Dravare is no different from one of the "Friendly Generals" in Rebel Winter who has the spider legs and is amibtious and doesnt care about his troops, though not to the extant that Dravare does.
Also Dravare is noted to be both pompous and highly influential due to family connections IRRC.
Im glad you brought up the Vostroyan General in Rebel Winter, because it helps me explain what Im finding so annoying.
I have no problem with rich, snooty, arrogant, pompous, or influential badguys. No problem at all. I do have a problem with baddies who undertake stupid actions that serve no purpose or are extreme overreactions to what the situation called for.
In Rebel Winter the General ordered the heroes to stay behind in an untenable position to cover the retreat of fellow guardsmen. It was a suicide mission true, but one that was called for by the situation at hand.
I accept this as a crappy thing to do, but allowable.
What he did not do
was, in the face of massive ork opposition, choose to ignore the true enemy and instead lead loyal Imperial Guard Regiments into an all out attack on the Vostroyan First born.
That would have been insanity.
This is the difference between that story and Gaunt (So far)
I can handle the Ghosts and Patricians having a feud, and I can handle enmity, rivalries, and a few broken bones in that feud.
What I cannot handle is one Guard Regiment blatantly and openly attacking another on the field of battle in the midst of an ongoing planetary campaign, totally ignoring the real enemy to do so.
That's not being a badguy...that's being dumb and completely inappropriately overreacting to the situation.
Similarly with Ghostmaker:
I can handle the rich snooty Bluebloods
being annoyed at the scuzzy ghosts. I can believe them being embarrassed at how they succeeded in breaching the lines.
Again, what I cannot
handle is them somehow making the leap from annoyance to 'lets call in an artillery strike on our own army just because they don't have good table manners.'
Im sorry, but there are a millions
of freaking rag-tag units in the Imperial Guard, and if the few rich ones get their noses bent out of shape every time they get posted nearby...well that's a lot of friendly fire incidents waiting to happen.
(By the way...Jantine PATRICIANS
.....Royal 50th BLUE BLOODS.....
even the regimental names are synonyms for rich and snooty.)
Now I admit I am just starting the series, and am not aware of things to come, but seeing the same moronic plot device back to back in the first two books just made me shake my head.