Blackwood Gazette #312- Artifact from Deadlands Exhibition goes Missing

4/4/283- Not even a week into the Deadlands Exhibition at the Imperial Palace Museum in Oeil de Fleur has passed, and some sort of derring-do has taken place.

Imperial Guardsman claim that an urn, believed to contain the remains of Some Important Person, went missing late Mornsday night from the museum’s examination rooms. They believe the theft was an inside job.

“The piece wasn’t on display, nor was it publicly listed as one of the items in the museum’s possession,” said Guard Captain Mauricio Nicez. “Because of this we believe a member of the museum’s scientific staff to be the culprit. At this time, however, we have no leads beyond staff members who were on duty that day. And since all of those staff members showed up to work for their subsequent shifts, and given the nature of the artifact, we’ve hit a brick wall, pending further investigation.”

The nature the Guard Captain speaks of is the Urn’s origin in the Deadlands.

“Since the Deadlands are, well, dead lands from half a world away, and no known descendents of this lost civilization are known to exist, we have no way of pursuing a theory of ancestral claim as a possible motive, as in the case of the Dagger of Xian Qoluon from a decade ago, or half a dozen other high profile artifact thefts over the years.”

Which makes the fact that the urn was the only thing taken more puzzling. If the theft was motivated by monetary gain, why take only a chipped, clay urn, and not other artifacts believed to be more valuable?

“It could simply be a theft of protest,” Nicez said. “There’s a been a groundswell in recent years against the removal and display of indigenous artifacts from extra-colonial sites around the globe. Just last year we found some well meaning fool of a University student suspended from the ceiling, caught up in a rope he’d been using to descend from an overhead skylight.”

Nicez went on to say that the Guard was looking into other leads, but couldn’t say what those leads were. He also said that security around the museum would be increased, but that the exhibit would remain open.

Blackwood Gazette #312- Artifact from Deadlands Exhibition goes Missing

Blackwood Gazette #311- Deadlands Artifact Showcase Draws Record Breaking Crowd

1/4/283- The Imperial Palace Museum recently opened the doors of a new exhibition this weekend, focusing on the recent discoveries made by explorer Veronica Trenum’s expedition into the Deadlands. The opening saw the museum’s attendance record explode, to the point that a queue had to be formed.

“It was nearly to the street corner,” said the museum Curator. “We’ve not had such a turn out in ages, not since Rinkenbach’s expeditions to the Blackwood grove. And many of the attendees were of an affluent nature, as well! It was a wonderful fundraising opportunity.”

The exhibit features the usual detritus often shipped from such expeditions: stone tools, clay pots, and various other heirlooms of some people lost to time. However, the center piece of the attraction, the remains of a strange carnivorous bird encountered by Trenum in the jungles of the Deadlands, has caused quite the stir.

“It is a fearsome creature indeed!” said Magnus Ogsby, noted explorer and game hunter. “Why, once Ms. Trenum returns and the pathways of the Deadlands are open to us, I’d very much like to stage an expedition of my own, and hunt the beasts myself!”

Others weren’t quite so thrilled with the terrifying beast being front and center of the exhibition floor, despite a clearly posted notice including a picture of the animal displayed in the lobby before the entrance to the exhibit.

“Little Alice is going to have nightmares for a week,” said Karen Vorneau, a nanny who brought her ward’s children. “They really oughtn’t put such a thing on display in the front areas. It’s all teeth and claws and spines. I’m having a hard time believing it’s a real creature at all and not some smoke show perpetrated by the curator. That man was glad-handing the whole time. Ought to be a politician, that one.”

Blackwood Gazette #311- Deadlands Artifact Showcase Draws Record Breaking Crowd

Blackwood Gazette #249-Veronica Trenum Embarks on Deadlands Expedition, Promises “Revolutionary Discoveries”

By Timothy Petit, Science and Technology

21/7/282- After months of preparation and navigating the increasingly murky waters of Triumvirate bureaucracy, Veronica Trenum’s expedition into the Deadlands is officially underway. The goal of the expedition is to follow along the trail of Professor Uriah Farringdon Oke, who went missing in the region years ago and was recently discovered wandering around the colonies.

“I have no doubts that this will prove to be the most important, and most exciting, scientific expedition of the last hundred years,” Doctor Trenum told me before her departure. “The mysteries of the Deadlands have long baffled the Triumvirate, and should the tales Professor Oke told of an ancient, mechanical city deep within its forests prove true, its discovery would revolutionary discoveries about Pre-Rift culture.”

