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News of the 347th Day of the 40th Year of the Reign of Her Magnificent Highness, Adara the Glorious
Grand Vizier wakes up
HEAR YE HEAR YE! The Palace wishes all of Shalazar to celebrate the lifting of the curse which has afflicted our Grand Vizier these past few days, and to pray for his continued health...
Abdul is a poisoner!
'Didya hear about that bloke in the palace, Abdul wossname...Abdul al Hadar, yeah that's it? I hear he poisoned his own general in Marinia!'
'Psst. The Grand visier's spirit was being hidden in that silver box the Yildun gave to the Invisible College. Pass it on...'
Ishiguru's Auction: The Finest Slaves, straight from the Empire of Jade
The slaves of the Empire of Jade are known throughout the lands of the Caliphate. The are loyal, trustworthy, responsible and well trained, and have never been known to attempt to escape from their new masters. This may be because they are immediately identifiable, on account of the yellow dyed hands. Ishiguru, the Trade Factor of the great Master Merchant Jiuan-tse, is going to be holding an auction at which the finest specimens Shalazar has ever seen will be placed upon the blocks. Its is rumoured that the Grand-Vizier himself will be turning up, to purchase slaves for the Calipha.
Inaccessible College Thwarts Justice
The trial of Nabeeha, whose pledge of responsiblity for the viscious criminal leader of the Black Serpent company has left her tarred with his crimes, has been indefinitely postponed. As a member of the Invisible College, she cannot be tried by any other body, and hence no motion can be made to punish her until the college is returned. The Great Temple, especially in the Yilden areas, is furious with the situation, but has been unable to do any more to rectify the situation than to assign her a bodyguard of warriors from the Order of Khal'Nyak, to 'protect her from the common people's righteous wrath'.
Al Daquar Called to Temple for Interview
'I saw that wizard Al-Daquar yesterday. He was coming out of the Great Temple Courthouse, and he looked like someone had been hitting him with a shovel'
The harbour of Shalazar was the recipient of a freak burst of unnatural weather yesterday. The sudden vicious wind blew up out of nowhere, causing small boats to be tossed up against the harbour wall, and larger vessels to creak uneasily in their berths. It fell away just as quicky as it came, leaving some to wonder what the omen did portend.
The city of Shalazar has been witness to some very strange activities in the past couple of weeks. A group of men, wearing very ornate but rather crumpled and unwashed robes, have been seen performing very peculiar rites. They have been seen at major temple doors, at the gates of great palaces, and indeed any door more than 10' feet high seems able to attract their attentions. The gather, and attempt to perform some kind of ritual, however none of them actually seem to know the complete rite, and the ceremony invariably breaks down in wailing and lamentation from the participants.
Further fighting in Elmiyah
'They're all blooming mad in the Ruchbah. I heard there was this huge great sandstorm that blew up near Elmiyah. The Ruchbah army had been threatening and posturing outside the city until the Jerezad general couldn't ignore it and sent out an army to face it - but he knew what he was doing and stuck to the Ruchbah like glue. No fading off into the desert and letting the Jerezad army get lost or fall down a great hole or anything like that. Oh no. It didn't make no bleeding difference though. This ruddy great sandstorm came down anyway and wiped BOTH armies off the face of the land. Ten thousand people dead. I ask you, how long can this keep going on? The Calipha should do something about it...'
Yilden and Fesk in Religeous Dialogue
'Great Shaliq Beyond! I saw it with my own eyes, and I still don't believe
'You hear about that Chamberlain geezer. The one up on poisoning charges
for killing the general wot was in charge in Marinia 'til this 'ere Hadar
feller had him offed with a poisonous amulet.'
Faliq Al'Ashkenz's Myriad Prophecies
'He's wonderful, he is. None of that messing around with exact date of
birth, and right acensions, and celestial calender calculations. No you just
give him your date of birth, just normally like how anyone remembers it, and
he goes of and in hardly a minute he is back with a prophecy for you.'
