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Stanley the Tool
"Yeah, I hear you. We've had some setbacks. But the thing about a quest for the ultimate power in the world is that it's bound to turn out well."
Strengths: Giving Orders, Taming Dwagons, Knowing What He Wants
Weaknesses: Strategy, Critical Thinking, Human Resource Management
Toolism is the belief that Royals are clinging to a dead mandate and the true plan of the Titans is for the possessors of the Arkentools. Specifically, Stanley argues that the Titans have a plan for him, and maybe for the rest of the world too, who cares. His worldview is rather shaken when he discovers himself to be in command of a second Arkentool holder, Wanda.
Pop and early turns
Stanley is a nearly perfect example of the Peter Principle. Before the story started, Stanley started out as a piker-class infantry under the command of King Saline IV of the Plaid. He was probably a truly great Piker, because Saline promoted him to the rank of Warlord. He was probably an adequate Warlord, until he found the Arkenhammer, tamed Dwagons, and became a exceptional Warlord. He would probably have failed as a Chief Warlord, without the advice and support he received from Wanda, but with her aid he eventually became Heir Designate to Saline.Erf-b1-p079
Wanda contacted Stanley after hearing he found the Arkenhammer. Together they planned to attack Wanda's kingdom of Faq. Wanda had intended for Stanley to lose the battle so she could claim the Arkenhammer herself, but Stanley ultimately won and sacked the kingdom. Wanda and Faq's Foolamancer, Jack Snipe joined Stanley's side.Erf-b1-p147
At one point, Stanley took a number of the Plaid's casters, Sizemore Rockwell among them, on a special mission of undisclosed purpose; when Stanley's group returned to Gobwin Knob, they found that it had fallen to an attack from the Gobwins breaking their alliance. With the dwagons, casters, and the bonus from the Arkenhammer, Stanley easily retook the city and became the Ruler of Gobwin Knob.Erf-b1-p079 Ansom believed that Stanley orchestrated this rebellion to come to power.Erf-b1-p034
With Wanda's encouragement, Stanley decided to start a quest for the other Arkentools.Erf-b1-p147 The exact course of this campaign is unknown. However, despite having the Arkenhammer and the assistance of Wanda, Stanley's campaign failed utterly. Gobwin Knob lost 10 out of 11 cities, and the only Arkentool they found was wielded by Prince Ansom of Jetstone in combat against Stanley's forces. With the loss of Manpower the Temporary, and the looming Battle for Gobwin Knob, Wanda convinced Stanley to purchase and use the "Summon Perfect Warlord Spell".
(((Stanley the Tool)))