Imperial Statement on the Ireheart Aggressions
6th of Sigismund's End, 1848
We have recently received reports that a certain dwarven family—one Clan Ireheart—has initiated several illegal raids into our sovereign lands, violating our pact of non-aggression and attempting to clip the ears of our loyal elven subjects. Before all else, we make it absolutely clear that these attacks, which constitute both an unjust invasion and an act of supreme bigotry, will always be met with the utmost force. Whosoever pledges his fealty to our country and submits himself to our law is our willing subject regardless of his race; having humbly asked for our fellowship and protection, he shall always receive them.
Further, let it be known that these assaults upon elves constitute not only a crime against our law, but also a crime against GOD, who bestowed upon each of the descendant races their particular appearances and their places in the world. To clip the ears of an elf is to mutilate GOD’s creation. It is diabolical.
And truly, this is a sin our empire knows all too well. It is the same barbarism which centuries ago brought the wrath of GOD upon our own prophet, Godfrey. But just as the chastened prophet forsook such mutilations, so too did we, and so too has the world. Now, like Saul the Necromancer, Clan Ireheart has resurrected something wicked and put it to new use. And much like Saul, they have committed themselves to the persecutions of the faithful; they have threatened our clergymen and our Church, all for the crime of defending the innocent.
Finally, we assert that these bigoted abuses perfectly illustrate the hypocrisy of so many of our enemies, who declaim our country for evil with the same bloodied hands that they use to commit it. Of what bygone wickedness do they accuse us, that they do not work to this very day, not only against our own race, but against others? Indeed, Clan Ireheart perpetrates these crimes against even those of their own country: the first victim of their attempted mutilations was Aver'wyn of Clan R'ikarth and House Melphestaus, daughter-in-law to the Urguanian vassal Stygian Hollow.
This missive is both a promise and an admonition. We will never tolerate the persecution of our subjects. Clan Ireheart must cease these attacks immediately.
Her Imperial Excellency, The Duchess of Crestfall, Archchancellor