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Guardians Gate set to mark two years in the realm!
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Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008, 12:57 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
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      The city of Guardians Gate cordially invites the citizens of Sosaria to join us in
   the marking of our Second anniversary with a three day celebration of activities and events
  inside the city. Each evenings events will commence at 8pm with activites running until
  around 1am EST. Come on out have some fun and win some fantastic prizes as we
  showcase our humble lands.


    Directions: The city is located just northeast of East Britain following the road. Once
                      reaching the Npc Fortifications one is well inside city limits.

                    A map of the city:


               
                              
     Once finding your way into town, Locate the Ottersrun Taphouse as each nights
  respective events will be announced here by Lord Angus, Keeper of the Gate at 8pm. Also
  available here are runes to various spots within the city.
                                                                                                
                

                        Intinerary of Events:

        Friday December 5th, 2008


                                            8pm ~ Opening Ceremonies
                                            8:15pm ~ Three day events begin
                                                            ~ Fishing Contest
                                                            ~ Daily prize drawing
                                            8:30pm ~ Items begin being accepted at City Auction House
                                            9pm ~ Guardians Gate/ RBG Auction
                                           11pm ~ "Cat Fights" - Guardians Gate Coliseum
                                          
12pm ~ Peerless Expeditions - Chief Paraxymous


        Saturday December 6th, 2008 


                                            8pm ~ Evening Announcements
                                            8:15pm ~ Daily Prize Drawing
                                            8:30pm ~ Drinking Contest / Keg Toss - Ottersrun Taphouse
                                            9pm ~ Dart Tournament - Ottersrun Taphouse
                                           10:00pm ~ "Moonshine Run" Presented by the "USN"
                                           12pm ~ Peerless Expeditions - Dread Horn 

 
        Sunday December 7th, 2008
 

                                           8pm ~ Evening Annoucements
                                           8:15pm ~ Daily Prize Drawing
                                           8:30pm ~ "Cowtipping" - Guardians Gate Coliseum
                                           9:30pm ~ Fishing Contest winner announced
                                          
10pm ~  " Swampdragon Roundup"  - Guardians Gate Coliseum
                                           11pm ~ Closing Ceremonies
                                           12pm ~ Peerless Expeditions - Shimmering Effusion

 
                        Event Descriptions: 
 
   Friday December 5th, 2008
        
        8pm ~ Opening Ceremonies:
                     
                 This event will be held daily in the towns epicenter the Ottersrun          
                      Taphouse. Lord Angus, Keeper of the Gate will begin the festivities
                      with a brief speech on the cities history in the past year and its citizens
                      and friends.


              8:15pm ~  Three Day Events Commence:

                                                                                                                                            
            ~ Fishing Contest



                            The festivals fishing tournament shall commence at 8:15pm on
                      Friday 12/5/08 and conclude on Sunday 12/7/08 at 9:15pm rules 
                      for this event are quite easy with the object to be to land the heaviest
                     "Big Fish."  Entrants will bring thier winning catch to the Guardians Gate
                     Coliseum for weigh in by 9:30pm on Sunday night or turn them in to any Event
                     Staff during the weekend. The top fisherman will not only recieve a check for
                     a cool
million along with a commemorative box and trophy but will also have
                     his/her winning catch mounted and displayed in the Ottersrun Taphouse.
                     250k prize for second place along with a 75k purse for third.

                                                                                        
               



                        ~ Daily Prize Drawings ~
                     
                             Books will be for sale inside a vendor located on the steps of the
                      "Crystal City" next door to the Ottersrun Taphouse. To enter, simply purchase
                      a book, filling
in ones name and Icq number and drop it inside the secure
                      container
right next to the vendor for a chance to win one of the very nice
                      daily
giveaways. Daily drawings will be pulled during each respective days
                      Opening Ceremonies at 8pm. 


              
                               

           
      
8:30pm ~ Auction begins taking items

                9pm ~ Guardians Gate/ RBG Auctions 
                                     
                 

                 

                    

              11pm ~ "Cat Fights"

                In the tradition of "Mike Vick Dog Fighting Night" here in the city,
                      we're throwing in a twist as we host "Cat Fights." Any player may
                      tame or purchase a fresh cat and put them to ultimate test! Head to
                      head, double elimination battle to the death! The winning owner will
                      recieve a check for a million gold along with a commemorative box
                      and trophy to mark the event! This one should be one for the ages.


           

                              
               



           12am ~ Peerless Expeditions:  Chief Paraxymous
         
               
Ready your Archer, Mage, or Warrior for this run deep into the
                      depths of  Paraxymous' Lair where we will face off against the
                     "Fatman." Tamers not allowed for this event as the boss tends to
                      feed on any unfortunate beasts who wander near his dwelling.



            
                          
                           

  Saturday December 6th, 2008

        8pm ~ Evening Announcements:
                Evening events, recaps, changes etc etc announced here location,
                     Ottersrun Taphouse.


               8:15pm ~ Daily Prize Drawing:
                Drawing held inside the Ottersrun Taphouse. Get your book to win!


           

               8:30pm ~ Drinking Contest / Keg Toss:

               
Join for a good old fashioned ale drinking contest as competitors
                    will attempt to be the fastest to consume 10 bottles of ale. Also on "tap"
                    will be the "Keg Toss" as would be strongmen attempt to carry a loaded
                    bagball as far as possible then throw it for distance! Winners for each
                    respective event will recieve a commemorative engraved box along with
                    trophies and checks for 250k per event!


              

     
        
9pm ~ Dart Contest :

                 Join us inside the Ottersrun Taphouse for the Dart Contest. This will
                      be a double elimination, best of three shots, highest score wins. First place
                      prize of 250k. Second place shall recieve 100k and third 50k. Signups will
                     begin shortly before 9pm.



               


                                
            10pm  ~ "Moonshine Run":
                 Join us for a race amongst the high seas of the realm as the United
                      Sosarian Navy presents the "Moonshine Run."  For this unique event
                      Captains will set sail from the cities docks in search of contraband
                      attained by rendevouing at various ports around the realm. The ports,
                      the cities of Nujelm, Magincia, Haven, Serpents Hold, Port Baldmor
                      and possibly more to be announced will be visited at each Captains
                      discretion en route back to Guardians Gate. The first ship to return with
                      all contraband packages will be declared the winner. Bounty for this
                      venture will consist of an engraved box and trophy and a check for
                      1,000,000 gold!


             
 

       12am ~ Peerless Expeditions:  Dreadhorn
            
                 Join us as we venture into Ileshnars' "Twisted Weald" to face off
                       against the peerless unicorn the Dreadhorn. Once again sponsored by
                      members of the Royal Britannian Guards, this expedition will require the 
                      quest to enter it's realm. Information on accepting the dreadhorn quest
                      can be found here.


               


  
      Sunday December 7th, 2008
 
         8pm ~ Evening Announcements:
                 
Evening events, recaps, changes etc etc announced here location,
                       Ottersrun Taphouse.

               8:15pm ~ Final Daily Prize Drawing:

                             Drawing held inside the Ottersrun Taphouse. Get your book to win!


              


               8:30pm ~ Cowtipping:

                              A crowd favorite as entrants will race against each other in double
                        elimination format to "tip" thier cow the fastest. The event champion
                        will recieve a commemorative engraved box along with a check for
                        500k! Come on out and get your tip on!
 
            


              9:30pm ~ Fishing Contest  Winner
                       Announced
                     
        10pm ~ SwampDragon Derby:
   
                  
Join us for a first here inside the city as we host the Swamp Dragon
                        Derby
This event a unique one will involve any tamer who wish to
                        participate to join others in an attempt to be the first competitor to tame
                        a freshly released Swampy before thier foes. Any means neccessary may
                        be used to disrupt anothers tame although killing the swampy will result
                        in disqualification. The first to tame the beast will be declared the winner
                        and with all our anniversary events recieve a engraved box, trophy, and
                        check for 500k!
        
       

                                

           11pm ~ Closing ceremonies:

                               And alas the fun must end but not without a grand display of
                        fireworks along with speechs from Lord Angus, Keeper of the Gate along
                       with other city dignitaries inside the Ottersrun Taphouse.



     Guardians Gate Established December 8th, 2006

 
     
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Zoo Birthday Celebration Saturday 12/6
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Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008, 11:46 AM EST by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Jerimiah and the supporters of the Zoo are holding a event to celebrate the birthday of the Catskills crane at the zoo. Here is the information if you wish to take part.


All citizens are encouraged to come join in celebrating the third birthday of the crane at the Moonglow Zoo on Saturday December 6. The Catskills crane is the oldest crane in all of UO and this achievement is worthy of recognition.

At 8pm on Saturday December 6th we will gather at the eastern entrance to the zoo to organize for a Tamers Challenge. Once begun, participants will have one hour to donate as many points to the zoo as possible including donations of gold. Participants will be awarded prizes at the conclusion of the competition.

After the competition, refreshments will be provided for everyone to enjoy the beauty of the greatest zoo in all of UO.

Tamers of all abilities are welcome to compete and citizens of all professions are welcome to come cheer on the participants or just join in the festivities.

If you want to inquire for more information on this event please follow this link the Stratics Catskills Forum:Zoo Birthday Celebration Saturday 12/6
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Massive Syndicate Holiday Lottery!
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Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2008, 9:25 AM EST by Andrasta (Atlantic)

Massive Syndicate Holiday Lottery!


On Saturday, December 20th, 2008 at 5:30 pm EST, The Syndicate will be hosting another Free Open to the Public Lottery Event. We have been hosting these going back nearly ten years but this one will be the largest and most fun one we have done yet.

There are two parts to this lottery that will allow dozens of people to win. The first part will be our usual 25 prize event. The second part will involve several hundred prize bags scattered all over our castle. They will contain a wide range of prizes including power scrolls, rares, artifacts and much more.

If you attend the event, you are likely to walk away with 1 or more prizes. Syndicate Gaters (known by the LLTS over their heads) will begin gating at 5 pm EST from the major banks on Saturday.

Look for them to hitch a ride to the event. The first prizes get called at 5:30 pm and as soon as the 25th prize is called, the floodgates open for the hundreds of other prizes in the castle. We hope to see you there!


Thank you very much Dragons...
Sounds like a wonderful Holiday Celebration!

