Wow. They say the watched over pot never boils, but this update's been both picking up the pace of the story, and the pace of the updates!
Okey, it's not just this update. The past few have been notably moving to the big finale, and were close in succession to each other in our reader-time, and I for one am very happy
Sieggy wrote:. . . and somewhere in the Atrium is some poor schmoo named 'Fan' who will probably be the first one hit . . .
I'm amazed it took 3 pages of discussion for that comment to be made.
Spot wrote:Real-world history is full of much much stupider military decisions. Specifically, parleying when parleying was a bad, bad idea.
Compared to any one of a hundred real-world examples of actual national leaders in history, the Jetstone folks are pretty par for the course.
The most effective deceptions are mixed with half-truths. The conquistadors (and all later colonial empire builders, really) were masters of divide and conquer, all so very trustworthy- until they weren't. Make some promises, honour them, make more promises, break those- that's how you get places. Conversely, if someone would never respect parley (or what have you), they would soon find no one willing to parley (or whatever) with them.
Sometimes the moment of reckoning is delayed, because there's no one left to tell others of treachery. But Jetstone really has no excuse. They know Parson's brand of diplomacy is the stabbity kind. If they, or Tremmennis, absolutely want(s) to talk to Lord Hamster for some reason, then the least they could have done was to keep GK's force nicely above the AA defenses, where any stray dook would be met by a volley of missiles.
That they didn't, well ... yeah, they kinda deserve to vanish. But I'd just not write them off yet. This looks too much like a foregone conclusion; something's gotta give, there's gotta be some surprise around the corner. I can think of one that doesn't even involve my bugbear Charlie.
The whole point of this is lost if you keep it a secret.