Wanda to Decrypt the dead. I don't think Charlie'd risk it. An attack on Gobwin Knob is more of a worry... but we can at least say that Charlie didn't want this to happen. So I don't think he's in a position to kill Stanley on the morrow. Assassination on his trip to Spacerock is what I'd fear.