Hearing that Duke Zabal wanted veto power, Richard’s sneer disappeared entirely, “You want to split the Empire with me.”
Zabal laughed heartily, “Of course not! You conquered the Iron Triangle Empire, of course it belongs to you! As long as Salwyn doesn’t make any decisions to harm me, I won’t interfere with matters of the state.”
These were childish words. One could calculate benefits financially alone, but control was a form of wealth as well. Zabal clearly wanted to insert himself into the greater continent. Even with his own breadth of ambition, Richard froze for a moment at the sheer greed before calming himself down, “You really have the appetite, but what about...