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January 2010

January Chicken Lizard Fight Results!
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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010, 7:54 PM EST by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<

After running a gaunlet of murderers thru the tunnels to the Felucca Arena, five proud owners pitted their chicken lizards against each other to find out if the reigning champion could be unseated. Contestants were:

Ping with Salmonella
Hunter S Thompson with King of Da Burbz
Shelli with BombCakes
Ynise Amandil with Bazooka
Roland DesChain with Kickin Wing



The matches were refereed by EM Helios and cheered on by a rowdy bunch, including one brave bettor that wanted to risk his jade armband on one fight! We found out during the rounds that King of Da Burbs was not indestructible when BombCakes stood victoriously over him.



Tonight's winners:

Fourth place Shelli
Third place Ping
Second place Roland

And taking first place once again, with King of Da Burbs, Hunter S Thompson! Congratulations!



~ DevilsOwn
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T-T-T-Town Recognition Application!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010, 6:43 PM EST by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)

T-T-T-Town Recognition Application!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Application:
Please send your banner applications to both [email protected] and [email protected] These should include:

1. Town name
2. Town location (please leave a rune to your town in the EM Reward Hall mailbox)
3. Date the town was founded
4. Number of houses
5. Suggested coordinates for the banner
6. InsideUO numbers for the components of the banner
7. A jpg of the proposed banner
8. As well as answers to these questions:
A) Define: Which houses are part of the town and what marks a house as part of the town?
B) Activity: How does your town promote a vibrant community?
C) History: Where can one find more information about the history of your town?
D) Communication: How would visitors to your town normally communicate with its inhabitants?
E) Describe: How does the banner's design reflect your town and the Atlantic community?



Banner Design

We reserve the right to make changes to your design and its location. Also, the banner must not block house placement.
 Here is a page with more information on banners, including an exploded view of a banner’s design.
 http://www.uoguide.com/File:Gyldenfeld_banner_exploded.jpg
InsideUO should be used to find the correct ID numbers of the components for the proposed banner.
 It will also help you to construct a picture of the banner.

Banners are limited to a size of 6x6 tiles.
Designs should be similar to the Gyldenfeld banner in terms of size, complexity and number of items used.
Banner designs that do not meet the requirements will be returned.



Town Recognition Requirements:

1) Minimum of 5 Establishments in a geographical area that promotes the community of the inhabitants.
If you are applying for a tavern or single establishment, it must meet all of the other requirements listed except for leadership.

2) Some sort of leadership structure, mayor, council for example.

3) Town Activity, the town should have citizens around at least a few times each week, usually with some announced meetings or events.

4) Must have 6 months of history. There should be an archive of records either in game or outside of the game.

5) Web Sites and/or Message Boards, mailbox, books, barkeep or other ways to communicate with citizens, patrons, and visitors.
 The web site or board usually gives information about what the town is designed for, who the mayor is, and how people can get involved with the town.


Benefits:

A banner placed in the town, the town has design input. In the future we may add gates connecting the towns to a central area (perhaps the Luna Fair Grounds)


Special thanks to Mesanna and the Chesapeake, Great Lakes, Origin and Europa Event Moderators for making this possible!!
Ultima Online Is Awesome

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Community Hunts - Week of Feburary 1st
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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010, 5:25 AM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)

Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.



Narvey Night-Eyes hunt (Stygian Abyss)
Date:
Tuesday, February 2nd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless hunt
Date: Wednesday, February 3rd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ilshenar Ancient Wyrm hunt
Date: Thursday, February 4th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Friday, February 5th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken



And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.

Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organiser
The Order of the Silver Rose
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EM NEWS - Fanning the Flames
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Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2010, 10:44 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com
Official website of EM Seppo and EM Pallando

Fanning the Flames

Saturday, January 30, 2010 By EM Pallando

It is not the Town Criers or the whispers of a passerby, but the Royal Guard themselves that spread the word throughout Britain.

On immediate notice, Queen Dawn is calling all able bodied members of the Guard or willing citizens together for the defense of Serpent’s Hold and the safety of its people.

“And may the Virtues guide the defenders when the time comes!” are the final words of the herald as he speaks to the mass of citizens huddled around him.

Event Date: Sunday, January 31st
Event Time: 8:30PM PST, expected to last one hour

Meeting Location: The Broken Arrow Inn, Serpent’s Hold

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posted by Sara of Baja

 

 

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EM NEWS - Town Guard Ceremony Rescheduled
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Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2010, 10:38 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com
Official website of EM Seppo and EM Pallando

Town Guard ceremony rescheduled

Saturday, January 30, 2010
By EM Seppo

The new time is Sunday, January 31, 2:30 PM PST (3:30 PM MST, 4:30 PM CST, 5:30 PM EST)

The ceremony will take place in the throne room, Castle British, Trammel – expected to last for 30 minutes.

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posted by Sara of Baja

 

 

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275th Assembly of the High Council
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Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2010, 5:43 AM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)
275th Assembly of the High Council

Date: Monday, February 1, 2009
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Note Location Change: Parliament Building, Magincia, Trammel Facet
(the parliament building is found on the south eastern most corner of the island)


Meeting Agenda:

- Updates regarding the investigation on current threats to the High Council.

- The High Council will discuss the present political and military situation in the realm.

- Other items to be announced at the meeting.

High Council of Britannia
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[EM Event] Royal Training
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Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2010, 4:39 AM EST by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;


Queen Dawn Is calling any willing person to come to Lord British’s Castle in Trammel on February 1st and February 6th for Special Training. The training will qualify you to join Queen Dawns Guard. Dawn said “I rather have a guard that I know and trust. One that I will be able to call upon and have faith in their skills rather than constantly asking farmers to leave their families and potentially never come back.”

These sessions are the first of many, you don’t need to be there both days however it is recommended.
More Information will be given upon arrival.

(Start Time for both is 8:00PM Eastern standard time, 7:00 PM Central Standard Time)




For those that know not, the EM site is here. Wonder what kinda training it will be...


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Maya Is Rescued!
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Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010, 9:02 PM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians, I give you the following news:

This evening the Royal Guard met with Queen Dawn as requested. It had been reported to Her Majesty that Lady Maya Demeter had gone missing after a solo attempt to trap, and or rescue, the aptly dubbed mad scientist, Professor Jenkins. As all of us know, Professor Jenkins was once a mentor to Lady Maya, and appears to be responsible for the plague of mutations in both Ter Mur and Britannia. The recent report from Ter Mur reached our Queen, stating that Maya had not returned from her attempts and was believed to be in danger.

To the surprise of all attending, Gorn showed for the meeting. He explained his presence as a concern over the mutations but it was most obvious that he feared for the Lady Maya. It was rather unfortunate that some of the Guard were less than pleased with his attendance and voiced that sentiment... loudly.



Queen Dawn had little information beyond a possible starting point for the search. At one time Professor Jenkins had worked in Yew, so to Yew the Royal Guard was sent with instructions to locate Lady Maya and return her to the Castle. There she was to be confined to her sleeping quarters until the extent of her exposure could be ascertained.



To the west of Yew, within one of the older buildings, the semblance of a lab was located. The interior contained several suspicious items, a journal written by Professor Jenkins, as well as an empty box of chocolates on the table. Gorn himself had reported Lady Maya's plan to lure the Professor with chocolate. It would seem that the Guard had found Lady Maya's offered gift and possible abduction point.



Reading the journal... I learned a great deal about the downfall of the Professor and the unfortunate happenings of Lady Maya.








The journals reference to a cell led the guard to another location outside Yew. East of the city, they found Lady Maya wandering aimlessly within a doorless structure. Entering at a southern point, they fought through the undead to reach her and beckoned her to follow them to safety. Lady Maya refused to leave.





It was clear she was not herself. Her skin had turned a horrid shade of green and she seemed confused, disoriented, and very ill. She tried numerous times to escape the Guard but eventually had no choice but to follow them. Through out the return trip to the castle, it became more and more apparent how ill she was.



Once reaching her room, Gorn approached Lady Maya. He alone appeared to be able to reason with her. His gentle questioning and assurances coaxed her to reveal the location of the cure. Gorn sent the Guard to search in an Orc Fort somewhere outside Yew in Felucca. Lady Maya could remember nothing more than that.



It was not long before members of the Royal Guard returned bearing several bottles of orange liquid taken from the Orcs. The first to arrive, Patyrn, quickly handed the bottle to Lady Maya. With some urging, she drank it down and others soon followed. She drank all that they brought and seemed to regain her composure. Though the green in her skin remained. Gorn expressed concern but voiced his opinion that perhaps the cure needed more time to completely heal her.





I spoke with Lady Maya briefly following the ordeal. It was most apparent that she needed rest but she did share a few words with me regarding her abduction. Clearly upset, she spoke of the Professors state of mind. Between sobs, the only explanation she could give was that the Professor had gone completely mad. His transformation was far worse than hers. In her words, "His color was indescribable!"

She spoke of her abduction, what she could remember of it. Simply that he had surprised her as she offered him her gift of chocolates. Which is as he described in his journal. Lady Maya clearly had no further knowledge to offer at this time and the whereabouts of the pages the Professor stole, which detailed the making of the cure, is still unknown.

The Royal Guard quickly left Lady Maya to rest, though she is to remain secured in her quarters for the time being. Let us hope that she will recover and that the Professor is soon found. The safety of our great land depends on it!



Best gaming wishes!
Salya Sin





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The Queen and Her Court
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Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010, 8:12 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)



It pleases Her Majesty, Queen Dawn, to announce that her court will now grant recognition to towns and prominent establishments. In celebration of this decree, such communities are invited to submit designs for banners that reflect their spirit and history.

Please see Town
Recognition and Banners
for details.

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Resurrecting the Search
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Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010, 1:03 PM EST by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

This week we welcome the return of the google custom search box at the top of the left hand menu. Although the search engine spiders haven't totally explored the site yet, some new content is found. Please also use the menu indexes to be sure of finding what you need. If the link google finds seems badly out of date, it has probably been replaced.

This week's new and updated pages include:

Pic of the week has also been updated. We hope you will approve of this week's choice.

We're still working hard and appreciate any help you're willing to give. If you'd like to help please send submissions, suggestions or snippets of information to
[email protected], [email protected], or you can just send a pm to Petra Fyde.

Thank you.

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[News] Savage Crisis
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Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010, 8:07 PM EST by Lyconis (Pacific)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

(January 24th, 2010)
Savage Crisis


Omo had asked us to meet him at the healers hut west of Delucia. After the initial attack on Delucia last week Omo Trovi recruited a researcher by the name of Yurelius. The task at hand was to discover the signifigance of the Orb and Book which was found during our last battle.




The ancient book had been written many moons ago and was scribed in an old dialect. Yurelius believed that the old orc fort between the cities of Britain and Vesper may hold some clues.


We were off to the city of Cove which is situated due north of the orc fort. As we arrived at the gates of the orc fort we were greeted by an onslaught of Savage Paragons. The Savages chased and mauled those of us who attempted to flee from the battle. After what seemed to be hours of fighting the savages lay dead at our feet in pools of bloodied mud. I assume some clue was found as we headed back to speak with Yurelius.


In the excitement it was difficult to understand what was being said. Yurelius spoke of a key that was required to unlock the orb. We were told to head to the Savage Camp in central Ilshenar which is near the Meer Tomb and Blackthorns Castle.


From the Compassion moongate Omo lead the charge, in what appeared to be a blitzkrieg, to the center of the Savage Camp. The forces were too strong we pulled back and continued to fight near the entrance of central Ilshenar. After sloshing our way through hordes of Savages and Savage Ridgeback Riders we came upon the Savage Sub-Leader Margazr whose title read "(Guardian)". Margazr fought off the droves attacking him with a powerful magic but our forces were too many. Poisoned and bloodied the mighty Morkeleb, a dragon controlled by an Elf named Joy, tore the Savage Margazr to shreds pulling limbs from sockets leaving a bloodied and battered mess of what appeared to be a humanoids guts and entrails in the grasses.




A bag full of "Magically Enhanced" reagents was recovered from the battle. Perhaps Yurelius will be able to make something of the interesting magics that possess the reagents.


Two more pieces of what appears to be an armor set dropped tonight. The items were a head piece labeled "Savage Sub-Leader Deermask" and bone arm protection labeled "Savage Scout Leader Arms".


Stay tuned this weekend as the atrocious Savages plans unfold!
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The Olive Seed....
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Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7:47 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)


 "The Olive Seed"



    The door closed with a thud.  Lord Balandar's words sat heavily on her
shoulders.  With the summit less than a week away she felt uneasy with
anticipation.  Tavalia Zodok shook her head.  Her majesty had been most
gracious in instructing the Royal Surveyor to erect such monuments. 
With great gift, however, comes great responsibility.  Was the notion of
bringing the peoples of this realm together at a single table as
outrageous as some had claimed?  The Queen's instructions were clear
though, and Tavalia had long served the crown.  Her eyes fell upon the
scroll Lord Balandar had left her with, the words stung her pupils with
a sobering reality.  A slumbering energy had been awakened in the bowels
of the Poseidon's Fury, and now was in the hands of the masses.  Would
they use this power for good, furthering the interests of the Crown or
would they turn to personal gain, greed, and be corrupted by the likes
of Scarlet Von Trinsic?  These were nay her choices to make however, and
Tavalia held faith in the people.  Still the scroll made her uneasy..............
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BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 24
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Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010, 5:54 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

posted by Sara of Baja

Baja Taming Hour
sponsored by
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance

Recap For January 24, 2010,
by hostess Proserpina [K T], BRPA Alliance

Taliesin and Pol the Shepherd discussing what might possibly happen to the animals when they're donated to the zoo ...

Kat MacBroeden's random prize point level was 11,238,001, which was won by Sally [[email protected]], who got to pick a 200,000-point zoo reward.

Prosperina introduced a new zoo cheer ...

Baja tamers you're the best!
Put the others to the test!
Tame those dragons and those drakes!
And the weird things .. sounds like bakes!
Bring em here, right to the zoo!
You're the greatest, we love you!

 only to find out bake kitsunes can not be turned in as zoo donations ... 

then did a quick revision ...

Baja tamers you're the best!
Put the others to the test!
Tames these beetles, drakes and wolves!
Bring slimes and things with hooves!
Lead 'em here right to the zoo!
You're the greatest, we love you!

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Starting points: 11,117,722 (Tier 11)
Ending points: 11,290,618
Points earned: 172,896

Non-tamers who made gold contributions:
Taliesen [$C$.]

Tamers:
Lady Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
Lady Luna Tic [TAO]
HRH Elizabeth [D_S]
Reap [DWN]
Cairn Brega [TAO]
Pol the Shepherd
Shayla Keylley [DWN]
Katrina Cole [BRPA]
Lord James [MT]
Lord Orist Halfar [SI]
Sally [[email protected]]
Finch
Ceno [DWN]
Lady Regina

See you all at the next Taming Hour, Sunday, January 31, 2010, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern). 

Reminder: There will not be a Sunday Night Taming Hour on Sunday, February 14, as the Kingdom of Dawn will be hosting a Kingdom of Dawn 12th Anniversary event.

Ceno, have you returned the borrowed dread pom poms to Proserpina?


If you would like to help support the Zoo but can not make it to the BRPA Zoo Taming Hour, please contact WildStar [DWN] or Sara [TAO]. We will make arrangements to record your donations and add you to the list of participants, making you eligible for one of the Kat MacBroeden's  mysterious prizes.

The Zoo crew has placed a Zoo Fund vendor at Sara's vendor house NW of the north Luna gate. All proceeds from the vendor are donated to the Zoo Maintenance fund.  If you have items you would like to donate for sale on the vendor, please contact WildStar [DWN], Sara [TAO], or any BRPA member.

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Related Links:
Week 1: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 22
Week 2: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 29
Week 3: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 6
Week 4: Silver Steed Returns To Baja Royal Zoo, December 13
Week 5: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 20
Week 6: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 27
Week 7: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 3
Week 8: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 10
Week 9: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap for January 17

 

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Chesapeake Fight Night Results 1/28
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Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010, 12:39 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Chesapeake Fight Night
Moria Village (Fel)
Jan. 28, 2010
By: Merik



The Chesapeake Fight night started once again on Wednesday night a
little after 8:00. Guilds such as FoA, DWxC, ViPs, T_T, MIST, SHE and
more gathered for the chance to beat down the competition to nothing
but a blood smear on the wall. We were able to record a few matches.

1 Vs. 1

Mex Da Delicious Vs. Demon Slayer
Winner: Demon Slayer

Mex Da Delicious Vs. Demon Slayer
Winner: Mex Da Delicious

Draken Vs Kagome
Winner: Draken

Bollo the Ape Vs Draken
Winner: Bollo the Ape

Demon Slayer Vs Ben
Winner: Demon Slayer





2 Vs. 4
Mex Da Delicious & Bollo the Ape Vs. Demon Slayer, Draken, Ben & Benito
Winners:Mex Da Delicious & Bollo the Ape

Last Man Standing
Winner: Mammon Onryo


Congratulations to all of the winners. Also great work to all those those who
participated. It was a treat to watch some good battles. We hope to see
the event grow each time it is held. A special thank you to all of those that
have shown us all respect and not attacked or tried to ruin the event.
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Maya Demeter Missing!
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Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:55 AM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Maya Demeter Missing!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
By Sangria

“She’s gone!” Gorn informed his queen rather loudly.

Queen Zhah’s wings flared slightly as she gave Gorn a stern look. Gorn got the hint and quickly got his emotions under control. He started again, “Queen Zhah, Maya Demeter is missing. It’s been over a week since I last saw her. I had assumed she had gone home to try and learn more about her old friend and teacher, the one who may be making these mutants…”

”You have learned something different?” Queen Zhah asked.

”Yes. Apparently she went to one of his old labs, alone, to try and set a trap for him using… chocolate.” Replied Gorn with a scowl.

“Chocolate?” asked Queen Zhah amazed. Gorn replied with a shrug and an exasperated look. “Must be a human thing…” she muttered. “I will send word to Queen Dawn.”

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Queen Dawn summons the Royal Guard to British’s Castle 6pst Friday (January 29th)

(OCC – the first half of this event will take place in Tram, the second half will be in Fel.)
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[EM NEWS]
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Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010, 2:44 AM EST by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
Filbert the Star Gazer is missing!

Filbert was last seen at the Moonglow telescope. Shortly before his disappearance multiple puffs of smoke and large explosions could be seen to the North West. Moonglow officials are scrambling to find Filbert, and a call to arms has been issued!

Meeting place: Moonglow Telescope
Time 8PM EST Jan 28 2010
Details will follow.
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PRT NEWS - Petition Received by Queen Dawn
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 8:10 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

Greetings Lady Crystal on behalf of Queen Dawn,

Your request for an audience with the Queen to discuss the official recognition of The Mystical City has been granted. Please have your representatives present themselves in the Throne Room at Castle British at the date and time you requested. Queen Dawn will listen to your petition at that time and accompany your representatives on a tour of the town. Should everything be found in order, the Queen will be prepared to make a ruling on your request then.

As your proposed city lies within the realm of Ter Mur, Queen Zhah has gladly agreed to send a representative to hear your petition as well.

Sincerely,
Bertha Beaudreau
Royal Secretary

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While not an EM event, this is the first submission requesting recognition of a player-ran town on Origin. You are invited to come observe Origin history being made. Friday, 8 p.m. PST (9 p.m. MST, 10 p.m. CST, 11 p.m. EST), Queen Dawn will meet with representatives Crystal, Gordon, Gunner, Falseprophet and Baciver to review their petition for their player ran town, The Mystical City, which is located in Ter Mur.

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submitted by Sara of Baja

 

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Player Town Recognition Meeting!
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6:29 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
A very hectic meeting Indeed! Featuring both our Event Moderators,



NESTOR

and

ERIS


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And a special guest appearance by Messanna!



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Much was discussed, in fact so much that listing it here may be redundant! Player Town Recognition shall be discussed more in the future! Tale of Two Courts Part IV to come soon! PvM Event This Weekend! Nestor has assured us free death robes for all who participate! Also, Mars comes into opposition this week! Brigand is ago! Great meeting!

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BAH! Auction, Sunday, January 31
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6:26 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Announcing an auction Sunday, January 31, 3 pm Pacific, at Frost Keat’s BAH! Auction House, east of Luna. Gates from Luna Bank starting at 2:30pm.

Rules of the Auction:

1. The Baja Auction House is first and foremost a place for fun and comradery. Please keep all behavior in that vein. Any “flaming” will be dealt with by BAH! staff

2. The BAH! Auctioneer is the master of events. The auctioneer’s decisions on any happenings in the event are final.

3. All sales are final and binding. Please buy your items from the vendor in a timely manner. Do not buy others winnings, doing so will get you banned from the remainder of the auction and future Baja Auction House and N^T events.

4. Please place spell books inside a secondary bag and keep banter to a minimum. Talking is encouraged, however while bidding is going on chatter must be kept at a lull.

5. HAVE FUN!!!!!

Auction List:

  • Japanese slime event cloth 11 colors, 5 bolts each
  • 5k of each Reagent
  • 50 of each Mining Gem … reserve 50k
  • Futon … reserve 500k
  • 60k Boards
  • 60k Iron Ingots
  • Seppo Easter Egg and Pumpkin … reserve 1 million
  • Ethy Vet Reward Beetle … reserve 1mil
  • 3 Fabled Fishing Nets
  • Night Sight Earrings … reserve 750k
  • Shield of Invulnerability
  • Primer of Arms
  • Ring of the Vile
  • Ankh Vet Reward
  • Hunters Headdress Blessed … reserve 700k
  • Stitchers Mitts
  • Casa of the Rajin
  • Rune Beetle Carapace
  • 6 Scrolls of Transcendence, 2 with 3.0 skills ... reserve 2 million
  • 120 Stealth
  • 120 Stealing
  • 120 Spell Weaving
  • 120 Throwing … reserve 1 million
  • Plucked Turkey … reserve 2 milion
  • Quiver of Infinity
  • Cast of Zombie Skin … reserve 800k
  • Blue Chicken Lizard Egg
  • Spell Book with 4 dci, 25 sdi, fcr 1, lmc 3
  • Scepter of the Chief
  • Race Change Token … reserve 500k
  • Dark Wood Set, all 70's
  • 15 Deeded Items: blue fancy rug, coffin, fountain, pink fancy rug, bone couch, guillotine, boiling cauldron, mounted pixie, golden decorative rug, broken covered chair, haunted mirror, unmade bed, cinnamon fancy rug, vanity, statue
  • 10 Powder of Fortifying
  • Rubble Tapestry
  • Shield: "buckler" with HCI 11, DCI 7, SC
  • Ruined Tall Tapestry
  • Boura Tail Shield
  • Gauntlets of Anger
  • Sash "Greetings from EM Faine Morgan" … reserve 1 million

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posted by Sara of Baja

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First Obituary Column of 2010
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6:23 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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First Obituary Column of 2010






Babs killed by a Reaper * laughs *






Agilaz


Ander Farland


Ayla




Bluebell


Boo Boo Kitten








Hattori Hanso


Hurleyguy


Iceman dead 2 times


java


Java again


Katrina


Kikaider


lily



Keep those screenshots coming in !

Lady Lava
Catskills and Great Lakes Reporter










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Gunga Din Wins Again!
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 5:44 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                    Gunga Din Wins Round Three of USA Alliance Dart League

    Lord Gunga Din (TWOD) has soared into the lead of the United Sosarian Alliance January dart league! Besting the field in round three held inside the Kijustsu Anei Keys settlement. In second place was Larry Fine (RBG) , third place went to Bear (RBG), with Laurel taking home fourth and Poseidon fifth! The nights gracious host, Lady Jade Darkmyst greeted contestants with a grandly decorated outdoor area enjoyed by all in attendance. Thanks to Jade and the citizens of the Kijustsu Anei Keys for a fine night of sportmanshp. Here's a few pics from the nights event as we update the current standings looking forward to Mondays finals for the month of January to be held in the player city of Al Ellisande!

                 

               

                                                       Round Three Results

                                     1st Place - Gunga Din --------------------- 5pts
                                     2nd Place - Larry Fine -------------------- 4pts
                                     3rd Place - Bear ----------------------------  3pts
                                     4th Place - Laurel --------------------------  2pts
                                     5th Place - Poseidon -----------------------  1pts


                                             Overall Current League Standings

                                    1st Place - Gunga Din ---------------------- 10pts
                                    2nd Place - Tiger Lily -----------------------  8pts
                                    3rd Place - Bear ------------------------------  5pts
                                    4th Place - Mirt ------------------------------  4pts
                                    4th Place - Larry Fine ----------------------  4pts
                                    4th Place - Ado the Thief -------------------  4pts
                                    7th Place - Morpheus Mardox -------------  3pts
                                    8th Place - Wat the Tyler -------------------  2pts
                                    8th Place -  Laurel ---------------------------  2pts
                                    10th Place - Niva the Savage ---------------  1pts
                                    10th Place - Oni ------------------------------- 1pts
                                    10th Place - Poseidon ------------------------  1pts
                                   

                                   






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EM NEWS - Amazing Race - Origin Style, Saturday, January 30
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 5:11 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

from UO - Origin Events
official website of EM Faine Morgan and EM Molly O'Malley

Amazing Race – Origin Style 

Posted By EM Faine Morgan on January 27, 2010

Please join Faine and Molly on Saturday, January 30th at 6 p.m. PST (7 p.m. MST, 8 p.m. CST, 9 p.m. EST) at the Origin Award Hall in Malas for the first EM sponsored Amazing Race! Players may compete in teams or individually to see who can be the first to finish this exciting race across the lands of Sosaria. Complete instructions and rules will be provided at event time.

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[EM] Event this Friday - Arkinin’s Tomb Part TWO
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 4:19 PM EST by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
From the Catskills EM website:
Upon doing some research in the Castle Library, Owain thinks he has discovered the origin of this Arkinin, and knows how to cast his dark shadow from Britannia.

Last week, the soul of Arkinin was defeated on a small Island in Felucca, but his flesh still remains undead and hungry among a tomb of riches.

Owain will lead the party into Arkinin’s tomb to discover what must be done to cleanse the ongoings of the counselor’s hall before they spread farther, and to give a final rest to the mummy-king Arkinin.

Meet at the Britain Counselor’s Hall at 8 p.m. EST on Friday January 29th, and be prepared for adventure.


And... (also from the Catskills EM website):
I’ve received some questions about the event.

First, it WILL be in trammel or a trammel rule set facet.

Next – Great minds as well as great fighters will be needed. This is a dynamic event and there may be many possibilities you can pursue from the outset, it will not be ‘led through’ but rather something for the players to figure out for themselves. If I would relate it to prior events, it would be something along the lines of the Kasaven Rescue and the Owain’s Healing events past. It may not be a quick event, so open up a few hours for entertainment.

I hope to see everyone from Cats there. Good luck.

Meet at the Counselor’s Hall in Britain at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, January 29th.

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Yew Town Council Meeting, Thursday, January 28th, 2010
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6:23 AM EST by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Yew Town Council Meeting
Thursday, January 28th, 2010


On Thursday Evening at 9 pm EST in the Trammel Empath Abbey (Yew bank building), the Yew Town Council will be holding a meeting. The past few meetings we had people from different guilds and learned something new from each.

One of the projects that was brought to the Council for consideration is holding another Wisp Conference. Details on the original Wisp Conference can be found here:

Original Wisp Conference Report

We will finish up the details this week. Anyone with more input or ideas for this conference is urged to attend.

Any announcements or organizational events that might be up coming from any guilds may be announced at this meeting also.

Other topics will include as well, to learn from, or to inform anyone who wishes to know the current EM story arcs. If you obtained a special item you wish to show off, please come and do so and explain how you got it.

The Yew Town Council is open to all. This is a Town Council run by players that has a rich history all the way back to 1998.

With all that was posted about recognizing player towns we will be formally organizing for putting in an application to such a process once that process is determined. To that end Member Guilds will be formally posted and Town Council Elections will soon follow. Guilds or Individuals that are interested in running or being included can either attend a meeting and pronounce such intentions or contact Sunwolf via pm.

Meetings are important so that ideas can come together that are original and fun. Making new friends & establishing real communites can be rewarding. Hope to see you there.

Submitted by Sunwolf
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EM Hall of Commons Notes - Jan 24, 2010
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 2:07 AM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Hall of Commons
January 24, 2010
Meeting Notes
By: lady Laurel


Special Announcement

From the Office of Tavalia Zodolk
Ambassador of the Crown

A Diplomatic Summit will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 8:00 pm
A gate will be provided from the Hall of Commons

All townships are invited to attend
Should a leader of any township be unavailable, an appropriate secondary should be designated to attend.

This will be the first in a series of weekly (or bi-weekly) gatherings
splitting the In-Character and Out-of-Character meetings

The Hall of Commons will be for taking care of Out-of-Character matters
such as feedback, announcements, etc etc

Audiences with the Ambassador of the Crown will be held In-Character
and will be exclusively to further storylines, plots, etc etc

There will be ZERO tolerance for disruptions
and
you MUST remain In-Character at all times during the Summits
You may find yourself being taken away by the Royal Guards for any violations

Membership in a township is not required to attend
but the Summits are basically a State of Affairs designed to foster interactions between townships

Township Announcements

Township Applications
Applications are still being accepted, but please remember
Banners take time to build, so if you banner design is elaborate
you absolutely MUST provide blueprints and numbers

Future Events
Townships are being encouraged to sponsor contestants in future events
These sponsored contestants may be eligilbe to gain valuable non-tangible rewards
These rewards would help you gain audience with the Queen

Rolled Parchment
The exact nature of the Rolled Parchments that were recovered
during the Poseidons Fury event on January 23, 2010 will be made clear at the Summit
Though the basics are: it is good for one spawning session on your enemy
These orders cannot be used to grief
The spawn will not last past server up
The spawn will not be placed in the middle of an event (such as an auction, etc)
And to answer a question that was asked in email -
Mesanna is not going to destroy the banner of a town that is defeated during township fighting.

Town Event Books
A book can be locked down on your banner for upcoming events
These will be locked down two times per month, on the 1st and 15th
Place any books, including red leaves into mailbox

Announcements

Luna Fair Naming Contest
Entries are still being accepted
If you would like to enter, please place a book with your entry into the mailbox

EM Vladimere
EM Vladimere will no longer be in attendance at the HoC meetings
This is due to a new manager dispatcher job that requires him to work weekends
We have been reassured that he will be around during the week running events
and completing his EM duties

Congratulations Vladimere on your new job
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Poseidons Fury
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 2:06 AM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Poseidons Fury
Underground, Trammel
January 23, 2010
By: Lady Laurel



Many foes were defeated, including a very tough Poseidons Curse
but not without many casualties.



During the bloodshed a very important item was recovered

The journal of Captain Marcus Tokinson
This journal gave more information about the location of the missing artifact

Also recovered from the corpses by our adventurers were a few rolled parchments

After being deciphered by Balandar it was revealed that they are
Dispatch orders from the Crown to the Royal Mages
We were informed that these dispatch orders entitle the bearer to call up an
army to invade an enemy.
These is the first in the series of rewards
geared towards the township banners.

Other items were also gathered from the monsters below.
Gun Powder, Elixor and Poseidon fancy shirts.

Look forward to more township interaction in the coming future.
Who knows what other tricks our EMs have up their robes!

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Captain Bloodrum's Challenge
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 2:03 AM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Captain Bloodrum's Challenge
Jan 23, 2010
By: Lady Laurel

After all teams were registered for the event, EM Dudley gave a list of rules to follow during the challenge:


Five maps will be given out, Ranging in difficulty from level two through level six.
The maps may be completed in any order.

If you go to a location and another team is there move to a different map

You must loot everything out of the chest and kill all spawn.

Once you have completed the chest, return here and sit down.
You must kill all the spawn and loot the chest clean.

