Malazan Re-read of the Fallen - MOI Ch. 25

Over at, Amanda and Bill are tackling Chapter 25 of Memories of Ice.  It's a very large chapter, with lots to discuss, so they broke it down into two parts.  Part 1 is here, and Part the Two is here:
And now here is the price of war writ large: “His gaze fell once more on his few remaining followers. All this, just to get fifty paces inside the gate.” Makes me feel that this is what the soldiers in World War I must have been thinking as they advanced their trenches a few feet and counted the cost. And yet, we know that had this offensive not been launched, the Pannion Seer would have continued to advance and do to other cities what he did to Capustan. Is the cost worth it? When you’re measuring the cost in lives, it’s always a hideous choice to make. A duty—the duty we’ve seen mentioned by people like Whiskeyjack and Paran and Picker.

As always, don't head over there unless you've read the book; these breakdowns are festering with spoilers.