Mayor Gottschalk was a bit overwhelmed by so many interjecting all at once, he was suddenly surrounded by Goblins all yelling at him from different directions, took a lot of concentration to figure out their different accents, he thought for a little bit and then decided to start from the first response.
"Tla’al, let me get this straight, you are saying that you attacked this village because you didn’t want it to get stronger, you use the example of the fact that you invaded Jamesville and didn’t destroy it, and in response they fortified the town and attacked you back. So therefore you attack this town…wouldn’t that naturally cause the same response? Won’t the Church come in response to attacking this town?
As for what would I do if there was peace, well the same as I was doing before you came here. Try to keep my people safe and alive, as for wearing you as a coat…how would i do that? Look around at all of us, our clothing is thin it doesn’t keep out the cold much. While I wouldn’t mind a fur coat, look at my people here, the biggest of us hardly compares to any of you. Any attempt on our part to commit violence against you would end in our deaths. That seems to be the disconnect, the armies of the Church might be a danger to you, but we are no threat.
Next to you, the red one. I hardly know what you are talking about. We were living here in our homes, we get news that Jamesville was attacked, we send word to Lord Grimaldus that we are afraid of being attacked. So he contacts Dunesphere and they send workers to build trenches and bunkers. These are not offensive constructions, they are designed to defend the town now to enable attack. Also where would we go? Like i have said before, we hardly have supplies enough to live, much less evacuate the town. We have men, women, children and elderly here, half the town wouldn’t survive the walk to the nearest town, and that is ignoring the very probable attack from raiders or bandits. We are safer here in our town then wandering around outside. Leaving before you came here makes no sense. As for being an overseer, I get no better food or clothing then anyone else in this town. I am Mayor because the town agreed that I am best suited for the job, if the town believes that someone else is better then they would have the job.
Do any of you believe I have any authority over anything besides this town? I have no say about what happens outside this area, don’t know why you are trying to preach to me about history of war in the region. That doesn’t concern me, only the lives of my people and my own. You came crashing into our homes and then condemn us for simply living here, why do we have to explain ourselves? I have yet to hear any good options. I hear death or servitude, i will not condemn my people to such a fate if I have anything to say about it.
I only see suffering for my people, if I am aggressive it is only because I am willing to give my life to see these people safe. I have little hope for us, I have no ability to physically fight even the smallest among you, so I will use my words, I will fight with everything I have to keep my people safe. I know you do not hold much value to our lives, but I will not stop arguing until I find a way to save my town, because it is all we have. We have nothing else and I will not give it up just because you say so."