Andrasta

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Atlantic Mage Tournament - Saturday, December 13th, 2008
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Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2008, 6:19 AM EST by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<

Atlantic Mage Tournament
Saturday, December 13th, 2008


5:30 pm Central (6:30 EST)
Entry Fee: 5 Mil

Prizes:

1st Place: 65% of the pot
2nd Place: 20% of the pot
3rd Place: 15% of the pot

(Other prizes may be available depending on attendance)

Rules:

Spellbooks/Lanterns Equipped
Only Mage Spells
No Precasting
No Potions
No Enchanted Apples
No Wands
No Necromancy, Spirit Speak, Spellweaving, Chivalry, Healing, Bushido, or Poisoning Skill.
No Weapon Skill or Mage Weapons
No Petals
No Summons/Pets
No Magic Reflect Items
Backpacks must be empty (reagents are an exception)


If these rules aren't clear enough then.....icq/pm me with any questions you have.

Each Player will be snooped before dueling.

Any player caught cheating will be disqualified and forfeit their 5 million.

On the day of the tournament players will be given further information on where the duels will take place.

To sign up ICQ: 360-504-199 or pm me.

Everyone is encouraged to participate. No egos, no trash talk...just fun clean mage dueling.

For further information and pm link to our Event Co-ordinator Alexei, please see the NEWS post on the Atlantic Forums Board.

http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=112071

Players currently signed up are listed there as well as other valuable bits of information.

Looks to be a very exciting event! Thank you Alexei for having it!

Andrasta
GRL



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Army of Shadows Invades
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Posted on Friday, November 28, 2008, 3:00 PM EST by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<< Here is a news story written by Catskills newest Shard Reporter "Norrar". I hope all of you enjoy it. he originally posted it on the Catskills forums board back on the 13th of November, and it took me this long to get it here for everyone else to enjoy. If you do see him in game congratulate on his new position and tell him to get back to work writing more stories for all of you to enjoy.

Recently traveling into the city of Yew; perhaps one of the most tranquil cities available, I was met with a most terrible sight. Demons of all sorts, burning trees and various homes! I could not stand for such a thing, and by the number of defenders around, nor could they.
I walked to a strange fellow clad in black armor, tapping him on the shoulder lightly.
“Pardon me sir, but what seems to be going on here?” I asked between dodging a demons energy blast.
The man turned, looked me up and down before threatening me with a kryss! I have endured many trials, but that was just plain rude of him.
“Uhh….easy there buddy…” I stammered, “Just wanted to kno-…” Was all I got out before an arrow took him in the eye.
Cursing my luck, and losing perhaps a valuable interview, I walked on, avoiding the carnage and demons. Noting with interest groups of humans fighting each other. I watched one group fight another, noting once again the strange armor. Eventually as the last one fell, I walked up to a mage in bright orange robes, shielding my eyes as I spoke to him.
“Say there, can you tell me what’s happening?”
The mage looked me over before snorting with disgust, “These damn rebels are trying to retake our lands!”
“Rebels?” I said puzzled.
The mage nodded briskly, “Aye rebels, allied themselves with demons and the like it seems also.” He grinned shakily, “Though I bet ye can tell that on your own!”
“Oh aye I can, terrible thing to…”
The mage pulled me over to a safe location before continuing. “Your not aware of whats been happening?”
Flustered I answered crisply, “Well no, I just got back you see…my kitsun-…” The mage cut me off.
“well than lad, you’ve got a lot to learn then! This damn rebel army is invading our cities! Each one is different, some have dragons or Ophidians or even slime! As each city is invaded, a rush of brave adventurers rushes in to turn back the tide. Bodies fall and pile up, the once pristine streets run awash in blood, and the sounds of battle ring out across the air. It’s a terrible yet wonderful thing.”
I coughed lightly as I wrote furiously, “Terrible yet wonderful?”
“Aye, that destruction is terrible, yet it seems to pay well!”
“Ah…I see…”
The mage slapped me on my back, “Good luck to ye, I have more to kill and so little time!”
“Thank…you…” I yelled as he ran off. Sighing I turned and ducked between buildings, taking notes off what was happening. Suddenly, a colossal explosion ripped through the city, knocking me to the ground.
Muttering, I picked myself up and turned, only to be staring into the eyes of a deep red, yet beautiful dragon.
“Oh…” I said calmly, “Hello.”
It seemed puzzled at my statement, but quickly regained itself and sent a mass of fire at me from its mouth. Yelling in terror I abruptly turned and ran, finding myself flying suddenly as the explosion threw me.
Crashing through a shop window, I landed on one of the healers beds.
“Oh, well that was convenient.”

Watching as soldiers and adventurers rushed the beast; I noted with awe its strength, unleashing magic I had rarely if ever seen. It took what seemed an age, before it finally fell with a burst of flame as jewels and gold rained from the sky.

Feeling I had perhaps pushed my luck thus far, I hurriedly sped back to the relative safety of my home, sighing with relief as I crawled into my chair.

Be wary friends! So far brave citizens have been raising arms against this so called, “Army of Shadows” in countless battles. Thus far, there seems to be no sign of them breaking off in their attacks
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Happy 10th Anniversary, MTB!
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Posted on Friday, November 28, 2008, 1:04 PM EST by Medea (Drachenfels)

Last friday evening one of the oldest community of Drachenfels was able to celebrate it's 10 years anniversary! As last year, the guild of the Miliz vom Tempel des Baphomet (MTB) had invited everyone to celebrate their jubilee, this time with a tournament for mages. A nice group of citizens had joined the party at their Baphometic Trade Centre near Trinsic. Shortly before, there was a gateservice from the main towns which lead several people to the event by surprise.

The people were registering slowly for the tournament. I decided to join them too, but my last experience at a smiliar occasion was long ago and my form and fitness was not really outstanding... but Illuminatus' hint: "Trust us!" convinced me to do so. I received a bag with reagents, two runes, a spellbook with the insignia from MTB and a nice violet colored robe. After a short visit home where I put all my stuff in a secure location I was back again at the Baphometic' Trade Centre, in good company with the other participants. The journey to the tournament in Felucca was about to begin.

Shortly after, the participants Amun, Kane, Rincewind, Zalazar und my humble self as well as the guests and the members of MTB were swarming through the moongate. We spotted a small ruined building nearby, surrounded by bald trees - this should be the scenery for the following tournament. After a brief check from the organisers for additional reagents, banned items or spellbooks with the participants, we could finally start. The upcoming tasks were announced and the rules explained. One could win points after a simple victory or with the help of your creativity. We were also introduced to our test person of the evening, Jaina of MTB - she would be the "living target" for tonight... what a lion-hearted woman she was!


MTB members greeting the guests
Die MTB Mitglieder begrüssen die Gäste

The tournament is about to begin
Kurz vor dem Turnier wird noch gescherzt und gelacht

The warm-up started with a test to check our fighting powers. It was equally distributed among the attendants, but Kane was the first to snatch a point. Now, the first 'real' task could start. Jaina's exclamation: "Come on, try harder!" inspired our ambition. But to our surprise there should be a very short quiz with three questions - any entrant was asked to prove their expert knowledge! Some were brilliant with fast answers, but the points were shared evenly amongst us.

The next part was also fascinating - three spells had to be spoken onto our living target (meaning: Jaina) with the foucs on causing as much damage as possible. She was calm like a rock and was healed by her brethren between the spells. Meanwhile, thanks to a spellcasting icebear and a summoned alligator we had a good laugh, and we shared the points - again - evenly amongst us.

After this task the next one was afoot - our quickness was now in demand. The main goal was to mark a rune at a given place, and return to the Baphometic Trade Centre as fast as possible. Shortly after it was clear that the place was the Zoo in Moonglow, the participants were dashing away quickly... some of us with detours via Jhelom because of the Invasion armies. After meeting at the Baphometic Trade Centre we returned to the place in Felucca where our last and final task awaited us.


Getting our tasks and rules explained
Die Aufgaben und Regeln werden erklärt

Jaina, the living target, cheering to the participants
Jaina, unser lebendes Ziel, feuert die Teilnehmer an

This time we should hit our living target, Jaina, as much as we could and lowering her hitpoints to a dangerous minimum, but without killing her. The tension was high with the participants, who would show nerves of steel? Kane started and accomplished fourteen hitpoints. Amun - in the shape of a spellcasting icebear - managed to get eight. Zalazar sent Jaina to the shadows and killed her with his last spell - he had to face the disadvantage of five points. Rincewind and I got down to five hitpoints and therefore managed a draw.

After that, the organisers checked the points and unfortunately had to disqualifiy one participant because of additional reagents in his backpack. Again we managed a tie - the final was between Kane and my humble self. It should be a duel, but two others should bear the brunt - our summoned Deamons "Kane" and "Holzhammer". The fight itself was a short affair because my tactic with bless and strengthen did not work out. Kane's Daemon defeated my red-skinned companion.

Shortly after the first congratulations the whole group went back to the Baphometic Trade Centre. The members of the MTB gathered everyone around and handed a very noble gift to every single guest and participant - a golden dagger with the insignia of MTB. The three winners of the mages tournament received an additional, generous gift. As the first guests set out on their journey home, the others were invited to meat and drinks. We took some trips down memory lane and cheered and laughed about old times. Also, the three armours which were displayed nearby reminded us of past times - even today's armours could barely match them. In this spirit I took a detour through the old auction halls where I put the golden dagger in a place of honor - close-by to the sword with the insignia from the 9th year jubilee from last year. And it seemed to me that the two blades were sparkling for a few seconds in the cold, quiet, moonlit night...

Happy Birthday, MTB - and cheers to the next ten years! ;-)

***


Zalazar's spells were too enthusiastic
Zalazar's Zaubersprüche waren zuviel des Guten

The announcement to the final
Der Final wird angekündigt

Am vergangenen Freitag konnte eine der ältesten Gemeinschaften auf Drachenfels ihr 10. Jahres-Jubiläum feiern! Die Gilde der Miliz vom Tempel des Baphomet (MTB) hatte zum Fest und zum Magierturnier geladen. Wie schon das Jahr zuvor gelang dies gut, denn zahlreiche Gäste fanden sich zur achten Abendstunde ein. Kurz zuvor hatte ein Gateservice von den Hauptstädten Sosarias auch einige Überraschungsgäste zum Event mitgebracht.

