The Elders have discussed the Current issues, and their results are recorded here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In short, here are the current Issues that the Elders can vote on this month: