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The Lindall Times

September Edition, 2nd Year of His Magestyís Reign, 506 C.R.

 

Changes at the Times!

 

I would like to welcome everyone to the new Lindall Times. This late edition is being sent out compliments of the staff here, and we hope you find it an informative and enjoyable read.

 

Recent staff changes here have put me at the head, and are the reason the times has been silent for so long. With our previous editor, Scribe Riddick Dale, missing in action (See The Mist Eats People!) the staff here has been without a guide. After much waiting and deliberation I have take over as the Editor, and will hopefully do at least as well as the sword jock turned scribe.

 

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Editor

 

The Kurzinor within spitting distance,

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and hungry for our blood. Were some of the last words spoken by Soldier First Class Garret Mason before being run through by a Kurzinor spear. I had the rare opportunity to meat and talk with many of our soldiers on the front lines just southwest of Lindall. The mood there, weary but determined. Our troops have been fighting the Kurzinor non-stop for weeks. The lines of the battle changing daily. The Kurzinor push and gain, the next day we take it back. We push and gain, the next day they take it back.

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Our soldiers trade insults from behind fortifications, with the very real possibility of needing to prove their mettle at any moment. There are very rare occasions of one soldier taunting a Kurzinor into such a frenzy that he rushes the lines himself. Without mercy he is cut down by archers the second he clears his own defenses.

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There are engagements daily. From a single minute long skirmish to hours of fighting to hold the fortified area you just took the day before. Even I have had to draw my sword to defend myself. This is no place for the common man.

 

††††††††††† In my conversation with Soldier First Class Mason, I learned that he came in his fathers place at the very beginning of the war. His father a retired Quintar, instead tends to the familyís farm in the southern plains of Atharos where the Masonís raise cattle.

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He was promoted to Soldier First Class this past May. Trained in basic swordsmanship by his father, he joined the 23rd Royal Infantry, and has been fighting ever since.

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SFC Mason is on the front line, often meeting the initial charge of the enemy. Several times I witnessed his ability from far closer than I would have preferred. His skill is above that of the common soldier, and as is plain to see in combat he holds no love for our enemy.

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As the small unit assigned to the forward fortifications was sharing a tale of home, the warning horn of their scout sounded, cut off with a tell-tale sharpness. On their feet with weapons in hand the soldiers of the 23rd met this surprise charge by the Kurzinor.

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As I watched this brief but bloody struggle, it seemed as though initially the forward fortifications would be overrun by the sudden assault, which was led by spell casters. The first wave of attacks came as bolts of fire, and ice, severely injuring many, and the barrage killing a few. Weakened the enemy charged into them, and the line broke, resulting in a churning mass of death. The second line of defenders charged past me, and joined their fellows screaming with hate and crashing into their foes, some literally, knocking one over bodily to be trampled by those behind.

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Sword and mace crashed on shield and skull for what seems a lifetime, and then finally, suddenly, it was over. The 23rd had repelled the attack, and a cheer went up as weapons were raised to the sky.

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It was the patrolling of bodies that brought the brief victory cheer to an end. Healers moving through the bodies healing where they could, and passing over those they could not. Many were saved, many were lost. When the final count was done there were 184 deaths within the 23rd alone.

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SFC Mason was among the dead, found surrounded by the dead bodies of his enemy, with numerous wounds from battle, the final strike still buried in his chest.

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††††††††††† The commander of the 23rd, Quintar Major Ebon Husten, informed me that the 23rd was being moved along the front to a slightly less active area until they could be reinforced with new recruits. The fighting has been constant, and with the battle lines as unstable as they are no one stays in the same place for long anyway. QM Husten believes that the Kurzinor are being ground to a halt, though the lines ebb and flow, they are staying within a relatively small area.

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††††††††††† SFC Mason successfully resurrected, and returned to duty with the 23rd the following day as they were moving out to their new position, which was undisclosed to the public. Of the 184 deaths, only 21 were permanent. Though physically exhausted, and spiritually weakened, the soldiers of the 23rd Royal Infantry are no less resolved to stop the advance of Kurzinor.

 

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Lindall Times Editor.

 

 

 

 

The Mist Eats People!

††††††††† ..so several of the common folk in the barony say. Increasingly frequent reports of people traveling through the mists, and not returning have been popping up everywhere. Many initially disregarded these reports as rumor, or just plain old superstition, and fear of the unknown.

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I personally went out to find out the truth of the situation.

 

††††††††††† Starting with the folk in the surrounding farms, I found nothing. Nothing to say one way or the other what was going on. The common folk of lindall, and the surrounding area only had the same story. So-and-so, who frequently travels through the mists to other places, has not been back in a while.

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Well so what? So a few merchants and adventurers have been away for a while? Whatís the big deal? I had just been through the town of Lindall, and there were plenty of adventurers there. None seeming to be aware of any problems with the mists.

