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Order of the Sword & Rose
ELF ADMITS SUCCUBUS ATTACKS
Notorious Coin Lord Agents: 'The Fellowship' Attempt Cover-up
With reports of missing persons beginning to pile up, the rumor mills of Stormreach taverns have been at full spin as many citizens look for answers. While we have all heard tall tales, from new, stronger kobolds to vampires, a prevalent rumor seems to keep surfacing of a succubus making the rounds of Stormreach's darker alleyways.
As expected, the city guard refuses to make any official statements as they hope in vain that citizens with short attention spawns will forget the deaths of our lost friends. However a source close to the investigation, only able to speak under the protection of anonymity for fear of reprisal, has been able to confirm an unknown number of deceased individuals have been discovered without any signs of physical trauma. Forensic authorities are unable to rule out the possibility of a succubus attack draining them of their life force.
Following the rumor trail has led this intrepid reporter to The Phoenix Tavern, well known as a hub for adventurers and most notably known as the favored watering hole of the Coin Lords' notorious agents, The Fellowship of the Golden Night. Positioned in the secluded rear loft, drinking with a known Fellowship agent, I questioned an elven wizard called Ondranar Palerose.
As he was one of many elven wizards known to frequent the tavern, observers had noticed the wizard's absence for the last few weeks, including during the string of murders. He reappeared in the tavern once more in a notably upbeat mood. Jackson Laws, a regular face in the tavern who coordinates duels amongst adventurers, observed the change: “He had been rather sullen and moody before he left. Then he comes back again, mincing about and rather happy. Somethin' lifted his spirits lately.”
Mr. Palerose agreed to an interview, admitting that he was indeed a “friend” of the fellowship, whose agents are most recently known for the debacle of accusing a mother of kidnapping her own child. While the elf did his best to show a humble facade, as soon as the subject of the succubus was broached the interviewee quickly turned hostile, attempting to cast a Charm Person spell upon this reporter.
Thankfully due to the dangerous threats posed by this profession, this reporter was prepared for such a threat, protected against all mind manipulation by an enchanted necklace. Mr Palerose's spell had no effect. Mr Palerose than admitted openly that he had “Not summoned her, but (he) did attract her to the city.” At which point, the elf's entourage, undoubtedly Fellowship muscle, intervened, preventing the interview from proceeding further.
When it became evident that this reporter had indeed begun to find the beginnings of the truth – this succubus, while not summoned by magical means, had indeed been brought upon our innocent city by the lonely wizard – he attempted to press his point, only to be nearly assaulted by the thugs. It is apparent that the Coin Lord agents are doing all in their power to cover up this incident.
Further evidence has proven their attempt at a cover up, as this reporter was followed to his office that evening by a Fellowship agent. Fearing for his safety upon hearing their attempts to break in, this reporter was forced to take precautionary efforts and evacuate through magical means to a safe house while the agent ransacked his office.
After confiscating this reporter's notes and an early draft of this very article, the agent also left behind a note, advising against the publication of this article. The note also attempted to offer bribery and hoped to throw this reporter off course with another story of interest. To the agent who invaded my personal office, I give you this message: No amount of gold or coffee, no matter how good, will prevent me from bringing forth the truth for the people of Stormreach.
It is still unclear if this succubus had been brought to the city as a tool to be used by the Coin Lords' agents, or if they were just attempt to cover up a wizard's misguided lone actions. Further investigation is pending. However, with reports of murders ceasing, it appears, at least for now, that the Fellowship have gotten their succubus under control. -Will de Word
Editor's note: Any opinions expressed in this article are those of its writer, and may or may not be shared by the publishing staff of The Chronicle. While we at The Chronicle do our best to check all facts, due to the nature of the many anonymous sources in this article, not all details can be completely verified.
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ATTACK ON CHRONICLE REPORTER SHOCKS HARBOR
Connecting the Dots: Chronicle Under Fire!
AIRSHIP CRASHES IN SEARING HEIGHTS.
MAINTENANCE LAPSE RAISES SAFETY CONCERNS
At approximately ten minutes to midnight last Sol evening, the western side of Stormreach was rocked by a terrible explosion in the skies just west of The Twelve’s magical tower. Witnesses outside of the tower saw the airship light up the sky in a terrible fireball before its burning debris plummeted downward out of sight. Verona Jethro, a member of a caravan currently seeking shelter outside of the tower, witnessed the disaster: “It was just a quiet night. We were just about to settle in for the night when there was this huge, terrible bang. We thought maybe it was something the wizards in the tower were up to, but Smiley, who was on watch, pointed out the falling debris. It was like streaks of fire streaming through the night sky well off in the distance.” The explosion was loud enough that it could be heard in nearly all quarters of Stormreach, the airship exploding a few miles west of the city over the area known as The Searing Heights. The ship, identified as The Smiling Princess, is registered as privately owned and operated by Captain Smith, claiming Stormreach as its home port. Due to poor record keeping by the Airport Master, no exact crew count is available. However, the ship, a Windspyre Sparrow model, has a crew compliment of 7 and a passenger capacity of up to 30 members. It is assumed all souls were lost. A recovery party was only able to identify the ship’s name and model before Drow tribes in the region with sour relations with Stormreach asked them to leave. Several bodies were recovered and no survivors were found. Due to the lack of a full recovery of the ship, it is impossible to know exactly what caused the catastrophic disaster; however, public records regarding the ship’s maintenance record indicate it may have been a ticking time bomb. The ship, while claiming Stormreach as its home port, has not had any maintenance performed on it in the last 10 years, since it transferred ownership to Captain Smith in 994 YK. Records indicate the ship made port at the Falconer’s Spire just north of the Marketplace bazaar only four days ago. It was not grounded as per regulations. Taelyn d’Lyrandar explains, “Airships are held to a very strict safety standard to ensure the safety of all airship passengers, not just those of House Lyrandar. Per the International Trade Treaty of Sharn, all airships, private or public, who fly in the skies of Eberron must adhere to a very strict maintenance schedule. While House Lyrandar has an impeccable safety record, it is in the interest of the entire airship industry to maintain airship travel as the safest form of transportation. It is the responsibility of any Airport Master to ground any airships that do not meet these strict maintenance requirements for the safety of their own crew.” This raises serious questions as to why the Airport Master, a public worker employed by The Coin Lords, did not ground The Smiling Princess before she left port. While we will never know the exact cause of the explosion over the Stormreach sky last night, the lives of all those lost are in the hands of The Coin Lord officials who looked the other way while an ill-maintained vessel left their docks. This raises the question whether other privately owned airships are also cutting corners with maintenance and perhaps are using Stormreach’s lax officials as a way to bypass airship expenditures. House Lyrandar is investigating this incident further, and will decide if penalties against The Coin Lords will be needed. -Will de Worde Editor's note: Any opinions expressed in this article are those of its writer, and may or may not be shared by the publishing staff of The Chronicle. While we at The Chronicle do our best to check all facts, due to the nature of the many anonymous sources in this article, not all details can be completely verified. Heard a great rumor? Looking for some extra platinum? The Chronicle will pay up to 200 platinum for leads that get published. Talk to Capshaw the Crier at our Harbor View office for more details.