I hear Papa’s home – tell him I’m proud of him for not freaking out any more than he did about the guild initiation. It isn’t like he’s never been naked in public. I am a little disappointed, tho’; I’ve accumulated a lot of great blackmail material about Papa from his friends here in Abah’s Landing that I was looking forward to using if he decided to fuss. Turns out the crusty alchemist who makes Mother’s perfume is a delightful wealth of information about Papa’s younger days here. If you’re very nice, I’ll share some with you when I’m home next.
Jokes aside, I have some serious news. When I got Papa’s letter suggesting I spend more time in my clothes, doing work that needs to be done, I was already on my way to Rivenspire. Now I’ve spent some time there, and the situation is disgusting. Half the region’s nobility have been seduced by vampires, and the rest are vampires. I’m not impressed with King Emeric. Either he’s stupid or he’s corrupted, but he knows his nobles are leeches, and he thinks that’s okay. Molag Bal’s dropping planemeld anchors right and left, the bloodsuckers are his spawn, and Emeric is fine with them being in control of his people. He made me promise I would take no action; I have to keep my word. But tell Papa he should contact his hunter friends and direct them to Rivenspire – in force – things are worse than anyone realizes. Contacting the Vigilants is also a good idea.
I can’t speak much of the plan to address Molag Bal directly; that’s too dangerous to write down, even though our letters are reasonably secure. A plan is in play, however. The amulet will be found again, of that I have no doubt.
On an unrelated note – I’ve mentioned but didn’t really explain that I’ve joined a cross-alliance crafting consortium. I send them materials as I find them, and they make me custom armor in exchange. The racist Altmer who crafts my leathers recently summoned (yes, “summoned”, not “bought”) an amazing mount that she’s keeping in our community stable. She said I could ride it whenever she wasn’t using it. He’s difficult to describe, a huge cat composed of shadow and lightning – looks like something from a story about Azura. Just… unspeakably beautiful. He’s ridiculously flashy, tho’, and the boys in the Guild are giving me shit about being too memorable when the guards start asking questions, but I don’t even care. I can’t believe the elf’s okay with me riding him, but she doesn’t seem to care much about her possessions. Rich people, right? I asked his name and she said she hadn’t thought about it – I swear. I’m calling him Umbra.
Tell Mother I found a nice wooden lapdesk I’m having shipped to her, but what’s inside the desk’s secret compartment is for you. No hints on finding the drawer or accessing it – if you can’t figure it out, you don’t get the gift. No cheating and asking Papa for help, either.