Journal of a Buoyant Armiger in Valenwood
20th of Midyear
I’m in shock. I can’t believe Fayrl would betray me like this. I don’t know what I ever did to warrant Fayrl’s blatant lies, even as far back as our first meeting in Coldharbour. Almost everything he has told me has been a lie.
I had just come back inside from another day of exploring the area around Elden Root. I’d lost my shirt due to a run in with some small, mischievous, but otherwise friendly mammals I don’t know the name of (I drew a picture of them at least, maybe someone can help me identify them) when I overheard Lillandril, the Altmer guide Fayrl has hired, chewing out a small Imperial woman for nearly giving away the presence of a secret menu of vegetables to a Bosmer client. Amazingly, the mer managed to keep on his stage persona the entire time, and didn’t even break when I started talking to him. I suppose he needs to remain in practice. I’m sure coming up with such a wide variety of insults is a difficult task. I would be impressed if I weren’t so upset by this new development with Fayrl.
I wasn’t able to get much information from the Altmer about how I could gain access to the secret menu, but the mer let slip some very interesting information in the meantime. Fayrl has a wife, Urtisa, with whom he is apparently estranged, and has a natural born son with her. I was surprised because he hadn’t mentioned her, so I prodded for more information, and what should come out but that Fayrl is actually a high ranking Indoril noble of the Indoril family proper! The mission on which he has been sent is actually some sort of diplomatic mission. His marriage to Qau-dar also seems to be in contention of some kind, which I can understand if he was unable to have his previous marriage annulled or dissolved. As he has a son with her, I can understand that much.
Finally, to top it all off, the guide hasn’t even been hired to take the party back to Morrowind, but to Skyrim instead! I don’t particularly want to go to Skyrim! Fayrl did promise that he was headed to Morrowind, but I’m beginning to have my doubts!
Of course, Fayrl had warned me about the Altmer’s notorious untrustworthiness. I suspected that he might be crafting an elaborate lie for me for some purpose beyond my comprehension, so instead of prematurely confronting Fayrl about something that might turn out to be a hoax, I went to find Fayrl’s manservant, Ulyn, instead.
It was difficult to get him to talk to me at first. That mer is as stuck up and rigid as any House mer I’ve ever seen, but I strongly implied that I already knew everything about the mission and Fayrl’s family and everything else that Lillandril had hinted at, and pretended to be trying to make friends with Ulyn for the duration of our travels together, and Ulyn eventually opened up.
As I feared, he confirmed everything that Lillandril had said. Fayrl does indeed have a wife and son, and is in fact from the Indoril family line, and of a significantly higher status than I had suspected, and the mission is in fact diplomatic. The only good piece of news I could garner is that Ulyn is under the impression that they are heading back to Morrowind, not Skyrim.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this information. I’ll confront Fayrl about it I suppose. I wish I knew more about what this mission they’re on is actually about. I think I will attempt to gather more information from Qau-dar about it first before I approach Fayrl.
What I don’t understand is why he decided to craft such an elaborate lie for me from day one. He said he was a travelling bard from a small village in Deshaan, and that he often sent money back home to his parents. Obviously none of that is true. If his parents are of the Indoril bloodline, they have no need for more money. I discovered that Fayrl is a prostitute, but I’m even beginning to doubt that. Why would a noble of the Indoril family line be a prostitute? Especially while on a diplomatic mission? Nothing about it makes any sense.
I really hope that Qau-dar has answers for me.