Times Turn 46

Voting results:
Peacekeepers (7) got 1 vote.
Beastmasters (29) got 8 vote.
little folk (38) got 12 vote.
Max vote 12 (33%) out of 36 possible votes. 19(50%) required to win.
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 )     A few peasants are discussing about the battle between hostile      (
(       forces happened in the desert of Great Lurgshak Desert where        )
 )    battle ended in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will    (
(            be known as Battle near the ocean of Kagaen River.             )
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(     Several wanderers are talking about a fight between Thane's Ring      )
 )       (5) and Vikings of Hornwood (31) happened in the desert of        (
(       Kataretes Sands where 69combatants were killed. The defenders       )
 )    were furious and put all attackers to the sword. This battle will    (
(              be known as Siege of the Fort Black Storm [1].               )
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(      A few adventurers are whispering about a clash between enemies       )
 )    happened in the desert of Great Dunlock Desert where battle ended    (
(     in a slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be known as      )
 )                  Battle near the ocean of Tama River.                   (
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 )       Dozen pilgrims are worried about the battle between hostile       (
(     forces happened in the desert of Great Lurgshak Desert where some     )
 )    men died. This battle will be known as Battle near the mountains     (
(                            of Basington Rocks.                            )
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(       Multiple dockers are talking about the town of Stockdare that       )
 )     lies in the Great Antanoatos Desert desert, where an opposition     (
(                               slew guards.                                )
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(      Multiple druids have heard about the town of Warringgrove that       )
 )      lies in the Great Morwaz Desert desert, where a rebels killed      (
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(       Numerous bards are whispering about the town of 38 Basingmoor       )
 )      that lies in the Great Ialihn Desert desert, where a villans       (
(                             massacred guards.                             )
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(          A few travelers are talking about adventurers who have           )
 )        annihilated Ice Dragon (19702) near mountains of Bolagal         (
(       Mountains. Freeing the tundra of Izilguluth Tundra from their       )
 )                                 dread.                                  (
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 )          Multiple commoners are talking about rangers who have          (
(        extinguished Sphinx (19701) near ocean of Great Yaer River.        )
 )    Freeing the desert of Great Autarkaros Desert from their terror.     (
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 )        Several refugees are rumoring about adventurers who have         (
(        destroyed Sphinx (19166) near ocean of Great Gothall River.        )
 )     Freeing the desert of Great Perikeros Desert from their terror.     (
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 )         In the desert of Great Ektromitos Desert, near ocean of         (
(     Nottingwood Sea, Sphinx (16975) who continue to cause anxiety to      )
 )                           local inhabitants.                            (
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 )         In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert, near mountains of         (
(      Basingford Rocks, Undead (643) who continue to cause horror to       )
 )                           local inhabitants.                            (
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 )         In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert, near mountains of         (
(      Basingford Rocks, Sphinx (769) who continue to cause terror to       )
 )                           local inhabitants.                            (
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 )      Alarming news were coming from the plains of Tritotuspolisus       (
(       Plains. Commoners were shocked by the assassination near the        )
 )      ocean of Tritotuspolisus Sea. The assassin escaped unnoticed.      (
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 )       Frightening news were coming from the mountains of Izilgog        (
(       Heights. Citizens were shocked by the assassination near the        )
 )       volcanoes of Izukzal Peak. The assassin escaped unnoticed.        (
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 )    Fearsome news were coming from the desert of Great Durbuz Desert.    (
(      Inhabitants were shocked by the assassination near the ocean of      )
 )           Great Amain River. The assassin escaped unnoticed.            (
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 )    Frightening news were coming from the desert of Great Basingford     (
(       Desert. Inhabitants were afraid by the assassination near the       )
 )     mountains of Basinggrove Rocks. The assassin escaped unnoticed.     (
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Quests

In the desert of Great Dunlock Desert roams the Sandlings (433). 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 Great Lurgshak Desert lurks the Undead (911). 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 plain of Bletchfield Plain roams the Imp (19599). 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!
In the desert of Antanoarotes Sands roams the Sandlings (121). 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!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the rootstone of Antanoarotes Sands.
In the mountain of Meldon Heights roams the Giant Birds (149). 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 Izuknuz Desert roams the Giant Scorpions (17307). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Ialihn Desert roams the Sandlings (4300). 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 Durwaz Sands lurks the Undead (509). 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!
In the desert of Great Perikeros Desert roams the Sandlings (493). 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 mountain of Meldon Volcano lurks the Demons (806). 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!

