Lilwik wrote:Agreed, that is exactly how it happened, so the death of Overlord Firebaugh couldn't have caused it, but I also recognize that drachefly has a point that we're not sure why the loss of Goodminton city caused field units to disband. It could be because Goodminton city was Goodminton's capital, but it could also be because Goodminton city was Goodminton's last city, or because it was Goodminton's last capital-site city. That would explain why Slately didn't seem to think transferring the capital was important.0beron wrote:Actually no it was indeed the loss of the Capital. Wanda became Ruler when her father croaked (hence how she was able to see all those lights) and her troops then disbanded when the last unit in the city went out and she lost her Ruler senses. It was definitely the loss of the city which triggered the Disband.
Yeah, I think it's safe to say that your capital isn't vital as long as you have a backup capital site. Otherwise Slately would have tried to moving capitals first thing, instead of Charlie suggesting it. That's not to say it would be pleasant though. You'd probably lose the current shmuckers in your treasury (not really an issue in Jetstone's case because they were low on cash anyway).
The real question is what happens if your side still has cities but no other capital sites left. I see a few possibilities:
1) Your side ends and units disband, become barbarian, or freeze in time as if a ruler was slain.
2) Your side continues, but without the important functions of the capital. You can't pop or promote heirs, no portal, etc. Without a treasury your finances may be thrown in disarray, which itself has many possibilities. Maybe you can only exist as long as you have gems stockpiled, maybe you can still gain upkeep from cities but can't save shmuckers for future turns, maybe you're reduced to using individual unit purses, maybe your treasury just restarts elsewhere, that's all unclear.
3) All cities are capable of being the capital, and it just automatically switches to a new one. It's implied that "capital site" is a terrain type, but we don't know that for sure. Perhaps when people were specifically seeking out capital sites they were looking for city sites ideal for being a capital, but it's also possible to have a capital in less ideal city sites too if absolutely necessary.