United we stand–a phrase we’ve heard so many times. Three little words that sound so easy, but don’t always make it there.
In TRIAD (see link above), three different factions in one area of space– the Solarii, the Khimeyr and Dragonfleet, each sympolized by the insignia in the circles on the cover– must come together to fight a vicious band of space pirates, or they will all fall.
The divisions and grudges that threaten to keep them separated are long-held and nearly impossible to overcome.
It falls to the female leaders of each group to draw their males back from the raggedy edge and into a cohesive fighting force. Here’s an example from the group called the Khimeyr, who have arrived at the Solarii bases, their forces decimated after several previous bad decisions. Catava Rolon, who took over after their leaders were killed, does her best to rally her less-than-enthusiastic troops:
“This was a bad idea,” he grumbled, pushing past her to enter.
“What makes you say so?”
“Things locked up tight, no computer access, rationed supplies. Seven new graves out t’ graveyard. Mayhap we came here to die with them, eh?”
“No.” Her tone was firm. “No more dying. We’ve got to turn this around.”
Pomeroy snorted. “And their better-than-you attitudes? Worse than old Space Force days. Like as not they’re asking for an ass-kickin’.”
Catava frowned and straightened her collar. “I know it’s not easy. Dare, I’m counting on you to set a good example for the rest. We’ve got a bigger battle ahead of us, dealing with Estrella.” She stared at him, eyes hard. “Isn’t she the target? Isn’t Dragonfleet our enemy?”
“Don’t mean I have to like it.” He growled, his hands fidgeting, picking at his shirt.
She allowed herself a smile. “No, it doesn’t. As long as you do it.”
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