Sort of cold calculus, but trading Procer for the near future for the Dead King being eliminated is a trade you make all day every day. Is that villianous? If you die in the service of the Heavens while taking out a great evil, seems pretty heroic. I guess that's a little rough on the non-Named who didn't really agree to this but as we've seen, they don't matter that much on the grand chessboard... And Cordelia invited this calculation when she traded a small scale war (with her potentially losing her position as First Prince) with a big scale war (where she put Procer up as collateral instead) by calling a Crusade. She intended to do it but didn't realize all the consequences, but I'm not sure arguing ignorance is a winning defense. No trickery or coercion involved in calling the Crusade. I'm interested in the parralel between Malicia and Cordelia. Both of them depend on social maneuvering, intrigue, and playing politics as their chosen weapons. Both of them haven't been on the trenches directly against the other side so even if they're intellectually aware, they're not truly understanding what it means to play story warfare, not like Dead King or Bard (and to a much lesser experience extent, Pilgrim, Black, Cat). Seems that its dangerous to play the versus game - many probably die before they get anywhere - but if you survive, you have a qualitative edge on those who didn't play it for whatever reason.