Episode 14 – Week of Undine Resting, 2019

Hello, I’m Branwyn Two-Moon of Clan Lightridge, and these are the Ersatz Echoes of Eastfjord Harbor for the week of Undine Resting, 2019.

Wisp and Shade aetheric resonance being picked up by my transmitter, as well as by myself from said transmitter, suggests either new listeners or a lot of interference this week.  Personally, I’m hoping for the former, but a bit sad if I get my wish, because the first bit of news this week is both serious and disheartening.

All ten members of the Black Mountain Clan’s virl hunting party have been found dead.  The marks on their bodies, which were found in a cave revealed by the melting snow, suggest they were killed in combat with other sentient beings.

The only other information offered by the Black Mountain Clan and the Royal Guard was that the nature of the wounds on the hunters’ bodies suggests their opponents are trained and skilled in fighting other people.

In the tradition of all Feralix, we commend their bodies to the earth, their souls to our hearts, and their spirits to the stars.

Given this dark news, it comes as no surprise that that the Pinecrest Valley Grand Council has put forth serious funds to keep its people safe on the Anchorstone Walk that began this week.  With over 150 people from around the valley partaking, there are actually thirty separate Walks occurring simultaneously along different paths, as smaller towns and villages simply cannot accommodate large groups.  Each group of five to seven is being escorted by hired adventurers from nearly every guild you’ve ever heard of with a continuous presence in the valley, as well as a few well-known groups that aren’t otherwise guilds.

The Anchorstone Walk will take four weeks at a minimum to complete, but with the Royal and Pinecrest Guard’s new compliment of runners they hired last week, combined with the skills of those on the walk, we’ll know quickly, if not immediately, if anything happens to anyone.

It should be noted that the new runners are mostly of the rider variety, and their primary job is to provide regular updates between outlying guard posts and stations around the valley. Many such posts are just outposts and not towns themselves and therefore lack Anchorstones to send messages to.  Additionally, while the Anchorstone Walk is happening, many of the outposts are running with new-to-the-location staff as their usual residents capable of working the Shade or Wisp magics needed to send a message to an Anchorstone are now on the walk so that they might be able to better communicate in the future.

In related news, the Grand Council has informed me that a Champion of Gnome and a Champion of Shade are due to arrive in Eastfjord Harbor early next week and begin the process of creating Anchorstones for Ocean’s Watch, Petrosk, and any other town or village in need of one… all at the expense of the council itself.

Speaking of council, the campaigns of those interested in forming the Eastfjord Harbor Town Council are in full swing.  While the name of this show suggests we’d be talking about the candidates, we’re actually more focused on the Pinecrest Valley as a whole. The show is just named after the only town most people outside of the valley can name, as most people outside the valley can’t name the valley.  If you want details on the candidates, check the town hall, as well as bars, inns, and taverns.

The weather forecast for the week of Undine Waking calls for light morning and early evening rains in the valley itself, with periods of fog along the rim that will last longer in the foothills.  Those around Valleywatch Keep should also expect periods of extreme wind late in the week.

The Ersatz Echoes of Eastfjord Harbor are brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and otherworldly tea. Red Wombat: We Dig Tea.

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These have been the Ersatz Echoes of Eastfjord Harbor for the week of Undine Resting, 2019. Take care, and stay dry.

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