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Re: Burghers of Frye (2nd Month)

Post by Tiberius » Thu May 24, 2018 8:17 pm

BakedToast wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 3:38 pm

Since no one has yet stepped forward, Elforche accepts the Elders' referendum to allow the eastern mines to be purchased privately. Elforche will purchase the mine from the village, and using their own resources to hire workers and also receive some labor conscripted from the militia, they will re-service the mine and reopen it for production. (Since this is an action that involves a response to the Village Elders, the roll will not determine whether or not Elforche is allowed to do such a thing, but rather how easily the beginning of the project will be.)
So it's probably all my fault, but I didn't realize that was an option. Its my fault so no worries, but could you be more clear in the future?

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Re: Burghers of Frye (2nd Month)

Post by BakedToast » Thu May 24, 2018 10:41 pm

Tiberius wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 8:17 pm
So it's probably all my fault, but I didn't realize that was an option. Its my fault so no worries, but could you be more clear in the future?
For sure. This is my first forum game :) Am I doing an alright job managing the game?
I’m going to give more details each turn in a “notable events” section that will go over major things in the village that families might respond to.


Just waiting for The Family of Tannell to post, and we’ll be ready to wrap up the second month.
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Re: Burghers of Frye (2nd Month)

Post by Guineapig004 » Fri May 25, 2018 5:47 am

BakedToast wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 4:10 pm
In short, here are the things that families who have members in the village Elders can vote on:
1. Respond to Elforche's request (forest purchase).
2. May commoners suggest laws, yes or no?
3. Waht type, if any, of military training and conscription should there be?
4. Respond to Asura's request (tower).
5. Something must be done about the chaotic religious dispute.
Sorry I took so long. I am not used to the gm responding so quickly. You are doing a great job :) !
1. No, I believe that the forest should remain with the people.
2. Yes, that will allow us to know what the people want.
3. Even though we loath to fight, we cannot prevent others from doing so. We should have volunteers be trained by are best military scholars.
4. Let the Asura build the tower. However, they must buy the land and construct it themselves.
5. We shall make a public statement saying that all religions are welcome. If any of the villagers are displeased by another's religion, they must work it out in a civilized manner.


The Tannell family researches new technologies that can improve the lives of the villagers. If they created a new invention, they will make sure everybody knows who created it. The also look into the desires of the people so they know how to placate them. They also attempt to improve their public image by helping the poor and needy.
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Re: Burghers of Frye (3rd Month)

Post by BakedToast » Fri May 25, 2018 2:43 pm

The second month in the village of Frye is coming to a close; much has changed in this month, as will soon be discovered by the families and the council...

The powerful families of Frye have been active, and the results were quite clear.
Lew: -FarmVille- 26
Due to the general populace sensing Lew as a bit condescending, very few take on paid labor for the family farm. Most of the Labor has had to come from Lew themselves. Thankfully, most of the family is quite adept at husbandry and tending to small creatures. However, yield is expected to be poor.

Lew: -Pure Charity- 33
Lew offers monetary resources, goods, and direction to those in need without asking anything in return. However, this act is percieved mostly neutrally by the townsfolk. Those who are helped have mild gratitude for the aid, but Lew's reputation only increases with the poorer townsfolk.

Ferran: -Propaganda- 16
While the members of The Ferran Family attempt to denounce the actions of Elforche, they also draw attention to their own practices and some of the townsfolk begin to question why some families are so powerful in the first place, especially these foreigners who just "happened" to swoop in at the right time to fill in a power vacuum. What are their true goals? Elforche's reputation does not decrease further, and instead people begin to be suspicious of the Ferran Family as well.

Ferran: -Comfortable Cabinet Donation- 46
The Comfortable Cabinet gratefully accepts the finely crafted tools, which will aid them in their business, increasing competition to the crafting business of Elforche. Some thieves were seen attempting to break into the Comfortable Cabinet building, but were chased off before anything substantial could be stolen. One of them left an Ud'ehbaian symbol on the counter, and religious tensions rise.

Asura: -Zoologist Assistance- 91
The search for new forms of life to be domesticated went extremely well. Several deer in the forest were caught and seem to have great potential to be tamed, as well as chickens, boar, and goats. If the Lew family will accept this gift from Asura, it could greatly benefit not only their knowledge, but the village as a whole.

