For nine years, Gabriela taught me about bravery. She knew a fall would kill her frail body, and she rode anyway. Toughest horse girl I’ll ever know.
Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and children—on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods. A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day.
Of course the research often took directions to find how training could more reliably produce killers.
One thing that does get confused is the tendency of a larger number of men to take their natural/socialised competition with other males to violent ends.
This must have been going on all night because when Ahasuerus asks if anyone is in the court that he can consult for advice, it is already morning. Haman had come, bright and early, to ask to kill Mordecai. He would be in for a bit of a surprise.