Times Turn 43

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 )     Many travelers are telling that have heard a tell about a small     (
(     fight between combatants in the tundras of Strowon where ended in     )
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 )     Several adventurers are telling that have heard a tell about a      (
(       small fight between hostile forces in the mountains of Borac        )
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 )      Dozen pilgrims are telling that they have heard about a small      (
(     fight between enemies in the mountains of Frecofe where and many      )
 )                    soldiers will never fight again.                     (
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 )    Several traders are telling that locals are rumoring about plains    (
(      of Uantpys where in the Chehelburg city guards were put to the       )
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 )    Some travelers are telling that locals are rumoring about deserts    (
(      of Peglont where in the Henpulgerd town guards were murdered by      )
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 )        Some traders are telling that refugees are worried about         (
(        mountains of Weatsquen where in the Uhold town guards were         )
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 )      Some travelers are telling that refugees are worried about a       (
(      hunters who have put to the sword Ice Dragon (2807) freeing the      )
 )                  tundras of Psocling from their fear.                   (
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 )        Some traders are telling that have heard a tell about an         (
(     andventurers who have put to the sword Dragon (1630) freeing the      )
 )                 mountains of Timont from their horror.                  (
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 )     Some adventurers are telling that locals are rumoring about an      (
(      andventurers who have murdered Merfolk (253) freeing the oceans      )
 )                  of Clerthwater Sea from their terror.                  (
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 )      Many traders are telling that have heard a tell about Undead       (
(       (14651) tried to cause dread in the swamps of Pa'ee bet were        )
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 )     Several adventurers are telling that locals are rumoring about      (
(       Living Water (12539) in the oceans of Adbrook Sea continue to       )
 )                    cause dread on local inhabitants.                    (
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Quests

In the tundra of Vandmanddal roams the Pride of Lions (363). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the stone of Helmec.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the iron of Hashhi.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Flalo.
In the tundra of Wa'uw roams the Pride of Lions (239). 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!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the horses of Eansu'osh.
In the tundra of Huykash lurks the Hydra (510). 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!
In the mountain of Uptem lurks the Dragon (589). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Bengbost for the glory of the Gods.
Show your devotion by visiting Temples in A'art, Bomcan and Borac.
In the desert of Stonmyxse lurks the Evil Warriors (591). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Avodoy for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in Bitem for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in Abre for the glory of the Gods.
In the plain of Rardmomvale lurks the Evil Warriors (638). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the plain of Rerecol lurks the Evil Mages (538). 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!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the grain of Reprau.

Articles

It seems that orcs have developed a new method of building baloons. Instead of floater hides they use regular furs filled with hot volcanic gas!
Thane's Ring (10)
The Admiral came to inspect the newest ship in the fleet and break a bottle of wine against it (may as well, there was no market to sell it that he could find). He was disturbed by a monk shouting out scripture by the dock.

"Why is he ranting, midshipman?"
"Well Sir, he says that anyone who has knowledge should reckon the number of the Great Beast. And that number is six-hundred-and-sixty-six. By sheer coincidence, this ship is number 666." 
The Admiral pondered this. If he has known this ship would have that number, he would have ordered a mighty galleon or corsair instead of another cog. "Change its name, it is no longer the chocolate shifter, but THE GREAT BEAST!"

The Admiral wondered if the ship would keep its number if he gave it more ships to put into a fleet.
Children of the Four Winds (13)
We finally realized the reason behind our poor ROI in our monster hunting: we were not complaining enough. For next month, we are proud to announce the creation of the ministry of whinning. Interviews for the head of the department are under way; this process may take a while, our humanoid resources group has seen a sharp increase of their turnover rate since it started.
Fanhunters (16)
Here is a list of ambassadors, traders, spies, poachers, and others, currently visiting, squatting, site seeing, trading, and such, on our small island. Some have been left off the list out of respect for privacy, but I don't know how private they can be, amongst the throng. There are some not revealing their faction but we'll soon know.

