Times Turn 13

The people of the jungle (27,17) in Dunlock Woods are still in need of your
guidance.
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(           happened in the desert of Great Lurgshak Desert where           )
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(        Many locals are whispering about a clash between two armies        )
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(     5combatants were killed. The attackers slaughtered all defenders.     )
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(      Dozen refugees are whispering about the battle between enemies       )
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(       ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be       )
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 )     Many travelers are talking about the city of Lurgubal that lies     (
(       in the Hornwood Heights mountains, where a villans massacred        )
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(     lies in the Antanoakos Tundra tundra, where a partisans decimated     )
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 )     Dozen merchants have heard about the village of Hastlemoor that     (
(       lies in the Great Autarkirmos Desert desert, where a villans        )
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 )    Many merchants are talking about the town of Optanitos that lies     (
(     in the Hetereryx Valley plains, where a partisans attacked guards     )
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 )    A few traders are worried about witchers who have expelled Giant     (
(      Scorpions (290) near ocean of Lanktor Ocean. Freeing the desert      )
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 )     Many wanderers are whispering about rangers who have destroyed      (
(     Sandlings (304) near forests of Alsali Woods. Freeing the desert      )
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(       Hornwood Heights, Giant Scorpions (859) who continue to cause       )
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(     Heteraskalos Woods, Sandlings (337) who continue to cause anxiety     )
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(      Bletchgrove Peak, Demon (882) who continue to cause anxiety to       )
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(      happened in the desert of Great Autarkirmos Desert where battle      )
 )      ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be      (
(       known as Battle near the mountains of Bletchfield Mountains.        )
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(     Multiple dockers are whispering about a conflict between hostile      )
 )      forces happened in the desert of Great Lurgshak Desert where       (
(      136combatants were killed. The attackers were victorious.. This      )
 )    battle will be known as Battle near the ocean of Philagokles Sea.    (
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 )     Dozen scouts are rumoring about a fight between hostile forces      (
(       happened in the desert of Great Autarkirmos Desert where many       )
 )      soldiers will never fight again. This battle will be known as      (
(               Battle near the ocean of Great Lochash River.               )
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(      Dozen merchants have heard about the battle between two armies       )
 )         happened in the desert of Great Autarkaros Desert where         (
(     5combatants were killed. The attackers slaughtered all defenders.     )
 )    This battle will be known as Battle near the ocean of Great Yaer     (
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(      Some travelers have heard about an encounter between two armies      )
 )     happened in the desert of Great Autarkirmos Desert where battle     (
(       ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be       )
 )         known as Battle near the ocean of Great Lochash River.          (
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 )     Handful wanderers are worried about the town of Oggar that lies     (
(       in the Great Volbuz Desert desert, where a partisans expelled       )
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 )    Dozen druids are worried about the city of Lurgubal that lies in     (
(        the Hornwood Heights mountains, where a villans annihilated        )
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 )    Numerous locals are talking about the village of Hastlemoor that     (
(      lies in the Great Autarkirmos Desert desert, where a partisans       )
 )                            massacred guards.                            (
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 )     Dozen traders are talking about the city of Urgdur that lies in     (
(       the Antanoakos Tundra tundra, where a rebels put to the sword       )
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 )     Some traders are worried about rangers who have expelled Giant      (
(      Scorpions (290) near ocean of Lanktor Ocean. Freeing the desert      )
 )              of Great Antanoatos Desert from their dread.               (
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 )    Dozen adventurers have heard about adventurers who have murdered     (
(     Sandlings (304) near forests of Alsali Woods. Freeing the desert      )
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(     Heights, Ice Dragon (938) who continue to cause anxiety to local      )
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Quests

