Vincent got back to me regarding a query I had with inhuman NPC's and their capacity to escalate. His answer throws into disarray the way I've been playing this game, full stop. I'm going to have to pour over the Dogs text now to see if I can work out whether I've been playing that wrong too.
From his reply:
"The arenas aren't hierarchical like that. You can escalate from any arena to any other arena."
Hot damn! I am struggling to imagine how that affects what's going on around the table.
My head is spinning right now. Jeez.