Date: Sun 12 May 1996 - 16:15:17 EEST
More Death-dealing Horali
Peter Metcalfe said this about the Iron Dwarves:
>But in battle they are completely hampered by their taciturn, conservative
>nature. They go by the book for everything and flately refuse to innovate.
I think this quote actually applies to the Horali! In fact, I'm inclined
to think the reverse for the Dwarves, who possess the most advanced
military technology on the lozenge and are by nature inquisitive, innovative
and creative (though only within their caste-defined areas of expertise).
Frank Rafaelson says,
>They (the Horali) most likely have vast ammounts of literature on how to
>do battles. A tactic for any occation if you like. The Horali strike me
>as an army with only one objective: To win, no matter what.
And I'm sure the copious manuals they have collected over the ages reflects
this. However, as Frank also suggests:
>I rather think their first concern is to get home alive
>(this could be their weakness though).
Indeed! Which highlights the great flaw in their military effectiveness:
nobody wants to risk death! What a shame if the best tactic they have in the
book calls for even modest losses. For the Brithini, there is no
Solace as reward for the supreme sacrifice, and little religious or
cultural incentive for such a gesture.
We here at the Megacorp play it that the Brithini who rule Sog City grimly
and resolutely hang on to the belief that Sog is still the dazzling
metropolis it was a thousand years ago (see "The Lonely Lozenge Guide
to Sog City" in the 'Sog Uni Guide'). It takes every fibre of their
being to do so, but if they waver, the inevitable result is death by
aging. Maybe the Brithini in Arolanit are the same, and the Horali
maintain a magnificent, arrogant but ultimately self-deluding charade that
they are still a world superpower. Like the Byzantines after Manzikert
("Emperor of the Cosmos" was a groovy title for someone whose crown was made
of leather painted to look like gold, and who ruled little more the
ruins of Constantinople and a few strips of land in the Peloponnese) or
the Manchu Chinese in the 19th century*, the Brithini in Arolanit are a
relic of a bygone era.
*or the modern day Amish?
Sure, there's no doubt the Horali are tough customers, but there simply
ain't enough of them to go round, their mind-set is implacably set in the
past, and the 'ape-men' just don't fight by the rules anymore...
Frank also said:
>MOB allso had some enjoing examples of British concervatism.
Well, here's a few more (that originally came from Sandy):
"I cannot help wondering why none of us realized what the most
modern rifle, the machine gun, motor traction, the aeroplane, and
wireless telegraphy would bring about. It seems so simple when
judged by the results."
- -- Sir John French, 1919 (Note that this man was deemed worthy to lead
the BEF in 1914.)
"Soldiers should have no politics, but should cultivate a
freemasonry of their own and, emulating the knights of old, should
honor a brave enemy second only to a comrade, and, like them,
rejoice to split a friendly lance today and ride boot to boot in the
- -- Sir John French, 1919, (in one of the most amazing statements ever
made in the history of modern warfare.)
"The machinegun is a much overrated weapon".
- -- Douglas Haig. 1915(!)
"Battles cannot be stopped like tennis matches for showers."
- -- Haig's head of intelligence, (replying to Lloyd George's remarks
about the horrendous fighting conditions in and around Passchendaele,
"England is able to run the show herself."
- -- Haig, 12 March, 1918. (Nine days after making the above profound
statement, Ludendorff unleashed his great offensive. "Rarely has
complacency received so immediate a punishment.")
"The French! They're the fellows we shall be fighting next!"
- -- the ever-prescient Douglas Haig, 1919
"The tank was a freak. The circumstances which called it into
existence and are not likely to recur. If they do, they can be dealt
with by other means."
- -- Major General Sir Louis Jackson, 1919
"I believe that defenses of the type you wish to throw up are bad
for the morale of troops and civilians."
- -- General Percival, Singapore, December 1941
...and just to show the Brits don't have embarrassingly
unfortunate utterances sewn up for themselves:
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..." Last words of Union Gen.
John Sedgewick, looking over the parapet at enemy lines, Spotsylvania
Court House, 1864.
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