Time Line for Taj Teblaw Campaign (Almanac – Orc Reckoning)
Entries on the time line are broken into relevance by date, then overall area of relevance, and then detail.
The dates are in standard human format (for my ease of use). The overall areas of relevance are in CAPITALS
for easy ID tagging. Each tag is hyphenated (general category – specific category). Although the specific
categories will vary greatly, the general categories will remain in the following format:
ORC related to the Orc Empire.
PARTH related to North Avalon (a.k.a.: Parthenia).
WAV related to West Avalon.
ISLE related to Avatar Isle.
ELF related to the Salatia.
DWARF related to Duskkar.
MARSH Related to the Black Marsh and/or the Dragons there.
ALL related to general knowledge known publicly
From 5660 OR to near the end of 5661 OR, The Orc Empire was conducting a war of extermination
against the Humans in both West and North Avalon. Elven forces entered into the picture late in the fray. They
were able to secure a footing within North Avalon. With the combined strength of the Humans and the Elves,
and a lucky kill of the Tavo Sa (Orc leader), they managed to drive out the Orcs in the North. King Thomas
Ariello renamed their country “Parthenia” and they entered a phase of post-war rebuilding.
West Avalon was not as lucky. The Orcs hit them first and hardest. Within the first year of battle the
Humans of West Avalon had been subjugated. They were reduced to a slave race – living in concentration
camps and holding onto life by a thread. A few Humans have managed to escape and or avoid capture. They
have become the “Modassa” – a resistance organization. They rebel against the Orc occupation but do so
almost entirely alone.
The following timeline begins from this point…
Year 5,661 - days 335 through 365 (December 1st through 31st)
12/01/61 ALL / IPC / PARTH - BLACKPORT REBUILDS
Duke Jeremy launched an ambitious building project in the wrecked center of
Blackport today. "We're looking at having a brand new, fantastic Cathedral here
in town within the next few months. We've got some other projects in the works
too. It's going to be fantastic!" Although hopeful, many believe that supply and
funding shortages are likely to bog the project down. Civil unrest and black-
marketeering continue to plague the town.
12/02/61 PARTH - ORC SCOUTS SIGHTED
Reports of Orc Wolf Rider scouts in the area around Cardonna and Blackport
have begun to surface. Many believe it is a precursor to a secondary invasion
attempt by the Orcs. Others believe that they are left-over remnants from the last
invasion - once warriors, now bandits. King Thomas has sent out Rangers to
locate and neutralize the threat.
12/03/61 ALL / SPC / IPC / PARTH - OUT TO MEET THE PEOPLE
Well-known "man of the people", Father Locke of Parthenia, undertakes what he
calls a "mission of hope" for the people of the land. He leaves Cardonna on a
whirlwind trip to visit a number of the smaller villages and townships in central
Parthenia. "Our people have suffered greatly due to the Orc invasion. It is my
mission to bring them hope, healing and help. If the leadership of this country
cannot act - I shall" said Father Locke as he left the City gates. His comments
brought cheers and praise from the local commoners who had flocked out to see
him off. Concerns for his safety were raised by the local Constabulary "a lot of
that territory is still wild and filled with danger. I hope those mercenaries he hired
can handle it" (referring to the OPM crew, a relatively new band out of Blackport,
hired on as security detail for this trip).
12/04/61 PARTH / ISLE - PIRATES
A supply ship carrying much needed cargo from Salatia was boarded and
plundered by Avatar Isle pirates. The crew of the Ramsey (the Parthenian vessel)
was spared but their ship and cargo were lost. The Blackport Corsairs attempted
chase but could not find the pirates. "There's not much we can do with so few
ships, men and provisions" said Commodore Rabin Montoya of the Corsairs "we
need more support from the leadership".
12/05/61 PARTH - MEETING OF THE CARDINALS
Pope Elias of the Trinity Church of Parthenia has called for a gathering of clergy
from throughout the land. He wants to conduct a mass blessing of the people and
discuss plans for the annual Sol Inviticus Festival wherein the life-giving power
of the Sun is celebrated and the Almighty Trinity is thanked for blessings. "With
so much loss over the past two years, we feel it is vital that we host a grand
festival for the good of the people. Let them know that things are all right now
and getting better. And we can also reaffirm the faith of many and cast out any
dark forces that may be near". Inside sources say that the Pope also plans to
unveil a tentative plan that would outlaw non-church sanctioned Arcana for the
12/06/61 ELF / PARTH - UNEARTHED ARCANA
During the war, a clutch of hidden spellbooks containing ancient Arcana were
found in the Botjan Que Mountains, south of Parthenia. These texts were shared
between the allied forces with some going to the Parthenians and others being
sent back to Salatia for study. After months of examination and work, the Elven
Magus have successfully copied the spells and happily announce the discovery of
a whole new depth of Arcana. "We are sure that this new knowledge will
strengthen us against any potential foe. Should the Orc ever attempt another
assault on Salatian lands or that of its allies, they will sorely regret it now" said
Oskus Yuriai, Master Mage of Salatia. The Parthenian counterparts have not been
as successful thus far.
12/07/61 ALL / ORC - DREADNAUGHT
The Empire proudly unveiled it's new class of warship - the Dreadnaught.
Concieved, designed and built by Gnomes serving the Empire in Macbelly, the
ship is the largest and toughest ocean-going weapon ever created. "This thing can
flatten a city! This thing can take any beating! Hell, it's even magic-resistant!"
boasted Hog Qu Norros'k - Orc Task Master of Macbelly.
12/08/61 ORC - NEW TAVO SA
After a near civil war and a number of other internal conflicts, the Judicators of
the Orc Empire have elected Edo'Gun as the new regent of the realm. Some are
still bitter about the decision but once Edo proves himself in combat, he will have
secured the position. Of course, there are many a slip 'tween a cup and the lip so
his ascendancy is not yet guaranteed. There still remains plenty of conflict within
the empire and the Tavo Sa is not crowned just yet.
12/09/61 PARTH - FOR SALE
Duke Jeremy McLaughlin places his prize ship - the Red Courage (a light, fast
caravel) up for sale at a premium price. According to the Duke's aides, he plans
to donate a portion of the proceeds to the hungry and poor of Blackport.
12/10/61 SPC / IPC / PARTH - KILLIAN RAIDED
Father Locke's caravan is attacked by a roving band of wild-eyed Gibberlings.
Father Locke's hired protectors (the OPM crew) manage to fend off the attack.
After the battle, they remember that they are only a few miles from Killian
Township. They break camp and make haste to the village.
12/11/61 ALL / SPC / IPC / PARTH - KILLIAN RAIDED
The Human village of Killian in Parthenia, already ravaged by the Culling War, is
set upon by hordes of Gibberlings. The people gathered in the two substantial
buildings of the town - the Inn and the Church. Some didn't make it to safety and
were killed in the streets. It appeared as though all would be lost as the
Gibberlings assaulted both buildings and began pressing through the windows and
beating down the doors. Fortunately, the well-known "man of the people", Father
Locke, came to the rescue along with his hirelings, a security band called OPM.
Father Locke and the OPM forces managed to secure the church and drive off or
kill the majority of the Gibberling attackers. Sadly, there were not enough
defenders to protect both locations and those trapped at the Inn were eventually
overwhelmed by the Gibberlings. Still, where there could have been total loss,
some life was saved thanks to Father Locke and the OPM defenders.
12/12/61 PARTH - SOLD!
Duke Jeremy's ship - the Red Courage was sold. The resulting profits provided
some much-needed relief to the people. At least for a few days, the people of
Blackport are satiated.
12/12/61 SPC / IPC / PARTH - FINISH THE JOB
The OPM crew seeks out the lair of the Gibberling forces in the area around
Killian. They manage to infiltrate, eventually kill the Queen and defeat another
significant count of the vile creatures. With their leader dead, Queen dead and
morale broken; the remaining Gibberlings break and run from the territory. It is
believed that the OPM crew manages quite a haul from the lair - an added bonus.
12/13/61 SPC / IPC / PARTH - STAY AWHILE
Father Locke and the OPM crew decide to stick around the wrecked village of
Killian until reinforcements arrive. The OPM crew distributes a fair amount of the
wealth they captured from the Gibberling Lair, to the people of Killian. The
sharing of the wealth is a small but significant gesture that will surely help those
desperate and destitute survivors.
12/20/61 WAV / ORC - TERROR ALERT
The West Avalon township of Fundoir was victim today to an early morning rash
of fire-bombings that claimed 5 lives and 3 buildings. Claiming responsibility for
the attacks was the Human-led resistance movement "Mossada". A letter pinned
to the wall near one of the attacks read "We will strike at the Orc enemy in his
homes, his beds and his stores. We will fight the Orc until Avalon is free of them
and we can live in peace once more. Orcs go home!" To which, the local Orc
Marshal replied "These damned human scum have no idea what kind of game
they are playing! When we catch them - and we will - death will seem a pleasant
alternative to what we will do." 50 human slaves were then executed at the
nearby work camp in retribution for the attacks.
12/20/61 MARSH / DWARF - TUNNEL RATS
The lair of a Black Dragon was breached today by a treasure-seeking band of
Dwarves. The dragon mother was away and the two hatchlings in the lair were
killed. "This must be avenged!" she cried to Chrono Epsis, the Dragon
Godfather. Retaliatory action has yet to be taken by the dragons.
12/21/61 MARSH / DWARF - GUARDS
Chronos Epsis, in response to the Dwarven incursion, puts the Tiger Stripe
Lizardman clan in charge of guarding the Southwestern region of the marsh. A
group of Lizardman hunters, along with a dragon, are sent to find and kill the
intruders but they have already disappeared back into the earth by then.
12/22/61 WAV / ORCS - RETRIBUTION
Duva Mon'Glek - local Orc Marshall at Fundoir, was killed today in a freak
carriage fire that totally consumed him and his carriage in only moments.
Witnesses said that the Marshall was screaming in pain and terror as he tried to
escape but the doors of the carriage were stuck fast. Again, reports came in
shortly thereafter that the marshal's murder was committed by the Modassa as
retribution for the execution of the 50 humans recently. The deputy marshal, after
taking his position as new ranking marshal - personally slaughtered another 50
human slaves. He later commented: "They want to play? Let's play! I'm no
weakling - I'll be ready for you Modassa. Bring it on!"
