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  • Tung collects Wise Old Chinese Sayings and makes Miles memorize them – though I'm reasonably sure that "war is but a continuation of diplomacy by other means" is Clausewitz

  • The Cetagandan Empire has 8 developed planets (the Something Cetas with satrap governors etc) and a fringe of 8 allied or puppet dependencies (how're they governed? Ghemish council?)

  • Fletchir Giaja, at age 70-something, has selected no Crown Prince yet – do haut typically live to 120?

  • Vorob'yev house colors are wine-red with a black trim

  • The current ghemish movement for the dissatisfied young artistes is "retro-avant"

  • Lord Yenaro got called "Yenni" – how common are surname-based nicknames?

  • Miles, when being interrogated, somehow manages to ask all of the questions. Typical.

  • LIMERICKS

  • The plot hook setup for Ethan of Athos is really, really obvious and a bit clumsy

  • What became of the kitten tree? Did its owner place more poorly due to Ivan's interference?

  • I am bizarrely entertained by Lady Arvin and Lady Benello – they have managed to become some of my favorite bit part characters

  • So, why does "man talk" work as an excuse? Is it the particulars of Ladies Arvin and Benello, or is it the culture?

  • Ah, Miles stringing around Lord Vorreedi, treating his superior like a mushroom, as typical

  • I now want the Ivan's Dick Bush, obvious winner of the 150th Annual Bioesthetics Exhibition

  • How large a percentage of the haut are on Eta Ceta vs the other satrapies?

  • The haut-lady eugenics council's sessions sound ... interesting

  • The data dump was a brilliant idea

  • Benin, at age 40 and a bit, was young for a Colonel, but now he's really young for a General. And wasn't there a mention earlier on that a ghem-lord can't really expect to achieve power before the age of 70?

  • The "greatest danger would be for the haut to lose control of the ghem" – hmm. Hmmm. *walks over to Bujold Ficathon, leaves prompt*



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