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  1. Victor C. Halcourt, editor-in-chief of The Helena Herald, sends a letter to Filibert Applefoot commending them and welcoming their company into the journalism industry. “Hopefully Beetroot News continues to be a beacon of light, illuminating the way through Brandybook for all halflingkind well into the future, “ he remarked to himself.
  2. EDITIONS ○ Edition 1, 1770 NEWSLETTERS ○ Newsletter 1, 1769 ○ Newsletter 2, 1771 Published 14th Godfrey’s Triumph 1773 Halcourt Publishing Co. LIFE Section Editor, Peridot B. Carrington « THIS WEEK’S HOROSCOPES » Using the Imperial calendar’s zodiac written by Mr. Pommul Redfern I am here to bestow advice and general fortune-telling upon you. To this end, I will be using the zodiacs of the Imperial year. Remember that all horoscopes are open to your own personal interpretations and that my writings are here for you to quench your curiosity… They are simply tools in your arsenal to reach a higher level of self-understanding. For your convenience, I have listed below a conversion chart from the common calendar to the Imperial calendar. If you do not know your birth month, please select whichever feels most in line with your identity, based solely upon its name and zodiac, before reading your horoscope below. [REAL LIFE DAY] – COMMON MONTH – IMPERIAL MONTH – ZODIAC [WEDNESDAY] – SNOW’S MAIDEN – HOREN’S CALLING – SIREN [THURSDAY] – MALIN’S WELCOME – OWYN’S LIGHT – GOLEM [FRIDAY} – THE FIRST SEED – GODFREY’S TRIUMPH – WRAITH [SATURDAY] – THE GRAND HARVEST – TOBIAS’ BOUNTY – STEED [SUNDAY] – SUN’S SMILE – SUN’S SMILE – LILY [MONDAY] – THE AMBER COLD – HARREN’S FOLLY – ELEPHANT [TUESDAY] – THE DEEP COLD – SIGISMUND’S END - BEETLE HOREN’S CALLING Horen’s Calling is the month of the Siren. Those who are under this symbol should be ready for a year filled with womanly power and feminine growth. A literal or metaphorical pregnancy is bound to bring itself into your life. This means the birth of a new project, a new quest or even a new life. This year you should respect female figures of authority more so than you usually would. If you are a female figure of authority, then you should take strength in your power and rule. OWYN’S LIGHT Owyn’s Light is the month of the Golem. To the Golems, the year will bring ups and down. If you are currently having a good year so far, you should expect for something to happen which will turn your fortunes upside down. This is not entirely a bad thing, because the wheel of fortune always comes full circle. Your misfortune will turn into good luck and positive energy. GODFREY’S TRIUMPH Godfrey’s Triumph holds the sign of the Wraith. For those born under the Wraith, you should expect to have a year that focuses on your inner strength. In situations of confusion, doubt, or fear, you will reign triumphant. 1771 should prove to be a year of mental growth and social fortitude. In social situations and political endeavors, it is recommended that you take control and do not fear opposition. Inner strength will help you come out on top. TOBIAS’ BOUNTY The Steed represents the month of Tobias’ Bounty. Judgement is going to be especially important to you this year. Fairness and consequence will prove to either be your friend or foe. Those under the Steed should avoid political and judicial situations if you are on the wrong side. However, if you are on the right side then you should assert yourself. Fairness can be greatly beneficial for those of positive karma. SUN’S SMILE Sun’s Smile is the birth month of those who are under the Lily. This year is going to prove to be one of patience and self-sacrifice. You should expect to be put into uncomfortable situations, possibly by your own volition. You should be aware of what is important and what is not. Perhaps you should reflect on what is worth making sacrifices over, then choosing wisely as to not waste your time. HARREN’S FOLLY The Elephant is the sign those born in Harren’s Folly are under. 1771 will be a year of endings, and closure. This could be the end of a quest, the closing of a trial, or perhaps even the death of a loved one or enemy. Maybe you are expecting some of these things already, and if so, you should also expect them to happen this year. It is suggested that you try to accept things out of your control and to be prepared for whatever comes after something or someone’s demise. SIGISMUND’S END The end of the year is the month of the Beetle. This year will sadly be a one of great catastrophe for you. If you are a great leader, a highly regarded political figure, or even just the owner a grand home, then you should start getting prepared for the worst. 1771 is going to try its best to destroy everything you have built and fought for. I suggest that those born under the 7th month of the year start moving on from past investments and prepare to begin anew. « NONNA’S: A HELENA STAPLE » An Editorial Review of a Local Restauraunt written by Mr. Peridot B. Carrington Milo Vitale: A Chef and Host at Nonna’s This evening, a few Saint’sHours prior to the festival, I found myself hungry. My usual food stop in the city is the Kharajyr cuisine food truck, but the clerk wasn’t around today. Eager to try something new, I swung into Nonna’s. Behind the deli counter stood an Illatian fellow, Milo Vitale. I sat upstairs, overlooking the canal. I love this city – especially the way that the water encircles the Nauzica Square, bounding it like an aquatic wall. Great view. Milo came to take my order and we had a real pleasant conversation. I talked to him about show business and I think he’s gonna start doing some entertainment! I’m stopping by tomorrow to meet his sister and watch her sing, play piano. Anyhow, onto the food. For my appetizer, I got a plate of prosciutto. Prosciutto, for the uncultured among our readership, is delicate slices of cured pork leg. They are delicious and go with a fine cheese platter. I snacked on these morsels awaiting my main course. I highly recommend them; they’re a cheap addition and really complete your meal. The prosciutto costs 0.7 mina. My main course was Nonna’s Spaghetti. Spaghetti bolognese, to be exact! The pasta was expertly twisted and clearly home-made, none of that packaged stuff shipped in from Sutica. The meal had a sauce made of tender beef mince, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs. Truly an Illatian classic! I will certainly come back for more spaghetti. I added some perfect side flavor to my meal with a glass of fine red wine, Maiden’s Blush. Its a slightly parched red; I wafted a strong berry fragrance. It certainly gives off some sweet notes and flows very smoothly over one’s tongue. It had a bit of a fruity tang, which surprised me. Perhaps it shouldn’t have with the berry notes, but alas I don’t usually partake in fruity drinks. I’m more of a white wine drinker, but the red really complemented my meal. The vibe of Nonna’s is perfect and I can surmise that on a busy night, with Arianna Vitale playing piano, it will be hard for any restaurant to top this fine establishment. Though, I haven’t met Nonna... I wonder where the woman is. I would love to interview her one day – and question number one? Her sauce recipe. « JUST