In Progress Spheres of Influence
04-09-2016, 06:35 AM
Post: #151
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Pleasure's all mine, Justin!" Mortemia boomed to the pleasantry that was clearly not intended for her. And which she clearly knew wasn't intended for her - the look on her lack-of-a-face said it all.
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04-09-2016, 06:35 AM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2016 06:45 AM by Bramzter.)
Post: #152
RE: Spheres of Influence
The delegation from Andúr arrives by horse. A small contingent of grizzled hill men in armor and armed with muskets or ancestral melee weapons make up the guard. Leading them is a rider clad in black robes and and armored greaves and gauntlets, His face isn't quite visible. He is flanked by two other hill men acolytes also clad in scholarly black robes. With them they have a assortment of banners and their heraldy is proudly displayed.

The delegation dismounted and was led trough the capital building into the garden. Only the man in black robes entered the garden holding some sort of orb which promptly sprang to life and projected image of the white steward of Andúr.

He seemed to be looking around the garden taking in the sights, his white robe flowing across the floor as if he was really there.

"I really must compliment your skill in gardening Lady Asena. The hills of Andúr sadly do not allow for such craft to take place. Outremarian. Tsar. Slovei and Eorelan Ambassador. Grand Dracolich. I am Pestadír, The White Steward of Andúr."

The image nodded to all of them, and seemed to flicked a bit around his hands

"Unfortunately i am not in a state to travel to the conference myself but i assure you this doesn't mean any disrespect to any of the assorted nations here. It is a issue of health"
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04-09-2016, 06:47 AM
Post: #153
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"A pleasure, Outremarian, Slovei, White Steward, Mortemia," the Tsar nodded amiably as he looked around for an empty spot so that he wouldn't crush a rose garden. He quickly found a nice bit of lawn to rest on.
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04-09-2016, 06:49 AM
Post: #154
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"Heeey there witch guy. And, uh. What's-her-face." Mortemia indicated the Slovei. "You people all have too many names."

Mortemia was, of course, sitting right in the middle of a bed of roses. It's not like a few thorns could do much to a skeleton.
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04-09-2016, 07:10 AM
Post: #155
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Zo arrives with an entourage of his retainers - the dire men and windfolk in their imposing armour and the mages in varied formal outfits. Four of Arcavat's ancient wargolems accompany the entire group. While most remain at the edges of the garden like most retainers four mages enter, while Zo swoops down alone.

"Greetings rulers and diplomats. It was good of you to host us." The last bit was directed towards Asena, and then the dragon flies up again, landing behind one of the mages.

"I am Tyrol Harver, I have the great honour to be speaking today in the name of Mighty Zo. My master does not favour speaking the details necessary for such a vital council, so I will be doing so for him. It is his pleasure to be invited here amongst the greatest powers of the heartlands."
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04-09-2016, 07:21 AM
Post: #156
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Next came the dragon of Teór Aradel, flying in from the northeast as he swooped low, landing in a large open space and letting himself be led around to the garden, moving with practiced care, lest he crush something.

He gives each of the assembled leaders a respectful nod as he moves to settle down in a large empty space, seemingly content to watch the proceedings for now.

He had to admit, it was an exquisite garden. Few took the time to cultivate such things, and fewer still made them last. He could appreciate the effort and artistry involved.
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04-09-2016, 07:27 AM
Post: #157
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Greetings, Harver. Do you have a title you wish to be addressed by?" the Tsar inquired before nodding to Aradel. "So many of my fellow dragons here! It must have been challenging for Ataman Asena to find a suitable place for the meeting. I commend her choice, for I believe this garden shall do nicely. Expansive and very pleasant! Well done!"
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04-09-2016, 07:36 AM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2016 07:38 AM by Palamedes.)
Post: #158
RE: Spheres of Influence
Tyrol smiles.

