Sunday March 24, 2002

Book 2: The Teraport Wars
Part III: Through the Roof


Narrator:An emergency session of the association of Ghanj-Rho station tenants is called to order...
Massey:Your honor, members of the council... Thank you for convening on such short notice.
Fobottr Tenant:Your recent acts of aggression have become impossible to ignore. In truth, you might say that we are here because your captain threatened us with violence.
Tagon:Hey, all I did was let my men test-fire that orbital lance.
Massey:Moving right along, then... Your honor, we are here to help you put that violence safely in the past. Pursuant to this end, we are calling a referendum to deal with these issues.
Fobottr Tenant:We'll need to consult with counsel to ascertain the legality of this action.
Sign:Attorney Drone
Massey:Your honor, are you aware of the fact that the organization I represent has been authorized by governments of human space to pursue and collect bounties on attorney drones such as the one you are getting ready to consult with?
Fobottr Tenant:What are you talking about?
Massey:I'll make it clearer. Your honor, please step away from the attorney drone, so that we can avoid getting any of it on you.
Attorney Drone 1:(thinking) Uh-oh
Fobottr Tenant:Bailiff! Return fire! Execute this human attorney!
Massey:Now that we've gotten that out of our system, I recommend that we attempt to proceed more amicably.
Massey:Those not wearing body-armor are hereby advised to keep their arguments on-topic.
Narrator:Ah... Point-counterpoint. Now that's litigation.
Metisoid Tenant: