I think it'd certainly be a good exploit, but would need to be done very carefully, and still may not last forever. We know heirs are definitely NOT inherently positive towards their parents, so you'd probably want a Sign-Date-Think link to deeply assess whether an offspring was really suited to run another side while remaining loyal, and to boost their Loyalty as well. If you were lucky enough to start off with those 3 casters you're in a good spot for the expansion phase....
but eventually those heirs you picked would have heirs of their own, the family would get diluted, and eventually a bad apple would crop up without the "patriarch" side's casters noticing, and the whole empire would rot from within.
Mad Raven wrote:Hmm. They didn't poll Maggie. Granted her [Necessary] is probably a given, but she's there and one of them. Seems a bit rude.
This ties into my earlier point that this group of Great Minds seems to be some kind of leadership. Just because you are part of the Thinkamancer alliance doesn't mean you get a say in their decisions.....in fact I just thought of it another way. I've been arguing that Thinkamancers on capital sides wouldn't be able to help the Great Minds because of their loyalty, but it could be the other way around. The Great Minds might only allow Barbarians to be the in leadership council to avoid any of them pulling the group in a direction that favors a Side.