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February 2010

Attack on Midian! Defense Fails!
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Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010, 2:50 AM EST by Petra Fyde (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010, 9:46 PM EST by Nh'bdy:
Last we left The Cult of the Promise, the "traitor" Theron had managed to evade the promise's Shadow Guard and make it into the dedicated arms of Father Anton, Head Monk of the Brotherhood of Valor. The Brotherhood was tucked inside a system of caverns inside the stronghold of Midian, long believed to be nothing more than a myth. Alas, the brotherhood has nothing to look to now but the burning walls and what remains of the gates.



An assaulting force consisting of The Order of the Ebon Skull, Denizens of the Abyss, The Blue Lotus, and sects of The Guardians of Stonegate attacked the subterranean structure under the leadership of Crowley, a member of the Cult of the Promise. After a lengthy battle with a small force of Ethereal Warriors the walls were breached and the defending remnants made a final stand outside of the room holding Theron.




With the embers having not yet cooled, The Brotherhood of Virtue and Theron had both defied the odds and absconded into the night, almost assuredly looking for allies to retake the structure.
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[News] Producer's Letter - Calvin Crowner
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Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010, 9:08 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)
Producer's Letter - Where are we and what the heck are we doing?
Calvin Crowner
12 Feb 2010 20:45:02 EST


Where are we? Busy.

By the time you read this, our Valentine’s Day publish should be out the door. Just so you know, a handful of our intrepid developers braved the snowy wilds of Northern Virginia to get everything staged and delivered. Now if that isn’t love, I don’t know what is. This publish was the first step toward a six- month dev cycle for updates to the live game and updating some Stygian Abyss (SA) content.

We’ve made some core updates to Mysticism that from early reviews seem to be on the right track … For our publish in March we’re taking another look at the entire Mysticism spell line and amping it up a bit. Yes, I know … we didn’t just add an expansion and then move on, we really meant what we said about continuing to support what we’ve put out into the community. Also, we’ve got some artifacts for humans that were never released for SA content. We have to get those out too.

And given that … what about Magincia? It’s just … there like the Statue of Liberty at the end of Ghostbusters II. (Esoteric reference +5 points) I will tell you there are four major topics that the team is discussing at present:

What follows is in no way a schedule or in any way meant to imply that these things will happen in the near term, but instead to give you a peek where my head is and what the team is iterating on …
First: factions revamp. We want to make it not only engaging for PvPers, but make it possible for those who craft and heal a contributing part of the system. In addition, we want to make factions a coordinated part of roleplaying. In my mind, if there is a purpose behind the factions beyond hacking for the sake of hacking, that make a much more engaging play experience. Given that … we need to address how factions play into the arc of Ultima and Ultima Online. More to come on this in the next month, to include an update on how Magincia will … or will not play a role.

Next: is there ever going to be a classic shard? I will tell you … it’s a good idea … in theory. In practice it gets a LOT more complicated. We had a Saturday lunch recently (the same method we used when we were developing for Stygian Abyss), and discussed the benefits and costs (resource and impact to community) for developing a Classic shard. First we discussed what does a Classic Shard really mean? We came up with some core ideas and left it at that. There are several other things surrounding the implementation, and we almost have it nailed. Will we do it? I don’t know and cant’ say for certain, but at some point we will put the idea to rest one way or another, and we hope to make that decision this year.

Third: Speedhackers and movement. We have had this on internal testing for a couple of months, and are in the last 5% of a 100% solution. So as anyone who has had any project management experience knows … this is where you sometimes have to consider …”Is this good enough?” I’m sure you’ll let us know. We’re going to implement the system in the next couple of publishes after some time on Test Center. After that we’ll be looking into coming up with a solution for 3rd party program detection.

Final thing: What are we doing about the live story arc (see the reference to Magincia above)? We need to resolve the relationship between Dawn and Zah. How are we going to do that? Well I’m a believer that we seed you with some of the basics and let the community roleplay the outcome and transitions for the story. In short, as in Dungeons and Dragons, we’ll give you the nodes of the story, and allow you to fill in the blanks.

Given that, we’re giving Event Moderators a few more tools that will allow them to create better gaming moments. This does NOT mean making better things to give to their friends, it means creating better creatures with interesting behavior that will fry your noggin and add to your gameplay experience.

Coming for March: Mysticism spell enhancements; updates to Gargoyles; and tentatively the first glimpse of the new story arc and factions. Also, we’ve been trying to come up with the best way to allow a fair and just method for winning the housing plots down in the Abyss. The idea on the table is an event where you hunt clues that give you an opportunity to find a unique key to “unlock” the housing plot. We have an idea now on how to implement it, but again … we want to make certain it makes sense and gives every person on every shard the best opportunity for winning some prime real estate.

Finally, not sure if you’ve heard, but the team has been playing in Baja. The reason? Cause we laugh hysterically when we do, and two, we want to learn how to reduce the barrier to entry for those who want to play our game. We need to understand what the ‘X” is for UO and help others get into it and love it as much as the community and the team does. I’ll be opening a blog in the near future that will journal our exploits (in a journey sense, mind you … not a cheating sense).

I will tell you I recently played another game that had a barrier of entry not unlike UO’s. But there was one major difference … when I play on any shard invariably there is a person who will assist and take me aside and shake his or her head sadly saying …”No no no … This is what you do …” Recently someone has helped one of our artists make her way into the warm fold of Ultima Online, and now she’s working on buying a house, when she swore she’d never be able to get into the game. That is UO. Eventually, everyone will understand how magnificent and sublime it is. I believe it because I’ve seen it.

Oh ... one last note... thanks to the guy who put up the MacDonald’s on Baja … it looks great in presentations to execs about what makes UO … UO. And for the record … I am gearing up a mage. Yes, I played a tamer for a while, and got all kinds of grief … and why the heck do I have to have 100 LRC anyway? There has to be a way that I can reduce the cost of reagents without having to know a dozen imbuers to get what I need. I’m gonna have to see who is in charge around here!!


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Destroying the Orc Incubator Machine
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Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010, 8:38 AM EST by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Ilshenar News <<<Destroying the Orc Incubator Machine



Fynn Barrett arrived at the Counselor's Hall to wait with us for Nathan.

By five past eight Fynn said we should just continue without him.

Fynn Barrett: "We have urgent business!

To find out information and try destroy the machine, The machine that grew the Orcs."



Fynn asked if we knew anything else that may help to find the location of the incubator.

A few people brought up Mericles and how he made the machine.



Fynn Barrett: "I was going to suggest having a look at Mericles' old home."

Fynn then opened a gate to Britain Moongate.



At the moongate we were ordered to head to Compassion, In Ilshenar.



We headed south east from the moongate towards Mericles' old home, The undead citadel.



At the citadel we searched the building for any clues that may lead us to the Orc growing machine, The Incubator.



On the bottom floor in a bookcase a folded map was found, It looked like the following:
"*You see a map of Ilshenar. A location is marked at the west side of the mountains west of the Citadel* To enter the cave say her name."



We left the Citadel and gathered at the end of the bridge, Silas had possibly found the cave and called us over to take a look.



At the boulder saying 'Hannah' gained you access to a wide open cave.





Inside the cave was a gate and a stack of crates, Inside one of the crates a key allowed you access through the gate and further into the cave.





Inside the second section of the cave were Orc Hatchlings, We began to try kill these powerful baby Orcs.



After the hatchlings had been killed we walked east to another gate. An orc named Bulbog was waiting at the gate, He requested peace.



I decided to go ahead through the next gate and walked a distance through the cave, Suddenly, Ahead a huge machine towers inside the cave.



Inside the machine were four seed pods incubating.



Traveler had found some gunpowder from a previous part of the cave and handed it out among people, The plan seemed clear now, destroy the incubator with the gunpowder.



Fynn Barrett then arrived and had a look around the Incubator machine.



Fynn Barrett: "We will blow this thing to bits!" he yelled as he chucked gunpowder around each seed pod.



Fynn connected up the fuses and requested everyone to stand back...





He lit the fuse and after a second, The Incubator machine exploded, Spewing parts everywhere!



Everyone gathered where the machine once stood and Fynn thanked us for coming and completing the mission.



10 Blueprints were dropped, Along with 4 Seed Pods.

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Maia Elessar Wins Gyldenfeld's Looting Race!
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 10:03 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                 Maia Elessar Wins Gyldenfeld's Looting Race!

         In a whirlwind exhibition of looting prowess, Lady Maia Ellesar won Gyldenfeld's Looting Race on Wednesday's Eve. Gathering in the cities very own Red Wolf Cafe, competitors enjoyed a laugh and some cold ale as they prepared to race from city to city gathering items from colored chest placed strategically around towns in the realm!

                           

          From city to city beginning in Skara Brae and ending in Gyldenfeld itself the event was a great time had by all. An original event not yet seen proved to be quite fun. Kudos to Lissa and Tancred for a grand event!

                                        

            Of course what would the night be without a champion! Maia not only won the event but retrieved all the special items receiving extra treats along the way in dominating fashion! Congratulations to Lady Elessar!

              
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"Scent of a Rose"
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 9:45 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
    Queen Dawn inhaled deeply the roses that had been set out for her.  She smiled, for this was a joyous time of year.  The time for romance, the time for Love.  She pondered, "What way to celebrate such joy?"   She thought for a moment and settled on Trinsic and the toyshop of Tomas O'Neerlan...

Tomas unrolled the parchment in a hurry, never before had he been privy to correspondence from the Crown:


Dear Tomas,

In joyous celebration of this time of Love would you be so kind to put thy skill to a special memento for the occasion? I trust your experience and artistry to produce a fine craft.

Warmest Regards,

Lady Dawn, Queen of Britannia
**Seal of the Crown**


Tomas let the parchment gently on the table.  His throat had gone dry.  His mind spun.  A direct request from her Majesty? He paced his shop frantically.  Surely the result must be perfect lest he shame himself in the eyes of the Queen.  He toiled for hours on end until late one night, he'd created harmony.  Illuminated by the gentle shimmer of the torchlight stood one of Tomas' finest creations....

Scarlet Von Trinsic hugged the sandstone walls of the Southern gate of Trinsic.  She tumbled behind a nearby tree just in time to avoid detection from the caravan's leader.  She recognized the insignia on the freight with a smile.  Jackpot.  She followed the caravan southwest from the city, until finally, she saw the glowing portal in front of her.  Her only hope now was the success of the Magician's charms upon the moongate.  The caravan entered the moongate, she quickly followed....


Perhaps it would be worthwhile to determine the fate of this caravan?
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Event Notice - Odd Appearance
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:30 PM EST by Lyconis (Pacific)


Coming Saturday 2/13 noon!

Be on the lookout for something odd appearing on Pacific! It's something big! Pink! There may be a treasure hunt involved! Be on the lookout around Noon.

Also Nexus Spirit Event on Lake Superior! Nexus Spirit fled from Pacific and will be arriving at Lake Superior Feb 12 at 8pm EST. If you'd like to join their events, be at Lord British Castle!
Lake Superior event notices can be found here.
Lake Superior news can be found here.
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Producer's Letter - Where are we and what the heck are we doing?
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:19 PM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Producer's Letter - Where are we and what the heck are we doing?


Calvin Crowner

12 Feb 2010 20:45:02 EST



Where are we? Busy.

By the time you read this, our Valentine’s Day publish should be out the door. Just so you know, a handful of our intrepid developers braved the snowy wilds of Northern Virginia to get everything staged and delivered. Now if that isn’t love, I don’t know what is. This publish was the first step toward a six- month dev cycle for updates to the live game and updating some Stygian Abyss (SA) content.

We’ve made some core updates to Mysticism that from early reviews seem to be on the right track … For our publish in March we’re taking another look at the entire Mysticism spell line and amping it up a bit. Yes, I know … we didn’t just add an expansion and then move on, we really meant what we said about continuing to support what we’ve put out into the community. Also, we’ve got some artifacts for humans that were never released for SA content. We have to get those out too.

And given that … what about Magincia? It’s just … there like the Statue of Liberty at the end of Ghostbusters II. (Esoteric reference +5 points) I will tell you there are four major topics that the team is discussing at present:

What follows is in no way a schedule or in any way meant to imply that these things will happen in the near term, but instead to give you a peek where my head is and what the team is iterating on …

First: factions revamp. We want to make it not only engaging for PvPers, but make it possible for those who craft and heal a contributing part of the system. In addition, we want to make factions a coordinated part of roleplaying. In my mind, if there is a purpose behind the factions beyond hacking for the sake of hacking, that make a much more engaging play experience. Given that … we need to address how factions play into the arc of Ultima and Ultima Online. More to come on this in the next month, to include an update on how Magincia will … or will not play a role.

Next: is there ever going to be a classic shard? I will tell you … it’s a good idea … in theory. In practice it gets a LOT more complicated. We had a Saturday lunch recently (the same method we used when we were developing for Stygian Abyss), and discussed the benefits and costs (resource and impact to community) for developing a Classic shard. First we discussed what does a Classic Shard really mean? We came up with some core ideas and left it at that. There are several other things surrounding the implementation, and we almost have it nailed. Will we do it? I don’t know and cant’ say for certain, but at some point we will put the idea to rest one way or another, and we hope to make that decision this year.

Third: Speedhackers and movement. We have had this on internal testing for a couple of months, and are in the last 5% of a 100% solution. So as anyone who has had any project management experience knows … this is where you sometimes have to consider …”Is this good enough?” I’m sure you’ll let us know. We’re going to implement the system in the next couple of publishes after some time on Test Center. After that we’ll be looking into coming up with a solution for 3rd party program detection.

Final thing: What are we doing about the live story arc (see the reference to Magincia above)? We need to resolve the relationship between Dawn and Zah. How are we going to do that? Well I’m a believer that we seed you with some of the basics and let the community roleplay the outcome and transitions for the story. In short, as in Dungeons and Dragons, we’ll give you the nodes of the story, and allow you to fill in the blanks.

Given that, we’re giving Event Moderators a few more tools that will allow them to create better gaming moments. This does NOT mean making better things to give to their friends, it means creating better creatures with interesting behavior that will fry your noggin and add to your gameplay experience.

Coming for March: Mysticism spell enhancements; updates to Gargoyles; and tentatively the first glimpse of the new story arc and factions. Also, we’ve been trying to come up with the best way to allow a fair and just method for winning the housing plots down in the Abyss. The idea on the table is an event where you hunt clues that give you an opportunity to find a unique key to “unlock” the housing plot. We have an idea now on how to implement it, but again … we want to make certain it makes sense and gives every person on every shard the best opportunity for winning some prime real estate.

Finally, not sure if you’ve heard, but the team has been playing in Baja. The reason? Cause we laugh hysterically when we do, and two, we want to learn how to reduce the barrier to entry for those who want to play our game. We need to understand what the ‘X” is for UO and help others get into it and love it as much as the community and the team does. I’ll be opening a blog in the near future that will journal our exploits (in a journey sense, mind you … not a cheating sense).

I will tell you I recently played another game that had a barrier of entry not unlike UO’s. But there was one major difference … when I play on any shard invariably there is a person who will assist and take me aside and shake his or her head sadly saying …”No no no … This is what you do …” Recently someone has helped one of our artists make her way into the warm fold of Ultima Online, and now she’s working on buying a house, when she swore she’d never be able to get into the game. That is UO. Eventually, everyone will understand how magnificent and sublime it is. I believe it because I’ve seen it.

Oh ... one last note... thanks to the guy who put up the MacDonald’s on Baja … it looks great in presentations to execs about what makes UO … UO. And for the record … I am gearing up a mage. Yes, I played a tamer for a while, and got all kinds of grief … and why the heck do I have to have 100 LRC anyway? There has to be a way that I can reduce the cost of reagents without having to know a dozen imbuers to get what I need. I’m gonna have to see who is in charge around here!!

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WILLA IS MISSING !
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 5:38 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
************************Notice***********************************



Wanted: Any information regarding the whereabouts of Willa of the Yew-wood.



Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Willa of the Yew-wood are asked to contact the Yew Militia or the House of the Yew-wood. Willa attended or went to attend the auctions a MOA last evening and did not return. Any information regarding her disappearance would be helpful.



Please contact us via Mail, at any of our Yew establishments, either by dropping a note in our mailboxes or by leaving a message on the bulletin boards, or here on these boards. If you wish you may contact us on our home forums at UORPC.net. We would appreciate any help you can give as Willa is near and dear to our hearts.



The Yew-wood Forest Theatre is located just 6 O’Clock from the Gate at Yew, Trammel.



Sincerely,



Trethien Crylle City Clerk,

City of Yew

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Publish 64.0.1 - Shard Maintenance at 4:00PM EST
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 1:54 PM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

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Publish 64.0.1 - Shard Maintenance at 4:00PM EST


James Nichols

12 Feb 2010 15:44:30


Greetings!

