My Lord, It is my sincere hope that you do not take this amiss, but I am compelled to express my concern over some of your recent actions. The force sent to form a buffer zone between Vesper and Minoc is welcome, but, as was inevitable, it has inflamed passions in Vesper. I will send an envoy to them in an attempt to persuade the city to a more peaceful course, but in truth I hold out little hope. I fear we must prepare for further unrest. An internal statement released in Trinsic by my cousin Ikus offers the following in addition: I will also take this opportunity to remind everyone of the Trinsic Cottage Hospital, which is open to all at no charge. Turning to the matter of the census and tax of 1000 gold per person, I assure you that I fully appreciate the necessity of financing the Royal Guard. However, the amount is high and may cause significant hardship amongst the poorer people. I feel strongly that this flat rate is inequitable, and Trinsic shall levy only what each citizen can manage. It would be good if you might reconsider the matter. Nevertheless, I can assure you that the tax will be fully paid following the census. Trinsic has the good fortune to be a prosperous city, and whatever a citizen cannot pay shall be made up from the Duchy coffers. Less prosperous cities may not have the ability to do this, and there is the potential for the tax to lead not only to hardship, but consequently to discontent and yet more unrest – which the Kingdom can ill afford. With regard to the summary dismissal of Nathan Hawke from his position as Commander, a fuller (and public) explanation of your decision would be welcomed. It has taken some time for Nathan to be accepted, and his sudden removal must cause uncertainty and confusion just when the general populace were gaining confidence. My lord, I am sure that you have good and sufficient reason for all of your actions. But as I have warned you previously, there is still great distrust of you, and a lack of understanding. For the sake of the Kingdom, I urge you to be honest and open with us. May the Virtues guide you, and all of us, in the days to come. Irvyn Trinsic The personal seal of the Duke of Trinsic: An eagle flying, holding the branch of a thornbush in its claws; surrounding are the words "Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; take honour from me, and my life is done."