Sunday, 12th August 2018 - Vesper Declares War!
"This is hereby a declaration of war upon Cove from the Republic of Vesper!" Escaflowne himself threw the declaration at Baron Octiovus, amidst a strong Covian presence this eve at a diplomatic meeting in Trinsic. Yew and Trinsic folk looked on as the fate of Vesper was sealed. The meeting quickly dispersed, following a sudden departure by Escaflowne, and Baron Octivous ordered the Covian Army to march upon Vesper.
Marchin' up to Vesper!
The Vesperians stood proudly at Swaggers Inn but a Covian order to set their navy alight prompted an attack on the Baron himself. Our liege was injured but will live to fight another day. The Vesperian force was dispatched quickly by the Covian Army. This will be the first of many battles in a war that has long been awaited.
The first battle commences at Swaggers Inn!
Monday, 6th August 2018 - Army Replenished! Baronship Thrives!
Cove flourishes once more! Common folk work the land, taverns, inns and local businesses thrive. The town's humble church overflows at Sunday Mass and new drafts of recruits join the grand Covian Army daily.
As our great Baron Octiovus furthers Covian concerns, both at home and abroad, adventurers from all over the land rally to his call.
A Covian recruitment stall led by Captain Morana and Corporal Sanderson.
Wednesday, 1st August 2018 - Nujel'm Liberated!
Following another banquet at the Baron's Court, Lord Octiovus and Captain Raiden Morana set off to re-establish the Covian Navy. With the help of a Yewish Corsair, a new flagship, B.S.S. Smouldering Library (inside joke), was procured and a group of Covian soldiers took to the high seas.
Following a review of nautical charts, much consideration was given to the state of Nujel'm - a distant land with something of a Covian minority (the likes of Covian heroes Grief Dryfh Gry and Ahmed Al Maktoum hail from there). The Covian flagship quickly made its way to Nujel'm, overrunning its corrupt despot and liberating its people. Wonderful news! Or perhaps another bridge too far for our Baron?
Baron Octiovus speculates guardsmen Gry and Maktoum have been kidnapped..!
Thursday, 12th July 2018 - History Rewritten! Kaldorians Routed!
The horror of war engulfed Covian lands this eve, and it was only a re-enactment! Soldiers and spectators from Cove, Yew, Trinsic and even Vesper followed the narrative that journeyed through Altmere, Covianshire and finally Cove itself. The fighting was brutal but in good spirit, with all participants portraying their interpretations of both Covian and Kaldorian soldiers during the offensive that historically took place decades ago.
Cove is ready.
Three battles were recounted. The first battle saw Kaldorians attempt to destroy the Covian flag at Altmere Outpost, in which they were successful. The second battle had Covians and Kaldorians fighting it out for precious resource in Covianshire. Cove was proficient at this! And, finally, the third saw a battle of 'Capture and Hold' on and inside the protective Wall of Cove. This was a tough conflict, but Covian forces managed to snatch victory away from Kaldor. With two battles won, Cove was triumphant.
Fun was had and good lessons were learned. But, most importantly for the veteran leading the re-enactment, the fallen were remembered.
Sunday, 9th July 2018 - Training Steps UP!
After Corporal Kelly Sanderson announced her 'Training Tournament' last Sunday, training within the Covian Army has picked up substantially! Already there have been some interesting training styles including Covian Circuits with Guardsman Recruit Serj Eason, Formation Training with Officer Cadet Leanne Melior and Squad Fighting with Junior Guardsman Avalynn Vale! Muscles are being flexed, skills are being honed! The Covian Army is shaping up into the formidable force it once was!
The Covian squads prepare to clash at Junior Vale's training session!
Saturday, 30th June 2018 - Cove Smelling Better!
Often Covians, with their 'horse-dung coloured' uniforms, haven't been well known for their hygiene. But this reporter is proud to confirm that the Baronship is smelling much better now..! Officer Cadet Leanne Melior, inspired by the variety of odours surrounding both guardsmen and citizenry, commissioned a carpenter (and plumber I assume) to install 2 bathing squares on the Barracks rooftop. Such aquatic genius was enjoyed greatly by the locals. Perhaps this needs to be a more regular occurrence. Monthly baths, by order of the Baronship!?
A clean Covian is a better Covian!
Monday, 25th June 2018 - The Armsmaster!
The 23rd Annual Armsmaster Tournament was held a'top the Barracks rooftop last eve. Hosted by newly promoted Regular Grenadier Keitaro Kazami, warriors from across the land visited the Baronship of Cove to partake in this esteemed and historic fighting tournament. Despite the vast number of Covians on hand to compete, the day was won by the Guardsmen Militia of Yew - who had 3 of their guardsmen dominate the top tier of fighters. Whilst we joke plenty about the Yew guardsmen and their sheep/trees, we certainly cannot deny their combat prowess that has been honed through decades of experience.
Combatants face off in the Armsmaster!
First Place: Aiden 'Old Musty'
Second Place: Radek 'The Radish' Wilkes
Third Place: Robert Bobman
Well done, Guardsmen Militia!
