A letter penned from Anfyra to Chadara, to say what needed to be said.
I feel real bad about the way things went down in that cave, and I know it might now be my place to say something. Maybe I’ve said enough already. But if I’ve still got your ear, I have some things I’d like to write to you.
This moment that you’re at right now, this moment in your life, is very important. Breathe it in, feel it, and recognize it for what it is. But, also realize that how you choose to move past this moment and on to the next is even more important. Chadara, you don’t need your mother’s stories, title, or embellishments to be who you were born to be. You’re still young, I think, I can never tell with humans, but you’re already on your way to becoming an amazing woman. I don’t think I would have stuck around long if I didn’t see that in you. I see how everyone around you looks to you and relies on you, not because of something your mother might have done, but because of who you are. I’ll admit I didn’t really see it at first. You’re hot headed, stubborn, and downright bossy, and I thought maybe I had pissed Chadri off somehow, her sending me to you and all that. But then I saw that little scene in your office, and I started to see what the others had seen all along. Your compassion.
I remember back at the base we had a conversation and you told me what you were doing wasn’t about some fancy “hero” title, it was about saving people. I gotta say that made a great impression on me. In that moment you won more respect from me than most commanders I’ve been under, and I’ve been under more than a few in my days. You care so much about the people of this realm you were willing to follow some dragon cultists up here if it meant saving them. That’s not nothing. Even if it turned out your blood wasn’t the right blood, you still came here to do what needed to be done, because you felt it was the right thing to do.
That’s the stuff heroes are made of. They’re not made of the blood of someone else who’s done something great. They’re made of the compassion and the conviction to do what’s right in the face of everything. You have that in you Chadara. Katra, Bram, Autumn, they all see that. I see that now, too. So, Chadara, Hero of Hundlestone, when you move on to the next moment past this one, I hope you can see that in yourself.
Lady Anfyra Gaothard
Written by Soup