Blackwood Gazette #102-Julianos Soldiers Found Slaughtered; Full Strength Garrison Moves In

by Isairo Palantes, Monteddorian Correspondent

16/4-The newly formed security forces of Alejandro Julianos are being tested this week as the tensions between the new regime and farmers in the region have reached fever pitch.
Earlier this week, five soldiers tasked with overseeing crop collection lines were found dead in a local brothel, their throats cut and their weapons stolen.

“We swear, we have no idea who did this,” said the owner of the brothel, one Serita Ines Dionisio. “It certainly wasn’t any of mine; the men who were killed had just arrived, and I sent them upstairs to wait. They were already dead when I sent the girls up.”

In response to the death, Alejandro Julianos himself ordered a full battalion to move in and reinforce the soldiers already in the town. The local residents aren’t happy.

“These upstarts don’t get it,” said one man, who asked to remain anonymous. “They get mad, they stop thinking. I don’t like all these men either, or these new tithes. But you kill five, you get ten more for each one, standing on every corner, watching every move you make and just looking for an excuse. Yes, part of me wants to give these glorified goons the boot, but part of me also wants this assassin found, because until he, or they, are identified, these men see us all as a threat. Even then, who knows?”

Blackwood Gazette #102-Julianos Soldiers Found Slaughtered; Full Strength Garrison Moves In

Blackwood Gazette #101-SCANDAL: Heisenberg Passengers were Servants of People Reported to be on Board

by Chester Seaton, News

15/4- The best word that can be used to describe the atmosphere around Triumvirate High Society this morning is ‘confusion’. Just a day after finding out that several high ranking members of the community had been killed in the tragic Heisenberg crash, including the Empress of NorEaster, we now learn that all but one of the high profile passengers were not on the plane at all.

Empress Bastian…alive. Playwright Delando…alive. Tobacco magnate Archibald Starkfeld…alive. This list goes on, of people not only rich enough to afford tickets on the maiden flight, but rich enough to hire others to go in their place and convince the world that they had been a part of this history making event.

So, yes, confusion is the word to describe it. On the one hand, the leader of one of our three Empires still lives, likely averting a power vacuum and a ton of finger pointing and accusations between NorEaster and Crowndon. On the other hand the Empress, as well as others, filled the plane with servants and body doubles groomed to convince the world of their presence on the plane, and in so doing take all the glory without any of the risk. Publicity photos released after the event of passengers boarding were staged (all photography was contracted out). Yes, one hundred and twenty people are dead. However, we can say that of that number, the only person of any importance to die was Pipi Tralala, a dubious claim at best.

Blackwood Gazette #101-SCANDAL: Heisenberg Passengers were Servants of People Reported to be on Board

Blackwood Gazette #100- Heisenberg Crashes; All On Board Perish

By Chester Seaton, News

14/4- The Triumvirate is reeling today at the news that the test flight for the Heisenberg, proposed to be the world’s first commercial fixed wing aircraft, crashed into the Crowndonian countryside outside of Toring.

The aircraft launched at 1830 on the night of the twelfth. The takeoff was flawless, according to onlookers and technicians on the ground. The aircraft flew for nearly two miles before radio reports came in stating that they had lost an engine. This matches up with observers placed along the plane’s flight path, who reported seeing a plume of black smoke coming from two of the starboard engines. The plane crashed shortly thereafter and exploded. The flaming wreckage then rolled unimpeded through the fields, leaving behind it a four mile long scar in the earth. A farm was crushed and two cows were killed.

The toll taken by the crash, both economically and in human life, is said to be astronomical. None of the aircraft’s reported one hundred and twenty passengers and crew are said to have survived. Among the dead are playwright Delando, who was scheduled to make a rare public appearance at the re-opening of the Empress Theatre later this week, colonial industrialist Archibald Starkfeld, and none other than the Empress of NorEaster herself, Her Imperial Majesty Marcellete Bastian.

After the crash, the Crowndon ruling body immediately released an apology and condolences to the people of NorEaster. NorEaster has yet to respond.

The crash has called into the question the future use of fixed wing aircraft for commercial purposes, and Samson Davies, long known as a detractor for such aircraft, is said to be demanding the right to fully investigate the incident along with the Crowndonian Authorities.

Blackwood Gazette #100- Heisenberg Crashes; All On Board Perish

Vicarious Viewing: Oh No, WHAT THE SEVEN HELLS!? Edition

Hello, all. As many followers of this blog may know (because its the reason you likely followed in the first place) I like to write reviews of Game of Thrones in a column with the cumbersomely alliterative name of “Vicarious Viewing”. The new season premiered last night, so that should mean a new review, right?

