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BB:Rumors for April 2013

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A Hunger Strike                    Apr 01 2013   Anonymous
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         After having endured who knows what at the hands of the vile traitor, Martin De Moley, Sister Odette Esha of the Sanctuary Aeon is said to be well, physically. It is also said that she is apparently begun to engage in some form of hunger strike in 'solidarity with the hungry and poor of Akko' that will continue until the matter of the embargo is 'resolved'. 
 
         It said that Mother Bevelle and Sister Naima, the latter of whom was already fasting for her own reasons, have joined with her in this hunger strike. They are said to be refusing all food but for one small meal after sunset.
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From Haqq                          Apr 02 2013   Anonymous
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        Early in the morning, a single hazat legion left Haqq, but oddly absent from this procession was Momoko herself. Instead, standing at the fore, wearing the colors of Baroness Haqq, was Sir Azrael Alexander Hawkwood. The common folk peg them travelling ne, which would be the perfect route to take ifn you were trying to avoid new bridge and hit Prior's Ford.
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Leon's navy pulls back             Apr 02 2013   Anonymous
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For a while, the small navy of Leon, the banners of Port Leon, Altamont, Leon and Jossiline was seen running a picket between the Leonese mainland and the massive Kurgan fleet currently marauding it's way forward along the coast of the Pale. Near Abay the Leon fleet pulled way, returning closer to the coastline of Akko and Leon itself. 


