Something is wrong with Her.
I can’t prove it. There is no one irrefutable piece of evidence. I know it seems impossible, but I am asking you to trust me.
I have watched Her, and Her city, for my entire adult life. I know its rhythms, the feel of it. And I am telling you, it is a steed bereft of its rider, a hound whose master wastes away.
The Sniper Court sits vacant. What of it? It has done so before, you might reply. But the Fists are also taking no concerted action. Two of their number are overseas, and the remainder…defend? Patrol? First Fist is the only Fist to have undertaken offensive action within the past month, and they did so with no support.
She issues no commands. Again, not unusual, but She has also not been seen in any of Her usual scavenging zones. She might be getting Her candies and trinkets further afield, but my gut says it is not so.
I don’t think She has moved her activity beyond our sight, I think She is hiding in Her Lair. Ministered by Her company, feted by Subtracter, I think She is in seclusion. For whatever reason, I don’t think She has warped in two months.
Even after going out this far on a limb, I couldn’t possibly imagine what might be wrong with Her. Depression? Found religion? Really good video game? No man can say.
But it might be worth another shot. I know that I have no say in whether the time is right to attempt to remove Her from the picture. I know the Decimations are tragedies, the retributive raids calamities. I know She has withstood every effort. But something might, just might, be different, right now, for who knows how long.
Can we let this chance pass us by? I hope whoever reads this gives serious consideration to taking action. We may never get another chance like this.