The Response of The Kingdom of Norland
6th of the Amber Cold, 1779
To the Orenian State,
In light of the circumstances of the actions and death of Pasqual de Casanova, the Kingdom of Norland has no choice but to point the finger of blame, and to level it squarely at the Orenian Empire. Our reasons for this are manifold. Firstly, while it cannot be ascertained whether or not this man truly acted on behalf of the Orenian State, based on the previous actions of the Empire, we are forced to come to the conclusion that he was. To be perfectly transparent, the actions we reference are, specifically, the funding of banditry targeting the Kingdom of Norland in times of peace and the attempted assassinations of King Caedric I and King Halvar I. Secondly, as the Orenian State has repeatedly chosen to hold the Kingdom of Norland responsible for the actions of various bandit organizations, chiefly Nottingham and the Ashen Sigil, the Kingdom of Norland must, therefore, do the same and hold the Orenian State responsible for actions done in its name. The conflation between the Kingdom of Norland and these bandit organizations was a result of intentional propagandizing, extremely liberal use of the derisive term “Nordling'', and the words of the Orenian State itself. However, while there is no provable link between the Kingdom of Norland and these bandits, there are many provable links between the Orenian State and the man who attacked Captain O’Hara, ranging from his own claims to his documented past. Therefore, we choose to treat with the Orenian State as the Orenian State has treated with us; They shall be held to their own standards. Accordingly, the Kingdom of Norland hereby recognizes this event as an endorsed breach of the terms of the truce between the Orenian Empire and the Begrudged Alliance.
Furthermore, let it be known that we recognize and respect your attempt to mend the situation, however we must remember the Orenian State’s previous responses to attempts at peaceful resolution, namely their repeated breaches of the Treaty of Novellen by way of continued aggression targeting the Kingdom of Norland. To reiterate that which was stated previously in this document, this continuation of hostilities was carried out by bandits acting on direct orders from Orenian State. This alone makes it difficult to trust the words of the Empire’s officials when they claim to want peace. How are we to believe this will see any different resolution? While we appreciate your condemnation of the actions of the actor in question and his associates, your government has a proven record of acting dishonestly. Therefore, we cannot trust your claims of peace and our stance shall not change just yet. However, let it not be said that we impeded the path towards peace or disregarded the attempts made to rectify this slight. If the Empire wishes to show their commitment to peace and cooperation, then we will, at the very least, hear what their officials have to say.
Your actions have consequences. May your Crossed God grant you the clarity and wisdom to make the correct decision. We shall await either your pen or your blades, though we are quite certain which we ought to expect. If it is truly peace you seek, make it so.
Halvar I Edvardsson, King of Norland, Duke of Morsgrad, Bulwark of the Highland Realm, Chieftain of Clan Edvardsson
Chryssa Stormbringer, Marshal of the Ashen Legion
High Keeper Alisa Camian, Hearth Mother of Norland, Chieftess of Clan Camian
Mister Muffins, Chamberlain to the King of Norland
Olaf Freysson, High Steward of the Kingdom of Norland, Chieftain of Clan Freysson