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Hydessos Makes a Move              Apr 02 2013   Anonymous
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While there's been no public proclamation a la Maximino from Countess Nadira Nour al-Malik of the Antipodes in regards to the recent affairs of the Crusader State, her emissary has been active. Lady Samina has been seen out and about wining and dining the trade princes, local nobility and Curial voices with ties to the arts, and other people interested in maintaining (or gaining or growing or shoring up) friendship with Hydessos; and word is that she's always interested in meeting with more!
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Activity at the Old Terminal       Apr 03 2013   Anonymous
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        Following the Li Halan airlift of soldiers to Akko immediatly before the assassination of Sir William, a small temporary camp was established by the troop transports sitting on the tarmac of the starfield, to support the soldiers prior to their voyage back to Fallingfire.
        However, while the transports have lifted off for the Antipodes, prior to doing so the vehicles disgorged their cargo of veteran soldiers. The ten companies of devout infantry marched their way into the suburbs of Akko around Exodus Square, taking disciplined residence in the refurbished barrack blocks and vehicle bays of the Old Terminal, haven of Crusaders and the headquarters of Lord-General Caelwyn of that House, now a practical fortress within the City.
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Muster deployment                  Apr 03 2013   Anonymous
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Muster troopers left the city earlier this morning, headed northbound in trucks, with some artillery guns in tow, as well as a small convoy of foodstuffs. The gossip on the street is that the Muster are reinforcing their troopers at cripple keep, but with no Castellan, and their current embargo against the Custodial Court, who hired them?
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Out of the Frying Pan              Apr 03 2013   Anonymous
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With the announcement of a baron for Alivere, the Baroness of Claudius' Tomb has recalled the men who were stationed there to see to what remained of its people. The commander in charge of the unit politely directed any questions from the populace regarding what they were to do now to the new Baron Torenson. They headed south, presumably back toward Meekham. Rumor has it that the baroness is also mustering another company of armsmen, though whether it's in response to the threat from the north or to give some leave to those forced to bear the atrocities of Alivere is unclear.
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The Tankmen Song                   Apr 03 2013   Anonymous
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It's not really a rumor - there are tanks moving. They move towards Prior's Ford and prepare themselves there for whatever may happen. In addition to this, two companies of town dragoons follow to keep the Ford and the crossing reinforced.
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Turbulent Priests                  Apr 03 2013   Anonymous
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An undercurrent of dissent has begun to move through the Crusade and High Church factions of the Universal Church, muttering about the latest machinations of Inquisitor-Abbot Agravain. Not content with his first steps of sealing himself to the Yathribi cause by taking a local position on top of traditionally impartial - for good reason - inquisition duties, now he seeks to claim to represent the Patriarch, when he abandoned the Patriarch's man and refused to support him. How much secular power should an Inquisitor be allowed to amass?
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Prior's Ford digs in               Apr 04 2013   Anonymous
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More than a few troops seem headed for Prior's Ford and the township itself seems to be preparing for the worst. Brother Battle seem to appear in handfuls more by the day and then slip out again while the armsmen prepare visible defenses around the bridges and township itself. The recently appointed Vicar Commander is said to be checking on the township but having delegated much of the work to others like the visiting Eskatonic Brother Tyrone Gwilt who has been asking questions around town. Meanwhile no one is quite sure where the Vicar Commander is spending his time but it seems somewhere in the field. The one thing that seems clear is that the Priory and town aren't trusting anyone with defenses being prepared facing north and south.
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New arrival at Ghilat              Apr 04 2013   Anonymous
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Sister Naima has arrived and is spending time in Ghilat, bringing with her medical supplies from the Amalthean Mission in Akko, as well as medical supplies, relief equipment, and foodstuffs from the Li Halan stockpiles in Port Leon, bringing some small relief and support to the teams already in operation there.
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Haqq Moves                         Apr 05 2013   Anonymous
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Only a little after Sir Azrael Hawkwood left with 100 men, Lady Haqq now leaves with men. In the morning, shortly after first light, they marched out. A squad of veteran legions followed the lady Haqq and her personal company out from Haqq to the north, their stated destination being Prior's Ford. Haqq however still boasts an impressive number of troops for a small barony, harkening to the Hazat ways.
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Joyeaux House                      Apr 05 2013   Anonymous
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        Causing a bit of a murmur, it seems that while Lady Haqq has traditionally been a resident of Joyeaux House, today a servant was seen removing all her personal belongings from the Joyeaux manor in Akko. After being placed on caravan, they began the long journey back to Haqq and the room that once held the lady of Haqq is now empty and devoid of all but the bed and desk.
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Almost like a Bad Comedy Show      Apr 05 2013   Anonymous
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Haqq is returning south once more..or well part of it, the veteran legion squad and Lady Haqq return to Haqq. A sqaud of hazat trained legions still marches north however, headed by one of her own commanders, and heading right for Prior's Ford.
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A change of habit                  Apr 05 2013   Anonymous
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         Sister Odette Esha has been noticably busy lately! Absent from her typical haunts among the lower class sections of Akko, she has been sighted now more recently amongst the better off: The merchants, the shop owners and visiting those from affluent families. What she's up to is anyone's guess, but given the uncomfortable looks of those who she's visited upon her departure, it is no doubt something very Amalthean.
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An effigy in Ghilat                Apr 06 2013   Anonymous
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In Ghilat, thanks to the merciful aid of Amaltheans like Sister Naima and the assistance from Don Sans and others, things are slowly getting back to normal. A new normal though it may be. The population is decimated, women weep for their children and children weep for their mothers and fathers.
 But it is not peaceful. It begins in the center of town where the Kurgan traitors swung after Baroness Midare rooted them out of the midst of her people. An effigy hung from a noose. The children-- what remains of them who were not hauled away as slaves-- see it first as they creep from their makeshift homes with the sun.
 Soon they are leaping and laughing once more, as a new game has come to them, beating the effigy with brooms and sticks and broken swords.
 When the adults join in later, drawn by the macabre merry-making of the boisterous children who are finally laughing after days of dismal silence, they look on first in wonder, and then in pleasure. When dusk draws near, the center of the town is illuminated when the battered effigy is at last lit afire. Cheers and shouts of victory can at last be heard in Ghilat again.
 Watching from a castle tower, the baroness stands with her honoured general, Righteous Chen.
 "It pains me a little to see such little children engaged in such macabre laughter," he says, his voice a rasp from his injuries of weeks ago. Midare is silent for a time before she answers.
 
 "These children have lost what innocence they had, when they watched all hope trickle out a gate which then let in the ones who raped and butchered their mothers, and hauled away their older siblings for slaves. This is the world we live in, one where there is no trust, no hope, no return from the abyss. Let them embrace their futures and become the warriors they must someday be."
 
