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Chapter 64[]

Can you tell me where can we start over?[]

JFS Emerald Eagle, Nightlord-Class Battleship
In Kowloon planetary orbit
Kowloon, Lyran Alliance
March, 3066

[...on the bridge]

Henry had explained his summations to Nathan, and recounted in exacting detail the 'private' conversation with his sister.  Nathan, then, (using the recording device Henry brought that they both checked against his recollection of said conversation) sat down, and sent a detailed report to Marthe Pryde and Samantha Clees, detailed up to, and including, the new information.

Surprisingly, this resulted in the Khan calling the warship using an express channel.

Really very quickly.

"My Khan?" he asked Marthe Pryde, Khan of Clan Jade Falcon.

"Watch has confirmed at least five major naval engagements in the Lyran Alliance involving Kowloonese ships." Marthe opened, "Which means more ships than we previously thought.  Additionally, spies on Inarcs, Winter, and New Capetown have reported engagements by Kowloonese and other allied units against Kathrine Loyalists, including the 'invasion' you mention in your report." she stated.

"How are they doing?" Nathan asked.

"For the most part, relatively well. Not as well as our forces would, but demonstably better than raw militia should." she fidgeted.  "You want to add a clause to the...trial agreement, quiaff?"

"Aff." Nathan stated.  "It is a...favor...for a loyal friend and decorated warrior, and may be a strong political move besides...but I need your approval for the plan....I added it as a footnote."

Marthe visibly lifted her PADD, and scrolled down.

Her brow furrowed, eyes narrowed, as thenly went wide, and she started to laugh.  "This is an excellent Joke, Nathan.  I look forward to seeing you pull it off!" she laughed again.

"Will I get the resources to do so?" he asked

Marthe's eyes glittered maliciously, "Yes." she said, "I will be Happy to provide those resources, especially the one named.  He complains constantly about the Clan's restrictions on his research, and a sissyphean task like this one?" she giggled again, "It is win-win for us.  Either he succeeds, or his failure opens other avenues, either way, it is a suitable punishment for his arrogance!"

She sobered, "You are sure she plans to lose?"

"She does not plan to lose, she has a plan for losing." Nathan quipped, "Likely more than one, but this should throw her off her game while indebting her to the Clan on a personal level...the trick will be gaining her compliance, and Henry has some ideas there."

"Do it.  Approved." Marthe said

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