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Misham, 19th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Fourth Watch rising 16
The Palanthas Herald

Traveling Carnival Makes Stop in Palanthas

by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Bracha, Yurthgreen 1, 419 AC

Palanthas - On Ninth Watch Misham, a train of wagons pulled by ten horses possessing "spider-like qualities" pulled up outside the city gates. Several witnesses and one gate guard report seeing a black-skinned elf with white hair giving orders to several black-haired men that appeared to possess six arms each. Curtains covered the wagons allowing no one a peak of what lay inside.

City Guard Officer, Ian Towngaard III immediately demanded to know what was going on. The strange looking elf handed Ian a scroll and stalked away, or as Ian puts it, "strutted away with a wicked smile on his purple-eyed, black-skinned face." The scroll turned out to be an advertisement that read as follows:

"Deathdark Oddities"
For one-night only see some of the strangest creatures gathered from the deepest darkest reaches of Krynn.
Come cower in fear at the feet of the fearsome Spider Dragon.
Feel your breath taken away by the beautiful Ice Vampire.
Marvel at feats of strength perfomed by our Curotai Strongmen.
Admission Price: 6 Copper Pieces

It is unknown how the feat was accomplished but by First Watch, Bakukal several of the advertisements had been plastered all over town, but no one has reported seeing the person or persons responsible.

Throughout the day several witnesses were overheard commenting about the show.

Randal Pikemore, retired City Guard Officer is quoted as saying, "Man that spider-dragon sure was scary. I'm just glad it was kept in its cage."

Orellia Strawmantle, a local weaver said, "I wish my husband was half the man those Curotai were. I wonder if Maestro Deathdark needs a good weaver."

Angus Stormhammer, a dwarven engineer working on the refurbishing of the High Clerists Tower scoffed saying, "Bah T'was a waste o' six coppers. All of 'em were fake; T'ain't no way any of those creatures were real. I'll bet another six coppers Deathdark magicked em up."

These and other comments were heard throughout the day. At dusk, Maestro Deathdark surprised visitors by loudly proclaiming, "We've decided to extend our stay here in Palanthas for another week!"