As the only Stratics Staff member on hand I've been bullied into this short report - short 'cos I didn't know I was going to be writing it, so I didn't make any notes! Also, since I'm not actually news staff, I don't have access to all the fancy headings and stuff that they do. Following a 'tip off' on irc at 8.30pm GMT I took myself off to the counsellor's hall, behind the stable in North West Britain, to meet the first of our new EMs, Sarakan. He stood quietly in the unfurnished meeting hall chatting to Kou. I parked my battle bus in the corner and went to say 'hello'. Sarakan was obviously familiar with the family name and asked after Terry. Shortly after others began to arrive and we were joined by Trevelyan (who helpfully provided the attached sketch) Flame, Tane Darkbane, Memphis Belle, Ailsa of Marlit and Kas Valentine (who seems to have somehow gotten a 'lord' title attached to his name, most strange), Sarakan recognised Flame's Bloodguard uniform and a short conversation about our lamented commander, Jurel, followed. On seeing Ailsa's SBR appellation Sarakan commented on the long history of the guild. Trevelyn plied the assembly with glasses of egg nog, though Sarakan declined, being 'on duty'. Finally Sarakan bid us all farewell till tomorrow, when he will return. We hope that his missing furniture will make an appearance before then! Hopefully we can manage a slightly bigger crowd too?