New Sovereignty
Lead a colony as it struggles for its place among others in a virgin world.
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AspenIvan

"Likewise to you and your people, noble governor," Gaunu replied. "Our cultural exchange has been most enlightening, I must say, and I do hope that I may return in due time. Do you allow for permanent embassies?"

9/24/2009 #61
Sarah Crowning

"Eventually. We are still working on building the city here, and can't spare much effort to construct extra accommodations." The governor explained.

9/25/2009 #62
AspenIvan

"In that case, when should I return for follow-up negotiations if at all?" the ambassador asked.

9/25/2009 #63
Sarah Crowning

"Next season." Unaram said.

9/25/2009 #64
AspenIvan

"That is most acceptable. Farewell, noble Governor Amith, and good luck to you and your people."

9/25/2009 #65
Sarah Crowning

The next day as the Survaekom departed, the governor's scouts returned. They relayed everything they had seen, including their suspicions. Unaram Amith was not surprised, but neither was he greatly perturbed by the news. After a few questions he dismissed the hard working Ikun.

"Do you think this is trouble?" Ikaram Undamal, commander of the First Imeren Company, asked.

"It's unlikely." Unaram said, moving a couple map pieces around on the board. "I think they realize they have little to fear from us. Survaek may have imperial ambitions, but we could put up enough of a fight to defeat what they have here."

"But you don't know."

"No, I don't. That's why we'll be cautious. Keep the muster up, and establish some patrols. Survaek might not be the only colony we missed."

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The next day the governor ordered a scouting mission of the northern mountains, while a party of excavators were sent out to see about the possibility of mining stone from the nearby possible quarries. The governor had his eye on some rudimentary fortifications at the very least.

9/25/2009 #66
SilverBlueSnow

The horizon was finally breaking dawn over the Northern Mountains, shedding auburn light on a tiny WhiteFoot camp, composed of only a dim fire and the few people sitting around it. Zire-Te, the current leader of the WhiteFoot, was beside herself on what to do about the Tribe's current predicament. Even if they were able to settle, this land must have been a savage one, since they had after all been brutally attacked by the deadly Zoso.

Since the WhiteFoot were travelling along the coast, they were making quick time through the mountains, now at 4-16, and still moving. "Zire-Te." Zire loked up into the morning light, seeing a remaining tribal member approaching her out of the morning fog. It was Xala-Sae, a master warrior who had somehow survived the attack, and a close friend of Zire."Zire-Te, I must inquire what you plan to do about this situation." He questioned after bowing. "We have made a tiny camp here out in the woods, but we cannot stay here forever. Where do you plan to travel to where we might survive?" Zire furrowed her brow before answering, takin a log time to think it over . "Rea-Ta has informed me that the spirit Mauja has prophecized peace for us to the south. Mauja has never lied to us before, Xala-Sae, I am confident that she will lead us to safety this time as well."

"You put to much faith in these spirits." Xala smirked irritatedly, obviusly very worried about the WhiteFoot's future. "We canot go back to Boa-Te, you know, not with those demons prowling up there". Zire stared at him for a moment, angry that he had spoken to her in such a disrespectful way. "Perhaps, but my word is law for as long as I am leader. If any other spirits intervene than I will consider the matter, but after all, Mauja has never steered us wrong before."

9/25/2009 #67
SilverBlueSnow

The WhiteFeet were anxious by now, having sensed the presence of others. Tense auras engulfed the camp, as it could be, in the people's minds, the demons come to exterminate them once and for all. The remaining warriors were even more apprehensive, dreading battling horrid monsters yet again. But just when they were ready to strike out, the beings that revealed themselves were not the beasts that had nearly wiped out their people earlier, but a strange, grey skinned furless beings, with metallic eyes and hair.

They stood a little shorter than the WhiteFoot, and there were four in all. Three of them carried weapons, probably warriors in the WhiteFoot's eyes, while the remaining was free of any dangerous items. Zire-Te rushed to the front, staring these mysterious people in the eye,very concerned about this brush with foreigners. The rest of the WhiteFoot were murmuring to each other, wondering if these people had come to kill as well. "We are the WhiteFoot." Zire Te voiced to the outsiders. "Who are you, and if anything, what do you want from my people."

