Azukar wrote:Regarding this mystery caster...
Has there been speculation that it'll be Rocky horror-themed? Possibly Riff-Raff or even Frankie himself?
If we didn't already have a known Turnamancer, I'd put forward the possibility of Frankenfurter casting spells to the tune of "Leeeets doooo the Tiiiime waaarp agaaaain!"
Underneath the white mage robe is... Tim Curry in fishnets, heels and a corset!
I'm sure Weirdomancy would be just as fitting with that reveal (based on name alone, since I have no idea what it does).
Ninjaguineapig wrote:Ossomer, and by extension GK, know that Haggar doesn't want to be in this war. Maybe a Thinkagram to the King of Haggar could get them to switch to GK's side and break with Jetstone at the last minute. Even if the Haggar forces aren't substantial, a surprise attack from a supposed ally in tandem with the GK attack could crush the Jetstone column. Alternatively, since the Haggar forces are reserves, they're probably going to be waiting in or near Spacerock. They can break and occupy the city just when Jetstone needs them in the field.
I'm not sure it would work for a couple of reasons -
1 - Contacting them via thinkamancy could be difficult/not quick enough if they don't have a thinkamancer, since it seems only Charlie can easily contact other sides that way.
2 - It would be interesting to see the effects of cloak and dagger in Erfworld, how quickly can a side break an alliance and begin attacking?
3 - The forces are substantial, they are the "massive column" half a turn away that Trem and Oss were going to hold GK up for, to give them the time to arrive. I doubt the ruler of Haggar is with them personally though, so that is another lot of communication that would need to take place before the column started misbehaving.
4 - Well, it is still GK trying to make them break. Whatever Haggar might be feeling about the alliance it would be pretty crazy, in one turn, to decide to stab an ally in the back because your enemy contacts you and says "hey, we know you're not happy to be there, why not betray Jetstone?"
Personally though I could imagine Haggar having planned on betraying Jetstone from the moment they learnt they were being let bring a massive column to the very gates of Spacerock - if the opportunity arose of course, what with GK's strike force of doom around. Back stabbing can wait till everyone is safe.
ftl wrote:This is significant. We know that the bracer did NOT already know the composition of the forces there, until Parson was told them. Previously to this, I don't think we had a specific instance like that - nothing changes except for Parson's intel, the bracer changes odds.
I think the closest, similar, occurrence is those calcs made at the outset of the Great Marbit/Gobwin mystery. Parson starts off with an answer that might well be accurate under normal circumstances but wasn't in actual fact (namely the Gobwins they should be seeing weren't there and that there was a good chance Charlie was involved in that).
Which just shows the bracer isn't all knowing and can/does have gaps the need to be filled in to give a more accurate answer. I wonder if Wanda is at all disturbed by the knowledge. If she hadn't followed Parson's gut on the importance of intel they would have followed Ansom's plan, which I imagine took some comfort in a calc that hadn't taken Jillian+glyers/mystery caster/Haggar into accound... but then again it is a sign of a good leader to be able to adapt on the fly, since not many of them have mystical bracers to help decide the way forward.
The Shadow wrote:Parson clearly states what "we" (that is, GK) "aren't sure" about - whether Jetstone in the event of Slately's death would fall or convert to Toolism en masse. Tramennis being the new heir doesn't even seem to be on the table. Since Parson, Wanda, and Maggie all aren't stupid, and given that stats can be read, it seems clear that Ossomer still has the "heir" special, or whatever it is.
Indeed, that makes sense. Although (I know I've wondered aloud about it in the past, whether it will be possible) it will be weird if an heir, after dying, decryption and now belonging to another side, can still inherit their former side when the current ruler dies. A side compelled to serve its king who in turn must serve Stanley as well as (more pressingly) Wanda who to some extent also serves Stanley...
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.