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« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2021, 09:58:17 PM »


This twelfth d'Mars the Council met to discuss matters of note. The first tabled business was the ennoblement and ascension of Dame Alix Martineau d'Estellier. Prompted by the Council themselves, those asked to speak on her behalf were recent victim of violence Phillberte Gatteux, the impassioned speeches finally led to the granting of the title of Baronesse through the approval of Palascu, Drukker and d'Honaire. This however pushed the meeting long. The second matter of business was the cutting of funding to the Arcane Sciences department of the University. Spearheaded naturally by Councilman Wymmer Drukker. Duches de Beauvias argued along side Caporal Yvette Sallembier and Sargent Anatole de la Rochenoire for the continued full funding of the department, while newly ascended Baronesse d'Estellier argued against.
 The vote was narrow, split by Helene du Suis ruling in favor of funding the Arcane Sciences continuing. Though the concept of requiring all Gendarme employing Arcane talents be accredited has been tabled till next meeting. The final matter of note that arose during the Councils final minutes.
 An announcement of elections for the open seat of Arts and Culture, votes will be counted only from houses of nobility and their members. Campaigning is sure to begin across the nation with many already designating themselves for nomination.

Syville Cadieux


I try and make it a point to not get in between the disagreements of my peers and colleagues but the recent trading of letters between le Baron de Mouisset, Doctoress Vinter and la Baronesse d’Estellier has made me unable to hold my quill or tongue on this. I can not comment on the efforts of The Company of the Phoenix nor any past history between these parties, it is neither my place nor do I possess the proper details and perspective to even broach those subjects. What I can comment on is something that Martineau Maritime Acquisitions & Shipping Concern’s recent letter spoke of. To Quote their own posting “It has come to the attention of the associates at Martineau Maritime Acquisitions & Shipping Concern that the House d'Espérance has recently issued a public letter condemning Project: Renouvellement and reconstruction efforts as listed:  "Perhaps, then, the Dame d'Estellier would not feel so emboldened as to treat our country back-roads as her private playground in a transparent attempt to curry favor with the numerous members of the nobility she has alienated with her unearned derision."’

I find Monsieur le Baron’s dismissal of the attempts of MMASC to aid those harmed by the wars with honest work and the rebuilding of roads to be a bit disheartening. With the hardships this republique faces and could potentially face with the sky still dark from the volcanic activity in darkon affecting crops is this truly the time for infighting between individuals that could be working together to aid the Republique? While Monsieur le Baron’s efforts in aiding foreign nations trying to find freedom from oppression is commendable, there is a time where we must stop looking to our garden and into our house and see to what it needs. Aiding the infrastructure of the Republique and its people is not just the duty of the council and the council members but to all.

It is now more than ever that those of influence and affluence should band together and be the pillars that hold up those in need of it. This is the time for all to band together and focus on improving the infrastructure and allowing those in need the chance to obtain the tools they require to serve the betterment of the Republique. MMASC’s work with the Avenue du Progrès is a fantastic example of the good those with a platform can do to aid. Ambition and initiative to aid the Republique is what we should strive for in time like these. Not for our own gain but for the betterment of the land we call home.

While I do not agree with eliminating our focus on the arcane sciences perhaps the time to focus on them is not now when there are more pressing concerns to look out for. Looking into the health of our crops and lands, as Monsieur Norville has written, is a good starting point; Modernizing our agricultural approach for sustainability may end up being a crucial hurdle we might have to overcome in the coming months. Focusing on maritime advancements for potential dangerous trade routes to make sure we have a supply of what we require to fill gaps that our own farming might not be able to accomplish also could become a priority. Instead of those of the position and influence to aid in these matters moving forward to work towards they argue against themselves. We as citizens should turn our focus to making sure the republique is as shining and bright as it can be once these dark days are beyond us.

Viva la Republique,

Mlle. Phillberte Gatteux
Assistant Curator of the Musee du Port-a-Lucine, Member of the Society of the Erudite


The past two years have proven Maitresse Francette de Rosacier, Baroness de Fincelles, the proverbial 'point -of-the-rapier' in advancing art and culture in the capitol. Traditions such as Semaine de la Mode, Rose Day, and White Day would have been muted affairs if not for her work in concert with House Jalabert. The Grande Opera Nationale's presentation of Lotharia in association with House Descartes was not her production, but she did put down the requisite funds to purchase the tickets of all those who followed her into attendance, so great is her love of sharing the arts to all. Her production of 'I Want to Be Your Songbird' was the definition of traditional art, while 'An Unholy Union' pushed the bounds of performance, its provocation matched only by its rave reviews.

When Monsieur Maurice Bouvrain's 'L'Amour de ma Vie' was graciously auctioned for charity by the Marquis de Valey, it was the Baroness de Fincelles who purchased it to gift back into aristocratic hands, raising 175,000 solars for charitable ventures while simultaneously ensuring a priceless cultural artifact remained within the Serene Republique. These are just a few examples out of many wherein the Baroness de Fincelles proves that the fruits of Dementlieuse artistry can be enjoyed to the greater benefit of the entire Serene Republique.

The Dockworkers Strike and the 19 March 776 violence at the Palais Dirigeant demonstrated that the unrest within Port-a-Lucine is getting worse. The Baroness de Fincelles has proven her ability to cross the divides between the Quartiers, from mediating Monsieur Varteur's petition with the Council of Brilliance, assisting in the solving of the Chalkmark Abductions, and her La Lumiére dans le Granier initiative, to her work with the Jalaberts and involvement in national politics.  As Culture Advisor, the voice of the Baroness de Fincelles will be instrumental in ensuring all the people of the city get what is due to them, and in avoiding the blood and fire of a Second Revolution.

Nor is her patriotism or courage in question. Madame la Baroness de Fincelles stood before the gates of Ameranthe, holding fast against Kingfuhrer Drakov's most vile. As I commend the service of Sieur Regnier Chaboteaux, Chevalier de Tannegarde, I hope he too can be civil in commending Maitresse Francette de Rosacier, Baroness de Fincelles, no matter the odds their political ambitions place them in.

I number among those who wish more could have been done for Vladantilan and was eager to advocate before the Council of Brilliance and in l'Observateur for a full defense of the fledgling nation, but that was not the mission to which I was assigned when I was selected to travel to Silbervas. Our role was to defend the delegation without embroiling the nation further into wartime commitments against Falkovnia. The choices made that day were to protect the citizenry of this Serene Republique, and should someone be required to answer for them, I will happily do so. They should not distract from Madame la Baroness's flawless qualifications for Culture Advisor.

It is an incontestable point of fact the Baroness de Fincelles has led the aristocracy in keeping the nation's creative flame blazing in absence of a Culture Advisor. Lady-Governor duSuis, without controversy, cited her artistic contributions when she raised her up to Maitresse, and then to Baroness. Latecomers may now pretend to have matched her zeal or contributions over the last two years, but in truth she is a uniquely Dementlieuse icon: Both artist and patroness, she's revealed herself as a lustrous gem in the Republique's crown, her Brilliance a worthy match to Leon's own Council.

Vote for Maitresse Francette de Rosacier, and vote to strive ever forward.

Professor Jacinth d'Espérance
Baron de Mouisset


With a new issue of the L'Observateur comes another anticipated interview, this time with the one and only Dame Alix Sinclair de Phélypeaux, Baronesse d'Estellier. Today I proudly bring you exclusive insight into the recently distinguished Baronesse's road efforts and upcoming projects.

How have your recent honours affected your life?

Well. It has certainly left tongues wagging, that's for sure. But in my life, that has never been a new thing, and I've endured far worse. It honors me deeply to be given this privilege and recognition for my actions, and I hope myself, and my descendents live up to the expectations of Nobility. I hope it will allow me to more readily help the people of this République as well. My heart has always been with them.

How would you define success? What does the word mean to you?

Success? I'm not sure. I suppose it's relevant to what you're doing, and your goals. I take pride in accomplishments, from small to large. As a Gendarme, I took pride in quickly solving a case. I consider that successful. As a businesswoman, I take pride in negotiating deals that are favorable to my enterprise, and in providing jobs to Dementlieuse workers. As a Captain of a private military contractor, I take pride in my military successes. To me, success means progress. Nothing bothers me more than stagnation.

Do you recall the precise moment you knew something had to be done about the Avenue du Progres?

When travelling to Estellier for the first time to survey the lands, I'd not traveled East since my time as a Gendarme. I took a carriage, with cavalry along the flanks, and upon the roads we found upturned soil and negligence. As we neared Chateaufaux, which had endured the Duc d'Ameranthe's siege for several months, we found the walls to be pitted, and the roads marked by mortar fire. It only became worse, as we traveled further South, to Chateaunoir. You could see once grand villas and estates in disrepair, some vacant, others being repaired slowly. It became apparent to me, then, when first travelling to see my then-Seigneurie that the true impact of the Civil War had never really been discussed in any great measure, and the Falkovnian Incursion following preyed upon this weakness with impunity. It was precisely what first took Estellier from the former Seigneur d'Estellier, and saw its Citizens murdered. I realized that the Council of Brilliance had vested in me this land as an opportunity to rebuild. So I took the challenge to heart.

