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A character reading a book can sometimes find a scrap of paper within. These scraps provide stories, fragments and artifacts that shed light on the history of Laurentia, from its pioneer origins to its eventual absorption into the Nexus. Some scraps originate within the Nexus and will teach pieces of alchemical recipes to those initiated in Alchemy. Only mundane books contain these scraps, not Holy Books or Unholy Books. Arcane Books contain only alchemical clues.

Laurentia Fragments

1835 Moreau Expedition Handbill
For LAURENTIA and GLORY!

Let it be Known that the OPPORTUNITY of a LIFETIME awaits Pioneer Men and Women possessed of COURAGE and yearning for RICHES and RENOWN!

LUCIEN MOREAU, storied ADVENTURER and EXPLORER, will set forth from Korista on the first day of the new year for the BOUNTIFUL Lands of LAURENTIA, to seize a place in the ANNALS of HISTORY and lead the way to a new land of FREEDOM and PROSPERITY! Such courageous COMPANIONS as will join him will find FORTUNE and will become part of LEGEND for countless generations to come!

Such brave souls as will embark on this GREAT ADVENTURE should enquire with Mme. C. Moreau, daughter of the esteemed Lucien, at No. 22 Broadstreet. TIME IS LIMITED!

Aug 1851 Lucien Moreau Letter to Jacques Moreau
Dear Sir:

I have spoken with Messrs. Chadwick & Stuart who say, with the vows of men who speak with full Honesty, that you did indeed live at the domicile to which I send these favours and their Enclosures as recently as last winter. Yet much like a mute, you do not respond. Why, my Son? Fourteen summers have passed since I cruelly sent you Away, and now repenting my error, I cannot understand your silence.

Since your Departure in '37, two more towns have been created out of the virgin soil of Laurentia - Sunrise Town and Wolverton. As the land's Fortunes have transformed, so have my own. Laurentian Silver is taken aboard the great sea vessels to be traded with distant ports down the coast, and the industries under my Ownership now prosper and excel.

Your half-sister Charlotte still serves me most faithfully at the farmhouse. Juliette, whom you frequently spoke with, has married and has a bakery in Silver City. Beautiful Amelie, who was a mere Child when you left, is now a most wonderful young Woman. But it has long, very long, been a settled opinion in my Mind that Cimmeria is yours. You must return and claim it. I am, as ever,

Lucien Moreau

1854 Journal of Amelie Moreau Excerpts
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1855 Journal of Amelie Moreau Excerpts
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Sep 28 1857 Peter Graham Letter to Amelie Moreau
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Jun 4 1858 The Will of Lucien Moreau
I, Lucien Moreau of Cimmeria, being of sound mind and body, declare this instrument, written in my own hand, to be my last will and testament.

To my daughter Charlotte, remembering her years of faithful service, I bequeath all use and benefit of my whole estate for the term of her natural life. My house and lands throughout Cimmeria I give to her and her heirs in perpetuity. Such assets and ownerships as I have accumulated in life I leave to her for the benefit of her and her heirs and sisters, and for the prosperity of Cimmeria. I also bequeath to her my collected books and writings, for it is my wish that she and her heirs continue the great Work with which I have lived my life, that Cimmeria may prosper as a land where Man may breathe free, to enjoy the fruits of his labor and have harmony with his neighbor.

In witness to my will, I have written all these presents in my own hand, and attest to it with mine name, on this day, June Fourth, 1858, Lucien Moreau

Jun 5 1858 The Will of Lucien Moreau
I, Lucien Moreau of Cimmeria in Laurentia, being of sound mind and body, declare this instrument to be my last will and testament, forsaking all others.

To my beloved and only son Jacques, remembering his years of faithful service, I bequeath all use and benefit of my whole estate for the term of his natural life. My house and lands throughout Cimmeria I give to him and his heirs in perpetuity. Such assets and ownerships as I have accumulated in life I leave to him for the benefit of him and his heirs and for the greater prosperity of Laurentia. I also bequeath to him my collected books and writings with the purpose that they be used to advance the knowledge of many as he sees fit. It is my wish that he and his heirs continue the great Work with which I have lived my life, that Laurentia may be a land where Man may prosper united, to strive and seek for greater dreams in cooperation with his neighbor than one man could attain alone.