12/24/61 ALL / PARTH - SOL INVITICUS
The annual Sol Inviticus (Festival of the Sun) kicks off throughout Parthenia.
This week-long event is usually marked with parties, gift exchanges, festive
decorating and religious communion. It is the people's way to acknowledge the
end of the darkest days of winter and welcome back the sun and it's life giving
power. It is also a time of thanks and sharing, in honor of the Trinity and it's
blessings. With things as tight as they are, there is much less of all that than there
had been in pre-war years. But, the time brings hope for the future. In Blackport,
Duke Jeremy hosts a grand banquet for the people. Although many were not able
to get in due to space restraint, everyone got a little something. In Cardonna, the
Pope and the King held a grand communion and foretold of great advancements
to come through the next year and an end to evil - quite uplifting. Celebrations in
other townships were small and somber, as most of the townspeople are in
mourning for someone they lost to the war. "Man of the People" Father Locke
chose not to head to Cardonna for the Festival but instead remained in Killian
Township to help the people there. In his stead, he sent one of his followers back
with a sermon about life, death, rebirth and a reminder to the leadership that those
who have should use what they got for those who have not.
12/25/61 ALL / PARTH - GIFTS
Sol Inviticus continues with the exchange of gifts and wishes for a better new
year. In Killian, Father Locke and his men are treated with reverence and
gratitude. The people give them what little they can - some well-made meals,
descent hospitality and their thanks. Father Locke and his men return the favors
with blessings, enriched seeds for the harvest and their volunteered labor to fix the
damages to the town.
12/27/61 WAV / ORC - TROOP MOVEMENTS
The Orc Empire started transplanting human slave populations within the West
Avalon province. Hundreds of Orc infantry and Wolf Rider Scout troops are
overseeing the movements. The majority of these movements involve the areas in
and around Fundoir.
12/29/61 PARTH - SERMON
In observance of the Sol Inviticus celebrations, church leaders continue to deliver
a number of flowery speeches, giving hope to the masses in Parthenia. In stark
contrast to that, Father Locke - well known "speaker of the people" - blasts the
leadership with a fiery sermon that works the people up, throughout the country.
In Blackport, rioting was considered probable but thanks in part to the generous
actions on the part of Duke McLaughlin in selling his ship and donating the
proceedings to the people a couple of weeks ago, such a threat was avoided.
12/31/61 ALL - THE PARTY'S OVER, END OF YEAR
In Parthenia, the Sol Inviticus Festivals come to an end with the dawning of the
new year. The Orc Empire celebrates their God Larthan with gladiatorial games
and sacrifices that carry over into the new year. Salatia reviews its annual
Spectacle Arcanus (Grand year-end show) at their capital of Kayle. Humans in
West Avalon (those that are free in hiding) gather together to thank God and to
pray for their bretheren. All races observe their various end of year rituals and
prepare for what is sure to be an exciting and defining new year.
Year 5,662 - days 1 through 31 (January 1st through 31st)
01/01/62 ORCS - HAPPY NEW YEAR
The Empire celebrates the start of their new year with gladiatorial games, hunts
and tests of warrior strength throughout the land. After a full day of combat in
"The Pit" (the coliseum of Lur Dech), the mightiest of warriors are chosen to
accompany Edo'Gun (the new Tavo Sa) on his ritual pilgrimage to Titan's Fall,
the resting place of the Orc hero - Larthan.
01/01/62 PARTH - REBUTTLE
Duke McLaughlin answers Father Locke's statement with a speech of his own.
His words encourage action from the people.
01/03/62 ORCS - RETURNING HEROES
With fanfare and cheers, Tavo Sa Edo'Gun returns to Lur Dech in Triumph - a
giant black dragon head atop his chariot and the blessing of their hero-god
Larthan about his brow. This marks the first of three rites of ascension the Tavo
Sa must make to gain full acceptance as the ruler of the empire.
01/03/62 PARTH - FOILED THEFT
A group of West Avalon human thieves attempted to break into Royal libraries in
the Parthenian capital of Cardonna. Reports have it that these thieves were
attempting to locate and steal the newly acquired Arcana seized by allied forces
during the war. Out of 8 thieves, only 2 survived the attempt, including Rufus,
their leader. This is what he had to say as they took him to prison: "We of the
Modassa are a desperate people! We need that power to save ourselves from the
Orc! If Parthenia will not help us willingly, then we will take what we need!
Anyone who stands by and watches their fellow humans die instead of rushing to
their aid is as guilty as the aggressor and worse yet - a coward! Cowards and
traitors to their kind will burn in hell with the Orcs!" Parthenian leadership is
withholding comment pending an investigation.
01/04/62 MARSH / DWARF - SKIRMISH
A Dwarven adventuring party tries to enter the Black Marsh in search of a dragon
horde to raid but are intercepted by Lizardman guards and ripped to shreds.
01/06/62 WAV / ORCS - SUPPLY RAIDS
Brigand forces raid local farming and peasant caravans throughout the areas south
and west of Justaire. They make off with supplies and such. Orc settlers are
outraged and demand protection from the Marshals.
01/07/62 PARTH - NATIONWIDE MASS
Pope Elias Hope organizes a grand mass throughout all the churches in Parthenia.
All together on this day, as the sun dawns, all the churches sang as one voice,
prayed as one people and worshipped the one three facets of the one true god.
The experience was quite moving for many Parthenians who, after such a
devastating war, needed the boost. "I was loosing my faith but when I
participated in this miracle, I was renewed! Praise God!" - Terrance Muntz,
01/08/62 ORC - FOILED HIJACKING
Sources in Macbelly report that a band of highly skilled human and elven agents
attempted to steal one of the mighty dreadnaught warships recently built by the
Gnomes for the Empire. As the leadership had expected something like this,
many precautions were in place and served to successfully foil the attempt. Two
of the 6 operatives are believed to have been killed in the attempt but the
remaining forces escaped, taking their fallen comrades with them, preventing
absolute identification of the enemy. Divine sources seem to indicate that they
may have been Parthenian in nature.
01/08/62 WAV / ORCS - FIREBOMBINGS
Multiple small-scale fire-bombings took place today within the city of Khan. No
deaths were reported but some buildings and carriages were damaged. The local
Orc Marshal is holding off on punishment until he is sure of the culprits. He had
this to say: "We know it's Modassa but I don't want to impale the wrong humans -
that won't do me any good." Still, food rations for humans have been suspended
until the responsible party or parties is identified.
01/09/62 ALL - FREE THE SLAVES
King Thomas of Parthenia offers solace and safety to refugees and escaped slaves
- especially the Gnomes held in slavery by the Orc Empire. "There is a better
life! Find your way North small fellows and you shall be free! I also call on all
men of conscious to free our small cousins from their captivity. Indeed - God
01/10/62 ORCS/PARTH - SCOUTS CAPTURED
Parthenian humans were caught today, spying on troop encampments deep within
the Inner Empire. The surviving and dead humans have been taken by the
Judicators for interrogation.
01/10/62 WAV / ORCS - PLAGUE
A rash of sickness has swept over the township of Kiln. "We've had a selection of
sickness hit us. I suspect we've been the victims of some sort of Modassa
attack." Was the response of the local Marshall "I've got some healing powers but
people are getting sicker faster than I can do anything about it - I've sent for help."
01/11/62 ELF/PARTH - EMMISARIES
Parthenia welcomes the Farthing Group - an Elven guild interested in Foreign
investment. Duke Jeremy rolls out the red carpet as this group will surely be an
asset to Blackport.
01/12/62 WAV/ORCS - INTRUDERS
Orc Wolf-rider Scouts encounter and drive off human terrorists attempting to
infiltrate a detention camp outside of the Orc village called Peril. Originally, Orc
leadership thought they were more Modassa operatives but divinations indicated
they were foreign spies.
01/13/62 PARTH - SET SAIL
Commodore Rabin Montoya dispatches three caravels (ships) to sea. Sources
indicate they have been sent on recon missions.
01/14/62 WAV - AMBUSH
Modassa agents ambush an Orc food shipment heading up river to Kiln. The Modassa agents
successfully kill or dirve off the Orc defenders and liberate the shipment for the people.
01/17/62 WAV / ORCS - ESCAPE
Modassa forces launch a daring raid against the weakened Orcs at Kiln. Since
most of the Orc fighters are too sick to fight, the Modassa manage to free about
100 human captives from the concentration camp nearby. They take the human
refugees and flee into the safety of the mountains before the Orcs can mount a
01/17/62 PARTH - MIRACLE
Lord Henry Agincourt found alive! The Chief military trainer for the old King,
he was believed killed in the first wave of attacks during the Orc War. Scouting
parties stopping by a wayside Inn couldn't believe what they saw. Specialist
Kenneth Mars had this to say: "It was unbelievable! I was up at the bar, getting a
round of drinks when I happened to peer through the open kitchen door and saw a
face that was unmistakable. There was old Lord Henry, working at the cook's
station!" The scouts took custody of the "cook" and brought him back to
Cardonna. There, after an exhaustive debriefing by the Church and checks to
assure identity, the church spokesman Cardinal Rivolt, had this to say: "We have
determined that this man is truly Lord Henry Agincourt. It is apparent that he was
struck with amnesia and fell into a role as a cook. We have relieved him of this
malady and now he is once again himself. It is a miracle, a sign from the Trinity -
definitely." King Thomas added "I have prayed nightly for the Trinity to help our
people to rebuild and for protection. Indeed, this is their answer. We have back
one of our greatest military men to help us build a new army - glorious!" Lord
Henry himself, still coming to terms with all this had only this to say: "I'm glad to
be myself again. Part of me will miss the simplicity of a cook's life but I look
forward to doing my part to help protect the people of our great land."
01/18/62 WAV / ORC - RAID
Modassa forces successful infiltrate the storehouses of Fundoir and make off with
significant food supplies. Human refugees rejoice.
