What an odd thing to say. There's nothing inherent about space and the rank of admiral that would make someone open to the idea of invisible fighters. Your thinking is polluted, because every science fiction series has a means by which they bend the laws of physics and become invisible. I'm not saying Tolwyn wasn't harsh, because basic cloaking did exist by that time in the Wing Commander universe, but Tolwyn's reasons for not believing Blair were pretty clear. The Kilrathi simply hadn't officially launched the Strakha when Blair claims to have seen them, and they never appear after that to support his claims. It made no sense that these super craft would exist, but only in unsubstantiated chaotic melees and never in any real documented situations. Time passed. We knew the reason why the stealth fighters didn't show up in the war after that point, but to Confed, there was no proof they ever existed. Combine this with the fact that Blair was framed by Jazz. He very suspiciously was missing his flight recorder.Shipgate said:I don't get why it was so hard for Tolywyn to believe that there could be cloaked stealth fighters. I mean, they're in space with spaceships. Surely you'd be a little more open minded if you rose to the rank of admiral.
Tolwyn mentions how he tried to get Blair discharged from the service right there in the WC2 intro. There's really a huge amount of data on Tolwyn out there that you're missing. Almost every book has a huge amount of Tolwyn background. Start by watching Academy too. Tolwyn and Blair interact throughout every episode two years before the Tiger's Claw is destroyed.Shipgate said:All those things he says to Blair were pretty harsh too. And does it seem more like he's so mean to him because he really does believe he's a traitor or because maybe he never liked him in the first place. And so I was wondering (since I have never read the books) if in any of the books it talks about where Blair and Tolwyn's relationship went sour. Or is that how they meet? Over the whole Tiger's Claw incident. I just imagine that if Tolywyn really believed of him being an outright traitor, then he'd at least use his position as an admiral to try and get him discharged from the service.