Prologue - 026

Prologue - 026

Turns since TBfGK: 52

Chocula was a Level Two city, with walls of speckled brown sandstone and thatch-roofed buildings of clay brick and timber. Most nights, it was dark and quiet. But this night, it hissed and rumbled softly. This night, the faces of the block houses flickered with the orange light of the still-burning Garrison.

Lying in the matted reeds atop one roof, Caesar Borgata stared up alone at the plume of smoke smudging and blotting out the moon. He listened to the snaps, crackles and pops of the nearby fire. Half of the shaft of a Carpudlian arrow protruded from his ribs. It rose and fell, bobbing slowly and agonizingly with each breath. He held his lips tight and did his best to ignore it.

The archer who had put it there was croaked or in chains, Caesar couldn't say which. Likewise with the one who'd put another arrow through his right boot and foot, which he had pulled out. But the swordsman who had split open the heel of his left palm, that guy was croaked for sure.

He was the only talking unit of Transylvito's to survive.

He'd had better battles.

The sweet voice in his mind soothed him. She listened. She cared. He forgot the pain as he thought about the events of this day, spinning them into a story for her, and for himself as well.

It was a kind of ambush, see. Taking Chocula was the first part of a two-part plan to sucker our leadership in. Maybe me specifically.

We seen 'em do something like this in Carport, dozen turns ago. Carpool took the city by water, but then they followed that with a big air buildup. Archers, spell defenses, air heads. And we flew right into it. Lost two warlords that way.

I think they learned from that. They're pretty smart. They know we can't spare the forces to push 'em around any more. They found a trick that worked once, so they were gonna try it again.

I din't fall for it. When Don ordered us in, we din't do an airspace attack. I ordered some firebirds, thunderbirds, and a couple a battle bears in from Blackula. Just those two golems, they were the only siege that could reach. I stood in the road with them and led 'em myself, just pounded at the gate while Broadway Tony took the Goyles and birds up and hit the wall defenders. Bats flyin' around takin' arrows for me... It was a scene.

Tony's body fell down and landed at my feet 'bout exactly when the gate fell in. He was a good man, Bunny. Gonna miss him a lot. We can't afford to be losin' guys like him.

Anyway we went in and took the Garrison on the ground. That was tough. Hadda wreck it. Don ain't happy, but that was the only way. Ain't gonna get into it with him.

Couple of times in the fight, I figured it was over. Fly me to the City of Heroes, y'know? Wasn't, though. I almost can't believe we won. I got only three bats and three birds left here, holdin' almost two hundred prisoners, mostly archery. Maybe I had some extra Luckamancy? Nah, I know what it was.

I din't fly at all 'til we took the city. Kept walking on my bad foot. Their Shockmancer was here, a couple turns back. Gone now. He spelled up that tower hard, Bunny. This was a straight up ambush. We woulda dropped like hot rocks if we'd gone in topside. Man, I woulda liked to-a caught that Shockmancer here. But if he was here, I prolly wouldn't be talkin' to ya.

That wouldn't be good.

I love ya, Bunny. You know that. Yeah you do.

Facin' this crap ain't hard. I ain't scared to croak. But when I took this second arrow I started gettin' real scared I'd never see you. Helped me focus. Couple guys I took out, the last thing they ever heard was me screamin' your name at em. "Bunny!" Heh.

I gotta talk to Don. We can't be leakin' all these resources to the crazy broad, and a war that don't make a profit. We're losin' our flanks. We can't hold this city, even. Not with what Don's willing to send out here. It's gettin' completely—

The call faded.

Caesar sighed, wincing at a sudden new awareness of his wounds. Whatever spare juice Bunny had at night, she usually burned it with a voice call to him. These lasted as long as they lasted. They kept him sane.

He was left with his own thoughts now. A little meaner and a little darker than what he was willing to share with his secret lover.

He was seriously considering the chances that he might have been set up here.

