Fishermen's Almanac

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Part of the Regional Newspapers


Area: Cenril

Distribution: The Whaler's Bar

Ownership: Retired, intellectual fishermen

Language: Common.

OOC editor: Hmail Valrae or News.


Current Issue

Town News

Quintessa Blackwell -- Located and Awaiting Trial

In a happy turn of events, the would be assassin of Cenril’s Mayor, Valrae Baines, has been located and moved to an unconfirmed location to stand trial for her alleged crimes.

While the details of her whereabouts and trail are being kept from the public, the Almanac was able to confirm a few key details, namely that she will be placed in front of a jury of her peers, regional leaders, and guild leaders to answer for a long list of reported crimes against the whole of Lithrydel. Her involvement with the corrupted God of Undeath will be under heavy scrutiny in the following months.

When contacted for a comment on the situation, Mayor Baines had this to say:

“Countess Quintessa Blackwell has been apprehended and is awaiting several trials. While I am not at liberty to discuss her current location, I can tell you she is safe and poses no threat to Cenril and her good people.”

She also went on to comment further, on both Quintessa and the relations between Cenril and Vailkrin:

“There are people who have reason to believe the Countess was under considerable duress and that she was not in full control of her actions. While I will not comment on this until the matter is settled within a lawful trial, I will say that Quintessa was considered a dear friend to myself and to Cenril before her attack. It was Blackwell funding that aided in the research that led to the cure of the Pauper’s Plague. I urge us all to keep that in mind as we go forward in the following months in regards to Quintessa and our neighbor, Vailkrin.”

New Flag Unveiled

In further news, Cenril’s flag and livery received a much needed update. Thanks to the work of Mayor Baines, her team, and well known local hero Khatja 'Khitti' Elysse Herzegler, a new flag now flies over the seaside republic.

Nestled in the halo of Cenril’s oceans, a white dove flies toward new beginnings. The motif of Vaalane and her guiding light sit proud over the symbols of Cenril to offer protection and wisdom as we move forward to a new age of peace and prosperity.


Cenril’s Trade and Travel Restrictions Lighten

In a continued effort to protect Cenril and its citizens, safety requirements for entering both at the gate and the port remain but have been altered.


We’ve provided a list of banned items for noncitizens entering Cenril:

  • Two or more personal weapons (This includes staff, staves, daggers, knives, swords, etc.)
  • Runes of any kind
  • Fireworks


Sea News

Seaborn activity has reported to have lessened with the ongoing cold season.

Sea Patterns and Weather Record highs in trade between the channel between Cenril and Rynvale continues despite the storm season. Exspect congestion on popular trading routes. As always, the Almanac will continue to offer the map of areas deemed fit for sailing. [What follows is page after page after page of painstakingly detailed maps of the sea, highlighting wind patterns, sea current patterns, fish behavior, swell sizes and speed, and so on. It’s the work of a group of retired fishermen whose golden age hobby of cartography has evolved to an art form. These maps are incredibly useful not only for fishermen, but for anyone with any interest in the sea whatsoever.]


Issues Archive

2022

October

Town News

‘Strength and Hope’ - Cenril’s Estate Rebuilt

In the seaside republic, a solemn milestone was marked. Only months ago, a raging plague displaced hundreds in the South and West Districts and killed dozens of people. A fresher wound still was the attack that left Cenril’s once proud Mayoral Mansion in ruins.

"It was a matter of minutes, you had to act and you just had to go," said Adeliade Steward, a Cenrili Estate kitchen worker.

Adelaide wore the same clothes she did the day her world turned upside down. When a wind-whipped firestorm forced more people to evacuate, leaving guards, handmaidens and other republic staff’s home in ruins. This particular brand of tragedy was something all too many Cenrilian’s were familiar with.

