Conclave - News and Notes Turn 5
Spring Year 2 - 57 months to Armageddon.
The GROSS headquarters narrowly avoided disaster when it was struck by
a freak bolt of blue lightning. Reports say that one mage was killed and
others injured. The resulting fire was quickly contained and there was
minimal damage to property. The citizens of Cimis, however, are justifiably
concerned that the lightning was the result of a spell gone wrong. Given
the number of mages who have taken refuge in the city, it was only a matter
of time until something of this sort happened. More worryingly, it is
surely only a matter of time until the next 'accident.' Karagis has so
far refused to rescind his offer of sanctuary to mages. His only action
has been to order that GROSS pays reparation for any damage caused by
Still on the subject of magic, there is a rumour going around Cimis that
the noted, reclusive mage, Lorthian has set up residence in the GROSS
complex and has even broken his silence to conduct a series of lectures
on magical theory. GROSS officially denies this but, as everyone knows,
mages are notorious liars. If they say Lorthian isn't there, he's probably
been there for months.
No news of the mysterious Dagger over the past months. We trust that
our Empress has now dealt with the felon. An increased guard on the palace
has proved sufficient deterrent to keep thieves away - or maybe the rumour
that the Empress has invested in a large quantity of magical traps from
Taos has done the trick.
THE FORBIDDEN MOUNTAINS
Despite the warnings of the Governor of Taos, adventuring parties persist
in journeying into the Forbidden Mountains. Some have been caught in traps
set there by Taos citizen, Tormir Sureforge. Others turned back when they
ran into difficulties. But some have not returned at all. Does this mean
they have perished in the mountains, and if so, what has killed them?
'Their own stupidity' says Taos' Governor. He is well known as a narrow-minded
and greedy man, and Sureforge is nothing more than his pet craftsman,
impressing the locals with a set of cheap tricks. The truth is, the Forbidden
Mountains contain a secret so valuable that Taos does not want to share
THE LYVAN CITIES
Solist forces attack Niu!
A Solist army led by Lord Fale of Tredl has surrounded Niu. Lord Fale
has issued a statement saying that this attack is in response to the recent
attacks against Solists in all the Lyvan cities. He has offered Niu generous
terms of surrender, including a half share in the emerald mines. Solism
is, by nature, a philosophy of peace. It is a terrible tragedy that its
followers have been forced to such extreme measures in the cause of self-defence,
indeed in the defence of the world as a whole. Lord Fale's terms are clear.
That the ban on Solism should be lifted in all the Lyvan Cities. That
all magic shops be closed down, and all mages ejected. That all magical
items and books be publicly destroyed.
The Cities' army is moving, ready to engage the Solists in battle. But
Amphion's main force, which withdrew from the mines some months ago, is
likely to join forces with Lord Fale. Niu would therefore be wise to consider
the surrender terms before engaging in hasty action.
The mad prophetess Matti has been strangely silent these past few months.
Her 'assistant' Zerg, however, has made frequent appearances, usually
at the centre of a fight. The current backlash against Solists is clearly
not enough for him: he is on a crusade to do as much harm as possible.
Masud has had the sense to refuse entry to the madman. It is hoped that
the other Lyvan cities will follow their example.
The Gershan Business Organisation is growing in popularity having brokered
a deal with at least two of the Lyvan Cities to run the emerald mines.
Conditions for slaves has improved greatly and, contrary to initial fears,
the improved conditions has led to a marked increase in output. The GBO,
which has been noted for its Solist leanings, welcomes visitors to the
mines to view the improvements for themselves.
The City of Thieves continues building up its armed forces, adding men
and women to the ranks daily. Rumour has it that the Taskmaster is planning
a strike against Sher in the early summer. Given the current political
situation in Sher and Squill, it may be the best chance he'll ever get.
Laine Forrester has been ejected from the City Council for the attempted
assassination of Bailiff Phila Naal of Sher. So says the council, anyway.
Forrester, himself the victim of a recent, failed assassination attempt,
denies all charges and refuses to give himself up to arrest. Instead,
he has barricaded himself into his home with the handful of men still
loyal to him. A unit of Sher guards are camped outside. The Council has
asked everyone to stay well away from the area until the matter is settled.
The position of Mayor has temporarily been filled by Jan Nanson, a long-serving
member of the Council.
As for the situation in Sher, the Bailiff is by no means reassured by
the impending arrest and execution of Laine Forrester. Guard patrols have
increased three-fold and there have been a number of executions for crimes
ranging from petty theft to murder and conspiracy. The town is currently
under curfew between the hours of sunset and sunrise. All citizens are
kindly requested to remain in their homes for their own safety. The town
guards have the authority to arrest and interrogate anyone found wandering
the streets during the hours of darkness.
