“I’ll just infodump now. Readers who hate this part may skip the next six paragraphs, unless they don’t want to find out all the underlying motivations for practically everything in the book. Seriously. But don’t worry, I won’t explain the workings of common everyday machines as if the reader wants to know about that. The long and short of it is that there’s a political situation here where people don’t like each other and you, protagonist, are in the middle of it and will have to make a decision that makes the plot interesting. Please choose conflict, or I’ll go over there and impale myself on comma splice,” said the wise knowledgeable character with all the answers as he stroked his long beard.