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April 2009

Last Obituary Column of April 2009
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Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2009, 9:29 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Last Obituary Column of April 2009 ~






BC kills DC*








DC* not the only ones that die at the evil hands of BC


Venon




Connovar




Dramar


FireStar




Guybrush


Halhan




Inferno


Insanity


KlorOx


Lilith


Mati Hari












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Changes and New Things in and Around the Rewards Hall
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Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2009, 2:46 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
EM Cernunnos has been extremely busy the last few days and has made a few changes involving the Reward Hall. Here a few things that he has done or has requested done.

Some of you may have noticed the energy vortex outside of the EM Hall that took you to the Rewards Hall is now colored black and filled with sparkles. It also no longer is titled “3”, but now is identified as “A Vortex Leading To The Reward Hall”. Meaning it will be less confusing for those unsuspecting people that come upon it and have not read about here on Stratics.

At the Reward Hall on display on the first floor is “A Mysterious Bog Creature – Grown From A Seed Found By Buck On March 19th, 2009” Congratulations go out to Buck for growing such an interesting creature/plant.

On the East side of the Rewards Hall there are now steps placed that lead out to an fire pit surrounded by logs. If you can highlight the fire and see what it says, also single click the fire for a surprise and then for the biggest surprise step into the fire. This reporter promises it will not disappoint you.
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New West Britain Bank Renovation Completed by Draconi
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Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2009, 2:15 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Yesterday Draconi visited the Catskills shard to redecorate the First Bank of Britain on the west side of Britain, Trammel side. He converted the drab old bank into the winning design by Sweety making it a much nicer and useful bank for everyone.


Some of the improvements are stairs to the roof area, a forge and anvil on the roof, Flowers and decorations around the area, a small picnic area, and seating for those who just wish to enjoy the much nicer bank.


The bank is now a great starting point for hunting parties because there is a working moongate, Hitching Post for claiming and storing your pets, an Arcane circle for Spell weavers, an Ankh for Paladins to tithe at ( You may be able to ress there too, though this has not been tested yet by anyone this reporter knows.) an forge for armor repairs, and of course you can access your bank box there too as always.

I just wanted to thank Sweety for a well thought out design and Draconi for building it for Catskills.
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New West Britain Bank
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Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2009, 7:22 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

I have some exciting news... Draconi has built up a new West Britain Bank for us based off of a design by Sweety!
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Mother's Day Writing Contest
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Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2009, 6:55 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
This just in from the folks at MOA ~






Writing Contest for Mother’s Day

MOA Monday Madness Crew is having a writing contest for Mother’s Day. Write
something (poem, letter, paragraph) on “I Love My Mother”. Prizes will be
awarded, May 11, based on how many entries we receive. Please try to drop
off entries prior to May 11 so that we can have time to judge them. Thank
you to all. Good luck with your essay.

Monday May 4, we will be at the castle with casino, come see us then. Gates
at Luna bank.

Thanks,

Will
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“Meet and Greet” with EM Cernunnos Rousing Success
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Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 10:29 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Saturday afternoon and Monday night EM Cernunnos took the time to get to know the residents of the Catskills shard a bit better. He invited everyone to come meet him and ask any questions that they might have, along with handing out sashes of greeting to anyone who desired one. He was given special permission to give out these sashes due to him being assigned to the Catskills shard after most of the other EMs were in place on their respective shards, and they had already given out their Sashes of greetings.

Originally EM Cernunnos was only suppose to have his meet and Greet on Saturday afternoon, but due to the low turnout a second “Meet and Greet” was arranged at a hour when more players could attend. The second one also had EM Kasaven join him to joke with the much larger crowd and also hand out a few sashes of his own. At first the two EMs were surrounded by people desiring their sashes, but soon a organized line was made and EM Cernunnos tirelessly handed out sahes to every single person that wanted one.

In a huge surprise even Mesanna (UO Associate Development Manager in charge of the EM program) made an appearance to place a new Animal Trainer at the front of the hall so there would not be so many pets lagging the area. The EM Hall has also gained a new tavernkeeper to keep the thirsty pirate well supplied.

Tuesdays night the Knight's Rest Tavern and Shadowmoor Community Center hosted a Bard's Night in Skara Brae, at the Shattered Skull Tavern, and EM Cernunnos joined in to listen to the tales about “Life in the City”.


On a side note EM Cernunnos placed a new lantern letting those players who are doing the “Botanical Research Event” that he will be collecting the books from 8 p.m. EST till midnight on April 30th. Meaning you just have most of today to complete your book and turn it in to him.
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Mystic Garden Spring Flower Hunt - Saturday, May 9th
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Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 8:29 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<
Mystic Garden Spring Flower Hunt
Saturday May 9th
Time: 4pm est


At the beginning of the event you will be gated from the vendor house to the city where the 'flowers' have been hidden. You will be given 45 minutes to find as many flowers as you can through out the city.

The flowers will be flower garlands, In order to be counted they must have the name of our crafter on them.

All people who participate will receive:

  • A Bag Of Sending
  • A Bag Of Sending
  • A Lotto Ticket For A Chance At More Prizes
  • An Engraved Statue For The Occasion


Winners will receive all of the above and:

  • A Trophy With Their Name And Place
  • First Place: Two Million Gold
  • Second Place: One Million Gold
  • Third Place 500k Gold


Lotto prizes will include:

  • Heritage Tokens
  • Soulstone Fragment Tokens
  • Vet Reward Statues
  • 120 Stealing Scroll
  • Frostbringer & Silvani's Feywood Bow


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Sir William Unveils New Town Guard Uniform
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Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 4:43 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Good afternoon, Britannians!

Lady WildStar, Grand Duchess of the Kingdom of Dawn, has submitted these portraits depicting Sir William of the Royal Guard. Here, you see William decked out in the new uniforms designed by resident fashionistas Fern Goodfellow and Pandora. The two have been commissioned to begin creating the uniforms for the new Royal Guard Regiment of Britain.





Joshua Harper,
The Stratics Herald.
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PvP Tournament 2nd Quarter 2009 Champions
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Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
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Origin PvP Tournament April 25, 2009

EM Faine Morgan was assisted in the arena by Chesapeake's EM Dudley

Dexxer Bracket

Launchpad McQuack (won) vs Slaughterhouse

Morgaine vs BeeF CakE Went to 20 minute timer for Sudden Death round

Morgaine vs BeeF CakE (won) Sudden Death Round

(bracket was not completed, no champion declared)

Pure Mage Bracket

Mere (won) vs KoRnUtz

 

Temptation vs Mere (won)

Mere, winner of the Pure Mage Bracket

Hybrid Mage Bracket

VENDETTA (winner by default)

Battle Royal

VENDETTA vs KoRnUtz vs Temptation vs Mere (won)

Trophies Are On Display At The Origin PvP House

As EM Faine Morgan has stated, this was the first tournament and a learning experience, and changes will be made for future tournaments. 

There were several contestants who sat patiently in the spectator area waiting for things to get sorted out by the EMs so the competition could continue, proving there are players who want the tournaments. Their willingness to wait, understanding and appreciative statements afterwards made the tournament a success .. some champions were crowned, and plans are being made for the 3rd Quarter event.

To leave feedback for EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan regarding this event or future tournaments, click here.

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Upcoming EM events are displayed on EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan's website, UO – Origin Events, by mousing over the dates displayed in red on the calendar.

 

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Sunday Night Scuffle!
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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009, 10:06 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<                                                             Sunday Night Scuffle!
 
               It had been a few weeks since my last trip to the lands of Felucca to bear witness to the chaos that is the battle for braggin rights and spawn supremacy. Much has changed since my last visit. The lands long held by the Reign of Tyranny and the grip of its leader Lacrimor Cruor have gave way to new groups made of some familiar faces and new alliegances. The Reign of Tyranny disbanding thier forces sent the pvp community into a frenzy to realign and bolster current forces and create new guilds to dominate the depths of Depsise and the Yew gate. Arising from the ashes of the goliath that was RoT is the newly formed The Fallen Legacy ( Uh Oh) crew led by Turles. Aligned with the True Britannians, the group has grown exponentially in the past weeks to rival it's predecessor. Thier impact is already being felt across the facet.
             Recieving intelligence of an ensuing battle in the dwelling of the Baccaroon, I made the journey to Serpents Hold and readied myself for the certain death the was in my near future. A challenge had been issued from those among  ThE WoWzaSArOuSeS to the warriors of The Fallen Legacy to battle to the death. I arrived to see The Fallen Legacy already stalking the corridors.  Holding the island and spawn well in hand the Baccaroon soon made his entrance at almost the same time as the Shadowlords of WoWz.

            

            Heavily outnumbered the Shadowlords assaulted the eastern front amidst a fury of fields as the battle had commenced. With mages in tow the True Britannians set to defending the island using old magic to cut off the raiding Shadowlords. In a wave of evil the True Brits suffered opening losses while holding the raiders in check. The action was hot and heavy for what seemed like hours as no ground was gathered by either party.

            

            


            

            

            

           While focusing on the enemy ahead the WoWz clan found themselves in a pickle! The mere force of six had been flanked by random faction warriors and defenders who no doubt received the same intel I had. The Council of Mages PRO! guild warriors along with a lone member from the once thought extinct Deus Ex Machina had trapped the WoWz along the east perimeter. Unable to fully abandon thier assualt on the bridge the WoWz in vain attempted to run down the flanking groups.

            

            

            

            

           Realizing the moment at hand the Fallen Legacy took advantage of the Shadowlords situation. Pushing outward from both island exits the True Britannians rid the area of the Shadowlord forces in convincing fashion. After reassembling thier forces thier attention turned back to the Baccaroon. Soon after meeting his demise the spoils of victory were gathered as the group headed to safer grounds victorious in the nights deciding battle.

           

           

           

           

          A grand sight it was to see the forces of evil dispatched in a combined effort by the virtuous factions of the realm. I look forward to the next invite. Until next time my friends.....

         

   
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Baja Costume Contest
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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009, 4:36 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Costume Contest
Announced by Simon Francis

HEAR YEE, HEAR YEE!

All thy wary travelers, adventurers, jesters, and common folk!

Come participate and watch the costume contest! We may see participants dressed as Movie Characters, Silly Costumes, Famous People, or who knows?!

Location: Trammel Skara Brae Counselor Hall

When: Friday at 6:30PM Pacific, May 1st

Participants will be judge on the following:
-Costume Recognizability
-Costume Creativity
-Crowd Popularity

Winner will be determined by the event coordinator.

Grand Prize:
1 Tokuno Dye Token
10-Million Gold

Random spectator prizes will be given out throughout the evening!
Example: 1-Million Gold Checks!

Participants may have only 1 costume, no new entrants will be accepted after 7PM Pacific.

For any questions, please contact Simon Francis
ICQ: 210-378-401

Hope to see you all there!

__________________
**Simon Francis**
**High End Item Trader/Seller**
**Free Brokering All Shards**
**210-378-401**

 

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Auctions for this week - April 27th
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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009, 4:44 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<

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

BEC Auction

Date:  Friday, May 1st

Time:  8:00 pm CST

Location:  South Gate of Luna City

Contact:  Lady Tia - ICQ 23944805

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Community Hunt - Week of April 27th
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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009, 4:39 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.



Yamandon hunt
Date: Tuesday, April 28th
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, April 29th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Titan Hunt
Date: Thursday, April 30th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, May 1st
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: New Haven Terrasse - located next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
The Order of the Silver Rose
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Community Meet Up - April 27th
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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009, 4:30 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – April 27, 2009
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


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


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

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

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Libraries of Chesapeake
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Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2009, 11:02 PM EDT by Sebrina (Chesapeake)



Welcome to the Libraries!


Years ago, several scribes and librarians began talks among themselves concerning their library collections. Although, most of these had made their runes and books
open to the public, few had known of each other previously. Resourcing information, which might not be in their particular libraries, was a major concern. Many people had asked for gates or runes to specific locations, which could not be found in certain libraries. After some deliberation, a concencus was born to seek out other libraries and come to a solution for the benefit of the public. These scribes took on a search, to find other establishments with most any knowledge or location rune of import. Out of a sence of confussion, at first, an association of libraries was born on the Chesapeake shard, so that information could be shared and locations could be accessed readily. This group of libraries has come to be known as the "Greater Library Association of Chesapeake," GLAC.

Are you looking for specific historical information? Do you need a rune to the deepest depths of a dungeon? Perhaps you want to know mining spots, or treasure hunting locations. Though no singular library is complete in all aspects, your questions and rune needs are most likely found throughout this library network.

There are currently 27 listings of libraries in the GLAC runebooks and it is expected that more will be listed in the future. With such a large collection of establishment photos, it is necessary to use (thumbnails,) which you may click on for larger images. Included, are also maps for the general territories and explanations of the locations with brief descriptions to aid in your adventures.

All Libraries listed are open to the public!



Library Index

Note: Libraries are listed here under their respective facets, then alphabetically regarding their house signs, disregarding "The" in establishment names. You may click on them to go directly to their description and pictures. "Back" buttons are provided at each listing to return to the Index. There ,are two views for each establishment, one for the exterior, and the other for the main library floor. Some have additional floors not shown. Thumbnails are reduced to moderate sizes, and images are 75% of actual screen size.

Trammel

Felucca

Malas

Tokuno



-on with the tour-

Trammel

Refer to this map for both Trammel, (violet markers,) and Felucca, (yellow markers.)

Casandreal Library

The first of two libraries, in the town of Casandreal, just Southeast of the Yew Moongate, has a host of original books, copies, periodicals, stories and journals. A sandstone structure with sloped walls, the library is located on the first floor, as one steps in the door. The collections of books are contained in gold hued rarewood chests, with reading chairs for the patrons. The collection of "Dangerous Creature Replicas, " are sure to tell you some history even if you do not read.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view             coordinates: 71o 32'N 36o 37'W
            landmark: Yew Moongate
            owner: Paul
            collection type: reading books
            spawn: minimal to none
            bulletin board: yes
            vendors: none

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Casandreal Town Library

Though this township has received only small notice, this entire library collection of runes, immediately South of the Casandreal (book) Library, is a must to look through. The establishment hosts close to 200 runebooks, including one for the 12 official houses of Casandreal. It is a white marble structure, with a touch of the orient. The collection begins on the first floor and continues up to the forth, with a beautiful décor and layout.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                   coordinates: 69o 41'N 36o 21'W
                  landmark: Yew Moongate
                  owner: Harley
                  collection type: runebooks
                  spawn: minimal to none
                  bulletin board: yes
                  vendors: (3) mostly oriental décor items

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Guardian's Gate Library

Guardian's Gate has rapidly expanded over the last year. In the territory Northeast of Britain, with mountains to the West and a swamp to the East, it is a thriving community with many of the Royal Britanian Guard living in the area. The library on the South side, close to the wooden watchtower, is a distinctive pyramid shape and cannot be missed from the road. The rune library on the first floor has close to 100 runebooks including Training, Mining, Treasure, Spawns, and many more. On the second floor is a collection of books to find a a tale or two, hither, yet unread by thee.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view             coordinates: 43o 14'N 40o 42'E
            landmark: Britain Territorial Watchtower
            owner: Rigor Mortis
            collection type: rune books & reading books
            spawn: occasional brigands from the South
            bulletin board: yes
            vendors: none

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Lady Eliza's Stargate Runeatorium

This library collection is possibly one of the oldest in all of Chesapeake. Now located in the jungles south of Trinsic, it has had many previous locations, including one in Felucca before the Renaisance. Though there are few reading-books, except for quest instructions, it holds over 200 old and new location runebooks. The structure is a wild combination of white brick and stone, with what seems to be a maze of rooms. Accessing the library, one must stand on the front blue colored altar (arbitor,) where the flaming skulls are, to teleport into this room of neon bookcases. With the meriad of collectibles, there is something new and old around each corner and bookcase.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                 coordinates: 147o 34'S 33o 45'E
                landmark: Jungles South of Trinsic
                owner: L Eliza
                collection type: rune books + original and quest books.
                spawn: giant serpents to the North (minimal)
                bulletin board: yes
                vendors: none

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Moonglow Northgate Library

Located at the Northern gate of Moonglow City, one will always find runebooks, on the front steps, for all the Greater Library Association listings. It is a medium size white marble with spires to inspire. Though the runebook collection is presently modest, with basics for such endeavors as Mining, Treasure, Cities, and Taming, plus some others, it is easily assessible to the population and visitors of Moonglow.

click on image for larger view                       coordinates: 51o 40'N 139o 1'W
                      landmark: Moonglow North City Gate
                      owner: Sebrina
                      collection type: rune books & reading books
                      spawn: minimal to none - occasional mongbat
                      bulletin board: yes
                      vendors: none

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Museum of Virtues

Here you will find books and runebooks concerning the Virtues. Library, Museum, and gathering point, its informational aspect is superb. It is has recently moved from the Dry Highlands of Malas to a plot just West of the Guard Outpost at Guardian's Gate. Individual tables are set for each of the virtues with books located in different colored rarewood chest. More history is to be found on the second floor as well. This is a must, for anyone seeking knowledge of the virtues and the encompassing history.

click image for larger view click image for larger view                   coordinates: 39o 48'N 46o 24'E]
                  landmark: Guard's Outpost
                  owner: Katherine
                  collection type: reading-books
                  spawn: medium brigands and harpies
                  bulletin board: yes
                  vendors: none

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Nissi Rune Library

Directly North of Empathy Abbey, this library is quite convenient to travelers through the area of Yew. It is a wood and plaster construction with a side stairway to the library on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The first floor appears to be a reception and office area. With a collection of over 100 runebooks, travelers are sure to find most of their recall needs from this location.

click image for larger view click on image for larger view                       coordinates: 72o 46'N 46o 41'W
                      landmark: Empathy Abbey
                      owner: Jason Maloney
                      collection type: rune books
                      spawn: an occasional mongbat
                      bulletin board: yes
                      vendors: (3) plants, runebooks, & repair deeds

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Rookery

Located just North of the Orc Cave area, this establishement hosts nearly 150 runebooks for the traveler to access. To find the library on the 2nd floor, one must step on the telepad next to the orange mounted pixie to the far left on the first floor. Although the immediate area is relatively safe with only the occasional harpy to pester the traveler, one should not venture very far to the South without being prepared to encounter all manner of orcish, including orc brutes.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                     coordinates: 26o 48'N 24o 2'W
                    landmark: North of Orc Cave
                    owner: Trinity North
                    collection type: rune books
                    spawn: orcs, harpies
                    bulletin board: no
                    vendors: none

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Verity Syndicate Guild Hall

On the eastern shores of Moonglow, lies the rapidly expanding library of the Verity Syndicate. A tavern is set on the first floor, and up the main steps to the second floor is the library with another set of steps, which lead to the meeting hall on the 3rd floor. It is a well designed white plaster and wood construction with a garden area on top, and a beautiful ocean view.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                   coordinates: 20o 55'N 126o 34'W
                  landmark: SE of the Great Wheatfield of Moonglow
                  owner: Kathy
                  collection type: runebooks
                  spawn: mongbats regularly
                  bulletin board: yes
                  vendors: none

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Felucca

Please refer to the map after the index to see locations for Trammel and Felucca

Etheral Wisp III

The Etheral Wisp III received its name from the original Etheral Wisp that was in Mythndale. It is located just Southwest of Ice Dungeon in Felucca, directly on the waterfront. It is a elegant structure of brick and clay with an assortment of reading books housed on the 2nd floor in armoires, chest, bookcases, and cabinets. These books have incredible tales and histories for the reader. In addition, there are about 20 runebooks in rarewood chests, which may be used.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                     coordinates: 127o 37'N 44o 26'E
                    landmark: West of Ice Dungeon
                    owner: Traviata Reed
                    collection type: reading books w/ some runebooks
                    spawn: occasional gargoyle or red (minimal to medium)
                    bulletin board: no
                    vendors: none

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Library of Knowledge

This is a treasure trove of reading material. Though there are no runebooks, the green arcane bookshelves house bag after bundle of quite extremely interesting histories, journals, and stories. Hours and hours can be spent finding old histories and tales of the past. The house is a classic L shape of wood and plaster. When visiting PaxLair, this location is highly recommended to visit and spend time reading very special heritage.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                         coordinates: 82o 15'N 33o 19'E
                        landmark: PaxLair City
                        owner: Lissa
                        collection type: reading-books
                        spawn: occasional reds & orcs (minimal to heavy)
                        bulletin board: yes
                        vendors: none

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Malas



Arctic Paradise

In the northern regions of Malas, through tunnels, and ice valleys, lies an extensive library of runebooks. Contructed of brown plaster and wood, the collection of over 100 runebooks is found on the 2nd floor with a nice artifact collection on the 3rd floor. With its two cherry blossom trees in front and classic fountain on the top, one hardly thinks about the winter wonderland that surrounds it.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                     coordinates: 112o 40'N 1o 37'W
                    landmark: an ice valley
                    owner: Lance
                    collection type: rune books
                    spawn: ice snakes (minimal)
                    bulletin board: no
                    vendors: none

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Ashes of the Phoenix

North of the mountains ranges of Malas are green fields between cliffs and crystal patches where lies this growing establishment for both vendors and rune-library. A wide expanse is established for the first floor to house vendors, and up the stairway to the left, the runebook collection is on the second floor. Keep your eyes open for huge expansion here.

click image for larger view click on image for larger view                     coordinates: 118o 7'N 22o 46'E
                    landmark: North of mountain-passes
                    owner: Wootah
                    collection type: rune books
                    spawn: minimal to none with Crystal Elementals nearby
                    bulletin board: yes
                    vendors: (10+) and expanding

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Hecate's Haunted Mansion

Directly North of the rift in the Dry Highlands of Malas South-East of Umbra, lies this most interesting establishment. At one time it was named Hecate's School of Magery. With it's Haunted alcoves and a banquet table on the second floor, it hosts well over 100 runebooks. The third floor is still set as a classroom, and one could certainly gain knowledge of the arcane arts here.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                 coordinates: 5o 32'N 71o 38'E
                landmark: Dry Highlands
                owner: Hecate
                collection type: rune books
                spawn: minimal to none
                bulletin board: no
                vendors: none

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Lord Escu Museum

Just outside of the main Luna complex to the East, within the city walls, is a huge vendor, museum, and runebook collection. One cannot miss it for the paladins, which usually test their metal on the ground in front of this establishement. Constructed of white marble arches, there is an ominous collection of statues, globes, bells, and all manor of artifacts. With over 20 vendors, it also hosts over 200 runebooks available to the public. Inside, one will also find publicly usable dye tubs.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                   coordinates: 98o 5'N 20o 6'W
                  landmark: Luna (within walls)
                  owner: Winnowill
                  collection type: rune books
                  spawn: paladins, (& others)
                  bulletin board: yes
                  vendors: (20+) shop-arama

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Rath's Roost

Far East of Luna, past the crystal fens, is another growing library. It is constructed of intricate marble, with the rune library of about 50 runebooks on the first floor. The top floor has a wonderful lawn with paths and fountains for leisure and a globe collection on the second floor. Beware traveling South of this location unless you are prepared for crystal elementals.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                   coordinates: 93o 41'N 28o 3'E
                  landmark: Far East of Luna past crystal fens
                  owner: Rathnor
                  collection type: rune books
                  spawn: minimal to none
                  bulletin board: no
                  vendors: none

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SHE Auction House

This is a truly an amazing establishment by (Shadow Hunters Empire,) with eye candy in every direction. With such a grand display of collectibles, this establishment, with regular auctions, cannot be missed. It is located on the western shore of Gravewater Lake. While the second floor acts as the auction area, the first floor has a managerie of vendors along with its runebook collection of well over 250 runebooks on the North wall in red and gold rarewood chests.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                   coordinates: 3o 30'S 3o 47'E
                  landmark: West shores of Gravewater Lake
                  owner: Zelda of Zed
                  collection type: rune books
                  spawn: minimal to none
                  bulletin board: yes
                  vendors: (20+) a various assortment

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Sorority Girls Rune Library

There's no place like home. This house just makes one want to have a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace. Midway up the road from Umbra on the South side of Malas lies this wonderfully comfortable home. Over 100 runebooks are in two rooms on the first floor. Be careful now. We can almost guaranty that you will want to stay.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                   coordinates: 20o 33'N 18o 50'E
                  landmark: Far West of Umbra
                  owner: Pretty N Pink
                  collection type: rune books
                  spawn: a very rare vampire bat or treefellow
                  bulletin board: yes
                  vendors: none

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Tigerlily's Library/Mall

Though Tigerlily's has moved to the facet of Malas from Trammel, the rune collection has grown even larger. Many will recognize the name, but may not know of its new location. Now situated by the incredibly long bridge, which spans the two main landmasses of Malas, it hosts well over 200 runebooks on the first floor in rarewood chests of white and green. On the third floor is a wonderful assembly of collectables to drool over.

click image for larger view click on image for larger view                 coordinates: 76o 48'N 23o 7'W
                landmark: Bridge to Luna
                owner: Tigerlily
                collection type: rune books
                spawn: minimal to none
                bulletin board: yes
                vendors: (20+)

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Treasured Goods Shoppe & Library

This location is found just off the road, almost midway between the Broken Mountains and the great causeway bridge to Luna. On the first floor is a compliment of almost 100 runebooks for your use. The second floor holds 25 vendors named after female goddesses and muses for your shopping pleasure.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                 coordinates: 30o 8'N 25o 56'W
                landmark: Road to Luna
                owner: Alarialle Lancre
                collection type: rune books
                spawn: none
                bulletin board: yes
                vendors: (20+)

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Trillian's Rune Library

Nestled agains the mountainside, West of the Crystal Fens, is another developing library. It currently holds almost 100 runebooks on the first floor as one enters the front of this white marble structure. Though there is no immediate danger at this house, one should beware of the crystal elementals if entering the fens directly to the South.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                 coordinates: 96o 46''N 9o 33'E
                landmark: Crystal Fens
                owner: Jeska
                collection type: rune books
                spawn: minimal to none
                bulletin board: no
                vendors: none

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Tokuno


H-J Gate Rune Library

Located immediately East of the Homare-Jima moongate, this is an excellent rune library and meeting spot. This collection of over 150 runebooks was recently aquired from the fallen, H-J Gate Runes, and for a short while was named The Blue Light Tavern. The Tavern establishment has now moved East of there and the library has been given it's former name in honor of it's founder, Zoe Quartermain. Follow the steps up to the second floor to find the collection housed in elegant armoires.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                   coordinates: 87o 16'N 72o 50'W
                  landmark: PaxOku City (Moongate) (Homare-Jima)
                  owner: Taurik II
                  collection type: rune books
                  spawn: minimal to none (watch for revnant lions South)
                  bulletin board: yes
                  vendors: none

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Lusty Wench

Outside the walls of Zento City at the Southeast corner, lies this wonderful home. With its extensive décor it holds a vast collection of classic reading books on its shelves. Any, who are interested in the wonderful cranes and natural beauty of Makoto-Jima, should be sure to visit.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                 coordinates: 25o 15'N 37o 24'W
                landmark: (Makoto-Jima)
                owner: Duncan O'Shay
                collection type: rune books
                spawn: minimal to none
                bulletin board: yes
                vendors: none

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Museum of Virtues (Annex)

This is an extension of the larger Museum of Virtues. Though its focus is idealy the same, it centers on more about the knowledge of the anti-virtues, Lord British, Lord Blackthorn, and the Avatar. Though the collection is limited, there are essential readings here for those who wish to understand the virtues.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                     coordinates: 94o 23'N 67o 17'W
                    landmark: PaxOku City (Homare-Jima)
                    owner: Katherine
                    collection type: some reading books
                    spawn: occasional
                    bulletin board: yes
                    vendors: none

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Silent Rose Library & Theatre

This library is dedicated to finding relevant, yet sometimes obsure knowledge of the past. It is located toward the eastern end of Monks Crossing in PaxOku, on Homare-Jima. Though there are only a few runebooks, the reading books concerning history of Sosoria and the Chesapeake shard are quite remarkable. This extensive collection of reading books is located on the second floor in green decorative boxes. From the entrance foye, there is a telepad to reach the theatre on top where plays and other productions are proformed several time of the year.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                   coordinates: 96o 14'N 62o 9'W
                  landmark: PaxOku City (Homare-Jima)
                  owner: Tatania Karthina
                  collection type: reading books w/ some rune books
                  spawn: minimal to none
                  bulletin board: yes
                  vendors: none

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Voodoo Manor

Outside the wall of Zento on Makoto-Jima at the Southeast corner is yet another great rune library, open to the public. With a wonderful pond in front and its own waterworks, it host about 75 runebooks for the traveler to find their way.

click on image for larger view click on image for larger view                 coordinates: 26o 58'N 35o 9'W
                landmark: Southeast coner of (Makoto-Jima)
                owner: Shenanigans
                collection type: rune books
                spawn: minimal to none
                bulletin board: yes
                vendors: none

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Note: Change is inevitable. Establishments come and go and move to other owners and locations. We shall make an attempt to revise these listings from time to time to continue the tradition of aiding the traveler find his or her way through the lands and extend new reading material for them to peruse. Please advise of new libraries, or of changes to listed ones by sending private messages to the author through these forums. Any listed library may also contact the author for copies of the GLAC runebooks to add to their libraries.

