Ralgon Ambassador wrote:*The Ralgon envoy provisionally sent from his own nation bows deeply to the present company in a show of his respect, without compromising his undying loyalty to his own sovereign and country.*
From his position in the backdrop, he adds that he, too, fervently believes that obedience to one's own enlightened sovereign is among the highest of callings that any man may answer in his own mortal life. One of the few others of equal importance, of course, is devoting life in service to the gods.
He further offers praise to the Heavenly Light for displaying such enlightenment and the honor he feels for having witnessed it. He then states without hesitation or doubt that the Ralgon Emperor would undoubtedly be immensely pleased to know that such a being (that is, a true force of enlightenment and a consequent bastion against chaos) exists in the same world as his sovereign.
*Prince Draeg'ar Ral bows again, his minimalist, almost-military uniform showing no overly fancy decorations (regardless of the importance) and no unnecessary jewelry, as befitting Ralgon custom. Whatever unique items he wears, he obviously does so with deep and pointed purpose in service to his own country. Not a single wisp of anything is out of place on this man, right down to his Germanic-style moustache.*Jonas wrote:*The clerks bow politely to the Ralgon emissary.*
"Welcome, honourable zhu, your way of thinking is an example to all nations and living creatures in this world. May we ask what your reason is to visit us? And please, we will prepare a separate room for you, where you can drink divine tea and nibble on excellent biscuits."
"Thank you for allowing me the honor to speak to you, and to remain in this sacred place to hear your words. I am Crown Prince Draeg'ar Ral XIV, and I am present at the behest of my sovereign, the recently-crowned Emperor Shiro of the Ralgons. We offer tokens of our profound esteem to the Heavenly Light of the Jing. We desire harmony to be instilled upon this world as well, and we have found the Jing to be a people who also desire such a thing. For this we are grateful and joyful beyond words, and for this our own Emperor as sent me in his place to personally express this sentiment."
Once again, he bows deeply in respect before continuing the second half of his greeting, as is the custom from his homeland in such places when introducing others of higher social status than one's self.*
"My own Emperor expresses his deepest regret that he is unable to make the journey here himself. In his strength and wisdom he has sent me, his elder brother and the most senior member of our nobility after our esteemed sovereign, in his stead, in hopes that my presence is acceptable to you. Along with me he sends gifts from his own person to your Emperor, as well as a letter written with his own hand."
*He meekly cooperates with the clerks and follows them to an antechamber away from the larger discussion taking place. For the most part, he appears relaxed and perfectly composed, but for the way he treats the parcel he holds under his left arm. It is obvious that he carries some sort of truly sacred object, and asking for him to part with it before the appointed time is exactly the same as asking for him to hand his soul over to burn in hell.*
Unlike the parcel, the attendant letter has been thoroughly inspected for security reasons. Quite unusually for such a thing, the letter bears no decorations, illustrations, or even anything remotely of the sort. The sole visual artwork was the two seals which had to be broken, one after another, for the letter to be opened. Between the Ralgon prince's toned down look and the letter's almost brutally simple layout, it was extremely clear that the Ralgon nobility consisted of extremely austere people by nature - even among those who weren't already battle-hardened by dragon attacks.
An extremely well-trained eye could tell that the letter was written by someone with injuries, presumably from battle. That said, it is clear that a tremendous amount of effort went into its writing, which was only done with the finest of inks and on paper made from an unknown, but extremely fine substance which was no doubt acquired at great cost to its previous owner. Despite its incredibly austere presentation, the letter's exquisitely executed penmanship made up for its lack of extra decorations.
The Ralgon Emperor's Letter wrote:To the Chidao Emperor, most honored and esteemed Emperor of the Jing nations, and Heavenly Light to the Adherents of the Tianchaodao and to his peoples:
I, Emperor Shiro Ral I of the Ralgons and ruler of the Island of Dragos, and the people of the Holy Ralgon Empire send our warmest greetings to who we trust to, over the course of time, come to be counted an esteemed friend of us our people. I trust that this letter has reached you and brings at least small comfort to know that we come as would-be friends.
I am deeply saddened by my inability to make the journey to your Court from my home land. I am still recovering from injuries sustained in a recent battle with an elder lightning dragon, which I vanquished with the aid of my most loyal compatriots, after the beast caused great suffering to our people. I hope to share our victory with you in some small part with a dagger carved by our very best craftsmen, made entirely of a claw that I personally took from the dragon after I dealt the beast its death blow. Despite its construction of bone, its unique properties and its exquisitely finished make render it sharper and more durable than any steel blade produced with the most modern technology. May this dagger serve and protect you and your servants for eons to come.
As a further token of my esteem and friendship, I have sent one of my favorite jewels: the Third Star of Jento, which is carved from one of the largest natural fire diamonds ever found in our territory. In addition, I have included an assortment of gems of great size from our forges. Only a very few are ever made, and so I was blessed by the gods with the opportunity to personally oversee their construction. These stones represent some of the finest jewels we have produced to date. It is my hope that you will accept these gifts and remember us fondly.
It brings me greater joy to finally meet a compatriot in this world who hold as strong a love of harmony as I do, than when I gave the order to glass the Great Swamp and end the worst phases of a bitter war we have waged for eons against that place and its manifold horrors. It is the desire of all good Ralgons, as well as myself, to achieve peace and harmony in this world, and it is my hope that you and your honored servants harbor the same hearts as me and mine.
I have left my older brother, Crown Prince Draeg'ar Ral XIV of the Holy Ralgon Empire to serve as an intermediary between us, should his presence be acceptable in your Court. He is a man of the highest possible quality. He is among my elder brothers, and a direct descendant of my most honored predecessor, the Emperor Emeritus Nobunag'an Ral IV. As the longest-serving Crown Prince, he is also second only to myself in our order of precedence within our systems of nobility here. I fervently hope that you and your servants accept him with the kindness and friendship I have shown your servants who currently reside within the Holy Ralgon Empire's borders.
Written and Signed by my own hand in friendship,
Emperor Shiro I of the Ralgons,
The 6th Day of the 28th Phase, Standard Year 1674.