The following reaches the Verdisian Office of Intelligence within two days of the events having taken place – though reportedly at the cost of one deep agent in Oasis who was betrayed by the caravan-master who formerly carried his messages. Rumors always spread, though, and within a few more days, the knowledge which the agent died to send with haste reaches the common people north of the Border Mountains.
Proclaimed by High Priest Veyiim of the Eternal Flame, to the people of the Oasis:
“Sons and Daughters of the Flame, come! Listen!
"Let our mourning for the brave men who marched north at the Speaker’s command cease! I tell you the truth, you of hearts kindled with righteous zeal, each of those who fell in battle is now in blessed union with the Flame! They answered the Sun’s call to liberate the Holy City of Ielios, and brought the Sun’s fierce justice to the forces of evil there. Their blades slew hundreds of the Red Scourge, and by their sacrifice, Ielios is free beneath the Sun’s watchful rays once more.
"And on that day, when the traitorous Men of Verdisio came under false truce, waiting until the Mantle of Dominion was finally unearthed only to turn their blades upon your husbands, your fathers, your brothers – on that day, by the Eternal Flame’s justice, the Speaker, Iesev, Avatar of the Flame, brought forth the Flame's Might to sunder one of their black air-ships! Yea, I tell unto you, even as the unholy, abominable constructs of our Enemy slaughtered the devout of the Flame, so was the destruction wrought by the Flame's Avatar.
"Now, while glad tidings have already returned to us that the survivors of the Liberating Siege have once more secured the City and begun to renew it, there have been whispers, rumors, uncertainties, that High Priest Rusul and the Speaker were lost. Nay! Nay, I tell you, for by the same Inexorable Power with which the Enemy's dark ship was felled, did the Speaker and his Priest escape with their lives! I have heard from them, as have the others of the growing Priesthood, and say to you confidently that they shall return to continue the Holy Crusade once more. By the power of the Mantle, the Crimson Scourge shall soon be driven before us, cast out from these holy and ancient lands. The sunblessed sands shall be as the fiercest flame beneath their feet, and our villages, towns, our farms and flocks, shall be safe once more - safe from the Demon Host, and soon, safe from the wretched armies enthralled to the vampires of the north.
"Hearken to the Speaker's Call! As you recieve tidings from your husbands, your fathers, your brothers, join them in worship and service at the Holy City! It is by life, pious, zealous, and bright, that we shall prevail!"
Minievent, related, tomorrow night - early evening EDT. More to come!