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Honoring Lord Clainin, The Royal Thaumaturgist of Britannia
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Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2009, 10:10 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
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Honoring Lord Clainin, The Royal Thaumaturgist of Britannia
By WarderDragon



Good evening, my adorable fans and readers.

You've no doubt heard that our beloved Clainin, Renowned Scholar and Thaumaturgist to the Crown, has been laid to rest amongst the orchards and gardens of Castle Britannia. His final resting place, shaded by the same apple trees that the wizard once spent hours studying beneath during the warm summer months, is now adorned with a carved likeness of the man resting upon a tall marble plinth. The modest display is surrounded by newly planted snowdrops, as well as tokens left by mourners and friends.

The memorial ceremony was held Friday evening, and was attended by a handful of Britannians. The memorial was hosted by Lord Emissary Saius, who gave what I've been told was a rousing speech that both honored the great wizards memory, and promised that the crimes against him would not soon be forgotten by the brave souls of our fair Kingdom.

Although tensions remain between Britannia and the Free Kingdoms of Sosaria, dignitaries from both the Kingdom of Dawn and the City of Luna came to pay their respects to a man who was respected by all.

Interestingly, we've recieved yet another mysterious submission left at our doorstep. Clearly, the missive was not intended for the Herald, but we shall reproduce it here nonetheless. If anyone knows this Kellindil vi Valdesin, please contact our offices promptly. It seems the Game of Houses is being played again.

Joshua Harper, Britannia Stratics Herald.

My Lord,

I've departed the memorial to the Royal Thaumaturge. I must say, you were right about Saius. The kings mouthpiece proved to be both a passionate and eloquent orator, just as you said he would be. He is either a consummate thespian, or he dredged up some sincerity in the splendid display he gave for those gathered in memorium.

Casca was also no where to be found, just as you said.

It wanted to ensure that you knew what was said, so I hired a calligrapher to transcribe the words of the Lord Emissary.

Hail good citizens and loyal subjects. Your King and Lord Emissary thank you for attending.

The occasion we are gathered for today is a solemn one. For here we witness the final laying to rest of our beloved Lord Clainin. In respect of his memory, I will not recall the circumstances of his passing. And for those who witnessed it, I have already said much.

Still, I would say a little more.

In life, he was Clainin. A servant, a soldier, a scholar, and a follower of the virtues. Indeed, his deeds and his devotion are an example to us all. And it is my hope for all of those generations who come after, to not have to endure through such dark times, surrounded as we are in the tumult of strife and war. For how else can we measure the strength and cunning of our enemies, but for the amount of blood they spill?

Yet, still we know that Lord Clainin turns his watchful gaze upon us from a loftier place, and for one to say he is still among us would not be wrong.

Truely, he is amongst us more now than before. However in death, he is a reminder. A reminder of the power and reach our enemies wield. And for every moment we slow our vigilance, every moment we think we are the greater in this battle, is every moment we pay the toll in loves for our foolhardiness.

Brothers and sisters! This memorial is our reminder! That to our enemies in the darkness, we must be as the sword! Swift and sharp! To those spineless villains who in their cowardice, stole Clainin from us. We must be as the flood! Mighty and unstoppable! To these wretches, heartless and cruel, we must be as Death itself, cold and inevitable.

Stand there my friends. Stand and face this memorial, meager as it is. Stand in awe and reverance for this man, and indeed for all of those important to us who have passed alongside him. Those who we can feel and remember but never see again.

For those who wish to speak, now is the time. For I will say no more.




As per your request, I stepped forward and delivered one of the manors scarlet bloodroses to the pedistal beneath the wizards likeness. Lord, did you know the man?

I proceeded to work the crowd, gathering the identities of those in attendance and revealing your name to them. Jules Hexecott and Inquisitor Cicero, belonging to an Ordo of the Church of the Holy Light. A lady from the Kingdom of Dawn. WildStar, I believe? An eastern monk by the name of Xel. A strange man who claimed to be a rebel, named Zorax. A polite maiden by the name of Magdalena. A Lord Bacchus and Lady Halo. The patron god of drink and a woman called halo? Someone has a sense of humor. Also, there was a shrouded Ilythiiri in attendance. I'm sure you will share my suspicions.

I spoke with the man named Cicero, who revealed to me that he belonged to the Department of the Inquisition. Malleus Maleficarum, I believe he said? The Witches Hammer in the Old Tounge. A strange name.

I made sure to make your other name known to them, without revealing anything too important that could get back to Renard or Di Caela. They seem to hold an intense distrust of magic users, and mistaked my ceremonial stave for a rod of sorcery. Considering their superstitions, it was rather odd to watch them kneel before the grave of the deceased magus.



Nevertheless, they were amicable enough once I revealed that I was not a competend magic user, and feigned an interest in Luna.





Vayne tells me that they have reserved a stall at the upcoming Bazaar. I intend to learn more about them.



Hexecott revealed to me that the first woman to leave was "the Witch of the Kingdom of Dawn." They also revealed, with some level of disgust, that she was a traitor to Britannia. I was not aware that citizens of the Republic had now aligned themselves with Britannia? Was this Duchess, the Hayloh that you were speaking of? Should I seek an audience?

Our conversation was cut short, when Saius asked to speak with Cicero. I took the opportunity to depart. I'm being watched, although I have no inking as to who might be responsible. We've only just revealed ourselves again, my lord.

Your Humble Servant,

K.V. II, Seneschal to the House of Rhapsodos.
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Uniform Design Contest Winners
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Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2009, 4:29 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Originally posted on The Golden Brew Tavern.

Uniform Design Contest Winners

Congratulations to Lady Pandora and Fern Goodfellow for winning the uniform design contest. It was a close race with the winner separated from a three way tie for a second place by a single vote.

As the winning team, they are required to supply the uniforms for the current and future recruits of the Town Guards.

A plaque will be raised at the Shard Museum to commemorate the contest.

I would like to thank everyone who participated to make this a very fun contest. Thank you for your hard work.
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A Guide to the Town Guard Rank Structure
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Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2009, 4:08 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Greetings, folks!

EM Seppo has posted a guide to the Town Guard Ranking Structure. You can find the original post here.

A Guide to the Town Guard Rank Structure
By EMSeppo

This is first in a series of articles that will iron out the details regarding the town guards. Please take a look at the FAQ Section of the website for more information.

Ranks

Recruit

The recruit is the rank given to all trainee town guards! Bottom of the barrel, if you may. As a recruit, you will not only be expected to follow the commands of your superior but often also the whims of insufferable superiors. When asked to identify yourself, you will add the recruit rank before your name. A recruit is expected to perform all the duties of a town guard without the authority of actually being one.

To progress, you must show initiative. Upon the discretion of your superior and only after two weeks of recruit duty, you will be allowed to participate in a series of tests known as Standard Recruit Test (S.R.T.). Your performance in these tests will decide your future with the town guard.

Uniform: The recruit will wear the standard town guard uniform.

Town Guard

Upon successful completion of the S.R.T., the recruit will achieve the rank of the town guard. This is the most commonly seen rank, besides a recruit. At this rank you represent your garrison and your commander. You may also give out orders to the ones ranked below you. As a town guard, you are enthusiastic about maintaining the peace in the town and are quick to step in when needed. You are town’s first line of defence and as such are expected to defend it till help arrives. A town guard is assigned to a garrison of a particular town.

Although not directly related, a town guard is generally accepted to be of a lower rank than a Royal Britannian Guard.

Uniform: The recruit will wear the standard town guard uniform.

Corporal

This is a special rank that is earned by those who have shown exceptional qualities as a town guard. A corporal is respected amongst the regiment and is considered to be a junior officer. Besides the normal duty of a town guard, a corporal takes on additional duties such as recruitment to the town guards and overseeing the logistics of running a garrison. A corporal is assigned to a particular town, but it is not uncommon for them to visit other cities.

Although not directly related, a corporal of the town guard is considered to be of equal or slightly higher rank than a Royal Britannian Guard.

Uniform: The corporal will wear the standard town guard uniform but with a deep blue sash and cloak.

Sergeant

The sergeant is a ranking officer of the town guard who is a veteran town guard or corporal that has shown leadership qualities. As a sergeant, you report directly to the captain of the town guard. The sergeant also acts as a leader of a garrison.

Captain

The captain of the town guard is the highest rank that can be achieved in the town guard without needing the appointment from the Royal Britannian Guard. A captain is a veteran officer who has won the respect of the town guard by showing exceptional courage and leadership in the past. He or she is considered reliable beyond a shadow of the doubt and is passionate about his duties.

The captain of the town guard reports directly to the commander.

Commander

Commander is the highest ranking officer of the town guard. There may only be one commander of the town guard at a given time. Above all other functions, the commander acts as a liaison with the hierarchy of the Royal Britannian Guards and also the political class. The commander of the town guard reports directly to the captain of the Royal Britannian Guard and also has the ears of the ruling council. This position is filled by the decree of the Royal Britanian Guard.

The current commander of the town guard, Aino Nystad, is also the captain of the Royal Britannian Guard.

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Second Chance to meet EM Cernunnos tonight Sunday April 26th
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Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 11:13 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Players who missed their chance to attend the meet and greet for EM Cernunnos yesterday will have a second chance today. He will be at the Councilors (EM) Hall today, Sunday the 26th of April, at 8 p.m. EST for those of you who wish to get to know him and ask him some questions. He may even be handing out special sashes of greetings from himself for those who drop in to meet him. So if you want to chat to the man behind the beautiful new Rewards Hall come tonight and get to know him.

On a side note Lucretia Genovese has placed a new book in the EM hall that is shown below.



For those of you who are wondering who Lucretia is here is her back story (Lucretia is the RP Character EM Cernunnos uses for events.).

The steward paused a moment at the door of the old cabin, doubting that such a homely place could actually be the residence of his lord’s daughter. Cracks in the crude wood walls of the structure emanated light into the evening outside, giving him hope that perhaps at least some peasant residing here might be able to direct him on to the address he sought. The steward took a sharp breath, then knocked boldly upon the door.

“What is it?” The response was immediate, a female voice tinged with annoyance or distraction, he couldn’t tell. The unlocked door creaked open slightly, and the steward peered inside. A woman was seated with her back to him, writing furiously at a desk cluttered with papers and tiny bottles. The walls of the cabin were covered with dried plants, sketches of animals, and shelves of jars stuffed with all manners of plants and animals. “Yes?” She asked dismissively “Go on, I am quite busy”.

“Lady Lucretia?” he began, waiting for some response from the woman, who only continued to write. “M’lady, I.. have an urgent message from your father”. He called through the cracked door. The woman leapt to her feet, toppling a number of the vials on the desk. One vial of green liquid hit the floor and rolled to the steward’s feet. He glanced down, reading its label: Sample of Swamp Mist. For a moment, he pondered why anyone would want such a thing. She interrupted his thoughts, her voice raised in anger:

“My father..” she began, then turned to face the steward, “I suppose he’s sent you here to bring me back to his castle?” He nodded dumbly, the intense gaze of the noblewoman piercing his resolve. She was both beautiful and stern, her long copper hair tied back tightly in a ponytail, staring at him with steel gray eyes. He swallowed, then stepped inside the cabin.

“Lady Lucretia, he sent you this message...” he offered a folded letter to her, sealed with red wax. She snatched it from his hand and tore it open.

Daughter,

Please put this foolish nature study aside and return at once to my court. Your place is here amongst your own. Leave the picking of dirt and leaves to the peasantry – they are more suited for it.

If your behavior were made public you would bring me much embarrassment. I have sent five million gold to your account – use it to purchase and acceptable wardrobe and carriage for your return.

Lucretia crumpled the letter in one hand, turning to the steward.

“Give my father thanks for his donation to my research, and tell him that if he wished to save himself embarrassment, he may tell others that I am dead!”


The steward stammered, gesturing meekly in protest “M’lady Lucretia, that is quite..”

“That is quite all!” she finished for him, hastily pushing a pouch of coins into his hands. “For you sir, for your troubles.” She pushed him out the door, adding “Much work to do; do take care sir.” With that the door was slammed behind him.
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Mysterious Stranger
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Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:42 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

Appearance of the Mysterious Stranger
Out of the shadows the Mysterious Stranger appeared. The stranger summoned us to warn us of "great danger arising". Agents of darkness were gathering and recruiting members for their army. Plans were being passed throughout the agents with some type of Code!



The Mysterious Stranger was able to retrieve one of the books and showed those who assembled to protect the land of Sosaria what he had found.


He told us that two types of "Agents of Corruption" have been crawling in the depths of the anti-virtue dungeons. Warning us of a mass gathering of the agents in the dungeon of Wrong and we will most likely require a large fighting force. We were then ordered to kill the Agents of Corruption and bring the coded books back to the Mysterious Stranger.


Agent of Corruption
We scoured the depths of the dungeons and came across the two types of agents. One appeared to be a "Shadow Wyrm" and the other a "Valorite Elemental".


Each dungeon had at least one of each of the two types of agents. All of the dungeons, aside wrong, had agents dwelling at the bottom depths of the dungeons. The forces that assembled at the Counselor's Guild quickly destroyed these "Agents of Corruption".


Giving the Stranger the coded books
Books appeared on each of the corpses. Every book had a unique code in it. The Mysterious Stranger asked the brave warriors to hand him the books we found on the deceased agents. All individuals who handed him books were thanked.


The Mysterious Stranger wanted the books so he could decrypt the secret codes they held. Decrypting these books may be our best bet in foiling the plans of these evil beings.


A Warning
Before the stranger left he warned us that more of these "Agents of Corruption" may appear in the near future
It is still unknown who these agents are working for, whether it be the Crimson Dragons, Shadowlords, Melissa or some secret plan the new ruler Casca has in store for Sosaria. A better question might be who is this Mysterious Stranger and who does he work for?
Perhaps the secret to the plans of evil may be the burden Sherry the Mouse carries.
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Meet Your Event Moderator: Focus on EM Autolycus of Lake Superior
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Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 6:40 PM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
Nwalme Goth slips silently past the sigil monolith in Vesper when a “flash” of green catches her eyes…. Awwwww, it is Event Moderator Autolycus … A slight grin appears on Nwalme’s lips as she sneaks up on the EM.

Quickly she opens his pack…

…but before she can complete a steal….

Nwalme realizes she isn’t going to get away with a steal so she opts for “stealing” a little information…

… and to her surprise …

…EM Autolycus agrees!!!!

UOStratics is pleased to present:

Meet Your Event Moderator: Autolycus of Lake Superior

Your name is unusual. How did you choose it and what does it mean?

Autolycus is the Prince of Thieves, son of Hermes, in ancient Greek mythology. Since I first started UO, playing a thief always seemed the most attractive. Autolycus also taught Herecles (Hercules) wrestling. It just so happens all my thieves have had wrestling on their template.

How long have you played UO?

I can't tell anymore. One of my accounts reads 122 months in age, but I had to cancel it several times for months on end. *cough* Age of Shadows *cough*

Do you play regularly and how much, etc?

I try to get on both my EM-toon and my play account daily. Sometimes it's for a quick twenty minutes at Yew gate, thieving, or for hours defending and raiding faction bases.

Do you have a favorite play style? ie, pvp, pvm, etc?

PvP by a longshot. I enjoyed PvM during the pre-AoS days, when a couple drakes could send you packing...but since monsters were dumbed down and gold became worthless, I turned to 100% PvP.

Why did you want to be an EM?

Several reasons, really. The idea of contributing to the fiction of Ultima Online being my main reason for applying. I also felt that Fel, factions, and PvP thieves (three things I felt were often overlooked by...well...everyone) needed some representation.

What has been the best part and the worst part?

Working with the players has been the best part of being an Event Moderator. I've had the oppurtunity to plan and work next to some truly amazing people in this game, as we attempt to make their shard more fun for the masses. The worst part...I couldn't think of any aspect of being an EM that I'd want to cast in a negative connotation. It's all been great.

What would you like to change as far as your duties or abilities as an EM?

When it comes to our in-game duties and abilities, I think we're all set. I'd love to get the chance to write more fiction, as well as revive the BNN to coincide with events.

How has it been, working closely with EA staff?

Excellent. The dev holding our leash, Mesanna, is just great. She works so hard to make sure we have everything we need to do our job. She stayed up with EM Quantum and I right up until 2am on Christmas, helping us. She leaves work, gets home, and hops right on her personal computer to continue working! I can't even imagine what it must be like to have chatroom full of 20 EMs at a time clammering for her attention.

Do you feel the EA staff has an eye to what UO players really want?

Yes. However, there are just so many different interests in UO...which is what makes the game great! This, in my opinion, creates a sort of "balance" with the players. Make 1,000 players happy, and you make 1,000 other players angry. No change will ever be universally accepted by the playerbase, especially those of us living in Felluca. The developers, as well as the EM team, all keep an eye open to what the players are saying.

What do you see for the future of EMs?

Fun! We've just got started, folks. The events are only going to get more fantastic.

What do you see for the future of UO?

It's a cycle. Who knows what crazy templates we will be seeing on the battle field with the coming changes.

If you could change 1 thing in UO, what would it be?

Now that is a terribly hard question! Hah. I'd love to say "balanced PvP" as an answer, but that just isn't fair. That, and I dont think all templates should be equal. I guess I'd like to see less item dependence. Mage weapons replace an entire skill. A combination of enchanted apples and "pop boxes" also replaces a skill fairly well, though not entirely. Casual players that don't wish to purchase gold from illegal brokers with real cash just can't compete with the players that can PvM and do champ spawns for hours upon hours on end. More and more powerful items get released every year, and it only further widens this gap.

Faction arties were nice in the way they offset this a bit, but that system isn't fair to the factioners that actually defend and raid, going to work without sleep because they ensured their faction's success the night before. Some of these people have been working hard for their faction for years, only to have these "posers" farming their silver and mooching off their system.

With that said, let me rephrase my entire answer and add a second change. Less item dependence, and faction fighting extended to all facets. Afterall, it isn't non-consentual PvP when you have to click "Join" on a signup stone first.

Have you enjoyed being an EM?

It's been great.

As players, what can we do to help EMs?

Think! Really, just toss ideas at us. Almost nothing is off-limits. If you can imagine it, we might be able to work it. What better way to please a playerbase than giving them something they actually asked for.

How can we best communicate our needs/wants to EMs and EA Staff?

Many EMs have set up e-mail accounts and websites to communicate with their players. But if it comes down to it, post a rant on your shard's forum through Stratics. Trust me, the EA Staff as well as the EM team scour these forums. I've seen the ways a single post on stratics has swayed the decision to make changes to an upcoming publish, or EM event, and it is amazing.

On that note, you can reach EM Quantum and myself at EMQuantum.com/LakeSuperior . We have our own forum there, as well as a contact form (under Event Submissions) that will e-mail us with whatever you have to say.

With that EM Autolycus sped away to attend the Regatta on Lake Superior....

THANK YOU EM AUTOLYCUS for being the first of our Event Moderator Interviews!!!! More to come folks!
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EM latu and EM Malachi's Meet and Greet A Success
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Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Meet and Greet a success ~


I popped into the Counselor's Guild today to see how the Meet and Greet was progressing and it was a hotbed of ideas!



Malachi and latu had a full house and many of the well known Great Lakes players attended such as Shady the GM of Dragon Clan Guild, Lord Moose and Aridas of FCB, Melian of MOA, Lord Malag Aste, Lady Nightly Spirit, Anok Libertine of CFC and very late arrival Poison Ivy with her very bright golden hair blowing in the wind as she entered in a rush.

Many great ideas were presented to the EMs from Ore Events, Crafter Events, more boat races, possibly finding the old fiction gem mine in Magincia to the lag present for many during a spawn related event. Several attendees were asking for more information on the EM website.

At one point I asked that all give warm greetings to the Great Lakes EMs so I could take a screenshot which they did. In return the EMs both commented that "Great Lakes People Rock".



Though I did not step up to receive a EM named sash most people did. Thank you latu and Malachi for your time and everything you do for Great Lakes.



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FoF: SUmmer is Around the Corner
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Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 9:14 AM EDT by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:

FoF: Summer is Around the Corner
Chrissay Zeeman

April 24, 2009

Will we be seeing the "mark" spell added to any other magic schools other than magery? Currently chivalry can recall, but not mark a rune. It doesn't make too much sense for this to be a missing an integral part of this utility spell's process. I can understand however keeping gate as a defining power of magery, but keeping a skill that can recall unable to mark its own runes is a bit odd to me. Necromancy, Spellweaving, and Mysticism are all without and travel utility. Any love for them?

Non-mages are able to mark and recall using scrolls, which is a reasonable trade off. However, even with scrolls the intelligence and skill requirements may be a little high for certain classes. We could make a little adjustment so this method can be more viable for non-mages.
-Sakkarah

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Will there ever be a change or fix with the zoo turn-in and point system? The current system is too limited and there are a ton of tameables, yet the field of what the zoo will accept and the points for the animals are limited and make it almost not warrant an effort to try.

It is part of our future plans to improve the community collections, and especially the zoo, including as far as tameables that can be turned in as well as incentives to do so.
-Sakkarah

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Will there ever be a way for reds to be protected at a spawn to get extra scrolls?

Not likely. Protection is a “reward” for those who observe the Virtue system. Sadly, murderers do not exactly qualify as virtuous.
-Sakkarah

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Will we have a 2009 cleaning or will you extend the 2008 spring cleaning?

There currently are no plans for another spring cleaning.
-Sakkarah

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Is the Fey Slayer (Pixie Swatter) intended to be a slayer for the cu sidhe?

Yes. The Cu Sidhe is a Fey creature, so the Pixie Swatter is intended to be a slayer for it.
-Leurocian

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You guys covered the quivers that were "bugged" a couple FoF ago but what's the deal with the Quivers of Rage?

There was an issue which allowed some quivers of rage to have higher than intended damage modifiers. While the majority of those have been fixed, there still is a few of them out there with irregular mods. Players should not be purchasing these items. A fix has been written that will reset the existing bugged quivers to the normal damage mods and will be released in the near future.
-Sakkarah

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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 9:04 AM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)

Posted to UOHerald.com

Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
24 Apr 2009 14:24:00

In this week's community spotlight we have a fan site announcements and events from:

  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Lake Superior
  • 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. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.

More…

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Continued Content Update!
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Posted on Friday, April 24, 2009, 1:18 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics is Pleased to Announce:







On this, the fourth week of our update program, UO. Stratics are happy to bring you updated and new information on Archery, Champion Spawns, Skill and Stat Gain, and The Virtues. Please follow the supplementary links on the tops of, and within, those pages.



Our thanks this week go to Connor Graham, Lady Aalia and various Stratics posters, as listed on the new champion spawn pages.



The ME, me, acknowledges that if I don't admit I did some of the work the news team will just edit it in anyway.



Sadly our new champ spawn pages are missing a few images. We'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to help us fill in the gaps. Send us a screen print, in the same style as those already on the pages, to uoinfo@stratics.com - no naked poses please!



Would you like to become involved in this project? Contributions such as the archery information sent in by Connor Graham can be submitted to the address above. I look forward to reading them.




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"Meet and Greet" with EM Cernunnos Saturday April 25th
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Posted on Friday, April 24, 2009, 2:09 AM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
A new shield can be found in the Councilors (EM) Hall in Britain. The new shield shows that EM Cernunnos will be holding a "Meet and Greet" at 3 p.m. EST on the 25th of April.
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PvP Tournament Saturday, April 25
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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 8:22 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Update from UO - Origin Events (emfainemorgan.com)

PvP Tournament Scheduled

Posted By EMFaineMorgan on April 22, 2009

The First Origin PvP Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th. Please check the Origin PvP Page for updated rules and brackets as well as the complete schedule for registration and the tournament itself.

Origin PvP Tournament

Registrations for the First Origin PvP Tournament will be held beginning on Thursday, April 23rd at the Origin PvP Arena.

Registration dates and times are:
     Thursday, April 23rd 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pacific
     Friday, April 24th 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pacific
     Saturday, April 25th 10 a.m. – 12 Noon Pacific

The tournament itself will begin on Saturday, April 25th at 6 p.m. Pacific at the Origin PvP Arena. The portal to the PvP Arena is outside the Counselor's Hall in West Brit Felucca.


Tournament Information


Brackets
Mage

     * Pure Mage
     * Hybrid Mage
Dexxer
Archer

Ladders
Elimination Style Competion
Two people from each bracket fight at a time
Winner advances
If there is an odd number of contestants, one defeated fighter from a previous round will be chosen by dice roll to play the odd man out in a wild card match
One set of “rounds” each week for Mage, Dexxer, Archer (NOTE: IF time allows, based on number of entrants, we will attempt to finish the tournament in one weekend)
Match ups determined by roll of the dice. Highest roll matches with lowest roll, etc.
Pet fights be their own set of rounds on a different night (More information on Pet Fights to come later. This will include a category for PvP Pet Fights.)
Ten minute time limit on matches. If there is no winner at the end of ten minutes, it will go to sudden death. No healing, no bandaging, etc.
Contestants packs will be checked prior to the match beginning to make sure they have adhered to the rules.

All brackets except Pure Mage
Allow a limited number (10) of petals, grapes, etc. in all brackets EXCEPT Pure Mage up to Sudden Death
Allow an unlimited number of potions in all brackets EXCEPT Pure Mage up to Sudden Death
Allow an unlimited number of bandages in all brackets EXCEPT Pure Mage up to Sudden Death
Allow Trapped boxes/pouches in all brackets EXCEPT Pure Mage up to Sudden Death

Mage Duel Rules (hybrid/pure)
No Invisibility Spells
No precasting
No fields
No summons
No pets
**Participants must have a minimum of GM Magery/GM Eval BASE to participate in a Hybrid Mage Duel

Pure Mage Duel Rules (in addition to above)
No Special Attacks (Disarm, etc.)
Mage Spells ONLY (No necro, spell weaving, weapons, etc. are allowed in this class)
Energy Resist limited to 70
No protection
No bandages, grapes, apples, petals, potions, etc. will be allowed in this class
No polymorphing
No scrolls. Spells must be cast using the magery skill. Scrolls of any sort are disallowed in this bracket.
**Participants in this bracket should have, minimum, the basic four mage skills (Magery, Evaluating Intelligence, Meditation, Magic Resistance)

Battle Royale
At the end of each week’s competition, there will be a finale with everyone who participated in the fights for the week, last man standing.
If the tournament spans more than one weekend, the winner of each week’s Battle Royale will be recorded in a book.

At the end of the tournament competition, former winners of the Battle Royale will go head to head for the honor of being declared “Last Man (or Woman) Standing”

**Note: This first tournament will be a testing ground for future tournaments. We expect a few bumps and are doing everything in our power to make this as enjoyable as possible for all involved. We ask that everyone keep an open mind and give us feedback after the tournament concludes on ways to improve the next tournament. We are hoping to be able to hold these PvP Tournaments Quarterly.

 

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New Base Established for Volunteer Royal Guard
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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 7:13 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

Tomas Savos, Captain of the Royal Guard, recently revealed the location of a new base of operations and training which was commissioned for the Volunteer Royal Guard. The base is presently under construction in the mountains southwest of the city of Yew. (13o 17'N 67o 13'W) The Dungeon of Shame and the Blighted Grove lie to the south.

Captain Savos said, "The Lords and Ladies of the cities we were prospectively considering, Trinsic, Serpent's Hold, and Vesper, did not wish to contend with a new training facility. This mountainous location provides us with a large defensible area."

Currently, only a few palisades have been built in the narrow canyon which bisects the northern tip of the mountain range. Large boulders have been placed around the edges of the ravine to protect the area from landslides. A spacious cave has been included as part of the base, and will no doubt be a rich source of metal for the all-volunteer force.

