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  1. A Vote On the Government of Honeyhill With the passing of the old regime of Lily Peregrin, the time has come for the people of Honeyhill to vote for a new government. The People’s Moot came up with two proposals for what the new government would look like, which will be described below. If neither of these proposals are acceptable to a voter, they also have the option to vote to reject both. In the event the option of “neither” receives the most votes, another People’s Moot will be held for the purpose of reaching a workable compromise. Otherwise, the proposal that wins the most votes will be implemented and as temporary Mayor, I will organize the elections necessitated by the winning proposal. Proposal I By Mr. Hal Applefoot Preamble In the last century, the way our society has operated in terms of its governance has been flawed. Therefore I would propose we cut back on how many leaders we have to one, we do not need Elders, who generally do nothing but persist the presence of the old guard, nor a Thain even if they were elected. The Mayor's office should return, though their duties should be limited leaving much autonomy to the people of Honeyhill to do as they please. Less is more; a simplistic government is the only way forward for the wee-folk of Honeyhill. Thain The troublesome office of the Thain should be abolished, replaced with the new elected office of the Mayor. Mayor Elected every eight years at the Weefolks Moot. Mayors handle events, organise festivals and generally act as the representative of the people of Honeyhill in communication with entities like the King of Haense. In this regard the government of the village shall be purely event oriented. Sheriff Appointed by the Mayor, the Sheriff manages the peace in Honeyhill and protects it from any beasts or dangerous outsiders. Weefolks Moot A gathering held every eight years, the Weefolks Moot is where the weefolk elect a new Mayor by simple majority and generally congregate to discuss the goings of the village. Proposal II By King Cyris Collingwood Preamble The foundation of this proposal is that a halfling government ought to serve its people, not the other way around. Thain The Thain will become an elected official, serving for life unless removed by a vote of the people. The duty of the Thain will be to offer advice to the Mayor, but mostly to see to foreign affairs and diplomatic relations. The Thain should be viewed primarily as a figurehead. Mayor and Elders The Mayor will be an elected official, serving for life unless removed by a vote of the people. The Mayor will attend to all internal matters, and due to the vast nature of these duties will be allowed to appoint Elders to help them. Elders in of themselves will hold no power, and will simply assist the Mayor with whatever tasks they are assigned. The Thain may also appoint Elders, but given that their duties will consist only of diplomacy this is unlikely to be necessary. Sheriff The Sheriff’s office will retain its current powers, being elected by the people until death or removal by their vote. They are not to be interfered with or vetoed by any member of the government. The People’s Power As stated earlier, the people may vote to have any member of the government step down if they are doing a bad job, even Elders. The Moot If any major decisions come up, the village may vote on them if the Mayor and Thain deem it necessary or if the people raise enough of a concern for such to happen. All votes at a moot will require a 2/3rds majority of those present at the Moot to pass. Titles All names and titles in this proposal are subject to change if we as a people decide on something different. [!] A polling station can be found next to the entrance of the tavern. The Ballot: ((MC Name:)) Name: Vote for Proposals: Proposal I (Hal’s Proposal) () Proposal II (Cyris’ Proposal) () Neither () Rules of the Vote: Voters may cast no more than one vote on this ballot If you try to take ballots out of the box, your vote will be discounted ((No editing your post or metagaming the election progress)) ((No voting as multiple personas)) Your vote will only be counted if you are an adult halfling associated with Honeyhill Voting will close in 2 Pumpkin Days ((You have 48 hours to reply to this post))
  2. [!] You find a halfling advertisement in your aviary Smooth and tasteful Here in Honeyhill, we produce nothing but the best pipeweed. Smooth, beautiful, smokey, and tasteful, all of these adjectives describe our quality product. Grown from the soil and crushed up for your smoking pleasures. We don't put in strange alchemical additives like in the big-folks' cigars, only the pure stuff you need. We don't fool around with this. That's why you should smoke halfling pipeweed today and liberate yourself from poor-quality smoking. Don't settle for any less. Come ask us for a free sample if you aren't convinced. Once you use Honeyhill pipeweed, you'll never go back! ~Mimosa Applefoot
