In which the entire Council of Bosses meets to discuss the situation.
Most of the bosses we’ve already met get at least a word in at this meeting. Bosses Marriott, Engles and Torin make their first appearances here, though all have been mentioned before.
Marriot and Engle were mentioned in Necessity’s Child during Syl Vor’s geography lessons. Boss Marriot’s turf contains the scrap yard where Rys’s brothers like to go scavenging, which is perhaps ironic given the distrusting attitude toward technology he displays here. Boss Engle is one of the four bosses, along with Conrad, Kalhoon, and Schroeder, whose territories surround the consolidated school. Boss Torin is mentioned in “Block Party”; Jax Ton’s employer is in Torin’s territory.
Boss Vine’s right that “Boss Surebleak” is unlikely to take them up on their offer, but it has to be made. It’s what they’d do if somebody had appealed to them in good faith, and it’s in their interests to allow Boss Surebleak the option of deciding to deal in good faith. And, like was said earlier, part of the purpose of the Council of Bosses is to show people that meeting peacefully to talk things over can be done and can get results.