Oberon wrote:That argument loses all of its steam when you realize that they already sold a nuke. And that selling that nuke was an absolute requirement for their plans to proceed.
Now all that remains is discovering the reasons why selling a second (3rd, 4th, ... many) nuke would be bad for those plans. If one PWL has a chance to end war, don't 2, 3, 4, many PWL have an increased chance of accomplishing that same goal?
But they sold it to the people they wanted to use it. A side of their own chosing. They had casters in place to direct it. They did NOT sell it to a random side. And up until this day GK was on the way to world peace; throwing another perfect warlord into the mix could only stop GK. (Unless sold to GK obviously, but that would have to go through Stanley and that could be problematic.) So how would this second warlord help exactly?
The tri-link is risky, but those risks have been quantified: The casters lose their individuality, and may be mentally injured by calling them by name. There is also the possibility of backlash upon separation. These risks are fairly easily handled within the MK, recall that Janis was able to call for Thinkamancers to unlink the GK casters for a fairly trivial (not much more than what Sizemore payed her to take a brief class in Hippymancy) price in Rands, and that her offer to pay was refused. So the story shows that the risks of caster links within the MK are rather trivial, since the resources needed to overcome those risks are cheap and plentifully available.
If someone gets shot we might send them for surgery with a team of doctors, and the shot person would be more likely to live, but not guarrenteed. Something similar might be the case with the link up. Might be completely safe with enough thinkamancers, but we don't know. And you are misremembering the prices. It was 8 for the class and Janis said 50 per thinkamancer. In the end five got called, so we are looking at 250 or 30 times the price of a class from a grand abbie; nor do we know it was a short class
Nor do we have any reason to believe that free help is standard for people who chose to link up. Sizemore was well liked, famous and was probably assumed to have linked by an order; vastly different from a random caster linking of there own volition,for profit no less.
My bolds for emphasis. This is my point entirely. Regardless of having sent the PWL to GK to hopefully end war, having a pile of shmuckers has a value all its own. Look at the turning of the Western Giants. We don't know that it was a shmuckers deal, but we do know that natural allies can convert shmuckers into additional units, and that they have a desire to grow their population. If shmuckers weren't the enticement along with the promise of continued population growth, then I can't imagine what would cause the WG to turn on their natural allies. This is said to be a rare event, but we've seen it twice now, and both probably had elements of tribal growth involved.
GK has all the cash they need. If GK needs more cash they can sell the spell then. Actually before GK needs the cash since they have predictamancy.