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    Aleksei got a reaction from Wade in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    I will have that thread for Windsong up for ya Monday btw ❤️
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Dolor Aeternum in The Valucre Photo Album   
    Beach days are the best days! Florida weather has been kind to us for the minute, so we are beachbums over the weekends.



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    Beach days are the best days! Florida weather has been kind to us for the minute, so we are beachbums over the weekends.



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    Aleksei reacted to Csl in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    So, to recap:
    GOVERNMENT
    Noble Houses each select a representative for a council. The council votes on national issues. A monarch is elected by the nobility to be the chairman of the council, mediate disputes, break ties in terms of gridlock, act as figurehead of government and spokespersn for times of crisis. The chosen monarch voted is Milorian Mythal. Dali, Karradeen, Kholin, and Uldwar can either select a council representative, which we can do OOC, or we can assume the reps are the current noble house heads. if there are other changes (removing houses from council standing, adding houses to rep to the council, etc.) they can happen in the future. For now, this meeting just aims to set the foundations for the govt moving forward. OATHSWORN
    Rozharon will propose the following IC
    Oathblade wielders must keep their identities public. If an Oathblade is owned by someone under a noble house, thr blade can be said as belonging to that noble house, and not specify it's owner's identity. This is to keep each wielder accountable to whatever they do with their blades. Oathsworn are obligated to defend against threats to the *people* of Ursa Madeum as a whole, as much as it's in their capacity to do so. Oathblades will not be allowed to be used against other houses or to further political agendas. They also cannot be used for crime, evil, all that. This won't be proposed by Roz in the meeting, but she'll be telling Crowley later to act as an IC banhammer and take back the blades if their wielders abuse their power. Lenore will likely help him. Essentially what he did with Sunscar and Marrow during Misral on Fire.
    Of course, breaking the above rules for agreed-upon plots doesn't mean instantly getting them yoinked by Crowley/Wade. Things like Crowley failing to defeat the rule violator, the violator escaping, etc., can be arranged. Collaboration is supreme, just run things through Wade when it comes down to it.
    NON-UM LAND EXPANSION
    There are a *lot* of things to consider when making a system for land expansion in this new political context. By outside entity, this is non-UMain political entity: Hildebrand, Senaria, Port Moon, etc. I don't think things have to be too complicated since collaboration is supreme.
    Existing outside entities keep the land they already have. Senaria and Port Moon, since the land they're on is considered UMain land, will pay taxes to UMain or a similar arrangement. since Hildebrand is a separate govt, it doesn't pay taxes to UMain Non-UMain land expansion still follows the page to square mile ratio of regular land expansion threads. The IC process will differ on a case by case basis. There are too many scenarios to make a system for that covers all of them and I'd rather just talk it out OOC > agree on an IC outline and specific requirements > do the thread IC We use the aforementioned requirement list as a loose guideline for IC requirements for non-UMain land expansion (involving a UMain rep in the thread, whether an NPC or PC, for at least one post) Is that all good?
    EDIT:
    Now for specific things I need OOC input/confirmation on
    Have the council reps automatically be the house heads, or be different people selected by the house heads? If its the latter, we can do it OOC and say the selection happened after the thread IC. @Tyler and @Aleksei and @Infernal, if he wants, are up next with their IC votes for monarch. Supposedly after that Roz proposes the Oathsworn rules. Since the monarch is essentially decided, we could skip that part and end the thread with Roz proposing the oathsworn rules and leaving the council to discuss the rest of the issues. The remaining 4 nobility present (feat Senaria) can timeskip to after a discussion on the issues above (maybe including senaria and port moon), and post their exit posts. If you'd like to stretch the thread after Roz exits that'd be okay, but I believe the important issues OOC and IC have been decided on.
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Zashiii in Not Your Average Damsel in Distress Call   
    Killian had known Delaney spoke with Milorian about allowing an outsider in. She believed it was an inappropriate move considering the call for help was a rather delicate one, but because there were no limitations on assistance Aolis was tolerated. He held no grudges against the elf, and neither did Delaney, she was simply looking out for the Mythal name, and it's delicate reputation - as is her job. 
    Thankfully, Del is not the sort to be sour towards someone who has done nothing towards her and has been very courteous and curious about the other elf. A master at discussion, she picked his brain, forced him to entertain her though he didn't look too annoyed by it so maybe force isn't the correct word. Nonetheless, Aolis has meshed into their party with subtle ease, and it's with high hopes that he will stay that way for the entirety of this investigation. Killian doesn't want to do Del's dirty work, and the last thing she'd like to do is send a notable partner of the Mythal House home. 
