I'm working on some plot and I'd really like a way for an NPC who's a mid level Oracle (no specific stats yet but I'd prefer to keep him to 3rd level spells and under, 4th level at a pinch) to send a message to my players.
The message can be one way but needs to be clear and understandable and identifiable that he is the one sending it. Ideally I'd like him to be several day's travel away but at least a few hours away (in other words, At least 5 miles away, preferably a hundred miles or more away). Essentially he's warning the players about a problem that needs solving urgently but he needs to be too far away to get involved himself. The players are travelling through wilderness on a not previously known path and the news is very urgent so delivering it by hand would be tricky.
I'd be happy to use magic items or a specific Oracle Archtype within reason.
I just found the spell Sending on the cleric spell list (no idea how I missed it first time through). That is nearly perfect but if there is any way to do it with a lower level spell or a longer message then that would be great, if not Sending it is.