"It is a matter of life or death, we need to take back what was lost! I have General Tullius IX with us here today and he said he will help carry out the torch." Exclaimed Senator Raphael, he turned to Soteris who stood tall next to his seat. "Soteris, your father was a failure, you... you are much more. Let us reconquer for ourselves, for the Empire. We have claims on these lands, your grace."
Soteris looked down on his fellow senator then up at everyone else, "Yes, you are right Senator. Us Caesulens have a rich history, a prideful background, and right now we are a ghost of what we used to be. We have communism and fascism at our doorsteps. We have the C-IP still, we are slowly but surely dying."
"Your Grace, I think we should show the world we still have power. Hell, we still have the Legion and the Auxiliary. We can send them south to conquer," Said Senator Gregor who stood up in response to Soteris.
"If I may add, we can also use diplomacy to sway the provinces back into Imperial control, we just need to use our words wisely." Said Senator Luminous.
"Are you an idiot! We cannot be soft with them, they broke away from our Empire, they need to be punished!" Stated Senator Gregor.
"Senator, do recall that they didn't do that willingly. The 4th Knossodon Empire forced them to break away when we got overthrown! They shouldn't be punished for something out of their control!" Replied Luminous as he slammed his hand down.
"Senators Gregor they had no choice but to surrender to the Knossodon," Said Senator Raphael.
"They should've fought till the end, they are cowards!" Senator Gregor grabbed his papers and walked down the steps towards the door.
"So that's it? Senator Gregor gives up on Caesulia? What kind of pride do you have, you are just as much as a coward as them!" Senator Vinicio stood up saying loudly.
Senator Gregor turned around suddenly and stomped his foot, "You dare call me a coward! Where was your father when the Knossodon invaded? He was hiding like the little chicken he is, and I believe your coward father lives in you too Vinicio!"
Senator Raphael had enough and said, "Can you two shut up! This meeting is important, either you stay and care about the future of our country, or you walk away with the regret that you couldn't help. Soteris, I believe we should reconquer the southern frontier, we must reunite the Empire!"
"Senator Raphael, your words are correct, it is time to take charge and fix our proud country. We won't call our allies, we will call all Caesulen banners. General Tullius, meet me in my chambers later today, I wish to speak with you." Soteris turned to the rest of the crowd, "Fellow Senators, today is the day we start our reconquering of Southern Caesulia. We will use diplomacy first, but if they refuse we will take them over, for the Imperium, for Caesulia!"
"For Caesulia!" Repeated Senator Gregor.
"For Caesulia!" Repeated Senator Vinicio.
"For Caesulia!" said everyone else.
A few hours later, General Tullius IX walked into the Royal Chamber and was stopped outside the front entrance.
"Sorry Sir, you cannot pass." Announced a Ptolomaen Guard standing tall.
"I am a General, you will let me pass, Soldier!" Tullius got a bit angry and pulled out his amulet that only Caesulen Generals have.
The Ptolomaen Guard looked at it and back at Tullius. "Sorry, General. You may pass. We have been more cautious with security lately ever since we heard that Nottebohm was murdered."
General Tullius walked into the chambers and to Soteris' door which was guarded by two Ptolomaen guards, the guards stood aside and opened the doors to the Emperor's study. There stood the Royal Ambassador, Vaižgantas Kance and Soteris discussing diplomatic options. As Tullius walked in Soteris and Kance noticed his presence and said their farewells. Kance walked past Tullius and Soteris offered Tullius some apple cider.
"Your grace, I'm here reporting for duty," Tullius exclaimed.
"Please, Tullius call me, Soteris. I want to be more of a friend than just your leader."
"Yes, your grac-, Soteris."
"Tullius, do you care about, Caesulia?" Asked Soteris.
"Yes, Soteris. I was born and raised here, this is my home. I will die fighting for Caesulia."
"Great, Tullius, I want you to lead the southern campaigns, I believe you would be a perfect Candidate, just report with me of anything that comes by, you can do that right?"
"Yes, Sir!" The General stood up and saluted the Emperor.
"Well, great get the banners and move south, you are in charge of this campaign, I will let the Senate know. For Caesulia!"