Being raised on Kamino, we were given many history lessons from all over the Galaxy. I was never sure how most of them would help us be warriors. Here is one such tale that took place on Alderaan many millenniums ago
Once, long ago, an Alderannian king summoned all his provincial rulers to his palace. He was in a rather belligerent mood, and wanted to scare them into giving him extra taxes.
Unknown to him, the nobles, mostly Dukes and Counts met in secret on the way, and decided that they should agree to pay the extra, but they would at first pretend to refuse, so they could try to bargain down the actual amount extra they would have to pay.
They arrived at the king's castle, and gathered in the audience chamber. The king made his demands, and as agreed, they started to refuse.
Unfortunately, they hadn't realized just how belligerent the king's mood was: as soon as they started to refuse, he got angry, and ordered his guards to kill them on the spot.
More than half of them were slain before they even realized what was happening, and the others had to do some very quick groveling to survive.
After everything had settled down, those who remained explained to the king their plan, and the king was filled with remorse for his hasty actions.
The moral of the story?
Don't hatchet your counts before they chicken!