The Passion of the Revolutionary

"So what have you been up to this whole time?"

Auriel smirked. "That is an excellent question. Mind if I take a seat?"

Without waiting for a response, Auriel pulled up a chair and sat down. "Well, as I sort of said earlier, I happen to be the Regional Commander for the Rising Star. We are a group of people who believe that Dalen is a messed up place with messed up laws. We believe that we are more capable of justly ruling and serving Dalen's subjects than Queen Thalia and her psychotic warlords. As such, we want to overthrow Thalia and her corrupt aristocracy and replace Dalen's tyrannical autocracy with a republic governed by officials chosen by the people. We want to abolish slavery so every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to pursue happiness and enjoy freedom. And we want to let Dalen be a land where all creatures, magical and mundane, can live in peace without fear of being persecuted by the government just because of what they look like. Sorta like what Verden used to be before that genocidal maniac Asgurt rose to power."

Auriel paused to take a breath, then she smiled. "So yeah, I've been fighting an impossible battle in an impossible war, but one I believe is worth fighting. The people in this land are used to being oppressed. They live in fear of their overlords and won't raise a finger against them for fear of having said finger cut off. As long as the belief in the invincibility of Thalia and her regime persists, this is a war we cannot win. But Thalia is not invincible. Her nobles are capable of dying, just like the rest of us. I know that most of the people in this land hate these injustices as much as I do, but I can't seem to get them to believe that they can do something about it."

Auriel then looked Jack in the eye. "But I think you can. Already, you've brought something to the conquered and the downtrodden of this region that hasn't been here for a long time. That something is hope. As long as you continue to fight the wicked subjugators of this realm, that hope will grow. And with that hope will come the realization that we don't have to be oppressed, that we have control over our fate and our destiny if we are willing to fight those who oppress us."

"Jack, I don't know why you are here or what you want to do with your life, but I firmly believe that you have the power to bring about great change. And you don't have to do it alone."

Auriel sat back and sighed. "Whew, sorry Jack, just realized I was coming after you really hard after I just met you. I just... I just get really passionate about this, ya know? Honestly, people like us are blessed with amazing power, and I feel it is a shame to be around such misery and not try to do something about it."

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