Of course I remember you, Nim. Very happy to hear from you.
I’m going to say definitely don’t destroy the Guide. Yes, it’s part of the wall hiding you from the world, but it’s also the only way in, even though why it allows who it allows remains to be seen. As far as we know, destroying the Guide would be akin to you all going full Cask of Amontillado.
We’re working on alternatives and have the foundation of a plan, which I’ll update you on as soon as I can. We’re going to try and “source” the spell that hid you. Some of those here with sensitivities are certain that the corners were called to cast this spell, which means that residual purpose, intention, and origination will still be attached to those drawn elements, like Sullivan’s spell on Deirdre. I’m sorry I can’t give you better or more specific news, but please know that our focus is only on this problem. Strangely, the only reliable way to currently reach you is from the actual book that’s determining who can and can’t find you — the guild affinities. We all have to be careful and cautious with magiq now. One slip, one misspent spell, and it could all be over. I wanted to free magiq, but now we’re watching it circle the drain. It truly is darkest before dawn. Luckily, we’ll have lots of new help soon.
Alison and Port are days away from the sanctuary, and Martin is close to (begrudgingly) completing the 30 Day Spell. There are not many people I trust more than Martin, but it’s the only hard and fast rule of the sanctuary, so he’s on his own search for magiq to prove his intentions. From what I know, when the herald could still see into the dark, she became aware of people masquerading as or being controlled by other people, so even if we think we know someone, we have to be sure. Martin is doing this for you. He’s a good man.
The herald isn’t well. Her age, her power, it’s all taken a toll. But her granddaughter is here with her, and we hope her daughter will begin her search too before it’s too late. We’re all grateful for her presence and what she helped build, but also unsure about what we will be without her. She assures us that she isn’t what makes the sanctuary what it is… We never wanted a leader, but her guidance has been profound. Life-changing.
I promise I’ll be in touch soon. Trust in magiq.
P.S. What have you been up to since you disappeared? Did you sense something strange when it happened? Have you done your own research or memory-recall about the affinities? At this point, all information is helpful. I’m so happy to connect with you again, despite everything I felt before. None of that matters now. And it’s nice to not be speaking to you as a voice for the herald. Just Eaves.