If you are reading this letter, it means you have at least agreed to consider my proposal. I would be extremely grateful for your assistance, and it means a great deal to me that you have come. Welcome to my humble home! Feel free to make yourselves comfortable.
The message contained within this letter should be treated with the utmost secrecy. I must ask for your solemn oath in this regard. Keep the contents of this letter to yourselves, and do not show it to anyone.
Before I continue, it is time for me to reveal my most closely held secret: I am not a man. I am a gold dragon. It feels quite liberating to write those words. My true name is Auronorex, and by the time you read this, I will be dead. Do not mourn for me; it was my time.
I have lived a great many years and now I hope I have found peace. I say hope because I have recently learned of a threat that could endanger the sacred rest of not just myself, but dragons across the world.
Before I die, I must make a sacred pilgrimage to a hidden temple, a monument to draconic power known as Dragonfall, where my bones may lie among those of my kin. Many of my kind go there, regardless of their lineage or color, for it is a holy place, a place where our souls might find solace until we are needed again in the future.
Dragons who seek Dragonfall find it in their own way. For me, that quest meant careful research, study, and magic. When I finally located it, I was horrified by what I learned. The guardians of Dragonfall no longer watch over the great Bone Field as they should, and I heard rumors they have been sighted raiding nearby towns. Worse, my visions showed me a menace lurking in the great mountain, an unwelcome outsider defiling one of our most sacred places. I know there is no way Dragonfall can be usurped without the help of my kin, so I turn to you. This sacrilege must be stopped, and not just for my sake. If the power that resides within Dragonfall were to be turned to other ends, the destruction that could be wrought upon the world would be incredible.
I have known my fate for many years now, but it was not until almost the end that I learned of this danger. I now must lay my trust in you to travel to Dragonfall, as I have done, to put an end to this perversion. While I am forbidden from telling you the location of Dragonfall, nothing prevents me from bringing you to the edge of the Bone Field. To this end, I scribed a magic circle in the cellar of this very house to transport you there. I shall leave further instructions for you in the Bone Field. Seek out the sign of the golden star once you arrive.
In closing, I feel compelled to warn you of the danger involved with this quest. No mortals are allowed to enter Dragonfall. The penalty is death. Although this is a terrible risk, I must ask it of you nonetheless. I ask you to do this for not only dragon kind, but for your own. Anyone who would dare tamper with this most sacred place must have greater plans, and I shudder to think of what they might entail.