Prince Tramennis: So what we learn from this is that Ansom was croaked in a false surrender parley.
And then Lord Hamster used a Thinkamancy link to turn the entire mountain into a Dirtamancy trap.
Prince Tramennis: And he was able to enter the Magic Kingdom.
King Slately: Indeed.
Prince Tramennis: He's some kind of Mathamancer, also.
King Slately: That is one word for him.
Prince Tramennis: But all this tells us, Father, is that Charlie doesn't want us talking to this man.
Prince Tramennis: Which could be for the reasons he states, that this unlikely-looking Warlord is some transcendent tactical genius.
King Slately: He has made a compelling case.
Prince Tramennis: Perhaps. But it's ever so clear that Charlie fears this Warlord's power.
Prince Tramennis: And I wonder if it isn't just... that he fears that power falling into the wrong hands. Fears Jetstone will ally with Gobwin Knob
King Slately: Ally...
No, he would know that's preposterous.
Prince Tramennis: Mn. It's not entirely so.
Prince Tramennis: We are in a position of great leverage here.
We are about to recover the Arkenpliers, and therefore stop all this "Decryption" witchery.
The war changes today.
Ends, in some senses.
Prince Tramennis: But they are still a terribly powerful side.
Gobwin Knob could still eventually crush the Coalition, even without the ability to Decrypt our fallen.
Prince Tramennis: We could bargain with them in earnest, Father.
King Slately: Bargain.
Of what sort?
Prince Tramennis: Oh, say we keep the Arkenpliers and the Croakamancer. Perhaps execute her to be sure.
...and we'd need to take the Archons, for Charlie's bounty.
But then we let Ossomer and the rest go free, in exchange for a contract of non-aggression, bound with, say, a million Shmucker penalty?
King Slately: ...
You know, I think you just want to talk to this Warlord.
Prince Tramennis: Well, he's fascinating.