Bakukal, 16th day of Darkember, 432 AC
Early Watch rising 2
Complications Arise During Red Marauder Investigation
by Trampas Whiteman, Staff Writer
Palanthas – The Palanthian Navy has issued a report to the City Senate last Palast, detailing the series of events that led to the Red Marauder, a minotaur vessel, finding its way into port with 40 elven slaves without the Palanthian Navy or the Port Authority knowing about it.
According to the 52-page document, assistant harbormaster Odreth Quarik had allegedly received a sizable amount of steel from an undisclosed source in return for allowing the Red Marauder into the port without challenge or inspection. Upon learning of Quarik's duplicitous actions, the Port Authority has turned Quarik over to the City Guard, where he will await trial. Quarik is charged with accepting a bribe and treason. Prosecutors are debating whether to proceed with manslaughter charges as well.
The Palanthian Navy has also announced that a minotaur naval vessel is headed towards Palanthas. The Palanthas Port Authority has issued a statement, saying that the public should "remain calm and not jump to conclusions before the minotaur vessel's intent is known."
"Balderdash!" Admiral Bahal Villem of the Palanthian Navy said. "I've sailed from here to the Blood Sea, and I can tell you that the minotaurs don't have talk on their mind. They intend to attack! Still, it's strange that they would only send one vessel."
The City Guard and Palanthian Navy have thus far remained tight-lipped on the issue.
Meanwhile, the elven refugees from the Red Marauder have officially been granted asylum. Temporary quarters have been set up for them in the temple of Mishakal. According to Sister Marilar Drogen, the condition of the elves has improved dramatically, though two of the refugees fell victim to an unknown ailment.
The City Senate and Lord Regent continue deliberations on what course of action should be taken.