Times Turn 5

Players have visited 49% of all inhabited regions.

Quests

Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the livestock of Liha.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the wood of Clonway.
In the mountain of Mustfolk lurks the Undead (497). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Airghagen for the glory of the Gods.
In the desert of Ainglen roams the Sandlings (226). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Baldhanddhan lurks the Sphinx (489). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the plain of Iewrun lurks the Tribe of Centaurs (776). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Adoclewn for the glory of the Gods.
In the mountain of Varter roams the Family of Ogres (176). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Ba'eld roams the Sphinx (216). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the furs of Deeland.

Articles

Richard decided to stay with the orcs. Not the most pleasant servants, but fanged. Fangs is good. Why they are needed is not yet clear, but definitely they are good.
In fact, the picture was depressing. Heat, jungle, sands, clay and rather wild and very poor inhabitants. And the Sphinx. By the way, another one was found just north. Probably a female. Richard did not know why he had decided so, but for some reason he was sure of it. Also he was sure in the fact that in no case can you let them meet. They should be slained in turn. And separately. And so that there were no small sphinxes in the cave.
Desert Eagles (11)
"Do you know what I saw today????"
"Er.. no?"
"A scout! What is our scout doing back here?!?!"
"Err.. can't be, the scout.. well, we got a report that.. the Evil Warriors"
"What?"
"I guess they woke up.. "
"I'm sure I didn't see a zombie, or any other undead, I saw the scout. Except, the cheek, he didn't even care to call himself a scout anymore! And I also saw that someone helped themselves to a large chunk of our silver! Leaving a receipt for two camels there instead! Who pays more than thousand silver for a camel? Who authorised this?"
"Ah, sorry, this is actually the good news I'm here about"
"Thousands of silver going missing is 'good news' since when?"
"The scout, well, we actually promoted him to a teller.. "
"PROMOTED?!?"
"Well, yes. He noticed last month that pearls are really cheap in the other city he visited, so he.. "
"YES???"
"of his own initiative... "
"?!?!?!?"
"withdrew the money to buy them, and came back to sell them. Look, these two loads he sent specifically to you.. "
"And the camel?!?"
"Apparently, they were very heavy pearls. But.. "
"But what now?"
"We estimate profit of at least 400% on each load. I thought we could pay the bonus to the board in pearls this month, at the cost.."
"Ah. I see you have much to learn. Bonus and 400% is what you'd have said the moment you walked into the door! I'll let this pass. This time. But next time, if anyone develops 'initiative', they might find it's terminal."
"And the promotion?"
"He can keep it for now. But when his profits drop below 400%, demote him. You gotta keep them hungry."
The bank (12)
So, we're stuck in a small piece of land. Perhaps the dragons will help us get out of here?
Lucky Thirteen (13)
Reserves are depleted, need to start bringing in the tax revenue.  
Nils Olav (14)
From the diary of Dark Schneider:

Day 92

The weather is strange on this world. Always calm and nice. Even the rains are calm and quiet. Now I know why my scouts couldn't find any vikings anywhere on our island. No storms. No vikings. I'll have to hire orcs instead I guess.

Day 96

Our inn burned down today. No idea how it happened. I was on the shore studying the weather when I noticed the smoke. Neira was training her cousins in fire magic. I guess she went a bit overboard. When I told the owner about the bad news he had a nervous breakdown. Just a few days ago I informed him that we were planning to vacate his establishment and he could return with his family in a month or so. He was so happy and hopeful. Now he looks like a toothless beggar sitting in the middle of the burned out ruin mumbling something about inn-sewer-ants and pulley-C. I have no idea what insects or sail rigging equipment has to do with his misfortune.

Day 101

I made a pact with a headhunter clan called Skalperians (24). My kind of folk. Wild and free like the animals of the forest. Their leader showed up a month ago and now he has some followers. They practice magic. Looks like shamanistic stuff. Not my thing but it might come in handy against the guards. The elves in town stay clear of them. Maybe I should dress my thugs like the Skalperians so town folk would stop pestering me for more jobs? 

Day 109

It's Leira's birthday today. She was adamant to light the candles herself. All 52 of them. 52 is considered to be a young age for an elf but it took some time to put so many candles onto her cake. Which is now a smoking piece of charcoal. Damn, I was really looking forward to eat cake today. Why did she have to light them with magic? Why couldn't she just be satisfied to blow out the candles? I guess she wanted to impress me with her progress in magic. Looking at the bright side now I know that she is progressing nicely with fire spells.