EM Lady Faine Morgan and EM Vladimere will verify completion.
Once they say it's okay you may move onto the next map.


You must leave the chest! Do not destroy the chest!
I will destroy it after I check it's empty


Team List For Challenge:

Blue Barracudas
Green Monkeys
Purple Parrots
Orange Iguanas
Silver Serpents
Golden Llamas
Red Jaguars
White Rabbits
Black Mongbats


This week four teams were competing, including Juliana and the Blue Baracudas,
who were competing for their championship win.


Congratulations
to the
Grand Champions
Juliana and the Blue Baracudas

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GOF Auction
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 6:05 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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GOF Auction ~





Since the first of the year I have been covering many of the auction houses on Great Lakes and this past weekend I attended the Guild of Friends Auction House. Hunter, Zaria and Lexi were running the show. At this time I would like to give a shout out to all the gaters at all the auction houses. Their names are rarely mentioned in the News and they do a very important and boring job.



Hunter was no Temptress from the -Y- Auctions but he did a fine job. Lexi was looking as seductive as always, and charming too.
I do like the warm cozy inviting feeling of the decor of this auction house. Design wise I just wish the stairs were another color than white but hey....I am a fussy old lady *laughs*.



Great items hit the autioneers block. Even I bid and won a fallen branch. I am a sucker for dead wood.

Trivia came late in the evening as Hunter was excited by the amount of patrons but it did finally come and it was fun.



On the subject of patrons......-420, DYT, -Y-, MEAT, BANE, NO-S, PwNt, T/G, DC*, ToM, FCB, B*R, AsoM, CFC, and FKS guilds all had members in attendance.

GOF is one of the nicest guilds on Great Lakes and we thank them for taking the time and effort to hold this player run event.


Lady Lava
Catskills and Great Lakes News Reporter










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From the Quill of EM Dudley!
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 5:39 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                    From the Quill of EM Dudley!         

                   Announcements from the Chesapeake Event Moderators this week!

    A big congratulations to The Blue Barracudas for being named Captain Bloodrum's Challenge 2009 Season Champs!  Challenges for the 2010 Season begin in April!

    The Ambassador of the Crown has called a summit of all township heads or their appointed ambassadors for Sunday, January 31st at 8 PM ET.  There will be a gate provided from the Hall of Commons and the EM Hall.  *Note this will be the first "Summit" and part of the new meeting format that is going to be instituted to foster the Township Series of Events.  The Hall of Commons meetings will resume Sunday, February 7th at 9 PM at the Hall of Commons*

    Events to look forward to for the month of February include, the next installment of The Poseidon's Fury Saga, the Queens Regatta, and the return of Fair Games!

                                                           Stay toon'd!
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[News] EM Lillimu's Farewell
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 2:25 PM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)
Lillimu's Farewell

Unfortunately I have some disheartening news. I will no longer be your EM.

However, as such, the email notification system that I established will also no longer be around. So this is the last update! Furthermore, entire site maintenance of pacific.uoem.net has been transferred over to EM Cyno Razik. So he'll be responsible for updating you on the website, now.

I have had a simply marvelous time with you all here on Pacific. If I could, I would stay longer and spend even more time with you! But unfortunately, that's just not in the cards. I have made some wonderful memories on Pacific with all of you, and it's been a blast. My favorite memories include the Punkin King in Felucca... the death of Casca, the Platinum vs Crimson war, and who could forget that Sphinx with his tricky riddles! I remember the weddings, the stories... and of course, the wedgies! But my time here has come to an end, and I must say adieu. You're all a wonderful group of people, and it's been a pleasure to know you. I'm sure that Mesanna, Cyno and your future EM will continue to treat you with entertaining events. So treat them well, too!

Amelia the Fortuneteller is residing in Moonglow, north of the Lycaeum with her neighbours. Feel free to give her a visit, though she won't be as talkative as she usually is. The daemon invasions have mysteriously stopped, and Lady Mimeux hasn't been seen since the weekend. There are two baby ziguarts in the Ilshenar zoo who are looking for their mother, but I fear their time at the zoo will be spent in solitude for now. So please, drop them some nice treats once in a while and give them a few words of comfort! Unfortunately this also means I won't be able to host another PvP tournament, but don't forget I've put the names of all the 'winners' from last time on the third floor of the PvP Hall! All other awards are either on display at the Counselor's Hall, or the Award Hall in Malas.

You were truly a great shard... and I should know! I've been around. This time, I'm leaving about the same time that I came in, January 2009 to January 2010. It's been a wonderful year! Thanks again for the memories. May the virtues guide you!



*peace sign to the masses*

- Lillimu, aka Amelia Varaeli'n the Fortune Teller


PS: Don't forget, help improve events by giving event feedback (both positive and negative) at the following link: http://www.uoherald.com/feedback/index.php
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Enter Cromwell. Exit Theron?
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 12:30 AM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<
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It is said of men that they are merely players, possessing their entrances. Tonight prooved it's self to be the entrance of one Cromwell, and what may be the exit of one Theron. Little are known of these two men, both are, or have been, members of the Cult of the Promise that has become widely known for their involvement in the Fire Ruby fiasco. Cromwell seems to be of some rank within the cult, possessing the fabled Blackrock Armor. Theron seems to be some manner of deserter, his death has been ordered by none other than the fiend Nicholai! Slowly the mystery of The Cult of the Promise unravels.






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[Credit to Sir William Shakespeare for the quote]


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Fire Ruby Located!
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 12:08 AM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
A precious few nights ago the Royal Britannian Guard made for Ter Mur's Royal City hot on tips in reference to a Cult of the Promise and on the tail of the fiends An Ort-Lem and Nicholai!! The Crowd was on edge, expecting trouble! Queen Zhah's mood was almost undoubtedly a response to her own people's lack of control!



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She delivered the following dialogue.


[graciously provided by EM Eris.]




Quote:








Originally Posted by Queen Zhah



Heroes and members of Royal Britannian Guard.

A gargoyle noble took the Fire Ruby from Castle Britannia

To have trusted An Ort-Lem has caused scandal.

The Fire Ruby must be returned to Queen Dawn.

To desire peace with People of Britannia is not enough.

In times of trouble, Ter Mur must help the Royal Britannian Guard.

You grow tired of words and Queen Zhan know you are ready to fight.


My warriors have searched all of Ter Mur and the Abyss.

Many of my Warriors have died in attempts to confront An Ort-Lem.

By uniting together we can do what cannot be done by my people alone.

There is only one sign of An Ort-Lem and the Fire Ruby.

Magical red fires blaze in the skies over the northern desert.

Go to Northern desert and seize the Fire Ruby from the traitor!




After tromping about the sands for some time some of us were promptly pulled into a sparkling tornado and punched square in the head. Adding another odd foe to the growing list of things that have tried to kill the Royal Britannian Guard!



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One we were all done dieing and screaming we noted Nicholai standing on a large tower with a vaguely familiar gem! And by vaguely I mean it was the Fire Ruby in an unstable state, being guarded by curious gargish barriers, more than certainly placed by An Ort-Lem! That Winged Rogue!



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With covetous eyes Nicholai did speak to us.

[Ditto]





Quote:








Originally Posted by Nicholai The Magus



*Claps his hands together, clearly unimpressed*

Back away now peasants!

The Chaos Vortices were proving to be an obstacle.

Now that they are dispelled I will take my prize.

*looks deeply into the burning facets of the Fire Ruby.*

The Fire Ruby is mine alone, I share it's power with no one.

*wraps his fingers around the Fire Ruby with a greedy smile crossing his face.*


The Gem of Immortality will be restored and with it the Promise will come to pass.

An Ort-Lem thought he could keep me from the Fire Ruby with his weak magic.

*laughs*

Enough! I have important work in my laboratory
.



After pushing past us Nicholai took hold of the the gem, leaving behind only an illusionist's clone of the gem before disappearing with a dramatic "Kal Ort Por"




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Post collecting the wounded the RBG was left to wander, what would Nicholai and his Cult of the Promise's next move be?

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EM News - Event Warning Flare Fix
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 7:26 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com

 Note: Fixing Warning Flare

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
By EM Seppo

If you are an owner of one of the warning flares that was part of the guardian drop in the last event, it needs to be patched up to function properly. In order to do so, please lock it down in your house and email us the coordinates using the form on THIS LINK.

______________________________

posted by Sara of Baja

 

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Community Hunts - Week of January 25th
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:37 PM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.


Doom Bone Daemon hunt
Date: Tuesday, January 26th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, January 27th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Gauntlet Run
Date: Thursday, January 28th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, January 29th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken



And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
The Order of the Silver Rose

Posted by:
Lady Tia
LS News Manager


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Community Meet Up - January 25th
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:25 PM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – January 25, 2010
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


Meeting Agenda:
We'll hear weekly announcements of upcoming events and hunts for Lake Superior from Sabina our events coordinator.


The weekly community meetings, events, hunts, etc are always open to the public. No invitations needed!
Everyone is always welcome to come ask questions, make plans, or make announcements.

Bring a friend if you can make it, tell a friend if you can't!

Lady Tia
LS News Manager


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[EM Event] Briallia's Journey
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 3:58 PM EST by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;


"It is on January 28th the people of Britannia traditionally celebrate the adventure Brialla of the Seven Tears monk order, which would become a cornerstone of Empath Abbey, undertook to map the north-lands of Britannia. It was in this journey that the rich ore deposits around present day Minoc were discovered.

Join us in this celebration of humility and sacrifice, as we don simple robes and walk, barefoot, the dangerous path of Empath Abbey to the town of Minoc. Once there players are may recount tales of their own adventures, and smiths are encouraged to come and sell their finest metalwork.

We will meet out front of the Ye Olde Winery (Trammel), adjacent to Empath Abbey, on January 28th at 8pm CST / 9pm EST."




For those that know not, the EM site is here.


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THREE GIGANTIC PIECES OF NEWS DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR EYEBALLS
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 12:08 PM EST by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)

THREE GIGANTIC PIECES OF NEWS DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR
!!!!!EYEBALLS!!!!!

!!!!!!ITEM NUMBER ONE!!!!!!

Player Town Recognition
--------------------------------

There will be a meeting on Wednesday Jan 27 to discuss player town recognition.
 This is a very preliminary meeting to get input and feedback from Atlantic players. The meeting will be held in the Brit counselor's hall (tram side) at 8:00 PM EST.
 The following is an initial guideline and highly subject to change:

Requirements for Town recognition:

1) Minimum of 5 Establishments in a geographical area that promotes the community of the inhabitants.

2) Some sort of leadership structure, mayor, council.

3) Town Activity, where the town does have citizens around at least a few times each week, usually with some announced meetings or events.

4) Must have 6 months of history. There should be an archive of town records either in game or outside of the game.

5) Web Sites and/or Message Boards, where there is a way to communicate with their citizens, patrons, and visitors.
 The web site or board usually gives information about what the town is designed for, who the mayor is, and how people can get involved with the town.

Benefits:

1) Banner placed in the town, the town has some limited design input.

2) A tome placed under the banner, listing the date of recognition and the town leadership/citizen roles.

In the future perhaps: Gates connecting the town to a central area (perhaps the Luna Fair Grounds)

If you are unable to attend you can email your questions and comments to [email protected].
 This again is the initial start of player town recognition, please be patient it is a work in progress.

!!!!!!ITEM NUMBER TWO!!!!!!

PVM Competition
__________________

A weekend without football (well, there is the pro bowl, Blah), let us fill the void with a fun PVM competition. Saturday afternoon (Jan 30) at 4:00 pm EST we will gather at the Brit Counselor Hall. There will two divisions, 2 player teams and 4 player teams. The 2 player teams will not be allowed to have tamed beasts. The four player teams will be allowed to have 2 tamed beasts. This will be a timed event; the teams that dispatch the monster in the quickest time will be declared the winner. Please Email your teams by Noon on Saturday Jan 30. Email your teams to [email protected] Due to time constraints there will be a limit of 6 teams for each division.

!!!!!!ITEM NUMBER THREE!!!!!!

Friday, January 29 2010
08:00PM
MARS COMES INTO OPPOSITION

SEE ALSO: "we shall attack from hedge maze when mars comes into opposition"
CHAOS! PANIC! PURE SPARTAN MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TO THE EM WEBSITE AT ONCE!

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USA Alliance Dart League Round Three TONIGHT 9pm EST!
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 11:45 AM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                   USA Alliance Dart League Round Three TONIGHT 9pm EST!

    Join us in one of the realms newest settlements, the Kijistsu Keys for round three of the USA Alliance Dart League. No one has run away with the points thus far however Tiger Lily is lookin tough to beat! The double elimination dart tourney will begin at 9pm EST with no entry fee or skill required however, a high tolerance for ale helps! To reach tonight's event, utilize the Kijistsu Anei Village Community Teleporter Hub located just NE of the Homare Jima Moongate! 250k and valuable points for tonights winner along with 100k and 50k for second and third place!Come on out and have some fun
!

               
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Upcoming Events This Week
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 7:43 AM EST by Lady Lava (Catskills)
This just in.....

The monthly story contest returns! Come tell a tale by the fireside on Tuesday January 26th at 8pm Eastern Time. Beginners and veteran story tellers alive are welcome to participate and tell a tale of their own creation. The theme is “Ad Lib” – Make up a story on the spot based on a topic which the host draws from a hat!
The story contest takes place at the campfire amphitheater next to the Reward Hall in Malas. A gate to the Reward Hall is available from the West Britain Counselor’s Guild Hall in Britain. See you there!


Fairground Games Return! The snow* settled on the Catskills’ Britain Fairgrounds sets the stage for winter competitions. This will be a multi-week event, continuing on Thursday January 28th at 9:00 pm Eastern time.



Arctic Race – Begins at 9:00 pm Eastern time at the fairground stage. Race on foot through the winter night to be the first to cross the finish line! Be careful however, as the winter storms are expected to be in full force this evening, and many a racer may find themselves face down in the snow and out of the race. All participants are required to run the entire course on foot – no pets, mounts, forms, or wings are permitted. (Participants are also advised that death may be likely) See you there!


Gates to the fairground will be provided from West Britain Bank and the West Britain Counselor Hall for the duration of the event.



Look for more gaming events to follow in February!

(PS: I didn’t expect the snow to melt so early! – the events are still on however!)


Thank you!

Cernunnos
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Congratulations to the Winners of Winter Classic 2010
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 7:40 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
This just in ....


We would like to announce that the awards for the Winter Classic 2010
tournaments can now be viewed in the Hall of Heroes at the Great Lakes
Award Hall (31° 13'N 48° 15'W Malas, or via the permanent gate at the
Counselors' Hall).

Congratulations to:

Kali Ma, for Best PvM
Abdu Victoria, for Best PvP Mage
Saint of Killers, for Best PvP Warrior

Thank you to all the competitors and spectators who made these two
tournaments so enjoyable.

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[Report] Freeing the Juka from the Orcs
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:56 AM EST by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Ilshenar News <<<Freeing the Juka from the Orcs

Fardorim arrived at the Counselor's Hall at 8pm and began.



Fardorim: "I am pleased to see you all here, It seems you are indeed honourable creatures and true to your word."

He was recalling the promise we made when we first found him. We would rescue the Juka from the Orcs.



Fardorim: "I have flown over the city and I have seen five devices. These devices are heavily guarded and maintained by technicians. You must take them out and disable the devices."

Sean Llyonadhadd: "How do we destroy them?"

Fardorim: "The devices seem to require constant maintenance."

Nathan: "So we kill the technicians?"

Fardorim: "Indeed Nathan. Take away the maintance crew and the device will soon fail."





With the briefing over, We headed outside and Nathan suggested we head to the Honesty Shrine.



Hex cast a gate to a moongate and we headed for the Honesty Moongate to await further instructions.



Once Nathan arrived he reminded us we were killing the Orc Technicians. We then headed out north towards Mistas.





At the entrance to Mistas groups of Orcs, Dragons and Juka awaited.



We fell back outside the city for a while until the dragons were slayed.





We managed to slay 3 Orc Engineers inside Mistas.



Once each Engineer had been killed the device it was guarding soon exploded.



A device exploded in the south east corner of Mistas as we killed another Orc Engineer.



Once the Engineers had been killed Nathan ordered us to kill the remaining Orcs in the city.



Nathan then ordered us to the center of the town where Fardorim was waiting. On the way there I saw Duke Iryvn admiring the city.



Fardorim thanked us for the help and confirmed the mind control devices had been destroyed. Fardorim then waved goodbye as he returned to watching over the Juka from the skies.

Nathan thanked us for helping and said on Tuesday they would further question the Orc that is currently in the Trinsic Jail.





EM Emile Layne confirmed that 25 items were on the Orc Enginers. 5 Masks, 5 Tunics, 5 Gloves, 5 Shields and 5 Hammers.

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[Report] Planting the Cursed Diamond in the Orc Caves
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:55 AM EST by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Planting the Cursed Diamond in the Orc Caves

After Queen Dawn had finished her announcements I headed over to the Counselor's Hall for the mission tonight.



Nathan arrived and started the meeting, Tonight we were to leave the cursed diamond Trinsic found in the Orc Caves in an attempt to fight back.

Nathan asked Kendra from Trinsic to explain what the diamond does.
Kendra: "The box itself isn't the important part. Inside it, is a cursed diamond, with a necromatic curse of some power. What the box does, is limits its affect, so as not to be completely bad.

Rather than affecting a wide area, it will be a smaller area, within the caves."
Sean Llyonadhadd: "What means 'Not completely bad' ?"

Kendra: "It means that it won't devestate the surrounding area, Only within the caves and the effect will be more a sickening."

The Black Cobra: "We're going to deliberately bring pain and suffering to the orcs?"

Nathan Hawke: "Yes are are."



Nathan said we were going to leave it there overnight. Some members of the crowd argued it was unsafe to be left unprotected, Others were concerned about torturing the orcs.

Nathan raised his voice and said no Orcs will be tortured and that this diamond had to be left there as a matter of necessity before the Orcs harm the humans any further.



Nathan brought the arguments to an end and opened a gate to the Orc Caves.



Inside the Orc Caves a mass of orcs were waiting, I managed to sneak by them with my Orc Mask whilst others who didn't have a mask began killing them.



Inside the Orc Caves a prisoner was found! Oddly.. It was an Orc named Ubulud.

After talking to him he said a few things:
"Other Orcs put me here"

"Me, I am not like the others"

"No I see you humans kill other orcs"

"Why are you here to kill Orcs?"

"I am against ignorance"

"But the other orcs.. They think technogoly is the way"

"They put me in prison, Cause I am the only one who knows the real thruth!"

"But the others do not see, The key to real power is not through mechanical devices"

"They worship their technicians"

"You are humans! Humans don't even understand technogoly"



Nathan Hawke finally arrived and suggested we move him out of the Caves. Duke Ivyrn suggested the Trinsic Jail.

Some Trinsic guards took Ubulud to the jails whilst the others and Nathan left for Mericles old cave.



Saying the password 'Bubhosh mojo goth' we arrived to a waiting crowd. Nathan told them they were taking a captive orc to the Trinsic Jails and it won't be harmed.



Nathan then opened a moongate to Trinsic for us to question the Orc further.



In the prison Ubulud said a few further things:
"I am just smarter than they are"

"That is why Big Bob kicked me out"

"Yes, Big Bob kicked me out and had me put in jail!"

"Cause I am the only one who believes the real truth!"

"They don't see... Orcs were not always smart. But now there are smart Orcs. But... How did they get these brains?"

"Big Bob kicked me out of the headquarters. The Orc Stronghole underneath Britain."

The crowd in the cell gasped as he said the location of the Orc HQ.. Under Britain!

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At this point people split up, I decided to check the Britain Sewers and then the lower Sewer by using the password 'charvory' at the sign.



In the lower sewer there were alot of Orcs so it is possible this is maybe the HQ of the Orcs - I was able to cross the broken bridge into the cavern below but there were only Crystal Elementals in there and the remains of a broken moongate.

After searching the lower sewers I went back to the old Mericles cave and said another password to gain access to the Alchemist Orc Workshop. Having been there before I knew something was different.. It was full of orcs!

I spoke to the alchemist and it mentioned something about a Black Clan of Orcs however I couldn't get any further than this.

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[Report] Proclamation from Queen Dawn
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:54 AM EST by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Proclamation from Queen Dawn


Queen Dawn: I have two announcements tonight. The first...

Captain Avery and I have decided it is time to update the map of the Kingdom. To reflect changes or additions since it was drawn up

Please listen carefully. This will not be a military compagn. All settlements may petition me to be recognized as such.

More information will be made available shortly


The second announcement. Regards the late Lord Casca.
His body has been removed from the Castle gardens, And will soon be buried at the graveyard.

After a huge crowd uproar Queen Dawn said she will reconsider the matter on his body.

Queen Dawn: So please write a letter, describing your ideas, And drop it in the mailbox of the wedding house next to the Counselors Hall.

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EM News - Castle of Orobas the Prophet Falls to Royal Britannian Guard
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Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010, 11:49 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Castle of Orobas the Prophet Falls to Royal Britannian Guard

January 23, 2010, by Cymidei Fier


At the Skara Brae fairgrounds in Felucca a surly group of murderers, spies and Purity League advocates waited the arrival of the hooded stranger. The message that had brought us together was an incredible opportunity to capture a fabled floating fortress in the lost lands home of Orobas the Goat Prophet. Should the Purity League win on the field of battle the fortress and the power of the Prophet would be ours forever.

Hoof beats sounded on the well trodden muddy pathway that led to the Skara Brae fairground, the hooded stranger debriefed us on the defenses of the fortress. Once within the eldritch walls we began the long ritual to bind Orobas to our will.

Supplies and traps were laid, scouts took their place on the parapets watching for any side of trouble. Outside, the Cartel Faction began patrolling the perimeter of the Castle and soon there was blood to shed. For two long hours the battle between the Purity League and the Royal Britannian Guard raged filling the green meadow with broken bodies

Fortress of Orobas had six corrupted champions, while they lived the doors were sealed with magic so that no mortal could pass. One by one the champions were slain and hundreds of bodies fell by the castle walls. The weak lamented and tried to take shelter in the hills where they were hunted down and slaughtered by the murderous Cartel.

The battle continued until a huge force from Spawner’s Incorporated and their allies hunted down and slew the last guardian. In the moment of the guardian’s death the crimson gates of the fortress vanished and the pathway to Orobas the Prophet was opened.

Orobas was bound inside the ritual pentacle of blood. While the silver braziers burned the Prophet remained bound to us and his fortress firmly anchored to the Lost Lands.

One by one the attackers of the Royal Britannian Guard defiled the sacred braziers causing their magic to crumble into ash. When the ritual circle was broken, Orobas roared and the Fortress faded leaving nothing but a tattered banner behind to show that it had ever been.

Even though our ritual had been spoiled by the gargoyle appeasers, the slaughter continued until the entire plain was filled with bones, blood and the loot of the fallen.

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You may view the original article on Cymidei Fier's UOInsider.net blog

posted by Sara of Baja

 

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RP NEWS - The Yattering Strikes Back
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Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010, 10:12 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

As reported by Magdelana [QSA] and Ceno to Sara of Baja

The Yattering Strikes Back

While riding through west Britain on the evening of Saturday, January 23, Magdalena [QSA] noticed something over by the Town Guard tower. Upon closer investigation, the observant citizen found 'A Town Guardy Trap' baited with bacon.

Before Magdalena could warn him, Corporal Brackus of the Town Guards, who has a reputation for being unable to resist bacon, fell victim to the diabolical ploy left for the unsuspecting guard by the Yattering ... who most likely left the trap as retaliation for the Yattering trap Town Guards had set a few weeks ago.

Fortunately, the good Corporal received only a minor injury to his hand when he reached for the bacon and triggered the trap:

When last seen, the Corporal was nursing his wounded hand and swearing to avenge the troublesome goblin who has been plaguing the city and terrorizing citizens and the Town Guards for several months now.

Related Articles:

Town Guards Trying To Trap The Yattering

A fracas in the streets of Britain!

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Town Guard Meeting Postponed
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Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9:16 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com

Town guard meeting postponed

Sunday, January 24, 2010
By EM Seppo

Hail,

The “Decoration of Service” event that was scheduled at 3:00 PM PST on Sunday 24th is postponed. There is no new date planned at this time for this event.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Regards,
Seppo

_________________________

posted by Sara of Baja

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Dragging Canoe Discusses United We Fight’s Growth and Success
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Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2010, 4:55 PM EST by Fallon Valor (Atlantic)
ATLANTIC—Though United We Fight (UWF) may currently be the largest guild on the Atlantic shard, this was not always the case. When UWF was founded in October 1999, its entire membership consisted of only two members. Over the past decade, UWF has witnessed many challenges, including changes in leadership, shifts in focus, and even guild splits. However, thanks to the unique culture of personal ownership cultivated by its members, as well as an absence of heavy-handed rules, UWF has grown to become one of the largest guilds in the history of Ultima Online.

Founding and Reorganization

The guild was initially founded by Greendragoon, whose mission was to create a primarily player versus monster (PvM) guild that specialized in training new players. At its founding, the guild’s charter was “Friends First.” Greendragoon led the guild until 2005, when he passed the mantel to UWF’s current guild master, Dragging Canoe (DC). When DC first assumed leadership, the guild was experiencing some instability due to overextension, as UWF attempted to be all things to all people. DC helped returned the guild to its original PvM focus, clarified the guild’s objective, implemented a simpler code of conduct, and reorganized the guild’s structure to place more leadership responsibility in the hands of its members. As a result of these changes, UWF has grown to become a larger and more stable organization.

“I have no idea how big the guild was when I assumed the role of Guild Master three years ago, but I don’t think we were among the largest guilds on the Atlantic shard or in UO,” DC said. “A bitter war had just ended with a guild that had split from UWF. It split when UWF departed from its insistence on being a Tram PVM guild to a guild that had one faction devoted to Fel champs and PVP. I knew I wanted the guild to return to its Tram PVM roots and avoid the negative drama that had become all too commonplace.”

Elements of Success

Following the departure of the player vs. player (PvP) wing, DC redefined the guild’s charter to focus on fun and fellowship. The guild’s current motto is, “Fellowship, PvM, and we still train the best!” Aside from the refocusing of UWF’s mission, other aspects have helped to contribute to the guild’s success.

“Perhaps the most important factor to our success is the culture that has evolved,” DC said. “UWF belongs to the members. We are not a democracy, but are rather organized like a successful company. Members are empowered. They have opportunities to provide feedback and ideas, and to help lead activities and events. We don’t have a long list of heavy handed rules, but just those necessary to avoid drama and chaos, and maintain order. We have a great group of enlightened and dedicated Emissaries, Hunt Leaders, and Honor Guards that lead by example, assist and participate in recruiting, lead guild hunts, and promote our goals on a daily basis. My role as Guild Master is primarily to set the direction and make decisions when consensus can't be reached.”

“Another important factor is the wide range of activities available thanks to the willingness of members to share their knowledge and expertise,” said DC. UWF offers nightly guild hunts to various locations, including peerless instances; the Ilshenar, Malas, and Tokuno champion spawns; the Doom gauntlet; and hunting hot spots throughout Britannia.

“Another factor has been a great web page,” said DC, “[which] allows us to publicize activities and events to the membership, gather ideas and feedback, and exchange ideas on templates and skills. It also has a Formal Leadership Forum that allows a private exchange of ideas and opinions among the formal leadership.”

Challenges

The path to UWF’s success has included many obstacles. When UWF was smaller, three guild splits threatened UWF’s stability; as UWF grew larger, it became a prime target for player killers and thieves.

“UWF has strong formal leadership,” said DC. “Occasionally a strong leader will want to go in a different direction and will leave to form a guild based on this direction. This has happened three times over the past three years. At one time, two of the guilds that spun off from UWF were among the ten largest guilds on the Atlantic shard. One of these guilds [i.e., “Knights of Ni”] is still in existence, appears to be prospering and continues as one of the largest guilds on the Atlantic shard. The departure of a popular leader is often accompanied by some disruption. However, such disruption has been short lived and hasn't altered what has made UWF successful.”

“Large guilds are also targets for an element that seeks to gain admittance simply to profit by preying on other members or to feed their egos. UWF is not immune to the occasional player killer or thief,” DC said. “When members realize that the damage a player killer or thief can actually cause is less than the routine damage they suffer from a challenging ‘Suicide Guild Hunt,’ the drama and disruption caused is nearly eliminated.”

Evolution of Leadership

When UWF was first founded, its formal leadership truly ran the guild. They were responsible for recruiting prospective members, training new players, organizing events, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the guild. As UWF grew, this job began to overwhelm the formal leadership, leading to an evolution in its structure.

“Leadership has become more shared as members have come to realize that the success of the guild lies with them,” said DC. “The Guild Master doesn't ‘own’ the guild. It belongs to the members. Also a culture isn't created overnight. The high level of ‘buy-in’ to the goals of fun and fellowship, and getting along evolved over time. This commitment was necessary to long term continuous growth.”

Mission and Diversity

Due to its focus on PvM events in the Trammel rule set, UWF does not appeal to all players. However, it has managed to create a unique atmosphere. One thing that sets UWF apart from many guilds is the absence of heavy-handed rules. UWF only has three basic rules, which include: 1) do not kill guild mates, 2) do not steal from guild mates, and 3) mind your P’s and Q’s in guild chat. Otherwise, UWF members are free to play as they choose, including becoming members of other guilds who focus on PvP and Felucca-based events, as UWF does not offer these activities.

“We value diversity,” said DC, “so it is easy to join UWF. There is no long waiting list. Everyone is welcome, with the exception of drama kings and queens or those with a chip on their shoulder that can't get along in a large group. Part of our motto is ‘We Still Train the Best,’ so prospective members do not have to be skilled. They do not have to share a common background. We have members from all over the United States, as well as from 14 or 15 different countries, from all age groups [18 to older than 70], and from all walks of life. Prospective members have to be 18 years of age or older; agree not to be a player killer, or steal or scam; accept the goals of fun, fellowship and getting along; and agree not to swear in guild chat.”

“This diversity has given rise to the standing joke in UWF that we are the largest group of misfits in UO, but we do fine as long as we stay on our ‘meds,’” DC said. “At any rate, UWF consists of a great bunch of diverse people that share the common bond of wanting to have fun and enjoy the game together.”

United We Fight has been an active presence on Atlantic for over a decade. UWF’s current guild master, Dragging Canoe, has been leading the guild since November 2005.
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PvP Tournament Today !
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Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9:00 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
Please remember to join the EM Event chat for this event.

Please re-read the Tournament Rules before the event:

One change: rather than doing match-ups, I will read from the list of
registered players. If Players A and B are both there, they will fight. If
Player B is not there, s/he will be disqualified and Player A will fight
Player C, etc.

If there is nobody to fight the last player, s/he gets a bye into the next
round. Order for the second round will be determined by in-game dice roll.
Once we’re down to three players in a division there will be no byes.

When your name is called, go down into the hallway by the teleporters. If
you are blue, flag gray by hitting the healer posted in the hallway. You
will be pulled into the fighting pit on opposite sides. I will then return
to the middle and say “Ready”, “SET”, “START!”. When you hear "START!",
you may immediately begin battle.

We will begin with the first round of mage fights, followed by the first
round of warrior fights, followed by the second round of mage fights, and
so on.

MAGES
(names will be read in this order)

Ill Will
Tito Jackson
Jonny
Churchill
Abdu Victoria
Jason
daisuke aramaki
The Instagater
Mr Miagi
Boxcar
Medic
XaVieR KaNe


WARRIORS
(names will be read in this order)

Saint of Killers
Galen
Polynikes of Yew
Izero
Strong Weed
Nonel Topd
A Soultrain
Striker
full english
Christian
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EM NEWS - Message Decoded
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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010, 6:29 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com

Message decoded

Saturday, January 23, 2010
By EM Seppo

Due to the efforts of Lady Sara [TAO] and Lady Proserpina, the encrypted message was decoded. It has revealed the plans of Purity League, but I fear just in nick of time. There is still much to be done, if we are to stop their evil design.

