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950800 No. 950800 ID: 482fee

Okay, no idea what happened but updating the thread last night and it just died. Now it's gone. Gonna try again where I left off.

Same thing as before, Discussion and wiki below. Okay let's try this again where we left off.

https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/129715.html
https://questden.org/wiki/The_Family_Business
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No. 973645 ID: 4f51b2

He desrves a reward, ask him what he wants.
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No. 973654 ID: 5faadf

>>973636
Hmm, our exemplary scaled soldier should be given further opportunity to perform in such a capacity.
A promotion of some kind is in order, with better equipment of course.
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No. 973794 ID: fd2dfa
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973794

You make arrangements to award the heroic kobold when he returns. In the meantime, you allow the envoy from Navozem to enter. Oh dear. It's a good thing Dao isn't here.

"Heyoowa Taruvi-Soosanwe. Nojiko pasa-ra Navosem ruksal, yilerosootanru ru-pora yil ru-resa."

("Hello out-clan Taruvik. I am Nojiko bonded-to Navosem, and I speak with the authority of all my family")

The once lady Nojiko speaks Rezmodla perfectly as she bows and greets you, then switches to the common tongue, spoken with as much fluency as Rezmodla. "I come on behalf of my master and family to bestow upon you a gift, as a means of thanks for eliminating half of our troubles."

"Half?"

Nojiko nods. "Yes. My master had decided to deal with one of the Gulpa nests himself. They are ever so troublesome if you leave them alone. Though he had made the agreement with the intention of letting you claim all the glory, he wishes to compensate you for taking what he believes was rightfully your victory."

>1000 Kushel awarded!

"Additionally" Nojiko raises a hand, left ear twitching "My master would appreciate it greatly if you would submit a possible time frame when the other...'problems' are dealt with?"

>Response?
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No. 973797 ID: df76b1

This herald was picked to send a message, and not just the obvious one...

"We're training the unit to do it now. We don't think they'll wait much past the time it takes to do so. Would you like to see our troops drill while you're here?"

Letting slip that morale and readiness is high serves a couple of purposes. We could also see how (and if) she reacts to Dao.
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No. 973918 ID: 6e6f32

So if I'm reading this right she's either saying:
Please stop fucking around with Gulpa and take care of the second fort already. Here, the bombs are even on us this time.

or

We have been patient, but it is time for you to finish what you started. This raid was a warning, but we will not be so merciful next time.

The ambiguity is surly intentional.

Either way, we should be careful about the WHEN. The hand and ear thing is probably code for something. Our answer to the question may well be binding.
Also it's certain Navozem will swoop in once again and help himself to what he wants.

End of summer would make an easy raid, but the Fall would give us time to covertly communicate with the rebels. And we did find a route in the tunnels to the location, after all.

Oh the look on Navozems face would be priceless if everyone in that fort just "Disappeared" one day.
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No. 973972 ID: a4d6d1

>>973918
What rebels? Didn't we blow up their fort already?
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No. 974006 ID: 6e6f32

>>973972
See those two red dots on the map near Suzo?
Those are encampments. Dug in ones. We fucked one up a while back, but the other remains.

What were supposedly just rebellious slaves ended up being a foreign expedition of Suzo's enemies. Navozem could take them out handily, but likely doesn't want reveal their hand to them, us, or their benefactors. It's just less risky to have someone else do it. And hey, we offered.

Refusing this service brings us no benefit, so we need to decide on when to perform it.

ASAP will gain us brownie points with Suzo.
Summer will make the operation cheaper and easier.
Fall will give us an opportunity to communicate with the encampment to pull some shenanigans against Suzo.

Suzo is in league with a rival great house and cannot be trusted. However, currying their favor in the short game could pay huge dividends when we decide to strike later.
On the other hand, they are a powerful foe and the earlier we start stacking the deck against them the better. We could engineer an outcome that technically completes the service without providing their unspoken desires.

I personally think we should set the date sometime in the fall. RG up there has suggested ASAP. Both are good ideas. We need more voices in on this. What's your take?
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No. 974027 ID: a4d6d1

>>974006
I think we're being goaded into cleaning up someone else's mess. I'm iffy on just clearing these places out, like we're just destroying something important.
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No. 974160 ID: 094652

"I see you wish to invest in our services. Very well. I promise this gift will go straight into vigorously training forces from my population, and they will march directly to the next fortress when they are adequately trained for this scenario. If your master wants this done immediately, we need more intel."
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No. 974420 ID: fd2dfa
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974420

"I see you wish to invest in our services. Very well. I promise this gift will go straight into vigorously training forces from my population, and they will march directly to the next fortress when they are adequately trained for this scenario. If your master wants this done immediately, we need more intel."

