Friday, July 08, 2005

Checkmate

Tassadar had done it. The crazy fool had made the ultimate sacrifice, using his own Channel, drawing enough power to bring her roiling armies to a standstill.

The General stood atop the cliff, looking down on the destruction that the clashing armies had rained on the land. He had seen worse, he had seen more death and destruction than he cared to remember. All those memories - C-beams glittering in the dark near the Tannhauser gate, his last desperate defense of the Stairway to Hevan, his surprise attack on the flanks of the Destroyer of Hope at the Morgul Vale - all those victories would mean nothing if he lost now. To her. He was one the most glorified generals in the ranks of the Ever Victorious Army of the Empress, Praise Be Upon Her. An army that had never lost a battle. Never, in the history of his Glorious Land. He could NOT lose now. Not when it mattered the most.

He had done everything right. The Cankers had been deployed perfectly. He had ensured that dis-information was relayed in just the right quantities, at just the right time. He had even accounted for the wild fluctuations in the Channel, that eventually allowed Tassadar to do what he did. He knew her as a diplomat, he knew her as a brilliant tactician, as a bold opponent and as a passionate lover. Or so he believed.

And that was where he made his one fateful mistake - a mistake that would cost him his life and the lives of all those he defended. He thought he understood women.



Tassadar had done it. The crazy fool had made the ultimate sacrifice, using his own Channel, drawing enough power to bring her roiling armies to a standstill.

She stood staring at her display panels, constantly reliving that final, decisive moment - one Avalonian's ultimate sacrifice, another's brilliant strategy - reliving her defeat. In her many years in the Galactic Council, she had seen brilliance in battle, in diplomacy and in politik. Some would say she had seen more than one lifetimes worth. With her ability to always stay ahead of not only her opponents, but also her allies, she had withstood numerous coups, revolts, assassinations and lovers.

Lovers. She had had many spanning across her many lifetimes. She had met the General at the Leviathan Peace Summit and they had indulged in as doomed an affair as the summit itself. They made love, as diplomats argued, negotiators drew blood and politiks bitched. They made love, convinced that the song they sung then would reach its climactic ending on a battlefield some day.

And from the looks of things, that day had arrived. She had anticipated his every tactic, countering with such brilliance, such efficiency and such force, that she was convinced of her victory. If not for his ability to forgo what years of training had taught him, his Hja-forsaken ability to deny what his beliefs led him to understand as the Holy Word, his ability to, as he used to say, never let his morals get in the way of doing what was right. If not for that, she would have tasted his blood on her talons by now.

And that was where she made her one fateful mistake - a mistake that would cost her this campaign, her career and maybe her life - she thought she understood men.

[Some names, events and quotes have been inspired by my favorite works of science fiction and fantasy. In some cases - like the Bladerunner quote - they are identical replicas. In others vague likenesses have been used.]

16 Comments:

At July 08, 2005 11:05 PM, Blogger Grafxgurl said...

:) ABSOLUTELY CLOOLESS....
but back.. and so very renewed...

missed my home...

 
At July 09, 2005 8:27 AM, Blogger Angel said...

*ahem*
waat is all this???

 
At July 09, 2005 9:59 AM, Blogger First Rain said...

Good going mate! Really good going.

 
At July 09, 2005 10:35 AM, Blogger Heh Heh said...

good show.. I see robert jordan, tolkien, Asimov, David Eddings (?) and the scenes from Bladerunner. nice.

 
At July 09, 2005 1:57 PM, Anonymous Pauk said...

Its "Vanilla Ice Cream - Brownie - Caramel and pecans" good. It could be "Violence is the last resort of the incompetent" good.

 
At July 10, 2005 2:39 AM, Blogger Grafxgurl said...

ok read it when i was WIDE AWAKE...and i must ask that irritating question...

and then?

 
At July 10, 2005 10:51 PM, Blogger Artful Badger said...

brilliant!

 
At July 10, 2005 11:38 PM, Blogger Rat said...

Okay i dont if my brain is generally not functioning because its monday but your post jsut went above my head !!! $%^%$&^$%&

 
At July 11, 2005 12:34 AM, Blogger Pink said...

This piece is very well written. So well written that, in fact, it's taking me a while to figure out. But I'm getting there, slowly but surely. *Ahem* Ya, must be monday morning! :)

 
At July 11, 2005 12:36 AM, Blogger Pink said...

But seriously, men are from Mars and women from Venus, no?

 
At July 11, 2005 6:54 AM, Anonymous Suma said...

Write a book on this.

 
At July 12, 2005 12:36 AM, Blogger Vignesh said...

I dont think Ive ever had such a nice segregated post. All the guys 'got it' and all the gals thought it was nice but didnt 'get it'. Except Suma, she didnt say.

Something that happened last week (a fight myself and someone had) sparked off this story in my head. It was quite a standoff, very similar to this.

In actuality, this is based on a segment from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. There is a section that describes a war and in the end, both warring parties think they have lost and retreat.

Various sources to cite:

1. Tassadar - Starcraft
2. Channel - Robert Jordan
3. C-beams [...] - Bladerunner
4. Stairway to Hevan - Led Zep ;)
5. Destroyer of Hope - RJ again
6. Morgul Vale - JRR
7. Ever Victorious Army - RJ yet again
8. Avalon - Led Zep
9. Leviathan - Farscape
10. blood on her talons - Starcraft

There... thanks all who got it and thought it was good and all that... :) And I guess all the above serves as some explaination to those who didn't ;)

Grrl : Then they went home, talked over hyper-space-video-kinky phones and lived to fight another day ;)

Lavi: Damn, why didn't I think of that twist to it... I could have used the Mars and Venus twist too !!! :)) But yes, most definitely true that wise man was...

 
At July 12, 2005 4:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!

-R

 
At July 13, 2005 5:22 AM, Blogger jax said...

Subtitles saar!!! :D

 
At July 13, 2005 6:17 AM, Blogger Angel said...

ahh NOW I Getz(!) it!
yeahh right ;)

 
At July 14, 2005 8:51 AM, Anonymous Bhuva said...

I cannot believe I have missed reading your blog thus far! Shame on me!

 

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