We organized then, a three-part plan to see Estellier restored, and then more. Project: Estellier, which was to rebuild Estellier. Project: Renouvellement, which is our public roadworks project. Then, Project: Buissons de roses, a yet-to-be-announced project we hope to share with the République soon.

What is the nature of your arrangement with Harebell Hall?

Well, formally, we have no arrangement. Harebell Hall wrote a letter to Martineau Maritime Acquisitions & Shipping Concern expressing a desire to contribute to our public roadworks project, which we have stated openly that we are welcoming all of those who desire to aid in this project, be they of the Noble Orders of this Sereine République, or charitable business owners of common or foreign birth. They asked for our permission to use our name in their advertising, under which I provided the conditions that they not deviate from our public statements or advertising, and that we may see a copy of it before printing. Furthermore, that a diligent record is kept of finances, given the charitable nature of this endeavor. They agreed, sent us a copy, and we approved it.

With so many projects on your hands I'm sure you can use all the help you can get. Do you have anything more to add?

Only that I am a bit disparaged, by the conduct of my peers on the Council Chamber floors. There were many accusations thrown against my person there, but attacks against myself I brush off easily as baseless gossip. It is rather upsetting that the Baron de Mouisset seems so exceedingly eager to paint our public works projects in poor lights, with his insinuation that Harebell Hall murdered Gabriel d'Aubry, and that we were receiving funding from murderers. I pray the Gendarmerie Nationale resolves the matter of Gabriel d'Aubry's disappearance, and the true perpetrators of this act are brought to justice, whomever they may be.

Do you consider yourself to be lucky?

Lucky? That's a tricky question. I consider myself fortunate.

Do you owe thanks to any specific councillor for your recent rise?

Any in specific? Non. I couldn't be certain how the vote would turn out, nor do I think favoritism should exist in this situation. The Council of Brilliance may be comprised of various voices, yet they rule as one body, one voice, and I am grateful for their confidence in myself.

Mlle. Heloise Gatteux

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« Reply #51 on: May 01, 2021, 11:56:25 AM »

The Battle of Plessis Forest

On 25 April 776, The Baronesse d’Avéjan of House Vennier declared her intent to march and secure Port-a-Lucine for the common people. Widow of the late revolutionary hero Guillaume Vennier, the barony of Avéjan was rewarded following the revolution of 770 by Lady-Governor Helene DeSuis as revolutionary fervor gripped the Republique. Avéjan’s declaration followed the gruesome murders and assassinations on the leadership of the Workers’ Congress with Jacques Varteur and Lefwin Estbury’s murders on streets on the 22nd and Olivia Aumberden’s own murder in the tenements the following day. This left the Workers’ Congress leadership reduced to ex-gendarme and Vice-Constable of La Rue Bas, Sarra Regnard.

The Baronesse d’ Avéjan would then march upon the city on 27 April 776, but not before the Gendarmerie Nationale led by Gendarme officers Corporal Jacques Boucher, Corporal Yvette de la Rochenoire, and Corporal Aloutte Sautereau and the Company of the Phoenix marched out of Eastgate to parley with House Vennier. The baronesse d’Avéjan entreated with Corporal Jacques Boucher, the Baronesse d’Estellier, and Lily-Rose Dupont who became a rising star among the protesters in Port-a-Lucine. As the situation appeared to be de-escalating an unidentified rifleman fired and killed the baronesse d’ Avéjan whereupon House Vennier’s forces launched an assault in the belief the Gendarmerie Nationale partook in foul play. The mud and rain-imposed difficulties on both sides, particularly on the firearm-equipped Gendarmerie and Phoenix force. The corpses sunk in the mud, creating a gruesome scene outside of the Asylum

Heavy rains resulted in The Company of the Phoenix and the Gendarmerie Nationale to struggle as House Vennier relied on traditional weaponry and cavalry to inflict casualties until the Captain of House Vennier’s house guard Alain Montressor surrendered and was demanded to fight a duel to the death with Corporal Jacques Boucher leading to the former’s death. During the battle, a group of armed common folk from Port-a-Lucine struck the Phoenix soldiers and many lives were lost. Following the dispersal of House Vennier’s remaining soldiers, the battle concluded with an uneasy air over the Quartier Ouvrier and Marchand.

Creighton Norville

The New Spring

Stagnation is the hated foe of progress and Dementlieu is at risk of falling prey to this hated predator. Like a dress out of fashion, our measures remain outdated. Many are distracted by the politics of the upcoming elections, but the delay is but another factor that further erodes the Republique’s fortunes when it comes time to act to preserve the harvest and institute reform across our beloved country’s farmland. While some speak of conducting popular revolution in the cities, what must be discussed are the revolutionary efforts to modernize and change the way we as a people address the agricultural decline in Dementlieu. Since Falkovnia unified into a despotic state, since Lamordia funded Falkovnian war efforts to avoid their own lands being caught by our neighbors’ talons, we have relied on foreign trade to feed the country. During Pauline Jenout’s revolution, the Council by necessity needed Ghastrian food to prevent famine. The republic required the efforts of the Gatteux family to feed the land Sri Rajian rice to further delay the upcoming wave of starvation in the City of Lights and delay the thin times ahead. It appears as if the eruption of Mount Nyid did not instill urgency to act, but like an errant child, many require prodding and reminders of the specters ahead.

The seigneurs must be common-born, barons, or duchesses to reconsider their contribution to agriculture. For the glory many seek in war, some must step forward and claim the glory of feeding this land. One might ponder who I may be speaking of, but I speak of you, dear reader! Be you a landowner you have a great responsibility on your shoulders and the opportunity to make this land great. Many seek work as factories turn away those seeking work. Those who belong to the commons: let your voices be heard, ask each other why you must turn to Ghastrian grain or Lamordian fish when Dementlieu is blessed with fertile soil and a mighty shore.

Today Leon’s Legacy relies on the goodwill of its neighbors rather than its own inner greatness and innovation. While Port-a-Lucine is the center of culture, perhaps Pont-a-Museau shall eclipse it when the grain stops coming and the city shrinks as fortunes wane. Our farms must produce enough not only to survive but to thrive. The fields must be filled with foodstuffs to provide. The farmers and toilers of the land must be taught to till, to rotate the fields, and to take to the care of the soil as the naturalists of Mordent have done since time immemorial. It is time we invest in the future of the Republique to invest in the land’s bounty and in the skills of our people to care for it. It is time for Dementlieu to not only be innovators in culture but in agriculture and industry.

Falkovnia shall not wait for us to recover and neither should we. Let us build for the New Spring!

Creighton Norville

The Spotlight – A window into the people of Port-a-Lucine!

Today L’Observateur presents an interview with the only Halfling Gendarme officer in Port-a-Lucine Corporal Alouette Sautereau.

Corporal Sautereau what was it like growing up in La Rue Bas?

It was difficult, of course. My family is very large, by any standard. My father and mother both worked very hard while my siblings and I were growing up. We were rather lucky, as a family, though. We Halflings have a strong sense of community, so even when times are tough, we are there to support each other however we can. And my father's work paid somewhat better than others might hope for. Just the same, all of my siblings and I started working as soon as we could, to help provide for the family. I took on many different jobs, wherever I could. But I must admit, as both a Halfling and a woman, it is not always an easy thing to find work.

What sort of work did you and your family find?

Well, my father is an artisan; he creates fine musical instruments. My mother worked as a maid where she could. My older brother became a chimney-sweep, though I know that he hates the work, and for good reason. My oldest sister, Isabella, is a seamstress; she's actually received many compliments for the dresses she's made for me. Ah, Eloise is a cook, now. Abrelle did small jobs here and there, but she's married now. And my younger brother, Junien, well, nothing's quite stuck for him yet.

I'm sure something will come up for Junien! What did you do before becoming a gendarme?

A little bit of everything, really. I would take any good, hard work that came my way. I waited in taverns, I swept chimneys, I even worked on the docks for a while - though that is hard work for a Halfling to break into, doubly so for a woman.

What did lead to you joining the Gendarmerie Nationale?

I think it was just luck, mostly. I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was passing through the Publique and met Anatole de la Rochenoire for the first time. We spoke for a short while, I mentioned that I had served in the Milice when the Falkovnians threatened the country, and he suggested that perhaps I should try to join the Gendarmes. I didn't really believe I would be accepted, but I thought, "why not?" and applied.

When did you become a gendarme?

As in, when was I promoted from Recruit?

Ah, my ignorance! When you joined as a recruit! I presume you are not considered a full 'gendarme' until promoted from recruit?

That's right. A Recrue follows, observes, and assists a Gendarme but they don't have the authority to do anything on their own. I became a Recrue January the twenty-first, I believe, and I was promoted to Gendarme proper the thirtieth, only nine days after.

Since you joined the Gendarmerie Nationale, has it changed your perspective or how you view things?

Has joining changed my perspective, well, I suppose I've seen a great deal more of how the 'other side' lives. And so I have something of a unique perspective in that way, one I didn't have before.

Now, you are an officer in the gendarmerie as a corporal. Do you feel your upbringing has affected your work as a gendarme? How many halflings are in the gendarmerie?