9/26/2009 #68
Sarah Crowning

The single messenger from the scouting party reached Imeren long before the Whitefoot and the rest of the party, thanks to his sturdy mount and skillful riding. His news was not welcomed by the Governor.

"Six thousand... You're sure? They couldn't have been lying?" Unaram asked.

"I doubt it, Arun. They looked pretty ragged, exactly like they were attacked." The scout reported.

"You're sure that's everything? There are no details you've forgotten?"

"No, Arun."

"Very well, you're dismissed." The governor gripped the edge of his table as the scout left the room. There were now figures indicating the existence of six thousand enemy warriors in the northern mountains. Imeren had two thousand warriors. At least they had some few days to prepare. "I want you to draft as many Ivisk as you see fit and prepare the city for defense."

Ikaram Undamal nodded, knowing what his role here was. "I will begin immediately, but I don't have to arms to equip them."

"I'll take care of that. Just make sure we have the Ivisk to defend the city." The governor said.

9/28/2009 #69
AspenIvan

Not more than a week after the first negotiations between Survaekom and Ivisk, the Sea Wasp had returned to the Imeren port, announcing its arrival with a flare. However, the vessel made no attempt to dock, and instead a dove flew from the deck of the ship, carrying a folded letter.

9/30/2009 #70
Sarah Crowning

((You realize doves don't do that? Even carrier pigeons have to be trained to go to a certain location.))

A guard at the Governor's palace caught the bird, curious at the strange means of delivering a letter. Seeing the seal on the letter, he dutifully told his companion to watch the post and took the letter in to the governor.

"What is this?" Unaram asked curiously, taking the letter.

"A dove delivered it, Arun. I believe it's from the ship off the coast."

"I see. Thank you, you may go." The governor opened the letter.

10/1/2009 #71
AspenIvan

((Then it is a rare breed of very intelligent dove unique to Survaek. :) ))

The letter read, in Byrnian:

From Governor Haerk of the Colony of New Survaek, to Governer Amith of the Colony of Imeren,

I have the unfortunate duty of informing you that the clause concerning the division of borders in our recent treaty has been compromised by the presence of another sovereign colony directly between our two states. We have negotiated a treaty with them which does set our border at the same latitude as agreed upon earlier, but with a semicirclular area of one mile in radius extending upwards at a single point. We do not consider this of sufficient advantage to us to be worth five pounds in gold, but neither do we wish to utterly flout our earlier negotiations. Therefore, we call either for an ammendment to our earlier document to note the change in boundary or, more far-sightedly, a summit at which representatives of all three nations involved may discuss the proper division of land among us all. Please reply as promptly as possible.

Sincerely,

Governor Jiien Haerk

10/1/2009 #72
Sarah Crowning

From Arun Unaram Amith, Governor of the province of Imeren within the Reaching Empire, to Governor Haerk of the Colony of New Survaek,

I thank you, good Governor, for informing me of this complication in our agreement. The existence of a third power understandably alters the agenda of all in the region. For this reason I stress the importance of the treaty which binds our two governments irrespective of any third party, and I shall continue to respect the line of demarcation as the border of Survaek and Imeren territory for the foreseeable future. However, your request for adjustment in the purchasing of land being understandable in light of the circumstances, I am willing to reduce the cost indicated in our agreement to the value of two pounds of gold to be paid in iron, other terms respective of the treaty.

With Regards,

Arun Unaram Amith

The governor finished his signature in Byrnian, as close as he could get, and folded his response up gently, sealing it with wax. Curiously he tied it onto the dove, which still sat on his desk cooing. If the bird didn't do what he expected he'd have to write the letter all over again, but if it did it was worth the risk just to watch.

10/3/2009 #73
AspenIvan

The dove allowe Amith to tie the letter to it and then fluttered off, back to the steamer on the bay.