01/28/62 WAV / ORC - SEIGE ENGINES
Macbelly Gnomes complete their work on a new batch of 6 great siege engines - 3
Great Rams and 3 Great Battle Towers. In addition, they have upgraded much of
the existing siege equipment already in use. This will add a significant benefit for
the Orcs in their next campaign.
Year 5,662 – days 32 through 59 (February 1st through 28th)
02/01/62 MARSH / DWARF – ASSAULT
Seers and Diviners report that there is a disturbance in the marshlands. A large Dwarven
adventuring party enters the Black Marsh and lays waste to a considerable number of Lizardmen
of the Tiger Stripe clan.
02/02/62 WAV – CAMP SLAUGHTER
Sad tidings for Modassa today as a roving band of wild trolls descends upon one of their hidden
camps and ravages the people there. Modassa warriors did their best and eventually killed the
band but alas, at the cost of many fighters and families alike. A sad day indeed.
02/03/62 PARTH – VASCA
A buzz was created at the docks in Blackport today as the light caravel called The Vasca
returned home. Captain Alan Merris reported “I’ve got nothing exciting to report. The North
sea is clear and quiet.” Some rumors have it that men of the Vasca reported seeing mermaids but
there was no confirmation.
02/05/62 PARTH – HELP ARRIVES
A company of infantry troops arrive from Cardonna and report to Duke Jeremy for distribution
and use to supplement the police force. Major Andraga Boshka had this to say “We have been
sent here by King Thomas to assist Duke McLaughlin in whatever way he needs our help.” Word
has it that the king also included a stipend of funds to help relieve some of the poverty issues for
the Duke as well. Blackport is struggling, but this is a good sign.
02/06/62 PARTH – TRINITY FARMS
Pope Elias sends out his cardinals (flanked by military protectors) to the villages and towns that
are starving through the winter. Using blessings from the Trinity, they expediently grow
moderate patches of crops and create foodstuffs. Although the winter prevents full growth of
crops, creative solutions and blessings allow for some substantial gains. What can be made is
not enough to completely feed the people or alleviate the food shortage, but it is enough to stave
off starvation – praise be to the Trinity Church! When asked how he felt about the clergy
working his farm, William Anderson said “It’s right good to see them out there! Thanks be to
heaven and it’s about time I say. It’s clear to me that these good priests are following the
example set by blessed Father Locke who came by here weeks ago. I am thankful to see that our
prayers are being answered and the Church is with us once again! Bless the Trinity, bless Father
Locke, bless us all!” Progress is slow-going but surely we will see crates marked with the
Trinity seal, heading from farms to all the towns and villages in Parthenia soon!
02/09/62 ORCS/PARTH – ESCAPED SLAVES
Escaped Gnome slaves make their way to the “freedomland” that is Parthenia. Bixel, the elected
leader of the escaped group explains their success: “Taking advantage of the inactive phase of
Orc cycles and their inherit lack of attentive disposition during said time-frames, myself and 21
fellow mobility-challenged Gnome brothers and sisters of various ranks and affiliations managed
to manipulate the tumbler system within the locking device of the restriction cubical wherein we
were housed. We then proceeded to collect significant portions of needed sustenance and
devices concurrent with our needs to remain concealed within minimal confines of the
undercarriage within the latter section of a hydro-going transport. Once all required items had
been procured we strategically maneuvered position so as to take up residence in said vessel
which would in relevant timing, clear the mooring ties, depart the berthing apparatus and using a
combination of buoyancy, strategically placed linen and naturally occurring winds – transfer
itself to the sea. From there it was just a matter of remaining out of focused interest until
opportunity and wile provided exiting options for our band, into the foreign yet desired locale
approximately 601 miles North by 300 miles east of our aforementioned launching point. When
that time came, we used seventeen audible variations to create distraction elements attractive
enough to draw the attention of all non-Gnomes and effectively draw them away while our
fellowship monopolized on this event to disembark the vessel with make-shift buoyancy devices
that provided us with capability to overcome liquid immobility and safely cross distance to the
solid ground that is the freedomland. From there it was just a matter of making relevant contact
with amiable hosts that could take us to the aforementioned promise-giver who is King Thomas.”
A Gnome-Speak translator was employed by King Thomas – “they said they stowed away
aboard an Orc ship, hid until near Parthenia, created a diversion and made it to safety.” Gnome
tech is a highly sought commodity and with 12 more Gnomes now in the employ of the King,
Parthenia is sure to benefit. Of the other Gnomes, they have drifted off to other parts of the
country to seek other interests. Welcome to freedom Gnomes!
02/10/62 ORCS/ALL – SLAVER DECREE
The Orc Task Master of Macbelly, Hog Qu Noross'k decrees that “We shall not allow external
influences to harm our productivity here in Macbelly! From this day forth, any gnomes caught
selling technology without the Empire's authorization will be executed. Any gnomes caught
attempting to escape will be executed. And finally, any gnomes who successfully escape will
have their families killed, along with a few of their close friends. No exceptions.” Gnomes
cower in fear. Those who may have thought of fleeing to the “freedomland” quickly change
02/11/62 PARTH – HOLY MASS OF NOBILITY
Pope Elias himself hosts a holy mass to honor the Trinity and offer blessings to all. In
attendance are King Thomas, Queen Ecco, the well-known “man of the people” Father Locke
and even Duke Jeremy visits from the North. It is an uplifting and joyous occasion for all.
02/12/62 PARTH – CARDINAL MONTOYA
The Trinity Church sends a trusted and shrewd Cardinal, Rudolph Montoya, to Blackport as the
new church representative there. “I am quite happy to be in Blackport. The people here are in
need of the watchful eye and guiding hand of our church and, God willing, we can asses the
situation and make a difference to the people here.” Shortly after arriving, Cardinal Montoya set
up the church offices in a townhouse nearby the new Cathedral being built. Duke McLaughlin
and the Cardinal dined together and discussed local events well into the night.
02/13/62 PARTH / ORCS – FIRST VICTIM
The Parthenian light caravel called the Relentless was captured by one of the new Orc
Dreadnaught warships in the waters east of Parthenia. The caravel, its crew and its papers are
now in the hands of the Orc Empire at Macbelly. The people of Blackport mourn the loss of
their fathers, brothers and sons. “The war is over but those damn Orcs still prey on us!” bawled
one grief-stricken mother as the news broke.
02/14/62 PARTH – CRIME DOESN’T PAY
Sam Grammits, leader of the Special Constable Task Force within Blackport and his team of
agents bust up a bribery ring within the mercantile industry that had been extorting already
weakened merchants of their few remaining coins. Local Merchant’s Guild Lot Coordinator,
Pico Elonda, was arrested for eliciting bribes in exchange for seller’s rights in the market. “I’m
not doing anything that everyone else isn’t doing!” Elonda yelled as they drug him off to jail.
We asked Officer Grammits for a statement and he said “It is a good day when scum is taken off
the streets. We need more good days around here. If I do my job right, we will have them.
Don’t thank me, thank the Duke – he’s the one that made this possible.” The local people
cheered the action “It looks like Duke McLaughlin is really showing his true colors!” Through a
translator, an Elven investor who witnessed the apprehension also added “My, my! Quite
exciting! Good to see that law and order are a primary concern to the people here. We wouldn’t
want to put our money into this place if it was not so. This is a most encouraging sight to see.”
Things are looking up in Blackport.
02/18/62 ELF/PARTH – INVESTORS
Elven representatives of the Farthing Group wrap up their visit to Parthenia and head back to
their own lands. Aloria, one of the Elves, wished everyone a fond farewell as they boarded their
ship in Blackport “We had a most wonderful visit! Parthenia is an excellent opportunity for us
and we plan to invest heavily – especially in Blackport and perhaps in some of your smaller
villages. Together, Parthenia and your elder brothers from Salatia will create world of prosperity
and happiness for us all!” Rumor has it that the Farthing group left Duke McLaughlin a
significant amount of capital to start out things. The people of Blackport eagerly await the soon
to come work projects.
02/19/62 PARTH / ISLE – RELIANT LOST
The light caravel called the Reliant, which set out for the west some weeks ago, has been
reported as taken by pirates. A few of the crew, in lifeboats, miraculously managed to make
their way back to port. “They cam at us from out of the night – too many to count, we didn’t
have a chance. Those of us who fought were killed on the spot. The rest of us were spared.
Many of the crew joined up with them. Those of us with families were shuttled back to
Parthenian waters and set out in these here lifeboats.” Locals ply the courts with demands for
02/20/62 WAV – BEHEADINGS
Orc Wolf Rider Scouts, riding patrol on the outskirts of Fundoir, come across a grisly site. An
Orc settler and his family of 12 are found butchered at their ranch lands; their heads placed on
pig-poles and signs of the Modassa clearly marking the scene. The Local Marshall stated “This
is the last straw. The Modassa have now crossed the line by hunting our families. Humans are
rabid dogs! Nothing more than overgrown monkeys! We have called upon the Tavo Sa to send
us more troops to secure the settler’s homes and hunt the Modassa. It is time to finish them!”
100 human slaves were also put to death, their heads placed on poles as well, in retribution.
02/21/62 PARTH – BACK ALLEY BOYS
Crime is on the rise in Cardonna as a small time band of cutpurse thieves suddenly evolves into
big-time hijackers. “They was just kids – most of em!” said Julius Marianna, Caravan Master.
“Damn kids were all over my wagons in no time while the big ones overwhelmed my so-called
mercenaries with ease. I should have never let the OPM crew go – now I’m totally broke!” This
was not the only hijacking. In addition to Marianna’s supplies that were intended for Blackport,
the Back Alley Boys also hit a paymaster and a dock tax-collector. The locals in Cardonna are
up in arms and screaming for protection from the King.
02/22/62 PARTH – GO EAST YOUNG MAN
With land and ownership disputes prevalent, work hard to find and times basically difficult,
many people are choosing to leave the big cities and strike out to the smaller towns to take up
some of the deserted lands left behind after the war. “I can’t get work here in Blackport” says
Marvin Pools, a Blackport Porter and warehouseman, “Me brother and I are moving our families
to Cole – I hear there is a lot of unclaimed land out there since so many died. We’re going to
build up a dock out there and a shipwright’s business. He’s the brain, I’m the brawn. We’re
taking some friends too. No need to suck the tit of the Nobles, waiting for a hand-out from the
Duke – we’ll make our own luck, in Cole.” By now means is this a mass exodus but significant
numbers are making similar moves.