Now that mademoiselle Regnard has resigned? I believe it's just me. I must admit, there is often a problem of people not taking me seriously, given my stature.

How do you believe you can overcome such sentiments?

I suppose it's just a matter of sheer determination. Respect is earned, so I work hard to earn it. In the case of criminals, at least, I think they learn a measure of respect once the jail door shuts behind them.

One way of ensuring that, certainly. Do you feel the Gendarmerie has a larger role to play in society beyond defense and enforcing the law?

Oh, dear, that's a big question. I think I would say yes. Take the Ouvrier Safe Zone initiative, for instance. It wasn't simply about patrolling the streets and fighting off gangsters. We were trying to create a safe place for the community. A bit like weeding out an old garden that's been left untended too long, yes? The Gendarmerie wanted to create a place where a seed could grow. I think that was a deeply admirable motivation.

Is there a future for an initiative like this? Was it effective?

In truth, I don't know. Unlike a garden, these weeds fight back. And whatever progress we managed was quickly wiped away. But I know that mademoiselle Regnard approved of it, and so did many other members of the community. I have been giving the whole thing a great deal of consideration, though, in hopes that I can find my own way to give back to my home and my community.

That does remind me, of the recent turmoil in the city following controversy in the election that has been plagued with assassination. Do you have any thoughts on that?

Yes, it's been horrific. All I can really say is that I understand the frustration, but I would urge people to be patient. We are making progress on the investigation, and the people who have carried out these heinous assassinations will be held accountable for them. I had spent some time with monsieur Varteur before his assassination and I admired him for his motivations and his goals. When I first caught wind of what had happened to him... I was very upset.

He was a popular, peaceful voice among commoners advocating reform, and the Council of Brilliance did enact some of his proposals into law. His death did lead to reaction notably from House Vennier which led to what many refer to as the Battle of Plessis Forest. Can you share your thoughts on that confrontation?

Perhaps it would be best if I didn't just yet since the Gendarmerie Nationale is still investigating.

Of course! Last question from me. What would you say to halflings of the city who aspire to advance themselves beyond society's expectations?

Only that it -is- possible, if we remain determined. Mademoiselle Regnard opened a door for me. It's my hope that I have opened doors for other Halflings and, someday, I hope that they'll be able to do the same for others.

As always, L'Observateur is always looking for new contributors both full and part-time. Send us submissions at the Presses or seek out M. Norville for more information.
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« Reply #52 on: May 10, 2021, 11:45:34 PM »

The Deferment of Guy Maurice

On the 8th of May a revolutionary darling and popular figure among the working classes of the Quartier Ouvrier, Guy Maurice was taken to the Palais Dirigeant to face execution for Libel, Sedition, and Insurrection. His crimes were deemed to be a capital offense by the Gendarme Nationale and he was escorted there with a large force of Gendarmes under the direction of Lieutenant le Vicomte Ambrose Descartes. Guy Maurice was brought before Madame Guillotine to face justice. A large crowd soon formed including a group of protesters that called for the execution to be halted. His innocence was proclaimed by his supporters.

As a group of gendarmes began to arrest an activist known as Simon Brosse at the order of Caporal Jacques Boucher, Councilor Dominic D’Honaire arrived after Brosse shouted if the council could hear him. The councilor exited and stepped toward the guillotine where M. Maurice was being held. He soon declared that Maurice’s sentence would be commuted to fifteen years at the prison island of Pierre du Mort. Soon, the crowd began to disperse as gendarmes escorted M. Maurice to the docks. However, a heavy bank of mist appeared in which a fishing vessel soon crashed into the prison ship, sinking it to the bottom of the docks.

As all the gendarmes and sailors on the vessel swam to safety, gendarmes began to take fire from an unidentified assailant as sailors began to clamor for attending to the wreckage during the chaos of battle on the streets. M. Maurice was then escorted back to the Gendarmerie as sailors and dockworkers began to pick at the newfound wreckage in the harbor to continue their work. Several gendarmes were injured during the street fighting as the streets emptied, leaving an uncertain air on the streets of the Quartier Marchand.

Creighton Norville

Kidnapping at the Bazaar!

A brazen kidnapping has occurred outside of the Grand Bazaar on the 10th of May. The body of a Lecuyer bodyguard was discovered with there bullet wounds on his person which led to a frantic search as a witness overheard a woman screaming to be let go by an unknown assailant that shot her bodyguard dead. A frantic search began for the missing noblewoman of the illustrious Lecuyer line. Immediately accusations from bystanders insinuate revolutionary agitators and malcontents with ties to the Quartier Watch including the infamous Felix Toure who has found local fame and support in many corners in the Quartier Ouvrier. At this time further information is unavailable pending a gendarme investigation into the murder of a Lecuyer retainer and the kidnapping of a noble lady from the Duchy of Chantres.

Creighton Norville

End the Cultural Drought

“Uncultured”. The word cuts like a knife to those who prize art, propriety, and societal achievement. Culture defies the lesser standards by which the legacy of Lords, Sefeasas, Dames, and Lady-Governors are measured. An enlightened society values the stroke of a brush as much as it values the stroke of a sword, because an enlightened society is aware that expression of the mortal condition has worth that cannot be weighed with gold or spices. A country without values beyond the material is just a despotism awaiting ruin.

For decades, citizens of all the Four Towers Treaty nations have looked to Dementlieu for culture and stability. For years now, however, the Three Towers have instead watched in horror as the Fourth has crumbled under its own weight.

The city and its elections have become a nest of violence that rivals the most boring clichés about Borcan society. Dementlieu has descended into bloodshed and anarchy: open warfare in the streets, numerous noble coups, and the deafening silence following the circumspect narrowing of the political field for Culture Advisor. And every day, Dementlieu relies more and more upon foreigners to produce art, music, and even scientific innovation. This is not culture.

This humble writer makes no suggestion as the suitability of Sieur Regnier Chaboteaux, Chevalier of Tannegarde for the office he aspires to. What is obvious to all onlookers, however, is that free elections should never have come to this.

The law of Dementlieu says that the Lady-Governor selects her Culture Advisor, and may call elections if they so choose. I beg the Lady-Governor to post-pone elections, either to select a man with proper experience herself, or to allow the field to properly widen. Mordent, Richemulot, and Borca are watching. The Core is watching. You cannot water a tree with blood and lies, and expect it to bear anything but poisoned fruit.

Henri Deschamps

The Spotlight - Sieur Regnier Chaboteaux

This issue our spotlight is cast upon Regnier Chaboteaux, Chevalier de Tannegarde who is a candidate running for the Council of Brilliance. At the time of this issue he is the only candidate running for the open seat for Councilor of Culture.

Sieur Regnier you belong to the noble House Chaboteaux. Can you tell us about your upbringing?

My father was stern but fair. He had high expectations of me, of everyone in my family, but I rose to meet those expectations and exceed them. He was a military man and so it was only natural that I would follow in his footsteps. My life as a child was regimented; I was constantly kept busy and the man who sits before you is the result. The indolent and lazy in the commons complain about such a life in the workhouses, but it makes for a well-rounded and hard-working man. The habits you have in your youth stay with you when you are old.

Sieur, you are a military man. Can you tell us about your military career?

I’ve served twice. Once during the Executioner’s Campaign as a petty officer when I was much younger and again when they [Falkovnia] invaded six years prior. Honestly, I did not see much action then. There was a fear the Falkovnians might traverse through Lamordia and smash into Port-a-Lucine. Of course, we later learned they’d take a more direct approach, but such were our worries at the time.

During the Executioner’s Campaign, I managed to kill five Falkovnian talons. They gave me a run for my money, but as ferocious and fearsome as they fought, they couldn’t compete with a man fighting for his homeland.

Is it through military valor you became knighted?

Correct, monsieur. The Council of Brilliance saw me personally recognized for my courage and bravery and, should I be chosen to join their number, I will see others who demonstrate courage and bravery justly recognized as well. For example, I imagine several acted with distinction at the Battle of Plessis Forest against the perfidious and opportunistic House Vennier and their dangerous, radical allies here in this very city.

Can you tell us your thoughts on the recent turmoil surrounding the election and the assassination of Jacques Varteur and the ensuing chaos on the streets?

I did not agree with Varteur’s politics in the least and yet you can be certain that I saw the man’s death as a tragedy. At the very least, he seemed to largely agree that violence is the language spoken by barbarians and brutes and that it has no place in our country’s political discourse. I worry that those who claim to be champions of his pet causes will be less devoted to peaceful means. After Plessis Forest, things seem to have fallen into an uneasy peace, but I do not know how long that might last, especially given the madness that unfolded in the days leading up to it. People need to go back to work. Normalcy must be restored in the Quartier Ouvrier and lawbreakers and vigilantes need to be brought to justice.

Some in the city speculate that because of the exceptional happenings around the city that the election is unfair and therefore should be postponed. What are your thoughts on those sentiments?

I would urge them to look back to a couple of years ago when the so-called Provisional Government tried to hold elections. Of course, we know now that they had no intention of actually doing so, and the ‘postponement’ was a cynical delaying tactic. Of course, I would not dare to assert that the rightful Lady-Governor and Council of Brilliance would do such a thing. They understand the importance of keeping things on track. I mean only to draw contrast and to highlight differences between our current government and the illegitimate one that ruled over this country for so long a time.

