YesNinja wrote:So I guess the question is: Is Parson a caster with the Special of having a Leadership bonus, or is he a Warlord with the Special of being able to cast scrolls (and maybe more)?
I am inclined to wonder whether Erfian conventional wisdom is simply wrong
, and that casters are just a type of warlord with poor stats and an array of specials to compensate for that (based on the logic that X money gets you a unit of X quality, and that casting is expensive and therefore eats up any remaining positives for a unit). In which case, a) Parson has a (weak, admittedly) selection of both because presumably 350K schmuckers is far more than the average commander pop would cost, and therefore Stanley simply gets what he paid for; and b) it should be possible to either stack the casting special onto warlords, or promote casters to warlord-class, at huge additional expense, effort, and risk (for the levelling).
Archons indicate that casting is a separate attribute from MK access or command, and that knight-class units can cast. Casters have leadership and potentially command bonus. Ace has signamancy that suggests he might actually have a couple of combat points. Stanley proved that an unadorned unit can be promoted to a different class. Therefore, it is possible that Erf culture has simply been drawing a lot of lines based on social
rather than literal divisions (remember this is a world where royalty and tradition have dominated for centuries and where casters immediately sequester themselves off into an intellectually separate elite; purely social rules are strong