Date: 17 Oct 2010 03:13 Title: Chapter Thirteen
I couldn't help but smile thinking of Iymender's head, popping out of the shuttle with that grin. He's so cute :D Berat should be jealous ;)
The Cardassians take great risk trusting new officers on their way. They can't know for sure if those people aren't just pretending to rebel to betray them later. It wouldn't be the first time. But they have to take that risk, don't they? They can't just shoot everyone on their way, not their own people, who could join them and make the Thirteenth Order stronger.
It's sad they can't simply assume all Cardassians on the way are on their side. That would be a case in a perfect world, but this one is far from perfect, unfortunately.
Iymender got caught in an embarrassing situation by an attractive woman. And one that would be his superior. ;-) I don't think Berat would be jealous, though. ;-)
It's definitely a risk. A few of them have proven themselves with their deeds, but yes, there could certainly be a betrayal.
Date: 19 Dec 2009 17:07 Title: Chapter Thirteen
Glorious. Simply glorious. The detail. The execution of the plan. The intricacy of the different stages and the variances in responses. All make for a great action sequence as this tale continues to play out impressively. All the while maintaining its unique Cardassian voice and feel. Everything is couched and skewed through a Cardassian lens, and it makes for an extraordinary reading experience. Berat, Macet and Mike are such heroes one roots for them in all earnest and we cheer when the plan goes right. Terrific and absorbing.
Thank you so much for your kind words...I really appreciate it, and I'm glad to know you can sympathize with these alien characters, and Mike. :-)
Date: 15 Dec 2009 19:56 Title: Chapter Thirteen
Ahh! The tension is almost too much! There's got to be more!
There's one more half-chapter or so section on the TrekBBS, ahead of this. But, alas, it's a work in progress. ;-) If you need more, there are the short stories...and the Catacombs of Oralius AU as well. ;-)
Yes, I've been slow on it lately--but AU Dukat is to blame, largely. He keeps sweet-talking me into writing more material for him. (And if you had him in YOUR head, you'd understand. All the charm but with a sincere heart...can't resist!)
Date: 02 Dec 2009 22:39 Title: Chapter Thirteen
Taut and tense throughout! Now that the battle has really heated up, it's very clear that Berat and his allies have what it takes to get the job done. I love the tactics and the wide scope of the action. I hope there's another installment soon!
I hope there'll be another segment soon, too. You'll be seeing one over at the TrekBBS first, though. This story is one I love, but writing it is NOT at all easy.
Date: 25 Oct 2009 22:49 Title: Chapter Thirteen
Another brilliant chapter!
I LOVE the nod to the Borg-episodes! Awesome!
And the space station with six pylons instead of 4! I love it! Do you have a name for this type? Like the others are 'Nor' types.
Cute little moment with Iymender and the "universal language". Hehehe.
And I'm loving the fact that Berat allows himself to think that maybe the Bajoran terrorists "knew" stuff they were SO not supposed to know, even while his brain is screaming at the impossibility of it. Hehehe.
That inverter thing sounds... downright creepy. Will we hear more of this later on? If not, then I'll have to drill you about it in emails. Cause I neeeeed to hear more of this!
This chapter made me shudder, gasp, cheer, giggle and cry in one big mess. Holy smokes! Intense!
I do not have a name for that class of station yet--not sure if I'm going to.
And glad the Iymender bit didn't come off as out of place! I just kinda figured that at his age, and with the situation he was in, he was likely to react that way.
As for Berat...he's not an arrogant person. Plus, he's had a prior experience before The Thirteenth Order (which you see in DS9 novel #6, Betrayal) where he saw some things that really gave him food for thought. So, I think he's more willing to be open-minded about the Bajorans than many of his people. I wouldn't even say that his brain was necessarily *screaming* the impossibility of it.
As for the inverter, we actually hear about it in the TNG episode "The High Ground," and this link has the Memory Alpha description:
Except THIS version really works.