Therendor 15th 998yk

Mysterious Riedran Monoliths under Construction

News for Sul, Therendor 15th, 998YK
By Dorius Del Davandi

SHARN — On Zol, Morgrave University anthropologist Guthra Maranech displayed astonishing drawings depicting thousand-foot-tall ovoid structures under construction deep in the Sarlonan wilderness. Maranech told a packed lecture hall that while he was uncertain as to the monoliths' purpose, the "psionic" energy that provides the Inspired with their mental powers seemed to fluctuate wildly in the area around these structures. "When we discuss purpose, we enter the realm of conjecture," Maranech said. "But based on the energy readings, I would have to speculate that these monoliths are some sort of psionic batteries or amplifiers." Throughout his two-hour lecture, Maranech noted that his depictions of the monoliths, which he observed during a covert visit to the Riedran Empire, are nearly a year old. The anthropologist was detained by Inspired security shortly after entering the Valley of the Monoliths.
Maranech ended his lecture with yet another astonishing revelation. "Some of the details I observed suggest that the monoliths may have quasibiological motility," he stated. "Consequently, they might not even be in the valley anymore."
Maranech's return to Sharn marks the conclusion of nearly four months of negotiations between Brelish and Inspired ambassadors. The anthropologist said the Inspired had treated him well during his detention and even granted him access to Riedran texts for study.
Thahad Vulreath, Second Prefect for the Adar government-in-exile, called for the Riedran Empire to make public the purpose of the stone objects and allow neutral observers to monitor events in the Valley of the Monoliths. "Given the Riedrans' oppressive policies toward the Kalashtar minority remaining in Sarlona and elsewhere, we cannot help but wonder what new horror these monoliths represent," he said. Diplomats at the Riedran Embassy in Sharn were unavailable for comment at press time.

Arson Suspected in String of Shop Fires

News for Sul, Therendor 15th, 998
By Dorius Del Davandi

SHARN—Five alchemist shops in the Cassan Bridge district have burned to the foundation in the last three weeks, and with high winds expected this week, district residents are worried that further blazes might spread.
Four of the five shops were owned by recent immigrants from the Shadow Marches, raising the specter of the anti-immigrant violence that flared up two years ago. But the fifth shop, Elixirs of Causewary, has been doing business on Wary Street for almost a century.
Because alchemists use open flame and caustic reagents in their mixtures, uncontrolled fires are not uncommon. Investigations into the specific origins of each fire are underway by the Sharn Watch, but no conclusions are available yet. But the frequency of the fires leaves little doubt in the minds of Cassan Bridge residents that arson is to blame.
“I’ve had bucket brigades outside my window twice in the past two weeks,” district resident Unnao Thruan said. “You can’t tell me it’s just a coincidence.”
Watch Commander Silaena Cazal said shopkeepers in the district can do their part by cooperating with the city watch during their investigations. “Whenever the public safety is threatened, we all have to make sacrifices. I hope that all of Cassan Bridge can pull together and end this unfortunate string of fires as soon as possible,” she said.

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