Year 5,662 – days 60 through 90 (March 1st through 31st)
03/01/62 ORCS – ORC WEAPON UPGRADE
The Macbelly guild of Technology reports that they have come up with a way that prevents the
use of high-tech equipment and weaponry by unauthorized individuals - a first in a series of
defensive measures the Gnomes are taking to protect their inventions.
03/01/62 PARTH – WELCOME!
King Thomas hosts a gala celebration is held in Cardonna to welcome the newly freed Gnome
refugees. Speeches, toasts, cheers and a parade mark the event. An excerpt from King Thomas’
speech: “Indeed, this is a fortunate development for the Gnomes and for Parthenia! We welcome
you Gnomes to our land and bid you join us in helping to develop our country. Very well then,
let us embrace and call each other ‘friend’ with hope for the future and eyes on the horizon!”
Spectators intermingled with the Gnome arrivals who proved they can celebrate with the best of
them. There were some reports of Gnome revelry getting out of hand (including one report of
molestation of an unnamed girl by one of the Gnomes) but all-in-all, the event was a positive
03/02/62 PARTH – FLYING TIGERS
Support for West Avalon becomes bolstered by a group of Elven, Half-Elven and Human patrons
who form the “Flying Tigers” Independent Battle Group. The leaders of the group are Griffon
Riders that served in the Parthenian war against the Orcs. Their charismatic leader, Alisaire, had
this to say: “We support our cousins in the West and plan to show it. Together with my investors
and backers, we will build a force and send it to West Avalon to free the people there. Although
we are not working in conjunction with the Trinity Crusaders or the Modassa, we are willing to
aid them – especially from the sky. Not only do we offer the chance for glory but we have coin
to pay as well!” On that note, all sorts of volunteers from throughout Parthenia, flock to the
Flying Tiger’s banner. A tide of mixed forces will soon head for Western shores.
03/03/62 MARSH – SKIRMISH
A war band of the Yellow-Eye Lizardman Tribe runs across a trespassing group of dwarves,
hunting for treasure in their territory. After a bloody battle, the dwarves are ripped to shreds.
03/04/62 PARTH – BAR BRAWLS
Routine bouts of violence among the bars and pubs along the dock streets in Blackport have
resulted in a need for more experienced and seasoned veteran soldiers to act as bouncers. Alan
Evers, a veteran soldier from Cardonna was asked what he thought about the situation "Hey look
- we all need to make a living, that's what it boils down to really, doesn't it? Yeah - there may be
some thugery here or there but without it, many of us soldiers would starve - God knows that the
government isn't doing much for us soldiers." Other men in similar situations made similar
comments but, with all the added security, it is believed that dock-side card games and other
gambling may become another cash-cow for the city that seems to be on an upswing.
03/05/62 PARTH – SCRIBES NOT BRIBES
Duke Jeremy has employed a new Elven Scribe to train up his office staff so they can more
efficiently provide the people with resolution of disputes and paperwork to back up their claim
settlements. "I find Human sociology quite intriguing." said Horace Retes, the new Elven
instructor "the people here are good and kind and if I can help them - I will." Though few can
even read, those that can have been asked to step up and take a job as a scribe.
03/06/62 PARTH – COURTS
With the war over, land and property rights that have been in dispute are finally starting to be
brought before reconvened courts administered by officials appointed by both the King and the
Church. The wheels of the court system turn slowly but at least things are getting rolling once
03/07/62 ELVES – MISSING
Representatives of the Farthing Group (Elven investors who had recently visited Parthenia) fail
to check in with their Guild Masters back in Salatia. After an exhaustive search, it is determined
that the Pirates of the Free Winds may have captured them and possibly are holding them for
ransom. Temetria, Guild Master of the Farthing Group pleaded “Our people are not a threat.
They have families and we want them back. Please free our people. I’m sure there are ways to
get a mutually beneficial outcome without such heinous acts.” This development could put
Elven/Human relations in jeopardy. Nothing yet from the Free Winds Guild.
03/08/62 PARTH – FREE KNIGHTS & WEEKENDS
With the decree of Pope Elias that the vow of celibacy be raised for a time, knights throughout
Parthenia have just become eligible bachelors. Marriage takes on a huge increase and it is
expected that a potential baby-boom may be but months away.
03/09/62 PARTH – LAND GRANTS
Duke Jeremy McLaughlin leases a valuable plot of land within the city of Blackport to the
Farthing Group (Elven Investors) with the intent that a Arcane College or Library will be built on
the site. “We’re going to need some Arcana around here in case the Orcs come back some day”
Duke McLaughlin said. When asked to comment on the opposition who has put forth challenges
to the leasing of disputed land to Elves, the Duke had this to say: “The Elves have great
opportunities here and everyone will benefit. We’ve got to move on and get business going
again.” Richard Tejidor, a businessman currently trying to prove a land claim within the city
said “I’m glad to see the Duke trying to make things better but I don’t think it’s worth it if we
sacrifice due process and rightful ownership – I don’t want to lose my land.”
03/10/62 WAV – WMD
Orc forces track down and capture a cell of Modassa agents who had been hiding in the hills,
building weapons of mass-destruction (Catapults). “These criminals will pay dearly for the acts
their kind have engaged in against the Empire!” said a representative of the Marshals in West
Avalon. The leaders of the cell were tortured, quartered and their pieces placed on pikes within
detention camps throughout the province. The remaining captives were transported to the Inner
Empire for more intensive interrogation.
03/11/62 ORC – NEW DEVELOPMENTS
MAcbelly tradesmen have just completed construction of a new R&D plant on the harbor-side of
their city. Security is heavy and rumor has it that new weapon development is underway there.
03/12/62 PARTH – GNOME HUNTERS
Regillio Nass, a freed Gnome now working for the Parthenian government since before the end
of the war, disappeared from his Cardonna office today. Investigating constables found signs of
a struggle and remnants of some sort of transport spell that had been used. Scent of Orc also
permeated the air. “We’ve heard rumors that the Orcs are actively seeking out escaped Gnomes
with technical knowledge through the use of bounty hunters and Judicators. This appears to be
the case here with Mr. Nass.” When word hit the streets, freed Gnomes began to seek protection
from the Crown. “It is a foregone conclusion that the safety of we Gnomes who were liberation-
challenged is tantamount to the further development and continued advancement of the
Parthenian people in whole.” – an excerpt from an interview with Terrance Rally, a Rank 2
engineer at the palace of Cardonna. Many Gnomes are already trying to go “underground” or
otherwise talking of disappearing. Time will tell what effect this will have within the kingdom.
03/13/62 ORCS – RUST NO MORE
Macbelly Gnomes working on a way to prevent rusting of metal, summon a large group of Rust
Monster creatures for study. They stored the Rust Monsters in wooden crates – which was good,
but they kept them housed in the same room as Mickey the giant ferret – widely known among
the Gnomes for his wiley and disruptive ways. Among his talents, Mickey has learned time and
again that he can open locks and let himself out of his cage. He once again proved this and
more, by not only unlocking his own cage, but also gnawing off the wooden lock-pins on the
Rust Monster cages! Shortly thereafter, dozens of Rust Monsters were set loose on the city.
Gnomes stood in shock as they watched mighty Orc warriors running down the streets – fleeing
from these creatures, screaming for Judicator support and climbing up trees and buildings like a
hysterical woman afraid of a mouse. The majority of the Rust Monsters escaped into the
wilderness or sewer systems below Macbelly. Fighters in Macbelly will surely have nightmares
and sleep with their armor and swords safely wrapped in blankets, for nights to come. The Rust
No More project has been put on hold indefinitely, pending the outcome of an investigation.
03/14/62 ORCS – BREATHE RIGHT
Macbelly Gnome R&D unveiled new plans they have to create a device that will allow for
sustained underwater breathing. Only in the initial plans at this date, the Gnomes are confident
that this will be a great accomplishment that will make up for recent failures. So far, all aspects
are in the planning stages and no prototypes are expected for at least 2 years.
03/15/62 PARTH – RED-BURN
Sad tales of death and destruction have been coming out of the South this week. The town of
Redburn, once known as a mining boom-town some years back before the war, is reportedly no
more. Heprin Caldado, a local Ranger, described the scene: “You could see the smoke rising
from miles away – place burned for days. Nothing left there but ashes and rubble now. Looks
like the work of giants or something. Those people in Redburn didn’t have a chance out there.
They could have used some help.” Rumor has it that the township did indeed report giant
activity in the area and send a request to the Parthenian Leadership for help. Malos Hamden,
court spokesman for King Thomas said “We did answer a request for help from Redburn by
sending the OPM Crew to the town. We had reason to believe that the OPM Crew were of
sufficient caliber to handle the task but, clearly – they were not. We mourn the passing of the
people. We have now sent the Krispin Guild Reclaimers down to Redburn with a company of 50
troops to re-take and re-build the city. This time, we will prevail”.
03/16/62 ISLE – PROTECT AND SERVE
Increased activity has been seen originating from Avatar Isle. Free Winds Guild vessels have set
out on patrols (some would say hunts) throughout the known seas. “We be pirates, says ye? We
be honest privateers, says I” commented Hair-knuckle Harrington – a Free Winds Guild Captain.
“Plunderin ain’t our biznezz least ways. Within’ us on the tide, ye fat-bellied Cogs can set easy
in yer rudders; for Master Egan says those them that pays us tribute – thems be the ones safe
under the guild banner.” The Free Trade Guild has promised that all trade ships that wish to
purchase convoy escort services will sail unmolested across the seas. Nothing was said about
those ships bypassing the offer (though it seems pretty clear).
03/17/62 PARTH – DOWN BY THE SEA
Lord Riley, leader of the Trinity Crusaders, has been spotted frequently walking with an
unidentified woman along the beaches on Haven Isle. Rumor has it that he is smitten and that
his glory-seeking days may be soon traded for settled family life. Both men and women of the
kingdom are saddened; women, because a now-eligible bachelor of high-renown may be off the
market. Men, because the great crusade to the West may not be led by the great man who
inspired it. Then again, these are just rumors. Aren’t they?
