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I am tired of dealing with them. These so-calledHighborn consider trade with humans beneaththem. Yet without the constant stream of goods outof Alfhaven, I am certain they would be severelyweakened. We have a strong position from whichto renegotiate terms; the trick is merely to behavein a manner that appeases their ferociousnarcissism. If they choose to isolate them-
selves, it will be they who suffer morethan us.
— Letter from Chancellor Eckhardtto Emperor Matthias, 955 A.S.
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