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Her mother, the queen, nodded as she walked up the steps to the dais. "And someday you will wield the kingdom's might through it as I have done." She settled the glowing horned crown upon her head,
"You are of age now Erint, and someday I will be gone and this will be your duty." She did not say burden, though it often felt as such.
Beyond the chamber the mind of the queen was influencing her country, stemming nascent rebellion by subtly altering opinion, ensuring fair trade by curbing greed, and deepening the impressions of the wealth and power of her lands in the minds of visitors...