Times Turn 18

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 )    Many adventurers are telling that have heard a tell about a small    (
(     battle between enemies in the forests of Coskal where ended in a      )
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 )      Some adventurers are telling that locals are rumoring about a      (
(     small fight between hostile forces in the tundras of Mestan where     )
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 )    Many travelers are telling that locals are rumoring about plains     (
(      of Nepquenme where in the Juxbiy village guards were put to the      )
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 )       Many adventurers are telling that they have heard about an        (
(      andventurers who have expelled Pride of Lions (714) freeing the      )
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 )       Many traders are telling that refugees are worried about a        (
(       witchers who have put to the sword Undead (5953) freeing the        )
 )                    plains of Skifle from their fear.                    (
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 )       Many adventurers are telling that have heard a tell about a       (
(      rangers who have murdered Kobold Pack (716) freeing the tundras      )
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 )       Many travelers are telling that refugees are worried about        (
(      Pirates (309) in the oceans of Causpichoi Sea continue to cause      )
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 )        Dozen pilgrims are telling that locals are rumoring about        (
(     Sandlings (127) tried to cause fear in the plains of Patsoshdesh      )
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The people of the tundra (32,12) in Bitem are still in need of your guidance.

Quests

Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the yew of Crormel.
In the plain of Cetheim lurks the Evil Warriors (503). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the forest of Coskal lurks the Kobold Pack (1617). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Croshea roams the Lizard Men (247). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Jitecpa lurks the Undead (599). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Bitem roams the Pride of Lions (251). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Borac for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in Agate for the glory of the Gods.
In the mountain of Nicerrom lurks the Dragon (896). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Bibriprest for the glory of the Gods.
In the forest of Pla'ere roams the Family of Ogres (292). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Anuhiant for the glory of the Gods.
In the swamp of Gri'o lurks the Lizard Men (582). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Angli for the glory of the Gods.
In the desert of Feapi'iss roams the Giant Scorpions (1882). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Pepaldil lurks the Undead (522). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the mountain of Lolti roams the Yeti (192). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Cefelat for the glory of the Gods.
In the desert of Ebigy roams the Pride of Lions (352). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Reprau.

Articles

Kobolds are no longer welcome in our lands. I hereby declare a bounty of 250 silver per kobold head delivered to the city guard. 
Thane's Ring (10)
Nice place we've found to settle. Forest. Good place to start building a boat... so we can build a tower in the sea.

ocean (66,66) in Ransleyloch Sea
Fresh Meat (12)
The scouts had returned something interesting - a town that was buying javelins. Suddenly, there was a use for this weapon!
Children of the Four Winds (13)
At last we go to sea, lets explore the oceans around us.
The Filras (14)
Finally a boat bigger than two logs glued together is ready for us! The delegation is ready, the offer prepared, we have selected a small village to test the response. Hopefully we will have our first clients before the summer ends. 
Fanhunters (16)
From the diary of Bohica Miaburn:

4th of June Year 2

We are sailing again. I replaced my bed to a comfy hammock. It's much more convenient when the ship is sailing and the waves are rocking her.

11th of June Year 2

We sailed past an underwater cavern today. The water was so clear we could see the structure underwater. It seemed empty but I'm not sure I could spot a water elemental underwater. And I have no idea what attack would be efficient against such creature. I guess we could boil them away with fireballs. I wonder if there would be any residue left. Salt maybe?

17th of June Year 2

With the two labs constantly occupied I decided to hone my observation skills. So I played Matching Pairs with Drygg and Tactical Grace. Drygg had the deck of cards. He kept winning the whole time. I always knew that the gnoll had a remarkable memory but I suspect there's something else in play here.

18th of June Year 2

Finally I got it. The cards are marked. Tiny scratches barely visible to the naked eye but can be felt by touch. I guess our teacher wants to improve all of our senses. Let's prove him that I am a decent student! 

21st of June Year 2

We arrived at Juxbiy today. The port is very busy for the small village that Juxbiy appears to be. Apart from our two galleon fleet thare's another galleon and a longship anchored at the docks. The village guards look clueless. Poor fellows don't suspect that their days are numbered. I might even stay on board and observe the coming battle from here.

