I wonder if anyone put him up to the move to Clarke. Wouldn't that be a coincidence. There's also the 'legitimate' heir to the Sindalian Empire living in his hut on Noricum. Nobody has checked in with him recently.
Where are they thinking of?
I'm not sure that the Imperium are really expected to be involved in the plans. GeDeCo wanted a new empire/kingdom to arm and protect themselves, and therefore protect the Imperium borders. As the book puts it the new entity would act as 'caltrops' in the path of any Aslan moving towards the Imperium. It's certainly possible that GeDeCo underestimated the travellers. Who would have thought that 31 systems would join up the first time around? Perhaps they hoped for a smaller group to start with the idea of persuading all the others to join up on the basis that 'a few more systems would be able to hold'. Alternatively perhaps those worlds, so full of expectation, will strengthen the idea of an empire, if only someone would step forward and take charge.Old School wrote: ↑Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:19 pmOne thing i haven’t given much thought to: Is GeDeCo right? In other words, with the Aslan doing as expected and destroying the nascent empire, will the people of the Imperium be motivated to militarize the Border and protect the borderlands and tlaiowaha independent worlds?
In any event the PCs could now withdraw from the political side of things if they wanted to, or could put themselves firmly in the middle as potential rulers, or might want to try to persuade Harrick to step into the gap. The message from Professor Jaskarl, the psychohistorian, was that the GeDeCo would "will protect you or a small few individuals of your choice," It's also true that the PCs have blemished their copybook somewhat with their acts now broadcast by the Aslan for all to see. I'm going to drop their standing with some systems. And as mentioned previously there's the matter of their titles and social standing to work through.