Zeitgeist: The Gears of Revolution

Flint Tribune, Spring 500 A.O.V.

Flint Tribune

SABOTEURS FOILED AT LAUNCH OF NEW WARSHIP
King Aodhan recently attended the launch of the new Risuri warship, R.N.S Coaltongue. The ship was launched from Flint Harbor, and is the first Risuri vessel powered solely by steam engine, not sail. It is hoped that the Coaltongue will act as a deterrent against future aggression from the nation of Danor, particularly in regards to Risur’s ongoing dispute over the islands of the Yerasol Archipelago.
During the maiden voyage, a number of saboteurs sprang a foul plot to destroy the ship. The Royal Homeland Constabulary, which was providing security for the event, managed to prevent the catastrophe and capture the saboteurs, who are currently being held in custody. RHC Inspector Stover Delft has been quoted as saying "Though we did not anticipate trouble, the RHC is always ready to perform our duty.”
It is rumored that the same intrepid squad of RHC Constables who thwarted the sabotage plot were also involved in a related incident on Axis Island. Authorities have had no comment regarding events on Axis Island; however unnamed sources confirm that the King’s Marines removed Duchess Shale and her rebel forces from Axis Island with inside support from the RHC.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES ON THE RISE?
Organized crime, in the form of the Family criminal organization based in Crysillyir, is on the rise. Undercover reports indicate that the Family sees the growth of Flint as an opportunity to expand into a new market, and for the past year has been competing with various local gangs.
The intense rivalry is escalating between the Family and local Flint gangs, resulting in bloodshed and violence erupting on the streets of Flint.
RAGMAN MURDERS INCREASE
The Ragman has grown more active, and is believed responsible for four deaths over the course of two weeks. Flint police investigate, and an impoverished Yerasol Veteran claims he saw the same pattern of wounds on fellow soldiers in the last war.

MONSTERS ON PINE ISLAND
Citizens are warned to avoid the western bayous around the Battalion school in Pine Island. The martial university has imported exotic wild beasts from a Risuri colony in Elfaivar, and will be conducting exercises in beast tracking and monster slaying.

GOODSON SNARED?
Wealthy industrialist and renowned son of Flint Guy Goodson is getting married to a Crisillyiri noblewoman: Faith Unitas. The ceremony will be closed to the public, but reporters are eagerly sharing every detail of the arrangements. The intense interest has journalists excited about all the papers they’ll sell when King Aodhan marries next year.

TREMORS SHAKE FLINT
For the past few months, small tremors have shaken the city of Flint, which has no history of earthquakes. Docker poets portray this as a manifested metaphor of the rifts opening up between the different political factions of Flint.

NEVARD THE SKYSEER NEARS DEATH
It is reported that pre-eminent Skyseer, Nevard Sechim, is nearing the end of his long life. Nevard’s closest family and followers have brought him to the henge in the Cloudwood, where he asked to spend his final days maintaining a skyward vigil. Skyseers are said to be consulting with him for advice on keeping the ancient order alive and relevant in our industrial revolution.

PELL’S AUDITIONS
Randall Pell, a renowned composer from Slate, will be conducting the Navras Opera House and plans to hold auditions for performers. Capable entertainers should present themselves to Mr. Pell at the Opera House for interviews.

“GALE” STRIKES AGAIN!
The criminal known as “Gale” – so dubbed due to her singular ability to fly away from the scenes of her crimes, despite most scholars claiming that such flight is impossible – has sabotaged another factory in Flint. In the past month, she has been responsible for various acts of industrial sabotage, and for unmooring ships which drift into Flint Harbor and sink. She has won the sympathies of those who view industry as DanorIan meddling, but many common workers see her as a threat to their livelihood. The government has labelled her a foreign provocateur with ties to the Vakeshi Mystics. She is also blamed for thefts from the homes of wealthy factory owners, for the killings of a company of surveyors who wandered in the Cloudwood to site a potential railroad, and for a botched assassination attempt against Kane Westman, a tax collector with strong political friends.

MAYHEM IN PARITY LAKE
A rash of eighteen small fires around Parity Lake is believed to be arson. So far the burns have killed over fourty, but fire responders have managed to keep them from spreading. The fires seem to target properties of factory owners, even the occasional factory outbuilding, and so are believed to be the work of Gale.

HIGH PROFILE THEFT RING BROUGHT TO AN END
The recent rash of high profile thefts was brought to closure recently, thanks to the work of Flint Police and RHC cell FT3. The perpetrator was reported to have been a member of a local crime family based out of Parity Lake. Details on the arrest are unclear, however the thief was utterly destroyed, losing his life for his crimes. Regrettably, the thief perished before he was able to give evidence as to his criminal contacts.

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