Monday, 18th June 2018 - "A Performance Masterpiece."
'THE RAGE OF RAAZ', a Covian story, had its opening performance this eve in Cove and received incredible reviews! There was humour, there was grief, there was performance. The theatre troupe known as 'Hoagie Theatrics' took to the stage with passion. With a script penned by none other than Cove's Commander Hoagie Grayner, the cast captured the essence of the play as if one had caught lightning in a bottle.
An open-air performance in Cove.
We are happy to report that the cast was a diverse one, with actors and actresses from across Britannia (not just Cove!). Amidst the tale of Orcs and DEATH, this subtext helps usher Covian theatre into the modern age. Word on the streets of Cove is that the play will be toured across Britannia in the near future..!
"A wonderful display of emotion!"
"A very poignant story that evokes ancient Covian pride and yet represents important challenges we face today."
Monday, 11th June 2018 - TIGER PANTSU! Champion Boxer!
The Britannian Boxing League, organised by Covian serf Leso Varen, kicked off tonight with tremendous impact! Many formidable boxers made their way to the Covian Barracks rooftop to battle it out but in the end there could only be one! Impressively dressed and with a persona that'll take a bite out of you, the new champ declared was TIGER PANTSU!
Leso announces Tiger Pantsu as the new Boxing Champion!
Saturday, 9th June 2018 - War Approaches!
"Let it be known to all Covian citizens that the city of Vesper has conducted a grave series of misdeeds and provocations against our fair Baronship! Not content with allowing elves to attack the clergy on the Day of the Divine, the Vesperians sought to shackle Cove to a false treaty which allowed necromancers to roam free and Redguards to command Covians at whim!"
Quoted from the Covetowne Gazette.
Issue 1 from the recently reformed Covetown Gazette went on to confirm a bold mission led by Baron Octiovus saw Covian forces enter Vesperian territory and set fire to its Library. Thus, destroying this FALSE TREATY that Vesper had bound Cove to. An alliance has been drafted with the Guardsmen Militia of Yew and a new Elf Tax is soon to be ratified. We must watch our borders and be wary of a Vesperian response.
The Covian and Yew alliance marches to Vesper.
Thursday, 7th June 2018 - THE CHURCH RISES.
Sir Hugo, the renowned Templar Preceptor of the Covian Church, ushered forward a 'Day of the Divine' for Cove. Just last eve, both a pilgrimage and a construction effort were held. The former saw a sinner by the name of Sarah Walder cleansed of her deviant ways and redeemed in the eyes of the Church. And the latter, well.. let us say simply that the Church has returned in full force.
The Church indoctrinates its flock in the newly built chapel.
Friday, 1st June 2018 - Successful market reignites trade in Cove!
A wonderful market was arranged by Corporal Kelly Sanderson on Wednesday eve within the territory of the Baronship Household (for you foreigners, that's just a little north outside the walls of Cove!).
The market welcomed stalls selling food, armour and clothing from across the land!
Traders from across Britannia setup their stalls to peddle their wares and make a few coins. There were some concerns that the ongoing troubles in Altmere and surrounding Covetous would create a security risk, but the diligent Covian guardsmen on duty were happy to report no sight of gargoyle or undead this fine eve.
The market ended with some friendly games of bagball. Could this mean the infamous Covian Cougars, our fine bagball team of olde, are set to make a comeback?!
Bring back the Covian Cougars!
Monday, 28th May 2018 - Leadership of the Covian Army confirmed!
With great excitement t'was announced at the Covian Army's weekly parade that officers have been selected to lead the Baronship into its next age! Previously Captain, Hoagie Grayner has been confirmed as the new Commander of the Baron's forces. Commander Grayner made a name for himself in the now disbanded 4th Altmere Dragoons and also as Mercenary Sergeant when the Covian Army was contracted out as a private military company. Having been Captain within the Covian Army for some time, he has absolutely earned the esteemed position of Commander and most certainly the respect of the guardsmen. Cove cheers triumphantly for Hoagie! Good luck, Commander!
And in other news, the infamous Grenadier Ahmed Al Maktoum has been sighted in Cove! Who be next? Grief Dryfh Gry!? We can only hope!
Gathered Covian guardsmen discuss the news of the day.
The New Covian Army Officer Corps
Commander: Hoagie Grayner
Captain: Raiden Morana
Arcanist Corporal: Veldrin Ni'harel
Grenadier Corporal: Torrak Keres
Corporal: Kelly Sanderson
Sunday, 20th May 2018 - Evil has a name! Arathax the Vile!
Sir Hugo, the infamous Templar of the Covian Church, is alive and well! And he has darted into action! We have news of an evil deep within the mountains of Covetous. Our Baron assures us that this dark entity, known as Arathax the Vile, shall be dealt with.. and soon! Sir Hugo led an assault on Friday eve into the heart of darkness. Sadly, an agent of the Church was discovered dead by Sir Hugo and his squad of Covian soldiers. We have learned the deceased acolyte was Ingram Bloodrock, a devout Witch Hunter assigned by Sir Hugo to investigate the origin of a disease that has crippled the land of Altmere and threatens Cove itself. The Covian force was prevented from advancing into Covetous by foul magic and, as such, Arathax remains at large. Nonetheless, the hope and faith of the people is strengthened by this revival of the Church - and its efforts to protect its flock. Praise the Avatar!