Given the climate of the city of late, how can the gentry reassure that they can make life better for the common people?

Fewer hours, more days off – that’s nonsense. It seems people do not recognize the value to be had in a hard day’s work, but here’s the truth of things. The most destitute Dementlieuse man or woman lives far better than any man or woman anywhere else, especially where our next-door neighbors are concerned. The word ‘slavery’ is bandied about by the rabble-rousers, but they have not any idea as to what that means. I do. It’s a common tactic by the Falkovnians to use those whom they see as chattel as human shields, or for screening and causing confusion among the enemy. So, I know a thing or two about what ‘slavery’ looks like. In Falkovnia nothing belongs to the individual. It all belongs to the state. They take their wheat to feed their armies, and they are entitled to take even more should they deem it necessary. By contrast, our taxes go to feed those who do not provide for themselves. The gentry routinely gives to charities and contributes to the common good. What I am trying to say, monsieur is that most people fail to realize just how good they have it. That is, of course, not to say that there are not challenges to be met. Every man and woman in Dementlieu ought to be well-fed, and there ought to be no empty bellies in the Quartier Ouvrier or anywhere else in our country.

What can be done better to improve the quality of life of those who work full weeks, yet remain destitute?

I believe the Council of Brilliance’s stance toward debt bondage is something that could be applied to other reforms. Those who offer higher wages to their employees can receive subsidies and financial incentives to offset the cost of labor. In this case, the carrot is a far better mechanism to utilize than the stick. Everyone knows about our rich culture, but Dementlieu also should be lauded for its industry and those who lead us into greater discoveries and innovations. We ought to not alienate those with a mind and acumen for business, else we may lose that advantage.

Do you believe there is room for reform in the Republic’s agriculture given the reliance on foreign foodstuffs?

Certainly, but most of Dementlieu’s arable land is to the east. We ought to spread out. I believe we ought to see the savage and barbarous Valachani pacified. We’ve yet to have them fully answer for the vile raids against your former countrymen in Mordent. I would make them answer for that, I would work to see a colony established in Valachan; the land is mostly untamed forests that we can see cut for lumber, and the land, or so I am told, is well suited for all manner of products. But more generally, we have a limited amount of land to work with and it will prove difficult to get the noble families to change from profitable and luxury goods and what has low margins and yet everyone wants. Thus, the only real option is to expand out and widen our circle of influence. We as a society have only fought wars of defense, which while commendable, has constantly meant we are on the back foot.

That is a bold proposal to be certain. Do you believe Dementlieu has the means and political will for this proposal?

Dementlieu almost certainly has the means. The will? Well, I believe we could. What happened six years ago should have been a loud enough alarm. Why what happened less than a year ago should have been loud enough an alarm. Some people remain asleep even now.

What are your immediate goals when you are elected as councilor?

My first act would involve publishing a list of that which I would see censored. That way, those who would pen vulgar, licentious works that are not fit for the stage cannot tell me they were not forewarned well in advance.

Are there any recent performances that seem particularly troubling in your eyes?

I cannot say I was fond of “Arachnea” especially since my money went towards its production. I’ve yet to attend to anything held inside the Jalabert playhouse since it came under new management, but needless to say that when I am elected to the seat, I will be keeping a close eye on what is performed on its stage. My detractors will not be able to accuse me of being unfair; I will make what is allowed and what is not aware to them.

Both the Opera and the Theatre de la Cathedrale utilize many foreign actors and actresses, particularly from Borca. In the debate, you mention concern over many foreigners taking jobs from Dementlieuse citizens. Do the origins of foreign performers concern your stewardship of culture?

I have an appreciation for Borcan opera, but I think I would like to see Dementlieuse stories being told preferably by Dementlieuse actors and actresses. I haven’t a problem with foreign actors and actresses, provided they respect our customs and traditions. Sometimes that isn’t readily apparent. I also don’t think hiring foreigners whilst Dementlieuse citizens with talent in the Quartier Ouvrier go overlooked and ignored is a trend we ought to encourage.

Last question: How do you incentivize Dementlieuse talent and increase the accessibility of Dementlieuse productions as M. Varteur raised concerns about?

I would happily support subsidies being given to theatres and opera houses that favor hiring the Dementlieuse over foreigners. We need not look beyond our borders for great performers necessarily, they could be in this very city, we just don’t think to check. I would likewise be in favor of financial incentives directed toward some of the workhouses perhaps working with these institutions and offering a half-day to workers, so they can attend a show. It’s something I would be more than happy to offset the cost for.

A taste of culture: A review in vintage

Dear citizens, guests, and enthusiasts of Port-à-Lucine

I wish to address a topic that takes an important place in the hearts of us all: The matter of wines.
This season has brought to us a variety of excellent selections and it is my intention to make light of their individual strengths and relative shortcomings.

Today we shall have a taste of the explosively popular Sang de Leon, a Damas wine harvested in the year 768. Rather, I should say we will have a look at it because its light blue hue and sparkling bubbles immediately draw the attention of every connoisseur; but how well does the showy wine hold up against the competition?
The Sang de Leon's true strength is the distinct and flowery aroma, backed by the more faint note of the cedar barrels it matured in. A glass of Sang de Leon easily pleases the senses even when it is held at a moderate distance and imbues every sip with the same, strong aroma; however, it fails to leave an impression in the aftertaste, making it a fleeting joy that is never quite sated.

I conclude that the Sang de Leon is a pleasant distraction; a flamboyant but innocent flirt without commitment – perfectly suited as company to a snack buffet or as a conversation piece for a glamorous reception. For these reasons, it is a worthy addition to the prestigious Artois lineup, but it falls short of its siblings once the sparkling presentation has gone and fizzled away.

F. Engels

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The Council Session of 22nd May 776

The Council held a session to respond to petitions of land on titles directly managed by the council by claimants in a session that has seen much discussion across the city before its session. This session would be the first since the attempt to kidnap the Lady-Governor Helene Desuis by several members of the de La Rochenoire family amid gossip regarding a conspiracy to overthrow the rightful Council of the Republique.

The titles for the barony of Fincelles once held by the attainted Francette de la Rochenoire and barony of Moussiet held by the attainted Jacinth de la Rochenoire were oft-discussed properties with several aspiring to claim these lands based on personal merit and attempts to establish a semblance of legitimacy to the claims. Furthermore, the barony of Beauvieres once held by Mathieu Laurier, who notoriously murdered his own family and owned a firearms business, was sought after by Madame Michelle Anciaux. Announced within the session included the barony of Avejan once held by the now-defunct House of Vennier and the barony of Magnaoc, once petitioned for by de Bellerose before her abrupt disappearance years ago. During the deliberation of titles, Councilor Andrei Palascu urged caution in giving letters patent and instead, except Fincelles, granted honorific titles with a seigneurie to those who claimed the other titles pending a demonstration of responsibility and loyalty to the Republique.

Madame Anciaux successfully petitioned for Beauvieres and became titled Maitresse Anciaux, signeuresse de Beauvieres pending an ability to secure issue for the lands now responsible to her. It was noted by the council her support of the arts in the city, her work in seeing to the reconstruction of Beauvieres, and her demonstrated loyalty to the Republique. Monsieur Creighton Norville and Monsieur Lucien Bellerose both petitioned for Moussiet until it was noted that the barony of Magnoac was open for petition. Both men were knighted for their respective contributions to the Republique most notably for battle defeating Port-a-Lucine in the Battle of Plessis and conditions placed for which both gentlemen could seek letters patent including demonstrating proper stewardship in the case of Moussiet and to secure issue for House de Bellerose in Magnoac. Both men were hereby titled Sieur Lucien de Bellerose, Cheavlier de Magnoac and Sieur Creighton Norville, Chevalier de Moussiet. Sargent-Inspecteur Jacques Boucher was granted Avejan by the Council for his service as a gendarme including for leadership demonstrated at the Battle of Plessis following the extinction of House Vennier after the battle. Avejan is notoriously known for being a hotbed of revolutionary activity and sentiment and the newly knighted Sieur Jacques Boucher, Chevalier d’Avejan was considered the right man to restore the barony following recent destabilizing events.

Maitre Alexandre Vaillant petitioned for the barony of Fincelles, but Mlle. Claire Lecuyer surprised all present with her petition to secure the barony of Fincelles for herself. Maitre Alexandre, a war veteran at Ameranthe and Plessis as well as being a respected engineer and second son of the baron de Duchbourg of the storied House Vaillant was granted the title in full as Maitre Alexandre Vaillant, Baron de Fincelles pending a marriage alliance with House Lecuyer with Claire Lecuyer as baroness de Fincelles. The turn of events potentially allies two powerful duchies in the Republiques between those who do not stand to inherit their respective duchies.

