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|“||My psychiatric evaluator misunderstood the importance of giving me a clean bill of health. I explained that I do not lack of a sense of moral responsibility, I simply disagreed with his morality or rather, his mortality. So begins my military career, the chess board now laid before me, filled with the possibility of ultimate victory.||„|
|~ Di Ravello|
At one point Private Bonnet, an agreeable soldier, ingratiated himself to Di ravello in hopes to be dragged with him through the ranks. While Di Ravello considered it true a right-hand man should start at the bottom with you: thus giving the illusion of equality, he considered the man more as a sacrificial lamb, should the occasion arise. During the training programm Di Ravello spiked Drill Sergeant Dushku's coffee, considering him short sighted. He leaked this information to Bonnet in confidence. It took less than a hour before most of the platoon knew, their hatred of Dushku builded slowly and dangerously. Di ravello remarked that each punishment doled out to him cemented him with loyalty and that a small spark was enough to ignite this powder keg.
At one point, President-elect Dante visited the base. Di Ravello considered him weak and decided to get a foothold in his inner circle to shape the man as he pleased. To draw Dante back to the base, Di Ravello intended to create a tragedy. He ordered the ever-loyal Private Bonnet to kill Drill Seargeant Dushku, then shot him in the neck while he did so, saving Dushku and bettering his own appearance. Dushku, paraplegic due to Bonnet's attack, returned from hospital in time for the boot camp graduation day. Di Ravello remembers that Duskhu spoke with pride from his wheelchair, citing Di Ravello's bravery in the face of evil: "The men cheered my name even now. The first pawn falls. With steel patience I maneuver the board for the next move."
After graduating, Di Ravello selected a position in the southern islands, holding command over security of the towns there. He considered one of these town, Costa Del Porto, as "weakness built across millennia protected by both cliffs and water". He claimed that one day he would burn this town and the people would rejoice. Indeed, he would later give the order to burn down the town.
Meanwhile, Dushku was promoted Sergeant Major after his unfortunate attack. Di Ravello approved, as Dushku owed him his life. He also manipulated the lights on a street Porto Sirocco's Brigadier General De Luca would use every day, causing De Luca to drive over a boy in the darkness. By concealing this, Di Ravello gained De Luca as an ally and was promoted by him to colonel. Di Ravello was officially the youngest colonel in the army's history. Now working directly with De Luca, Di Ravello soon started removing De Luca's men and replacing them with his own. With General De Luca's authority, Di Ravello decreed that all forces in Southern Islands had to pay back the support of the local people by participating in infrastructure building during the extended peacetime, thus ensuring the loyalty of the locals. After he had no more use for De Luca, Di Ravello sent a picture of the General's hit-and-run to the media. Di Ravello eventually met with President Dante who personally thanked him and intimated that the mess with De Luca had to be resolved quickly. The President promised to place it at the top of his agenda. Di Ravello decided that another embarrassment for De Luca would tip the scales fully in his favor. He made sure of this: "While I talk on the telephone, De Luca barges into my office, boiling with rage. He thunders about my inefficacy as a commander, his own superiority, my pathetic pampering of our worthless President. After enduring two minutes of his tirade, I calmly hold up a single finger, returned to the phone, and ensured President Dante that I will call him later. De Luca's face blooms purple as a eggplant; his fate sealed.".
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