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Summera, Era XXV Post Fractum

In the end, Sliucha managed to figure out a use for the old Apothecarion building, which had mostly gone untouched since the move to the larger Moonstone Academy. Her governor's office was rather unconventional in that it was the seat for the Academy as well - combining the head doctor, headmaster, and governor positions all in one place. It probably wasn't the best way to do things, but with all of the responsibilities that she juggled, at the moment it certainly made things a little easier. Maybe one day the job of running the province would warrant a proper governor's palace or something, but for now she had her little place tucked onto the second floor of the Academy's main building.

Still, for what she wanted to do, that sort of location didn't seem like it would cut it. What Sliucha had hoped for was something akin to a mass public audience, where the citizenry could bring her petitions, tell her of their troubles, and she could see about sorting things out where possible. After all, with so much bureaucracy in place, it could be difficult to get her attention. It seemed like a good idea, every now and again, to be able to directly talk to people like this! The main issue being that all of the foot traffic that it might generate could clog the systems at the Academy.

That wasn't good for a hospital. People died because of that.

So why not hold it at the Apothecarion instead? It was decently roomy, nobody had business here anyway. The reception on the first floor could handle the inflow of traffic, there were built-in waiting rooms, and when it was somebody's turn they could ascend up to the second floor where Sliucha had set up an impromptu office / meeting space. It seemed like a plan! So, preparations were made and the call was sent out.

Governor hearings, starting now!
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News that the Stewart-Governor was going to be holding hearings spread pretty quickly. By the time Sliucha got ready and got comfortable, the bureaucrats already had a list of names going and the first floor of the Apothecarion was beginning to teem with a diverse crowd of folks of all shapes, colours, sizes, and, naturally, pocketbook-depths.

It was the last that determined order of precedence for entry to the Stewart-Governor (the bureaucrats clearly knew what they were doing) and the first to gain entry to the second floor were a group of the more prominent and wealthy residents of ZA. Sliucha would likely recognize most of them. They were led by Nelda Oyatami, one of the leading stakeholders in the coliseum business - or suite of businesses, really, since there were a number of side-elements that all came together to make the grand coliseum the success it was.

Anyway, Miss Nelda Oyatami had a particularly keen eye for who would be the next coliseum champion and a flair for dramatic pairings in the arena. Even now there was a set of extra-large and very nice looking bodyguards/gladiators (if one liked the super-muscly, broken-nosed type look, that is) standing just a few steps behind and to the side of her - separate from the rest of the businessmen of course but still... there.

"Stewart-Governor Sindosa." Miss Oyatami politely curtseyed. The group behind her followed suit, and then there was a certain degree of milling around as everyone waited to be introduced and acknowledged in turn.
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Ahhhh. Well, Sliucha could understand why things had been lined up so that the people with the greatest reputations and deepest pockets were the ones that were being given priority in this sort of thing. It didn't mean she had to like it, of course, and she certainly hoped that this didn't mean that everybody else was getting ignored. Well, she'd do her best to make sure that everybody got a fair shake at talking with her.

She'd need to figure out exactly how regular she wanted something like this. It was the first real time they were doing something like this, so there was plenty of stuff to iron out. For now? Wing it!

For now, the setup was simple enough. Sliucha had a nice big desk in front of her that had tons of reference forms and documents for her to pull from. In front of that was a space where somebody could stand if they wished to speak and address her, and then a multitude of chairs behind that if it was a big group or something - or, well, if some people wanted to sit. That was more likely for a group of people, sure. If somebody wanted to sit while talking with Sliucha, more of a 1-1 situation, they'd probably be better suited pulling a chair up to the desk itself.

Anyway! For the sake of appearances Sliucha had her dorin bodyguards flanking the table to, you know, make it look like she was important and such. There was a polite nod of her head as she was greeted by Miss Oyatami. Introductions were made, and Sliucha idly scratched on a piece of parchment everybody who had come. Look at her, being all professional. She was actually going to take notes and everything! She felt like a proper Steward-Governor.

"Miss Oyatami, and everybody else, thank you very much for taking time out of your day to come speak with me," Sliucha noted, looking up once she was done with her initial notetaking. "Please proceed with the matter that has brought you here today."
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Yes, given no specific orders, Sliucha could be fairly sure - even if there was no hard evidence to prove it - that there was a certain amount of... negotiating going on that involved people's names being moved up and down the list. Everyone was on it, of course, but nobody had said anything about where in the list people were supposed to be listed. So unless the Stewart-Governor were going to mandate specifics, that's what was going to happen.

As Sliucha greeted Miss Oyatami and her entourage, they all came and sat on the chairs provided - with the exception of their own guards, of course, who took up flanking positions at a polite, not-too-intrusive distance.

"Thank you, your Excellency. We wished to discuss a small matter of safety with you - a precautionary measure, really, but with the city ever expanding under your good leadership, those of us who live in the Central District have been sensing certain challenges to keeping our neighbourhoods quiet and decent. So we thought - to take the bull by the horns - that we could establish a neighbourhood watch to help keep the peace. Using our own pooled resources, naturally."

Miss Oyatami flicked a finger back to where her guards/gladiators stood. Obviously, one wasn't to expect the likes of Miss Oyatami herself to patrol the streets.
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Mhmm. Ahuh.

"Miss Oyatami, you are absolutely free, alongside your colleagues, to form your own unofficial neighborhood watch if you wish," Sliucha spoke. That was to say, so long as they didn't cause any undue trouble? It was only natural for people to want to protect their assets. "That being said, has the city watch been insufficient in protecting public order, in your opinion? They are, after all, supposed to be responsible for this."

Sliucha's exact relation with the local city guards had always been strange. Kael had been the Commander in charge of them. They hadn't listened to her when she was the Aedile, because she wasn't the Commander. When she'd declared herself lieutenant governor, they hadn't listened much to her then, either. Now? Well, Steward-Governor by order of the High Prince himself, so they were a bit... a bit nicer, sure. Still. Kind of awkward.
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