Downings, CO
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Greetings citizens of Downings, We are at a crossroads. Gary Sigsour is dead. Richter is dead. The Skulls have gone extinct. We all know, without a doubt, that this World is covered by those who would kill us all. Perhaps it is time for an end to gangs. Perhaps we who were forged on the Fringe, should pull together, and cast out that which Divides us. Perhaps it is time to grow up. Due to the efforts of brave people, I have learned that many of the people who have been dividing us have been serving a master. Some call it a God, some seek to use this demon for their own ends. Some are misguided, and have been tricked. The name of this master is Eidolon, and it is the enemy of all the free peoples of this world. Eclipse, Middian, Home. It has many names, but it is still the best world we have to live on. Eidolon seeks to tear apart the goodness in these fragile communities we have made. We refugees from Origo. And our new allies from other worlds, or who called this one their home long before we knew it existed. I urge all people of Good Heart to stand together, to resist. To listen to the Sermons of Rook, at the Compound. Sermons which were recorded, and played here in Downings. Of Preacher Jonas Hart, of our own Downings. Of Shanti Lalan, who I hear stories of from many settlements. J’Quon, or Alharon, […]

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Ephric attacks on the rise
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Once extremely rare away from the webgates, there have been an alarming number of attacks by what one local scientist calls ‘Ephric Spirits’. What others might call ‘Chills’ or ‘Shivers’. This week alone, there have been sightings of five confirmed groups of the malignant creatures. They have been heroically dispatched by the Franja Partiers, and King Sigsour. It is a good thing that the Partiers have assumed responsibility for safeguarding the Imperial Way. No one critical has been killed in these attacks, but it is only a matter of time. No one seems to know where these entities are coming from, but they are much more common along less traveled webways. It is unknown as to what they were doing in Downings, other than attacking those they encountered. If there was any greater purpose, or why, it seems to be beyond us. Be afraid, Downings. But put your faith in King Sigsour. He’ll keep our homes Safe, and Free.

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Downings supports Elder’s Grove
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A joint statement has been issued by Gary Sigsour, and elders of the Quar’ri. Downings stands by it’s brethren in Elder’s Grove. To stand against this new Imperial aggression. Political change is coming to Downings, and those who would tear down the new order need to leave, or they will find themselves righteously dealt with. Also, Joran’s Rest has been getting a lot of buzz as the new place to be. With so much conflict between the gangs of Downings, it’s good to have a place to settle down and talk. A neutral ground, in a place where people are increasingly being forced to take sides.

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Solarii throws a party
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A Solarii faction party was all the rage at years end. Dj Skyler was hired, and throwing down some phantom beats. Cherise and Clarise were there, of course, after their legendary estrangement from Sigsour Party Drinks. Nog’s Grog represented, with a bevy of fine looking folk in the house. They were introducing their new line of booze, starting a dark beverage called ‘Black Tam’. The Pinks made a show, leading a few well-chained men through some numbers. There was talk some of the Gatetown colonists may have been present, but nothing could be confirmed. It seemed that the highest of high society was there. Richter made an appearance, as did Patrick Anh, of the Franja Partiers. They were on opposite ends, of course. It seems that everybody who was anybody was there, joining fascinating conversation after fascinating conversation. Of course, Richter brought some of his Imperial Thugs, and of course they were the first to spoil the good mood. It was all the hosts could do to keep Patrick’s fine men from bringing the cart down on that party. Nadia Solarii herself was seen speaking to those involved in the conflict, and many others. And then there were the Kshathrans. Not known as the most fun-raising folks, they were doing their best to throw down on the dance floor. Soon Cherise and Clarise joined them, and of course everyone has seen the pictures of what happened next. It was a night to remember, so crescent fresh, and it may be […]

