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Linaras, 15th day of Reapember, 432 AC
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The Palanthas Herald

Attempted Assassination of Elven Ambassador

by Darcwulf, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Linaras, Brookgreen 16, 421 AC

Palanthas - This past Misham Anthea Soulsong, Ambassador for the elven peoples was the targeted for assassination.

Ambassador Soulsong who is popular with both the gentry and the common citizenry of the city, was walking home after addressing the Senate. She, unlike most ambassadors, prefers to make her way through the city on foot as it gives her the chance to speak with the many friends she has amongst the people. Soulsong was talking to Jannyn Kadhri a leather worker whose workshop is on Market Street.

"We were having this chat about me little Jimmy's teething now and having a tough time of it," Kadhri told the Herald, "When this circle of shadow appeared. This great hulking man stepped out, all dressed in black, with a strip of cloth with two holes in it over his eyes, you know like one of those silly villains in the pantos the minstrels put on to entertain the young'ins; his sword wasn't wooden though, t'was huge and with big ugly spikes on the lower half. "You have insulted the noble minotaur people, honor demands you must die!" He yelled at Thea as he swung, probably meaning the names she called them in those comments she made to the Herald last week, about those elven freedom fighters."

Before becoming Ambassador, Anthea Soulsong fought in many of the battles that her people have lately faced, and as a result is an accomplished swordswoman. She held her own against the assassin as the witnesses summoned the authorities. When it became clear to the would-be assassin that he wouldn't be able to personally complete his mission, he signalled his accomplices and left the way he had arrived. The accomplices were archers stationed on nearby roofs who fired indiscriminately in the general direction of the ambassador.

"We arrived as the archers were firing onto the crowded street," said Morris Sheppard of the guard. "Several people had already taken nasty wounds, including Ambassador Soulsong who had an arrow through her shoulder. We tried to shelter the people with our shields, but little Dory Moore was so scared she ran straight into the open. Ambassador Soulsong threw herself over the child, taking two more arrows before my men stopped the archers; it was only thanks to the timely arrival of the clerics that the Ambassador survived."

An investigation has been launched into the incident, with a great deal of attention focusing on the minotaur elements in the city.