"No, you may address me by any title you wish, or simply by my name, or Zo directly - I answer for him after all. Thank you for your concern. It is a beautiful garden Ataman, it alone is worth Zo's visit alone."
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04-09-2016, 07:42 AM
Post: #159
RE: Spheres of Influence
One more rider comes along the same track as the Andúr delegation and the others whom had arrived through more mundane means assumedly. A lone black lightly-armoured horse, trotting up gracefully to the City hall. The similarly armoured rider gets off and walks his horse over to the other delegations. Once that's sorted out, he starts reaching around in one of the saddle bags, pulls out a horse blanket with a black hand symbol and throws it over, patting his beast down, making sure it's okay, no pebbles in it's hooves and the like. From the other saddle bag, he pulls out a slightly squashed bouquet of blue drooping flowers. Only then does he let himself be escorted to the Great garden.

Well, actually, a slightly detour is taken, after which the escort is thanked for holding onto the glowers whilst the figure had gone to the bathroom. Long ride and all that apparently.

Then, the Dark Hand enters. Conqueror of Rudahog, Warlord of the Black axe, slaughterer of thousands and undisputed ruler of those that remained, carrying some pretty blue flowers.

"Sorry, am I late?" he asked, his voice reverberating strangely behind his mask as he looked around, staring slightly longer at the dragons and slightly longer still at Mortemia, probably a little shocked. Moving on, he quickly walked over to Asena and handed her the flowers. "A gift, for a truly Great Garden. I hope you don't already have some. My thanks for hosting us." he muttered quietly.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-09-2016, 07:43 AM
Post: #160
RE: Spheres of Influence
The dragon nods in agreement. "An excellent choice indeed. My commendations to Asena of Amaro Zor. Hopefully we will all leave in agreement by the end of this," the dragon rumbles.
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04-09-2016, 08:22 AM
Post: #161
RE: Spheres of Influence
"My sentiments exactly," echoed the Slovei, walking past the dragon of Teór Aradel. "I suppose that all the leaders of the Great Powers stand in this garden right now."

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-09-2016, 08:29 AM
Post: #162
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Not yet. The President of Wheatvale has yet to arrive."
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04-09-2016, 08:30 AM
Post: #163
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Ah, of course. Forgive me, the conference is large and it is hard to keep track of who is supposed to be here."

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-09-2016, 09:17 AM
Post: #164
RE: Spheres of Influence
Asena rises to meet every one of her guests with absolute hospitality. She is unflinching in her sincerity, even when confronted with a giant dragon lich.

"Sir Justinian," she says, shaking his hand. "It is a pleasure to meet you at last. I have seen the lush green hills and rising cityscapes of your homeland many times since my youth, but I do believe this is my first time meeting with a true knight. I hope that term carries no disrespect with it for a man of your rank, Sir Outremarian, I simply use it because I feel in my every bone that you are indeed a man of honor and courage. Welcome to our home - I hope it suits you well."

"Your Majesty," she says, giving the Tsar a polite (but dignified) bow. "I have heard much about you, though none of the descriptions match up to reality in the palest. Truth be told, I oft' heard terrifying descriptions of a great, merciless tyrant wyrm, with death in his eyes and fire in his belly. I am happy to find that they are tall tales, undoubtedly forged by charlatans hoping to profit off of the news. Prestigious, genial, and dignified - you are, in every sense of the word, a being worthy of the name Tsar. We are happy to welcome you into our home."

She meets the Slovei in sincere good humor as well, putting aside that much of this meeting was caused by her failed attempts at reasoning with the representative of Eorleoa. "Greetings, Madame Slovei. It is good to finally meet you. We have spent so much time exchanging letters, but to finally meet in person gives me faith in the future of our nations."

"Great Mortemia, conqueror of Strasidel! I am glad to find you in good humor." Asena found herself somewhat amused by the sight of this admittedly terrifying dracolich cracking jokes and treating everything like a farce. It was, in its own way, endearing. "I have not seen your nation since your ascension, but I hope to make the journey sometime soon. As much as I love my home, I yearn for the road, and I am absolutely certain your nation will provide some magnificent sights, should you be willing to have me."

"Steward Pestadír, it is good to make your acquaintance at last. I have very much enjoyed taking part in diplomacy with your nation over the last few days, and I am glad to have found you a nation of reason and peace. The hills of Andur, hostile as they are, have their own indescribable quiet beauty. Perhaps it is commonplace for you by now, but to a foreigner, an Andurian sunrise is quite a sight to behold. Welcome to our land, good Wizard, we hope it treats you well."