Subsequentially, The Council of Brilliance decided not to throw out the Envoy of Blaustein, the banished Alusand Fersquing after the Council demanded that Blaustein provide fish to trade to assist with the prospect of food shortages prior to an expected poor yield in the next harvest as a result of the ash caused by the Eruption of Mount Nyid. Referred to by some as the Chief Concubine of Bluebeard, Mlle. Fersquing successfully made the case for Blaustein’s surprising diplomatic overture to the consternation of those who see the island as merely a freeport that plunders the Sea of Sorrows. The envoy made promises piracy from Blaustein would not affect Dementlieu from this point forward.

The end of the consequential and chaotic proceedings was the stuff of Operas and plays and will undoubtedly shape the immediate future of Dementlieu as its effects continue to be felt in the time of looming elections to be held with Sieur Regnier Chaboteaux, Chevalier de Tannegarde, and Madamoiselle Lily-Rose Dupont.

Sieur Creighton Norville, Chevalier de Mouisset

Citizens as Sport: The Most Dangerous Game?

Dementlieuse justice is the envy of the civilised world. And part of that justice system, at present, involves the issuance of bounties for the apprehension or slaying of wanted individuals who have been found guilty of heinous crimes. This is a sensible compromise, in service of relief for our hardworking Gendarmerie, that they not have to hunt down and take the risk of wresting with every single one. Many of these wanted persons are rather dangerous. Consequentially, the value of these bounties can run north of two thousand solars.

We must be cautious, however, that such measures, and indeed the crime which makes them necessary, do not attract overmany unsavoury foreigners to the shores of the République. For many, two thousand solars represents a hefty sum. But to others, such an institution feeds a predilection for hunting that most dangerous game: their fellow man. In the brutish lands beyond our borders, many live and die by the blade, with neither permanent residence nor any instinctive aversion to brutal violence. Au contraire, there is a population whom seek out so-called adventuring as a way of life, and find entertainment in bloodthirsty gladiatorial combat. Through such eyes, even citizens of Dementlieu represent just another game animal to hunt, and even the children of Quartier Ouvrier momentary sport.

If one lingers in certain places in the Capital, perhaps you too shall meet foreigners who were drawn to the fair City of Lights not by its culture or cuisine, nor for its scholarship, nor to witness beautiful painting nor emotive play, but rather enthralled to distant whispers of the famed bounty board or the prospect of a violent after-dark experience. Few of those who come purely for this purpose speak Mordentish. Some barely speak the trade tongue. Some wander through the Quartier Publique wearing clanking chains and thick metal plates, spattered with the blood and viscera of countless men and beasts, stinking of refuse. Cleaning up the carnage that oft lies in their wake along Widow's Walk is an unenviable task frequently left to the morning shift.

We may question whether perhaps in such a dangerous and violent profession, distasteful individuals are an inevitability. But the trade of the bounty hunter ought rightfully not be a seedy or dishonourable one: those who bring an end to the reign of terror of these criminals most heinous, and who work to relieve the burden and risk upon our Gendarmerie Nationale, are making the streets safer for all. Many bounty hunters are in fact honourable professionals. As with war, justice is often a messy business, but a necessary one. And we should seek not to let our values be tarnished in the process, just as we hold our soldiers to high standards. Perhaps domestic bounties ought be issued not in the vulgar trade tongue, but in proper High Mordentish. Perhaps a licensure scheme might be introduced, or a guild may be convened to self-regulate and oversee the profession locally. I invite readers to consider the possibilities.

Aidelina Gatteux

Beware the Monarchist Cancre Within Our Midst
By Jacques Soleil

Our beloved Emperor Leon’s proudest legacy is the sovereign and serene Republique that he bestowed upon us, his children. In his great wisdom, he entrusted the safekeeping of that most temporally-sacred institution to the Council of Brilliance, for he knew well that no single individual should ever be tasked to follow in his footsteps and wear his mantle: it is a solemn duty that none should be forced to bear alone, lest a bearer less noble than Leon find the burdens of office justification for abuse of its absolute power.

There are some who would claim to know better than Emperor Leon. They believe that the institution of the Republique breeds division: that the vigorous -- yes, sometimes raucous -- disagreement and debate that animates our halls and coffee shops is not an indicator of our Republique’s intellectual and moral vitality, but a symptom of weakness; that power should lie in a different, more “deserving” set of hands.

I speak of course of monarchists. I understand the urge, but please, do not laugh and roll your eyes, thinking that such a breed is foreign to our shores. They exist: Armand Foquelaine’s coup six years ago was proof of that. I hope I do not ask of you to stretch the boundaries of your imagination too far by stating that, just as they didn’t spring from a vacuum, some must yet have survived the years subsequent to Foquelaine’s usurpation of our national sovereignty.

One source from which these monarchists sprang was a body known as the "Imperial Lucinian Historical Society". Ostensibly a society interested in Dementlieu's distant past, wishing to see it remembered and ancient pieces preserved for future generations, they were in fact a gathering where many members shared the belief that our Republican form of government is ultimately unsustainable, and that an Emperor must be crowned in order for Dementlieu to remain strong enough to withstand the Falkovnians' aggression and penchant for violence.

The following is a list of the Society’s past membership:

Colin Rochefort
Ernest de Vocelynn
Cyril Dauphin
Fabien de Cochet
Victor Ballesdens
Regnier Chaboteux
Patrice Menetries
Clovis Dutoit
Maurice de Bettancourt
Estelle Rouanet
Lesly Valluin
Jean-Guy Vaillant
Theophile Deslys
Armand Foquelaine

Foquelaine was Chairman of this Society at the time when he was an instructor at the Academy of Military Sciences at the University of Dementlieu, and more than half of names on that list signed on with his Republican Guard when Foquelaine named himself "Marshal" and seized control of the Palais Dirigeant.

Additionally, the following is the oath sworn by members of the Society’s inner circle:

“I solemnly swear to work towards the restoration of the Lucinian Empire, and to see it defended against its enemies both foreign and domestic. I give my word and my vow to aid my brothers and sisters in bringing about its return. I declare that I shall not rest until death shall take me or a new sovereign is given coronation. So help me, Sainted Mother of Tears.”

Furthermore, the inclusion of the name “Dauphin” is noteworthy, given that House Dauphin was also implicated in a coup against the Council of Brilliance several years ago.

Many members of the Imperial Lucinian Historical Society are now dead: their project failed years ago. A cursory inspection of the above list shall also reveal that some survive. Of course, belonging to a Society from which sprang a nest of treacherous monarchists does not prove that one was themselves a treacherous monarchist. Yet I would submit that the severity of their former Chairman’s perfidy makes the actions and attitudes of its surviving members a matter of public interest, especially as and when they should seek to elevate themselves into high office.

We must ever be vigilant of the monarchist cancre within our midst: for these fifth columnists would have us extinguish Leon's light, turning ourselves into Falkovnia in order to fight Falkovnia.

No! Live for Liberty! Better Death than Tyranny! Vive la Republique!


The matter of food reliance upon the dreaded realm of Falkovnia is upon the minds of many in our republic. There are a number of solutions, from growing more food ourselves to other trade partners. Both are important. However what we should not forget is that we have the bounty of the Sea in front of us.

The name of the capital of our Most Serene Republic of Dementlieu is Port-a-Lucine. It is the Jewel of the entire Core. There are towns along the coast, such as Aquitaine and Ste Luciennes that are also port towns. As such we overlook the riches of the Sea of Sorrows and the food that it can provide for our people.

Fish of all sorts lay just waiting for our people in the Sea. Crabs, Lobster, Clams, Muscles and other seafood are there for the taking as well. This food is there that can support the people of our republic. Of course we should not forget the Jewel Box Lakes or the River Musarde which also hold bounties of fish for people.

By harnessing the bounty of the sea it can strengthen the republic and provide for her people. This should not be considered the only thing we should do to improve the food of our republic, but it is one solution we should do for our Serene Republic.

Madame Yvette de la Rochenoire

Maitresse Anciaux: Exemplary Citizen

After overcoming the injustices of the Falkovnian military the recently elevated Maitresse Michelle Anciaux set about creating her own business in Port-a-Lucine. In a scant few months her club, Secrets, became one of the most popular social venues in the City of Lights. Instead of resting on her laurels, the Maitresse invested her wealth in restoring and developing the lands of her home. Lands ravaged by the Falkovnian invasion. She has overseen the development of engineered firearms and their trade.

As a long time admirer of the late Verinne van Haute, another woman of common birth that rose to become a true asset to our country, I find much to admire in the Maitresse. Her accomplishments speak to an investment in building works that genuinely benefit our country. In creating meaningful work that allows our common people to live without fear or suffering. Charity is a generous thing, but alleviating the burdens of our people for a day is never the same as creating real and lasting working and living opportunities.

No one gave Maitresse Anciaux all she has. She forged it with will, wit and capability. She has been elevated with the opportunity to prove her fitness to truly lead the lands of her home. I have no doubt she will succeed and prove to our people she is worthy of elevation, just as our founder elevated the great houses that made us the nation we are today.

I am glad that our nation produces citizens with such diligence and brilliance.

Jaspar Espivant

The Lecuyer Kidnapping!