03/18/62 ELF – IVORY TOWER
Within the City of Kayle, Arch Mage Oskus Uriai calls forth great and mysterious powers of the
Arcane to miraculously sculpt a magnificent, ornate slender Ivory-colored tower within the midst
of the city. “This is but an example of the power that Elven Mages possess. I plan to build
similar constructs elsewhere and bring the light of Elven Sorcery to all our allies and interests
abroad.” After raising the tower, coronation and his brief speech, Arch Mage Uriai retired to his
Estate for what appeared to be a greatly needed rest.
03/19/62 PARTH – WATCH TOWERS
King Thomas Arellio set a works project into motion today, utilizing a portion of the Elven
investment monies to build a series of watchtowers along the coast and borders of the Parthenian
Kingdom. That, along with a combination of signal fire and sprint-riders positioned in strategic
locations should make for an effective early warning device against any future invasions.
“Indeed, the Orcs caught my father by surprise due to lackadaisical ways and an indulgent
manner. That shall not happen to me. I will not allow it to be so in the new Parthenian
Kingdom. We will not be surprised again.” The people responded with applause and approval
to the King’s statement.
03/21/62 ELF – SENATE IN SESSION
The Salatian Senate came together to discuss a number of important issues. Among the various
topics included propositions for coastal watch towers, sanctions against the Orcs, the threat of
Pirates, the plight of the Modassa and interests of the Elves abroad (Parthenia specifically).
Word of final resolutions or actions taken were not recorded in the record and it is expected that
another session will be needed next month to determine the next courses of action for the Elven
03/22/62 ISLE – DRY DOCK
A number of Avatar Isle “Free Winds Guild” ships are reported returned to base as Master Egan
orders cycling of the fleet into harbor for refitting and improvements.
03/23/62 PARTH – GNOME TROUBLE
Reports are coming in from multiple villages and cities from all around Parthenia that those
chaos-driven Gnomes are running rampant, causing destruction and acting more like gremlins
than scientists. Their odd ways are accentuated by their ability to tap into the Mana stream
through the use of something they have developed called “Math Magic”. The resulting mix of
Math Magic with mass chaos has resulted in the development of “Wild Zones” – unseen fields of
disrupted Mana that blink in and out of existence in random locations throughout Parthenia.
“This is an outrage!” screamed one Elven mage “How are we expected to study and use the
Arcane if Gnome interference is tainting it?! This could seriously jeopardize the common
welfare between our nations!” Wild Zones are known to make using the Arcane a dangerous,
unpredictable and often dangerous experience. Magi attempting to mend a robe may
inadvertently destroy it. Stronger magics result in worse disasters. Parthenian leadership may
have to temporarily outlaw the use of Arcana, at least until the Wild Zones are cleared up (which
could take considerable time).
03/24/62 WAV – SHELL GAME
The Orc Arm of the Marshall in the township of Peril, recently ejected his entire population of
human captives, trading them out with other human replacements from other West Avalon
settlements. When asked about the swap, The local Marshall, Delvingo Crasis had this to say
“The humans around here were acting funny – I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but we had a
lot more instances of disobedience, humans outside their assigned areas, and irregularities in
role-calls. We’ve been suspicious of Modassa efforts to infiltrate our human population and
therefore, decided to mix it up a bit – just to be safe. If there were agents in our midst – they’re
someone else’s problem now.”
03/25/62 PARTH – SHIPYARDS
Blackport launches a project to revitalize the port district, shipping yards and harbor businesses.
The Elves seem ready to invest their money, what will come is yet to be determined. Many an
unemployed porter cheered to hearing this news, men like Talin Abore “Its about bloody time!
Blackport is a PORT and here we are for months with no business, no work. I was about to give
up and move to Cardonna – this is a right good development it is!”
03/26/62 ORC – DRAGONS
The Orc city of Mak To, a major training ground for the Orcs, suffers a night of terror and death
as a flight of Black Dragons descends upon the city – spraying a rain of acid on the surprised
citizens. Death tolls were very high. Military response was quick but not enough to win the day.
Through spells and acid and sheer strength, the flight of dragons ripped through the city, razing
much of it to the ground. Even the vaunted hero Larlamek could not withstand the might of the
onslaught and was carried off by one of the attacking dragons. By dawn, the city was in ruins,
bodies lied everywhere, the treasury house was dug up and looted, the temple of Larthan within
the city was hideously desecrated. Many of the new recruits in the training halls of Mak To
ended up as pools of bubbling liquid or chunks of rendered flesh. It was a total surprise attack
that resulted in a total disaster for the Orcs.
03/27/62 PARTH – GUNFIGHT
Police forces within Blackport respond to a volatile situation wherein Willy Tomackos, a crazed
Gnome with a gun took control over a private home, shot the family, looted their goods and tried
to escape. When cornered by constables, he shot two of them dead before using explosives to
severely wound another 4. The constables were able to bring the chaos to an end but Tomackos
was killed and the residence burned to the ground. Police Chief Sam Grammits commented:
“These Gnomes are a bit off kilter I think. We should round up the lot of them.” No further
actions have been taken but the mood towards Gnomes within Blackport has darkened.
03/28/62 PARTH – STRONG ARMING
A number of citizens have been complaining to the authorities that they are getting leaned on,
threatened and strong-armed by thugs, assumingly part of the Black Guard. Duke Jeremy and
his police Chief Sam Grammits immediately step into action and promise protection to those
people. “We won’t tolerate scum trying to steal from the people.” Said Grammits. “We will
investigate every report and come down sternly on anyone caught making such threats.”
03/29/62 ORCS – WATERY DEATH
Orc expeditionary forces at sea, engaged with a horde from the Sahaugin Swarm that is known to
hunt in Qwa Vaam waters. The defending Orc forces aboard the warship Bru’sus managed to
repel scores of attackers and defend the ship. Sadly, two elite warriors Krux and Katora were
both killed in the battle and taken overboard by the Sahaugin. The Tavo Sa lit a ceremonial
funeral pyre for the fallen fighters and declared their names to be written in the Book of Heroes.
“Not even the undersea realm is immune to the wrath of we Orcs when angered” said the Tavo
Sa “Soon, we will meet out revenge upon those two-legged fish for their actions here this day.”
03/30/62 PARTH – BACK ALLEY BOYS BACK-DOORED
Elements of the Cardonna street-gang known as the Back Alley Boys robbed a local military
armory recently. Their plans were well-orchestrated and they seemed well-equipped. King
Thomas acted decisively by calling out special elements of his military and ordering a crack-
down on the Back Alley Boys. By the end of the week, the special forces agents have
successfully raided the majority of Back Alley Boys compounds, killing or capturing many of
them. An unidentified special forces captain was quoted as saying “The King has the right idea –
we can’t take and crap from these snot-nosed little street punks. By cracking down on them
today, we prevented them from causing even more trouble in the future. I feel good about what
we accomplished here.” And, apparently many citizens do to. The strength of the gang is
broken and any remaining BAB members have scattered like roaches in the light.
03/31/62 PARTH – BLACKPORT ON THE RISE
With new investment money from the Elves and smoother relations in the city, Blackport begins
to see a major improvement. Building projects launch, employment soars, the economy starts to
build strength. The Blackport Paving Guild launches road repair projects throughout the city.
Elven, Human and even one or two Gnome engineers begin planning for a new city wall and
Year 5,662 – days 91 through 120 (April 1st through 30th)
04/01/62 ORCS/ALL – ORC REPULSION UPGRADE
The Macbelly guild of Technology comes up with a security device constructed of math-magic
which prevents unauthorized piloting of Orc ships and other vessels. When engaged, the vessel
becomes attuned to the voice command of its owner/pilot. The owner can “shut-down” the
vessel with a command word. A Gnome tech has a chance to change the “ownership” of the
weapon/item but failure means the item turns to dust.
04/02/62 PARTH – MASON MONSTERS MASSACRED
Parthenian military special forces, supported by a regiment of cavalry and air support from Elven
Wyvern Riders – descended on the village of Mason in a lightning-fast surprise attack. They
surrounded the town and, using the divine abilities of the priesthood, ferreted out a Hex Coven
cell and their Werewolf devotees. “The Hex had been working in secret within Mason for
months” explained Ferris Mulberry, Force Commander, “Our sources exposed their presence and
more. We found that they were turning the whole population of this village into Lycanthropes
and, using their monstrous creations to prey on innocent travelers that came this way. No more –
we’ve killed off the last of them, saved the few uninfected and freed this village of the Coven.”
Piles of bodies burned long into the night – “Praise be to God!” remarked Harris Gutierrez, the
priest leading the investigation in Mason, “The Trinity has exposed this foul corruption and
blessed flame has purified the souls of those enslaved by the Witches – glorious indeed!”
04/03/62 ISLE / ALL – GUESTS OF THE CAPTAIN
Franklin Ortiz, well-known captain of one of Parthenia’s most active trading Galleys – the Iron
Whale, was abducted on his way to the Apothecary after a long night at the Crossing Swords
Tavern in Blackport. Sam Grammits, local Constable was asked about the investigation: “At
first it seemed that the Black Guard was behind this but shortly after his disappearance, a letter
was delivered to his family home that claimed he had joined the Free Winds Guild as a ‘guest’
and needed 1,000 gold doubloons to book safe passage home. Clearly, he’s been shanghaied by
pirates, now get out of my way – I’ve got work to do!” Captain Ortiz’ wife was asked her
intentions “We don’t have that kind of money! My poor husband! Won’t someone do
something? The Duke or the King, I will plead with them – they must help!” No comment from
the Duke’s camp yet.
04/05/62 PARTH – GNOME VILLA
Gnomes originally hired by Duke Jeremy to build his Villa have all run off or been arrested. The
good ones have gone into hiding, due to Gnome Hunters and the King’s men seeking them out.
The destructive ones were squandering their time and funds on crazy antics and such and have
been either arrested or carried away by hunters and/or the King’s men. In any event, Gnome
tech and design are not developing into the architectural design of Blackport.