  3. [!] A missive is posted to the Honeyhill noticeboard, it bears the flag of the village. THE PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION An Announcement from the TEMPORARY Mayor of Honeyhill: Julie Riverwing The People's Moot has met and much transpired there. The previous Thain, Lily Peregrin, after a heated exchange with me and several other residents of Honeyhill at the Moot has relinquished her shovel and left the village. In her absence, the Moot discussed steps to rebuild the government of Honeyhill anew. To that end, we have landed on two possible frames of government, which we will shortly put before the village to be voted on. In the event both of these proposals are outvoted by the third option on the ballot, which will be a vote for neither, we will hold another People's Moot to see if a workable compromise can be reached. Until the new government is implemented, the Moot has chosen me to be the temporary leader of the village. I accept this position only because some form of leadership will be needed during the time it takes for us to rebuild the government and because the Moot could not fully agree on any other candidate. I have no intention of using the powers I have been given for any purpose other than faciliating the transition to whichever new government we implement, nor do I even have any interest in serving in that new government. That said, I would like to call upon the village which I have been chosen to lead to remain patient. I will try to see to it that this vote and any elections that it calls for be faciliated as quickly as possible. If you disagree with what the Moot decided, then I strongly urge you not to post missives declaring us illegitimate or anything of that sort and to instead simply vote against our proposals when the time comes. It is important that that vote is as representative of the village's will as possible. The plans should be published and the ballot open soon.
  4. [!] A note is pinned to the Honeyhill Noticeboard… Striking Back! We must strike back at the enemies of Honeyhill immediately! I have identified one of their lairs. It’s up to you brave adventurers to clear it out! Knox be with ye! -Local explorer ((Tomorrow, Saturday the 24th of September, 4 pm EST))
  5. [!] You find a newspaper in your aviary. Darned newspapers again. They always come when you least expect it, and the birds that carry them are never trained well enough for the task! The Hay Herald: Volume 6 ~The REAL news, straight from the source!~ Contents: ~Big drama! Village moot called!~ ~Dolly Peregrin is now Elder!~ ~Unspeakable Horrors~ ~New Honeyhill Bank!~ ~Bread is BACK!~ ~Big drama! Village moot called!~ ~The encounter on the Hay Pile~ After I deposed the old Thain, Lily Peregrin, lots of drama has come to Honeyhill. Thankfully, this all is getting cleared up as I write this. The Goodbarrels will intervene to stop a civil war and save properness for all halflings, which I greatly appreciate. May Honeyhill be free once again, as King Cyris and many others so desire! My own son, Hal Applefoot, is still heckled by Lily's henchmen & Sheriff appointee, yet fear not, fellow halflings, for our village shall weather the storm and come out stronger than ever! The times be a'changing, and our village may bloom over with a thousand flowers once again! The moot shall be on the Sun's Smile of this year, 690 Shire Reckoning! Be there or be a rotten pumpkin! ((3 pm est, Sunday the 25th of September, 2022)) ~Dolly Peregrin is now Elder!~ ~Dolly Peregrin hard at work making her own burrow, quite the accomplishment at her age!~ She asked to be Elder, and seeing as she has all the good-natured joy and youthful wisdom one can have, I hereby appoint Dolly Peregrin as a new Elder of Honeyhill! May she serve the position well and bring us into a new age of prosperity along with the others! ~Unspeakable Horrors~ It seems as though the Peregrin potty-training abilities have fallen to the wayside over the years, for the 'Thain', Lily Peregrin, has done some..... unmentionable things within Breasal's tavern room. Thankfully, it has all been cleaned up, although Lily herself had nothing to do with the cleanup! I shall be building new bathroom facilities across the burrow to address this problem such that it never, EVER, EVER comes up again. ~The tavern goers are stuck with the cleanup of Lily's little accident~ If you are reading this, Breasal, you might want to replace a few of the boards in your room, just to be sure. You can never be too careful with these things. In brighter news, a new halfling has arrived at Honeyhill! He's a lovely little child, so do remember to pop on into his new tavern room and read him some bedtime stories whenever you are available! ~New Honeyhill Bank!~ ~T'is merely a look-alike running the bank. I am not a banker! I promise!