While the Emperor's Blades continue to stand down, and the Imperial Watch takes up the sword across the realm in their stead, those stationed at Fastheld Keep remain ever vigilant. With the lockdown has come an information blackout upon anything that isn't an official statement, doing little to sate the curiosity of those on the outside that have taken an interest in the developments within the Palace.
However, with each statement comes a window through which both the written declaration, it's courier(s), and any tidbits of rumour flow. Though little, the rumours that stem from a friend, of a friend, of a friend, of a bard, suggest that the Emperor Zolor Zahir the First has been in talks with a number of advisors since the Keep was first closed. Or one advisor, at least. Some say a powerful Archmage has dropped by to pay a visit. Others claim that the Emperor consorts with dragons.
A few even claim that the Emperor has died from food poisoning after capturing the Rathken while chasing a band of pirates, which - they assure people - was fifty feet long, stabbing it in the head with his bare (some claim "bear") hands, before eating it raw!
Whatever the truth, there seems to be something going on within Fastheld Keep that is prompting the Emperor to revise much of the Fastheldian culture and lifestyle, with many wondering just what could prove persuasive and informative enough to make the Emperor make such sweeping changes - many for the better, it seems.