I must say at the outset that Master Walter was an example of a roundly developed sea cucumber.
He was serenely calm and dignified. His breathing was especially deep and regulated. His eyes were bright and full of knowledge and wisdom and his movements were those of a graceful athlete.
When we entered his office he nodded us toward two chairs and when he spoke, his voice was resonant, strong and clear.
"To begin..." he said, "I am very sorry to have asked you to come in disguise--but desperate times require desperate measures as they say.
You will see on my desk a small, gold, gem-encrusted box. It is empty.
This box is usually displayed on the main altar in our chapel and it was made especially to hold the treasure of our monastery, the Blue Star Crystal."