Zaghaft begannen sich diese für das Turnier anzumelden. Schlussendlich überwand ich mich dann auch daran teilzunehmen, denn meine letzte derartige Turnierteilnahme war doch schon sehr lange her, so dass ich mich nicht gerade in Form und Fitness dazu befähigt fühlte... aber Illuminatus' schelmisches: "Vertraut uns!" überzeugte mich dann doch. Ich erhielt einen Beutel mit Reagenzien, zwei Runen, einem Zauberbuch mit den Insignien der MTB und eine hübsch violettfarbene Robe. Nach einem kurzen Aufenthalt zuhause, wo ich meine ganzen Habseligkeiten deponierte, fand ich mich gleich wieder vor dem Baphometic Tradecenter in Trinsic, in guter Gesellschaft gleichgesinnter Turnierteilnehmer, ein. Die Reise nach Felucca zum Turnierort konnte beginnen.

Kurz darauf strömten die Teilnehmer Amun, Kane, Rincewind, Zalazar und meine Wenigkeit sowie die Gäste und die Angehörigen der MTB durch das Mondtor - eine kleine Ruine mit kahlen Bäumen umgeben sollte für das Kommende scheinbar die Turnierkulisse sein. Nach einem kurzen Check der Turnierleitung, ob unerlaubte zusätzliche Reagenzien, Gegenstände oder Zauberbücher bei den Teilnehmern vorhanden waren, konnte es losgehen. Die bevorstehenden Aufgaben wurden angekündigt und die Regeln erklärt, nach denen man nach Sieg oder mithilfe seiner Kreativität Punkte gewinnen konnte. Daraufhin wurde noch Jaina, die Probantin der MTB, vorgestellt - sie würde bei den Aufgaben als lebendige Zielscheibe herhalten sollen... was für eine mutige Frau!


Kane's Daemon defeating my companion
Kane's Daemon besiegt meinen roten Begleiter

Awards ceremony at the Baphometic Trade Centre
Die Geschenk- und Preisverleihung beim Baphomeict Tradecenter

Die Aufwärmrunde begann dann mit einem Test, um unsere Kampfkraft einzuschätzen. Diese war bei den Teilnehmern relativ gleichmässig verteilt, dennoch heimste Kane den ersten Punkt ein. Jetzt konnten wir mit ersten 'richtigen' Aufgabe loslegen. Jaina's Ausruf: "Strengt euch mal ein bisschen an!" weckte nun den Ehrgeiz der Teilnehmer. Die Überraschung stand uns aber einige Augenblicke später ins Gesicht geschrieben - es gab nun eine Drei-Frage-Runde, um unser Fachwissen zu testen! Hier glänzten einige mit schnellen Antworten, die Punkte wurden dennoch regelmässig verteilt.

Als nächstes mussten drei Zaubersprüche mit möglichst viel Schaden auf das lebendige Ziel - sprich: Jaina - gesprochen werden. Sie hielt alles mit stoischer Ruhe aus, zwischendurch wurde sie mit Heilungssprüchen wieder fit gemacht. Dank einem zaubersprechenden Bären und einem heraufbeschworenen zutraulichen Alligator gab es derweil viel zu lachen, wiederum verteilten sich die Punkte gleichmässig über die Teilnehmer.

Dann kam ein Schnelligkeitstest an die Reihe - Ziel war es nun, an einem genannten Ort eine Rune zu markieren und möglichst schnell zurück zum Baphometic Tradecenter zu gelangen. Der kurz darauf genannte Ort war der Zoo in Moonglow, die Teilnehmer flitzen nur so davon... einige mit Umleitungen über Jhelom, dank der Invasionsarmeen. Gleich danach ging es nochmals zurück zum Turnierplatz in Felucca, wo bereits die nächste und letzte Aufgabe anstand.


Cheers to the next ten years!
Hoch die Gläser und Krüge auf die nächsten zehn Jahre!

Historical armor and weapons from the MTB smithy and armory
Historische Rüstungen und Waffen aus der MTB Rüstungsschmiede

Nun war freie Zauberspruchwahl möglich, man sollte die Probantin auf eine möglichst niedrige Anzahl Lebenspunkte bringen, ohne sie zu töten. Die Spannung stieg nun auch bei den Teilnehmern, wer würde stählerne Nerven zeigen? Kane begann diesmal und schaffte es bis auf vierzehn Lebenspunkte. Amun in Gestalt des Zaubärs schaffte daraufhin knappe acht. Zalazar schickte Jaina dann aber kurz danach ins Jenseits - mit der harten Konsequenz von fünf Minuspunkten. Rincewind und ich konnten uns dann mit dem Gleichstand von fünf Lebenspunkten die Hände reichen. Leider musste ein Teilnehmer wegen überzähligen Reagenzien aus der Wertung genommen werden, sodass es dann zu einem Patt kam. Somit kam es zum Final zwischen Kane und mir. Jedoch durften zwei andere ihre Köpfe dafür hinhalten - unsere beiden heraufbeschworenen Daemons "Kane" und "Holzhammer". Der Kampf war dann eine relativ kurze Sache, da meine Taktik mit Blessen und Stärken nicht aufging: Kane's Daemon besiegte meinen souverän.

Nach den ersten Gratulationen gings dann zurück ins Baphometic Tradingcenter, wo die Preisverleihung stattfand. Xacharias überreichte allen Anwesenden einen goldenen Dolch mit den Insignien der MTB - die drei besten Teilnehmer des Magierturniers durften sich zusätzlich noch einen Preis aussuchen. Während die ersten Gäste bereits die Rückreise antraten, vergnügten sich die Übriggebliebenen bei Speis und Trank und liessen alte Zeiten Revue passieren. Dazu trugen auch die ausgestellten drei Rüstungen bei, deren Insignien von vergangenen Zeiten zeugen und in ihrer Fertigkeit auch heutzutage noch kaum übertroffen sind. In diesem Sinne trat ich dann auf meiner Heimreise den Umweg über die alten Auktionshallen an, wo ich den goldenen Dolch an einen Ehrenplatz - ganz in der Nähe des Schwertes mit den Insignien der MTB vom 9 Jahres Jubiläum vom letzten Jahr - legte. Und es kam mir so vor, als würden beide Klingen für einen kurzen Moment in der stillen, kalten Nacht im fahlen Mondlicht erleuchten...


A gift from the MTB - a golden dagger with their insignia
Das Geschenk der MTB - ein goldener Dolch mit den Insignien der MTB

Happy Birthday, MTB - und auf die nächsten zehn Jahre! ;-)

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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Put Away The Autumnal Trim and Get Ready for The Scantily Clad Mrs. Claus
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The holiday season is officially here ~




Happy Thanksgiving to all you turkey lovers.
Today is the official kick off of the holiday season and I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season.

Regardless if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Muharram this time of year is exciting for many decoraters in the realm and Great Lakes has some of the best.

It is time to put away those pumpkins, wheat stalks and autumnal trimmings and get your red and green on. Last night I removed the fall decor from my vendor shop and gave it a winter makeover with the newest of white trees and plants and snow suggested items.
Two more plots to go but I may wait until Christmas tree time.

Needless to say I am not the only one that has already gotten into the holiday spirit. Last week I stopped by Chelsee's Love Shack and she has a winter scene already set up on her roof. I even thought I heard the footsteps of reindeer.



However it was the sexy Mrs. Claus at the Luna Vendor Mall owned by Hellfight that has been causing a stir about town! Mrs. Claus has never looked so good. No doubt Mr. Claus loves it.



Santa and the Mrs are but a small part of the Luna Vendor Malls holiday feel. The entire shop has been transformed for the holidays with even the vendors attired for the season. These lil helpers of Santa with showgirl legs and sexy boots give Mrs. Claus a run for her money.



I am on the look out for more holiday decorated plots to feature in the upcoming weeks so if you know of any please contact me.











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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 8:59 PM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Massive Holiday Lottery - Sat Dec20th!
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Massive Holiday Lottery - Sat Dec20th!

We are getting the word out early so everyone that can make it can plan to be there.
On Saturday 12/20 at 5:30pm EST on Atlantic shard, The Syndicate will be hosting another of its free, open to the public Lottery events. We have been hosting these going back nearly ten years but this one will be the largest and most fun one we have done yet.

There are two parts to this lottery that will allow dozens of people to win. The first part will be our usual 25 prize event. The second part will involve several hundred prize bags scattered all over our castle. They will contain a wide range of prizes including power scrolls, rares, artifacts and much more.

If you attend the event, you are likely to walk away with 1 or more prizes. Syndicate gaters (known by the LLTS over their heads) will begin gating at 5pm EST on Atlantic shard from the major banks on Saturday Dec 20th. Look for them to hitch a ride to the event. The first prizes get called at 5:30pm and as soon as the 25th prize is called, the floodgates open for the hundreds of other prizes in the castle. We hope to see you there!
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WRR Presents "A Christmas Carol" ( A Cross Shard Event!)
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Auctions Take a Holiday
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Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 3:28 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)

NeXt, YGV and BEC Auctions are on holiday this week. Everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! See ya next week!

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Community Hunt - Week of November 24th
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Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008, 4:09 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.



***Note: The events listed here are subject to be cancelled in the event of an invasion by the ***
*** Shadow Army. Should any town come under attack, the community event of the ***
*** night will be cancelled in favor of battling the forces of Chaos. ***


Moonglow Zoo Community Collection hunt
Date: Tuesday, November 25th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, November 26th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ankh Dungeon hunt
Date: Thursday, November 27th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ilshenar Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, November 28th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - 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
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Community Meet Up - November 24th
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Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008, 3:52 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
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Community Meet Up – November 24
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center


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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Turkey Trot ~ Obits Part Two
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Turkey Trot ~ Obits Part Two





Rax Nahli


Zar




SNIPER and Thorreain




Roland and Henry


Ratheous


Racer Reborn




Oomori Kinuko














" Loved large girls to death ! "


Lord Sass


Lockpicker






KENO


Kelsey


















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Turkeys Are Not The Only Things Recently Slaughtered
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OBITS ~ 11 / 23 / 08






Amorello Pate




antonio black




Bones of BlackDeath




CHEX and Stan Redbone


Cyric Truesilver


Deathbringer


Doug Revene






FoFo CuddlyPoops




Grim Reaper






Ice Queen


Isabeau


Jeana














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FoF: Skill Caps and Braziers
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Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008, 8:25 PM EST by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:

FoF: Skill Caps and Braziers
Joanne Laroche
21 Nov 2008 17:36:43

It's time for this week's Five on Friday! Some of the questions we answered this week are about Skill Caps, Braziers and the Event Moderator Program.

"Concerning potted cactus & brazier veteran rewards: if we've already picked these items - after the re-deeding issue is fixed in the upcoming publish, will those of us with already existing plants and braziers also be able to re-deed them and reselect?"

