[OOC] Sometime shortly after dawn following the day of chaos and raids, Doc reads a prepared speech to the citizens of Crosspire. Afterwards he pins it to the noticeboard for anyone late to the party. It’s pretty obvious he’s exhausted and worked on it all night, and judging from the content, either got a lot of assistance from someone else, or more likely, paraphrased as many speeches as he could from his assortment of books. At any rate, shortly afterwards he starts barking orders at people and doing a passable impression of being a real mayor for at least the next few hours. He attempts to gauge interest from individuals towards working out who will stay, and of those, what specialist skills or equipment they may have that can be utilised. And yes, this is deliberately cheesy and over the top [/OOC]
~Doc’s inaugural mayoralty speech~
My friends and colleagues,
as darkness fell last night, and the last of the echoing gunfire faded, I surveyed my beloved town with pride. We have faced and survived a time of chaos and turmoil the likes of which the people of Crosspire had never seen before. Raiders and militia alike surged upon the town, and we stood firm, resolute against the immoral forces raised against us. And I am proud of all of you. Residents of Crosspire and wanderer alike, you are forever bonded in blood.
The conflict on our doorstep is not of our making. The Free State and Clement Milita have been rivals for years as they struggle for primacy. Our families have long acknowledged the Free State Militia as our protectors, but now they face a threat far dire than any before. The impact of which will shape the future of Crosspire.
I bring word of forces working in concert with the Clement militia. An association of Clement and modernised foreign forces are moving directly towards the Free State Militia compound. While General Silva has gathered additional support, it is likely he will be too late to resist the overwhelming forces arrayed against him. We must face the reality that the Free State Militia as we know it may cease to exist.
We count a number of militia amongst us. Those remaining here have bravely stood by our side. Bled for us. Fought alongside us. Helped us when we needed it. While the people of Crosspire are not warriors by choice, we will not abandon them in the face of Clement aggression. They are welcome to stay, and we will protect them as they regain their feet. As we would for all who stand with Crosspire. Outright conflict is not the only means to resolve differences. I bear your trust and authority as mayor, and I will see this threat neutralised with words or bullets - the choice is theirs.
There is much to be done.
Over the next few hours, I will be approaching individuals to assist me in my new role. There are marvels beneath our feet that rival any technology emerging from the Arcs. We have experienced soldiers and a fortified position. We have explosives, high powered weaponry, and key pieces of information that gain us a critical advantage over the Clement alliance. They will not take us unawares again.
There are events taking place beyond the walls of Crosspire that will reshape the world that is around us. We will be part of that future.
My friends, today I ask for your trust and help.
As mayor, I am instructing our young to spread the word to friendly towns that the alliance forces are coming. The outlying Free State Militia members will be brought to Crosspire. We are recalling our people from the farms and fields back to within our walls We are setting observers and scouts. We will prepare for all contingency’s. We will get through this.
But for today we bury our dead. We say our prayers. We shed our tears, endure and survive.