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Bakukal, 20th day of Reapember, 432 AC
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The Palanthas Herald

Senate Returns Power to the People

by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Linaras, Yurthgreen 1, 420 AC

Palanthas – Today the Palanthas Senate voted unanimously to cede power back to the people and disband.

The former lawmakers of Palanthas held their final conference on the steps of the Senate Building. Former Senator Revas Miramar told the Herald and those gathered, "The Palanthas Senate is no more. We have decided to disband and return power to the people. We just felt it was time the people had a say in the affairs of Palanthas. Many of us have been on the Senate for far longer than we should have, and because of that we have made grievous errors in judgment and taken advantage of the fair people of Palanthas. No longer will the fate of the city of Palanthas rest in the hands of few, but in the hands each and every one of her citizens. Shinare knows they can't do any worse than we did."

To celebrate this newfound freedom and authority an impromptu party formed on the steps of the Senate in which several former senators took part. The people were hooting and hollering, some even fired crossbows into the air. The celebration turned ugly, though, when people started shoving each other, yelling, and screaming about who the new leaders of the community were to be. These activities started a riot in which several stores were looted and the Lord's Palace was burned to the ground.

No one was arrested and no investigation is planned, Lord Constable Keene Di Qisath told the Herald, "My hands are tied. Without a mandate from the Senate, or other lawmaking body, I have no authority to order anything other than a Solamnus from Solamnic Heroes. I feel for those injured in the riot and I'm sorry to see the Senate go up in smoke, but it was the senators' own fault for giving the authority back to the people. After all what did they think would happen? That everyone would play nice?"