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DizzasterJuice
5th Mar 2018, 1:40 PM

I guess that really turned around on her.

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megados
5th Mar 2018, 2:56 PM

That did turn around on her, and took the wind out of her sail!

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DizzasterJuice
6th Mar 2018, 2:37 AM

Yokai is at a loss for words here.

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JackOfClubs
5th Mar 2018, 5:34 PM

I'm beginning to like this pudgy little king. His first line about ends justifying the means is a little off-putting but the rest of his speech here is classic chivalry.

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xpacetrue
5th Mar 2018, 11:00 PM

But that's just it: He really does believe that the ends justifies the means. This is exemplified by the morally bankrupt things he does, such as using Khamon Broqa to assassinate the Mag Leung king and leaving Lady Eloma, Liam and the rest of that party to die. Remember how he baited Mitri to claim the rights of adulthood so she could set off to rescue Eloma? He did so just to get rid of her so he wouldn't have to support her or pay an inheritance or whatever. This was made extra rotten by the fact that he was the one who ordered the slaughter of everyone on Mitri's home island (including her family) - a bloody massacre no matter how you look at it. Mitri was only kept alive for political reasons.

What a nice guy, huh? Too bad it was his son who died in battle instead of him.

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xpacetrue
5th Mar 2018, 11:20 PM

One has to give credit where credit is due: King Stollo is very clever. He sent his messenger for word of casualties right before he met with Queen Yokai, planning the timing so that the messenger's report would come while he was smoothing things over with slick words. He knew just what to say and he took advantage of the casualty list, likely to good effect. At this point, I wonder if he looked at his son as anything more than an heir, ally and insurance policy. Perhaps it is a bit unfair of me to think that way since we haven't seen how he treated his son. But, we have seen how Stollo treats others and how little he appears to value the lives of others.

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DizzasterJuice
6th Mar 2018, 2:33 AM

I think it would be easy to write an evil character as a "ruler" archetype. Just have him do evil shit all the time and his motives are greed, power, and control. His fears are chaos and to be overthrown.

But Stollo has you guessing his motives. He is very clever and uses information to manipulate people so often that it is hard to tell when he is sincere or attempting to gain favor.

You're correct in saying that there are few details about he is with his own family. So far, you never get to see him with his daughter and his son's name is never even mentioned other than we know there is a war galley named "Prince Saull". So the best way to describe their relationship is "distant" as I suspect some royal relationships are.

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John
10th Mar 2018, 8:41 AM

The problem with your commentary, is that your confusing fiction with reality.

I am most sure that the story would change, were you King XpaceTrue the First.

Also, not for the better, given your head and that of your family, as well as your Kingdom and all it's loyal citizens, as well as the source of your wealth, would hang in the balance.

There has never been anything that you could describe as a a saint wearing the garb of a King or Emperor being remotly successful.

The are all BasTards for a reason.
They are always the lesser of any other evil.
The more evil, or the more naive, the sooner the Kingdom collapses.

The pragmatic, the more they keep the elites and the Middle Class on side, and look after their peasants, more or less, the longer the Kingdom lasts.

This is the ultimate goal of any Dynasty.
The Dynasty comes undone when they overstep the mark, become debauched, or fail to protect the citizens.

Otherwise, the Royals have free rein to do as they please.
Within reason, of course.

Where reason is that they not shoot themselves in the foot and the outcome for all 'invested Stakeholders' is about average, or better.

So, the question here, is not that Stollo is evil, the question is, is he on your side?

Furthermore, has Stollo actually won the day, albeit at some great cost, or just dipped everyone in Shyte through his alleged ingenuity?

Only Dizzy can tell, although until then, we must pay due homage and exercise patience, until next time we meet.

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SteveO
6th Mar 2018, 9:10 AM

No Elona, don't kill him yet. I think we all need to hear the rest of his monologue.

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Garanhir
6th Mar 2018, 5:39 PM

Has "The Prince" been reprinted on this planet?

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Tiger Tomcat
9th Mar 2018, 2:33 AM

If not then Stollo must be a reencarnation of Machevelli.

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Tiger Tomcat
9th Mar 2018, 2:35 AM

Wonder what the dog-boy meant by that? Well guess we'll find out sometime in the next couple pages.

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