The Winds of Time
Iuchi Tzipora's Response to Chaya's Third Letter Home
The scene you described in the forest does not match anything your father can recall. He sent a message to his old master.
Were the skins just stacked, or were they tossed haphazardly? How cleanly had they been removed – were you able to tell?
Your father and I find this both puzzling and alarming. There are beasts who will steal the skin from mortals and attempt to wear it as a disguise, but he can think of none who will steal the skin and then just leave it behind – unless you interrupted it.
If you did, be careful. Skin-thieves are cowardly, but they carry grudges and may steal those around you to get close.
But the skin-thieves he knows of are also solitary. One skin thief would have no need of as many skins as you appear to have seen.
Your mother and father