Book 2 - Text Updates 022

Book 2 - Text Updates 022

Captain Ford had yet to receive orders from Gobwin Knob, but he could see what needed to be done. His Chief Warlord had been captured. And although he had never been the kind of driven, control-oriented leader Ansom was, he assumed command of the remaining infantry forces immediately.

His ranger hat in hand, Ford assembled his few remaining high-level units. "I have not sought this enormous responsibility," he told them solemnly and humbly, "but I will not shirk it."

There were only fourteen heavies and one other warlord left here. On the road behind them stood six hundred nine of the column's remaining thousand and fifty infantry. Not enough for any hope of victory. These troops had only been meant as an occupation force at the captured Jetstone capital.

At their feet, the dust of comrades still sifted over Haggar's fallen fighters. He pitied the enemy croaked, more so than the dusted. Those bodies would surely depop, without ever gaining a new life and purpose. That was the greater waste.

"If the enemy attacks," he said, raising his head, "our lives shall end here. We must hope that they do." His troops looked at him in befuddlement. He shook his head. "Attack. I mean, hope that the enemy advances upon us."

As his his men murmured, he pointed off in the direction of Jetstone's capital. "Above the great city of Spacerock, our Mistress is now in peril." As he spoke, he felt his voice gain confidence, heft. The troops watched him closely. "We must beseech the Titans that the enemy will give us this one chance. One opportunity to even scratch the forces which will be arrayed against her! For that, our repopped lives would be well spent!"

Some short barks of assent rose up. A sword or two was raised. Captain Ford placed his hat on his head, and swept on. "Therefore. Should the enemy attack, our order of battle shall be somewhat unorthodox. Follow closely!"

He drew his sword from its sheath on his back, and indicated the other warlord, a man with dark bangs and pointed ears. "Captain Twenty and I will each lead a max stack of our top remaining troops, split evenly. Behind that, we will have all other units at the roadside, in two reserve groups."

He walked a few steps toward the foot of the bridge, drew his sword, and pointed at it. "If the enemy advances infantry first, we will allow them to enter the hex unopposed. The led stacks must try only to engage unit types which can inflict harm upon our flyers in the city! Casters are therefore our primary target, followed by flyers, archery, and then leadership."

He lowered his sword to his side and looked at them gravely. "Not everyone was meant to stand out in legend," said Ford. "But whatever our calling, whatever our part, we must serve willingly and well. We must strive to make what mark we can. For if we fail..."

He looked into the brave eyes of his men. "Well, if we fail, may the Titans pardon us."

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I've found this text horrifying, and I've wondered if Wrigley is one the decrypted in this hex. These guys already had horrid, abject deaths because of Wanda, and now are willing to be butchered in her name.
Just a note on tactics. We know the Jetstone forces are adjacent to the remaining GK forces. I'm pretty sure we DON'T know how far the Jetstone stack is from the capital.

If we assume the attack on the remaining GK forces will be a cakewalk (as seems likely), and if we further assume that Jetstone believes it will have enough to take out Wanda after the cakewalk (as also seems likely), then it seems likely the right call is to mop up the remaining GK forces and return to the capital. Because we don't know that the low-move heavies and heavy infantry (and probably archers) will have enough movement to return to GK, kill Wanda's stack, and then return to mop up the remaining GK forces. And it would seem wasteful to leave them alive and provide an opportunity to escape, because they don't know they'll disappear if Wanda dies.

Of course, Jetstone doesn't know about Wanda's upcoming tactic. We do, but they don't. Hence, a perfectly logical course of action (mopping up the remaining GK forces before returning to the capital), will in retrospect seem like a bad decision. Especially if Ford takes out a caster, or some flyers and archery.
multilis wrote:
splintermute wrote:
pSycHOtic chICkeN wrote:
I don't think the decrypted would care if they were accused of disloyalty to Stanley or Gobwin Knob, as long as no one accused them of not serving Wanda to the best of their abilities.

But that is an *assumption*. We don't really know.


And everybody knows that when you make an assumption all you do is make an ass out of u and mption.
trotsky wrote:
And everybody knows that when you make an assumption all you do is make an ass out of u and mption.


Poor mption, always getting his name draged through the mudd by idiots like us. And we never ask his opinion.
multilis wrote:
splintermute wrote:
pSycHOtic chICkeN wrote:
I don't think the decrypted would care if they were accused of disloyalty to Stanley or Gobwin Knob, as long as no one accused them of not serving Wanda to the best of their abilities.

But that is an *assumption*. We don't really know.


All of this assumes Stanley gives a used fig what happens to these b-listers. I bet even if they somehow got a direct line to him and posed the plan, he'd just say something dismissive like "yeah, go nuts" so he could go back to watching the real show in the skies above Spacerock.

