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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by BakedToast » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:05 pm

With the last shining of the pale moon over our heads, we see that the Fourth month is now behind us. Reflecting upon these last days, we can see much unfolding and occurring. What were the results of our calculated plans? Read below to find out...

The Elders have discussed the Current issues, and their results are recorded here.
1. Add a seat for a representative of each religious group?
Erris: This is a ridiculous proposal, and weakens the power of the families.
Natoole: Yes! That is a wonderful suggestion. Though, as a caveat, we should let the Dabalian priestess finish her term, as the other representative did. Once it is complete, we shall allow both leaders on the council.
Fenris: Sure.
Maruki: Agree with Erris; this will weaken the voting power of each individual elder considerably.
Bouhe: Yes, support Natoole's caveat.
Kimoni: This is a way forward into progress, and the removal of aristocratic tyranny that has done nothing but set Frye back; however, I agree with Natoole.
Final Vote: After long discussion, the Elders decided to instate one member of each religious group into the Village Elders, with each group being able to nominate their own representative to vote on the council. This will take place after Kimoni has finished her sixth month on the Village Elders, so that the U'debbhaian Church doesn't receive an unfair advantage for having prior influence for so long.
2. Rescind forced increase on laborer pay?
Erris: Yes, this was a bad idea to begin with. Ungrateful commoners are never wise and shouldn't be encouraged.
Natoole: Yes, as it is my own idea...
Fenris: This is a complex issue and simply rescinding the law that caused it won't necessarily solve anything we should take more time to evaluate the pros and cons of this action and determine what the optimal course is to heal the economy without causing further harm, but we must remember that....
Maruki: We are having trouble financing the village guard. We need to ensure order, and to do that we need to pay our guards.
Bouhe: Yes.
Kimoni: This was never the right solution in the first place, I support this law.
Final Vote: The Village Elders have almost unanimously agreed to rescind the forced labor increase, save for a sole representative whom the rest of the council could tell was voting based on the prosperity of the family he represented; thus, the word was spread across Frye that this experiment had failed and that wages would return to normal. Businesses were happy to hear the news, and investors began to return to Frye. Over the course of the month, things slowly returned to somewhat normal.
Cisse, our Bailiff, has read the letters of the powerful families and has responded accordingly.

Lew: [No Letter Was Written]

Tannell: Greetings Cisse, We have reports of another attack from the "Black Beast". We are sending our scholars to investigate the scene imminently. We are attempting to get the village guards' assistance in the matter. We currently do not need support, though we wish to keep you informed on the pressing situation in Frye.
Sincerely, Natoole

Ferran: [No Letter Was Written]

Asura: [No Letter Was Written]

Elforche: [No Letter Was Written]

Cisse has read the letters: Cisse thanks Tannell for updating him on the situation, even if the last time he supported such an investigation it was a bust. He wishes the best and commands Tannell to inform him in post-haste if any relevant information is discovered.

The powerful families have done much this past month:

Lew: -Bandit Bootlegging- 82
Covering Mace and his band of Malign Men with worn fur cloaks, Lew escorts them back into Frye as part of a returning faux foraging party, and manages to successfully fool the guards. Once at the estate, Lew manages to rearrange the housing situation to provide a building for Mace and his men to quarter until further notice; Mace is a man of action, and won't want to be kept waiting without work; while he paces the floor in his new dwelling, his band of Malign Men roam the streets of Frye, not causing trouble but merely scouting the village; locating the back alleys, the getaway areas, and potential theft marks for future reference. Hopefully Lew will be able to put the talents of these thugs and their dastardly leader to good use.

Lew: -Garlic Growth- 25
Despite Lew's staunch reputation as skilled farmers, the garlic bulbs do not do as well as Lew expected when they planted them. So far, they have shown no signs of sprouting. Granted, this is a plant which Lew is not incredibly experienced with, and perhaps it has a different life cycle from their regular crops; who knows.

