Dear M. Kalhin

You are quite forgiven for your abrupt departure over lunch; while I’m not entirely certain what a ‘graduation’ is, I am sure your sister’s son (or brother’s son?) was in need of your presence, and a luncheon would definitely take second place to family obligations. Though I am indeed glad of your letter, as I was beginning to worry maybe the food was putting you off, or the temperature of the flat. I know it is a little warm by human standards.

How fascinating the city sounds, and so bustling. As much as I would love to see it it is probably best that I haven’t gone to do so myself. Streets and alleyways are no fit place for a dragon, whatever the size, especially when full of human folk. (The streets being full I mean, not the dragon. That sort of habit is generally discouraged nowadays.)

I have heard of the University there, though your mention of a graveyard confuses me. Is it a human habit now to bury the dead in a place of learning, rather than near a religious center? I should think the habit wise myself, though we do not bury our dead at all, unless use of fire is impractical or dangerous.

I am from the other side of the country, near the North-Western farthings and across the marshlands. A great majority of dragons prefer mountains of course, being fond of eyries and near access to the desert valleys that commonly hold the niter lodes. Dragon’s fire, as I am sure a man of alchemy such as yourself knows, must be produced with the aid of outside materials, namely niter and ash, which is not difficult to find and easy to chew. Our own sulphuric insides do the rest.

I myself am from a separate and smaller-bodied clan that live amongst the marshes; we are more fond of the water than most our kind and therefore are more often in contact with the other races. However, the recent movement of human settlements (and trade issues involving our precious niter, which is not as common outside the mountains and must be used to make black powder I believe) has forced many of us to find less politically tense climes.

The mention of a harbor does me good, perhaps I can be granted access to the river. It is difficult to be away from a Good Water for long, it makes my scales dry.

Give your flatmate my regards and sympathies!

The End

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