ASK ELANI #1 » Life Advice from One Kid to Another written by Ms. Elani Redford Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place? Is decision-making becoming difficult? Are you experiencing problems that you can’t solve on your own? If you’re looking for advice on how to solve these issues, then you’ve come to the right place! Ask Elani, she can help you solve all of your problems. Whether it be marital discord, social exile, parental tyranny, etcetera. If you have a problem, Elani is here to help you solve it! Simply send her a letter. Your problems could even be featured in the Herald -- under an anonymous name, of course! – to help others in a similar spot find their way out. [You can contact Elani at Sam260#3135 on Discord] Elani’s advice for today, however? Always be true to yourself. Don’t let others judge you or belittle you for the decisions you make in life. You are your own person; the only person who can judge you is God. And it is known that God loves all of his children equally. So live a life that is true to you. That’s all from me for this week! Be sure to come back for more advice in future editions. « WEDDINGS & FESTIVITIES » A Recalling of Recent Events written by Mr. Peridot B. Carrington Do you consider yourself well-to-do? Do you want to know the goings-on of our high society? Then this is a must read for you. This article will cover life events of the aristocracy, of celebrities, and the sort. The Debutante Ball of Her Imperial Highness the Princess of Helena Elizabeth Anne occurred this week. It was a grand affair, taking place on the First of Godfrey’s Triumph. The Princess’ day heralded in the Spring. As a girl of ten and six, Elizabeth Anne is now a woman and received many gifts, as well as suitors, on this eve. The ball included a Mother’s Address, by the Princess Imperial, the Suitors’ Persuation, the Waltz of Effloresence, and a costume contest called Antiquity’s Memory. Attendees dressed as members of history. Mariana Dubois and Donovan O’Rourke of Kaedrin were married in Saint Thomas this week. The wedding’s theme was a floral one, with the color yellow dominating the decorations. We wish the newlyweds a long and happy marriage. Methas Bennet and Anarial were married this week. The city folk were wed in the cathedral right here in Helena. We wish them a long and prosperous marriage! « TITANS FALLEN » Some Obituaries written by Mr. Victor C. Halcourt Last edition, we published an interview with the Speaker of the House of Lords. Mr. Ruthern proved himself to be a strong leader and a loyal patriot through his words in that interview, and his actions in the chamber... Alas, even titans fall in time. THE RIGHT HONORABLE the COUNT of METTERDEN has passed. May KONSTANTIN RUTHERN rest in peace. Furthermore, we lost another titan of government this year. This man once lead a strong duchy in what is now the Northern Territories. After he finished his tenure as duke, he retired – but he was not finished serving his nation. Indeed, he graduated onto higher ventures, becoming a Circuit Judge. But God did find that his time has come. HIS IMPERIAL EXCELLENCY the former DUKE of EASTMARK has passed. May TOBIAS MERENTEL rest in peace. « GOING TO THE FAIR » A New Comic Column written & illustrated by Ms. Elani Redford Scene One: “Father! Is it time?” The young lad, Howard, called as his father returned to their family home. “Yes, my son. It is time to go to the fair.” Michael proclaimed with a smile. “You both be safe!” Helen called, waving to her child and husband. She had to stay home, to take care of Howard’s younger siblings who weren’t old enough to go to the fair yet. Scene Two: “How far do we have to go, father?” Howard asked from the back of the carriage. “It is not far, my son. Just down this path.” Michael told his child, smiling back at him and pointing in the direction that they had to go. Scene Three: “Father, the path splits!” Howard exclaimed, worried they would not make it in time. He so wanted to go to the fair, all of his friends would be there! “Fear not, Howard. I have traveled The King’s Road many times, I know which way to go!” Michael smiled, reaching back and patting his young son’s head. Scene Four: Sure enough, as they continued traveling the path that Howard’s father chose, they came upon the high guard towers that signified their arrival. “Father, look! We have made it!” Howard proclaimed happily, grinning broadly from the back of the carriage. “Yes, son, we have.” Michael smiled as he pulled the carriage to a stop. Scene Five: Together the father and son headed to the castle gates. They were greeted by the guards who let them in. Howard’s eyes were wide as they headed for the fair grounds. He was excited, having never been before! Michael kept a hand on his son’s back, so he did not get lost. Scene Six: Finally the father and son entered the fair garden. Howard, happier than ever, grinned and waved when he saw his friends “Can I go play, father?” Howard asked, looking up to his father happily. Michael nodded, a hand on his son’s shoulder “Yes son, of course you can! It’s a festival after all, you are supposed to be having fun!” POLITICS Section Editor, Mr. Joseph Clement Novellen « THE VICE CHANCELLOR » Who? What? Why? written by Mr. Bartholomew Morris, staff writer As some of our esteemed readership is aware, the Emperor has appointed a new Vice-Chancellor, Armande de Falstaff. While the man wishes for privacy in his personal life, he was happy to sit down with the Herald to help us shine a spotlight on the goings-on of the Basrid Administration. The Holy Orenian Empire is run by a gigantic apparatus of state. A mixture of nobility and commanders, appointed administrators and elected officials means the Imperial Government may seem hazy and confusing at times. One visible area of government is the Chancellery, and within that office we find our new Vice-Chancellor, Armande de Falstaff. The Chancellery, for those uneducated in state, is the pinnacle of the administrative pyramid. They oversee the Imperial Cabinet, which ranges from war to the interior, and therefore deals with all matters of state. Furthermore, the Chancellery develops policy with the Crown and Council, as evidenced in the Imperial Address previously reported on. Mr. de Falstaff was appointed as Vice-Chancellor, which is the understudy and assistant to the Archchancellor, Simon Basrid. While this may seem like the Vice-Chancellor is simply a glorified secretary, in fact the Vice-Chancellor is almost equal in power to the Archchancellor, minus the seniority of the latter’s position. The pair of chancellors also aid in the ministries themselves, and can assist the ministers when times are trying or hectic. An example of this is the initial work of de Falstaff himself, whereby he aided the foreign affairs ministry. After the Leuven Doctrine was published by His Imperial Majesty, the diplomatic fallout was inevitable. The foriegn nations that had prematurely signed treaties with the rebels in Rubern included Brandybrook, Vira’ker, Krugmar and Renalia. They were spoken to by the new Vice-Chancellor to smooth out the diplomatic creases in the fabric of Arcas. This form of work can form a bulk of the Chancellery’s time