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Aug 12, 2020 7:02 PM
members of two migrant fleets meet in the void between galaxies
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"Giving him control over your ship, first of all, and your people and resources. Your agreement to follow his orders as the Captains of the other ships do - likely he would put one of his officers in charge here as well, in this case. He would want to understand daémons." She glances over at the platform where the daémons are settled, "Likely, he will want to train you for combat, given what you've mentioned of your capabilities, and he will almost certainly demand you allow your children to be activated so we can discover how the two manifestations interact. Flame activation is dangerous for adults," she adds, "Over the age of twenty-five, activation has a rising chance of killing the person activated. He would likely have your children tested for channeling capacity, and those with higher capacities between the ages of twelve and sixteen would be taken to learn at the academies on the other ships, while those between sixteen and twenty-five would be conscripted into training programs." 

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"But he's not going to slaughter us all and take the ship for scrap?

"We would prefer not to be conquered, obviously.  We'd also rather avoid dying.  Even a victory can result in our deaths, if the ships take heavy enough damage or casualties."

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Behind him, the gallade momentarily slips away and makes sure the doors are locked, this not being a good conversation for someone to walk in on.  Unlike the others, he's not constrained by distance.

"Is he the sort to lash out and murder large swaths of people after an unsuccessful assassination attempt?" Azure says, cutting immediately to the next most likely question.  Though, plausible deniability and possible recording devices being a thing, continues, "even without the approval of our current government.  There's likely to be someone liable to resist, no matter what this room decides."

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"Of course," she agrees with Alizara, "No, he wouldn't kill anyone without being given a reason. That would be a waste of resources."

She nods at Azure, though, "In that case he would retaliate with targeted executions, I believe. His wife was assassinated when I was four - once he knew who had done it he had every person who could have possibly known about the plot over the age of twelve executed. It's likely he wouldn't take such a person being an independent actor as a reason not to retaliate against your leadership, or else those of your people effectively held hostage on our ships. It's unlikely that a person could assassinate him covertly," she adds, "He allows none but his bonded close enough to do so, and to kill him openly would invite retaliation from his supporters."

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"I say we make a plan to fight.  If he does wind up being unreasonable and demand us to surrender, we can fake it and have a plan to take him out before he knows what we're capable of.  What are all of the things that your soulfire can do?  There might be things that our daemons can do that he won't have defences for."

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"Would activating be possible at all?  We seem to have very different souls."

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