The office of the Chancellor has arranged an open forum to discuss the current state of affairs in SDR.
Liam stands behind a small podium in front of the assembled people. Various members of the council can be seen near the front of the crowd. The Chancellor speaks clearly and confidently:
"People of the Ridge and those from beyond, welcome to my first State of the City address. I decided that it is high time that we speak directly to one another of the various goings-on around town. I will make a few statements then we can open it up for discussion and questions. I want you all to feel you can be open and honest about any concerns you have. I will do my damndest to address anything that is brought before me at this meeting
We began this year with a large economic boon, new foreign outreach, and a general feeling of peace throughout the city. The quarry is back up and running as are our lumber exports. We've bounced back amazingly fast after the detrimental events of last year.
That being said, it would seem all good things must come to an end...Threats new and old have arisen. The aberrant animals and beasts that were thought to be a side effect of the Fae "queen's" occupation have not tapered off as we thought they would. The City Guard continually has to fend off these strange creatures as they surface around the city. They seem more active at night and in areas that are less trafficked. It is my advice that we go back to our old custom of making sure not to travel alone, even within the city. The Knowledge Guild and The Adventurers Guild are working together to find the source of these things and devise a way to stop them from being a threat.
The other recent concerning issue is these spires that have been, sometimes literally, cropping up in and around the city. Our information on them is limited as they seem rather volatile and no one has been able to even get a sample of the material, let alone study it. What we do know is that they seem to be crystalline in nature, and they appear to grow out of the ground at rates much faster than natural crystals, and when contact is made with them, various magical effects up to and including violent explosions tend to result. I advise avoidance until we are able to learn more.
That all being said, we have always faced challenges in this city, and we have always overcome. We have troubles in front of us now, but we are still better off than we were 6 months ago. We will overcome these problems like we have all the others.
I would now like to hear from you. Are there any questions or topics you'd like to discuss"
(OOG: For the sake of keeping this from getting too out of timeline, we'll put a 2 week limit on replies. If you want your character to have been present for this, feel free to comment below in game with your questions for the chancellor by 3-14-18.)