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  • The Broken Toy Machine

    First day of the Seventh Moon,
    Nineteenth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Junior Chronicler, I hereby submit the account of The Broken Toy Machine.

    Residents of the Outer Bailey have had to manage without the Toy Dispensing Machine in the Bowling Lounge since it was broken around the twentieth day of the sixth moon.

    The Machine

    This machine usually dispenses toys such as stuffed animals and yo-yos. Guests gamble with the machine because they only win a prize every two or three times out of ten. Currently, the machine is non-operational.

    The engine which drives the machine is made up of gears, rods, bolts and pipes, and the Toymaker’s magic. The toys are usually replenished magically, but due to the damage, all the toys in the machine have been damaged. When the machine is repaired, the whole supply will be replaced with new toys.

    The Culprit

    The person responsible for the damage to the machine is a gnome named Hermie who was a tinker apprenticed to Mistress Juniper. When Hermie failed at creating toys that did not explode, he was released from his duties as an apprentice though he wished to show his works to the castle, believing they were as good or almost as good as hers.

    Hermie doesn't have the ability to access the machine so he may have forced his way in to add one of his own toys to the collection. While concerned residents were observing the machine’s malfunctions, Hermie appeared and admitted that he had tampered with the machine and added toys that turned out to be defective. Not only were the toys defective, but Hermie had added them incorrectly and that is what caused the machine to break. When asked about the posting where he had impersonated Mistress Juniper, he said, "You all only listen to one toy maker."

    Mistress Juniper suggested that though Hermie’s heart was in the right place, his toy did not work and in his tinkering, Hermie triggered a few other toys to pop in and they lodged in some gears. In the end, Toymaker Juniper Nackbell forgave him and decided to work with Hermie and ser Pete to see the machine restored.

    The Repairs

    Mistress Juniper attempted to use her rainbow-painted wooden hammer to pound the dents out of the machine and though it made an impressive display of rainbow-coloured sparks flying everywhere, the hammer was made to build toys, not knock out dents.

    In search of a more robust hammer such as the carpenters use, Mistress Juniper suddenly shifted and appeared to become a toy herself, before exploding in a POOF of cotton which dissipated in the air! Moments later confetti suddenly POOFED! showering the area, and the colourfully dressed gnome appeared again stating that she had communicated with the carpenter, Mistress Merrynn about the need for a different hammer.

    Residents have been of great assistance to Mistress Juniper. Sera Finna provided some bellows which though they looked flimsy, were used to great effect. Master Pete, an engineering student of the Collegium, used the bellows to blow the dust and soot from the machine. Puffs of dust, soot, and dirt floated around the room causing many of those present to sneeze repeatedly. Sera Elora and ser Kobe provided boxes for the spare parts and Mistress Adeline made useful notes about the repairs.

    Mistress Juniper ventured to suggest that the machine might be fixed in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, there is a note on it stating in large letters ‘DO NOT USE. NON-OPERATIONAL’. Guests are warned not to attempt to use the machine for not only will they not get a toy, they might damage it further.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers please indicate to me through discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, The Office of the Chronicler, and the
    Denizenry of Her Majesty's Realm.

    Sera Tine
    Junior Chronicler

    Mistress Tine
    Royal Chronicler of the Court
    Squire to Sir Edstave
    Junior Equerry to Lord Dolph Li'astri