04/06/62 ELF – JADE TOWER
Within the City of Tengu, Arch Mage Oskus Uriai calls forth great and mysterious powers of the
Arcane to miraculously sculpt a magnificent, ornate slender jade-colored tower within the midst
of the city. “Again we show the world our capabilities and again the world benefits. This is the
second of my spires and there are more to come!” After raising the tower, coronation and his
brief speech, Arch Mage Uriai retired to the local Councilman’s home for what appeared to be a
greatly needed rest.
04/08/62 PARTH – DARK MAGIC BANNED
The Trinity Church decrees that the use of anything construed as “dark magic” within the
Parthenian Kingdom will be met with arrest, confinement or worse. Black Magic is now illegal
in the land. Although many of the people breathe a sigh of relief, it is expected that there will be
some (the Hex Coven for instance) that will rebel against this law.
04/08/62 PARTH – SMOKING ACES
A suspected Hex Coven witch is to blame for the freak fire that consumed the “Aces & Ales”
Pub, in the City of Cardonna this evening. Ryan Verigost, a local constable, was on the scene
and involved with the chase. “It was a whole bunch of them! They scattered and ran, we
cornered three of them in the pub but they used their magic to keep us out and then burn the
place down. From the looks of it, you would think they died in the flames but there were no
screams and later, no bodies. I’m sure they used their evil powers to escape the flames –
probably under the dark wing of a demon or something!”
04/09/62 PARTH – LATITUDE
The Fast Caravel “Latitude” sets sail from Blackport on an undisclosed voyage.
04/09/62 PARTH – OPM HEX
The well-known mercenary group known as the OPM crew is under investigation. Sources have
it that they are in alliance with the Hex Coven and have been aiding the Hex Coven members
within Cardonna and other parts of Parthenia. The King dispatched troops with orders to locate
the OPM Crew and bring them in for questioning but they disappeared. A warrant has been
issued and a reward placed on their heads – 100 gold alive, 50 gold dead (Equal to $10,000 or
04/14/62 PARTH - GOME DISSAPEARANCES
Parthenia – once seen by Gnomes as their potential “sanctuary” and “freedom land”, has all but
lost that race. With both the Empire’s Bounty Hunters and the King’s police working to round-
up Gnomes – those that have not been caught or killed have gone into hiding. Gnome tech in
Parthenia is drying up quickly and the sight of a Gnome on a street is no more.
04/14/62 PARTH – LIFE FOR DEATH
A powerful curse takes hold across the land. It is quickly realized by the church and most people
in general that every time the divine power of healing is used, someone or something somewhere
– suffers or dies. The power of divine healing still works unheeded, but a vile side-effect now
accompanies it – life begets death. The power of the church is shaken. The people are scared.
Healers hesitate to cure the sick and injured. A feeling of uncertainty begins to spread across
Parthenia. If not corrected, panic may soon follow.
04/15/62 ELF / ORC – JUDICATOR SIGHTED
Elven Magi forces at a local school within the city of Kayle engage and drive off an Orc
Judicator that was found skulking around the school’s halls. “We have learned a valuable
lesson” decreed Aulins Volmont – Headmaster of the Hoggins school of Wizardry “If the Orc is
brazen enough to try and steal our secrets right out from underneath our noses, we must be that
much more vigilant in our guarding of the sacred tomes.” Security within the school was
increased but to what degree is unknown.
04/16/62 PARTH – BLACKPORT ON THE RISE
Blackport continues to see major improvements. The Freeman Grower’s Guild helps local
farmers to reseed and work the farmlands around the city.
04/17/62 ELF – CONTROL
Oskus Yuriai (master Mage of Salatia) begins researching ways to control the “wild zones”
created by Gnome Math Mages.
04/18/62 ELF / PARTH – PARA-ARCANIC INVESTIGATORS
Salatian Magi Guild sends a team of investigators to map wild zones in Parthenia. “We expect
successful results within a few months” claimed Veridian, leader of the investigation team. The
Elven investigators are greeted in Parthenia with a mixed reception. Petros Reyes, a shipwright
in Blackport had this to say: “The Elves have brought a lot of new life to this city and to the rest
of the country. As long as their actions don’t disrupt trade and business – I’m fine with it.”
Father Bernard Rugby commented “Our Salatian allies are welcome in this land so long as they
adhere to our laws – both of the King and the Church.”
04/19/62 PARTH – REHAB
King Thomas issues arrest orders for a number of Gnomes that have been deemed ‘threats to
national security’. Marshalling teams, lead by Knights and Clerics, spread out in search of the
Gnomes on the lists. When questioned on the move, the King had this to say: “It is indeed sad
that we have to resort to arrests but we have no choice. Although many of the gnomes who have
made their way here are fine guests, there are those who apparently were planted here by the Orc
filth. We believe that those Gnomes were the criminals and insane members of their own
community. We need to prevent them from causing any further damage here. Very well then,
we must do the right thing by our own people!” It is expected that those Gnomes currently in
hiding will soon be ferreted-out and brought in for questioning.
04/20/62 ALL – IMPROVED WARES
Macbelly Office of Commerce releases a whole line of new house wares for general trade within
the cities of the Inner Empire, West Avalon and Avatar Isle. The new equipment is more
durable, lighter, of better design and more effective than standard wares.
04/21/62 PARTH – RILEY’S RAID
The Fast Caravel “Lattitude” returns to port with a famed guest aboard - Lord Riley. In addition,
they enter Blackport harbor with two captured ships in tow, the Raven – a pirate fast caravel, and
the Baat’Ran – an Orc Destroyer (medium battleship). The prize, the captives, the gold and the
stores are all a huge uplifting score for the down-trodden Parthenian people. Riley promises
more results such as this from his Crusaders. The Blackport Corsairs share in the credit. Lucky
for them, the Orc vessel was not equipped with the Gnome Anti-Piloting device yet!
04/22/62 PARTH – THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN
Cardonna’s infamous street-gang, the Back Alley Boys, who had the majority of their gang
members killed or imprisoned – is up to new tricks. This time, remnants of the gang have
kidnapped Allison Colter – daughter of Evan Colter (the House Steward for King Thomas).
Shortly after the kidnapping, an ultimatum was posted anonymously – it read: “Free all our
mates or sweet Allie pays the price!” Allison is a Lady In Waiting for Queen Ecco, who had this
to say “Horrific! Vandalism and petty thievery is one thing but this is totally over the proverbial
line! Allison is dear to me, like family and if they think this will go unpunished they are sadly
mistaken! My husband, good King Thomas, will spare no effort to find these hooligans, save
Allison and punish them accordingly! This is monstrous!” King Thomas was not available for
04/23/62 SWAMP – SIBLING RIVALRY
Word has it that there is some sort of in-fighting taking place between lizardmen and dragon
04/24/62 PARTH – PLAGUE
Reports of a plague breaking out in Cardonna. Sickness spreading. Quarantine efforts in effect
but the fear of healing due to the Hex Coven curse have prevented the clergy from effectively
halting the disease. Lack of herbalists, alchemists and other of that ilk; prevent a medical cure.
Trouble is brewing. The city gates and ports are shut down. The military institutes a curfew and
guards the walls to prevent escape (and spread of the disease).
04/25/62 WAV – WILD HORSES
Whole herds of wild horses, throughout West Avalon, turn up missing.
04/27/07 ORCS – TROOP MOVEMENTS
Spies report that a significant amount of troops from cities within the Inner Empire have been
relocated to Macbelly – thousands.
04/28/62 WAV – BIRD DROPPINGS
Pigeons with burning, dripping oiled wicks tied to their legs, begin appearing haphazardly
throughout the villages in West Avalon. The result: more sporadic house fires. Orc Settler
resources are put to work building roofs with tiled shingles and developing fire-brigades. A
number of towns suffer significant damage. The Orc Arm of the Marshall suspect Modassa
04/29/62 PARTH / ALL – TO THE SEA
Drawing courage and inspiration from the example of Lord Riley and his men, other Blackport
Corsairs take to the sea with renewed vigor and determination. Results of their efforts remain to
be seen but Orc and Pirate shipping are clear targets.
04/30/62 WAV – QORBANOT DAY
The West Avalonian Humans, especially those in the Modassa, choose the last day of the month
to be kept as a Holy Day wherein they make sacrifice to the One True God and pray for his
blessings. Priests within the Modassa Cells and those able otherwise, sacrifice a Lamb, Deer, or
Cow what ever is available in their region. The animal is burned while the Rabbi leads the
people in prayer. Many Humans in West Avalon hope desperately that the One True God will
hear their prayers and deliver them from the Orc oppressors.
Year 5,662 – days 121 through 151 (May 1st through 31st)
05/01/62 ORCS/ALL – ORC TRACKING UPGRADE
The Macbelly guild of Technology comes up with a tracking device which can be added to any
desired item so as to track it’s location, anywhere. It requires a Gnome Math-Mage to detect the
signal. A Gnome tech has a chance to remove the tracking device without damaging the item but
failure means the item turns to dust. This is the third in a series of defensive measures the
Gnomes are taking to protect their inventions.
05/01/62 WAV – DEATH FROM ABOVE
The Volunteer human / elf battle group called “The Flying Tigers” have entered the battle to free
West Avalon from Orc aggression. Operating from secret bases throughout the land, these
Griffon riding warrior-mages have launched lightning hit-and-run attacks on Orc-held
settlements throughout the territory. Although not devastating enough to shut down the Orc war
machine or run off settlers, the attacks have managed to disrupt Orc trade and rack-up some
significant costs in damages. Lyaid Joff’ed – a spokesman for the Arm of the Marshal was
quoted “This new threat is but a nuisance. If they think that being airborne will keep them safe,
they are wrong!” Secretly, rumor has it that the Arm of the Marshal is actually quite worried
about the problem. An anonymous source within the Arm said “We’re ground fighters. We can
march right over anything they throw at us on the ground but these aerial attacks, that’s
something else. We don’t have the Wyvern Rider forces needed to defend! We need help from
the Tavo Sa”
05/02/62 WAV – NEW FANATICS
Suicidal attacks by Modassa-trained men (many youths) are on the rise despite increasingly cruel
efforts taken by the Orc Arm of the Marshal to stop them. It seems as though more and more
Modassa headbands, banners, graffiti, and slogans are popping up throughout West Avalon.
