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Factions, Negotiation, and Diplomacy

The year is 204 B.C., and Publius Cornelius Scipio stands, blade and standard in hand, over now-conquered Utica. The numerically superior forces of Hasdrubal and Syphax almost completely annihilated in a nighttime assault by the Romans, and the Carthaginian field forces were entirely out of commission in Northern Africa.

The Carthaginian Empire is the verge of ruin, with Scipio's forces clear to take the capital -

And lo! Envoys appear.

Not just any envoys, but 30 Members of Carthage's Council of Elders, the highest and most respected spokesmen for the state.

Aren't You Going To Say Hello?

On Cameron Chardukian

I was cutting the grass at my grandma’s house yesterday.  She’s too old to do it these days so I cut and she pays me for it.  It’s a win-win situation.  Normally these grass cutting visits end up being relatively uneventful, but I had an interesting observation yesterday.

I was pushing the lawnmower towards the front yard and I heard a noise.  I looked up and it was just my neighbor driving up his old driveway.  I noticed he had his hand out as if he was waving to me, but I was in such deep thought that he had already pulled into his garage before I had the idea to wave back.

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