So I have just finished reading the Fluff from Colossals, and I am quite impressed with whats going on. The pacing is quite good, with almost the whole book coming to grips with the Mistrusting Allies between Cygnar-Khador, Zerkova-Goreshade, Magnus-Fiona-Broadsides.
The Final battle, while visceral and interesting to read, still confuses me a little, since all of a sudden some of the Greatest Strategic and Tactical Minds of any age are falling into trap after trap. I mean, the allies were winning, they had no reason to rush all in, Irusk at the very least must have known that Cryx will have reinforcements, they will always have reinforcements. So suddenly throwing all of their important assets into a killing field just seems...incredibly out of character for him, not to mention everyone else there.
The new Khador Warcaster is interesting, what little we saw of him, inexperienced and yet was able to control 3 Conquests and 2 Demolishers simultaneously without Issue. [If this kid becomes a playable caster in the future, im hoping that he is a support caster who has abilities based on money (due to his families apparent wealth), so Paymaster, maybe. I would kill for money-shot on Riflemen...or hell, anyone.]
The Khador-Cortex disabling device that the Protectorate has been holding on too has finally been revealed, I wonder what ramifications this will have in the future? Also what message does Vlad want to tell Severius so badly that he is risking EVERYTHING to do it? Something that Zehvanna has told him, it seems, so probably a nugget of the future. While Severius is making plans for his own death, i think something is up here, and i don't much like the smell of it.
Malathrax is doing some very strange dealings. There are 2 possible agendas here. 1 could be that he is working against Asphyxious and finds him to be a true threat and wants Terminus to do it for him. or 2, which i think is more likely, Malathrax has something to gain from the Athanc having less guards. (or possibly 3. He knew Terminus would try to safeguard the Athanc over attacking Asphyxious, and so presented it as an option to make Terminus 'have the idea' of protecting the Athanc. Hmm, bluffs within Bluffs).
Goreshade is doing something rather complicated to the Retribution, he has monologued his way into telling them everything that he has done for them so far. It's hard to say whether he is simple, or complicated. Is he just an evil mistachioed monologuing bad guy? Or is he revealing all for some purpose? I have a feeling that Zerkova is one of the kinds of characters who could outplay him, she has many tricks up her massive sleeves and under her hat, so whether she ends up giving him the Flashlight of Maguffin or tries to capture him and force him to do it, it is yet to be seen.
Haleys poisoning story is great, mainly because: 1. I love it when Haley has set backs the annoying cow, and 2. It shows off that Nemo can still be a nasty piece of work, basically throwing her into battle so she can learn what it is like to lose for once. But the question is: Who sent the assassin in the first place? Was it meant for Nemo? Or Haley? Maybe the assassin was trying to kill the caster conventionally, which could have been true, but perhaps that was going to just be a bonus? I mean Nemo without Powers isnt actually a huge loss to Cygnar, he is still artificer general and one of the greatest experimental minds of this age. Haley without powers, though, is a MASSIVE blow to Cygnar, since that really is her strength. Having her control warjacks is alright, but it prevents her from really intervening. Im guessing Malathrax had something to do with it, it doesnt seem like Asphyxious' style (which is an 'line up all the pieces so they all fall over in one go') style, and Deneghra doesn't know about it.
And wow, Nightmare got Smashed to bits! Stryker AND Kraye were almost Killed. Khador used Sympathetic magic to find Karchev, which was a brilliant move on Irusks/Karchevs part, meaning that rather than having the search the Thornwood, The allies were led straight there. This means that if they can switch the advantage up (like a Certain Irusk is great at doing), then a quick victory may mean that all of the diversionary tactics Asphyxious has been doing for Venethrax may have been for Naught.
Also, Karchev is awesome, why do i imagine Deneghra falling Deeply in Love with the only man who can resist her? All the cute girls go for the aloof guys in giant robot suits.
So what do you think?