Accepting the Lance – Prologue

Runcible System
Daglyte Seam

In which the Commander of Agents decides to stay on target.

That’s an interesting moment there, where the Commander starts to consider giving the whole thing up and disbanding the Department, and then is suddenly confident success is within grasp if they hold the course. Given what we already know about how the Department messes about with the insides of its assets’ heads, I suspect the Commander has something within hers devoted to heading off that train of thought. Something to keep an eye on, going forward.

Another thing to keep an eye on is the situation with the Old Tech having gone missing, including “the eldest and most destructive of the Department’s accumulated machines”. Not enough information yet to say who might be behind that, or with what purpose.

On the other hand, I suspect that I know who is behind the affliction of the Department’s dramliz: that would most likely be the lady from Alliance of Equals who set out to achieve her own Balance against the Department.

The Commander considers that it would be a crushing defeat for Korval if the clan were forced to disband and be absorbed by the Terran hordes; I suspect Korval would be less bothered by it, except if it meant they couldn’t protect the people they owed duty to. Even having the Luck diffused might not be something they mourned too much — and frankly, I’m not as confident as the Commander that it would be diffused in such a case. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that just meant it got spread around more, without losing any of its potency.

2 thoughts on “Accepting the Lance – Prologue

  1. Ed8r

    Ahh-h-h-h . . . so glad to see you back. Really looking forward to these posts!

    The fact that the Commander gives a moment of consideration to disbanding the department indicates that there is still a human in there, trying to function. But, yes, her “programming” took over. btw, didn’t we see a female officer of the DOI choose to take on the mantle of being the next Commander, back in an earlier book? I have just the littlest voice in my head saying that—at the end of I Dare maybe—there was someone.

    Paul: that would most likely be the lady from Alliance of Equals who set out to achieve her own Balance against the Department.

    Well, you’re doing better than I was the first time through (full disclosure: I’ve already read the eARC several times): I did not remember her at all!

    I had quite a bit of difficulty following all the plot threads in this book, and remembering what they all refer to…and the information about the Old Tech not the least of it. So I’m looking forward to your posts so I can ask you questions when we get there!

  2. Paul A. Post author

    The accession of the current Commander of Agents, and the activation of the DOI’s secondary headquarters, happens in chapter 4 of Ghost Ship.

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