In our last issue, we reported upon the kidnapping of Marion Lecuyer by a notorious outlaw and leader of the illegal militia the Quartier Watch. L’Observateur has since learned Monsieur Toure had kidnapped Marion Lecuyer to the lighthouse on Sable Bay and had trapped the lighthouse keeper at the top as he held the noble lady hostage to exchange her for the release of Guy Maurice who was sentenced to 15 years to Pierre du Mort before the kidnapping. Subsequentially, Guy Maurice was issued a pardon for previous offices by the Lady-Governor, and Felix Toure was confronted and later released Mlle. Marion Lecuyer before being found deceased in the Lighthouse. Rumor speculates that he was killed by Workers’ Congress Chairwoman Lily-Rose Dupont after an attempt to negotiate a release, but at this time we were not able to verify with the Gendarmerie Nationale or Mlle. Dupont herself. The release of Marion Lecuyer and the Pardon of Guy Maurice proceeded a rather auspicious Council of Brilliance meeting held on the 22nd of May.

Sieur Creighton Norville, Chevalier de Mouisset

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Attack on South Head!

A galleon with a pirate’s banner launched a lengthy bombardment of the Gendarmerie Fort on South Head on the 30th of May. Captained by the now-infamous Nathan Blake who had previously served as a privateer on behalf of Dementlieu during the governance of Lord-Governor Marcel Guignol including action against Falkovnia in recent years. However, after his brazen attack on the City of Lights the corsair showed his true colors when he sunk a merchant vessel with all onboard perishing aside from one fortunate survivor. He followed up his strike with a bombardment of Port-a-Lucine’s coastal defenses before leaving with a clear message. He has blackmailed our Republic with the sum of ten million solars in order to fill his pockets for what he declared as ‘payment’ for his past services rendered to Demenetlieu.

It is known Nathan Blake has conducted work and has been associated with several citizens across the Republic where he received significant pay for his past services rendered. Yet, it appears the enormous sum granted to this pirate is not enough as greed has blinded the captain to resort to such treachery.

As of now, it is undetermined how many lives Captain Blake has taken, but it is known he has hired two more pirate ships as a part of a fledgling pirate fleet that is intended to menace Dementlieuse shipping and strike the city. It was not long ago when the Covenant blockaded the city as part of their siege to subdue the city to a reactionary regime bereft of the rule of law. It is in recent memory the people of the city remember the difficulties faced from a threat from the sea and it is imperative that the people are readied for the menace that lies ahead. It is our civic duty to resist the machinations of these brigands at sea!

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A Script to Die For, The Poisoned Crown, a Review by Lily Anciaux.

The latest production of Opera in our beautiful city of lights was certainly a formidable sight. Emblazoned across a stage fit for a king, our very own Monsiour de l’Hopital crossed swords with the untried Dionisio Scarlat in a tale of two brothers, one destined to hold the kingdoms crown and fall corrupt, the other to slay him and renounce the folly of a throne.

The poster reminded guests to dress in their finest, as they would only witness that upon the stage, and while the Duchesse d'Evreux claimed the evening in a stunning plum outfit - Neatly matching her retainers, I am sad to report that finery was only partially matched upon the stage.

While Monsiour de l’Hopital’s acting matched his previous string of impressive stage performances, indeed this may yet be his finest role so far, his soul searching cries of grief were poorly echoed by Monsiour Scarlat’s passable performance as King Lucien, who drifted from idealistic visionery to oppressive golem in the coarse of a single scene.

The music too, was wondrous talent without direction, Madamoiselles Harding and Dragunescu leading a piece that was some of the most stunning music I have ever heard but let down by a bland script that I fear may have been put together in an evening’s drinking.

For what was the plot that blended such talent together?

The Poisoned Crown was of coarse a metaphor, there was no literal crown of poison, rather the performance begins with the old king dying and passing on his crown, that of rulership to his elder son, who takes great pains to talk about what a wondrous ruler he will be.

One scene later, he has abruptly decided to tax the population of the realm two thirds of their gold, orders I struggle to believe people would readily carry out for their king, and therein lies the fault of the script, it is a heavy club hammering in the metaphor of the dangers of power into the audience, without thought as to the other statements it makes. I for one, am curious as to the authors thoughts on the Demontlieuse tradition of first born sons inheriting their fathers titles and power - Has the author been spending too much time in the Ouvrier that he believes the properly trained and raised children of the nobility can not handle inheriting their fathers titles without going mad? This author certainly hopes not.

Furthermore, we have a peace that argues that should you disagree with your brother's decisions, rather than engaging in reasoned debate, your first recourse should be to draw your sword and run him through - Hardly a sentiment I find support for. With the painful memories of the revolution in al our minds, this is certainly not the statement I should have put to the stage. As it stands, the piece has the brothers' conflict over the nature of the crown, Monsiour de l’Hopital wrestles with the fact he believes the crown has literally bewitched his brother, and confronts him, demanding it be removed so he can only see the truth. Once the brother does so however, proving there is no fowl enchantment at play, the script calls upon the protagonist to cut him dead, without reasoning, even though it was the belief his brother could not be reasoned with that drew him to consider violence in the first place. A lack of consistency I find to be in poor taste.

While it was warming to see the honoured personage of Lady-Governor Helen DeSuis attending the performance, it was striking to see even with the Baronesse d’Estellier paying for free entry to all, the audience could barely manage out outnumber cast and musicans three to one - A sign Opera is perhaps faling out of fashion?

Still, for all the charm the script lacked, I can not fault the talent upon the stage and in the wings, nor the warm and ever gracious audience.

The Theatre rates this performance three out of five stars, and hopes to see the talented cast tackle a beter thought out script in the near future.

Vive La République.

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The Death of Guy Maurice

Scattered reports are said that pardoned ex-criminal and notorious carriage robber Guy Maurice, also known by the moniker Black Jacques, was killed on the streets in the Quartier Ouvrier a few days past. Although there were unconfirmed witness testimony on the possible perpetrator spreading from the attack, the Gendarmerie has not issued a statement on the matter pending an ongoing investigation. Once known as the bodyguard of former Councilor Adeline Laurent and Ambassador from Mordent to Demetnlieu, Guy Maurice is also an ex-gendarme who joined the institution following the revolution of Pauline Jenout.

His hidden career of banditry and theft began years thereafter under his pseudonym until he was later apprehended by the Gendarmerie for his criminal activity. However, by an act of merciful justice, he was first given clemency by Councilor Dominic D'Honaire and later fully pardoned by Lady-Governor Helene DeSuis following protests regarding the revolutionary darling and firebrand among sections of the Quartier Marchand. It remains to be seen what consequences his death may have for the Workers' Congress given his significant involvement in protests and riots as well as an activist for increased reforms for labor as well as being a supporter of Jacques Varteur's and later Lily-Rose Dupont's candidacy for Council of Brlliance.

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A Menace Smolders within Our Midst

For too long, a danger has been burrowed within the deepest recesses of Port-a-Lucine. In the guise of dignity and honor, it threatens the lives of those we hold dear, a looming tragedy awaiting its victims. I expect many dear readers of this column will express ire and displeasure at what is held in so high regard being justly dragged into the light for what it truly is; a scourge upon our society and way of life. I for one, however, refuse to bury my head in the sand, and implore my fellow citizens to join their voices to mine in demanding accountability and the righting of this most grievous wrong.

I speak, of course, of that most treacherous gentleman who is held in so high esteem by this city.

I speak of General Pieter Delapont, Savior of Dementlieu, or more precisely, his namesake statue which has become a blight upon the well-being of the capital. Who has not passed Delapont’s likeness in Nomdemal Square in their finery, and risked the bare and open flames arrayed about its base with trepidation? They burn away at all hours of day and night, their cheery glow promising ruin upon the careless who step too close. Who has not held their breath as some noble scion swished her skirts mere inches from those same flames, wondering if this is the reckoning day of immolation?

Nondemal Square sees heavy foot traffic, and yet each and every man, woman, and child who skirts it risks disfiguration, unsightly burns, and scorched silks.  The Gendarmerie Nationale refuses to release official figures on how many fine citizens have felt the wrath of Delapont’s thoughtlessly-arrayed flames, but I assure the reader that it is indeed more than one. Even should the prospect of a noblewoman of this republic bursting into flames on her way to one of the many charming pop-up venues that come and go so frequently in the Quartier Savant not fill you with dread and outrage, consider the risk of conflagration to the surroundings.

Who does not recall with dread the burning of the hottest days of the Revolution? Who believes we should risk this all in the name of Delapont’s glory and the architect’s mad vanity?

Lift your voices, and demand these fires be smothered, or at least contained by a reasonably distanced railing. Stand with me, or burn alone.

Henri Deschamps

The Green Renaissance

The eruption of Mount Nyid has captivated the entire Core as the sky is overcast for most of the year with sunlight rarely in sight during the months where ash covered the skies. The consequences of these events has been palpable not only in agriculture but in daily life in Port-a-Lucine where the dreary air is not often greeted by the light of the sun and detracted from the physique of the Republique. It is during this period the worrying concerns of massive crop failure and reduction in food has began to weigh on many people’s minds as Falkovnia ceased to trade their valuable supply of grain to Dementlieu due to shortages within our hostile neighbor’s own nation. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of the Gatteux led by Mlle. Phillberte Gatteux a significant supply of rice from the distant country temporarily alleviated concerns while measures were taken by many innovative individuals in order to combat the prospect of a time of few for all in Dementlieu.

