We know from Book 0 that most of the units in the field disband when the capital is lost, with some exceptions. Wanda was ruler of Goodminton for a few seconds, then the capital was lost, and immediately her army of uncroaked disbanded except for the ones she was stacked with. I expect that if she had an heir then that heir also wouldn't have disbanded and would have kept his stack. I wonder about casters, since we know they don't disband in the Magic Kingdom when their side ends, so perhaps casters would also become barbarians in the field. I also guess that if Wanda had any cities remaining that she would have lost those cities just like she lost her army.Mogster2 wrote:GK (the side) probably did go Barbarian after GK (the city) fell, but the side itself did not end.
So I think that when the gobwins took Gobwin Knob it momentarily ended the side, Stanley lost all the troops he had with him except for his own stack, and Gobwin Knob lost all of its cities. When Sizemore says that it wasn't the end of the side, he's talking about what came next: Stanley recaptured Gobwin Knob, then immediately went out to reclaim all of Gobwin Knob's other cities. Those cities would be barbarian before Stanley arrived, but I expect they would happily turn back to Gobwin Knob as soon as Stanley arrives, even without Saline IV, especially if Stanley arrives with overwhelming force. So Gobwin Knob continues under the heir, even if it technically ceased to exist for a moment.
On the other hand, I'm not sure that it did cease to exist. In Book 0, Banhammer is king of Faq, but then Faq lost its capital to Haffaton after Banhammer fled. Banhammer didn't disband, of course, but he is also somehow still a ruler. He can still give orders to Jillian, and when Efbaum is captured and Faq has a capital again, Banhammer is still king of Faq. If Faq had ceased to exist when it lost its capital then shouldn't that mean that Banhammer is just a barbarian like any other barbarian? And then when they capture a capital, what makes Banhammer the ruler instead of Jillian or anyone else who is present? And when Olive revealed to Jillian that Faq had been conquered, Jillian knew that her father was still alive because:
Book 0, Episode 52: Jillian: "I’m not a Ruler. My father escaped, didn’t he? He finally got off his huge keister and moved!"
She seems to be saying that she's not a ruler of a side with no cities, which implies that it is possible to be a ruler of a side with no cities.
So when Banhammer finally died and Faq the city was destroyed by Stanley, Jillian didn't just become a barbarian; she became a barbarian who is also ruler of Faq and retained her ability to command any Faq units who somehow escaped disbanding. But if that's the case, then Marie at least should still be ruled by Jillian. This is quite confusing.