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Workers of Yew, rejoice!


Our benevolent guardians have been tirelessly working to improve our situation. The Mill has been rebuilt, the blight ended and Yewish crop production has returned to its normal levels. However, the militia of Yew does not seem to be content with merely recovering our agricultural output; they are determined that it be increased.

Profits taken from a recent charity auction totalled more than 1.5 million crowns, which has been invested as promised in helping poor farm labourers, who suffered so much during the blight. A mass of industrious Minocian labourers, blacksmiths and engineers have been commissioned to repair and improve our irrigation systems, to build water pumps and heavy iron ploughs. What’s more, a new watering innovation designed by the noble guardsmen is being built in areas without a nearby water source.

A sketch of the new fangled watering device
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Citizens are reportedly overjoyed by these developments. The dignified Farmer Jones had this to say: “At this rate, we’ll soon be all stocked up with turnips fer th’ winter. We’ll nay be starving all Avatarmass after all. And me lads ain’t havin’ to work so hard. Lord bless ‘em guardsmen!”

Some less patriotic types have wondered aloud why the flour rationing persists despite these improvements. A few have even questioned the militia’s motives in maintaining the ration, and accused them of stealing grain. Those who think such greedy and unjust thoughts are enemies of Yew at heart, and wish only for a Vesperian invasion. We, brothers, must remain vigilant of such traitors and trust in the will of our guardians. A militia representative has assured me that they are working on a project to ensure that the famine never happens again, and that this might require us to keep our belts tightened for a short period. Take comfort, loyal workers of Yew!

Inside:
2 – Do’s and Don’ts of Scarecrow construction
4 – “My pig was possessed!”
6 – How to bake a pie without flour
9 – Bagball Results
12 – Taxation and You

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Never shall we starve again!

My Yewish brethren, it gives me great pleasure to report that not only has the rationing of flour finally come to an end, but that our wise shepherds the militia of Yew have utilised the excess grain produced in the last few weeks for a most worthwhile project. According to official contacts, guardsman command have furtively been working on the construction and stocking of a granary, to hold enough grain to last the entire population of Yew several months.

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Artist's impression of the new granary

It is of no surprise that the location of this granary must remain secret, lest foreign enemies or terrorist traitors steal, destroy or poison the grain that it holds. Loyal workers of Yew will no doubt be heartened by this security measure, given that they surely trust the judgement of our guardians implicitly.

Meanwhile, the agricultural surplus that Yewish farms are now producing is being exported all over the world – Yew has once again become the bread basket of Sosaria. Of course, half of all profits on this trade have been rightfully appropriated by the Yewish state for the funding of further products. Only the most selfish of farmers have objected to such measures – true Yewish patriots realise that the common good must trump all personal interests.

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2 – Offal based recipes
5 – The Celtic question
8 – A short history of Vesperian Imperialism
11 – Building your own forge

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Reform and rejuvenation continues!


Last night saw the implementation of the next phase in our new coordinator’s ingenious plans. After years of suffering the high inflation rate of golden crowns, the guardsmen militia has hereby standardised the currency of all local transactions – we now deal exclusively in copper coins. This landmark reform will help ensure fair prices and wages for all, and extend community solidarity through a common coinage. All citizens and guardsmen with crowns savings may exchange them for up to a maximum of 150 copper at the newly constructed Yewish treasury.

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A comparison between the old golden crowns and new copper coins

Reports have also been confirmed that the Minocian labour force which has recently improved our agricultural condition has now been employed in the construction of a large factory of some kind. With the levels of unemployment rising due to increasing farming efficiency, the jobs that this new venture provides will go a long way to meeting the needs of the common man. We must praise our wise wardens for their noble governance, brothers!

In other news, it appears that terrorists may have made a return to Yew. Apparently distressed at the Besieger division’s renowned aptitude for maintaining justice, a band of thugs have taken it upon themselves to vandalise their tower and mercilessly gang-beat one of their recent recruits. The identity of this scum is not known, but they are suspected to harbour a strong hatred for Yewish values given their utterly cowardly and dishonourable methods of attack. Luckily, it should not be difficult for our brave guardsmen to unite together in catching and punishing these evil doers – for they seem skilful only in attacking unarmed, unsuspecting guards from the shadows in large groups.

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3 – Turnip growing contest produces new world record
7 – An interview with local brewer Tom Tetley
11 – Headless killed by toddler
14 – Yewish woman wins Sosarian beauty contest!

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Yew under siege!

Faithful Yewish friends, once again our virtuous city has drawn the ire of some infernal guardian spawn, and is currently suffering an encroachment of these depraved beasts. Fiends of shadow, green skinned humanoids, self propelled scimitars and even great skeletal wytches have been emerging from the gates of the local graveyard and causing death and destruction in the immediate area.

Early intelligence suggested that the graveyard was the sole source of the invasion, and our brave guardsmen militia worked tirelessly building fortifications nearby to contain the onslaught.

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Our guardians tackle a shadow fiend within the blockade

However, the latest reports confirm that colossal scarlet daemons along with a small army of wicked, murderous humanoids have been sighted late at night in the town centre! Apparently the latter force has been pushed back from whence they came as of this morning, but who knows when they will return?

Be resolute, citizens. Our guardians have fought greater threats to Mother Yew than these unholy wretches and triumphed. Do not let this tragedy upset our path to prosperity – keep calm and remain focused on working the fields. Should you encounter danger, do not try to tackle the monster yourself; report to Stonekeep and inform the dutiful militia of its whereabouts so that they may dispatch it safely.

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Motherland faces twin perils!

Workers of Yew, our steely hearts are surely being tested in the current climate. Not only is our graveyard still infected with a plague of guardian spawn, but the daemonic army mentioned last issue is making a regular appearance in the town centre every night. Worse, it now appears that a great blood-red dragon heads the invasion force, and has proved a terrifying adversary to our local defenders. A besieger by the name of ‘William Smit’ has reported that one such beast has been dealt with, yet the next night another had taken its place. Citizens have been advised to barricade their homes at nightfall or else temporarily retreat to the outskirts of Yew, but still every night some are caught unawares and suffer for it.