No you will not be able to re-deed these items. The reason being these are not deeded items that you can axe and replace, that's why we informed players to hold off picking them if they wanted a choice.

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"I am having an issue with not being able to target my dead pet, how can I fix this?"

Try logging out and back in first and if that doesn't fix it please try using a pet summoning ball on it. That should help with the problem of not being able to target your dead pet.

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"The EM Moderator program stopped taking applications on Monday, when will I know if I'm chosen or not?"

We're carefully reviewing all applications and we'll be making our final decision in the next couple of days as well as getting all of the paperwork ready for when we announce the new Event Moderators. The interest has been wonderful and we look forward to getting the EM Program started!

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"When will Concussion Blow ever be balanced?"

There are some changes coming up in Publish 57 that will address Concussion Blow so keep an eye out for that!

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”Are we going to be increasing the skill cap for SA?"

Leurocian answered this one: We want to review and balance the existing templates and skills first, after this is completed we will be reviewing the possibility of increasing the skill cap.

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Fansite News:

Sonoma Community Event:

Turkee Lurkees & Chicken Littles on the Loose!

Throughout the day on Thursday, November 27th, watch for some very strange Turkee Lurkees & Chicken Littles running loose on Sonoma!

They will be very busy dropping special 'Thankful Baskets' filled with goodies and heartfelt wishes that say ... "May Bountiful Blessings Always Come Your Way".

And at 7pm CT (5pm PT ^ 8pm ET) head over to the Grand Arena (Bagball Arena) just southwest out of Luna town to participate in the Greater Chicken Little and Turkee Lurkee Foot Loose Races! Racing animals provided.

*For more information feel free to contact Queen Mum at ICQ 168-812-018

Sponsored by Sonoma Community Coalition & many grateful Friends

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Lake Superior Community's weekly event Schedule

***With the exception of the Community Meetings, all events are subject to cancellation in the event a town comes under attack by the Shadow Army.***

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Community Meet'n Greet
Date: Monday, November 24th
Time: 7:30PM Central
Location: New Haven Terrasse
Hosts: Airmid / Sabina Nikolai
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Date: Tuesday, November 25th
Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
------------------------------------------------------Peerless hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, November 26th Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
------------------------------------------------------Ankh Dungeon hunt
Date: Thursday, November 27th
Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse
------------------------------------------------------Ilshenar Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Friday, November 28th
Time: 9:00PM Central
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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Bluewolf,
Sabina Nikolai / Taeara Mi'Aken

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Its time for chatter, games, dancing, and lots of live musical fun from WRR...

Friday - Nov. 21st - Shard Chatter will be buzzing with the latest hot topics of Ultima Online news!! Join DJ Sandman starting at 10pm ET (7pm PT) on WRR and participate in this fun and always lively UO discussion. Also, remember to submit your punch lines for the Shard Chatter ending segment of "You know you have been playing UO too long when..." (submit to DJ Sandman's ICQ which is found on the www.wrrad.com website)

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Saturday - Nov. 22nd - Its time for the ever popular Brush LimpPaw show starting at 5pm ET (3pm PT) on WRR where listeners hear his Universal Outlook on the worlds 'current events' as only he can deliver it.

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Saturday - Nov. 22nd - Its Time for Deal or No Deal ~ 'UO Style' on the ATLANTIC shard starting at 6pm ET (3pm PT). Participants will be playing for 10 Million this week and of course there will be 5 - 250k door prize drawings *remember, you must be there to win*. Click here for map of the WRR DoND location on ATLANTIC.

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Saturday - Nov. 22nd - Join WRR live at Lady Darth Oni's Silvervales Ball on Chesapeake starting at 10pm ET (7pm PT) featuring the new WRR game of 'Name That Tune'!! This fun event gives you the opportunity to meet and court your in-game love, along with dancing tunes provided by DJ Sandman, who will periodically be asking musical questions. The first one to answer the musical question correctly wins up to MILLIONS in UO gold. Since this is an official WRR event ANYONE can play, just make a newbie and head over to Luna where gates will be provided for Lady Darth Oni's Silvervale Ball featuring WRR's 'Name That Tune' contest.

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Sunday - Nov. 23rd - The Pacific Auction House (located just East of the Luna moongate) continues after 4 fantastic years to bring you more great deals. Get there early for best seating. Auction starts at 3pm ET (Noon PT) and is broadcasted live on WRRadio.

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Thursday - Nov. 27th - Spend some Holiday time with Tazz and Keg's Underground show broadcasting live from 9pm - 11pm CT. Entering their underground world leads you to places you will never forget. Remember you can call into the show via Skype! For full details on how to call into the show visit the Tazz & Kegs Underground page at Underground Knights website.

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Friday - Nov. 28th - The holidays are coming fast and what better way to kick off the season then with a dinner theatre event! Join WRR at Dave & Busters on Lake Superior (located a few hops out of the North entrance of Luna town) at 8pm ET (5pm PT) as they present The Jack Benny Program featuring 'A Whispering Rose Christmas Carol', a good old-fashioned live radio broadcast, with a new twist on the venerable Dickens classic featuring a whole bunch of staff and personalities from WRR.

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Have a blast playing Ultima Online and listening to Whispering Rose Radio website. ~ see you all on the flip side.

Interested in having your event posted on the Five on Friday? Make sure to send in all the details through the Feedback Form and selecting "Fan Site News" from the drop down menu. All entries must be received no later then Thursday at midnight for the FoF you want it in. All entries are subject to editing.

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Do you have a question you would like to see answered in a future Five on Friday? We would love to hear from you, so please use the Feedback Form located here and select Five on Friday Questions from the drop down menu and send it in. We look forward to answering your questions!

There won't be a Five on Friday next week as it is Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday here in the US. So from all of us to all of you, have a great time next week and stay safe!

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Lei DeDa Designs With Rubble in Mind
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Lei DeDa Designs With Rubble in Mind ~



Lei's Playhouse just a stones throw and skip outside the east Luna City gates at 100o, 12'N, 36o 0'W is a rubble collectors dream come true. If you have not seen all the possible rubble this is a plot to check out for sure. Rubble is not all you will see but some darn good design too !



The lily pads in the fountain is a nice touch.



Are those stuffed plushy animals on the bed ? I sure hope so because if they are alive those sheets are going to be very messy.



When ever I feature a plot I encourage the readers to take a visit because not all can be shown in screenshots.

Next week I will feature some Winter/Christmas Designs. If you are decorated for the holidays PM me or drop me a line. I would love to see your holiday trim.





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WRR Deal or No Deal 'UO Style' comes to Atlantic
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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008, 10:33 AM EST by Andrasta (Atlantic)
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This just in from Queen Mum and WRR!
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Login Issue
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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008, 4:13 PM EST by Larisa (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com:


Login Issue
Joanne Laroche
20 Nov 2008 18:04:53

We are currently investigating an issue that is causing some players difficulty with logging into the shards. We do not have an ETA as of yet, but we are aware of it and we're working to get it resolved as quickly as we can. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Halloween Event
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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008, 4:11 PM EST by Larisa (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com:


Halloween Event
Joanne Laroche
20 Nov 2008 17:42:27

You may of noticed that the Halloween Event is still going on and it's not quite Halloween anymore. We wanted to let you know that we have corrected an issue that would allow it to restart. We've got a fix going in with the Friday morning maintenance that will fix this.

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Latency Issues
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Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 2:52 PM EST by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

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Latency Issues
Joanne Laroche
18 Nov 2008 17:07:36

For those of you who are experiencing latency issues we wanted to let you know that we've identified an issue with an individual telecom company whose network is affecting performance of players whose service is routed through their network at any point, particularly on the East Coast. We're sorry for the inconvenience everyone and thank you for your patience as our team continues to work with this provider to resolve the issue.

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Auctions for Week of November 17th
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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008, 4:15 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)

The following are our Auctions for this week on Lake Superior:

NeXt Auction

Date:  Tuesday, November 18th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  South of Luna City

Contact: Meani – ICQ 65-689-918

YGV Auction

Date:  Thursday, November 20th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  Northwest of Yew Moongate

BEC Auction

Date:  Friday, November 21st

Time:  8:00 pm CST

Location:  West Gate of Luna City

Contact:  Lady Tia - ICQ 23944805

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Community Hunt - Week of November 17th
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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008, 4:03 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.


Brit Library Community Collections
Date: Tuesday, November 18th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, November 19th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Titan Pyramid Hunt
Date: Thursday, November 20th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ilshenar Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, November 21st
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - 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
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Community Meet Up - November 17th
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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008, 3:53 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
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Community Meet Up – November 17th
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: New Haven Terrasse - 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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G-V Member Gets Thorny
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Posted on Sunday, November 16, 2008, 5:23 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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G-V Member Gets Thorny ~



Roses have been with us a long time, according to fossil evidence for 35 million years and with a very colorful history.

Roses have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. In nature there are some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. Then there are the countless hybrids. In the realm we too have different types and colors of roses with Cute Pet having them all!
At this point in time she has 1454 roses and they are displayed on the floor and in chests at 30o 41'N, 37o 32'W
This location is in the middle of many G-V plots. I do miss Lucifer. Maybe he will tire of WoW and come back to us one day.



Rose Paradise is a true paradise for this horticulture lover.
Though her husband in real life does not allow roses in his plot/house Cute Pet is known far and wide for her thorny addiction.

Below are a few more screenshots of this collectors passion.














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Graveyard Smash
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Graveyard Smash ~





OBITS



This weeks Obituary Column is dedicated to all those fine men and women that have given their lives in the graveyards recently.






AstroXtra dead three times




DJdave








Hodgie the Mad






Isabeau


I.s.o.m.




Lone Wolf


Mistic






Voodoo




Rougee




Sheena


Sure Shot


Thanatos



















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Sosaria's most dreadful fight against the Shadows
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Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2008, 3:48 AM EST by Medea (Drachenfels)

Our current state of emergency does not seem to find an end. Practically everywhere fights and battles are taking place, day and night. Faction fights are keeping the Feluccans busy, on Trammel the cities are under heavy siege. Each human and elven individual is fighting for its life. These are very dark times where the Army of Shadows does not show mercy towards their enemies. There is only one exception - Magincia's floral wounds are healing slowly but visibly... let's hope that this is a good omen for Sosaria's future!

Quote of the Day from the Crimson Dragon:
«Come, sweet death... embrace these mine enemies.»