Asura: -I Have a Dream- 2
The head of the Asura family, well in his ripe old age, makes a glamourous speech in the village square about life in general, and leads into the topic of the religions, pushing for religious unity. Unfortunately, fanatical Ud'ehbaian and Dabalian supporters begin to argue during the speech, interrupting the venerable old man and inciting a terrible riot amongst the crowd, in which many are injured, maimed, and some killed, as the crowd rapidly split into Ud'ehbaian and Dabalian groups, seeking to neutralize the others. The neutral villagers and those who have worshiped in the united religion fled to their homes, boarding up their doors and hiding. The village guards did not have the numbers or the resources to effectively contain the rioters, and instead focused on keeping the peaceful civilians safe. The village fell into chaos and disarray for almost a week, as the wounded were tended to and the dead buried. Many of the neutral villagers and those who lost loved ones blame Asura for inciting the riot, but those with more sense know not to blame the old man. The populace in general begins to question the intentions of Asura.

Asura: -Northe's Direction- 48
As Northe travels around town in accordance with his family's request to make a political appearance for good, he finds many in Frye who are poor and struggling. He gives them of the herbs that he was carrying with him to administer to their ailments, and his actions are well recieved. He attempts to aid with those wounded in the religious conflict, and recieves some neutral response. Northe gains popularity amongst the populace as an "Elder of the People", but the Asura Family reputation doesn't change much.

Elforche: -Simony- 7
The bribery of the priest went terribly awry. Not only was this a bad time to encourage religious debate after the violent riot caused by Asura's speech, but the priest was too set in his Ud'ehbaian ways to thoroughly capitulate to the bribery. When he began to decry Ud'ehba, the chapel began to become restless and tumultuous, until the priest broke down and confessed that Elforche had bribed him to speak in such a fashion. While his pride and reputation were harmed, the priest was mostly forgiven, but the Ud'ehbaian populace have become aggravated at this horrendous act by Elforche, who not only is a public enemy of the village guards but now also of Ud'ehba. While Dabalian followers can appreciate Elforche's "position" on the subject, they don't condone bribery, and thus have only minimally increased respect for them.

Elforche: -Mineshaft Madness- 75
Progress toward the reconstruction of the mineshaft is going very well, in fact it is slightly ahead of schedule. The paid labor is progressing quickly, as the caved-in rocks are easy to break and move, due to their composition seeming to be largely some type of sandstone. Despite their dislike for Elforche, the conscripted Milita aid does their job without skirmish or uprising. Every morning when the workers show up to clear away rocks, it seems as though there are even less rocks to clear than when they'd left off working the night before...

Tannell: -Scholarly Research- 70
After studying more about the world around them, the more educated members of Tannell have come to a conclusion about the nature of land, and the plants that grow thereon. If the people plant the same crops on a plot of land each year, the yield will decrease; therefore, they must "rotate" their crops, growing different ones each year on the plot of land, to allow the land to output its best yield. Tannell also discovers that meats may be preserved if they are packaged with salt; the reason for this yet remains slightly unclear, and they are looking into it. As a result, salt has become more valuable in the village, and food productions may rise, if the people are taught how to properly rotate their crops.

Tannell: -Popular Inquiry- 34
Members of the Tannell Family begin to inquire amongst the populace to see what they really want. After visitng many taverns and inns, they have not progressed far, aside from listening to drunken babblers who incoherently speak about "free drinks for the commoners" and "commoners shouldn't have to work", when asked what they want. However, Tannell did notice that there seems to be a growing resentment towards the powerful families in general, due to recent events.

