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==Proposed Canon==
 
==Proposed Canon==
A [[courtier]] is a [[unit]], similar to a [[warlord]] or [[caster]], but lacking the [[combat]] ability, [[leadership]], and ability to cast [[spell]]s.
 
  
They are traditionally used as servants and entertainers, though courtiers may act as advisors, politicians, and diplomats, aiding those [[ruler]]s who lack those abilities.  
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Courtiers are non-combat [[unit]]s who serve various supporting roles for their side.  
  
Though they are not [[commander]]s, they are subject to [[Duty]] to at least some degree.{{ref|[[WB2014 Lord Crush - Part 5]]}} Their ruler can give them the authority of a [[Chief Caster|Chief]] of staff in charge of at least [[Caster]]s and other courtiers. Though it's unknown if this authority/rank has the same ability to issue [[order]]s that a [[Chief Warlord]] or [[Chief Caster]] enjoys.{{ref|[[WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 4]]}}
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They are traditionally used as servants and entertainers, though courtiers may act as advisors, politicians, and [[Diplomacy|diplomats]], aiding those [[ruler]]s who lack those abilities.  
  
Jesters are a subtype of courtier who traditionally act the fool at court, use [[Rhymeomancy]] to create satyrical songs, and juggle or perform other acts to entertain their ruler and other members of the court and visitors. A jester “enjoys certain privileges at court. [They] are free to abuse the King in many ways, and the King must tolerate it. Scripture indicates that there is no lower act than for a King to disband his knave.{{ref|[[WB2014 Lord Crush - Part 4]]}} Jester's are rarely malicious in their ribbing ([[Queen Firstpost]] had a good relationship with her Jester) but in some cases they may use their position to be brutally honest about their ruler's flaws and mistakes, especially if their [[Duty]] compels them to point out these mistakes for the good of the side.
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Though they are not [[commander]]s, they are subject to [[Duty]] to at least some degree.{{ref|[[WB2014 Lord Crush - Part 5]]}} Their ruler can give them the authority of a [[Chief of Staff]] in charge of at least [[Caster]]s and other courtiers. Though it's unknown if this authority/rank has the same ability to issue [[order]]s that a [[Chief Warlord]] or [[Chief Caster]] enjoys.{{ref|[[WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 4]]}}
  
Royal sides like [[Jetstone]] use courtiers to deliberate matters that affect the side, even developing sophisticated rules to discuss and decide proposals to take totheir ruler for approval.{{ref|[[LIAB_Text_55]]}}  Jetsone has also developed a courtly culture where warlords can fall into and out of favor, leading to things like being traded to another side or made to manage a city. Such were the fates of [[Topotato]] and Duchess [[Artemis]]{{ref|[[LIAB_Text_50]]}}, respectively. Courtiers  do not appear to be necessary for the smooth running of a side, and in fact there are sides (like [[Gobwin Knob]] and [[Transylvito]]) that do not use courtiers at all. In the case of Transylvito it's because [[Don King]] thought them untrustworthy and trappings of [[Noble|nobility]], and arranged to have what few courtiers he inherited from his father moved to outlying cities or diplomatic errands until all were croaked or turned.{{ref|[[LIAB_Text_16]]}} It's unknown why [[Stanley]] doesn't use courtiers, though it may be partly due to his disdain for nobles. Some sides, notably [[Homekey]], use a small number of courtiers as subject experts expected to advise on a wide range of matters and even offer military advice.{{ref|[[WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 4]]}}
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There seem to be many subtypes and roles for courtiers. [[Jester]]s traditionally act the [[fool]] at court, use [[Rhymeomancy]] to create satyrical songs, and juggle or perform other acts to entertain (and mock) their ruler and other members of the court and visitors.{{ref|[[WB2014 Lord Crush - Part 4]]}} Manservants and maids serve [[tea]], help higher ranking units dress, clean personal apartments, and serve food. Scribes and record keepers maintain documentation about things like crop yields and finances. There may be other subtypes that are as yet unseen.
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Royal sides like [[Jetstone]] use courtiers to deliberate matters that affect the side, even developing sophisticated rules to discuss and decide proposals to take to their ruler for approval.{{ref|[[LIAB Text 55]]}}  Jetsone has also developed a courtly culture where warlords can fall into and out of favor, leading to things like being traded to another [[side]] or made to manage a city. Such were the fates of Count [[Topotato]] and Countess [[Artemis]]{{ref|[[LIAB Text 50]]}}, respectively. Courtiers in [[Follywood]] filled the court with intrigue and plots, leading to some occasionally falling so far out of favor as to be [[disband]]ed.{{ref|[[WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 15]]}}
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Courtiers  do not appear to be necessary to run a side, and in fact there are sides like [[Gobwin Knob]] and [[Transylvito]] that do not use courtiers at all, albeit this is considered a risky extravagance since it's more expensive to use only Warlords as [[City manager]]s. In the case of Transylvito it's because [[Don King]] thought them untrustworthy and trappings of [[Noble|nobility]], and arranged to have what few courtiers he inherited from his father moved to outlying cities or diplomatic errands until all were [[croak]]ed or [[turn]]ed.{{ref|[[LIAB Text 16]]}} It's unknown why [[Stanley]] doesn't use courtiers, though it may be partly due to his disdain for nobles. Some sides, notably [[Homekey]], use a small number of courtiers as subject experts expected to advise on a wide range of matters and even offer military advice.{{ref|[[WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 4]]}}
  
 
==Known Courtiers==
 
==Known Courtiers==
 
* [[Bucky Bits]], Chief of staff to [[Homekey]].
 
