@Zells note: Major spoilers for main quest after the cut.
I have not wanted to write because I don’t like the news I have to share. When I wrote home last, I was helping King Fahara’jad deal with the rising dead in Alik’r. I did not mention my concern about who was causing the problem, but now I have to.
The local necromancer cult in Alik’r call themselves the Withered Hand, and they are ambitious. Worse, however – they have been emboldened by Imperial authority. The leader who moved in and stirred them to aggressive expansion was no less than Septima Tharn, Magus-General of the Seventh Legion, acting under the direct orders of Regent Clivia Tharn. I cannot express the disgust, anger, and betrayal I felt when I learned who was behind the sudden increase of necromancy in Alik’r. I did not want to say it until I knew it was true, but now I’m sure, and you and Papa must know how deep the corruption runs. No one can be trusted, and the Regency is compromised – the throne cannot stay in her hands; she is actively working to give Mundus over to Molag Bal.
There is a lot I haven’t told you, actually, and I’m sorry for that. When you’ve asked I have said letters are not a safe way to tell the story, but the truth is (again) that I was avoiding what needed to be said. And in any case, the secrets that did need to be kept are now known by my enemies, so there is no longer a point to keeping you and Papa in the dark about what I have been doing. Read more…