 And as the sun sets upon the scene, soon nothing is left of the effigy but a pile of smouldering embers on the ground, below which hours before swung a dummy in the striking likeness of Momoko of Haqq.
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Starship down                      Apr 07 2013   Anonymous
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Blazing a meteoric path through the skies, coming from the west to cross east over Akko, the blazing form of the starship 'Nightbloom' was tracked on scanners and by the naked eye. Plunging east, it came to ground in Claudius' Tomb after overshooting Akko due to the Kurgan Starfighters trailing it. After the anti-aircraft batteries of the Tomb drove off the star fighters, it came to be known that Meekham had two new guests for the night - and some very confused cows. 


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THRILLING HEROICS!                 Apr 07 2013   Anonymous
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Road warriors, dusty and accomplished, returned to Akko today from the badlands to the north. Sir Jerusalem Steel, Sir Sundiata al-Malik, Lady Trisje van Gelder and Lady Sofia of the Hazat all returned with tightlipped, grim smiles. They ventured into the badlands hunting reputed daemons. No one is saying what they found, but the massive explosion that rocked the Badlands shortly before their return speaks to something. Something Evil. 

Something arcane that COULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO LIVE. 

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Zakaria Al Malik vs the AeroSathri Apr 08 2013   Anonymous
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The crew of the Peerless Talon set sail from an isolated fishing village near Rotdam today. They had been raided by Pirates of unknown origin, and their sacred icons stolen away! The Talon set off at full steam. Aboard were Captain Zakaria al-Malik, Apprentice Miles Fortius, Questing knight Trisje Van Gelder and Questing Knight Jerusalem Steele! 

Reports vary, based on how drunk the crewman is, but they all seem to agree on key points. Sky wizards. Yep. Sky wizards in a sky ship that flew. Thats right. The ship picked up out of the water, sails and all, and flew off. A short time later, the ship was found, listing heavily in the water, with a whole bunch of new captives for the authorities in Akko. 


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Rowdy Tribesmen                    Apr 09 2013   Anonymous
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Three companies of rowdy tribesmen loyal to the Altamont have been gathered! It seems the unruly bunch has traveled forth and settled in a village just outside of the Port Leon!
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The Festivals of Malcolm and Godfr Apr 09 2013   Anonymous
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Word starts to spread in the streets as money starts to change hands. Lots of money. Merchants and entertainers are all starting to gear up for the Festival of the Feasts of Saint Malcolm and Saint Godfrey. Word is they are being funded to make a gigantic public festival this year. While the twin feasts of Malcolm Justinian and Godfrey De Moley have always been pageants and spectacle, this year with the infusion of money and charity, it is rumored to be something beyond the pale. Drink, prizes, food and entertainment will flow for two weeks straight, in accordance with tradition. 


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Hubbub in Gant                     Apr 10 2013   Anonymous
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        Ysbrant Van Gelder of Gant, who came to power so unexpectedly with the tragic deaths of his elder brother and then his father, has been arrested and rooted out of his manor in Gant by Count Renaud Germain De Moley and born back to Akko where he is to be held. Many murmur that the charge is murder most foul. In the mean time, the Count has left an outsider, Sundiata al-Malik in charge of the small fief, a baronetcy, given the fact that Ysbrant has no living family. He was very studious about that, it seems. 


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The Knights of the Pious Lion      Apr 13 2013   Anonymous
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This elite order of knights has been seen assembling at the starport, their horses barded for battle and the knights atop them girded for war. Renaud of Leon leads them personally, it is said. Many take heart that Leon does not abandon Akko when it has need. 


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Children Rescued                   Apr 13 2013   Anonymous
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Late yesterday evening, Brother Miles, the Engineer Verity and Lady Lysandra were said to have been seen escorting several children off the beach. Concluding several missing person cases in so many hours.

Further rumor has been spreading among the poor that the families who'd lost their children have had several returned to their homes after a battle in the sewers of Akko. In concurrent news, several funerals were apparently held as a whole, sponsored by the Brother Battle, for several children who were not returned alive. One child is said to be in the safe keeping of the Church of the Celestial Sun for unknown reasons, but some have speculated that he may have been scarred by what he saw in the sewers. 

