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Exalted: Modern – Headlines, Week Nine

October 26, 2011

All fictional.

Disturbance at Vatican Ends with Shots Fired

A reported disturbance at the Vatican Friday ended with gunfire, sources report.  According to sources within the Vatican, representatives from the Independent Protectorate of Itzlan entered the Vatican for an audience with Pope Implacable I.  As the representatives were leaving, a dispute followed over the possession of several items of religious significance.  The dispute ended with the representatives discharging a firearm and speeding away from the Vatican in a chase that disabled one police vehicle and left the officer in stable condition.  Pope Implacable has issued a decree that the Exalted (or Anathema) were involved, and that the incident was indicative of an attempt to silence the Catholic Church and its views on the “demon-possessed.”

Evocorp Announces Development of Ground-Breaking Undersea Exploration Technology

The Berlin-based Evolution Corporation, or Evocorp, has announced seventeen new patents for previously unreleased technology that allows scientists unprecedented data regarding the ocean’s floor.  Among other inventions, the corporation claims to have perfected a vessel that permits undersea travel even into the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world’s oceans and previously unreachable due to oceanic pressure.  Dr. Rebecca Schraeder, one of Evocorp’s field researchers, said, “The work we’ve been able to do is absolutely astounding.  We’ve found species that biology previously believed to be impossible, and that’s just scraping the surface.”  When asked about Evocorp’s next focus, Dr. Schraeder said, “We’re looking into revitalizing the space program.  With this new technology, the moon isn’t quite so far away.”

“Mother Bright” Offers Refuge to Disenfranchised in Buenos Aires

A local woman, long known as “Mother Bright,” has awed and impressed Buenos Aires and the world with her philanthropist tendencies.  Now, following Crimea’s invitation to the world’s women, Mother Bright has upped the ante, inviting the poor and disenfranchised of all nationalities, ages, genders, races, and religions to come to Buenos Aires, where she has offered to provide for them in a radical new social commune.  Openly Exalted, Mother Bright has insisted that charity begins at home, but that she cannot reach everyone in the world.  “It is our responsibility, our duty, to improve the lives of those less fortunate than us,” she said in an interview Friday, “but that doesn’t just mean those less fortunate near us.”  The government of Buenos Aires has claimed no involvement in Mother Bright’s declaration of sanctuary, and has urged citizens and immigrants to obey the laws and work together to promote a peaceful co-existence.

Romanian Senator Calls for Expulsion of “Impure”

Romanian senator Kaine Tomescu called for a pogrom of intolerance and even outright violence today, shocking human rights activists throughout the world.  “Gypsies,” Tomescu claimed, “have been living too long beside God-fearing men and women, tainting our land and stealing our children.”  This announcement follows Tomescu’s nomination for President of Romania, as well as the revelation that Tomescu himself is, in fact, descended from the legendary Vlad Tepes.  Tomescu’s sudden wave of nationalism and racism harken back to times when racial purity was extremely important to Romanian and Wallachian culture, but are being denounced as small-minded propaganda by the Human Rights Campaign.  No comment has yet been made by President Traian Băsescu.

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