Staffan wrote:Then again, Uthorion's stelae placement is not the most rational to begin with if looking at possibility harvesting, so he probably has something else motivating him.
I could see Uthorion's realm collecting a secondary resource. Being that it's the highest magic axiom, Aysle may have the means to harvest ley lines for power. It's not as potent as Possibility Energy, but it allows Uthorion to use less populated regions more efficiently than the other realms.
And tapping into the legends of the UK and Scandinavia gives Uthorion that extra kick. And yeah, Russia's fairy tales would look pretty enticing, but so also would the old Aztec empire, Haiti, Australian outback, and all manner of African tribal lands.
Being hemmed in seems like a bad position, but it's not like a High Lord has to stay in one spot (aka Living Land). And besides, the nature of Aysle's underground bridges should be a great advantage. Uthorion could send trolls and lurks from Norway to a new invasion spot in Peru in literally hours. How long would it take for Malreaux to ferry forces to Brazil without a dimthread? And also risk disconnections.