Greetings Lord Osman,
I felt that this letter required me to write to you in my own hand. First, I want to thank you for your continued loyal service and commend you on your ingenuity in continuing to protect the lands around Ebbenheim. It is because of loyal and intelligent men like yourself that the Geftlubaddian people are beginning to regain confidence in our great country.
I regret to inform you that this letter is not all praise, as is the trend in the troubling times. Since I know you to be a man of pragmatism I will get directly to the point.
Last month a heavy loss was recorded in the north eastern area of Osweldt. This loss represents a significant threat to Uhlenhorst and her people. Unfortunately this leaves a large gap open in the defense for this area, and with spring in full swing I do not need to tell you the danger of hidden living dead digging themselves out of the ground.
Therefore, I have taken on the unhappy burden of informing you that I will once again need to request militia from your garrison to fill a gap. I would offer an apology but I do not believe that it would be taken well, and thus I offer a possible solution.
With this letter I send an exact count of men I will need, gold and the authorization for you to hire mercenaries temporarily. I also suggest that you begin hiring civilians to work as watchmen. I know their eyes are untrained, but I also do not expect any organized attack in your area.
I have rerouted troops to take the place of your men around Uhlenhorst, but it will take over a month for them to reach the northern border and then time for your troops to return to their posts. In all, you can expect your men to return in, at least, two and half months.
I know that you will do your best to serve,