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News of the 93rd Day of the Shattering
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... if I can find it...
'Dear Shaliq above! Look at our boat! It's stuck in the mud, and oh no, it's sinking!'
'Oh Ambassador, you are spoiling us... so we're going to BURN YOU!'
[One day, a charge of the Shalazar citizen militia, lead by Arkan al Fesk, march to the doors ofthe Jade Embassy and demand that all leave the building as they are no longer to be sponsored by the state of Shalazar, and the building is to be destroyed. No-one answers, and after breaking down the door the group discover that the embassy is in fact deserted. The building is burnt to the ground. Some believe that the protector of the city may have overstepped his bounds, others see sense in destroying the dwellings of the enemy of the city. Opinion on the act may be mixed amongst the populace, but rumours abound from the servants in the palace that the Grand Vizier did not take the news very well at all.]
The Pass of Guise Holds
[It takes few men to defend a mountain pass against many, and for two weeks this is what was done in the mountains to the southeast of Guise. Seemingly, a small force of men camped high on the cliffsides hurled rocks and shot arrows down at any force the Jade Emperor used to retake the pass. For days this stalemate held, until finally these unknown defenders woke one morning to find an army of 5,000 approaching them. Surely there must have been some despair, as not even the valiant and near-invisible could hold such a position against that many.
[Accompanied by a guard of horse barbarians, a crowd of ragged Shalazarians stagger back to their homes and families, freed from captivity by their Elunsii captors. These are the prisoners taken from Gazala in the barbarian raid. They are returned unharmed and well-treated as part of the truce the city has with the horse barbarians. Many tearful reunions are made, the general consensus of the population is that the truce is a benevolent event that should be encouraged. The population are sick of war, are longing for the cessation of all combats, and all desire a return to normal for the city and its people.]
Prologue: 'We've got a dam!'
'Ahh, look at that, it's beautiful isn't it? It's a testament to the strength of the spirit of the people of Shalazar. Finally, thanks to Sahmid al Jerezad, Arkan al Fesk, and Al Phariq we have damned the river! Look at the water building up behind it, isn't it glorious? This should alay our troubles for a good long while, it might even solve them altogether! Oh, praise Shaliq! Things are starting to look up at last!'
'Oh come on you men! We need this aquaduct finished by sunset! Come on now! Do you know how lucky we are to have the resources and engineers Sahmid al Jerezad found us?! Come on, this is for the good of the city, for your families, and if you don't get it down in time you'll have Arkan to answer to! Yes, you heard me! Now get badck to work!'
'Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen, place your bets on which
notable member of Shalazar society will die next!'
Offerings in Abib finally accepted
[For years upon years the mysterious offerings deposited at the base of the Grey Tower in the centre of Abib were ignored as mysterious folly of some unknown agent, or acts of secret heretical worship. Now, as the cracks in the Grey Tower widen every day, the offerings have begun increasing, left in amounts almost ten-fold of previous levels. As times are hard, food has been in short supply due to failing crops and drought, these offerings of fruits, flowers and berries have been set upon by the hungry citizens and devoured as they are left. Small camps of people gather every morning in anticipation around the tower ready to seize what they can of the offerings. Some stay up all night sleeping near the tower, hoping to get first pick of what appears. The concern about the tower is no longer heretical worship or the widening cracks, but rather that in competition for the few available offerings some small squabbles have broken out amongst the hungry and the waiting, and the city's steward has consequently set up a small guard around the tower to prevent any escalation of such confrontations.]
When you wish upon a star... run
[One night, an unexpected streak of flame is seen streaming across the dark night sky. The streak disappears and a tremendous crashing sound is heard, followed by earth tremors for miles around. Astrologists observing the stars all gather their horses and camels and race all over the city to raise the alarm with their comrades.
Gawd bless you, ma'am!
[Many attend the presentation of the proceeds of the charity banquet thrown by Atiya al Jerezad to the Fesk Blind Priestess and Temple Relief Fund. The end sum topped all previous charity banquets of the house reaching beyond 30,000 dinar. 10,000 of that sum was donated by the recently appointed Regent of the Jerezad, Qasim, on behalf of his family. The generosity of all involved, especially the family of the Jerezad is highly praised as a source of inspiration to all.]
Epilogue: 'Oh, dam it!'
'Ahh, look at that, it's beautiful isn't it? It's a testament to the strength of the spirit of the people of Shalazar. Finally, thanks to Sahmid al Jerezad and Arkan al Fesk we have damned the river! Look at the water building up behind it, isn't it glorious? Hang on, isn't that river flowing awfully fast? What's that rumbling?! Oh no! Oh by Shaliq! RUN! Tidal wave! The dam has broken! Run! (Glub!)'
