BATES’ JOURNAL SOLD TO PRESS, PROOF OF DWARVEN ORIGINS OF STEAM ENGINE
In a development that has shocked all of the Unified Kingdom, Gilbert Bates’ journal has revealed the actual origin of the steam engine – deep within the caverns of the Black Mountain Clan!
“I’ve been saying for years he is a fraud, and now I have proof,” shouted Mr. Appleby, waving Bates’ journal for all to see. “Thank the gods this impostor had finally been exposed!”
Mr. Bates could not be reached for comment, as he has left his palatial estate in Tarant for points unknown. No details of his intended destination have surfaced at this time. Public opinion still seems to be behind Gilbert Bates at this time, though, much to Mr. Appleby’s consternation.
Also involved in betraying Mr. Bates to the public is a mysterious figure, an adventurer of sorts, about which little is known.