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Re: TFT out of order snippet
Post by Dauntless   » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:22 am

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ok i've edited the original post to include RFC's prefacing text as well as the snippet.
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Re: TFT out of order snippet
Post by Dilandu   » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:37 am

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ericth wrote:Actually, it occurred to me earlier in the series that a transmitter on the top of the mast of one of the CoGA fleet ships designed to provoke the OBS would have been an effective tactic earlier in the war when it was primarily naval. That was also before they knew about the likelihood of "Dad" being under the temple and might not have been so out there as a strat.


With all respect, but Merlin knew about SOMETHING under the Temple since first book. He wasn't sure what exactly here, but suspected that there might be something not good, so provoking the Rakurai strikes was absolutely out of question. Not to mention that he have absolutely no clue about Rakurai working algorithms and level of intelligence. It may very well be equipped by tactical AI of its own - RAPIER-type gunnery AI, like OWL - and thus may start to investigate the situation instead of just starting to shell the potential target.
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Re: TFT out of order snippet
Post by evilauthor   » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:18 pm

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Dilandu wrote:With all respect, but Merlin knew about SOMETHING under the Temple since first book. He wasn't sure what exactly here, but suspected that there might be something not good, so provoking the Rakurai strikes was absolutely out of question. Not to mention that he have absolutely no clue about Rakurai working algorithms and level of intelligence. It may very well be equipped by tactical AI of its own - RAPIER-type gunnery AI, like OWL - and thus may start to investigate the situation instead of just starting to shell the potential target.


Also as a reminder, Merlin doesn't actually KNOW that the Rakurai will automatically fire on any source of primitive electricity generation. He THINKS it will, but that's purely guesswork on his part.

And has been pointed out, he doesn't know what other contingencies may be set off even if the Rakurai does fire.

And given Paityr's revelation about The Return, there's the distinct possibility that the Rakurai won't fire at all, but instead wake up someone or something actually INTELLIGENT to analyze the situation. Or do that even if does fire. And the last thing Merlin wants is INTELLIGENT opposition with control of the Rakurai.
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