In the desert of Great Antanoatos Desert roams the Sandlings (350). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the mountain of Nottinghill Rocks lurks the Undead (498). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert lurks the Sphinx (631). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the camels of Great Antanoatos Desert.
In the desert of Great Ugdur Desert roams the Sandlings (1911). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Perikeros Desert lurks the Sphinx (848). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the jungle of Ugdur Jungle roams the Great Apes (864). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the swamp of Lochael River roams the Crocodiles (106). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the mountain of Khimilgog Rocks roams the Family of Ogres (2242). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the camels of Great Antanoatos Desert.
In the mountain of Antanoakos Rocks roams the Giant Scorpions (246). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Bletchgrove Desert roams the Giant Scorpions (108). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Agamenakos Desert for the glory of the Gods.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the rootstone of Great Lurgbuz Desert.
In the desert of Great Perikeros Desert roams the Living Trees (482). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Perikeros Desert lurks the Sphinx (848). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Ialihn Plains.
In the mountain of Nottinghill Rocks lurks the Undead (498). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the swamp of Lochael River roams the Crocodiles (106). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Birmington Desert lurks the Sandlings (926). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the iron of Great Ugdur Desert.
In the desert of Great Azagal Desert roams the Sandlings (405). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the jungle of Ugdur Jungle roams the Great Apes (864). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Birmington Desert lurks the Sandlings (926). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the camels of Great Durbuz Desert.
In the desert of Great Bletchgrove Desert roams the Giant Scorpions (108). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Izuknuz Desert lurks the Sphinx (811). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Ugdur Desert roams the Sandlings (1911). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Agamenakos Desert for the glory of the Gods.
In the desert of Great Izuknuz Desert lurks the Sphinx (811). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert lurks the Sphinx (631). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the rootstone of Great Lurgbuz Desert.
In the desert of Great Antanoatos Desert roams the Sandlings (350). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the camels of Great Durbuz Desert.
In the mountain of Antanoakos Rocks roams the Giant Scorpions (246). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Ialihn Plains.
In the mountain of Khimilgog Rocks roams the Family of Ogres (2242). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Azagal Desert roams the Sandlings (405). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the iron of Great Ugdur Desert.
In the desert of Great Perikeros Desert roams the Living Trees (482). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!

Articles

I flow from afar,
Wash the shores,
Wide and deep,
I am called the RIVER.
Gyperboreya (10)
Some goblins were fighting humans. That didn't seem friendly at all.
Iron Harlequins (12)
Big moving day, but nobody around to help. They all seem to be hiding.
Four Horsemen (13)
Happy new year!

New year, new prospects perhaps? New schemes? New ideas? New Opportunities?
MetroGnomes (14)
"It  seems there's not many options..."
"We must be content with more basic plans!"
Grey Order (15)
Monsters... they attack each months... curse them!
Great Horde (16)
Happy New Year
Malibu West (17)
Finally we found s swamp, worth enough to settle. Lets see how many of wood we can get now.
Desert Eagles (18)
One of the damn Sphinx's is back. This really is going to end up painfully. 
The Filras (20)
More scorpions have arrived to join out food party. At this rate orcs will surely abandon their garlic farms and turn into blood-thirsty animals themselves. Can't let this happen!
M9 (22)
slow month with the leaders having second thoughts on the priorities at the moment.
Akacis (23)
Ok! Let's make some POWER UP!!!
The Power (24)
New village, old monsters, ...
Silver Hand (25)
Finally the gnomes are ready for the mushrooms!
Beastmasters (29)
The next settlement must fall and join the Empire. After that, I can finally start dealing with the bandits.
Avalon Empire (3)
A place with many monsters, but a plain and a city nearby. May be a good place to settle for a brave faction...
The Cartographer (30)
Now the vikings prepared for the big battle against city guards. The guards were much better trained and equipped than the recruited rabble from surrounding mountains. However, there were three advantages for vikings that city guards did not share - tactics, morale and fireballs. If all went well, then the Times readers will be able to read that adventurers put city guards to sword in Hornwood mountains. 

Unless other events intruded. God forbid the ice wurms came.
Vikings of Venden (31)
I leave these barren lands behind to resettle in more conducive climes.  Strength through unity has always been the Atlantean way.
Atlanteans of Yore (32)
Starvation!
Blood Angels (35)
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Music Hath Chahms to Sooth a Savage Bheast
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Our Eldest's Column
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We are so pleased that Thane's Ring intends to help us with the monsters to the East.  We have seen how he fights; he should be able to completely solve our monster problems.  But I feel we should not always be reliant on others, that is why we have always been slaves.  We should try to apply some of the little folk wisdom to solving the monster problem before Thane's Ring solves it for us.

