10 crowns is still pretty exorbitant (about $4250 US) for a weapon which is ultimately disposable, and most militaries cannot afford that sort of cost for a standard-issue weapon, and if a military could, then the increased demand would probably cause the price to increase tenfold.
Ultimately, as baneruned artifacts, dragonpearls still have to be made in a chantry by a Knightly Order (at least in the Northern Kingdoms), and that’s a process which could half a dozen banecasters hours, if not days.
The Takarans, on the other hand, do use dragonlocks as standard-issue, but they not only have a massive military budget, but universal banecasting.
Kian and Takara, with Mersdon and Butea being distant third and fourth now that Antar’s no longer selling.
Each of the Magistrate Houses tax their own territory and sends a cut to the House of Zi’enne, which in turn maintains the Imperial Banner Army and enforces/collects trade tariffs with the fleet similarly funded by these tithes. Most of that money is ploughed back into the fleet and army, but a substantial surplus goes into the Zi’enne war chest, used to pay for military operations, and aid to ailing Magistrate Houses (assuming they’ve been deemed sufficiently loyal).
The House of Zi’enne levies no taxes on its own territory, which naturally attracts the shipping houses which do bring in tariffs.
The Imperial Banner Army is the hard core of the Kian forces, but the bulk is made up of the armies of the Magistrate Houses, since their individual fiefdoms are technically mobilisation districts, to be activated in time of war.
i mostly did that factoring do determine any possible benefits to choosing dragon locks in sabers. the only other one i thought of was the dragon pearl used as a striker for more efficient gun design for specialty units Able to afford it. but that one had a lot of conjecture as the new gun design might not work, and even if it did you wouldn’t need to have bought 40 of them so you would have the familiarity necessary (officers don’t need to use the same equipment as the enlisted). as it stands now there is literally no benefit to buying it after sabers has concluded.
The Imperial Banner Army is always at full readiness, but the Kian prefer to use soft power to keep their allies in line. Likewise, they prefer to let those allies deal with their own problems, supplying financial aid and advisors if necessary, but very rarely committing their own ships and troops.
Sure if you go east in guns there is a check but if you go north there isn’t one in the game especially when compared to the rune-gun. with i think 4 checks or so. and again for gun development in lords possibly but unsubstantiated.i think i would be cool if it became used in lords as it could really mess with the established builds.(everyone goes for the rune gun for +15 soldiering myself included).
Well, the dragonlocks are a tracked stat so it’s possible that decision could come into play in Lords.
My MC bought the dragonlocks for his men because he genuinely wanted them to have the best weapons available as he thought it would increase their (and his) chance of survival.
Outside of headcanon, the decision does give you +15 to morale, +15 to loyalty, +10 to discipline, and +8 to rep, which are pretty nice stat boosts for those who look to avoid The Wrath of Carrecort. Those increases have the potential to lift your troop stats and rep to a higher threshold going into Guns (which could help you succeed in some of the early decisions, such as sending your men after the partisans), so I wouldn’t classify buying the dragonlocks as a total waste.
Of course, I usually go for the rune gun in my other playthroughs.