Nojiko clasps her upper hands together. "I'm afraid I have little to offer aside from the fort being occupied by recidivist elements. Slaves that were improperly trained and have taken advantage of the retreating royalists to take over one of their old fortresses. Their strength could be similar in size to the one you so masterfully destroyed" she puts emphasis on 'destroyed' with a slight curl of her lip before continuing "or it could be greater. While my master has a list of known escapees, their numbers could have swelled with bandits, criminals, or escaped slaves from other less fortunate families. I believe the fall of Talas left a number of slaves without a proper master..."


"Well then" you rest your head in your hands "Our soldiers should be ready by Summer. They drill even now, and I'm sure the expertise of Dao Hokowa will whip them into shape."

"Dao" Nojiko rolls the name around, muttering it to herself a few times over. "Ah yes. My old retainer. My humble bodyguard. It's amazing what simple things I couldn't do with him around. I've had to learn so much, but master Sagla has taught me so much..." there's a slight twinge in her voice. You detect some emotion there, but you can't tell what it is. Is that sadness? Fear? Haughtiness?

>Should you summon Dao to see her?
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No. 974428 ID: df76b1

We'll heed a diplomatic request for same, but won't Jerry Springer things for the sake of our amusement.

Would she like an audience?
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No. 974432 ID: 0fa7eb

Ask Dao if he wants his heart broken.
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No. 974440 ID: 8e5a8a

>>974428
This. Don't summon Dao unless you actually need him or she explicitly requests it.
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No. 974514 ID: 6e6f32

Hmmm... Some drama might actually be for the best.

We recently found a route to the encampment and Sazoga through the underground tunnels, yes? With the proper diplomacy could we not stage a siege above ground, smuggle the occupants to Sazoga below, and then use the money we just received to make Sazoga a proper city?
We share a common enemy, but our history necessitates the use of protocol only Lady Nojiko is likely to have.
It's obvious that she's soul carved, but Dao clearly rouses something in her. If we could get her to remember herself for only a moment, perhaps we could glean something that might allow us to reopen talks with these "Rebels".

It will hurt Dao, but he's a bound servant of the nation. His feelings serve the state. We can forgive any impropriety on his part. Though I think some genuine anguish will serve us nicely, I suppose we could prime him by telling him she's currently under the effect of mind affecting magic and that we need him to pull heartstrings if we're feeling merciful.

Once we have her flustered, we could interject...

All this "Destruction" business is truly a shame. Between Talas and this whole refugee crisis there's really no telling who's master and who's slave now-a-days. All manner of folk could blend in with the refugees and take on totally new lives. Surely those at the fort must realize that. We have space for them here in Tamos, but alas, our family has always been more of a blunt instrument. If only we had some way to talk some sense into them.
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No. 974872 ID: fd2dfa
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974872

Rather than summoning your trainer, you opt for a more careful approach. Nojiko is left in your main hall being entertained by Ralkoval, he could keep her talking for days.

Dao is in the training yard, the soldiers having been dismissed. You still see stains in the sand from practice duels, and a metallic smell tells you it wasn't just sweat that fell on the ground. "Dao. I have some news. About Nojiko."

The normally quiet Tsang Naji springs up and faces you. "What? What is it? Did you find her?"

"Yes, and...no. She is still Navozem property but..."

"Yes, yes?"

You notice his collar, and you finally put the two points together. No wonder Nojiko is so thoroughly trained while Dao still sulks on occasion! She's been karved! That collar around her neck was a custom job meant to bend a slave's will! She will never leave her master, even if some part of her still wants to now.

>Bring Dao to Nojiko
>Tell Dao the news.
>Something else...
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No. 974875 ID: 0fa7eb

Explain the situation thoroughly to Dao.

State that you do not intend to drop your entire family's affairs to save Nojiko, but her master's state is part of your affairs - and that his best bet is to make himself a vocal part of your family.
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No. 974877 ID: df76b1

I feel like reuniting them is too cruel, so we should just tell him.
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No. 974957 ID: 6e6f32

You know... If were going to tell him we might as well use him. And if we're going to use him, he needs to be briefed properly. With Ralkoval keeping her occupied we should have some time. Take him somewhere secure, away from prying eyes.


