From: Taqi al-Din Huseyn, the Righteous and Sublime Sultan and Sovereign of the Chobanids, Emperor of Antakya and of Jerusalem To: Ioannes IX, False-Emperor and Imposter-Autocrat of the Romans, Commander of the Damned, Protector of the Corrupt, Lord of the Flies, Son of a Mangy Dog One of the bravest and strongest soldier in my army wants to test his strength against an infidel champion. He almost had his chance, but the champion, who was a captured Roman prisoner, was accidentally killed by his Roman would-be rescuers, by which we meant we drove him along on the battlefield with a bunch of other prisoners as human shields during which he was slaughtered by your side. Your pathetic army is destined for defeat, but even in that enfeebled mass there must be some strong warrior who's fit to fight in single combat with Hasan, the said champion in my army. Let us declare a week's truce, and allow our champions the opportunity to fight in front of a small select audience on the plains. You may attend if you wish; we are honorable people and will not attack you under trace.