The next day, another steamer visit and dove brought Governor Haerk's reply,

From Governor Haerk of the Colony of New Survaek to Governor Amith of the Colony of Imeren,

I have carefully considered your offer, and I respectfully note that it would indeed violate our treaty, if indeed agreed to still be binding. The original document promises the colony of New Survaek the entire mountain range, over one hundred square miles in territory beyond the demarcation line, for five pounds of gold. However, we are only legally and physically able to lay claim to under half of a square mile of this territory, one two-hundredth of what is provided for under treaty. Therefore, logically, New Survaek should pay Imeren only two-fifths of an ounce of gold, one two-hundredth of the price under treaty, for this land. However, if you do not find this settlement satisfactory, you are entitled, as I stated before, to either host or attend a diplomatic summit involving all three states in this land, so as to potentially draw out a more favorable agreement for all parties involved.

Sincerely,

Governor Jiien Haerk

10/3/2009 #74
Sarah Crowning

From Arun Unaram Amith, Governor of the province of Imeren within the Reaching Empire, to Governor Haerk of the Colony of New Survaek,

After reviewing the Imeren-New Survaek treaty I must insist that your scribe has made an error in reading. The treaty explicitly states that Imeren agrees to cede the coordinates of 8-19 to New Survaek, not the entire mountain chain. I have reduced my price by a ratio more than fair to the original, binding treaty. If your excellency still wishes to dispute the price I will extend my hospitality to any diplomats that may be sent to negotiate an alteration in this binding treaty at the agreement of both our countries.

respectfully,

Arun Unaram Amith

10/6/2009 #75
Sarah Crowning

The Whitefoot and their escorts reached Imeren city after a couple short days of travel. The governor obviously had warning of their coming, and the way had been prepared for them. As of yet no one could call the city splendid, but it was civilization. The shining steal armor of the first Imeren company gleamed from behind the earthwork wall that protected the city. Ikun Idnam Under, Captain of the city guard, waited to greet the refugees outside the city's gates.

"Welcome to Imeren City, Zire-te." The Captain said. "The governor is waiting to grant you an audience. You and five others may enter the city, but the rest must remain outside the gates."

10/6/2009 #76
AspenIvan

((I see that in the treaty, but that's not what I remember the negotiators saying. It doesn't make sense: isn't 8-19 already on the demarcation line?))

From Governor Haerk of the Colony of New Survaek to Governor Amith of the Colony of Imeren,

I have had my scribe review the New Survaek-Imeren treaty again and admit my former error. I humbly apologize for my mistake and will accept your generous terms of the worth of two pounds in gold, although payment in gold itself would be much more convenient than payment in iron. Would this be acceptable?

Sincerely,

Governor Jiien Haerk

10/6/2009 #77
SilverBlueSnow

The Imeren City was about three times the size of Akata, surrounded by a impressive earthen wall. The majority of WhiteFoot whispered to each other nervously, but remained overjoyed to have finally reached civilization. Zire nodded to the Captain, looking back at the highest ranking WhiteFoot in the group. With a wordless gesture, Zire was followed into the city by Xala-Sae, Nita-Sae, Okana Te "the new second in command", and Zira Te. The reminngs distanced themselves and the chose entered the main city, watching as they disappeared inside the walls.

10/9/2009 #78
SilverBlueSnow

The Imeren City was about three times the size of Akata, surrounded by a impressive earthen wall. The majority of WhiteFoot whispered to each other nervously, but remained overjoyed to have finally reached civilization. Zire nodded to the Captain, looking back at the highest ranking WhiteFoot in the group. With a wordless gesture, Zire was followed into the city by Xala-Sae, Nita-Sae, Okana Te "the new second in command", and Zira Te. The reminngs distanced themselves and the chose entered the main city, watching as they disappeared inside the walls.

10/9/2009 #79
Sarah Crowning

((I just copied and pasted it from the treaty they signed. The wording says the remainder of 8-19, meaning that rather than split the box, Imeren will let Survaek own the whole thing. Put it down to diplomatic connivery if you like.))