* [[Bucky Bits]], Chief of staff to [[Homekey]].
 
* [[Dunkin McClown]], jester to [[Squashcourt]].  
 
* [[Dunkin McClown]], jester to [[Squashcourt]].  
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* [[Chester Drawers]], jester to [[Opencola]]
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===Courtier Roles===
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These are some of the roles or functions Courtiers have been seen to do.
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* Accountant for a side's [[Finances]]
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* [[Chief of Staff]]
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* [[City manager]]
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* [[Diplomacy|Diplomacy]]
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* [[Jester]]
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* Maid/Manservant
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* Musician
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* Scribe
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* Tea server
  
 
==Speculation==
 
==Speculation==
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In this way they may act as a sort of friendly "A.I."; in some strategy games, the computer can handle basic maintenance for you.
 
In this way they may act as a sort of friendly "A.I."; in some strategy games, the computer can handle basic maintenance for you.
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Non-royal sides can use courtiers, but they seem to do so far less often than royals.
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Before book 2, ''everyone'' in Erfworld was a combatant; no one even had a concept for "civilians" as Parson understood it. Being non-combatants means courtiers may be the closest Erfworld has to civilians.
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Latest revision as of 04:14, 7 February 2017

Entourage? Entourageous!!

Proposed Canon

Courtiers are non-combat units who serve various supporting roles for their side.

They are traditionally used as servants and entertainers, though courtiers may act as advisors, politicians, and diplomats, aiding those rulers who lack those abilities.

Though they are not commanders, they are subject to Duty to at least some degree.WB2014 Lord Crush - Part 5 Their ruler can give them the authority of a Chief of Staff in charge of at least Casters and other courtiers. Though it's unknown if this authority/rank has the same ability to issue orders that a Chief Warlord or Chief Caster enjoys.WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 4

There seem to be many subtypes and roles for courtiers. Jesters traditionally act the fool at court, use Rhymeomancy to create satyrical songs, and juggle or perform other acts to entertain (and mock) their ruler and other members of the court and visitors.WB2014 Lord Crush - Part 4 Manservants and maids serve tea, help higher ranking units dress, clean personal apartments, and serve food. Scribes and record keepers maintain documentation about things like crop yields and finances. There may be other subtypes that are as yet unseen.

Royal sides like Jetstone use courtiers to deliberate matters that affect the side, even developing sophisticated rules to discuss and decide proposals to take to their ruler for approval.LIAB Text 55 Jetsone has also developed a courtly culture where warlords can fall into and out of favor, leading to things like being traded to another side or made to manage a city. Such were the fates of Count Topotato and Countess ArtemisLIAB Text 50, respectively. Courtiers in Follywood filled the court with intrigue and plots, leading to some occasionally falling so far out of favor as to be disbanded.WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 15

Courtiers do not appear to be necessary to run a side, and in fact there are sides like Gobwin Knob and Transylvito that do not use courtiers at all, albeit this is considered a risky extravagance since it's more expensive to use only Warlords as City managers. In the case of Transylvito it's because Don King thought them untrustworthy and trappings of nobility, and arranged to have what few courtiers he inherited from his father moved to outlying cities or diplomatic errands until all were croaked or turned.LIAB Text 16 It's unknown why Stanley doesn't use courtiers, though it may be partly due to his disdain for nobles. Some sides, notably Homekey, use a small number of courtiers as subject experts expected to advise on a wide range of matters and even offer military advice.WB2014 Digdoug - Episode 4

Known Courtiers

Courtier Roles

These are some of the roles or functions Courtiers have been seen to do.

Speculation

Courtiers may be able to manage cities in place of warlords. Don King's observation that using warlords instead of courtiers was "a risky extravagance" suggests that courtiers may be significantly cheaper to pop and have lower upkeep than Warlords who are more useful directing battles in the field. It is possible that Warlords provide a larger efficiency boost to their city than a courtier (to make up for the higher expense) but may have questionable strategic valueErf-b1.5-p035Same-site.PNG when the city is not under siege.

They may make suggestions on what units to pop, where to spend money, whether to ally with other sides, etc.

In this way they may act as a sort of friendly "A.I."; in some strategy games, the computer can handle basic maintenance for you.

Non-royal sides can use courtiers, but they seem to do so far less often than royals.

Before book 2, everyone in Erfworld was a combatant; no one even had a concept for "civilians" as Parson understood it. Being non-combatants means courtiers may be the closest Erfworld has to civilians.