Kingdom of Faq

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The Kingdom of Faq is a [[Capital Side]] in [[Erfworld]]. It was destroyed, but has been restored with Queen [[Jillian]] as its [[Ruler]].{{blog|2009|09|summer-updates-037}} It is now a member of the [[Royal Crown Coalition]] II. Count [[Vinny Doombats]] is the liaison between Faq and [[Transylvito]], and Jillian's lover. Jillian has formed a secret alliance with [[Charlie]]. Since the fall of [[Unaroyal]], [[Don King]] has been sending substantial resources to Faq over the objections of his [[Chief Warlord]] [[Caesar Borgata]].
The Kingdom of Faq is a [[Capital Side]] in [[Erfworld]]. It was destroyed, but has been restored with Queen [[Jillian]] as its [[Ruler]].{{blog|2009|09|summer-updates-037}} It is now a member of the [[Royal Crown Coalition]] II. Count [[Vinny Doombats]] is the liaison between Faq and [[Transylvito]], and Jillian's lover. Jillian has formed a secret alliance with [[Charlie]]. Since the fall of [[Unaroyal]], [[Don King]] has been sending substantial resources to Faq over the objections of his [[Chief Warlord]] [[Caesar Borgata]].
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Faq consists of a [[Capital]] of the same name and two subordinate cities. It also has farms and mines. It is surrounded with [[mountains]] on all sides and accessible only by air and tunnel.{{erf|1|082}} This [[Terrain Type|Terrain]] makes it much easier to defend Faq against a numerically superior army. There is at least one pass through the mountains, called the [[Faq Gap]]. A river flows through the Kingdom of Faq.  
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Faq consists of a [[Capital]] of the same name and two subordinate cities. It also has farms and mines. It is surrounded with [[mountains]] on all sides.{{erf|1|082}} This [[Terrain Type|Terrain]] makes it much easier to defend Faq against a numerically superior army. There is at least one pass through the mountains, called the [[Faq Gap]]. A river flows through the Kingdom of Faq.  
[[King Banhammer]] was the last [[Ruler]] of Faq prior to its fall. [[Jillian Zamussels]] was his [[lineage|daughter]] and a [[heir]] to the throne.
[[King Banhammer]] was the last [[Ruler]] of Faq prior to its fall. [[Jillian Zamussels]] was his [[lineage|daughter]] and a [[heir]] to the throne.

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Proposed Canon

The Kingdom of Faq is a Capital Side in Erfworld. It was destroyed, but has been restored with Queen Jillian as its Ruler.summer-updates-037 External.png It is now a member of the Royal Crown Coalition II. Count Vinny Doombats is the liaison between Faq and Transylvito, and Jillian's lover. Jillian has formed a secret alliance with Charlie. Since the fall of Unaroyal, Don King has been sending substantial resources to Faq over the objections of his Chief Warlord Caesar Borgata.

Faq consists of a Capital of the same name and two subordinate cities. It also has farms and mines. It is surrounded with mountains on all sides.Erf-b1-p082Same-site.PNG This Terrain makes it much easier to defend Faq against a numerically superior army. There is at least one pass through the mountains, called the Faq Gap. A river flows through the Kingdom of Faq.

King Banhammer was the last Ruler of Faq prior to its fall. Jillian Zamussels was his daughter and a heir to the throne.

Known Characters

Cities

(In Turn 18 After BoGK)

  • Faq -- Level 4, Capital. The city of Faq has unusual defenses, which seem specifically designed to defend against Dwagon attacks.
  • Otoh -- Level 2, farming
  • Kibo -- Level 2, farming

City of Faq

Description of the Capital City of Faq from summer-updates-037 External.png:

"It was circular, sharp, and shining.
The outer "walls" were useless against siege, even worse than Transylvito's. They consisted of a ring of stone teeth with a reflective coating of tin, inward-curving towers that terminated in spoon-like roosts for gwiffons and megalogwiffs. There was no gate. Vinny simply flew between these pillars and entered the city. A horn somewhere announced him as an arriving allied unit.
The garrison was a set of six more teeth, much taller, fortified with solid walls that joined them like webbing. Three of these walls had gated archways, adorned with Gothic patterns in wrought iron and stone.
At the center of the garrison rose a tower constructed with all the ferocity of Jillian's imagination. It was shaped something like a white marble palm tree. The trunk was a twist of six massive columns, tapering slightly as they reached straight upward. The top of the tower was a miniature fortress, a bristle of glass and hard spikes, with ledges and platforms where many dozens of flyers could land, or hundreds of defenders could lurk."


History

The Peaceful Kingdom

King Banhammer sought a peaceful, non-violent existence for his Kingdom, and so avoided combat that put his nation at risk. He relied heavily on the use of magic and had multiple Casters, including a PredictamancerErf-b1-p082Same-site.PNG, a Croakamancer (Wanda Firebaugh), and a Foolamancer (Jack Snipe)Erf-b1-p107Same-site.PNG.

When enemy units appeared nearby (usually passing through his territory unaware a nation existed there), the Predictamancer was able to lay out the route the force would follow, allowing Jack to Veil one City at a time; thus, he managed to keep the location of Faq hidden until Wanda revealed the existence of Faq to Stanley.

Mercenary Work

Although the kingdom had mines and farms, King Banhammer found it necessary to send its units to do mercenary work, in order to supplement the treasury.Erf-b1-p082Same-site.PNG Jillian assumed command over these mercenaries after she had problems with King Banhammer. Her employment as a mercenary provided her with combat experience that helped her reach a relatively high level. This left her in the field when Wanda conspired with Stanley to attack Faq, and subsequently left her with all the mercenaries as a Barbarian force. Jillian remains the only known former Faq Unit that is not working for Stanley the Tool.

