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To Her Majesty the Queen of Arendelle,
I’d offer you pleasantries: wishes of good health to you and Elsa, congratulations for seizing control of the Exalted, and even some grudging respect for how ruthlessly you expelled my boss, Mr. Harrison, from the cabal. You’ve got an… unforgiving streak, don’t you? Especially for those that mess with your family. I like that.
You and Mr. Harrison know each other well enough that you’ll see any pleasantries from me to be hollow and meaningless. You despise each other, so I won’t patronize you with insincerity.
I’ll accord you the respect you deserve as my boss’s nemesis and get straight down to business.
By now you’ve probably departed the Forbidden City, having sealed your position as the Emerald Dragon, the new leader of the Exalted. Your allies – Kristoff, Colisa, and Peony – have all received their formal titles from Yixin, as well.
Mr. Harrison is frothing at the mouth. It’s actually kind of funny to see him so frustrated by your meteoric rise to international power. After all, he once had you on the back foot, bullying you at will with his superior private fleet of clippers. Now he sees you take a prize that he could never seize, and it drives him mad. He wanted to be Yixin’s favoured heir. But aside from my mild amusement at his rantings, there isn’t much good to be had, I suppose, from not trying to do something about you. After all, our resources are still considerable, and Mr. Harrison is wealthier than all of your kingdom’s merchants save Kristoff. You’re rapidly becoming a threat, which is why he rallied the Floodgate triads to move against you.
But now he wants to do something different. Mr. Harrison extends to you an invitation to meet with you and make a final deal with you. To split the economic territory of China and Greater Asia between himself and your squeeze’s conglomerate, the Princely House. You should therefore bring Kristoff, and indeed all of the new Exalted members, along.
The location will be at the Qilin Cabaret, Mr. Harrison’s proudest business venture. It’s Peking’s premier entertainment venue. It has performers, glittery glamour, wine, and opium. Everything you could need for a mind-blowing night out. You won’t find a more dazzling centre of power in Asia.
On your part, you’ll commit to no interference in Mr. Harrison’s business as the Emerald Dragon. On his part, he’ll throw his weight – with conditions – behind your leadership. Just as Katina Romanov did after you defeated her.
I respect you, Anna. You’ve outfoxed Mr. Harrison at many turns. That’s why if you can’t be destroyed, you must be at least pacified with an excellent deal that will divide between you two the spoils of business on this side of the world.
Next Saturday night, Your Majesty. If you’re not a coward and have some steel within you for some hard-nosed deal-making.
We’ll be waiting.