Lew: -Forest Foraging- 51
Searching for more of the garlic growing in the wild proves to be successful; Lew foragers discover about a wagon load of the wild plants, and return them to the farm.

Lew: -Farm Fending- 29
To Lew's surprise and dismay, many of their crops have been damaged by some sort of intruder. The animals seem very skittish as well. Later, Lew finds a note tacked on to one of the withered plants, sealed with wax. The contents of this note will be revealed in the diplomacy section.

Ferran: -Northward Expansion- 38
It is slow going to clear the northern swathes of forest near Frye; cart after cart of unknown herbs and small plants are delivered to Lew, while Ferran's formerly-idle mercenaries and workers chop down trees and sell the hewn wood pieces to make up some of their cost. The forest is thick and dense, and so such going is slow. If all goes without a hitch, Ferran will hopefully have the entire granted area cleared in two more months.

Ferran: -Steel Slayers- 11
Storming through the forest, shouting curses and whooping wildly, the mob of would-be glory hunters slash at plants and bushes, looking eagerly for their beastly quarry. Despite Ciona's constant urges to be quiet, the group spites her for being a woman-commander and ignores her orders. It goes without saying that a racket like that could alert an army of half-conscious drunken rats, and thus the mercenaries find little to go on, and eventually give up the search. They return to Frye disheartened and discouraged.

Tannell: -Paper Parables- 12
After recording most of the hearsay that has been gathered, the arduous process of editing and revising the tales, as well as arranging them in context, must take place. This is a procedure that Tannell innovators, while used to doing mechanically or scientifically, do not do on a regular basis for artistic literature of this kind. As such, very little progress is made in the right direction for editing, and many revisions have to be scrapped and burned due to their insufficiency.

Tannell: -Orange Seed Grow Op- 71
The plants grow well in their small alcove on the Tannell estate, as the Tannell scientists have tried their best to emulate the wild forest situation in which they found the plants in the first place. It will take time to get another crop yield of these strange grey fruits with their orange seeds, but there are still a good number of the wild fruits remaining to go around. Tannell also sends a message to the other families to have their scholars participate in some of the experiments; this will be further detailed in the diplomacy section.

Tannell: -Bloody Bearings- [No Roll Required]
The dried blood of the Beast is kept securely stored in an empty wine amphora, held shut with a stalwart cork, and placed in a cabinet in the library of the Tannell estate. May it prove useful in the future.

Tannell: -Elegant Improvements- 87
The Eloquent Oak has been receiving more clientele as of late, and thus Tannell makes the decision to capitalize on this. They expand their kitchens to add more room to prepare and experiment with leading-edge foods, and they add many decorations to the dining area of the inn. They also add a small stage to the dining area by expanding one side of the building outward, so that bards and minstrels and their ilk will be able to perform and entertain those who are dining at the Eloquent Oak.

Tannell: -Cult Culminations- 50
One of Tannell's investigators is sent to attend on of the cult meetings in Esau's basement shrine. Covered with a hood, taking along a few scraps of parchment and a piece of charcoal, she hopes to observe and record what is really going on in this growing religious movement. Attending the event, she enters unrecognized and is welcomed as a newcomer after she is requested to remove her hood, which she does. In the glowing candlelight, no one recognizes her as a member of an influential family. She listens to Esau spout odd rhetoric and references to ancient religious texts that he doesn't appear to have on hand, but more importantly, she and the rest of the crowd take in a gasp when Esau informs them that "now is the time". Those who are not novices in the cult appear to know what is going on, and Esau expands upon his statement by saying that the U'debbahians and the Dabalians have disgraced Frye for too long. He makes more references to "The Writ of Arphaxad", but Tannell's investigator can't make more sense of them than that. Being a mere visitor, she doesn't understand the references and thus cannot figure out what is really going on. Perhaps more knowledge on this subject would have helped.

Tannell: -Injury Investigation- 38
As the kidnapped man is nowhere to be found, the Tannell scholars examine the Ferran quarry-guard who had been wounded. They note long slashing claw-marks across his torso, which look like they could be from the Black Beast, or perhaps a bear. The guard himself remembers little, having fainted from fright and shock after the wound, but he recalls sensing a deep fear inside him as well as a strong emotion coming from the creature: hunger.

