Given some of the discussions going on in various comments about what Kings are and aren’t in Magi (very interesting comments!), I thought I’d point out an interesting sort-of plothole in the whole setting.
Canon, we are told, magi are supposed to choose kings, and lead them through dungeons to gain power. Yet in canon… in almost all cases, the only magi who’s actively doing that is Judar.
Scheherazade has apparently gotten 3 through for Reim in current times. Yunan… brought Sinbad to Baal’s dungeon and then let him do whatever he liked. And Aladdin honestly had no clue. Alibaba’s dream was to capture a dungeon’s riches, he seemed like a good guy when it came to rescuing people, why not?
This leaves two groups of Dungeon Capturers that we know about. Those of the Kou Empire, who Judar led through… and the other monarchs of the Seven Seas Alliance.
It’s that last group that makes the bunnies facepalm.
It’s canon that Dungeons kill people. Amon and Baal, canon, each killed at least 10,000 people; who knows how many Zagan did in. And yet, somehow, every other monarch in the Alliance managed to survive their individual Dungeon and gain a Djinn?
Snarky plotbunnies: “What, were they set on Easy?”
…Which leads to further facepalm, because actually, from what we know of canon, that is entirely possible.
Djinn can control what happens in their dungeons. They can certainly control the level of danger inside them. If they see someone fall into their dungeon that they like, they could make it as hard or as easy as they wanted. And never forget that Djinn are people themselves; I can’t see Paimon, for one, casually killing off thousands of people. She’s just too affectionate.
And when it comes to Baal and Amon – Baal had Partevia and other places actively throwing soldiers at him, and Amon probably had every treasure-hunter with dreams of gold. And neither of those two are what we’d call friendly. I can imagine the two of them going “Grrrrargh!” after a certain point and setting everything to Kill ‘Em All.
…I’m not touching Zagan. That guy apparently set up a Dungeon Monster in charge and decided to take a nap. Oy.
So. When we talk about Kings, we also have to talk about their Djinn. Because it’s the combination that determines who does and doesn’t get chosen – see Leraje picking Kouha because while Kouen might have more magoi, she doesn’t want to share. (Also because she thinks there shouldn’t be just one King. Danger, Kouen, danger….)
I have some thoughts on Kouen as a king, but I want to organize them into another post. 🙂 In part, Kouen is a guy who misses the trees for the forest….