Times Turn 36

   _.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._.-=-._
.----      - ---     --     ---   -----   - --       ----  ----   -     ----.
 )                                                                         (
(                             NewOrigins Events                             )
 )                             January, Year 4                             (
(                                                                           )
 )    Numerous pilgrims are discussing about a conflict between enemies    (
(     happened in the desert of Great Ialihn Desert where battle ended      )
 )    in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be known as     (
(                    Battle near the ocean of Cysel Sea.                    )
 )                                                                         (
(                          .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                          )
 )                                                                         (
(     Several scouts are worried about a clash between enemies happened     )
 )    in the desert of Great Basingford Desert where many soldiers will    (
(      never fight again. This battle will be known as Battle near the      )
 )                       forests of Arithil Forest.                        (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     Dozen merchants are discussing about a clash between Martiniks      (
(       Trade Guild (43) and The Power (24) happened in the plains of       )
 )     Durbadur Plain where 1combatant was killed. The defenders were      (
(      furious and put all attackers to the sword. This battle will be      )
 )           known as Siege of the Magical Castle Building [20].           (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     Numerous druids are worried about the skirmish between hostile      (
(        forces happened in the desert of Great Izuknuz Desert where        )
 )    battle ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will    (
(          be known as Battle near the forests of Heterimos Woods.          )
 )                                                                         (
(                          .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                          )
 )                                                                         (
(      Numerous druids are worried about a conflict between combatants      )
 )     happened in the desert of Great Basingford Desert where battle      (
(       ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be       )
 )          known as Battle near the forests of Heterimos Woods.           (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     Some bards are talking about the city of Stockwood that lies in     (
(        the Great Dunlock Desert desert, where an opposition killed        )
 )                                 guards.                                 (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )    Handful travelers are whispering about daredevils who have killed    (
(       Sandlings (1427) near forests of Horndare Forest. Freeing the       )
 )             desert of Great Lurgbuz Desert from their fear.             (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     Handful bards are worried about adventurers who have massacred      (
(     Sphinx (17758) near ocean of Hornlock Lake. Freeing the desert of     )
 )               Great Autarkirmos Desert from their horror.               (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     Several dockers are rumoring about hunters who have slew Undead     (
(       (17731) near ocean of Nottingwood Sea. Freeing the desert of        )
 )                Great Autarkirmos Desert from their fear.                (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     Several druids are rumoring about hunters who attempted to slew     (
(      Hydra (17751) roaming the jungles of Bletchvil Woods near ocean      )
 )    of Great Methan River. But all of them were slain by their prey.     (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )    Handful peasants are whispering about rangers who have massacred     (
(      Sphinx (17753) near ocean of Tama River. Freeing the desert of       )
 )                Great Dunlock Desert from their anxiety.                 (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )    In the desert of Morwaz Desert, near jungles of Heteralizo Woods,    (
(      Sphinx (604) who continue to cause terror to local inhabitants.      )
 )                                                                         (
(                          .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                          )
 )                                                                         (
(     In the desert of Great Dunlock Desert, near ocean of Tama River,      )
 )     Sphinx (17753) who continue to cause fear to local inhabitants.     (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     In the desert of Hornwood Desert, near forests of Volmog Woods,     (
(        Giant Scorpions (466) who continue to cause dread to local         )
 )                              inhabitants.                               (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     Frightening news were coming from the desert of Great Lurgshak      (
(     Desert. Locals were horrified by the assassination near the ocean     )
 )             of Milan River. The assassin escaped unnoticed.             (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )     Frightening news were coming from the desert of Great Lurgshak      (
(     Desert. Inhabitants were terrified by the assassination near the      )
 )      ocean of Great Fenash River. The assassin escaped unnoticed.       (
(                                                                           )
 )                         .:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:.                         (
(                                                                           )
 )      Fearsome news were coming from the forests of Mornazg Woods.       (
(       Commoners were scared by the assassination near the ocean of        )
 )           Great Fenash River. The assassin escaped unnoticed.           (
(__       _       _       _       _       _       _       _       _       __)
    `-._.-' (___ _) `-._.-' `-._.-' )     ( `-._.-' `-._.-' (__ _ ) `-._.-'
            ( _ __)                (_     _)                (_ ___)
            (__  _)                 `-._.-'                 (___ _)
            `-._.-'                                         `-._.-'

