Spring 978, Annals of Pandaria
South of Ugrod the Nomad forces, enraged by the insensitive nature of Lord Kaz advanced towards the southern fortress that protected that city. Lord Kaz awaited them with his Gazgar masters and was soundly defeated in the battle that followed. sacrificing the Imperial cavalry from the empire of the Eternal Flame.
In a kindness rarely shown in warfare Wizard Lord Raedil spared the lives of a few Cavalry officers, perhaps respecting their right to life and freedom as mortals allowed them to return to their imperial masters to spread the word of the perfidity of Lord Kaz.
Niga speaking in her new dress
Niga mans the breastworks
Deep in the south of the Grey Hills the hill giants including Nig mustered to the summons of the Eye Tyrant. At the battle of Elorinar fields the Eye Tyrants forces were once more soundly defeated by the Mederyn
Niga, the gorgeous Hill giantess wife of Nig was left to defeat the Stronghold against allcomers. In fact she was secure in the belief that the Orcish army would protect her any incursion from Kaldor. THe treachery of the Eye Tyrant knew no bounds however and casting aside her pleas the orc army fled into the grey hills fearful of the Rangers of Kaldor. Niga, bravely put on her best bloodstained dress, last worn it is rumoured during her wedding which was interrupted by various legendary heroes, notably Blodgett and Freda. She ordered the remaining hill giants and thei orc slaves to withstand any siege by the opposing forces and held out, awaiting for her husband to return.
Vouglas croaks with Golotha.
The renegade Duke Vouglas of Istrar unwilling to accept the will of his people following his overthrow has sought to conquer the independant city of Golotha. The puppet of Kazlonia, allied as they are to the lawful Gazgarians seeks to bring law and order to the city. Alas in a asingle season he finds a quarter of his yeoman return home to Istrar to their peaceful farming existence under benevolent rulership. Another quarter fill the sodden pits with their bodies as swamp fever ravages his army as it camps outside the city. Even the knights grow restless and they are grateful that their horses have not succumbed to an equine strain of the disease.
The Dukes rallying cry of "Glory or Death", now has an unfortunate ring to it as his troops wade through stinking bog and desperatly try to find dry ground to camp on. It is rumoured that several of his knights have been heard croaking to each other in the deep of night
News from the frogs, Temple of the Frog surfaces
The true enemy is revealed, Melderyn and Quendor mages have finally revealed the location of the hidden city. The Temple of the Frog has been rebuilt. So far little is known of this place, but it is expected that investigations will be carried out this year.
We hope to bring you news and pictures of the Temple in later issues and have despatched some brave reporters in order to bring you the latest news from that region.
We can reveal that Eclavdra, the drow priestess was due to surface last year at the behest of Grazikus, however she found pressing matters below as the Lolth demon worshipping drow had overextended themselves in an attempt to obtain the riches of Khuzan. Just shows you can't trust a drow.
The drow are now embroiled in a major civil war, that will only weaken the nation as a whole. Clearly this can only be good for the surface nations as the best way to deal with drow is to let them fight amongst themselves. If they dare show their black occursed head above ground they shall be harvested as ripe corn.
The following is our artists impression, note the frog worhispping at the shrine to the left, out of decency we have avoided showing the altar.
In a historic meeting Margar Calenus, Clan-Chief of the Macraggen met with Raedil, Wizard Lord of Quendor after the battle of Ugrod before the gnomes returned to their mines.
Their discussions covered several topics including the recent battle and the current times.
Chief Margar was grateful for the exercise and not completely dissapointed that the enemy fled as the Gnomes arrived, clearly he felt that the presence of his imposing force did enough to dissuade the Kazlonian's from continuing to fight.
Both leaders felt that the expansionist policies of the Theocratic imperium and that of the Gazgar empire should be halted. Though chief Margar was particularly concerned by the Kazlonian alliance with the kobold nations, though grateful that they had suffered significant losses the previous year.
