snakebite105 wrote:Because of Mathiu
Gremio was killed
Mathiu was killed
Potential soliders were killed by the city states not to mention those same soliders could have been used to help Riou in suikoden 2
the city states took control of kasim's region causeing a conflict after the war had ended to get it back.
a child was almost killed
Liukan was captured
Sanchez was allowed to live
Tesla was forced to work for the army
Kimberly forced Tai Ho and Yam Koo to flee from their home into Dunan
numerious forces were forced to work through the night on ice boats and were probably fatigued when attacking sonya's fortress
an most importantly Gremio was killed
the only good thing he did was get apple to join you paving the way for her to fail in suikoden 2 getting Viktor's mercs killed including Pohl. Sure he also taught Shu but Leon already had his hands in Suikoden 2 before shu becomes relevent.
Mathiu's failure as a stratagist has a legacy that lives on in future games.
Frankly I think you're being highly unfair and judgmental about this. In my opinion, Mathiu was the second best strategist in the game, beaten only by Leon. Remember, a strategists job is not to play nice but to win the war.
First, Gremio did not die because of Mathiu's actions, he died because he did what he had to do to protect McDohl. It was a selfless sacrifice to save someone he loved like a son and he had no regrets doing it. You have to think, this is war and people are going to die. Blaming Mathiu for Gremio's choice is far more critical of his actions than Shu sending Kiba to die.
As for using the Jowston army, that was absolutely brilliant. The enemy of my enemy and all that. Mathiu already said and Lepant backed it up that Rosman's army was too big to take head on, which is why the diversionary forces were dispatched to lead away a large part of the forces already in the castle. What Mathiu did was use an enemy nation's army to attack an enemy's army, thus preserving his own troops. He played that masterfully. That's what a strategist does, he calculates the probability of winning and uses his surroundings to his advangate. One of the chief rules of Sun Zu, "Know thy enemy, and know thyself."
As for Sanchez, that wasn't Mathiu's decision. After the war, after he died, Sanchez's life was spared by Lepant. Considering he was part of the "old" Liberation Army, the troop morale would have plummeted if they knew Sanchez betrayed them and sold them out to the Scarlet Moon Empire. You just won a major victory and cleared the way to the capital, why taint that victory with the knowledge that one of the most trusted leaders has been freely giving secrets to the Emperor?
Victor: "Just as some things can be right and useless, can't some things be wrong and priceless?"
Leknaat: "Even at his most powerless, man's existence is never without meaning."
Mathiu: "There is such a thing as flow in this world, there is such a thing as timing in warfare."
These are the lessons that Mathiu lived by, and what he died by.
"It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full...what matters is the glass."