pSycHOtic chICkeN wrote:Haggar benefits if Jetstone loses troops fighting Gobwin Gnob. Charlie might benefit if Jetstone loses troops fighting Gobwin Gnob. FAQ and Transylvito might benefit if Jetstone loses troops fighting Gobwin Gnob. Even Gobwin Gnob should prefer that Tremenis fights Ansom's column for the same reasons that Tremenis and Slately thought it was a bad idea.
The presence of Haggar's forces behind Jetstone was making them hesitate. If Sammy moves his column over exposition bridge Jetstone has no reason to hesitate. Haggar might have a way of communicating with Gobein Gnob. Charley has multiple ways of communicating with Gobwin Gnob. Gobwin Gnob is now trying to survive and might not care if some siege weapons are lost. I thought it was odd that Sammy actually discouraged Jillian from flying in alongside Haggar's column.
If I was Sammy, I would contact Gobwin Gnob and tell them to leave a corridor slightly wider than the bridge so that Haggar's army can march through and capture the siege engines. Ansom can close the gap after they pass. Crossing the bridge and taking the siege engines is an objective that Charley might agree to. It also keeps up Haggar's appearance as ally. If Jetstone does not follow over exposition bridge it will look like Jetstone betrayed Haggar. Haggar would retain all options. If Jetstone loses most of its forces fighting Ansome and then loses more croaking Wanda Sammy might be able to break alliance and sack the capitol. If Jetstone fails and loses it's army Sammy can also sack the capitol. If Jetstone wipes out Gobwin Gnob Sammy can claim to have been a loyal ally methodically achieving his assigned objective, and gets to take home the siege equipment and anything looted from Gobwin Gnob's baggage train.
That scenario also allows Rob to keep us in suspense and delay actual combat for another update.
Wow, That's astonishing in its ...audacity
Imagining how the negotiation went:
Sammy: "So, Ansom. You know that one defensive choke point you've got at the bridge? How about you let my whole column through into the middle of you column so we can fool Jeststone into following me and you can croak them. I promise we won't croak any of your guys, just smash a couple of you siege machines to make it look good. What do you say?"
Ansom: "Sounds like a plan to me. And I promise that when you come over and we have you surrounded I won't croak you, you blackhearted, unholy, royal heretic, you. After all, Charlie says we can trust each other, and we both trust Charlie, don't we?"
Sammy: "Absolutely, he's a great guy."
Ansom: " Yeah, that stupid brother of mine will never catch on we're not actually fighting each other, he's so clueless."
Sammy: " With my subtly and your guile how can we fail?"
Ansom: "Great, it's a deal then. Come over and we'll spring the trap."
Sammy: "Sure, BFN, see you soon."
Without doubt this is what Prince Blunt Instrument and Captain Obvious are planning.