Balerion wrote:I personally find the casters' refusal to kill the utmost of hypocrisy. They have no problem letting Jillian kill to pay their upkeep
That does not match the update:
Jilian wrote:Jack had told her that some of them felt strongly that she should never have been popped. He wouldn’t say which ones, but several of them didn’t think that Faq could stand the “moral burden” of being a mercenary side, instead of a true bubble kingdom.
If they are against heir being popped, I guess it is safe to assume they are also against the whole plan, i.e. they would prefer to go down peacefully if the inevitable end comes.
I guess we also have solved another mystery:
Jilian wrote:The treasury would dwindle while she hunted for a new home, so time would be tight. But when she succeeded, the fourth city would add much needed Shmuckers to their treasury.
There was always the question why they needed Jilian's income (or how that was even positive). I guess the answer is: For this plan (remember the plan included Jilian being created) they need a striking force. They need an army that can look for a new home and being trained and high-level enough to succeed and enough reserves to find a new home without much trouble. I guess that is what the merchanary work is for: to train their this force and to get the reserves needed for the search. Thus it is possible (I'd even say very likely) that their bubble kingdom could live quite well without the merchanery part, if they would plan to stay in their bubble and hope to never get found. But for their movement, they need the monetary reserves they get quite a lot easier that way and they need a experiences enough chief warlord, which they get, too, this way.
That might also explain their ambivalence a bit better: It's not like they did not try to find better ways to earn their upkeep, because they get enough income. But they need her because their home will vanish and their king die, and she will have to fight to conquer a new place. There is no way they can avoid being depending on her by working in the mines or growing manual farms, they need her because she is the King's way to sacrify himself to make his ideals survive. Who would like to be reminded all the way on that and cheer her when she got better to that end?