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The Palanthas Herald

City's Defenses Deemed Useless

by Gerrin, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Palast, Frostkolt 19, 418 AC

Palanthas - Two weeks after the city has announced the creation of a new guard unit, the Golden Shield, the city has now released its findings from its tour of the city's defenses. Many of the Senators who toured the city were unimpressed by the city's defense status and in their report they cite that "gully dwarves could have mustered a better defense."

"If we were attacked today we'd certainly be defeated," stated Senator Tolbin Mauryan. "We have a problem when our City Watch publicly informs us that they aren't fighting to win but to keep the enemy at bay as long as possible. What is the biggest problem? We aren't prepared, the High Clerist's Tower is nearly empty of supplies, catapult materials have to be hauled from the city, and most of the tower hasn't been rebuilt yet. We are in a sad state here."

Many people in the City Watch and Knights of Solamnia have different views of the situation. One official explained that until there is a time of crisis most of those items that the Senate listed as being negligent aren't normally kept stocked.

"We are trying our best right now," defended Crown Knight, Sir Thomas Mountainshield. "What are we supposed to do? At the moment the finances aren't there to completely rebuild the ruined sections of the tower. Even still most of the tower's defense system is up and running. If trouble approaches we will have time to prepare for war."

Several citizens were shocked when they heard of the city's lack of proper defenses in case of an attack. Many of them thought that the city was ready at all times to defend and were shocked about the actual status of the city's defenses.

"My neighbor told me that the city isn't able to defend right now," said Eldridge Tollknight. "I'm scared. What if we're attacked tomorrow? Who's going to defend us? Why aren't we prepared? We need to get the Golden Shield up and running. My son will be joining today."

With the release of the Senators' report the number of people joining the Golden Shield jumped from 103 to 642 in the last couple of days. The number of interested recruits has resulted in the Senate having a special session to decide on whether they should create a second defensive unit. The Senate will also look more closely in the coming week at just how the city is preparing itself for an attack in case the High Clerist's Tower does not hold.