Times Turn 47

Voting results:
Peacekeepers (7) got 1 vote.
Beastmasters (29) got 8 vote.
little folk (38) got 13 vote.
Max vote 13 (36%) out of 36 possible votes. 19(50%) required to win.
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 )    Some commoners are whispering about a conflict between combatants    (
(      happened in the swamps of Kaiaen River where battle ended in a       )
 )       slaughter of one of the sides. This battle will be known as       (
(                   Battle near the ocean of Boldur Lake.                   )
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(        Dozen peasants have heard about a fight between combatants         )
 )        happened in the desert of Great Izuknuz Desert where many        (
(       soldiers will never fight again. This battle will be known as       )
 )               Battle near the volcanoes of Izukzal Peak.                (
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 )         Some pilgrims are whispering about an encounter between         (
(       combatants happened in the jungles of Papyrokles Jungle 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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(      Dozen travelers are whispering about a clash between combatants      )
 )     happened in the desert of Great Autarkotuspolisus Desert where      (
(      many soldiers will never fight again. This battle will be known      )
 )                as Battle near the ocean of Kaiaen River.                (
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 )      Several merchants have heard about the city of 29 Humham that      (
(           lies in the Basington Rocks mountains, where a rebels           )
 )                          extinguished guards.                           (
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 )    Handful scouts are worried about the city of Maidenvil that lies     (
(       in the Kataretes Sands desert, where a villans killed guards.       )
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(     A few adventurers have heard about the town of 38 Basingmoor that     )
 )    lies in the Great Ialihn Desert desert, where a rebels massacred     (
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(       Several commoners have heard about rangers who have decimated       )
 )     Evil Mages (19782) near ocean of Great Yaer River. Freeing the      (
(            desert of Great Autarkaros Desert from their fear.             )
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(      Handful scouts are worried about daredevils who have put to the      )
 )     sword Sandlings (19760) near ocean of Great Yaer River. Freeing     (
(         the desert of Great Autarkaros Desert from their terror.          )
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(      Dozen druids are discussing about witchers who have annihilated      )
 )      Sandlings (19700) near ocean of Great Yaer River. Freeing the      (
(            desert of Great Autarkaros Desert from their fear.             )
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(     Some traders are rumoring about adventurers who have annihilated      )
 )     Giant Scorpions (756) near forests of Heterimos Woods. Freeing      (
(         the desert of Great Basingford Desert from their terror.          )
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(       Handful druids are talking about adventurers who attempted to       )
 )     extinguished Lizard Men (477) roaming the jungles of Heteralizo     (
(       Woods near ocean of Great Methan River. But all of them were        )
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 )         In the desert of Great Ialihn Desert, near mountains of         (
(      Antanoatres Peak, Undead (19698) who continue to cause fear to       )
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 )    In the desert of Great Izuknuz Desert, near volcanoes of Izukzal     (
(      Peak, Giant Scorpions (17307) who continue to cause anxiety to       )
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 )        In the desert of Great Dunlock Desert, near mountains of         (
(     Khimilmud Mountains, Evil Mages (920) who continue to cause fear      )
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 )    In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert, near forests of Ametanopos     (
(        Forest, Sphinx (631) who continue to cause horror to local         )
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 )      Worrisome news were coming from the desert of Great Lurgshak       (
(      Desert. Inhabitants were stunned by the assassination near the       )
 )      ocean of Great Fenash River. The assassin escaped unnoticed.       (
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 )    Horrifying news were coming from the tundra of Ametanakos Tundra.    (
(         Inhabitants were horrified by the assassination near the          )
 )         mountains of Agamenakos Mountains. The assassin escaped         (
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(     Worrisome news were coming from the mountains of Izilgog Heights.     )
 )     Citizens were terrified by the assassination near the volcanoes     (
(             of Izukzal Peak. The assassin escaped unnoticed.              )
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(       Horrifying news were coming from the desert of Great Izuknuz        )
 )        Desert. Locals were afraid by the assassination near the         (
(       mountains of Izilgog Heights. The assassin escaped unnoticed.       )
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Quests

