Sied grew quite angry at the EEFer’s statement. He sat back, and allowed the silence to linger for a long long time as he sipped at the Binber wine.
Then he placed the glass down and motioned for it to be refilled once again. Only after the second glass of wine did Sied’s singular eye finally rest on the one who questioned him so.
He said, "For the sake of diplomacy, I will assume that you do not know who I am, or what I have sacrificed to keep the Nidal Shipyards at Makuf.
It was long before the recent spat of Border Wars overthrew I’tash. A long long time have I held Makuf against I’tashi Peacebringers and I’tashi Slammers.
Then the border wars started and not only was I under attack by I’tashis, but the Borvian Dragons made raid after raid into my lands.
I succeeded in killing the fool King Borvis, and I held my lands anyway. I lost ziggurats, I lost countless slaves, I even lost my dearest vessel. But I would not surrender then, and now after I have held the lands for decades, after I have cemented my claim by pushing back the EEF, the Northern Kingdoms and even the Drowned Forces of Agon Sharktooth and his Maw of the Deep worshippers during the recent Border Wars.
I suffered the presence of Yarna Lasteru for years…
All the while hearing I’tashis propoganda about how we Illuminated and our Cambions HAD to be killed on sight. Had to be slain lest a new K’ias Empire rise…
It is infuriating after all my successes, after all my losses, that now you all seem to think I will allow diplomacy to steal the lands of Makuf I have bled for.
So no I will not share the much smaller Port Amlon with One Eye Willie, we don’t even have alligiance to the same Prros. I will not pull back from the Nidal Shipyards. I will not give up what I have earned through blood, and the lives of my slaves.
And I think hearing what I have overcome, you will understand why such an act would be a disrespect of the worst order