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Arachne mantle spills to reality - Texas, USA
- An enormous spider web has been found at Lake Tawakoni State
Park, Texas, US. It is not the work of one giant spider -
rather, millions of small ones have been spinning away and now
it is twice the size of a football field. Park rangers are not
sure why the spiders have joined forces - they describe it as a
rare occurrence. Texas A&M University entomologist Professor
John Jackman told Associated Press that there were reports of
similar webs every couple of years. The web covers a 180m
(650ft) stretch of trees and shrubs in the park. Although it was
initially described as "fairy-tale" white, it has turned brown
from all the mosquitoes caught in its trap. Experts say the web
is either the work of social cobweb spiders that work together,
or it has been created by spiders spreading out from a central
point. The park superintendent, Donna Garde, has invited
arachnid and insect specialists to the park to study it
first-hand. Rangers said they expected the web to last
until the autumn, when the spiders will start dying off.
- This is not the first such occurence from a small Arachne
mantle located in the area that is used as a breeding ground to
test new defenses against Hive incursions. Every few years
millions of tiny test subjects release from the mantle due to a
genetic quirk in the makeup of the mantle's maker
Protean battle off coast creates massive "foam party" - Sydney
- It was as if someone had poured tons of coffee and milk into
the ocean, then switched on a giant blender. Suddenly the
shoreline north of Sydney were transformed into the Cappuccino
Coast. Foam swallowed an entire beach and half the nearby
buildings, including the local lifeguards' centre, in a freak
display of nature at Yamba in New South Wales. One minute a
group of teenage surfers were waiting to catch a wave, the next
they were swallowed up in a giant bubble bath. The foam was so
light that they could puff it out of their hands and watch it
float away. It stretched for 30 miles out into the Pacific in a
phenomenon not seen at the beach for more than three decades.
Scientists explain that the foam is created by impurities in the
ocean, such as salts, chemicals, dead plants, decomposed fish
and excretions from seaweed. All are churned up together by
powerful currents which cause the water to form bubbles.
These bubbles stick to each other as they are carried below the
surface by the current towards the shore. As a wave starts to
form on the surface, the motion of the water causes the bubbles
to swirl upwards and, massed together, they become foam. The
foam "surfs" towards shore until the wave "crashes", tossing the
foam into the air.
- A battle between the Protean and Drove Kodama (The Poison
Thorns) off the shores of Australia resulted in the huge swath
of sea foam to rise to the surface of the water. What the
Kodama -- normally working around China and the Indian
subcontinent -- were doing battling within Ys near portals to
the Tasman Sea have yet to be reported by the Protean Tribe to
the Paragon Council in full. The Kodama Progeny have
himsati of poisonous and thorny plants.
Explosive assassination attempt foiled - Sodus New York, USA
- 73-year-old Joy Horton bent down in her western New York
home earlier this week when she dropped a spoon on the floor of
the kitchen. Upon bending down to retrieve it, her house
exploded. Though the explosion leveled her home (in Wayne
County on Lake Ontario) she was not seriously injured. She
managed to crawl out from under the rubble and walk to her
daughter's nearby home. The kitchen sink and counter top
kept debris from hitting her and saved her life.
- The Eremite Tribe has extended special thanks to the
Magdalen Juggler for saving the life of this Bright Blood
through subtle manipulation. A full report is forthcoming
from the Eremites as to who is targeting the local Bright Bloods
in Western New York state.
Shadowen forces attempt to re-exert more control over Russian
Government - Arctic Ocean
- A Russian mini-submarine reached the bottom of the Arctic
Ocean under the North Pole on Thursday in a mission to back up
Moscow's claims to the region's mineral riches. "The Mir-1
submarine has successfully reached the bottom of the Arctic
Ocean at a depth of 4,261 metres," the Vesti-24 television
channel reported from the Akademik Fyodorov research ship
leading the expedition. The dive, which organizers say is
the first to reach the ocean floor under the North Pole, aims to
establish that a section of seabed passing through the pole,
known as the Lomonosov Ridge, is in fact an extension of
Russia's landmass. "We must determine the border. The most
northerly border of the Russian shelf," veteran Arctic explorer
Artur Chilingarov, who is on board the submarine, said in
comments broadcast earlier. Chilingarov, fellow
parliamentarian Vladimir Gruzdev and another crew member will
carry out scientific tests and place a titanium Russian flag on
the seabed, the Russian institute organizing the mission said in
- The Shadowen were formerly under control of Russia in its
guise of the Soviet Union during their time as the Pride Nimrod.
The internal strife between the Houses of Coven and Amazon
eventually contributed to the dissolution and loss of complete
influence over the Soviet Union. In recent months Shadowen
operatives have been seen in Russia in public view.
Protean are investigating the area where the submarine reached
to determine if this is merely an attempt at governmental
control or if there is some other goal in the location the
submarine traveled to. No sign of Shadowen lighters has
been seen at the research site to date.
Tuatha and Magdalen forces vie for control of Stone of Destiny -
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
- In what appears to be retaliation for the theft of a number
of Magdalen artifacts last month from Ireland's Wax Museum, the
Magdalen have manuevered the SNP into a move against the
primarily Tuatha-sponsored parliament. The SNP has ruled
out a move in answer to a parliamentary question from deputy
Tory leader Murdo Fraser. The Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP
has been campaigning for the historic artifact to be restored to
its original home in Perthshire (the Scone Palace) for some time
now. It has been kept at Edinburgh Castle since 1996, when
it was returned to Scotland after centuries in London under
Morrigan hands. Previous attempts to move the stone out of
the Scottish capital have constantly been rejected by the
previous Scottish government.
- The Tuatha and Magdalen have been working on arrangements to
move the stone for some time now coming into the reign of
Scotland's new government. It was arranged for the policy
concerning the stone's location to be changed by the SNP after
their victory in the Holyrood election. However, Mr.
fraser was told by Europe and Culture Minister Linda Fabiani
that this would not be the case. She was quoted:
"The location of the Stone of Destiny is a matter solely for Her
Majesty The Queen, as advised by the Commissioners for the
Safekeeping of the Regalia."
The Morrigan battle the Silhouette in Midwest USA
- Forces from the Asgardian Lodge did battle with the
Silhouette and members of Drove Sainha in Orchard Iowa several
weeks ago. The great beast formed a funnel cloud of
enormous size while the fiery lizards attempted to keep the
Morrigan warriors distracted. Fortunately the dark
immortal that had attempted to bond with the great beast was
found and consigned to the Blue Air before any real damage was
done to the surrounding community.
Hemari / Arachne alliance routes Anopheles subversion - Mumbai,
- Recent incursions into the area of Mumbai, India by the
Anopheles have met increased resistance in the form of a
Hemari/Arachne sponsored magazine called Red Light Dispatch.
A monthly publication, it is full of emotional outpourings of
women sold to brothels as children, personal accounts of torture
and harassment, poems and essays by prostitutes, book and film
reviews and advocacy articles. Although prostitution is
illegal in India, it is a thriving underground industry and
voluntary groups estimate that there are about 2 million women
sex workers in India. The magazine is an attempt to
provide a different light on an industry that the Anopheles are
attempting to push large numbers of young children into within
the nation of India at this time.
Theft from local Tuatha uncovered - Dublin, Ireland
- A theft from the Tuatha has the Magdalen demanding redress,
since it occurred in June and was only discovered recently due
to the diligence of a mortal seeking some semblance of justice.
Tuatha Keepers have been keeping an eye on the property of
Ireland's National Wax Museum in a warehouse in Dublin since
2005, when the museum's original location in northern Dublin was
razed under influence of the Alexandrites to make way for a
hotel. The museum has been searching for a new home as
Magdalen fight the Alexandrites for influence over the Dublin
city officials. A number of items held by the museum
contained stored faith within them, and so a small alliance
between Magdalen and Tuatha have kept vigil over the museum and
its contents that were stored until a new home could be found.
In early June, Magdalen had arranged for the museum to find a
new home and the mortal curator Kay Murray was set to announce
the new location just a week or so ago.
- In the middle of the evening, members of the Drove Fir Bholg
set about razing a section of Phoenix Park in the northwest of
the city and the Tuatha Keepers nearby were drawn into battle
along with a number of Slayers from the Tribe. During the
diversion, an unknown party slipped into the warehouse and made
off with a large amount of uniforms and actual wax statues from
the museum. Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Franklin D.
Roosevelt are missing their clothes and Fred Flintstone and the
Teletubbies are just plain missing. At least 50 figures
were stolen or wrecked. Also stripped of their clothes
were Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle and rebel icons from
Ireland’s war of independence with Britain, including Michael
Collins and Padraig Pearse. Most figures stolen came from
the Children’s World of Fairy Tale and Fantasy section; others
were taken from the Chamber of Horrors. Gone are Bob the
Builder, Frankenstein’s monster, Fred Flintstone, Gollum from
“Lord of the Rings,” a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, “Silence of
the Lambs” killer Hannibal Lecter, and all four Teletubbies.
The total uninsured damages are estimated at $1.4 million and
some clothing was irreplaceable. At this point the
national police force, the Garda Siochana, still has made no
arrests and has no suspects. The current mortal police
theory instigated by the Tuatha Jugglers is that of partying
youths; however, the museum curator is skeptical: “Whoever
did it was looking for uniforms, because most of our uniforms
were stolen,” Murray said, adding, “It’s not going to stop the
museum reopening. It will just delay us.”
- Meanwhile, with this discovery, the Magdalen are demanding
redress from the Tuatha in the area, and are demanding a full
report of the details of the incident so they may launch their
own investigation. What form the redress being demanded is
to take is still unclear.
Terat care for one of their own - Igloolik, Nunavut Canada
- Enoki Kunuk, an 81-year old Inuit hunter survived for 27
days in Arctic Tundra, above the Arctic Circle line.
Having left in early June to hunt caribou about 100km north of
the village, he had no means of communication and his snowmobile
became stuck in melting ice and snow on the ground.
Canadian forces were called in several days later when he did
not return, but poor weather reduced visibility in the air and
further melting of snow made snowmobiles unusable. The
search was called off 10 days later.
- Fortunately, the members of the Wendigo Pride among the
Terat discovered him and insured that he had necessary food and
supplies come his way. Contact was made through the
Morpheum with Igloolik's mayor who convinced a local airline to
lend them a small twin-engine plane and continue the search 10
days later. Kunuk was quickly found via the use of some
subconscious clues left in the mayor's mind.
- The Wendigo Terat, having long gained the name of Wendigo
from Europeans who misunderstood Inuit legends about Drove Gaki
and would witness occasional battles between the white-furred
Terat and the emaciated half-dead creations of the Gaki would
eventually decide the great furred beast must be the flesh
devouring creatures spoken of by the Inuit. To this day
the Terat of Canada carry the name with honor, having
effectively "stolen" it from their enemies.
D'Arcade Odyssey permutations -- Rome, Italy & Amsterdam,
- The University of La Sapienza is at the center of a
concentrated Magdlaen and Eremite investigation into what the
mortal world believes to be airborne massing of cocaine and
cannabis within several areas of the country. Reports have
been filtering in for the last few months about a new version of
Odyssey, being laced into other mortal drugs and released in
areas as an airborne pathogen designed to addict members of the
himsati race within a given area, thus increasing D'Arcade
control of that area. A mortal report from Italy's
National Research Council released this month shows traces of
cocaine and cannabis in the air of the Eternal City. The
discovery was made during study of toxic substances in the air
of Rome, Taranto and Algiers. The highest concentrations
were found at the University. The concentration in Rome --
0.1 nanograms per cubic meter -- was five times less than the
legal limit for toxic substances in the air.
- In an act to avoid local laws in many countries, a group of
D'Arcade sponsored students have developed a form of powdered
alcohol. Since the bans in most countries on the selling
of alcohol to minors only covers liquid substances, the powdered
version circumvents those laws. The inebriation is called
Booz2Go and is available in 20-gram packets costing roughly 1.5
euros ($2.00 US). They simply require adding water and
they form a lime-colored and flavoured drink with approximately
3% alcohol. In Germany, alcopops -- sweet drinks
containing alcohol and in powder form cause a stir when launched
into the market. In the United States such powders are
sold as a flavouring for the last few years. This is,
however, the first attempt to create, market and distribute the
product aimed specifically at minors.
Tuatha score victory at Chernobyl -- Parishev, Ukraine
- Two decades after the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl
nuclear power plant sent clouds of radioactive particles
drifting over fields near the area, the wilderness has again
begun encroaching. Tuatha, mainly through mortal
assistance, have spent years attempting to recultivate flora and
fauna that can survive the traces of background radiation in the
area. The United Nations Development Programme, backed by
a coalition of Tuatha, Eremites and a small number of the Avalon
Kin of the Peri, was founded in 2003 to assist with social,
economic and ecological issues resulting from disasters like the
one at Chernobyl. During the last year wildlife has
finally grown to a point that special game warden units have
been formed to protect and control the animals. The Tuatha
have successfully introduced lynx and brown bears into the
region again (lynx were very rare in the area and brown bears
had not been seen for several decades).
Hemari and Anopheles battle for control of city's "racy" side --
San Diego, USA
- The Ivy hotel, in the Gaslamp district within San Diego --
where rooms start at $450.00 US per night -- has set itself
apart wit a racy atmosphere featuring group showers and
firemen's poles. Also featuring scantily clad waitresses
and bottles of wine for $500 US to $600 US, the hotel has
developed a voyeuristic and somewhat seductive atmosphere.
