The Middle Isles
Hegemony of Aerris
History records that the city-state of Vekkon would not bow to the wishes of the Hegemony of Aerris. Despite being officially a Friend and Ally of Aerris, Vekkon would not join the Hegemony.
The Hegemon’s envoys were not to be deterred. They had many gifts for the Hierarch of Vekkon. They gave fine wines, bushels of wheat, rings of gold—all representative of the great wealth the Hegemony commanded. The Hierarch did not change his mind.
The envoys then sent a crew to build a fine road for the Hierarch, showing the wisdom and talent of engineering that the Hegemony commanded. The Hierarch did not change his mind.
The envoys then displayed hundreds of books, the crème of knowledge from the cities of the Hegemony and well beyond. The spoke glowingly of the reason, civilization, philosophy, and medicine at the command of the Hegemony of Aerris. The Hierarch did not change his mind.
The Hegemon’s envoys left.
Six months later, a massive army showed up from the Hegemon to besiege the city-state of Vekkon.
The Hierarch changed his mind, and all know Vekkon now prospers as a member of the enlightened humanity that is the Hegemony of Aerris. Long live the Hegemon!