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I promptly dropped this story. A month or so later, the rumor was still going strong. Two months, then Three. Several of the adventuring populace were indeed beginning to worry over their long overdue friends.

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We at the times, while still working as always, were without an editor. Scribe Riddick Dale, a well know Adventurer that lives in Lindall, has for the past few years been the editor of this very newspaper. Leading the Phalanx, he often enough travels through the mists to other lands. He always made a point however of making sure this paper got out. The last several months there has been no trace of him.

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When we first became concerned several of us went to Lindall to attempt to find him. We did not find him, or any trace of him for the last few months. In fact the majority of the Phalanx had disappeared. Several of the other adventurers confirmed that they had traveled through the mists, and none could remember seeing them again after that.

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I immediately resumed investigation into the rumor, now turned fact of people disappearing into the mists.

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It turns out a number of prominent adventurers, have gone missing. Most problematic being the absence of both Sir Gormegil Sunderdragon and Dame Aara. In addition to the Knights, Sheriff Theodin was among the members of the Phalanx to travel the mists and not return.

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After much questioning and no solid answers, I myself made plans to travel through the mists to seek answers. I inquired with some of the local adventurers that were still about. Elry, Mage Kainen and his apprentice Naoko, all members of the Twisted Thistle, were planning a trip through the mists to visit some friends as well as see what was going on with the extended absences of so many of their fellows. They graciously agreed to help me discover the nature of the problem.

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They successfully traveled to the lands of Moria, and after a brief stay to attempted to return to Caldaria. The results of this experiment were chilling, but only posed more questions.

 

††††††††††† I am sad to say that the members of the Twisted Thistle did not return. I have been staying in Lindall since that day, and I have seen nor heard anything of those gone missing. Some of the remaining adventurers have suggested contacting them through the dream realm. The process of which is more of an art than a science, and I have yet to make any significant progress.

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The more I dug into this phenomenon the more bizarre it became. More and more people were not returning through the mists.

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The initial reports of this problem were of course about the adventurers of the area, which is easily explained away. Adventurers are somewhat unpredictable in their movements, so a long absence is not unheard of.

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What really started to make the problem come to light were groups like the thistle, where a number of members but not all made a trip with clear plans to return quickly. This is more and more the tale in the last month.

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What happened to the others? Are they trapped where they started, unable to leave for anywhere? Are they stuck in the mists? Or is it more sinister.

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Some believe it is a plot by the Kurzinor, others a freak of nature. One farmer believes itís a plot by the adventurers themselves.

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Few people travel the mists as at best they are unreliable, there are even less willing to now. Making further investigation into this matter difficult.

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All we know for now is that this is one rumor that is true.

 

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lindall Times Investigator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new Plague..

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was reported by many in northern Stephanos. An outbreak rocked the small farming community of Getland, causing many to spend weeks bedridden, and a few to die. Headache, followed by blackouts, and a general feeling of dizziness these symptoms caused panic throughout the neighboring communities as all three were signs of the new plague.

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The Order of Light responded in the expected manner, sending healers and aid into the small community. It did not take them long to uncover the truth of the situation. The so called plague was nothing more than an over-ambitious farmer. Members of the OOL said that with the lack of any additional signs of the plague outside of this small community led them to looking for other possible explanations. It was not long before they found that everyone who ate specific foods was continuing to experience this Ďplagueí.

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Once made aware of the situation the local magistrate took over, and determined that a local farmer, Name withheld by noble order, was using an alchemical substance to attempt to Ďgrow his crops real bigí. The substance turned out to be poisonous to many, some more severely that others. Though these symptoms have been individually reported elsewhere, the OOL assures me that this so called plague is not the cause, as the affected food was only distributed locally.

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The farmer has been levied a fine, as his actions were not malicious. The next several years will have him working forced labor for those harmed by his actions as well as working his farm under supervision to pay his fines.

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The Arcanum Abandoned?

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The Lindall Arcanum has been through a great deal in these past years. Letís take stock. Sorcerer AíThales haven, named a traitor and vanished. Sorcerer Dante Brightmantle, left without a word. Sorcerer Morgan Zacharius, left under mysterious circumstances.

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With the past few years, this once prominent guild has fallen into disrepute. A disorganized bunch of fools playing at being a guild. They have no sorcerer, no solid services to offer the citizens, and no clue.

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We were told by the former sorcerer that the werewolf sure was in their hands and would be found. I still hear howling at night.

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††††††††††† The members themselves, most adventurers, are nice enough and most certainly do help out. I do not question their ability within the realm of celestial magic, nor their ability to ply celestial magic to the destruction of their enemies.

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The question is what is the point of contributing resources to the Royal Arcanum, when the only purpose it serves is to be there for people to be in it.