At 4:00PM EST all shards will be brought offline for maintenance for the release of Publish 64.0.1. Below are the notes for this publish detailing the changes we have made, thank you!

Publish 64.0.1


  • Valentine’s Gifts will be turned on today, 2/12/2010
  • Seed Trading Box are being removed from the game due to new found issues.
  • Cleaning up Navery’s Webs
  • Removing Sara the Trader from Moonglow.
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Come Fly With Me
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 12:22 PM EST by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:


Due to circumstances we hope to reveal in the near future, this week's update is a little brief, we hope the quality will make up for the lack of quantity. Our intrepid researcher has been aloft to bring you:


Pic of the week has also been updated.




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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BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For February 7
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 12:06 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Baja Taming Hour
sponsored by
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance

Recap For February 7, 2010,
by hostess Proserpina [C K], BRPA Alliance

The random prize point level was 11,179,969, which was won by Shayla Kelley.

Prosperpina was presented with a 'dread zoo squirrel' to help ease the loss of her dread cat that has gone missing.

 _________________________________________________________________

Starting points: 11,054,943 (Tier 11)
Ending points: 11,248,162
Points earned: 193,219

Gold Donations:
Feiht
Ta'Lin Birdsong

Tamers:
Ta'Lin Birdsong
Bryndel [RAGE]
HRH Elizabeth [D_S]
Tamar [RAGE]
Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
Lord James [MT]
Ceno [DWN]
Shayla Keylley [DWN]
Lady Luna Tic [TAO]
Lady Katrina Cole [DWN]
REAP [DWN]
Lady Mata [MT]
Damion
Lil Debi [M!S]
Feiht

Security Provided By:
Lord Gibbs [NCIS]





See you all at the next Taming Hour, Sunday, February 21, 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. There have been a lot of nice items donated for the Zoo vendor ... be sure to stop by and take a look!

________________________________________

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
Week 10: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 24
Week 11: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 31
Week 12:
Week 13: No Taming Hour February 14

________________________________________

posted by Sara of Baja

 

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Athena's Auction, to be held by BAH!, Saturday, February 20
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 10:08 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Announcing the next BAH! Auction

Saturday Feb. 20th 6pm Shard Time
(7pm Mountain, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern)

Lets call this one......
Athena's Auction”

All Regular BAH! Rules will apply. You know them by now ... and if you don't, shame on you.

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 auctioneers 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 BAH!, N^T, or PvM events.

4. Please place spell books inside a secondary bag and keep banter to a minimum. Talking is encouraged inside the “Auction” chat room.

5. All bids must increase by at least 5k, and please be reasonable, don't bid 5k on an item you know will sell for 3 mil. Speed up the bidding process whenever possible, please.

6. HAVE FUN!!!!!

A list of items will be available and posted soon. Until then you'll just have to be in the dark as to what you'll be spending your precious gold on. However rest assured, there will be items for all comers, this little auction will take a while.

So February 20th, 6pm Pacific, come ready with your preferred caffeinated drink at hand and in abundance, and your gold checks pilled high in your bank boxes.

Happy Bidding
Frost Keats

p.s. - This auction will not be open to public entries. However the good news is the next auction for public entry has found itself a date to happen on......... March 6th 6pm shard time. Start sending in your entries now, the cut off date will be March 4th at 9pm shard time. To enter your items contact Frost Keats at [email protected] or ICQ – 354580529.

_______________________

posted by Sara of Baja

 

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EM NEWS - Cupid's Special Event, Saturday, February 13
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 9:38 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

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

Cupid’s Special Event
Posted By EM Molly on February 12, 2010

Meet with Cupid on Saturday, February 13 for a special event. This will take place at 1pm pst (2pm mst, 3pm cst, 4pm est). Meet at Brit Counselor Hall.

___________________
EM Molly O'Malley's FIRST official post!

posted by Sara of Baja

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A Red Velvet Fairy, Naked Archers and a Whiskey Filled Bloody Offals
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 8:05 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
Valentine Fairgrounds Event ~


* vintage valentine card *



Last night was the Valentine Event at the Fairgrounds and a fun filled evening it was.

A Red Velvet Fairy was in charge of the event and that fairy was so darn tiny and cute, as fairies usually are ( though a few tried to kill the fairy with no luck ).



The first part of the event was an archery contest. All clothing and jewelry had to be removed for those participating. Needless to say many enjoyed feeling free and clothes free at the fairgrounds, very one with nature like. Those not in the contest stayed clothed like the ever lady-like Lady Silverbrook clad in virginal blue and white.



The first class was for those that had 100 and over skills with a bow and arrow. Illania of the -Y- guild was the winner of this class and we commend her.



Below are a few screenshots of the action. Bloody Offals, a well known DC* member for a long time that had a few weeks in -Y- and now has found a final home with the SOB Guild was in need of whiskey during the entire event.
For those that know Bloody it does not take a day or night at the fairgrounds for him to be in need/want of whiskey.





The " Heart Class " was for people with no archery skills or below 100. Everyone could be in this contest which was great. Hattori Hanzo also of the -Y- Guild took tops in this class.






After all that bow and arrow action it was off to the dart board where is was a pairs event. I participated in both events myself and had a grand time but not as good as the dance party going on. Those crazy -Y- winners started a dance party and they could not stop. They danced so long and hard Stabytha could not concentrate on the darts board and she was my partner! Needless to say we were not winners.



I could not stay to the very end as real life called ( Project Runway ) but I want to thank the Red Velvet Fairy for a good time and......

HAPPY VALENTINES



















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Professor Jenkins Heading For Britain Castle!!
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:59 AM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Professor Jenkins heading for Britain Castle!!

by Fiorella

Professor Jenkins is making his move to the Castle to reclaim Maya
Demeter. Queen Dawn is calling all citizens willing and able to protect
the Castle and the still weakened Maya to please come to the Britain Gate in Trammel.

Please be there 7pm PST, Friday February 12th


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Beach Party in February
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:49 AM EST by Lady Lava (Catskills)
Beach Party in February

Beach Party



Feb. 13th, 6pm-10pm EST!

Pirates and landlubbers, join us on our big beach party in front of the Jolly Roger Inn. Free beverages! Games and fun! Entertainment guaranteed!

A map can be found here:
http://www.aschulze.net/ultima/pirates/map_up.htm

Hawkeye Pike
The United Pirates
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Event Tonight! 7PM EST
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:29 AM EST by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
Meadow's beloved boyfriend has run off with another woman, a vile woman, Alandris. the boyfriend Dirk is an avid adventurer and frequents Shame. Find him and release him from the spell of his evil mistress!

Find Meadow tonight, at 7PM EST in her home west of Yew Abbey to ask her how to find Dirk!
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Seek & Find Valentine Events (EM hosted)
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:29 AM EST by AirmidCecht (Sonoma)
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Seek & Find Valentine Events (EM hosted)


Event Title: Seek & Find Valentine Events (EM hosted)
Event Date: Sunday, February 13, 2010
Event Time: 1pm PT * 3pm CT * 4pm ET
Submitted by: Queen Mum

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Catch-A-Mate of the Monster Kind!
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:26 AM EST by AirmidCecht (Sonoma)
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Catch-A-Mate of the Monster Kind!


Event Title: Catch-A-Mate of the Monster Kind!
Event Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010
Event Time: 1pm PT * 3pm CT * 4pm ET
Submitted by: Queen Mum

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[EM EVENT] Saturday February 13th
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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 11:12 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)

Saturday February 13th
"What way to celebrate such joy?"

Queen Dawn inhaled deeply the roses that had been set out for her.  She smiled, for this was a joyous time of year.  The time for romance, the time for Love.  She pondered, "What way to celebrate such joy?"   She thought for a moment and settled on Trinsic and the toyshop of Tomas O'Neerlan...

Tomas unrolled the parchment in a hurry, never before had he been privy to correspondence from the Crown:

Dear Tomas,

In joyous celebration of this time of Love would you be so kind to put thy skill to a special memento for the occasion? I trust your experience and artistry to produce a fine craft.

Warmest Regards,

Lady Dawn, Queen of Britannia
**Seal of the Crown**


Tomas let the parchment gently on the table.  His throat had gone dry.  His mind spun.  A direct request from her Majesty? He paced his shop frantically.  Surely the result must be perfect lest he shame himself in the eyes of the Queen.  He toiled for hours on end until late one night, he'd created harmony.  Illuminated by the gentle shimmer of the torchlight stood one of Tomas' finest creations....

Scarlet Von Trinsic hugged the sandstone walls of the Southern gate of Trinsic.  She tumbled behind a nearby tree just in time to avoid detection from the caravan's leader.  She recognized the insignia on the freight with a smile.  Jackpot.  She followed the caravan southwest from the city, until finally, she saw the glowing portal in front of her.  Her only hope now was the success of the Magician's charms upon the moongate.  The caravan entered the moongate, she quickly followed....

Perhaps it would be worthwhile to determine the fate of this caravan?
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Tome of Curses
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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 10:47 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)





Tome of Curses

Seth’s hands trembled as he read the parchment for a fourth time. He could not believe that his uncle would place the responsibility for restoring their family name and perhaps his Uncle’s soul. Seth’s Uncle, the powerful mage Garkin, had turned to the dark in the service of Casca. He slowly read the words again …

 

Nephew,

Since the death of your father you we are the last of our bloodline. My time is fast approaching and then you will be the last of the bloodline. I am sorry to have to lay this horrible burden upon you, but I have no choice. You are the only one I can trust. When Casca came to power he recruited me to help him. I was working on creating a magical tome called the Book of Curses. There were eight curses within this tome; very powerful curses that would have allowed Casca to consolidate his power. Each Curse was created with magic parchment that can not be destroyed by normal methods. When I realized the evil that Casca was planning I could not let this powerful tome fall into his hands. I took each page of the tome and hid them. I began researching a potion that could be used to destroy the pages. I have successfully created a potion to destroy the pages, but the experiments have corrupted my blood and left me dying. When this note reaches you I will have drawn my last breathYou must find and destroy the pages from the tome of curses. I have left clues to help you create the potion; then you will have to locate each page and destroy it. You may need to gather some followers to assist you, the locations are very dangerous. I hope you will find the strength to take up this task and help restore our family’s name. When the next Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus occurs visit Marshal on the docks of Vesper, I have entrusted him with the first information you will need to start this task.

Your uncle,

Garkin

 

 

He would have to meet this challenge. Seth had just been name the captain of the Cove Militia, so he could recruit others to help him. He would do his best to complete this task, not for his uncle, but for the memory of his father.




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BAH! Consignment Auction, Saturday, March 6
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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 10:34 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Announcing the next
BAH! Open Consignment Auction

Saturday, March 6,  6pm Shard Time
(7pm Mountain, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern)

Start sending in your entries now, the cut off date will be March 4th at 9pm shard time. To enter your items for the sale, contact Frost Keats at [email protected] or ICQ – 354580529.

All Regular BAH! Rules will apply.

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 auctioneers 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 BAH!, N^T, or PvM events.

4. Please place spell books inside a secondary bag and keep banter to a minimum. Talking is encouraged inside the “Auction” chat room.

5. All bids must increase by at least 5k, and please be reasonable, don't bid 5k on an item you know will sell for 3 mil. Speed up the bidding process whenever possible, please.

6. HAVE FUN!!!!!

A list of items will be available and posted soon.

Happy Bidding
Frost Keats
_______________________

posted by Sara of Baja

 

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Destroying the Orc Incubator Machine! (Thursday 11th)
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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 11:03 AM EST by Petra Fyde (Europa)
By Mapper



Fynn Barrett arrived at the Counselor's Hall to wait with us for Nathan.

By five past eight Fynn said we should just continue without him.

Fynn Barrett: "We have urgent business!

To find out information and try destroy the machine, The machine that grew the Orcs."



Fynn asked if we knew anything else that may help to find the location of the incubator.

A few people brought up Mericles and how he made the machine.



Fynn Barrett: "I was going to suggest having a look at Mericles' old home."

Fynn then opened a gate to Britain Moongate.



At the moongate we were ordered to head to Compassion, In Ilshenar.



We headed south east from the moongate towards Mericles' old home, The undead citadel.



At the citadel we searched the building for any clues that may lead us to the Orc growing machine, The Incubator.



On the bottom floor in a bookcase a folded map was found, It looked like the following:

Quote:
"*You see a map of Ilshenar. A location is marked at the west side of the mountains west of the Citadel*

To enter the cave say her name."


We left the Citadel and gathered at the end of the bridge, Silas had possibly found the cave and called us over to take a look.



At the boulder saying 'Hannah' gained you access to a wide open cave.





Inside the cave was a gate and a stack of crates, Inside one of the crates a key allowed you access through the gate and further into the cave.





Inside the second section of the cave were Orc Hatchlings, We began to try kill these powerful baby Orcs.



After the hatchlings had been killed we walked east to another gate. An orc named Bulbog was waiting at the gate, He requested peace.



I decided to go ahead through the next gate and walked a distance through the cave, Suddenly, Ahead a huge machine towers inside the cave.



Inside the machine were four seed pods incubating.



Traveler had found some gunpowder from a previous part of the cave and handed it out among people, The plan seemed clear now, destroy the incubator with the gunpowder.



Fynn Barrett then arrived and had a look around the Incubator machine.



Fynn Barrett: "We will blow this thing to bits!" he yelled as he chucked gunpowder around each seed pod.



Fynn connected up the fuses and requested everyone to stand back...





He lit the fuse and after a second, The Incubator machine exploded, Spewing parts everywhere!



Everyone gathered where the machine once stood and Fynn thanked us for coming and completing the mission.



10 Blueprints were dropped, Along with 4 Seed Pods.
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A Sweethearts Scavenger Hunt This Weekend
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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7:24 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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A Sweethearts Scavenger Hunt will take place on Saturday, February 13th.
Players may compete singly or in couples. Registration will be from 3 to3:30 p.m. CST at the Counselors' Hall in Britain.

Magnus Grey and Captain Keel request that the Royal Spies and the RoyalGuard attend, as they may pick up information which will make their future tasks easier.


See you there and hearts away.
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WRR Deal or No Deal on LEGENDS (Saturday, February 13th)
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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7:07 AM EST by AirmidCecht (LegendsAOL)
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WRR Deal or No Deal on LEGENDS (Saturday, February 13th)


Win up to 10 MILLION in GOLD on the shard of your choice (1/3 Siege) playing WRR Deal or No Deal 'UO Style'. This weeks DoND is on LEGENDS starting at 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific. The DoND house is located just WEST of the entrance to Luna Bank. Players from all shards are eligible to participate...just make a character on LEGENDS to join in the fun!!

Rules on how to play DoND UO Style are available on the WRR station website where you can also tune in to hear this and other UO events live from... Whispering Rose Radio - www.WRRAD.com

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WRR's Dungeon Boogie Friday!!
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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 6:56 AM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
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WRR's Dungeon Boogie Friday!!


Join DJ Sandman as he broadcasts live on www.wrrad.com from 10pm to Midnight Eastern Time the adventures of crawling through one of the dungeons of Lake Superior. Gather at Luna Bank on Friday, February 12th to be guided to this weeks special dungeon location. All players from all shards are able to participate. Just make a character on LS to join the fun. All participants keep their free loot!

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Congradulations to Merci and Bishimi!
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 7:36 PM EST by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
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Congradulations to Merci D'rue of The Guardians of Stonegate and her groom Bishimi of The Blue Lotus.



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Goodluck to the both of them!

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[EM Event] Nexus Spirit: The Appearance
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 4:16 PM EST by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;


Dark magic and banished substances have been used in a ritual and have create a strange rift. From which a powerful force has been detected.

All informants who have tried to investigate have never come back.
The royal guard’s task is, if possible rescue any living missing informants, apprehend any suspicious characters, seal the mysterious rift before any other possible things come out of it, and determine the cause of the rift.

(Meeting place Lord British’s Castle, at 8PM Eastern Standard, 7PM Central Time Date: Feb 12 2010)
[Side note sorry about this being a sudden post, I thought I hit post last night but it was only save]


For those that know not, the EM site is here



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Valentine's Day Gifts
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 2:01 PM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

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Valentine's Day Gifts


James Nichols

10 Feb 2010 16:00:51 EST



Greetings!

Valentine's Day Gifts will arrive on February 14th. We apologize for any confusion concerning this, have fun!

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PVP Tourney Official Sign up Thread
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 9:59 AM EST by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
Use this thread to sign up for the PVP Tourney Date: February 13, 2010 Time: 8PM EST Place: Stonehaven Arena Rules: Few things: First tier = mage vs mage Second tier = dexer vs dexer Finals = Best mage vs best dexer Winner will get a reward placed in the hall. Rules are as follows: -No use of hide/stealth skill, including smoke bombs. -No disarm -No pets or summons of any kind -No firefields, poison fields, conflags, etc. -No potions in Mage vs. Mage *Rules may be added/amended at any time.
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Cupid Sightings!
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 9:53 AM EST by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
Cupid Sightings!