What do the little folk know?  We know that monsters are people too.  Just like other factions, if you are nice to them, they will be nice to you.  Every time.  Without exception.  Except for the untrustworthy ones Good Mr. Hagen warned us about.  So invite the monsters to your tea parties.  Then they won't make trouble.  Most of them, anyway.  Invite them to your dances, let them court your daughters, be nice to a monster, and maybe the monster will be nice to you.

The little folk explorers report that the monsters are not nice, they are savage, especially the dead ones, and the ones who guard the frozen border of the world.  I suspect that our explorers failed to invite the monsters to tea first, and so offended them.

Still, I would like to help our explorers, so I seek an oracle to ask advice.  Tho only oracle I can find in my magical texts tells me "The weather will be good for travels and military campaigns next month".  The oracle tells me that same thing every month.  Can't the weather ever be bad for trampling?  This oracle never tells me anything about monsters yet.  Perhaps if I study more in this magic path, then I'll be able to summon an oracle who can tell me more than "the weather will be good for trampling little folk, same as last month".  But the little folk need an answer now, not months from now.  They don't have all this time for me to study.  I don't have all this time.  What shall I do?  I know, I'll take a shortcut.  Time to summon another demon.

Summoning works on the first try.  From behind my barriers and wards, I begin the terrible incantation that supposedly politely invites the demon to answer my question.  But before I finish, the demons says in a friendly voice "Oh, don't botheh with that paht, mate, I'll just tell you whateveh you want to know."  So I tell the demon that monsters are sometimes being downright impolite to the little folk, before the little folk even have an opportunity to invite them to tea.  And the demon asks me a question.  "Ahen't the little folk mostly goblins and gnomes?  Ahen't goblins and gnomes skilled musicians?"  I say yes, although some young orcs and centaurs have joined now, 
more than half of the little folk are still goblins and gnomes.  The demon looks pleased, adopts an oracular pose, then intones 

    Now whyle the poet with this song delyghts ye mynds
    Of savage beastes, and drawes both stones and trees ageynst their kynds
    I’ve heahd, that things inanimate have movd,
    And, as with living souls, have been infoamed,
    By Magick Numbuhs and pehsuasive sound.

His purpose achieved, the demon departed my chambers.  There is more in the demon's poem than I can immediately comprehend, but the part about monsters is very clear to me.  Good Mr. Hagen tried to tell me the same thing in last month's Times article, but I had misunderstood his meaning.  Of course, music will put the monsters in a friendlier mood.  (Over)filled with purpose, I rush forth to announce yet another new class of petty official of the little folk state, the "beastes musician".  These musicians shall play, all hours of the day and night, music to delyght ye mynds of savage beastes.

There is one problem.   If everything published in the Times can be believed, then Thane's Ring does not like the little folk music.  Perhaps we should play only in regions where we are alone?  Or perhaps we should convert some of our furs into earplugs and give those to Thane's Ring?  Which skill would that be?  Maybe armorer?  There are a lot of Thane's Ring units; I wonder if our armorers can make more earplugs if we provide them with spinning wheels?


Pillaging Column
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We did no pillaging last month.  We witnessed new pillaging, though, and our gleaners can report on that.  A collection of powerful factions returned to an area recently pillaged and pillaged it again.  This took the wages from barely above subsistence to well below subsistence.  The demand for entertainment went from enough to support a single entertainer to none at all.  The population shrank.  After the second pillage, the starving natives are now willing to work for ridiculously low wages.  Was this perhaps the motivation for the second pillage?  The pillagers didn't get enough silver to support themselves for a month; the natives hadn't had time to accumulate much since the previous pillage.  Little folk gleaners had been producing in the area since the previous pillage, and it is possible that our production activity helped generate a bit more silver, but not enough.  It seems pillagers would do better to let lands lie fallow awhile between pillages.  Unless perhaps they are trying to recruit cheap leaders.


