Sygerrik wrote:I don't get where this "diplomacy/counter-intel" thing is coming from. We've never seen him do any of that. We've seen him try diplomacy on multiple occasions, and he's failed. It's an informed ability that he never seems to use. It's possible he's the diplomatic specialist simply because his brothers were both so bad at it that he seemed better in comparison, but he's nowhere near the diplomat Parson is (read Book 1: Parson is very, very good at reading people and very clever).
Hamster is an human. And, by Erfworld measure, an elder.
This is Erfworld we're talking about. War is the norm. Unleaded units will charge foaming from their mouths if they spot any unit from other side unless ordered otherwise. The only persons worth taking prisioners are high level warlords and rare valuable mancers so you can brainwash them to work for you. So yes, most diplomacy in Erfworld is quite rudimentary and secondary, because violence is the most popular solution, and nobody seems to have problems with massive slaughters.
That trems even tries to use diplomacy is a sign he's good at it. Other warlords normally just think "What's the best way of spliting that guy's head in half?" instead of "How can I not fight this guy?".
Hamster however came from a world where violence is the last resort. He's used to needing to read other people. He's used to subtle manipulation, lying, deceiving and sweet talking that exists in our world. Pretty much all erfworlders aren't. They live short brutal lifes of just some dozens of turns (hundreds if you're lucky), and they are born "taught" to just fight and conquer on their side's name.
Sygerrik wrote:Tramennis is clever, but he's not a very good diplomat and he's not a very good commander. And we've never had any indication that he actually knows what counter-intelligence is-- not that counter-intelligence would be a particularly valuable specialization in a world with Lookamancers and Thinkamancers.
Well, he already showed signs of counter intelgence. He knew the rockers planned to backstab him if he showed weakness.
As for mancers, they would give you a big edge, yes, but remember, mancers are rare and precious. You're lucky if you have either a lookamancer OR a thinkmancer, but both at the same time? We haven't met such a side yet. And yes their intelegence network would be something to fear.
If you don't have any diplomat-warlord, you seriously risk ending up like Stanley. With a massive coalition after your head because you just went attacking other sides willy nilly whitout any kind of excuse or someone to tell you that may not be the brightest idea.