Event: -The Union of Esmeralda and Bracchus- 21(-Lew's Gifts- 37, -Tannell's Gift- 31)
The town square of Frye is buzzing and excited with the event of the union of two important figures from two influential families in Frye. This union will hopefully cement an alliance between the families, and allow for a peaceful advance into the future. Bracchus is dressed in the finest robes of silver-woven silk, trimmed with royal blue; as is the custom, Esmeralda is arrayed in a most extravagant wedding cloak, pure white with lace and silk affixed to it's borders. The ceremony begins, and during the entire affair, Esmeralda carries an air of arrogance, as she is aware of the spectator's knowledge of her "magickal" powers. Thankfully, she doesn't make a fuss during the ceremony, although she does raise an eyebrow at the statement of reciprocal respect and obedience between the married parties. Bracchus is clearly besotted with Esmeralda, and whimsically agrees to everything in the ceremony, eagerly vowing all the vows without a forethought. The priest, an U'debbhaian official, adjudicates the ceremony with an aura of respect, despite Elforche's previous issues with the U'debbhaian church. A lavish feast follows the ceremony; a whole boar, roasted with an apple in its mouth, various exotic and local fruits and vegetables, wines of the most fine quality, and more, are set forth for those invited to the feast. Many guests drink liberally from the wines, and it is not long before quite a few are half drunk with wine and mead. Lew's gifts are presented to the married couple; Bracchus gratefully accepts the gifts from his family, however Esmeralda turns her nose up at the raw crops and raw meat slapped on the table before her. A crude gift, she sneers, which makes the half-drunk Bracchus turn red with frustration, although he remains silent. Esmeralda takes the silk materials with a little more preference, but as it is raw silk, she doesn't know what to do with it. Bracchus looks admiringly at Tannell's brilliant blue tapestry astonished at the mastery of quality in the dragon itself, claiming to feel its' flames on his flesh. Esmeralda, who clearly has been spoiled for way too long, does not appreciate the gift. She says the dragon is ghastly, and should not be portrayed in her house, as dragons are evil creatures who would destroy magickal powers from the hands of mankind if they could. Bracchus then openly disagrees with her, at which comment Esmeralda slaps him across the face in a fit of rage and storms off, headed towards their home. Bracchus is embarrassed, and several of the completely drunk men begin to laugh uproariously at the situation. Bracchus, half drunk with wine, springs up from his seat in a rage, charging headfirst into the group of drunken mockers, fist swinging. He grabs a ham bone and uses it as a crude club to bludgeon his opponents, who try to rally against him; however, Bracchus has the advantage, being only half-drunk while the others are fully drunk. The rest of the feast guests watch in shock as a wild melee ensues, devolving into a reckless free-for-all. Bracchus manages to down several grown men with his ham-bone club before some of the more sober men manage to restrain everyone involved, including Bracchus, who is swearing and cursing in rage at this mockery. The other drunken men are still laughing at his misfortune. Angrily seizing the dragon tapestry, Bracchus also storms off towards their home. Most of the feast-goers disperse at this, save for a few brash individuals, who continue to feast at Bracchus' expense. Finally, the feast ends, and the wedding guests return to their homes.

New Issues:
There are no issues for the Village Elders to vote on this month. Be sure to step forward if you have a representative on the Village Elders and want a law to be made!
Notable Events:
1. The economic situation in Frye has stabilized, due to the return to the older laws about labour compensation and pay. Businesses are recovering, and are beginning to hire back those they laid off. This has caused some order to return to Frye, and a reduced level of brigandry in the streets.

2. The riots led by the alliance of the Church of Northe and the Loforian U'debbhaians have gotten quite serious. The Village Guards have had to band together several times to "persuade" the crowds to back down, and in some cases small fights have broken out between the disgruntled commoners and the guards. While the numbers of rioters have decreased due to the labour problems righting themselves, the more radical of the protesters have continued to protest, and now don't have the calming influence of the more mundane rioters.

