Before we move on to Champions, something has been nagging at me.
At the start of A Simple Negotiation, both the Commander/ PC and Rytlock have a clear view of the ledge overlooking the camp. The guards on that ledge - from which Ryland will shortly assassinate Smodur- have already been murdered, with their corpses visible. Check for yourself.
So who killed the guards? And in that context, what are we to make of Rytlock's opening words to us? Plus his later laconic comment that the killing of Smodur was simply "inconvenient"? Did Ryland have inside help from dad (and mom)? Or is this all just foretelling?
Rytlock Brimstone: Commander.
: What are you up to?
Rytlock Brimstone: Not killing Smodur.
: That bad, huh?
Rytlock Brimstone: He and Braham are going toe-to-toe on strategy. Neither one's a bad plan by our standards. But...
Rytlock Brimstone: We were this close... This close to getting Ryland back.
: I know.
Rytlock Brimstone: So yeah, not killing Smodur? Harder than it looks.