Suikoden III Newspaper Articles Guide
Written by: Clara Pierce (c-pierce@rogers.com)
Last Updated: 01/04/03 (Version 1.0)

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=============================== Contents ===============================

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Newspaper Articles
       2.1  Storyline Articles
       2.2  Character Articles
   3.  Credits
   4.  Updates

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1.  Introduction

There is a spoiler warning for this FAQ as some stories involve
characters and information that appear in the later chapters
of the game.

After you recruit Arthur, a newspaper is started on the second floor
of your castle. Different articles will appear periodically, some
involving storyline events and some just random information about
the characters. Most are very easy to miss, thus the purpose of this
guide. The articles are split up into these separate categories for
ease of viewing.

In case anyone needs to know how to get Arthur, go with Hugo, Geddoe,
or Chris to the Lake Castle so you have the ability to recruit people.
If you recruit him with Thomas, you obviously can skip that step.
Arthur is located in the Brass Castle dining area right beside the 
door to the kitchen. Talk to him and agree to help him look for clues. 
Go to the kitchen area and examine the big fireplace. Your characters 
will fall down to a secret passage. Run all the way through the passage
and back outside, and you can now get Arthur to join.

These articles were taken from a file on the Suikoden III DVD and
had to be organized into the format which you see now. Because of
the annoying method to put them together, some of the information
may be in the wrong place or missing. I'm quite sure I have all the
important elements, but feel free to send any corrections if you see
the articles in the game.

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2.  Newspaper Articles

2.1  Storyline Articles

A few of the articles concerning the Flame Champion's successor are
very similar except for a phrase or name. I put the alternate or
default name in brackets except where it became too much of a pain 
to format. These articles are in the order in which most people would
see them in the game. The acronym FC refers to the Flame Champion.

I also tried to mark where the certain article would appear, but for
some I'm simply unsure. It would also be very helpful to send me an
e-mail if anyone knows for certain.

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Zexen Council besieges [Budehec]
--------------------------------

** Appears: During Thomas Chapter 2. **

Today, Master Thomas issued a
rejection of the Zexen Council's order
to immediately evacuate the Castle.
The Zexen Council responded with
a hardline policy, mobilizing the Border
Guards and part of a Zexen Knight
regiment to surround the Castle, on
the grounds that the current occupants
are now in violation of the law.
The Castle then filed for an injunction,
alleging that the Council is acting on
a baseless pretext. Master Thomas also
announced that the Council has his full
permission to search the Castle.
The Council has since ordered its forces
to withdraw while the situation is
sorted out. The Council's Upper Chamber
has been embroiled in this controversy,
with no solution in sight. Whatever the
outcome, it is clearly a time of great
anxiety for our residents.


Master Thomas removed from Zexen Council
----------------------------------------

** Appears: During Thomas Chapter 2. **

At noon today, the Zexen Council
designated Sir Leo, of the Zexen
Knights, as Special Envoy. The Council
further declared the Castle grounds to
be territory belonging to the Zexen
Federation. In addition, they announced
their decision to send Master Thomas
off to Vinay del Zexay under armed
guard. Master Thomas's arbitrary
dismissal by the Council has thrown
the Castle into an uproar, but a
rejection of the Council's decision
would inevitably provoke an armed
confrontation with the Zexen Knights.
Even if the dismissal is accepted, the
future safety of the Castle's residents
cannot be guaranteed. Surrender or
fight? On Master Thomas's decision hangs
the future of our Castle and its
occupants.


Harmonia declares war on Chisha Clan
------------------------------------

** Appears: During Hugo/Chris Chapter 3. **

A messenger of Harmonia visited the
village of Chisha, declaring that the
village to be under the control of
Harmonia until the investigation of
the 'Fire Bringers' comes to an end.
Sana, the chief of the Chisha Clan,
rejected this plan, deeming it one-
sided. This culminated in a sword fight
between the angry messenger and the
knights at the scene.
Although the messenger left quickly
when threatened by the knights,
conflict with Harmonia may not be
avoided. The atmosphere is tense among
the usually nonviolent Chisha Clan.