when a member of the Imperial Cabinet takes ill. With that overview of the role of Vice-Chancellor, you, the reader, may wonder what about the man behind the role? De Falstaff previously worked as the headmaster of the Haense Royal Academy, and during that time an issue between the Haense Peerage and the Imperial Government arose. During this crisis de Falstaff negotiated between the relevant parties and through this, was offered the role of Vice-Chancellor. Where did these skills come from? According to him, from his family. His father for example was Archchancellor for the late Emperor Joseph Marna. To end this piece, Armande was asked what his dream for the empire was. Through his tenure as Vice-Chancellor, Armande wishes to develop the cities of the Empire. The arts, science and the cultural fabric of the Empire are the foundation of what makes the Empire great, and the development of these are important. He noted that institutions, such as the Helena Herald, are the pinnacle of human and Orenian ingenuity and therefore must be cherished. We are thankful for his support. « The Ministry of Civil Affairs » A Final Interview with the Former Secretary written by Ms. Elene Woodward, staff writer An Interview with Edward Napier, former Secretary of Civil Affairs. Elene: “What do you think Edward think is the biggest civil issue facing our nation at this moment?” Edward: “Currently - mmm, there are two but they are very closely related. We have a recession in immigration. Our population isn’t growing at the rate it used to and affects the country in many ways. The second is the sleepiness in our legislature, I do not believe a bill has been passed in the last few years.” Elene: “What is causing our sleepiness in the House of Commons?” Edward: “I suspect a dearth of problems, which is sort of a good thing. The house has always been a reactive body responding to problems with legislation as they unfold. In this period of unusual stability the spark for bills has been rare.” Elene: “Is this affecting anything a citizen might see?” Edward: “Much of the work of the state is subtle - but it’s effect is there. It’s hard to say, often the lack isn’t felt until you have it. If all you’ve ever had is gruel you don’t exactly miss out on steak. For now, the effect on citizens is negligible, I think.” Elene: “How can you see us fixing these issues?” Edward: “Friendly encouragement, I think.. through personal government it is possible to lit a fire under the rear of the house perhaps. The lines between the house and execute are distinct and ought not be unduly crosses but a bit of talking between the two parts would do well to help.” Elene: “I think that about wraps everything up here about the state of the city. What would you like to say to the citizens?” Edward: “Mmn… I would say. Be very proud of your city. It is not the government’s city; it is a people’s city as us government types wouldn’t have much to do unless people lived here. Know your identity and know your worth. It is a blessed thing to live in this ruby city, this jewel of mankind. Each and every one of you adds a little more to the size and shine of that gem.” ACADEMICS Section Editor, Asteria Heatheri « TOP 10 MOST USEFUL HERBS » Herbalism for the Layfolk written by Ms. Asteria Heateri, staff writer NUMBER 10 MOONMOSS Moonmoss is a herb used to cure or reduce minor to moderate inflammation in one’s body. NUMBER 9 BONESET Boneset is a herb found in the desert and is used to heal bones as a powder, though it may take a few days. Though uncommon to do, Boneset is used to numb the surface of a flesh wound, though it’s better to use Blissfoil to numb wounds. NUMBER 8 KING’S IVY King’s Ivy is great for people who often become stressed or anxious, for it clears one’s head from anxious thoughts and induces relaxed and happy thoughts NUMBER 7 MANDRAGORA Mandragora Is a herb which is very hard to harvest, but when harvested properly can be used as a great nutritional food. NUMBER 6 BLADDERWORT Bladderwort Is mainly used for people with combative careers and women-in labour, as a recovery inducer for lost blood. NUMBER 5 PICOTE Picote is a good replacement for bandages, but must be dried before applying it to the wound. NUMBER 4 LARIHEI’S FINGERS Larihei’s Fingers is used to increase the effectiveness of all the main senses. NUMBER 3 BLACK SUN’S SPINSTER Black Sun’s Spinster can prevent unwanted pregnancies when used properly, and can be used in many different forms such as a liquid or powder. NUMBER 2 LARIHEI’S FINGERS Frost Vine is used to reduce cramps and tight muscles, as well to help numb moderate to severe burns and is one of the few things that are naturally fire-proof NUMBER 1 GIKAKUL Gikakul is a herb with many mysteries surrounding the specific properties of its healing, but many people on the brink of death were saved by this special herb. « GODAN, HAENSE, & THE KING » A Theological Discussion on Current Events written by Mr. Ardyll Gostaith, staff writer Godan, Haense and the King. A simple motto? Godan, Haense and the King is my motto, and I hope that it might become more widespread hereafter. Obviously, we can each change the word Haense for the name of our own nation and leader. “God, Helena, and the Emperor.” might be yours, or even “God, Johnstown, and the Lord Lieutenant.” or perhaps “God, Kaedrin, and the Commonwealth.”... You get my point. It is a simple motto, easy and short. But what does it mean exactly? This part isn’t that simple. First of all, you must follow that order of importance: Godan, then Haense, then the King. But why? Simple. First of all we have Godan, the Creator; He is the most important thing in the World, so He has to be in the first place, the number one. In the second place, our Homeland. It is very important to protect and defend your Homeland. A good Canonist is a good patriot, but always remember that first you serve Godan, then your country. Everyone should be proud of their country, no matter what race you are or what political ideas you have. Canonism is the home of people of all colours and species, and no one should forget it. In the third place we have the King. I must apologize to all the kings, but especially to my King, His Royal Majesty the King Sigismund II of Hanseti and Ruska, for placing them in the third place. But, the truth is that no king ever will be as great as the Lord or our beautiful Homeland. Behind the word “King” goes all the other material and immaterial things, so we can say, for example: “Long live Godan, Oren, the King and the Carrion Black!”, in the case that you are from Oren and you love the Carrion Black. The actual situation with Canonism We have said that, in the motto, the most important thing in the whole Universe is Godan. But in the real world is it seen that way? No, it isn’t. Canonism is seen as a secondary thing in life that hardly ever has presence in some cities. These things must change; Canonism should have presence in all the cities of all the kingdoms. I have traveled a lot these days, and in all the cities and towns I haven’t found a single canonist book in any market! But one thing I did find was the Red faith books! And it wasn’t only a single book in a single city… How are we supposed to be the