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I am of the order of the valiant Knights of the Square Table, an elite fraternity—far more so than those so-called Knights of the Round Table. There are so many of them, but only two of us! I serve my lord the King. We are at war. His Majesty’s mortal enemy has come to us on a most unusual diplomatic mission, accompanied by his queen, and strangely, by a bishop of his vile kingdom. Their castle is nearby, but we are far from ours. I know this mission is only a pretense. All is lost for our great King!

How does our brave knight know that all is lost?

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Because

the square table is a chessboard

And

the Knight's king is about to be checkmated by the overwelming forces (Queen, Bishop, Rook and King)

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  • $\begingroup$ More importantly, (n Xvat naq Xavtug nybar pnaabg purpxzngr gur bccbfvat Xvat, rira vs gur bgure cvrprf pbhyq or pncgherq.) $\endgroup$ – AxiomaticSystem Apr 4 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ @AxiomaticSystem the OP doesn't say rot13(gung gur Xvat naq Xavtug ner nybar. Gurer'f zragvba bs gjb Xavtugf naq n Ebbx/Pnfgyr shegure njnl. Gurer znl or zber.) $\endgroup$ – SteveV Apr 4 at 17:03
  • $\begingroup$ It does say "only two of us" though, weirdly. Since there is a mention of "our castle" as well later. $\endgroup$ – justhalf Apr 5 at 5:30
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    $\begingroup$ @justhalf true. i interpreted that to mean two knights, since he was comparing to the many knights of the round table. $\endgroup$ – SteveV Apr 5 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ That makes sense too. $\endgroup$ – justhalf Apr 5 at 13:32

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