Dungeons and Occasional Dragons
Vashti, The Merciful
The mourning widow queen who sacrificed herself for the salvation of man.
A northern warrior princess from the lands of ice and darkness born the daughter of the old king Karock and his consort Talia of Myr Vashti lead her warband, The Stoneblades to victory after victory over the other Northern tribes. Known for her mercy and empathy the tribes who found themselves conquered by Vashti enjoyed better lives as their despotic tyrant’s were overthrown and found they werer not forced to give up their customs or gods. As the myth of Vashti spread through the ancient kingdoms The Stoneblades found the villages they approached not preparing their walls for siege but celebrating the arrival of The Great and Merciful Vashti and her mythic Stoneblades.
On the eve of her final victory over the Kingdom of Loran, the only people who had been able to hold during Vashti’s decade long campaign of unification, the old King Karock died in his sleep. Vashti was immediately crowned Queen Vashti the Great and the Kingdom readied itself for a golden age of prosperity after one last bloody battle. Yet, before her coronation Vashti road out with her most trusted Stoneblades into the capitol of Loran and brought terms of peace before the King of Loran, proposing marriage between her and the King, uniting their kingdoms and bringing a lasting peace to the shattered isles. Stunned by her graciousness, her beauty, and the legends of her warrior’s prowess the King took Vashti into his arms, tears in his eyes, and accepted. Thus the Kingdom of Loran, the greatest kingdom in the history of the great isles was born. Sadly, the peace would only hold so long…
Vashti’s Insight into the practice of War
Written during the 1st summer of her marriage, known as the Great Calm.
Just Cause: The reason for going to war needs to be just and cannot therefore be solely for recapturing things taken or punishing people who have done wrong; innocent life must be in imminent danger and intervention must be to protect life.
Competent Authority: Only duly constituted public authorities may wage war. Plainly, we cannot have a genuine process of judging a just war within a system that represses the process of genuine justice.
Right Intention: Force may be used only in a truly just cause and solely for that purpose—correcting a suffered wrong is considered a right intention, while material gain or maintaining economies is not.
Last Resort: Force may be used only after all peaceful and viable alternatives have been seriously tried and exhausted or are clearly not practical. It may be clear that the other side is using negotiations as a delaying tactic and will not make meaningful concessions.
Proportionality: The anticipated benefits of waging a war must be proportionate to its expected evils or harms.