*To: Master Alchemist Hansel Smith, Scion of Fire and Siren of Kelezandri
From: His Grace, Duke Roger of the House of Conte, Master of the Tower of Conte, Prime Minister of Corus and mankind.
I would to begin by thanking you, your efforts in the Tower of Alchemy and you aid to the King in these times of trouble have been invaluable, if only we had one hundred more men with you skills and cunning then perhaps the hard decisions ahead of us would not need to be made. I count you as a peer and a good friend, you have my heartfelt thanks.
All of that aside, it seems I must always come to you with business and never joys, today carries that pattern further. As you are likely aware the coming cataclysm looms ever nearer. Already we have sent teams to the arctic to scout locations for potential new homes. As we look deeper into this issue we have discovered unsettling news, the fact that we will be unable to send everyone to this new land. Between the timing, magical resources involved in sustained living, the transportation of people and supplies and the number of resources we have on hand to achieve this, the country of Corus will only be able to send 1/3rd of our people. Or 933,331 individuals. Of this the King has decided that 311,111 individuals will be personally selected by the Crown to come to the new land, this will account for deeds and loyalties and families of those who may have to make sacrifices in order to save countless others. That still leaves some 622,222 individuals who will need to be selected. Right now we are looking to form a selection committee which will have the unfortunate job of selected who should get to come and who will be left behind. It is my belief that the majority of these peoples selected should stem from the trades, mercantile and peasant class. The Crown can select whatever nobles it likes, but we will need a working population if we are to have any chance of thriving in a new land.
I need your skills with numbers, and your experience in what cities in towns need to survive and grow, what craftsmen do we require, how many farmers can feed how many people and what is reasonable back up, how many able bodied men versus women and children should we send to this new land. Your tower is young and so you are likely to be seen as more neutral. Please help me in this. The committee meets on the first of Planting to begin the process, it is my greatest hope that you will attend.
Duke Roger of Conte