Brother Miles has continued to urge parents to keep a close watch on children when playing near any entrances to the sewers, and especially along the beach. In conjunction with an Engineer he has hidden several entrances for reasons unknown.

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Akko Tensions                      Apr 14 2013   Anonymous
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Overheard at the Auberge:
"Isn't it interesting that Don Antonio's vassal Lord Hugh has so many of of Akko's troops in the East, and now people are saying Don Antonio might take over the city?"

"Yes, that's quite a coincidence."

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Rescues and Betrayals?             Apr 14 2013   Anonymous
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The battle with the badlanders had one notable casualty: Captain Eleyne Hawkwood's starship went down, and the lady was taken captive by the barbarians. Or so the hopeful presumed. Though some might have given her up for dead, Baron Julien Hawkwood and Dame Trisje Van Gelder rode out in search of word of the missing captain.

They returned two people richer: Eleyne retrieved and the badland commander Ironjaw taken captive. There are some unusual discrepancies in the rumors, though. Apparently the captain was incapacitated, and some swear it's because the Questing Knight stabbed her in the back. Of course, the more observant gossips note that it was hard to tell who was Ironjaw and who was the Captain when they group returned to Julien's manor.
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The Castellan of the North?        Apr 15 2013   Anonymous
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Word filters into Akko that the surrender of Zatan could have come much sooner in the season if not for Hugh's insistence on such harsh terms for the defenders. Using Akko's army (the army that should have been in Akko defending the city against those badlanders), the General seems to be hell bent on using those troops to march on Remle, despite the threat posed by Antonio... and by the badlanders... It makes one wonder just how many acts of hubris and personal gain one will accept from a Castellan before they are put to a vote of no-confidence? 


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Riding for Remle                   Apr 15 2013   Anonymous
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It probably comes as no surprise that Hugh the Bastard, displaced baron of Remle, is marching from Zatan to Remle. The Captain-General, after gathering his troops from their looting, gave the following speech:

"Men, today we march for Remle. But we will not stop at Remle. The Curia of the Crusader State tasked me with the relief of Revelation. This relief will not be accomplished until the road to the Holy City is opened, and the encirclement broken. Just like Zatan, Remle is another link in the chain that separates us from our brothers in the faith, who fight valiantly in Revelation. You have served me, and the Crusade well in this war so far. In the months to come, we will face more bitter conflicts than those we have so far overcome. But by the Pancreator's grace, we shall prevail."

"For Revelation! Deus Vult!"
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Fires in the Fens                  Apr 15 2013   Anonymous
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The black-robed 'Pious Men', Kurgan raiders sailing in the northern gulf, have struck the outlying communities of Fenford, burning villages and farms and looting the manors of rural knights.  True to their reputation, the worst hit targets are the rural chapels and churches which have been sacked, looted, and set ablaze.  

The bonfires of burning churches have given the waters around the Fens an eerie orange glow at night, but in the end this desecration may be only a precursor to something far worse.  A massive fleet of ships from Tyche has maneuvered itself into the northern gulf.  Some fifteen squadrons of vessels, from the high-bowed frigates of the Kurgan to the traditional Yathribi steam-and-sail powered barges, are poised to raid in force the shores of Oultrejoyeaux.  With forces committed in Ghilat and the rising conflict between the Lady Haqq and Lady Jopha, Oultrejoyeaux is poised for a difficult Autumn.
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Ironhand To the Rescue             Apr 15 2013   Anonymous
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After hearing of the afflictions suffered by the people of Fenford, it appears Don Sans has moved into the fief there to commence defense preparations against further raids.
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A Man of His Word                  Apr 15 2013   Anonymous
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Overheard in the Spice Market:

"It is good that someone is finally doing something about the camps. I nearly had my business taken over by one of those... people."

"Words are just words. We will yet see if anything changes, effendi. Your lords keep their people in such horrible conditions. Every time I ride into Akko with my caravan it shames me to look upon them."