true and biggest religion if a book full of heresy has more influence than us in the markets? What can we do to stop this nonsense We should make Canonism relevant again. How? I have compiled the two first Holy Scrolls, Virtue and Spirit, in a single book. This way we can sell them in markets and read them in churches. To have influence in places where Canonism is not the official religion, or it doesn’t have the sufficient power, we must send Canonist missionaries to preach and convert them to Canonism, with the help of the Book. I call upon the church to accept this mandate and deliver the word of Godan all acros Arcas. EDITOR’S NOTE > The above article is an opinion piece. It reflects the beliefs of its author. Its publication here does not necessarily represent an endorsement of those beliefs on behalf of the Herald. We serve as a nonpartisan, unbiased source of news. Given Mr. Gostaith’s expertise on the area as a theologian, he is afforded a job here, but any other theologians may also become staff writers for the Herald if they prove their expertise. « AN ISLAND WITH QUESTIONABLE MORELS* » A Report on a Far-Off Mushroom Island written by Mr. Juan Lyons, staff writer An Artist’s depiction of the strange land, having been titled ‘The Island of Mushrooms’ Nudged in between Korvassa and the Queen’s island is a little, hidden gem of Arcas: an island where there are no trees, rivers, or grass! Instead, it contains many gigantic mushrooms, rivers of a green slime, and cows that grow small mushrooms on their back. Even stranger, upon some taste-testing, their meat is already seasoned! If you jump from a high enough distance and land on the strange slime, you will bounce unharmed into the sky. This is the closest any being descendant in Arcas can get to flying like a bird! Should you wish to visit such a peculiar place, find the giant skeleton of the dragon near the coast, then head up the mountain of the slime river. Take your beloved, friends, family, whomever- and jump! You will bounce harmlessly towards the old skeleton, you cannot go wrong! WORLD Section Editor, Nenica Dubois « KAEDRENI HOMEBREW » The Verdant Sceal Tavern written by Ms. Nenica A. Dubois A portrait of Quinn and Padraig O'Rourke just outside their newly-opened tavern Just past Haense, and just before the Northern Territories, sits a small gem: Kaedrin, a suburban hub. It, of course, has its own tavern. Recently, The Verdant Scéal Tavern has undergone a change in ownership, with Ms. Quinn O’Rourke now holding a majority stake. The recently evicted Edmund Bren was its previous proprietor. Upon Bren’s eviction, Miss Quinn was offered the tavern during her period of ‘soul-searching ’ -- as she had just arrived at Kaedrin at the time. She later commented that gaining stability for the tavern was rough, and she only later gained it due to the support of her family. The tavern’s grand opening was held on the 15th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1771. Ms. O’Rourke clarified that there was a VIP-only sampling before, of course. In its menu, the tavern serves a variety of goods -- some are even homebrewed, like the popular Mountain Whiskey! (When asked for a clue as to its recipe, Quinn simply responded: “Secrets are fun to keep, and precious to competitors.”) Other drinks include the popular choice of Sona Eire Coffee, a brew of coffee and whiskey with cream, and the Everlasting Vieux Carre, a cocktail made of vermouth and whiskey with cherries. In the future, Ms. O’Rourke plans to open trading or plainly selling wares to other taverns- drinks like the Kaedrin Mountain Whiskey spreading, for example, to Helena. She also plans to hold another game night, much like the traven's grand opening -- though isn't quite sure how big she would wish to make it. At the end of the interview, Quinn’s brother Padriag O’Rourke stated, “This is a wonderful place, the light of the city if you ask me.” Ms. Mary Jane, earlier mentioning she had donated a good sum, quipped: "I was there the opening night of the tavern! I just saw so much potential and just had to donate! I will absolutely be going back; [it is] a great place ran by great people!" « KRUGMAR: A TRAVEL GUIDE » On the land, its safety, and culture written by Mr. Monte Russo As most know, the orcish territory tends to be sands and deserts of harsh weather. Somehow, orcs have amazingly adapted to these harsh climates, finding a way to survive there. Unless you’re an orc born and raised in the sand, then it’s preferred to be prepared to enter the harsh climates with water and food! In the desert, the best way to survive is to bring lots and lots of water, as dehydration is the biggest enemy in these lands. If you cannot get food or water, digging among the vegetation is a possible last option. Clothing that helps protect you from the strong effects of the sun is best to be used; generally, those who do not prepare will face the consequences of the climate. Though, through my travels through Krugmar, I have learned that if you know blah tongue – do not use it unless you are an Orc! This will help prevent you from losing limbs or getting beaten up. It is clear that they find it disrespectful to their culture. In a way, it is viewed as mocking or patronizing. Shelter is a must to stay cool. Overheating is a genuine threat to your well-being. Too long in the desert may cause problems with your skin, such as sunburn. It is also important to note that you are considered an outsider – perhaps even an intruder. Because of this, it is best to bring some kind of shiny or well worth gift as a tribute. Without it, you may need to pay tax for your arrival in such lands. If you have neither, you must expect an unwelcome amount of hostility. Orcs may congregate in groups called clans -- which, in the easiest way to put it, is a form of a medium-sized family of Orcs, like a tribe.The clan members hold massive amounts of loyalty to their kinfolk; they will show their devotion to their clan with this fierce verocity, and protect their clans with their lives. There are many clans to count, as orcs have left their cities by and large. Newly formed clans may find hostility from older and/or more respected clans. For example, Gorkil, Lur, Braduk, and of course, Ugluk. Each of these clans has its own fort and land which they protect and develop. This often that war between different clans if one clan intrudes on another. Though orcs may be born into a clan or brought in by some form of trial, each trial is different, perhaps being trial by fire or trial by combat. Each clan has a different trial, or ritual if you will; when done correctly they are welcomed into their family. Generally, each clan tries their best to stay out of each other’s business. This is with the exception of times of war against a common enemy, like an intruder or factions of an imposing race, where they may rally up and collaborate for their common good. All in all, Krugmar is a risky place to travel to, but bearing witness to the unique orcish culture and the beautiful vistas of the desert may be worth it. Just make sure to go prepared; otherwise, you might lose limbs or even your life. Thank you for reading. Become a sponsor or join our staff today. [Click here now.]
