Research (Ayida In’ama – WoW)
Zar’huda delicately removed the small pair of eyeglasses from his daughters face and put his arms around her to lift her up and move her to her bed. She stirred in his arms and he paused so as not to wake her.
“No Papa, too much to do,” The girl murmured sleepily. Zar’huda actually smiled and ruffled Ayida’s unruly waves of blood red hair; leaving her to sleep on the face of her book. The massive Dire Troll slinked off to make her a cup of tea.
Ayida rubbed her eyes and wiped a bit of drool from the open page. She stared down at the book; her amber eyes focusing and refocusing to make out the words. Her hand reached to the side and grabbed up her glasses upon the realization that they were missing from her face. That was better.
“To capture the enemy’s entire army is better than to destroy it; to take intact a regiment, a company, or a squad is better than to destroy them. For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the supreme of excellence. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence.” **
She picked up her pen and scribbled in the notebook she had to the side of her book. “Testing of the euthanasia compound in battle may serve to the best interests of infiltration.” The tapped the pen against one of her large tusks and nodded gratefully to her father as he set down another cup of tea for her. “Adding it to the water supplies that feed the harbour towns would not be as advantageous as our own men would inevitably be drinking from the same supply once the area was conquered. “
“What are you working on?” Zar’huda asked and leaned over his daughters shoulder.
“Only in the planning states.” She smiled softly and took a sip of the tea.
“What of your alchemy research?”
“This is part of it.”
Zar’huda furrowed a brow not sure what to make of this.
“…don’t ask, Papa.”
**Quote from Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”