Linguistics Column
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There is something not quite right about this months demonic quotation.  The style changes halfway through.  It appears that the first two lines are translated from an ancient language, and the remaining lines added later in Standard Goblin.  Now that we have invited orcs to join, perhaps we can start publishing demonic quotations in Orcish instead of Standard Goblin?


LFLF Column
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Our Eldest is naive. Good Mr. Hagen is no friend, and Aenbecan did not die of natural causes in Hymnoaros.  Someone killed him.  Good Mr. Hagen was there and did not prevent the murder.  Nor did he prevent the looting of the Little Folk Musical Intelligence Agency archives.  The Little Folk Liberation Front predicts bootleg copies of little folk songs will soon spread throughout the land.  One would have to be very naive indeed to think that Thane's Ring's most recent Times article indicates friendship with the little folk.  Someone is even spreading rumors that we should be feared.  That's ridiculous.  We are "too little to love or to hate", we are guaranteed that by the second line of the second verse of our poetic constitution.  

Well, I guess it says "love or hate", not fear, but really, what can Thane's Ring possibly be afraid of.  We have watched the Thane's Ring Spirits fight, and all the little folk gathered together in one place could not match less than three score of Thane's Ring's men (and allies).  The LFLF wonders whether some of Thane's Ring have followed the dead rabbit, and now, like the dead rabbit, are afraid of their own shadows?

Join us at our monthly meetings to discuss it all over tea and biscuits.  This week we are guessing which LFMIA secret songs will become most popular.  Closest guess gets to choose the biscuit variety at some future meeting, and gets to take home all the leftovers.  The month after that, we will be guessing what Thane's Ring meant by "something has to be done".  Unless that topic is overtaken by events.


Letters Column
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(To the reader who claims all orcs are slavers, because there are no female orcs.)
Speak for yourself, missy.  I captured my orcish husband, not the other way around.  I love my orcish kids.  And anyone who wants to hurt my husband and kids has to get through me first.


Women's Column
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Why is this in the women's column, instead of the parenting column?  Aren't the men just as interested in our children as we are?  Our new orcish children are a joy, but different than little gnome and goblin children.  Just like last month, the little orcish boys all want to pretend that they are fighting in Hagen's army at the frontier, they don't want to pretend they are hosting tea parties or making great sculptures or conducting symphonies like our goblin children.  When they grow up they want to ride fast to the frontier where they can join Thane's Nazg Gul in the good task of seeking out and binding evil all places it may be found.  They want in their lifetimes to bring all the world the peace we enjoy inside the ring of Good Mr. Hagen's armies.  At least they want to be good little orcs, driving out evil and bringing world peace.  But we older goblins (both men and women) wish our good little orcs wanted more beauty and less slaughter.


Weather Column
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Stormspike tells us that "The locals keep saying that this is the harshest winter in history. For Utuk'ku, it feels like late spring. So much work to do to bring back the ice."  The little folk need to find Stormspike.  When we summon weather oracles, they tell us the same thing every month "The weather was clear last month.  The weather will be clear next month."  Clear for military campaigns.  Clear for trampling.  We must be too close to the equator.  Where can we get some of this harsh winter?


Music Column
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When I read last months obituary, I wish I could say that my first thought was "what a great goblin Aenbecan was".  Or even "I wonder what songs were performed at his funeral?".  But really, all I could think was "who is going to buy my next lunch?"  It is impossible to overstate the influence Aenbecan and his Little Folk Musical Intelligence Agency had on little folk music.  Almost all of us got music lessons as children on LFMIA scholarships.  Many of us got support for higher musical education through LFMIA programs.  Almost all of us who moved to the provinces did so because of the availability of lifetime support through Aenbecan's "Music Everywhere" program.  With the fall of Hymnoaros, Aenbecan dead, and the LFMIA presumably destroyed, how would musicians eat?

