Blackwood Gazette #274-Crowndon Floods Klankenvroot Dry Dock, Killing Nearly 200

By Jeanne Dupris, Nor Eastern EIC

15/11/282-Reports coming out of Crowndon seem to mark this as one of the darkest days in the Triumvirate’s history, as the Klankenvroot factory situation has been resolved in the most tragic way possible.

The City Watch, under the command of Crowndon Imperial military commanders, have reportedly flooded the dry docks where a large majority of the former factory workers lived. Nearly two hundred people, composed of workers and their families, are said to have lived in those dry docks. We are told that nearly all of them are dead.

There is no word on why the Crown abruptly decided to take such a drastic and tragic course of action, as the workers living in the factory had heretofore not displayed any sort of aggression to the battalion of City Watch and imperial soldiers camped outside the factory grounds.

The Crowndon military recently performed a test of a new aerial automaton equipped with a pictograph, and some have suggested that the images captured by the devices spurred this decision. However, the military has made no statements thus far about what the automatons saw inside the factory.

We have nothing but speculation at the moment as to why this event has occurred. There is this fact, though; Crowndon just murdered 200 of its own citizens, many of them children or infirm. Empress Marcelette Bastian has already condemned the decision, and the words ‘Imperial Duumvirate’ have reportedly been uttered more than once in her court. The Monteddorian High King Mario Adallantes issued a most diplomatic and ultimately toothless statement. The Crowndon Oligarchs have yet to say anything at all, though we believe the Imperial High Command will issue a no doubt polished report on the success of their ‘operation’ in the coming days.

The Triumvirate Authority, likewise, has said nothing, though we are told they are not pleased. Hopefully, they will push for a formal inquisition into the matter. In the meantime, the hopes and prayers of Nor Easter go out to those whose lives have been lost, and those few who survived. It is their tale that I would most like to tell as we proceed to make sense of what has occurred.

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A bit of perspective from someone who lived in the shadow of the Klankenvroot factory:

Adella Chatelaine Reports #001-In the Shadow of Klankenvroot: A Tale from the Gutters of Crowndon
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Blackwood Gazette #274-Crowndon Floods Klankenvroot Dry Dock, Killing Nearly 200

Blackwood Gazette #272- Gladstone Aerial Recon Apparatus Deployed in Efforts to Disperse Klankenvroot Squatters

By Chester Seaton, News

8/11/282- As the situation at the old Klankenvroot Factory continues to fester in a stalemate, the Crowndon military took the opportunity to test out its newest toy, the Gladstone Aerial Recon Apparatus, or A.R.A.

“Given the stagnate nature of the situation, we decided it might be a prime opportunity to test the new device,” said Crowndon Major Yuri Valens. “We sent them in during the early morning hours, with the intent of gathering intelligence.”

Five of the A.R.A.s were sent in, according to the major. He says they had no way of predicting what would happen next.

“The whole place went silent,” the Major said. “It’s amazing, how you take certain noises for granted until they’re gone…it was damn, eerie, that silence. The only thing you could hear was the gentle beating of the apparatus’ rotors.”

It was only after the A.R.A.s began taking pictographs that things took a downward turn.

“We could see the flash of the camera through the factory windows from outside,” the Major said. “That’s when all hell broke loose. We could hear screams from in the factory…it was a haunting sound, in the small morning hours, muted by the factory walls and the fog. We thought something had gone wrong.”

After a few minutes, all but two of the A.R.A.s exited the factory. Not long after that, the squatters began pouring out.

“They weren’t making any noise then,” the Major says. “They just came to the fence and started glaring at us. We ignored them while we cracked open the apparatus and removed the plates.”

The plates were taken to an undisclosed location. No word on what was captured by the device, but the Major says that it will no doubt prove invaluable in bringing the situation to a conclusion.

The apparatus was revealed earlier this year at the IIC. The military says the test will hasten its deployment across Crowndon.

Blackwood Gazette #272- Gladstone Aerial Recon Apparatus Deployed in Efforts to Disperse Klankenvroot Squatters

Blackwood Gazette #268- Demolition of Klankenvroot Factory Halted by Community of Former Workers

By Chester Seaton, News

19/10/282- This weekend, contractors tasked by Crowndon to demolish the old Klankenvroot factory moved in with sole intention of doing just that. With them marched a veritable army of the capital city’s finest, tasked with providing security. If one lived on Harker’s Lane and looked out their window, they could almost be forgiven for thinking Crowndon was once again marching to war.

And a war is almost exactly what happened. As the convoy of trucks and wreckers arrived on the factory grounds, they were greeted with a line of men, women and children who had chained themselves to the property’s inner fence line. Even more stood along the roof of the main factory building. Some reports claim these held fire bottles at the ready.

The contractors stopped their advance and sent a foreman out to negotiate. Eye witnesses say that a brief exchange occurred and the foreman came back. At this point the city watch took over, and marched on the fence line. It is said they proceeded to beat those chained to the fence, demanding them to turn over the keys to their locks. No key was provided.

The foreman is said to have then ordered the wreckers forward, regardless of the human lives before them, but was stopped by the captain of the watch. A crowd of citizens had gathered, watching the exchange. They had seen the watch beating the people on the fence, and begun protesting.

As the situation now stands, the city’s wreckers stand idle around the factory grounds. The factory dwellers send people out to provide daily aid and succor to those on the fence, while the city desperately searches for a way to gain audience with whomever has organized the former Klankenvroot workers.

The factory was slated to fall on the 15th. As of the 19th, it remains standing.

Blackwood Gazette #268- Demolition of Klankenvroot Factory Halted by Community of Former Workers