Epilogue - 007

Epilogue - 007

Turns since TBfGK: 1

What looked like shrieking rockets lifted off from the outer walls from every direction, spaced at even intervals around the city. Twenty-eight archons soared up into the airspace in graceful, synchronized arcs, trailing red and white sparks from their feet and shooting simultaneous bursts of yellow and pink from their fingers as they rose.

Following the shouts of a drill leader, they came together in a perfect double circle formation at an apex high above the center of the city. Twenty of them held hands in an outer ring, facing outward, and eight locked elbows in the center, facing in. Those in the outer ring began kicking their feet and yelling, "OHHHHHHHHH!" in a rising tone. Each kick sent a red or white streak whistling loudly across the sky and falling away with a smoke trail, as if tracing the roof of a huge dome over the mountain. From the inner circle, blue streaks began flying straight up, almost twice as high above the ground as the archons floated. These detonated in sun-bright yellow flashes, followed a second later with sharp, booming reports that the watchers below could feel in their feet and chest.

The show continued, and even though it was daytime, it was dazzling. Stanley, however, missed much of it. He was having to kick and beat his panicked dwagon. All the dwagons in the stack were having trouble with the display up above. The ones with riders were bucking, and the rest were rearing up and/or roaring at the sky. As his armored red tried to rear again, Stanley considered hitting it on the head with the hammer, which always pacified any dwagon but would knock the thing out for the rest of the turn.

Then he saw Wanda just standing there, watching him serenely. For some reason, he found it infuriating.

So he let the rearing dwagon lift off and take to the sky with a roar, the way a walking man who tripped might play it off by starting to run. The rest of the stack took off and followed him almost straight up, heading right toward the formation of archons.

The archons were now in two interwoven rings of fourteen, one moving clockwise and the other counter, like an airborne maypole dance. The dancers shot booming volleys of white and electric blue sparks up and over the heads of the dancers on the opposite side, so that the whole thing looked like something between a pinwheel and a fountain. They were all facing inward and leaning back, so that none of them could see the approaching dwagons.

Or, of course, hear them.

It was Jack who prevented an ugly collision, though this was not clear to many at the time. Above the fountain of sparks there appeared a huge, glowing apparition of Stanley the Tool's face, surrounded by bright rays of red and gold, just as he appeared on his new emblem. But these rays were like arrows pulsing outward, outward...go that way, scatter!

Whether the archons took the direction literally or not, they knew the big giant head projection was beyond any of their natural Foolamancy abilities, and it certainly had not been part of the rehearsal. They glanced around, spotted the dwagons in time, and scrambled quickly out of their way as the stack plowed through the spot where the circular dance had been.

As Stanley and his dwagons pulled up in front of his gigantic face in the sky, the drill leader had the sense to shout, "Finale! Form up!"

The archons delivered their grand finale. Jack sat atop his purple dwagon, and filled the city with stirring martial fife-and-drum music to accompany the dazzling, booming light show below. Stanley, for his part, picked a nice dramatic moment to stand up in the saddle, hold his hammer aloft, and shoot a sphere of lightning strands into the sky.

From the ground, this looked exactly like he had blown up his own head. Nobody ever told him that.

Comic - Epilogue - 007

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gameboy1234 wrote:
Sizemore is a Plaid, just like Stanley. I guess Saline could be a Plaid too, but I don't think so.


Why don't you think so? What can you point to suggesting the Plaid tribe isn't the native tribe of GK? I don't believe there is anything.

Your suggesting that not only did Saline IV name a non-royal warlord heir, but that that warlord wasn't even of his tribe and somehow Sizemore was also of this foreign tribe. This strangness isn't mentioned in all the exposition in Book 1.
Binty wrote:
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:

In any case, given we don't know much about the abilities of most caster types. The number of casters a side can have is probably very limited; upkeep and/or popping cost. I think it is over-reaching to claim all sides would have a lookamancer given choice.


