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Evan Washington walks into the communications chamber of the North Star, having been alerted of two messages when he had entered his ship. He sits down and listens to the first.

My name is Laech. I represent the Merchant Faction in the Tokan Civil War. We have a job offer for you. This war has been cold, but the Centralists want to make it hot. They will be holding a public gala to discuss their plans to bring war to our peaceful planet. Unfortunately, our spies only report that they are present at the gala, not who they are. To be safe, kill everyone there. This is all to avoid a far more costly war, Mr. Washington. If you accept, come to the address listed below so that we can discuss payment and give further information.

The Merchants... as I recall, they want to keep the corrupt democracy, Evan thinks, They represent the wealthiest Tokans, so their pay will be excellent. Not sure how well the team will think of slaughtering civilians, though. "Not to mention it'll get me right back on the NGLA watch list," he mutters before playing the next message.

This is Soliye. I represent the Centralist Faction in the Tokan Civil War. We have a job offer for you. This war has been cold, but the Merchants want it to heat up, convinced they have power enough to crush us. What's galling is that they're right. We're striking the Centralist's Propaganda Department. The loss of this building will drastically set their plans back. We will provide enough high-yield explosives to completely wreck the building. Success here is vital to keep Toka's streets free of blood during this conflict. If you accept, come to the address listed below so that we can discuss payment.

And the Centralists want to change the government, Evan thinks, They won't have as much cash, but a simple bombing's cleaner work. Especially since it's pretty clear that something's up with that building.

He and his crew could easily do either job; they had easy access to both targets. The question, though, was which one. Did he support the traditionalist champions of democracy, who so gleefully corrupt and twist the system to their own benefit? Did he support the iconoclasts who would tear down a corrupt and inefficient system and establish an authoritarian oligarchy in its place? Or would he do both jobs and let the scholars - and the people - sort out who won and who lost?

He calls his team to the room, hoping to get their input.

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