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March 2009

Traveling Bard's Night at the Jolly Roger, Saturday April 4th
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Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 8:12 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<At seven o'clock Eastern time (7:00 PM EST) on Saturday, April 4th, Traveling Bard's Night will be hosted by the United Pirates once again at the Jolly Roger Inn. The event is sponsored by PGoH. The rules of bard's night are simple:

* Leave your conflicts at the door and bring your stories with you.
* No harsh obscenities are to be used in your stories.
* There will be a time limit (usually five minutes, but subject to change due to the number of storytellers).
* This week something a little different. Improvisation. Each storyteller will be given 3 minutes to come up with a story based on 3 random objects or words.

The top three will win cash prizes and will be given an invitation to the champions event at a later date.

The prize will be divided as follows: 500,000 gold crowns for first place; 325,000 gold crowns for second; and 175,000 gold crowns for third. Judging will take place by three crowd members chosen at random, who will decide on the winners.

The Jolly Roger Inn's coordinates are 169o 32'S 21o 35' E in Trammel, and gates will be run from New Haven starting at approximately 6:30 to give people time to come sign up. See you there!

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Sunday Night Taming Hour Sponsored by M!S To Begin Round 2
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Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 10:09 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Round 1 of Misfits of Society's Sunday Night Taming Hour ended on March 29, 2009, when the 10th tamer for this round picked a Moonglow Royal Zoo reward.

M!S started this weekly event on January 4, 2009, and the Royal Zoo has been on Tier 11 since February 4, 2009.

Round 2 of the Sunday Night Taming Hour will begin Sunday, April 5.  Anyone interested in participating please meet at the Moonglow Zoo Sunday, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern), for one hour of taming turn-ins to help maintain Baja's zoo.


Darcia’s weekly report March 29, 2009:

We started this week with 291,117 points. Thanks to extra donations by, Toni Fierce, Devin, and DixieLoneStar, we made it to 597,021 points.  Thank you, ladies! I picked my reward, and we are at 47,021 points for the next one. We also did a placement roll for the second round of rewards. Anyone who wants take part in the Zoo event and missed the roll will be added as they come to event.

We also had several more from other guilds join us last night, which is awesome, we appreciate there participation...Our event also attracted a griefer. A special thanks to Daisy Duke for handling that situation.

 M!S tamers:

  • Lessa 
  • Naomi Watts 
  • Hustler 
  • Devin 
  • Dixie LoneStar 
  • Lexi 
  • Toni Fierce
  • *Darcia (who patiently stands at the turn-in area, accepting and turning in the tames)

 Others:

  • Lil Debi [TAO]
  • Luna Tic [TAO] 
  • Savannah Rose [UTB] 
  • Hermes 
  • Shayla Keylley 
  • Kat MacBroeden  [DWN]
  • Jasia Metis [LUMI] 

 Trojan [CON] did come by with a tame, but with all the chaos did not get to make his donation.  Trojan, please accept our apologies. 

 Everyone did an awesome job this past Sunday night, however, I do have a request.  Please tame at your level.  Sunday night Toni and Luna Tic had to stop taming to hold the bears so I could get the larger tames turned in, enabling the tamers to get out faster.  I do understand some have young tamers -- if bears are your best, by all means bring them.  If, however, you can tame a drake but bring a bear, that is 45 points versus 400, which is a lot more tames to get you your reward.  This is a simple request to keep us from backing up at donation box.  Please remember, the higher the tame, the quicker the reward. Thanks again to everyone who participated Sunday night.

 Sunday Night Taming, Round 2, Reward Order (determined by dice roll)

  1. Hermes, dice roll 78

  2. Lil Debi, dice roll 76

  3. Dixie, dice roll 75

  4. Mystic Rain, dice roll 60

  5. Lexi, dice roll 58

  6. Darcia, dice roll 57

  7. Luna Tic, dice roll 43

  8. Lady Savannah Rose, dice roll 37

  9. Shayla Keylley, dice roll 25

  10. Lady Jaisa Metis, dice roll 24

  11. Naomi, dice roll 21

  12. Lessa, dice roll 11

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'Voices Heard and Words Spoken ..' by EM Pallando
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Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Reprinted from goldenbrewtavern.com

Voices Heard and Words Spoken..
By EMPallando

The Heralds have announced that our own Lord Emissary, Trubo Saius, speaking on behalf of King Casca, in a show of unit, has called for a public gathering to take place this Thursday evening (3pm PST-6pm EST) and all citizens are invited to attend. The King has graciously granted the Counselor’s Guild Hall in Vesper to Lord Trubo to better hold the gathering.

Much has happened these last few weeks and many seek guidance and answers in these still troubling times. Hence let this meeting serve as a public forum for those who wish to express their concerns or solutions in the light of recent happenings. Our Lord Emissary hopes to see you all there.

(I am aware of the Community gathering taking place this Friday and this is not meant to overshadow that. All things to be discussed will have little or nothing to do with everything to be spoken of on Friday and this event will be conducted In-character. I will however try to reschedule if enough so wish it. Also, this is a Baja exclusive event and is not directly tied to the storyline and is RP centered. That said, there will be no rewards but I am compiling a list of things to be discussed and am taking suggestions for just such a thing. You can e-mail me at [email protected] with any suggestions. While rest assured I will do my best to read all e-mails sent please know that at this time I will not be replying to messages sent as this is still in its testing phase. Please include your character name and guild name in the subject line and keep the e-mail event focused.)

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Baja Roleplaying Community Gathering
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Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 7:42 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Attention, Roleplayers!
Announcing the
Baja Roleplaying Community Gathering.
By WarderDragon [BRPA]
Baja

Greetings, Citizens of Baja!

The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance [BRPA], in conjunction with our numerous friends and partners in crime throughout this shard and others, would like to invite you to our first annual Roleplaying Community Gathering. This will be an out-of-character meeting, meant to facilitate an open and friendly dialogue on how we as a community might advance our interests and better the roleplaying playstyle on the Baja Shard. All are welcome to attend, Roleplayer and Non-Roleplayer alike. This would be a great way for new and interested individuals to learn more about our shards roleplaying alliance, and get acquainted with our growing community.

Date: Friday, April 3rd.
Time: 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern
Location: Castle Britannia. We will be meeting in the Royal Council Chambers. In the event that we have problems, we will relocate to the Dawn Malas Outpost just outside Umbra's Western Gate.

We will start the evening with:

- An introductory speech by Nicholas the Old (WarderDragon).
- An introduction to our Allied and Community Guilds.
- A chance for visitors, especially those interested in roleplaying and our community, to briefly introduce themselves.

On the agenda:

- The New Spring: A New Storyline For A New Era?
- Preserving Our History: The Kingdoms of Dawn, Avalon, and Lumaria.
- Doing What We Do Best: Helping Our Event Moderators and Our Community.
- Loyalists & Partisans: The Casca Question? Who Plays What Role?
- Roleplaying Tavern Nights. When? Where? How?
- The Grand Opening of the Dragons Breath Tavern (Dawn).
- The Grand Opening of the Tepid Tengu Tavern & Inn (Lumaria).
- Sleath Shall Give Them Blood, And They Shall Love Him For It: The Dark Tower Gladiatoral Games.
- The Black Mass: Ressurecting An Old Tower Event.
- Rise From The Abyss: The Tower of High Sorcery Introductory Event.
- The Tower of High Sorcery Grand Opening Ball.
- Hawking Our Wares: Preparation For Next Months Bazaar.
- Moooooooooo!: Skara Brae's Tamer Auction.
- The Running of the Ostards.
- Ug Dere: Talk Like An Orc Day.
- Sorcery, Alchemy, and Ressurection.
- The First of May: Spring and Summer Ball.
- UO Roleplayers Spring Community Summit.
- UO Roleplayers Spring/Summer Cross-Shard Tours: Baja, Pacific, Siege Perilous, Lake Superior, Chesapeake, Europa, and Atlantic.
- Preserving Our History 2: The recovery of artifacts lost in the collapse of Queen Shieba's Alliance, the Golden Brew, and Avalon.
- Magdalena vs. Moria MacBroden? Britannia's Top Chef Competition.
- The Geo-Political Map of Sosaria.

The agenda is subject to change, as we might not have time to hit every major discussion point on the first meeting. If you cannot make it to this gathering, there will certainly be more in the coming weeks, and we'll change up the time so that everyone has an opportunity to attend.

Better late than never, I suppose? Eh, WildStar? *Grins*


WarderDragon (Nicholas the Old),

The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance [BRPA]
The Kingdom of Dawn [DWN]
The Dawn Royal Guard [D-G]
The Guardians of Virtue [GoV]
The Ministry of Pain [-+-]
The Dark Tower [DT]
Lumaria [LUMI]
The Malleus Maleficarum [ ][ ]
The Lost Order of Asha'man [L*A]
The Sierra Cascade Trading Company [S#C]
The Citizens of Old Trinsic [TRIN]
PaxLair [PAX_]
The Crest of Courageous Hearts [*CH*]
The Twilight Fellowship [T.F]
Keepers of The Tower [K T]

__________________

** The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance [BRPA] **
Nicholas the Old [BRPA, Baja], Vash the Harper [BRPA, Chesapeake], Kenshin Hirokami [BRPA, Siege Perilous]
 
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Ways of Contacting Catskills (EM) Event Moderators
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009, 8:57 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
EM Kasaven requested that we share the following information that is in a new book placed in the Councilors (EM) Hall in Britain. The book tells players who need to contact either EM Kasaven or EM Cernunnos various ways of doing so.


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Clainin: In Memorium
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009, 3:22 PM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
We are pleased to post this original work by Lore Denin of Great Lakes.
Clainin: In Memorium                                                      

In war there are victories and losses. No one leaves a battle without a scar. Maybe it’s a physical mark, a wound but more often its something deeper, a scar on the soul. It could be the sadness of losing a friend, the horror of knowing what you are capable of doing to another or the loss of innocence after witnessing such a gruesome event. For each person it’s different, how we experience things, how we react and how we bear the burden.

A soldier becomes numb to many of the horrors overtime. The sticky red mud caked on their boots from blood soaked ground, the frozen faces staring past you in death, the putrid smell of corpses that once racked their bodies with uncontrollable nausea all become barely passing annoyances.

Yet as numb to the horrors of war as we become, we are never safe from the scars of the soul. The deep wounds that never truly heal.

The Death of Clainin reminds me of this all to well. So pained am I by his loss that my hand barely has the strength to move across the page to continue this letter..….

Clainin was a true soldier of Britannia. I remember meeting him when he was the brilliant, young apprentice of Nystul. Rumors surrounded the young mage even then of his gifted magical abilities, exceeded only by his compassionate heart. When the first Court Mage left the land, it was Clainin who ascended to the position of Royal Mage. Many were skeptical that he could not handle the vast responsibilities at such a young age but he proved more then capable and carried the burden with the maturity that far exceeded his years. Clainin has saved the kingdom from disaster on countless occasions. We will always be in debt to his service and many of us owe him our very lies. Never will you be forgotten, Clainin, Royal Thaumaturgist, Court Mage and Britannia’s fearless Protector.

If soldiers carry scars then maybe so do Kingdoms. Britannia will forever feel the loss of Clainin and those of us responsible for his safety will carry the burden of failure to our graves but is the example that Clainin leaves behind that gives us hope for Britannia's future.

Who will be the next brilliant young mage to ascend to greatness? Who among us, will match the rare combination of power and virtue Clainin displayed in his selfless service to Britannia? That is the challenge that lies before Britannia today. A challenge I have no doubt Britannia will meet and bring to bear against the treacherous Shadowlords.

In war there are victories and losses. We will bear this loss, greatly saddened but undeterred in our mission to end this vile threat. The loss of Clainin has not broken us, but strengthened our resolve as a people that will lead us to ultimate victory over Evil.

Lore Denin, Commader of the Order Guard and True Britannian

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Chaos defeats Order! (by Fiona)
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT by Medea (Drachenfels)

Terrible news has reached us: Clainin is dead! Yesterday evening he was attacked in his secret hideout in Trinsic and was finally assassinated by Melissa, the Servant of Nosfentor, the Shadow Lord! A book was found in the vicinity of the place which almost certainly was no coincidence. It explains the whole drama in full detail:

"It all started on the evening before. When I approached our base of the Shadow Lords I already heard battle noise. Between my blood brothers I recognised hostile, ugly faces from opposing factions. Why did they come here today? I cowered into the shadows and tried to make my way through the turmoil - it was not a very easy task. My brothers however successfully defended the base, and after this initial rush the excitement was over. There were many hostile tracks which confused me, so I looked for an answer. A black moongate which opened mysteriously in the base a few days ago led me into a new secret room that only our faction members could reach. Various blood brothers had already gathered there, among them Dug'tag, our commander. A vision appeared and promised us to come back again tomorrow - tomorrow, Sunday, we should have enough blood to shed. Dissatisfied but excited, we all buzzed off.


The black moongate appeared some days ago
Das schwarze Mondtor erschien wenige Tage zuvor

The Obsidian daggers, probably a perfect weapon
Die Obsidian Dolche sind wohl eine perfekte Waffe

The next evening, there was a deceptive calm in front of our base. My blood brothers and I could enter without trouble to the safety within the thick walls. Who should interfere with our plan anyway? Shortly before the announced hour a voice whispered quietly through the rooms and in our heads: "Greetings my followers!" Honey-sweet talk followed: "It's almost time to meet with my servant Melissa! Come to the headquarters, to the black gate and speak chaos. Don't let me down I need your swords." Like hyenas hunting in the pack it summoned us to the desired location. Some blood brothers were already there. Suddenly Melissa appeared. Wasn't she cornered and defeated back in those days in Ilshenar? But there was no time to ponder about this, she whispered captivating words into our minds, how much she would love balance. "But it seems there are a few... obstacles. Well, one really. Take these Daggers. I'm sure you understand how to swiftly dispense justice in your own fashion", and she showed us a small red cabinet on the wall, filled with black and shiny obsidian daggers. "But I find these a more elegant approach. Life ceases where these strike. You'll have to act quickly, but I'm certain your patience is already worn with this little detour. Taste the elegance of the mayhem. We are about to wreak on Britannia. Savor agony in the hearts of the multitude as they watch their hopes purged!" Blood drunk battlecries from our brothers, the minions of the Shadow Lords. Melissa interrupted the party: "Go now, my noble, dark friends! But spare Clainin for me, I will follow you soon! "Clainin? She had tracked him down finally! The arrogant mage should be punished for his good doings for Sosaria, and we, the followers of the Shadow Lords, would make sure of that...


Factionfights the evening before the big fight
Fraktionenkämpfe bereits am Abend zuvor

The black moongate was camped by enemies
Das schwarze Mondtor wurde durch den Feind belagert

A moongate created by Melissa brought us to Trinsic. The training hall of the Paladins was nearby. We knew now what our goal was. Our inflamed mob attacked the oh so precious nobles, prancing around in their shining, polished armor. The daggers unleashed their concentrated power - with the first stab the obsidian material exploded in the human flesh and caused a rapid, but painful death. And each one of the dead Paladins rewarded us with one hundred silver additionally. The dagger, however, destroyed itself by this attack. But these special weapons where not needed anyway, because our anger towards this colorful, orderly world was simply endless. We slaughtered through the Paladins like a storm, they had no chance.

On the second floor we found the target of Melissa's promise: Clainin the Thaumaturgist has been hiding here! His eyes opened wide and obviously he was surprised that someone tracked him down. We cornered him and enjoyed the moment, laughed at him shabbily and then attacked him without another warning. After a few moments we were aware of his powers and killing him would not be an easy task - we would have to use our collective force against him. He fought for his life and meanwhile we had some resurrection attempts in our own ranks. Some scattered enemies appeared on the scene too, but they usually left within a few moments. No wonder, our roar and the bloodcurdling cries from the dying Paladins would cause fear and terror to any random bystander.


Melissa the Servant of Nosfentor appeared and greeted the minions of the Shadow Lords
Melissa, die Dienerin von Nosfentor, begrüsst die Anhänger der Shadow Lords

She knows how to heat up the spirit
Sie stimmt die Kämpfer auf den Abend ein

As Clainin was close to being slain Melissa appeared and told us to get out of her way: "Back off, you fools! He's mine now!" The two opponents fought only a few moments before it was the Lady Servant who defeated the already weakened mage. The room upstairs was flooded in bright light a fraction before Clainin's body disappeared into the nothingness, alongside with a gargantuan explosion. Some of our blood brothers were torn apart by it, and the building did take heavy damage. Some destroyed parts were lying on the floor, ruined, which we took home as trophies for this memorable evening.

A few skirmishes between us, the Shadow Lords, and some not-worth-mentioning spies and faction enemies happened afterwards. But the battle tonight was decided - Order has been defeated, along with Clainin dead. This was indeed a glorious victory! And this one goes out to you too, dear reader: May Chaos rule this land again soon!

* a large, dark splat of blood on a smeared and nearly unreadable signature*

- Fiona"

*

Das Chaos besiegt die Ordnung!

Eine schreckliche Nachricht hat uns erreicht: Clainin ist tot! Er wurde gestern Abend in seinem geheimen Versteck überfallen und schlussendlich von Melissa, der Dienerin von Nosfentor dem Shadow Lord, getötet! In der Nähe des Tatortes wurde ein Buch gefunden, welches wohl nicht ganz ohne Zufall dort deponiert wurde. Es erklärt das ganze Drama in vollem Detail:

"Es begann alles am Abend zuvor. Als ich mich unserer Basis der Shadow Lords näherte donnerte mir schon Kampfeslärm entgegen. Zwischen meinen Blutsbrüdern konnte ich feindliche, hässliche Fraktionsfratzen ausmachen. Was sie heute wohl hergetrieben hatte? Ich versank in den Schatten und versuchte mir einen Weg durch den Tumult zu bahnen, was gar nicht so einfach war. Meine Brüder konnten die Basis jedoch erfolgreich verteidigen, und nach einem ersten Ansturm legte sich die Aufregung. Die vielen feindlichen Spuren verwirrten mich, und so machte ich mich auf die Suche nach Antworten. Ein schwarzes Mondtor, das sich einige Tage zuvor in der Basis geöffnet hatte, führte mich in einen neuen Geheimraum, der nur unserer Fraktion zugänglich war. Diverse Blutsbrüder hatten sich schon versammelt, unter ihnen auch Dug'tag, unser Kommandant. Eine Vision erschien, die uns um einen Tag vertröstete - morgen Sonntag sollten wir genügend Blut zum Vergiessen finden, hiess es. Unzufrieden aber gespannt machten wir uns alle aus dem Staub.


Melissa the Servant of Nosfentor appeared and greeted the minions of the Shadow Lords
Melissa, die Dienerin von Nosfentor, begrüsst die Anhänger der Shadow Lords

The slaugther begins...
Die Schlacht beginnt...

Am nächsten Abend herrschte trügerische Ruhe vor unserer Basis. Meine Blutsbrüder und ich kamen alle unbelästigt in die schützenden Mauern hinein. Wer sollte unseren Plan denn auch durchkreuzen wollen? Kurz vor der angekündigten Stunde flüsterte eine Stimme leise durch die Räume und direkt in unseren Köpfe: "Seid gegrüsst, meine Anhänger." Honigsüss beschwörte sie uns: "Es ist beinahe Zeit, euch mit Melissa, meiner Dienerin, zu treffen. Kommt zur Basis und geht durch das schwarze Mondtor, wo ihr chaos sprecht. Lasst mich nicht hängen, ich brauche euch und eure Schwerter heute Abend." Wie Hyänen die sich im Rudel zur Jagd aufmachen zog es uns an den gewünschten Ort. Einige Blutsbrüder waren bereits vor Ort. Plötzlich erschien Melissa. Wurde sie damals in Ilshenar nicht in die Enge getrieben und besiegt? Zum Nachdenken blieb aber keine Zeit, sie säuselte uns die Ohren voll, wie sehr sie Ausgeglichenheit lieben würde. "Aber es scheint, es gibt da ein paar... Hindernisse. Nunja, eines... Nehmt diese Dolche, ich bin mir sicher ihr versteht es auf eure eigene Art zu Meucheln", und sie zeigte auf einen kleinen, roten Schrank an der Wand, der mit schwarzglänzenden Obsidian Dolchen bis obenhin beladen war. "Ich finde diese Dolche sehr elegant in der Ausführung: Leben erstickt dort wo sie zuschlagen. Ihr müsst schnell sein, ich bin mir aber sicher, dass eure Geduld bereits erloschen ist. Kostet die Eleganz des Chaos. Wir stehen kurz davor, Britannia zu zerschlagen. Geniesst die Qualen in den Herzen der Menge wenn sie ihre letzte Hoffnung verliert!" Bluttrunken gröhlten wir unseren Schlachtruf der Anhänger der Shadow Lords. Melissa unterbrach uns abrupt: "Geht jetzt, meine kleinen, dunklen Freunde! Aber hebt Clainin für mich auf, ich werde euch in Kürze folgen!" Clainin? Sie hatte ihn tatsächlich ausfindig gemacht! Der arrogante Magier sollte sein gutes Tun für Sosaria bereuen, und wir, die Anhänger der Shadow Lords würden dafür sorgen...


Clainin is cornered - and he's speaking a strange tongue
Clainin ist gefunden - er spricht eine wirre Sprache

We attack him and he fights for his life
Wir attackieren ihn und er kämpft um sein Leben

Ein Mondtor von Melissa brachte uns nach Trinsic. Ganz in der Nähe befand sich die Trainingshalle der Paladine. Wir wussten nun, was unser Ziel war. Unsere aufgepeitsche Meute fiel über die achso hehren, in ihren glänzenden Rüstungen umherstolzierenden Krieger her. Die Dolche entfalteten ihre geballte Kraft - beim ersten Stich explodierte das Obisidan Material im Menschenfleisch und verursachte einen schnellen, aber natürlich nicht ganz schmerzlosen Tod. Jeder tote Paladin brachte uns zudem hundert Silber zusätzlich in die Kasse. Der Dolch jedoch zerstörte sich beim Angriff selbst. Aber unsere Wut auf diese achso bunte, geordnete Welt hätte sowieso keine Spezialwaffen benötigt. Wir metzelten die Paladine wie eine anbrausende Sturmflut nieder, sie hatten keine Chance.

Im zweiten Stock dann fanden wir Melissa's Versprechen eingelöst vor: Hier hatte sich Clainin, der Wundermagier, also versteckt gehalten! Seine Augen öffneten sich weit und verrieten seine Überraschung, als wir ihn schlussendlich umzingelt hatten. Wir genossen den Augenblick, lachten ihn schäbig aus und griffen ihn dann ohne weitere Vorwarnung an. Dass er ein sehr starkes Ziel war, wurde uns schon nach wenigen Momenten bewusst - wir würden unsere gesammelte Kraft gegen ihn einsetzen müssen. Er wehrte sich seines Lebens eine ganze Weile, und wir mussten einige Wiederbelebungsversuche in den eigenen Reihen starten. Dazwischen tauchten am Horizont vereinzelte Fraktionsfeinde auf, die das Gebiet der Trainingshalle aber meist sofort wieder verliessen. Kein Wunder, unser Toben und die Todesschreie herbeigeeilter Paladine dürften jedem unbeteiligten Betrachter Angstzustände und Schweissausbrüche verursacht haben...


Clainin's attempts to kill the SL followers were not always successful
Clainin versucht die SL Anhänger zu töten, nicht immer mit Erfolg

Clainin's departure into the Nothingness, followed by a massive explosion
Clainin ist besiegt und kehrt ins Nichts zurück, eine massiven Explosion folgt darauf

Als Clainin endlich am Ende seiner Kräfte war erschien Melissa auf der Bildfläche und herrschte uns an: "Zurück, ihr Narren! Überlasst ihn jetzt mir!" Die beiden Kontrahenten kämpften nur wenige Augenblicke, bevor es Melissa gelang, sich gegen den bereits erschöpften Magier durchzusetzen. Der Raum im Obergeschoss wurde Bruchteile vor Clainin's Tod in gleissend helles Licht getaucht, bevor sein Körper sich im Nichts auflöste und eine gewaltige Explosion verursachte, die diverse unserer Blutsbrüder mit in den Tod riss. Das Gebäude nahm massiv Schaden und es gab Ruinenteile, die wir danach als Trophäen mit nach Hause nahmen, als Erinnerung für diese denkwürdige Schlacht.

Ein paar kleine Scharmützel zwischen uns Shadow Lords und einigen nicht nennenswerten Spionen sowie feindlichen Fraktionsangehörigen fanden noch statt, aber insgesamt war der Kampf heute Abend entschieden. Die Ordnung war mit dem Tod Clainin's besiegt worden, das Chaos hatte heute Abend einen wichtigen Sieg errungen! Und das geht auch an eure Adresse, Leser dieses Buches: Auf dass das Chaos im Land einziehen und herrschen möge!

*ein grosser, dunkler Blutklecks über einer verschmierten und fast unleserlichen Unterschrift*

- Fiona"

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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Auctons for week of March 30th
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009, 4:41 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)

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

YGV Auction

Date:  Thursday, April 2nd

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  Northwest of Yew Moongate

BEC Auction

Date:  Friday, April 3rd

Time:  8:00 pm CST

Location:  South Gate of Luna City

Contact:  Lady Tia - ICQ 23944805

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Community Hunt - Week of March 30th
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009, 4:35 AM EDT 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.



Fan Dancer Dojo Hunt
Date: Tuesday, March 31st
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location:Skara Community Center - Next to the bankHost: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, April 1st
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Community Center- located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, April 3rd
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara 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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Community Meet Up - March 30th
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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009, 4:06 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<


Community Meet Up – March 30th
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Counselor Guild Hall, North Britain


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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Of Spies and Death
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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 10:45 PM EDT by AilishD (NapaValley)
The man moved through the shadows of night quickly, but as quietly as he could. It was imperative that he not be discovered, and that he deliver his information quickly. A black gate had appeared in the stronghold of the followers of the Shadowlords, and whispers in dark corners told of a meeting to be held inside a secret place ...

I awoke with a start, dagger in hand, feeling someone was watching me. Heart pounding, I peered around the darkness of my bedchamber. As my eyes fell upon the shadowed form, he spoke quietly. "I have news ..."

Cursing him for startling me so, I quickly tucked my dagger bad in place, and sat up. "Well? What is it that is so important to have you sneaking into my room in the dead of night?"

He spoke quickly, telling of the odd happenings in the Yew Crypts and of an upcoming meeting of some sort. Then we sat quietly for a time as I thought about what this might mean, and what we needed to do. This could not mean well for Minax and her supporters. Those unfaithful curs of the Shadowlords faction had been a thorn in our side from the moment the battle for the throne of Britania had commenced, always calling for the release of the true Shadowlords.

"Return to your post, sir, and keep listening! We must know what is happening! As soon as you know when this meeting is, send a messenger. Don't come here again, though. I feel the danger heightens, and if a spy is found in their midst, that spy will be dispatched!"

In moments he was gone, with a promise that he would send word soon. I stayed awake the rest of that night, thinking and planning. As soon as dawn broke, I sent out messages to all in my guild, and then rode out for our own base, where we could meet and discuss this new development.

Two days later, the message we were all waiting for came. The meeting spoken of would be tonight. We immediately gathered to finalize plans, then headed straight to Yew, and to the Crypts. We timed things well, and arrived before any Shadowlords did. We quickly put our plans in motion, entering into the base with no opposition and setting up a maze of confusion and death for any who dared show for this meeting.

As they began straggling in, we fell upon them, so that only their spirits could enter that secret room. Tensely, we waited, killing them as they came. We did not know what was happening in that dark chamber. We were cut off from our informant, and could only continue to ambush the unsuspecting.

Then there was a commotion outside. Our spy, out of breath from the hard ride, told us we must go quickly to the city of Trinsic, that the Lady Melissa, Follower of Nosfentor, had found Clanin there and charged the minions of the Shadowlords with his death. Our mage quickly thumbed through his book and cast a gate to Trinsic. We rode as fast as we could towards the Training Hall, hoping to cut them off.

We came upon them as they were arriving, and quickly battle ensued. The tried to fight, but with weakened spirits and heavily outnumbered, they all quickly fell. We chased the last into the room where Clanin stood, alarmed at the battle that raged.

It was quiet for a moment, no one knowing what to do now. Clanin's guards had attacked us and fallen with the rest. I looked at the mage, he who had fought against us in an attempt to uphold that fop Lord British, he would had ties to the Council of Mages, he would was the last remaining member of the Royal Council ...

The bloodlust of but moments before returned and I again drew my sword. "Kill him! Clanin must die!" We all fell upon him, but this powerful mage fought hard! He cast some protective spell around himself and threw many damaging spells our way, but slowly he began to weaken, his life sapping from the many wounds we had inflicted.

The a shout from the look-out was heard "Shadowlords and Council of Mages coming up the road!"

We turned towards the door, torn between finishing off Clanin and not allowing these enemies the chance to do so themselves, or to stop us. Quickly they choked the stairwell in a mindless charge. Just as quickly they were laid to rest from our vantage point above by the archers and mages among us.

With an apparent burst of energy, Clanin shouted out a spell none of us had heard before and laid out lines of fire in all directions. We scrambled about, giving first aid to ours that were injured by this new attack, the turned back to the task at hand. Clanin would not live!

As the mage began to stumble, clearly on his last leg, a loud *crack* rent the air, driving us back several steps. Before us stood the Lady Melissa, herself. Yet again stuck by the rapid change in circumstances, we all fell back a bit more.

"I see that my lackies have failed me! But what is this? The followers of Minax killing Clanin? *claps* Oh how perfect! Stand back! Let me have the death blow! 'Tis the best!"

As we stood by in shock, Melissa pulled a pitch black dagger from her cloak and plunged it again and again into Clanin.

"Wait, she is a follower of the true Shadowlords! Sieze her!" a shout came from one of our guild.

We surged forward, only to fall back again as Melissa screamed, "You have done the work my minions could not, and I thank you! But now, you must burn, with all the evidence of what has happened here!"

Her hands began to glow a burning orange-red and we knew it was flee or die. We all turned to the door, jostling against one another in our rush to get away. Most made it safely to the stairwell, but a few were still in the room when the first explosion came and fell, badly injured or dead. The walls began to crumble and debris flew around us. A second explosion sounded and rubble fell to the floor as the room smoldered ...

What dark things has this night brought unto the lands of Napa Valley? The Shadowlords failed at their task, but the mage Clanin is dead, at the hands of the followers of Minax. Deep chaos seems to have taken hold of our lands ...
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Origin Award Hall and Memorial Gardens Officially Open
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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 10:21 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
Wednesday, March 25, EM Faine Morgan concluded the EM Meet & Greet/Question & Answer meeting with one of her 'field trip' announcements.

The crowd hurried outside so as not to miss the surprise she wanted to show to us.

EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan have built and dedicated the Origin Award Hall and Memorial Gardens, which will house

and commemorate Origin's history, accomplishments and players.

The roof features a Memorial Garden ...

The EMs will be moving event and guest books from the Counselor's Hall to the main floor of the Award Hall, and adding other memorabilia over time.  EM Faine Morgan expressed that she and EM Laurana hope to fill the building with Origin's history as we make Origin's history.  Concerning Origin's past history, EM Faine Morgan stated, 'Anything we can learn to commemorate the past and put here, we will .. as well as the present and future.  This is your house, the shard's house, if someone can provide runes to historical places, and/or write books explaining the places, guilds, people, etc. ... anything that makes (or made) Origin unique ... we can add it to the library.  Laurana and I feel that you cannot truly know where you are going unless you remember where you have been. Origin is special, this place should reflect that and we hope it will.  Plaques and statues will be placed over time, as mini events happen.

EM Faine Morgan then declared the Origin Award Hall and Memorial Gardens officially open, placed a book and all present at were invited to sign the book before it was sealed.

The Origin Award Hall and Memorial Gardens
is located in Malas, south of Luna near the 'Crumbling Mountains'.

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Traveling Bard's Night at the New Port Theater Recap
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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 9:12 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Malas News <<<This weekend the Traveling Bards Night that is presented by the PGoH (Purple Guardians of Honor) revisited the New Port Theater in Malas. The subject of the evening was “Swords and Sorcery” and all the contestants came prepared with interesting tales to share. Kate Hawkings [RFP] chatted with the audience while waiting for the appointed start time to arrive, and there was also a running joke about a evil hat.. ok a VERY evil hat, from those gathered to listen to the nights bards.

When 9 PM EST rolled around Kate checked the sign in book and stated that there would be four participants in this bards night Lord James [Rose], Lord Scarst [PGoH], Va'lis Razele and Kaylor McKairin.


First up was Lord James who told a story of the last battle of the Magi War! He was followed by Lord Scarst who told a story about the beginning of the old Battle Mages. Then it was Va’lis Razeles turn who told with much joy his tale about earlier in the evening and how he, as part of the Shadowlord faction, helped slay Clainin the mage. Many in the crowd were stunned by this news and refused to clap for him when he was done with his boastful tale. Next up was Kaylor McKairin who a tale of personal history full of violence and passion. In a surprise Eban whom had arrived late asked to be allowed to share a tale with everyone. It was not hard to see he was very inebriated as he stumbled his way up on the stage and started a most confusing tale that everyone had trouble following. Before he could finish his story he passed out in front of everyone and had to be carried off the stage and to his seat.

The three volunteer judges Bob, Keiko and Rameses left shortly after this to make their decision, and soon returned. Bob announced that Kaylor McKairin had take third place. Keiko in her own special way declared James the second place winner. Then Rameses took and informed the waiting crowd that Va'lis Razele was the first place winner, and shocked most of the people gathered. Many once again refused to clap for one of the murders of Clainin, a few grumbles were heard in the room, and a few even walked out of the hall in protest.

Most thanked the host for a nice evening and left as soon as they could to reflect on the evenings events.
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Faine's Pretty Head Contest
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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 5:51 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Faine’s Pretty Head Contest

Today, citizens of Origin, we ask you to wield a pen instead of a sword.

EM Faine Morgan’s head has been conspicuously but mysteriously placed upon the bar at the Counselor’s Hall in Britain, Trammel. Who or what caused Faine’s decapitation? Who placed her head on the bar? Why would anyone do such a thing?

Conjure up your most creative tales to explain this mystery!

The player with the best story (as voted on by UO’s Event Moderator Team) will have their name forever emblazoned upon the head of EM Faine Morgan as it rests upon the bar (or eventually, in Origin’s Reward Hall), with a notation such as, “The head of EM Faine Morgan, chopped off by [PlayerName]” or a similar phrase suitable to the winning fiction.

Contest Rules:

  • Submissions will be accepted through 11:59pm Pacific Sunday, April 5, 2009. Entries received after that time will be declined submission to the contest.
  • Submissions must be within 300 to 1,000 words in length.
  • Submissions will be accepted via the form on the EM web site at http://www.emfainemorgan.com/?page_id=153 or via email. Send email submissions to: [email protected]
  • The winner will be determined by a private vote amongst UO’s EM Team (all shards).
  • The winner will be announced at a meet-and-greet event at 6PM Pacific/9PM Eastern Thursday, April 9th at the Counselor’s Hall in Britain, Trammel, Origin.

Is your pen as mighty as your sword?

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Felucca Meet and Greet with EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan
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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 5:20 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Felucca Meet & Greet

When: Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 6:00-7:00pm Pacific/9:00-10:00pm Eastern
Where: Skara Brae Counselor’s Guild Hall, Felucca, Origin (SW of moongate, NE of bank)

Meet up with EM’s Faine Morgan and Laurana in Felucca for open discussion.

