His Majesty King Reigen Arataka of Halite was a desperate man. His kingdom was dying, and it wasn’t even dying slowly anymore. Halite was dying the rapid death of a country that was poor. They were powerful people; magic flowed through near every inhabitant like a pulse and their warriors were nigh uncontested, but they were not a wealthy country, nor were they settled on fertile soil.
His Majesty King Serizawa Katsuya of Umberland was a desperate man. His kingdom was dying, and it wasn’t even dying slowly. Umberland was dying the rapid death of a country under siege. They were a wealthy country, their verdant valleys and sun-blessed hills were rich in sediments, their mines were troves of gems and precious metals, and their animals were mild-tempered on a whole. But Serizawa’s people were not warriors, and he was no warlord.
A solution presents itself in the form of an engagement between two princes.