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Terrorists get Justice
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Nadia Solarii announced that the perpetrators behind a series of bombings have been dealt with. They were known to have been implicated in a bombing in Downings which killed a man named Joran Nitra almost two years ago, a double bombing at the Library, and caused some damage in Elder’s Grove. They are known to be responsible for at least eight murders, an attempt on Ms. Solarii’s life, and are suspected to have been tied to dozens of other murders and dark crimes. Little is known of who hired them, or why. The Badder Garden Group formed after a short lived stint with Orpheon as enforcers of the Treaty of Eclipse. The teams they sent were known to be ruthless and greedy, and no one wanted them after that fiasco. They became mercenaries, and have been responsible for damage and mayhem ever since. Thanks to Maxwell Quintain of Elder’s Grove, and some well-known heroes of Gatetown, the last of them have been brought to justice. Downings authorities are currently searching for someone named Sergei, who was said to have hired them for reasons unknown. A reward is offered for his capture, or information leading to his capture. Ms. Solarii also announced tariffs against goods from the Compound. No reason was given, but the Qua’ri have been putting pressure on her for quite some time to distance Downings from the Dahhak of the Compound, who have been suspected of ritual murders and assassination attempts against the Kshathrans.

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Qua’Ri mourns a Hero
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The Qua’Ri settlement mourns the loss of Onen H’Mon, respected master and elder statesman of the Kshathran community on Eclipse. A veteran of the long-standing conflict between the Kshathrans and the Dahhak, Onen gave up his military career decades ago to teach A’tar to later generations of warriors willing to pick up the fight against injustice and slavery. Many of the masters in Qua’Ri, as well as on Vairya, owe their knowledge of the ancient techniques of A’tar to his tutelage. Though known for his strong leanings towards conservatism and traditional Kshathran values, Onen avoided political involvement, refusing several requests for him to join the Council. He has served them as an adviser and liaison, including acting as an ambassador representing the settlement in a summit held by the Atlanteans two years ago. In contrast to his tumultuous, often violent life as a warrior, Onen died peacefully in his sleep. He was 97 years old. In a eulogy colleague and long time friend , J’Toth Keresik, told of a man steeped in tradition, but ever vigilant for the future. “We often times did not see eye to eye on many things,” J’Toth said,”But that never stopped us from working together for, not just the good of the Kshathrans, but for all races. Having witnessed first hand the threats that our people faced, he was determined to ensure that we never again fell prey to our enemies, no matter who they were.” The Councilman added,”I feel confident that, even in death, […]

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New Exciting Trends!!!
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Tubing is one trend that has been growing in popularity. There are underground rivers that run through and near Downings. Gamblers have set standards for rubber inner tubes, which competitors will race through the dark passages, trying to keep from getting smashed against walls, smacking into the low hanging ceiling, or sucked into a side channel where your chances of survival grow slim. Every week or two, an enthusiast is hauled from the water. Sometimes they can be revived, and there is a demand for metabolics at these events. Teams are beginning to form. They have names like the Terrible Trout, the Killer Krakens, and the Dizzy Dragons. Another trend is Fighting Robot Matches. They are remote controlled, of course. No one wants Thinking Machines. Still, the very well-known and fashionable Ms. Trakas has been seen at the events, which always brings attention. The first few have been spectacular, showing off the formidable mechanical and other tech skills here in Downings. My favorite was the fire shooting Negasaurus War Machine. Many competitors were sent into the slag heap that day, my friends. Until the Colossal Whirr chewed it into tiny pieces and rolled over it as it exploded. That was AWESOME! And DJ Skylar was amazingsauce, as usual. The caves where they happen smell like burnt oil and shredded steel for months after, and the amount of tech that is shredded in a small time is significant. But boy, is it worth it! For those looking for liquid excitement, Sigsour […]

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Buildings found near Downings
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Well, we live on Eclipse. A world that few of us are native to. Strange things just kind of happen all the time. Travelers near Downings came across a group of buildings laid out in the fashion common to the ‘Stations’. There is no gate terminus at the location, as far as anyone can tell. Still, it is a few days walk from gatetown. Where many of us came here. And no one has ever reported finding this hamlet in the middle of nowhere. There has been a settlement quite close there for years, and no one seems to have lived there. Well, there it is. Representatives of Ms. Solarii have invited the gatetown colonists to further investigate the area. An unnamed representative was quoted as saying, “It’s a strange thing happening in a strange time. It would be good to have the people around who can help when strange things happen.” In other news, the hunt is in it’s 11th day for the young Kshathran couple. J’Ahava and Paz were to spend the day above ground, but they did not return. A number of people have reported seeing them leave, but little is known from there. Some pieces of their clothing have been found, leading people to fear for the worst. Still, the hunt will continue. And in celebrity news, Rethen Miner’s daughter records a new album, and her dad hates it!

