Who's the Best? (was: Concerning Great Weapons ...)

Wed Mar 12 14:54:13 PST 2003

On Wed, 12 Mar 2003, Mark A Mandel wrote:

> On Sat, 8 Mar 2003, Philip Hart wrote:
> #According to several books (well, _Jhereg_ and _Yendi_ at least)
> #it's the way of things that one assassin is assigned per job.
> #I think this was presented as a measure to avoid interference.
> #(Which wouldn't necessarily be at issue here, admittedly.)
> #And perhaps this indicates Dragaeran patience relative to Easterners.
> But when the Demon was hiring Vlad to take out Mellar, who was holed up
> in Castle Black, he told him, "If someone else sees a clear shot, they're
> going to take it", OWTTE. (sorry for the typos; my ISP is giving really
> rotten echo time).

Your ISP seems to have mangled "or words to that effect" into OWTTE -
quite impressive.  Ok, re your argument, this is a case that proves
(tests) the rule - the Demon explicitly tells Vlad this, indicating
that sending a second team is unusual.  It's an emergency situation
calling for unusual solutions.  And Vlad replies he'll shine anyone
who gets in his way - what I meant by "interference".  And of course
the plot of _Yendi_ turns on this point.