The decrypted message follows (might be difficult to read as it was written in a hurried manner),

Hail, brethrens of the purity league!

We stand at the crux of time. A grand opportunity stares down at us, if we are able to unite to grasp it!

The recent warrant issued against Aldagar Moor should leave us with no doubt that the so-called Queen of Britannia is willing to misuse the power of the throne to crush any opposition against the integration of the Gargish demons. The power wielded by our ideological enemies is great – Make no doubt about that. I am sure that some of you may have wondered who we are to fight the combined forces of royal guards and their allies.

The answer to this lies in a very old Britannian myth. There exists an old folktale about a mythical castle in the lost lands. Many adventurers have gone searching for this castle in the sky, but none have ever found it. I have recently discovered the truth behind this tale with the aid of the scrolls that were looted from Lord Casca’s treasure. One of these scrolls contained in them information of these scrolls about various mythical creatures of Britannia. One particular entry was of great interest to our cause,

Orobas, the goat oracle

Orobas is a strange creature depicting a cross between a horse, a goat, and a man. The truth of his existence is unknown but he is said to have the power to give true answers of what has been, what is, and what will be. He resides in a castle that is said to be protected by being out of sync with our reality, so that none may enter. However, every hundred years it phases into our reality somewhere in the lost lands. It is said that a particularly ambitious lich lord once managed to penetrate the castle when it phased into our reality. With Orobas under his control, the lich lord made the castle his center of power.

Perhaps you are wondering why I am wasting your time with this trivia. Maybe I would garner your attention, if I informed you that Orobas’ castle will phase into our reality this very weekend. Imagine, having a castle outside the reach of our enemies as our headquarters? Not to mention, a mythical oracle under our power. I have all the tools needed to subdue Orobas but I will require your help in case the ceremony is interrupted by Gargoyle appeasers. Meet me behind the stables in Minoc Felucca when the clock strikes four this coming Saturday. Bring along any new recruits that can be trusted.

Since receiving the decrypted message, I have looked into the matter. I am afraid to say that their might be some truth behind this fantastic tale. It is best if some riders were sent out to scout Felucca T2A – we must know the location of this castle, if it exists.

Thief Master

 

Task for Pro-Gargish faction:

Ride out to T2A Felucca to uncover the location of Orobas’ fortress.

Event notification

Title: Capture the fortress

When: Saturday, 4:30 PM PST (Pro-gargoyle )*,

Saturday, 4:00 PM PST (Purity League)

* Precondition: the location of the fortress must be found in Felucca T2A or purity league wins without a fight

Keep an eye out for more information between now and then on the website.

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Posted by Sara of Baja

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Help Needed Decoding The Orders From John Hind!! No longer Needed!
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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010, 5:22 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Alas, The message has been decoded, here is the first correct response:



*Dallben hugs the walls close and moves with light step to Avery's office*

Why should I not help? Why should I not allow the conflict to accelerate...




*a note slides under Avery's office door*





"we shall attack from hedge maze when mars comes into opposition."




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Home sweet Home
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Home sweet Home / Heim süsses Heim
Tuesday, January 19th


Since the discovery of the beach at Lenmir Anfinmotas in Ilshenar a few weeks have passed. We received a call for help from its inhabitant, Captain Somarr.

An old friend of his, Feodor the Noble, was expelled because of the threat of the invasion of Magincia. On the run he lost not only all his worldly possessions - he even lost sight of his two greatest treasures: his wife Penelope and his daughter Jelnia. Meanwhile, Feodor is back in Magincia and tries to establish a new home. Captain Somarr asked us to seek out Feodor in his hut and offer him our support.

Nachdem seit der Entdeckung des Strandes Lenfir Anmonitas in Ilshenar bereits wieder einige Wochen vergangen sind, erreichte uns ein Hilferuf von dessen Bewohner Captain Somarr.

Ein alter Freund von ihm, Feodor der Noble, wurde wegen der drohenden Invasion aus Magincia vertrieben. Auf der Flucht verlor er, außer seinen weltlichen Besitztümern, auch seine beiden größten Schätze aus den Augen. Seine Frau Penelope und seine Tochter Jelnia. Mittlerweile ist Feodor wieder zurück in Magincia und versucht einen Neuanfang. Captain Somarr bat uns, Feodor in seiner Hütte aufzusuchen, und ihm unsere Unterstützung anzubieten.



We did not hesitate for long and went on our way to Magincia. On our arrival we found a broken Feodor. When he saw us arrive we could literally hear him load off his mind. Captain Somarr had already informed him that volunteers would be on their way soon to assist him, finding his family.

Feodor told us his story about fleeing from Magincia. He told us also about a woman named Marlina who provided him with food and shelter after his escape. She lived in a house outside the city walls of Nujel'm. Feodor also mentioned that he had left some of his notes in Marlinas house and asked us to follow them wherever they would lead us to. With the promise of returning his family safely and doing our best possible we left him and started to look...


Wir zögerten nicht lange, und begaben uns auf den Weg nach Magincia. Dort angekommen fanden wir einen sichtlich geknickten Feodor vor. Als er uns eintreffen sah, konnte man jedoch erkennen dass ihm der ein oder andere Stein vom Herzen fiel. Captain Somarr hatte ihn bereits verständigt das Freiwillige auf dem Weg zu ihm sind, um ihn bei der Suche nach seiner Familie zu unterstützen.

Feodor berichtete in kurzen Worten von seiner Flucht aus Magincia.  Er erzähle uns von einer Frau namens Marlina, die ihm nach seiner Flucht Essen und Unterschlupf gewährt hatte. Sie wohnt in einem Haus außerhalb der Stadtmauern von Nujel´m. Er erwähnte, dass er einen Teil seiner Notizen in Marlinas Haus zurückgelassen habe, und bat uns diesen zu folgen, egal wo sie uns auch hinführen würden. Mit dem Versprechen auf den Lippen, unser bestmögliches zu tun um Feodor seine Familie wohlbehalten zurückzubringen, verließen wir ihn und begannen mit der Suche …



Marlinas house in Nujel'm was found quickly. After a short search of the room we found the notes he described to us.

Marlinas Haus in Nujel´m war schnell gefunden. Nach einer kurzen Durchsuchung des Zimmers fanden wir auch die von ihm erwähnten Notizen.

   

As you can see from the notes the search continued to Ice Iceland. Feodor started his search there, after praying at the shrine. He met a wandering healer who told him about a group of monsters carrying along human hostages. Unfortunately he could not tell whether they were female or not. So Feodor continued his search in the nearby Dungeon Deceit.

Wie man den Notizen entnehmen konnte, führte die Suche  weiter nach Ice Island. Dort hatte Feodor seinerzeit, nach einem Gebet am Schrein, mit der Suche begonnen. Durch Zufall traf er einen wandernden Heiler der ihm von einer Gruppe Monster erzählte die menschliche Geiseln dabei hatten. Leider konnte er nicht erkennen ob diese weiblich waren oder nicht. Froh endlich einen Anhaltspunkt gefunden zu haben, setzte Feodor seine Suche im nahen Dungeon Deceit fort.

   

When Feodor went into the dungeon, he noted with disappointment that there were no large monsters group around. None the less, some of the present monsters pointed down to the next floor.

Als Fedor das Dungeon betrat, stellte er enttäuscht fest das weit und breit keine Monstergruppe zu sehen war. Einige der anwesenden Monster schienen aber hinunter ins nächste Geschoss zu deuten.

   

Feodor trusted the hints from the monsters back then, why should'nt we? But after we entered the next floor, we knew exactly why...

Feodor schien den Hinweisen der Monster zum damaligen Zeitpunkt vertraut zu haben, warum sollten wir dies dann heute nicht tun? Nachdem wir das nächste Geschoss betreten hatten wussten wir warum ...



Under normal circumstances Dungeon Deceit is a somewhat tranquil place. But now it was transformed - under the influence of Ankrum the Undead Pirate Captain - to a real slaughter house. The battle raged back and forth down a long time but finally we were able to defeat the captain and snatch a part of Feodor's family picture.

Das unter normalen Umständen eher beschauliche Deceit, hatte sich unter dem Einfluss von Ankrum dem untoten Piraten Kapitän in ein wahres Schlachthaus verwandelt. Der Kampf wogte lange Zeit hin und her, aber schlussendlich konnten wir den Kapitän besiegen und ihm einen Teil von Feodors Familiengemälde entreissen.

 

After we took care of our wounds we travelled back to Feodor to give him back the broken part of the picture. When he saw it, he burst into tears. He had not even noticed, being under attack for a long time in the dungeon, that he had lost the painting at all.

Nachdem wir unsere gröbsten Wunden versorgt hatten, reisten wir zurück zu Feodor um ihm das Teil des Gemäldes zu übergeben. Als er das Bild sah brach er in Tränen aus. Er hatte durch die vielen Angriffe im Dungeon noch nicht einmal bemerkt, das er das Gemälde überhaupt verloren hatte.



After this we had proved that we were sincerely worried about his family, so Feodor told us how he continued with his search. Disappointed by the outcome of the search in Dungeon Deceit, he took the next boat from the island to the west, to the Shrine of Sacrifice.

Nachdem wir bewiesen hatten, das wir ehrlich in Sorge waren wegen seiner Familie, erzählte Feodor uns wie seine Suche damals weiterging. Enttäuscht über den Ausgang der Suche im Dungeon nahm er das nächste Schiff von der Insel westwärts, zum Schrein der Aufopferung. 

  

  



We entered the cave in good hope to find Feodor's family. To our horror, we did not find the prisoners, but the superiors of Ankrum the Undead Pirate Captaoin, who had already beaten us so badly in Dungeon Deceit. Another battle began on life and death, this time with Wamiat the Undead General and his henchmen!

In der Hoffnung, nun endlich den Ort gefunden zu haben an den Feodors Familie verschleppt wurde betraten wir die Höhle. Zu unserem Entsetzen fanden wir nicht die Gefangenen, sondern den Vorgesetzten von Unkrum dem Untoten Piraten, der uns schon in Deceit so übel zugerichtet hatte. Wieder begann ein Kampf auf Leben und tot, diesmal mit  Wamiat dem Untoten General und seinen Schergen!



Although we were forewarned one or another death was not be avoided *sigh*...

Wir waren zwar vorgewarnt, allerdings lies sich das ein oder andere Opfer dann doch nicht vermeiden *seufz*



Despite of all the victims we kept the upper hand again and could, as a reward for our efforts, get our hands onto the other half of Feodor's family picture - found on the corpse of the Undead General. Wiped out and nearly out of order we we returned to Feodor. He was overjoyed to see the second half of the picture once again and to be able to hold it in his hands. Unfortunately, we could not bring him back his family today, but this is a task such brave companions like us will do in the near future.

Allen Opfern zum Trotz behielten wir aber auch hier wieder die Oberhand, und konnten als Lohn für unsere Mühen die andere Hälfte von Feodors Familiengemälde aus dem Leichnam des Generals bergen. Geschafft und gerupft kehrten wir zu Feodor zurück. Feodor war überglücklich das zweite Teil des Gemäldes wieder in seinen Händen halten zu können. Leider konnten wir ihm heute noch nicht seine Familie zurückbringen, aber  dies ist mit solch tapferen Weggefährten wohl nur eine Frage der Zeit .



To be continued ...
Fortsetzung folgt ...


Sincerely yours / herzlichst

Seven

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A Question of Quests
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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010, 12:46 PM EST by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

This week we offer information on more of the new quests, we visited the humans in Underworld:


The rest of the week was spent creating something nice for our News teams, with a great deal of help from Lord Gareth and Xena Dragon, to whom I offer many, many thanks.



We've done a lot, but there's still a lot to do. If you'd like to help please send submissions, suggestions or snippets of information to
[email protected], [email protected], or you can just send a pm to Petra Fyde.


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Archery Tournament Results.
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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010, 12:44 AM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Archery Tournament Results

Thursday, January 21, 2010
By Sangria

We had quite a turnout for this tournament! Here are the results:

In the Unskilled category we had four participants:

First place – BlitZkreiGa
Second place – Napa Man
Third place – Theralos
Honorable mention – SIR TEDLEY
In the Skilled category we had twenty three participants. The top three are:

First – Eowyn
Second – Rat
Third – Unstable Quark
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Test Run NewsPro
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010, 4:49 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)

Test run.....


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Yet Another message Intercepted
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010, 9:24 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
from goldenbrewtavern.com

Yet another message intercepted
Thursday, January 21, 2010
By EM Seppo

Hail, citizens of Britannia,

My spies intercepted another exchange of message amongst the members of the purity league. Please send me a word if you are able to break the encoded message,

Thief Master

— Intercepted missive follows —

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[RP] Beauvina's First Annual Beautiful Bovines of Britannia
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 6:44 PM EST by Phayde (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Happy cows...(This just in from the Majestic Ungulates...)

Come one, come all to witness an evening of beauty, talent, and fun!

This Sunday, January 24th, at 8:00 PM CST, the First Annual Beauvina's Most Beautiful Bovines of Britannia pagent will commence.

Map to Jollier's FairgroundEntries are open to any cows, bulls, and gamans, and you are encouraged to assist one of your bovine friends to the fairground to compete. Contestants will be judged on originality (name), grace, poise, and a short discussion on the Virtue your bovine friend likes the best (it is well known, after all, that bovines are some of the most Virtuous animals). You should also prepare a small amount of information as to why your bovine should be considered Britannia's Most Beautiful Bovine!

Prizes for the top three placers are:
1st Prize: 2 million gold and 10 bales of hay
2nd Prize: 1 million gold and 5 bales of hay
3rd Prize: 500,000 gold and 3 bales of hay
Consolation prizes will be given to the runners up.

The event will be held at the Jolier's Fairground near Skara Brae and Whispering Winds, upon the event stage.
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Help Needed Decoding The Orders From John Hind
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 4:58 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
Help Needed Decoding The Orders From John Hind

Avery has not yet been able to decode the Orders that were found with the brigands at Wrong Dungeon. The public is asked to help decode the message; if the message cannot be decoded by the evening of Friday January 22nd, Dawn will grant a pardon to the brigand spy to get the cipher:



Here is the text of the Orders:





Quote:








Originally Posted by John Hind



XF TIBMM BUUBDL GSPN IFEHF NBAF XIFO NBST DPNFT JOUP PQQPTJUJPO



If you can decode this message please email the answer to [email protected]his e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Let us not allow this brigand to get a pardon!

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Tale of Two Courts - Spoilers!
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 4:51 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
For those of you who have been paying attention around Castle British and few other locales about the realm, you would surely have heard of the theft of the Fire Ruby! For those of you whom are somewhat lost at this point this post should prove helpful and insightful.



=Charaters(in no particular order!)=



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=Baron Greyling The Royal Advisor=


Race:Human[male]

Location:Castle British

Occupation:Royal Adviser to Queen Dawn and Council

Character Relations:None

Item of Note: Missing Person's Report.[scroll,West on table]



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=Lord Marcus=

Race:Human[male]

Location:Castle British 2nd Floor

Occupation:Noble/Known Fencer

Character Relations:Nicholai - Visited by

Greyling - Good man stuck with unpleasant job


Vasuus - Unhappy with Taxation

Items of Note: Polished Fencing Rapier[longsword x2; in room]

Bejeweled Rapier[longsword, on person]

Note revealing promise[pouch; in room]



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=Mariam the Maid=


Race:Human[female]

Location:Castle British Kitchen

Occupation:Maid

Character Relationsistrusting:Vasuus Lok

Items of Note:Letter[book hidden by Mariam,belongs to Vasuus]



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=Vasuus Lok=

Race:Gargoyle[female;winged]]

Location:Castle British South-Western Wing

Occupation:Legal Representative for Queen Zhah/Ter Mur

Character Relations:An Ort-Lem - Racial ties

Mariam -aware of Distrust


Greyling - Patient in dealings

Items of Note:Proposal to Tax Moongates[scroll,dresser nearby]



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=Isarac Firebane the Magus=

Race:Human[Male;mage]

Location:Mobile/Hanse's Hostle, Malas/Various Inns


Occupation:Mentor Magus[assumed with mage's guild]

Character Relations:Nicholai - Mentor[former]

Items of Note:Necklace of Planes[stolen, not seen yet]

Wizard's robe Emblazoned with runes[Robe]

The Staff of High Magery[black staff, red]

Stinky Boots[boots, red]


Hanse's Note[Scroll, red]



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=Nicholai=

Race:Human[Male;mage]

Location:Mobile/Sighted at Hanse's/Visits Marcus

Occupation:Former Mentor, Possible Magus, Possible Cultist


Character Relations:Isarac - Former Student/Dislikes

Marcus - Visits Regularly

Items of note:Necklace of Planes[Stolen during Dual at Hanse's]

Staff of Akalabeth[Black staff, grey]



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=An Ort-Lem=


Race:Gargoyle[male;winged;mage]

Location:Queen Zhah's Castle

Occupation:Guardian/Sentry

Character Relation:Vasuus - Racial Ties

Items of note: none

Further Note:Name roughly translates to "A Mage"




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=Wisp 1=

Race:Wisp[Extension of Xorinite, perceived sexless]

Location:Fire Isle, Fel AKA Settlement of Blackrock

Character Relations:Wisp 2 - Racial Ties

Items of Note: None


Further notes:The North-Western Wisp



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=Wisp 2=

Race:Wisp[Extension of Xorinite, perceived sexless]

Location:Fire Isle, Fel AKA Settlement of Blackrock

Character Relations:Wisp 1 - Racial Ties


Items of Note: None

Further notes:The Southern Wisp



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=Queen Dawn=

Race:Human[Female]

Location:Assumed to be Castle British


Character Relations:Britannians - Rules Over

Items of Note:Cloak["Europa" gold in hue]

Crown["Europa" gold in hue]

Skirt/Chest Armor[Pure White]


Further notes:Queen of Britannia

Hero, slayed the defiled Blackthorne

All around O.K. gal



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=Queen Zhah=

Race:Gargoyle[Female;winged]


Location:Assumed Queen Zhah's Palace

Character Relations:Gargoyles - Rules over

Items of Note:Horns[Glow "Europa" Gold]



=Items of Note=


-Fire Ruby-Recovered by Queen Dawn from the Shadow Lord's defeat,

similar to the Sun Gem used to create the Gem

of Immortality, if not less powerful. Originally intended

to be cut and added to Queen Dawn's crown. National

Treasure. Immensely powerful. Immensely evil.

Has since been stolen.


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-Xorinite Crystals-Crystals unearthed by earthquake at Fel Fire Island.

No longer on the beach, assumed recovered.

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-Necklace of the Planes-Stolen by Nicholai during his duel with Isarac.

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-Secret Note-Stolen and hidden by Mariam the Maid, owned by Vasuus.

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-Marcus' Note-Holds the "promise" Hidden in a pouch in Marcus' room.

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-Taxation Note-Speaks of the proposed Moongate Tax

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-Dueling Rapiers-two rapier's found in Marcus' room.

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-Nicholai Missing Report-found near Baron Greyling

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-Lord Marcus' Bejeweled Rapier-Marcus' Rapier

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-Hanse's Note-Firebane's Reservation


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COMPLETE transcription of all talking roles to come soon!








Diolgue transcriptions
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The Quest For Donal - First Piece Of The Puzzle
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 12:06 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Saturday, January 16, a large crowd was awaiting the arrival of Lady Taryn Sullivan to find out what she had learned from the gargoyles regarding Donal's disappearance following his Magical Mutant Christmas Tree Experiment.

Upon arrival Lady Taryn began explaining the Ter Mur gargoyles had granted assistance in locating the reclusive old monk. She quickly explained we would be met by someone and receive instruction on how we might find Donal, however, she had been warned this would not be an easy task.

The group quickly departed for the Britain moongate, and from there entered Tur Mur and headed for the Palace in the Royal City where Caryn Connolly waited to speak to us.

Lady Caryn peered intently into Taryn Sullivan's eyes, and began to speak. 'Good evening and welcome to the Royal City. I have been chose to be your guide on your search and your liaison with the greatest scholars in this land. Donal is considered a true friend of the gargoyle people ... for this reason, we will assist you.

We have studied the tattered book you provided, and you must know that it is very aged and contains very powerful magic. In our archives are references to this formula, and it was determined that is should never fall into the wrong hands. The book you found was but one piece of a puzzle. The other pieces were broken up and scattered throughout the lads, both in Ter Mur and in your world. Each piece leads to the next until the formula can be completely recreated. Know this, however, each piece is strongly guarded by ancient powers. Once the location of a piece has been found and the guardians summoned, there is a time limit for recovering that piece. If that piece is not recovered and brought back in the allotted time, the chain will be broken for all time. Should this happen the formula will never be completed and the chances for finding Donal ... the chances for finding Donal alive will be greatly diminished.

Our scholars have determined the location of the first piece and instructed that I guide you to that location and bring the first back. They are waiting to study and determine the location of the next piece. I hope you all understand the seriousness of what you have chosen to embark upon this evening. Once we have begun this journey there will be no turning back from it.'

With that being said, Lady Connolly led the group northwest of the Royal City

where we soon encountered guardians who tried to prevent us from searching further. 

Once the guardians at each location were defeated we were able to access a magical box containing the words to be spoken so that we could proceed.

Each stage proved more dangerous the the previous ...

However daunting the task at hand seemed, the group pressed forward fueled by Lady Taryn's courage, and the desire to assist the former foundling in her quest to find her old friend, Donal.

Caryn Connolly soon declared the group had proven their virtues as she had been able to recover the first piece of the puzzle -- 

a strange jar with the inscription 'Om Abis-Kans De Kon Reg'. She explained:  'This stands for Ancient honey of the opposite house. But what it means exactly escapes me at this moment. I will return this to our scholars for further study and to perhaps lead us to the next clue.

Upon our return to the Royal City palace, Caryn told the crowd she was pleased by their actions, and that she was intrigued by the name of the artifact that had been recovered, and went on to explain the Essence of Empowerment was an ancient potion used to power the guardians we had just defeated.

The Gargoyle Scholars are working feverishly to examine the item and, if possible, disable the destruction timer. Caryn will send word to Lady Taryn as soon as the Scholars have information to share.

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Tale of Two Courts PartIII Announced
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 10:40 AM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
Baron Greyling has devised a plan to help the Royal Britannian Guard recover the stolen fire ruby.

Note: Find out more by visiting Castle Britannia in Trammel this week. Look for unusual items, speak to Queen Dawn's servants, nobles and ambassadors about the fire ruby and clues you find.

Sunday, January 24 2010 08:00pm EST!
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[News] Savage Crisis: ENCROACHMENT ***UPDATED***
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 8:35 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)
Everyone gathered at the West Britian Counselor's Hall. We weren't sure what to expect. The only info we had been given was that there was a Savage Crisis. Soon after Omo arrived, we found out that Savages have been raiding. Delucia.
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We travelled to Delucia to see what we could find and what we did find did not look good at all. Broken bows, shields, blood and mangled remains of something bad were found just outside the north gates.
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It was suggested we travel further north in search of the Savages that were responsible for the raiding.
We came to the City of the Dead, which had been taken over by Savages. I do not know which side struck first, but the fighting began and continued until the last of the Savages was dead.
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We found the box the Savages had been protecting. Inside there was an Orb and a book. Omo is working on having the book translated, as none of us could speak the language that was inside. Our work for the evening was done.
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A few brave soilders were able to get keepsakes of the evening from the Savage corpses.
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[News] Upcoming events
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 7:43 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)
Looks like we have quite a bit coming up in the next 2 weeks dealing with the Savage's from the last event!

January 22nd: Bad Dreams

Meet Amelia at the West Britain Counselor's Hall at 7PM PST


January 24th: Savage Crisis: Quest

Meet Omo at the West Healer Hut in Delucia at 6PM PST on January 24th.


January 31st Savage Crisis: WAR!

Meet Omo at the West Healer Hut in Delucia at 6PM PST on January 31st.


Feburary 6th: Savage Crisis: Peace Offering

Meet Omo at the West Healer Hut in Delucia at 6PM PST on Feburary 6th.


Feburary 7th: Savage Crisis: Spirit

Meet Omo at the West Healer Hut in Delucia at 6PM PST on Feburary 7th.
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[EM] Winter Games, Night 2
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 6:33 AM EST by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
From the Catskills EM Website:
Fairground Games Return! The snow* settled on the Catskills’ Britain Fairgrounds sets the stage for winter competitions. This will be a multi-week event, continuing on Thursday January 21st at 8:00 pm Eastern time.

Horse race – Begins at 8:00 pm at the fairground race track. Carry the light of the solstice to the finish line! Each participant must be mounted on a horse or horse-breed: faction warhorses, dread warhorses, nightmares, and fire steeds are permitted – no ethereals, chargers, unicorns, hiryus, or other mounts are allowed. Standard horses will be for sale at the event. Please leave all other pets at home to avoid confusion!

Polar Bear Race – Begins after the conclusion of the horse race. This is a special round for veterans (who own polar bear mounts) only! Celebrate winter by riding your polar bear to victory!

Archery Tournament – Begins at 9:30 pm at the fairgrounds archery buttes (north west corner of the fairgrounds). Cold fingers in the winter night add to the challenge! Participants are not permitted to wear any skill enhancing or hit-chance increase items (jewelry, weapons, armor, etc.).

Gates to the fairground will be provided from West Britain Bank and the West Britain Counselor Hall for the duration of the event.
Look for more gaming events to follow on the 28th!

(PS: I didn’t expect the snow to melt so early! – the events are still on however!)
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[EM Event] PvP Tournament – Mage Duels
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 6:24 AM EST by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;



"Time to add to the trophy collection at Yew. This will be a single elimination mage duel tournament. Duel matching will be random. It will take place in an EM-owned home in an underground cave. Any fighting in this house outside of a sanctioned duel will result in a permanent banning. Any attempts to grief from the outside of the house may result in expulsion from the cave and a ban from participation in future PvP tournaments.

The tournament will start at 7pm CST, on the 24th (Sunday) of January. Gates will be provided at most or all of the Felucca town moongates to take you to the arena. If you aren’t around when your turn is called you will forfeit.

Pre-registration is required. You may
comment here or e-mail me at [email protected] with your player name.

Rules:

No pets/mounts, summons, etc

Mages must have both hands filled (book and sc shield or other item)

No weapons

No Pots/Petals/Apples etc.

Pure templates only (Focus/Scribe, parry okay)

Lanterns aren’t necessary unless agreed on by both duelists

Rules are subject to alteration over the next few days. Be sure to stay updated."





For those that know not, the EM site is here. Watch there for updates. Will try to keep this news post updated accordingly.



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The Kingdom of Dawn 12th Anniversary Events
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 8:38 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Kingdom of Dawn
Announces 12th Anniversary Events

Thursday, February 11, 2010 –
Golden Brew’s Great Date Celebrity Auction at 7 PM PST (10 PM EST) at the Skara Brae Trammel Faire Grounds. Based on an event that occurred on Friday, March 16, 2001 at the Golden Globe Theater in the City of Golden (http://www.freebornpress.com/archives/2001/03/reminder_golden.php). Come and bid on a famous (or is that infamous) player of Baja who has volunteered to be auctioned and to provide a service such as PvP or Peerless Keying Lessons to Decorating Services. NOTE: No player can be forced to do something that they do not want to. All proceeds of the auction will go to the Britannia Royal Zoo on Verity Isle (Moonglow), Trammel.

Friday, February 12, 2010 –
The Dawn Museum of Dreams Scavenger Hunt will start at 7 PM PST (10 PM EST). Clues will be provided and you will have to find the items which will be located in Dawn Buildings through out the Kingdom. This event will take place in Felucca. Gates will be provided starting 10 minutes before the event from Luna Bank in Malas and Moonglow Bank in Felucca.

Saturday, February 13, 2010 –
Grand Tour of Avalon & The Kingdom of Dawn. The tour will start at 5 PM PST (8 PM EST). Both cities are located in Felucca so please take the appropriate actions to safeguard items and pets you do not want to lose. Gates will be provided starting 10 minutes before the event from Luna Bank in Malas and Moonglow Bank in Felucca.

Sunday, February 14, 2010 –
At 7 PM PST (10 PM EST) Dawn’s Valentines Day Ball will start. It will be held at Dawn’s Malas Outpost and Book Library which is located west of Umbra. The entries for the Dawn 12th Anniversary Player-Written Book Contest are due at 9 PM PST (Midnight EST).

Come join the Kingdom of Dawn as we celebrate our 12th Anniversary.

Grand Duchess WildStar can be reached via ICQ (8040775) or private message on UO Forums and Stratics, if you wish to help with the events.

The Royal Council
Kingdom of Dawn

 
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Gunga Din (TWOD) Wins USA Alliance Dart League Round Two!
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 8:38 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                            Gunda Din (TWOD) Wins USA Dart League Round Two!

         On a fine night of competition inside the alliance city of Silvervale players gathered for round two of the United Sosarian Alliance Dart League. Many ales were consumed and some loooow scores dominated the nights event. The evil mongbat dartboard seemingly snickered all evening long! Not even a bullseye to be had! None the less some great battles and close matches took place!
        
                     

                 

         With his lucky green booties workin it Lord Gunga Din took the nights purse of 250k and valuable points towards the months overall championship. Rounding out the top five were:

                                      1st Place  Gunga Din (TWOD) ---------- 5pts
                                      2nd Place Mirt (TEB) ---------------------  4pts
                                      3rd Place Tiger Lily (TIPS) --------------  3pts
                                      4th Place Wat (RBG) ----------------------  2pts
                                      5th Place Niva (T^T) ----------------------  1pts

                                Overall Standings at the end of Round Two as follows:

                                      1st Place Tiger Lily (TIPS) --------------- 8pts
                                      2nd Place Gunga Din (TWOD) ---------- 5pts
                                      3rd Place Mirt (TEB) ---------------------- 4pts
                                      3rd Place Ado (-Y-) ------------------------  4pts
                                      5th Place Morpheus Mardox (UOSS) --  3pts
                                      6th Place Bear (RBG) ---------------------  2pts
                                      6th Place Wat (RBG) ----------------------  2pts
                                      8th Place Niva (T^T) ----------------------  1pts
                                      8th Place Oni (SoSV) ----------------------  1pts

              Join us in the Kijistu Keys this coming Monday's eve at 9pm for round three!

 
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BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 17, Schedule For January 24
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 8:13 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Baja Taming Hour
sponsored by
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance
Recap For January 17, 2010,
by host Ceno [DWN],  BRPA Alliance

Proserpina, the regular hostess for the taming hour was absent for part of the evening, however, she had made arrangements for Ceno to fill in as the event host.

Ceno borrowed Proserpina's dread pom poms, put on his cheap knock-off Air Urliks, and cheered the tamers on.  It was announced in general chat that Ceno would donate 100k of his own gold for everyone who stopped by the zoo to admire his outfit. Those who took advantage of his offer to help support the zoo by stopping by were: Mezaria [SI], Ayassa [SI], Toni Fierce [M!S] and Bucko [BRPA]. 

Kat MacBroeden's random point level was 11,471,085. The drake taming God James was the tamer who won a pet summoning ball with 20 charges, which James promptly gave to HRH Elizabeth [D_S]


Starting points: 11,302,912 (Tier 11)
Ending points: 11,531,046
Points earned: 228,134

Non-tamers who made gold contributions:
Taliesen [$C$.] 
Nekuder [$C$']
Toni Fierce [M!S]

Tamers:
HRH Elizabeth [D_S]
Lady Luna Tic [TAO]
Lady Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
Lord James [MT]
Finch
Cairn Brega [TAO]
Adamantia [SI]
Shayla Keylley [DWN]

See you all at the next Taming Hour, Sunday, January 24, 2010, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern). Here's hoping Ceno gave the borrowed dread pom poms back to Proserpina.

