There’s a bear in there.
My Lord. I have to request that you send more assistance in looking after your daughter. She continues to be reckless, wild, and unpredictable. She has come near death more times in the past few weeks than the entire time since she first formed the bond with me.
While on a mission for the local general to help find a princess, we were attacked by were-rats. I should have learnt from our first encounter in the sewers that it was no place to visit. We were rapidly surrounded and though all fought bravely, I was banished back to my home realm too quickly. Her companions proved quite resourceful and managed to save the day. Or so I’ve heard.
Something quite unexpected happened next. I don’t know how, but your daughter managed to join me in my home plane. I did not even know that this was possible! Her power is increasing greatly. I suppose it is to be expected since she is your offspring.
When we both returned to the material plane our companions had been busy. I have sketchy reports from them, but it turns out that this entire area is infested with shape shifters. We established a code phrase to ensure that we could at least trust each other, now we just have to remember to use it.
Staying at the house of Kaius, I thought it would be safe for Sofia. However some brutes came in and tried to slaughter the legate and all in his house in the middle of the night. Thankfully Shan was quick to act and the rat doctor Writ managed to keep your daughter alive. She was desperate to summon me and called a gorilla, a crocodile, elementals and more. Quite the menagerie. She did well, but when an unknown cleric appeared behind her with an axe she did the most sensible thing and tried to run. She was cut down as she fled by an honourless knife wielder. Luckily for that man Kaius killed him. He would not have enjoyed my rage when I had a chance to return to the plane. Rest assured, I have shown your daughter how to summon me quickly if the need ever arises. I will not be caught watching hopelessly again.
Kaius of course was upset about this home invasion. He sent us to ‘negotiate’ with the mercenaries to find out who had hired them. They were rather unwilling to come and things degraded quickly. With a mighty roar the leader of the hounds jumped up and took a swing at Gidi. That was his first and last mistake. Gidi showed a phenomenal display of power and with lightning arcing from his sword smote the barbarian and all that was left was a pair of smoking boots. There was a brief pause as everyone took this in. The mage of the group panicked and launched a fireball that did more harm to his own men than us, Shan deftly leapt from the impact zone while the rest took minor damage. Your daughter wisely was hiding behind the stairs. We made short work of the rest of the mercenaries. The mage tried to vanish and escape, but between my girth and Writs keen senses he didn’t have a chance.
Some further negotiations revealed that there was a plot to move have the princess smuggled out of the city via the Magnificent Menagerie. Sofia was quite excited by this prospect, but I fear the ongoing siege meant that the animals in that place had begun killing each other for food. It was not quite the super happy fun place she was hoping for.
We discovered an elf beast master with some gryphons saddled up and ready to fly. He mistook us for his fare and demanded the 5,000gp for the job. While Sofia distracted him by demanding for a sample ride, the rest of us decided it would be a good idea to take the mans place to meet those who would smuggle the princess away. Unfortunately our ruse was not as effective as we would have hoped and the elf released the gryphons. A short brutal fight ensued, Gidi once again showing his magical prowess with the rest of us tearing apart the mans gryphons. Once he was unconscious and out of the way, Shan took a potion to take his place and began to negotiate with some foppish noble. I was hidden away in the cage ready to make an appearance if necessary. I admit my hunger got the better of me and I started eating the remains of the gryphon. It might have been tasty, but I was revealed at a rather inopportune moment and I don’t think the princess likes me very much. No matter. My duty is to your daughter.
Upon hearing more footsteps coming and the sounds of angry lions, we decided it best to retreat. We were all near the limits of our endurance and were very glad that Kaius quickly appeared with his reinforcements. He was a little confused by the male elf who seemed to know him so well, but Shan quickly tried to reassure Kaius of her true identity.
We have the princess safe, I have your daughter safe….now we just need to get out of this doomed city….