Battle of the Expository Bridge
|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|
|Assault on Jetstone|
|Battle of the Expository Bridge, Siege of Spacerock|
|Previous battle: Battle of Chocula|
|Concurrent battle: None|
|Next battle: Siege of Spacerock|
|The Battle of the Expository Bridge|
|Conflict: Wars of Stanley the Tool, Assault on Jetstone|
|Date: 66 turns after the Battle for Gobwin Knob, 75 AW|
|Place: Expository Bridge|
|Outcome: RCC II victory|
Other Allied Sides
After the Destruction of Unaroyal the Battle of the Expository Bridge (75 AW) is the next campaign move of Stanley the Tool in his quest for the Arkentools. Stanley has sent his forces towards Jetstone under the (supposed) command of the decrypted Prince Ansom. Jetstone's capital, Spacerock, had been exposed by the new border with Gobwin Knob after Unaroyal was destroyed making it his next logical target given Stanley's history with Jetstone and the Royal Crown Coalition. However, Jetstone was prepared for the coming battle (though quietly nervous about their chances), massing its forces at the nearest choke-point, a bridge Stanley's forces must cross to reach Spacerock, Expository Bridge.
The Jetstone king allowed the use of some of his precious casters in the battle. With caster support the Jetstone force is unarguably superior to the fore that Gobwin Knob appears to have brought. (Their flying units approach grounded and veiled.)
Faq allied itself with Jetstone and brought the largest air armada it could muster in the short preparation time (3 Warlords, 26 Gwiffons, 6 Megalogwiffs (Nb: this Is stated in Erf-b2-p010 but later on it seems clear that the number is actually higher, 10 appear in Erf-b2-p016) and hired Turnamancer Vanna to Spacerock as part of the garrison to compliment the forces of Jetstone. Jetstone seemed to lack any significant air force of its own, making them dependent on Faq for protection against Dwagons.
Gobwin Knob Turn
An initial manoeuvre by Wanda and Prince Ansom to capture Prince Ossomer was successful but led to a skirmish in which Prince Ansom was injured and the Foolamancer, Jack Snipe, was incapacitated. Interrogating the executed then Decrypted Ossomer revealed information about hidden reinforcement columns prompting Wanda to lead an assault against Spacerock's garrison from the air with the intention of croaking King Slately; this would disband or convert Jetstone (since Ossomer was heir). In the meantime, Jetstone promoted Prince Tramennis to the position of Chief Warlord. Faq leader Jillian Zamussels then moved to intercept and parley with Wanda. Jillian "agreed" to leave without a fight but instead of telling Vanna to go into the Magic Kingdom as she had claimed, ordered her to cast a spell arranged by Charlie. This Caster link enhanced spell forced Gobwin Knob to immediately end turn leaving Wanda stranded in Spacerock's air space and the infantry column without any air or caster support.
Royal Crown Coalition II Turn
After the forced turn ending, Prince Sammy of Haggar captured one of Charlie's Archons (and croaked 3 others). Believing he had the upper hand, he interrogated her, but Charlie resumed Thinkagram communication and "negotiated" with him. Charlie successfully blackmailed Sammy into leading his column across Expository Bridge and softening up the Gobwin Knob column with the "main" objective of destroying Ansom. Jillian's objection to this strategy proved to be a sufficient distraction for Ansom to best Sammy in combat.
Jillian directed Haggar's forces to withdraw and took advantage of the damage caused by their assault to surgically strike Ansom and capture him using her Megalogwiff to 'absorb' him. She appeared to have sustained some casualties and significant damage to her Megalogwiffs from having her other fliers crush Ansom's pikers in order to expose him. She then withdrew with the goal of destroying several of Gobwin Knob's cities on her way back to Faq.
Captain Ford rallied the remaining Gobwin Knob infantry with the unorthodox tactic of primarily attacking only units that can harm fliers; however, Tramennis assaulted the remaining forces in the head of Gobwin Knob's column using only his heavies and a stabber/piker advance, wiping out Ford and the remaining forces. Meanwhile in the Gobwin Knob situation room, Stanley was forced to promote a new chief warlord. Parson suggested Ossomer, but Maggie cast a suggestion spell on Stanley forcing him to choose Parson Gotti for the role instead.
With all Gobwin Knob forces either captured, croaked, destroyed, or in Wanda's air group (which moved on to the Siege of Spacerock), the Battle of the Expository Bridge ended in a costly victory by the RCC II as the only forces remaining on this battlefield.
- A predictamancer (possibly Marie Lavraie) previously had predicted to Janis that there would be disarray for Gobwin Knob in this battle.
- Charlie was indirectly involved in the battle, he was directly linked to Vanna as part of the Forced End Turn Spell and was spying on Sammy before blackmailing him into actually participating in the battle. As of yet, it is not clear if Charlie was acting of his own accord or had a contract with someone. He has an "arrangement" with Faq that is different from his usual contracts (she doesn't seem to need to pay him, at least in the present, despite his ongoing assistance) which makes his motive unclear.