In Altmere, Sir Hugo gathers Covian soldiers to assault Covetous.
Sunday, 6th May 2018 - Cove picks a fight with King Blackthorn!
This eve, Baron Octiovus and a force of Covian guardsmen attended the Royal Council of King Blackthorn to discuss stately matters. To the Covians' horror, there was no seat set aside for Baron Octiovus despite our liege just last week having been elected Governor of Cove (and, apart from Moonglow's representation, being the only Governor present!).
Baron Octiovus engaged King Blackthorn in a rich debate, at which the King deferred to his dark magic to subdue Covian interests - transforming into a crimson dragon and attacking! Grenadier Delcarakdur was gravely wounded but Cove triumphed over King Blackthorn's outburst. The King has now done right by Cove, creating its seat at the Council and deservedly honouring the town of Cove.
A new statue stands tall! Cove will always prevail.
Thursday, 26th April 2018 - Election RIGGED!
The election for Chancellor for the North (A.K.A. the 'Free Republic of Vesper') had a good turnout on Monday eve, with many Vesperians and Covians alike. Despite countless votes for our liege, the majority was cast in favour of one Escaflowne of Vesper. Many have quickly ushered support for Baron Octiovus and his right to rule. Talk of recounts was heard but the rigged election was quickly formalised. Retired Captain Hoagie and Exploring Officer (and former Commander) Raiden Morana were at the election, providing close guard to our liege and rubbing shoulders with our old Enemy.. Ahem! I mean.. our.. respected Allies, Vesper.
The election for Governor of Cove will take place at 8pm GMT on 30th April 2018. Baron Octiovus may run for this also, but most recently there has been interest raised in the electing of Jassi Cowin. Cowin remains an old guardsman of Cove who has been invested in the region for years. Time shall tell whether he has enough influence to defeat the enthralling and indefatigable power of our liege.
Baron Octiovus engages the local people - winning hearts and minds.
Tuesday, 17th April 2018 - Octiovus for Chancellor!
In case you've been away for some time, it would appear Vesper reclaimed control of Covian territory.. BUT! With tremendous support from Rulk Industries, our liege Octiovus is in the running for Chancellor of the Free Republic of Vesper! Further to the reformation of the Vesperian Empire, the Free Republic of Vesper will be headed by a council of five elected positions; Chancellor of the Republic (and Governor of Vesper), Governor of Cove, Governor of Minoc, Head of the Vesper Trading Company and Head of Security. Lord Octiovus needs your vote!
Vote legend, vote Octiovus!
Sunday, 16th June 2013 - The Goblin Passes On.
After many years of service, The Green Goblin Tavern has been passed onto a new owner; one who may no longer be directly affiliated with Cove but is nonetheless a local and a good businessman.
The Green Goblin's first owner was that of Grief Dryfh Gry, a crazed but loyal guardsmen of the Covian Army; followed by Erik Arkay, an exemplary officer. Or was it the other way around.. Throughout the years The Goblin has exchanged many hands, but has always been a place where merry folk would gather and ponder their shared existence over a good ale.
This eve, the new owner has been announced as Kyte, now a merchant of the Vesper Trading Company, preceded by Senior Guardsman Gregor Eason.
Many good times were had at The Goblin.
Those times will be remembered.
Sunday, 04th Feburary 2012 - New Commander appointed
Ilyana Drachen, the first female - and arcanist - commander of the Covian army
Former Commander Torrak Keres returned savely back to Cove, with him the great Baron Mikael von Richter and Captain Hoagie Grayner. During parade, Keres informed the proud standing men and women, that he decided due to an injury to retire in his position and that the decided to not promote the vastly more expirienced guardsman Grayner, but instead making Ilyana Drachen the new leader of the Covian army.
Sunday, 13th Feburary 2012 - Parade and Supply Caravan
Jassi Cowin takes the Grenadier Oath
On Sunday, the Covian Army held their first parade in a very long time. A small, but rather important parade while many from the Silent Blades stood by and watched. The reason they were there was unknown at first, a new recruit was added to the roster right before parade, but during the parade the men received fair shares of random silver and Jassi Cowin had taken the Grenadier Oath to become established as a Regular Grenadier, two former Guardsmen and Grenadiers of Cove and now members of the Blades, Marcus Tel'var and Keitaro Kazami who had been banished by Captain Hoagie and Commander Keres for deserting Cove stepped forth and had their banishment lifted by Arcanist Corporal Ilyana.
After the parade, the guardsmen were ordered by Corporal Ilyana to help run a caravan from Cove to Vesper to deliver supplies in order to aid Vesper to deal with the riots and strengthen the bond between Vesper and Cove.