The Elders have discussed the Current issues, and their results are recorded here.
Natoole: Yes, as long as he can only propose laws.
Maruki: Grigaro is a foreigner, and there is no reason to have him meddle with our laws.
Kimoni: Agree with Natoole.
Final Vote: After a long debate, with mild dissent, the Elders have conceded that Girgaro of Retaur may indeed propose administration-related laws to the council, however, that is all he can do. For now, he is not to be given a de facto seat as a Village Elder, nor is he allowed to vote on law proposals. After all, he is an administrator and a merchant, not a leader, the council concedes.
Natoole: Yes! Teach them to appreciate knowledge from a young age.
Fenris: Yes, but we must thoroughly vet all students with an extremely difficult exam. Only by passing it will they be given license to be a physician if that is what they desire.
Kimoni: Knowledge is always good to have, and thus I support this proposal. However, I agree with Fenris.
Final Vote: After a rather short discussion, it is agreed upon that if a teacher can be found to teach a Herbology/Medicine class, students will be able to elect to attend that class instead of the History class. This is the first known instance of elective courses in the County.
Cisse, our Bailiff, has read the letters of the powerful families and has responded accordingly.
Lew: [No Letter Was Written]
Tannell: We have heard of the... less than savory political atmosphere surrounding you. Would there be any way we could supply assistance?
Ferran: [No Letter Was Written]
Asura: [No Letter Was Written]
Elforche: [No Letter Was Written]
Cisse has read the letters: Cisse thanks Tannell for their support in this trying time. After all, someone had attempted a coup in the County Court! Since Tannell has offered, Cisse requests that they prepare a small furnished bedroom in their estate for him, should he need somewhere to lay low in the future, if whoever launched the coup should strike again.
The powerful families have done much this past month:
Mace cordially excepts the large sum of money, thanking Lew for their cooperation. The gift drains Lew's finances to near bankruptcy, but the payoff might be worth it. In the coming nights of the month, Mace and his men can be heard tossing and turning in their beds, and have reported strange dreams and nightmares. They aren't sure what to make of it. Upon investigation, Lew has found that these Shuidri are very healthy. The young from this batch should be able to produce a lot of silk, should they be harvested in time next month. So far, Mace and his men, while finding the occurrence of dreams strange, have not questioned Lew. They believe that perhaps it is a strange sickness, and near the end of the month, the approach Lew and ask for assistance to cure their "disease", willing to pay for a cure.
Lew: -Second Chances- 50
Amialal gratefully returns to his hideout in Lew's basement, but is still too weak from his wounds to do anything of value other than sleep and rest in the basement. Hopefully in the coming months he will recover, if given... sustenance...
Lew: -Local Furnishings- 98
Although Lew is basically bankrupt, a few furnishing and carpentry businesses happily take on the contracts to replace Lew's furniture on a loan with no interest, which Lew can pay off when they have the money. Among these company's are the Elforche Cabinetry Business, the Truceful Mule, and the Comfortable Cabinet. Lew's estate has been fully refurnished, and looks like new, save for a few minor scratches on some of the floorboards and walls.
Lew: -Porridge Production- 72
Since the herbs they planted as crops failed so miserably, Lew has decided to instead use them to make the cold medicinal stew of Chamomile Flowers, Feverfew Leaves, and and ginger roots, to aid in various minor ailments, and sell this medicine to the populace of Frye. Commoners are happy to pay for this mild cure-all type of treatment, and even though it isn't perfect and doesn't cure everything, Lew manages to sell a fair amount, garnering a decent revenue from the herbs.
Lew: -Helpful Historian- 61
Hahish follows Lew's delegation, and applies to become the history teacher of the School of Frye. Since there are no other candidates, he is hired for the position on the spot after a simple examination of his historical knowledge.
Benaros: -Estate Repair- 93
The villa repairs go extremely well, and have been finished; it is now completely livable, with only the most astute of observers being able to tell that there was ever a breach in one of the walls. Benaros' laborers have also taken up a fair portion of the villa's gardens to build a reasonably-sized stable, with which to house the horses and oxen that he and his family arrived in Frye upon. Some passers-by stop to take in the sights of such a construction scene, as clearly such an endeavor costed it's initiator a fair sum of money.
