We’re on? We’re on!
Good evening, viewers! This is Scarpa Lela, reporting live from the Noble Quarter, where countless well-wishers have come to cast their eyes upon Queen Hippatia – the birthday girl! Thanks for tuning in, folks; tonight’s broadcast is made possible thanks to the patience and talents of Alam’s picture-box wizard, Araxie Ashwaghosha.
As you can see behind me, the mood here isn’t exactly ecstasy; the weather, the ash cloud and the sinister recent events have a lot of people worried – but not worried enough to skip the event altogether. From the looks of things, security has been stepped up a notch from previous years, and the nearby noble houses are putting on a show of force – look at all these guards! Given the magicker presence around the bridge, we’ve still got some concerns about an attempted murder too; honestly though I’d like to see anyone threaten her Majesty – that’d be news worth reporting!
Despite the weather we’ve got plenty of celebrity presence: already the ambassadors from the Countless Clans have filled their allotted space – it’s standing room only, folks! – and the King of the North is hard to miss given his strange beasts – I’m informed their called “moose” though I’ve yet to receive confirmation. The B’heist, too, have made an appearance – they look a little uncomfortable in the city, but leader Shalomir is putting on a bold face. We’ve even got representatives from the Shipwright’s Warren! The only missing ambassador appears to be the Cahokian leader – we’ll keep an eye out as the procession begins! Look at all these colours!
Anyone else see that human girl walking with the Countless Clans? Is she their translator or what? What in the world have they brought? Are those skins? Thanks, Durga War, we’ll see how the her Majesty likes that!
Ah, here’s Cahokia – even without their leader, a lovely gift!
The King of the North and his representatives – I can’t speak from experience but they must be sweating in all those layers. The only people saltier are -
- ah, yes, the pirates of Shipwright’s Warren, with a load of treasure for the Queen, as always. It’s hard to tell scale from here, folks, but some of those gems look bigger than my head!
Hmm, no appearance from any Paxu ambassadors this year – too bad! I’m going to miss filling my face with their fabulous Paxu papusas!
Last but not least, the B’heistians! They do not look thrilled to be here, folks, but maybe that’s just how they always look? And it looks like they’ve brought a sacrifice this year – a young man – very calm considering his immediate fate. I’m told the name of the woman carrying out the sacrifice today is Majd, cousin of the tribe leader, Shalomir.
And now for the Queen’s —
Sweet Montu – are you getting this?! Are you getting this?! An enormous one-eyed giant has just appeared in the square – it’s pandemonium as civilians and guards alike flee the scene! The Queen’s fallen! And – Renenet and Bes – there’s something with tentacles – is that an aberration?! And there are cultists all over! Keep rolling keep rolling!!
Shit, that girl from the Countless Clans contingent just summoned some lions! Where do you get a power like that is what I wanna know! Some kinda druid magic? And Majd flies into action with the B’heistians, lopping off a tentacle – ah, almost! Local wizard Argamemnon is flying now – ow – damn – that was bright – anyone see what happened to him?! Let’s move!
Sweet Ra, things are not looking good out here, folks. The aberration’s disappeared – thanks, Kind Man – but the giant doesn’t seem to be going anywhere – and he’s punching and kicking his way towards the Queen! Our translator-druid-girl is there on the dais but the Queen’s still not up – no idea what’s wrong with her!
Not only do we have a giant, folks, but the cultists seem to be using some kind of magic to clear the path of any obstructing wizards, including both Argamemnon and the B’heist wizard, Kind Man! It’s times like these I’m glad my only power is fantastic reporting!
And the giant’s headed for the bridge – did you see that lightning?! Even the buildings are falling down – no idea where that’s coming from but it’s hard to find cover when your cover turns to mud! And the giant’s yelling at Majd – didn’t catch it – something about being the first in a wave of pain?
AND SHE JUST STABBED HIM DEAD – DID YOU GET THAT?!
No idea what kind of death makes lightning shoot everywhere, but – ah – and I’ve been informed that our visual feed’s out. But if you can still hear me, things have slowed down a bit – just a handful of fleeing cultists remain in the giant’s wake. The Queen’s guards have managed to get her back over the bridge – and it looks like she’s conscious, folks!
Holy Selqet – Majd, apparently high on power, just kissed her Majesty Hippatia!
Ah, and she’s down. No surprises there; every local’s heard at least four stories about Queen Hippatia’s Kiss, amirite?
Hard to make out from here, but the Queen’s promised to hunt down traitors within the city and without – she believes these attacks originated from inside, folks. No hints as to whether that includes the B’heistians, who technically completed the summoning ritual. There’s a rough political situation if I’ve ever seen one!
Looks like things are calming down, folks, but I’d advise to stay away from the Palace and Noble Quarters for a while! Let’s move to higher ground and see if we can’t get this visual feed back up and running, shall we? In the meantime, keep safe, Alam!