After some more small talk and reminiscing (unless there's anything else to be done that I'm missing), Fiona will send a page to ask Korvin and Gerulf to meet with her in the council chamber at their earliest convenience, and that she awaits their pleasure.
She is in her customary seat, having changed into her business robes.
[color=blue]"Thank you for meeting me on such short notice, sodales. I just wanted to touch base with you on a couple of things. I promise I'll be brief, I'm sure we all have other things we'd rather be doing.
"First. I know that we have been talking, off and on, for years the desire to have a guest laboratory in the covenant for the use of people who will be staying for a time. It hasn't been a real priority because, in the past, we've had people leaving as fast as they come. But now that all of our sancta and laboratories are occupied, that has become a problem that should be addressed.
"To that end, I've decided to have a laboratory built adjacent to the stables in the mundane side starting immediately. Once the structure is completed, Sheelagh will spend the next six months setting up a laboratory, under my and Petronius's direction (but mainly mine).
"Next. I am going to have to redeem a significant portion of my owed vis allotment, and an advance against my future allotments. To wit, I am in need of 24 pawns of Vim, 7 pawns of Rego or Terram, and 9 pawns' worth of the chess pieces."
She stops and looks at the others, waiting for questions, objections, or beating with rolled-up magazines.