Benaros: -Wagon Sales- 10
Unfortunately, Benaros is unable to find willing buyers for his wagons. The economy of Frye seems to centered around sedentary merchants, rather than travelling caravans, and thus no one is interested in purchasing these wagons, despite their royal carvings on the sides.
Benaros: -Training Trials- 32
A few of the more aggressive commoners and thugs subscribe to Grigaro's mediocre-fee training of Beyzaar, since the fee is light; however, since Frye's commoners have learned over the past decade to be suspicious of those with power, like the families, they are loathe to enter a binding contract with this mostly unknown family that arrived recently.
Benaros: -Northe's Negotiations- 34
While Northe agrees to the meeting, he bluntly decries Grigaro's use of flattery to try to butter him up. Northe is no peasant commoner; once a member of the prestigious Asura family, and he can smell ratty diplomacy from a mile away. Northe invites Grigaro to a private meeting in the Church of Northe in the coming month, but warns him to leave his flattery at home.
Benaros: -Investment Investigation- 54
With thorough investigation, Benaros comes across a rather intriguing investment opportunity. A group of women operating under a head woman by the name of Amonet, having been selling Chayrusian trinkets and the like in the town market. They are looking to expand their business, Benaros finds, although they still ally themselves with the Tannell family and fly their colors. Since Benaros only heard this information through thorough intrigue, he hasn't received a direct request for investment, and can't be sure that Amonet (or Tannell, for that matter), will be willing to accept funds. Benaros also has to keep in mind his own dwindling funds, due to the costly villa repairs and the wedding preparations.
Benaros: -Martyrs of the Cloth- 76
The U'debbhaian clergy has no intention of rescuing the Knights; after all, they were doing U'debbha a service by eliminating Loforz, who was causing disunity and unrest in both Church and State. The U'debbhaian Church informs Benaros that they are still indeed thankful for having been lent the knights, and that they can offer him and his family sanctuary and a hiding place in the Church itself should they be at risk of discovery. However, they have no intentions to rescue the Knights.
Ferran: -Library Lifting- 55
Progress has not been unnaturally swift, but Ferran-paid laborers have already completed the foundations and the exterior framing of the new Library of Frye. If all goes well, the Library should hopefully be done in the coming month.
Ferran: -Mine Magnifying- 93
The funds provided by Ferran's new investor Benaros have gone a long way; major shafts and expansion rooms have been added to the Eastern Mine, resulting in the exposure of several new iron and coal veins, as well as a small vein of precious material being found in one of the deepest shafts. A small vein-cluster of raw rubies has been discovered deep within the mine, and if care is taken, they can be extracted quite effectively and used for... various applications.
Ferran: -Ash's Analysis- 98
The Bard and the Wanderer, more than willing to aid Ferran due to their hefty wages, spend quite a few hours in Nola's private quarters with Ash, investigating his nature. They report to Ferran quite a few findings. Ash appears to be made of some kind of animated sand, and can change shape by minor amounts. If sand is removed from him, it becomes inanimate and "dead" if separated for longer than about thirty seconds. He seems to speak by making rasping sounds, which are unintelligible to people, no matter how hard one tries to listen. It is most efficient to communicate to him via writing, carving in particular, since he seems to only be able to read text that is carved, rather than merely written. He doesn't seem to need food or water or any material substance, but can get tired and does require sleep. Ash seems to have no concept of time, and being tired seems like something he is not used to. It is hard to tell his emotions, but he makes loud rasping sounds when he appears to be nervous or distressed. Nola has not said much the entire investigation, but merely that Ash is her companion now, due to events that she would rather not talk about.
