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Linaras, 15th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Waking Hour rising 22
The Palanthas Herald

Yarus Unsuccessful in Bid to Keep Kender Out.

by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Misham, Frostkolt 25, 421 AC

Yarus – The city of Yarus has lost in its bid to keep out kender this Yuletide.

Despite procuring the services of serval white-robed wizards who erected a magical shield over the city, kender still managed to appear in substantial enough numbers to include Yarus in their annual tradition of Re-Gifting Day.

"Is there no end to the cruelty of the Gods," asked Lord Mayor Burkhard Reinhold. "Even after erecting a magical shield around the city, the blighters still cleaned us out – again! A thousand curses on the gods for creating the kender!"

Many blame the Lord Mayor for provoking the kender with his talk of a magic shield.

"If he'd have just left well enough alone we'd have had no problems," said William Gryffinose. "At most we'd have had maybe a dozen kender in town. Sure we'd have still been part of their tradition but not to the extent we've been these last two years. The Mayor had to go and talk tough though and by doing so drew in exactly what he was trying to keep out."

As happened last year, shortly after Waking Hour the kender began the process of exchanging the items in their pouches.

"I did much better than I did last year," said Fizzleberry Tendertwig. "Last year I got the same stuff back I tried to give away, but this year I got started early and hit several places, some of them before they opened up. I hope the owners liked what I left for them. I know I like the seven keys I found – one can never have too many keys. I have just a few items left and I'm ready to start the new year with fresh stuff in my pouches."

Several kender appeared to enter the town after the shield had been raised, leading to some speculation as to the effectiveness of it.

"It probably has something to do with the lingering effects of the Graygem in the physiology of the kender," said Yaron Ozdale. "The shield is a construct of lawful magic and many kender seemed only slightly puzzled when they bumped up against it, but then proceeded to walk through it as it it wasn't even there. It certainly merits further study."

Clerics of Shinare have begun to tabulate the cost of the kender's tradition on the economy of Yarus. Early estimates place the cost at several thousand steel crowns.