The Great and Passionate Warrior vs. The Inept and Impulsive General
Updated on December 7, 2005, 8:42 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
The hot sun beat down hard on the battle-worn army, making their oncoming task unbearable. Their enemy lay ahead of them, rows upon rows of miniature Grim Reapers. Those fierce opponents wanted one thing, and only that one thing alone: to destroy the resistance that had formed under the fearless leader Deag SaTith.
Deag was not someone to be taken into consideration lightly. He was calm and peaceful, and loved life as much as he loved nature and beauty. This, of course, was not to be seen as a weakness. No, it was to be viewed in the light of strength and power. It was these things that he fought so strongly for. He fought for the liberty of all creatures, the preservation of life, and the sanction of culture. He felt a passion that was unacquainted to others at that time. He fought with this passion and it made him a fierce warrior. He was a force to be reckoned with.
There are some who would see his passion as a weakness. Those who think so, believe that his passion makes him impulsive. Oh, how wrong they are. There is a fine line between being passionate and having impulsivity. As a matter of fact, the two aren't even in the same category. There are plenty of differences between one who feels passion and one who feels impulsive.
Deag was passionate about his cause, but he certainly was not rash when it came to the important decisions. He spent hours studying maps, statistics reports, and information on the opposing leaders. He made sure to know where the battle would take place long before our spies knew. There was never a shortage of supplies because he always kept on top of it. He got to know all his subordinate officers and made sure that they were right for the job and the troops they commanded. He personally would sit among his troops and converse with them and make them feel comfortable about the forthcoming battle.
He cared for every soldier that was under his command. He made sure that if he could prevent as many deaths amongst his own, he would. The less deaths all around, was a win to him. Even in the enemy ranks he wanted to send less home in multiple body parts. If he could he would lodge himself in between his troops and the enemy. He rather would put his own life in danger than the lives of others. The ultimate sacrifice to him was an honorable one. Yet, when it came time for him to kill, he was capable of putting his feelings and prejudices away. He fought with passion, but it did not control his actions. He always remained honorable.
The most amazing thing he did was what he did after the battle. It was unheard of, no one knows of anyone doing it before him. The enemy didn't even know what to make of it. Deag, in all his wisdom and with his great moral code, went through the battlefield to find those in need of aid and help them. He never took a prisoner of war. He could not do that so, he always returned them to whence they came. Before he sent them back, he took great medical care of them and brought them back to fighting condition. All this stemmed from his passion for life. Basically, he believed that all creatures of this universe should be treated equally and fairly, no matter their past trespasses.
Comparably, Fanglour Djarérac, the leading general of the opposing force, was impulsive and cruel. That is why he was fighting the revolutionaries, lead by Deag. The strong hand of the dictatorship chose him for his ruthlessness. What they ended up getting was a massacre. Fanglour could not wait to get his troops into battle and end the affair. He did not prepare a strategy. He did not know the lay of the land he was fighting on, or anything about Deag. He inadequately provided the proper supplies and equipment for his army, despite his access to exceptional material. He did not get to know any of his officers, who were not giving their position based on merit like Deag's, but instead based on the class and the family they came from. The soldiers who served under him never got to see him.
The troops were expendable to Fanglour. Though, that was the mentality of the government; a soldier's life was meant for the state. Fanglour's strategy was to send in row after row, and each soldier lost was replaced by the next. He wanted to win by force, not by out maneuvering his foe. He never fought by his troops. No, he only sent them to their death. If they died, that meant that they had not been trained well or were not good fighters. He showed no consideration for the dead.
After the battle he moved on. He had any surviving opposition killed; he never kept any prisoners of war. If there was any injured on his side, they too, were killed. His mentality was that if you were injured, you were unfit to be a soldier of the Superior Kingdom. Respect and honor was not part of his vocabulary. The enemy was the enemy and that was that. Life served no importance to him, well except his. Yet, the Superior Kingdom saw his life as expendable. As soon as the battle was over he was already on the move to the next battle, even if he lost. He, of course, thought he wasn't capable of losing because of his superior numbers and technological advantages. Irony is fun.
Deag completely took Fanglour to town. The battle was over in minutes. Fanglour's men actually surrendered rather than fight Deag. Then, when Deag offered to return them, they traded sides so that they wouldn't have to face Fanglour's wrath.
Passion is a compelling and strong emotion, but it is controllable. It can be tamed. To be swayed by an impulse, a sudden, involuntary inclination prompting one to action is something to do with emotion, which is its driving force. But, when someone follows an impulse they lose all reason and control, which is not part of the effect of passion. Deag SaTith was a great, passionate warrior who won freedom for the Duronterean and helped bring about a new society. He was passionate, but never impulsive like Fanglour.
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