Altaïr stayed a short distance away from the two men and listened.
- Marzuq: It was good of you to come.
- Civilian: It is an honor to serve. What do you require?
- Marzuq: The letter I've given you must be brought to Salāḥ ad-Dīn's camp. Seek out the one they call Hisham, he will be able to help. Tell no one else of this.
- Civilian: None will know my mission.
- Marzuq: Then our business is concluded.
Altaïr tailed the carrier, and stole the letter from him.
Peace Be Upon You, Hisham:
I have done my best to balance the ledgers, but the counts show something strange: payments to Jerusalem's regent and William of Montferrat in Acre.
I had thought this might be connected to the ransom demanded by the Crusaders for our captive brethren, but given the way that ended (peace be upon those poor souls), this seems unlikely. It also does not account for the deliveries to Jerusalem. But if the money was not meant for ransom, then what is its purpose?
You should also know that there have been extravagant parties as of late. All held within The Merchant King's palace. This is absurd! The citizens of Damascus starve themselves to help Salah Al'din's war efforts, but instead, their money is being spent on feasts! They deeply despise the Merchant King, and are powerless to stop him. Which is why I write to you now.
Please, say nothing to The Merchant King for now. Should he become suspicious, he'll attempt to hide his misdeeds. I'll contact you when I've learned more.