In the desert of Great Volbuz Desert lurks the Sphinx (631). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Aerakos Valley for the glory of the Gods.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the stone of Great Autarkirmos Desert.
In the desert of Great Perikeros Desert roams the Sandlings (493). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the swamp of Great Methan River roams the Demon (728). 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 Antanoimos Sands roams the Sandlings (405). 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 desert of Great Bletchgrove Desert lurks the Evil Warriors (601). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the forest of Bletchfield Woods roams the Imp (19599). 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 mountain of Meldon Volcano lurks the Demons (806). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Great Lurgshak Desert lurks the Undead (911). 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 mountain of Meldon Heights roams the Giant Birds (149). 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 Ametanaskalos Dale for the glory of the Gods.
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 Great Dunlock Desert roams the Sandlings (433). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the rootstone of Antanoarotes Sands.

Articles

Only old men go into battle.
Gyperboreya (10)
No news.
Iron Harlequins (12)
We need more Orcs the captains say. More Orcs they shall have....
Four Horsemen (13)
"Call in the runners, we have a new task."
Grey Order (15)
We hunt for mosters, those who attack our people
Great Horde (16)
Desert is deserted.
Desert Eagles (18)
What is coming my way? 
The Filras (20)
The desert, the stone,
The jungle, the bone!
M9 (22)
Peasant: I dug the road as best as I can, but the cavalery still rode like its in prime condition, not my fault, sir!
Lord: Thanks for your work, you did your best. Execute him!
Akacis (23)
Second Stage!
The Power (24)
Ennemies are approaching ?
Silver Hand (25)
The relocation is completed. What will wait for us in the new lands?
Avalon Empire (3)
The Cartographers are peaceful but don't push to far..
The Cartographer (30)
Observations of firesword awesomeness have made vikings eager to get those weapons. So this is ad - we are buying used fireswords cheaply. Or if you are not selling, then maybe just indicate where you are keeping those.
Vikings of Hornwood (31)
Well now.. isn't that interesting.
Atlanteans of Yore (32)
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Our Eldest's Column
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A curfew and lockdown was imposed on the little folk who live near the ring of Thane's armies.  Those deep inside appear still free to move, but by order of those who rule, all little folk commerce has stopped in the Antanoetes Valley, the Azshak Mountains, the Durbuz Forest, the Evitas Jungle, the Antanoatos Desert, the Autarkotuspolisus Desert, the Dunlock Desert, and Khimilgog Rocks.  We are glad they only set up roadblocks and did not kill us.  Little folk music will go on.  

    Rome never looks where she treads
    Always her heavy hooves fall
    On our stomachs, our hearts or our heads
    And Rome never heeds when we bawl
    Her sentries pass on ---
    that is all

We are glad the sentries are passing on.  We shall wait at the roadblocks erected for our safety, and trade unskilled labor for food, or ask our artists to entertain the local populace while we wait for things to change.  Good Mr. Hagen is probably just keeping things safe for the little folk inside the ring of his armies.  There have apparently been threats to Good Mr. Hagen recently.  Who would dare?  Aren't he and the Thane's Ring Spirits who ride with him unbeatable?  Hasn't he challenged any to invite him to visit, and haven't all cowered instead of bravely issuing him an invitation?.  I can completely understand why Good Mr. Hagen might find it necessary to impose a curfew on the little folk for their own safety.  I'm sure he has always had our best interests at heart.

I hear of demons fighting dragons in the town square.  Am I supposed to be able to summon demons or dragons by now?  Did I study the wrong things in my youth?  Was magical healing not really the most important path?  But it seemed so simple, with only one prerequisite.

The High Priestess tells me that armies let by Thane's Ring Spirits (or Ring Spirits anyway) on winged horses are, in Orcish folklore, a prophesied sign of the end of days.  Maybe I'll get out of this job after all.


Religion Column
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The Eschatology department is usually a sleepy place.  It is unusual for material relevant to their expertise to concern the High Priestess or the little folk government.  But many articles from last month's Times were sent to this department for review this month.  Gyperboreya wrote plainly "The End is soon"  The Filras tell us "The future will be strange soon".  Peacekeepers writes of "one last holdout".  The Fendahli poets describe "a torpid tension that thickens the air".   It seems some of our neighbors believe the end times are coming.