Tannell: -Charitable Endeavors- 25
Helping the poor and needy seems to be a trend, and the populace of Frye have noticed it. When yet another family began to publicly donate and give aid to the poor, they immediately became suspicious of Tannell's motives, and although the poor appreciated the aid, the average villagers did not.
Each elder voted on each issue of the second month, and their discussions and decisions can be viewed here.
1. Respond to Elforche's request to purchase a plot of forest land.
Marahie: Yes, it's only a part of the forest, and we could use the funds to build projects.
Javen: No, the entire forest should be common property.
Casthor:: Yes, buying public lands to provide funds to the Elders is beneficial for all.
Bouhe:: No; although Elforche is not buying the entire forest, the entire forest should be common property.
Northe:: No, Elforche's recent actions have made them suspicious, we cannot risk betrayal.
Sefiam: Normally, yes, but with the current unrest in the village, we can't do anything that would raise tensions even in the slightest.
Tiglam: Yes, powerful families have the right to do as they please with their resources.
Final Vote: The vote was close, but ended in a negative; Marahie believes that a lot of the representatives misunderstood the request as Elforche buying the entire forest, when all they wanted was part of it; but ultimately, Elforche's current political situation puts them in no place to make demands.
2. Should commoners be elligible to put forward laws for the Elders to vote on?
Marahie: No, our system has worked without conflict for ages. Why change it now?
Javen: Yes, it will allow us to know what the people want.
Casthor: No, the families' authority will be undermined.
Bouhe: Yes, as they are more likely to know what should be done to aid them in their lives.
Northe: Yes, as long as the Elders maintain authority on all laws passed.
Sefiam: Undecided. Attempting a major governmental change is dangerous in this period of unrest, as it could lead to general collapse; but, if done right, could increase stability.
Tiglam: No, those vile peasants have no right to govern in any way!
Final Vote: The Elders were unable to reach a referendum on the subject. Thankfully, this vote was not put forward by general request of the commoners, and they are not even expecting to be allowed to suggest laws. By letting this stew for another month, we may find a solution to our problem. Several points were brought up in the debate; If we allow the commoners to put forth laws, it could undermine the power of the Elders, but also cost more time and resources as there will be more laws to vote on, unless we limit the number of laws the commoners may propose. Potential unrest could increase if commoner laws are turned down by the council, as it may make them feel powerless; and powerless-feeling people are ripe for revolution. On th other hand, if we do not allow the commoners to suggest new laws, they could become more and more disgruntled with the current state of affairs, even if it is not the fault of the Elders at all. In short, things are more likely to drastically change if this suggestion is passed than if it is not passed. The final vote was to have a second vote on the matter in over the course of the next month.
3. What type, if any, of military training and conscription should there be?
Marahie: We need to avoid conflict at all costs. Voluntary military training.
Javen: Voluntary military training of highest quality.
Casthor: Professional military training for members of the families, voluntary militia service, but mandatory basic training for most adult males (dormant levy) in case of emergency.
Bouhe: Military training should be solely voluntary, as forced service can backfire.
Northe: Simple combat training for all of Frye, but active service is voluntary.
Sefiam: Voluntary military service has worked in the past, but these are difficult times. Perhaps a form of limited conscription?
Tiglam: The high-bloods should have access to superior training, and the general peasants should be able to be drafted into the army at a moment's notice if we need them.
Final Vote: Voluntary military service remains an important tenet of Frye. However, in light of the current stuation, the council recognises the potential for a bad situation in the near future. The consensus came to passing a law that one member of every family is mandatory to have military training and military discipline, but is not forced to actively serve in the Militia of the town.
4. Respond to Asura's request to build a tower on village property.
Marahie: Yes, if they buy the land from the Elders so we have more funds.
Javen: Yes, but they must buy the land and construct it themselves.
Casthor: Yes, if they can do so without outside help as we are stretched thin.
Bouhe: Yes; provided they buy the property and supply all resources themselves.
Northe: Yes, Asura will manage the building of the tower themselves, and see to its completion.
Sefiam: Yes, if they buy the land from the Elders and use their own resources.
Tiglam: Yes, powerful families have the right to do as they please with their resources.
Final Vote: A resounding and Unanimous yes came from the council. The tower could be used to house the Milita and their equipment, and also to have oversight of the village and the surrounding area. Asura has made it clear that they are more than willing to buy land from the Elders, and manage the construction of the tower themselves. This effectively means the tower belongs to Asura, so once it is built they may do as they please with it.
5. Something must be done about the chaotic religious dispute.
Marahie: I refuse to vote on this matter. I am sick of conflict.
Javen: We must make a statement about universal tolerance of all religion.
Casthor: We must make a statement about a unified religion!
Bouhe: Force is not necessary, allow this to blow over.
Northe: We must maintain a vision of unified religion for the good of Frye.
Sefiam: After the events of the past month, we must resort to using the Militia to keep the peace.
Tiglam: We must use the Militia and supress these squabblers by force!
