Sharn Inquisitive02/06/2006

Karrnath Decries New Elf Fortress in Talenta
News for Sul, Olarune 1st, 998

Karrnath Decries New Elf Fortress in Talenta Plains

VULYAR -- Countess Xeria ir'Borutau called on the elves of Valenar to cease construction of a fortress southeast of Vulyar immediately, calling the structure "a provocation that mighty Karrnath cannot ignore." Speaking during a general court audience on Zor, the countess said she was planning to petition Korth for an immediate military response to the fortress.

"No elf community exists within a two-day ride of the fort they're building, so they can't trot out the tired old self-defense claim they're so fond of," she pointed out. "This fort, if completed, will be a dagger pointed directly at the heart of eastern Karrnath."

Vulyar's city militia is moving to a war footing at ir'Boratau's direction. The countess further stated that she's considering a supplemental levy to fund a mercenary cadre. "We can muster quite a bit of support locally right away, and I expect all of Karrnath to be behind us once word gets out," she said. "The Valenars have made a grave error, and the sooner they realize it, the better."

Warchief Shulach Miritarn in Taer Valaestas said that ir'Borutau was engaged in what he called provincial saber-rattling. "The Valaes Tairn have no designs on Karrnath," he said. "But we will defend our heritage to the death. And I hope this Karrnathi countess never has to learn the lesson inherent in those words."

Miritarn further stated that the fortress in question isn't being built so much as restored from its ruined state. "These forts -- we call them taers -- were guarding these lands long before humans ever conceived of Khorvaire, let alone Karrnath. The Karrnathis are the interlopers, not the Valeas Tairn," he asserted.

"The humans and halflings of eastern Karrnath and the Talenta Plains can go about their peaceful business with no interference from the elves," continued Miritarn. "But if the Karrnathis threaten the reconstruction of this taer, we'll paint the plains red with their blood."

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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