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Bakukal, 19th day of Fierswelt, 432 AC
First Watch falling 20
The Palanthas Herald

Gnome Killed in Disastrous Device Test

by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Kirinor, Paleswelt 20, 421 AC

Palanthas – A gnome was killed today while demonstrating his latest invention – a suit which could repel black powder charges.

Colton Matchlock of Xenos claimed to have developed a suit of armor which he claimed could repel black powder charges. Matchlock pitched his invention to the Emperor in hopes of making a sale. It was during the initial demonstration that something went horribly wrong.

"The gnome looked like something out of a kender story," said Barnabas Crag of Compound. "I didn't think for a second his armor could take one of our charges. Looks like I was right."

According to several witnesses who had gathered to watch the demonstration, Matchlock wore what appeared to be a heavily modified suit of full plate armor about two sizes too big for him. To this armor was attached a charge provided by Crag.

"That gnome looked downright ridiculous," said Crag. "I told him that his suit wouldn't be able to protect him and that if he insisted in going through with the test the consequences would be on his own head. He brushed me off and lit the fuse on the blasting stick."

The gnome's armor provided no protection from the blast. When the smoke cleared the lower half of the gnome's body lay in one direction and nothing could be found of his upper torso. Spectators were far enough back that they were spared being sprayed by metal shards from Matchlock's exploding armor.

"I warned him," said Crag. "If a stone wall can't stand up to one of our blasting sticks; neither can a bleeding tin suit."

Sources within the Palace have said that Emperor Markham has decided not to purchase Matchlock's invention citing a fatal design flaw.

Authorities in City Guard have absolved Crag of all liability in the unfortunate accident and have stated that Matchlock's family will be notified of his death. They have officially closed any further investigation in the matter.