I send my kindest felicitations and blessings for you and your kin, and undertake with eagerness the pleasure of writing your honored self.
Much has happened since I last wrote. I have had a most peculiar meeting. When we were going through the city of Kalsgard to resupply, who should appear but Bastien-rao! He is much the same as ever, although it is strange that the council should grant him the dispensation to leave the city. Is everything well at home? (I ask, although you will not receive this message until it is safe to send such again. I am saving my father’s writing paper for emergencies only.) It is odd that he should appear so suddenly, having sent no word. He assured me that all was well, but even so…
Regardless, as he does not seem inclined to return home just yet, we invited him along with us on the caravan. It will be dangerous, but it is better than letting him get into trouble on his own.
We have not yet found Ulf-tzu, or the irksome Wodes, but we have made a most fortuitous discovery. We have found Ameiko-ren’s family sword! He is INTELLIGENT, and speaks! I have read of such things, but did not think to ever come across one. Sophie-tzu believed he was cursed, and attempted to throw him back down the well in which we found him, in spite of my efforts to explain matters to her. Finally, Tallus-tzu was forced to trick her into thinking that Nate-rao could remove the “curse,” and she therefore subsided. HONESTLY. Suisshen-tzu (for that is his name) will be accompanying us on the journey, although he has decided not to speak aloud in Sophie-tzu’s presence anymore. A wise decision, I think.
He is a fascinating weapon with many properties. It seems I will get the chance to study them further, as he has graciously granted me permission to wield him until I can return him to Ameiko-ren.
He also informed us that there is an oni in this place, a fearsome foe named Kiman-datsu. We must face such an individual before we leave, or she will no doubt continue to harry us. The assassins coming after us—he called them ninja—are hers, it would seem. No doubt it is they who are responsible for the fate of poor Luma-tzu.
We must finish our investigations quickly. The sooner we can see the back of Kalsgard, I feel, the better.
Until I write again, I remain,
Your devoted student,