MonteCristo wrote:Things is though, why must he be high level to be an experienced and effective ruler?
I think the only real example might be seen in one of the summer updates where Vinny notes how one of Jillian's low level warlords was totally out of his depth with what Jillian was talking to him about - but that could have been youth as well as low lv.
Then we have guys like Stanley who it is hard to imagine getting better at being a ruler just by getting more levels (though he does seem to have gotten "better" following the events of TBfGK) and Don king seemed to think his former heirs weren't up to chop either, and it didn't sound like something they could lv out of.
While their isn't a visible intelligence/wisdom stat I think it just comes down to the individual in question. Someone of high level could be a good or bad ruler, someone of lower level could be a good or bad ruler and their quality as a ruler probably improves over time with experience/observation - like Don king watching the world through the eyes of a bat. Lv could have some effect, but the quality of the ruler would probably depend on more then just that.
CorrTerek wrote:Sure there is -- the fact that they specifically brought a Turnamancer to break the spells, as opposed to any other caster or, y'know, any random person. If breaking the spell can be done by mundane methods, then anyone with the right knowledge could do it.
Well, a Turnamancer might be able to break it quicker/better then if someone else did it. If I remember rightly one of the Hobgobwins from book one was saying how watching Wanda in the Dungeons was very educational or something. Of course at the time they weren't trying to turn Jillian, but it seemed to suggest non-casters can do dungeon work.
ftl wrote:To me, it seems that (1) is much more likely than (2) - but, as mentioned, it's completely a judgement call, as this is not an issue that was ever directly addressed in the comic.
I think being able to gain lvs without having to fight constantly seems likely for some classes (especially casters) but I also think being "good" at it might also exist outside of stat systems somewhat. Like how Sizemore studies, since being a good ruler is about what you know, and how you use it.
And of course there are the three Jetstone princes. I always imagined Ansom and Oss being of higher level then Trem, yet Oss seems like the least suitable of the three to be ruler, and it just seems like no matter what lv he was Oss would be Oss.
gazes_also wrote:He's a likeable character, but why wasn't he heir before this if he is the oldest?
I always assumed Slately had popped him as a royal heir, wasn't satisfied with the result so popped Ansom/Oss. Now that Trem has talked about being long lived for a Jetstone prince it makes me think Jetstone popped/pops a number of royal heirs over the kings life, they lead from the front, and thus have a higher mortality rate.
Trem doesn't fit the mighty jaw image of Jetstone, so he got passed over. Of course Slately also doesn't fit the look... he definitely supports the image, but he himself doesn't fit it. He might of been the Trem of his generation - outliving his more combat capable brothers.
Of course I think it is possible he was heir at some point. Assuming he was the very first heir popped to Slately he would have been heir until the next one came along.
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.