"Yes, well. The theory is so much weaker than my own that I fear to contemplate the depths of its practice. And - did you say the King is bound by a constitution like guilds are? I am simultaneously deeply intrigued by the possibilities, and very suspicious of its enforceability.
"...Why on earth does he need to embezzle like that? If he can't tell anyone what the project is, enough that you, a fairly intelligent person, who knows of it in the first place, are unable to know its barest nature when it's being touted as some grand accomplishment -
"That's a clear sign someone's doing something positively atrocious with resource expenditures.
"I know I've seen enough of it; a lot of my casework was dealing with such matters. Auditing granaries, arranging harvests and field blessings - everything to do with the Forge-Bound and their supplies -
"...It frustrates me, that I am the one who was chosen for this duty, when I know there are dozens more qualified than I for any single facet of it.
"But only I am here, so I will do my best.
"...You have a state religion? Kyros was...rather against organized worship, even of Kyros - there were laws about Kyros being the Overlord's name and neither slandering it nor casually invoking it, but not about worship - so that's very strange to me. ...I am not going to explain why Kyros was so against religion, at this time, so please refrain from asking."