"Sir Harver, Zo, I am happy to welcome you into Amaro Zor! Mister Harver, it is good to finally meet you - we have heard much of your skill as a mage, and we are happy to have one so well studied in our capital. As for you, Great Zo, this is the first time in my lifetime that Your Grace has entered the capital, and it is good to finally put a face upon our most ancient neighbor. No offense intended, of course - you don't look a day over two-hundred - I only meant to say that your reign has brought stability to your nation, and that you exude an air of wisdom. I hope you enjoy your stay here, both of you."

"Great Dragon Aradel, it is good to finally make your acquaintance. I visited your land many times while my grandmother led the caravan, and the hills and woodlands of your nation were home to many childhood games of hide-and-seek. Needless to say, though your country is a long way away, it is close to my heart. We hope you enjoy your stay in Amaro Zor, good Dragon."

"The Dark Hand of Rudahog, I presume? These flowers are gorgeous - thank you kindly for the gift. I will have them placed in a vase post-haste. I hope your journey has treated you well, and that your homeland is rejoicing in its peace. I have never seen it myself - during my childhood, the caravans avoided it entirely on account of the discord that plagued your people for generations - but I hope I might be able to pay you a visit sometime soon. Do you have any title you prefer in particular, or is Dark Hand well enough?"
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04-09-2016, 09:40 AM
Post: #165
RE: Spheres of Influence
"My thanks to you for the kind words, Asena of Amaro Zor" the dragon rumbled in reply. "It is my pleasure to be here to observe your hospitality, not least to myself, but to all of us. If only the circumstances of this meeting were of a lighter heart."

Inclining his head to look out over the gardens, he continues. "Your roses are beautiful. Perhaps when I leave, I may bring with me seeds to grow my own gardens?" He asks. "The mountain is barren of flowers of its own."
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04-09-2016, 10:53 AM
Post: #166
RE: Spheres of Influence
Zo nods and Tyrol offers both of their sincerest thanks for the praise, as well as complimenting Asena's forethought and generosity in hosting such an important meeting before she quickly has to go on to the next representative. Zo casually looks around the garden while Tyrol skims over the other attendees.
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04-09-2016, 11:06 AM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2016 11:09 AM by MQuinny1234.)
Post: #167
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Those few who know me call me Azerath. I'm afraid it's the only other name I'd go by and it's a personal one. As for visiting, I have only been here for a short while, but already I can tell you, your beautiful land puts mine to shame. No matter how today goes, I will be glad for coming." He bowed. "I'll leave you to your duties. Til later." he finished, turning away and walking to a seat. Before seating, he took off his dark cloak,doubled it over his arm repeatedly, and sat with it on his lap, hands together on top, looking around blankly. It couldn't be seen obviously, due to his blank faceless mask, but he was glancing at the dragons mostly.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-09-2016, 11:26 AM
Post: #168
RE: Spheres of Influence
"I thank you for your words, Ataman, and the hospitality of your people. This effort to maintain peace among the great powers is admirable, and I hope it shall save the world that we all cherish so much," the Tsar nodded before Asena went on to the other guests. While she did her rounds, the Tsar relaxed in his spot, examining the other leaders as well as the beautiful garden around them.
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04-09-2016, 01:55 PM
Post: #169
RE: Spheres of Influence
The Slovei gave a small bow to Asena as she was greeted. "It is a pleasure to finally meet you in person as well. I hope this conference will assuage any concerns you may have, and that we can all reach a sensible agreement."

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-09-2016, 05:30 PM
Post: #170
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The first odd thing the group of leaders and delegates becomes aware of is an insufferable squeaking. After a moment, an old, weathered farmer enters the garden, cursing and pulling along a large wooden cart which was straining under the weight of an over-sized clay jug almost as large as he was. Two local dockhands pushed from behind it, the sweat on their brow suggesting that they had come straight from the docks to the meeting.

"DAGNAB HILLS, KNEW I SHOULDA CAME A DAY EARLY, AWWW MY DANG BACK"

The farmer steps away from the cart as it is finally hauled into the garden, leaning upon the pitchfork he carried in one hand and pushing against his back with the other. A large, discomforting "CRACK" is heard, causing the dockhands to look up from their panting with slight worry.

