The Elders have discussed the Current issues, and their results are recorded here.
Maruki: I see no reason why not. I vote yea.
Bouhe: Yes. A library will be good for Frye.
Kimoni: I support this proposal.
Final Vote: An almost unanimous vote causes arrangements to be made for a public Library to be built in Frye. The Village Elders will provide the funds for this, but must find a company or group willing to take on a contract to undertake the building of the Library. The families, having representatives on the Council, will naturally be given the first chance to take up such and offer. If they do not, then it is arranged that Kimoni will find and contract a relevant company to do the building.
Natoole: While I do agree with the principles, who would make the licenses? They would need to be a knowledgeable and impartial group.
Maruki: I have no major opinion on this vote, so I vote yea.
Kimoni: This will ensure higher quality goods for Frye. I support this proposal.
Final Vote: A completely unanimous vote gets the Elders on track for drafting and officiating the creation of a registration license for all craftsmen. The general contents of the legislation are thus: any company selling crafted goods in Frye, including traveling merchants, must first purchase a license, which they can do from the Village Elders. A basic inspection ensures that crafted items are workable as intended and of reasonable quality. After that,as long as they have the document of the license with them, the vendor is free to sell any and all crafted goods in Frye.
The families and all present are reminded that they must now purchase a license this month if they wish to sell any of their crafted goods.
Lew: 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?
Tannell: [No Letter Was Written]
Ferran: [No Letter Was Written]
Asura: [No Letter Was Written]
Elforche: [No Letter Was Written]
Cisse has read the letters: He informs Lew that Thrakos de Sondir, while wealthy, has no place to meddle with the affairs of a village not under his jurisdiction. He thanks Lew for informing him of this, and that he will take the matter up with Thrakos himself. However, he rebukes Lew for not using the proper channels to request things for Frye. Should they not have simply requested teachers from Cisse, their Bailiff, who would have found people eligible for such a vocation?
The powerful families have done much this past month:
Lew: -Amiable Altercations- 11
Amialal greedily accepts the wounded thug, and begins immediately terrorizing him to generate fear, in the basement of the Lew estate. Unfortunately Amilal overdoes it, resulting in the death of the thug, but in his terrorized screams, the dying thug alerted others in Mace's gang to his presence. Enraged, Mace and his thugs storm the main hall of the Lew estate and begin vandalizing and destroying many precious pieces of furniture, tapestries, and artwork, while bludgeoning their way to the basement where Amialal was residing. Amialal fights viciously, having had his strength bolstered again, and manages to slay quite a few more thugs before escaping through a broken basement window. Mace and his thugs try to pursue Amialal through the farms and into the forest, but lose him. Amialal's tattered garments are left behind in the basement. Mace's gang has almost halved in size due to casualties, and Mace demands an explanation and compensation from their employer, Lew. Lew has to provide answers, but also has lost a lot of value in furniture and other destroyed things.
Lew: -Scholarly Study- 93
Although one of the books is missing, the scholars manage to complete a thorough analysis of the remaining books, which the farmers had thankfully not damaged. The scholars are impressed by the age of the books and how intact they still seem to be. One of the books is written in ancient Humic, a language which only the most well-educated of the scholars can decipher. They read of the early life and trials of one Arphaxad, the first prophet of Chayrus, the vile acts of the Repugnant, the turning and preaching to the Unheard, and more. Several of the scholars take the writings very seriously, as they are the oldest pieces of writing they have ever encountered. References to ancient wars, ancient geography, ancient kingdoms, all abound in the texts; a wealth of historical information, and a wealth of religious information. The scholars have learned much, but see no need to inform the Lew leaders of anything specific unless they wish to know more. The only things that seem to be relevant to Frye appear in some of the more modern books, written in Alish, which speak of the re-establishment of the "Orders of the Blade and Body", implying some sort of religious revival.
Lew: -Public Placating- 58
The public is mostly ambivalent to Lew's plight, and although they had shown quizzical interest in Lew burning their crops, don't seem to be too intrigued by Lew's explanation. Passersby who inquire deeper are shocked to read Esau's letter, but being commoners, they have more important things to attend to, like earning enough money to buy bread.
Lew: -Herbal Harmony- 71
The cart loads of herbs from the Ferran clearing project prove to be quite useful. Lew discovers a new form of mixture involving the Chamomile Flower, the Feverfew leaf, and the ginger root, can be mashed into a cold stew that, when eaten, while not at all appetizing, seems to relieve most minor illnesses, such that the patient can sleep in peace. Lew has enough of the herbs that they could start growing their own, if they wish, and potentially sell their new medicine.
