You may take it with a grain of salt if you like, but my post was actually

intended as benevolent advice to Mercinae. Yes, city alliances will

always exist in one form or another. My point is that Mercinae always

goes beyond strategic alliances and seeks intermarriage. The

conflicting city and guild loyalties that have prevented Mercinae from

signing a treaty is a case in point. Frankly, I hope Mercinae continues

her course, as it is a never-ending source of amusement to us.

As for our having bitten off more than we can chew, I can only say we

look forward to the end of the Godly protection from invasion that

Springdale currently enjoys. As you well know, we Thakrians have big

mouths. As such, our capacity to chew is unrivaled.

Written by my hand on the 8th of Springflower, in the year 1084.