chefsotero wrote:Well since her first dutie is to FAQ I don't see Jill having any qualms in beaking aliance and running away if that means she can keep a extra caster for her side. I do agree that with a small force it would hard/unlikely for her to be able to capture a caster, but if she did, I don't think it would matter if her contractor would allow it or not (unless there were very heavy penalties for breaking contract).
As you point out, given how contracts can be magically enforced and sides are unlikely to be overly trustful of even "reliable" mercenaries, quitting under circumstances that don't make an employer happy would probably mean Jill has to forfeit payment or some such penalty.
Except quitting on a side is bad for business. Any small businessperson will tell you reputation is important.
Kreistor, casters do accumulate. But even powerful, successful, large
sides like Jetsone barely have half as many as tiny, resource-poor Faq. Yes, Jetstone did at least lose one caster we know of, to Slately's chagrin, but they learned their lesson... hence, Slately refusal to Ansom's request to field casters in TBFGK.
I freely admit that it's entirely possible that Faq's many casters are due to low attrition and Banhammer's distaste for war. Faq certainly wasn't using up a lot of turns popping heirs, unlike Jetstone and Transylvito.
As for selling door-to-door shockamancy services, doing so would possibly attract a little too much attention... or might even mean a rich side might be tempted to "kidnap" the caster and turn him.