I do believe that Falina might be considering directly going against the Queens orders and, arraigning early deaths for Samson and Tirin. Or at least beating krap out of Tirin, who seems to be getting the most of the hate filled glare.
Wonder if Tirin is thinking of claiming Billy as her slave, somehow think Billy would like to be Tirins "Bed Warmer".
@Dragonrider: yeah, was having similar thoughts about Falina
One thing though: she may try, but Lil Tirin will kick her arse, again
Was thinking Lil Tir may try something like "What if I challenge one of your fighters for the right for Billy to stay? And I choose her as my opponent!" *dismissively points to Falina over her shoulder with her thumb*
@Quarktime, @Dragonrider, and @Guesticus: You guys are good. You know the Merceneiress universe so well that you have very close predictions of where the story is going. Either that or I am just too transparent.
I wouldn't think this Tirin could keep slaves, not being an adult yet (iirc). Just hope he doesn't get picked by Falina, who would likely be a bit brutal to him since she can't have Samson's guts for garters. Poor Billy. Hopefully Tirin can convince them that he's got really useful skills (which we know he does), or Yritai will call dibs until Tirin's trial.
Tirin vs Falina
Just an observation: So far Tirin's gotten in a couple of free shots at Falina, but nothing close to an all out in your face fight. While it's apparent that Tirin has been trained by her father in all sorts of hand to hand mayhem, it's a safe bet that Falina, growing up in an Amazonian martial society has pretty much the same type of training. Oh sure there's obviously going go be differences in style but here's the kicker: Falina has age(read muscle memory) height, reach, mass and strength over Tirin. There is a reason why there are weight classes in competitive martial arts across the board. All things being equal regarding training, I would not want to see Tirin go full out in a one on one against Falina, she's too far out of her class. Of course Steve, the creative God of this 'verse has the final say. BTW really like the story line so far.
@SFCGator:I agree Tirin IS way out of Falins's class, as in so far advanced it ain't funny. Remember she has the knowledge of and training in the same weapons and fighting styles that Tirin Prime has. Yes she would end up bruised and battered but NOT beaten. Falina would be on the floor of the arena praying Tirin kills her rather than allowing her to live in disgrace from having her butt so thoroughly kicked by a, supposedly, untrained 12 year old.
@Dragonrider: So what you're saying is that Tirin is basically a "Mary Sue" type that can never be beaten or lose a fight? Look, I understand that Billy's nanos gave her access to future Tirins memories and knowledge, but that does not translate into training and practice on the mat. There is a reason why I mentioned 'muscle memory' (MM). Tirin is a 12 year old with about 6 years of effective training. Falina seems at least 10 to 15 years older and it seems fair to assume that she began training at roughly the same age. Sure a peanut martial artist can take on an untrained wookie, it happens all the time especially in demos and exhibitions, seen it often. Let put it like this: Take a fairly athletic 21 year old with a high degree of intelligence and a very good memory. One day he decides to take up Muay Thai and gets several book from beginners to advanced forms. He spends a week reading and memorizing the forms, katas and techniques and even practices a few moves. He then goes down to a local dojo and challenges a guy of about his weight who's been practicing and training all his life. Who do you think is gonna come out on top? Again, I have to stress the size, reach and strength difference which are very real factors in combat. Steve is going to take this where he will, but I'd like to think that Tirin will learn a very valuable lesson if she gets her ass handed to her by challenging Falina.
@SFCGator: Don't want to tie up the forum in long discussions that may well not interest others. I see your point however I choose to disagree. Hint Tirins advantage, 1.beat the four challenges hands down before, 2.size, 3.speed, 4. reflexes, and 5. the most important, goal, save the life of a friend and revenge for insult offered her father. Guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
@SFCGator and @Dragonrider: I am at work on the next page --- I don't want to give anything away, but I read both of your discussions with hearty interest and have to say you are both right! (sorry, vague enough for you ya?)