The 18th Bridge Dear Vesperians, it’s true that we live in a world where the worst always happens on a daily basis, leaving some of us scratching our heads and wondering what in Sosaria just happened? We recognise this, and we see it as our duty to find out exactly what is going on and relay it back to you, our readers. The 18th Bridge shall be our instrument in spreading the word throughout the City, giving you the news you crave to know, shining a bright beam of light on what would otherwise be in darkness. This newspaper will be published free for all, once a fortnight, financially backed by our Lord Chancellor himself, who believes it’s important for Vesperians to know what is going on in the City they love and live in. And so with this, I dedicate the first, and many more issues of The 18th Bridge to the people of Vesper. --------------------------------- The Vespars The past week kicked itself off with the first ever edition of the Vespars, an award ceremony to cherise and reflect on the achievers of Vesper who have helped tremendulously in shaping her into the glorious City that she is today. The Monday started off with a party prior to the ceremony, where the people of Vesper were able to have a good time and reflect on the past few months as they put forward their votes for numerous awards. The Tuesday following was the actual ceremony, co-hosted between our Lord Chancellor Deacon van Cocidius and Elaine O’Connor who did a brilliant job. The big awards of the night though were the prestigious medals which weren’t voted for by the people of Vesper, but a private council of the highest authority who chose former Captain and Chancellor Escaflowne to be awarded with the “Legend of Vesper” medal. In his speech, Escaflowne broke down in tears and vowed to the people that his military days are not over, and that he will be back. Other winners are Hanse Davion (Evil Genius & Token of Leadership), Rebecca (Sexiest Female& Veteran Entrepenuer), Van Cocidius (Sexiest Male & Comedian of the Year) and Lauranthalas (Contribution to Culture). The full list of the awards and their winners can be found in this article: http://www.uoforums.com/achievements/75411-vespars-winners-podium.html . Also a list of the medals and what it means to be awarded them can be found in this one: http://www.uoforums.com/achievements/75272-vesperian-medals-awards.html . --------------------------------- Esca’s Hat Vesperians have been in mouring this past week after Escaflowne had his beloved bear hat taken from him. It’s believed that a Yewish Waywatcher had jumped poor Escaflowne whilst he was outside the Swaggers Inn and took the hat from upon his head. We caught up with the Lord Chancellor and asked him some questions on the terrible situation; The 18th Bridge: Escaflowne seems rather upset about losing his bearhat, a family heirloom. Will you be acting on it? Lord Deacon van Cocidius: Well of course! Escaflowne’s bearhat is on our to do list. Without his bearhat, Esca is nothing but a man who can’t dress himself. The 18th Bridge: But many people might not see any need in following this up, it is after all just a bearhat, plus he’s already found a replacement! Lord Deacon van Cocidius: At the end of the day, if any Vesperian is mugged, be it a missing hat or a bottle of ale, it’s my duty to make sure justice is done. We shall get back his bearhat if it’s the last thing we do! The 18th Bridge: So do you have any leads? Lord Deacon van Cocidius: Well, we believe it to be one of the Yewish Waywatchers, which one though is another question. I’m confident we’ll track them down though, we have our best agent on the job. Elaine O’Connor. We wish them luck in regaining the famous bearhat. --------------------------------- Duke’s Party Last night readers, Vesper was invited to the Duke of Trinsic’s housewarming spring festival party sort of bash. The centerpeice of the evening was supposed to be the impressive garden that the Duke has on show in his new home, but our dear Escaflowne (who is becoming a common occurance in this issue, what a busy man he’s been..) managed to steal the show with his proposal to long-term partner, Gwen Irima. She accepted his proposal and the two have been promised to wed, although a date is yet to be set so watch this space readers. --------------------------------- Rumours If you have any rumours that you’d like to share with other Vesperians through The 18th Bridge, please get in touch with us and we’ll make sure it gets published. (PM us). --------------------------------- Advertisements Do you have a business or public event you’d like to advertise on The 18th Bridge? Then please get in contact with us with all the usual information and images and we promise it will be published in the next issue. (PM us).