Moot 2, 1107 – Closing Edition Excalibur Exploded! This morning there was a large ruckus outside the ritual circle. As everyone was briefed before we arrived at the Moot, the Lands around the transport circle are blighted by causes unknown. These dark forces somehow reached into the purity of Excalibur and began to corrupt the spirit of this mighty sword. In a desperate attempt to cure the noble blade, the worshippers of Pendragon rushed Excalibur to their shrine and began to pray for aid. Unfortunately, they were either too late or the opposing dark forces were just too much, and Excalibur exploded. Betrothal Even in this dark time, there is a ray of sunshine and a reason for celebration in the Harts Faction. May I extend my hearty congratulations for the betrothal of King Edward Pendragon to Morgaine of Cornwall. May Albion prosper under the leadership of this great union. - Jasper the Troll Kidnap My sympathies to the Harts for the loss of this mighty sword. This letter was delivered to the Bards' Guild amid rumours that Ensabadu Il Shamsir has been kidnapped. However, we have been unable to establish the veracity of the source. - Jasper the Troll Jackals, An Apology As has been stated in previous issues, we are not always left with an easy choice with regard to what to print. For the Opening Edition for this Moot, we received an anonymous letter which put forward a controversial opinion. It had been our hope that by publishing it in the letters section, we could show that it was not being printed as fact, but rather highlighting an opinion. Evidently, we did not do enough to this end. Accordingly, we wish to apologise. We apologise for any hurt or upset we may have caused to the parties at whom this letter was aimed, and are pleased to note that they have put forward their side of the story, and that a fitting obituary for Master Ori has been supplied. We shall be re-examining once more our submissions policy. New Guild Masters After the tragic loss of Master Ori, the Testament is glad to say that the Scouts' Guild has named a new successor: Master Naziel. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the Archers have elevated Master Drake to the rank of Guildmaster. It is your trust that has betrayed you. Ensabadu Il Shamsir is in my power. I have taken him from under your noses. I have been promoted, and I have been given one of your items of power. You are all fools, and unworthy of my attentions. I have not killed him, and those that have paid me so very handsomely for him will likely keep him...alive. They have assured me that they have much more interesting things in store for him. Your Lord of the Nile will pay for all your sins. His flesh will be scarred with the litany of your wrongdoings, and his screams will ring forth until your puny forces crash against the defences of my employers. Do not hesitate to try and find me - you will never succeed. I enjoyed watching your pitiful charade of organisation. The secrets you relinquished will make me richer than I dreamed possible. Yours, Gaston Parr (Sgt. Aroma Jabas) Moot 2, 1107 – Closing Edition Obituary - Master Ori Ori was everything a Guildleader should be courageous, clever, a tribute to her guild and the craft she tutored. She was a striking woman, a loyal friend and a steadfast foe. Her death was a cruel blow and I lament her passing. She is a great loss to us all, servant and saviour of Erdreja. I will remember her. In reply to "Opinions on the Mercenary Alliance" The Lions would like to categorically refute claims that they ritually created and supplied a poison to be used in an assassination attempt on Styx Cruentatus. This rumour has no foundation in truth a serves only to fuel the lies bandied about by those people who have no wish for a peaceful and diplomatic end to these proceedings. The Lions only stance at the first Moot was to protect their camp and their guests therein. All the Lions faction are in favour of a peaceful and nonviolent resolution. -Kirsten Geyer, Leader of the Lions Council. Pigmy Pirate Terror A new menace struck the Guilds as a diminutive scourge of the sea held up several Guild tents, escaping with booty amounting to several gold. Witnesses described the culprit as about 3 foot tall, dressed in bright pink, adorable and yet somehow incredibly intimidating. There are no leads at present which might lead to the apprehension of this bandit. Further Pyro Postulations In the opening edition of the Testament, we ran an article in which Pillow put forward a theory as to the cause of the current plague of fire elementals. Citing the escape of Kinslayer, the Entropic Immortal of Fire, from the Cataclysm battlefield, he theorised that this entity might be responsible for the current troubles. Further investigation has led to a further alarming possibility. It is quite possible that this creature is working in collaboration with Vulcan, an ancestor which has been plaguing the Armourers of late. While this is by no means certain by now, it is a theory which deserves thought as we look to the Gathering of Nations at Igneus. Further information on the threat posed by Vulcan can no doubt be obtained from the Armourers’ Guild. Death of Statesmen The Bards Guild is grieved to hear of the passing of Dickson and Duvall of the Unicorns. May they rest in the sight of their Ancestors. Especially in the wake of such tragedy, we wish the Factions every success and salute them in their continuing attempts to control the spread of violence in inter-faction conflicts.