Woah. Woah. Woah. That was a pretty brilliant update.
I don't think there has been a text update that answered quite so many questions at once. Or seemed to.
Casters rule sides, Charlie is a Carnie, there is a place somewhere across the seas (a great sea, which implies there are more than one great seas) - presumably a whole other continent, perfect warlords have been summoned before,... Erf units seem immortal if they don't fall victim to an unnatural death (if Charlie's over 11,000 turns old...)
Suddenly we've got multiple sides not ruled by Royals, and no sign of Royal crusades against them (so maybe that perception is a modern thing, and royals haven't always teamed up on non-royals). Or maybe it sprang up in response to Haffaton or something.
Also tools aren't destined to attune to one and only one person (Wanda or Stanley could die and they could attune to another). The fact Tool wielders have died before and all the rest could explain why Wanda and Charlie's are fairly non-committal attitude to "Toolism" as a religion or special.
Eva wrote:Olive could have easily tried patricide while under Charlie's rule, under the belief that it was for the side's own good. It didn't work, and then she was forced to flee to Judy.
I wonder also if low loyalty affects such things. We know Don King's heirs tried something against him, they didn't sound like especially great rulers so presumably they wouldn't have been great for the side. Olive plotted against both Charlie, the ruler, and the person who took over from him when he stopped being ruler, Judy. Maybe a rebellious unit needs to trick themselves into it (it'll be good for the side) or maybe they just have to have low enough loyalty to overcome the duty that compels them to serve their ruler.
vintermann wrote:We've been told that Royal sides occasionally spin off new sides, suggesting that non-Royal sides don't. But Doothis was an overlord - so either non-Royal sides can spin off after all, or the sides spun off from Royal sides aren't necessarily Royal themselves.
Well, he was a warlord at the time, and found a "barbarian city" - maybe he served a royal side, and much like Saline could make Stanley his heir his Royal ruler could spin off a new side with a non-royal warlord.
Or maybe a warlord can turn to themselves. Wanda did describe him in a way no other warlord has been described before - adventurous. Was he ordered across the sea or did he go of his own accord? Doesn't seem like something a lot of rulers we've seen would do "you, warlord, sail across that sea". Maybe adventurous is a trait and affords more autonomy, like a warlord can have flight or dancer fighting.
Also - up till now we've never seen a non-royal side big enough to really do much spinning off. For the first time ever we have evidence of strong, well ruled, large, old non-royal sides. Possible Doothis was a warlord of one across the seas. If they have the resources to be sending their warlords off into the unknown...
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.