Faq redirects here. For other uses, see Faq (disambiguation)
- 1 Proposed Canon
- 1.1 Inhabitants of Old Faq
- 1.2 Inhabitants of New Faq
- 1.3 Known Units
- 1.4 Location
- 1.5 Cities
- 1.6 History
- 1.7 Livery
- 1.8 Natural Allies
- 2 Speculation
- 3 Real World References
- 4 See Also
- 5 Citations
The Kingdom of Faq is a Capital Side in Erfworld. It was sacked by Stanley, but has been rebuilt by Queen Jillian using funds provided by Transylvito. It is now a member of the Royal Crown Coalition II. Count Vinny Doombats was the liaison between Faq and Transylvito and Jillian's lover.; he has since become Chief Warlord of Transylvito and broken that alliance. Jillian has formed a secret alliance with Charlie who helped arrange for the Western Giants to become Faq's Natural Allies. Since the fall of Unaroyal, Don King sent substantial resources to Faq at the cost of his own Kingdom, leaving its own borders vulnerable and repeatedly invaded against the objections of his Chief Warlord Caesar Borgata. This dispute ultimately cost Don his life and his throne and led to the Faq-Transylvito war.
Faq consists of a Capital of the same name with two subordinate cities. It also has significant natural resources available as farms and mines. Faq's cities can produce Royals, Noble Warlords, Knights, Infantry, Gwiffons and Megalogwiffs. The rate at which new units are being produced had been substantially increased by Vanna.
Faq is surrounded with mountains on all sides. Some tunnels pass through these mountains. Much of the mountain terrain is of the "Impassable Mountain" variety which provides a small number of choke points; this 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.
Inhabitants of Old Faq
- King Banhammer -- Royal Ruler, Deceased
- Lady Wanda Firebaugh -- Croakamancer, currently employed by Lord Stanley the Tool
- Earl Chip Tunage -- Warlord, Earl of Otoh, 2nd level, Deceased
- Countess Hedda Splode -- Warlord, 6th level, Deceased
- Viscount Bart Lightrail, Viscount of Kibo, 1st level, Deceased
- Jack Snipe -- Foolamancer, subsequently employed by Stanley the Tool, Deceased, Decrypted
- Marie Lavraie -- Predictamancer, lived in the Magic Kingdom, Deceased, Decrypted
- Brother Orwell -- Chief Lookamancer, Turned to Haffaton, Prisoner of Faq, subsequently turned back to Faq
- Adderall Hawk -- Mathamancer with Flight ability
- Sister Betsy Murgatroyd --Healomancer
- Brother Labeler -- Signamancer
- Moothfott -- Moneymancer
- Rusty Trombone -- Shockmancer
- Countess Marika Neagle -- Warlord, 5th level, Deceased
- Sergeant Lepper, Master of the Garrison
- Olive Branch, Prisoner, Fugitive, Deceased
Inhabitants of New Faq
- Queen Jillian Zamussels -- former Royal Warlord and Heir, former Barbarian mercenary, current Ruler
- Prince Albert Zamussels, Warlord, heir
- Marie Lavraie, Predictamancer
- Chief Warlord Duncan Scone -- Level 6, Formerly Jitterati. Captured by Faq in 51 AW, deceased
- Homme De Trop -- Warlord Level 3, deceased
- Carrie Spear -- Warlord, Level 2, deceased
- Bobtail -- Warlord, Level 2, deceased
- Belzon -- Warlord, Level 2, deceased
- Sergeant Brevis, deceased
- Vanna -- Turnamancer, formerly employed by Unaroyal. Joined Faq as a barbarian, in 41 AW. Turned to Transylvito.
- Vinny Doombats, Chief Warlord of Transylvito, Count of Duckula, former Transylvito Liaison to Faq, lover of Queen Jillian, broke alliance with Faq.
- Ansom -- Prisoner, Warlord, Level 10, rescued by Transylvitan allies.
- Jailer Yongsan, deceased
- Jailer Catterick, deceased
- Davey -- Warlord, deceased
- Flying units
- Flying units
- Natural Allies
- Main article: Erfworld Geography
Faq is located in the vicinity of the Kingdom of Transylvito and (in times past) near the Kingdom of Haffaton. Units of both of these Sides passed by Faq (although not seeing it) periodically. It is located deep within the High Mountains, nearly impassible except for fliers and tunnelers.