No, but in all embarrassing seriousness, I fully intend to carry on with said reviews, it’s just that at the  moment, I don’t have HBO. I’m working on rectifying that, but since I don’t have an i-device (otherwise I’d just subscribe to HBO Now and be done with it) I’m at the mercy of my cable provider which, understandably, has a waiting list of people trying to get HBO just for this one show. It should be taken care of today. So don’t bail! Reviews are coming.

In the meantime, you can check out previous reviews by clicking here.

Update: Hey hey! Apparently the season premiere is available for free until the 16th on Xbox Live. What a fortuitous turn of events.

Vicarious Viewing: Oh No, WHAT THE SEVEN HELLS!? Edition

Blackwood Gazette #99-New Empress Theatre to reopen its doors in Time for One Year Anniversary of its Destruction

By Alex Grosset, Arts and Entertainment

13/4- Thousands are expected to gather in Oeil de Fleur to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the New Empress Theatre. The world famous Theatre burned down one year ago during a performance of Delando’s “Fires of D’Kalm D’Korr”.

The rebuilding of the theatre has been met with several trials and tribulations over the past year. First, the Council for Arts and Commerce had an internal debate over whether or not the Theatre should be rebuilt at all or instead be replaced with an outdoor market. This of course led to people questioning the logic of a Council of combined “Art” and “Commerce”. The Council was split in two, and the artists won out when the Academy of Alchemists and Alliterators, led by former alum Sir Rigel Rinkenbach, threw their weight behind the theatre.

The second setback came during the winter months, and the recent Blackwood shortage. While Nor Easter was relatively unscathed by the shortage compared to Crowndon, it only managed to maintain its level of comfort by halting any ongoing projects, including the rebuild.

Construction resumed in the early weeks of Second Month, after the Desantana Blackwood Conflicts sorted themselves out. Much of the construction was already complete; all that remained was some wiring and the installation of the theatre’s new fire suppression system.

The New Empress Theatre will open its doors this weekend, with a showing of Delando’s “Fires”. The performers will not be using flare guns to simulate magic this time, we are told.

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Related: Blackwood Gazette #4: Tragedy Strikes the Empress Theatre in Oeil de Fleur

 

Blackwood Gazette #99-New Empress Theatre to reopen its doors in Time for One Year Anniversary of its Destruction

Blackwood Gazette #98- Small Town Inventor Claims to Have Found Blackwood Alternative

By Maurice Merchant, Editor in Chief

10/4- You’ve probably never heard of Argathal Gladstone, unless you live in the small village of Leadhills in the region of Crowndon colloquially known as the Middle of Nowhere. But if Gladstone has his way, his name will be sung with reverence throughout all the corners of the Triumvirate.

“I have discovered a Blackwood alternative that will change everything,” he writes to us, his words written with the shaky hand of someone very excited, or perhaps lacking in blood sugar.

“The answer to the looming Blackwood crisis lies not in coal, or the diesel engines being developed by those heathens in Sarnwain.*

“It lies in perpetual motion, that most alluring and elusive of scientific endeavors. Many have tried. I have succeeded. In my workshop I now possess a working model. Enclosed is a sketch.”

The sketch Mister Gladstone provided was impossible to interpret, much less print. He continues:

“Currently, I’m in in the planning stages of a full scale model, which I will unveil at this year’s IIC. Prepare yourselves, citizens of the Triumvirate. A reckoning is at hand! With my machine, we shall be free of the Blackwood Dictatorship!”

Out of curiosity, I sent one of our interns to Leadhills to interview Mr. Gladstone. The man had locked himself in his workshop and refused to come out, but the intern reported loud banging and manic laughter.

At a loss, the intern turned to the townspeople to get a better idea of the man.

“Oh, he’s genuine, that’s for sure,” said one old man, sitting on a porch outside the local tavern and smoking a pipe. “When my coach broke down last year, he fixed it right up. A right mechanist, that one. If he says he can do it, I believe him.”

The majority, however, were less impressed.

“He’s a lunatic,” said the mistress of the same local tavern, who was quick to offer her opinion after hearing the old man’s account. “He’s always in here, raising hell about Blackwood this and Technological oppression that. You say he’s planning on going to that fancy convention in Nor Easter? Good riddance I say. The man ought to be right at home with that sort.”**

*,**: Editor’s Note: the opinions of Mister Gladstone and the citizens of Leadhills are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Blackwood Gazette or its employees.

Blackwood Gazette #98- Small Town Inventor Claims to Have Found Blackwood Alternative

Blackwood Gazette #97-Imperial Super Prison Nearing Completion

by Chester Seaton, News

9/4-The controversy surrounding the Triumvirate’s joint project, an ocean-borne maximum security prison, continues this week as details leaked concerning the prison’s progress.

According to the leak, the project had been in development for years before its official announcement last year, with construction having begun nearly two years ago. As a result, the prison is nearly complete, and is scheduled to set sail within the next few months.

