How can this -- Just gone? Just like Glashen, just -- deserted? Not a soul left, no signs of an exodus, no --
How can this be happening? The only option we had, and now it's gone. Like everything else in this entire -- how long before this comes on us? How long before Aelvir? How long before it moves on to Rayla, to the West, across the entire country? Even Eina couldn't possibly stand against this. It's not as though Tullia and Glashen were without their defenses. No fortress could be impregnable against -- against whatever this is.
There's no time.
Why did this -- What is this. Why is it happening? Why now? What in the world could be --
There isn't any time.
I'm going to be brief, because we need to move quickly.
Reports have come in from Tullia. They're the same as reports out of Glashen, saying it's been -- decimated. Not even that. That it's just -- deserted, completely abandoned, not as much as a soul remaining there. No signs of a battle. No signs of mass exodus. Just an empty city with not a single person to be found within its walls.
We're out of options, Symeon. I know it's farfetched, but we have to try what everyone else is talking about. You know as well as I do that we can't try for Aelvir, not with what Lancel has told us, and I don't dare take the girls into the warzone to the west. Much further than that, and it's too far to reasonably go.
We need to prepare ourselves, and we need to go. Quickly. I wish we could spare the girls from this any longer than we already have, but time is up. They'll need to know why we're leaving, and where we're going. However poorly they might take it.