The Politics of The Witcher 2. Part 1: Factions Overview (spoilers)
29.04.2012 @ 23:36 #41
29.04.2012 @ 23:59 #42
Henry Bohun said:
so u killed Saskia and killed Hensel? -.-
30.04.2012 @ 01:11 #43
30.04.2012 @ 02:41 #44
Henry Bohun said:
Natalis is a military commander. Being a leader of a kingdom however is another creature all together. If Natalis said that he couldn't guarantee his position in one week in peace time, then I dread to think what he would do (or not do) when Temeria is in chaos.
With the absence of leadership, the nobility is more likely to flock to the Nilfgaardian side. Apparently that's what happens with the Cintran nobles, who in exchange for their compliance kept their privileges.
Out of the two, Radovid is far far more likely to bring the nobles in line.
But it's not mutually exclusive. Natalis and Radovid can work together.
After replaying TW2, EE, I've decided I will go back to writing articles. Initially, I planned for the 3rd article to be about the nonhuman question. But since it takes some time to research, I will keep it as the 4rth one. The 3rd one will be an analysis of the war for the Pontar Valley, using the methodology I acquired in my Political Science and history studies (I will make it entertaining to read I promise!).
30.04.2012 @ 03:21 #46
No, as it's not involved in the plot of TW2.
It might be in TW3, but it doesn't appear in TW2 barring flashbacks and cool research Geralt can do.
30.04.2012 @ 13:40 #47
30.04.2012 @ 16:32 #48
He will have the most legitimacy and more importantly, the force to impose his will, as ultimately that's what power is.
Natalis' ability to play the game is suspect. If he was genuine when he said that he would destroy all evidence of Kimbolt's crime after he helped him deal with Maravel, then he's a poor player. That evidence should be kept to keep Kimbolt in line.
Furthermore, if Henselt is dead and Anais lost, Temeria breaks down into provinces, showing that Natalis was completely incapable of preserving the state.
War is not just commanding armies. It's playing politics constantly, root out traitors and keep the rest in line, manage an economy of war...etc. Things that Natalis would not be able to do, contrary to Radovid.
30.04.2012 @ 17:55 #49
But unfortunately due to Radovid's own skill at the game I don't see him placing a man like Natalis in such a place of power unless things get really desperate.
30.04.2012 @ 18:58 #50
Radovid may be a skilled politician, but he still needs commanders. Any deal that would put Radovid's support behind Natalis's army would be to the advantage of both parties. Natalis should be more careful in negotiating with Radovid than he has shown, or the lion's share of that advantage will accrue to Radovid.
All desire to shirk,
Shall during off hours exhibit his powers
To Madame Tussaud's wax-work.
[G&S, "A more humane Mikado"]
01.05.2012 @ 10:27 #51
And on a side note: Will a large portion of Natalis debt be gone with the death of Phillipa in Radovid's witch hunt (she did die din't she?).
01.05.2012 @ 15:57 #52
Henry Bohun said:
No she didn't die.
Though her possessions might get confiscated, probably by Radovid. So Natalis would just be in debt to him.
01.05.2012 @ 17:51 #55
02.05.2012 @ 04:05 #56
Yes, she does thanks to Geralt & Iorveth both. She will have Radovid's guts for garters! I know you have a man-crush on him, but to me he's just a childish, jealous, & shortsighted fool wishing everyone thought more of him than they do.
Isn't this game great!
02.05.2012 @ 10:56 #57
Will she? In the novels t is established that all members of the Lodge of Sorceressess will die martyr's deaths. And the high priest chiefly responsible for Philippa's death even appears in the novels, meaning the event will come rather sooner than later. Now what monarch could empower said priest to torture Philippa to death, I wonder...
02.05.2012 @ 14:06 #58
Meh, you're basing this on what?
02.05.2012 @ 14:57 #59
Haven't read the books yet, I'm not big on waiting once I start a series and only 2-I think-have been translated to English. Besides I thought CDPR stated they are only taking the world, some of the characters, and some ideas from the plot lines to create the games. So different things happen in the game, no? She's such a good manipulator why would they want to kill her off in game? They'd have to build another character from scratch and they've already got a good villain-ness to work with.
On Iorveth's path you can already kill off Sile, but Philippa gets away no matter what choices you've made previously, so I see her coming back. I kinda don't see them making Triss die a martyr, but of course this is just speculation...
02.05.2012 @ 15:08 #60
The man-crush? or my opinion of Radovid?
For Radovid: why, the exact same things you see as "bold" and "putting his signature" on Philippa by his form of torture, I see as a spoiled, entitled brat who couldn't stand it that people respected her opinion/needed her approval when he gave an order, and that she wouldn't kiss his ass. The words were calmly delivered but you could tell the feelings of inadequacy next to her has been festering for some time. I also hate the whole "divine right of blood" business re: royalty, so I'm sure that colors my opinions.
On a side note: were you one of the staunch Loghain supporters on the BSN? Seems like I remember the name from there.