joosy wrote:Vorteks wrote:0beron wrote:Oh dear....we totally missed a subtle revelation! FIRE DESTROYS CORPSES! (and prevents them from being Uncroaked).
If Sylvia lights up the Garrison, this could be DISASTROUS for Wanda's chances of rebuilding the army....
That is a very good point. I highly doubt that Wanda would approve of Sylvia's orders if she were present.
And I too wonder (as has already been mentioned here), if Ace burned the king's body as ordered or if he forgot in his haste. It's entirely possible that he burned him before joining the ditto-king, but given his shock and the hurry he seemed to be in, the alternative also seems possible.
Stanley's chewing out of Parson earlier on indicates that one CANNOT disobey an order without somehow rationalizing it as being for the good of the side/turning or disbanding. Parson was able to 'disobey' because he did not know that he had to physically walk the city to manage it, but he is a unique case.
In Ace's case, the order was to 'have it burned' not to burn it himself. Ace could have easily delegated that to others before he ran off to join not-Slately. Unless Rob is trying to establish that love can supercede Duty, I don't think Ace can forsake his as of yet.
edit; Or he could just be postponing the task until later.
Maybe it has to do with Intent. If you bear a malicious intent towards your Ruler while actively disobeying a command, you disband. If you just passively disobey, such as Parson not knowing he was mucking with production or Ace running off to inquire about his friend rather than immediately torching the body, there's no malicious Intent, so no disband. Also when Wanda argued against promoting another warlord-- her intent wasn't malicious towards Stanley, and she followed by respectfully pointing out an alternate path. I liken it a lot of insubordination in the military. One can present arguments against a direct order, defy a direct order in order to achieve mission accomplishment and save more lives than if you had followed the order, or if doing so is more beneficial to the unit, or if you can present an alternate to the order that better fulfills the unit's purpose. You have to be respectful about it, limit the amount of times it happens, and make sure unit integrity and discipline are maintained (and especially do not let anyone below your rank witness it), but it can be done. If you disobey a direct order and things get messed up, or do so on a regular basis, are crass or disrespectful about it, leads to further insubordination from other troops, or there is no benefit to anyone other than yourself, that's your boop and you can expect serious repercussions. It's a very delicate thing, and must be handled with great care, but it can be done. Sometimes, it even leads to a promotion or accommodation, but don't expect it to be a consistent method of gaining rank.