"Hugh Justinian's words are more than words. He pledged all the money he captured in Zatan to feeding the people in the camps. That's why he gets to call on all of the other Lords and Ladies to help. You know the old saying? He's putting his money where his mouth is."

"I was unaware of this. That is a great act of charity indeed, though I would have preferred the riches of Zatan to have remained in the hands of the merchants there. It is along my caravan route..."

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Rumble in the Spaceport            Apr 16 2013   Anonymous
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The desert woman, Fadila, came upon one Jerusalem Steele of the Order of the Phoenix. Some smalltalk was made, say the starport staff, a Cigarette offered and some pleasentries exchanged. And then Fadila made one of her psychic warriors, the Dervish called 'Hatim' attack the Questing Knight. 

Accounts differ, but most agree the Questing Night seemed to be losing at first, his shield flaring with the power of Hatim's strikes. But it was a setup, because the Knight lured the Dervish under a starship - then dropped an engine on him. 

Hatim will be recovering for a while, but Fadila seems to have a new respect for men in dashing coats. 


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Popcorn prices                     Apr 16 2013   Anonymous
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It seems popcorn prices have spiked after Momoko's most recent announcement about her candidacy. There was some grumbling among the men that she was not naked for this one. They seem confused. This was neither sexy nor naked. 

"In my day, naked-sword-harlots were naked. And swordy." said one man. 


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Lion Tower Hospitality             Apr 16 2013   Anonymous
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The Lion Tower on the mount of Apples, is opening its library and viewing deck to those worthies who wish to visit. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. 

(Want to RP? It's late at night. Page Renaud for an invitation) 


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The Low Road Is Not A Nice Place   Apr 21 2013   Anonymous
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The settlement under the High Road was never very affluent, but now it is pretty much gone with the devastation of battle followed by the devastation of having that battlefield picked over and for loot. An army of crusaders are still camped to the north with a trio of weaponized starship engines captured from the badlanders under guard, in addition to plenty of the badlanders in question who failed to escape following their encirclement then survived the following sporadic massacre. Somebody must be making money though because at least one of the crusader captains is selling captives to the Chainers, with shackled groups being dragged into the bellies of waiting starships.

Likely a kinder fate than some who were impaled alive around the site where a knight with particularly vengeful followers fell.
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Body Language...                   Apr 22 2013   Anonymous
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A video from Momoko appears, broadcast for people to see. And rebroadcast in taverns and projected on the sides of buildings where needs be, for the people to get a full measure of the woman. There is one thing immediately apparent. She is buck naked. Arms covering her breasts, sword in the ground before her, hands on top of the hilt, blade covering her private place. She does not seem abashed, not at all, or even blushing. She has the iron will. The camera does not pan, though you can hear snorting in the background that quickly dies down before there's a quick slip from a side view of her, revealing her supple behind and side boob shot. No one yells at the camera to bring it back to front. 

There's a long moment of silence and Momoko begins to speak, "Hello Crusaders..." soft, sultry. "I bet you like what you see. I bet you'd like to take me into your bedchambers. Into the back alley. Into the whore house for a good row, wouldn't you?" She wiggles her hips for emphasis. "Fortunately for you, I've been a bad girl and need to be punished. I am trembling wit anticipation. That your hand will slap across my soft flesh, leaving a mark. Or perhaps you would like this.." She moves her hips against the blade of her sword, then licks the hilt suggestively. 

"Or maybe you're just a man who likes a naughty, naughty whore." And the sword is lifted, angels sink, bare baronessa is bare. THe sword is pointed to the camera, boobs can be seen. "Well... too bad. You don't get any of that until you come to Haqq and show me my place. I think it's on top of you. I think you'll agree... I look better on my knees. But I'll leave the positioning up to you, you naughty boys." Wink. 


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Men in the Spice Market            Apr 22 2013   Anonymous
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A group of men crowd around a flatvid monitor that is playing a split-screen of Momoko's first naked address, and then the second naked address. 

"No man, look, look! The only thing she -does- different, like, with her body is when she tries to fuck the sword man." Says Bill. 