Fall of Faq

The Predictamancer foretold the eventual fall of the kingdom of Faq. This led King Banhammer to order an heir popped: that Unit was Jillian Zamussels. The two failed to get along, and so Jillian took service leading Faq's mercenaries far from the Kingdom.

Wanda had been given a second Prediction: she would one day attune to an Arkentool. This would lead her to desperate measures in finding her destiny. She eventually learned of Stanley the Plaid, a Warlord in the service of King Saline IV at the time, who had attuned to the Arkenhammer. Thinking to take this Arkentool from him, she conspired with Stanley to bring him to Faq. Her intent was to see Stanley die in the attack on her side. She had over-estimated Faq's defenses, and so Stanley succeeded in destroying and pillaging Faq, ending the side.

The mercenaries, including Jillian, became Barbarians as a result of the loss of their side and continued their lives as they had been living, but seeking information on their homeland whenever possible. Jillian is the only human unit known to survive this lifestyle, but she is not yet aware of Wanda's part in the destruction of Faq. Jillian is the only known Faq unit that is not working for Stanley the Tool.

Location

Main article: Erfworld Geography

Faq is located in the vicinity of the Kingdom of Transylvito. Transylvito units passed by Faq (although not seeing it) periodically.Erf-b1-p138Same-site.PNG It is located deep within the High Mountains, nearly impassible except for fliers and tunnelers.Erf-b1-p099Same-site.PNG

It is northeast of Carport of the Carpudlians side.

Transylvito is to the south of Faq, with Jitterati to the northwest and Gobwin Knob to the east.

Livery

Under Banhammer, the livery of Faq was green, Far Eastern styled clothing.

Under Jillian, the livery is now silver and white.

Natural Allies

Charlie set up a deal between Faq and the Western Giants, who were allied with Jitterati, and during the attack on Valdez, under the cover of a Parley, the Giants switched sides to Faq.

Given their willingness to change sides, Jillian may want to be careful, as this could cause problems later, since Parson or Charlie could offer them a new contract.

Western Giants are a perfect natural ally for Faq, as though they are heavies, they are mountain-capable, and may be able to cross through the gap on their own.

Speculation

At the time of this writing (Summer Update 38), it appears that Don King does not expect Jillian to participate in the war for at least 60 turns. He has ordered Jillian to pop a Royal Heir, which means Faq's armies will grow much more slowly than they would otherwise have done. Because Faq's isolation and terrain makes it well suited for defense, it may be that Don envisions Faq becoming a defensive fortress where he or his Royal Heir can survive, even if Stanley destroys Transylvito. Jillian and Don are still unaware that Stanley the Tool has a growing army of fliers that includes Dwagons and Archons that could threaten Transylvito. But since Stanley has attacked Transylvito in the past, Don King may believe he will attack again soon. If he decides that Transylvito is about to fall to Stanley, Don could conceivably adopt Stanley's escape plan, and send his Heir, with the remaining flying Vampires, Goyles, and Doombats to Faq. Once there, they would become Mercenaries, whom Jillian could hire.

Faqian Philosophy

Under King Banhammer, Faq was devoted to the study of philosophy. There may have been a correlation between the names of the towns and the style of philosophy practiced there. Philosophers in the capital sought to answer Frequently Asked Questions. Philosophers in Kibo were very critical of other philosopher's reasoning, deriding it as Knowledge In, Boop Out. Philosophers in Otoh, On The Other Hand, saw value on the arguments of both Faq and Kibo.

In the future, Faqian philosophy may develop in directions pleasing to Queen Jillian. For example, both the institution of Royalty and the Arkentools were created by the Titans. This suggests they may both have a role to play in the Titan's Plan. According to this line of reasoning, Stanley's great crime is to attempt to use one aspect of the Titan's Plan, the Arkentools, to destroy another aspect, Royalty. The rejection of the Arkentools by the members of the Royal Crown Coalition is equally objectionable. Jillian's efforts to combine the powers of Royalty and the Arkentools, by allying with Charlie, and possibly by attempting to persuade Wanda to return to Faq with the Arkenpliers, represents the true will of the Titans.

Natural Allies

Faq could be attacked by ground units through a system of Tunnels. They would benefit from a force of tunnel fighters. Two possible types of unit which could fill these roles are Marbits and Gobwins. Given the problems Stanley is having finding Gobwins, it's possible that Charlie has helped Jillian forge an alliance with the Gobwins.

The Royal Heir

The production capability of the City of Faq is being used to create a new Royal Heir. What might that Heir be like?

1 Caster-Prince: New sides normally produce at least one new Caster instead of a Warlord, but Faq has not done so. Can a Royal also be a Caster?

2 Philosopher-Prince: Faq has a tradition of philosophy. Might Jillian's child be like her Father in this way?

3 Warrior Princess: She's just like her Mom.

4 Transylvito Princess: Vinny is Jillian's lover. Does that make him the Princess' father?

Real World References

The name is a pun on FAQ. There are a lot of Frequently Asked Questions about Erfworld; fortunately, there have been many answers, or the name wouldn't work out too well.

Faq is also a pun on "The Eternal Questions," such as 'Who am I?', 'What do I want?', 'What is my purpose for being?', 'Is there an afterlife?', 'What is my role in society?', etc.

Western Giants seem to be based on the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

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