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  7. PAST EDITIONS ○ Edition 0, 1769 HIRING WRITERS ○ [Join our Discord] Published 6th of Sigismund’s End 1770 Halcourt Publishing Co. POLITICS Section Editor, Mr. Joseph Clement Novellen « THE STATE OF THE EMPIRE » A New Page In Imperial History written by Mr. Bartholomew Morris, staff writer As is tradition and law in our grand empire, the Archchancellor Simon Basrid delivered his State of the Empire Address to both houses of the Imperial Diet in Horen’s Calling of this year 1770. During this, he spoke about the previous address, the three tenets that will guide the State from now on, and the new policy agenda of the Basrid Ministry. Finally, the Herald managed a quick interview with the Archchancellor to find how far these policies will go and what we are likely to see in the future. The Archchancellor’s address began with a personal reflection from Mr. Basrid, one where he pondered how much the State had changed in recent years. New members of the Cabinet, a Vice Chancellor, more children around Helena and all Oren; it almost seemed as if Mr. Basrid was thinking back to simpler times. But due to these many changes, the Archchancellor said that more had to be done, and that his aim, along with others, is for Oren to become ‘The Jewel of the Civilized World.’ Mr. Basrid spoke upon how his last address focused nearly completely upon the economy, but for the new phase of the Imperial Plan there was to be three new pillars to base the Imperial policy upon. Order. Here Basrid mentioned the need for peace and stability. The armed forces of the Empire: the Imperial State Army, Haense Royal Army, and Hounds of St. John have performed exemplary tasks of keeping the borders and exterminating Imperial enemies. The I.S.A. especially exceeded expectations and has in fact reached its current force limit (clearly pending a new budget.) Law was mentioned as our second pillar, ensuring virtuous justice and structure to allow Imperial subjects to work to resolutions without bloodshed. After Mr. Joseph Adler retired, Mr. Farooq Gray was appointed Solicitor-General, and aims to build a new legacy by training more constables, our law-men who keep the internal peace of our Empire. The third pillar was Commerce, a hold over from the last address. Here the Archchancellor said the Cabinet aimed to aid in the production of wealth for the common man, distributing the produce of the Empire. Mr. Basrid, after mentioning these aims, said how new Lord Lieutenants would be the contact points for our countrymen in Reza, Johnstown, and Owynsburg, in order to allow policy to be executed in the furthest reaches of our great Empire. Paid advertisement > Want to serve and protect your community? Join the Constabulary! We are accepting applications for both constables who uphold the law within regions of the empire and for solicitors whose duty is to prosecute wrongdoers in a court of law. Come by the Ministry of Justice Office to sign up. ((Message Thatpyrodude#2437 on discord)) As a conclusion to the address, the Archchancellor had scribes hand out the Basrid Ministry’s Agenda of 1769. Highlights of this new agenda are reforms in Imperial taxation and accounting, expansions of almost all the ministries (Foreign, Interior, and War especially), as well as a series of cultural pieces that will describe the history of the Empire, and chronicle its current culture. After the address, the Helena Herald managed to speak to the Archchancellor. Here, the Archchancellor praised General Alren DeNurem, and the readiness of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of War to adapt to the new tenets. Interestingly, Mr. Basrid also mentioned that typically, between 60-80% of policies from the Imperial agenda will likely be completed, and so tax or commerce related ones are at the forefront of his mind. Our dedicated head of government has toiled for decades and seems to have a solid plan as to how he will continue to lead. But as always, this is but a snapshot of the political landscape, and only time will tell how successful Mr. Basrid and his Ministry are at seeing his view of the Empire to fruition. EDITOR’S NOTE > The two following columns do not reflect the opinion of the Herald or constitute any formal endorsement. They are opinions held by private citizens. Equal space has been given to each party in accordance with our goal of nonpartisanship. « THE JOSEPHITE’S PERSPECTIVE » On the 1st sitting of the House of Commons written by Ms. Angelika E. Bykov, Josephite guest writer and MHC With the conclusion of the national elections for the 16th Imperial Diet, the Josephite faction has once more won a majority. Following the Crown’s summons, the House of Commons has convened once more. At the start of the session, both the Josephite and Everardine benches proposed their candidates for President of the House of Commons; Sir Konrad Stafyr and Mr. Farooq Gray, respectively. After listening to both men’s speeches as to why they should be chosen, it was evident that Sir Konrad was by far the most experienced and suitable for the job. While he had served in the Haeseni duma for 12 years, served King Andrew III of Haense as his Lord Palatine for a decade, and held a seat in the Senate for another decade, Mr. Gray did not even mention his experience, and instead made a vague promise to pass more legislation. Due to a majority vote from all eight Josephites, Mr. Stafyr was elected as President of the Commons. After his election, Mr. Karl Amador fawned over Sir Konrad, claiming that he supported his nomination, despite casting his vote for Mr. Gray. Following the Presidential election, all members of the commons recited the Nauzican Oath. Finally, Mr. Jonah Elendil introduced his changes to the Standing Orders of the House of Commons. The changes would introduce caucuses for each of the three provinces of the Empire; Helena, Haense, and Kaedrin. Mr. Amador raised the point of Northland, believing that it too deserves a caucus. Mr. Elendil explained that Northland is not yet a province, though he hopes to see the territory raised to such a status. Mr. Amador then asked for a statement from Mr. Abram Stalistena, a Josephite originating from Northland. Mr. Stalistena backed Mr. Elendil’s explanation, also pointing out that Northland was about to instate a duma, therefore negating the need for a caucus. In addition, he pointed out that a committee for Northland would have to be treated very differently than a committee for the provinces would be. Mr. Amador then suggested to invite the mayors of each provincial capital to sit in the caucus, though Mr. Stafyr had to remind him that only members of the House of Commons are permitted to serve in a committee. Without a vote, Mr. Elendil suggested dismissing the meeting and returning to the discussion on the Standing Orders during the next sitting. « THE CONFLICT IN LEUVEN » Is there any end in sight? written by Mr. Theon Virosi, Everardine guest writer With the recent promulgation of The Leuven Doctrine by the Emperor himself, the war against Rubern seems to be coming once more to a head. The document contains some ninety-nine grievances against the rebels, and lays out clear punishments for any foreign power seeking to give aid to them. This document is one in a long line of clear statements to the so-called people of Rubern to come back into the fold of the Empire, as they should. The people, if not the government, should be drawn back into the Empire for their own good. This lawless condition they have found themselves in leads to degradation of both morals and spirit. Yet they seem