KoRnholio wrote:Wouldn't Seed and Culgan be much more comparable to Generals Novum and Luger?
The actions of Zahak and Alenia remind me of Pahn's in Suikoden I, before he comes to his senses. Making the personal decision to betray people close to them for what they think is the greater good.
I disagree about them being similar to Pahn. For Pahn, there was a conflicting duty, he was supposed to be loyal to Tir, but also to Teo McDohl, and likely his sense of duty is more strong towards the latter.
Alenia and Zahhak had no obligation at all to the Godwins. They were suppose to be loyal to the Royal Family and no one else.
Simeon wrote:I dont know if Zahak or Alenia could be considered evil. I think they loyalities always remained with the Godwins. But I thought Zahak lived in Leclar on the western inlet. Wouldnt that mean he was a Godwin supporter from the beginning if not he would be surrounded by lots of people who were. About burning the village its a stretegic move anyone good general would have done that. If he did not do that he would have sacrificed more men during the retreat because your army would pursue. This gave them time to regroup imo. And Alenia i think she just one of those niave female characters who seems to be brainwashed by the godwin faction.
IMO they are evil in every possible way. Their blind loyalty to Godwins evil cause makes them evil, in addition to betraying their oath and taking the former leader's daughter hostage, and assisting outsiders in making Lymsleia a puppet Queen.
They are even worst than the Godwins themselves. The Godwins sort of reminds me of Cao Cao from the Romance of Three Kingdoms. They saw the Queendom as divided; many fractions do not recognize the Royal Family in power (which was more or less true), and the Royal Family showed no intention of uniting the land, so they took the matter into their own hands. Their course of actions were definitely evil, but their starting point was not. Also, they never sworn to protect the Queen; and their job is mainly giving advice of what they think is best. They were paid to question the Queen, while Zahhak and Alenia were not.
Zahhak and Alenia, however, DID swear to protect the Queen, and had no business questioning the Queen's decisions. If they felt so strongly against the Queen and Ferid, they should have simply just resigned, instead of staying as an insider and betraying them at the chance.
IMO there is nothing more evil than to earn Royal Family's complete trust, then not only betray and murder them, also assist in making their heir a puppet to their cause. At least the Godwins clearly showed themselves as enemies and unsupportive of the Queen and Ferid.
And about burning a village is something any good general will do in order to retreat; that is simply not true. No good can come from burning down your own village, any good general will know that. A good general would rather sacrifice some of his own troops to leave behind (to stall the enemies while the rest of the main force retreats) rather than burning down the village.
Even if burning the village WAS the only option, notice Zahhak's reaction after burning it down? He was practically gloating about it, like he was proud to do such a thing.