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Besieger Smit tackles one of the overgrown newts

As if all this was not enough for us to deal with, a serial killer by the name of ‘Happy Jack’ is on the loose and building up a horrific body count. The insane fiend has mostly targeted low ranks in our militia, and left many corpses close to the Stonekeep garrison.

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Guardsmen investigate a murder scene


Yewish brothers, we must remain strong through these trials. Many cities would fall into chaos under such circumstances – it is a testament to our hardy natures that day to day law and order remain in force despite the two menaces we face. In time, the people will triumph - we must continue to labour towards a new day, and hope that our guardians can contain and vanquish the threats we face.

Inside:
2 – Safety advice for residents of the town centre
5 – Temperory graveyard site set up east of abbey
8 – Armour of invading humanoids “Like nothing seen before”
10 – Obituaries

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A new hope!

Dear Yewish readers, though the invasion continues unabated, so does the march of our progress towards utopia. The vile murderer known as ‘Happy Jack’ has been apprehended by our guardians, and is currently held in a highly secure cell in Stonekeep. The evil doer was caught by Sergeant Radek Wilkes dumping yet more mutilated remains of innocent farmers whose lives he had stolen. He is currently under interrogation, and whilst the guardsmen have so far refused to comment on his fate, there is no doubt in this reporters mind that justice will be restored through a slow, painful and humiliating death for this barbarous animal, just like the despicable Padan Fain received.

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The foul murderer is caught red handed

In yet more encouraging news, this week construction of the long awaited factory of Yew has been completed! This monument to our industrial prowess is located in the province of Cedarwood, and is currently hiring labourers made redundant by improved efficiency in agricultural methods. The factory has the capacity to produce a wide range of goods using the raw materials of our homeland; wool will be utilised to mass produce clothing, our abundant lumber will be crafted into desirable furniture, ore from the southern mountain range will be melted down and the metal forged into tools, and with the mill running at full capacity the factory has been installed with facilities to grind down grain into flour.

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The layout of the factory and its various facilities

All of this will go towards ensuring that Yew continues to prosper economically through export, despite being under continual siege from the forces of the Guardian. Take heart comrades, we shall emerge from the recent troubles a stronger community than ever!

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3 – Cowardly emigrants fleeing from invasion named and shamed
6 – Tax evaders “Want Yew to suffer”
9 – A guide to the vibrant Skara brean culture
11 – Factory worker application forms

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Treachery and Hope!

Comrades, there is both good and bad news that you must hear. We must first face the sorry fact that our foreign antagonists are once more making moves against us. This week, the Covian ‘Avatarian’ church decided that it would be most amusing to conduct their mock trial of the wytch murderer Kas Valentine and Torrak Keres at the Court of Justice, flaunting their corruption. Though evidence of the guilt of the accused was overwhelming, the self appointed magistrate almost smirked as he announced that he found them innocent. Luckily, our brave guardians have a firmer commitment to the virtue of Justice, and took the opportunity to assume control of the prisoners. Reports indicate that the guilty parties were beaten half to death and left to rot in the woods – good work Guardsmen!

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An artists impression of the farce of a trial

Despite these gestures of hostility, the good Captain Dart attended a meeting of ‘world leaders’ in Vesper this week – mostly brigands, thieves and robber-barons. Apparently, they pleaded for the militia’s assistance in overcoming the various invasions around the world. This, coming from those who have dedicated their lives to maximising our suffering, is really quite difficult to stomach. Nonetheless, let it never be said that the Yewish are a contrary people – the militia agreed to step up their attempts to locate and destroy the source of the invaders, so long as it need not directly assist the rebellious dogs.

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Bourgeoisie bear fancier Escaflowne begs that Yew helps preserve his exploitative state

To end on a lighter note, the serial killer ‘Happy Jack’ has been publicly executed in Stonekeep, to the immense joy of any that value innocent life. Apparently it took multiple hacks of the neck to sever his diseased head from the foul torso, which suggests that it was a relatively slow and painful death. Yewish rejoice!

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Happy Jack gets a taste of his own medicine

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4. Factory safety regulations implemented
7. Graveyard no longer under attack?
10. Price of flour falls to 10 copper a barrel.
13. New trainee ‘pain in the arse’

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Battle for Yew rages on!

As winter draws in and the nights grow long, we yet remain besieged by twisted beings of unspeakable nature. Whilst the forces of darkness that had corrupted the local graveyard have been successfully exorcised for now, the daemonic horde continues to periodically invade Yew town centre, spreading chaos in their wake. Our guardians of the local militia, with the help of freelance adventurers, have so far managed to fend off the attacks through quickly dispatching the great dragons that appear to act as the commanders of these armies. Hopefully, the invaders will eventually run out of reinforcements and retire, or the guardsmen will succeed in their quest to discern and destroy the source of the attackers. Meanwhile, us workers can only continue to keep our heads down and pray it will all be over by Avatarmass.

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Militia and citizens valiantly slay a colossus red dragon

On an optimistic note, it seems our tax coppers are being put to good use – the militia are not only risking their lives fighting off the invasion, but ensuring that key buildings remain habitable at the same time. After a blast of dragon's breath, the walls and roof of the main healers in town had been burnt to a crisp and the injured inhabitants exposed to the cold winter air. Thankfully, a group of guardsmen took it upon themselves to fix this damage and keep the healers up and running during these bloody times.

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Yewish guardsmen do their patriotic duty

Comrades, do not fear – for we have the strength of heart to bear this storm. Remember that Yew is not the only city facing such attacks. Whilst such catastrophe has no doubt broken all bonds of fellowship in more ruthlessly competitive and individualist states, the Yewish collective will stand united against all that opposes it. Our selfless cooperation will ensure our eventual triumph over those who wish our downfall.

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4 – Factory begins mass producing goods
7 – !!!! fighting contest won by harpy/chicken hybrid
10 – Failed Skarean bandit raids raise militia morale

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Greetings once more, Yewish comrades!