    When they were handed the letter, he peeked over Del's head and looked it over. He noted her gloved finger tap the initials; then he watched her straighten her shoulders and look forward - there it is. She and her Lord are connected to the mind; the moment she saw the initials, she asked Austere if it rang a bell who would then ask his wife. It was easy to tell when the Seeker is having a mindful conversation, she goes silent and still, almost uninterested in the events. Hopefully, Austere's wife can say something about all this.
    "Do you think she'll know?" He finally spoke up, interested in the silent conversation.
    "We will know soon enough. I had passed the initials over to Lord Austere; he believes his wife may know the initials."
    Suddenly the room erupted with activity, peppering this entire event with the right amount of gravitas fit for a dramatic play. They followed Illyana to the courtyard, but Killian and Delaney did not get manipulated by the rushed maneuvers and the high of hope. 
    "We'll be too late," Delaney said.
    "Ask about ships that have left with any precarious cargo. The person may have been smart enough not to use their initials again, but maybe they let something else slip."
    Killian spoke after Delaney, filling the space before they all rode off. 
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    Aleksei got a reaction from DarkHorse in Not Your Average Damsel in Distress Call   
    Killian had known Delaney spoke with Milorian about allowing an outsider in. She believed it was an inappropriate move considering the call for help was a rather delicate one, but because there were no limitations on assistance Aolis was tolerated. He held no grudges against the elf, and neither did Delaney, she was simply looking out for the Mythal name, and it's delicate reputation - as is her job. 
    Thankfully, Del is not the sort to be sour towards someone who has done nothing towards her and has been very courteous and curious about the other elf. A master at discussion, she picked his brain, forced him to entertain her though he didn't look too annoyed by it so maybe force isn't the correct word. Nonetheless, Aolis has meshed into their party with subtle ease, and it's with high hopes that he will stay that way for the entirety of this investigation. Killian doesn't want to do Del's dirty work, and the last thing she'd like to do is send a notable partner of the Mythal House home. 
    When they were handed the letter, he peeked over Del's head and looked it over. He noted her gloved finger tap the initials; then he watched her straighten her shoulders and look forward - there it is. She and her Lord are connected to the mind; the moment she saw the initials, she asked Austere if it rang a bell who would then ask his wife. It was easy to tell when the Seeker is having a mindful conversation, she goes silent and still, almost uninterested in the events. Hopefully, Austere's wife can say something about all this.
    "Do you think she'll know?" He finally spoke up, interested in the silent conversation.
    "We will know soon enough. I had passed the initials over to Lord Austere; he believes his wife may know the initials."
    Suddenly the room erupted with activity, peppering this entire event with the right amount of gravitas fit for a dramatic play. They followed Illyana to the courtyard, but Killian and Delaney did not get manipulated by the rushed maneuvers and the high of hope. 
    "We'll be too late," Delaney said.
    "Ask about ships that have left with any precarious cargo. The person may have been smart enough not to use their initials again, but maybe they let something else slip."
    Killian spoke after Delaney, filling the space before they all rode off. 
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    Aleksei reacted to Grubbistch in Ursa Madeum OOC   
    Milo just gonna be like "I want that castle"
    "But it's haunted."
    Milo: 

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    Aleksei got a reaction from Tyler in Ursa Madeum OOC   
    Totally!
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    Totally!
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Grubbistch in Ursa Madeum OOC   
    Mm. I will take it in case you would like it back, you can have it.
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Csl in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    Could easily do that! Primera wouldn't have an issue handing out a few extra pennies to keep her spot there and if she must, UM and Renovatio can always form some kind of alliance.
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Csl in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    Alright! I want to make sure there is no confusion and all that, I am going to ask more questions and get more opinions from you all before I give my own say.
    Here we have a good outline on what we expect from Hildebrand to do when it wishes to expand: 
    Now when we are saying land expansion does that just apply to their Kingdom and nothing else? Like, if they want to expand their land by swallowing up more our land, they gotta follow the above. OR! does this apply to all their stuff, like the cities they have freckling the islands? Which leads me into this:
    An outside entity wants to establish towns/cities/villages in areas outside their own little spot, what are the thoughts and feels on this? We alright with this since that would keep the islands nice and fluffy with new stuffs to do? We make em pay for the land?
    When it comes to them freckling the islands with their cities and such how do we acknowledge or not acknowledge these places? We okay with them being there, doing their thing? We tax them for their spot on our land (not their land, as they can do what they want with their things)? We make laws/rules/generalizations about these areas? 
