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News of the 319th Day of the 40th Year of the Reign of Her Magnificent Highness, Adara the Glorious
Four days ago, the Black Company staggered into Shalazar to confirm day old news rumbling around the gossip network: Malikam, Steward of Harbad, had stormed Elmiyah, capturing the city from Alia al Ruchbah, granddaughter to Emira Takiyah al Ruchbah. Following hours behind them came the first of the refugees, bringing stories of destruction, plunder, and devastation--though how much was true and how much the exaggeration common to the streets is difficult to ascertain.
Bizarre Robberies amongst the Ash-Kenz
Everybody knows that the Ash-Kenz area is the safest part of the city. It is full of scholars, and printers, and artists, and that sort of chap, generally not worth robbing. But I heard that there has been a whole lot of little thefts about the place. It ain\'t no ordinary robber, either. They don\'t seem that interested in gold, though they did get away with a good bit from Halmas the Engravers strongbox. They mostly steal trinkets, and experimental devices and a couple of odd curios from foreign parts. And I heard that something went missing from the Ashkenz palace as well.
Rat Tail Bounty (Posted on Notice Boards in the Fesk Territory)
Let it be known that Emira Najwa of the Fesk wishes to see an end to the plague of rats that infest her lands, and that therefore she offers a bounty of 10 shekels to any citizen who brings 10 rat tails to the any of the offices of the Fesk.
By the hand of Halek al'Fesk, in the name of Emira Najwa.
Obsidian artifacts everywhere in the bazaars
The bazaars throughout Shalazar have been filling with goods of Obsidian, supposedly brought by the Obsidian General himself. The reappearance of such an august figure has prompted interest in goods from this normally neglected territory, although what Abdul-Assir al Karenz thinks about the theft of his city's artifacts remains to be seen. Of course, one reason he might be so blase about these "artifacts" is that many of them come from no further than a hundred miles from Shalazar, and some are merely black-painted glass.
Jerazad planning major expedition?
Palace sources have indicated this week that the Jerezad are more disturbed by the loss of shipping than they let on. A second major Caravan has apparently just secured funding to launch an expedition into the Desert. An unnamed Jerazad insider has also suggested that in attempt to futher their power they intend to marry their eldest daughter to the Calipha's son and so bring their family into power.
Healing the weak
The charity that Sedr al Ash-Kenz has showed to the dwellers of the Fesk plagued by rat-bourne diseases reminds us of the infinite generousity of the Calipha. The frequent trips of the Calipha's chief physician into the homes (and the slums) of the Fesk have been the cure or succor of many, a fact that reflects well upon her family, and all other Ash-Kenz, at court or no...
Marinia rebellion stews
"You're kidding me!"
Strange goings on at the Palace?
Palace workers have been heard to mumble about strange stenches coming from certain sections of the Calipha's palace recently:
Death of Ratcatcher
It was horrible, poor man. He was a ratcatcher, been one for years, and that Fesk, Halek, hired him to sort out their rats. Well he found some holes under a warehouse, and he must have gone down into the cellar to try and find the nest, and the trapdoor must have fallen shut behind him. Some of the guards heard the screams, and they rushed over and unbolted the trapdoor, but when they looked in there was... nothing left except bones.
Obsidian General man of the hour...
The Obsidian General has attracted crowds whenever he travels about the city. Recently, he took a trip to the Temple, to kneel before it and speak his prayers unto Shaliq. While doing this, he has been accompanied by a number of priestesses...
Jerezad family takes advantage of trade
"...Ooh, you've got a job then? At last! I thought you were going to sit around drinking sherbert forever. What is it? Caravan guard... good money in that. You pay for it though - you better come back. Who's going to pay for the kids to go to the Visible College if you go and get yourself killed?"