Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Intelligence-Gathering II

The previous post mentioned three spies of different species in the Technic History:

Erannath, Ythrian;
Rax, from somewhere distant and unpronouceable;
Flandry, human.

Another hero of intelligence-gathering is Targovi, Tigery, who learns that:

there is discontent and a sense of betrayal in the Patrician System, especially among Navy personnel;

the discontent is being fomented with unfounded allegations, inflammatory slogans and hostile japes;

spacecraft have been seen to land surreptitiously on Zacharia island;

the recent Merseian attack was led with unprecedented stupidity, flying straight into an obvious trap;

however, the Terran fleet under Admiral Magnusson could have pursued its advantage and inflicted greater damage but instead allowed most of the Merseian armada to retreat;

Captain Jerrold Ronan, in charge of Naval Intelligence for the Patrician System, is displeased by Targovi's report and refuses to explain why, citing official secrets;

Jerrold hints that the landings on Zacharia are a secret Navy operation and orders Targovi to speak no more about them;

he adds that Targovi had no right to question Merseian prisoners and is qualified neither to discuss strategy nor to criticize Magnusson;

in fact, Targovi is ordered to drop this line of inquiry and not to initiate any further investigations.

What does all this mean? That Magnusson is about to rebel and is a Merseian sleeper.

However, the supreme spy of the Technic History has to be Aycharaych the Chereionite, an agent of Merseia, simply because he is an unprecedented universal telepath.

2 comments:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    And I like Poul Anderson's line in A CIRCUS OF HELLS about people on Irumclaw thinking Rax had been forced to leave his home world for reasons of health. Which I thought amusing!

    Aycharaych the master spy of master spies? I agree!

    Sean

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  2. I forgot to add that I now think Captain Jerrold was himself also a Merseian agent. After all, Magnusson himself could not have been the only human traitor working for Merseia. I don't think an officer genuinely loyal to the Empire (even if the misguided sense of supporting a usurper) would have been so dismissive of Targovi's findings.

    Sean

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