Garioch Gazette 1216-02-19

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Issue 1
Corruption Feared in
Anbara
During an
ongoing Imperial
investigation of
Lord Adad’s
Glasswork’s last
year the factory,
as well as the
owner – one
Lord Adad of
Anbara – were
destroyed in a
fire. However,
reports indicate
that after Adad was killed that the factory was ransacked and
all records, ledgers and documents belonging to Lord Adad
were taken and the workers locked in the basement before
the factory was set ablaze.
Adad has long been suspected to have used illegal slaves in
his factory to manufacture and produce his glassworks.
Imperial agents were contacted and asked to investigate the
factory and determine the veracity of the claims of illegal
slave labor, as well as who was purchasing the illegally
manufactured goods.
Before the investigation could be concluded the factory was
destroyed, as well as the records and information which
could demonstrate who was acting as the middle-man for his
allegedly illegally produced merchandise and who was
supplying him with his work force. Currently all of the
recently freed factory workers are being held in Imperial
custody.
Sources have claimed that Adad did not formally use “Illegal
Slave Labor” to operate his factory, but instead utilized a
legal version of “indentured servitude” which allowed him to
keep workers contained in the factory and under his
complete control.
However, during a recent interview with reporters from T he
Garioch Gazette an anonymous source revealed that Adad
had routinely ordered beatings and sometimes outright
torture of factory workers; brutal and excessive punishments for either indentured
servants or a factory force. In addition to this, Imperial guardsmen were routinely seen
patrolling the factory when it was currently under operations.
Story
Continued on Page 2
Page 2 The Garioch Gazette
Forging New Friendships and
Beginnings
At the last Gathering an individual named Arctos, a member of
the Order of Flagellen, made an honorable and conciliatory
gesture to a follower of Garioch to help ease any lingering
tensions because a misunderstanding which occurred in the
past between both himself and the citizen.
During evening meal Arctos made a general
announcement to the entire town explaining the issue and
then offered a public apology to the aggrieved party because
of the unfortunate incident which had happened between
them in the past.
Hoping for the chance for reconciliation Arctos presented
the individual with a piece of artwork as a demonstration of
his sincerity.
The artwork was an ancient ceramic pot, which Arctos
personally fully repaired and restored to better symbolize the
chance to shape new things, including both friendships and
alliances, as well as the chance for creating a fresh start.
“As I have repaired this, I offer it as a symbol to
demonstrate my desire to repair any misunderstandings and I
hope that we can create new and lasting friendships for the
future,” he said.
The gift was gratefully received and was in turn offered to
the Reverend Mother Gralen Leatherby to be donated and
kept at the local Temple of Garioch in Fortune’s Bend .
“I sincerely appreciate this wonderful gesture and was
deeply moved by it. The reason I donated it to the Church is
because it is my hope that anyone who enters the Temple of
the Shaper will see that wonderful gift and remember that no
matter how grave a situation between two parties might seem
that there is always the chance to forge something better if
people are willing to try,” said the recipient of the gift.
Innocent Citizens Held In
Custody
From
“Corruption” Continued from Page 1
The anonymous source also stated that an elite guild of
Bounty Hunters were used to track down escaped factory
workers and may have also been used to capture or “recruit”
for Adad’s work force.
Further reports suggest that Adad’s people may have used monies to bribe local
officials to look the other way so that his project could continue. The investigation,
conducted by Constable Primya Haasbet, was concluded in barely a week. However, as
of now all evidence of impropriety has been destroyed with the factory, with the
possible exception of living eyewitnesses who had been forced to work in the factory.
At the time of this publication all the remaining factory workers who served Adad
are currently still being held in Imperial custody (formally classified as “quarantine”) in
Fort Jaspar.
If any of these workers had witnessed any impropriety between Adad’s people and
local officials then it is clear that keeping them isolated from the general public is a sure
way to protect any guilty parties from being examined further.
If you wish to assist in any way be sure to contact your local Imperial Magistrate.
