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 )                            February, Year 3                             (
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 )     Several pilgrims are telling that they have heard about a small     (
(       fight between enemies in the swamps of Supreis where and many       )
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 )    Several traders are telling that have heard a tell about a small     (
(       battle between combatants in the plains of Traciovo where and       )
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 )       Several pilgrims are telling that locals are rumoring about       (
(      plains of Lontta where in the Reeville city guards were put to       )
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 )       Dozen pilgrims are telling that refugees are worried about        (
(     mountains of Pa'amp where in the Guntmism town guards were slain      )
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 )     Many adventurers are telling that they have heard about forests     (
(      of Dissno where in the Pewnrath village guards were slain by a       )
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 )        Many travelers are telling that have heard a tell about a        (
(       witchers who have expelled Family of Ogres (333) freeing the        )
 )                mountains of Nicerrom from their horror.                 (
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 )      Several pilgrims are telling that they have heard about Storm      (
(      Giant (621) in the mountains of Inea continue to cause fear on       )
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 )      Dozen travelers are telling that they have heard about Dragon      (
(     (896) tried to cause horror in the mountains of Nicerrom bet were     )
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Quests

In the desert of Stonmyxse lurks the Evil Warriors (591). 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 mountain of Hashhi lurks the Family of Ogres (5956). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Huykash lurks the Hydra (510). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the yew of Crormel.
Build a Temple in Angli for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in A'art for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in Cefelat for the glory of the Gods.
In the tundra of Wa'uw roams the Pride of Lions (239). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Reprau.
In the tundra of Jitecpa lurks the Undead (599). 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!
Build a Temple in Agate for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in Bacawknen for the glory of the Gods.
In the plain of Cetheim lurks the Evil Warriors (503). 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!
In the mountain of Weatsquen roams the Yeti (192). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Ebigy roams the Pride of Lions (352). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Vandmanddal lurks the Hydra (824). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the forest of Orfeidi roams the Giant Scorpions (1882). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!

Articles

Our hunters have finally cornered those kobolds after 3 month chase. No more sorrow peasants in our lands.
Thane's Ring (10)
The Ambassador took a look at the Times, and realised that five new factions were due to arrive this month. Clearly this oceanic world of many islands called out to many who wished to settle it. The Ambassador decided to place an order for more praline-filled snacks wrapped in golden foil to serve, as he may be holding many more diplomatic functions soon.
Children of the Four Winds (13)
The ship continues to the search, another Hydra found, will come for him soon.
The Filras (14)
Bureaucracy is a killer. Literally. One order is misplaced and a pack of honest road workers are buried under tons of stone just when our friendly giant neighbor "little Pete" decides to go for an evening stroll. He fancies to test how many rocks can he hit with a single ligthning bolt, and now we have to prepare the pensions and bribe the next crew to visit the region. The road must go on!  
Fanhunters (16)
From the diary of Garthan Silvertong:

3rd of January Year 3

I decided to start a diary. Well, I kinda didn't have a choice. Last month I read Bohica's diary when she was busy training with the other mages and what I always suspected was proven to me beyond doubt. My mistress is crazy. I became involved with a madwoman. Of course she found out that I read her diary and I almost paid with my life for my curiosity. But she decided to spare me. She destroyed her diary and ordered me to chronicle our adventures together. Well, to be frank, her adventures since I'm just a companion to her. A skilled lover to pass the time with. So here I am starting a diary. She's reading everything I write of course. 

7th of January Year 3

The combat training with Lachdanan is tough. I always thought that I have the wits to survive in this world without getting my hands dirty but I no longer have the luxury to stay an outsider. My mistress ordered me to learn how to fight and I am doing it. She said the things I learn might save my life one day. If the training doesn't kill me first. I'm covered by bruises from the daily excercise and by bite marks because ever since Bohica learned that I read her diary she is acting like a panthress in bed. Maybe she was always like this just kept up the facade for my sake? She is standing behind me as I write this and she is nodding.

13rd of January Year 3

Bohica promised me that she'll make me her apprentice. Whatever that means. She already told me everything about the thieves' guild she's building and her plans about world dominance. Very impressive. Her ambitions are out of this world. There are days I feel lucky for meeting with her. No mistress, I'm not lying. Please let go of my balls. I need to finish this entry.


