~A Correction is added to Lorian's Parchment~
To whom it may concern,
The problem now facing the knights of Gobaith has no similarity with the former Guild of Goldburg and it's relation to Silverbrand.
Problems with translations between old and new languages may have caused confusion, so allow me to set the record right.
Yes, Goldburg was an 'independent' Guild with 'neutral' Territory when established. However, the 'supporting' settlement of Silverbrand did not fully understand this 'independence' due to problems in translation. Our land was not 'taken' nor assumed to be taken as in Trollsbane's case. Our Old language brothers assumed all of the mountains were 'silverbrand' from times past. In hindsight, they were correct. Guilds do not have the manpower to claim 'land'. Only settlements are able to do that, or by their Grace, allow a Guild to 'inhabit' land. I only understood this as we expanded a farm, and discussions began.
Our respect for the 'mother' settlement and brother & sister dwarves prohibited option 2A, (War). Relocation was discussed, but where would we move? Our fellow dwarves have lived, currently live and shall always live here. There are some who seek refuge among humans, but they are not truly accepted as equals, and I cannot abide that. Even my own status as a former 'ally' of Trollsbane (Throwing away 10 Gold worth of weapons, armors and supplies in it's defense), and member of a 'human' Knighthood has been found lacking. I am not equal to a Human in their eyes, as I have realized. The two shall never mix as equals.
The only option was to negotiate a favorable condition for both sides. Silverbrand gained entry, control and ownership of Goldburg Castle, and today was given it's treasury of Gold Ingots, Gems and keys. In Return, Goldburg gained representation in the High Council, use of Silverbrand lands and facilities, as well as Silverbrands protection and good name. The Dwarves are united again, with not a drop of blood shed, and it was by Irmorom's will. There was no other logical choice, Goldburg became and always was, a part of Silverbrand.
Our situation of Goldburg is not the same as this, and please do not smear our reputation with insinuations that we could have fought, resisted or otherwise disrespect the wishes of our 'Dwarven' King, appointed by Irmorom through the former Kings of times past. There is great power in the 'divine' right of a King to rule in Irmorom's place, and great consequences to those who defy it.
The Knights may question, resist or even fight to control their land by their 'Governor', but to us, it is unthinkable. That's the difference between us, and we are not equal.
May Irmorom give you guidance, and wisdom in this, the hour of need.
~Lord Chester Copperpot
Clan of Goldburg, Kingdom of Silverbrand