"Ah, that's the stuff! Nothin' like a good stretch after a hard day's work. Speakin' of a hard day's work, here ya boys go, like promised, thanks for the help!"

He flips a couple gold coins to the men, who take it eagerly, glance at the dragons at fear, and proceed to exit the garden as fast as they can.

"Sorry I was late, folks, wanted to bring a jug of ol' Wheatvalian Moonshine for our good neighbor to sample. 'Course, probably enough for everyone else to try a cup if they want. Was gonna bring some my own, but the jars fell out the cart and shattered on the way here. Damn shame."

He smiled, turning to the other leaders. At closer look it was clear that the farmer wasn't as old or decrepit as he perhaps behaved. His arms showed the thick muscle of a man who had worked his whole life, his amber eyes showed the wit of a strategist. His hair, mostly grey, still retained enough of it's brown color to show he wasn't quite a complete old coot yet.

He adjusted the stalk of wheat clenched in his teeth, surveying the group.

"Well I reckon I don't got enough to get all the dragons here tipsy. Especially you, miss, don't know if you even drink, on account of being one of them there skeletons. I can ship a keg of the stuff to ya sometime if you want- Oh, sorry, right, ya'll probably are thinkin' some old senile fool wandered in uninvited... Name's Patsmith Pilveruth. Most folk just call me 'Poppa', or 'Pops' if you're a whippersnapper. Fine with bein' called Pat, though."

He pulled a bottle from the depths of his thick-cloth overalls, uncorking it and taking a swig of the clear, most-likely-highly-flammable substance within.

"Whew! Nothing like a nice tug of the ol' wheatjug after a hard day playin' the mule. Did ya start without me? Hope not, though I can't blame ya if ya'll did. Where can an old man sit?"
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04-09-2016, 08:30 PM
Post: #171
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(04-09-2016 05:30 PM)Kocel Wrote:  The first odd thing the group of leaders and delegates becomes aware of is an insufferable squeaking. After a moment, an old, weathered farmer enters the garden, cursing and pulling along a large wooden cart which was straining under the weight of an over-sized clay jug almost as large as he was. Two local dockhands pushed from behind it, the sweat on their brow suggesting that they had come straight from the docks to the meeting.

"DAGNAB HILLS, KNEW I SHOULDA CAME A DAY EARLY, AWWW MY DANG BACK"

The farmer steps away from the cart as it is finally hauled into the garden, leaning upon the pitchfork he carried in one hand and pushing against his back with the other. A large, discomforting "CRACK" is heard, causing the dockhands to look up from their panting with slight worry.

"Ah, that's the stuff! Nothin' like a good stretch after a hard day's work. Speakin' of a hard day's work, here ya boys go, like promised, thanks for the help!"

He flips a couple gold coins to the men, who take it eagerly, glance at the dragons at fear, and proceed to exit the garden as fast as they can.

"Sorry I was late, folks, wanted to bring a jug of ol' Wheatvalian Moonshine for our good neighbor to sample. 'Course, probably enough for everyone else to try a cup if they want. Was gonna bring some my own, but the jars fell out the cart and shattered on the way here. Damn shame."

He smiled, turning to the other leaders. At closer look it was clear that the farmer wasn't as old or decrepit as he perhaps behaved. His arms showed the thick muscle of a man who had worked his whole life, his amber eyes showed the wit of a strategist. His hair, mostly grey, still retained enough of it's brown color to show he wasn't quite a complete old coot yet.

He adjusted the stalk of wheat clenched in his teeth, surveying the group.

"Well I reckon I don't got enough to get all the dragons here tipsy. Especially you, miss, don't know if you even drink, on account of being one of them there skeletons. I can ship a keg of the stuff to ya sometime if you want- Oh, sorry, right, ya'll probably are thinkin' some old senile fool wandered in uninvited... Name's Patsmith Pilveruth. Most folk just call me 'Poppa', or 'Pops' if you're a whippersnapper. Fine with bein' called Pat, though."

He pulled a bottle from the depths of his thick-cloth overalls, uncorking it and taking a swig of the clear, most-likely-highly-flammable substance within.

