Dearest, most Estimable Father,
I do hope this letter finds you well, and our family prosperous. I have been remiss in my communications and I must apologize profusely for that. Saffron Lily has proven to be very interesting, perhaps even more so than Port Calin. The betrothal, as I’m sure you are curious about, is progressing apace. I have high hopes that a happy marriage will result from this pairing; Princess Sahana and I have become quite close.
I’m sure you have heard of the spread of murders in Saffron Lily? Though I wish I could say they are exaggerated rumors, they are not. An Ancestor Cult was discovered by the Arbiters, one I was hosting no less, and a shugenja of House Akira was called forth. As I had taken it upon myself to see the common folk taken care of, (as you taught me: we are nothing without the people we rule, it is our duty to care for them in any way we can), I immediately offered my aid to the Arbiters and House Akira. In so doing however, I have placed myself unflinchingly in the face of Death.
Twice now my life has been threatened by the cult. The first time was accidental, as we believe their target to have been the Arbiter I was dining with. The second was after the cult leader had been destroyed, and a direct assault on my person, due to my luminous association with the situation. It was even almost successful, and I owe my life not only to Akira Gilded Lotus, but also to several others present at the time: Daisuki Zumi, Katoshi Yakamo, and Tamiyo Hitokuri. I am greatly aided also by a mortal thaumaturge and friend to Katoshi Yakamo: Kappa Chiyu.
I’m sure the list of notables provided above is enough to make you curious. I have taken it upon myself, in the addition to the investigation (wonder no more why I’ve been remiss), to make sure I meet every dignitary that visits this fair city. In that way, for now, I aid my soon-to-be Father-in-Law. Also, Daimyo Kuno has seen fit to entrust me with spearheading the efforts to end the rebellions in the villages to the North. Without doubt I will likely be enlisting those who have aided me thus far, as I am certain I will need their help.
I promise to be less forgetful of keeping you informed of my status from now on, Father.
With humblest gratitude,