Krennson wrote:is it just me, or are there an increasing number of reasons for why Parson should defect to Jetstone at this point? He's seperated from Stanley and Wanda, so he could turn while still leaving them as the opposition. He's chief warlord with personal command of the battle for spacerock, so he could probably order his local troops to turn with him. Jack is with him and would probably be willing to turn, so we get to keep our favorite foolamancer. Turning would put him on the same side as Ace, which is a match made in heaven. Turning is also the easiest way to unite the garrison in order to fight the fire before it gets out of control.
King Slately might agree to declare war on Charlie, which Parson could use to justify turning, as he would be able to prosecute an intelligent war against his major enemy, which Stanley would never permit him to do. Trammennis might sign a non-agression pact, which would soften the blow of betraying Gobwin Knob. And if spacerock were restored as the capital, or Parson was allowed to travel to Jetstones alternate capital, Parson could invite thinkamancers in from the magic kingdom to discuss the charlie scenario. Maggie and Sizemore are still in the magic kingdom, and might be convinced to turn as well, joining Parson and Jetstone; Stanley the tool isn't in a position to stop them right now.
I'm not saying that Parson WILL turn, or even that he should turn... It just seems that there are an increasing number of reasons and advantages if he WERE to decide to turn.
While Parson turning/betraying/changing the nature of the conflict by changing loyalties at some point seems far, far from impossible, I can't see that happening in these circumstances. Slately bears a great deal of animosity towards GK. His behavior towards Charlie earlier was one of philosophical differences - the belief Charlie was in on Toolism and all that. For now he and Charlie are united against a common foe - a foe Slately dislikes with a passion.
Deciding to stop the war against GK that still poses a huge threat to Erf and Jetstone as we know in order to start one against the one guy with an arkentool that isn't bent on conquering Jetstone doesn't seem like something Slately would go for.
Now if Parson agreed to turn to help fight a war against GK (and Charlescomm) he might be interested, but it would be tempered by the fact he's accepted Trem is in charge now so he might not feel he has the right to make such a deal. Because...
As an alternate scenario, he could even found a third side as an 'open city'. Either Parson or King Slately breaks off from their original side, creating a third side with sworn neutrality towards both parties in the conflict. Everyone in the garrison is ordered by their commanders to turn to the new, third side. Parson or King Slately is the ruler, and the other is Heir. Not sure who would get the formal title of chief warlord in that scenario. The open city of spacerock agrees to provide troops and supplies to whichever faction exerts force majeure over the city, and spends its time exporting mercenary military advisors trained at Parson's version of Officer Candidate School, and planning for an inevitable alliance to defeat charlie.
...no matter what happens this Slately can only last till the end of this turn. As a dittomancy doppelganger he is going to disappear very soon.
Same for the ideas of Slately deciding to make a truce/alliance with GK in order to stop Spacerock burning. There doesn't seem to be anything in that for him, he knows he's dead and the city is as good as lost. Whereas letting it burn could kill the guy Charlie says is the real threat and cause for Jetstone's suffering, as well as wiping out a lot of GK's best units.
name lips wrote:Before Fakely and Ace attacked the garrison, the only reason GK hadn't won the city was because Ace remained undiscovered and alive.
Now, the only units present are the ones involved in that attack. I think all the Jetstone units in the courtyard just croaked. Which means the only ones left are Fakely and his entourage in the throne room.
If Parson's little group can croak them, and it should be a fairly small-scale engagement, then they win the city and can put out the fire.
I'm thinking how easy it is to put the fire out might depend on a few things, like whether the number of troops you can put into fighting it affects it (one would think putting a hundred guys on fire fighting would be more effective than five), and in this case whether a massive explosion has helped hurry the uncontrolled fire towards inferno. If it has, and has taken out any large number of GK forces in the Atrium then Parson might be in charge of a fire fighting force consisting of him, Jack and a hand full of decrypted, which might be insufficient to bring it under control in the time they have left to do so.
the_tick_rules wrote:Why was the king looking sad at the doll?
The King was very fond of the former dollmancer of Jetstone, Holly Shortcake. I think it would be fair to say he loved her.
The doll was his sole remaining keepsake of her. It would be a bit like coming home to find some treasured possession (treasured because it belonged to/was made by your dearly beloved departed) had been destroyed by vandals.
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.