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In Other News...

Post by chrlpolk » Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:09 pm

A thread for news and conspiracies related to living conditions and politics of Tarnak.

Have a question about an oddity in Tarnak? Bring it up here, and we’ll get to the bottom of it! (I.e., create fake news.) Aspiring journalists and tabloid hobbyists, now’s your chance! Grab anything from the “Under Investigation” category or create your own scoop!

Under Investigation
- Bandits Brassard, badge of honor or touristy trinket?
- Castle Cranbourgh’s Weapon Shoppe carries arrows, but not bows?
- Mazuriel or Maruziel? The Mandela Effect

Broken News
- Shining a Light on Lamps and Torches
- Fashion statement or ripoff? Inside Castle Cranbourgh’s Armor Shoppe.
- Band of Barders
- Travel Advisory, near Savage Crossing
- Breaking the 4th Wall: an exclusive interview with Alea
- All Along the Watchtower
- Horny Gestures
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Post by chrlpolk » Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:12 pm

On Torches and Lamps.

Regarding the pricing of lighting tools, the Tarnak Guild Overseer Office (TGOO) in Annsharbour has verified:

"The Tarnak Guild of Wood Tar Makers (GoWTM) is actually in a dispute with the Alchemists Guild (GoA). Besides many other implications this raised the price for torches (made from wood + wood tar) to new unknown heights. Which in return pleases the Lamp Makers Guild (GoLM) for they now record a remarkable increase in Lamp sales."

Renowned barkeep and local Tavern owner Icetear has petitioned the Tarnak Guild Overseer Office to release a proper paper about this issue to the public. It should be available soon at your local quest/announcement tree.

Thus far, the candle makers have stayed out of the fray, perhaps because of their own ongoing scandal involving the butchers and bakers.
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Post by chrlpolk » Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:29 am

Castle Cranbourgh’s Armor Shoppe has fallen under scrutiny by neophyte adventurers who claim that the shop’s “Leather Armour”, in fact, is no better than worn leather rags.

“I run an honest business. I make no claims that my products are better than this-or-that. You want to be seen walking around in worn leather rags? Fine. Some people care about appearances and are willing to pay a little more for it.”

A source working at Castle Cranbourgh’s Coaching Station, who wishes to remain anonymous, has suggested a link between the substandard leather and another recent customer complaint involving the Armory.

“You don’t see any cows in Castle Cranbourgh, do you?”

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Post by Visstar » Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:37 pm

Further investigation led us to several farms in the area, and there are no cows there, either! No wonder so many people are wearing old worn leather rags.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the milliner's guild, Olaf Woolworth, denied there was any wool shortage despite the complete absence of sheep. "Shipments continue to arrive from somewhere," he said. "Maybe the flooded isles? Anyway, have you seen any naked mages walking around? Of course not, there are wool robes around if you know where to look."

The Gijatreg Gazette tried to reach the armourer in Castle Cranbourgh for comment, but he was hiding under the counter and wouldn't come out.
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Post by chrlpolk » Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:16 am

The Magnanimous 7

A band of minstrels has been touring the countryside delighting audiences and sharing notes with traveling bards. Of particular spectacle is their ability to evoke a multitude of emotions by intertwining tunes.

“We sometimes blend themes from different tunes. The audience usually doesn’t even notice; they just hear the one tune without realizing that another song is there. But even though they don’t hear it, they feel it!”

The real magic happens when the band plays together on a single song, combining their efforts to the fullest effect. They are staple performers at the various magic conventions of Tarnak.

“Oh, you have a bard in your party. How quaint,” one band member quips as she plays off the audience.

As the group exclaims in their intro piece:

“Every party should have a Bard, and every Bard should have a party! More bards, more party, we are... The Magnanimous 7!”

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Post by Visstar » Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:08 pm

A band of explorers claim they were attacked by conspiracy theorist and anti-witch activist Jacob Sprenger in the farmland south of Savage Crossing, sources tell the Tarnak Times.

Reached for comment, Savage Crossing burgermeister Stella "Scarface" Skårgård said, "We have good relations with our witch and warlock neighbors. They deliver babies, heal the sick and wounded, teach alchemy. We have no place in our town for hate mongers like that."
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Post by chrlpolk » Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:54 am

Breaking the 4th Wall
An Interview with Alea

I was thrilled to have been assigned an exclusive interview with Alea, the Welcoming Commissioner for New Adventurers. She agreed to join me at the Mended Drum in Annsharbor. When I entered the rustic drinkery, I immediately recognized the slender woman whose hand never seemed to let loose from her bow.

Tarnak Times: Hello! I’m glad we finally get a chance to meet.