Articles

The End is soon.
Gyperboreya (10)
Nothing to report
Iron Harlequins (12)
We've got quite the nice little army. It would be quite impressive, for two years ago, that is.
Four Horsemen (13)
"I think it's time to double production."
Grey Order (15)
The future will be strange soon.
The Filras (20)
well, this might go wrong
Akacis (23)
REVENGE!!!1111
The Power (24)
no news, good news
Silver Hand (25)
On the way...
Avalon Empire (3)
The Cartographers keep being assassinated.... Poor world...
The Cartographer (30)
Demons fighting Dragons in the town square!  The entertainment here is top notch!
Atlanteans of Yore (32)
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Yazhdur
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Our Eldest's Column
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There are two towns named Yazhdur.  The southern town, now perhaps the little folk liberation front loonies' problem, not mine, decided to eliminate all the littlefolk nearby.  I'm going to let the little folk liberation front loonies deal with that one.  The northern one, deep inside the ring of Good Mr. Hagen's armies, lost a fight with the old City Guard and hasn't been able to gather enough reinforcements to win one faster than the old city guard grows.  This is a little embarassing.  We mostly focus on productive skills, not war, but still, old town guards should not give us so much trouble.


Religion Column
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My eschatology department tells me that flags are dangerous.  Ancient prophesies predict the end of the world should too many flags match.  If this world is a good think, then perhaps all the great kings of this world should tear down their flags and destroy the buildings in which flags are woven.  Apparently Good Mr. Hagen is trying to protect us in this way; we hear that he and those who ride with him are visiting cities, removing their flags, and persuading the local rulers to dismantle their flag waving machinery.  Unfortunately, the eschatology department tells me that the "this flag removed by Beastmasters" notes that the flag removal crews leave behind might still trigger the prophesies.  We humbly recommend that if the alliance that puts Beastmasters on their flags wishes this world to continue, they leave a different notice behind each time they remove a flag.  Some notices might say "this flag removed by the Mystic Nine", or "this flag removed by Corvin Ravens" or whoever else they wish to honor.


Yazhdur Column
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Deaths around Yazhdur this month similar to the deaths around Stockwood last month.  The same detachment of three score front line warriors with mithril, admantium, and flaming swords is backed up by three score archers, all led by a master tactician attacked little folk in several different regions last month.  We aren't sure how they did that; we thought if we did not resist their passage they would only attack once per month.  Perhaps they attackers had a single representative in each region who attacked us, then the six score army came to the aid of each neighboring representative?  The attackers, who call themselves "Vanir" and "Skjotir" do not wear revealing livery, so we cannot be sure which faction they act in the name of.


LFLF Column
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The littlefolk liberation front continues to meet south of the Tala.  We are attempting to discover whether Corvin Ravens is still in control of Stockwood or whether control has passed to another.  We are assessing our options in Stockwood.  We had previously decided to focus entirely on agriculture and trade, but the fate of the little folk in the rural lands surrounding Yazhdur suggests that agriculture and trade might be safer farther from cities and towns.

We also meet north of the Tala, where independence from Our Eldest and the High Priestess must still be won.  We have delicious biscuits at our meetings.


Music Column
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The four horsemen hear creepy music before encountering monsters?  Little folk musicians might know why.  Early in this world, the little folk funded musicians to go to each corner of the earth and play soothing music to keep monsters from attacking.  It mostly didn't work, because our musicians could not see the monsters in time, or could not ride fast enough to catch them.  And in a few months, other factions started complaining that even if our musicians were not interfering with their movement or their taxation of the local populace, these factions' bureaucrats were not trained to distinguish between those who tried to interfere with monster movement and those that wished to overthrow their governments.  So the monster musicians movevent sort of fizzled out because of diplomatic problems.  But there are still in the world some leftover old littlefolk monster musicians, who still travel around playing music to monsters.  And it seems that monsters mostly like the creepy kind of music, not the more sedate music of simple rural folk.