Thank you, Cenopina ... errr Ceno ... for filling in for Proserpina! 

Reminder: There will not be a Sunday Night Taming Hour on Sunday, February 14, as the Kingdom of Dawn will be hosting a Kingdom of Dawn 12th Anniversary event.


If you would like to help support the Zoo but can not make it to the BRPA Zoo Taming Hour, please contact WildStar [DWN] or Sara [TAO]. We will make arrangements to record your donations and add you to the list of participants, making you eligible for one of the Kat MacBroeden's  mysterious prizes.

The Zoo crew has placed a Zoo Fund vendor at Sara's vendor house NW of the north Luna gate. All proceeds from the vendor are donated to the Zoo Maintenance fund.  If you have items you would like to donate for sale on the vendor, please contact WildStar [DWN], Sara [TAO], or any BRPA member.

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Related Links:
Week 1: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 22
Week 2: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 29
Week 3: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 6
Week 4: Silver Steed Returns To Baja Royal Zoo, December 13
Week 5: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 20
Week 6: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 27
Week 7: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 3
Week 8: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 10

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Chesapeake Knight Games Results!
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 8:11 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                          Chesapeake Knight Games Results!

             A tad late with this one! Players from the realm gathered on Saturdays eve in the city of Britain to compete in the Knight Games presented by the player city of Silvervale. On tap for the nights events were the Joust along with the Swordfighting Competitions. EM Vladmiere was on hand to help Lady Oni, creating a magical teleporter to a never before seen cavern deep in the lands of Felucca. The room was abuzz as events began with the Joust.
             One by one riders tested thier mettle at the best of three dismount rounds, with the eventual champion Jeff of the (DMG) besting the field in grand fashion. Angus of (RBG) finished in second, with Sven of (CROM) taking home the 3rd place honors. Congratulations to all the events competitors!


                              

             

             

             Afterwards skilled swordsman and even dark knights battled to the death in honorable combat dressed only in GM crafted armour and weapons. Tremendous applause were heard for each match as the crowd in attendance cheered on the fearless combatants. The night belonged to the Dark Knight Sophera of (TKO) in the end as she easily defeated all who stood in her way. In second place was Purple Haze, and third Deamon Slayer (VIPS).  Here's a few pics of the action....

                

             

             Congratulations to all our nights champions! Special Thanks to Lady Oni and EM Vladmiere for putting on this great event! Join in on the next rounds of competition as Mage Duels, Pet Fights, and Battle Chicken Lizards Fights will take place on Saturday January 30th, 2010 at 10pm. Meet at the Britain Counselors Hall.


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Test Center - New Client and Publish Available Today
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 11:57 AM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Test Center - New Client and Publish Available Today


James Nichols

19 Jan 2010 14:01:59



Greetings!

The following changes will be availble on TC1 today, additionally we have included client changes available to all players. We encourage you to log into Test Center to check out the changes and give us your feedback, have fun!

Item Insurance Update

All items have been evaluated based on their true value and these values will now be used to determine insurance costs.


    · Scaling insurance cost

      o New insurance costs will be between 10gp and 600gp.

      o Magical items cost will be based on their worth in the Imbuing system.

      § All community collection items will remain 600gp.

      o Non-magical item cost is based on a percentage of the items vendor price.

      o Player will now be receiving 100% insurance value for player kills and factions players will receiving 50% insurance value for player kills.


    · New improved interface added to the player context menu

      o Displays all insurable items currently within the players backpack and equipped on paperdoll.

      o Displays current insurance status for each item.

      o Total insurance cost, the number of deaths payable, and the gold available are displayed for the player.


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A Meeting at Nujel'm Palace
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 11:28 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
This report was handed to me by a hooded figure who wishes to remain anonymous

A Meeting at Nujel'm Palace

Last Saturday evening, a meeting was held at the palace of Nujel'm. Rumor had it, the purpose was to discuss the city states and independent kingdoms throughout the realm, but little else was otherwise known. Sparse information from various people hinted beforehand that the meeting was organized by members of the anti-gargoyle movement, sometimes referred to the Britannian Purity League. This hearsay likely kept many would-be Sosarians from attending, fearing the meeting was yet just another way to incite anti-gargoyle sentiment and doctrine.

A few people, either out of curiosity or with legitimate reasons or concern of their own, appeared at Nujel'm palace and were greeted by Aldagar Morr, Cicero, and a lone member of The Cartel who kept to the shadows. Faces in the crowd included WildStar of Dawn, Nicholas the Old, and several hooded figures who seemed interested in keeping their identities withheld. 

Morr began by introducing, Dixie, a pixie from East of the Weald in the lands of Ilshenar. The flighty sprite fluttered and danced about as she told those in attendance about a grave tale relating to the gargoyles.

Dixie addressed the crowd with her squeaky voice, "I hear yew have troubles with garviles. Yew should do something about eeht! My elders tell of a timie when Ilshienar had towns of men. Then the garviles came from the Shrine of Chaos. First they came and kidnappie the littlest fairies for their wings. They roundie up the big fey too, then smashie and put it stew! Ohh noes! It makes me sad to thinkie of it."  Dixie concluded by telling everyone, "The garviles took their gold and some still live in the underhalls. Hundredsie years later Lord Blackthorne put garviles in chains. Which is where the no-good stinky, garviles belong! The Fey say never trust a garvile so wicked and vile! Now the garviles will killie yew too unless you getsies them first!"

Afterwards, Aldagar Morr offered a cloth to anyone needing to wipe away any tears that streaked down their face, however, no one accepted his offer and no one appeared taken by the pixie's story. One anonymous person in attendance commented about making a pixie stew or stealing its wings for the use of a spell. Not in the least bit deterred, Aldagar Morr addressed the crowd once more, resulting in several groans and exasperated looks.

After a rather long-winded diatribe about how he was supposedly bedridden for weeks, having been ill, and even recently ambushed by several gargoyle assassins outside his estate, he eventually got to the bigger point.

He continued, "But I digress. We did not call this meeting to detail the heinous and cowardly attack of the gargoyles, but instead to speak of matters concerning all independent Kingdoms. As I look into the crowd before me, I see faces that once opposed our former King, Lord Casca. Some of you were unyielding in your belief that Lord Casca overstepped his authority by requesting all independent Kingdoms seek approval for their sovereignty. You balked, and even chastised him, for his meddling into your private affairs. You shouted, from the four corners of the world, that political oppression was tyranny! You believed then, your very freedom threatened and sovereignty of your lands at risk. If, under Lord Casca, you believed it true, you must, under Queen Dawn, believe it so now! It has become rather apparent that, political dissidence is not allowed under this Regime. The Queen has unjustly targeted Ravenshire because she fears opposition voices to her rule. This tyranny and violation of basic human rights and freedoms should not be tolerated!

So, before you quickly dismiss my pleas of concern as poppycock or balderdash, I ask you ... What if it were Your lands were being persecuted and subjected to illegal searches? I say this here and now, if you once stood against Lord Casca and his supposed ill-gotten use of autocratic powers, then you Must now stand against Queen Dawn and her unjust tyranny. We must be strong. We must persevere and hold fast. We must unite together. If we do not, and we let injustice happen in Ravenshire, then we will be no better off under the iron-first rule of Queen Dawn as many of you claim it was under Lord Casca. Our one hope lies in resisting the tyranny of the Crown, and standing up for our rights!! Now then. Who among you is with us?"



Morr paused at the end of his nauseating speech, as if expecting the crowd to erupt in cheers and support but was greeted by only the sound of silence. It wasn't long afterwards when all decorum and civility was lost and shouts and insults were flung by both groups, those in favor of living peacefully with the gargoyles, and those in against any gargoyle adaptation into Britannia society. 



In the end, neither faction swayed others of the opposite side to their viewpoint, and several people stormed out from the palace in anger and disbelief. It seems each side is holding true to the beliefs and will not be deterred easily. Which side does your guild stand with? Are you pro-gargoyle, anti-gargoyle, or still on the fence?  Have you changed your mind on where you stand? You can register your guild or change your stance with the Event Moderators Seppo and Pallando,  at http://goldenbrewtavern.com.

Disclaimer:
The incidents described in this post are role-play related to the EM storyline for the Anti-Gargoyle Movement.


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Vicious Gargoyle Attacks Prompt Retribution - News
http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=175634

Queen Dawn Strikes Back at the Anti-Gargoyle Movement - News
http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=174982

Lord Casca's Horde of Gold Plundered by Conspirators! - News
http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=174753

For your Eyes Only - EM News
http://goldenbrewtavern.com/?p=1646

Gargish-Human Relations - EM News
http://goldenbrewtavern.com/?page_id=1627

Deadly master assassin attacks An-Buci - News
http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=171585

Grim effigies discovered - News
http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=168126

New warnings - News
http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=171217

A report of current happenings - EM News
http://goldenbrewtavern.com/?p=1619

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[EM] Changes to EM Meeting Hall, Fel Event Saturday Jan 23rd 8 p.m. EST
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 8:53 AM EST by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
From the Catskills EM website:
Kasaven lifted his head from the white table at the wedding office and rubbed his eyes. Night had crept like a foul beast, waiting for him to become vulnerable, and he had fallen asleep at his desk.
A voice had awoken him.
A low, grumbling sounds echoed outside, a cold-throated moan that chilled Kasaven’s bones. He crept cautiously toward the door and stepped out, following the deep unworldly sound. As he shuffled around the corner, he stepped into a thick substance that felt grotesque underneath him and he immediately recoiled. He looked to his boot — blood.
The scene in front of him inflicted his heart with horror and he located the origin of the ghastly noise. The animal trainer he had known well for years stood in front of him, but it was not the same man he had known. His form was distorted, his skin was a dark gray and it sunk from his face as if he were made of wax. His eyes were a bloodshot red, his hands writhed as if they rejected his current state and wished to rend themselves from his body. He was no longer living. Kasaven tried to speak to him, but the only response was the aimless wail of the mindless undead.
Everything had changed into a ghastly scene, but his eyes were led beyond the dark, arching trees and the grotesque rotting skeletons that hung from the roof of his hall. His eyes were pulled toward the shining gold sarcophagus that stood out like a radiant beauty amongst a horde of lepers. It called to him.
In his mind, a high-pitched voice spoke words that echoed shrieking torture. Kasaven held his ears in pain.
“We will rise again.”
In a flash the voice was gone. As Kasaven removed his hands from his ears, blood dripped onto his robe. He rushed to the safety of his counselor’s hall, but what he saw inside made him feel anything but safe.
—-
- Part ONE of this event will take place on Saturday Jan 23rd 8 p.m. EST. It will be very similar to the Pit Lord event, a free for all battle for the champion in a champ-spawn like fashion in Felucca. Like any Fel event, be prepared for player vs player combat. Meet at the counselor’s hall, or if you are red and have none to inform you of the location, meet at the fel counselor’s hall and I will gate you in also. Expect combat there as well.
Part TWO of this event will be tram based and will take place later this month.
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Drama at the -Y- Auction House
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Posted on Monday, January 18, 2010, 5:34 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<.
Drama at the -Y- Auction House


There was more than the excitement of a new location for the -Y- Guild Auction this past friday.

Zento, always a beautiful location with its ever blooming cherry blossom trees, could not match the beautiful people attending the event at the -Y- Guild Auction House.

The place was packed with -Y- members which is no big surprise as -Y-is one of the largest guilds on Great Lakes. It was the amount of patrons that attended which included, COCOPUFF, Hannah, Princess Amara, Uber Dork, Jason, Mercy, Lord Legend, Charlatan A, Lord Tiny Tim, Conspiracy Inc, Dolly Dagger, NaTe, natas, Hope, Lady Teanne, Rikku, Justice, Shinobi, A Silly Duckling, Rachet, Lady Kiara, T-HUNTER, Stephen Strange, Air Max, BriarRose, Lady Twoburntfouryou, Avis, Lord Colt, Sir Thomas, Sylance Raynes, Erhnam, Larry Laffer, Dry Lox, TossdSalads, MR POTATOE HEAD, Scarne, Clark and boni hami to name a few, that was impressive.

Not only were the patrons exposed to great items to bid on they were surrounded by seasonal decor......Valentines decor! It is less than a month away folks. On that note if anyone has thier plot decorated for Valentines or does in the near future please PM with with the location.




Savannah did her high speed auctioneering, it was fast and smooth. There was trivia as with most auctions but with a new twist.
It was box trivia. For those that answered first and correctly they had three boxes to choose from, each with different amounts in them. Needless to say a lot of gold was given out.



Most memorable nights at the auction, any auction, have a bit of drama either for the sale amount of an item, a rare item or just plain old drama which -Y- had. The first upset of the evening was just outside the auction house. Some little devil released/summoned a Harbinger. It did little damage but some. I think I saw a few dead mounts. It was quickly removed as the auction house is in the city of Zento. The second bit of drama was from a patron by the name of Mace-Ya-Face. He started yelling nasty things about another one of the larger guilds on Great Lakes. They were not pretty words and he was removed quickly. It appeared as though he was trying to start a little conflict between -Y- and this other guild. Savannah and crew were having no part of this!



On the subject of Savannah and crew check out thier outfits. These girls really know how to spice things up.
I look forward to another -Y- auction as I am sure others do to.
Thank you for all the time and effort put into this event.
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[EM Event] Review - Stopping The Problem
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Posted on Monday, January 18, 2010, 5:04 PM EST by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


We arrived in the throne room of Ter Mur's Royal Palace awaiting the beginning of the campaign to stop the still at-large Archer who followed Casca. After a short wait Queen Dawn and her Gargyl counterpart appeared, passing through the crowd and taking their place before the throne to address those assembled.






Following a resounding "Aye!", Dawn then summoned a moongate and beckoned us follow, after the Garyl Soverign gave a final passing comment.






Exiting the gate the crowd appeared at a previously unreachable section of Ter Mur to the far southwest. A small path left the arrival glade and the crowd was beckoned to follow it, though it appeared someone had expected our coming and had barred the way with a maze of moongates.




After a period of confusion the group reached the end of the path.. and the battle began.






Hordes of ninja, executioners, and balrons swarmed the fighters, overrunning the abandoned desert settlement on the island. Queen Dawn charged straight into the fray, assisting everyone in turning back our assailants. Having worked our way southward a fair distance, a "Muderous Archer Clone" appeared and attacked. Stronger than any of the other creatures, it took several minutes to take down.




After the skirmish, Casca's Archer appeared himself and ran eastward, taunting the crowd.



Everyone followed him, fighting through more of the monsters the Archer had obviously assembled, slowly working their way east, then northward. The Archer appeared again near the center of the settlement, this time directly taunting Queen Dawn before summoning a second Clone, this one apparently "Whimsical".






The battle again shifted southward before a new being apepared and attacked.. seeming to be similar to the previous clones, but at the same time somewhat different.




During the fight with it, Dawn expressed her concerns to the situation at hand of the intended capture of Casca's Archer.




Most of the area now clear of monsters, Dawn led the crowd north to another building, stopping shortly to investigate before remarking that it had already been cleared out and taking us again southward. This time however the structures were not as clear as they had been.






The archer stood and watched as Dawn helped subdue the beasts, before attempting what seemed to be an escape.






As he once again prepared to run, however, a member of our group did something that should have been done long ago; the doors were suddenly blocked by an energy field.




Having resigned himself to not be able to take his game farther, the archer spoke to Dawn directly.










A member of the crowd asked if we would continue to pursue him that night.




However, that rest would not yet come, as a final creature was summoned by the Archer as he departed.




A simple fight compared to what had previously transpired, but it served its purpose of keeping us from following the Archer wherever he had vanished to.




And with that the group dispersed.


For any that wish to explore the new area of Ter Mur (though it is relatively devoid of life), I have left a rune on the steps of a friend's house in Luna for any interested party to use. Please note that to reach the northern half of this continent, you must teleport through a gap in the thin path that is too small to be traversed on foot. I shall add an appropriate rune for non-mages to use later.





My thanks to Spoz for providing several images, one of which was a line of text from Dawn that I missed.

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Upcoming EM Events
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Posted on Monday, January 18, 2010, 4:57 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
from goldenbrewtavern.com

Check out the calendar on EM Seppo and EM Pallando's website. See a date that displays red? Mouse over it for more information!

Saturday, January 23
Working title: Race against time (Purity League vs. Friends of Gargoyles)
Location: Felucca (PvP: yes, PvM: yes)
4:30 pm to 9:00 pm Pacific
Epic battle

Sunday, January 24
Decoration of Service
Location: Town Guard HQ (Britain)
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Pacific
All town guards are summoned by Queen Dawn.

(Fay the events announcer at west Britain Bank, Trammel, also has a little information.)

 

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Reporting from Inside the Cage Tatania Karthina (PxP)
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Posted on Monday, January 18, 2010, 2:21 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Reporting from Inside the Cage Tatania Karthina
Luna Bank, Malas
1/18/10

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Justine de Fargo smuggled this report to Merik from Tatania Karthina.
Justine was spotted by Lady Jessica. However, if Justines past history
is any indication of what she is capable of. Justine should give Jessica
a run for her money should she attempt to track her.

How in the world do you fit in there?
It's not too bad, but I would like to stretch out good.

Are you able to eat?
When people have given me food. I have a few bananas
and raw meat and cider... Thank goodness I have cider

Can you hear what anyone else is saying?
Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't

Is it cramped in there?
Yeah it is a little bit..... hurry and get me out please

How do you take a bath?
I can't take a bath... I hope the cage don't stink.

Is it like being a genie in a bottle?
Except I can't grant wishes out get out, even 3 times a day

Should I try to rub it and see if you poof out?
See if you can scratch my back instead I can't reach it.

If I shake it like this does that hurt? *Shakes*
Don't!! Don't ow that hurts!

What if I spin it? Do you get dizzy? *Spins*
I just had cider and if I ...yuck! Now look at me and I can't bathe

So do you swear on all the virtues that you will be my slave
when you get out of this cage?
No I do not!

What? No?
*Shakes cage*

How about now?
No! Be nice!

No still?
No No No!

*Spins* la la la *Spins* la la la
(Twenty minutes of nonstop spinning later)

Your answer?
*pukes*
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Em Hall Of Commons Notes 1/17/10
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Posted on Monday, January 18, 2010, 2:19 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
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Hall Of Common, Britain
January 17, 20010


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Townships Announcement

Before we continue I want to make a few things clear about how the rest of the process is going to work. What the Ambassador wants, as we originally informed with the addition of the Banner system is, some way to visually identify each structure as part of the township. Many of you are already doing this. She will use this to count the number of structures. So that come summit time you will be addressed appropriately. Now I realize that some houses belong to inactive players. There may be some difficulty in getting banners but you should have SOME degree of similarity between structures. The idea being that if I am a new player or any player for that matter, who is going to utilize the eventual teleportation hub. When I step onto the tile, and get whisked to some far away land I should be able to tell when I am in that land or in that township should say. And when I am not.

Again, I’m not asking that every house look the same, But there should be some visual and textual indication that a structure is part of the town.

Announcements

Captain Bloodrum’s Challenge Is The 23rd.
Gate from the EM Hall. Returning treasure hunters have first dibs on team name. The Blue Baraccudas are going for a championship race. What I’ve decided to do. Given the potential fluidity of the team is that the Treasure hunter is the team captain. If that treasure hunter wins three matches, then you will get your idol displayed. So if Juliana’s team, the Blue barracudas wins this next round We’ll get a blue baraccuda out there. This also lets new teams join.

Event Book Lock Down
If anyone would like a book locked down at their banner with upcoming events.
Please provide the book, red leaves, in the mailbox and I’ll lock it down.

Luna Fair Ground Rename Contest
The Luna Fair lacks creativity and finesse. This is how it will work. For the rest of this month, you may put a book with your suggestion in the Mailbox. Once entries are all in… sometime in Feburary we’ll put out some Ballot boxes and vote on which name we like best.

Rules:
Anything obscene is not allowed
No proper names ex (Dudley’s Fair)

Suggestion:
Try something that is in line with UO Lore or Chessy History.

Length:
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The Great Sea Battle (January 23rd, 9pm EST)
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Posted on Monday, January 18, 2010, 7:07 AM EST by Lady Lava (Catskills)
The Great Sea Battle (January 23rd, 9pm EST)




Heave-ho, mighty seafarers of Britannia! Prepare your ships for battle! Hire a skilled crew! Because there will be the biggest sea battle of Britannia. It will take place in a large bay in Trammel. The bay will be big enough to allow at least 10 ships to maneuver and escape. The inlet of the bay will be blocked by anchored boats. We will meet at the Jolly Roger Inn. A map can be found here:
http://www.aschulze.net/ultima/pirates/map_up.htm

The rules:

* Any equipment is allowed.
* No pets, mounts and summoned creatures.
* No poison fields.
* One of the two planks must remain unlocked during the whole battle to allow entering.
* The unlocked plank can be kept closed (but still unlocked) by the crew to prevent entering.
* Going ashore is forbidden and will lead to disqualification.
* It is allowed to resurrect dead crew members on the boat, who may re-join the battle.
* Thus, reskilling is allowed. If you want to give up, remain a ghost until the battle is over.
* The battle ends when there's only one crew left. At least one person of this crew has to be alive.

It is recommended to have one ship per guild, so you only have to fight enemy guilds. This way, a wider variety of attacks is available and hidden persons can be detected (see footnote). All participating guilds should have declared war on each other. Equipment should be insured, as you may not be able to loot your corpse in time!

[Note: Area attacks (like potions, field spells, area attack spells, etc.) will not damage people who are in your own guild or alliance, i.e. people who highlight green to you. They only will damage people from an enemy guild, i.e. people who highlight orange to you.]

Hawkeye Pike
The United Pirates

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Community Hunts - Week of January 18th
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Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010, 8:53 PM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)

Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.



Naked Dungeon Run
Date:
Tuesday, January 19th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless hunt
Date:
Wednesday, January 20th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Slasher of Veils hunt (Stygian Abyss)
Date:
Thursday, January 21st
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champion Spawn hunt
Date:
Friday, January 22nd
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken



And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.

Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organiser
The Order of the Silver Rose
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Tale of Two Mages.
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Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010, 8:07 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<
Recent happenings at Lord British's castle have brought the Apprentice of Isarac Firebane, Nicholai, into the public conscious! Nicholai recently went missing and is now believed to be involved with the group that has stolen the relic known as the Fire Ruby. For those unaware, The Fire Ruby was an item recovered by Queen Dawn at the time of the defeat of the Shadow Lords! Those who followed the clues were lead to Hanse's Hostel, Malas, awaiting the blind mage.




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And so the mage arrived, after some conversation his apprentice, or ex-apprentice, made a grandiose entrance.



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After a short jog North, they engaged in battle!



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A classic mage duel, Isarac opened by summoning an Ethereal Warrior! But Nicholai's new tutor had given him the skill to summon the feared Lord of the Abyss! The poor warrior was grabbed from about his head and tossed into the forest behind the crowd, with a sickening crack and a deafening roar the first bout was surely Nicholai's victory. The gathering fell onto the horrible beast, as soon as it was dead Nicholai was quick to call interference. Before Isarac had much time to reason with the boy, words of power poured from his mouth. KAL VAAS FLAM!!




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Before the old mage had a chance to recover himself Nicholai blasted him with spells. "POR ORT GRAV!" Energy cracked off the aged mage's robe, but Nicholai had saved his most devious new trick for last. KAL VAS REL POR!"

Nicholai pulled the mage to him, screaming GET OVER HERE! After delivering a swift slap to the man's jaw he took hold of the Amulet of Planes and in his most quizzical of maneuvers, separated into five separate human mans and blitzed the bewildered crowd!




After a considerable amount of battle, all the figures had been killed and confirmed to have the looks of Cultists about them. Some lucky Britannians pulled purple "Staves of Greater Elemental Conjuring" from the robes corpses. Issarac thanked us for his help and limped off to his room in Hanse's, leaving his pungent boots by the door. He mentioned that he would make for Castle British on the morrow to seek help from the Royal Britannian Guard.





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A Sneaky Harrower Attempt
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Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010, 6:19 PM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Imagine - the login servers to the shard were down, no other guild had the numbers or availability of murderers to raid the spawns that we had been doing for the last hour. It was decided after a short debate that we could try spawning a harrower!

The harrower is the super boss of UO. Not because of its power - with the right people and techniques it can be dropped easier than most peerlesses. What makes the harrower special is that it only exists in Felucca and once one is summoned then you can be sure that all the pvp guilds on the shard will know of it and you will have to defend it with every tooth and nail. Of course, for such risks, the reward is high - 32 stat scrolls!


When summoned the harrower will spawn in a random dungeon - in our case it was Wrong dungeon on the second level. Cautiously we cleared out the monsters in the room that we wanted to lure it to, and I along with many others began beating on it. It has some powerful attacks, along with 39,000 health, so this took some time although I was surprised that I could tank it with a healer supporting me.



Of course, it is not as easy as that - once killed the harrower changes into "the true harrower" along with a spawn of tentacles which must be eliminated. After about an hour our small group of guildmates and other random blues that had came along had defeated all the guardians and were ready to fight the harrower properly. The rewards were within our grasp!



Disaster struck, as the login servers were fixed and we knew that the other guilds who knew a harrower was in progress would be rushing to get in and raid us. Barely a few minutes passed before the inevitable raid by AJB occurred. Within a short while we were forced out of the dungeon dead and scattered. AJB then began fielding up the entrance. Despite several pushes no one could get through.



As a last ditch attempt we placed down some harbingers in the dungeon and let them force our opponents back. They worked well, causing them to fall back to the main portal to the harrower, however we could not hold the ground that we gained and soon were forced out again.



Conceding defeat both inside and outside the dungeon, we had to abandon our attempts and allow our opponents the harrower (and its rewards) all to themselves. A shame, but someday we shall try again!

-Spoz, Lord Justicar [WoR]
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Fire Ruby Stolen!!
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Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010, 2:52 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Fire Ruby Stolen! Be at HANSE's HOSTEL, MALAS at Eight by the Eastern Sun!
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Chesapeake Fight Night -Moria Village
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Chesapeake Fight Night
Moria Village (Felucca)
Wednesday, January 14 2010

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Wednesday night the village of Moria launched their first public community event.
Blues, Reds and Oranges were all in attendance. Everyone followed the house
rules and enjoyed some great fights. In the beginning small problems occurred
from attacks outside but, were ignored and stopped. One vs. One fights were
the first to be held. After a few matches participants got together and formed
teams for fight. Two vs. Two and Three Vs. Three. The events host Demon Slayer was
challenged over and over. He may have beat CharGar (A long awaited match to happen.)
but, he was beat up like a rag doll in the team fights!

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Everyone was very respectful of each other and had a great time. Chesapeake
Fight Nights are hosted by Moria Village and Co-Sponsored by Kijustsu Anei
Community. The Fight Nights are a reoccurring bi-weekly event on Wednesday
nights starting at 8:00pm EST. Next event is scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 27th.
We hope to see everyone return and new participants.

Keep your eyes open for Chesapeake Fight Night promotional video
coming out soon. You might just see your match picture in the Video!
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RSS Name Test - Night At The Fair
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A Night at the Fair
Luna Fairgrounds
January 13, 2010


Em Dudley hosted three wonderful events on Wednesday night starting at
8pm. Special participation prizes were given out after each event.
The three events were:


Darts Competition
Single elimination bracket. Total of three shots constitutes total score.
Highest score advances. Ties decided by one shot sudden death.

Pie eating contest
Digestive aids prohibited. Most pies eaten constitutes victory.
In the event of a tie winner decided by milk chugging sudden
death round.

Poseidon's Fury Trivia Contest
How close attention were you paying in 2009?


Darts
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Congratulations to Lady Fei for winning the Darts Tournament!!!


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Miroku served drinks at the bar between the Dart tournament
ending and the beginning of the Pie eating contest. Prizes
were given out to those who participated in the Dart Tournament


Pie Eating
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Fred the Baker came to make cakes for the event but, mixed up the
recipe and made bread shaped cakes. Ten were put down in front of
each person. Once Dudley said go everyone stuffed their faces

Arin won the Bread Shaped Cake contest with a total of 9 eaten!
Congrats to Arin and her very large stomach.


Poseidon's Fury Trivia

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EM Dudley jumped into trivia question about the Poseidon's Fury. From
the first incident all the way until the end. Not one person in the
audience could match the knowledge of Lady Phoenix from Dragons
Watch. With a total of 9 correct answers, she won this event hands down.
Congratulations to Phoenix!
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274th Assembly of the High Council
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Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2010, 2:28 PM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<274th Assembly of the High Council

Date: Monday, January 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Note Location Change: Parliament Building, Magincia, Trammel Facet
(the parliament building is found on the south eastern most corner of the island)


Meeting Agenda:

- Updates regarding the investigation on current threats to the High Council.

- The High Council will discuss the present political and military situation in the realm.

- Other items to be announced at the meeting.

High Council of Britannia
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[News] Savage Crisis: ENCROACHMENT
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Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2010, 10:45 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)
Well, this is all the information we've been given. If more information becomes available I will for sure post it.

When - January 17th
Where - West Britain Counselor's Hall
Time - 6pm pst


Also, it looks like we'll be having some mini events as well.

Mini Events! There's been a purple bullfrog hopping around Britannia lately and asking people for help, or just generally ribbiting. I didn't know bullfrogs could talk? These events will happen with very short notice and will not be advertised individually via email. Instead, the Event Announcer in Luna will let you know when one is coming up (usually 20 minutes notice). I will also post on the website briefly before the event, so those of you who aren't online but are lucky enough to check the website will know about it.

Note: These 'mini events' are just meant to entertain you lot when you're bored and have nothing to do. They are not mainstream events! So have fun
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Login Difficulties
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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2010, 9:18 PM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Login Difficulties


James Nichols

15 Jan 2010 19:37:10


Greetings!

We are currently aware of login difficulties players may be experiencing when attempting to access the game. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and will update if more information becomes available.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience!

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Reminder - Holiday Gift Tickets and Costume Trader
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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2010, 9:15 PM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com



Reminder - Holiday Gift Tickets and Costume Trader


James Nichols
14 Jan 2010 17:25:43



Holiday Gift Tickets

You must log in with each eligible character before January 25th to get your holiday ticket. You do not have to use the ticket to claim the gift itself (there is no deadline for that). But 2009 tickets will not longer be available as of that date!

Costume Trader

Sarah will be leaving us at the end of the month. Make sure you've concluded all your trades with her by before February 2nd.

Friendly advice: avoid waiting for the last day to do it. Real life has a way of interfering at the most inopportune time and if your memory is anything like mine, you'll only remember you were supposed to do it the day after it's too late. Better safe than sorry!

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A tale of Brigandry in Wrong
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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2010, 6:22 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
The recent apprehension of the Brigand Spy, Jerome, lead the Britannian Guard to the following conversation, and afterward, to the Dungeon Wrong!


After a brisk gate to wrong, we encountered a sentry and his fellows, whom we quickly thrashed and made our way downstairs on Avery's word.



Level two was Full of brigands! After defeating the lot of them and displacing a false wall we discovered an encoded message from John Hind himself!



Avery is attempting to decode the message as we speak! Details to come!
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Templar Village Recieves Town Banner!
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                                                      Templar Village Recieves Town Banner!

         Congratulations to the residents of the newly formed Templar Village as they recieved thier town banner this week surveyorship by the office of the Queen can be expected soon! The founding members the Templar Knights Order (TKO) were kind enough to show me around. We look for more from them soon!


                                          
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Tiger Lily Wins USA Dart League Round One!
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USADartsrd1                                                 Tiger Lily (TIPS) Wins USA Dart League Round One!

