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Witches Reign NPCs ([personal profile] wrnpcs) wrote in [community profile] witchesreign2014-02-04 11:03 am

[BBS/action] Headlines

[Among the murmurs of strange localized weather conditions around Garden and crying over vanished hotdogs, some of the SeeDs, staff, and older cadets are looking worried, their heads together in discussion and newspapers in their hands. Some people have left clippings of two different articles around Garden, and around lunchtime, native cadet Dominique Krefft (Mean Trepie #2) takes the liberty of typing them up and posting it on the BBS:]

President Loire Suffers Cardiac Arrest; Defense Minister Named Acting President

Esthar President Laguna Loire, hero of the Sorceress War and president of Esthar for forty years, suffered a heart attack which rendered him comatose yesterday, appointing Defense Minister Raguel Stern as acting president before collapsing.

The news came as a shock to government staffers, opposition leaders, and Esthar citizens alike, as despite his advancing age, President Loire has always been given a clean bill of health during annual examinations. Preliminary reports blame a heart attack brought on by the stress of a high-stakes political meeting between Loire and several political leaders known to oppose his pro-offworlder stance, including Stern, World First party leader Damokt Gold, and General Sierna Strom.

"Unfortunately, while negotiating with President Loire on certain key platform elements, he collapsed and began writhing," General Strom said at a press conference held in the president's manor, where she and the other leaders remained to ensure a smooth transition of power. "I regret that we all believed President Loire was simply being himself to avoid a serious discussion, which delayed our efforts to seek treatment for him until we realized his condition was serious." When questioned about her black eye and reports that she had been treated for injuries, General Strom replied that, "President Loire continued to thrash for the duration of the event, striking me several times as we attempted to restrain him to perform first aid."

According to the statement released by Acting President Stern, President Loire regained consciousness just long enough to name him as acting president, and state his own intent to retire, before collapsing. No hospital responded to queries seeking the location of President Loire and his current condition is unknown.

Esthar Declares War on Balamb Garden

The nation of Esthar has declared war on the independent state of Balamb Garden.

One of Acting President Raguel Stern's first acts as leader of Esthar was to formally sign a declaration of war, which specifically names Balamb Garden as "the enemy of the nation" and calls for its immediate surrender or destruction.

In a statement originally read on Esthar radio and consequently published in the Esthar Post, the government calls for its citizens to "take arms against the off-world Sorceresses and those brainwashed into standing by them".

It accuses Balamb Garden of plotting to take over the world in these times of chaos and appeals to the international community to condemn its support of off-worlders and use of child soldiers.

Despite the conciliatory nature of President Loire's government towards the SeeD forces, anti-off-worlder sentiment has risen in Esthar since Balamb Garden forcibly acquired Galbadia Garden from Sol Invictus two weeks ago. Vlas Colban, Estharian Special Envoy to Balamb, publically spoke out against Balamb Garden after his son, a cadet at the school, was killed in the battle. This current move came as no surprise to political watchers, as Stern, World First party leader Damokt Gold, and General Sierna Strom had been meeting with President Loire to advocate this position at the moment of President Loire's collapse.

Esthar has reactivated all of its defense mechanisms such as the cloaking device hiding the nation. Train services between Fisherman's Horizon and Esthar, which have been running thrice a week since July last year, have been stopped.

[Domi won't be replying, but feel free to discuss amongst yourselves on the post or in person.]
hotpinkwhirlwind: (confused)


[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-03 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
[On the first floor of Balamb Garden, Sharpay, resplendent in sequins, throws aside the newspaper clipping. Her voice is sharp and shrill:] Since when are we an 'independent nation', why doesn't Galbadia have Galbadia Garden, and why is it 2014?!
gunbladegrrl: (Heh)

[personal profile] gunbladegrrl 2014-02-04 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
[After a morning spent trying to keep a leak in the sub-basement from flooding every lower floor despite the fact that nowhere in Garden should so much be available, answering these questions seems like a vacation. She leans on the directory for a little support.]

We're an independent nation since a few months ago when we declared independence, we have Galbadia Garden since we took it from Sol Invictus after they took it from Galbadia, and Time Compression.
hotpinkwhirlwind: (bitter)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-05 12:44 pm (UTC)(link)
[Sharpay puts two fingers to her temple as if staving off a headache.] Ugh, I thought Time Compression was only meant to send people from here forward through time, not off-worlders.
gunbladegrrl: (cute stuff)

[personal profile] gunbladegrrl 2014-02-05 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
People have left here and come back before. Not... not as often as appears to be happening, though. Things are heating up. They have been ever since we stopped the Time Compression Mage.
hotpinkwhirlwind: (confused)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-07 10:38 am (UTC)(link)
Time Compression Ma-- [Sharpay shakes her head.] Oh my god, I need some kind of briefing on the past - [She bends down to pick up the clipping and check the date again.] Year and two months. [That is a disgusting amount of time to be away. There must have been at least three terrible DRA 101 productions without her!]
gunbladegrrl: (looking out from beneath the hair)

[personal profile] gunbladegrrl 2014-02-07 03:38 pm (UTC)(link)
What was the last thing you remember? [Because the time has passed in a blur for Maria. A happy blur, for the most part, since she's been living her SeeD dream and enjoying the hell out of it, but there sure has been so MUCH going on...]
hotpinkwhirlwind: (pros vs. cons)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-08 08:28 am (UTC)(link)
I was grabbing some brunch... [Which could be any day, really.] Yesterday, I went shopping for Chase's Secret Santa.
gunbladegrrl: (wat)

[personal profile] gunbladegrrl 2014-02-10 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
[Maria presses her fingers to her forehead briefly, trying to ward off a headache before one can start.]

