Departure +46 days
We have been gone awhile now, and due to the time differences on the planes, Xillian suggested it was best to date my diary as departure + _____ so it reflects time for us as opposed to too much or too little time. I am still unsure how this letter will come to you, but have decided to start writing as I think of you in order to best handle my homesickness. We have set out on our quest to find Morla, an ancient being who can unlock many secrets to Raven’s past, including who and where is mother is. So far we have visited several planes in search, including the Realm of the Silver Mountains, the Deserts of Shattered Hopes and the Land of Crystal Towers all without success. We have discovered that some ancient enemy of his has been pursuing us, though we have very little information on this creature known to us only through divining as the G’Mork. Twice we have had near run-ins and felt its presence but as yet have not met it face to face. All has not been for neigh however as in the Land of the Crystal Towers we came across some information that is leading us towards the Outer Astral where the purple buffalo roam, apparently one who has recently seen Morla is there… I do not dare say names or exact places as I do not wish to give the G’Mork any details to our journey should it somehow intercept my missive.
I am learning much on our journeys, not only of the planes and some of the amazing and strange creatures who reside out here but also from my companions, Raven is ever the wondrous story teller and he knows a great many things. Though I fear for him, he cares so deeply that he becomes more reclusive with each false hope that is dashed only to reinvest fully as a new lead springs up. It is a wonder how anyones emotions could handle such turbulence, I marvel at his strength. Xillian has also been a grand mentor, you would like him mother, he is steady and stable with his thoughts, he is well read and very deep, but holds our course well and is a wise a balanced counselor to the Everlast. Also Uncle Fin has been teaching me much, he calls it “Uncle Finnegan’s School of Not Getting Dead” and he takes it very seriously, his outward humor is a mask to a very careful man, he goes nowhere without understanding why he is going, and how he will escape should he need to, a few times these delays have vexed our party, and yet at least on one occasion it has also aided us greatly. Uncle Fin often acknowledges of the importance of history and it’s study, but is ever reminding me that history is not trying to kill me, the present is, and that it is best to keep your mind firmly lodged there. I miss You and Yolonda so much, and it often saddens me in the evening that I am so far away, I also miss Prometheus and his singing, heck, sometimes I even miss my honor guard and their stomping around, but I would not trade these lessons and experiences, I feel the longer we search that our mission is truly of great import and that many lives could be saved should we prove successful, though how as yet I am unsure. I only wish that I was less of a burden to my companions. I often find them incredibly skilled, not only in combat, but in knowledge’s of the arcane arts, the divine, the planes, philosophy, history, anatomy and healing; sometimes I wonder what possible use I could have to them. I am slower then all of them and tend to eat more rations and require more sleep then any two of them combined. Raven says that my perspective is unique and provides insights that the others can’t see, but I feel like I am yet to contribute there. Uncle Fin says that they represent the past, and that a Hero of the next age should be present for such a quest. Xillian often muses that I am a creature of fate, and that only time will tell whose quest this truly is, Raven’s or mine, and that it would be fool hearty not to have me. I appreciate their words, though wish I could do something more less metaphorical to help.
I do hope you are well, and that things proceed well for fathers return. I am sure Yolonda has been battling hard, I would be surprised if she hadn’t reached the rank of Captain by now, I know she will be a great help to you on the war front. Please give my best to Alana and Eir, and let them know I hope to visit soon upon my return.
Soshana Sudari Giant-Slayer