Agreed. It's like saying in Starcraft every Protos player would make a fleet of carriers [or insert your strategy game of choice]. Well, some do, it is indeed useful, but is by no means the only strategy, and there may be more cost-effective means of getting similar results (i.e. doombats are a lot cheaper).
parson4president wrote:
Charlie is a mercenery and the best one around. He follows the money and the advantage. When he saw that GK was goin to hold its own he decided to take advantage and talk with hamster even though his troops were engaged with GK. Now that GK is the powerhouse Charlie will want to offer his services and always be on the strong side till it looks grim and back off. He never gets too invested in one customer or side and dosent care if they win or lose as long as at the end of the day he is still in charge of his kingdom and a little richer. If GK can get Stanley's head out of his own boop they will side with Charlie and use his advantage to move on toward dominance. Then worry about the sleeping beast that is CharlesinCharge when he is the only problem left or he decides to start something himself


There's no reason why GK would ever side with Charlie. Remember? Stanley detests Charlie so much that he won't hire him when GK is losing.

And now they're winning.

With Stanley paranoid of his own 'loyal' forces, odds are slim that he could be swayed to hire Charles.
mutecebu wrote:
(i.e. doombats are a lot cheaper).


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(My apologies for butchering the font!)
In reference to the brick: In real life, in the middle ages, a fortified defender could put peasants on the wall and have them play drop-the-rock on attackers massing below the wall. Or drop the oil, the cat, the kitchen sink, etc. So, this trick of weaponizing otherwise non-combatant units (people) in erfworld is moot, because it does not seem to have any non-combatant units. Hmm. It might still be a good use for otherwise weak units.
To briefly return to the question of Bogroll: I'm still hoping that he "regenerates" somehow.
Yes, I know his loss is supposed to be a sign of permenancy of loss. It's a freaking comic. If we can have flying Dwagons, (WITH a a "W"), we can have Bogroll return. Or not. It is after all, a comic.
It will still be fun to see how Vinnie and the princess deal with all this.
parson4president wrote:
Charlie is a mercenery and the best one around. He follows the money and the advantage. When he saw that GK was goin to hold its own he decided to take advantage and talk with hamster even though his troops were engaged with GK. Now that GK is the powerhouse Charlie will want to offer his services and always be on the strong side till it looks grim and back off. He never gets too invested in one customer or side and dosent care if they win or lose as long as at the end of the day he is still in charge of his kingdom and a little richer. If GK can get Stanley's head out of his own boop they will side with Charlie and use his advantage to move on toward dominance. Then worry about the sleeping beast that is CharlesinCharge when he is the only problem left or he decides to start something himself


Would you hire someone who, when he's hired to defeat you, actively sabotages his current side so that he can gain? It'd be safer to kill him with a fight than put him on your side, even for free. If he hadn't backstabbed the RCC before the pass ambush, the RCC would've killed Stanley and ended the war. (As it stood without the Archons, they almost killed Stanley.) What'd he do it for? To see if Parson was as smart as he thought he was, and worth capturing.

Additionally, this seems to be the very first time Charlie's gotten his teeth kicked in, and we haven't heard from him at all since the Volcano, so he may not be open to a deal anymore.
it's the first turn since the battle, it's not charlescomm's turn.

to the point, the archons couldn't switch to fighting ground forces when ansom got knocked down, so he had to defend himself. while they fetched his carpet.

still i have no faith in charles doing anything retaliatory, seems like it's a waste of resources in every plausible way. he wants parson or at least the mathamancy item, gobwin knob now has not only his decrypted forces but all of the rcc troops as well.

this is assuming he's bright enough to scout first.

but he's going to find thousands of troops a level 5 city with higher level defence bonuses, a large force of archons AND dwagons AND it's likely the Dwagons will have plentiful warlords mounted to add further multipliers. it would be like running a kindergarten class of kids armed with airsoft guns into an actual military camp.
moose o death wrote:

still i have no faith in charles doing anything retaliatory, seems like it's a waste of resources in every plausible way. he wants parson or at least the mathamancy item,


So maybe he contacts Stanley through the eyebook with an offer to buy Parson for say 15 million. He may look at the battle as losses that won't be recovered by retaliation, so no point in getting angry. If he can't take Parson by force, he might as well make an offer. Would Stanley realise that Parson is worth more than that. Ofc, if Sizemore hadn't found the gems, Charlie would be in a better bargaining position.
to be honest i'd be quite happy with that happening. parsonis then back off of the seemingly invincible team using his wits to overcomes the odds again. i kind of expected parson to leave GK forces when sizemore was croaked/disbanded. i like the idea of parson one day having to choose between winning or killing a friend and sizemore would be that friend.

don't get me wrong i like sizemore, but never let that get in the way of a good story.