Letter #18: Vitriol

Dear Maria,

Shaken by the peculiar customs these goblins hold and by the vile words spat at us by this Iglot fellow – though Adrik, our translator, took the brunt of them – we continued to ascend this great structure. Gudael and Leith questioned why we had not simply killed them?

I like not to speak of ill sentiments towards those I care for or like, but I had thought the noble race of elves were above the repulsive thoughts of those like our fathers; for it was a slim shred of mercy that spared my brother and I; yet those of ignorant and naïve obedience suffered for the ac