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10.03.2012 , 10:44 AM |
And here I thought this week wouldn't trigger the usual deluge. 200-word
Bad Timing: Work Prep
for Vierce while I try to sort out what's going through his head. Set somewhere shortly after M1-4X's recruitment. No spoilers.
Stand still. Shoulders back. Deep breath. Hands still. Straight-up Imperial raid. Look over the site map. Three buildings. Civilian buildings. Fourth is Imp-occupied, fair game. Remember where you are. Tatooine, here, now. Your targets are in uniforms. Fire at the uniforms, not the accents. Three friendlies with you. Remember her voice. Friendly. Republic uniform. Don't shoot.
Remember where you are. Tatooine, here, now.
One more time. Here's the site. Civilians present. Fire at the Imp uniforms. You have three friend–
"Sir!" roared M1-4X. "All systems are at optimal power! I am fully prepared to bring freedom–"
"Dammit, Forex, do not interrupt me when I'm…" I swallowed hard.
When I'm standing still doing nothing?
"When I'm prepping for the job," I said harshly.
Jorgan stepped in. "Give him two minutes before any time we go into combat, all right, Forex? It makes him more effective."
"Of course, sir! Any technique you find effective is one more tool we have against the Empire!"
I nodded gratefully at Jorgan and turned back to face the map.
Deep breath. Hands still. Here's the site. Civilians present. Remember where you are. Tatooine, here, now. You know the Imp uniforms.
Protect everything else.
I don't know how effective cognitive techniques like this actually are under pressures like, well, being under fire. I just know that for all that Vierce keeps it together 95% of the time in everyday life, combat can expose the damage in him pretty quick. And he'll do anything in his power to avoid letting that impact bystanders. So…repetitive pre-work ritual? It could help.
…I find myself hoping this guy is amazingly useful at his job, because I'm finding he's difficult to work with. Live with. Put up with. I have a very great desire to arbitrarily plot-fix him, but I can't!
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