I've recently discovered that applying training orders to orcs can produce VERY unwanted side effects.
In the first one, I have an assassin who had the bonus ability of throwing fire bombs which is an extremely rare trait for an assasin and very nice to have. He originally had a fire weapon and I wanted to convert his weapon to a cursed one assuming his fire bomb ability would be converted to cursed bombs instead. To my surprise, the fire bomb abilty wasn't converted but was deleted instead. In hopes of recovering the bomb bonus ability, I reverted his weapon back to fire but to no avail. That rare and desirable trait was lost forever.
I also discovered that giving an orc a caragor mount causes the orc to lose a crucial strength or gain a glaring weakness. I only applied the caragor mount training order because I never really use them and they were piling up in numbers so I decided: What the heck, give this orc a caragor. HUGE MISTAKE. One of my most important overlord bodyguards lost an elemental immunity leaving him vulnerable and no longer a good orc to have as a crucial bodyguard.
The most galling thing is that caragor mounts have very little benefit since they can be easily killed with a single headshot. What was gained in acquiring the mount didn't equal the great loss of the elemental immunity. Not at ALL a fair trade-off. If I had known that was going to happen, I wouldn't have made the move.
I realize the purpose of having these trade-offs in gaining an ability is that it will possibly be counterbalanced by losing another so an orc doesn't become too powerful. I also know that applying training orders sometimes adds a strength not there before. That, however, is a rare occurence and also unpredicatable. I've found that, more often than not, applying training orders can add weaknesses instead of strenghts.
With building an army being one of the most important features of the game, it's highly frustrating that an orc can be ruined by simply fine-tuning his abilities. Some orcs are very rare. I've played hundreds of hours and have come across the orcs I mentioned above only once out of thousands of orcs encountered. It's very unlikely I'll come across those orcs again. All the time and effort of finding and acquiring exceptional orcs wasted because of a stupid training order.
One very important request I'd like to make to the developers is to somehow remedy this issue. Maybe add an onscreen warning which states: "WARNING: Applying this training order will cause the orc to lose xxx ability". Or having the option to undo or delete a training order so the unwanted result can be fixed would also work. Another way would be to have a reset to default option in which the orc can be reset to its original strengths and weaknesess so what was lost is regained. With the way things are, it's all a crapshoot in which the player is more likely to lose than win. Not good at all.
This issue is a really bad flaw in the game. Fine-tuning your orcs with training orders is crucial in building a better army, but using training orders that can compromise key orcs by diminishing their abilties discourages a player to use training orders. I know this is a big ask but I also know that the developers are good at listening and responding to players' feedback so I hope my request can be somehow implemented. I'd certainly be grateful, and I suspect other players would be also.
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