The younger human children are as quiet as they can manage; the older human children plan strategy, whisper orders, observe their competitors' movements. Packet is a game of stealth and cunning. Here it is played by young from nine different races, amongst the short trees of the Red Forest; it is also played with starships.
The Association operates on a strict racial class system. Such considerations are theoretically relaxed on Makelay Colony for the special occasion of the Three Moon Games. Even so: the Vylid hatchlings are supposed to win. It is a thing that is understood.
Not this time.