To Port Katherine’s monster hunters, adventurers, and seekers of hidden places:
Considering the interest of the Queendom in extending the authority of reason and understanding across all its lands and territories, it will be useful to acquire what knowledge we can of our natural environment. For the foreseeable future (through the spring of 1721, at a minimum), I will be conducting an independent survey of the indigenous fauna of the outer Kithiran wilds. I wish to explore and take observations of any and all animals of the region, especially those not known to the major isles of the Empire; the remains and accounts of any which may be deemed rare or extinct; the times and seasons of appearance of particular birds, reptiles, and insects; and, be any such creatures hostile toward the people of Kithira, the proper means by which the citizens of our colony may array themselves in defense against them. (With especial consideration to any other sapient species inhabiting our settlement, moreover, we must endeavor to acquaint ourselves with their societal structures and interstructural relations; their languages, arts, technologies, and traditions; any diseases prevalent amongst them and the remedies they use; peculiarities in their laws, customs, and dispositions; and their articles and practices of peaceable commerce.)
While I will undoubtedly be organizing my own expeditions in the pursuit of this endeavor, any person that should receive information on the location of a species worthy of note is also encouraged to engage my services as a field assistant. In this role I offer expertise in proper expedition preparation, and instruction in wilderness self-defense techniques; specimen collection and skilled field analysis; and a willing sword hand, should the need arise, dedicated to the safe return of the research party. Moreover, in consideration of information leading to the documentation of new or rare species, all associated fees for the above services will be waived.
To whom it may concern: be also advised that should my services be deliberately engaged for any voyage, even one other than primarily scientific in purpose, my documentary interest extends solely to the advancement of natural science and public safety. You may thereby rest assured that the content of any proceedings outside the aforementioned categories of observation (including the identities of collaborators, upon request) will be held in all appropriate confidence.
Yours in the spirit of discovery,