1372 DR Eleasias 14
Elder Boyington Jzeravizcious Manuelo al’ Jankmonn
I send you salutations and greetings from Assur. I hope that this letter finds your house and my mother Marthasia Valenia Jankmonn healthy and happy. I imagine that the gardens of my childhood home are in full bloom by now, the divine scents of lavender, mint, and raspberry wafting anew across the verandas with each afternoon gust of seaborne wind. By the time this missive arrives on your desk, my newest sibling should have come into being. May you be blessed with another magician worthy of being your relative.
Assur is a most intriguing city, unlike any other I have encountered. The overpopulation here is incredible, the streets and parks overflowing with people day and night. This place was definitely not designed with such a number of persons. The housing situation surprised me the most, with only two places in the city of thousands with lodgings available, even those at a premium.
The only true advantage I have found to this plethora of persons would have to be the ready availability of stories, true or otherwise. A gold dwarf called Morrogin Steelaxe claimed lineage all the way back to Clangeddin Silverbeard himself, but he seriously undercut himself asserting only three generations of separation. Mayfair Antallus told of her times as a scullery wench aboard the pirate vessel Astuteness in the Sea of Fallen stars under a captain Morgan Rafael. My favorite tale thus far was the Hin barber Silvershear Wigglebottom singing his memoirs of tending to traveling nobility throughout the Shining Lands. His voice was truly magical.
The perfunctory duties you assigned me were fulfilled within hours of my arrival in Assur. I sent your greetings and word of the arrival of twelve crates of smoked haddock to Jonathan Alfredo Williamson first. He wishes me to convey his thanks to you, for both the quality goods as well as the nestled figures you sent for him. His gift of a packet of phosphorescent sulfur was most mesmerizing. If you ever visit Assur, I recommend that you take the time to see his koi ponds.
The remaining crates, 22 in number, were delivered to Marcus Vein at the Dareus Wares warehouse here in Assur. Manager Alton Bean signed and sealed a writ of receipt for the crates after inspection. All the requisite paperwork is included in this package for your perusal and filing.
With these two deliveries, I consider my primary duties complete. As luck would have it, my exploration into new trade venues and partners has stalled, as there is a vast shortage of supply of goods here at this time. There is scant little dependable information about what is preventing the arrival of goods, but the church of Lucha is hiring at a gangbuster pace. Any manner of adventuring capability seems to have a place in their current plans.
I chose to join up with a small group of warriors who needed expertise in The Way. We have been offered the opportunity to escort a small caravan to Lastar. The pay is marginal, but any spoils seem to be ours for the taking. I would rather stay here in town where someone else can tend to the daily mundane tasks, but I am out here to improve my lot in life.
When I return to Assur, the possibility exists that my funds allotted for my travels could be depleted. I ask that you send me further money for living expenses, as they are substantial at present. Rest assured, I can provide a full ledger of my expenditures upon my return home.
May your health remain high and your opportunities abound.
Your second son,
Mikaelus Alphonso Boyington von Jankmonn