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Letter from Home
February 10, AS LIII
Being 2019 of the Common Era

My Dear Cristina <>

I pray your journey is at an end and this missive finds you again at your
estates. I oft desire you to take wing as a bird and fly swiftly home so we
may bend the elbow and tell tales of our adventures.

Indeed, I am tardy in setting pen to parchment. Ever do intentions go awry,
as my fondest wish would have been to write this missive upon alighting
from my wagon and the end of my day’s journey last evening.

With Her Populace readying for war, our Ever Gracious Queen Catalina
<> looked around
and understood, seeing tempers flare and worry upon the faces. She called a
tournament of Artisans and Bards and Craftsfolk as a necessary diversion to
calm hearts!

There gathered in the Shire of Lost Moor
<> some 300 of the
folk from around Calontir <>.
Some to enter the Queen’s Tournament, some to judge Her entries, and some
to learn and teach.

So many innovations and so much skill and such incredible beauty were on

Some from our own Barony of the Lonely Tower brought their crafts as well.
Mine own brother William Radulfus
<>, who paints so
skillfully, brought his game boards. I made the hand signs for him
throughout the day so he could understand the spoken word. Also Wulfþryð
Maynes displayed a lovely hand sewn tunic she made for another. And Zafara
Baabur <> learned
wonderful needle work from the lands of Armenian and Croatia and showed her

Their Most Royal Majesties went through the rooms seeing every craft put on
view. Her Majesty spoke with every entrant, listening intently, and
providing a gift for each from Her Own Hand.

At the end of the day, Their Majesties held Court so each participant could
be recognized and given a token of appreciation.

Special recognition was given to Finán Mac Crimthainn
<> by the
judges. He made a wondrous blue pigment for the scribes to use. He made it
from rock!

The populace at large gave special recognition to Tessie of Cum on Iolair
<> for a wee
babys cradle she wove from wooden strips. Her babes are truly fortunate to
have such a talented mother.
And the Queen herself recognized Andromir Vukovic
<> for learning the
ancient way of making a Byzantine lamp to bring light to the darkness of

You know well the simplicity of the clothing I make. Yet, ever am I pleased
with the results, and brought the garb I recently completed for our good
friend Astrid Esbjornsdotter
<>. I shall have
to see the priest and confess my sin of pride, for many of our countryfolk
mentioned the quality of my workmanship.

The day was long and cold. I departed my estates ere the sun rose with my
breath cloudy in the air. When I returned t’was after the sun had set and
my breath still clouded the air.

I know not if it was from the evil passed hand to hand when the populace
gathers or if it is from the broth from the inn or all the delicacies I
tasted throughout the day or mayhaps a misalignment of the stars. During my
drive home, I could feel my humors were off. By the time I arrived back to
my home, I took to my bed straight away. Upon arising this morn I am little
better, though I pray my humors are balanced again soonest.

Nonetheless, glad I am knowing of our visit this coming week, and I trust
you are settling well back at your estates.

Until the appointed time, I remain ever your friend,

Nesscia <>
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