Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Rounded Up And Shot
"The Wyvans were rounded up and shot. This was done with proper respect for their dignity." (Rise Of The Terran Empire, p. 572)
Does that "...proper respect for their dignity..." ring hollow? It shouldn't. It is infinitely better than the sickening treatment meted out to captured heads of conquered states by SM Stirling's Draka. However, rounding up guys and shooting them remains unpalatable. Is this the lesser evil? Keeping the Peace of Man? If I were an Ythrian on Hru III, then I would migrate to the Domain as soon as possible after the cessation of hostilities. Life under Imperial rule would be intolerable.