Times Turn 38

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 )      Dozen travelers are telling that locals are rumoring about a       (
(     small fight between hostile forces in the forests of Isiar where      )
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 )    Dozen traders are telling that refugees are worried about a small    (
(      skrimish between hostile forces in the tundras of Rioupfrerent       )
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 )     Some pilgrims are telling that locals are rumoring about plains     (
(     of Shicarpen where in the Todafield city guards were murdered by      )
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 )     Some adventurers are telling that refugees are worried about a      (
(     hunters who have put to the sword Hydra (618) freeing the tundras     )
 )                     of Psocling from their terror.                      (
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 )       Several travelers are telling that they have heard about a        (
(     witchers who have expelled Living Water (568) freeing the oceans      )
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 )    Dozen traders are telling that refugees are worried about Undead     (
(      (642) in the mountains of Cehip continue to cause fear on local      )
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 )    Many adventurers are telling that refugees are worried about Ice     (
(      Dragon (640) in the tundras of Wa'uw continue to cause fear on       )
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Quests

In the plain of Rerecol lurks the Evil Mages (538). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the floater hides of Posclebon.
In the tundra of Huykash lurks the Hydra (510). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the jungle of Poland lurks the Hydra (807). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Bomospel lurks the Evil Warriors (587). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Bengbost for the glory of the Gods.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Reprau.
In the tundra of Bitem lurks the Cloud Giant (4651). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the tundra of Bomcan lurks the Storm Giant (779). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the horses of Eansu'osh.
Build a Temple in Cefrapes for the glory of the Gods.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the stone of Helmec.
Show your devotion by visiting Temples in A'art, Bomcan and Borac.
In the plain of Rardmomvale lurks the Evil Warriors (638). 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!
In the mountain of Semuidci roams the Grizzly Bears (1291). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
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!
In the plain of Flalo roams the Pride of Lions (251). 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!

Articles

Ventus servitas!
Thane's Ring (10)
Unfortunately, some factions and kingdoms need to know their place - they will be dealt with post haste.
Fresh Meat (12)
The great engineers behind the Steel Defender came to show their newest work. "Behold, we have found a way to turn iron into mounts! Who needs horses when you have....the BICYCLE!"

Sceptics pointed out that they weren't very good off-road, especially in mountains and swamps. One critic pointed out that the seat made you lean forward, which gave you posture more likely to hurt your back, a sore back would force you to use your legs strangely, which would make them ache, and in turn push your posture even worse....truly this was a vicious cycle.
Children of the Four Winds (13)
Time for the Hydra's too leave these lands
The Filras (14)
Hunt the kraken, they said. Troves of magical treasures will be yours, they said. All the cool kids are doing it!
One month later, being #1 in shieldstones does not pay for the lost men.
Fanhunters (16)
From the diary of Garthan Silvertong:

3rd of February Year 4

We drifted away from the main fleet and missed the battle with the kraken. Damnation! I was really looking forward to eat some fried calamari. Perhaps next time.

6th of February Year 4

I finally caught Bohica in a happy moment and I managed the approach the subject of my loyalty. Drows are a strange people. They don't really know the words trust and loyalty and hence the distrust and jealousy from my mistress. She did not believe that a mutual trust can exist between couples. No wonder our dysfunctional relationship. How the hell will I prove it to her that she can trust me? Should I cut off one of my ears and offer it to her as Drygg suggested? I'm sure he meant it as a joke but I'm desperate.

16th of February Year 4

Our shipbuilders tried to build a corsair while sailing. The experiment failed miserably but at least they could recover the building materials. Well, it was worth a try. Bohica told them to wait until we get to shore the next time and if they are bored they can try their craftsmanship in producing some bows. From shipwrights to fletchers. Both deal with wood bent to a certain shape I guess.

23rd of February Year 4

We landed at the foothills of the Tolsellil mountains. Scouts reported the sighting of a dragon. I guess it's better than nothing. After the kraken everything seems like small game. I really hope I can participate in the next hunt for the oversized squiddie. But for now a dragon will do. As soon as we scale the mountains to its lair that is.

28th of February Year 4

I made a blood oath to Bohica today pledging my everlasting loyalty to her. Full ritual a bunch of runes drawn with my own blood and some pentagrams. Haven't understood halp of it but the short version is this> Should I ever betray her I am to wither away and die within a month unless I redeem myself or she releases me from the spell. I had no choice in the matter really if I ever hoped to soialize with others again. EVERYONE was avoiding me in the last couple of weeks. I don't know what my mistress threatened them with but people refused to approach me withing 15 feet. Like I had the plague or something.
So I said my vows to Bohica. She seemed touched by my pledge. Does this mean we are married? She didn't promise anything to me in return let alone allow any binding spell cast on her. The whole situation is really one-sided. I'm not sure what to think about it. At least I'm allowed to talk with other people again. You wouldn't understand how much that means to a social creature like me. I'm a bard after all.
Indigo (17)
So, there are at least 15 factions currently on our small island. Some, invited guests, most just nosey. So far they're all playing by our common sense (but secret) set of rules, and behaving themselves. There are a couple however not revealing their factions. Perhaps winged death will pay them a visit.
Big Ol Bob (18)
"Well done Commander. Your automation of orders has worked well, last month anyway"
"Thank you sir... I intend to automate a few of our runners this month"
"We'll see Commander"
The Grey Order (27)
Finally 3rd Imperial Legion was heading towards the target set by the Emperor.
Avalon Empire (3)
Babababbabah
Gyperboreya (33)
A message in a bottle floated up to the shore. 

