Dancing Cthulhu wrote:Still Wanda seems like the only obvious weak link in GK current offensive, simply because GK needs her attuned with the pliers to continue as it is.
Wanda is hardly a weak link. She's smart enough to get both Ansom's and Parson's adivce, constantly. The only way to get to her phyically is to have already defeated the rest of the army, and she's a powerful caster wielding an artifact. She's going to have the most powerful units available guarding her.
Heh, I didn't mean to imply it would be easy (it was in vague response to the idea of Charlie deciding to throw every Archon he has at a problem). Just that for GK at the moment all its war like activities rest on two individuals - Stanley (purely for continued existence) and Wanda for its entire policy of expansion/conquest via decryption. And I imagine from a certain perspective it might be easier to get the leader in the field (even with their strong army) then the leader tucked up in his fortress with his dwagons and what have you.
The weak link in GK's current offensive is now, and always has been, Stanley.
GK has all the tools in place it needs to take over the world, and the biggest thing standing in its way is the Tool.
Maybe, but he is staying out of the way, safely holed up at base where he can't be croaked, which is all they need him to do. And sure the process might be streamlinable, but he isn't interfering to much with the one who seems to hold the real power at the moment - Wanda.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:"A long lost heir to the Almohad line has gathered followers and is occupying Granada". Gawd, I hated those pop-ups in Medieval: Total War. Here you have it, a side completely obliterated and then, out of the blue, a royal pops back on the map with 2000 rather good units considering they were supposedly drawn from peasantry. Very, very annoying.
Ah yes. The only thing worse was the blasted Pope. I mean I might control 85% of the world (woo Byzantine Empire! Or if you prefer East Roman Empire) and the only other free nations are Islamic ones - where on earth is he hiding out while he raises his army?
Heh, Popes seemed to pop like Barbarian warlords.
Lady Nerevar wrote:He is a "mere noble," betrayed by a king and possibly set up to die. He obviously doesnt believe in royalty or any divine mandate, which is a belief shared by GK (well, they believe in divine mandate via Arkentools, but thats a whole 'nother story). If Don keeps obsessing about royalty Caesar will only continue to feel isolated and betrayed. when boop hits the fan i think it quite likely that he will choose a side where he can have a high position regardless of his low birth. Especially if he thinks it will save his life.
I think the problem with a turn to GK is that it seems clear that Caesar really does care about TV. His concerns about his claim as heir might be great (which ties into the whole birthright/royal/non-royal thing), but from the update it seems they are still trumped by the fact he doesn't believe the Don is making the right decisions to protect TV from its enemies.
Running off to join GK wouldn't help TV, it would help him. I'd say his loyalty towards the Don might be falling, but his loyalty towards TV isn't. If he did try and dethrone the Don he'd probably justify it as "doing it for the side, not myself".
NemFXcore wrote:Position of heir? While it's all coincidental, and there is a possibility of it, I can't see Don, being a fairly reasonable guy, just ignoring his principles. Indeed, there might be a more reasonable explanation for why he's (potentially) popping a heir. Maybe you have to use royalty, or a barbarian, or a heir designate, to start a side. Since Unaroyal's city is now technically abandoned, maybe Don has no choice but to pop a noble to go claim it for him.
I think Jillian or the situation with Faq might have a part of it. I don't know how though. But I agree, I don't think the Don is just abandoning his principles out of some sort of "royals are where it is at". Especially because of his own experience with his previous royal heirs. They weren't suitable to his mind, and presumably he has no assurance a new royal heir is going to be any more suitable. He seems to smart to abandon a sensible system of succession (merit) for one based on royal superiority.
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.