17th of January Year 3

We set sail today. That was a surprise as the courier with the supplies was not informed about the change in plans. My mistress seems worried because we have little supplies left with the fleet.


24th of January Year 3

Our economy is increasing. We rank no. 2 in silver and winged horse production. I'm not the best when it comes to statistics and numbers but my mistress wants me to learn these things as well.

30th of January Year 3

We are back in Pewnrath. Last time we were here about a year ago the village belonged to the Kingdom of Bogmor (47) but there's no sign of that power in the region anymore.
Indigo (17)
Sorrowful is the life of the long range scout. Probably, never to see home again, they are left to their own devices, no support from those they toil for. Every day they hope to find something... something that will make them noticed. Which is strange in a way, as mostly, they try to stay unnoticed.
Big Ol Bob (18)
Ohh well the new land from last months news is inhibited. But the others sailors are reporting also land in sight, what's waiting for us there. 
Steve N Seagulls followers (20)
A few months ago some of our explorers were brutally murdered.
Our goblin shaman says we have to find their bodies to bury them right...
Beastmasters (21)
The mists are thick, they twirl and swirl and citizens all over town are reporting armed orc and elves. Only now, the winds don't seem to blow these figures away.
The Grey Order (27)
The first crusade against mosnters has started. Those who believes in holy black obelisk force, kill those beasts on the sight. 
The Black Obelisk (28)
What a relief! It was the right decision to slow things a bit. It was a long time when Emperor got such well-written orders.
Avalon Empire (3)
Desperation can also be a driver. Leaving our scouts out to die, or writing a prose about them. How they move out into the unknown, undeterred by the dangers that lurk in the unknown waters and lands beyond the horizon. Let's do that, let's give them som praise. Maybe we'll get some pennies to help them on their journey.
Filcist (32)
Tili-tili bom. Close your eyes quickly. Someone is walking outside the window and knocking on the door...
Gyperboreya (33)
Count von Count rode in on a camel, followed by five more with his luggage. His long locks whipped around in the desert wind, his silk finery stained with sweat and dust from the journey from the desert.

When he came round the street corner and looked upon the Order camp, he was most disappointed. How do even holy men live in such conditions?

He rides up to the now mostly build Fort Ludios, marched up to the keep and took over the bedroom, directing the servants to unload his luggage.

The Order teacher summoned him to the indoctrination center. "Here we will rid your soul of its many impurities, its depravities, its decadence. You must cleanse yourself of sin and materialism!"

"Is that a chocolate?"

"Not just chocolate, but we have coated coffee beans with chocolate. Try one ! It's a big money maker for the Order"

"Delicious!"

The Grandmaster walked in just in time to see this exchange and realized this new disciple needed discipline and a lesson. Having achieved a high skill in fire magic, he cast a subtle spell...

Count von Count's silks were caught in the blaze, but his skin was insulated by the Grandmaster's magic. Well not all of it - the Grandmaster left gaps just big enough to induce tremendous pain from shoulder to toe, but no visible scars.

The amazed monks looked between the now naked and whimpering Count and the Grandmaster and wondered what would happen next.

"Chocolate covered espresso beans? Who is smuggling such things? The filthy local peasants are already corrupt and led by the decadent city council. Now you lead them further astray!"

He takes one of the beans from the bowl, eats it, and his expression softened. "Oh, maybe we can keep on making and selling these. Give them as treats to the worthy holy warriors. And send a bowl to my tent."

He turns to the Count. "As for you, Brother, get yourself cleaned up. We have some camelskin robes more fitting for this climate and for the station of a humble warrior monk. Get yourself to the barber, as well. Monks don't have hair down to their waist."

The Count knew better than to protest that it took half his life to grow his hair that long.

