DevilDan wrote:BRC wrote:King Don is giving Jillian a very important lesson here, he's grooming her to suit his purposes.
Right now, Jillian is just a powerful front line unit and warlord. But he doesn't need that, he needs her as a royal, which means being able to "Take Tea".
If this discussion were only about etiquette, then why the "may" in the line below:Don King looked at the empty cup and saucer in front of her, tilting his head slightly at it. "Why don't you like tea, Jillian?"
Jillian glanced down briefly, her brow wrinkled. "I dunno." She looked back up at her host. "Does it matter?"
"I feel it may."BRC wrote:King Don's origional plan was to claim the FAQ site for Transylvito, but with the coalition falling apart, he's going a different tract. Instead, he's going to try to convince Jillian to go to FAQ and rebuild it, restarting the kingdom as an ally of Transylvito. If he simply makes it another city, all he gets is another Transylvito city, but a new Allied capital might be much more advantageous than one city. They could pop FAQ units to complement Translevitian troops, They would get to appoint a new chief warlord, plus get all the other baseline bonuses a side gets just for existing. And what's more, consiering Jillian's mindset, all of FAQ's resources will be directed towards beating Gobwin Knob, which is a boost for Translevito. If they beat Gobwin Knob, they may end up with a powerful ally that owes them alot of favors, or they may have a weak kingdom they can swoop into and capture for themselves now that it has outlived it's usefulness.
Faq was poor to begin with: they needed to rent out their soldiers just to get along. It's going to be much poorer and weaker now, and TV would have to heavily subsidize that kingdom if they expect a significant number of troops. It doesn't strike me as a worthwhile investment at this point. Besides, why not just send Caesar to take the ruins and save themselves the hassle of dealing with the unbalanced, uncouth "warrior princess?" I think that Faq's existence is low on the list of matters demanding the attention of the King in the post-TBfGK Erf. Whatever troops Faq could eventually contribute to fighting Stanley are likely not worth all this.
There's more here than TV wanting a tiny ally. Don King is likely a strategic thinker, and worrying about a few extra soldiers is not his concern at this point. What he needs is information, to find out what Stanley did, what his current capabilities are, and what he may do next.
The 'May" is because taking tea in of itself is unimportant. What's important is that Jillian's refusal to take tea symbolizes her refusal to play the political game. To act like anything more than a barbarian warlord. She refuses to Take tea because she see's it as a pointless ritual. If her viewpoint is that anything that is not directly practical should not be done, then she is worthless to him as anything but a frontline fighter. Those pointless rituals are important if you're going to play politics.
If King Don didn't need her to be any thing but a frontliner, he'd just send her to the front lines, a task she would gladly accept. But by testing her in this way it means he is at least considering some other use for her besides smashing stuff. The use that came off the top of my head was "Ruler of FAQ".
As for the viability of Re-founding FAQ as opposed to simply occupying it. I'll admit I worked backwards from my conclusion "Don King wants Jillian to re-found FAQ" to speculate on why that might be.
For example, maybe units get bonuses just for being Rulers or High Warlords. Maybe if a side is working out of it's origional capital, it grows alot faster than if somebody else came in to occupy it. FAQ had an extraordinary number of very skilled casters considering their size and situation, maybe different sides have different chances of popping Casters of various power levels, and FAQ's is especially high. Perhaps King Don is hoping that Jillian will re-found FAQ and pop a powerful Lookamancer or something.
Also, maybe FAQ was poor only because it isolated itself. Perhaps King Don looked at the map and said "If there really are three city-cites in there, they could make a killing off trade routes if they left their little valley".
Or Maybe he wants Jillian as a coalition-building tool. The scion of a kingdom that was totally destroyed by Stanley, now fighting against him. If she can smile and cry on cue, it would make a stirring, dramatic story. Currently pretty much everybody who was going to fight Stanley was part of the RCC and had their armies wiped out. Maybe he's hoping to use his "Hurt Princess" to stir the sympathies of other royals.
"This is Jillian, she was once a Royal, just like you. However, when Stanley the Tool came and sacked her kingdom, she was left with nothing, forced to become a barbarian mercenary in order to get upkeep for her units. Now, for only Shmuckers (And Armies) a day, you can help avenger Jillian and ensure this never happens again".
Just thinking up reasons Don King isn't simply grabbing the FAQ capital site, giving Jillian a squad of Goyles, and saying "Go Kill Gobwins".