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."
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.
Cosena's Triumphal Gate is Completed
In the Veromani capital of Cosena today, a day of celebration was announced by Doge Griseldo Herizzi to commemorate the completion of the Triumphal Gate, the new northern entrance into the city. Shops were ordered closed and parades were held down the main avenue of the city.
The gate took three years to build and is made of basalt and marble, with gold trimmings. Giuseppe Segni, famed Veromani artist and rumored favorite of the Doge himself, contributed to many of the bas reliefs displayed on the gate. The Doge marked this gate as a gift to every citizen of Veromani. "It is a symbol of our great artistic talent and marks the hard work and fervor which every person in this great kingdom puts forth every single day."
Giant Eel Spotted in Caldawader Moors
A giant eel is said to be terrorizing the swamps of Caldawader Moors. Twenty-three people have been killed they the creature. Skiffs have been capsized and huts have been demolished.
Certain witnesses claim that the eel is over 30 feet in length, but there is some dispute. Regardless of the actual size of the monster, the moors are, in fact, quite dangerous. Avoid travel through this area unless absolutely necessary.
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.
Nar Sighted in Telma!
Witnesses recount tales of seeing Nar striding through the streets of the Telman capital. Many were alarmed but there are no accounts of anybody coming to harm. Nar are, of course, allowed to peacefully visit the free city of Telma, but they are a rare sight indeed.