My very dear Ursula:
The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days – perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more.
Our movement may be one of a few days duration and full of pleasure – and it may be one of severe conflict and death to me. Not my will, but thine o Gods, be done. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly our civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Sandowine, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of its people. And I am willing – perfectly willing – to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain Sandowine, and to pay that debt.
Captain Beirit has been having the men form lines against the encroaching Calloway confederates which are forming around Timlivee. Any day now, this conflict will come to a boil. Our rations have been cut and the men grow weary with thoughts of death and loss. It is times like this that I think of the joy you and your friends have brought me during those years of friendship. Perhaps someday when this is over we can buy a plot of land near Sandowine and all live together. You, me, and your friends can all raise chickens on a farm which is free from the oppression of these enemies of the state. Give my best to Pak, Rayden, Pohdar, Loreen, and that little bag boy you always have around.
Tonight we are moving out towards the Moorlands to set up watch for the enemy. I do not know when I will write you again but I have been in contact with father. He is not pleased with my decision but knows it is mine to make. I do hope for the best fro brother who has been flirting with some dark magic as of recent. Perhaps I am the shining beacon for this family. Keep an eye out for him. He has been running around with a group called The Deacons who are some sort of traveling group of preachers and soothsayers.
With all of my heart,
Corporal Cornelius Alowishus Eagledawn
of the 21st Bear Brigade