Hello. We have found one of our new enemies after the time skip (most likely). These enemies will be landing on our doorstep and will be a lot more than we (as smart as we are) can handle on our own. These are Roman-esque conquering mofos who have been fighting for centuries. We are a small village of drow on the surface.
Here is all we know of the enemies so far:
In addition to this, we have the Black-Sun-supporting Mimians to the east (mana-flare sighted, anyone?), the Black Sun tribes, and new Chel settlements (with hinted corruption and slave-trafficking/kidnapping).
We must take care not to META too much, but we should form alliances with our neighbors. Equal alliances, like the ones we have with the dvergar at the moment. Cultural dominance over an alliance of equals (made up of our neighbors) would make our village a force to be reckoned with.
Here is the most efficient order for making alliances, along with my reasoning for the order:
1. Ferals and Dvergar: We have contacts with them, they are nearby, and we are already friendly.
2. Kotorcs: Peaceful, nearby, and easy to convince.
3. Halmes: Love our gold, have feral translators, but are quite far away (17-20 turns altogether). (Note: 1. The southern city has a dock and will most likely face a hermionne naval attack - being allies with them and strengthening them would help us more in the long run than simply letting them be an ill-protected buffer state. 2. The Hermiones spread their infectious religion to all halme settlements, so not allying with the halmes pre-time skip could make them turn against us once they hear the Hermiones' preaching).
I am in favor of researching a Kotorc-Alliance expedition after the war and after we have recovered from it. We would need to learn their language, but they would be easy to convince via teaching them agricultural methods and showing them our strength. They highly value their families and are easily infuriated by threats (or so has been implied) so a peaceful approach at first would be best.
As many of us have not thought about the Kotorcs in a while, I have compiled screenshots of all their PtP appearances and other information we drows would know.
(Feel free to add more. I thought this would be the best place for it until after the war.)
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