Similar places to eat and entertain have begun to appear
throughout California, including a sushi bear where one can
order a "threesome roll" or ahi tuna served on a naked model
draped in banana leaves; the experience can cost upwards of
- Since the formation of the Hemari four years ago, the
growing war between the two was mostly kept in secret and far
quieter than other age-old battles between the Tribes and some
of their most embittered enemies. This has mostly been due
to the constant attempt by both the Hemari and the Anopheles to
bring the two groups together as a single unit again, with the
Hemari desiring to reclaim the Anopheles into the Tribes and
vice versa -- a polar opposite from the Proteans and their
former brethren the Roane. Now the battles, while still
rarely escalating to any kind of violence, have become far more
public than either of the two groups most likely desires.
Drove victim awakens from coma after 19 years -- Warsaw, Poland
FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE MONTH
- Former Polish railway worker Jan Grzebski was hit by a train
in 1988 after he stumbled across a battle with the Shadowen
(then part of the Stratagem Pact as Pride Nimrod) and members of
Drove Russalki. Having spent the last 19 years in a coma,
he recently awakened. Adjustment to the changes (Poland's
communist regime lost power a year later) has been difficult as
Mr. Grzebski was quoted as staying:
- "When I went into the coma there was only tea and
vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol
queues were everywhere. Now I see people on the
streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the
shops it makes my head spin. What amazes me today is
all these people who walk around with these mobile phones
and never stop moaning. I've got nothing to complain
- Doctors had not expected him to survive, but now is getting
acquainted with his 11 grandchildren and enjoying the retirement
of a 65-year old man. Though he was originally going to be
allowed to die since he had witnessed what was believed to be
more than he could handle, it is believed his wife as a
Believer, was able to keep him alive through faith and that due
to the existence of a local anchor that she was unknowingly part
of, part of his comatose subconscious was drawn into it and kept
his mind from fading completely. However, Mr. Grzebski has
shown no signs of remembrance of the incident form 19 years ago
in terms of what actually happened.
Hemari make new inroads into Arachne territory -- Mumbai, India
- Seeking inroads into Arachne territory in order to help
strengthen relations between India and Thailand in attempts to
subvert Anopheles and Tengu encroachments, the country's richest
man -- Mukesh Ambani -- has been influenced to build a new home
in the financial hub: a tower block palace with helipad,
health club and six floors of car parking -- a total of 27
stories at a cost of $2 billion US.
The building, named Antilla after a mythical island, will have a total floor
area greater than Versailles and be home for Mr Ambani, his mother, wife, three
children and 600 full-time staff. Draped in hanging gardens, the building
will have a floor for a home theatre, a glass-fronted apartment for guests, and
a two-storey health club. As the ceilings are more than twice as high as a
normal building's, the 173m (570ft) 27-storey tower will be equivalent to a
building 60-storeys high. With property prices rocketing, the building is
already worth more than Ł500m. It is expected to be ready for the Ambanis to
move in next year. The family currently live in a 14-storey building, Sea Wind.
- The Arachne have begun working through the mortal government
in an attempt to stave off the potential effect this might have
on the current financially elite. Even the wealthiest
citizens maintained modest lifestyles within the country.
While some mortals idolize the riches and glamour with what is
being called India's "Jazz Age", others are uncomfortable with
what they call a "new vulgarity". To this end India's
prime minister, Manmohan Singh, called on business leaders to
"eschew conspicuous consumption" and "be role models of
moderation". This has helped with public opinion as a
growing anger among the mortal populace about "absurd spending"
has led to a growing divide between the poor and those rich who
embrace the new Hemari-inspired lifestyle.
- The Arachne have not taken this to task with the Paragon
Council, but there is a growing notion that this may actually
lead to further inroads by the Anopheles into India. Some
Tacticians believe that this may be part of the Hemari plan, to
divide Anopholes between India and Thailand, thus coercing the
Arachne into an alliance with the Hemari whereby the Hemari will
give up influence in India in exchange for Arachne assistance in
driving the Anopholes much further out of Thailand.
Bęte Noire attacks -- Idaho, USA & Calcutta India
- A Bęte Noire was slipped into the home of a mortal Magdalen
follower early this month, replacing the home owner's housecat.
When a neighbor brought the original cat back (which was found
in a nearby park), the Bęte Noire attacked the home owner,
requiring her to be transported to the local hospital after
receiving more than 20 bite wounds from the dark beast.
There are currently no leads on who is responsible for bringing
the dark beast into the home or why that particular follower was
- A local farmer hunting for what he thought was the dog or
jackal responsible for the disappearance of his chickens
discovered one of his young calves making a meal of his poultry.
The young cow was killed and Arachne Probes are currently
attempting to discover just what it was that pushed the beast
that level, considering Bęte Noire are not known for changing
dietary habits as part of their darkening.
Rescued Peri -- Kamogawa, Japan
A member of the Peri, trapped by human
faith after his battle with a member of the Drove Gaki in late
2004, was recently rescued after being discovered at Kominato
Hotel Mikazuki in Kamogawa, south of Tokyo. Murusaki
Ichiro had become trapped into what eventually became the form
of a glittering bathtub made of solid gold. The tub,
valued by humanity at Ą120
($1.21 million American) sat in the hotel's shared bathroom,
flanked by two crane statues. Visitors were allowed to
take a dip in the "tub" but it was only available for a few
hours a day for "security reasons". Fortunately a member
of the Oni who was staying at the resort hotel somehow
recognized the trapped immortal and contacted members of the
Sharakai in the area. Ichiro was rescued and brought back
to the Peri, where it is said that he will be able to regain his
true form after a few months of therapy now that he is away from
any possible affects of human faith.
D'Arcade shipment foiled -- Stuttgart, Germany
- A local shipment of the supernatural drug Odyssey was
derailed a few days ago by members of the Hemari Tribe, in
retaliation for actions which sold out their allies among the
Terat in Romania late last month. The shipment was
replaced ... with a sex doll. The doll was activated while
at the post office in Stuttgart, causing the parcel to vibrate
and make rather odd noises. This sparked a bomb alert
within the postal office, summoning the local authorities.
The rather public incident has brought the Dark Arcade out to
negotiate for the return of the shipment, and likely will cause
a minor bruising to the relationship between them and the
Unidentified individual robs Alaskan Bank -- Anchorage Alaska, USA
- An unidentified member of the himsati race robbed a bank in
Alaska on May 1st, brandishing a torch made from a torn t-shirt
and a metal pole. The individual, described as a black
male in his late 20's, abou 5'7" with a medium build, was
wearing a mask that covered part of his face. He easily
eluded mortal authorities, and Terat Scourges that attempted to
reach him found him protected by a number of fairly powerful
cloaking and defense serenades. He was escaped into the
Underground outside of the city and Terat and Peri Explorers are
currently leading the chase in an attempt to discover either his
whereabouts or identity.
