The Mana War: Part 2

Year 230 - January - Week 2 - DEVESTATION IN NEW MORRADIN
Who will care for the refugees?

Refugees are surging out of New Morradin. Most fleeing East towards Halmud via the most traveled path. Some flee into the surrounding farmlands, just trying to escape the Storm, the winds, the rain, and the destruction. A small few have heard of work in the new town known as The Embankment and flee to the south.

In the early morning, on an otherwise clear and productive day, the skies turned suddenly dark and the winds picked up to a frantic pace. Some remember glancing towards "The Gift" and giving a familiar pray for it's presence. But today they saw it's familiar glow flicker and begin to fade. Panic followed soon after as the first of the waves, small at first, began to smash into the docks.

By Divine grace, many Priests of Morradin were quickly on the scene and began enacting evacuations before most knew what was happening. Leading these brave men and women was one young priest known as Delphine (cover name for Prot) an up and coming young man whom many have come to know and respect. Despite their best efforts many lives were lost that fateful morning, though considering the destruction far fewer than expected.

Well timed, a caravan arriving from The Verge arrived with supplies that have proved valuable to helping those left homeless by the destruction. The Verge is now set up on Pine Row and has graciously offered free aid to those left destitute.

In desperate need of supplies lost in the damage, The Church of Morradin has made a major purchase of Halmudian potatoes and is hurriedly shipping them westwards. Rumor has it that the Halmudian Powers that Be are seething at such outside influence and care not for those left homeless.

Perhaps the one happy piece of news to come out of the last week of tragedy, Niko Tesla is rumored to be traveling west towards New Morradin and a voice like hers could sooth nearly any sad soul.

In other news, Halmud continues battling for power in economic fronts. The council has began erecting economic barriers against outsiders attempting to bask in Halmud's growth and production. This comes hot on the heels of the Morradinite's new monopoly on Potatoes (they already control Halmud's Steel mines) and a new ring of smugglers who've set up camp somewhere and have begun hassling the farmers outside Halmud's walls.

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Year 230 - February - Week 3 - Factions In Motion

The quiet after the storm, perhaps. But those watching can see big changes in motion.  Eyes are still firmly fastened on the Verge and their digsite, but no news has reached the greater Halmud area, expecially with chaos in New Morradin Muddling information flow from the Embankment. Supposedly New Morradin has their situation under control,  "The Gift" is still non-functioning, but they've managed to procure ample supplies, and even constructed a new, state of the art, Medical Facility and rumor has it they are preparing to re-from the Knight Templars.

The scariest thought is what might happen soon in Halmud. The city is gearing up for "war" on more fronts than it can handle. Not normal war, but deaths none-the-less. Bandits, refugees, and monsters are the least of the problem. There have been strange new comers setting up shop and they've influcenced the Numenera market in unbelievable ways. And then there is The Darkness, no one is talking about it but they've changed how they work. More aggressive, smarter, more organized, and its clear they're focusing their forces on Halmud.

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Year 230 - February
Tensions begin to rise

Halmud's government has begun to strike back, or so the tales go. People being arrested at night, army raids on stores, banks being appropriated by the council. If the stories are true then anyone who is considered an outsider by the high council took heavy hits, New Morradin being at the top of the list but also a lot of companies and businesses that weren't considered "allied" to the council. 

Best guess? Halmud's leadership is trying to consolidate control, weed out trouble, they're getting ready for something. I'm worried something might happen when they and everyone else find out The Verge has breached a major facility. Numenera is power, and everyone is going to want a piece of it.

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