Nnngghhn.. Latest Novel concern: The chief engineer is a lying thieving cheat that has suborned a section of the ship’s AI to cover his tracks. The CE has been working an angle for years, playing on a personal friendship with the captain. After everything goes south, the revelation of this betrayal rocks the captain to her core. She has trusted this person for years and years, only to find she’s been played this whole time.
A significant part of the captain’s character arc is coming to grips with this. I am increasingly concerned about being able to portray this correctly without making her look ineffectual or unlikable.
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