Ian Martin (the actual writer for real)
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In Search of Macsen Fallo (Part 1)
12th of Ash, Rigantona 12
While we hear grand pronouncements from our generals about The Glorious Fields of Brankadeh, there are those among the less educated orders who are referring to the same battle as General Brutus' Abbatoir. Indeed, one satire, recently emerged from one of the less reputable printing houses west of the river, presents a most critical counterpoint to the official reports and has found not inconsiderable popularity among the uncouth masses.
This story, called, and I hope my readers will forgive me for recounting the title on these pages, The Autumn of Blood, while undoubtedly a work of treasonous intent, is a clear critick of not only General Brutus' methods, but also his character. While we on the pages of Y Cleddyf deplore such personal attacks on our brave soldiers, it seems to us that the appearance of satires such as these asks questions of the methods by which the military hierarchy is working to achieve victory in this war.
The battlefield at Brankadeh showing the results of repeated bombardments. The structures depicted in the background are likely part of the ancient Sul Temple, miraculously undamaged by the cannon shells and fire.
To be continued...