    How much care and time we want to put into a situation like this? Also, once they make their city or whatever, do we say: okay now it can't get any bigger? Do we care about that? Or do we start caring if they have a neighbor and we want to make sure the outside entity isn't encroaching on another?
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    Aleksei got a reaction from vielle in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    Will get to it later.
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    Aleksei reacted to King in songs of the devout.   
    Rafael chuckled at the idea of her, or any mortal, experiencing his age. He was a man before even the eldest of her bloodline were born, and older still before Olympia was finally born. “The winds at the foot of the mountains have become colder these recent months,” he’d answered when she spoke. In the aftermath of the highstorms’ resurgence, weather in the East had become tumultuous. And thought it hadn’t bothered him in the slightest, Rafael had come to enjoy his image, finding it more fitting and regal, befitting of his station. He was an elder now, a pillar of his people, husband at least to his darling Gabriela and father to their child, still growing in her womb.
    He’d not shied away from her affection or allowing her to explore him as one might a mysterious puzzle, seeing what resisted her grip like welded iron, and what melded to her touch, shaped by her fingers and palms. “As for my eyes,” he continued as she went down her checklist, “I’ve found peace, or at least, as close to it as a man of my nature will ever be allowed. These are their natural color, a signature of my house. Of all my people, only those of the name Bartolome have these eyes.” He smiled down at her, fatherly and sincere. “If you see red in my eyes, well, then know that my peace has abandoned me.”
    Holding her hands, Rafael twirled the girl—tall and slender as a spear—on her toes and wrapped both of their arms around her. He tucked their hands away at her side, holding her back to his chest, his bearded mouth brushing the nape of her neck and his nose buried in the sweetness of her dark hair. “I heard you,” the elder whispered in her ear. “In a sea of thoughts, I thought heard yours, and so I came to you. You did call for me, didn’t you?” The wind howled, and with another twirl, he spun the gorgeous woman away, though kept her right hand captive.
    “And the sound of your voice reminded me that I owe you a dance, my darling Oly,” he confessed. “The night of your parents’ wedding, certain events left me indisposed. You’re aware of how, mm, inhospitable your father can be, even to those he would consider his ally. I wasn’t able to see you before I departed from Kadia.” From the frown on his mouth, and the dark shadowing in his eyes, it was clear the situation had—at some point, in some way—weighed on him.
    Then he smiled, all tooth and fang, and a mischievous glimmer in his eyes. “But I’m here now, as are you. The moon is bright, the wind is singing. Would you honor me with this dance, Princess?” He'd not forgotten her masterful deflection of his inquiry, but decided that could wait. For now, there was a prayer that needed answering.
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    Aleksei got a reaction from King in once upon a time   
    @King

    She stayed with the carriage, told to keep it company and for her to stay out of trouble; just enough leash for her to hang herself if she dared to go against her given instructions. It had taken days of begging to be allowed outside her gilded cage, but torturing her brother and being a victim to his storminess was utterly worth it. He folded and allowed her to accompany him to the steps of the meeting, just enough space to let her wander about without getting into too much trouble or be much of a burden.
    Lyrei lifted her nose to the sky, drawing in a large breath of humid air that made her lungs feel heavy. She couldn't hate on her brother, not when he has been the reason the Mythal House has been quietly prosperous; he has shown that his actions are always thoughtfully put in place, even if a few of those actions are a bit of a nuisance. He had kept his sister out of the spotlight, saying he doesn't need her to distract the outside world with her antics or worry that she will become a victim to some dastardly man looking to take advantage. How little he knew, she thought while plucking at an errant strand of golden hair. 
    Milorian would be one foot in the grave if he knew that his sister had done her own work to keep her home in its place. She has chased witches deep into the Emerald Graves and argued with trolls and other behemoths that traverse her homeland; on top of such adventures, she has been gifted a weapon that makes her sworn to oaths and immense power. Thankfully, if he ever finds out that she is a masked vigilante, he will not take away her newfound freedoms, no matter how much it would ease him to do so. Lyrei won't be shelved, treated like some precious gem that must sit behind a glass case to only be admired for the rest of its days. 
    "Miss, can you please get back in the carriage."
    Her wondering was interrupted by Delaney, a Seeker who has kept her post near the window the entire time. Amber hues evaluated the woman dressed in her noble attire, her eyes fixed forward and her lips drawn in a rather sloppy grin. Lyrei hated how this woman looked so fashionably strong and determined, not at all having to worry about using her airs of femininity (if she had any) to grasp someone's attention. 
    "I'm just hanging out the window," she retorted. Crimson covered arms were folded on the edge of the window with her chin resting atop her layered hands. Red roses freckle her golden hair, a wonderfully terrible contrast that just caught the eye. 