Upon learning of the base, Chancellor DaKaren of the High Council of Britannia commented, "The High Council is pleased to learn that the Royal Guard has built a new base so close to the Council seat in Compassion Grove. This will make it very convenient for the Britannian Armed Forces to lend their aid."

The base is expected to continue to develop over the coming weeks, and its official opening will be announced by Captain Savos.

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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Inflation, EM Meet & Greet and Old School Jamba Juice Style
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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 5:38 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~ NEWS~


Inflation......it is all around us. One does not need to go further than the Luna City vendors to experience it, that is not to say it is not wide spread. Go to almost any vendor shop, any location in the realm and it is hard not to notice the high price of things. Auction houses are also a place to see the money that is flowing these days.
MOA this week sold its highest item ever at 113 million for one item. I must add, for a collector the covered chair was a dream come true.



On a different type of community issue EM Malachi will be holding
a Meet & Greet this Saturday (April 25th) from 12-2 PM CST at the West Britain Counselor's Hall.
You don’t want to miss it!




For all you vet players out there there is no need to introduce Jamba Juice. Jamba has been around for years running one of the most beautiful vendor shops back in the day. She has retired from commerce for a few years now but still shows her design talents in decor. She has just finished her newest adventure at 65o 23'S, 27o 33'W.



The design is very old school , very Jamba Juice right down to the signature J.J. initials made with yarn. I will not show too many screenshots of this plot in hopes you take the time to visit the creative spirit of this person.


* Lady Lava has a cocktail in the Jamba Juice Manse *




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A stranger summons us!
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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 12:47 PM EDT by Velvathos (Pacific)





A Stranger Summons Us!



Hear ye, hear ye! A new message has been sent to our beacons in Luna! They read: A mysterious stranger summons you all!



Meet at the Britain Council Hall 4/25/09 7PM Pacific!






Click here to discuss this article.
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Reward Hall for Legends
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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 9:21 AM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
>>> Malas News <<<

EM Tashik has built a lovely Rewards Hall for Legends in the wilds of Malas. To get there on foot take the southern
exit from the town of Luna and keep going south, across three bridges, until you can go no further.


An easier way to get there is to step into the Death Vortex just outside the Counselor's Hall near the entrance to Blackthorn's Castle, and you will be instantly transported to the Rewards Hall.


Sextant coordinates are 29o17'N, 47o 27'W


(your reporter had some small difficulty with a lizardman... she countered his attack with a sewing kit and an ornate axe)

The Rewards Hall is well constructed with ample room for both wall plaques and statues.


There is, however, a noticeable lack of flora which will, hopefully, be remedied soon. Or, perhaps there is a plan for Award Floral Arrangements, in addition to Award Plaques and Award Statues?


There is even a large pond.... maybe some Award Sailing Vessels for a naval event?


I look forward to reporting the many events that will fill this hall with names of Legends!

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EM Reward Museum & Event Announcer
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT by Medea (Drachenfels)

The new EM Event Reward Museum on Drachenfels is located in Malas, on the Crumbling Mountain part (the land between Luna and Umbra) and the central west-most Island of it. You can find a rune in front of the Councelor's Guild hall in Britain (Trammel). The museum already contains the first event rewards from the past events, honoring winning players or teams. There also is a wooden box on the entrance stairs where you can drop your ingame books with your own stories. They will be placed in the library which will be built in the coming days and weeks. * Das neue EM Event Reward Museum auf Drachenfels liegt in Malas, auf dem Crumbling Mountain Teil (das ist das Land zwischen Luna und Umbra) und dort auf der westlichsten zentralen Insel. Eine direkte Rune dazu findet man vor den Türen der Councelor's Gilde in Britain (Trammel). Das Museum hat bereits die ersten Belohnungen der vergangenen Events ausgestellt, die die erfolgreichen Spieler oder Teams honorieren. Gleichzeitig gibt es auf der Treppe des Eingangs eine Holzkiste wo man eigene geschriebene Literatur (in Buchform) hineinlegen kann. Diese werden in die Bibliothek aufgenommen, die in den kommenden Tagen und Wochen aufgebaut wird.

The newest addition to EM events is an "EM Event Announcer", a newly invented Towncrier. The only one (until today) is located near the Luna Bank/Shops, right at the entrance to the building. A book right beside her feet tell bypassers how you deal with her. Simply say news to Brittany (that's her name) as your accustomed to like all other Towncriers. She will tell you news if she has any, otherwise she asks to visit her soon again. * Die neueste Zugabe zu den EM Events ist ein "EM Event Marktschreier", ein neuartiger Stadtschreier. Der einzige (bisher) steht in der Nähe der Luna Bank/Shops, gleich beim Eingang zum Gebäude. Ein Buch zu ihren Füssen erklärt den Vorbeikommenden wie man mit ihr kommunizieren kann. Es genügt vorerst einfach news zu Brittany (das ist ihr Name) zu sagen, wie das bei den üblichen Stadtschreiern auch gebräuchlich ist. Wenn sie News hat, wird sie es euch sagen, ansonsten bittet sie euch, bald wieder vorbeizuschauen.

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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EM Events Roundup
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT by Medea (Drachenfels)

April Fool's Day ~ 1. April (1st of April, 2009)

The people had to go on a quest where several clues finally led back to the Councelor's Guildhall in Britain.
Die Leute konnten ein Quest mit diversen Hinweisen absolvieren, schlussendlich landeten sie dann wieder in der Councelor's Gilde in Britain.
 

LUDO Game Day ~MÄDNess (2nd of April, 2009)

EM Immortal arranged a game party playing on a life-sized field LUDO with the people.
EM Immortal arrangierte ein MÄDNess (Mensch ärgere dich nicht) Spiel für die Leute auf einem lebensgrossen Spielfeld.
 

Easter Event ~ Ostern (12th of April, 2009)

A quest to help the children of Sosaria because the easter bunny made a mistake - several eggs (around 300) were found among Felucca and Trammel.
Ein Quest um den Kindern von Sosaria zu helfen, weil der Osterhase einen Fehler gemacht hatte - diverse Eier (um die 300) wurden auf Felucca und Trammel gefunden.
 

Pirate Day ~Piratentag (20th of April, 2009)

The attending crowd was tested to become "real" pirates, several teams were formed and a sextant quest had to be done. Afterwards a real pirate drinking party with some pirate folk songs followed.
Die Anwesenden wurden auf ihre "Piratentauglichkeit" geprüft, Teams wurden gebildet und ein Sextanten-Quest absolviert. Danach gabs eine richtige Piraten-Party mit vielen Drinks und Piratenliedern.
 

There where even more events (a PvP-Tournament and two Meet & Greet with the EM's) but I didn't manage to attend. But there will be more events soon!
Es gab noch ein paar Events mehr (ein PvP-Turnier und zwei Meet & Greet mit den EM's) aber ich war da leider verhindert. Aber sicher werden bald weitere Events auf uns warten!

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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UOForums Interviews Chrissay (UO Community Coordinator!)
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
This just received from our friends at UOForums:
UOForums Interviews Chrissay (UO Community Coordinator!)          

Chrissay the UO Community Coordinator took some time out to answer our users’ questions.

How often and what kind of characters do you play UO with?

I play several times a week of about 3+ hours a session. I play a Pally
What's the hardest part of being the UO Community Coordinator?
The Five on Friday questions. Sometimes I don’t receive enough questions or finding the good balance of questions.
What's your favorite part of being the UO Community Coordinator?
I love communicating with the player base. This goes all the way back when I first got into customer service. There’s a certain feeling you get when you help someone resolve an issue that they are facing.
More of the interview can be found here.

Many thanks to Chrissay for doing the interview.

Adam
UOForums Founder.

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TOUCHDOWN!
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 6:46 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
>>> Malas News <<<AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!

Introducing the very first bagball game of the season, led by our very own Ellis and Viktor!
Looking very handsome I might add in their Bagball Adjudicator robes.

Four teams competed for the honour of having their names placed upon the first shield of the tourney. Lets hear the cheers and the tinny music playing as they are introduced!

The first team ready to play and champing at the bit for the opportunity to prove themselves to the fickle crowd were dressed in silver and are (from the top): Snakes Fury, Lady point and click and baked beans!




Next up, sporting a rather nice shade of purple we have Samuel, Phoenix Sebratis and Held!




Looking very vibrant dressed in a brilliant shade of green, give it up for Phoebe Halliwell, BBurnyeWest and Ascot D'Scar from the Pirates of Cove!




Last but not least, we have the red robes belonging to Heronimus, Peter and LocKPicKer!



*Listens to the crowd cheering wildly*

Field umpire, Ellis called the first two teams to the centre and spoke with them briefly before the ball was bounced (the details of which I was not privy to as he could not be heard over the crowd. The silver team as you can see were very keen on adding bloodshed to the game.. perhaps Ellis might need to consider a Bagball Death Match in Felucca in the future?



The game was held in two halves each lasting five minutes. The highest scoring team from each of the first rounds would play off in the final!

Unfortunately for the audience, while fast paced.. the first game was rather one sided with the silver team coming in victorious at 5 points to nil.



The second round was red versus green in a very festive looking affair. The teams formed up around the square and they were quickly underway!



Again the match was very one sided.. as Viktor announced..
"0-7 Red. That concludes the match!"



The crowd waited anxiously as the teams were changed so the Red and Silver robed players faced each other in the final.



Again, it seemed all stitched up from the minute the first bagball was dropped. The Silver robed team dominated the event, scoring a massive ten points with the Red team unable to overcome their brutal offensive strategy.



Fun had by all at this first tourney, and we will look forward to the future shields appearing by the first.



This is Shiel, your roving Sports Reporter, signing off.
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Advanced Champion April 25th Spawn Location
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 5:00 AM 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:

Since not enough showed last week to attempt an advanced champ we'll give The Tormented Minotaur Champion Spawn located in the Labyrinth, Malas another shot at being conquered!


(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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Lake Superior Olympics Week 3!
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 4:40 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Ilshenar News <<<


Hosted by your EMs Quantum and Autolycus

Lake Superior Olympics

We hope that extra week off was time for all our athletes to get pumped up for the upcoming events!

This Thursday will kick off the first two events of the week, with Darts and Human Chess!

Thursday - Meet at the Luna Fairgrounds next to the bagball arena for both events.

Darts will be at 6pm CST, Human Chess at 8pm CST. Meet at the Luna Fairgrounds (next to the bagball arena) to participate. We hope to see you all there!

Darts Tournament

All participants of the Darts Tournament will gather outside the Bagball Arena in Luna. The Tournament will provide Standard Darts for use, no player may use a non-standard Dart. 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.

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.
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A Festival Alert: Registrations Needed For Saturdays Bazaar!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 4:49 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<A message was just posted by EM Seppo on The Golden Brew Tavern.

While the previous bazaar was a smashing success, current sign-ups are few and interest is far below expectations. Please support your Monthly Bazaar, and register a spot today!

Hello,

A general warning, the stall registration for the festival has been extremely lukewarm. Third day into the registration phase with quite a few hours spent in Luna advertising the festival has led to only 1 reservation so far.

Perhaps, I misread the demand for another festival and it is too soon? Ideally, we should have a healthy mix of people hosting games, information booths, and also merchants hawking everything from low end to high end items. If you are willing to spend hours spamming your items at Luna then why not take it to the bazaar once a month?

Quite honestly, I am not planning to spend hours at Luna spamming for reservations like last time. I was expecting there to be a higher interest but so far it has not been the case. If we do not get close to 25 stalls reserved by end of Friday, I fear I might have to cancel the festival.

Feel free to register by leaving a comment in the stall registration thread (linked above).

Regards,

Seppo
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Napa Valley Community Auction House
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Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 12:42 AM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
>>> Malas News <<<Submitted by Lord Nabin of Napa Valley:

Napa Valley Community Auction House

Inside the Walls of Luna in the SE Corner


The Napa Valley Community Auction house is open for the use of any guild or person wishing to hold an auction.

The site rental fee is only 10% of the proceeds of your Auction. You will be Co-owned to the house 2 days prior to your auction date and must be out by 5pm the day following your auction.

The intent is to provide an excellent facility for the use of the players of Napa. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Regularly scheduled auction events will have priority.

Well we all love a good auction, now we all have a place to use here inside the walls of Luna so let get them up and running. :-)



Additionally, the first three groups that sign up to run an auction won't have to pay a rental fee! Please note that it is the first three groups and not the first three auctions. For more information, contact Lord Nabin.

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An Introduction From WarderDragon
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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009, 7:41 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Greetings, my friends and adoring fans. *Smiles, offering a deep bow*

I've come to introduce myself to the Baja Community. I am WarderDragon, one of the two latest additions to the Baja Shard Team. Ceno and I are currently being fitted into our masseuse uniforms, and will be getting back to you shortly. Some of you know me as Nicholas the Old, while others doubtlessly know me by other aliases and pseudonyms. I hope to get to know more of you in the coming months as I help Sara, Oriana, and Ceno cover the comings and goings of our shard.

A little about myself for your reading pleasure (and my own vain narcissism). I first logged into Ultima Online in June 2001, right in the midst of the Cove Orc & Savage Invasion. I had named my first character Legolas, and in an ironic twist, the first person to befriend me was named Gandalf the Grey. He introduced me to the Village of Ravenshire, a small player-run community north of Vesper, and it is from there that I became involved in the roleplaying community. Over the years, I've been part of many of our shard’s major roleplaying guilds, including but not limited to the Kingdom of Dawn, the Kingdom of Lumaria, the Circle of the White Raven, the Dark Tower, the Baja Roleplaying Community, and the short-lived Kingdom of Valderia. I enjoy candlelit dinners at the Dragons Breath Tavern in Dawn, long walks along the Lumarian coast, and I am absolutely full of myself. Just ask WildStar.

I was brought on the team to help cover our shards re-emerging roleplay community, as well as the themed and in-character comings and goings or our shards EM Crew. I have several projects in the coming months, including interviewing important community figures on our shard and updating the Baja Establishment Listing and HTML.

So with that said, I am looking for establishments, community centers, and museums that you think should be included in the updated Baja Establishment Listing. I am also looking for suggestions for important community figures and leaders whom you think Baja Stratics should interview.

We also welcome contributions. You make the news, we're simply the grunts who stick the HTML between the lines and format the pictures. If you have a piece of news that you have the screenshots for, and you want to type up a quick summary and send it our way (uobaja@stratics.com), we certainly won't complain. *Grins*

Thank you, people of Baja!

WarderDragon
Resident Newbie of the Baja Stratics Team
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Frenzied Fish Fest Participants Sight Strange Sea Creatures
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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009, 12:03 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

Frenzied Fish Fest
Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lady Raelyn McKie was at Skara Brae docks greeting the anglers, combat support personnel for the boats, and spectators.

Lady Raelyn, apparently bilingual, explained the rules and issued the warnings she had been hearing to Akr.

Before the ships set sail, Lady Raelyn, who had grown up on the island of Skara Brae developing a deep understanding of wild animals and creatures, warned there had been rumors of unknown creatures lurking in the waters.  She also cautioned that the creatures were reported to have the capacity to sense the combat capabilities of the personnel on the individual ships.

With Raelyn's warnings in mind, we set sail aboard Ran and Frey Wavestrider's ship the Back One.  While Ran steered the boat and fished, Frey and I kept a lookout for sea monsters.  So wary were we, Lady Raelyn almost became a casualty the first time she popped aboard the deck of the Back One to the check on our safety and whereabouts.   

In our quest to help Ran land the biggest of Big Fish, we sailed well into the night. With only the dim light of the moon and the glow of defensive fields, we peered anxiously into the darkness, wondering with every splash of water hitting the boat if we had encountered some of the mysterious creatures Raelyn had warned of.

Just when we were tiring and thinking the rumor of such creatures was just that .. a rumor ... the sea erupted with types of monsters none of us had ever before encountered.

Time after time the monsters assaulted the crew aboard our ship.  Fortunately, Ran and Wave have a sturdy, well-maintained craft that sustained little damage during the fray.  The three of us were able to defend the ship, and help keep each other alive.

Unfortunately, I was called away before Ran had pulled up a Big Fish.  Being uneasy about the Wavestrider's well-being today, wondering if they had caught a Big Fish or had even survived the rest of the fishing trip, I checked the news on UO - Origin Events and found this headline:

Congrats to Akr, Frenzied Fish Fest Winner!

To read the entire account of the evening's events written by Raelyn McKie, Companion of the Wild, click here.

To leave feedback for EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan regarding this event, click here.

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Upcoming EM events are displayed on EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan's website, UO – Origin Events, by mousing over the dates displayed in red on the calendar.

 

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[NEWS]Royal Guard FAQ
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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009, 10:26 AM EDT by Oriana (Baja)
Click the image to open in full size.From the desk of Seppo...


I noticed some questions and confusion arising from the guard conference. To answer some of the queries I have updated the FAQ section of the website. Here is the summary:

Special FAQ about Royal Guard story line

I have noticed some confusion present amongst people. One of the aims of the guard conference was to clear some of this while moving the story line. So here are some key points,

1) Is this a global event?
No, the guard story line is something I am doing on Baja because of the underlying interest in it amongst the players. There might be guard related arcs popping up on other shards as well but they are not related to one on Baja.


2) Is this going to be strictly RP?
Yes and No. To a large extent this is a Role playing story line. However, there are plans for few mini-events pertaining to training and such.


3) Can I join the guards? What are the restrictions?
Anyone can join as a recruit to the city guard. There are absolutely no requirements at this point, except being a blue. Please understand that there is a fine line which when crossed makes role playing overly complicated and not fun for a fair number of players. As such, faction affiliations are not going to come in play.


4) City guards? Is that different from the Royal Guards?
Yes and no. The city guards is a new regiment that Captain Nystad is developing. They are connected to Royal guards but not directly under their command. Think of different departments in a government.

5) Where can players go to find more information about this arc?
You may find more information pertaining to this on this website or in books locked down at the counselor hall. Obviously attending events related to this and talking with other players would help too. Everything said on the website makes it way to ingame as well. (This FAQ will be copied in a book later as I am at work at the moment)
Conversely, you can also talk to me in game or use the feedback option to ask a question. We appreciate getting your feedback or questions directly.

6) What if I hate the guards and refuse to join them?

Then the answer is very simple, do not join them! Go against them in the spirit of the game! If you would rather not have anything to do with it then remember this is just one of many type of events we are creating. Your niche will be addressed as well!

7) Still confused?
Well, this is still in a very young stage and details are being hammered out. There is bound to be some confusion. Just hang in there.
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Auctions for week of April 20th
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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009, 5:00 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)

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

NeXt Auction

Date:  Tuesday, April 21st

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  South of Luna City

Contact: Meani – ICQ 65-689-918

YGV Auction

Date:  Thursday, April 24th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  Northwest of Yew Moongate

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Community Hunt - Week of April 20th
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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009, 4:54 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.




Vesper Museum Exhibit tours
Date: Tuesday, April 21st
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, April 23rd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, April 25th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
The Order of the Silver Rose
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255th Assembly of the 7th High Council
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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009, 4:37 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<255th Assembly of the 7th High Council

Date: Monday, April 20th
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Note Location change: West Counselor's Guild, Britain, Trammel Facet

Meeting Agenda:

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

-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 - April 20th
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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009, 4:29 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – April 20, 2009
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


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


The weekly community meetings, events, hunts, etc are always open to the public. No invitations needed!

Everyone is always welcome to come ask questions, make plans, or make announcements.

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

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The Gathering of the Festival of the Grapes
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Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009, 8:57 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
The Gathering of the Festival of the Grapes


As word circulated that EM’s Quantum and Autolycus wanted to recognize the Festival of the Grapes on April 15, the town of Yew was in need of preparation at Ye Old Winery next to the Empath Abbey. When I arrived it was with great pleasure to see the Winery updated with new and exciting things to see.

Tables were set out with a variety of wines for tasting and even some special cheeses to enhance the palette. Q&A did a great job with the help of Stupid Miner and Crysta setting things up for the gathering. Even Nathan Carter the Legendary Tracker had a seat by the fire with a rabbit on a spit and I’m sure was eager to share his stories as well.





Many showed to socialize and recognize the history of Sosaria with conversation and a little bit of gaming. I hosted a Let’s Make a Deal with contestants Baldy, Taresis, John Cambridge, Luna, Cassandra and Daamen all walking away with prizes.







It was a very relaxing evening and a chance to simply enjoy the company. It is with much appreciation that the citizens of Lake Superior had an opportunity to be enlightened by some history due to the efforts our EM’s. We hope this becomes a yearly event!

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Royal Guard Conference Conclusion
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Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009, 4:55 PM EDT by Katlene ((none))
>>> Trammel Facet News <<< http://www.pagebreeze.com)">

[News] Royal Guard Conference Conclusion

Hail and well met!

The Royal Guard Conference kicked off without a hitch today but before the nice event there was of course a little fun to be had!

People started to arrive early and one of them was Baja's very own reporter Oriana! Who was greeted by The cabal of daggers, The Sphinx! Who of course was oogling over Ori's ears! But Ori shot back!

And just above that we had Fern passing out candals in rememberance of the Royal Guard Kemer, who passed away just a few weeks ago.

And so just as some of us were having fun and me finding things people had...er..."dropped"...*looks around innocently* Lady Aino finally appeared!

 

Aino Nystad: Greetings!

Aino Nystad: I welcome you, I welcome you,

Aino Nystad: friends and allies to the Royal Guard Conference

Aino Nystad: Last I witnessed some of the smiles in here, was before I became Captain of the royal guard

Katrina D'antres: *frowns a bit*

Aino Nystad: That perhaps I have abandoned my old friends. Surely, few of you may have wondered...

Aino Nystad: If that may be the case,

Oriana: where have you been Lady

Aino Nystad: Let me offer my sincere apologies!

Aino Nystad:  *smiles at Oriana*

Oriana: *smiles*

Aino Nystad: In my defense, I will only state that, a Captain is not made merely by a king's appointment.

Aino Nystad: Whilst, I have been occupied learning the art of bureaucracy, Alas, I have ignored to mantain old friendships

 

Oriana: *makes sour face*

Aino Nystad: *looks into Oriana's eyes and apologizes*

Oriana: Oh no m'lady. that was about bueocracy

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Aino Nystad: *stands upright*

Aino Nystad: Enough wallowing in regrets..I wish to say a few words regarding the reason for this gathering...The reason for this conference...

Aino Nystad: *catches a whiff of sake*

Xel The Wanderer: *laughs*

Aino Nystad: The invasion, blessedly, has been repelled...Yet the threat of the Shadowlords still looms large!

Shae: Blasted Shadowlords!

Aino Nystad: Whilst, both comrades and superiors relish the fruits of victory...they ignore this threat!

Aino Nystad: However, I have taken stock of our situation! and this is what I have discovered...

Aino Nystad: *counts with her fingers*

Aino Nystad: One...Heavy losses to our standing army

Aino Nystad: Two...City based defenses almost wiped out

Aino Nystad: Three...Shortage of armor and arms

Aino Nystad: Four...Lack of healers and medical supplies

Aino Nystad: *frowns*

Eeyore: doesnt sound good

Aino Nystad: My friends, we are still clearly lost in the woods...

Aino Nystad: *shakes her head*

Aino Nystad: No, it does not. The challenges faced by us are great. They cannot be met overnight...We must start somewhere

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Aino Nystad: This brings me to the purpose of today's conference..

The Sphinx: She forgot five! Lack of espionage

Shae: *nods*

Aino Nystad: More than anything, the greatest need of the day is to recruit more guards! Whilst, a new recruit cannot be expected

Leonidas: *puffs out chest*

Aino Nystad: to replace a battle hardened soldier...They can step into a more modest role of a city guard! Before you make the mistake of sneering at this role...Realize this! A new city guard today is a brave soldier of tomorrow...With this, I would like to announce that the Royal Guards are actively looking for new recruits, each of whom will start their journey as guards of Britain.

Aino Nystad: The garrison at West Britain bank shall be manned first..followed by the one outside of Lord British's castle! Slowly but surely, we shall rebuild! In the rest of the conference...and surely, in the coming days...I hope to pen out the details on recruitment policy and other details

Aino Nystad: But...before we move any further...I have another piece of disheartening news..As some of you may well know already...

Aino Nystad: *sighs*

Aino Nystad: Guard Kemer is believed to have passed on

Fern Goodfellow: *sniff*

Sara: *nods*

Pandora: *cries*

Fern Goodfellow: *holds Pandora's hand*

Pandora: *holds Ferns hand*

Aino Nystad: I would like to have a moment of silence to honor his deeds

<everyone bows their head>

Fern Goodfellow: *sniff*

Pandora: *sniffles*

Aino Nystad: *raises her head*

Aino Nystad: Thank you

Sara: *wipes tear from eye*

Fern Goodfellow: Lady Mystad, if you would I would like to say a few words.

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Aino Nystad: Indeed

Fern Goodfellow: *composes self* *looks fabulous in grief*

Fern Goodfellow: I have spoken with Kemer's mother. She is very, very ill. And cannot attend. And so it falls on me to say a few words.

Fern Goodfellow: *wipes tear*

Aino Nystad: *makes a note to see to her well-being*

Fern Goodfellow: Kemer was many things. He was loyal. He was, oh so handsome! He was a cookie afficiando! He was a good elf. But if nothing else, Kemer brought a smile to so many of our faces. And if that is his legacy, then what a fine legacy to leave behind. Thank you

Fern Goodfellow: *breaks down*

Aino Nystad: *pats*

Aino Nystad: Thank you for your kind words

Aino Nystad: Next, I would like to honor another man. One who has led by example. he is a showcase of what the Royal Guards look in a new recruit

Aino Nystad: *looks sideways*

Fern Goodfellow: Her hair *sniff sniff* is so much worse up close

Aino Nystad: *smiles at Brackus*

<everyone cheers for Brackus>

Pandora: did it smell?

Fern Goodfellow: She seriously needs a skin regiment.

Pandora: she needs our help.

Aino Nystad: Brackus through his deeds has earned the praise of Lord Casca himself.

Aino Nystad: and a pooch named Bartalbe

Xel The Wanderer: Bartalbe Bob the Second.

Aino Nystad: Bartalbe Bob the Second?

Xel The Wanderer: The first bob is the statue. On the top of West Brit Bank

Aino Nystad: *shakes her head*

Aino Nystad: *sniffs the smell of sake again*

Xel The Wanderer: Hey!

Sara: *slips Xel's Sake pitcher out of his hand*

Aino Nystad: Brackus...If you may come to the stage

Calyndrell: *salutes Brackus as he comes up on stage*

<everyone claps>

Fern Goodfellow: *claps for Magdalena as well*

Shae: *Shae eyes the guards sash*

Shae: So pretty!

Aino Nystad: Brackus, you will play an active role...in the expansion of the Royal Guards. You are hereby being promoted to the rank of a Corporal.

<everyone cheers>

Aino Nystad: As a junior officer.

Brackus: I am honored, my Captain.

Aino Nystad: You will be in charge of showing the ropes to our new recruits

Brackus: Thank you for this honor.

Aino Nystad: There are three more important orders of business to attend. First. I am having an open contest for designing new uniforms for the city guards

Pandora: *looks to fern*

Pandora: they need us

Fern Goodfellow: *nods*

Aino Nystad: Your ideas will be modelled by a city guard at this very stage during the Faire Grounds festivities next Saturday. If you are planning on participating, I would suggest that you keep two things in mind.. Tradition and functionality are of utmost significance to the Guards.

Xel The Wanderer: DANG!!

Aino Nystad: The winner will get the contract to supply uniforms to the new recruits.

Katrina D'antres: *raises hand*

Aino Nystad: A tin can...as you might like to put it...saves lives

Katrina D'antres: A question, Lady Aino.

Aino Nystad: *nods at Katrina*

Katrina D'antres: May a team enter? For instance, may I work with my sister to create a uniform?

Aino Nystad: Aye, you may participate as a team!

Katrina D'antres: *smiles*

Katrina D'antres: Thank you.

Fern Goodfellow: Yay! Pandora has a question as well!

Aino Nystad: *looks to the back*

Pandora: You said it has to keep with tradition...exactly what would that be

Aino Nystad: Platemail would be tradition, for instance

Aino Nystad: *smiles*

Aino Nystad: You can always decide to break free of traditiong, but then your work must be good enough to surpass the resistance of traditionalists.

