IC: Eiyu Ankora (Sado)
“Why do we contain ourselves to the Kentoku Archipelago,” Nihi went on, “when the island of Mata Nui awaits us, a massive land that would allow our resplendent empire to double in size, in population, in wealth? Why don’t we seize the greatest answer to inter-clan disputes over territory and resources within historical memory? Why do we ignore Zuto Nui’s answer to our eldest problems, ignore the prospect of a future that’s better than our past?"
“The eldest of problems…” Ankora pondered, of course, she was referring to the birth rate. As far as Ankora had been told the island of Mata Nui had an almost inverse gender balance compared to them… and with equivalent species to theirs living there… it could tear apart one of the oldest customs of Dasaka culture. Being of a philosophical standing, Ankora could only twitch in anticipation of what such a change might bring about.
The second was, of course, the supposed wealth of metal the island sported, that too could be a welcome element to add to the imperial wealth. Metal was useful for so many things, many of which the Dasaka were forced to find other solutions since Kentoku yielded so little of it.
Territory and resources… the Mata Nuians lived there… true, but there was always room for more… right?
Why do we contain ourselves to the Kentoku Archipelago,” she continued, “when the Chaotic Six, the most devious and wicked creatures ever to be summoned out of the depths of the Endless Sea, laugh at the memory of our people’s suffering and spite our grief from the high peaks of Mata Nui? Why should their crimes – murder and worse – get to pass unpunished? Why, when armies of Skakdi just like Piraka scourge the welcoming and primitive strangers of Mata Nui, lighting fire to their houses and killing their leaders, do Zuto Nui’s chosen people turn our gazes away, even though we could eradicate the Skakdi Plague from this world?”
Ankora’s eyes narrowed, this was less up her alley. So be it that Skakdi had been reported as scoundrels, if the Dasaka could exaggerate their depiction of the Tajaars, they could exaggerate about Skakdi, perhaps even more so with them.
Besides, it sounded an awful lot like a flimsy excuse to send an army of conquest to Mata Nui. So be it that the Mata Nuians may not be “Zuto Nui’s chosen people”, they were not likely to just give up their land… and with the powers they reportedly possessed…
"Is it really worth going to war with these people over their resources? All bridges fall down, all flowers wither, and all great empires die. They still have a chance to do something great. Must we ruin it for them?"
Ahrusa was right, of course, Ankora had often pondered the implication that in the grand scheme of things the Dasaka Empire’s days were numbered. It was a noble sentiment, and Ankora felt she could admire it. Perhaps she had been too quick to judge her earlier…
But it didn’t change the fact that the Mata Nuians were in possession of resources that many on Kentoku would be more than willing to take by force if they had to. And Ankora could, to be perfectly honest, understand why: Honor.
"You speak as though our society is crumbling, Menti," Yumiwa called out in response to the Roofed Menti, "and that conquest of this new world will solve all our problems. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Conquest has its price tag, as does the distance of an even more spread empire. It is my opinion that conquering Mata Nui would only breed more troubles than we already have.”
"We know we are the greatest in the world. I have seen the reports of this Mata Nui island -- their people are primitive and live in castles to protect themselves out of need, they worship a god we do not know, revere foreign traditions we cannot conceive, tolerate beasts we would never abide -- even the 'Six -- and those are damning aspects indeed, but more importantly it shows how weak they are as it is. There is no pride in conquering those people, no honor in taking their castles. Doing so would expand our borders, true, but is that what we need? Would that make us stronger, better, wiser? No. I do not believe that is the case. Such expansion would fray our edges and create divides where there are none yet and those are needless risks not worth taking."
“Excellent reasoning, Crown Princess,” Ankora replied, “as someone who remembers our dear Rora in the prime of her youth, allow me to say you do her proud.”
“However…” she continued as her face hardened just a little…
“The way you speak about the Mata Nuians, you seem to equate “primitive” with “uncultured”. Forgive me, but I disagree. You said it yourself, they have their own faith, their own traditions and people, for better or worse, they too have an identity.”
"The Ringti brings up an excellent point, however" she continued, "I agree with the sentiment, to bring the Light of Zuto Nui to them, They may not be uncultured, but there is room for improvement"