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Clainin Murdered!
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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 3:42 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)

Several weeks ago, the Royal Mage Clainin awoke from his years-long coma - only to be beset upon by one of the healers charged with his care. Fortunately, the traitorous elvin woman was fought off by another healer loyal to his patient, and Clainin survived the assassination attempt. Lord Casca had the Royal Mage whisked away to an unknown location for his protection while he recovered further.

Lord Casca & the Crimson Crystal Last week, rumors ran rampant about an announcement by Lord Casca to be held at Empath Abbey. Our Liege did indeed speak to the citizens there, and personally led them on a quest to end the Shadowlord invasions of the cities. In the depths of Hythloth, a large crimson crystal pulsing with mystical energies was located and then destroyed by Lord Casca. Several people left with souvenirs of this day, as tiny crystal fragments pelted most of those assembled.Broken Crystals

Once the party had returned to the Abbey, Lord Casca proclaimed that he was victorious in ending the crimson dragon threat, and that the war would be won readily. Our Liege disappeared, however, when a crimson dragon chose that moment to make itself known by taunting the crowd.

Fortunately for Britannia, an apparently rival species of platinum-hued dragon also chose that moment to reveal itself and challenge the crimson's boastful nature. After trading barbs, both dragons abruptly vanished into thin air.

Secret Underground Room This brings us to last night; a source that shall remain nameless had infiltrated the Shadowlord faction ranks and witnessed shocking events that took place in Felucca. Apparently, the Shadowlords sent the mysterious Andrew and the believed-to-be-dead Melissa to meet with their faction at their base in the Yew Crypts.

A moongate within the base led to an underground chamber where Melissa announced that they would be dispensing powerful weaponry to lay siege to a location in Trinsic, their ultimate goal being the assassination of Clainin. The Shadowlord followers descended upon the Trinsic Training Hall, slaughtering any paladins brave enough to defend their city.

Clainin fights back

The True Britannians also strove to fight back the Shadowlord army, and for a while it looked like the tide would turn in their favor. Strangely, Clainin stood on the second floor of the Training Hall seemingly dazed and somewhat confused, unable to even speak properly. Andrew ordered that he be softened up for Melissa, as she would strike the killing blow.

Melissa assasinates Clainin

Clainin fought back with unusual magics, unfortunately, they were insufficient to deter his attackers. Melissa appeared behind the Royal Mage and proceeded to murder him, the killing blow sent out a concussion wave which damaged the Training Hall.

Royal Mage Clainin is dead; Melissa and Andrew have crawled back under their rocks. For every step forward that Britannia appears to take against the despicable Shadowlords, we are dealt a morale crippling blow.

I spoke with several citizens regarding recent events, and they all gave a similarly dim view of the King Pro-tempore Administration's actions of late. One man, who was present for the shattering of the crimson crystal, had this to say, "That wily elf dinna seem a'all surprised by the big red crystal, as if'un he placed it there himself... A mite suspicious if'un ye be ask'n me!"

Conspiracy theories have ran rampant since the ascension of Lord Casca to the throne, yet until there is evidence to corroborate even the least improbable conjecture I shall refrain from giving them any copy space here. However, one high-ranking High Council Official speaking on the promise of anonymity had this to say, "What in the Abyss was Casca thinking, sending a recovering man to the tender mercies of Felucca? Is he mad?"

The crimson dragon threat may be gone for now my friends, but Britannia has lost a hero to the Shadowlord's insane quest for chaos and dominion. This war is far from over, and I fear we may face darker times ahead. Keep your blades sharp and your reagents stocked!

Yet, I ask myself, in a world where magic flows as readily as water, and resurrection is commonplace... Is anyone ever truly dead?

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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The Forth Annual April Fools Archery Contest
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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 6:40 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
April Fools Day Is Almost Here ~



In Scotland April Fool's Day is actually celebrated for two days. The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body. It is called Taily Day. The origin of the "kick me" sign can be traced to this observance.

Mexico's counterpart of April Fool's Day is actually observed on December 28. Originally, the day was a sad remembrance of the slaughter of the innocent children by King Herod. It eventually evolved into a lighter commemoration involving pranks and trickery.

Pranks performed on April Fool's Day range from the simple, (such as saying, "Your shoe's untied!), to the elaborate. Setting a roommate's alarm clock back an hour is a common gag. Whatever the prank, the trickster usually ends it by yelling to his victim, "April Fool!"

On Great Lakes we celebrate it with a archery contest.
The Forth Annual April Fools Archery Contest will be held on April 1st, at 9 PM, EST at the Yew Archer's Range. The Range is located at 135-15' N 810-29' E North of Minoc on the High Steppes.

First Place is one million in gold and an engraved bow.
Second place is 500k and an engraved bow.
Third place is 250k and an engraved bow.
Forth place is an gift box and an engraved bow.

Refreshments will be served. Gates will be provided from Luna, Brit and Haven at 8:45 PM. This is a good time event for Archer's. Come on out and join in the fun.
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Lady Ursula Gives Up Gardening, IDOC, GOF Auction House & MOA Update
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 8:17 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS ~

There is always a lot of News on Great Lakes as there is always something going on. It is getting the time to see and report it all that is the tough part.

A few days ago I went to a IDOC which I rarely do and I was glad to see people are still excited about them. Many DC* members were there as was Emerald Lynn of TDR. I overheard her saying the last IDOC she attended got her a box full of saws! Then there is Lady Wind that got a full set of Tokuno Dyes a few weeks ago at a IDOC.
IDOC's are like mystery chests, they can be full of treats or full of crap. The unknown is part of the fun not to mention the socializing that goes on as everyone waits for the house to fall.







At least at auction houses you know what you are waiting on and bidding on.
This evening I tried to make it to Chicken Fight Club but it was already over. I did however get time to attend most of the GOF Auction at their auction house which was well attended.
Cervantes, Tomas, Napalm, Devary, Lord red, Ghost ( a regular at all auctions ), Ambrosya Sweetie, DESTINY, Anok Libertine ( often at spawns and featured often in the Obituary Column ), Mister Lonely, Snake ( a big spender ), Cayla, Raiden, Hannah, Lady River, B E FIST, Alina, Leonidas Elzetw, Orin, Lord Soben, Jack, Angry Jamaican, Scott and Lord Flax were a few patrons. My favorite was Circus Freak, because of the name and his attire.
* wonders if he is related to Britney Spears *



Ermac Firebrand, Qwennie and Hunter did a great job behind the counter keeping the flow and the entertainment going.



On the subject of auction houses MOA has some exciting things instore.

April 8th 2009 at 8 p.m. CST as usual they will begin the Easter Abbreviated Auction and an Easter Event with Easter Baskets for all!

April 22nd, 2009 at 8 p.m. CST they will be hosting a special Auction event.
"In the words of Fred Flintsone, Yabba Dabba Doo, Majestic Oaks Auction is calling out to all Magincia Rubble Collectors in Sosaria on the Great Lakes Shard. The night will feature first Magincia raid rubble; a 2 piece Gray tapestry set, medic/healers beds and flora. Additonally the theme will be the Flintstones and Cartoon Trivia! "

This should be fun indeed. The rubble rush happened around the same time as new horticulture features. For many players gardening has lost its appeal and Lady Ursula is one of them. Instead of just trashing her plants she was giving them away at the Luna Bank while decorating the city at the same time. She was also giving seeds away.
Nothing says Spring like a few new plants around the house.



note: Lady Lava's Questionnaire will be returning. If you would like to be interviewed or know of someone you think would be a good interview please contact me.




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Cloak and Dagger: A Pictorial Account
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 3:46 PM EDT by Luka Melehan (SiegePerilous)
Cloak and Dagger: A Pictorial Account


My friends, I was quite shocked today when a series of images were delivered to my desk anonymously. This poor blue blooded reporter is sickened and wishes desperately to only burn them at once. But it is my duty to bring them to your attention, though I assure you, I have no idea what this portends.

What?? No! *rubs her ears* Keep hearing things.... Oh well.

























psst! did anyone get anything good?
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New Shield: Cloak and Dagger Event Location
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 2:08 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<A new shield was placed at the EM Hall shortly ago for those of you who will be taking part in the Shadowlords Faction Event. As you know the event is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST. The location of the event will be announced through the faction message system so be ready.

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Salvation
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT by Larisa (QuestandEventNews)

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Salvation
Draconi
27 Mar 2009 18:21:33

Our Lord Casca, ruler of the realm, bids all Britannia to hear, and have the following news be made known to them:

Let it be known that after great struggle and sacrifice, Lord Casca has personally shattered the wicked artifact that weakened the world’s magical barriers, allowing invasion into our fair lands.

Let it be known that he is thankful to all who aided the effort, in both the defense of our cities and to those who demonstrated their loyalty in the assault on the hidden lair of our cowardly enemies.

Let it be known that Clainin, of the royal court, master magician, yet lives! His survival warms the heart of our liege, who, having ensured Clainin’s protection from nefarious villainy, has entrusted him into the hands of Britannia’s finest soldiers while he recovers.

Soon, our greatest wizard will return to our ranks, ready to stand against the tide of darkness, ready to strike down with brimstone and flame all who dare oppose that which is right and true!

Rejoice, Oh Britannia! Though the final battle is yet to be won, our salvation is nigh!

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FoF: Happy Friday!!
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:56 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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FoF: Happy Friday!!
Chrissay Zeeman
27 Mar 2009 16:21:48

This week we cover imbuing, focus groups, and dexterity.

Read all about it here

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Conversations
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Conversations
Calvin Crowner
27 Mar 2009 15:45:13

Winds change and rain falls on the just and unjust. Or so I’ve been told. I’ve watched this realm burned. I’ve seen siege and pestilence; birth and death; love and murder. And I can never have enough.

What matters should one minor breath cease, when an entire land can join under one banner? I see myself as simply a person of ambition. I see myself as a person who understands balance. I see myself as the one person who truly understands sacrifice … not mine of course … but I do understand it.

Melissa stood before the full-length mirror, her slim form twisting almost awkwardly as she took in the regal plunge of the backline and gracefully returning to set her grey eyes – the color reminding her of the slivers of iron she’d once watched a smith fashion into her first dagger. She smiled considering how fate works … and how she felt herself a crafter in her own right with her influence over it.

She fawned and practiced her looks of shock, dismay, disappointment and glee -- gesticulating and morphing from one pose to the next. With a flourish an ebon blade appeared at her fingertips, her eyes betraying the sudden sense of peace at its weight in her hand. She purred examining both edges: a lioness stalking the weakest member of a small herd.

Turning on her heels she plucked at the tip of the blade, walking until she stood over a collection of spy reports. Some of them written hastily, others in the steady hand of those knowing their business well. Nothing new or tasty -- her own plans so much more delectable than anything her network had managed in the last few weeks.

She returned the dagger to its place without effort searching across the room for … “Ahhh,” she rasped, “there you are.” Her sway across the room was noticeable, almost coquettish. She stood before painting she’d had “removed” from the archives depicting Clainin. She pouted mockingly opening the conversation.

“You’ve served your purpose so well fine mage. Britannia owes you its eternal thanks for your duty and service.” She almost scoffed as she straightened herself readdressing the image. “And eternal shall this nation’s thanks be.” In an easy motion her body lunged forward, pressing the tip of the blade into the cheek of the mage’s image, her mouth drifting to the ear of portrait, her voice squelched into a venomous hiss: “And in showing my personal appreciation I shall have complete … job … satis … faction …”

Darker than her own thoughts, shades moved in hushed steps through the false dusk of the crypts. Whispers and messages passed between them without voice or acknowledgment. Cloaked shadows slipped like corruption through the low arches, the smell of oil and incense hung in the air, falling on senses deadened for millennia.

From within Melissa’s apartments her dulcet laughter drifted down the halls.

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Decree from Lord Casca at Castle Blackthorn’s Gate! 3/28/09
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Hoping to get a chance to sit down and talk with King Casca, before the March planned by the people for Monday night, I went to Blackthorn’s Castle to seek an audience with him. Reaching the closed portcullises I was greeting by a large group of heavy armored and armed guards. One barked out to me to state my business there, so I calmly explained to him why I was there. Where as he pointed me to a book that was laying on the ground behind me that I had missed before. “That is all you need to know for now!”, is what he said to me before waving me away from the gate area. Picking up the book I quickly read the following statement from Casca before setting the book down for the next person to visit.




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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:49 AM EDT by Larisa (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
27 Mar 2009 14:54:15

In this week's community spotlight we have events from:

  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Lake Superior
  • Chesapeake
  • Sonoma
  • Whispering Rose Radio
If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here.
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Cloak and Dagger Event Schedules
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Publish 58 Update
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:39 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Publish 58 Update
Chrissay Zeeman
26 Mar 2009 19:04:41

We will be bringing the shards down for an update to Pub 58 at approximately 7:15 PM EST. The shards will be down for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Read Here for complete details

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Playguide Update
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:36 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Playguide Update
Chrissay Zeeman
26 Mar 2009 17:55:09

We have made some updates to the playguide. Players will now be able to search throughout the playguide and/or use the expandable table of contents. The playguide can be found on the UO Herald by clicking “Playguide” to the left or by clicking Here

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Platinum Dragons
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:34 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Platinum Dragons
Kilandra Cotten
25 Mar 2009 13:15:22

Swords clashed in combat between two humans – one male standing 6’2 and a female around 5’7. The young man was wearing typical battle gear, bright chrome armor lined with golden hues that seemed to fit every curve of his muscled physic. The young woman, who seemed to be matching every strike he put towards her, was almost identically dressed with the same style chrome armor. The two combatants were engaging each other in almost harmonious melee combat, neither one losing footing to the other. More

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Message from the Game Masters
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:32 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Message from the Game Masters
The Game Masters
24 Mar 2009 16:02:02

In recent live events we have had some players who have been disruptive to the Event Moderators and other players. Going forward any player that disrupts an event will be asked to stop from the EM hosting the event. If the player continues to disrupt the event they will be removed from the area and a GM will be paged to handle the situation. Based on the GM’s investigation and findings, their account could be subject to punitive actions. If you would like to dispute such actions, you may click Here and leave a detailed description.

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Partisans: Part 9
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
Welcome to the next installment of the original writing by Nonel Topd.

Partisans: Part 9                          

Note from the author: I apologize for taking so long to release this part of the story. I had, in fact, written it at the same time as Part 8 (it was actually 1 story split in 2), and I offer no excuse other than laziness for why this one took so long. You really must read part 8 if you are to understand the context of the below story. You can find all parts of this ongoing series at minocianresistance.webs.com. Thanks for reading, and now onto the story!

       “Blow the bridge!” The strange man, known only as Llama, was screaming, “Ophidians!” Whilst shouting, he was ran as fast as he could towards the regal soldier seated upon a massive war steed. The Commanding Lord of the True Britannians, Lore Denin.

      It was too late. Climbing up the supports of the bridge were the massive snakelike creatures. An intelligent race of reptilian, much larger then any human, with speed and strength to compliment their size. They were masters of wielding the devastating halberd, cutting down foes in a single powerful swipe. Everyone seemed bewildered, not knowing why these vicious monsters were here. Everyone except the men of the Shadowlords’ army, who were letting out loud cheers and yelps of approval. Apparently their allies had arrived.

      Without waiting for further orders, Grace O’Malley attempted to trigger the explosive kegs they had placed under the bridge only moments before. Nothing. She turned to her close friend, and fellow expert on traps, Hawksley. Her friend was stricken with terror.

      “What!?” She was alarmed.

      Hawksley pointed to the sky and shouted, “Heads up!”

      The two kegs which had been placed under the bridge had been hurled through the air by the powerful reptilians, finding their mark in the midst of the True Britannians reserve forces. A deafening explosion sounded, followed by screams of agony as men were ripped apart by the blast, while others found themselves burning alive within the conflagration.

      Ophidians overwhelmed the men on the bridge, leaving no trace of them behind as they slivered forward. Even more of the fearsome warriors were coming to shore, pulling themselves up out of the water.

      Although Tink’r Toiz did not hear Lore Denin’s orders, she could hear the drum beating it’s rhythm, ordering them to charge. The True Brit forces were running headlong towards the advancing Shadowlord army and their allies. The two forces clashed.

      Lore and his cavalrymen were doing their part, cutting through human and snake alike, slowly pushing against the thick wall of bodies. Tinkz caught sight of Pepe. He had a sort of maniacal laughter about him whilst he ran forward, a primed bottle of explosive in each hand.

      Her heart sank when she saw Michel tackled by two large men, and was elated as a crossbow bolt nearly came all the way out of his attacker’s body. He arose, sliding a dagger into the second man’s throat. Loading another bolt into his crossbow, he took aim.

      Nonel Topd found himself squared off with two attackers of his own. A massive Ophidian, armed with its halberd, and one of many of the Shadowlords’ infantrymen. All three stood their ground for a moment, attempting to gain an understanding of their situation. The infantryman reacted, and swung his sword at Nonel’s head. The thief, and wrestling master, ducked the sword. He took a step forward, came under the infantrymen’s arm, twisting it in a lock. He used his free hand to smash the soldier under the chin, sending the man to the ground without his weapon.

      The massive reptile was already moving in, swinging it’s pole arm at Nonel, attempting to cleave him in two. The thief barely managed to bring the sword up in time. Though he parried the blow, the massive impact threw him to the ground. The hideous creature brought its weapon up, prepared to finish off Nonel. It let out a screech, and fell. Quickly hopping to his feet, eyes wide, he had only a moment to glimpse the arrow lodged in the creatures head before dashing towards the rest of the fight.

      A few Britannian soldiers became isolated, surrounded by a group of the Shadowlords’ servants. Pepe took notice, but found himself overwhelmed at his current position. He locked eyes with Dusk Twilight, an old thief compatriot of Pepe and Nonel, who decided to move to better things, training to become a mystic. Pepe pointed to the soldiers, and the man understood.

      Dusk tapped the shoulder of the man he was paired with, another rogue of the Minocian resistance, Talos. At that the two sprinted on to help the men. Talos barreled into the back of a Death Knight, among the elite of the Shadowlords’ guard. He stabbed the guard repeatedly with a small push dagger. He deftly returned to his feet, throwing a shuriken into the face of a nearby infantrymen.

      Several of the Shadowlords’ servant troops took their mind off the trapped soldiers, and moved in on Talos. A small streak of light flashed, putting a tidy hole in one of the evil soldier’s head. Dusk Twilight rushed to Talos’ side, yelling his mantra. He threw his arms out, and an invisible wave of energy flew out in front of the two man, sending their attackers sliding across the cobblestone that made up the ground throughout the majority of Vesper. That was all they needed, and they were able to join the men whom they were attempting to rescue. Together they all moved forward, attempting to fight their way back to the ranks.

      The arrows that had only moments before filled the air were beginning to slow. Due in part to the lack of battle lines. All the forces were intermingled, and it was utter chaos. Though no doubt many of the archers, on both sides, were now dead.

       A choke point had been formed between the bank and the shop of magery located just across from it. This is where the fiercest fighting was occurring, with bits of it trickling towards the wide-open courtyard as the forces of evil fought on.

      A terrible thought occurred to the Commanding Lord, “Dilligaf!” He yelled, locking eyes with the thief, “The other bridges!”

      He needn’t say more, as Dilligaf quickly understood; rushing out of the fight to ensure they would not be flanked. He hadn’t even made it halfway, however, when two horses went running by him at a full gallop. The men who rode them, the ones stationed at the other bridges with explosives ready to blow the bridges if necessary, were nowhere to be seen.

      He turned towards Lore Denin, alarmed, “They’ve taken the bridges!” They were surrounded on this small pitiful island now.

       “Retreat! Pull back! Full retreat!” Lore shouted, but was unheard. He turned to his drummer, who was now afloat in a pool of his own blood. An arrow whistled by his head, as several of the Shadowlords’ army rushed the Commanding Lord. He ran to them, cutting them down, all while continuing to shout his order to pull out. Shaking his head to clear his thoughts of the fog of battle, Lore could make out a figure on the distant shore. A cloaked woman just standing there … observing …

      Pepe stopped dead as he saw the combined forces of both Ophidian and Human rushing towards them from the rear. The True Britannian forces made a last-ditch effort, charging the oncoming flankers.

      He watched in horror as Nonel was overtaken by several of the large reptiles. He listened in agony as Grace cried out “Hawksley!” again and again. He smelled nothing but blood and death, the stench of burnt flesh stinging his nose. He tasted defeat. He felt … nothing.

Remember, you can find all parts of this ongoing series at minocianresistance.webs.com .

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Catskills Militia - Something different! - Sunday March 29th 2009
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Ilshenar News <<<Gwendolyn "Piper" Swift (Empress, PGoH) just posted this weeks information on this weeks "Catskills Militia" event. So here it is for those of you who enjoy something different and fun:

(Sorry about the late notice, but it's the best we could do!)

This weekend's event will be something different than usual; we'll be doing PvM this week. We'll be meeting in Chaos, Ilshenar and making our way to Honesty, working together to fight whatever is in our way.

Since it's a different type of event, we're allowing some changes to be made to the rules. Mages will be permitted to wear GM-crafted armor with LRC (still no other mods), and mounts will be permitted.


* Our main rule: Wear only items crafted with normal crafting tools. No Artifacts, no runic-crafted items, no magic mods (other than LRC), no jewelry, no talismans etc.
* As these items can easily be replaced, you don't even need to insure them.
* Due to fairness and balancing, powerful pets are not allowed (for example, no Greater Dragons, no Rune Beetles, or 5 animals with pack instinct). If you want to bring pets, please get a permit from the event organizers first.
* Looting other players is not allowed.


Please head over to the Chaos moongate around 1:45 PM EST tomorrow, Sunday, March 29, so we can get ready to head out. Hope to see you then!
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Event: Cloak and Dagger [Optional Spoilers Link Too]
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Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9:13 AM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Non-spoiler version:

If you are in the Shadowlords faction, listen carefully to hear the voice of your master bidding you. If you hear nothing, speak to your fellow faction members and learn the secret of the gate in your faction stronghold, and read the UO Herald (uoherald.com) to know the time to meet on the other side.

Interference by attempting to stop the Shadowlords from completing their deadly task, or even trying to assist them, is acceptable. Spamming, harassing, or other violations of the TOS, are not.

If you are one of those people who need more details there is a spoiler by Draconi with the information you need. To see the Spoiler version go here: Uhall Event: Cloak and Dagger [Optional Spoilers]
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"The March" Monday, March 30th at 8:30 PM EST
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009, 11:12 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<A player organized event is planned for next Monday for those who may wish to take part. The objective is to get Casca to come speak to the people and to produce the members of the new Royal Council to legitimize his claim to the throne.

The March


It had been building in Beleg for weeks, since it was announced that of all people, Casca had ascended to the throne. Casca did not call himself Regent or Steward.

Casca claimed he was King.

He did so claiming it was at the behest of the current Royal Council and to the wishes of the unconscious Archmage Clainin.

Well, Clainin was awake and supposedly somewhere safe. Beleg had been there when Clainin was escorted away from New Haven. Clainin said nothing in support of Casca. And despite the many trips to Castle British, there was no Royal Council to be seen.

The evening before, Beleg and many others saw Casca "bravely" lead many warriors and mages on a circuitous route to drive away the last of the Crimson Dragons and end the invasions of the cities. Bravely leading from the rear when danger was near. But when a Crimson Dragon appeared in the middle of his hysterical, self congratulatory victory speech, Casca abandoned everyone. Fled. Cried for guards to save him.

This was no king.

And Beleg firmly believed wherever Clainin was being kept, Clainin was far from safe. Unless you are also willing to call Avery and whoever else Casca had made disappear safe.

It was time for this so-called King of the People to answer to his people. So Beleg Megil took a sheaf of parchments, three ink pots and a quill and locked himself in the Bladesinger Tower, writing through the night.

*Attached to trees, buildings, bulletin boards and moongate rocks throughout Sosaria*

"To All Beings of Sosaria,

Under mysterious circumstances, it seems we have a King again. Supposedly he was chosen by a Council that no one has seen. He has claimed the great Archmage Clainin would support this choice, yet when Clainin awoke, he was mysteriously swept away into hiding.

I find it more likely that Clainin was silenced by the usurper Casca as Avery and others have been silenced in his long march to the Throne.

I say it is time for us to rise up and be not afraid. I and many others will be marching on Casca's stronghold he has claimed, Blackthorne's Castle, to demand answers and to challenge Casca to present this supposed Council to the citizens of Sosaria. I invite all beings to join me next Monday, March 30th at 8:30 in the evening, eastern time. We will be planning for this march in Skara Brae all week and invite your input.

Even if you support Casca, demand proof that your support is not based on a lie. Ask to meet *your* Royal Council.

With hopes,
Heru Beleg Megil of Silverwood"

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Traveling Bard's Night at the New Port Theater - Saturday March 28th 2009
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009, 7:54 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Malas News <<<At nine o'clock Eastern time (9:00 PM EST) on Saturday, March 28, Traveling Bard's Night will be hosted by Kate Hawkings once again at the New Port Theater. The event is sponsored by PGoH. The rules of bard's night are simple:

* Leave your conflicts at the door and bring your stories with you.
* No harsh obscenities are to be used in your stories.
* There will be a time limit (usually five minutes, but subject to change due to the number of storytellers).
* All stories must adhere to the theme: "Swords and Sorcery."

The top three will win cash prizes and will be given an invitation to the champions event at a later date.

The prize will be divided as follows: 500,000 gold crowns for first place; 325,000 gold crowns for second; and 175,000 gold crowns for third. Judging will take place by three crowd members chosen at random, who will decide on the winners.



New Port Theater's coordinates are 13. 42'S 2. 19'W in Malas, and gates will be run from New Haven starting at approximately 8:30 to give people time to come sign up. See you there!
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UO Herald Story: Salvation
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009, 6:36 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Salvation

Draconi 27 Mar 2009 18:21:33 EST

Our Lord Casca, ruler of the realm, bids all Britannia to hear, and have the following news be made known to them:Let it be known that after great struggle and sacrifice, Lord Casca has personally shattered the wicked artifact that weakened the world’s magical barriers, allowing invasion into our fair lands.

Let it be known that he is thankful to all who aided the effort, in both the defense of our cities and to those who demonstrated their loyalty in the assault on the hidden lair of our cowardly enemies.

Let it be known that Clainin, of the royal court, master magician, yet lives! His survival warms the heart of our liege, who, having ensured Clainin’s protection from nefarious villainy, has entrusted him into the hands of Britannia’s finest soldiers while he recovers.

Soon, our greatest wizard will return to our ranks, ready to stand against the tide of darkness, ready to strike down with brimstone and flame all who dare oppose that which is right and true!

Rejoice, Oh Britannia! Though the final battle is yet to be won, our salvation is nigh!
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UO Herald Story: Conversations
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009, 6:28 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Conversations

Calvin Crowner 27 Mar 2009 15:45:13 EST

Winds change and rain falls on the just and unjust. Or so I’ve been told. I’ve watched this realm burned. I’ve seen siege and pestilence; birth and death; love and murder. And I can never have enough.
What matters should one minor breath cease, when an entire land can join under one banner? I see myself as simply a person of ambition. I see myself as a person who understands balance. I see myself as the one person who truly understands sacrifice … not mine of course … but I do understand it.

Melissa stood before the full-length mirror, her slim form twisting almost awkwardly as she took in the regal plunge of the backline and gracefully returning to set her grey eyes – the color reminding her of the slivers of iron she’d once watched a smith fashion into her first dagger. She smiled considering how fate works … and how she felt herself a crafter in her own right with her influence over it.

She fawned and practiced her looks of shock, dismay, disappointment and glee -- gesticulating and morphing from one pose to the next. With a flourish an ebon blade appeared at her fingertips, her eyes betraying the sudden sense of peace at its weight in her hand. She purred examining both edges: a lioness stalking the weakest member of a small herd.

Turning on her heels she plucked at the tip of the blade, walking until she stood over a collection of spy reports. Some of them written hastily, others in the steady hand of those knowing their business well. Nothing new or tasty -- her own plans so much more delectable than anything her network had managed in the last few weeks.

She returned the dagger to its place without effort searching across the room for …
“Ahhh,” she rasped, “there you are.” Her sway across the room was noticeable, almost coquettish. She stood before painting she’d had “removed” from the archives depicting Clainin. She pouted mockingly opening the conversation.

“You’ve served your purpose so well fine mage. Britannia owes you its eternal thanks for your duty and service.” She almost scoffed as she straightened herself readdressing the image. “And eternal shall this nation’s thanks be.” In an easy motion her body lunged forward, pressing the tip of the blade into the cheek of the mage’s image, her mouth drifting to the ear of portrait, her voice squelched into a venomous hiss: “And in showing my personal appreciation I shall have complete … job … satis … faction …”

Darker than her own thoughts, shades moved in hushed steps through the false dusk of the crypts. Whispers and messages passed between them without voice or acknowledgment. Cloaked shadows slipped like corruption through the low arches, the smell of oil and incense hung in the air, falling on senses deadened for millennia.

From within Melissa’s apartments her dulcet laughter drifted down the halls.
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The Hag's Brew
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009, 2:07 PM EDT by Medea (Drachenfels)

It was last wednesday as a call for help reached the citizens of Drachenfels. After the successfully survived Invasions of the towns Grizelda the Hag asked loudly for help. Unfortunately, there were lots of people who were ill because of the war, and those people should now be cured with a typical hag's brew. Collecting of the ingredients none the less was a bit on the complicated side so the hag - atypically - asked for assistance.


Grizelda obviously is a very typical hag
Grizelda entpuppt sich als typische Hexe

Giving the people instructions and asking for special items
Erklärung der Instruktionen und die genauen Bestandteile des Rezeptes

A hand full of fearless hunters were at the Councelor's Guildhall that night and soon they were on their way. Thankfully for their commitment the cure could be finished right on the spot and be prepared for the sick citizens. The fastest collector was Lord Merion, he was honoured by labeling the filled kegs and bottles with his name.


Grizelda's Recipe for the brew
Grizelda's Rezept für das Gebräu

With help from Lord Merion Grizelda finishes the brew
Mit der Hilfe von Lord Merion stellt Grizelda das Gebräu her

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Das Gebräu der Hexe

Es war am letzten Mittwoch, als ein Hilferuf die Bürger von Drachenfels erreichte. Nach den erfolgreich überstandenen Invasionen in den diversen Städten rief Grizelda die Hexe zur Hilfe auf. Die durch den Krieg krank gewordenen Mitbürger sollten dank einem typischen Hexengebräu wieder gesund gepflegt werden. Die Besorgung der Bestandteile des Rezeptes gestaltete sich aber schwierig, so dass die Hexe - ganz hexen-untypisch - um Mithilfe bat.


Lord Merion was the fastest collector of the ingridients
Lord Merion war der Schnellste Sammler

Eine Handvoll unerschrockener Jäger fand sich in der Councelor's Halle in Britain ein und machte sich bald darauf auf den Weg. Dank dem Einsatz von ihnen konnte das Gebräu schlussendlich direkt vor Ort hergestellt und für die Mitbürger bereitgestellt werden. Der schnellste Sammler unter den Helfern war Lord Merion, ihm zu Ehren wurden die abgefüllten Gefässe mit seinem Namen angeschrieben.

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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March 25 EM Question and Answer Meeting Transcript
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009, 12:41 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Questions & Answers
with EM Faine Morgan

Wednesday, March 25
EM Hall, Britain, Trammel

EM Faine Morgan:  I did want to touch base with guys tonite. I have a couple of announcements and then a surprise.

The floor was then opened to questions.

Q:  May I ask if all the cities are now safe my lady?
A, EM Faine Morgan:  All of the cities are now safe from the invaders, except Magincia.  It still has the wandering souls and such.

This brought up the suggestion of a dedication for the new bank design..
EM Faine Morgan:  Aye, we need to do that now that Britain will be clear for it.

Q, EM Faine Morgan: Did you get a chance to read the dragon fiction on the Herald?
A:  Most of the crowd answered yes.

Q, EM Faine Morgan: Did it give you a feel for what is going on between the Crimsons and Platinums at all?
A:  Sounds like we may still have trouble with dragons.

EM Faine Morgan:  * nods * It sounds so.  I can’t give you any direct answers about the event this weekend except to say, it ALL ties together if you’ve kept up with the fiction.  I believe we are living in very interesting times.  If you think back over the past few years, people were asked to choose. I think the time may come when loyalties will be tested. There is dark in the world, just as there is light … Some choose to walk in the middle of the shadows.
Q:  Then we will have to choose between good and evil?
A: EM Faine Morgan:
We were already asked one time to choose sides.
* thinks of Andrew*
Choices tend to have consequences, do they not?  But, I’m excited to see options for all.
Q:  What if people don’t participate and stay here; will it cause more disaster?
A, EM Faine Morgan:  No one has to participate; no one is being forced to go to Fel, I promise.
Q:  They will be redoing it (meaning the Shadowlord Event) for everyone who doesn’t go to the SL event this weekend, right?
Q, EM Faine Morgan:  Redoing this particular event you mean?
A:  Yes
A, EM Faine Morgan:
  Nay, not the same one.  Others will have their parts to play as things unfold, that don’t necessitate being in a faction.
Q:  In other words, after this part there will be more happening here to participate in?
A, EM Faine Morgan:
  Oh, most definitely! This arc will not end this weekend.  I believe there is much to be revealed.

Q, EM Faine Morgan:  In reference to event notifications:  How do you all feel about the notifications?  Is it being published enough?
Q:  Do EMs have the capability to do system messages?
A, EM Faine Morgan:
  That falls outside my powers, however, I can request a system message shortly prior. I will when possible for a system message.
Q:  Aren’t there fountains in Luna that used to change color when something was going on?
A, EM Faine Morgan:  Ahh, I’ll check on the fountains.  In the meantime, what about this?  When we know we an event is scheduled and have permission to release the schedule, I will do the following:

  1. I’ll post it on our website
  2. I’ll lock down and light a pink lantern here with the info engraved
  3. I’ll lock down and engrave lanterns at Brit Bank and Luna, even if the lanterns just say to check here (EM Hall) for details

Q:  What about notifying Felucca players?
A, EM Faine Morgan:  Good point. Would they be interested in holding a Meet and Greet in Fel?  I am not at all opposed to going to Fel to meet.  If there are disruptions, then we might not be able to continue, but I am willing to give it a chance.  I’m also willing to NOT page, etc. if disruptions happen at the meeting, HOWEVER, if it becomes disruptive and pointless, we may not be able to continue them.  Is that fair enough?  I don’t expect everyone to like me or listen to me ... heck I raised teenagers!  I don’t want anyone to feel left out.  We’ll set something up next week in Fel, and give it a try.  I would like to pick their brains for some Fel-based events.
When I refer to Fel-based events in that manner, I am NOT talking about the story arc. EM Laurana and I want to run some mini events between arcs, and we’ve gotten some good votes from you guys, so we want to plan a variety … crafters, fighters, puzzlers, fishers, thinkers, etc … pirates is currently leading the voting, so I’m working on that angle.
Okay, one thing I want to make clear about the mini events, and then I have something to show you. Any of the mini events will be for FUN, NOT items.  I’m not saying there will never be items, but most of the time, NO.  There will, however, be recognition.  We want people to come to have FUN, not just for what they get.  I love my pixels as much as the next person, however EMs are not item factories.  We want to PLAY with you guys, and let you have some FUN!  There is a time and place for items, and there is a time and place for sheer FUN and some silliness.

NOTE:  While EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan can and do read the Stratics forums, they can NOT reply on these forums.  If you wish to have the EMs address a question or concern, please post it on their website in the feedback section.

Q, EM Faine Morgan:  Since Origin gets publishes first, I wanted to share something with you. You guys get to try out the new stuff first, yes? And, you find the problems, yes? Many times? Do you ever wonder about reporting those problems?

