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News of the 1st Day of the 2nd Year of the Reign of Her Most Faithful Magnificence, Adara the Pious
It's been a year already?
Throughout the city, great feasts are planned to celebrate the first anniversary of the reign of Amlatta the Pious. For most of the month, Shalazar is abuzz with preparations, from feasts to special ceremonies at the Great Temple. The First Anniversary is considered to be an auspicious time, and an occasion for celebration and rejoicing.
Watch your tongue-wagging!
...on the other hand, not every voice within Shalazar is joyous.
General's congrats bash
'Thash ri' He's a grea' man - a really grea' man... I love you, Sashan. General Ghazi Al'Altair is a grea' leader, a won'ful man. Grea'est party - um - ceremony, I've ever bin to. I'll be the grea'est sarge he's ever seen... We'll march 'til we drop, won't we, Sashan? Sashan? Ge' up, thash ri' Pass the beer, willya?'
North by Northeast
It appears that one of the Calipha's armies, commanded by the newly appointed General Ghazi Al'Altair, has camped in the city of Abib. The exact purpose of this maneuvre is as yet unknown, but those one the ground say that the charismatic general is attempting to investigate firsthand the recent Horse Barbarian incursions that have plagued the area...
A crier from the palace:
'I laughed so hard I nearly wet myself! Did you hear? The Alchemist's Guild has been experimenting with them there impossible to blow up liquids, I reckon. Put it this way, the bar blew up a bit anyway. Fat Ali had such a shock when his chair blew up seconds after he got out of it to get another drink that he's sworn off beer for life. That'll last to a week on Thursday, I reckon!'
'Cor, who thought boring old alchemy could be so modern and progressive?
'Did you hear? Prince Erasmus only got carried into the harbour by that giant wave 'cos he'd made a deal with the Water Djinn to give them a year's supply of wine in return for his life, and then instead of the promised wine the Hadar went and poured a whole load of salt into the harbour instead! Some people claim that a page must've got the message mixed up, but our Waleed reckons it was a plot by an agent of one of the other Families to try and discredit the Hadar and get the Prince killed...'
'I've heard that one of those foreign infidels from the Jade Empire visited the Calipha's Court the other week claiming to be a representative of a dragon! Maybe she could tell us where Prince Waleed al Din's legendary sword is, or even get it back for us.'
'Gossip in the market the other day was that some of the old Calipha's bodyguard have been muttering about the Order of the Blazing Sword what've taken over their jobs. They don't reckon the new lot're up to much without them alchemical potions what made the old lot such a force to be reckoned with. Course, none of that lot would ever come to blows about it, would they? Still, a duel between one of the Order and one of the old bodyguard would certainly be a sight to see! That'd be a grudge match for yer!'
'You know those caravans what have been vanishing after leaving Abib? Well, my sister's cousin heard that it's all down to those heretics what worship that there mysterious Grey Tower. In league with the barabarians they are, trying to nobble the caravans to give anyone thinking of taking up the Yilden's offer something else to worry about instead.'
Crown Jewels of the Grand Vizier Stolen
A very high pitched man's voice is heard over the walls of the calipha's palace:
A Cruel Calipha?!
'Not that I'm questioning the Calipha's judgement, mind you, but I hear that I'm in a minority. Apparently not a few people have been complaining about it. I suppose the punishment was quite harsh- but fair, of course. The fuss will no doubt die down soon, I am sure.'
What, no wine?
'I hear tell the water-folk are short on wine. Or at least, that was the first thing they asked for once they had the Hadar in their debt. But apparently the Hadar tried to double-cross them.'
Who's That Man?
'Oi, you see 'im? Yeah, the one with the black head-scarf. He's that sinister chap around court I told you about. Won't show his face to anyone, likes to go around whispering in people's ears. Reminds me of that Salim, him with the legendary claws. And we all know what happened to him, eh?'
Eat at Jolem's
[You receive a letter delivered by a court servant]
Messenger Maliciously Mugged
'Cor, you alright, lad?'