the lost cavalry

The Vale Army: Sansa Was Right

Controversial opinion: Sansa didn’t tell Jon about the Vale army, and she was right to do so.

By not telling Jon about the army, she maintained a separate force under her own direction.  If she had told Jon, he would have joined the two forces and taken command of both.  He would have been in a stronger position facing the Boltons, but the entire force would have been in a worse position to obtain victory.

Sansa knows that Jon does not understand how Ramsey thinks.  Ramsey will set a trap, and there is a fair chance that Jon will fall into it.  This is, in fact, exactly what happened.  She did everything she could to warn Jon of that possibility, and she failed.  

If she had joined the Vale troops to Jon’s army, then they would have fallen into Ramsey’s trap too.  They would have met Ramsey’s cavalry, been decimated by the archers, and likely destroyed on the field.  By keeping the troops from Jon, Sansa protected a force that was not going to fall into the trap, and was ready to arrive at the battle at precisely the right moment. Ramsey had lost his cavalry, dedicated his Pikemen to the encirclement, and committed his reserves.  He had lost all the forces best positioned to counter the Vale cavalry.  He also did not have a significant force that he could pull back into the fortifications of Winterfell, starting a siege she couldn’t win.  

Was Jon bait for the trap in this scenario?  Possibly.  But Sansa did what she could to prevent his mistake.  If he had not fallen into the trap, and kept his troops in the better position with the defensive trenches, etc, she could still have brought the Vale army in once Ramsey was committed to the attack.  

Sansa says she doesn’t understand tactics, but in the Battle of the Bastards, she thought like a general.  The ability to co-ordinate multiple forces and see the big picture was the basis of the victories of Napoleon and Hannibal. She conserved forces where she could, she risked Jon’s life and lost the lives of much of his army.  But this was war, she took calculated risks, and she won. 

I just want to reblog this and stress this: Tracer lost her entire cavalry. She didn’t lose 20% of the cavalry. She didn’t even lose 50%. She lost her whole cavalry. Look at what it’s done to her. You can see the death in her eyes, but she keeps on going. This is why Tracer is one of my favorite characters.

Yeah so I’ve seen a good amount of gifs floating around of Thranduil’s epic battle roll of his elk, and I thought to myself, What if Bard saw this? A few encouraging asks (courtesy of the ever lovely sonicphaserwands) later, and this is birthed! I was originally going to go for smut, but it just did not happen. Instead, here is glorious angst!

As the very beginnings of battle go underway, Bard hides his children in the town hall, ignoring their cries of protest. He didn’t care if they were cross with him, as long as they were safe. Away from the dangerous visions of a battle, too harsh for their innocent eyes. They would not die this day.

The thought of safety brings him to another being, likely caught up in the throes of battle as much as he was. Thranduil.

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