Adelaide Jade Regent
The Snow Fox Fraternity
Luthien watched, open-mouthed, as Theibar and Ameiko turned to walk off into the forest. She was torn between following them secretly, and taking Ameiko’s advice and spending some time with Matsuro. She had dedicated her life to protecting the heir to the Kaijitsu family, and in doing that duty had done some questionable things and been involved in the deaths of so many people. Ameiko did have a point though, all of the companions were all scions and if Ameiko didn’t make it through, one of them would become the next emperor in waiting. Luthien had never really seen it from Ameiko’s perspective. The likelihood was that she would never return to Sandpoint, and if she did it was as an Empress, not the tavern owner and travelling bard she had once been.
Luthien decided to make a reminder for Ameiko and Sandru that amongst all the seriousness and death they had been adventurers again if just for a short while. She sourced some snow fox fur from Theibar and went into town to visit a sewing lady. She asked the woman to make a small insignia of a snow fox in silver thread and form the snow fox fur into small pouches. These would hold tiny quartz snow foxes, commissioned in secret from Kelda, good luck charms to remember their “adventure” while affected by the altitude sickness. Despite the disapproval of the other caravan members, Ameiko, Sandru and Luthien had had a wonderful time using all their wily ways to evade their friends.
The next morning when Ameiko woke, she found a small fox fur pouch next to her pillow. Curious, she upended the pouch to find the tiny snow fox statue. A letter also fell out:
Never forget that you are an adventurer at heart, and fun can be found even in the darkest days. Even in the clutches of madness, we survived. Friends will never leave each other behind.
Ameiko tied the tiny pouch to her belt and left the caravan. She noticed that Sandru also had one swinging from his belt, as did Luthien. To Ameiko’s surprise, Shalelu also had a small pouch cradled in her hand. She had been unaffected by the altitude sickness, so why did she have a pouch. Luthien had asked for one more to be made, a snow fox fur pouch containing a tiny quartz arrow. Ameiko sat down next to her friend and read the piece of parchment.
Thankyou for being willing to shoot your friends to save their lives. The ultimate protector.