Re: Total War: Steampunk Skies (Recruitment closed)
Yes, spyworks can be hired for defenses purposes. Remember, each turn each + of spyworks may either defend one nation or go on the offensive on one mission. So keep that in mind if you hire out your spyworks you cannot use them that turn.
Basically to be successful with any spyworks action, you have to pass through the espionage defense of morale + whatever spyworks is dedicated to defensive actions. If you can accomplish that, you'll achieve minimal success. The more you succeed by, the more benefits you get. Maybe they won't know who did it, or even that something was stolen. Maybe some wealth or a second tech will get taken.