Although our printing press was recently put out of commission by a freedom-hating daemon, thanks to an anonymous donor we once more have acquired the machinery necessary to bring you, the workers of Yew, the truth.

The raids upon our beloved town centre have been reoccurring during our absence, but their intensity has significantly decreased. Whilst it is too early to say whether the Guardsmen’s destruction of various monster ‘nests’ has had an affect, constant slaying of the invading forces have thinned their numbers and worn them down. Consequently, our factory is once more producing at maximum capacity and our noble farmers are relatively safe in sowing the crops for another record-breaking harvest this year. Yew has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of devastation, and once more has achieved incredible agricultural and manufacturing rates of production. This economic prosperity, coupled with the unmatched fighting ability of our guardians the Militia, puts us in a better position than Yew has ever reached before. You should be proud of this collective achievement, my good neighbours!

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Our vibrant cloth industry has proven particularly profitable in recent months


In other news, it seems that a baby eating elf is claiming to be our new king. Obviously such talk is laughable – Lord British never would have allowed such a thing. In his wisdom, he knew the extent to which treachery runs deep in the blood of the elven race. Evidently, this so called ‘Casca’ has backstabbed and blackmailed his way into the guise of power, without having any real authority to command anyone. Yewish citizens are, of course, permitted and encouraged to kill this villainous pretender to the throne if given the opportunity.

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Loyal citizens of Britannia express their outrage at the usurper



Nonetheless, many of the more gullible nation states have accepted this news at face value, desperate to see the Loyalist ambition for peace, freedom, equality and justice threatened. We must pity a mentality that causes people to bear such distain for universal human values. For the Yewish state has only risen to its position as the most powerful, creative and productive city through our shared cooperative moral code. Whilst the other states instead cultivate individualism, competition and selfishness, they are doomed to suffer division and structural decay, as is proving evident in the Vesperian civil war that rages. Worse still, they will not experience the joy that is one’s integration into a tight knit moral community. Workers of Yew – we should be thankful for the material and psychological comfort that our collectivist approach brings, and ensure outsider’s attempts to destabilise us fail!

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3 – Protect your daughters; man hating, girl-molesting medium at large.
6 – Covian orc raids easily fended off by militia.
9 – Minimum wage for factory workers and farmers doubled!
12 – New homes to be built to accommodate population growth.

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The Word of the Worker

The nonsensical and somewhat puerile nature of interstate politics and current events never ceases to amaze the down to earth people of Yew. The child murdering ‘king’ Casca is not gaining the required popular support to fulfil his ambition to wipe out the human race, and the people are turning to a new figure. You may think that Sosarians would turn to a respected scholar, community leader or military professional for political guidance at such a time. Yet it seems that a talking rodent of all things is directing the people in their quest to overthrow the usurper.

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The mouse exhibits an alarming commitment to cultural relativism


Whilst it is uplifting to see the people follow the principles of Lord British over that of a being of pure evil, it is equally disheartening that the people have let such a small, dirty and unintelligent creature adopt the mantle of Brittania’s champion.
An unnatural ability to converse cannot change the physiology of an animal after all. Let us hope that this mouse proves to somehow possess a grasp of human virtue as well as language and advises the people to do good for Sosaria. But as wise Yewish, we must surely be more cautious than to blindly accept its word as gospel. After all, there is not so great a leap of ancestry between rat men and mice, communicative or not.

In other news, whilst the Vesperians and Covians continue to murder each other in a petty conflict of greed and power lust, our own militia is undergoing a campaign of war games to keep itself in fighting shape. This involves splitting the guards into ‘Gold’ and ‘Grey’ teams, the two colours that make up the Yewish banner, and letting them battle over territory.


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A campaign map to accompany the war games


Comrades are asked to cooperate by vacating the areas under dispute by tomorrow night, when the first engagement is due to be fought. For whilst we have peace for now, there is no telling when the rebels will march upon our lands in yet another attempt to rape, pillage and enslave our people. If our guardians are not permitted to prepare for such an eventuality, it can only lead to needless suffering of the Yewish collective.

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4 – How to build a rabbit snare
7 – Trinsic – who will they submit to next?
9 – Innovative pitchfork design patented by Yewish farmer
11 – Odds on Gold vs. Grey outcome

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Be on your guard, brothers!

People of Yew, disturbing news has reached us from abroad. It would appear that the internal conflict in the Imperialist city of Vesper has come to a close, with the notorious pirate Van Cocidius emerging triumphant. Apparently his band of criminal thugs, along with the peons of the southern Vesperian colony formerly known as ‘Cove’, overwhelmed the Vesperian militia by sheer force of numbers. There can be no doubt that the easterners will now resume their mission to conquer, brutalise and enslave the innocent population of Yew, in their insatiable lust for domination of Britannia. The vassal force under the command of one Raiden Morana has already gone to great efforts to prove their undying fealty to the Vesperian cause, by ruthlessly hunting down and torturing our own noble Waywatchers and making provocative incursions into Stonekeep. Hopefully, the Covians will one day grow to despise the degradation which comes from surrendering their sovereignty to a foreign power and once more become an independent state with independent policy. Yet we cannot count upon such liberation from false consciousness, and must prepare for an imminent invasion at the hands of Vesperians and their devoted serfs.

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The Southern Vesperians are not only excessively malicious towards us, but entirely ignorant of our ways.


However we must not despair, as our guardians the Militia have been working hard to preserve their position as the most accomplished and disciplined military force of Sosaria. The ‘Grey versus Gold’ campaign is well underway; forcing the guardsmen to constantly practice the skills that will be required to hold off any ignoble assaults which Yew might be subjected to. Currently the grey team holds top dog position, retaining a total of eight positions to the gold team’s five. Nonetheless, with more guards being assigned to team gold every week the conclusion is far from inevitable. Yet this reporter is keen to point out that we are all of the Yewish fraternity, and that despite superficial division we shall -all- be victorious if these war games ultimately aid us in defending our motherland against envious transgressors!

