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Another Maithanet Theory (possible spoiler) posted 31 December 2005 in The Warrior ProphetAnother Maithanet Theory (possible spoiler) by anor277, Didact

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Here's something far more aggravating to chew on. Had the fourteen Cisharum on the Plains of Mengedda had a few bowmen at their backs when they were burning the Northmen (Galeoth, Tydonni and Thunyeri) to ash, they could have destroyed the entirety of that contingent before Proyas and the Conriyans made to it the battle. The only reason they were taken down was because of a few Shrial chorae-holders. A couple of arrows could have taken out that limited threat and the Holy War would have effectively been cut in half.

The southern contingents would have prevailed, of course, but only because the Scarlet Spires travelled with them. Think of how few they would be in number now after the Carathay![/quote:jcpqg71z]

You might be reading a bit too much into that episode. If a knight can afford to carry a priceless trinket, he can likely afford to wear the very best armour - of course to be effective in such a situation he has also got to persuade himself to be suicidal, which the Shrial knights did. As I recall from that battle the Cishaurim abandoned their usual tactics because they held their opponents' warcraft in contempt (their usual tactics were to screen the Cishaurim sorcerors). Actually after such a battle I had the picture of a low ranking Scarlet Schoolman going out on the field with a couple of slaves to locate all the trinkets his side and the losing side loosed (missile troops would collect all the spent arrows anyway). view post


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