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The Palanthas Herald

Financial Dispute Delays Avalanche Repairs

by Crown-Keeper, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Palast, Brookgreen 20, 419 AC

Palanthas - On Linaras a major avalanche blocked the Horizon Road. City officials have been quick to play down the serious consequences this avalanche has on travel west of the city but now a dispute about wages threatens to delay the removal of the many tons of rock blocking the Horizon Road.

According to sources, Solamnic Projects, the engineering company the government has hired to clear the roads, is outraged by the 'meager' amount of steel offered by the City Senate. According to said sources the Senate has offered the company of 150 laborers and 10 administrators 900 steel pieces.

"Well, blimey, I know that ain't enough for me to feed me family. I have eight children, and by jingo, we oughta get fair pay from the government," said Solamnic Projects laborer Heath Graveler. "O' course, me friend Jon says we should a' take what we can get, cuz we ain't a' been gettin' too much work... But I'll stick by whatever me bosses do. If the city wants t' starve, I say let it."

"It is well documented that the average pay for a worker such as all of my employees is one silver piece per day. Since the work is estimated to take about three weeks, and with a bit of extra for the rush, our extra quality, possibly repairs to the original bridge, and administrative costs, one thousand one hundred steel seems to me to be quite a fair price," said former Knight of the Crown Sir Amik Halse, founder of the Solamnic Projects.

Palanthian officials declined to comment. Sources from inside the Senate claim that the politicians are now looking for a way to take control of Solamnic Projects and avoid paying the extra money for the work.

There seems to be some concern among the citizens of Palanthas that the treatment the government has given Solamnic Projects is very unfair and a wish that the Senate give in to the rightful demands of the engineering company so that the Horizon Road can be cleared as quickly as possible.