What I want to share is what to do when you find them.  Don’t just go and post them on the forums, and don’t just go and page a GM on them.  They need to be submitted to [email protected] with as much detail as you can provide:  How you did it, what you were doing at the time, exactly what happened when, where … anything and everything you can think of to tell them.  They need to be able to recreate the problem to fix it.  If they can follow your steps and make it happen, it’s easier to fix things.  The worst, most aggravating are random bugs, but any and all information you can provide helps immensely.  Like I said, just paging a GM or posting on the boards isn’t enough.  Have you seen how fast posts move off the front page of Uhall? omg!

 Q:  Will we be having any events at the fairgrounds?
A, EM Faine Morgan:  That I can answer, YES!  There will be more I promise. I LOVE the fairgrounds.  You do know they are open to the public?

Q:  Where is EM Laurana?
A, EM Faine Morgan:  She had another commitment tonite, and couldn’t join us, sadly.

We were all startled when a surprise visitor, Mesanna, popped in and chatted with us for a bit.

 

After Mesanna left:

Q:  Is Mesanna a GM or a Dev?
A, EM Faine Morgan:  No, Mesanna is not a GM.  She’s my boss, in addition to one of the nicest people on the team. She hides Draconi’s lighters (thank God).  Mesanna’s official title is Associate Development Manager (and EM Babysitter).

EM Faine Morgan:  As I told you for the mini events there will be recognition, right?  We were all discussing how to accomplish this … a couple ideas came up.  We debated a couple different towns and buildings, BUT many have history attached to them that we didn’t want to mess with.  That sort of left a house of some sort, but that had its own problems … we didn’t want to take away from player housing areas … so, we came up with an option that I hope you guys will like ….
* rummages *
Field Trip!


Note:  The Field Trip is a story all unto itself … and will be posted in a separate thread.

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Return of The Obits Part Two ~ Lord M Dies at The Hands of a Guildmate
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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009, 5:31 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Return of The Obits Part Two ~



Lord M dies at the Luna Bank at the hands of a guildmate !


Guildmate laughs over the corpse of Lord M but a little scared also




Black Dover


blanc De blanc





rachel of CFC


Robin Hood



Rouge






Soborn






Tristan












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The OBITS are back !
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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009, 5:06 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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The Obits are back !!!!




OBIT COLUMN





Air Max






Anok Libertine






Caleb




Dale


Death Adder


Deathbringer


Great Bonnie


Lee Ann Rosewood




Maru


Maximo




Oz Grand Wizard










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Salem (DWxC) Wins Angling Tourney!
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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                       Salem (DWxC) Wins Angling Tourney!

             Last eve's fishing tournament sponsored by the Fishermans Guild of Trisnic was a grand success as nine competitors set out on the high seas in search of the big one! Fishing lasted from roughly 7pm to midnight with much excitement along the way. Ship Captains recorded an overall weight caught of over two thousand stones with the nights top two catches hauled in by the same lucky sailor! A whopping bohemoth of 197 stones took the nights top honors along with 147 stones in second both caught by Dragon's Watch's own Salem. Finishing in third also of Dragon's Watch was Sushi with a fine catch of 144 stones! Congratulations to our angling champion who has had a commemorative plaque bearing his name and catch along with the monster itself displayed for all to see outside the cities fishers guild!


             

           Arriving sometime after the tourney began I was able to speak with Santiago the nights host as he made rounds visiting ships at sea. Tales of big ones that got away were aplenty as I eventually made it onboard with two competitors! Graciously offering free footwear was Lord Gareth whom I was able to sail with as he caught what could of been the nights lightest catch at 17 stones! 

                 

          Reports began to arrive from other ships that foul creatures from the abyss had attacked. Diabolical Seaweed had risen from the depths to engage several vessels. If that wasnt strange enough, some where even the target of an evil ghost crew of pirates attempting to board several ships! Hopefully those on board can share any pics in this articles discussion!

                             

          The nights fishing was fast and furious throughout the event with many great trophies pulled from the sea. My ride was so much in a hurry he almost left me behind!


                                   

           Competitors gathered inside the fishers guild to discuss the night's adventure and offer congratulations after the event.

                 

           And of course with any great night of community events nothing beats a cold ale amongst friends as EM Dudley welcomed everyone back to the Counselor's Hall in West Brit for a bit of celebration thereafter! Another fine event by our new lead EM in Dudley as we all gave thanks for his valient efforts! Join us all for the next EM sponsored event this weekend with information on this and future events found here: Chesapeake Events Skypage.


          

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EM Meet Up! March 26th 6pm CST
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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009, 1:34 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

From the desk of your EMs Quantum and Autolycus)


EM Quantum and EM Autolycus have a shield up at the Counselor Guild Hall in Northwest Britain. It states they will be available to meet with the community this
Thursday March 26th at 6pm CST.

Q&A (as we affectionately call them) have been meeting at various times to get to know us, our thoughts and suggestions. It is a great opportunity to discuss past and upcoming events. Please keep in mind they are not able to discuss game issues and problems. That is up to Game Masters and Customer Service at Mythic so please take that into consideration when discussing this wonderful place we call Sosaria.


We hope to see you there!
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Massively Evil Event Saturday 28 March 2009 7:30 PM EST
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>>> Felucca Facet News <<<A new shield has been placed at the EM Hall announcing this coming event. Remember that to take part you must be in the Shadowlords faction and this event will take place in Felucca. (Meaning that by being there you have consented to be able to be engaged in PvP and also thieves will be able to steal from you. So please do insure all the items you value before heading over to Felucca.) If you are in another faction and want to take part you must leave your present faction 72 hours before you can join a new faction.



In order to join a faction, you must visit the appropriate faction stronghold on the Felucca facet. You must find the faction stone, and double-click on it. The Shadowlords faction is located in the unused crypts in the Yew forest, a fair distance in a direct line northeast from the east Yew Healer's Shop named "Deep Forest Healing". This is not the Yew Graveyard; it’s the haunted crypts far to the northeast of the city within the woods.

Please remember when the Guildmaster for a guild joins the Faction, all players in that guild are added to the Faction whether online or offline.

Also be on your guard for members of other factions! Draconi made a statement on their possible actions in UHall:
sablestorm:I posted this elsewhere, but will event participants be subject to being attacked by the other factions? Would it be considered griefing to do so, or would you consider this just normal Felucca and factions play and story wise, why wouldn't the good guys try and halt whatever nefarious schemes the Shadowlords are concocting?

Draconi: Oh, no, since this will be occurring in Felucca, interference from other factions wouldn't be considered griefing.
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UO Herald Story: Platinum Dragons
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Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 1:29 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Platinum Dragons

Kilandra Cotten 25 Mar 2009 13:15:22 EST

Swords clashed in combat between two humans – one male standing 6’2 and a female around 5’7. The young man was wearing typical battle gear, bright chrome armor lined with golden hues that seemed to fit every curve of his muscled physic. The young woman, who seemed to be matching every strike he put towards her, was almost identically dressed with the same style chrome armor. The two combatants were engaging each other in almost harmonious melee combat, neither one losing footing to the other. A few feet away, a dark cloaked figure seemed to be presiding over the contest. Without motion, nor words the figure stood perfectly still. In this stoic state the figure monitored every step, swing, and motion of these two.

“Valec!” came the soft but obvious yell from the young woman towards the man in a voice that almost sang as she spoke. Pausing from her combat she now looked for an answer from the seemingly distracted man. For some reason, Valec lowered his sword and now stood in front of his sparring partner looking down at the ground as if focused on something far away. “What is it?” She pryed.

Valec’s eyes were fixed upon the ground and his free hand opened wide as if he felt something radiating from the foundation beneath him. His beautiful fingers quivered slightly.

“Tilas, someone approaches…” Valec responded to his companion. “And something is very wrong”. A worried look twisted his face and pursed his lips.

The cloaked figure who had until this moment not moved a hairs breath now stepped forward towards the pair, pulling down the hood of the cloak, it was clear, the figure was a beautiful yet aged woman with waist length silver hair. She was dressed in armor like the two called Valec and Tilas but seemed that she had no need of a sword.

“Good young one, you are learning to be aware of your surroundings while in combat, but tell me, how do you know something is wrong?” she asked the young man.

Looking up at his mentor Valec replied “The footfall - it’s hasteful for a dragon of our brood, not only that but, the wind it moves with him – a sign of trouble.”

“Is that all?” She asked as she looked at him with mildly inquisitive eyes and a bright smile. Then turning her gaze and smiling at the young woman who now seemed to be concentrating her thoughts to the full extent of her abilities as if not to be outdone by her friend.

“I do feel something but, it’s the spirit aura, this dragon’s magic, it’s shaking almost, I can sense it” The young woman Tilas’s face now showed small signs of being slightly proud of herself. But her pride lasted only for an instant, as the realization seemed to drop upon her shoulders with great weight. She now shared the look of worry her partner had before.

“Good Tilas, Good Valec, both of you, when you learn to sense all these things at all times, even in your sleep, then you will have progressed to my liking” The older woman responded.

Quiet crackles like steel sparks dancing in the air emerged from the skin of the older woman. A magical aura glowing dark blue, purple and silver glistened around her body and hummed with intensity while giving new form to her. Within little more time than it takes an Ophidian to blink an eye, the once human woman transformed into an immense Platinum Dragon Matriarch.

She was adorned with elaborate horns ending in perfect points, a blue sheened chest plate with assorted jewels covered and protected her front, and a matching jeweled head plate of armor that had a cut away to accommodate for the large frilled ridge that lined her forehead and continued down her back sat high upon her massive head. Her shoulders would easily clear four sturdy human men – if they stood each on the other’s shoulder.

The two younger dragons followed suit after their mentor, calling forth the proper magics needed to undo the spell that held their human transformation intact. Now the draconic combatants in their true form, while not nearly as large nor decorated as the elder female, still an impressive sight to behold two young platinum dragons as they stood behind their mentor awaiting the arrival of another.

The rush of wind Valec had predicted arrived with a flurry as a fourth dragon finished his approach towards the group. This one was larger in size than Tilas and Valec but obviously not the same stature as the Matriach. Giving a revered bow towards the older female, the adult male platinum dragon with a concerned look upon his face spoke.

“The Crimson dragons have found a way to return home”

Silence fell upon the group. Each individual seemed to be reviewing the statement “The Crimson dragons have found a way to return home”. It seemed as if everyone there suddenly understood some disturbing fate.

“Aesthyron, what will we do?” Tilas addressed her teacher by her name with a mixed display of concern and fear.

A gentle smile pulled away the lips that covered rows of gleaming teeth into a crescent moon as Aesthyron’s eyes quietly closed and her head tilted down. The massive elder Aesthyron seemed to comfort the young ones by her calm presence. All eyes looked to her for guidance.

“We will consult with the elders” Pausing for a moment with a heavy inhale of her massive lungs she spoke again softly “My precious young ones, you do not know of the lands from which the elder of our brood came nor why for more than 300 years, most of you have never seen battle despite the daily training – the lands from which we came from are now called Britannia- though it was not always named as such. If our wayward Crimson brethren have left this void for that home there can be only one purpose for their return. They intend to conquer the lands. Conquest, power, treasures, these are the motivations of your lost cousins. Britannia still hosts bountiful life. The Crimsons will pay no heed to this fact, in order to achieve their goals they will slay every living creature that stands in their way.”

Valec’s eyes seemed to flicker with intense blue light at hearing this information. Restrained anger presented in his voice “So, the land of our ancestors is going to be ravaged.” Valec paused for a moment.

“Would you defend that land if there were a way?” Said a young woman as she walked into the group of dragons. The petite woman seemed to come from nowhere and walked among the giants as if she felt no fear. Her ebon hair flowed from under her black and blue shimmering cloak, gently kissing the ground beneath her as she glided to the center of the meeting.

“Lady Bryxion…” Tilas called to the woman as if she were asking for confirmation.

“The portal with which the Crimson brood has entered Sosaria has not been completely shut.” She smiled “It seems that it was kept open ever so slightly after the Lord of the Crimson flight left it; I leave it to you to decide what you will do with this information”

With a formal bow Lady Bryxion disappeared like a shadow.
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The 2nd Moonglow Zoo Society Raffle
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 8:58 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Lady Calina posted this on the Catskills Forum and being that this is such a worthy cause I encourage each of you to go purchase one or more of the books.

Tonight, with the final donations coming from Va'lis, the MZS reached it's second 800,000 Zoo Points mark! This means that it's time for the MZS's 2nd Raffle!

Next Tuesday, instead of a spawn, we will be having the raffle at the MZS Hall in South Luna! Thanks to everyone who has contributed!

Date: Tuesday, March 31st 2009
Time: 8pm EST (Gather at 7:30pm)
Place: MZS Hall, South Luna

1st Place Winner: Choice 400k Points in Zoo Rewards
2nd Place Winner: Choice of 200k Points in Zoo Rewards
3rd Place Winner: Choice of 100k Points in Zoo Rewards

There will be 40 books placed on the Raffle Vendor, each one priced at 1m. If *ALL* the books sell, then the prize money will be divided amongst the winners equally (13m Each).

I hope to see you all there, and great job again!
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Two Museums Open
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Two Museums
Have Recently Opened On Baja

Age of Legends Museum, owned by Mal n Ally
The UO House, owned by Manticore


The museums are 18x18 houses just east of Umbra, and house astounding displays of UO history. Be sure to take some time to visit both!


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UO Herald Story: Message from the Game Masters
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 1:31 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Message from the Game Masters


The Game Masters 24 Mar 2009 16:02:02

In recent live events we have had some players who have been disruptive to the Event Moderators and other players. Going forward any player that disrupts an event will be asked to stop from the EM hosting the event. If the player continues to disrupt the event they will be removed from the area and a GM will be paged to handle the situation. Based on the GM’s investigation and findings, their account could be subject to punitive actions. If you would like to dispute such actions, you may click here and leave a detailed description.
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Invasions End!
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 12:49 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

The following is from EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan's website:

Invasions Ended!

Congratulations, fine citizens, on your impressive defeat of evil this great day! At King Casca’s command, you cleared the path to the obliteration of the crystal - the source of the evil forces powering the invasions of Britannia’s great cities.

King Casca would like to express his appreciation for your services this day, and to assure you that he will continue to fight to bring to justice any man or beast that does not walk a virtuous path in life.

Blanche, Notary to King Casca

This is indeed wonderful news! Congratulations, Origin! Now, what about those dragons?

(Sara's note:  Wonder what EM Laurana means by 'what about those dragons?' -- see the Crimson Dragon article From UOHerald News, and the UHall Crimson Dragon link at the end of this post.)

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As requested by King Casca, a crowd assembled at Empath Abbey, Yew, and awaited the king's arrival and instructions.

Once King Casca arrived, he let us know why he had called for us,

and prepared us for the ensuing battle.

Although the Warriors, Mages and Tamers suffered many fatalities, the monsters were beaten back

and the evil was destroyed, which freed our cities of the invasion that has plagued our lands.

King Casca's speech following the battle was interrupted by the appearance of Syrak and Fayaxion, the Platinum Dragon, who had an exchange of words that left many wondering, what's next?

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Question and Answer Meet and Greet with EM Faine Morgan, Wednesday, March 25
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 9:06 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Posted by EM Faine Morgan
on the Origin EM website 

Q&A Meet & Greet with
EM Faine Morgan

"On Wednesday, March 25th, starting at 6:00 p.m. Pacific/9:00 p.m. Eastern, EM Faine Morgan will be at the Counselor's Hall to meet with Origin's community and answer questions where possible. Hope to see you all there!"
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UO Herald Story: Massively Evil Event
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Massively Evil Event

Chrissay Zeeman 23 Mar 2009 17:19:06

This weekend’s massively evil event will require that you be in the Shadowlords faction if you wish to take part. Please remember if you are going to leave your current faction and join the Shadowlords that you should plan ahead as it will take 72 hours to leave your current faction. If you do not want to change factions or if you miss out on the time frame don’t worry, we will have another event for everyone in the near future. Additional details regarding the event will be coming soon.
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UO Herald Story: Crimson Dragon
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 7:12 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Crimson Dragon

Kilandra Cotten 23 Mar 2009 19:15:04

Some time ago…

Taerlstratar looked intently into the shining orb he held with refined grace between two of his foreclaws. Despite being an immense creature his ability to move every muscle in his body with poise was unsurpassed, and holding the twelve inch orb eloquently was as simple a task as breathing.

To himself he thought, “The Shadowlords will be the ones to do it, they are going back home. And I will go back as well; its past time to take my true place in the lands now called Britannia. Curse Mondain, foul little human. Perhaps, it’s time to kill them all.”

While pondering the destruction of every human in existence, the orb changed its scene, shifting from showing an image of the works of the Shadowlords, to some of the younger looking Crimson dragons. Taerlstratar peered a bit closer into the orb, his large cat like pupils moving as if by command – fluxing out and then in slightly to get the best view possible from the small scrying orb. “The young ones… they too have a purpose for me.”

Taerlstratar knew all too well the bloodlust that lingered in the hearts of the young Crimson brood; he also knew the lack of wisdom and restraint that came without years of knowledge and experience. Make no mistake however; the young ones were not simply mindless killing instruments. Young Crimsons were still smarter than any human, gargoyle, or elf back home. They simply desired the very thing that was their birthright – to rule the lesser species.

The brood was too big now – a new home was needed, new conquests, new terrain – out of this endless void where Mondain had trapped them. Taerlstratar moved his massive wings out to their full length, a full hundred and fifty feet by human standards, stretching himself out a bit before returning the orb to its pedestal and collecting his legs underneath him. There was work to be done.
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Results for the Olympics on March 20th and 22nd
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Ilshenar News <<<


Hosted by your EMs Quantum and Autolycus

The Weekend started off early with the opening of the Britannian Games on Lake Superior Friday night. After some words of encouragement, to those who wished to enter, and a reminded that the true meaning of the games was not competition but enjoyment of players of different walks and play styles together regardless of Facet. Players were encouraged to claim a team to represent based on Facet, with 5 teams thus
established the games were to begin with a…

Bagball Tournament




…on later that evening.
In the Bagball Tournament the Tokuno Team got an early start winning the gold vs. Team Ilshenar, and Felucca took the Bronze.


Sunday Nights Games consisted of a Zoo Taming Contest along with an Archery Tournament. In the…

Zoo Taming Contest




…conducted at the Royal Zoo in Moonglow.
Draco of Team Malas took the Gold with 18400 points
Avan DeVir of Team Felucca Tied with Luck of Team Ilshenar with 1325 points.
Crysta of Team Tokuno took 3rd with 6750 points.
In all a little over 57,000 points were added to the Zoo's total bring it up to 10899034 points with about another 100,000 pointed needed to reach Tier 11. I would encourage all training Tamers to help us reach that lofty mark by donating their polar bears, and white wolves to the Zoo. And as tamers replace or "upgrade" pets they turn in unwanted Dragons, Drakes, Unicorns, Rune Beetles, Ki~rin and Reptalons to the Zoo Make our Zoo the finest in Ultima Online!
Later that evening players converged for the…

Archery Tournament




…conducted at the Luna Fair Grounds and players were allowed 10 shots each. 20 players entered the match, but only 3 took home top honors.
Ari Gold of Team Malas won the Gold his highest scoring match was 650 points. Lighting of Team Felucca won the Silver with a high round of 560 points.
Bloodstar of Team Trammel took the Bronze with a high round of 660 points.

Please note that high rounds were best score during the entire tournament for that individual.
Snowdog scored the overall highest round total with 750 points and came in 4th overall. His high score will be considered the official record until broken at another EM Held Archery Tournament.

Final Results Thus Far



There is a rune to the Trophy Castle just outside Britain Counselor’s guild.

Felucca 0 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
Ilshenar 0 Gold, 2 Silver, 0 Bronze
Malas 2 Gold, 0 Silver, 0 Bronze
Tokuno 1 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze
Trammel 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze

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Crimson Dragon
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 6:29 PM EDT by Larisa (CommunityNews)

Posted to uoherald.com:




Crimson Dragon
Kilandra Cotten
23 Mar 2009 19:15:04

Taerlstratar looked intently into the shining orb he held with refined grace between two of his foreclaws. Despite being an immense creature his ability to move every muscle in his body with poise was unsurpassed, and holding the twelve inch orb eloquently was as simple a task as breathing.

To himself he thought, “The Shadowlords will be the ones to do it, they are going back home. And I will go back as well; its past time to take my true place in the lands now called Britannia. Curse Mondain, foul little human. Perhaps, it’s time to kill them all.”

While pondering the destruction of every human in existence, the orb changed its scene, shifting from showing an image of the works of the Shadowlords, to some of the younger looking Crimson dragons. Taerlstratar peered a bit closer into the orb, his large cat like pupils moving as if by command – fluxing out and then in slightly to get the best view possible from the small scrying orb. “The young ones… they too have a purpose for me.”

Taerlstratar knew all too well the bloodlust that lingered in the hearts of the young Crimson brood; he also knew the lack of wisdom and restraint that came without years of knowledge and experience. Make no mistake however; the young ones were not simply mindless killing instruments. Young Crimsons were still smarter than any human, gargoyle, or elf back home. They simply desired the very thing that was their birthright – to rule the lesser species.

The brood was too big now – a new home was needed, new conquests, new terrain – out of this endless void where Mondain had trapped them. Taerlstratar moved his massive wings out to their full length, a full hundred and fifty feet by human standards, stretching himself out a bit before returning the orb to its pedestal and collecting his legs underneath him. There was work to be done.

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Massively Evil Event
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Posted to uoherald.com:


Massively Evil Event
Chrissay Zeeman
23 Mar 2009 17:19:06

This weekend’s massively evil event will require that you be in the Shadowlords faction if you wish to take part. Please remember if you are going to leave your current faction and join the Shadowlords that you should plan ahead as it will take 72 hours to leave your current faction. If you do not want to change factions or if you miss out on the time frame don’t worry, we will have another event for everyone in the near future. Additional details regarding the event will be coming soon.

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Champions Duel Day 1 Results
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 4:43 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Champion’s Duel
Day 1 Results

By EMSeppo
goldenbrewtavern.com

Lady Nystad writes, “Day one of the Champion’s duel tournament was a success. There were few practical issues and couple of unfortunate no-shows, but a big round of applause goes out to everyone who participated and the audience members. I did not witness a single incident of griefing or foul play.”

Based on this report, I would have to ask who says that you cannot have an event in Felucca without disruption?

The highlights of the day (that I witnessed) were the dramatic end of the melee match between Athena and Mad Mardigan along with the hard fought battle between Orion and Chushingura which was settled in a death match.

A special thanks to Lady Wildstar and Sir Dodger for assisting with overseeing the duels. This allowed the use of all three duel arenas at same time.

There are still two starting rounds left (winners of all three rounds will go on to the semi-finals). If you would like to register for one of those rounds, please do so here. Also, note that you need to attend the event close to the start of the given time as you need to be available when your name is called.

Mage tournament

Group A
Kario vs. Profion –> Kario
Kario vs. Satan –> Kario

Satan vs. Profion –> Dead rubber match did not happen
Kario wins group A and qualifies for the semifinals

Group B
Chushingura vs Orion –> No winner

Chushingura vs Orion (death match) –> Chushingura

King Kyrite (no show)
Chushingura wins group B and qualifies for the semifinals

Melee tournament

Group A
The Game vs. Claudia -> The Game

The Game vs. Elli -> The Game
Claudia vs. Elli -> Elli

The Game wins Group A

Group B
Mad Mardigan vs. Deckeon -> Mad Mardigan

Braids (no show)
Mad Mardigan wins group B

Group C
LacyLoneStar vs. Sir Guildies -> Sir Guildies
Raza (no show)
Sir Guildies wins Group C

Group D
Athena vs. Zephyre -> Athena
Royal Fool (no show)
Leviticus (no show)
Athena wins Group D

Melee Finals
The Game vs. Sir Guildies -> Sir Guildies wins and qualifies for the next round
Athena vs. Mad Mardigan -> Mad Mardigan wins and qualifies for the next round


* Sara's note:  This above was written by EM Seppo, and published on his website. I have taken the liberty of adding screenshots from the event.  I apologize for not getting screenshots of every duel ... with action going on in the three arenas, I just could not capture all of them.

I would like to commend all who participated in this first round of the Tournament of Champions.  Without fail, every one of you showed the spirit of true sportsmanship. You are all Champions!

Champions Duel, Day 2, will be held Friday, March 27, 6pm to 10pm Pacific, Skara Brae Faire Grounds, Felucca.

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Platinum vs Crimson
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 2:28 PM EDT by Medea (Drachenfels)

Yesterday evening I hurrily travelled to all of the important banks of Sosaria. No sign of bustle altough a significant event was announced for tonight. In front of the Councelor's Guildhall in Britain I met a lonly blue moongate which waited for visitors, along with it a short notice. Quickly, I entered the gate and was transfered to the Yew Empath Abbey. A curious mob was already there, a crowd as rarely seen in the last time. Most of them with concerned faces and armed to the teeth.

On time, Lord Casca appeared at the door of the abbey. He called for attention and announced tonight as the night of the final strike against the Shadowlords. He had promised us peace and freedom and that this time had finally come. "Today is our blood day! For glory, for blood, for death!" He openend a moongate and called the people to follow. The gate lead near the graves and tombs of Yew, but we only stayed for a few moments because Hanassa Oriel opened a second gate and everyone was following her.


A lonely moongate and a notice in Britain
Ein einsames Mondtor und eine Notiz in Britain

A mob outside the Yew Empath Abbey, Trammel
Jede Menge Leute warten bereits vor der Yew Empath Abbey, Trammel

We arrived in a small, narrow gangway. The rotten, moldily odour was not a very pleasant scent to smell. We already heard distant battle sounds down the gangway. As quickly as possible the brave combatants swarmed towards the turmoil and let fury be their guide. I saw Balrons, Ancient Lichs, Elementals and lots of other baddies. They had no chance to stand against the storming crowd. We had also our share of victims, but no one was in the mood to retreat. After several long gangways a big room opened up in front of us. In the middle was an altar and on it a red marble column where a bright red-blue crystal was glowing. The monsters here did not survive for long either. Lord Casca darted into the room: "Step aside, step aside - your King is coming!" He saw the crystal and approached it. "So... This is the Genesis", he murmured more to himself, but anyone could hear him. He did not hesitate for long and pronounced with a tremulous voice: "With the might given to me I shall destroy you! Begone!" He barely touched the crystal with his hand as an explosion of massive energy shaked the whole room. The light turned whiter than white. The bystanders paused for a moment, then blinking into the darkness again. The crystal was gone, on the floor dozens of crystal fragments where laying there which were picked up immediately and taken away for preservation purposes.


Lord Casca announces the final strike against the Shadowlords
Lord Casca kündigt den finalen Schlag gegen die Shadowlords an

Lord Casca called us to hurry to a more safer place, so we left the room throughout another long gangway. Shortly afterwards he opened a moongate which brought us back to the Yew Empath Abbey. Cautious cheering in our lines. Lord Casca appeared, still with a combative look on his face. "Sosarians! Look towards the red sky, a lot of blood has been suffered, suffered by the minions of the Shadowlords! I promised you peace and brought you a paradise! Let this message be spread out to our evil foes!" Our new king introduced a new era tonight, an era of peace and freedom. The time of slaughtering would be over now, the time of order had begun. No more worries about our children, about our women being abducted, enslaved and murdered by monsters. "Drink, celebrate and be happy - you deserve it!"

Suddenly a black shadow covered the crowd. A frightened whisper passed our lines: A giant Crimson Dragon turned around the corner of the abbey, a giant monster, hissing and obviously pretty displeased. He stomped towards the crowd. Syrak, some of us murmured, this dragon was not unfamiliar. As Lord Casca saw the beast he went pale around the nose, babbling something about important business and left us alone with the dragon.


Lord Casca's invitation to the battle
Lord Casca lädt zum Kampf

Our king on the way throughout the dark gangway
Unser König auf dem Weg durch die dunklen Gänge

The voice of the dragon was rumbling between the time-honoured walls of the nearby abbey and winery. "Puny little mortals! Weaklings! You assume you can banish us that easily? You have no idea of the power we control!" Bawling and snorting he laughed at the bipeds. He threatened us with the true power of the Crimson Flight that we had not tasted until today. And that we were a nothing... the people were becoming uneasy and unsecure, as a graceful lady blazed a trail through the crowd. Fayaxion was her name. She stood there for a while, quiet, and watched the goings-on. Now she gazed sharply at the monster. Syrak blinked his slow crimson-blink, incredulity was written all on his flat dragonface. "YOU!", he roared: "How did you get here? And when did you get here?!" This question practically silenced the people - everyone was watching Fayaxion, magnetised. She ignored the Crimson Dragon completely. "It is vital to your mortal lives to vacate this area immediately! Now!"

The dragon was bristling with anger, he sure rarely experienced indifference like that. "How dare you ignore me?". He was in uproar. Fayaxion smiled at the red Crimson Dragon face. "This is no reason why I should answer your questions, my young red cousin." The people were completely confused now. Fayaxion murmured something incomprehensible, a short fizzling and Fayaxion changed in the fragment of a second into a Platinum Dragon! The air froze in front of the Yew Empath Abbey. Even the Crimson Dragon panted for air: "This can not be!!! An Elder!" He made one step back and if I am not completely mistaken, he was trembling a little. "It's time for you to leave!", Fayaxion's dragon voice roared, crystal clear and unmistakably as an order. A last look filled with hatred, the Crimson Dragon watched the Platinum Dragon, and disappeared with a loud bang. If Platinum Dragons are able to smirk, then Fayaxion was doing it now, murmured something and disappeared also, again, in a fragment of a second.


The battle was a short one - too much fury, too few monsters
Der Kampf dauerte nur kurz - zu gross war die Wut, zu klein die Anzahl der Monster

The crowd was gathering afterwards in the Councelor's Guildhall in Britain, to talk about the recent events. No bipedal ever had seen a Platinum Dragon before, even though some tales of the Ancients were telling other stories. This time the scholars would have to analyse their old history books again, because for the future this would be a very interesting thing...


Lord Casca discovered the crystal - and blew it into dozens of pieces
Lord Casca entdeckt den Kristall - und sprengt ihn

Only moments after the explosions - crystal fragments everywhere
Nur Momente nach der Explosion - Dutzende von Kristallsplittern

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Eilends klapperte ich an diesem Abend die wichtigsten Banken des Landes ab. Keine Zeichen von Hektik, obwohl ein einschneidendes Erlebnis für heute angekündigt worden war. Vor der Councelor's Gilde in Britain wartete ein einsames blaues Mondtor auf den Besucher, daneben lag eine kurze Notiz. Flugs durchs Tor getreten landete man direkt vor der Yew Empath Abbey. Eine gespannte Menge Leute wartete bereits, ein Massenauflauf wie selten in letzter Zeit. Die meisten von ihnen mit besorgter Miene und bis an die Zähne bewaffnet und gerüstet.

Pünktlich zur achten Abendstunde erschien Lord Casca in der Tür der Abtei. Er rief laut um Aufmerksamkeit und kündigte den heutigen Abend als Tag der Abrechnung mit den Shadowlords an. Er hätte uns Frieden und Freiheit versprochen, und dazu würde er uns heute verhelfen - die Zeit war reif: "Heute ist Bluttag! Für Ruhm, für Blut, für Tod!". Lord Casca öffnete ein Mondtor und rief die Umstehenden an, ihm zu folgen. Das Tor führte zu den Grabstätten in Yew, wo wir aber nur kurz verweilten, denn Hanassa Oriel öffnete ein zweites Mondtor und wies uns an, ihr zu folgen.


Lord Casca's leaving the mysterious dungeon
Lord Casca verlässt mit uns das mysteriöse Verlies


After returning to Yew Empath Abbey, Lord Casca's speaking to the crowd again
Nach der Rückkehr zur Yew Empath Abbey spricht Lord Casca nochmals zu den Leuten

In einem engen, schmalen Gang fanden wir uns wieder. Der faulige, modrige Geruch liess uns erschauern, in der Ferne des Ganges ertönten bereits die ersten Kampfschreie. Schnell strömten die tapferen Mitstreiter in Richtung Getümmel und liessen ihrer Wut auf die Shadowlords und dessen Gefolge freien Lauf. Mein Blick fiel auf Balrons, alte Leichen, diverse Elementare und weitere üble Gesellen, die sich gegen die anbrausende Menge aber nicht lange zur Wehr setzen konnten. Auch auf unserer Seite hatten wir einige Opfer zu beklagen, dennoch liessen die Elfen und Menschen nicht locker. Nach mehreren langen passierten Gängen öffnete sich vor uns ein Raum, wo in der Mitte auf einem Altar ein grosser rot-blau leuchtender Kristall thronte. Auch hier wurden die noch übriggebliebenen Monster förmlich weggefegt. Lord Casca stürmte an: "Macht Platz, euer König braucht Platz!" Er erspähte den Kristall und ging auf ihn zu. "So... das ist also der Genesis", murmelte er mehr zu sich selber, aber dennoch für jedermann hörbar. Er zögerte nicht lange und sprach mit bebender Stimme: "Mit der mir verliehenen Macht will ich dich zerstören! Hinfort mit dir!" Kaum hatte er mit seiner Hand den Kristall berührt, zersprang dieser mit einer gewaltigen Explosion, die das Licht im Raum weisser als Weiss eintauchte. Blinzelnd kamen die Umstehenden wieder zu Sinnen. Auf dem Boden lagen Dutzende von Kristallfragmenten, die sofort aufgehoben und mitgenommen wurden.


More Lord Casca talk until...
Mehr von Lord Casca, bis...

...Syrak, the Crimson Dragon appeared
...Syrak, der Crimson Drache erschien

Lord Casca hiess uns, an einen sichereren Ort mitzukommen und wir verliessen den Raum durch einen weiteren langen Gang. Kurz darauf öffnete er ein Mondtor das uns zurück zur Yew Empath Abbey führte. Verhaltener Jubel in den Reihen. Lord Casca erschien, immer noch mit kampfeslustigen Augen. "Sosarier! Sehr euch den roten Himmel an! Viel Blut wurde vergossen, vergossen von den Anhängern der Shadowlords! Ich versprach euch Frieden und erschuf euch ein Paradies! Verbreitet diese Nachricht bis in die tiefsten Winkel des Landes!" Unser neuer König hatte mit dem heutigen Abend eine neue Ära eingeleitet, die Ära des Friedens und der Freiheit. Die Zeit des Schlachtens wäre nun vorüber, die Zeit der Ordnung angebrochen. Keine Sorge mehr um unsere Kinder die zu Sklaven gemacht und Orcs die unsere Frauen entführen würden. "Trinkt, feiert und seid fröhlich - ihr habt es euch verdient!"

Plötzlich fiel ein dunkler Schatten über die Menge. Ein erschrockenes Raunen ging durch die Reihen: Ein riesiger Crimson Drache war beinahe unbemerkt um die Ecke der Abtei gebogen, ein riesiges Ungetüm, fauchend und offensichtlich ziemlich verärgert stampfte er auf uns zu. Syrak, flüsterten einige, der Crimson Drache war wohl bekannt. Bei seinem Anblick wurde Lord Casca bleich um die Nase, stammelte etwas von dringenden Geschäften und liess uns mit der Bestie stehen.


Syrak and Fayaxion facing each other
Syrak und Fayaxion treten sich gegenüber

Fayaxion changing into a Platinum Dragon!
Fayaxion verwandelt sich in einen Platinum Drachen!

Die Stimme des Drachens donnerte zwischen den altehrwürdigen Mauern der Abtei und des nahegelegenen Weingutes. "Närrische Sterbliche! Wer von euch besitzt die Macht uns zu verbannen? Glaubt ihr wirklich, ihr könntet uns zerstören? Ihr habt keine Ahnung wieviel Macht wir besitzen!" Laut gröhlend und prustend machte sich die Bestie über die Zweibeiner lustig. Er drohte uns mit der wahren Macht der Crimson und dass wir davon bisher noch nichts erlebt hätten. Und dass wir ein Nichts wären... Die Leute wurden unruhig und unsicher, als eine zierliche Lady sich in der Menge den Weg in Richtung Crimson bahnte. Fayaxion war ihr Name, sie war schon lange still bei den Leuten gestanden und hatte dem Treiben zugeschaut. Nun fixierte sie das Ungetüm. Syrak blinzelte sein langsames Crimson-Blinzeln, Ungläubigkeit machte sich um seine platte Drachennase breit: "DU!", donnerte er: "Wie bist du hierher gekommen? Und wann?!" Die Frage liess die Menge praktisch verstummen - gebannt sahen alle zu Fayaxion. Diese ignorierte den Crimson komplett: "Ihr müsst unbedingt und sofort alle Leute von hier evakuieren! Sofort!"

Der Crimson schnaubte vor Wut, nur selten wurde er wohl so offensichtlich übergangen. "Warum ignorierst du mich?", tobte er. Fayaxion lächelte in das rote Drachengesicht: "Weil ich keinen Grund habe dir zu antworten, mein junger, roter Cousin." Die Leute waren nun vollends verwirrt. Fayaxion murmelte etwas Unverständliches, ein leises Zischen und sie hatte sich innerhalb eines Augenschlages in einen Platinum Drachen verwandelt! Die Luft stand förmlich still vor der Yew Empath Abbey. Sogar der Crimson Drache schnappte nach Luft: "Das kann nicht sein!!! Ein Älterer!" Er machte einen Schritt zurück, und wenn mich nicht alles täuschte wankte er sogar leicht. "Es ist Zeit für euch uns zu verlassen!", dröhnte Fayaxion's Drachenstimme, deutlich hörbar und unmissverständlich als Befehl. Noch einmal ein hasserfüllter Blick vom Crimson Drache an die Adresse des Platinum Drachen, und mit einem Knall verschwand er von der Bildfläche, ins Nichts. Wenn Platinum Drachen schmunzeln können, dann tat dies Fayaxion nun, murmelte etwas und verschwand ebenfalls, wieder innerhalb eines Augenschlages.


Platinum, Crimson and common dragon ;-)
Ein Platinum, ein Crimson und ein gewöhnlicher Drache ;-)

Die Leute versammelten sich im Anschluss noch in der Councelor's Halle um das Geschehene zu besprechen und zu verarbeiten, denn noch kein Zweibeiner hatte je zuvor einen Platinum Drachen gesehen, auch wenn einige Erzählungen von Alten anderes behaupteten. Nun würden die Gelehrten die Geschichtsbücher wieder entstauben und nochmals neu analysieren müssen, denn für die Zukunft dürfte dieser Hinweis wegweisend gewesen sein...

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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Fire and Ice
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 1:54 PM EDT by Kiminality (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<The people of Britannia were called to gather at Empath Abbey, in Yew.
A crowd quickly gathered, as we awaited news of the purpose of our summoning.
Soon enough, Nathan Hawk, Seeker of Truth and Captain of the Royal Guard came before those gathered, and addressed us.
He spoke of Lord Casca, and how recent events were leading him to lose faith in the elven king.
The Yewish were inspired by this news, and Hawke had to clarify to some of the attended that regicide was not the purpose of the gathering. Even though there appeared to be evidence of LordCasca having a part in the council murders.
Treason, from the king?
In spite of the news, he ordered that we should all follow the king's orders, until such time as his orders would damage the kingdom.



Casca arrived soon after, and after an unsuccessful attempt by the Yewish to arrest the king, outlined the reason everyone had been called to Yew.
Sparing the details, somewhat, Casca announced that the source of the evil that ashed over the lands had been found, and that it was our mission to extinguish it.
Although it was unclear what was really going to happen, the order was quickly given that we were to follow Casca to our destination.
In light of past events, when those following Casca came under attack from daemons, there was some talk of a trap. But such attackers eluded us, much as our destination did, for a time.
On arrival at the crypts, we were directed to enter an Innocent-looking moongate, which Provided no hint of what lay beyond.



Fierce battle raged, as we pushed through the monsters that seemed to be guarding the dark tunnels, and were just as quickly pushed back.
Shadow fiends fed of our energy, and used it for themselves, driving us back as quickly as we'd advanced.
In time, victory was ours. The tunnels, littered with bodies from both sides, lead to a central room, housing what was described as a BloodSigil.



This, according to Casca, was the source of evil.
The means by which the forces of the shadowlords were attacking our cities, and what we had come to destroy.
And, destroy it we did.

Well, Casca did, and made sure we knew it.
However, his victory speech, back at Empath Abbey, was cut short.
Unimpressed by the efforts of the "puny mortals" to banish them, a Crimson Dragon confronted those in attendance. With the exception of Casca, who made an exit as swift as the dragon's arrival.



While the crowd readied their spells and weapons, the dragon's attention was drawn to one among them. An unremarkable lady, dressed in light blue, in the manner of a noble.
The lady seemed less threatened by the dragon, than it was of her, and referred to it as her "young red cousin".
The meaning of her choice of words son became clear. After her final warning to those attended, to leave for their own safety, she transformed into a giant metallic dragon, rivalling the crimson in both size and presence.
Having very much met its match, the crimson dragon retreated to where it had come from. While the platinum dragon, its purpose apparently fulfilled, departed southwards.

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Auctions for week of March 23rd
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 4:19 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<

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

NeXt Auction

Date:  Tuesday, March 24th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  South of Luna City

Contact: Meani – ICQ 65-689-918

BEC Auction

Date:  Friday, March 27th

Time:  8:00 pm CST

Location:  South Gate of Luna City

Contact:  Lady Tia - ICQ 23944805

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Community Hunt - Week of March 23rd
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 4:02 AM EDT 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. ***




Vesper Museum Exhibit tours
Date: Tuesday, March 24th
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, March 25th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Doom Gauntlet
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, March 27th
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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253rd Assembly of the 7th High Council
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 3:56 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<253rd Assembly of the 7th High Council

Date: Monday, March 23rd
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Note Location change: West Counselor's Guild, Britain, Trammel Facet

Meeting Agenda:

-Updates regarding the status of Clainin.

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

-A discussion of the Britannian Games that are currently underway.

-Possible edicts from Lord Casca, King pro-tempore.

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

-Other items to be announced at the meeting.

John Cainbridge
Chancellor of Virtue,
High Council of Britannia


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Community Meet Up - March 23rd
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009, 3:45 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – March 23rd
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Counselor Guild Hall, North Britain


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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Crimson Dragons Banished!
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009, 7:53 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                                 Crimson Dragons Banished!

           In a major call to arms the Chesapeake shard united under the banner of Lord Casca this eve to face the evil which has plagued our lands of late. Word traveled the realm this afternoon that an appearance by Lord Casca was to take place. Knights, Wizards, Miltia, and Citizens from far and wide gathered outside the Empath Abbey in Yew to catch a glimpse of the recently proclaimed king and his latest address of the public. Much to the surprise of the over seventy in attendance the King confirmed he and his advisors had located the portal from which the evil that we now know as the Crimson Flight had emerged. Beckoning the masses gathered, King Casca led the group through a moongate east to the Yew Crypts.

           

          Adventurers found themselves outside the crypts where yet another moongate had been unleashed directing the massive forces into an undiscovered dungeon level. Dark and damp with the smell of evil and death in the air, the brave forces of Lord Casca ventured forth as the sounds of beasts from the depths soon echoed from within. Rounding what seemed like a never ending passageway the groups first resistance was met with swift and decisive justice. Blood lined the walls as Titans, Blood Elementals, Reptiles met there demise in grand fashion.
          Reaching the passageways conclusion, Two large molten steel doors stood in the path of those who seeked victory. With beast, arms, and spell at the ready the barrier was opened unleashing an evil this realm has not seen since the defeat of the Void Shadow. Balrons, Shadow Fiends, Liches and other forms of despicable existance spilled into the cavernous halls leveling all in thier paths. The wake of injured combatants and dead bodies littered the dimly lit hall as forces scrambled to reassemble and match the foes ongoing charge.

           

          After what can only be desribed as a bloody war, the last Balron was fallen as the King stood before what he deemed the root of our shards evil prescense, the portal from which they came. Examining the large crystal like bloodstone King Casca began his process of destroying the portal. In the last moments before it's collapse the King could be heard chanting the mantra for its dismissal and shouting "Begone!" And with a brilliant flash of light the crystal shattered into what seemed to be thousands of shards and fragments covering the room in its glorious destruction. Adventurers gathered shards of the portal as momentos of the communities victory. The King then requested the groups prescense back at the Empath Abbey.

                   

         It was here on this date in shard history that the king did declare victory over the evil that has plagued the lands. The machinations of evil and thier minions had been driven back to from which they came. His majesty assured the people that his promise had been kept in defense of the realm and our trust he hoped he had earned in the process. Hailing all who took part in the battle he was shocked as the appearance of the Crimson Dragon "Syrax" stopped him midsentence. Bewildering the crowd with its might , Syrax challenged the crowd beckoning for any who dare to think they possessed the power  to banish the Crimson Flight!

                             

        Cowardice emerged as the gathered crowd soon noticed our Lord Casca had beat feet out of area in an apparent move to save himself from the wrath of Syrax! Heroic warriors and many others stood firm, determined to see the last of the Crimson Flight this very eve. As if to taunt those who challenged it, the creature known as Syrax toyed with those in attendance assuring them they were of no concequence to it or his minions reciting that the power of "Puny Mortals' were no match for thier might.
                            

        Catching what must have been a dismaying figure from its past the enormous beast called out to one in the crowd. You there! he growled! as the citizen or at least what we thought to be a citizen Fayaxion stood upright and addressed the Crimson. "This cannot be" it shouted in disbelief as Fayaxion ingored its calls angering the beast. The two bantered back and forth before Fayaxion soon emerged as the Platinum Dragon in mortal form! The majestic creature beautiful and strong, unlike any beast this realm has ever seen dwarfed the Crimson with its might declaring this realm safe from those who wish it harm, and with a stroke of its will the Crimson Syrax was banished to another worldly realm in a flash of light and flame alike.

                                 

      The Platinum Dragon Fayaxion soon vanished as quickly as he arrived leaving the crowd stunned from what they had just witnessed. Those gathered pondered Casca's disappearance as they look to the future and it's next adventure......




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Fire & Ice: Victory and Surprise!!!
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009, 11:01 AM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Last evening the citizens of our lands were summoned to the Trammel Yew Abbey for an unknown mission. Many thought Robert of the Royal Guard would show to lead us again, but were surprised when King Lord Casca himself appeared and spoke to the gathered people. It seems through study, research and grueling work he had discovered the rift where the Crimson Dragons were making their way into our lands. (As most of you know these dragons have been encountered in the towns where invasions have taken place.) Lord Casca then asked those listening to assist him in destroying whatever it was that allowed them to enter our fair lands, and rallied the group by declaring that he would lead all of them into battle. Screaming “Follow me, Citizens!!” as he opened a gate for everyone to enter.



The gate led from near the Yew Abbey to beside the Yew Crypts and a burned out house, the massive army was not sure what we were to do when once again they were told to enter another gate. So once again the group rushed into the new gate only to find themselves in surrounded by cold stone tunnels. As soon as they cleared the gate many rushed forward with weapons raised and spells at the ready to face whatever creatures dared to call this place home.



The battles in the unknown dungeons tunnels were fierce and very deadly as the determined forces fighting for Casca fought through waves of rotting corpses, giant spiders, scorpions, silver serpents, lichs and lich lords, mummies, efreets, poison elementals, blood elementals, terathans, ophidians and the worse of all shadow fiends the Unseen. Till all the monsters were vanquished and the dungeon appeared to be clear.



Lord Casca ordered everyone to come to an large room in the center of the dungeon where in the middle sat a massive red Crystal. This he declared was the last barrier to destroying the Crimson Dragons, but he needed everyone’s strength to destroy it. So he waited till everyone was in the room before giving one last warning. He stated that there was a chance when the shard was destroyed shards of it may go flying everywhere. True to his word when the crystal was destroyed parts of it showered the room, and many of the citizens grabbed them up from the ground as fast as they could. Casca then ordered everyone back through a gate to the Yew Abbey where he would speak to them again.

Here is what Casca had to say to the triumphant and proud group at the Abbey after wards:
Lord Casca: Hail, Rejoice! The Crimsons are defeated! With the crystal's destruction we should be free from the invasions which would have torn our land apart at its seams. If there are any left from the invasions.. they will wither and die, I suppose! I held steadfast, I have preserved amongst unwarranted criticism, I have brought peace to the land where others faltered. "The Archmage will know what is best for Britannia," Kasaven told me. *Laughs Hysterically* Fools! Both of them! Without Clainin's help our foes fall, they grovel at my feet. The unfathomable might of the Crimson Dragon bows before the crown!

That was when to everyone’s surprise a Crimson Dragon lumbered up with a look like fire in his eyes, and it spoke in a deep booming voice.
Syrak(Crimson Dragon): The Crimson Flight bow to the likes of you?

Lord Cascas head slowly turned to look at the Crimson Dragon and you could see the horror spread over his face as the realization hit him of what was speaking to him.
Syrak(Crimson Dragon): Puny little mortals!
Lord Casca: Guu....gu.....GUARRDSSSS!!!!!!!!!
Syrak(Crimson Dragon): Who amongst you possess the power to banish us!?
Lord Casca: GUARDS!!!!!!!!!!!
At this point Lord Casca turned and ran away as fast as his legs could carry him. Leaving the crowd to face whatever revenge the Crimson Dragon had in mind without him.



Syrak(Crimson Dragon): You would be lucky to serve us as slaves lest we decide you're better as food. Foolish mortals! Look on in awe! I am perfection! I am a Crimson Dragon! Who amongst you can rival my strength? *haughtily scans the crowd*(That was when he spotted a woman that was standing at the back of the crowd.) You! How did you get here! When did you get here!



The strange woman then stepped forward and said in a strong voice.
Fayaxion: It is vital to your mortal lives to vacate this area immediately!!!!
Syrak: How dare you ignore me!!
Fayaxion: This is no reason to which I should answer your questions my young red cousin.
Syrak: Sosaria belongs to the Crimson Flight!It's time for your weak race to perish!
Fayaxion: Young Crimson, It's past time for you to leave - Humans!!! this is the last warning, leave quickely!

A magic shimmer surrounded the woman as her form started to change and grow much larger. She took the form of another dragon..a platinum dragon.



Syrak: This can not be!!!An Elder!!
a platinum dragon: Goodbye, foolish young Crimson!
*Thrusts her head in Syrak's direction*



magical energy rippled through the air as lightning fell from the sky striking the Crimson dragon, and the ground shook as the platinum dragon rushed forward smashing into the Crimson throwing it off balance. The battle was fast and deadly as the platinum dragon quickly vanquished its younger foe. The platinum then turn to the awe struck people who had witnessed it all and said “You are safe now, humans.” Before it turned and headed off to the south.
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Rebirth of FCB Free Ferry
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009, 10:13 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Now announcing the rebirth of the FCB Free Ferry! Right now, a small fleet (4 for now) of boats have been placed around Sosaria and Tokuno for the express purpose of public use. Whether it be for fishing, skill gain, or just cruising the waters of our fair lands, we have a boat for you. Boats can currently be found in their homeports of New Haven, Hakoto-Jima (in front of Sea Nymph's Seaside Shop), Nujel'm, and Serpents Hold. More locations will be added in the near future once we find out if the service will be used.

Inside the hold is a book, feel free to leave your ferryman a message, as he/she will be checking them when they refresh the boat and drive it back to port.

*disclaimer* FCB is not responsible for people getting lost or killed while on our ships. Use them at your own risk. But face it, it's Trammel, what's the worst that could happen? *end disclaimer* Thanks to FCB Crewmate Katrina for setting up this service!

FCB Fleet Captain Gem
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2v2 PvP Tournament Event on Friday, March 27th @ 6:30 EST
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009, 8:34 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
2v2 PvP Tournament Event on Friday, March 27th @ 6:30 EST

HEAR YEE HEAR YEE!


Come support your friends and foes March 27th @ 6:30PM EST for a 2v2 battle of champions! Watch competitors face off against each other in what is sure to be a fierce competition full of rivalry, teamwork, and astounding skill!

The prizes to be won will be great for the champions! Runner ups will acquire vast riches as well as spectator prizes!

When: Friday, March 27th @ 6:30PM EST

Location: Jhelom Farms Fel*
*(Subject to change depending on crowd cooperation)

Spectators: Must be Ghosts

Sign-Up: Players wishing to enter must contact Simon Francis (210-378-401) with both teammates' character names and ICQ numbers. A 2 million gold entry fee per team will be required to reserve a spot.

**Breaking of Rules will result in disqualification of Tournament**
Each Battle will consist of Best of 3 Fights, single elimination.

Rules:
No Offscreen
No Hiding/Invisible
No Pets/Summons
No Essence of Wind/Thunderstorm
No Fields
No Wraith Form
No Faction Bandaids
No Orange Petals

Allowed:
Grapes Wraith
Fruit Bowls
Wands
Purple Petals
Pots
Ninja Stars/Darts
Magic Wall

**RULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, Please check regularly**

Sign-Up (8 Teams Available, more upon request)
Entry Fee (2m Per Team)
1. Character Name 1 (ICQ) , Character Name 2 (ICQ)
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**PRIZES**

Grand Prize for each of the two Tournament Champions:
1 Europa Gold Waraji and Tabi crafted by UORUS PvP Champs
2 Valorite Runic Hammers
4 Barbed Runic Kits
10 Million Gold

Runner-Up Prize for each teammate:
10 Million Gold
2 Barbed Runic Kits

Sponsored by Simon Francis and the UORUS Team

Contact Simon Francis (210-378-401) To Register for Tourny
Required Information: Character Names and BOTH ICQs of Players

Tournament Participants are asked to ICQ Simon Francis by 6:15PM




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Shattered Crimson
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009, 11:12 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Dragons. Dragons everywhere! Or at least, that’s what it’s seemed like the past while. Years ago we found ourselves dealing with Tal’Keesh and her kin, and with the arrival of the Crimson Dragons, we’ve been forced to see our own neighbors cower in fear or lash out in hatred. But on the eve of March 21st, 2009, that all changed. The heart of darkness was destroyed.


Having heard that an important venture was planned, a great number of Britannians stood outside Empath Abbey’s doors and treaded the green grass in anticipation. If you were among them, you might have recognized a familiar face: a strange elf named Kalathiro. In fact, it was from him that they had heard word the night would begin as soon as Maeda, Captain of the Guards, came to greet them. After a steady wait (and plenty of grape eating), the time finally arrived. Opening a moongate to somewhere deep in the forests of Yew, Maeda briskly led the gathered Britannians through another moongate, and in to a strange cavern.


Exploring the unfamiliar grounds proved difficult, because a great number of atrocious monsters surged through the cavernous halls and tested the group’s strength. Most perilous were the Shadow Fiends, and any who approached them were fortunate if they managed to avoid a quick defeat. Indeed, the battle through the cavern was perilous. But! As to be expected, success eventually guided them to the core of the tunnel. It was there, amidst a torrent of daemonic beings, where a large crystal sigil stood.


After a brief battle, all threatening beings were slain and only a curious crowd remained. What was this sigil? This blood crystal, which emanated such an ominous aura? As contemplation grew to swift frustration, all eyes stopped and paused on a newly arrived face.



Casca, Lord Casca, and King of Britannia, addressed the crowd. Some of those he addressed whispered curt remarks of dishonor, while others bowed their head in allegience. Regardless, Lord Casca spoke to all in attendance and reassured them that everything was soon to be sorted. According to him, the blood sigil was behind all of Britannia’s recent misfortunes. If it were destroyed, then the dark grasp of the Crimson Dragons would be loosed. Today, they would witness history.

And with that, Lord Casca raised his black staff and smashed the crystal to pieces.

Blown back by a clash of magical forces, it took everyone a moment to regain their feet. As they stood, a few shards of the crystal remained… but not for long. As soon as people had grabbed what remnants they could, Lord Casca led them back to Empath Abbey and gave his closing speech. He voiced how his actions had saved Britannia. But, to his great dismay, a young Crimson Dragon lurched its way towards him and the crowd. Casca, deciding to disappear, left the Crimson Dragon alone to taunt and insult the surrounding Britannians. This did not last long. A small woman, Fayaxion, delicately made her way through the crowd and with a great voice, beseeched everyone to flee the area immediately. No one did, but her reasons soon became clear. Doffing her dress and human form, Fayaxion became a large, shimmering Platinum Dragon.


The Crimson Dragon was quite intimidated, because it either ran away or was forced off by the Platinum Dragon’s sheer power of will. Either way, before many words of thanks could be offered, Fayaxion ruffled her wings and flew high away in to the sky.

As Fayaxion disappeared from sight, only one question stood out amongst the many. What happens now?


Regards,

Lady Mana
Lieutenant of the Royal Britannian Guards

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Advanced Champion March 21 Spawn Location
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<
Advanced Champion Spawns Every Saturday Night



Many of you may know Elendil Felagund as a former admiral with past invasions. He is willing to lead the cause again but this time in search of fortune for all who choose to participate. He has recently volunteered to host an additional community hunt for us players to gather for the more advanced champion spawns that Ilshenar and Malas have to offer.

Every Saturday night at 8pm CST all players interested in doing the Advanced Champion Spawn Community Hunt will meet above the bank in Luna. Take the steps up next to the Shrine of Wisdom in the meeting room there.



This Saturday night’s Advanced Champion Hunt:
The Tormented Minotaur Champion Spawn located in the Labyrinth, Malas


(Post your ideas, templates and suggestions!)



Thank you Elendil for taking on the community and offering us another night of adventure!






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Platinum Dragons Are Ancient Rivals Of The Crimson Dragons
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009, 5:02 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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DRAGON WARS ?




We were sent on a wild goose chase this afternoon....or was it a wild dragon chase?

The crowd gathered outside the Empath Abbey in anticipation of war and bloodshed. It came but very little.





Lord Casca arrived to loud applause and many questions as to why this gathering.
Yells came from the crowd, "Will there be cake ?", "Will it be scarey ?" and most importantly, "Will there be death ?"



Before all the questions could be answered a gate opened up to an outlined area. Next to it another gate transporting the crowd underground.



Once underground the crowd killed everything in site. This took such a short time with the amount of mass that attended.





This minor bloodshed was not enough for this crowd and they were informed to return to the Abbey and they did, unsatisfied.
Lord Casca assured all that they had indeed shown Valor by thier actions.



Before anyone could say Eragon a large red dragon named Syrak appeared. Shortly after this the first appearance of a platinum dragon appeared....these two dragons are ancient rivals!
The crowd got a good look at both beasts wondered what the future will hold. Many say " Dragon Wars ". Time will tell.

The dragons and Lord Casca disappear quickly and Tomas Savos showed up on a rooftop. The crowd tried to speak to Tomas and got no answer. After several minutes Tomas jumped from the roof top and rushed off. Several citizens tried to follow and they were stopped. Tomas stated, " I have some private meetings to attend. Sorry I cannot invite you " and he rushes away.



Next thing we all see is another gate which takes us to yet another location were none other than EM Malachi is holding court.



So many clues and not enough answers. The citizens are left with bloodlust. Hopefully their lust will be fulfilled in the near future.








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Fire and Ice Event Start Location
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009, 1:09 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Fire and Ice Event Scheduled for tonight (Saturday march 21, 2009 at 7:30 PM EST) will have us gathering at The Yew Abbey in Trammel. A new shield was placed a short while ago to avoid any confusion as to where you should go to take part in it.



Be ready for an thrilling night!!!!
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Tales of Ice and Fire & Fire and Ice Event Schedule for Catskills
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009, 9:45 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Tales of Ice and Fire

Calvin Crowner
20 Mar 2009 18:56:58

Battles are sometimes won with bloodshed. Others are won in the silence between dawn and dusk. And sometimes there is a peace that lasts centuries. This is not one of those times.

Often even the boundaries of an uneasy peace are tested with time. But not even time can heal the wounds of a battle fought between this plane and others.

Spring was early this year. With the eyes of his companion set more on their destination than the means of getting there, the pace they strode would collapse a knight’s steed. Any onlooker would gather that the two shadows moving in the lavender light must be planeshifting to move so quickly. Blink. A league passed. Blink. Three leagues.

Each silver-grey cloak gathered about the massive shoulders of each slender form. At this distance they could have been taller than shire horses. Then again, the light at this time of evening did play tricks on the eyes. They strode shoulder to shoulder, never breaking stride, never checking to see if the other were lagging or tired. They moved with purpose, and as if they’d known each other longer than the sun, or any other thing in the heavens.

They stopped. Their motion coming to an immediate halt seemed not out of place, nor did their breathing seem labored. They … simply … stopped. One crouched as if testing the earth for a place to lay, his palm outstretched his body and eyes set on the ground beneath, and what stretched to the horizon before the pair.

An ancient language swept from one, “Tenpiswo ui wer ouith …”
“I feel it too,” his companion agreed. “The wound is here …”


***** ******* ********


Casca had been playing this game for several weeks now. The moves of his opponent were methodical. The pigeon brought one move each day for one player. With the latest, Casca had lost a knight to a pawn. Sloppy, he thought. Sloppy play. Where was his mind? Perhaps the invasion and all his machinations were having an effect on his decision-making.

Panting, Threwort ran in and brought himself quickly to attention. Opening his mouth to speak Casca raised his hand.

“My liege …” Threwort tried to interrupt.

“What are you up to?” he spoke to himself. He traced each path of every piece with an extended finger, forming move upon move in thin air.

Threwort rocked on his heels impatiently. Exasperated Casca turned to Threwort. “What is it?”

“The Trammel Barrier, My Leige. It is restored. The Crimson are falling back, as if they suddenly found more pressing matters.”

“But I didn’t. There was no word to …”

Casca’s stomach churned. Looking at the chessboard, his tongue folded against the roof of his mouth, as if tasting iron and oil.

“What do you mean, it’s restored? Of course it’s restored! Certainly, all according to plan. This! This is the era I have spoken of. Our planets are aligned. Our destinies sing of prosperity, magic, and muffins!”

“Our next step is now easy. Onward now to Yew Abby!”

Fire and Ice Event Schedule

Catskills Saturday 7:30 PM EST

The above story can be found here:
UOHerald: Tales of Ice and Fire
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The Royal Guard is Summoned!
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Norrar posted this bit of news about an event on the Catskills board.

Attention citizens of Catskills! The call has been issued for the Royal Guard to rally this Saturday at 7:30 PM Est time.



Let all who are brave of heart and sturdy of mind rally this weekend, for the better good of our lands!


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Blame It On The Sake!
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009, 5:04 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
As Told By Nicholas the Old

 

Maribel was not in a pleasant mood. In fact, she was absolutely fuming.

"Those bloody flamin' sorry excuses for menfolk," the waitress growled, visible frustration painted across her pretty face. "If those louts keep this up, I will show them why my last lover sought a restraining order against me!" She strode quickly around the corner of the Britain Tailor Shop, careful to dodge the massive puddle of rainwater that had formed in the old cobblestone street. She did not want to tarnish her new silver-leather slippers. In her nimble hands, she expertly balanced a nearly full pitcher of some strange, clear substance. "You know, really?! Why can't Master Otik send one of the lads to deliver Xel his sake...!? Really, why do I always have to be the delivery girl!?" Maribel sighed to herself.

She paused mid-stride, catching something out-of-place in the corner of her eye. At the foot of a lamp-post, laying in the grass, was a crumpled vellum note. Only a few feet away from it was another piece of parchment; this time an envelope with a broken wax seal. A wax seal?! she thought to herself. It must mean it's important. Important stuff! I'm sure Xel can wait.

Maribel knelt down, carefully setting the pitcher aside. She lifted the note from the damp ground, uncrumpling it. The note was written in a skilled, elegant cursive script. Whomever had written this was a man of letters.
Greetings Sara,

I must first apologize, fair lady. I would have approached you with this matter in person, but urgent matters seem to demand my attention elsewhere. I have some sensitive information that I am passing along to you; things that I am hoping you might be able to look into for me. I know that you have eyes-and-ears throughout the Five Kingdoms, and are in a much better position than I to determine the meaning behind these strange and troubling matters. I have included a couple sketches, along with a log taken by a witness to these events.

I arrived in Britain City late yesterday afternoon, proceeding on foot to Blackthorne's Keep. I have been seeking a private audience with our new liege for well past a fortnight now, hoping that I might be able to barter a compromise between our kingdom and that of our longtime friend and ally, the Kingdom of Dawn. Mayhaps, he would be more apt' to listen to a retired sorcerer who has long served the Royal Crown of
*the words "Akalabeth and" seem to be scratched out here* Britannia, than the Duchess of a Kingdom he considers rebelling against his authority? I would like to think the best of this new king, but I still do not know yet. Alas, such a meeting was not to be so. Despite my protests, the guardsmen on the bridge blocked my path, and told me once more that the King was not receiving visitors today (How dare they!? They should know who I am!).

I was about to leave in frustration, when I was approached by a superstitious and paranoid knight; who proceeded to harass me and call me a witch. Apparently, he was part of "The Inquisition", and claimed that I needed to be watched, before I brought some curse down upon innocent citizens. Clearly, I am some evil mastermind. I suppose I must forgive such ignorance. The average Britannian is an ignorant, superstitious dolt, who believes all the dark tales about wizards told to him by his mother in order to frighten him into keeping quiet at night, the consequence of which he expects me to start leaping through Britain naked, gibbering and ranting and transforming him into a frog with the wave of my wand. Not that I couldn't, mind you!

Nevertheless, if you could look into this so-called "Inquisition," it would be much appreciated. The man left me with a rather nasty cut on my shoulder, and I would like to return the favor.

Nevertheless, I was on my way out of the city when I was approached by "Mum" (some of you know her as "the Widow"), who brought me to a man named "Augustus." I was rather shocked when she first mentioned the name; one I've not heard spoken to me since my youth. Then, I realized it wasn't me she was speaking to. Apparently, Lord Augustus and his sister, Lady Pritty, sought tomes of Sosaria's history and lore. I provided them with the location of Dawn's Royal Library, and the "Buuk Liburi" of the "Dawnurk Horde."

Once concluded, I proceeded on my way. I arrived at the West Britain Bank about an hour later, where I found Master Ceno and Mum discussing something in rather hushed tones. I approached, just as the widow and the legendary historian of the Mage Tower were saying their farewells. I was about to question Ceno on their discussions, when I was distracted by a squeaky voice that demanded carrots...

I looked at the ground behind me, and spied a small furry critter staring up at us. A talking brown rabbit, no less. Of course, my first instinct suggested that it was none other than Sir Zackarias. I think he all know what happens when he irritates our good friend, Lady WildStar. Then it spoke again.



I recognized that voice. It was none other than...Xel the Wanderer!



It was unclear what he had done to deserve this punishment; but knowing Xel, it doesn't take a stretch of imagination to put the pieces together.

I would've offered to help the afflicted lad, but it seemed like he was having too much fun in his newfound form. Not to mention, my attention was distracted by the arrival of Kemer the Royal Guard, who stumbled down the street in a drunken stupor. He seemed rather depressed about something, which actually left me slightly concerned for the good natured fellow. He stumbled up the stairs to the top of the bank, with Ceno and I following closely behind. We were joined by Xel the Wanderer, the rebellious Zorax, and a recently returned Widow. Knights Zackarias and Shovel of Dawn, along with Madgalena of Queen Sheba's Kingdom, arrived moments later.



Ceno and I surrounded the lad, and you might say that we began to interrogate the poor elf.





We expressed our concern for our friend Clainin, and the drunk man revealed that the Royal Thaumaturgist was taken to one of the towns in Trammel, the New World**. Considering the widows reading in regards to Clainin, I found this information to be very...useful.





A great many other things happened that evening, but I fear I am running out of paper. Nevertheless, don't tell anyone what I have just told you (except maybe Oriana), and don't come looking for you. I shall come find you once I have found more information on...an old friend.

Warmest Regards,

Nicholas
Maribel folded the letter, slipping it into the pocket of her half-apron. She seriously doubted that Lady Sara, the famous herald of the Ancient Order, would simply discard a sensitive letter in the street like this. Obviously, it had not made it to its destination. She would find Lady Sara, and deliver the message herself.

Suddenly, she heard a loud scraping noise behind her. She looked around in confusion, realizing the pitcher was missing. Turning on her heel, a strange brown rabbit was on its hind-legs, desperately trying to drag the pitcher that was twice its size away. "Saaaaaaakkkkeeeeeeeee!..."

"Xel...!?"

* Five Kingdoms: The five kingdoms refers to the various independent entities within our current world. These include Britannia, Dawn, Luna, Umbra, and Zento.
** The New World: The New World refers to Trammel, whereas the Old World refers to Felucca. It is one of the terms used by the peasantry, and some people in Hyperborea (Dawn, Avalon, the Borderlands, and Vallachia).

  ** The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance [BRPA **
Nicholas the Old [BRPA, Baja], Vash the Harper [BRPA, Chesapeake], Kenshin Hirokami [BRPA, Siege Perilous]
 

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Tales of Ice and Fire
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Posted to uoherald.com:


Tales of Ice and Fire
Calvin Crowner
20 Mar 2009 18:56:58

Battles are sometimes won with bloodshed. Others are won in the silence between dawn and dusk.  And sometimes there is a peace that lasts centuries. This is not one of those times.

Often even the boundaries of an uneasy peace are tested with time. But not even time can heal the wounds of a battle fought between this plane and others.
Spring was early this year. With the eyes of his companion set more on their destination than the means of getting there, the pace they strode would collapse a knight’s steed.  Any onlooker would gather that the two shadows moving in the lavender light must be planeshifting to move so quickly.  Blink.  A league passed. Blink. Three leagues.

Each silver-grey cloak gathered about the massive shoulders of each slender form.  At this distance they could have been taller than shire horses. Then again, the light at this time of evening did play tricks on the eyes.  They strode shoulder to shoulder, never breaking stride, never checking to see if the other were lagging or tired.  They moved with purpose, and as if they’d known each other longer than the sun, or any other thing in the heavens.

They stopped.  Their motion coming to an immediate halt seemed not out of place, nor did their breathing seem labored. They … simply … stopped.  One crouched as if testing the earth for a place to lay, his palm outstretched his body and eyes set on the ground beneath, and what stretched to the horizon before the pair.

An ancient language swept from one, “Tenpiswo ui wer ouith …”
“I feel it too,” his companion agreed. “The wound is here …” 

*****  ******* ********

Casca had been playing this game for several weeks now. The moves of his opponent were methodical.  The pigeon brought one move each day for one player.  With the latest, Casca had lost a knight to a pawn. Sloppy, he thought. Sloppy play. Where was his mind? Perhaps the invasion and all his machinations were having an effect on his decision-making.

Panting, Threwort ran in and brought himself quickly to attention.  Opening his mouth to speak Casca raised his hand.  

“My liege …” Threwort tried to interrupt.  

“What are you up to?” he spoke to himself.  He traced each path of every piece with an extended finger, forming move upon move in thin air.

Threwort rocked on his heels impatiently.  Exasperated Casca turned to Threwort. “What is it?”

“The Trammel Barrier, My Leige. It is restored.  The Crimson are falling back, as if they suddenly found more pressing matters.”

“But I didn’t. There was no word to …”

Casca’s stomach churned. Looking at the chessboard, his tongue folded against the roof of his mouth, as if tasting iron and oil.

“What do you mean, it’s restored?  Of course it’s restored! Certainly, all according to plan. This! This is the era I have spoken of. Our planets are aligned. Our destinies sing of prosperity, magic, and muffins!”

“Our next step is now easy. Onward now to Yew Abby!”

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Fire and Ice Event Schedule
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009, 3:14 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Fire and Ice Event Schedule
Chrissay Zeeman
20 Mar 2009 18:39:47

Sonoma Saturday 3:30 PM PST

Chessapeake Sunday at 8:00 PM EST

Europa Saturday at 7:30 PM BST 8:30 PM CET

Drachenfels Sunday 8:00 PM GMT+1

Great Lakes Saturday at 7:00 PM EST

Lake Superior Saturday 8:00 PM EST

Origin Sunday 5:00 PM EST

Napa Valley Saturday 7:00 PM PST

Lake Austin Saturday 10:00 PM EST

Pacific Sunday at 7:00 PM PST

Oceania Sunday 2:00 PM AEDT

Catskills Saturday 7:30 PM EST

Baja Saturday 3:30 PM PST

Siege Sunday 12:00 PM PST

Legends Sunday 5:00 PM EST

Atlantic Sunday 7:30 PM EST

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FoF: More live questions
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FoF: More live questions
Chrissay Zeeman
20 Mar 2009 17:33:44

In this Five on Friday we cover Lumberjacking, Cloaks of Corruption, and Tinkers. To read more click Here

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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009, 2:54 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
20 Mar 2009 14:57:23

In this week's community spotlight we have events from:

  • Atlantic
  • Lake Superior
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Sonoma
  • Chesapeake
  • Whispering Rose Radio
If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here.

See all the details Here

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Hunt For The Evil Easter Bunny, Saturday, April 11, Sponsored by LSD!
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Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009, 1:34 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
The first day of spring is here!! But all is not well in the world. There have been reports coming in that people have sighted the Easter Bunny. Most people would think this to be a good sighting, but there is something wrong with the Easter Bunny this year. It has been said that he is stealing candy, flowers, and freshly colored Easter eggs faster then the children can color them. I fear that Easter will not come this year if we do not put a end to the mad run of this evil Easter Bunny. Please come join us in our  ‘Hunt for the Evil Easter Bunny.’

I am offering a reward to the first person to bring me back the items the evil bunny has taken. We are not sure at this time where he is hiding out but, we have detectives working for us to help track him down. On April 11th after 7pm shard time (7pm PST, 10pm EST) I will be waiting for the safe return of the items found on the evil Easter Bunny’s corpse.

‘Hunt for the Evil Easter Bunny’
Sponsored by
The Lost Souls of the Dynasty [LSD!]
Saturday, April 11th, 7pm PDT
(8pm MDT, 9pm CDT, 10pm EDT)

Reward for turning in the evil Easter Bunny’s loot:
TEN MILLION GOLD
This event will be free to all who enter –

Come join us and have some fun!!  On April 11th, 7pm PDT, there will be a hunt held to find the evil Easter Bunny. All we know at this time is that the bunny has been seen running in and out of Felucca Delucia Pass quite a bit. I am not sure if he lives in T2A, or maybe he has just hidden his stolen goods there. One report states that there have been some colored eggs found in odd locations in and around that area. I hope we can get together a good search party to find the bunny.

Rules:
Return the stolen items to Intoxication at a location that will be found on one of the items he has stolen.
You do NOT have to be the person that kills the evil Easter Bunny to win. The items that have been stolen cannot be insured, so if you get killed and looted before finding Intoxication someone else can win.

Just today I saw a rabbit as soon as I entered into Delucia from the passage. At first it was hard to even see the little bugger and had it not taken off as soon as I got close to it I may not even have seen it.

I followed him to see if I could see where he was headed, but he ducked into the Inn and just vanished off my screen. This little bugger is going to be harder to get then I first thought.

(Please note, the Evil Easter Bunny is RED, this means Felucca event)

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Lowell Stones Emporium Flows and Spring as Sprung at MOA
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009, 9:02 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
Spring has Sprung~


Tomorrow 3/ 20/ 09 is the first day of Spring and MOA has the pastel colors out to prove it.



I stopped by the auction house tonight to check out the Thursday Night Pit Crew in action and action there was. Some hot items went on the block like a fallen log token that went for 5.2 million and a Sorcerer's Suit for 50 million.

The St. Pattys day green has vanished from the auction house and in its place is a pastel rainbow of color with flowers in bloom including a few sunflowers.
The patrons were the true blossoms however and many guilds were represented including, R&D, FCB, *DW*, G-V, DC*, BEES, -UP-, W-R, GTG!, US., UOD!, DYT, FoV, A~E, -Y-, TDR, ENVY, RK, YA, GOF, POOF and C*T.



Illyana Strange, Logan and Emerald Ice did a grand job behind the counter keeping the flow going and entertaining the crowd. Ms. Emerald Ice also tried on several outfits and modeled for the crowd.
This really excited MOOSE of FCB not to mention others in the house.


HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE AND TO THE MOA STAFF!


During one of my travels last week I happened upon Emporium at 41o 30'N, 38o 23'W owned by Lowell Stone.
Always on the look out for water features I was delighted to view this fountian and I would like to share it with you. Enjoy!






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Lady Morgaine and Lord William Wallace Exchange Wedding Vows
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009, 6:58 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Friday, March 13th, 2009
Lady Morgaine and Lord William Wallace
 exchanged wedding vows
at Crystal Canyon's Wedding Chapel
(located west of the Zento Bank on the outer road, Tokuno)

Guests were greeted and directed to seating upstairs
 in the beautifully decorated CCC Wedding Chapel.

EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan officiated at the ceremony.

with Crystal Canyon [CCC] and Rire Grist in attendance
as Maid of Honor and Best Man.

EM Laurana:

In the grand scheme of time we are all destined to find the one who holds for us the other half of our hearts.  Some spend lifetimes searching, while many fall to the wayside in despair.  But these two who stand before us have found that other half, and they wish now, before friends, family and the very gods, to seal those halves together again.

In turn, Lady Morgaine and Lord William Wallace repeated their vows to EM Laurana:

Morgaine (William), do you come here today, willing to put all past wars behind you, and to unite with each other in a harmony that will join you not only as man and wife, but also as friend and foe, and that in the marriage, both of your will accept the fact your priorities shall be divided, but that your love for each other remain sacred?

 Morgaine (William):  Yes, I do.

EM Laurana: 

Then repeat after me ...
William, I lovingly accept you as my husband
Morgaine I lovingly accept you as my wife

I vow to spend the remainder of my life in Sosaria as your wife (husband) and friend. On peaceful grounds as well as the battlefield.  I will devote my life and love to you from this day forward.

Morgaine (William) Do you accept the love and strength of your heart-mate?

Let all here witness the love that these two have offered to each other and witness their devotion their other half.  Let no man or beast attempt to sunder what the gods have seen fit to seal, and that this man and woman have sealed with their love.

With great joy I now present Lord William Wallace and his Lady Morgaine.
William, you may kiss your bride!

Following the wedding ceremony, the wedding party then moved to the reception area of the chapel, where the bride and groom cut their wedding cake.

and punch was served.

 

Following refreshments, we were invited to the dance floor where the guests toasted the newlyweds as they danced the first dance.

 As the evening progressed, more champagne was served.

It soon became apparent that EM s are not invulnerable to the effects bubbly.

EM flash dancing

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Trial account issues
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009, 2:59 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Trial account issues
Chrissay Zeeman
19 Mar 2009 18:28:35

We are aware of an issue with some regular subscription accounts which are unintentionally being flagged by trial account restrictions. If your account is experiencing this issue, please click here and choose the general feedback option. Please provide your account name and describe the restrictions you are experiencing. (Please do NOT provide your password.) We ask that you do not page an in-game GM at this time as we are currently investigating the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for your patience.

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Publish 58 to all Shards
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009, 2:55 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Publish 58 to all Shards
Chrissay Zeeman
19 Mar 2009 13:22:24

All shards are published with Pub58 with the exceptions of Japan, Taiwan, and Korea on their next maintenance cycle.

All notes can be found at the Usual Place

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Search For The Animals Assists Royal Zoo Points
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009, 10:51 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Search For The Animals
LSN's Tamers Scavenger Hunt

Following the Silver Steed Naming Ceremony, LSN's Search For The Animals began.  Sia [LSN] provided green clothing for those of us needing some St. Patrick's Day attire. The tamers were given 2 hours to complete the lists for in each of the two events, and if someone made it through their list, they could start over and receive a lesser amount for each additional list completed.  One of the rules was in order turn in an animal, the person who turned it in had to be the one who tamed it.  There were many offers from non-tamers to accompany the tamers to keep them healed.

Intoxication went over the rules, then handed out the lists:
Beginners' List: 2 Million Grand Prize to the first tamer to complete the list, 100,000 gold for all other completed lists

  • 7 Grey Wolves
  • 8 Timber Wolves
  • 8 White Wolves
  • 8 Slime

Expert List: 6 Million Grand Prize to the first tamer to complete the list, 500,000 gold for all other completed lists

  • 2 Fire Beetles
  • 3 Ki-Rin or Unicorns
  • 3 Giant Beetles
  • 2 Drakes
  • 1 Dragon
  • 1 White Wym
  • 1 Rune Beetle
  • 1 Reptalon

After checking the donation box to see what the current zoo points were, Intoxication sent us off to search for the animals

as EM Faine Morgan cheered the tamers on.

While searching for a reptalon, one of the advanced tamers took the time to tame a squirrel for EM Faine Morgan.

As the tamers entered the zoo to turn in the animals, the crowed cheered wildly.  Much to the spectators' delight, Sweet Dreams [A.V.] and Anhakka [CCC] , both working on the Expert List, stayed neck-to-neck the entire event. The competition for first place for the Expert List was very close and exciting ... Up until the last animal was turned in, either could have been the winner.

Anhakka [CCC] was awarded the grand prize of 6-million gold for being the first to complete the Expert List.  Sweet Dreams [A.V.] received 2-million gold (instead of the announced 500k) for her valiant taming effort and coming in 2nd just a few moments behind Anhakka.

As we soon found out, the Beginners' List was not as easy as it looked.  Timber Wolves were easily found in the area surrounding the Royal Zoo.  Grey Wolves, on the other hand, were much more difficult to locate. So difficult to find, I even suspected Intoxication had convinced EM Faine Morgan or EM Laurana to hide them from us!  The Slimes were easy to locate, easy to tame if one could get them away from the aggressive swamp spawn, and difficult to keep alive long enough to transport them to Zoo to turn in.  We all knew White Wolves live on Ice Island, however, require a taming skill of 65.  Due to my limited taming skill of 61, LSN graciously let me turn in Fake White Wolves (renamed Polar Bears) to meet the quota for White Wolves.

Anarion Sergon [KOJ] was the first to complete the Beginners' List, and was awarded 2-million gold for her efforts.  Showing true community spirit, Anarion then accompanied me to the swamp to help control the spawn there while I tamed the required number of Slimes.

Intoxication awarded 100,000-gold checks to Donald the bold [CCC] and myself for our efforts to complete the Beginners' List.

Thank you, Intoxication and LSN, for putting on this fun event to help keep all the animals on display at Origin's Moonglow Royal Zoo!

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Clainin’s Escorts Ambushed!!!!
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Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 9:42 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
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Last evening Lord Casca gathered the loyal citizens of Britannia at the bank in Luna to request they undertake an important mission for him. He informed those there that the rumors were true and Clainin had awakened at long last. He also told them that an attempt had made on Clainins’ life and he needed moved to a safer location. Lord Casca then requested that all the gathered people along with Robert of the Royal Guard go to New Haven and escort Clainin to safety. Robert the Royal Guard was then summoned to speak and he asked everyone to follow him to New Haven.


The large party then traveled to New Haven where Clainin the Archmage was found dazed and confused at the healers. Clainin was weak and not sure what was going on as Robert carefully led him from the healers and started heading northwest towards safety. The group just cleared the woods near the shoreline when shadow fiends appeared and engaged Clainins’ guardians in an attempt to reach him. The battle was quick and there were many deaths, but Robert got Clainin to safety as the forces protecting Clainin held off the attacking monsters.


Soon after the battle was won by the gather escorting forces, Robert returned to talk a bit to the recovering rescuers and this is what he had to say:

Robert the Royal Guard: The forces at work here are astonishing, I fear for Britannia! Clainin has fled from here and he is safe, for now!
Katherine Elle: And where has he fled?
Robert the Royal Guard: I cannot disclose, or this madness will be repeated with no one to protect him! He is in secret. I fear no force can protect him. Agh! Clainin is under the protection of a powerful city. Yet I cannot name which, until the need is most dire. We fear that the Lady Mellisa wishes to abduct him, and in his state he would be easily forced to evil.. and Clainin as a dark power would shed much more blood than was shed this day.
Calina: You distracted us with an ambush and he just so happens to disappear?
Robert the Royal Guard: I work for Lord British and Britannia. No distractions! You all saved Clainin's life for this day! For Clainin is the future of Britannia as we know it. I am a Lieutenant and was under Lord British, as well as when we had no Lord. I am the highest ranked soldier left, I am afraid. The Royal Guard has been ravished with these invasions. With Clainin safe I believe the invasions will end. Clainin's safety is reward enough for anyone. If anyone would please seclusion and secrecy are his only safeties, for now. We hope the invasions will end, with Clainin's resurgence, I think it was he they were after. (Katherine then asked Robert how many of the Royal Guard are left.) Few I am afraid, Katherine. Many have been slain in the Ophidian war and the invasions. Our numbers dwindle, which is why we rely on the people.
Katherine Elle: Robert, I have a final question. Will you personally be assigned to helping protect Clainin?
Robert the Royal Guard: Katherine, I do not know where he is either. None can know! None are free from torture or treason. Our king knows. I will answer any question if you speak it. As for joining the guard.. We will be taking recruits in the future. Though without taxes, money is slim, and there would be few benefits.. We will be taking able bodies men and women, of age of course to protect Clainin. Coming in the next few days… Rewards for the guard?? You get to serve Britannia, of course! I have received not in my 8 years of service other than to stand by my king and country, and this shiny sash.. *moves hand over sash*
Calina: Casca does not serve Britannia, so being his guard is simply serving *him*... not the land.
Robert the Royal Guard: Of course the guard serves the land, not Casca! Though there are few of us we hold council over his decisions and execute them as we see fit.
Calina: Robert, if you all were to discover the Casca was corrupt, would you protect him still?
Robert the Royal Guard: He is king; there is no way around that. If in his corruptness, he inadvertently protected the land?? I would serve him. I do not think he is corrupt, if he is, his methods do not betray it. I would not execute a man who does not brandish blade against me. Exile, though, is another matter. For now it is in the peoples, and The Royal Guard's best interest to protect Clainin from himself and from other evils. Until he is fully healed. And what makes me trust Casca is that he told me, in council, that he would BOW to Clainin if he comes back to health and mind. I have many skills! (When asked if there was more the people could do for him tonight he answered.) Not now, no. But neigh the weekend I feel that Clainin will be sought by much greater evils than we have faced this day. Then FEAR! I do not. If Casca wanted Clainin dead could he not do so while he slept? Though one did try to take his life. We do not know who she was employed by, though..
Lerth Clot: Clainin knows something that Casca needs
Robert The Royal Guard: Hmm.. Clainin knows much that would be of great benefit to us ALL, and he would be able to tell us, more than any. Whether Casca speaks sooth or spits falsehoods.
Calina: And he knows that if Clainin were to mysteriously 'die' that shadow would be cast on him
Robert the Royal Guard: If Clainin dies under his current protection it will fall on Casca to answer or be exiled! By the people and the guard.. You all have my word on that. I will leave you all for now. I thank you again for your protection where the guard lacks, at the moment keep your eyes peeled for any new evils, and I have a feeling we shall see again neigh this weekend! I hope to see some of you under my employ, soon. *winks* Goodbye!
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Silver Steed Named, Zoo Plaque Engraved, Crystal Presents Awards
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Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 5:20 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Name The Silver Steed Contest Winners Ceremony

EM Faine Morgan’s Speech:

Welcome, Citizens of Origin. We gather here tonight to celebrate a community feat of historic proportions for this shard.  By your hard work and dedication, you have fully stocked your zoo and seen the birth of the elusive Silver Steed.

This feat was not accomplished by one person.  The saying goes … “It takes a village to raise a child.”  In this case it may be said, “It takes a community to raise a zoo.”  You have all truly shown the meaning of community in the past weeks are you worked to help the Silver Steed be born into our lands and keep him and his zoo mates healthy and happy.

Unfortunately, EM Laurana could not be with us tonight.  However, she sends her greetings and congratulations to the people of Origin, and wishes you to know that she is here in spirit.

And now it is my privilege to introduce you to Crystal Canyon of Crystal Canyon Community, the sponsors of the Origin Name the Silver Steed Contest.

 

Crystal Canyon’s Speech:

Greetings.  I would like to thank all of those who participated.  There were some really great names submitted … Glad I didn’t have to choose the winner! (* laughter *).  EM Faine will announce the winner starting from 4th runner up.

 EM Faine Morgan:

And now I would like to call up the people who had the top five names voted on by the citizens of Origin.  When I call your name, please join us for the presentations.  After everyone has been recognized, I’ll announce the winners, as Crystal said, from 4th Runner Up:

  • Fujin, who submitted the name Bling Bling

  • Intoxication, who submitted the name Doc the Stallion

  • Artraea Morrigan, who submitted the name Etain

  • Donald the Bold, who submitted the name Silver Streak

  • Hero, who submitted the name Quicksilver

 These were submitted to the judges in alphabetical order with the submitters’ names removed.  The judges final decision was as follows:  (EM Faine Morgan paused here to pull the envelope from the folds of her robe.)

  • 4th Runner Up Bling Bling by Fujin

  • 3rd Runner Up Doc the Stallion by Intoxication

  • 2nd Runner Up Silver Streak by Donald the Bold

  • 1st Runner Up Etain by Artraea Morrigan

  • Which means Origin’s Silver Steed shall from this day forward, be known as Quicksilver, submitted by Hero

 In honor of Origin’s community accomplishment, we now place this plaque so that all future generations may read it and know that Origin’s citizens have declared that the Silver Steed shall, forever more, be known to all as Quicksilver.

 

Crystal Canyon [CCC] congratulated and presented awards to all the winners who were in attendance.  After many hearty congratulations and much applause, the group left the Silver Steed area to start the LSN Search for the Animals.


Thank you, Crystal Canyon and [CCC] for sponsoring this event that gave Origin their unique Silver Steed plaque!


The following is from EM Faine Morgan and EM Laurana's website:

'On Thursday, March 17th, the citizens of Origin gathered at the Royal Zoo to hear the results of the CCC Name the Origin Silver Steed Contest. EM Faine Morgan and Crystal Canyon made brief speeches to the crowd followed by the presentation of a plaque bearing the new name of Origin’s Silver Steed.

After the players who submitted the top five names were called up, the winning names were announced from 4th Runner Up to Winner. The results were as follows:

4th Runner Up - Bling Bling by Fujin
3rd Runner Up - Doc the Stallion by Intoxication
2nd Runner Up - Silver Streak by Donald the bold
1st Runner Up - Etain by Artraea Morrigan
Winning Name - Quicksilver by Hero

Crystal Canyon presented the top five contestants with awards and mementos for their contributions. EM Faine Morgan then engraved the brass sign in front of the cage to read “Quicksilver - Born on February 19, 2009″.

The naming ceremony was then followed by LSN’s Tamer Scavenger Hunt which raised a wonderful amount of points to keep Origin’s animals healthy and happy.'

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This Week's Olympic Events
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Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 7:39 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
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Hosted by your EMs Quantum and Autolycus

Lake Superior Olympics

Starting Friday March 20, 2009 at 6:00pm CST we will be having the Olympics opening ceremony located at the fairgrounds just outside the south Luna gate, next to the bagball arena.
Directly following the opening ceremony, we will have the bagball tournament in the same location.

Bagball Tournament

“Teams will play in a double elimination tournament in matches to 10 points. No one is allowed to Hide during the match, no potion use or casting of spells is allowed. The Matches will take place at the Luna Bagball Arena. Reward to be Determined.”
Also, since most… I would dare to say all of us don’t know how to play bagball, here’s a link: http://www.towerofroses.de/bag-rule.htm




The next day of events will be Sunday March 22, 2009 starting at 6:00 pm CST. Due to a scheduling conflict for our EMs we will *not* be having events on Saturday. We will start with the zoo contest and then move on to the archery tournament.

Zoo Taming Contest

“All Participants will meet and register at the Moonglow Zoo in Trammel. Participants will be given 1 hour to tame animals and accumulate as many points as possible within the allotted time frame. Reward to Be Determined.”

Archery Tournament

“All participants of the Archery Tournament will gather outside the Bagball Arena in Luna. The Tournament will provide Standard Bows, and Arrows for use, no player may use a non-standard bow. The Tournament will be Single elimination till the Quarter Final round; at this point it will progress to a double elimination event in order to provide accurate rankings of the final 8 participants. Use of non-provided weapons will result in disqualification. Reward to Be Determined.”



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Looking for a few good pens!
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Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 6:24 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
Hey there guys! Are your shoes worn thin from traveling from town to town? Is your voice hoarse and sore from speaking with citizens across Britannia? Have a knack for putting pen to paper and writing an excellent story? Then perhaps UO Stratics' Napa Valley News Page is the place where you can not only show off your talent but also help bring the community together with interesting, exciting stories and news items about the Napa Valley Shard and her citizens.

UO Stratics is currently looking for active, talented citizens of Napa Valley to join our team!!

As a volunteer you are required to:

* Be a competent writer
* Be an active, knowledgeable member of the Napa Valley community
* Be willing to attend events and quests, conduct player interviews, report news of interest to the community
* Be able to dedicate a minimum of six hours per week to writing and/or posting news items
* Have a familiarity with basic HTML
* Be pro-active

Does the above describe you? Then what are you waiting for??? Apply... right now... do not hesitate! Simply fill out this brief questionnaire and fire off an e-mail to Lady Mana with "Napa Valley Reporter Application" as the subject.


1. Real name
2. Contact e-mail address
3. ICQ, AIM, MSN number (if applicable)
4. Stratics username and character name (this must be the character name you will be reporting with)
5. Rate your HTML knowledge from 1-10, where 1 is poor and 10 is phenomenal
6. Answer this: Why do you wish to be a shard reporter for UO Stratics?
7. Include a brief writing sample, no more than 500 words (no attachments)
8. Date of Birth
9. Location (kept for Stratics records only)
10. Any Bans/Warnings (on any and all usernames)
11. Any questions???

You must be over 18 years of age or older to apply.

Have fun!

Lady Mana
Napa Valley News Manager
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Knight Rest Bard’s Night & Traveling Bard’s Night at the New Port Theater
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 8:38 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Knight Rest Bard’s Night 3/10/09


Last Tuesday evening after another successful Zoo Spawn Night I headed over to the Knights Rest Tavern to enjoy their monthly Bards Night Event. There I was greeted by the always gracious Aedon Durreah, the proprietor of the establishment, and offered a drink. Being that killing swarms of monsters can build up a mighty thirst, and my well known love of ale, I could hardly say no to this. So I put a order in for a ale and settled in on a stool at the bar to enjoy the company of the slowly gathering crowd who were coming in behind me.

It was a crowd filled with warm friendly conversation and humor for the most part, as each new person through the door was greeted and made to feel at home right away. Surprising most of the people there EM Cernunnos came to enjoy their Bards Night, and settled into the barstool next to mine. Though some mistook him for a horned God and Forest Lord due to the green deer mask with antlers that he wears that matches his robes. He was far from out of place because the theme for this Bards Night was leprechauns, and the patrons were asked to come dressed in green clothing in the honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.

Once the gathered customers had their drinks Aedon started the bards competition. Clive Dauthi started it with a story of a four leaf clover followed by Faris and his tale of Darby the tailor. Next Alyssia Kanath sang a lovely song for everyone. A sweet child named Chryssie Solic then told her humorous tale of a wee lil man and an a big huge giganorous farmer. Beleg Megil tried to follow her up with a joke but how could anyone follow her story? Kanaye then came forward on all four paws and told a tale that many called a true epic (All I heard was many yips.. I really do need to brush up on the many languages of the lands.)

First prize went to Miss Chryssie, Faris took second and Clive took third. A special prize for the person that looks the most like a leprechaun also went to Faris.

One of the evenings most entertaining things was when a young man, named Owen Solic, standing proud in his new armor mistook EM Cernunnos as a demon with two heads and pulled a dagger on him. EM Cernunnos was kind enough to show the youth the roof of the tavern and then had a long talk with him. I am sure this will be a story the boy will tell for years to come.

Traveling Bard's Night at the New Port Theater - 3/14/09


I had hoped to attend this event but dreaded lag monster stopped me from joining this fun filled event. I can only give you the information that was provided to me.

This Traveling Bard's Night was hosted by Kate Hawkings at the recently-constructed New Port Theater. The event was sponsored by PGoH and evenings theme was "Vanity/Pride."

The best dressed guests in New Port Talmek and Izznet were the winners of the fashion contest.

The winners as told to me were: (I am not sure in what order they came in but I want to congratulate everyone that took part.)
1. Talmek
2. James
3. Rameses
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Clainin Moved From New Haven
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 8:24 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Lord Casca Requests Citizens Assist Clainin's Guards

Monday, March 15, Lord Casca appeared at Luna Bank and requested the citizens of Origin provide armed assistance for the dangerous task of moving the archmage Clainin, from the New Haven Healer's where he has been being cared for while in a coma.  Clainin recently awakened, and there has already been an attempt on his life.

Although Clainin is extremely weak and has much recovering to do, Casca instructed Fred, a Royal Guard, move Clainin to a secret location where he can be kept safe and guarded while he recuperates.

Volunteers quickly left for the New Haven Healer's to assist the Royal Guard in escorting Clainin to a safer place.

We were warned there could be grave danger once we left the New Haven city gates on the journey to the the moongate.

In his weakened condition, Clainin valiantly kept pace with those guarding him.

Shortly after leaving the city gates, the group encountered dangerous spawn.

The group sustained many injuries and fatalities, however, they managed to protect Clainin throughout the battle.

Fred the Royal Guardsman quickly escorted Clainin through the moongate to an unknown location

Lord Casca appeared to inform the crowd that Archmage Clainin had arrived safely at his destination, where he will remain heavily guarded from further attempts on his life.

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Winners of the Trial PvP Tournament
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 7:48 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
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Results of the first PvP Tournament led by EM Eira. The winners are on the left marked with a "W." The over-all winner will be awarded plaques to be place on the new dueling pit when we get it.

Great turn out for an event that was announced the day before!
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Dexxer Duels:
W Anubis vs aslan
W Darth Vader vs. Undying Fate
W Expletus vs. XXX
W JuicEy vs. Duryn
W Cellski vs. Romeo
W Darth Vader vs. Anubis
W JuicEy vs. Expletus
W Cellski vs. Darth Vader

FINAL ROUND
W JuicEy vs. Cellski
JuicEy kinda crushed the competition

Name on the plaque WhoaNightfall

Mage Duels:
W RYUU’ICHI vs. son of cecil
W Xanthe vs. Sir Scott
W KMSEMPERFI vs. Magik
W Gernize vs. Crazy Cooter
W Snake-eyes vs. Malcor
W Houdini of Thugs vs. RYUU’ICHI
W KMSEMPERFI vs. Xanthe
W Gernize vs. Snake-eyes
W Houdini of Thugs vs. KMSEMPERFI

FINAL ROUND
W Houdini of Thugs vs. Gernize

Name on the plaque King Kyrite
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Traveling Bard's Night at the Winter Guard - Friday March 20 2009
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 7:42 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Malas News <<<At nine o'clock Eastern time (9:00 PM EST) on Friday, March 20, Traveling Bard's Night will be hosted by the Freehold of Roses at the Winter Guard. The event is sponsored by PGoH. The rules of bard's night are simple:

* Leave your conflicts at the door and bring your stories with you.
* No harsh obscenities are to be used in your stories.
* There will be a time limit (usually five minutes, but subject to change due to the number of storytellers).
* All stories must adhere to the theme: "Spring/Rebirth."

The top three will win cash prizes and will be given an invitation to the champions event at a later date.

The prize will be divided as follows: 500,000 gold crowns for first place; 325,000 gold crowns for second; and 175,000 gold crowns for third. Judging will take place by three crowd members chosen at random, who will decide on the winners.

Gates will be run from New Haven starting at approximately 8:30 to give people time to come sign up. Remember, it's Friday night, not Saturday this week! And for those of you who don't already know where the Winter Guard is, here's its location, northeast of Luna:
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Community Hunts - Week of March 16th
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 3:41 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
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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.


Moonglow Zoo Drake-taming hunt
Date: Tuesday, March 17th
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, March 18th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Rend hunt
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Friday, March 20th
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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Community Meet Up March 16th
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 3:34 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
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Community Meet Up
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. And something with probably be said about the LS Olympics.


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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EM Event: Escorting Clainin to Safety Tuesday March 17th
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 1:54 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
New shields were recently placed in the councilors hall in Britain used by the EMs.The shields state that an EM event will be held Tuesday March 17th at 7:30 PM EST and you are to gather in Luna (I am guessing the bank Moongate area?) if you wish to take part. It appears the event will involve escorting Clainin to safety. So come prepared for any possible situation.



In an surprise move the starting location has changed to Luna! Hope everyone caught this post in time!



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Spring Bazaar '09 Huge Success
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 12:18 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Spring Bazaar '09

The Spring Bazaar '09 was a rousing success ... who would have thought this could be pulled off with three days notice?!  Thank you to Robert the Ranger for implementing the Bazaar, and to everyone that had a hand in putting this together, those who set up stalls, and to all who attended!  The one question that was repeatedly asked is:  When is the next Bazaar?

Many gathered early at the Skara Brae Faire Grounds in anticipation of the Spring Bazaar '09.

The vendor stalls were soon filled by guild representatives, vendors selling wares from Arrows to Sheep, games, and more.

The atmosphere was festive ... old friends greeting one another ...  

New acquaintances met.

The bar was a popular spot. How many people tried to rez Lord Exodus?

As were the meet and greet tables.

Jemmy of [LSD!] supplied free green thorns for Vorpal Bunny hunting.

The Widow's fortune telling stall had people standing in line waiting to have The Widow read their cards.  (View Mesanna's Reading by The Widow here.)  

Theoran [S|A] made a brief appearance by the archery buttes.

WildStar, Grand Duchess, at the Kingdom of Dawn stall.

Over at the bar Xel the Wanderer offered weapon engraving in exchange for hugs, while Magdalena the Chef passed out souvenir cookies and other goodies. (It was good to see Magdalena again!)

Tsukiyama, along with other many vendors, advertised wares.

Handalf was ... Handalf. What more can I say about our feathered friend?

Xel the Wanderer handing out bottles of Succubus Delight.

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Call by Lord Casca to assemble Tuesday, March 17, at West Britain Bank
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009, 10:54 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

The following announcement was found on EM Seppo's website:

Call by Lord Casca

Location: West Britain Bank
Description: Come with your blades sharpened and mana replenished.
Start Time: 6:00 PM PST
Date: 2009-03-17

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The Naked Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt, Saturday March 21
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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 10:01 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Baja Roleplayers Presents:
"The Naked Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt."

 

Greetings, my friends and fellow Britannians!

On Saturday the 21st, the Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance will be hosting a small St. Patricks Day-themed Scavenger Hunt.

When: Saturday, March 21st. 5:00pm to 7:00pm PST.  (Changed).
Where: The Skara Brae Faire Grounds Stage (Trammel)

Prizes:
- 1st Place: 750k
- 2nd Place: 500k
- 3rd Place: 250k

The scavenger hunt will be roleplay-themed, and will include some in-character interaction (although roleplaying experience is not required). There will also be some PvM combat towards the end, so be prepared for battle.

The Roleplaying Alliance is also looking for a couple volunteers to play key roles during the event. If you are interested, please PM WarderDragon or WildStar.

WarderDragon
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance.

P.S. The event has been moved from 7:00pm PST, to 5:00pm PST. We forgot that the BSR Tournament takes place on the same day, and didn't want our event to accidentally overlap with theirs.

 
  ** The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance [BRPA] **
Nicholas the Old [BRPA, Baja], Vash the Harper [BRPA, Chesapeake], Kenshin Hirokami [BRPA, Lake Austin],
Kenshin Hirokami [BRPA, Siege Perilous]
 

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Silvervale Hosts Green Day Party!
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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 8:41 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<                                                             Silvervale Hosts Green Day Party !

             The biweekly Lords and Ladies Ball held within the player run city of Silvervale was a grand time had by all who attended last eve. With food, dancing, drinks, and even a live DJ hosting "Name that Tune!" The whispering rose radion network has begun this fun in conjunction with the city of Silvervale and it's Mayor Lady Darth Oni (SoSV). The event itself is as its described where listeners bide to be the fastest to name the artist and song currently playing to win 25k. Afterwards is where things become more lucrative with a tiered winning system that could literally have a participant leaving with up to 25 million gold! No such luck this week as the nights winners onyl made it to the 100k level. The previous weeks winner Lord Dracus (RBG) took home the brinks truck FULL of 25 mill! Join in the fun at the next installement on March 28th at ten pm!


                 
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King Casca To Speak, Monday, March 16
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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 5:37 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

King Casca will speak regarding the news of Clainin’s awakening. If you have not heard of Clainin’s arousal from sleep, see the UOHerald post:  “Clainin Awake

King Casca’s speech will occur at the Luna Bank in Malas on Origin at 6:00PM Pacific Time (9:00PM Eastern Time) on Monday, March 16, 2009.

Travel and/or battle may occur. Please come prepared.

Signed,

Blanche, Notary to King Casca

 
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Lake Superior Olympics Starting This Friday!
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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 3:53 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<

Hosted by your EMs Quantum and Autolycus

Lake Superior Olympics

This proposal covers the topic of a Lake Superior Shard Olympics, to be held as a joint effort of the Event Moderators assigned to Lake Superior, and the Player (Community/Communities) of Lake Superior. All awards for events will be provided by the (community/communities) assisting in the management of the games, unless otherwise noted an additional prize is from the date of winning until the next year’s Olympics a plaque or other type of item with the winners of each events names will be posted in the Councilor’s Guild Hall in Britain Trammel.

Dates and Times will be posted in a separate post.

Discussion of the Olympics will take place Here:
Main Page: http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/
Forums: http://www.emquantum.com/EventForums/index.php

Events:
• Foot Race
• Archery Tournament
• Big Fish Tournament
• Zoo Taming Contest
• Sosarian Regatta
• Bagball Tournament
• Baking Tournament
• Ore Elemental Mining Contest
• Lumberjacking Contest
• Horse Race
• PvP Duel Tournament
• Naked Dungeon Run
• Dart Tournament

Rules and description for each contest will follow.

Event Rules and Regulations

Foot Race:

The Foot Race will begin in the City of Umbra’s North West Entrance. All participants will depart from that point on the given signal and proceed towards the City of Luna on a set course. The First person to reach the South Gate of the City will be declared the winner! No participant is allowed the use of the Spell recall and an impartial Judge will be following the progress of the lead participant to ensure no use of Mounts occurs. Cheating will result in disqualification from this event. Prizes to be Determined.

The Foot Race Course!



Archery Tournament:

All participants of the Archery Tournament will gather outside the Bagball Arena in Luna. The Tournament will provide Standard Bows, and Arrows for use, no player may use a non-standard bow. The Tournament will be Single elimination till the Quarter Final round; at this point it will progress to a double elimination event in order to provide accurate rankings of the final 8 participants. Use of non-provided weapons will result in disqualification. Reward to Be Determined.

