Reporters this issue: Chris Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org) Andy Merritt (email@example.com) Richard J. Pugh (firstname.lastname@example.org) Martin Ott (email@example.com) Mike Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) Karen Ostertag (X93OSTERTAG@WMICH.EDU) Mel (MCSSENCT@CLUSTER.CC.DUNDEE-TECH.AC.UK)
SHRINE TO FOREIGN GOD SET UP IN DAGGERFORD
Further to a recent article, in which it was reported that the clerics of the foreign god, Ukko, were unusually active, a small shrine has been errected to Ukko in Daggerford. The priest in charge, Mob Rituel, said that he was building the shrine with Duke Pwyll's permission, and that he thought many of the residents of Daggerford would appreciate having somewhere to be able to pay their respects to Ukko.
However, when asked about the new shrine, the priest at the shrine to Tempus said that he thought this new shrine was unnecessary, and that Tempus was the god that Daggerford residents should pay their respects to, especially those also in the Daggerford Militia.
EVIL BEACON PROVES TOO MUCH FOR DAGGERFORD MILITIA
An unnamed source provided us with a copy of a report from Sherlen of the Daggerford Militia to the City Guard in Waterdeep, and the contents reveal that the Evil Green Beacon in the Lizard Marsh could not be dealt with by an elite group of Daggerford Militia, even after several attempts. The report spoke of several militia members having died, and a highly powerful group of Evil Clerics (one of whom it is believed escaped from Duke Pwyll's dungeons) apparently attempting to control the Evil Beacon itself. The City Guard were asked to send a crack team to deal with "a potentially highly dangerous situation". We advise all shipping to keep well clear of the beacon in case these clerics do manage to control the beacon.
RUMOURS OF "SUICIDE MISSION" ABOUND IN DAGGERFORD
Although we have no evidence to substantiate it, rumours have been flying in Daggerford that a "Suicide Squad" may be selected from among the Daggerford Militia for some highly secret mission, possibly concerning Dragonspear. It has been noted that many of the more capable members of the Daggerford Militia have been asking for an "extended break" - presumably to avoid being selected for this mission!
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New York City: WOLVES OVERRUN THE BIG APPLE
Sweet fruit so soon turns bad. This is the thought occupying the minds of much of the Kindred population of New York City this evening, as packs of werewolves openly roam the streets of this city as they once did in Roman Paris. The situation here is nothing short of open revolution, as the werewolves stage a power play and take over this once-great vampire principality. Speculation is rampant over the motive behind this coup; many think it is the result of failed machinations within the ranks of the Camarilla itself. This reporter was lucky enough to be present at a secret meeting of hundreds of the besieged Kindred in and underground cavern beneath a burned-out night club. The mood was one of extreme unrest; the Prince was reported to have gone into hiding indefinitely, and his second-in-command and once-friend of the local werewolves, a Gangrel named Troy, had been brutally diablorized only a few days ago by the group presiding over this meeting. The main topic under discussion was whether the assembled vampires should abandon the city and try to find homes elsewhere or try to ride out the nightmare. It soon degenerated into a blatant play for power by the young but charismatic Brujah known only as "Slash," who shouted idealistic promises to the crowd as hopefuls chanted his name. Slash is not widely known among his fellow Kindred, but has gained some reputation among mortals as lead singer of the rock band "Vile Orgasm". The meeting broke up in utter chaos as the werewolves, taking advantage of the vampire's disorganized state, chose this time to attack in force, routing most of those assembled and sending several to their final death. Slash, one of the few to stand firm against the assault, gave this fortunate reporter a few moments of his time. When asked his opinion on the cause of this mayhem, he responded, "Yeah, you shoulda been there. Those wimps didn't see it comin'! Slash for Prince!" Though most of those remaining reached an agreement with the werewolves to flee the city in return for their lives, Slash claims that he will remain in town long enough to finish his latest tour. Only time will tell if his career is destined to come to a quick and bloody end at the hands of New York's new masters.