~ Honeyhill now has banking services for any bigguns who wish to pop through! This has been generously provided by the Thain of the Haense bigguns himself, KARL III. They are a very cool biggun-Thain, perhaps one of the best (although their little soldier-bigguns have a few issues at times)! While minas use is improper for halflings, this new bank should help us use the coinage as paperweights at the very least. Enough of the coins could even be smelted down into metals for jewelry, who knows! ~Bread is BACK!~ ~A lady in the markets of Karosgrad ponders halfling bread~ Make no doubts about it, Bread is back! Having made an astonishing recovery after the Great Wheat Crash, bread is back in demand and back in style! The days of eating soggy potatoes are OVER! Now the masses will have nothing else but nice, warm, soft bread, fresh from the ovens and plopped right into their mouths! It's a good time to be a wheat farmer! Now is absolutely a good time to pick up some undervalued bread-related assets for speculative barter purposes! While nothing like the bread-bonanza that caused the Great Wheat Crash, there's some good pumpkin-value to be made here! Drop what you are doing and go get that bread! The Hay Herald is not responsible for any financial losses as a result of following the financial advice contained within it. Always barter responsibly. This has been the sixth edition of the Hay herald! I hope you readers found it entertaining and informative! ~Mimosa Applefoot, the REAL Thain of Honeyhill
  6. [!] A flyer is spread around Honeyhill Calling all Halflings! Come to The People's Moot A letter written by Mimosa Applefoot at the request of Cyris Collingwood has been circulated around the village of Honeyhill calling upon the "Goodbarrels" to restore peace and unity to the village by helping organize an election. Seeing as Greta Goodbarrel and her immediate family are dead and I, Julie Riverwing, am known to be the foremost proponet of Goodbarrel's political philosophy, I can only assume this letter was addressed at me. Given my more controversial views, I do not think it would be wise to do exactly what Mimosa suggested, and try to fix everything alone. We cannot hope to achieve unity by placing our trust in one person. The future of this village must be decided by all of its residents, and for that purpose I call upon everyone in Honeyhill to join me at a great moot, so that we may discuss as a village how to solve this crisis. It is my understanding that typically, Moots are called by the Thain, not random residents. But as I have expressed before, I consider all halflings to be equal to one another. This will not be a typical Moot where everyone throws out ideas and the Thain makes the final decision. This will be a People's Moot; no title shall be recognized except "resident of Honeyhill" and nothing shall be decided without having been put twice to a vote; once amongst those attending the Moot, and then village-wide. This will ensure that what we end up deciding is truly the will of the people. I will announce the date of the People's Moot within the next few days, I want to make sure as much of the village can be in attendence as possible.
  7. [!] A letter is circulated around the village of Honeyhill Unity & Peace! ~King Cyris on the hay stack~ War hangs over Honeyhill. The peace of the Knoxist church has been disrupted, Sheriffs and old Sheriff candidates argue in the streets, and Knox himself frowns upon the weefolk. At the request of King Cyris, I, Mimosa Applefoot, call upon the Goodbarrels to resolve this matter and avoid a conflict, needless suffering, and mass improperness. There should be an election rather than a war, and halfling unity rather than halfling aristocracy. Put away your shovels, rockets, and whatever else you were planning. There will be peace in Honeyhill. ~Mimosa Applefoot
  8. [!] You find a paper pinned to the Honeyhill Noticeboard Ye are not a Thain T'was but an old fear of mine that I hoped to be false, but now I see it confirmed by Lily Peregrin herself. The Peregrin family, having lost all of the wisdom of Iris Peregrin, fancy themselves as Halfling Monarchs. She now claims Knox to have personally chosen the Peregrins to rule forever much in the same way that biggun Kings and their Canonist Church claim to rule through the right of GOD. Lily Peregrin so detests the idea of a non-aristocratic Thaindom as to slander all Applefoots in defense of a Peregrin-centric view of history that simply is not true. We Applefoots keep close records of things, and as I now scour through my late father's notes, I note his deep friendship with Thain Iris Peregrin. What would Iris Peregrin, were she alive today, think of Lily's insults towards the Applefoots when near half of her great projects were undergone alongside my father, a proud Applefoot through and through? When the stink of corruption rotted away at Bramblebury, who went alongside Iris and her family to found Knoxville? When Isalie threatened to uplift halflings from our homes and hurl us into biggun refuge, who stuck with Iris and built much of Bloomerville with her? Peregrins and Applefoots have