Galagros wrote:The King listened to the Lady intently, wondering why she had come to visit. He winced noticeably when she mentioned him having any connections to the pretenders in Jiaodong. When she had finished with her rather long composition, Tian Dan began to respond as best he could.
"Fei Lak is a fool. He seeks quick expansion with little bloodshed; such a thing cannot occur. He was a fool to let me live after he caught me unawares in Jibei, and if I ever get the chance I will gladly teach him the error of his ways." The King paused to restrain himself and think through his next response. "It is true that Jibei and Jiaodong should both be in my hands, yet clearly they are not. I made the mistake of spreading my resources too thinly once, and I will not make it again."
"I will say I've found that the pretenders in Jiaodong have thrown in their lot with Lord Fei. At least, from what I've seen, they have firstly claimed the right of kings and demanded that I disarm myself before visiting their lord. It's as if they claim your throne already, and are not some mere Marquiship. It insulting, is what it is. Meanwhile, my regent reported seeing some of their troops going through the Jibei province. I just wonder what other affronts they shall come up with next..."
Then, she pauses, and asks...
"Err, and about Lady Lu...Do you still bear this grudge I hear you supposedly have against her? Her army has been immensely useful in helping us keep things in the proper order in Jibei, and I wonder if some sort of reparation could mend any grudges that your Highness holds against her. The less sides there are in this conflict, the faster a peaceful resolution can be brought the lands of my home kingdom, and hence, to a greater pacification of the North."