Times Turn 15

The desert of Melgrove Desert, north of Maidenvil, has yet to be visited by
exiles from destroyed worlds.
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 )                              April, Year 2                              (
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 )      Some traders are rumoring about the skirmish between enemies       (
(      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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(       Several wanderers have heard about a fight between combatants       )
 )     happened in the desert of Great Antanoatos Desert where battle      (
(       ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be       )
 )         known as Battle near the mountains of Khimilgog Rocks.          (
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 )    Handful dockers have heard about the skirmish between two armies     (
(      happened in the desert of Great Antanoatos Desert where battle       )
 )      ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be      (
(          known as Battle near the mountains of Khimilgog Rocks.           )
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(      Multiple refugees are worried about the battle between hostile       )
 )     forces happened in the desert of Great Autarkaros Desert where      (
(     battle ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will     )
 )              be known as Siege of the Tower Doom Keep [1].              (
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 )           Numerous wanderers are whispering about the town of           (
(      Anankamomeinos that lies in the Arithil Desert desert, where a       )
 )                        villans destroyed guards.                        (
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 )     Handful scouts are worried about the city of Epikatarirmos that     (
(     lies in the Glanar River swamps, where a villans expelled guards.     )
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(       Numerous merchants have heard about the village of Bridgeford       )
 )       that lies in the Burvil Desert desert, where an opposition        (
(                             expelled guards.                              )
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(       Several refugees are discussing about the town of Hymnoarenos       )
 )        that lies in the Antanoimos Sands desert, where a faction        (
(                             expelled guards.                              )
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(      Multiple peasants are whispering about adventurers who have put      )
 )     to the sword Family of Ogres (171) near mountains of Durbanarb      (
(      Heights. Freeing the desert of Arithil Desert from their dread.      )
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(       Many traders have heard about adventurers who have destroyed        )
 )    Sandlings (1911) near ocean of Lochael River. Freeing the desert     (
(                  of Great Ugdur Desert from their fear.                   )
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(        Multiple druids are worried about adventurers who have slew        )
 )     Sandlings (933) near ocean of Gwalall River. Freeing the desert     (
(                of Great Lurgbuz Desert from their terror.                 )
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(         Numerous wanderers are discussing about hunters who have          )
 )      annihilated Sandlings (6061) near jungles of Bletchvil Woods.      (
(        Freeing the desert of Great Ugdur Desert from their horror.        )
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(        Numerous adventurers are whispering about rangers who have         )
 )    massacred Grizzly Bears (342) near volcanoes of Lurggar Volcano.     (
(       Freeing the mountains of Bolagal Mountains from their horror.       )
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(       In the ocean of Tala River, near jungles of Barazagul Woods,        )
 )    Kraken (5064) who continue to cause anxiety to local inhabitants.    (
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 )     In the desert of Great Perikeros Desert, near forests of Nimith     (
(      Forest, Giant Birds (483) who continue to cause terror to local      )
 )                              inhabitants.                               (
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 )         In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert, near mountains of         (
(      Basingford Rocks, Undead (665) who continue to cause horror to       )
 )                           local inhabitants.                            (
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Quests

Build a Temple in Aerakos Valley for the glory of the Gods.
In the desert of Great Bletchvil Desert roams the Crocodiles (106). 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!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the rootstone of Great Lurgbuz Desert.
In the desert of Great Izuknuz Desert lurks the Sphinx (811). 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 jungle of Ugdur Jungle roams the Great Apes (864). 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 Agamenakos Desert 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.
In the desert of Great Antanoatos Desert 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 iron of Great Ugdur Desert.
In the plain of Aerakos Valley roams the Sandlings (405). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Antanoatos Desert roams the Sandlings (350). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
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 Birmington Desert lurks the Sandlings (926). 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!
Build a Temple in Ametanakos Dale for the glory of the Gods.

Articles

It's quiet in the tundra at dawn -
Even the river does not make noise,
Even the tramp himself is the wind
Paws stretched out and sleeping.

It's quiet in the tundra. Thin, timid,
Blue ice is getting cold in puddles.
Because of the farthest hill
The sun is redder rising.

