This morning"s weather was particularly delightful, with the type of flawless, bright, blue sky and gentle breeze that can only be found in early autumn.
As Saitylvaness Sylvari emerged from her room in preparation for her early morning training session, she was met by Bethana Corwin downstairs at the Rusty Dragon. The halfling woman rushed up to Sai carrying a small parchment, with a painfully obvious look of worry covering her face. "Miss Sai...! You've got to help!" she announced loudly as she frantically gripped the elven woman by the leg of her pants. "It's Miss Ameiko! She's gone missing, and I think she may be in trouble...!"
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The news of Ameiko's disappearance spread quickly, and in no time at all, the interested parties had gathered at the Rusty Dragon to find out more. By this time, Saitylvaness had managed to calm the nerves of the halfling barmaid enough that she was able to recount the details of what she thought had happened.
Bethana explained that she woke earlier this morning to find that Ameiko hadn’t started breakfast for the first time she could remember. Worried, she knocked on Ameiko’s door but didn’t get a response. Against her better judgment, Bethana entered to find the room empty and the bed un-slept in. Worse, she found a crumpled piece of parchment near the bed, which she believed to be a note from Ameiko's brother, Tsuto.
At this point, the halfling handed over a note written entirely in the native tongue of the Minkai Dynasty. Bethana explained that Ameiko had begun teaching her the language, and that she was able to translate enough to know that it was from Tsuto, and that it seemed he was in some sort of trouble and was requesting for her to meet him somewhere in town the night before, but that she had yet to fully translate the letter.
In order to further explain her concern, Bethana offered to give a little bit of background on Tsuto, mentioning that Ameiko didn't like to talk much about her family, but that under the circumstances she would surely understand.
The pint-sized barmaid explained that Tsuto was something of a scandal when he was born twenty-one years ago, due to his half-elven blood. Bethana sagely noted, with big eyes, that neither of Ameiko’s parents were elves. It was obvious that old Lonjiku Kaijitsu was not the boy’s father, and his rage at the discovery of his wife’s indiscretion was the talk of the town for months. Lonjiku’s wife Atsuii never revealed who the father was, and it’s a testament to Lonjiku’s stubbornness that they remained married.
Tsuto was handed over to the Turandarok Academy to be raised outside of the Kaijitsu family, ignored by his father and forbidden visits from his mother. His older sister Ameiko visited him in secret a few times a month to keep him company, bring him some food, and promise him that someday things would get all sorted out. That all changed six years ago, when they had a terrible argument in which Tsuto struck Ameiko. Bethana said that she doesn't know what the argument was about, but whatever it was is what sent Ameiko away from Sandpoint for a year, during which time she made a living as an adventurer.
The halfling went on to explain that Ameiko had returned to Sandpoint five years ago to attend her mother’s funeral. Tsuto was quite public in his opinions that his father had pushed Atsuii off the cliff to her death, and during the funeral there was a confrontation. Lonjiku nearly broke Tsuto’s jaw with his cane, after which Tsuto cursed him and left Sandpoint. Ameiko deeply cared for her troubled brother, and has tried to reestablish contact with him ever since, but was never able to track him down.
Bethana noted that she is worried that Tsuto is up to no good, and said that since Sheriff Hemlock is currently out of town, Sai and her friends were the only ones she thought she could turn to. She concluded with a desperate request that you might see if you could find out what happened to Ameiko as soon as possible.