As Sviatoslav IV lay sleeping, he heard a voice call out to him. As he opened his eyes, he saw a bright white light, and a figure in the middle of it.
“Who are you?” He called out, no more than half awake.
The figure stood over him, saying nothing, before disappearing.
Sviatoslav woke up, in a cold sweat. Unsure of whether or not it was a dream, Sviatoslav was spurred into action. From that day, Sviatoslav would be spurred into action, recruiting a larger military force.
Later that day, Sviatoslav would call a meeting of his council. Many of them doubted his dream, some laughed. However, a few good, god fearing men believed him. Later on, Sviatoslav would meet with them in private.
“My dear advisors, it is only among you few who I can trust, as it seems only you believe me and my dream. God has given me a warning, a call to action. We can not allow ourselves to remain idle. We must seek outside help. I do not know how much longer I will remain your prince, but in the future, we may need to seek outside help. I would like us to find traders that could fill us in on the armies for hire in the nearby lands, lest we be unable to produce enough men and ever be overrun.”
As the offer of marriage came in from Denmark Sviatoslav would pen the king back a letter.
“My dear friend, while I appreciate your offer of an alliance by marriage, I must inform both of you that I believe you would not achieve what you want out of this. Novgorod, like other Russian Princedoms, is ruled by a series of elected Princes. If I or my family members were to be married to your own kin, I cannot guarantee how long we would continue to hold power for in Novgorod. However, this would earn your nation an ally in my family.”
-Regards, Sviatoslav IV, Prince of Novgorod.
Recruit 2,000 spearmen and 500 melee cavalry. [MOD]
Gather information from traders about Mercanary Companies among the other Rus Principalities, Cumon Khanate, Volga Bulgaria, Sweden, and Denmark. [MOD]
Send letter to Denmark, informing them of the leadership situation among the Rus Principalities, but still offering an alliance.