Quests

In the desert of Great Dunlock Desert roams the Sandlings (433). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the jungle of Evihar Jungle roams the Living Trees (482). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Antanoatres Woods for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in Ametanaskalos Dale for the glory of the Gods.
In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert lurks the Sphinx (631). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the plain of Aerakos Valley roams the Sandlings (405). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Aerakos Valley for the glory of the Gods.
In the desert of Antanoarotes Sands roams the Sandlings (121). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the rootstone of Antanoarotes Sands.
In the desert of Great Bletchgrove Desert lurks the Evil Warriors (601). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Perikeros Desert roams the Sandlings (493). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert roams the Sandlings (4300). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Tritotuspolisus Tundra roams the Giant Birds (149). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Alani Woods for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in Ametanakos Dale for the glory of the Gods.
In the desert of Great Lurgshak Desert lurks the Undead (911). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Autarkirmos Desert roams the Giant Scorpions (490). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Maranarotes Tundra lurks the Storm Giant (504). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert lurks the Sandlings (2252). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Autarkirmos Desert roams the Giant Scorpions (108). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!

Articles

There is always a choice.
Gyperboreya (10)
No news.
Iron Harlequins (12)
Another Evil Mage bites the dust. We're looking at you... Kraken.
Four Horsemen (13)
"Silver, silver, we need more silver!"
Grey Order (15)
We are honest, we just need unclaimed silver 
Great Horde (16)
Its hard to find Merfolks in an ocean.
Desert Eagles (18)
Time to clear out some undead.
The Filras (20)
World's Best Chef contest was announced! Orcs will definitely participate and feed every jury with their famous garlic!
M9 (22)
finally some casts are going my way
Akacis (23)
MORE POWER!!!
The Power (24)
The monsters were falling one after oneother. The next ones would be harder to get !
Silver Hand (25)
Looking for the demons.
Avalon Empire (3)
May be the knowledge of gates worth something after all ...
The Cartographer (30)
With the new month, new challenges arise.   We will face them as we always have, with resilience and strength.
Atlanteans of Yore (32)
Fake facts!
Blood Angels (35)
=====================
Reincarnation Reprise
=====================


Our Eldest's Column
-------------------

I forgot what I was supposed to be doing again, just started staring aimlessly over the landscape.  I must be getting old.


Religion Column
---------------

(Written this month by the middle sister.)

Our Eldest and my older sister will be angry with me, for I shall again offend our friends by talking about reincarnation.

Priestesses are taught in seminary how to get an audience to agree with us about what is good behavior and what is sinful.  And because all sin in some ways, and all have a natural impulse to come to their friends defense when their friends are accused of sinning, we are taught how to separate friends from a target individual or individuals.  We group the target together with other people or categories of people that disgust the friends that should protect them.  Perhaps we bring up dirty people, to arouse disgust, or playing with multiple factions, which will add righteous anger to the disgust.  Then we say that even these disusting, dirty, despicable multifaction players will not associate with those who commit <insert favorite sin here>.  Our audience is now emotionally primed to feel disgust and righteous anger, and the most obvious target for these feelings will be those we know are committing the newly declared sin.  Simple, really.

These techniques work for any sin we chose to insert in our sermon; divine assistance is not required.  Divine agreement that our favorite sin is sinful is not required either; we can make our audience think that hand washing is evil whether the gods think that or not.

Recently, a respected author of Times Rumors informed us that five factions made an alliance before the beginning of this life, and that making a premature alliance is a sin worse than one player playing more than one faction.  This author named the 5 factions, but chose not to offer us evidence that these 5 had made alliance before this life began, nor that doing so is sinful.  It seems possible to this priestess that these 5 met in the nexus, in the first month of life here, and formed their alliance in the nexus month after the game began.  It seems possible to this priestess that not all 5 were initially part of the alliance, that some of them joined late.  It also seems possible that forming alliances before this life begins is not sinful.

Reincarnation is real.  Many factions, not just the named 5, have memories of past lives.  We read in the Times and hear from our friends predictions of how various factions will treat us, presented as stories of past lives of these factions.  If forming alliances before the game begins is sinful, is all memory of past lives sinful?  If not, where is the line?  Am I allowed to believe that those who were kind to me in past lives will be kind to me again in this one?  If so, is that much different than forming an alliance before this life begins?  If I'm not allowed to suspect my past life friends might be friends again, just what of my memories am I allowed to use without sin?  Why would the gods give us memories of past lives if we are forbidden to use them?  