Big Fish Tournament:

All participants of the Big Fish Tournament will be given 2 hours to attempt to fish up a big fish. The heaviest weight wins with the next heaviest taking second, third heaviest third and so on. An Impartial Judge will oversee the events to verify the fish are in fact fresh caught. Use of an older fish will result in disqualification. Participants will launch their ships from the Trinsic Docks. Reward to Be Determined.

Zoo Taming Contest:

All Participants will meet and register at the Moonglow Zoo in Trammel. Participants will be given 1 hour to tame animals and accumulate as many points as possible within the allotted time frame. Reward to Be Determined.

Sosarian Regatta:

Participants will launch from Zento and follow the defined course to each checkpoint. At the Checkpoint they will be required to disembark from the ship, retrieve an item from one of the event staff and return to their ship and proceed to the next check point. The First to complete the circuit and return with all the items will be declared the winner. Event staff will record the names of those obtaining items at each check point to verify. No one may leave their ship except at Checkpoints, anyone one found to be cheating will be disqualified. Reward to Be Determined.

The Regatta Course!



Bagball Tournament:

Teams will play in a double elimination tournament in matches to 10 points. No one is allowed to Hide during the match, no potion use or casting of spells is allowed. The Matches will take place at the Luna Bagball Arena. Reward to be Determined.

Baking Tournament:

Players will have 5 minutes to create as many cakes as possible. In the event of a tie, a second round will occur until the field is narrowed to determine a champion. The Event will be held in New Haven. Reward to be Determined.

Ore Elemental Mining Contest:

Players will have 1 hour to mine up and kill as many Ore Elementals as possible. The Victor will be the person who returns with the most Ingots from his excursion if necessary a tie breaker will be used. Participants are not to leave the designated area! No Use of Mining Gloves is allowed. The Start location for this event will be at the Spirituality Gate in Ilshenar. The Winner will be rewarded with half the total ingots gathered by all participants, the Second place finisher will get 2/3 the Remainder. The Third place finisher will get the remainder of the lot. For example if a total of 5000 ingots are harvested, the winner gets 2500 of them of every variety. The Second place winner would get 1666 Ingots, 2/3 of all that remain of each type. The Third Place finisher would receive 854 ingots of the reminder of the 5000 original total. If a player fills his or her pack with ingots, they must deliver them to a judge to hold until the end, tally will be noted for adding to their final total. Other Prizes are to be Determined.

Lumberjacking Tournament:

Players have 1 hour to harvest as many logs as possible. They will deliver them to the judges as their packs are filled. Judges will keep a tally of how many logs each person turns in. The Participant who turns in the largest total of logs wins the tournament, with a special tie breaker if necessary. Prizes will be similar to the Ore Elemental Mining where the top three finishers receive the logs gathered as prizes, in addition to a possible small prize that is to be determined.

Horse Race:

Held at the Yew Horse Track. Races will consist of 5 laps, winners of each heat will progress to the next round.

PvP Duel Tournament:

Participants will use provided weapons, armor, and bandages. No other items are allowed. Winners of each match up will progress to the next round. After the first tournament ends, a King of the Ring tournament will begin last man standing wins. This event will take place in Felucca location is yet to be determined. Prizes to be Determined.

Human Chess:
Players will divide into teams, each selecting a captain that will act as the King piece. The Captain will advance players as if they were Chess Pieces. Tournament I single elimination, with winners progressing to advanced rounds. Matches will be Held in Nuj’lem at the Chess Board.

Darts Tournament:

Darts Tournaments will follow the same guidelines as Archery Tournaments



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EM Quantum's Lake Superior Events Website and Forums
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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 2:49 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)


(From the desk of your EMs Quantum and Autolycus)

Our very own EM Quantum has set up a website to help manage the current and future Lake Superior EM events. Some of you already know of this site as I had mentioned it in a previous post. Now his website has a discussion forums so we can comment on and discuss upcoming EM events.
Feel free to register and post your thoughts on the forums. The current topic of discussion is concerning the LS Olympics starting this Friday (March 20, 2009)

Main Page: http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/
Forums: http://www.emquantum.com/EventForums/index.php
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EM Meet Up! March 19th 6pm CST
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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 2:16 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

From the desk of your EMs Quantum and Autolycus)


EM Quantum and EM Autolycus have a shield up at the Counselor Guild Hall in Northwest Britain. It states they will be available to meet with the community this
Thursday March 12th at 6pm CST.

Q&A (as we affectionately call them) have been meeting at various times to get to know us, our thoughts and suggestions. It is a great opportunity to discuss past and upcoming events. Please keep in mind they are not able to discuss game issues and problems. That is up to Game Masters and Customer Service at Mythic so please take that into consideration when discussing this wonderful place we call Sosaria.

Main Topic of discussion is the upcoming LS Olympics.

We hope to see you there!
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New Poll On EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan's Website
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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 1:28 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

EM Laurana & EM Faine Morgan

have posted a new poll on their website. Origin's EMs would like to plan some fun events for Origin to happen between the storyline arcs, and they would like your input on what you, the players, are most interested in.

The new poll is in the sidebar on their main page. Go vote, and vote on as many options as you want.

Origin is your shard ... Have a say in what happens.

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Traveling Bard's Night at the New Port Theater Tonight - 3/14/09
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009, 3:32 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Malas News <<<At nine o'clock Eastern time (9:00 PM EST) on Saturday, March 14, Traveling Bard's Night will be hosted by Kate Hawkings at the recently-constructed New Port Theater. The event is sponsored by PGoH. The rules of bard's night are simple:

* Leave your conflicts at the door and bring your stories with you.
* No harsh obscenities are to be used in your stories.
* There will be a time limit (usually five minutes, but subject to change due to the number of storytellers).
* All stories must adhere to the theme: "Vanity/Pride."

The top three will win cash prizes and will be given an invitation to the champions event at a later date.

The prize will be divided as follows: 500,000 gold crowns for first place; 325,000 gold crowns for second; and 175,000 gold crowns for third. Judging will take place by three crowd members chosen at random, who will decide on the winners.

In addition, a note from Kate Hawkings:
"Dress your best, the best dressed guest in New Port will be awarded 10k *Blaze clothing may not apply* Judging will take place by Miss Kate Hawkings."




This is New Port Theater's debut. Its coordinates are 13. 42'S 2. 19'W in Malas, and gates will be run from New Haven starting at approximately 8:30 to give people time to come sign up. Keep an eye out for runes dropped around New Haven as well. See you there!
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Landlubbers!
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009, 2:45 PM EDT by Medea (Drachenfels)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

It was a smooth-running early evening last Wednesday. As announced some days ago there was a boat race to be held, because the fastest landlubber was to be chosen as the first petty officer second class. Only a few bold people had found the way to the Councelor's Hall in Britain. Right on time Captain Blackbeard appeared and forced the people to get some rum and tricorne hats! After he bribed the harbour master he directed the people to the quiet part of the harbour. Some boats were anchored, and everyone had to board one.


Captain Blackbeard appearing
Captain Blackbeard erscheint

Singing happy dringing songs
Fröhliche Trinklieder werden gesungen

After the signal each pseudo-pirat raced his favourite route to Trinsic - we should meet each other at the northern shore of Barrier Isle. From there the plan of Captain Blackbeard was to cut the supplies of the Trinsic people. The fastest landlubber should be his new petty officer second class for the next large scale operation. Seven finished the task first and was honoured with an engraved sword for display at the Councelor's Hall in Britain. Afterwards, a not too small an amount of rum was served and thus happy drinking songs were sung.


Taking orders from the Captain
Die Befehle des Captains entgegennehmen

More orders and directions at the harbour
Mehr Befehle und Anweisungen am Hafen

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Landratten!

Es war ein ruhiger Mittwochabend letzte Woche. Die Nachricht hatte die Runde gemacht, dass an diesem Abend ein Bootsrennen stattfinden sollte. Nur eine Handvoll Wagemutige fand den Weg nach Britain in die Councelor's Halle. Zur vereinbarten Stunde erschien dann auch pünktlich Captain Blackbeard. Er machte den Anwesenden sogleich Beine und forderte bei allen Rum und Dreispitz Hüte! Nachdem er den Hafenmeister auf eindrückliche Art und Weise bestochen hatte, lotste er das Grüppchen zum Hafen in Britain. Dort lagen für alle bereits Boote vor Anker, jeder Landratte wurde ein solches zugeteilt.


Shortly before the start
Kurz vor dem Startsignal

The small group has arrived at Barrier Isle, Trinsic
Die Gruppe ist auf der Barrier Insel, Trinsic angekommen

Nach dem Startsignal legte jeder Pseudo Pirat seine bevorzugte Strecke wie vereinbart in Richtung Trinsic zurück - wir sollten auf der Nordseite der Barrier Insel uns wieder treffen um von dort aus die Versorgung der Trinsicer abzuschneiden. Die schnellste Landratte würde bis zum nächsten Grosseinsatz Captain Blackbeard's Erster Maat werden. Seven absolvierte die Aufgabe als Erster, und wurde später mit einem gravierten Schwert das in der Counselor's Halle ausgestellt wurde, ausgezeichnet. Danach wurde eine nicht unwesentliche Menge Rum ausgeschenkt und dementsprechende fröhliche Trinklieder zum Besten gegeben.


Seven was the fastest landlubber!
Seven war die schnellste Landratte!

An engraved sword honours Seven
Ein graviertes Schwert honoriert Seven's Leistung

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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Jhelom Arena Fights
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009, 2:41 PM EDT by Medea (Drachenfels)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<

It was shortly after the Boat race from earlier that night, that EM Immortal announced a spontaneous mini-test-PvP-tournament. Lots of people attended and it was (by and large) a very civilized event. Because duels at the tournament grounds were not be tolerated people behaved and (mostly) left each other alone. Well, only seconds after the end of the tournament everyone was back again in the good old faction war mode!


Preparing for testing the PvP mini-tournament
Vorbereitungen fürs Test-Mini-PvP-Turnier

Spectators and fighters waiting for the last candidates
Zuschauer und Kämpfer warten auf die letzten Teilnehmer

And one small note from EM Immortal: Any people interested in PvP-Events, please have a character ready who is - if possible - a non-faction and a non-guild character. This would be easier for future plans.


Battle: "LastManStanding" vs "Bear" (1st won)
Kampf: "LastManStanding" gegen "Bear" (Ersterer gewann)


Battle: "A Mongbat" vs "Who" (2nd won)
Kampf: "A Mongbat" gegen "Who" (der Zweitgenannte gewann)

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Nur kurz nach dem Bootsrennen früher an diesem Mittwochabend kündigte EM Immortal ein spontanes Mini-PvP-Turnier an. Etliche Leute besuchten das Event und es war (generell gesehen) ein sehr gesitteter Anlass. Weil Duelle am Turnierort nicht toleriert wurden beherrschten sich die Kämpfer und liessen potentielle Gegner (meistens) in Ruhe. Aber nur Sekunden nach dem Ende des Turniers war man wieder in guten, alten Fraktions-Kämpfen verwickelt!


EM Immortal helping the fighters to flag ;)
EM Immortal hilft den Teilnehmern grau zu werden ;)


Battle: "Alexzandrea" vs "Vivianne" (1st won)
Kampf: "Alexzandrea" gegen "Vivianne" (Erstere gewann)

Eine kleine Anmerkung zum Event noch von EM Immortal: Kämpfer sollten in Zukunft versuchen, einen Charakter ausserhalb von Fraktionen und wenn möglich sogar ausserhalb einer Gilde zu haben, damit die zukünftigen Turniere leichter abgehalten werden können.


"LastManStanding" won the tournament
"LastManStanding" gewann das Turnier


Shortly after the end of the tournament - all hell breaks loose!
Kurz nach Ende des Turniers - die Hölle bricht los!

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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The Wedding Crashers!
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009, 11:13 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                                         The Wedding Crashers!

           As with any event located on the Felucca facet, the risk of uninvited intruders is there! Such was the case at last eve's wedding of Lox and Sami. The Reign of Tyranny (RoT) not known for making friends along the lands of Fel and its many spawns and fighting areas had the fight brought to thier doorstep as the Felucca Police Dept (FPD) crashed the festivities in hopes of breaking up the nights ceremony! Of course I earned several death robes in attempt to cover the action!


             

          Upon arriving, the group of eight or more surrounded the wedding chateau in hopes of slaying those in attendance however the only one slain was this brave or foolish reporter for venturing outside *grins*. With dragons in tow the group mulled about until the commencement of the ceremony itself then proceeded to issue a wedding night challenge! The challenge was 4vs4 in the farm lands of Jehlom long known as a dueling area with its fenced in properties. The entire group ventured forth not knowing what would soon take place.

                 

          I managed to seperate the two parties long enough to snap this photo before the action began. In the blink of an eye the (FPD) unleashed havoc the unsuspecting  (RoT) battle group. The four man team of (RoT) was slain before they knew what hit them as Sir Achilles claimed victory. The two groups exchanged pleasantries whilst a rematch was sought. Soon enough the (FPD) had enough talk as they once again attacked (RoT) along with any who were there to witness. After the dust had settled a bit the entire group inside the farms had been slain along with one or two of thier attackers. I was saved by EM Tailspin who miraculously remained alive and well as he tranported me to the city of Cove and thier healers.
        Shortly after getting my wits about me my communication crystal lit up as the (RoT) battlegroup sent word of resounding victory in response to the unwarranted attack by the "Felucca Police Dept."  Thier repeated murder of the innocent and surpise tactics afoot this reporter will keep a mindful eye while in the midst of such brigands. Look for more on the battles in the lands of Felucca soon! Fair journeys....

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Lox and Sami Wed!
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009, 9:26 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<                                                                   Lox and Sami Wed!


               In what was an exciting and hearftfelt ceremony Lox (RoT) and Sami (Lox) were wed last eve atop the beautifully designed "Wedding Chateau" along the shores of Felucca. The couple gathered friends from all walks of life in the realm to bear witness to the joining of thier hearts as one. The ceremony conducted by EM Faine Morgan was quite eloquient and fit the occasion well.


              

               The ladies wept and the gentlemen squirmed as the two newlyweds exchanged thier vows to each another in an ever lasting sign of devotion. Symbols of marriage were given as the two exchanged rings forever binding them to one another. With bridesmaids and groomsmen in tow the two were prenounced husband and wife!

             

              A reception soon followed complete with dancing, food, and even a live dj as guests danced the night away in honor of the newly joined couple. Gifts were offered by close friends and family as a fine evening was experienced by all in attendance.

                 

              Congratulations to Chesapeakes newest "official" couple as they begin thier  new life  with one another. May each day be a blessing to you both as the days of your lives run together in utter happiness. Oh and btw well done Sami for making an honest man of him! *grins*  Fair travels to you both!

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EM Tailspin Bids Farewell
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009, 8:59 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                                 Em Tailspin Bids Farewell


           In shocking news last night the realm took a blow to the midsection as it's beloved EM Tailspin announced he would be stepping down from his duties.  In his short lived presence on the Chesapeake shard he made quite an impact on all who's paths he crossed. From redesigning the counselors guild hall to the erection of the "House of Commons" his proactive approach and friendly demeanor will be sorely missed. To his credit we will always remember the eventful Heart and Soul festival, his Jacob and Oberon Journeys, visits to each and every player city in the realm, and even sharing "savage ale" in the hall getting to know him along with others players from the realm.


              

           There was barely a dry eye in the house as the news was broken to those in attendance. Saying goodbye is never easy as EM Dudley himself was even caught up in the emotion of the night as you can see above. Tailspin thanked all who came out not only last night but each night he roamed the lands as he introduced Dudley as the new lead EM.

                                         

           Providing a lasting image forever to be seen and remembered by those who travel to the counselors hall, Lady Mesanna joined us to retire the headress worn by Tailspin in honor of fond memories shared by all.

              

              

          Our real lives often remove us from those who's company we enjoy here in game and for that each and everyone of us has gained from Tailspins existence here on Chesapeake. The sense of community and anticipation from the EM program continues to grow as we now move forward with our new lead EM in Dudley. We look to the future and many great things to come. May the light of virtue shine upon Tailspin in his rl endevours, farewell and thank you from all of us here on Chesapeake!
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Sonoma Trial PvP Tournament
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009, 7:48 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<

Sonoma PvP Tournament

You are invited to a Trial PvP Tournament at the Jhelom Fighter's Pit March 15 @ 4PM PST(7 PM EST, 6 PM CST).
The first event is to see if there is enough interest. I would like to try to do one or two a month. If it goes well, we will have a “fight club” with a good place to meet.

Here are the temporary rules for the first PvP Tournament:

Mage vs Mage:
*No poisoning skill
*No potions
*No petals
*No faction aids (with the exception while fighting a necromancer)
*No apples (with the exception when fighting a necromancer you are allowed to have 10 apples)
*No petals
*Both mages must wear a spellbook & candle in hand
*No Pets/Summons
*No omening self/casting protection
*Hpr cap of 10

Dexxer vs Dexxer:
*No faction Aids
*No animal forms that allow faster speed movement
*No explosion pots
*No pets/summons
*No invis/teleport items
*No stealth skill
*No smoke bombs
*No bugged quivers of rage


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Irish Spring Song Festival!!! (Tues. March 17th)
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009, 6:23 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Malas News <<< We went to the fairgrounds to check for more information about the recent discovery of the lantern that read ... "Get out your quills and write a song for St Patricks Day!" event (see post here) and was delighted to see a guide to help us prepare for the big day ....



.... and to our surprise we discovered more exciting activity ... *you can even fish from the pond while sitting on the logs*



be sure to stop by and see the fantastic construction underway at the Sonoma Fairgrounds!!
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EM Seppo's Website
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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
EM Seppo has been busy behind the scenes setting up a website to help keep us informed. Be sure to check here often for updates.
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Clainin Awake???
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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009, 3:56 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<This latest story just in from the UO Herald: Clainin Awake

Clainin Awake
Calvin Crowner 13 Mar 2009 16:56:48 EST

Maron sat stirring his cup of water with his finger. Water. Still wet. Not much had changed with the rules of the world or the rasping shape clinging to life in the bed next to him.

He’d read the same book four times in the last month or so. He hadn’t been permitted to leave his solid and miserably made oaken stool with the exception of severe physical need or until released from his thirty hour vigil. Each “Watcher” was given eight hours to sleep after a thirty hour post. Maron had not slept so soundly in his life, nor had he been so completely bored.

“Anything could happen,” Casca had directed him, his face uncharacteristically dour. “You must be alert, you must be prepared, you must change the bed sheets.”

Maron grumbled with the memory. What was there to worry about when you were nothing but an over-educated nursemaid for a comatose Archmage?

Jessa Leis was a very skilled healer. She’d come to the group of care givers in the last three weeks and had shown more than a bit of talent healing both body and dispositions. She stood in the doorway carrying what seemed to be a picnic basket. Her sharp yet graceful elven features brought an immediate peace to the otherwise dull setting. Maron was glad to see her.

“You’re early,” he managed after taking in her slim form. She’d pulled the chestnut tresses that normally hung about her shoulders, into an elaborate braid, a fine golden cord gathered across her forehead, vanishing in the mass of curled locks behind.

“Nice hair.” He grimaced unable to fashion a better form of compliment.

Her smile pushed from the center of her lips and tugged the corners sweetly as she spoke, “Oh my Maron, that’s four words already today. Do you feel dizzy?” She took a few cautious steps into the room looking over the still bedridden mage. “Nothing today?”

“No. Not even wet sheets.”

“Well that’s something to be thankful for. See what I’ve brought you for lunch …”

And in that moment Clainin stirred, shocking and setting the two healers on their heels as if they’d been beset by rabid mongbat. “By the Virtues,” Jessa whispered.

Jessa spun, dropping the basket, and gripping Maron at his shoulders. Her smile broad, Maron captured something … offsetting in her gaze. “Go …,” she commanded shaking him, “tell Father Heatherwix our charge is awake!”

Maron found himself almost at a sprint before he caught himself a few steps down the hallway. Casca’s words catching in his memory.

“You must be alert.”

Younger healers don’t dismiss more senior healers. He paused and felt a knot forming his throat. His mind caught the gravity of the scene awaiting him as his eyes again adjusted to the dim light of the room.

Jessa had pressed one knee into the mages side as the golden cord that had moments before held her hair, was pulled taught around the mage’s throat. His already pale flesh now threaded with blue and bruised veins on a death march toward his bulging eyes.

Jessa’s back arched as the pressure of the cord turned in her delicate fingers.

Part rage, part fear Maron’s voice pierced the normally tomblike silence of the halls, “Guards! … GUARDS!”

In a surge, and without thought, Maron gripped the stool at its legs and smashed the seat across Jessa’s temple. With a viscerally satisfying “thop” she fell in a heap above Clainin.

Shoving the elf to the floor, Maron’s training took over and he set himself to the immediate care of the victim.

Rasping and thankfully choking, he cleared the obstruction from Clainin’s throat looking for further signs of trauma.

Not taking his eyes away, he heard boots gathering in the entryway. The sound of swords returning to sheaths.

His voice was quiet and scalding. Dangerous. “Take that,” he inclined his head toward Jessa, “and feed her to a cell. Send word to Casca. He’ll be happy to know he was right.”




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The message arrived in the clutches of a hawk. The courier set itself on its perch just inside the window of Casca’s chambers, overlooking the gardens below.

Casca’s jaw set tightly, as he turned the parchment in his hands. His ministers stirred seeing his countenance washed with concern. “Clainin is awake. With haste, secure him. The future of Britannia is in danger.”

Casca’s troubles seemed to be mounting. And now, the race was on.

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FoF: It's Friday!
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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009, 1:19 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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FoF: It's Friday!
Chrissay Zeeman
13 Mar 2009 17:16:19

When changes are pushed to TC1 why don’t they all make it to the live shards?

We place changes and fixes to TC1 for everyone's feedback and to give the players the chance to review the upcoming fixes/changes we are putting into each publish.  As you have seen in the past we do not always publish to all the shards what you might see there.  A perfect example of this is some of the balancing changes, after reading your responses we have pulled those changed to review further. We encourage your constructive feedback for anything on TC1 because we do read the boards, the general feedback and the bug reports you submit to us.
-Mesanna

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Ever since there was a change made to BOD’s and Runic’s I do seem to receive the Large BOD’s to runics more often, but I never get the Small BOD’s to fill it. Why so?

Now, while it’s always possible that you’ve become a victim of the Random Number Generator’s secret conspiracy against crafters, it’s always possible we broke something. After reviewing the BOD generation statistics it looks like the ratio of Large to Smalls hasn’t changed since the update last year. It comes to mind though that since we’ve fixed the problem where it wasn’t making Large iron orders, perhaps you’re getting far more Small colored orders because of your high skill. Please send in more feedback detailing what types of BODs you’re having trouble with, and we can better track down what might be going on.
-Draconi

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Would it be possible, please, to add some additional functionality to the Personal Attendants?

Feel free to send in some feedback about what you’d like to see, or start a thread on the forums!
-Draconi

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Will we ever get new crate stealables? It just gets boring stealing the same things everyday.

Yes! Within the depths of the Abyss and across the face of Ter Mur, I’m sure you’ll find many new pockets to pick and mislaid items to liberate.
-Draconi

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When will the invasions be over?

Publish 58 will end the town invasions, and launch the next series of events leading up to the conclusion of the Shadowlords arc.
All the town guard zones will be reestablished in Trammel, but the eight virtue cities in Felucca will remain without guards for now.
Additionally, the EMs will be leading much of the content for the rest of the arc, including battles.

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The way that Luck factors into loot distribution has been addressed many times, but never has any dev team member ever explained what actually happens *after* a Luck roll is successful. So: What really happens when a character’s Luck roll is successful? We know that loot amounts and intensities go up, but by how much? And what decides by how much?

Wow. Finding the answer to these two questions has been an adventure. I’m going to answer them both at the same time, since they’re connected.

First off, you should know that this discussion is focused on the monster loot generation system. Every monster (every mobile, really) in the game has the opportunity to have a basic set of loot available when it dies. These loot tables are assigned to each type of monster in a set of predefined files, which contain the type of loot available and the range of item property intensities to add on to them. It is possible to generate loot outside these files, and some systems (like the Doom artifact system) take luck into consideration when making rewards. However, for the sake of these two questions, I’m going to ignore everything but how normal loot generation actually works.

Luck, in this way, can affect:

  • Number of items
  • Number of properties on items
  • Intensity of properties


A “luck roll” is defined as a roll against a chance of 1:100.

Before this roll is done, your luck is modified to fit that scale, so your luck directly converts to a percentage of chance that your luck will modify the loot.
The formula is: chance = round(luck ^ (5/9)). Results are rounded to the nearest whole number.
Luck     Chance
0          0%
100       13%
200       19%
300       24%
400       28%
500       32%
600       35%
700       38%
800       41%
900       44%
1000     46%
1100     49%
1200     51%
1300     54%
1400     56%
1500     58%

This chance is evaluated as the RNG versus your luck. So if it rolls 30, and you have a luck result of 56, you win. The RNG can roll from 0 to 99, then tests whether its roll is less than your result.

I can officially verify that it’s impossible to “roll over” with too much luck, and not get anything.

            Number of Items

Within each loot definition for the monster, there are a total number of items that it can potentially create. This is random, ranging from one to the max number available.
The luck roll can add one more item to each definition, if that number doesn’t exceed the max.

 For example, let’s make up a case where we have two loot definitions:

  • The first definition has jewelry, max 3. It rolls between 1 and 3. Alas, the result was 1. You only get a bracelet.
  • If you make your luck roll here, this will increase by one. You now get two items.
  • The second definition has weapons and armor, max 3. It rolls between 1 and 3. The result was 3. Thus, you might get a bow, a shield, and a mace.
  • You already rolled 3 (the max), so luck is ignored.


Number of Item Properties

The same thing described above works exactly the same for the number of properties on an item.

            Item Property Intensities

            Finally, the luck roll also modifies the actual intensity of any magic property, as long as it doesn’t exceed the property’s max.
           
This part is somewhat tricky. Every loot definition has an intensity range attached. This actually modifies the range available compared to the item property’s actual range.
            For instance, Damage Increase has a range of 1 to 50. A loot definition might declare an intensity range of 0.25 to 0.3. This would mean that the available range for DI is really 13 to 15 for that item.

            The initial intensity is a random number within that range. In our case, let’s choose 14.
            If we make our luck roll, our intensity is increased by 10% of the *item property’s max value*. So, 10% of 50 is 5. Our result is 19. However, that’s outside of that nice 13 to 15 range we established: it’ll cap at 15.
           
            And that’s how luck affects the loot tables!
-Draconi
 

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Clainin Awake
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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Clainin Awake
Calvin Crowner
13 Mar 2009 16:56:48

Maron sat stirring his cup of water with his finger.  Water. Still wet. Not much had changed with the rules of the world or the rasping shape clinging to life in the bed next to him.

He’d read the same book four times in the last month or so.  He hadn’t been permitted to leave his solid and miserably made oaken stool with the exception of severe physical need or until released from his thirty hour vigil.  Each “Watcher” was given eight hours to sleep after a thirty hour post.  Maron had not slept so soundly in his life, nor had he been so completely bored.

 

“Anything could happen,” Casca had directed him, his face uncharacteristically dour.  “You must be alert, you must be prepared, you must change the bed sheets.”

Maron grumbled with the memory.  What was there to worry about when you were nothing but an over-educated nursemaid for a comatose Archmage?

Jessa Leis was a very skilled healer. She’d come to the group of care givers in the last three weeks and had shown more than a bit of talent healing both body and dispositions.  She stood in the doorway carrying what seemed to be a picnic basket.  Her sharp yet graceful elven features brought an immediate peace to the otherwise dull setting.  Maron was glad to see her.

“You’re early,” he managed after taking in her slim form.  She’d pulled the chestnut tresses that normally hung about her shoulders, into an elaborate braid, a fine golden cord gathered across her forehead, vanishing in the mass of curled locks behind.

“Nice hair.” He grimaced unable to fashion a better form of compliment.

Her smile pushed from the center of her lips and tugged the corners sweetly as she spoke, “Oh my Maron, that’s four words already today.  Do you feel dizzy?”  She took a few cautious steps into the room looking over the still bedridden mage.  “Nothing today?”

“No.  Not even wet sheets.”

“Well that’s something to be thankful for.  See what I’ve brought you for lunch …”

And in that moment Clainin stirred, shocking and setting the two healers on their heels as if they’d been beset by rabid mongbat.  “By the Virtues,” Jessa whispered.

Jessa spun, dropping the basket, and gripping Maron at his shoulders.  Her smile broad, Maron captured something … offsetting in her gaze. “Go …,” she commanded shaking him, “tell Father Heatherwix our charge is awake!”

Maron found himself almost at a sprint before he caught himself a few steps down the hallway.  Casca’s words catching in his memory.

“You must be alert.”

Younger healers don’t dismiss more senior healers.  He paused and felt a knot forming his throat.  His mind caught the gravity of the scene awaiting him as his eyes again adjusted to the dim light of the room.

Jessa had pressed one knee into the mages side as the golden cord that had moments before held her hair, was pulled taught around the mage’s throat. His already pale flesh now threaded with blue and bruised veins on a death march toward his bulging eyes.

Jessa’s back arched as the pressure of the cord turned in her delicate fingers.

Part rage, part fear Maron’s voice pierced the normally tomblike silence of the halls, “Guards! … GUARDS!”  

In a surge, and without thought, Maron gripped the stool at its legs and smashed the seat across Jessa’s temple. With a viscerally satisfying “thop” she fell in a heap above Clainin.

Shoving the elf to the floor, Maron’s training took over and he set himself to the immediate care of the victim.  

Rasping and thankfully choking, he cleared the obstruction from Clainin’s throat looking for further signs of trauma.

Not taking his eyes away, he heard boots gathering in the entryway.  The sound of swords returning to sheaths.

His voice was quiet and scalding. Dangerous. “Take that,” he inclined his head toward Jessa, “and feed her to a cell.  Send word to Casca. He’ll be happy to know he was right.”


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The message arrived in the clutches of a hawk.  The courier set itself on its perch just inside the window of Casca’s chambers, overlooking the gardens below.

Casca’s jaw set tightly, as he turned the parchment in his hands.  His ministers stirred seeing his countenance washed with concern.  “Clainin is awake. With haste, secure him. The future of Britannia is in danger.”

Casca’s troubles seemed to be mounting. And now, the race was on.

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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009, 1:05 PM EDT by Larisa (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
13 Mar 2009 16:09:35

The first weekly Community Spotlight is here. This lists player run events and fan site news for the upcoming week. If you would like to submit your fan site news or player run event for next week's Community Spotlight please click Here

To see this week's Community Spotlight click Here

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Advanced Champion March 14th Spawn Location
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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:10 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<
Advanced Champion Spawns Every Saturday Night



Many of you may know Elendil Felagund as a former admiral with past invasions. He is willing to lead the cause again but this time in search of fortune for all who choose to participate. He has recently volunteered to host an additional community hunt for us players to gather for the more advanced champion spawns that Ilshenar and Malas have to offer.

Every Saturday night at 8pm CST all players interested in doing the Advanced Champion Spawn Community Hunt will meet above the bank in Luna. Take the steps up next to the Shrine of Wisdom in the meeting room there.



This Saturday night’s Advanced Champion Hunt:
The Pestilence Champion Spawn located under the graveyard in Bedlam, Umbra


(Post your ideas, templates and suggestions!)



Thank you Elendil for taking on the community and offering us another night of adventure!






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Part 3 of EM Seppo’s Valentine’s Day Event – Bard Contest
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009, 6:16 PM EDT by Oriana (Baja)

Part 3 of EM Seppo’s Valentine’s Day Event – Bard Contest

By WildStar

 

 

The third part of EM Seppo’s Valentine’s Day Event started at 3:00 PM PST on Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at the Skara Brae Faire Grounds in Trammel.  EM Seppo kindly provided a gate from his office to there.

 

 

EM Seppo provided a brief summary of the events leading up to this gathering and made an announcement regarding a change to the distribution of rewards at EM Events.  He then put the entries on display in bags near the back of the stage and vanished.  A short time later, Lady Aino Nystad and Kemer the Royal Guard appeared on the stage.

 

 

Lady Aino spoke to the audience and made two important announcements.  The first was regarding her decision to accept Lord Casca’s offer of the Captain of the Royal Guard job.

 

 

Aino Nystad:  “One of the first things I did was to bring up the issue of Dawn, Avalon, and other kingdoms.  Lord Casca agreed to appoint a special emissary to carry on the negotiations on his behalf.”

 

The next one was the appointment of Trubo Saius who came up to speak to the crowd.  He started to speak but started to stutter and then clutched his throat.  It took a few minutes for him recover.

 

 

Below is a transcript of what Trubo Saius said and the events that happened:

 

Trubo Saius: *bows deeply*  My name is Trubo Saius, special emissary on behalf of our glorious King Casca,

Kemer the Royal Guard:  *mutters under his breath*

Trubo Saius:  and it is with his voice that I speak, and his authority that I command. Lord C-Casca h-has

Kemer the Royal Guard:  *sees the orc*

Trubo Saius:  *stutters for a moment his expression blank*

Kemer the Royal Guard:  *grins widely* *does nothing*

Trubo Saius:  *clutches something around his neck for a few moments*

Trubo Saius: L-lord.. *releases his hold, his eyes refocusing on the crowd*  Excuse me..*clears his throat*

Aino Nystad:  *frowns*

Trubo Saius:  Lord Casca believes his words must be brought closer.  He believes his purpose must be made clear.  To you all, I am that clarity that you seek. 

Trubo Saius:  I will say more after the show. 

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Trubo Saius:  *nods to Aino* *exits the stage*

 

Lady Aino also updated the crowd on the status of William’s recovery.

 

 

She then moved on to the Bard Contest.  There were five entries but only four of poets were able to recite them for the performance part of the event.  The poets are Arya – To the Sky, Fern Goodfellow – Seppo’s Song, Lorien – A song of love, Nicholas the Old – The Song of Raimo and Octavia – Key to the Sky.

 

 

The poets were asked to stand up and moved to the front of the stage.  Lady Aino appeared to be confused on the gender of two of the elven contestants and Kemer and the audience did their best to gently correct her.

 

 

Lady Aino called on the poets one-by-one to recite their works.  First was Fern Goodfellow, followed by Lorien, then Octavia and finally Nicholas the Old.

 

 

 

 

 

After they were done, Lady Aino bowed to the poets and thanked them for their excellent work.  They were then asked to enter a gate to receive their reward.  All returned and Lady Aino announced the reward. 

 

 

There are copies of the entries at Lady Aino’s Residence with the walls of Castle British in Britain Trammel.

 

More pictures of the tour can be found at http://s453.photobucket.com/albums/qq255/WildStarII/ under Part 3 EM Event – Bard Contest.

Thank you for your coverage Lady Wildstar!!

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Tournament of Champions Announced
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009, 5:34 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Aino Nystad
Captain of the Royal Guard Announces The

Tournament of Champions


General Information:

There will be two main ladders to the tournament:
1) Melee
2) Magic

The following regulations shall apply:
1) No pets allowed
2) No summons via talsiman allowed
3) A skill level of master (90) or higher in magery requires you to sign up for magic ladder
4) Only one character per account will be allowed (I can and will check for this, albeit randomly. You will be disqualified on all characters if found breaking this rule)

Venues:
1) The early rounds of the tournament will be held at Skara Brae Faire Grounds in Felucca
2) The Semi-Final/Finals will be held at the Grand Arena in Avalon

Tournament Format:
This will largely depend on how many people signup and will be decided after the signup phase

Tournament dates:

The dates of the final part will be decided after talking with the people who make it that far.

