Your Majesty and Head Liaison Honeymaren,
Sergeant Severin reporting to you, madams. We’re all in shock over what happened the other night, when the lives of dozens of prominent Arendellians and figures in public life were placed in jeopardy by an act of sabotage. It was supposed to be an exciting inaugural function for the new prime minister. Instead, the kingdom must now be vigilant against an apparently strong, nimble, and shadowy threat who engages in sabotage on a daring, audacious scale.
We’re all extremely distressed about this close call and the loss of Her Majesty’s ship Autumn Cloud, and furious at this direct attack on a symbol of Arendellian dignity and strength. Make no mistake: this wasn’t just a violent attack but a political statement.
Let me assure you that General Mattias and the Arendellian High Command have been working around the clock to determine the nature of this attack. Among some of the most urgent questions are:
How did they slip aboard?
Why did no one detect them?
Did they want to hurt Countess Viola, the prime minister or Your Majesty?
Are they the same person who has been destroying rail lines between Northuldra and Arendelle?
And most important: how can we stop their attacks?
The party’s chef and his assistants, who are now being cared for in the kingdom’s main healing ward, were the only witnesses to the culprit. They said that the figure had a female voice, wore a hood, and dressed in grey. She also moved like lightning, and is evidently well-trained. She started the fire by overturning a barrel of cooking oil and throwing a lit match and unidentified powder onto the spillage.
Although the chef’s memory is hazy, he recalls her saying something along the lines of: “Tell the queen and Honeymaren this: my homeland will never be a colony under Arendelle’s aegis.”
This is a striking clue and it’s obvious that the arsonist wanted to leave us a trail. From what she said, we can be open to the increasingly likely possibility that the culprit is from Northuldra… and forgive me, but… she might be connected to Lady Maren. How, we don’t know. I understand that Your Majesty will surely react with disbelief at this, but I’m simply reporting what the Arendellian High Command has concluded based on the intelligence that the Ravens – Your Majesty’s spies – have gathered. My apologies for any offence caused, Lady Maren.
The next question is naturally what her intentions are. She obviously wishes to express dissatisfaction at the present relationship between Arendelle and Northuldra, seeing Arendelle as harboring colonial intentions, not unlike the late King Runeard. Although I’m not a politician, I’m guessing that she wishes to somehow cripple or undermine Your Majesty’s program for Arendelle’s reunification with Northuldra.
While no one in High Command suspects Maren of any direct relationship with this saboteur, we urge Maren to consider whether the political fissures among Northuldra’s tribal community are more serious than we thought, and if there are splinter groups or aggrieved individuals who wish ill upon the policy that Your Majesty has staked her reign on. That would be politically explosive indeed.
Difficult times lie ahead for Northuldra and Arendelle, I suppose.
Stay safe, both of you.
Good health to Your Majesty!