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Continuing with Blood of the Empire, we’re back to Natalya, squeezing money and concessions out of the treacherous Princess Viviane.
After drawing up documents forcing Viviane to pay reparations to Terragand for Prince Kendryk’s death, Natalya also drafted a new treaty. Princess Viviane wished to declare neutrality, but Natalya wasn’t having it.
“You must swear to support Terragand in its fight against the empire until the war is completely over. Since we have Teodora in custody I’m sure she’ll sign terms soon,” Natalya said, pushing the paper across the table toward Viviane.
Princess Viviane scanned the document, her face sour, “I have no troops to contribute.”
Natalya smiled, saying, “Money is more helpful right now. Since we have plenty of troops, your financial support will be most appreciated. I’ll be sure to remind Princess Maryna that the gods encourage forgiveness, even of the most awful crimes.”
Princess Viviane hesitated, quill in hand, but Natalya stared at her until she signed.
“See? That wasn’t so hard,” she smiled again as Viviane shoved the paper toward her, hatred in her eyes.