Holly - Snowballs in June are a mean feat, I appreciate it greatly.
Fern - You held and continue to hold the illustrious posts of Grand Vizier and Minister of Internal Security. Those jobs come with full pension, medical and dental benefits, five weeks paid vacation, and a parking spot right next to mine. Nothing [strike]but the vicissitudes of political expediency[/strike] at all would ever compel me to change your vital role in my government.
Fern and Croghan - Your loyalty in supplying cake has been duly noted, and your Emperor appreciates it greatly. I am considering creating some feudal titles for my more ambitious subjects, and you two have placed yourself in firm contention for a barony, perhaps even an earldom. Let me know if you have a perferred snooty name in mind.