Dear professor Valate,
Please forgive me the delay in answering you, I was unable to do so earlier due to circumstances out of my control. Also please forgive the jests in good faith of my alliance friends. As you are probably aware, a well developed sense of humor is a common trait in members of LUMEN.
It was I who organised and led the exploratory expedition to the labyrinth and the Takmahl temple site in Aphi, after getting the permission of the Curator in Zimse.
Probably one of your stature does not remember a lowly scholar as myself, but I had the pleasure of discussing Takmahl history with you in December YC 122, in your apartments in the Ducia Foundry station in Munory. You most gracefully gave me a Takmahl statue then, one which I still cherish and which has continued to stimulate my interest in this ancient civilization.
You were the one who first pointed out the existence of the labyrinth to me, and who encouraged me to explore it. Between many other duties, I steadily worked towards this goal. I even worked as a trucker to raise my standings with the Empire! You’d think a cleric as myself would automatically get high standings but apparently capsuleers have to start at zero. Anyhow, with the help of my friends in LUMEN I was finally able to investigate this site around the turning of the year.
I took new footage and collected some artifacts, as the last reliable reports actually date from YC 117. Our sensors have much improved since then! And, I confess, I wanted to see this for myself. The most recent reports before mine - it goes without saying - are to be found in your seminal work, “History of the Takmahl”, that won many prizes. My own personal copy is almost falling apart from extensive use!
I do think I have several breakthroughs to report in the academic literature, following my expeditions. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of projects and questions related to the Takmahl that I am investigating. For this, I am planning further expeditions.
I would very much like to collaborate with you. However, given your affiliation, I first need to obtain permission from my local MIO liason officer and this has not been forthcoming. I will humbly inform you once I obtain this permission.
Yours in the pursuit of knowledge,
Brother Theodosius Savnar.