The Gazebo is of No Importance

The Cebelian Chronicle, Volume XXI, Issue 1

Chaos in Bellesaere - War is on the Verge

The capital city, Bellesaere, is still reeling from the devastation of yesterday’s surprise assault by the Vaimarian navy on Castle Aaaaaaaaaagghhhh and the Noble’s District. The damages from the attack are estimated to be in the vicinity of millions of gold pieces in expenses and countless weeks of labor, but no price can be paid to restore the pride, glory, and stature of our majestic royal city.

The assault began around midday yesterday when a massive fleet of Vaimar ships closed in from the northeastern coast and opened fire on the Noble’s District. Concealed by the veil of smoke and panic from the cannons, a single ship peeled away from the main front and somehow docked along the cliffs surrounding the castle, allowing a unit of Vaimar raiders to storm the castle with a precision assault from the rear. The warband was eventually fought off and forced to retreat, but not before Her Highness Princess Celestia was taken captive and kidnapped from right outside the throne room.

Precise details on exactly how the the Vaimar forces were pushed out of the castle are still quite scarce, but numerous eyewitnesses reports have mentioned a never-before-seen task force of some six members penetrating the orc barricade along the bridge to Castle Aaaaaaaaaagghhhh, securing the path for reinforcements to assist in the battle upon their arrival from the south and west. However, witnesses’ descriptions of these vigilantes have been minimal at best: the only common link between any of the reports are as of yet unconfirmed rumors that Consular Anathenor Evergale of Orchyre was at the head.

We take a moment now to pray for one true hero of yesterday’s conflict, Albus Faradin Aerlund, Grand Sorcerer to the Royal Family, who was found dead in the throne room, his own life sacrificed to protect His Highness, the King. His Highness was still in shock from the kidnapping of his daughter, the Princess, but was still willing to provide this one limited commentary on the event.

“Albus has always been one of my most trusted men – perhaps, my closest friend in all of Cebelia. Even before his appointment as my Grand Sorcerer, he has never once made me question whether he would sooner give his own life for the sake of the kingdom. I only wish it would have never come to that choice. Rest in peace, friend; I promise your sacrifice will not be in vain.”

His Highness declined to comment on the rumors regarding the aforementioned “hidden task force” that supposedly paved the way for the counterattack, but assured our reporters that he has sent out a call to all strong and brave men willing to aid in the search for Princess Celestia. The King has not yet suggested the possibility of an full-on military retaliation, but did have this to say on the matter:

“Cebelia is a land marked by justice first and peace second. If Veimar wishes to negotiate a peaceful resolution to this conflict, then they will be met with open arms. However, if they refuse to cooperate, let them know that we Cebelians aren’t afraid to escalate this situation to whatever means necessary to return the princess.”

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