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The temporarily divided guardsmen battle for possession of a vegetable farm.


Unlike many other states, the Yewish collective has never shied away from its obligations to aid our fellow humans against greater evils, no matter how much blind hatred they may bear towards us. It is this dedication to the greater good that led the Guardsman Militia to deliver necessary supplies to the people of Vesper as their unrepresentative rulers fought over the city like dogs over a bone. In a similar spirit, the militia has also been devoting much manpower in a coordinated attempt to fight back the daemonic invasions which still plague some cities. Recognising the tactical brilliance of the Yewish mind and our efficiency in liberating his homeland, the Minocian leader Nathan Hawke recently relinquished his command over to our very own Captain Bladius Dart in an attempt to purge Trinsic of its guardian spawn infestation. This wise and humble move paid off – not a single man was wounded during this successful operation, and the noted Yew hater Duke Irvyn was forced to acknowledge his gratitude for saving his city. In an immense show of decency, the good Captain even promised to deliver raw materials to help in the reconstruction of damaged Trinsician buildings. Remember, comrades, that although few assisted us when we suffered from abject poverty under a backward feudal system, this is no reason to refuse to aid other nations in need now that we have achieved economic prosperity!


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Our guardians utilise their renowned leadership skills for the common good


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2 – How to build a pigeon cage
5 – Mad shepherdess beats sheep to death
7 – Mayor of New Haven requests Yewish assistance.
10 – Bagball results

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Militia move in to protect New Haven!

Our guardians are once more proving their devotion to the ideals of honour, justice and sacrifice by heeding the plea for help of New Haven’s loyalist authorities. Covian pay-swords have committed frequent raids on the peaceful town of late, subjecting the citizens to abuse and misery whilst hounding for recruits to join them in their morally-bankrupt pursuit of wealth. After one man was reportedly beaten half to death whilst resisting being press-ganged into Covian service, the mayor of the city requested assistance from the Yewish militia. Unfortunately, an earlier attempt to secure the freedom of the oppressed had been intercepted. The Covians which the guardsmen tried to fend off from New Haven persuaded their Vesperian colonial rulers to come and assault the small patrol with their army of wytches, and thereby maintain their ability to forcibly enlist the townspeople. Not one to be cowed out of their humanitarian obligations by such devious measures, militia command has now temporarily deployed the bulk of Yewish forces at New Haven.

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The guardsmen secure a barracks, before purging the town of evil


The notoriously cowardly Covians fled the settlement at the first sight of the arrival of the large contingent of guardsmen. Yet, they once more went crawling to the Vesperians like beaten dogs to their masters and arranged for a throng of Imperialists to reclaim the city for conscription purposes. Although the militia were once more heavily outnumbered by the Vesperian aggressors, this time they were not taken by surprise and expected an unprovoked attack. With the same teamwork, courage and intelligent tactical approach that liberated Minoc and the eastern provinces, the Yewish massacred the invading forces, to the great joy and relief of locals.

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The Vesperian’s extensive use of wytchcraft could not make up for the famous Yewish aptitude for honest combat.


A force of militia reserves have been assigned to protect Yew in the guardsmens absence, and have so far done a sterling job in their duties. Comrades, we must support this detachment to the same extent that we support the militia-proper, to ensure that they do not have to return before New Haven is secure from mercenary tyranny!

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3 - Team Grey victorious in Gold vs. Grey campaign!
5 - Tensions rise as annual ‘Fattest pig’ competition approaches
9 - Factory production up 15% on previous month
12 - Celtic population express surprise and concern at news of bungling rebel impersonator attack on convoy

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Haven’s security once more challenged!

Our guardians have done a sterling job at protecting the innocent citizens of New Haven from brutal conscription by the Covian warrior-whores. Food was distributed, free healing clinics were set up and above all protection was guaranteed for the oppressed peoples during the guardsmen’s stay in the peaceful city. Although the mercenaries themselves were far too weak and spineless to attack directly, several Vesperian raids upon the settlement were successfully repelled. Nonetheless, the militia of Yew cannot stay abroad forever, and have since vacated the area to return their focus to defending our homelands. The hope was that the external aggressors would thereby leave Haven in peace, having learnt that its sovereignty would be defended in future.


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The guardsmen went to great lengths to ensure the people of Haven were happy and well during their stay


However, this reporter has heard word that the Covians are planning a campaign of terror to enact revenge upon the poor Havenites for daring to support the Yewish presence. After their failure to brainwash the citizens by producing and distributing hateful propaganda, they have decided to up the ante by infrequently patrolling the city and forcefully ‘re-educating’ any man that refuses to bow before their livestock-obsessed commander Morana. The Haven authorities and private citizens alike have already appealed en-masse to Militia command to help prevent more malicious treatment. Yet, their tormenters have made a point of restricting themselves to swift and random attacks in order to evade just retribution.


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An artists impression of a recent Covian raid upon New Haven town centre


Worse still, there are rumours that members of the private army have been meeting with certain radical elements of the Haven township that wish to sacrifice their neighbours lives in return for personal power. With financial and military support, these treacherous souls may just gain the confidence to start a bloody civil war and impose rule by minority onto the people. We can only hope that our guardians will find a means of balancing their obligations to victims of capitalist cruelty everywhere and those due to our homeland. We certainly cannot rely on the men of Cove putting their people’s needs before their drunken lust to extend tyranny to distant lands.

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4 - Footman ‘Rory Clovis’ tragically mauled to death by bear
7 - Todd Jackson loses ‘Yew’s Strongest Man’ title after testing positive for white potion
10 - New irrigation ditches built at farms north of Shame pass
12 - Eastern Province of Altmere attracts immigrants from all over Sosaria under careful Yewish management.

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Hilarious Covian outburst confirms their lack of moral character!