Final Vote: The council was still unable to make a consensus. Thankfully, the commoners were not promised another public statement from the council, and so no extra discord has been created by the council making a statement; but also, not extra stability was gained. The council might not have the power to affect this situation, being bound to a majority vote system...
At the next monthly meeting, the Elders discussed new issues and the results of current issues.
1. The Ferran Family wishes to purchase the rocky clearing in the forest that was discovered, in the prospect of it being a potential quarry. The funds could be quite useful indeed to the village Elders, but it would mean that the common people in general would not have access to use the quarry. One could argue that a large construct like a quarry can't be common property anyway, and that if Ferran didn't buy the land, eventually someone would start a quarry business there, and it would still be a privately owned quarry (although technically any commoner could go there and dig up stone for free).
2. The suggestion for a change in government law creation is still up for vote, which would allow the common populace to put forward laws for the Elders to vote on. This vote was extended from last month due to a disagreeing result. If a consensus cannot be reached this month, the issue will be dropped, as is the custom of the Elders, unless a) the suggestion is crucial for village survival and stability or, b) the suggestion gets resurfaced by one of the powerful families or Elders in the future.
3. Something must be done about the chaotic, and now also dangerous, religious dispute. This vote was extended from last month due to a disagreeing result. In this case, the issue is one of dire importance to the village, and thus will likely stick around until either the Elders can agree on an approach, or the issue resolves itself some other way, not through the Elders. The populace [might be] expecting a statement to be made once again, due to the chaos that the dispute is causing.
In short, here are the things that families who have members in the village Elders can vote on:
1. Respond to Ferran's request (quarry purchase).
2. May commoners suggest laws, yes or no?
3. Something must be done about the chaotic, and dangerous, religious dispute.
Family Details: In an attempt to make things more clear, here is a basic chart that compares the families to each other, and gives each of them an basis for their actions next turn.
Elforche---
Reputation: Slightly Positive amongst Dabalian fanatics, Negative amongst Ud'ehbaians, Somewhat negative amongst the general populace.
Resources: Substantial monetary wealth, but declining from decreased sale of crafts due to low reputation, and from investing in the western mines.
Tannell---
Reputation: Mostly Neutral, Slightly Postive amongst the poor, Neutral/Slightly Negative amongst general populace.
Resources: Limited resources due to limited profits from innovation, and no other major source of income.
Ferran---
Reputation: Mostly Neutral, general populace is Slightly Suspicious of them.
Resources: Substantial monetary wealth, due to sale of high quality goods and no vast expenditures as of late.
Lew---
Reputation: Neutral/Slightly Negative among the general populace, Slightly positive among the poor.
Resources: Limited Resources due to a low-income vocation, perhaps to increase upon farm yield.
Asura---
Reputation: Neutral Amongst the general populace, Slightly positive from Dabalian supporters, due to Elder nominee being Dabalian, and vice versa from Ud'ehbaians.
Resources: Limited resources due to a low-income vocation and spending on major project (tower).
Notable Events: Below are things of major note going on the village, that the families may want to support, aid, make public speeches on, or even attempt to sabotage.
1. First and foremost on everyone's mind is the Religious Conflict. Originally an philosophical debate, the confusion has turned into a simmering pot of disrespect and unrest; fights occasionally occur in the streets and the members have to be arrested by the village Guards.
2. The Clearing of the Road to the outside world is going slowly. Volunteer work is stretched thin, due to the religious conflict but also due to village resources having to be split between the road and the school.
3. The Construction of the School is going quite well. The owner of the western mines, a man by the name of Kyvik, has made good on his promises, and has supplied large quantities of high quality stone to use for the foundation of the school. Wood has also been supplied by the efforts of Asura, and thus the resources for the main building is present. The Elders have hired craftsmen and stone masons to produce materials for the school, wisely staying away from hiring any of the powerful families because of the unrest.
4. An attitude of Distrust towards the Families is growing slowly amongst the commoners, mostly due to recent events. Perhaps someone could make a statement about the families (or any number of families in particular) in this peculiar time of unrest.
5. Some people in the village have been acting... Odd... lately. Some complain of strange nightmares, while others have become very timid and socially reclusive. No one is sure why.
6. Ferran's Blacksmith Apprentice, Cisse, is showing great talent and promise, seeming to have innate skills that rival some of the best smiths, despite only being a young man. His aptitude for smithing and his advanced strategic military mind are impressive. He can often be seen drawing tactical diagrams in the dirt on the street, and his crafts sell for a premium price at the Ferran Blacksmith shop.
We are commencing the third month. Note that general actions can be very open ended and can be anything that you can think of that would be feasible in a proto-medieval village. Also of note, you can aid in the construction of various projects, by donating resources, labor, or hiring extra manpower to aid in the project (which might also help your reputation), if you see it in your best interests for the project to be finished.
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Re: Burghers of Frye (3rd Month)

