Re: Re: Raids, tactics of

From: Jane Williams <janewilliams20_at_...>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 12:55:35 +0100 (BST)

> > And how about communications? Do either side have
> a means of
> subcommanders
> > reporting back to base that's faster than sending
> a messenger? If so, how common is it?

> For the Lunars, have a gander ILH-2 when it comes
> out. There are
> some interesting options presented therein,
> particularly for
> couriers [er... not least a keyword! :o)] and animal
> messengers.

That'll be very nice when it comes out (was that a pig I saw flying past? Carrying a message, even?). If you've got an idea what's in there, how about some clues?

There is a small-ish Lunar unit in the field that has just been engaged in combat. How likely is it that what's left will get a message back to someone else fast enough for them to catch the Orlanthi force before they make it back to WW? 1%? 10%? 90%? Dependent on other factors? Are certain units better at this than others, and if so, which?

So, to what extent does the Orlanthi unit have to regard this as a serious risk?

> And of course, don't forget John's messenger pigeon
> Wing Commander
> Coo Coo Cuk, of the 3rd Pavis Airborne!

How could I? (Yum!) But how many units would carry pigeons?

> The main Lunar military entities (and many more
> interesting ones
> besides) possess 'sense enemy' magics, which their
> worshippers can use as per normal.

OK. So for practical purposes, that's not much beyond sight range, just more likely to detect hidden troops.

> Heroband and regimental guardian/vexilla lare
> Awareness functions ....

yes, good point.

I'm just hoping we don't end up with Tatius having some guy sitting at a glowing screen emitting little "pings" - "about a dozen Vingans just left the city, range three miles, target bearing 53 degrees..."

Though it seems possible that an air-borne scout with magically enhanced vision (think eagle level) could do this sort of thing? Give them effectively radio contact with the ground, you've altered the whole way warfare works.

> but many Lunar soldiers will not possess the level
> of devotion and
> magical competence that a hale weaponthane or his
> Four Storms will.


> However... Lunars benefit from their coordination
> and cohesiveness
> in magic and battle, which in the rebel side is a
> touch... lacking.

Except in PC herobands, of course!

> To destroy the symbol of that cohesion (the vexilla
> lare), will always be a pretty prominent goal.

Good point. Now, if a unit's lare is destroyed, who will notice *immediately*? All members of that unit, present or not, I'd guess? Again, we have (very limited) instant communication.

"Beep. Beep Beep. Beeee....."

"Third vexilla's lare just flatlined, sir. Last known location.... well, it's only approximate, but I'd say about there. So if whatever did it is heading back to the city, we can intercept at that gulley there."

"Send out the wyverns."

Jane Williams                                   

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