Times Turn 33

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 )                             October, Year 3                             (
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 )     Some travelers are telling that have heard a tell about a small     (
(     skrimish between two armies in the plains of Flalo where and some     )
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 )     Some adventurers are telling that refugees are worried about a      (
(      clash between enemies in the forests of Orfeidi with 354 killed      )
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 )      Dozen pilgrims are telling that refugees are worried about a       (
(      small fight between enemies in the tundras of Bitem where ended      )
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 )       Many adventurers are telling that locals are rumoring about       (
(        deserts of Clundsoe where in the Wanseside town guards were        )
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 )     Some traders are telling that locals are rumoring about tundras     (
(     of Spofliunu where in the Dulthaling town guards were slain by an     )
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 )       Several traders are telling that have heard a tell about a        (
(     witchers who have slain Giant Birds (11944) freeing the mountains     )
 )                     of Tolsellil from their horror.                     (
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 )    Several traders are telling that locals are rumoring about Undead    (
(       (12527) tried to cause fear in the mountains of Weatsquen bet       )
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 )      Several traders are telling that they have heard about Dragon      (
(     (589) in the mountains of Uptem continue to cause dread on local      )
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 )      Dozen traders are telling that they have heard about Pride of      (
(      Lions (239) in the tundras of Wa'uw continue to cause dread on       )
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Quests

In the plain of Rardmomvale lurks the Evil Warriors (638). 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!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the iron of Cesasm.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the floater hides of Posclebon.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the admantium of Tolsellil.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the stone of Helmec.
In the tundra of Wa'uw roams the Pride of Lions (239). 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!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Reprau.
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 horses of Eansu'osh.
In the tundra of Croshea roams the Lizard Men (247). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the plain of Flalo lurks the Evil Mages (518). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the forest of Resi lurks the Undead (628). 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 plain of Flalo roams the Pride of Lions (251). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the plain of Cetheim lurks the Evil Warriors (503). 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!
In the plain of Lontta roams the Pride of Lions (352). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Stonmyxse lurks the Evil Warriors (591). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!

Articles

As the troops cheered for the slaying of the dragon, the archers ran out to retrieve lost arrows. The battle was surprisingly easy as three armies had come to kill it. The other two armies had picked over the dragon's cave in the mountains and looted all the silver coins that made up the dragon's pillow. One lone trooper tripped over something while searching for arrows - it was an old brass lamp. He took it home, it might make a nice gift for his mother.
Children of the Four Winds (13)
Times are slow, what should we do?
The Filras (14)
It was an epic battle. The sun was setting when our troops finally cornered the fleeing giant, covered in blood and with quivering with terror, and the marksman put an arrow through his eye, ending his reign of terror.
Scratch that, it was ugly. We were counting on the element of surprise, but he saw us coming for a mile and devastated our lines with a powerful bolt. After that, the troops still able to move scrambled to close with him and a few lucky blows gave us the day. Not looking forward to repeat it again.
Fanhunters (16)
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From the diary of Garthan Silvertong:

1st of September Year 3

The army is bored so Bohica organized a manhunt. I mean elfhunt. Whatever. Two unfortunate cartographers were chased down and put to the sword by our main army just because they happened to be in the area. She said the troops needed the training. What training can they get from running after two scouts all day I ask. I guess endurance.

10th of September Year 3

Regdan created another staff. He's getting quite proficient. It looks exactly the same as mine but now I can tell mine apart form the other. Bohica says I have properly bonded with my weapon. I can't wait to try it out in actual combat.

17th of September Year 3

We are sailing north again. A new ice dragon appeared in the lair where we killed the old one. Furious beast. Maybe it's the mate of the one we killed? Our scout did not have time to find out before he was consumed by the beast. So we're sailing back north to find out.

25th of September Year 3

We arrived to our old campsite. The crypts are empty but the dragon in the neighborhood will be a good sport. Admiralty also decided to clear the magetower to the northeast. We'll be quite busy next month.
Indigo (17)
Our supply management, for the lack of a better word, sucks. Now we have too many swords. It has been suggested we make picket fences out of them. Pointy end up for the not nice neighbours. Pointy end down where we need something to lean on, whilst conversing with friendlies.
Big Ol Bob (18)
Some goblins are ready to work in a very tough conditions.
This is very helpful.
Beastmasters (21)
"Commander... Commander..."
"Yes sir."
"Hire some High Elves, we're to strat fishing. And, get John on it: he can build a raft or two."
The Grey Order (27)
We need to put scount into every city in this world. They will be out eyes, ears and hands.
The Black Obelisk (28)
The fleet lead by the legate Chrysaor Cinna reached the shores of the neighbor island. Surprisingly nothing prevented to deploy 4th Imperial Legion there.

