Gestaltist’s recent post in his conworld thread gave me the idea to post about my world from a different perspective.
Year 476, Cycle 12, Day 6
Academy of Ssae-O
I pray this missive finds you and Father in good health, and I hope that you forgive your unfilial son for failing to write for such a long time. I keep all your letters by my study desk, and I read them often.
I have been very much occupied with my studies and am now receiving tutelage directly from Grand Master Ul Ccul-Mae of the Faculty of Geometrics. Oh, how I revere him and his boundless knowledge! Too many are the wonders of the teachings of that great sage for me to recount here, Mother, but I am learning much about the nature of the orb we inhabit and the great Sea of Night it floats in.
However, I have better news still. I am both excited and honoured to tell you that I have been chosen to join an expedition to the vast Highlands! As you know, the discovery of the rift passages has revolutionised our understanding of the world in the last few decades, and it is imperative that the people of Ssae-O take a leading role in the exploration of the new lands. I shall be joining an envoy of the government of Ssae-O, including experts in all fields political, military and economic. Of course I am only a junior member of the expedition, but I will be one of two geometricians charged with using the very latest technology developed by Grand Master Ul Ccul-Mae to determine the spatial coordinates of the Highlands and other such information as may aid in our exploration in decades to become.
Nevertheless, as I write this, it saddens me to think that reading these lines may cause you anguish. We shall face many unknowns on this voyage, but do know that much work is being done gathering information from the Nz Naa traders that have explored and mapped the rifts. From them we have intelligence on the strange and savage people that inhabit the Great Plains of the Highlands, and the complexities of their customs, politics and religions, so very different from ours. Also know that I will be in the company of some of Ssae-O’s finest scholars, experts and military veterans.
If our expedition is successful, I will be rewarded handsomely. I may even get permission to give lectures at the Academy about our findings. I know it is vain of me, but I must confess that such prospects excite me greatly. I daresay I might be able to afford to invite you and Father to come live with me in the capital. The city has changed so much in the three decades since you had to flee, and it would be a cause of great happiness to me if I could reintroduce you to the city you told me so much about in childhood.
Please read this letter to Father and assure him that I have not been remiss in my studies. I know how hard he worked to offer me the opportunities that were denied him, and it would cause me great pain to disappoint him. I pray he may think of me with pride one day.
I shall write again once the date has been set for the expedition. In the meantime, please look after your health.
Your devoted son,