We have heard that 51 factions occupy this world.  Even if some are inactive, five is a small minority of active factions.  Those five have had a strong advantage of having had each others' friendship and support since the beginning (if indeed all five were part of this alliance since the beginning, a detail not yet proved), but that advantage of early friendship is not strong enough to overpower the advantage of numbers the other 46 factions still have.  Memory of past lives and early alliance is just an advantage, it is not a guarantee of success.  Having friends and allies is an advantage, but if the gods thought friendship sinful, the gods wouldn't have given us unitmail and factionmail.  Had the gods thought alliance sinful, they wouldn't have given us "declare ally".  We have heard rumors of worlds where the gods do think alliance between good and evil sinful, but those gods forbid miscegeny between good and evil factions.  No friendship or alliance is forbidden in this world.  46 factions could still win against 5, even if those 5 have been friends since the beginning, and the 46 have fought among themselves from the beginning.  All the 46 would have to do is help each other.  But somehow, this priestess thinks this won't happen yet.  We would rather complain that other factions have friends than make more friends ourselves.  

I hope the little folk will not call these five factions dirty, or say that not even players playing more than one faction will associate with these five.  Having allies is not sinful.  The little folk wish we had more allies ourselves.  In ways we wish we had allied with the 5 factions the author of rumors despises; had we done so, we would this month be the proud owners this month of the last city still held by the Old City Guard.  But we didn't ally with them last month, so we aren't the owners of that city this month.

The gods of this world did not give us good and evil.  They did not divide us into factions with stars upon thars and factions without.  Every faction is allowed to befriend any other.  (The little folk would be happy to have more friends.)  So far, many of us have gone it alone, or with a single friend and a few close associates.  As we build war machines and raise flags over cities, the advantages of long friendship will show.  No faction alone can stand against 5 that have banded together from the start.  If there really were 5 from the start; parts of this rumor are not yet proved.  46 factions that take care of each other today surely can resist 5 that have taken care of each other from the start.  23 that take care of each other today can, (unless they fight the other 23) resist 5 that have taken care of each other from the start.  This priestess encourages the author of Times Rumors to make 22 friends.


LFLF Column
-----------

We missed our chance.  Had we declared Good Mr. Hagen our ally last month, we would now control Stockwood.  Drat.  We had no idea that victory in Stockwood was possible yet.  The little folk would surely have abandoned Our Eldest and flocked to the Little Folk Liberation Front banner had we taken Stockwood without him.  But we shouldn't give up.  We can still blame him for failing to take Stockwood.  After all, had he been here last month, we could have taken Stockwood without needing advice from Good Mr. Hagen's genius.  He should be easy to blame.  We just need to prepare our secret base, so we will be ready for the anger and disappointment of little folk when Stockwood is taken by other factions.


Peace Column
------------

Our Eldest was told almost a year ago that the current wars would endure 3 to 6 years.  2 to 5 years to go.  Can't we get peace sooner than that?  We were attacked by other factions in two cities, but in no other locations.  Cities seem to be the cause of war.


Grammar Column
--------------

Dear Miss Goblin Grammar;

Homogeny?  Stirred?  --Hypoliterate

Dear Hypoliterate;

Miss Goblin Grammar wonders how the translators of the Times will translate your two short sentences into Orcish and Elvish.

Your two one word questions are a beautiful example of a common Standard Goblin grammatical form poorly discussed in school grammar texts.  Native speakers of Standard Goblin often use one word questions like this.  Native listeners have no trouble understanding these questions.  A generation ago, our grammarians would have marked your two sentences ungrammatical.  Today, in languages of chaotic societies (Standard Goblin) prescriptive grammar is dead.  In languages of well ordered societies, (Orcish) prescriptive grammar lives on.  In the languages of old, long lived societies (Elvish) there is little (no?) difference between prescriptive and descriptive grammar.  

Goblins know both your questions are rhetorical.  We know that you already know multiple definitions of "homogeny", because if you did not, then you would not know that your second question would be humorous and thought provoking.  Your oxymoronic pen name is an additional hint.  And we know that you know multiple definitions of "stirred", because if you did not, you would not have been able to compose two sentences with one humorous meaning when homogeny means uniform, constant, and unchanged by rearrangement while stirred means rearranged, and a different meaning when homogeny means different descendants of the same ancestor, and stirred means awakened or begun to move.  Miss Goblin grammar predicts that translating your two one word questions into Orcish or Elvish will require more than two words and two punctuation marks.

