This is one of those ideas I wish I could take credit for but ultimately can not; I knew I wanted Cookie in, but I wasn’t sure how. My initial plans largely had him as a case of amusing futility with him charging in only to be swatted aside. A friend of mine however remarked why make a fight out of him – he’s the ship’s cook, take a spin on that instead.
So I did.
Update 20’th September: Well, it seems the AC adapter for my laptop (which also doubles as my primary workstation) decided it’s had enough and died in a most unspectacular fashion. The good news is that I’ve already reported the fault, gotten reply that “it happens” and have been told that it’ll be passed on to HP so they can send a replacement. The bad news is that this’ll most likely take in the least a week, possibly several, during which said workstation will effectively lie inert and unstartable. So, until I get a replacement adapter, Beyond the Tree is effectively on hold.
Hopefully it won’t be much more than a week, but I don’t really have any way of either telling or influencing how quickly it’ll happen.