When the Knight King of Livatla subjugates his realm the Ryendborn shall sharpen their steel and march to war. And when the Crusaders of the East rally to their prophet shall the Ryendborn grab their spears and ward off the tide. And when the warriors of the South rise in a screaming chorus against the Ryendborn, they shall muster their courage and meet them at the slopes of the Talethi. Yet when the hands of the East, West, and South be united against the Ryendborn shall they seek cover beneath their walls and fight off the storm. For WE are Ryendborn, we will never buckle and never yield! For when every hand turns against us we laugh at death and proclaim as one, "NOT THIS DAY!" -Emperor Lyr the Great Imperial Forum, Ryendar, the City of Silver The figure in armor colored silver strode through the crowd, flanked by two other men in nigh identical armor carrying warstaves and highshields. The crowd gathered the Forum quickly gave way to the trio with haste, carving a path for them as the various debaters argued. The Imperial Forum was a place for the trade of ideas, various speakers fought eachother over everything from philosophy to foreign policy in a sort of open court as a way for the people to be heard. But the trio of Silver Guards cared little for politics as of the moment, arguments rung over the crowds as spectators watched the intellectuals debate as a crowd would watch a play, captivated and interested in the exchange. Beyond the Forum lay what many called the City's Heart, a collection of buildings for the various government run bureaus and organizations. In the heart lay the Imperial Palace, incredibly close the the group's destination: Ryendarian High Command. High Command was a massive building, carved of white stone with leaf green flags of the Silver Eagle descending from the ramparts. The trio entered with little regard for the massive waiting room in the front, the clerk at the front desk quickly notified his superiors and the three were allowed entry to the War Room. The War Room was an expansive room, dominated by a massive table depicting Ryendar and a good portion of the surrounding land. On the table lay hundreds of counters, each representing a Ryendarian Regiment in the field with various miniature flags represented the Marshals and Strategoses. At the table three men stood, the first and most obvious to identify was Emperor Richard, clad in his normal Imperial Green robes and scepter. Second was Grand Marshal Jacob Vorythyn, an aging man with silver white hair and a beard whose green eyes belied a great deal of wisdom and experience. Third was Strategos Alfryn Seryndyn, commander of ten regiments stationed along the Cennyr Border with Livatla. Her presence belied the nature of the meeting between Vorythyn and the Emperor, but to any observer Rory Tyralth was the anomaly in the room. An accomplished member of the Silver Guard his official title was Sentinel Tyralth, a rank reserved for combat specialists among the Guardsmen often serving as a frontline vanguard or bodyguards. He was also an incredibly trustworthy soldier which had certainly played a part in his high stakes assignment. Vorythyn was the first to break the silence, "Honor bright Sentinel, thank you kindly for coming. It seems that given recent events in Livatla was have need of your services. As you all know, Ecclesiarch Thymas and his party have gone missing en route to Cibyl and tensions in the city are rising. Thus you and two others are to Cibyl by lake-galley with a smaller detachment of Ecclesiarchs, your job is to act as a guard for Diplomat Theoderic and act as a Ryendarian Champion in the event of any duels." Tyralth digested the information before responding, "What exactly would I be called upon to duel?" The three figures around the table all hesitated before the Emperor spoke, "Ervin Cluse has done little to soothe relations with his brutal honorless killing of the Bishop of the Sky, thusly he has lost most of his support here in Ryendar and among those of Ryendarian descent in Cibyl. We believe a revolt will occur and as an exceptional combatant, you would be able to challenge him upon his honor to a duel. However that is not your main goal. Vorythyn?" The Grand Marshal explains, "Cibyl has been able to resist our attempts to outright conquer it for centuries, eventually we've simply stopped trying. But with the unrest in Livatla we might be able to leap upon this opportunity before he manages to massacre his own people. If the city falls in rebel hands, we would support them, and we would slowly incorporate them into Ryendar proper, essentially we remove the chance for any Livatlans to attempt to remove our stranglehold. However this hinges on the rebellion succeeding, yet we cannot aid it. The first hour or so, that will be the most pivotal to our success, yet we must focus our efforts eon controlling the Starfaith for now. That is why we're sending you with the Ecclesiarchs. We can no longer prevent a rebellion in good faith, but we can hope to capitalize on it. Another factor: another Livatlan noble, Dormand, has been spotted near Cibyl, whatever his stake in the strife, he likely intends on doing something to either aid Cluse or aid himself, neither seems good for us. But that is in the hands of the Ryfenari and Ilterion." Summary Ryendar planning to turn a potential revolt to their own ends. Efforts are being made to turn the Starfaith back to the Stars. A bodyguard is being sent to Theoderic for his protection on short notice. Overview -Ten thousand men under Strategos Seryndyn are stationed along the Livatlan border and plans are in motion for any army of 40,000 to be mustered along the whole border, fringe companies are already in motion. -Marshal Saryn Bluesteel's army is being reduced with the new plans in the east, losing several regiments to redeployment. -Field Marshal Corryn's entire Eastern Front is being shifted south due to changing plans of attack and defense. -Ardent Commander Frederick Taelthyn is being reinforced at Ahn'Cyr with several additional companies. -Field Marshal Stenorn is redeploying his eastern front among the Talethi, thinning it out to ensure that he covers the entire expanse up to Ahn'Taleth. -Several new regiments are in training and several regiments are being sent to the front lines, fresh out of training. -Fortifications are being constructed all around Ahn'Cyr in the event of a tri-nation war. -Ryfenari agents are increasing activity in the capital of Asnya. -Spymaster Ilterion has commissioned for gold to be donated to Asnya from independent traders to help fuel their struggling war machine. -Fur prices are rising after new efforts to recruit Northern Hunters into the Ranger Corps, new companies will be on the field shortly yet the fur industry is certainly suffering. -A new Engineering School has been opened in Westgarde, now one of only three schools for the Ryendarian Engineer Corps. -Marble prices drop due to the newfound demand for basic stone for construction projects in Ahn'Cyr, Westgarde, and Wolfgarde.