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Troy Wessels

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  1. Troy Wessels

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    The Blackfish is a cranky old uncle who constantly undermines his nephew. Just like Cat. I've never seen his critique of Edmure as an unbiased military opinion. He was just an older male relative making sure his nephew didn't grow arrogant after his victory. As for that so called apology... Edmure has never stood tall against his family. He was clearly pressured in to giving it and he crumbled.
  2. Troy Wessels

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Not really. I've stated multiple times where I said that Edmure's orders also included guarding Robb's rear. Edmure denying Tywin the return home was a good thing, if you follow those orders. The fact that it worked against Robb's goals was because Robb was unclear in his orders and did not share his strategy.
  3. Troy Wessels

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    This selective reading thing that you've got going on is really quite problematic. You should work on that
  4. Troy Wessels

    Arya the Explorer

    Really? Both girls believing in love, falling for 'gallant' princes? Lyanna may have been a bit of a tomboy, but when she learned of her bethrothal she did nothing but grumble. Until she had the chance to escape that fate. Not on her own, like Arya would've. But with the silver haired Prince. Honestly, it's like every romantic story that Sansa loves. Their paths aren't the same or even similar, but they hold the same beliefs, hopes and dreams.
  5. Troy Wessels

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    So now he has to read Tywin's mind as well? He could've easily gone for Riverrun if he'd wanted to, or take Robb in the rear. At this point I'm pretty sure you're trolling...
  6. Troy Wessels

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Are you reading? Of course you'd follow that order, but the how can be determined by the man actually doing it. If you don't allow the men under you that flexibility you get tragic Soviet situations. Following stupid and impossible orders, blindly, only to get your men killed
  7. Troy Wessels

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Edmure is not a soldier. He is a general in his own right. He has to make decision that impact the wellbeing of not only a huge chunk of the army, but also has to take care of the civillians sworn to him. He is not some low-ranked nobody. He is Robb's number two, in regards to rank and people under him. He is entitled to way more information than a company sergeant. If he'd known the strategy, he could have acted within those boundaries. Besides, even as a small unit commander you have agency. Your superior might tell you and your men to take that building or machine gunner, but if he knows what he's doing he'll let you decide the best way to do it. You're the man on the spot, the actual plan is yours. Which is the way of every good military.
  8. Troy Wessels

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    But it's really not as clear as you make it out to be. His orders were to hold Riverrun and guard Robb's rear. Contesting Tywin's crossing fulfills those orders. He won that battle, turned Tywin back and took a bloody toll from him. By all acounts it was a solid victory. Any other general would have done the same. The only reason not to take an easy victory such as that would be if you knew that it would harm your overall strategy. Which means that the argument about 'need to know' is rather silly. Yes, strategy and tactics can be compartmentalized, either way though, Edmure did need to know.
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    Arya the Explorer

    Let's not make that comparison shall we? Her aunt was never allowed a sword and only ever got to practice some with her brothers, who likely took it easy on her. We also know from the books that jousting is 90% horsemanship, so that says very little. Lyanna was much more like Sansa. The only difference is that she did not like her bethrothed, and looked elsewhere. Arya is vastly different. Travelling through the wartorn Riverlands, being in Harrenhal and seeing the Mountain's men at work, training as an assassin? To expect a conventional outcome after that seems rather silly to me after that. This dream of hers is also something that's actually established, back in Braavos with Lady Crane.
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    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Sun Tzu said: "If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame." Not telling your subcommanders what they need to know and only giving orders that are immune to changing circumstances? That leads to actions like Edmure's, which was a tactical succes but a strategic blunder, or to a subcommander too wary to do anyting at all that might look like initiative. Sudden openings, mistakes of the enemy, those things could happen and not be capitalized upon. Decentralized command is a thing for a reason. That's because it's extremely effective.
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