Aino Nystad: Second issue...There is another contest in works as well. It has been brought to my attention that the current state of the garrisons is woefully inadequate

The Sphinx: What's wrong with a rollmat in the center of the room?

Jadon Thur: they need some flowers

Aino Nystad: *resists the urge to laugh*

Aino Nystad: Although the details of this are not fine tuned

Calyndrell: The way the guard lives will reflect there moral

Jadon Thur: oh so dancing girls as well?

Aino Nystad: It is my hope to reequip the garrison at West Britain bank

Aino Nystad: *laughs*

Calyndrell: give them better quarters and they will fight better

Aino Nystad: Once again, functionality is of highest import. There needs to be a place for guards to store their armor. For citizens to file a complaint. And many other such minor details. While, I would like to reconstruct it completely

Katrina D'antres: *frowns and wonders that citizens filling complaints is a minor detail...?*

Aino Nystad: our architects are busy with the refurbishment of the West Britain bank. I will announce more details pretaining to this at a later date. In the meantime, I will urge you to think on the matter..

Elladan: *raises hand*

Aino Nystad: Perhaps talking with few guards to find out their needs.

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Elladan: must these be citizen crafted?

Eeyore: guards have needs?

The Sphinx: They need a rollmat, and they need a toilet, thats it.

Aino Nystad: That will be announced at a later date

Shae: Cookies made by Magdalena? Where ever the poor soul may be found. And if she is alive....that is...

Elladan: was that in answer to my question?

Aino Nystad: Aye, it was

Aino Nystad: Something happen to Lady Magdalena?

Katrina D'antres: *nods sadly*

Calyndrell: She vanished

WildStar: Magdalena is missing, Lady Aino

Aino Nystad: Vanished...?

Calyndrell: Yes

Aino Nystad: Perhaps, she is visiting her kin?

WildStar: It is feared that Baron Darkmor has her.

Calynfrell: Her brother is concerned. She was last seen in the Baron's company

Brackus: Her brother Canto says she has been missing days now, Captain.

Aino Nystad: I was not aware that she has a brother.

Aino Nystad: *frowns*

Hex: Her brother was the Bard to Lord British. She was in Doom days ago before she went missing

Aino Nystad: *looks concerned*

Bucko: Aye, I saw her there perhaps Thursday, maybe Wednesday

Aino Nystad: Finally, the third issue...

Shae: Maybe she met her...doom...?

Aino Nystad: and that is regarding recruitment of new guards. Many have left messages on my bulletin board asking if they can be recruited. While, the recruitment policy is still in works it will suffice to state that anyone is able to join as a new recruit

Shae: Even thieves? That that I am one or anything!

Calyndrell: Shae yes even you

Pandora: Oh good frief there goes the garrison

Aino Nystad: Whether they become anything other than a new recruit

Elladan: the Recruitment rack will straighten thee out

Aino Nystad: will depend on their deeds

Aino Nystad: *smiles*

Aino Nystad: At this moment, I will open the floor to anyone who wishes to speak

Elladan: a word perhaps about Clanin

Aino Nystad: *sigh*

Aino Nystad: Yes?

Elladan: will there be a service

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Aino Nystad: There is a plan to hold a memorial but Lord Casca is taking care of it. I believe he has given that task to Lord Emissary Saius

Aino Nystad: *looks around*

Shae: *raises quill in the air*

Shae: Question.

Aino Nystad: Aye?

Aino Nystad: *waits for the question*

Shae: How many do you expect to join the RBG while many of the people call them "Dogs of Casca"?

Calyndrell: I will Serve the Royal guard...

Leonidas: Here Here

Aino Nystad: I will let that answer your question

Jadon Thur: Lady Nystad I have a question

Aino Nystad: Aye?

Shae: *writes it down on her note pad*

Jadon Thur: what will be the function of these "guards" or will they merely be eye candy as before?

Aino Nystad: *frowns*

Jadon Thur: or cannon fodder to cover Casca as he retreats like before?

Oriana: The Lady said that those details have yet to be worked out

Katrina D'antres: Regardless of one's opinion of the current governance of Britannia, one cannot argue...That all of its citizens are in danger and in need of protection.

Aino Nystad: There will be many tasks awaiting the new guards.

Eeyore: can we kill ppl?

Xel The Wanderer: Anyone can kill people, but can you protect them instead?

Aino Nystad: *smiles*

Aino Nystad: Perhaps their is some wisdom with Sake

Aino Nystad: Royal guards are an integral part of our kingdom. If you question their existance then I doubt this path is meant for you.

Shae: *raises quill again*

Shae: Another question.

Aino Nystad: Aye, as the Captain I lead the guards.

Aino Nystad: *peers at the Elf Lady*

Shae: Who gets to decide who is a threat to our lands? What if Casca deems the Kingdom of Dawn a threat? Since he has stated all kingdoms should be under his rule.

Aino Nystad: We are only discussing city guards

Shae: *writes that down on her note pad*

Katrina D'antres: *raises hand once more*

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Katrina D'antres: Lady Aino, who has put forth this call for city guards? Yourself or Casca?

Aino Nystad: Aha. It is my initiative...

Katrina D'antres: *nods*

Aino Nystad: albeit one that is not supported in the corridors of the power

Katrina D'antres: I think we have our answer, good people of Britannia

Oriana: Indeed. Thank you for that.

Aino Nystad: as you may have noted by a lack of officials here

Katrina D'antres: I believe you'll find no lack of support here Lady Aino.

Shae: What of the True Britannians? Are they going to be apart of the RBG?

Xel The Wanderer: Shae read my mind.

Aino Nystad: We need as many we can get

Aino Nystad: Nay, True Britannians are ... They are not related to this.

Shae: But do they not protect Britannia as well? I for one have fought to keep the streets of Britain safe

Aino Nystad: They carry on the war in Felucca in the name of our lost king...

Elladan: absent King

Katrina D'antres: True King.

Shae: *glares at Elladan

Shae: Lost.

Calyndrell: He shall return.

Xel The Wanderer: Lost? He sacrificed himself to the Abyss so that Minax couldn't get her mitts on the fragments of the gem. That's amazing.

Aino Nystad: Let us not run circles around words.

Shae: One last question.

Aino Nystad: Of course

Aino Nystad: *Smiles*

Aino Nystad: *prepares for another difficult question*

Sara: *laughs*

Shae: Since the True Britainians fight for our Lost King, does that mean they are not allowed to join?

Oriana: *chuckles*

Shae: I wouldn't be a reporter if they weren't hard!

Aino Nystad: I do not believe a member of True Britannia would be willing to join.

Shae: That does not answer my question, M'Lady. We fight more than just for the ideals of our Lost King.

Elladan: if they resign from their faction perhaps

Shae: We too, protect the people.

Aino Nystad: Will they be willing to take the oath to protect king and country? Any willing to take the oath is welcome

Eeyore: they have to make it thru guard boot camp first

Aino Nystad: *smiles*  *nods*

Shae: We already have done that. Just not to the false king.

Shae: *Smiles sweetly*

Elladan: she speaks treason

Katrina D'antres: *narrows eyes at Elladan*

Oriana: *glares at Elladan*

Oriana: shhh

Leonidas: *glares at Shae*

Aino Nystad: They will not be treated any differently because of their past affiliations for better or worse. There are always exceptions to a rule... and a rule to exceptions..

Brackus: it is important that any who join as a recruit do not

Aino Nystad: so if you are looking for an answer that might cover all situations You will not receive it from me.

Brackus: put their personal ideals and politics before....orders. and the chain of command.

Oriana: How about a simple it is their choice?

Shae: But M'Lady, you spoke saying that the guards do not serve the "king". But they serve you. So why swear to the "king"?

Aino Nystad: As, I have said all who wish to serve are welcome.

Shae: Should they not swear to you?

Aino Nystad: Clearly, it is their choice...

Shae: *scribbles on her notepad*

Leonidas: *raises hand*

Aino Nystad: Aye?

Leonidas: Where do we sign?

Aino Nystad: *smiles*

 

And with that just about everyone in who attended the meeting stood in line as Brackus (a town guard) had us write our names in a book. There was of course more fooling around and I had noticed that the people that attended were very carefree with their items which caused me to pick them up for them!

Sadly everyone thought Shae was stealing! Who would have thought returning stol....er...dropped goods was stealing?! Even Lady Aino was dropping things!

 

And so you have it!

The Royal Britain Guards are active once again! And We have also learned that there shall be a contest on designing the new uniform of the Guards! So get out your sewing kits and smithy hammers and dye tubs!

 

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Hail and well met!

The Royal Guard Conference kicked off without a hitch today but before the nice event there was of course a little fun to be had!

People started to arrive early and one of them was Baja's very own reporter Oriana! Who was greeted by The cabal of daggers, The Sphinx! Who of course was oogling over Ori's ears! But Ori shot back!

And just above that we had Fern passing out candals in rememberance of the Royal Guard Kemer, who passed away just a few weeks ago.

And so just as some of us were having fun and me finding things people had...er..."dropped"...*looks around innocently* Lady Aino finally appeared!

 

Aino Nystad: Greetings!

Aino Nystad: I welcome you, I welcome you,

Aino Nystad: friends and allies to the Royal Guard Conference

Aino Nystad: Last I witnessed some of the smiles in here, was before I became Captain of the royal guard

Katrina D'antres: *frowns a bit*

Aino Nystad: That perhaps I have abandoned my old friends. Surely, few of you may have wondered...

Aino Nystad: If that may be the case,

Oriana: where have you been Lady

Aino Nystad: Let me offer my sincere apologies!

Aino Nystad:  *smiles at Oriana*

Oriana: *smiles*

Aino Nystad: In my defense, I will only state that, a Captain is not made merely by a king's appointment.

Aino Nystad: Whilst, I have been occupied learning the art of bureaucracy, Alas, I have ignored to mantain old friendships

 

Oriana: *makes sour face*

Aino Nystad: *looks into Oriana's eyes and apologizes*

Oriana: Oh no m'lady. that was about bueocracy

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Aino Nystad: *stands upright*

Aino Nystad: Enough wallowing in regrets..I wish to say a few words regarding the reason for this gathering...The reason for this conference...

Aino Nystad: *catches a whiff of sake*

Xel The Wanderer: *laughs*

Aino Nystad: The invasion, blessedly, has been repelled...Yet the threat of the Shadowlords still looms large!

Shae: Blasted Shadowlords!

Aino Nystad: Whilst, both comrades and superiors relish the fruits of victory...they ignore this threat!

Aino Nystad: However, I have taken stock of our situation! and this is what I have discovered...

Aino Nystad: *counts with her fingers*

Aino Nystad: One...Heavy losses to our standing army

Aino Nystad: Two...City based defenses almost wiped out

Aino Nystad: Three...Shortage of armor and arms

Aino Nystad: Four...Lack of healers and medical supplies

Aino Nystad: *frowns*

Eeyore: doesnt sound good

Aino Nystad: My friends, we are still clearly lost in the woods...

Aino Nystad: *shakes her head*

Aino Nystad: No, it does not. The challenges faced by us are great. They cannot be met overnight...We must start somewhere

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Aino Nystad: This brings me to the purpose of today's conference..

The Sphinx: She forgot five! Lack of espionage

Shae: *nods*

Aino Nystad: More than anything, the greatest need of the day is to recruit more guards! Whilst, a new recruit cannot be expected

Leonidas: *puffs out chest*

Aino Nystad: to replace a battle hardened soldier...They can step into a more modest role of a city guard! Before you make the mistake of sneering at this role...Realize this! A new city guard today is a brave soldier of tomorrow...With this, I would like to announce that the Royal Guards are actively looking for new recruits, each of whom will start their journey as guards of Britain.

Aino Nystad: The garrison at West Britain bank shall be manned first..followed by the one outside of Lord British's castle! Slowly but surely, we shall rebuild! In the rest of the conference...and surely, in the coming days...I hope to pen out the details on recruitment policy and other details

Aino Nystad: But...before we move any further...I have another piece of disheartening news..As some of you may well know already...

Aino Nystad: *sighs*

Aino Nystad: Guard Kemer is believed to have passed on

Fern Goodfellow: *sniff*

Sara: *nods*

Pandora: *cries*

Fern Goodfellow: *holds Pandora's hand*

Pandora: *holds Ferns hand*

Aino Nystad: I would like to have a moment of silence to honor his deeds

<everyone bows their head>

Fern Goodfellow: *sniff*

Pandora: *sniffles*

Aino Nystad: *raises her head*

Aino Nystad: Thank you

Sara: *wipes tear from eye*

Fern Goodfellow: Lady Mystad, if you would I would like to say a few words.

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Aino Nystad: Indeed

Fern Goodfellow: *composes self* *looks fabulous in grief*

Fern Goodfellow: I have spoken with Kemer's mother. She is very, very ill. And cannot attend. And so it falls on me to say a few words.

Fern Goodfellow: *wipes tear*

Aino Nystad: *makes a note to see to her well-being*

Fern Goodfellow: Kemer was many things. He was loyal. He was, oh so handsome! He was a cookie afficiando! He was a good elf. But if nothing else, Kemer brought a smile to so many of our faces. And if that is his legacy, then what a fine legacy to leave behind. Thank you

Fern Goodfellow: *breaks down*

Aino Nystad: *pats*

Aino Nystad: Thank you for your kind words

Aino Nystad: Next, I would like to honor another man. One who has led by example. he is a showcase of what the Royal Guards look in a new recruit

Aino Nystad: *looks sideways*

Fern Goodfellow: Her hair *sniff sniff* is so much worse up close

Aino Nystad: *smiles at Brackus*

<everyone cheers for Brackus>

Pandora: did it smell?

Fern Goodfellow: She seriously needs a skin regiment.

Pandora: she needs our help.

Aino Nystad: Brackus through his deeds has earned the praise of Lord Casca himself.

Aino Nystad: and a pooch named Bartalbe

Xel The Wanderer: Bartalbe Bob the Second.

Aino Nystad: Bartalbe Bob the Second?

Xel The Wanderer: The first bob is the statue. On the top of West Brit Bank

Aino Nystad: *shakes her head*

Aino Nystad: *sniffs the smell of sake again*

Xel The Wanderer: Hey!

Sara: *slips Xel's Sake pitcher out of his hand*

Aino Nystad: Brackus...If you may come to the stage

Calyndrell: *salutes Brackus as he comes up on stage*

<everyone claps>

Fern Goodfellow: *claps for Magdalena as well*

Shae: *Shae eyes the guards sash*

Shae: So pretty!

Aino Nystad: Brackus, you will play an active role...in the expansion of the Royal Guards. You are hereby being promoted to the rank of a Corporal.

<everyone cheers>

Aino Nystad: As a junior officer.

Brackus: I am honored, my Captain.

Aino Nystad: You will be in charge of showing the ropes to our new recruits

Brackus: Thank you for this honor.

Aino Nystad: There are three more important orders of business to attend. First. I am having an open contest for designing new uniforms for the city guards

Pandora: *looks to fern*

Pandora: they need us

Fern Goodfellow: *nods*

Aino Nystad: Your ideas will be modelled by a city guard at this very stage during the Faire Grounds festivities next Saturday. If you are planning on participating, I would suggest that you keep two things in mind.. Tradition and functionality are of utmost significance to the Guards.

Xel The Wanderer: DANG!!

Aino Nystad: The winner will get the contract to supply uniforms to the new recruits.

Katrina D'antres: *raises hand*

Aino Nystad: A tin can...as you might like to put it...saves lives

Katrina D'antres: A question, Lady Aino.

Aino Nystad: *nods at Katrina*

Katrina D'antres: May a team enter? For instance, may I work with my sister to create a uniform?

Aino Nystad: Aye, you may participate as a team!

Katrina D'antres: *smiles*

Katrina D'antres: Thank you.

Fern Goodfellow: Yay! Pandora has a question as well!

Aino Nystad: *looks to the back*

Pandora: You said it has to keep with tradition...exactly what would that be

Aino Nystad: Platemail would be tradition, for instance

Aino Nystad: *smiles*

Aino Nystad: You can always decide to break free of traditiong, but then your work must be good enough to surpass the resistance of traditionalists.

Aino Nystad: Second issue...There is another contest in works as well. It has been brought to my attention that the current state of the garrisons is woefully inadequate

The Sphinx: What's wrong with a rollmat in the center of the room?

Jadon Thur: they need some flowers

Aino Nystad: *resists the urge to laugh*

Aino Nystad: Although the details of this are not fine tuned

Calyndrell: The way the guard lives will reflect there moral

Jadon Thur: oh so dancing girls as well?

Aino Nystad: It is my hope to reequip the garrison at West Britain bank

Aino Nystad: *laughs*

Calyndrell: give them better quarters and they will fight better

Aino Nystad: Once again, functionality is of highest import. There needs to be a place for guards to store their armor. For citizens to file a complaint. And many other such minor details. While, I would like to reconstruct it completely

Katrina D'antres: *frowns and wonders that citizens filling complaints is a minor detail...?*

Aino Nystad: our architects are busy with the refurbishment of the West Britain bank. I will announce more details pretaining to this at a later date. In the meantime, I will urge you to think on the matter..

Elladan: *raises hand*

Aino Nystad: Perhaps talking with few guards to find out their needs.

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Elladan: must these be citizen crafted?

Eeyore: guards have needs?

The Sphinx: They need a rollmat, and they need a toilet, thats it.

Aino Nystad: That will be announced at a later date

Shae: Cookies made by Magdalena? Where ever the poor soul may be found. And if she is alive....that is...

Elladan: was that in answer to my question?

Aino Nystad: Aye, it was

Aino Nystad: Something happen to Lady Magdalena?

Katrina D'antres: *nods sadly*

Calyndrell: She vanished

WildStar: Magdalena is missing, Lady Aino

Aino Nystad: Vanished...?

Calyndrell: Yes

Aino Nystad: Perhaps, she is visiting her kin?

WildStar: It is feared that Baron Darkmor has her.

Calynfrell: Her brother is concerned. She was last seen in the Baron's company

Brackus: Her brother Canto says she has been missing days now, Captain.

Aino Nystad: I was not aware that she has a brother.

Aino Nystad: *frowns*

Hex: Her brother was the Bard to Lord British. She was in Doom days ago before she went missing

Aino Nystad: *looks concerned*

Bucko: Aye, I saw her there perhaps Thursday, maybe Wednesday

Aino Nystad: Finally, the third issue...

Shae: Maybe she met her...doom...?

Aino Nystad: and that is regarding recruitment of new guards. Many have left messages on my bulletin board asking if they can be recruited. While, the recruitment policy is still in works it will suffice to state that anyone is able to join as a new recruit

Shae: Even thieves? That that I am one or anything!

Calyndrell: Shae yes even you

Pandora: Oh good frief there goes the garrison

Aino Nystad: Whether they become anything other than a new recruit

Elladan: the Recruitment rack will straighten thee out

Aino Nystad: will depend on their deeds

Aino Nystad: *smiles*

Aino Nystad: At this moment, I will open the floor to anyone who wishes to speak

Elladan: a word perhaps about Clanin

Aino Nystad: *sigh*

Aino Nystad: Yes?

Elladan: will there be a service

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Aino Nystad: There is a plan to hold a memorial but Lord Casca is taking care of it. I believe he has given that task to Lord Emissary Saius

Aino Nystad: *looks around*

Shae: *raises quill in the air*

Shae: Question.

Aino Nystad: Aye?

Aino Nystad: *waits for the question*

Shae: How many do you expect to join the RBG while many of the people call them "Dogs of Casca"?

Calyndrell: I will Serve the Royal guard...

Leonidas: Here Here

Aino Nystad: I will let that answer your question

Jadon Thur: Lady Nystad I have a question

Aino Nystad: Aye?

Shae: *writes it down on her note pad*

Jadon Thur: what will be the function of these "guards" or will they merely be eye candy as before?

Aino Nystad: *frowns*

Jadon Thur: or cannon fodder to cover Casca as he retreats like before?

Oriana: The Lady said that those details have yet to be worked out

Katrina D'antres: Regardless of one's opinion of the current governance of Britannia, one cannot argue...That all of its citizens are in danger and in need of protection.

Aino Nystad: There will be many tasks awaiting the new guards.

Eeyore: can we kill ppl?

Xel The Wanderer: Anyone can kill people, but can you protect them instead?

Aino Nystad: *smiles*

Aino Nystad: Perhaps their is some wisdom with Sake

Aino Nystad: Royal guards are an integral part of our kingdom. If you question their existance then I doubt this path is meant for you.

Shae: *raises quill again*

Shae: Another question.

Aino Nystad: Aye, as the Captain I lead the guards.

Aino Nystad: *peers at the Elf Lady*

Shae: Who gets to decide who is a threat to our lands? What if Casca deems the Kingdom of Dawn a threat? Since he has stated all kingdoms should be under his rule.

Aino Nystad: We are only discussing city guards

Shae: *writes that down on her note pad*

Katrina D'antres: *raises hand once more*

Aino Nystad: *nods*

Katrina D'antres: Lady Aino, who has put forth this call for city guards? Yourself or Casca?

Aino Nystad: Aha. It is my initiative...

Katrina D'antres: *nods*

Aino Nystad: albeit one that is not supported in the corridors of the power

Katrina D'antres: I think we have our answer, good people of Britannia

Oriana: Indeed. Thank you for that.

Aino Nystad: as you may have noted by a lack of officials here

Katrina D'antres: I believe you'll find no lack of support here Lady Aino.

Shae: What of the True Britannians? Are they going to be apart of the RBG?

Xel The Wanderer: Shae read my mind.

Aino Nystad: We need as many we can get

Aino Nystad: Nay, True Britannians are ... They are not related to this.

Shae: But do they not protect Britannia as well? I for one have fought to keep the streets of Britain safe

Aino Nystad: They carry on the war in Felucca in the name of our lost king...

Elladan: absent King

Katrina D'antres: True King.

Shae: *glares at Elladan

Shae: Lost.

Calyndrell: He shall return.

Xel The Wanderer: Lost? He sacrificed himself to the Abyss so that Minax couldn't get her mitts on the fragments of the gem. That's amazing.

Aino Nystad: Let us not run circles around words.

Shae: One last question.

Aino Nystad: Of course

Aino Nystad: *Smiles*

Aino Nystad: *prepares for another difficult question*

Sara: *laughs*

Shae: Since the True Britainians fight for our Lost King, does that mean they are not allowed to join?

Oriana: *chuckles*

Shae: I wouldn't be a reporter if they weren't hard!

Aino Nystad: I do not believe a member of True Britannia would be willing to join.

Shae: That does not answer my question, M'Lady. We fight more than just for the ideals of our Lost King.

Elladan: if they resign from their faction perhaps

Shae: We too, protect the people.

Aino Nystad: Will they be willing to take the oath to protect king and country? Any willing to take the oath is welcome

Eeyore: they have to make it thru guard boot camp first

Aino Nystad: *smiles*  *nods*

Shae: We already have done that. Just not to the false king.

Shae: *Smiles sweetly*

Elladan: she speaks treason

Katrina D'antres: *narrows eyes at Elladan*

Oriana: *glares at Elladan*

Oriana: shhh

Leonidas: *glares at Shae*

Aino Nystad: They will not be treated any differently because of their past affiliations for better or worse. There are always exceptions to a rule... and a rule to exceptions..

Brackus: it is important that any who join as a recruit do not

Aino Nystad: so if you are looking for an answer that might cover all situations You will not receive it from me.

Brackus: put their personal ideals and politics before....orders. and the chain of command.

Oriana: How about a simple it is their choice?

Shae: But M'Lady, you spoke saying that the guards do not serve the "king". But they serve you. So why swear to the "king"?

Aino Nystad: As, I have said all who wish to serve are welcome.

Shae: Should they not swear to you?

Aino Nystad: Clearly, it is their choice...

Shae: *scribbles on her notepad*

Leonidas: *raises hand*

Aino Nystad: Aye?

Leonidas: Where do we sign?

Aino Nystad: *smiles*

 

And with that just about everyone in who attended the meeting stood in line as Brackus (a town guard) had us write our names in a book. There was of course more fooling around and I had noticed that the people that attended were very carefree with their items which caused me to pick them up for them!

Sadly everyone thought Shae was stealing! Who would have thought returning stol....er...dropped goods was stealing?! Even Lady Aino was dropping things!

 

And so you have it!

The Royal Britain Guards are active once again! And We have also learned that there shall be a contest on designing the new uniform of the Guards! So get out your sewing kits and smithy hammers and dye tubs!

 

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Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009, 4:08 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<It seems all remnants of the past are slowly fading away to be lost in time and memory.
The Britain Council murdered
Clainin slain by Shadowlords..
The stories of the past come to an end in order to pave the way for the new stories that are now coming to light!

People may recall Cassandra Aion the Meer, Ambassador to the Royal Council from Lakeshire. She accompanied us on many a quest and graced us with her allegience and her presence. She had a small house built in Haven as her place of residence.

The last newsworthy activity at the house was when the terathans invaded the place and added cobwebs throughout as well as stealing the Shadow items that used to be in the display cases. Marcel turned them for his own purposes, leading to the quest that people completed for the Terathan Recruit Pack (containing Arachnid Libram and Minion of Surano robe). I am happy to post more about that past events if people would like.. many of the archives are limited unfortunately and the pictures lost to time.

For today, however, we gathered at the Castle Barracks in response to Viktor's call. He and Ellis, having arranged for someone to watch the Castle and their affairs while they were off investigating the latest crisis, informed us there was trouble at Cassandra's Curio's in Old Haven.



"We've received reports about a disturbance in Old Haven. It is quite serious..The town itself is little more than a ruin. This is why Captain Cotume summoned you. Citizens reported seeing great plumes of smoke twisting into the heavens."

"I feel it is our duty, to investigate this matter further." Viktor added, "Be watchful."

"Aye, lest the disturbance spread" Ellis replied.

"We are not sure what to expect, so be on your guard." Viktor warned.

Ellis instructed us to spread out and report back to them whatever we find.



It was not long before the disturbance brought us to what remained of Cassandra's old house. It had been burnt to the ground with only rubble remaining. The area was infested with brigands which the Royal Guard made quick work of.



The gate the terathans used to reach Haven was found partially collapsed. The terathan seer who wandered near the gate was nowhere to be seen. There were also several remnants of items that appeared to be from Cassandra's shop. They formed a trail which the Royal Guards and Captains were quick to follow. Guards reported that the Terathan Seer was up on the North coast. It seems he ran when the brigands invaded!



"Have you questioned this... creature?" Viktor asked warily. It seems the friendly terathan took him aback slightly. I guess there were very few who actually spoke with humans, even in the past when they served Marcel Surano.



Daniella was the first to approach the quivering terathan. "Seer!"
"Yes? What is it? Why do you bother me? I'm busy."

Boris was the next to ask him. "Busy?"
"That's what I just said, fool. These pirates stole a very dangerous artifact. One of great power I was watching. It is gone now. We are doomed."

Cook asked about pirates next.
"The brigands that sailed in such haste they left shipmates behind."

"Of course... the brigands at the ruins." Viktor agreed.

At this stage, two intrepid guards immediately launched boats! Although as yet we had no idea where we needed to go. Scouting the perimeter, of course.

"Where do you away to in such haste?" Viktor asked. We did not yet know where they went from Haven. Yet if we were to give chase...

"You wish to follow these pirates? How do I know your intentions are honorable?" the seer looked quizzically at the gathered crowd.

"We are honorable," I assured it eagerly.
"I will have to take your word. I chased their leaders to this coastline. Huge terrible men. They strike fear even into powerful seers such as myself. They sailed south. Directly around this coast. I know not what lies that way."

"South we go." Boris agreed.
"Yes. What islands lie south of here? You must hurry. Retrieve the artifact!"

"That's a good question." Boris answered the seer while he and the gathered crowd considered the question.
"I have no idea what's south of new Haven." Cook replied.

"Serpents Hold is kind of south of here." Ellis commented.
"I doubt pirates would get past the knights of Serpent's Hold." Davin Forsosa scoffed at the idea.

"Well... surely they would head for a city. The Hold has been known to shelter pirate scum." Viktor returned. With that, Ellis gated us to Serpents Hold.



The guards again spread out to search. Nothing unusual was found within the city itself. The Ophidian Warrior was still wandering near the old Serpent Quest, but the Order Guard seemed to have the city under control. Eventually, the pirates were found to the South of the City on the Island of Serpents Hold.



The guards rummaged through the remains after disposing of the pirates at the site.

