To: The honourable King Skarl, Regent of Meridell.
From: King Hagan, ruler of Brightvale
It has been some time since we’ve spoken. In fact, I rather think it has been years. I was, therefore, surprised to receive your gift last week. How kind of you to remember my birthday, even though you always said that it was the worst day of your life.
I have to confess, even in a kingdom devoted to the pursuit of knowledge, my wisest advisors and I have had some difficulty deciphering what the gift IS. I understand that it is oval, like a Draik’s egg, and black, like the deepest night, but I see no way to open it and confess that I am at a loss as to what it does. Perhaps we could have tea and you could enlighten me?
To: That other kingdom
From: Skarl, the mighty and magnificent.
How stunned I am to hear that the King of a land that speaks of its own wisdom is unable to work out the function of my humble little present! I would have thought your wise advisors had it sorted in seconds! I suppose fortune doesn’t always favour the wise, even if mother and father certainly did.
I did want to comment, while I write this, that I notice that SOMEONE seems to have moved the pebbled path that defines the borders between our two realms exactly three feet to the left, giving Brightvale more room. I don’t wish to cast accusations on your people, of course, but may I suggest you find a way to fix this? I would hate anything unfortunate to result from this aggressive action!
Perhaps, if you can’t work out what my gift does, there IS someone who could tell you. Might I suggest…
Date: Jun 27th
... a certain professor by the name of Professor Lambert whom you may find to be of help. However, I must warn you beforehand that he wishes something in return for his involvement. What he wishes for, I will leave it to you and your team of scholars to figure out, although I should think that the answer is rather obvious.
I sincerely hope this tiny dispute between the both of our lands will end as soon as possible, for I do not want something bad such as a war to ensue from a such a trivial matter.
To: The reputable Professor Lambert, leader of the Seekers.
From: King Hagan, ruler of Brightvale.
Dear Prof. Lambert,
Firstly, let me introduce myself. My name is Hagan and I am the ruler of the land of Brightvale. I am absolutely delighted to make your acquaintance.
Regarding the purpose of this letter, I am writing to you as I am baffled over a certain object that my dear brother, King Skarl of Meridell, has so kindly gifted to me for my birthday. It remains to me a complete mystery even after much discussion with my advisors about what the object that is now in my possession holds. My brother had suggested that I seek your assistance in deciphering the puzzle of the gift.
It would be marvelous if you could come over to my palace for some lighthearted discussion over tea. I have also heard that you are currently very keen on the subject of the Obelisk situated in Tyrannia. Perhaps I could enlighten you with information regarding the site, for I do own several books on it.
I am looking forward to your reply.
"This is interesting."
The sound of parchment crinkling as it was unrolled and the soft dip of the feather pen soaking into the dark black ink echoed in the eerily quiet room.
To: Your Majesty, King Hagan of Brightvale.
From: Prof. Lambert, an inquisitive member of the Seekers.
Dear Your Majesty King Hagan,
It is a pleasure to receive your letter. This gift of yours has piqued my interest. Therefore, I will gladly accept your invitation. Please do let me know the date and time of the said meeting.
However, I must first mention that I do have one condition for this meeting. That is...
Date: Jun 27th
...a matter with the Thieves Guild. For you see, during a recent skirmish with them in our attempts to study the Obelisk in Tyrannia, one of their number made off with my prized umbrella. Now, it doesn't have much value to it, but it was a gift from my niece and it has a great deal of sentimental value.
I understand that one of your former soldiers, a Kougra named Brynneth, or Brynn for short, is currently working with a former Thieves Guild member under orders from Queen Fyora. I imagine even if he is a former member, he would be able to return my prized umbrella in a most punctual and practical manner.
I look forward to hearing the good news, and I will make my way back to Brightvale as soon as it is back in my possession.
With great knowledge,
"Oh dear...." King Hagan said after finishing the letter, "Well, I suppose there is nothing else I can do."
Once more, King Hagan began a letter.
To: The Noble and Wise Queen Fyora
From: King Hagan, Ruler of Brightvale.
Dearest Queen Fyora,
Allow me to begin by stating that I hope that the repairs of Faerieland are going well. The sooner that your home can return to the sky, the better Neopia shall be for it.
However, I do not write you simply to wish you well. As it stands, I have a request for you. To make a long story short, I have come into possession, thanks to a birthday gift from my brother, a mysterious object. In order for it to get the study it requires, I must ask to have Captain Brynn and her partner for a short while. A small matter with the Thieves Guild has come up, and it is believed that they would be best to solve it.
It would mean a great deal to myself, my kingdom, and all that desire knowledge if they could return to Brightvale post-haste.
With best regards,
To: Your Majesty, King Hagan of Brightvale
From: Queen Fyora, ruler of Faerieland.
Dearest King Hagan.
It would be my honor to assist you in the pursuit of knowledge in any way that I could. However, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that at this time, I am unable to send either Captain Brynneth or Hanso, formerly of the Thieves Guild.
However, if there is an issue with the Thieves Guild, I suggest speaking to the 'power behind the throne' as the saying goes...
Date: Jun 28th