Comrades of Yew, I urge you to get your hands upon a copy of Cove’s most recent militia-produced rag. Its contents will no doubt make you laugh heartily at the depth of ignorance which is imposed upon the poor chattels of the mercenaries. It speaks of Altmere suffering at Yewish hands – to verify these reports I travelled to the eastern province. People from all over Sosaria have recently come to settle on previously unoccupied land there, and they were all clearly bemused at the news of supposed atrocities which Covians insist our guardians perpetrated. Even those who once owed their allegiance to Cove shook their heads and rolled their eyes when I showed them a copy of the paper. A craftsman, Mr Edward Banner, had this to say:

“I used to support Cove when they ran this place, and wasn’t too happy when Yew began patrolling the area. Still, they left us alone and helped improve trade links with Minoc, which increased my income a fair bit, so I grew to accept it. They even set up a local council, controlled by representatives of the population, so we can manage our own affairs. The fact that my former masters have now sunk to this level just because we’re all doing better now affirms my new-found respect for the city of Justice.”

What the Covians do not seem to realise is that Yew holds no direct claims of ownership of the province - officially it falls within the borders of Britain. Nonetheless with the British forces too stretched to protect their lands, Militia Command have taken it upon themselves to infrequently patrol the area and create the institutions that the people need to establish self-governance. Their management consists only in basic regulation - they do not have the audacity to intervene in civic affairs. Obviously Cove does not understand any form of government other than despotism, and so merely assumes that Altmere must suffer the same oppression that it did under their iron grip.

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The good people of Altmere have autonomously united as a tight knit community under Yewish protection, wherever they once hailed from.


Yet more shameful than amusing, the Covians have even decided to exploit the tragic incident of the Mill massacre to slate the Yewish peoples, claiming that the militia would murder their own people. Since this disruption of our food supply caused a rationing period which all guardsmen from captain to trainee had to abide by, this does not make sense even if you accept the Covian assumption that the Yewish are sub human beasts. Such an outlandish conspiracy theory could only be dreamt up by those who are willing to take such courses of action themselves. Perhaps the recent deaths in Cove were themselves caused by the thugs for hire, and they are projecting what little guilt they hold onto us? In any case, we assume that any soul with even an ounce of objectivity will see through the pathetic lies for what they are, and spare a thought for the indoctrinated, undereducated serfs of Cove who may believe this nonsense.

In more important news, last night the militia assisted Nathan Hawke in his attempts to help a member of the former Royal Council, a Mr. Clainin. It seems that the usurper to the throne Casca failed to accomplish his mission to murder all witnesses to his corruption, and is trying to finish the job. Reportedly, an elf disguised as a healer managed to pierce him with a poison blade, successfully weakening but not killing him. Hawke thus requested Captain Dart and his men to help bring him from the Haven healers to a safer location. Upon arrival in the town it became evident that Cove has not ceased in their attacks upon the settlement – their banners, the sound of weeping orphans and the stain of red upon the streets marking their recent presence. Whilst the incapacitated councillor was being brought from Haven to Britain, the elf pretender sent waves of attacks of orcs, ettins and wytches upon the escort. The assembled force easily defeated them however, and Clainin was brought safely to Britain. However, upon arrival there the councillor was no where to be seen, and a bare chested Casca made his presence known. This has led many to suspect that he may already have finished off the poor old man himself. But do not despair – the creature that sits upon the throne only has power if we choose to recognise it ourselves. Since this shall never happen, and the people of Yew shall always follow the principles of Lord British, we have nothing to fear from a fraudulent ‘king’.

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The guardsmen successfully protected Clainin as far as Haven Moongate, yet the Elven usurper’s satisfaction suggests that he may have managed to murder him



Finally, a Vesperian raid upon the church of Arduin meadow was easily resisted last night. A huge force of the traders descended upon the unarmed and coifless guardsmen as they attended the holy service, quickly flooring a few of the unprepared militia. Nonetheless, within moments our guardians were on their feet and cut down the entire force with minimal difficulty. We might judge the Vesperians as ignoble for such acts, and yet we must look at it in context. Whilst it is true that they are willing to attack suddenly and without fair warning in such a manner, at least they restrict their targets to members of the armed forces. This much cannot be said for the Covians, who merely beat innocent civilians and produce lies concerning Yew, seldom mustering the courage and honour to fight like soldiers.

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Vesper managed to fell a couple of trainees, an accomplishment the unskilled brawlers of Cove can only dream of



Inside –
4 – New recruits flock to Stonekeep to enlist as trainees
8 – Plans for increased funding for Yewish education system
12 – Mariah Bakerson, Yew’s oldest woman, celebrates 100th birthday!
15 – Short bow care and maintenance guide

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Further to today's issue, Captain Bladius Dart has requested that we publish and distribute the following letter

Whilst I generally try to avoid reading the fabricated filth that infests the newspaper pages of Sosaria, it has been specifically brought to my attention that The Covetowne Gazette has completely abandoned reality in pursuit of maximising their circulation.
You will actually discover if you bother to conduct a little research that Altmere is not a Yewish territory, in fact it is a British territory, officially governed by the city of Britain and protected by the Britannia Guard.
Yew's involvement in Altmere has been limited to the creation of trade links shortly after the liberation of Minoc and in conjunction with Britain the founding of a representative council.
I myself have not set foot nor sanctioned any operations in Altmere since the conclusion of the Border Wars and you will in fact find that the last Militia action taken in the province was the removal of an illegal Covian roadblock over a month ago. A step taken by the Waywatchers in response to pleas for assistance from Altmere and their stretched defence forces.

As for New Haven, our forces were stationed in the area as requested by the Mayor of New Haven and our weapons were only ever drawn during training sessions permitted by Amser herself or for self-defence.

Of course the truth matters very little when it comes to selling newspapers, which is why you will not find me within the regular readership of the Covetowne Gazette, The Word of the Worker, The Yew Review or The Trinsic Beacon.
Even Ye Morning Poste focused more on factual representation than the aforementioned quartet.

