Times Turn 41

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 )                              June, Year 4                               (
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 )         Multiple merchants are discussing about a fight between         (
(      combatants happened in the desert of Great Durbuz Desert where       )
 )      1combatant was killed. The defenders were furious and put all      (
(     attackers to the sword. This battle will be known as Siege of the     )
 )                            Fort Aeonic [3].                             (
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 )     Some pilgrims have heard about the skirmish between combatants      (
(     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 volcanoes of Izukzal Peak.                 )
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(     Dozen peasants are discussing about a conflict between two armies     )
 )     happened in the plains of Nailath Plain where battle ended in a     (
(        slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be known as        )
 )               Battle near the ocean of Great Amain River.               (
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 )     Handful adventurers are worried about the city of 29 Ogbuz that     (
(     lies in the Great Bletchvil Desert desert, where a villans tried      )
 )                 to expel guards but were unsuccessful.                  (
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 )     Numerous wanderers are worried about the town of Yazhnarb that      (
(        lies in the Great Antanoatos Desert desert, where a rebels         )
 )                            expelled guards.                             (
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 )    Dozen refugees are worried about the city of 38 Brzyskorzystewko     (
(      that lies in the Great Autarkaros Desert desert, where a rebels      )
 )                            expelled guards.                             (
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 )     Numerous adventurers have heard about daredevils who have slew      (
(      Undead (18177) near jungles of Volbuz Woods. Freeing the swamps      )
 )                 of Great Amain River from their dread.                  (
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 )        Several adventurers are rumoring about witchers who have         (
(     decimated Undead (590) near jungles of Dokimatres Jungle. Freeing     )
 )               the swamps of Tama River from their terror.               (
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 )    A few travelers are rumoring about witchers who have annihilated     (
(       Undead (18977) near volcanoes of Ibinzan Volcano. Freeing the       )
 )              tundra of Papyraros Tundra from their dread.               (
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 )      Some locals are discussing about witchers who have massacred       (
(       Sphinx (18978) near ocean of Great Gothall River. Freeing the       )
 )           desert of Great Perikeros Desert from their horror.           (
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 )     In the jungles of Evihar Jungle, near forests of Nimith Forest,     (
(         Living Trees (482) who continue to cause horror to local          )
 )                              inhabitants.                               (
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 )     In the swamps of Great Methan River, near mountains of Durbadur     (
(       Rocks, Undead (18176) who continue to cause anxiety to local        )
 )                              inhabitants.                               (
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 )       In the mountains of Khimilmud Mountains, near volcanoes of        (
(      Nukulguluth Volcano, Evil Warriors (917) who continue to cause       )
 )                       dread to local inhabitants.                       (
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 )    A group of adventurers annihilated the Kraken (226) who inflicted    (
(        terror on the inhabitants of the Dokimarenos Sea ocean near        )
 )                      forests of Ametanimos Forest.                      (
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 )    Alarming news were coming from the mountains of Basington Rocks.     (
(      Inhabitants were afraid by the assassination near the ocean of       )
 )            Birmingmoor Sea. The assassin escaped unnoticed.             (
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 )       Fearsome news were coming from the desert of Great Lurgshak       (
(      Desert. Commoners were terrified by the assassination near the       )
 )      mountains of Basington Rocks. The assassin escaped unnoticed.      (
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 )    Fearsome news were coming from the mountains of Dunham Mountains.    (
(     Citizens were shocked by the assassination near the volcanoes of      )
 )          Birmingmoor Volcano. The assassin escaped unnoticed.           (
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Quests

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!
In the desert of Durwaz Sands lurks the Undead (509). 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!
Build a Temple in Ametanaskalos 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 Antanoimos Sands roams the Sandlings (405). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the forest of Koehine Forest roams the Living Trees (482). 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!
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!
Build a Temple in Antanoatres Woods for the glory of the Gods.
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 desert of Great Izuknuz Desert roams the Giant Scorpions (17307). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Bletchgrove Desert roams the Demon (728). 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 plain of Basington Valley roams the Sandlings (433). 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!
In the desert of Great Bletchgrove Desert lurks the Evil Warriors (601). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!

