"Well, what most of the world calls 'Healing Magic' we hold as the direct intercession of Inera in events. The Goddess' ultimate enemy is Death itself, and so she offers healing to certain individuals whose faith in her is strong. That we have maintained this access to healing even since the alleged death of Inera is why we in Pontus have never accepted that she was gone. What dead goddess could intercede in the favor of her followers? I admit there is more to say, but it'd be better if I said that later."
Interesting. While there was definitely more to learn about the root of healing magic and the craft itself, this was a good enough start. She'd have to take notes. ...a mental note should do just as well. Healing magic comes from the Pontics' faith in Inera, and because they can still use it, they believe she isn't dead.
"Good morrow. The chieftain has been informed of your presence, and will meet you after breakfast."
Breakfast in quesiton was a simple dish, but not one Azar was entirely used to regardless. After everyone had eaten, everyone - meaning both the group Azar had been with, and the one that got separated from the rest of the party - was brought to meet with the fox chieftain himself. Seemed he hadn't been taking this troubled times as gracefully as a leader should have, based on his earlier apology during breakfast.
"I am deeply sorry for the misunderstanding we had before. We had thought you kidnappers, bandits who sought to steal my daughter away for slavery or some other such dreadfulness. This, compounded with the fact that we have had bad experiences with bandits as of late, well, we decided we would interrogate you and then give you a swift end. However, we were mistaken, realizing our error soon after your friends' capture. I give you my word they have not been harmed by us. Therefore, you are all free to leave, and may go with our blessings."
"I am grateful for my sister's safe return. However, before we leave, I have one last question. The frog tribe believe a fox responsible for the death of one of their own. I would have you answer this."
"They speak nonsense! We are not responsible for his death, despite what they will tell you. If we are to point fingers, then I will make note of the fact that we still do not know who stole our sacred treasure, and that it is quite likely that they are the perpetrators, and are accusing us of this to cover their own tracks."
"Both Glenn and Shiro reported that they saw a large white fox Protean standing over the body of Sir Cyrus."
"Impossible! Sienna is the only white fox alive, the first one to be born since the last century."
"I'm sure Catriona didn't mean any harm; she's just concerned."
"The frogs attest that a white fox was the one who murdered their kinsman. However, we have not heard your side. If you have any knowledge of that night, then that would be greatly appreciated."
"There is nothing to say That night, the second night of the harvest moon, or September as you humans prefer to call it, we had our own problems to deal with. The theft of Inari's Beads, our sacred treasure. I do not know where you were during that time, but I doubt it was here, and Sienna being the only white fox in a century, there is little chance of the murderer being one of us. More likely the frogs are accusing us to cover their own guilt, or. They mistook the murderer for one of us. There are any number of white beings in this world, such as the-- Well, that is neither here nor there. Either way, it is impossible that it is a white fox, and that is that."
But if they specified a white fox, but Sienna's the only white fox and she's clearly not the killer... either somebody's lying, or our killer's a fake. Azar didn't have much more time to think about the situation before it got a whole lot worse. It seemed the fox village was under attack, and the group went to investigate. Some frog protean with a sword. Azar couldn't bother to remember the name.
"Sir Glenn, I'm sorry that our failure to return caused such an issue. We haven't been captured, we stayed willingly as a show of good faith, and our friends are alright too. Shiro shouldn't be too far behind us. Chieftan, I'd say it's time someone tells you why it's so important that we know who or what was mistaken for a white fox. In Ithome, there was a murder committed by something that was close enough to a giant white fox that we had to defend your daughter in court. Since she's walkin' free, you can guess how that ended up. However, that also kept us in Ithome much longer than we expected to be. Whoever committed the murder also stole scrolls about the Great Dragon, specifically its location, and kept us from quickly finding it. Now, when we entered this forest we were attacked by bandiți, and without the Pelinna Patrol we'd probably be dead. Now, these bandiți also kept us here longer than we meant to stay. So this White Fox, or impersonator, delayed us, and the bandiți delayed us, and now we've been delayed by getting caught up in this feud between your tribes. So, I think this 'White Fox' person, and the bandiți are working together. We already got the Frogs to agree to help us attack the sediu, the hiding place, of the bandiți so we could learn the truth. If I'm right, then whoever stole Inari's Beads from you is the same 'White Fox' who's been causin' us trouble and who's got you and the frogs at each other's throats. So I got a question for you, Chieftain: are you just gonna stand by? Are you gonna let these...these thieves make off with what they been doin'? And if ya don't believe me yet, who else is gonna benefit if you Foxes and Frogs are killin' each other? By my Uncle's bones, why would the Frogs even want to start a war with you? Also uh... could someone get Ciela? I uh...need her to look at my back."
Well... Edrick sure had a lot to say on the matter of the recent hostilities. At the same time, however, the mention of the possibility of an impersonator did work well with what Azar had been thinking about the whole thing.
"It's a bit of a barbaric suggestion," Azar started, "but is it possible a fox protean has been coloring his fur white somehow? With paint or dyes for instance? Or even flour if they happened to have enough lying around. Proteans are a bit out of my field of expertise, but it would explain a white fox protean running around when Sienna is supposedly the only one and is decidedly not respsonsible for any of this. An impersonator, just like Edrick suggested."