Ferran: -Farm Forging- 87
Farm construction goes extremely well. If the Black Beast is still out there, it did not bother the workers at all this month, nor did any other wild beasts. Three new farmsteads have already been built. They are by no means extravagant, but they will suffice for prospective farmers and smaller families. The fields likewise are not extremely big, but may still produce a decent turnover of crop in the coming year (it is a little too late to start growing crops now, unless one were to grow a very short-term crop in two months).
Ferran: -The Iron Fist- 75
The most boisterous of the mercenaries take the Ferran sanctioned challenge of Ciona with mirth and boasting, confident that they can defeat her. Ciona enters the dueling ring with three of the troublemakers at once. They charge her, weapons at the ready, but Ciona is too quick. An agile backflip-kick to the jaw knocks one of the men out cold; he is the lucky one. The other two have their heads smashed together by the flat edge of Ciona's great-sword, while they both fall to the floor of the arena. Ciona has an honor code of not overly brutalizing an opponent, but to make a point, she slams the flat of her blade against their heads again, knocking them out cold as well. The Steel Company watches in silence, and it is clear they have a newfound respect for their commander.
Ferran: -Bounty Hunting- 82
Not a week after had Ferran released the bounty on the deserters, news came to them that a devastating fire had burned down a wayside inn, and a cart of charred but still recognizable weapons and armor pieces arrived on their doorstep. It was the equipment of the deserters. The driver of the cart wore a hood to hide his visage, and walked with a limp, as well as favored his right arm. Taking his bounty reward, the cart driver informed Ferran that he would be at the Indigo Ibex for the next couple days before leaving Frye, should they have further need of his "services".
Ferran: -Nola's Negotiations- 88
The leaders of the Ferran family, after quite a few days of treating Nola with the best of care and providing her with every need, finally put forth the pointed request to learn the identity of the individual hiding under hte blanket, whom Nola so desperately wants to protect. They make the promise that they will protect this person as if it was one of their own, and that they will be allowed to reside in the same quarters as Nola for as long as they wish. After Nola heard enough the ensure the allegiance of the Ferran family, the disguised individual removes the blanket... revealing a man made entirely of charcoal-colored sand! The Ferran delegates immediately excuse themselves, allowing Nola to keep the man in the room with her, that they may reconvene about this discovery and decide what to do about this otherworldly being.
Ferran: -Straight Shooting- 78
Steel arrowheads seem to work a lot better than iron, and Ferran has managed to make arrowheads that are more effective at piercing the armor worn by most militiamen, although a knight in full plate might still be able to resist such an arrow. Ferran merely needs to make a business arrangement with a fletcher or other wood crafter of that sort, and they could have a steady stream of arrows being made; alternately, Ferran could simply sell arrowheads as-is to independent fletchers without discrimination.
Ferran: -Wage Increase- 98
Coupled with the display of prowess from Ciona earlier in the month, the Steel Company Mercenaries happily accept the wage increase; which bolsters morale and party cohesion. They are steeled in their resolve to be effective mercenaries, and are ready for their first contract as a mercenary company.
Benaros: -Indigo Ibex Gossip- 56
Staying at a tavern for a week has it's benefits, as the new arrival and his family manage to learn a good amount from the local commoners who seem eager to impress a wealthy foreigner. Benaros learns that the Indigo Ibex is owned by the Ferran family, a wealthy family in Frye that runs most of the blacksmithing and masonry businesses. The Ferran Family has a say on the Council of the Village Elders. Quite a while ago, a famous gang leader, Mace, was almost arrested in the Indigo Ibex; most patrons remember that glorious fight. Mace is now banished from Frye. Ferran had gifted daughter, Nola, who was allegedly had a prowess with "magick", but she hasn't been seen for a few months. Ferran also owns a budding mercenary company, the Steel Company, and might benefit from martial guidance. There's a long-lasting rivalry between the Ferran Family and the Family Elforche, who have been at odds for quite a few years. A roaming street thug tried to steal one of the knights' horses, but you managed to scare him off.
Benaros: -Homing In- 67
Benaros manages to find a reasonable villa for his family. Property seems to be hard to come by in this village, but a family known as Elforche seems to be willing to sell a private villa they own at quite a low price. Upon inspection, Benaros finds it could use a few repairs, as it is only partially repaired from an... incident... that Elforche seems reluctant to speak of. But the price is unbeatable. Benaros buys the house for his family to move into, with ample space in the basement to set up a simple barracks-type dwelling to temporarily house the honor guard.
Benaros: -Elder Ears- 72
The request was put froth by Benaros to the Elders through Erris, Elforche's representative, after Benaros made the deal on the villa with Elforche. The Elders agree to hear whatever Benaros has to say in the coming month, in a public meeting in the town square of Frye. Benaros is informed that if he makes any kind of major request at this meeting, he will not receive an immediate answer, as the Elders will need to convene on the subject.
