Latest blog post: An unforseen hiatus. (2023-01-02)
Thinking about some ways to bring in more exotic worldbuilding to the comic without making yet another infodump. How'd you guys like a flashback sequence for one of the main characters? Whose's past you'd like to witness if any? Tell in the comments!
Yes, that environment would be great for that build - not overwhelmingly good at running, climbing, or swimming, but a solid second-tier at each.
The human form would be much better at running, probably a bitter better at climbing (arm size/number would be quite situational, but not having the extra tail mass would be a solid advantage), but MUCH worse at swimming.
This is a very thoughtful story and I like the perspective from the Aliens point of view. You're probably right (how this would play-out) although if it happened in much of the West there would be the rabid journalists and photographers to consider...
How they establish contact and forge a kind of trust with each other is off to a good start, at least so far, but in a real-life situation this would be where anything could still happen. Hopefully, the rationality we've seen on both sides of this equation can take charge to everyone's benefit!
He's all in on this gambit. She could kill him, his own troops could easily accidentally kill him, he could be court-martialed in any number of horrible ways, but all that matters to him is making that connection that lets him in, that lets him prevent the annihilation of the world by vastly superior technology.
Exactly what is needed, I think. I expect that the only way they will reward him will be further tying him into this - no good deed goes unpunished.
I suspect being further tied to the project would be fine by the Major. There is a certain prestige in that, though it may not be apparent at first. And given the limited window into the attitudes he's displayed about the aliens and the projects, he's probably a preferable person to have in place to play the political games that keeps things favorable, instead of stupid.