"Whew! Nothing like a nice tug of the ol' wheatjug after a hard day playin' the mule. Did ya start without me? Hope not, though I can't blame ya if ya'll did. Where can an old man sit?"

Asena greets him with a gentle handshake, playing along with his pseudo-decrepit behavior, even if it was clearly a sham. "Welcome, Pat. It's a pleasure to finally meet you. I'd quite like some of that moonshine after the festivities, and I encourage you to try some of our own spirits once we've concluded official business. It might even rival your own brew in strength. I'm happy our people came together and figured out the peninsula dispute so peaceably - have the fishermen taken kindly to the new borders? And how has their catch been lately?"

She catches herself. "Oh, excuse me - I got so caught up in my own curiosities that I forgot to answer your question. Let me show you to your seat." She places a gentle hand on the old man's shoulder and leads him to the table prepared for the talks.

"Now that we're all here, I propose we get started, so that the festivities might begin sooner rather than later. For the first vote: Shall we invite minor states to take part in this conference? I feel it necessary to remind everyone that this vote shall be conducted in utter confidence - you need only vote by your conscience, not by what will sound best to the ears of your allies. If you feel keeping them out will benefit the stability of the world after this meeting, I encourage you to vote against. If you feel that their voices should be heard, I encourage you to vote for."

"Seeing as I am the leader of the host nation, we feel it is only best that I remain neutral on the matter and abstain from voting."
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04-09-2016, 08:38 PM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2016 08:40 PM by Cidellus.)
Post: #172
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Good to see you, Mr. President," the Tsar nodded to Pilveruth before addressing the assembled leaders. "I vote against. Because I believe that if we are to include minor states, we must include delegates from every minor state that we intend to deliberate on during this conference, from Aszha in the east to the nations of the Great Western Desert. And that would both take a while and make for a very impractical meeting. Plus, as far as I am aware, this meeting and the resulting spheres of influence are more meant to eliminate the risk of world-ending war. By preventing great powers from stepping on one another's toes."
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04-09-2016, 08:53 PM
Post: #173
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"Hey there, old-timer. Practically a zombie already, aren't ya! You'd fit right in back in Strasidel, if you ever wanna visit." Mortemia sidled out of the roses, into a less destroyable part of the garden. "And don't worry about the drink. Found a way to magically get drunk years ago."

That out of the way, Mortemia turned her attention to the matter at hand. "So yeah, the minor countries? I say fuck 'em. They never did anything for us anyway, and we're pretty much just here to decide which of us gets to take over who. I mean, guess it'd be worth inviting them just to see the look on ol' Johnny's face when we tell him Ahsar's mine now, but I'd also probably get bored waiting for them to show up. You don't want me to get bored."

Mortemia paused. "If it wasn't clear, that's a vote for no."
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04-09-2016, 09:38 PM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2016 09:50 PM by Bramzter.)
Post: #174
RE: Spheres of Influence
"We had reasonable dealings in diplomacy with each-other indeed Lady Asena , I am certain that we all can work this debacle out without resort-"

The Image of Pestadír flickers and emits a loud static before reforming

"My apologies, Must be some sort of magical interference. is there perchance any Mage practice going on within this place? I specifically asked my own acolytes to stop with their dabbling experiments. As for the inclusion of minor powers within this meeting i respectfully vote against it. Several of the minor states have somewhat 'erratic' leadership that might destabilize any worthwhile discussion we might have here.."
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04-10-2016, 12:25 AM
Post: #175
RE: Spheres of Influence
The dragon of Teór Aradel shoots Mortemia a brief look of disapproval as she speaks, before he turns away to address the others.

