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King David and Goliath

I've trained in combat all my life. The mastery of 7 weapons, 5 styles of unarmed combat, advanced equestrianism, pin-point accuracy with countless projectiles. I can't say I've learned everything there is to know, but you could say I'm better equipped on the battlefield than most. Even before my adolescence, there has always been a great desire to learn the ancient techniques and modern adaptations that have made me the soldier I am today. The desire, while strong as the day of its birth, has come under a shroud of doubt in recent days.
One soldier can only do so much. This is the divisive fact that separates history from legend. History remembers individuals who guided their civilisations to glory while legend favoured heroes who overcame herculean obstacles through their own skill and ingenuity. Gone are the days where battles between nations were settled by pitting their best fighters, like David and Goliath. Battles are won through the management of numerous troops. It is slowly dawning upon me that I might serve my country better this way.
Just as most VCs do not even read an iota of code, most generals wouldn't last two minutes in a one-on-one fight with a brutish footman. But the general, whose only skill is moving these footmen around, is revered throughout the land while the footman is celebrated only in the small confines of the local tavern.
I used to loath these generals, wondering how they felt qualified to lead an army to battle without ever having seen the carnage of frontline action. And it is awkward that I should now see their role as the greater, and my years of training as naught.
Maybe it is pride that prevents me from being that which I once despised. Or the inevitable atrophy of skills that had taken me a lifetime to acquire. Did I really walk down the wrong path?
Anyone can sit back and move footmen around the battlefield…right? Would the potential to do the greater good be worth my personal sacrifice?

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