Legion prepared for the short march to the capital of the region. Empire came here to stay!
Avalon Empire (3)
You are Welcome!
Gyperboreya (33)
Alfonso the smuggler and notorious evader of VAT, having entered the sewers of the holy city while dragging a ton of contraband chocolate... thought he heard footsteps all round ...

His mind was racing... He'd best be very quiet now. The Order couldn't possibly be on to him. He'd illicitly traded chocolate here for months and had nothing but contempt for those who paid the Order's perfectly reasonable and fair 15% luxury tax. All that extra profit for him and none for those who kept the city safe for trade. He thought the Order were pompous jackasses with their dromedaries and their robes and their high priests wearing ludicrously oversized headgear to make themselves look like giants... Useless buffoons. Well and their swords and crossbows and undead corps and catapults... But still lacking subtlety and artifice. And that eagle won't help much in the sewer, haha! Any faction who put that moron Count von Count who can barely count to five in charge of one of their fortresses deserve to not have their taxes paid by Alfonso the genius and magnificent mage and master of the teleport spell. Alfonso chortled with glee thinking of the wealth this run was going to bring. Oh no, best be quiet, silent as the grave, he thought to himself. Maybe it's time for that once-per-decade maintenance project on this section. What'll the workers think if they discovered him down here? He figured a quick fireball spell would keep them permanently quiet, and hopefully no one would see or hear through the drainage grates.

Little did he know that his activities were long monitored and scrupulously documented. While the Order's patience and mercy were vast as the sea, not even the largest ocean is unbounded by shores. Nergal's arm of justice was on to him and preparing to strike a mighty blow! The Order Secret Police impounded a hundred illegal chocolate bars, took dozens of witness statements, established irrefutable proof - M prides himself on how his command (almost) never made a false accusation, lest the torturers extract a false confession.

Just in case someone was here, Alfonso thought he'd best duck into this side corridor. The city sewer system was constructed centuries ago, by some long-gone society that preceded the remaking of the surface and the closure of the underworld. The holy city, like all large ones on the cylinder, was built on the foundations of a previous city, even if nothing above ground remained. Yet, no one in the third age of the world had ever succeeded in making a map of the sewer, neither the authorities, nor the smugglers. Even the maintenance workers just improvised - when Alfonso attempted to buy a map from them, they said the system changed on its own like it was alive. Superstitious lunatics, he thought at the time, but seeing how different things looked now, maybe it's true?

Oh but is this gate locked? And still - is he really hearing footsteps approaching from behind? Hmm... Maybe... Maybe this branch passageway will lead to his escape back to a core tunnel or to a surface manhole...

Will this slippery sewer eel escape the customs officers' grasp again? We won't find out until next turn!
The Most Righteous Order (34)
We are coming..
Frozen Sails (38)
We got back to the "crypt". Nothing there. We told our allies they can go and play with the 'dragons' and 'evil stuff', while we look at the crypt in more detail.
The Culture (41)
Report from Scout #5

I am please to report that the new Ice Dwarf cloning program that we started a few months back in the southern tundra is going very well. Units are starting to arrive back in the city at a steady pace. This will be great!
The Disinherited Knights (42)
Traders are so enjoying the efficiency and profitability of caravanserai that they are demanding that we build one in each of our production regions to be used each when necessary. Endeavor is expensive one, but would it pay itself back? Every trader of our faction is welcomed to send in vote for this question to the elders and the decision will be made in one year.
The Trade Guild (48)
You might have more furs than I do, but my herb stocks are infinite.
Red Skulls (5)
Roads are being built, silver is flowing; yet the troops continue to drill...

There's a certain Giant we need to evict.
The Greycloaks (51)
Today we have rain.
Under Pressure (57)
Some days you are the pigeon, and some the statue.
Church of Light and Truth (59)
Last one to leave, please salt the earth behind you.
Podeans (61)
Expansion of the lands goes as planned so far just as exploration of the outer world. Meeting new factions. Meeting new friends and foes?
Wildcard (63)
...We continue to build the Great Silk Road!
The Mystic Nine (74)
Does not krakens eat lizard meat?
Bleak Creek tribe (75)
They had been preparing to send the missive.

But upon looking, all the silver was gone ?