The coastal areas south of the city suffered minor flooding, thanks to
Mage Pock'H who saw fit to take his mountain retreat from its rightful
place and drop it forcefully into the sea just off the coast. A localised
storm has been raging around the new island ever since - this is probably
the doing of the mage as well. We must excuse him this error - being a
mage he's probably got no idea how the real world works and did not foresee
the havoc he would cause. This was after he threatened to kill a number
of harmless villages by dropping them from a great height. Their crime?
Wandering too close to his mountain. We would like to remind mages that
they do not own the world, they inhabit it the same as lesser mortals.
And they damn well ought to show a little consideration before they go
rearranging the scenery.
A new political party made a bid for power too late. The so-called Cleon
Democrats, whose symbol is a white clover, made the mistake of appealing
to the common people of the city. Everyone knows that the common people
do not understand politics. This new party was, in any case, overshadowed
by the unveiling of a new throne of Cleon. Made of emerald, it is a fitting
replacement for the lost Jade Throne. The Brown Friars, who donated the
throne to the city, have pubic ally announced their support for nobleman
Jad-Arden as the next Emperor of Cleon. Many of the noble families have
since pledged him their support. Jad-Arden has already proclaimed himself
emperor and it seems we could be expecting an official coronation within
the next few months.
The mage AiEsha Dalgroth has announced plans for a 200 foot high tower
made of glass. Local people are watching eagerly to see if the delicate
construction will survive more than five minutes. AiEsha, brandishing
a glass staff in the shape of entwined cobras, assures the townsfolk that
There has been no word from Justin Trevalion or The Hooded Man since
they travelled north in separate missions to seek out the barbarian tribes.
Another great victory has been gained over the barbarian hordes, however,
this time at sea. A fleet led by Earendil the Mariner and Rakim the Red
Ravager intercepted a barbarian attack fleet just north of Herrick's Watch.
The returning victors paid tribute to Cleon's new emperor, Jad-Arden,
clearly giving him their full support. A rash move, maybe, but one that
will strengthen their position at the forefront of the military campaign.
Earendil may have more trouble dealing with the latest threat - an army
of drowned warriors climbing out of the sea to attack Herrick's Watch.
Reports on this are vague at present, and probably exaggerated. We suspect
a barbarian trick. Not even mages have the power to bring dead men back
A piece of good news: the barbarian werewolf, Carlos has been captured
by Vohra the Red and her forces. He is currently being held at the former
tower of the Watcher Lord Scale, now inhabited by Rakim the Raucous Red
Large crowds have been flocking to hear Caldicot the Minstrel perform
in North Bernea. The famed singer is travelling towards Penates, where
it is hoped he will make further appearances. He has already been asked
to sing at the coronation of Jad-Arden of Cleon, whenever that may happen.
A public announcement from Vohra the Red
"It has been insinuated that I am some kind of duplicitous knave
with intentions towards destroying the world. Apparently this is based
of the fact that I have not overtly advertised my extremely modest magical
talents. I would hope that wiser heads would instead base their opinions
of me upon my actions and proven dedication to the defence of the ordinary
peoples of the North and the rebuilding of our way of life there.
As I have said my own abilities are negligible and until I am shown unbiased
and incontrovertible proof that mages do indeed "drain the life-force
of the world" I will continue to use whatever means are at my disposal
to defend those under my protection. The deranged ravings of a mad man
do not in my opinion count as such proof!"
(Note: Whether the word of a self-confessed mage can be believed is debatable.
However, we have printed Vohra's words here so she cannot accuse us of
Subsidary News - Turn 5
The Silver Desert Traders continue to expand their trade network from
Cimis across the whole of Gershan. There are rumours that the famous Cimean
wine will soon be appearing on Bernea. Given the transportation costs
involved, prices are likely to be high.
In Cimis itself, the mage research facility, GROSS, continues its dubious
work. Following a narrowly-averted disaster involving a botched experiment,
the organisation has built a new research lab outside the city. This dome-shaped
glass building has, for some obscure reason, been dubbed the Millennium
Dome by locals.
No further news on the barbarian raids or whether a peace settlement
can be reached. But in the villages of north Bernea, children are playing
once again. The latest game, which originated in Amos, apparently, involves
them jumping from a great height with a pair of silver-painted wooden
wings strapped to their arms. It's a welcome sign that, in some places
at least, things are returning to normal.
Undying King Games, 57 London Road, IPSWICH, IP1
2HF, United Kingdom