never hated one another, until now of course when Lily brings the topic up in a crude defense of her rule as "Thain". The fact remains that Lily has scant few arguments in defense of her rule as "Thain" other than her family name, and so she must lift it up onto a pedestal and kick down the legacy of every other family so her one argument looks a little nicer. When Rollo Applefoot founded the very Thaindom that Lily now lays claim to based on Peregrin heritage, he made sure to set a good precedent for future Thains. When the time came to pick his successor, he chose an O'Connel instead of an Applefoot. What Lily fails to understand is that I, Mimosa Applefoot, do not lay claim to Thaindom based on heritage. If such were to be the case, what foolishness would Rollo's non-Applefoot succession choices have been! I do not seek to build a dynasty much in the same way that the Rollo did not build a dynasty either. We Applefoots do not see ourselves as monarchs, aristocrats, or nobles of any kind, nor do we wish to rule "Until Arugula rises from the sea and swallows the whole world", as Lily put it. I wish to rule based on my merit and appoint a successor based on merit as well, which is what now sets me apart from Lily Peregrin's leadership philosophy. I pray for the halflings lured towards Lilly by the promise of power, for although minor positions she may grant and elections she may upend, when the time comes for one Thain to pass onto the next, Lily would only ever appoint another Peregrin, regardless of the service of other halflings and their families. We are all one family under Knox, and one family under Knox we ought to remain instead of only Peregrins under Knox and all other families under the Peregrins. The only monarch I shall ever support in Honeyhill is King Cyris, who unlike Lily, devotes himself to Knox out of love rather than personal gain. We shall not become a Halfling Kingdom ruled as the bigguns rule themselves. -Thain Mimosa Applefoot.
  9. [!] Overnight, a short pamphlet appears on the Honeyhill Noticeboard. Six Proposals for a New Republic Introduction Three score and twelve years ago, Rolladango Applefoot brought forth upon the village of Bramblebury an old and inconsistent form of government, concieved in absolutism, and dedicated the proposition that halflings, while all created equal, are incapable of self-rule. Now, Bramblebury's descendant Honeyhill appears to be engaged in a great power struggle, testing whether that system, or any system based on the rule of one over many, can long endure. I am not ignorant of the reasons the halflings have reverted to a Thainship. I have dedicated my life to studying the history of the Halfling Republic, and I understand well the reasons for its failure. Though the proposals I am about to lay out, if agreed upon by the people of Honeyhill, will restore a Halfling Republic; it will restore one that looks very different from the one created by Greta Goodbarrel. I greatly admire the woman, but I have studied her project long enough to see where it went wrong. Though I agree with her higher ideals of personal liberty for all halflings, I also recognize that most of you do not consider those ideals a necessity for government. Those of you who remember me will likely recall my exodus from the village being the result of my disagreement with properness laws. Let us set that debate aside - what I am saying here has nothing to do with properness, or secularism, or any of the apparently wildly unpopular Goodbarrelian values. The proposals I will offer in this pamphlet rest on two simple ideas that we should all agree on. That all halflings are born equal, and that a halfling government should be small and subject to the will of the people. The failure of the Goodbarrelian constitutions was not the result of democracy not working but of the government being needlessly large and the original constitution being enacted against the will of the majority. Regarding the first problem; I understand where Greta was coming from; she didn't want any member of the government to turn into a dictator; but checks and balances from within the government for so small a village muddle things needlessly. We do not need both a Mayor and a Thain, and we certainly do not need a poorly defined triumvirate of Elders - under the government I am about to propose, the check on the leader's power will be the people. Without further ado, I make the following proposals for the reorganization of Honeyhill's government: I. Abolish the Thainship As the preamble implied, the thing that prompted me to write this pamphlet was the struggle for the Thainship between Mimosa Applefoot and Lily Peregrin. To some extent, I agree with Mimosa - the Peregrin family has indeed attempted to turn the Thainship into a monarchy, and this - if nothing else, should be proof that the Thainship is simply not a good form of government. We must recognize that, given our tendency to be deeply devoted to our families, not one of us