July 14, 2011
Page 25 Book 5: The War Diaries
Time to shake the earth one more time.
Amidst the artistic choice of framing here you can perhaps get a look at how some of the Dwarven troop deployment tactics are done.
A series of vertically-powerful but horizontally-vulnerable supports hold up the ground above at structurally critical points, and are inserted during initial excavation. A small explosive (comparatively, at least) is set off that breaks a handful of those supports, increasing the load on those next to them, which inevitably collapse in a domino or ripple effect to result in a large section of land caving in, not unlike the collapse of a cave roof.
Now, in the first example with the arrival crater, this was a large circular area, but here it’s being used to produce trenches, both that the resistance forces can use for cover and to take a severe beating to the horse-drawn carts that are bringing in those initial troop reinforcements.
I’d be surprised if there were a single part of this storyline I hadn’t though intensely about.