Jade Regent (Derby)
My son, my heir. You know that I ave kept secrets from you. You were always a perceptive son, and while you may not understand my reasons for secrecy. I hope you realise it was necessary. Know that I was not angry with you for opening the warding box – I was angry with myself for withholding the truth from toy an forcing you to seek out what I should have given you. The words I spoke to you were from anger with myself and it shames me to think of them now. I write this note as an apology, and beg you to leave these secrets to history.
The next few days will be the most important I have faced in many years. If our family’s enemies have, as I hope, forgotten us, I shall reunite with you and your wife, and your mother and I shall reveal the truth to you. But if they still seek the contents of the warding box, I fear I may not speak to you again. The box holds our family’s greatest treasure, so I have returned it to Kortun’s care, and it shall remain hidden in the secret third vault under Brinewall castle – obscured from our enemies. I hope and prey I will not grant our foes the satisfaction of killing me themselves – if it comes to it, let my death, by my own hand, be my final act to protect you, so that our enemies believe our line has ended.
I have instructed Tsutamu to keep this letter from you, delivering it to you only should I fail to return as I hope to. If I can, I will reveal all to you myself. If I cannot, this final missive from a father to a son must suffice as an apology in place of an explanation, and you must destroy this letter, flee south, and never return to Brinewall. If our enemies find what I have hidden, there will be nothing here for you. If they do not, they will lie in wait forever for your return.
I hope yo see you again soon, my son. But my heart tells me I will not. I am very sorry to have failed you. But I am proud of you, and I know you will survive this old man’s shame. You are strong, and you must remain so. For if you are reading this and i am gone, know that our enemies will never stop searching for us, and that is why I cannot reveal the truth to you until I know there is no chance of them finding us again.
Sunday, 29 Desnus, 4687