It looks like this culture clash is really starting to come to a head, eh?
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That conversation could take a while. Lot of distance to cover.
Oh, this explanation is going to be FUN.
Now Betsy-Rey has something of a problem on her hands. Either pretend to be well above her station for the imediate benefits and face the concequences later or come clean now for hopefully lighter sentencing. Personally, I would take the former. As a POW, you’re already expected to resist information extraction so riding on cultural misconceptions shouldnt surprise anybody. And if she’s lucky, she might even be able to befriend/subvert her escort before the deception is discovered.
Actually she might be what passes for a middle officer given what was equipped on her limb and the fact she had as much time in the unit as she did.
She doesn’t actually lead the fist so I’m not sure she qualifies as an officer. If the opening scenes of the comic are to be believed your share ownership in the company contributes to your rank. Betsy-Ray might rank to an Lt but that’s not a guarantee. That said she should very much fake it.
Its going to be a rather unfortunate day when the negotiations occur. Its likely her company will not be giving anything for her release, even if they captured a Dhuvalian Limb pilot they would probably take money over a trade, and her family doesn’t sound like they have the resources to pay ransom either.
You are right but in the worst sort of way; according to the Cast page she is a pilot with no real rank at all.
You assume she has similar protections as on Earth. But this is not Earth. She might be lining herself against wall on front of firing squad by playing it wrong.
If that were the case, she’d have likely just been left to “enhanced interrogation” in prison. The Dhuv’s appear to be taking a ‘verbal chess game’ approach to her confinement. This has actually been proven both to be more efficient and yield more accurate results than coercive methods. It also suggests that they won’t “dishonor” themselves by executing prisoners without a fair trial.
Nonsense. Someone with enough influence decided to go for different method of extracting information. Torture does provide poor intel, even if nothing forbids it. Fact that there IS “enhanced interrogation” and nobody bats an eye to it tells that prisoners have little or no rights.
And prisoners lying about their rank might just as well end up put to sword. By the way, fair trial does not necessarily save her. She fails to correct her rank when presented it, which can quite well be enough to get her guilty sentence in Dhuvalian court, even if they need to take it that far.
Furthermore, her knowing what is the right option would have to mean Betsy knows the Dhuvalian culture and law well. Which she does not appear to do.
I’d be interested to know how Dhuv law approaches a female military captive. Their Mother-worship seems to give some special status to women, but at the same time women do not appear to serve as soldiers. Deploying military law against her might open up some political frontlines the Dhuvs haven’t had cause to explore yet.
For comparison, women in Europe (and colonial cultures derived therefrom) could “plead the belly” to get out of executions and other penalties for several centuries. Anne Bonney and Mary Read famously did back in the Age of Sail, and they’d been about as deeply involved in piracy as you could get. The Dhuvs seem to revere even potential fertility. I don’t think Betsy-Ray would be “just” a POW on par with a male captive.
Impossible to say if they do revere fertility of outsiders. We have to remember that societies can have VERY different rules regarding their “own” members and those who do not belong to the society.
Rape and abuse of foreign women has never been rare during times of conflict, while domestic ones are generally protected.
One thing to remember is that “plead the belly” was English law, and thus restricted in it’s availability. Also it was considered stay of execution, even though Bonney possibly managed to avoid death. Record is incomplete on that, though Reed did perish in prison.
Had Reed and Bonney been captured with nation with other legislation, they could have ended up hanged regardless of their status.
Guys, she is on the brink of crying here! You can clearly see, how stupid her decision to become a limp pilot have become. No payment is big enough, if you really have nothing worth of dying for.
In war, you let the enemy soldier die for his country. But for mercs, it is just payment worth more than idealism. But mercs are getting paid enough, to manage these events and have enough experience to survive.
Now we have the free Marketeers here, just “protecting” property, because it is their bloody job. Like in a way earlier comic, they aren’t getting paid enough to die. They have no traditions of fighting or wars unlike the Dhuvs. Loyalty and moral is an issue for such security forces, they rather turn around and save their own skin when things are turning grim.
And seeing the mobilization, yeah, the FULL military power of Dhuvalia comes into play now, which Betsy is realizing that this war is going downhill for them.
OH. MY. GOD! I knew she was working as a mercenary to cover a family debt, but I figured it was a kidney or a heart, like out of the movie REPO MAN!
An important question to ask. As a people the Free Market fights when they feel cheated or someone deprives them of what they feel is theirs but for Betsy-Rey personally the answer is quite a bit more shallow and it looks like tears are forming in her eyes.
I wonder if she even knows what started this. Did she even care before this point? People are dead and Betsy-Rey may be realizing how weak her reasons for taking a life are.
Technically they’re fighting for the same reason – Their leaders didn’t want to negotiate a land dispute.
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