The game is on permanent hiatus. Tab started school and plays with the local D&D club. Those rules are more her speed and she was not really into learning all BW’s intricacies.
Otlet put in a lot of effort to overcome the caution of the dwellers in the great forest. Tab wanted to do a big Duel of Wits to get the forest Roden on board. Otlet does not have really good persuasion skills and needed an ally to do the grand speeches. Tab set up a Circles test to find some Roden, any Roden with the requisite skills. The roll went well. Having previously burned up Otlet’s sister, I had just the Roden for the job. Sis Persuaded, Mallet Intimidated, and Otlet played out the Dismiss and Obfuscate maneuvers. Otlet won the right to review and upgrade the defences of The Den, with the minor concession that Otlet and other outsider/big city Roden stop pestering the Den’s leadership for a season.
The game has rules for linked contests. I imagined that some possible future assault by the Cataphracts would be a contest where Otlet’s assistance could provide some extra dice. So we reviewed the defences and Tab won some bonus dice. The cannon emplacement Otlet designed was the most significant.
The battle is a long way off. Otlet has other things to do. He need not be present when it happens. I would probably just do some simple Versus roles, incorporating Otlet’s bonus dice, to determine the outcome. I like to be surprised by mechanics and am committed to putting plot-engineering habits away.
But this little story arc was satisfying in itself and we are happy with how it went.