Kraken Column
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There are still Kraken in the Tala if the four horsemen want to hunt Kraken.


Grammar Column
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Dear Miss Goblin Grammar;

In last month's Standard Goblin edition of the Times, Great Horde asks "How many years we have before the time stops, 2 years?".  Was this translated correctly?  Will time stop?  --Spacelike

Dear Spacelike;

Miss Goblin grammar hopes this was not translated by one of the little folk translators; she would have exchanged the words "we" and "have".  In a statement, Miss Goblin grammar think one may write "two years we have before time stops" or "two years have we before time stops".  The two choices have different emphasis, she would recommend the first when emphasizing the years, and the second when emphasizing "we".  So "we must finish this sculpture in the two years we have before time stops", and "Let us consumate our love soon, for only two years have we before time stops".  But both are correct.  In a question, Miss Goblin grammar strongly prefers "How many years have we?" to "How many years we have?", though the translators tell me this is a difference in dialect, not a difference in correctness.  

For your question about whether time will stop, Miss Goblin Grammar would have to direct you to the little folk eschatology department, managed by the High Priestess.  Miss Goblin Grammar wonders whether Great Horde's native tongue is one of the warrior tongues.  In orcish, which is descended from the dark speech, she is told that the same word can mean "time" or "battle".  In orcish mythology, all ones' life is suffering/struggle/battle, until the day one transcends.  In Orcish mythology, all the world is suffering/struggle/battle until the day all the world transcends.  So it is possible that Great Horde was really asking when the war would stop, when peace would come.  

In Orcish, the answer to "when will peace come?" is "when the world ends".

Miss goblin grammar will leave it up to the eschatology department to determine whether peace is cause or effect.


Peace Column
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Great Horde asks "two years ... before time stops?".  This columnist thinks blood will spill so long as one third of cities raise one flag and one third raise another.  If we really want peace, we need to find a compromise flag that both sides can agree on.


Obituary Column
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Nectudad, another Nectudad, Rienmelth, Anfeald, Caelfind, Forcus, Bebinn, Aidan, Denbecan, Banba, and Findscop were slain by Vanir near the twon of Yazhdur.  Two were slain by mithril swords, two by ordinary arrows.  The Vanir sent a master tactician, but gained no more advantage than they would have had from a middling one; these littlefolk were all unarmed, most had no combat training, and none had any tactics experience.
little folk (38)
Overhead in an Urgdur tavern....
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"...mmmmlllllllyyyyyy..."
     "What?"
"AAMMMMMMLLLLHHHHHYYYYY"
    "THE MUSIC IS TOO LOUD!!!  WHAT??"
"I SAID I LIKE YOU!"
     "I LIKE YOU TOO!"
Kiiran (39)
The Hunt had been successful! The forests were now safe from hostile trees. Sadly, the loot was but a small amount of yew, and some ironwood that was only fit for magic wagons.
The Children of the Four Winds (40)
$$$
Prodigal sons (42)
why?
Martiniks Trade Guild (43)
Winter is almost here, and Utuk'ku hopes that it can give her an edge on the fights to come. She will need every piece of advantage she can get.
Stormspike (49)
No rest for the wicked.
Thane's Ring (5)
Empire has grown to the maximum capacity.
Empire expansion plans are suffering because of that.
Cooperation with allies seem more and more necessary.
Wandering devil is still wrecking hellfire all over the place, generals report that
plans for his termination are almost done for at least half a year now.
Magogash empire (51)
In the shadows...
Orc Hunters (56)
Let us offer offerings to the altar of Khorne!
Dark League (6)
In the wider world, adamantine armies appear as flaming falchions flash, but in the small corner where the Fendahl's faithful flourish, there is but a torpid tension that thickens the air.
The Fendahli (65)
One last holdout...!
Peacekeepers (7)
Roman Scouts are coming!
Romans (8)
An ice dragon has entered my city. A lot of men are about to go to a better place.
The Broken Skull (81)
Now that is a LOT of Beetles
DeathScarab (87)
Things are better, but our silver reserve is getting small. And we need to get a look around.
The Merry Magicians (89)

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