Times Turn 9

Quests

In the swamp of Chenpedeard roams the Clan of Wild Men (205). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the furs of Deeland.
In the desert of Baldhanddhan lurks the Sphinx (489). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the desert of Thesipaiss lurks the Sandlings (435). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
In the mountain of Mustfolk lurks the Undead (497). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
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 livestock of Liha.
Build a Temple in Baldhanddhan for the glory of the Gods.
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the rootstone of Charseerpoo.
In the desert of Ainglen roams the Sandlings (226). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Build a Temple in Airghagen for the glory of the Gods.
Build a Temple in Adoclewn for the glory of the Gods.
In the tunnels of Vatcontlem lurks the Dragon (593). Free the world from this menace and be rewarded!
Seek a token of the Ancient Ones legacy amongst the wood of Clonway.

Articles

Trade has been established. Surprisingly, given the poverty of the population, trade is, in fact, an even more important resource for profit than taxes.
It is only strange that such a poor population can afford such a large turnover, with such a huge profits.
Richard was inclined to believe that these are some features of the local orcish culture.
Desert Eagles (11)
"Sir, we taken the city!"
"A city? What did the memo say?"
"Err, there are no villages, towns or cities, only acquisition targets."
"I like my memos to be remembered."
"Yes sir. I'm sure I'll do from now on."
"Anything else?"
"Our troops are moving on the second c.. acquisition target."
"Good. The troops performed well, you can tell them I found a place that sells vodka".
The bank (12)
How we can sail with no wood on our island? That is the question!
Lucky Thirteen (13)
Villages are falling, Towns are falling. The city guards are looking around nervously. 
Nils Olav (14)
From the diary of Dark Schneider:

Day 216

We set sail back to Kishbank. The raft is cramped. Girls are cranky because we're at sea again.

Day 222

The voyage is booring! We are sailing back to Kishbank on the same route we took two months earlier. Same shoreline. Same waves. We're faster this time with the winds fully under my control.

Day 229

We arrived to Kisbank in record time thanks to the winds I conjured up. The girls are excited to be back. They are chatting happily about who will take care of which guard in our assault next month. They seem to hold some serious grudges. I really need to take care never to get on their bad side now that they wield magic. They are always sweet to me but now that I've seen their dark side I cannot unsee it.

Day 234

How could I've been so oblivious about the girls? They are true pariahs of their hometown. The locals are avoiding them like the plague wherever we go. All those months I thought the locals were afraid of me while it was really the girls they were trying to avoid. Well, it as all four of us really. Is it that I don't care what the locals think about me or I'm seriously lacking in observation skills? I need to think about this.

Day 235

I had a serious talk with the girls and their true feelings. All three of them have been born 6 moon cycles from each other under new moons. Ever since they were kids they were called the three little witches of Kishbank because they lack all social and moral inhibitions. They never had any friends except each other. They admitted that they seeked me out on purpose because they wanted to learn magic to get revenge on the the town folk. I'm so happy! They are just like me! I've found true soulmates!

Day 238

I ordered my shipbuilders to start the construction of a second raft to have more transport capacity and a longship for quick reconnaissance. This world seems to be full of islands. We need a fleet to conquer them all. 

Day 242

We are ready to take the town. I told the girls to restrain themselves and at least try to keep the buildings intact.

 
Silver Eclipse (15)
I had a dream of living in a parallel universe. Days and month were going really fast. I was alone in that world. It was a very interesting feeling - i could achieve things much faster than in real world. But the problem is - nobody around who could admire or fear my might. 

I decided to become friends with eagles. It was easy in dream, but what i got was far from what i expected. One day an old and wise eagle sat on my shoulder and told me:
"Eagles are really worthless, mate."
The Chosen Few (17)
"The High Elves offered us a raft?"

"Yes sir apparently a bunch of logs tied together."

"Are you sure they aren't Sea Elves?!?"

"No sir Sea Elves were removed from the game and replaced with High Elves who fish, shipbuild, and sail."

"Right..."
King of the Penguins (18)
Empire is slowly developing, taxes are collected and some production has started.
Mages seem to be confused what to study after basic minimum. How to choose the right path in life? 
There are many viable ways in this world, lets hope they choose wisely...
Skalperians (24)
It's difficult times. Our friend has left us, saying that he needs to focus on some troubles in another dimension.  Hopefully, he is fine and we will meet again in some new world soon! Good luck ! 
Scoiatael (25)
Silgolas was content. His small imperial outpost continued to flourish. The elven popluation of Croisabrook began to look ever more respectful towards him as his endeavours continued to better their lives.
If only those two irritating facts weren´t there life could be perfect. 
First still no news about the Empire of Lund.
Second the sourly behaviour of the city guards.
Elves of Lund (26)
"You call this troops" Sir Carter asked his subordinate "they didn´t even have weapons nor armour"
"We´re trying to attack a strong enemy with our bare hands" he continued "that´s ridiculous"
"Where is the master of arms?" he demanded "he shall come here"

