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The Capital Sides of the Royal Crown Coalition, from Page 86

Proposed Canon

A Side is a group of characters and Units involved in the conflict in Erfworld and is led by a single Ruler, which is a King or Queen if the Unit is Royal, or an Overlord if not. The Side includes all Units, cities, and terrain under the leadership of that Ruler.

There is a distinction between capital sides and other sidesErf-b1-p086Same-site.PNG.

Capital Sides

Capital sides (as the name implies) have capitals and are governed by a Ruler. A capital side can also own cities other than the capital. If the Ruler of a city is a Royal, the city may produce Noble and Royal Units. Royal sides sometimes split off into new sides.Erf-b1-p079aSame-site.PNG

Starting a Capital Side

In order to start a new side, a barbarian unit must claim a capital city. There must be no units belonging to an existing side on the hex.

Known capital sides

Natural Allies

Non-capital sides (also referred to as natural allies) have no capital, no cities, no royals.Erf-b1-p079aSame-site.PNG They do, however, have their own treasuries and can form long semi-permanent alliances. If there is a way for Natural Allies to become a Capital Side, it has not been stated in the comic.

Known natural allies Sides


Barbarians are not a single side; rather, "Barbarian" is a catch all term used to describe units without a side or neutral cities without a Ruler. When a side falls, any surviving Rulers or Heirs in the field and Casters in the Magic Kingdom become Barbarians.

Barbarians have to rely on either farming, hunting, or mercenary work to pay upkeep of their Units. They can form alliances with capital sides.


From WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 8, it would seem that the total number of capital sides in Erfworld might be over 200. It wouldn't be surprising if the exact total number of possible sides in Erfworld was 255.