Post by Rodimus Prime on Jun 23, 2009 19:15:15 GMT -5
"I know it's spreading us thin," admits Rodimus, palms towards the ceiling. "But a single feint would be obvious. Shockwave- and Starscream," give him a break; by the time he became Prime, Starscream was dead, "will be looking for an intrusion elsewhere. We need to give it to him. In fact, he needs to see Mirage, if we can find some way to arrange it." He lowers his hands and turns towards Springer.
"Well, we don't want them actually inside before the distractions trigger, but sure, we should wait until they're ready to move."
Springer was about to address Rodimus' idea regarding Mirage, but then Xaaron speaks up, and Springer cuts him an odd look. "I know we need to find out a little more info on Magnus, but that's risky, too. If whoever we send in for intel-gathering gets caught, then they'll know we're after Magnus, and beef up security, and then our little double-diversion won't be as effective."
Springer makes a slightly stressed face. "Not saying it's a bad idea, but it's equally risky, if not moreso. Unless I'm mis-interpreting what you're getting at."
Post by Rodimus Prime on Jun 25, 2009 22:16:34 GMT -5
Rodimus Prime rubs his chin and considers. "You know, the point of having trained Intel gatherers is to let them gather Intel. If we don't use them because we're worried about them getting caught and giving away the fact that we're gathering Intel, we defeat the purpose of having them."
The young Prime smiles faintly and adds, "And... Emirate Xaaron's right about us not really able to spread ourselves thin enough for the double-feint." He shakes his head. "But with just a single diversion, they will be looking for a team on the inside." He looks at Springer. "Where they might not automatically be on the alert without the diversion."
Post by Emirate Xaaron on Jun 26, 2009 13:14:36 GMT -5
Emirate Xaaron slams a hand against a wall, letting the metal ring and echo across the amphitheatre, and he snaps, "Life is dangerous. It is more dangerous when the Decepticons are allowed to run rampant. We cannot let fear tie our hands."
"We send in Intel. If it is viable, we authorise Intel to perform a rescue then and there - but only if it is viable. If not, they pull out. Hopefully unseen."
"Then, once we have a proper grasp of the situation, we can formulate a proper plan."
Springer's shoulder jumps very slightly when Xaaron hits the wall, the Wrecker giving him a tense look.
"Alright. We'll let the intel guys go, then. Just wanted to make sure we considered all the open options."
Springer's gaze becomes distracted as he realizes that he was pushing for the quickest possible solution... Gah, he should know better than this. We don't need a Kup situation to happen in this universe.
Post by Rodimus Prime on Jun 28, 2009 13:27:20 GMT -5
Rodimus crosses his arms. "Then all that's left is to pick who's going," he observes. "There are a couple that seem intuitive... and a few in Intel and Communications who would probably be a bad idea."
Goldbug would have been a better option if they had kept him in the toy car. Oh, well.
Post by Emirate Xaaron on Jun 28, 2009 22:15:21 GMT -5
"You can never consider all possible options," Emirate Xaaron points out, as if revealing a dreadful secret. "You can only consider what are the most immediately viable options based on the data at hand, data which are always imperfect."
"This would be why a battle plan never survives contact with the enemy."
He shakes his head sadly.
"But if you're intuiting, Rodimus Prime, who are you intuiting?"
Post by Rodimus Prime on Jun 30, 2009 21:59:38 GMT -5
By sending wave after wave of your own men to their deaths until it's completed, Springer?
"Reign the pride in a bit, Springer," Rodimus says warningly. Because this is totally not a case of pot and kettle. He looks over at Emirate Xaaron and shrugs. "Mirage... maybe Rattrap seem the obvious ones for this one, sir," he answers. "Mirage is a little inexperienced, but his abilities are the most handy here. Rattrap seems to know his business, and his size could be an advantage."
Post by Emirate Xaaron on Jul 1, 2009 12:42:07 GMT -5
Emirate Xaaron shakes his head. "But sometimes, the objective is a moving target. Sometimes, the objective changes entirely. What you might think is a neutral village that needs protection from Decepticon marauders might turn out to be holding the secret laboratory and torture chamber of a mad Decepticon general."
And in this case, if Ultra Magnus is too far gone, it might call for an assassin, not a rescue team.
But they won't know whether they need to extend a helping hand or hide a dagger behind their backs until they know just what the situation is.
Cheerily, Emirate Xaaron comments, "Oh, I just love teaming up Mirage and Rattrap!"