We have reason to believe that there are spys afoot. Do not repeat anything I'm about to tell you to anyone.
The situation has evolved since we raided your encampment. Namely, we have discovered Suzo to be a natural rival of ours. While we first sought cooperation with them, it is clear now that conflict is inevitable. Though they don't yet know that.
Lady Nojiko is being used as Navozem's personal mouthpiece. She is here now, sent to discuss an assault on the second encampment.

Simply destroying this next encampment seems a waste. If we could gain the trust of those within, we could stage a siege and harbor those people until the time to strike comes. We don't know how to gain that trust, but maybe Lady Nojiko does. I will send you to her.
However, know this...
She is currently under the influence of powerful, mind altering magic. She is ultimately loyal to Navozem now, and will remain so until his head is separated from his body.
That said... She still responds strongly to your name. I don't know your relationship to her, but the bond runs deep.
If you bare your heart to her, she may be able to remember herself long enough to give you what is needed to save those people, your cause, and perhaps even herself.

Can you do it?
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No. 975231 ID: fd2dfa
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975231

You gesture Dao to follow you. In a 'private' alcove, Ralkoval has Nojiko busy with a number of pointless topics. They do not notice you or Dao by the entrance.

"Mila-"

"No" you silence him. "We have reason to believe that there are spies afoot. Do not repeat anything I'm about to tell you to anyone" Dao looks away from Nojiko with reluctance. He nods for you to continue. "The situation has evolved since we raided your encampment. Namely, we have discovered Suzo to be a natural rival of ours. While we first sought cooperation with them, it is clear now that conflict is inevitable. They may know it. They may not. Either way, Lady Nojiko was sent here to serve as Navozem's personal mouthpiece. She is here now, sent to discuss an assault on the second encampment."

"Simply destroying this next encampment seems a waste. If we could gain the trust of those within, we could stage a siege and harbor those people until the time to strike comes. We don't know how to gain that trust, but maybe Lady Nojiko does. I will send you to her. However, know this: She is currently under the influence of powerful, mind altering magic. She is ultimately loyal to Navozem now, and will remain so until his head is separated from his body. That said... She still responds strongly to your name. I don't know your relationship to her, but the bond runs deep. If you bare your heart to her, she may be able to remember herself long enough to give you what is needed to save those people, your cause, and perhaps even herself."


"Now then, do you think you can do it? Can you speak to her, knowing what you do now?"

Dao does not reply. He sways slightly as you deliver the news that his charge has been so radically changed. A minute passes and he seems to remember you're there. He looks away. "I...I don't know."
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No. 975239 ID: 6e6f32

Throughout the course of history there have been a few magic moments, in which the fates of many have pivoted upon a seemingly inconsequential action.
This may be one of those times.
I know this hurts.
I won't force you on this Dao.
For me, the paths ahead lie slick with blood no matter what happens.
All that is left is for you is to make a decision you won't regret.

Take some time to collect yourself. Just understand, even Ralkoval can't hold her forever.
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No. 975242 ID: 094652

"Patience, swordsman. I do not expect you to win a war, but this is a battle you cannot win with swords alone, yet you MUST win."
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No. 975247 ID: df76b1

A short time ago you were just a slave. It may seem cruel to show you the mysteries of statecraft so soon, but here we are.

We as individuals can fail, but as rulers of the people, we cannot. They demand action on their behalf, and rightly so.
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No. 975534 ID: fd2dfa
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975534

"Patience, swordsman. I do not expect you to win a war, but this is a battle you cannot win with swords alone, yet you MUST win."

This seems to put the resolve in Dao. He straightens up and loudly announces himself to Nojiko. The two revert back to their mother tongues as they see each other, and you can only gauge the direction of the conversation by how quickly they speak and the expression on their faces.

Nojiko seems the very picture of serene and confidence. Dao on the other hand has a stern face, that jumps back and fourth between shock and outrage.

By the time she is finished, Dao is quite flustered and says something about degenerate acts and defiling nobility before storming off. You get the feeling he learned nothing. When he calms down, he tells you their conversation. Dao was unable to ask her anything as she continued to invite him to surrender to his new life as a Rezan and implied more and more, as he said it, 'debasements unworthy of her noble blood'.

