Archive for July, 2014

(Fiction) The End

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

From Flain’s Final Book:

The oldest rangers know when their time is near. When one spends his life observing nature, one learns to know how things live and die. One feels the moment when one goes from the hunter to mere carrion. I am a child of Skara Brae, and though they will no longer have me, I learned my lessons well. My end is near. I have a rose for each of the fallen, including me. It will end where it began.

I was much younger when I followed Blackthorn’s call to anarchy. My fellow Chaos Knights and I stood against the polite and diseased authority of false virtue. Those beliefs brought me to this place and to the fight where I killed those I once called kin. When the certainty of combat had passed and my hands were covered in blood, my path was forever set. I could never turn back.

We were made an example of. The forces of Order used their courts and prisons to punish us, ignoring their own complicity. Only because of a grieving father were we set free. It was better to disappear and wait. It was not our time, but our time would come.

So many believed it came with the False Blackthorn’s war against Britannia. I too fought with the dragoons for a time, wanting to hold on to false hope. Even then, I knew something was different, wrong. The man who had played chess with British to stalemate was using his forces like a crude hammer. I left before Exodus’s pawn was defeated.

When the true Blackthorn returned and was made king, I believed, like so many, that this was a new age. Instead we got a shadow of the man who inspired so many with his call to anarchy. He played diplomat and peacemaker and forgot about old friends. Now that he ruled the broken and corrupt system, he saw no reason to change it.

I made it my place to set him right, in part for his education, but also my own legacy. My allies are those also disillusioned by this diseased world. While not my original intention, I have found one from each city, one oppressed and harmed by false virtue:

Dryden saw his son’s life claimed by failed justice. Tactus’s ambition was held down by an apprenticeship that sacrificed a young man’s work for the sake of an old fool. Saduj’s humble origins meant no one would ever see his potential. Elistaria was driven mad by years of others’ lies about magic and distrust of her abilities. Thrud was a fighter whose bloodlust no military hierarchy could control. Foulwell grew up destitute because he didn’t fit into the polite farce of Compassion. Blyth was the son who shamed his paladin father by becoming a sailor and then a pirate. I am the fallen ranger from Skara Brae.

I have played a game of pawns and powers with Blackthorn and lost, but even in death, I will be right. He can pretend to be British with elections and councils, but one truth will remain: Rex regit, et populus sequitur. The king leads; the people follow. The Blackthorn of old would never have allowed me to test his authority for so long. There will come a time when this false patience will lead to his destruction. This will not end well. And you will remember I was right.

-Flain

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Zox’s Monthly Fishing Contest! August 2014

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Congratulations to Dangling WORM for catching the heaviest crystal fish! Zox Greatsnapper loves the shimmering, glittery fish.

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The wonderful sparkliness of the crystal fish makes the little goblin crave even more pretties! She would like a rainbow fish and/or a unicorn fish. Both can be found in the Twisted Weald. The fish must be caught between July 29th and August 26th. Please leave the fish in the mailbox by August 26th at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

If your fish is not the heaviest, you may have it back, if you leave a house rune to your mailbox with the fish.

Request for Aid

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

To any ship and crew loyal to Britannia:

This evening, several explosions went off in one of the towers at Bordermarch. While no one was killed, Sir Sentri and several of our paladins were injured. We have discovered the person responsible and detained him. He claims to have acted under duress. He has provided information about an attack against Bordermarch, to take place in two days.

The attack destroyed or buried our stockpile of powder charges and cannon balls, leaving us vulnerable. We request the aid of our privateers and any reinforcements the Crown can provide.

Steve, the smith of Bordermarch

(The Royal Spies should be ready to provide assistance.)

The Running of the Humans, Saturday, July 19th, at 8:00 p.m. CDT

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Annually, by their reckoning of a year, the minotaurs have a Running of the Humans. The minotaurs consider it a festive event. Captive humans have traditionally been released along the path, for the contestants to battle as a show of their strength and bravery. This year, in a nod to human rights activists amongst the minotaurs, volunteer humans will be tried instead. If you would like to participate, please meet at the Counselor Hall on Saturday, July 19th, at 8:00 p.m. CDT. Wear a bright red cloak, if possible, and be well-armed.

You are not a contestant in the race. You are the obstacle.

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Council Meeting, Friday, July 18th, 9:00 p.m. CDT

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

His Majesty King Blackthorn invites the governors and all interested citizens to the fourteenth meeting of the Royal Council. It will be held in the Council Room at Castle Blackthorn on Friday, July 18th, 9:00 p.m. CDT. Please note that the time is an hour later than usual.

If a governor will not be able to attend a meeting, please contact one of the King’s secretaries.

Bordermarch Letters of Marque

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Sir Sentri has put all granted Letters of Marque on display in a gold box in the war room at Bordermarch. He will grant additional Letters to those who successfully apply. Interested ship captains should speak to him.

Royal Spy Promotions and Secret Decoder Rings

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Your Royal Spy rank, and the item that goes with it, will be available, upon request, during the month of July to spies who couldn’t be at the ceremony on Tuesday. These are for ranks earned by the end of June by attending at least three Tuesday events.

EM Events, July 2014

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Tuesday, July 1st, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Spies & Royal Guard
Promotion Ceremony

Tuesday, July 8th, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Spy Mission
Well-oiled Machine

Tuesday, July 15th, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Spy Mission
The Lighthouse

Friday, July 18th, 9:00 p.m. CDT, Council
The fourteenth meeting of the Royal Council. Please note later time.

Saturday, July 19th, 8:00 p.m. CDT, The Running of the Humans
A traditional event in which minotaurs show their bravery.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Britannian Guard
Demon in the Details

Tuesday, July 29th, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Spy Mission
Entropy

Wednesday, July 30th, 6:00 p.m. CDT, Dev Meet & Greet
Meet in King Blackthorn’s throne room for a chance to chat with honored guests.




All events, dates, and times are subject to change.