Articles

No news
Gyperboreya (10)
Nothing to report.
Iron Harlequins (12)
Nothing to see here...... Don't bother to look.
Four Horsemen (13)
"What is it with unfriendly factions? Two scouts lost in two months. No messages, no warnings, just attacks!"
Grey Order (15)
North is on fire
Great Horde (16)
Time to hunt our enemies.
The Filras (20)
One of the mages can't cast stuff for 6 turns already, how can he break the curse, any ideas?
Akacis (23)
hard time - hard orders
The Power (24)
Even less monsters but still...
Silver Hand (25)
And here comes another month in this world... What could happen?
Avalon Empire (3)
Another assassination this month... Karma will avenge us!
The Cartographer (30)
After long and tiring travels through hot deserts, the viking northwest expedition finally had their target settlement in reach. The one that they had traveled to conquer for so long, battling logistical issues on their way, but now scouts brought messages that settlement has some new faction flags and no more of old city guard. Well, this will not be deterrent - vikings prepared for the assault and hoped that enemy is weak. 
Vikings of Hornwood (31)
Time change and winds shift.  What will the next day blow in?
Atlanteans of Yore (32)
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Anagathics
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Our Eldest's Column
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The little folk liberation front loonies have decided to govern the little folk of the southern hemisphere as an independent state.  Yay!  Less work for me.  And now the southern little folk can blame the LFLF not me every time we do something wrong.  Oh, joyous day.  Now if only I could find a way to pass off the northern hemisphere to the high priestess my life would be complete.  How do I do that without dying?  There must be some way to make her older than me.  Fighting evil mages and evil sorcerors turned her hair white, but leadership of the little folk did not automatically pass to her when that happened.  I think I need to research anagathics.  I wonder which path they are on?  Undoing age seems more like pattern or spirit than force.  But pattern and spirit are gate magic; that's not good for anything, and certainly won't bring youth.  Necromancy seems closest, but rumors are that mastery of necromancy brings a useless combat spell, not the ability to make youth potions.  Maybe I should just study artifact lore?  But everyone tells me hunting monsters works better than studying artifact lore.  Oh.  Oh!  That must be it, the monsters must have potions of youth.  Which monsters would have them?  Devils or Balrogs seem a decent guess.  I could just summon Balrogs and ask each one I summon if they have any youth potions.  


Religion Column
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(by the youngest sister of the High Priestess)

Utuk'ku is still alive?  Oh joyous day.  Many factions have responded to a visit by Good Mr. Hagen by taking a vow of silence and beginning the ten month (or is it one year?) path to enlightenment.  Good Mr. Hagen is a skilled proselytizer; our seminaries should study his methods.  Perhaps I should publish a letter describing them.  As best as I can tell, Good Mr. Hagen and other members of his holy inquisition make surprise visits to city cathedrals where many mages are gathered together.  Good Mr. Hagen and his fellow inquisitors rid our world of vampires by preparing a holy feast of sacred garlic, and slaying those who will not or do not eat it.  They seem to usually decide that all or almost all mages and civilians are vampires.  After their visit, the faction they have visited reflects on the nature of this world, the inevitability of suffering and the unfairness of fate.  Sometimes the visitors, the deaths, and the garlic bring enlightenment, and the faction takes a vow of silence, and begin the year long ritual that ends with mass transcendence to the next plane of existence.

This seems to have failed in Utuk'ku's case.  Either Utuk'ku ate the garlic and was spared, or Utuk'ku survived the general slaughter of vampires and unbelievers that happens at the end of each of Good Mr. Hagen's visits.  In any case, Utuk'ku was apparently not holy enough to be blessed with enlightenment, to see the flaws of our world and abandon it for the next.  Like a hungry ghost, Utuk'ku seems to have stayed behind in this world, continuing to suffer until the grievance that binds her to this stage of existence is revenged.  As a priest, I am disappointed that Utuk'ku will continue to suffer with us.  As a goblin, I am delighted; I have enjoyed the company of those who promised to bring us weather if we put their visage on enough flags.


LFLF Column
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Still no priests and pikemen marching in from the north to "preserve the union" of the little folk.  It looks like the southern little folk really are free and independent.

Most of the biscuit eaters (attendees) at last months meetings in the south chose commerce and agriculture over politics and war.  The general consensus was that the little folk are less skilled than our neighbors, and that a second best farmer can sell a small crop year after year, while a second best warrior quickly transcends to the next plane of existence.  

Boo to war.  Let's farm.  And cook.  And party.

