Tonot wrote:Things get broken in Wars. Soldiers ought to look at all good things from before their accepting the Crowns' Shilling, as broken for them. If you think Sizemore is hurt presently, think about the fact that all his friends are Mercenary Soldiers, that will fight for any side that pays them, the ones anyway that are not specifically part of a big conspiracy that PRESENTLY isn't aligned against GN, but any old time might be fighting to the death against him and his side.
How sad will he be when duty leads him to sic a half dozen Rock Golems onto Janis, and follow them into attack to make sure his bonus allows them to kill her?. All as a result of Parson "seeing" it as pragmatically important to order done, as he wages his war. Because the moment he sees it ought to be done, he is going to order it, and a soldier ought to remember that. They are not noble, or good, just necessary, and killers, breakers, destroyers.
It is almost sickening, immoral, really, that he has allowed himself to consider ONE part of Erfworld "safe" from harm. People who craft and use area effect weapons, and yet want THEIR bit of paradise kept sacrosanct ?, deserve a bomb where they live.
Unfortunately, in Erfworld, there is no Crowns' Shilling, nor any looking at any good things. All non-Rulers, including Sizemore, are slaves, more thoroughly than any human ever could be, since the moment they pop. All Erfly actions are at the behest of some Ruler, or worse, at the wishes of some uninformed Barbarian.
Sizemore followed as close to pacifism as he could. The first book made it seem like he'd never directly ordered the death of a talking unit before : http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F112.jpg
. He took what pleasures he could in the Magic Kingdom, which happened to be constructive, but the majority of his work in the rest of Erfworld was the same zero-sum game that all Erfworld units suffer.
Tactically, Janis can stop any direct attack. She won't be able to stop half a dozen crap golems coming up out of the ground around her, and Sizemore has to initiate those explosions himself.