"While I believe transparency towards our neighbouring nations would serve us well, their direct inclusion would simply serve to complicate matters and drag this meeting out unnecessarily, even disregarding the lengthy travel time we would all have to wait through. In the interest of keeping things brief and to the point, I vote against."
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04-10-2016, 05:30 AM
Post: #176
RE: Spheres of Influence
"I too vote it to be impractical to let the minor states in on these deliberations, not only would our discussion regarding our intentions to them tip all our respective hands but will likely force them to act rashly. And that was only considering we let in only the Heartlander states, anything beyond that is foolishness." Justinianus declared, continuing, "For example, while my own kingdom and Mortemia's Strasidel have, more or less, amicably divided up our claims of the northern Untamed lands with no undue frustration to either eachother or other states, which serves my kingdom's interests in finding living space for my burgeoning population, I nonetheless have designs on Aszha, Degao and Zhuria and the thundra to their north regarding goods and riches. Doubtless a few others at this council also have overlapping interests on just those countries and territories alone and would seek to contest my interests or at least work something out. What foolishness would it be for us to be gathered here, bickering over our designs on these nations when emissaries, or gods forbid their kings, were also present at the council?"

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04-10-2016, 08:23 AM
Post: #177
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The dark hand made a soft echo sound from behind his mask, before speaking up. "I vote for the inclusion of the minor states, but I see how this is going, so I won't push it. I will ask that for matters of more minor importance, we do include them. One of them could be future super-powers one day themselves, if that helps sway things."

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-10-2016, 12:02 PM
Post: #178
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Zo had assumed that such talks about invasion and empire would be handled more subtly were other states involved, and and agrees including nations outside of the Heartlands would be foolish. Zo does not care much either way, and will vote with the majority."
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04-10-2016, 12:28 PM
Post: #179
RE: Spheres of Influence
The Slovei consulted for a moment with her foreign minister, and then said,

"Philosophically I would not be opposed to minor powers attending, but practically I am in agreement that it would make the conference unmanageable. The Eorelan Republic votes that minor powers not be included."

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-10-2016, 04:59 PM
Post: #180
RE: Spheres of Influence
Patsmith chuckles at the flickering Image of Pestadír.

"Mage practice? Ya mean other than the huge necromantic dragon skeleton with flaming purple eyes? Why did ya think there'd be no magical interference here? I mean, the magic of my mah-cheese-mo alone..."

He grins, shutting his eyes, almost seeming to relish in butchering the pronunciation of "machismo."

"But yeah, I mean, if ya'd ask'd me before this hoedown started, I'd have said 'maybe.' I mean I like Underzweig, and their mineral wealth alone should put them on near equal footin' with us. Ya can't judge power alone by who has a big gat-danged doomsday cannon. But Mortemia has a point. We'd be waitin' weeks, probably months for more folk to show up. I mean, I didn't send the dang invitations, so if any of my neighbors feel hurt by not being asked to the big dance I'll tell 'em that they can't blame me. Besides, most of the other 'minor' powers ain't really in a position to contribute."

He gave a smirk to The Slovei.

" 'Course, seein' as to how them getting 'freed' from their ass of a king started this whole thing, I'd have suggested inviting Theaxia. But too late for that now. Republic of Wheatvale votes "why are we even voting on this, ain't any reason to vote anything but 'no'." Now, let's get on to the REAL subject we were all invited on this nice little vacation to discuss."
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04-10-2016, 08:01 PM (This post was last modified: 04-10-2016 08:08 PM by Protoman.)
Post: #181
RE: Spheres of Influence
Asena nods. "Very well. I suppose it would be best if I stated what my government is personally aiming towards first. The sphere we desire is broad, but fairly small. I hope you will find it reasonable."

She lays a map out in front of her, the prospects circled or otherwise denoted in blue ink.

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"I hope to remind you all that this is merely a declaration of the sphere we would like, not a list of conquests. I do not hope to take these lands forcibly, nor do I want to topple any governments. These are simply our areas of interest."
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04-10-2016, 08:12 PM
Post: #182
RE: Spheres of Influence
The Tsar took a look at the map.

"Well, I personally have no problem with those. But I'm not an overseas power, nor will I be in a position to be one for the foreseeable future, so it'll be up to the others to figure that out with you," he said, nodding.

He gestured towards a broad region on the map.

"As stated, I claim the vast regions to the west and north of Kalvesiya, and also claim the countries of Rezhnov, Korov, Pezda, Zachaza, and the Pulovian cossacks as my current sphere of influence. As for protectorates in the future, I would claim Kazahor, Urek, Alysa, and Zamharudat. These lands may appear vast, but they are desolate and empty. I envy you all, and your capacity to reach the riches that lie beyond the sea."