- I'm coming for you Stanley -- Level 5, Capital
- Faq -- Level 4, Capital. The city of Faq has unusual defenses, which seem specifically designed to defend against flying units. This means Faq is defensible against Dwagon and Archon attacks. -- Lost during the Transylvito-Faq war.
- Otoh -- Level 2, farming -- Lost during the Transylvito-Faq war.
- Kibo -- Level 2, farming -- Lost during the Transylvito-Faq war.
Faq has briefly held a handful of other cities since Queen Jillian retook the throne. All of these acquisitions have been sacked.
- Kona -- formerly a Jitterati level 3, sacked in 51 AW
- Valdez -- formerly a Jitterati level 2, presumably sacked in 51 AW
- Progrock -- formerly a Gobwin Knob level 4, sacked in 75 AW
- Brookstone -- captured from Gobwin Knob, held overnight then razed in 76 AW
- Bohica -- captured from Gobwin Knob, sacked in 77 AW
Faq briefly held some Cities during the reign of King Banhammer, all of which were razed.
- Diecast -- captured from Haffaton, level 2
- Goodminton -- captured from Haffaton, level 2, Capital Site
The Emerald City
During Haffaton's reign of terror, Faq was driven from its own Cities, but later laid claim to one of Haffaton's Capital Sites, reestablishing the Side.
City of Faq
- Main Article: City of Faq
From LIAB Prologue 16:
- "It was circular, sharp, and shining.
- The outer walls looked impressive from a distance. But they were an afterthought, worse against a siege than Transylvito's. They consisted of a ring of stone teeth with a reflective coating of tin, inward-curving towers that terminated in sharp points, connected by a web of steel piping and sheeting. Inside, the whole city was geared up to defend against attack from above. Towers and buildings all had spiked metallic domes for roofs, looking like a forest of war mushrooms or something. 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."
The Peaceful Kingdom
For over a thousand turns, King Banhammer sought a peaceful, non-violent existence for his Kingdom, and so avoided combat that put his nation at risk. His strategy was to hide the existence and location of Faq from possible aggressors, making it a Bubble kingdom. At one point in Faq's history, prior to the establishment of Gobwin Knob and Jitterati, Faq was almost entirely surrounded by Haffaton, except for its southern border with Transylvito. Fortunately for Faq, neither Haffaton or Transylvito was aware of the existence of Faq at that time. King Banhammer relied heavily on the use of magic and in the later turns of his reign had multiple Casters, including a Chief Lookamancer, Brother Orwell, a Predictamancer (Marie Lavraie), a Croakamancer (Wanda Firebaugh), a Foolamancer (Jack Snipe), a Mathamancer with Flight ability, Adderall Hawk, a Healomancer, Sister Betsy Murgatroyd, a Signamancer, Brother Labeler, a Moneymancer, Moothfott, and a Shockmancer, Rusty Trombone.
When enemy units appeared nearby (usually passing through his territory unaware a nation existed there), Marie Lavraie 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. When King Banhammer was informed by Marie Lavraie that Faq would someday fall, his response was to pop his heir, Princess Jillian. Jillian was popped sometime before 625 BW.
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. 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 become a 7th level Chief Warlord. At least some of those mercernaries of Faq met newly popped units at Mount Pilot.
The First and Second Fall of Faq
After she joined Faq, Marie Lavraie gave Wanda a Prediction: that 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. Her plan failed because Stanley unexpectedly acquired a large number of Dwagons during his journey from Gobwin Knob to Faq. Because he had a far larger force than he'd originally planned to use, Stanley succeeded in destroying and pillaging Faq, temporarily ending the side. Wanda and Jack survived this disaster by agreeing to serve under Stanley, while Marie Lavraie became a Barbarian caster in the Magic Kingdom. At the time of Stanley's attack, Jillian and at least some of her mercenaries were in the field. Faq's fall turned Jillian and the troops with her into a Barbarian force. Jillian's troops were later killed in battle with Witches and Jillian remains the only known former Faq Unit that is not a caster.
