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News of the 333th Day of the 40th Year of the Reign of Her Magnificent Highness, Adara the Glorious
[Town Crier:] For the glory of our Calipha, Adara the Glorious, the Jewel of Shalazar, Salim al Hadeera announces his invitation to the swordsmen of the city: may they gather in the Palaces of the Izar, there to demonstrate their prowess in martial combat. May the people of Shalazar see the mighty from all lands, that they may fight for the glory of the Calipha, and her servant Emira Baseemah al Izar. Skill and prowess are required: old enmities are not. Blades will be blunted, but spirits shall not be.
Tales of Valour, Glory, and Abject Failure
"Dragonslayers, my foot!"
Rukbah paying off Jerezad
Rumour has it that the Rukbah are running scared after the loss of Elmyah according, to rumours eminating from the Palace. Many an official has been heard saying that the once proud family are prepared to pay the Jerezad a lot of money for the return of the Emira's daughter, Alia.
Rukbah to storm Elmiyah
These days, where the Ruchbah go, an air of tension goes with them. Family members have seemed on the edge ever since the fall of Elmyah, and many are openly talking of revenge around the markets and shops of Shalazaar. They hotly deny any possibility of a payoff, claiming that the Jerezad will pay in blood for their arrogance and impudence.
To the End of the World
Bad Vintage? Poor Taste?
[Picked up from the pillow-talk of some anonymous Palace staff, supposedly] "When I say that Johanz al Ruchbah can't hold his drink, I mean it. Bit of a social kerfuffel when the Grand Vizier served him some wine the other day--he spit it up all over the table. Had nothing but water the rest of the meal. The pair of them always used to drink wine..."
Izar repay debt
Announced by a Ruchbah Emissary: "Let it be here known by all that the Great House of the Ruchbah, and the great Emira Takiyah, hereby acknowledges the payment of a debt by the House of the Izar, by the Emira Baseemah. The House of Ruchbah are satisfied that the House of Izar has hereby fulfilled their oath of repayment, and hence release them from the bind of their oath and debt. Praise be to Shaliq."
Bookwala hunts beatles
"Did you hear about Old Man Bookwala? Apparently he's finally gone senile."
Hadar under guard
Abdul al Hadar has gone nowhere without a heavy bodyguard in the last week, fuelling rumours that the Grand Vizier's chamberlain thinks his life is in danger. The Hadar official has been accompanied by four warriors, causing much comment around the markets.
Intrepid Scholars Venture Beneath the World
"Have you heard? Yamala just flew back from the edge of the world. Pretty nice carpet she's got there, eh? And that's not all. My 2nd cousin's wife's sister works as a carpet driver herself, and she heard that Yamala went there to fetch some people who had jumped off the edge in some sort of balloon. She reckoned they were after treasure, but apparently one of them was an Ash-Kenz, so I reckon they were scholars. They must have been lucky to avoid the giant moon-demons my great uncle says lives down there!"
The Silence of Elmiyah
There has still been no word from the populace of Elmiyah, no messages are getting out and no one has left. The Jerezad speak on behalf of the city and declare that the people are happy and going about their daily business.
Watch out for your brass keys
"There's a plague of keys going missing, you know."
Even before the Company of the Black Serpent's humiliation up in Muna, there were stories making the rounds of how terrible this Sea Dragon was. It's said that the Skeletal Dragon of the Northern Wastes, the Black Dragon of Undersea, and Milipardines the Magnificent are terrified of his might....
Rat Tail Bounty Beginning to Make its Mark
"You should go take a look. They got them all in one of the Fesk warehouses; 100,043 rat tails, all in a huge pile. Cost 'em a pretty penny that has. Ole Halek won't go near the place, he starts twitching when he gets within a
mile of it. He's off in his palace outside the city, with a guard of elite ratcatchers, getting reports. I heard one of the Fesk guards say he sent a message to Emira Najwa, saying he had sorted out the problem."
Captain Jabbar Romancing Scion of the Jerezad
"Did you see that. That was Cap'n Jabbar, Hero of the Western Oceans! Why, I heard he once..."
Jade Emissary arives unexpectedly
...All the way from the Jade Empire they say. ...Well, I know that's not very unusual, but they didn't come with a caravan, they came on a ship. Yes, all the way round the edge of the world! Well, how should I know - mad if you ask me. Must have a damn good weather-worker, or something else special to make it this far though and in only two months...
The Great Cosmological Compendium
Scholar and adventurer Al-Ouph al'Ashkenz is reputed to be engaged in a mighty composition, nothing short of a compendium of all the features of Shaliq's creation. Already a renown expert on the phenomena of the heavens, his recent trip beneath the world, escorted by the pious and heroic Waleed al'Din, has no doubt gained him much heretofore unknown wisdom. Other scholars are eagerly awaiting his new work.
Elmyah in flames?
Travelers returning to the city have brought stories with them of more fighting in Elmyah, which was apparently attacked a week ago by a company of horsemen under the cover of a sandstorm. At the same time, madmen have been heard to talk, a rain of fire swept down, engulfing many a building and causing havoc and dismay. Little more is known, but some say that this was an attempt by the Ruchbah to rescue princess Alia, who has, however, not been seen in Shalazaar. In an attempt to quash these rumours, the Jerezad have issued the following statement:
Debt of Honour? No, Just Debt
The Emira Baseemah of the Izar has officially sworn a debt to Qutaybah of the Zaniah, payable in installments and with interest, to cover the cost of their last poor harvest. Despite various mumblings from the Yildun, the oath was sworn in the Great Temple, and everything is formally in order.
"One would have thought that, with a tournament imminent, Majid al Zaniah's weapon shop would be buzzing with activity, with everyone wanting an edge in the tourney."