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On the edge of the big velvet chair, the [[Chief Warlord|Chief]] of [[Gobwin Knob]] clapped his hands to his knees. This call to [[King Dickie]] was finally making it click for him. He was starting to '''''get''''' the big joke of [[Erfworld]].
 
On the edge of the big velvet chair, the [[Chief Warlord|Chief]] of [[Gobwin Knob]] clapped his hands to his knees. This call to [[King Dickie]] was finally making it click for him. He was starting to '''''get''''' the big joke of [[Erfworld]].
  
Because His [[Royal]] Majesty looked a whole lot like Richard Nixon, wearing a crown made out of little pants.
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Because His [[Royal]] Majesty looked a whole lot like President Richard M. Nixon, wearing a crown made out of little pants.
  
 
And somehow, Parson immediately understood how to deal with him because of this. '''''This guy's shrewd. He's paranoid. Things aren't going so great for him right now. He fights dirty, like a cornered rat. He respects power. He will freely lie. He likes to win. He's actually like Nixon. Late-stage, Watergate Nixon. Tricky Dickie.'''''
 
And somehow, Parson immediately understood how to deal with him because of this. '''''This guy's shrewd. He's paranoid. Things aren't going so great for him right now. He fights dirty, like a cornered rat. He respects power. He will freely lie. He likes to win. He's actually like Nixon. Late-stage, Watergate Nixon. Tricky Dickie.'''''
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"Well," he said. "I think the common ground's obviously [[Jetstone]], right? I mean, if you look at it, we're the last two [[side]]s to fight with them."
 
"Well," he said. "I think the common ground's obviously [[Jetstone]], right? I mean, if you look at it, we're the last two [[side]]s to fight with them."
  
He had it in mind to offer [[Haggar]] most of Jetstone's territory if they'd [[Alliance|ally]] and do the bulk of the [[Conquering|conquest]] work. [[Ansom]] might think Jetstone could be talked around to peace, but that's essentially what he was arguing before the [[Siege of Spacerock|Battle for Spacerock]]. They would try [[diplomancy]] with Jetstone, but even Ansom admitted this plan had a better chance of working out.
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He had it in mind to offer [[Haggar]] most of Jetstone's territory if they'd [[Alliance|ally]] and do the bulk of the [[Conquering|conquest]] work. [[Ansom]] might think Jetstone could be talked around to peace, but that's essentially what he was arguing before the [[Siege of Spacerock|Battle for Spacerock]]. They would try [[diplomacy]] with Jetstone, but even Ansom admitted this plan had a better chance of working out.
  
 
"The last side Haggar did battle with was '''''you'''''," pointed out [[King Dickie]] sourly, "and you [[croak]]ed [[Sammy|my only son]]."
 
"The last side Haggar did battle with was '''''you'''''," pointed out [[King Dickie]] sourly, "and you [[croak]]ed [[Sammy|my only son]]."
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And here, the Signamancy thing guided Parson. His first instinct was to apologize...to comfort a guy who lost a [[Family|son]] in battle...to take the blame.
 
And here, the Signamancy thing guided Parson. His first instinct was to apologize...to comfort a guy who lost a [[Family|son]] in battle...to take the blame.
  
Instead, he played it tough, and shrugged. "[[Gobwin Knob]] makes a better friend than an enemy, Your Highness. We weren't '''''there''''' to fight you. [[Prince]] [[Sammy]] just got in our way."
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Instead, he played it tough, and shrugged. "[[Gobwin Knob]] makes a better friend than an enemy, Your Majesty. We weren't '''''there''''' to fight you. [[Prince]] [[Sammy]] just got in our way."
  
 
"Mm," nodded the King. He didn't look angry about it, only grim. "Well. For the record, that wasn't his original plan."
 
"Mm," nodded the King. He didn't look angry about it, only grim. "Well. For the record, that wasn't his original plan."

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"What I'm saying to you, Lord Gotti, is that if we have grounds for negotiation, they won't be philosophical. They'll be political."

"Yeah," said Parson, "I hear you. Let's just leave the Titans out of this completely. I only want to talk maps and armies."

"Very well," said the scowling King of Haggar. The image floated in a grainy, lined image in his mind, like 1950s TV. "What's your angle?"

On the edge of the big velvet chair, the Chief of Gobwin Knob clapped his hands to his knees. This call to King Dickie was finally making it click for him. He was starting to get the big joke of Erfworld.

Because His Royal Majesty looked a whole lot like President Richard M. Nixon, wearing a crown made out of little pants.

And somehow, Parson immediately understood how to deal with him because of this. This guy's shrewd. He's paranoid. Things aren't going so great for him right now. He fights dirty, like a cornered rat. He respects power. He will freely lie. He likes to win. He's actually like Nixon. Late-stage, Watergate Nixon. Tricky Dickie.

It made sense now. All the punny names, all the echoes of his own world and its history and popular culture...he was seeing Signamancy in action. Things looked the way they did for a reason, a magical one, which was somehow congruent with his own world.

He should stop fighting it, stop groaning at the puns and use them. Being from Earth gave him a special insight and instinct for this stuff. Effectively, he had some of the powers of a Signamancer. He just had to pay more attention, and respect the big joke.

"Well," he said. "I think the common ground's obviously Jetstone, right? I mean, if you look at it, we're the last two sides to fight with them."

He had it in mind to offer Haggar most of Jetstone's territory if they'd ally and do the bulk of the conquest work. Ansom might think Jetstone could be talked around to peace, but that's essentially what he was arguing before the Battle for Spacerock. They would try diplomacy with Jetstone, but even Ansom admitted this plan had a better chance of working out.

"The last side Haggar did battle with was you," pointed out King Dickie sourly, "and you croaked my only son."

And here, the Signamancy thing guided Parson. His first instinct was to apologize...to comfort a guy who lost a son in battle...to take the blame.

Instead, he played it tough, and shrugged. "Gobwin Knob makes a better friend than an enemy, Your Majesty. We weren't there to fight you. Prince Sammy just got in our way."

"Mm," nodded the King. He didn't look angry about it, only grim. "Well. For the record, that wasn't his original plan."

Parson raised an eyebrow. "Oh yeah? How come? What happened?"

King Dickie's image leaned forward, conspiratorially. "Listen. How much do you know about Charlie?" he asked.

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