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Linaras, 15th day of Reapember, 432 AC
After Darkwatch Hour falling 23
The Palanthas Herald

Six Injured and Tavern Damaged in Mage Duel

by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Majetag, Fleurgreen 1, 420 AC

Palanthas – Six people were injured today when they were caught in the crossfire of a mage duel.

According to witnesses, a heated argument broke out in the Song of Life tavern between two men; one of them a red-robed wizard, the other wearing gray robes trimmed in a thorn motif. It started as a verbal exchange between the red robe, identified by witnesses as Helex Manefaxes and the unidentified man in gray robes. Patrons of the tavern report that the Red Robe started the confrontation with the gray-robed man, ribbing him about his magical allegiance.

Barlow Furgith, Sergeant of the City Guard was on hand and witnessed the devastation. He told the Herald, "The exchange between the two turned nasty when the gray-robed man produced a wand from his robes and blasted the red robe through the window. Manifaxes retaliated and hurled a fireball at the gray-robed man. When the blast cleared the gray-robed man wasn't even singed, but the blast did set the bar of the tavern alight and several people were injured in the blast. I didn't see what happened after that because I busied myself with trying to put out the fire and assist the injured. I'm not equipped to handle two crazed mages."

Other witnesses say the duel continued outside the tavern with the two men hurling spell after spell at each other. The front of the tavern suffered numerous strikes from deflected spells. The two appeared to be evenly matched with neither gaining the upper hand over the other. As quickly as the conflict had sparked up; it ended just as quickly, with both participants disappearing from view.

The facade of the tavern was damaged in the conflict and assessors from the Temple of Shinare have assessed the damage to the tavern at approximately 1000 Steel Crowns. As a result High Priest Astin Locastus of the Church of Branchala and proprietor of the Song of Life has issued a ban on mages within the tavern and told the Herald, "If the mages and sorcerers want to wage their "War" they can do it somewhere else, I've had enough of such exchanges."

Those injured in the blast were taken to the Halls of Healing, treated for second degree burns, and released. The Silver Hands have added the incident to their overflowing docket of cases involving the Mage War. Neither participant in the incident could be located for comment.