factotum wrote:The idea that sides can pop any caster they like fails because the Royal Coalition under Ansom had no Lookamancers, which was considered to put them at a significant disadvantage to Stanley in terms of scouting ability. If all of those sides working together couldn't spare a single Lookamancer between them it means that they are extremely rare units, and thus it seems unlikely that casters just "become" whatever their side needs them to be.
I think that's a hasty conclusion. It's not about a side sparing a
lookamancer, it's about sparing their
lookamancer. Big difference. I think most casters are only used for special missions, and the overwhleming force of RCC I made sparing them unnecessary risks. We saw that the coalition relied on the natural magics of cheaper units than the dramatic spell casting abilities of dedicated casters.
We already know that cities can pop a limited menu of units, why wouldn't casters be an exception? Maybe Drystone can only pop stuffamancers. Having a dirtamancer, a changeamancer, and a dittomancer would take dozens of turns and probably considerable shmuckers. We've already seen that Ansom preferred to pop gumps and Ossomer wants nothing but infantry. So, Jetstone could pop stuffamancers, but only from one or two specific cities, and had higher priorities.
Lastly, Gobwin Knob has put its eyemancers to great effect, but this is no reason to think they're better to have than any other caster family. Transylvito seems to get a lot of mileage out its dollamancer and Sizemore has already told us about "mathamancy dependent kingdoms."
So I find it hard to equate "no lookamancers in the RCC collumn" with "sides cannot choose which casters to pop." Especially when Sizemore seems like he was specifically popped to mine out Gobwin Knob.
This cold night will turn us all into fools and madmen.