Cupid has been seen fluttering around the virtue dungeons, each day he shows up to a new virtue dungeon spreading his love to players and monsters alike! Make sure to vanquish him from the dungeon so he can bring his love to the towns, where it really needs to be!
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Publish 64 Now Live
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 7:48 AM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

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Publish 64 Now Live


James Nichols

10 Feb 2010 09:15:40



Greetings!

Publish 64 is now live world wide - below are the final notes for this publish (including the accompanied patch notes)

We hope you enjoy, have fun!

Publish 64 Notes

Valentine’s Gifts


* Login on Test Center and find out what we have for you to love!

New Gardening Resources

* Flax Seed produces cotton bales (used on spinning wheels to make spools of thread)
* Cypress seeds produce bark fragments (these can only be used by cooks to make wood pulp)
* Sugar Cane seed produces bags of sugar


Encounter Improvements

* Navrey, Medusa, Stygian Dragon and the Slasher of Veils have been revamped:

    o New Rewards- Night Eyes ( Glasses), Tangler (Half Apron), Venom (Bracelet), and Slither (Talisman), Lavaliere (necklace) , Mangler (Broadsword)
    o Scrolls of Transcendence have been added
    o Some of their stats and resists have been adjusted
    o New attack added to Slasher of Veils


Seed Trading Box

* If you have seeds that will not stack, take them to the flower garden behind the Nujel’m Palace and place them in the Gardener’s Toolbox. This will allow an exchange of unstackable to stackable seeds. The box will accept single seeds or containers filled with seeds. Please be warned that the player can’t carry the seed container and it will drop to the player’s feet. Double click the box for instructions if needed.

Mysticism Changes

* Imbuing is not the only skill associated with Mysticism now. Players can use EITHER their Focus skill or Imbuing skill. Evaluate Intelligence no longer has any effect on a Mystic’s spell power

Housing Teleporter Changes

* If two House Teleporters are not linked with each other, it is now possible to form a link between the two. To do this:
1. Have both House Teleporters in your backpack.
2. Double-click on one House Teleporter.
3. When the targeting cursor appears, target the other House
Teleporter.
4.The two House Teleporters will then be linked and can be used
for teleporting between each location when locked down in a
house.

* This is an exclusive link. Old link associations will be broken when the new link is formed.

* Faction players will no longer be able to use these while carrying a sigil

Please Note: If you have teleporters placed you do not have to relink them. If one happens to become unlinked for any reason, you will be notified by the teleporter becoming dark grey.

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

* New insurance costs will be between 10gp and 800gp.
* Magical items cost will be based on their worth in the Imbuing
system. Please note: Item property weighted values subject to
change.
    o All community collection items will remain 600gp.
    o All faction armor/weapons will be 800gp.
    o Insurable armor set pieces will remain 600gp.


* Players will now be receiving 100% of the insurance value for
player kills and faction players will receive 50% of the
insurance value insurance value for player kills.
* Non-magical item cost is based on a percentage of the items
vendor price.

New improved interface added to the player context menu

* Displays all insurable items currently within the players
backpack and equipped on paperdoll.
* Displays current insurance status for each item.
* Total insurance cost, the number of deaths payable, and the
gold available are displayed for the player.

Bug Fixes

* House add-on deeds will remain blessed when they are redeeded
* Glowing runes will animate in the Legacy Client
* Player’s last corpse is teleported out of the Underworld puzzle
room if the key expires
* Snakes which are attacked while under the influence of a snake
charmer will no longer remain uncharmable.
* Gregorio the Bandit will no longer turn blue when attacked.
* Fixed an issue with Tinkers not being able to make trapped
boxes. This was caused when the tool was used up upon a failed
attempt.
* Pets should be able to follow their owners down the stairs from
Underworld into the Abyss
* Fixed an issue with re-deeding heritage token ladders decaying
when redeeded and replaced.
* Maple and Snows trees will no longer display bare in Felucca
* The Crystal Vortex now has a new corpse animation
* Young players can now say “cross” to use the ferry in Skara
* Players will no longer be able to cast Rising Colossus inside
houses
* The 20 skill points from humans’ “Jack of all Trades” will no
longer apply to the skill points required for the mana discount
on special moves. If players do not have 200 or more modified
points in various combat skills (Swordsmanship, Mace Fighting,
Fencing, Archery, Throwing, Parry, Lumberjacking, Stealth,
Poisoning, Bushido, and Ninjitsu), their special moves will use
the full mana cost

Patch Notes

Patch 4.0.5.0 (Enhanced Client)


* Players from Global Chat can now be added to the Ignore List.
Click on the “Add from Chat” button when adding players to
ignore.
* “Filter Obscenity” and “Ignore Players” options are now turned
on by default.

Hotbar Updates

* With Legacy Targeting turned off, target type is indicated by
the color of the outline around each slot.
* Hotkey assignments on the hotbar are now more visible.
* All hotbar slots now properly highlight on mouseover.

Added new actions

* Equip Last Weapon: swaps between the currently equipped weapon
and last equipped weapon.
* Bandage Self: searches for the first available bandage in the
backpack and uses it on yourself.
* Bandage Selected Target: searches for the first available
bandage in the backpack and uses it on your current target.
* Quit Game: exits the client (key binding is also available).

Updates to the “Equip Item” action:

* Now properly equips between two-handed weapons and one-handed
weapon/shield combinations. (*)
* Added an “Add Equipped” button when editing the action that
adds all currently equipped items to the action.
* The same item can no longer be added to the action infinite
times.

Additional Changes

* Updated the placeholder icons for many of the macro action.
* Added item and weight count tooltips to the player backpack. (*)
* Empty containers no longer open with an empty view.
* Reduced the duration of the earthquake shake and synced it up
with the sound effect.
* Chat Color option for “Custom” has been relabeled to “Chat
(Global)”.

Bug Fixes

* Players are no longer able to open multiple NPC vendor gumps
simultaneously.
* NPCs and players will no longer appear to ghost on edge of
screen when player is zoomed out to max.
* A correction was applied to the spam filter to avoid it
incorrectly triggering short burst of speech.
* Fixed an issue where items placed on the ground are
occasionally invisible without any particularly identifiable
reason.
* Gaman no longer sound like songbirds

Please Note: Requires Publish 64 to be fully operational.



Patch 7.0.5.0 (Classic Client)

* Players from Global Chat can now be added to the Ignore List. A
list of selectable names will appear when adding targets to the
Ignore List
* Added the “Chat Channel Message Color” customization option.
* Players can now run more than one Classic Client at a time, but
are given a warning dialog during startup

Bug Fixes

* Gaman no longer sound like songbirds
* Fixed overlapping issues with overhead text




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WRR to broadcast live Silvervale's "Knight-Games" Saturday February 13th
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Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 1:17 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Silvervale present: “Knight-Games“
From: Queen Mum

Come and join us for some Old fashioned fights. The Event will be broadcastet “Live” on Whispering Rose Radio. UO News
Best three out of each Category get engraved Prize plus Gold.
The Knight can start in 2 diffrent Categories.

Main-Rules for all 2 Categories:
Leave your equipment and the contents of your backpack at home! Store away your armor, weapons, jewelry, talismans and other fighting gadgets!
Equip yourself ONLY from provided Armor Weapons.

Only if your opponent is dead or leaves the arena, you win the fight.
The system of the Knight-Games will depend on the number of participants (double-elimination, knock-out system).

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Meet in Britannia by "Councelor's Guild" the 13th February 2010
arround 9:50 pm estern Time, start will be at 10pm est!


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Lady Darth Oni
Mayor of Silvervale

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Sanctuary
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Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EST by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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Sanctuary

Smoke from a dying fire smothered the small family farm house.
Broken glass in the embers cast eerie shadows on the walls.
Theron knelt beside the ruined stone hearth; his mother’s bright copper kettle was now black with ash.
Turning away Theron looked at the fresh graves that now housed his family.

“Crowley will find you brother. It is only a matter of time.
Come with me to the Monastery of Midian; there we will find Sanctuary with the Brotherhood
of Valor. No army has breached Midian’s walls.

“We should seek Queen Dawn. If the fire ruby is to be saved I must

 tell the Queen and Royal Guard what I know ” Theron said.

“There isn’t time to reach Britain or rally the guard! Crowley is still in Jhelom.
He has hired mercenaries and spies to watch the docks and moongate.” Justininian said.

Theron did not argue, reluctantly he followed his brother to a small boat tied to the edge of the island.
The two brothers rowed to the Shrine of Valor.
Justinian and Theron knelt at the Shrine and said the mantra of Valor and then together they went
 through a trap door to the underground fortress of Midian.


Note: This event will be in Felucca by registration only and will be run three times.
Participants are limited to 30 (15 attackers and 15 defenders) per event. To register send your character's name
and email to [email protected] , specify attacker or defender and which night you would prefer: RP, PVM or PVP.
Each event will have a different challenge and PVP will be part of each event. Details about the event will follow
 in an email. No field spells or greater dragons allowed. This event will have a player driven outcome.

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MOA Fees Free February and Valentines Flair
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MOA Fees Free February and Valentimes Flair



One of my favorite Valentines designs from a Japanese Shard



This is just a reminder that all items submitted for auction are now subject to fees free February.
This is a yearly month of free submits to further enhance the selling process at MOA.

Majestic Oaks runs every Wednesday and Thursday at 9 by the eastern sky and we anticipate a great year ahead. I was at the auction this past week and the place is decorated for Valentines.

Even the entrance to the auction house has a flowery love inspired design.



Below are a few more screenshots from the auction house, green and pink benches and all. Roses are popular this time of year.





www.uo-moa.net

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Valentine's Faire at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010, 9:05 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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.This just in from Elizabella ~





Please join us for a Valentine's Faire at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds (47°1'S, 36° 0'W), Thursday, February 11, 8:30 p.m. CST.

Naked Archery
Diamond Class 100.1-120 skill
Heart Class 0-100 skill

You must compete as Cupid would: naked and with no jewelry. You'll be
given a plain bow and ten arrows with which to demonstrate your prowess.

Darts Doubles
Teams of two will compete. Please sign up as a team when you arrive by speaking to the EM. Each team will get twenty throws, ten per person.

Teddy Bear Races
Bring a tamed bear named "A Teddy Bear" or something cute. It can be a brown bear, black bear, grizzly bear, or polar bear. You and your bear will run around the tournament pits THREE times. First one whose bear completes the circuit wins.

REWARDS
The names of the winners will be displayed at the Award Hall. The bear plaque will display the bear's name as well :-)

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Stratics Continues Under New Management
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010, 1:26 PM EST by AirmidCecht (CommunityNews)
Stratics Continues Under New Management

 
In 1997 Ryan Findley founded what would eventually become Stratics in connection with Ultima Online as a source for information and interaction with a community of players and the developers of UO.
In the following years, Stratics continued to grow along with the community eventually expanding to other games and stands today, almost 13 years later, as a communication source and guide for news and information on your favorite MMO.

In January 2010, Justin Hall took over as General Manager with the goal of positive forward momentum for all gaming, old and new. While Ryan “Den Dragon” will always be referred to as Stratic’s founder, we look forward to testing the waters with JHall at its helm.
We asked Justin to answer a few questions for us to become familiar with our new GM and the experience he hopes to bring to Stratics Central.

Can you start by telling us a bit about your past experiences in gaming and fan sites that lend towards leading this site at the start of a new decade?

First of all, let me thank you for this opportunity to sit down with the community, I appreciate you're time and the time of all of our staff members!

I've been playing UO since beta, and I've played every major MMO, and more or less every major game title, that's been released in the last 15 years. Gaming is in my blood, and I understand the wants and needs of gamers. Moving forward we're going to design and operate Stratics in a way that will cater to these needs by offering the most in-depth, news, guides, walk-throughs, and editorial available.

What made you decide Stratics was the right venue for you?

It's been a website I've read every few days for 13 years, I've known Den for a long time, and I've always had an overwhelming desire to make things succeed.

What are your short and long term goals for Stratics Central?

In the short term: There's lots to learn. I need to meet with the CM's (Community Managers) for every section of the site and focus on getting the sections updated. I'm going to be updating some of the
systems the site uses to make it easier for people to use and navigate, and I'm going to involve myself a little more in the community - possibly with some good giveaways and bringing more volunteers on board to manage some of our currently non-updated sections.

Are there plans to host more contests for gamers and if so could you name a few ideas?

Excellent lead in! Yes, the plan is to spice things up a bit with a few contests and things to get people using and enjoying the site more. Contest goodies will range from gaming monitors, mice, keyboards, and headsets to any number of different game gear items. It'll all fall under the "cool stuff only" rule.

While many volunteers offer their experience and time to Stratics, there is always room for more help as the evolution of the site continues. What type of incentives do you hope to offer anyone ready to hop aboard?

Well something I've always believed in is rewarding kindness. Taking on a volunteer position to post editorial and educate people about the more difficult areas of a game is a pretty awesome thing to do. I'd like to reward people with exclusive staff only contests, and exclusive game gear we'll get from our relationship with developers.

Keeping in mind that Ultima Online became the start of Stratics Central, specifically what are your feelings towards UO and the community that has stuck by these forums for almost 13 yrs now?

I still play constantly, I've always been a fan and I think it's safe to say...You and I...we're in the same boat. forward, forward, back one, back one, drop anchor.

We look forward to testing out our new GM and the goals he has for staff and community improvements at the start of this New Year. Thank you, Justin for taking the time to let us get to know you a bit.
 
Interview by AirmidCecht

 
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ATTN Siege! PVP Tournament to be held
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010, 8:25 AM EST by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
EM Cecil will be hosting a PVP tournament this Friday at 6PM EST

The dueling tournament to be done in this fashion:

First tier = mage vs mage

Second tier = dexer vs dexer

Finals = Best mage vs best dexer

Winner will get a reward placed in the hall. Rules are as follows:
-No use of hide/stealth skill, including smoke bombs.
-No disarm
-No pets or summons of any kind
-No firefields, poison fields, conflags, etc.
*Rules may be added/amended at any time.

You may use whatever items you like, be it faction or otherwise. But be forewarned, I am deeming this an open loot tournament. Which means if you're a factioner and you die, realize your expensive suit could be taken by your opponent. This is Siege after all, you gotta risk it, for the biscuit.

Please to sign up within the thread to be added to the bracket, which will be up Thursday. If not enough interest is shown, it will be cancelled.
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High Council Application for the 5th Seat, Valor
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010, 5:30 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)

Posting on behalf of Maggie of the High Council

High Council Application For 5Th Seat, Valor

Fifth Seat, Representing Valor, and the city of Jhelom is now open and the High Council is open for applications. If you are interested in applying for this seat, please send your interest to [email protected] We will send you an application and will set up an interview time. Upon February 27 at midnight, open applications will be closed.





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Community Hunts - Week of February 8th
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010, 4:57 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.



Shadow Wyrm Hunt
Date: Tuesday, February 9th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt
Date: Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Stygian Dragon entrance mini-champ hunt (Stygian Abyss)
Date: Thursday, February 11th
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, February 12th
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 - February 8th
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010, 4:50 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – February 8, 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!



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Guardians Gate Attacked!
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Posted on Sunday, February 7, 2010, 2:54 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                          Surprise attack in Guardians Gate!

        The morning was not unlike any other in peaceful Guardians Gate as everyday life was brought to a stand still today. While citizens went about thier business crafting items and relaxing in the winters day, the rumble of marching soldiers was heard from miles away. Unweary of what cometh, the city was taken by surprise as thousands of orc lay siege upon our peaceful lands.
        Hordes and  hordes of orc poured into the city as Royal Knight Thomas Berard and Elder Delta Butch were first to sight the massive force and send out the call to arms. The famed Ottersrun Taphouse was first overrun as citizens scrambled for cover as immense Orc Brutes, bombers, and other evil hordes bombarded all in sight. The streets now filled with orc and the blood of our citizens spilt, the Royal Guard began to turn the tide as the forces of evil awashed the walls of Castle Guardians Gate.


               

          After hours of battle the Royal Guard stood victorious. This did not go without help as citizens from the cities of Al Ellisande and Zedland lent spell and sword to aid in the defeat of the evil that reared its ugly head this day. As the corpses were piled and burnt in the nearby swamps the speculation began as leadership attempted to retrieve clues to who or what was behind this sinister attack. Among the corpses, Lady Brinna managed to retrieve a slightly smoldered orders parchment  found on the evil Orc Lord who led the attack. The parchment is on display at the Ottersrun Taphouse and reads as follows:

                                                              " Klub da hummiez "
                                            by an Orcish Lord

               " The order  is mostly written in jumbled orcish. From what you can tell however, it seems the orcs were hired by a third party.... You tuck the orders as they may prove useful. "

        City leaders have met as the call to send scouts to any and all cities in search of further orcish hordes has been issued. City defenses in Guardians Gate and its allying cities have been heightened as we brace for further conflict. The fleet of the United Sosarian Navy has been summoned to nearby waters  along with the activation of the cities Felucca forces known as the Crimson Guard. Unknown is to who is behind this dispicable attack, be weary friends as someting wicked this way cometh.....