Harmonian army withdraws from Chisha
------------------------------------

** Appears: During Hugo/Chris Chapter 3. **

Bishop Sasarai, who attempted several
attacks on the village of Chisha,
withdrew from the village the other day.
This was due to unexpected resistance
from Hugo, son of the Karaya Chief,
and other soldiers who were present at
the village after the auxiliary
forces of Grassland arrived.
Strategist Caesar Silverberg's tactics
may deserve the most credit, as the
army of Harmonia was held back despite
the modest size of Chisha's arsenal.
Caesar will stay in Grassland,
prepared for Harmonia's next invasion.
He is a strong ally.


There is a new Flame Champion
[FC] takes over True Rune
-----------------------------

** Appears: Beginning of Chapter 4 if Hugo is FC **
            and changes his name.

Hugo, the eldest son of Lucia, the
Karaya Chief, took over the True Fire
Rune from its former bearer, Sana.
Sana is chief of Chisha Village, and
once fought with the Flame Champion
against the Army of Harmonia.
Hugo, in his new position, has changed
his name to [FC]. From now on,
his obligations are the same as his
predecessor's: to protect Grassland
from Holy Harmonia Kingdom, whose
recent actions are cause for suspicion.
The fate of the people of Grassland
rests on the shoulders of a 15-year-old
boy.


There is a new Flame Champion
Hugo takes over True Rune
-----------------------------

** Appears: Beginning of Chapter 4 if Hugo is FC. **

Hugo, the eldest son of Lucia, the
Karaya Chief, took over the True Fire
Rune from its former bearer, Sana.
Sana is chief of Chisha Village, and
once fought with the Flame Champion
against the Army of Harmonia.
From now on, Hugo's obligations are the
same as his predecessor's: to protect
Grassland from Holy Harmonia Kingdom,
whose recent actions are cause for
suspicion.
Can Hugo match the achievements of
[FC], now 50 years in the past?
The fate of the people of Grassland
rests on the shoulders of a 15-year-old
boy.


There is a new Flame Champion
[FC] takes over True Rune
-----------------------------

** Appears: Beginning of Chapter 4 if Chris is FC **
            and changes her name.

Chris Lightfellow, Captain of the Zexen
Knights, took over the True Fire
Rune from its former bearer, Sana.
Sana is chief of Chisha Village, and
once fought with the Flame Champion
against the Army of Harmonia.
Chris, in her new position, has changed
her name to [FC]. From now on,
her obligations are the same as her
predecessor's: to protect Grassland
from Holy Harmonia Kingdom, whose
recent actions are cause for suspicion.
The fate of the people of Grassland
rests on the shoulders of Zexen's
'White Maiden'.


There is a new Flame Champion
Chris takes over True Rune
-----------------------------

** Appears: Beginning of Chapter 4 if Chris is FC. **

Chris Lightfellow, Captain of the Zexen
Knights, took over the True Fire
Rune from its former bearer, Sana.
Sana is chief of Chisha Village, and
once fought with the Flame Champion
against the Army of Harmonia.
From now on, Chris' obligations are the
same as her predecessor's: to protect
Grassland from Holy Harmonia Kingdom,
whose recent actions are cause for
suspicion.
Can Chris match the achievements of
[FC], now 50 years in the past?
The fate of the people of Grassland
rests on the shoulders of Zexen's
'White Maiden'.


There is a new Flame Champion
[FC] takes over True Rune
-----------------------------

** Appears: Beginning of Chapter 4 if Geddoe is FC **
            and changes his name.

Geddoe, Captain of the Twelfth Unit
of the Holy Harmonia Kingdom's Southern
Frontier Defense Force, took over the
True Fire Rune from its former bearer,
Sana. Sana is chief of Chisha Village,
and once fought with the Flame Champion.
Geddoe, in his new position, has changed
his name to [FC]. From now on,
his obligations are the same as his
predecessor's: to protect Grassland
from Holy Harmonia Kingdom, whose
recent actions are cause for suspicion.
The fate of the people of Grassland
rests on the shoulders of
the captain of the mercenary forces.


