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This Storyline Is Canceled 20/26

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Thorn (thinking): The microchip in his neck is programmed to shock him if he breaks Embassy rules. I can’t stop it. I can’t remove it. I would happily buy out his contract — but I can’t afford it.

And if I buy his “services,” it would be so easy to say things that the chip takes as orders. So easy to abuse him. Too easy.

We’re doing our best to work around it all, but — I feel like I can barely give him anything, when I want him to have everything

Thorn’s shoulder imp: Ooh! These kids are technically part of the problem — but also, have no systemic power! Take your anger out on them! It’s righteous and they can’t really fight back!

Thorn’s shoulder angel: That is nOT WHAT “RIGHTEOUS” MEANS

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Isn’t the imp supposed to at least make the ‘evil’ choice seem a little reasonable?

They have no power *now*. But frequently in political structures, even in the absence of explicit family line power transitions, power tends to follow family lines to a degree. Ambassador doesn’t seem like a really powerful placement… until you look into how much of an impact they have on foreign policy, and just how many ambassadors have gone on to more important placements.

So, it’s a good idea to not be too harsh, but also to be at least somewhat realistic.

I would personally be inclined to assert that while I did feel more for my SO’s plight, I felt there were problems with their system before I had any relationship with my SO, and part of why I’d spent enough time with my SO for them to become my SO was I was wanting to learn more about their system to either become more comfortable with it, or more comfortable with feeling it was a problem. I kept an open mind, but the latter happened.

Admittedly, I don’t pull a sword out of my chest and swing it around for my day job, and I’ve never stood in the mouth of a dragon, so I’m a very different person than Sir Thorn.

Took a while to figure out what the imp’s line would be, but I went with this because (a) it’s a thing people do IRL that’s bad, even when they have equally just and valid causes, and (b) it would be the sinister escalation of Thorn’s “overwhelmed with anger? stab a tree!” reaction we’ve seen before.

Is the capitalization in the last speech bubble deliberate? Specifically, “nOT”.

I cackled at that punchline. Bad shoulder imp, no biscuit, you’re too real!

Also I’m curious if Thorn is staring off into space or if this is a rapid thought process being decompressed for our enjoyment, but I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.

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