To the Good and Loyal People of the Great Empire of Berphaunt.
As an Empire, we have been the bastion of civilization that the world has always needed. We have brought order and peace to all the lands that have joined us.
But there are those that paint us as the enemy. Their own hunger for power has turned them away from the path that even the Gods of Light have set for them. They have fallen prey to corruption.
Tiefanue’s great losses to the Firstborn Dragon Styphon the Black has unfortunately weakened it to the state that fanatical religious zealots have gained power and are blaspheming the teachings of the Gods of Light in order to maintain their control over their subjects. These zealots have traveled out to other nations and have convinced them that they must war against us. This is unjust. We have only ever wanted peace and prosperity for all our citizens, both old and new.
They have moved against our great and peaceful empire, and in doing so, have not just attacked our empire, but have committed a personal and grievous slight against our Imperial Person.
The traitorous Nation of Tiefanue, led by their corrupt Church of Light, has kidnapped our Princess Louisa, beloved Daughter and champion of the common folk of Berphaunt. To wage war by sinister means is no surprise from a nation whose gods abandoned them on the brink of destruction. Great hardship and losses often weaken the resolve and morals of men and leaves them husks of their former selves. It is with a heavy heart that we see just how far Tiefanue has fallen. And, to our eternal dismay, they have pulled other nations and independent towns down with them.
To kidnap an innocent to use as a pawn, and to threaten torture on her blessed form, is the height of evil and cowardice from a nation that pretends to fly a banner of chivalry.
To the traitorous Whiteraven Alliance, we say this: Return our Daughter home. Make good on your boasts of honour and love for those that are innocent. Do not allow your previous defeats to corrupt you into the very thing you once deplored. If you return the Princess Louisa to the loving embrace of the Empire immediately, then we will enact no punishment upon your people. This is our solemn vow. However, if you continue to hide her from us then there will be no member of your Alliance that will be safe from the search that will span this entire continent. She is not just our Daughter, but the Daughter of the Empire. What would you do to recover your lost child? How can you pretend to a
follower of the Gods of Light when you hide her in darkness?
We are all well aware that there are loyal members of the Empire everywhere. Merchants bringing goods, Adventurers seeking glory, Mage’s Guilds that apprenticed under loyal Magus. We would ask you now to aid us in our search. If the Whiteraven Alliance continues to work in the darkness then it is the Empire that must be the Bastion of Light. We call on all loyal subjects everywhere to be vigilant. Help us find our lost princess, our beacon of hope, and you will be handsomely rewarded.
We know she is as dear to you and she is to us. Bring her home. And let peace once again flow through our lands. Those that would harm her, no place on Arthos will be safe from our wrath.
From Chancellor Cartagia, from the Office of Diplomacy and Statecraft, written on behalf of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Louis Berphaunt
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