There is a new Flame Champion
Geddoe takes over True Rune
-----------------------------

** Appears: Beginning of Chapter 4 if Geddoe is FC. **

Geddoe, Captain of the Twelfth Unit
of the Holy Harmonia Kingdom's Southern
Frontier Defense Force, took over the
True Fire Rune from its former bearer,
Sana. Sana is chief of Chisha Village,
and once fought with the Flame Champion.
From now on, his obligations are the
same as his predecessor's: to protect
Grassland from Holy Harmonia Kingdom,
whose recent actions are cause for
suspicion.
The fate of the people of Grassland
rests on the shoulders of
the captain of the mercenary forces.


Fire Bringers at the castle!
----------------------------

** Appears: Chapter 4 after the FC arrives at **
            the castle.

The Zexen Knights and the Six Clans of
Grassland have united to counter the
invasion of Grassland by the Army
of Harmonia. Fire Bringers gathered
at this castle, having chosen it as
their stronghold. Castle residents
were excited by the sudden notice.
Brass Castle and the Great Hollow were
also considered as stronghold locations,
but lack the geographical advantage of
the Castle, which lies directly between
Zexen and Grassland. This came as
great news for people who engage in
trade here. Merchants are excited, as
they can expect profits from new
traders and military personnel.


(Hugo/Chris) bears True Water Rune
----------------------------------

** Appears: Beginning of Chapter 5. **

At the Ruins of Cyndar, outside the
door of the underground road, the True
Water Rune went out of control, freezing
the surroundings. The Rune was brought
under control with much difficulty by
(Geddoe/Chris/Hugo/FC), and (Hugo/Chris) ended up bearing it in
(his/her) body. A group of magicians,
probable suspects for this and other
recent events, were witnessed near
the site. It is believed they triggered
the Rune at Cyndar. (Hugo/Chris), the new
successor of the True Rune, is expected
by many to bring these incidents to a
close.


Fire Bringers save Le Buque
---------------------------

** Appears: Chapter 5, after Geddoe's scenario. **

Le Buque managed to pull through a
crisis with the help of the Fire
Bringers. A gang of magicians, often
in the news as of late, suddenly
attacked the village. They were trying
to sacrifice its residents as part of
a ritual when (Geddoe/FC) and his friends
arrived, forcing their retreat.
Afterwards, another attack was
averted when the Fire Bringers drove
away a group of monsters with the
help of Duke's unit of the Frontier
Defense Force. It seems there was a
quarrel between the villagers and
Duke's unit, but this quickly passed,
and the village has restored its peace.


True Runes are stolen!!
-----------------------

** Appears: Chapter 5 after all three True Runes **
            are stolen.

During the battle at Brass Castle,
in which (Hugo/FC) was fighting, the True
Fire Rune fell into the hands of the
magicians. Losing the Fire Rune was
a great blow to the Fire Bringers, as
they have already been deprived of the
Lightning Rune and the Water Rune,
There were rumors that the magicians
intend to destroy the True Runes. If
this occurs, the tragedy will be
far more serious than that of 50 years
ago, when the True Fire Rune got out
of control. If the group of magicians
are not tracked down, and the Runes are
not brought back quickly, the future of
this land cannot be guaranteed. The
Fire Bringers will now be put to the
test.


Last war between (Geddoe/Chris/Hugo/FC) and magician
----------------------------------------------------

** Appears: Chapter 5 after the Ceremonial Site **
            is opened.

It has been reported that the magician,
Luc, who stole the True Runes,
is performing a wicked ritual to
destroy them at the Cyndar Ruins, to
the north of Great Hollow. The effect
of performing this ritual is unknown.
According to analysts, the minimum
result would be the destruction of
Grassland. The worst-case scenario
would be to bring about the end of the
world. The Fire Bringers have dispatched
soldiers to prevent the ritual and bring
an end to the war with Luc. It will be
the fiercest war ever. Let us pray
that the Fire Champion, (Geddoe/Hugo/Chris/FC)
will all return safely.

