Jorgath wrote:Atomic wrote:ftl wrote:I really doubt that, for story reasons. For an exciting story, it makes more sense for Parson to be in the thick of things. It's a lot less exciting if Parson is just moving pieces on a chessboard while the action takes place far away.
Even in Ender's Game, you got a sense of action.
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hidufel wrote:This just occured to me... the casters there atop the tower dont know that ossomer isnt the chief warlord, right? the pacing of these events sure makes it seem that parsons arrival providing his chief warlord bonus in the hex might be quite a surprise for them, especially if theyve already commited to an attack and then suddenly, WHUMP, chief warlord bonus shows up!
Sylvan wrote:Looks like the bounties are not just for Charlescomm store credit.......
Sylvan wrote:hidufel wrote:This just occured to me... the casters there atop the tower dont know that ossomer isnt the chief warlord, right? the pacing of these events sure makes it seem that parsons arrival providing his chief warlord bonus in the hex might be quite a surprise for them, especially if theyve already commited to an attack and then suddenly, WHUMP, chief warlord bonus shows up!
Oooh, really good call. Even if Slately/Tram knew GK's CW isn't in the hex, they'll still be surprised when all the archons get extra leadership. Could be exactly what is needed to turn a close battle.
Atomic wrote:I think you took what I was saying the wrong way... Story-wise, it'd be a step backwards in character-development for Parson to retreat to the safety of Gobwin Knob. I was making a remark that, just because a character isn't in the thick of things, it doesn't mean there won't be excitement in the story.
I wasn't trying to insinuate there wasn't any action in the book...it's one of my favorite sci-fi novels of all time. It's a, sadly, common misconception that because a character isn't on the front lines, that character/the characters in the story aren't participating in any of the action. My point for posting was to say that, although I hope it doesn't happen, Parson becoming a front-lines Warlord like Ansom isn't a requirement for being a Chief Warlord.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Or to put it all more concisely, there will be a power hierarchy in any group, and leadership is a skill (and like all skills, unequally distributed). The "need" in question is related to a kinda obvious (and kinda not) bridge from is to ought, meaning you'd better hope your leaders (or you, if you're that person) are competent to lead, as a basic minimum ground for expecting performance (coordination, management of tensions in the group, decisiveness etc).
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Of course, it's not like we can see people's leadership stat, even with goggles*.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Then wouldn't you agree that debating whether Erfworld is a game or not is kind of a nitpick and inconsequential to CaptC's point
abb3w wrote:Hm. What happens if Lloyd doubles Slately? Does that get around the problem by creating an instant heir?
Probably would take more than a little juice, if so; still, desperate times, desperate measures.
drachefly wrote:A nice addition to the pile.
It does make me wonder, what's the shortest stretch of time in a webcomic that's been stretched out over a period of real time as long as this has?.
Zeku wrote:To those making comments about royalty as an abstract concept, I'm wondering if you understand the need for noble men in positions of great power. I also wonder if you realize that royalty always exists, regardless of what it is actually called, and regardless of whether the royals in question are virtuous.
You're free to continue to feel strong emotions about things, or defend complacency, but I suggest you start doing some reading. This is as good a place to start as any:
Notice that my intention is not to prove anything, as that page neither proves nor demonstrates anything specific. I'm simply encouraging you to develop a broader perspective on the subject.
Zeku wrote:Telling us what you personally believe is off topic unless you can tie it informatively and respectfully into something happening in the comic.
Offering your opinion about anything is an attempt to increase the exposure of your perspective. This is a very pure manifestation of power-mongering: the demagogue. Just as you have no love for upstart overlords, neither do we.
Raza wrote:Sorry; anarchist here. Positions of great (or any) power are something to be avoided in any ethically structured society, AFAIC.
Not disagreeing that (to summarise AL's consensus) most people are grossly irrational, but it is neither possible nor moral to solve that with a hierarchical power structure. Noble and competent individuals will just have to improve the world from ground level - which is where the vast majority of them reside, anyway.