Whispri wrote:Makes me wonder what happens to half-popped heirs (like the one currently under construction at Spacerock) when a Capitial is captured. It could be the construction converts to whatever the most expensive type of Warlord the City can pop when under control of the conquerer. It could be some sort of (illegitimate?) heir in exile thing. It could be the spent production is converted to other Units for the new owners. Or it could be that the time spent popping the heir is wasted. It would be helpful if we knew what happened to half popped Units of other sorts when a City is captured really.
This is pure speculation, but I'm inclined to think either the production remains or the production is lost. I could see it working either way. I can even see it being mixed. We know from Chocula and Spacerock that a city may be captured by razing the tower, but such a tactic is not ideal. It is possible the only reason this is frowned upon is because it may lower a city's level or require Schmuckers to rebuild, but it is possible that razing the tower wastes any stored production and capturing the garrison intact maintains that production. We know that what a city produces is fixed, unless the city is razed and rebuilt. We don't know if simply rebuilding a city resets its production or if a Dirtamancer is needed to attune the city with its new capital. If stored production is kept, it is possible that the city will just produce the same unit, as closely as possible. If an attack lowered the city's level below what is necessary to produce that unit, production would have to be switched. So, in the case of Spacerock, assuming Gobwin Knob captures it, assuming production isn't lost, it will continue to produce a heir warlord, unless Stanley chooses to change the production. If Stanley chooses to change production to, say a non-heir warlord, the extra turns used in making an heir would be wasted and a warlord would pop next turn. I doubt the warlord would be royal, though, but I suppose it's possible. If the damage to Spacerock reduced it to a level 1, production would have to be switched because it could not produce a warlord. As you said, we know virtually nothing about how production works. This might be a loophole that could be exploited. Still, given the dearth of information, it's difficult to speculate.
Whispri wrote:Yes, but under what circumstances, exactly, does winter stop and another season begin? The Future Era has only covered eighty odd days. Wanda is only thirty three days old in the Present Era. Both these periods of time are short enough for Earth like seasons to be in progress. Even if they aren't, the seasons could still change over longer periods of time, or as a result of conquest. It could be that Goodminton is a winter dominion, so it's lands will always be encased in ice and snow, no matter how far they extend their borders. If winter really is perpetual in a set region, what if it just stops two hundred hexes to the South?
In the very first episode of Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower)
, Wanda knew her side was a winter dominion. Combined with Sizemore's comments about the lava lake and terrain type, I'm inclined to believe a hex remains unchanging until some outside force changes it, such as a three-caster link or an Artifact. So, while I may certainly be wrong, I doubt there are seasons. I would imagine that winter pretty much does just stop so many hexes to the south, although, there may be an interface where there is a gradual change. The amount of snow on the ground becomes less. Then hexes with snow become mixed with hexes without snow, with the latter becoming more prominent farther south, until there are no more winter hexes. As for Goodminton extending into non-winter hexes, I doubt they'd become winter hexes, but that is certainly an interesting possibility. I think it is more of a case that Goodminton is a winter dominion because all the hexes and cities it controlled were winter ones than Goodminton making them winter ones. If Goodminton conquered its way to the southern desert, I think it would no longer be a winter dominion, instead of it converting hexes into winter hexes. As I said, I may be wrong. This is merely the impression I've gotten from the comic.