(this letter is sealed with wax embossed with Count Ector’s personal seal)
My loyal scouts, and dear friends,
This missive finds me
journeying back to Vindolanda by the central road. I regret that the urgent
affairs of the past month do not grant me the time to thank you properly for your recent
efforts. The reports you have filed offer more information than I have had in a
year…nay, longer. Your courage and tenacity in the
I regret that I must attend to some very weighty matters shortly, and can not spend more time expressing my gratitude. For there is another task I request of you. It is, if anything, more dangerous than your first, and more critical for the security and safety of my people. You have all shown yourselves to be true Yrken, so I know that the oaths you took those weeks ago will be honored, and I may reveal this to you without fear of unfortunate rumors developing.
The Lord Protector has authorized me to send you covertly to Vagnicae. There you shall ascertain the condition of the Citadel, and seek to extract the Treasury of House Bainne. In his wisdom, the Protector has granted me all rights to that in payment for the depradations of the Duke’s House against mine. All that needs be done is to recover it safely to Vindolanda. With these funds, I will be able to train and equip new soldiers to defend the Troos border…indeed, perhaps enough to curb the Duke once and for all time.
I am sure my words seem cavalier, pray do not think so. I am well aware that I ask you to go through deadly danger to the very place that Eldren landed those years ago. In that time, no scout has ever come within sight of the city, and only your comrade Seanee has ever returned. For such risk, I offer you much beyond the rewards of service. For such bravery, your names will written among the ranks of Yrken heroes should you succeed.
And now I must conclude,
for time is pressing. I have sent one of my craftiest commanders, Taggart, with
galleys and sufficient men to bring you safely to the vicinity of Vagnicae. He
should arrive in
Finally, the Protector
has asked me to convey his admiration for your exploits, and to give you the benefit
of his wisdom. He forcefully re-iterates the penalty for stirring that hive of
vileness, Caer Eldren, but congratulates you on the audacity shown in retaking
May Ambrose’s light bless you and keep you…may the Star of the Morning always guide you in your travels. I am, respectfully and thankfully, your Count.