“And then?”

“Then, sir, the Imperial and Royal Equenauts will seep in from the flanks and trap the retreating enemy.”

“What about the machine guns?” asked the Crown Prince.

“You mean, what if the enemy has machine guns, turns them heavenward, and blows our equenauts and their pegasai out of the sky?”

“Yes,” the Crown Prince said. “What about that?”

“Well, sir, that would be damn unsporting. I don’t think even our enemies would stoop to such unthinkable actions.”

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