3. The School of Frye currently has teachers for all curriculums, except history.
Inquiries + Diplomacy

Lew
1. A soiled letter was found near the sabotaged plants on Lew's farm, sealed in wax. It is signed by Esau, the Chayrus cult leader. He brands Lew as a "Repugnant Family" for refusing their generous offer to buy the drawing of the henge and for refusing to even acknowledge their requests, let alone tell them the information they seek. Lew has made it clear that they see themselves as somehow above those who serve the one true god, and thus, they can expect hostility from this time forward from Esau and his followers.

2. A formal request has arrived from the Tannell family, requesting the aid of a few scholars for important experiments involving some rare wild plants.
Tannell
1. Tannell has sent requests to the other families to aid in plant investigations. How they respond is yet to be seen in the coming month.
Ferran
1. A formal request has arrived from the Tannell family, requesting the aid of a few scholars for important experiments involving some rare wild plants.

2. Cisse has sent a sealed letter by covert courier into the hands of Ferran family heads. He requests a response in post-haste, asking if Ferran's mercenary band will be available for his use in two months from now. Cisse implies through the letter that the cause is urgent and covert, and that Ferran will be rewarded greatly if his mercenary band is ready for Cisse's personal use, and if the endeavor is a success.
Asura
1. A formal request has arrived from the Tannell family, requesting the aid of a few scholars for important experiments involving some rare wild plants.
Elforche
1. A formal request has arrived from the Tannell family, requesting the aid of a few scholars for important experiments involving some rare wild plants.

In short, here are the current Issues that the Elders can vote on this month:
None. Make sure that if you want laws made and you have the capability to do so, that you go ahead and do such!
And with the Fourth Month drawing to a close, we venture on into the Fifth. The sky is beginning to shed warmth upon the village once more, as spring is in full swing; soon, summer shall be upon us. And how, then, shall we move ourselves through the stream of time? How shall we conduct ourselves? Only the future knows.
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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by naturegirl1999 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:41 am

Lew accepts Tannell’s request to send scholars.

Actions
Lew asks Mace and his gang to infiltrate the Chayrussian church, taking whatever they find, but to bring to Lew any books. Everything else is fair game

Lew reads the books brought to them by Maxe and his gang, trying to learn more about the cult.

Lew tries to replant crops far away from the area where the previous crops were destroyed

Lew tries to get rid of the dead plants by burning them, hopefully getting rid of whatever killed them, like diseases or plant poisons

Lew sends some delegates to Traye, Shaake, and Donu, looking for a history teacher
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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by Guineapig004 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:43 am

(OOC: Hah! Esmeralda has proved that she lacks the ability to identify good art.)

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Actions:
Tannell continues to slog through the editing process. If this fails, we will need to look into more experienced writers.

Tannell sends a few scholars out of the city to inquire about the cult's god.

Tannell questions people who have been affected by "The Dark God" to see if they faced a similar feeling to the guard.

Tannell continues to research the fruits we have, while tending to the ones we are growing.

Tannell looks into well trained and affordable mercenaries, Natoole has a bad feeling about the coming months.
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Natoole steps foward!
He inquires about the possibility of a library being constructed for the common folk. Increased education for the young and old will drive progress!
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Letter to the Bailiff:
Greetings Cisse,

We have been unable to extract much useful information from the guard. The only information of note, was that he sensed a "great hunger" from the beast attacking him. While this could be the ramblings of a terrified man, the repeated occurrence of these strange attacks has caused our family to reconsider our stance. While we still find no need for your assistance, we would like your outlook on the matter.