         January's return of the United Sosarian Alliance league events began on Monday's eve as Guardians Gate played host to round one of the leagues month long dart tournament. The Ottersrun Taphouse welcome several new faces as the crowd gathered tried thier luck and had a great night of fun. In the end It was Tiger Lily who bested the field to pull out the victory. Congratulations go out to her as well as all who came out to join us in the nights fun. Round two to be held inside the player city of Silvervale this coming Monday at 9pm EST! Come on out and try your luck!  Here's a pic of the bunch:


             

                                                                Current Championship Standings:

                                                  Tiger Lily (TIPS) ---------------- 5pts
                                                  Ado the Thief  (-Y-) ------------  4pts
                                                  Morpheus Mardox (UOSS) ---  3pts
                                                  Bear (RBG) ---------------------   2pts
                                                  Oni (SoSV) ---------------------    1pts



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Find the Surprise
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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2010, 12:52 PM EST by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

Still working. This week we offer:


  • More in the series of pages initiated and written by Stupid Miner Special Items Listed by Property
    as promised

  • Updated, Veteran Rewards to include years 11 and 12.

  • Updated, Spellweaving, with extensive research data by Stupid Miner

  • Also updated by Stupid Miner Mysticism, with damage figures and minimum skill requirements.

  • New in our Tools and Downloads section Nok's UltimaXbar. toolbar

  • Added to Hunter's guide Creatures summoned through Spellweaving

  • One other item added to the main page, that's the surprise, go look for it.




We've done a lot, but there's still a lot to do. If you'd like to help please send submissions, suggestions or snippets of information to
[email protected], [email protected], or you can just send a pm to Petra Fyde.


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PaxLair's 12th Anniversary Opening Ceremony has a surprise!
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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2010, 12:47 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
PaxLair's 12th Anniversary Opening Ceremony has a surprise!
By:Tatania Karthina

PaxLair's 12th Anniversary Celebration opened with a surprise! Queen Dawn made an appearance at the Mage Tower in PaxLair City, Felucca.
Queen Dawn greeted everyone and thanked Governor Winfield for wine he had sent to her previously then spoke the following words to much cheering,
"I stand with you this night and wish to extend a special congratulations to all the citizens of PaxLair, past, present and future on this most joyous Anniversary.
Our realm hath faced vile hardship these years.Tis warming to know this great Statehood has withstood the trials of time"

The cheers and fireworks raised such a din that the Queen had to raise her hands for silence before continuing,
"To the continued prosperity of PaxLair and the Kingdom of Britannia!"

Queen Dawn smiled warmly and turned back to Governor Winfield and congratulated him before taking her leave to attend to
pressing matters of the state.Govenor Winfield said after the Queen's Departure, "Hard to say much after that, yet we begin."

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The Opening speech contained the following from Governor Winfield, "Welcome to PaxLair's 12th Anniversary!! I'm Governor Winfield, leader of the
PaxLair Statehood. Long ago, this meadow was inhabited only by roaming headless and a small clan of orcs. Humans from a guild called The Band came
from Prison Isle in Yew. They cultivated the lands and built buildings here. Over several years, PaxLair grew to three cities and became a Statehood."

"We have PaxLair City, Dragons Watch, and PaxOku along with a vibrant alliance of citizens and friends. What you see here and in our other cities
now is a product of living in this Realm for 12 years. What you will see this week is the spirit of people working together. What you can do
is participate in several events and quests. What you should feel is a sense of comradarie, teamwork, and enthusiasm. Please allow me to
introduce our mayors and ambassadors. We have Mayor Ga'kuct of PaxLair City!" Winfield continued.

At this point in the opening speech there was a general disturbance
in the audience and Winfield asked, "Is there a problem in the audience?"

Lady Winmere replied, "Lady Jessica is here tyring to take the goblins!"
to which Governor Winfield replied, " Ah, stand guard by her and the goblins please."

Lady Jessica replied, "Yes there is, I was told no fighting and a few want to attack me. I can shed blood if thy wishs"

Governor Winfield replied, "Nay, we will remain calm. This is neutral ground."

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Lady Jessica was asked to put away her Goblin Cage and Governor Winfield continued with his opening speech,
"Again, We have Mayor Ga'kuct of PaxLair City! We have Mayor NANOC of Dragons Watch! For PaxOku, I am the acting
Mayor while we develop our cultural centers. My ambassadors are dedicated to work with all of Sosaria's townships to
help establish or enhance our meaningful relations. My ambassadors are Ashlynn, Ben, Brooke, and Tatania Karthina."

The Governor continued, "We have Anniversary events planned from tonight through next Tuesday.
These events are listed in your books we handed out. If you did not get a book, please get one from the Blue
Bags.The bags are on the outside edges of this roof We are honored by your presence and participation.
We are honored by the old and new townships and the EMs we see this week. We are honored that you
remember PaxLair, that some are part of PaxLair, and you all join us this week to celebrate the past,
 present, and future. Thank you all, and let the Anniversary begin!!"

And so it did...

In conclusion, The Statehood of PaxLair has many events scheduled for this monumentous Anniversary week. We hope to see you there!
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[News] In the Spotlight - Pink Floyd
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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2010, 8:12 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)


A little Q&A with Pink Floyd from SUPR

How long have you been playing UO? Since 1998

What is your favorite template to play at the moment? I will admit it I thoroughly enjoy the pure mage tamer template. 120 mage/med/eval/resist 110 tame 120 lore. It is simple yet extremely versatile.

What attracts you to PvP over PvM? The challenge. If I wanted to take the time to build and suit a crazy sampire character I could solo most any creature. There is also something to be said for putting someone in stat, taking their points, and making them have to wait 20 minutes to return to their regularly scheduled game play.

How did you get the title on Stratics as "Pacific’s Finest"? I used to be the Pacific forums mod, when you quit they give you a title of your choosing and that was all I could come up with.

With all the other MMO's currently out there, what keeps you interested in UO? My MMO gaming started with UO and will end with UO. I hate grinding. Hate, hate, hate it. If I spent hours of my day grinding and leveling to be able to compete, well, I would probably lose my job and have no life. UO lets me log on for 30 minutes a day if I want and in those 30 minutes the options as to what I can do are still endless.

What is one thing you would like to see change in UO? Can I go with two? I would say firstly Order/Chaos brought back and secondly reds allowed in trammel (you can’t flag anyone in tram rule set areas anyway so why not let the reds hang out?)

Any advice you would like to give to new players or old players who are just be starting in PvP? Don’t give up. The learning curve is high these days but if you stick with it you can become great. Anyone can. All it takes is practice.

Who is your biggest rival on Pacific and why?
Probably a combination of Haginor and Sargon simply because they hate me and I can’t help but reciprocate the same feelings back. Other than that I have no hate towards anyone in game, not even Baron.

What is your favorite UO memory to date? When a bunch of us ESF folk split into =I= and we owned FL, ESF, G!B, and the rest of Pacific for a few months. Then I quit UO. Came back 3 years and in much the same fashion split from |M| and started SUPR. It’s been fun.

Worst UO memory to date? When AOS came out. It was all downhill from there but I still have loads of fun anyway.

Is there anything you would like to say?
To all you people who assume Fel players/pvpers are immature, inconsiderate, and just generally “bad people” you should take a step back and realize that a small minority of people may very well be ruining the reputations of 90% the Fel population. Yes there are bad apples but they are everywhere, including tram guilds and they do not represent pvpers as a whole.


Thank you Pink for taking the time out to answer a few questions and also, for volunteering to be the first in what I hope to be a successful run of articles.

If anyone has anything they would like to see asked or if you have any other suggestions, please contact me at [email protected]
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Introducing the NEW Plant Shop of the Red & Purple!
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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2010, 6:36 AM EST by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Introducing the NEW Plant Shop of the Red & Purple!

For many years now, the Red & Purple Mini Mall has been selling normal colored plants from a single vendor… just outside on the step. We love our plants and want others to share in the joys of gardening and keeping houses looking good. That vendor will soon be redesigned to sell our new colored baskets. A good friend has taken over the plant business and expanded that one vendor into several. If you are having trouble finding the plants for decorating your place… check this little shop out first!

Located just to the west of the main Red & Purple Mini Mall building… you can't miss it!

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Specializing in all kinds of plants and plant related goods! From classic plants, new monster spawn plants, resources such as orange leaf, new plant pigments, and Seeds of Renewal… and vendors are stocked all the time! Check it out.

This new smaller mall joins the main mall building, library, public dye tubs, and gardens… along with the “First Church of Candy”, the “R&P Savings and Loan”, and the “Red & Purple Imperial Palace and Dungeon Museum”.

If you don’t have a rune to the Red & Purple Neighborhood… you can easily find a rune on the 2nd level of the world famous Goodman's Rune Library or go to the Yew Gate, Tram… go just to the North-East… find the “Yew Gate Mall of the Red & Purple” and a rune is located just on the step.

Submitted by Lady Frany Flame
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A Tale of Two Courts
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Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010, 9:30 PM EST by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
A Tale of Two Courts

Maria slowly unlatched the heavy lock that sealed the magical laboratory in Castle Britannia. Maria’s candlestick barely illuminated the gloom. Maria shuddered, realizing she would spend most of her afternoon dusting and clearing cobwebs out of the tangled heap of vials and fragile equipment. Overhead the shards of the fire ruby glinted menacingly inside of an enchanted case.

Maria knew that the fire ruby had belonged to the Shadowlords, who were trying to create a new Gem of Immortality. When Dawn crushed the fire ruby in her hand, Lord Casca suddenly died. The sight of the damaged fire ruby filled Maria with dread, as it did the other servants. Unfortunately for Maria, she picked the short straw for the task of cleaning the room and had the duty of cleaning the Court Wizard's laboratory. Suddenly, a silver serpent shaped clock began to chime, with a heavy metallic click, the emerald eyes of the serpent snapped open.

Maria jumped back in surprise and reached for the handle of the wooden door. An eerie green light flashed on the stone walls of the chamber as the hands on the clock spun faster and faster forward. Maria reached for the handle of the door; but just as it was thrown, a robed gargoyle entered the room. Maria bolted under a wooden table and watched.

The gargoyle uttered a spell that caused the protective enchantments on the display case to fade. Then seizing the fire ruby in his clawed hand, the gargoyle vanished. The hands on the clock slowly wound backwards and the emerald eyes of the mechanical serpent shut once more. Maria came out of her hiding place and looked up at the crystal case; but the fire ruby was still there! Then with a heavy clank, the hands of the clock began to creep forward.

Note: Find out who is trying to steal the gem before time runs out! Search for information in the royal courts of Castle Britannia and Queen Zhah’s Palace Ter Mur.
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The Search For Donal Continues
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Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010, 8:39 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)
from UO - Origin Events

The Search for Donal Continues
Posted By EM Faine Morgan on January 14, 2010

Taryn looked up from the parchment she held in her hands to gaze worriedly out the window. She couldn’t help but wonder what Donal had gotten himself into and if she’d ever be able to get him out. The old monk was the closest thing to a father she’d ever known and she loved him dearly, even though he seemed to have a penchant for getting himself into situations.

Taryn turned her gaze back to the parchment with mixed emotions – hope for the sign of help being offered – fear for the warning contained within that offer – confusion over the all too human sounding name which signed the missive….

“Lady Sullivan,

You have done well to contact us and seek assistance in this matter. What you ask is not a small matter but, as Donal has been well known as a friend to us through the years, and in respect for your Lady Queen, we will offer what help we can. I have been asked to represent the Gargoyle Scholars and guide you on your search. If you and your countrymen are as brave of spirit as Donal has always told us you are, you may yet find that which you seek. But know that the journey will not be quick nor easy. Prepare yourself.

Sincerely,
Caryn Connelly”

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Please meet Lady Taryn Sullivan at the Counselor’s Hall in West Britain on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 6 P.M. Pacific/9 P.M. Eastern as the search for Donal continues.

Note: You WILL need the SA expansion to participate in this event.

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Declaration of Stolen Items
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Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010, 4:23 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
from goldenbrewtavern.com

Declaration of stolen items
Thursday, January 14, 2010
By Elias Ashmole

Hail, good citizens of Britannia,

Upon hearing about the news of the looting of Casca’s secret horde, the officials in charge of the royal treasury performed a thorough investigation. A series of cross checks were made and old records scrutinized.

While it may be that we never discover for certain all the items that Casca plundered, we have been able to compile a list of items likely to have been looted in the raid (besides the gold). A list is provided at bottom of this scroll. If you happen to know the whereabouts of these items, please report it to the proper authorities right away.

1) A shield forged from pure mana and flame
2) Scrolls pertaining to mysterious creatures of Britannia
3) Scrolls pertaining to the legal status of Britannian merchant guilds
4) An intricately carved horn of summoning
5) An antique diamond bracelet marked by a strange signet
6) Arrows crafted from phoenix feathers
7) An intricately carved marble dagger

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Cavern of the Discarded Hunt
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 9:40 PM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)


Each week Sabina Nikolai, High Marshall of the Order of the Silver Rose [OSR], holds community events for which anyone is welcome to join. Keep your eyes on the Lake Superior Stratics news section to what is happening each week.



I met at the Skara Brea Community Center at the designated time to find a small group of people gathering for an expedition to the Cavern of the Discarded in the Stygian Abyss dungeon.



With Sabina as our guide, our group (Lord Hexvexxe, Luther, Luke Parker, Shadow, Airmid, Ol Dirty Base and myself), proceeded to head into the dungeon after first gaining access via a quest. Our aim was eradicate the vermin hoard that infested the area and, hopefully, in the process obtain some rare items for imbuing.

The rat clansmen were no match for such a versatile mix of strong warriors and were easily brushed aside. However we stayed there for a while, mopping up any creature brave enough to challenge us. The rewards given to us for such a duty were ingredients such as the Seed of Renewal, which is used to imbue special properties onto armor.



After we had finished slaughtering the vermin we were guided to Sutek's lab in the middle of the Abyss where we attempted to complete his task. This requires fast reactions, for you have to pick the correct reagents required within a short time. 20 minutes later I had my reward - a book for tinkers; allowing them create new mechanical creatures if given the right components! Time, unfortunately, was up by then so we said our farewells and departed from Stygian's Abyss, safe in the knowledge that we had stemmed the tide of evil for another day.



- Spoz, Lord Justicar



The remaining community hunts for this week are as follows:

Deceit Dungeon hunt
Date: Thursday, January 14th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Friday, January 15th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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Fairground Games Return!
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Fairground Games Return!

The snow* settled on the Catskills’ Britain Fairgrounds sets the stage for winter competitions. This will be a multi-week event, starting Thursday January 14th at 8:00 pm Eastern time.

Riddle Contest – Begins at 8:00 pm at the fairground main stage (southwest corner of the fairgrounds). Each participant will be provided a book of riddles – solve as many of the EM’s riddles as you can in under an hour, or stump the EM with your own riddle.



Hatchet Tournament – Begins at 9:15 pm at the fairgrounds throwing booth (north west corner of the fairgrounds). We all need to harvest wood to keep warm on those cold winter nights – but how skilled are you with that hatchet? Prove yourself in a contest of hatchet throwing! Note: This event does not require the gargoyle skill “throwing”!
Gates to the fairground will be provided from West Britain Bank and the West Britain Counselor Hall for the duration of the event.
Look for more gaming events to follow on the 21st and 28th!
(*PS: I didn’t expect the snow to melt so early! – the events are still on however!)

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Savannah/Temptress, the fastest auctioneer on Great Lakes
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Savannah/Temptress, the fastest auctioneer on Great Lakes




Auction fever seems to have hit Great Lakes and this friday 1/15/10 Savannah/Temptress will be showing her stuff. When I say stuff I mean her speed.

Any time this tempting gal plays auctioneer there is never a dull moment. The sheer number of items that come up during her events makes time fly even if you are not interested in many of the items.
Many go to auctions for pure entertainment, others to purchase a certain or several certain items. The only negative I can see with this gals gavel is if one needs to use the powder room during the event. In the time you use the restroom and return several items may be up and sold so be prepared before for the long haul.



Gates will be provided at the Luna and Brit Banks before and during the auction. I hope to see you there.
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Paxlair Set to Mark 12 Years in the Realm!
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PaxLair 12th Anniversary
January 14-19, 2010
(founded on January 19, 1998)

PaxLair City was founded on January 19, 1998 in the meadow west of the Compassion Shrine on Felucca. Throughout its history, it served with other player-towns to help communities and people work together. In the old days before Trammel, PaxLair was a vibrant crossroads for good, neutral, and evil. It is blessed by the gods with unique indoor and outdoor features. On November 11, 1998, Lord British himself visited PaxLair City to honor the city's founders. PaxLair is the oldest, continuously running "player-town" on the Chesapeake Shard.

Today, PaxLair is a Statehood of three wonderful cities: PaxLair City, Dragons Watch, and PaxOku. Each city is unique and brings different wonders to the Realm through citizens, allies, and friends. PaxLair is based on tenets of Peace, Neutrality, and Roleplaying.

Locations - Most events are easy to find. If you need help getting to PaxLair City or Dragons Watch, the Tea House in PaxOku has several teleporters.


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PaxLair Teahouse in PaxOku, Homare-jima, Tokuno
Directions: From Homare-jima Moongate, go NE to the end of buildings on the road (Monks Crossing).
Tea House is on the left side.

Schedule:



Thursday, January 14, 2010 - Opening Ceremonies
  • 9 PM ET - Opening Ceremonies
    • Host: Governor Winfield
    • Location: Twin Towers, PaxLair City, Felucca
  • 9:20 PM ET - Knowledge Quest Starts
    • Host: Tatania Karthina
    • Location: Twin Towers, PaxLair City, Felucca (for information)
    • This quest runs the entire duration of the Anniversary Week. It is an individual quest that can be started at any time. It will involve following notes and clues to different places, and getting prizes along the way.
    • There is no specific "event" at the end of this quest, since can be completed at any time by those on the quest. But, bragging rights will be honored at the Statehood Dinner on January 19th.
  • 9:30 PM ET - Archery Tournament (Preliminary #1)
    • Host: Se'an Silverfoot (Army of the Dragon, ATD)
    • Location: Luna Fairegrounds
    • 4 top archers advance to the Final Tournament on January 19th, and they do not compete in other Preliminary tournaments. Losers can compete in other Preliminary tournaments. High score is counted at the end of the tourney and the highest score from all 4 days will win 1 million gold
    • Prizes for this Preliminary:
      • 1st - 100 K gold - advance to finals
      • 2nd - 50 K gold - advance to finals
      • 3rd - 25 K gold - advance to finals
      • 4th - 10 K gold - advance to finals
Friday, January 15, 2010
  • 8:30 PM ET - Twists and Turns
    • Host: Irysa Tarian (Heart of the Crest, *CH*)
    • Start Location: Luna Fairegrounds
    • A unique adventure through the lands, on foot, that involves quick thinking. Some places may be dangerous, but passable. People will have to work together to succeed in solutions.
    • This will not be held in Felucca.
    • Some danger is involved. Don't bring anything unblessed or uninsured that you can't afford to lose. There will likely be deaths at times.
    • Will be walking on foot so stable your pets.
    • Will be concluded by 10:30 PM ET
Saturday, January 16, 2010
  • 9 PM ET - Archery Tournament (Preliminary #2)
    • Host: Se'an Silverfoot (Army of the Dragon, ATD)
    • Location: Luna Fairegrounds
    • 4 top archers advance to the Final Tournament on January 19th, and they do not compete in other Preliminary tournaments. Losers can compete in the next Preliminary tournament.
    • Prizes for this Preliminary:
      • 1st - 100 K gold - advance to finals
      • 2nd - 50 K gold - advance to finals
      • 3rd - 25 K gold - advance to finals
      • 4th - 10 K gold - advance to finals
  • 10:30 PM ET - Clompin
    • Host: Ga'kuct (Orc) and PaxLair City
    • Location: Chaos Tower, PaxLair City (just west of Mage Tower)
    • Depending on how many show up and who, may have duels and/or team fights. No looting, no rez killing.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
  • 7 PM ET - Neeky Race
    • Host: Pitmuck Goblin Mob
    • Location: Twin Towers, PaxLair City, Felucca
    • Race from Twin Towers to Britain, on foot. Route will be announced at the event.
    • Details: Have to stay on the route, some goblins will be checking. Run on foot, not horses. If you die, find nearest wandering healer and then continue on the route. You may not run the entire route as a ghost.
  • 8 PM ET - Let's Make a Deal
    • Host: Dragons Watch
    • Location: Community Center, teleporter is at Tea House in PaxOku
    • Bring bags full of miscellaneous items, like carrots, wands, christmas cards, etc. One never knows what might be needed in this game!
  • 9 PM ET - Archery Tournament (Preliminary #3)
    • Host: Se'an Silverfoot (Army of the Dragon, ATD)
    • Location: Luna Fairegrounds
    • 4 top archers advance to the Final Tournament on January 19th.
    • Prizes for this Preliminary:
      • 1st - 100 K gold - advance to finals
      • 2nd - 50 K gold - advance to finals
      • 3rd - 25 K gold - advance to finals
      • 4th - 10 K gold - advance to finals
Monday, January 18, 2010
  • 7 PM ET - Tour of Unique Places
    • Host: Winmere
    • Location: Tea House, PaxOku
  • 8:30 PM ET - Musical Chairs
    • Host: Grimlar and Winmere
    • Location: PaxLair Statehood Museum and Tavern, PaxOku (18x18 house located just north of the Kijustsu Anei Village banner)
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - PaxLair Statehood Day
  • 8 PM ET - Archery Tournament (FINALS)
    • Host: Se'an Silverfoot (Army of the Dragon, ATD)
    • Location: Luna Fairegrounds
    • 12 finalists compete: 4 top archers from each of the 3 previous preliminary tournaments.
    • Prizes:
      • 1st - 3 Million gold, trophy
      • 2nd - 1.5 Million gold
      • 3rd - 500 K gold
  • 9 PM ET - Statehood Dinner
    • Host: Governor Winfied
    • Location: Tea House, PaxOku, Tokuno
    • All are welcome!
    • Speeches, diplomacy, good food, and good spirits!
    • Dinner will be in an open-hall format, casual, not formal dining. So talking among different groups and people will be easier than a sit-down dinner.
    • Special invitations for Chesapeake Townships' Mayors and EMs to attend.
Regards,
Winfield, Governor of PaxLair Statehood
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Contest of Insults (January 16th, 8pm EST)
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EST by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Hello Catskills,

Here are some details about an event from the United Pirates for those who like fights, but are afraid of blood (or just like fights so much that you don't care if they have any blood or not!):
As we all know, psychological warfare is even more efficient than an expensive weapon. Who's best at demoralizing the opponent? Find out in our Contest of Insults! The event will take place in the bar of the Jolly Roger Inn - a place where swearing and brawling is a daily occurence. A map to this place can be found here:
http://www.aschulze.net/ultima/pirates/map_up.htm

The participants will be grouped in pairs. Each pair has two minutes to let loose on each other. This will happen in a dialog, where each offense has to be alternately answered with a new insult until the time is up. It is an advantage if the used insults refer to your opponent's affront, and it is even better if they take your opponent's appearance, character or attributes into account. If your verbal slander should be vulgar or x-rated, you will be keelhauled and banished from the event!

A jury of highly skilled experts will evaluate each participant's swearing abilities. The best insult dialogs will be published on the Ultima Online Travelogues. The winner will receive a worthy prize.
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Origin Kicks Off The New Year
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 1:10 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)

New Year's Day 2010

EM Faine Morgan and EM Molly O'Malley burst into the Counselors Hall, out of breath from running and obviously frightened, the pair was relieved to find a crowd waiting for them.

EMs Faine and Molly were quick to explain they had been at the Origin Awards House preparing treats for the New Year celebration when they were ambushed and 

their attackers had stolen all the goodies for the party!

Led by the EMs, and giving no thought to their personal safety, the group quickly headed to the shard Awards House to help recover the stolen goodies.

As the attackers were beaten back and goodies recovered, EM Faine and EM Molly scoured the area to make certain no monsters remained.

When all the stolen goodies had been recovered, the group returned to the newly redecorated Counselors Hall to start the New Year's celebration.  With everyone still chilled from the cold radiated by the monsters, EM Faine tried to decide if she should warm her hands by the fire or by Frey's dragon, and Goblin Zuma HappyHeart was quick to provide foot warmers!

A little birdie who shall remain anonymous had whispered to EM Faine and EM Molly that December 31 had been my birthday.  EM Faine teleported me to the top of the bar as the crowd sang Happy Birthday. Thank you all for the birthday wishes! (By the way, I'm still going to get even with you, Oriana ...  Just remember, when you least expect it, EXPECT it!)

EM Faine Morgan then announced the 'officially official grand reopening of the EM Hall', while those in attendance congratulated Faine on her first year as an Event Moderator.

The newly remodeled hall now features benches, commemorative statues, and a poker table that Frey immediately found and staked claim to. We all sat back in comfortable surroundings and enjoyed the cookies furnished by Homebody (who bears a remarkable resemblance to Brat), all the while keeping an eye on the shard cookie monster, FalseProphet.

When EM Faine Morgan officially welcomed EM Molly O'Malley to Origin, Molly thanked everyone for already making Origin feel like home to her.

Then everyone formed the famous 'Origin Line' as EM Molly O'Malley handed out her first sashes.

The party ended with EM Faine teaching EM Molly the infamous Origin EM bar flash dance.

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Brigand Spy: Captured!
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EST by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Brigand Spy Captured
:!Captured!:

Since the recent increase in brigand activity the Royal Guard has been on high alert. Last night members of the Royal Guard captured a brigand spy in the Trinsic area. The spy was taken to the Britannia Prison in Yew. So far the prisoner has not provided any details; he is scheduled to be interrogated by Avery This evening. Avery is confident he will be able to obtain valuable information from the prisoner . Clearly these are dangerous times for the realm. Citizens are encouraged to be extra vigilant. Members of the Royal Guard are encourage to be on alert in the area around the Britannia Prison in case the brigands try to free the prisoner.
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An Interview With Regine ‘Sakkarah’ Abel
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 5:41 PM EST by AirmidCecht (CommunityNews)


An Interview With Regine ‘Sakkarah’ Abel


Lining up a few questions with Sakkarah for the UO community is always a treat when it comes to “what’s next?” because one never knows what the team has up their sleeve. I think many would agree when we look at the last few holiday events that there tends to be something for everyone and adjustments have been made when necessary. With a strong background in UO, we need that sense of history now more than ever after suffering the loss of some great team members with EA layoffs. That said we have a few questions and a thank you to Sakkarah for taking the time to give us an update.

While many in the community are already familiar with you, can you give us a quick run down of your history with UO and your transition to the development team?

I've been playing UO since beta. I started out as a crafter (Blacksmith), did a bit of RP, then got hooked on treasure maps. That led me to start my treasure maps website which grew over time to training guides and what not. I dabbled in Factions, mainly with my thief. Then came champ spawns which drew me permanently back to Felucca. I ran a fairly large guild for many years until I joined the team. In between that, I had been running a lot of events as a player and ran the QuestMasters guild for a while. That got me noticed and I was invited to join the EM program. During that time, I was obtaining a degree in Game Design and started working in a Montreal game studio. Two years ago, I was approached by Mythic regarding an opening on the UO design team and the rest is history :)

How is it different running an event as a player vs. as a developer?

Extremely different, both good and bad. As a player, you are limited by existing game mechanics. I was lucky on Atlantic to have had a great network of friends and helpers (Tazar definitely being at the top of that list!) so it made things easier. After a while, I had established a reputation too, so players usually behaved. But providing enticing rewards was challenging at times and always very costly.

As a Dev, it's challenging differently. Players are a lot less forgiving towards us. So you have to account for every possible situation, every playstyle, real life schedules, exploits, lag, casual/hardcore players, rares market, balancing issues, etc. But it’s great because you have a lot more power to do crazy things. The only real limitations here are your own creativity and scripting skills. I’ve come a long way on that front since joining the team. That has enabled me to be more daring in the type of things I do. So I’m excited about what we will be able to deliver in the future. Personally, I try to make events that encourage people to work together and help them rediscover part of the game they may have forgotten about or never had a chance to experiment before.

With the readjustment of the UO team, can you give us an idea of how this will impact the community moving forward with events?

We intend for the impact to be minimal if at all noticeable. There may be the occasional apparent downtime while we’re frantically working on the next big thing but we’ll do our best to keep it minimal. I think we’ve done pretty good delivering some fun content in the past few months and we already have quite a few events lined up for the not too distant future. The EMs are also doing an amazing job keeping things hopping on their respective shards. So overall, I think our players will be happy.

Realizing you just wrapped up SA in a pretty nice package for the players, are there any plans for future expansions along the lines of ML and SA?

There certainly are. We've done quite a bit of brainstorming and some pretty solid designs have been laid out already. In fact, our engineers are doing a first pass in investigating some of the things we want to accomplish. We are not looking at as big an expansion as SA was but it should be just as exciting! I know I’m definitely looking forward to both develop it and play it!

Do you have a 'dream project' you'd like to do, if time and resources permitted?

My dream project would revolve around RP Towns and RP tools. Frankly, I pretty much have it all laid out in my head. But it would require a lot of engineering, art and design time to make it happen. I would love to give players the real ability of building their own towns with a RTS side to it, where certain buildings and upgrades become available as the town grows in size. Each town would be encouraged (though not obligated) to specialize itself to unlock specific upgrades (i.e. crafter town vs. military vs. maritime). It would have a proper election, taxes, war systems integrated. Instead of everyone camping Luna, I would like to see people congregate to specific player towns when they want specific specialty goods or activities. With that, I would also like to give players a lot more tools to create and run their own events, from oracles to customizable clues and rewards that can be scattered out in the world, even in the depths of a dungeon.

With the Felucca vs. Trammel debate standing the test of time, how do you address the different play styles when implementing new items and events in UO?

We try to give items that can be used by the greater number of people, and not so much focus on a specific class or play style. The simplest route is decorative items. But not everyone is into decorating. So we try to get useful items that aren't overpowering, such as the costumes and harvester's blade.

In the case of weapons and armor type, we just try to limit the number and type of the properties we give them. HCI, DCI, SDI, MR and LRC are usually properties that can be beneficial and appealing to both PvMers and PvPers. So we will often use them. Because of PvP, we try to be careful which item slot will be used to prevent people putting together insane gear, and now with the gargoyles, we also need to make sure it's something all races will be able to use.

Other MMO’s seem to undercut the importance of player “ownership” in their games. Do you feel this has affected the longevity of Ultima Online with housing and crafting and how do you feel the community itself affects UO’s history?

I think the strong sense of ownership and community is one of the main reason UO has stood the test of time. In UO, you literally own a piece of world. This is your house. This is your town. This is your legacy. Not the Dev’s, not the EMs’ but yours. As a character, you make your own destiny, which in turn will impact those around you. How significant this impact will be is up to you. I have yet to experience another MMO where individuals, guilds, towns can truly make their mark on their world (hate them or love them) and be commemorated in History as is the case with UO, be it on their home shard or globally.

In most other MMOs, you’re just another DPS, another Tank, another Healer or some dude in an auction house. In UO, if you’re looking for a good PvPer, they will be referred to by name. If you want some potion kegs, you’ll be sent to John’s shop, he’s always well stocked. You want armor? Go check Sarah near Moonglow gate. A good guild for a new player? Go talk to (insert guild name). House deco ideas? Talk to so and so or go check out Linda’s houses near this town or that town. No one cares if another DPS quits, but the Johns and Sarahs and Lindas do matter. And the people who rely on them give them a reason to stick around.

What does this week consist of for you? What are you focusing on for UO?

