Coming back

A little interlude from Athal in preparation for his return to Valdis. Leaving Solay behind was surprisingly difficult, and I’m glad I managed to sort of slip away, leaving Raith and my sister in charge. They’ve proved themselves enough! After Ayneth’s campaign to the upstream fort the Khas are well…

Erian’s last letter

Cora has been too busy to write in her notebook lately… she’s not only given birth to a daughter, but she’s also adopted baby Jeran and his self-appointed big sister Alaise from the orphanage in Veray. Here’s the last letter Alaise’s father wrote to his family from the war. In…

A note from Aine to Torin

Also, a note from Aine to Queen Raisse. Ravei Aine astin Brun, in Essle, to her brother Ravei Torin astin Brun Gods, I was sure you were dead, and it was quite a shock (though a pleasant one) to hear that you are not. Uznur, who by the way is…

Rava writes to her daughter the queen

The tone seems very restrained for someone who has just had her eldest son come back alive when she was practially sure he was dead, but she’s probably done all her gushing already. Ainei Rava to Ravei Raisse astin Brun, queen of Valdyas, in Valdis. Turenay, fourth week of Anshen…

Uznur’s second letter to Moyri

His first letter, which he’s referring to in this one, doesn’t seem to have arrived. Nadaram Uznur Ozman to his wife, Ysellei Moyri astin Rhydin. Essle, on the Feast of Dayati or Timoine My dearest, I would say with the great poet “The rose-bud of my heart hath opened and…

Athal writes to Raisse from Solay

He misses her so much, but he’s needed where he is. As Beguyan says, “there are lots of people who can fight, but only one who can do the king stuff”. Alysei Athal astin Velain, in Aumen Síth, to Ravei Raisse astin Brun, queen of Valdyas, in Valdis. Darling Raisse,…

Another letter from Aidan

He had intended to write in order for once, but first things had to be first. Alysei Aidan astin Velain to Alysei Athal astin Velain, king of Valdyas, either still in Solay or on his way home. Brother mine, Cora took me to Vurian just now –I realise I’d been…

Aidan writes to Athal

He was spirited away while unconscious. Not that he could have done any more fighting, even against doctor’s orders. Alysei Aidan astin Velain to Alysei Athal astin Velain, king of Valdyas, probably in Solay; otherwise please forward. Brother mine, I hope this reaches you in good order. Someone will know…

Cutting connections

Lots of events that Athal can’t tell because they happened literally behind his back (also behind a closed door, a courtyard or two and a stretch of ruined corridor with a small tree growing on it). Loose ends galore, but we ended the episode here anyway because tying them up…