I'm starting to get a tiny amount of sympathy for Thatch with the flashback comics...

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But then I remind myself that he was a frigging idiot that alienated the people he wanted to manipulate and he caused the chain of events that split Roberts off from the group. Also, if it really was the plan of the coven for all that happen, you'd think they would tell the one they sent off into the world...

Lesson: Make your intentions plain to everyone. People are not mindreaders and it's easy to infer the worst when you're secretive and manipulative. I suppose it makes sense that the Bard Lich isn't a master planner... he goes by his guile and charms. When that fails, his fallback are his lich powers. And in a struggle like this, you shouldn't leave so many things to chance. I suppose that's why chaos lost the first time around... that and being outnumbered like crazy.