"The Druj are in Ossuary, and most disturbingly, Screed; if we were to secure only two regions back from both them and the Grendel, those should be our priorities - although I'm sure the Ankarian refugees would be upset about Ankra, and they are an important faction in Anvil.
It sounds like you have not yet partaken of the wonders of Anvil, so let me tell you a little about the Imperial political process. I haven't been myself since the time of Britta, the Empress before last, but everything changes and everything stays the same, as they say.
Every solstice and equinox, there is a great pilgrimage to Anvil, which is the location in Highguard where the First Empress signed the Empire into existence. The Senate are elected there and meet there, representatives from every nation chosen in each nation's own - idiosyncratic - style, one per territory. There is also a lot of fuss with Generals and Cardinals and Archmagi and so forth, but it is the Senate who are empowered to sign treaties, so let's concentrate on them.
Each of them is generally beholden to a few powerful groups who make the journey in sufficient numbers to secure their election. They appoint Ambassadors and an Imperial Consul, who are responsible for taking initial meetings with diplomatic delegations from foreign powers - there's a distinction between 'foreign' and 'barbarian' depending on whether we're at war with them, but all delegations that are underway to Anvil or returning from there now have the protection of law.
The meetings with foreign delegations generally happen at some time on the Friday or the Saturday, depending on - whether the delegation is delayed, whether they object to showing up in the dark, and so on. The foreign delegations generally deliver a set of demands and requests, and they have very limited authority to negotiate; Winged Messengers can be sent and sometimes clarifications will arrive in time, but the magic is very fickle and the clarification might not arrive until the following gathering.
These are then dutifully written up into a treaty, which has to be scrutinised by the Constitutional Court for whether the Empire can actually implement it, whether there will be extra enforcement costs and so forth. And then two Senators must be found to propose and second the treaty as a motion on the Senate floor. Generally this ends up happening at the Sunday sitting of the Senate - right before the end of the gathering, with some people already taking down their tents and preparing for the journey home.
So, if the treaty is at all complicated, all of the Senators who manifestly failed to read it - or in some cases, have been so unfindable that the relevant ambassador hasn't even managed to tell them it was a possibility - will vote against it, because it's much harder for their people to blame them for something that doesn't happen than something that does - even though, in that case, what does happen is generally the continuation of a war that should have been concluded.
As for that final clause, it is actually very important - previous treaties with the Grendel have been broken when independent ship captains and suchlike have taken it upon themselves to unilaterally raid Grendel holdings. This provides the Grendel a method of saving face by making an agreement between ambassadors to receive compensation, rather than declaring the treaty voided and re-commencing invasion."
Ionnia smiles wryly at Myra. "I'm afraid the past is likely to quickly become your future, if you're hoping to help clear up some of our geopolitical messes.
Liao is a much more pleasant topic; we have a couple of Questors rattling around, they like to ask awkward questions of the Grendel who come by from time to time, and they will be overjoyed to administer a dose - and indeed any religious rites you might want to experience, and I'm sure they are full of theories about the Black Plateau and how to mitigate its effects.
The substance required for the past life visions is essentially a more refined form of Liao, but the refinement process only yields a handful of doses each season. I'm afraid the details are not my area of arete; the Questors will likely know a little more, but research into Liao has mostly been the province of the Highborn, although one of our own has been the Seer of the Gateway ever since Britta's death."