@Dragon_monster Akriloth has never been seen rampaging in DF before getting the Fire Orb. He did in AQ, but not in DF. And even if Xan didn't kill all the 500.000 knights with one spell, he still killed 300 very strong warriors with one spell. AND he had an army that was more powerful than 500.000 trained warriors. He had the element of surprise, but he had already been fighting against the heroes of Falconreach for some time then. And Valtrith's army was almost as big as Seppy's and nearly overwhelmed the whole kingdom. Valtrith himself wasn't as strong as Seppy, but when he was rivived the 2nd time, he had Caitiff with him.
As for taking the Hero for granted, that's IMO more similar to the Empire in Star Wars taking their Death Star for granted (I could make a real life example, but it would probably be deleted). Someone like the Hero is not so easy to replace. Through all the time the Hero was becoming world famous the Kingdom of Greenguard was constantly at war with Seppy or Wargoth. Alteon doesn't have unlimited resorces at his disposition at any time, and most certainly not with a kingdom in ruins. He must have been busy (VERY busy) getting his kingdom up and running again, and Jaania offered to help him with that. Who wouldn't accept such an offer, when you've just been on the edge of TWO apocalypses (three if you count Nivalis and Isathaara) and your kingdom is in ruins?
Besides, it was probably Jaania who fixed the elemental dissonance after she froze the Hero, (I'm basing this in the design note about the original story for Book 2, can't find it right now) so the King kinda owed her one for that.
Alright, I was wrong about the Napoleon part then. When you think about it, there hasn't really been any real life parallels to a hero. Then what about Superman, he doesn't get paid for saving the world. He gets honored, he doesn't get paid.
But medieval kings did SPEND a lot of money on wars, they didn't GIVE land and money to those who won wars FOR them. giving land to people was like literally giving away your power. The more land you had in medieval times, the more land you owned, the more power you had. The king didn't have power to just give away land that didn't belong to him personally, the landlords were the ones who MADE him king. In my country the kings had A LOT of problems with greedy landlords.
If the Hero wanted to, he could probably just overthrow the king and take the throne for himself, for the Avatars' sake, pr at least he could have before he was frozen. In medieval times, your statement that "might makes right" was actually kinda true. But it was also true that "Aurum Potestas Est" (gold is power). Without money, you couldn't raise an army, and you couldn't have a kingdom.
Which brings me to my next point, if the Guardians and Dragonlords are financing themselves with mercenary work, which I agree that they probably are, then who are they working for? They are in the Kingdom of Greenguard, so the king is involved in every conflict they could possibly be involved with themselves. And how do they pay for training their soldiers, making weapons and raising dragons in times of peace, if they don't have some sort pf fixed deal with the king?
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