然而，颐淑丹的统治却开始引发了塔冠城人民的不满。 She throws lavish feasts, reveling in excess, and allows food sent in by starving farmers for the soldiers on the Shattered Plains to simply rot away. She also cancels the Beggar's Feasts. This is perhaps due in part to her sycophantic 虔诚者s who simply tell her that she is always on the right path. However, one of the ardents assigned to her retinue, a young woman named Pai, refuses to look past the queen's flaws and performs an act of civil disobedience. She goes before the Common Throne of the People's Hall and inks the glyphs of the ten foolish attributes before the Throne, as well as a paragraph below each glyph, explaining how Aesudan exemplifies each of these traits, denouncing not only the queen but the government itself. Pai is executed, but Kholinar erupts in riots the next day.
According to Navani, Aesudan is politically competent, however she is not a terribly nice person. She acts like Navani makes her uncomfortable, and she also laughs at Dalinar Kholin when he is drunk during the treaty signing party. She is also incredibly out of touch with her people, living a life of excess while her people suffer. The cancelling of the Beggar's Feast exemplifies how little she cares for the common people. The throne easily has enough resources to continue the tradition, but Aesudan does not seem to care.
For some reason, Aesudan is under the impression that the Almighty is displeased with her. In order to gain his goodwill, she surrounds herself with many ardents, to whom she provides a vast array of luxuries: the finest foods, art, horseback riding, and leisure time. In return, the ardents promise her that living her life of wastefulness is the right thing to do, leading to an even greater disconnect between her and her people.