By Maren, Head Liaison of Northuldra-Arendelle Relations
When Anna and I read Sergeant Severin’s report about this ruthless hunter, a chill ran down my spine. It wasn’t just because this “Grey Ghost” managed to sink Autumn Cloud, or that she’s got many of Arendelle’s authority figures in the vice of fear. She’s surgical in ambushing and hurting her targets, but no one knows who’s next, so everyone is scared.
But given the recent rumblings in the Great Assembly about damaged prospects for Northuldra-Arendelle reunification, I have a personal responsibility to stop her. I’m sharing with The Arendelle Guardian what I told Anna the other night, so that I can give the public and the relevant organs of government the tools to meet this hunter’s challenge head-on.
I think I know this young Northuldra lady.
I left Northuldra when Elsa first suggested to Anna that I see the world and help the queen as Northuldra’s voice within the parliament. Afterwards, Yelena quickly assembled a small group of young tribespeople, each gifted in their own unique ways, to send to the University of Arendelle. They’d be the first generation of our people who were ever educated under a Northern European curriculum. Through learning science, the arts, and so much more, they’d form a new vanguard of Northuldra-Arendelle understanding.
This initiative was a crucial step for Yelena and Anna, perhaps even more than any political treaties, because it’s through education that Northuldra’s people can really start being their own sovereign community, with Arendelle guiding but not interfering.
Amira was one of these chosen students, and she was the best of those who would assist me in my task to bring Northuldra and Arendelle together.
She disappeared some time ago – I think it was during the time when Countess Vi attacked Arendelle with her warship Muspelheim – and Yelena’s search parties combed the enchanted forest, but never found her. I remember even asking the Big Three newspapers, including this one, to have their reporters keep a lookout for Amira if she ever suddenly turned up in Arendelle, but no such luck. She was always sharp, intelligent, and almost preternaturally skilled as a tracker and archer. It seems she’s expanded her repertoire to sabotage and terrorizing innocent people, too.
I don’t know what she wants, but it’s clear to me, and to Anna now, that something went terribly wrong in the interregnum between my leaving Northuldra and her… decision to undermine Anna and my reunification policy.
We’ve got to make contact with her when she attacks again. Even if there’s a small chance that we can talk to her, I might be able to help her as well as stopping her. Maybe I can’t do one without the other.
Since the sinking of Autumn Cloud, I’ve been forced to ask myself some hard questions.
Do I work for two different communities that are waiting to be united, or a single people that have been separated for centuries?
Can two lands united by love still disagree, and even have conflicts?
Am I Northuldra’s voice in Arendelle, or Arendelle’s voice in Northuldra?
Am I a colonised subject for wearing Arendellian clothes, or am I doing exactly what Anna and I tell the public we want – to make Northuldra modern and reintegrate it with Arendelle?
How do I balance the interests of Northuldra, my home, with those of the land from where my queen and the woman I love come?
Of course, Anna will always encourage me, saying that love is really enough to unite our two realms. But sitting at my desk at the Northuldran embassy, where I also live, I know that Amira couldn’t think more differently. In fact, whatever happened to her, it was enough to make her not only abandon Yelena, but also turn her against Anna and my ideal of uniting our peoples.
Elsa and Anna say otherwise, but I’ve never seen myself as anyone special. With Amira, though – I can help. I have to try. For Northuldra as much as Arendelle.