It's like a chess game, and the humans are pawns to be used and destroyed, he explained.
The pawns slowly acquired reason, and then would be able to regulate the moves themselves.
Utterly unscrupulous, and without a trace of pity, he treated men like pawns, and was content only with absolute obedience.
The latter's elaborate plans go on the supposition that great masses of men, women and children could be moved about over the desert as easily as pawns on a chess-board; but even the greatest military leader the world has seen would have been unable to preserve such complicated formations amid the difficulties inevitable on a desert march; and the more carefully an intelligent reader has studied the details of P's plan, the more astonished will he be to read the statement in x.
Then in 1579 the council decided to arrest Claud and his brother John (afterwards 1st marquess of Hamilton) and to punish them for their past misdeeds; but the brothers escaped to England, where Elizabeth used them as pawns in the diplomatic game, and later Claud lived for a short time in France.