Roane outpost brought into mortal news media -- Pacific Ocean
- For the last several years the Roane have been grafting
larger portions to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North
Pacific Gyre (interior of one of the five major rotational ocean
flow zones in the world) where all sorts of marine debris find
themselves deposited. Recently with the introduction of
what appears to be either a mantle entrance or some form of
connection to Ys, the rate of garbage pickup has increased.
To this end the Proteans have made formal request to the Regents
of several cities (most notably San Francisco which is only
about 1,000 miles to the East of the zone) that influence be
passed over the mortal population to assist in hindering the
increase in the yet unfinished aquatic fortresses size.
Currently the refuse patch covers an area larger than the US
State of Texas. Protean scouts are currently setting up to
penetrate into the zone to discover exactly what is being done.
Meanwhile, the quickest possible solution to cutting down on the
speed the refuse is gathering is a proposed ban on a number of
plastic uses within various major cities. San Francisco is
looking likely to be the first to adopt such as early as this
Drove testing of HPV -- Indonesia, south of Jakarta
- Dede lives in a remote village south of Jakarta, he fears he
may be killed by the tree-like growths that cover his body.
He has root-like structures growing out of his body - branches
that can grow up to 5cm a year and protrude from his hands and
feet, and welts covering his whole body. His condition is
caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common
infection causing small warts to develop on sufferers. But
it is believed members of the Kodama Drove have somehow created
a genetic "fault" making his body unable to contain the warts.
- The Hemari have called in several members of the Tuatha
tribe -- specifically from the Amaranth -- to see if they can
stop the mystical process that has been initiated within Dede.
They are hoping to rid him of the power bound to him in the
hopes that human medicine can take over.
Adze spreading maggot infection -- Colorado USA
- A Colorado USA resident picked up unwanted visitors during a
recent trip to Belize. At first thinking he merely had
some nasty insect bites or a minor case of shingles; but once
they began to move on their own a doctor discovered five bot fly
larvae living inside the man's head near the top of his skull.
Bot flies rely on mosquitoes, stable flies and other insects to
carry their eggs to a host. Though bot fly infections are
rarely routine in certain parts of Central and South America,
the ability for the eggs to be injected that deep under the skin
along the skull is a true rarity.
- After the bot larvae had been removed, members of the
Eremites present in the area where able to retrieve them for
study. The larvae had been mutated and if left alone would
not have matured into normal bot flies, they would have instead
burrowed into the brain and taken control of the host, using him
to spread more larvae into the area and infect more individuals.
Currently the Eremites, along with Osiri and Sharakai, are
presently investigating the holiday vacation the individual
spent in Belize, to search out other potential victims to aid
them and stop the spread of the "infection".
Terat takes down chopper -- Anchorage, Alaska USA
- A wildlife biologist made the mistake of thinking a local
member of the Terat was prime for study due to his large size
and obviously extremely health stature. After being shot
with a rather large tranquilizer, the Terat had no choice but to
force the helicopter to the ground in order to escape before
being overcome by the tranquilizer. He was able to charge
the chopper and damage the tail rotor to force it down and
The Equine Exchange -- Berlin, Germany
- An early-morning bank customer had a bit of a shock when he
found a horse standing in line at the automated teller in front
of him. It seems the horse's owner, identified only as
Wolfgang H., had a bit too much to drink the evening before and
decided to sleep it off inside the heated foyer of the bank.
- The small commotion caused was more than enough to allow
members of an unknown group to enter into a small regional post
for the Eremite Hospitallers Quiet Culture and steal a number of
documents. No word yet on exactly what those documents
were or what other effects have resulted from this incident.
Spread Riot -- HMP Edmunds Hill (near Stradishall, Suffolk)
- Two jugglers and four scourges were
called in to the prison after discovering that several of the
inmates had been secretly brewing alcohol using Marmite for the
last several weeks, fermenting hoarded fruit juice. Once
intoxicated the inmates went on an all-night rampage in the
Category-C jail. Mortal warders in anti-riot gear were
influenced to seal off the area as the inmates began to wreck it
rather than risk sparking worse violence. By morning a
team of negotiators were sent in, but the dozen or so inmates
were so hung over that they immediately surrendered. No
one was hurt.
- Scourges have begun investigations as
at least one of the mortals involved is believed to be involved
with known members of D'Arcade. At least three previously
unknown immortals have been identified as entering the facility
during the two weeks prior to the alcohol-inspired riot.
-- Darwin, Australia
- A giant cane toad the size of a small
dog and nicknamed Toadzilla was captured during a community hunt
in Darwin. Environmentalists have been trying to stop the
spread of the poisonous creatures across the country's tropics.
The frogs were introduced from Hawaii by Drove Roane in the
1930's; mortals attempted to use them to control the native cane
beetles. The Terat sponsored environmental group FrogWatch,
which organizes hunts to destroy the toads, says the creature
measured 20.5 cm (8 in.) and weighed 861g (1.9 lb.). There
are potentially as many as 200 million of the toads loose in
Australia today. Their poison is strong enough to kill a
crocodile should they eat one. Adults average 10 to 15
centimetres (4–6 in) in length; the largest recorded specimen
weighed 2.65 kg (5.8 lb) with a length of 38 cm (15 in) from
snout to vent.
- Tribe Terat is currently investigating
a number of reports of these larger than normal specimens being
reported in the vicinity of Darwin, including recent claims that
some of the toads have been seen "spitting" poison at other
moderately large creatures.
Nein Smoking Perhaps -- Germany
- Another twist has come along in the
long battle the Eremites have been waging to take a stronger
foothold back into the government of Germany since the end of
the Betrayal War. While one country after another across
Europe has imposed a ban on smoking in public, Germany has also
placed a ban for bars and restaurants... but possibly not all
bars or not all parts of bars, maybe. The governors of
Germany's 16 federal states met in Berlin to discuss the smoking
ban. Contrary to expectations they hammered out a
wide-ranging agreement; however the individual states will be
responsible for putting the ban into law. Most say they
will do so by the end of this year or early 2008, but many have
decided to include certain exceptions that the agreed ban allows
for. The change to allow the exceptions appears to have
come from a number of "lobbyists" sponsored by D'Arcade and
possibly intervention from Drove Nibelung (The Hoarders)
Octogenarian Hero -- The
- A small group of Hemari in
The Hague have found an inspired way to ward off
would-be thieves, shoplifters and pickpockets.
During a recent shoplifting attempt from a local
supermarket, the 29-year-old shoplifter found
himself miraculously being knocked off his bicycle
by an 81-year-old man also on a bicycle. The
cyclist injured his hand and shin in the fall, a
spokesperson for the tribe has stated the Hemari
will be finding a way to reimburse him for his
- The Hemari have taken to
singing songs of heroism on a number of unlikely
residents in the area, triggering them to affect the
individual when the need is seen. This has
caused not just the one elderly hero to arise, but
several others in the area. Would-be thieves
and other scoundrels are now finding it quite hard
to tell who is an easy mark and who is not.
Score -- Sotheby's
Auction House, London U.K.
