The Tribune of Majesta addressed the Senate in these terms:
Now that this venerable assembly has endorsed the nomination of Magister Meteelin as Korvosa’s next Magistrator and privy adviser to our Emperor, let us discuss another appointment, of the greatest importance this time: the election of a colleague in consulship to Senator Scipio. Following the demotion of ex-counsul Pactobius and former Governor Drusus Tarquinus, it is essential to choose an individual who will be both able to prevent civil unrest in the Western Provinces and provide military support to the Imperial Legions. This is why, as Protector of the People and on behalf of the Populist Party, I would like to propose the nomination of Talfinius of Melthore as Consul, for the remaining of Pactobius’ term. His son Talford was recently awarded great military honors by this assembly and his men walked in Triumph through Majesta’s gates. Talfinius has access to…
He stopped and all Senators rose as the Emperor unexpectedly entered the Senate:
Noble Members of the Senate,
Considering the imminent threat to Capoua, I, your Emperor, decided to lead personally all four legions of the Praetorian Guard to the front to face the Vrykolos’ army. Consul Scipio is to remain here with his men and act as City Warden during my absence. I leave it up to you Senators to elect Pactobius’ replacement while I am gone. I shall first march on Korvosa to have my new Magistrator anointed and quell any ill feelings Pactobius’ demise might have left amongst his supporters. I am departing immediately. I shall not return before I’ve recovered the Eagle of the XIIIth Legion and avenged my men. Majesta is yours…
Not even the most insightful Oracles of this period knew that this decision by a young Emperor to forge a Saga of his own was going to change the face of Aurias for the decades to come.
Grander and Demise of the Agricolas, Tome III – Scibios The Oracle