Right now, the focus is on the next event arc. A lot of back story writing, quite a bit of coding mainly for feasibility testing and assets requests. The destruction of Magincia was no doubt one of the most impressive events ever put together. The rebuilding by no means pretends to be as spectacular but it will certainly try to do it some justice. Since this involves the reconstruction of a city, crafters will definitely be involved. The tricky part is to make it as enticing for PvMers as well as PvPers and to also come up with ways to reward shard participation.

Thank you Sakarrah for taking the time to address the community of players as we head into another wonderful year of Ultima Online!

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PaxLair, Dragons Watch and Nidaros Receive Banners
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 4:40 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
PaxLair City
Felucca
Banner Constructed January 11, 2010

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PaxLair City is based on the principles of Peace, Neutrality and Roleplaying

Congratulations to Governor Winfield and the residents of the City of PaxLair

PaxLair City was founded Janurary 19, 1998
Throughout its history, PaxLair has worked with other player-towns
to help communities and people work together.
In the old days PaxLair served as a vibrant crossroads for all players
Good, Neutral and Evil

The city is blessed by the Gods with unique features, both inside and outside
On November 11, 1998, Lord British himself visited PaxLair City to honor
the City's founders.

PaxLair currently serves as a multi-facet Statehood Capital for the cities of
PaxLair City, Dragons Watch and PaxOku

Directions

PaxLair City is located West of the Shrine of Compassion You can reach the City by a
teleporter (marked with scales and a book) located at The PaxLair Tea House in PaxOku.
The teleporter will take you directly to The PaxLair Mage Tower

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Dragons Watch
Felucca
Banner Constructed January 11, 2010

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Congratulations to Mayor Nanoc, The Members of ATD and DWxC
and the Residents of Dragons Watch

In 1998, when housing in Ocllo became scarce,
the Army of the Dragon [ATD] founded Dragons Watch

Today, the Blacksmith Shop and the City Hall still stand in the
original spots. The City Hall going through its last remodeling in 2001.
Other buildings went through changes and more were added as the
city expanded to the south.

In April 2004 John McBain [ATD] and Dragons Watch joined
the PaxLair Statehood and the city guild of DWxC was formed.

Directions

Dragons Watch is located on a peninsula north of Vesper. You can reach
the City by a teleporter [marked with a lantern and a book] located at
The PaxLair Tea House in PaxOku The teleporter will take you directly
to The Dragon's Watch City Hall.


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Nidaros
Trammel
Banner Constructed on January 11, 2011

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Congratulations to Cymbria Devereux and the Residents of Nidaros

Nidaros was founded on May 4, 2000

The memories folks have of the once bubbling town is the reason it was
felt that Nidaros should have a banner.
Cymbria, who now resides at the site of the old Nidaros Library
is grateful that her petition was approved and the banner was granted.

While conducting a tour for EM Vladimere, it was stressed that it is not
what Nidaros is today, nor what it may become in the future.
It is the efforts of those of the past that should be recognized.
And that is what the design, with the help of Tancred Redstar, reflects.

Directions

Nidaros is located on the road between the Skara Brae Ferry and Glyndenfeld

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Vladimere, Jessica and Sheffield, OH MY!!
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 4:10 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)

Vladimere, Jessica and Sheffield, OH MY!!

By: Satejrat

I was stealthing around last evening when I heard voices from inside a small private house
thru a side window. Here is the conversation I heard and what I saw happening.
EM Vladimere and Lady Jessica was faceing each other talking

EM Vladimere: I tucked you away to be kept safe from harm with the Trolls....
EM Vladimere: And the thanks I get is your new title, The Evil Lady Jessica
Lady Jessica: The Trolls secretly captured an Evil Mage who taught me the ways of the dark magic
Lady Jessica: The Trolls cousins the Frost Trolls want the ice creams, the goblin cabe and thier ice cream makers
Lady Jessica: They asked me to inturpet their language into human form so the Goblins know what to expect
Lady Jessica: The Goblins was given a 30 Day Eviction Notice. Atleast the Trolls was nice enough to do that
EM Vladimere: The Goblins have many different races that are friends with them, Like the Humans, Elves and the Savages
Lady Jessica: Their friends of the Goblins need to stay away too or they will soon be attacked also
EM Vladimere: You and the Trolls intend on trying to take over?
Lady Jessica: No... Just the Goblin Cabe and the Ice Cream Makers
EM Vladimere: I noticed around Luna their are Goblin Traps and Goblin Cages. Some of the Cages already contain Goblins!
Lady Jessica: Yes, The Goblins are few and should be no problem trapping them all. I have Goblin Trackers out looking for
them when they are alone.

EM Vladimere: I heard that the Goblins have trapped a couple Trolls and put them in a large cage? They want to make a trade.
Lady Jessica: They tried to trap me too but i am too quick for them.
Lady Jessica: The Trolls are many and the Goblins are few. The Trolls have the advantage with their size and numbers
EM Vladimere: I hear foot steps outside, If you wish to hide for a few minutes I will see who is there.
Lady Jessica: If your trying to trap me too, I will hunt you down and put you in a Special Built EM Cage!!
EM Vladimere: Just hide for a

Then I saw a bright flash of light for a split second and Jessica was gone.
A couple moments later a knock came from the front door.

EM Vladimere: Who is it and what do you want!
Sheffield: Its me Chief Detective, I need to speak with you for a couple minutes
EM Vladimere: Come inside, I dont want the citizens to see us talking.
Sheffield: I have been following leads and clues and thought Lady Jessica was in here.
EM Vladimere: Do you see her here?
Sheffield: No not at this moment. But I did see a bright light for a split second as I was walking up toward the door
Sheffield: It is well known that you took Lady Jessica and placed her in hideing a while back
Sheffield: EM Vladimere, I must ask you officially, Are you hideing or helping Lady Jessica again.
EM Vladimere: Do you have orders from Queen Dawn to question me!
Sheffield: No.... I am sorry but I do need the questions answered.
EM Vladimere: This once I will give you an official answer.
EM Vladimere: NO!
EM Vladimere: I will also give you a official warning.
EM Vladimere: Don't you ever come to me again with questions like that or question my loyality to the Chessy Shard
again without orders from Queen Dawn.

EM Vladimere: I will have you Jailed in the darkest dungeon and you will never see the light of day again.
EM Vladimere: Chief Detective Sheffield, Do I make myself Clear!
Sheffield: Yes, I am sorry to have disturbed you and it will never happen again without orders from Queen Dawn.
EM Vladimere: Get out of my sight before I summon Queen Dawn and the Royal Guards!

A moment later I heard foot steps, a door opening and closeing.
I peeked inside the side window and saw EM Vladimere scribbleing out a note.
I was barely able to see what it said

"Lady Jessica, Do not ever visit me again. I will not have my Loyality to Chessy Shard
and the Citizens ever questioned again.
I will call the Royal Guards!"

EM Vladimere then grabbed a messanger bat from a small cage and tied the note to its leg and
threw the bat into the air and it disappeared.
He looked like he was really mad and a second later
*poof* he was gone too.
I got out of there really quick after that and tried to find a shard reporter
to let them know what happened in case they know or saw me and decide
they want to Jail me too



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Ido and Lydia Captured!
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 4:01 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Ido and Lydia Captured!

Ido and Lydia are both in the Goblin cages atop Luna bank! Ozog managed to get them ice cream
through the bars and Ido says she is warm because the cages are on foot warmers. However,
 Ido says it's dark and she is skeered. Lydia, so far has been too terrified to speak.

I just hope we can keep the poor goblins alive and not too afraid while we try to figure out a way to save them.

To show your support to the Goblins, please capture trolls and turn them in to the Goblins at the
Luna bank so they can put them in the cage at their cabe! ( Troll statuettes ) Hopefully we can capture
enough trolls to get Jessica to trade hostages!


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[EM Event] Stopping The Problem
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 3:03 PM EST by Crysta (LakeSuperior)
Just posted to the LS EM website:

"After the fine goods were stolen Dawn started to take action. She asked permission of Zhah, to look through her lands for the murderous man. After much work and weeks of searching she found a clue to where his hide out could be. Dawn calls to arms, any able body is requested to meet her in the Throne Room of Ter Mur’s Royal City so that, the vile man who has eluded her for so long can meet his end.

(Saturday January 16th 2010, at 9PM Eastern/ 8PM Central)"
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NEW CHESAPEAKE EVENT MODERATOR'S FORUMS!!!!
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 12:42 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Click the image to open in full size.Chesapeake EM ForumsClick the image to open in full size.
Please welcome Em Vladimere and EM Dudley to stratics officialy.
The EM Forums have been a work in progress since last year
by Mesanna and Petra Fyde. Now today, they have launched!


Event Moderator's Forum

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2009 Candlelight Tour of Homes
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 12:38 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)

2009 Candlelight Tour of Homes

Sunday, December 20, EM Faine Morgan and EM Molly O'Malley arranged for some special Christmas music, put on their holiday finest, and took the shard on candlelight tour of the homes entered in the Winter Wonderland House Deco Contest.

Dressed in the festive red and green robes furnished by Slamdancin Santa, we turned on our speakers, equipped candles or lanterns, and began the tour.

Due to the large number of screenshots of the homes, I am dividing this into multiple posts to make page loading easier and faster for those who are on slower connections.

Entry One: December 26: Santa Takes A Break
Entry Two: Black Castle
Entry Three: Radatorm
Entry Four: Christmas Deco House
Entry Five: Crystal's Christmas Wonderland
Entry Six: Japanese Tower of Winter

Following the tour, we once again gathered at West Britain Bank

where a Solstice Stag cavorted and passed out Christmas goodies

and got into the egg nog!

EM Faine Morgan and EM Molly O'Malley announced Crystal's Christmas Wonderland as the winner of the EM Winter Wonderland House Contest.

The Candlelight Tour of Homes was a perfect way to end EM Faine Morgan's first year as an EM on Origin and to begin EM Molly O'Malley's!

Group Hugs!

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Event Moderator Forum
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 12:09 PM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)


Hear ye, hear ye!

There are now new Event Moderator (EM) forums for all shards hosted on Stratics. We hope that these will better serve the community with regard to events on each shard. Please keep all discussions constructive and respectful as these forums will be moderated.

So, without further ado, please welcome our two EM's, Autolycus and Aname, on the Lake Superior Event Moderators Forum at:
http://vboards.stratics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=469
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New Publish - All Live Servers
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 11:02 AM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




New Publish - All Live Servers


James Nichols

12 Jan 2010 12:17:40



Greetings!

At 1:30PM EST we'll be releasing new publish changes to followup with yesterdays client. We have included notes for both the Publish and Patch that will be available, thank you!

Publish 63.0.0

  • Due to the issues brought about by the recent hueing changes we have added new skin dyes to the Alchemist and Provisioner NPC’s – this will allow players to dye their skin to any hue within their race. The name of the dye is Skin Tingeing Tincture.The cost of the tincture is approx 2,500
  • Fixed a vendor exploit involving skill/stat changes


    Patch
    7.0.4.4 (Legacy)
    4.0.4.4 (Enhanced)

  • Fixed an issue with cave walls blocking movement
  • Reverting Snow
  • Auto-joining a non-existent custom chat channels on login will now auto-create the channel instead of notifying the player that the channel does not exist
  • The volume on the Reveal Spell has been reduced
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    [News] New Publish - All Live Servers
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:36 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)
    New Publish - All Live Servers
    James Nichols
    12 Jan 2010 12:17:40


    Greetings!

    At 1:30PM EST we'll be releasing new publish changes to followup with yesterdays client. We have included notes for both the Publish and Patch that will be available, thank you!

    Publish 63.0.0

    •Due to the issues brought about by the recent hueing changes we have added new skin dyes to the Alchemist and Provisioner NPC’s – this will allow players to dye their skin to any hue within their race. The name of the dye is Skin Tingeing Tincture. The cost of the tincture is approx 2,500.
    •Fixed a vendor exploit involving skill/stat changes.
    Patch
    7.0.4.4 (Legacy)
    4.0.4.4 (Enhanced)

    •Fixed an issue with cave walls blocking movement
    •Reverting Snow
    •Auto-joining a non-existent custom chat channels on login will now auto-create the channel instead of notifying the player that the channel does not exist.
    •The volume on the Reveal Spell has been reduced.

    http://www.uoherald.com/news/
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    Now on UO Stratics: Event Moderator's Discussion Forum!
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 8:32 AM EST by AirmidCecht (CommunityNews)

    Now on UO Stratics: Event Moderator's Discussion Forum!


    UO Stratics would like to introduce new forums for interacting with your shard's Event Moderators. We would like to thank Mesanna and her team of EMs for making themselves available to the community this way.

    The new forums will be heavily moderated to keep discussion constructive and respectful of both the players and the EMs. The goal of these forums is to better the community with regards to present and future events specific to each shard. We are excited to provide this opportunity and confident it will provide a great resource for everyone.

    Please welcome your Event Moderators at:

    Event Moderator's Discussion Forum
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    Vicious Gargoyle Attacks Prompt Retribution
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    Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010, 9:35 PM EST by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
    It appears that the gargoyles have begun to react violently to the Movement to send the gargoyles back to Ter Mur! Aldagar Morr was recently attacked at his manor in Ravenshire by a pair of gargoyle assassins. The two gargoyles circled the mansion, demanding that Aldagar surrender to them and meet their demands.

    When Aldagar refused to give the gargoyles tribute and allow himself to be taken prisoner, they attacked with magic. Movement supporters came to help drive the attackers away from Morr Manor before the gargoyles could drag Aldagar Morr off.

    Following the attack on Morr Manor, gargoyles disrupted Market Night in Britain by attacking young Billy Scrantin and stealing goods from the merchants.

    Billy Scrantin a boy who sells fruits and vegetables was attacked by a gargoyle thief with little provocation. A gargoyle mingled with the crowd at Market night and watched the merchants closely, when it had an opportunity to do so, the gargoyle thief stole items from one of the vendors.

    “Step up and admire the finest produce you've ever laid eyes upon. Apples and nanas and pears and peaches and grapes!” Said Billy.

    “To think wingless barbarians fit only for slavery can't own property, I take.” The gargoyle thief muttered as it stole Billy’s produce and Joe’s recipes.

    “Hey you…no sticky claws!” Said Joe.

    “Uh-huh! I saw it.” Billy said reaching for the gargoyle’s wings to touch them.

    “To say, wingless back away or kill. No touch Wings!” The gargoyle hissed at Billy, backing away with the stolen goods in its claws.

    “But they are purty pretty.” Billy said.

    The infuriated gargoyle slapped Billy and kicked him, then attacked him with spells. Billy started to cry and struggled to escape the gargoyle.

    Aleiyos and Ayassa came to Billy’s defense, trying to tackle the gargoyle and heal Billy. The gargoyle went berserk and chased Billy all around Britain, until Billy’s rescuers were able to save him. “Somebody kill the blasted thing! Aleiyos yelled as he crouched on the ground with his teeth bared and his ears down. As Ayassa lead Billy to safety the gargoyle watched in disbelief.

    “To say why you stop me? Wingless slave hit first!”

    The Movement urges the independent kingdoms and anyone with an interest of dealing with the escalating gargoyle threat to come to a meeting on January 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm PST at the Nujelm Palace in Trammel.

    If the gargoyles are not deterred they will become even more bold. No one is safe, not even children! It’s time to keep Britannia clean and send the gargoyles packing, come to the meeting and learn more about the Movement!

    Disclaimer:
    The meeting is not an EM Event!
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    Login Difficulties
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    Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010, 7:09 PM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

    Posted to uoherald.com




    Login Difficulties


    James Nichols

    11 Jan 2010 19:37:10 EST



    Greetings!

    We are currently aware of login difficulties players may be experiencing when attempting to access the game. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and will update if more information becomes available.

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience!

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    Typical sunday at Despise - a small scale fight
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    Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010, 9:49 AM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Felucca Facet News <<<This is a story set in Felucca, where player vs player (PvP) combat is allowed. Fights here usually do not involve too many people but are notoriously vicious with multiple deaths from players until one side gains a clear upper hand. I want to report on a fairly standard small scale battle which lasted about 45 minutes. This is my story, as told from my viewpoint.

    Despise dungeon is often a focal point for PvP since Baracoon the piper spawns here - an easy champion with excellent rewards. I therefore often patrol the dungeon to see if anything interesting is happening and anyone is in need of help.

    I stumbled upon a solitary innocent who was completing the spawn. However I also spotted out the corner of my eye Des Mani from -TS+, an active and aggressive Felucca guild. I knew that some action would happen so called in some alliance members to help out.



    We were too late to save the player from the clutches of murderers, however we would try to avenge his death. Intense field fighting occurred with a 3v3 consisting of myself, ScrivenerDeGrace and Sir Vandirf against EmO ElItE, Alice In Chains and Linus.



    Unfortunately our -TS+ opponents had the upper hand, and we were unable to kill them all, despite several attempts (and many deaths). We were just about to withdraw gracefully when two Minox members wandered through, ICP Feelucky and Die Die Die Newb from AJB.

    Seizing the chance, an uneasy truce formed between ourselves and the newcomers while me made a group push against the alter. Breaking through and combining our attacks we were swiftly able to drop the outnumbered -TS+ members and take the spawn.



    Killing the boss was easy and we were rewarded with a shower of gold, some skill scrolls and I was lucky enough to get a swamp tile.



    Thus ends another typical Despise spawn on Lake Superior. One where it changed hands constantly and through sheer luck we were able to take control and finish it. If it is any consolation to -TS+ all the scrolls we got were worthless, however the swamp tile I received more than made up for the losses incurred from dying so many times.

    For those interested, I would be happy to be a guide to a small group or guild that would like an expedition to Felucca. We could attempt a champion spawn and hopefully receive some much sought after powerscrolls. Feel free to PM me if interested.

    -Spoz, Lord Justicar, [WoR]
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    Blastona Wins Fishing Tournament!
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    Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010, 5:52 AM EST by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
    >>> Tokuno Islands News <<<

    On Sunday evening fisherfolk gathered at the Zento docks to embark on a five hour expedition to find the night's largest fish. EM Helios sent all off with instructions to return for weigh-in at 11 pm and everyone set sail for all corners of the high seas in search of a prize catch.

    There was much discussion on the global chat system about sizes of fish and best places to find the 'big one'. EM Tashik made appearances on boats gathered around the Zento waters and reminded seafarers that there were other oceans to be fished! As the evening wound down we all drifted back to the Zento docks to see if all the stories we had heard were just fish stories.



    Smaller catches were tossed on the ground as Blastona announced that she had caught a whopper! Blastona, you may recall, had won last year's fishing tournament, and once again she brought in the night's largest fish! I'm guessing that a few people will be keeping her in their sights during the next tournament... she has found the magic fishing hole!



    Blastona's prize fish will be mounted and hung next to last year's winner in the Reward House in Malas. Congratulations Blastona!

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    Community Meet Up - January 11th
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    Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010, 5:39 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<



    Community Meet Up – January 11th
    Date: Every Monday Night
    Time: 7:30PM CST
    Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


    Meeting Agenda:
    We'll hear weekly announcements of upcoming events and hunts for Lake Superior from Sabina our events coordinator.


    The weekly community meetings, events, hunts, etc are always open to the public. No invitations needed!
    Everyone is always welcome to come ask questions, make plans, or make announcements.

    Bring a friend if you can make it, tell a friend if you can't!

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    BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 10, Schedule For January 17
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 10:03 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    Baja Taming Hour, sponsored by The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance
    Recap For January 10, 2010, by hostess Proserpina [K T], BRPA Alliance

    We saw some new faces tonight, including Bryndel, Halo in Reverse, Rigor Mortis and Blue Madam. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Zoo Taming Hour.

    Kat MacBroeden's random point level was 11,208,085 on the contribution box, which was won by Rigor Mortis, who received a soulstone fragment token for his prize.


    Starting points: 11,031,771 (Tier 11)
    Ending points: 11,213,300
    Points earned: 181,529

    Non-tamer who made gold contributions:
    Toni Fierce M!S
    Blue Madam [IHG]
    Nicholas the Old [BRPA] 

    Tamers:
    Lady HRH Elizabeth [D_S]
    Cairn Brega [TAO]
    Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
    Lady Luna Tic [TAO]
    Bryndel [O*B]
    Reap [DWN]
    Lady Halo in Reverse [^V^]
    Rigor Mortis

    Security furnished by Zackarias [DWN]

    Next Taming Hour, Sunday, January 17, 2010, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern.

    Reminder: There will not be a Sunday Night Taming Hour on Sunday, February 14, as the Kingdom of Dawn will be hosting a Kingdom of Dawn 12th Anniversary event.


    If you would like to help support the Zoo but can not make it to the BRPA Zoo Taming Hour, please contact WildStar [DWN] or Sara [TAO]. We will make arrangements to record your donations and add you to the list of participants, making you eligible for one of the Kat MacBroeden's  mysterious prizes.

    The Zoo crew has placed a Zoo Fund vendor at Sara's vendor house NW of the north Luna gate. All proceeds from the vendor are donated to the Zoo Maintenance fund.  If you have items you would like to donate for sale on the vendor, please contact WildStar [DWN], Sara [TAO], or any BRPA member.

    ________________________________________

    Related Links:
    Week 1: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 22
    Week 2: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 29
    Week 3: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 6
    Week 4: Silver Steed Returns To Baja Royal Zoo, December 13
    Week 5: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 20
    Week 6: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 27
    Week 7: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 3

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    Jan 10, 2010 HoC Meeting Notes
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8:55 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    House of Commons Meeting
    Jan 10, 2010
    By: Lady Laurel
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    Come one, Come all to the Luna Fair
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm EST
    Games and Fun
    Pie Eating Contest, Poseidons Fury Trivia and Darts Competition
    Have you been waiting for the next installment of
    Captain Bloodrum's Challenge??
    Well, your wait is coming to an end
    Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm EST
    Full details will be posted to Stratics

    From Winfield, Governor of PaxLair
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm EST
    Opening Ceremonies for PaxLair's 12th Anniversary
    Celebrations will continue through Tuesday, January 19, 2010, the Anniversary day
    Details will be published on Stratics and UOForums

    Congratulations Go Out
    To the towns of KFC and Moria for receiving their banners today
    A Note from EM Vladimere
    If you leave a book requesting something, for example: a wedding
    Please make sure you leave an email address for contact
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    Attention Archers! December BSR Results, January Schedule
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 6:52 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

     

    submitted by someone who wishes to remain anonymous

    The Best Shot in the Realm (BSR), Baja's free archery contest, and a staple on the shard for many years had its season-ending contest on Saturday, December 12th, 2009. Toni Fierce, GM of Misfits of Society, the sponsor of the 2009 BSR, gathered 20 plus archers at the Skara Brae fairgrounds for the last seat and the last chance to be titled a monthly winner and an automatic entry into the Champions of Champions shoot-off.

    The Champion of Champions shoot-off and the title of BAJA’S greatest archer of 2009 will be held on January 16, 2010 with a winner’s prize of 10-million gold was the goal of over 250 archers this year vying for exclusive monthly seats and automatic entry into this event.

    Tensions were higher then usual for the 24 archers assembled this Saturday night with the title "December's Best Archer", one million in gold at stake, and an engraved bow marking the event.

    But for many this event was their last chance for the automatic bid to contend for the Grand Champion of 2009. Many of those assembled were near-winners during this past year with maybe just one errant shot, one misaligned arrow feather, or one gust on mistimed wind keeping them from joining an elusive extraordinary group of archers.

    Sign-ups were held and Toni Fierce congratulated all those present and thanked all her assistants necessary to run this monthly event, members of the Misfits of Society Guild, one of Baja's oldest and most active guilds. For this night’s event, food and spirits were provided, by someone not known to but those who provided the spirits, hot rum from a few bottles of The Admirals Hearty Rum calmed many nerves on this chilly eve.

    The 1st round began and Jonah was perfect with 3 bulls-eyes and sat down, but Aftermath came up short quickly and was the night’s 1st one out and received the consolation prize of 50k in gold. Three other archers failed in this round with Fyiera Fyre, a M!S member, just missing the mark with a 62. Lil Debi posted the night’s 1st Robin hood (RH) and the round ended. But perhaps the round didn't end? Usually the entry list is closed when the 1st round ends but in the spirit of the holidays and with Christmas Spirit in her heart Toni held the event at bay while one latecomer announced he was on his way. As the minutes clicked away, how long would this crowd wait before rumblings would force the event to continue, but luckily Fyiera Fyre entertained the crowd with a festive dance and then Wrath and Tsukiko showed. Wrath quickly posted a 200 and the 2nd round began.

    On a side note, Nicholas the Old was spotted briefly at the stable area but soon left. Hmmn. Maybe he was just running to the provisioner for the "loaf of bread", but I don't believe there is a provisioner at the Fairgrounds. Fern was not seen. Good Luck, NICK.

    The 2nd round began and Lance, Chango, and Isabella posted robin-hoods (RHs) although we saw the surprise exit of Lil Debi, a 1st round RH shooter, Bucko, a crowd favorite since his finish of 2nd just a few months ago and a few others, but 16 shooters were still in the hunt.

    The 3rd round where 150 points and only perfection would move you to the next round found Lance shooting his 2nd in a row 200 (would he be the one?) and Maleki shooting a RH (warming up?). Seven more shooters fell aside with Vengeance shooting 2 shots before his bow broke and he sat down in frustration.

    This brought us to the 4th round, usually the champion round if you could just shoot that elusive RH with 2 other bulls-eyes and score 200 but this year’s event would not end as Lance, Devin, Tazz, and Aeowyn were perfect but just couldn't split that arrow!!

    A five-shot shoot-off, one at a time, was announced by Toni with the highest score earning the crown and tensions soared. Lance had what was probably his worst round of the night with a score of 200 while Devin, a member of M!S shot a 260!! A robin hood and an inner ring shot the LEADER, Tazz, a 170. Aeowyn was GONE!! Where was Aeowyn? To have come this close, this far? Toni called and called but, alas, he was nowhere to be found.

    Maleki, a M!S faction member was next up and shot a 300 with four bulls-eyes and a RH. Tsukiko was next up and finished the night with a score of 250.

     Congratulations to Maleki, the 2nd M!S member to earn a seat in the champions shoot-off. He was awarded the last seat of the monthly winners, a unique engraved bow and the one million gold prize.

     We will start the year over with the January shoot-off for 2010 on Saturday, January 30th at 8:30 p.m. Pacific (9:30 Mountain, 10:30 Central, 11:30 Eastern). M!S invites all archers and citizens of the land to come and compete, or to cheer-on the competitors!


    Jonah (BoH) 150 150 110    
    Aftermath 20        
    Uverworld (CTDM) 110 150 110    
    Ms. Charlot 25        
    Adam (BBM) 150 70      
    Lord Doc 110 70      
    Lance (CDTM) 110 200 200 150 220
    Chango 110 110 110    
    Richard Lionheart 110 150 110    
    Devin (M!S) 110 150 150 150 260
    Llama (M!S) 150 110 110    
    Tazz 150 110 150 150 170
    Isabella 150 200 110    
    Lord Bjorn Sigurdson 150 150 110    
    (Aeowyn (GSE) 110 110 150 150  
    Vengeance (M!S) 110 110 20    
    Ahebban (M!S) 150 150 110    
    Lil Debi (M!S) 150 150 110    
    Pol 25        
    Maleki (BBM) 110 150 160 110 300 (winner)
    Bucko 110 70      
    Fyiera Fyre (M!S) 62        
    Wrath 200 110 70    
    Tsukiko 110 150 150 110 250

     


    Entrants for the January 16 Champions of Champions Monthly Best Shot in the Realm winners for 2009:

    February - Lady Kathryn
    March - Arlon
    April - Zanza
    May - Tsukiko
    June - Lord Frigin Azim
    July - Nikita
    August - Lord Sean Brega
    September - Lord Sean Brega
    October - Howard Hill
    November - Cherokee

    December – Maleki

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    M!S Announces BSR Champion of Champions Tourney, January 16
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 6:13 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    Attention all Citizens of Baja and most especially the 2009 Best Shot in the Realm Monthly Grand Champion Winners!

    The shoot-off  to crown the Champion of Champions for the Best Shot in the Realm 2009 will be held on Saturday, January 16th at 8:30 p.m. Pacific at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds.

    The prizes will be 10-million gold, a uniquely engraved bow, and the title of Baja's Best Archer in the Realm, 2009.

    All citizens of Baja are invited to come watch what may prove to be a nail-biting event with the following monthly Best Shot in the Realm winners:

    February - Lady Kathryn
    March - Arlon
    April - Zanza
    May - Tsukiko
    June - Lord Frigin Azim
    July - Nikita
    August - Lord Sean Brega
    September - Lord Sean Brega
    October - Howard Hill
    November - Cherokee
    December – Maleki

    Come support your favorite archer!

    ______________________________________

    Please note the 2010 BSR season starts on January 30, with the first monthly shoot, and is posted in this thread

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    Banner for The Village of Moria
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 3:25 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    The Village of Moria
    Felucca
    Banner constructed on January 10, 2010
    By: LadyLaurel

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    Congratulations to Mayor Demon Slayer and everyone in the guilds of VIPs and Charmed Companions. The villiage was founded on November 12, 2009.


    The location has a very old history of patrolling pk's but the village as taken a less ruthless approach to others and beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm will begin hosting the Chesapeake Fight Nights.
    These Fight Nights will continue every other Wednesday



    The village is also home to Angelica's Ale House, a public tavern located across the road from the Fight Night Arena, where all are welcome.


    Mayor Demon Slayer wants everyone to know that just because the village is located in Felucca, that is no reason to fear visiting. All are welcome and he hopes that people will come to the Fight Nights and learn pvp if they are not familiar with it, just be willing to give it a shot and you will have a good time.


    Directions


    The villiage is located at the crossroads SW of Britain near the Compassion Desert.


    You can reach the village by a teleporter (marked with a Green Mug and a red heart) located at The Blue Light Tavern in the Kijustsu Anei Village.
    The teleporter will take you directly to Angelica's Ale House



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    or by running West from the Minoc Moongate


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    Goblins Retaliate!
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 3:20 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    By: Tatania Karthina

    Last night Lady Jessica was at it again! There are now 6 Goblins captured and in cages. Lady Jessica had Goblin catchers [Ice fiends in disguise] swarming through Luna 's shopping district causing much confusion.

    The Goblins in return captured 5 trolls and caged them near their Ice Cream Cave. Lady Jessica showed up there and insinuated that she now has the children and their nanny. It was hoped that she would accept a trade of hostages, but also far the request has been ignored.

    Will this tyranny ever end? More to come on this story as it develops!

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    KFC Banner Constructed
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 2:55 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    KFC Banner Constructed
    Lands of Malas
    January 10, 2010

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    Congratulations to everyone in the guild Kome Follow the Chicken, known best
    as KFC. The KFC guild was founded in 2009 by Aquarius and Kinghen. In the
    center of the banner you will find a statue of the Mascot Thunder Chicken.
    They continue to run Friday night auctions at 7pm est. This is a free auction
    you can submit your items at. The auction has DJs from Whispering Rose Radio
    spinning your favorite music. Don't forget they run different contests and
    games! We all look forward to more great things from the KFC guild

    Below you will find directions. You can reach the locations from Umbra
    city or take the long route from Luna through the mountain pass.


    Directions
    Click the image to open in full size.
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    Goblin Situation Update
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 11:28 AM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    Goblin Situation Update
    By: Tatania Karthina


    The situation with the Goblins has now grown dire. It was noticed that above the Luna bank today one of the Goblin cages has a Goblin locked in it. The poor Goblin's cries of "helps me helps me" can be heard from the cage. Although it's impossible to tell which Goblin has been captured, we could see that it's ears are tied in knots.

    The cage does not apear to be locked in any way that is known. Magic unlock and lockpicking neither one would work on the locked cage.

    Sheffield and the Evil Lady Jessica are both being looked for to try to save the Goblin. In the mean time, the light is being faithfully kept on in the cage to keep the unknown Goblin warm and Ice Cream is being squeezed through the bars to keep it fed.