Informants who wish to have their identity protected may feel free to contact T he
Garioch Gazette if they wish to help anonymously.
More about this story as details develop.
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Letter from The Editor
Well, a new year is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to see
what it brings. Visits from nobles, a masquerade and knowing that spring is
coming and with it some bright and warm weather are all things that I’m
sure everyone is looking forward to.
But with a new year comes new challenges and one of the biggest
challenges we all face in life is knowing what to do when the unexpected
problem comes before us.
In this case we’ve all heard the reports of the declaration of secession in
Volbrecht which is headed up by the Brechtish warlord Weinart who has
augmented his forces with various local bannerman and minor warlords
who have claimed they are formally rejecting Imperial Rule.
Most people are probably outraged and shocked by Weinart’s actions.
After all; Ravvin’s army is still a genuine threat to Rues and if that various
leaders or our world aren’t prepared to stand together as a team then it’ll just
be easier for Ravvin to defeat us. Meantime, nobody likes a traitor and
fighting the Empire hardly seems like an idea anyone would or should
support.
But the more I thought about it, the more I started to consider some of
the more subtl issues, not the least is what I myself might do if I was I was
forced to bend the knee.
Now don’t mistake me, I’m not agreeing with Weinart’s decision, but I
think that this issue touches on something worth considering. Specifically,
what is our duty when we see someone doing something we find to be
personally offensive, distasteful and in some cases outright immoral or
disgusting, even when what they’re doing isn’t formally hurting us? Do we
chose to fight and condemn anything that we find to be “morally wrong” or
do we try to accept each other and other people’s differences even though
we may not agree with those beliefs?
As of now Weinart is a rabble rouser who’s encouraged bordering
provinces in his nation to ignore Imperial rule and declare independence
from the Empire. I don’t know why he wants independence and personally I
think it’s foolish to turn his back on Imperial support when Ravvin is still
out there, but for some reason his chief issue seems to be that he doesn’t
want to be part of the Empire anymore.
To me, this is where things start getting complicated.
After all, the man seems to want the freedom to live his life how he sees
fit and if that means he no longer wants the support and friendship of the
Empire, is it really our place to tell him he’s wrong? Should he, a Purposed
Being with his own Free Will and the Genesori given right to chose his own
Fate, be required to remain under the rule of a foreign power – even if that
power is an Emperor who is benign, just and supported by the Genesori? Do
we have the right to tell him he cannot choose another path simply because
we find oathbreaking contemptible?
Of course, Weinart’s secession probably won’t be as genteel or peaceful
as a simple declaration to reject Imperial rule. More likely that this is only
the beginning of some hard fighting with his newly created army; in which
case I know I won’t be the only one to try to stop him.
On the other hand, if his only crime turns out to be breaking an oath
simply to encourage his people to turn aside from foreign leadership and
look instead to “home rule” with Bretchtish people being ruled by Brechtish
leaders; well, is that such a terrible ambition?
After all, when it comes to an individual’s Divine Right to follow the
Purpose that the Genesori gave them, even if that Purpose means that the
individual ends up doing something that I personally find to be disgusting,
unethical, or even blasphemous – well, just because I personally consider
something bad doesn’t always make it so.
In the end I think that no matter what happens with Weinart the Faithful
can at least take away one idea from this entire situation: do I, an imperfect
being filled with my own faults and errors like everyone else, have the right
to determine without any possible doubt that someone else’s choices, and
not mine, are the ones that need to be judged negatively?
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Alved Bodies Being Used to Create
Plague
Purposed Race Close to Extinction in
Underholme
Cag – “Speaker of Stone” is a Staff Writer for The Garioch Gazette
An Appeal to All Alved, Citizens of Fortune’s Bend and All
of Rues
The situation in the Underholme has become untenable. I have been
informed that our people are close to extinction. There is hope, however, as
it is apparent that we have been called to the surface to save our people from
this extinction. There is a way we may be saved. If all communities are able
to do so, I implore you to collect what you need and come to the surface.
