Linaras, 13th day of Gildember, 432 AC
Eleventh Watch rising 16
Sunken Statue of Takhisis Missing
by Carteeg Struve, Staff Writer
Palanthas – The statue of Takhisis from the destroyed Shrine of the Dark Queen has been noticed missing by a small group of gnomes that were attempting to fish debris from the bay this past week.
Late last year, when a cleric of Kiri-Jolith and fellow rioters raided and pulled down the shrine, an unidentified bronze dragon hoisted the statue and dropped it into the Bay of Branchala. The statue had sunk like the stone it was.
However when a gnomish underwater vessel ventured out to collect possible debris that may had fallen into the waters when the gnome-damaged Wind Sister entered port, it was noted within their logs that the statue was not in the location they had seen it in during several past ventures beneath the bay's surface.
The gnomish captain, whom for brevity is referred to as 'Dormsh', reported the oddity with port officials. After which the gnomes were detained for traveling in the bay in an unlawful manner.
"We can't have unsanctioned vehicles, especially unstable gnomish ones, traveling underneath bay traffic. Some degree of safety needs to be insured to our incoming and outgoing ships that they are not going to have to worry about strange contraptions coming up under them or exploding out of the water on a moment's notice. The Harbormaster is going over the current regulations to see what can be done in this case and also to find ways to better improve bay security in the near future," said a port authority spokesman.
When asked about the significance of the missing statue, he said, "Moving currents could have caused sand or other natural materials to bury it. Also maybe the tide finally pulled it out to sea."
Captain Dormsh stated, in not so few words, that the size and apparent weight of the statue would not have allowed it to be moved so easily. "Furthermore the surrounding area looked relatively the same as on their past visits and that the idea of it being buried is foolish. I've volunteered to hand over a copy of our sea-floor mappings for the dates in question to verify his claims. Sometime within the last ten days, somebody or something took it," Dormsh said.
The port authority spokesman said, "It was just a statue, and a broken one too. We are more concerned with the lives and property of our sailors, merchants, tourists, and everyone else that comes to or leaves from Palanthas by sea. That is where our priorities lie. Not in some rock carving of a corpse."