Tax time is coming up! But ancient Telvanni sorcerers don’t pay their taxes, unfortunately for Ragash gra-Shuzgub.
It is one of the more on-brand Telvanni anecdotes in the game, I think. Baladas Demnevanni does not recognize the legitimacy of Imperial rule, so he refuses to pay taxes to the Empire. And apparently any tax collector the Empire sends in to make him pay, he imprisons.
If you get the Legion quest to find out what happened to Ragash gra-Shuzgub, however, it *is* possible to convince Baladas to let her go. But I don’t think it is possible to convince him to finally pay his taxes. As he says, he’s been there long before the Empire arrived and he plans to still be there long after the Empire is gone!