I shall be eternally grateful that, before the month was out, little folk government agents contacted me to say that a new program was starting, to serenade monsters everywhere with soothing music, to moderate their violent impulses.  Government money would be coming to all the former members of Aenbecan's "Music Everywhere" program, to provide 24 hour calming music, and to fund studies into the musical preferences of various monsters.  I know where my lunch is coming from.  And I won't have to abandon music.  I shall turn my attention to thediligent study of the desires of my new audience.


Grammar Column
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Dear Miss Goblin Grammar;

How does one say "shilly shally" in the obsequious mode, when it is the master and not the slave who is shilly shallying?  --Obeisant Toady

Dear Obeisant Toady;

Are you planning to address either Our Eldest, or the dead rabbit?  If you are planning to address Our Eldest, the obsequious mode is not correct, that mode is only for masters, who always come from other factions.  Little folk are never masters, not even Our Eldest.  You should use instead the mode of junior to elder.  If you are planning to address the dead rabbit, then the obsequious mode is correct, because the dead rabbit is a member of Thane's Ring.  In this case, one possible correct phrasing is "Oh most high and exalted dead rabbit, this miserable slave wishes for the wisdom on one who measures twice and cuts once, and looks before he leaps."  Be warned that you will get in trouble with our priests for conversing with the dead; they consider conversation with the dead no better than conversation with demons.



Religion Column
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Little folk musicians are reminded that more of them are paid to make religious music each week than are subsidized by shady government agencies.  Little folk musicians are reminded that we aren't looking to have our hymns composed by songwriters who consort with demons.  Nothing good will come of summoning demons.  Demons don't care about you, and will be amused if you misinterpret their advice.  Demonic advice usually has traps and unintended consequences.  If you have questions, please take them to a god, not to a demon.

Little folk orcish children's evening prayer:
    Tari amase wahr als ish usi tai Hagen Thane's nazg gul itt hab te summ ula Hagen
    Durbuk ustipte gimbatuluk krimpatul thrakuk suruhsi summuhsi urbu nazg ishi


Obituaries
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Derbiled, explorer, died of natuaral causes while traveling through the Great Antanoatos Desert.  Although his reports say there were evil magicians and an evil sorceror in the area, we don't think they had anything to do with his death, he appears to have been struck by lightning.  So another death by natural causes.  There is more lightning than we expected in December.  Thundersnow, perhaps?  I hope the season soon changes to a season with fewer storms.  The weather doesn't seem to change much here; perhaps we are too close to the equator?
little folk (38)
Freedom for Urgdur
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Today we rise up against the corrupt City Guard of Urgdur.  No longer shall we be ruled by this so-called Guard.  Tomorrow begins a new age of prosperity.  Word has gone out to our supporters and by the time you read this, we will already have triumphed.  Kiiran!
Kiiran (39)
The chief forester of the Four Winds came to report. It was a grave situation - the best source of wood for ship and wagon building was infested with treants, and the second best source had a crypt full of undead. It seemed forests were few and far between, and mostly full of terror. Only swamps and the occasional jungle were safe to harvest. This would be a world with few ships and few archers, both things the Children of the Four Winds usually desired.
The Children of the Four Winds (40)
Does Ingenuous Exarch understand what kind of adventure he is climbing into? After all, nothing foreshadowed trouble... opportunity to solve the issue in peace always was.... Would be a desire.
Alwengos (41)
Optanitos! How many for our hearts sad meanings this word holds. Burning with thirst for terrible revenge, enemy quietly harbour a grudge and is saving up strength to return!
Stupid! Stop it! Run before it's too late! You still have a chance to save your life and still in history!
Prodigal sons (42)
Where does the Great Izuknooz Desert end and the Basingford Great Desert begin?
Martiniks Trade Guild (43)
He will have to explain his aggression! Otherwise, the reckoning is inevitable.
Brave hedgehogs (46)
"Wir sollten Bogenschützen ausbilden", Sire. "Ja, veranlasst das", Merweulf wandte sich in Gedanken ab. Was sind schon Bogenschützen wert, wenn Du Feuermagier hast.
The House of Cygwin (47)
Utuk'ku listened to the report of the slain scout. It was all part of the job, except for the label that the locals put on the slayers: "evil" magicians. What did that mean? Knowing the quality of the help Utuk'ku was forced to employ, the magician was most likely dealing with a trespasser. Was that enough to earn the "evil" title? Utuk’ku didn’t think so, everyone with the means to defend their place and their people are in their right to do so.
Stormspike (49)
Thanks to that noise, all the rats have left the city slums.
Thane's Ring (5)
Centaurs and kobolds united in coordinated attack vs our defenseless taxers.
Result was a slaughter. Attack was made from shadows at night, so even local tabloids
have no article about this happening.
We will definitely invite journalists to the revenge battle happening soon! 
Magogash empire (51)
The routine sucked Torwin in. It was boring but calm.
Corvin Ravens (55)
Can't wait to meet old friends.
Orc Hunters (56)
Let there be peace! We need him, We were not born for fighting.
Do you agree?
For happiness, light, good deeds, For successful and beautiful days.
Dark League (6)
Are yo stealing horsa from Ogre ? Youu dumbas.
Ogre Mages (62)
The wretches blinked and cringed in the bright sunshine that beat down upon the prairie.

