Yelena was never kidnapped by Mogkan and has stayed in Sitia. And there are negotiations for a peace treaty between Ixia and Sitia going on. And that is all you need to know.


Dear Ixian Stranger,

We don't know each other at all, and that's what makes writing this letter so hard. I have no idea who you are, or what you do for a living. I don't know if you are male, female, old or young. The only reason that I am writing this is because I have to. No doubt you've heard about the treaty negotiations between Ixia and Sitia that led to this. Anonymous letter writing to hopefully improve the precarious circumstances between the two countries.

I don't know if this will work, but I'm willing to try. I won't tell you my name, or what clan I'm from. You know that I'm from Sitia and that will be the only fact that you can use to identify me. I love to eat sweet cakes and I have an abnormally low tolerance for alcohol, which poses a bit of trouble at times, especially at weddings when I have to toast the couple. I can climb trees fairly expertly and I'm pretty good at wielding the bow as a weapon.

I don't know what else to say. If the Commander and the Sitian Council expect us to talk about how to bridge our two countries together, this letter-writing business is going to be tedious. While I feel its important, it shouldn't appear in a letter to a stranger.

Tell me about yourself. And Ixia. Is it beautiful there? I've heard about mountains of snow so large that they challenged even the Emerald Mountains. Does it always snow? Is it always cold? I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

From A Sitian


Dear A Sitian,

Do you truly feel the need for all this secrecy? I won't tell you my name either, but that I am an Ixian man and that yes, we Ixians can fight when required. There's not much to say about myself other than the fact that I carve sculptures. I think of myself as an artist, even though it seems ludicrous, since I am who I am. My favourite weapon is either the knife or the dagger, depending on the situation. Whatever keeps me alive is fine to me.

Ixia is a beautiful place. It doesn't always snow, even in the far north. Sometimes it gets bitterly cold and I'm reminded of the time I used to live up in the extreme north, near the ice pack. Before you ask if I used to mine diamonds, no, I did not. I don't understand where all this misconception of diamonds only being found in the north came from. Our mountians, called the Soul Mountains are probably larger than the Emerald Mountains due to the accumulative snowfall. In fact, each year they probably grow at least 5 inches higher.

As for your low tolerance for alcohol, there is nothing I advise you to do besides telling you to stay away from it. Of course, that would have probably occured to you already so what I would do in your place is to surreptitiously exchange the glass of wine for a glass of peach juice and drink that instead. You may want to exchange the type of juice however, since peach juice looks nothing like wine.

This will probably be my last letter to you, since it seems that the negotiations between Ixia and Sitia have become increasingly strained. Don't be offended if I don't write again.

From V.

P.S. I won't give you my full name, but it takes to long to write An Ixian and I don't have time to continue writing.


Should I continue?