The Caz mission does give a nice boost to Soldiering, but if you go for a 2nd or 3rd level of Antari while at Mihillanovil, you get a roughly equivalent boost to Intellect, so I go that way.
I enter with GoI with an 18 year old Aetorian Hero MC, S: 51 C:60 I:69, pretty much as peak Min-Maxing you can get in SoI while still being on the younger side of things. First down-time break I start learning Antari. Second, I check men and do a staff meeting, huge investment in Garing Bolt-action rifles, then start memoirs. Third, I level up Antari to 2 and get a nice Intellect boost up to 72.
I get on bad terms with Caz and Katarina due to my RPing of the character, moderate (~60%) cynical and very high mercy. He was buds with Caz but has grown more and more distant since Fernandescourt due to their very different ideologies. He refuses Caz at the FH for the reward and to prevent him from getting more influence in the RTA. As for Katarina, he doesn’t trust her, doesn’t like her bad-mouthing his men, and doesn’t like her constantly second-guessing his tactical decisions. Not because she’s a woman, he’s been a feminist and believed in Women in the military since Wulfram’s reception, but because she’s a military amateur/armchair general that believes to know better than an experienced and decorated officer. He doesn’t get along with Castermaine because he publicly sides and decently defends Welles and I’m assuming that big C doesn’t like that. He’s iffy to meh on Cassius, mainly because he recognizes that his country does not have Tierra’s best interests in mind. Pretty much everyone else is on good to neutral terms with him.
He always goes to 2K and, if he is ever offered the SM, he turns it down because he doesn’t trust Kat. At 2K he either charges the Antari line solo, losing Lanzerel and Marion, or watches the E.C. and Lewes dying at 2K so the Dragoons can get two volleys off against the Hussars. He still mentors all three lieutenants, but doesn’t devote a down-period to them.
Heh fair, but I gots to have me some drama in my MC’s pursuit of Welles. Katarina’s romance will undoubtedly have some too, but I trust Welles to at least stab you in the front with a saber and not literally stab you in the back in bed.
You’re having too much of an impact on the size of my posts @Rapid…