Sunday November 10, 2013
Book 14: Broken Wind — Part II: Can Full of Sky


NARRATOR: Command Deck...

KEVYN: Tagon!

TAGON: Hello, Kevyn.

KEVYN: Are you crazy?

TAGON: Our point defenses and counter-measures can't take out the number of missiles we've got incoming.

KEVYN: So your plan is to take the fight into a confined, unknown space?

TAGON: Where the enemy's numerical advantage can be negated, yes.

KEVYN: Captain, we don't know what's in there.

TAGON: You, Elf, and our analysts all said it's a path into the strut.

KEVYN: This seems likely.  But it's also possible that it's full of, oh, I don't know... stockpiled munitions?

I've been asking myself why it's hollow, and almost ten kilometers thick?

Structurally, it's a thousand times bigger than it needs to be.

KEVYN: What if it's full of ocean-dredgers, plains-grinders, and mountain secretors, and there's no room for us to move around?

Creating a choke point for the enemy is great.  Trapping ourselves in a corner is not.

TAGON: We've sent a probe into the hole.  There's maneuvering space.

TAGON: Also, I don't think you've weighted our options correctly.

TAGON: We can fly through this hole and maybe die, or we can stay out here and definitely die.

KEVYN: Leading with that summary would have settled my mind sooner.

TAGON: "We have the option to definitely die, but I've decided against it."

Yeah, that has a nice ring to it.  I'll go with that next time.