Xoticus, One lunar cycle ago, you aided me in observing the formation of the ley lines – I must call upon you for help once more. As you know, the orb, which was entrusted to my care, has gone missing. There are two distinct possibilities for what has occurred; 1, the ritual in some way caused the orb to cease existing within our realm; or 2, the orb has been stolen. At this point, there is no reason to discount either possibility, but I do believe that we should focus our attentions to the latter. For if the former is of the truth, there is nothing to be done. If it is the case that the orb has been stolen we may yet be able to secure it. It is of the utmost importance that these orbs do not fall into the hands of the Orc mercenaries we have come to be burdened with. It is clear that they are working with a force outside their own kind. Because the rituals we have witnessed are beyond their capabilities, we must infer that there exists a force, some entity that is willing to unite with these orcs to bring chaos to this realm. I am a seeker of knowledge and I believe that these orbs contain great secrets of not only the realm we have found ourselves in, but of the innumerable outer realms, which we know nothing of. I have turned my attention previously to the study of tomes of ancient magic. Now I need your assistance. I want you to share with me your knowledge of the arcane, as you did once before. It is clear that I will require an understanding of warding magic. My studies have not revealed this to me, however, I know of the successful wards you have placed on sacred artifacts in the past. So you see we must meet. For the orbs. For ancient knowledge. For Osterra.