can truly be trusted to appoint a successor for ourselves with impartial judgement. Nepotism, as has occured with the Peregrin "dynasty", is inevitable as long as only one person has a say in who becomes the next Thain. It is time for the shovel to either be returned to Knox or laid to rest in the village museum. II. Elect a Mayor Every Eight Years As I implied in the first proposal, the only fair way to choose our leader is through a popular election, a vote open to all adult halflings in the village. The ballot should be public, so that the votes are visible for all to see and the winner is plainly obvious once the polls close. Each voter should get one vote. Since it is unlikely that only two candidates will run in an election, if no candidate wins over 50% of the vote a second round should be held between the two candidates with the most votes. It is extremely important that whoever loses an election is willing to accept the results. It is for that reason that I suggest the terms of a Mayor be eight years - if an election is lost, there's always next time. I understand that elections could easily give way to factionalism, but as long as differences end at the ballot box we should not worry too much about that. It did not become a serious issue during the Goodbarrelian republic until we had three Elders of vaguely equal power. That will not be the frame of this new republic. III. Let the Mayor Govern Though the Mayor should be called a Mayor to signify that they answer to the people and are not dictators, their powers and duties during their term of office would be, in effect, the same as that of a Thain. They would handle all duties of governing the village, and be allowed to appoint Elders to aid them in those duties serve as their advisors, delegating whatever tasks to them they see fit. Should the Mayor be indisposed, an Elder designated earlier by the former Mayor for that purpose should assume their duties, and may act as Mayor until a new one is elected should the office become vacant. IV. Keep the Sherrif The Sherrif's department should continue to exist as it has traditionally, with the Sherrif being elected by the people to keep order in the village; serving until their death, retirement, or removal. The Sherrif should be allowed to appoint for themself a Deputy to assist them just as the Elders would assist the Mayor, and assume their duties should the Sherrif be indisposed. V. Give Power to the People The Mayor and Sherrif alike, along with their Elders and Deputy respectively, should recognize that they govern by the will of the village's residents. Major decisions ought to be discussed by all the village's people at a village Moot, which may be organized by both the leadership and informally by ordinary residents. Should a number of residents equalling two thirds of the voters in the previous election demand a leader step down, that leader should do so, and if they do not it is the right of the people to ignore them and elect a replacement anyway. In order for this new form of government to survive, it must be flexible. The village is small enough that we may trust no abuse will go unnoticed by the people. VI. Write a Constitution Though such a document should not be too rigid, and should be worded in a way that everyone can understand, it is important that the basic rules of this form of government are clearly written down somewhere. Though would personally like to see it, this Constitution does not need to have a bill of rights protecting impropers, or for that matter anything controversial that the village wouldn't be able to generally agree on. The new Constitution should not require the approval of a Thain for ratification, nor should a Thain's approval be sufficient for that purpose. We will not repeat the mistakes of 1796; a new form of government cannot be implemented unless a significant majority (2/3rds perhaps) of the village's residents wish to see it implemented, in which case a Thain would be in effect powerless to resist it. It has been nearly a century since our people's previous experiment with democracy. We are an entirely new generation, and we have a well documented record of the mistakes of the past that will teach us not to repeat them. I know many who read this may have considered establishing a Halfling Republic in any form to have been one of those mistakes, but I hope the arguments I have made here have helped those people reconsider. I do not expect my testimony to be worth much; I am returning after a very long absence, to the point where most who reside here now probably have no idea who I am. But frankly that is unimportant; this is not about me. I have made these proposals for the benefit of the village, and the village can either take them or leave them. For my part, I will stick around, defend my ideas to any who wish to debate them, and see how this little game of shovels Mimosa and Lily are playing turns out. My hope is that we will all realize there's a better way to solve this.