Not enough for a stale bread, let alone a letter.
Iron Harlequins (76)
Let's see some ocean!
Tribes (77)
Couple of slow months, but main objectives are getting closer and closer and old Gods growing stronger in power. 
Heimdall (80)
"Once I ordered my warriors to watch where I would shoot an arrow, and then shoot the bows in the same direction. I gave the order and shot at my favorite horse. Everyone gasped, " Why kill a beautiful animal?". But those who didn't shoot were beheaded. Then I shot at my favorite falcon. Those who didn't shoot a harmless bird, the head was also cut off. Then I shot my beloved wife. Those who did not shoot were beheaded. And then, while hunting, I met Chanyu, my father, and ... shot an arrow at him. Chanyu instantly turned into a kind of hedgehog cause my warriors stuck it with arrows.
Nobody dared not to shoot. So I became Chanyu."

From the "Memoirs" of the Grand Chanyu Modu(4644)
Nomads (82)
A grey and hopeless tundra... In Mestan (34.22), poor and crazy gnolls were wandering and hunting anything comestible. May anything means orher gnolls too...
Nothing to do or see there... 

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Leader of Indigo (17): the slaughter of defenseless cartographers in the forest of So'o'at (70,16) was more than unnecessary. If their presence was unwanted, a simple message would have been enough. At least their unfortunate death would have taught us a last lesson: your true nature and the strenghts of your forces:

warriors (3918), Indigo (17), 28 wood elves [WELF], 29 spears [SPEA].
ranger (7048), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD].
warriors (7744), Indigo (17), 20 wood elves [WELF], combat 1.
Bohica's Berserkers (1792), Indigo (17), 66 gnolls [GNOL], 91 mithril swords [MSWO], 33 leather armor [LARM], 3 mithril armor [MARM], combat 4.
warriors (4406), Indigo (17), 92 humans [HUMN], 87 mithril swords [MSWO], 3 giant turtles [TURT], camel [CAME], mithril shield [MSHD], 2 wooden shields [WSHD], 8 leather armor [LARM], combat 4. 
orcs (9527), Indigo (17), 75 orcs [ORC], 86 swords [SWOR], 2 giant turtles [TURT], double bow [DBOW], spear [SPEA], 16 mithril swords [MSWO], combat 2.
Brawling Brother (10194), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD], combat 4.
Shade (4447), behind, leader [LEAD], winged horse [WING], combat 2.
Regdan (1714), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD], horse [HORS], staff of fire [STAF]; Regdan lamestoke, dwarven runesmith.
Kresius (1715), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD], horse [HORS], staff of healing [STAH]; Kresius BoneHarrow, human necromancer.
Bohica (658), behind, leader [LEAD], horse [HORS], leather armor [LARM], combat 3; Bohica Miaburn, drow sorceress.
Lester (1718), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD], horse [HORS], 20 mithril swords [MSWO]; Lester Flamedancer, human alchemist.
Fannybaws (2295), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD], tactics 5, combat 4.
Garth (4200), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD], magic crossbow [MXBO], horse [HORS], combat 4; Garthan Silvertong, human bard.
Lachdanan (1710), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD], combat 5, tactics 1; Lachdanan, human weapons master.
herbalists (2604), Indigo (17), behind, 5 gnomes [GNOM], combat 1.
healers (2605), Indigo (17), behind, 6 gnomes [GNOM], combat 2.
Brawling Brothers (1020), Indigo (17), behind, 10 leaders [LEAD], combat 4.
Ranger (4204), behind, leader [LEAD], combat 2.
Drygg (1713), Indigo (17), behind, leader [LEAD], horse [HORS], combat 4; Drygg Shadowsniff, gnoll ranger..
Farmers (1428), Indigo (17), behind, 8 wood elves [WELF], 4 swords [SWOR], 6 spears [SPEA].
choppers (5320), Indigo (17), 4 wood elves [WELF].
choppers (2299), Indigo (17), behind, 10 wood elves [WELF], 9 axes [AXE].
warriors (5321), Indigo (17), 51 wood elves [WELF], 21 leather armor [LARM], 5 axes [AXE], 7 swords [SWOR], giant turtle [TURT], combat 1.
warriors (6373), Indigo (17), 16 wood elves [WELF], combat 1.
choppers (3701), Indigo (17), behind, 11 wood elves [WELF], giant turtle [TURT].
armorers (4980), Indigo (17), behind, 10 wood elves [WELF], giant turtle [TURT].
outrider (2300), Indigo (17), behind, centaur [CTAU], riding 2
Cartographers (97)

Rumors

The ice dragon is starting to get fearful. Before, mere mention of her was enough to intimidate any empire, but now she can only attack production hexes. Even peripheral settlements are getting too hard for her to crack. But faction two does have some tricks up its sleeve. Just wait!
FartMill ?
Many are placing bets what will happen with Alfonso and chocolates. Dominant betting positions are that steps are from illusory monsters or chocolate competitors. Big money will be settled in next Times
Big Ol Bob, you still breathing? tick tock, tick tock.