Gather in F ortune’s Bend , and we will do what we can to place communities
in areas of the surface where they can be safe and most easily assimilate.
I offer my services as a liaison with the surface community. I have been
living on the surface for the past four to five years and am familiar with
many of their customs and practices. The people here are eager to welcome
you to our community and will do what they can to assist.
Our bodies are being used to create the plague in the Underholme. We
cannot afford to lose any more of our people to this horrific threat. If we
vacate we may be able to control the further spread of the undead. Please
consider the offer the kind people of F ortune’s Bend make to your
community. It is my belief that this may be only a temporary measure, but
we will see what the Will of the Genosori is in this matter after we are safe.
May They bless you and keep you in your travels. If you are having
difficulty making it to the surface or to F ortune’s Bend , please contact me
there and we will be happy to assist in any way we can. Travel may be
difficult, but we are informed that bringing with you any gems or precious
metals you have access to will assist the surface people, and can be used in
trade as needed.
With hope that you are well and able to make this journey, for the Genosori and our
People.
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Page 5
Otteril Clan Completes Quest with “The
Songripper”
Discovers Possible Link with Ancient City of
Vahetesh
During the last Gathering the Otteril clan was asked to join with a being named Terrance, sometimes referred
to as “The Songripper” and help on a quest to find various pieces of information and decipher their somewhat
confusing meaning.
During this quest they were able to discover various pieces of scattered text which referenced a being
known as “The Tuneweaver” who gathered a host of “Bards” who sang mighty songs that inspired the
citizens of the town who protected a “Pool of Fire”. However, before the song was finished the texts claim
that the “Voice was ripped from the throats of the Bards…” and that “the music was unfinished; the song
unheard and the last note untaught by The Weaver of Tunes.”
According to the texts, at the conclusion of this confrontation The Weaver of Tunes was dissuaded from
continuing the song by a being known as “The Coward” who encouraged her to “Save those who wish to be
saved.”
The sum total of the story outlined with the texts seems to be, at best, enigmatic and at worst an
unfinished tale with little to no purpose. However, a close examination of historical records provide enough
evidence to suggest that the piece is likely allegorical to the destruction of the city of Vahetesh. Furthermore,
the allegory could be read as evidence which could provide useful information to confronting many of the
troubles faced by the citizens of Fortune’s Bend .
First we must examine the parallels between this tale and the destruction of Vahetesh.
As everyone knows, Vahetesh was an ancient Al’tiesh city. However, perhaps its most important
inhabitants were a woman named Tahin and her twin brother Arash; children to Yana and Graev.
Tahin and Arash were unique in that they were in fact Stars who had come to Rues in mortal form.
In the heavens there is a major constellation called “The Flame” which is made up of various stars which
were conjoined under designated aspects that balanced with each other. These aspects included aspects which
included The Campfire and The Open Grave; The Burning Inferno and The Abyss; The Hearth and The
Precipice and lastly the Spark and the Void, who became Arash and Tahin respectively.
Each Star was considered “family” to the others in the Constellation; however, elements such as The
Spark and The Void saw themselves as akin to Brother and Sister whereas they saw the other Stars in the
Constellation as more akin to “cousins”.
Historic evidence suggests that during the last battle at Vahetesh Arash remained within the city limits to
help the citizens exit the city through a Magical Gate which was known as “The Pool of Fire” (referenced in
the texts found by the Otteril Clan). However, Tahin was not present during the attack.
Tahin was not present because she was leading an attack on a place called “The Gate of Moths” which
was the location of Death. The decision to do battle with Death was inspired by the belief that if “Death was
absent then no warrior would fall.” During this fight she was accompanied by a general named “Sarniak” and
she herself was referred to as “The Voice”. The suggestion that Tahin would be called “The Voice” is
certainly allegorical to the name “The Tuneweaver”; or a being that might use songs to fight with.
