MadZuri wrote:If I understand correctly, FAQ technically fell twice already.
I'm not at all sure that "fell" has a technical meaning. It might just be a loose term with a vague meaning. There is more than one way to ruin a side, such as by preventing it from having a ruler (either by croaking or abdication), or capturing all of its capital sites. Either way you end up with a collection of barbarians where there was once a capital side, but in some ways the side can continue as long as it still has a ruler, so it's not entirely clear what is meant by "fell". Do both of those things count as falling, or is it only one or the other? Depending on the answer, Faq may have fallen twice or it may not even have fallen once. Thanks to that uncertainty, we still can't be sure exactly what triggers the publication of the history.
MadZuri wrote:We've seen that no capital means no side, with or without remaining units that can re-found the side.
Where have we seen that? In Book 0, Episode 62
, Wanda seems to be under the impression that Faq is a side without a capital.
Lipkin wrote:Remember that Jillian's Faq is a new side, that she just happens to have named after her previous one. She is the first ruler of New Faq.
That's certainly true in a sense, since Faq has at least suffered a weakness in continuity. Unfortunately I don't see how we have any way of knowing if that is a mechanical truth of Erfworld or merely the way that Erfworlders are choosing to think of the new Faq. Banhammer continued to rule a side called Faq after Faq lost its cities, and then he rebuilt those cities much like Jillian has done. How many sides called Faq is that? It might be as many as 7:
- the original Faq before being conquered by Haffaton
- the barbarian Faq that was just Banhammer, Jillian, and the casters before taking Efbaum
- the refounded Faq that's capital was Efbaum
- the barbarian Faq after leaving Efbaum
- Banhammer's rebuilt Faq with the help of Charlie
- Jillian's barbarian Faq after Stanley conquered Faq (if Banhammer had one then Jillian should have had one for the same mechanical reasons, though we never hear a mention of it)
- Jillian's rebuilt Faq with the help of Transylvito
That could mean 6 automagically published histories of Faq, depending on the details we don't know. Or are the barbarian Faqs the same side as the capital Faqs that came before, with only the refoundings causing mechanically new sides? In that case it would be 4 Faqs.
Lipkin wrote:Jillian is shown becoming a Ruler, meaning she wasn't one before.
That might be what that means, but I could just as easily believe that the word "ruler" is being used in a nontechnical sense. Maybe technically she's been a ruler all along, but it didn't really count because she wasn't ruling anyone but herself and a few gwiffons. Based on Book 0, Episode 52
, there's no denying the fact that Jillian became a ruler when Faq was destroyed and Banhammer was killed, though it's not certain if she remained a ruler for all the time between then and refounding Faq.
Lipkin wrote:Jillian's side is described as "new," and she is able to name the side and capitol whatever she wants.
It wouldn't surprise me at all to discover that the ruler of a side always has the power to rename the side, whether the side is mechanically new or not. A ruler certainly has the power to change what people call the side, just as he can order people to wear bowls on their heads.