Blackwood Gazette #310- Chirpy ‘Artwork’ Sells for 5,000 Crowns at Auction


28/3/283- Some great artists strive for years to be recognized. Others have their work vandalized with monkey offal and become instant overnight sensations.


Such is the case for one amateur painter who, while painting in Oeil de Fleur’s east park, found himself face to face with the escaped Ganborran stink-monkey, Chirpy.

“I suppose I have to call it providence, really,” said the painter. “There I was, minding my own business, giving the old sunset my own interpretation, when the beast lighted on my easle, sprayed me in the face, and proceeded to add it’s own touches to the work. A splash of urine here, a dollop of feces there. The fervor with which he aquitted the task was not something I’d seen or felt in quite some time from myself or my fellows.

“I call it, ‘Crowndon Sundown’, I think for obvious reasons.”

Given the recent flutter of activity surrounding Chirpy’s escape, it wasn’t long before a local gallery invited the young painter to showcase his Monkey Muse’s masterpiece…provided certain precautions were met.

“We wanted the painting in our gallery,” said Daniel Thornbuckberry, the venue’s curator, “But given the nature of the work, we had to take extreme measure to ensure the comfort of our guests. First of all, the piece is kept in its own private wing. Second, it, along with the young man in possession of the work, were required to remain within a nine centimetre thick glass enclosure, to prevent the smell from wafting to the other installations.”

The showcase was a smashing success. At the end of the night, Chirpy’s Crowndon Sundown was sold for 5,000 gold Imperial crowns, the highest sum of any painting ever featured at the gallery.

“I’m simply beside myself,” Thornbuckberry said of the sale. “”The amount paid for the piece dwarfs any stipend we’ve recieved from the Palace in a decade. On the one hand, I weep for the state of the art world, where a wild animal’s fecal smearings bring more attention than a new Andarade or Montserrat. On the other hand, the gallery gets 25% of the bid, so I’ll be eating something other than boiled sewet tonight.”

The buyer wished to remain anonymous.

Blackwood Gazette #310- Chirpy ‘Artwork’ Sells for 5,000 Crowns at Auction

Blackwood Gazette #307- Former Academy Member Arrested for Disaster Profiteering

7/3/283- Authorities report that former member of the Academic Alliance of Alchemists and Alliterators, Prideau “Priddy” Lacerte, has been arrested for attempting to profit from the recent reign of terror visited upon Oeil de Fleur by the escaped Ganborran Stink Monkey known as ‘Chirpy’.

The arrest came after reports that Lacerte was selling plush dolls of the pungent primate to children in the city’s eastern commons.

“He’d been at it for weeks, apparently,” the arresting officer told us. “People thought it was tasteless, but harmless enough. But then Lacerte had to go and get…ambitious.”

According to city watch officials, about a week ago, the Chirpy plushies began appearing with a new ‘feature’.

“One kid brought a plush home late last week. She ran up to her mother to show off the doll, hugged it, and, well…given Lacerte’s history, and the nature of the Chirpy incident, you can probably guess what happened next.”

The new model of plush is said to contain the same ingredients used in the Alchemical parlor trick known as ‘Kettleman’s Arse’, a trick that got Lacerte busted sometime back. When the child hugged the doll, it brought into contact the two substances that, when mixed, release a noxious cloud of foul smelling (but otherwise harmless) gas into the air.

“Lacerte claims the amount released should be small and dissipate quickly, but the entirety of the household had to be evacuated, and a cleaning crew brought in.”

Lacerte has been booked on charges of profiteering from a disaster, a charge second only to war profiteering with an expected sentence of exile from the Triumvirate. His remaining stock of Chirpy plushies is to be disposed of, and the city watch recommends that anyone who purchased one of the dolls should do the same.

As for the actual ‘Chirpy’, the malodorous monster remains at large.

Blackwood Gazette #307- Former Academy Member Arrested for Disaster Profiteering

Blackwood Gazette #305- Oeil de Fleur City Guard Grows Desperate as Stink Monkey Rampage Continues

3/2/283-Two weeks after its escape from the Oeil de Fleur Menagerie, the Ganborran Stink Monkey known affectionately as ‘Chirpy’ is still at large. It is estimated that the creature has caused nearly 300 thousand Imperons in damage, and the amount is rising.

The primate miscreant was last sighted scurrying along a wall by the Dezoar River, where it is said to have caused a panic amongst weekend picnickers.

“We smelled it long before it actually showed up,” said one witness to the incident. “At first, I just thought it was the river…it doesn’t have a particularly pleasant smell, even on the best of days. But within a few minutes the odor was nigh unbearable. That’s when someone screamed. I looked over and saw a woman pointing toward a small shape running along the river wall.

“That’s when someone yelled, ‘It’s Chirpy!’ and everyone lost it, stampeding out of the park like we were running from an air raid.”

Nearby guardsman responded to the report of the monkey’s intrusion and rushed to the scene. They found the beast sitting on a blanket, eating a jam and nut macaron.

“It was just sitting there, chomping away,” said one of the guardsmen. “We moved in to open fire, but no was willing to get close enough for an effective shot. We fired a volley, the six of us, hoping the law of averages was on our side. We all missed. At that point, our eyes are already watering, but to make matters worse the little beast dropped its treat and ran at us. It sprayed as it passed by and disappeared into the trees. None of us could pursue it, gagging as we were.”

The incident at the Dezoar picnic ground isn’t the only encounter citizens have had since its escape. A few days before, a shop owner reported finding the animal malcontent building a nest in the entry way of his business, and the day before that a young couple complained that their midnight tryst was interrupted by a territorial display from the creature.

“It hopped up onto the balcony as we shared our first kiss,” one of the lovers said. “It then began screaming, slapping its bottom and…and…oh, it was awful!”

It has even begun interfering with the creative process, albeit to mixed results.

“I was in the park, painting an abstract of the day’s sunset, when Chirpy dropped down onto my easel and began slapping at the wet paint, leaving tiny monkey paw prints all over the piece,” an amateur painter told us. “To my surprise, the monkey’s contribution improved the piece, gave it a certain whimsy that I feel my work has been missing. I’ve shown it to a few galleries, and more than one of them is interested.”

No one knows where Chirpy will turn up next, but citizens should be wary, the Menagerie warns.

“Chirpy is a young primate at the dawn of its maturity, in a strange environment with a plethora of unknown sights and sounds. He will be extremely curious, and extremely aggressive. Anyone who runs afoul of Chirpy should immediately flee and alert the nearest city watchman.”

Blackwood Gazette #305- Oeil de Fleur City Guard Grows Desperate as Stink Monkey Rampage Continues