  10. (( )) [!] You find a note in your aviary A New Thain As Elder of Honeyhill, much rests on me wee shoulders. Party planning, Knoxist worship, keeping us all proper, prosperous, and safe. A part of this duty lies in recognizing when even more is required of me. Today, I reluctantly announce that the time has come for me to step above my duties. The current Thain, Lily Peregrin, holds onto power not through solid leadership and cunning, but through naught but familial ties to the Great Thains of old. I hold nothing against her, but as Elder I must recognize that for an Elder such as myself to do all of the heavy lifting while the Thain t'is idle is nay how a village ought to be run! Le' us recall Lord Knox's wishes for our people; that we are to be peaceful, prosperous, and proper. This is how the Thaindom came to be supported by Lord Knox himself in pursuit of these goals, yet the Thaindom itself is not Knox's demand from us, only a method by which we remain faithful to Him. A Thain capable of leading us halflings is a part of how we remain true to Knox and to ourselves, not having any Thain in particular or dynasty of Thains. Thus, I proclaim myself as the next Thain of Honeyhill, assuming all of the old Thain Lily Peregrin's responsibilities. Let us meet next Pumpkin Day in the church to make the matter official. The Sheriff elections shall continue as normal. Knox bless us all. -Thain Mimosa Applefoot, halfling of Honeyhill. ((4 pm est tomorrow on Sunday, 9/18/2022))
  11. [!] A newspaper is stuffed into your aviary mailbox. How did this get here? T'a Hay Herald: Volume 5 ~Bringing you quality news since the dawn of the world!~ CONTENTS: ~Offerings to Lord Knox STOLEN!~ ~New patch of crops!~ ~Bigguns act stupid again!~ ~Town meeting soon!~ ~Melons to the MOON!~ ~Offerings to Lord Knox STOLEN!~ An absolute tragedy to all of halfling kind struck but a few Pumpkin Days ago! Our generously provided offerings to our one true lord and savior, Lord Knox himself, lord of pumpkins and the harvest, were STOLEN right under our noses! Thankfully a group of weefolk adventurers (including two contenders for Sheriff, Breasal & Cyris, as well as the friendly village goblin) were able to return the offerings to their rightful place! Knox bless these heroes! ~New patch of crops!~ ~Biggun pictured for scale~ Much o' our village still be empty and in sore need of touching up! Thus, I've put in a little garden allotment here for anyone to take if they so choose. Any crop that grows well in the shade ought to thrive here! ~Bigguns act stupid again!~ T'a big folks be preparing for warfare yet again! For what reasons, I dunnae truly know, but I'm sure it's as dumb as they always are. Far too often have us halflings been complicit in these HORRIBLE wars, even sending some slingers to help biggun armies in battle! To this, I say NAY MORE! Nay longer shall we participate in such terrible activities, even if passively and nay encouraged by the Sheriff o' Thain. I sure ain't lifting a finger in any wars that be brewing up! If there's anything for us to be ashamed of, its how we've let this ARUGULEAN CORRUPTION enter our society several times already! Enough is enough. There is nay war in Honeyhill and never will be. ~Town meeting soon~ Since the last proposed meeting o' Honeyhill villagers nay amounted to anything, I propose another one next Pumpkin Day, right as the sun be high in the sky! Hopefully the Sheriff candidates can get some words in then! ((6 PM EST, tomorrow on 9/15/2022)) ~Melons to the MOON!~ The exchange value o' melons just keeps rising and rising and rising! With limited domestic supply (and great demand after the recent Melon-Eating Contest fad hit new highs), traders are going wild bartering for all the melons and melon slices they can! It will be a while until farmers put new melon crops into the ground this spring, so until then make sure to trade in your pumpkins for melons to get in on the frenzy! Melons can only go up! (Do keep a few Pumpkins for Knoxist-worship related reasons of course) This has been Mimosa Applefoot wif t'a Hay Herald, signing off! ~Mimosa Applefoot, with the Hay Herald (duh)
  12. [!] A note is pinned to the Honeyhill Noticeboard. Happy Hour! For a limited time only next Pumpkin Day, every freely provided drink in the tavern will also come with FREE pipeweed!* *pipes not included. Please smoke responsibly. ((Just a li’l thing for tomorrow. 3 pm est, Saturday the 10th of September, 2022))