The University of Dementlieu therefore participated in scientific research in order to determine methods to grow crops including grain by cultivating plants including ameranthe in greenhouses that were capable of growing with reduced exposure to sunlight and the capability to draw nutrients in soil that other crops were wilting and withering in such as lands in Dementlieu’s eastern breadbasket as a result of Falkovnian tactics of sowing the fields with salt and devastation to the Republic’s agricultural capacity. With the efforts of Dr. Felise Engels, Professor Delfina Augustus, Sieur Creighton, Chevalier de Moussiet, and Mlle. Aidelina Gatteux grain with such properties have been developed as a result of the university’s innovative research and scientific measures taken under the Department of Physical Sciences in what shall be heralded as a massive coup for the study of botany.

With the prospect of such possibilities to grow durable crops that are feasible and safe to consume for people we can see the time of plenty on the horizon should the gentry’s fields take root with strong, Dementlieuse plants through scientific development. Once again, the Republic demonstrates its primacy in innovation in the Core. Indeed, these discoveries could very well lead us to a green renaissance with a boon for agricultural development for decades to come as modern techniques for farming techniques are simultaneously adopted.

Sieur Creighton, Chevalier de Moussiet

Revitalizing the Faith

Our Guardian watches over her people. She is our light in the dark, and our Guide when we are lost. Her Holy Cathedral of Saint Mere des Larmes sits at the top of our city. One can not escape her shadow. Yet, instead of what it looked like in the ancient days today it is a ruin. When one climbs the terraces, they are first greeted with the outlying wall that is in ruins. Then when they enter the cathedral to pray, one should wear a bonnet or hat to keep their head dry and mind the rubble that falls from above. Then there is the matter of the preaching not being done often.

I may be just a laywoman but I do not believe that this is what the Guardian wants of her Holy Church. I believe that we can revitalize the faith, and in doing so help the souls of our republic and the republic over all. The following is this humble and devoted laywoman’s suggestions for how to revitalize the faith within the republic and in turn strengthen the republic.

The roof of the cathedral should be fully restored to glory and the ruble in the cathedral should be removed. New lighting should be applied so that when one enters the Church at night they can see where they are going. One should not have to use a lantern to avoid tripping upon rocks when praying to Our Blessed Guardian in the Mists.

The rubble outside of the Church could be used to support the restoration of the Church. After which the rubble should be used to support a school. The cathedral has space to build a new school. The clergy should take an active participation in education, both in preaching during fifth days and in education more broadly. Education is the Guardian’s gift in fighting back against the Mists of Death and their Legion of the Night after all.

Fifth days themselves should be days off from work, at the very least once a month. So that the faithful will attend Church services. Restoring her holy cathedral of Saint Mere des Larmes will help inspire more pilgrimages to the city and more fifth days. A devoted people are a happy and productive people.

Madame Yvette de la Rochenoire

The Spotlight - Chairwoman Lily-Rose Dupont

This issue our spotlight is cast upon Lily-Rose Dupont who is a candidate running for the Council of Brilliance. At the time of this issue she is the only competitor to Sieur Regnier Chaboteaux, Chevalier de Tannegarde.

Good morning, Madamoiselle Dupont! Did you grow up in Port-a-Lucine?

Yes, all my life. I was born in Ouvrier.

How did your experiences in Ouvrier lead you to be the person you are today?

I started in the workhouses early on in life, helping make buttons, and other menial tasks. Both of my parents also labored there. We were very poor, and I make no secret of it. It always seemed that no matter how hard we worked, it was never enough to survive. As I grew older, I branched out into a variety of self-sufficient tasks, such as running errands and deliveries for those who required it. I brought every solar home to ensure my family did not perish.

How did this shape the person I am today? It shaped me into a self-sufficient advocate for those who do not have the means to fight for their rights. I know what it is to have nothing, and to feel completely separated from your own culture and country, and feel there is no way out of such dire existence. The common man breaks their back to see this country succeed every day, only to have culture pass them by. They live without a voice properly represented in the council. I intend to see that changed.

Not an easy life and a story related to me by Caporal Sautereau (Lieutenant as of publication). You first became known to many after Monsieur Varteur’s assassination. You arrived at Plessis to defuse the situation with the baroness d’Estellier and then put your name in for Councilor as Chairwoman of the Workers’ Congress. What do you say to the people who struggle in Ouvrier today? What will you do as Councilor?

It was never my intention in life to seek a spotlight o any kind or draw any attention to myself. I never dreamed I would see a common man, someone who understood my life, and the experience of those around me, represent the country on the Council of Brilliance. When he put forth his name, I was inspired to work to support him and see him succeed. When he was tragically silenced, I knew I could not let his dream die, or the Congress he’d worked so hard to see to fruition.

To the people of Ouvrier, I pledge wholeheartedly to represent the real issues of our day and age and be a voice previously unheard within council chambers. I pledge to seek equality, improved quality of life, and bridge the vast gap currently present between the common and titled man. I intend to see scholarships funded, and connections made for the poor to obtain true opportunities to expand their knowledge of culture, experience it, and contribute to it. This may seem like a common man problem, but the country itself has been deprived of the untapped talent and skill hidden in those who have no means to seek professional tutelage in the arts.

My respected opponent, Sieur Regnier pointed this out himself when he has stated in the past the lack of Dementlieuse works of art and performances is an issue. We have an unseen wealth of fresh talent that has been deprived of such opportunities in the past. If I am elected to this position, and truly, even if I am not, I intend to see this changed.

Why should the gentry vote for the Chairwoman of the Workers’ Congress for Councilor?

Dementlieu is the greatest country in the Core, and I am proud to be a part of it. I wish to emphasize to every single member of the gentry, the beauty of this privilege of citizenship that we hold, and the great responsibility that it carries as a result. Previous narratives have highlighted the difference between the common and wealthy man, encouraging discord and strife amongst them. I challenge this idea, and I pose to the gentry to bravely rise and see the benefit of a complete representation of every citizen, not just those who can afford to be heard.

I reject the notion that simply stating that the quality of life here is so much better in comparison to other countries is the standard we seek. We are Dementlieu. We set the standard, and do not let others decide it for us. It is time for us to come together, boldly, and decide what the future of our beloved home should look like. We cannot look to the past, only to the future, and I believe us all fully capable of coming together in the one trait we share, that bonds us together: citizenship.

If one struggles, do not we all? Is it not in the best interest of our future culture, and future economy, that every citizen is allowed to succeed? To any member of the gentry reading this, please consider this your invitation from me, to join the table of unity and forge new paths for a brighter tomorrow.
Earlier, I interviewed Sieur Regnier. He came up with interesting proposals many have discussed. Are there proposals you had in mind?

Certainly! My opponent has stated his desire for heavy-handed censorship. While I certainly agree that censorship has its time and place, I believe excessive silencing simply for the sake thereof will only stifle and suffocate future creativity. We have resilient men and women, such as Dame Lily Anciaux, and Monsieur Jaspar Espivant working tirelessly to lead our theatres and opera houses. The recent performance, The Poisoned Crown, is one such example that was widely celebrated, and well-attended.

I think it would be a true shame to our culture if many inspired written works suffered due to fear of censorship and legal backlash. I would instead petition the Council of Brilliance to see censorship applied in healthy measure while giving the creative geniuses of our time, the space to do what they do best: produce the beautiful cultural works our country is famous for. We would be better served to focus on enabling these establishments to tutor and nurture currently undiscovered talents amongst those who cannot seek out such opportunities otherwise.

I would also propose that the Council take a careful look at the deep wounds past warfare has left on one of the most overlooked positions in our country: the widows of wars past. I am honored to work directly with Monsieur Fleury Vaillant, and Sieur Jacques to finalize the details of a petition for a Widow’s pension. This will directly benefit the quality of life for the women and families left behind in the wake of patriotic sacrifice. These are the women who stand in the trenches, raising children who will be our future, and their sacrifice should not be considered any less than those who heroically died on the battlefield.

It is said you played a role in the rescue of Marion Lecuyer from Felix Toure. What is the real story?

Felix Toure was a tragic example of what happens when vision and ambition are tainted by obsession and bitter loss. I did everything in my power to see him brought to justice for his crimes, but by his actions this was not possible. I will always fight for the well-being of every citizen regardless of social status, and that is what occurred that day within the lighthouse. I am simply grateful to Ezra that we were able to see Mlle. Marion Lecuyer safely back to her family.

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The Election of 776

Frought with political violence throughout the year, the election of 776 for Councilor of Culture has now concluded with 32% of the vote for Madame Lily-Rose Vaillant and 68% of the vote for Sieur Regnier Chaboteaux, Chevalier de Tannegarde. With the election of Councilor Chaboteaux in charge of protecting Dementlieuse culture a new era heralds itself as the Council now sits without an empty seat. Two attempts to disrupt the election and voting were recorded with the first being an assailant acting on behalf of Sarra Regnard of the Workers' Congress to stuff the ballots and the next a criminal necromancer murdered six gendarmes before being driven away by the brave Gendarmerie and citizens who answered the call to protect the Republic. At the end of the election both candidates exchanged conciliatory words and hopes for the future of Dementlieu in heartfelt speeches.

