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Thoughts on Cathan's murder I'm sharing as they have been bugging me for ages

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whitelaughter:
Ultimately, this is what sealed Imre's fate. But....
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the court sees their blood covered, insanely distraught monarch scream at them "don't you know a man is dead!" and then he throws them out.
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That's actually a pretty good set up for some quite effective damage control. Imre suspects that a Haldane is in the wings, and that the MacRories are involved. His grief is unfeigned: which the Deryni present would have been able to detect.

The simple solution would have been to announce the following morning that an assassin claiming to serve a Haldane pretender sought to kill the king and that Cathan bravely threw himself in the way, saving the king. Cathan's known love of the king means that no one would find such an action surprising; all would find Imre's grief believable. Cathan's body is given full honours, and a new title awarded for his heroics.

Before Cathan's body is returned, the commander of his escort is warned - and ordered to Truth Read the speaker - that the king believes that Cathan was always the intended target, and that the claimed attack on the king was just a cover. Said commander is told that his primary task is to protect Cathan's sons, and to warn Camber that his family is in danger.

Of course, if Cathan's sons are killed, the title passes to Joram...and so the lands to the Michaelines.
And Camber and the Michaelines apparently have some sort of bad history...

At some point the court can announce that the Haldane pretender is being protected by some 'rogue' Michaelines(which he is), and leave crushing the Pretender to a grief stricken Camber.

revanne:
My immediate response, without checking the books which sadly seem to have gone walkabout, is that this assumes that Imre is rational which I don't remember to be the case. Even without drink, and manipulation by Coel and Ariella, he is emotionally unstable and driven by impulse.

I also don't believe that Camber would be fooled.

Great discussion starter.

Bynw:
Thought provoking there [member=32851]whitelaughter[/member] . But as [member=28354]revanne[/member] stated, Imre would have to be rational to come up with that idea. And Imre is nothing but irrational impulses of the here and now. He is quite insane.

Demercia:
Revanne.  I can tell you where you books have walked to😀

Kareina:

--- Quote from: revanne on February 16, 2019, 05:31:06 AM ---My immediate response, without checking the books which sadly seem to have gone walkabout, is that this assumes that Imre is rational which I don't remember to be the case. Even without drink, and manipulation by Coel and Ariella, he is emotionally unstable and driven by impulse.

I also don't believe that Camber would be fooled.

Great discussion starter.

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While I agree with the others that this idea isn't one that Imre could have come up with, it does sound like something that Ariella could have come up with, and, had she suggested it to her beloved brother, he may have gone along with it. Or would he? He was really, really devastated when he thought that his beloved Cathan had betrayed him, so I don't know if he would have been able to pull it off. Depends on how much control over him his sister had...

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