Misham, 19th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Third Watch rising 14
Festival of Unity a Success
by Heine Stick, Staff Writer
Palanthas - With the Festival of Unity over and done with, the organizers of the event can look back at what can only be called a huge success. Thousands of Palanthians visited the booths hosted by elves, dwarves, minotaurs, and other so-called nonhumans and the major events of the week were also very well visited.
"Throughout the last seven days I've talked to hundreds of Palanthians and shook the hands of even more people," said Astin Locastus, High Priest of Branchala. "I've heard nothing but praise from the Palanthians. They've really enjoyed this week of multicultural experiences and I've heard several people mention that they hope it will be repeated next year."
"I had loads of fun this week!" exclaimed Miranda Greyflow, seamstress from New City. "I really enjoyed the elven booths with their tasteful food and their thrilling clothes. It was nice to be treated like a queen for one day; even if they did seem a bit...what do you call it? Aloof? My kids had a lot of fun visiting the dwarves and try out some of their crafts. My son even brought home a nice knife he'd crafted almost by himself."
The Festival of Unity featured spectacular events as well. Elves had set up a play which told the story of two elven lovers forced apart by the Kinslayer War. Dwarves hosted several contests among which were Toss-a-Stone and Goblin's Face. Minotaur gladiators hosted mock arena battles and displayed their seagoing skills in the Bay of Branchala. Gnomes showcased their complicated inventions.
The biggest event of the week, however, took place on Linaras. The Central Plaza had been transformed into a veritable battleground, depicting the Battle at Neraka when the Whitestone Forces routed the forces of the Dark Queen and won the War of the Lance. White and Red Robe wizards had allied to create the illusion which featured thousands of dwarves, elves, and humans fighting goblins, draconians, and wicked human mercenaries. The illusion even featured aerial battles between chromatic and metallic dragons.