Waysterra

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Welcome to Waysterra. It’s hot in the winter and hotter in the summer. Average precipitation is 0 outside of the mountains, and there’s only one oasis.

At least it’s a dry heat.

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Wasteland Biweekly Briefs 1
A collection of brief stories from around the continent.

FAMOUS BANDIT LEADER FINALLY IN CHAINS.

After a nighttime raid on his latest hideout, famed bandit Bruto Regan has finally been captured by Sheriff Geory Hines of Parma, Metropolis East. Inspector Higgin of Bernadelli Indemnity refused to comment on any timeframe of return of stolen valuables. Father Bernid of the local Long Now chapel called it “A blessing”, stated that the church was “[…]glad the whole mess is over, and people can return to their lives.”

SURPRISE VISIT SWEETS UP HUNTING FESTIVAL

Surprise visit from famed Piccolo Sweets energized the already stellar Eve of Eirgrell sendoff show. “I can’t wait to try and top this next year,” says Jane Amisidhe, sitting mayor of Barstow, Metropolis North

RAIN IN SILVERMONT LEAVES PROPERTY DAMAGE, BODIES, QUESTIONS IN ITS WAKE

Experts baffled at strange weather event that has left dozens of citizens homeless. Bernadelli Indemnity has no estimate yet on how much property damage was caused. Investigators and scholars are trying to look into how this happened. Waysterra East Freight says their Farm Northwest line will continue running, and will serve aid workers at reduced rates.

SPRINGHILL PAPER CO DENIES PRODUCTION ISSUES

Allegations of timber worker stoppage found to be unsubstantiated. Senior worker officials could not be found for comment.

NEW STUDY FINDS THAT 75% OF PEOPLE COMPRISE LESS THAN 3/4 OF WAYSTERRAN POPULATION.

Researchers baffled by new study, will publish official findings in next SciFact Quarterly.

WAYSTERRA EAST FREIGHT CELEBRATES THIRD CONSECUTIVE QUARTER WITHOUT MAJOR UNEXPLAINED INCIDENT

Bernadelli Indemnity increases WEF’s rating from “Abysmal” to “Tolerable”, where it joins TransWest at the second highest rating Bernadelli has listed rail companies. Vennerrail remains at “Untouchable” status for 250th straight quarter.

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Wasteland Biweekly Briefs 2
A collection of brief stories from around the continent.

SPRINGHILL PAPER AND PRINT CO RESUMES OPERATIONS

Interim head of forestry Galder Rove issued a statement explaining the production issues and the need for discretion. Production is expected to return to full capacity within the next month. Questions still abound as to the exact nature of the events, but no further answers are forthcoming.

UP-AND-COMING MUSICIAN MISSING, AUTHORITIES UNCONCERNED

Sources say that young fiddle virtuoso Johnny Mooring failed to keep his scheduled tour in Bazaar South after a blowout showing in Farm Northwest, leading to much disappointment among fans. Authorities in the area report that they “[…]have better things to spend their resources on than some flighty fiddler.”

SILVERMONT CLEANUP FACES PROBLEMS, ALLEGATIONS

Unconfirmed reports claim construction companies given no-bid rebuilding contracts with Farm Casualty and Assurance have connections to Syndicate front businesses. No more reports to follow.

RESEARCHERS INVOLVED IN CONTROVERSIAL STUDY NO LONGER FOUND IN OFFICES.

Vareig officials report that lead researchers behind the now-infamous “Less than 3/4” study have missed the last two weeks of work. With the SciFact Quarterly deadline fast approaching, University leaders pledge to exmaine findings and ensure proper publishing and verification.

REGAN SLIPS BONDS, BANDAGES

Sources close to Aradace police report that bandit leader Bruto Regan escaped medical custody early Monday morning. Authorities warn that Regan is to be considered armed but not quite as extremely dangerous as he usually would be.