Early rounds shall take place on the following days:

1) Sunday 22nd March 10 AM PST to 2 PM PST

2) Friday 27th March 6PM PST - 10 PM PST

3) Saturday 28th March 2PM PST - 6PM PST

You will have to sign up for one of these three days in order to participate

At this moment there will be a cap of 30 players per each of the three times. If the demand proves to be significantly higher then new timeslots might be arranged. The number 30 is randomly picked and it might very well be the case that we can process a lot more people in the time allowed. As such, there could be a waiting list for day 2 and day 3 which will largely depend on how day 1 goes.

Signup Times:

Please refer to the books locked down in game at Yew Gate (Fel), West Brit Bank (Tram), Luna Bank (Tram), and Skara Brae Faire Grounds (Tram) to get these times (tired fingers)

Disclaimer:
Any of the above information is subject to change due to circumstances that might be difficult to control (or typos!). This is quite a task and I ask for your patience and support.

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EM Meet Up! March 12th 6pm CST
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009, 11:17 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

(From the desk of your EMs Quantum and Autolycus)


EM Quantum and EM Autolycus have a shield up at the Counselor Guild Hall in Northwest Britain. It states they will be available to meet with the community this
Thursday March 12th at 6pm CST.

Q&A (as we affectionately call them) have been meeting at various times to get to know us, our thoughts and suggestions. It is a great opportunity to discuss past and upcoming events. Please keep in mind they are not able to discuss game issues and problems. That is up to Game Masters and Customer Service at Mythic so please take that into consideration when discussing this wonderful place we call Sosaria.

We hope to see you there!





P.S.: This definitely isn't a copy/paste of Airmid's last week's EM post.
(Changing the date takes a lot of work you know...)
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Robert the Ranger announces Spring Bazaar, Sunday, March 15, Skara Brae Faire Grounds
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009, 7:59 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

This message just arrived from EM Seppo and EM Pallando

Robert the Ranger has requested the following announcement be delivered:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

With spring beckoning, it is time for cleaning; Gather all around, at the Skara Faire Grounds. Meet an old friend, Many new too to befriend; Gather all around, at the Skara Faire Grounds. Come set a new trend, or a merry time expend; Gather all around at the Skara Faire Grounds. I cordially extend an invitation to everyone to attend the Spring Bazaar at the Skara Faire Grounds this Sunday, March 15th, from 6 PM to 8PM (PST). (7-9PM MST, 8-10 PM CST, 9-11PM EST) To make this bazaar a success, it is critical that we find tenants for the 40 stall slots we have available at the faire grounds. We have 10 stalls available for renting for a period of thirty minutes starting at 6 PM. Be sure to reserve your stall beforehand as there might be none available on the day of the bazaar. The stalls may be used for a variety of things, may it be selling your wares or recruiting for your guild.

Instructions:

  1. There are four time-slots available for each of the ten available stalls at the faire grounds:  6:00-6:30, 6:30-7:00, 7:00-7:30, 7:30-8:00.
  2. In order to reserve a time-slot you have to contact EM Seppo. An up to date list of reserved slots will be made available.
  3. Please be respectful of others at the market to make it an enjoyable event for everyone.
  4. You may not exceed your reserved time-slot.
  5. If you do not show up during the first five minutes of your reserved time-slot, you may forfeit your reservation.

Stall 1:  * -- Reserved -- (6:00 - 7:00) * Champions tournament sign-up (6:30 - 7:00) * Skara Faire Grounds Personnel Recruitment Booth (7:00-7:30) * Champions tournament sign up (7:30 - 8:00)

For more information or to reserve a booth, Robert the Ranger will be at a table on the roof of West Britain Bank most of today (Thursday). 
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Evil Is Lurking Just Outside The Luna City Walls
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 8:16 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Evil Lurks Outside The Luna City Walls ~




All the witches on Great Lakes are not good witches that is for sure.
Though I have a great appreciation of the beautiful it is the evil, scarey and the macabre that truly excites me, at least in the realm.

I have spent years collecting the grim, gruesome and ghastly and I am not the only one. Just outside the Luna City walls to the west lies the HOUSE OF EVIL. There are more frightening things in this plot than Pratts underwear drawer!



Expired, the owner of this plot at 99o 25'N, 34o 56'W has done a creepy good job at decor. Below are a few screenshots of this evil playhouse. On the subject of playhouses, when visiting the House Of Evil be sure to stop nextdoor to see some great decor and a wide collection of rubble at Lei's Playhouse.







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Publish 58 on TC1
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 6:33 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Publish 58 on TC1
Chrissay Zeeman
11 Mar 2009 12:55:24

Publish 58 has gone live on TC1. Patch notes are available in the Regular Place

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Client Update
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 6:31 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Client Update
Chrissay Zeeman
10 Mar 2009 17:26:22

We have updated the 2D client and the KR client.

KR 2.58.0.6

Legacy 6.0.13.0

-Removing the winter season overlay

-Fixed the crafting gumps in KR to show the academic bookcase, hitching rope and hitching post

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Walkthrough for “The Love of the Virtues” Quest By EM Kanmare
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 3:32 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
Walkthrough for "The Love of the Virtues" Quest
Walkthrough for "The Love of the Virtues" Quest
By EM Kanmare


Corastine, set up in Britain at the orders of her abbot, seeks to restore faith in the old Virtues and expand knowledge of their content. Thus she leads this quest.

The instruction book (as well as her initial speech), said to start by standing in front of the symbol best representing the month of February and speak its name. As this was designed to be a quest centered on Valentine’s Day ~ it was LOVE, of course.




Speaking TRUTH sent one to Despise (the opposite of Truth) where one was greeted by Eternals and the book Truth:

The book says:

"These guardians defend your answer. I trust they do not trouble thee? While surely of great importance overall, as all of the Virtues are, this month is February.

Perhaps another choice best fits this time?

Seek again Defender of Truth."
Speaking COURAGE sent one to Destard (as Courage’s opposite) guarded by the native creatures of the area. There was the book Courage placed as shown:

This book said the following:

"Now you have defeated the minions of Chaos, thou shalt have thine answer. While surely of great importance overall, as all of the Virtues are, this month is February.

Perhaps another choice best fits this time?

Seek again, Crusader of Courage."
Speaking LOVE sent one to Minoc, where one was greeted by Mya, the fortune teller. For those who may not have played the old Ultima games, a fortune teller was always present at the start and usually asked some questions to start the Avatar on his quest.

In those games they determined what class you became to start and what equipment you would have and how people would treat you - how you came across to them.



Mya had three riddles for you - she described them as "visions". As this is a Virtue Quest - the answers to the riddles were Virtue Shrines (I changed the text a little after the start to make this a little more obvious - it is always easy to see things when you write them... not so easy until you get feedback to see that things might be harder than they seem).


Riddle One: You come upon a wolf trapped within a cruel trap. She will bite if freed, yet you feel her pain.
Answer: Compassion

Riddle Two: You meet again a childhood friend who tells you of an exploit that harmed Others...The local magistrate never told them who told him.
Answer: Justice

Riddle Three: A miner and his wife struggle to put food on the table, yet the children are never hungry.
Answer: Sacrifice


These are the three Virtues that contain Love - Compassion comes directly from Love, Justice is Love tempered with Truth and Sacrifice is Love combined with Courage.


The three shrines had books that formed part of the text. Each tome also had a clue on the back page "None of Me". If you have no Truth, Love or Courage - you are left with Pride.

The dungeon that links with Pride is Doom (or the Abyss). Hence Wisaxi the gargoyle was located there. The Stratics Virtues page has all of this information as an aside.



Wisaxi had a quote of his own for the tome, as well as three more locations to talking books. These changed every couple of days. (couldn’t make it too easy now... *grins*)

They were named with the old mantras associated with the shrines: Mu (Compassion), Beh (Justice) and Cah (Sacrifice) which actually came from the Gargoyle tongue (hence Wisaxi being a gargoyle - his name by the way means: Wise Principle).

The quotes these talking books had were numbered so you knew which ones became part of your tome. They did not change - although the locations did. One of the books was always in Ilshenar (Mistas, Lakeshire and Vas Lor Reg) one always in Tokuno (both of the Dojo’s and then Zento) and the third between the cities associated with Love (Cove, Minoc and then the cave near Compassion).

The final tome was handed out during two sessions (the first four hours and the second three) in the hall where it all began. I took this one before we started the first session.




The final tome was actually missing Wisaxi’s quote as pointed out at the first session.



"The Book of Love Authored by Kanmare"


Love is a tender emotion, felt in as many ways as there are people. Without this Principle societies fail, as it is Love that brings us together as one People, whatever your creed may be. Without Love there is no Compassion as this Virtue depends directly on Love.

Without caring for each other, we descend into Despise, the petty bickering of those who judge others harshly without cause. Without Love there is no Justice, as there is nothing to temper the judgments made by the mind’s eye. The Heart knows right from wrong and will often see clearer than the head. Without Love, there is only the cold Truth of facts laid bare, which will not always make a wise choice.

Without Love, there is no Sacrifice, as there is no reason to give of oneself to another’s cause. Self preservation being thine only cause, alone you would be. No one should live alone. There are three Virtues connected to Love:

Compassion
Compassion is the most profound of human emotions. Pure in its intent, it shows itself as a desire to help another in pain. Only a detested life owes itself to another’s suffering. It is said: Kill not the non-evil beasts of the land, and do not attack the fair people. It is also said: Give of thy purse to those who beg and thy deed shall not be forgotten.

Justice
Justice tempers pure Love with Truth to provide life’s judgments. Justice without force is impotent; force without justice is tyranny. It is said: Those who inflict injustice upon others cannot expect fair treatment unto themselves. It is also said: To take the gold of others is injustice not soon forgotten. Take only thy due. Take care that the judgments made by thee are in accordance with the will of thine heart.

Sacrifice
Sacrifice is the Courage to give of oneself in the name of Love. Just as the poor feed their children before they eat, noble acts in this life do not go unrewarded. Karma says the Sacrifices we make return to us threefold. It is said: To give of thy life's blood so that others may live is a Virtue of great praise. Watch for the Sacrifices others make for thee. It is in noticing the small things we can be great.

This Tome has explored the Virtues connected to Love and thus, how we should, especially in the month of February, give thanks and enjoy its fruits with all of our friends in this Life.
The format was loosely based on the book Virtue by Lord British himself.



Thank you EM Kanmare,
Your hard work is appreciated.
"The Love of the Virtues" Quest was a great success!

Andrasta
Atlantic Shard Reporter

GRL
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Minor Change For The Silver Steed Naming Contest
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 8:28 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
As of Tuesday, March 10, it was determined by Crystal [CCC], Intoxication [LSN], and several others from Origin who are involved with Crystal's Name The Silver Steed Contest, that the five names who receive the most votes from the poll on the EM's website will be submitted to a panel of judges who will hold a vote to determine the winning name.

This is an Origin event.  Everyone from Origin please go vote for your favorite name on the list.

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Siege Perilous Tour Event
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 8:10 AM EDT by Luka Melehan (SiegePerilous)
Tour of Siege Perilous Event




Invitations went out last week for a tour of our veteran shard, Siege Perilous on Sunday March 8th at 7pm est. Response to these invitations was very encouraging. Our intent was to provide a non-discouraging introduction to the ruleset and environment and allow questions to be asked and answered. There was a nice turnout of approximately six individuals from other shards, as well as a variety of Siege folk to welcome them from RPers to PKs to smelly orcs.

Hoffs prepared a detailed summary about life on Siege to share with our guests which was delivered to a very interested audience. Some in attendance were here for the very first time. While others had had a variety of experiences in thier efforts to survive on our shard. They soon came to see that there are very tried and true ways to approach Siege to make this a very rewarding experience.



After a question and answer session...and cookies...we started on our tour. First stop was the tavern at Gilfane where Hoffs spoke of his community and upcoming events.



Next up was a stop at the tavern in Iantown, where a very sentimental Kelmo spoke of the Iantown that once was and where many of us would like to see it go in the future.



The last community on our tour was Wispwood, a town long known for RP and long running storynights. Bruin spoke to us here, I believe.



NO tour of Siege Perilous would be complete without a run through the infamous Luna....

I suppose...



Last stop was the NEW guild hall. The purpose and nature of this guild had already been explained and with this welcome from the community, several folk joined.

All in all, a very successful event which I hope will be repeated regularly. These folk got to meet some of the real people behind the the stigma of the shard and found there are more than just PKing of the innocent. (While that does abound as well)



I would like to give a warm thanks to Hoffs for hosting and organizing the event, to community leaders for being present to receive guests, QZ for baking and other supplies, to Hoffs again for the supply of leather and to those who made armor and arcane in preparation for the possibility of raids.
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Weekly Zoo Spawn: "Sleeping Dragon Champion Spawn" Tuesday, March 10th 2009
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 2:32 AM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<For those of you who want something to do the Weekly Zoo Spawn will be heading to Tokuno to face the "Sleeping Dragon Champion Spawn" and work it till we face and defeat the champion "Serado the Awakened". All gold gathered will be given to the zoo to help maintain our beloved Silver Steeds. Along with all the SoTs (Scrolls of Transcendence) and Champion Spawn Artifacts will be gathered and sold to help the Zoo.

Date:
Tuesday, March 10th 2009

Time:
Meeting At: 7:30pm
Leaving At: 7:50pm
Spawn Starts At: 8:00pm

Spawn:
Tokuno

Meeting Point:
Luna Gate (Will Be Gating to Spawn Area)


Hope many of you decide to join us tonight!
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Triple Feature Chicken Fight Night Thursday March 12, 2009
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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009, 8:56 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<
Triple Feature! Chicken Fight Night!

Thursday
March 12, 2009


Monster Bash
Everything goes ~ players fight their chickens against any monster they can get into the Arena.

Championship Chicken Fights
Chicken vs Chicken. Winner keeps fighting until there are no challengers left.


Flock Fight
A free-for-all: all chickens fight at once. Last chicken standing wins.




Fighters: Bring your chickens, bring your friends, bring the kids, bring your laundry!

Come on down to the Chicken Fight Club for fun and prizes!

Every Thursday at 7:PM EST!



Special Fight Night Sponsor: Lady Rachel, Rachel’s Runes ~ Purse One Million gold!

Other Sponsors: Lady Julia, Merchantile of Tara; Wizzax, Wizzax Wears; Maling, Northern Star; and the Book Store.

We look forward to it!

Andrasta
Atlantic Shard Reporter
GRL
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West Brit Bank gets a Refreshing New Look! Congratulations Vladimir!
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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009, 7:46 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
West Brit Bank gets a Refreshing New Look! Congratulations Vladimir!



Excitement was in the air today as our beloved Draconi unveiled the Winning Design for the West Britain Bank Renovation contest. We watched very intently as he placed the water, grass, and rocks.





The crowds grew larger as he added the final elements of Vlad's design. It was so nice to see people return to West Bank Britain. The garden atmosphere makes it a relaxing place to sit and visit. You can fish in the stream and there is even a working hitching post.





It was wonderful to see EM Kanmare and EM Vytacca freed from their Counsellor Building and able to join us on the roof.





If you would like to visit one of the amazing house designs Valdimir has built please drop by Goodman's Rune Library (red rune on left front arcane circle) or Winterbreeze Library (front foyer). I highly recommend you take the time if you love decor. Vlad has some really unique elements in his house.





All in all it was a very invigorating afternoon for Britain, our capital city, and I sincerely hope we can incorporate the moongate in the area as well as a nice big plaque with Vlad's name on it.





Cheers to Draconi & the Dev Team for this contest!

What wonderful idea to bring the community back to West Brit Bank and what a great way to revitalize old buildings!

Can we do Magincia next? I'd sure like to take a try at one!

Good Job Vlad! Thanks for your beautiful design and hard work.


Andrasta
Atlantic Shard Reporter
GRL
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M!S Sunday Night Taming Helps Keep Zoo At Tier 11
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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009, 4:21 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Sunday, March 8,  Misfits of Society's one-hour Taming for the Zoo had another great turnout,  with two more people being able to pick rewards.  The evening started with 386,924 points, and ended with 591,084.  Last night's participants donated 204,880 points to the Zoo! (The zoo was still on Tier 11 when we started.)

DixieLoneStar and Lessa  each got to claim a reward, which puts the event kitty back down to 24,414 points.  There are just two more tamers from the original list to claim rewards.  Then the list starts over, and everyone is eligible for a reward again. 

This week's tamers were:
Lemon [M!S]
Lil Debi [TAO]
DixieLoneStar [M!S] 
Toni Fierce [M!S] 
Hurgan [M!S]
Devin [M!S]
Lessa [M!S]
Sandman[M!S]
Niaomi Watts [M!S]
Luna Tic (TAO) 
Savannah Rose (UTB) 
Kat MacBroeden [DWN]

Darcia and Toni Fierce of M!S say, 'Thanks to all who donated both tames and gold at last night's Zoo....you guys did a awesome job.'

When this event started January 4, 2009, the Moonglow Zoo was at Tier 9.   Tier 10 was achieved January 11th. The Zoo donations hit Tier 11 (the highest) February 4.  The Sunday Night Taming has helped maintain the Zoo at Tier 11 since then.

This is great way to help maintain the Baja Moonglow Zoo. Tamers of almost any skill level can participate.  If you wish to participate, Sunday Taming Night begins at 8 p.m. PST (9 p.m. MST, 10 p.m. CST, 11 p.m. EST), lasts one hour, and is open to everyone.

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Auctions for this week - March 9th
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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009, 4:30 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<

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

NeXt Auction

Date:  Tuesday, March 10th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  South of Luna City

Contact: Meani – ICQ 65-689-918

BEC Auction

Date:  Friday, March 13th

Time:  8:00 pm CST

Location:  South Gate of Luna City

Contact:  Lady Tia - ICQ 23944805

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Community Hunt - Week of March 9th
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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009, 4:26 AM EDT 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. ***




Treasure map hunt for the Britain Library Community
Date: Tuesday, March 10th
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, March 11th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Bag of Sending Group Quest
Date: Thursday, March 12th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, March 13th
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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252nd Assembly of the 7th High Council
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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009, 4:17 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<252nd Assembly of the 7th High Council

Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Note Location change: West Counselor's Guild, Britain, Trammel Facet

Meeting Agenda:

-A discussion of the return of the Britannian Games, and the construction of the new fairgrounds outside of Luna.

-Possible edicts from Lord Casca, King pro-tempore.

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

-Other items to be announced at the meeting.

John Cainbridge
Chancellor of Virtue,
High Council of Britannia


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Community Meet Up - March 9th
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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009, 4:08 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – March 9th
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Counselor Guild Hall, North Britain


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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Zento Wedding Chateau!
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Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<                                                            Zento's Wedding Chateau!

     
              With the recent addition of the in game wedding provided by our own shard event moderators so rises the need for beautiful scenic locations for these timeless events to occur. The realm boasts several locales provided by the gods such as Justice Falls as well as the city of Magencia's ceremonial podium located on the north beach. However with most events in the realm players find ways and means to not only take things up a notch but make them unique, personable, and in an outright league of thier own. Such is the case with the newly erected Zento Wedding Chateau.


            

               The first known on the Chesapeake shard, this fine new establishment is the brainchild of one Nastia Cross.  Located in Zento's east southeast corner, the chateau of marble and stone is a striking blend of home design amongst the cities other notable homes. The design which began as a working model for the soon to be held wedding of Lox and Sami in Felucca, has inspired it's owner to open it to the realm as place where any and all who wish to create the bond of marriage may host thier friends and guests.
               The home boasts four floors of spacious rooms complete with a ground level stable, second floor reception area, third level "suite" for the newlyweds (complete with HOTTUB), and of course a gorgeous rooftop chapel for the actual ceremony to occur!

           

                

      

                

                  In speaking with it's designer the entire establishment is available for color coordination to the bride and groom's delight along with any decorations they wish to provide for thier service. Everything from floors to walls is completely available for customization or any desired theme. To book your wedding stop by and leave a message or contact Nastia Cross herself at: Nastia  Cross  on AIM or  ICQ# 462825644.









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And the Two Shall Become One
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Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2009, 4:02 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

And the Two Shall Become One
(a transcript)



EM Eira: *Smiles at the congregation*
“I wish to thank you for this honor.
The strongest love comes from the softest whispers… And on the breeze… Touching hearts… Once more complete… We are here today to recognize the beauty of love, and to witness the reuniting of Pop and Mum Lancermane in holy matrimony. We pray that this union continues to be blessed by the same true and binding love that marriage represents. Let us pause to reflect.
In quietness we share the love that drew these two together and the blessings that are given to us through this love. Marriage is more than the uniting of two people; it is a spiritual bond uniting two souls. A trust that your partner will love you, and that you will love your partner. As in any meaningful relationship, there are times when it is hard to understand and to love one another. A successful marriage must be a lasting commitment to your love and your vows. It is easy to say the words; it is more difficult to daily live those words. Do whatever it takes to keep your commitment alive. This will lighten your burdens and deepen your joys for you will share them with your partner and friend.
The Spirit of Love brought you together - fulfilling a plan known only to our Creator and you. Now, I invite you to rededicate your love and purpose to each other. Loving Creator, we acknowledge your blessing upon this marriage, we give thanks that your Spirit is with them, not only on this day, but in all their days. This we affirm in thy name and through the power of your Spirit.
*points to indicate candles*
These separate candles symbolize your separate lives, families, and friends. Take one of the lit candles and together light the center candle. Today you recommit to blend the light that you are into one unity flame. Pop Lancermane and Queen Mum, you have invited us to witness the happiness that you have with each other. Are you ready to recommit to this covenant of Love?”
“We are.”



“If a man vows to the Creator, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall do all that comes from his mouth. If a woman also vows to the Creator and binds herself by a bond, her creator hears her vow; her bond is bound with her soul. Above all things put on charity - the bond of perfection. Let the peace of the Spirit rule your hearts. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Creator, giving thanks always to the Spirit of the Creator.
Loving Creator, bless these rings as unending symbols of love and devotion. Bind them on your fingers, write them on the table of your heart. Bind them for a sign on your hand, they shall be symbols between your eyes. Set me as a seal on your heart, a seal on your arm; love is strong as death; jealousy - cruel as the grave; the coals are coals of fire which are vehement flames.
Pop, place this token of love on Mum’s left hand and repeat after me…



It is written, in the beginning male and female were made, and for this cause shall a man cleave to his wife: and the two shall be one. They are no more two but one flesh. What the Creator puts together let no man put asunder. May your understanding of love deepen through your years together. May you let your love be a light to the world.
A good marriage must be created. It is the little things that are big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is saying I love you each day. It is facing the world together as one. It is showing appreciation for one another. It is giving each other room to grow. It is growing with each other. It is not only marrying the right person, but being the right partner.
Let the peace of the Creator which surpasses all understanding, keep you in the Spirit of knowledge and love. Because Pop and Mum have have vowed the bonds of holy matrimony together before the Creator and witnesses, I now affirm them as husband and wife. The light of God surrounds you. The love of God enfolds you. The power of God protects you. The presence of God watches over you. For where you are God is. Please seal your love with a kiss to show your commitment for each other.









May the blessing of the Spirit shower on you and remain with you always.
All loving Spirit - I present to You, the two, who are now one.
Amen."








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Cassie Darksong's Auction and A Trip To West Britain Bank
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Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
Last night I attended Cassie Darksong's fast-paced, well-organized auction.

Shortly after the auction began, Lady Taryn Sullivan stopped by to view the wares being sold.  The auction continued with fast-paced bidding and a few well done bidding battles.  Hopefully I will have a larger bank balance before Cassie's next auction.

Following the auction. Lady Taryn asked for permission to say a few words on behalf of EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan.  After checking her notes, Lady Taryn reminded us that the deadline for name submissions for Crystal's Silver Steed Naming Contest was later in the evening.  When asked how the voting process would be handled, Lady Taryn told us votes for the winning name will be cast on the Origin EM website, adding there will be lanterns and books with voting instructions and the website address locked down all through the land.  Voting will start March 8th, and end March 14, with the winning name to be announced at LSN's Taming Event, Tuesday, March 17.

After checking her notes again, Lady Taryn wondered if we would all like to take a 'field trip'. We found ourselves teleported to the West Britain Bank viewing the recent bank renovation designed by Dhara.

Lady Taryn pointed out that teleporters to and from the roof have been added.

Inside the bank, we discovered that more of Dhara's renovations have been completed.

I had to leave for a birthday party, and did not get a chance to ask  if there is to be some sort of 'ribbon cutting' or perhaps 'plaque-hanging' ceremony for the bank.

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Regarding Upcoming Events and their Moderators
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Posted on Saturday, March 7, 2009, 6:43 PM EST by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<


For all of you who missed Thursday's EM social, the main news was the Lake Superior events website that EM Quantum has set up. http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior

Also, our EMs are planning Lake Superior Olympic Tournaments, which among several other things will include foot races, horse races, boat races, and PvP duels. There's more information provided in the above link. We are planning on having one or two tournaments every week, and we are in need of helpers.
... and be sure to attend the EM socials every Thursday so you can get all the info for yourself first hand.
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Advanced Champion Spawns Saturday March 7
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Posted on Saturday, March 7, 2009, 5:40 PM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Ilshenar News <<<
Advanced Champion Spawns Every Saturday Night



Many of you may know Elendil Felagund as a former admiral with past invasions. He is willing to lead the cause again but this time in search of fortune for all who choose to participate. He has recently volunteered to host an additional community hunt for us players to gather for the more advanced champion spawns that Ilshenar and Malas have to offer.

Every Saturday night at 8pm CST all players interested in doing the Advanced Champion Spawn Community Hunt will meet above the bank in Luna. Take the steps up next to the Shrine of Wisdom in the meeting room there.



This Saturday night’s Advanced Champion Hunt:
The Twisted Wield Champion Spawn located in Twisted Wield, Spirituality


(Post your ideas, templates and suggestions!)



Thank you Elendil for taking on the community and offering us another night of adventure!






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UOForums Interviews Draconi, UO Lead Designer
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Posted on Saturday, March 7, 2009, 12:49 PM EST by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
We have received this from our friends at UOForums:

UOForums Interviews Draconi, UO Lead Designer

Draconi has agreed to do an interview with UOForums.

You can find the interview here!

Thanks to Draconi for a fantastic interview and for completing it so quickly! Thanks to all our users who submitted their questions. And of course, thanks to the fansites who share this interview with their respective communities.

Adam
UOForums

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Wedding Bells Ring!
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Posted on Saturday, March 7, 2009, 12:34 PM EST by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<                                              Nutron Bomb and Loviatar Tie the Knot!


                   The UO wedding of Nutron Bomb and Loviatar took place last eve atop the falls northwest of the Justice shrine. The ceremony was short and sweet with a pleasantly light hearted exchange of vows they seemingly catered to not only the the bride and groom but also thier pets as well as they stood in tow along side thier masters during the ceremony. Officiated by EM Tailspin as the nights Master of Ceremonies the services went off without a hitch.


                  

                   Greeting those in attendance, Tailspin began with a short welcome speech as he described visions of love and all they entail embelishing those in the crowd of the signifigance of love and it's joys. The couple anxiously awaited as he seamlessly moved onto the exchange of vows themselves.


               

                    After speaking the vows the couple exchanged tokens of devotion in the form of rings to one another. I do's were noted as the crowd was introduced to the newlyweds for the first time in public. Fireworks along with explosion pots were a plenty as the those in attendance cheered. The couple greeted guests and thanked all who came to share thier night.

               

                               

                                      

                    No word wether they've survived the honeymoon as no sooner then the crowd began to disperse did the clothes come off and the naked madness begin! They streaked the crowd as they invited all to join them for a night of fun somewhere in the realm. Congratulations to the new couple on the commencement of thier newest adventure. May the light of the virtues shine upon you always. We look next to the wedding of Lox and Sami this month on the 13th. See you soon!

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MARDI GRAS Black Market, March 7th, 8pm EST
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Posted on Friday, March 6, 2009, 8:44 PM EST by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Greetings Catskills,

An update for you all about the monthly Black Market event by the United Pirates:
MARDI GRAS Black Market, March 7th, 8pm EST

The United Pirates of Catskills announce the MARDI GRAS Black Market event for Mar. 7th, 8 pm EST! Show up as insanely dressed-up as you can!!!

During this monthly recurring event, you can sell, buy or trade your wares! The facts:

[*] Merchants can claim a personal market stand where they can advertise and sell their products. The merchants should enter the list of their products into the book locked down on their market stand (at least one day prior to the event, so people can come by and check on the items).

[*] The prices should be LOWER than the regular Luna vendor prices! Bargaining is encouraged!

[*] Are you looking for a certain item? You can post your request on the bulletin board out front of the Black Market. Merchants can check the board beforehand and have the appropriate items ready for sale. The board will be wiped after the Black Market is over.

If you want to sell contraband, you can simply come to the Black Market building prior to the event and enter your name and your item list into one of the (empty) books on the market stands. By doing that you have claimed the market stand and may use it exclusively during the event. The Black Market building is located next to our Jolly Roger Inn.

Map:


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FOF: Friday Friday Friday
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Posted on Friday, March 6, 2009, 1:00 PM EST by Larisa (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FOF: Friday Friday Friday
Chrissay Zeeman
06 Mar 2009 17:28:38

Will you ever "fix" the circle of transparency in KR?

There are many display related issues that have become the focus of improvement as we continue work on the upcoming Stygian Abyss client. The Circle of Transparency option in the Kingdom Reborn client had a number of problems, a couple of which included making floors underneath your character invisible when attempting to remove the walls from view and making item drag and drop functionality within these areas very difficult. There were other more general display issues such as floors and walls above your character hiding or unhiding in unintended ways which frustrated many players who owned lofty housing.

Much of this has been reworked in the Stygian Abyss client and we are very happy with the results from our continued testing and improving process.
-Axel

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Will KR users have to do a completely new installation for the new client?

So much has changed with the new client that even if we allowed you to patch up from KR, it would basically be patching the entire thing.  I do have some good news though.  The new client uses a completely new patching system that is far superior to its predecessor.  

  • Patches are no longer incremental.  This means you won’t have to download every single patch that has been released since you installed the game.  The patcher will only download updates to each file once when you run it.
  • The patching system is built from the ground up to work with our data format.  This will result in much smaller patches than what we are used to.
  • The patcher can actually download the entire game from the UO Patch Server.  The installer for the new client will be small, around 20 megabytes.  When you run the patcher for the first time, it will download the rest of the game files.

-Supreem


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Will we be able to transfer our macros to the SA client?

This is on our list of features we would like to get in before the client launches.  Although there are minor differences between the KR and new client settings formats, the new client saves and loads the settings files from a different folder on the user’s computer.  This is to allow players to maintain their KR client settings when we enter various stages of testing for the new client.
-Supreem

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Last week you said Gargoyles, under SA ,will have a slight skill advantage in Imbuing. So I assume Humans and Elves will be able to use this new skill. Does the same apply with Mysticism and Throwing ?

Gargoyles receive racial bonuses to Imbuing, Mysticism, and Throwing.
Master Artisan

A strong cultural emphasis on art and craftsmanship grants the Gargoyles an increased chance to imbue, enhance, and unravel magical items.
Deadly Aim

All Gargoyles are trained from childhood in the skill of Throwing, giving them a basic competence with missile weapons.
Mystic Insight

Gargoyles have an intuitive understanding of Mysticism, allowing them to cast basic Mysticism spells without further training.
 
Humans and Elves will be able to use Imbuing and Mysticism, but will not be able to use Throwing weapons.
Gargoyles will not be able to use Archery weapons.
-Leurocian

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The question is, is it intended during statloss period you still have access to all weapon specials even if you do not have the required skills? 120 Archery and 120 tactics in statloss is 80/80 which normally wouldnt allow you to do secondary specials.


No that's unintended. Statloss should prevent secondary weapon abilities because your skill levels have been lowered. Currently, for validating skill requirements for weapon specials, we evaluate the weapon skill level and tactics skill level with no modifiers (i.e., racial, item bonuses, and faction penalties are not included)
-Leurocian

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Fan Site News 


Baja

Attention Archers! The March Best Shot in the Realm, sponsored by Misfits of Society, will be held on March 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm Pacific (9:00 Mtn, 10:00 Cent., 11:00 East.). All archers of the land are encouraged and invited to gather at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds

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Siege

On Sunday, March 8th at 7pm EST there will be an "Introduction to Siege" event where members of the Siege community will be talking about the ruleset there and the many myths surrounding life on the shard. We will also be visiting some key places on Siege, including the unique NEW guild which has been helping newcomers to the shard for years.

The event will be starting at the Skara Brae Community Center. Further details are available here.

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Sonoma 

Hail! Tonight at 7:00pm Pacific Time, your presence is requested on Sonoma/Felucca at the YMCA* for the return of Story Night. The Yew Merry Center for All will be awarding a purse of gold to the player whose story is accorded the popular vote by those in attendance. Especially desired are those veterans with tales to tell from Sosaria of yore - of deeds, deaths and derring-do - anything with which to regale the audience. Your stories are all new to them...you are the legends before their time. Tell 'em like it was!

     Sharpen up those pens (and ears) and come to share a tale of your choosing with us...or simply grab a seat by the fire, toss back an ale or three, and enjoy listening to other's creations. (Songs, poetry and humor are always welcomed, as well)

     So...blow the dust off of those manuscripts, polish em up a bit, and drop by the YMCA for an evening of entertainment, refreshments...and gold!

     *The Yew Merry Center for All is a player-run, blessed, public tower, located directly across the road from the Yew Cemetary, south of Yew, on the Felucca facet of Sonoma.

      REMINDER: The YMCA is a neutral establishment, and all hues are welcomed...red, grey, orange, purple or blue. No aggressive acts towards other patrons are condoned on the premises. A caveat, however: this event takes place in Felucca, so please do not travel with anything that you cannot afford to lose.

      Please be sure to read the rule book locked down on the front steps. Thank you!

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Saturday, March 7th at Noon Pacific (2pm CT ^ 3pm ET) - Meet & Greet EM Stardancer - Spend some time chatting with our EM's and welcome EM Stardancer to Sonoma at the West Brit Counselor's Hall (Tram). For map location click HERE
 
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Sunday, March 8th at 10am Pacific (Noon CT ^ 1pm ET) - Renewing Vows Ceremony - Everyone is invited at  to attend the renewing of marriage vows ceremony performed by EM Eira between Queen Mum & Pop Lancermane. CLICK HERE for more details.
 
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Friday, March 13th at 5pm Pacific (7pm CT ^ 8pm ET) - Lucky the Lost Leprechaun - Help the unlucky Leprechaun find his way out of the Hedge Maze and retrieve his pot of surprises. Sponsored by Sonoma Community Coalition and Friends.
 
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Friday, March 13th at 6pm Pacific (8pm CT ^ 9pm ET) -  Shard gauntlet - The Peoples Army of Sonoma will take other citizens to the gauntlet for fun. Gold skulls provided by PAS


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This week on Whispering Rose Radio...


Friday - March 6th - Shard Chatter is buzzing with the latest hot topics of Ultima Online news. Join DJ Exiled Connections starting at 10pm ET (7pm PT) on WRR and participate in this lively UO discussion. Instructions on how to tune in and participate are located on the www.wrrad.com website. You can contact Exiled Connection by ICQ 179-159-158
 
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Friday - March 6th - The Box Game with 50 Million in UO prizes to give away over the next 2 weekends runs from 9pm to 11pm PT (Midnight to 2am ET) Its easy to participate and anyone on UO can play. Go to www.wrrad.com for details and be ready to contact DJ Flash at ICQ 124-373-22
 
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Saturday - March 7th - While getting your game on tune into www.wrrad.com from 1pm to 3pm ET (10am to Noon PT) for the Sounds of Sosaria Show. Chill out to New Age, Ambience and Soundtracks with DJ Skal who is always available to listeners requests and can be reached by ICQ at 436-663-883
 
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Saturday - March 7th - Tune in for the ever popular Brush LimpPaw show starting at 5pm ET (2pm PT) on WRRAD where listeners hear his Universal Outlook on the worlds 'current events' - as only he can deliver it!
 
