After some lengthy delays due to censorship issues, a change of editorial staff and a whole load of Harmonious bureaucracy, the Genevan Arrow is proud to present another part of our multi-part Arrowed In: An Interview with Ardashir Khan.
Three hours later, suitably refreshed, we left the confines of our room to meet with the Emir. We were led to a large and beautifully gilded anteroom in the Ziggurat that Ardashir Khan calls home for his House, currently the largest and most politically powerful in the Kingdom of Babkha. Thankfully in the stifling heat of Raspur the large balcony doors were open. We heard some commotion outside and, being inquisitive journalists, we walked out onto the balcony to see the Emir being greeted by members of his House and his caste. We assumed that he was returning from his duties as Grand Vizier in the Government district. If this was the reception he received everyday you could be forgiven for his strident views and stances in world affairs. We mused privately to each other that the Alexandrian First Consul would love for a greeting like this everytime he returned or arrived at his offices.
Within half an hour, the Emir had arrived in his quasi-military uniform. Gone was the tribal and local attire he had been wearing for his entry into the Ziggurat’s grounds. The quasi-military uniform he wore was designed to give the impression of a confident and precise man. Here was a man who was here to do business with the foreign Governments of the day. He wasn’t there to mix with his House and make them feel good about themselves. This was about projecting an image to the outside world. Worryingly for the Empire it was an image heavy in military symbolism.
He greeted us quickly, introducing himself to us and making an aid offer us drinks of our choosing. We had the water, noting that the Emir had his own brand of strong brandy. I immediately asked him why he had agreed to the interview today. Our two countries were not on good terms and Babkha was not exactly known for its friendly treatment of journalists, foreign or domestic. He responded eloquently, betraying the charm that has created and forged many alliances within the Raspur Pact.”Our last formal contact with the Empire of the Alexandrians was on the occasion of the visit of His Grace the Duke of Evreaux.” He began “Although an implacable enemy of the Kingdom he was at least a gracious guest. It was the least we could do, considering his long standing association with your fine journal, to accede to your request for an interview, which translates into our language as ‘an audience for the purpose of asking impertinent questions’. With that in mind you, Sahib, are a most welcome guest in our Kingdom. I trust the Ziggurat to which you were assigned was satisfactory, the host gracious and your attendants obliging?”