The six candidates for Commander of the NorthEast. In each group, there is probably one "grizzled veteran", one "political hack" and one "plant of the Obsidian Warlord". The local subcommanders are on the whole more corrupt, and on the whole more familiar with the local situation.
- Chen thinks he has a heart condition
- Chen thinks he's backed by the House of Gainful Protection
- Chiyo thinks he's the political hack
- Merit's buddy thinks he's the best tactician of the locals
- Chen thinks he was passed over for the post of Sea Lord
- Dragon thinks he is probably best for short-term tactical defense of the Empire
- Commander Sun has worked with him and respects him.
- Dragon thinks he is probably best for long-term health of the Empire