Hartigan fought in the battle too.
The position will go to whoever provides the most support, or whoever manages to sway the other supporters into backing them.
By all means, hope for Grandmaster, but realistically I don’t think you should expect anything more than Swordsmaster to either Hartigan or Lefebvre. Though you might not get even that.
You don’t win a medal for participating in the Second Battle of Kharangia.
The attack on Januszkovil is public knowledge. The only thing people don’t know about is the objective. Which means, to the public, Lefebvre is the man who heroically seized an impenetrable fortress from a force that vastly outnumbered his own.
I’m not sure the Takaran Ambassador would have any real say over human religious matters.
As for Cunaris, I’m sure his support will help, but just because he likes you doesn’t mean he will back you in every instance. Furthermore, you aren’t the only one with connections. Lefebvre’s family has their hooks deep in the government, and he’s been in the Grenadiers for the entirety of the war so he probably knows a lot of wealthy lords and knights.
Eh, you’re not the only one the King is “counting on.”
That doesn’t really mean much.
You were the only option.
They don’t have to bow to Cassius’s every whim. I’m sure befriending him will be useful, but you can’t expect him to throw his weight around for you whenever you ask him to, and neither can you expect that weight to always achieve the desired result.