the smuggler’s bible

Grazny

“If their documentation is to be believed, the only sample was incinerated. The tests, however, were very thorough.”

“Please proceed,” Zvonomir says, flipping through a sheaf of reports, “as if the opposition’s conclusions are sound. We’ll backtrack wherever possible later. You are dismissed, logistics officer.”

Grazny leaves the audience chamber—relocated to a refitted commercial structure across the capital—and departs immediately to inspect work at the palace.

It’s difficult to prepare a response to an uncertain threat. That’s just the way it goes. But with the proper chemical and archaeological strata analyses, well, there’s always something you can do.