- May 12, 2020
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TO MY BLOODKIN AND THE CITIZENS OF THE REALM,
It is with the heaviest heart that I write to you during a time when the elraz betray a sacred pact and when the umri march an army upon my halls and plunder the countryside. Yet war is a tool used by those in dire situations, to exert themselves upon their enemy and claim the mantle of the supreme. To be domineering in the political landscape at the expense of hundreds of lives. The elraz and umri shout from their spearwalls that I am the Bandit King or that I rule over a kingdom of lawlessness. You know this to be false, you saw with your eyes the vile bandit Grimsby leaving my halls beardless, shamed, scourged and blackmarked.
And still, after my opposition to banditry, there are still claims against my name, my honour and against our kin. I have been counselled by the giants of the realm on how I should pursue a war, should I raze the countryside? Should I advance my throng upon their walls and tear down their castles? Or should I challenge them to a field battle and win rightly, sending them back to their cities to flee. Yet in the pursuit of such counsel, there has been none wiser than Halfhand. My successor who was chosen by the gods but damned to purgatory at the expense of myself, who sent him on a fool's errand which left him debearded and humiliated.
Halfhand resigned on that day of counsel, stating his aversion to the war, to the loss of lives and the futile pursuit of revenge which tore apart the dewi realm and sent Haldorth’s son into a bitter civil war. So, in actuality, I have been presented two choices. March to war, bring my enemies to heel and become a so-called king of bandits in pursuit of a goal that would bring nothing more destruction... Or to throw down my arms, accept political defeat by the elraz and umri and forever be noted down as a coward.
I choose neither, for I am no king of bandits, nor king of cowards. I am the king of Ordheim, the great realm of the dewi that has united our people from calamity and I shall not risk such a future. Instead, I shall march out to death along with my chosen retainers, volunteered to such a mission. I will seek out the end to this conflict that must happen and hope that the successor of the realm will not see my death as cowardly nor act in vengeance to the elraz or umri in retaliation. Let this be an end to all, to banditry, to dishonour, to war among the three kingdoms.
May Ferro, Auren, Gemin, Granin and Magi bring blessings to our people and restore our realm to an age of heroes, where kings such as Haldorth ruled over a law-abiding people.