Tough Travelling hosted by Fantasy Review Barn.
This week’s topic is MILITARY GENIUS
Let’s face it. Fantasy life is often a life of war. One can only hope to serve under a commander who has some clue what they are doing.
Strangely enough, I could think of very few examples in fantasy even though I’ve read a lot of fantasy books which have a lot of fighting, and even some armies clashing. But generals in every genre tend to be ruthless, otherwise they wouldn’t win. So, I’m not so sure I’d like to serve under any of them, at least as a nameless trooper.
Prince Benedict of Amber: He’s the most martial minded of Oberon’s many sons and daughters. Even though he’s lost an arm in a duel (IIRC), he’s unmatched as a general.
King Arthur: depends on which writer’s version we’re talking about but Arthur is usually depicted as the general while his knights are individual fighters, no matter how formidable.
Superhero comics rarely deal with armies in the same way that epic fantasy tends to do but when leading large groups of superbeings Cyclops or Captain America are pretty much the people you want to lead your team.
In DC universe, Batman tends to be the expert tactician.
When I was thinking about this topic, science fiction characters came to mind more often, such as:
Aral Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Shards of Honor” and Barrayar”. He’s the acknowledged master general of his generation on his planet.
Piotr Vorkosigan, Aral’s dad is less acknowledged for his tactical skills in Bujold’s series. But just to point out how badass Piotr is: he had a horse cavalry when his planet was invaded by a huge and far more powerful nation which routinely use spacecraft. Piotr won. (okay, Piotr was one of the generals so it’s not just his victory. :))
Honor Harrington by David Weber. A rare female general.
Grand Admiral Thrawn by Timothy Zahn in the first Star Wars sequel books.
Captain John Sheridan in Babylon 5 is regarded as a master general.