    "And that's enough to cause trouble." Delaney tapped the elf on the nose, causing it to wrinkle in response to the playful gesture. 
    "I thought you liked trouble?" Lyrei's red painted lips spread in a wide knowing smile. 
    The two women divulge into small talk, their minor laughter rising and falling between them. 
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    Aleksei got a reaction from King in songs of the devout.   
    "Rafael!"
    It had taken some time for the air to return to her lungs, so shocked she was by his random appearance. Oly was sure her mind had played a trick on her, but when he spoke and then extended his hand, she was convinced that he was very much real. In an instant, she was on her feet and throwing her arms around him, giving the gentleman a rib breaking hug before pushing him to arm's length.
    "Look at you!"
    The girl turned woman reached forward and pressed her hands against his cheeks; her fingers spread, feeling the coarseness of his luxurious beard that strangely fit his face perfectly. She would keep her opinion to herself, for now, but she preferred his face clean-shaven, especially since the current beams of moonlight would have highlighted the peaks of cheekbones and the curve of his extreme jawline. His beard intrigued her curious fingers that roamed from cheek to jaw - the coarseness, the oddness of its fit, the change it made. The topography of his features has changed, forcing the young woman to realize (momentarily) that he too has grown. 
    Still, out of all the hearts she has loved, his is the only that makes her smile. 
    "How dare you grow up!"
    Her hands glide across his shoulders and down his arms to grab his hands, where they would be occupied, allowing her eyes to roam. Being naturally tall herself, it is a tad daunting to be able to look at the man almost eye to eye instead of peeking at his figure behind his father's legs. Even here though, he is a monolith whose shadow protects her from the sun and provides her company in times of loneliness. 
    "Time has fit you well, Rafael. Blue eyes? Tsk, tsk, tsk," she let a single hand go to tap him playfully on the nose. "How are we poor humans supposed to ignore you when you look like you've been shaped from moonlight - stars in your hair, sunset in your eyes?"
    Unfortunately, Olympia has her mother's colorful tongue and not at all her father's tact. She spoke to him as one would a friend, and not the damned abomination he is said to be. How could she? Here he stands, meeting her at midnight in the forest of her dreams, looking at her with the same sweetness like from before. Another weakness Connor exploited: weak-kneed and weak-willed and soft-hearted. There was too much sunlight within her soul, someone had told her; she could never hold herself above the lessers, someone criticized. It's not that they were wrong opinions, it is just they had come from very vicious points of view. 
    Fully releasing him, she laughed to remove the sourness rising within her. 
    "And what am I doing here? What are you doing here! How did you get here? Why are you here?"
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Die Shize in General chat thread   
    Went back to the Keto life to get my perf body for my cosplay in August.
    I kinda miss fruit the most since starting.
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    Aleksei got a reaction from danzilla3 in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    I am!
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Csl in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    I don't think it's too late.

    Pithy is a fun word to say.
    Rebuilding is what should be a focus considering that a whole lot of UM is still empty and not at all inhabited. The land is still healing and we should be doing our best to help it grow and flourish with spots where people can interact and do their own thing. There is still opportunity for Houses to butt heads and do sneaky things, just now there are legit all seeing eyeballs on ya ?
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Csl in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    Well,
    1. Repetitive sure, but now that there is a government, it will do its job to ensure that things are allocated appropriately. This is what happens when you want to go off on your own and do your own thing on land that "technically" does not belong to you or the people under your banner. 
    2. Council. Also, there would probably be an already established outline to follow to give the ya or nah on stuff. It wouldn't have to be a big thing though! Could always shoot someone a pm and be like: Hey I want this piece for this reason and this reason, what do you say? Then go from there. It would just be a good idea to have something established so that it makes sense in the long run.
    Yes. It's not to be nit picky or breathing down anyone's neck, it's just keeping in the loop and doing things right. Agreements can be made to ensure that all parties are operating under the same assumptions that this will be a smooth ride. 
    I really like the idea of perhaps meshing the two? The UM rep can be some NPC that show they are there keeping an eyeball on things and to keep relations warm and double the thread requirement, or if not both then keep the 1 page requirement but have the UM Rep be involved in at least one post. Having the Rep there, imo, holds more weight than the extra page because we all know how easily 2 pages can be pumped out by certain individuals.
    This may look like I'm picking on you who want to be independent but we have to consider how we want the government to run and how they would look at these things. 
     I am all for this!
    Before you get too excited about your land, don't forget that you will be giving some of said Uldwar land to Mythal due to how Redtank was killed off because of the big ol 'splosion that happened. But to answer your question:
    No they wouldn't have to ask permission to become a vassal of Uldwar, since Uldwar is now part of the independent portion of UM. That is something they would have to run between yourself and the Kingdom you are part of.