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04-10-2016, 11:37 PM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 12:13 AM by Galloglasses.)
Post: #183
RE: Spheres of Influence
"I have no needed objections to either of those claims personally." Justinianus says pulling out a rolled map from under his cloak and placing it on the table. "This is Herinhia's proposed sphere."

"The claims also included the territorial claims made to the untamed lands, as our interests are primarily colonization and settlement, they solve a host of problems for us. We also claim our material interests in the east with Aszha, Degao and Zhuria as well as the thundra to their north. These will not be conquests so much as extending our influence. I don't think anyone is quite foolish enough to start a land war in Aszha."

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04-11-2016, 12:45 AM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 01:14 AM by chimericWilder.)
Post: #184
RE: Spheres of Influence
The dragon of Teór Aradel studied the map for a time, before leaning in to trace lines of glowing red light across the map.

"Within the Heartlands, my interest lies primarily with Ahsar, Teralon, the Old Hills, the Mortenwood and Faralon. It is my hope to establish a road through these lands, to connect the eastern Heartlands with the south and west. Beyond this, I wish to establish a far-reaching trading network with the rest of the known world. These are some of the lands and islands I believe to have potential in this regard."


Turning to regard Patsmith, the dragon continues. "I suppose my interest in the Mortenwood must be strange to you. Understand, while the Mortenwood has always been a dark and forbidding place, it was not until a hundred years ago that it worsened and became the cursed place it is today. I wish to know why this came to be and, if possible, work with Wheatvale and Andúr to put a stop to it."

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04-11-2016, 02:08 AM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 02:26 AM by Palamedes.)
Post: #185
RE: Spheres of Influence
Tyrol frowns as he lays out a map as well. Magical lines on the map shrink and change relative to the claims already suggested and he looks to Zo in something almost akin to surprise. He quickly collects himself.

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"These are the lands and claims Zo finds most valuable to Arcavat. They are primarily fertile and empty lands he might colonize and make use of back home, as well as important locations for naval and trade ports. Closer to home, there are also his political and trade interests to take into account, and he has no desire to abandon his allies in the Heartlands or Great Western Desert. Of course, these are just Zo's most vital interests - we have others that will be brought up once everyone has gone through the vital locations first.

I can already see how some of these locations clash with our gracious hosts, the dragon of Teor Aradel, and to a lesser extent Herinhia. Zo would not object to minor trading posts in the Great Western Desert, and would be willing to share most island and port-oriented locations with those who have also claimed them."
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04-11-2016, 03:01 AM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 03:03 AM by Bramzter.)
Post: #186
RE: Spheres of Influence
The image of Pestadír reforms into a image of bunch of cut outs from a map.

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"These are the territories Andúr has a vested intrest in for a number of reasons including the magical studies, resolving past disputes, the available resources within the region or important diplomatic discussion between the nation's people and ours and would like to not be impeded by any of the great powers, we are of course open to negotiation"

"As a example i will state that we would like to work with the Vabekians to create a channel within their strait to benefit trade and faster travel not only for them and us but for the international community as well"
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04-11-2016, 04:14 AM
Post: #187
RE: Spheres of Influence
"With regards to the Arcavat claims on those islands off the Zhurian coast I am sure something could be arranged." Herinhia said, "Though seeing as we're getting everything out in the open, Herinhia did have an interest in our neighbour of Septduran as well, and those isles off our coast owned by Somilla. Is there anything anyone would like to say about that?"

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04-11-2016, 04:42 AM
Post: #188
RE: Spheres of Influence
The Tsar also states his interest in a possible partition of Faralon between himself, Wheatvale, Andur, and Aradel (since Aradel has claimed interest) if Faralon doesn't stop with the exporting of their irritating revolutionary propaganda.
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04-11-2016, 04:50 AM
Post: #189
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Yes, we could negotiate something there. We also have no illusions about claiming the north when other powers stand much more reasonably to do so themselves, and the lands Herinhia desires would be pointless to us given our island in the vicinity."
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04-11-2016, 05:01 AM
Post: #190
RE: Spheres of Influence
Mortemia reaches into her ribcage and fishes out an oversized sheet of parchment - a map she'd already drawn her claims on before coming here.