And, welcoming the luminary,
The tundra suddenly responded -
She was all talking,
Singing, whistling flooded.

By the sea come in green,
The heaviness grew shaking off barely,
It rang with a thin ringing
Tall grass.

The ice floes in the puddles trembled,
They spread like a muddy stream.
The partridges screamed
With the first sunbeam.

The night shadows were gone.
And the familiar trail
of Long -legged deer
We wandered to the watering hole.

And only the sun flickered
White clouds of fur,
The dream seemed to be blown away by the wind
From the eyes of a gray-haired shepherd.

Naughty that girl,
Having forgotten a night's sleep,
A talkative little river
It splashes in a foamy wave.

Listen up! Listen up! Early in the morning
Everything rejoices and sings, -
This is the tundra- the northerner
Glorifies the sunrise.
Gyperboreya (10)
The crocodiles didn't want to be friends. Was it something we said ?
Iron Harlequins (12)
Such friendly and generous neighbours. Makes you wonder why we expend so much effort not being noticed.
Four Horsemen (13)
Englefart was playing with his boat in the river and fell in.
Silly Englefart, you're all wet! Is that a fish in your hair?
MetroGnomes (14)
"With a caravanserai we'll be moving goods in no time."
"Jack is ready for the job."
Grey Order (15)
City should be ours!
Great Horde (16)
Damm this desert is big
Malibu West (17)
- Eight demons, sir, right in the middle of the heart of our industry! Each like a dozen of skilled soldiers with swords and armors! Any orders, sir?
- So its more than a hundred of well-equipped and trained soldiers... Can we probably burn them out?
- No, sir.
- Is there any option to deal with them?
- Yes, sir, according to ancient knowledge they have just one weakness -- we can shoot them out with our ranged weapon!
- Got it. So please, order my people to plant some trees in our deserts. All the desert have to be planted, please, ASAP.
Desert Eagles (18)
Hearing of large numbers of troops being eaten by wandering monsters. My men are not liking these rumors and want out of the deserts.
The Filras (20)
Food appeared again? This time it has four times less legs but who cares. The demoniacal garlic will make it taste delicious anyway!
M9 (22)
hopefully taking the settlement will go well, otherwise we have a problem.
Akacis (23)
We need new targets for POWER strikes!
The Power (24)
We will keep searching again and again.
Beastmasters (29)
The bandits from the Southeast got reinforcement from the North. This makes everything much harder.
Avalon Empire (3)
Maybe it is time to change the faction's name. Venden was place in another land, in another time. Now our home is Hornwood.

Our eastern hostile neighbour turns out to be barbarian Ogre Mages that apparently wants to take our allied lands. So the war brews and we need to order building of great fortifications.
Vikings of Venden (31)
A wanted poster appears
Wanted: Head of the lich that murdered my men.  Reward offered!
Atlanteans of Yore (32)
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Deadly Music Critics
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Our Eldest's Column
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Our music didn't work as well as we had hoped.  A few monsters hated it and slaughtered our musicians as soon as they began playing. 

In an unrelated development, the little folk have also begun dying from attacks by enemy factions, some of whom identify themselves, and some of whom do not identify themselves.  We haven't yet hurt any of our attackers; we aren't sure whether this is because we are being nice, or because we lack skill and weapons.  I'm unsure what we should do about this; the more experienced factions have master tacticians, mithril weapons and armor, and summoned creatures; the little folk don't have any of that.  Probably because we didn't follow the demon's advice correctly; we didn't pillage enough.  We can try to get our own summoned creatures, mithril arms and armor, but by the time we do, the more experienced factions will already have better things.  I think our only hope is to ally with strong factions (but what does a strong faction need us for?  A strong faction can do everything better themselves.) or to ally with a very large number of weak factions.  How could a large number of weak factions usefully support each other?  We are all so far apart.  Mages move fast, but an army marches at the speed of its slowest member.  Any ideas?  Suggestions?

