Today’s “Daily Empire”
GLOVE THEATRE BURNS TO THE GROUND ON OPENING NIGHT
The seats, stands and pavilions were all packed for Meissen’s new theatres grand opening performance of “13th Knight”. The Grand Countess Liebwitz herself was attending the grand event in her Box Royale, together with her favorite nephew and entourage, sporting a fabulous ensemble of fine tailors Raynor & Sons which quite put the Bretonnian ambassador to shame.
The countess was seen enjoying the finest of Meissens wine and cheese, as always supplied by Mr. Gasgoane’s Brettonian Wines and Imports. The players were performing admirably according to this paper’s critic, Mrs. Michelline, although some of the modern improv-techniques did not meet with her approval All was proceeding well, when during the climactic battle of the 4 Knights calamity occurred. Witness reports are confused, but somehow the cannon was armed and fired, and a terrible explosion rocked the building and left dozens dead and wounded, star actor Hughie Crantz amongst them. Huighe, who escaped with minor burns and bruises, said “Woe unto us! It was as if the hordes of chaos descended upon our very stage”. See a full interview with Hughie on p.3.
Fire spread rapidly at this point, and panic broke out. By the grace of the gods, our beloved Countess was rescued by the timely arrival of a True Champion of the People, Sir Günther Von Königsberg. Sir Günther, recently knighted and made honorary life-guard of the Grand Countess, was mum about his spectacularly timely arrival: “Oh you know, I go where the people need a champion. You know?” Unsubstantiated rumors about a plot on the Countess’ life have not been corroborated by evidence, and authorities are pursuing leads of unauthorized actors, not guild-affiliated, who are suspected of sabotage on behalf of rival theatre company Breitenweg. Bystanders claim to have observed the infamous Eckhardts of the Great Royal Square Apocalypse earlier this year, but no such persons were apprehended in the heavy-handed investigations that followed.