My upgrade to Wickedness 2 was cemented this turn, with Leverpastej hurling insults at Scaramunga turning the hate up a notch.
Some much needed tribute flows in, but, an unfortunate bout of luck sees me only net a single Hellfire, with a glut of Ichor (9) – and if you’ll remember I’d made the decision to stockpile Souls and Hellfire for my Wickedness upgrades, and heres the hand of fate taunting me with Ichor that could have been collected into a pool of sticky hatred to fund an increase to my Martial Prowess instead.
I’ll treat this as a one off run of bad luck, and stick to my original plan of stockpiling Hellfire to boost Wickedness. The temptation is to scrap my plan and follow the scent of what turns up, but I’m kind of thinking, just to spite me, the next tribute delivery would then be loaded with Hellfire. So I’m sticking to my guns on this one. I’ll use any surplus Ichor collected to make another Praetor purchase. Zuul looks pretty fearsome, and dare I say it, even attractive.
She costs a few Souls, but since its Hellfire I’m collecting and trying not to spend, I can afford the Ichor. I’m convinced my Souls stash will grow continually anyway. As per usual this fiendish payment mechanism has forced me to throw yet more tribute into the overspend pot, just to make the bid. So I’ve stacked an extra Soul than needed, but that will hopefully secure the deal ( because Souls count as 2, in the bid reckoning). For good measure I’ve thrown in a couple of Darkness, just in case.
The map hasn’t changed much (for me at least) since last turn, since I’m on a tribute collecting drive, and next turn if I secure the Praetor Zuul , I’ll be transferring her to my Stronghold or my Vault for defensive purposes, I can’t see the map changing for a few turns yet.
Heres the diplomatic state of play at Turn 16, for you Prestige scorekeepers.
Still bringing in second place to Melfice at the moment, with Leverpastej zeroing out his Prestige. I’m not sure whether thats part of some cunning tactic, or whether he’s been throwing himself into trouble too early. I guess we’ll see if his prestige claiming insult works.