That was a dry hole...
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No. 975536 ID: df76b1

Seems plenty moist to me...

Oh well, nothing changes, except Dao is starting to realize he may not get his old life back. Give Nojiko our assurances that we're monitoring the situation and will act when we're prepared.

What else can we do?
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No. 975567 ID: 6e6f32

Welp. See her off then. Looks like we're done here.
Assure Dao he'll get her back, then give him a few days off.

Place spies in our own military and inform the generals that there are probably spies in the ranks. At least one has probably been present since before the winter disaster.

Scout the encampment, both above and below ground.
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No. 976105 ID: fd2dfa
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976105

You debrief Dao and give Nojiko the usual niceties that are expected between families and send her on her way. With the visit dealt with, you return to your newest problem: the rebels.

The encampment is not so much a camp but a fortress. Not like the fort you destroyed, but an Uvangto.
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No. 976106 ID: fd2dfa
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976106

Uvangto
And old Rezo word, it's literal translation is 'Army-City'. Built during the reign of the royal family, these emplacements were meant to act as self-sustaining outposts to station entire lekloses of royal guard indefinitely. Fields for growing crops, workshops for making and maintaining equipment, it quite literally was a city of soldiers for soldiers. The last line of kinds had let many of these uvangto fall into disrepair and neglect, the destruction of the royal line saw many of the outlier uvangto abandoned as soldiers flocked to whatever royalist banner that still flew or otherwise fled into the wilds becoming raiders. For those who put the effort into repairing these places however gained a powerful foothold in any region. Their placement was often on vital trade routes and crossroads, meaning trade and the movement of troops could be blocked by an occupied uvangto.

It seems this one, Uvangto Kolchaff according to old records, is being occupied by those rebels Suzo wanted eliminated. There are no underground routes into the uvangto, and the twin walls have been repaired just enough to stop anything but the most determined force to wrench them out.

The rebels in turn seem more organized and equipped than the rabble you routed in the previous fort. They sport scavenged equipment and wargear that puts them on par with a royalist leklos, and the seem organized to keep the massive Uvangto Kolchaff patrolled every day to keep watch from all angles.
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No. 976107 ID: fd2dfa
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976107

Turn 26
>The days grow warmer, and longer
>Yet the families do not renew their wars.
>An odd calm settles across Rezo as families tend to internal matters
>You're no exception...
Food(in tons):23
Industry:23
Kushel(money): 3050(+1250)
Inertia: 520(+95)
Influence: 80 (+5)
Prosperity: 48% (+2)

Holdings :Tamos-[City] (10,3)
[Garrison]
[Library] (1 turn)
[Trading Post]
[Metallurgist]
[Closed Sewage]
[Scribe's Retreat]
[Undercroft]
[Fertile Field - Textiles] (1C,1S)
[Workshops](2C,1S)
[Full Hatchery]
[Shrine to Dof-ka]
Walled Garrison -[2 Kobold Tunnel Fighter], [3 Kobold Skirmishers] [4 Gulpa Auxilliary], Sagura(1 Spear)

Sazoga - [Stronghold] (8,2)
[Garrison]
[Tovaru Barracks]
[Taxing Office]
[Trading Post]
Walled Garrison: 2 Axe Tovaru, Sagura(Repeaters), 2 Gulpa Auxiliary

Assets
Cleared Land (Unworked)
Gemstone Deposit(Unworked)
House of Eyes (Ralkoval)

Armies:
*-On Patrol-*
Tavurik 1st Leklos [Aligos |1 Axe Tovaru, Sagura(2Sword, 2 Repeating Bow, 2 Spear)] [7/7]
-In Tamo-
Taruvik 2nd Leklos [Lady Kavonika | Axe Tovaru. 6 Sagura(2 Spear, 2 Repeater, 2 Sword)][7/7]

-Idle-
Avyaga
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No. 976109 ID: fd2dfa
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976109

Ssoolaku reports a growing number of complaints across your holdings. As new Rezans are born and slaves complete their rites for citizenship, the number of slaves to accomodate the larger free population remains unchanged. This has sparked frustration and outrage across all social classes. Nobles complain of a lack of labor for their operations, the merchants complain they are severely understaffed, the labor class and slaves both claim they are overworked as there are higher demands but not as many of them to handle the load.

