Majetag, 17th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Evening Watch rising 5
Eastport Stricken by Blizzard; 13 Dead
by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Eastport – Early this week, Eastport was stricken by a freak snowstorm.
The snowstorm began in the early morning hours of Linaras and lasted until midday on Kirinor. It deposited nearly ten feet of snow on the city of Eastport.
"We have not seen the like since the death of Frost some ten years ago," said Scholar Miles Jaxon. "We have kept records of the weather since the land began to revert to its previous state and though the winters have been long and fierce, we have not had a snowstorm this late in the summer since Frost died."
The snowstorm left most in the city unable to travel or even to leave their homes. Ships in port were unable to leave as the mouth of the harbor was frozen solid.
"We were totally unprepared for a storm of this magnitude," said Jaxon. "As a result most ran out of firewood after the second day of the storm, leaving them to the mercy of the biting cold."
At least six deaths are blamed on the storm, but seven others appear to have been the work of marauding animals seeking food during the storm.
"The marks on the bodies suggest that they were attacked by wolves," said Barek Tuathan, a local huntsman. "This isn't surprising considering the rise in wolf attacks over the last five months. Normally I would say during such a storm they were hunting for food but in this case none of the bodies appeared to have been even partially eaten.
According to sources within the Ergothian Merchant Marines, the storm was magically induced to force people to seek cover in their homes. It is believed the storm was used to cover the movements of a large group; however, no evidence can be found to support this theory as all potential tracks were buried by the snow.
"If I were a betting man," said Tuathan, "I'd put my money on a minion of Frost's that survived his master's death attempting to rally the troops. The storm would have been the perfect mechanism to bring such forces together. I pray to the Fisher King that I'm wrong."
The Merchant Marines are on high alert anticipating a possible attack. Residents are urged to go about their business, but to be mindful of their surroundings.
It is estimated that clean-up from the storm will continue for several more days.