@jammy Juanita was not your age, let alone older than you, in the story. It states that she is still only an adolescent in Choice of Intrigue, and an adolescent ranges between 12 and 14 years of age. While she was powerful for her age and her power was growing rapidly, she had not yet reached her peak.
Adolescence was considered a perfectly marriageable time for noble girls in Spain, but not an age at which noble boys saw much fighting unless things were really, really desperate. So it’s not exactly unusual that Juanita doesn’t seem to have seen much fighting. Although I highly suspect that the authors wouldn’t have gone in that direction even if she were older, since there is nothing like a good cat fight in a period romance novel, and Juanita as a jealous and bitter “lady” is more in keeping with the feel of a Jane Austin novel than Juanita as a jealous and bitter military officer.
The game is unfortunately rather vague regarding Don Felix de Chaves’s position. All we know is that he’s managed to earn the command of the country’s Southern forces. What his exact title is, we aren’t told, but we do know more about his appearance than we do about Augustin(a)'s, probably because his gender is fixed unlike Augustin(a)'s. Attention to detail is unfortunately not one of this game’s strongest suits so the game world isn’t quite as vivid as some others out there.
Regarding your two examples of successful peasant warriors, Spartacus was born into a very different time period, before medieval knights even existed, and at a time when slaves were trained to fight as gladiators. Joan of Arc on the other hand was born into the right time period and very much a stunning success, if only for two years. Her fate was to be burned at the stake for heresy for flouting the traditions of her times. Had she been a male knight instead of an illiterate female peasant she’d almost assuredly have simply been ransomed instead. Nevertheless, her heroic accomplishments in the two years before her execution at the young age of 19 were truly amazing.
I certainly agree that it is very much a traditional “female’s rise to power kind of game”. I just believe that given the game’s supposed gender equal premise, it should have been just as feasible for your family to arrange for your knighting (or whatever the equivalent is for a noble-born death mage in the military happens to be) either through the aunt who is a countess or via the favor Augustin(a) owed your uncle. Preferably you’d be given the choice between the two options of risking your life trying to make your fortune as a knight and the less dangerous, but more restrictive option of finding a rich spouse. Then during your knighting ceremony Augustin(a) could have set eyes on you and chosen you for his/her personal bodyguard, allowing your lustful liege plenty of opportunities to bring you on hunts, jousts and balls. Think of it as Jane Austin meets Alexandre Dumas’s Three Musketeers…
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the game as it is, in fact I like it a lot. It’s not often that I get placed into, what for me, is a novel situation, and one that I find highly insightful. I just see an inconsistency in the logic underpinning the game.
Amusingly enough, I’m not as inclined as you are to off my royal spouse in the game. I don’t mind being the power behind the throne. Oh I certainly would love to crush Sahra, become emperor, and rule in my own right, but at best I think we’d end up being regent for our life mage child until he came of age. And Augustina hasn’t been that bad to my character. Since I pretty much always get the ending where she loses interest in Adelita and stops cheating once I give her a life mage heir, I don’t really have that much to hold against her. While she may have bedded Adelita once or more times, a woman in my royal wife’s bed just isn’t enough to make me want to murder her, especially if she were to invite my character to join the two of them…