Facing the Faceless
- Although the Freerunners maintain an extensive intelligence network, very little is known about House Orduval. Would-be informants are able to infiltrate to fairly high levels within a few months, but then abruptly disappear without a trace.
- House Niyati has a history of clashes with House Orduval. Their feud is one of the longest-running in the empire; its origins are unknown, but neither is truly blameless. They are each other’s scapegoats for every little thing that goes wrong in their respective duchies, at times frustrating even their own nobles who would rather see some small matters settled and forgotten.
- According to some Thyatians, the mild winter has meant an especially good year for crops, but also an especially large horde of goblins, who are known to huddle in their warrens when it gets too cold to raid. Several villages along the Outer Rim have not been heard from, and the worst is feared.