Ferran: -Burn it Down- 11
Arson Man, who had been about to leave Frye, was more than happy to accept the new contract from Ferran, and got to work right away. Most of the Ferran family had left the estate to inspect the mines by the time the flames had welled up, but Ferran had made a terrible oversight. Nola and Ash were resting in their quarters when Arson Man lit the fish oil he had spread around the collapsed remains of the mansion. The building went up in high flames, it's sparks setting alight the nearby houses and properties, and panic immediately filled the streets. Struggling over smoldering and burning rubble, Nola and a blanket-covered Ash struggled into the street. Nola was quite burned and scarred, being supported by Ash. A crowd of people, remembering Nola's magical aid to the commoner many months ago, surrounded her and carried her to the Ferran hospital. The commoners then removed the blanket from Ash, although he resisted. They gasped and backed away in shock at his sandy appearance, but that was not the worst of it. A hot gust of wind came from the burning estates, and with a painful his, Ash disintegrated, his bodily sand carried off into the wind. He was no more. After a long effort, the townsfolk managed to quell the flames with the help of the city guard and a few of Grigaro's knights, leaving the Ferran estate, as well as the nearby properties, in smoldering ruins. If Nola doesn't receive the best of treatment soon, she could die from her burns, losing her unborn child with her. Ferran also has had questions pointed at them from various people and groups about the strange "Sand Man".
Ferran: -Charming Coercion- 70
Braccan, arrayed in the finest of Ferran battle gear, travels through the Traye County, garnering more and more glory seekers from the taverns and training arenas of the various villages, and the Traye city itself. These recruits, like the last batch before them, might not be well-trained, but they are athirst for fame and wealth, and are motivated to become mercenaries, following Braccan's bidding. The arrive in Frye near the end of the month, ready for training.
Ferran: -Treasonous Training- 85
The honor guard from Benaros have proved effective in training the mercenaries along with Ciona, and they grow into a more cohesive and determined unit. The new recruits from Braccan didn't arrive in time for this new training regimen; however, the existing mercenaries have become a force to be reckoned with. Ciona's leadership is no longer questioned by the Steel Company, and the new recruits will soon learn that if even the veteran mercenaries show Ciona respect, they'd be wise to do so as well.
Tannell: -Dried and Cooked- 18
After taking several of the Orange Seeds' grayish fruit and drying it out in the sun, they discover it loses most of its... bizarre effects, instead making a savory snack. Cooking the fruit seems to yield a similar effect. Whatever makes the fruit and it's seeds potent must be something only available when the fruit is raw.
Tannell: -Reyya's Readings- 17
Reyya has taken full advantage of the room and board and wage provided by Tannell, but as of yet has nothing to show for her work in translation, other than being repeatedly visited by Jehal, Tannell's young editor. Reyya "claims" that these things take time, as she must fully study not only the text, but the context of the whole volume; ancient Humic was often written with deep references to context and other areas of the script, and thus for her to miss a piece of the puzzle would mean a totally mis-translated work. She bids Tannell give her more time.
Tannell: -Jehal's Jeopardy- 22
As Tannell has as yet been unable to find a tutor for Jehal, he has taken the matter into his own hands. Without consent from Tannell, Jehal has begun to visit Reyya when she is supposed to be working, trying to learn whatever he can about reading and editing from her. However, Reyya is a scholar in Humic, not an editor, so Jehal only learns a very insubstantial amount from her. Furthermore, it seems that Jehal and Reyya are focusing more on "chemistry" than "literature"...
Tannell: -Feast Preparation- 65
Tannell's best chefs have convened, and have planned the meal for the Duke, as well as the seating arrangements for the guests of the feast. To start, an appetizer of raw Orange Seeds shall be served, followed by cooked Audiovore and grilled leeks. The main course is planned to be a large roasted forest boar, with a cooked Orange Seed fruit in it's mouth. As a finisher, a rich and sweet cake of fine wheat and almonds is planned to be served. The finest of wines and mead will be served throughout the feast.
Tannell: -Grand Tapestry- 73
The Grand Tapestry being constructed by Tannell is going quite well, and its glorious design is beginning to take shape. The dragons appear to be twins, although one has a scar across it's left eye. They are surrounded by a golden ivy trimming on the outside of the tapestry. It is estimated to be finished some time next month.
[Event] Duke Foreke: -Frye's Visit- [-Tannell's Feast- 30 , -Northe's Move- 5]
The Duke arrives in Frye with great pomp and prestige, and the people crowd the streets and cheer at his arrival. He waves to the crowds, and the Elders officially welcome the Duke to their village. The Duke spends a good portion of his first day touring Frye, appreciating the rapid growth in recent years; the mines, the barracks, the inns, and the various merchant stalls. He attends an impromptu service in the Dabalian Temple, showing his strong support for their religion. The U'debbhaian clergy are disgruntled about this, but make no statements.