        




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Raven Firedragon Hosts First -Y- Battle Chicken Tourny
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Posted on Sunday, February 7, 2010, 12:11 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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-Y- Battle Chicken Tourny


This past saturday Raven Firedragon hosted the first Battle Chicken Tournament for the -Y- Guild.

Pet fighting has a long history on Great Lakes and the Chicken Fight Club has been the quality standard for years. The -Y- based Battle Chicken Fights will be once a month I am told. There was a small turn out for this new event but excitement was big for those that attended. Many battle chickens are in training at this time so next months event should be bigger and better.



There was a mystery box/chest game of chance during half time and lil Babs Stabs was the winner.



Below are a few screenshots from the event. Mammy took first place and Dirty Emerald was runner up. Oh yes.....there were prizes for the winners.







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Techie Stuff & Fishing Quests
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Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EST by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:


This week we offer for the technically minded:


  • Command Action Scripts. Updated by Gildar to include more recently developed scripts, including one from BTeng_Mythic, Thank you Gildar.

  • Also updated, this time by Xena Dragon, The Meditation Calculator. Formulas as per Phoenix_Mythic. Thank you Xena Dragon

Meanwhile visits to the Abyss and the Goblins allow us to bring you


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



Finally we would like you to extend a warm welcome to Stratics new General Manager, Justin Hall
(that's 'warm' please, not 'hot'. Flames not required)


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] In the Spotlight - Wargasm
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Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010, 10:40 AM EST by Eyes of Origin (Pacific)



In The Spolight - Wargasm


How long have you been playing UO?

I’ve been playing since around 1999-2000 till FL got back from the World tour. Then I quit on and off for a few years but came back full time about a year ago.

If you could bring one thing back to PvP, what would it be?

I would have to say that it would probably be adding more incentive to PvP and be in Fel. Right now there isn't anything you really get from PvPing and there are little to no new PvPer’s out there. Power scrolls are pretty abundant now a days and they are not really enough for someone who doesn’t normally PvP to want to come to Fel.
There have been many expansions to come out over the years, but they rarely add any Felucca based content.

They should make it so that owning faction towns actually can get you something so that it encourages battles because right now there's not much point (I hope they do it right when they revamp factions)

Has imbuing helped or hurt PvP, in your opinion?

Imbuing has helped PvP in the fact that everyone is more or less able to be on an equal level item wise. BUT at the same time, it has made the unbalanced character templates even more unbalanced by giving them gear that just pushes them over the top.

What is your favorite template to play currently?

Currently I’m playing a bushido/parry mage simply because I find it much easier to deal with then some of the new templates out there. A lot of my issue though, is my crappy ping from living in New York, but if everything were all balanced and the overpowered templates were fixed, I would probably be back to playing a archer mage

There have been some heated arguments lately regarding Faction arties and players in Tram using these arties, but never PvPing. Do you think that arties should drop to your pack when you enter Tram or would you like to see Faction fighting opened up to all facets?

I’d rather there be PvP on all facets, this would eliminate people who just are in it for the items and it would give a better incentive to PvP.

We all know FL was a force to be reckoned with before the split, which still leaves me sad by the way! *laughs* But why the come back when the old members are split up so bad between the guilds or not even playing anymore?

Well, when I came back to UO about a year ago, I got back with FL, which only consisted of a few players in total. We were allied with SUPR and most of us had chars in SUPR so that we could do faction fighting. When SUPR went through its identity crisis, Juvi emerged as the leader and shortly after left a lot of people out of the new guild. I wasn't left out of the move, but most of the FL was and I decided to stick with them and bring my closer SUPR friends with me. Arycke was busy and hadn't been on in months so I called him on the phone and talked to him about taking over the guild and he agreed with my ideas.
We really aren't as much of a "new group of people under the FL name" as people think. Obviously we aren't going to be able to get back all of the people we once had but we have a decent amount of older FL members in the guild mixed in with our newer additions.

What do you do in UO when you're not PvPing?

I’m usually not doing anything in uo but pvping. If im not PvPing in UO nowadays I’m usually playing Call of Duty for pc

If you were advertising for UO, what would you say about PvP to attract new players?

It’s really a one of a kind PvP experience. There really is no other game out there that can compete with the system and play style of UO. Above all there is also no other MMO, to my knowledge, that has such a tightly knit PvP community where everyone knows everyone, even their enemies. You aren't quickly forgotten when you stop playing UO. People remember you and your guild for years and years after, if you make enough of an impact.

The fact that this game is 12 years old and we can still make this list says a lot
http://www.mmorpg.com/showFeature.cfm/loadFeature/3894

There’s been some talk about players wanting power scrolls moved to Ilish and Tok spawns. Do you agree or disagree with this and why?


I disagree, unless they move another bigger incentive to PvP at Fel spawns.

Who is your biggest rival in UO? Why?

Probably SUPR, just because of the fact that they seem to be the guild with the most constant activity and numbers.



Thank you Wargasm for an awesome interview! :)
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Professor Jenkins Evades Capture! Demands Lady Maya! (recap)
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Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010, 9:18 AM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings Fellow Britannians!


As I had sworn off Felucca, it was with no small amount of trepidation that I passed through the moongate to Yew, Fel. One just doesn't ignore a summons from the Queen. Especially not when she herself was willing to take the risk and it had been a cry for all of Britannia. Apparently that dastardly Professor Jenkins had been spotted and it really was necessary to curtail his evil plans. Obviously Felucca was the best place for him to hide, as the place was brimming with miscreants but I feared for the safety of both myself, and the Royal Guard. Would we have to watch for the murderers and thieves as well as the Mad Professor?

I stepped to the outer ring just a few moments before Queen Dawn arrived. The Guard gathered quickly around her, and surprisingly, so did several of Felucca's most wanted. Apparently they too were concerned over what Professor Jenkins had planned.



Her Majesty quickly pressed for caution, as the Professor had been seen heading for Yew, though her orders were without question. "Take him and his evilness down!"

Professor Jenkins had sworn to unleash his mutations on the whole of Sosaria and within moments of the Queen's orders, the Mad Scientist marched right up and declared himself. Mad man indeed!





Professor Jenkin's laughter filled the air as creatures from the bog surrounded the Royal Guard. His voice ringing with insanity, he called out death upon us all amid ludicrous demands for Lady Maya's return.









Queen Dawn herself, forgetting her present stature, jumped into the fray and fought back the beasts with a vengeance. One would think she couldn't be harmed at all with the fierceness she showed her opponent.



For every one creature killed, two more sprang up in it's place. I lost count of the number of deaths, ours and theirs. Rising up over the sounds of sword, armor, and steed; over the sounds of energy sizzling and lightnings fire, came the mad cries for Lady Maya.



The Professor must have decided his bog minions were not completing his task as intended, and thus he called for one of his mutations. A giant serpent that looked much like it had originally called the void it's home. It rained down white streaks from the sky, targeting all within range.





After a harrowing battle, the Royal Guard did Britannia proud! The mutated snake fell. Unfortunately, that would not be the end as the Professor had one last fiend this night, and it attacked the weary Guard, leaving them scrambling to gain ground.



Yet, gain they did, and it was with pride that I watched the disappointment smear the maniacal grin from Professor Jenkins face. Equally proud, Queen Dawn snidely asked the madman what he had expected. As if the esteemed Guard couldn't handle any and all that he would throw at them.



Our victory would be short-lived, however. As Professor Jenkins promised further terror to come. Then, much to the Queens dismay, he vanished.



Gathering around our brave Queen Dawn, the Royal Guard took stock in this eve's battle. It was clear that the Lady Maya would need further protection as Professor Jenkins had left behind his testament to that fact. Along with the proof of his mad experiment.













Having issued a warning to remain vigilant, Queen Dawn left the gathering. Her concern for Lady Maya, still confined at Castle Britain, paramount in her mind. Would that madman go so far as to attack Castle Britain next? Her majesty voiced her uneasiness at that prospect and asked that we look in on Lady Maya.



I arrived to see her up, but it was obvious she had not made a full recovery as yet. In fact, though her color had returned to normal, she continued to be plagued by that hacking cough. Myself and others talked quietly with her for some time. Waylaying her concerns over that evening's doings, and attempting to dissuade her notions of joining the Royal Guard when next they are called to battle her old mentor.

She seemed much less concerned for her own safety, instead seeking to warn the Guard that her friend had been quite intelligent once. That she had no way of knowing, in his current frame of mind, what evilness he was capable of. "Be brave!" she urged us all.

On a side note, the conversation had one lightening moment in that Gorn had been to visit often. Had even attempted to bring Lady Maya flowers and had been quite put out that he had been forbidden due to her health and confinement. The Lady herself blushed prettily as she spoke. Just goes to show how truly rare a person Lady Maya is. Even with the danger presently surrounding her, she shows decorum, and the masses whispering of a romance between the two... may be less than fantasy.



Best gaming wishes to all!
Salya Sin
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[NEWS] Savage Crisis War!
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Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010, 1:29 AM EST by Lyconis (Pacific)

Savage Crisis War!
(January 31st, 2010)


After being greeted by Omo Trovi news quickly shifted towards Yurelius the researcher. A discovery was found, the key to the puzzle of the orb was now known. The true power of the orb only showed itself at the location of its creation. Yurelius found it was created at the Ancient Citadel in Ilshenar which is where it await us.
Our march towards the Ancient Citadel would start outside the compassion moongate in Ilshenar.



The Ancient Citadel is located on an island east of the compassion moongate joined to its larger land masses by two bridges. As the island was visible through the eyes of a spyglass we could see a large gathering of the heinous beasts that lay ahead. Setting foot on the third floor of the Ancient Citadel would not be an easy task. Magical spells were being cast in hordes as blades and arrows were immersed in blood of our enemies. The warriors of Britain fought valiantly to gain hold of the entrance to the Citadel. The execrable stench of dead liches and rotting corpses made me vomit as we fought our way to the third floor, where the orb emersed in energy await us.



We held the stairway to the third floor with magical fields, as enemy reinforcements made way to our position they were slaughtered. While some of us held our ground others chanted the words "In Vas Ex Kal Por" entering a rift controlled by the orbs awesome power. As the first brave adventurers entered, the power of the orb continued to violently vibrate at our feet as if the entire world would soon be sucked into it.


As we came out of the orbs rift we found ourselves in the Ankh room hidden beneath the mountains of Ilshenar. Standing there awaiting us was a man named Veritas Experior. The hooded man stared at us as the plethora of bodies entered the hidden chamber. Veritas asked us if we were ready to stand against a test of our virtuous faith. We were asked to protect the damnation that had engulfed the shrines in Felucca, upon the cleansing of the shrines a chest with information would be revealed. Veritas could see the fear in the eyes of some of the adventures. Whether it was to inspire us or to weed out those who could not face their fears, a snide comment about "trammies" was said. Those who were prepared made their way to the shrines.



I must say being the first to arrive at a shrine was probably not the best idea. Those of us who recalled directly to the shrines were greeted by a mob of flesh tearing Balrons, Ancient Liches and Defilers. The defilers stood two stories tall with mutilated flesh dangling from their mouths. The flesh appeared to be the meat of rotten cows, goats, and other various creatures that were sacrificed to summon them. Dripping in the blood of fresh meat the defilers attacked the adventurers with relentless claws and magic. Their claws were the size of short wakizashis but felt like large viking swords when they tore through your armor. Energy vortexes, loyal pets, and warriors were able to tear through the flesh of these demonic beasts. While the beasts carcasses poured blood over the land the air became thick with a bloody red mist moving stagnantly through the air.

A cult calling themselves the "Super Best Friends" who pledge allegiance to the witch Minax caught wind of the battles. After a short period of time perhaps five minutes or so the cult started appearing at the shrines in large war parties. It appeared as though the cult members were mindless zombies unable to tell the difference between the demonic creatures and the humanoids sworn to protect the shrines. The cult zombies started attacking everything in site women included! The spirits of slain men and women fought to regain control of their bodies, the cult members repeatedly beat the naked and unarmed men and women as they clutched to their remains. Perhaps these cult zombies thought they could eat the souls of those they destroyed and gain some type of magical power as seen in many savage tribes. Some of us stood our ground and chased members of the Super Best Friends off, only to be lynched by hordes of at least ten of them at a time. With such a short notice the chaotic aligned cult was unable to stop our primary goal of defeating the demons that lay siege to shrines.

An abundance of chatter flowed through the *winds (*EM Event Chat room) as the last shrine was declared clear. Many comments detesting the cult of Super Best Friends could be heard. One young lass stated, "yes I just loved getting killed by the reds," reds is a popular term coined to those who are labeled murderers in the land. Another man stated "Holy SUPR hacks much?" it is unclear if he believed the hacking and slashing of the trammies was some type of "holy" cult ritual.


The parchments recovered from the shrines were inscribed with the following :
"There Are Those Who Seek The Dark Path."
"There Are Those Who Seek Immortality"
"This One Seeks Complete Control Of All Shards"
"The Flesh Is Weak But The Spirit Is Strong"
"There Is A Nexus Where Everything Comes Together"
"The Seeker Will Die But His Spirit Will Rise Again And Again"
"To Defeat the Nexus Spirit, You Need Otherworldly Help"
"The Nexus Spirit Must Be Stopped"

After mentioning the Nexus Spirit to Yurelius he started to shake in fear. He instructed us to say those words, "Nexus Spirit", to the Orb. Unsure what the orb would do he wished us luck. We fought our way through the Ancient Citadel once again and were teleported to the high mountains of Ilshenar.


A savage sub-leader Zevoz awaited us and a battle ensued. I noticed a dark figure standing high on the mountain top, if my eyes did not deceive me the dark figure was Mesanna. Pet dragons began attacking Zevoz, the warriors who survived the "shrine cleansing" followed the dragons lead.


Dragon and man crumbled in front of the awesome force the savage warrior, Zevoz, dealt. Surrounded and out numbered, Zevoz's awesome power was about to be seen by all who stood against him. A rumble came from the mountain top as flames flew from the feet of the savage warrior. It was clear that this was no ordinary savage humanoid. The noise of the battle could be heard in all of Ilshenar, the world seemed to stand still as an eerie silence could be felt. The spirits of the dead, both beast and man could be felt around us, the amount of wounded would be many. Surrounded and out numbered, Zevoz was taking a beating. The flames and energy that protected Zevoz dissipated into the thin mountain air as the battered and bloodied savage collapsed to the ground. After regrouping we went back to the counselors hall.


Omo stood to address everyone in his battered ringmail armor. It was now clear to us the savage warrior, Zevoz, was merely a pawn possessed by the Nexus Spirit. Today, we have only destroyed the vessel that the Nexus Spirt controlled. The Nexus Spirt was using the savages to search for something in Delucia, what it was is still unclear. We were able to recover a "Glowing Source of Dense Information," it is believed to be tied to our prior experimentations with blackrock. The war with the savages appears to be over, and Omo Trovi wishes to make some type of peace offering between the citizens of Sosaria and the savages. It is time for us to rest while Yurelius looks into the recovered Glowing Source....


In the words of Veritas Experior, the "trammies" brave enough to fight in Felucca were rewarded with talismans labeled "Defender Of The Virtues." What a true honor it is to wear this talisman. Do not be fooled though, some of these talismans may have been stolen from murderers in the land.


A guest appearance of Cyno was made shortly after Omo left. We were told of future plans regarding player ran towns. A town hall should be held on pacific soon and your input will be welcome on how our shard handles such towns. We will be using the models from other shards in this multi-verse that have already begun development within their communities!

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EM NEWS - The Search for Donal - New Information
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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010, 6:17 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

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

"The Search for Donal – New Information?"
Posted By EM Faine Morgan on February 4, 2010

To the citizens of Origin,

I’m afraid that once more I need to ask for your help. I received the following in a note today from Caryn Connelly:

“The scholars believe they have located the next piece of the formula and are one step closer to finding who holds Donal and why. However, there is also some disturbing news to report. Meet me this Saturday eve and I shall tell you what I know.”

I’m asking all citizens who are able to meet me Saturday night, February 6th, at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST at the West Britain Counselor’s Hall to hear what Lady Caryn has to tell us. I pray that we come one step closer to finding Donal – and that he remains safe.

With gratitude,
Lady Taryn Sullivan

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OOC Note from Faine and Molly: The SA expansion is NOT required to participate in this event.

posted by Sara of Baja

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PRT - Queen Dawn Proclaims The Mystical City a Village Of Sosaria
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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010, 5:21 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)
 

by Sara of Baja

Friday, January 29, 2010, Queen Dawn met with representatives who had submitted a petition requesting town status for The Mystical City.

As the proposed city is located in Ter Mur, Queen Zhah sent her representative Kuaven BenMonTas, a Royal Registrar for Ter Mur, to ensure Ter Mur housing regulations are followed by Crystal Canyon, Baciver, Falseprophet, gunner, and Gordon ... founders of the Mystical City. 

After asking a few questions of The Mystical City representatives, Queen Dawn requested a tour of their city.

The main house will be set up much as a community center with public dye tubs, commodity deed box, hitching post, forge, soul forge, tailoring and other crafting areas. The house also contains a Ter Mur rune library, and ...

a house teleporter that is linked to the CCC Vendor House and rune library in Luna

The second house in The Mystical City is a medical supply center, and also contains vendors.

We then toured the Decor House ... which will be used to celebrate holidays.

As we waited for Kuaven BenMonTas to complete her notes, Falseprophet tried to tidy up the front yard of the Decor House.

The fourth house on the tour was the AV Armory ...

which will also have vendors when completed.

The fifth and final house in the city is False's Ginger & Ale ...

which is a tavern and bakery with ale and cookie vendors, 

and a relaxing garden on the roof.

At the end of the tour, Kuaven BenMonTas conferred with Queen Dawn, assuring the Queen that the citizens of the The Mystical City are in compliance with the Ter Mur housing regulations, but did add that regular inspections would be made to ensure the city stays within the regulations. Queen Dawn asked the citizens about their loyalties to the throne as subjects of Britannia.

Then Queen Dawn proclaimed The Mystical City a village of Sosaria ...

as the town founders and spectators cheered the history-making proclamation. 

 

Until the finished banner can be placed, a lantern will serve as the marker for The Mystical City, the first player ran town recognized on Origin.

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related links:
PRT NEWS - Petition Received by Queen Dawn

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EM Event Feb 5 7PM EST
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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010, 5:10 PM EST by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
Trouble is brewing in Jhelom!

Meet at the Jhelom Tailor February 5 at 7PM EST!
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Looking For Valentine Decor, Found MOP Wonderland
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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010, 1:31 PM EST by Lady Lava (Catskills)
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It is that time of year again, when love is in the air and everything is heart shaped.

This afternoon I took a tour of Luna to see if any of the vendor shops decorated for Valentines. HOT Zone owned by Mystyka had a red and white theme going on but not really Valentines.

The MOP Guild North East Luna Emporium and its Winter Wonderland theme really caught my eye.



Standing in this plot really gave me the feeling of winter. Not only that the vendors dressed in pink, white and red gave a huge Valentines hello.

This shop not only has the decor down to a T but one can find many good and helpful items to purchased from these gals dressed in seasonal colors.




If you know of a plot you would like featured or one in full Valentines decor send me a PM.

Fondly, Lady Lava
Catskills and Great Lakes Reporter





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Battle Royale (Felucca), Friday Feb. 5th, 9pm EST!
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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010, 1:09 PM EST by Lady Lava (Catskills)
Battle Royale (Felucca), Friday Feb. 5th, 9pm EST!

The deadliest assassins of Britannia are challenged to be marooned on a deserted island in Felucca. There they will fight each other to the last man standing. The rules are simple:


* Any equipment is allowed.
* No pets, no mounts, no summons.
* No resurrecting.
* No murder counts!

All participants will be in contact with each other via party chat, to determine the end of the tournament. If the group has time, the tournament will be repeated with a little rule change:

* Leave your favorite equipment at home!
* You may only use items that can be bought from NPC vendors (weapons, armor, potions etc.)

Meeting point is the Jolly Roger Inn in Trammel.
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Queen Dawn Summons The Royal Guard!
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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010, 7:49 AM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Queen Dawn summons the Royal Guard!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
By Sangria

The mad Professor Jenkins has been seen in Fel!! Meet in Yew Fel Thursday, February 4th 7:00 pst.

OOC: The battle will take place outside of guard zones.
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Scarlet Von Trinsic Tests Kijustsu Anei Village
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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010, 12:13 AM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Scarlet Von Trinsic Tests Kijustsu Anei Village
Kijustsu Anei Village, Homare-Jima
February 4, 2010



All was quiet on the island of Homare-Jima. Shops began to close and people
returned to their homes and in some cases their forts. What was thought of as
another day ended turned into its beginning. One of the Inhabitants of Kijustsu
Anei was setting up the new alert system implemented by the Kijustsu Anei
Village Intendant, Luna Rossa. A loud battle cry was heard and as they turned
around they gazed upon a army of Orcs, Orge Lords and Ettins marching down
the street of Monk's Crossing!!! Many quickly made their way to the strongest
building in the village. The Kijustsu Anei Intendant building. Kijustsu Anei Village
government must be kicking themselves, for not having that alert system setup
in time for such an attack upon their land.




By word of mouth news spread across the land. The creatures attacks came
from all over. Savages, Sages, Paladins, Warriors, Knights even drunken Friers
answered to the call. The forces took some time to get under control but, they
were able to defeat the incoming army of Orcs and more. Once the battle was
finished many questions were left. Why have orcs and other creatures attacked
the land? Who were they attacking? Were they after Samantha Kent? Were they
sent to PaxOku or Village? Did the Savages have some unknown war going on?



Just as everyone began to gather to discuss what was going on a lady
appeared before them. Standing on top of the banner she was identified
as Scarlet Von Trinsic. People in crowed began to get angry. They quickly
figured out that Scarlet was the one behind this invasion. Scarlet jumped
down off of the banner to address them all. Niva was not very thrilled as
Scarlet made her way towards them.

”Should thank me Savage. I just sent over a clan of
your enemies to their death...A mere test. ”

Mirt responded, ”Why do we not just throw her in jail? ”

”Jail!? That’s rich. I’ve not an evil bone in my body. It’s about opportunity.
Funny ya know. A horde of orcs besieges thy town And where is the Queen’s
army?” You could tell those around started to wonder. “Noooowheree……..
Perched up in her castle drinking Winfield’s wine likely. Dreadful stuff by the
way. Swiped a few bottles from the courier and let me tell ya. I’ve had
swamp water with a better taste. Well, no matter. Guess ya just have to
watch out for yourself these days. ”

The crowd began to chatter amongst themselves. Has the Queen abandoned
them? Do they no longer have the protection they require? Few moments
later Gareth asked… “Would you be able to provide any protection? ”

”Ahhh Now we’re talkin’ Everything has a price."

Niva in a strong tone had a question of her own.
“What human Red have offer Village? ”

“And no amount of gold will satisfy my thirst. Oh I’ll see your village is safe
alright But it will cost you. All about the intangibles my dear. I ask when
the time is right to answer my call. I do say though… Caveat Emptor….”

As everyone once again began to talk amongst themselves. Many in
attendance yelled that they were making a deal with the devil but,
how could one devil resist another devils offer? A voice informed Von
Trinsic that they would need to inform the Intendant who is the leader
of their village.

”Discuss it amongst your peoples. When I return next,
I expect your response. Ta ta for now gents!"

Scarlet Von Trinsic quickly vanished. The words of Scarlet Von Trinsic would
weigh heavily on their minds tonight. Some did not know what Caveat Emptor
meant. Caveat Emptor - buyer beware without a warranty the buyer takes
the risk. Is the Kijustsu Anei community intrigued with this offer? We shall see.
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[RP] "Souls of Avarice"
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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 7:29 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)

"Souls of Avarice"

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The last coherent memory the man has is a late night of women, celebration, gambling and drinking. I can't believe I lost everything on that stupid dog fight. That dog had it coming... wait, is that all? What is my name? Where am I? Why can't I see? OH NO AM I BLIND?! Wait, what is that smell? Is that something burning... The man can feel the heat of a thousand ovens beneath him, yet he feels no pain. He lies prone on a red hot slab of blackrock, what you or I would recognize as a Rift Pillar, only this one has been heated by some unknown means. He can feel the charring of his own skin, yet it seems to him that it belongs to another man.

Why can't I remember... MANNON! a voice speaks in his mind. Is that my name? No, It can't be. MANNON! LISTEN TO ME, BOY. I AM YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO AVENGE... WHO ARE YOU? WHY ARE YOU CALLING ME THAT?! STOP YOUR INCESSANT WHINING AND LISTEN. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED... REMEMBER! The man stirs and whimpers, fighting against the horror he wishes to forget. Please not again. don't want to relive the pain... Suddenly like an avalance the memories return.. THAT IS RIGHT MANNON, IT IS AS MUCH YOUR FAULT AS IT IS THEIRS. YOU KNEW BLACKROCK WAS NOT OF THIS WORLD. AND YET YOU SOLD IT OFF AS QUICKLY AS THOSE POOR FOOLS COULD MINE IT UP. HOW MANY OF THOSE MINERS SURVIVED? How was I supposed to know what it was? What it could do?IT IS TOO LATE NOW. DO YOU WISH TO SEEK REVENGE OR BURN IN
 HELL?!


An overwhelming sense of sickness and fear strikes him. The man remembers it all now. That night, he sold off tons of blackrock to some crazy men who could hardly speak English. He knew something wasn't right, but his drinking habit always gets the best of him. After the dog fight, and losing his whole bank box, he killed his own dog out of anger. Soon after, the whole city lit up in flames as if hell itself was unleashed. All he could remember was the demons, fire, screams for help, blood, and death.. And of course.. His own death. .

Did I cause this? Was this all my fault? No... It couldn't be... My name... was... The man screams and his screams are swallowed by the void.



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Mortals Greed Of Times Past

 



While the Blue Light Tavern was being striped down a unknown creature
appeared before Tiger Lily, Gunga Din and Gareth. They appeared to not
be of the living or of the dead. the creatures did appear to be in pain and
a little on the insane side. hearing voices and talking to themselves.

Gareth demanded they state their intentions. The response
they gave was not one that was expected.

"To destroy all of Britannia! Just like YOU MORTALS destroyed Magincia!"

Tiger Lily took a protective stance. Gunga Din quietly slipped out the area.
Gareth looked the two creatures over and then responded.
"And you plan to do this with what army?"
A little humor could be heard in his voice. Tiger
Lily could hardly contain herself.

The creatures did not seem very amused by this disrespectful tone. They
went on to explain to the naive mortals. "With all of your greedy mortal
souls... Greed destroyed us, it will devour all of you! Soon.... soon"

Tiger Lily and Gareth turned to each other. They began to make wise
cracks about the creature. Comments such as I fear not, calling them
weak and a very minimum threat to the area. Before they knew it the
creatures were casting spells and summoning minions to them.



A grave error in judgment Tiger Lily and Gareth made for now they have
found themselves faced with creatures more powerful then the two of
them combined. Gareth quickly thumbed through the pages of the Book
of Wrong. He made a gesture to Tiger Lily who quickly took cover. His eyes
turned black and rolled upwards. His arms reaching out towards the Well
Of Souls. As he chanted his physical being began to mutate.



Gareth was rather impressed with himself. Being able to achieve the
summoning spell. However his magic was rendered useless against
the creatures. The Harbinger would not touch these unknown creatures.
It refused to fight. How could such a powerful spell prove to be
ineffective towards them?

The corrupted soul seemed amused at Gareths lack of knowledge. After
the Harbinger made its way South the corrupted soul informed Gareth.
"That being is from the ether, as we are...



The book of Wrong and The Well of Souls creatures all proved useless in
this confrontation. Was only one other option... flee from the creatures
and prepare new tactics for defense. How to flee without being injured
was the question. Tiger Lily and Gareth were lucky that the shrouded
Inhabitants of the area came to investigate and distract the creatures
long enough for them to withdraw to a safer area.



The shrouded Inhabitants found that these creatures has little to no use for
them. Even as they tried to make profit on black rock. The creatures left
the area but not before saying one last thing.





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Explosions In The Night



Late last night in Kijustsu Anei Mammon constructed an altar next to the
Kijustsu Anei Village banner. The hunting party from the Savage
Sponsored hunt gathered to learn more about this creature. Mammon
stood in the middle of the altar which appeared to be made out of Greed.

Those who were at the area speculated that the Scroll and Skull stood for
the greed of the Felucca guilds. The gold could be interpreted as the
greed of the Trammel guilds. The cloak of corruption relating to Magincia
and the blue sword the unrest of of those in the Underworld located in Ter
Mur. As they gazed upon the riches of this altar geed began to set in.
Some thought of how they could sell the items lay before them to make a profit.

As they examined the altar more they noticed Mammon had setup some blackrock
around the altar. Before they knew it the blackrock exploded shaking the ground.

Worry has set in around the village that this may have caused damage to
the well of souls which runs below the area. The well of souls is lined with
blackrock and could now have unseen damage. Village Intendant Luna
Rossa has been contacted about the situation. We await official word.



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Intendant Reaction

A concerned look darkened the face of the Kijustsu Anei Village Intendant, Luna Rossa,
when she heard the report from the previous evening. The blackrock explosion that
occurred right next to the PaxOku house and soclose to the Well of Souls could have grave
consequences. Quickly she took quill to parchment to dispatch the Township Emissary to PaxOku.

For immediate action.

Miss Watson
Please contact the emissary or leader of PaxOku that a large blackrock explosion occurred near the
Well of Souls last evening and that we will be dispatching someone to go down and inspect it.


Intendant
Luna Rossa

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Clan of the Lost Temple Banner Completed!
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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 2:26 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                    Clan of the Lost Temple Banner Constructed!

      On Tuesdays eve, construction was completed on the newest of the Chesapeake shards city banners. The Clan of the Lost Temple Village run by the (COLT) guild is the latest in an ever growing list of emerging communites to recieve town recognition. Guild leaders and interested town citizens were on hand as Mesanna and EM Dudley worked diligently to complete the realms newest addition.

                      

       Congratulations to the Colt guild and it's new citizens! May the light of the virtues shine upon you all in your new endevour.

                              
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[EM Event] Meeting with Nathan Hawke (Sunday 7th)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 11:15 AM EST by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<WHEN? Sunday the 7th of February at 8pm UK Time (9pm Central European Time)
WHERE? Counselor's Hall

Meeting with Nathan Hawke at the Counselors Hall in Britain.
Location : The Counselors Hall in Britain.

Taken from the EM Website.
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[Report] Orc Base Destroyed; Big Bob Killed!
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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 11:13 AM EST by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Orc Base Destroyed; Big Bob Killed!



Fynn Barret arrived to a large crowd at 8pm near the West Bank of Britain.

Fynn Barret: "We have a somewhat dirty job to do tonight."
Sparrow: "I knew it, It's the sewers."
Fynn Barret: "Indeed"

He said tonight would be a good time to attack because its possible Orc Elders would be there.. Along with Big Bob.



With orders brief, Accept no orc prisioners, He marched us off in the direction of the Sewers.



The Sewer was completely full of Orcs, Egan seemed useless as a mage against them.





Slowly we moved towards the back of the sewer, Orc Elders were waiting.



In the large room at the back of the Sewer Wilaktug the Orc Elder was waiting, The warriors took him down as the mages were trying to get their target on the Orc.





After finding Fynn Barret we returned back to the elder corpse and Black Arrow found a letter on its corpse. It read:
*Marked*

For Elders Only!

Fellow Elders of the New Order. We are at a most critical junction in our campaign!

Mistas has fallen; The mind Control Devices have failed and the JUka are no longer under our control. With them we have also lost the help of their formidable allies, the Dragons.

To make matters even worse; one of our strongholds has been infected with a wicked virus. The virus affects even the strongest of us. Even with our most sophisticated airscrubbers we could not contain it. We had to abandon the place.

Our militairy is crippled and our technogoly has failed...

But there might still be a way!

The goals of the New Order can still be reached. We may just have to wield a different sword...

Remember the words of Ubulud:

"Us Orcs did not always have a brain clever enough to concieve technogoly. So rather then believe in the power created by that brain. I believe in the power that created the brain!"

I think we may have to reconsider his words...

If we can control the power that created our brains; NOTHING will stand in our way!

Signed:

Almthu the Elder



After the letter had been read Fynn Barret asked if anyone had seen Big Bob. Traveler raised his hand and a few others said they saw Big Bob in the lower sewer. Fynn ordered us down into the dangerous lower sewers.



After saying the password 'Charvory' we walked down a lesser poison corridor.



From there we went down a ladder into a harsher poisoned filled corridor complete with Acid Elementals.



Down another ladder brought us into a large room filled with Orcs. We quickly searched the place for Big Bob.





Suddenly Big Bob appeared and everyone attempted to get their way around the spiral path to reach him.



Finally after a harsh fight Big Bob had been slain. Fynn then yelled for us to return to his tower in Britain for a debrief.



At the guard tower Fynn re-read the letter we found on the Orc Elder. After he had read the letter a few people in the crowd mentioned the Mericles Necromantic Altar which had been found over the weekend. Fynn said he would meet up another time to discuss the Altar.

