The Rumor Mill - Week 8

Now calling: week 8 of The Rumor Mill, where we delve into some rumors involving the transmission of information or its prevention. In many ways information transmission ends up as a meta topic, since uncovering secrets and communicating across long distances both lie at the heart of playing a remote role-playing game. From "how far am I from the ogre?" to "I need to let the rest of the party know what I found out right now," we can't play a tabletop game without communicating information.

For our purposes, we'll deal with topics found in the world around Fellport. I'm being vague in a few cases here, because some of this information may come up in a future game. No spoilers, as they say.

1Sariel has worked at the Council House for centuries. She knows many secrets.Yes1
2Be careful what you say. Someone else listens whenever you cast sending.Maybe2
3I've heard that augury has been wrong lately. Do the gods even exist any more?No3
4Before the Arcane Night, people and cities could teleport across the world.Maybe4
5The Spell Exchange offers spells from across Beneterra for a reasonable fee.Maybe5
6Dragons gave the humanoid races knowledge. We've gone stagnant without them.No6
7Imperial-made steel remains strong, meaning we've lost metallurgical secrets.No7
8The Heroes of Fellport closed a portal, and disturbing dreams got worse.Yes8

1 - In some cases she knows where the literal bodies are buried, but she maintains a low profile and avoids the public.
2 - Coincidences involving sending messages are up, leading people to groundlessly suspect extraplanar eavesdroppers.
3 - Just because augury tells you a truth you don't want to hear, doesn't mean it's wrong. What changed after casting?
4 - The Etheric Age produced many wonders, including teleportation, Back then a few cities flew, but they didn't teleport.
5 - They only have locations in Aldunleigh, Fellport, Ionia, and Imzilut. And "reasonable" is subjective for monthly fees.
6 - Dragons taught the elder races many things, but people can figure things out on their own without draconic influence.
7 - A secret society called Odin's Chosen focuses on finding and retaining secrets of metallurgy and mineral science.
8 - Well that's a curious coincidence, now isn't it? Maybe we'll explore this at some point in-game.

Part of T.W.Wombat's Lore 24 project, detailing the world around Fellport.
For all city posts, see the Fellport Index. For posts about the wider world, see the Beneterra Index.

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