"Then we find ourselves differing not only in mind, but words."
There was a level of disappointment in the kings words, to hear such a thing from the other noble reminded him how different they viewed each other lots in life. Such was Hayden a common man raised to the status of being a noblemen, one which required him to hear the pleas of his fellow man. To offer them protection from forces which sought to bring them asunder. Bur for the moment he'd listen to what the man had to say, his removing from the pommel of his sword as he pressed his hands into the table.
"If it pleases you, perhaps I shall offer my own words."
He knew that the duke would not say for him not to, a privilege of their positions. As much as they where peers, Hayden stood first among them for the time being. It was one of those royal ignorances of which he could be alloted, to be used as he saw fit. But he would not abuse such power, instead he would swiftly speak.
"I was raised in a foreign land as a mere soldier, blessed with some skill in war. I used those skills to create this kingdom before us. I was lucky to.. have a father which knew the things I would need." He'd remark his eyes closing briefly, as if recalling distant memories. He felt old, despite his youth. "I cannot be idle when injustice remains within this world, where someone is not entitled to life, liberty, and happiness. Perhaps we disagree in how we should act, but we must agree on one thing; this plague which inhabits our lands must be removed."
Philosophy. Common ground. He offered it. They may disagree on the finer points of it, but within both of them laid the knowledge a demonic menace held their world by the throat. So as long as they could agree upon that, Hayden would be willing to allow some things go. No one was perfect, and with that Erchenhardt had done something interesting. He had challenged Hayden, alerting him to something which he hadn't seen.
"I shall accept your services in this war, on a simple condition. During, and after this war, you shall act as an advisor to me and my realm. You shall not swear fealty, but you shall provide me that service. In return, we shall work on your behalf to reacquire your lands and pay you a royal annunity; for a man should not work for free."
A small smile would come onto the kings face, as if he had foreseen something.
"You have proven to be wise, Duke. I am young, and often rash. I require more men like you."
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