gazes_also wrote:It would also cement Parson as a Win-every-battle-lose-the-war general who will ensure total ruthless from his opponents in future.
Why do you assume that having ruthless opponents would hinder Parson in any way?
He's already assuming worst-case scenarios in all of his exercises, and then taking advantage of any non-ruthless actions that his opponents make.
If anything, there's a good chance that being 'noble' is part of being Noble - they might not be ABLE to change their way of thinking.
Queen Bea committed mass suicide rather than live ignobly.
In our world, Roman troops defeated ruthlessness + greater forces with ruthlessness + discipline + tactics.
Also, this is WAR. There are no such thing as civilians in Erfworld - every unit can fight.
In our world, the reason why it is better to wound an opponent than kill them is that wounded opponents drain a country's resources faster, urging them to end the war sooner.
It has nothing to do with 'integrity' or 'honor'. War is about expedience, and winning.