The unholy beast in Khaldun: Sicarii challenges the sosarian people
Ein entsetzliches Ungeheuer in Khaldun: Sicarii fordert die Sosarianer heraus

Der momentane Ausnahmezustand in den verschiedenen Städten Britain's scheint kein Ende zu nehmen. Praktisch überall wird um die Uhr gekämpft, auf Felucca wogen die Faction-Kämpfe hin und her, auf Trammel leiden die Städte unter der Dauerbelagerung. Jedes menschliche Lebewesen kämpft momentan ums Überleben in dieser fürchterlichen Zeit, wo die Armeen der Schatten kein Erbarmen kennen. Nur eine Ausnahme scheint es zu geben - Magincia's Wunden heilen langsam aber sichtbar... hoffen wir, dass dies ein gutes Omen für die Zukunft Sosaria's ist!

Zitat des Tages vom Crimson Dragon:
«Komm, süsser Tod... umarme diese meine Feinde.»


The most frightful creature these days: The Crimson Dragon is without mercy
Die grässlichste Kreatur in diesen Tagen: Der Crimson Dragon ist erbarmungslos

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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FoF: OSI and Holiday Gifts
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Posted on Friday, November 14, 2008, 2:30 PM EST by Larisa (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:

FoF: OSI and Holiday Gifts
Joanne Laroche
09 14 Nov 2008 14:40:58

Ready for the Five on Friday this week? We've got questions concerning OSI houses and holiday gifts coming your way!

"When I try to equip my Crystalline Ring it tells me that I am not the correct rank and it attempts to let me equip it anyways. Then it goes back into my pack and deducts 20 modified skill. What can I do to correct the issue with modified skills?"

It is not necessary to call a GM for this. All you have to do is log out twice. This will clear up the issue.

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"Will the game mechanics prior to the release of SA allow us to remove the properties enhanced or crafted out of a special material? So we can sacrifice them to the soul forge god?"

The answer is no. There are no current plans to allow removing special material from an item.

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"When are the OSI and bugged houses going to come down? We have reported the same OSI houses and a few bugged houses several time, but they still stand."

We've had a slight delay addressing the OSI houses but we have been able to start up again and those houses are being deleted as soon as we can get to them. It's going to be a slow process but please hang in there.

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"When Publish 55 was posted in September, we were cautioned that the 3rd year vet reward potted cactus and the 6th year vet reward brazier were being considered for a more flexible deed system that would allow the owner to choose more than one facing or style, but this change had not yet been made, and to hold-off on selecting these items until the change was made. So... what's the status? Will the cactus and brazier deeds now give us different choices of style and facing? Thanks!"

We were not able to fit this in with Publish 56 but we are hoping that it will make it in Publish 57.

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"I want to apply to the Event Moderator Program and I was wondering when the deadline is to submit my application?"

You must have your application submitted by Monday, November 17th at midnight EST. Please make sure to answer all the questions on the application. Good luck!

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"Are we going to get a new holiday gift this year?"

We can't tell you all the details of what will be in this box of goodies but here is a reminder that your character does need to be 30 days old to get one.


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What's to Come:

We've got some information about some balance issues we will be addressing. We'll have more information about this next week, so stay tuned!

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Fan Site News:

New on WRR ... the Community Event Calendar!

Whispering Rose Radio (www.wrrad.com) is happy to announce the expansion of its community coverage for Player Run Events. If you are having an event and would like it promoted on the air then all you need do is submit the details by email at [email protected] or to (WRR Community Events) at ICQ 437-889-581 ...

Be sure to include:
Shard - event to be held on (note if a cross-shard event)
Date(s) of event
Time(s) - start and ending time(s)
Name & Type of event
Where event will take place (include facet) Main person to contact with questions and any other event content information you would like highlighted

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Saturday - Nov. 15th - WRR Deal or No Deal ~ 'UO Style' is on hiatus and returns next Saturday, Nov. 22nd on the Atlantic shard at 3pm PT, 6pm ET. Participants will be playing for 10 Million and the 5 - 250K door prize drawings *remember, you must be there to win*! Watch for next weeks FoF with more details and map location.

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Sunday - Nov. 16th - The Pacific Auction House (located just East of the Luna Moongate) continues after 4 fantastic years to bring you more great deals. Get there early for best seating. Auction starts at 12pm PT, 3pm ET and is broadcasted live on WRRadio.

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Thursday - Nov. 20th - The Tazz and Keg's Underground show broadcast live on the air from 9pm - 11pm CT. Entering their underground world leads you to places you will never forget. Now you can also call into the show via Skype! So before tuning in make sure to get Skype and visit the Tazz & Kegs Underground page over at Underground Knights (www.undergroundknight.com) for full details on how to call into the show.

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Have a blast playing Ultima Online and listening to Whispering Rose Radio [www.wrrad.com] ~ see you all on the flip side.

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Remember everyone that the Five on Friday is fueled by your questions. Please send your questions by using the Feedback form and choosing "Five on Friday Questions" from the drop down menu. Your question might be answered in a future FoF!

That's it for me this week; I'll catch y'all on Monday. Have a great weekend!
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Hot Out of The Pots ... New Hort. & Predaceous Arachnids Design
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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008, 2:41 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
More new plants and spider decor ~


The First Library of Britain has been a popular spot for VIDMA, Lord Sass and I.
The three of us, friends of the ants, did the Naturalist Quest daily for many months when it was first made available. The excitement of new plant colors quenched our pixel crack thirst.


* VIDMA and Lady Lava in The First Library of Britain getting the Naturalist from Bueller *


As most know we recently have new gotten new seeds that produce new trees and plants to grow and play with.
With the newest of quests, invasions and graveyard fun many people are not aware of the new white and black plant delights just waiting to sprout.


* Lord Sass, Lady Lava and VIDMA doing the Naturalist Quest *


As a designer and plant lover anything new in horticulture is exciting. In doing this quest a lot recently I was surprised to only come across one other person doing the quest. I know there are plant lovers on Great Lakes. The Conjurer's Grimoire and Trinket are tempting but below are a few new black and white plants to wet your appetite and maybe get you out of the graveyard and underground into the ant tunnels..
If you do not have a green thumb nor the time to grow there are several shops in Luna selling these new beauties.




* The white plants show up nicely in a darker environment *


If you want to learn more about the Naturalist Quest, plants or just exchange plant ideas with plant lovers be sure to check out
UO Botany and Nutrition.
http://vboards.stratics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=416

Plants are not all that is new.......finally we have spider webs.

Below is a design by Hunter Moon [HOT] Alantic using the new webs. It has all the requirements to become a classic.




"The rubble I used is the one in the bag to the right of the web, but I used it in a black. Since I have dark walls, the top part blends in to the wall and doesn't show. I thought it ended up looking like two spiders in the web cocooning some poor soul and his faithful dog."

Hunter Moon [HOT] Alantic
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Event Moderator Program
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Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 1:36 PM EST by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's

Event Moderator Program

Calvin Crowner
11 Nov 2008 15:48:17

Hi everyone,

We’ve had some great submissions for the Event Moderator Program so far, and we’ve seen a slew of applications.

I would like to make a request. Please remember that we are reviewing everyone’s applications extensively, but also remember that we’re trying to do a very thorough job. Please understand that we have been putting this together for over four months. We ask you wait a few more days as we go through the almost 100 applications we have received so far. Afterwards, we will post the names and send out all of the documentation necessary to complete the process as independent contractors support UO:Live.

There will be no special consideration given for former EMs. Previous procedures, policies, and contractual obligations are void for this iteration of the Event Moderator program.

Thanks for understanding,

Calvin Crowner
Dev Manager, Ultima Online

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All Shards to be Published
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Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 10:39 AM EST by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's

All Shards to be Published


Joanne Laroche

11 Nov 2008 11:33:59

All shards will be brought down today for publishing at 1:00pm EST. We're estimating the downtime to be approximately 1 hour. We apologize for the short notice everyone, please keep an eye here for updates!


Updated 1:55pm EST: All shards are now up! Thanks for your patience.

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Origin Issue
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Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 10:33 AM EST by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's

Origin Issue
Joanne Laroche
11 Nov 2008 11:23:38

We're currently investigating a crashing issue on the Origin shard and it is currently unavailable. We do not have an ETA as to when it will become available but we are working to get it back as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience everyone !

Updated: The Origin shard came back up at approximately 1:30am EST.

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Community Hunt - Week of November 10th
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Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008, 4:42 PM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


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

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

***Note: The events listed here are subject to be cancelled in the event of an invasion by the Shadow Army. Should any town come under attack, the community hunt of the night will be cancelled in favor of battling the forces of Chaos.***



Graveyard Hunt
Date: Tuesday, November 11th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, November 12th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Titan Pyramid Hunt
Date: Thursday, November 13th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ilshenar Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, November 14th
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.
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Auctions for week of November 10th
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Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008, 4:03 PM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

The following are our Auctions for this week on Lake Superior:

YGV Auction

Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  Northwest of Yew Moongate

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Community Meet Up - November 10th
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Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008, 5:20 AM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – November 10th
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center


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!


**alternate location plans*


If Skara Brae is under the influence of hatred we will meet tonight in New Haven at the Inn just next to New Haven bank. The moongate opens up to the west of town, follow the short path in.

If Skara Brae falls under the Shadowlord's attack tonight we will defeat the evil and resume our meet up to pat each other on the back at the Skare Brae CC afterwards.
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Kingdom of Dawn Announces Halloween Book Contest Winners
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Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2008, 4:33 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Kingdom of Dawn
Halloween Themed
Player-Written Book Contest Winners!

The Kingdom of Dawn would first like to thank several generous citizens of Baja for donating gold and other items to the prize fund which totaled 2.1 Million Gold Pieces.  We would also like to thank the judges, who shall remain anonymous, and the contestants who entered the contest.  A total of 4 books entries were received.  The books will be available in the Kingdom of Dawn Malas Outpost located just east of Umbra.

The winners are:
1st place - Anna by Mathias Calagari of Protector of the S#A (PSA)


2nd place – Ghosts in Jhelom by James the AnimalTamer of Mage Tower (MT)


3rd place – Halloween I Grew Up by An Vas Zu of MT

The prizes are:
1st – 1,000,000 gold pieces and one decorative mossy cypress plant
2nd – 650,000 gold pieces and one decorative plain cypress plant
3rd – 450,000 gold pieces and a set of decorative hops plants (left and right)

The Royal Council
Kingdom of Dawn

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Spiders and Bats ~ Part Four
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Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2008, 11:31 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
~..~

Spiders and Bats ~ Part Four


In posting these four Obituary Columns this week it was made clear how many people are excited in the realm right now and the number of guilds out there fighting. GOF, MOA, CFC, RoD, DC*, DSD, W-R, PoT, -420, B*R, FoV, -UP-, NWJ, GLAM, DoH, [email protected], and YA are but a few. Keep on fighting !