Post by Guineapig004 » Fri May 25, 2018 9:58 pm

BakedToast wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 2:43 pm
1. Respond to Ferran's request (quarry purchase).
2. May commoners suggest laws, yes or no?
3. Something must be done about the chaotic, and dangerous, religious dispute.
1. No. We can make a public auction for the wealthy families or villagers. Whoever wins will purchase the field and all the funds will be used to improve the town.
2. Yes. I am sticking with my previous sentiment.
3. We need to make a public statement. Many people would give their lives for their beliefs. This will not blow over. We will tell people that all religions are acceptable, and that if anybody disagreed with someone's religion, they could try to convert them. However, no physical force or threats are allowed.


Joven wraps himself in a cloak and goes to the house of Lew. He proposes a deal. "I've heard that you are having diminishing returns from your crops. I can remedy this situation, for a fee of course. I will tell you the information, three months before the rest of the village. You must keep this a secret, or you will destabilize what remains of the families power. So what do you say?" If they agree, I will tell them about crop rotation.

The family of Tannell begins to study how to preserve food. They also research the special properties of salt. In the course of their research, the tell the people what they are doing, to educate them.
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Re: Burghers of Frye (2nd Month)

Post by Tiberius » Fri May 25, 2018 11:49 pm

1. Yes, we want to allow ourselves to do a thing
2. No, the elders need to remain above the commoners
3. We still want a unified religion, but we will honestly support doing anything over doing nothing at this point.

The Family throws some money at the road clearing effort.

House Ferran secretly sends messengers to the count to tell him of Frye, since he's going to find out sooner or later, in an attempt to curry his favour, and to get him to notice the road and put effort towards its clearing.



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Re: Burghers of Frye (2nd Month)

Post by naturegirl1999 » Sat May 26, 2018 1:18 am

BakedToast wrote: ↑Fri May 25, 2018 9:43 am
1. Respond to Ferran's request (quarry purchase).
2. May commoners suggest laws, yes or no?
3. Something must be done about the chaotic, and dangerous, religious dispute.

1: No. the quarry and land shall be public
2: Yes. We should allow commoners to agree on a set of 3 laws supported by the majority of the populace. We should probably resolve the religious conflict first though...
3: We, the Elders should make a statement that all religions are welcome, provided that disagreements can be resolved in a civil manner. Physical harm and threats will not be allowed.

The Lew family donates their time and money and resources to finish the school and road. The Lew family accepts Asura’s offer of deer, chickens, boars, etc. and also accepts Ferran’s request to learn how to increase yields.

The Lew family attempts to figure out why the villagers are acting odd and being reclusive, and also asks other Elders and members of the powerful families what they think is going on with the villagers.
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Re: Burghers of Frye (3rd Month)

Post by Burger Cat » Sat May 26, 2018 3:01 am

BakedToast wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 2:43 pm
1. Respond to Ferran's request (quarry purchase).
2. May commoners suggest laws, yes or no?
3. Something must be done about the chaotic, and dangerous, religious dispute.
1. I believe that this quarry should be open to the public, but the Ferran family can be the private owners of the quarry but need to lets the people get half of the gathered materials that they have gotten in their job.
2. I will stay with my former statement from last month.
3. We do need to settle this religious problem by having all of the elders making the statement that all religions should be welcome into Frye and anyone that is violent about this new law should be banish into the forest for this disgrace against peace and balance of Fyre itself.

General Actions:
The Asura family began to gather the resources to build the watchtower near the Asura family house and will be using most of their workers for this project.

The Asura townguards begin to protect citizens from the religious extremists.

Northe will help the Lew family to find out why all of the villagers are acting strange as well.
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Re: Burghers of Frye (3rd Month)

Post by BakedToast » Sat May 26, 2018 4:55 am

Elforche cannot vote on the council of Elders.