Everybody scrambled to do their duty, lest the fiery wrath of the Grandmaster manifest itself in another fire spell. Some wondered what the Grandmaster would do to the Count over the room in the fortress, but that is a story for another day.
The Most Righteous Order (34)
Time for that wicked degenerate family of ogres to die!
Riders of the Storm (37)
From now on, we - Ice Dwarves - for glory of Frozen Sails, will roam cold waters. Pirates from faction 2 - You're doomed. You should know better and join FS Navy long time ago! Now, You are prey.
Frozen Sails (38)
Another turn, another battle. This time family of Yetis decided to attack our peaceful settlement. The settlement survived but one Yeti managed to escape. Another hunting party is on the way.
WindMasters (4)
Our studies into these "demons" didn't reveal anything interesting. Maybe we'd ask our allies to find some test specimens?
The Culture (41)
Report from Scout #5

Our troops will arrive in Fenic this month to help the poor villages stand up against the evil City Guards.

There may be trouble ahead...
The Disinherited Knights (42)
The Guild's elders happily announce that now every main production site and caravan are being accompanied with good observer to prevent monster attacks. However, it has come to knowledge that there are monsters as terrible as giant scorpions that escape good observers and require nothing less than excellent observers. Such men are rarity, therefore elders suggest to trust luck and not meet any monsters of excellent stealth. 
The Trade Guild (48)
There will be a competition among Red Skulls. Who make better warriors? Ice dwarves or orcs?
Red Skulls (5)
Show Restraint When With the King

When you sit down to eat with a king,
Carefully consider what is before you;
Put a knife to your throat
If you have a large appetite.
Do not crave his delicacies,
For it is deceptive food.
Do not wear yourself out to gain wealth.
Stop and show understanding.

 - Solomon (Proverbs 23:1-4)
Truthseekers Alliance (50)
One of the Quartermasters comes to talk to Tasarran...

"Sir; we are currently producing crossbows to sell in the market at Decbank; however, it has occurred to me that we could probably train a group of men to use them in the assault on Flylpest..."

"Make it so!"
The Greycloaks (51)
We've found some rebels in the village. We'll execute them on a central square at noon.
Under Pressure (57)
-(2) Huh? What do you mean?
-(1) What did you hear. Any other questions?
-(3) Yes. How do we gonna do it?
-(1) We have someone, who will help us. Be ready. And finally send him our plan.
-(2) And don't forget the map.
-(1) And send him the map!
Lords of Centurion (58)
 "Ssssssaaaaaaahhhh.... cap'n did we forget ssssssomething?"  the firsssst mate asked.

"Um, possssssibly, thisss or that little oversssight," replied the ship's massster.  "Which particular item were you thinking of?"

"Food.  Money for food. Netsss to catch food. Booksss on fissshing to learn to catch food.  Booksss on ssssssailing to learn how to go where food isss.  Any of thossse would have been a sssssstart really.  Or putting actual ssssssailorsss or fisssherlizardsss on the boat, asss opposssed to... thossse bardsss, ssskaldsss, and jongleursss." 

The mate did not actually roll his eyes as he gestured dismissively at the despondent crew lounging about the foredeck, plucking idly at salt-fouled lute strings.  

But he was thinking about it loudly enough to be heard from the shore.
Church of Light and Truth (59)
More and more taxes are collected in our provinces, but there is still room for expansion to north, south, west and east. Let's explore those options.
Wildcard (63)
Settling in, making a good income from my city.
Good farming, mining, etc.
Time to be paranoid - someone will be coming to take it all.
ClanJaguar (64)
Wandering monsters are falling, who is next? 
Malibu West (7)
What shall we do with a drunken sailor?
Bleak Creek tribe (75)
Finally, civilization ahead !

But would they be friendly ?

Sometimes man was worse than worst cold.
Iron Harlequins (76)
Huge month the the old Gods. This should start a great journey (in case nothing fails again).
Heimdall (80)
The dragon wanderer continues to ravage our lands.
TS (81)
From a report to the Grand Emir: 
"... The number of skeletons that decayed is greater than expected. It is proposed to consider the Necronomicon data as inaccurate and to continue monitoring for the collection of updated statistical data."
Nomads (82)
Wonderful news. I met a friend!
Partorg (87)

Rumors

The ice dragon is looking for those who don't put enough effort into their Times articles. She'll pay a visit to their towns to give them something to write about.