Disbanding is an event that ends the existence of a Unit, the equivalent of unpopping for living units. The unit disappears without a trace, along with any non-magical equipment it may be wearing. Items not worn by the disbanded unit, magic items, and artifacts, are left behind.
A unit may be disbanded when:
- the Ruler chooses to disband the unit and declares this via word and/or action (references listed below).
- the unit is in the field when its ruler croaks without an heir.Erf-b1-p098b
- the unit, while under a Loyalty spell, refuses an order or otherwise acts in a disloyal manner.Erf-b1-p084a
- the unit's Side is unable to pay its upkeep cost, or a Barbarian unit is unable to pay its own cost.
References supporting Ruler's power to disband units and required action:
- Scrofula disbands Dunkin McClownWB2014 Lord Crush - Part 4
- Banhammer disbands a unitIPTSF Text 69
- Jillian attempts to disband MarieHvs.tCF_280
- Don King disbands PonzieHvs.tCF_217
- Don King begins to disband CaesarHvs.tCF_217
"Disband" is used by the members of Erfworld as a curse word, somewhat akin to "damn" or "be damned". Examples include "Titans disband" in the Book 2 Text Update 6.
Barbarian Warlords (and presumably Natural Ally Chiefs and Rulers of sides, as well) can set a predetermined Disbanding Order. This ensures that in the event of bankruptcy, the units lost due to unpaid upkeep are not random; low-priority or trouble units disband first rather than valuable or preferred units, those can be kept safe at the far end of the list.
When disbanded, units can disappear (unpop) in completely different fasions. Dunkin McClown "folded in on himself and vanished with only a little thump", while the gwiffon seems to just vanish. This could be due to a lack of descriptive text in the gwiffon's case, or a form of signamancy for the ruler or side.
Disbanding sends a unit "back in the box".
Since Parson is from outside the game, he may be immune to disbanding. This would explain why he can pass through portals without being a caster, and why neither Stanley nor Charlie disbanded him when they had reason to do so.