- A rare copy of the first
printed atlas of England and Wales was obtained by
the Magdalen via phone bidder, as they managed to
interrupt a representative from the Alexandrites and
the phone in the winning bid. Printed between
1579 and 1590 it is 40 pages of maps and plates, a
landmark in Elizabethan cartography. It also
contains charts depicting Sir Francis Drake's
journey to the West Indies and America from 1585 to
1586. The book was offered as part of the sale
of the library of the Earls of Macclesfield.
Kinky Diplomat -- El Salvador,
- The Israeli ambassador to
El Salvador found himself in the hands of Drove
Anopheles and then out on the streets of the small
republic's capital ... drunk and naked apart from
bondage gear. He was found by local police
near the Israeli embassy, with his hands bound and
only able to identify himself after a large rubber
ball was removed from his mouth. The
ambassador was promoted from a technical position in
the Foreign Ministry and this was his first posting.
However, an account of the "details" of the incident
reveals that somehow the ambassador was also on the
other side of the capital at the same time. No
evidence has been found of tampering with the
ambassador's memories, so it is believed he was
duped and restrained in order for someone bearing
his likeness to accomplish some task on the other
side of the capital. No leads have surfaced as
to what actually might have taken place while the
ambassador was ... otherwise occupied.
Shade Gives Birth -- Taiping, Malaysia
- Members of both the Tuatha
and Sharakai Tribes have reason to celebrate,
efforts to help cultivate the Linsang species of
Civet have resulted in the birth of a rare banded
linsang at the Taiping Zoo recently. Related
to cats, these tiny members of the civit family eat
rodents, but there is little documented information
on this nocturnal mammal. The creature is only
native to the rainforests of Malaysia, Thailand and
parts of Indonesia. The species was nearly
wiped out during the last Hive War, and efforts to
study the species and what abilities it might add to
the himsati race have met with limited success in
the last few decades. The creatures have
proven supernaturally elusive even to skilled
hunters, so very few have been available to study to
the himsati race, let alone the mortal world.
Klingons For Parliament
- Members of the Net Spiders
altered the campaign website of Jyrki Kasvi, who is
currently campaigning for re-election into the
Finnish parliament. A translation of his
website in Klingon was posted, though a few
difficulties occurred: there are no Klingon
words from matters such as tolerance, or for many
colors -- including green, which is the party whose
banner he is running under for the upcoming
elections in mid-March. But he's so impressed
by it, he has decided to leave it up and go with it;
it seems that Jyrki is an avid "Trekkie" himself (www.kasvi.org).
Paraglider Attacked By
Drove Tengu -- near
- Cheating death at 2,500
feet, a top British paraglider was savaged by what
appeared to be giant eagles during the Killarney
Paragliding Classic, an eight-day event held 120
miles from Brisbane. Hanging in her harness
below a torn chute, she plummeted out of control for
over 500 feet before miraculously managing to land
safely. The birds, which were determined to be
members of Drove Tengu, repeatedly tried to claw at
her eyes and then tore her parachute-style canopy.
"One even got entangled in my paraglider lines and
was shrieking and flapping like a possessed thing."
the paraglider stated. The presence of Drove
Tengu in this area of Australia and in such a public
display has brought members of the Tribe of Sharakai
as well as Arachne and Peri into the area to work
alongside the local Terat to see if this is possibly
the start of further conflict with them in the
How Not To Collect A
Ransom -- Atlanta
- A member of the Phoenix
quickly squashed a kidnapping attempt in Atlanta.
With a small bit of convincing, the now inept
kidnappers allowed their victim to enter a bank --
alone -- to withdraw money; while they went next
door to buy chicken sandwiches. The victim
informed police that the two men held her against
her will at an apartment complex in Cobb County over
the weekend. She did not understand why the
men suddenly drove her to the Wachovia Bank and
ordered her to go in and withdraw money. The
victim, still suspecting some kind of trick, passed
a note to the bank employee, who then called police.
The first suspect was arrested as he attempted to
run from the restaurant; the second escaped the
mortal authorities, but not the Phoenix Harlequin
who quickly assumed the guise of the victim to lure
the second kidnapper to her. The kidnapper was
dealt with on the spot.
Suspect; EVERYONE -- Fago, Spain
- The entire population of a small hamlet in the foothills of
the Pyrenees, in the Aragon province, is currently under investigation as
possible suspects in the murder of the town's mayor. After receiving
repeated anonymous threat letters he failed to return home from a late council
meeting in a nearby town. The next day his battered body was discovered in
a roadside ditch, having been shot at least four times in the head and chest at
- The farmers turned against
him when he stopped the centuries-old custom of
herding livestock through the village. The
hunters became annoyed when he refused to issue them
shooting licenses and the local drinkers revolted
after he prevented the hamlet's only bar from
setting out tables on the terrace in summer.
The majority of the 37 permanent residents have been
taking in for questioning. The mayor was
involved in over four dozen individual court cases
with other homeowners over a twelve-year period.
He even banned playing basketball in the central
plaza, a hobby enjoyed by the only two children
living in the village. A number of villagers
expressed how the mayor ran the village as his own
- This has created quite a
stir among the Paragon Council, leaving it open to
debate about the lack of tribal presence in smaller
towns and villages across the Habitat. It is
believed after investigation, that members of the
Trasgu (Asturian for "goblin") may have been
influencing the mayor and using the area.
Probes and Keepers have been sent to the area to
watch over and investigate for any signs of foul
play beyond mortal capacity.
2006 - December
A virgin birth at the Chester Zoo in England will take place near Christmas.
The resident komodo dragon, Flora, laid eggs despite never having had a mate.
DNA tests confirmed that she is the sole parent, an immaculate conception.
According to the journal Nature, this is a process called
parthenogenesis, which has only been documented in just 0.1 percent of
vertebrates. Like Flora, the komodo dragon at the London Zoo, named
Sungai, also hatched offspring last April from a virgin birth. Several
Jugglers have been working hurriedly to cover most of these up as they've been
happening around the world, but these two unfortunately slipped by unnoticed at
first, until it was too late. The question remains who is responsible for
this and why, as evidence shows signs of faith effects upon the large lizards --
most likely a curse from one of the himsati race.
2006 - November
A small number of Peri from the "Toys" kin were rescued just
prior to being sold through the online website "Dream of Doll". For those
not in the know, The Toys were created when the corrupt Ganieda used a special
shard-charm to enslave several female members of the Tribe and then alter their
himsati through powers she learned from ancient Droves. The Toys have
himsati that appear like mortal toys (most notably human dolls).
2006 - September
The Amazons of the Hemari staged a military coup
d'état against the Anopheles influenced Thailand government this
month. This met with disapproval not only from some of the
other Tribes in how it was handled, but also from Aphrodite who
served as the Paragon of the Hemari during their time as the Court
of Desire. The coup was relatively bloodless and the Amazons
promise to remove martial law within the year. This ouster has
led the Anopheles to scatter into surrounding Burma, Laos and
Vietnam -- which is not sitting well with the Tengu who dominate
these three territories and were already on uneasy terms with the
Anopheles in Thailand.
