Epilogue - 002

Epilogue - 002

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The six dwagons were at full strength, of course. Two reds, a green, a purple, a blue, and a yellow, cutting through the clear western sky. Their spotless scales glittered in the sunlight, and their breath puffed fiercely in the chill mountain air.

But to Parson, the group of them still managed to look ragged and defeated. He remembered how many of them had flown out.

From the tower office, he watched the new armored blue join the incoming stack with a joyful roar.

This new office had a strange new shape and decor, almost Chinese-imperial. In fact, the whole tower was redesigned. It was square and fluted now, less like the Space Needle and more like Big Ben. Parson picked up his eyebook from the corner of the red and gold, ivory-inlaid desk, and headed up to the parapet where Maggie and Sizemore were waiting.

Stanley was taking his time surveying things, but there was a lot for him to see. The new Gobwin Knob sat on what was left of a mountain that Parson had exploded, and so the city took on a wildly different form.

It was no longer symmetrical, but tiered, with half of the city walls extending down around a permanent lava lake. The lake didn't seem inclined to cool and solidify like Parson thought it probably should, but Sizemore had said the "terrain type" there had changed to a lake of lava, and that was that. Only fliers would be able to cross that new zone of the city, and would not be able to land. Half the tunnel zone was also permanently gone.

But they were still a Level 5 city, with special defense bonuses adding up to something theoretical like a Level 8, which was supposed to make them the hardest defensive position in the world. Parson had his doubts, having just watched this city fall, but the new layout did look pretty tough.

The old city had lacked a front gate, a configuration which gave extra strength to the outer walls and avoided a specific weak point. The trade-off was that they'd had to deploy all of their non-fliers out through the tunnels. That was why their only heavy units were Spidews and Dwagons.

The new Gobwin Knob had a prominent and ridiculously well-defended gate, with two square towers almost as high as the new Tower of Efdup. The walls were lower than before, but thicker, with toothed edges and blockhouses so densely placed around the perimeter that it looked like the toothing continued on a larger scale. This square fractal design was worked into a lot of the architecture, so that despite its lopsidedness, the new city looked artful, ordered, lordly.

This was a city that was meant to rule other cities. Maybe the world.

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Doctor Grumpus wrote:
The art on the wall of the Tool reminds me of the Russian Stalinist-era mosaics, often found in factories and government buildings.

Accidental or purposeful?


So maybe the fourth Arkentool is the Arkensickle?
Anton Gaist wrote:
I'm thinking, what new heavy units will Stanley be able to deploy now that Gobwin Knob has a gate?


What about the wiener rammers they just decrypted? I don't think GK will ever produce something else than dwagons (and maybe an occasional warlord). Those units can be produced in smaller cities.

I wonder what Stanley is thinking. The old Gobwin Knob was the place where he popped, became warlord and finally overlord. That place is gone forever. On the other side, he got a brand new city, that (maybe) fits his needs and wants more. A unanswered question until one of the next updates.
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:
Anton Gaist wrote:
I'm thinking, what new heavy units will Stanley be able to deploy now that Gobwin Knob has a gate?


What about the wiener rammers they just decrypted? I don't think GK will ever produce something else than dwagons (and maybe an occasional warlord). Those units can be produced in smaller cities.


Er... what smaller cities? Presumably he intends to (at least) reconquer the cities he lost earlier, but first he needs to build an army that can do that. Enough dwagons would do the job -- he conquered Faq and re-took Gobwin Knob from the gobwins with basically a force of dwagons -- but right now he only has seven, and that probably isn't anywhere near enough. Building some siege units (now that he can literally get them out the door) might be what he has in mind.
SteveMB wrote:
Er... what smaller cities?


The hypothetical cities he will conquer/rebuild the next time.

And he doesn't need a army, he just got the decryted units. This includes at least the wiener rammer units, maybe some other kinds of siege. Stnaley has 7 dwagons, at least 3 archons and his KISS squad, the latter with dance fight abilities That alone is a respectable force and should be able to take a weakly defended outpost. Combined with the ground forces (and a certain level 10 warlord) Stanley should be able to retake a good amount of cities.
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:
SteveMB wrote:
Er... what smaller cities?


The hypothetical cities he will conquer/rebuild the next time.

And he doesn't need a army, he just got the decryted units. This includes at least the wiener rammer units, maybe some other kinds of siege. Stnaley has 7 dwagons, at least 3 archons and his KISS squad, the latter with dance fight abilities That alone is a respectable force and should be able to take a weakly defended outpost. Combined with the ground forces (and a certain level 10 warlord) Stanley should be able to retake a good amount of cities.


The Coalition's heavy siege units are unlikely to be decryptable; they were distressingly... flammable.
SteveMB wrote:
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:
SteveMB wrote:
Er... what smaller cities?


The hypothetical cities he will conquer/rebuild the next time.

And he doesn't need a army, he just got the decryted units. This includes at least the wiener rammer units, maybe some other kinds of siege. Stnaley has 7 dwagons, at least 3 archons and his KISS squad, the latter with dance fight abilities That alone is a respectable force and should be able to take a weakly defended outpost. Combined with the ground forces (and a certain level 10 warlord) Stanley should be able to retake a good amount of cities.


The Coalition's heavy siege units are unlikely to be decryptable; they were distressingly... flammable.


Everything in immediate vicinity of an exploding Vulcan is distressingly flammable. But admittedly we don't know if the coalition had any heavy sieges that weren't golems, and I don't believe the arkenpliers can decrypt constructs. But for smaller cities even light sieges should be sufficient. And the shier number should overwhelm every small garrison. We saw that a wall can be attacked by men with shovels and picks.
HandofShadows wrote:
Faq was more Japanese than anything. Interesting to see such a clash of styles. Big Ben on the outside, Imperial Chinese on the inside. Maybe not so strange. Both England and China have had huge empires. I hope all the Stanley in Profile artwork will not be around to long though. It will get irritation after awhile. And Parsons has a Corner Office! :D

I'm guessing it's Stanley's office, since it appears to take up most of the top floor of the tower.
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:
Everything in immediate vicinity of an exploding Vulcan is distressingly flammable.

I'm guessing you meant volcano, but I had the interesting mental image of Spock suddenly bursting into flame.

As for how much Stanley will need to take back the other cities he lost, that'll depend heavily on whether anyone is currently occupying those cities. The RCC seemed mostly interested in wiping Stanley off the map and when we last saw Warchalking, it appeared to be an empty ruin. Stanley and Parson might be able to take them at a walk.
Bobby Archer wrote:
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:
Everything in immediate vicinity of an exploding Vulcan is distressingly flammable.

I'm guessing you meant volcano, but I had the interesting mental image of Spock suddenly bursting into flame.


A double anti-spoiler to the new star trek. And damn you, auto spell correcting, you made me stuwpid!

I actually expect that most of the cities will be taken without a battle; GK needs some additional cities before it can go back to real war. And we know that there won't be any real action for a certain time, a.k.a. summer updates and "narrative distance".
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:
Everything in immediate vicinity of an exploding Vulcan is distressingly flammable.


My mind just raced to the caster in page 140. I wonder how explosive a caster can be...