1. Iron shortage due to flooding at the mines at Hillbank.
2. Increased orc raids in the Easterne Marche.
3. Friar Beardemonte of the Priory of Skjerk is in Umbrandin preaching hells and damnation, attempting to raise a crusade to the Ardens. There is much sympathy for this but little stomach since the need to meet the demands of continued raids from the eastern orcs.
4. The Paladinate is looking for men at arms to accompany the legate Artur Godeffrey on an important mission of consult to the lands of the Illyrian League. A treat is usually sought every five years or so but with increased pressure from goblins and orcs it has been considerably longer since a mission has been mounted. Travel in the open seas is to treacherous at this time, and has been for many years, so the expedition will need to be mounted by an overland route, possibly no less treacherous. Since the Olde North Road striking out from the Kingdoms of the Dayne Valleys is no longer a reliable route due to a dark menace that inhabits the valley, a path will need to be found across the Bitteroote. It is hoped that the mission can include visits to the Western Priories as well, to help ascertain their condition. There is great need for those who have skill at adventuring and knowledge of the lands so offers of remuneration will reflect this. The ranger Aeldred Autumnwoode from the Farfenne has been contracted to lead the party as far as the Gnome hamlet of Eausannen. From there the party shall be left to their own means. It is reckoned that the journey to the Priory at Ende is another 20 leagues beyond Farfenne and the Northern Orcdoms another 100 difficult leagues beyond that.
5. Rumors of the birth of a great warrior
6. War Footing. The Paladinate is in the process of fitting an army for war in the east. Lords and their knights, as well as mercenary and conscripts are rallying