: So… I leave Roan, my most stable city and home
, in capable hooves, certain that things will be handled in my absence while I attend to the needs of my subjects abroad. SURELY, I thought, if any matters that need my attention arise, I would be notified… So your father sends letters, informing me of a terrible thing
befalling the ponies under his care, that it keeps him awake at night and nothing he has done has managed to discover the cause. When I was begged to return in order to set this horrible thing right… I was concerned. However, I trusted that this matter would be resolved quickly on its own, as the ponies of Roan were surely among the brightest and bravest among all of my cities.
It was… like watching a foal attempting a task for the first time. You have to stay back or they will never learn… so I kept my distance, watching, wondering what might be taking so long… WHY I was still receiving summons to come and sort this out… WHY my agents in the city reported that the situation was not getting better, but was in fact growing worse… That ponies were so afraid they were unable to speak of their problems… that the Guard ignored the needs of the citizens and the noble houses dismissed claims of disappearances… And so I was concerned… But does ANYPONY other than the Duke ask for my aid? No…? How VERY odd. Do any of the other eleven cities hear of their ally’s needs and send ponies to investigate? No…? Why… one might ALMOST think that perhaps there are those who don’t WISH me to be informed of the situation.
Does the Critique, my own academic elite, sworn to serve the best interest of Roan… bother to put their educated minds to the task of unraveling the mystery, studying the attacks, realizing in their study WHAT was behind it?… Why, NO! They are far too busy playing merchant kings!
In all of my years as your Empress… I have NEVER been so disappointed- Nay... DISGUSTED… by my own nobility! In a single decade of my absence, with the exception of Grand Denarius, you have ALL completely lost touch with your purpose!