2006 - August
In Ketchum Idaho, mortal authorities encountered a weakened 12-foot
Cannibal Drone that had escaped confrontation with a local Phoenix.
They were able to kill it, but before local Jugglers could cover up,
the "Cyborg Burmese Python" was transported to the city's animal
control center and examined. An account by Dave Methlian (one
of the officers) stated that
"This thing was extremely fast,
it slithered around about as fast as a dog could run". He went on to
add that it's eyes seemed to glow red, "and it had these demonic
eyes that looked like they were on fire." They finally
cornered it by a fence in the back of a hardware store. Tranquilizer
darts wouldn't put the thing down. All the usual tools, harnesses,
nets, and hooks became overpowered by the extremely strong snake.
When the python began charging towards the officers, Robert Kendall,
another officer, reacted quickly, "I just took out a gun, and shot
it in the head." An autopsy at the animal control center
revealed the network of odd electrical and mechanical parts.
While city officials invited researchers at nearby University of
Idaho to come provide further analysis, they plan to keep the snake
locally as a future tourist attraction.
2006 - June
The last of
eight sarcophagi from a burial chamber in Egypt's Valley of the
Kings revealed ancient garlands of
and media gathered for the opening of the 3,000-year-old coffin,
which archaeologists hoped would contain the mother of the famous
boy king Tutankhamun. Instead it contained strips of fabric
and woven laurels of delicate dehydrated flowers. "I prayed to
find a mummy, but when I saw this, I said it's better—it's really
beautiful," Nadia Lokma, the chief curator of Cairo's Egyptian
Museum, told reporters gathered for the opening. The flowers
are likely the remains of garlands strung with gold strips that were
worn by ancient Egyptian royalty. "It's very rare—there's
nothing like it in any museum. We've seen things like it in
drawings, but we've never seen this before in real life. It's
magnificent." The Valley of the Kings is a desert region near
Luxor used as a royal burial ground for several hundred years.
The newfound chamber is the first one discovered since King Tut's in
1922. Lanny Bell, an Egyptologist at Brown University in
Providence, Rhode Island, told National Geographic News that finding
any tomb in the Valley of the Kings is "really exciting," regardless
of how it was used. Bell said the newly discovered tomb, known
as KV63, is "largely, if not exclusively, the remains of an
embalming cache." In ancient Egypt garlands were worn by loved
ones of the deceased and also left at their tomb, just as many
people leave flowers at a cemetery today. Jugglers of the
Osiri Tribe were commended for stepping in during the findings and
removing evidence of other cultures from the sarcophagi left there
during their battles with the Eremites and Sharakai roughly 2,000
of the Sharakai, Osiri and Hemari are currently seeking out
potential members of Drove Anopheles that have likely plundered a
rare and exquisitely carved 1,500-year-old stone box from a cave
near the city of Cancuén in Guatemala. The thieves have been
tracked into the United States and it is expected the artifact may
be traveling to Europe next. The stone box dates to the "Early
Classic" period of the Maya Indian civilization (250 - 600 AD), a
period when the Anopheles and Osiri were driven out of that area of
Mesoamerica by the forces of the Dark Lady, leaving the Olmecs and
Maya mortal tribes in dire straits. The box itself was carved
from volcanic rock and was covered in intricate hieroglyphs.
The vessel is only the fourth of its kind to emerge from the
so-called Maya rain forest of Central America. Symbolic
figures and characters -- including the god of the underworld Ahau-Kin
-- adorn the sides of the box.
2006 - May
Magdalen and Osiri Probes seek answers to the unexpected
religious ruling (or fatwa) issued recently by Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa
-- the country's top Muslim religious authority. The ruling
states that based on the text in the Hadith from the Prophet
Muhammad and his companions, that the exhibition of statues in homes
is un-Islamic. The fatwa did not specifically mention statues
in museums or public places, but many academics and art lovers are
still outraged. Critics claim the ruling could encourage
militants to attack Egypt's thousands of ancient statues, which are
a mainstay of the tourist industry, while others point out that the
edict has no legal authority as far as the Egyptian government is
concerned. Jamal Elias, a
religion professor at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts,
says there's no universal Muslim position on statues and paintings
and their display. Many Islamic scholars believe that erecting
statues for any purpose is haraam (forbidden by Islam),
whether they are memorials to kings or symbols of wisdom and
courage, like the Sphinx at Giza, Egypt. Gomaa, the Egyptian
mufti, reportedly pointed to a passage from the hadith that stated,
"Sculptors would be tormented most on Judgment Day."
2006 - February
between the Eremites and members of the Apocrypha during 2004
revealed the remains of a small "kingdom" on the Indonesian island
of Sumbawa; though to have been obliterated by the largest volcanic
eruption in recorded mortal history. The eruption of the
volcano Tambora in 1815 killed 117,000 people in Southeast Asia,
including those believed buried under roughly ten feet (three
meters) of pumice and ash in the recently discovered village.
Now however, scientists have begun releasing data from their
observations since they found the uncovered remains roughly two
months after the battles. Ground-penetrating radar later
confirmed the first evidence of the village: a small house. The
researchers excavated the house, where they found the remains of two
adults and their belongings: bronze bowls, ceramic pots, iron tools,
pieces of furniture, and other artifacts. The design and decoration
of the artifacts suggest that the Tamboran culture was linked
through trade to Vietnam and Cambodia. Records from a historian who
visited the village prior to the eruption further suggest that the
Tamborans spoke a language unlike others in Indonesia
but similar to the languages of Cambodia and Laos. Up until the
1800's the Tengu had dominance over this area; but the Eremite
sponsored Dutch led them to the island paradise. Indonesia is
the 4th most populated country in the world and second in
biodiversity of flora and fauna only to Brazil.
2006 - January
Prospective buyers of an office building in
Indiana discovered a sealed off floor which had become a time
capsule of sorts which included "a stack of canceled checks, all
dated between June and December 1930." The "secret" second floor had
three doors with frosted glass panels and overhead transoms labeled:
"Receptionist - Come In," "Consultation Room. Private," and
"Chemical Laboratory." The offices appear to have been in use
by mortal servants of D'Arcade during the darker times in the United
States prior to World War II.
Researchers recently announced they failed to prove whether a
skull locked in an Austrian museum since 1902 belongs to famed
18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The scientists
based their study on DNA analysis of the skull and bones exhumed
from a Mozart family grave in 2004. The Associated Press
quoted Walther Parson, a scientist with the Institute for Forensic
Medicine in Innsbruck who led the investigation, as saying, "For the
time being, the mystery of the skull is even bigger." Part of
the mystery stemmed from Mozart's unceremonious burial at an
unmarked grave at St. Marx Cemetery outside Vienna in 1791. To
identify his remains, the cemetery's gravedigger is said to have
fixed a wire to Mozart's neck when he was buried, according to the
London Times. When the gravesite was re-dug a number of years later,
the laborer reportedly gave the skull to a friend. It passed through
several more hands before it was finally given to the Mozarteum.
