Caravans Attacked in the Jade Crown
The Luskani Dominion's ambassador to the Jade Crown lodged a formal protest today that Luskani merchants have been brutally attacked and murdered on the border between their two lands. "This is a matter of justice and, if these murderers are not caught, we will see it as a violation of our sovereign rights and be forced to take matters into our own hands," the ambassador said in a public announcement in Sai.
The Jade Crown has pledged to assist the Luskani Dominion in its investigation, but not without doubts of the authenticity of the accusation. "We will do our best to investigate these attacks and capture the guilty parties," a Jade Crown official who asked to remain anonymous told us. "However, our neighbors have made a habit of coming up with flimsy excuses for war before and we will conduct our investigation with that in mind."
Sahaugin Raids Continue in Conant
Another Sahaugin raid has occurred in Conant. Very few survived to relate the horror that they experienced. This makes the eighth raid this year.
Navy Calls up Reserves
Fleet Admiral Parieth of Vevonne has called up some reserves from Corlis to augment the Third Fleet, as several ship's crews have been taken ill with an unknown disease. The Admiral emphasizes that the defense of Vevonne is not in danger, and will be using the reservists in training exercises originally scheduled for later in the year.
"This is a great opportunity to test the new rigging on our ships from the Torquan shipyard. We are excited at this opportunity," said Admiral Parieth.
New Heir in Kroenig
The ruling family of Rorasin have finally had a child after 12 years of marriage. A collective sigh of relief was heard throughout Kroenig on the day of presentation. Princess Chamassa was named the official heir of the Kingdom at the same time.
One local fisherman remarked, "Ah was sure we would never see a babe in the castle, 'cause it took so long. It's good news to have an Heir again."
Another resident commented, "She sure is cute. I know she will be a great Ruling Queen when she grows up."
Festivals and celebrations are scheduled for the next seven weeks in honor of the occasion.
Fire Destroys Large Section of Radcolm Capital
A raging fire destroyed the entire milling district of Jolich, the capital city of Radcolm.
The fire started when a burning wagon of straw collided into a grain mill. Moments after the flames were seen in the mill, a huge explosion occurred destroying many nearby shops.
It does not seem likely that this was an accident. The local police have arrested certain members of the Peddlers & Tinkerers Alliance and others are under suspicion. No official word has been released at this time, however.
Ships Lost at Sea
Over the past month, seven ships have been lost in the waters between Telma and Veromani. In all, five merchant vessels and two passenger vessels have gone missing in those waters. Anyone who has information on the missing ships is urged to contact local authorities.
Telman officials insist that nothing is wrong, but several ship captains dont share their optimism. "This ain't storms, I tell ye," said Giles Tolman, captain of a merchant vessel. "There be pirates in those waters, sure as I live and breathe." Tolman has chosen to avoid that section of sea for the next few months so that he doesn't fall victim to these alleged attacks.
Members of the Argus Bibliotheca seemed less concerned about the threat of pirates. "We have calculated that it would take many pirate ships working in tandem to be this successful in this short of time," Warder Pietr Rilio told us. "Our searches in the archives suggest that such a thing has never happened in these parts since the end of the Dark Age."
Others point to this as another example of the end of an era. Jean Ledoux of the Mercantile and Trade Guild sees this in an optimistic light. "The Mercantile and Trade Guild has always extolled the virtue of shipping your goods on a highsailing ship. Whether this is weather, pirates, or anything, our ships' canard sails allow us to sail above it all, keeping your cargo safe and sound."