The Glanfathan astronomers who predicted the Lovers' Tide that destroyed Ondra's Gift took many of their instruments and notes and hid them out of fear that they might be captured by Aedyrans.
Decades after the war, the tribes recovered the astronomers' work. Unfortunately, all of the original astronomers had died and much of their writing was penned in an unknown cipher.
Two Vailian ducs have offered a reward for anyone who can help crack the cipher for the Glanfathans. The tribes are reluctant to let anyone look at the notes, but believe it would be better to share their knowledge than let it remain a secret.
Though backed by the money and spies of two Vailian ducs, [Companion Name] had difficulty cracking the Glanfathan astronomers' code. Many of the Glanfathans who initially appeared helpful turned out to be saboteurs who believed that outsiders could not be trusted with Glanfathan secrets.
A series of ambushes and difficult chases through Eir Glanfath eventually brought [Companion Name] face to face with the great-great-granddaughter of one of the orlan astronomers who predicted the Lovers' Tide. She threatened to destroy the key to translating the cipher, but [Companion Name] was able to negotiate a limited translation of the key astronomical information.
In the end, the Vailian ducs were a bit disappointed, as they had hoped to learn additional secrets of Glanfathan astronomy. However, even the information [Companion Name] recovered was fascinating to Vailian astronomers.