    Now, if the dwarves set up shop on land that does not already belong to the Uldwar Clan they are welcome to do so and do their own thing. If they want to align with an outside entity, then there will have to be a discussion since they had set up shop acknowledging the governmental body that rules said land and then defecting to another ruling body. If it is already Uldwar land, then you can do whatever you want in your sandbox. 
    At least that's what I think considering all things, others may have a better opinion on it.
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    Aleksei reacted to supernal in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    Not to immediately undermine Hildebrand’s dominance in agriculture but I anticipated this choke point early on so had Dali work on GMO fast growing crops. So while it wouldn’t be a painless / seamless thing, even if Hildebrand completely pulled out its agricultural support (which I don’t anticipate is the case; the remaining ties between the two governments seems amiable) Dali would be able to provide stopgap measures against a food crisis at a minimum and be able to contend with that dominance in other circumstances. That they’re a considerable factor is unavoidable but Dali is poised to break Hildebrand’s otherwise unchallenged control of the food supply. Supported by established play of course 
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    Aleksei got a reaction from supernal in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    I don't think it's too late.

    Pithy is a fun word to say.
    Rebuilding is what should be a focus considering that a whole lot of UM is still empty and not at all inhabited. The land is still healing and we should be doing our best to help it grow and flourish with spots where people can interact and do their own thing. There is still opportunity for Houses to butt heads and do sneaky things, just now there are legit all seeing eyeballs on ya ?
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Wade in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    I don't think it's too late.

    Pithy is a fun word to say.
    Rebuilding is what should be a focus considering that a whole lot of UM is still empty and not at all inhabited. The land is still healing and we should be doing our best to help it grow and flourish with spots where people can interact and do their own thing. There is still opportunity for Houses to butt heads and do sneaky things, just now there are legit all seeing eyeballs on ya ?
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    Aleksei reacted to Wade in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    Seems pretty standard to me, my dude. 
    Ask for permission before expanding Whatever happens within your borders is your own business  An non-UM entity wants to join you, that's cool. A UM entity wants to join you, they ask for permission Write a page for land expansion. A UM representative is present to make sure everything's hunky dory A separatist minority is obviously going to be treated with caution by the central government. I don't see why they would allow you sizeable gain, not when it runs so contrary to the goal of unification. 
    Also, I 100% support fleshing out UM's lore vs. focusing on expansion. This is more about writing an interesting narrative than it is about playing a strategy game.
    I don't see why not.
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    Aleksei got a reaction from Wade in Time will tell [UM noble house meeting]   
    Well,
    1. Repetitive sure, but now that there is a government, it will do its job to ensure that things are allocated appropriately. This is what happens when you want to go off on your own and do your own thing on land that "technically" does not belong to you or the people under your banner. 
    2. Council. Also, there would probably be an already established outline to follow to give the ya or nah on stuff. It wouldn't have to be a big thing though! Could always shoot someone a pm and be like: Hey I want this piece for this reason and this reason, what do you say? Then go from there. It would just be a good idea to have something established so that it makes sense in the long run.
    Yes. It's not to be nit picky or breathing down anyone's neck, it's just keeping in the loop and doing things right. Agreements can be made to ensure that all parties are operating under the same assumptions that this will be a smooth ride. 
    I really like the idea of perhaps meshing the two? The UM rep can be some NPC that show they are there keeping an eyeball on things and to keep relations warm and double the thread requirement, or if not both then keep the 1 page requirement but have the UM Rep be involved in at least one post. Having the Rep there, imo, holds more weight than the extra page because we all know how easily 2 pages can be pumped out by certain individuals.
    This may look like I'm picking on you who want to be independent but we have to consider how we want the government to run and how they would look at these things. 
     I am all for this!
    Before you get too excited about your land, don't forget that you will be giving some of said Uldwar land to Mythal due to how Redtank was killed off because of the big ol 'splosion that happened. But to answer your question:
    No they wouldn't have to ask permission to become a vassal of Uldwar, since Uldwar is now part of the independent portion of UM. That is something they would have to run between yourself and the Kingdom you are part of.
    Now, if the dwarves set up shop on land that does not already belong to the Uldwar Clan they are welcome to do so and do their own thing. If they want to align with an outside entity, then there will have to be a discussion since they had set up shop acknowledging the governmental body that rules said land and then defecting to another ruling body. If it is already Uldwar land, then you can do whatever you want in your sandbox. 
    At least that's what I think considering all things, others may have a better opinion on it.
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