Wisdom of the Thirteenth Tome
On the walls throughout the city the following verse has been appearing:
[After Arkan al Fesk declares that the Order of Kal'Nayak may not operate within the confines of 'his' city, a wave of unease shakes the populace. Surely Arkan was the salvation of the city when the Horse Barbarians attacked? But surely it was the Kal'Nayak who stalwartly defended the throne, and begged other less pious heads not to replace the memory of Amlatta with a foreign fakir? These debates course loudly through the body politic, and at first the Kal'Nayak refuse to move. Finally, armed guards are sent to disperse them from their headquarters--but they encounter a mob of peasants supporting the Kal'Nayak. Two days of rioting between pro- and anti-Kal'Nayak forces follows, finally quelled by a rather brutal 'policing' action by Arkan's forces. The Kal'Nayak no longer walk quite so openly in the streets, but they have not renounced their commission: rather, they seem to be lying low to allow tensions to cool somewhat.
'Who is that rude man?'
Go, go, the Greens! Go, go, the Purples! Arghh, stop hitting my city!
And first across the line and into the lead is the Djinn of the air bouncing a large balloon, look at it go! And following on hard behind is the Djinn of the earth rolling that huge boulder, a slow start but it's really rolling now and shows no sign of stopping! And the crowd seems to be going wild - in the newly erected stands Djinn of all kinds are reaching states of high excitement as the race continues!...
Assassins stalk the Bookwala
In their new city of Elmiyah the Bookwala rest uneasily. An assassin has killed four of them in the past month. The first one was thought to be a natural death, but after two more bodies were found it was realised that someone had smothered them with their pillows. More guards had been arranged, and it was thought that their palace was secure, but a week later another body was found, knifed while leaving a coffee house. Now they huddle behind their guards, wondering who will be next.
The 'Tache is Back!
Look what's back...back again...the tache is back...slay demons...look its back, look its back, look its back...hahaha. Didya Hear? Vizier Kayam has got his body and his old 'tache back! Glory be to Shaliq!!!!
Is the tide finally turning? The armies of Shalazaar, backed up by Yildun militia, have retaken Guise in a short and bloody battle, with 50,000 of the heathen Jadaite dogs slain. The once ghost town is now home to a defence force led by the Yildun who are refortifying its battered walls. The Jadaite heathen scum have had their route back home cut off, glory be!
Peace in the North
The lands to the North of Shalazar are at peace at last. Troops of barbarians still ride the lands, but now they pass by the patrols of Shalazar peacefully. What is more, a steady stream of released prisoners flows into the city, captured when the horse barbarians took the cities of the north, and now freed as part of the peace. The refugees further swell the shanty towns around Shalazar, but food is more plentiful now, especially as the barbarian cattle traders now sell their stock at the city gates.
Huzuz shattered by Dark Magics!
The invaders and the citizens of Husuz overcame their differences in desprate flight from the center of the city, as a black robed sorceror brought down bloody lightnings on the building appropriated by the Servants of Those Who Have Gone Before. His first stroke shattered the roof, and scattered blue robed bodies in all directions. From within the temple came a counterstroke, a whirling wind of blood sucked from the bodies of all bystanders that leapt towards the carpet rider. As they traded blasts of power, waves of death slashed out from the conflict, striking down the weak and the infirm. After 1/2 an hour of battle the conflict calmed, and the survivers crept from the rubble. Reports have reached Shalazar from spies within the city, announcing nearly 100,000 deaths. The weak and the infirm were first-affected by the raging battle of dark magic, and thus most of those slain were citizens of Shalazar, although Jadeite losses are estimated at 25,000 soldiers.
'She appeared to them, She appeared to them! When Jhezt al Gharizme and Sahmid al Jerezad were standing at the front of the prayer meeting, She appeared again! It was magnificent, She was clad in pure shimmering light and she said, 'Bow down before me, for I am your creator!' Bless them and their piety, they are turning her face back to the world!
The Jerezad may have lost territory, but are quickly gaining a reputation for piety thanks to the work of the prayer meetings.
The Bookwala are still...mistrusted. But they have Elmiyah, and what's more important than that?
The Yildun have been hurt by the flooding of most of their cities this month, but not seriously so. In the meantime, they have taken over the ruins of Guise--though this may be contested later, no one is in the mood to challenge them now.
The Hadar have accomplished much, and grow stronger.
The Fesk, despite their losses from the Horse Barbarians, are showing signs of regained influence, and some of their number are showing significant wealth--particularly in food.