Soborn


Soborn again


Space Age Hippy and Rick James


Space Age Hippy


One more time


Speed of -420


This came with no name attached. Who would like to claim it ?


Rehpotsirhc and Stoney


Syndy SunClan


Terrin


Tessa and Kal Buir









Tinna




Uno


Walleye




Xylinda













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Spiders and Bats ~ Part Three
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Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2008, 11:03 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Spiders and Bats ~ Part Three




blanc De blanc






Penelope






Radagst th Brown


Ratheus


Rick


Rick James and fireball


Rough


RYUJO






Sarah of Fortune killed by her pup in Luna


Satan


Sheena






Simon




Sling Shot




Smokey













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Spiders and Bats ~ Part Two
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Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2008, 10:40 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Spiders and Bats ~ Part Two


SKULLCLEAVER times two and Curly Jefferson








jack




Joan of Arc
















Maginor




Micah




Myrddin


Neptune


Neptune again


Nomeni Patri






OfLords






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Spiders, Bats and Felucca .... OH MY !
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Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2008, 10:01 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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The past few weeks have given us changes in the land and we are promised much more to come, new skills, a new race and come Thanksgiving something unusual will be happening to the champ spawn bosses. It is an exciting time in the realm.

Enthusiasm is at a high especially for capturing the dead and dieing. In the past seven days I have received more Obituary screenshots than any other week ever ... over 150 ! To my joy even a few Felucca screenies were in my letter box, of course I would like more but I get what I get. With so many images I will do several columns this week. Most columns have 22 to 25 screenshots, these may be larger. Enjoy and keep on dieing !!!


Dell Magic






ASH


Walter o Dim of MOA


Walter of MOA again
























Cindy of CFC


Crazy Carrie




Drumheller






Faith










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FoF: Blessed Spellbooks & More
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Posted on Friday, November 7, 2008, 5:50 PM EST by Larisa (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:

FoF: Blessed Spellbooks & More
Joanne Laroche
07 Nov 2008 17:55:49

We've got your answers on questions concerning Blessed Spellbooks, Latency and more!

"Will the Blessed spellbooks that are dropping from the invasion on Siege be fixed?"
We are aware of this issue and we're working on a fix for it.

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"Why are we seeing so much lag since the 4th of November?"
We are trying to track down the cause of the recent lag problems and would like to request that if you are currently experiencing latency to send a traceroute to UOBugs.com, make sure to please include the shard you are playing on as well!

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"Will the entrance to Khaldun in Trammel on Oceania be fixed?"
Good news! Yes, we have fixed this issue and players should now be able to exit from both entrances now.

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"I started a character transfer right before the rollback on Europa, and I am unable to find my character on either shard. When can I expect it to be fixed?"
We have identified all the character transfers that were started at that time and we're working hard to fix the issues. Please be patient until Monday and report any uncompleted transfers to UOBugs.com at that time.

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When will the Event Moderater Applications be up and are there any special requirements?
The application is up, please click on the Event Mods button located on the right of the main UOherald page, it will take you to the application. You must be 18 years old, know UO and have a creative mind. Good luck to everyone who applies.

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Is Magincia Starting To Look....Cleaner?
From Draconi: "Why yes! Your efforts in Magincia are already paying off: the debris strewn throughout the land has all but disappeared. This should vastly improve client lag in Magincia."

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What's To Come:
We are adjusting the town criers to update faster on all shards, and come Thanksgiving something unusual will be happening to the champ spawn bosses.

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Fan Site News:
Fan site news will return next week so for those of you interested in having your fan site news posted on the Herald please make sure to submit them via the Feedback link on the left and select "Fan Site News" from the drop down menu. Also remember you can check events on your shard by going to the Stratics Shard Events Calendar!

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If you have a question that you would like to see answered in the Five on Friday, then please go to the Feedback form and select "Five on Friday Questions" from the drop down menu. Your question just might be answered in an upcoming FoF!

A couple of weeks ago we took a photo of the UO Team - well all members who were present in the building here in Fairfax. There are a few missing but we couldn't resist but to have some fun with it. Enjoy the UO Team photo!

I want to thank everyone such a warm welcome this week, you folks are just awesome and I love the UO community. Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday.
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House Of Lords on the edge of the Abyss
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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008, 5:45 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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House Of Lords on the edge of the Abyss ~


The past few weeks have seen a lot of blood shed all over the realm. With towns being invaded, cemeteries more dangerous than ever and large creepy spiders to kill, not to mention Magincia spooked by the undead, I thought it a nice respite to spotlight a designed plot. Heavens knows there will be more than enough dead and blood in the Obituary Column this weekend. I have received a record number of screenshots, even a few from Felucca.

Todays feature is House of Lords owned by the disreputable OfLords and it is located on the edge of the Abyss 70o 7'N, 65o 48'E



OfLords uses old and the newest of items to create a classic yet modern feel to his abode. The structure of the building is very old school and stately. It is in good taste but not really creative. It is what he does in his rooms that shines and shows his talent.



The small well manicured outdoor garden used the newest specimens in horticulture to showcase the grand fountain. Outdoor storage units do not detract from the design ( the white one scares me however ) and gives the designer more space to play with indoors ,not only that the chests are quick easy access when one is in battle and hurried.



The first interior floor houses a workroom, kitchen and formal dining area. I am not so sure about the dead body parts on the kitchen floor but I love the kitchen counter design and sink, sudsy water and all.



The upper level balconys are cheery and welcoming. The man of the house's easy chair surrounded by his gold and plunder is very male and amusing, a touch of humor.

As always it is never possible to touch on or include all the details of a plot so I encouraged a visit.









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Happy Birthday Elfbjourn from Bethari and Friends
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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008, 8:54 AM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
Happy Birthday Elfbjourn from Bethari and Friends


*in best Gomer Pyle voice*
Well Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!




Last Tuesday evening Bethari hosted a surprise birthday party for one of Lake Superior's finest citizens. The party was held in the home of Taeara Mi'aken with lots of food and celebration to be had. I was personally saddened at my inability to attend because of shard issues but there were many there in my place to wish Elf a Happy Birthday!

Elfbjorn is a great friend to everyone on LS and together with the guild Xild do much for the community of players. You will often find Xild in New Haven gathering players for whatever adventure perks their interest.

Happy Birthday Elfbjorn and Thank You Bethari and Taeara for getting his friends together!
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Results from the Battle of the Beaks 1st Event!
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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008, 8:28 AM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Results from the Battle of the Beaks 1st Event!


Monday November 3rd brought the 1st Battle of the Beaks event from Looniper and Kariny. We gated to a house to be guilded for the event right after the weekly meet up in Skara. I quickly ran to a few non invaded towns to offer gates to other players looking for some unusual fun. Who tames a chicken these days right? You would be surprised!



Getting settled in took a few minutes as some kinks on the attack command were worked out but before long the chicken fights were on! Hades and Elven Gardener were the first up to match beaks with a trial run going to Hades and the full fight going to Elven Gardener and his chicken Moo Shu Pork.



In the end, it came down to...
1st place - Elven Gardener with Mu Shu Pork (chose the legacy token)

2nd place - Shadow with Kung POW Chicken (chose the blessed crimson)

3rd place - Manny Rat with Quidnick (wouldn't accept the kasa no matter how hard we hit him)

We are looking forward to many more BBQ chicken nights with Looniper and Kariny so go find your lucky chicken and start training soon! Many thanks for another great event for Lake Superior *smiles*
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A Fun Halloween Night with YGV
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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008, 8:09 AM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
A Fun Halloween Night with YGV




Dressed up as a Fairy Godmother for the night I headed to a Halloween Party last Thursday, October 30th. Magdelaine and others from YGV guild hosted a fun Halloween event for Lake Superior. YGV is most known for their auctions through the week but this time it was all fun and games!



We started the evening with some Q/A for prizes and then YGV handed out a chest containing a book for the scavenger hunt. Some items could be gotten right away and the last few involved a quest for the remaining items. It was a great way to keep us guessing to find a person at places like the Hedge maze who would ask you a question and provide your book if you answered correctly. Congratulations to TirNaNo'g as the first place winner!





After the Scavenger Hunt we were gated to two small player towns for some trick or treating fun. There were some great goody bags for every trick or treat house you went to. They were very generous with items like Heritage tokens and diamond earrings. It was great fun running to each house not knowing what you would get!



At one of the homes located in Tel'Ruid, there was a haunted house to adventure in. While I did not get to spend as much time as I wanted, I intend to go back and encourage everyone to visit it just north of the Silver Arrow.



Many thanks to YGV and also to the guild BEC for helping them with this event. It was a great way to end the month of October with friends and a fun night.


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Publish 56 Fixes
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Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 4:28 PM EST by Larisa (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com:


Publish 56 Fixes
Joanne Laroche
05 Nov 2008 18:45:00

We've got some fixes for Publish 56. They will go live with maintenance on Thursday morning. Here are the notes:

Halloween 2008

·         Increased the number of drones that spawn

·         Lowered the cocoons’ respawn timer from 5 minutes to 3 minutes

·         Adjusted the drop rate of gossamer and small spider webs

·         Gossamer will now appear in the player’s bag if they are among the top damagers. They will receive a random number between 1 and 4

·         Rereading the journal can no longer be abused to reset the quest by circumventing the normal flow

Factions and War of Shadows

·         Fixed an issue with Factions Elections not working properly on some shards

·         Implemented a Town Crier update system for the War of Shadows. Saying “news” to a Town Crier or Sherry the Mouse statue will list one of the towns under attack

·         Fixed issue with global Town Crier updates not being sent to Trammel from Felucca, and vice versa

·         Increased number of Lieutenants, Captains, and Generals and adjusted their hit-points per rank

·         Increased the DI and SDI on weapon rewards by five points across the board

·         Added bonus to kill-points and silver for killing enemies of a different side

* Order: TB and CoM

* Chaos: Minax and SL

* Example: If an “Order” faction member kills a “Chaos” member, they receive 2x kill-points, and 2x silver

* Example: If an “Order” faction member kills an “Order” member, they receive the normal points and silver

* This effect stacks in “warzones” in Felucca (any of the eight faction cities)

      * Kill-points can be up to 3x, silver up to 4x

      * Bonus kill-points are not deducted from the victim, they’re just a bonus given to the victor

·         Town sigils will now properly teleport back to their pedestals when a town is “neutralized” as part of the invasion

·         Fixed the no spell casting area in Moonglow

 

General

·         Fixed the issue where players were getting power scrolls in Ilshenar

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Fiction: I'd like a drink, if you don't mind
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Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 4:26 PM EST by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Fiction: I'd Like a Drink if you don't mind.
Joanne Laroche
05 Nov 2008 17:30:21

Andrew stepped over the corpulent body.

