A king came in to power, and to cement his hold on his kingdom, he formed an alliance with a great empire who had an army of barbarian mercenaries, and agreed to pay the empire tribute in exchange for the right to trade. Over the years, many of the empire’s mercenaries were given lands in his kingdom, but they did not farm or take up trades. Instead, the king raised taxes on his people and gave money to the mercenaries so that they would continue to support him.
In time, the people revolted, and the old king was sent into exile and a new king put on the throne. When their new king refused to address their concerns, the people again rebelled, and a queen was put on the throne who vowed to cease paying tribute to the empire and to close the borders of the kingdom to the empire’s people and their mercenaries.
One of the mercenaries who had settled in the kingdom had a son, and one day, the son decided he would take revenge upon the queen for her vow to keep his people out. He took his father’s war horse and rode to her castle. He rode down the crowd of people waiting to petition the queen in her court, then attacked her guards with his sword, and was in turn killed.
The queen vowed that she would not be intimidated by the mercenaries. Still, the mercenaries remained, consuming the nation’s goods, and none knew how many more mercenary sons would take up the sword.
Those who have ears, hear.