The dragoon beat down his inner concern.  If the Fendahl sent goblins to the plains, then they would do His will there.  His troops' hooves would soon depart for more challenging climes.
The Fendahli (65)
Goblin swarm and mage support.  Pity that we didn't have access to elves in large numbers...
Peacekeepers (7)
Well, let's see how this goes...
Fenris Reborn (70)
Such a nice volcano, no demons or giants!
But our expedition did not find anything of value.
Is it because of humans leading it or just bad luck?
Let's check at the neighboring volcano, and if we don't find anything either, then we should hire dwarves instead.
StarFire (72)
Hamlets and single huts are dotting the Lirael River Swamps, surrounded by endless reeds and the odd tree here and there. The water is murky, but there are channels known to the local guides where people can drown and ships can pass. Lizardfolk, always mistrusting towards the outsiders, are jealously guarding their paddocks, where black water buffalos graze. Fishing, not so much. Apparently the locals despise fish.
"Might as well", the centaur scout Antygone is mumbling. Fish is not her idea of a good meal either. She whinnies, then goes on to find her way to meet the gnoll she has spied across a dark-watered deadwater. He has seen her, too, awaiting her arrival.
Horse Lords (77)
Wood. We need wood.
SuperBober (78)
Romans will seek vengeance on their enemies...
Romans (8)
With his orphans moving into all parts of society and filling the coffers of the orphanage, Peter smiles warmly.  Nevertheless, he has some concern over the closeness of rival factions from nearby towns.  What to do? wonders Peter... Open talks with them and perhaps share the contested areas, or perhaps start a turf war and take all of the contested territory.  Talk is cheap, and losses would be non-existent, but growth would be limited, but border skirmishes could be costly, though the rewards might well be much greater.  What to do? ... What to do?
The Orphans (9)

Rumors

Some say that Holden will cause turn delay
Swamps are more common in rivers than seas.
Холден и Корвин вышли подраться... и Холден ударил Корвина молотком... и ноги Корвина погрузились по колено в землю... и Корвин ударил Холдена булавой в ответ... и ноги Холдена глубоко вошли... в задницу Холдена... земля Атлантиды не приняла стопы Проклятого Холдена
The Holden Witnesses Sect announces the reorganization and foundation of the Holden Holy Deed Church. 
For honor of the Sancti Actum, a Cathedral of the Holy Deed must be built in the Great  Bletchgrove Desert and a ritual of moistening dragon eggs will be performed there. 
From now on, the ritual is allowed to use only dragon eggs . Any attempts to use the eggs of less significant monsters are considered heresy. 
Hail the Great Holden's Squirt!
No more Holden...
Oh! Trolling of Alwe is more fun than trolling of Holden!
This decrepit hole lover screams so funny!
If a single guard in the desert falls from an arrow to the neck, does it make a sound?
Soon they will come, my minions, oh yessss, soon they will rise.
There are Kongs in the Great Lirael River deserts.