I’m writing this to you on the back of a wagon heading for Elf country. I thought I would fill you in on our journey thus far.
After you left the prophecy with us, we spent some time deliberating over its meaning. That is, all of us except Loki, who had left a letter saying he had some business to take care of. Personally, I’m not sure whether I want to know what he was up to or not. Anyway, we eventually all agreed that it must refer to the dwarves. So we set out for Khuzdgathol.
Along the road we came across some old metal workings, some of which we pocketed. A little further along the way we met a tinker to whom these metal workings belonged and we, unfortunately, swindled him with his own wares. I didn’t feel too happy about it, but I said nothing as we continued to Fort Waystone.
Once we reached the fort, we figured there wasn’t enough time in the day to make it to Khuzdgathol and so booked a room at the inn and did some odd jobs around town. I personally went to the local temple to assist the healers. After dark, we returned to the inn and settled in for the night.
The next day we made it to Khudzgathol. As we pondered where to look for the Reliquary, I figured that since the Reliquary is very resistant to injury, we could ask the healers at the healing temples if any of the nobles’ children had never been brought in for healing, even if they had been involved in a pretty bad accident. The healers pointed us to Zinlaz, daughter of Bilin, who is a member of the opposition triumvirate.
We made our way to Bilin’s house, where I tried to pass us off as researchers from the Elven Archives. Despite my insistences and Caranmacilien’s illusions to trick them into believing we had an appointment, they were about us not being allowed in until we had declared support for one of the political parties. I’m not one to get involved in such things, but since we had no choice, we made our way to the city center to pick a party.
In the city center, there were dozens of stalls, all arguing either for the Incumbents or the opposition. After a while, Dimli chose to support the opposition while Cili and I chose to support the Incumbents. With our support confirmed, we made our way back to Bilin’s, where the head guard saw Dimli’s support for the opposition and let us in with no problem.
We were taken to Bilin’s office, where I again repeated our story about the archives. We talked to him for some time about himself and his daughter. Eventually, he explained that Zinlaz was on her way to elf country to campaign for him there. Having gotten all the useful information we could from him, we bid him good day and left the city. We made our way back to Fort Waystone, where we managed to book cheap passage to Ascalon by helping a merchant with his wares.
As I write this, we have not yet made it to Ascalon, but I believe that we will be there soon. I will send this letter to you when we arrive.