Elos Vrai, Arx
“No, I’m thinking.”
“Alright, well you’re moving back and forth from one side of the office to other,” Evant Taelyan stated calmly, careful to keep his tone level. “...while thinking. In most cultures, they call that—”
“—it’s been three months since Meridian,” Marick Tyris said to no one in particular. The office was acoustically isolated from the outside, but his voice had little trouble carrying back towards Evant, who was casting the report from his datapad to the large vidscreen mounted to the wall between the two Dark Councilors.
“Not a trace, or even a whisper from the Collective or their agents. No raids. No backwater planet meetings or hand-offs. Even our deep cover agents have been quiet on any new developments.”
“So, that’s good, isn’t it?" Evant replied. "Capital Enterprises had a lot of funding invested in Meridian. Antillus is sharp, but I don’t think even he could have predicted a united strike force from the Brotherhood. Losing Mouk, and the artifact, certainly sets them back as well. Maybe they realized we’re not worth the fight.” The Regent flicked through to a different tab, bringing up a new set of database information. ”For now, at least.”
Marick shook his head, clearly unconvinced. “No. Rath will never stop until the Brotherhood is eradicated. So long as he draws breath, the Collective is a threat.”
“No one is saying they aren’t a threat,” Evant said as conciliatory as he could. “I think you’re just frustrated that they aren’t presenting themselves as one, so you can’t strike at them.”
Marick didn’t respond to that, and his silence seemed to prove the Regent’s point.
With the crushing loss of Technocratic Guild leader Daggo Mouk—and the subsequent seizing of Meridian Station—the Brotherhood has forced Rath Oligard to reconsider his strategies against the Brotherhood. The mastermind behind the Collective had not predicated a demonstration of unity—frail as it might have been—between the disparate and often volatile clans and the Dark Council. Oligard realized that different strategies would be needed to accomplish his goals.
*Meanwhile, with the Collective now in recession, the Brotherhood has begun to raise its head as a power to be recognized and respected within the Unknown Regions. Thanks to the resources provided by their home planet, Arx, the Dark Council continues to expand trade and commerce while establishing loose order with the Clans. *
No success comes without its risks, of course. Tensions still run high between the Dark Council and the Clans, and reports indicate that there might be more than just the Collective that could be lurking in the shadows to challenge the Brotherhood...
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Written by: Marick Tyris
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