Day 117

The shipbuilders finished the raft. They used proper lumber this time. Looks sturdy enough.

Day 119

I hired two local fishermen? fisher-elves? elves, whose previous occupation was fishing as sailors and we are ready to sail. The question is: where to?

Silver Eclipse (15)
Some days you bend over the map and think of how to achieve greatness. The blood is pumping through your head really fast, your eyes are wide opened, numbers are swarming in your head. 
These are the good days.

But some days you get called a lazy socialist by some newspaper reader for delays with your newspaper article. This is not what i came here for, but as long as my men require those 200 unclaimed silver, i will do this. 

There are days to get your hand dirty in blood and there are days to get your hands dirty in ink. 
The Chosen Few (17)
Finally other friendly players! With this few players nearby I guess I can have all of this exciting Tundra to myself. Time to war 5 to tax it all!
Feed the Paw (18)
The leaders of Chaos Empire surveyed the lands where destiny had brought them. These were nice rolling plains of rich locals that were surprised by their arrival. No matter, the first units of empire was being formed and already strict tax collection work begun. 
The leaders studied the fire magics in wooden huts and exchanged envoys with other factions. The destiny had brought them in good place. They could raise first armies here. However, there was also other arrivees with grand plans of their own. First exchanged communications brought good news - the others were welcoming and some cooperation could be established. Therefore leaders already looked beyond their meager units to the wide sea and imagined battles over waters.
Chaos Empire (19)
Crowded island, with famous names... I wonder what their behavior will be this time...
Black Tower (21)
- Sir, the treasure is empty!
- Empty? how is it possible? we have kept a lot of silvers to sustain our development !
- Not anymore Sir. We had to spend everything to buy food.
- To buy food? but we recruited peasants to ranch livestock!
- It seems the people didn't' want to eat this food and prefer to buy some on the market...
(Where "consume faction flag would have been useful)
Silver Hand (22)
First battles with Evil factions have already happened.
Results are positive so far, will try to keep up the good work.
Guardsmen seem to collaborate with them, hopefully not for long.
Skalperians (24)
Island, bloody island. No wood, no iron, no stone, just sand, zombies and skeletons ...
Scoiatael (25)
The surrounding folks reacted good to the benefits of civilization. They were following orders to improve their living standards and eagerly embracing the (for them) new methods of doing things. Only the centaurs had balked at first at being made to plow fields. But even they couldn´t argue that only they were capable of towing a plow through the newly designated farmplots.
Elves of Lund (26)
Sir Carter looked up form the financial and productions report.

"All numbers live up to my expectation" he said to the nearby accountant.

Smiling, he took a plan for the first ship he intended to build. Soon enough he will rule the waves.

Then he took a huge sip from his cup full of a liquid resembling green tea, instantly regretting it. "Where do these bloody centaurns find these herbs" he thought, "this smells like salty sea weed mixed with rotten cherries"  

"Send some scouts to find herbs" he orderd the accountant 
Lost Sea Trading Company (27)
(Stories from ancient Darealone family book - Tales from Torsee Darealone - I)
Torsee arrived to the mountains. He found Hill Dwarves living poorly.
Land was not rich but could be improved he thought.
He looked to his purse. It was time to spend the money his rich father had given him.
This is Paradise (29)
We continue our exploration. Another town has been found, but no signs of other people around it. Is it deserted?

Finally some plains, which hopefully means good food, taxes and horses.

The Filras (3)
High mountains, dense forests, green plains is a heavenly place.
Gyperboreya (30)
We failed our people, the accountants will be hold responsible. But some of the evil was erradicated. We will keep working.
Sword & Shield Forever (32)
should have paid more attention to the new tactics change
time to gamble before the money runs out
ClanJaguar (38)
There are a lot of different creatures in this world!
The most important for us are animals especially rare ones.
We will seek an endangered species to protect them from the other hunters!
Beastmasters (39)
So our little friend decided to go stealth (or south)... either way we'll find you.
The Hunt Begins (4)
Altho we reside in the wet and miserable swaps our funds are as dray as the nearby desserts. The company around also becomes to much for our misery. Now we must not only count our silver pieces carefully, but also closely watch out for coming trouble. Maybe the newly discovered underworld will bring some change? Or ..
Miserable Maniacs (40)
Björn 'Ironside Greyfish, the oldest of the Greyfish, took a look at the wooded landscape in the north and whispered to his companion: "This is no land for an old fish", "Let's go back to Ecugol and build ships to left this land.
Greyfish (43)
The Ambassador heard the chanting of the scouts. The centaurs were chanting "Thalassa! Thalassa!"
He asked what this meant, and was told that the centaurs valued the work of Xenophon and were quoting his response when his troops found the sea.