"Shut up bill, it's totally different! Look, you can tell by the lighting here and the pixels. I have seen a few fakes in my time." says Bob. 

"I don't know what that woman's so pissed off about. I mean, her words are different, but it's not like she's doing much different. How can you be so pissed off when it's what yuo did?" Asks Lextio. 

"Hey, Lex, remember when you got drunk and fucked that goat?" answers Bill. 

"SHUT UP!" 

"Right. Like that." 


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Through The Gate                   Apr 22 2013   Anonymous
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        The latest armed convoy to come through the gate contains a Decados courier with a very special passenger, a Lord Anatoly Kurakin. Lord Anatoly is the groom-to-be of Lady Olivia Decados, and should be on planet within a week, depending on how hard the passage through the Strait of Antioch is. Surely, wedding bells - and a grand party - will follow soon after.

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Rock 'n' Roll All Night            Apr 23 2013   Anonymous
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        Lively entertaining has revved up again in West Goat at the estate of Consul Madani with the guest list being a Who's Who of ranking members of the Merchant League as well local Yathribi guilds. It's rumored that Baroness Lysandra Justinian also made an appearance with her entourage and took part in the revelry and that the Reeve hostess spared no expense in giving the young lady a debut with the merchant princes of Akko. The music was electric, the dancing exotic, the food sumptuous, and the manor guest rooms filled with sleep-overs who were treated to an equally decadent brunch the next day.
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Sepulchre House Party              Apr 24 2013   Anonymous
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Baroness Lysandra is throwing a dinner party at Sepulchre House! There will be food, dancing, music, and fine company. Attendees are encouraged to bring a meal for a family, to be distributed to the families of Akko's citizens who have lost family members in the recent battles and kidnappings. 

OOC: Event will start at 6PM PST on Friday April 26 (ignore the silly broken schedule), assuming work doesn't try to eat my soul, in which case it may be slightly later. PCs of all ranks and affiliations can assume they were invited!
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Evening Murders                    Apr 24 2013   Anonymous
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Reports around the city are all confirming the same thing; There are at least three murders this evening in various locations around Akko. None of the victims match any kind of pattern. Two women and one man. They range in age from 18-45. The man, a drug addict, was found in an ally way, with his throat slit. One of the women, a prostitute, was asphyxiated and left on the stairs near her brothel. The third victim, the last woman, a known thief and criminal was found on the beach. Her hands and eyelids cut off with her guts spilling out onto the sand. No one can identify the person in question. Some say it was a man, others a woman. The shock of it all has left many citizens scared and frightened this evening.
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Blip on the Radar?                 Apr 25 2013   Anonymous
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It appears that Kurgan patrols near the harbor of Abay were in high alert the past night. Some passing merchants mention it was due to intruders near the flak cannons of the county. The people responsible are not exactly known but all reports seem to indicate that Baroness Desideria of the Hazat, Lord Julien of Crow's Landing and Dame Trisje Van Gelder of the Company of the Phoenix arrived at the port of Akko in the morning, their clothes somewhat peppered with sand and mud.
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The Voice on the move...           Apr 26 2013   Anonymous
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It seems Lord Helborg is moving The Voice of the Mountain. (The City Killer) It will be leaving Port Leon and headed for Rotdam. Where rumors say it could either shell Rabaq from across the sea for the Countess of Johburg or be sent south to take the field against the invading army. To lead substance to the later rumor - it seems Helborg has dispatched its ground forces by land to Rotdam to escort the massive artillery. It is kept as quiet as possible because the gun is likely a target considering how it rained shells upon Zatan. But it's hard for such a giant piece of machinery's movements to stay silent.
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A 5 to 4 Victory                   Apr 27 2013   Anonymous
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        The lawn of the Fisher Hall, the Countess Amber's residence in Akko, hosted a polo game yesterday. Men and women, almost all knights or landless nobles, tested their equestrian skills in what was once called the 'sport of kings'. With many young noblewomen making up an appreciative audience the 'Hawks of Akko', lead by Arkady Decados in the number one position, managed to eke out a thin victory over the 'Prophet's Lions'.
        Of course both teams were formed on the spot, with a Sir Rodrigo of Joyeaux initially refusing to play on the 'Prophet's Lions' because they had chosen Sir Jean La Guerre of Leon as their captain. A substitution of Sir Caius Hawkwood, an Imperial officer on leave from Camp Hattusas, was brokered by the hosting Baron Margat and the game began.
        Play was disrupted after a goal scored by Dame Ophelia Decados of Auberry was challenged by Sir Hu Li Halan of Olivet. Though the Fisher Hall's steward (acting as a referee) could find no rule that was broken by the Decados Dame the two knights felt a need to duel over the matter and play was delayed. In the end the goal stood.
        By all accounts a good time was had by all, save for the groundskeepers who are now left with the daunting task of repairing the divots in the mangled turf.
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Quayside Raid                      Apr 27 2013   Anonymous
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        A warehouse in Quayside was allegedly raided earlier today, a collaborative effort by the Brother Battle and a contingent of privateers, notably Brother Miles Fortius and Sir Zakaria al-Malik. A brief interlude of scattered gunfire was reported and not long thereafter a group of rough-looking individuals, some of them Kurgans, were seen being led away at gun-point. A defensive perimeter was set up and inquisitive passers-by were encouraged to mind their own business. Consul Madani of the Reeves' Guild is rumored to have been on the scene as well, though her role in whatever went down is a matter of speculation.
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The Founders March                 Apr 27 2013   Anonymous
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At the high tide of midnight, the fleet of the founders - Justinian and De Moley, the vassals of Leon and the support of Olivet, set sail. The fighting was hard, but the naval invasion has been an unqualified success, as reported. Taken from the sea in an avenue unexpected, Abay fell quickly. The forces of Renaud, Arkady, Chiaka, Lysandra, Zakaria, Seraphine, Comstock, Sundiata, Katerine, Farouk, Hugh and Olivia brought the city to heel in a lightening strike. The Temple of the Sacred Spring put up resistance but the command of Desideria of the Hazat, combined with the power of Leilani, Katerine and Sundiata put it down as quickly as it rose. Night falls on a liberated city, but the question comes... Will they hold it once the forces from Sulimenbad arrive? 


