Chaos Continued

Dear citizens of Clifton Forge. I hope you have all been well since I wrote to you last, and that you are enjoying your summer, and all that it brings. Our town is a beautiful place during the summer months, and has offered a wide array of entertainment, from poetry reading and bbqs on the beach to vampire themed raves in keeping with the ongoing city wide larp brought to our sleepy little town this month. 

But everything is not fun and games, and while the zombie hooker on the corner and the charming vampire dandy picking up boys or girls at the Sip are most likely nothing but harmless fun and role play for those who are so inclined, the world and life still goes on for others. And crime goes on with it. Because of these crimes, this issue of the Telegraph is somewhat shorter than what you have probably come to expect, since our office has been out of commission. The photography competition, in collaboration with the new photo club has unfortunately also had to be postponed until a later date.

Lonely Dove owner Murphy Daughtery together with husband Light. Private picture

We are currently seeing a new wave hitting our dear city. As with the last wave, where business like Trax on Wax, the Sip’n Bite and Suds were targeted, these last two weeks have seen the quaint little Irish pub, the Lonely Dove, blown to fiery hell and the Telegraph office smashed to pieces. And yes, you might think that these are all just business, and at least not people’s homes. Think again. Clifton Forge is a small, tight knit community, where business owners not only rely on their business from their income, but base their entire life around what they have created and share with the rest of the community. The destruction brought upon these premises change not only facades, but entire lives. And that’s without mentioning the pain and suffering, possibly even death, caused by these attacks. 

Fortunately, no one was at the Telegraph office when it was vandalised, but the owner and guests at the Lonely Dove were not so fortunate when the criminals struck again, with at least one person hospitalized and one other known victim , owner Murphy Daughtery’s husband, Light Daughtery, deceased. 

As only a peripheral victim in these attacks, but more so as a concerned citizen, I, Caspian Douglas want to encourage everyone to please, be valiant, and if you see something suspicious, report it to your local sheriff’s office. Together we can make Clifton Forge safe again.

Chaos unfolding upon Clifton Forge

I have yet to either introduce myself or thought it relevant to write a leader for any Telegraph issue. But now it seems at last it is appropriate I take the time to do so. My name is Caspian Douglas, and I have worked for newspapers like the Guardian, Die Zeit and the Herald before moving to settle down in the town of Clifton Forge which I’m now proud to call my home.

During my time here I have followed a mayor’s rise to power, seen the change of leads at the local clinic and gotten to know the town’s many colourful residents. Regrettably I have also had to witness, report on and been made aware of the criminal and violent side of Clifton Forge, and although I strongly support our Sheriff, Max Holden, I would like to take the opportunity to ask everyone out there to look out for one another. 

In a town where even the local priest is an avid fan of the Matrix, and easily convinced that one of the actors is in town to hand out autographs, people trade in dog’s teeth to fool aged men into believing into the unnatural, and where some young men are scared of the dark and others see it fit to wear arms and armour in broad daylight, just for fun, it is easy to worry, as an outsider, that when a New York times bestselling author invites everyone for a town wide larp, chaos and confusion will be soon to follow. 

This is why I now, as someone who has come to see this town as my home, despite the crime and violence I have to report on, urge all citizens to be careful during these festivities, and please, please use only soft rubber weapons in the coming games. I think it’s safe to say that no one wants any additional bloodshed. 

With this in mind, please go out there and enjoy yourself! And look to our last page for a tasty home made recipe on fake blood!

Ps. We at the Clifton Forge would like to apologize for our delay in publishing, but unfortunately one of our reporters became a little too excited when writing up her article and refused to let it go.