Binty wrote:As far as we know an Erfworlder won't consider the probablity of a caster becoming overlord. Chief Warlords become overlords. Casters being named heirs might not be mechanically possible even.
Casters are Commanders, and we haven't seen any evidence that non-chief Warlords are anything other than Commanders with a Leadership bonus. The relationship between Chief Warlordship and Heirdom (Stanley, Jillian, Ansom - was he established as an heir?) may just be conventional. Banhammer apparently expected to have an heir he could relate to better than Jillian, and he didn't relate to warlords in general. There's been speculation that Caesar seems less noble than Vinny.
It will be interesting to see if Stanley ever believes in his side enough to take the risk of naming a Lieutenant (to use a term he'd prefer to Heir). If he were to discount the risk of betrayal, don't you think he'd pick Wanda right now? And if one doesn't trust Wanda, one should not trust her creation, either. Who knows what she can do with Ansom's mind?
What we might be seeing evolve with Ansom vs. Parson is a recognition that, given sufficient Eyemancy (especially Thinkamancy), it may make sense to separate the roles of field marshal (charisma = Leadership score = Ansom), chessmaster (left-brain intelligence = Parson), and visionary (right-brain wisdom = Wanda? uh oh...). Given appropriate orders, mechanically it might be advantageous to make the charismatic field marshal the Chief Warlord, but strategically he's not the one who should be the Heir. For one thing, since the field marshal is charismatic, he doesn't need to be Overlord to have appropriate influence and, if he were Overlord, could easily overshadow the other two minds - as we've seen with Stanley. For another, if the field marshal were promoted to Overlord, he would be too valuable to stay in the field, which is the only place he is mechanically advantageous. On the other hand, if you have a chessmaster or a visionary, they'll mostly work behind the scenes anyway, so their mechanical duties would be less impaired by taking over the responsibility of Overlordship.
I have to confess my main reason for expecting a caster to get a promotion someday is strictly linguistic: she or he would be a "Commander-in-Chief".