  13. [!] You find a letter in your aviary Gardening! ~A friendly biggun inspects the gardens of Honeyhill~ Our village may be beautiful, but we can make it more beautiful still! Far too much space lies empty, but with a bit of work we can make the village blossom with gardens once again! Ye be invited to join me in this noble task and plant gardens in and around the burrows of Honeyhill! Bring shovels, hoes, seeds, and any flower bulbs you fancy! ~Mimosa Applefoot ((7 pm est, tomorrow on wednesday the 7th of September, 2022))
  14. [!] Another strange note is posted to the Honeyhill Noticeboard Calling All ye Heroes! The spiders are back, and this time, they mean business! Let's get back at them and make sure they don't cause any future troubles! ((Event 5 PM EST, tomorrow on Sunday the 4th of September, 2022))
  15. [!] A strange note is posted on the Honeyhill Noticeboard. Halflings mill about anxiously around it. Calling all Adventurers! Honeyhill faces a new threat, one from within! The spiders that we relocated the village over still exist, waiting to strike! Let us make the first blow! The spiders have a small lair within the village, and if we wipe it out now, there will be fewer spiders to deal with later! -Anonymous ((Event 3 PM EST, tomorrow on Monday the 29th of August))
  16. ~*Halfling Recruitment Post*~ Are you burned out from wars, raids, and drama? Do you wish you could just chill out and build stuff every now and then? Why not make a halfling! Why a halfling? Halflings have been on the server since sub-races were added in 2011. Ever since then, halflings and the villages they create have served as a good escape from the rest of the server with our small but dedicated community. Halflings have their own culture and history going back all those years as well, with many aspects of the culture dating back as far as 2012 or even 2011. Halflings focus on the small pleasures of life, with lots of on agricultural and pastoral work-roleplay along with small talk and booze drinking. Despite this, halflings are also known for having the most insane player-ran events out of any race. So far this map, we've had killer oversized rats lay siege to a castle, an encounter with a pumpkin-submarine, underground dungeon exploration sessions, gremlins in the well, and more! It's absolutely worthwhile popping into the village sometimes whenever something crazy is going on just to check things out! Perks of a halfling -Free alcohol in the tavern! -Easy access to building materials! -The ability to build your very own halfling burrow! We're one of the last holdouts of LOTC DIY culture. -Wacky eventlines planned by by leadership or even just random halflings! -No wars. Ever. Halflings as a whole have not officially taken part in any wars throughout our whole history (except some end of map eventlines I suppose). -See below ~The most recent halfling event, taking place yesterday~ (I got permission from everyone in this screenshot don't ban me mods pls) ~A view of the village as it slowly rebuilds itself!~ Halfling Families Here are the current active halfling families you can join: -Peregrins, family of the current Thain and TakeMeT0TheFae, carrying on the legacy of the old Thain, Iris Peregrin~ -Applefoots, with two active members (including myself), carrying on the legacy of the old Thain, Rollo Applefoot~ -Fiddleberries, a newer family that owns a vineyard in the village~ (fiddleberry family post is a WIP) Additional Information Discord: https://discord.gg/uXsA9wq Guide: How to reach Honeyhill (the current halfling village): T'is just outside of Karosgrad, the capital of Haense! As a bonus deal, for as long as my surplus minas stash lasts, I will be repaying any skin commissions for new halfling players. Message me on discord (NotEvilAtAll#2321) if you are interested. You can also ask me to personally make you a halfling skin, although I'm only really good at male skins.
  17. [!] A burrower propaganda poster flies into your face. Darned posters always seemin' to be doing that these days. THE GREAT PUMPKIN It came from the pumpkin patch. One pumpkin larger than the rest. To some, it was an omen of good times, and to others, it was an oddity to be eradicated. Us halflings stared at it in awe as it grew ever larger, swallowing up jug after jug of water from the soil and spawning miniature pumpkins all around it. Its tangled vines spread over the ground, choking the landscape with bushy leaves and bright pale orange spheres. T'was quite the threat indeed! Alas, there is no reason to fear, for after us crafts-halflings had our way with it, all can agree that it makes for a cozy home rather than a threat! The might of the halfling race overcomes that of the pumpkin! -Better burrow bureau of Honeyhill.
