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Books and Publications of the City / Fundamentals of Thaumaturgy
« on: June 19, 2022, 09:38:42 PM »






as written by






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Books and Publications of the City / Our City in Autumn
« on: April 10, 2022, 02:45:11 AM »



Our City in Autumn

Zheng Cao

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Journals and Musings / Little Leaves
« on: April 10, 2022, 01:35:25 AM »

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Correspondence / Sverri
« on: February 25, 2022, 07:30:44 PM »
Augur,

With your newly obtained estate on the frontier...

Will you still require your sanctum within the Blacke Velvet Casino, or would you like us to ship your things to the manor?

A.V.

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Notices and Bulletins / Words on the Fate of Little Ticker
« on: February 21, 2022, 07:53:37 PM »
Quote from: Ser Adrian Velstra
This is a message to the denizens of Little Ticker, so unwisely given autonomy and the right to self-regulation by my contemporaries...

You have still not rooted out the necromancer who defiled the graves within our Catacombs, known to be one of your citizens. You have still not rooted out the shadow cultists who have been abducting your people, masquerading among your ranks as normal humans, preying on the souls of the innocent. And your leaders have still not achieved anything of value for the Tickerfolk they so rabidly claim to represent and protect.

I give you nine days to do any of these three things before I call the Council of Peers to order to demand a revocation of the mistake that was your "equality,'" that we disband your failure of a "Little Council," and we take matters into our own hands to resolve what ails our subjects.

Any one of these things. Prove that your aspirations at independence are deserved. Or stand aside and let us clean up what you won't.

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Correspondence / Artemis Morgan & Luna Wintergard
« on: February 17, 2022, 04:14:53 PM »
Dear Friends,

In light of your success as the foremost merchants of this House, I have decided to merge and consolidate your assets (such as shares in the Blacke Velvet Casino) by ordering your marriage.

You are to meet each other promptly to discuss who shall take whose name, what permissions will be given for suitors and/or mistresses, and to decide on the details of the wedding itself. I expect the two of you to host a wedding party of extravagance befitting your wealth and status.

A toast to you both, some of the finest entrepreneurs ever to serve, and to the long and prosperous business partnership ahead of you.

A.V

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Correspondence / Letters of Transaction
« on: February 17, 2022, 03:11:04 PM »
Select individuals are considered for a fateful opportunity.

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Correspondence / Alcide of House Belmore
« on: February 08, 2022, 10:31:25 PM »
What are you even hoping to accomplish?

A.V.

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Correspondence / Sverri
« on: February 07, 2022, 08:52:11 PM »
Augur,

I have decided to help you memorialize our fallen a little more directly. Share with me the list of the dead and I will contribute entries, quotes, and perhaps depictions of them.

Any notes you have will be useful.

I'll attach completed works in letters.

A.V.

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Correspondence / Casper Quibs
« on: February 03, 2022, 11:39:02 PM »
My Friend,

Our agreement is quickly becoming the exception to the recent hostility between our Houses. Indeed, it is our only explicit tether at this time and, as such, we need to renegotiate our deal; although I'm still willing to support your agenda, despite deepening divides, payment will need to come upfront. I am a man of my word. But I am not a trusting man, and our already strained relationship has taken a remarkably violent tone after my unarmed servants were attacked on our doorstep by Earc the Bastard, dripping with someone's magic, let alone the attack on my own aristocratic person.

See me in the Velstra Vale at drunkard's dusk to discuss tthis further in person.

A.V.

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Correspondence / House Moonspear
« on: February 03, 2022, 10:54:02 PM »
Retainers of the Dignified & Austere House of Moonspear,

In light of expected hardship over the ongoing winter, and of the seeming lack of preparations by our neighbors in Dusk's Cradle, we would like to extend an offer of support. Your platoon of retainers are offered broad invitations to our feasts at the Velstra Vale, and we offer a more humble care package to the remote camp of your "reclaimed" soldiers. We ask only their continued courtesy, particularly in the face of aggression by Houses Orza or Glitt, and that the sacredness of our hospitality be respected.

Providing for the thousands of peasants associated with the Nephezar Steadings is regrettably beyond our means at this time, but I should be happy to discuss joint solutions in person.

Warmly,
Ser Adrian Velstra



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Correspondence / Oliver Merryweather
« on: February 03, 2022, 10:28:29 PM »
Grim Groat,

Per our agreement, your family has been safely situated beneath the suzerainty of House Velstra, with all described members accounted for in varying condition. However, the destruction of their Ring by the tides of Nothing has left them tragically destitute and, although they are adjusting competently to their new lives in the Peerage, there is a conspicuous discomfort among them over their living arrangement; they, particularly your father, detest their dependence on our charity. I will spare you the language he used.

Our reserve pantry is expected to be sufficient for feeding our dependents (such as the Merryweathers) throughout the winter famine, no thanks to the thieves operating out of Little Ticker or their Glitt and Orza sponsors. This reserve will not last forever. If we do not establish a stable trade agreement with Baz'eel or slay the fey lords responsible for this blight, our resilience will eventually wear thin.

You will be apprised of any further developments.

A.V.

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Correspondence / Sorcha O'Connor
« on: February 02, 2022, 12:47:27 AM »
Berserker,

I have been told that you are the one who has been punching the fish due for the Velstra meat locker.

Please spread out the impacts more evenly in the future.

Thank you,

A.V.

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Correspondence / Mhorduin
« on: January 24, 2022, 04:08:19 PM »
The destruction of the Brokerage and the abolishment of the Guild of Lessors, although a useful (and profitable) outcome for us, is a dangerous indication for the future of the Little Ticker experiment. The village will soon be destroyed if steps are not taken to manage the situation.

Under the seeming leadership of Emma Falltower, a gang of Ticker criminals has largely gained control of the Blackjacks through bribery and recruited support from Sons of Iron remnants in the absence of Thane Kharmnick. They then sacked the nearby offices of the Lessors. Many historical heirlooms were destroyed in the pillaging, though of course the Great Houses retain ancient and prestigious private galleries. The fires did not spread to nearby buildings, this time, but I do not believe we will be so fortunate in the future.

If possible, you should defuse the situation, but you should recognize when entering negotiations that these elements do not want the situation defused and that destruction (above all else) is their true desire. I will explain why in person.

Military action to eliminate these elements is still possible, but undesirable. It's not just against our operating procedures; the next pogrom in Little Ticker is likely to be the last. I don't want that blood on our hands.

You have one week to make measurable progress to avert this looming disaster, one way or another, before I wash my hands of it.

A.V.

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Correspondence / Kinsley Greylocke
« on: January 13, 2022, 03:58:53 PM »
Miss Greylocke,

Murder is artless. It is a failure, not a victory. It is a terrible thing that we can never take back. It leaves nothing behind but empty streets, desolate neighborhoods, and hearts full of regret.

If you think me responsible for all the deaths that might result from refusing to end a life, so too must I be responsible for everyone who would die if I did act. And people always do when we get blood on our hands. There will always be someone who wants revenge. A relative. An authority. A vigilante. An angry god. Some way, some how, there is always a reckoning. I've seen it happen hundreds of times to thousands of misguided souls.

I am not a pacifist. I am not a dreamer. Sometimes there are no good options, and sometimes emotion conquers sense.

But I do my best for as many people as I can.

And so should you.

A.V.

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