One thing that I think is noteworthy here is that the circle ideologies have basically died. Antioch still fights against Kinsarmar and Stavenn, but that's just because they're there to fight. You'd be hard pressed to find any Antiochian of any significance that actually cares about magick as a thing in and of itself or that hates Kinsarmar for using magick, and going by my experience in the other circles I think you could comfortably say the same about them. Nobody in Kinsarmar is afraid that we're gonna come put them to the torch because they use magick. I mean, they know Antioch wants to burn their city down, yeah, but the anti-magick thing never really comes into play there; it's not "Antioch wants to kill all magick users!", it's "Antioch is full of dicks".
What this means right now is that circle loyalty is pretty much based on the people and the professions; you are not going to see very many people whatsoever hesitating to switch because it would mean they'd have to summon ~~demons~~ or use ~~magick~~, because there are very few people who actually care about that stuff. The reason I stay with Antioch is because I like Jules and Ultrix and Septus and because I like the professions here, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the notional cause behind Antioch.
This means that if you let me switch circles freely, the only constraints I will have on it will be "Can I afford it?", "Will they let me join?", and "How long before I can rejoin Antioch?". As an aside, this could actually reduce conflict in the game in some ways; when I'm sitting on Summoner/Druid/etc I'm going to be much more wary of pissing off the organizations that effectively gate that profession. I just don't think that this would end up being that good for the game, especially because, while Wysrias brings it up as a way for artifacted combatants to boost a faltering org, I think that people using it to bandwagon would be far more prevalent.
I do think that the cost of switching circles needs to be lowered, but I'd rather see it be things like Iniar's enhanced Iron Elite or something more like "Summoner and Mage 'share' 1-2 skillsets and so circle jumping from one to the other is much cheaper" than "switch circle demonic".
"On the battlefield I am a god. I love war. The steel, the smell, the corpses. I wish there were more. On the first day I drove the Northmen back alone at the ford. Alone! On the second I carried the bridge! Me! Yesterday I climbed the Heroes! I love war! I… I wish it wasn’t over."
wouldn't your idea be cleaner if you could just buy tri trans for $$? Seems much tidier from a lesson management perspective. No idea if it is on the cards, but if something like that was I think that'd be a better way to handle it.
Let's revive that 'RETIRE CHARACTER' idea someone (Wysrias?) thought up forever ago. It would solve a lot of issues with switch characters if I could just retire some of my old alts towards a new character, or towards my current character. The retire command would roll into a bound credit value that would rotate over to your CREDIT REPORT report.Would at least give people an option to switch characters when they need to.