Glued to the board with tree sap is a parchment
To the druids and fellow lovers of the forest,
I have planted well over a hundred trees in these past few days. I labored tirelessly to recify my mistake. I convey this not as a means of self agrandisement nor as a way to excuse what I did but simply so that you know the forest is being nurtured back to health.
I wil always regret my mistake like a scar on my soul, however, I will also always be greatful for it as it has changed my life.
I have always loved the land but I loved it as a faithful servant. It gave me food, wood, ore, those things I wanted so I could become what I then considered successful in this life. It was a selfish love but that has all changed, for now I love this land like a parent who loves a frail child. A child that has almost died. I have poured my blood into the land, brought it back to health, watched as it's inner strength rejuvinated it and it has begun to thrive. I watch as the naldors resprout purely on the strength of the gods. I am humbled by all I behold and marvel that ever I was unable to see the true order of things.
I pause now in my planting to allow the land to chose it's own course of growth and stand by as a caretaker, rather then a pillager.
I have learned one last thing from this catstrophe. That is to respect Bragon. His gift grants life but also destruction when not used with respect for its power. I fear we have been poor caretakers of the forest in one respect. We have allowed it to become overgrown. In our selfishness we have done this because its beauty and majesty fill our souls with joy and wonder. We like to become lost in its embrace and feel at one with its winding paths. However, in doing so we have left it vulnerable. A fire which may have been a simple matter to put out, almost devestated the entire forest as one tree lit onto the next, not one at a time but 5, 6, 10 trees at a time. It swept through the region so fast that by the time help arrived it was almost too late. With a little more care, pruning, guidance in its growth, this can be avoided in the future.
I am certain I am not the first, nor will I be the last to make this mistake. However, as a responsible stuard, I hope to prevent the degree of destruction that happened this last time.