The players might get lucky and convince a few NPCs to switch sides but most of the time they won't get out of the climatic battle at the end.
What is probably happening out of character is that the players whined until the fatemaster agreed to roll for this event and they got a much better roll than he thought.
The arguement was probably something like this "The oldest adviser figured out our ruse? As someone who's been in politics that long wouldn't he try to jump on the bandwagon?"
Weird my computer stopped recognizing Inkscape so I had to reinstall it.
Just to make a suggestion it would look cool if you coloured just the blood and special effects
I'll be doing something like that after page 150