Informal News

Informal News

Postby Wu Han » Tue May 29, 2018 8:39 am

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Informal news, sometimes called "the grapevine," refers to that information which is passed along in a confidential manner among friends or colleagues.

Among the elite and well-connected of Terra exists an informal news network, in which this type of information is disseminated quickly and secretly. This takes many forms:


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Gossip and Rumours: The fast-paced lives of the Terran elite are fascinating to no end. Gossip and rumours tend to focus on the personal lives and activities of these people. This type of information is mostly innocuous in the grand scheme of things: Who has entered into a non-disclosure agreement with their extra-marital partner? Who has had an illegitimate child with said partner? Who is looking for a new partner as a result of their spouse's infidelity?

Gossip and rumours would certainly be embarrassing to an individual's reputation if they spread outside of Terra's elite circles, but nothing a well-funded PR campaign can't counter.

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Backroom Deals and Bribes: Sometimes for the powerful to achieve their goals they must grease the wheels of progress. Not literally of course, since no one important enough to get into the backrooms of power would ever handle grease themselves. It's much easier to just hire a mechanic. Or in most cases, a politician/bureaucrat/businessman/academic/noble/activist/journalist/doctor/sporting official/judge/prosecutor/criminal, etc. etc.

The reason why most of these deals occur in the backroom is because, well, they can't be done outside. If this information ever got out to those less understanding, one should expect significant public backlash and potentially even criminal prosecution. Then again, the prosecution may already be greased.

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Intrigue and Betrayal: The most dastardly and dark of secrets; exclusive information for the elite of the elite. This can range from a grandparent, secretly writing a grandchild out of their will, to a grandchild secretly killing their grandparent for denying them their rightful inheritance.

Sometimes a person has to do what they have to do. And if granny screams, one would want to be sure that no one else heard, because if this information ever got out, it would be disastrous if not deadly.

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Out-of-Character:
Overview

This topic will serve as a way to disseminate stories and RP developments which may be a bit too scandalous or secretive for a given national topic. As hinted above, for instance, if your character has received, or is looking to receive a major bribe and you want to tell other players without telling other characters, then this is the spot.

Of course, if you want such information to be discoverable to other characters, then these posts should be indicated as such (see the format below).

Posted can also be more harmless news which otherwise might feel inappropriate in a context where the entire nation is privy to the information. Perhaps your noble is looking for a husband. In the modern era this may not be something which a national newspaper would print widely, though it is something which certainly could travel "through the grapevine."

Usage

Posts should generally be in the third-person, so as not to simply replicate the fantastic First Person RP topic "A Battle Unseen."

The format of posts should be, but is not restricted to, the format below:
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Re: Informal News

Postby Wu Han » Tue May 29, 2018 8:49 pm

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Something fishy in the Indralan Imperial Palace
Regarding: Sun Yinju, Crown Prince, Indrala
Date: 4400
Discoverable?: No
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Tian'an, Indrala: Itching, formication, weakness, hairloss and burning pain. All symptoms of mercury poisoning, and all afflictions which Crown Prince Yinju is dealing with.

Ever since the Crown Prince married Kwan Jiang, a commoner, he has been subject to various assassination attempts, threats and political maneuvering. Constantly discovering venomous snakes and spiders in his bedchamber has left the Crown Prince paranoid and anxious.

To deal with this anxiety, it is said that the Crown Prince has consulted his personal physician who has been treating him with traditional medicinal decoctions (typically composed of various herbs, roots, dried fruits and unbeknownst to the Crown Prince, benzodiazepines and very low dosages of mercury).

Conservative Palace insiders have been scheming to ensure that the Crown Prince and his descendants are skipped over in succession, in favour of his brother Prince Wanjun.

It is said that Prince Wanjun has no clue about these schemes, though he hasn't been overly concerned with his eldest brother's health.
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Re: Informal News

Postby Wu Han » Tue May 29, 2018 9:57 pm

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Prince Wanjun seeking wife for his son
Regarding: Sun Hongtao, Prince, Indrala
Date: 4400
Discoverable?: Yes
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Tian'an, Indrala: Rumour has it that Prince Wanjun and his supporters are seeking a noble wife for his son, Prince Hongtao. This may be out of a desire to legitimize and strengthen the claim of his branch of the Imperial Household to the Dragon Throne.

If Crown Prince Yinju were to pass before the Emperor, succession would pass to Wanjun, as he would become the eldest living son of Emperor. That would never happen, of course.

Prince Hongtao is the illegitimate only child of Prince Wanjun, born to an unknown concubine. If Prince Wanjun were to take the throne, however, Prince Hongtao would one day be the Emperor as well.
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Re: Informal News

Postby jamescfm » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:46 pm

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For Justice! Defence spokesperson in sex scandal
Regarding: Alicia Hauet, Lourennian politician, and Mad Yardley, rapper
Date: 4418
Discoverable?: No
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Eroncourt, Lourenne: Alicia Hauet, Defence spokesperson for minor Lourennian political party For Justice!, is rumoured to be involved in long-term affair with Dorvish D rapper Mad Yardley, real name Rüdiger Orndorff. Hauet is married with one child and fifteen years younger than Orndorff, who lives with long-term partner Henri Brousseau in Lourenne. Sources close to the rapper claim that Hauet is one of several young women and men attending "dinner party orgies" at Orndorff and Brousseau's multi-millon Franc mansion in the Lourennian capital.

Should details of this be revealed publicly, it could be extremely damaging to the party's conservative image and hinder their success in future elections.
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Re: Informal News

Postby Wu Han » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:25 am

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Tang is with Yang
Regarding: Tang Sulun, Vice-Chairwoman and Heiress of the TQ Group
Date: ~4421
Discoverable?: No
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Kaizhou, Indrala: According to The Market, "it wasn't so long ago that [Tang Sulun] had a reputation as 'a good-time girl'." Despite her well-managed public image, it would seem that not much has changed.

Rumour has it that 51-year-old Tang, one of the most powerful business leaders in Indrala, is currently in a relationship with 19-year-old YingPop singer Samuel Yang. If this news got out, not only would it embarrass Tang, but it would deeply damage Yang's image as "the nation's little brother."
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