 

††††††††††† The best part was, when I went to inquire with the Mages of said guild not only were there none available to speak with me, there were none there at all. Perhaps this guild is indeed no longer with the time or effort to be supported by the rest of the Arcanumís throughout the kingdom.

 

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Rangers get lost?

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The 19th Stephanos rangers, a military group that for some time has been conducting many of its operations in the area surrounding Lindall, has for the most part vanished.

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It used to be a common sight to see them drilling on the field outside the Three Brothers Tavern. Or to see one or two walking about the town, talking with friends and commoners alike. Or the rare sighting of them darting out of town in the dead of night, wearing their uniforms inside out to hide the white.

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Though some are unsettled by the apparent loss of this small yet elite group of soldiers, many say that is exactly the point. They are a small unit of elite soldiers trained to be quick effective and unseen.

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You donít see them, because they are off doing their jobs.

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No doubt they are, but I know the occasional glimpse of their black lightning bolt would be more then welcome to these eyes.

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Editors Note,

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This information submitted by the Morgan Zacharius of the Royal Arcanum, was paid in advance to be printed until changed or recalled. As was the agreement made we are running this, but we make no promises to its validity due to the inability to contact any ranking mages within the Arcanum.

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Editor

 

 

Royal Arcanum

 

To the People of Lindall:

It has apparently been the custom of this publication to provide space for the chartered guilds to express themselves, and I gratefully take advantage of the opportunity so provided.

By order of my superiors within the Royal Arcanum, and by further order of the duly responsible nobility, I have recently taken up duties as the Sorcerer of the Royal Arcanum at Lindall. It will, perhaps, come as no surprise that the Arcanum has decayed into a state of some disarray in the time since the post of Sorcerer was last meaningfully filled.  The first order of business, therefore, is the re-establishment and re-organization of the Lindall Hall of the Arcanum. To that end, I encourage the people of Lindall to be willing to re-evaluate the Arcanumís function, utility, value, and customary operation.

As a first step, the Permanent Circle has been collapsed and re-cast, thus excluding, among others, AíThales Haven, who was formerly invested therein.

In the absence of any accurate rolls or records, we will begin anew with regard to membership and rank within the Arcanum. This is no reflection upon the worth and service of those who formerly held positions of responsibility. Members of the Arcanum are asked to contact the Sorcerer at once if they have not already done so, and further requested to communicate their former rank to the Sorcerer at that time. Further, the Arcanum is currently seeking new members, and interested individuals are invited to inquire. Prospective members should be able to read and write, and possess an interest in learning Celestial Magic. Instruction in Reading and Writing is available from the Arcanum to all, at no cost.

In addition to its responsibilities relating to Celestial Magic training and research, the Royal Arcanum offers several services which we invite the township of Lindall to become familiar with:

 

Library Services

The Royal Arcanum is currently engaged in the acquisition and creation of texts to comprise a general library of relevant information. The Arcanum is willing to purchase documents of any kind, including but not limited to scrolls, books, maps, and fragments of the same. The Arcanum is also interested in purchasing or commissioning written accounts of Lindallís recent history, as well as  written descriptions of Lindallís flora and fauna, and indigenous and monster populations. Interested scribes are encouraged to contact the Sorcerer.

 

General Research

The Arcanum will perform general research on any topic. Inquiries are free, and charges are assessed only upon successful delivery of results. As research may take advantage of the collections of other Halls, immediate results may not be possible. Interested parties are asked to expect at least ten dayís time between request and result. Inquiries, inquirers identities, and information supplied by inquirers, will be kept confidential. The Arcanum reserves the right to utilize the information obtained by its research unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Confidential Brokering

The Arcanum will arrange the sale, purchase, or trade of magical items, components, reagents, or catalysts, while maintaining the anonymity of seller and buyer. Parties interested in purchasing an item are encouraged to express their interest to the Sorcerer. All inquiries are completely confidential.  Parties with items available for sale or trade should contact the Sorcerer. Again, the nature of the items and the identity of the seller will be kept in strictest confidence. All items will be identified, and guaranteed by the Arcanum to be as represented.

Ritual Services

The Sorcerer, membership, and Circle of the Arcanum at Lindall are available by arrangement for the performance of Rituals. Because no two rituals are alike, each ritual and its cost must be arranged individually. Unless otherwise arranged, the Arcanum is not responsible for providing ritual components or subjects. As always, full confidentiality applies. The Arcanum assumes, but does not verify, the legality and authorization of all rituals. The Arcanum accepts no responsibility for the Ritualís outcome. Inquiries are free and confidential.

 

Below, please find the most recent Arcanum prices, divided by memberís and outsiderís costs. Costs may be negotiable and barter may be accepted. Prices may be adjusted in coming weeks.

