Present at the meeting: Winter Straithern (newly confirmed Chairman of the Council of Fallscliff), King Hrager of Thangard, Governor vanAlstyne of Fallscliff, General Jesker of Fallscliff, General Shaggar of Thangard, Thaumaturge Kristojeraclinestasees of Thangard.
“Okay, gentlemen,” begins Winter, “We have achieved a mostly bloodless victory here. Now we need to determine what to do with what we have.”
Hrager says, “I believe, according to our agreement, that the disposition of the remains of Barakash are entirely up to me and mine.”
Gerhart vanAlstyle turns to him, “Don’t get cocky Your Highness. We achieved this through regicide enacted by assassins we sent. Consider that before you start trying to beat us up with that agreement.”
Hrager looks darkly at vanAlstyne and is about to retort when Shaggar lays a hand on his king’s shoulder. Hrager visibly collects himself and just says, “Kris, tell them.”
The gnome thaumaturge winces at the nickname, but addresses the group. “We have carefully considered the potential of our annexation of Barakash. The recent racial tensions here have made it necessary to attempt a symbolic effort to unite the disparate races. We think that establishing Barakash as a semi-autonomous province of Thangard will help. But that will also require appointing a Governor that might be acceptable to the natives. To that end, we have come up with a few names as suggestions, but there is one who we think will be greatly favored by the natives. That would be the half-ork Kresh.”
General vanAlstyne jerks as if slapped. But after a few moments of consideration he nods, “Aye, he might be good at that. He’s often run my estates while I was campaigning, or administered the company while I was at home. Even at his age, he probably has a few good years of administration left in him. And his experience at dealing with a wide range of racial representation could be used as a unifying factor for the province. And I see someone had the foresight to summon him to us,” he says with an arch look at the thaumaturge.
At this point Kresh joins the group bowing to them in respect. He says, " What can I do for Your Lordships, and Highness?"
Winter addresses him, “Kresh, it has been put forth that the leadership of a semi-autonomous Barakash under the rulership of Thangard, should be assumed by someone who not only would be able to administer it, but would represent a more racially unifying presence. To that end it was suggested that you would be ideal.”
Kresh’s only reaction is a widening of his eyes in surprise as Winter continues,“I dare say that everyone here agrees, so the only further question is: Are you willing?”
Kresh considers for a few moments as the others, save vanAlstyne, indicate their agreement. So he looks directly at vanAlstyne as he finally speaks, “I am very honored that such a powerful group would consider me worthy of this appointment. However, I am still bound by an indenturement which precludes my acceptance of it.”
Immediately, vanAlstyne emits a bark of laughter and says, “Kresh, you pain in the ass. You earned your way out of that years ago. I even offered you your freedom at the time, but you chose to keep the arrangement. Don’t think you can use me as an excuse to not take this job. Whether or not you accept is entirely your choice.”
Sighing in resignation, Kresh addresses the group, “In that case, I must accept the appointment. I have been greatly disturbed by recent events within my homeland, and am grateful for the opportunity to right the wrongs wrought by the tyrant Laerrick. You may count on me to re-forge Barakash into a prosperous province of Thangard.”
With that Kresh turns to Hrager and kneels before him and says, “My liege.” Even with Kresh kneeling, Hrager has to reach up to touch his head in acknowledgement.