"I FOUND THE ARTIFACT! I FOUND THE ARTIFACT!" chatswood rats claimed, bringing the Captains running.

With this loud assertion, Captain Montague appeared and attacked Ellis! He systematically started to slaughter the gathered guards. He was quite tough to kill.. we struggled with him for a long battle before he finally succumbed. I stood back and assisted the injured as much as I could for the fights. Especially after it was noted that he seemed to be draining the pets of their health and using it himself! A very strange pirate this was indeed. After he was dispatched, our Captains immediately went back to the task at hand.



"Where is this statue?"
"Aye, who reported finding a statue?" Our Captains both said at once.
"Smash the crates, I want to see this statue!" Ellis ordered.



After a brief interlude (as no one had brought an axe with them), the crates were smashed revealing the Ophidian statue that was on Cassie's desk!
"Viktor, this is what they were after!" Ellis cried. "We should collect this and secure it."

With that, Viktor bent down and picked up the small statue, then we moved onto the boat to look at the Captain's log.



"The pirates were mere pawns it would seem." Cook asserted.
"This logbook tells of an island with a sandy northern shore..." Ellis pondered.
"Bald island!" Hurakan claimed triumphantly.
"Do we agree?" Ellis asked.

With a chorus of assent, the guards were happy to follow the Captains to Bald Island to see what we would see, see, see.. *makes a naval salute as she travels through the gate*



To the South of Bald island, we again found crates and boats with one Captain Johns guarding them. He also targetted Ellis before the rest of us, perhaps noting the air of command about him. He was particularly nasty.. seeming to instantly kill pets and at intervals casting a particularly nasty poison on everyone in the area! There were many deaths in this battle also. I would love to know where these pirates were recruiting their Captains! This one it seems, even managed to steal Paroxysmus' dinner! Someone claimed to find it on his corpse when he was eventually put to rest.



"Another statue" Ellis commented, once the crates at the site were smashed.

Viktor couldn't take his eyes off the blue genie statue that used to sit in the display case at Cassie's place. "Allow me to collect this artifact and we can head home." he said.



"What is so important about these statues I wonder?" Ellis pondered, then stepped quickly in front of Viktor as he reached for the statue. "Wait Viktor, you have your hands full. I shall help you with this one"
"I uhh..." Viktor guardedly looked at Ellis.
"No, please don't thank me. It is obviously heavy"
"I am quite capable of..." Viktor frowned at Ellis and returned his gaze hungrily to the statue on the ground.
"Think nothing of it." replied Ellis easily and reached down and plucked the statue almost from the hands of the preoccupied Viktor. He looked like he was about to argue the point, then resigned.

"Very well, you carry it, Ellis...."
"We have to put these in secure holdings until we figure out what the pirates wanted with them. The seer did not do well to keep these pirates from getting it" Ellis said, as he secured the statue in his pack. "I'm sure they are just trivial trinkets, but we cannot be too sure."

"Alright, we might consult with the seer later." Viktor agreed reluctantly.
"Maybe just send a messenger to let the seer know the items have been recovered for now." Davian Forsosa stated, looking from one to the other.
"They went to a lot of effort to collect them and prevent us from retaking them. If there are no other clues... Ellis started. "Let us return to the barracks." Viktor finished.
"We should get these items back and secured" Ellis repeated. It is clear these items are of great importance. The guards had some other interesting comments..
"How do we know there were only 2?" Cook asked.
"We should take them to the seer." Antalya asserted.
"I only remember the seer mentioning 1 item of great power." Cook mused.
"Through the gate!" Ellis said, forestalling all conversation.

Viktor walked up to Lucy as soon as he arrived. "You truly are a vision, my dear."
"I'm sure she is glad to see you alive Viktor." Daniella returned.

Ellis sighed when he saw this sight and brought him back to the matters at hand. "We have more pressing matters, Viktor."
"Oh... of course. Forgive me old friend." and threw a warm smile at Lucy. Love in the air perhaps?

"Thank you everyone for your help collecting these artifacts." Ellis said to us.
"Our pleasure Captain's." Daniella answered for the crowd.



"The reward was preventing the artifacts being in the wrong hands." Davian Forsosa asserted. Although there were a few less pleased with this outcome.

"When shall we let the seer know they are found? And find out what they do, or are for?" Antalya wanted to know. I want to know too but they continued..

"We had our lead Forensic Evaluator following in our footsteps. She has determined who landed the killing blows on each of the vile pirate captains. As a token of our appreciation, a small tribute will be erected in the Reward's Hall. Lady point and click, thank you for felling the fiend Montague, and Estrelita, you landed the killing blow on Captain Johns. You all deserve our thanks."

Congratulations to you both!

"Viktor, let us take these artifacts and secure them away. We will give notice to our Guards where they are." Ellis said. He seemed anxious to get the statues away safely.

"Thank you again, citizens." Viktor said to us.
"Citizen? I've got a guard sash that was given to me thank you very much. :P" Davian Forsosa claimed, obviously slightly put out at his reduction in rank.

"Aye, thank you. We will call upon you again soon, no doubt." Ellis said and the two departed, leaving a few questions unanswered.

Such is the way of things however, we must be patient it seems!
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Lucy's on the loose
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Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009, 2:29 AM EDT by Katlene (Oceania)
Lucy the herald is at large and languishing in Luna!



Looks like we launch tomorrow after lunch!

Posted yesterday by Fink
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Please Feed the Animals
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>>> Trammel Facet News <<<The word was out.. Lucy who has recently started telling us about events again (in the barracks at Britain Castle) said we were to meet the Captains at 8pm Good Friday night. She did not have any further details for us so we were all curious. People waited with varying degrees of patience for the Captains to arrive.



Shortly after 8pm, Ellis Duffield appeared and greeted the crowd.
Viktor Cotume joined him slightly afterward and made his way to join Ellis on the Northern side of the room. We all waited to hear why we were gathered.



It seems that the staff who look after Jaine's mansion were worried about her animals. Jaine was a rather eccentric Lady who used to be a part of the Royal Council. She hosted two events previously where we had to find and retrieve her pets. She also commissioned people to submit designs for her Homestead built near her zoo in the Lost Lands. Lady Kat submitted the winning design:



The zoo that houses all of the animals is located just South of the Homestead:



Ellis reported that Jaine had in fact perished when the Council was assassinated before King Casca was crowned. I was saddened by this news.. may she rest in peace.



Jaine's staff had communicated by letter to Ellis and Viktor that there was no one to take over the estate. It seems that the staff residing at the estate needed some assistance with the animals. The Captains suggested that we move to the Homestead so they could explain what the staff wished us to do. Everyone was eager to follow his lead. He cast a gate to the Homestead just after this picture was taken.



When we arrived, everyone was in awe of the Homestead. Many had forgotten it was there, while others had known that the winner and prizes had been announced but had not seen the design. Viktor told us that "Uncle Reebdoog" has a line of quality animal food. We were to use the names of the foods to find them, then bring the sextant coordinates back to them. The first one back with each food location would have an item of furniture named after them in the house! Ellis was even kind enough to provide us all with a sextant for the task, although it seems we need to learn to line up when asked or we might end up with drill practice! "Sloppy" he said we were...



The ten items we had to find were read out by Viktor Cotume as follows:

Scrumptious Saccharine Snake Snacks
Fleshy Fresh Fish Fillets
Nutritious Parrot Pellets
Prescription Pup Potion
Man-In-A-Can Crocodile Chow
Renowned Reptile Rations
Succulent Surefire Savage Berries
Dingo Delicacies
Hand Baked Beneficial Biscuits
Wonderfully Wet Water



Aeon said later that the items would be left out for a few days if you wish to try it for yourself :) Hence the resulting locations and winners have been put into a spoiler so you can see how you go without seeing them. Viktor also said that the items would be placed within the next few days within the Homestead - I am looking forward to seeing them!



The forum post contains a spoiler thread with pictures of the items at their locations for those interested. It can be viewed here.

The winners for people to reference:
Shiel
noX
SORO MANY SPAWN
Kazuya
De Aracia
Lady Jess
Lady fib
Fink
Beastmaster

Congratulations Everyone!



Follow up:

A few days later the items were indeed placed in the homstead. I met EM Vespera there while I was taking the pictures for the
end of this report:



All of the furniture, as promised bears the winning names from this event. The Intricately Carved Thrones with Red Velvet Cushioning bear the names Daniella, BeastMaster, Shiva Me Timber's, Lady Jess, De Aracia and Fink. They were extremely comfortable.. one could imagine curling up on one with a good book in the evening after a hard days hunting, champ spawning, murdering, crafting or any other pursuit.

The barding corner contains SORO MANY SPAWN's Fine Teak Stool to play Lady Fib's Striking Yew Wood Harp or noX's Menacing War Drum.
The little corner table is named for myself as a Useful Rosewood Table.

EM Vespera commented that this may run on a monthly basis.. but that she has many other plans for us so we will see.



Shiel.
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Vixen Ventures and Does The Questionnaire with Mercedes Dreams
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Vixen means "a female fox or a ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman".Why the name Vixen for a character ? *Giggles* A female fox but of course! I picked the name Vixen from an all female 80's Glam/Metal Band. My favorite song was *Living on the Edge of A Broken Heart*

How old is Vixen and what are her skills?
69 months old...*Grins* for real! Her skills are set at Tamer/Vet/Mage



You are involved with Holy Light Auctions. Can you tell us a little about your association with this auction house.

Absolutely! I was a former member of an auction house named Spirits Of Wisdom. AKA SOW. Wonderful members and a great auction house. I was with them for about three years. Matrix the auctioneer took a very long break and has not returned. I have asked to take on the SOW name and bring the auction house back to life. Unfortunately I was unable to contact Matrix. I then decided to open my own auction house! With the help of Pure Luck, Deildren and Alina we joined together and made what it is today. Also with the help of some new members Chylde, Tad and Maelmordha I could have not done it without any of them! Love you guys!


When not involved with the auction how does Vixen spend her time?
I spend my time shopping for great deals, looking for rare items, do a bunch of champ spawns and spend time with other wonderful guilds on Great Lakes (DC*) to mention one of my favorites!

What one item would you love to own in the realm that you do not already have?
Hmm one item? let me think.....I would have to say the haunted chest. A pink one none the less!

What one item would you most like to have in the real world that you do not have ?
A brand new Mercedes convertible hardtop.

What is your favorite color?
RED RED RED!!!

Who is your favorite hero in fiction and why?
Harry Potter for one. He was brave and always believed in himself and had one hell of a patronus!! *Grins*

Who is your hero or hero's in real life?
My family and My friends because they are Always there for me!

If you could change one thing in the game what would it be?
I would give players more skillcap

What do you admire most in a friend?
Trust and a great sense of humor!!

What was the last book you read ?
Charlene Harris, Dead Until Dark

What was the last movie you saw?
The Day The Earth Stood Still

Describe your perfect meal.
Rich and well portioned. Finishing with of course with a touch of sweetness!

What is your motto?
Don't worry about knowing others, make yourself worth knowing!



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Kullervo Nystad Announces WildStar Winner Of Landscaping Project
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Posted on Saturday, April 18, 2009, 7:41 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Today Kullervo Nystad, the Skara Brae Faire Groundskeeper, proclaimed WildStar, Grand Duchess, Kingdom of Dawn, as the winner of the Landscaping Project to create a garden to accentuate the tree that has "Engraved are the words "Golden Knights” emblazoned on the trunk.

EM Seppo arrived to assist WildStar by securing the plants and other items she placed in the garden.

Once everything was in place, and WildStar declared her design done, EM Seppo engraved a plaque to honor WildStar's design.

Congratulations, WildStar, on a job well done! Thank you for a beautiful area that not only accents the tree that honors the Golden Knights, but is functional, as well as serene.

 

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Advanced Champion April 18th Spawn Location
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Posted on Saturday, April 18, 2009, 2:03 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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FoF: Tweet, Tweet, Tweet
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Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Tweet Tweet Tweet
Chrissay Zeeman
17 Apr 2009 18:41:37

Will Imbuing require the other crafting skills like smithing or tailoring to unravel/imbue items? 

Imbuing will not require any other skill to imbue items crafted or found in the world. However, you will need other crafting skills in order to create the items to imbue.
-Leurocian

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In KR I accidentally moved my backpack off of the game screen and its saved that spot as the place to open it so I can't use it normally anymore. What’s the best way to fix this?

The safest way to fix this would be to delete the settings folder: “My DocumentsEA GamesUltima Online”.  Note: this will cause you to lose all of your user settings including hotbars and macros.

There is another way which requires a basic understanding the xml data format which could save you from losing all of your settings.  First, make a copy of the settings folder so you can restore it if you make a mistake.  Look for the character specific settings file, open it in notepad, and remove the entire WindowSettings xml node.  

This bug will be fixed in the UOSA client when it launches sometime this year.
-Supreem

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Is there a way to get the coordinates of your destination to show up when you recall, so they show up in the chat window?

This is not does not currently work in the KR client.  I will make sure this gets added to the list of features we plan to add to the UOSA client.  
-Supreem

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Are Gargoyle slayer weapons going to be useful against Gargoyles in PvP? 

The slayer weapons will continue to affect Gargoyle monsters as intended but will not affect players. 
-Leurocian

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Will there be new housing areas in the Stygian Abyss?

We will be bringing additional housing to the game with the expansion. However, there will be requirements for players to utilize this new housing. Additional details on this in the near future.

-Leurocian

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How do carpenters turn logs into boards?  

Carpenters perform this the same was as the lumberjack, use an axe on the logs to make boards due to the fact they were removed from the carpentry gump.  


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Announcements:

UO has a new Facebook page and Twitter News Feed. Check us out!

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Fansite news and Player Run events can be found in this week's Community Spotlight here.

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Calling all Five on Friday question holders! Submit your questions Here!
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Community Spotlight
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Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
17 Apr 2009 16:24:57 EST

In this week's community spotlight we have a fan site announcement and events from:

  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Europa
  • Catskills
  • Lake Superior
  • 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. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.


Atlantic

This week and every week on Sunday at 4pm EST, The Syndicate is hosting Craftsman Day.  It is held at our island city of Arx Draconis.  Gaters will be at the major banks to offer rides to and from the event.  You will know them by their blue robes and the LLTS over their heads.  We offer free item repairs; creates; enhances etc...  We often have a lockpicker available as well.  The services are all free and just a small way we try to give back to the community so come on by!

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Baja weekly shard event:

Sunday Night Taming Hour


When: Every Sunday Evening
Meeting Place: Moonglow Zoo
Time: 8pm PST (9pm MST, 10pm CST, 11pm EST) Open Event Sponsored by M!S

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Europa

There will be a big Wedding for the marriage of Amantala of Vesper to Roland of Gilead.Tuesday April 21 at 9pm UK time.Any who know us please come we'd love to have ya!its on the Tokuno Island of Makoto  Just NE of Moongate in the Purple Church.Thx again-Roland

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Catskills 

"One Circle, One Soul" Alliance Weekly Events:

Wednesday: 
Aeryr's Gauntlet night
9 PM EST Meet in New Haven

Friday: 
Peerless Night
9 PM EST Meet in New Haven

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Lake Superior Community's weekly event Schedule
 
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Advanced Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Saturday, April 18th
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, April 20th
Time: 7:30PM Central
Location: West Britain Counselor Guild Hall
Hosts: Airmid / Sabina Nikolai
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Vesper Museum Exhibit tours
Date: Tuesday, April 21th
Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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Peerless hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, April 22th
Time: 8:00PM Central
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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Ilshenar Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 9:00PM Central
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken
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Sonoma Events
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Saturday,  April 18th - 5pm Pacific (7pm Central - 8pm Eastern)  Deadline to enter the  Sonoma Home & Garden Spring Deco Contest & Tour - Its easy to participate... *Winners announced during Sonoma's SpringFest (April 24th - 26th) Contact Queen Mum by PM on the boards or at ICQ 168-812-018. For more details on submitting your Sonoma home/garden CLICK HERE
 
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Sunday, April 19th - Taming of the Sonoma Zoo! (EM Event) From 1pm to 7pm Central Time (11am - 5pm PT ^ 2pm - 8pm ET) gather at the Royal Britannia Zoo in Moonglow and participate in the Taming of the Zoo. A community effort is being requested to help get the points needed to raise the zoo to the highest level which will bring the beautiful Silver Steed home. We have a running start thanks to those who have consistently donated ... but we need all the help we can get from Tamers, Healer/Rezzers, Mages, Bards and we have a deadline of filling the royal zoo to capacity by April 30th!! For more details CLICK HERE
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Thursday, April 23rd - Symposium on the Virtues of Sosaria (EM Event) - at 5 pm Pacific (7pm CT ^ 8pm ET) join Brianna the Storyteller as she continues to share how the virtues came to be in our lands and how they affect our day to day 'lives'. This week we will be discussing the virtue of JUSTICE and its affect on our world along with its anti-virtue Wrong. We will also be going on a short mini quest to get the feel of the Justice Virtue and remember those who attend all the classes will achieve one of the highest honors in the UO lands ... Grand Master of the Virtues!!! The classes take place at the Luna Fairground stage just out the south entrance of Luna town at the Bagball Arena. 

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A Crafter's Auction will kick off this years SpringFest scheduled for the weekend of April 24th -April 26th. Items being accepted for this special auction include; crafter needed resources, GM & higher skilled crafter made weapons, armor, jewelry, books, instruments, rewards, etc. Other specialty items like potion filled kegs and gardener produced resources will also be accepted. There is no auction fee and the seller receives sale proceeds. If you would like to submit items for auctioning or need more information contact Queen Mum by PM or ICQ 168-812-018
 
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This week on Whispering Rose Radio...
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Friday - April 17th - Shard Chatter is buzzing with the latest hot topics of UO 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 - April 17th - The Box Game with outstanding UO prizes to give away 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 - April 18th - 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 - April 18th - 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 - April 18th - WRR Deal or No Deal 'UO Style' ~ Win up to 10 MILLION in GOLD on the shard of your choice (1/3 Siege) playing WRR Deal or No Deal 'UO Style'. This weeks DoND is on SONOMA starting at 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific. The DoND house is located inside LUNA town - west bank entrance. Players from all shards are eligible to participate...just make a character on SONOMA to join in the fun!! Rules on how to play DoND UO Style are available on the WRR station website where you can also tune in to hear this and other UO events live from ... Whispering Rose Radio - www.wrrad.com  For more details and location map CLICK HERE
 
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Saturday - April 18th - Starting at 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT its time for LUNAWOOD SQUARES on Lake Superior where anyone can participate and players can win gold on the shard of their choice *1/3 Siege. The show is an offshoot of the old Hollywood Squares (tic- tac- toe) game and is broadcasted live in game on Whispering Rose Radio (www.WRRAD) with DJ Sandman as MC. The WRR LUNAWOOD SQUARES game house is located at the NorthWest corner inside Luna on Lake Superior. Rules on how to play are available on the WRRAD station website. For location map CLICK HERE
 
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Saturday - April 18th - 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 from any shard can play - just log onto Lake Superior at 10:00pm Eastern (7:00pm Pacific) 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 - April 18th - If you missed Friday nights Box Game 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 - April 19th - 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. Anyone from any shard is eligible to participate, just listen in and be ready to make a character on the announced shard then stay tune into www.wrrad.com for the clues. This weeks find is worth THREE Million in gold, and if Slide is found in the first 15 minutes there is an additional 500k bonus!!
 
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Sunday - April 19th - 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 - April 23rd – 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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Mini-Event [April 18th] start Location changed!
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>>> Trammel Facet News <<<The start location for tonight’s Mini-Event at 7:30 p.m. EST have been moved to the Councilors (EM) Hall in Britain, Trammel. Sorry for the short notice and please do tell your friends.

In shocking news Lord Owain Surrey is now laying unconscious on his bed in the hall. The questions that has crossed everyone’s minds is how did this happen, who done this to him and why?

Some of the answers are in a book by Kasaven found on the floor beside the bed. Here is what is written in it.



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DevilsOwn Stalks Legends
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Posted on Saturday, April 18, 2009, 7:22 AM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
Hail and well met!

As the new Legends Reporter I will be seeking newsworthy items ranging from the trivial to the titanic, from the mundane to the majestic, from the.. well, you get the idea!

Please follow the link for ways to contact me for submitting stories or ideas and also to learn a bit about me and my family.

.. and if anyone knows of a good supply of erasers, please let me know *wink*


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New Content Update!
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Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009, 1:27 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics is Pleased to Announce:


For the third week in a row UO Stratics is happy to bring new and updated content to its users.

This week we offer information on alchemy, gardening, stealing from monsters and runic bonuses.


Thank you to Aia, Petra Fyde and Zigzag for their work in making this possible.


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Attention Archers! March BSR Results and April Schedule
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Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009, 11:09 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

The March BSR was held at the SkaraBrae Fairgrounds for the 1st time in a year.  The mood was festive and food was plentiful, thanks to Lil Debi. The weather for a March event in the outdoors was cooperating although Snow could still be seen on the ground.

Misfits of Society [M!S] in the tradition of the Society of Archers sponsored the archery contest for all archers in the lands of Baja with free admission and a prize of 1-Million gold. 38 archers aimed to be crowned March's Best Shot in the Realm.

As the 1st round began Toni Fierce, GM of [M!S], called the archers to their respective spots. The shooting began in the time-honored tradition of elimination
rounds of shooting.  In the first round a record number of shooters failed to post the required 70 points and immediately a debate was born. Some seasoned archers questioned the ability of these shooters as one of them scored a "7" and missed the butte completely with one of her arrows. But then it was realized that the errant shots were coming at the same time as "GRUNTS, BARKING-TYPE NOISES", and slamming of doors was coming from a shack near the buttes guarded by a person named Theoran. An emissary was sent over to the guard and the noises were no longer a factor in the contest. Fyiera Fyre recieved a special prize for being the first shooter eliminated in the contest.

The first two rounds came to a close with 25 shooters including last month's winner, Kathryn, moving into the third round with a score of 150. 12 shooters stood their marks and shot 150 or better in the round, with Kathryn falling out.  The crowd now knew a new Champion would be crowned.

Moving into the Robin Hood round were Evolet, Arlon, God's Shadow, Parisa, Alexander, Swan King, Frigin Azim, Vulren, llama, Lil Debi, Sure Enough, and Angel Of Death.  Two shooters stepped up to shot 200's in the last round -- Arlon and perennial favorite Frigin Azin -- and a shoot off was called for.

In a tightly contested 5-shot shoot out, Arlon snatched victory and was crowned March's Best Shot in the Realm, receiving 1-million gold and an engraved bow as his prize.


Misfits of Society would like to thank all the shooters who braved cold weather and odd noises to shoot in this fabled event .

The next BSR will be on Friday, April 24th at 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern) at the Skara Brae Faire Grounds.


TONI FIERCE, GM [M!S]
**RaisesBow**

March BSR Score Sheet

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Do you have Facebook or Twitter?
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Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009, 9:01 AM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Do you have Facebook or Twitter?
Chrissay Zeeman
17 Apr 2009 12:10:15

Well we do now! We have a Facebook page and a Twitter feed


Our initial Twitter account will be providing headlines and news items from our UO Herald, later we will be providing twitter feeds for some of our developers and producers.  Our Facebook page will aggregate this data as well as make use of the bells and whistles that Facebook offers, such as the event schedule and photo album.

While these pages will generally “mirror” information off of the UO Herald, Twitter and Facebook will give us the opportunity to provide additional information that is more suitable to those audiences and technologies.

If you are unfamilar with Facebook or Twitter, you can go to these Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

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Chicken and Rabbit Wars Over Eggs
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Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009, 9:32 PM EDT by Paul Harvey (LakeAustin)
Howdy Folks,

Just off the pigeon delivery express system. I received a note this evening about a CTTA Event

Esther Bunny was worried that the Easter Bunny might not make an appearance this year. How disappointed the citizens of Britannia would be! That definitely could not be allowed to happen. So she decided to institute Plan B.

She spent long hours toiling over her bunny stove, making the fine chocolates and tasty spring cakes. She also borrowed a few eggs from the local chickens and dyed them in vibrant colors. (It was a very busy time for Esther, so she may have forgotten to mention this to the chickens.) On Easter, she gathered up her treats and spread them around the cities.

Now fortunately for Britannians, but ultimately unfortunate for Esther, the Easter Bunny made an appearance at the same time. Unbeknownst to Esther, the Easter Bunny had a standing agreement with the chickens to borrow eggs. This resulted in too many eggs being borrowed from the chickens this year.

The chickens became very angry. Their spokeshen, Cindy Little (of distant relation to the famous Chicken Little), demanded the eggs be returned. But little Esther no longer had the eggs! She had spread them around for everyone’s delight.

The ruthless chickens did not care. A stealthy team bunnynapped Esther and they are now holding her ransom for 2,000 eggs (the amount they approximate was borrowed). They are promising to harm Esther (possibly by turning her into bunny soup) if they do not receive the eggs.

A small group is planning to mount a rescue on Saturday, April 16, at 1pm PST. Will the citizens come to aid in the rescue? Or will they defend the chickens? Who is really the victim - Esther or the chickens?

[Everyone is welcome to participate on the side of their choosing. You will need to temporarily join a guild. Only attacks between pets will be allowed and attacks against either Cindy Little or Esther Bunny. Attacks on players will result in your removal from the event.]



This has been Paul Harvey .. . . G'day
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Lord Enki and Lady Savannah Rose To Be Wed
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Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009, 8:52 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

How Beautiful is the Day Touched by Love

Lord Enki [UTB] and Lady Savannah Rose [UTB]
Invite You to Share & Celebrate in the Joy of Their Marriage
Saturday, April 25, 2009
2:15pm Pacific
Skare Brae Faire Grounds

 


I love thee,
I love but thee
With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold
And the stars grow old

William Shakespeare


It is only with
the heart that one can
see rightly;
what is essential
is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Evil Easter Bunny Found, Easter Was Saved
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Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009, 5:03 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Evil Easter Bunny Found
Reported by Intoxication
Lost Souls of the Dynasty [LSD!]

Saturday, April 11, the hunt for the Evil Easter Bunny had a very good turn out. I am sad to report, however, that two innocent bunnies fell in the hunt. The real Easter Bunny had sent out two of his kin to help hunt down the Evil Easter Bunny; others must have mistaken them for the Evil Bunny. The Evil Bunny was red; the real Easter Bunny’s kin were blue, being good of heart as they were.

The trail of the Evil Bunny was first picked up in Papau where many eggs and carrots were found. 

Numerous people passed right by the Bunny unaware of him -- he was a sneaky little bugger. We are lucky, though, that he wasn’t too sneaky for Kaecilius [PvM]. After picking up the trail of the evil bunny, Kaecilius set many traps to try to reveal the Evil little guy long enough to kill it. It wasn’t till backup arrived that they were finally able to trap and kill the bunny.

 

There was some fighting over the goods found on the body, however it was Taslin [PvM] who finally got the goods turned in. Intoxication and the real Easter Bunny were waiting at the fair grounds in Skara Fel for the safe return of the stolen goods.

Taslin received a 10-million gold reward for being the one to return the Evil Bunny's stolen goods.

  

Much thanks goes out to Taslin and PvM for helping make Easter a happy day for all the little boys and girls.

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A Tour of the New Events Reward Hall
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Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 6:14 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Malas News <<<After visiting the EM Hall I went to check the progress on the new Events Rewards Hall. Last I knew they were taking donations of stone and wood for the project so you can imagine my surprise when I saw the hall pretty much completed in front of me. I took a quick tour of it and wanted to share it with all of you.




All I can say is EM Cernonnus was not kidding when he said he had a touch for doing homes. Next time you see him tell him he did a wonderful job on the hall. Now it makes me wonder how nice our new Fair Grounds will look when they get them done.

For those of you who wish to visit the new Hall you can get there by stepping into energy filled cloud that is beside the Councilor (EM) Hall in Britain.
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EM Mini-Event Saturday April 18th, at 7:30 p.m. EST
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Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
This evening I was making my rounds to see if there was any new news when I stopped by the EM Hall only to find a new shield placed announcing an future event and a book laid on top of it. This looks to be an Mini-Event this coming Saturday April 18th, at 7:30 p.m. EST and if the book is a clue it involves Lord Owain Surrey.


Here is the tale written in the book.