Hoping to resolve the mystery once and for all, researchers exhumed
skeletons from a Mozart family grave at St. Sebastian Cemetery in
Salzburg in fall 2004. The small plot holds remains ascribed
to Mozart's father, Leopold; maternal grandmother; and niece.
Magdalen Probes are attempting to assist, in an effort to determine
if the skull truly is his; in which case there are a number of lost
items that they seek to find and believe the skull will be useful in
attuning to those missing items.
Tribe Terat is demanding the return of a number
of beast-tryst skulls discovered in the moat around the famed Tower
of London. It was always suspected the tower was used as a
royal menagerie along with storing the Crown Jewels, but it wasn't
until the recent discovery of lion skulls in the moat that it was
confirmed. "These lions were potent symbols of monarchy," said
Hannah O'Regan, a biologist and zoo historian at Liverpool John
Moores University. "Our research provides important
information on some of the earliest lions seen in northern Europe
since [European lions] became extinct at the end of the last Ice Age
[14,000 to 11,000 years ago]," she added. "It also sheds some light
on the conditions and health of animals in one of the world's
longest-running menageries." The royal "zoo" survived for more
than 600 years after being founded by King John, the English monarch
who reigned from 1199 to 1216. Radiocarbon dating of skulls of
two lions and a leopard support historic documents that suggest big
cats first took up residence in the Tower in the 13th century.
The skulls are the only medieval big cat remains found in England.
The oldest lion skull dates to between 1280 and 1385. Big cats
are thought to have arrived at the Tower around 1235, when Emperor
Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emporer, gave Henry III three leopards
after marrying the English king's sister. The earliest written
record of an English lion occurs in 1240. It refers to the upkeep of
"the King's lion."
Members of the Osiri and Eremites battled Progeny and Thralls of an
unknown Drove in St. Louis. They were able to rescue an autistic
child that is presumed to have knowledge of activities by the enemy
within the Morpheum.
2005 - November
In what was probably a last-ditch attempt to influence the remaining hurricane
season in the Western Hemisphere, the Morrigan spent several days battling the
Sillhouette off the shores of Saint-Marc in the small nation of Haiti.
Storm surges were pushed to the brink and the city was on the brink of total
evacuation. Fortunately, with the assistance of a number of Eremites from
Port-au-Prince, casualties were limited to a handful of mortals. By the
time the storms had passed, the Sillhouette had begun making its way Northeast
out past the Tukies and Caicos Islands. It made no attempts on those
islands as it passed. It was last seen near the Tropic of Cancer before
Morrigan Slayers had to give up chase.
The industrial city of Dessau Germany (south of Berlin) was rocked by violence
yesterday, as the Eremite Tribe attempted to quell a number of riots sparked by
recent activity by an unknown Drove family. A member of the Peri was able
to stop and subdue a Progeny in the act of attempting to steal the altarpiece of
the Marienkirche, a 16th-century church. The altarpiece was created by
Lucas Cranach, the younger.
2005 - October
The Tuatha Tribe clashed with Shadowen forces recently in the karri forests of
Southwest Australia. The Shadowen were tracking down what appears to be a
young member of the Terat. The young immortal's mind has been damaged, but
he is recovering, and it is hoped by the Tuatha that he'll not only be able to
provide details about who he is specifically, but also why the Shadowen were
chasing after him.
The forces of the Tribe of Sharakai went head to head with the Drove Tengu on
the Khao San Road near the Saphan Taksin station at Bangkok. The Tribe had
been pursuing the Tengu Progeny for several days before arriving in Bangkok.
They were able to subdue at least one of the Tengu, and have engaged the locals
of the dominate Arachne Tribe to assist in interrogation.
Apocrypha sorcerers engaged members of both the Magdalen and Osiri Tribes at the
Canadian Museum of Human Rights, which only recently completed construction well
ahead of schedule. The Magdalen are thought to be using the Museum as a
temporary housing for a powerful artifact until the Museum opens.
2005 - September
The Hemari Tribe struck a blow against a Progeny-led prostitution ring
running in the streets near the Red Garter Bar in Los Angeles in the
United States. The prostitutes were being mentally enslaved to
perform their duties. Fortunately, the Hemari were finally able to
track down the Progeny responsible (though kinship to any specific Drove
family is unknown at this time) and send her into the Blue Air, freeing
the enslaved prostitutes, both female and male.
Members of the Protean Tribe encountered a Progeny ritual off the coast
of Playa Bavaro in the Dominican Republic. As they encountered the
Progeny, storm surges began building in the ocean waters. The
Protean were able to drive off the Progeny and several creatures which
appeared to be its servants. However, since that time, storm
activity East of the Dominican Republic has been building steadily.
2005 - August
A cadre of immortals from the Peri tribe has battled a large group
of mortals once belonging to the Hecatoncheries Quiet Culture, who had
fallen under the influence of Drove Azhoth. The corrupted mortals
were responsible for a number of bizarre murders involving the draining
of the victim's blood. The two Slayers and an Explorer from the
Tribe managed to shatter the cult, but it has resulted in a small loss
of temporal power in the greater London area.
Eremites discovered and foiled a plot, possibly by the Apocrypha against
the Protean Tribe, in Frankfurt Germany. Rashid bin Abu of Dubai in
the United Arab Emirates had seemingly captured an unnamed member of the
Protean tribe caught in the state of Ennui. He hid our brethren in a
clutch of nearly 400 endangered star tortoises and was moving up
through Europe and on his way to Croatia. A Protean Harlequin had
been trailing Rashid for nearly a week but lost him upon entering Germany.
Fortunately a keen-eyed member of the Eremite Tribe spotted Rashid and
reported his presence to the local regent in Frankfurt and Rashid was
caught before he was able to leave the country.
2005 - July
Two members of the Osiri Tribe were vacationing in Waimea when they
discovered a hiker among the lava fields in the nearby semi-active
volcano. As the one stayed with him and began directing him in the
right direction, the other contacted the local Protean regent and mortals
were dispatched via helicopter into the general area where they found him.
The mortal hiker is recovering quickly from his ordeal of being lost for 5
days in the lava fields.
Members of several Tribes found and destroyed an Apocrypha lab in the
heart of the Midwestern United States. The lab had been creating a
form of aerosol compound that was capable of negating the ability of a
himsati to shift into his natural form, trapping him in his mortal human
guise. In addition, a corrupted Phoenix was also found, and in his
possession was a minor artifact that the Tuatha Tribe has been searching
for since the beginning of the Great Betrayal. It is rumored that
the artifact is capable of expanding a mantle in their possession, without
the need for an additional maker.
