| The War Between the Provinces |
Fighting Joseph was a Detinan general during the Detinan Civil War. Prior to the war he had made his fortune as a gold prospector in Baja/Golden Province. He was a vain, pompous, and self-important man, given to overly dramatic appearances and gestures. He was also an egoist and extremely touchy. Nevertheless, Joseph could (sometimes) be an effective general. Or he could be a spectacular failure--at Viziersville, Edward of Arlington managed to defeat Joseph's army with a force barely a third its size. Before that battle, Joseph had arrogantly bragged that, following his crushing of Edward's rebel forces, he might return to Georgetown and declare himself king. Avram's response was bemusedly contemptuous.
After Viziersville, Joseph was transferred to the east, where he took part in the siege of Rising Rock, driving Thraxton the Braggart's men from Sentry Peak. He later commanded a wing of Hesmucet's army on the Marthasville campaign, with mixed effectiveness.
Following the death of James the Bird's Eye, Joseph pushed Hesmucet to divide James's wing between himself and Doubting George. When Hesmucet instead promoted Brigadier Oliver, with whom Joseph had become involved in a bitter blame-game for the debacle at Viziersville, to the command, Joseph dramatically tendered his resignation. He intended this as a bluff to push Hesmucet to reconsider, and was shocked when Hesmucet instead accepted the resignation and cashiered Joseph out of the army.