"I think we're well past the point of playing with fire, Captain - whole worlds are burning. To complete your analogy, it is time to fight fire with fire. It's a pity you are unable to stomach the realities of war, but it's moments like these when the line between friend and foe begins to blur."
"We will build it, we have the credits. We'll even extend full access to the Alliance. ADAM is our price and I need a final decision."
Abid Leechi sits back, looking a good deal more content.
"We will need guarantees that the project will be completed within an acceptable time-frame and that Umbara will have full-access to the final implementation. To that end, we want the construction to be in a central, secure and, ideally, mobile location. The Trident satisfies those requirements, but we will want to place a garrison on-board to protect our investment. In addition to constant access for not less than five of our technicians, an envoy from Umbara should be allowed periodic access for project review."
"Abid, hold on a second, we'll be right back." Tag mutes the communication, then turns to Grey.
"No, we will not build it. There is no solution I will accept in which we build that thing. It's against everything I stand for, and it would send the galaxy into a war that I would be shocked if it will survive. Grey, I swear to you, if you try to build this, I will fight you with every single resource I have available to me, every step of the way." Tag's eyes are deadly serious. "I am not joking. Don't fight me on this."
"I'm with Tag here Grey. Super weapons are never a good thing and no matter the intentions going in to the construction of a super weapon the end result is always bad. Always. It doesn't matter if we have it, the Umbara have it or one of the two empires. It's just a bad idea." Dorat says.