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Jack glances wistfully over his shoulder.|||
Stanley leans forward, his attention focused on guiding his dwagon mount, as Jack sits behind him and continues to look back.|||
Jack and Stanley are seen in profile, Jack looking off to the side as Stanley holds the Arkenhammer in front of him. In the background, a blue dwagon and its KISS rider fly alongside them.|||
A half-dozen dwagons are seen from below, with the red dwagon ridden by Stanley and Jack at the lead of the group.|||
Jack looks ahead and points forward with his left arm. In front of him, Stanley holds the Arkenhammer and looks down at it as if expecting it to provide him a sign.|||
The half-dozen dwagons are seen from a distance. The empty sky around them indicates that they and their riders are all Stanley has left after the fight at the choke point.|||
The scene shifts back to Gobwin Knob. Wanda walks down a tunnel, among the bodies of the croaked Jetstone and marbit invaders. She wears a hooded black robe that covers her completely, and carries a staff topped by a curly-horned skull.|||
Wanda stands in the background, her staff raised above her head, her robe billowing upward and outward. A glow of magic energy surrounds her, suffusing the entire scene with ruddy radiance. Before her, hundreds of former enemy troops rise as uncroaked. In particular, Sir Webinar and Dora can be seen at the front of the group. Each of the figures in the front row has a bright streak of red-tinged energy across the torso. The portion of the Jetstone radish emblem below this line has been replaced by Parson's Hamstard livery.|||
Parson Gotti: The more time and attention the caster spends uncroaking the unit, the closer it will be to its original strength and abilities when it was alive. And the more turns it lasts before degrading. So a good croakamancer can mass-animate every fallen unit in a hex, or city zone. But they'll be the weakest kind, and only last a few turns.
Wanda Firebaugh: Trioxin
Parson Gotti: They'll be ours, though. And if Wanda is leading them, they'll carry her bonus. The Coalition won't want to attack this turn. If they wait, that gives me time for all sorts of stuff... siege raids, psy-ops, a deal with Charlie or someone in the Coalition. And if Ansom orders them to attack, his alliance might just crumble. I mean, if it hasn't already. How will they react when they see more than a thousand uncroaked Jetstone infantry on our walls? I really don't know. |||
Parson and Maggie look out a window of the command office, each with hands folded behind the back. A few Archons hover outside the window.|||
- ^ Quote from Samuel Johnson.
- ^ Trioxin. A fictional nerve agent from the horror film series Return of the Living Dead.