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The Republic of Darokin: Armstead:
GOBLIN ATTACK REPELLED WITH EASE
Goblins attacked the walled village of Armstead recently, but were easily repelled by the troops temporarily stationed there. When questioned about how it compares with duty stations at Fort Hobart or Fort Nell, soldiers invariably replied that, one place or another, it's still their job.
The citizens were suitably appreciative of the military's presence.
The Grand Duchy of Karameikos: Ruins of Krakatos:
THYATIAN NATIONALS SLAUGHTERED DURING NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
The bodies of five ex-Thyatians, all the scions of various Thyatian households that relocated to Karameikos when Duke Stefan was granted the land, were discovered in the ruins of Krakatos. They had apparently been in a fight of some sort, and investigation placed it as occuring during the New Year festivities. The five were all known for their anti-Traladaran sympathies, and were known to spend a great deal of time together.
Officials are worried that this may be the beginning of nation- wide problems resulting from the recent riot in Threshold.
Empire of Thyatis: Thyatis City:
PORTENTS ON YEAR'S EVE ANNOUNCED BY CITY'S PRIESTS
Various priests of many different Immortals have announced mysterious omens, all occuring on the Year's Eve. They ranged from apocalyptic visions to warnings. It is said that beasts slaughtered for the festival did not die, or their entrails were tied into knots, and vultures perched on the palace of the Emperor and would not leave even when shooed away.
Hollow World: Kingdoms of Nithia:
PHARAOH TAKES MILITARY TO TASK
In a reaction to reports of the loss of several companies in the forests controlled by the Tanagoro tribesmen, Pharaoh Ramose IV has taken his generals to task and replaced half their number. The army had apparently clashed with Milenian forces in the middle of Tanagoro forests, breaking one of the conditions of the safe passage agreement made with the tribesmen.
The new generals have vowed to take the agreement considerably more seriously, and the relieved commanders have been properly executed.
Hollow World: Hutaaka:
MYSTICS FEAR THE WORST
Various priests and priestesses of Pflarr, the Hutaakan Immortal, are worried, as visions of the avenger of a race of one-time slaves have plagued their dreams of late. They have frantically searched records and cast auguries to determine the source of this avenger, said to carry the fate of the Hutaakan race in his hands, so far to no avail.
Hollow World: Milenian Empire: Temple of Petra:
HIGH PRIESTESS RECEIVES VISION
The High Priestess of Petra apparently received a vision from Petra recently, in which the Empire was plunged into darkness at the hands of the Zargosian wizards. The calamity apparently can only be prevented by the faith of one of her Defenders, yet the identity of this Defender of Petra remains unknown. All that is known is that the Defender shall come from the east on a grim mission.
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-------------+----------------------------+-------------------------------- Countries: | Towns: | Remarks: -------------|----------------------------|-------------------------------- Gordeyne | Sayon (northern city) | |----------------------------|-------------------------------- | Kont (northern town) | 1.5 days nth-east of Sayon |----------------------------|-------------------------------- | Sayfort | b/w Sayon and Kont, guards | | street from hills west and | | swamps east |----------------------------|-------------------------------- | The Bruenst | small trading-post west of | | the hills west of Sayfort |----------------------------|-------------------------------- | Newaniel | Cliff dwelling in the northern | | part of Gordeyne's Elven forest | | (like a small late type | | of a Mesa Verde dwelling) -------------+----------------------------+--------------------------------
Gordeyne: Kont: 349 A.G.W., 3rd month
JUVENILE GIANTS SLAUGHTER SOLDIERS IN NORTH-GORDEYNE
Two surving soldiers of the patrol from Sayfort to The Bruenst report an attack in the hills by huge unknown creatures. One kept talking about 3 animals taller than 4 meters, the other one was constanly sniggering and mumbling of about 10 funny big humans. After two days they were still under shock and transported to Sayon's resort for mentally ill people. One other soldier died after few hours. Two further soldiers apparently could not escape the attack.
