0beron wrote:I think it has to do with the demonizing of Jetstone. Jetstone in particular, though Royals in general, have obviously been painted as bad, misguided, and stuck-up. They really are the direct Erfworld equivalent of the "Divine Mandate" era of European monarchs. So anyone who is on their side also gets demonized.
You're probably right, though even that shouldn't be really. It would be the equivalent of that except that here in stupid world, people are just people. No one was actually born to be a king, or had the ability to know where their subjects where or what they were doing. In Erfworld, the rulers truly are better suited to rule in most cases. I mean, it is kind of a paradox in that they are better suited to rule so they rule but they are better suited only because they rule (for example, a Piker like Stanley became a ruler and gained those abilities but unless I'm mistaken that's not a common thing). But those in our history that said "IM MANDATED BY GOD TO RULE AND AM WAY BETTER AT IT THAN YOU" were total bs. But in Erfworld, it would be kind of hard NOT to think that if I popped as an heir/ruler and knew all that information that no lowly infantry did.
0beron wrote:...but because he still ended up on what most of us see as the "wrong" side, we still want to hate him.
I love that this is an opinion that can differ, that is a mark of great storytelling. Some people's "wrong" side can be others "right"! I like Parson, but really, Stanley and especially Wanda do not seem like "good guys" to me. In fact all of the qualities held up to be "good" in our own literature and stories (especially from medieval times) are completely embodied by Jetstone. And the fact that these horrible Royals who only blindly follow their mandate can change and become more than what their signamancy shows really seems to me like a few good guy side crowning moments of awesome!
0beron wrote:Plus...not to stereotype or anything, but consider for a moment who the bulk of Erfworld's readers likely are (especially forum posters). Then consider that a bunch of pretty, busty girls in airline uniforms and poodleskirts clearly hate Ossomer....what do you expect the fans will do? :p
Haha, well said sir, well said.