Emira Takiyah attacks Zaniah
Leading her household guards herself from the back of a fine horse the Emira of the Ruchbah, Takiyah, attacked the townhouse of the Zaniah today, in an unprovoked vicious assault apparantly designed to reveal the whereabouts of the Emira's kidnapped grand-daughter. After breaking furniture and threatening servants and family members, the Ruchbah finally left after having ransacked the place and declaring that this wasn't the end of it. It is a mystery why the Emira has resorted to such strong and unexpected measures.
'Have you heard? The Invisible College has been cursed by Shaliq for unnatural practices and THAT'S why the doors didn't open.'
'I've heard there's a beatiful City of Brass under the world where the
people all live in peace and harmony with the djinn forever...'
Mysterious return of stolen weathervane
In a bizarre twist, the stolen weathervane of the Jade Empire has been
returned to the sailors of that august ship through the auspices of a lucky
trade deal. 'Uncle' Ahmed al Smarmy, trader extraordinaire, had heard of
their search for beautiful artworks to take back to the Empire and had just
recently had a beatiful bronze horse come into his posession. He naturally
thought of the Jade Empire crew and proceeded to present said artwork to
them. Imagine his surprise when it turned out that the stolen weathervane
was dicovered to reside mysteriously inside!
Emira Takiyah under personal protection of the Calipha
Emira Takiyah of the Ruchbah is enjoying the personal protection of the Calipha's own Divine Legion today after the Calipha has intevened in the interests of sparing one of her faithful servants any more personal distress or exertion.
Grand Vizier covering up Treason in Palace
Few will talk of it openly, but whispers are growing that the Grand Vizier is protecting his young protege Abdul al Hadar from the treason charges against him. Some say that the Grand Vizier's judgement has been clouded by his recent illness, while others even accuse him of complicity in the whole affair. Unease is growing amongst the palace staff, who don't know where to stand on the issue, and if the whispers carry on for much longer, this is one scandal that no-one will cover up easily.
Treachery of the Black Serpent company
By announcamant of a Ruchbah crier:
Jerezad/Zaniah mutual defense pact
From an announcement by Jerezad and Zaniah Criers
Rumour of Hadar/Rukbah alliance
Heard between two Zaniah
Jerezad/Zaniah caravan returns with wonder wood
'Welcome home, Tarif! How was your journey?'
Naked street urchin
'What the hell was that?! Was that little boy naked?'
Ali in stocks
'Where are you going with all that rotten fruit?'
Trip to the Sun and Moon
'You're joking me!'
Lady Quotana dies in house fire
The House of Izar mourn the passing today of Lady Quotana, who died during a fire which engulfed her residence. A member of the Council of Elders, Lady Quotana will be missed by many in her family. It can only be hoped that with her passing, some of the enmity that has arisen between Yildun and Izar will gradually fade. Services for the Lady are expected to be held in few days.
'That Ali isn't a trader at all, he's an assassin! That's why he has spring
mounted wrist blades! Who's ever heard of spring mounted letter openers?'
Hanima Al'Ruhkbah dies
'Let it be known that the House of the Ruchbah wish to express their sorrow at the recent passing of a loyal member of their house, the Lady Hanima al Ruchbah, who died peacefully in her sleep two nights ago. Lady Ruchbah was a prominent figure in the Ruchbah, offering the House's prize to the winner of the recent tournament run by the honourable steward of the Caliphate, Salim, and being a valued speaker for the family at many public events. May Shaliq bless her soul.'
Beetles and Maps
'Sit down, young 'uns, and hear me tell the tale of
the Beetles and the World's Map.
Calipha Announces She Shall Attend the Festival of Peace
The Calipha's Palace has announced that she will personally attend the Festival of Peace, held annually in the Gardens of Kaleb-Nar byt the Priestesses of the Temple.