"Sire, we have word from General von Drednoz. He has captured the Sawmill itself and is now preparing to advance on the town . . . although he is opposed by a large force of Stollenian troops. Nevertheless, he has already sent wagons back loaded with the wood you requested and all of the key equipment from the sawmill."
"Wonderful! See to it that we send the fair Princess Antonia that 'special gift' I've had prepared."
"Do you mean the bejeweled 'Lobster Cookbook' and the 300 gallon kettle?"
"Very well, Your Majesty."
"Wait. Was there any news of von Krinkle's Battalion?"
"I fear so, Sire. It appears that they've defected to the enemy."
"Just so . . . well, I love it when a plan comes together."