Plague and fire survivors gathered to remember what was lost and how far the community has moved forward since the tragedies as Mayor Baines cut the ribbon. Baines opened her home anew to returning staff and new faces alike to celebrate the rebuilding of a precious landmark. She addressed the crowd with the following statement:

“The Estate of Cenril has long stood proud over this republic. It stood as a symbol of strength, a symbol of hope. We’ve shown today that symbol can be kept alive only with hard work and a willingness to rebuild no matter what we’ve lost. We are a proud and tenacious people built on the foundation of that same unrelenting strength that came before us. Today, not only do we reclaim that power but we reclaim our home and our community.”

She declined to comment on relations between Vailkrin or Countess Quintessa Blackwell, still at large for her suspected involvement in the failed political assasination.


Cenril’s Trade and Travel Restrictions Remain

In a continued effort to protect Cenril and its citizens, heightened safety requirements for entering both at the gate and the port remain.


We’ve provided a list of banned items for noncitizens entering Cenril:


  • Alcohol that exceeds what can be considered a personal amount (If not properly marked for resell eg. Barrels, crated bottles etc.)
  • Rations that exceed what can be considered a personal amount (If not properly marked for resell eg. Barrels, crated bottles etc.)
  • Fireworks
  • Two or more personal weapons (This includes staff, staves, daggers, knives, swords, etc.)
  • Corkscrews (with blade)
  • Cremated remains
  • Bones of any kind
  • Runes of any kind


Sea Patterns and Weather Record highs in trade between the channel between Cenril and Rynvale continues despite the storm season. Exspect congestion on popular trading routes. As always, the Almanac will continue to offer the map of areas deemed fit for sailing. [What follows is page after page after page of painstakingly detailed maps of the sea, highlighting wind patterns, sea current patterns, fish behavior, swell sizes and speed, and so on. It’s the work of a group of retired fishermen whose golden age hobby of cartography has evolved to an art form. These maps are incredibly useful not only for fishermen, but for anyone with any interest in the sea whatsoever.]


Sea News

Reports continue of high merfolk activity near the northeast shipping points as Cenril enters tropical storm season.


Horoscope

The Tidal Wave

It’s been said that hard times can roll in like the crashing of a tidal wave. When things are overwhelming and out of control, sometimes it’s best to remember that all you can do is ride the wave.


July

Town News Assault On Cenril -- Mayor Attacked!!

The attack on Cenril’s Mayor, Valrae Baines, played out in the cover of night and left the once proud jewel of the city a smoldering mess, but the Guard committee investigating the attack believes a more chilling story has yet to be told -- about Vailkrin and the people whose actions put Cenrili democracy at risk.

With personal accounts and gruesome aftermath left behind, it’s become clear that this assasination attempt came from the Dark Lands. Sources are reporting that it was Quintessa Blackwell, Countess of the Dark Forest, that orchestrated the near murder of Mayor Valrae Baines.

While it’s not known how the Mayor plans to respond, there has been public outcry demanding accountability for Vailkrin. This is a sentiment that seems to reach across the divide that separates the North and South sides of the port republic. The result of the coming weeks of public hearings may change hearts and minds in a politically polarized Cenril.

Cenril’s Gates Close

For the first time in decades, Cenril’s gates closed. They’ve since been reopened, however travel into the city has been slowed near halt as the Cenrili Guard have now heightened safety requirements for entering both at the gate and the port.

We’ve provided a list of banned items for noncitizens entering Cenril:


  • Alcohol that exceeds what can be considered a personal amount (If not properly marked for resell eg. Barrels, crated bottles etc.)
  • Rations that exceed what can be considered a personal amount (If not properly marked for resell eg. Barrels, crated bottles etc.)
  • Fireworks
  • Two or more personal weapons (This includes staff, staves, daggers, knives, swords, etc.)
  • Corkscrews (with blade)
  • Cremated remains
  • Bones of any kind
  • Runes of any kind


Sea Patterns and Weather

Trade has reached record highs as the channel between Cenril and Rynvale continues to experience favorable weather. Exspect congestion on popular trading routes. As always, the Almanac will continue to offer the map of areas deemed fit for sailing. [What follows is page after page after page of painstakingly detailed maps of the sea, highlighting wind patterns, sea current patterns, fish behavior, swell sizes and speed, and so on. It’s the work of a group of retired fishermen whose golden age hobby of cartography has evolved to an art form. These maps are incredibly useful not only for fishermen, but for anyone with any interest in the sea whatsoever.]


