Zerohour wrote:I think that Sammy's death might screw Charlie over. If any of the soldiers who saw the "Diplomacy" between Charlie and Sammy survive, they'll probably tell other people about it. Given some time, the fact that Charlie has the power to obliterate an entire side, essentially at will, will make people even more distrustful of Charlie's Side. I could see this leading to a new coalition to strike at the Isolated Attuned before he gets the chance to start wiping them out.
It is easy to perceive this as an internal power struggle between the Tool Wielders. They waited until Wanda was separated from her Army of Doom, and instead of aiming for the head (Wanda,) Charlie has them attack the body. This implies that he doesn't want to eliminate the threat Wanda poses, but weaken her. The fact that he hasn't formally allied with a side implies that he doesn't want his involvement known to anyone. Keeping his own troops out of the conflict means that he doesn't suffer any direct losses. Putting these together, and factoring the general dislike royals have for non-royals, it's a recipe for a forced Alliance after Charlie's machinations backfire.
Sammy was an enemy coerced into being an ally for the coalition. Everyone knew they would probably attack the capital instead of acting as an "actual ally" if they had the chance. Sammy's capital is exceptionally weak at this point in time, so being able to take it at will probably isn't remarkable. Strong-arming Sammy doesn't seem like something that would cheese off the RCC2. Charlie DID want to eliminate Wanda, via Jillian, but that plan failed when she buggered off. Charlie is keeping his own forces out of the conflict to keep Parson from knowing he's there, not to avoid losses.
Dancingrage wrote:My bet: Jillian goes to Smash-n-Grab Ansom and drags him back to attempt to turn him, regardless of if that works the RCC will be pumping him for all the information they can, and Tramennis will finally learn the might and power of this Twoll-sized warlord known to all as Lord Hamster. Sammy gets Decrypted (he really seems a great fit with GK and Stanley's brand of ROCK!!!) and Charlie wears a lot of egg on his face from all sides on this one.
My guess: I agree with the Ansom bit. Personally I think Wanda is going to be captured (edit - rescued?) by Charlescomm somehow and convinced to work for Charlie. Since Parson is likely to become Chief Warlord after this, Ossomer probably isn't available, meaning he either croaks (again) or joins Wanda at Charlescomm.