Sincerely,
Natoole
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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by Tiberius » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:52 pm

Continue Clearing
Propose a law that requires craftsmen to acquire a licence for a small fee to sell their goods in order to maintain a higher level of quality and increase the village council's revenue
Assign the most martially inclined member of the Ferran Family to work with Cyona to command and control the Steel Company
Drill some discipline into them

Request Asura's Aid in the Drilling

Accept Tannel's request, although Ferran lacks any great scholars we will give them what we have

To Cisse:
The Steel Company will be ready

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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by BakedToast » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:26 pm

I won't be drafting the turn report in the near future, but rest assured it will be coming out. I'm as interested as you all must be on how this intrigue will play out!
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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by Guineapig004 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:53 am

(OOC: Oops, in case you could tell, the inquiry about a communal library was a council proposal. )
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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by BakedToast » Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:41 pm

Guineapig004 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:53 am
(OOC: Oops, in case you could tell, the inquiry about a communal library was a council proposal. )
I gotcha. It's going to be a proposal. Conveniently in time for the hopeful release of your newly-edited book, no doubt?
I'm about 1/3 done the report (A lot of spare time is going into another project, see my signature below :mrgreen:, but rest assured I am working on this as well!)
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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by Guineapig004 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:46 pm

Ah yes, I've noticed the new signature. Good luck on your sculpting!
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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by BakedToast » Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:21 am

And so, after a tense period of unrest, the Fifth month has traveled past us. Summer's heat is approaching; and the heat of intrigue is beginning to broach our minds. What has occurred in the the past month? Read on...

The Elders have discussed the Current issues, and their results are recorded here.
No Issues needed to be voted upon in the previous month.
Cisse, our Bailiff, has read the letters of the powerful families and has responded accordingly.

Lew: [No Letter Was Written]

Tannell: We have been unable to extract much useful information from the guard. The only information of note, was that he sensed a "great hunger" from the beast attacking him. While this could be the ramblings of a terrified man, the repeated occurrence of these strange attacks has caused our family to reconsider our stance. While we still find no need for your assistance, we would like your outlook on the matter.

Ferran: The Steel Company will be ready.

Asura: [No Letter Was Written]

Elforche: [No Letter Was Written]

Cisse has read the letters: Cisse thanks Ferran for their commitment. He will send another letter to Ferran in post-haste when he requires the aid of the Steel Company, at which time he requests Ferran send the Steel Company to Traye will Cisse will meet them and take over from there.
Cisse thanks Tannell for the information; as Tannell asked for his opinion, he writes to them that he thinks it very possible that another Black Beast like the one they had delivered him an arm from has entered Frye's vicinity. Since the last one was difficult to kill, Cisse recommends a band of mercenaries, Frye's Village Guards, or some such attempt to take it down.

The powerful families have done much this past month:

Lew: -Credence of Crime- 89
The dismembered Mace with his strapped-on morningstar and his gang of thugs descend upon Esau's house in the darkest of nights, expecting a covert op. Using a ladder, they enter through an open window on the upper floor; in the house, Esau is still awake, studying some ancient texts. He jumps up in surprise to see the band of bandanna-disguised invaders in his house, but is quickly subdued and gagged before he can make so much as a peep. Two thugs keep Esau restrained while Mace and the others head to the basement, where the temple of Chayrus awaits. As the thugs thunder down the stairs, they encounter several zealous cultists who must have been pulling an all-nighter. A fight breaks out in the basement as the cultists draw small daggers and attempt to defend their temple. Mace downs one of them with a single swing of his morningstar, and the others are quickly dispatched by Mace's gang. One thug was stabbed and heavily injured, but the others are unscathed. Mace orders the collection of the books and scrolls, of which there are 5, and then allows the thugs to loot the place. Silver plates and goblets, gold medallions, two paintings, straw-woven decorations, fine silk robes from the cultists, and even the Obsidian Pillar at the forefront of the room, are fair game. The Obsidian Pillar is quite heavy, and two thugs have to work together to remove it from the basement. Mace and his gang sneak out the back door of Esau's house into the alley, carrying their loot by the armload. As the two thugs restraining Esau join the group to help carry the loot, Esau, who was left in the upper floor of his house, manages to undo his restraints, and begins yelling and cursing for help. The village guard shows up pretty quick, and Esau directs them to the back alley, where they find a large amount of footprints heading away from the house. By this time, Mace and his thugs have dispersed, taking different routes back to the Lew estate, so as to avoid detection. The guards are unable to trace the robbers to their location. The 3 books and 2 scrolls are laid before Lew as testament to a job well done, as well as the wounded thug, whom Mace considers it Lew's jurisdiction to deal with. Mace and his men return to their quarters, laden with loot; a raucous party ensues.

