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It's not much of a story, really, because I'm terrible at plot and dialogue. But it tells what, in my mind, eventually happened to Sevi Meryasek, Wayfinder, Protector of Rachenza, Priestess of Tamalasque, Guardian of Watersong.



March 27, y.p. 634

To the Collegium Historians of Rachenza,

I have received your letter saying that you were looking for information about the later years of some of the Protectors of Rachenza that you had lost touch with, including my aunt Sevi. I'm happy to tell you what I know.

I first met Aunt Sevi when I was a teenager, a few years after the restoration of Rachenza and the cure of Queen Vanneth. My dad (Jory) said it was the first time she'd been back home in years. She seemed glad to be here, though I think she was a little uncomfortable too. She and I became close after she found out I was a Wayfinder. She taught me a lot, though I don't have her knack for it. (I don't know if anyone does!) After that visit, she would come through Gwent every six months or so, whenever her travels and Tamalasque would let her. Sometimes we'd go a couple of years without seeing her, but she wrote letters. She made sure she came to my wedding, and gave her own talisman to my daughter when she was born. She was always trying to get me to become a follower of Tamalasque. While I have a lot of respect for the Lady of the Ways and Roads (as my aunt always called her), I never felt the same calling to her that Aunt Sevi did.

She went just about everywhere in Arden at one time or another (plus trips to Ramalthy and Doma now and again, too, I think), helping find people who'd gotten lost. That was her passion. She always said, "I've been given a gift. I'd better use it." She took a broad view of "lost," and was always willing to offer advice to people who'd lost their way in life, not just their physical path. But she did a lot of the latter, too. Her faith in Tamalasque never wavered, and she was never afraid to just set off somewhere, confident that she'd find whatever it was she was supposed to find, whether she knew what it was or not. I know she was especially happy when her travels took her back to Watersong. If Watersong ever needed her, she would be off immediately. I hope I can visit it someday. It sounds like a wonderful place.

She never talked much about what she herself did as a Protector, but she was always happy to tell tales of what other people did. She did say that she thought her time in Rachenza was some of the best and most important time of her life, and the friends she made there were always important to her later. Whenever she could, she'd visit Rachenza and see how things were there. The ones she talked about most were Jackard, Samarra, Valena, and Tlena, but she would also regale me with stories of Selara's latest aquamantic projects and the latest adventures of the Duke and Duchess's traveling court. I know she periodically gave guest lectures on Wayfinding at the Collegium and at some school for younger kids in Rachenza, but she would never agree to any permanent position there. Travel was too much a part of her to really settle anywhere, I think.

The one thing she did talk about was the creation of the Way of Redemption. She downplayed her part in it -- I don't know how accurately -- but she said it was the one thing she was most proud of participating in.

I said above that her passion was helping people who were lost. That passion grew with time, and focused especially on the strange gift she had for helping Waytharn. Now, I don't want to speak ill of her. I loved her. But I have to say, I think it became something of an obsession with her. She told me once about the time in Doma when the Ways were in flux and the Waytharn were too strong for her to help. I think that's the only time I ever saw my aunt in tears. She was so determined to use the gifts she had (the blessings of Tamalasque, she'd call them) that she couldn't bear to let any of the Tharn stay lost. I was in the Ways with her once when we encountered a particularly old Waytharn. I've never seen anyone work so hard at anything as she did that day, desperately trying to convince him to let her help him. She just couldn't let it go.

And in the end, she wouldn't let it go. Over time, she became convinced that what Tamalasque wanted her to do was to go into the Ways and stay there, helping the Waytharn to the exclusion of all else. Now, I'm not one to judge whether she was right about it being Tamalasque's wishes or not. But she came to Gwent for one last visit about two years ago, some twenty years or so after the restoration of Rachenza. I tried to talk her out of her plan. I mean, even my aunt, with all her gifts, can't have been immune to Waytaint. (Could she?) It seemed like such a bad idea. She, who had spent her life helping lost people, would be lost herself. My father had passed away a few years earlier, and I didn't want to lose my aunt, too.

But she was determined. I stood there as she opened a Way, and, with one last wave, turned and walked into it. I watched for a long time, until the Way finally closed, but she never came back out.

As far as I know, nobody has seen her since. Once in a while, when I'm in the Ways, I've thought I caught a glimpse of her, watching me. But I expect that's just my mind playing tricks on me.

I hope this information is helpful to you in your history. Though she didn't talk too much about it, I know she was very proud of having helped save Rachenza, and save Queen Vanneth. And I am proud to be related to her.

Sincerely,

Kerra (Meryasek) Trehearn
Scout for the Mist Wardens of Gwent
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