The New World, Same as the Old World

There is at least one thing I am grateful for. I know my place. Ever since Anrudiel returned from his ‘heroics’ everything has gone up in the air. I’m not sure as to what will follow but at least it still continues as it unfortunately always has.

Keolith was married a few days ago to Windswept Flower. I was told it was a beautiful ceremony. Somehow he managed to get both the Elves and Dwarves to act civilly towards each other to bless their marriage. It was enough in fact for me and their clerics to consecrate an area burial. Not that it didn’t have it’s own troubles in itself, and in fact has been the cause of mine.

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The Otranto Herald

Popular Independent Franchise Sells Rights to the Metricious

New Laboratory Set to Tackle ‘Dermis’ Epidemic

The Aegeris Family Introduces a Loyalty Scheme

Investment in New Refinery Transmutes to Ash for the Rhaxon Family

Oraea lobbyists call for the release of a Potential Vessel


Popular Independent Franchise Sells Rights to the Metricious

As delicious as Margret’s sandwiches are; the future for her shops has been in question since the rumoured move for the Mallor family into the food and beverage markets. For those unfamiliar with recent events, the Mallor family had taken no interest in investments other than luxury goods in the Upper and Middle markets. The move would see a sizeable change in the direction of the family’s investments and their reach of influence.

It is believed that Marget’s, now with other thirty-two shops all over the city and the backing of the Metricious, will have an additional three placed in the outer tiers of the lower district as part of an effort to help the Lower classes.  With this purchase, could this be seen as the preemptive first warning shots fired by the Guild against the family’s intentions? Time and money will eventually tell us all.

New Laboratory Set to Tackle ‘Dermis’ Epidemic

If you have kept your finger on the pulse of the latest in fashion, augmentations have been part of the industry standard for years. A controversial subject, the fact that Non-Aug models and augmented models compete for the same jobs has seen a backlash from lobbyists supporting purity of body. Recently there has been disturbing reports that a new fashion trend is seeking to blend the two together.

‘Splicing’ otherwise known as B-Aug or Bioorganic Augments is the result of the discovery of flesh-like materials that could be used to disguise augments. This new technology has not only been banned from Gladiatorial combat due to disguised advantages but is also being considered a banned substance by the Royal family as it could be used to conceal weapons, explosives or other devices that could put the safety of citizens at risk if undetected

The Aegeris Family Introduces a Loyalty Scheme

Many of us from time to time have required the services of the Aegeris family. Their friendly demeanour and depthless knowledge have made them a household name throughout the rings. If you’ve had a problem that no other could solve they could and would fix it for you. The family has now introduced a new business card which you can reap the benefits of.

If you find yourself in needing the Family’s services then all you have to do is press on the card in the designated free slot and an auto-message will be sent via an express tube to the connection database where you will be immediately assigned a member of the family. Every fifth call will qualify you into entering a competition for a lifetime supply of help and the possibility of having Lord Edmund fix your problem himself. Not only that but the card also entitles you to a discount on any further requests related to the first. If you wish to purchase one of these cards, send a credit transfer along with the form attached to this newspaper to district A7. If you do not have clearance to access the postal network in Upper districts please see your nearest Royal Guard for a request form.

Investment in New Refinery Transmutes to Ash for the Rhaxon Family.

The Rhaxon family has suffered another setback to their plans as their new refinery destroyed a large amount of valuable ore rather than processing it at twice the speed with increased efficiency in production as it was previously advertised. This was believed to be one of the saving graces of the Rhaxon’s as their recent financial trouble and losses has put the family’s investments into question.

Well known for their ability to change one substance into another it is quite a surprise that the family could not simply transmute more ore. We cannot find any sources to indicate one way or another but this might explain the heavy investments that the family has put in place since they rose to notoriety. If you have been affected by this recent event and are now unemployed, please fill out a Job Seeker’s form from your nearest Royal guard.

Oraea lobbyists call for the release of a Potential Vessel

Two days ago we reported that a Ms Sharlon Kennoch claimed to be a Vessel of Magai after an accident that left her wheelchair bound. She has since been locked up in her room by =hospital officials under the direct orders of the Royal Guard and the Church. It is believed she has not been allowed to see visitors and that Oraea members are being forcibly removed from anywhere in G6, regardless of their intent.

This has sparked outrage from the Oraea officials and has responded with protests and marches. The Grand Orator spoke to the crowds today from outside the Arena in G5. “We cannot allow the Church to dictate our faith. Although we are individuals, we all come together under the common belief that she will return. It is our fundamental religious right to examine her claim and to not be subjected to prejudice and brute force regardless of Royal sanction.”


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Interview with the Chronologist: Stroms Dehart

“Idiots, all of them… You pay for the labour and the equipment but there is no judging the skill. You take what you get around here. My Goddess, it is pathetic. Running a protection racket, arson, theft, even a simple intimidation job requires a bit of brain. Unfortunately, you cannot just stuff more in there. Brains are cheaper than grunts these days.