Lew: -Stolen Speculations- 29
As Lew's scholars are currently unavailable while helping Tannell with their project, Lew's farmers attempt to read and decipher the ancient texts. Unfortunately, they are not as learned as the scholars, and cannot make heads or tails of the documents, except that Chayrus seems to be everything, and everything seems to be Chayrus. What that means is beyond the farmers, although some of them feel awe-inspired by the ancient authority of the words in the book, and although they do not understand the words, they believe that they might be true. Bracchus, who was also aiding in the deciphering, is convicted of the value held in the texts, and smuggles one of the books to his own home for private reading.

Lew: -Remedial Recovery- 68
The replanting of the crops goes well for Lew, and they manage to recover most of the plants that were lost, although they are set behind in schedule since infant seeds had to be replanted. These plants are planted on the outermost area of Lew's estate, near the forest. While planting, Lew's farmers hear some odd noises coming from the forest, and are approached by someone from the forest; more to be revealed in the diplomacy section.

Lew: -Crop Cremation- 58
The burning of the plants is also successful, but raises eyebrows from commoners on the streets and those who observe the event. A few hooded figures stop to yell insults at the Lew farmers at the fire before disappearing into the throngs of people on the streets.

Lew: -Historical Hopes- 12
While searching the other villages nearby for a history teacher, Lew delegates are accosted by a nobleman from the court of Traye, who insists that such a peasant village has no right to try to poach great minds from the honourable city of Traye, and that they'd best leave Traye alone if they value their freedom. Quite shaken, the Lew delegates return home, but not empty-handed. They bear the name of the nobleman who halted them: Thrakos de Sondir.

Tannell: -Errant Editing- 23
Progress is extremely slow. Contradictory tales, convoluted historical lines, and generally bad grammar cause the book to be nigh unreadable at this point. The innovators struggle to edit the book, but make no substantial progress, except on the first tale, the Tale of Beasts.

Tannell: -Cult of the Countryside- 71
Around loose farmsteads, wayside inns, and travelers, Tannell investigators find that the Cult of Chayrus is not a Frye-specific phenomenon. Many countryside peasants are beginning to follow the teachings of evangelizing cultists, that there is a god in whom everything is, and in everything is him. The god who shall one day make all become one. Whom greater than him is none, less than him is none. Due to the alleged sincerity and manifest power of these lay preachers, many country dwellers are beginning to question and even forsake U'debbha and Dabalia in favor of this more manifest deity preached by the cultists. A few more hospitable farmers have the Tannell investigators stay the night in their commune, at which they hear a traveling cultist preaching and translating from a book called "The Writ of Arphaxad". The cultist mentions that there are other books, but this one is the oldest and most important. He speaks unifying words to the audience, and preaches with a passion that has long since abated in the staunch U'debbahian Church, and an authority that has long disappeared from the lax Dabalian Temples. It's easy to see why people flock to these preachers who motivate them to become better than they are. After the event, one of the Tannell investigators manages to purchase a copy of the Writ of Arphaxad from the cultist for a great sum of money, although it is written in very archaic Humic, a language mostly lost to present-day uneducated commoners (who speak Alish).

Tannell: -Affected Answers- 51
Investigations into those previously affected by the Dark god in their dreams reveals that they indeed did feel the same sort of fear as the guard described; however, most of the subjects are unwilling to discuss the events any further, relieved to be freed from this terror in the first place. Although the Medicants are no longer a major order in the main stage of Frye, many of the subjects credit the Medicants and the Church of Northe for their recovery.

