To: Prince Whelan of the Realm of Waters
From: High Prince Altair
I am glad you enjoyed the gift. I cannot say why, but I thought of you when I happened to see it on display among the Fire Elf shops.
I am sorry it has taken so long to respond to your letter, but as you know, by now, we are once again at conflict with the Dark Elves from across the sea.
Their ships have raided several vessels traveling from the docks at the Realm of Night carrying goods to the outer realms of Avalon.
All of this was to fill requests made by the leaders of our various clans that were taken during the tour and now we must start all over again while simultaneously preparing to place more soldiers of the Night Guard on each ship.
I do not know how they always seem to know when the ships with the most bounty leave our docks. It is almost uncanny.
As you can imagine, my days have been filled with angry ship captains and angrier merchants whose supplies were destroyed in the raids.
Your letter was a welcome oasis in the chaos.
I intended to write you while we were visiting with the Plains Elves, but it was a very short visit. Queen Alhambra rarely asks for much and we were only there for one day.
Tell me, has the Prince of the Realm of Waters spent much time in the desert regions? You may find it strange, but I have never been. So much of ruling from the Throne of Night is seeing from afar rather than experiencing life in person.
The Plains Elves will be moving over the river from the grasslands soon and I find it fascinating.
What did you cross out in your last letter? I would very much like to know what you were thinking.
P.S. It is unnecessary to apologize for not saying thank you for a gift when your eyes and smile spoke so eloquently.