A Plan Comes Together

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Plans, plans, plans. Everyone has one, but not every plan is a good one. Plans often fall apart upon first contact with the enemy, leading to the tales of hubris that we looked at last month where the plotter at best fails, and at worst meets a fate far worse than they imagined.

Today let’s look at the opposite. Times when the plan is executed without flaw, when the plot comes together in a satisfying way that shows us the acumen and foresight of the one who executed it. Let’s look at the competent successes of those who gambled and came out on top.

5 stories about ploys

Citizens by J.S. Savage – The lives of imperial citizens are filled with suffering. Suffering leads to discontent, and discontent leads to heresy and rebellion. But while the seeds of rebellion may have formed naturally, they are sometimes fertilized by those they fight against, looking only to gather the many disparate traitors into one solid force that is much more easily found and dispatched.
The Wheel Must Turn by Noah Miller – The galaxy of Warhammer 40,000 is filled with infinite beings and infinite possibilities. While we typically focus on the most prominent forces—the Imperium, Orks, Eldar, and a few others—it is important to remember that they are not the only ones making moves. Noah’s turning Wheel is one such force. Its masters and motivations are unknown, but its influence is inarguable.
Sal of the Hive by Matthew Neil (Audio narrated by Alex Ross) Reader discretion advised. The citizens of hive cities are born to die, and that promised death is delayed only by pain and anguish. What little betterment they can obtain in their lives is always tempered by what they must pay in exchange. Sal of the Hive is no exception, but that does not mean she is not exceptional. Despite her suffering and pain, she still finds a way to postpone death and hold onto a life that is better than most citizens can imagine. Read it yourself or enjoy the audio presentation narrated by Alex Ross.

The Price of Power by Sebastian Soppa – The Drukhari are a people composed of plots. Betrayal is in their blood and ambition in their souls. For the immortal people of Cormorragh there is no safety, and for every plot that succeeds, someone must pay the price. For a new archon to rise, another must fall.
A Guide to Transactional Leadership by Jenny Strath – You didn’t think I’d have “plans” as the theme and not include Tzeentch, did you? The changer is the god of plots, betrayal, and change. Schemes are his prayers, though successful execution is less important than the plan itself. That isn’t to say that the followers of Tzeentch are fools. Instead, they make an art of making fools of those they plot against, just as Solana does to her enemy in Jenny Strath’s wonderful fast fiction story.