Dear Juan Vargus,
It has been a long day, and having to write that name in association with you to keep cover is almost maddening. Merely addressing it as such makes it difficult to think. While I am aware you have little problem with the situation due to the fairly luxurious lifestyle but it seemed there was not a minute after one mission ended that another began. I suppose I will merely have to hope and wait for a time we once more cross paths.
However, I have unfortunate news. It appears a conflict arose between Dinalogos and Rowan that has left us with one less Dog Catcher. A disagreement appears to have arisen as Dinalogos aided in seeing to it a young mage girl was allowed to escape hanging. Rowan present to see to it that she was sent to the rope. I suppose I question why people gather to witness such things. For some reason the person, this girl was someone that Rowan found impossible to see a second chance. While by law I agree yes perhaps she should have met fate, I question to what extreme this one girl deserved to be chased down. Was it a matter of pride to see the job ended? Or conflict of morals or even religious values. What made this one criminal different that we had to be certain she died.
Now we have lost Din. He filled Rowan with arrows, taking the girl and leaving. I know why to. It is my fault. I met Din years before, before the incident that created this path for me. I released Dinalogos from a prison where he confessed to serving a sentence for crimes someone else committed. I released him and told him make something more of his life. I knew not what he had done, or why he had done it, I placed faith he would be wise enough to change. I could not leave him, I could not kill him, so I let him go… and now it appears we have lost a comrade. Khador is a place in which while we all hold our beliefs, thing are often set aside to see the betterment of the whole, of our country, Khador. I had started to adopt this for the Dog Catchers but it appears that… it is impossible.
Beyond that I was contacted by Gates Industries that there had been a theft. As an investor, I took interest in such a matter. It appeared that a unique weapon was stolen, one capable of 10 rounds fired in a second, seizure grenades capable of hindering Warjacks, and technology that he could not quite describe to me. I have learned it is a very dangerous piece of experimental technology but as always I will get there with the story.
What we discovered is the thief was someone well connected. A child, Vascily, one of Gashunk’s boys was the result of the theft. Armored in Iron Fang armor with this flower like turbine (how bastian described it) on his armor enhancing his powers. Yet he claimed to hear voices telling him what to do. Controlling him. When I went to speak with him… he screamed and accused me of being one of them that had done it. My armor, Khadoran in style, upset him. I could not rationalize with him. Something that was… painful. Perhaps my own jealousies showed as it appeared once more Rowan stood with credit to solving all this. On top of all that had occurred, I remain angry, something I thought I had moved past and now hurt. Can I not be more than a weapon?
But the true notion of all this that has me sick is where the armor came from. Few know how to craft such fine and distinguished armor such as the Iron Fangs. Clearly some experimental branch has been working to transform such children. But I recalled a fact that has me truly… uncertain. Both my brothers serve as Iron Fang members. Kigir is always at the side of the Red General, yet Alexei I have been unable to track. That gem, as you recall, initially found had been a fake. One with initials L.R. that at the time meant nothing, but following our discovery in your manor, connects things. What if this all is further connected. We know Vargus paid off Durgas, the Winterguard as been intolerable in this military increase and lack of protection in the city. The guard were said to have backed off when this armed child came in. They would not fight. Either my countrymen have become true cowards under Durgas or orders were issued. I fear Alexei may be involved in this. A fact I have ignored too long after being unable to track his movements. Was not the sunburst gem something of great power in arcane mechanics? He was attached to that. This seems experimental enough…
Perhaps Uncle was right that the name of Makarov has little weight to it now and days.
However, against my own desire, I found it most beneficial to return the items so I would be put on the senior investors list. I informed gates that is likely his other senior investors or technicians, or even military officials hearing word of these experiments could have designed such a heist. From what I know is that it doesn’t appear to be a messy job. Whomever too it was likely already on the inside, but that is all I have for now.
My Uncle paid a visit. I will be taking out to Thornwood tomorrow to investigate the disappearance of my Uncle’s former men. Opportune time for me to investigate why the Wintergaurd is being sent to act more as a military force then localized authority now. Perhaps L.R is in contact with Durgas as well. It cannot be ruled out entirely I believe.
Do me a favor. Have a drink for me tonight. I cannot bring myself to touch alcohol in this state our of knowledge I will be reckless and probably cause issue. So one of us can enjoy ourselves tonight.
P.S. Juan is a terrible name for you. Kendrick or even Rogue suits you far better.