Alea: Well, if you wanted to meet earlier, you could have just picked up a rusty sword and old leather rags!

TT: I’d still like to think that the quill is mightier than the sword.

A: Hmmph! (She smiled.) You’ve been talking with those Archmages, I see. Easier to talk about the might of the quill with four bodies between yourself and the sword! But I jest. Casters are fine adventurers.

TT: What made you decide to take on this role, to greet new adventurers with useful tips?

A: It’s in my code. Everyone has to start somewhere! And who knows, the group I’m talking to might just save the world one day.

TT: That’s a grand thought!

A: Indeed. But even if they don’t do anything more than clear out a cellar or shoo away unwanted rodents, they deserve a proper welcome. The castle, village, and town guards are occupied with important defense matters and cannot be distracted by every errand that someone refers to as a “quest”.

TT: Do you have a method for approaching new adventurers?

A: Typically, I try to catch them as they leave the tavern for the first time. That way my advice is fresh and immediately useful.

TT: Do you have anything useful you can share with our readers?

A: If you haven’t already done so, create an account by selecting the “Register” link at the top right.

TT: The what now...?

A: Agree to the terms of service. Read through it if you’d like, but it’s all standard fare for Internet forums.

TT: Internet?

A: Create a username and password.

TT: A what?

A: So you and your messages can be identified and responded to.

TT: Oh! An “Identify” spell. I think I understand.

A: Once you’re registered, log in and post a message to the forum. You will be connected with experienced adventurers around the world!

TT: From anywhere on Tarnak?

A: And beyond!

TT: What’s beyond Tarnak?

A: Ah, ah! That’s in the expansion. Oh! And check out the new Discord server, it also might be useful for exchanging knowledge with experienced adventurers.

TT: The only part I understood of that is “discord server”, and speaking of which, we haven’t placed our drink orders yet! I’ll be back in a moment.

When I returned from placing a drink order at the bar, Alea had disappeared into the shadows. She has a reputation for coming and going abruptly. All’s well, however; with gratitude for an interview, albeit brief and confusing, as well as a stout ale!
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Post by icetear » Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:35 am

This one will make it into the manual with the next update, thank you very much :mrgreen:
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Post by chrlpolk » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:28 am

All Along the Watchtower

All is quiet, it seems, at the Watchtower located at Mountain Ridge. Just before the mountains, suspected to be inhabited by goblins, and the fields beyond which have been rumored to be ripe for orc attacks, it acts as a warning bulwark for Castle Cranbourgh.

“Should any bands of armed militia come through, we have a three-point notification system,” says Seargent Reynolds, who has been stationed at the Watchtower for several months. “First, a smoke signal from our rooftop, along with bellows from a horn. Third, we send an available courier to the castle to warn the castle garrison.”

“Mostly, we’re just security guards,” says Lonnie, a more recent arrival. “We’re not exactly military trained. Mostly volunteer. But we are led by a few top brass fellows and we are confident in their experience.”

Lonnie and his longtime friend Bryant, a mess hall worker, describe how they pass the time - occasional training and drills, but mostly watching out windows and playing cards. Lonnie is perfectly happy in his assignment, while Bryant has aspirations of becoming a bard.

“I’m not professional or anything, and my voice isn’t the best. But maybe if I write and someone else sings?” Bryant shows his assortment of homemade flutes.

Lonnie is skeptical, but supportive, of his friend’s ambitions. “He’s got some decent songs. He was working on one about a morbid thief. I’d like things to work out for him, but for now, he’s right where he needs to be. Good pay, guaranteed work.”

After a brief tour of the upstairs rooms (lower areas were not made available), I left the Watchtower confident in Castle Cranbourgh’s first line of defense.

For inquiries involving the Watchtower, including obtaining visiting passes, sending care packages, and applications for work, please see Sir Cranford in Castle Cranbourgh.

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Post by Visstar » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:48 pm

Update: Frost Horns Donated

As an update to yesterday's story, professional bard Gordon Lightfoot has donated several dozen Frost Horns to aspiring bard Bryant.

"These things are pretty useful in a place like the Watchtower," said Lightfoot. "I've found hundreds of them over my career, and I was happy to find a good home for the 30 or 40 I have left. They're pretty, yes, but not something I would carry to the Flooded Isles."

For his part, Bryant was thrilled. "They're really useful, and blowing them has improved my voice. I think so, anyway. Whatever, they scare the heck out of the goblins. I've been promoted, thanks to these beauties. And what a thrill to meet Gordon, one of the heroes who killed the evil one and healed the realm of the dragons!"

Bryant was rather wistful about the realm of the dragons, saying he'd love to visit the Crystal Sea one day. "But that will have to wait till I have more experience," he said.
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