To execute a chosen strategy from the initial plan until exit, takes more gumption than may be initially thought. Ghosts of other strategies, like short term versus a new longer term holding period, try their best to capsize the ship, throwing in sniper bullets, coming up at you at unexpected angles through increased volatility and erratic counter moves, and so do the memories of previous campaigns that have been dealt massive blows in the past, no matter how strong the leadership was. It gives the night watchman plenty of food for thought.

But "holding the wall" and protecting the predefined strategy at all costs is imperative no matter what the adversary. (It maybe wise to remember to say, as per the vow below, when a position has been cleared and a strategy followed to the letter, "And now his watch has ended".

If you are reading or watching Game of Thrones you may be familiar with the vow of the Night's Watch:

The "Night's Watch" is a military order dedicated to holding the Wall, the immense fortification on the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, defending the realms of men from what lies beyond. The order's foundation dates back to the Age of Heroes, at the time when the Others  were pushed back. The men of Night's Watch wear only black.

When the recruits are considered ready to take the black, they say their vows either in a sept or before a heart tree. The vows are as follows:

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all nights to come.”It's customary to finish a black brother's eulogy with the words, "And now his watch is ended."


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