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Scraver Odds                       Apr 27 2013   Anonymous
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Rumors have it that the Scraver's guild has been providing a betting clearing house on who will be disrupting the curia (not if, but who). Currently the top contenders are the Swords of Lextius, Refugee Rioters, Count Antonio, Earl Caelwyn, and the recently ex-communicated Martin De Moley. However, the top odds taken appear to be a surprising contender in Renaud De Moley attempting a coup of Geoffrey De Moley. There also appears to be large bets being taken on what percentage of Akko will be burned down by the Brother Battle in the aftermath. Surprisingly, no one seems to have yet taken the odds on the Kurgan's actually mounting a surprise attack, leaving odds makers scrambling to adjust!
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A jaunt from Akko                  Apr 28 2013   Anonymous
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         Recently, the VTOL Flitter 'The Albatross' departed from Akko heading out over the open ocean. Aboard, it carried Ladies Eleyne and Katerine, the latter fresh from her victory in the reclaimed Sacred Springs. It also carried upon it Sister Odette Esha of the Sanctuary Aeon. They were gone for close to twenty four hours before the flitter returned to land in Akko, carrying with it what appeared to be some great, salvaged cargo container from parts unknown, though rumors swirl that it bore the markings of the Second Republic on its side. 
 
         Regardless, the container was ushered off into a secured warehouse before anyone got a peek at what was inside.
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Mysterious Transmission...         Apr 28 2013   Anonymous
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From the sea west of the Antipodes, south of Teldam... 

"Into the darkness, I bring the lantern. I fear not the night, for I am born of light with my curious visage." 

These words broadcast on all frequencies. 


