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Episode 1596: Flames and the Giant Peace

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Because of course, as everyone knows (especially Troubleshooters), the best place to test experimental new weapons is in the field against live targets. Weapons research labs (as evidenced by the PCs in this very story) exist only for raiding and getting your hands on said experimental weapons.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

So Space French seems to be the language of Peace. Previously I had commented that the language that would be used when bringing up threats of the Peace Moon would be Space Italian. Now?

I'm sort of expecting something along the lines of "you want peace to continue don't you". With a French accent of course.

Oh, and that explosion looks familiar. Is that the exact same frame we saw before? Are the Irregulars slacking off?

— Keybounce

Oh hey, it is Tàrkin!

It looks like he's really sold on the whole Peace thing, which I wasn't exactly expecting. It's good to know that he has enough basic decency to be horrified that they just destroyed an entire city.

That's one thing I always felt was important to establish with any antagonist. Are they at the level of evil where they're totally fine with widespread destruction and loss of life? Or do they just have nefarious goals or maybe ideas contrary to the protagonist?

Establishing that sort of standard also provides a way to get the antagonist and protagonist to work together, or to resolve a conflict non-violently.

If such a thing goes unestablished in a campaign... well then your PCs are very likely to just view the guy as evil and try to kill him, despite the fact that he would have actually been willing to talk things out in order to avoid the slaughter of every person under his command and a decent amount of unfortunate bystanders.

— aurilee

Transcript

Tàrkin: You overstep your oathority, Commandair.
Krennic: You may be in charge of the Peace Moon, but peace has no place today.
Tàrkin: Peace ahlways has ze place!
Krennic: Regardless, my remit is to develop weapons for the Empire. They must be tested.
Peace Moon laser operator 1: Producing beam.
Peace Moon laser operator 2: Directing beam.
Tàrkin: Nooooooooooooooooon!
[SFX]: Kra-booom!!!
Krennic: Now, you were saying something about a problem in the data transfer operation?


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Published: Thursday, 04 January, 2018; 02:11:02 PST.
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