"Each cough and scuffle of foot echoes richly through the high, stone walls of the hall. The floor is soaked with the scarlet life drained from those who have failed to amuse the Silent Emperor. All present now seek to melt into the remaining stillness to avoid attention. However, one among us must speak up, and I fear it is you.”
Explorers, sages, musicians, historians, viziers, dancers, generals, diplomats, courtiers, and messengers have come before the throne of the Silent Emperor. The Invisible Empire stretches beyond all horizons, its people are unnumbered, and the Silent Emperor wishes to know it all.