atalex wrote:I'm really beginning to wonder about just how much Duty affects Maggie and Thinkamancers in general. Forget using a suggestion on Stanley, Maggie flat out said in one of the first text updates in Bk 2 that she didn't like to mislead Parson "more than necessary" but it was perfectly acceptable to her to refrain from telling her ruler something that might cause him to make her spend juice that she might need later. And now? We learn she's actively concealing from Parson her considerable insights into Erfworld magic and her knowledge that Thinkamancy can do a lot more than he realizes, solely because such information is considered proprietary to some Thinkamancer inner circle. Very interesting.
I don't think it's just thinkmancers, all casters seem to be more able for independent action and tought than other units.
-Wanda basically led her own original kingdom to destruction.
-We have Sizemore the pacifist Dirtmancer wich tries to avoid conflict as much as possible, while usually all other troops lust for battle.
-We have Don really worried that his moneymancer isn't happy with the current turn of events (while not really caring that he sent Caesar in a suicide mission).
-We have the whole Magic Kingdom as an independent organization pulling strings from behind the scenes. Is there such thing as a warlord kingdom? Not really.
My personal bet it's that Erfworld has "mental stats" to go along with physical stats
. Mancers have the highest mental stats around and are thus able to outthink everybody else, wich gives them the benefit of bending and stretching their Duty.
This also explains why Stanley is Stanley. He was not born a warlord or prince or mancer, but a lowly infantry dude, wich from what we've seen are quite-simple minded. Aka low mental stats, as they're born to serve as simple cannon fodder. Stanley has since raised trough the ranks, but his low mental stats from a lowly infantry dude remain.
Do we know of any other ruler with such humble beginnings? Not really. They were all born as warlords or princes, already with average-good mental stats.