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Assault halted at Bude and Tintagel.
Much territory lost to the Lords of Light
At 6am on Sunday 07 August, the Lords of Light assaulted three beaches along the coastline of Cornwall. They also attempted to make landfall at Newquay market, but were denied entrance to the harbour after intense negotiations on behalf of the Freehold.
Fighting was heavy, with many casualties in the first few minutes of the assault on both sides. The Hedge around Port Isaac, the stomping grounds of the pirate Copinger, was held for a short time by a party of warriors from all parts of the UK, with one eye-witness saying that the warriors of the free lost took on all kinds of mythical forms amongst the fighting, sinister sea creatures that dragged men to their deaths, terrible storms that tossed the boats, and heroic figures that resembled figures from greek epic more than mere warriors of the free lost.
Unfortunately the forces there were overwhelmed and forced to retreat to the safety of Camelot.
This was to set a precedent, as first Penzance fell then Falmouth, Newquay and Bodmin to the welsh forces. At the time of writing the hedge fortresses at Bude and Tintagel, the castle known as Camelot, were besieged by the enemy forces.
We understand that the Loyalist forces are incapable of holding the ground they have taken and will have to retreat due to action taken by the Winter court of Avalon curiously called the Traitor Knights.
Refugees are slowly fleeing the area and sporadic reports of fighting are still coming in.

Ironbridge seized as forces of Mercia burned to cinders

Early reports from Mercia and the Wall suggest that the assault was multi-pronged, with an assault on the wall, clearly designed to split the forces of Alpona.
More worryingly, the Ironbridge source of much Drama at last years celebration of the Renewal of the Mockeries seems to have fallen silent overnight.
Unconfirmed evidence suggests that a vast red dragon rampaged through the hedge burning the defenders and their newly constructed walls to the ground. We have reached out to the leaders of Mercia for comment.

Siege at Bude Broken

A daring crew of changelings have broken the seige at Bude.
With the considerable risk to life and limb, changelings broke into the Camp behind the lines at Bude. Fighting had been ongoing for days, and it appears the loyalists had some way to stop the Changelings from bringing in new supplies.

We understand a creature known as a blank man was responsible, and agents in the hedge and the real world coordinated to take down this creature and further to which opened a hedge gate through which the wounded could be removed and supplies and reinforcements brought in.

We understand that the situation remains tense, but no longer desperate.

Marshall of the West calls for fleet

Crusade hedge-ocean-superiority ensures supply lines remain open to the crusade in Cornwall.

The Marshall of the west, speaking from the Wall in Bristol, has called on all able Changelings to help him form a blockade in the Bristol Channel hedge in order to prevent the loyalists from resupplying and to make the war too costly to them economically.

Wall rebuffs small assault

Early reports of an attack on the Wall turn out to have been nothing but a bluff on the part of the Loyalists intending to split forces between Cornwall and Bristol.

The Marshall remains convinced though that the current distribution of forces is correct, and that they are already formulating a strategy to retake the south of Cornwall.

Historic documents signed ahead of war

Agreement ends centuries of Cornish isolation.
Deep within the halls of Tintagel Castle, on Saturday afternoon, representatives from Alpona, Avalon, The East, Gellard and Scotland, agreed to admit Avalon to the Treaty of Ely.

More will follow when our representatives manage to get our hands on the amended document.

Obituaries

Briar of Wiltshire

Sheriff of the Dusk Court, Hedge warden and protector of the Free.
It is with heavy heart we report he fell in the battle to liberate The Abbati of Bodmin and retrieve The Sword of Pelleas.

In no small part due to his efforts and sacrifice the mission was completed.
He will forever be remembered and honoured for his acts.

May he find peace Eternal

Byron of Cambridge

Byron sacrificed himself willingly and purposefully to destroy a terrible threat which would have killed a large number of Lost. He dealt the forces of the Lords of Light a decisive blow.

He was a seer, an occultist, and a hero. But more than that, Byron was a friend. He will be missed.

​Sabrina and Spike

Ehroth of Devon

Knight of the Summer Court and protector of the Free.
We sadly report that Ehroth fell in battle during the
effort to break the siege in Bude and help the allied
Forces escape from where they were entrenched.
We were told that Ehroth gave his life to protect
Redfern, Baron of Devon, during the escape.

Lady Willow of Warwick

It is with extreme sadness that we report the passing of
Lady Willow, leader of the Hedge Wardens, protector of
the Free Lost. She passed away in battle, protecting
and holding a hedgegate so that refugees could escape.
Our sentiments go out to the Hedge Wardens in the loss
of their leader and she will forever be remembered and
honoured.

May she find peace Eternal.

The Preventive Men

The Falmouth Brethren, a collection of sea-faring hobs and treacherous mercenaries and privateers, dog-headed and cruel have controlled the hedge around Falmouth for centuries.

An ancient collection of vikings who settled in the area during the 9th century, allowed to stay by the kings of cornwall at that time in return for seeing off the saxon aggressors, brought with them the Dusk court. Ever since the founding of the colony, it has been the traditional home of dusk courtiers in Cornwall, forming an unbroken chain back to Gerrarson the Mad (Also known as Gerrarson the Beautiful).

They formed a Barony of sorts in the area, acting as excise men. Although not completely dusk, a dusk motley known as the Preventive Men has existed since at least the early 18th Century, named after an anti-wrecker customs force of the same name, created by Lieutenant George Drew of His Majesty’s Excise and Customs.

The autumn archives state that George Drew was not a changeling or even a fae-touched, but that he and his men, with the help of a priest from Zennor, worked with the local changelings to keep the people of Cornwall safe from threats they would never need to know about.

We understand that they fought for hours in the village of Zennor, refusing to retreat until all the locals from the are had made it to safety.

We report with some sadness, that none of them have returned from the fray.

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