In the refurbished room, away from prying eyes, words were bartered and exchanged in an alien tongue that neither each side would understand from the other. Fortunate that with the efforts of their young translator, inexperienced and anxious combined, Grimwald was able to bridge the divide and spoke on their behalf.
The negotiation between humans and rabbits ended with a conclusion, but not what they had come to expect. Rabbit representatives from the House of Proudclaw desired the secret formula to gunpowder. A powdery substance of onyx hue with an explosive property. While the rabbits concocted a version of their own, it lacked the firepower to be used in combat.
Valice was briefed just before the start of the negotiation. Outright, she knew the risk to the deal. The supplies from House Proudclaw was enough to sustain the hamlet. Enough to survive against the harsh conditions of winter and even beyond. Yet all good things had a price to it and one she was too stubborn to s