I’m so glad to see that you’ve returned! When Astrid arrived and told us the news about New Turath, I was terrified for you. I managed to get her alone and she told me all about your travels together. She also told me you started a fight with the Fu only days after getting your asses handed to you more than once. You’re an idiot, but I’m glad you’re still alive.
So I was promoted shortly after you left. I’d be more excited about it, but I’m a lot more excited about what Astrid has planned. It won’t be official until she takes regency or succeeds the throne, but she’s appointed me her Councilperson from the Guild! She isn’t keeping any of the old Councilmen, and they’re pretty upset over it, but what are they going to do? I feel a little bad for Cartographer Mitcher, since he’s been on the council for probably a hundred years, advising the throne, but it’s Astrid’s right to replace them.
As far as the ships are concerned, Astrid is convinced that it’s the Fu. She showed me the map you gave her, and I can’t say that I disagree with her. I thought they were just a legend, but they can’t be as powerful as the stories say. We’ve held off their ships so far. I’m afraid that something has to change, though, if we’re going to fend them off for good. Don’t let the general public know, for obvious reasons, but we’re starting to lose ground or… water, I guess. We’re losing more ships than we can afford and Astrid suspects that there will be a direct attack on the city within a week. A month if we’re very lucky.
Hey, so I might not be able to see you in person for a few days. Probably not until after the wedding. Until then, don’t believe any of the rumors, okay? People are saying things about me, but it’s probably just the Guild being mad that I made the counsel seat and their next pick didn’t. I’ve got something to tell you, but it’s not so urgent that I’m going to tell you in a letter. Just don’t believe everything you hear about a girl, okay?
Sorry it’s such a short letter, but I didn’t really have time to write this much. I just wanted to give you an idea of what’s up here in the Citadel before you go walking around hearing stories from people who are already scared and confused.