Times Turn 83

A Black Keep has been built at in the desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
A Black Keep is building at desert (36,26) in Ishepfen! Progress 480 /
1000)...
Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
A Black Keep is building at desert (51,27) in Feapi'iss! Progress 790 /
1000)...
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
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 )    Dozen adventurers are telling that they have heard about a clash     (
(      between hostile forces in the deserts of Ishepfen with 1 killed      )
 )                  from both sides ended in a slaughter.                  (
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 )     Several adventurers are telling that have heard a tell about a      (
(       small skrimish between hostile forces in the plains of Lontta       )
 )             where and many soldiers will never fight again.             (
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 )    Dozen travelers are telling that have heard a tell about a small     (
(      skrimish between two armies in the swamps of Poontmagwern where      )
 )                          ended in a slaughter.                          (
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 )    Dozen pilgrims are telling that locals are rumoring about plains     (
(      of Cetheim where in the Brirnan city guards were expelled by a       )
 )                                villans.                                 (
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 )       Dozen travelers are telling that refugees are worried about       (
(     jungles of Stengra where in the Hollewald town guards were put to     )
 )                         the sword by a villans.                         (
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 )     Several travelers are telling that locals are rumoring about a      (
(        hunters who have murdered Pride of Lions (8258) freeing the        )
 )                  plains of Leckheim from their horror.                  (
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 )       Many travelers are telling that locals are rumoring about a       (
(     witchers who have expelled Kobold Pack (1717) freeing the forests     )
 )                       of Coskal from their dread.                       (
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 )    Several adventurers are telling that they have heard about Undead    (
(       (6427) in the forests of Si'adgate continue to cause dread on       )
 )                           local inhabitants.                            (
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 )     Many travelers are telling that they have heard about Family of     (
(     Ogres (3836) in the mountains of A'art continue to cause dread on     )
 )                           local inhabitants.                            (
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 )       Dozen traders are telling that they have heard about Demons       (
(       (6858) in the volcanos of Femont continue to cause terror on        )
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Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
A Black Keep has been built at in the swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at swamp (52,48) in Poontmagwern!
Vile ritual has been performed at desert (0,48) in Dernvin!
A Black Keep is building at mountain (36,4) in Slounspifra! Progress 370 /
1000)...

Quests

In the tundra of Huykash lurks the Hydra (510). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Bedba roams the Wolf Pack (740). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the horses of Ystda.
In the forest of Orfeidi lurks the Undead (549). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of E'ioclea.
Build a Temple in A'edsai for the glory of the Gods.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the iron of Hashhi.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Peglont.
In the mountain of A'art lurks the Giant Birds (9727). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Bomcan roams the Ice Wurms (16277). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Pepaldil lurks the Hydra (2180). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the livestock of Aspol.
In the mountain of Inea roams the Family of Ogres (1880). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Bengbost for the glory of the Gods.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the stone of Helmec.
In the swamp of Robal roams the Ice Dragon (2534). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Abre for the glory of the Gods.
Show your devotion by visiting Temples in A'art, Bomcan and Borac.
In the mountain of Slounspifra lurks the Giant Birds (6329). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Byrges for the glory of the Gods.

Articles

Is it the last attempt to stop them?
Avalon Empire (3)
Abandoning the ships, the righteous army came to the enemy capital. The eagles spotted the banners of the Emperor of the Avalon, architect of the massacre at Lobruti, butcher of Bengbost, and all-round notorious war criminal.

Unlike the enlightened rule of the Order, his society inflicted only pain and suffering on the populace and kept them in barely habitable hovels in the all climates. All work, no education, no enlightenment. Survival depended only on being useful to the war effort. Everyone not useful was stewed alive to make food for the worker class, not even bothering to kill them first as that would be a waste of effort. Avalon Emperors had never thought to provide comfort, splendour, luxury goods, nor quality of accommodation as the Order did.

As the dread army came disembarked a distance off the city walls and prepared to attack, they lined up. A horn called out.

The Avalon Emperor, simultaneously with his allies' leaders, the high heretic of the so-called Church of Light and Truth, the lead herder of the Nomads, the chief surfer dude of the Malibu, the geometrist of the Cone, the Gyperboreya chief something, the boy-king of the Children of the Four Winds, the magnate horse of the Riders of the Storm...

Tossed aside their codpieces, revealing there was nothing covered but hideous burn scars. Immediately afterwards, their eunuch armies did the same in unison. These slave soldiers knew only a life of pain since childhood, as carrying out this so-called "ceremony of the hot iron" was how their parents showed loyalty to the regime by giving over their sons to the army, and how the boys proved themselves ready to endure the training regimen. The enemy army had never had any lust except for inflicting pain upon the innocent. 

This maneuver usually intimidated all the men and boys in the opposing army into flight or suicide, seeing what awaited them if they were captured, but the Order is never intimidated.

The Grandmaster exhorted the righteous warrior-monks, "Do not be intimidated! Do not look for quarter, you will find none. Do not ask them to surrender. Kill or be killed. There is no way out of this but death or victory. Rid this unhappy world of those miserable abominations!"

Major General Stanley ordered the bowmen to poison their projectiles and told them to target carefully.

The Landmeisterin Grumhilde calculated the trajectories for the catapults.

The Landmeister Percival rode his eagle and directed the Wolf's Dragoons into position.

Count von Count led the many squadrons of lancers and sabremen in multiple wedge formations and prepared to charge.

Major Asshole, at the lead of the Swoop Troops, Winged Furies, Angels of Death, and Killer Angels, ascended to a great height and prepared to make dives into the hostile ranks.

The High Priest Havaz prepared his ceremonies.

Mistress Elvira of the Dark Arts shouted "These boys who never grew up to be men may have admantium and balrogs, but you at least shall die whole men. Any who run from battle will wish they were captured by the enemy instead when I'm done with them!"

The resolve and bravery of the Order is unmatched upon the world. But will it be enough?

And so the battle began.
The Most Righteous Order (34)
Looks like this is the last turn, so my thanks to my allies, and my apologies to Pax Fabulii in particular for not managing to provide a bit more fun, as it turned out that everything either needed gate magic  or was in the exactly opposite direction.

Congratulations to Bleak Creek and the rest of you villains for your well-deserved apocalypse.

Commiserations to Team Disaster etc on not getting to really blow stuff up with that really big fleet.

My grateful thanks to everyone who I fought, traded with, assassinated, or who just wrote back to me.

And, last but not least, I hope to see everyone next year for v4. 

Kind regards and best wishes,

The Church of Light and Truth
Church of Light and Truth (59)
Good Game
General Disasters Inc (8)
Is curtain falling?
Nomads (82)
Commander Pax strolled along the shore alongside the beached carcass of the Kraken. The Kraken many soldiers perished to subdue. He kicked a tentacle that lay impeded his path. He turned to the sergeant trailing behind him, "Only silver you say? No trinkets?". The sergeant wryly shook his head.

The commander once again kicked at the corpse, this time out of spite rather than to clear his path. "Lousy cheap beast. Oh well, do the men like calamari sergeant?"
Pax Fabulii (84)

Rumors

The last line is said
All the players take their bows
The curtain comes down