The Green Dragon
The Green Dragon is a weekly information broad-sheet printed by Gorshan Press on Broadway, Llaza. It is not a newspaper as such, more a combination court circular, small ads and almanac.
Printed as a poster on a sheet of paper roughly three feet by two, beneath the masthead is densely packed print divided up into type-set columns but otherwise lacking in any particular order. Council and League official announcements come first, and tidal details are printed at the end. Everything in between is whatever anyone is willing to pay to be printed - adverts for services for hire or wanted, secret messages between paramours or conspirators, even poems and short stories.
The Green Dragon is distributed weekly throughout Llaza and posted in various public places (the Plaza, Fermi's Emporium and so on). This is done freely - the profits come from fees paid by those who provide the material to print.
The technology behind the printing press has been around for about twenty years in Llaza and thereabouts, but Gorshan Press are the only printers to use movable type. They are also one of the oldest printers in Llaza, and they have a lucrative government contract this makes them relatively large and respectable.
As well as the Dragon, Gorshan Press prints leaflets and posters for private concerns. Gorshan Press is one of the few printing companies that prints books, albeit slowly. Most of the other presses don't bother because books tie up resources for too long and aren't really profitable.
People of Gorshan Press
Gorshan Press is owned by an eccentric patron named Gorshan Reniq Astavar. Gorshan lives in one of the island palazzi that surround the main islands of Llaza - his is isolated from any neighbouring isles. He is a recluse, admitting few people to his island and even going so far as to have a household staff composed almost entirely of vugs. Many strange rumours circulate about him, but he is a generous man as the Gorshan Wing of the Collegium Arketium testifies, as well as many other charitable works. He has little interest in politics or the other powerplay that goes on in Llaza.
Gorshan's main plenipotentiary, and one of the few people to have met him, is a woman called Ranasha Qin. Ranasha runs the Press in Gorshan's name and will never give away details of her employer. She is fiercely loyal to Gorshan, but friendly and personable otherwise.