Then, the Duke and his courtiers attend Tannell's banquet, where the Duke meets the representatives from each family at the feast. He is intrigued and impressed by the appetizer, but then the fruit's effects kick in. Everyone partaking of the feast becomes quite intellectually stimulated, and complex logical questions and debates begin. The Duke is enjoying himself until one of the Lew representatives thanks the Duke for sending his cousin Grigaro to aid in administration of the town. The Duke looks confused at first, but then a look of recognition crosses his face. Why... yes... he affirms Lew's statement, and says no more on the subject, aside from whispering to one of his courtiers, who the rushes from the scene. The Courtier is seen galloping away from Frye on horseback.
At the end of the feast, everyone is well-drunk and quite merry at heart. The Duke and his courtiers take lodging at the Eloquent Oak, giving the facility a handsome fee for the finest room. That night, several lines of torches move through the alleys of Frye. Suddenly, Northe and his followers, armed with cudgels and farm implements, charge the Eloquent Oak, intent on capturing the Duke and forcing negotiations with the village Elders. A chaotic fight breaks out in the Eloquent Oak; furniture and wall fixtures are broken and destroyed as the alarm is sounded and the Frye village guards rush to the scene. Rioters and Duchy soldiers clash in the tavern; sustaining heavy casualties, Northe and his men try to retreat, but they are cut off from behind by the village guards, and the Duchy soldiers before. In the rage of the fight, the insurrectionists are slaughtered. Northe losses his left arm in the struggle, and his captured. He is currently being held in the Frye jail, awaiting his sentence.
The Duke is enraged by this attack, but doesn't blame the Elders or Frye itself. He orders a public execution of Northe and whoever remains of his revolutionary followers in the coming month, as a show of the rewards of treason. He then takes his leave of Frye, with no statement of when he will return.
2. The Duke of Denir has ordered that the Village Elders carry out a public execution of Northe in the coming month. Whether the Elders carry out this order is up for vote, since the Duke is unlikely to return for a while. No one has been executed publicly in Frye before, and the commoners did show a lot of fear when Mace was banished in such a barbaric way. However, removing Northe is also removing a thorn in the side of the Elders. If execution is decided for, then the method of execution must also be decided. If execution is decided against, then an alternative action must be taken, as Northe can't simply remain in the temporary jail.
2. A large fire has broken out on the Ferran estate, and had spread to the nearby properties. This area of Frye is now in need of repairs, and several commoner families are without a home. A strange man made of sand was seen fleeing Ferran's estate, only to disintegrate in a gust of wind. Nola, Ferran's daughter and mage, has been badly burned, and rests in Ferran's private hospital.
3. After the Duke's taking leave of Frye, a large detachment of Duchy Soldiers has arrived in Frye. They claim to be in Frye to "Find a Treasonous Individual", and they are offering a large reward for any information on a man named "Benaros", if anyone knows about him. They have set up a blockade on the road leading out of Frye, and are questioning everyone who goes in or out of the village.
4. Due to a large number of casualties and deaths during Northe's failed coup to capture the Duke, there is a labor shortage in Frye, as many of the rebelling commoners were workers of the mines and other large industries. As such, everyone who owns such larger enterprises is in a mild pinch to find laborers.
5. The School of Frye currently has teachers for all curriculums, except for the new Medicine/Herbology course, which will be open for Elective against History once a teacher can be found.
6. Nola, the Ferran mage, was expected to have her child this coming month, but with so much uncertainty due to the accident, no Festival of New Life has been planned. The families may still wish to send gifts, but that will be between them and the Ferran family.
2. Mace and his men are asking for more work, so that they'll have more loot to keep up their uproarious lifestyle. After all, Mace and his men wouldn't want to commit random open crime to garner fortune...
2. Arson Man reports that the individuals who owned the properties near the Ferran Estate may now be looking to sell their properties, due to them being badly burned. He apologizes for the disaster with Nola and that odd sandy person; he had no way of knowing they were in there.
2. Benaros and his family have received word that for some reason, there is a blockade of Duchy Soldiers on the road leading out of Frye. Rumor has it they're looking for a traitor of some kind.
In short, here are the current Issues that the Elders can vote on this month:
2. What should we do about the incarcerated Northe?
[Note: Let me know if I missed anything. This gets more complex with each passing in-game month ]