Dear mom and dad,
I know I've waited a bit too long to write, and I'm sorry if you've been worried. Everything seems to be going alright out here. We've made some decent friends and have some promising projects in the works. I'm pretty sure we'll have a new home of sorts set up by summer's end (for now we've been staying at Oleg's trading post. Good folk here) even though I get homesick from time to time. I try not to let it get to me or to the others - I'm sure they're just as hard up as I am with old memories coming to haunt them here and there.
Brother Jhod has been in to visit, and I think he's going to stay a while. I know it does Sister Xene a world of good to have him around, but you should see how much she's come into her own in the last few weeks. She's really inspiring in her prayers. I think I've felt closer to Erastil now more then I ever have before.
Lord Thierry is doing well, too. He's really done a great job of rallying up the locals and organizing our expedition. You'd be so proud of him. I have no doubt that he'll have this whole area whipped into shape in no time at all. He's a sharp leader, and he's got a really good head on his shoulders (despite my bad influence, I know).
Tamarie is like…she's like having brought one of the stones from the house itself with us. She's endlessly sturdy, enduring. And still corrects my grammar…I don't think I'll ever get out of that. She's managed to grasp the theory of magic now and can do things I never thought possible, and things I don't even know how to describe. Like she can throw light and color, and other things that are just plain beyond my kenning. I try to pretend like I get it, but god's honest truth, it baffles me how anyone can be that smart.
Dad - the horses are doing really fine. Caliber's made sure that there won't be lack of foals this year, with Salmoral and Sleipnirr. He'd have at Arion if I let him, but I'm worried that they're just a little too close, bloodwise. Any thoughts?
Mom - don't worry, between Sister Xene and Tamarie, I'm in good hands and in good health. There's a young lady here named Svetlana who is a real sweet girl. I think you'd want to adopt her if you could. I have to admit…she makes me wish that I were a bit more girlish sometimes, I just don't even know where I'd begin, or what the point would be anymore.
I hope you're both doing well. I miss you a lot and think of you often.