Page 290. Almost to 300 pages, that’s pretty cool.
Does the king have their families captive or have some sort of leverage (does he threaten them with hanging if they don’t join up with the army) on them? If not, they are being paid to fight, not forced.
It was explained early on, artificer-urza. I know it was a while ago, but there is an explanation for it.
It was a quick explanation back then because it hasn’t been relevant to the plot until this point, but as they get more involved in the war politics, then the narrative will go into it in more detail.
But it is fair to say that Lavender is not entirely correct here. She doesn’t know her people’s motives for fighting (aside from to avoid punishment of death) because she has been sheltered from the culture that blindly worships her father.
Ah yes, conscription. They are still paid to fight, with execution or imprisonment as the threat if they do not agree. The thing is, if the army was unified it’s it desire for peace, no one man could stop them. Since sufficient people are loyal to the king and his ideals (or their perception of his ideals) to perpetuate the conflict and the thought of refusing as treason the rest simply go along with it, out of fear or something else. They are not forced.
Well if it wasn’t before, the cat’s out of the bag now.
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