Dear Aelise,

I reached the border between Esotre and Varishah yesterday. From here on, I am not sure that my letters will get to you. However, I will still try to write, just not as often. I suspect that I will not have any set place that I will rest at for prolonged periods.

A large river divides the border, where Sotran troops patrol nervously on one bank, and on the other, the rat-men are said to linger. I managed to accost a Sotran soldier on his break, and he informed me that the rat-men had formed a coastal settlement of sorts along the bank. The soldier warned me against approaching them, as the rat-men don’t take kindly to strangers. But I think I will risk it, and meanwhile, I will search for a suitable place to cross the river.


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