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2.2  Character Articles

These are articles involving specifics characters and
events that happen to them. I assume they appear at any
point after you recruit the characters.

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Winner of the drinking championship!
Winner is the owner of the tavern
------------------------------------

Anne won the heavy drinkers'
championship held the other day.
Her incredible record was 6 bottles
of wine, 8 bottles of whiskey, and
7 gallons of Japanese sake
When the title favorites, among them
Wan Fu, Joker and Leo, started to
fall down, she continued drinking,
keeping a firm expression. This
inspired such comments from the
audience as 'manly' and 'impossible.'
The prize was a years' supply of
Kanakan local wine. After Anne
declared that she would drink it with
the participants to commemorate the
event, they ran away. For now, the
customers at the bar will be quiet.


Previous owner of the Star Dragon Sword
Questions from war participants
---------------------------------------

Some of the participants in the
[Dunan] Unification War are
questioning the owner of the
Star Dragon Sword. The Star Dragon 
Sword is known as Edge's sword, and
it speaks human languages.
It is said that it
was owned by the captain, Victor,
who took part in the [Dunan]
Unification War.
In response to
our inquiries, Edge stated, 'An
important person asked me to keep
it.' There are rumors that there
is some kind of close relationship
between the two owners, according
to a source. The truth has yet to
be revealed.


Secret leaks from a friend
Franz flirting with Ruby before Iku
-----------------------------------

Franz and Iku are one of the few
acknowledged couples at the Castle.
A surprising fact was revealed about
the two by Mr. R (pseudonym),
who emigrated from Le Buque.
By chance, R witnessed them
quarrelling at Ruby's station six
months ago. According to him,
Franz, who believed Iku was being
sullen, was making insinuating
remarks to her. He told her that
'Ruby is different,' and that
'Ruby doesn't mind small matters.'
R says Franz was behaving childishly.
Interviewed by this newspaper,
Franz said it was a ridiculous
accusation. He said he would
not accept further interviews.


Piccolo and Martha doing business!
A synergy effect?
----------------------------------

Mr. J (pseudonym), following the
advice of Piccolo, recently bought
lottery tickets of groups A to Z, with
the last three numbers of '777.'
According to Piccolo's prediction,
the last three numbers of the first-
prize lottery ticket would be 777,
but this was not the case. Mr. J was
aghast when, afterward, he saw Martha
paying Piccolo. J said, 'It's possible
they have worked out some kind of deal.
Could there be a cozy relationship
between a fortune-teller and a lottery
ticket seller? After interviews with
this newspaper, Piccolo and Martha
are saying 'not possible,' as if they
arranged beforehand to tell the same
story. The truth remains to be seen.


Mike and his mysterious face:
His smile and the underworld
-----------------------------

Mike has many female fans because of
his charming appearance and lighthearted
smile, but it seems he is secretly
meeting men dressed in black every
night. A witness, whom we
call M, said that he had seen these men
saluting Mike. A boy detective, who
claims familiarity with such things,
said, 'It is possible that he is
connected with an underworld
organization.' However, there is no
evidence to support this claim.
Will there be a day when the true
face behind his smile will be
revealed?


Gordon a popular actor!
Supply shop owner's surprising past
-----------------------------------

Gordon, the Casanova supply shop
owner, was a popular actor until a
few years ago, according to recent
interviews. The producer of the theater
said Gordon became famous because of
his distinctive appearance and strong
acting ability. The reason why
he retired is not clear, but the
director of the playhouse suspects
it may have been to spend more time
with his family. At any rate, as the
theater is a source of profit for the
Castle, we look forward to Gordon's
return, having learned of this past
experience.


How Tuta and Mio met each other
Sad past revealed
-------------------------------

Tuta and Mio have been looking after
the health of castle inhabitants at
the clinic. They seem a perfect couple,
but what was revealed by this
newspaper is too cruel to discuss.
Three years ago, when the war was
raging, the Harmonia Frontier Force
invaded Highland. That was when Tuta,
who was a doctor, and Mio, who was
taking care of patients, met each other
at a field hospital. At the same
hospital, in spite of Tuta's desperate
efforts, Mio's husband died after his
operation. It is sad to hear that
Mio became a widow so young,
and that Tuta couldn't save her
husband. The distance between
the two seems so far.


