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Old March 30th, 2005, 12:52 AM
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As far as Dulinor's plan goes... The decapitation idea isn't particularly a bad one. If he had managed to whack Lucan, the heir to the throne would have been Margaret, way off in Delphi.
At the very least, this discussion has given me an excuse to pull out some of the MT books again. Rebellion Sourcebook, p48:

"Lucan issued an order for Margaret's arrest, but she had already left for her estates in Delphi sector."

Sounds like she was there in the social swirl, waiting to be gunned down by a competent plotter on his was to usurping the Irridium Throne.

Seriously, if Archduke Dulinor sent a few 'special messengers' to a few people, they'd probably get past security - he *was* an Archduke. "Special Invitation to a Gala hosted by Dulinor", "for His/Her Excellency's Eye's Only", paint a target on the forehead of the respective blood relative/impediment to successful claim.

Dulinor had a mediocre plan - yes, it decapitated the Imperium, but it grew a new head, one much worse for more people. Dul should have gone back to the drawing board until he had a plan with a good chance of netting him 100% of the Imperium, instead of a the ~10% he ended up with.

Yes, that has the benefit of hindsight, but that just speaks to the nature of the history as written - the assasination was a plot device that led to the Shattered Imperium, and Dul never stood a chance to take over.

And the talk of fleets reminds me - if the Navy was really on the ball, they should have been able to shut down traffic in the system, and none of this 'managed to escape' business. But again, there was a plot to be advanced, and that's all she wrote for that.
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Originally posted by alanb:

As far as Dulinor's plan goes... The decapitation idea isn't particularly a bad one. If he had managed to whack Lucan, the heir to the throne would have been Margaret, way off in Delphi.
At the very least, this discussion has given me an excuse to pull out some of the MT books again. Rebellion Sourcebook, p48:

"Lucan issued an order for Margaret's arrest, but she had already left for her estates in Delphi sector."

Sounds like she was there in the social swirl, waiting to be gunned down by a competent plotter on his was to usurping the Irridium Throne.

Seriously, if Archduke Dulinor sent a few 'special messengers' to a few people, they'd probably get past security - he *was* an Archduke. "Special Invitation to a Gala hosted by Dulinor", "for His/Her Excellency's Eye's Only", paint a target on the forehead of the respective blood relative/impediment to successful claim.

Dulinor had a mediocre plan - yes, it decapitated the Imperium, but it grew a new head, one much worse for more people. Dul should have gone back to the drawing board until he had a plan with a good chance of netting him 100% of the Imperium, instead of a the ~10% he ended up with.

Yes, that has the benefit of hindsight, but that just speaks to the nature of the history as written - the assasination was a plot device that led to the Shattered Imperium, and Dul never stood a chance to take over.

And the talk of fleets reminds me - if the Navy was really on the ball, they should have been able to shut down traffic in the system, and none of this 'managed to escape' business. But again, there was a plot to be advanced, and that's all she wrote for that.
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Originally posted by alanb:

As far as Dulinor's plan goes... The decapitation idea isn't particularly a bad one. If he had managed to whack Lucan, the heir to the throne would have been Margaret, way off in Delphi.
At the very least, this discussion has given me an excuse to pull out some of the MT books again. Rebellion Sourcebook, p48:

"Lucan issued an order for Margaret's arrest, but she had already left for her estates in Delphi sector."

Sounds like she was there in the social swirl, waiting to be gunned down by a competent plotter on his was to usurping the Irridium Throne.

Seriously, if Archduke Dulinor sent a few 'special messengers' to a few people, they'd probably get past security - he *was* an Archduke. "Special Invitation to a Gala hosted by Dulinor", "for His/Her Excellency's Eye's Only", paint a target on the forehead of the respective blood relative/impediment to successful claim.

Dulinor had a mediocre plan - yes, it decapitated the Imperium, but it grew a new head, one much worse for more people. Dul should have gone back to the drawing board until he had a plan with a good chance of netting him 100% of the Imperium, instead of a the ~10% he ended up with.

Yes, that has the benefit of hindsight, but that just speaks to the nature of the history as written - the assasination was a plot device that led to the Shattered Imperium, and Dul never stood a chance to take over.

And the talk of fleets reminds me - if the Navy was really on the ball, they should have been able to shut down traffic in the system, and none of this 'managed to escape' business. But again, there was a plot to be advanced, and that's all she wrote for that.
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Originally posted by Jon Crocker:
"Lucan issued an order for Margaret's arrest, but she had already left for her estates in Delphi sector."

Sounds like she was there in the social swirl, waiting to be gunned down by a competent plotter on his was to usurping the Irridium Throne.
Yes, you're right.

Well, I guess that that would actually have made the decapitation strategy a bit more viable, if GDW had been interested in making it work. But they weren't.
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Originally posted by Jon Crocker:
"Lucan issued an order for Margaret's arrest, but she had already left for her estates in Delphi sector."

Sounds like she was there in the social swirl, waiting to be gunned down by a competent plotter on his was to usurping the Irridium Throne.
Yes, you're right.

Well, I guess that that would actually have made the decapitation strategy a bit more viable, if GDW had been interested in making it work. But they weren't.
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Originally posted by Jon Crocker:
"Lucan issued an order for Margaret's arrest, but she had already left for her estates in Delphi sector."

Sounds like she was there in the social swirl, waiting to be gunned down by a competent plotter on his was to usurping the Irridium Throne.
Yes, you're right.

Well, I guess that that would actually have made the decapitation strategy a bit more viable, if GDW had been interested in making it work. But they weren't.
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A little tangent here and it may have been covered year ago on the TML but since we've all got our Rebellion Sourcebooks and Survival Margins out has anyone noticed the similarities in Dulinor's escape from the palace to that of Lt Windhook right down to the comandeering of an air raft right before the lockdown and the number of naval officers aboard it. [img]graemlins/file_22.gif[/img]
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A little tangent here and it may have been covered year ago on the TML but since we've all got our Rebellion Sourcebooks and Survival Margins out has anyone noticed the similarities in Dulinor's escape from the palace to that of Lt Windhook right down to the comandeering of an air raft right before the lockdown and the number of naval officers aboard it. [img]graemlins/file_22.gif[/img]
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A little tangent here and it may have been covered year ago on the TML but since we've all got our Rebellion Sourcebooks and Survival Margins out has anyone noticed the similarities in Dulinor's escape from the palace to that of Lt Windhook right down to the comandeering of an air raft right before the lockdown and the number of naval officers aboard it. [img]graemlins/file_22.gif[/img]
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the similarities in Dulinor's escape from the palace to that of Lt Windhook right down to the comandeering of an air raft right before the lockdown and the number of naval officers aboard it. [img]graemlins/file_22.gif[/img]
As in, was it the same air/raft? Yeah I've noticed that one. It undoubtedly was.

I'm not exactly sure what it means... It might be a total coincidence, or it might, perhaps, suggest that Lucan was telling the truth!

That would be amusing, although it wouldn't change what Lucan turned out when he was on the throne.
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