>> I can almost imagine a way to set up a "faction within a faction", too,
> Yeah, but then people might want to do that for every single new
> noble. Why not just keep faction trees?
I envision having one character who would be the root of the secret
alter-ego subfaction. This character would have some special ability
to allow him to be the root of a subfaction.
Existing FT's arise more incidentally than through player design.
My guess is that most players aren't very aware of their command
Have a skill Leadership , cost 1 NP, no subskills.
A character issuing SWEAR to a unit with Leadership would become
a vassal of the target unit instead of the player.
In this way, having FT's would only be by choice. It was also be an
exception to find a unit with a character lord, instead of the rule.
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