A large crowd is gathered around the steps of Tidebreak’s Municipal Offices. King Hadakura ascends the steps and cups a gauntleted hand around his mouth. His voice travels clearly, without effort, to all your ears as he says,
My fellow Meridians,
It is with mixed emotions that I join you here in Tidebreak on this momentous occasion. On one hand, your courage and sacrifice in the pursuit of glory, honor, valor, and riches for the Kingdom of Meridia, delving time and again into the deepest, darkest dungeons, is a commendable testament to the highest ideals we all share. Ideals like safety, for ourselves and our loved ones, and courage, and the will to fight back from the doorstep of death to return to the fray. It is our duty to exemplify these ideals til the day we die.
But, I am saddened as well, in that now, I must ask you for more. Now I must ask you to fight for these ideals even in the life hereafter. To join the brave men and women who have taken the Last Sojourn and continue carrying the banner of Meridia into the next world.
Not only must I ask for more in death, but I ask for more in life. It is imperative that our armies march into the outermost reaches of this land. We must secure the Evergreen Shallows, bordering the trade roads to both Septentrion and Greycott as well as a major waterway necessary for circumnavigating the kingdom. We must secure the Evergreen Foothills, so close to home for all of you here at Tidebreak; just the other side of the fort of Steelarrow to the north. We must secure the Southern Savannah; just a short ferry ride from Meridia herself.
I am sure that, in the course of these events, I will ask you all for more sacrifices, and I am sure that the glory, honor, valor, and riches you will gain in return will allow you to share the same mixed emotions that I feel this very morning.