 

Morgan Zacharius,

Initiate of the Library of Rhul,

Master of the Vespertine Circle,

Sorcerer of the Royal Arcanum at Lindall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Services

 

Outsiderís Cost

Memberís Cost

General Counsel and Sorcerous Advice

By Arrangement

naught

Research

By Arrangement

naught

Scribe Services

By Arrangement

naught

Translations

By Arrangement

naught

Textual Elucidation

By Arrangement

naught

Buying and selling of texts maps or documents

Negotiable

Negotiable

Library Services

Not Available

naught

Evaluation of an itemís true value

1 copper piece

naught

Detection of magic

2 copper pieces

naught

Identification of magical properties (item or person)

2 silver pieces

naught

Buying and selling of magical items

Negotiable

Negotiable

Spell Casting

By Arrangement

By Arrangement

Spell Casters for Hire

Negotiable

 

Casting of Elenaro's Astral Displacement

3 gold crowns

1 gold crown

Casting of Bork's Invitation

3 gold crowns

1 gold crown

 

Training

 

Outsiders' Cost

Arcanum Cost

Reading Lessons

naught! (limited time)

 

Writing Lessons

naught! (limited time)

 

Magic Reading Lessons

naught! (limited time)

 

First Circle

1 silver piece

1 copper piece

Second Circle

2 silver pieces

2 copper pieces

Third Circle

4 silver pieces

4 copper pieces

Fourth Circle

8 silver pieces

8 copper pieces

Fifth Circle

1 gold crown, 6 silver

1 silver piece,  6 copper

Sixth Circle

3 gold crowns,  2 silver

3 silver pieces, 2 copper

Seventh Circle

6 gold crowns,  4 silver

6 silver pieces,  4 copper

Eighth Circle

12 gold crowns,  8 silver

12 silver pieces,  8 copper

Ninth Circle

25 gold crowns,  6 silver

2 gold crowns, 5 silver, 6 copper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books and Scrolls

 

Outsiders' Cost

Arcanum Cost

Spell ink

5 copper pieces per spell per level                  (must be in copper form)

Use of a minor spell book

5 silver pieces

naught

Use of a full spell book

5 gold crowns

5 silver pieces

Selling of a minor spell book

10 gold crowns

Negotiable

Selling of a full spell book

not available

Negotiable

Buying of spell books

Negotiable

Negotiable

Casting of a spell from a battle magic scroll

1 silver piece or naught with purchase of scroll

naught

Selling of battle magic scrolls

1 silver piece per level (or by demand)

By Arrangement

Buying of battle magic scrolls

5 copper pieces per level (or by demand)

5 copper pieces per level (or by demand)

Trading of battle magic scrolls

Negotiable

Negotiable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ritual Services

 

Outsiders' Cost

Arcanum Cost

Performance of Ritual

1 gold crown per level minimum, not including reagents and catalysts, Arcanum not responsible for Results

By Arrangement

Spell-crafting of ritual magics (requires 10 days notice)

1 gold crown per reagent required (or by demand)

By Arrangement

Translation of ritual scroll

5 silver pieces

naught

Selling of ritual scrolls

Negotiable

Negotiable

Buying of ritual scrolls

1 gold crown per level (or by demand)

1 gold crown per level (or by demand)

Buying of ritual reagents

1 gold crown

1 gold crown

Selling of ritual reagents

Negotiable

Negotiable

Buying of ritual catalysts

Negotiable

Negotiable

Selling of ritual catalysts

Negotiable

Negotiable

Trading of ritual scrolls, reagents, or catalysts

Negotiable

Negotiable

Use of Circle

By Arrangement

By Arrangement

 

Order of Light

 

The Lindall Order of Light is a charitable organization sponsored by the Baronial House.  As such, teaching, healing spells, and Resurrection services are offered to all people without regard to cost.  Donations are always welcome.  The following other items and services are also available from the Order for small fees to cover materials, etc.

For sale:

Spell Ink

5 copper commons per spell level

Full Earth spell book

10 gold crowns

Potions

1 silver noble per level

Ritual Magics:

 

Spell-crafting of rituals

By demand

Casting of rituals

1 gold crown per difficulty level

 

Items purchased/traded:

Potions

Bought at 5 copper commons per level

Traded at 1 silver noble credit per level (towards Order services only)

Ritual Scrolls

1 gold crown per difficulty level (based on lowest difficulty)

Ritual Reagents

1 gold crown each

Ritual Catalysts

Negotiable

Trading of ritual scrolls, reagents, or catalysts

Negotiable

Necromantic Items

Necromancy is illegal and abominable. Necromantic items will be purchased based on levels of spells and rituals in the item. Upon purchase, these items will be promptly destroyed.

 

Interested parties should please see Master Li Kenji.