Tannell: -Orange Seed Op- 81 [Result affected by Lew; Result affected by Ferran]
With the help of all of Lew's scholars, and the few scholar-ish people Ferran had to spare, Tannell makes major breakthroughs on the physiology of the Orange Seeds, and their effects on people. The grayish fruit itself seems to have the effect of a short-term fertility-aid and aphrodisiac, as animals tested with it seemed to enter heat quite quickly, and conceive very quickly from males who had also eaten the fruits. The Seeds themselves have a slight tangy flavour which contrasts the blandness of the fruit, and do not appear to have noticeable effects at this time. People who consumed the fruits noticed a sharp temporary increase in their cognitive abilities. One Tannell innovator came up with an early draft for a new invention on the spot, one that he believes will replace the catapult as a siege engine if perfected. A Lew scholar exposed to the fruit sits down and creates the beginnings of a magnificent painted work of art, although she could never even draw effectively before. One scholar discovers that if the fruits are planted in the ground whole, the seeds are much more likely to germinate, using the fertility-boosting qualities of the flesh of the fruit to aid in their growth. The Ferran and Lew scholars take this information home with them as well.

Tannell: -Mercenary Makings- 92
A lot of mercenary companies are available to be hired, and many of them are accepting contracts at the time. Tannell gathers their names and has the ability to recruit one or more in the coming months: The Steel Company, Run by Ferran, who don't have a track record to speak of; The Asuran Mercenary Company of Frye, run by Asura, who haven't been hired for any major contracts yet, but each soldier has an individual hiring record; The Blooded Cleavers, mostly a band of wayside bandits who offer their shady work for contract at extremely low costs; The Wolf Company, a band of mercenaries hailing from Traye, who have an exemplary track record; The SandCapes, a highly-exotic band of desert warriors who have arrived in Traye looking for work, of whom not much is known at all. All these have somewhat reasonable costs. The least expensive are The Blooded Cleavers; the most expensive are The Asuran Mercenary Company of Frye.

Ferran: -One Direction- 90
A surge in labour, and the fact that most of the difficult materials were cleared last month, has ensured that the clearing process for Ferran's bequeathed land has gone extremely well. The forests in the large swathe of land in Ferran's possession has been cleared, and dozens of cartloads of herbs have been shipped to Lew. Ferran has a large quantity of downed tree trunks and logs which they can do with as they see fit.

Ferran: -Joint Training- 26
One of Ferran's most martially gifted leaders, Darat, joins forces with Ciona and attempts to drill the ragtag band of glory-seeking mercenaries known as the Steel Company. They do not respond well to the strict regimen applied on them, as they want to fight without discipline, despising the life of the regular soldier. Several of them desert the party, weakening their numbers, taking their Ferran-provided equipment with them. A few have to be locked in Ferran's basement as a makeshift brig to punish unruly behavior. This lowers morale further among the Steel Company.

Ferran: -Discipline Drilling- 51
The Asura guard captain was more than willing to aid in the drilling of Ferran mercenaries, for a cost of course. After Ferran paid his modest fee, he took the Steel Company to task in order to make them slightly closer to ship-shape in terms of soldiering discipline. While the Steel Company still disregards any commands from Ciona, they listen to the Asuran guard captain, and their behavior begins to improve. They are still a long way from a cohesive fighting force, but they are starting to improve.

New Issues:
1. Natoole has stepped forward, requesting a public Library be built in Frye. This building will be a repository of books of all kinds and will be accessible to all. Increased education for the young and old will drive progress, says Natoole.

2. Fenris has stepped forward, proposing a law that requires craftsmen to acquire a licence for a small fee to sell their goods, in order to maintain a higher level of quality and increase the village council's revenue.
Notable Events:
1. A violent fight broke out in the streets of Frye this month between the guards of Frye and the alliance of rioters of both Loforian and Northic origin. The guards were forced to draw their weapons and subdue the crowd after members began to draw cudgels, daggers, pitchforks, and the like. A guard was killed and quite a number of commoners were slain in the melee, and dozens were wounded on both sides, although the better-equipped guards sustained less damage. This has subdued and cowed the less radical of the protesters, but has only enraged the radicals, who have begun attacking Frye's guards on sight, often being arrested and incarcerated for their belligerence. If these incidents are not somehow quelled soon, the results could be far more serious than bystanders anticipate.