Major political events. Something I could place your time of disappearance from accurately.
hotpinkwhirlwind: (sarcasm)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-13 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
[The idea of her following politics is a crazy one, and the look on her face indicates as much. Also we weren't doing weeklies yet.

[After a moment, Sharpay lifts a hand, inspired.]
December. 2012.
gunbladegrrl: (oh reaaally?)

[personal profile] gunbladegrrl 2014-02-14 04:13 pm (UTC)(link)
So... you missed the whole training exercise on the Island, then?
hotpinkwhirlwind: (confused)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-20 12:22 pm (UTC)(link)
What training exercise and what island? [There are a lot of islands.]
gunbladegrrl: (the hair is back)

[personal profile] gunbladegrrl 2014-02-21 05:08 pm (UTC)(link)
A little over a year ago, we had a training mission on the Island Closest to Heaven -- it was basically an exercise in learning to deal with impossible odds and inevitable defeat. Wasn't very fun.
hotpinkwhirlwind: (ewwww)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-03-10 05:15 am (UTC)(link)
Um, ew. Glad I missed that.
gunbladegrrl: (Heh)

[personal profile] gunbladegrrl 2014-03-10 02:36 pm (UTC)(link)
It wasn't fun, no.

[After a moment, Maria smiles sheepishly.] Though I will admit, it did knock the ol' pride down a notch or two.
hotpinkwhirlwind: (smirk)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-03-12 08:09 am (UTC)(link)
[A snort.] I can think of less physically dangerous ways to do that.
gunbladegrrl: (i am intrigured)

[personal profile] gunbladegrrl 2014-03-12 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, no kidding. But we definitely all learned what being knocked out while under a GF's protection was like. Not something I wanted to experience, but I guess it's good to have done so.
werepanther: ([tom] not following you)


[personal profile] werepanther 2014-02-06 01:16 am (UTC)(link)
[Of course, that newspaper clipping promptly smacks him in the face. Tom just kind of blinks, before taking it into his hands and skimming it.] Huh.

You'd think we'd get the memos for these things.
hotpinkwhirlwind: (lean on Tom)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-07 10:38 am (UTC)(link)
[She hasn't heard that voice in months. Sharpay turns to him slowly, unable to believe her eyes, then reaches up to touch his shoulder.

[He's real. She throws her arms around him, trying very hard not to cry in public.]
laughafterme: (Pinkie: jot jot jot)


[personal profile] laughafterme 2014-02-09 01:34 am (UTC)(link)
Shouldn't you be more worried about us going to war, again?!

[Also, have a hug from behind!]
hotpinkwhirlwind: (sarcasm)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-10 10:19 am (UTC)(link)
[The question from behind is warning enough for Sharpay to brace herself for the hug, and as soon as Pinkie lets up a bit, she'll turn around to her with a smile.] Oh, I can worry about that next - nothing else leading up to it makes sense!
laughafterme: (Pinkie: SO MUCH FUN!)

[personal profile] laughafterme 2014-02-10 10:28 am (UTC)(link)
I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE HERE THOUGH! [Pinkie can't contain her happiness and bounces in place.] You and Applejack! There's so much to tell you!
hotpinkwhirlwind: (smirk)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-13 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
[Sharpay smiles, her excitement catching even if she personally thinks it's no big deal.] Yeah? What else did I miss besides that? [A dismissive gesture at the clipping on the floor.]
laughafterme: (Pinkie: cracked)

[personal profile] laughafterme 2014-02-17 02:50 am (UTC)(link)
[Pinkie will just repeat this whole thing, word for word, for Sharpay.]
hotpinkwhirlwind: (crap‚ I have to pretend to be nice now)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-02-20 12:23 pm (UTC)(link)
[That. is a lot of information.

[Sharpay takes a moment to process it all before deciding where to start.]

I was here for the jam and the chocolate rain, and I knew you had a Special Someone - I'm glad you're still together. [She gives Pinkie a genuine smile. Not only together but talking about love now? That's beautiful and Pinkie so deserves it.

[Still, a lot of Pinkie's information adds up to answers to her questions, particularly Galbadia not having Galbadia Garden, and confirms things she was wondering about, like the nation of Balamb Garden, which she'd thought might have been Estharian propaganda. So now she frowns.]
I guess now I can worry about going to war.
laughafterme: (Pinkie: cracked)

[personal profile] laughafterme 2014-02-24 09:01 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, so Time Compression didn't make your mind mush! Awesome!

[Pinkie gives her a squeeze in happiness.] We can worry TOGETHERRRRRR! Where do we even start?! Do we train until our muscles are too sore to move?! Or do we panic and hoard all the emergency supplies?!

[She shouldn't be so...happy about this.]
hotpinkwhirlwind: (a single spotlight)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-03-10 05:17 am (UTC)(link)
[Hoarding the supplies gets a moment of genuine consideration, before Sharpay shakes her head. No, that would be selfish, and she's meant to be working on that.]

Training's a good idea. After all -

[Suddenly, music out of nowhere:] What can't we do if we get in it? We'll work it through within a minute.
laughafterme: (Pinkie: SO MUCH FUN!)

[personal profile] laughafterme 2014-03-16 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
YEAH! BREAK OUT INTO A MUSICAL TIME! [The best option in Pinkie's opinion!]

We'll put our all into it!

[Hey, she hasn't seen that show before doesn't know the lyrics!]
hotpinkwhirlwind: (pros vs. cons)

[personal profile] hotpinkwhirlwind 2014-03-24 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
[Shar hasn't seen it either didn't know the lyrics before either, they just happen! She strikes a strong pose, offering Pinkie a hand to hold.] We have to try - we'll pay the price!