shonuff wrote:I could equally see Loghain as cutting his losses and evacuating as much of the city and army in order to fight another day.
True…Loghain might do that…especially if it meant saving his daughter helping to preserve his (that is to say her) hold on the throne.
The main reason I recommended Howe was because I remembered Saisei stated in another thread that he’s toying with the idea of allowing the darkspawn to overrun Ferelden. If that’s the case then you would probably want Loghain dead. If Loghain dies the odds of Ferelden falling increase significantly.
So another possibility could be that Rendon Howe (now a Teyrn if the betrayal of the Cousland’s took place), might take the opportunity to assassinate Loghain and his daughter, with the intent that the darkspawn over running the city will cover up his crime. Once he escapes he could setup a government in exile, and being the highest surviving nobility declare himself the king of Ferelden in exile…issued by emergency proclamation of course…tough times require decisive leadership…blah, blah, blah...with the most vocal dissenting nobility suddenly suffering an unusually high mortality rate.
Howe would make for an initially weak despot king, but if he solidified his position over time, one that would become increasingly difficult to depose. He is perhaps the worst man for the job of rallying the exiles to take back their country, making him the perfect leader for a campaign where Ferelden is under darkspawn control with little chance of being freed any time soon.
Of course…even if Alistair is dead, it doesn’t mean that there’s not another bastard prince amongst the survivors. The npc may not even know they are the heir to the throne…but if the party were to find out somehow…(royal letter hinting at a bastard with an unusual birthmark).
Eh...it's a thought...