to discard what most in the Empire hold most dear, spitting on our virtues as laid out by Exalted Horen. Some of the most prominent crimes against humanity are listed below, as quoted from the Leuven Doctrine. Some have been slightly edited for clarity. The operation of open cages and “death camps”, in which a great number of souls were tortured, humiliated, and allowed to die from exposure or violent mutilation. The abduction of many young children; The continued invasion against the Holy Orenian Empire, through which Rubern persists in its attempts to seize the city of New Reza. The abduction and attempted murder of a five year old Princess Imperial, daughter to the Emperor The formation of a hostile coalition against the Holy Orenian Empire. The encouragement of heresy purposed to weaken the Church and State alike. The attempted infiltration of Novellen, and planned assassinations and abductions within. The continued efforts in soiling and undermining the good spirit of Humanity and all the world over. Hopefully with these most recent tightening of restrictions on the people of the rogue state we known as Rubern, they will see the light and rejoin our Empire. « THIS IS A PAID ADVERTISEMENT » Imperial Crown Jewels Imperial Crown Jewels is the finest jewelry store in the Empire, each piece custom made to your exact specifications and unique. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the service for our loyal patrons, whether you are looking for an engagement ring, a necklace for your mother, perhaps even a piece for yourself, Imperial Crown Jewels is there. We count among our patrons, Imperial royalty, nobility, knights and common folk alike. Located at Rupert’s Row No 4. You will find our shop directly on your left when entering Helena just past the hospital. We hope to have you join our long and valued list of patrons. RELIGION Section Editor, Cardinal Arthur « THE HOLY MISSION OF HUMANITY » An Acolyte’s Thesis written by Acolyte Manfried Tobar, guest writer It is by the glory of GOD that Exalted Horen was permitted to ascend to the Seventh Sky in order to receive the Scroll of Virtue. By the glory of GOD that Exalted Horen was chosen to receive the divine knowledge of He on high, past the gate between the Sixth and Seventh Skies and to be in the presence of GOD himself. It is by the glory of GOD that the Exalted Horen of humanity was the first to witness GOD and receive the blessing of his eternal wisdom through the first of the Holy Scrolls. It is by the divine word of the Lord that the three sons of spirit, Exalted Owyn, Exalted Godfrey and Exalted Siegmund, would be gifted by GOD the last of the Holy Scrolls to complete the teachings of He on high and bestow upon the mortals of this world His wisdom. Paid Advertisement > The Imperial Boxing Association is hosting a boxing tournament! – Viktoriya Bennett, CEO [Click here.] By the glory of GOD, we of the Human race were bestowed a duty of great import. A task granted to us upon the spark of our soul as we enter this world of mortals. As we are gifted this flesh of humanum, so are we tasked with learning the teachings of GOD on high and spreading it to the non believers and remaining strong in faith, devoted to GOD, pure and abiding by the teachings of His Holy Scrolls with every passing breath. We as humans are bestowed a righteous mission. To guide those non-human. To remain pure in faith. To spread the one true faith throughout our world. Our quest in servitude to Him began with Exalted Horen and the three sons of spirit and shall end in the final battle against the treacherous foes who have turned away from GOD’s divine light and wisdom. The servants of Iblees himself, lord of the dark, murky, painful Void. It is for the end of times, predicted in the last of the Holy Scrolls that we prepare for. To prepare for the fight between the righteous or us, GOD’s humble servants, against the sinful servants of Iblees. It is our duty as the faithful of humanity to spread the faith world wide. To consolidate the power of Godani on this plane. To spread His holy word to all non-believers and to strengthen the faith of our brothers and sisters. It is we who are bestowed with the mission, made mandatory by GOD, so that when we face his foes, we will have numbers of immense fortitude, strengthened by the will of GOD. His teachings and his blessed light. It is in this Thesis that I will outline the check list of sorts that those pious in faith should complete before ascending to the Seven Skies above. Purity in faith as outlined in the covenant with GOD, our mission to spread His word to all, and our duty as the first race to receive the word of GOD to guide the other races under He in the Seventh Sky. EDITOR’S NOTE > We have reprinted only one section of this thesis for your viewing pleasure. There are more sections. You may read more if you desire. [Click here to read more.] WORLD Section Editor, Victor C. Halcourt « THE GRANDEST GRANDEE » Interviewing the Speaker of the House of Lords conducted by Mr. Victor C. Halcourt This interview was with Mr. Konstantin II var Ruthern, who is the Lord Speaker of the Imperial House of Lords, the Lord Justiciar of Haense, and the Count of Metterden. Victor: What do you see as the function of the House of Lords in the Imperial Diet? What role does it fulfill? Konstantin: The House of Lords has the duty of advising His Imperial Majesty on matters of Imperial Peerage. Technically speaking our debates and words mean nothing on their own, for whatever we deliberate on will ultimately be ruled on by His Imperial Majesty, who may overrule us at will if he sees it as a more prudent decision. But our words, as peers of the realm, hold weight enough that they will be considered. From time to time we may also advise His Imperial Majesty on the decisions by the House of Commons, should they vote on a matter that might be particularly controversial and potentially detrimental to the Empire. Victor: The development of the Emperor appointing Imperial Grandees, rather than all landed nobles automatically being owed seats in the House, is novel. What are your thoughts on this? Konstantin: My personal thoughts on the matter are that ultimately it is a wise choice. The House of Lords is a much more intimate body than the House of Commons, and whatever comes up is essentially an internal matter of the nobility. Our smaller numbers allow for quicker and more instructive sessions where we can use this intimate nature to ascertain the worthiness of the petitioners that come before us in a way that having dozens of lords in the room could not allow for. Victor: Do you have any particular goals as a politician? Konstantin: I personally see my goals as a politician to be inextricably linked to my duties as a noble. It was my house that led the Greyspine Rebellion so long ago and restored not only the Kingdom of Haense from the grasp of Courland, but also the Empire. Therefore I see it as the responsibility and privilege of my family to protect these institutions as best we can. I hope that explains my goals as a politician well enough. Victor: Do you see the House of Lords as a nonpartisan chamber, or is it just as partisan as the Commons? If it is partisan, which party do you identify with and why? Konstantin: The House of Lords is in an interesting position; we of course, do not disbar any lords for partisan membership. However we also do not encourage it either. I have sat in the Royal Duma of Haense for three decades, and during that time I sat the crossbench until the dissolution of its parties. I apply this same philosophy outwards to the parties of the