Year 178 AC
A group of bards starts working on a way to get news around the country. They decide to use the runners, but also start working on a magic that may allow people to talk across great distances.
A quick snow melt and heavy rains in the southern reaches of the Tsalagi Mountains affects many of the nearby villages and towns, but also uncovers and old mine system. There seems to be little ore or gems, but there are strange writings and equipment discovered near the mouth. None of the locals want to explore much further in, though.