|Atheory Goblin Squad Member|
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Envoys from the Xeilias Empire sat across the table, hands folded, staunch in their unwavering means of producing no facial gestures. After much discussion, only the sound of birds chirping, signaling the end of the day, lingered as I pondered a final response. I already knew the answer. There had always only been one answer.
For weeks, since Allegiant Gemstone Company took up residence in the Imperial town of Kreuz Bernstein, there had been a strong effort from Imperial factions to integrate the company in with the day to day operations of the Empire. In short, they wanted us to bend to the knee and become citizens. The offer was tempting and for those weeks I skirted the line between becoming a citizen and running an independent company.
I wanted to fit in, to pull my weight and in so doing subjected my members to radical changes. They took up the challenges with the zeal and relevance I’ve to expect and admire. Qualities commonly found throughout the company. As we moved across country, we explored the new area and quickly even jumped into the Empire’s conflict with the southern city states. The allure of the Empire had its effect on us, but it began to fade and we began to fall back on the core beginnings of the company.
Now all I need do is say yes. One little word confirm, no actually to reaffirm what we had always been. An independent company. Our identity isn’t the Empire, Golgotha or Banditry. Rather we are the fighting merchants of tomorrow and will continue to pursue that course. By saying yes I do not reject the Empire and all it has to offer. They have been gracious hosts. I only say yes to the Allegiant Gemstone Company and its future endeavors, wherever they lead.
With a yes, AGC becomes just a private business who takes up residence in Kreuz Bernstein. Subject to their laws and taxes as would any other fitting company under the umbrella of the Empire, but having no obligations otherwise to the Empire. In reality that is all we ever wanted. Why the pause? The allure of citizenship is strong. They are good folk. Their benevolent leader is, well benevolent.
However, the answer was always yes. The question was just never asked until now. So yes. My answer was yes. The envoys stood, gave a nod in unison, and exited the room. Silence engulfed the room eventually driving me to the Tavern.