empire; I would, as I encourage others to, look at a matter objectively without looking at the party it has been put forward by. The House of Lords in particular should be able to do this, as our work is predominantly done with people and their requests regarding Imperial Peerage, where party favoritism should be discouraged for fear of bias. That said, my nephew Siguine is openly pro-Everardine, and holds position with their party, so if I must choose between the two then I must choose Everardine. Victor: Thank you for your time, Mr. Speaker. Paid Advertisement > Greatest mage in the world Judas Dalivous is seeking a fine maiden to fill his king sized bed; send a letter to Judas Dalivous. – Mr. Sarrion « Renatian Sutica? » On the new Trade King written by Mr. Victor C. Halcourt Recently, Sutica elected a new Trade King. The Trade King goes by the name Corwin Alstreim. The House of Alstreim is a Renatian house of minor repute, which notably bore a number of Imperial advisors and councilors in years past. Mr. Alstreim openly touts his Renatian heritage. His official roll of titles is as follows: HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Corwin of the House of Alstreim, By the Grace of God, King of Sutica and in Atheran Salvus, Lord Protector and Triumvir of the State, Sovereign Lord of the Whispering Isles, Lord of Alstreim and Blackwater, Renatian Knight of Alstreim and Waldenia, Blood-Raven of Lorraine, Pilgrim to Aesterwald This is a most interesting development, and some of his titles are highly unusual. For example, ‘Blood-Raven of Lorraine’ is quite an odd title for a King to bear, being as Lorraine is a long defunct state that was absorbed into the Emperor’s titles. It is possible that he may be referring to the rump state of Darrowmere, which laid claims to some of Lorraine’s titles and heritage. If so, this would be serious news, as Sutica has hitherto remained neutral in the ongoing conflict between the Empire and the various petty fiefdoms that nip at her heels. « THE LEADER OF THE COMMONS » An Interview with Mr. Jonah Elendil conducted by Ms. Elene Woodward, staff writer Editor’s Note > Some commentary has been edited for clarity. Elene: “What was the first session mainly about, Mr. Elendil?” Jonah: “We needed to be oathed and elect our President.” Elene: “Okay, and who was elected for this term? Jonah: “Konrad Stafyr, the Josephite candidate.” Elene: “What are your goals for this session?” Jonah: “So we do not have a balanced budget. We are losing money as a country. Taxes haven’t been collected from anywhere but Helena, and not all peerages are taxed. Those in the Provinces do not feel fully included. But Archchancellor Basrid knows this, and wants to fix it. In the House, we see the problems before us, and will lead our country in the right direction.” Elene: “How do you see some of those problems being resolved?” Jonah: “We’re going to balance the budget, cut taxes on the Provinces, raise them on peerages, and ensure liberty is felt by all our citizens.” Elene: “Thank you for your time. Is there anything else you want to tell the readers before I finish this interview?” Jonah: “My office is on the fourth floor of Varoche Hall, and the door is always open. Feel free to stop by.” LIFE Section Editor, Peridot B. Carrington EDITOR’S NOTE > The Life Section will focus on the latest happenings around the Empire, aimed at informing the general population about developments in the Imperial Family, in popular culture, and the like. The Life section will also record obituaries, marriages, and births from notable citizens, but this will only begin in future editions. « MEET THE IMPERIAL FAMILY » A Profile on the Emperor’s Closest Kin written by Ms. Mary d’Arkent, staff writer Her Imperial Highness the Princess Imperial, Anne Agusta Novellen The heir to the Holy Orenian Empire. Known to be a friendly woman, HIH represents the future of our glorious empire - one bound to prsoper. Anne Augusta, together with her husband the Duke of Helena, founded the Novellen imperial line. Their house will undoubtedly lead us to greatness. His Imperial Highness the Duke of Helena, Joseph Clement Novellen Husband to the Princess Imperial. The Duke of Helena is known as a friendly, amicable man - having served as the previous Secretary of the Interior for a considerable time. He lately retired from that particular office, but continues to serve in the Imperial Cabinet in an informal capacity and helps to orchestrate the running of the Imperial City. His Imperial Highness the Prince of Helena, John Charles Novellen The firstborn son to the House of Novellen, and future heir to the Empire. An adventurous boy, often seen running about the capital with a considerable gaggle of other children. Paid Advertisement > Honor our veterans by attending the upcoming War of the Two Emperor’s Remembrance Festival! – Ms. Renee Antoinette [Click here.] His Imperial Highness the Prince of Helena, Philip Augustus Novellen The second born Novellen son. Another adventurous spirit, having an affinity for native wildlife - particularly birds. The Prince has published his documentation on the birds of Helena, and is often about the city alongside his elder brother. Her Imperial Highness the Princess of Helena, Juliette Caroline Novellen The youngest Imperial Princess. Fond of her pet platypus, as well as adventuring outside of the Novellen palace. HIH the Prince of Helena, Peter Maximilian Novellen The third born Novellen prince. Very intelligent, and often seen wandering about the city of Helena. Her Imperial Highness the Princess of Helena, Elizabeth Anne Novellen The firstborn child to the Princess Imperial and Duke of Helena. The Princess possesses strong passions in writing, as well as caring for a number of her pets. She is nearing the age of majority and is expected to have her debut into high society soon. « LEGAL DEATH? » An Open Discussion written by Mr. Erich Barclay, staff writer We have been met with the eminent announcement of Selene Basrid née Sabari’s legal death. The Notice of Legal Death was published to the citizenry en masse and in mournful regard, on the 24th of Sigismund's End, 1769. Her absence was uncommon, and it had become a topic of unofficial investigation— rumor and conspiracy riddled in the hearsay of Helena. The tales of the woman still merit the odd murmur amidst the disheartening news. As we continue forth in remembrance and respectful grievance, there has been rumblings of murder, manslaughter and even mutilation. These are of course all crimes, and amidst such regulations, there is failure to mention Legal Death and the implications that such classifications bear upon the soul and body of the one accused, should they be pronounced legally dead. The church has also not offered clarification on the topic. Do persons declared legally dead, not having been offered the sacrament of a Canonist burial, enter the Seven Skies? Must this be a controversial discussion or a simple addition to the vast legal code that guides our citizens? Perhaps we will be left in the unknown for years yet to come, in idle procure of the true meaning of “Legal Death”. Or perhaps an apt member of the House of Commons will write a bill to clarify this procedure. 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  8. “One day soon, those red and white stripes will fly over the burning, rotting corpse of Rubern, “ remarked ensign Halcourt. ”They will learn the might of the Empire.” He continued – ”And then the House de Falstaff can be returned to its rightful rule over the Leuven plain. Perhaps they might bring prosperity once more to that troubled region.”
