Hector straightened. “Ah... Garovel wants to know about the Sandlords.”
<“What about them?”>
“What about them, Garovel?”
The reaper’s bony brow twisted. ‘Ask what they’re up to. We heard they were having trouble with Abolish before, so have there been any notable developments with that? Or any other problems, maybe?’
It took him a bit longer, but Hector relayed the reaper’s questions. More or less.
<“As far as I can tell, the Sandlords don’t like to discuss that type of thing openly,”> said Lynn. <“But the news has been a little odd.”>
<“Ah---um, I should preface this by saying that I had to ask someone to translate for me. The news is in Valgan, you know, so... just, don’t get mad at me if I got something wrong here, alright?”>
Hector blinked as he listened, feeling a sudden worry that his own awful speech patterns might be having some kind of negative effect on her. And without even thinking, he said, “I doubt I could ever get mad at you.”
There came a very long pause.
His eyes widened as he realized what had just come out of his mouth. He wanted to take it back, but he was too afraid to say anything else. When he looked at Garovel, the reaper’s hollow eye sockets had grown larger as well.
<“...Well, uh.”> It was her turn to clear her throat. <“I just thought the news seemed odd because there are a lot of mysterious reports going around. Freak industrial accidents. Disappearing pets. Brushfires. Even a rise in burglaries and murders.”>
Hector’s brow lowered. “Where have these things been happening?”
<“Zebul, Guldamere, Shara, Egas--all over eastern Sair.”>
“Hmm... Do they think it’s Abolish?”
<“I assume so, but who knows? This place has been so busy. It seems like the Sandlords have had to dispatch people to investigate a new problem every few hours.”>
“Huh. That’s... unsettling.”
“Maybe you should head back to Atreya soon...”
<“Ha. That’s not up to me, Hector. Why? Are you worried about us?”>
“Uh... well, yeah. These Rainlords and Sandlords... they’re no joke, Lynn. I’ve seen them fight with my own eyes, and they scare the hell out of me--way more than anyone we fought back home. So... I mean, anyone who thinks they can go up against these guys is either really stupid or really dangerous.”
<“I see. Well, I’m sure Prince Meriwether knows that, too, but I’ll tell him what you said.”>