It's not insubordination when your commander doesn't care what happens to you even a little bit.
Reclaimer wrote:

All of this assumes Stanley gives a used fig what happens to these b-listers. I bet even if they somehow got a direct line to him and posed the plan, he'd just say something dismissive like "yeah, go nuts" so he could go back to watching the real show in the skies above Spacerock.

It's not insubordination when your commander doesn't care what happens to you even a little bit.


B-list? I think we're down to the D-list with these guys. If they get a second apearance, then maybe C-list.
Reclaimer wrote:
With a warlord like Parson on GK's upkeep, RCII knows better than to make any assumptions about what GK's holding in reserve. Putting all their eggs in one easily-swipable basket would be stupid (Which they did, but that's beside the point).


Well, if they know about Parson at any rate (or much about him). I'd think the mindset at the moment would be "whatever you do, don't underestimate them again".

So I guess from Trem's position GK has one force across the bridge that can't defeat the RCCII forces as they stand (doubly so if they go back to Spacerock) and Wanda's force currently sitting above Spacerock. Plus Jillian promising to raze nearby GK cities.

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And ugh, if Jillian actually does make a clean break here, she's taking the story with her, and I... I just don't want to accept that as a possibility.


I don't know if the strip will necessarily follow her progress. Maybe a quick look in, a status update back in the GK war room about cities being attacked, something like that. While I wouldn't mind seeing some Faq action (Duncan/Jillian/Megalos attacking, Ansom looking grumpy etc) I really want to stick with Trem/Wanda at the moment as well.

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Haggar might not have enough move to make it back to the capital. They were half a turn from the capital to begin with, then they marched a few hexes past it, engaged, and now they're still sorta far out. Trem might ditch them, but I doubt it.


True, although if he is still worried about them turning Spacerock wouldn't be a bad place for a fair chunk of his forces. I guess he could leave them to guard the bridge. Still, if they don't have the move to get back to Spacerock they don't, but Trem still has to head back at some point before GK's next turn, so he almost certainly will ditch them if that happens.

Black wrote:
Tramennis attacking Wanda is a huge gamble. If she survives, the war is still on and Gobwin Knob still threatens Spacerock directly. If she croaks, yeah, maybe the whole thing becomes a complete rout and GK falls. It's either a big payout or a shot in the foot.


Well, he has to make sure Wanda isn't still in a position to croak Slately. And from the looks of things the GK ground forces were never the main part of the offensive, hence Ford thinking on how they were intended to be an occupation force. It was all about Wanda and her dwagons.

gazes_also wrote:
Your missing the point, it's not whether Stanley and Wanda's objectives coincide, it's that Stanley's objectives are completely irrelevant.


Indeed, I expect when Stanley does see actual evidence of where the decrypted's true loyalty lies he wont be at all happy with it. I'm still curious as to how he'll react to the idea of potentially having all his dwagons/Jack/warlords croaked and decrypted by Wanda in order for her to survive.

Ansan Gotti wrote:
Of course, Jetstone doesn't know about Wanda's upcoming tactic. We do, but they don't. Hence, a perfectly logical course of action (mopping up the remaining GK forces before returning to the capital), will in retrospect seem like a bad decision. Especially if Ford takes out a caster, or some flyers and archery.


Well there won't be any flyers. Personally, even though I like the little guy (in this case Ford) stepping up and giving it a shot, I hope he doesn't get to much of what he wants, if any (namely killing a caster or something like that). I would like to see Trem do some impressive leading to clean up the column with minimum losses or leave Duke Antium to take care of it while he takes the majority of the forces useful for fighting Wanda back to Spacerock.
Trem doesn't need to take any archers or flyers with him to mop up the GK column, I would guess. He would need leadership though. Most sensible would be to take only units that cannot engage Wanda anyway (infantry) plus force multipliers (leadership, maybe the healomancer) and guard those heavily. The column doesn't have air units, so they would have to hack their way through heavy infantry to get to the high-value targets. I don't really see them making any difference at all.
For those still speculatingon distance between bridge and capital, you can see Spacerock in the background in these two strips.
http://www.erfworld.com/category/book-2/page/17/
http://www.erfworld.com/category/book-2/page/18/
It's close.
Ditto wrote:
For those still speculatingon distance between bridge and capital, you can see Spacerock in the background in these two strips.
http://www.erfworld.com/category/book-2/page/17/
http://www.erfworld.com/category/book-2/page/18/
It's close.


Actually, Page 15 definitely seems to create the impression of multiple hexes traveled to get from the bridge to the capital. (Notice the changing scenery, road, farms, etc.) Which would support the view that one could swat the column and return to the capital, but not vice versa. Again, assuming heavies and heavy infantry have relatively low move.