For those of you who are not sure who Owain Surrey is here is his back story (Owain is the RP Character EM Kasaven uses for events.):

Owain came into being roughly around the same time as Lord British, and thus has been in the land of Britannia for around 57 years. However, unlike Lord British, Owain was behind the scenes for the majority of his tenure. He hailed from a distant land, but came to Britannia to serve with Lord British. He was on British's council in every one of his tenures as king, but was never revealed to the people, for he had a secret service that he performed. Not only was he on the council to advise Lord British, but he was an his Royal Augur, a soothsayer.

His visions came to him in dreams, and he used those visions to advise Lord British in matters of war, monetary decisions, and foreign policy. He was British's right hand man, only remaining behind the scenes for purposes of safety; he could not be risked to British's enemies.

Then, as Lord British left Britannia for a time, Lord Blackthorne came to power as regent of Britannia. Owain, still wishing to support the regent and the land, remained on the council and remained the Royal Augur to Lord Blackthorne. For quite some time, Lord Blackthorne ruled a prosperous society, and Owain Surrey stood by his side, advising him behind closed doors.

In time Owain Surrey was not the only advisor whispering words in the ears of Lord Blackthorne. Three black robed men began accompanying Lord Blackthorne; his ears no longer listened to the soothsaying of Owain. If Owain would press them to allow him access to Blackthorne they would beleaguer him, refusing him influence upon the regent. They spoke to Lord Blackthorne of great treason unto the throne; they spoke of the evil intentions of the people of Britannia, and of his own council members' appetence for power and their plots to take the throne for themselves.

Thus Lord Blackthorne began his gradual descent into darkness. Owain, seeing this, knew he must act soon lest Blackthorne be lost for eternity. After the black robes left at dusk upon a task most rancorous and malicious in nature (Owain could see this just from the looks in their eyes), Owain burst into Lord Blackthorne's throne room to tell him a of a vision that came to him as he lay sleeping in a cold sweat, concerning the evil of these dark three, these robed aberrations.

As he ascended towards the throne, he raised his eyes toward Lord Blackthorne and stopped abruptly. As he gazed upon his great lord, he saw the transformation that had taken place since their last council. His skin was jaundiced, covered in chancres; his skin sagged and his eyes looked ill, yet his mouth was curved in an ominous grin.

"My Lord, what has become of you?" Owain said, eyes wide and full of pain.

Blackthorne looked back at Owain, and burst into laughter. "I am better, Owain, I now see the truth!"

"My Lord, you are ill, let me take you to the healers," Owain's mouth stood agape "let me undo this evil that has been done unto you!"

"Do not touch me, traitor!" Blackthorne spat, "Guards, cast this man out my kingdom for he is an outlaw, never to return!"

Owain teleported to and fro, avoiding the guard's snares, leaving spurts of lightning trailing in his wake. Yet he was outnumbered, and soon the room was filled with royal guards. Despite his struggles he was knocked unconscious and dragged from the hall.
While this affront to Owain was great, and he was never able to return to Britannia under Blackthorne's rule, it was not the worst he faced in the coming days. A former council member and good friend Kasaven sought him out to give him the more dire news.

After Owain was outcast, Lord Blackthorne sought out Owain's family, his wife and child. Kasaven spoke with much gravitas and pain as he told Owain what had happened. Owain's family was taken from his home in the dead of night and put upon the block. At the stroke of midnight, his wife and his daughter, only five years old, were beheaded as a warning to any others who would bring treason to the crown. If you spoke out against these three, who later became known as the Shadow Lords, or the crown, your pain would be catastrophic.

Hearing this, Owain let out a paroxysm of rage, his fists banged against the earth with such force that he could have shattered its very fabric with his lamenting. A moment later he stood, and his eyes met with Kasaven's. He motioned his palms forward and produced a forge and hammer where before nothing stood. He gripped the hammer so tightly that his palms turned white and his eyes grew red with fury.

For three days he stood before the forge, pounding upon iron with such force that the clang could be heard for miles. He poured his sorrow, suffering, and seething hatred for the Shadow Lords into his creation. On midnight of the third day he gripped the hilt of the sword he had crafted and rotated his wrists, twirling it in front of it. He entitled it "Retribution", for with it he planned to take the heads of each Shadow Lord who stole away his kingdom, his family, and his life.

The Shadow Lords, knowing his intent to visit vengeance upon them, waited until Owain's exhaustion finally turned into slumber. Knowing his gift of prescience, the Shadow Lords waited until he dreamed. Using their theurgy, they brought an imprecation upon him that corrupted his dreams. From then forth, Owain's dreams were at times entirely false, the polar opposite, just as often as they came to fruition as truth.

This became just another reason for Owain to make an oath to himself and his slain family to bring the Shadow Lords to justice.
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An Easter Egg Hunt & Bits and Pieces April 15th 2009
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EASTER EGG HUNT April 12th 2009

Last Sunday (April 12th 2009, Easter Sunday) two Easter egg hunts were held for the Catskills residents. Both times the Easter bunny himself showed up at the North Britain Councilors (EM) Hall and stated that he had hidden eggs for them to find and then told them where to go look for the eggs. This reporter only made the later hunt and golden hued bunny sent those who were there with me to the depths of the dungeons Deceit and Despise. Soon as everyone heard where they needed to look they rushed out of the hall and recalled to those two dungeons in search of eggs.



The people ran into many monsters in their search for eggs but they did not let that dampen their enthusiasm for the event, as they scoured every inch of those two dungeons in search of different colored eggs. Some found many eggs, others only a single egg, and few none at all, and when they tired of hunting they returned to the hall to swap tales of their day in the dungeons or to trade for eggs of a color that they coveted. It was a fun event and I just want to say “Thank You Easter Bunny!”.



TRAVELING BARDS NIGHT & BLACK MARKET April 4th 2009


This reporter has been remiss in announcing the winners of the last Traveling Bards Night at the Jolly Roger. Unfortunately I was late getting there and only caught the very end of the event. The winner were:
Third Place: Trinsic
Second Place: Kaylor McKairin
First place: Georg Satzler
The Bards Night was followed by another successful Black Market and even EM Cernunnos was there to get to know the pirates better. The pirates of course being pirates, asked *Coughes* “Demanded” a tax tribute from him. He had no gold on him but an agreement was reached where he would come to no harm from the pirates… this time. (Best get pockets sewn into those EM robes to carry gold so you can avoid tense moments like that one.)


NEW GATE TO REWARDS HALL


Many of you have noticed a new energy filled cloud that is sitting next to the northern Councilors (EM) Hall in Britain. There is nothing to be alarmed about though. It is merely a gate to the new Rewards Hall that is being built for the shard. For those of you who live under a rock the Hall was taking plant donations to hall beautify it. Now EM Cernunnos is requesting all types of wood and stones to aid in speeding up its completion. So if you have some just taking up space in your house take it there and donate it.


HAGRID RETURNS CLAININ’S SPELLBOOK


After Clainin’s Memorial Service was over many had gathered in the EM Hall to raise a toast in honor of a man who lived and died by the virtues. When whom should stumble in but Hagrid carrying a very interesting Spellbook. He inquired if he had missed the ceremony and looked saddened when he found out he had. He then asked Lord Owain Surrey for a special favor that Owain was more than willing to grant him, the honor of placing Clainin’s spellbook at the memorial. No one was sure how he had gotten the book for the last time it had been seen it was in the hands of a certain blackrock loving vampire who had bragged about his part in the slaying of Clainin. Was it the same book? No one is sure and no one is answering any questions about it. So it shall remain a mystery. Later on Anne Nomilly and myself returned to the memorial with Hagrid where he spoke of leaving our lands to visit new places and how he would like the people to remember him by his act of returning the spellbook to its rightful owner. So wherever you end up Hagrid good travels my friend and you did the right thing returning Clainin’s Spellbook.
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Clainin's Memorial Service
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Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
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Clainin the former Royal Court Wizard for Lord British, was slain in what can only be called a unprovoked malicious attack by the forces of the Shadowlords Faction. Clainin, was recently moved from New Haven where he was known to be in a near comatose state for nearly a two year period of time, till he awoke dazed and confused a few weeks ago. It was decided by Lord Casca then to have him escorted to Trinsic in Felucca in an attempt to hide and protect him from harm as he slowly recovered from the long illness. It was there that his life was taken from him way to soon. Clainin was a beacon of hope for the people in these dark times will be missed and mourned by many.

Clainin was first came to public notice when he served as the famed mage Nystuls apprentice where he served his master faithfully. Little did Clainin know that Nystuls had been training him to be his replacement so he could leave the lands to join the king. Clainin proved himself to be more then up to the task put before him, and rose to a position that men like Dupre sought him out to ask council.

Clainin soon had his skills tested when the Meer, Juka and the forces of Exodus appeared. He had a part in finding Dawn so the people had a hero they could rally behind. When through a accident Yew got turned into a swampland by the decay spell cast by the Meer he helped them work to find a cure for the land.

When Lord British left the lands for the void Clainin was made a member of the Royal Council. Where he work diligently to protect the kings lands and people. He found a cure for Sir Geoffrey the Royal Guard Commander when he had been poisoned during a battle with Keeonean, one of Minax’s generals. He also aided Avery in investigating the followers of Armageddon only to be caught in the disaster that destroyed the town of Haven and ending up in his long lasting coma. Clainin was a man that cared for the people and the land and will be missed very much.


Lord Owain Surrey presided over an special memorial for Clainin in the throne room of Lord British’s castle and here is what he said of the great man.

Lord Owain Surrey: I hope you are all well, and in better spirits than I.
Lord Owain Surrey: Let us begin
Lord Owain Surrey: It brings tears of pride to my eyes to see so many gathered here this day.
Lord Owain Surrey: To honor such a man whose loyalty to Britannia cannot be summed up in mere words.
Lord Owain Surrey: To honor a such a man whose magnanimous actions, time and time again,
Lord Owain Surrey: protected all living things from the travesties of blinding evil.
Lord Owain Surrey: Only his penetrating gaze could detect Ramuz the Shadowlord when he walked among the people.
Lord Owain Surrey: Only his powerful machinations protected Britannia when Yew and Cove were overrun by Orcs.
Lord Owain Surrey: *relights his candle*
Lord Owain Surrey: Only his great leadership rallied the people, side by side with Dupre.
Lord Owain Surrey: *bows his head, remembering a time long ago*
Lord Owain Surrey: And only his gentle words prevented me from drowning in despair, when my life was in ruin.
Lord Owain Surrey: He was the last of the council whose whereabouts were known,
Lord Owain Surrey: and thus an era of great men of Britannia,
Lord Owain Surrey: men whose good deeds we could not fathom to match, even if wed lived 10 lifetimes,
Lord Owain Surrey: comes to an end this day.
Lord Owain Surrey: *looks out and over the crowd, his eyes moist with sorrow*
Lord Owain Surrey: It is our duty, then, to carry on as protectors of valor and virtue, of honor and humility,
Lord Owain Surrey: *raises head up*
Lord Owain Surrey: to stay the hand of evil till we breath our last breaths,
Lord Owain Surrey: till we can no longer grasp the hilts of our swords in old age, for long have we fought damnation.
Lord Owain Surrey: *takes a deep breath*
Lord Owain Surrey: When word reached my ears of Clainins awakening, my heart leapt from my chest.
Lord Owain Surrey: I am sure I am not the only one here who felt thus
Lord Owain Surrey: eh?
Lord Owain Surrey: I ran to New Haven, my mind racing, my mentor, after 10 long years, finally awake!
Lord Owain Surrey: Yet when I arrived, only the outline of Clainin remained in the linen on his sick bed.
Lord Owain Surrey: Word later came to my ears that Casca had moved him to a safer place and
Lord Owain Surrey: as my heart had leaped moments ago, now it collapsed in my bosom.
Lord Owain Surrey: I knew nothing good could come of such a thing, and my premonitions did not lie!
Lord Owain Surrey: And alas, here we are today, to honor the fourth innocent soul
Lord Owain Surrey: that the Shadow Lords have rent from my life, from our lives!
Lord Owain Surrey: *Scans about the crowd and scoffs*
Lord Owain Surrey: I also see that Casca is not here today, perhaps that is in his best interest,
Lord Owain Surrey: for we demand answers!
Lord Owain Surrey: As much peril as I risk in this statement, if he cannot bow his head to honor Clainin,
Lord Owain Surrey: I cannot bow my head to recognize him as king!
Lord Owain Surrey: But alas, today is not a day of revolution; it is a day of remembrance.
Lord Owain Surrey: I remember Clainin as a great teacher, for I was his apprentice, as he was Nystuls.
Lord Owain Surrey: He taught me not only the arcane arts of the magician,
Lord Owain Surrey: but more importantly the love of the land and its people.
Lord Owain Surrey: I carry that love with me this day and for always, and I share that love with you all.
Lord Owain Surrey: Let us not lament for the man that once was,
Lord Owain Surrey: but rather let us rejoice for the legacy that forever will be! Long live Clainin!
Lord Owain Surrey: Never forget!
Lord Owain Surrey: *looks about the crowd*
Lord Owain Surrey: Shall anyone else like to say a few words before we march to his memorial in the gardens??
Lord Owain Surrey: Come, let us go then!
Lord Owain Surrey: let us form
Lord Owain Surrey: a line and march!
(Lord Owain Surrey then led the group outside the castle and led them to a private spot in the northeastern corner of the courtyard.)

Lord Owain Surrey: *bows head gently*
Lord Owain Surrey: The flowers have an enchantment upon them
Lord Owain Surrey: they will never wilt nor die
Lord Owain Surrey: forever shall they smell sweet to honor Clainin
Lord Owain Surrey: Does anyone have any items they wish to add, as an everlasting memorial??
Lord Owain Surrey: Come, hand it to me, I shall place it
(Many people gave Lord Owain Surrey items to be placed around the memorial in remembrance and out of respect for Clainin at this time, and he placed them carefully around it.)

Lord Owain Surrey: Thank you all, these items will help us to remember Clainin and all he has done for us
Lord Owain Surrey: * bows head, saying his final goodbyes*
Lord Owain Surrey: If there were ever a time when the land needed you, Clainin
Lord Owain Surrey: it is now
Lord Owain Surrey: I will heed your words of wisdom
Lord Owain Surrey: and adhere them to the best of my ability
Lord Owain Surrey: I pray I do not disappoint.
Lord Owain Surrey: I shall retire to the Counselor's hall, for a few drinks in honor of Clainin.
Lord Owain Surrey: If any would join me, comfort is always needed
Lord Owain Surrey: *bows one last time for Clainin*
(The gathered group then dispersed some going for the drinks and others to mourn a fallen hero of the land in their own way.)
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Royal Guard Conference
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Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 1:09 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Greetings, folks!

The Captain of the Royal Britannian Guard, Lady Aino Nystad, is calling a meeting of our realms loyal defenders, guardsmen, and knights. The volunteer guard has long been without clear direction, so this conference may help to shed some light on its future purpose in the service of the Kingdom and Our Liege, Lord Casca.

Here is the message that is being distributed throughout the land.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

A conference is to be held on the subject of the Royal Guards of Britannia this coming Saturday at the Skara Brae Faire Grounds.

The keynote address will be given by Aino Nystad, Captain of the Royal Guard. Furthermore, there is an open call for speakers, current guards or otherwise, who are interested in giving a brief talk on matters related to the Royal Guards. In order to do so please submit your name and the title of your talk - selection will be made based on merit of the topic in the context of this conference.

There will also be an open discussion regarding the recruitment policy of the Royal guards. The goal is to make the entire process transparent and accessible to the common folks.

Approximate schedule

1) Public Seminar - Theme: Royal Brittanian Guards

2:00-2:20 PM PST Keynote address by Captain Nystad

2:20-2:30 PM PST

2:30-2:40 PM PST

2:40-2:50 PM PST Promotion of Brackus, the Town Guard

2:50-3:30 PM PST Open discussion on Royal guards recruitment policy

2) Contest Announcement: Design a new look for the Royal Guards

–List will be updated during the week–


Joshua Harper,
Baja Stratics Herald.
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Week-long Crafter Event!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
>>> Malas News <<<From EM Malachi:

Crafter Event: Decorate the Reward Hall

For the crafter event, visit the new Great Lakes Reward Hall and Museum. To get to it, use the vortex in front of the West Britain Counselor’s Hall to teleport to it. The hall has six exhibit rooms (Hall of Heroes, Hall of Explorers, Hall of Jesters, Hall of Scholars, Hall of History, and Special Exhibits). Those who wish to take part should email "emmalachi at gmail.com" a picture with how they would decorate the room by Friday April 17, 2009 at midnight CST. Winning players will have their design displayed in the room and have their name displayed as the donator.

Rules and FAQ:

1. Please use mostly player crafted items. We do not want to take your rare items from you.

2. You may change the tiles and design features of the room if you wish, though please do not change the building too drastically.

3. NPCs and Engraved items may used. There will likely be NPC tour guides for the rooms, so feel free to dress them.

4. We reserve the right to modify winning entries to follow other rules we may need to follow.

5. Please make each room design appropriate for the name of the hall being decorated.

6. For taking pictures, mockups can be done on Test Center or photo-editing may be done. Smaller picture formats preferred.

7. Feel free to email us questions.

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A Hero Remembered
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 2:59 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)

Somber citizens gathered at the Northern Britain Counselor's Hall awaiting the arrival of Tomas Savos, the Captain of the Royal Guard. I joined the party attending from the High Council, Chancellor DaKaren, Minister Malag-aste, Dot Warner, and Setatabon.

When Lord Savos arrived, he opened a gate to the throne room of Castle British and bade us enter. Minutes later he informed us that Lord Casca would arrive shortly. As if on cue, Lord Casca appeared from behind the curtains to the left of the throne and strode to the center of the dais to address the mourners.

Noding solemnly to the crowd, he began to speak:

"My fellow citizens of Britannia, these last few days have been filled with sadness. Clainin, one of our greatest minds, has been killed, taken from us by murderous hands. Know that those responsible will be brought to justice, but we are not gathered here to remember the end of Clainin's life.

We are gathered here to remember his great works and great acts. As we walk through memory and accolade, we must keep our minds open. We must see how in his life, Clainin tried to teach and inspire through his actions. His greatness teaches all of us Humility. Yet despite all his arcane knowledge and ability, Clainin himself knew Humility.

Clainin was the apprentice of Nystul, also a great wizard. When Clainin took over for Nystul, there were those who doubted him. Clainin, rather than hiding in a bruised ego, proved his worth through action. Clainin always worked harder to improve himself. We must share this philosophy of Humility in these tough times, and know that we can do more, be more. His actions remind us of the warmth of Compassion.

During his lifetime, he brought relief to those harmed by magic. He worked with the Meer to cure both the plagues of Yew. His hands once cured the Commander of the Royal Guard of a dread poison. His Valor will never be forgotten. Working with Nystul, he built a machine that helped stop the threat of Exodus. Working with Dupre and Dawn, he defended Britannia in the absence of Lord British. With his work forging an alliance with the Meer, we were not conquered by the Juka.

We must not forget that the road to victory requires all of us to stand and fight together. He has the respect of so many of our greatest heroes and scholars. He faced down and helped defeat some of our greatest enemies. We will never forget how many times he saved all of us. With his passing, we must all work that much harder for the greater good.

Let us have a moment of silence to remember Clainin."


The gathered crowd lowered their heads in silent respect for the fallen Royal Thaumaturgist. Eventually, Lord Casca asked if there were any who wished to speak. Strangely, the Chancellor remained silent eliciting a few quizzical glances from his companions.

One citizen did ask when 'revenge' would be sought for the murder; however, the question was ignored by the King Pro-tempore in favor of continuing the service.

Stepping down into the crowd, Lord Casca began to speak again. "To make this harder, we do not have a body to lay to rest, but we have set up a small memorial for him in these castle walls. Let us walk there now to show our respect." He led the assemblage through the orchard to a quiet spot just east of the castle smithy where a small cenotaph had been erected.

Placing a spellbook on the ground, Lord Casca invited others to place flowers or messages around the monument. He then commented that he wished to see the machine built by Nystul and Clainin, and led the group to the opposite side of the castle grounds.

At the machine, he commented on the works of great minds and lamented their loss. By this time, the mood of the crowd had changed slightly and people openly questioned the King Pro-tempore on the subject of Clainin's murder.

I felt the need to question why the Royal Thaumaturgist had been sent to Felucca so soon after his revival. The response was not what I had expected. According to Lord Casca, "That decision was made by a minor official and is being looked into. The information was kept very secret to avoid just this problem. However it seems that we have possible breaches in our security, maybe even traitors. I can't talk more since it concerns an active investigation."

This information immediately set the crowd against Lord Casca, the most outspoken in the crowd being Dot Warner the merchant, adoptive daughter of Chancellor DaKaren. "How could your administration fob off such an important figure to such an obviously deficient subordinate? Are you that lazy, or just expect us to be incredibly daft?" She then likened the King to a weasel and called the active investigation 'active stupidity'. The crowed seemed to agree with her, except for the unusually pale Chancellor who wished she would be more diplomatic.

Lord Savos tried to calm the crowd, informing them that it was not wise to verbally accost the King in front of the Captain of the Royal Guard. Taken aback, Lord Casca quickly retreated into an abruptly cast moongate

Lord Grey arrived shortly thereafter and led those who remained at the castle to the Cat's Lair Tavern for a wake. There the drinks flowed freely and people talked long into the night. A fine memorial indeed, but we are still left with the same niggling question... Why?

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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LUNAWOOD SQUARES with Whispering Rose Radio (Saturday April 18th)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
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WRR's Name That Tune & Artist Show ~ Sat. April 18th
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 1:16 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
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Grand Opening: The First Ultima Online Haunted Maze
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 12:51 PM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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The Following Scroll is Tacked up Across the Realm's Banks

My name is King Ares,

I'm opening the first Ultima Online Haunted Maze on Atlantic in hopes to give UO more of a spin on some new things and new games coming in the future. The maze opens this Friday April 17th 2009 at 8:00pm eastern. Its located on umbra road going west. Its just north of the ascension pvm house and right below Atlantic outlet malls. I would like UO to please focus on posting these events, and posting pictures of the events to try to advertise more UO. To get more folks in game to have some fun. I would really like to see a GM or EM to come to the event and give some support to the players of UO.

Its a very hard maze and not easy so def worth coming to come take a look. Every month I will make a new design and lock it for the next grand opening but I will open each design after grand opening for a month to allow folks to bring there friends who missed it. I'm also planning to recruit, and open auction house and vendors up inside. Also got tons of new games coming UO has never seen. Please contact me.

My name is King Ares. Should thou wisp to contact me
Send a letter to the Umbra Bank,
PO Box/ICQ 23065434

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The Monthly Atlantic Cheese Race!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 12:42 PM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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The Monthly Atlantic Cheese Race!

 

Here's one for the months to come - each month we will be running a cheese race (crazy huh!) - the location is the Paddock just above the fair ground area outside West Brit - coordinates are (1310 1805). Inspired by an annual event held in the UK, whereby participants have to chase rolling wheels of cheese down a hill, participants will attempt to carry a weighted cheese with their name on from a start point to the finish. Every third Friday of the month starting with this Friday (April 17th), at 6pm EST, the Monthly Atlantic Cheese Race will be held at the paddock between the blacksmiths and the stables to the west of Britain. The race consists of several elimination rounds and then a final round. In each race, up to 6 participants will race and have their own cheese, which they must drag from the starting point to the end. The first person to get to the end, wins the round. The winner from each round will go through to the finals, although if there is huge interest, further elimination rounds will be implemented. The winner of the finals will have their name added to a cheese and put into the reward house, in Malas. All winners cheeses will be displayed, however only the current winner will have their cheese on display. Please remember not to disrupt the event - if you don't like how the event is being run or held, you are more than welcome to voice your opinions here on stratics; but don't disrespect the other participants! If you want to take part or simply spectate, you are kindly asked to not go inside the pen area. The rules are stated in and outside of the race area, but for reference, here they are!

Aim
The aim of the race is to roll [drag and drop] the cheese from the start of the field to the end, once players have been told to start the race. The first person to the end wins that round. After each round, first and second places will be recorded. After the third player has got their cheese to the end of the track, the race will end within 5 seconds. Players in second place will only partake in the finals if there is a low turnout of participants –or– if first place does not attend the final (or has been disqualified, see “disqualification”) Winners from each round will compete in a final, where the winner’s name will be put on a cheese, to be displayed at the event hall (and on the field for a month)

Disqualification
Players will be disqualified from a race, or the finals, if:  

  • They are observed to be running while holding a cheese
  • They are found to disrupt the other contestants during a race (this includes spamming at the bottom of the screen)
  • They are found to have taken or dragged a cheese, either their own or that of another contestant, outside the designated race track while any race is in progress
  • Abusive, vulgar or hateful behavior toward other players or the cheesemaker!
  • Please note that disruptive behavior, even from non-participants, will not be tolerated. So don't do it!

    Finally, please bear in mind that this race is the opening race, meaning that things may well not go exactly as planned. All that we ask is that you bear with us and try not to be disruptive or abusive. Remember, this is monthly, so if you can't make it, you can always try next month!
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UOForums Interviews Ryan Findley, Stratic's Founder
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 8:10 AM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
This just received from our friends at UOForums

UOForums Interviews Ryan Findley, Stratic’s Founder. 

Short 'n sweet interview with Ryan, the owner/founder of Stratics.

Thanks Ryan for the brief interview

1). Did you think years ago, that you'd have gone this far, with this much support for so many games?

No, definitely not. At first I thought I thought I was just practicing my HTML. :)

2) Are you yourself a gamer? If so, which games do you actively play? If not, why did you stop?

Of course I am a gamer: that's how Stratics started! I'd loved the original Diablo and thought Ultima Online would be a continuation and growth upon a lovely social concept as it relates to online gameplay. Not to say the two are very much, if it all, the same, but I do believe they follow one another in terms of a lineage, or succession, of a persistent social environment geared around a fantasy setting. I was a fan and then player of UO far before its release, and decided there was a gap that needed filling. I did this for the sheer joy of the game.

Currently I stick primarily to console gaming: from the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 I am a console devotee. I am very disappointed in the current state of Massively Multiplayer games. The rest of this interview can be found here.

Many thanks to Ryan for this interview!

Adam
UOForums Founder

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Mark Your Calendar - Frenzied Fish Fest - Sunday, April 19
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7:23 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

The Frenzied Fish Fest

Raelyn McKie invites all fisher people of Britannia to join in and pay homage to the wildlife of the sea. Fish up the biggest fish you possibly can! Sunday, April 19, 5 to 9 pm Pacific (6-10 Mountain, 7-11 Central, 8-midnight Eastern, 4-8pm Alaska, 6-10am in France).

For complete information click here.


Upcoming EM events are displayed on EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan's website by mousing over the dates displayed in red on the calendar on UO – Origin Events.

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Results Of The Easter Egg Hunt!
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 9:49 PM EDT by Velvathos (Pacific)





Easter Egg Hunt!



The masses of Pacific appeared for this years Easter Egg Hunt. It was hosted by the "Easter Bunny" and the "Evil Easter Bunny" (the Event Managers of pacific woot!).





Simple rules were explained. First the Easter Bunny started explaining the rules then stated, there are "No Rules". Eggs were going to be set in Felucca and Trammel and not Ilshenar, Malas or Tokuno.





The locations of the eggs for both trammel and felucca. Hythloth was quickly swarmed and locked down by S0N! (the "WorKed n MerKed!" guild in the True Britannian's Faction). Few players went to the Felucca locations to hunt Easter Eggs. Those that went to Felucca rant the risk of there eggs stolen from thieves and pk's!





Spottings in towns of the Easter Bunny were sighted dropping eggs. The Easter Bunny would make a quick appearance drop a few eggs then vanish into thin air, reappear and drop more.





After most of the Easter Eggs were retrieved by the massive player horde on pacific the Easter Bunnies asked everyone to form a line. In a short amount of time a line formed from the Counselor's Guild passing the bridge to the east.

Some of the lucky folk standing in line got to the front!





Others had bad luck and when they got to the front of the line the Easter Bunny ran away. I guess some karma for killing players in Felucca trying to steal there eggs decided to set in quickly.





The Easter Bunnies were dressed in full virtue armor wearing talismans of vorpal bunny summoning and holding a fancy halberd!





The Bunnies asked everyone to go back to the Counselor's Guild and wait while they place eggs around some of the cities. They noticed players running around chasing them trying to find more eggs! So they decided to change there plans with the last hundred or so Easter Eggs to be placed.