If we take the allegory further we may assume that the “bards” referenced in the text discovered by the
Otteril were likely soldiers or warriors of Tahin’s army. Further speculation might suggest that Tahin gave
power to her soldiers and that when she was absent (“The Voice was ripped from their throats”) that the
warriors were not able to resist the darkness.
During the absence of Tahin and her army Arash and the city of Vahetesh were betrayed by an unnamed
Council Member who took a good portion of the citizens through the Pool of Fire and collapsed the Gate after
passing through, thereby trapping Arash and the remainder of the citizens behind to be overcome by the
enemy.
While this concludes the allegory found by the Otters (specifically regarding the elements of the “Last
Note Unfinished”) it is clear that there is more to the story.
When Tahin returned she found that only her brother Arash was alive. Angered by the actions of the
traitorous Council Member she drew her Dagger and “tore a hole through the fabric of the Veil” and tried to
pursue the Council Member to enact vengeance, but she left her dagger behind to hold the Veil open.
Story
Continued on Page 6
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Mysteries of Vahetesh Explained
Further
Otteril
Quest Continued from Page 5
During that moment Arash saw his sister’s dagger and drew it out and stabbed himself in the heart and thus
fulfilled a prophecy which claimed that he would “die by his sister’s dagger”.
While these various elements are at least interesting, they certainly lead to many further questions and
other possible speculations.
Tahin’s dagger, if it was able to sunder the Veil, would allow anyone who possessed it to travel almost
unobstructed without the need of a magical gate.
When Arash ended his life and his mortal body died then his spirit was allowed to return to the Cosmos.
This would mean that his suicide had a Purpose; but it would also likely mean that the Star known as “The
Spark” would have returned to the Cosmos when Arash died; though when the Star returns to wander Rues as
a mortal it is likely that it was not shining in Constellation known as The Flame.
During the Gathering when Fortune’s Bend was invaded by the Leviathan we discovered that this being
came from a place called “The Shade” and was returned to The Shade by using powerful magic in the form of
song. This entire action is consistent with the above tale in which “Creatures of Darkness” (allegorical to
“The Shade”) which attacked Vahetesh and were confronted and challenged by “The Tuneweaver” (or
“Sirens” in this case) and used Songs or Incantations and return the beast to The Shade.
While all of the above information is no secret to those who are willing to read it (supplemented by mere
speculation and guesswork) special appreciation should be given to the Otteril family for finding the texts
during their time with Terrance “The Songripper” and inspiring this article.
As for discovering any further Songs/Incantations of power it would be wise to consider looking in the
Great Library for supplemental details.
Further information might be discovered by using magical communication to speak to certain individuals
who might possess unique knowledge on these subjects; such as the Siren Berryl (who was present when the
creature called “The Leviathan” was defeated), the historian Evander Banrion (Ghostwalkers cannot die of
old age), Tahin or Arash (they have been known to spend time with Death), a being that is extremely familiar
with the Shade and possesses a strange or magical blade which allows them to travel through the Veil at will
and is extremely powerful – though it should be noted it is possible that such a being may be Arash himself or
traveling under an alias, and finally the being known as Terrance.
The next issue of T he Garioch Gazette will include some additional information on this subject;
including glyphs, symbols and names as well as translations and further sources cited.
Finally it should be added that although the facts are likely already known to many, the conclusions are
mainly speculation and guesswork and it very possible that many of these speculations and conclusions may
be incorrect.
“The man chose to rebel. Perhaps he believes that if you do not wish to live on your knees then it is best to die on your
feet?”
– Circe of the Ereskial
“So he doesn’t want to be part of the Empire? Unless he’s causing trouble for us personally I don’t see how it’s any of my
business.”
– John Dodger of Braeus
“Weinart turned his back on the Genesori who chose the the Emperor. To ignore the Genesori is blasphemy and must be
stopped.”
– Melesandra of Inlyrico
“The Brecht broke his oath to the Emperor. Therefore our duty is clear; the traitor must die. What else need be said?”
– Caius Pullo of Pyredom