It also seemed that both nations were not overly concerned with the expansion of the Frog-humans to the south. As long as they did not impinge upon their lands. Chief Margar was not worried by any advances as they never threatened the hills during their last reign. The Warlord perhaps now sees, or even has always seen the war in the South as something he and a few other elves have an interest in but does not overly concern Quendor. Kazlonia and Gazgar probably provide a much greater threat.
With the emergence of the Golden One and the elves she led south to her glorious victory at Demons Vale perhaps the warlord wishes to see no more blood spilt in the Vale. It does not seem likely however that Raedil will give up the new lands to the Southern Kings and priests easily, preferring elven allies to rule in their stead.
OTHER NEWS IN BRIEF
Kaldor spring offensive
In this issue of the Melderyn, Kaldor has spent vast amounts on advertising for the recruitment of pure humans to fight the enemy. With the reforming of the Queen's cavalry complete the army can only now be expanded.
Bretaine resists the Imperial Flame.
Bretaine has resisted the call to be annexed by the Theocratic empire, the last of the truly independant petty kingdoms in the North now must fight alone unless Leonia and the High Elves are willing to aid them. It is suggested however that the Empire is patient and the success of its spy network in subverting the other nations to its control means that perhaps Bretaine has a few more years of independance before the noose of undeath tightens. By then the
Chybisa aids Melderyn
Chybissan warriors marched to aid Melderyn at Elorinar fields this spring, aiding them in the battle against the Orcs. Chybissa itself is at peace, and the beachcombers this year have already. Unseasonable storms further out to sea have brought ashore the wreckage of several Zishian ships and their contents.
Raedil will also do a clairvoyance on the Steading (from
outside) and of the
4. Istrar Army in Zadara
5. Gnomes at Stumblehole Leigh.
Several will be released to take word of their treachery. They
10. Demon Vale
13. Greenheart Forest
14. Peran Hills
15. Fields of Elorinar
Drow civil war.
From the underdark,
Top ten attractions for Heros out to make a name
EYE OF STONES
Just the minor matter of the owner who might now want his place trashed for a second time. "Iiiiiiiiiii", The beholder was disgruntled after the last invasion of his privacy and untimely death of his pets, future visitors can expect no mercy, but the war chest of the Eye Tyrants forces is still believed to be held here.
LAIR OF THE HILL GIANT :
Nig is Mad, but with his Giants raiding Kanday perhaps now is the time to raid the steading and carry out the treasure. Is anyone at home?
TEMPLE OF THE FROG :
Return to the greatest triumph, find out whether the Frog God has been raised again and then replicate the feat of three long dead kings.
The doomed city, join with Herodius the pessimistic in his lone attempt to stave off the massed hordes of the Hajj.
DEMONS VALE :
Destroy the besieging army and then defeat the three dragons, one of which is half demon. Auguries reveal "Those who survive will be rich". The dungeons run with gold.
Join in the sacking of the Kazlonian city, treasure and wealth for all. The centuries of wealth that Kazlonia has gained will be redistributed.
SEARCH FOR VALOR:
Valor was a flaming sword, an artifact of Pandaria that was lost in the Glacial Rift, home of the Frost Giants.
Find and destory Duke Vouglas, the vampiric minion of Lord Kaz.
SWORD OF FROST:
More powerful than the legendary three swords and yet lost for all time, or is it? Will this weapon turn the tide of War.
RESCUE PRINCE ANDRAY:
This charismatic man could raise a rebllion in the Nrth West against the Theocratic Empire. This would be a daring rescue from under the nose of King Lembair. Once he is found will Andray be himself, or will he have been corrupted by the Imperial inquisitors.
SEARCH THE GAZGAR EMPIRE :
Little is known of this massive country to the East, is it once more seeking to annex Pandaria or is it becoming more decadent and ripe for Invasion.
The Golden One reveals Aura.
Thardic noble stabs himself at ceremony.
The representative that Grazikus sent to pick up his award stabs himself in the thigh whilst approaching the Dais.
978 Oscar Nominations
It is early in the season but the committee are seeking new categories and nominations for this year to follow those of last year.
Most Ignominious Death
Most Spectacular death
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Editor : Steve Brooks Honorary Publisher : Raedil, Warlord of Quendor, Liberator of Denaria