Having seen what Miran got away with, politically and through the use of magic and force, in the previous arc, its' little surprise to see him courting something more this time around now that he's back in Roland. His nature has allowed him to manipulate events in the neighboring kingdom of Estabul, which is one that Sion likely has a level of distrust towards already considering they were the ones that sent the group of Magic Knights years ago against his school that he and Ryner had to deal with. Yet even seeing the practically open manipulations made by Miran, never mind that he dresses evil, Sion continues to utilize him and ends up in a land war against Estabul, though he at least uses someone different to command the action.
In using Claugh to lead the battle, Sion has some good hopes to it in that Claugh will be able to settle it with a minimum of loss of life, since he does things in a fairly calculated way. Watching him eliminate the commanding officer of the Estabul army like he does makes it so the rest of them will back off, since he's such a well known commodity. That act of brutality is one thing, but the way he manages things afterwards, trying to end further bloodshed, goes a long way towards making an impact on Lady Ehn about what Sion's intent is with dealing with the rebellion going on there. The treatment of the regulars, the citizens, is not where things are going to be a problem. But that won't stop some from taking things much further when talk of killing hostages starts becoming a reasonable course of action to highlight how serious they are.
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