Sometimes politics and war in Illyria become the subjects of furious rants on the Illyriad Forum and in Global Chat. But often major events pass unnoticed. Violence perpetrated in silence is often more significant and, interestingly, is often handled with more intelligence and restraint.
So, last week a couple of large-ish players dropped out of Curse of Wolves, and joined another alliance. Curse saw this as dangerous treason, as this meant that a rival now had a strong presence in the heart of Wolves territory. So Wolves decided to siege the apostates, whose new alliance jumped to their defense.
In the last couple of days over 50,000 Wolves troops have been killed as their siege-camps have been destroyed – but more siege camps have sprung up.
Given the strength of Curse, the sieging of established players, etc., this should be big news. But the forums and GC have been blissfully quiet on the subject. And on Curses’ Alliance Diplomacy page there is no declaration of War or hint that there is an ongoing campaign.
This bodes well for an intelligent, diplomatic resolution. Forum rants usually stir up trouble, rather than settling quarrels, so the silence may well make it easier for everyone to reach an agreement on this.
The lesson for those not involved, is that the Forums, Global Chat, and Alliances’ Diplomacy pages, cannot be trusted to reflect current politics in Illyria. Much of what happens in the land remains hidden.