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As near as I can tell, this war began when Denmark demanded Holstein's submission. Impossible: None of German blood will ever consent to be ruled by what amounts to Vikings. The lords of Stettin should beware, lest their new friends turn on them.
Hochmeister Paul von Russdorf, addressing the high council and kommanders: November 29, 1425It has come to this, my brothers: We have been patient. We have given the Danes two years to reconsider their actions and restore the sovereignty of Bremen, Mecklenburg and Holstein. We have given them two years to behave as honorable men do, and seek not to expand at the expense of their brothers in Christ. The Danes are not as honorable men though. They are barely past being pagan themselves, their bloodlines and history tainted by too many years of raiding and pillaging. This is how they think. This is who they are. If they believe they can grow fat off the labor of our German brethren, then they will do so.
We must decide. Aye, this is not our fight and we can sit safely here until Armageddon. No doubt our enemies will honor our humility when we are gone, content to live on a handful of sparse miles on an icy coast. They would like that, if we stayed here sitting on our hands as Danish invaders took our people.
Or yes, we could war with the Rus. Our enemies would like that also, were we to die of their winters and lose through their trickery. Perhaps that day of our return will come, but it has occured to me that now that they are busy killing each other: Let them. We have denied them the Baltic, let them fight over the frozen interior like dogs over scraps.
There was a day when we were the swordarm of the emperor. When he bid us go to these bare lands, beat back the Prussen hordes, and so hold the Empire's eastern flank against all comers. For centuries we have maintained our lonely vigil, and we have done well. Now it is time to come to the Empire's aid again. It is time for us to decide, here, whether we serve God and His Roman Emperor, or whether like the Danes and their ilk we serve only ourselves.
Brothers: Do we go to rescue our brethren? Or do we let them live and die as Viking slaves?
If the Danes continue their obstinancy, then only a twin strike at their capital and Gotland may drive them from this war. Then we will be able to dictate any peace we desire.
The food is almost gone. The invaders burned our crops and restrained the peasants from planting more. Our water is similarly desperate, and yesterday three of my men refused a sorty to try and break past the siege. Today the bastards catapulted the body of my son over the wall: I can only guess he was captured attempting to bring supplies in from the coast. He was still alive when they fired. I could hear his scream as he broke on the walls of the citadel. The "Knights" promise to do that to every man, woman and child if we do not yield.
If your majesty is unable to relieve Aalborg soon, then I will surrender to save my people.