The servant calmly replied "Due to your own organigram you are currently responsible for weaopons and armour"

"Oh, yes...indeed, then...i will delegate this task as soon as i found the right men for this"
Lost Sea Trading Company (27)
(Stories from ancient Darealone family book - Tales from Torsee Darealone - V)
While army was being built, Torsee received pleasant news. There were other leaders trying to develop the nearby lands. This could be a great opportunity he considered.

Couriers were sent to see what arrangements can be made. 
Then Torsee looked to his purse. It was empty.
- Hope they don't want presents, because I have no more than hill dwarves to offer. And everyone knows that a hill dwarf is only half a present.
This is Paradise (29)
We continue to search the desert, found another village, again its empty. Another target to take sooner or later.

But now is time to head to the underworld, and find what evils lie down there.
The Filras (3)
People are spreading lies, saying that we are not trustworthy. The Light has prevented their messenger to reach us and their lies to misguide us. We will keep walking the path of the Righteous. Light shine on you! Or die!
Sword & Shield Forever (32)
Ice, ice and more ice.  Not really boat material but perhaps an igloo.  Now, where did I put my coat...?
The Obsidian Order (34)
---Hegemony of Cone: Early years---
-----Chapter 4-----
Kingdom of Charles had a few other leaders besides himself. Those were dwarves capable not only of menial work, but also of tactics and strategy, logistics and leadership and other useful qualities that were quite rare in general populace. Most had joined with ambitious thoughts and already were calling themselves counts of this and dukes of that, when they were called in meeting with king. 

King Charles shortly updated them on recent progress that the believer numbers were multiplying and they had already set eyes to goblin encampents in swamps of Aictred to convert also those. There was even a village named Prolmoor spotted that were also guarded by those annoying city guards. At the end Charles confronted them with an inquiry if they would actively take up the duty of leading the Conades. "Well, that is doubtless very important," replied self-styled Duke of Metpool, "however, your Eminence should be informed that I am currently very busy with activities regarding my dukeship, you know, choosing people to represent me, and the right villa and so on, so unfortunately currently I, and believe also others, cannot take up additional duties," he ended with sly smile. "All right then," shortly replied Charles, "I just wanted to inform you that as we are transforming our faction in one to actively spread the word of Holy Cone, I will nominate new high priests that will be the leaders of our faction, their word will be the law, and all resources will be theirs to command, and of course I will teach them the divine gifts brought by the Holy Cone." Duke of Metpool were lost for words, but it lasted just for the moment, as ambition reigned: "Surely, your majesty, that is great initiative. And I have definitely had felt the calling to become the high priest, those would not be duties that we will assume, but rather our destiny. I already feel that my correct title should be the high priest of Metpool, as that is our way, right?"

Total agreement was met. 
Kingdom of Charles (35)
Further, mages are so demanding about wanting structures to study in.
No stone so far, the Clan Elders ponder the use of wood?
ClanJaguar (38)
The first city has been successfully freed!
Even though some mages had forgotten their spell books and had turned into pacifists by occasion.
We are looking for some good pills to improve their memory...
Beastmasters (39)
Finally - another faction.  Fresh meat or an ally?

---

Attention: Sir Arnold Carter (633), Lost Sea Trading Company (27)

Welcome to this area.  

This is our second attempt to contact you.

We're more than happy to work with you toward a peaceful and prosperous existance, as there is room enough for all.

Please contact us through the private diplomatic channels available to all Atlanteans.

We will persist with contact for one more month, whereby we will we assume the worst and prepare defensive measures.

Yours,

THB.
The Hunt Begins (4)
.. another miserable month, we were violated and attacked on the border of the lands that we call or home. But we fear not, we will retaliate ..
Miserable Maniacs (40)
Björn "Ironside" Greyfish is thinking about sending one of the longboats to explore before he sends the rafts, but then he decides to put all his eggs in one basket. "It's time to discover new islands, man the longboats, man the rafts.  Set off into the unknown".  But a messenger travels to his working room in the east tower of the feast and calls "Sandlings, Lord! They threaten our people in the west. You should send troops to drive them out". "So, that's how I should..." Björn says angrily. The messenger becomes visibly insecure and stammers "Your people in the West are asking you for it".