2. The School of Frye currently has teachers for all curriculums, except history.

3. Enraged Chayrusian cultists have sent reports to Frye's village guard of a break-in that has taken place on their sacred Temple; the village guards are investigating the evidence. Esau is also publicly offering a handsome reward to whoever finds the criminals responsible for this attack.

4. Commoners in the streets near the Ferran Mine are halted in their tracks when the workers of the mine seem to stop what they are doing, and instead escort two soot-covered individuals, one covered in a fine Ferran Cloak, and the other covered in a utility blanket from the mine supplies, to the Ferran estate. The commoners find this strange, and word of the odd event trickles to the families, but perhaps it is merely a unusual occurrence.
Inquiries + Diplomacy

Lew
1. A hooded figure arrives at the doorsteps of the Lew family estate late one night, bearing a sealed letter, which he delivers into the hands of the Lew family heads. The letter is adressed to Lew from Esau. It contains grave threats about Lew's fate should they be discovered to be behind the attack on the Chayrusian Temple.

2. A hooded figure arrives at the Lew family farms near the forest one evening, demanding to see the Lew family heads. He keeps himself disguised, but begs Lew for sanctuary and help. He cannot help who he is. He removes his hood, revealing himself to be Amialal the Black Beast! He admits to the kidnapping of the Ferran quarry worker to Lew, but insists that he had no choice, and he now has nowhere else to go. He swears fealty to Lew, and offers to resume work as the history teacher, as long as Lew will shelter him and ensure that he has his required... sustenance.
Tannell
1. After hearing of Tannell's investiagtion into their religion via traveling evangelists, Esau has extended an official invitation to visit the Tannell family estate, and to further instruct them from the Writ of Arphaxad, having now attained a copy himself.
Ferran
1. The mine workers have escorted two people discovered deep in the Ferran mines to Ferran's doorstep. After taking them in, one reveals herself to be Nola, the lost mage! She is quite shaken, although not malnourished in any way. She has a few wounds on her body, but seems not to be too much worse for wear. For the time being, she has not said much about where she has been, except to briefly reference a dream she had quite a few months ago about a half-finished pyramid. The other figure has remained covered in the utility blanket, and Nola has stopped anyone from removing the blanket, saying that the person is under her care and she will protect them.

2. Ciona has delivered an official letter to Ferran of her potential resignation, should the Steel Company continue to disrespect her. She is a great martial leader and fighter, not a curvy laughingstock.
Asura
Nothing of Note.
Elforche
Nothing of Note.
In short, here are the current Issues that the Elders can vote on this month:
1. Public Library to be built?
2. Craftsmen require a license to sell their goods in Frye?
And now, with the Sixth month at our feet, the Sun's heat shall warm our souls and strengthen our resolve; what shall become of this month? Time will tell...
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Re: Burghers of Frye

Post by naturegirl1999 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:29 pm

1. Yes. A library will be good for Frye
2. Yes

Actions
Take in Amialal, and give Amialal the injured thug for sustenance. Don’t let the other thugs find out we are doing either of these
Now that the scholars are back, have them read the books and scrolls.
Explain that the burning of the dead crops was to prevent whatever poisoned them from spreading. If we are asked about who/what poisoned the crops, show the letter from Esau mentioning the poisoning
Try to figure out if the herbs can be combined to make medicines


Letter to Cisse
We are curious about Thrakos de Sondir. He thinks that Frye is no place for Traye’s teachers. We are thinking about possibly adding new curricula, and will need teachers to fill them. What would need to happen to make Frye not be considered a ‘peasant village’ as Thrakos described it?
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