05/03/62 PARTH – BLACKPORT ON THE RISE
Blackport continues to see major improvements. The Blackport Porter’s Union works with the
Shipwright’s Brotherhood and the Blackport Corsair Support Society to launch an ambitious Port
05/04/62 WAV – GIVE US US FREE
The Orc-held city of Justaire was rocked today by an attempted Human slave uprising.
Approximately 30 Humans in a work group overwhelmed the local overseer and made a dash for
the river. Quick-thinking Orc Marshals rallied and cut them off before they could escape. One
Orc solider, two Orc civilians and twelve Humans were killed in the fighting. The re-captured
Humans that remained were quickly condemned to death. They and other members of their
family or circles of friends were then executed by means of impalement – their bodies put on
display around the Human Internment Camps, nearby. Reports have it that the Humans went to
their death singing the praises of the Modassa.
05/04/62 ISLE / ALL – RARE GOODS
Rumor has it that the Free Winds Guild captains have either made contact with or discovered
some new land or trade route and have been smuggling these unique items into the region,
without Orc taxation. Guild Master Eagan was quoted “That’s all chatter and rhetoric! We’ve
found no new land or trade routes. All we deal in is local fare and custom. These are fabricated
stories told by mariners looking to up the price of local goods – total crap.” Despite his denials,
there have been substantiated reports of new styles of spice, clothing, equipment and more –
showing up all over the Qwa Vaam region.
05/05/62 PARTH – INVISIBLE TOUCH
Throughout small towns, villages and even the main cities of Parthenia, reports keep coming in
of mysterious acts of healing being forced upon the sickly lying in bed. As is known, Parthenia
is suffering from curses wherein any that are healed end up passing similar suffering onto their
loved ones. Therefore, the church has a temporary moratorium on healing. Still, some unknown
invisible agents are running around healing people – much to the dismay and sadness of many a
family “I was struck with the Sweating Sickness I was” said Henry Teller – a dockworker with a
wife and three children “I’m a strong man and likely to survive it but something touched me in
the middle of the night and I was cured! Sadly, my son Travis became ill that night and, without
more healing – he died! My family is devastated. I wish whoever that was who healed me
would have left well enough alone. Bastard!” Such sentiment was repeated dozens of times
throughout the country this day.
05/05/62 ISLE / ALL – GLORY & GOLD
The Guild of the Free Winds announces the completion of their Grand Arena and invites all
fighters from throughout the realm to compete for glory, fame and GOLD. “That’s right – we’ve
built a place where conflicts can be settled without grand wars. We hold to keep this ground
holy, neutral ground where any can challenge. Settle debts, wars, disputes, or just for fame and
glory – all are welcome” said Master Egan, leader of the Free Wind Guild. As an incentive to
get things started, the Free Winds guild has put out an invitation to all comers – battle to the last,
winner take all. They have put up a prize purse of 10,000 gold pieces (equal to $1,000,000 in
our currency) and that doesn’t take into account the sure side betting monies that will trade
hands! The event is scheduled to run from 07/07/62 through 07/13/62 – now known as
“Bloodsport Week” on Avatar Isle.
05/06/62 PARTH – BREAKING GROUND
King Thomas launches an aggressive new building project within the city of Cardonna. King
Thomas spoke to his people: “Indeed, we shall have a great city wall to protect our people from
any future aggression of the Orcs. We shall have a fine new Fortress to call our home and offer
further protection to the fine people of Parthenia. There will be work enough for all. Very well
then – let it be started!” The decree has put work into the hands of many an unemployed family
in Cardonna. With financial backing from the Elves, all the people will once again be able to
afford a chicken in every pot and a carriage in every garage. Expectations are that construction
of the wall and fortress may take a year or more to complete.
05/06/62 PARTH – DIRTY POOL OLD MAN
In a blitz attack, Orc raiding parties appear in various villages and towns around the country.
Using magic portals, they appear, capture a number of commoners, soldiers and watchmen –
then disappear again. Later that night, the families of the captured begin to suffer wounds and
sicknesses, as though they were themselves being tortured! It is soon realized that the Orcs are
wounding the captives, then healing them, then wounding them again – on and on, throughout
the night. In this way, they have turned the curse of the Hex Coven into a weapon. It is a
horrible night. The church intervenes with prayer to the Gods that seems to stop the madness but
not quickly enough. By night’s end, entire families lie dead throughout all of Parthenia.
05/07/62 ELF – BLACK TOWER
Within the City of Blackport, Arch Mage Oskus Uriai calls forth great and mysterious powers of
the Arcane to miraculously sculpt an impressive-looking, Robust black-iron tower within the
midst of the city. “Again we show the world our capabilities and again the world benefits. This
is the third of my spires and the first outside of Salatia – a true honor for our Parthenian allies!”
After raising the tower, coronation and his brief speech, Arch Mage Uriai retired to the Estate of
Duke McLaughlin for what appeared to be a greatly needed rest.
05/07/62 WAV – SINGING BANNED
Elements of the Arm of the Marshal (Orc forces in West Avalon) have decreed that Humans are
no longer allowed to sing their songs. This comes on the heels of a small riot attempt that broke
out in the city of Justaire. Human slaves, attempting to escape, rushed an Orc sentry – killing
him. They did not get far and were apprehended. Shortly thereafter, they were convicted and
one-by-one, impaled and placed outside the Human Internment Camps as a warning to others.
As they waited for execution, they joined in a rebellious song called “The Hymn of the
Modassa”. After their death, human work-teams attempted to adopt the song. Hence, the
banning of human singing. “If they keep this up, maybe we’ll ban them from speaking too!” said
Jaz Ra’Ool – one of the wardens of the camps. “Humans are weak warriors, lazy workers and
poor eating”, he concluded.
05/08/62 PARTH – KIDNAP FOILED
The well-known Commodore of the Blackport Corsairs, Rabin Montoya, successfully fended off
a band of would be kidnappers. A group of ruffians, likely Avatar pirates, tried to shanghai
Commodore Montoya whilst he was out and about down at the Blackport docks. The thugs fled
when Montoya ran their leader through with his saber.
05/09/62 PARTH / MARSH – EMISSARIES
A company of stout and true Parthenian Rangers makes their way into the wilds of the
Marshlands in search of the Vudi.
05/10/62 PARTH – LITTLE GREEN MEN
Farmers and rangers in the southern and western regions of Parthenia have reported sightings of
mysterious little green Halflings in the area. They seem to be just observing and have not caused
any trouble. When approached, they mysteriously vanish.
05/10/62 WAV – CRUSADERS HO
The famed hero of the Parthenian conflict has arrived in West Avalon with an army of freemen
crusaders. “We are here to free our brothers from Orc oppression” Riley was heard to say “my
hundreds with me today will seem but a few compared to the thousands soon to come!” Orc
forces are not sure how the troops snuck into the region undetected. The Crusaders have
mounted hit-and-run raids on Orc merchant caravans, supply trains, farms and ranches
throughout the eastern and southern areas (especially near Southgate Keep). (penalty for Empire
– additional loss of capital).
05/11/62 ALL – TREASURE HUNTERS
Many new adventuring groups have sprouted up all over Qwa-Vaam. Mixes of all races and all
types have started to show up – each with catchy team names like “The Wandering Scouts”,
“The Skull Six”, “Megan and her Men”, “Union Daggers”, “Bixby’s Hunters”, “The OPM
Crew”, “The Flying Tigers”, “The Erie Ones” and so-on. Treasure maps to hidden Orcish
weapon stores, lost gnome-tech, legends of Dragon hordes, stories of ancient magic hidden in
dark caves – all sorts of juicy tidbits of half-truths and fantastic stories have set many men (and
women) out and off into the wilderness to seek their fortunes. Although the majority of these
would-be adventurers never return, those that have made a name for themselves (either famous
or infamous) seem to be sparking wild surges and declines in local economies and power-bases.
It is both a blessing and a curse to have adventurers on your doorstep it seems.
05/12/62 MARSH – 300 TRAINING
The Dragon Masters of the Lizardmen fight to pull their hordes under control and press them to
train hard (like Spartans) to develop a supreme fighting force. Their nature and lack of
intelligence hampers the training but the Masters are adamant – discipline is needed. Training
begins now but with so much chaos, it could take years before the Masters see anything solid
from that training.
05/13/62 ORCS – BOOM
Massive explosions are seen within the town of Macbelly. It appears that some sort of
production facility was destroyed. Either by external sabotage or internal error – the truth is as
of yet, unknown. What is clear is that whatever that production facility was working on – is
05/14/62 ORCS – BLAST
A massive explosion rocks Kho Rog Castle, causing significant damage to one of the towers and
killing one of the Hill Giant behemoths that serve the Orcs there. Initial reports are unsure
whether this was a terrorist attack or some sort of accident. “We had just received a shipment
from Macbelly of new supplies and such” said Yechal Mon’Timond, a troop stationed at the
castle “the wagon train has just come into the South Tower gate house where Bogo Jo (the giant)
went about unloading” he continued “Next thing we know, Bogo drops one of the crates, like he
was surprised or something. There was a massive fireball and arcs of lightning. The walls
cracked, Bogo went down right into them. The poor bastards in the supply train were dusted
outright. Worst explosion I’ve ever seen”.
05/14/62 ALL – IRISH SPRING
Spring flourishes throughout all Qwa-Vaam with renewed vigor. Wildflowers seem to spring up
everywhere. The scent of the trees is sweeter, the weather is better, water is more refreshing and
people’s urge to procreate is more pronounced. Babies are born healthier this month and
sicknesses (though not cured) seem easier to manage. It is as if some hidden power somewhere
in the heavens has found out he’s going to be an Uncle and is sharing it with the whole of the
fantasy world! (Congratulations to my brother Dom and his wife Suzi on their upcoming baby!
My brother Dom is going to be a dad in a few months! Woo Hoo!).
