Linaras, 22nd day of Reapember, 432 AC
Deepwatch rising 3
Elven Pirates Sink Minotaur Ships
by Darcwulf, Staff Writer
Palanthas - Stories have begun to reach Palanthas from sources recently in the minotaur empire, describing how a ship crewed by elven resistance fighters is sinking ships of the Imperial fleet.
The nautical skills and abilities of the minotaur navy are considered almost legendary amongst the other races of Ansalon, they are so well respected. The fact that a single ship crewed by elves is taking on the might of the bullmen's empire and surviving has surprised many, but not all.
"Many of the younger races doubt the skills of the elven people upon the high seas," said Anthea Soulsong, ambassador for the court of his Majesty King Gilthas the Unifier. "We have a preference for forests, so for this reason we are often written off as "tree huggers" lacking the constitution to tolerate life anywhere else. This is of course, patently absurd. As the eldest of the races, elves were the first ride and master the waves, long before the cows shed their bells and began walking upright."
The scant details of the ship, the "Ashaynnth" at this stage refer to a swift sleek vessel that glides atop the water rather than within. Ashaynnth is the elven word for freedom. As for her crew, rumours speak of a Captain Kingfisher and at least two white robes, and many skilled archers and bladesmen. The presence of magically adept individuals might explain why they are achieving such success. One tale of the ship has credited it with both supernatural speed and the ability to appear and disappear as if from nowhere, managing to escape a carefully laid ambush of five heavily armed war galleys.
"These wretches are nothing more than cowards hiding behind illusions," said Santhia de Droka, ambassador of the minotaur Empire. "We will hunt these criminals, these pirates down and they will pay the same price that all elves pay when they reject the order and kindness we grant them with life within the bounds of Ambeon, - a long and excruciatingly painful death."