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Greyfish (43)
The general screamed with delight, like a king of Ulster who had a brain forcibly inserted into his own brain. Victory in battle was giving his army more weapons than the craftsmen could produce.
Children of the Four Winds (44)
"The ducks have spoken!" thundered the Primarch. "Behold! " He drew himself up to his full, unimpressive height and spoke a single word "Wood". A few planks appeared with a pop. "Sack of acorns" offered the assistant, taking a more practical approach, but his missive went unanswered.  The Primarch smirked, then clapped his hands together and looked around with satisfaction. "Well, that's solved every problem there is, so I'd better be off. You're in charge until I get back. Get food to everyone, work out how to use that iron nonsense and remember to feed the ducks. Oh, and we need a functioning economy, trade and transport, nothing fancy. Best of luck." With that he strode confidently from the chamber, returning only briefly to pick up a small collection of ornamental glass paperweights.
The Worshipful Order of Guildsmen (45)
Wood everywhere. Swamp, jungle, woods, basically it is all the same. Endless rough terrain with scary animals and a few unfriendly natives. Quite exotic, but not what I signed up for.
Anuii (47)
We have met some nice men from other nice factions! They offered to join forces and work together. We wondered why forces had to be joined at all, since this is such a nice peaceful place. But we agreed, more friends is great!
Little House on the Prarie (49)
Master,
We discovered the end of our island to the west. there are only swamps and a few mountains.
to the east, vast expanses of inhospitable tundra lead to a desert and mountains.
we have recruited enough troops to attack the city guards but we will strengthen a little more to limit the losses which will be numerous anyway
French Connection (5)
After living on this damned island for the first 9 months of this year, it's finally time to head out and discover what's on the other side of the sea. These cursed High Elves in Pra'uest tell us nothing exists beyond, but I'm sure we'll find at least some fish which will fill my pirates bellies. 

Meanwhile our studies of ancient evils continue in secret... A tower is being constructed to ensure all DND orders are strictly enforced!
The Weird Company (52)
Strange creatures these people ...
Gray Faction (54)
Lassos
"How hard could it be?"  Dunham complained.  He had requested lassos since the fire dancer nation assigned him to gather horses for the newly developing army.   Three months ago the excises were that they didn't have any plant stuff or looms.  Here quote back and said to gather some herbs and bulls looms.   Then last month, they said they couldn't build looms because they had no carpenters or wood.   He wrote back four them to train carpenters and gather wood.   Now they say they have no loggers.  "I guess they don't really want horses", mused Dunham. 
" Ah well,  back to catching horses without lassos!"
Fire Dancers (55)
So we finally did it, we found some workers skilled enough to build some towers, it took way more exploring than expected.
Semigallians (6)
Finally, everything goes as expected. Albeit, more slowly that I hoped for. But soon we're gonna explore new lands. That should be a good enough distraction to welcome someone new into my court.
Chaotic Neutral (62)
This month we almost conquered the town. It was easier than we expected, strong-looking barbarians were dying in tens from our fireballs. Yes, it was good idea to invest at an education of our mages, even if the solders are starving.
Royal Pinguins (69)
If you study for a long time, you will definitely be able to get out of the Nexus
Carbonari (75)
Dark sun is raising.

Citizens of Pasaldon saw today that group of magicians transformed sun into it's dark version.
Miles around the city there is no day anymore but always twilight.
Strange creatures appeared on settlement streets with sharp long teeth and claws claiming next month Pasaldon will have new owners.
Eternal Empire (8)
Sail. Sail. we must. Away from the vengeance and hatred of the followers of the dark, Sword & Shield Forever (32). His faction has been corrupted from within and serves powers not of this world, but those of the Dark Abyss. Many of our people were tricked and killed in the wilderness by this corrupt faction, and now we build ships under the protection of the city guards. Even they may not be able to hold out long enough for us to sail for freedom. We hope that what strength we have left can be used to flee this horrible place and these horrible people.
Ovuna (80)
As they were walking toward the marketplace in the village they came upon a paralytic who was begging.  Eudoxus was moved and took the time to heal him.  The man was so grateful he danced.  The Argosian Trio was so impressed that they invited him to join their troop.  Thus they are now known as The Fabulous Argosian Brothers, for we are all brothers.
The Phrygians (83)
Three is the magic term, three silver, three scouts, three skins too close to destitution to be comfortable.  The mages of the Faction are unhappy with the lack of funds to fully ensure their apprentices are trained up.

But, those who have went out into the water continue their journey into lands unknown.
Luxadom (86)
We are expecting load of fishes very soon. Fresh, directly from ocean. Market is ready.
Fishmongers (9)

Rumors

It should be our right to live in the perfect world without elves! Join our party: "Elves to reservation!"
It is rumored that most orcs secretly love trees.
Quartus Empire (78) will be exterminated in 4 turns
Menelaus has run Alcimus out of town!