I revoke all former wills heretofore made in my name, and attest to these presents in my own hand and with mine own name, on this day, June Fifth, 1858, Lucien Moreau

1858 Journal of Amelie Moreau Excerpts
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Sep 1858 Jacques Moreau Speech
My friends, remember this! As I speak, we march toward destiny! I am most honoured to join the House of Assembly and represent this land's people. Though my position grants me prestige, I consider myself a most humble servant of all Laurentia! In the halls of this building behind me, I shall champion the interests of every man, woman and child who considers Laurentia their home.

We march toward a unified Laurentia! No longer will the prairie be left unspoiled and empty, no longer will we allow our children to grow up uneducated and living in squalor. One day, we will stand among the giants of the world, and our descendants will know that we made it possible, with our own hands and our own labour! Our descendants will look on this rural land and see a vast metropolis, like the cities of old!

My friends, our enemies accuse me of callousness in regards to the tragedy of my sister Amelie. I mourn her as I would mourn my own kindred blood. She was most fair and virtuous. But remember, they would have one day made her custodian of Laurentia, and do you earnestly believe she would have led this city to greatness? No! The strong must pave the path toward glory, and we will. As we work together, Laurentia will prosper!

Nov 3 1911 Suicidal Man Saved By Blue Rose Bandits
Suicidal Man Saved By Blue Rose Bandits

Laurentia Daily News & Observer Nov 3rd 1911

By Geoffrey Royer, Writer

The Blue Rose Bandits have struck again, this time talking a suicidal man off the ledge of the Bank of Laurentia in Silver City. The man, a former silver miner named Toyohiko "George" Kojima, was reportedly despondent at losing his job at the Reed Silver Mine at the base of Mt. Olympus, as winter approaches. Mr. Kojima stood on the ledge and prepared to jump, though a crowd had assembled to observe the potentially-grisly sight, and found himself accosted by the so-called Blue Rose Bandits.

Mr. Kojima refused to identify the Bandits or say how many there were total, but he said that they convinced him to return to ground level and gave him enough money to feed his family for the next week. He said he accepted the money under the condition that he keep their identities secret, and would never betray their word, for any price. Mr. Kojima also said he has since found work at a butcher shop in Wolverton, and feels ashamed for nearly taking his life in Silver City.

At press time, there were reports that one of the Blue Rose Bandits had used his automobile to speedily transport a man and his pregnant wife from the outskirts of Sunset to the hospital in Silver City, where their first child was safely delivered. One of our writers will be speaking with this man in the coming days, and a series of detailed articles will be published in this paper beginning next week.

Nov 10 1911 Who are the Blue Rose Bandits?
Who are the Blue Rose Bandits?

Laurentia Daily News & Observer Nov 10th 1911

By Frank Chapelle, Daily Editor

Who are the Blue Rose Bandits? Laurentians from all corners of the city have been asking this question in recent weeks, and no doubt you, the reader, have seen or heard of their handiwork by now. But if you have not, a short primer follows. For the last month or so, a group of anonymous citizens have been committing vigilante acts of kindness, charity and generosity, always leaving the scene of the "crime" before they can be identified, and always leaving behind a painted blue rose on the sidewalk or some other surface nearby.

Thus, the origin of the name our writers have used to describe these anonymous vigilantes. Where a common bandit would rob, the Blue Rose Bandits give. Where a common bandit would harm, the Blue Rose Bandits help. Where a common bandit would sow discord and dissent, the Blue Rose Bandits create harmony and peace. So, we return to the question: who are they? Our writers have spoken with dozens of Laurentians and heard many conflicting reports. Some say that they are a group of students, numbering eight or nine, perhaps. Others say that there are only two of them. And others still say that those two are a married couple, or that both of them are young women.

A recent development lends credence to the theory that the bandits are merely a dynamic duo, at the very least. Newly painted roses have had the names "Samuel" and "Roscoe" signed in elegant cursive beneath them in black ink. These are common enough names among young men born in the previous century to suggest that these are two young men proud of their work, but averse to fame - and fortunate enough to have names shared by many other Laurentian men. Whoever they are, this paper urges them to step forward - they have earned the adoration and respect of all Laurentians and deserve to be given a day in the sun.

Dec 24 1980 Maxwell Graham Goodbye Note
Claudia,

By now you've noticed that I'm gone, but please don't worry. I've gone after an opportunity that I just can't ignore - something that'll finally take care of our money troubles. I know I haven't always come through for you. I've made a lot of big promises and big dreams that didn't come to anything. I haven't proved myself worthy yet to be your husband or to be a father to our child. All of that is about to change.