  9. OUR GOALS Our goal is to serve as the premier source of journalism within the Empire. As Helena’s primary news journal, we will of course syndicate local news and current events. However, owing to Helena’s status as the Imperial City, we will also distribute news on the world and Empire at large. We will be a nonpartisan outlet, hiring both Josephite and Everardine writers. Above all, we hope to better inform and educate the Imperial populace, working to build a better Empire day by day. Our hope is that you will read the Herald each morning with your daily cup of coffee, hence our news-print coffee cup logo! FIRST PUBLICATION Having received assent from the Company of Scriveners and the Undersecretary of State for the Interior, we have the legal prerogative to operate and to distribute newspaper publications as we see fit. Hence, our first publication is currently being drafted, and our company is being formed. We are being incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary under the Halcourt Publishing Company. SEEKING SPONSORS There will be portions of the publication devoted to recognizing our patrons and sponsors. Tiers of sponsorship are available below and will afford your name to be listed in the publication. There are also slots for advertisements which are associated with some sponsor slots. PRINCELY SPONSOR – 3,000 mina | 0 slots available | front-page feature-length article Cardinal Arthur – The Diocese of Helena DUCAL SPONSOR – 1,000 mina | 0 slots available, 5 taken | mid-sized brief advertisement, 100 word maximum, large picture Sir Henry – Imperial Crown Jewels, Grouch Carrington – The Company of Mercers, Farooq Gray – Imperial Constabulary, Jonah Elendil – Josephite Union, Edward Falkenrath – Green Co. COMITAL SPONSOR – 500 mina | 9 slots available, 1 taken | two or three sentence footnote advertisement, small picture Renee Antoinette – War of the Two Emperors Remembrance Festival, Lorena Helvets – Letter to the city BARONIAL SPONSOR – 100 mina | 19 slots available, 6 taken | one sentence insert at end of publication Edward Williams – Ministry of the Interior, Sarrion – Hot single looking for fine maiden, Simon Basrid – In honor of 30 years of the Basrid Ministry (1739-1769), Imperial State Army – Recruitment is re-opening!, Fredgar Burrowes – The Honorable Company of Tylers, Bricklayers, and Paviors, Viktoriya Bennet – Imperial Boxing Association HIRING STAFF We are still looking for writers and editors on various subjects. Our staff is broken down into sections, which currently include the Politics Section, World Section, Life Section, and Religion Section. Each section has an editor. There are a number of staff writers assigned to each section as well, and every one of them is assigned a portfolio. For example, the World Section has staff writers for domestic and foreign reporting. CONTACT US Interested in becoming a sponsor or joining our staff? Contact Mr. Victor C. Halcourt, Editor-in-Chief. [Join our Discord chat and private message me. Click here for that.]
  10. A letter would be delivered via courier to the described address. Dear sir, The Helena Herald is opening its doors! Your family’s history and your political acumen would make you a more than qualified writer for our Politics Section. Please send word posthaste if political reporting is of any interest to you. I would be happy to begin the onboarding process. Yours sincerely, Victor C. Halcourt Editor in Chief Helena Herald
  11. On Joseph of Marna An essay on liberalism A thousand years ago, humanity was binary. There were those who bled red and those who bled blue. The bluebloods were born into wealth and luxury, but in return they owed their people a service. This service was that of governance -- a truly taxing task. These blueborns rode off to war atop great stallions; they wined and dined on the finest of imports; they enjoyed the greatest decadence but also the greatest pressure. For while they enjoyed the benefits of their station in life, so too did they struggle with the duties that it entailed. Meanwhile, the redbloods toiled in the fields; they marched and died without ceremony or pomp; they ate piss poor bread and slept on beds of hay… Indeed, their suffering was a sort of service too, but it was a service which confined them to never know the joys of life, and which disbarred them from achievement purely as a result of their birth. It is through the lens of this governing philosophy that we learn of history’s greatest. Horen the Father, Owyn the Purifier, Godfrey the Redeemer, and Sigismund the Preserver all governed in this fashion. For their time, this mindset worked, but times have changed greatly. And so another great leader changed the tide of history. Joseph of Marna realized that one’s birth ought not decide the trajectory of their lifetime. He believed that opportunity was every man’s birthright, that each and every one of us should be able to rise to the occasion and serve our Empire if our merit and ability warranted it. Of course, the highborn are indeed the spine of our civilization. His Imperial Majesty the Emperor is our benevolent supervisor, whose God-given duty is to maintain and develop His Empire. But our liege has only so much time. In empowering a strong civil government, he has multiplied the work that he can achieve ten thousandfold. Now, the Emperor simply decrees -- build me this great work, O loyal servant; raise me an army, O general of mine; make me an Empire, O humanity… and his great horde of aides and assistants see to it posthaste. As you go to vote on the morrow, know that we are the inheritors of Joseph. He dreamt of inviting the baseborn into the fold of government, and our gracious Emperor has seen that dream to fruition. Now, Dukes and Princes debate alongside merchants and soldiers, for the betterment of all who live within our good Empire. But hark, sons of liberty! Our war is not yet won. There are those that would undo the progress we have achieved. Many of them adorn themselves with the moniker Everardine. Know that these men do not realize the beautiful wisdom of Joseph, and that if they achieved power, they would turn back time… O brothers and sisters, thank God Almighty that today we fight not on the field of battle, but rather in the halls of government, and know that He dispatched good Joseph to deliver us into this enlightened era. Vote Josephite for the liberty and prosperity of all. Signed, An Anonymous Josephite
  12. “Exactly. Mr. d’Aryn was right to resign his clerical office. So too was Mr. Elendil right to resign his military station, “ notes a random passerby. “Yet the Everardines tacitly attack Mr. Elendil, insulting his military service and acting as if he was wrong to step down. This is blatant hypocrisy.”
  13. “Huh. I guess the Everardines are the party of the Pertinaxi and the Renatians, “ remarks a passing old man.
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