Re: Prologue: [Under the Bludgeonings of Chance | Part II ] Reply #25 – April 25, 2014, 03:48:37 AM [Declan Vasser - Harbinger XO Ready Room]It was a painful possibility that Declan hadn't wanted to accept, but T'Rena was right to bring it up. There might not have been any allies left out there who could have been helpful to them, not a race in the Alpha Quadrant that might not have been infiltrated. It meant that, until such a time that they were able to identify the compromised with some sort of scan, everyone had to be kept at arm's reach, a weapon in hand to protect themselves against someone who might turn on them as soon as their guard went down."I need to hold on to some faith that Ensign Acerth might still prove useful to us in helping identify others of her kind," he said to T'Rena, knowing that faith was illogical, something that had no place in a conversation with a Vulcan. As she spoke in her realist manner, holding back no words and pulling no punches, he had to accept her facts. Her analysis came with options, advise that she could provide, though she had already singled out the one that she thought best."You are correct that you have been by my side for a long time, Commander, as my Security Chief and my First officer. With the rapport we've established after all this time, I think you should know well enough what to do." If she was going to suggest something he would strongly disagree with, then she had best open with her alternatives, and make him understand why those would not work. She had to leave no other option but the one he would hate to accept. She'd done it so many times in the past that he even had a name for the strategy. The T'Rena Quagmire; defeat all other alternatives with cold, dispassionate logic, until only the least favorable option is left viable.