A Sultana's Resolve
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Profit... The thought never even crossed my mind.
But standing about lamenting my naivety will not do anyone any good. I shall consider my lesson learned, and press on.
Forename─are you perchance acquainted with any successful merchants? If my attempt at philanthropy is obliged to reap a profit, it would seem wise to consult someone with a knack for business.
Hm... Ordinarily, I would not trust any agent of the East Aldenard Trading Company─but if you hold this Hancock fellow in high esteem, I am content to be led by you. You may repay my faith by journeying to distant Kugane and speaking with him on my behalf.
Eager though I am to visit those shores, I have not the leisure for a lengthy sea voyage. Now, assuming you will travel as adventurers are wont to do, I shall await your report by the aetheryte in Ul'dah. A fair journey to you, Forename─and a swift one, if you please.
Forename! To what do I owe the pleasure? Or are you here on business?
...I beg your pardon? Her Grace the sultana would have my opinion on how best to invest the wealth of Ul'dah?
My dear Forename... I have you to thank for this...recognition, I am sure. And I am flattered that you came to me. Truly flattered.
But why settle for a lowly apprentice, when you could have the master! Upon matters of profit, there is no living soul better-qualified to advise Her Grace than Chairman Lolorito─a man whose morning “exertions” are said to fill his garderobe with gold!
I should be happy to arrange a meeting for you...say, at the Scions' former headquarters in Thanalan? The Waking Sands would seem a suitably neutral venue for negotiations, don't you think? Fare you well, Forename, and may your dealings prove fruitful!
You will not find a shrewder merchant than Chairman Lolorito. Would that I could be present to witness the back-and-forth of your coming negotiations!
Welcome back, Forename. Did your merchant friend have any useful advice to share?
...With Lolorito!? And you agreed to this!?
I am well aware of his standing in the field of business. But I had hoped to keep the Monetarists at arm's length, and him in particular...
...Nay. I cannot live in fear of the man. I must learn how to treat with him if I am to rule Ul'dah effectively.
Very well! I will meet with Lolorito. Let us go on ahead to the Waking Sands, and prepare for his coming.
So this is where the Scions first congregated... I have heard many tales, but never had occasion to visit.
To work, then. The hour of the meeting draws near, and I would gather my thoughts. Pray see to it that we have the appointed room to ourselves.
<sigh> I fear it will be many years before I feel comfortable taking part in such negotiations.
But I shall not complain. We have piqued Lolorito's interest and secured his invaluable expertise. Thank you, Forename. I could not have done it without you.