Sea News

Reports of high merfolk activity near the northeast shipping points.


Horoscope

The Happy Clam

There is a reason sailors and fishermen alike have taken to the phrase “happy as a clam in the mud at high tide”. If you find yourself feeling like you’re stuck in the mud and the water is reaching up to your ears, remember that a pearl without the pressure wouldn’t be a pearl at all.


April

Town News Winds of Change!

The cursed wind that has plagued Cenril has been lifted! Reports of the Sullen Siren going down in flames for a second, and seemingly final time has been confirmed by the Almanac.

Reports from a disgruntled Captian suggest that the mage’s guild played a role in this fortunate turn of events, along with the Ravencroft heir, renowned local bakery owner Khatja 'Khitti' Elysse Herzegler, and possibly even Valrae Baines. If confirmed, this new development could certainly further sway the voters towards Baines in the upcoming election. We’ve been unable to confirm these rumors.

Mayor Uma has declined to offer any comment


YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

The Almanac continues to monitor the public’s opinion on both candidates for the upcoming election and urges the public to remain engaged in the current political landscape (no matter how dull!).


Sea Patterns and Weather

The channel between Cenril and Rynvale has begun preportations toward opening for trade again, with the recent and favorable return to normality in the weather patterns. Spring is back into full swing across Cenril. Expect continued delays while our sailors, fishermen, and trading partners continue to navigate these unprecedented times. As always, the Almanac will continue to offer the map of areas deemed fit for sailing. [What follows is page after page after page of painstakingly detailed maps of the sea, highlighting wind patterns, sea current patterns, fish behavior, swell sizes and speed, and so on. It’s the work of a group of retired fishermen whose golden age hobby of cartography has evolved to an art form. These maps are incredibly useful not only for fishermen, but for anyone with any interest in the sea whatsoever.]


Sea News

Ships that have been deadlocked at the harbor off of the coast are moving out.


Horoscope

The Seagull

Don’t be afraid to swoop in and take the chips life is offering you.


January

Town News An optimistic trend’: Infected cases are falling, but Cenril isn’t out of the woods yet

Infected cases are finally falling in the South and West ends of Cenril, welcome news after skyrocketing case counts driven by the highly infectious and unknown ghoul virus.

“The case numbers are coming down, which I consider an optimistic trend,” A.J. Tauci, director of the Council for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a Mayoral briefing.

But the falling numbers doesn’t mean Cenrilians are out of the woods. 

That’s because, as cases fall, a huge number of people could still be infected: As many people who got sick as cases soared to their peak will transmit the infection if the barrier that independent activists worked towards fails. 

“It’s a great sign that the slope is going down and will stay down, however case rates remain very high,” he said. “And family members have yet to return home.” 

The director remains optimistic though. “The Mayor is pulling all of her efforts and resources into finding a cure, despite the rumors that she’s been ignoring this ongoing tragedy. I can assure you, this office remains at the service of Cenril and all of its citizens.”

Baines files to run for Mayor of Cenril

There will now be a new candidate for Mayor of Cenril, after independent activist Valrae Baines filed to seek that seat.

Baines—who has been the face of the ongoing efforts in the West and South ends—represents the Coven of Selen on city council, but she filed her paperwork to run for mayor, saying that she brings the experience, drive and a community connection needed to move Cenril forward.

Baines has many goals she would like to achieve if elected to office, including enhancing conversations with the public, an initiative aimed at preparing local youth for the future and the creation of a Neighborhood Wellness program, as well as promises to fight for an answer to the infection that continues to plague the Cenril.

