@princeraoden I hate to break it to you but “this is not a power fantasy.” Sure our MC has been able to rise fairly fast and been able to prove himself over these past few years of war, but so has a lot of other officers as well. Past that, everything our MC has at this point (wealth, connections, influence, rank) is because he and he alone (apart from the 800 crown from dear old daddy) built it. And wealth, connections, influence, and rank quickly won is wealth, connections, influence, and rank quickly lost. Other officers and banebloods have the good fortune of all the previously listed items being handed to them from their parents and they then build upon that as well, just as Lefevbre has done. Our MC has not.
Also, yes the King did depend on Lefevbre doing the wet work, but he also needed Lefevbre to storm the keep because that is what the Grenadier Guards are trained for. Close quarters combat and fortress attacks. With the mission being so critical, the King really didn’t have a choice in who he picked based off the military necessity of the combat that was needed. Lefevbre just so happened to fit the bill for being so ruthless as well. I wonder what would’ve happened if Hunter was still commanding. Anyway, the MC is only asked because Katarina trusts you, and because they need cavalry to hold the yard. That’s it. No special favor from the King. The only reason Miguel even notices you is because outstanding service time and time again, but that is just to prove the MC is no ordinary baron. We still have a long way to go of holding any concrete power.
All that to say, the biggest take away I’ve learned with this game - as well as real life, because Cata has tried to be very realistic for a stronger moral of the story - is that everything is corrupt, everyone is self serving, nothing is fair, and nothing is perfect. Granted, our MC and ourselves in real life can do many a great thing no matter where we come from if we have the necessary skills and willingness to apply those skills, but even then there is a cost and every single person must prioritise what is most important to them. The Sainthood of Sir Hunter is very much the same. We might be able to become Knight-Grandmaster but it will come with a disproportionate amount of work, time, and conniving more than likely.
Next time you think about doing something in this game, think not about all the ways it could go right but rather all the challenges you will face and adversity you will have to overcome - all with negative effects more than likely - in order to make it go right and even then it might not go the way you wanted. Trade offs my friend. One thing Cata does very well because in the end it doesn’t even matter*.
*Song lyrics just to be funny.
On my MC’s family, I have - or had - Lord Tywin as my father and a dead mother from the start so I’ve pretty much gone the Tyrion Lannister route for parents. Hopefully my siblings relationships will be better though. I don’t have siblings in real life and my parents are wonderful so I’ve gone the complete opposite route just to see what the experience is.