- Jun 8, 2020
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Good people of Rheynland,
be it Holmish, Nornish, Wiccan, Nordyr, Monroes, Buckleys, common folk, knights, the officers that have stuck by the side of the city, the common-folk, and every person in between,
The traitors of the people of Rheynland claim that the de Retfords have not treated the people with respect, yet does the bastard of Aelfwine forget who funded over half of Barwic? Do they forget who defended Barwic until it was on its last legs against the undead? Do they forget the establishment of the city council to make the Wiccans feel more at home after their Shire had fallen, to find solace in Rheynland?
Aelfwine claims that we have cast out the Wiccans from Rheynland, claims they have not been treated as equals, but such is a fallacy. The Wiccans have been welcomed as any other within the Kingdom and have been given anything they have asked for and more under the nornish rule. He claims that the Norns and the Wiccans were not unified and he plans to unify them, yet they were unified before he tore the people apart with a rebellion. He claims we have not allowed the Wiccans as council, yet the Lady Becky Buckley is a proud Wiccan who has become one of my most trusted advisers, the Rangers given a guild house fit for all of their needs, the Iron Cog the entire harbor for what they had desired to create.
Aelfwine claims that the throne is his and his alone, that it does not belong to the de Retfords, yet he does not mention to the people that King Edwyn of Westholm gave away his lineage’s rights to the throne even before he was on his deathbed. King Edwyn had given away his claim to the throne by right of will an entire year before when he became sick with an unknown illness. Sick, just as Aelfwine had said he has become in his age and unable to have children of his own even if he was legitimized.
Aelfwine claims that he wishes to unify the people, yet threatening me to force a de Retford to marry his adopted son or he will not quell his ambition is hardly unifying. He claims that I spat in his face at the offer of peace and leading together, and yet when Richard had come to deliver me the proposition of such, he had already rallied his forces to invade and attempt to slaughter the good people of these lands before I could offer an official response.
This rebellion has offered nothing but unnecessary bloodshed of the people, all for the sake of your claim to the throne that is no longer valid, all for the sake of your lust for power. Now, he seeks to destroy the people of Divsus who I had not even spoken to until Aelfwine’s rebellion had marched on their people. Now, he seeks to aid the Brennish with their pointless attacks on the Valorans who are peaceful people; craftsmen, artisans, scholars. So I ask you, the people of these lands, to unite against the vagabonds and warmongers that wish for nothing but to bring about chaos and the destruction of our long-lasting peace; to stand as a united people against the people who do not care for your wellbeing and only their lust for power. I do not wish for war to ravage our people, but I shall defend their sanctity in Rheynland till the last breath that I shall take. I do not wish to rip apart the people as Aelfwine has, hence why I offer rather than go against them, for those of the rebellion who have seen sense to rejoin the Kingdom with open arms. The people that have stuck by do not wish to baffle brother against brother, friend against friend. It is not a matter of loyalty to them, as the Lady Altria spoke, it is a matter of being loyal to the people.
Penned and Signed by;
Queen Meredith de Retford I
Queen Meredith de Retford I
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