The Umayyad Emirs are here, Your Majesty. You know as well as I do that the Umayyads have many enemies. If Al-Waleed becomes Caliph, the Umayyads’ rule might come to an end. Al-Waleed might have crossed the line with his impudent merry-making, but remember that we pledged allegiance for him as Successor. Let me talk to him, maybe he’ll quit his impudence. The Caliph has already done that. He even put him in charge of the Pilgrimage season, but he didn’t quit. So, why would we keep him? I think we should depose him tonight before he incurs the doom of the Umayyads.
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If we depose Al-Waleed, we will lose the people’s partiality for us. A man like him deserves no loyalty. If you won’t depose him, I will. Money. Money, Ibn Maslam, unifies people of all colors. If we I become a ruler over the people, I will reinforce my influence on people’s minds, with the money Hisham had taken from them. I will give it back to them and get it back a while later. I will get it back after I eliminate the residual scars left by Hisham۔
And after… after I wipe away those images he put in people’s heads about a Successor who’s only good for the company of concubines, and drinking wine. You seem to be well-off. What makes you say that? What I see, and saying that you would hire me in your estates. I said “in the estates”, not my estates. So, whose estates are they and what do you have to do with them? I run these estates, hiring workers, managing their affairs, and reporting to their owner, and I’m paid for that. Who’s their owner then?