“Breaking news!” the shouts are coming from the western pillars of the freedom square. Out of splash distance from the carriage wheels that thunder on by, a boy of around fourteen stands and shouts to the glum public. “Battles at the Neck! Valkor on our doorstep!” Yes, an article had appeared in the Northern Herald, the leading scripture in Maruba.
The Neck Under Attack!
The Neck, the western gateway to the Calledian Sea, was during the early days of this week shaken by heavy battles, raging between an offensive Valkoran invasive force, and keelish defenders. Standing firm, the forces of Kleriel has driven the invasion back out to the North Sea. General Hospital full to date.
On Monday this week, a major incident occurred around the Neck archipelago in the northern Calledian sea. A military force of naval vessels sought forced entry into the sea to move on to their victims, the danheimers. However, as the northern countries had decided unanimously, entering the sea for the duration of the Rouge War, as it has been dubbed by popular sources, is prohibited for all valkorians and their affiliates, in order to ensure unobstructed trade in the region. This breach, despite ending in an unsuccessful manner, has caused a constant military presence by keelish forces and vessels in the harbor area.
The Jarl himself made a public appearance yesterday, where he stated that he remains unwilling to declare an offensive campaign against the valkorian government. Yet in light of this breach, he has issued northern forces access to the ports of Maruba and Piterud, on the condition that certain terms are met. The Jarl stressed that this military presence was in fact a temporary phenomenon, and that things will return to normal "as soon as tactically safe.
Keelish representatives arrived in the capital in the early hour to declare themselves victorious in the battle, and to negotiate with the Council, a negotiation which appears to have paid off. Wounded from their ranks are being treated at the General Hospital, which, according to chief of staff, Vandor Puskas, has “the establishment working at highest gear to ensure minimal loss of life”. A smaller number of valkorian captives are also seen to.
The Battle of The Neck is the first confrontation since the emperor of the Valkorian Empire declared war upon the danheimers of Nordenya. Although the remainder of the fleet remains in a position unknown, persistent keelish military presence at The Neck ensures northerners that no surprise attack will occur on that front.
– Ethel Barani
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