Pillaging Column
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We witnessed a lot of pillaging last month, from one side of the little folk lands to the other.  This month little folk units all across the little folk lands are fleeing pillaged areas.  We should have been better prepared for this.  The little folk are used to being marched over, after all.

    Rome never looks where she treads
    always her heavy hooves fall 
    on our stomachs, or hearts or our heads
    and Rome never heeds when we bawl.

    Her sentries pass on
    ...
    That is all. (Kipling)

Going forward, we little folk should redesign our production so our farmers produce roots we can gnaw after the pillage.  Unfortunately, this month the pillaged lands have almost no farmers.  Our lumberjacks, miners and hunters are all fed from our puppet show and alms income, and no one offers alms or goes out to shows after the pillagers have passed through.  Perhaps we should have saved enough to live on until the lands recovered from the pillage, but little folk have always been grasshoppers, not ants.  So this month, little folk producers are migrating away from pillaged lands, hoping to choose a different direction of travel than the pillagers.


Weather Column
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The weather was clear last month, and will be clear next month.  I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a forecast, supported by both climatology and persistence; I predict the weather will be clear the month after that, too.  Why can't we have flood season when the marshes turn to oceans and we drown, winter when the frozen wastes expand into their neighbors, and summer when the deserts are too hot to cross?  Why is the weather so boring here?


Music Column
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Music was never such a dangerous business before.  Many musicians were slain last month as soon as they began to sing.


LFLF Column
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Our Eldest wants us to gnaw roots for a year after the pillagers pass.  Why can't we defend ourselves instead?  Pillagers have mithril arms and armor, master tacticians, fleets or summoned creatures.  Why can't the little folk have these things?  If we just aren't smart enough or fast enough to have these yet, why can't we at least ally with other dumb slow factions who tire of being trampled, numerous enough to fight the mithril clad experts?  The little folk need new leadership.  Attend a little folk liberation front (LFLF) meeting for a discussion of everything our leaders are doing wrong, tea, and the very best biscuits anywhere.  


Religion Column
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If you have a question, ask a god, not a demon.  Gods care about you.  Demons don't.

We told you so.  
Our Eldest summons a demon.  Our Eldests listens to the demon.  Our Eldest follows the demon's advice.  Little folk are slaughtered.  A demon laughs.  
We told you so.

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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The last time we had a month of undeath (a month where no little folk died) the following month was a famine and many of us died.  The month before last, we had another month of undeath.  This was followed was followed by protests about little folk music by sphinxes, sandlings, and scorpions.  The evil mages seemed to like our song, but unfortunately our singer was struck by lightning during his first performance.  