Baines says Cenril has its share of challenges, and she thinks some of them could be improved by more open dialogue between elected officials and those they serve, with emphasis on those she sees as disenfranchised by the current Mayor’s office.

The mayor’s seat is currently held by Uma Abelin, who has not commented on her intent to seek reelection.

Sea Patterns and Weather

The Almanac continues to study the recent and unprecedented changes in Cenril’s weather patters. With the unseasonably and seemingly endless wind that continues to blow in from the coast, the news is much of the same: You need not read it here to know that foul storms the like of which have not plagued this city for decades currently assails our sturdy port. Although at this time we still cannot explain the weather pattern, we continue to offer the map of areas deemed fit for sailing. [What follows is page after page after page of painstakingly detailed maps of the sea, highlighting wind patterns, sea current patterns, fish behavior, swell sizes and speed, and so on. It’s the work of a group of retired fishermen whose golden age hobby of cartography has evolved to an art form. These maps are incredibly useful not only for fishermen, but for anyone with any interest in the sea whatsoever.]

The inexplicable and endless storm that has settled over the harbor continues to befuddle. 

Sea News

Travel and trade continue to deal with truly unprecedented delays. Several ships have been deadlocked at the harbor off of the coast as progress is slowed both by unpredictable weather and labor shortages. 

Horoscope

The Octopus

Sometimes, life throws so many problems your way that you could find yourself wishing for extra hands! Don’t forget to reach out to those around you when you feel stranded in an ocean of troubles. Just like the octopus, a bit of cleverness and a few helping hands can go a long way towards solving a problem! Let creative thinking and a willingness to do the work set your sails to a brighter tomorrow.

2018

September

Town News

FIRST ANNUAL PEACE GALA SUCCESS

With Cenril enjoying a golden period of peace and safety underneath its barrier, the good mayor Uma Abelin played host to a gala calling for peace across the realm. With neighboring dignitaries, including Larket’s very own King Macon and Queen Josleen, the city celebrated the night of drama and elegance.  

It proved to be a truly star studded night with famous faces such as the actress Jenniffair Lawprice, George Kloons, and Cenril’s own Kardi C in attendance. The musical entertainment included Nikki Mirage and John Linen, who closed the evening as he sang ‘Imagine’ amid an arena filled with the dazzling sight of thousands of sparklers.

The night was not all fun and peace though! There were rumours that the shrimp was hard on guest’s stomachs, though The Fisherman’s Almanac and its editors have yet to find anyone in attendance to support this rumor. The Whaler’s Bar catered the event, and its chef issued a statement to the almanac, “I’ve been shrimping for over 40 years and I can tell you if a shrimp be [sic] good or a shrimp be [sic] bad blindfolded and with a sock in my mouth.”

Nikki Mirage was seen leaving the event early after heated words with Kardi C!

[A watercolor illustrated collage focuses on the mayor’s gown as she dances with George Kloons, Queen Josleen’s makeup and Nikki Mirage’s dangerously revealing outfit.]


The Hammer of Witches, Required Bad Reading

Reviewed by Janice Muslin

The results are so clunky, Sven himself couldn’t jerry-rig them into functioning. The book reads like the first draft of an orc’s justice system that has no clue how law and order, or witches for that matter, function…Time and again, Cramer comes across less like a smart and Arken fearing man, and more like a mouth foaming zealot whose drank far too much of Larket’s witchphobic tea. And then given a minor lobotomy …. It’s no shock that Cramer reads as a socially clueless religious nut with no sense of how other people think or behave but as it turns out, there was a very good reason for The Hammer of Witches to be jumping right off of the shelves: Cramer is very good at creating a page turner that you can devour quickly and guiltily like street cart nachos. Overall, The Hammer of Witches is required reading for those who want a glimpse inside an unstable and bigoted mind.