22nd of June Year 2

I met another human bard today. His name is Garthan. Garth for his friends. Human male in his thirties. He came with the longship. Lachdanan hired him in Va'os and sent after the fleet with allied mages and a couple of swords that Regdan requisitioned for enchanting. The swords I mean, not the mages. But I digress. Back to Garth. He's a charming fellow. Attentive, funny, alert and sly as a fox. I think I like him. I might even let him live for a while. Gotta go now to see if I can buy a bigger hammock.
Indigo (17)
We don't know if it was because of the warning, but all the explorers/adventurers spotted on our little island, have checked in. The less than living among us are a bit disappointed, but a local village provided them a buffet of sorts.
Big Ol Bob (18)
The trents from earlier returned out of nowhere to attack us again. Seems that they had mated in the little while since our last encounter as their numbers had increased. From this we conclude that gestation period for trents is about 6 months.
Steve N Seagulls followers (20)
Our goblins became even happier when we learned that our faction ranked 1st in goblins.
Beastmasters (21)
NO, you stupid scout, the OTHER east...
Fenris Knights (22)
It was high noon in the mountain city of Nesgost. Flan people were having a bad time accustoming to its hotter climate, so they had learned to live mostly at night. But Jomas-naj told them all to get together this midday, he said he had an announcement of great significance to make. Veiko and Tehe were also among a big crowd gathered here, waiting for their leader to make appearance.

He came up to a makeshift wooden dais, wearing not his usual leather armor, but bright scarlet robes. Two tanned monks in turbans followed him, one step behind - possibly desert dwellers. The gossiping crowd instantly became quiet. Hundreds of eyes gazed upon him.

'It have come to my knowledge that some of you reckon me as a god.' he commenced and made a pause to wait for a reaction.

'Just order us, Jomas-naj, and we will serve you!' shouted someone. 'Jomas-naj! Jomas-naj!' the crowd started to chant waving arms in the air.

He commandingly raised his hand and the chanting abated.

'I must admit, I have no right to be called a god, it would be a sin. The true god doesn't like it. And he don't like you to do so.'
He made sure that people were listening closely and continued:
'Some time ago I met these monks in my travels. Their grandmaster turned to be a very smart and nice person. We talked a lot, and he opened my eyes to the truth. There is only one god. A true god, who is worthy of your worship. And his name is Nergal. You also know him as Kul-Otyr.'

The crowd began to murmur anxiously.

'Wait and listen to me!' Jomas-naj interrupted, 'You know me, you believe me. And now you must believe in him. Nergal is not a dark god. You know him as a spirit of underworld, but he's also the god of the sun! Yes, underworld is darkness, but the sun is the light. It can burn and devastate, can scorch fields, but it also can help crops to grow, and warm you in cold months. It's really not the matter of light and darkness, but of justice. The only true darkness lives in the hearts of those who do not follow his rules. Otherwise, there is always some measure of light. And where there is light, Nergal see all! He's a benefactor of men, who hears prayers, restores the dead to life, and protects agriculture and flocks. But he also brings pestilence, hunger and devastation to his enemies.'

'Veiko, are you listening? He said the god can bring dead to life!' Tehe said agitatedly, 'Maybe Mikko can be returned after all!'
'Be silent woman!' Veiko hissed at her and squeezed her hand painfully, 'It's forbidden! Don't you dare to speak of it! You're my wife now-'
He stopped short and turned pale. Jomas-naj was looking straight at him.

'Well... Seems we've got a disbeliever!' he grinned nastily. 'Bring me those men you have caught! We need a little demonstration of Nergal's might!'

The guards brought forward three badly injured men. The scraps of rich cloth, that obviously were their dresses before, were ragged and soiled. Each of them had a metal T-shaped symbol hanging on their neck.

'Behold the heretics!' Jomas-naj proclaimed, 'They state that there are three gods who they called the Triplet. Their symbol represent the unity of the gods. All of those gods conceive the world differently, but together they rule it in an effective way. That's ridiculous I tell you! How can three different gods rule better than one? They would just tear it all apart! It's the most stupid faith I've ever heard.'
He spreaded his arms and then pointed at one of the ragged fellows.
'And now I will show you how Nergal deals with heresy.'
The poor man bursted in flames like a torch, in mere moments his black bones fell to the dais clanking. The same fate befell on the second one. The last one suddenly untied his hands, kicked a warrior who was guarding him, and ran. As if on purpose there was a horse nearby. He deftly jumped to the saddle and galloped away.
'Nevermind!' Jomas-naj stopped the guards by raising a hand. 'Nergal's wrath will find him wherever he go. Better find me the one who helped him. The escape was clearly well-organized, we cannot allow his accomplice to remain unpunished.'
Flannae (24)
The Elf sealed the letter. He had sent a lot of them, trying to reach neighbors and hoping for partnership and cooperation. No reply so far, but the Silver Hand couldn't stay alone in this hostile word...
Silver Hand (26)
"Something is a foot... these mists are getting thicker."
"Thicker?! What about the rumour of orcs?"
The Grey Order (27)
It is always scary to sail ahead and lost shores on the horizon. However, our brave fellows, Goblins, volunteered to sail away. They asked for beer, lots of beer to raise their courage. I hope they come back. 
The Black Obelisk (28)
Planning, planning... it takes a lot of time. Especially when all almost prepared plans are burned down after an unsuccessful experiment! I need to hurry up those builders so that finally there is some proper place for magic.

