Re: TP: Brinkmanship by Una McCormack Review Thread (Spoilers!)
And yet the Tzenkethi seemed to be playing them like a fiddle.
Well, that's because they were.
Like I said, the Venetans need to understand how everyone else is playing the game before they can be even the slightest bit effective at it themselves. But if they can learn that other cultures aren't doing things the Venetan way, I can see possibilities for them other than "cave in" or "run away".
We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile and nothing can grow there; too much, the best of us is washed away.