Ten bottles of whine to Edena
Meanwhile, the Great Province of Northern Aerdi, devastated by war, offers (without authorization) a peace treaty to the forces up in the Dark Swamp, and declares independence from the Dark Union.
Having seen the fate of Drax, the leaders of the Great Kingdom of Northern Aerdi have protected themselves with an army.
About 5 PL worth of army has defected and gone over to them.
The people of the Great Kingdom of Northern Aerdi, knowing what is coming, are fleeing into Adri Forest, or to any place of sanctuary they can find.
The Lost Elves want to know what is going on, before the whole Dark Union breaks up.
Nyrond watches all of this, ready to declare it's own independence if the Great Kingdom of Northern Aerdi can get away with doing so.
This should not be possible!
The Dark Union is a highly centralized dictatorship, not unlike the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin (not Gorbatjev). The God Emperor rules with a hand of steel, his spies and informants see all, his armies are loyal unto the death and the people either fear him too much to breath without his permission or worship him like the God he's becoming. The administration of the Union and any province of the Union is MAGICALLY BOUND TO OBEDIENCE and mentally conditioned since birth to love their leader, I have stressed that point more than any other trough out the threads. They should not even be able to contemplate rebellion and if they do the people would rise up and rip them to bloody shreds. The local governors of the provinces do not have control over the local garrisons, they are controlled centrally from the ministry of defense. This should not be happening. (And indeed it did not. Sometimes I'm a blind fool. Sorry, Edena.)
And once again the rebels use peace as an excuse. When the whole world knows that the God Emperor of the Dark Union has personally arranged a peace conference to end all wars in the Flannaes and we already have a cease fire with all of our former enemies. *sigh*
If it is indeed happening, despite all reason, armies are diverted from the Grandwood to deal with the problem. Agents of the Union buro of intelligence and assassination place themselves near the leaders of all provinces of the Union, ready to strike if the rebellion spreads. Other assassins are sent against the rebels of North Kingdom and the Grandwood. The God Emperor and his elite bodyguard (4+6ppts) teleports to the rebel headquarters and annihilate them.
Err... I almost forgot. The first task of the spies, before anything else is done by anybody, is to investigate wether the rumours of rebellion are true or not. If they are not then the above paragraph is void.
A Grand Assembly is called for, with each major and minor official being gathered in the great hall (including all diplomats, who have been temporarily recalled), and Acererak himself in attendance as an honoured guest. Squads of Succubi in leather trenchcoats pass through the lines, using their Detect Thoughts on all of the Brothers while they are made to blaspheme the name of Tharizdun. Anyone who is not an open book and filled with revulsion that fellow Brothers would break discipline are brought before the demilich with predictable results. Anyone not in attendance gets a dozen Retriever demons sicked on them. Oh yes, the Father is displeased, and he spares not the rod.
Good idea! Mind if I borrow it?
We do something very similar, with baathezu instead of tanari, and without the whole Tharizdun procedure, to find those who contemplate rebellion.
--Wiliam Ronald wrote:
"To the God Emperor of the Dark Union of Eastern Oerth: Truly you see what you have allied yourself with? Someone who stands besides the foe of your ally Kas? Aerdi's plans for power will be meaningless if Vecna and the Church of Shade rule over all. We urge you to stand with us."
"We are slightly occupied at the moment, I'll get back to you when matters have been resolved at home."