=2nd Age 700, Spring=
In the mountain peaks that form a natural border between the desert and fertile north in the center of Oballathin, stirrings of a fierce and savage birdfolk called the Verja are becoming more known. At first the Zulkan trade city of Alabasta, located in a wide pass between the mountains, took little notice as sightings of the birdfolk were common and so were raids done on the occasional caravan passing through. Much so that none noticed what went on near the eastern edge of the mountain range where it borders the coast.
Flocks of these savage scavengers were making more bold moves by raiding and boarding passing ships. The most shocking is how organized these flocks seem to almost be, attacking ships with little warning and killing or capturing those on board. Most troublesome is how quick they picked up on how to sail ships along with mimicking Zulkan military tactics of Kauyon by using said ships recently taken as bait. Only from very few survivors did Zulkan learn of this and how precarious of a situation it was in.
While Zulkan does have a navy of the Z.N.F., the time it would take to mobilize and reach the area would take time. Along with this is how lowly equipped Zulkan wetships are that, while decent, are at a significant disadvantage due to some of the ships the Verja captured. Some of these ships had been those of both Zulkan and Isurmo's, the latters current shipbuilding techniques used woefully to their fullest in Verja claws as effective raiding and slaving ships. Zulkans only advantage being from how well they know of their own tactics and all its varieties the Verja attempt to mimic in their own twisted ways, along with having experienced troops stationed at Alabasta well used to fighting the savage birdfolk in the mountains.
In a time such as this Zulkan sent a Por'El envoy by overseas and with a sizable escort to the nation of Isrumo in a fleet of about 10 ships. They soon arrived into Isurmo waters and eventually made port with eight ships, two escort ships were lost during a skirmish with the Verja, the signs of the recent skirmish quite visible on the envoy and escort ships conditions. The Por'El, an aged Cameriu wearing blue robes of his profession, he sought an audience with Isurmo's Prime Minister for matters between Zulkan and Isurmo.