|James of Broadpath|
| The War Between the Provinces |
|Type of Appearance:||Direct POV|
Earl James of Broadpath was a Detinan general who followed Grand Duke Geoffrey's rebellion against King Avram. James commanded a wing of the Army of Southern Parthenia during all of Duke Edward of Arlington's early victories and at Essoville.
The autumn after that battle, he asked Duke Edward and Geoffrey for and received from them permission to transfer his wing east to reinforce the Army of Franklin. The wing gave Thraxton the Braggart's forces a numerical advantage that allowed them to defeat Guildenstern's army at the River of Death.
Like Leonidas the Priest, Ned of the Forest, and his old comrade Dan of Rabbit Hill, James lost confidence in Thraxton when the Count failed to take advantage of the victory and joined the Army of Franklin officers in petitioning Geoffrey to replace him. Geoffrey allowed Thraxton to remain in command of the Army, and Thraxton sacked Dan, Ned, and Leonidas. As James was not under the Army of Franklin's chain of command, Thraxton could not sack him, but he did send his wing on an unnecessary attack on Whiskery Ambrose's forces in Wesleyton, needlessly reducing the number of troops available for the siege of Rising Rock.
James was defeated by Ambrose, then returned with his wing to Parthenia Province. He commanded his wing when Marshall Bart began his attack on Edward's army the next spring. He was wounded during the Battle of the Jungle and could not return to Geoffrey's service till Edward's army was besieged in Pierreville.
Literary commentEditJames of Broadpath is based on James Longstreet.