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  1. Hanna
    Hanna

    “The Western version would be to just have champions fight it out so your entire army didn’t have to die.”

    I KNOW I’ve read of instances of this happening in European history too, but it well predates even medieval times, so I don’t have even a name I could search the Net with.

    …I blame the 23-part History of Humanity (approximate translation of the name) I got as an Xmas present when I was something like 12.

    • Marc Thompson
      Marc Thompson

      True. The Greeks were known to do it, and even the story of David and Goliath is about just such an encounter.

      • Apvogt
        Apvogt

        David and Goliath was the first thing that came to mind for me when you mentioned the outcome of a battle being decided by one on one combat.

        • Tre
          Tre

          Champions were popular for a long while. Even the Romans employed them occationally. Of course one such usurped the Republic and made it an Empire but nothing is perfect.

    • CaptEndo
      CaptEndo

      Try Achilles! Yes the use of deciding battles by champions predates historical records by a long shot. If one considers that tribal or clan conflicts were settled among very small populations where the loss of every single hand meant a serious loss of manpower at harvest, and that there is a very strong taboo internal taboo against taking another human life ( instinctual, not cultural), then those rare individuals who were born without normal emotional or moral compasses became strategic assets. These people could take a human life without flinching or suffering from it, and thus were used as champions. Once organized and disciplined mass armies were developed and military art and science took over, these people were not strictly necessary. Currently we call them sociopaths and they are commonly found in politics, used car sales and prisons.

      • Hanna
        Hanna

        Also in charge of lots of companies. They gravitate towards the upper echelons of management.

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