Unto Lady Catriona, Keeper
of Compacts, Mistress of the Eldest Oak Seneschal to the King of all Fair Folk, I, Hadassa Kalemsar, Mantleholder of Oakenshield
and emissary of the Mortal Races as decreed by Her Imperial Majesty Empress Astorea Gracchus send greetings.
We of the mortal folk
are honored by your presence. The Fair Folk inspire us to song and heroism. Their
feet enrich the ground and strengthen the crops. Their magic becomes part of this world and blesses us with increased energy.
In return, our bards and
minstrels sing the praises of the Fair Folk. Our stories enrich the Fair Folk
and our Dreams and Imagination give your people form and substance.
This mutual assistance
and honor between both parties has been codified in the Innismoor Treaty. We
will respect your ways in this town, refusing locks, placing libations for brownies, and eschewing Iron. In return you will bless us with strong crops, strong people, and strong magic.
I and my collegues in
the Order of Oakenshield, do have concern with one of the terms. Your compact
states that the Contest of the Seasons will be held in Innismor and there the changing of the courts shall be determined. While a certain amount of disruption will be held, it is my belief that the Talricks
can simply declare the days involved a holiday and minimize the disruption. It is our belief that suitable individuals can
be found in Innismor to represent the two courts.
Of greater concern is
your statement that Upon the day that the games are banned, great tragedy will befall Inismor.
Before the next turning of the seasons, the ground will crack, fire will flow like water, and all growing things will
die. Pronouncements like this sit ill with the Mortal folk and you would be ill
advised to hold your wishes over our heads in such a way.
Is it possible that some
rewording of this Doom could be effected? Or some means of escape? Every curse,
after all, by your Kings Decree, must be escapable. Must this one be so binding and absolute?
I look forward to making inroads to resolve what would otherwise surely be the makings of a rift between our people