Sighting's of multiple Tinker caravan's have been made along the Andoran border have caused a stir in the surrounding villages. It seems children have gone missing as well as some livestock. The Tinker's have not been assaulted yet but calls for the Queen's Guard to remove the thieving wanderers can be heard all the way to Caemlyn. Word has it the Tinker's are fleeing the South lands heading for the Caralain Grass.
Several of the local Innkeepers have mentioned that Lord Serafin is in need of some loyal footmen to see to his safety during his stay in Cairhien. He is offering two silver marks a day for each footman. The lord is said to frequent the Feast of Lights during the evening for a meal in the private dining room.
In Illian the merchant house Sanros is offering 10 Gold Crowns as a reward for anyone who discovers why it's merchant caravan's have been vanishing after leaving Illian on their way to Far Madding and Cairhien. The caravan's have vanished completely, even the wagons, horses, and men are never heard from again. The council and King in Illian have accused Tear of raiding it's caravan's while the Tairen's deny all knowledge of the disappearances and issue counter claims that Illian is raiding their caravan's on the road to Far Madding.
To the South, word of the Plains of Maredo burning to ash comes with Refugees. They can already be seen within the Foregate and even within the city of Cairhien. A black haze has also appeared to the south. It grows darker by the hour, and some say moves closer with each day. The city of Cairhien has deployed more guards to keep order within the city. There is still no word as to who is responsible. Many blame Illian, some Tear. However some of the refugees claim the fire had a life of it's own and chased them from their homes when they fled.
Over the centuries the Caralain Grass has been considered a mostly useless piece of land. Few travelled across its expanse, save the tinkers. Now a useful resource has been found, gold and lost ruins from the time of Artur Hawkwings empire. With discovery news of nearby nations staking claim to once useless expanse have come from everywhere. Andor, Altara, and Murandy all have staked claims and are currently in dispute over who can harvest the land. Meanwhile the merchants of each land have already sent expeditions to assess the worth of the finds, and turn a profit. So to have bandits from the reports of missing caravans.