So...what do we have?
Parson is trapped within the city.
The city is on fire and will likely go Inferno.
You need a Dirtamancer to extinguish an inferno, or control of the city to put out uncontrolled fires.
Sizemore and Wanda are in the MK.
Tram is headed home.
Parson needs to live.
1: He could surrender, cede the fight and the city to Jetstone and get the fires put out.
2: He could fight the garrison, win, take control of the city and put the fires out.
3: He talks to Slately, persuades him to return the capital status, reopens the portal, gets Sizemore and Wanda and puts out the inferno.
I can't see three happening in any way, shape or form. Slately is at peace with his imminent end and he wants it to have meaning in the greater war for the survival of Jetstone and defeat of Toolism/GK. No way Parson is going to be able to talk him down before the fire becomes and inferno and convince him to spare the guy who killed Ansom and turned Jetstone's victory into ash twice and let Wanda in to decrypt the troops that sacrificed themselves to let Jetstone live another day.
Plus, I suspect he would have to sit on the throne in the new capital to switch it back.
Charlie snubbed the King. Did Slately close the portal on his own? Unlikely - he needed to known when to do so. Did Charlie call back? If so...why offscreen? Why snub Slately at all? Or does Charlie have some other mechanic to close the Portal? But...if he did...why involve Slately?
Could Tramennis/Jetstone be a target?
We know Charlie doesn't/can't host multiple thinkamancy meetings at once, he would have to have been talking with someone in the MK to work out when Parson had gone through (and prior to that to tell Jojo to convince them to let Parson through). Maybe give Jojo further instructions in the Mk - all of GKs casters are there after all (except Jack), as well as a delegation from the two major conspiracies against Charlie/Erfworld as is. I'm thinking that is why he couldn't take Slately's call. We don't seem him telling Slately "now!" as that would be far less dramatic than the effect we got from Parson's own viewpoint - looking at the portal as it closed. The fact it closed at that moment indicates Slately had received the word off screen.
noname_hero wrote:Let me check Parson's options... He can't go back into MK unless the city becomes a capital.
He won't be able to reinforce his troops by much unless Wanda makes it into the city.
By much at all, since technically speaking there isn't a lot to decrypt. Artemis and what is left of her knights, maybe Ace, the archers that died when the tower fell and the small force Slately led back into the atrium to cover him. If the fire continues to burn uncontrolled GK is going to be loosing the existing decrypted Jetstone troops, non-decrypted knights/heavies, dwagons and warlords in the atrium at a steady pace.
Diplomacy is nearly out of the question, because Fakely has decided to go down in a blaze of glory and I don't think Tramenis would be receptive to any offers this turn.
I don't think Parson can even communicate with Trem this turn, he's flown away. Parson doesn't have a hat and Maggie isn't there.
He should be able to capture the city, though - by Slately's own admission, Cubbins was the only unit that could have hoped to avoid being found and croaked by GK units - and he's gone now - before Fakely made his rush. None of the rushing units were ordered to hide, they went in knowing they'd fight and die to allow their king to get to his throne.
If Ace is dead along with the last of Slately's suicide squad, then Slately and the couple of guys with him in the throne room are what is now stopping the city from being captured. So the city stays Jetstone till they are captured/killed.
He will be unable to mount a red dwagon because he's a Heavy. He knows Charlie has to have some plan by now but doesn't know what it could be. He has a suspect Carnymancy scroll and his only caster is Jack. He knows the uncroaked can turn and right now, most of his troops are brand new uncroaked.
All seems right.
It is easy to imagine him leading his troops into the throne room and facing Fakley. Fakely has nothing to lose, he's unlikely to agree to a cease fire or anything like that but he's sure likely to talk. He could even address the decrypted troops. And that could be a moment that would inspire Parson to act.
Indeed. Jack seems knowledge, he should be able to tell Parson "the city isn't ours, yet the portal has closed. That means the king is on his throne". I can't see Slately agreeing to anything either, because he doesn't have to, it would go against everything he has done and he probably wouldn't think it his place, since he has passed his mantle to Trem.
He could declare himself a Player, he could decide to give Fate the finger, he could proclaim himself a Ruler and ask the formerly Jetstone units to swear allegiance to him. He could promise them their own city back. He could promise them peace. He could promise them survival. He could reveal Charlie's involvement and offer them joining forces with their former friends against a common enemy. He could promise them Wanda decrypting their fallen friends. He has signamancy and bonuses on top of bonuses on top of bonuses. Wanda is not in the hex. He could pull it off.
I'm not sure revealing Charlie's involvement would do much (since he doesn't know Charlie worked this with the king). They are nominally all Toolists thanks to Wanda, Charlie is one of the chosen ones who has yet joined the flock. Since Jetstone is no cool with Charlie (in a fashion).
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.