This Week in Aer'Astria

prashka

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Narok, the Savage Lands’ Ambassador, announced his culture’s practices for the New Year’s Celebration. He has welcomed any who wish to participate to join in a grand melee. Everyone will be collected into a centralized area, and the last person standing wins the grand prize. He has offered up that there is a grand prize to win, but details of the prize have been withheld for now. The rules are simple: you use any legal means to bring your opponents to incapacitated or unable to fight. Command magic is frowned upon, given the Savage Lands’ population of Sylvanborne, but Dooms are fine. Anyone who enters the melee is assumed to be consenting to attack, and no charges will be allowed to be pressed for combatants. Narok promises to be standing by with a small contingent of healers to revive those who fall, if they cannot do it themselves or with their companions’ aid. Those with questions are encouraged to direct those questions to Narok (plot@allianceoregon.com) at their leisure.
 

prashka

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Oregon Staff
Marshal
Several other nations have volunteered information about their customs this week, as information about the Savage Lands’ customs have spread. The Garu have shared that their custom is gift-giving, and they share meaningful tokens with each other to celebrate the New Year. Baqi has revealed that the Wylenzians celebrate with drinking and storytelling, which he encourages all to participate in to their comfort level, of course. Other nations have chosen to keep their practices more hidden to grant a level of surprise when the gather takes place, but have reiterated that all are welcome to participate.

((OOG: December's been an exciting month so far. Sorry for the delay!))
 

prashka

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Oregon Staff
Marshal
Planar news today in Aer’Astria. Stone elementals arrived at the Embassy this morning. They demanded assistance 5 days’ time with fighting off the void on their plane. They said they had been in negotiations with a Kel and an Ole, and that a portal would open late Friday night and stay open for several days so assistance against the Void incursion could pass through. Officials promised to spread the word, and the stone elementals left mollified. So consider the word spread: any and all available to help against the Void incursion into the plane of Stone, your presence would be greatly appreciated starting Friday as we attempt to assist the plane of Stone in alleviating their losses against the Void.
 

prashka

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((Sorry it's late. I'm blaming the pregnancy!))

The Tainted are proving a menace once more. Although Grabrak has not been seen in some time, a Vulture with silver in her eyebrows seems to be operating as the head of the Tainted. She has been seen a number of times laying waste to small villages on the outskirts of the Auros Mountains. Her forces seem keen to leave no survivors behind.

Reports from those who have resurrected suggest that she is looking for someone. Several people have reported her using her mental powers to interrogate captives, supposedly in search of a Shade or possibly a Dark Elf child. Witnesses have all been cursed with powerful headaches following said interrogations, and were then murdered so details are a little fuzzy. It is recommended that towns bordering the Auros Mountains put up a strong watch and town guard to ensure they are not next to fall victim to the Tainted.
 

prashka

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Oregon Staff
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Unusual deaths have been reported across Aer’Astria recently, but not of sentient creatures. It seems that magical creatures in the proximity of Foxbridge in particular are dropping dead. Stone Badgers, Flame Moths, Ice Wasps and Lightning Beetles are slowly dying from what looks like a wasting disease. Reports out of the Sedovian Earth Guild suggest that this disease stems from Void Taint, but how long these creatures have been enduring this taint - and how much longer their species have - is in question. Sickness in these creatures is being reported as far afield as the Savage Lands, causing concern amongst many different types of biologists, researchers, and environmentalists.

The Sedovian Earth Guild has promised it’s working hard on finding a definitive source and a cure, but so far, all they can say is that the Void Tear seems to be accelerating this ecological disaster. It’s a race against the clock, and only time will tell if their answers come soon enough to save these creatures.
 

prashka

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Oregon Staff
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Consortium members have been popping up all over Aer’Astria in the last few weeks, opening soup kitchens, doing good deeds and the like. Although the Consortium has been acting all over the continent during the last year or so, their efforts seem to be taking off exponentially of late. Members are flocking to their ranks, although no one is quite positive what it is they stand for other than protection from natural and unnatural disasters.

Soup kitchens seem to be targeting those who need help the most in Aer’Astria: the Stone Caste in Valenzia, undead war survivors in Sedovia, the few orcs remaining in the Savage Lands, and refugees of the current crisis between the Wyldemoorian Separatists and the Wylenzians. Their motives may not be completely clear, but the assistance seems to be highly appreciated, both by those who are receiving it, and by beleaguered nobility searching for ways to care for their subjects after so many recent disasters. They couldn’t have come at a better time.
 

prashka

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Tensions are running high in Wylenzia this week as Wyldemoorian Separatists and the Insofu’s forces clash in the Outskirts. The Insofu has been deploying forces to protect Earth Circles when requested by local residents, but those forces have been running into resistance as Wyldemoorians attempt to raid and destroy said circles. Wylenzians have been resurrecting in the Web with horrible stories of Wyldemoorian Separatists blitz-attacking towns, Destroying Magic circles, and indiscriminately killing anyone in their way. It seems the Separatists no longer care what side of the pro-/anti-Insofu line their victims fall on. Instead, they seem to be taking the stance of “if you aren’t fighting with us, you aren’t on our side.”

The Wyldemoorians, for those unfamiliar with the term, have been reported to be a small group of old Wyldemoorian aristocracy. According to their own words, they have taken exception to being replaced by the new ruling parties, and are looking to restore the old ways once more.

Diplomatic missions to the Wyldemoorians have so far been reported to have returned through the circle. Wylenzians are becoming stressed as tensions rise, and many are hoping for the Insofu to intervene more directly soon.
 
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