The essential question is whether the Noxians would see the Rakkor as strong, not whether or not some specific military tactic could blow them all up.
Except, as I said earlier, I was responding to...
By their own code of revering strength, shouldn't the Noxians subjugate themselves to the stronger tribe?
And the answer is no. If one military tactic can blow you to bits, you're not kicking ass, you're being very fortunate that your enemies do not fire an arrow at your achilles heel. That's it - nothing beyond that point. In warfare, it's about who's nation lives, and who's nation dies. It's stated in their lore that the Rakkor need to limit their numbers because they lack resources. They cannot maintain a military campaign of conquest. You're not "kicking ass" in that scenario.
My question is how would the Noxians handle a group of people that are so obviously stronger than they are, at least in one very obvious area (troop skill). Humility? Envy? Respect? Admiration? I feel none of these really fiit.
Do you mean if it were deemed worthwhile to address them when more pressing matters such as Demacia were rendered inert?
Use zaunite gas weapons, drop them from zepplins or gyrocopters, and find out if there's anything of their culture worth absorbing by picking over their dead city - would prolly be my first order if I found it worthwhile to do and couldn't persuede Leona to visit her people and tell them to mind their manners.
You see, this is the whole point. No one's fancy footwork or great K/D means anything if they lose the war.
Rakkor decided to ambush one of my patrols in an attack. Okay. Well, I'm going to gas the Rakkor village and kill all of their families. They thought it would be good sport to attack a patrol or a convoy or whatever, I thought it would be good sport to kill their children and unarmed citizens. Rakkor kicked the asses of my patrol? Fine. I kicked the asses of their culture and civilization by exterminating their population with chemical weaponry. Isn't that a funny joke?
And maybe, when it comes time to write the history book, it will say "Rakkor had good K/D. Then they got gassed. But had good K/D though." if I decide to do the honorable thing and not censor the history book to portray them as backward savages. But, ultimately, that is left up to me, the person writing the history book, to decide what I want future generations to know. Not to them, because they're all dead.
Not kicking much ass at that point.
Yeah. They took out several of my patrols. Yeah, on the frontline I lost about 15 for every one of them I killed.
Then I decided to massacre their unarmed population that would have given them a new generation of warriors and would have collected food for them.
Now that K/D spreadsheet is a little more balanced, huh? = )
I am sure they will feel mighty proud of their ass-kicking K/D now that they just saw their culture be destroyed and their families killed in a biological warfare attack, then starve if they decide to remain in their destroyed city which no longer has food production capabilities.
If I did that, how could they possibly be kicking ass? They kick ass if I agree to fight by their specific special terms? War doesn't work like that. The "results of kicking ass" in this scenario are pissing off the Noxian / Demacian / whoever else they attack- commander and having their families massacred.