He thanked us for the help and then retired for the night.

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[Report] Questioning Ubulud (26th January)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 11:12 AM EST by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Questioning Ubulud

At the Trinsic Jail a small crowd had gathered to question the orc Ubulud who we had found in the Orc Caves last Thursday.





With Trinsic oddly housing several hundred birds this evening there were a few accidents regarding bird droppings before the questioning began.



Ubulud was brought down from the Cells and the questioning began with Nathan.

Nathan Hawke: You are known as Ublud?
Ubulud: *Nods* I am Ubulud

Nathan Hawke: And you speak common tongue also
Ubulud: Yes, all my more clever brothers do. I believe it was passed down to us...By the creator
*Speaks in reverance*

Alyx Astarsis: why were you imprisoned ?
Ubulud: The other Orcs imprisoned me because I do not share their goal Or their means.
Alyx Astarsis: but why do you not, you are the same from the same place
Ubulud: The other Orcs are ignorant. They believe technology is the key to power. But they are mistaken. You see, Technology is a product of the brain.
Alyx Astarsis: explain further
Ubulud: Us Orcs did not always have a brain clever enough to concieve technology. So rather then believe in the power created by that brain. I believe in the power that created the brain! I do not expect you to really understand this. Afterall, you are only human
Alyx Astarsis: the creator made you therefore you are his product, a tool for him to use
Ubulud: The creator gave us a superior brain. Must not the creator be even more powerful then that what he created?
Alyx Astarsis: and who is the creator
Ubulud: *Looks down*
Nathan Hawke: Easy Alyx
Ubulud: This we do not know. We are searching for the creator. But our superior brains are proof of his existance!
Nathan Hawke: You say "we" as if ...
Ubulud: I am not the only true believer, There are more among the Orc Faction. But they stay quiet....In fear of what may happen, I am living proff of that.
Nathan Hawke: So a cult of orcs, a faction within the orc ranks?

Irvyn: How many of you are there?
Ubulud: There are only a few of us who see the truth. Soon they will see When their technology fails.
Shimmering Blue: Ubulud, do you think your brain made by the creator and the human brains are similar?
Ubulud: Orc brains are far superiour then your puny human brains
Irvyn: You certainly have larger heads.
Ubulud: *Taps his scull*

Shimmering Blue: so you dont think we can be the product of the same creator?
Ubulud: If the Creator created you... it must have been on his day off
Nathan Hawke: *laughs*
Alyx Astarsis: why you....
Shimmering Blue: *chuckles*

Irvyn: Can you tell us anything about the Juka?
Ubulud: The Juka, what do you want to know? They are yet another race inferior to us Orcs
Irvyn: How did the alliance with the orcs occur?
Ubulud: We used our technology to enslave them
Shimmering Blue: hmm - but that technologie wasnt really invented by you
Ubulud: It was
Nathan Hawke: I believe these new orcs did build the machines
Ubulud: It was developed and built by our engeneers
Irvyn: Who trained the engineers?
Shimmering Blue: its a product of your brain, given to you by the creator
Ubulud: You don't understand.... our brains are far superior to yours. Constructing these devices isn't particularly hard.

Alyx Astarsis: do you know how to make the machines ?
Ubulud: I was never interested in technology
Alyx Astarsis: aint so smart then after all
Ubulud: I could have learned if I wanted to *Nods firmly*
Irvyn: What did you choose to learn instead?
Ubulud: I have been and still am in search of the Creator
Alyx Astarsis: are you the leader of the cult
Ubulud: There are too few of us to have a real leader. I was the most vocal member of my group

Sean Llyonadhadd: Does that Creator have a name?
Ubulud: We do not know the identity of the Creator

Flame: how will you recognise the Creator?
Nathan Hawke: Good question *wheels around*
Ubulud: We will know him by his wisdom. And HE will know us
Sandra: *laughs*
Nathan Hawke: Are there any pictures of him?
Ubulud: You humans really ar stupid are you?
Shimmering Blue: what do you think are his intentions - why did he chose to create you?
Ubulud: I do not know...When we find the creator he will tell us.
Nathan Hawke: Alright

Nathan Hawke: DO you know how you were created?
Ubulud: My brothers were born from a machine. That is why they follow the way of technology.

Flame: where is that machine?
Ubulud: The location of that machine is a very closely guarded secret, Only the elders know this.

Alyx Astarsis: where are the elders
Ubulud: I only know the location of one Elder....Big Bob
Nathan Hawke: And he is where?
Ubulud: I told you this already. Last I saw him he threw me out of the Headquarters, The sewers below Britain.

Irvyn: Are the other elders not in the Headquarters?
Ubulud: They may be.

Shimmering Blue: he threw you out for believing in the creator?
Ubulud: Yes, The fool!

Nathan Hawke: Ubulud I need to ask you a very blunt question. Does your cult or faction want to take over the lands and kill us humans?
Ubulud: My group want to find the Creator and follow whatever purpose he has for us.

Alyx Astarsis: who does Big Bob follow ?
Nathan Hawke: He is an elder Alyx he makes the rules
Ubulud: Big Bob and the other elders follow only themselves and technology.

Irvyn: How do Big Bob and the other elders know what to do with the technology?
Ubulud: They develop technology to aid them in reaching their goals. Their main goal is to cleanse the world of ignorant beings.

Alyx Astarsis: including small brained orcs ?
Ubulud: All stupid Orcs will be replaced eventually. For now they are still of us to them.

Flame: do you know anything of the seed pods the orcs were collecting?
Nathan Hawke: Good question Flame
Ubulud: No, I don't know anything about seed pods, There are Orcs who do gardening though.

Alyx Astarsis: ever heard of Mericles, there i said it
Irvyn: *looks over at Alyx*
It had to be asked, sooner or later. *looks to Ubulud*
Ubulud: Mericles? Yes I have heard the stupid Orcs speak of him
Flame: what do the supid orcs say about him?
Ubulud: The stupid orcs tell tales of him
Nathan Hawke: Because the new orcs werent around when Mericles was?
Ubulud: I don't know. He's just a human.... he's of no concern to us.

Shimmering Blue: maybe the creator is human
Ubulud: Highly improbable.

Irvyn: To return to the question Sparrow asked, who writes the orders?
Ubulud: The elders write orders

Ubulud: *Sighs*
Is that about it with all the questions?
Nathan Hawke: I think we should let him rest now

With the questioning over the Trinsic guards took Ubulud back up to his cell.



Duke Ivryn then asked Nathan about the diamond that we left in the Orc Caves on Thursday.

Irvyn: Nathan, I believe Kendra should go and remove the curse diamond now. It has done its work, judging by the report I received yesterday.

Irvyn: *looks to Kendra*
Nathan Hawke: Kendra ?
Kendra: *Nods*

And at that Kendra and Nathan walked out of the city to remove the diamond.

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Community Spotlight- Kirthag and The Llama Head Point Tavern
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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 10:37 AM EST by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
-Community Spotlight-
Kirthag and The Llama Head Point Tavern.



Folklore traditionally features tales of heroic deeds and fair damsels in distress. They are the bardic legends that lived in the minds of troubadours and were carried through the ages by the traveling minstrels that sang for their supper. The land of Britannia is based on those tales, those legends. It's shown through those who would don a sword and armor and rush off to battle the great and mighty beasts of the land. It is reflected through each individual who labors in craft or music, taming or magic. It exists still, just as the Unicorn who walks in Ilshenar and the Dragons nestled within the dungeon Destard. Now, after all this time, you can once again hear the tales.

Welcome to Lllama Head Point tavern. It resides on a branch of land to the Northwest of Cove, and it's owner, Kirthag, strives to keep the old tales lingering in the hearts and minds of all Britannians.



Kirthag, a celtic barbarian who has an in depth story line (which can soon be read here) branching much farther back than her adventures in Sosaria, found her way to Britannia in 1997. A starting point that brought the love of the game, but it would be three years before she would call Napa Valley home. Teetering back and forth between real life and the world of Ultima, Kirthag would own a couple of taverns, even holding the occasional story night. She began by buying the famed reconstruction of The Red Eye tavern in Felucca and later, she herself built another in Trammel. Sadly, each one found it's end when she was drawn away by necessity. Will the new Llama Head Point tavern go the way of the others? No. With her children now grown, she is free of "otherworldly issues," and adamantly exclaims, "I have so much spare time!"

Taking a look at the past... we find that for some of us, the land of Sosaria has always been a place of fantasy and the Heralds, but a means to relive the old ways and remember a time when dying was honorable and the game was more than the items you carried. Kirthag herself was featured in such a story back in 2001. That story remains a part of Ultima and to this day, is featured within it's archives of Guild and Player stories.

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Mixing it up in Alexandretta's Bowl


Tired of stories with happy endings? Join us in Ilshenar for a tale of great deeds - and even greater consequences.
"Time in Ilshenar runs at its own pace. Where the mists of the morning lay over the lands left behind, here it is blackest night. Kirth, Pagan Mistress of the Pagans of Evergreen, immediately takes note of the area surrounding the Moongate. The Shrine of Compassion is behind her with darkness fringing the purplish glow of the gate. Choco the Fourteenth shivers between Kirth's legs and fidgets; her horse sense telling her it IS morning, yet the darkness is that of the deepest slumber time.

"After a nudge to the horse's sides, they move forward. Keen to the slightest sound or movement, Kirth readies one of several shields slung to her back. She has journeyed this way before. Also evident is the slightly glowing sword strategically strapped to the saddle, its pommel in easy reach. Another sword is sheathed in the customary fashion of a mounted warrior, under the saddle and over the blanket with the pommel facing rear. This blade is touched with the deadliest of venom.

"A few hours back, a friend of Kirth's took this same journey, following this same trail, hearing the same noises. Having just figured out how to traverse the facets into Ilshenar, this friend was ill prepared for what roams here. He didn't realize that the greater denizens of the realms have a steadfast hold here. He had never encountered a demon, dragon, or wyrm in the wild... until tripping across those three not far from the Shrine of Compassion. Kirth's purpose here is to hunt them down and reclaim her friend's belongings. Prepared to die in the attempt, she rides toward ominous doom with her chin held high and the wisdom of battle accompanying her.


"Suddenly, there is a roar out of the blackness followed by a stream of fire. From behind an outcropping of rock and bush charges the demon Be'elzebub. Screaming with rage, Kirth draws out her poisoned blade. The demon's fire has little effect as it bounces off her magical shield. She urges Choco into the reach of the demon. The battle is short-lived and almost disappointing as blow after blow lands on Be'elzebub. His bellows, once fierce, become whines and then finally a pitiful whimper as he falls in death at Choco's hooves. Kirth glowers at the carcass and then spits upon the cooling flesh. Turning the mare back to the path, she doesn't even bother checking the demon's body. He was unworthy of battle.

"Something snorts on the other side of the outcropping, and Choco instantly reacts to the sound. Not caring about her rider, the mare leaps over the rock, screaming out a challenge as she lands directly upon the tail of a dragon. Surprise is not something dragons are used to and this gains our heroes the advantage. Kirth leaps from her seat upon Choco's back, landing just to the side of the dragon's maw. With a quick thrust her poisoned blade is driven into an hourglass eye. Screeching, the dragon flings its head back, taking Kirth's weapon with it. Choco kicks furiously upon the dragon's withers as the creature hurls magic toward the barbarian.

"Fast thinking and quick feet keep Kirth from being instantly turned to dust. Her shield, taking the brunt of the energies, is flung aside as another magical shield is pulled from her back. Running fast behind a boulder, the warrior quickly applies bandages to her wounds. The screams of horse and dragon in battle are all too clear in the night. Kirth mutters a short oath as her bandages stay the bleeding. She grabs a scroll from her hip and utters the scribbled words as she rounds the boulders, praying the spell works. Out of nowhere meteors shower down from the sky and plummet into the dragon's flesh. Choco, a wise horse indeed, leaps back from harm's way. Vaulting back upon the steed and drawing out the now fiercely glowing blade, Kirth turns her mount towards the beast.

"Charging in, slashing, darting away, Kirth valiantly jousts the dragon. Round and round they go, circling and striking the beast, wearing it down. It is not long before the dragon, already weakened by the poison, falls with a deathly sigh. Heaving from exertion, Kirth dismounts her sweating steed to examine the carcass. Hidden neatly in the concealed pouch all dragons have is the agapite armor and shield belonging to Kirth's friend. As she pockets the gold the dragon carried, there is a half whinny, half yelp and Choco is suddenly...

"'Hu..?' is all the barbarian can utter as a tree-trunk sized tail slams into her chest. She flies back, smashing into the rocks that provided her protection from the dragon. Landing in a heap as armor dents into her ribs, she winces. Looking up just in time, she watches Choco the Fourteenth become breakfast to an Ancient Wyrm. Her eyes widen as the veteran warrior realizes she just might not be able to handle this one.

"The golden hued wyrm munches lazily on the once great warhorse. Saddle, tack, pack, all is crushed within the gargantuan maw, then swallowed down with an audible gulp. There is a small rumbling within its belly, then the beast emits a loud and gaseous belch that shakes the ground beneath Kirth. She tries to move but, alas, the creak of metal joints screeches into the air."

"As if summoned, the head of the ancient wyrm is suddenly there. Its breath is an unimaginable stench, and its teeth still have horseflesh stuck between them. Kirth blinks, and then laughs. Loudly the bellowing of mirth is heard then cut short as the Celtic Barbarian is chomped. Armor and flesh blend together with the remains of Choco and the corpse of some other warrior, whose hand is clearly seen jutting out from between the wyrm's two front teeth."

Do you have a tale of battle that ends more successfully than this one? We want to hear it, so keep your eye on FYI for future Spotlight topics, and join us next week as we continue to spotlight your tales of adventure and excitement within the world of Britannia!


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What's an Ancient Wyrm to a celtic barbarian? Well, obviously Kirthag would have liked a better ending to the story. Lucky for us, death is not as exacting in Britannia as it would otherwise be and she has returned to us in full regalia. With the rise of the Stygian Abyss and the newly discovered lands of Ter Mur, Kirthag found herself dusting off the old armor and rejoining the masses. In once again heeding the lure of the game, she is bringing back a missing part of Napa Valley. The origins of the shard, once a matter of role play, will perhaps regain some of it's former glory.

The Llama Head Point tavern is the beginning. For the last couple of months, Kirthag has held themed story nights attempting to rekindle the tradition of the legendary Red Eye. That is what brought her to Napa Valley so many years ago and she hopes to make it a part of our shard once more. Our community has changed much since then, some for the good, and well, some not so much. There are parts of our community that will forever be lost, so it is thrilling to see someone endeavor to return some small part. To carry on the 'ye old tavern' tradition of food, wine, and story. In fact, Kirthag's personal motto says much the same.

"For as long as the shard exists, I will provide community oriented events."

What other events does she have planned? It is possible that we may see the return of the Napa Valley Faire, and the previous aid once offered to new players. Kirthag's tavern also features a growing runebook library and soulstone graveyard that players may peruse to find their lost stones and reclaim them at no cost. What else is in the works? She hints at some future surprises but refuses to spoil the fun by disclosing any further hints. Time will tell what plans she has for Napa Valley and rest assured, I will be ready with my quill to inform all as they come to pass.

From the desk of Kirthag, the following information boasts the details for February's story night. Will you be the next great story teller of Napa?

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Yep, that's right. Its time for another Napa Valley Story Night.

WHEN: February 14, 2010
TIME: 7:30pm PAC [5:30pm HST]
WHERE: Llama Head Tavern
FACET: Trammel


To celebrate Valentine's Day, this month's theme is Love !

So bards and lovers, dig up your best love story and come to the Llama Head Tavern for an evening of mushiness, or bitterness - it depends on the story! The best tales will win a portion of the 1million gold prize - as judged by the audience's reaction to your tale. If the audience falls asleep, well, that means you have some improvements to do for next month's Story Night!

Rules are simple:

* Please keep your tale to a maximum of 10 minutes. Anything longer and people get bored.
* Pen your tale before coming [use NotePad, then cut & paste to "tell" your tale in UO]
* Stay on theme
* Please stable your mount - a hitching post is available at the Tavern
* Any disruption not within the Spirit of Sosaria will be dealt with swiftly and judiciously [ban stick is freshly carved]


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And how do you get there?

From the luna moongate, simply step to the East, outside the inner city wall and into Nabin's Old Give and Take pub and Communty center. Just inside the entrance, you'll find a teleport pad with a green gargoyle book laying on top.



Step on the pad and you're there. Simply take the stairs to the next floor and as Kirthag says, "Find a seat."


Special thanks to Kirthag for taking the time to answer a few questions! And I sincerely wish you the best of luck and look forward to whatever future plans you have!