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Earthquake penis relief..          Apr 29 2013   Anonymous
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After the earthquake some statues of the Baron of Helborg fell over. Infamous one with twigs and berries exposed. They were then melted down and provided for earthquake relief. Hassan's junk helps put food on the table for struggling families.
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The Voice of the Mountain..        Apr 29 2013   Anonymous
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It seems that Hassan left right before the earthquake at the Curia meeting. He was rumored to have gone to Helborg where he has put his army in the field and has it heading towards Rotdam where the Voice of the Mountain is rumored to have sent. This move lends credence to the rumors that the Baron intends to perhaps take the Voice down to confront the armies directly and under escort to protect the massive cannon. Perhaps he will get a few days of shelling in on Rabaq from Rotdam as well.
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Sir Cephus Justinian prevents trag Apr 29 2013   Anonymous
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The famed knight captain and crusader took charge upon learning Fadila ordered her army to break the refugees free from the camps. Fearing the rampant slaughter of the Muster opening up on panicked innocents Sir Cephus ordered her placed into his custody. After rendering her unconcious with the help of (Rose's) guards the knight then took the squawker she ordered her men to assault. He pleaded with them not to condem their souls to burn by creating a considerable tragedy. The knight and his daughter Naima delivered Fadila to her men in exchange for an agreement not to carry out her orders. The exchange was made and the knight returned with his daughter unharmed.

During the exchange in the Great Hall Sir Cephus was heard to implore the nobility to choose a leader. Citing that a rebellion and an uprising would rob the Holy War from its purpose of taking back the Holy City of Revelation.
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Cephus headed to the camps...      Apr 29 2013   Anonymous
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The High Almoner of Akko has been out and about publically ever since returning Fadila to her men. In his duties of being in charge of distributing alms he has seen that a number of baker's shops take over for relief. Water and bread seems to be the order of the day. And he has been seen personally distributing the food in the camps. The knight captain has had some strong heated moments and perhaps increased guild tensions for repurposing bread. He has used funds from the High Almoner's coffers to pay 'cost' for the goods. Citing humanitarian and religious need to do the Pancreator's will and ease the suffering of the less fortunate victims of the earthquake.
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From the rubble...                 Apr 29 2013   Anonymous
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Antonio and Renaud emerged from the ruins of the keep, though there appeared to be no love lost. When Renaud learned of the trouble in the camps, he suggested a compromise candidate to be placed as Constable Pro-tem, to serve until the next curia. Perhaps he thought it would be a good compromise to place a vassal of Antonio in the 'big seat', one who could reach across the aisle a bit and work with everyone. 

But apparently, by his own words in front of many peers of the land, Antonio considers Lysandra Justinian to be an 'idiot whore he would not lift a hand to assist in any situation who lacked even the most basic understanding of tactics'. The pronouncement left the room stunned - and the Questing KNight, Sir Joscelin De Moley found himself challenging Antonio to yet another duel over the Witchcounts inability to have a civil tongue. 


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More from the rubble               Apr 29 2013   Anonymous
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Antonio, in the midst of calling her a whore and rotten commander, also apparently declared that Lysandra was under the control of the Jakovian agency and could no longer claim loyalty to her own house or ideals.

Funny how some rumors miss things like that.

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Heard About The Ladys Guards       Apr 29 2013   Anonymous
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        A rumor begins to spread that Lady Haqq was talking to one of her private guards about something and the one thing that a servant picked up was, "You know what annoys me Vena? Renaud. That's what annoys me. I don't know whether to laugh at how clever he thinks is or feel sorry for him that he believes that no one knows that he's responsible for most of the rumors and actions of ill repute."
        To which Lady Vena responded: "I thought we were talking about him calling everyone a whore behind closed doors?"

And the servant was very sure of this part, when the lady Haqq responded with: "No, he does that to other people's faces and assumes that we never talk. Again, that clever thing."

Many chuckles were had.
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...and an entourage                Apr 30 2013   Anonymous
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        Lady Olivia's husband-of-convenience, Marco Arkady Kurakin, has arrived on Yathrib, with a retinue of a cousin, a Charioteer and a Reeve. Apparently, his first meeting with his intended did not go well, as it resulted in a substantial number of broken dishes and glasses at the gazebo where they met, followed by her storming off. His response -- predictably, perhaps, if rumors from Severus are to be believed -- was to drink.

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