The little folk orcs say that their old stories include "Thane's Ring Spirits" (or perhaps just "Ring Spirits") riding on flying horses, and leading armies.  In the old orcish stories, these "ring spirits" are invisible to those without special sight.  Stories are that little folk attacked by Ring Spirits on flying horses report that they could see the spirit once it attacked, but as it seems no little folk have ever survived an attack by an army led by a Thane's Ring Spirit on a flying horse, the High Priestess thinks these stories might be an invention by those who weren't actually there.


Hunting Column
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Martiniks is keeping the lands inside the ring safe, just as Our Eldest said he would do.  Last month he slew 2 ice dragon, 2 shinxes, 3 yeti, and some sandlings that had fattened themselves on little folk.  Thosee brave hunters have the gratitude of the little folk who work the land.


Beggars Column
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In the far south, away from the Tala, the littlefolk are ignored by both Our Eldest and by the little folk liberation front.  Thin Urist tightens his belt another notch, and wonders whether eating the belt would be better.  He goes off to ask the sandlings if they will give him some food in exchange for his tattered cloak.


Spinning Column
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Who has 82 spinning wheels?  Are they using them or selling them?  If they are using them, what are they using them for?  Even with novice operators, 82 spinning wheels produce 246 bags each month, which should surely be enough.  Perhaps there is some more advanced use?


LFLF Column
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One of the little folk liberation front spies has obtained an advance copy of Our Eldest's Times submission for this month.  Is it possible that Our Eldest is on Beastmasters' payroll?  Or do the Mystic Nine have one of his children held hostage?  Our Eldest's infatuation with "Good" Mr. Hagen always seemed suspicious.  For him to claim that Good Mr. Hagen has always had our best interests at heart while the obituaries are filled with accounts of little folk slain by advancing armies of Vanir seems hard to believe otherwise.  

The little folk around Stockwood wished for commerce and agriculture, not politics and war.  This governing stuff is harder than it looks, though.  We have a lot of little folk to feed, the local rulers do not allow us to beg for alms, and have suggested that they do not like so many little folk in one area.  We can try to feed ourselves on the outputs of our agriculture, but even with the best farmers, a desert feeds surprisingly few little folk.  We could try taking some of our goods to market in Stockwood, but we are unsure whether the sentries will let us into the city.  We should have built a caravanserai; perhaps they would let those caravans into the city to sell their goods.

Little Nectudad and Pop, both secret (well, secret until we published this article) members of the Little Folk Liberation Front were squatting in the Stockwood caravanseria when the city fell.  They don't know the first thing about logistics (Nectudad is a novice fisherman, and Pop is an artist), but perhaps they can learn.  Will they be driven out or slain by the new overlords of Stockwood this month, or will they be able to set up transport from the surrounding areas into the city?  Should they ask the new overlords for permission to operate, or will this just alert the new overlords to their existence, and give the new overlords an opportunity to collect taxes?

Will these overlords stay a month or more, or will the war going on all around us visit Stockwood again this month?

Conquerors and overlords come and go, but one thing always remains.  Biscuits!  Come to our meeting in Stockwood (if you can sneak past the roadblocks), or attend a meeting in your local community.  All little folk liberation front meetings have the world's most delicious biscuits.  Mystic Nine, please note that by "world's most delicious biscuits", the little folk liberation front is not claiming our biscuits are more delicios than your garlic.  We claim biscuits and garlic are incommensurable.  If you doubt this, try taking a bite of each, one after the other.  Bite of biscuit, bite of garlic, bite of biscuit, bite of garlic.  Whether biscuits or garlic is better depends on what they are eaten with, when they are eaten, and by whom.  The most delicious food with VODK might be different than the most delicious food with MILK.  The best food just before a battle might be different than the best food just before bed after a peaceful day.  The favorite food of orcs might be different than the favorite food of wood elves.  And if you disagree, come to one of our meetings.  Disagreement is a little folk tradition.


