February 16, 2009 --- The Covetowne Gazette - Much better than the Word of the Worker The Gazette is now accepting donations. All Sketches contained within are completely accurate. The Gazette is not responsible for emotional, physical, or financial harm inflicted by the reading, possession, or, in rare cases, burning of this pamphlet. Militia Offensive Repulsed This Tuesday the Company once again engaged the rebelling Vesperian militia in battle. Though the Militia fought valiantly, twice driving the Company from their positions, they suffered heavy losses and were twice repulsed themselves. As the battle hung in the balance, last-minute reinforcements arrived on the field and gave the Trade Union the morale boost it needed. General Stirling and Commander Morana immediately put these fresh troops to use. In what was to be the fifth and final charge of the day, the Union breached and stormed a set of heavily defended Militia fortifications and, after several minutes of fierce but nevertheless one-sided fighting, ejected the rebels from their positions and forced them from the island. With Vesper's elections looming and the Civil War still raging as fiercely as ever, many are beginning to wonder what will happen in the coming weeks. Will there be peace in Vesper at last? Will the disunion and bloodshed continue? Will the War have caused irreparable damage to Chancellor Van Cocidius' election chances? Will the misguided rebel leader Escaflowne run against the Chancellor? Only time will tell. Tensions With Yew Mount In the wake of recent events such as the cowardly Waywatcher assault on the Altmere Road Outpost, the Baronial Snowball Incident, and the more recent capture of a Yewish Spy, tensions have begun to mount between Cove and Yew. While there have been no major engagements, the Altmere Incident proves that the current peace is a fragile one. Indeed, many Covians and Vesperians alike have called for the immediate liberation of Altmere and Minoc. Meanwhile, a Covian diplomatic mission to Yew - aimed towards promoting cooperation and peace - was met with nothing but thinly-veiled Yewish warmongering. Sources within the Company state that at one point a Yewish Guardsman even struck the Commander, nearly causing hostilities to erupt on the spot. However, in a heroic display of discipline and self-control, the Company rushed to their Commander's aid and, never once lashing out in retaliation, calmly marched home. With a tempest raging in Vesper and the dark cloud of Loyalist oppression looming in the West, it seems that dark days lie ahead. Even as it pleads for peace, Cove finds itself preparing to meet blade with blade to defend its lands and preserve its freedom. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Company Is Recruiting. Having risen from the ashes of the disbanded Covian army, The Company continues to fight for freedom and against tyranny wherever and whenever required. The unit is looking for men and women to bolster it's ranks for the challenges ahead as it aims to build on it's fierce reputation gained liberating Vesper from the greedy clutches of it's own militia. The Company offers a clean slate, a new start to those wishing to join up, it will not judge a warrior's past as long as that past has been put to rest. Anyone bringing their troubles with them to The Company will be expelled, or worse. If you value freedom or wish to leave your former life behind, contact Commander Morana at pigeon cage: 205754768. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ - Linaeus C. Blackwind, Editor in Chief, Reporter General, Primary Publisher, Writer, and Distributor. The Covetowne Gazette - Aided by Lucius I. Edwards, Reporter and Crier. (OOC Note: The names in the journals in screenshots are not IC knowledge under any circumstances. This newspaper is liberally tossed about on the ground and front steps throughout town the morning after it is printed, and the stories in it are IC information. The names mentioned -in the text- may be treated as IC information.) Back issues of The Covetowne Gazette may be read here.