  18. [!] A letter is sent to your local aviary! Grand Opening! ~The new tavern!~ Times be a'changing here in Honeyhill ever since the reconstruction to the other side of the hill began! Let's celebrate the hard work we've put in so far with some alcohol! See some new faces, make some new friends, and drink booze 'till you drop! (If ye attend, you'll have a chance at NAMING the tavern! Ain't that sweet!) The opening will commence next Pumpkin Day! ~Mimosa Applefoot ((4 PM EST, Thursday the 25th of August, 2022)
  19. [!] A halflings body laid in the tall snow of the Northern Region. His heterochromic eyes and brown hair made it obvious to the Weefolk of Honeyhill who their fallen friend was. [!] A journal sits on Grubby's bed MAH WILL to mah pop pop - Grigory Grubb (@Crevel), Ah leave mah wide collection of carrots. to mah buddehs, neighbahs, ahnd acquaintances - ah leave yah whateva tah fock is left in mah burrow! first come first serve!
  20. [!] A notice is put up on Honeyhill Noticeboard FREE PIPEWEED! Come on down to the free food cart for FREE PIPEWEED as well! Pipes also provided for all ye halfling lads and lasses without a pipe of your own yet! -Mimosa Applefoot
  21. [!] A letter is nailed to the Honeyhill noticeboard! Supper! The village has been a bit boring as of late, but rest assured, it shall not remain silent for long! Let us gather together and discuss recent events over a good meal! For this purpose, I shall be hosting a large supper in my burrow for all halflings and curious bigguns to attend! Note: Heather is un-invited from the supper Knox bless ye all! -Mimosa Applefoot ((5 PM EST, tomorrow on Wednesday the 17th of August, 2022))
  22. [!] As the snow of winter begins its slow melt, the fields of Honeyhill once again are exposed, and the residue from last year's harvest pokes through the snow. Halflings from across the village arise from their slumber, put on their jackets, bridle up their ponies, and head to the fields for ploughing season. Without good ploughing, there will be no good planting come The First Seed after all! [!] A halfling farmer ploughs his field. ((Event 5 PM EST, tomorrow on the 11th of August, 2022))
  23. [!] A notice is posted to the Honeyhill Noticeboard MAGICAL BREAD! I, Mimosa Applefoot, the all-powerful, have cracked open the secrets to making bread magical! While previous bakers merely baked bread, now we have the ability to TRANSMUTE bread, from normal bread into magical bread, with twice as much bready goodness! Simply hit the button while baking for the magic to happen! -Mimosa Applefoot
  24. [!] All around Honeyhill, a great panic sets in. Halflings run about in the streets shouting "SELL! SELL!" and wheelbarrows upon wheelbarrows of wheat grain, hay, and bread pile up on the docks. To whom they will go, not a soul knows, yet the pile grows ever larger. "Weh were FOOLS, FOOLS oi tell yeh!" Shouts a halfling barter-merchant, staring at a large pile of grains growing ever larger. "Weh were FOOLS ter t'ink tha' t'is could go on forevah..." A halfling cries in the corner of the docks while a female halfling tries to comfort them. It seems as though many have been hurt, though not physically. [!] An emergency publication circulates, produced from an unknown source WHEAT CRASHES! Wheat has fallen in its barter value, going from its peak at 20 pumpkins per wheat to a value nay even one tenth of that for hay, much less wheat. It seems as though, with the decline of buying pressure brought on from the end of the Hay Herald publication, some biggun barter whales have dumped their hay onto the halfling trading scene, dumping prices into the ground! It is as though a rug has been pulled out from under us, leaving us to flop about on the ground as we do now! Emergency economic relief from the last few Pumpkin traders (who avoided the hype of the Great Wheat Bubble) is expected to ease tensions in the next few weeks, but until then, stay wary!
  25. [!] A halfling corpse would be found north of the swamps far off in Attenlund, its head weirdly round and nose strangely long. [!] A note rests under the Filibert Applefoot's bed: Final Will I have lived a long live, yet with my age it is clear that I will expire soon. Thus, I write this will to detail what will come of my belongings: ~To Mimosa Applefoot, I give my burrow and all the family's herbs. ~To my beloved grandson, I give my pipe, all of my pipeweed, and all of my booze. ~To the Thain, I give all of the resources I stored in the village vault. ~To the Sheriff, I give my bounder's badge and my walking shovel. ~I give my journals, notes, papers, and quills to any halfling willing to write newspapers for the village. I wish to be buried next to Iris Peregrin, and on my grave shall be planted a single tulip. -Filibert Applefoot
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