To the Scholars of Port Katherine

and other research-minded types.

I believe that in this unknown frontier, with so many strange things about, our ability to understand what is happening around us is paramount to our ability to thrive, or indeed even to survive! To this end, I would like to see improvements made to the library, so that we all might best leverage the knowledge that is already recorded, and spend more time on new discoveries, and less time reinventing the wheel, so to speak.

Unfortunately, this does not appear to be a priority of our leadership. I understand their position, and suspect they are correct; things such as the gaol and guard towers present a more immediate concern, and therefore must be their first order of business.

That said, there is nothing stopping the rest of us, dedicated citizens of Port Katherine, from beginning the project on our own. Now, I must urge you to assist in this only after making your contributions to the town council and its goals. I would not see what I intend as a charitable community project become a burden on the community, instead.

That said, if after all your other business you have supplies of fund remaining that you do not have immediate need of, I shall be taking up a collection to improve the library. I expect it will take quite some time for us to reach our goal, but the sooner started, the sooner completed. Also, given the rash of thefts and other abhorrent behavior around town, I will be keeping very transparent records of what was donated and by who, so that everyone may rest assured their contribution is safe, and nothing shall be “skimmed off the top.” I hope none of you would think such of me, and that such a gesture is ultimately unnecessary, but I can understand why people might be feeling a bit reluctant to trust, at the moment.

I, myself, shall start us off by contributing the production of copper from my mine at the next festival.

If you would like to contribute, please see me at the next festival with your contribution, which I shall collect and record on the spot.

Countess Annaliese Leopolda Liane Verenberg-Hossler von Silberholz

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Dearest friend Annaliese,

I most certainly believe this to be a worthy effort and I commend you on putting forth this effort. Improvements to the library will be of great benefit to my religious pursuits.

While I am not of means to contribute raw materials to this goal, I would be happy to contribute 20 ducats next season towards whatever materials or labor is necessary to construct the improvements.

And friend, I do not believe you capable of such crimes or unsavory behavior. I trust my money in your hands completely.

~ Julien Emile de Bellefleur

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Fellow Scholars,

I agree wholeheartedly with the above sentiments! A library would do the town a great deal of good! I should be able to contribute a sum of Arcanum, Iron, and Ducats next gather, though we will need to negotiate exactly how much of each. I look forward to working with you all on this most noble project!

Your friend,
Countess Isaac Everhart, Esq.

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Lady Annaliese,

I would be most pleased to assist with this venture as I am able. There is so much for us to learn about here in Port Katherine and it would be beneficial to all for us to be able to better serve the town in our fashion.

Countess Rukiye Maryam

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I’ll try to buy as many building materials as I can Friday night, and will let you know what I can muster.

I will have less physical materials than I originally anticipated, but I will still do my best to contribute to this project!

You have the support of the Everhart family.

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I would like to update everyone on the progress towards the library. Unfortunately, I was not able to connect with any of you on this matter during the festival, but I have so far obtained three wood and one copper to give towards the cause, myself.