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15 February 2019 @ 07:37 pm
_Guardsman_ part 24  

“Get out of the way.”

“As soon as I see some sign that rational discussion is all that will happen.” Dave showed his teeth. “Has anyone told you what happened in Makkah when Nicholas traveled there to talk to Emre?”

Narrowed eyes.

“The Hive Mind—the stuck grand compass—was broken. Not at all a bad idea, in my opinion.”

The big man swung at him. A slow clumsy blow. Muscles, not Speed. Powerful . . . if Dave had left it connect. It sailed over his head as he squatted, a sweep of his own right arm added to the blow’s momentum and twisted the man around. Dave gave him a gentle shove and stepped forward to give himself more space.

“Now, have you sent someone to speak to the Prophet on Tyrant’s World?” Dave tried to keep his voice neutral, and not reveal the happiness bubbling up inside him at the prospect of a good fight.

Remember. Don’t kill anyone. No diplomatic incidents. Just put them in their places.

He felt the power building in multiple people and raised those shields Rael had been making him strengthen.

The big guy jumped him. Sidestep, grab him and spin him again, this time making sure he hit the other two—the ones gathering power.

The Nuked Ambassador yipped as a misdirected push spell hit him and knocked him flat. Some odd pyrotechnic effect flashed upward. Dave kicked him first, turned to the pusher and sank a fist into his stomach. Turned and picked a nice thick bit of skull to chop down on as the big one tried to get up. Stepped over his unconscious body and turned back to face the Nuked Oners.

The Nuked Ambassador scrambled to his feet and took a step back, gawping at his fallen entourage.

Izzo and Ambassador Ashe exchanged glances and shrugs.

El Zee, the chauffeur bodyguard got his mouth closed. “Ra’d? I think he’s faster than you are.”

Ra’d smirked. “Yes. There’s a reason he’s the bodyguard for the prophet who most often put himself in very dangerous situations. And if you’re wondering about his other qualifications . . . He trained me to shoot.” Ra’d stepped up closer to the Nuked Ambassador. “And if it’s of any interest to you? The General of the Armies is exceptionally good at battle magic. Think about it, before you try to take him away from his family and new home.”

The pyrotechnic guy climbed to his feet, hunched a bit arms wrapped around his chest. “So perhaps we should eliminate the family. First.”

The air temperature dropped a couple of degrees.

Dave stalked over to the priest. “Tell me, do you remember the laws regarding threats to the families of the Prophets?”

The priest’s eyes widened and he staggered back. “N, n, n, no! Don’t, don’t . . .”

“Oh, I won’t. This time. I understand your stuck compass is down to fifty people. Make sure they realize that they’ve had their one and only warning. Do. Not. Threaten. The. Families. Of. The. Prophets.” Dave gave them a friendly smile. “The Prophets can take care of themselves, by and large. But I’d recommend you forget about Nicholas and start recruiting retirees with a wide range of experience and start helping people rather than lording it over them and placing assassins in all the high households.” He turned his back on them and walked back to Izzo. “Sorry, got a little carried away.”

Izzo smirked. “Not a problem. I’m going to have to find an excuse to drop by Versalle some morning and watch you demolish Isakson.”

Ra’d nodded. “I always did think all your magic went into Speed.”

Lucky Dave shrugged. “Once, maybe. But now Rael’s got me doing Cold Speed. And learning a whole bunch of other things. The future is an interesting place.”

(Anonymous) on February 16th, 2019 05:38 am (UTC)
Turning Warriors into wimps
Isakson is going to be pissed at this. First Ra'd merely hospitalizes the action teamer that threatened his sister, then Lucky Dave just warns a priest who threatened Nicholas's entire family. He is likely to conclude that this era is turning warriors into Pajama Boys. I suspect that he will be very sarcastic.
(Anonymous) on February 16th, 2019 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: Turning Warriors into wimps
I don't think Lucky Dave has been out of the bag long enough to have acclimated to the new Oner culture, whereas Ra'd was trying to fit in with a culture he knew the rules of.

This suggests that de-escalating, with a side order of threats of overwhelming violence, is Lucky Dave's usual procedure & thus something Isakson is likely to be familiar with.

Don't forget, Ra'd beat up his team, but didn't actually mention to anyone who wasn't already in the know that they had committed a serious legal offense.
(Anonymous) on February 16th, 2019 07:14 am (UTC)
Re: Turning Warriors into wimps
Another thought...

This is pretty public, so a disaffected Nuked One Priest (e.g. the guy who set Rael up to assassinate Agni[?]) could orchestrate an attack on the family on Tyrant's World, with the intent of failure, in the hope that the legal reprisals would punish the remaining Hive Mind/Priesthood for their crimes in abducting/abusing children (I'm guessing the laws about responding to threats against Prophet's families would include "collective responsibility" clauses, if only because they'd be required to get the message across).
matapampamuphoff on February 16th, 2019 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Turning Warriors into wimps
Lucky Dave isn't a Warrior--he can't do the long range magical attacks that are the hallmark of the class--his job is to keep the prophets alive. A reminder and strong warning sent reduces the threat. Killing a priest is more likely to escalate things.
(Anonymous) on February 17th, 2019 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: Turning Warriors into wimps
Isakson did indeed know what happened or he would not have said "Just Kill Him" in "First Assignment".
(Anonymous) on February 17th, 2019 05:26 am (UTC)
Re: Turning Warriors into wimps
What I meant by "already in the know" was about the identities (as survivors of Rangpur & Nicholas' family).

So Isakson knew who was threatened, & was thus "in the know" that the threat was more serious offense under the law than the entirely socially & legally acceptable threat by Oner's with the Pervert Gene Complex to assault & rape females & minors (was Qamar still underage? I also can't remember if there were any younger girls in the group).
matapampamuphoff on February 17th, 2019 04:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Turning Warriors into wimps
At the time of _First Posting_, Qamar would have been 18 or 19 give or take different seasons of the year they entered and exited the doubled bags. She is now 28.

There are three younger girls. Let me grab my list . . .

Rangpur Survivors in 1413

Umaya....46 Victor x d. Carl
.. Qamar.....28 Nicholas x Umaya (d. Victor)
Eltia...........Emre + Elif
.. Ra'd......... 31 Nicholas x Eltia (d. Emre + Elif)

Isakson....207 Isak x d. of Hugo
Meisha....57 gd of Shota and Oliver
.. Karima... 22 Isakson x Meisha (gd Shota and Oliver)
A'isha.....46 Joseph x d. of Aaron
.. Abbaas.....26 Isakson x A'sha (d. of Joseph)
.. Hakim.......24 Isakson x A'sha (d. of Joseph)

Davos…. 35 Daiki x d. of William
Jadida.....40 Juhani x commoner
.. Ali.............18 Davos (ibn Daiki x d.William) x Jadida (d. Juhani)

Mona.......49 Ian x commoner
.. Naila.........20 (ibn Lucas) x Mona (d. Ian)

Fatina....41 Byram x gd. of Hugo
.. Hafiza.....16 Jack (ibn Harry) x Fatina (d.Byram)
.. Hafez......16 Jack (ibn Harry) x Fatina (d. Byram)

Lucky Dave ……44 Daiki x d. of William

Edited at 2019-02-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
matapampamuphoff on February 17th, 2019 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Turning Warriors into wimps
Well, that refuses to format properly on LJ, but names and ages and lineages.