Hmm.  Agriculture would be more interesting if the townsfolk were more willing to eat our cookies.  Advanced study of farming and ranching lets a single one of the littlefolk oversee more lands, but this is a small advantage compared to the advantages of advanced study of mining, hunting, or lumberjack.  If a farm wife studies cooking with the little folk liberation front, she learns to convert the farmers grain into lightweight, delicious, nutritious cookies, almost as good as mithril, floater hides, and ironwood.  But the townsfolk won't eat our cookies.  They insist on baking their own traditional hard breads from raw grain, they have town food safety laws and won't buy any rurally produced cookies (or jerky).  The farmwives are sad.  They will have to donate their cookies to the young soldiers holding the front lines.  We would rather be developing our towns than feeding our armies.  Stupid, narrow minded townsmen with their old fashioned food laws are making it boring to be a farmer or farm wife.

Some of the urban littlefolk liberation front members said at the last meeting that they would rather have roads that let them quickly get to the country and back than have stale rural cookies.  The rural little folk aren't sure what good are roads.  The caravanserai is faster and free, all roads do is enable armies to march over us faster.  How does that help anybody?  But for some unknown reason, the townies like roads.


Basidiomycetes Column
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The least populous race in this world are the lizardmen.  
The second least populous race in this world are the centaurs.
Lizardmen and centaurs are the only races that can use mushrooms.
Mushrooms must not be very popular.


Peace Column
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The little folk still see more peace in the south than in the north.


Obituary Column
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Morleo and Oebfinn died in a fireball in the Great Lurgshak Desert.  The attackers used a mix of admantium, mithril and flaming swords, and wore a mix of admantium, mithril, and leather armor.  Surprisingly, Ruk, their master tactician, wore leather armor and was unarmed.  I guess geniuses like Ruk know that back line units won't be attacked except by assassins, so the best tactic was for him to give his armor and weapon to a unit on the front line.
little folk (38)
*... and he wiped the whole town off the map.  Killed everyone.  It was the devil himself, I tell ya.."
     "You mean..... Thanzer Thosay?."
"It was him!  He's everywhere - all at once."
     "That's just a myth."
"No - he's real.  They sent armies and assassins after him.  But the armies died.  And the assassins never even tried."
    "What do you mean?"
"How do you stab the devil in the back?  What if you miss?"
Kiiran (39)
The hunters had set out looking for the slowest, the stealthiest of prey. They were hunting trees! No, not as in searching out yew and ironwood, but hunting down the living trees for the glory of completing a quest mentioned in The Times! These required a lot more patience than sphinxes or sandlings, but perhaps they could track down the evil trees.
The Children of the Four Winds (40)
- We need to stop the dragon before it eats all the little folk.
Martiniks Trade Guild (43)
Utuk'ku is saddened by the sorry state of the city which welcomed her to this world. The citizens now live in fear, and they are more interested in taking up arms than working the land. This will be challenging.
Stormspike (49)
Midlife crisis comes to Emperors, Imperators and Kings when they turn 40.
Lets get through "Turn 40" crisis with more violence. 
Magogash empire (51)
Dig through the ditches and burn some candles for nice old ladies.
Corvin Ravens (55)
The administrative strain is gone. Ufff.
Orc Hunters (56)
May the next year in real life be kind to everyone.
Happy New Year!
🎄🎁🎇
Dark League (6)
Who is breaking our meditation of Chaos ?
Thane, Mistique, Beastmasters, Martiniks, Corvin Ravens. Is it time ?
Go my minions...
Ogre Mages (62)
"Why," asked the goblin, "am I updating the Quick Encyclopedia entry for the Fendahl?"

The initiate pursed her lips in bloodless humor for an instant.

"Because the priesthood have all been barred from submitting updates.  Ironic, isn't it?"
The Fendahli (65)
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Peacekeepers (7)
Deserts mountains and small pieces of swamps, plains and woods. This world is boring for scouts.
SuperBober (78)
aaahhhhh....
Almost didn't make it!!
Romans (8)
My people are starving, hopefully this will help! :)
The Broken Skull (81)
Aaaaahhhh, the sweet smell of the burning desert air greets the Deathscarab as they once more infiltrate this new world.
DeathScarab (87)
Finally, a city. Perhaps we can find a nice tower to study.
The Merry Magicians (89)
People... Gnomes... even the Assasin behind my Mage unit... I would like to declare, we are ALMOST profitable!
The Onyx Drakes (90)

Rumors

With portal teleport, it is hard to win, because there is no secure area behind the frontline.  Every city is vulnerable, so every city must be defended.
Battery full of beans
I need the Christmas holidays to end.  Only when I'm at work do I have time to do my turns properly!