The truth, the hole truth, and nothing butt the truth November 9th 1290 Recent reports of strange singing folk on the streets of Grantabrugge were substantiated yesterday, as members of the Brotherhood of Magic managed to observe and document several of these strange beings during a disturbance at the Brotherhood. The singers, in appearance between a human and an elemental, clad mostly in waistcoat and short trousers and sporting prominent blue marks on the forehead, managed to dance past the guards and into the Brotherhood ritual centre during a routine practical session on ritual theory. Once inside, and seemingly ignorant of the consternation of the students, the demonstrator and a somewhat bemused air ele- mental, the singers danced once around the outside of the ritual wardings singing a folk song about madness and obsession, and then left wordlessly. "Our wardings were perfectly secure throughout", claims the Grey College in an official statement. "No reasonably expectable threat, and not many of the unreasonable ones either, could penetrate the wardings on our ritual circle. All three of the city's ley nexi are well defended. The Brotherhood and the Warlocks are still the sane man's choice for the supernatural defence of our fair city. Besides, no attempt was made to disrupt the ritual." The elemental was unavailable for comment. Strange Animal Attacks Continue MARRIAGE Peasants on the Northeastern granges - and even esteemed The Gossip wishes to anonounce the wedding of Count- members of the Scouts Guild and others who have legitimate ess Ruthilda Arundel of Musgrove to Freeman Alan of business out there - have begun recently to arrive in the city Musgrove. The best wishes of the Gossip and all news- with strange poisoned injuries and stranger tales of betentacled reading citizens will surely go to the happy couple as beasts out upon the lands. These areas are downriver of they start their new life together upon the Arundel estate. Grantabrugge, and have always benefited from the fish rought by the city's waste as it floats down the Granta, but of late they A brief statement from the happy couple was cause for have been beset by strange things crawling out of the fens and rejoicing among the inhabitants of their estate: the driving them from their lawful fishing and scavenging! Countess' marriage should once and for all have laid the curse upon those lands to rest. At first, the reports the Gossip have received were but short and without import - isolated occurences - but the strange ag- gressive polypous beasts are slowly becoming a familiar sight to those who go downriver beyond the safety of village stock- ades and city walls. Perhaps these new creatures, strangely FIRE IN THE STREETS similar to those we know and love, have been attracted by the city's waste? If it is good enough to provide good fishing, per- It is the Gossip's sad duty to report a serious fire in a com- haps it is good enough to provide good hunting for these mercial property near the Docks area of towm. The cause of strange beasts? Only time, or investigation by those the fire is being treated as suspicious - a statement from the qualified to make more than baseless speculation, will tell! Militia's investigating officer reports that the evidence here points toward arson. Only prompt action by orcs from the ANNOUNCEMENT Martial Arts Division of the Orcish forces, combined with the heroic efforts of a couple of passing water mages, stopped the blaze from spreading further. It is the pleasure of the Most Worthy, Ancient and Hon- ourable Guild of the Arcane Blade to announce that the The Militia are stepping up patrols in the area. But, if we antiquated and outmoded restriction against Light and may be permitted to editorialise, why did this ever come to Dark mages becoming members is CURRENTLY pass? The city of Grantabrugge is built as much of wood as it is of stone. There are few who live outside the walls. So UNDER OFFICIAL REVIEW. Applications are currently why would any criminal deliberately choose arson over the being solicited for Dark and Light mages of physical and comparatively smaller danger of violent crime? The spread mental puissance to take the Warlock Oath. of any fire would spell death for hundreds and ruin for many more, especially in the less salubrious and ever- It is our fond hope that the undoubted distinction with more-crowded areas of town - including, surely, either the criminal's own person or at the least those associated with which these new members shall serve will lead to a per- them! The Gossip appeals to the criminals of Grantabrugge: manent place among the Warlocks for wielders of all six crime may be your chosen path in life, but please remember colours of magic, that the cause of magic and the safety of your future! Leave Grantabrugge standing for the next mages can be the better supported and defended. generation of criminals! GRIM STREETS GROW GRIMIER Residents of the city may have been forgiven for being baffled this week, as the street beside the Temple of Humact was descended upon by the Orcish Legion and roped off, followed by systematic and magically assisted excavation work. Those assisting with the dig included several adventurers, not least the notorious Sir George Galfrese, and what seemed to be a small contingent from the Children of the Light. When this reporter asked whether the eccentricity of the nobles had finally gone too far, the question was rebuffed: the guards would say little over the sound of repeated magical impacts other than that it was an authorised and sanctified operation. What could be lurking below the mean streets of Grantabrugge to stir these people to pound them so? Rumours are wild, many of them centring upon the recent regrettable incidents in the Temple. Meanwhile the hole goes deeper and deeper; as of Thursday it was reaching the foundations. Meanwhile, only strict military discipline has prevented looting from the spoil heaps; every morning there are fewer flagstones and even cobblestones there, as paupers desperate for building material take them to shore up slum dwellings and lean-tos. Jaundiced eyes are being turned upon the work crews; if there are enough men to spare for this kind of work, they seem to say, why cannot they be spared to build housing to meet the needs of our expanding city? 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I am writing to the Gossip to correct some of your misconceptions on the subject of the Church of Humact. Whilst it is true that Humact has cast down many of His priests, they are not mad. They were, for a short time, very distraught but now continue to Buy Pete's Fish! serve Humact in a new role. Finest Fish, All Fresh! Fabulously low prices! Iris Thornicroft. Enquire of Fisherman Pete at the Docks!
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