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Saturday - March 7th - WRR Deal or No Deal 'UO Style' ~ Win up to 10 MILLION in GOLD on the shard of your choice (1/3 Siege) playing Deal or No Deal. This weeks DoND is on PACIFIC starting at 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific. The DoND house is located just EAST of LUNA moongate. Players from all shards are eligible to participate...just make a character on PACIFIC to join in the fun!! Rules on how to play DoND UO Style are available on the station website where you can also tune in to hear this and other UO events live from...Whispering Rose Radio - For more details and location map CLICK HERE
 
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Saturday - March 7th - WRR's Name that Tune & Artist Show with over 25 Million in UO Gold can be won on the shard of your choice (1/3 Siege)!! Anyone can play - just log onto LAKE SUPERIOR and head to the game house of Club Xanadu located inside Luna town along the north wall then tune into Whispering Rose Radio at (www.wrrad.com) to hear the tunes. Every person that plays is on their own ladder. For full game details and map of location CLICK HERE
 
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Saturday - March 7th - If you missed Friday nights Box Game (with 50 Million in UO prizes to give away) you have another chance tonight from 9pm to 11pm PT (Midnight to 2am ET) Its easy to participate and anyone on UO can play. Go to www.wrrad.com for details and be ready to contact DJ Flash at ICQ 124-373-22
 
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Sunday - March 8th - Tune in each week from 11am to 2pm ET (8am - 11am PT) and win at least a MILLION in gold on the shard of your choice (1/3 Siege) by being the first to figure out the clues given to help find DJ Slide on Sonoma. Anyone from any shard is eligible to participate, just make a character on Sonoma and tune into www.wrrad.com for the clues. Each week that DJ Slide is not 'found' the reward increases by 1 Million. *This weeks winning is worth 1 Million on the shard of your choice (1/3 Siege).
 
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Sunday - March 8th - The Pacific Auction House (located just East of the Luna moongate) continues after 4 fantastic years to bring all UO players 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 - March 12th – Its time to party with the Tazz and Keg's Underground show broadcasting live from 10pm to Midnight ET (6pm to 8pm PT). You will never forget entering their underground world. You can call into the show via Skype! For full details on how to call into the show visit the Tazz & Kegs Underground website the Underground Knights.
 
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Weekly -  "Our House - UO Player of the Week". Is there someone who has affected you and others playing of Ultima Online in a positive way? Show your appreciation by nominating them for the UO Player of the Week! It's easy to do. Contact DJ Slide at ICQ 277-163-033 (or by PM on the boards) with the name and shard of the player. Slide will contact you for more details to help in recording this special tribute and will play the spot during DJ Slide's Sunday Show from 11am - 2pm ET (8am - 11am PT) on Whispering Rose Radio
 
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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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Lake Superior
 
***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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Advanced Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Saturday, March 7th
Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: Shrine of Wisdom, above Luna Bank
Host: Elendil Felagund
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Community Meet'n Greet
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 7:30PM Central
Location: West Britain Counselor Guild Hall
Hosts: Airmid / Sabina Nikolai
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Treasure-hunting for the Britain Library Community Collection
Date: Tuesday, March 10th
Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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Peerless hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, March 11th
Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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Bag of Sending Group quest
Date: Thursday, March 12th
Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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Ilshenar Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Friday, March 13th
Time: 9:00PM Central
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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UOForums Interviews Draconi, UO Lead Designer
 
Draconi has agreed to do an interview with UOForums.  You can find the interview here
 
Thanks to Draconi for a fantastic interview and for completing it so quickly! Thanks to all our users who submitted their questions And of course, thanks to the fansites who share this interview with their respective communities.
 
Adam
UOForums Founder

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Attention Archers! BSR, March 21 and Results of February BSR Sponsored by M!S
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Posted on Friday, March 6, 2009, 11:52 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Attention Archers! The March Best Shot in the Realm, sponsored by Misfits of Society, will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 8:30 pm Pacific (9:30 pm Mountain, 10:30 pm Central, 11:30 Eastern). All archers of the land are encouraged and invited to gather at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds.

The last BSR was held on February 7th, 2009, at Lady Dixie Lonestar's residence.  (Holding a BSR in a residence had always been a dream of the founders of S|A.  It was only fitting that the first BSR sponsored by M!S fulfilled that dream.) Lady Dixie and Grim Reaper greeted the archers and recorded their names for score keeping. 

They then teleported to the rooftop were Lady Dixie had provided two archery buttes and seats for the contestants and the spectators.

After a quick welcome and reading of the rules by Toni Fierce, the archery contest got underway!

The score keepers/judges were Ahebban and Lil Debi. The bow resetting and entertainment were provided by Citrus.

 The contestants were as follows: 

  1. Bucko
  2. Chango [PSA]

  3. Anya Kat [K?A]

  4. Bogartt [UG.K]

  5. Lord Frigin Azim, BoH

  6. chocalot [TAO]

  7. Lady Aeon Flux [TAO]

  8. Lord Sean Brega [TAO]

  9. Lady Kathryn [TAO]

  10. Lord Thanin Quickbeam

  11. Zanza [S|A]

  12. Cherokee [B*R]

  13. Bumble Bee [$CF$]

  14. Howard Hill [UG.K]

  15. Llama [M!S]

  16. PoePoe [M!S]

  17. Lil Debi [M!S]

In the first round, a score of 70 needed to be attained to make it to the 2nd round. Bucko's arrows got caught by the wind, and he received a consolation prize of 50k. 

In the second round, 100 was the score to beat to qualify for the third round. The wind was not with Aeon Flux, Llama, chocolat and Sean Brega. 

In the third round, a score of 150 needed to be attained to get to the 4th round. Anya Kat, Quickbeam, Lil Debi, Cherokee, Bumblebee, and Thanin Quickbeam were relegated to the stands.

The tension mounted in the fourth round, where a score of 200 would determine the winner. Chango, Frigin Azin, Zanza, Poepoe and Howard Hill gave it their best, but Lady Kathryn prevailed and took home the title of Best Shot in the Realm!



Lady Kathryn won an engraved bow made especially for the BSR contest, and a one million gold check, which she generously donated back for future BSR contests.

Congratulations to Lady Kathryn, and thank you to all the archers that came out and supported the event. We hope to see you on March 21st at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds!

During the event, it was noticed we had an unexpected spectator in the gallery.

Although Kullervo Nystad is not an archer, he did accommodate the crowd's requests and took a turn at the buttes after the competition was over.

Score Sheet

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PoePoe Wins Dawn's 11th Anniversary Archery Tournament
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Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2009, 11:15 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Kingdom of Dawn
11th Anniversary
Recap of Events

A crowd gathered early in anticipation of the Dawn 11th Anniversary Best Shot in the Realm tribute to the Society of Archers [S|A].  EM Seppo's sense of humor became readily apparent when first Lady Kathryn, February winner of the BSR sponsored by M!S, then WildStar, Grand Duchess of Dawn, were both transported to the top of the stage at the Faire Grounds.  Although EM Seppo was not spotted at the event, his presence was made known to all.

WildStar, Grand Duchess of Dawn, began the events with an opening speech at the Best Shot In The Realm:

"Once upon a time there was a guild called the Guardians of Virtue (GoV).  They wore clothes of a light blue color and had a small house just outside of the northern gate of the Britain Cemetery.  You would find them with members of others guilds such as Digital Party (DP),  Dark Knights of Justice (DkoJ) and Savage Truth (ST).

Britain became too crowded and GoV moved to the island of Ocllo.  The small house was located two screens northwest of that city.  Ocllo has little flat land available for housing, so another location was needed to expand.  Eventually the area east of Dungeon Wrong was decided upon to be the location of the city, we were planning – The Kingdom of Dawn.  Avalon, The City of Destiny, was a short walk to the northwest. 

The first building was either what is now the Merchant Hall or one of the Mining Center Houses.  The guild stone was purchased, placed in the Dawn Tower and members of GoV transferred to the Kingdom of Dawn guild stone except one person to preserve the Guardians of Virtue name. 

Dawn officially became a player-run city on February 11, 1999 but we started building the city in February of 1998. Since that time we have had periods of great activity to include battles with Dark Tower, a Seer Quest, and periods of inactivity. We are currently in a active period and it doesn’t appear to have an end in sight.

Tonight we start out with an archery tournament tribute to the Society of Archers [S|A] Best Shot in the Realm (BSR) Monthly Tournament."

With a starting field of 20 archers, the archery buttes were tended by NANOC of DWxC [PaxLair] and Nicholas the Old [BRPA], as WildStar kept score and called the contestants to the line when it was their turn to compete.

In the first round, Bucko received a consolation prize of 1-million gold (which he donated back to the prize fund to be given to the winner), a quiver, a statue engraved 'Dawn 11th Anniversary Tournament - 2/13/2009', and a white poppies grown by Brother Anthos [DWN] for being the first person disqualified from the tournament.

18 of the starting 20 archers advanced to Round 2, which proved to be another close round.

16 advanced to Round 3, the most brutal round of all.  Some blamed the low scores on the wind.  WildStar took a moment to flamestrike the buttes, as if she suspected they were being inhabited by daemons.

Only 4 contestants, chocalot [TAO], Llama [M!S], AHEBBAN [M!S], and PoePoe [M!S], survived to advance to Round 4.  Each needed to shoot a perfect score of 200 to advance to the Championship Round.

Llama [M!S] and PoePoe [M!S] were the only two archers to make it all the way to the Championship Round. 

Llama [M!S] took home the 2nd place prize of a Hunters Headdress, a statue engraved 'Dawn 11th Anniversary Tournament - 2/13/2009', and white poppies grown by Brother Anthos [DWN].

PoePoe [M!S] was named Best Shot in the Realm for the Kingdom of Dawn's 11th Anniversary Tribute to the Society of Archers BSR, and received 6-million gold (1-million of that was donated to the winner by Bucko), a statue engraved 'Best Shot in the Realm - Dawn Archery Tournament', and a white poppies grown by Brother Anthos [DWN].

Score Sheet:

 

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EM Meet Up! March 5th 6pm CST
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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 10:18 PM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
(From the desk of your EMs Quantum and Autolycus)


EM Quantum and EM Autolycus have a shield up at the Counselor Guild Hall in Northwest Britain. It states they will be available to meet with the community this
Thursday March 5th at 6pm CST.

Q&A (as we affectionately call them) have been meeting at various times to get to know us, our thoughts and suggestions. It is a great opportunity to discuss past and upcoming events. Please keep in mind they are not able to discuss game issues and problems. That is up to Game Masters and Customer Service at Mythic so please take that into consideration when discussing this wonderful place we call Sosaria.

We hope to see you there!
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UOForums Interviews Paidric from Haven Helpers and Ingame Auctions
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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 1:41 PM EST by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
This just received from our friends at UOForums:

UOForums Interviews Paidric from Haven Helpers and Ingame Auctions

             

Paidric from Haven Helpers and Ingame Auctions has agreed to do an interview with UOForums. Haven Helpers has some fantastic new player guides and helpful resources for the new player to UO.

You can find the interview here -

Thanks Paidric for a great interview, the UOForums users who submitted their questions and to all the community sites who share this interview with the UO community.

Adam
UOForums Founder

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[NEWS]Seppo improves Skara Fairegrounds yet again!!
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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 11:28 AM EST by Oriana (Baja)

I recieved a message from Lady Wildstar of Dawn to hurry to the Skara Fairground. The message contained information that there had been some exciting new changes to the fairgrounds. So I rushed over to see these changes.

There I had the pleasure of bumping into Wildstar and Seppo himslef!! We spoke a bit about tonights impending meeting and then Seppo spoke up. He asked if I had seen the changes made to the fairegrounds then proceeded to give me a tour, assisted by Lady Wildstar.

First addition he showed to me was a new stablehand. It's a wonderful addition for those meetings that get called suddenly, and citizens need to have some one tend their animals. Although, Seppo did mention that the stablehand wasn't very reliable. Seppo mumbled something about low budgets.



We then headed a little west from the stables to find a brand new outdoor tavern. The setting is very nice and to my surprise when I looked at the sign...



How wonderful to have such a monument!!

We then headed to the northern part of the field. Out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a familar name. And as we approached a group of tents that appeared to look like perhaps a market area, I was excited to see another familiar name...

Theoran of S/A was standing guard at at small building that looked very much like privicies. Of course being a lady with a low tolerance for my liquids, I was happy to see it there.

And Theoran is rather opinionated also, just ask him what he thinks of Casca. *grins*

The tour then towards the west once again behind the stage that still remains where there were more of the tents and tables. The down to the east a bit a new moongate that leads to the convenient and soon to be newly done, West Britain Bank. Also there was a lantern that spoke of the meeting to be held this evening. This is going to be a new way for Seppo and Pallando to communicate goings on around the kingdom.

Seppo was quoted about the new improvements of the fairground...

One more item I was shown is also in that picture above. But you must figure whats special with it on your own. There's lots more to see. So come on take a break and go play at the Skara Brae Fairegrounds.

Oriana, Baja News Reporter

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Kingdom of Dawn's 11th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt Event
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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 10:17 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Kingdom Of Dawn's
Museum of Dreams
11th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt

People gathered at the Dawn Tower in anticipation of what fun and adventure we would find awaiting us for this event.

We were welcomed by Nicholas the Old and Wildstar, Grand Duchess of Dawn.

We were then furnished a copy of the 'Duchess' Shopping List', by Nicholas the Old, that read:

"Greetings, faithful courier!

I wish to express my deepest gratitude and my humblest thanks for your offer of assistance.  Me ol' bones just don't seem to function the same as they did in my youth.  You know, you youngin's should be appreciative; all your Sacred Journeys and your Moongates!  Why, in my day, we had to walk uphill both ways to the Lycaeum; and through armies of invading orcs no less!

Ah, but where was I? Oh, yes! Your task!

In light of most recent events, the Grand Duchess of Dawn wishes to express her desire for 'peace' and 'goodwill' between herself and the 'noble' Lord Casca Elf-Friend.  She has decided that the best way to do so would be to gather several items for a gift package that would be sent to his keep on the First of April.

Here are the things that must be gathered.  They can be found throughout the Kingdom of Dawn.

  1. We need the appropriate packaging for such a splendid gift!  I might have some leftover wrapping paper and gift boxes laying around my home.  You are welcome to take a peek.
  2. We need an example of Sosaria's finest literature; for what man doesn't love a good joke?  I have an appropriate book in mind.  'Bad Wizard Jokes', by Archimedes the Old.  You might be able to find a copy in one of Dawn's many libraries.
  3. We need some delightful treats for the Elven King, so why not some of Dawn's finest Trinsic Bread or Sugar Cookies?  I hear the palace bakery is throwing out some of the leftovers from the Valentine's Day Ball.  Why don't you go have a look?
  4. You will need something to quench your thirst after such a hearty meal.  How about some Sake from the Dragon's Breath Tavern?
  5. We need something to give that Sake an extra kick.  Why not some of that 'Green Absinthe' from the Scoundrel's Hideaway?
  6. The Orc's mentioned something about 'Ilidz Fingers'; some sort of holiday snack they enjoy.  I hear Master Vicious has been 'makke ilidz fengurs' in the Northern Keep.  Could you see what they are talking about, and bring back some?
  7. We need something to make this gift truly ... explosive!  I hear that the Merchants Order of Dawn is working on blasting a new mineshaft in the western mountains.  Why don't you see what they have laying around at the Mining Headquarters?
  8. We need some reagents to really make it a blast for the knew King!  How about some Blackrock?  I hear that the Dark Elves have been experimenting with the substance in their hideout just southeast of the Museum.  Check there and bring back what you find.
  9. We also need a costume for the deliverer.  Something not too conspicuous.  How about roughin'-up one of the brigands wandering Dawn and bringin' me back his clothes?

Once you're gathered everything, bring it back to me at the Dawn Town Hall.  I will have an award waiting for the first four people back."

Nicholas the Old gave a few spoken hints, including we might have to look into containers.  After his request we travel on foot, not using the magic of Recall to transport to the buildings, we all scattered to search the Dawn buildings the items on the Duchess' shopping list.  After some time, people started to trickle back to the Dawn Tower with the items they had procured.

While we were waiting for everyone to return the tower, something very odd happened outside.  A wandering healer named Dawn had spawned near the front steps!

When all had returned to the Dawn Tower, the winners were determined.  Mama Faith was the only one to find all nine items on the shopping list.  She was instructed to pick her prize from the items locked down beside WildStar, Grand Duchess. We then noticed that Zackarias [DWN] had mysteriously been locked down. (Not so unusual if one takes into consideration he is usually turned into a rabbit when in the presence of WildStar.)

After careful consideration, Mama Faith chose a check for 500,000 gold, promising to 'help others with it'.

Next was Phoenix Of DWxC [Pax_], who picked the Serpents Fang kryss as she had been attacked by the brigands who often appear in and around the Kingdom of Dawn.  In the future she will not be without a weapon to defend herself!

NANOC of DWxC [PAX_] found the heritage token to his liking when it was his turn to choose a prize.

Rob Zombie picked the Cypress Tree, grown by Brother Antos, as his reward.

And, Asimov [CTDM] received the 10th Anniversary Sculpture for participating in the Dawn 11th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt.

As those present prepared to leave ... some to the Dragon's Breath Tavern for role-play storytelling fun ... there were many anniversary wishes for the Kingdom of Dawn!

Thank you, WildStar and The Kingdom of Dawn, and all who assisted you in the Scavenger Hunt!  It was an evening of great fun.

Happy 11th Anniversary to Dawn, and as Nicholas the Old stated, 'may there be eleven more happy years for Dawn!'

 
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[NEWS]EM Seppo Anounces meet and greet!!
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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 10:05 AM EST by Oriana (Baja)

Lady Wildstar of Dawn sent me a message by carrier pigeon. It told me to meet her at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds. There I found her and EM Seppo talking apparently of me *laughs*. Seppo wanted us to spread the word about a meeting tonight to be held at the Skara Fraire Grounds.

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Some come talk with our EM's. Bring your thoughts feedback and questions tonight. The EM's are doing a wonderful job here, and I personally can't wait to see more!!

Oriana, Baja News Reporter

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Server Mainenance Today March 4th 2009
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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 2:26 AM EST by Vallend (Catskills)
This was posted by Chrissay yesterday.

Server Mainenance
Chrissay Zeeman
03 Mar 2009 19:24:55 EST


Tomorrow, March 4, 2009 we will be doing server maintenance from 1:00 PM EST and 3:30 PM EST. This will affect the following features: Login, Housing, Veteran Rewards, Character Transfers, and Promotional code redemption. Please note if you are logged in during this period of time you should not demolish or resize your house. You will not be able to place a house during this maintenance period. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Boat Race a Course in Success!
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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 5:17 PM EST by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)

Last Sunday, EM Malachi hosted the first of what may be many boat races in Britannia. As usual, the event started in the Counselor's Hall in northern Britain where the teams were given a race pack containing a map of Britannia, a sextant, a red and a blue bag, a book titled Island Hopping (race instructions), and lastly a book titled Boat Race Activities (things to do while sailing). (Both books are available for viewing in the Luna white box in the Library of Sosaria.)

The start of the race lay in the open waters just east of Brittany Bay so as not to interrupt shipping lanes. Each participating vessel had a lantern affixed to the deck to ensure that the same vessel docked at the finish line. The first leg of the race was to swiftly sail to the docks at Buccaneer's Den.

Once reaching the Den, a sea green lantern directed the crews to follow more lanterns to the west and into the infamous Smuggler's Tunnels - unfortunately those lanterns had mysteriously disappeared. Thankfully, one prepared sailor managed to open a gate into the tunnels, and another lantern was discovered with a set of coordinates so the southeast.

There a Serpent Pillar rose majestically out of the water. A somewhat perturbed looking alchemist perched upon a scaly coil directing ship captains to the docks at Serpent's Hold.

Lord Paris stood on the dock of the Fortress of Courage waiting to give the coordinates for the next leg of the race...for a price. Paris demanded that a gem be brought to him from the corpse of a firesteed. Fortunately, the nearby crack in the hillside led to the Fire Dungeon, and an ample supply of the blazing equines. The Lord took one gem and gave racers the next coordinates, the docks in New Haven. Any remaining gems were to be placed in their red bag.

The New Haven leg was my personal favorite, as a lantern there directed the crews to obtain the delectable peppercorn fishsteaks for their blue bag. Another lantern directed racers to coordinates on the island nation of Nujel'm.

On the small jetty on the eastern side of Nujel'm, another lantern led crews to the Debtor's Prison. There, a man named 'Tim' requested one of the delicious fishsteaks to quiet his rumbling stomach. He suggested that sailing to Dagger Isle and investigating the Shrine of Honesty would be advantageous.

At the Shrine, the lantern there pointed towards the snow cave on the northwestern tip of the isle. Inside the cave, the last lantern divulged the finish line - the docks in nearby Moonglow.

The winning crew was the crew of the USS Pwnager, a mix of PunkTe and Unforgotten Phoenix: Herro Striker, Beethoven, COCOPUFF, Larry Laffer and Mr Amazing. An engraved ship model memorializes their victory in the Counselor's Hall in northern Britain, and an engraved lantern sits on the main dock in Britain. An impromptu celebration was held at the Cat's Lair tavern by EM Malachi to congratulate the winning crew.

A second race may take place two months from now, weather permitting.

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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LS's New Fair Grounds
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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 4:55 PM EST by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<A very nice community meeting was had by all last night and very well attended!!




EM Quantum started the evening off with a table dance! He went on to say that he would like to get the Shard Olympics going again at Lake Superior’and he needs the help of the community members to help monitor events.




At the upcoming events there will be horse races, archery, foot races, boat races, elemental mining, lumberjacking, banking, a zoo taming contest and (Airmid’s personal favorite) a naked dungeon run!! Many kind of things in which to compete. A marker will be placed in the counselor’s guildhall with the winners of each event listed. He also discussed the possibility of holding a PVP Dexxer event on the roof of the Mage Tower with the owner’s permission.

EM Quantum also informed the crowd that should anyone want to run their own event to let him know and he would attend. That should make any event a little more exciting! Anyone can submit an event to Stratics and Airmid or any of the reporters just give us a shout out!

He went on to say that our wonderful Event Moderators are no longer “stuck” in the Counselors Guild. They have had a Fair Ground built outside of the south gates of Luna City for all to use. And proceeded to take us all on a field trip! (I hope everyone brought their permission slips!)




The fair grounds contain a fine stable for your pet’s pleasure, blacksmith, Kissing Booth, Magic Tent, Sweet Shop, archery range for competitions, a Hydra pool!! (oh my), and a main stage. All located conveniently next to the arena. The NPC in the kissing booth will actually respond to you if you use the right phrases!











EM Quantum further announced that although PVP is restricted in the fair grounds, there is a PVP arena in the works in Felucca in a secure location and more information will be forthcoming at a later date. It is the intention of the EM’s to run the events in many different areas in order to build community and encourage people to visit lost of different locations other than Luna and a few dungeons.

But first dates will need to be decided and he will be placing a bulletin board in the Wedding Planning Center which will list the events and give everyone a chance to volunteer to help with them. The plan is to hold at least two events, two days per week. This will require an active rotating planning committee to help the EM’s with the events. With those final announcements, EM Quantum left the stage to allow Sabina to make her weekly announcements! A big thanks to the devs and EM’s Q&A for our new beautiful fair grounds!



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EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan Request Your Input
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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009, 9:35 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)
Crystal [CCC] met with EMs Laurana and Faine Morgan this past Sunday,  and discussed the issues that voting with the ballot boxes present for the Silver Steed Naming Contest.  The EMs gave this suggestion for the voting process: They set up a voting poll on their new website.

This will enable the voting to be accessed by anyone with internet. The players will be able to track the votes, and see what name is winning anytime they log into to the site. It will also effectively hold the voting to one vote per player as voting there is checked by the IP address.

This way of voting will also keep track of which entry is first, second, and so on, enabling us to award first place and runner-up prizes.

The EMs also want to stress that this type of voting be approved by the players. If anyone has any other suggestions that they feel would be a better way, please say so very soon as the deadline is coming up fast. If there are no objections, we will go ahead with this plan, and it will be posted as soon as the poll is up and ready to start taking votes.

This is a great way to do the voting, and also will help get citizens accustomed to going to the EM's website in order to keep in touch with EMs Laurana and Faine Morgan, and keep up-to-date on events, shard activities, etc. sponsored by our EMs.
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Loremistress Creates Tribute For Recently Deceased Father
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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009, 9:12 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Loremistress creates a memorial.


Over the past few weeks I have visited many plots looking for exciting design and decor. One of the plots I visited is owned and created by Loremistress at 121o 23'N, 26o 9'W



One can tell from the garden design and bedroom display this plot has a womans touch.



The roof detail with statues I found very creative and most pleasing.



Loremistress even has a weapon/item display room though she is quick to point out it is a modest collection as funds have not afforded the option of a rarest collection, at least not at this time.



Though the design of this plot is nice it is the tribute she created for her recently deceased Father I found most touching. Her father died in January of this year. She gave the vendor her Fathers initials.
Loosing a parent is always a difficult thing. I am sorry to report her Mother is also ailing and Loremistress is saving a spot in the realm next to her Fathers memorial vendor for her. Our sympathy and thoughts go out to Loremistress and wish her Mother well.








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Kingdom of Dawn's 11th Anniversary Tour
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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009, 8:27 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Tour of Avalon, the City of Destiny,
and the Kingdom of Dawn
By WildStar

On Sunday, February 15th 2009, the Kingdom of Dawn held a tour of Avalon, the City of Destiny, and the Kingdom of Dawn as part of its 11th Anniversary Celebrations.  The tour started at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST) and gates were provided from Luna Bank in Malas and Moonglow Bank in Felucca. 

 

 The guests arrived at the Dawn Tower and after short opening remarks made by Nicholas the Old of the Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance (BRPA), they were gated to the Avalon Town Hall which unfortunately had collapsed at 9:17 AM on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009. 

 

 After the Avalon Town Hall, guests were taken to see the Dead Dove Memorial, the Events Tower of Avalon, Avalon’s Outdoor Wedding Chapel, the home of Jack the Fool, Avalon Felucca Rune Library (circa ’98), Avalon’s Outdoor Fighting Arena, the Apple Tree in front of the Avalon Town Hall, the Avalon Commissary and the Southern Wall of Avalon, which is made up of two buildings – Guardhouse and Armory and The Keep of Avalon.

 

 It was while we were at the Outdoor Fighting Arena that an unknown guest made himself known to us – EM Seppo.  Below is a transcript of his question for Nicholas the Old:

Nicholas the Old:  Any questions, first?
EM Seppo:  I have one!
Nicholas the Old:  Ha!
EM Seppo:  When was the last time that there was a Tournament of Champions held here?
Nicholas the Old:  Oh, it was years ago. 2001, 2002?  That area.
Cicero:  Ages ago.
Ceno:  There was one held in 2002
EM Seppo:  Ahmm, some time ago!
Nicholas the Old:  *nods*
EM Seppo:  We will have to rectify that.
Mama Faith:  Woot!

 It was at the Southern Wall of Avalon that the tour guide torch was passed to WildStar of the Kingdom of Dawn (DWN).  The guests were gated to the Dawn Tower and a short break was taken so all could rest their wary feet.

The first location visited in Dawn was the recently placed Orc Furt (Fort) which includes an orc book library.  The books are written in the orc language and includes picture books are well.

Another highlight of Dawn was the recently renovated Dragon’s Breath Tavern to which barracks and a watchtower was added because of the current situation with Lord Casca, the King of Britannia.

The group made their way south and then west around the end of the mountains where they were shown the traditional western border of Dawn before it recently expended further to the west. 

The next highlight of Dawn was Nicholas the Old’s Tower which included a memorial to those who have been before us and a shrine to the virtues.

The final stop in the Kingdom of Dawn was the recently placed Southern Gatehouse which moved the border of Dawn to the west.  The group then moved onto Mage Tower’s Blessed Felucca Tower before heading to hear Lord Casca’s second speech.

More pictures of the tour can be found at http://s453.photobucket.com/albums/qq255/WildStarII/ .

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Calling All Tamers! LSN Presents Search For The Animals, Tuesday, March 17
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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009, 5:42 PM EST by Sara of Baja (Origin)

It seems that some of the animals living in the Britannia Royal Zoo have gone missing. After speaking with Iakas, the zoologist working for the zoo, Intoxication found out that a lot of the animals had been let out over night. It is still unknown who let these beautiful beasts out or why.

 The zoo needs your help!  On Tuesday, March 17th, Intoxication [LSN] will be setting up a search party to recover all the missing animals. We ask all tamers to come out and lend a hand; even if you are at a lower level of taming you can still help us gather the smaller animals.

The Lost Souls of the Night
Presents
‘Search For The Animals’
Tuesday, March 17th, 6pm shard time (PST)
(7 MST, 8 CST, 9 EST)

This event is free to all who enter.  Come help us save the lost animals!

This will be a tamers' scavenger hunt. There will be two lists of animals that need to be found, tamed, and donated to the zoo. The first list will be for lower level tamers, and will have a smaller prize. The second list will have some harder to tame animals with a better pay out. The first list filled in each group will get a grand prize, then each full list after that will get a smaller prize. The event will start at 6pm and run for 2 hours, you may fill a list more than one time. Each time you fill a list within the 2 hours you will receive a prize.

Easier list Grand prize 2 million gold
Harder list Grand prize 6 million gold

All other easier lists filled within the 2 hours, 100k gold prize
All other harder lists filled within the 2 hours, 500k gold prize

Rules:

  • All animals must be tamed after the start of the event. No bonded pets.

  • All animals must be tamed by the tamer turning in the pets.

  • All animals must be donated to the zoo after they are checked off your list.

  • No killing or harming animals that others are trying to tame.

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Literary Contest Winners Announced
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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009, 3:35 PM EST by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)

I would like to announce and congratulate the winners of the first Library of Sosaria Literary Contest of 2009. We had many fine entries submitted for the Short Story Contest and it was hard to choose only three winners. After much debate, Lady Kazola, Lady Silverbrook and I finally settled on who would be named victorious.

Renee of the Guild of Friends took first place and 2,000,000 gold pieces with "The Last Human", a tale regarding the secret purpose of a certain sticky Elvin delicacy.

Willa of the Yew Wood of Yew took second place and 1,000,000 gold with "Skylar's Sea Adventure", a story from the days of old when the world was not quite as stable...

Zephyrus of the Sosarian Mages took third place and 500,000 gold with "A Weathered Journal", an autobiographical account of a past potentially marred by dark magicks.

Each winner received an engraved golden pegasus statue along with their check(s).

All submitted entries are available for public viewing in an engraved metal box at the Library of Sosaria. You may find the Library directly south of the Yew moongate (72o 26'N 39o 18'W), directly east of the Nameless Rune Library.

The next Literary Contest will be poetry, the style of which is still under consideration. Expect this event to occur in April - so you have ample time to find your muse.

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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Please Welcome Your Latest Reporter!
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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009, 10:21 AM EST by Mapper (Europa)
Stratics Staff Member Kiminality has agreed to take on more work and join the Europa News Team. With EM events having returned this year it is a great time to have the extra help so please welcome her to the team!
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Community Hunt - Week of March 2nd
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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009, 3:11 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. ***


Blackrock Elemental hunt
Date: Tuesday, March 3rd
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, March 4th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ilshenar Chaos Balron hunt
Date: Thursday, March 5th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ilshenar Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, March 6th
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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Collectors Interest
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Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2009, 6:03 PM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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This just in from the folks at MOA ~


Hello Lady Lava,

This is Melian of Majestic Oaks Auction, I wanted to let the folks on Great Lakes know we are hoping to bring to them Wednesday March 4th a few nostalgic items from another era, A Fruitcake and Blue Champagne, Skull of Hunt and a Tree Ornament Weddingband.

Those who are collectors please come visit us at 8 p.m. CST at the auction house, gater/s in Luna approximately 10 minutes before the start and through the auction. Oh and if anyone in our great land has 4 dark green decorative Poppies for sale please send them to find me via icq or at the auction house on Wednesday night!!

Oh and in honor of St. Patricks day we'll be giving away Free Ale at the March 11th auction.

See you there, Melian
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You Have Been Cordially Invited
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Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2009, 12:51 PM EST by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

The ceremony will be preformed by Sonoma's EM Eira, and gates will be provided at the West Britain Counselor's Hall.
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Community Meet Up – March 2nd Britain Location!
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Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2009, 11:54 AM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – March 2nd
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Counselor Guild Hall, North Britain


Meeting Agenda:

A request from EM Quantum for cooperation and discussion on some LS specific events!

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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A very special request from your LS EMs on March 2nd
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Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2009, 11:45 AM EST by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)

(From the desk of EMs Quantum and Autolycus)

Greetings!

You are cordially invited to the Formal opening of a very special occasion. Why be so cryptic? Because some things are better left in the lands of Sosaria to enjoy first hand!

The community meet ups have been redirected to the Counselor Guild Hall in West Britain to accommodate our EMs while they adjust to their new roles. We encourage all to come Monday night at 7:30cst to discuss some exciting opportunities for Lake Superior. Immediately afterwards we will be escorted by EM Quantum to a new location.


If you have stumbled upon it recently please hold off from posting pictures just yet? It will be great to have the in game experience to hold onto.

Come join us at the Counselor Guild Hall immediately following the meet up for a gate to this location!
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Aino Nystad, Captain of the Royal Guard, Announces Champions Duel
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Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2009, 10:25 AM EST by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Aino Nystad
Captain of the Royal Guard
Leaves Champions Duel Message

I have found the books and helmet at Luna Bank, the roof of west Britain Bank, and at the Guest House in front of Lord British's Castle.

More details will be posted when they become available.


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March Is Here and So Is The Green
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Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2009, 9:40 AM EST by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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March Is Here and So Is The Green





St.Patrick died in the fifth century on March 17th and we celebrate this anniversary in many ways in the real world and the realm.

It is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.

In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a religious occasion but in other lands it is more about the green beer and celebrating. MOA has already started !

This past thursday I attended the MOA auction and sat with old pals Gem and Lady FiFi LaForge of the FCB guild.
It was a packed house with Valium, Ren, Lady Akasha, Biff Togger, Striker, Sorsha Kalen, Zapp, Xevei, Sara Stormbride, Grizzly Adams, Willy, Lord Madman, Hannah, Dramar, Lord Arsenik Drakken, Cin, Briar Rose, Althea, Bearclaw, Cyric Truesilver, Moose, Ghost, Henry Morgan,Lady Havan's Child, Animocity, Elah, Lady Scarlet Witch and Lady Viktoria being a few in the house.
Wulf of Britain, Emereald Ice and Nemo kept the crowd in check.
Princess Melody, Logan and DJ Scorp ran the show.



The auction house was decorated in the true spirit of the Irish. I sat in the rainbow section which has pots of gold at the end of it. A very cute touch indeed.



It was great to see old friends and to see that many new faces attend the auction. As usual many great items when up for bid. I dropped a few million myself before the night was over.
There was some fierce bidding and a much talked about no sale. A 11th year collection token went up with a starting bid of 50 million which shocked many and taken by knowone.
MOA is always the place to see the newest and often rarest of items.





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