Best gaming wishes to all,
Salya Sin

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BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 31
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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 8:50 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

posted by Sara of Baja

Baja Taming Hour
sponsored by
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance

Recap For January 31, 2010,
by hostess Proserpina [K T], BRPA Alliance

(Sara's note: Due to rl conflicts and an iffy ISP this past weekend, I was unable to attend the Taming Hour, hence no screenshots.)

The random prize point level was 11,078,033, which was a tie between Lady Godiva L'Rouge and Tamar. Both received Heritage Tokens as their prize.

Prosperina introduced yet another new zoo cheer ...

Let's go tamers! Tame those beasts
From the north, west, south and east:
Thing with claws, fur, scales and horns,
Even ki'rins, unicorns,
Dragons, drakes, and beetles, too - 
Do it for the Moonglow Zoo!

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Starting points: 11,007,388 (Tier 11)
Ending points: 11,227,014
Points earned: 219,626

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

Tamers:
Lady Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
Lord James [MT]
Shayla Keylley [DWN]
Ceno [DWN]
HRH Elizabeth [D_S]
Lady Godiva La'Rouge ($C$)
Nightmare Weaver (HFC)
Lady X A N T H I C
bryndel [RAGE]
Tamar [RAGE]
Finch
Lady Halo in Reverse [^V^]
Lord Nico [^V^]

See you all at the next Taming Hour, Sunday, February 7, 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. There have been a lot of nice items donated for the Zoo vendor ... be sure to stop by and take a look!

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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
Week 10: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 24

 
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Tazar Discusses the Historical Town of Falling Waters Fortress
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Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 6:39 PM EST by Fallon Valor (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<ATLANTIC—West of the city of Umbra, beyond the arid dunes, a small vestige of beauty rests just beyond the clutches of Umbra, defiantly resisting the evil influences of the necromancer city. Flowering water lilies float gingerly atop crystal pools of blue, and groups of pixies shade their wings amid the groves of mighty yews. Nestled safely in this numinous setting, on the coast line of Malas’ Great Lake, lies the peaceful town of Falling Waters Fortress.

Named after a renowned Frank Lloyd Wright design, Falling Waters Fortress was established by owner and overseer Tazar, guild master of The Order of Drunken Elders [ODE] and a leader in The Britannian Coalition Alliance. Tazar recalls building the first two houses of what is now a nine-building village:

“Surprisingly, for many years I never even owned a home and instead lived the life of a vagabond, and actually camped or stayed at the inn – typical of the town drunk,” said Tazar. “Then came the great Trammel land rush – and I sat back and watched, wondering what the big deal was. Then came the great Malas land rush – and I finally joined in! The first two houses were placed on February 11th, 2003. Over the years since, the place has slowly grown to what it is today.”

Despite the village’s humble beginnings, it now contains a large rune library, a sprawling meditation garden, a crafting hall tailored to each skill, a warrior sparring arena, a chamber of virtues, a cemetery to honor fallen friends, a town jail, a dragon cave (for the city’s mascot, “Guardian”), an orc den (for the adopted clan), an alliance hall, an alliance council chamber, an auction hall, a summoning chamber, a throne room, an open-air chapel, a tavern, an inn, and a festival room. The village also possesses a functional bridge between two houses – a design that may be one-of-a-kind, according to Tazar.

Falling Waters Fortress is preparing to celebrate its 7th anniversary. “A town like this slowly evolves and (hopefully) improves with age – rather like a fine Scotch-Whiskey,” Tazar said. Over the past seven years, the village has hosted many visitors, from game masters to simple wanderers and tourists. Perhaps its most notable visitor, however, was Sakkarah.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Sakkara many years ago from a post here on Stratics,” Tazar said. “She was looking for players with houses that she could use as key locations for a player-run event. I quickly volunteered, and following her lead, we pulled of a lot of events over a 3 or 4 year period – many of which centered around the town. The design(s) of the buildings changed regularly to fit the needs of the coming event and often required a full rebuild. Once Sakkarah took over the task of running events from a developer’s position, I finally got serious about a more permanent design.”

Falling Waters Fortress made its most recent acquisition a week ago, when the village added its newest restaurant, placed adjacent to the current tavern and inn. Aside from developing the restaurant and keeping the rune library up to date, the future of the village is highly dependent on opportunity, according to Tazar.

“Given the long history of the Fortress and the uniqueness of the design, I would like to see it recognized [as an official player town], and also to see it become a more active part of Britannian Society. With the overlapping illusions that merge the houses into one, I am not sure where a banner may fit in, but I am sure a place can be found.”

True to its historical involvement in player-run events, the village is available to all Atlantians for reservation. “The Fortress is open to all at any time,” Tazar said. “In the past, outside groups have borrowed the facilities for weddings, auctions, meetings, and more – anyone is welcome to use the place for special events.”

Tazar has played Ultima Online since beta in 1997. He founded the village of Falling Waters Fortress nearly seven years ago. The city will celebrate its seventh anniversary on 11 February 2010.
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Test Center - Publish 64 and Patch Notes!
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Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 6:24 PM EST by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Test Center - Publish 64 and Patch Notes!


James Nichols

02 Feb 2010 15:52:40 EST



Greetings!

Today Publish 64 will be available on Test Center 1 and with it comes Valentine's and a whole list of changes you're sure to love (and we'd sure love to hear your feedback) so come check it out!

Continue reading for the full notes below!

Publish 64 Notes

Valentine’s Gifts


* Login on Test Center and find out what we have for you to love!

New Gardening Resources

* Flax Seed produces cotton bales (used on spinning wheels to make spools of thread)
* Cypress seeds produce bark fragments (these can only be used by cooks to make wood pulp)
* Sugar Cane seed produces bags of sugar


Encounter Improvements

* Navrey, Medusa, Stygian Dragon and the Slasher of Veils have been revamped:

    o New Rewards- Night Eyes ( Glasses), Tangler (Half Apron), Venom (Bracelet), and Slither (Talisman), Lavaliere (necklace) , Mangler (Broadsword)
    o Scrolls of Transcendence have been added
    o Some of their stats and resists have been adjusted
    o New attack added to Slasher of Veils


Seed Trading Box

* If you have seeds that will not stack, take them to the flower garden behind the Nujel’m Palace and place them in the Gardener’s Toolbox. This will allow an exchange of unstackable to stackable seeds. The box will accept single seeds or containers filled with seeds. Please be warned that the player can’t carry the seed container and it will drop to the player’s feet. Double click the box for instructions if needed.

Mysticism Changes

* Imbuing is not the only skill associated with Mysticism now. Players can use EITHER their Focus skill or Imbuing skill. Evaluate Intelligence no longer has any effect on a Mystic’s spell power

Housing Teleporter Changes

* If two House Teleporters are not linked with each other, it is now possible to form a link between the two. To do this:
1. Have both House Teleporters in your backpack.
2. Double-click on one House Teleporter.
3. When the targeting cursor appears, target the other House
Teleporter.
4.The two House Teleporters will then be linked and can be used
for teleporting between each location when locked down in a
house.

* This is an exclusive link. Old link associations will be broken when the new link is formed.

* Faction players will no longer be able to use these while carrying a sigil

Please Note: If you have teleporters placed you do not have to relink them. If one happens to become unlinked for any reason, you will be notified by the teleporter becoming dark grey.

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

* New insurance costs will be between 10gp and 800gp.
* Magical items cost will be based on their worth in the Imbuing
system. Please note: Item property weighted values subject to
change.
    o All community collection items will remain 600gp.
    o All faction armor/weapons will be 800gp.
    o Insurable armor set pieces will remain 600gp.


* Players will now be receiving 100% of the insurance value for
player kills and faction players will receive 50% of the
insurance value insurance value for player kills.
* Non-magical item cost is based on a percentage of the items
vendor price.

New improved interface added to the player context menu

* Displays all insurable items currently within the players
backpack and equipped on paperdoll.
* Displays current insurance status for each item.
* Total insurance cost, the number of deaths payable, and the
gold available are displayed for the player.

Bug Fixes

* House add-on deeds will remain blessed when they are redeeded
* Glowing runes will animate in the Legacy Client
* Player’s last corpse is teleported out of the Underworld puzzle
room if the key expires
* Snakes which are attacked while under the influence of a snake
charmer will no longer remain uncharmable.
* Gregorio the Bandit will no longer turn blue when attacked.
* Fixed an issue with Tinkers not being able to make trapped
boxes. This was caused when the tool was used up upon a failed
attempt.
* Pets should be able to follow their owners down the stairs from
Underworld into the Abyss
* Fixed an issue with re-deeding heritage token ladders decaying
when redeeded and replaced.
* Maple and Snows trees will no longer display bare in Felucca
* The Crystal Vortex now has a new corpse animation
* Young players can now say “cross” to use the ferry in Skara
* Players will no longer be able to cast Rising Colossus inside
houses
* The 20 skill points from humans’ “Jack of all Trades” will no
longer apply to the skill points required for the mana discount
on special moves. If players do not have 200 or more modified
points in various combat skills (Swordsmanship, Mace Fighting,
Fencing, Archery, Throwing, Parry, Lumberjacking, Stealth,
Poisoning, Bushido, and Ninjitsu), their special moves will use
the full mana cost

Patch Notes

Patch 4.0.5.0 (Enhanced Client)


* Players from Global Chat can now be added to the Ignore List.
Click on the “Add from Chat” button when adding players to
ignore.
* “Filter Obscenity” and “Ignore Players” options are now turned
on by default.

Hotbar Updates

* With Legacy Targeting turned off, target type is indicated by
the color of the outline around each slot.
* Hotkey assignments on the hotbar are now more visible.
* All hotbar slots now properly highlight on mouseover.

Added new actions

* Equip Last Weapon: swaps between the currently equipped weapon
and last equipped weapon.
* Bandage Self: searches for the first available bandage in the
backpack and uses it on yourself.
* Bandage Selected Target: searches for the first available
bandage in the backpack and uses it on your current target.
* Quit Game: exits the client (key binding is also available).

Updates to the “Equip Item” action:

* Now properly equips between two-handed weapons and one-handed
weapon/shield combinations. (*)
* Added an “Add Equipped” button when editing the action that
adds all currently equipped items to the action.
* The same item can no longer be added to the action infinite
times.

Additional Changes

* Updated the placeholder icons for many of the macro action.
* Added item and weight count tooltips to the player backpack. (*)
* Empty containers no longer open with an empty view.
* Reduced the duration of the earthquake shake and synced it up
with the sound effect.
* Chat Color option for “Custom” has been relabeled to “Chat
(Global)”.

Bug Fixes

* Players are no longer able to open multiple NPC vendor gumps
simultaneously.
* NPCs and players will no longer appear to ghost on edge of
screen when player is zoomed out to max.
* A correction was applied to the spam filter to avoid it
incorrectly triggering short burst of speech.
* Fixed an issue where items placed on the ground are
occasionally invisible without any particularly identifiable
reason.
* Gaman no longer sound like songbirds

Please Note: Requires Publish 64 to be fully operational.



Patch 7.0.5.0 (Classic Client)

* Players from Global Chat can now be added to the Ignore List. A
list of selectable names will appear when adding targets to the
Ignore List
* Added the “Chat Channel Message Color” customization option.
* Players can now run more than one Classic Client at a time, but
are given a warning dialog during startup

Bug Fixes

* Gaman no longer sound like songbirds
* Fixed overlapping issues with overhead text




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End of January Obits ~ Looking Forward to February
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Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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END OF JANUARY OBITS










Alice




Daslo


Echo




Illania




Karok




Manx


Mister Noob


Mordon Amroth


Myrddin, CONGO and others


Nemisis


ReRun


Tye and Special Child


Wendy Sue


Wendy Sue again
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United Sosarian Alliance Dart League Finals!
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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010, 9:52 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
JanDartFinals2010                                                            USA Alliance Dart League Finals!

        The month long United Sosarian Alliance Dart League came to its end this eve as the city of Al Ellisande hosted the leagues final event. The ale did flow and many great scores were posted including four scores over 60 with 3! players hitting the bullseye. The nights host Miroku of (MSE) greeted Guest with food and drink inside the cities Mayors Office.

                              

        As the crowd began to gather and brackets began to fill, the night was ripe with anticipation as the points battle for the league championship was a tight race to the finish. Gunga Din (TWOD) was mere points ahead of second place Tiger Lily (TIPS) as the night began. Needing a solid finish to secure the championship, Gunga aka Mr. Booties was well on his way.

                          

         Several newcomers arrived for tonights finals bringin with them a bit a luck and good aim as the nights eventual Winner Kwisatz Haderach (RBG) proved too much for Gomez (RBG) the rookie, who rode the tide of beginners luck all the way to the finals! In third place and securing the league overall championship was Gunga Din (TWOD) and rounding out the field in fourth was Miroku (MSE), and in fifth Niva the Savage (T^T). 

                                        

         Congratulations to our months Champion Gunga Din! For his efforts he recieved a check for a cool million along with a nice trophy and gift box. Thanks to the cities of the United Sosarian Allliance and our weekly hosts for all thier hard work! Here's the final standings and make sure to join us in the month of Febuary beginning next Monday with the Archery League!

                                                              Final Standings

                               Champion: Gunga Din (TWOD)  ---------------- 13pts
                               Runner up: Tiger Lily (TIPS) ---------------------  8pts
                               3rd Place (TIE) : Bear (RBG) ---------------------  5pts
                                                       : Kwisatz Haderach (RBG) -----  5pts
                               5th Place (TIE) : Mirt (TEB) -----------------------  4pts
                                                          Larry Fine (RBG) --------------  4pts
                                                          Ado the Thief (-Y-) -------------  4pts
                                                          Gomez (RBG) -------------------  4pts
                              9th Place: Morpheus Mardox (UOSS) -------------  3pts
                              10th Place (TIE) : Wat the Tyler (RBG) -----------  2pts
                                                          Laurel -----------------------------  2pts
                                                          Niva the Savage (T^T) ---------  2pts
                              13th Place (TIE) : Oni (SoSV) -----------------------  1pts
                                                           Poisedon -------------------------   1pts


                        




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Saturdays "Knight Games" Results!
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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010, 8:57 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
Knight Games2                                                               Saturday "Knight Games" Results!

            The second half of the Knight Games presented by the player city of Silvervale took place on Saturdays eve  deep inside the secret cave opened by EM Vladmiere. On tap for the night was the Pet Fighting Competiton, Battle Chicken Lizard Tournament, and Mage Duel. A good crowd was on hand as they matches began to get underway!


                                       

               The nights first bouts were ferocious Cu's! Six beasts vied for the events championship with eventual winner Bear (RBG) taking first place in resounding fashion! Congratulations to Bear! In second place was Kei Kusanagi (RAZE), and third place went to A Chick (RBG)!

            

           In the Battle Chicken Lizard event colorful lizards battled to the death in these double elimination bouts as champion Blushing Rose (RBG) bested the field with her brightly colored bird critter! Second place finisher Larry Fine (RBG) battled valiently to fight off third place winner Merel Squirrel (RBG)! Congrats to all of our pet owners! Keep trainin those birds!

                         

           The Mage Duels featured two lone spellcasters! The two battled in a best of three format as Daria Blackmoore (RBG) held off a dangerous Kei Kusanagi (RAZE) to take the nights prize. Special thanks to Silvervale Mayor Oni for a great series of events along with EM Vlad for his assistance. Look for More in the coming weeks and come on out and join in the action!



   


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Scavenger Hunt / Schnitzeljagd
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(Deadly) Scavenger Hunt / (Tödliche) Schnitzeljagd
Saturday, January 23th

The scars of the past battles had healed well, the bank tray was full with gold and we were in happy spirits as the news reached us that an unknown client was looking for volunteers for an easy job. After the fights of the last days a quiet evening was just about right. So we focused to meet this mysterious host.

Die Wunden der letzten Schlachten waren gut verheilt, das Bankfach wieder prall gefüllt und wir frohes Mutes als uns die Nachricht erreichte, dass ein unbekannter Auftraggeber Freiwillige für einen leichten Auftrag suche. Nach den Strapazen der letzten Tage kam uns ein ruhiger Abend gerade recht. Also machten wir uns auf, um den geheimnisvollen Gastgeber zu treffen.

After our arrival in Britain we still had a little time complete a few transactions with the local merchants and craftsmen. While we waited for our ordered goods, we passed the time studying the placards in the shops. Some funny guy had deformed all of the posters of our unknown host and added the words "deadly” to it. After we finally had the goods in our hands we noted with dismay, that the time for the meeting was as already upon us. We spent no more time thinking about added words, but tried to reach the meeting on time instead.

Da wir nach unserer Ankunft in Britain noch etwas Zeit hatten, erledigten wir noch ein paar Geschäfte bei den ortsansässigen Händlern und Handwerkern. Während wir auf unsere bestellten Waren warteten, vertrieben wir uns die Zeit indem wir die Aushänge in den Shops studierten. Irgendein Scherzkeks hatte alle Aushänge unseres unbekannten Auftraggebers in fast unleserlicher Schrift mit dem Zusatz „mit leicht tödlichem Einschlag“ verunstaltet. Nachdem wir unsere bestellten Waren endlich in den Händen hatten, stellten wir mit Erschrecken fest, das der Zeitpunkt für das Treffen schon so gut wie erreicht war. Wir machten uns keine weiteren Gedanken über den Schmierfink, sondern versuchten den Treffpunkt noch einigermaßen pünktlich zu erreichen.

