By special request… a “bonus” glitch:
First of all, let’s look at those commas… or rather, the lack of commas where they’re needed.
Even without alas in the first sentence, you’d need a comma after upon us because the sentence is compound. However, alas is an interrupter, so you need to set it off from the rest of the sentence. You don’t need a comma immediately following a conjunction if the next word is an interrupter, but you can use one there if you want.
Spring is nearly upon us, and alas, taxes are due.
Now, to address the homophone glitch, I will first quote a brief poem by Robert Frost:
But outer Space,
At least this far,
For all the fuss
Of the populace
Stays more popular
Populous means containing a lot of people. Populace means the people. And we wouldn’t have these mix-ups as often if the people would, y’know, pronounce words clearly instead of mushing all short vowels into the same sound.
Defender should not be capitalized in most writing, but since the goal was to create a pseudo-Medieval/Renaissance feel to the whole passage from which I’ve borrowed only a couple of sentences, capitalizing the occasional important common noun sort of makes sense, since they did that “in period.”
Spring is nearly upon us, and alas, taxes are due. As the populace grows, so does the need for a Defender.