2005 - June
Probes of both the Magdalen and Arachne are currently investigating the
deaths of several young children who suffered strokes after playing video
games. The incidents were isolated around the Earth, and it is
believed that a serenade-based attack on the children occurred slowly over
several hours as they played the video games, and may have originated out
of the Gremlin Grid.
Tribe Morrigan is currently watching over a Florida company that has
developed an environmental absorbent gel that may be capable of
reducing the power level of various weather phenomena such as hurricanes.
However, Tribe Protean detected a strange substance floating in the waters
off Florida after the company ran a test in the year 2001. The
Morrigan are keenly interested in using the weapon against the Silhouette,
but the Proteans believe the gel left floating in the waters may have side
effects that have yet to be determined. The mortal government of the
United States seems to feel the same way, and currently the project is at
2005 - May
In Kissimmee Florida today the Phoenix handed down a happy ending when one
of their members enabled a man to run across a resort complex and catch a
two-year-old girl who was falling three stories from a balcony she had
been left alone to play on. They then proceeded to find the mother
and force her to return, where mortal authorities arrested her for child
neglect. The baby is currently being kept under the watchful eyes of
a tribal Keeper, while the Morrigan have taken an interest in the man who
saved the girl's life as a possible mortal recruit to their ranks.
Tribe Hemari removed a mortal servant of the Alexandrites from a minor
position of power within the area of Craiova in Romania. The police
officer was mentally pushed into writing a fine to a local driver for
"having a face like a moron and being a big monkey". The resulting
complaint filed with the police department was manipulated by Hemari
Jugglers into a demotion for the officer, sending him to a small remote
village a few hours away from the city.
2005 - April
Wormine Druids struck a blow against the Tuatha in the Queen Elizabeth
National Park in Kampala. The Tuatha have recently been using that
park as part of an arrangement with Tribe Terat. The extent of their
use of the park was unknown as was the exact nature of what they were
using the park for. However, over 300 hippos have died in the park,
all poisoned with the anthrax viral strain. Since the incident, the
Tuatha have pulled out of the area, returning ownership to the Terat.
Terat Emissaries have stated that they believe the Wormine Druids are
responsible, but no other details have been provided.
Calgary in Alberta Canada suffered a fright when a coyote attacked two
children in the city. An autopsy done by mortal authorities revealed
no possible reason as to why the coyote may have attacked, but further
investigation by Probes showed that the coyote's mind had been severely
altered and that taint was present in the creature's spirit prior to its
death. Anyone with possible information should contact the Calgary
Mortal authorities in Krabi (south of Bangkok) were surprised to discover
a rather large python wrapped about the engine of a rental car.
After several hours they were able to remove the python from the car, and
released it into the woods. Arachne Scourges were able to capture
the stray member of the Hemari Tribe and extradite her back to her Tribe;
she had gone rogue on charges of attempted sabotage to a nearby Hemari
Regent's personal sanctuary.
2005 - March
Terat Juggler's worked feverishly on local zoologists in the areas of
Manitoba Canada in the last few weeks after a group of Believers witnessed
a member of their Tribe making his way after a possible Drove predator in
the wilds of Manitoba. The Jugglers managed to create enough
disbelief among the zoologists, that it was enough to pressure most of the
press into leaving the story be.
2005 - January
A group of mortal scientists at NASA, under the tutelage of the Magdalen
Tribe, are going to launch a rocket from Cape Canaveral to intercept the
Tempel 1 comet as it travels just beyond the orbit of Mars, about 206
million kilometers from Earth. The 37,000km/hour crash should
happen on July 4th of this year. The explosion will be equivalent
to igniting 4.5 metric tons of TNT in space. The Magdalen
themselves have been rather tight lipped, about revealing exactly why
they are attempting this feat, known as "Deep Impact" in the
mortal scientific communities. Rumors abound of Arachne
involvement after the comet was routinely sighted by the Spitzer Space
Telescope starting in March of 2004; it is possible that something is
housed within the core of this comet that is sought for
reclamation. If this is so, the age of the object would
potentially be millions of years old and date back to original Arachne
explorations of the Dominions after the Abzulim - Primal War.
2004 - December
A terrible undersea quake caused a tsunami to rage upon Indonesia, Sri
Lanka, India, Thailand and other countries well into Africa and other
parts of Asia. There is absolutely no explanation, both Peri and
Protean forces are scouring the nearby areas of Ys and the
Underground. All Tribes are encouraged to involve themselves and
their mortal followers in providing whatever relief they can to the
unfortunate souls caught in this disaster. It is possible that the
Silhouette was involved, but no proof has been brought forth at this
time. Please take a moment to give your thoughts of hope to our
mortal and himsati cousins in these regions.
(Webmaster's Note: Submission was put in before
true nature of tragedy was known to general public in real life.
It was allowed to remain in order to be fair, but has been rewritten
slightly in order not to belittle the horror of this real-life tragedy).
2004 - November
The remains of two pregnant drove reptiles from the Dominions,
resembling the Keichousaurus species of ancient Earth reptiles from 230
million years ago, were accidentally uncovered by mortal scientists in
China this month. The Tribe of Sharakai had destroyed the larger
creatures but missed the two smaller ones, which effectively had been
fossilized during the battle. The scientists have used these
specimens to conclude that the entire species of reptiles known as
sauropterygians gave birth to live young within the water, instead of
laying eggs. Currently the fossilized remains of the
creatures are being kept in the National Museum of Natural Science in
Taiwan. Each of the creatures was about 1 foot long (30 cm).
The research team that found them said most of the fossilized embryos
were facing backwards, instead of forwards, so mortal experts believe
the creatures probably died because of complications during birth, it
was likely they were giving birth during the battle and never entered
into the fight with the members of the Sharakai Tribe, therefore they
an echo of the biblical plagues, millions of locusts swarmed into
northern Egypt on Wednesday for the first time in 50 years, prompting
authorities to order emergency pesticide spraying to protect the
region's important agriculture industry. This unfortunately has
led to large doses of poison being released in the atmosphere, making
movements within the outer regions dangerous for Osiri and Terat members
who roam the unpopulated areas. No word yet on just what caused
the swarm to rise, no serenade activity on that large a scale was noted.
2004 - October
Explorers of the Terat Tribe have recently contacted the Peri concerning
the recent plumes of steam that have been escaping Mount St. Helens in
the United States, Washington State. The entire Cascade Peaks
range has been subjected to a number of earthquakes over the last few
weeks. It is believed that a connection to the Dominion of the
Underground may exist within the semi-dormant volcano and that Drove
activity is occurring within the area.
A pair of campers resting in Australia on the beach in Queensland were
attacked by an enraged Bete Noire Crocodile until it was put down by a
nearby Phoenix Keeper that just came off guardianship duty nearby.
The campers were rushed to a nearby hospital and mortal authorities were
convinced the crocodile was shot by mortals.