Operation: Big Game

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Wars of Stanley the Tool
Stanley's Historic Battles, The Gobwin Knob Campaign, Destruction of Unaroyal, Assault on Jetstone, Faq's Homeward Blitz, The Magic War


Previous battle: Battle for Castle Lilith
Concurrent battle: None
Next battle: Battle of Portal Park
Operation: Big Game
Conflict: Wars of Stanley the Tool
Date: 89 AW
Place: City of Charlescomm, Magic Kingdom
Outcome: Gobwin Knob Victory
Belligerents

Gobwin Knob

Charlescomm

Commanders

Gobwin Knob

Other Allied Sides

Charlescomm

Other Allied Sides

Strength

Gobwin Knob

Charlescomm

Casualties

Gobwin Knob

Charlescomm


Background

Charlie acquired Lilith as a prisoner to study decryption. They both waged a battle in Lilith's Thinkspace. After two hours, Charlie came upon the brink of conquering the center of Lilith's consciousness, but then a caster link between Maggie and Wanda intervened. They were able to repair some of the damage done to Lilith's mind and force Charlie into a retreat. They then augmented Lilith's will and broke the g-string enforcing prisoner status, repatriating her and allowing them to bring the battle to the real world.

Lilith was able to croak two Fox Forcers and steal their guns, but the remaining one, Tondelayo, was able to make Charlie's escape.

Escape

Lilith proceeded to fight her way through Charlescomm, causing the Declaration of Non-Aggression Between Charlescomm and Gobwin Knob to deplete Gobwin Knob's treasury.

Meanwhile, Parson witnessed Maggie's collapse and was informed about the depleting treasury by Jack Snipe. Bereft of Maggie, Parson used his eyebook to inform Stanley of the situation and have him use the natural Thinkamancy of a ruler order to make Lilith stop and Thinkagram him.

Lilith obeyed and gave Parson new intelligence on Charlescomm, the most important of which were guns. Parson ordered her to throw some guns through Charlescomm's portal for them to reverse engineer, as well as the bodies of the Fox Force members she croaked. Following that, her orders were to try and draw Charlescomm's fire in order to restore Gobwin Knob's treasury.

Parson, Wanda, and Jack entered the Magic Kingdom to await Lilith's delivery. Unable to request Artemis as an escort, they entered Spacerock's portal under veil, only to discover that she had already been summoned by Marie Lavraie, who had also brought a mass Healomancy scroll for later.

Lilith used Shockmancy to break into a Charlescomm supply store and acquired an either-net, several weapons, and ammunition. She also managed to add the bodies of all 3 archons she had croaked. However, she found herself unable to locate Charlescomm's portal.

On coming upon a Dirtamancy trap in the form of a bomb, Lilith felt that restoring Gobwin Knob's treasury was a higher priority. But rather than the bomb, she decided to use a Shockamancy trap that would not necessarily be instantly fatal. The trap she chose refused to turn on, and Lilith detected the presence of multiple veiled archons surrounding her.

They blockaded her path, preventing her from progressing short of an engagement that would trigger the treaty. Lilith proceeded to approach them, taunting them about Charlie. Just as she was about to describe what Charlie looks like, Charlie started launching psychic attacks in the form of an overwhelming series of Thinkagram requests.

Charlie's archons were able to take advantage of Lilith's distraction to take away her either-net, losing her several prizes. But in doing so, their formation broke, allowing Lilith to escape. She made her way to the bomb she found earlier, but one of Charlie's archons sacrificed herself to detonate it before Lilith could take any damage. But as a result, a large hole had been torn through, clearing a path for Lilith in Charlescomm's interstitial passages. She grabbed the newly fallen archon's corpse as she flew through.

Operation: Big Game

Charlie, believing Parson to be suicidal and not believing Lilith would actually be able to penetrate the portal room, ordered his archons to end pursuit and announced the beginning of Operation: Big Game. He hoped to use Lilith as a lure to capture Parson, though he also had Bonnie set up tripods in the portal room to mow Parson and his troops in the Magic Kingdom down in case he didn't take the bait.

Lilith scouted the interstitial space outside the portal room, looking for a weak point to break in. Unable to find anything, she tried looking underneath, and found a loose panel. After crawling in, she pulled out an RPG and fired it at a bright spot near the portal.

The resulting explosion took out the power source providing Charlescomm's electronics with Shockmancy. It also blasted a hole for Lilith to break into the portal vault, allowing her to toss the weapons and archon corpse through the portal. Unfortunately, the damage was enough to make the city of Charlescomm go down to level 4 and therefore trigger the penalty clause again, reducing Gobwin Knob's treasury to zero and triggering another clause that would allow Charlie to claim Gobwin Knob's units and cities as compensation.

With Shockmancy down, Charlie could no longer interface with the Arkendish in his preferred location. Tondelayo and Queenie were forced to bring him to a command chamber closer to the Arkendish. Charlie proceeded to write his claim and submit it to Parson. Not having the heart to give Charlie his original demands, Parson parleyed and agreed to fork over himself instead of his troops, causing him to turn to Charlescomm.

The Standoff

Parson refused Jack's offer to turn back, pointing out that this would be another contract violation. Marie threatened to shoot him and have Wanda decrypt him, but after a ruler order from Charlie, Parson informed her that Charlie would rather disband him than have him shot and decrypted. Jack pointed out to Marie that it was entirely possible this was fated to happen, and asked her to cast a spell to confirm. Marie proceeded to predict that Parson was indeed fated to cross through the portal and allowed it. But just before Parson crossed into the portal, Jack casted a baffle spell on his clothing to make it look as if he was still a Gobwin Knob unit.

Meanwhile, Lilith learned that the archons in the portal room were planning to ambush Parson in the event he comes through and rushed to the portal. Delta ordered Bonnie to stand down and welcome Parson to the side, but the message was received too late and the archons fired a barrage from their tripods. Lilith tackled Parson, resulting in him and Lilith both entering the Magic Kingdom. Several Gobwin Knob units were wounded, one was dusted, several casters from the Magic Kingdom were wounded, and three neutral casters were croaked as well.

Jack informed Parson that the resulting penalties had raised Gobwin Knob's treasury to 40 million, and asked him if he would be willing to turn back now. Parson agreed.