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To the most popular and beloved consul Sim'vara,

It comes to me as no surprise that you formulate your baseless accusations against me in the form of a letter, reminding me of my duties and responsibilities while neglecting to mention your own. Be offended at will, but shifting the blame of the people's anger to insignificant characters such as myself is the telltale sign of an incompetent leader, who has talent for nothing but finding scapegoats. 'Tis not my fault that the populace remains unconvinced that you represent the will of our annointed king, that you have the people's and our kingdom's best interests at heart. You gave people the freedom of religion, have you not also implicitly given them the freedom to express scepticism in this new religion of yours? You have succesfully alienated the clergy and nobility before your reign have even begun, and now you are succesfully alienating the common smallfolk, the plebs as well. Shall I stand trial for informing you, that you are are a few inches away from the ledge that leads to certain doom? Because if you refuse to change your ways, your rule shall be short-lived. This is not a threat, but a mere prediction that anyone with brains will make.

Válistus Culiphae's response to Ardryllus Sim'vara's accusing letter