And no one wants to join the Imperial Intelligence Office... Are they afraid of the wildlife? Krakens in the ocean are the loveliest of them all!
Avalon Empire (3)
Our role is honorable and enviable,
Yes our role,
Yes our role,
Yes, our role.
The king can't live without guards.
When we go-the earth trembles all around.
We are always near, near the king.
Oh, the guards get up early!

If the sparrow is close -
We're getting the gun ready.
If a fly - hit a fly!
Take her at gunpoint.

Where the king goes is a big secret.
Big secret.
Big secret.
Big secret.
Big secret.
And we always go after him.
We must protect Your Majesty
From all sorts of unnecessary meetings for him.
Oh, the guards get up early!

If the sparrow is close -
We're getting the gun ready.
If a fly - hit a fly!
Take her at gunpoint.
Gyperboreya (33)
Hear, you people, for the Grandmaster has issued a new edict

"The unity of purpose of the people must be maintained. While we delight in the brotherly love of our coreligionists and we take benefit from mutual understanding and trade, we do not tolerate unknown agents within our borders. Henceforth, spreaders of blasphemy will be impaled, next to these unbeliever city guards. May the stench of their rotting corpses and their wails of despair inspire others to respect the sanctity of these lands."

The Most Righteous Order (34)
The tactician has drawn up an order of battle for the taking of a town guarded by a large company of guards.  Soon it will be time to put those plans into motion!
Riders of the Storm (37)
Our poor raft discovered island. City, town and no trace of other factions. 
Frozen Sails (38)
Peace time. No evil trents no undeads, no wild animals. Let's hope that it will last long enough,,.
WindMasters (4)
Report from Scout #5

We are returning to ground zero. I hope to bring you news next time that the devil is gone and we will be able to return to the lands once more...
The Disinherited Knights (42)
My eagle eyes perceived some mountains while gazing into the distance. Land at last !
Heralds of the Great Wahzoh (46)
Alliances are forming uniting inhabitants of each island. And that is probably good for a trade, if they can take control of monster issue.
The Trade Guild (48)
It's a shame that neighbours start disappearing.
Red Skulls (5)
The heart of the righteous one meditates before answering,
But the mouth of the wicked blurts out bad things.

- Proverbs 15:28
Truthseekers Alliance (50)
The sound of the forges ring day and night, turning out arms and armor.  Quartermasters on both sides of the great fjord now, so moving goods from the wet side of the island to the dry side of the island will be much easier going forward, freeing the cargo ships up for fishing.
The village is showing signs that it is on the verge of growing into a town; the inhabitants are requesting more exotic goods already.
The Greycloaks (51)
A new entertainment in the orc camp is road building. Slowly, ineptly, but anyway stronger than the roads from the stories of old-timers who still remember the previous continent of Russia, where roads were made of dust and mud with many pitfalls.
Under Pressure (57)
I gave you a mage apprentice
You said "I want a lumberjack!"
I enchanted you a cornucopia
You said "Thanks for the snack."
I let you live in my citadel
You said it was just a shack!
Well I gave you seven children -
And now you wanna... give 'em back!
I've been down hearted
Ever since the day we met
Our love is nothing but the blues baby -
How blue can you get?
Church of Light and Truth (59)
The swimmers appear to have reached open water. No land in sight for some months.

Although the temptation to turn back home and look for islands closer, the lure of what is across the sea is too great to stop now.
Podeans (61)
City guards have been defeated. Pubs are now full. Celebration should last no more than a month, new crusades are at the horizon. 
Wildcard (63)
The Council of Elders of Clan Jaguar are disappointed to
know just how far back they rank in basics like iron production.

Even more new workers must be recruited, and these new-fangled 
innovations of "mines" must be looked into. What is the world coming
to when we can't just pick up raw ore off the ground?
ClanJaguar (64)
More guards will fall this turn
Malibu West (7)
Fortune favors the bold. 
The Mystic Nine (74)
World picture depends on point of observation. 
Bleak Creek tribe (75)
Why ? Why would a clown need 77 fishes ?

Why it had to be exactly 77 ? Would not 76 been more traditional ?

Well, for "research".

Sometimes it is better not to ask questions you don't want answered.
Iron Harlequins (76)
First recourses found, good news, so far no monsters, this island is just so peaceful, might it be the only paradise island in the world? Hard to believe, old gods are nervous. Will need to find a safe place for  study even tho can it get more safer than it already is?
Heimdall (80)

Rumors

Pillage me once, 
It's not nice.
Pillage me twice,
No dice.
But pillage me thrice?
Blame the knights!

That's factions 22 and 42 folks!
Hey, d'Artagnan is of Hyberborean ancestry, who knew!
Those xenophobic religious fanatics punish spies with great severity. They say it's to preserve moral purity, but I think they enjoy it.
Somebody get too much treasures. Property is the theft. Loot the loot!