My Red Lady:
I'm afraid you will not find the King to be too responsive these days, though you may manage to draw him out.
Though things have settled out somewhat in recent years, the way we run our affairs clearly leaves something to be desired. When one improves one's chance of survival by journeying to the Northern Wastes to fight barbarians rather than attending a royal banquet, something is out of whack with our system of government. Though, come to think of it, it was an unanticipated boon for finding volunteers among the lesser nobility for the officers' corps.