Lothmar wrote:It's only the ruler of a side in general that has true and unhindered 'free will' and 'choice'.
I don't know about that at this point, Jillian is a barbarian, technically has no side so is her own master. Shouldn't she be displaying qualities of free will then? I think this update has been strongly hinting that the fact of her being a royal kind of unit seems to have restrictions on the things she does or say and even her thought processes despite the fact that she has been trying to reject that part of herself for a long time. The "natural thinkamancy" affecting royals, probably even ruling royals that I'm talking about would be resultant from the Titans themselves directly or indirectly from the natural mechanics of Erfworld. Part of the "mandate to rule" I imagine comes with conditioning to think in a particular fashion, but like other forms of thinkamancy it's not 100% controlling but much more subtle. Only now that Jillian is considering the reclamation of Faq ( 1st time with us having a window into her head and despite trying to think of other options) "another part of her" is instinctively looking to how to get the job done.
Considering the threefold part to the sword given to Parson by the summoning spell, "Leadership, combat, ruthlessness" are a magical bonus could not the "Stronger, smarter, and more morally fit" be due to Erfworld magic as well? Granted that might be reading too much into it. Of course thinkamancy is subtle so it won't make a cruel tyrant a benevolent king so not all royals are equal. http://www.erfworld.com/wiki/index.php/ ... FGK_91.jpg
The idea here is that they are bred to rule, born to rule. Considering Erf pops units with stats, knowledge, and abilities already intact I can only assume that natural magic would fall under this category as well. Stanley by contrast was not born with such bonuses or the same restrictions as is evidenced by the fact that he rarely if ever would think of his troops.*
I think Parson's effect on things (both in having no knowledge of Erfworld and in making dishonorable attacks) has started to turn Stanley to looking out for his troops, well at least Parson, it may make him a better ruler in the long run.
I think the process of making a unit Heir designate is twofold, one it removes the banish when the ruler croaks requirement on that unit which royals lack intrinsically, and two it likely removes the natural thinkamancy upon that unit as well, thereby enabling them to disobey the ruler and even assassinate their ruler. If that wasn't possible Ansom's accusations of regicide would never have been taken seriously. As such in doing this the ruler puts an immense amount of trust in that unit both to lead when the ruler is croaked and gone or in any other situation necessary, and also not to stab him in the back at the first opportunity.
Edit: *Maybe this is why Stanley got his Arkentool to begin with, the Titans seeing he was going to rule thought he needed some divine help so they gave him the Arkenhammer. Though I think that particular theory is pretty weak.