I should properly introduce myself since you have so kindly stepped into my territories unarmed with either knowledge or weapons. You are now at the mercy of the Undercroft Syndicate and the discretion of its leader, myself, Dehart. From my understanding you are some kind of Chronologist; a scribe of all things past, present and future. It is rare to see someone try to pull off such an audacious claim. Free movement within the city, specific codes to the Royal Guard, even those eyes… I can only trust what I have been told about you.

As an impartial observer, with access to truth beyond our current understanding and with no ability to act, it must be frustrating to see the city this way. I am sure there are tales of when this place was beautiful and holy, where doors were left open and favours were given, not bought. It would be nice to see that one day, perhaps tour your archives before I die. But it is not the world we live in and after I die, I certainly shall not reside in the Hallowed Halls of Magai.

So where do I begin?  Ah. What lubricates the cogs of this city are few but distinct. Money is generally seen as the easiest to attain and abuse. The Upper folk do not see what they do to us. They have all the views to look down upon us. Those stuck between the deadlands, the Ghila, the sea and the walls of Middle and Upper society made of security checks and reflective glass. Money out here is trapped in these outer rings. It either gets recycled between individuals, business or back alley pockets and then back to another. It is filtered out by taxes, fines, or taken by force as justified contribution to public works by ourselves due to their displeasing or disrespectful behaviour.

The folks of the Upper and Middle societies only care about what they can get out of us. Labour, productivity, wealth but they do not see what they take. We strike a delicate balance between an excess of force and abuse of position and the implied use of it to yield the best results. Cogs out here are well oiled by myself with mercenaries, death threats, a burning of an establishment or a kidnapping or two. We try not to feed the demon as much. Death is never the first answer. But the newspapers and local gossips always blow every death out of proportion. Which is unfortunate, but the negative press only makes us appear more threatening.

If you look out of that window behind you, you can see my pride and joy. And yes your first thought of it not possibly being the entirety of those set structures and machines out there is wrong, it is every single one. I am sure you have heard of the Screamlight Fair? For the morale of the local populace and certainly not for any sort of personal gain, we manage to routinely syphon off enough energy from the city grid to power everything out there. That big spinning wheel, the mechanical band, even that old rusted augmented fortune teller. You do not know how many times we have managed to use that thing as leverage, convince someone it was recently deceased by our hand.

I personally think it is the lights that make it for me.  You do not see those types of colours in any other district. The yellow, the reds, sometimes even the green and blues. If you squint your eyes it is almost like a field of flowers… And then there is the music. My beloved Behtzi, she has the most beautiful voice. She is high maintenance but she is exquisite. The way she moves, her graceful spin, the delicate interplay of her dancers; all to a melody of a long forgotten time.

The children always want to dance with her but she is too delicate for that. One child’s rampage could destroy the delicate mechanisms, break one of the wooden struts or Goddess forbid to take her voice and damage the machinery that sings so beautifully. Her song has soothed my nerves, my sorrow and my anger. We dance a bloodied dance with those that are disrespectful or deserve punishment. She sings while I conduct her, my knife carving masterpieces into flesh before they fall at our feet.

Whatever is coming, whatever your appearance means, I will be ready. I have seen what this city has become; I have bared its sins and committed many of my own to keep my people safe. I am prepared for whatever storm approaches. Whether it be a torrent from on high or from the sea below, if the Goddess has come to judge us all or if the Demon has risen once more, I will do what is necessary to save my kin. That is the most important part, Chronologist; make sure you have that written down. I realise now that I am more than likely to forget this, not only can you not interact with us, we cannot and should not fully remember you. You are part of the fabric of us as the creatures that lurk beneath our feet and the demons in the deadlands. A myth tied to us all so remember that. If we start to drown, there is no you without us. I…

There is nobody in this room! Who in the Goddess’ name sent me into here, I will have their head. I do not care if you are confused, get me their name now or better yet, bring me their body!”


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The Otranto Herald

Trade Agreement Ends in Bloodshed

Rogue Sage Mitzel Disappears

Amber & Blue Health Alerts: Ore Processing Back In Action

New Census Shows Increase In Number of Primary Workers

Oraea Woman Claims She Is The True Vessel of Magai


 

Trade Agreement Ends in Bloodshed

Last week the Rhaxon family sent a delegation to renegotiate rates and trade deals with the Hotaar family. It is believed that the family was motivated by the recent acquisition of new merchants and crafters on the borders of the Rhaxon district. Whatever had motivated the familyto the negotiation table, their new strategy proved suicidal.

