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Palast, 18th day of Darkember, 432 AC
After Deepwatch Hour rising 8
The Palanthas Herald

Kender Makes off with Priceless Tome

by Crown-Keeper, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Palast, Gildember 24, 418 AC

Palanthas - At the Great Library, a priceless tome was stolen. "A kender broke into the Library sometime last week and overturned the bookshelves, upset the ink bottle and generally interrupted me in my chronicling," stated Master Astinus. "That kender stole my personal favorite book: the journey of the Heroes of the Lance, entitled the Iconochronos."

The kender, named Muddrip Crackletoe, was found today intently reading the tome, of which he understood nothing. He apparently understood nothing of the value of the book, and wondered how he came by it, saying, "Wow! It must have fallen into my pack. Good thing too, it could have ripped!" After confiscating the book, the kender was placed into city jail, from which he promptly escaped and was then found back in the Library with several sets of ink, sheets of paper, and an Aesthetic's robes.

After pursuing the kender for a second time, he was locked up in a prison with enchanted locks. Pulling out enchanting lockpicks, he proceeded to return the Astinus' pen saying it was all a misunderstanding and that he wanted to read about his Uncle Tas. Withdrawing a packet from a stack marked 'for kender' the criminal sauntered off, never knowing he had left a priceless gold ring found to be belonging to Gunthar Uth Wistan with him. The ring was shipped off to the museum, where another kender stole it two days later.

On a side note, among the kender's belongings was found a strange metal-bound copy of the Measure, which has been given for safe-keeping to a high ranking Knight of the Crown. He has not yet stated what he will do with the book, but has hinted about using it to hit someone. "Not very knightly," Lord Gunthar stated. "Whoever this 'Trampas' person is, I wouldn't want to be him in the morning. It's gonna hurt."