OOC: Whew, so much going on. Time for a looong post.
[color=#000000;]IC (Dekuna): Dekuna had been leaning against the wall as each of the three spoke, listening carefully with a guarded expression, and nodding occasionally. "Thankyou, Zayin, Kratep, Water" he said, stepping forwards once again. "You all make good point, some of which have been keeping me up at night. I will try to asnwer them as best I can."[/color]
[color=#000000;]"Zayin, you are correct that the Law Enforcers and Inquisition outnumber us, and given time and opportunity, they could crush all of us. This, Water, is why I do not suggest an all-out assault on the city. That would be suicidal (I'm sorry, you don't have a problem with suicide, so let me rephrase that: unproductive) Yes, we could storm the gate, powers blazing, but even with surprise on our side, after a long and bloody battle, we would all end up dead or in stasis. It might disrupt the Worshippers rule for a day or even a week, but it would be ultimately futile. We could make no lasting change.[/color]
[color=#000000;]However, even a small kuma can set off an avalanche that the muaka cannot outrun. The reason that we won't be fighting an organised war with the Worshippers is that we will never give them the chance to get organised for war. In a single day, (if we are properly prepared and organised) we can drain the lake, destroy the well and announce our new reserviour to the city. Then, while the Worshippers are still trying to work out what has happened, we will be here, feeding the thirsty and preparing them to run into the city and take control. This would have to be done quickly, but I believe it possible.[/color]
[color=#000000;]I will admit that during this time, Carmera may be able to organise a decent attempt at defense, but with a few hours at best, it will not be strong. Keep in mind that the Law Enforcers are not an army, but a policing force. They were recruited and trained to keep order in a city plagued by the occasional riot and a discontented population. They have never faced, and so will not be prepared for, a large-scale revolt and an assault from outside the city. Their numbers reflect this. Remember also that many Enforcers are workers like any others, who do their jobs to feed themselves and not out of any great loyalty to the Worshippers. These Enforcers are only a level above mercenaries, and if they see things turning badly for the Worshippers, they may cease to fight. Whoever runs the city, they will still have jobs, and they will know that.[/color]
[color=#000000;]With these limitations, I think it completely plausible that, given the right nudges, we might be able to gather enough citizens to ourselves and begin enough riots in uproar across the city that we could outnumber those under Carmera's command. Exactly how we do that is not important when discussing the broarder schematics of the plan, although, Kratep, your idea of postulating a hidden exit from the Map is an excellent one. Whatever course of action we come to tonight, I think that that should be part of it, and that you could be in charge of it.[/color]
[color=#000000;]That should be one way in which we can shape the spirit of the city's population, a spirit, which, I believe, is already dissatisfied with the Worshippers and their harsh, theocratic rule. Previously, that dissatisfaction hasn't had a good outlet. A few riots, yes, but nothing to seriously threaten the Worshippers'. We can provide that opportunity, but that alone, as has been correctly pointed out, will not be enough to incite the large rebellion we need. It is always easy to follow, to stick with what others are doing, but hard to step out and be the first to change. For this reason, we will need some of us in the city to give the people an example to follow. They will stir up crowds and direct them, not necessarily to us, because any other riots within the city will stretch the enforcers thinner, but of course that would be helpful. Also, there are two of us here who con control sound. In addition to broardcasting our message, we can move around the city and, while hidden, create the noises of cheering or rioting crowds, just out of sight. Emboldened by not having to be the first to rebel, it is my hope that some citizens will seek out the crowds to join them, and when many do so, they will become the bands that were, at first, illusions. I have tested this method in the past few weeks, and it has been surprisingly successful. I will admit that manipulating people is not my area of expertise, but there are others among you who know more than I. I welcome your input on this matter, and your suggestions for more ways we can encourage people to our cause.[/color]
[color=#000000;]Zayin's point about the many Disruptors trapped in stasis is entirely valid, and so I will amend my earlier statement. To 'Together we will sweep power out from underneath the Carver's servants, tear down his temple and take authority for ourselves', I will add that the barracks should, if possible, also be ransacked and our allies freed to join our forces.[/color]
[color=#000000;]Now, if it isn't obvious to everyone, this plan I am proposing is greatly risky. If it fails, many of us will likely die, and those who remain will not be able to continue as they were. This represents a move from merely disrupting the Worshippers' rule with small annoyances to attempting to overthrow it. That reward is great indeed, and it is one that I will strive for because I think it justifies the risks involved. If any others do not share my views, they are welcome to do so. You all came here tonight on faith alone, not knowing what I had to tell you. Now that you know, you have the choice of whether to accept the plan or not. I will take your decision either way."[/color]
The toa of sonics finished speaking, and an unknown Ko-matoran popped up, speaking about a hidden way out of the map. This, as everyone could see, was critical information to have, if it was correct. Dekuna's plan had focused on getting rid of the Worshippers, beings who had squashed most attempts to get out, believing that escape contradicted the Carver's will. It was a plan to remove an obstacle to escape, but it didn't actually provide a way out. What the Ko-matoran was saying was far better. The other Disruptors saw this and responded eagerly.
Still, he didn't know the Matoran, so he couldn't trust him as a source immediately. Really, even if he had been a known Disruptor, he wouldn't have blindly believed. He came from the Tren Krom Peninsula, a place of deceit and distrust, and that had left a legacy in him.
"I thank you, Matoran, for your input, though I do not know your name. If the legend of wh[color=rgb(0,0,0);]ich you speak [/color][color=rgb(0,0,0);]is true, then this is a great day for the Disruptors. Before we go searching the dungeons, however, I think introductions are in order. In over 40,000 years in this organisation, I have never seen or heard of you, and, while I do not wish to shun anyone who helps us, I find that a little odd. How did you come by this legend, and who invited you to this gathering?"[/color]