To our surprise we were greeted by Balthazar the gravedigger.

Zu unserem Erstaunen wurden wir dort von Balthazar dem Totengräber begrüßt.



Balthazar the gravedigger was the mysterious host then. Maybe we had been given one or two too many blows on our head in the recent battles but we thought no more about it and still looked forward to a quiet evening.

Balthazar told us that he knew about a riddle but that he could not solve it himself. He asked us to help him. However, before we could get to the puzzles we had to follow some instructions and passed some tests first.

Balthazar der Totengräber war also der geheimnisvolle Auftraggeber. Vielleicht hatten wir in den letzten Schlachten doch den einen oder anderen Schlag zuviel gegen den Kopf bekommen, jedenfalls dachten wir nicht weiter darüber nach sondern freuten uns noch immer auf einen ruhigen Abend.

Balthazar erklärte uns, das er ein Rätsel habe, was er selbst jedoch nicht lösen könne. Er bat uns darum ihm bei der Lösung zu helfen. Bevor wir jedoch an das Rätsel selbst gelangen konnten, mussten zuerst Hinweise verfolgt, und Prüfungen bestanden werden.



After handing over a book in which we should write down the solutions, Balthazar gave us the first clues, and then the hunt was released.

Nach der Aushändigung eines Buches, worin die Lösungen notiert werden sollten, gab Balthazar die ersten Hinweise, und sodann die Jagd frei.



From the first note found, it became obvious that the evening would probably not be as quiet as we had assumed. As soon as we arrived in the dungeon, we were almost overrun by monsters, which we had never seen before in this area.

Schon beim ersten gefundenen Hinweis kristallisierte sich heraus, dass der Abend wohl doch nicht so ruhig werden sollte wie wir angenommen hatten. Kaum im Dungeon angekommen wurden wir fast überrannt von Monstern, die wir hier noch nie gesehen hatten.



 

Thanks to the training of the past days, we managed it to the exit soon again, and mostly in one piece. So on to the next instructions...

Dem Training der vergangenen Tage war es zu verdanken, das wir einigermaßen heil wieder den Ausgang fanden. Also auf zu den nächsten Hinweisen…



 

The hunt took us to corners and areas that we had not seen in ages... I still wonder if I will ever see them again *grin*

Die Jagd führte uns in Ecken, die wir seit Ewigkeiten nicht mehr gesehen haben … Ich grübel bis zum heutigen Tag ob ich sie jemals wiedersehen will *grin*



 

 

 

As soon as we arrived in Doom, we were greeted by Balthazar. He gave us the hint that we had to pass 6 tests to get the next notes and proceed. Without wasting time we jumped into the fighting.

Kaum in Doom angekommen wurden wir bereits von Balthazar erwartet. Er gab uns zu verstehen dass wir alle 6 Prüfungen bestehen mussten um an die nächsten Hinweise zu kommen. Ohne weitere Zeit zu verlieren stürzten wir uns in die Kämpfe.

 

 

After each successfully cleaned room a hint waited for us...

Nach jedem erfolgreich gesäuberten Raum erwartete uns ein Hinweis …

 

 



After we finished sucessfully the last of the six tests, the last hint for the finale was delivered to us.

Nachdem wir die letzte der 6 Prüfungen bestanden hatten, erschien der Hinweis auf das Finale!

 

Finally we arrived at the place for the final battle. But what we saw there were hordes of monsters, some of us got the blood-curdling. The long battle struggled back and forth and more than once it looked as monsters would win...

Endlich waren wir am Ort der finalen Schlacht angekommen. Was wir jedoch hier an Monsterhorden zu Gesicht bekamen lies dem ein oder anderen das Blut in den Adern gefrieren. Die Kämpfe wogten lange hin und her, und mehr wie einmal sah es so aus als ob die Monsterhorden gewinnen sollten …

 

Pffffffft...
(no translation necessary here *grin*)



... but once again we gathered all the forces and we were able to finally extinguish the last monster. In gratitude for our efforts the final clues appeared on the bloodsoaked ground.

… aber nachdem wir nochmals alle Kräfte sammelten gelang es uns schlussendlich dem letzten Monster das Lebenslicht auszublasen. Als Dank für unsere Mühen erschienen die letzten Hinweise auf dem blutdurchtränkten Boden.



 



More dead than alive we arrived at the Counselor's Guild. With our last ounce of strength we presented our solution to Balthazar, and dropped exhausted on the benches.

Mehr tot als lebendig kamen wir wieder in der Counselors Guild an. Mit letzter Kraft überreichten wir Balthazar unsere Lösungsbücher und ließen uns erschöpft auf die Bänke fallen.

Meanwhile, Balthazar began to evaluate our books. Nobody had expected that... not one participant answered all the questions correctly! Most failed because of the colour of the hidden books from the Sanctuary. Thus, the main prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were staying with Balthazar *sigh*. None the less, all participants were rewarded with a smaller prize.

Balthazar fing währenddessen an unsere Lösungsbücher auszuwerten. Was keiner erwartet hatte … nicht ein Teilnehmer hatte alle Fragen richtig beantwortet! Die meisten scheiterten an der Farbe der versteckten Bücher aus dem Sanctuary. Somit blieben die Hauptpreise für die Plätze 1 bis 3 in sicherer Verwahrung *seufz*. Alle Teilnehmer wurden jedoch mit einem Trostpreis bedacht.



Farewell, bis zum nächsten Mal

Euer Seven


PS. Each colour's got a bit of red in it! *g*

PS. In jeder Farbe steckt ein bisschen rot! *g*
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Community Craft Fair Results 1/29
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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010, 12:57 PM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)

By: Merik




Crafters from Templar Stronghold Village, Guardians Gate and Kijustsu Anei
Village came together on Friday evening. The event was created by Prowler
Prime Minister of Templar Stronghold Village.

It is a shard wide craft fair where anyone is welcome to come. We
will make spell books, furniture, weapons and other crafted items.
This is to show our love for the community. And give back to the
community. Old vet players and young players alike in cooperation
with other player towns.

Templar Stronghold Village will send 2 of there crafters. This is a united
crafting event. Prowler spoke to many player towns on this matter. The
event is every other Friday. Every 15mins of the 2hour craft event
will be a 500k raffle!

Congratulations to Zelda of Zed for winning the first raffle!!! The team setup
to maintain this event has informed us that some re-organization will be done.
Since this past Friday was the first run they now know what they need to
improve on. We all look forward to very successful event being worked on by
as many towns in the realm that wish to be apart of it.
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Chesapeake Township Summit
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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010, 11:07 AM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Chesapeake Township Summit
Queen Dawn's Castle
January 31, 2010
By: Merik & Sean Silverfoot



Township Information

Towns were asked to write the information for the Loyalty and Alliances the
towns have. Each towns responses have been recorded below for public
knowlege. As we all venture into this unknown territory Loyalty and Alliances
may be put to the test.

City of Guardians Gate
Leaders: Daria Blackmoor and Angus
Buildings: 42
Location: East of Britain along the road.
Coordinates: 43,46N 42,23E
Allegiance: To The Crown
*Allied with: Silvervale and Al Ellisande*

Settlement of Cimmerian Pass
Leaders: Nyx and Lakoda
Buildings: 14
Location: South of Luna centered around Hanses Hostel.
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: Neutral
*Good Relations with: Kijustsu Anei Village and Kijustsu Anei Keys*

City of Zedland
Leaders: Rivi Ravernwynd and Naomie DeLayne
Buildings: 21
Location: Malas
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: To The Crown, Neutral to Gargoyle Queen and Tokuno Empress
*Neutral to all townships and no known enemies*

Al Ellisande
Leaders: Labonyx and Miroku
Buildings: 14
Location: South West of Umbra
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: To The Crown
*Allied with: Silvervale and Al Ellisande*

Kijustsu Anei Keys
Leaders: Posideon and Grace O’Malley
Buildings: 9
Location: East of Britain along the shore
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: To The Crown
*Allied with: Kijustsu Ane Village, Torchwood and Moria*
*Good Relations with: Cimmerian Pass*

Colt
Leaders: Coolhandluke and Lord Thakria
Buildings: 9
Location: Malas
Coordinates: 115’ 40N 31’ 38E
Allegiance: Neutral
*Allied with: The Sacred Order of The Runes*

Village of Moria
Leaders: Demon Slayer and Angelica
Buildings: 12
Location: Britain crossroads in Felucca
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: To The Crown

Nidaros
Leaders: Cymbria Devereux and Adoncia Muerte and Tesla Radcliff
Buildings: 6
Location: East of Skara Brae along the road to Britian
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: Neutral
*Good Relations with: PaxLair Statehood townships, Glydenfeld,
Kijustsu Anei Village. Neutral towards all other townships at this time.*

Torchwood
Leaders: Gunga Din and Dualis Aex
Buildings: 3
Location: SE of Ter Mur Royal City and Moongate.
Between a waterway and mountain range.
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: To No One!!!!

Kijustsu Anei Village
Leaders: Niva, Ado, Luna, Kire and Gareth
Buildings: 19
Location: Homare-Jima, Tokuno Islands
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: Neutral
*Allied with: Kijustsu Anei Keys and Moria*
*Good relations with: Torchwood and Cimmerian Pass*

Village of Templar Stronghold
Leaders: Prime Minister Prowler & Templar high Counsol
Buildings: 5
Location: North East of Minoc by Sacrifice shrine Felucca.
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: Neutral

Silvervale
Leaders: Darth Oni
Buildings: 12
Location: North East out of Britain past the swamp
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: To the Crown
*Allied with Guardians Gate and Al Ellisande, No aggression
towards any townships.*

Settlement of Pitmuck
Leaders: Xzebok and Ozog Giantfart
Buildings: Unknown
Location: Unknown (Follow the Ice Cream for now)
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: Queens Buddies
*Good relations with: PaxLair, PaxOku, Dragons Watch and rest in that
alliance, Nidaros and others in the PaxLair Statehood.*

Dragons Watch
Leaders: Mayor Nanoc and Se’an Silverfoot
Buildings: 16
Location: North of the town of Vesper Felucca
Coordinates: 139’ 24N, 129’ 39E
Allegiance: To the Crown
*Diplomatic relations with PaxLair and cities of the Statehood of PaxLair.
Also Glydenfeld, Nidaros, the Pitmucks, Silvervale, Guardians Gate and
PaxOku. We have no aggression and a friendly neutrality to all other townships.*

PaxLair City
Leaders: Winfield and Ga’kuct
Buildings: 30
Location: West of Compassion Shrine, Felucca.
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: Neutral
*Allied with Dragons Watch and PaxOku of the PaxLair Statehood
and also allied with Glydenfeld and Pitmuck.*

Village of PaxOku
Leaders: Tatania Karthina and Winmere
Buildings: 6
Location: Homare-Jima Island
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: To The Crown
*PaxOku is in the PaxLair Statehood and we’re in alliance with PaxLair City,
Dragons Watch and Pitmuck, with good relations with Gyldenfeld, Nidaros,
Silvervale, Guardians Gate and Kijustsu Anei Village*

Town Of Gyldenfeld
Leaders: Mayor Tancred Redstar and Deputy Mayor Lissa Eldi
Buildings: 20
Location: West of Britain, through the western mountain
pass, at the crossroads of Yew, Britain and Skara Brae.
Coordinates: Unknown
Allegiance: To The Crown
*Diplomatic relations with PaxLair, Dragon’s Watch, PaxOku,
Pitmuck and Nidaros. Neutral towards other towns.*

Tavalia Zodok Address



It has come to my attention that some of you have recovered various
dispatch orders. Left from times long ago. It is the duty of the crown to
honor these orders still. How you come into possession of these orders is
of no consequence to the Crown and of little interest to myself. Depending
on the nature of the order. You may wish to dispatch an attack. Should
you wish to utilize these orders, please provide the original order. With who
you wish the attack to fall upon. In a sealed case to myself during one of
these sessions. Seeing as how you all hold no ill will towards any other. I
suspect I shall not receive any for quite some time.

There you have it. Your partners in progress. The relationships you form with
each other will be the backbone by which we achieve our goals. You have
all been given a great gift. A tangible one yes, but an intangible one as well.
For the first time in this realm, the people are seated at the Crown’s Table.
It is the decisions you make that will determine our course. It is the choices
we live with that will dictate our actions. It is our future to make my Lords
and Ladies do with it, what you will, for in the end Judgment shall fall upon
each of you in your own right.

Are there any who wish to address the Chamber? Please step forward and
identify thyself.

Addressing the Chamber



Tancred RedStar Mayor of Glydenfeld
My fellow citizens of Sosaria. As some of you may already know me. My
name is Tancred RedStar Mayor of Glydenfeld. I wish to share my warmest
wishes with you all tonight. One the eve of this great event let us forge
new bonds together under the banner of the crown. Let our instrangiences
of the past or even the dim light of some hardly knowing thy neighbor, be all
cast aside as we enter this new age. From here we step forward, let it be a
long journey. Thank you.

Ozog PR man 2nd In Command
MES Ozog of Pitmuck. Just wanna invites yoos to Pitmuck any times. Yoo
kin habe ice creams or rides merry go round, or poke sticks at trolls ina
cage. (Ozog handed out Ice Cream to all those in attendance.)

Tavalia Zodok Closing Statement

This Chamber shall serve as your link to the Crown. You may make request
to her majesty for supplies… For protection. For whatever ye may need. This
will also serve as a forum discussions between townships. And foster
communication and aide to each other. The only matter left to attend
to will be to determine when we shall be called to this Chamber.

Township/Crown Summit Meetings

The Wednesday Township/Crown summit meetings start at 8:30pm EST
(twas a compromise after the vote) and will commence in March on the
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

In the meantime there will be a February meeting on Wednesday
February 17th, EM to post a reminder on approx the 15th.

Dudley Announcement



Rolled Parchment

Dudley knows who has the first batch of "Dispatch Orders". Future orders will
be given a time on them. They will show how many seconds remain before
they poof. They can be turned in and stored until a township wishes to use
them. This is being done so fake copies cannot be made. The new system is
being used to deter Rare collectors from just keeping them or making a
major profit on the Dispatch Orders.

Invasion Rumor

Direct Quote From EM Dudley
“Oh also. There’s been a lot of chatter and conjecture regarding these
dispatch orders. Let me be clear. Nobodies banner is going to be destroyed.
Whoever started that rumor is a jamoke and has no idea what they are talking about.”

Invasion Demonstration

EM Dudley instructed everyone to remain on the steps as he gave the
demonstration. Should someone turn in a scroll and it’s good for some
fire elementals. They want to use it on an ememy then Dudley does this.



The attacks won’t just come from the scrolls and other townships. That’s
just a way for you guys to foster RP between the cities, towns, villages etc
etc. Most of them will come from EM Dudley! Towns will not be able to pick
what type of spawn they wish to send. The difficulty of the spawn will
depend on your town size.
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Blue Light Tavern Closes the Doors
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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010, 11:04 AM EST by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Blue Light Tavern Closes the Doors
Kijustsu Anei Village, Homare-Jima
January 31, 2009

By: Merik



The Blue Light Tavern has serviced the community for many years. Today
its doors have closed. With the constant competition of the Iron Bandit Inn,
the Blue Light Tavern did not generate enough profit to keep itself afloat.
Bam Bam a long time friend of Lord Gareth offered her establishment as the
new home of the Monday and Thursday outings. She also went on to offer
a job to all workers of the Blue Light Tavern. This offer was accepted and
the BLT began to liquidate its assets.

The Blue Light Tavern would like to thank everyone who has been apart
of it and created one of Chesapeakes most well known establishments.
As the community of Kijustsu Anei moves forward the land area will be
used for new establishments and facilities to help the community grow.



Mirt the Thursday Night sponsor ran its last event at the Blue Light Tavern
this past week. Along with the Monday Night sponsor Tiger Lily and Kire.
Both events will now be run from the Iron Bandit Inn. The Thursday night
hunt was a blast. The BLT staff could not have asked for a better send off.
The event was to "Fat Boys Lair" Although the quest was not completed due
to time running out, all in attendance did have a good time. In BLT tradition
many deaths did occur. A time honored tradition of the females trying to
give directions to the males happened. And with tradition the males were
unable to read a map. One snag was the only things around to ask directions
to were Acid Elementals and Plague beasts. We all look forward to a bright
new future of events being run from the Iron Bandit Inn.

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Community Meet Up - February 1st
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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010, 5:09 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<


Community Meet Up – February 1, 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!



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