It wouldn't surprise me if the four editorials were actually colluding to manufacture a newsworthy conflict.
Commander Morana and I have in the last few weeks discussed a non-aggression pact between the The Company and the Guardsmen Militia, I would hope that Covian and Yewish reporters alike would not stoop so low as to fabricate yet another pointless war when a true enemy rises unchecked on our doorsteps.

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Captain Bladius Dart
Guardsmen Militia of Yew


Well, such comments about certain other publications are well made. But the good captain should not be so swift in associating The Word of the Worker with such deceitful tabloids!

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A double blow for the ‘Red Menace’!

I’m sure I’m not alone, comrades, when I say that the terrorist bombings on the Kings Deer tavern filled my heart with sorrow. The Vesperian military leader Damien Bedford proved his utter lack of decency by failing to take any care to check that the civilian building he so callously targetted was clear of inhabitants. As a consequence, Trainee Andrew Meadows and a farm hand by the name of Bert Giles both lost their lives in the incident. Not even taking into consideration the devastation of a valued social amenity, this event was tragic.


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The tavern is still out of commission after the attack


Us Yewish are not a people to stoop to the level of our enemies, but it is only a fool who thinks that we will gladly turn the other cheek. So you’ll be pleased to hear that in retaliation for the attacks, our guardians journeyed to the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Swaggers Inn and demanded recompense. At first, the guardsmen restricted themselves to asking for their collective tab to be picked up by Bedford. However the thugs present sneered and claimed that the lives of any amount of Yewish lives were not worth more than two gold pieces, refusing to make the humble gesture of apology. They then attacked the lower ranked militia soldiers unprovoked, and were predictably easily cut down. Having had enough of such bare faced moral bankruptcy, the good Captain Dart organised a thorough evacuation of the building whilst the besiegers set the explosives. Our men might not quite as eager to cause ‘collateral damage’ as the Vesperians, yet the message was clear – if you mess with us you’ll get your nose bloodied.

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The Vesperians did not appear to understand that what goes around comes around


In other news, Yewish command has recently handed over protection of Minoc and Altmere to the newly formed Minoc and Altmere Militia. The majority of these guardsmen are fairly inexperienced, with their strength being in their overwhelming numbers rather than their skill.

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Although numerous and enthusiastic, most of the Minocian and Altmere militia are not capable of facing a co-ordinated invasion


Nonetheless, in fulfilling their responsibilities, our guardians made sure to train up an elite contingent which would hopefully deter any foreign aggressors. Apparently, this precaution has paid off. I have received word from my sources in Minoc that Vesper have decided to once more attempt to brutally conquer and culturally assimilate the autonomous loyalist city under an iron boot. The people of Minoc are proud, hard working folk with their own traditional way of life, who resented their time as vassals of fops. Yet the Vesperians have once more decided to force the Minocians to be ‘free’ by imposing their own rule onto them. This twisted concept of freedom involves the dismantling of worker cooperatives, to be replaced by privately owned monopolies which would be given the liberty to exploit the miners and blacksmiths in whichever way they pleased. Whilst such social arrangements might be appealing to the pampered paper-pushers that make up the largest Vesperian class, it would devastate the lives of the honest labourers who represent the Minocian majority.

Yet do not mourn prematurely for our Minocian brothers, my friends. Reports confirm that both the first and second offensive against the town were bravely and efficiently repulsed by the chosen men of their militia.

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The victories helped cement the provincial pride of the formerly subjugated city


We should not be surprised at such a heartening result. Hard lives breed hard men, and though the decadent Vesperians offset their lack of physical prowess with wytchery, they cannot emulate the strength of solidarity fostered under a collectivist culture such as Minoc. Yet is it right that the Yewish militia stands by when so many innocent lives are on the brink of oppression? Though they are no longer legally obliged to protect the cities sovereignty, is it not their moral duty as watchmen of justice? We can only hope that if the tide turns against our fellow workers, our own militia will take a stand and send military aid once more!

Inside
6 - Population growth rises rapidly as effect of the Border Wars baby boom comes to fruition
8 - Ghost sightings - Recent reader accounts
11 - Design for wolf resistant chicken coop wins local craftsman 'Community Contribution' award
14 - Quiz - what is your chief virtue?

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Church challenged!

Loyal workers, it seems that the church of the Avatari faith in both Yew and Cove is beginning to cause minor dissent amongst the populace. There have been rumours of a continued undercurrent of resistance towards the clergy in recent months, but only recently has it become a prominent issue. Firstly, a note was nailed to the church door which criticised their policy on women, allegedly on behalf of all the females under their control. Given the radical tone and lack of visible support for this note from any of the women of Yew, it is unlikely that this note actually represents the views of more than a couple of former Amazons. More worrying are the actions of a group of self proclaimed patriots who claim that the church violates the spirit of equality and justice of Yew with unearned privileges and influence. Far be it from me to criticise our good clergymen, but I suspect that such a line of argument will prove highly influential in convincing the workers of Yew, and that if they wish to avoid this opposition growing in number then they should compromise to some extent. After all, humility is a noted virtue, and given the recent prosperity we have attained they must require a smaller percentage of their flock’s income to operate effectively. If the amount of tithe collected grows and yet it doesn’t seem to be spent on any additional good works, it is bound to provoke confusion and mistrust amongst even the most faithful citizen. Nonetheless, this cannot justify the destabilisation and civil war which open conflict with the Avatari church would inevitably cause. This humble reporter therefore recommends that both sides attempt to moderate their position for the sake of peaceful co-existence. Remember, the will of Yew must be united if we are to stand up against our many enemies!

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The dissenting group constructed an image of a burning advocate right in the middle of Stonekeep


In other news, this week I was invited to a press conference with Commander Nathan Hawke. Although hounded from the off by pathetic insults from a stereotypically snooty little Trinsician reporter, who was aghast that a ‘filthy commoner’ like myself was allowed to attend, I nonetheless managed to gather some salient information.

