Nathan II had requested Zakyyr to join him on Tarsica, so that the two cousins could commune with their ancestors in the Moonoak Thicket.
His Most Bovic Majesty, Nathan II,
Moonoak Thicket was a solemn place. Priests of the Jaiesican Order maintained the Trees and listened to the Tree Spirits' voices, writing down their words of wisdom, their anecdotes, their brief recollections of their individual past lives as Hazel living on Micras. Nathan arrived several days before Zakyyr would, so he could speak to his mother and grandfather privately.
Asara's remains were eventually interred in the Thicket, using an acorn from the Great Mother Tree, her actual grandmother as well, but because she was not Planted immediately after death, her voice was weak and her memories faded. This saddened Nathan, who missed his mother dearly. Instead, he spoke directly with Naian, who was now a mighty oak tree himself, and could speak as clearly as any living person.
Grandson, it is so nice to meet you! You are growing up so quickly. It seems just yesterday they Planted my beloved Asara, and you were not more than 3 or 4. But time passes differently for me now.
"Naian, it is an honor to meet you too. I am deeply troubled, and seek your counsel. There is a rift forming in our family, there are terrible radicals organizing throughout the empire, the world itself has become polarized, I fear I am inadequate for the challenges ahead."
So many questions for a young boy. Too many questions. Obviously the first question you asked troubles you most. Do you know why I chose a griffin for our family symbol?
They are a perfect blending of two creatures into one harmonious, and majestic, beast. A griffin can never be separated into its lion and eagle parts. Nor can the Waffel-Paine family. Do not allow your family to be divided, diluted, co-opted, or coerced. Gather your family together and remind them of their total devotion to the Empire that the Waffel-Paines built. All other disagreements are mere squabbles if all Waffel-Paines can agree to devote and give their lives freely to Natopia. I know it is your cousin that weighs heavy on your mind. I will ask him one simple question when he sees me, and his answer will reveal his intentions.
"Thank you, Grandfather. Thank you so much!"
Emperor of the Natopians