0beron wrote:Tramennis was made (at great expense) promoted to Heir. It was specified in one of the text updates that he was NOT an Heir when he popped. (Jetstone had many heirs at the time, so they didn't waste the extra time to pop him as yet another one.)
Right. We know that. But why would Slately appoint an Overlord?
What I may have failed at pointing out, in giving options, was that apparently units popped as 'related' to the king can be promoted to proper Royal Heirs, instead of becoming Overlord Designate. So the difference between a proper Heir and a Warlord related to the king/monarch is that the Heir is guaranteed 100% related all the time, and Warlords have a(much?) smaller chance. I would further like to propose that just because a unit has the eye color of the monarch, does not mean they're related, at least, in a way that lets them inherit the throne as a proper Heir would. So instead of being king, they would be overlord. This may be where Nobles are. Royals have a legitimate shot at the throne, Nobles a shot at Overlord-dom. Hence Nobles likely being far more prevalent than Royals. Mind, Jetstone had a lot of Royal warlords for some reason. I have no clue why. Luckamancy?
In this way, a chart/dice roll to figure out if a unit is related to the monarch in such a way to be a probable Royal Heir would be useful to Royal sides who wish to continue being Royal in the event of Total Monarch Meltdown.
But wait, why not just pop Warlords and wait for them to be Royal and then make them heir? Well, the answer to that lies in heirs almost universally being, well, capable in battle and civil matters. Whereas with Warlords it's not only a crapshoot at times, but they aren't always Royal. And it costs money to promote them.
TL;DR: Royal Warlords should be able to be promoted to Heir, and still count as being a Monarch when their current Monarch dies, instead of becoming Overlord. Due to being related to the current Monarch. Heirs are better suited to this, as they are always Royal/related, and tend to be more competent than Warlords on average.
Funfact: I wrote Hair when I meant Heir FAR too many times.