(For those who wonder what I told Cerma, ruler of Garmeh sha Kavir met Dashtir, just before Kellyn graciously refilled the family cisterns)
Mother, it has been some time since I saw you last, and a great many changes in my life have happened since then, most for the better. Since we last spoke, I have been taken as a student by The Immortal, Mistress of Memory, who graciously trained me in how to truly prosper in the desert, and expanded my knowledge of a great many subjects.
In the course of our travels, we met a party of adventurers, who were wandering through the desert with great trouble, until we began to instruct them in how to survive there. Shortly thereafter, we encountered an enemy army armed with an evil artifact, and in fleeing from them, were magically sent across the desert.
Our method of arrival was said to portend the resolution of several evils of the desert, and in our travels, we ended a curse, restored water to parts of the desert, and began work to restore a mage to life. In the course of doing so, I undertook a quest at the Oasis of White Palm, to rescue their princess, Priestess of the White Palm. There were several conspiracies abound, and one of the culprits of a plot was the second son of the family whose eldest son she was betrothed to, the Sheik of that oasis.
We did rescue her, eventually, and then took her with us, to restore the Great Mage, Martek. Seeing her in such a state, I offered a large emerald and my support to help her restore her fortune and permit her to decide her fate, and how she would return to the Oasis, given the conspiracies centered on whom she would marry. On one occasion, while we were in battle, she got to me before Amit could, when my life was in danger, and claimed a debt because of it. We had spent time talking, the two of us being the only ones in the party she recognized as being noble, and determined at a point she wished to marry me. You know of my desires to travel, and she saw this as a way to marry into wealth and still have control over the household.
I did mention wealth, didn’t I? In my travels, I have acquired a Stargem, several emeralds, considerable amounts of platinum, and have made efforts to aid our family, by speaking with the House of Barak to the North of the Oasis of the White Palm, telling them of certain opportunities in the area, which they pledged to repay by sending information to you here. I also became a paladin of Ma’at, Goddess of Law and Order and Balance, who has healed me and protected me on several occasions, and who has been a steadfast ally to me and mine.
When we had succeeded in our quest, the Great Mage Martek offered us rewards for our service, as was proper. In my case, he offered me a method of healing for a grievous wound I had taken, when we investigating the prison where the Princess was held, in addition to the a method by which we may recreate the golden metals of ancient times, a lead at where I might find more information for another quest I have set myself, and Amit received a great power, having a magical sword broken and its power given to him to use as he saw fit.
My companions also received items of great value, and I mentioned to the princess that she should speak up, while she could, and she did so, asking for two things. The first was a magical stargem which would prevent the use of clerical power within a certain proximity to her, and the second was that Martek magically betroth she and I, as she had failed in all her attempts previous to cause me to take an action against propriety. This, after I offered her support unprompted, and released her without as much as a thank you in return. She was within her power to do so, but considering the value we received in our rewards, the fact that she requested magical binding for us, shows how much she truly wishes for this marriage to place, and how much she longs for a husband who may be long absent from the home.
I may be a second son, but I would argue, I am a loyal and successful one, having achieved a lifelong goal, and then turning it over to my family for their use when it is ready. She lives on the other side of the desert, which would put me in a position or aid our family with information from that locale should any arise, and remove me from any political manipulations for any who would use me against my brother.
The Oasis of the White Palm is a rich location, though it is not without its problems, having a corrupted Temple to a God of the Dead located beneath it, not to mention the illegal slave trade which took place there, and the machinations of the Sheik’s family, who thought more about their own position than the needs of the city itself.
When you negotiate with her, know she wants above all else to control her own fate, and that she would long for my absences which would leave her ruling in my name. I am willing to wander the land, returning regularly if it comes to that, else, I could pledge to stay less than two months a year, barring injury, so she may freely rest assured that she need not fear interruption.