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Special Report: The Clockworks Are Here!

 
 

Clockworks are here! A special investigation by this newspaper has unearthed disturbing news of the existence of at least one fully functional Clockwork automata here in London. The device is similar to the 'Artificial Adam' model designed by the Department for the Advancement of Sciences several years ago.

It is not known how it got into the country or who it belongs to, but government sources claim it was not developed here. The automata was first spotted by someone during a disturbance in London's East End, an area currently designated a no-go zone by the authorities.

Sources close to the government claim that a Clockwork Ownership Bill currently being rushed through in Parliament will put in place several safeguards and new laws governing the ownership and use of Clockwork automata in the UK.

One local resident we spoke claims to have seen several of these mechanical humans, doing tasks in the Backstreet Area around Angel. He said "they seem alright, but the ticking sound can be off-putting.

This news comes at a time of high tension around the country as people struggle with the dusk till dawn curfew introduced by the authorities in a bid to curtail the spread of public unrest.

Several Bishops in the House of Lords have tabled a motion to find out how the device was either built or smuggled into the country, and if there's a record of how many actually exist.

With the change of season upon us, many hope that rising temperatures will lead to a reduction in fog, and raise public spirits as we get close to British Summer Time.

 

Readers Letter: The Fightback Begins

 
 

Indeed we live in truly interesting times: in a hitherto inconceivable intellectual coup we, former competitors, have rallied to clear the skies. Between our organisations we have simplified respirator manufacture, perfected exhaust filter technology and made promising progress in finding suitable replacements for "dirty fuels".

The Royal Society today reported that their own neutralisation and weather experiments have been yielding encouraging results and I have been permitted to share with you respected Sirs that a means of collecting The Fog itself is also in development. Interesting indeed that so much has been achieved, in such little time, funded by our own pockets and how little has made its way in to the public consciousness.

The Gazette, for example, prefers to court the sensationalist image of " Ranbir, The Saviour from Across the Atlantic". Forgive my sceptisim, his scientists have always been gifted, brilliant even, but this recent exercise of a surprise broadcast concerning an "air purification device" smacks of the Clockwork Pariah attempting to scrape back some public opinion before letting loose his automata in homes across the significantly less polluted Canadian nation.

Let us not forget that Mr Ranbir's so-called exile was more or less self imposed, possibly even at the suggestion of an embarrassed Lady Pilbeam Frobisher. It was as much an act of arrogance as it was one of survival.

He refused to subject himself to the scrutiny and questions posed not just by the workers whose livelihoods he possibly posed a threat to but also his peers; questions that he has yet to answer and, most likely, have yet to face from his Canadian benefactors.

I have witnessed the "lawlessness" in the capital: I was aboard the Princess Ann as it was marauded during its docking procedure; and since my arrival I have witnessed the staggering lack of provision or care for the people that populated our mils, factories, refineries and mines.

Yes I have seen what a man will turn his hand to in acts of desperation. We have all read the countless stories concerning rioting and looting carried out by, in real terms, a small fraction of our society. The Government and associated press revel in providing these tales as adequate motivation to impinge on their freedoms and our profits.

The truth is that the working men and women of this city are heroes. Poor, abandoned and honest these otherwise law abiding citizens clean up their streets and patrol after dark, keeping order in districts where the police now fear to tread. I have heard whispers of underground hospices staffed by off duty volunteer nurses caring for the elderly and sick who would otherwise be left to perish.

It was clear to me, on the occasions that I visited the East End after curfew, that the streets were brimming with life from

 

all quarters and businesses were more active that they had been in years.

Technically by flouting curfew the law is being broken but these communities are protecting each other from The Fog and challenging their boroughs' criminal elements. They are simply acting where the police will not and for that they are to be applauded, respected and encouraged. It is this resolve, this ingenuity and depth of character that cannot be replaced nor aped by automata. Such men and women are of value not only to their communities and country but also to industry and deserve adequate representation and protection.