The tavern had been mostly empty when he’d ducked inside – a few bar maids, a grizzled old cook – little to look at, and few witnesses.

“Help! Murder!” a girl screamed, bolting for the doorway. She didn’t quite make it to the threshold before an energy bolt caught her square in the back. What was once a red-cheeked, outgoing young woman became a heap of crumpled skirt strewn over wine-soaked floorboards.

Andrew sighed, turning back towards the bar, sighting on a lonely stool in the corner. He continued walking at an even pace, pondering. The cook had come at him first, and with a rolling pin at that. So futile…so predictable.

No doubt the man hadn’t even known why he’d attacked Andrew, why the rage had overcome his reason and left him bereft of both mercy and kindness. The influence of the Shadowlords could leave any weak man daft, and apparently his master had already corrupted many of the townsfolk here.

He sat down, noticing that the other two serving girls had been edging towards the door, much more carefully than their ill-fated friend. Fear was etched across their features, as though any sudden movement, any stumble, any sound could seal their deaths.

Andrew casually pulled out a deck of cards and splayed them out across the counter.

“I’d like a drink, if you don’t mind.”

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Character Transfer Issue
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Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 4:23 PM EST by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Character Transfer Issue
Joanne Laroche
05 Nov 2008 15:10:09

We just wanted to let you know that we are aware of the Character Transfer issue that is happening currently. We are looking into this issue and we hope to have it resolved soon.

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Jolly Roger Challenge: Nov 8, 9pm EST
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 3:29 PM EST by Lord Franklin (Catskills)
Hail all! This announcement just arrived at my tower, carried by a strange parrot wearing an eye-patch. It amazes me all the creative ways you folks get your news to me!

Tournament: Jolly Roger Challenge (November 8th, 9pm EST)

All citizens of Britannia, be it fighters, mages or spectators, are invited to come to the Jolly Roger Inn for a big fighting tournament! This exciting contest will take place in our arena next to the Jolly Roger Inn. Here you can prove your real skill and tactics, as special equipment is not allowed! The rules are:

* Ye cannot use own equipment! Armor, weapons and shields of GM quality will be provided. It is up to yer fighting abilities and tactics!

* Jewelry, talismans, special spellbooks, quivers and other items improving yer fighting abilities are not allowed!

* Bring your Ninjitsu, Bushido, Chivalry, Necromancy and Magery spellbooks! No magery spellbooks with magic properties.

* Ye can bring any kind and number of potions, bandages, arrows, darts, bolts and reagents ye like.
Mounts and pets are not allowed!

* Spellweavers are not allowed to have an arcane focus.

* Leaving the fighting area before the winner of a duel is determined, is not allowed.

* You're out of the tournament if you lose TWO fights.

* Any kind of fighting tactics are allowed! Whatever abilities yer skills offer, may be used in the duel.

The prize: Each contestant pays an entry fee of 10,000 gold pieces (bank check). The winner takes it all! (If someone can't afford that much, rich participants will help out.)
Hint: Area effect attacks (like explosion and conflagration potions or area effect spells) only damage fighters from enemy guilds, not opponents of your own guild.

A map to the Jolly Rancher Inn can be found here:
http://www.aschulze.net/ultima/pirates/images/map_up.jpg

Good luck to all who participate!

Peaceful Journeys,
Lord Franklin
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Publish 56 Magincia Quests
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 2:31 PM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
Publish 56 Magincia Quests


I traveled to Magincia today to gather some pictures and information on the Magincia quest given by Nelson the Mage. He gives you three quests to help restore the beauty that once was Magincia.



Quest: Threads of Fate
Nelson asks you to find the Corrupted Souls and free them by any means necesarry which loosely translated means kill em. Sometimes they will release a Thread of Fate to your backback. Once you have collected 10 Threads of Fate return to Nelson for a piece of rubble as a reward.







Quest: Threads of Life
Nelson will also ask you to speak to the restless souls and help them move onward. This requires you to use Spirit Speak where they will disappear in a ray of light, often leaving you a thread of life to return to Nelson. After 3 Threads of Life you can again claim a reward of rubble.





Quest: Threads of Thought
Nelson explains that the Forsaken souls have become listless and desperate to find a way home. By using the magic of exorcism you may convince them to move on. Collecting 5 Threads of Thought and returning them to Nelson gives the last of the rubble.





Some of the rubble rewards:



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Publish 56 Halloween Yew Quest walk thru with help from Uoguide.com<
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 12:02 PM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
Publish 56 Halloween Yew Quest walk thru with help from Uoguide.com


A small group of us got together at the Skara Brae Community Center Friday the 31st for a true Halloween event. The Yew quest comes to us courtesy of one of the many things to do in Publish 56. Taeara, Storm, Daga Taga, Frank, Gollum, Finian and myself headed to the Yew courthouse to talk to Jasper the Inspector.



Jasper directs you to a journal on the table which reads in part, “I am concerned about the secret room. Lysander's notes mentioned two levers controlling the door opening the mechanism. But they are hidden in secret passages of the Tomb. I must find them!
I will unseal the tomb of Khal Ankur tonight. And I, Leoric Gathenwale, will free the cursed souls of Khaldun and grant my grandfather and his three companions the peace they have been denied so long. “
- Leoric Earthenware



Jasper also talks of demise and the unholy and sends us to the graveyards to check into the unholy spawn. A Skull Totem was found in the middle of the graveyard signifying the unholy occupants. Only when the totem is cleansed would the graveyards be free. There we find a Skeletal Liche who holds a cursed parchment needed to uncover the etchings and clues in Khaldun dungeon. Khaldun is located next to Minoc passageway and once inside we locate the 9 wall carvings to etch. Targeting the parchment and then the wall carvings gives us an etching and after clicking on one of the 9 etchings, they combine to form a black cursed tome.




Double-clicking the tome will ask you which pool of blood you wish to toss it in. We found the pool of blood and targeted our book first the pool and watched our black tome turn blood red! A password is revealed in the pool to gain entrance to speak to the Dark Guardian, Keeper of Knowledge.





Once we entered and talked to the Dark Guardian he sent us to Leoric’s House in Jhelom for more clues. In the ruins of Leoric’s home were two books to read to further our quest. Within his journals was the final password we would need to enter the lair beneath Khaldun’s floor. It was such a long journey through Khaldun and finally to Leoric’s house that we decided to revisit the rest of the quest the next day.

On Saturday I was able to complete the quest, albeit without the larger group from the previous night. Nevertheless, I ventured to Khaldun, found the abattoir to speak the secret word and found myself in Sicarri’s lair! It was quite the battle that required a group of fighters but in the end Sicarri gave over the venom sac needed to cleanse the graveyards from the unholy terrors. The other spawn of spiders Sicarii summons have what is called gossamer and if you collect 10 of them and target a spinneret you receive when killing her a deed for a large web will appear.





The quest for Sicarii is a long and dangerous one but the rewards are great in more than monetary gain. Freeing the graveyards of Jhelom, Vesper, Yew and Britain is a great sense of accomplishment for our shard of Lake Superior. I hope to run into many of you on this journey!

Many thanks to uoguide.com for providing much of the needed walk through for us players!
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Community Hunt - week of November 3
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 9:42 AM EST by AirmidCecht (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.

***Note: The events listed here are subject to be cancelled in the event of an invasion by the ***
*** Shadow Army. Should any town come under attack, the community event of the ***
*** night will be cancelled in favor of battling the forces of Chaos. ***



Vesper Museum Exhibit tours
Date: Tuesday, November 4
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Mistas Exploration
Date: Thursday, November 6
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ilshenar Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, November 7
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


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The Times We Live In...
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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2008, 7:14 PM EST by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
A knock sounded on the lady’s door. It was long after hours, and she had been slowly preparing to head home for the night. Things had gone so bad lately; surely this knock at the door could not bear even more horrifying news. Chanting under her breath, she telekinetically opened the door with a wave of her hand. An old man stumbled in, catching himself a bit too late. Dusting himself off, he looked ahead and glared angrily at the lady before him. Limping forward rather loudly, he threw himself in to a seat adjacent from the lady he had so carelessly disturbed. When asked what his business was, he slammed his fist on the table and yelled;

“Gracious! First we’re all subjected to the ravings of a lunatic old crone, then we go helter-skelter looking for that thief, Ricardo. Before you know it, Moonglow goes haywire and the Shadowlords are back. The Shadowlords! Of all things! Times went down the sewer in a handbasket, I tell you. The poor Royal Council… slain! Their restless souls undoubtedly roam the castle halls, still. I’ve heard rumours, you know. Speaking of restless souls, I’ve never seen so many before! And the skeletal liches? I sure hope that totem goes away soon, it creeps me right out. Now, as to what I’m doing here, I’m just an old man begging for a bit of attention. Hear me out!

The poor souls roaming our doomed city, Magincia, still saturate the island with their haunted presence. I can’t stand it, I tell you! We need as many exorcists, clair..voyan..cists… clairvoyants! Yes, as many of those and as many warriors as you can muster. Honestly, why do I get the feeling that if I were a young man again this problem would be taken care of by now!? You young whippersnappers don’t seem to have any sense of responsibility; and you’re gonnah get it for being so slack! I sure hope when I die, and become a restless soul, someone puts me out of my misery straight away. NO FIDDLE FADDLING.

And one more thing. You’re in the news, right? Have you heard anything about the cities besieged lately? I went to visit my cousin in Vesper and he ran away from me screaming like a lunatic on fire! I can’t say I’ve ever felt any more indignant than at that moment. Sure, there are things roaming the lands that frighten you to your very core, but we never had to live in fear like this before! It’s simply … not the way we are! We are Britannians! Lord British, wherever he may be, never would have let this happen. Where’s a hero when you need him? Are all the legends a lie? Honestly…

I’ve half a mind to join up with the Shadowlord faction right now; at least they seem to be accomplishing something. What have I seen out of everyone here? Little swings of a sword at a giant spider? Pul-eeze. Don’t joke around with an old man.

