Book 4 - Page 187

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Book 4 - Page 187
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Hello all :D

I have a question about the diagram in the middle. In what situation would CC need a vertical enfilade? Like are the Archons shooting from the ceiling? Shooting horizontally through a narrow hallway makes sense, but how is shooting from the ceiling through a narrow slit beneficial? Unless I'm misinterpreting the manual.

Also, it's kind of nice seeing the corporate signamancy of CC again: the artwork and plant, the drinks and snacks, is just very reminiscent of an office meeting room. Minus the vaulted door of course :P Makes me wonder if I've been unknowingly working for Charlie this whole time :P
Jade wrote:
Hello all :D

I have a question about the diagram in the middle. In what situation would CC need a vertical enfilade? Like are the Archons shooting from the ceiling? Shooting horizontally through a narrow hallway makes sense, but how is shooting from the ceiling through a narrow slit beneficial? Unless I'm misinterpreting the manual.

Archons and other units can fly. Eliminating stairs in favor of vertical hallways makes CC more defensible against invaders. But if you have a hallway, you need a way to defend the hallways, even if the hallway goes up and down.
Lipkin wrote:
Jade wrote:
Hello all :D

I have a question about the diagram in the middle. In what situation would CC need a vertical enfilade? Like are the Archons shooting from the ceiling? Shooting horizontally through a narrow hallway makes sense, but how is shooting from the ceiling through a narrow slit beneficial? Unless I'm misinterpreting the manual.

Archons and other units can fly. Eliminating stairs in favor of vertical hallways makes CC more defensible against invaders. But if you have a hallway, you need a way to defend the hallways, even if the hallway goes up and down.


Ok, thank you! I was thinking it was a vertical shooting spot for a horizontal hallway, and I didn't see the point (at least, not with a narrow slit for shooting from). But a vertical hall makes sense for flyers. I guess I didn't understand the physical location of where the vertical enfilade was taking place.
I just realized something. Erfworlders speak Language, which just so happens to be nearly identical to English.

How did Charlie learn German?
Lipkin wrote:
I just realized something. Erfworlders speak Language, which just so happens to be nearly identical to English.

How did Charlie learn German?

Don't think he did. The English text super-imposed on the manual was Charlie speaking. If he intentionally used that manuscript (and it wasn't one of his many faces), then he was showing it off for the diagram.

While it may be true that "Enfilade" and "Defilade" don't ever appear in that german manuscript, Charlie probably learnt those words from elsewhere... like an English war-manual. Charlie doesn't ask them to understand any of the words on the manuscript (since probably not even he understands it), he is merely asking them to look at the pictures.
It could also be that when you copy stuff out of Stupidworld, Erfworld auto-translates its Stupid into proper Language. I think this makes sense, since Erfworld itself operates (ie the Towers) on a form of communication that's way more 'universal' so to speak, so funneling any coherent alien speech into Language should be possible.
Also, on the vertical enfilade: the more different angles you can fire on an opponent from, the less likely they are to find cover that protects them from every angle of fire. That's the principle behind an "L-shaped" ambush: if all the ambushers are in the woods along the side of the road, some of the people being ambushed might make it into a ditch or some other form of low cover before being hit. Having fire come in from both 12 and 3 o'clock means you have to find something that protects you from both angles. A vertical enfilade just makes it even harder, since now you need something that provides top-cover, too.

Plus, if Charlie was ever invaded by non-flying units, if the vertical enfilade is a chimney with a bend at the top, it provides a withdrawal (or repositioning) route that the enemy can't follow.
kaylasdad99 wrote:
Let's not place too much importance on the necessity of the Wonky Wrench in this process.

Bonnie told Ace that Claud was the one responsible for the creation of the rifles with the Auto-specialing feature. As far as we know, the first time Claud ever laid hands on the Wonky Wrench was when Ivan was instructing him in how to use it for repatriation. And while there may have been a Dish-enabled link to teach Claud how to fabricate a rifle with the Auto-special, he made so danged many of them that to suppose Charlie was involved for ALL of them is just implausible.

As far as the ammo is concerned, that looks to be plain old Dirtamancy. Note that Sizemore is able to make rounds using nothing more than an original magazine of rounds as a template.


I agree we don't really have enough information to guess, even about whether a link is involved. What percentage of a days juice does it take to make a gun? Even if you could only make one a day, It wouldn't really take very long for there to be enough guns to equip 600 archons, particularly as many of those guns seem to use up more than one archon like the tripods and the AA guns. That said I dont think making more guns is a real option. They are under fire NOW. They quickly need a defensable position and to not have at least one of them preoccupied with other things.
A friend of mine teaches German at a university. This is his translation of the full archival page that was linked to here: https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:348181#?c=&m=&s=&cv=214&xywh=-3529%2C-164%2C9894%2C5178


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If this is the case, then the company leader must be called, if possible before the shooting begins, so he has time to recommend which platoon should switch targets with which. If the company leader comes to this realization too late, then the target switch is exceptionally awkward and cannot be executed as well as it would have been beforehand. The arms or platoon leader who receives the “crossfire!” command must execute it immediately. This is one of the few orders necessary for fire control that must be carried out immediately.

The execution is as shown in pictures 27 and 28, indeed always occurring such that the lines of fire remain next to each other and never actually cross again. This crossfire can also be used to fire for effect, in order to have a greater impact on certain targets. Thus it is already easily assessable in columns, when the individual columns are viewed from the side. This crossfire is also advantageous against artillery targets, in order to reach somewhat beyond the shields.


So there you have it.
I didn't even see the bit of comic at the top at first, which made the rest a little abrupt and unprepared.