Linaras, 22nd day of Reapember, 432 AC
After Deepwatch Hour falling 20
Nerakan Nobleman Seeks Secret of Bombards
by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Taman Busuk - A Nerakan Nobleman yesterday publicly announced his desires to acquire the secret of the Solamnic Bombards.
Semyon Anatolus told the Herald, "Why should the Solamnic Empire hold so tightly to secrets such as the bombards which could revolutionize warfare as we know it. Such devices would be of immense value in ship to ship combat, allowing those of us not aligned with the North Sirrion Trading Union to retain our economic freedom. I am willing to reward very handsomely anyone who will bring me the secrets of the bombards; the one who does so will be a very wealthy person indeed."
Anatolus, a Nerakan nobleman and Shipping Magnate, has long been at odds with the North Sirrion Trading Company. The latter has been trying for years to get him to sign with them and subsume his merchant fleet into their own.
Sources close to Emperor Markham speaking on his behalf have stated, "There is no one left who knows the secrets of the bombards. They died with the gnomes who invented them. The Nerakan has set himself a fool's quest."
Despite the official stance of the Solamnic Empire rumors persist of a journal containing the secrets of the bombards. Where this journal is or even if it even really exists remains unknown.