Nehhton the second sang the wrong song to a Sphinx in Durbuz Desert.
Taran died of natural causes in the Antanoatos Desert.  He seems to have been struck by lightning while singing.
Forcus sang the wrong song to a scorpion.
Meadowlark sang the wrong song to sandlings.
Alpia, Drust, and Light Caedmon of Nottingwood sang the same wrong song to sandlings.
Bright Drust, Ru Vipoig, Mailcon, Tuathflaith, Brude, Mathgem, Maelrubha and Decillimon were slain by Sphinxes and Scorpions.
A dozen goblins (in modest clothing, with no faction insignia) slew Bridei in the Derbuz desert.  This seems unfriendly, they could have just forbid him passage if they didn't want him traveling there.
Nahht, Gemma, and Short Drust died trying to rescue songs from the LFMIA (little folk musical intelligence agency) archives at Hymnoaros.They were discovered by the conquerors of Hymnoaros, who found it even easier to kill 3 little folk than it was to kill 120 guardsmen.  Apparently the conquerors of Hymnoaros want all the music for themselves.
little folk (38)
Overhead in an Urgdur tavern....
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"Ah!  Grab a seat young'un..."
  "Fryth - how are things?"
"Three sheets to the wind - celebrating our glorious victory!"
   "Huzzah!"
"Huzzah!"
....
....
  "Fryth..... what are we going to do now?"
"Well.  You know.  Freedom to the people and all that."
....
.....
   "Fryth.... what about the monsters?  I mean, my cousin was eaten by a Sphinx.  I know we brough down that Guard, but they were corrupt and lazy..."
"Yes - of course they were!"
  "Right - corrupt.  Of course."
....
.....
   "But... the Sphinx?"
"Well.  Yes.  I mean of course we'll deal with that."
   "How?"
"Well, I'm sure our leaders have a plan."
....
....
....
Kiiran (39)
While the military conquest of this world is going poorly, the Children of the Four Winds sampled their latest purchases. The spices were so fragrant and tasty that they would have the greatest banquet of any faction,
The Children of the Four Winds (40)
Rebirth from the ashes will take some time. But it won't help Caesar.
Alwengos (41)
The foundation of a Kingdom is a long and complex process that takes resources and time. Instead of research, produce and building, we are forced to create troops and move from town to town. Production and construction are taking a back seat. We look with envy how the neighbors are growing around. But after we establish control over all the towns in the district, we will definitely catch up with the neighbors. Give me three years of a quiet life and you won't recognize our Kingdom!
Prodigal sons (42)
- Desert gods send this sphinx back to the desert.
--Mag dit so wees
Martiniks Trade Guild (43)
The first month of spring of the second year of the world's existence brought many interesting events. 
Research has moved to a new level. 
The construction of buildings and roads begins, and the search for important resources has begun.
The extraction of priority resources is reaching the industrial level, getting close to the limits of production in the regions. Horses, stones, iron, wood, all this is already available to us in small quantities. I hope the restless neighbors in the north-west realize their capabilities and will no longer disturb us.
Brave hedgehogs (46)
Humham news

Something seems to be bothering the guards. In the middle of the night, an alarm was given. They swarmed out, but were unable to pin down and identify the shadows that triggered the alarm. By morning the alarm was lifted.
The House of Cygwin (47)
Just like that, the cold season is over. The main difference is that the fashion this spring is not the fiery red from the former guard, but the sky blue from the new guard. As long as they don't bother Utuk'ku, they could go naked for all she cares. 
Stormspike (49)
They keep coming back for more.
Thane's Ring (5)
Some logs have been strapped together by 10 wood elves and we are setting sails.
Our voyage is going to be dangerous, long and hopefully full of adventures.
Bon voyage!
Magogash empire (51)
Outmaneuver and destroy. Possible? Indeed. If you have good communication. 
Corvin Ravens (55)
It makes sense that Stockham city has a large market of booze.
Orc Hunters (56)
Da Minores Folk is making fun of cunning Ogres?
Ogre Mages (62)
The goblin looked at the sword.  It was, at least, not rusty.  But he didn't think it was going to make all that much difference to the sphinx
The Fendahli (65)
We don't tolerate unrevealing/stealthy units, especially when they are leader units... bye bye!

Peace at all costs!
Peacekeepers (7)
Let's try this again...

Hopefully, the village will be ours....
Fenris Reborn (70)
Our scouts were killed by the undead.
Has the horde returned?
StarFire (72)
M'Lord, we have reports.

Reports?  Of what?

Erm... The world is mostly Desert.  So 'tis said anyway.  The World is crowded with factions fighting for resources!

GO and FIND SPACE!

Aye M'Lord
Langobards (79)
Ok, now we sent orders on time!
Romans (8)
Peter shakes his head as the Messaging Elves leave.  Mayhaps the inevitable can be avoided, but his orphans have been complaining loudly, and it is all he can do to keep them from doing anything that might be disastrous for everyone. But, Boys will be boys, and he is not sure he can keep them all in line.
The Orphans (9)

Rumors

Holden is not a gynecologist, but he can examine.
By order of the Patriarch of Holden Holy Dead Church, whose diocese is located in Great Bletchgrove Desert, the caught heretics of the Holden Witnesses Sect were subjected to a fair trial. Under torture, they confessed to desecrating the Holy Ritual of moistening eggs through the use of turtle eggs! According to the court's decision, heretics will be subjected to abuse by turtle eggs and subsequent crucifixion on pillars in the desert.
One, two, three, four, five, come out, I'm playing hide and seek.