    We can only hope that this dire situation is cleared up before any more Goblins are so cruelly mistreated.
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    Lady Jessica returns as the Queen of the Trolls
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 11:27 AM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    Lady Jessica returns as the Queen of the Trolls
    By: Tatania Karthina


    Lady Jessica, it seems is now the Queen of the Trolls. She is threatening to
    round up all the goblins and put them in a cage for the trolls. Lady Jessica
    also gave the message to the goblins that, "The trolls said if they find you
    outside of Luna and the guards they will
    kill or cage you."

    Three Messages and a goblin cage have been locked down above the bank in Luna.
    The Goblins kicked, bit and passed gas despite having their ears pulled by Lady Jassica.

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    The Queen Invites You To A Formal Banquet
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)




    You recall hearing that Hercules is to be knighted. A reporter has been asking around about him, so you think you may be able to find an article about him in the next few days, somewhere or other
    (http://greatlakes.uoem.net/).

    There's also a new Commander of the Royal Guard you'd like to meet. Where did you read about her? Oh yes, (http://greatlakes.uoem.net/?page_id=435).

    With such diversity of folk in Britannia these days, mingling and
    listening to the adventures of others could also be quite interesting. You decide you shall go to the banquet, and rush to make ready your finery.

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    MOA back with a BANG and MEGA RARES !
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 10:34 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<.
    MOA back with a BANG and MEGA RARES !

    MOA has returned after the holiday break going as strong as ever.

    This past wednesday and thursday nights auction were well attended and everyone was glad that MOA is back and up and running. It seems as though the holiday break gave everyone the rest they needed.



    I attended thursday nights auction and many of the regulars were in the house including Gem in her signature burgandy, Chelsee Lynn in purple and Rowen in his bright orange, yellow and blue outfit. Lee'Lee needed no bright outfit as her glowing yellow hair can be seen a mile away!

    Gabriela and DJ Scorp did a great job as did the other MOA staff members. I sat surrounded by Khelban, niaC and Temptress, a nice group indeed.



    56 Abysal cloth sold for 5.5 million, 11 mill for a skull pole and a battle chicken lizard egg for 10 million, to name a few of the items on the block. Trivia is always on the menu at MOA and REA donated some of the evenings gold give away.

    As if these two nights of come back auction were not enough MOA hosted a RARES ONLY AUCTION saturday.

    Pratt and I spoke during this rares only event via pigeon and we both claimed we had not seen this many people at the auction house in years. Even the annual holiday auction with Santa does not bring the house down like this did. People were sitting on each others laps to just fit in the building.



    With the collection of rares being auctioned there had to be a few no sales and that included a rift pillar at 80 million, sugared fruit and a full rubble bed.



    The lowest sale was 1.1 million and some others were 9, 10, 40, 41, 47, 70, 71, 100, 136, and 160......those are millions folks.
    The biggest sales were 340 million for a large statue and 410 million for a full set of halloweenie armor.

    Illyana Strange had a few laggy moments and pauses but considering the task and crowd she had to deal with she did a excellent job as auctioneer, then again we take that for granted from MOA.



    Today ( 1/10 ) is part two of this rares event at 2:00 pm cst. So if you missed yesterdays event you still have time to witness this history making event on Great Lakes.




    Logan models Halloweenie Armor

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    Player Versus Monster ~ Winter Classic Tournament
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8:04 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
    Announcing the first annual Winter Classic Tournament, player versus
    monster. You may participate in both the PvM and PvP tournaments.

    For the PvM tournament, register on the day of the event, Saturday Jan.16, at Skara fields (56°9' S 36°4W), Trammel, between 6-7 p.m. CST with the character who will be fighting.

    The actual event will begin at 7 p.m. CST. There will be a gate inside the Brit. Counselor Hall.
    Only one character per account may sign-up for this tournament. If youbring a second character, s/he will not be allowed to sign up.

    PvM RULES
    No pets
    No mounts
    No summons via talisman
    No pre-casting

    REWARD
    At the Award Hall, inscribed on an item appropriate to the winner's
    character: Winter Classic 2010, [Player X], Best PvM

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    First Annual Winter Classic Tournament ~ PvP
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    Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 7:56 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
    Announcing the first annual Winter Classic Tournament, player versus
    player. You may participate in both the PvM and PvP tournaments.


    For the PvP tournament, you must register by January 22nd at midnight CST.

    Register by emailing me at [email protected] or posting to the thread on this topic (http://greatlakes.uoem.net/), or dropping a book off at the EM mailbox (9°9' N 11°44E Trammel) near the Counselors' Hall. Your message should contain the name of the character who will be fighting as well as whether s/he will fight as a mage or a warrior.

    Only one character per account may sign-up for this tournament. If you bring a second character, s/he will be disqualified. If your character has 90 or higher in magery, you must sign up for the mage ladder.

    The tournament will take place place beginning at 5 p.m. CST, January
    23rd. A list of first-round match-ups will be published the day of the event. Your character must be there when your round is called, or you will lose by default.

    Gates will be available from these locations in Felucca:
    A few steps southeast of the Britain moongate, 33°2' S 1°7' E
    A few steps southeast of the Minoc moongate, 81°40'N 97°6E
    A few steps southeast of the Buc's Den moongate, 53°47' S 97°44' E


    RULES FOR PvP MAGES AND WARRIORS

    If a duel lasts longer than 10 minutes, it will become a sudden death
    match. You will know that your match has gone into sudden death because Commander Keel will appear on the field and announce it. No healing is allowed after that point. There will be a reasonable, short grace period for already-applied bandages to resolve.

    No pets
    No mounts
    No summons
    No summons via talisman
    No hiding
    No stealthing
    No smoke bombs
    No wraith form
    No pre-casting


    RULES FOR PvP MAGES:
    During the entire fight, Mages must carry a spellbook and a
    spell-channeling shield or item.
    No potions

    RULES FOR PvP WARRIORS:
    No animal form that allows faster movement
    No explosion potions
    No supernova potions
    No greater stamina potions

    REWARDS
    At the Award Hall, inscribed on a spellbook:
    Winter Classic 2010, [Player Y], Best PvP Mage

    At the Award Hall, inscribed on a weapon:
    Winter Classic 2010, [Player Z], Best PvP Warrior
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    Chocolate and Plans
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    Posted on Saturday, January 9, 2010, 9:55 PM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
    Chocolate and Plans

    Friday, January 8, 2010
    By Fiorella

    Maya Demeter stared off into another realm.

    The death of her friend still haunted her dreams.

    The realization that her former professor and mentor was the cause of everything she and her gargoyle counterparts were chasing down, was almost more than she could bare.

    Gorn came up behind her and placed a hand on her shoulder. She jumped slightly, then realized it was him. She was almost glad to see him. Having a friend in commerce in a foreign land had it’s perks. He brought her some of her favorite foods from Britain every now and again. This time he brought her some chocolates.

    “I heard these help sooth the human nerves?” he said questioningly.

    “Thank you.” She smiled as she lifted the cloth from the basket and picked up a piece.

    “You know this was the professor favorite thing outside of science.” She looked at the piece of chocolate fondly, remembering her old teacher. Gorn looked at her with a bit of confusion as she slowly took a bite of the melting confection. Human and gargoyle emotions were similar. But sometimes human facial expression were a loss to him.

    Suddenly, Maya’s eyes brightened. “I wonder if this would lure him to one of his old labs?” she looked at the remainder of the chocolate in her hand. He had a lab near Yew. He was a creature of habit. With his assistant gone, maybe he would return there.

    She turned towards Gorn, “I need to speak with Queen Dawn. I may have a plan.”
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    Community Hunts - Week of January 11th
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    Posted on Saturday, January 9, 2010, 12:24 PM EST by Spoz (LakeSuperior)


    Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

    The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.



    Cavern of the Discarded hunt (Stygian Abyss)
    Date: Tuesday, January 12th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Community Peerless hunt
    Date: Wednesday, January 13th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Deceit Dungeon hunt
    Date: Thursday, January 14th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Community Champion Spawn hunt
    Date: Friday, January 15th
    Time: 9:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken



    And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.


    Sabina Nikolai,
    High Marshall, Community Hunt Organiser
    The Order of the Silver Rose
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    [News] Who is Pacific's Best Archer?
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    Posted on Saturday, January 9, 2010, 8:13 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)
    We thought it would be a normal archery contest, but soon after EM Cyno Razik arrived, we found out it was going to be a Naked Archery Contest.
    There were no quivers, no trinkets, etc. The only thing they were allowed to wear was a sash and their bow.
    Every competitor was able to shoot 10 times and whoever had the best score moved on to the next round.


    Everyone was split into 2 classes. The 0-100 Class and the 100-120 Class.

    The Finalists for the 0-100 Class were King of Hearts, Lakota and Tact.
    After each of them took their final 10 shots, we had a Lightweight Champion!

    First Place - Lakota
    Second Place - Tact
    Third Place - King of Hearts

    Finalists for the Super-Class 100-120 were, Hank Mardukis, Kobold Von Holle and Onyx Blackstone. Each were given their 10 shots to become the Heavyweight Champion. In the end the winner was -

    First Place - Onyx Blackstone
    Second Place - Hank Mardukis
    Third Place - Kobold Von Holle

    There are bows currently on display at the Luna Fairgrounds with each of the Finalists named engraved on them and their finishing place.








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    Starting the New Year
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    Posted on Friday, January 8, 2010, 12:41 PM EST by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

    Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

    Still working hard to bring you the best information we can. This week we offer:



    We've done a lot, but there's still a lot to do. If you'd like to help please send submissions, suggestions or snippets of information to
    [email protected], [email protected], or you can just send a pm to Petra Fyde.


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    Player Town Submissions being accepted
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    Posted on Friday, January 8, 2010, 4:48 AM EST by IanJames (SiegePerilous)

    Size Requirements and Associated Titles

    * 5-10 Village/Hamlet
    * 11-20 Town {similar in size to Cove, Buc’s Den}
    * 21-30 City {similar in size to Skara Brae, Vesper}
    * 31-50 Kingdom/Empire/City-State {Similar in size to Britain, Trinsic}

    Other Requirements Necessary

    * The Prospective Town must contribute to the Shard’s overall Community.
    * The Prospective Town must petition the Crown for Sanctioning. [Though Communities may exist in Ter Mur, Queen Dawn will still be recognizing them]
    * The Prospective Town must have some binding factor defining it’s member buildings. [Same House Sign, Marker of some sort on buildings like Banners, similar house designs or a theme to designs, etc.]
    * Cannot claim portions of existing NPC Settlements as portions of their town, though if it borders you may patrol those areas. [Meaning If your community was outside Trinsic's walls you could not claim Trinsic as part of your City. You could try to enforce your cities laws in Trinsic although you would be subject to all flagging/guard activities.]

    ** Please note that although the Crown will be Sanctioning Communities this does not mean they will have to follow or abide by common laws against Stealing, Murder inside their Townships, each will be able to govern itself independently, Sanctioning is simply a means to establish Diplomatic status. These rules are subject to Change.

    Send submissions directly to Mesanna: [email protected]
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    Introducing your LS News Team!
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    Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2010, 10:12 AM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)


    Introducing your LS News Team!


    Please join me in welcoming Lady Tia as the Lake Superior News Manager.

    Tia will be taking over as team lead for all LS news. What does this mean? It means if you are interested in joining the news team to please contact her via PM on these forums. If you have an event or an idea for an event and would like to announce it or invite news coverage, please also contact Tia or any of our reporters. With Tia as News Manager I wanted to be sure she has a well rounded team for support.

    Stupid Miner will continue his role as a great support and in addition please welcome:

    K'lypso who has been on the team for awhile but just now able to get back into the swing of things.

    Crysta who many of you already know with a vast knowledge of all things Ultima and able to continue news updates with EM events in an official capacity now instead of (unofficial) *smiles*

    Spoz is our latest addition willing to lend his knowledge from both sides of the moongate. Spoz spends a great deal of time in Felucca but is not shy of Trammel. The very best kind of player to highlight news from champs and hunts.

    We hope this new year ushers in many opportunities to serve you better with Lake Superior news. Thank you to this team for volunteering their time to the community!
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    Archery Tournament January 15
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    Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2010, 6:10 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

     

    by Scarst

    I've decided to start doing a monthly Archery Contest,  and after the 12th Competition I will put together a Tournament of the Champions with a bigger prize. The ToC will have twelve seats, and you will be able to win more than one seat.

    This month's tournament will be held Friday, the 15th of January at 7:30 PM, at the Trinsic Archery Range near Paladin Island.

    All are welcome -- role players to PvPers and anything in between and outside of it.

    The rules are:
    1. Come in clothing no armor and no robes, dresses, skirts, or tunics and anything of the like. ( If you are confused just wear a shirt and pant)

    2. No rings or bracelets.

    3. Bows will be supplied to participants and only bows. (arrows may be supplied if you do not have your own)

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    Attention, Roleplayers! Friday Evening Tavern Event!
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    Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2010, 4:24 AM EST by WarderDragon (Baja)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<“In AD&D games, inns were where everything started.”
    - Tracy Hickman, Dragonlance: The Annotated Chronicles.

    Attention, Roleplayers!

    Are you looking to roleplay, but can’t seem to find other roleplayers with whom to interact with lately? Or perhaps you are an ordinary citizen who is curious about roleplaying and would like to watch our community’s most talented storytellers, thespians, and amateur improvizationalists gather to do what they do best?

    If so, the Baja Roleplayers Alliance [BRPA] would like to invite you to the first of what we hope to be several upcoming Roleplaying Events. Our first will kick off this Friday at 7PM PST at the Cat’s Lair Tavern in New Britain (Trammel), followed by two more throughout the coming week.

    What: In Character Tavern Night.
    When: Friday, January 8th. 7PM Pacific Standard Time.
    Where: The Cat’s Lair Tavern in New Britain (South of the First Bank of Britain).

    What: In Character Tavern Night
    When: Sunday, January 8th. 7:00-7:50PM Pacific Standard Time (Gates will be provided at 7:50PM to Moonglow Zoo).
    Where: The Cat’s Lair Tavern in New Britain (South of the First Bank of Britain).

    What: In Character Tavern Night
    When: Friday, January 15th. 7PM Pacific Standard Time.
    Where: The Cat’s Lair Tavern in New Britain (South of the First Bank of Britain).


    While later events are likely to include themes such as storytelling contests, roleplayed dungeon adventures, and so fourth, the point of these first couple nights has intentionally been left open. So bring your rumors of far away conflict, tales of treasure and adventure, propaganda for your causes and concerns over the recent state of affairs within our fair realm. What might start as a discussion over a pint could develop into a debate, an adventure, or perhaps even a drunken bar brawl or two. We'll see, won't we?

    I hope to see you all there.

    WarderDragon,
    Founder,
    The Baja Roleplayers Alliance.

    The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance [BRPA], the Kingdom of Dawn [DWN], the Guardians of Virtue [GoV], the Dawn Royal Guard [DRG], The Gypsys of Sosaria [GPSY], Queen Sheiba’s Alliance [QSA], the Keepers of the Tower [K T], the Hall of Shadows [SHDW], Lumaria [LUMI], Sierra Cascade Brewery & Trading Co. [S#C], PaxLair [PAX_], the Citizens of Old Trinsic [TRIN], the Crest of Courageous Hearts [*CH*], XEN [XEN], Gulgeth [GULG], Town Guards of Britain [TGOB], Order of the Ecclesia [XIII], Tonkaweya Tribe [T__T], the Ministry of Pain [-+-].
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    Kingdom of Dawn 12th Anniversary Book Contest
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    Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 3:19 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    Kingdom of Dawn
    12th Anniversary Player-Written Book Contest

    The Kingdom of Dawn, which is a player-run city located east of Dungeon Wrong in Felucca, will be celebrating its 12th Anniversary on Thursday, February 11, 2010. One of the events that we are holding is a player-written book contest. The theme for this contest is Love. The rest of the events will be announced on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. The guaranteed prize fund is currently 1.1 Million Gold Pieces.

    You have one month to write/submit your book. Your submission must be received by Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at 9 PM PST (12 PM EST).

    Rules:

    1. All books MUST BE PG-13 which will be determined solely by Grand Duchess WildStar.If your book is found not to be PG-13, it will be returned to you and you will have only one chance to resubmit it.
    2. Your submission must be an original work about or related to the theme of Love created by you either at some time in the past or created just for this contest. If the book already exists in The Dawn Library Collection, it will be disqualified. You can view the card catalog online at http://www.uoforums.com/general-discussion-dwn/46603-kingdom-dawn-book-collection-online-card-catalog.html.
    3. Your submission must include your name and a method of contacting you – ICQ Number or email address – in a separate book.

    Your submission will be judged on the following qualities: Content & Quality of Writing.

    The winners will be announced on Stratics & UOForums and the books will be prominently displayed in both libraries. The Dawn Library is located within the boundaries of the Kingdom of Dawn at coordinates 118”33’N 62”51’E (Felucca) and our Malas Outpost & Book Library located just West of Umbra at coordinates 28”23’N 41”24’E (Malas).

    All books submitted may be included in The Dawn Library Collection at the discretion of the Library Director, Harlequin.

    You may contact Grand Duchess WildStar at ICQ # 8040775 (Please include Player-Written Book Contest in your message) or via Private Message on Stratics & UOForums to arrange dropping off your submission or use the mailbox located at each library.

    The Royal Council
    The Kingdom of Dawn

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    Queen Dawn Strikes Back at the Anti-Gargoyle Movement
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    Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 2:38 PM EST by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
    Today, Sergeant Raynier announced that Queen Dawn signed a search warrant for the Estate of Aldagar Morr in Ravenshire. Aldagar Morr, a political dissident and loyalist of Lord Casca, is one of the main suspects in the burglary of Castle Britannia a few days ago.

    Aldagar Morr said in a separate statement that he received threats and blackmail letters causing him to take extraordinary precautions with his personal safety. The search and seizure of a private residence is not an unprecedented tactic by the Crown.

    As historians recall, The Dead Dove tavern in Avalon was attacked by Lord British with cannons and calvary, leaving the walls scorched. More recently, Lord Casca dispatched hired mercenaries to wage war on the independent kingdoms.

    What steps will the Warrior Queen of Yew take next to recover the stolen gold as she asserts her influence over those who oppose her reign and are determined drive the gargoyles out of Britannia?
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    United Sosarian Alliance Leagues Return To Action.
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 11:05 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)

                                               United Sosarian Alliance Leagues Return!

             The cities of the United Sosarian Alliance along with our neighbors in the Kijistsu Anei Keys are pleased to announce the return of weekly league action in the month of January. Beginning on Monday January 11th, 2010 we'll be hosting the month long Dart League. A long running favorite around the realm the leagues offer a relaxed competitive setting with communities around the realm joining in the fun.


                 
           
             Each Monday at 9pm during the month a different alliance city will play host to the weekly double elimination event worth 250,000 gold to the nights champion, 100,000 for second  and 50,000 for third place. Along with the gold purse points will be awarded for the top five finishers each week towards the league championship. The months champion will receive 1,000,000 gold.      
             Join us on Monday January 11th, 2010  at 9pm EST inside the player run city of Guardians Gate, just east along the road leaving Britain at the famed Ottersrun Taphouse for round one.

              

             Round two will be held inside the city of Silvervale at 9pm EST on January 18th, 2010. Located at the cross roads east of the shrine of Compassion.

                     

             Round three in the settlement of Kijistsu Anei Keys on January 25th, 2010 at 9pm EST. Located south along the coast from Guardians Gate this area mey be reached via the newly built teleporter hub in the city of  Kijistsu Anei itself.

                 

             Our finals will be held on Febuary 1st, 2010 at 9pm EST in the newly created city of Al Ellisande, home of the Elementals! You can still smell the fresh wood at the tavern!


                

                                                                Come on out and have some fun!







     
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    BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 3, Schedule For January 10
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 7:11 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    Baja Taming Hour, sponsored by The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance
    Recap For January 3, 2010

    Recap by hostess Proserpina [K T], BRPA Alliance

    Just before Taming Hour started Proserpina had picked up her newly repaired dread pompoms from a cleaner in Papua. Hopefully she won't have any more incidents at the Yew moongate in Felucca and damage the pompoms again.

    Kat MacBroeden's random point level was 11,365,035 on the contribution box, which was won by Reap [DWN].  The prize was a choice of any 200,000-point prize from the Zoo collections, and Reap chose the quagmire statue.


    Starting points: 11,245,012 (Tier 11)
    Ending points: 11,382,606
    Points earned: 137,594

    Non-tamer contributions:
    Toni Fierce … 1-million gold

    Tamers:
    Lady HRH Elizabeth [D_S]
    Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
    Smaug
    James [MT]
    Sally [[email protected]]
    Lady Luna Tic [TAO]
    Katrina Cole [BRPA]
    Reap [DWN]

    Security furnished by Zackarias [DWN]

    Next Taming Hour, Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern.


    If you would like to help support the Zoo but can not make it to the BRPA Zoo Taming Hour, please contact WildStar [DWN] or Sara [TAO]. We will make arrangements to record your donations and add you to the list of participants, making you eligible for one of the Kat MacBroeden's  mysterious prizes.

    The Zoo crew has placed a Zoo Fund vendor at Sara's vendor house NW of the north Luna gate. All proceeds from the vendor are donated to the Zoo Maintenance fund.  If you have items you would like to donate for sale on the vendor, please let WildStar [DWN], Sara [TAO], or any BRPA member know.

    ________________________________________

    Related Links:
    Week 1: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 22
    Week 2: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 29
    Week 3: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 6
    Week 4: Silver Steed Returns To Baja Royal Zoo, December 13
    Week 5: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 20
    Week 6: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 27

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    [RP] Political Unrest Between High Council, High Court
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 4:34 PM EST by Phayde (GreatLakes)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<[Compassion Grove, Trammel] The 328th meeting of the High Council of Britannia began at 8:00 PM last evening with the now regular commentary about cows, a nod to Beauvina, candidate for the office of Chancellor of the High Council. "Why would there be a cattle herd in Council Chambers?" asked Max von Bayer, a former Chancellor himself.

    Chancellor DaKaren began the meeting with belated seasons' greetings for those who had missed the previous session, and then moved straight into business. "As the realm has been mostly quiet recently with the Cult's [of Styx] demise," the Chancellor spoke, "we have been able to turn our attention to the growing concerns over the Temple of Mondain's encroachment into Yew."

    High Council of BritanniaLord Polynikes of the Yew Militia reported on the Temple's activities, including the finding of a number of bodies within Yew. In addition, several boxes with unidentified remains have been left around, and Roland, a lumberjack from Yew, has been reported as being abducted by hooded men near the Yew Tower. "There have been reports of individuals dressed as Militia members, arresting citizens," Lord Polynikes added. Warrants will be issued and circulated as they are able to identify potential suspects.

    High Justicar Ra'Dian Fl'Gith followed Lord Polynikes' report by asking why the High Council did not have a Grand Marshal. "The [Britannian Armed Forces are] empowered to select a leader from amongst their membership," Chancellor DaKaren explained. Justicar Fl'Gith seemed insistent that the B.A.F. needed decisive leadership. "Diplomacy is a wonderful thing," he responded, "Unless you're a military force."

    Lady Beauvina immediately offered to set aside her bid for the Chancellor's office to serve as the leader of the armed forces. Councilor LikaThad Ale of Yew immediately replied, "They're looking for a leader of men, not a herder of cows." Xetaryn from the Cult of the Azure Dragons quickly challenged that notion. "Is there a difference between soldier and cattle?" The conversation took several turns, but ended with the nomination of Lord Polynikes to fill the role of Grand Marshal. After a quick vote, Lord Polynikes accepted the nomination, perhaps after prompting from Lord Galen, who stated, "May as well take it Poly... If you don't, I'll just run, and I've [ticked] enough people off as is."

    Discussion then turned to the Majestic Ungulates’ inclusion in the Britannian Armed Forces, brought forth by Lady Beauvina. Beauvina noted that it the question of her organization in the armed forces had taken a long time, and the Council seemed to further dodge that question for the evening. Grand Marshal Polynikes asked that the discussion be completed post meeting with a number of leaders from the composite guilds of the armed forces. Chancellor DaKaren turned then to Minister Malag aste, who noted that the Yule Fest, which had been postponed, would likely be moved to February for a Valentine's Day celebration.

    This was followed by Justicar Fl'Gith asking about changes that had been made to the High Court's operational charter by the High Council approximately eleven years previous. "Article Five of the High Council's charter indicates that the High Court shall maintain the Charter of the High Court, so consider the change redacted," he stated emphatically, which drew a quick response from Lady Martyna Z'muir. ""Maintain,'" she said, "does not imply sovereignty." Justicar Fl'Gith appeared to be annoyed by her response.

    Very quickly, the meeting turned to a heated debate about this move by the High Court. "Surely you wouldn't question our rights as citizens to question the Justicar?" Lord Galen asked, indicating that he believed the Justicar had misinterpreted the word "maintain." Former Chancellor von Bayer also chimed in, noting, "The High Court of the time agreed with the amended Charter." He followed by stating that he felt it would not appear legal for the High Court at the discretion of any Justicar to redact the change.

    Justicar Fl'Gith asserted that it was the High Court's place to do so, stating, "It certainly is in the jurisdiction of the High Court to maintain its own charter, and to correct legislative wrongs, regardless of who made them." Chancellor DaKaren responded, "This is what those measures were designed to prevent... One Justicar writing his own rules." The matter was tabled, though the Chancellor indicated he believed it was not over.

    Lady Beauvina then inquired as to the status of the electoral proceedings for the office of Chancellor, which Chancellor DaKaren indicated would proceed with open applications for the office running through the next Council session (Jan. 18, 2010), to be followed with a debate session scheduled for the following Thursday (Jan. 21, 2010).

    The Justicar appeared to have failed to notice mention of the applications, which started a new round of attacks on the Chancellor for failure to follow electoral procedure, and quickly devolved into further pointed statements being thrust between the two parties. Lady Beauvina seemed very amused by the disruption, while Lady Z'muir jumped to the defense of the Chancellor. Former Chancellor von Bayer tried, amid the shouting, to explain, "I wished to consolidate power in the Chancellorship and Council," but as he noted, no one appeared to be listening to him, save the eccentric Lady Beauvina. The Justicar then announced that the entire Fifth Constitution of Britannia would be under review at the High Court on Thursday evening, with the potential for it to be declared unconstitutional, reverting the High Council back to the structure of the Fourth Constitution. Chancellor DaKaren responded that his request for such a hearing was denied, which the High Justicar refused to acknowledge.

    Chancellor DaKaren called for the removal of High Justicar Fl'Gith on the basis that he was attempting to push his own agenda via the High Court. High Justicar Fl'Gith returned with a call for removal of Chancellor DaKaren, claiming that Chancellor DaKaren had not been the same since his months of captivity by the rogue elements of the Order of the Silver Serpent, and had perhaps been corrupted to a Cascan way of thinking. Councilor LikaThad exclaimed, "I just received a pigeon that I'm needed elsewhere," and quickly vacated the chamber, leaving Minister of Foreign Affairs Malag aste to deal with the resulting fireworks. "I'll not vote without careful consideration,” the Minister stated.

    "Well, Chancellor," Justicar Fl'Gith stated as he departed the heated chambers, "lest I am removed from office by Thursday, the hearing shall go forth." Minister Malag aste also noted that the Chancellor could adjourn the meeting, which Chancellor DaKaren did not seem to appreciate. The Minister’s final thought on the matter were soundly expressed. "I'll not cripple this Council."

    The High Council of Britannia meets on alternating Mondays in Compassion Grove, and the High Court of Britannia (also in Compassion Grove) will hold session this Thursday at 8:00 PM CST to hear arguments with regard to the Fifth Royal Constitution of Britannia. Applications for the office of Chancellor will remain open until the next meeting of the High Council, with debates occurring the Thursday following.
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    This Week at a Glance (01/04 - 01/10)
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 4:30 PM EST by Phayde (GreatLakes)
    Monday, January 4
    8:00 PM - High Council Meeting [RP]
          Compassion Grove, 12o29'N by 37o53'W, Trammel

    Tuesday, January 5
    8:00 PM - Royal Spies [EM]
          Counselor's Guild, 8o16'N by 12o43'E, Trammel

    Wednesday, January 6
    8:00 PM - Majestic Oaks Auction
          Vesper/Minoc Crossroads, 56o31'N by 91o53'E, Trammel

    Thursday, January 7
    8:00 PM - Majestic Oaks Auction
          Vesper/Minoc Crossroads, 56o31'N by 91o53'E, Trammel
    8:00 PM - High Court Hearing [RP]
          Compassion Grove, 12o19'N by 36o 50'W, Trammel


    [All event times listed are based on Central Time.]

    If you have an event you would like listed, please feel free to send it on in!
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    [News] Who is Pacific's Best Archer?
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 7:06 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)
    Hullo everyone! Here's the latest news from EM Cyno's desk: January 6th: At 6PM PST, meet at the Luna Fairgrounds for an archery contest! Think you're the best archer? Now it's your time to prove it! See you there! Everything will be explained the day of, but if you have any questions please e-mail EM Cyno Razik at [email protected]
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    Lord Casca's Horde of Gold Plundered by The Stranger and Anti-Gargoyle Conspirators
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 1:42 AM EST by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
    Rumors of Lord Casca's treasure reached the streets of Britannia, even the guards were talking about it! During his reign, Lord Casca had plundered the treasury and the missing gold was believed to be hidden near Lord British or Lord Blackthorne's Castle. But no one, not even the thiefmaster knew where to start looking for the lost treasure until the arrival of the Hooded Stranger.

    At the East Britain Crossroads three companions walked togther seeking the mysterious stranger who had summoned them by an encrypted message; two disguised as fishermen in bright yellow clothes and the last a mage dressed in flowing blue robes. A gargoyle flew down from the tree tops hissing.

    "Who was that! Identify yourself fiend!" the fisherman said as he began to panic.

    "Speak up" demanded the mage.

    The gargoyle said nothing but held out a medallion inscribed with the image of the Dark Tower.

    "Wait a moment. I know that. Are you...The Dark Lady?" The fisherman said in a whisper.

    The gargoyle tapped it's staff one time, nodding.

    "Wonderful disguise!" replied the fisherman.

    Just then the hooded stranger approached, slowly riding a black horse. The stranger dismounted and patted the horse.

    "This is the one who called the meeting" said the fisherman. This is Hilda, a believer and Sid."

    "Is he not a Dawnite? I have seen you with the wretched Duchess" said the stranger.

    "He too is with the cause, his name is Sid Justice."

    "Very well.. we will let you prove yourself." The stranger said to Sid. "Very well, we can't possibly stand here and chat the entire evening. To Morr Manor!"

    Inside Morr Manor, the fishermen discarded their costumes. "This costume is bothersome, Aldagar said as he tossed aside his fishing pole and heavy boots. Hilda, Aldagar Morr and Sid sat in the meeting room with Cymidei, waiting for the stranger to speak. Soon we were joined by Cicero the Inquisitor and the Hooded Stranger revealed the purpose of the meeting.

    The stranger said "I will begin by telling a bit about myself. I represent a group of people...people in powerful positions who are as perplexed as us over the course of things. Queen Dawn...a great hope for all of us has quickly turned into an appeasing fool. It is not anything we would have expected from a warrior Queen. We are here to consider our options. The appeasers have powerful allies...the throne itself. We have little chance to succeed without joining forces...a campaign needs finances."

    "And gold. Lots of Gold." Hilda added.

    "She is weak unlike Casca." Aldragar muttered.