Elevator girl doing mysterious training
---------------------------------------

There was a strange rumor in the castle
about Shizu, the elevator attendant,
leaving every night with a mysterious
group to undergo some kind of training.
According to a resident, who claims to
have seen the training site in the
forest, half-naked men with masks were
pulling giant stones up and down with
ropes. Shizu was giving commands, such
as: 'The stone's weight is a life's
weight!' and 'Dad, don't give up!'
To this the men would reply, 'yes, sir!'
What is this training? Of course, it
could be the power for the elevator,
but nonetheless, it makes us curious.


Contents of the dogs' baskets revealed
Thanks to a boy's investigation
--------------------------------------

Money, mementos of the owners,
shopping lists, jerked meat. The
mysterious contents of the basket dogs'
baskets were revealed by the desperate
investigation of a boy detective. There
were stones in Koroku's, Koichi's
Kosanji's and Kogoro's baskets. It
is a mystery why there were
strawberries in Connie's basket
The boy detective said, 'I was
surprised by the stones, but more
surprised when I found the fresh
strawberries. I thought it was an
illusion. Did someone change the
contents?' Was it a trick? Kidd's
investigation has led only to further
mysteries, as usual.


Yumi seen sleepwalking
Men want to cure her
----------------------

Yumi, the beautiful warrior who is
always at the top of the popularity
polls, was suspected of sleepwalking.
A witness said, 'When I went to the
kitchen at midnight, Yumi was wandering
about the hallway. I called her, but it
seemed she did not notice. My wife said
she was sleepwalking. I hope she gets
better.' Although it is a mystery what
the witness and his wife were doing in
the kitchen at night, we are worried
about Yumi. We hope there are not any
ill-intentioned people who want to take
a walk with her at night.


Nash having an affair?
Not revealing the truth
-----------------------

Nash, known as a devoted husband,
is suspected of having an affair.
Nash was seen walking with an
unknown girl by the lake at night.
A witness said, 'Ho ho ho, it must
have been an affair. Who was it?
I couldn't see clearly because it
was far away, but she seemed to
be a beautiful girl with a creamy
complexion. I wanted to take his
place.' Nash claimed she was 'just
an old friend' when he was
interviewed. This seemed a little
evasive. His wife's troubles
continue.


Kenji with a lover and hidden child!
That's my wife and child
------------------------------------

Yesterday evening, Kenji was seen
walking in the entertainment district
of Vinay del Zexay with a beautiful
woman and a child. The first witness,
Aranis, stated that the three were
walking happily and were like a true
family. 'It IS my true wife, and I have
never hidden that fact,' Kenji said,
when interviewed by the newspaper.
'Illegitimate child? No! I've never
hidden the fact,' he stated. Are they
really a true family?' Wait for the next
news.


Thomas faints eating Cecile's food!
A born sweet lover's tragedy
-----------------------------------

Recently, Master Thomas fainted after
eating a lunch made by Cecile. It was
revealed that Thomas, who was working
hard, received a homemade lunch from
Cecile, and fainted suddenly after eating
meatballs. Cecile was shocked at what
happened, and when she tried to go up
to the castle roof, was stopped by a
resident. Afterwards, the tragedy was
resolved, because it turned out that
Cecile's lunch was extremely hot, and
she hadn't known that Thomas likes
very sweet food. You'd better know
the tastes of the person you make
lunch for [It just cuts off there.]


Reed sobbing at the Little Match Girl
Rumor that he is quite delicate
-------------------------------------

Recently, 'The Little Match Girl' was
staged. At the end of the play, when
the girl goes to heaven, Reed broke
down weeping. Samus, surprised,
thought he was sick and took him to the clinic.
But it seems his only problem was
that he couldn't stop weeping.
Beneath his manly front lies the heart
of a delicate girl. Samus was laughing
heartily. Reed was saying something about
chopping onions while watching the play,
but nobody believed him.