The worse blow is the rising number of reported Gorod births. With no control over breeding between families, Rezan bloodlines are becoming too concentrated and the creation of belligerent monsters is seen as a stain on the families as much as the grisly work of putting down the young before they can develop into killing machines. This stain on the Taruvik name is not doing your family any favors...

Ralkoval, who had awarded himself the role as lead of the House of Eyes, has presented reports that many families are resorting to a growing black market trade in slaves. Because it is done under the table, you have no oversight on the transactions. You do not know who is being traded, how healthy they are, or if they're even sentient! Your patron may not look favorably if these crime rings continue to grow under your nose...

>The people demand more slaves!
>Go raiding, buy some from a family, or find another means before someone starts a revolt!
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No. 976110 ID: fd2dfa

>Consult Your Family
>Enact Policy: (-100 Inertia)
>Raise Army/Train Soldiers/Replenish troops
>Raid
>Build Improvements
>Scout the Land
>Diplomacy
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No. 976129 ID: df76b1

Send an (expendable) messenger to the Utvango.
Tell them that Suzo wants them gone, and has hired us to do it. We have admired their defenses, and we don't think it'll be easy, but we have the manpower to do it anyway.

However, if they were to suddenly surrender to us, our terms could be most generous. Such as a full pardon, and a fair wage to any soldier willing to swear fealty to our house. And Taruvik will not always be so peaceful with Suzo.

If they want to live to strike back at their enemies, the choice is clear. Otherwise they'll die and be enslaved just for being in the way.

Unofficially, we need to federalize the crime rings, and adopt standard protocols for slave trading. Officially, we stoke the war fires against Sot Nasau, and promise the people thousands of new slaves once it falls.
Maybe we could enact a policy to do the first half?
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No. 976274 ID: 6e6f32

>Slaves
Immediate raiding targets are unscouted and distant ones are fortified...

It goes without saying, start construction on the Prison Processor immediately.

Construction will take a while though... Perhaps we could have Soolaku Set up an office that could distribute a portion of our per turn income as a labor subsidy, allowing merchants and nobles to attract more freeman labor with better wages.

Raise 4 Sagura. 1 Spear, 1 Repeater, 2 Sword
Assemble a new army.
1 Tovaru from Sazoga, The 2 Tunnel Fighters from Tamos, and the 4 new Sagura. Assign Avyaga.

March the 2nd Leklos, and the New one to the Uvangto. Don't attack yet. Instead, set up a big white tent outside the gates, and await an envoy.
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No. 976325 ID: df76b1

Rather than raising a new army, let's just give Avyaga Kavonika's, and bring her back as kourt karver.

She's done fine, but isn't really a commander we need.
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No. 976441 ID: 6e6f32

>>976325
That's reasonable.
But if we end up moving the 2nd Leklos to the Uvangto I feel we should at least bring a unit of Tovaru and the 2 units of Tunnel Fighters as an auxiliary force. This type of strong arm diplomacy needs numbers backing it up.

Also, whatever happened to that Kobold Warrior? An all kobold Leklos would be pretty neat.
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No. 976462 ID: fd2dfa
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976462

You reassign the leklos to Avyaga, a move that seems to relieve both women as the violent one took over the leklos with gusto when she learned she would be part of a force to siege an Uvangto. Kavonika is likewise relieved as she never seemed to confident in her abilities to command more than a small coven of karvers or bodyguards.

She sets up camp just outside the range of the visible siege engines; and you send an expendable envoy to negotiate with the forces occupying Kolchaff. Not a day later and the watch reported seeing a small mass launched from a scratch built catapult.
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No. 976463 ID: fd2dfa
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976463

The response was a tad overkill. The mangled corpse of your envoy doesn't even have a message attached this time.
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No. 976469 ID: 094652

Welp, I guess they don't want us to show mercy.

Charge.
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No. 976472 ID: df76b1

It's a siege, then.

Let's produce some battering rams, and exchange some arrows with them. Did we think to bring any of those Gorod that are slowly showing up? If we're going to strike, we need a hole.
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No. 976486 ID: 6e6f32

Honestly?
This shit is in our backyard, and as far as we know those assholes don't have any support from the outside. Surround the fort. Let's make a proper siege. We don't gotta fight shit, we can starve them out.