Upon questioning, it became evident that Hawke is still in denial about the elven pretender Casca’s crimes against the kingdom. Although he admitted reason for suspicion, he claimed that he would continue to serve the usurper regardless. Upon hearing this worrying news, I further asked how the elf plans upon gathering the power necessary to effectively manage a kingdom. After all, not a single town in the north is currently paying taxes or is willing to support the crown. Trinsic in the south is as ever eager to submit to a non-human, yet their backward feudalistic economic system ensures that their tax contribution will be slim, whilst their armed forces are notoriously ineffective. Hawke claimed that the ‘delicate balance of power’ in the north would not be interfered with, and yet contrarily insisted that Casca reserves the right to deploy troops and coerce cities which he demands support from. Moreover, apparently the devious creature has planned to arrange a week of peace negotiations which will be supervised by the royal guard. Although the prospect of nullifying Vesper’s imperialist ambitions so we can concentrate on living rather than fighting is welcoming, this arrangement could quite clearly represent a trap to murder all of the leaders of the ‘problem north’ in one fell swoop. I advise extreme caution to Militia Command if they intend to attend these peace meetings.

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Whilst most at the meeting were eager to help the disadvantaged, the Trinsician respresentatives were enraged by the prospect

Finally, I probed Hawke on future royal reform, asking him to entertain the prospect that the nobility class could be replaced by representatives of cooperatives. The Trinsician grew comically upset at this prospect, knowing that the corrupt system of hereditary privileges are the sole means by which the ruling class in his city have unjustly attained their positions. It is a shame that some would prioritise the interests of the wealthy few over the welfare of the poor, principles of justice and the overall economic efficiency that a meritocracy secures. Nonetheless, it appears that social progress is not on the illegitimate monarch’s agenda, and Hawke dismissed the idea of either changing local power structures or of redistributing the crown’s great wealth. It seems that we must be on our guard against both rebels and misguided loyalists if we are to protect our uniquely fair system of governance, comrades, for it seems that both factions are threatened by the concept of social justice!

Inside
4- Minoc remains cautious at continued prospect of invasion
7- Kings Deer Tavern reconstruction underway
11 – New housing developments commissioned to deal with population growth
14 – Your opinions and comments

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WAR!!


Bretheren, once more our fair community has become a target of the Imperialist power of Vesper!

A few days hence I was present at the peace talks held between the major powers of Sosaria, organised by Commander Nathan Hawke. Although the Commander expressed a strange policy that rebel states would be allowed to avoid taxes for the upkeep of the kingdom, most rulers agreed to keep themselves to themselves for the sake of peaceful co-existence. It was an uplifting meeting – it seemed for a while that perhaps our brief period of security and stability might be extended after all. However, no official representative from Vesper was present to agree to this consensus. It occurred to me at the time that perhaps peace is bad for the interests of the ruling classes of Vesper. If the exploited workers of the trading city were not distracted by foreign wars they would perhaps realise that their government cares far more about increasing their own personal wealth and decreasing the suffering of mere animals than improving working conditions, wages, healthcare and education. This breakthrough in class consciousness would no doubt lead to a revolt against the bourgeois state.

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Recent Vesperian aggression was discussed at the peace talks, but all those assembled tried their best to avoid conflict


It seems now that my musings had a grain of truth to them. Last night, a small guard force arrested the notorious Vesperian !!!!! ‘Elaine’, who had been accused of kidnapping a small Yewish child. Vesper has a history of protecting child abusers, such as when they honoured Kiran for his role in the Mill Massacre where multiple children were slain. However, their response to the woman legitimately being held in custody proved even more ignoble than we have come to expect from the fat cat chancellors’ hired thugs. Whilst the few unarmed guardsmen present watched over the prisoner, a huge force of the brutal swines led by the notoriously amoral captain Damien charged into the prisons without warning and overwhelmed the defenders. Despite outnumbering the unprepared guard force three to one, the Vesperian wytches even summoned humanoid beings of water to further unbalance matters, revealing their cowardice, dishonour and perhaps justified insecurity in their own abilities.

Most despicable of all, it has come to my attention that the chief reporter for the Trinsic Beacon, who was present to research an article, was attacked and felled by the bloodthirsty and ill-disciplined throng in the process. I do not claim to have always seen eye to eye with the producer of the Trinsician publication and yet the pure injustice of such an indiscriminate attack fills my heart with anger. I advise citizens of all cities to stay well away from all in Vesperian pay. It does not seem to matter to them whether they kill uniformed guardsmen in battle or murder innocent civilians; any target will do.

For a while it seemed like the Vesperians had secured the first victory against the militia of Yew in years – a notable achievement for them, despite the vast discrepancy in their numbers. Worse, as the few standing guardsmen fought on the Covians arrived and yet refused to aid against the vicious assault, choosing to watch over in silence. However, just as all seemed lost guardsmen resilience and determination once more came to the fore. The skirmishing militia men began to heroically cut down members of the disorganised rabble one by one, until finally the Covians decided to do the right thing and charged in to offer assistance. Without their numerical advantage the Vesperians easily collapsed and were either knocked to the ground or fled with their tails between their legs. The prisoner had escaped, but the Vesperian forces suffered yet another blow to their pride by being driven off under such favourable circumstances.

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Although the few guardsmen were initially repulsed by the Vesperians and their elementals, with the help of the Covians they eventually regained the upper hand and emerged victorious


Frustrated at such a humiliating defeat, the Vesperian leaders declared war on Yew soon after the event, determined to conquer our collective brotherhood and turn it into a slave labour colony before the year is out. However, please do not be troubled at such a prospect my good friends. If Vesper is unable to score a victory against our guardians under such conditions as last night they are bound to ultimately fail when the odds are more evenly stacked. What is more, it seems that the newly reformed army of Cove has realised the extent to which Vesperian lust for power threatens all autonomous peoples of Sosaria, and will hopefully continue to stand up against their greed and malice. Without the strength of arms of the Covians at their disposal, the former lawyers, traders and politicians that make up the Vesperian army surely stand no chance against the might of Yewish workers!