He turned his head and watched the lone remaining firebird flitting happily through the flames it had made. Another large chunk of wall flaked away and showered bricks down into what had been the city's courtyard. That was Transylvito he was lookin' at, right there.

He and Don used to see eye to eye. He used to have long talks with his Ruler, and count himself lucky to be working for a guy like that. But he hadn't had anything he could call a good conversation with Don King since they brought home that one-wing bat and he made her a queen. He didn't want to believe he understood what Don King was up to. But he thought he did.

Don bought into this Royalty crap now. Don was fighting a crusade. 'Specially since Unaroyal.

And that left barely-Noble Caesar where? Well currently, it left him five turns' flight from the capital. Half croaked on a rooftop, in a burning city they should never have given up. How far gone was Don? Did he send Caesar out here to get rid of him?

That was his big fear.

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The next day, of course, his wounds were healed and gone. The arrow in his chest had vanished.

But the news that Transylvito had begun popping a Royal heir felt very, very similar.

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I had a thought. Caesar said how low on resources his kingdom was, why? They sent almsot no forces to GK and their losses at the Stanley battle couldn't have been more than doombats and a few warlords? Is it because they are just going through other troubles or did they sink a bunch of resources into FAQ?
teratorn wrote:
Why are people saying Jetstone has more than one heir designate? Ansom was chief warlord, Ossomer is chief warld. Tramennis is the oldest and probably he is the heir designate. I expect changing royals to heir designate to be much cheaper than non-royals (we know Stanley's promotion was very costly), yet I don't see how it would work to have a bunch of them.


It would only make sense to have one heir-designate at a time, although there could be multiple heirs in a line of succession. In game mechanics, when you name an heir designate, you're paying for promoting him to king, contingent upon the death of the old king (yourself). Likely Jetstone popped a bunch of royal heirs because they are very effective units, smarter, stronger, and level faster. If you could choose, for your next promotion-to-warlord, either (a) the handsomest piker you've got, or (b) a royal heir who, if nothing else is just as effective as a piker and will level up faster--I think that's a pretty easy call.
hmmm... I think King Don has decided that the little social habits of royalty DO matter after all. if you combine this update with update 21.......

I think Don is starting to think that a pure meritocracy that ignores royalty, and Stanley's meritocracy of Toolness, are uncomfortably similiar. Talking with King Slately, Don is probably deciding that all the politeness and long-visioned aspects of being Royal ARE important.

So, Don is popping a Royal heir, and is encouraging Julian to pop a royal heir, as a statement that that the CULTURE that stanley is fighting against is WORTH DEFENDING.

Not certain about how he's treating Caesar though... outright betrayal seems out of character for someone trying to bring back the niceties of royalty....

maybe he's SIDELINING Caesar by assigning him to the war against carpool, as a DEMOTION, while he lets ROYALS lead the fight against Gobwin Knob? and getting Caesar almost killed was just an unfortunate side effect of delegating carpool to second-priority status?
the_tick_rules wrote:
I had a thought. Caesar said how low on resources his kingdom was, why? They sent almsot no forces to GK and their losses at the Stanley battle couldn't have been more than doombats and a few warlords? Is it because they are just going through other troubles or did they sink a bunch of resources into FAQ?


I believe Caesar was complaining about all the resources they were sinking in to rebuilding FAQ.
teratorn wrote:
Why are people saying Jetstone has more than one heir designate? Ansom was chief warlord, Ossomer is chief warld. Tramennis is the oldest and probably he is the heir designate.


Ansom was the Heir of Jetstone. (See the third panel)
Another disappointing update. Near the start of the updates Transylvito was going to smarten up and do things their way. We were lured with the promise of something grand, only to have it stripped away in favor of bland plot development. Apparently by smarten up they meant become complete idiots, and by do things their way they meant rejoin the RCC as soon as possible and do things the exact same way as before, only worse. I was looking forward to some vampire guerrilla warfare of super cool awesomeness. Instead they abandoned that plan, apparently the whole "new way of doing things" was only a plot device to get FAQ back in the picture, now that they are there it has been forgotten in favor of bleh and idiocy.