The work on the eastern mines continues under Elforche's watchful management; they decide to hire several intrepid commoners to venture into the dangerous parts of the mines, that have yet to be cleared as safe. They will delve deep and report back if they can find anything of note.

Elforche attempts to boost business by making and selling both Ud'ehbaian and Dabalian themed crafts, in the hopes of garnering business from religious fanatics. Naturally, they do not sell these at their main store, but open up two different stalls in the general market where commoners also sell their things.

Elforche also devotes some time to studying the various properties of wood fibers, in the hopes that with superior knowledge they will be able to stay ahead of the crafting game.
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Re: Burghers of Frye (4th Month)

Post by BakedToast » Sat May 26, 2018 8:30 pm

The third month is coming to a close. Things continue to progress this month, but perhaps they are looking up...

The powerful Families in Frye continue their efforts, and below are the fruits thereof.
Tannell: -Salty Investigation- 98
The Tannell family has made major breakthroughs in the saline studies that they have undertaken. They have discovered that salt can cleanse wounds, albeit a painful method. Salt can be used to increase the dietary health of livestock, if it is mixed in with their food in small quantities. Salt water seems to have an interesting effect on cut wood, something Elforche might be interested in; it seems to turn it pure white. Salt can also be thinly spread upon the new road to the castle, in an effort to keept the stone bricks of the road clean.

Ferran: -Curry Favour- 19
Ferran sent messengers into the forest to find the castle of the count, and to attempt to curry favour towards Ferran. The messengers never returned.

Lew: -At Odds- 50
In their investigation, the Lew family discovers several interesting facts about the villager's strange behaviour. It seems to be spreading in a direction outward from the silk farms owned by Lew; Northe of Asura, who was aiding the investigation reported that many of the commoners who labored on the farm were receiving awful nightmares, but they refused to give any more details, all seeming to state that "the thing" would punish them if they did.

Asura: -Towering Plans- 40
The gathering of resources for the tower went fairly well, and construction of the tower began at a slow pace. Labor was difficult to find, due to construction of the road and school nearly complete. However Asura's resolve is not slaked by the slow progress, and work on the tower continues.

Asura: -Merciful Militia- 17
The members of Asura who are guards and also many of the other village guards focus on protecting the commoners from the religious extremists; however, that has set Asura up in the eyes of those extremists as an enemy to resolution of conflict, as the guards will not allow the extremists to approach their more docile neighbors to try convert them. The peacful villagers appreciate Asura's actions, but the extremists do not.

Elforche: -Mine Exploration- 59
The exploration team came back with very... interesting results. They had found a trove of ancient looking clay pots and urns, in which lay the dessicated bones of strange creatures, covered in an odd orange dust. Copper, perhaps? Intriguing...

Elforche: -Crafty Religion- 49
The religious themed crafts seem to sell like hotcakes in the markets, due to the recent events in the town. However, religious disputes occur regulary, often resulting in the market stall being attacked or overturned, and almost as many crafts are destroyed as sold.