Judging by the number of chants, either the centaurs had found themselves in a small corner of this continent or this was in fact an island masquerading as a fit home for several factions.
Children of the Four Winds (44)
So our heralds have found the water on all sides. Not a large continent after all, more of an island, and overcrowded with people. I guess we will have to take some of this land by the sword. Or maybe sneak away into this underworld, there seems to be more towns around. Unfortunately full of Goblins, Ettins, and even Dragons. But since we got our swords out already...
Filcist (46)
With exploration comes meeting up with old friends. Although some of my relations have been troubled by events in the past, I do hope that this world will turn out with less issues.
Anuii (47)
Twoflower might be the first Atlantean tourist. Jumping from gate to gate with the strong believe nothing bad will happen to him, since he is not really involved in anything dangerous if just watching.
Nekojin Empire (48)
This shack is not suitable for a family. We now have settlers in many plains, but no house to speak of in the prairie. Luckily they have found a forest nearby to get wood from. Time to learn some lumberjacking.
Little House on the Prarie (49)
Master,
The exploration continues:
- swamp
- tundra

nothing else for now ...

we will check the rumors that there are winged horses in these tundra.

Capturing the village may be more difficult than expected because we can only recruit from the two neighboring regions ...

inhabitants of Sunis & Lapraerte
French Connection (5)
It was not an easy month. Intelligence reports on new lands. So far, a small army is preparing to capture the first village.
Gray Faction (54)
A new neighbor ? What kind of neighbor will he be: the kind kind or the dead kind?
The Guild (57)
Good bye! But is the story finished? We'll see...
The Cartographers (58)
oh, those fireworks we deployed in the town didn't pay as much as we expected, lets see if towns major has something to say about this.
Semigallians (6)
I'm gonna need some stories now. Here I am, stranded on these frosty shores of a new beginning. Desperate for human warmth and some insight into this world's workings. Had I known these cold-hearted dwarves were so partial to prose they're willing to part with their silver, I would have started my own bookshop long time ago.
I doubt they want to hear an old story about silver-induced coup, which led to village's changes in rulership. Ah, I say old, yet it's only been couple of months. Time passes differently for me. Seldom all day's plans get rendered obsolete by a dawn of a new month. More often mere minutes, hours of planning carve out months of carnage of conquest. Is this how I want to be remembered? Perhaps, an explorer instead? A liason? A magnate? A nobody?.. I'm gonna need some stories now.
Chaotic Neutral (62)
Soon, so soon we will enjoy the process of transmutation!!!
Mighty Croc (66)
Oh, this unreliable humans. Always something wrong with them!
Royal Pinguins (69)
Water everywhere. This is an island, sir.
Moon Knights (7)


      
Carbonari (75)
Yellow papers! Buy it or you will never know the truth!

Undead lizards? Can zombies swim?
Atlantis Necromancy Research  Association (ANRA) thought it is impossible but after experiments, brave researcher Nicolas de Vir proved that lizard zombies can swim as well as living lizards.

This spinned up new talks in society: can zombies have children? Can zombies fall in love? Do zombies need same rights as living creatures?

Nicolas de Vir said his research is not over and we really hope, we will get new results from young necromancer soon.
Eternal Empire (8)
Ovuna has arrived. I look forward to learning the game and seeking counsel from wise leaders. You can find me on Discord.
Ovuna (80)
Fishmonger Cloud was feeling his new precious gems. ".. it should have good price on market.. people here value gems so much..."

People of Befshuns,  hear me, hear me!!!
Fishmonger Cloud is looking for someone who has any magical talents. Riches,adventures and dangers guaranted! Especially Riches!!
All interested come to Fishmonger Quarters in port, old docks!
People of Befshuns,  hear me, hear me!!!
Fishmongers (9)

Rumors

Rumor has it Dark Schneider is a real bastard!!
The Grefishs are starting to rebuild the iron fleet.
So many players around... That is going to be tough
Chaotic Neutral, I see u, but u don't see me.
I am told that ships have already been built. Such a hard-working group this is.