The sanitation worker who later found it was most annoyed, who dares litter in the holy city? And on the beach nonetheless? This fiend must be reported to the Order for punishment!

The Secret Police agreed, such heinous crimes must be stamped out with great severity.

Yet they were curious. What was written there? Could it be a missive from a lost ambassador at large who never found a home in a settlement that would admit him before he finally starved? 
The Most Righteous Order (34)
Set sails.
Hunting begins.
Frozen Sails (38)
The kingdom is growing.
New roads appear every month. New contracts are signed.
New people coming to our land.
It's time to wipe out some monsters.
Trents, wolfs and undeads should live in ZOO.
WindMasters (4)
Maybe testing the megafauna will give us a bit more answers that we got from the animated corpses or trying to get the allies to find some "demons". Worst comes worst, it's just another extinction event.
The Culture (41)
Report from Scout #5

We are sailing - we are sailing!
The Disinherited Knights (42)
Wow, it works, got some silver. It is magic! Lost all my mages but got several silver coins.
Seems I should punish my financial advisor, he didn't said to me, that we can make money in such an easy way!
Heralds of the Great Wahzoh (46)
Seems there are high potential for chocolate trading opportunities. How about developing monopoly in this tasty industry.
The Trade Guild (48)
Dragons and undead! More and more of them. Earlier it might be a problem, but now...
Red Skulls (5)
The cedar trees, and particularly those of Lebanon, were renowned in Bible times and are especially prominent in the account of the temple construction by Solomon.

Solʹo·mon continued building the house to finish it. He built the inside walls of the house with cedar boards. He paneled the inside walls with timber, from the floor of the house up to the rafters of the ceiling, and he overlaid the floor of the house with juniper boards. And he built a section of 20 cubits at the rear of the house with cedar boards, from the floor up to the rafters, and he built inside of it the innermost room, the Most Holy. And the temple—the part of the house in front of it—was 40 cubits. The cedar inside the house was carved with gourds and flowers in bloom. All of it was cedar; no stone was seen.

 - Solomon (1 Kings 6:14-18)
Truthseekers Alliance (50)
The water becomes a dangerous place. Lots of monsters, lots of monster hunters, lots of adventure seekers.
Under Pressure (57)
Scuzzburh looked up at the sun, then down at the rootstone before him.  Nodding once, he slung the pick up to his shoulder and headed out of the quarry.

The regular clanging from the forge told him that Bolvag was still at work.

"Oi, tuskface?  I reckon it's time," the goblin called.

The scarred visage of the orc smith peered around the door to the smithy.

"Already?  I was just doing the sweetest little gutripper of a smallsword..." she trailed off, eyes closed and a strange expression on her face, but then she shook her head.  "But if it's time, it's time."

Goblin and orc fell in behind a pair of hill dwarves with only a handful of knots in their beards who were almost skipping along the track with excitement.

"Amateurs," the goblin tutted.  "Not much point in getting there early."

They paced on in silence until they joined a small throng of labourers outside a squat, whitewashed timber-and-plaster building.  Just as they drew to a halt, the double doors were flung open by a pair of gnolls to reveal the spare form of an elf, his white apron gleaming clean in the setting sun.

The elf drew in a great breath, and with a surprisingly loud voice gave vent to the cry they awaited.

"FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR HAS BEGUN!"
Church of Light and Truth (59)
Proud members of Wildcard (63) faction just wanted to produce and tax their lands.
In more than 35 turns we made 0 enemies, 0 allies and 1 friendly beginner faction.
Friendly faction was slaughtered in unprovoked attack together with our tax revenue office representatives and iron producers by fleet of Frozen Sails (38), Riders of the Storm (37) and The Mystic Nine (74) last turn in Tranpiside city.
We consider this act as declaration of war and appropriate steps will be taken.
Wildcard (63)
Bodies everywhere
Malibu West (7)
No incidents in sea this months. Ceres is being forgiving for once.
Bleak Creek tribe (75)
They tried to work. So did many others.

When the wage came, it was just one silver.
Iron Harlequins (76)
KILL ALL ENEMIES!!!
Tribes (77)
General Harald tossed restlessly in his sleep. In front of him, one by one, armed groups mounted on camels descended along the side of the volcano. Everyone was as quiet as possible. From time to time there was a telltale rustling sound
rubble, small fragments of stone slid into the black abyss. It was frightening and majestic.
Little merchant Jamukha folded his hands on his stomach and happily smacked his lips in his sleep. The streams of goods and money lined up in front of him
like small streams flowing into a full-flowing river, and again broke into small colored threads. It was fascinating and dizzying.
Scout Siegfried hid his head under the pillow. He dreamed that he had finally found a very safe haven. It was soothing.
Timur dreamed of the secrets of the dead. It seemed that all the Necros flows were in his safe hands. The power on the world was close. It was inspiring.
Even in bed, jigit Bul-Bul could not bring his legs together. They held the camel's rump firmly at any gait. Expanses, like a gentle woman, submitted to him. It was amazing.
Many slept uneasily on that moonless night...
Nomads (82)
Same gate again? How could I decide where to go ?
Cartographers (97)

Rumors

All hail the King of LIVE.