The Middle Isles
On The Place Of Our People
It is true that Aquona does not possess the legions of Aerris, or the fleets of Endenthen, or the wealth of the accursed Vaornans, but we are not a people who measure might in what is gained. Truly, our own warriors may number a few hundred, but it is the valor, and the promise Aquona holds, that is our strength. We are the Conqueror of Conquerors, and will be again, if so threatened.
The freedom that any man who has a right to Aquonan land and a weapon may humbly advise Your Majesty in our Assembly is not the marble columns of Blyald, where a lascivious people buy and sell favors in a corrupt Senate. It is an assembly where any man may be a Hero, and so will be heard. Those who would be heroes should not be unheard, but neither should their bloodlust make others martyrs.
I hope, my King, that this writing has met with your favor; since I was brought as a lad to serve Your Court, I have been privileged of your counsel and good opinion. The ravages of age deal with me much more stridently than they do Your Majesty’s unlined brow; I pray to Blessed Telia for your long, blessed life, and on the day you glorify the Unending Doors and the worlds after this one with your sagacity and courage, I know that our Blessed Prince Ethred will continue on the path he is set upon.