Disappointing update on this one too.
FredLemerory wrote:
Another disappointing update. Near the start of the updates Transylvito was going to smarten up and do things their way. We were lured with the promise of something grand, only to have it stripped away in favor of bland plot development. Apparently by smarten up they meant become complete idiots, and by do things their way they meant rejoin the RCC as soon as possible and do things the exact same way as before, only worse. I was looking forward to some vampire guerrilla warfare of super cool awesomeness. Instead they abandoned that plan, apparently the whole "new way of doing things" was only a plot device to get FAQ back in the picture, now that they are there it has been forgotten in favor of bleh and idiocy.

Disappointing update on this one too.


unless..... what of TV is getting ready to wage diplomacy by marriage? that might actually be clever, if game mechanics allow it.... try to intermarry every royal state into a giant royal 'clan' ?
ftl wrote:
the_tick_rules wrote:
I had a thought. Caesar said how low on resources his kingdom was, why? They sent almsot no forces to GK and their losses at the Stanley battle couldn't have been more than doombats and a few warlords? Is it because they are just going through other troubles or did they sink a bunch of resources into FAQ?


I believe Caesar was complaining about all the resources they were sinking in to rebuilding FAQ.


I can see Caesar's point of view: Why spend money building up a kingdom for someone else when they could be building those cities as Transylvito cities?
especially when that someone else is a rash barbarian who has a thing for getting into trouble. versus an experienced, arguably wise leader like Don.
SteveMB wrote:
Dancing Cthulhu wrote:
Erfworld seems to have fairly set dead/undead standards - if it lives it can be croaked, if it is croaked and you have a croakamancer it can be uncroaked.

Not the latter: "I can decrypt many unit types which had been impossible to uncroak before." (emphasis added)


True, I more meant the idea of a Vinnie or Caesar being uncroaked - thinking units.

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Another disappointing update. Near the start of the updates Transylvito was going to smarten up and do things their way. We were lured with the promise of something grand, only to have it stripped away in favor of bland plot development. Apparently by smarten up they meant become complete idiots, and by do things their way they meant rejoin the RCC as soon as possible and do things the exact same way as before, only worse. I was looking forward to some vampire guerrilla warfare of super cool awesomeness. Instead they abandoned that plan, apparently the whole "new way of doing things" was only a plot device to get FAQ back in the picture, now that they are there it has been forgotten in favor of bleh and idiocy.


Maybe you are being to hard on TV and the Don like Caesar might be. We don't really know what they are doing. If Caesar had his way it doesn't sound like TV would be having anything to do with GK or the war war with the Decrypted.

Plus the Don deciding to pop a royal heir seems so out of left field it could only be part of some plot or plan.

teratorn wrote:
Why are people saying Jetstone has more than one heir designate? Ansom was chief warlord, Ossomer is chief warld. Tramennis is the oldest and probably he is the heir designate. I expect changing royals to heir designate to be much cheaper than non-royals (we know Stanley's promotion was very costly), yet I don't see how it would work to have a bunch of them.


I thought it was more "Royal Heir". A royal side can pop Royal Heirs who can, in the right circumstances, become a ruler (the name says it all). Either one takes over from the former ruler of their side, or they can split off and start a new side (Ossomer had talked about it).

In Jetstone's situation they had three royal heirs. Ansom was the one who would have have taken over when Slately shuffled off the mortal coil, the other two were presumably back up if Ansom croaked, of if Jetstone had the opportunity to start a new royal side. So only one "heir designate" but still a line of succession back past that individual.

And if I remember rightly Ansom was heir designate before he became Chief Warlord (so someone else must have been filling that roles for a while).