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The Inferno News Week 2


There follow the news reports from 1867.

KING LUDWIG VANISHES - SHOCK GRIPS COUNTRY
Amazement and consternation gripped the whole of Bavaria when it was revealed that the noble Kind Ludwig is missing, and has in fact been away from the throne for some considerable time. This news had been circulating as rumour for some months, but has only now been confirmed by official sources. Chancellor Theodore Kline announced that everything possible was being done to find the King, and it was not believed that he was in any danger, but that the Bavarian Parliament was strong, and well able to rule the country in the King's absence. However, the Bavarians love their King, and it is doubtful that any other figure will be able to pull the country together the way he has done in the past. There have been panicked protests in several towns and cities, and it is clear that many feel they are at the mercy of the Prussians without their King as protector.

MOLTKE AND KLEIN CONCLUDE PEACE TREATY, VOW ETERNAL FRIENDSHIP
First Minister Klein of Bavaria and General von Moltke of Prussia today announced a new treaty between their nations, with full respect for respective sovereignties and an appropriate division of the conquered province of Saxony. The Iron Duke is rumoured to be "encouraged" by this development.

SWISS ARCHBISHOP DENOUNCES WITCHHUNTS
Archbishop Brunner of Berne today denounced the recent Jesuit actions against supposed magicians in Germany, contending "is his how we are supposed to love our neighbours?"

HORRIFIC ANIMAL ATTACKS AROUND WURTZBERG
Citizens of Wurtzberg have been terrified by a number of horrific attacks on citizens living just outside the boundaries of their city. Men, women, and children have all fallen victim to what is now believed to be a monstrous dog that has plagued the area throughout the year.

PRINCE OTTO "SWEPT OFF HIS FEET" AT HARVEST BALL
Prince Otto claims to have found his true love at a recent court social event. The mysterious Countess Irena Von Bayreuth, a débutante to such lofty circles accompanied only by her Uncle Boris, held Prince Otto fascinated for much of the evening, and he has spoken of little else since. However, true love rarely runs smoothly in Royal circles, and when the Countess found herself summoned to the Palace some days later she was amazed to find herself immediately cast out as being "some impostor". Friends often comment that Prince Otto can be a "little strange" but his current determination to find the "true Countess Irena" seems a little odd even to them.

BRITISH PUBLISHER TO PRODUCE OCCULT ENCYCLOPAEDIA
The Theosophical Society of Britain today announced their intentions to produce an encyclopaedia, Encyclopaedia Hermeticae, covering all major occult and magical traditions.

POPE PRAISES HOLY ORDER
The Pope yesterday praised the ongoing work of the Holy order of Duma, a previously little known Christian order. His Holiness made special comment of their sterling work, and near miraculous, pious achievements. Perhaps this marks a move towards a greater significance for this obscure and enigmatic order.

SECRET PRUSSIAN WEAPONS FACTORY IN BERLIN
An unnamed source states that the new factory at Kopenickerfuld in Berlin is secretly building aerial artillery to counter the Bavarian gunboats.

LARGE FIRE WITHIN PRUSSIAN COAL STORE
A mysterious fire put a major dent into the Prussian war effort as it destroyed a large quantity of coal ear-marked for the mighty Prussian army. Rumour has it that many of the terrifying war machines of the Prussian army were being given minimum supplies in the wake of these events. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

PRUSSIAN FINANCIAL CRISIS STRIKES AT TROOP MORALE
Rumours of a financial crisis have been spreading worry throughout the mighty Prussian war machine. Although the Iron Duke Bismark has been quick to deny these rumours, insisting that all is well, morale has suffered further down the military hierarchy. Perhaps it is these concerns that motivated Bismark to invade the wealthy Netherlands, for this victory is sure to bring much new wealth to the Prussian coffers.

COURT AMAZED AT TALE OF POSSESSION
The Bavarian High Court was flabbergasted at the claims of a common thief Hans Grun that he was not in fact responsible for his crimes - breaking into the private bed-chamber of Duchess Tolpel with who know what intent. His claims that he was "possessed by some entity, the nature of which I cannot imagine" as a result of a deal with some nefarious sorceress gained him the ridicule of the court and the wrath of the Judge. He was sentenced to twenty years in jail, but was fated never to serve a day of his sentence, as he was broken out of his cell that very night, only to be murdered (by some irate protector of the Duchess perhaps) - shot through the heart by a silver bullet.

FRENCH SCIENTIST SAYS "MOON TRAVEL IS POSSIBLE"
Dr. Luc Bihan-Dieu of Nice admitted today that there is no reason to believe that science cannot produce a vehicle capable of carrying a man to the Moon.

NOBLE BAVARIAN SPECIAL AGENTS STRIKE AT THE HEART OF THE PRUSSIAN ARMY
A small team of heroic Bavarian agents slipped across the border and broke into a top Prussian military instillation. There they succeeded in planting explosives to destroy a number of the hideous Land Fortresses of the Prussian army, and more amazingly yet made off in one of these frightening vehicles! Although the Prussian forces were in pursuit, these great heroes of Bavaria made a slow, but steady, get away from the instillation. However, disaster was to strike as their vehicle slowed and stopped, the coal it carried for fuel being insufficient to carry it safely home. Although the Prussians re-took their infernal war machine, our heroes made off into the night, and, we hope, returned safely home.

DISASTER AS EUROTECH '67 DISSOLVES INTO CHAOS
Eurotech '67 promised to be the highlight of the year for the world of science. The opening by Gian Gastone was spectacular, and the event, which was supported by the Bavarian Government under Chancellor Klein, was widely attended. However, chaos broke out as many of the inventions on display started to malfunction. The antics that ensued included an orange clad women bouncing around the building, and numerous gherkins exploding following an unusual demonstration of illumination. This caused the highly respected scientist, Jules Vernes, leave the event in disgust. One scientist was mutilated when his anti - assassin machine, "The Deadly Protector", turned its blades on its inventor. Many members of the public were injured, some seriously, as shrapnel from one device exploded across the main exhibition hall.

ROYAL FAMILY SCANDALISED AS PRUSSIAN COUNTESS REVEALS HEIR TO BAVARIAN THRONE
A previously little known Prussian countess has revealed details of her illicit liaison with King Ludwig of Bavaria, and how this "relationship" caused her to bare an illegitimate son to him - personal letters bearing the Royal seal give details of their liaisons which went on over the course of several years. With the mysterious disappearance of King Ludwig, and the thrown standing empty with no obvious heir, the Countess has made it known that she would be prepared to act as guardian to her son if he were placed on the thrown "In the tragic event of Ludwig failing to return." The Iron Duke of Prussia is said to have offered his support to this claim to the Bavarian thrown, offering his political support for such a monarch: "I believe it would bring a permanent and lasting peace to the area," he was heard to say.

INFLATION HITS BAVARIA AS CURRENCY WORRIES STRIKE
Economic strife has hit Bavaria after a mysterious influx of new currency has caused a destabilisation of the country's war-strained economy. The hyper inflation has caused increasing poverty and difficulty in many areas of society - the poor are becoming poorer, and as factories are forced to close unemployment in making famine a very real possibility in some cities. The confused population are casting around themselves for any person or cause who can relieve their strife.

DISASTER STRIKES BAVARIAN ARMY - AIR NAVY SCUPPERED
A mysterious terrorist attack has caused a head-ache for the Bavarian high command - unknown saboteurs broke into a military encampment and wrought terrible destruction to the magnificent Bavarian Aironavy. A number of explosions disabled or destroyed many of the Bavarian Aerobattleships - military leaders are said to be concerned, but believe they have the situation under control.