05/15/62 ALL – HEROIC GRUMBLINGS
Rumor has it that there has been some sort of break between the Trinity Church of Parthenia and
the honorable Lord Riley, hero of Parthenia and Crusader for the West. Details are sketchy but
sources close to Lord Riley have said that he is against the church’s decree on Magic, calls it the
pope’s mistake, is associated with witches and in favor of using dark arts. When seeking
confirmation from the church, Father George Cullen said: “Lord Riley is a respected man with
strong ties to the church. It is highly unlikely that these rumors are true. For if that were the
case, he surely would stand against God and, Lord Riley is not a man against God!” There has
been no statement from Lord Riley’s camp as of yet.
05/15/62 ORCS – KAPOW
Lur Dech’s bowels were ripped open today when an underground weapons storage facility
exploded, leaving a massive sink-hole right in the middle of a major roadway. “We’re not sure
what happened” said Vechal Pritz, a local constable “The damage is bad. It will take us weeks to
dig it out and figure what happened.”
05/16/62 WAV – TEMPLARS
The Parthenian Church sends companies of their own holy warriors (the Templars) into West
Avalon to work along side Lord Riley’s forces. When asked about his reasoning for this change
in church involvement, the Pope had this to say: “The people of West Avalon are as much God’s
children as are we. They need our help, both in body and soul. Our Templars shall bring the
true word of the Trinity to the Avalonians – saving them both from Orc persecution and the
damning fires of hell.”
05/17/62 WAV – OPERATION EVERGREEN
Modassa forces begin harvesting stout trees and dragging them away to their secret bases within
the Cape Peaks, Bugbear Mountains and Trollwood Forest. They are using them to fashion
wood cannons in their camps hidden in the hills. If completed, this will give them a military
advantage. Orc Tame Trolls spy the activity and track the loggers to their bases. They take no
action at this time, choosing to wait and report this important find to their masters.
05/18/62 WAV – KILN SCOUTED
Modassa agents scout out Kiln. The Modassa have learned that the Orcs have a company of
Worg Riders there, along with half a dozen tame trolls and another 50 foot-soldiers. They have
about 100 slaves as well and a small team of Gnome techs. The slaves are working to build a
castle there. Expectations for castle completion is a number of years off.
05/19/62 WAV – KILN CASTLE
Orc forces of the Arm of the Marshall have begun construction of a fortress in the village of
Kiln. “From here we can guard the passes into the Cape Peak mines, harvest Trolls for training
and launch sweep and destroy missions on the Human renegade scum hiding in the mountains”
reported one of the Worg Riders assigned to guard this project. Construction is expected to be
complete sometime in 5664 OR.
04/20/62 ALL – IMPROVED WARES
Macbelly Office of Commerce releases a whole line of more durable clothing, footwear and
accessories for general trade within the cities of the Inner Empire, West Avalon and Avatar Isle.
The new equipment is more durable, lighter, of better design and more effective than standard
wares. It also is water proof or resistant, depending on the item.
05/21/62 SWAMP – KETTLE ONE
The Vudi rescue three escaped Gnomes from the wilds and bring them to sanctuary within the
Marshlands. There, the Gnomes quickly establish a small village they call “Kettle Park 1”.
They spend their days working on their village and thanking the forces that be for their rescue.
05/22/62 PARTH – HOME REMEDIES
Local Friars and Preists in outlying, smaller villages report that they have found some relief from
the Hex Coven curse. “We were visited by wood fairies or something” Padre Lopez explained
“They left behind scraps of bark with home cures scribbled on them. Desperate, we tried them
and lo – they worked!” This news spreads quickly and for the first time in weeks, the
Parthenians begin to see some relief from the sicknesses they haven’t been able to fight off. “To
whoever or whatever helped us – thank you!”
05/23/62 SWAMP – MELLOW YELLOW
Over the course of a single night, a new exotic yellow flower blooms throughout the
swamplands. Its sweet fragrance is calming to the senses and gives the denizens of the swamp,
especially the lizardmen, a less violent demeanor. With this new-found bliss, the lizardmen
tribes are not much for fighting – mating increases, in-fighting decreases. The Dragons are not
affected and continue their bickering and back-stabbing, but at least now – it doesn’t include the
wholesale slaughter of their own clan armies.
05/24/62 PARTH – BREAKING THE HEX
The mighty and noble Pope Elias Hope stands by for no Witch! He assembles the greatest team
of heroes the land knows and sends them forth to seek out and destroy the cause of the demonic
curse plaguing his people. Great heroes such as the famed Lord Riley, Duke Jeremy
McLaughlin, Elven Lord Sir Geoffery and Draconic Magi-Lord Addis headed out on the Quest.
At long last, after an exhausting hunt, the heroes returned – a bit haggard and changed from the
experience – but triumphant! The curse of the Hex Coven is broken! Healing powers are no
longer hindered by foul side-effects. The heroes ride through the capital city amid fanfare and
jubilation. Congratulations to the heroes! The day is theirs!
05/25/62 PARTH – ALL WITCHING DAY
Pope Elias and the Trinity Church decree today as a holiday in Parthenia, celebrating the defeat
of the Hex Coven and the curse they brought! Many celebrate with bonfires, dancing, costumes
05/25/62 WAV – CAVALRY
Modassa agents have gathered wild horses and now begin cavalry training in the secret camps in
05/26/62 WAV – SECOND STRINGERS
Modassa agents have again infiltrated the town of Peril and now have a working cell within it.
05/27/062 ALL – GNOME AMNESTY
Macbelly offers amnesty to all Gnomes throughout the lands. If they return immediately, their
crimes will be forgiven and they will be hunted no more. For those that do not take advantage of
this offer, Gnome hunting efforts will re-double next month.
05/28/62 WAV – SURVEY
Gnome techs under guard by Orc troops spread out along the coastal lands, surveying various
canyons, rifts, inlets and so-on.
05/29/62 PARTH – REBIRTH IN REDBURN
Recent settlers moving back out to the Redburn area feel comforted to find miraculous new
growth sprouting in what was the most devastated areas of the old township. “I don’t know how
or why but the sprouting forest here seems to put me at ease” said Nigel Meekan, a would-be
miner. On top of the old hill where the original cemetery was, a hint of green grass and small
flowers lie scattered throughout newly sprouted willow trees. Amidst the center of the trees sits
an old stump, charred from the devastation of old. It lies in stark contrast, like the old teacher
amidst his students, crowned with a single standing rose. Etched into the bark of the stump are
the words "Protect Your Mother As She Protects You"
05/30/62 SWAMP – EASY PICKENS
Dwarven raiding parties easily slip into the swamp, past lackadaisical Lizardman guards and into
the lair of a sleeping dragon of adult age. There, they slaughter the mother and the young and
make off with her horde and her eggs. The chief of the Lizardman tribe in charge of guarding
the lair was put to death ceremoniously by the Lizardman shaman (by order of the Dragon Lords)
but fears soon subside and lizardmen with yellow flowers in their hair continue to relax and mate
more than fight or hunt. Shortly thereafter, the number of Mellow Yellow flowers in the area
drops significantly – eventually, a balance is found that allows the lizardmen to avoid in-fighting
while not becoming so relaxed as to foul up like that again.
05/30/62 PARTH – ORC ARMADA ARRIVES
Scout ships race back to Blackport – Captains and crews screaming to get ready for a fight.
Shortly thereafter, those looking out to sea watch as the horizon fills with the images of hundreds
of Orc warships. Lord McLaughlin summons up his fighters “Men, this is it – we’ve got to stand
our ground. We’ve worked too hard to let these Orc bastards come back in here. They plan to
kill us and our families. This is it. Prepare the catapults! Ready our ships for battle! Reinforce
the garrisons! Fight them with everything you’ve got!” A mighty cheer rises up as the city
defenders prepare for war. As night falls, the Orc ships move into range. Cannons rain fire,
Wyverns wheel in the skies, Orc shock troops appear in the streets, Arcana rips through the
streets. The initial Orc strike is devastating but not without consequence. Corsair ships valiantly
try to fight off the overwhelming firepower of the Orc armada. Griffon Riders engage the
Wyvern air forces. Brave troops, both Human and Elven, follow Lord McLaughlin into battle –
desperately defending the streets. The remaining X factor – Oskus Uriai, the visiting Arch Magi
from Salatia. From his newly risen Black Tower, he and his magi summon great power to offset
that of the Orc Judicators but they are unable to turn the tide. As the first night comes to a close,
the rise of the sun is diminished by the mass of smoke that hangs over the city. The battle is
05/31/62 WAV – QORBANOT DAY
The West Avalonian Humans, especially those in the Modassa, choose the last day of the month
to be kept as a Holy Day wherein they make sacrifice to the One True God and pray for his
blessings. Priests within the Modassa Cells and those able otherwise, sacrifice a Lamb, Deer, or
Cow what ever is available in their region. The animal is burned while the Rabbi leads the
people in prayer. Many Humans in West Avalon hope desperately that the One True God will
hear their prayers and deliver them from the Orc oppressors. (Allow 5% chance for something
special, if they have kept it up, cumulative with last month. Once something happens – start the
percentage over at 5% next month).
05/31/62 WAV – NIMBY
All throughout West Avalon, especially in the hidden camps of the Modassa, thorny vines grow
overnight, covering human buildings, temples and shrines – any place used for Qorbanot Day
sacrifices. The vines totally choke the buildings up as if some natural force is objecting to the
sacrifice of animals on this day.
05/31/62 PARTH – TROOPS LANDED
The battle for Blackport rages on. Corsair ships prove to be no match for the Orc Dreadnaughts
but none can flee as the Orc navy has the city harbors blockaded. They continue to fight, to the
last, until all Blackport defending vessels are destroyed. Without any resistance, the Orc navy
sweeps in, landing hordes of troops on the docks and beaches of Blackport. Lord Mclaughlin
rallies his troops to key defensive positions throughout the city. Elven reinforcement troops fold
in through Arcana, in spurts, throughout the day. Heroes take the field to face off with Orc
Berserkers, Giants, Trolls and more. Blackport forces dig in hard, maintaining a strong defense
thanks to the many advancements they were able to make for the city since the end of the last
war. Still, the day ends only to see a second wave of Orc ships land even more troops. By
nightfall, the entire city is surrounded by a massive army of Orcs. Without some miracle, it is
only a matter of time before the Orcs breakthrough and ravage the city.