(20a) Addendum to (20)
The Crusader Campaign (084-1123)
Kalida's Conversation with Sir Misha
(includes material by Melanie Drake)
Kalida tells Sir Misha that she's been considering
matters, and she'd like to bring up the following issues.
For her first issue, aloud, she muses, "So, if the
forces aren't going to hit Adabicci until about a month after
110 (138-141?), what's the adjusted timing for the forces on their way
She explains. She believes they will probably
get there about the same time Adabicci is in danger. She explains
that she is certain there is some threat to Adabicci that she has
missed. She doesn't know what it is, but she thinks it will
arrive there at the critical point.
Everything seems tied together very tightly to Tussinian:
it is a critical point not just in space but in synchronous time.
Tussinian, Adabicci, and other critical events are too closely linked
to be far separated in time from each other.
Sir Misha asks her if she'd rather be at Adabicci?
Kalida would rather do something about that
danger. Whether that means going there and warning him, or just
letting him handle it, or whether it would be better just to intercept
what might be coming...?
She makes it perfectly clear to
him that the predicament that
Adabicci is in is due completely to her failure to analyze everything
properly. She missed something, she placed Adabicci in danger, and it's
her responsibility to find some way to fix it. She is very firm
that. She did not anticipate it, underestimated any threat to
him, and thus he does not know it is coming. Not only that, but
actions she's taken since then have just made matters much worse for
She says she'll get back to this point later.
Now on to Norris' plan for using the Duke of
Rhylanor against the Rhylanor fleets: will it work? Will Trin be able
to make a big enough difference at Tussinian?
Both of these definitely seem plausible.
Rhylanor clearly has personal friends in the
Imperial Navy (the now Count of Fulacin, for example) and having to
attack him directly rather than just disobey him to attack Norris might
sway enough critical officers. If Santanocheev's own fleets
arrive at the same time as Rhylanor's, as Santanocheev has no doubt
planned, it is unlikely to succeed. If Santanocheev is delayed,
it is unlikely to fail. Once again, the critical point in both
time and space is Tussinian.
As for Trin, his effect will depend on how steadfast
his fleets will be when faced with overwhelming odds. He seemed
to have confidence in them, but how that will stand up when they need
to fight a losing action remains to be seen. They can certainly
hold for a few days, which may be enough -- it should be a large enough
action that if fought near to a conclusion could last a week or more
and definitely de-synchronize the moments with Rhylanor.
Her next issue is whether she could make a guess on
Lanth? Neutral or moving against Adabicci? Is this perhaps where the
additional threat she missed comes from?
She explains that's not the additional threat.
She's considered Lanth as a potential threat already, if not
thoroughly. The one she's missed, she's missed totally.
She still has no guess on Lanth's position.
Perhaps it still depends on whether she says "Good morning" to the crew
tomorrow or not.
Now on to her personal effect on things. Her own
personal actions, however small, have an effect on everything that goes
on. What effect does she have if she moves to head off whatever's
moving against Adabicci? Is it better if she goes there directly and
warns him? Or is it better if Nightshade meets them (at Olympia?
All actions have unintended consequences, and she is
painfully aware of that very thoroughly. Danger will threaten
Adabicci, whether she warns him or not. He's probably already
doing whatever he needs to handle a conventional threat, so without
knowing what's coming perhaps it's better to let it run its course
rather than interfere and perhaps make things worse for him than she
Intercepting the threat before it gets there seems
like a safe enough action in terms of not making things worse, unless
that itself would cause other more dangerous threats to be moved
against him. But she doesn't know where the threat is coming
from, or what form it takes. Based on what she has, though, Olympia
does seem to make sense.
Finally, what sort of trade-off is there between
following and harassing Santanocheev on his way to Tussinian
versus trying to save the situation at Adabicci?
That is an interesting question, isn't it? But
the worst case from failing at Tussinian would have disastrous
consequences for the Imperium, at least she saw something like that in
her last klatrin trance, which would itself hurt Adabicci. On the
other hand, perhaps interfering in Adabicci would pull
resources away from Tussinian and prove even better at
disrupting Santanocheev. Then again, isn't Adabicci linked to the
space-time event that is the Tussinian thread nexus?
Affecting any aspect of that will do something, whether for the better
or worse, surely. The trick is in knowing what the threads will
do after you mess with them....
Sir Misha understands that Kalida would rather act
for Adabicci than against Santanocheev when this trip is over.
She nods. The two may not be mutually
exclusive. Perhaps if they could find out more about
Santanocheev's plans, that could help identify the problem.
As Sir Misha says, they needn't actually do anything
about this until they get back to Mora. He asks her
pointedly whether is more important to her and Adabicci, or more
important to the Imperium at large?
She says it's more important to her and Adabicci,
with them being personal friends. She feels she betrayed them,
not only by failing to analyse the threat, but by deciding to go in
there openly she has caused Santanocheev to react and makes things
worse. She is personally responsible.
Sir Misha asks that if they go to Adabicci, does
that abandon the Archduke?
That is not necessarily the case. They could
still have time to come back and contribute, albeit later on the route,
and they've warned Trin which should be doing the delaying that is
So what about the possibility that they go to Adabicci,
resolve what's there, but at the same time Santanocheev overruns the
Archduke, thus nullifying whatever effect they might have had at Adabicci?
That's the dilemma, of course, as Kalida addressed
in her final point before. Unintended consequences are everywhere.
Sir Misha says that all they have committed to the
Archduke is to fetch the Duke of Rhylanor. The Archduke should
have a letter of marque for them, but has not asked them to do anything
more yet. There is a chance that he will present them with
another task, and Sir Misha and Kalida will have to convince him that
they have to do this other thing first. Sir Misha intends to go
with Kalida's gut feeling. He adds that he does not intend to
bring this up with the crew unless someone asks.