Benaros: -Holy Hearing- 38
The Church of U'debbha has got its' hands full with internal disputes and matters of faith, and thus cannot gather all of their clerics together to hear what a foreigner has to say. They offer a private hearing with a few heads of the U'debbhaian Church if Benaros is okay with that, but refuse to divert undue resources to hearing a newcomer.
Benaros: -Investment Investigation- 65
By inquiring and perusing the streets of Frye during the day, Benaros has uncovered a few businesses that may be open to investing, should he offer it to them. Kryne's Western mine is a burgeoning business, and Kryne himself seems to be the type of man who is always looking for new opportunities. Conversely, the Ferran-owned Eastern mine may also be willing to accept investment support, should Ferran approve. A small company, the Comfortable Cabinet, competitor to the Elforche Cabinetry business, could benefit from capital to grow. Most businesses beyond that are either tiny family-owned companies with very little potential, or are family-owned to the extant that Benaros would have to do far more inquiring before knowing whether or not they'd even be open to investment.
Tannell: -Editor Examinations- 36
Unfortunately, searches in Shaake and Donu reveal that there is no one there literate enough and also willing enough to be hired for editing Tannell's book of incoherent legends. Traye shows more promise, but currently all literate scholars are involved in another task under Count Aschet's orders.
Tannell: -Mercenary Musings- 73
The Wolf Company accepts the contract to guard the strange fruit, as it seems easy enough; the mercenaries of the Wolf Company are an agreeable bunch, and get along well with members of the Tannell family. The job is easy, and so the mercenaries willingly except their standard fee for their services. Since they have been stationed, commoners have made a berth around the Tannell estate, avoiding provoking the ire of the stoic heavily-armed men with wolf tattoos on their necks.
Tannell: -Beware of Knowledge You Did Not Earn- 91
The Wolf Company mercenaries stationed to watch the experimenting scholar are at first mirthfully skeptical, but they take the matter with far more interest after seeing the subject immediately request parchment paper and swiftly write and draw diagrams, pausing occasionally to stare off into space and mutter to himself. The observing scholars also take rapid notes. After about two hours, the scholar holds up a well-detailed draft of some kind of cart without wheels, but with a large circular blanket suspended above it. A fire inside the cart is pouring smoke into the blanketed structure, causing it to billow upward, and, according to the scholar's words, carry the cart upwards into the air with it, allowing people to ascend into the sky!
Tannell: -Medicant Meanderings- 7
The Medicants, who have now been reduced to a small, almost non-existent order loitering around the foyer of the Church of Northe, are bitter against the Tannell investigators, particularly blaming the families for destroying their order and putting them out of business. They refuse to give Tannell any information, and complain to Northe about the harassment. Northe warns Tannell that they have meddled more than enough in his affairs, and if they set foot in his Church again, they can expect dire consequences.
Tannell: -Cult Culminations- 24
On a warm evening, Esau and several of his apprentices arrive at the Tannell estate. The scholars of Tannell are eager to hear more about this movement. Esau expounds upon the religion, teaching them the absolute authority that Chayrus has over the entire world. However, Tannell's scholars and their prying questions about the origin of the Writ of Arphaxad and the Humic language it is written in do not land well with Esau. Offended, he refuses to answer any more of their questions on the subject, and informs them that he is a prophet, not a parlour-trick magician who will simply explain away every farcical question they have. Angrily, he and his cult followers leave the Tannell estate.
Tannell: -Disgruntled Diversions- 37
Visiting the rioters outside of the riots, while getting a more receptive response than when they are riled up, does not generate a whole lot of information. Many of the rioters are uneducated and therefore cannot articulate their feelings in ways that the Tannell investigators could understand. Thus, while Tannell catches a lot of disgruntlement and resentment, as well as general discontent with the families and the Elders, they don't get much in the way of specific answers.
There are no major issues to vote on this month. Remember that you can vote and propose new laws, if you have a family member on the council!
2. The School of Frye currently has teachers for all subjects, except history.
3. A newcomer and his family have arrived in Frye, and purchased the half-repaired villa which formerly belonged to Elforche. They arrived with an impressive set of wagons and a score of heavily-armored knights. This has caused no small stir among the commoners of Frye; who could these newcomers be?
4. A few commoners report that the Black Beast has had the audacity to attack the Lew estate! While Lew has not made a statement on the subject, the commoners are frightened by the audacity of the otherworldly creatures that live in the forest, although they did witness a group of armed thugs chase it away. They have gone to Northe and the Medicants for help, who have done their best to encourage the populace, but also use this moment to draw further suspicion towards the families.
2. Nola has become quite round with child. She is expected to give birth by the ninth month this year.
In short, here are the current Issues that the Elders can vote on this month:
Thus the Seventh month broaches the horizon, and we, leaves in the wind, froths of foam in the brook, are swept along into it's open maw. What shall become of Frye and it's inhabitants? We shall son find out...