Friends at the Table: PARTIZAN 09: DESERT SQUIRE - VANTAGE, 10: RIPOSTE, & 11: SLEIGHT
March 8, 2020 7:58 AM - Subscribe

A local religious minority goes on a pilgrimage and only Clem Kesh's historical cosplay club, the Rapid Evening, can protect them from the many dark conspiracies that threaten their lives- either that, or trap them in a much more poorly thought out conspiracy.

Clem gets bossier.

Ver'milion throws her back out carrying the whole team.

Sovereign catches a cold.

Leap gains a new interest in fashion.

Austin, Jack, Sylvi, Art, Keith.
posted by fomhar (5 comments total)
The moment when they recontextualized the "I don't know, maybe... his... ring?" moment to have Leap wearing thirty separate rings during that whole scene was probably my favorite moment of the season proper so far.
posted by fomhar at 8:01 AM on March 8, 2020

That was absolutely top-tier. I also love that Clem attempting to "cut loose" by letting Leap "steal" a box of rings did almost nothing for her stress. It was a perfect match of narrative and mechanic. I'm interested to see what kind of scar she gets from this.

"We're meteorologists.... Well, hobbyist meterorologists... Whatever we have mechs and we're helping you."

One thing I don't understand is why would the Rapid Evening secure Gur Sevraq and then lie about it? It's not even "Yeah we secured him, no you can't have him" it's straight up "we totally failed to secure him." I don't see how it benefits the Rapid Evening to claim they failed their objective, and it's causing an immediate escalation of the war between Apostolos and Kesh.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:37 PM on March 8, 2020

I missed that too, but I think the justification was that the characters would prefer Sevraq to be alive and active in the world to him being killed or extremely controlled by Crysanth Kesh. The meta-narrative they discussed in one of the Road to Season Six episodes was a bunch of characters slowly realizing that the principality suuuuuuucks.

As far as an escalation of war, they're a secret paramilitary group. That's the best shit that could possibly happen to them.

Also Clem strikes me as the kind of person who very much wants to fuck up her mother's plans regardless of what else is happening.
posted by fomhar at 5:45 PM on March 8, 2020

Yeah, that was what I was thinking too, a mix of pettiness, "What's bad for Crysanth is good for me," and war being good for business. I'm sure the downtime episode will further explore the justification and ramifications.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:51 PM on March 8, 2020

It’s not just Crysanth—the Curtain gave Sovereign the task of “securing” Gur, and they suck. Plus, they seem to not want Clem to be in charge (given that she is not currently in charge) so they are an obstacle to fulfilling her drive.

A hidden Gur is the outcome that best foils the Curtain’s plans and provides opportunities for Clem and the RE alike.
posted by Maecenas at 9:56 PM on March 8, 2020

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