Imeren was mostly built of brick houses and pounded streets at this point. Stone and wood were scarce on the plains, but straw and clay weren't. Here and there the signs of stone buildings rising could be seen.

The governor had just finished a reply to the Survaek, in which he wrote that while gold would be perfectly acceptable, he would be willing to provide a modest reduction in price if the payment could be supplied in Iron. He had just sent the dove away five minutes before Zire-te and her party reached his "palace." The Whitefoot were ushered into the Governor's office, alone except for the Governor's bodyguard.

"Welcome to Imeren, Zire-te of the Whitefoot" He said, gesturing to the seats around his office. "I am Governor Unaram Amith. I have heard of the tragedy that befell your people, and for that you have my condolences."

10/10/2009 #80
SilverBlueSnow

Zire and her group bowed deeply before sitting down before the governor. Since the WhiteFoot were far more used to kneeling before company than sitting, they fidgeted continuously until they were comfortable enough to avoid looking like fools. "Thank you, Governor Unaran Amith, and thank you for having us."

10/10/2009 . Edited 10/10/2009 #81
AspenIvan

Governor Haerk's reply inquired as to Governor Amith's estimate of the gold cost of iron in Imeren, while providing Haerk's Survaekom estimate of a 1:10 ration, given the relatively low supply of iron, bringing the payment to twenty pounds of iron, minus whatever cost reduction Amith deemed acceptable.

10/10/2009 #82
Sarah Crowning

"I won't bore you by asking questions my sergeant has already reported on." Amith said, sitting straight at his desk, considering the beings before him intently. "I merely want to know what the lands north of Imeren are like, and what you and your people plan to do now."

10/10/2009 #83
SilverBlueSnow

"Of course" Zire replied. "Most of the land North of here is heavily forested and rich in ore, as we have seen. It's much colder past the mountains than it is here, but there was a good supply of fish there as well."

10/10/2009 #84
Sarah Crowning

"I see. What do you and your people plan to do now, then? Do you intend to return and fight these monsters, or are you planning on continuing southward?" He asked gently, trying to avoid the appearance of being rude or prying.

10/10/2009 #85
SilverBlueSnow

"Well seeing how half of our population was murdered North, we should probably resettle in some other part of the upperlands, since we have followed that way of life for centuries. If you have a map I would be very thankful if you might aid us in choosing a suitable location." Zire returned, shuddering inwardly at the memory.

10/10/2009 #86
Sarah Crowning

Governor Amith did have a map with him, and removing it from a drawer unrolled it on his desk in front of his guests. "We have not explored much of the interior of this new land." He explained of some of the large blank spots on the map. "But I have had ships scout the coastline." Much of the coast was filled out, as were the mountains to the southeast, Survaek, and a marker where the "new power" that Survaek had referred to was assumed to be.

10/11/2009 #87
SilverBlueSnow

Zire eyed the map for a few minutes, mumbling some indistinct conversation with the rest of her party. "Perhaps somewhere around here, Zire Te." Xala commented, pointing to the point of the grid at 8-19. Zire shook her head,"And trek all the way back through those mountains? Absolutely not, Xala-sae!" Zire looked back up to the governor, "Maybe we should scout the north ourselves, this map does not seem to contain much information about the upperlands, but your generosity is very appreciated." "I also doubt that the demons will return, with the massacre we placed onto them during the journey here."

10/11/2009 #88
Sarah Crowning

"I have no desire to see a swarm of demons coming out of the mountains to the north. If you intend to fight them, or if they continue their attacks wherever you go, you will have the aid of the First Imeren Company." The governor said firmly. "I would provide more than that, but I have little else to offer at the moment. Imeren is still growing. Still, take the maps you need, and if you have anything else I can afford to provide, just ask."

10/11/2009 #89
SilverBlueSnow

"Thank you, Governor, I will alert you if I see more demons moving south." Zire returned, bowing again. "I believe we are done here, yes?"

10/11/2009 #90
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