« on: June 01, 2017, 09:43:43 PM »
I'd like to explore an infinities option. Instead of being gassed at Tsoss Beacon, Delvardus is allowed to leave(or makes a lunge for the door and makes it outside before it slams shut)
In this situation we get him enacting his original intent of going there in the first place. Cronus jumps in with the Night Hammer and annihilates Tsoss in seconds before any of the Warlord fleets can get near the station. With his own fleet already holding position at system's edge with the other fleets and the presence of the Night Hammer Delvardus holds the most firepower in the immediate area and all the other Warlords are now dead along with Daala and Pellaeon, in such an event the fleets likely submit to the Superior General as the last leader standing, much as they did for Daala after the gas attack success in the real timeline.
This is where things become interesting as Delvardus is very unlikely to have waited the weeks to months Daala did at Pellaeon's urging, fully consolidating her position and forces. While this has some severe downsides in terms of unit cohesion and unity of the now suddenly unified Warlord Fleets, it does give Delvardus the extremely valuable advantage of complete tactical and operational surprise. Since Kyp and Dorsk 81 don't warn the New Republic the Empire is reunified and about to attack them(since that decision doesn't happen until about a month or so after Tsoss) and Delvardus would very likely not do a wide series of hit and fades or target the Jedi Academy, he would hit Coruscant with everything in his fleet and army- and very likely take the world-though at heavy cost.
Coruscant at this point is still extremely battered from Shadow Hand and the Imperial Mutiny of the previous two years. Likely no battle stations and very decimated infrastructure. In addition the NR has largely ignored the Deep Core Warlords since the final defeat of Palpatine, focusing more on the Mid Rim and Crimson Empire. The thing is how does this play out?
Delvardus commands the Deep Core and now Coruscant with a large fleet and an SSD, possibly the Megador and Dominion once they are found. We also know that most of the galaxy stayed neutral after Shadow Hand rather than rejoin the NR or Warlords until they were sure who would win in the end, so the NR is not as strong or consolidated as they were before the nightmares of Shadow Hand and the Core is traditionally friendly to Imperial forces with few exceptions. Thus we have Delvardus with a mass force in possession of Imperial Center and possible support from Anaxes, Kuat, and Corulag. This puts him in a key position as a possible contender for Imperial Ruler if he plays his cards right...
This is Delvardus peak I think though, as unlike Pellaeon who offered protection and cooperation to the Imperial factions in the mid rim and New territories, Delvardus would demand fealty and threaten them with death should they refuse. The Moffs and Warlords would likely refuse to give up their personal power and war against the Superior General with the NR striking where it could and fomenting more bloodshed among the Imperials. In this scenario many of the rich core worlds, weary of war and seeing no end under Delvardus likely withdraw their support from him, his manpower cannot simply overwhelm his enemies due to the vast territorial demands on him. While he has three star dreadnaughts, his rivals have two(possibly three if the NR still captures Guardian) and due to the scattered nature of their governments, he cannot achieve a master stroke. Finally, improved though he is now as a tactician and strategist he is no match for the likes of Bel Iblis, Ackbar and Wedge Antilles. I see him eventually being forced back from the Core to the Deep Core and left there or assassinated eventually as he slips further into insanity over Seledra Zin.