First, have some tiny eggs OF DOOM.
Yep, those are the black widow egg cases. Weird little things, aren’t they?
So. After batting around that smirking Chekov like a badminton birdie with a beta reader, I figured out there was another way to fire it. It’s still going to take some chewing on for when would be most effective to fire it. I have a rough idea where it goes in the fight, but not exactly where. Yet.
Part of the problem is a Thirty Xanatos Pileup. I know, TVTropes calls it Gambit Pileup these days, but Xanatos is my go-to guy for Complicated Evil Plans, so there. There are no less than three separate factions currently duking it out in the middle of the battlespace our heroes have to cross. Somehow. Without getting fried, drowned, poisoned, or flat-out squished.
(Compared to most of the critters involved, yes, our heroes are pretty squishy.)
So plotting this is being more than a bit of a pain. I need to set the stage well, because once any one of those factions realizes the good guys made it to the party after all, things will get very dangerous, very quickly.
I suspect this is going to take a lot of successive approximation. I.e., write a version, stare at it, modify and write a little farther, repeat….
OTOH, if this works, I get to completely wreck a golf course. Heh.