To help enable voters in Moonglow to make an informed choice in the current election, we present the manifestos of the two candidates for the autumn term. Feel free to use this thread to ask additional questions, send messages of support, or just heckle the candidates. Sam's manifesto: Why are you running for governor? To take an active role on Siege as a non-PvP merchant. Have you any previous political experience? Present governor of Moonglow. What qualities do you think you possess which would make you a good governor? I don't talk trash and try to help most anyone. Are you planning on running any trade deals? If so, which ones and how do you intend to finance them? I am not planning any trade deals at the moment. Do you have any plans to petition the King for town improvements? Yes, I would like to see Moonglow get an outgoing gate near the bank, several stables and a community soul forge. Do you have any other plans/promises for the towns, e.g. events, etc.? I am hoping to foster town competition for crafting and pet fights. Would you have any particular policies towards specific groups, e.g. murderers, thieves, elves, mages, etc.? I have no use for griefers of any color! What do you think of your opponent, York? Really don't think I have ever met him. I hope to soon, however. Any other thoughts or messages you would like to pass on to your electorate? I would appreciate your support! York's manifesto: Why are you running for governor? To provide a much-needed service for the citizens of Moonglow. This service will provide a channel for the citizens to have a voice in the direction the town will take. Have you any previous political experience? My many years as a merchant and collector have given me the skills needed to set a plan and execute it. What qualities do you think you possess which would make you a good governor? The qualities that I possess are willingness to listen to the people while keeping in mind the traditions of the founders of Moonglow so as not to negate the values of the town. Are you planning on running any trade deals? If so, which ones and how do you intend to finance them? I would love to set up a trade deal, that is if the citizens are willing to pursue this endeavor. For my part, I plan to donate 50,000 gold pieces as a show of good faith upon accepting office. Do you have any plans to petition the King for town improvements? I have a few ideas, some of which have come from the fine citizens of Moonglow: * There is need for increased protection in the cotton fields. Those harvesting this valuable crop are being slaughtered. * A trash can by the bank - too much trash in our packs and on the ground. * Increased guard patrols in town limits - mongbats and water elementals continue to find their way into town and kill citizens. This is unacceptable; all players should feel safe within the confines of the gate. I could continue, but I feel I have made my point that there is much to be done and I am listening. Do you have any other plans/promises for the towns, e.g. events, etc.? I have been thinking of a few events that might be entertaining. How about a “Best mage of Moonglow tournament'? Since Moonglow is the town of the mage, why not find out who is really the best the town has to offer? Citizens from all of Sosaria would be welcome, but those of Moonglow are likely to enjoy a home town advantage. *grins* I also have a plan to appoint leaders of trades. This should expand the voice of the people. The leaders of the town trades can report the requests of citizens I may not be able to hear from. I hope to foster a community within Moonglow for trade and intellectual advancements. Would you have any particular policies towards specific groups, e.g. murderers, thieves, elves, mages, etc.? All are welcome to Moonglow, for me to cast out individuals for past behaviors or race would be ignorant and would ignore the benefit from even nefarious individuals. Is not the murderer a skilled warrior or warlord? If Moonglow was invaded by any number of creatures, I would hope for skilled warriors to help protect the town. Are the elves not the most skilled archers with wondrous abilities? The point is to each good there is a bad and vice versa. I would like to add that negative behavior towards other players within the town gates or buildings would compromise the standing of all such individuals. The result of such acts within town limits results in ghost towns. This is the state of Moonglow. What do you think of your opponent, Sam? I have met Sam once at the town meeting a few months ago. What I do know about him I learned from his manifesto. What I learned was that he wants to bring pet fighting to our fair town. I do not agree with this plan. The reason is simple: Moonglow is the home of the Zoo and I doubt this was the idea the founders of Moonglow had in mind. Any other thoughts or messages you would like to pass on to your electorate? With your help change is possible. Vote York.