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New ore vein found
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Miners in Downings have found a new ore vein, rich in industrial metals. A small group of companies have claimed credit, and are moving quickly to capitalize on the find. Shipments of ore are traveling to Elders Grove, to pay for new mining equipment from the Yazata. Copper, silver, iron, and a dozen other trace metals have been identified. Pallidium has also been found at the new site. Companies identified as having a stake in the new claim include Carrigan Digs, Darvash inc., and Bludgeon Investment Group. No one is entirely sure how this will impact Downings, but few doubt that it will make political waves. In other news, Cherise and Clarise may be the hottest thing since candied apples, but they’re terrible spokespeople. They had scored a sweet job for Sigsour Party Drinks. SPD had paid them thousands of credits in advance for special promotions. They were supposed to appear at parties, media events, and entertainment happenings to promote the new company. They were supposed to be producing seven prints ads, a behind-the-scenes exclusive video, and host a special gala featuring Sigsour products. Instead, they have produced an incoherent 30 second video, and slept through the gala. The company has released them, and is seeking new spokespeople for its products. The race is on, celebutantes!

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Atlanteans open embassy in Downings, and legendary party rocks the settlement
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Downings media announced that the Atlanteans have opened an official embassy in Downings. While few expect Downings to suddenly become a principality of Atlantis, many are excited about the prospect of increased trade and closer ties to the natives of Eclipse. Trade representative Tom Rokos applauded the move. “This is just another sign that Downings epitomizes all the virtues of the fringe. Self-Reliance, a dedication to free trade, and frontier ingenuity. Coming after the successful negotiation of a free trade agreement with Elder’s Grove, this is a great day for Downings!”   Also in Downings, a legendary event turned the underground on it’s heels when a troupe of technicians from Gatetown started a party that just kept going. Even some of the party hardened veterans of Downings bowed out after the first three days. It seemed a vast discussion of super-theories of super-everything. Anything alchoholic within a half mile radius was reported to be consumed, and it is being said that half the techs in Downings still haven’t sobered up. It was seen as a coup for the colonist organizers, and DJ Skyler, who apparently dropped some devastating beats, and inspired new trends in music just based on his epic 32 hour performance, which picked up again once he woke up. Amazing.  

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Continued Gang Violence in Downings
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Even though leading figures in the settlement have called for peace, violence between members of rival gangs is on the rise here in Downings. Shootings have occurred recently at several raves, and it seems that every week a body is fished out of the subterranean lakes of West Terra. A former sub-boss of Rama’s has also been killed in a bomb explosion at a diner off the Imperial Way. Joran Nitra was known as a moderate figure among the leaders in Downings. A woman named Elysia Graham was treated for injuries from the blast as well, but was not available for comments on the incident. Fortunately, there were no other injuries. The bombing took place while the popular eatery was closed for the night. Dozens of patrons usually fill the ‘Coffee and Snackery’ morning and night.

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3 Dead in Firefight
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Violence erupted today at a rave held in little Naraka. According to eyewitness reports, members of a local gang held the rave. When members of a rival gang attempted to force their way into the dance, violence erupted. Someone threw a grenade, and a firefight ensued. Dozens were wounded in the worst act of violence for the last few months. Local gang leader ‘Trev’ agreed to be interviewed by this reporter. “We were just there, enjoying this killer new brew made by this guy from Erlik, ya know? And there was this explosion. And we said ‘Whoa, we better bug out man.’ And there was all this shooting, and then my buddy Red got shot in the head. I mean, his head totally exploded. And we were like ‘whoa, this is no bueno man’. And this guy we met totally helped us out. I mean, this aggression really will not stand, ya know what I mean?” Local authorities are looking into the incident which they are calling spontaneous, and not part of a greater trend. Even still, the murder rate here is on the rise. And the citizens of Downings are looking for someone to keep them secure. The Rangers of Avalon better step up their game.

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