After some work the bunnies opened a gate into the star room (Trammel facet) The floor was littered with Easter Eggs. The eggs used the same graphic as a full lime or lemon with a variety of different texts and colors.
The Easter Eggs that were on the floor of the star room were gathered up nearly as soon as some players could enter the room due to the latency caused by the horde of pacific players.





The "Evil Easter Bunny" decided to sign valentines day cards. The EM's on Pacific have been signing players valentines cards (players must bring the cards) with the special event names and giving them back to the players. This line was much shorter than the line for an Easter Egg.





After a long hard day of work and entertainment the Evil Bunny bid us farewell.



The number of eggs dropped on pacific range from 600 to 1000 Easter Eggs. The numbers reported varied, and we'd like to assume many players helped keep the items "rare" by eating some of them.



A handful of the names that appeared on the eggs were
"An Engraved Easter Egg: Pacific 2009"
"A Curiously Decorated Easter Egg"
"Elf-Decorated Easter Egg"
"An Exceedingly Elegant Easter Egg Painted By Amelia Varaeli'n"
"A Magical Easter Egg"
"A Creamy Chocolate Easter Egg"
"Shiny Easter Egg"
"A Festively Painted Easter Egg"
"Special Lord British Castle Easter Egg"
"An Orcish Easter Egg"
"Highly Polished Easter Egg"





I would like to thank Lyconis for this write up!

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The Playboy Mansion
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 8:14 PM EDT by Velvathos (Pacific)
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The Playboy Mansion



Tonight I was given a tour of a house named the Playboy Mansion, the house is a giant sized keep with beautiful decorations. A family and living room was down stairs, on the bottom corners of the home was a bedroom, a workshop and a fisher/treasure hunting room.





The far corner of the keep had a money bin.





The second floor had a kitchen and a dinning area.






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Chesapeake Celebrates Easter!
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 8:00 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                                Chesapeake Celebrates Easter!

              The coming of Easter was marked with several events here on the Chesapeake shard as players, guilds, and towns alike took part in its culmination. Beginning on Saturday night, the city of Silvervale hosted it's "Bachelor's and Ladies Ball"  in conjunction with the Whispering Rose Radio Network. The radio network joins the city in hosting as it provides live musical entertainment as well as the wonderful addition of "Name that Tune" , a game played by those in attendance as DJ's play a variety of songs in which the public vies to correctly guess the songs name and artist for gold! The night was a grand success as visitors drank and danced the night away! Look for another great Ball in the coming weeks!  Check out those Bunnies!


              

             Upon Easter's arrival the shard awoke to several sightings of the Easter Bunny in the early hours of the day. Those lucky enough to spot the lil hopping critter recieved holiday gifts in the form of Easter Eggs! The shard brimming with excitement gathered throughout the day in hopes of getting thier hands on one of those large gem like eggs! Luna remained packed throughout the day into the evening with no sightings to report! Little did we know what soon would come our way!
             The weekly shardwide meeting of the Community and it's Event Moderators known as the "House of Commons" taking place Sundays at 9pm had a very special guest as announced throughout the realm.


           

              Arriving with a poof ! A white whiskery rabbit appeared before us as if we were all a part of fantasy fairy tale! Explaining to those in attendance his dilemma, the rabbit went on to ask the crowd for help in locating his missing wristwatch! Beaming, the crowd of course agreed to help the beleaguered hopper. The White Rabbit lead those in attendance west out of Britain through the player city of Gyldenfeld north to what looked to be a Hole!  Descending into the depths, the crowd reached the would be home of the rabbit!

                        

   

           

              The dimly lit cavern, adourned with eclectic, colorful doorways of sorts and other oddities of various shades and sizes, beckoned travelers forward as carrots soon lined the floor as tribute to the homes owner. Sparkling trees seemed to light the way to the caverns end where the White Rabbit awaited... He thanked those who came to visit for helping him locate his wristwatch warning of those who tried to sell his watch and emplored the adventurers to seek out interesting things found in the farmlands around Britain.


                 

              Scouring the lands, the journey continued covering every square foot of farmland in the lands surrounding the capital city. Just as the group thought the search a farce reports began to arise of eggs! Eggs of different color and name began to emerge from the soils below delighting passerbys as they scrambled to gather the eggs. Alas the last was retrieved as the White Rabbit was once again spotted stopping to wish all those in attendance a Happy Easter. A magical journey it was as the shard rejoiced in the holiday and its community.


              


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Origin PvP Tournament
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 7:49 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
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Now that Origin has the PvP House with Arena, EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan are planning a PvP Tournament. The following is the initial outline from their website UO - Origin Events, and they would like your feedback. Please do not post your suggestions, ideas, etc. here on Stratics ... Go to their website, emfainemorgan.com, and use the feedback link at the top of the pages. There's also an Origin PvP Tournament link at the top of their homepage. The EMs have said, 'This first round will be a 'test' of sorts to see if we can make it work in Fel and if there is anything that needs tweaking.'

 Origin PvP Tournament

**Disclaimer - This is still a work in progress

Look for the start of the Origin Tournament of Champions PvP Event to begin sometime the weekend of April 24th. More details will be posted as they become available.

In the meantime, we wanted to post a general outline of how the event will run. Again, this is still a work in progress so please check for updates. Feedback is welcome using the Feedback Form on these forums.

Right now, we are thinking this will run weekly or bi-weekly with the championship being held quarterly. However, this depends on the amount of participation from the players, the number of entries, other events that may be taking place, etc. In between tournament times, we may run variations on the fights with possible team competitions, gm only armor and weapons, naked fights, etc.

Brackets:

  • Mage
  • Dexxer
  • Archer
  • Last Man Standing
  • Pet Fights broken down by category
  • Low Level Pets
  • Mid Level Pets
  • High Level Pets

(Pet fights will have a separate tournament to be announced at a later date)

 Ladders:

  • Elimination Style Competition
  • Two people from each bracket fight a round
  • One set of rounds will be fought each week for each bracket
  • Winners of the evening’s rounds advance each time resulting in the final Championship Fight
  • If there is an odd number of contestants, one defeated fighter from a previous round will be chosen via a roll of the dice to play the odd man out in a wild card match

One set of “rounds” will be fought each week for Mage, Dexxer, Archer to determine the group to go on to the next elimination round.

Three minute time limit on matches. If there is no winner at the end of three minutes, it will go to Sudden Death. No healing, no bandaging, etc. except for cure during Sudden Death.

No orange petals, grapes, apples, etc. allowed
No precasting
Match ups will be determined by roll of the dice. Highest roll matches with lowest roll, etc.

Winners of each weeks’ rounds will have their name recorded in a book locked down at the arena

Battle Royale:
At the end of each week’s competition, the participants from the week will fight in a Battle Royale, everybody in, last man (or woman) standing wins the week.

The winner of each week’s Battle Royale will be recorded in a book locked down at the arena

At the Champion’s Fight, all winners from previous weeks’ Battles will compete to be the Origin Battle Royale Champion.

Trophies:
Trophies will be locked down at the arena and engraved with the Champions’ names and the time period they won for. For example, Bubba Gump - Origin Champion PvP Mage - 2nd Quarter 2009.

There will be one trophy for each bracket plus the Battle Royale.

A duplicate trophy will also be placed in the Award Hall in Malas.

House Rules:
No fighting outside of the pit
No looting
No giving of murder counts
No rez killing
Contestants stay in the observation area until their name is called
No interference with matches from anyone not involved with the current match

**Any violation of the house rules will result in immediate banning from the house with the possibility of the offender being disqualified from the tournament.

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A Question Of Kings
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 7:33 PM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)

Cear Dallben sat as he almost always does, within the confines of his laboratory. He was wondering of this King Casca madness.
He had been reading a copy of the Royal Decree he stole from Skara Brae's bank wall. There were two lines that Dallben was certian,
needed elaboration.

I, thy narrator, will explain.
Line five, the decree states:  as King pro-tempore
That alone is interesting to Dallben. Who would self proclaim themselves
as a temporary King? Does he know his days are numbered? If so,
Who numbered them?

Line Eight, the decree states: our once and future king.
To imply that Lord British will return and rule Britannia once again
surely cannot simply be alluded to! Can it?

What does this elf king know?
What exactly is going on behind those curtains in castle British?
Surely if someone worthy of assassinating were to come around.
Cear should know...

After a short visit to Castle Blackthorn, what could be considered kidnapping,
and forced ingestion of an odd concoction, Dallben extracted what he considered
to be most valuable information.

Casca has been playing chess with a stranger who sends his moves
by messenger bird!

There are countless tales of British's chess habits.
Games between the old king and his friend and adversary Blackthorn
were rumored to go on for years.
Will Britannia see its founder again?
Or will chaos and entropy sink its fangs into the realm,

Devolving the world back to Akalabeth.

Source1 Source 2

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Event Fiction. Viktor's Confrontation
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 5:38 PM EDT by Katlene (Oceania)
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With a single well practiced movement, Viktor Cotume smoothed a stray wisp of his immaculately trimmed goatee back into place.
This would not do.
His piercing grey eyes, now sunken and bloodshot, drifted agitatedly between the countless tattered and bloodstained reports marring the usually pristine surface of his ebony desk.
This would not do at all.
“Why so tense Viktor?” Drawled a familiar, feminine voice.
The nobleman’s brow furrowed deeply; tightly stretching the almost translucent skin across his forehead as his eyes narrowed towards the murky shadows cast by the flickering light of three crude wall torches.
“Show yourself, Aezriana,”
The silhouette of a petite woman slowly began to transpire in the playful torchlight and then all at once, she shed her mantle of shadows with an otherworldly grace.
“How long do you intend to sit there, mulling over the same capricious information?” She cooed, almost taunting him.
His limbs and joints groaned in plea to be moved but he only continued to stare with his unflinching gaze, captivated by her alluring, scantily clad figure.
She perched herself elegantly on the edge of his desk, scanning the documents littering its face. Tracing her leather clad fingers along the thick lines of an archaic map; she fervently tapped the area labelled Haven as a wry smirk played across her ashen features.
“We will find it here, Viktor.” The words sounding almost alien as they escaped her lips in an ill-humoured hiss.
“Ellis will not like this, Aezriana…”
“Ellis!” she spat, venom lacing her tongue “You are above Ellis! The loyalty you have for that beguiler is pathetic, Cotume!”
“He is my oldest friend… we grew up together… I cannot…”
“You must! You owe me, Viktor!”
His pale eyes shone defeated in the weak light, but his face was unreadable. Her eyes on the other hand gleamed with menace and mischief.
“Think of all the power you could have, that we could have, together.”

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The Festival of the Grape Harves
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 5:04 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
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Virtues of Sosaria: Valor (EM Event) Thur. Apr. 16th
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 3:08 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
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Your New Designated Driver
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 1:51 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (CommunityNews)
Your New Designated Driver


As some may have noticed recently with updated content being posted, Petra has been acting as UO Stratics Managing Editor for a few weeks now.

We would like to make it official and introduce Petra as ME for UO Stratics. She will be the designated driver for all the great stuff being done behind the scenes and soon to turn the corner and show off more content being lined up for the UO community.

As a team of Administrators we appreciate and fully support all the work being done by the staff of volunteers helping with this. UO has been and will continue to be a great community and we are excited to bring you more content.
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Lady Taryn Sullivan Speaks At Clainin's Memorial Service
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 12:58 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Lady Taryn Sullivan was among those who gathered at the memorial service for the fallen Archmage Clainin held at Castle British on Friday, April 10.

 

 

King Casca began the memorial service with the following speech:

 

“Greetings, citizens of Britannia. Our good friend Clainin passed on and gave up his ghost.  And we will miss him forever.

On this Good Friday, we gather in memory and honor of this good man. More than a good man, Archmage Clainin was a great servant to this land.  A man whose magical prowess was surpassed only by his ability to bring peace and prosperity to all he encountered.

My friends, my sadness runs deeply as I’m sure yours does.  Your efforts to protect Clainin were valiant and fierce, as were mine.  I did all within my power to shield Clainin from the evil forces of the Shadowlords.  Our efforts were not enough.  Still, Clainin’s legacy leaves a foundation fit to build upon.  Ask not how did he die, but how did he live?  To share some of this rich history, I present you Taryn Sullivan.”

 

“It is with a heavy heart that I come here.  I remember as just a small girl sitting quietly in a corner by the fire as my tutor Donal visited with Clainin on many a cold evening.  For those of you not fortunate enough to know the history of this great, kind man, I’d like to share with you some of his history as research from his own records and journals and as told to me by my old tutor Donal.

Clainin was chosen by none other that the Great Nystul himself to be his apprentice.  In this role he assisted with the building of the detector near the barracks within the grounds here designed to aid in the defeat of Minax.  Nystul left to travel the stars with our King … leaving Clainin and Dupre to rally the people of Britannia.  It was at this time Clainin joined the Royal Council, serving it loyally and well all the rest of his days.  In this role he forged the first Alliance.  It was also around that time that the Commander of the Royal Guard was tragically poisoned, leaving Clainin to himself to lead the Guards in search of a cure.  In defense of Britain he built a magical barrier at a dark time when Yew and Cove were already over-run by orcs and their kin. Unfortunately, this was sabotaged by an agent of Belo Ondarvia. It was at this time Clainin was instrumental in the unmasking of Ramuz the Shadowlord, and again led the Royal Guard, this time in Tokuno to meet with Inu the Crone.

Inu and Clainin were in regular correspondence.  It is with regret she must send her apologies.” Lady Taryn Sullivan removed a note from the pocket of her skirt, and began to read: “She writes: “Clainin was a brilliant man. He was at once open minded, kind, respectful and sensitive to the differences in our cultures. He will be missed by myself and the Empress. The meer have also sent their condolences from Ilshenar, as have the gargoyles of Ver Lor Reg.”

After carefully refolding the note and placing it back into her pocket, Lady Taryn continued with her eulogy: “It was during the Blackrock explosion of Haven that Clainin entered the coma that all here will remember. A long decade it was without him to guide the Council. Events since his recent awakening have moved quickly. And the dark days we now find ourselves in have descended more quickly than we could have imagined. It was Minax’s faithful who slew him, finally receiving the revenge they had so longed for.”

Frowning slightly, she continued: “However, it was not at their instigation this occurred,” her voice raising to a near shout, “but at the bidding of Melissa, Shadowlord and Servant of Nosfentor!  There can be no doubt that both factions did receive their revenge for past slights. Even if not by their own hands, make no mistake who was behind this treacherous action!”

Lady Taryn took a moment to regain her composure before continuing.

“I am but a girl, raised by monks, and confused and saddened by all that has happened of late in our lands. My only prayer is that we never forget all that Clainin taught us and may we seek to live our lives in such a way that always honors his love of our lands.”

Lady Taryn bowed her head then continued in a soft voice: “May truth guide his steps into the next life … May the Courage that never failed him in Life, continue to aid him on his Journey, and may our Love of this hero of Britannia carry him safely home. May his ashes that are spread in Trinsic bring Honor to the City of Paladins through Memory of his deeds in the name of Britannia. Finally, let the loyalty he showed to Britannia, our Home, forever live in your hearts.”

King Casca stepped forward, thanked Lady Taryn, and turned to address the crowd:  “My friends, now we see through a glass darkly, our mortal selves require closure, a return to the ashes from which we came. To this end, a memorial has been constructed in memory of Archmage Clainin.  But do not weep at Clainin’s grave, for he is not there. His tragic end left not even a hint of a ghost, but his spirit of cooperation and good will remains. To Clainin — May his heart of gold inspire us always.”

With head bowed, King Casca continued: ‘Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; but only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes to down to day. Nothing gold can stay.”

Pausing for a moment of silence, King Casca spoke the words, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust …”, as he led the mourners to the Memorial that has been placed in the castle garden, so that each could pay their respects to the great Archmage Clainin.

 

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Today's House - Mongbat Vineyards!
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT by Velvathos (Pacific)
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Mongbat Vineyards




So I decided that my house reviews are not going to just be weekly anymore, but I will do as much as I can when I have time. There are a lot of unique and interesting houses on Pacific, and I want to take the time to cover them all! Having only one a week would take too long to cover them.



So today's house, I decided I wanted to cover the Mongbat Vineyards, this is not the full name of the house, for it is very long. So I decided to use the name that they have on their runes. I simply love this house, it reminds me of another house on a different shard that I have seen, and I simply love it! This house has a small rune library, a vendor mall and a small mini-bar on the first floor. In other words, it has it all.





The Mongbat Vineyards is located directly outside of Umbra.




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2009 Champions Duel Results
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
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From goldenbrewtavern.com

Proclamation of the champions!

By EMSeppo
goldenbrewtavern.com

We started out as a crowd, each with a dream!

A dream to become the champion of their peers!

After an astounding 48 duels, we were left with the best of the participants. It was time for the finals!

Mage Finals

The finals began with a loud thump as we went straight into the mage finals. Both of the contestants had to go through an intense pool of challengers to get thus far. In the case of Mage Chushingura, his very first duel in this competition was a nail biter, one that went all the way into a death match. A duel that is bound to be remembered as one of the highlight of the tournament. Mage Taslin Hoffstah, on the other hand, had a more confident road to the finals and was relatively unchallenged.

Needless to say, it was going to be an exciting match up of skills and the crowd knew it. Both duelists had their supporters who were willing to kill each other if needed.

The duel began with each side trying to gain an upper hand on the other. Both of them took turns attacking and defending, but there were no breakthroughs. Soon, as we saw in previous duels involving Mage Chushingura, it was a fight for space to stand as both sides tried to gain an advantage by using poison fields.

Back and forth they went till the entire arena was painted in green. Approaching 17 minutes into the duel, only three minutes away from a death match, Mage Taslin Hoffstah made a critical mistake. Getting overzealous about casting poison fields, he failed to read a full fledged attack by Mage Chushingura. A delay of few seconds was more than enough to break through his defenses and the duel came to an unexpected end.

With this, Mage Chushingura was rightfully proclaimed as, “Chad, The Greatest Magician of All Lands.”

Melee Finals

If anyone in the audience felt cheated with the unexpected end of the mage duel, then the duel between Raza and Taslin in the melee group more than made it up. There were sudden unexpected twists just when you thought that the duel was going nowhere. Raza was on attack for the better part of the duel and he came very close to getting his reward. Once, he had Taslin by the hair! However, Taslin showed that sometimes defence can be the best offence as he survived each of the onslaughts. With no result, the duel entered the death match. Again, Raza started with an upperhand as he was able to get the first disarm in. It seemed all lost for Taslin but he proved to be stout when most needed. When he finally made his move, Raza proved unable to cope with it and folded!

Taslin had won the first duel of the melee final against all odds!

Now, the only person standing between him and the coveted champion title was Stel. Yet unproven due to an aborted semifinal contest, it was hard to prejudge how this will play out. The duel began with each contestant testing the other. It was promising to be another exciting ride when Taslin switched into a full-fledged attack mode. Stel was unable to defend himself and the duel was finished with Taslin as the winner.

With this, Warrior Taslin was proclaimed as, “Taslin (PvM), The Greatest Warrior of All Lands.”

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Auctions for this week - April 13th
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 4:52 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)

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

YGV Auction

Date:  Thursday, April 16th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  Northwest of Yew Moongate

BEC Auction

Date:  Friday, April 17th

Time:  8:00 pm CST

Location:  South Gate of Luna City

Contact:  Lady Tia - ICQ 23944805

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Community Hunt - Week of April 13th
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 4:48 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.




Moonglow Zoo Community Collections hunt
Date: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, April 15th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champion Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, April 17th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
The Order of the Silver Rose
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Community Meet Up - April 13th
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009, 4:40 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)



Community Meet Up – April 13th
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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Breaking Eggs . . err News! !
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Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009, 8:11 PM EDT by Paul Harvey (LakeAustin)
This Just in from "sources"

Farmers have been known to have eggs, they are as beautiful as jewels, yew never know where to look, Liches have a fondness for them...

Those are only a FEW of the locations, and we have put out over 400 eggs and still going.



This has been Paul Harvey . . . . G'Day!

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Deal/ No Deal, Brit Egg Hunt and Bank Sitting
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Deal/ No Deal, Brit Egg Hunt and Bank Sitting




I tuned into Whispering Rose Radio for the second time ever as Deal or No Deal was being played on Great Lakes April 11th.

Torches and barrels led the path from Luna City to the plot where the event would take place and I just followed the way.



I was new to this game and the lovely Phoenix showed me the ropes.
She was most helpful.



Norman Bates was the Banker, Vana Mana Rose, known as the " princess of all shards " assisted the master of ceremonies Howie SandManDel.



My favorite part of this event was the " curley shuffle ". Everyone got into the gaming area and danced to the music. If you were tuned into the radio during the event it was extremely entertaining. What a way to start an event.



After that it was the Deal or No Deal game and if you were not picked to play the game it would not hold your attention long unless you were a die hard fan. They did give door prizes out during the game which was very nice and may have kept a few players lingering.

Skylla of Napa and four others, Manny Rat, Mad Mike, Merlock Jr. and Ice Man were picked to play. None of them were from Great Lakes sad to say.

It was a well run event and I think it is great that it is shard wide, just not my personal cup of tea.

To learn more go to the radio website or ICQ


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Easter Sunday was the Brit Egg Hunt which was well attended.
It has been many months since I have seen that many people in Brit.
From one end of the city to the other people were riding and running at a fast pace as the easter bunnies pooped out colored eggs.



I found a total of 12 eggs in 5 different colors. I gave 6 away and kept the rest. Each egg is printed with the text , " Great Lakes 2009 Easter Egg ".

Nice EM event, easy, fast and anyone could join in. If you missed out eggs were selling at the bank for 3 million gold each or at Luna vendors for 750k each. THOSE ARE SOME PRICEY EGGS !!!!!


*2009 easter eggs on the the steps of my Luna vendor house*


There was much talk about this event getting players back to the Brit Bank to stay. The sitters hung on for a few hours and it was business as usual back in the center of Luna.










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Two Upstanding Citizens Rescue Casca's Dog!
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Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009, 6:54 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Greetings, Readers.

An unmarked envelope was recieved by the Stratics Herald this morning. The envelope contained an anonymous letter, along with several sketches that appear to correspond to the tale depicted. The letter was written in a rough, albeit learned hand, on a piece of fine vellum parchment.

We are reproducing the letter and sketches here for your reading pleasure.

Two upstanding citizens responsible for reclaiming Lord Casca's lost dog!

During routine patrols Friday evening outside the west Bank of Britain, a town guard spotted a mangy mutt sniffing around, as if seeking its' lost master. Upon hearing of this news, citizens Lady Pandora (S*RE guild) and Lord Zorax (RoU guild) remembered hearing of Lord Casca recently having lost his dog, Bartalbe.



At the behest and encouragement from the citizens, the town guard approached the dog again curious as to whether it would come forth when hearing its' name called. Lo and behold, Bartalbe wagged its' tale and came towards the town guard and followed him around, proving it was indeed the missing mutt of Lord Casca himself!



Lady Pandora and Lord Zorax offered to assume the guard's duties around the Bank of Britain in his absence while he hurried the hungry, and dirty, mutt back to Lord Casca. Once arrived at the bridge leading to Lord Casca's castle, the town guard requested entrance.



Royal Guard's Hamilton and Carlo merely laughed and snickered and barred the way in offering no assistance at all. Some time later, Lady Pandora and Lord Zorax appeared and helped create a grand diversion, allowing everyone entrance onto the bridge!



It was there, at the gated entrance that Bartalbe, mangy dog and previously lost companion of Lord Casca, was returned to his rightful master. On the return Journey, citizen Firefly (also of the RoU guild) distracted the Royal Guards Hamilton and Carlo, allowing Lady Pandora, Lord Zorax, and the town guard to leave unnoticed.

All citizens would do well to honor and praise the actions of Lady Pandora and Lord Zorax for their prompt attention and fine devotion to the kingdom, and to Lord Casca himself! Huzzah! Huzzah!


Before we had the chance to print the article, we recieved another anonymous sketch.



It would appear that Lord Casca was spotted near Britain Bank, happily reunited with his long lost pet.

- Joshua Harper,
Baja Stratics Herald.
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LATE NIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT TONIGHT!
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Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009, 4:44 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
LATE NIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT



A lil Easter bunny hopped by to ask us to spread the news of some rare hidden color eggs scattered around the land of Lake Superior!

Please join us at Trammel West Brit Bank at 9pm CST for an impromptu Easter Egg Hunt from EM's Q&A!
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Easter Obits
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Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009, 11:21 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Easter Obits

No it is not a bunch of screenshots of dead bunnies from the several bunny bashes that have happened on this holiday season.


Caleb


Akasa




Celestine


Chandelyn


Cherokee and Sydny SunClan


Lidien














Queen Sameera


Rouge


sarah








Sir Spike


Teodoru










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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009, 7:29 AM EDT by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com:

Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
10 Apr 2009 15:34:30

In this week's community spotlight we have a fan site announcement and events from:

  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Lake Superior
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Catskills
  • 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.. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.

To read about all the events click here..

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FoF: It's Friday go Frolick
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Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009, 7:17 AM EDT by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:

FoF: It's Friday go Frolick
Chrissay Zeeman
10 Apr 2009 18:19:15

In this Five on Friday we cover Throwing, Faction Artifacts, and the Doom point system.

To read the full article please click here.

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Gate to EM House appears in Britain
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Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009, 6:04 AM EDT by Velvathos (Pacific)
>>> Malas News <<<




A mysterious looking gate at the Britain Counselor Hall has appeared on Pacific. The gate reads "Gate to Rewards Hall."





So I took my chances and wandered off into the gate, which appears to be a EM house and rewards hall.






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Upcoming EM Events
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Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2009, 12:16 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday April 12, 2009, 3pm CST - Felucca Britain, 4pm CST - Trammel Britain

Weeklong Crafter Event, starting Monday April 13, 2009, 8pm CST - West Britain Counselor's Hall, Trammel


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Advanced Champion April 11th Spawn Location
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Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2009, 10:26 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
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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EM's Build Origin PvP Arena!
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Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2009, 10:24 AM EDT by Ghost Writer (Origin)

Yeah I know I'm supposed to be retired but this one was too big to pass up. I went the Origin EM meet-n-greet last night to see what's going on with the shard events and to see if my story was good enough to win a local writing contest.

At the end of the meeting EM Laurana told us they had a special announcement and EM Faine Morgan said she had one of her field trips to take us on. After several jokes about her field trips she announced a warning, this one was to Fel to show us her new PvP Arena. We were given a few minutes to collect whatever we needed for a trip to Fel, or in my case to leave at home everything I didn't need. Faine told us she would open a gate and on the other side we would find a red vortex, to go through it to our destination. An off we went.

Ten of us came through a red vortex into a tunnel which we later found out is somewhere beneath the Lost Lands so transport spells such as Mark,Gate, Recall and Sacred Journey will not work in this place. The only way in or out is when the EM's open their vortex. There was nothing to see when we first arrived except a healer and priest, obviously placed there to resurrect those in need. We traveled a very short distance to find Origins PvP Arena.

The first floor is simple, some stable for your pets, a center table with a book of house rules, and a row of empty stone tables intended to display future trophies to the winners of tournaments. The second floor is the arena itself, all entry and exit is controlled by EM Faine Morgan. The third floor is the observation area where you have seating to wait for your turn to fight and full view of the fights below. There are communications crystals in the house so you can easily hear what's being said throughout the house. Since the house belongs to EM Faine Morgan the EM's do have the power to ban anyone who breaks the rules. The rules are simple:

  1. 1. No Looting.
  2. No casting outside of the battle.
  3. No killing outside of the battle.
  4. Stay in the observation area until your name is called.
Violation of house rules may result in banning from the house and forfeiting you place in the competition.

I couldn't wait and said, "I want to be the first to Die in there." I saw a message on my screen "You've been transferred to EM Faine Morgan!" and Faine said, "come Ghost Writer". Next thing I knew I was being pulled through the half wall that surrounds the ring, and a call was sent out, "Who wants to kill Ghost?" Surprisingly enough there were only 2 volunteers and James of [CoM] ["R"] was selected to be my executioner. I attacked James so he needn't worry about getting flagged and was dead quite quickly after that. That's when we found a minor issue, the healers would not res me because I was flagged a criminal, EM Faine said she'd get that fixed. For testing the arena and being the first to christen it with my blood, James and I were honored with the first Book on the Trophy wall:

Arena Now Open
On Thursday, April 9th, in the year of our Lord 2009, this PvP Arena was officially christened when James of "R" killed Ghost Writer. James has the honor of having the first kill in the house while Ghost Writer has the honor of the first blood spilled!
Welcome to all who come to fight (and die) here!