Two days after the incident, 40 soldiers plus their leaders worked from both sides The Bruenst and from Sayfort into the hills. The lieutnant of the group starting from The Bruenst did not want any travellers in the hills. Only the persistent convincing talk of a Thandorian priest to the lieutnant made it possible for a small group of travellers to follow the soldiers.
Almost halfway into the hills, a group of 2 juvenile hill giants accompanied by 4 ogres attacked the 23 soldiers and 5 travellers. As it turned out, the travellers were a good help to the soldiers who were the main target of the offenders. After a battle of about 15 min, giants and ogres were dead. A large amount of valuable goods was found in their bags which was transported to the temple of Jeremia in Kont.
Gordeyne: Andrior Re Soris: 349 A.G.W., 8th month
NEVANIEL'S PEOPLE RESCUED FROM EVIL CLUTCHES
Sekanamel, ranger and prince of Andrior (the the elven town still suffering from the attack of underworld creatures), asked a group of visitors, friends of the local Rhyani, to help the town by carrying out the annual routine trade trip to Nevaniel, some 4 days north of Andrior. As it turned out, the holiday hikers arrived just in time to rescue the 10 inhabitants from sure death.
After Rhyani and her friends followed a tunnel system they found the Nevaniel people in the clutches of 5 evil humanoids. Luckily, invisible and silent dwarven friend H.B.Baidschi could backstab the mage by surprise, deadly. After a hard fight only the priestess was kept alive for later questioning.
Lothiriel, dedicated herbalist, who set up shop in Nevaniel about 300 years ago had not realized that the hill bore a system of tunnels opening into a back room of Nevaniel. After their return the prince of Andrior offered life time settlement in Andrior to the friends of Rhyani, two humans, a dwarf, a halfling, and a half-elf.
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CENTURIES OF PEACE SHATTERED
A nearby peaceful and tranquil land has recently been subject to a horrendous attack by creatures of unknown nature. One survivor escaped into town yelling about 'his friends being killed'. A few locals and a pair of travellers were willing to investigate these unbelievable accusations.
As far as this reporter can make out from the tales that have been banded about after the band's return, there had indeed been an attack on a caravan and the bodies had been removed along with the caravan's load. The party then tracked the obvious trail to an ostensibly old ruined keep which, upon investigation showed signs of fortification.
The party entered the keep and after navigating a set of traps, encountered what can now only be described as skeletons. With the help of a foreigner, that was said to believe in the mythical being he called Makar, God of Healing, the skeletons were routed with dispatch and the goods recovered. Other information is still being collated about what appears to have transpired after this encounter, but with the appearance of supposed mythical creatures like skeletons and people actively trying to resurrect interest in religion in this civilised region, it can only lead to trouble in the future and a return to the legendary dark times centuries ago.
NEWS UPDATE:- EVIL AT LARGE
Within the last few minutes we have recieved official word from the official sources close to the Mayor about the terrible discoveries at the abandoned keep. Apparently, after confronting and defeating a force of walking skeletons, the investigators were held by some unknown force for minutes before being released and addressed by a loud ominous voice. They advanced into what must have been the keep's main room and were confronted by a matching number of black armour clad men and what we are told was a worshipper of some sort of Evil god. We do not, of course, expect our readers to believe that Gods exist but we must report the information that has come to us in its entirety.
Apparently, the adventurer's engaged the followers apparently watched with disdain by their leader. After disposing of his retinue, the supposed cleric disappeared without trace from the keep with a laugh wringing in the parties ears.
This does not bode well for the future, and if it is to be believed, then the entire land is under threat by someone with such power. Hopefully, with proper use of the common magics readily available to the town it should be possible to send a party more capable, and less intoxicated to show these tales for what they are, a palpable sham.
This reporter does not believe that mythical creatures and fallacies like gods have come back to this wonderful land. It will take more than the word of a half crazed caravan driver and a party of itinerant foreigners and local militia drunks to make me believe that anything unusual has come to pass in this good land, but we felt that you as the reader were entitled to a full coverage of this weird episode.