a letter to the Nizus family, sent by pigeon and marked with a Stratos Tower scrying sigil
After Radicus 15-4
We regret to inform you of the loss of your son, Cajil. Your son has not been found after the brutal Orc ambush of the Ryeldar Outpost on our southeastern border with Embertalon. Your son was a strong, focused, and brave warrior. He provided great service to Cloud State and to all of Falcon Island as he assisted in rescue efforts. It has been two weeks since the Ryeldar massacre, and thus far it has been impossible to retake the Ryeldar Outpost. We can only assume that your son is being tortured, bound in slavery, or is dead.
The Orcs swarmed the Ryeldar Outpost from a tunnel system that opened under the barracks. Since then, our own scouts have examined this tunnel and discovered an underground prison under our own outpost, most likely built by dwarven deserters who have joined the Orcs. We do not know how long these tunnels have been under construction in our own lands. While most of our soldiers are accounted for among the bodies found in the cells, your son was not among them. We are making every effort to recover the Ryeldar Outpost, find our missing soldiers, and retaliate. Please accept the enclosed forty-five silver pieces as a symbol of my sorrow and my condolences.
May the gods be with you and your family,