Other details in the leak point to prisoners already being held in completed portions of the ship, which is currently in dry dock in an undisclosed location. This has led to citizens across the triumvirate to make inquiries about family members currently incarcerated in maximum security prisons.

A spokesman for the project, currently codenamed ‘Delphinidae’, spoke with press this morning about the allegations.

“The information concerning the construction of the prison is largely accurate,” the spokesman said. “The ship is nearly completed, and will set sail shortly. As for allegations that prisoners have already been transferred aboard, without notifying their families, they are completely false.”

Blackwood Gazette #97-Imperial Super Prison Nearing Completion

Blackwood Gazette #96- Mathis Galland’s Racing League Set to Begin

By Huxley Pruitt, Sports

8/4- First announced during seventh month of last year, Pandion Aerodynamics CEO Mathis Galland announced today that his Imperial Air Racing League has come together nicely and is preparing to begin its first season next month.

“We’ve currently signed twenty four racers and their teams,” Galland said in a press release. “They range from professional fighter pilots to up-by-their bootstraps farm boys who’ve been participating in underground racing leagues for a couple of years now. Watching these two groups come together and race each other will be exciting to watch. We’re already starting to see tensions between them; they’re ready to tear each others throats out!”

The league will consist of several event types, including head to head racing, stunt competitions, and group races. Surprisingly enough, it is this last category that has many wondering about the safety of this endeavor.

“The group races sound a bit dangerous,” said a city zoning member in Toring who is helping to negotiate the logistics of the races. “All of these super competitive, ‘Look At Me I’m Invincible’ types, speeding through the air and trying to get the upper hand, sounds like a recipe for a sky full of twisted wreckage to me. I can’t wait to see it!”

Blackwood Gazette #96- Mathis Galland’s Racing League Set to Begin

Blackwood Gazette #95- Imperial High Society Gathers for Heisenberg Test Flight

by Chester Seaton, News

7/4- Walsh is abuzz with gossip today as the first high profile passengers for the Heisenberg Test Flight began to arrive this morning. The first to arrive was Delando, who refused to leave his carriage when he discovered that no one else had come.

“This is a disaster,” the reclusive playwright could be heard saying within. “I cannot be seen to be the first! People will think I’m desperate for press! Take the carriage around the city one more time.”

Restrictions on the base where the test flight is taking place prohibited Delando from leaving, however. According to our last reports, he was still in his carriage.

Also arriving was former pin-up Pippi Tralala, who had no such reservations about being the first to be seen, as the emaciated model tumbled from her carriage and raised her arms.

“Oh, the Sun!” she is said to have screamed. Many attribute this sentiment to Tralala’s controversial diet of sunlight and air, which she has reportedly subsisted on for nearly a year, though no one knows how.

Others have continued to trickle in since, bringing with them a menagerie of bodyguards, servants, and personal entertainers, and all of them eager to talk about anything other than the test flight.

The test flight itself, originally scheduled for tonight, has been delayed until the twelfth, due to scheduling conflicts with the test flights most prestigious passenger, the Empress Marcellete Bastian, who refuses to travel on dates with odd numbers.

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Blackwood Gazette #95- Imperial High Society Gathers for Heisenberg Test Flight

Blackwood Gazette #94- Von Grimm Gang Storms Frontier Fortress

Chester Seaton, News
6/4- Bandit leader Doctor Argyle Von Grimm is back in the news this week as New Crowndon reports that the Mad Mechanist of Moseille has attacked and occupied Fort Winstone.

“We’d hoped to keep a lid on it,” said Colonel Frederick Tanner, of the Second Northern Frontier Regiment. “It is a small Fort, with little value other than the arms stored there. We’d hoped that Von Grimm would break when re-enforcements arrived, and that would be the end of it.”

That is not what has happened, however, according to Field Marshal Ameron Lassiter.

“We sent in Second Cavalry to retake the fort,” Marshal Ameron said. “They have a reputation in the region, and we hoped that would be enough. Unfortunately, Von Grimm has hunkered down and entrenched his forces in the hills around the fort. The terrain makes it very difficult to reach, and there are more of them than we anticipated. Von Grimm is also, how should I put this? ‘Inventive’ in his use of the terrain and the arms he has stolen.”

The initial push to retake the fort resulted in almost a third of the 2nd Cav to be slaughtered. As a result, Marshal Ameron and Colonel Tanner find themselves in a difficult position.

“The fort is of little value anymore,” said the Colonel. “But the deaths of the men who held it and the deaths of the men who have taken it demand satisfaction.”

“We’ve ordered a squadron of Dragonflies from Nor Easter,” Ameron said. “If we can’t take them on the ground, by The Man, we’ll take them from the air, and hopefully put an end to the Von Grimm menace once and for all.”

Blackwood Gazette #94- Von Grimm Gang Storms Frontier Fortress