Please just wait for me, just trust me one more time. I'll be back soon and everything will be all right. I'll finally be able to provide for you. For us. We will have our wedding day, and our new home, and even that trip to Francheska I always promised you. You just need to trust me.

Love, Max

P.S. If by some chance I can't come back as soon as I want, this envelope contains something very dear to the Graham family. This necklace was passed down from my great-great-grandmother Charlotte, who got it from her sister Amelie when she died young. It's real emerald and silver, and it must be worth something to the right person. Please remember that if you ever need to. I hope you never need to.

2027 Transcript of Confiscated Recording
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Jun 2027 Biochip #39847 Certification Document - Adilet Vasilyeva
OFFICIAL CITY ADMINISTRATION DOCUMENT - DO NOT COPY

This document certifies that the bearer of BIOCHIP #39847, ADILET VASILYEVA of UNIT 41, 4332 BURY STREET is permitted to exit the District of Sunrise to travel to VESTAL INDUSTRIES MANUFACTURING PLANT located at 357 WITTINGTON AVENUE in SUNSET DISTRICT for authorized employment between the hours of 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM. This authorized employment contract begins on 21 JUNE 2027 and ends on 31 DECEMBER 2027.

The bearer of this biochip is advised that they are to return to their residence by the end of the authorized employment period of the day. Failure to comply will result in arrest and detainment, as well as termination of authorized employment contract.

The bearer is also advised that use of this document to travel to any other location outside of the District of Sunrise is strictly forbidden and will be punished with arrest and detainment. Any tampering with the implanted biochip is strictly forbidden. Remember: Laurentia offers you shelter. DO NOT SUPPORT TERRORISM.

Dianne Martel Sunrise District Administration

Jun 5 2027 Chris Email to Adilet
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Jun 24 2027 City Administration Email: Albert Kojima on Audio Log Policy
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Jun 24 2027 City Administration Email: Craig Lawrie on Audio Log Policy
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Aug 2 2027 City Administration Email: Blue Rose Protest in Conrad Memorial Park
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Aug 3 2027 City Administration Email: RE: Blue Rose Protest in Conrad Memorial Park
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Sep 17 2027 Adilet Email to Chris
From: Adilet Vasilyeva

Date: September 17, 2027 at 23:11 LST
To: Ramirez, Chris
Subject: Who was Amelie Moreau?


Hello Dr. Ramirez,

Something puzzles me about the reputable books you recommended to me. I have finished most of them now. There is a person in Laurentian history that seems to be an enigma. You told me of how Charlotte Moreau married Peter Graham and was one of your ancestors, and of course I know of the Juliette's Bakery, but Lucien had three daughters -- Amelie is the third. She is missing from most histories of Laurentia.

She died very young. But in some of the books there are photographs of her and she was very pretty. In paintings, she seems the most beautiful Moreau child. In one book, I found something she wrote is preserved, and she was very smart as well. Who was she? Why did she die so young? The other Moreau sisters did fine, but this one died so young. I feel like history forgets about her, which is sad. She deserves to be known. I hope you can help.

Adi

Sep 20 2027 Chris Email to Adilet
From: Ramirez, Chris

Date: September 20, 2027 at 09:38 LST
To: Adilet Vasilyeva
Subject: RE: Who was Amelie Moreau?

Hi Adilet,

Sorry for not getting back to you over the weekend. Honestly, most historians aren't sure. All I know for certain is that she took her life in the pond near the farmhouse, in 1858. A small selection of her letters still survive and are kept at the library here at the university. You must have read one. She wrote with my ancestor Peter a lot, but her relationship with him was platonic. She didn't seem very troubled by that fact, though, or at least never made mention of it.

She died during the big debate over Laurentia's future. No one knows why. There is no evidence she took part in that debate, either. A friend of mine who has written biographies of Lucien and Jacques speculates that Amelie was always kind of a wallflower who never warmed up to the sort of extraordinary lives her sisters both enjoyed. But honestly, she is a mystery to me as well. I know you have trouble travelling to Cimmeria, so I'll talk with someone in the history department and let you know.

Best,

Dr. Christopher Ramirez

Sep 24 2027 Adilet and Isabella Chat
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Oct 2 2027 City Administration Email: Albert Kojima to Brian Morris
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Oct 3 2027 City Administration Email: Brian Morris to Albert Kojima
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Nov 8 2027 Civil Guard of Laurentia Naval Message Log
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Alchemy clues

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Past Breath Fragments

Petra, the Valhalla plane of Breath 3, also had a number of findable fragments, a record of which can be found here.