Inside
5 – Public dissent against the church increases as they continue to tithe and punish guardsmen and workers alike without giving back to the community
9 – Civil administrative reforms discussed by Militia Command
13 – Development of Yewish Navy nearly complete
18 – Census of Yewish population underway

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David Brooker elected new Mayor of Yew!

Comrades, our fair state has taken one more step towards collective autonomy by undertaking democratic elections for a Mayor, who will gain a place upon the People’s State Committee. The winning candidate, the granary administrator David Brooker, won with 37% of the popular vote whilst retired guardsman Kain Raslo came a close second with 35%. These were both trailed by Dylan Nottinbury, with 18%, and extremist candidate William Smit, who somehow received 11% of all votes. Tragically, former candidate Jack Nottinbury was murdered during the election run, assassinated by an orc and undead warrior. In view of the high levels of support for the Kain Raslo, Brooker’s first action was to offer him the position of Deputy Mayor, which he agreed to accept.

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The Mayor speaks to the Yewish guard force during his acceptance speech


Mayor Brooker campaigned on a platform of increased funding for public education and the militia, along with tavern subsidies. After guardsmen were recently forced to ration bandages after a budget crisis and with alcohol regarded as a basic human need in Yew, such policies proved popular. To pay for such measures in the long term, he proposed the industrialisation of the recently reclaimed eastern provinces of Greater Yew and Serpents Pass. This would serve to improve the economic base and increase taxable income. His short term plans to free up the budget for his reforms proved more controversial. Brooker first promised to pressure the Avatarian Church into reducing the rate of tithe, arguing that Yew’s gross revenue has grown exponentially over the last year and that 10% of all income is now far more than necessary to finance the institution. With growing resentment amongst the population and guard force for the financial burden of tithing, this policy struck a chord with many voters, but it will certainly face strong opposition from the clergy. Secondly, Brooker proposed a reform of import tariffs to improve the trading balance of Yew and generate additional funds. Whilst this would surely increase Yewish prosperity, it might also result in a rise in prices of luxury imports such as foreign wines and foods. Only time will tell how our new Mayor will go about realising his aims and managing Yew’s domestic policy in general, but we should for now trust in his judgement and help him work for the betterment of our community.


In other news, Britannia yet remains besieged on two fronts – both the insidious pretender Casca and the imperialist Red Menace of Vesper seek to destabilise our civil society and bring anarchy and suffering to the Kingdom. Whilst Vesperians slaughter the blameless puppets of the royal guard, who have been assigned to contain their expansionist desires, Casca intends to institute a poll tax on all those who will submit to his will. This proposed tax is for 1000 gold pieces from all citizens, without regard for their wealth. Such an unjust demand provoked scorn from The People’s State Committee, who have vowed that Yew will not only refuse to pay this new tax, but will hereby cease paying any tribute to the royal treasury.

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Whilst it is clearly wrong for Vesper to slaughter the peacekeeping forces unprovoked, there is every reason to be suspicious of Casca's long term plans for the north


Whilst remaining a strongly loyalist people, the Yewish will not waste vital funds on propping up a nefarious tyrant. Indeed, a recent announcement by Captain Dart has called a conference to discuss outright opposition to Casca, and in the spirit of human hospitality offered to open Yew’s borders to provide refuge to any Brittanian citizens. Let us hope that our brothers from afar who understand our values heed this call, and join with us to do what is right!


Inside:
3 – Profile of Mayor Brooker
7 – Yewish population continues to boom
11 – Guardsmen rout Vesperians yet again
14 – Increase in undead and orc activity in Yew: Orc cave teeming with greenskins.

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Vesper sinks to even greater depths of depravity!

It is well known that the Vesperian ruling class and their privately funded army have scant regard for human life. Their endorsement of the Mill Massacre, the terrorist bombing of civilian buildings and their failure to provide even basic welfare for their most needy residents proves as much. However, it has now become clear that their disrespect for humanity extends to those who have tragically passed from this world.

Two nights ago, a force of guardsmen marched to Cove in order to transport the casket of Captain Dart’s late wife Tanya back to Yew for proper burial. Half of the Yewish and Covian guards marched ahead to make sure that the road was clear for the transport. However, during their scouting mission they came upon a road block, behind which a huge force of wytches and archers cowered, perhaps knowing that in a straight up evenly matched fight they would surely stand no chance of victory. Without warning, these physically and mentally weak slaves of the coin set about attacking the small detachment. Massively outnumbered and unable to reach their spineless assailants from behind the walls, the men were dispersed, although not before cutting down the few Vesperians who dared to fight outside of their compound.

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Although our guardians fought bravely, a fortified position occupied by ranged troops is difficult to overcome


The second wave of noble allied warriors fared better against the entrenched curs, managing to floor the majority of their foes despite being faced with such impossible odds. Nonetheless, the overwhelming numbers and heavy use of wytchcraft eventually drove off the escort, leaving the casket of Tanya in the hands of the Vesperians.

One can only guess what the despicable robber-barons have in mind for their ‘prize’. Rumours are currently circulating that the private army cooked and ate the corpse, but I cannot believe that even those peoples raised in the materialist and vicious culture of Vesper could stoop that low. Whatever they plan, it will surely not involve freely handing over the remains to the Captain and his children so that they may finally gain some peace and closure to the tragedy. For the Vesperians have proven time and time again that they are wilfully ignorant of such notions as honour, decency and sympathy towards friend and foe alike. Still, we must not be downcast at this confirmation of their utter lack of concern for morality. For surely the indignation which it shall provoke will serve to unite all right-thinking nations against the corrupt city of merchants, and finally put an end to their heinous ambitions of world domination. Remember, comrades, that as long as the majority of the human race retains their sense of right and wrong, our enemies’ unethical behaviour shall only work against them in the long run.

Inside –
2 – Suspicious shipwreck in West Yew investigated – Nuljel’mese slavers suspected.
5 - Casca’s fall – a special review documenting the Yewish-led revolution against the tyrannical elven pretender.
10 – Mayor Brooker’s attempt to enlist help in agricultural development fails to garner support
13 – Recent demotions beg the question; is the militia getting less disciplined?





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