My dearest of dear friends,
I dearly hope that this letter never falls into your hands, and that this is merely my own sense of paranoia after all that has happened, but I entrusted this letter to Alnis should something happen to me that cannot be explained rationally.
It is the afternoon of Winterdusk the 9th, and the lady of the Earthen courts has excused herself for a moment whilst examining my drake for the phenomenon that seems to link him and I to the Earthen courts. I take this opportunity to note my consternation, should one of you acquire my possessions later because something… unknown or unbecoming has happened to me.
Ned, Cayden, something is wrong. I don’t know what yet, but today is when it started. I don’t want to alarm you, so I won’t tell you in person, at least not for now. If you already know by now, well, I’m sorry you had to read this here instead of hear it from my own lips, but. I think I found someone we’ve bet before. WELL before, if you catch my meaning. Something cries out, audible to myself and to my drake, roaring in anguish and frustration, tied to the appearance of the grand acolyte of the earthen courts. She was mentioned in the reports I commissioned from the Keepers, and she in turn received my inquiries. It doesn’t seem a coincidence.
Doubly so the fact that I began weeping not long after meeting her. Not consciously, no. It was brought to my attention by others before I even felt the tears upon my face. And the psychic cry that lingers when I touch the bond with my drake – I can’t believe this is an accident. This could be fate or it could be something worse. I trust the two of you to save me if I, in my arrogant foolishness, press into some manner of trap. This… it terrifies me. I know, I know, I am easily scared, but you know I am not as given to paranoia as Cayden, and this unlikely coincidence is the first that targets me directly in a way I do not understand.
Perhaps this is paranoia after all the ills that have befallen us because of previous connections. Perhaps I am blind to the past, or confused because of it. But I have to note this here, lest you think ill of me if… if the worst happens.
You two are and will always be my closest friends, my bosom companions. Should my actions ever belie this, please, know that what has happened was not what I wanted, and that it began today.
Yours, despite all circumstance and happenstance,
(Written on the outside of the envelope)
Alnis, please safeguard this letter, and deliver this to Ned and Cayden in six months unless I mention it again beforehand. I suspect something is amiss, but cannot determine its cause unless I investigate further, and doing so may place me at risk. I rely upon you, most steadfast of counselors, to do this favor for me. I am in your debt. (a much more modest personal mark than his usual flamboyant signature adorns the seal)