I send my kindest felicitations and blessings for you and your kin, and undertake with eagerness the pleasure of writing your honored self.
Our investigations, though previously seeming to advance, have suffered a setback. We made our way to the funeral boat of Nori Stone-eye, thinking to find the sword and our prospective guide there. Unfortunately, the only thing we found was another undead individual. It seems that Nori Stone-eye came alive again in death, and those with whom he was associated sought to end him by chaining him to his own funeral pyre. Such a thing, however, would not have made an end to him, as fire would not harm him nearly as much as others and he could swim perfectly well.
We were thus obliged to fight him in the lower deck of the boat, which was very cramped. Teak-tzu was the only one among us who could stand upright. He hurt myself, Teak-tzu, and Tallus-tzu quite badly. I still do not feel quite myself, although I received healing afterwards. I hope that I shall feel better in the morning. We finally managed to defeat him. Beneath the eyepatch he was wearing was a nacreous stone. Such an odd artifact…I retained it for further study.
Upon emerging to the upper deck, we discovered that our troubles were not at an end. We were beset by a group of individuals dressed in black, most likely representatives of the adversaries of whom we keep hearing. We defeated some, but before we could defeat them all, Sophie-tzu decided we needed to escape immediately and flung me into a boat. Most vexing. The fire on the ship was not spreading so quickly that we couldn’t have contained it if need be.
Regardless, we made our way back to town in the canoes of our erstwhile assailants with ill news for Uksahkka-tzu, Ulf-tzu’s associate. We attempted to meet her at the appointed place, a temple, but it was in the process of being attacked by an earth elemental! The gods clearly intended to test our skills today.
We rescued a priest of the temple from the elemental, and others who were not yet beyond our assistance. For some reason, Tallus-tzu grew concerned that this fight was too much for us and urged withdrawal, as did Nate-rao. Teak-tzu insisted on staying behind to continue to fight. I was thus presented with a quandary: a strategic retreat is not always a bad thing, but I was unconvinced it was necessary in this case. In any event, it would have been bad form to abandon Teak-tzu to fight the creature alone. I thus retreated out of the elemental’s reach, while still firing a scorching ray spell at it through a wand. Through our combined efforts, we were able to defeat it without further harm.
It remains to find Uksahkka-tzu. The earth elemental was clearly sent for the purpose of finding us, and so I feel responsible for the chaos it caused in this city…chaotic already though it may be. I hope that she has come to no harm, and that we may yet find Ulf-tzu and continue along our way before we draw too much attention.
Until then, I remain,
Your devoted student,