Book 1/Page 45/Transcript

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Parson Gotti: That's really slick.

I mean, that the prisoner is an unwitting double agent.

Wanda Firebaugh: Not entirely unwitting.

Nor entirely controlled.

It's... complex.

Parson Gotti: So we're saying we release the prisoner near the incursion group.

She joins them, and reports her 'escape' to Ansom via the hat.

Parson Gotti: Ansom, with his long history of personally riding to her rescue, flies his air units out to escort her back to the column.

Stanley the Tool: I don't like giving her up again.

Wanda Firebaugh: Tool, if Parson's plan works, we will croak or capture the coalition leader, plus the prisoner, and any other warlords they have taken along.

We will also get the Arkenpliers.

Stanley the Tool: I know! That's the only reason I'm agreeing. But it still seems risky.

Parson Gotti: He has a point. What if we just croak the incursion group and use the hat to send a fake message?

Wanda Firebaugh: They use codes.

And Prince Ansom would know the prisoner's handwriting.

Parson Gotti: We control her, though. So just make her write the message. Right?

Wanda Firebaugh: The control is subtle, Warlord.

Wanda Firebaugh: Suggestions, perceptions, emotions... not commands.

Particularly not a direct command to betray Ansom.

Parson Gotti: What if he doesn't take the bait?

Wanda Firebaugh: He has always been predictable in this matter.

But even if she lives, she is worth more to us out in the field than in our dungeon.

Wanda Firebaugh: Trust me.