Summer had come to Fortunes Bend. Gone were the quiet days of the early spring when the town was home to little more than a few stuffy archeologists and their laborers. Since that time the whole area has been bustling with people of all sorts. Temples have opened where once there was nothing but warehouses and storage sheds. Warriors and fighters practice in the fields, and do battle with monsters from the mountains and elsewhere. Mages and scholars and craftsmen fill the guildhall at all hours either working on projects or doing research.
While archeology and digging continues throughout the area, there are now many other projects and tasks going on about town. The various priests of the Genesori work diligently to improve their various temple. Mother Nairi continues her efforts at consecrating the sacred tree of Koreel. Father Edward has been keeping strange hours, gone for days at a time, only to return to his temple and work long hours into the night. Some say he is still concerned about the desecration it suffered, others that he must be plotting a means to prevent this from happening again.
The church as a whole continues their efforts at eradicating the recently uncovered menace of the Altiesh cult. No word has been heard from the cult since the death of the one known as Heinrich. Some believed the Altiesh have moved on the greener pastures, while others believe they lurk in hiding, waiting and planning.
With the absence of the Altiesh the town itself has been much safer of late. Dangers still existed and monsters still appeared from time to time. They either wandered down from the nearby Batterclast Mountain or are uncovered in the diggings. So far the Empire has not garrisoned the town with any significant amount of forces, but the residents have managed to keep things safe.
Work also continues on research towards construction of a stable gate in town. Archmage Thorne often speaks of the experiments and tests he planned to conduct in order to complete this task. Various scholars and researchers have also spent time studying the strange building at the edge of town with the glowing symbols, but so far nothing new has been discovered about it.
Another indication of the newfound importance of the town is that it has been chosen as the site for the trial of Iyar Sende. The trial of this Inlyrican priest is bound to bring to Fortunes Bend a small amount of the tension between Shi’ara and Ilyrico that is playing out elsewhere in the Empire.
Within the last week a new phenomenom begun occurring in town. Red feathers have begun appearing in strange places and circumstances. No one knows precisely where they come from or what purpose they serve, but there are no shortage of theories.
New faces continue to arrive, each with their own story and reasons for coming to Fortunes Bend. Plenty of challenges await these people and new ones arise every day. What new developments the long days of summer bring remains to be seen.