Red Skulls (5)
Church of Light and Truth (59)
Under Pressure (57)
Beastmasters (21)
The Black Obelisk (28)
Children of the Four Winds (13)
Podeans (61)
Wildcard (63)
Flannae (24)
The Most Righteous Order (34)
The Trade Guild (48)
Cartographers (97)
The Grey Order (27)
Iron Harlequins (76)
Fanhunters (16)
Big Ol Bob (18)
“Excuse me, can we pick our weapon?”
“Pick your weapon! Ha, ha, ha! Orcs have swords, Elves have bows, Gnomes have crossbows...  You're Human: you can have a bag!”
The Grey Order (27)
The world become fragmented, more and more factions send ships and artisans to far regions to establish manufactures. 
The Black Obelisk (28)
No new this month.
Avalon Empire (3)
The Minister for Trade is overjoyed. Someone actually wants our vodka and is willing to trade for it. The distance is long but the route could be mutually beneficial. I guess he won't be made redundant and sacrificed to the fire god.
The Most Righteous Order (34)
ola-la-la
Frozen Sails (38)
Another pair of Grizzly Bears are roaming around our border. Thanks to the gods it hasn't killed anyone yet but we still have to send a small hunting party to save our citizens.
WindMasters (4)
Do you know that you can convert 1 article into 1 net [NET], weight 1, costs 200 silver to withdraw. 
This is a tool. This item increases the production of fish [FISH] by 2 and giant turtle [TURT] by 1.
Heralds of the Great Wahzoh (46)
Where do we go now?
Red Skulls (5)
Administration!  Bookkeeping!  The lesser known joys of empire...
The Greycloaks (51)
Sssscchaaa'tha waited patiently amid the ripples, tail flicking gently.  He knew his role here was but that of bait in a trap, and yet he feared not.

Over his left shoulder there was a slight splash, as a fin broke the surface a few dozen yards away.  

The breeze was light, gently ruffling the surface of the ocean, the clouds white and fluffy, the sun bright yet not too warm.  It was truly a beautiful day for a sole lizardman to go for a swim far from land.

"Oh, no." called Sssscchaaa'tha.  "I seem to have left my sword and armor at home.  Whatever shall I do?  Perhaps I should by replacements with these TEN THOUSAND SILVER PIECES I am swimming with, that don't seem to weigh me down AT ALL.!

That was enough.  Like lightning, the merfolk struck.  Well, not actually much like lightning at all, for a number of reasons, but most of all because it took so long that the pegasi a week's swimming time away were able to get airborne and intervene first.

There was great daring and derring-do, as swords slashed and feathers fluttered.  Merfolk cried out as dozen by dozen they were struck down by the air cavalry elites, until there was none left to bar the victors from the spoils.

Sssscchaaa'tha had just long enough to rue his error upon realising that his spoils appeared to consist of several tons of stone, before the massive weight drove him down, down into the inky depths forever.

A cavalry trooper shook her head and turned to the officer, "We're gonna need a smarter sentry," 
Church of Light and Truth (59)
Trying to map this world is hard - it's big, and 
my longship scouts keep getting eaten.
ClanJaguar (64)
It is nice to dry flippers after so many months.
Bleak Creek tribe (75)
They spoke to others.

But got no reply.

Almost as if they didn't exist.
Iron Harlequins (76)
Tribes fly to new life!
Tribes (77)
The big smokey meatbag inspired fear among the crew. The crew called it a Balrog. It puffed smoke and smoldered fire. It looked quite magnificent.

But it doesn't inspire fear in us. When it walks on wood, the wood does not creak, the wood does not bend, the wood does not crumble. We know of structural integrity. If a meatbag doesn't threaten the structural integrity of the ship, it doesn't threaten us.
Fountain of Magic (8)
so far so good, not the best loot, but decent. time to get some quests done.
Heimdall (80)
Fairy tales of the old Sseshes.

Once a young lizardman Sellicha was splashing in the Rinin Sea, which washes the shores of the Jentcen swamp. He was not very experienced and wise, but he was very young and energetic. Once again he jumped out of the wave, and saw a wonderful miracle, yes, a wonderful miracle - it splashed and snorted contentedly.
- What's your name, wonderful miracle, oh, wonderful miracle? Sellicha asked him.
- My name is Turtle, the wonderful miracle replied.
 Sellicha immediately realized that the Turtle is very kind, by its huge beak and large, thick paws.
- Let's swim across the Rinin Sea in a race! - Achilles exclaimed.
- Catch up! - the Giant Turtle answered and they swam a race across the Rinin Sea.
Sellicha was very agile and strong, he rowed with all his strength. But the Turtle moved its huge paws smoothly, as if it was in no hurry at all. Sellicha was already getting tired, but he could not get even an elbow closer to the Turtle.
- Wait, wait, Giant Turtle, wait for me!  Sellicha exclaimed,  I have no strength to swim after you, although I am very strong and agile. Tell me, how do you make it?
Oh, this is the great sorcery of the wizard Zeno, said the Giant Turtle,  you will never be able to catch up with me.
Then give me a ride, Giant Turtle, Sellicha asked, and the Turtle held out his paw so that Sellicha could climb on her back. So they swim together until now. And the sailors consider it a good omen to see a small lizardman riding a giant turtle in the distance.
Nomads (82)
The tundra of Stowon (17.7) was almost empty. A few gnoms were trying to get the best of it, but nothing luxous or remarkable...
Another jump for nothing!
Cartographers (97)

Rumors

There is a black market for magic items. Look for a shaft in a volcano.
The ice dragon has breathed her last, along with her sisters. Tragic.

Captain Nemo is still around. With a new gunnery officer.
Centaurs on winged horses don't work well