During the election Francette de la Rochenoire, formerly the baroness de Fincelles, became attainted and therefore an outlaw which has posed significant problems for House de la Rochenoire for the treachery conducted by Anatole de la Rochenoire and Jacinth de la Rochenoire. Jacques Varteur, Chairman of the Workers' Congress was assassinated by an assailant allegedly a maddened gentleman of Lamordian origin. His efforts to increase the accessibility of culture to the common people of Dementlieu were later picked up by both Sieur Regnier and Madame Vaillant as an issue they would address so that all can enjoy the fruits of productions and shows that make Dementlieu famous in the Core. Phillberte Gatteux returned to Richemulot and voluntarily exited the race for personal reasons and continue to be a productive citizen of the Republique as Assistant Curator of the Museum in the Quartier Publique with an announced marriage to baron Jehan d'Alard to occur within the week.

The people of Dementlieu can now breath a sigh of relief as the election cycle is concluded and we all hope the cycle of violence of the past few months are a thing of the past.

Sieur Creighton, Chevalier de Moussiet

The Corbeau Culinary Review- Cezar's Coffee and Readery

As a new arrival to Port-a-Lucine I've had a number of locations suggested as 'must visits'. The idea of a Barovian Cafe on that list was a shocking addition, and thus became one of the first I made.

The location of The Cafe is exquisite, the beautiful park of The Quartier Savant providing a lovely backdrop as one enters.

Viewing the menu consists of the basics of Barovian cuisine, made through the lens of a Dementlieuse kitchen. If one is feeling under the weather, I would recommend the Barovian palette highly. Meat and boiled potatoes, while agonizingly simplistic, is incredibly beneficial for one's constitution.

What a number of these dishes fail to do, despite their namesake, is attain the rustic charm of Barovian cuisine. For the Dementlieuse citizen, they may be as close as one will get, but to those who have visited The Grey City of Vallaki, these dishes fall short of those created in the quaint Inns of Barovia.

Despite this, there are a few stand-outs. The Papanasi is a wonderful treat, the imported pastries, while not fresh, are wonderfully prepared, and when it comes down to it Cezar's makes an excellent Quiche.

I was fully prepared to give Cezar's Coffee and Readery an average review and move on, except for its saving grace.

The atmosphere of Cezar's is yet unmatched by any Cafe I've visited in The Serene Republique, or even The Core at large. Privacy among the maze of old books is easy to come by, and nestled away in a chair with the scents of coffee, pipe tobacco, and woodfire on a rainy Dementlieuse afternoon can be described as nothing but 'comfort'.

If you are seeking to find a pinnacle of cuisine, Cezar's Coffee and Readery is not it. For the Artist? The Student? The lover of books and quiet atmosphere? This quaint Cafe will become your mainstay, and I know that I will be a return customer.

Vive la Republique,
Chef Marco Corbeau
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The Spotlight - Stella Seifert

This issue our spotlight is cast upon Stella Seifert who is a practitioner of legerdemain from Ludendorf and a performer whose show at the Club L'Artiste captured the imaginations of her audience! I am joined by Aidelina Gatteux as we ask the new act about this Lamordian magician! Remember that during this interview Miss Seifert is trapped in a chest and is attempting to escape it as she answers our questions!

I've never interviewed someone in a chest before. Tell us about where you are from!

Earlier this year. I left Ludendorf and accompanied one Maximilian Vennard in his travels. He was my mentor, teaching me everything I know about the craft. Card tricks, to start.. then the fundamentals of sleight-of-hand and deception on the stage. He and I would eventually become partners. Unfortunately, the Mists saw us separated.. and to this day, I know not of his whereabouts.

A shame... that brings us to my next question - what led you here to the City of Lights?

This is where stars are made, are they not? Especially in our line of work.. if you wish to gain true fame as a stage magician, you have to make your way towards Port-a-Lucine. Of course, getting here was.. interesting, to say the least. The Mists forced me to take a detour, you see. Into Barovia. Much to my surprise, I was able to perform two shows in the city of Vallaki before being chased out of town by a mob wielding torches and pitchforks.

Barovia.. fascinating. Did your performances in Barovia prepare you for your show tomorrow?

Some noises can be heard inside the chest at this point, loud thumping sounds as though she were banging up against either the top or the sides of the chest.

And since that detour ... this is your first time in Dementlieu?


What led you to pursue the path you have taken? What did you do before?

I made watches. I made and repaired watches for my father's business in Ludendorf, known as Seifert Timepieces, Ltd. Obviously, I found it to be a rather dreary and dull affair overall.. but it did give me a rudimentary understanding of engineering and mechanics. In a way, I see most of my tricks and the tricks of others as puzzles in need of solving.

You have already gathered crowds on the streets with your performances. I wonder though, what is it you wish to accomplish here in the City of Lights in your performances? Who is Stella Seifert?

I hope to delight, to amuse, and to inspire the same awe and wonder I experienced when I was first exposed to the world I now live in and have become a part of. I also hope to show people how to avoid cheats, swindlers, and charlatans, by exposing them for what they are. After all, many of the techniques they use to defraud you are the same that are used on our stage.

A magician revealing others' secrets?

I think there is an important distinction to be made here.. [The sound of chains rattling can be heard once again.] There is a world of difference between those who perform under the auspices of entertainment and those who pass off their talents as real to take advantage of those they know they can exploit. Mediums, for instance, who profess to see spirits, but are actually just taking advantage of those in bereavement. Card sharks who cheat their way to winnings at your expense. They're not magicians. They're not interested in entertaining you. All they are interested in is your money and separating you from it.

Just as a footpad is distinct from a competitive duelist, oui? What's your ... philosophical ... outlook on the on the supernatural, Madame? From common legerdemain, to the arcane sciences, to the occult.

Most of my tricks are accomplished using wholly mundane means. The uninitiated often know not what it is they're looking for, and those who do? They are rather easily distracted. I retain my Lamordian outlook with regards to the world at large, but I also recognize that our senses are faulty.. and we cannot always trust what seems like the simplest solution. To most, I might seem like a skeptic.. but to my countrymen, I would likely seem quite mad. I believe that you must combat superstition, but you also have to fight against close-minded thinking about the world you live in. I hope that is a decent enough answer to your question, if a bit long-winded.

Do you have any parting words to give to our audience at L'Observateur?

I may be one of three Lamordians who actually likes magic. But parting thoughts? First, come to my show. Second, there are no limits beyond one's own imagination. If you dream, you can make those dreams real...

And what is your most fervent dream, Madame?

To inspire others, to see others made to walk in my footsteps. To see them encouraged to walk the same path I was encouraged to tread upon and see where it leads them..
Mademoiselle Seifert rises up, holding the chains that once held her and bows. “Thank you, thank you..”

The Corbeau Culinary Review - Le Croissant Bleu

Before I begin, I understand some readers may be asking, "Monsieur Corbeau, you run a restaurant. Won't these reviews come with a bias?"

While there may be some truth in this question, I would offer that while I may critique my fellows in the culinary industry of Port-a-Lucine, none will be as critical of my own work as I am.

I believe Dementlieu is a pillar for culinary excellence in the Core, and we are the representatives of that. As the saying goes, "Competition Breeds Excellence," and I strive to see all representatives of our culinary arts continue to improve and compete.

 With that, I will continue with my second review:

Le Croissant Blue stands as a pinnacle of fine dining among the establishments of The Quartier Publique, offering Dementlieuse cuisine in an environment fitting of its excellent location.

Sitting between the Le Grande Bibliotheque  and Le Grande Opera Nationale, it attracts a variety of customers at all hours of the day or night. From students taking a break from studying, to those who might find themselves with an appetite following a performance.

The drink offerings are exquisite, with a varied selection of wine and brandy that is enough to please even the most discerning of sommeliers.  If you are particular about red wines, I could not recommend the offered Chateau Malaturno higher. And for those who may not be in the mood for alcohol, the Hazlenut Cafe comes highly recommended.

The menu selection provides an easy review. It is fantastique. Dementlieuse classics, well-prepared. The Boudin Noir aux Pommes stands strides ahead of the rest, and speaks for itself as to why it has become a cornerstone meal for many of the social elite in Port-a-Lucine.

The desserts, while well-prepared, lack variety. To use their baker's skill on a mere three desserts seems a waste of good talent.

The offerings of private rooms are a perfect place to quietly study without the hustle and bustle of the restaurant, or to host a small private gathering. It is also where my largest criticism of Le Croissant Blue lies. This private atmosphere is easily shattered by a hovering waiter or waitress. To enter these rooms without so much as a polite knock, not once, but multiple times during a single seating? It can be ruinous to a customer's experience.

This could be easily rectified by the trained hand of a watchful Maitre d'Hotel, but until it is done so I must warn potential customers of Le Croissant Blue of this practice.

As this review finds its end, I can easily recommend Le Croissant Bleu to visitors and residents of Port-a-Lucine for a fine dining experience.

Vive la Republique,
Chef Marco Corbeau

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