gazes_also wrote:Raza wrote:Iunno. Although fanatical devotion is really easy to abuse, it's not morally wrong per se, and sometimes you just get it thrown into your lap for doing what you'd be doing anyway. And since erfworld has inescapable hierarchies woven into its very physics, it seems a lot less relevant there than it does in our reality, where hierarchy exists only in our minds and devotion is the glue that holds it together.
Seems to me it makes their lives more pleasant by removing the difference between what they might want to do and what they're forced to, if anything.
I agree, Archons are combat units, if they were gobwins or orcs would I doubt anyone would feel squeamish about it. As it is they are valued highly by Charlie.
I wonder if part of the feeling of loss when he is out of contact is because all active archons receive leadership bonus from Charlie. He has no warlords so they can't get stacking bonuses, so maybe they get bonus from Charlie regardless of distance - another Archendish effect. That could explain why the spy group seems to be particularly vulnerable; 3 taken down and 1 surrendering doesn't seem like regular-strength Archons; they were on internal juice only with none 'beamed' from Charlie.
It's not a creepy cult thing, it is literally the nature of the power relationship between them.
That's quite likely, since something has to be leading the archons. Otherwise they would be unled stacks and auto-engaging every enemy, which makes them useless as scouts. Except of course, if archons are considered units that can lead themselves; or there's some special rule allowing scouting units to refrain from auto-engaging.
Honestly, archons and Charlie seem to be able to do anything and everything, which starts to get boring...