snakebite105 wrote:Which raises the question why he failed so badly during the first encounter with Teo.
It's not Mathiu that is weak, it is Teo that's strong. Saying that Mathiu is weak cause of this is like saying that Shu is weak for losing to Lucca.
He is being assalted by a strong opponent, what do you want him to do? Abandon his position and let the empire take back the land without a fight, that way wouldnt the villages around feel betrayed by the rebel army. He took his chances and choose to confront Teo, if they lost they had much ground to retreat and also would gave a good time to analyse his enemy and find its weakness, which was what happened.
If they choose to avoid a fight, they could have lost the support of the abandoned territories and they wouldnt have the choice to retreat later on. It doesnt seem absurd to me the choice Mathiu made, he is fighting a powerfull enemy, but doesnt have super resources with him.
He is not like Lucrecia, who recieve the resources before she needs them, Mathiu has to improvise with what he has. It is not his fault if Teo and Milich have might secret weapons, he needs to confront them in order to come up with a plan, as everybody is saying, he is not physic who knows everything or some lucky goodness who recieves might war resources before he needs them.
From almost all Strategists, Mathiu is the one who had least lucky, the others recieved "gifts" who saved them on hard occasions, but Mathiu had to come up with good plans while being assalted with powerfull enemies. It is more realistic, he finds the enemy, learns of it and them fights agaisnt it.