I send my kindest felicitations and blessings for you and your kin, and undertake with eagerness the pleasure of writing your honored self.
We have been continuing our investigation of the path upon which we have been set. We left in the morning to meet with the swamp witch. Sophie-tzu was still asleep, so we departed without her and left instructions for her to meet us. The home of the swamp witch appeared quite abandoned, and the others took that as license to simply force the door open and walk inside. Is that an accepted custom out here?
We encountered some very unpleasant rats in the process. I am ashamed to say that I did not achieve my best against them. A ratling—most likely the witch’s familiar—used a spell-ability (as far as I surmised) on me, and I ran. It gave me scant comfort that Tallus-tzu suffered the same effect. If I cannot control my own mind, I cannot hope to succeed. And in front of the others, too. Shalelu-rhes told me that as long as I learned something from the experience, it was not shameful. I know your honored self has made similar statements in the past.
In any event, we found the witch—or what remained of her. A spell she had attempted had clearly not gone as she would have wished it. We did find a map, however, which depicted two shipwrecks and a system of caves. We agreed that we would visit the shipwrecks first, and see what information we could glean from them. On the way, we found a river monster, and Sophie-tzu had me ride on her shoulders—which was rather childish, but also rather enjoyable.
The first was rather barren, but I copied the writing on the side of the ship to show Ameiko-ren. The second contained some skeletons, which came to life upon our approach! Nate-tzu took the name of this ship as well. When we returned to town, we asked Ameiko-ren to translate. She said the writing was Tien, and peculiarly, her family name was part of the ship’s name. She was unaware of any possible connection, but asked us to apprise her of any further information.
Everyone else was quite rambunctious later in the evening, and Nate-tzu set off fireworks. Tallus-tzu and I took tea on the roof. I believe we may be developing a rapport. He is even making an effort to learn proper speech and expressions!
Tomorrow, we shall be exploring the cave system. I have every hope that we will find some answers to this mystery that has confronted us, and advance my skills in the process. I have learned several new spells in my studies, and believe I finally understand now how to channel spells through one’s weapon. I am sure I shall have occasion to attempt it tomorrow.
Until we meet again, your respectful student,