    "Perhaps the throne makes her fat. It is baffling that she provided, expended precious resources guarding a gargish spy...An-Buci. GOLD, we need lots and lots of it" The stranger said. "In his last days, Casca started hording gold, he even stole from the royal treasury. We know he hid in in a secret place. The entrance must lie in either Castle or somewhere in Britain. We know that he hired Jasper the tinker to work on part of the project. If we can manage to find this treasure we will be able to hire as many assassins as we want" the stranger concluded.

    Soon after the meeting, the members of the anti-gargoyle conspiracy scoured the streets of Britannia, looking for any sign of Jasper or Lord Casca's missing treasures. After searching everywhere between Britain and far flung cities like Minoc and Trinsic, Jasper was found in the city of Vesper in the Tinker's guild. When questioned about Lord Casca, Jasper said that he did honest work for the former King and made a spring device for one of the King's books "Regarding Llamas".

    A search of the books in Castle Britannia, revealed a bright pink copy of "Regarding Llamas" in Nystul's laboratory. I, Cymidei, pushed the mechanism and fell into a strange chamber hidden deep within the castle. From floor to ceiling, the chamber was a vast mountain of golden bars, treasures, artifacts and secret documents from Lord Casca's reign. There were weapons forged out of pure mana and flame, lists of names and trade associations, a horn of summoning and piles of coins and ancient jewelry belonging to the royal family of Britannia.

    Soon I was joined by Aldragar Morr and Hilda. With the help of the hooded stranger, the chamber was quickly plundered of all of its gold and treasures. The Stranger took the documents and artifacts. After the heist, the stranger rewarded each of us with earrings.















    Be warned gargoyle appeasers...War is coming! Keep Britannia clean, send the gargoyles home!
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    Of Treasure and Dark Riders
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 6:38 PM EST by WarderDragon (Baja)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<As I wandered the streets and haunted footpaths of New Britain earlier this evening, reflecting silently upon the events of the past month, I happened upon a lone guardsman hunched over beneath a snow-laden oak just a few steps away from the Poor Man's Gate. The man's breath misted from his lips as he shuddered in the cold. Curious, I inquired as to his condition.

    He spoke to me in a loud, almost hurried voice, relating to me a tale he had heard earlier that day.



    A wise woman once told me that every farmer and his aunt has a tale to tell of dark hooded strangers wandering the countryside. Wives Tales of Old Grimnir, the Sightblinder, and the Krampus. Still, the man seemed agitated by the tale, and considering how unstable the realm remained during this transition of power, such tales tended to emerge from some grain of truth.

    It was unheeded tales of a hooded stranger that would eventually materialize into the assassination of Lady Aino Nystad.

    I continued on my way towards Castle Britannia, my mind reflecting on the smooth, familiar stonework as I passed through the fortified gates. I was greeted by Sir Yosh the Guardsman, who also insisted on telling me a tale, this one of a story he had heard about Casca's lost treasure.



    There had been rumors of such a treasure amassed by the tyrant before his demise. The Knights of the Royal Flush hoped that if they could stop the flow of funding to Casca's mercenary horde, they could stop the attacks. Of course, such plans never materalized, and the treasury was found empty when the Castle was reclaimed.

    One can only imagine where the man might've hidden his vast treasury, if it even exists?
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    Dawn's New Year's Resolutions
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 4:59 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<1. Kill more brigands. [√]



    Check.

    Dawn's Speech!
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    New Year Procolamation!
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 9:54 AM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<New Year's Proclamation by Queen Dawn

    On Monday January 4th at 7:30 PM EST Queen Dawn will read her New Year's Proclamation. All who would like to hear the Proclamation should gather at the throne room at the Britannia Castle.
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    No Limits Tournament - January 9
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 9:04 AM EST by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<Hello Catskills,

    Here are the details of the No Limits Tournament being held by the United Pirates on January 9th at 8 PM EST:
    The United Pirates invite to a No Limits Tournament. The tournament will take place on the beach in the Red Skull Bay, right in front of the Jolly Roger Inn (Map here: http://www.aschulze.net/ultima/pirates/map_up.htm). The arena will be delimited with tables. Bring your best equipment! Use whatever you like to defeat your oponent! The only restrictions are:
    • No mounts.
    • No pets or summoned creatures.
    • No hiding/invisibility.
    • After 5 minutes of fighting, no more using of potions, poison (spell and infectuous strike) or field spells.
    • After 8 minutes of fighting, opponents must stand toe-to-toe (no more running).

    No entry fee required.


    Thanks to Hawkeye Pike for the information.
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    Upcomming Events for January and February
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 9:01 AM EST by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
    Hello Catskills,
    For those wondering what to do this month, why not take a look at some of the public events being hosted by your fellow shard mates?
    Here are just a few...

    Events from The United Pirates:
    • Jan 9th, 8pm EST: No Limits Tournament (full gear tournament)
    • Jan 16th, 8pm EST: Contest of Insults (verbal battle)
    • Jan 23rd, 9pm EST: The Great Sea Battle (naval battle in a large bay)
    • Jan 30th, 8pm EST: Shipwrecked Hunt (dungeon trip with monster loot equipment)
    • Feb 5th, 9pm EST: Battle Royale (last man standing on a deserted island in Felucca, first full gear, then NPC gear)
    • Feb 6th, 8pm EST: Black Market

    Events from the Gentle Rest Inn:
    • Gauntlet Run - Wednesdays at 8 PM EST
    • Peerless Run - Fridays at 8 PM EST
    • Rune Library Expeditions:
      • Legacy Dungeons - January 4, 6-10 PM EST
      • T2A - January 5, 6-10 PM EST
      • Malas - January 7, 6-10 PM EST
      • Tokuno - January 8, 6-10 PM EST


    If you are hosting your own event that is open to the public, send details to [email protected].
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    A Gathering of the People (Update)
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 5:46 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    from goldenbrewtavern.com

    A Gathering of the People (Update)
    Monday, January 4, 2010
    By EMPallando

    As mentioned at the event by the Queen, Sergeant Raynier has been moved to the dining hall within Castle British as an experimental measure by both Seppo and myself. This is a method to reduce our e-mail count and provide arc and guild/PRC storyline related answers in order to avoid pitfalls.

    On the table next to him will be a book titled “Matters of the People”. My foremost request, for the moment, is that players write in the book in-character concerns or issues that have to do with perhaps their PRC (Player run city), the Queen, Gargoyles, and other things of the like and as well suggestions or topics to bring up at the next “People’s Council” meeting to take place (to avoid any dead ends).

    Sergeant Raynier has been posted with a variety of responses, but should anything concerning something written in the book or otherwise, the keyword will be “council”, and will function much like the rumor mill, and be updated every so often if necessary.

    For example, a player may write, “Several members of my guild (or PRC) have been the target of recent attacks by unknown assailants. Is the Queen planning to take measures against such occurrences?”

    Returning soon after, the Sergeant would have a response (using the keyword mentioned earlier), if indeed, one is necessary (as it was with the question here). Saying something along the lines of, “The Queen is awaiting more evidence before she acts on the matter of recent assassination attempts on her allies”, etc..

    This is a purely experimental measure, but one I would like to expand upon in the future if it goes well. Again, please keep it in-character and any questions about this system itself please reply to the post or e-mail us.

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    Red Clouds Gather
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 5:38 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    from goldenbrewtavern.com

    Red Clouds Gather
    Monday, January 4, 2010
    By EM Pallando

    Zagros stretched his red wings in pride as he observed the small crowd of gargoyles that had gathered before him beneath the moonless night. Two dozen more new arrivals swelled the ranks of his young but energetic movement. For now he arranged the meetings in different locations each time in order to avoid the eyes and ears of those that opposed him and his followers. But given enough time, that would soon change.

    Lifting himself up onto the wooden cart set out as his stage, Zagros signaled for silence. It took only a stern glance from his two, oversized and magically enhanced, hired enforcers, Tahl and Chou’Akta, both former adherents of Queen Zhah, to focus the gathering on its leader. By now, Zagros was confident in his words, and with a number of the new arrivals both rich and eager, he would have little trouble firing their spirit, he believed.

    Pausing only a moment after silence had fallen over the forest clearing, Zagros stood to his full height, sweeping a claw before the crowd.

    “My brothers and sisters, it is no coincidence that you are here today. No law or chain or oath has lured you here before me, drawn to hear what I have to say.”

    There was a momentary silence.

    “No, you here are by choice, because you, as well I, have witnessed recent events and seen past the lies to the truth!”

    Zagros paused again and nodded his head in response to the approvals that immediately came from the crowd. He resumed the short speech he had already given several times before, strengthening his voice as he continued to speak.

    “And here now, under the eyes of the Ancient Ones and in their name, it is fallen to us to cast away the dark veil that shrouds the vision of our mighty people and our wise and just Queen, and reveal this very truth!”

    The fervor and eagerness of his followers was, this time, much greater than before, he noticed.

    “This ‘Alliance’ with the humans, weak and corrupted as they are, and the Elves, arrogant yet cowardly, must end!”

    His words meet the cries and raised fists of an approving crowd.

    “What people can we trust that elect their rulers by trial of blood and rebellion!? What warriors can we trust not to abandon us in the heat of battle for the sake of their own hides or a few worthless trinkets!? Surely our ancestors will look and weep, when the civilization they have raised is consumed by the eventual treachery of these human and elven barbarians and their Warlord Queen!”

    “This alliance must not be allowed to continue!”

    His wings now fully spread and his head raised in a show of strength, Zagros held fast, waiting for the clamor to die down before continuing. By the count of fifty, the cries of the gathering reduced to murmurs of anticipation, Zagros released and slackened his stance and spoke with a calm voice, gesturing respect for what he spoke of next.

    “But make no mistake my friends; I do not blame Queen Zhah for this disaster, and nor should any of you. Our people are mired in a war that threatens to consume this land of ours, and she has done what she believes prudent, not only to preserve the legacy and wisdom of the Ancient Ones, but to protect her realm and its people. And it is perhaps her devotion and love for us that has misguided and blinded her judgment in this matter.”

    The crowd now stood by in utter silence. Zagros had gone beyond his original prepared speech, and now walked a dangerously thin line. The anticipation hung so thick in the air; it could be sliced with a knife. Zagros felt a lump in his throat and almost did not continue.

    “And it is because of the love and loyalty we return to her that she must be made to see. We must make her see truth and wisdom where thus far only lies have been present.”

    The crowd still stood by, neutral in its response. This was his chance. Zagros stood tall once again.

    “We must not shame the Ancient Ones by making partnership with the younger races, despite the Queen’s wishes! The humans and elves must be sent back to their lands! Let us campaign to return them and then seal the passageway forever!”

    Approvals and citations started from the mass once again.

    “The alliance must be broken! Let us show the Queen that we gargoyles alone will weather the storm that gathers over our people!”

    The clamor grew again. Some raised themselves into the air, crossing their chests as a sign of approval.

    “This is our kingdom to defend, our war to wage, and by all of the rivers and lakes of the Underworld, come the edge of perdition or the Great Salvation, it is our destiny to win!”

    The cries in that small clearing sounded as if born from not the throats of dozens, but hundreds, and it took Tahl and Chou’Akta a threat of violence to reorganize the gathering.

    Sweeping his eyes across the crowd, inhaling with satisfaction, Zagros began again.

    “Now, my friends, here is what we will do…”

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    Community Hunts - Week of January 4th
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 5:17 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


    Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

    The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.




    Taming Sacavenger Hunt
    Date: Tuesday, January 5th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Community Peerless Hunt
    Date: Wednesday, January 6th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Vorpal Bunny Hunt
    Date: Thursday, January 7th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Community Champion Spawn Hunt
    Date: Friday, January 8thTime: 9:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


    And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.


    Sabina Nikolai,
    High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
    The Order of the Silver Rose

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    273rd Assemby of the High Council
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 5:05 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<273rd Assembly of the High Council

    Date: Monday, January 4th
    Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
    Note Location: West Counselor's Guild, Britain, Trammel Facet

    Meeting Agenda:

    - Updates regarding the investigation on current threats to the High Council.

    - The High Council will discuss the present political and military situation in the realm.

    - Other items to be announced at the meeting.

    High Council of Britannia


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    Minoc's Mad Scientist Contained. (recap)
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    Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010, 1:04 AM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
    Greetings fellow Britannians.

    As I do every night, I popped into Luna to watch the endless flow of bankers, merchants, guild meetings, and often times, open battles. One never knows what one will hear or see as Luna is the hub-bub of Britannia! As always, it proved to be harried and cramped as people moved about, doing whatever it is they had come to do. Last night proved to be no different, except for the underlying ripple of excitement and tension as whispers of some new happening in Minoc filled the air.

    I attempted to ascertain exactly what it was that had occurred but was unable, as none of my sources seemed to be present. Being of a suspicious nature by right of birth, Britannians are often found to be unhelpful to any outsider seeking information. It left me no choice but to venture to Minoc and see for myself what news I could find.

    Arriving just outside the Minoc Bank, I was surprised to see a large group of people inside, all of them speaking to a guard who seemed a mite too excited with all the attention he was receiving. Quietly working my way in I overheard this exchange between Brian The Guard and several of Britannia's toughest looking warriors.

    Brian greeted everyone around him enthusiastically. "Hail There! Are you here to help the Royal Guard?"

    Everyone gave a resounding, 'yes!!'

    Brian shook his head dramatically. "Poor Lad claims a "mad scientist" tried to grab and eat him."

    "Mad Scientist?" A voice called out above the din of shifting bodies.

    "Aye," replied Brian. "He says it looked like a lich but we don't have a lich problem here."

    "And the lad?" asked one concerned citizen.

    "He can be found hiding in one of the buildings West of here."

    Brian lifted his arm and jammed a finger behind him. I felt a bit sorry for the poor man as he looked rather disappointed when everyone went tearing out of the building, leaving him alone in his glory.

    I nodded to him once and followed the others to a house just on the west edge of the city. Inside, seated at a large table sat a very skittish looking lad. He gazed wide eyed about him, blinking rapidly at the number of armed individuals who had come barging into the room. He knew what we all had come for.

    "Are you going to laugh at me too?" he asked shyly.

    "No," spoke one man softly.

    The boy sighed with relief. "I can only tell you what I did and saw... "

    "What did you see?" said the man.

    "I've never seen anyone in there until last night," the boy shivered in memory, looking up at the strangers around him nervously.

    "What were you doing?" asked a woman standing opposite the boy.

    "I always drop off at one of the Gypsy tents to the south," said the boy in defense. "There's always a note with some gold."

    The sound of several voices made the boy jump in his seat. "And what happened last night?"

    "A Mad Scientist came out of no where," rushed the boy. "I swear he was going to eat me!! Smelly thing, he kept mumbling Armageddon over and over. He headed to the buildings south of here."



    The boy looked relieved as everyone turned in haste and headed out. I had to move quickly out of their way or be trampled. Yet I am positive they acted such for fear of losing this lead on the recent mutations threatening both Ter Mur and our beloved Britannia.

    To the East of Minoc just on the outskirts of the Gypsy camp among three empty houses I located the fast moving Britannian Guard. In the southern most building, a green swirl of fog pulsated. This strange poisonous cloud must be where the Mad Scientist had exited Minoc. Gathering my courage, I followed the brave knights of Britannia into the unknown. 'Armaggedon' would hopefully NOT be what awaited me.



    I arrived long after the battle had begun. Never very good with languages or accents, I couldn't seem to get the pronunciation of the entrance word correct and arrived a bit late.

    A long mountain passage greeted my vision and the sounds of battle echoed from stone to stone. Following the body leaden ground, I made my way to a massive cavern filled with the typical graveyard inhabitants, Rotting Corpses, and Lich Lords. What had those crazed scientists been doing here?

    Moving along the wall, I watched the citizens of Britannia fight off the hoard of undead, while others were attacking what could only be an Assistant Mad Scientist. His robes were tattered and he looked larger than life. Very much like a lich, he fought fiercely against a tamers Greater Dragon and several summoned Energy Vortex.



    Lady Maya stood back from it all in shock and when the battle ended, she rushed to the side of the fallen scientist, her gaze filled with remorse.



    Our good citizens had indeed slain the Assistant Mad Scientist, yet before his corruption, he had been Lady Maya's friend. With sadness, she looked about for any information on how this had happened to her friend or where the head of this operation might have gone.

    "I found this on him, m'lady." One brave knight approached with a book.

    Lady Maya quickly scanned the contents, her features falling in dread.

    "Oh NO!" she exclaimed.







    It would appear that this cave had been the location of their experiment and some unexpected side effect had rendered the experiment dangerous to all involved and possibly, to everyone in Britannia and Ter Mur as well. Taking a quick look around, careful not to touch anything, I found an additional room filled with various magic and scientific monstrosities. A large black gate sat open in the middle. Perhaps this is where the last missing scientist had gone?



    After all evidence had been gathered and the Royal Guard had gone off to take stock, I caught up with Lady Maya to hear her thoughts on this matter. Stay diligent Britannia, for this is far from over.


    Salya Sin-
    The book that was found mentioned a potion commissioned by unknown
    persons... Do you have any speculation on who this unknown "they" might
    be?

    Lady Maya-
    From what we have been able to discern as of yet, "they" seem to be a
    group of gargoyle elitists. We also have leads on a group of human
    elitists that could be responsible. We still haven't been able to track
    them down specifically, but rest assured the Queens are being kept
    informed and the royal guards and as well as a group from Ter Mer will be
    dispatched as soon as we have them cornered.

    Salya Sin-
    In the book... your friend also mentions the head of this experiment
    setting these mutant creations out into the world of Britannia... judging
    by what we have seen so far... how dangerous do you expect the coming
    battle to be... if we do not find the Lead Scientist before he turns them
    lose?

    Lady Maya-
    Sadly, I fear for the worst. He is alone now that my dear friend is gone.
    I saw many signs of him at the lab where we defeated his assistant. There
    were bottles of unknown substances and it appeared some was missing. Who
    knows what he is capable of now in his demented state. He was a brilliant
    scientist, he was my teacher at one time. He had a dream to help the
    world. Such a waste knowing there may be no other way but to kill him as
    well.

    Salya Sin-
    What have you and the Gargoyle scientists been able to ascertain thus
    far? Do we know yet what was used in these potions? What the nature of
    it's side affects are? And more importantly... how far has this infection
    spread?

    Lady Maya-
    It seems as though at first he may have been trying to make a growth
    potion for plants to help feed the insurgence of the new races. But
    perhaps he became to eager... to willing to please ...someone. His potion
    seems to have changed directions. More to mutating life more than plant.
    The components we have studied to date seem to be gearing towards human,
    perhaps making them stronger. Last I had heard from him he was trying to
    get more money approved for the next stage of his experiments. My friend
    had sent me a message not long before the Winter Solstice telling me he
    was concerned. It wasn't until I sampled some of the potions found in the
    secret lab that the awful truth came to me.

    I dare not repeat any of the ingredients found in the potions for fear
    someone may try to continue his work. Let's just say blackrock had a great
    deal to do with this. That evil black substance.

    As to how far this infection has spread. I pray not far. It seems as
    though the citizens have done a wonderful job in taking care of what we
    have found. We shall see in coming weeks how far he may have spread this
    terrible mutation.

    Salya Sin-
    I'm guessing... the big question Britannia has at this point... Is the
    origins of all of this... from Ter Mur... or Britannia?

    Lady Maya-
    As I stated above we have 2 groups we are reviewing. I'm only a scientist
    and not very good at detective work. I'm sure the Queens will have more to
    say about this in the coming days.


    My thanks to Lady Maya for the time she took to speak to me! And to everyone else...

    Best Gaming Wishes,
    Salya Sin
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    The Widow and the Virgin of Tellu
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    Posted on Saturday, January 2, 2010, 5:16 PM EST by WarderDragon (Baja)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<On Monday, the 21st of December (375 A.B.), a small crowd began to gather around the northern fishing pier at the Skara Brae Faireground in Western Britannia. It was there that they had come to witness the Tale of Lady Fahnzjell, of the Virgin and the Crone of Tellu, and the miracle of the Singer and His Song.

    It promised to be an interesting evening, one full of storytelling and prophecy.

    At the eighth hour of the evening, after Helios had already begun his slow descent beneath the ridge of the Serpents Spine, they gathered there with candles and with open ears. Amongst them was Grand Duchess Wildstar, Lady Regent of the Kingdom of Dawn. Doctor Who, the Spirit of Time. Lord Elladan Faeryn, Paladin of New Trinsic. Claudia Drusilla, Regent of Hearthfire Haven. Magdalena Canzione, Servant of Queen Sheiba. Nicholas Tarrant, Knight of the Kingdom. Ceno, Master Historian of the Tower. Asimov of the Hall of Shadows. The Amber Witch. And of course, Lady Fahnzjell the Widow.

    "There are many Stories about this time of year," Fahnzjell began. "Here in Britannia, we have the Solstice and the Yuletide. But there are other Stories. These are in fact Stories from other Worlds."

    She paused, her eyes sweeping across the small gathering, seeming to take each individual in turn. "As you all know, my husband was not born here in Sosaria. In fact, he was from a World far, far away known as Tellu the One-Mooned, or Erda, or Bhuva."

    "Now, in this World there are many Gods," she spoke, continuing to elaborate on the various divinities worshipped and prayed to throughout the Realm of Britannia. She spoke of the inherent connection of these Divine Beings. "But these Gods are the Whole of Story Itself. The Unbeginning and the Unending and the All-Between."

    Elladan nodded in response. "The One."

    "At the time of Solstice," Fahnzjell continued. "They tell a Tale on Tellu. Of a God they call the Singer, the Song, and the Sung. In the middle of the Story of Tellu, the people of that world began to not listen, and so the Singer said, 'Let Us sing Ourselves so they might hear.' And a new Chord was struck to shatter their unhearing."



    She paused for a short breath. "There was a Crone in the desert, Alzhabath by name, and her kinswoman, Marah, a maiden."

    "Now in the striking of the Chord, Alzhabath did conceive, for she would be the mother of the Foresong. As for Marah, she heard the Chord, and so she sang in harmony with it. And within her womb came to resound the All-Sung. For there is nothing the Singer cannot Sing."

    The Widow spoke of how the spirits of the World gathered to praise the birth of the All-Sung. "...for beasts and birds, have ever known the Song. And so too the Stars of the Skies, which in the Heavens sing their own song in praise of the Singer." She smiled. "They did gather close to hear the Song brought forth. And all the undergods gathered lutes and lyres and tambours made of moonlight to strum and rattle in joy of the All-Sung Song."

    She raised her voice in a chant. "'Wondrous is the High Songsinger,' chanted the undergods. 'And let all of Tellu sleep in Harmony.'" She paused for another breath, lowering her voice. "This is the Tale they tell on Erda, of the Day the Song was Born. Who would have them from their unhearing." She again swept her eyes over the crowd. "And that my children, is the Tale."

    They who gathered raised their hands and clapped in approval of Mother's Tale.

    "In the custom of my husband's people, I have gathered all of you here to wish you all what he would say: A Merry Christmas. Glad Yule and Blessed Solstice to all of you."

    "Amen," one spoke. "And a Blessed Christmas to thee."

    "You as well, mother," spoke another.

    "I wish you a safe and happy day close to the ones you love," cheered Dr. Who.

    "This has been a long and trying year in my Story," Fahnzjell said to them when the sharing of Christmas well-wishing died down. "I wished indeed to let all those whom I hold so dearly know that I am glad to know them. Thank you all."

    "Put it behind, Mother," Elladan spoke in a comforting voice. "Hear, Hear, and We Thee."

    "Baja is a right wondrous place," she said to them. And all of you, including you unseen ones, are right wondrous folk. Thank you all for sharing a bit of my husband's Christmas cheer with me." Lady Fahnzjell then suggested that the gathered return with her to the City of New Britain to share a meal of figgy pudding and some Christmas Cheer.

    "I shall provide a Gate," Wildstar announced, stepping forward, the practiced arcane syllables on her tongue. "Vas Rel Por." The First Bank of Britain appeared through the shimmering blue window of iridescent light that appeared before them.

    When they arrived in Britain, they were joined by Miss Sara of the Ancient Order, Lady Jocelyn, and for a short period Sir Brackus of the Britain Town Guard. Magdalena helped the cooking staff to prepare a meal for the gathered, while Elladan told a tale of an Immaculate Virgin and the Divine Child. Claudia Drusilla and Nicholas spoke quietly of Ceno, who had been missing for months.

    Fahnzjell the Widow, known for her gift of Reading the Story, was asked what might happen this coming year. She announced a series of prophecies and events that would come to their fulfillment before this years conclusion.



    The Britannians shall celebrate the Mating of the Birds in the Queendom of Shieba, and Historian Ceno is tasked with reminding her last representative of her duty. Two Weddings and Two Great Celebrations shall come to pass. Three Great Departures. And a former godling shall walk amongst the world for a short time, described as a reunion of sorts.
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    An Opportunity Squandered
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    Posted on Saturday, January 2, 2010, 9:33 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
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    An opportunity squandered
    Saturday, January 2, 2010
    By EM Seppo

    “How!? How did those Gargoyle loving maggots break the encryption?”, hissed the hooded stranger, as she galloped on her way to Morr manor.

    She considered the possibility that one of the groups on her side entrusted with the key had betrayed them. However, it was more likely that she had given less credit than due to the opposing faction.

    “A stronger encryption with a stronger key next time”, she nodded to herself.

    At least, the encryption breakers were not wise enough to employ the knowledge gained in a meaningful manner.

    “Fools!”, she spat. “They could have sent a spy to the meeting location, but instead they advertised their breakthrough by littering the realm with the translated message.”

    A smile ran across her face when she thought about the looks on their faces when they found an empty room at the previously agreed meeting location.

    __________________________________________________________________________________

    The following books with the translated message were found (using the key: KeepBritanniaClean):

    Hail, fellow members of Keep Britannia Clean campaign.

    Actions of our new queen, out of ignorance or something more dark, have pushed our kingdom on course towards enslavement to the Gargish monsters. An-Buci, the so called gargish scholar, is nothing more than a spy amongst us – wolf parading in sheep-skin.

    It is high time that we arrange a meeting to discuss this matters. You and your followers are invited to meet this Sunday at 6:00 PM PST at the inn under the tanner shop in Vesper. Come cloaked as not all eyes can be trusted. We have much to discuss and I have a mystery that requires solving.

    Keep Britannia Clean Organizer

    Note:
    It was fun watching the group of people spending almost two hours breaking the encryption. I was very surprised at how good you were at gleaning information based on the few hints in the encrypted message. A big applause to the person who eventually guessed the encryption key which led to the breaking of the code. You were not meant to know the key, but it was picked in a manner that there was a possibility of someone guessing it.

    However, I was bit dismayed by the choice of advertising the fact that the encryption had been broken. You had an opportunity to have a very dynamic event by banding together and sending in a stealther to spy during the meeting. That would have been truly epic! Alas… your actions have allowed the “Keep Britannia Clean” folks to realize that their secret meeting is not so secret.

    But, this does show the potential that exists. As the arc unfolds, we will try to give more such windows of opportunity to both sides. Just remember that your actions will impact how things unfold. Stay in character, please do not share information with the other side even if they are your friends out of character, and use logic!

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    Lady Lava’s Annual Year End Letter
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    Lady Lava’s Annual Year End Letter ~



    Dear Citizens of Great Lakes,

    It is that time of year, time to post my annual year end letter.

    2009 was full of news good and bad. The gloved one met his maker, Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle made it big with their voices and looks, David Letterman and Tiger Woods played where they should not have, Chris Brown and Kayne West made national fools of themselves, then there was that teen that tattooed stars all over her face and America got a new president. These stories and many more made huge headlines but for us in the realm the big news was Stygian Abyss.

    Stygian Abyss breathed new life and new lands into our world, not to mention new pixel crack. We waited a long time for this, too long but I am glad it is finally here. The team that worked on this huge expansion did a wonderful job and I thank them for it.
    The icing on this very large cake is the EM involvement that we have on our shard.
    The EM events and RP community made 2009 a very colorful year indeed.

    The News Department of Great Lakes had two major casualties this year.
    Mystra who was a News Reporter and a MOD way before I came on board retired.
    Always supportive of the community and a fair moderator, Mystra is greatly missed by me and I am sure many others.

    News Reporter, Martyna Zmuir also left the News Department in 2009. Her style of writing captured the true essence of the role play community, which she is still very active in. Her layouts and imagery were always top notch. Phayde, the newest member of the News team seems to have picked up where Martyna left off, with a very similar layout style and a fashion for the RP community. It is great to have him aboard !

    For new readers, in this annual letter I give a mini update of my personal life. In much of my reporting I try to give a little sneak peek about the person behind the avatar. I am a firm believer that no matter how hard one may try to role play a character part of the real you seeps through.

    My day job is in the medical field working for a plastic surgeon here in southern California. I am still writing for a local newspaper and still making art. Art has always been a huge part of my life. This past year I had work shown in California, Buenos Aires Argentina, Texas, New Zealand, Minnesota and Michigan. This included two solo exhibitions. 2010 will be much slower in the art department for me as I have three sculptures showing in Long Beach California later this month and two paintings in Paris France mid summer. That means more time in the realm and Great Lakes.

    I would like to close by stating after all these years on Great Lakes I am still inspired and cherish the friends I have here. A great year to you all.

    Fondly, Lady Lava


    Remember Ultima Online was named “ The Most Revolutionary Videogames of all Time” by Forbes in 2009
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    For Your Eyes Only
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    Posted on Friday, January 1, 2010, 7:18 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    from goldenbrewtavern.com

    For Your Eyes Only
    Saturday, January 2, 2010
    By EM Seppo

    A message sent by the Thief Master:

    Hail, loyal citizens of Sosaria.

    As you may be aware, Queen Dawn has taken up the task of ensuring the safety of Gargoyles in Britannia and have offered great rewards for those who can unreveal the identity of the ones responsible for the campaign of terror against the gargoyles.

    My spies recently intercepted a letter that was being sent to a suspected sympathizer of anti-gargish faction. Unfortunately, the message has been encoded by a cipher and it would be close to impossible to break it without knowing the key or the nature of the cipher. But, the message in itself tells us that perhaps the anti-gargish faction is more organized than we believed.

    The message was titled “For your eyes only” and reads as follows,

    Rema, gvteoj zmmdpvs bp Oitq Szbtnavic Npenx gebqrqzn.

    Npbiqyw os yyv cfn ynera, wuv zj itxsvpotm hr fbuevsmnt wsvt erzd, hnim pwdleq yyv zjeowoz bv cqfvsr dsapsua xnfyivgxing ds xwf Xikgvfp mqywtrbw. Ec-Clkb, tur ao elplrn keghzaa spuwlcc, ms ayxlxox uhrr gpap l wpl kqschjb ns – jbtf rlvaqsrk xo jpxec-fsip.

    Tx if rmkw uzux tunb wg lvrnxki p nvmmiat bo ftwchcw xwjj uttgrzs. Azy aan csjs wwelbjmru lve vxzmifu bh mrrb tjtw Shxhen bk 6:00 XF PFG it vsi iax yrsfi bae gnvngc whbz mr Kfjxxr. Pbue ewsaxoh eh ofb tly rgeu nen oo xvjtkmw. Wr uivg xycu ds hxttcls nal I jlze n wcwifig mhng zesfmrrc wsawzvz.

    Krrx Bttxaaxme Rmvig Oetinkkir

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    Queen Dawn Announces That The Royal Guard Has Been Reactivated
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    Posted on Friday, January 1, 2010, 2:50 PM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
    Queen Dawn announces that the royal guard has been reactivated!

    Friday, January 1, 2010
    By Sangria


    Maya Demeter and the team of Gargoyle scientists have discovered a link to the mutations in Minoc. Royal Guard, your first mission is to go to Minoc where the local authorities have been notified of the sighting of another ‘Mad Scientist’. Please go talk to Bran the Guard in Minoc after 4:00 pst Saturday (01/02) and investigate. Report of your findings here for all to see.
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