"Right, I got kind of bored halfway through and started doodling all over this. Whatever. You guys can see what I'm after here, I'm pretty sure."

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04-11-2016, 05:04 AM
Post: #191
RE: Spheres of Influence
Justinianus tried not to cringe.

He failed.

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04-11-2016, 05:05 AM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 05:09 AM by Protoman.)
Post: #192
RE: Spheres of Influence
Asena coughs a bit after seeing the rest of the nations claims, her face suddenly rather pale in spite of her naturally dark complexion.

"H-Hm. I am certain something could be worked out with all of that." She was not certain.

"Arcavat, would you be willing to allow us to have what we claimed, with the exception of the kingdom of Mulak? That way your control on desert trade is unquestioned, and we can simply have the ports we need. In exchange, we would be happy to support your claims in the southeastern seas - Trellemak, Senobella, all those nations."

"Also, the Amaro would like to claim one last thing, if there are no objections. The untamed wilds of the desert are vast, and while there is certainly room for a neutral zone for those of you who want to send expeditions into the desert, we would like to request a chunk of the southern lands." She takes a pen out and marks out, on her previous map, exactly what she means.

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"We hope this is amenable."
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04-11-2016, 05:19 AM
Post: #193
RE: Spheres of Influence
Tyrol looks to Zo, deep in thought. The dragon nods, and he turns back to Asena.

"We are planning excursions into the desert to look into its viability and supposed riches, but don't desire conflict with the hordes that call it home to do so any time soon. I see no issues in giving up the south, and would also be willing to agree to your terms of claim support support."
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04-11-2016, 05:24 AM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 05:24 AM by chimericWilder.)
Post: #194
RE: Spheres of Influence
Turning to regard Justinianus, the dragon of Teór Aradel replies to his earlier question, "While I have an interest in Septduran, it is minor at best. I expect we can work something out that is agreeable to us both."
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04-11-2016, 07:57 AM
Post: #195
RE: Spheres of Influence
"If we are declaring our claims and interests, I shall show the Republic's now."

She unrolled a smaller map, marked with gold ink in various places.
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"The lands colored-in in gold are the Republic's current territorial ambitions, while those circled with a solid line are our main regions of interest. Further south, the dashed line represents areas of future interest, where we may wish to expand our sphere."

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-11-2016, 08:26 AM
Post: #196
RE: Spheres of Influence
Pestadír stroked his beard in thought. The image however shows his hand going trough it.

"Andúr is willing to share Faralon with our neighbors of Wheatvale and the Tsardom but not with Aradel since they are a power too distant to us. We would however agree to help with Aradel's plans of constructing the roads within our territory. This is of course if the neighboring states would also participate with the dismantling of Faralon. If we have to do it ourself it would be obvious we will keep all territory for ourselfs.

And i see that both Amoro Zor and The Republic share our claim on the isle in the circulean peninsula. Well, what would you like to give up to us to give up our claim upon the isle? We would like to turn it into a expedition hub for the rest of the peninsula and conduct our studies there, it would also be a good resupply point for our ships."
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04-11-2016, 08:30 AM
Post: #197
RE: Spheres of Influence
Anda Manu turned towards Pestadír.

"The Republic would be willing to give up that claim if we could get land of equivalent strategic value. We see you've claimed most of the northern coast of the Peninsula, perhaps you could give some of that to us instead? We'd accept the spike, it would be an equally good naval base"

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-11-2016, 08:38 AM
Post: #198
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Perhaps it is best to not complicate your negotiations with Amoro Zor on this.. We do not want to be among the instigators of a war between great powers.. We are willing to cede the isle but the rest of our claim on the circulean peninsula still holds. We also ask for docking rights for our ships."
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04-11-2016, 08:42 AM
Post: #199
RE: Spheres of Influence
"We offer to the Zor that if the Republic gets the island, we will not dispute their claims on Alyutaria and Syndenia"

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04-11-2016, 08:44 AM
Post: #200
RE: Spheres of Influence
Tyrol taps his foot. "I am not entirely satisfied with being left out of negotiations for the continental peninsula. Zo would be willing to lessen our claim to the western half and give up any desires on the island for that - leaving the majority of the area for the other interested powers to split."
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