Sharn Inquisitive02/26/2007

Calls for End to Fortress Moves
News for Olarune 8th, 998

Aundair Ambassador Calls for End to ‘Provocative’ Fortress Moves

FAIRHAVEN—Aundair’s ambassador to Breland, Landrihl ir’Charbaux, said on Sol he plans to travel to Wroat next week and petition the Brelish crown to end “provocative” maneuvers that put “Breland’s floating city-fortresses a stone’s throw from Aundair’s borders.”

“In this time of peace, it’s galling that Breland persists in such aggressive posturing on what should be one of the most peaceful borders in all of Khorvaire,” ir’Charbaux said. “Such provocative, militaristic displays don’t advance the cause of peace. Instead, they’re ugly reminders that perhaps we shouldn’t trust our neighbors to the south.”

The ambassador also plans to address the issue of wine and other luxury goods tariffs assessed by local provinces in northern Breland. Preliminary discussions about a united effort to win the release of “cultural relics” held by Thrane are also on the diplomatic agenda.

But the matter of the floating city-fortress Argonth is expected to generate the most discussion when the Aundairian delegation arrives in Wroat. Argonth, which boasts more than a thousand soldiers, recently completed a journey along the Breland-Aundair border—a route it takes four times a year.

Breland diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity said that Queen Aurala may be trying to take advantage of domestic Breland politics to win Argonth’s withdrawal or even decommissioning. Breland Parliament members hailing from eastern Breland have been agitating to have Argonth patrol the border with the Mournland exclusively, responding to frequent monstrous incursions. Argonth currently patrols Breland’s western, northern, and eastern borders in a vast circuit.

“It’s a sure bet that Aundair is listening to our Parliament, and Queen Aurala is trying to give more ammunition to anyone who wants Argonth somewhere other than right on her doorstep,” one diplomat said.

Among Fairhaven’s diplomatic corps, ir’Charbaux’s reference to “floating city-fortresses,” rather than mentioning Argonth by name, launched a round of speculation. Breland’s second active city-fortress, Dejarn, is rarely seen and never discussed by either the crown or the Brelish Army. Some diplomats assembled at Fairhaven suggest that ir’Charbaux might obliquely be referring to a sighting of Dejarn, not Argonth, near Aundair.

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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