Doctor Trenum has already overcome many obstacles to even getting the expedition running, and she is sure to face many more to come. Among them is a rival expedition, led by Doctor Alex Congate, which will be leaving shortly after the Trenum Party.

“You media types keep calling this a race,” Doctor Congate said. “That’s nonsense. I prefer to think of my party less as an expedition, and more as a system of checks and balances. It is not our intention to find this mythic city, or any such evidence of so called ‘Pre Rift’ culture. It is my objective to keep Miss Trenum in check, to make sure that her investments in this venture do not overshadow the sanctity of the scientific process.”

Besides having a skeptic hot on her heels, Doctor Trenum faces another party interested in the region, Alejandro Julianos, who has been sending expeditions into the region for over a year.

“I’m not worried about Julianos,” Doctor Trenum said. “Whatever it is he’s doing in the Deadlands, I doubt it has anything to do with Oke’s lost city. There was some worry early on that he was barring our efforts to get funded, crewed, and supplied, but those setback proved to be more about TA incompetence than anything. In any case, anything the Julianos expeditions have discovered have been kept secret. Anything I find, I intend to share with world. And I am convinced that anything I find will prove to have monumental effects.

“Remember the discovery of the Blackwood Grove? In the nearly three hundred years since we’ve gone from disparate feudalist territories tearing at each other’s throats and groveling in the mud to a worldwide Imperial power unified by steam engines. I believe the Deadlands conceal a similar world changing discovery. We’ll never know until we get over our fears of the region and press inward. With the Grove beginning to dwindle, and no solution to its eventual depletion in sight, we can’t afford not taking risks.”


Timothy Petit is the new science and technology writer for the Nor Eastern branch of the Blackwood Gazette. He has taken the position with the utmost reluctance, and fears greatly for the well being of his Crowndonian counterpart, Ada Herschel, who remains in government custody. He graduated from Sau Anoit University, with honors, holds three patents, has fathered 2 children, twin daughters, and has a dog named Chip (formerly Block-Head…he was named by the aforementioned daughters when they were three; they have since grown older and changed their minds).

Blackwood Gazette #249-Veronica Trenum Embarks on Deadlands Expedition, Promises “Revolutionary Discoveries”

Blackwood Gazette #229-Rival Archeologists Set Out to Uncover Lost City; “A Scientific Race That Could Determine the Future of the World”

By Ada Herschel, Science and Technology

31/3/282- Ever since the missing explorer Uriah Farringdon Oke was recovered in the colonies, rambling about a mysterious ‘living city’, the archaeology community has been abuzz with speculation as to what such a discovery could mean. Now, two separate expeditions, led by noted rivals Doctor Veronica Trenum and Doctor Alex Congate, are set to strike out into the Deadlands.

“It is my firm belief that this is all poppycock,” Doctor Congate told us. “Unfortunately, said poppycock has dominated the discussion for the last three months with no end in sight. Even if there is nothing to be found, I feel it is my duty to right the course of academic discussion. It will also offer me the opportunity to finally debunk that hack, Ronnie Trenum.”

Doctor Trenum is more optimistic.

“My studies at Pre-Rift sites around the world have pointed to this junction. It is the crowned jewel of my scientific career, and any discoveries to be had will have lasting effects. This has the potential to be a scientific race that could determine the future of the world, even as it shines a light on its distant past.”

The scientific community is divided on the ramifications of this endeavor, as is to be expected. Many detractors state a concern that the spectacle of the race will dilute any discoveries made, with one prominent archaeologist comparing Doctors Trenum and Congate to ‘squabbling children who refuse to get along, more concerned with their own stars than any real science.’

Others have called into question whether Doctor Trenum should be undertaking this endeavor at all, given her recent year long ordeal in Lelina. Doctor Trenum was quick to dismiss any such allegations.

“It won’t do me any good to mope about, doing nothing,” she said. “I must get back out into the field at some point. And the challenges I overcame in the wilds of the Lelina swamps make me all the more qualified to survive anything the Deadlands have to throw at me.”

Neither Trenum nor Congate deigned to divulge the details of their expeditions, though both are believed to set out within the next month.

Blackwood Gazette #229-Rival Archeologists Set Out to Uncover Lost City; “A Scientific Race That Could Determine the Future of the World”