The New Kingdom
The restored Kingdom of Faq has been profoundly influenced by each of the three main survivors on the Royal Side of the Battle of Gobwin Knob: Jillian, Charlie, and Vinny. Without Vinny's efforts to encourage cooperation between Jillian and Don King, it is unlikely that Transylvito would have provided the resources needed to first rebuild Faq and than rapidly expand its forces. Without the advice and financial support provided to Jillian by both Charlie and Transylvito, Faq could not have developed as it has. Between the three of them, these architects of Faq have a far better understanding of the personalities and abilities of the leaders of Gobwin Knob than anyone else on the Royal side. No one besides Charlie even begins to understand what Parson is capable of, and no one has the length of experience with both Wanda and Jack that Jillian has. As the magnitude of the threat posed by Gobwin Knob grows ever more apparent, the question of how Gobwin Knob can be stopped will be asked with greater and greater frequency. Natural Signamancy suggests that the answer will be found in Faq.
War in Jetstone
- 26 Gwiffons
- 6 Megalogwiffs (on LIAB 24, however, it appears that there are at least 10 Megalogwiffs, suggesting that Ossomer might have been wrong, or that Jillian upgraded at least four (if that's possible))
- 1 Chief Warlord Duncan Scone
- 1 Warlord Bobtail
- 1 Warlord Belzon
- 1 Warlord DeTrop
- 1 Caster Vanna
Jillian's forces are significantly less powerful than Wanda's flying force of Dwagons and Archons. Instead of entering into a direct conflict with Wanda, Jillian changed the tactical situation in Jetstone's favor by having Vanna (while linked to Charlie), end Gobwin Knob's turn before Wanda could take advantage of her superior strength and position. Jillian then captured Ansom, (which made it easier for Jetstone to destroy Gobwin Knob's ground troops), before leaving to attack the cities held by Gobwin Knob which lay between Jetstone and Faq. She sacked Progrock, and thereby gained 40,000 Shmuckers, after capturing Stanley's living units and croaking Wanda's decrypted.
Under Banhammer, the livery of Faq was green, Far Eastern styled clothing.
Under Jillian, the livery is now silver and white.
Charlie gave Jillian the idea of making a deal between Faq and the Western Giants, who were allied with Jitterati. During Jillian's attack on Valdez, under the cover of a Parley, the Giants switched sides to Faq.
From IPTSF Text 27 we know that Haffaton's Turn was before old Faq's, so Haffaton was older. From IPTSF Text 66 Haffaton was founded about eleven thousand turns ago. That gives a cap on the age of the old Faq itself.
Faq currently produces the same types of units which it formerly produced under King Banhammer. However, if Stanley rather than Jillian had rebuilt Faq, it would probably have produced the same units which were produced by Gobwin Knob. If Caesar had rebuilt Faq, it would probably have produced the same units as Transylvito.
Because Faq's 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.
Under King Banhammer, Faq was devoted to the study of philosophy. Erf-b1-p082 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, could represent the true will of the Titans.
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. There has been no reference to such an arrangement as yet, however. Parson has noted an unusual number of Marbits in the absence of the Gobwins which may indicate that Charlie has employed Marbits as his own Natural Allies and is using them to wipe out the randomly popping Gobwin tribes before Gobwin Knob can find and recruit them. Whether he would be doing that to help Faq or just to undermine Gobwin Knob is purely speculative.
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.
- Faq's ensign is similar to that of Indonesia's national airline, Garuda Indonesia.
- Jillian Zamussels: Queen of Faq
- Transylvito: Allied side. Funded Jillian's reconstruction of Faq
- Charlescomm: Allied side. Funded recruitment of Vanna.
- ^ TBFGK_147:4
- ^ LIAB Prologue 16
- ^ ibid
- ^ LIAB Prologue 28
- ^ citation needed
- ^ TBFGK_147:4
- ^ LIAB Prologue 28
- ^ TBFGK_82:1
- ^ citation needed
- ^ TBFGK_99:7
- ^ LIAB Prologue 20
- ^ TBFGK_107:6 and IPTSF Text 28
- ^ TBFGK_99:7
- ^ TBFGK Epilogue 11 - From the Faq Gap to Carport is southwest, so Faq must be northeast of it.
- ^ IPTSF Text 28
- ^ TBFGK Epilogue 19
- ^ TBFGK_82:9
- ^ TBFGK_107:6
- ^ TBFGK_82:6
- ^ citation needed
- ^ IPTSF Text 29
- ^ TBFGK_147
- ^ LIAB_Text_27
- ^ TBFGK_83:1
- ^ LIAB Prologue 20