Elforche: -Fibrous Intent- 48
Elforche has come across some interesting discoveries with wood fibers, making a strange brown soup of mashed wood, and laying it out to dry in the sun to make thin sheets of fibers, which can be used for decoration on their crafts.
The Elders have discussed and voted on the issues of the third month, and came to some amiable conclusions.
1. Respond to Ferran's request (quarry purchase).
Marahie: Yes, these are our ways, and people are allowed to buy land from the Elders for the right price.
Javen: No, a public auction should be held for the land.
Casthor: Yes (naturally, as it is for Ferran's own interest)
Bouhe: No, the quarry and land shall be public!
Northe: The quarry should be public; Ferran may run the quarry but the labourers must recieve half of all the stone they dig up as payment.
Sefiam: This is in accordance with our customs, so yes.
Tiglam: Yes, powerful families may do as they please with their resources.
Final Vote: After long discussion, Ferran has been given permission to run the quarry, provided that the labourers may keep half of the stone they dig up. (Ironicaly, this actually works in Ferran's favor, as they can now set up an open quarry where villagers can come and go as they please, and half of all rocks dug up will go to Ferran with almost no management of the quarry needed).
2. May commoners suggest laws?
Marahie: Once religious conflict is resolved, Yes, we can try this new law. Just stop disagreeing on everything, everyone.
Javen: Yes, no change in views since last month.
Casthor: No, the Elders need authority.
Bouhe: Yes, but once religious conflict is resolved. Commoners may propose 3 laws that are supported by a large number of them, which we will vote on.
Northe: Yes, no change in views from last month.
Sefiam: If we can settle the religious dispute, there is no need for this law to be passed.
Tiglam: No, commoners must grovel at our feet, not propose us new laws!
Final Vote: The resulting consensus is that if the religious tensions calm down, next month the commoners will be allowed to propose several laws, as an experiment to see if the new system will work. Casthor is quite vocal against this, predicting the instability of the government, but the others seem to think that this governing route will be better.
3. Something must be done about the chaotic, and dangerous, religious dispute.
Marahie: Refuses to vote, dreading the conflict
Javen: Make a public statement for religious tolerance, discouraging violent behaviours.
Casthor: Push for a unified religion, but is open to capitulating their vote in favor of doing something instead of nothing.
Bouhe: Make a public statement about religious tolerance and non-violence.
Northe: Make a public statement for religious tolerance and non-violence, threatening punishment to those who'd break the law.
Sefiam: Make a public statement for non-violence, if nothing else.
Tiglam: Let those peasants figure it out themselves, we should be feasting instead!
Final Vote: The Elders appear before the village, who has gathered peacefully (with heavily armed village guards keeping an eye on any troublemakers), and make a public statement about religious tolerance and acceptance. Those who violently oppose will be threatened with punishment, to be decided upon by the village Elders. The populace seems appeased, but still begrudging toward those who disagree with their religious views.
At the next monthly meeting, the Elders discussed new issues and the results of current issues.
1. Management of the School must be delegated. The school has been successfully built, and now the curriculum must be created and teachers hired, who are skilled in areas of expertise for the training of the students. Since the school is publicly owned by the village, the Elders must delegate teachers to teach in the school; either hiring them through general approval of the Elders, or by allowing private parties to hire teachers according to their wishes.

2. Tiglam proposes that public funds be used to hold a luxurious feast. This will be for the wealthier higher class, along with the powerful families and the village Elders, to celebrate their victory over the religious tensions, and the success of the school, and the soon-to-be success of the road, and the prosperity of the soon-to-be-opened western mines. Naturally, Tiglam credits himself for guiding the Elders in the correct path, and that his guidance has paid off as relative of the count; the feast shall be predominantly in his honor, but will celebrate the successes of all.

3. Actions must be taken once the road is completed. In order to avoid Frye appearing weak and disunited, we must decide a course of action; how will we approach the count, and explain our existence, let alone absence from the realm? How will deal with external trade interests? How will we respond to... the world?
In short, here are the issues to be voted upon by the Elders:
1. Discuss management of school.
2. Shall we hold a victory feast?
3. How shall we proceed once the road is completed?
Notable Events:
Notable Events:
1. The Religious Conflict is calming down, due to the statement the Elders made. Several arrests and public floggings were dealt out to continuing dissenters, and since then things have gone to a semi-peaceful state.
2. The Clearing of the Road is about three-quarter way complete, by estimation of the village builders. It should be completed sometime during the next month; The Elders have ordered the commoners not to use the road until the families or Elders themselves can go out to make diplomacy with the outside world.
3. The Reconstruction of the Western Mine is going smoothly, although some strange events seem to be occuring; additional clearing of rocks seems to be taking place in the night, and strange bones were found in ancient clay pots deep inside the mineshafts.
4. Some people in the village have been acting... Odd... lately. Some complain of strange nightmares, while others have become very timid and socially reclusive. Lew is looking into it, but has come up with nothing conclusive.
5. Ferran's Blacksmith Apprentice, Cisse, has officially made his first masterpiece. Taking him a month to complete, he made a finely gilded sword made with a special type of hardened iron that he designed himself (a form of early steel), inlaid with valuble gems and ornate carvings of dragons and other mythical beasts. The value of the sword is priceless, and Cisse intends to keep it himself. He is now considered a master, and looks to his leaders in the Ferran family for approval, or some sort of response.
We are commencing the fourth month. Family actions will become more important than ever as the world will begin to open to our humble village. Proceed wisely.
"Greater than I, none. Less than I, none. For I am Chayrus. All shall be one, as I am."

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