For the aid of these translators, Miss Goblin Grammar includes definitions of two words you used, and one word you did not use but that is connected both etymologically and phonetically to your first word. 

1) Homegeny (n) -- group related by common ancestry.
2) Stirred (v) -- moved, awakened, perturbed.
3) Homogeneous (adj) -- uniform, constant, unchanged by rearrangement.

Rhetorical questions are not meant to be answered.  Miss Goblin Grammar will answer anyway.  Nothing uniform was mixed; a family was awakened.

Miss Goblin Grammar's question:  Evil?

Finally, should any readers be lost, Hypoliterate's two "questions" (and Miss Goblin Grammar's third) respond to last month's Times' last rumor: "An ancient homogeny has been stirred by an evil act, how many will now send their heroes, and will they declare themselves or come by stealth?"


Obituary Column
---------------

Unust went hunting ice dragons, and was slain by an ice dragon and 4 yeti.  Did the ice dragon really need the 4 yeti?
little folk (38)
"I'm gonna kill that cheater!"
     "Wait.  Who did what?"
"Thoon - that cheat.  He and his friends.  They been cheating."
    "How's that?"
"They keep winning every time we play cards.  Must be cheating."
    "Marked cards, eh?"
"Well.  No..
    "Oh.  He swaps them out then?  Got a mirror to see from behind you?"
"Well... no.  Not that either."
    "Well, what are they doing then?"
"He plays the game and wins every damn time.  I'm telling you, it is not fair!"
    "Huh.  Well, I mean... I suppose you could play... better?"
"Nah.  Just gonna break his knees and see how well he plays then...."
Kiiran (39)
The elite scout had spent fifteen months memorising every rock type and geological sample known to Atlantis. At last, it was his chance to ride through the world on his trusty steed! The first months were pitiful with only tiny mithril and adamantium deposits, but now he had the chance to ride up a volcano!

After he encountered the devil and his minions, he regretted his life choices that had led him to this place. As he lay there, bleeding and surrounded by demons, he launched an arrow into the sky which would signal "NO ADAMANTIUM HERE", as he bled out on the small pile of mithril ore.
The Children of the Four Winds (40)
Again wandering sphinxes in the desert...
Martiniks Trade Guild (43)
Perikirmos is no longer, fire and tornados broke over 1,200 souls in an instant. The combined forces of Thane's Ring, M9, Beastmasters and Martinikis Traders Guild, supported in the shadows by Corvin Ravens, didn't even lose a single unit.

In a sense, this has cleared up the path for Utuk'ku. There is little sense on trying to fight fire with fire, and her ice is not powerful enough to cool it. But the rules in this world are different. She heard about a wish, that is granted to the faction who can convince half of the cities to vote for them. For the killers, the only way they know is brutal conquest. But there is a faction who has demonstrated good will towards all, and they have endured the difficulties of figuring out a new world with incredible bravery and unwavering dedication despite their small size.

It was a futile gesture, as the killers will erase it soon, but at least during the coldest month of the third winter, there was a city called 38 Perikirmos. Let it not be the last, and may the good prevail over the evil!
Stormspike (49)
Never venture, never win!
Thane's Ring (5)
Announcement!

Considering dangerous times we live in, any scout in our territory will be brought up for a monthly review.
Magogash empire (51)
Hunting high and low
Corvin Ravens (55)
Time is running out.
Orc Hunters (56)
There are two roads in this world:
if you go first, you will be happy,
and if you go the second,
you will find only knowledge.
Dark League (6)
The goblins looked up at the cry. On the hilltop, another figure gasped and grasped vainly at the wound in its back, before sinking, gurgling, to the  ground, and becoming still.

Someone else's war in the shadows continued, but for the goblins, these cattle wouldn't graze themselves.

Well, actually they would, but you get the point.
The Fendahli (65)
Swamp is not desert, remember that when attacking a heavily entrenched force.

Peace at all costs!
Peacekeepers (7)
Tiny Beaver now have a sistership Shiny Beaver.
Our fleet is growing.
SuperBober (78)
Rome is growing nicely!
Romans (8)
expand! :)
The Broken Skull (81)
One little insect said to another little insect "I know where he is"
DeathScarab (87)

Rumors

7500 gnolls are better than 1300 orcs.
Crying powerOff in the corner...
It is said that a madman named elricz sits every night too close to the fire at the Discord tavern, babbling to anyone who wants to listen about a battle at Perikirmos.