We are coming to the end of an age where as leaders we can crack the whip and use fear as currency. There are only so many times a master can kick his dog before being mauled himself; the obstreperous Mr Ludd and his cronies may attest to that. When we at last drag this nation clear of the fog, the generally inactive government and notably silent and absent Crown will demand we set the wheels of industry spinning apace overnight. What use are the broken of body and spirit? What use are the curs, ready to turn? We will need the survivors, the lawbreakers and the protectors. We will need Heroes. We cannot abandon them now.

On behalf of Caledonian Bronze and Steam

E Stevenson

 

Vigilanteism Isn't Helping

 
 

The government has appealed to the British public, not to interfere with police investigations and to let the authorities deal with acts of lawlessness, after officers came under attack by vigilante's trying to enforce the curfew in parts of East London.

A spokesperson for the police denounced recent spates of vigilanteism and warned that anyone caught would face full force of the law.

"They were people using the current state of unrest as an excuse to carry out active disorder and violence."

The government made the announcement after locals fought street battles through the night with supporters of an alleged criminal mastermind called Christopher Hargreaves.

An uneasy calm has returned to the streets of East London, as residents start to venture outside to witness a carnival of carnage left behind after a night of destruction.

The police are to meet community leaders later today, in a bid to find ways of preventing another night of violence, and to investigate the cause of the disturbance.

It is rumoured that a clockwork automata, similar to a device stolen from government offices several years ago, was seen by several people during the dispute.

This will be the first time that a clockwork device of this nature has been seen on British soil, since the government shelved the Clockwork Project, several years ago.

 

Lawlessness Reigns In London's East End

 
 

Mayhems All,

Minutes from our Post-Curfew briefing have now been encrypted and will make their ways to your districts with the next Twilight Drop. You will also all be given updates on the Sifter Redelopment being researched in colaboration with Wentworth Holdings.

Following the open floor discussion we feel that the time and public mood is ideal to incite a little revolutionary thought; and to provide a suitable public distraction from the efforts of The Anatomist and The Chemist.

The curfew is being openly ignored in the East End, providing prime conditions for a 'counter-crime' operation/acquisition. Intelligence from JM and our sources in the black market indicate that the criminal linchpin is one Christopher Hargreaves who runs a successful, if somewhat short-sighted and simple, protection and smuggling racket.

Network sources are to make Shifter schematics widely available amough the agreed channels. It is our intention to enable the weak, the abandoned and the honest agitator. With official supervision lacking it should not prove too much of a challenge to encourage an unwitting army to challenge Hargreaves head on and reclaim the streets, and the night, for all. (Mayhems included).

Police interference should be minimal: it is highly unlikely anyone will recognise the difference between lawless rioting and the organised efforts of our collective.

Original plans have been amended to suggest the use of scavenged materials and carry the mark of Mayhem.

Ghosts in the night, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Ella

 

We Are Developing An Air Purification Device:
Exiled Govt Scientist Announces In Canada

 
 

The British Government is developing an air purifcation system, according to exiled scientist, Saccadeus Cartwright.

In a recorded address to a Canadian audience, he suggests that work on the Clockwork Project has continued with the Canadian government blessing. Seccadius and other scientists working at the Department for the Advancement of Sciences disappeared several years ago, following a row over the creation of Clockwork Servants and job security.

He also refers to an electronic telegraph survey, in which he's answers questions about precise design details of the domestic automata, and suggests these will soon be deployed in Canadian homes.

Saccadius, Head of Special Projects at the department, and his boss Indian Scientist Chan Ranbir were driven out of town by striking trade unionists, when it became apparent that the Clockwork Porject was a threat to labourer jobs across the country.

It is uncertain whether Saccadius is still working for the government, but he refers to the recent unrest, and weather conditions in the England, and alludes to be developing an air purification system, which he hopes will help reduce the fog that has brought life across the country to a standstill.