Misham, 14th day of Darkember, 432 AC
Evening Watch rising 20
City Scrambles to Destroy Shoikan Treants
by Carteeg Struve, Staff Writer
Palanthas – After the Dark Knight Lyber Blessed confessed that the Shoikan saplings stolen from the Wizards of High Sorcery and the City Guard only to be sold to the public on street corners were in fact dormant treants corrupted by the Shoikan Grove, city officials moved quickly and ordered each and every one of the plants to be confiscated and destroyed. The plan to spread these creatures throughout the city was designed by the kender cleric of Takhisis, Lily-Ann Sojourner.
Tower mages of all three robes have been working together with the City Guard in order to insure a complete eradication of the threat before the creatures grow large enough to become a threat and to wake up.
The Black Robe Jenner Brace, who was sent to oversee the initial removal of the saplings, is currently working with Sir Tor Hiltmore of the Solamnic Knights in cleansing the city. "I doubt they will be removed completely. No doubt some will try hiding them, or maybe others have transported them to other cities. There will always be some trying to do something exceedingly stupid for personal gain, even if it gets them killed. I've been in constant contact with Lady Coryn. She has been using divination to find as many of the plants as possible."
Sir Hiltmore added, "Anyone attempting to prevent the removal of these abominations will be arrested. Since these plants are no longer saplings, we have also sent crews to check refuge areas and the sewers. For all we know people may have trimmed them or made cuttings that might still be alive before being thrown out. We can only hope smaller parts die when disposed of, but we're not leaving that to chance."
Brace stated, "We are also going to re-examine the grove itself. The saplings were originally impeding on the roadway, and it is possible a few might not had been pulled up simply because they were not close enough to the road." He also added (referring to when the witches of the Circle of the Living Krynn attempted to break the grove's curse last week), "I can only hope some of those damn fool witches trounced on them before they got themselves killed." He also muttered something about trespassers deserving what they get.
He was asked if the entire grove would be searched. "Yes, unfortunately. If a kender can somehow plant a number of treants near the edge of the grove, we have to be open to the possibility that she was able to get a little ways in before being pressed out."
According to the City Guard, Lyber Blessed has stated that Sojourner had nothing to do with the appearance of the Shadow Sorcerer or the Shadow Tower in the grove, and he heard nothing in regards to the witches prior to his surrender.
Anyone who has a Shoikan treant is urged to bring it to the nearest City Guard station immediately.