Lamech wrote:bladestorm wrote:There's plenty Charlie could gain by decapitating GK right now, with very little risk should he succeed. No one except Clonely and Charlie know the terms of their agreement, but Tram knows that an agreement had been struck. Kill everything in GK (the city), raze the city, and collect a HUGE sum of money. Pay Tram his cut to help his new position as King of Jetstone (1% should be more than enough), show him the contract agreed upon by the previous king (said document could be written out after the fact, since Clonely will mot be around next turn to deny it anyway, and if it seemed 'out of his normal character' to do such a thing... well people do odd things when they are desperate, like promote your diplomat son to heir designate when you've previously only promoted the dashing warrior sons), and hold him to that contract and its previously undisclosed terms.
Wanda has been forced back to GK. Decryption and a full tower of spells is too much. Too much chance of a catastrophic failure. The archons on team Charlie will be out bonused probably. (Leadership of 8 on Charlie. vs Wanda 8, Leadership?, Artifact, City Defense Bonus? Tower Bonus ?) It could easily turn into a massacre.
If Charlie wins there is little chance of backfire. But if the strike fails? Charlie is now in GK's sites and GK has restored its archon fleet. The more resources Charlie puts in the bigger the potential blowback.
Where did this happen? Last I noticed, she was still in the Magick Kingdom, and may be there for quite a while. We don't know the terms of the agreement between Parson and tGMtTA, aside from no casters will go through that portal with him (yeah, yeah...Jack already broke that one). They could be holding GK's casters in MK until Parson returns through that portal to finish his meeting with tGMtTA. Charlie vs GK with two artifact bonuses would not go well unless he had complete numerical superiority. Charlie vs GK with a single artifact bonus and no spell support is much more attainable. The whole point was to isolate Stanley from his spell support and perfect warlord. The fact that the CWL bonus also just went through the MK hole just makes it an even better time to attempt it. Is it possible that Wanda can do a fifty yard sprint and get back to GK in time for the battle? Yes. Just as possible as the casters surrounding her would have to possibility of stopping her. Just one caster could keep Wanda out of the action for the rest of this turn. Either a hippymancer could make her unable to engage the rest of this turn, or Marie could tell her that GK was predicted to fall this day. And if, as has been speculated, Charlie was indeed the Wizard, there is no shortage of reasons why he would have a personal vendetta against Wanda due to her ties with Haffaton.
Stanley is at best a secondary character. Losing the side of GK, but having Parson and the casters survive, would only make a small dent in the story. Parson would no longer have a ton of schmuckers to throw at a problem, which would force him to try a different method to achieve his desired goals. That's what he's good at.
It would also fall right in line with MK's enforcement policy to not allow the GK casters through their home portal until after their side ended turn, just to ensure that GK doesn't launch another attack. If Charlie attacks before then, GK falls, and oh well, they shouldn't have violated MK's neutrality. MK can make up stuff on the spot as a means of detaining Wanda for any amount of time. Charlie could send one more thinkagram to Jojo, and he could start an entire witch hunt against all of GK's casters for their callous disregard for the rules all casters must abide by.
Even without risking any more of his own Archon's, Charlie can supply the necessary tactical coordination for the combined forces of TV and Faq. Between Caesar's and Jillian's bonuses, the bats, the warlords, the megalogwiffs, and the gwiffons, they should have the forces necessary to crush GK. Start from the tower and force your way down through into the garrison. Whatever gets routed into the tunnels is gonna find a lot of marbits down there, and they don't take kindly to gobwins and hobgobwins.
He could even play it smarter than a direct attack. Just let Jillian know that GK's casters and CWL are no longer in GK, and that Stanley is alone with only a small army and his hammer. Let her do what she does best -- use violence and screw things up. If Wanda responds and is able to make it to GK to man the spell defenses, Jillian will be safe. She is no stranger to the inside of GK, and easily survived the last time Wanda fired off the entire tower's worth of spells. If there is no Wanda to be seen, casually let TV know so they can provide support and backup, or at the very least go to Jillian's rescue.
Or, this has a lot of the same details as the death of Saline. CWL Stanely went on a special mission and took all of the casters with him, and when he returned, Saline was dead at the hands of his natural allies. Now, CWL Parson is on a special mission, and all of the casters have left GK. It may be as simple as a Suggestion spell on Vurp that he should be the leader instead of Stanley.
GK with all of its forces together has proven to be too strong for an entire coalition. They even did damage to the previously unassailable Charlescomm. Instead of fighting them as a group, isolate them and pick them off one by one.