- Horace challenging Morgarath in the end of The Burning Bridge. He didn't really think it through, but by god, he looked BADASS.
- Any time any/all of the main characters are put in charge of a force larger than 2 other people.
It was not polite for a Temujai general to allow his emotions to show on the battlefield.
- Will commanding the archers at the end of book 4, The Battle for Skandia, who happen to have previously been Skandian slaves. By the time the Temujai attack, (which is about 2 weeks from when Will is given the archers) they are shooting at the full strength of a battalion of Araluen archers.
- Hell, the entire battle for Skandia may be this. The Temujai expect to fight a horde of barbarians who they can curbstomp into the dust in a couple of hours. What they get in return is a well prepared and disciplined fighting force and a battalion of archers, who they rarely ever have to fight. It's mentioned the Temujai are the largest threat to the Western World, and they got beaten by a bunch of barbarians.
- And on the villainous side, the Temujai leader taking a good look at the odds, determining that while he still has more than enough force to win the battle and wipe the Skadians from the map, doing so will cost him more men then he can afford, and calmly giving the order to retreat.
- Oberjarl Ragnak's death. He dies taking out nearly a dozen more Temujai at once, and leaves all but two of them dead.
- Baron Arald, Duncan, and Sir David teaming up at the Tournament at Gorlan. Seeing one Master Swordsman at work is awesome enough, but three at once is pretty darn badass.
- The fact that Horace went from a Jerk Jock to being a Master Swordsman, loyal friend, and devious enough to occasionally one-up Halt, of all people, in one of the best examples of Character Development this troper has seen in any work of literature.
- From Book 10: Isho ni!
- Essentially, the heroes were able to train a group of workers who'd never seen a day of battle in their lives to repel an army of experienced Samurai. Using what amounts to Roman military tactics, of all things.
- Deparnieux, a local warlord, has imprisoned Halt and Horace. Their solution? Wait for him to lower his guard, then pull an epic Bait-and-Switch gambit where it seems as if Horace is preparing to challenge Deparnieux, then have Halt do it himself. Afterwards, Halt does it again, by firing several arrows at Deparnieux. The warlord casually blocks all of his arrows, and when Halt fires a final arrow, he raises his shield to block it...but doesn't notice that it's a special armour-piercing arrow, which, heavier than a normal arrow, dips below his shield and hits him in the chest. He's dead before he hits the ground.
- In Book 7, Cassandra proves her Ambadassador status by pointing out to Selethen that since Yusal, not he, was the one holding Erak, she should technically pay him. When he argues that this is a technicality, she gets him to admit that there's actually a substantial reward being offered for Yusal (whom she defeated). Ergo, she does not owe him any money-he owes some to her. She therefore offers to pay 20,000 silver reels to the Bedullin for their help, and another 20,000 to Selethen. When Erak tells her that she's very generous, she looks at him and replies,
Cassandra: No, I'm not. You are. You're the one who's repaying the 40,000 reels to my father, remember?Erak: Oh...yes.
- The fact that Gilan is an expert swordsman is an Informed Ability in Book 1, but Book 2 shows us that his reputation is well-deserved. How? While instructing Horace, he encourages the young warrior to attack him, which Horace does for about a minute straight, without pulling his punches at all...and Gilan barely expends any effort in deflecting and parrying his strikes, then ends it in a couple of seconds when he decides it's gone on long enough. Of course, he'll have many more awesome moments with a sword throughout the series, but this shows that he truly is a Master Swordsman.
- Horace (an apprentice with less than three years of training under his belt) vs a series of Gallican knights. Result? Curb-Stomp Battle after Curb-Stomp Battle. No wonder Deparnieux was worried.
- Speaking of the above, in the same book Halt gets another one not for his Improbable Aiming Skills (which are pretty par for the course for Halt), but for his timing. Deparnieux rears back and sweeps a glove out of his belt, then swings it forward to slap Horace's cheek, trapping the young knight in a challenge he can't possibly win...and in an eyeblink, the glove is yanked out of his hand and skewered to a pillar as Halt moves out of the shadows.
- How does Flanagan show that the Godzilla Threshold has been reached in The Battle of Hackham Heath? At one point, the entire Ranger Corps pours down a mass of arrows at the Wargals. Instead of just one archer with Improbable Aiming Skills and super-fast shooting, you have about two dozen attacking all at once.
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