Raith’s letter to Athal

By now it’s restrained fury. Hallei Raith to Alysei Athal astin Velain, king of Valdyas, in Solay. Athal, You’ll know by now that Dushtan sent me off with the wounded while I was out, and you’ll have guessed that I was furious. On hindsight It’s all for the best, though.…

The Feast of Naigha

I got up in the middle of the night to write this because it haunted me so much that I couldn’t sleep (granted, sore throat and clogged sinuses made me sleep badly anyway). Also, caterwauling drunken carnival-goers gave me dreams of witches. Hallei Raith, in Kushesh, to Alysei Ayneth astin…

A trap!

Some people expected it to be a trap –even Raith did– but nobody expected it to be this. And not even I expected the other thing until I was on the bike the day after this session and thought about it. I think it was sparked by the GM saying…

An old-fashioned duel

It looked like another round of the waiting game… until things started happening. And of course when things start happening, they all happen at once. This letter was written with interruptions (marked with a <hr>). Hallei Lenye Raith, in the city that she now knows is called Kushesh, to Alysei…

A curse on the land

Ayneth’s letter and Athal must have travelled on separate ships after all, because it has arrived and he is nowhere in sight yet. (Also, the eclipse hasn’t arrived yet; I’ll correct the priestess’ estimate after the fact.) In the westernmost port before Solay, probably almost the Feast of Naigha Dearest,…

Ayneth’s letter to Raith

This letter, sent with King Athal’s ship, is wrapped around a package containing a small portrait painting and a heavy silver locket with a lock of thick red hair. Alysei Ayneth astin Velain, in Veray, to Hallei Lenye Raith, on her way to Solay. Dearest Raith, Your letters make me…

Marriages under the eighteen-fingered bush

This is part II of the letter from Dasht. A young woman came to see me: Tarin’s widow, though I don’t think they ever got married. “You’re of the–” she said, lacking a word, but she meant the Guild of Anshen. “What Tarin was of, too, and you’re going to…

Caught in a canyon

Raith thought she was shaken by the previous battle, but this one shook her still more. Some of the fighting details may be off, especially the order in which things happened, but I think the gist is there. This is Part I; Part II (much more cheerful) tomorrow or otherwise…

A hasty letter to the king

Written after the two letters to Ayneth and sent with the same ship. It should reach King Athal before he leaves Valdyas, but with the stormy weather we’ve been having lately it’s not entirely clear how long it will take to get to him. Jomhur, just after the feast of…

The waiting game

Lots of things happen, but no substantial fighting: the next bout of that, barring skirmishes, will probably be at the gates of Solay. This letter, and the previous, will probably arrive at some time, unless someone sinks the ship. Dearest Ayneth, If someone had told me that war is mostly…