Diplomacy and Death

  Secret Meetings “I don’t like it,” says her elder advisor. “There’s no way we can protect you tomorrow when you visit the emperor on his ship.” “At the moment, they mean us no harm, elder,” says Keela. “Besides, Berek will be there with me.” “They are heavily armed, and we don’t know how many guards are on each ship.” “Berek’s fighting skills are unmatched, but without the web, how can he defend you against hundreds of enemies?!” “One energy blast is all it takes to kill you!”

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Strangers and their Gifts

  Unprepared “It’s going slowly, Berek,” says Keela. “We have no experience in manufacturing the carbon fibers.” “And we don’t have enough engineers to redesign the airships, weapons, and other devices to incorporate the material.” “If only we had the shaping device that Mayla showed us,” thinks Berek. She never gave us plans for it, only a limited version with built-in models for a few weapons. That was long ago, and those weapons would be useless without the fibers, once the Kizak activate a tech screen. “We’ll be able to produce some devices that can resist the tech screen, but not enough.” “Can you use flow to shape the weapons, Berek?” “Not without a nullifier, but even then, my flow skills are surprisingly rough, and I can’t shape a complex device.”

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