The lady folded her hands together, taking a deep sigh as she scowled at the old man. He wasn’t the first to storm in to her office and ramble out such remarks. In fact, it seemed to be a habit of Britannia’s cowards to help themselves to her time and remind her of the world’s problems. Funny thing was, she thought, none of them seemed willing to do anything about it. None of them, that is, except the countless men and women of wit and daring whom she saw on the battlefield day after day. If the future of Britannia lay at rest in the hands of cowards such as this man, surely all would be lost.

“No matter what you say, missy, nothing you do is going to get the job done. You just have to get out there and do it! By the sight of ya, you’d not last longer than a heartbeat, though. Your last heartbeat! Haha… ha! Hem. I tell ya, if I ever find myself a fountain of youth, I’d be this world’s hero. No lies! Dragon slaying… ha! Killing a dragon was as easy as baking pie, in my day. You just needed the nerves, the guts! Why do you lot seem to have such a sore time with it? I’m fed up. Fed up I say!!!”

Standing suddenly, he crashed his fists upon the lady’s desk and left her presence in a heated huff. The lady smiled. Indeed, the future of Britannia was not left in the hands of men such as this. It was in much more capable hands. The frightening question remains, though – to which allegiance do those hands belong? Shivering from the thought, the lady shook her head in deep contemplation. These are indeed dire times, and the first that we’ve experienced such without a strong leader to offer guidance. With that in mind, she began packing up her things and headed out in to the chill night air.

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Community Meet Up - November 3
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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2008, 2:04 PM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)



Community Meet Up - November 3
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center


Meeting Agenda:

Lots to discuss with publish 56 on all shards. Lots of events to get together and help each other out with quests ect!

Battle of the Beaks is tonight after the meet up!

The High Counsel will be meeting in Jhelom at Horse's Head Tavern!
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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243rd Assembly of the 7th High Council - Location change!
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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2008, 1:55 PM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<243rd Assembly of the 7th High Council

Date: Monday, November 3, 2008
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Location: NOTE the change in location!!!

In response to the "activity" going on in Magincia, and to insure the safety of those in attendance, we are moving tonight's High Council meeting to the Horse's Head Tavern in Jhelom. It is expected that this will be a temporary inconvenience...

Meeting Agenda:

Items to be announced at the meeting.

Lord Buzz Aldridge
Chancellor of Virtue,
High Council of Britannia


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Battle of the Beaks
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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2008, 1:50 PM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<
Battle of the Beaks!



From the chicken coop of Eslake and Kariny:

Monday night after the community meet up in Skara Brae on November 3rd up is the night to get your cluck on and drag out your beaked friends for a battle to the end of KFC road!

The Meet-Ups generally run to around 8:10 to 8:30 central, so expect to find gates around that time frame. Of course, if you can attend the 7:30 Meet-Up, it would certainly help ensure you get there in a timely fashion.

Anyone with a chicken, bonded or not, can participate, and those without can still join in the fun just to watch, bet, and play the other games.
Only Chickens and Greater Chickens are eligible (no, Hiryu do not count as chickens!)

There are millions in prizes for the winners, and if time permits there may be a few side games as well for those who only come to watch and/or bet on the fights.


The fights will occur in Trammel and all participants will be guilded.

Anyone can compete as anyone can tame a chicken, and the owners will not be allowed to heal their chickens during the fight so there is no need to be a veterinarian.
But when taming and bonding, it is probably wise to wear a bit of +taming jewlery to help speed things along.

Hope to see you there!

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Spooky House .. Fact or Fiction?
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Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008, 1:30 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Baja's Monster Mash Weekend


Flying Bat animationFriday, October 31, the Halloween Storytelling Event kicked off the start of the Monster Mash weekend.



We were gated to creepy old house in Felucca, where volunteers were asked to tell their scary stories.

Llama [M!S] was the first to share a spooky story.  Then Lord Shovel [DWN], James [MT], and Betsy Rosette all put shivers up and down our spines with their tales of terror.




 

Thanks to a generous donation from Mrs Fields and CTDM guild, 500,000 gold checks were presented to James and Lord Shovel as the audience's choices for best stories.

Then Lady WildStar, Grand Duchess of Dawn, related a story she'd heard when she was undergoing mage training.

WildStar had us all on the edges of our seats when she said:
"The magic power you invoke when casting a spell does not get used up. 
You pull it from the ether, and when you fail, it goes back to the ether in a slightly altered form. 
One student many years ago tried to harness this energy.  He managed to access it but was unable to stabilize it. 
It is said that on the spot of his experiment, a creepy, creaky house will appear out of nowhere.  The house is said to be near a long road between two cities in the northern part of the realm."

Many of us noticed that we were in a creepy, creaky house that was situated on the long road between Vesper and Minoc!

WildStar told of a group of weary travelers who had found such a house while seeking refuge from a severe storm.  As the evening passed into night and then into morning, the travelers realized the house was disappearing before their eyes!

  

As she got to the point in the story that tells, "The snow was swirling everywhere in what remained of the house.  The party quickly gathered their gear and left the house.  As the last person left the house, it disappeared and the snow and wind suddenly stopped.", the house we were in disappeared, just like the house in her story!!

Those attending gathered up gold, decor, and many fine items to keep as mementos of their trip to a house that was no longer there.
 


On Saturday, November 1, 2008, join us on Baja after Whispering Rose Radio's Deal or No Deal UO Style which will take place on Sonoma and starts at 3 PM PST (6 PM EST). The events on Baja start out with a Naked Graveyard Crawl hosted by Oriana from Almost Famous Knights (AFK). This event will start at 5 PM PST (8 PM EST) and will take place in Trammel at an undisclosed location. After this event, gates will be provided to the Treasure Fun House in Malas, where you will have a chance to run the maze and find the prizes inside the house. We would like to thank Evelyn Marie & Capt Covetour for letting us use their house and providing the prizes in it.

  Finally on Sunday, November 2, 2008, there will be a Scavenger Hunt hosted by Lil Debi and chocalot from TAO. It will start at 7 PM PST (10 PM EST) and you will have 30 minutes to find the items. The final event is a Halloween Ball and Costume Contest from 8 PM to 9 PM PST (11 PM to Midnight EST). Music will be provided by Whispering Rose Radio. Your costume can only be made using in-game items: clothing, armor, weapons, masks, savage kin paint, etc. The use of spells such as polymorph or reaper form and Ninjstu animal form will not count as a costume.

chocalot, TAO
Lil Debi, TAO
Oriana, AFK
Sara, TAO
WildStar, DWN

 


 

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Jeremy Bids Farewell
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Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008, 6:11 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com:


Jeremy Bids Farewell
Robert Mull
31 Oct 2008 16:18:11 EST

As of yesterday afternoon, Jeremy Dalberg and Mythic Entertainment have parted ways. We would like to thank Jeremy for her numerous contributions to the Ultima Online team and the larger UO Community over the past years. We would also like to wish her the best in her future endeavors. Joanne Laroche will be lending her experience to the UO team in the interim as we work through this transition. In closing, I’d like to offer this farewell from Jeremy to the UO Community:

Fellow Citizens of Sosaria,

It is with fond regret that I pass the title of Herald to my successor. My time among you has been more precious than diamonds, and I hope you will remember me kindly. However, I trust that you are in the best of hands. This development team is the finest I have ever seen, and, with you, I eagerly await the opening of the Stygian Abyss. Ultima Online has many long years ahead of it, and as I lay down my banner and once again take up arms as a common paladin, I join you in defending our homeland from the forces of darkness, that the light of Sosaria shines from its myriad shards and facets evermore.

In less flowery terms: Be good, folks, and be kind to Joanne. She’s good people, and will take care of you with the support of all the rest of the team. I’ll miss you, but I’ll see you around Brit bank soon enough anyway!”

- Jeremy

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Fiction: Mistress of Darkness
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Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008, 6:09 AM EDT by Larisa (CommunityNews)

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Fiction: Mistress of Darkness
Joanne Laroche
31 Oct 2008 18:40:33

“She will be pleased,” Melissa softly intoned, accepting the shimmering jewel from the dirtied hands of a weary soldier. Her followers pressed together in the dark chamber, the light from their torches didn't seem to penetrate far into the darkness where their newfound leader stood.

“This,” she began, raising it up above her in outstretched hands, “is the key to our victory!”

The faction sigil glowed a deep red, casting a malevolent light down into Melissa's hooded face. “With these at our command, we will conquer the cowards who fled this land so long ago!”

“Their haven, their precious Trammel, shall crumble before us!”

She brought the sigil down to her chest and began chanting. Her followers caught its rhythm and joined in a growing chorus. Words flowed and were forgotten, yet magic gathered around them, seeping through the midst like tendrils of fog.

“We will wake the sleeping Britannia!” and the darkness behind Melissa burst apart.

A dragon had appeared before them, standing, vast and majestic, behind the small figure of their leader. Knees, heads, and hands hit the floor as the dragon fear took hold. Never had any of them seen something, felt something, of its like. A crimson dragon, the very embodiment of chaos.

Melissa gestured behind her: “You witness our allies! Our Mistress promised: 'That the peoples of Britannia shall know fear!'” She eyed them as the dragon breathed, “We are that promise!”

Voices erupted as the magical fear subsided, shouting, screaming, tinged with bloodlust.

“We shall wake them into our nightmare!”

She turned, proffering the sigil to the entity behind her. A single talon stretched out, and gently touched the artifact. The room went dark, then exploded with energy.

A rift had formed before the humbled followers of the Shadowlords. Beyond the hazy outlines they could see green pastures beneath an azure sky. A world they had never been to, a world they knew they hated.

The dragon roared, commanding all, "It is done, go forth!"

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The war of Shadows has begun!
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Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008, 6:03 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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The War of Shadows has begun!
Joanne Laroche
31 Oct 2008 18:50:02

Publish 56 allows cities in Trammel to be attacked by monster invasions when sigils are captured in Felucca. This weekend several cities will be attacked regardless, as the Shadowlords assert their new powers through their alliance with the crimson dragons.

Affected cities include:

* Britain
* Skara Brae
* Magincia
* Minoc
* Moonglow
* Trinsic
* Vesper
* Yew

Beware NPCs in invaded towns! Hatreds will attack, Falsehoods will steal, and Cowardices will... run away.

Please be aware that if you log into a city under invasion, you will be teleported to safety in Jhelom.

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