Begin fortifying for an extended siege around the fort. Let's go in for the long haul. Even if that means staying through winter.
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No. 976489 ID: 1189d3

>>976486
> Even if that means staying through winter.
This means buildings with a strong enough roof, well outside the range of their siege engines.
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No. 976501 ID: 6e6f32

>>976489
And Trenches!
So many Trenches!
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No. 976502 ID: 10c408

>>976486
I don't think we should try and maintain a siege through the entirety of shardfall by building temporary housing around the whole fortress. Any amount of sabotage would hamper the siege and severely hamper morale with the casualties.

Instead, and assuming that our forces can retreat to safety in time, a basic surround during the early pparts of winter would force the rebels to use their stocks without replenishment. Then when shard fall is over and spring picks up again we start siege part two: this time it's ON. No hunting. No opportunity for the rebels to do anything but sit in their fortress and starve.
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No. 976508 ID: 047cce

>>976486
>>976489
>>976501
Ship them warm clothes too.
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No. 976579 ID: fd2dfa
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976579

It's a siege. Avyaga writes back as much. Following the response, she ordered her soldiers to set up camp-erect barricades, dig trenches and refuse pits, and start levying material from locals. She notes she will need more of everything: soldiers, funding, material, food, and of course weapons.

While she has a full leklos, there's only enough to encircle about a third of the Unvangto comfortably, maybe half if she stretches her lines dangerously thin. She wants to completely encircle the fortification to prevent any possible ferrying of supplies through some secret passage. She estimates at least two more leklos will need to be called in to completely surround the enemy.

Avyaga writes that she will need funds diverted to the campaign to maintain the siege camp as locals are pressed into service. The family's pay does not extend to them and she can only pay out of pocket for so long before they start to desert, or possibly even sabotage the camp. And that's on top of the supplies for the soldiers. Weapons that need replacing, material for constructing and maintaining possible siege equipment, rations, basic kit repair, Avyaga sent you a long list of things that she'll need. You never knew she was such a logistician.

Unable to make sense of the list, you hand it to Ssoolaku, who processes the request into numbers easier to understand
>500 kushel per turn will be needed to maintain the camp
>Food production will drop by 1 per unit in active leklos as crops are diverted to the war camp.
>>This will put Taruvik in a food deficit and the population and prosperity will start to decline
>Industry will be halved to maintain the siege

>Avyaga estimates she will be able to bring down the outer walls by next year if all her needs are met. She does not know how well stocked the inner fort is and cannot give an estimate yet.
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No. 976585 ID: df76b1

Hmmm.

The pricing is acceptable. The timetable is not. We agree for now anyway.
We need to Manhattan Project our way into some indirect fire weapons.

It would be a good idea for our noble houses to come up with some prototypes.
Whoever breaks the siege can handpick a dozen slaves, and will have some of our extremely limited favor.
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No. 976589 ID: 7779bc

Nothing stopping us from raiding it in the meantime to speed things up. Let's see...

We could create a huge swarm of gulpa and arm them with firebombs. The risk is that Gulpa are a blunt instrument, the line between doing nothing and accidently killing everyone is fine and unpredictable.

We could do a sapping raid, but it's the oldest truck in the book. Our sappers will likely be repelled or worse. Our kobold tunnel fighters would excel at it, but those are expensive units to risk.

We could have siege weapons built, but with our be industry halved and tied up in construction we'd need to commission them from one of our trade partners. I imagine Ozuva could do it what with those abundance of wood.
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No. 976619 ID: 8bf581

Well, we have the $$$. The bigger issue is the effect the siege will have. Local stability will be hit, which will make >>976109 worse. Especially if we move the 1st from patrol to the siege. A revolt while the troops are heavily committed to the siege would be a mess.
Perhaps some food/goods imported to the area would help alleviate the issue?
Also, there's that requested third group of troops. Would meatshields mercs be a possibility, or would it be simpler to raise a 3rd?

What else...
Would our spies be able to bribe the people there? This'd be way easier if we pay off the gate guards.

This'll all hit the treasury, but it's worth it if it keeps worse issues at bay while the siege is dealt with.
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No. 976622 ID: 547ed9

Maybe consult Ssoolaku and see if there's a policy he can drum up to keep things at hoke in order while the siege is underway
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No. 976631 ID: c6ec63

How much would it cost to buy slaves?
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No. 976645 ID: 6e6f32

>>976622
Yeah. Soolaku. Hell we should have a straight up meeting with him. Spitball options at him while he vomits costs back at us.
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