Sea Patterns and Weather

The Fisherman’s Almanac predicts that the last of the summer storm season will be coming to an end but not before scattered storms blow in from the east.

[As always, what follows are pages of painstakingly detailed maps of the sea, highlighting wind patterns, sea current patterns, fish behavior, swell sizes and speed, and so on. It’s the work of a group of retired fishermen whose golden age hobby of cartography has evolved to an art form. These maps are incredibly useful not only for fishermen, but for anyone with any interest in the sea whatsoever.]


Sea News

Overfishing could lead to market crash, experts say. The rise of witch-aided fishing and trapping, along with the influx of reef and bay fishing for the fisherman who prefer not to sail beyond the barrier, could lead to an overfishing problem that will affect Cenril’s trade and market value.

In an effort to minimize the damage, Cenril is closing all areas inside the barrier to commercial trapping and fishing.


Horoscope

The Guileless Guppy

It’s easy to get caught in the undercurrents of life, especially if you swim through it believing everything you hear! Undercurrents can be tricky and misleading. Remember not to expect smooth sailing with every interaction.


Skipper Walt’s Wisdom

The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.

2016

July

Town News

MAYOR ASSASSINATED

Just when trouble-laden Cenril could hardly take any more punishment, the good mayor Herbert Pussington was discovered dead in his bedroom with a bloody dagger in hand and evidence of a struggle. A dark day in a darker season, the assassination comes amid bloody marauding, a lycanthropy epidemic, and rampant kidnapping. With mounting desperation and no leader to bear their troubles, the people of Cenril are frightened and discouraged. Already, an estimated two hundred families have left the city, many seeking shelter in Rynvale and Vailkrin.

From the coroner’s desk, the cause of death was suffocation from a collapsed larynx.

[A watercolor illustrated collage of the mayor’s best moments in public service follows the article. The obligatory political photos include: mayor on a podium delivering a polemic, mayor sitting with his chin in hands looking distressed after a crisis, mayor pardoning the largest catch of the day on the annual fisherman’s day, and a strange photo of the mayor, a feline, climbing a tree to rescue kittens.] (ooc: Look up Arc:A Dream of Tyranny and reach out to Desparrow to get involved.)


BARBARIANS AT THE GATE!

Desparrow and other allies attacked the western Cenril Gate. The invaders carved a path of destruction from the gates across beloy street and to the warrior's academy. The attack took place under a full moon, and the curse of lycanthrope quickly spread throughout the northern quadrant of the city. The warrior academy's entrance collapsed, and the head of the guard perished in the valiant struggle. (ooc: Still Arc:A Dream of Tyranny, contact Des.)

Engineer Alvina Liadon was found and successfully rescued by Jesen Phenthae, a noble from Port Rynvale. Ms. Liadon had gone missing for weeks. Local fisherman Sargaso Mar witnessed her abduction by a pack of lycans, but was unable to prevent the attack despite efforts. Search and rescue parties were organized by Hudson Landon, son of the famed novelist E.L. Landon (author, Fifty Shades of Neigh). His pleas reached all the way to Rynvale, ultimately attracting the attention of Mr. Phenthae. Mr. Phenthae also arrested Alvina’s abductor, the treacherous lycan known as Desparrow. A date has yet to be set for the lycan’s trial, which is expected to take place before the end of summer and in Cenril.

Good news on the heels of this tragedy: Mr. Landon has asked Ms. Liadon’s hand in marriage. She said yes! The date has yet to be set. The Almanac wishes the happy couple the best in their life together. (ooc: This is also related to Arc:A Dream of Tyranny. The trial, not the wedding.)