The Hotaar family was not able to comment on the exact nature of how the event transpired but sources close what happened have reported that the Rhaxon representatives were unusually aggressive in their negotiations and they were met with a similar but fatal escalation in force by the Hotaar guards. The Royal family has offered their condolences to the deceased and has offered the attendance of the Royal Guard to protect the funeral procession as they venture into the deadlands and a minister of the Church to perform the rights.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased today,” said Chancellor Pheylor, “but as we have known for countless generations death is not the answer. The Rhaxon family should be reminded that most contracts that have been put in place have existed since King Elric I of the Volan family. Any attempts to change the nature of the fragility of life here in Otranto comes with a clear warning. We have lived in peace for countless years; do not needlessly throw away life and unwittingly feeding the demon and condemming the kingdom.

Rogue Sage Mitzel Disappears

For some time now we have been the first to report strange and sometimes potentially traitorous actions of Professor Mitzel. We would love to be the first to detail his innocence but that time, as we have now learned, has passed. Professor Mitzel has been reported to the Royal Guard as an Apostate. He missing and dangerous.

The College of Sages has now issued a formal public warning against Professor Mitzel. He is believed to be armed, mentally unstable and in the possession of stolen artefacts and research from the College. The public should not approach him directly and should rather inform the Royal Guard immediately using the code ADP 7-3. It is advised that once activated all members of the public in the immediate area seek shelter indoors and away from the Apostate. The Royal Guard will have their safety mode disengaged and King Alinar, the Royal Family and the Royal Guard cannot accept responsibility for any injury of life lost due to interference in city affairs.

The College is rewarding any members of the public with information to his location and eventual detainment. If the information provided leads to Professor Mitzel’s arrest, the College has offered a free scholarship to the individual or a more tangible reward for groups. Rewards for his direct capture will be negotiated upon deliverance of the Apostate. An envoy for the college will be housed in the neighbouring market district of B7. Those without authorisation to enter the upper district will need to contact the envoy ahead of time to verify your clearance.

Amber & Blue Health Alerts: Ore Processing Back In Action

Citizens and workers in Districts 3, 4 & 5 in zones C-E are advised to carry with them air purifiers and Amber Grade waterproofs and authorization IDs if travelling between districts or attending work. The extractors are now at full capacity, drawing on vast quantities of power from the surrounding districts. If your district suffers from power failures or other emergencies as a result, please report to your local Royal Guard and have Form J2-12 – Municipal Disturbance Report filled in to save time.

As all citizens should be well aware that the byproducts produced in this process are not limited to spreading to immediate districts. There is a Blue alert across the city. Please make sure you have your requisite equipment and permits when travelling between districts for a safe and efficent journey.

In regards to the most recent events, the King would also like to remind the citizens of Otranto that although our city may be defended against the Ghila we should all bear in mind that unnecessary deaths may add to their numbers and could eventually pose a threat to the city, its citizens and its sovereign.
This is a formal warning from King Alinar, the Royal Family and the Royal guards. Fines or detainment for lack of proper authorisation and equipment are in force. Lateness to work, minor – debilitating injury, loss of employment or life from exposure to inclement weather conditions is not the responsibility of your employer or the Kingdom. We work as one to keep our city safe.

New Census Shows Increase In Number of Primary Workers

In a recent census conducted by the College of Sages in conjunction with the Royal Guard, has shown that there has been a slight demographic change. Weekly census reports are mandatory for all citizens and a change in statistics has shown that Primary industries will benefit the most.

Workers from the Primary Entertainment districts in F3 and F4 have decided to change their CPI Number (Career Path Index Number) and have noted themselves down as labourers in many Primary Industries. This exodus of labour has shown that these districts may no longer be as stable as once thought. Many have seen these locations as either a beacon of escapism while most have fallen victim to its high crime rates due to the elusive Undercroft Syndicate.

It is unknown as to why these workers have decided to change their careers but we should all be thankful that potential criminals are now working hard to help the city’s economy and if innocent, the benefit is the same. Please contact your local CP Officer for more information on changing your CPI before next Census.

Oraea Woman Claims She Is The True Vessel of Magai

A monk of the Oraea, 52-year-old Sharlon Kennoch, has caused a stir among the citizens of Ontranto in a recent outburst while in a hospital within the G6 District. After receiving treatment for an injury that has now left her bound to a wheelchair, Ms Kennoch was reported to enter a trance-like state, uncontrollably crying and levitating off the ground of the waiting room of the Velkska Ward.

There have been reports by eye witnesses that she became as luminous as the moon and as pale as its light. Her eyes took on a silvery tint before she fell back into the chair. The city lighting in the building suddenly became blindingly bright for a moment and then was suddenly restored. Ms Kennoch was seemingly unchanged by the event, now resting in her chair again, but now claimed that she was the Goddess incarnate.

It is now understood that Ms Kennoch has been placed under care and evaluation by healthcare professionals and scheduled to be visited by Church investigators. A protest line is already forming around the claimant’s ward by Oraea members, only permitting medical staff and friends and family of Ms Kennoch. Church members have been warned to stay away until an Orator or the Oraea has verified her claims first, angering many. It is suspected that the Oraea may try to extricate her under the watchful eye of the Church and the Royal Guard but due to her condition, this may be unlikely.


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