I missed Saturday’s Fair, and from the reports I’ve heard this was a wise decision. The reports have been fairly consistent from those observers I have come across. It began as normal – businesses and vendors setting up on the beach near the Reef, people preparing for trade and looking to the future. Even those that suspected that a Shalan’ti ship cloaked with invisibility spells was in the area did not forego their plans. But none were expecting an open attack. The ship – believed to be a mercenary ship – has been in the area since at least last Thursday, though possibly longer as we feel they have been watching us for longer. But last Thursday was the date the Deeper jousting tournament was disrupted and their Talisae, Xae’raan Thiaroe, disappeared.
Firebolts rent the air aimed for the beach just as the Shalan’ti ship shimmered into view, showing armed warriors headed for the beach. Chaos followed as Eyr residents fled, and the Deepers, with the help of a few brave others, formed an attack. It appears our efforts to keep Stormstead seemingly neutral have failed. I see this open attack a direct retaliation for our interference the night the Wyvern attacked those gathered and was killed because of it.
Murdered Sailors the Cause of these Vicious Acts?
I heard the sound of explosions and flashes of light as far away as my den. By the time I reached the cliffs of Ohm, the battle was nearly over. The firebolts having died down to glowing pits in the sand, the Shalan’ti making a retreat back to their ship with more hostages taken. Reports say that Juni of the Moei Asing was taken along with another siren – Neris. The Talisae is believed to be a hostage on the boat. If they have her, is only a matter of time before she ends up in one of those shrouds and tossed out onto the waves. How long before these hostages meet the same fate as the bodies shrouded in sailcloth that now pile the banks? “An eye for an eye.” I’ve heard that adage before and I think that the Vega family of Shalan’ti lives by this code. Unless thwarted in some way, I do not see them leaving Eyr’s waters until a matching body is delivered – one for each of the sailors. There is no telling how many hostages are on the boat. Perhaps they are reaching their count?
Stormstead should exercise caution. Our relationship with the members of Kuvari’s Deep is tenuous but beneficial. Relations steering toward positive which is encouraging. It is doubtful that the Salty Swallow could remain in the waters without the protection they can offer. But this battle with the Shalan’ti poses a real dilemma. We need to push for peaceful resolution unless we wish to live under fear of attack for the rest of our time here. The Vega family is known for their vengeance – they would not have risen to power in Shalan’ti without it. I would like to see the Deepers negotiate. This is the only way I feel they will see any come out of that ship alive and also end the vengeance battle. In the meantime, I will avoid Eyr’s waterways and passages. With their cloaking ability, there is no telling where they may strike next.
Submitted OOCly by Blanche Fralto
Shalan’ti Strikes Back Event
Xae’raan Thiaroe is missing! Her helmet being found on the ocean’s floor just minutes after a series of explosions and lights lit up both sky and waters.
Alithia, Matron of the Deep
I ventured to the beach to attend the Honor Ceremony for Alithia on Thursday. Ceremony concluded, I chose to remain on the beach to enjoy the ongoing festivities. All seemed well and I was just starting to gather my things to head back to the den when a huge shadow passed overhead At that point things started happening very fast.
A large wyvern passed directly over where I was seated on the beach. I watched it circle a spot over the reef. Then BOOM! A series of lights and explosions rent the air and seas around me. The lights and noise were intense and blinding. I fell onto the sand but when I looked up again I saw the wyvern raising into the air over the waters with a large net tangled in his talons and a wildly thrashing form inside. All this happened very quickly.. But then even while I was watching – the wyvern and it’s bundle vanished! As if never having been there at all.
A Talisae Missing!
I fled the area immediately but have since learned that Talisae Xae’raan has been taken! Her helmet was found on the ocean floor and I suspect that was her struggling form I saw being carried off by the wyvern. We have no idea if she is alive or dead at this point. And thus far she appears to be the only one missing. We can only hope that she still survives.
I fear that this is the work of Shalan’ti. Several of Princess Lihen’s sailors were murdered here last month. Most bodies not recovered but the signs in evidence pointed toward an aquatic attack. The normally demure princess quite angry about it. Her Vega family heritage clearly visible as she spoke on vengeance. Stormstead is in a tenuous position. Kuvari’s Deep is a powerful force which we cannot afford to antagonize. And the Shalan’ti aristocracy could make things very rough for us if we side openly with the Deepers. We will have to use both caution and discretion as we move forward. The Talisae must be found. Let us hope she is still alive and of sound mind.
Submitted OOcly by Blanche Fralto
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There has been a ripple in the waves signifying a change within Eyr’s waters. Xae’raan Thiaroe , an eel mer whose helmeted countenance has become a familiar sight within the waters has risen to the rank of Talisae within Kuvari’s Deep. Wanton Aime and Blanche Greyling of Stormstead reached out to meet with the Talisae to negotiate passage terms for the the village’s ship, ‘Swallowed Pride.”
The ‘Swallowed Pride’
A verbal agreement has been reached between factions and safety guaranteed for the “Swallowed Pride” that should prove beneficial to both factions. The Deepers shall be entitled to first selection of up to 10% of goods arriving in Stormstead and trade goods routed for Shalan’ti. Passenger fare will be adjusted to include 10% passage fee for those arriving or departing via the ship.
Pleasing news came as an invitation was extended
Alithia, Spear Bearer of Kuvari’s Deep
by the Talisae herself.
An honor ceremony is to be held on Thursday (Starting Thursday, March 30 @ 5PM SLT) to honor Alithia.
The siren Alithia is a well known and loved figure to many here in Eyr. This event will be open to any and all who wish to attend. Talisae Xae’raan reported that breathing potions would be made available and those feeling comfortable enough might even try their hand at the jousting event following the ceremony.
Stormstead citizens are wary. Experience has taught us this. We have seen much treachery and unbalance. But these first attempts at negotiation and meeting have left the council feeling cautiously optimistic about future relations. Time will tell.
Submitted OOcly by Blanche Fralto