RISING STAR WASTELAND HERALD REPORTER LET GO, LAST STORY PRINTED WITHOUT PERMISSION

The editorial board is going to flip when they realize I snuck this in here. They won’t let me finish the Silvermont story but it’s bigger than they realize. Watch this space closely – I’ll be back I swear.

SYNDICATE SPOTTED IN METROPOLIS WEST NORTH?

Authorities are asking for anyone with information about suspected Syndicate expansion in the Metropolis West North district to come forward. Monetary rewards have been offered for any information leading to the cessation of Syndicate activities, as authorities “[…]already have enough to worry about with the damn Families all in a huff about something.” according to interpol deputy commissioner Alex Werhan.

TROUBLING THRASHER MIGRATIONS RUMORED IN DESERT

Ornithologists in Dorestad report swarms of the normally solitary birds out in the desert. Most notable is the resemblance of the swarms to underground rivers theorized by Vareig scholars.

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Wasteland Biweekly Briefs 3
A collection of brief stories from around the continent.

ANNAN? WATERS!

Following just a few weeks on the heels of the rainstorm in Silvermont, a freak storm buried the Spark South depot town of Annan under water and mud. Casualty lists and damage estimates are incomplete at the time of printing, as Farm Casualty and Insurance and Bernadelli Indemnity seem to disagree on total numbers, and also the town is still under a large quantity of water. Officials are warning civilians to keep clear of the town for the foreseeable future, with one officer quoted as saying “that’s going to be a toxic hole for a long time. It’s going to be concentrated death there until a proper cleanup can get underway.” The official spoke under condition of anonymity.

INVESTIGATIONS INTO CONTROVERSIAL STUDY SHUT DOWN OVER ALLEGATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE

Vareig officials who had been looking into the “75% of people” study have called off investigations into the study itself. According to a spokeswoman, the study’s methodology was flawed, “they seem to think that some of the population ’aren’t people’, according to these notes. It’s a shame that we live in a day and age where racism is alive and well.” The disappearance of the researchers is still under investigation, according to Interpol.

SYNDICATE LEADER GALLAGHER ARRESTED IN GOLDPLATE?

Unconfirmed reports from Goldplate indicate that Third Eye Syndicate captain Gallagher was spotted in Interpol custody, along with two of his lieutenants. Sources in Interpol have refused to comment, citing an ongoing investigation, but have promised a statement later this month.

SILVERMONT MEMORIAL COMPLETED, DECLARED HALLOWED GROUND BY CHURCH

In a somber mass and ceremony this week, Overfather Statum dedicated the statue in Silvermont that was erected in memorial of the lives lost in the rainstorm that destroyed most of the town. Work continues in rebuilding Silvermont, despite new allegations of Syndicate involvement in the reconstruction process. No word from the Church on any plans for a similar monument in Annan.

SOMEONE AT THIS PAPER STILL LIKES ME

And they’ll keep printing this story, if they know what’s good for them. The rainstorm in Annan wasn’t natural. It was the Syndicate’s doing. I was there, and so was Gallagher. He was up to something there, and I’m sure it involved what happened in Silvermont. Just because the Herald fired me doesn’t mean I won’t get to the bottom of this. There are good people out there if you know where to find them.

BANDIT LEADER REGAN ALIVE AND UNWELL?

Aradace rural police forces released a statement reminding citizens that the bandit leader Bruto Regan is still at large, despite a dedicated manhunt. Officials are offering a reward for any information that leads to his discovery and/or arrest. Regan was last seen in Aradace escaping medical custody. Police officials remind citizens that he is to be considered armed and dangerous, despite his current condition. Captain Vega of Aradace Metro is quoted as saying “This is a slippery bastard we’re dealing with. He’s eluded capture and caused mayhem for more than a decade. He knows what he’s doing. I don’t want to hear of any civilians hurt or killed trying to capture him. We’re putting together a task force to head up the manhunt and bring this bastard in to face justice.” Regan is personally responsible for more silver worth of stolen and damaged property over the course of his career than several of the Aradace Families.

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