Games. “Games” they call them.
A constant clash of wooden equipment, bruises, headaches, pain, victories and losses.
Months of brutal training. I hear the mumblings. The resentment of a new commander.
I am not Sir Der Ritzen, and only am covering for his work out of necessity.
The Væringjar are brutally efficient warriors and are truly trained to a steel’s edge, but the steel is only as good as the hand that wields it.
I have spent my life on a small team. Fighting, Hunting, Hiding. We had become like ghosts in the woods, extricating, learning, and killing. But I had never developed the strategy. I still lose to academics in Tafl and Cyess for the love of Benalus!
In the heat, in the very moment I am competent. I still have so much to learn in tactics, but I know them. But when it comes to strategy I am green. I have a wonderful tutor, but I do not know enough and I worry I’m not learning fast enough.
I hope when it comes to be steel and not wood that the hand is ready.