Guillaume throws Koroku in the fountain
Koroku barking loudly
---------------------------------------

Guillaume was witnessed by a resident
swinging Koroku by the tail and throwing
him into the fountain, while he let out
a peculiar cry. After an investigation
it turned out that Guillaume was boiling
with rage because Koroku had eaten his
lunch. 'It was a deliberate action at an
hour when there were very few people,'
said a boy detective. 'Guillaume
has always been antagonistic toward
Koroku. This incident is only the
beginning.' Thankfully, Koroku was not
injured. Is there going to be a feud
between Guillaume and Koroku?


Wan Fu and Leo fainted in a bath
The two give no reason
--------------------------------

A bath craftsman found that Wan Fu
and Leo fainted in a bath the other
night. The two were showing the
white of their eyes, but their life was
in no danger. When the craftsman put
them into a water bath they awakened.
The interviewers asked them the reason
why they had fainted, but the two only
gave a vague answer. 'Our baths are so
comfortable that they may have fallen
asleep,' said Goro. We have never heard
of anyone fainting after taking a nap
in a bath, but a long bath may be very
dangerous. Normal people should take
baths of a reasonable length.


Fighting scene at a ball
Chris and Lilly's terrible past
-------------------------------

Chris and Lilly performed a fighting
scene at a ball that commemorated
Zexen's National Foundation Day
a few years ago, and it spoiled the
whole event. According to a source,
the tragedy happened when Chris,
who was not good at dancing, missed a
turn and collapsed onto Lilly's
table. Wine was spilt on Lilly's
evening dress and, furious with anger,
she threw a cake into Chris's face
In return, Chris slapped her across
the face. They ended up throwing
tables at one another. Fortunately,
the two became friends, but it would be
best not to make them angry. Let
us pray that such a disaster will
not take place in this castle.


Appointer and farmer in a night duel
The two quarrelling
------------------------------------

The appointer, Jefferson, and the
farmer, Barts, fell down at the dock and
were carried to the clinic today before
dawn. Both were injured, but fortunately
it didn't affect their operations. After
they were interviewed, it was revealed
that the appointer called the farmer
'Blue Sky Baron.' He got angry and
challenged him to a duel at night.
The farmer, lying on a bed, was
still angry, but Jefferson, lying
on the next bed, stated that the name
he had appointed was absolute and that
Barts was now known as 'Blue Sky Baron.'
They dislike each other even more.


Forbidden love between elves
Nei and Roland in love?
----------------------------

The traveling busker, Nei, is in love.
The object of her affection is Roland,
of the Zexen Knights. The two were
recently witnessed talking at night
by the edge of a ship. According to a
witness, Roland, who usually does not
show any emotions, was listening to Nei,
smiling. The two are elves, so it is
no wonder that they have fallen in love.
Nei mentioned, 'We talked, but there
was nothing more,' responding to an
interview by this newspaper. On the
other hand, Roland didn't change his
expression when he was interviewed, and
said the paper should investigate more
serious matters. Let us see what happens
with the two.


Who is the mysterious magician Luc?
Viki shares her memories
-----------------------------------

The mysterious magician, Luc, was
a member of the [Dunan] Army as
well as the [Liberation] Army. He was
a person of merit, who once led the
two armies to victory with his powerful
magic. Viki, who knew him at both
campaigns, shared her memories:
'Luc was always standing in front of
a lithograph. I thought he was lonely
and asked him if he wanted to go
on a picnic, but he refused and said
I should go alone. But later he
apologized and said he didn't go
because the weather was poor. He's a
nice person.' There is a big difference
between the Luc we know as a magician
and the Luc that Viki once knew.

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3.  Credits

- Shiro from the GameFAQs Suikoden III message board, for figuring out
  where this information was held on the DVD.

- CJayC for GameFAQs, of course.

- Konami for making this great game.

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4. Updates

* Version 1.0 (01/04/03)
  - First version of the FAQ, added all articles found on DVD.