The Jade Regent
My son, my heir. You know that I have kept secrets from you. You were always a perceptive son, and while you may not understand my reasons for secrecy, I hope you realize it was neccesary. Know that I was not angry with you for opening the warding box – I was angry with myself for withholding the truth from you and forcing you to seek out what I should have given to you. The words I spoke to you were from anger with myself and I am ashamed to think of them now. I write this note as an apology and to beg you to leave the secrets to history.
The next few days will be the most important I have faced in many years. If our families enemies have, as I hope, forgotten us, I shall reunite with you and your wife, and your mother and I will reveal the truth to you. But if the still seek the contents of the warding box I fear that I may not speak to you again. The box holds our families greatest treasure. So I have returned it to Kortuns care, and it shall remain hidden in the secret third vault under Brinewall Castle – obscured from our enemies, I hope and pray. I will not grant our foes tha satisfaction of killing me themselves – if it comes to it, let my death, by my own hand, be my final action to protect you, so that our enemies believe our line has ended.
I have instructed Tsutamu to keep this letter from you, delivering it to you only should I fail to return as I hope to. If I can I will reveal aal to you myself. If I cannot, this final missive from a father to a son must suffice as an apology instead of an explanation, and you must destroy this letter. Flee to the south and never return to Brinewall. If our enemies find what I have hidden, there will be nothing here for you. If they do not they will lie in wait for your return.
I hope to see you again soon my son. But my heart tells me I will not. I am sorry to have failed you. But I am proud of you, and I know you will survive this old man’s shame. You are strong and it must remain so. For if you are reading this and I am gone know that our ene,ies will never stop searching for us, and that is why I cannot reveal the truth to you until I know there is no chance of them finding us again.