I know this is contentious. See this post, for instance.
The restrictions are written in terms of being able to play the character. This means that "where" a character may be played is inherently tied to "which" character may be played, in contrast to my understanding of the sentiment in the above linked post.MELE p58 wrote:To play a character, you must have enough general influence or direct influence available to control the character. In addition, you must meet both of the following requirements:
* If the character is not an agent, you may only play him at his home site or at any Darkhaven site. If the character is an agent, you may only play him at his home site.
* If your Ringwraith is in play, your Ringwraith (or a character with enough direct influence to control the character to be played) must be at the site at which the character is to be played.
However (underline mine):
CoE98 implies that Thrall of the Voice allows a character to be brought into play via its own mechanic. Thus, Thrall of the Voice is not beholden to the MELE restrictions of the "normal" play about which NOR where.CoE98 wrote:Why does TotV supersede the WH ruleset by allowing the play of Orcs and Trolls?
*** If it isn't there, it isn't there. Thrall of the Voice says to bring into play a character. An orc or a troll is a character. If it stated something to the effect of the play needing to be otherwise legal, then orcs and trolls could not be played with Thrall of the Voice without Bad Company in play.
Aside: note that the writing of the above MELE restrictions does not follow the "when you play a character" language:
Because this is triggered by (any) play of a character, the requirement that the appropriate site card is available thus still applies to Thrall of the Voice.MELE p20 wrote:When you play a character, you may place him into a company already at his arrival site or he may become a new company (consisting of one character). In the second case, you must place the arrival site card next to the character played. If the appropriate site card is not available, you may not play the character.