A continuation of the Antarctic Exchange. Story number 4, directly follows Collecting.
Date: 29 Jan 2013 02:37
Number of posts: 15
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I'm not sure what exactly is happening here. The Antarctican ambassador lady is all miffed because two of her people were arrested, and the incident presumably involves some SCPs I don't recognize without explanation, and I don't care for Tales that require subsequent explanation. I'm not immediately impressed with the level of content.
However, for the record, a Black Russian is three parts vodka to two parts Kahlua, and I've had one, so maybe some explanation isn't totally unwarranted.
Plus, between the two tales, the skip involved is explained to the extent needed to understand the story.
I'm having a conversation with Djoric about this in chat. In essence, I feel that while the canon is permitted to serve as enough of a background to the stories, the stories need enough plot in them individually to stand alone. I'm not going to downvote this until I have a chance to review it while, y'know, sober, but I'm not overly impressed with this installment at present.
They breach containment, killing a guy, and when the empress says "deal with it" they deal with it by…accepting that quietly? This is the Foundation we know and love? Just chill with some foreign exchange students dictating that they accept two idiots murdering one of their researchers?
I sing of arms and the man
Storm-tossed by Hera's jealousy
Unspoken detail: if they send them packing, they could very easily lose their holdings in 1483. Empress could pretty much say "fuck it, get out of here," and out the Foundation goes.
And let's be honest, it was the agent's fault. And that the Foundation is no stranger to murdering their own employees in fits of incredible idiocy.
I still don't really like these characters.
(For curious parties, this has been discussed in chat).
The depiction of Lucrezen here indeed picked my interest: Without wasting too much time with direct exposition, most of her traits are hinted at very subtly and her connection with the Empress is mentioned just enough to let us know how intimate it is, which allows this particular character to remain shrouded in mystery.
However, while I do consider Djoric's points valid in regards on how deporting Trighit and Pokum would only harm both sides, the fact that the exchange hasn't proved explicit advantageous to the Foundation as of this fourth tale is starting to bother me. I don't think the continuity issues pointed out by Eskobar are a problem, but I surely hope that this particularly patient behavior expressed by the Foundation so far is justified at some point.
Don't feel really one way or the other about this one— probably because it builds on what I thought was a weak plot point (the accident with stolen scp eggs). The physical descriptions are also a tad clumsy, in both placement and phrasing— a few too many outlandish adjectives.
Lucrezen is intriguing, but her exchanges/actions in this tale just seemed… lacking? Not worth a downvote, but I'm hoping to see clarification/fleshing out in the remaining tales.