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Episode 1671: Raison d'AT-AT

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If the Imperials held back the armoured tanks until they were actually needed, it'd be an interesting case of I am Not Left Handed. But they don't. Because what's the point? The Empire doesn't go in for Montoya-esque style points.

[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.]

Wow, he even sighs in French! With guillemets even! (NB: in French comics they typically use a more onomatopoeia-like indication of a sigh, and this «soupir» reads with about as much accuracy as "le sigh").

And it must be said that I'm 95% sure the next, unseen panel has an order to "fetchez la vache".

— aurilee

Space French. The accent of...

And here we have that adjusted challenge rating that was alluded to early in the story.

Well, we see what could very well be considered a competent Imperial. We had a band of Rebels at an important military base. Send in an overkill of armored tanks.

There is no such thing as overkill. There is "open fire", and "reload". The concern of something being a high challenge rating is hardly a worry for somebody who just wants to open fire and deal with the problems.

The whole idea of "send in a slowly increasing challenge", or "a person can expect a steadily increasing series of challenges all within their ability to handle" is a strange one. Xykon had it in Order of the Stick in the printed book because he wanted entertainment. Voldemort wanted it in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 because he learned that Milo would eventually be able to cast a wish and bring him back to life - and it just happens to match the rules of Milo's home world.

Beyond that, we see one other problem. The Empire is sending everything they have against the obvious band of Rebels. If this big obvious band was only a distraction, and a small hidden group was trying to do a stealth mission, sending all your forces to the one spot where there's a big obvious commotion will do nothing to stop the hidden group. EDIT: aurilee beat me to this by one strip.

— Keybounce

Transcript

GM: {present day} Little did they know that soon things would no longer be all good.
Pete: Yeah, actually, this we weren't expecting.
{back on the Peace Moon}
General Romodi: Governor, we're receiving reports of explosions on Toprawa.
Tàrkin: «soupir» 'ow long 'as Krennic bin zere? An 'our?
General Romodi: Er... five minutes, sir.
Tàrkin: Typical! Imbeceele! Hwat 'as 'e done zis tahm?
General Romodi: It appears to be a small band of Rebel infiltrators.
Tàrkin: Rebels? Zere? Krennic assured me zat zis facility was, 'ow you say, impregnable.
Tàrkin: Very well. Send oathority to release ze armoured tanks.
General Romodi: But sir, aren't they Challenge Rating 30?
Tàrkin: Whah would we not use zem??


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Published: Thursday, 28 June, 2018; 03:11:02 PDT.
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