Decanter I wonder if the Doom King armor's shard survived whatever Hester did.
If I remember correctly the armour is forged/infused with a piece of a shard, so if it still exists (and it does), it means that Hester must have missed it. A possible explanation is that Hester targeted the souls of beings corrupted/fused with Incubus Shards, and because the shard in the armour is not connected to anyone's soul, the spell did not hit it.
Decanter also wonder how they'll explain to Tyna and others that Simon is gone but the Doom King isn't
Tyna has worked with the Harem before, so I guess that simply telling her Simon is not available a the moment/dealing with the attack. Tyna might trust the Simon and the Harem enough at this point that she'll go along with it. Another interesting point this brings up, is that the people (especially on Arclent) probably don't know that the IKs have been zapped. Unless Fake!Ivala makes another announcement, they would have no way of knowing that the IKs are gone. So perhaps Robin can impersonate the Simon as the Doomed King long enough for its destruction. If that fails Qum can use her Simon voice again.
Decanter Anyway I'll be surprised if Tyna just lets foreign military roll into Ardford.
If it is only the Harem and the Doomed King they could just teleport in as a strikeforce without the need for military intervention. However during the Island Battle we do get the option of deploying military forces to Ardoheim and keeping forces in reserve, which makes military force seem likely. Maybe a calculation based on Acceptance, Tyna Legitimacy and some other decisions/variables would decide if we can convince Ardoheim to let our forces through or if we have to assault them. Another major variable is Alonon, who might or might not be related to the Church mastermind, and who is still king so he could override Tyna. I am not sure what his position will be, but my guess is he'll sacrifice himself to protect Tyna.
Decanter Divided Church scenario could work really well for us in this upcoming section.
I agree wholeheartedly, Hester also seems to allude to the idea that keeping the church unified is a mistake during the Council of Gawnfall. The problem, as @Fulminato has pointed out before, is that up till now a unified church has just been better in every way, so it will have to a very strong effect to make diverging the better choice. Another point is that the High Priestesses already seem somewhat independent, so they could still revolt in a unified church scenario.
Another wildcard in this whole Assault on Ardoheim is Wendis. With Simon gone, there is nobody who can keep her in check, so I think she could decide to join the attack. The question then is what role will she play? As she could attack from the tower, or we could finally see the abomination try and pierce into the mortal realm.