Peace Column
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Thane's Ring Spirits have reappeared, now on flying horses.  Old prophesies offer us a chance at peace, all we have to do is all, (or mostly all), raise the same flag.  But instead of bringing peace, now we fight over what to put on the flags.   Sad.  Peacekeepers has "Peace" in their name, would that be an acceptable compromise flag for both sides to raise?  


Obituary Column
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Talorc, Erp, Deord, Nechtudat, Rurminburgh, Carvorst and 50 other little folk all died of natural causes in the far north of the world, in the Antanoatos desert.  It appears all 56 of them were slain by the same lightning strike.  They were all grouped together to see the storm, I guess.  The little folk really want weather, even if weather is dangerous in this world.

Azshak, Grainne, and Ddrrroann of 29 Entellalizo, all unarmed and unskilled in war were slain by Vanir, Njosn and Etaireiai in the Durbuz desert.  The party that attacked was too strong for these 3 to have been their real target; these little folk must have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Dangerous world these days.  More dangerous since all these flags started going up.

Little Triple was slain by Etaireiai in the Autarkotuspolisus desert.  He had neither a weapon nor any combat skill, and was slain by an army of 350 gnolls.  We suspect Little Triple was not their true or final target; 350 gnolls seems more than an efficient empire would send on the task of clearing out little folk.

Uid, Blaine, Maelrubha, Derbbroichan, Eald and Morleo, all gnolls, were slain by 90 admantium clad orcs and gnolls, each armed with a flaming sword, and led by a Thane's Ring spirit on a winged horse.  The army that slew them carried in its baggage train more mithril shields than warriors, and a priest travelling with them read from a book trying to drive the little folk back to the next life, as though they had already transcended and returned.
little folk (38)
Overhead in an Urgdur tavern....
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"So, we are starting an autonomous collective."
     "A what?"
"Well, really it is more of an anarcho-syndicalist commune."
    "Huh?"
"....."
     "......"
"It means you can share my beer."
     "Well, why didn't you say so!?!"
Kiiran (39)
The skyfleet of the Four Winds had begun to sail aimlessly across the deserts. Perhaps recruiting orcs for their hardiness had been a mistake, and maybe tiny goblins would have been better for getting into small spaces, or elegant elves who could man an airship single-handedly with enough training.
The Children of the Four Winds (40)
We need to build two more chapels
Martiniks Trade Guild (43)
Utuk'ku was surprised to see how many important personalities came to the party. She is sure that the fireworks this month will be beyond belief. It is a pity that all the pastries and tea ran out, she needs to check with the Little Folk on how to properly play host for the garlic armies.
Stormspike (49)
Yet another quiet year comes to its end. 
Thane's Ring (5)
How sweet was thy dream!
Corvin Ravens (55)
Go and feed, my minions!
Orc Hunters (56)
Balloon. Not beaten, not painted. Mileage is minimal. Who lost - please do not disturb.
Dark League (6)
The goblin stared out over the parched scrubland, sand and rock bare with drought and sun.
"Look at these few we muster, with their outdated weapons and crude panoply," he mused to the officer.  "Is there any point in our playing at war like this?"

The gnoll barked, in her kind's analogue of a laugh tinged with bitterness and doubt.  "Well, it's like discourse over professorial chairs at the academy, when compared to the diplomatic dialogue that forms the intercourse between factions.  The politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small."
The Fendahli (65)
Keep still - it won't hurt a bit!
Peacekeepers (7)
During the winter beawers wear worm coats and falling asleep. But we should stay awake.
SuperBober (78)
The Roman Empire shall now sail the Skies!
Romans (8)
The dragon has left my city, after killing most of my men. Time for some peace and quiet.... oh wait! There's a sphinx here now!
The Broken Skull (81)
Soooo many beetles needing orders....
DeathScarab (87)
Exploration is a must. Our funds are becoming depleted. Some of us must leave teh safety of the city.
The Merry Magicians (89)

Rumors

Crass threats and beautiful diplomatic thinly veiled threats.
Charge it, don't charge it, it's still idling