What happens if your leader executed?
And after having it just happen to me, I can say that it's merely an annoyance as you lose a hero to go around as well as your boosts from experience and equipment.
When they are executed, you can either wait 6 more days for them to resurrect themselves or spend 1,000 gems on a revival fruit to brunt them back instantly. There's no loss of experience, rank, or ability... once revived, it's just like they were captured and freed after a longer period.
⭐ Leader Captured? ⭐
Keep calm! It's going to be okay!
⭐ HOW TO PREVENT IT ⭐
Always, always, always protect him. SHIELD or SHELTER!! If you're offline, shelter everyone who fits. If you join a rally, leave 1 guy home to put with him in the shelter. Never EVER send him gathering or put him in a camp.
⭐ WHY IT'S A BIG DEAL ⭐
Without your leader you do not get any talent or equipment boosts. It makes training, researching, and constructing very difficult. When there is a hero in a lvl 25 prison, it gives the holder boosts. Good if you're the one holding a prisoner, bad if it's your leader in prison.
⭐ WHY IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL ⭐
You will get him back. Eventually. He doesn't lose anything permanently. If your castle is C9 or down, he cannot be captured. If your castle is C10 - C16, he will escape on his own in a few hours. If your C17 and up, he can be kept for several days and executed. Execution isn't fatal! Revive him with fruit from the store. It can be purchased with gems or guild coins.
⭐ DO NOT PAY RANSOM!!! ⭐
Not now, not ever! This will instantly make you a target for anyone seeking gold. You will be harassed out of the Kingdom.
This is part of the game. It will happen. Keep calm and learn for next time. There will be a next time if you don't learn.
Great reply. Would also add DO NOT SET A BOUNTY!!! Setting a bounty is a waste of gold. It's usually set to low to make it worthwhile for anyone to try and collect on it. Set it high enough to be worthwhile and it will get collected by someone in the guild of the person who captured you. They make out and like in your don't pay ransom comment, it makes you a target for gold seekers.