Zippy the Squirrel wrote:Wait, it just occurred to me that maybe barbarian warlords are always Ruler or Ruler-born.
Un-Tommy was a warlord in Wanda's stack when she became a barbarian. It seems that you don't need to be a ruler yourself so long as you have a side. Becoming the ruler of a new side isn't hard, since it seems Parson could have done it himself in B2P108
, but having a side already must be critical to the process. Before your side ends, while your ruler is being killed, you can still split off your own side, even if it's not your turn, but as soon as he dies you become neutral which means you can no longer do anything.
I wonder about the process of splitting off a new side. It seems that any commander alone in the field can do it at any time, but a lone unit would be in a pretty bad situation. If you do it while in a stack then surely you would instantly be seen as an enemy and your stack would kill you. It seems that making a new side would be a very delicate process where you either order each of your units to turn barbarian and then turn to your new side after you turn barbarian last, or else you turn barbarian first after giving all of your units strict orders to turn to your new side rather than killing you. Either way you lose control as soon as the process starts because it's too late to give orders once you're not on the same side as the units you're trying to take with you. I guess it is very dangerous to attempt without the help of your ruler.