On our third play-through, we ran into some confusion regarding the rules for challenges.
The consequences for losing a challenge read thusly (italics mine):
Military Challenge: The defending opponent must choose and kill ...
Intrigue Challenge: The defending opponent must discard, at random, a number of cards ...
Power Challenge: The defending opponent takes a number of power counters ...
So far so good. The confusion comes from this single sentence in the rules (again italics mine):
Your opponent must declare at least 1 defending character in order to be considered defending against a challenge.
So here's the question: Does this mean that the loser of an unopposed challenge does not suffer the usual consequences of a challenge, since the rules state that having no defenders means you are not considered defending and are therefore not a "defending opponent"?
We played it this way, and it made for a remarkably dull game. It did not feel right to us, but seems rather unambiguous.