Sea Patterns and Weather

The Coral Castle near the wharf has been captured by dark, drow powers. The annexed residence was looted and burned to the ground. Authorities say the fire bears the signs of arson, but they do not yet have a suspect. The Cenrili Guard also cautions residents to stay clear of the site, as the area has been cursed. Experts attribute the power to Vakmatharas, the God of Death. Local wildlife, including fish, have been dying off in large numbers. A local vagrant and wildlife enthusiast who goes by the name of Mac has been championing efforts to restore the area. Sea druids and healers wanted. (ooc: This story is a part of the Arc:A Line Drawn in the Sand, which is led by Mcracken and Gevurah. Contact either, or both, of them for more information. Those involved in Arc:Two If By Sea also encouraged to pay attention to this as the arcs will merge for some time to come.)

Strange storms continue to batter the coast, and odd sightings abound as peculiar creatures turn up on beaches and in fishing nets. (ooc: Don’t forget to check out the Two If By Sea arc: https://www.hollowgame.com/wiki/Arc:Two_If_By_Sea )

[As always, what follows is page after page after page of painstakingly detailed maps of the sea, highlighting wind patterns, sea current patterns, fish behavior, swell sizes and speed, and so on. It’s the work of a group of retired fishermen whose golden age hobby of cartography has evolved to an art form. These maps are incredibly useful not only for fishermen, but for anyone with any interest in the sea whatsoever.]


Horoscope

The Rock Lobster

Though you sit amid a sea of troubles, your shell is thick enough to shrug off whatever damage might find you. You’re anchored in and ready to weather out the storm. Everyone else calls you crabby, but you’re just here to sink your claws in and take charge of the mess, especially when no one else will. Just remember, though, you can’t keep everything you catch, and grudges are a fish better off released.


Skipper Walt’s Wisdom

Everyone listens when Skipper Walt says… One man’s wreck is another man’s salvage. If it ain’t leaky, don’t patch it. The figurehead does not make the galley. A fish on the hook is worth two in the reeds. It’s the troubled ship that’s quick to make port. And most of all… Mind your own barnacles.

2015

April

Sea Patterns and Weather

The Almanac apologizes to readers for last month’s faulty weather prediction of this month’s weather. We predicted sunny or overcast days with few storms, but you need not read it here to know that foul storms the like of which have not plagued this city for decades currently assails our sturdy port. Although at this time we still cannot explain the weather pattern, we have taken great care to map out the worst areas. [What follows is page after page after page of painstakingly detailed maps of the sea, highlighting wind patterns, sea current patterns, fish behavior, swell sizes and speed, and so on. It’s the work of a group of retired fishermen whose golden age hobby of cartography has evolved to an art form. These maps are incredibly useful not only for fishermen, but for anyone with any interest in the sea whatsoever.]

The inexplicable mist that has settled over the harbor continues to befuddle. Captain Barquero is holding mass every midday to pray to the gods to deliver us from this bad omen and whatever reckoning it may bring.


Sea News

The old ferry The Seraph, reported missing long ago, has washed up on shore. No priest has yet blessed the ship or liberated any spirits of the drowned that may or may not linger there. No ghost sighting have been reported, but all the same the Almanac warns readers to express caution. Looting the ship violates Harbor law. (ooc: But you should totally loot the ship, intrepid explorer! Search that ship for treasure, y’ar!)

Seamen report strange sea creatures swimming close to our port, no doubt a sign of more bad things to come. [A photorealistic drawing of a goblin shark accompanies this article.]

Despite all these bad omens, a lass from Gualon who calls herself Crisien needs seahands with a thirst for adventure to join her on an excavation mission. The pretty little lass believes she’s located a legendary sunken ship fabled to hold vast treasures in her barnacled hull. (ooc: Just about everything in this issue of the almanac is related to the Two If By Sea arc: https://www.hollowgame.com/wiki/Arc:Two_If_By_Sea )


Horoscope

The Bull Shark

The most nutritious breakfast you could have today is a big bowl of bravado. If you sail out into the sea acting like you belong to it, by the end of the day you just might. Lift your sails and have faith in yourself. Even if you don't know all schools in the sea, you've got enough salty wisdom within you to read the waves. Know yourself as the sailor you someday hope to be, and others will see you in a new light.