So the obvious next questions were, how's this going to work and when is going to be open? Entry to the area is controlled by the EM's opening the vortex for us to even get in here. Once there the EM's can ban anyone from the house but they are relying us to behave and not give them reason to. This is an opportunity for controled PvP tournaments with bragging rights to the winner in the form of your name in a book or some type of named statue in permanent recognition on the trophy wall. I hope I'm the only one ever noted for dying there, that would normally be embarrassing to most, but I am most pleased to get my name in that first book and my blood the first spilt in this arena. I should be good at dying, I am a Ghost after all.

The EM's said they plan to do all types of tournaments, one on one, pets, chicken fights, and I believe I heard teams but I'd imagine they would be small, this is house size. When? Em Faine Morgan said she'd like to get the first tournament scheduled before the end of the month! So keep an eye on the EM's web site for a date for the first Origin PvP tournament run by EM Faine Morgan and EM Laurana! Be the first to get your name on the first trophy.

Oh I'll bet you want to see what this place looks like... Here is the first floor with stables, the rule book and trophy wall.

This is the arena, notice no doors to enter.

This is the observation area with seating.

And the Rules.

The first Death in the Arena.

Well I better get back to the grave yard before someone notices I'm missing.

Safe Travels,
Ghost Writer

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House of the Week!
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Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009, 7:45 PM EDT by Velvathos (Pacific)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<




Velvathos presents!

Pacific House of the Week!



This is the first house of the week that I have decided to do, and this week, I present to you a house of which the sign reads: Grand Order of Knights, Owner: Lara

There are a lot of great house designers in Ultima Online, some of the ones I have seen on Pacific are mind blowing, and I wish everyone would be able to see what they look like. I will tell everyone the truth though, there are a lot of great looking houses on Pacific, and a lot of ones that don't look great at all. There is multiple things I always look for when I go to look at houses and I ask myself many questions.
Does it look like a real house? Is it neatly decorated and not cluttered? So today, we will see just what kind of house I like!

I came across this house Northeast of Cove, and it is proof that you can make a smaller house look better than any other out there. Most houses I come across are big empty squares that are privately owned, and folks just like to use them for storage, but that will soon change!





The house looked great inside, there was a small little bar inside and it would be great for tavern events, the house had a wonderful atmosphere and I was really comfortable inside. I had been running around for a while and need the rest, so I stopped and had a ale while I reviewed the first floor!





The second floor looked fantastic, everything matched up well and nothing clashed, as well as the third floor, it was a real peaceful house.





I loved the roof, a good roof is not easy to customize in UO! it takes much time and they are a bonus in my book! I was glad to have had the pleasure of reviewing this house and there will be more to come in the future!



- Velvathos




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More New Content Added!!
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Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009, 12:04 PM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics is Pleased to Announce: More New Content Added!

UO Stratics is delighted to announce that, following on the success of the new 'Questing' information added last week, more new and updated content has now been added. Look for the 'new' tags in the left and right menu bars of UO Stratics.

This week's authors are Basara, Illandril and Lady Aalia. We thank them for their hard work.

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King Casca Announces Memorial For Clainin
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Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009, 9:17 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Memorial Service For Clainin

King Casca has announced a short memorial service for the late Archmage Clainin, Friday, April 10, 6pm Pacific (7pm Mountain, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern).  Please gather at Castle British, Trammel, Origin.

Follow this link to view the announcement on EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan's website (emfainemorgan.com)

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Clainin's Memorial Service
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Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009, 7:38 AM EDT by Medea (Drachenfels)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

Last Wednesday the funeral for Clainin, the Royal Thaumaturgist, was held. Tuerius, the Captain of the Royal Guard, and Hanassa Oriel asked the citizens for help in the search for exquisite material for the construction of the memorial. In a short time the necessary things were collected and the construction completed. In a solemn ceremony Clainin was honoured for his life's work and the attending crowd praised him with the highest respect.

If you want to visit the memorial yourself, you can do this any time of the day, it lies within the walls of the castle of Lord British, just right next to the royal Blacksmithy, in a very quiet part of the garden.



~ Farewell, Clainin - R.I.P. ~
 

Am letzten Mittwoch wurde das Begräbnis für Clainin, den könglichen Wundermagier, abgehalten. Tuerius, der Kommandant der königlichen Wache, und Hanassa Oriel baten die Mitbürger um Hilfe nach der Suche nach erlesenem Material für den Bau des Denkmals. In kurzer Zeit waren die notwendigen Dinge zusammengetragen worden und der Bau vollendet. In einer feierlichen Zeremonie wurde Clainin für sein Lebenswerk gewürdigt. Die Anwesenden ehrten ihn in stiller Andacht und zollten ihm den vollsten Respekt.

Wer das Denkmal besuchen möchte kann dies zu jeder Tageszeit tun, es befindet sich innerhalb der Schlossmauern von Lord British's Residenz, direkt rechts neben den königlichen Schmiedehallen gelegen in einem ruhigen Teil des Schlossgartens.

Farewell, auf bald!
~ Medea

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A Fallen Icon
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Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009, 12:26 AM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Clainin's Memorial
With heavy hearts and a well embroidered sash on their chest, many Britannian citizens paid their respects to the fallen court mage: Clainin. His death and disappearance have long been under suspicion, and the fact that Melissa is said to have killed him while under Casca’s protection has done nothing to help this fact. Perhaps our King is weak because he is not destined to rule. Perhaps he is just weak because his citizens undermine their support. Regardless, this incident has forced me to not only mourn our lost mage Clainin, but also to mourn the memory of Lord British. Wherever he and Nystul are in the Void, I am sure they would have preferred to pay his respects at the memorial.

After foe and friend gathered at Castle British and accepted the eulogy Lord Casca delivered, they made a procession and walked toward the memorial site. There, a lone book laid atop a short pillar. Individuals paid their respects privately, and as the night progressed, artifacts of remembrance were placed.



If you care to visit the finished memorial site and pay your respects, it is located on the north end of Castle British, next to the armoury.


Regards,
Lady Mana
Lieutenant of the Royal Britannian Guards
Napa Valley News Manager

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CFC and MOA Kill Bunnies !
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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009, 8:33 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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CFC and MOA Kill Bunnies !




CFC is Celebrating Easter with a Bunny Bash!!

Join them at the Chicken Fight Club this Saturday for the Easter Bunny, CFC Style!!

There will be the regular chicken fights, ending around 9:00 est. Then the fun will go to the farm and let the bunny fur fly.

They encourage everyone to bring a single control slot pet: Horse, Dog, Cat, Llama even your Pink Bunnies from last year, to the bash.
Gates start at 7:50 est. from Luna Bank

If that is not enough killing for you MOA offers more on Easter Monday

MOA Monday nights Easter Event, 4/13 at 8pm Central Time.

The madness crew will be out of the castle.
There will be a bunny bash, taming contests, summoning
contests, trivia, an Easter "egg" hunt. Gates available in Luna as that is the place to sit these days.

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OBITUARY COLUMN 4/ 9/ 09
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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009, 8:18 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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OBITUARY COLUMN 4/ 9/ 09




The Obit screenshots are piling up so I thought I better get a column out before it gets out of control. Enjoy!


Abbas Deus


An Energy Vortex




Angel dies again




Bailey






Cerveza


Barbie dead again!






Daisuke


Dragons are Cute


Drag's Bag




Falcon












Lonely Housewife






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Champion's Duel Finals Saturday Schedule Announced
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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009, 5:12 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

Champions Duel Finals

By EMSeppo
goldenbrewtavern.com

Come Saturday the curtains will finally come down on the Champion’s Duel Tournament. Two magicians and three warriors will test each other’s mettle to find out who is the champion in their respective categories!

Title: Champion’s Duel Finals
Location: City of Avalon - Champion’s Arena
Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mage Final (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Chushingura vs. Taslin Hoffstah

Melee Finals (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Taslin vs. Raza vs. Stel

Note: All times, as always, are indicated in PST.

Mage Finalists:

 Melee Finalists:

 

(I apologize for not having a screenshot of Stel)

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[NEWS] Kaden Marsten ~ A Simple Man From Moonglow...
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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009, 11:29 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
Kaden flung the door to his shack open and threw his hunting sack down on the table. Barely bigger than a prison cell, and less inviting than any dungeon in Britannia, many people would have been hard pressed to have lived in such a place. But Kaden was oblivious to such qualities. To him, all he saw was that this place was quiet – and quiet meant no people.





Kaden wasn’t one for socialising much – he had kept to himself for many years; hunting various animals and, on occasion, the odd miscreant, usually elven, who had the misfortune to cross his path. He sat down at the table, kicked his boots off, and opened the leather sack in front of him.

It was then that he noticed a letter that had been left on the table, addressed to him. Curious; it had the emblem of the Royal Council embedded into the seal. Kaden opened the letter, and laid it out on the table as he sorted through the contents of the sack.



Mr Marsten,

With the recent, and unfortunate, deaths of the Council, there have opened up a number of positions that require filling. Appropriate candidates have been hard to find and, after a very thorough selection process, it is with the King’s greatest pleasure that I am to inform you that you are hereby invited to rejoin the ranks of the Royal Britannian Guard as Captain of the Royal Guard.

As one who has served as an officer for the Royal Guard in times past, men and women alike will look to you for your leadership and guidance. The circumstances that surrounded your previous departure are of no concern to King Casca. We hope that you will accept this invitation and be proud to serve the new council and Britannia.


Yours Sincerely,

The Royal Office of King Casca




Kaden played with a recently severed drow ear for a moment, pondering over the invitation that had been extended to him. So impersonal, not even signed by the new King himself. And why would he be picked? He had left on bad terms with his superiors, with whom he had disagreed with over the running of the Royal Council.

Now that they were gone, however, perhaps things would be different? After all, things recently had been hard for Kaden – life as a huntsman was not as profitable as it once was and with the recent town invasions and local trade slacking off, much of his income had been sourced from contracts, usually take out against drow.

Kaden looked over to his old officer’s armour in the corner of the shack, behind some hides. He picked it up and cleaned some of the mould and tarnish off with the sleeve of his shirt. A few missing rings here and there, nothing that couldn’t be fixed soon enough. His time for retirement had not yet come, so fate would seem..





Kaden Marsten ~ A Newly Minted Captain of the Royal Britannian Guard...





I have encountered this individual twice now and he seems friendly and eager to please in his new role, some times too friendly I think and I wonder where his alliances really lie...


Andrasta
GRL
Atlantic Shard
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[NEWS] 2nd Annual Easter Bonnet Scavenger Hunt
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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
2nd Annual Easter Bonnet Scavenger Hunt




On behalf of "The Rune Library Alliance of Atlantic" (Winterbreeze Library, Rachel's Runes, The Bookstore, Goodman's Rune Library, Order of Drunken Elders & Malas University)

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Easter Bonnet Scavenger Hunt!

Location: Please meet at the Britain Fair Grounds Trammel.
Time: 1 pm EST
Date: Saturday April 11th, 2009

Top Prize will be a cool 1 million gold. Many prizes will awarded. Food and drinks will be provided.

Come enjoy the Easter Weekend with us!
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Valentines Day
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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009, 6:21 AM EDT by Katlene (Oceania)
Everyone met at the west Britain bank and were lead to the farmers cottages over the bridge on the outskirts of town, there we found a lady, sobbing loudly…



Lorien de Merchante: I just do not know what to do!
Lorien de Merchante: He died when the terathans invaded Britain
Lorien de Merchante: *She wails hysterically*
Propheus: how can we help you?
Lorien de Merchante: But that is not the least of it!
Lorien de Merchante: I am to be married!
Big Luke: I can’t breath
Lorien de Merchante: Married tomorrow!



Propheus: where is your fiancé?
Katlene: Congratulations
Lindae: I am a necromancer. I can bring him back as a shambling sin against God if you wish.
Propheus: who is your fiancé?
Lorien de Merchante: I just cannot possibly go through with the ceremony without my father's blessing.
Lorien de Merchante: *She sobs loudly*
You see: Sage Lovejoy



Propheus: do you want us to contact him using dark magic?
Lorien de Merchante: What am I going to do!
Lorien de Merchante: Oh papa!
Lorien de Merchante: *She sobs*
Propheus: how can we help?
Lorien de Merchante: I cannot marry without your blessing, father.
Sage Lovejoy: What’s all this noise!
Lorien de Merchante: Oh, I'm sorry, sir!
Sage Lovejoy: Can't a man get some sleep!
Propheus: where can we find his remains?
Phygamon: ????
Katlene: Do we need a psychic?
Lorien de Merchante: I am just so upset
Propheus: perhaps you can ask him at his grave site?
Lorien de Merchante: *She dabs her sodden eyes*
Sage Lovejoy: Oh dear... what is the matter?
Lorien de Merchante: My father! He... he... died
Lindae: For heaven's sake stop crying, woman.
Propheus: we can protect you if you wish this journey
Lorien de Merchante: And I am to be married, tomorrow!
Lorien de Merchante: I cannot without his blessing.
Lorien de Merchante: *She wails*
Propheus: how can we get his blessings?
Sage Lovejoy: Oh I see
Katlene: Girl!
Lindae: Woman!
Propheus: talk to us
Katlene: Calm yourself an ask of us what we can do to help
Sage Lovejoy: You're in a predicament alright
Propheus: tell us what to do Lorien
Lorien de Merchante: I do not know what to do...
Lorien de Merchante: *She sulks*
Katlene: Where is he buried?
Propheus: where was he slain?
Sage Lovejoy: Well just stop crying
Katlene: maybe we can speak to him and show us a sign of his blessing
Propheus: may be we can start from there
Lorien de Merchante: I only have this picture of him... nothing else.
Sage Lovejoy: I need some sleep
Sage Lovejoy: A picture you say?
Shiel: on the wall...
Lorien de Merchante: Aye, this portrait.



Katlene: Is there anything written on the back of it?
Lorien de Merchante: It is all that I have to remind me of him.
Propheus: Lorien, where did he work?
Katlene: Bee keeper wasn’t it?
Lindae: Well, then, let us go and dig up graves!
Lorien de Merchante: He was a beekeeper, sir.
Sage Lovejoy: Hrm
Propheus: perhaps we can start there
Lindae: ...can ask if for blessings!
Sage Lovejoy: *thinks and seems to consider something*
Propheus: may be his spirit is still there lingering
Lorien de Merchante: Can you think of anything I can do, old Sage?
Sage Lovejoy: I might be able to help you
Sage Lovejoy: and me
Lorien de Merchante: Really?
Katlene: Where did he work exactly Lorien?
Sage Lovejoy: Oh yes
Lorien de Merchante: What must I do, Sage?
BBurnyeWest: I shall help you
Sage Lovejoy: *puffs out chest*
Sage Lovejoy: I am a person of some repute with what some may call distasteful magicks
Lorien de Merchante: Oh I see...
Katlene: Can you speak with those that have passed?
Lorien de Merchante: You think you can assist me...?
BBurnyeWest: yes
Lorien de Merchante: I would do anything!
Raistlin: Yes
Propheus: Sage what do you have in mind?
Sage Lovejoy: I do... that painting will help too
Lorien de Merchante: *She glances at the portrait sadly*
Sage Lovejoy: I am awaiting delivery of reagents and scrolls from Yew
Katlene: Shall we there?
Lorien de Merchante: It is late, Sage?
Sage Lovejoy: The order included some components that would be integral to such a spell that would be needed
Propheus: Lovejoy what do you propose?
Propheus: what components
Sage Lovejoy: Well, yes as a matter of fact
Lorien de Merchante: When will this shipment arrive, sir?
Lorien de Merchante: I am to be married tomorrow!
Sage Lovejoy: the delivery is overdue
Katlene: Could we perhaps get these components for you?
Propheus: first tell us what they are
Sage Lovejoy: If it were here today we could get this sorted and I could go back to bed!
Sage Lovejoy: *oozes gruffness*
Propheus: I meant components
Lindae: Very well, then. Where is this shipment coming from?
Lorien de Merchante: What should we do, Sage?
Lorien de Merchante: I cannot possibly marry without my father's blessing.
Sage Lovejoy: Well, perhaps we might find some of the more adventurous sort in here
Katlene: oho
Sage Lovejoy: who obviously cannot abide the wailing either
Sage Lovejoy: to help us
Lorien de Merchante: Well... these fellows look able bodied...
Lindae: Tell us where the ship came from and we shall take to the seas and find it.
Lorien de Merchante: Could you assist me, fair citizens?
Lindae: Surely someone can help.
Sage Lovejoy: They were being delivered by land, not ship
Katlene: Of course
Propheus: where may we intercept this shipment?
Lindae: Then that's why they went missing.
Sage Lovejoy: But I wouldn't discount pirates
Lindae: Everybody knows that delivering things by land is foolish.
Lindae: What route did they take?
Rachael: I will try, though I am not very strong.
Sage Lovejoy: I don't want to think the worst!
Katlene: Nothing wrong with pirates!
Propheus: i am sure it’s heavily guarded
Katlene: *coughs*
Lindae: What route did they take?
Sage Lovejoy: Let us follow the road to Yew and see if we can hasten the delivery!
Propheus: Sage can you throw us a gate to such place
Katlene: We must walk so we do not miss them
Lorien de Merchante: I am not a wealthy woman...
Lindae: Ahh, Yew.
Propheus: Yew is a long road perhaps you can get us there
Lorien de Merchante: But I may be able to reward some who assist me.
Katlene: Signs of cargo or a disturbance
Propheus: I will try
Sage Lovejoy: oh ho ho I just want my sleep
Propheus: Lorien
Sage Lovejoy: Let us go!
Lorien de Merchante: Aye?
Sage Lovejoy: *chuckles*
Propheus: he is tired
Alucard: it’s through the mountain to the west
Sage Lovejoy: I do not leave my hut very often
Darkmage: this way
Sage Lovejoy: No couriers yet
Sage Lovejoy: *sighs*

Everyone headed for the hills and followed the mountain side around on the path till we came across a campsite.



Sage Lovejoy: Oh dear
Sage Lovejoy: These look familiar
Sage Lovejoy: It is not so much the reagents and scrolls I am worried about
MissEcho: what is it then?
Sage Lovejoy: but upon each of the five scrolls
Sage Lovejoy: there was a question
Sage Lovejoy: One must answer the question to prove that they are of pure heart
Sage Lovejoy: in order to cast the spell
Sage Lovejoy: Without them, I cannot cast the spell for the young lass and all is lost
BBurnyeWest: what are these five questions?
Antalya: Well, we must find the fiends that robbed them then
Sage Lovejoy: If we should find any of the questions
Sage Lovejoy: Make note of their answers in a book!
Sage Lovejoy: Let us see if these brigands have taken anyone from the delivery
Sage Lovejoy: We need more cluse
Vance: Yes! I know they kept some crates here but they mentioned moving them elsewhere.
Sage Lovejoy: The reagents I need to cast the spell
Vance: I heard them mentioned a place, made of marble. *Thinks* Circle of marble not too far from here
Sage Lovejoy: Vance says they took reagents to a place over the mountains
Vance: Yes! West of here, over the mountain. Release these bonds I beg of you!
Alucard: west of here
Alucard: circle of marble
Deneya: you know where?
Faeryl Tyr'athem: nope
Sage Lovejoy: Great!
Sage Lovejoy: I need the answers to the questions
Sage Lovejoy: They are more important
Vance: Protect me!
Sage Lovejoy: There should be one of 5 scrolls there
Sage Lovejoy: a question to answer. Write it in a book
Sage Lovejoy: and a clue to the other reagents
MissEcho: what we supposed to be doing?
Sage Lovejoy: Go to the circle of pillars west of here! Write the answers to the questions in a book and follow the clues!
Sage Lovejoy: West of here over the mountains!
MissEcho: ahh ok
Rachael: you are staying here, sage?
Sage Lovejoy: All this adventuring is too much for me
Sage Lovejoy: I will return to the young lass and console her
Sage Lovejoy: *winks*

With that the sage headed back to the huts while the ‘brave adventurers’ continued on to find all the scrolls.

The first stop was at the marble pillars, some refer to it as stone henge other as the wisp circle. It is found just to the south of the blighted grove.

There, a few crates were found with a scroll and a journal nearby.
On the scroll was a question, and in the journal was a hint to the next location.




The answer to this was the Grove of love.


This Led to the shrine of Homare, just south of the moon gate.

There was the next batch of crates, book and journal


The answer to this is Lord Brittish


This led to a small area in Ilshinar north from the Spirituality gate.


The answer to this is Mu


Indicated to check at the waterfall which is located to the north of the justice shrine




The answers are compassion sacrifice and justice


Hinted to head north of the waterfall to a field of flowers


The answer is Sudiva.

After all five of the answers were collected people went back to the hut where the sage and the bride to be waited.

The sage collected the information and began is spell.

Sage Lovejoy: Hrm
Sage Lovejoy: A false start
Lorien de Merchante: Please, try again Sage!
Sage Lovejoy: *checks staff is in good order*
Sage Lovejoy: Right then
Sage Lovejoy: *waves his arms around and SHOUTS mysterious magicks!*
Lorien de Merchante: *She peers at the portrait*
Lorien de Merchante: Father...?
: Yes, my dear, it is me! Oh how I have missed you.
Lorien de Merchante: Please, can I have your blessing?
: Of course my child, I only want to see you happy. You have my blessing.
Lorien de Merchante: *She sobs*
Lorien de Merchante: I love you!
: I love you too sweetheart; you are forever in my heart... I will be watching over you.
Antalya: *claps for Lorien*
Lorien de Merchante: *She begins to cry*
Lorien de Merchante: Oh thank you, Sage!
Sage Lovejoy: I think the connection is broken
Lorien de Merchante: I am at peace now, thank you...
Propheus: he gave her the blessing she needed
Lorien de Merchante: And thank you, everyone whom assisted.

One of the prizes awarded for compleating the task

Thankyou Teeshy for this picture
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11th Collection items are here!
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Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 8:23 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com:


11th Collection items are here!
Kilandra Cotten
08 Apr 2009 20:25:55

Greetings!

Today we have some great news! Without further adieu, the 11th year collection items are available in a full package or by individual items here www.uogamecodes.com.

As some of you are aware there were some technical issues that we had to resolve before these could be brought to you. Specifically, there were purchasing restrictions in place to have a limited amount of transactions at the game codes store.

As of today these restrictions have been modified to allow players more freedom in their purchase choices. While we can’t completely eliminate all restrictions we have been working on more advanced ways to eliminate the need for restrictions.

Thank you!

Kilandra

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Two events are planned for this coming weekend April 11th and 12th
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Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 7:51 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Two new shields have been placed at the Councilors (EM) Hall in Britain announcing two events for the upcoming the weekend. The first is Clainin’s Memorial Service at Lord British’s Castle in Britain on Saturday, April 11th at 6 p.m. EST. The second looks to be a fun Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday April, 12th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST with no location listed as of yet. (When further information is given it will be posted as soon as we can.)

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Event on this Friday 10th April
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Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 5:59 PM EDT by Katlene (Oceania)
Our herald Lucy, found just inside the Royal guard barracks at Castle Brittish, wishes all to know that she heard the captains discusing something that will be happening this Friday night at 8pm AEST.

She has no further details at the moment but asks to check back with her later on.



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Announcing Clainin's Memorial Service, and EM Meet and Greet
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Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Greetings, citizens! Here's what's happening on Thursday, April 9.

Memorial Service
It is with great solemnity that I announce the scheduled memorial service of noble Clainin, Mage to the Court of Britannia. At 7:00pm PST, please gather at the throne room of Castle British (Trammel). Lord Casca will be delivering the eulogy.

Meet and Greet
Feel free to Meet and Greet with EM Kaen and EM Sezja half an hour before the memorial (6:30pm PST), at the West Britain Counselor's Hall. They will also be continuing the Meet and Greet after the service is over.
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Chesapeakes Winning Fairgrounds Design by Lord Gareth!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 10:56 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                      Lord Gareth Wins Chesapeake Fairgrounds Design Competition!

          Extending his repetiore as possibly the shards foremost genius in the realm of design, Gareth once again has come up with a truly great design for the shards new fairgrounds outside of Luna. His rendention beat out the lone other entry to win and once implemented, will be the second design attributed to him as he also won the recent West Britain Bank contest as well! Hats off to Lord Gareth on his stellar design as we all look forward to its construction!



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Live Events Page
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 6:40 PM EDT by Larisa (GeneralNews)

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Live Events Page
Chrissay Zeeman
07 Apr 2009 19:48:47

We are excited to bring you a new section to the UO Herald: the Live Events Page. This section of the Herald will host all of the scheduling and lore of current and future live events and serve as a repository for event-related lore of the last 11 years. Events will now be posted Here You can also use the RSS feed for this page on your home page or forums so you will be notified right away when something is posted.

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Chesapeake "House of Commons" Notes
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 5:13 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
HOC40509                                                                  EM House of Commons Notes

             This weeks "House of Commons" meeting took place at its newly scheduled time of 9pm Sunday. Players from around the realm joined EM Dudley for updates and info on current ongoings here on the Chespeake Shard. Among the topics discussed were the death of Lord Clainin the Royal Mage as well as a possible memorial service in the near future for his behalf along with the upcoming holiday weekend where patrons were advised to begin forming small adventure parties for a possible quest this weekend. Also announced was the upcoming BoH spring events also happening this weekend and the winner of the Chesapeake Fairgrounds Competition won by Lord Gareth. Congrulations! Look for more great community info this Sunday at 9m just north of the Britain Moongate.

                   
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Spring Home & Garden Show
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 1:33 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
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Easter Bunny Comes To Town ... (Updated)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 1:32 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Announcement on EM Seppo and EM Pallando's website, goldenbrewtavern.com:

 Easter bunny comes to town!

 By EMSeppo

 Hear ye, Hear ye,

 Reports are arriving from our scouts of a cute little bunny that is coming to town. Based on our best projections, it is expected to reach Britain by this Friday Sunday, despite Lord Casca’s objections.

 Amongst the outlying peasants, there are also reports of colorful but hidden presents. So this weekend come to Britain with your friends, lover and even an in-fahnt, for we are going on an Easter egg-hunt

 Details

1) Easter bunny will make an appearance in Britain throughout the long weekend on  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
2) Each time you see Easter bunny at the West Britain Bank (Trammel) will be an indication that new eggs have been laid throughout the city of Britain (Trammel), Skara Brae Faire Grounds (Trammel), and Occlo (Felucca)
3) Eggs will come in different colors and names
4) Be warned that the eggs will be edible

Please Note:  The Easter Bunny will be sighted on Sunday, April 12, only.

 
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Requiescat In Pace Clainin
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 12:34 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
There was a short funeral service for Clainin the Archmage Saturday April 4th. Lord Casca gave the eulogy. The citizens solemnly demonstrated their respect to the deceased.
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Requiescat In Pace.
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Bunny Bash & Cow Tipping Jamboree (Sat. Apr. 11th)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 12:06 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
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EM Meet & Greet Friday, April 10th
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 12:03 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
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Virtues of Sosaria: Compassion (EM Event) Thur. Apr. 9th
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 12:02 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (Sonoma)
>>> Malas News <<<
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Champion's Duel Finals ...
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 11:04 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
From EM Seppo and EM Pallando's website, goldenbrew.com

Champion’s Duel Finals
By EMSeppo

Hail!

Let it be known that the Champion’s Duel Finals will take place this Easter weekend. The finalists are Taslin Hoffstah vs. Chushingura in the mage ladder and Taslin vs. Raza for the melee ladder. Stel and Demogorgon are required to duel between themselves by this mid-week in order to qualify for the third spot in the melee final.

Please arrange a suitable time for this weekend by this Wednesday and convey it to Lady Nystad. It would be preferable to have the mage final and melee final during the same time.

Salutations,
William,
The Royal Guard

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Finalists: To contact Lady Nystad to arrange a time, please use this link: Champion's Duel Finals
(http://goldenbrewtavern.com/?p=395)

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Royal Guard, Kemer, Dies In Tragic Accident
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 9:57 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Sad news of Kemer's untimely demise has just arrived from Ceno [K T]

To the people of Baja I am saddened by the news I must bring to thee, especially after such a short time of the slaying of Clainin. Some of thee may already have heard, but on Sunday, 4/5/09, our beloved Royal Guard of Britannia, Kemer passed away.

He was walking along the edge of Heartwood carrying medicinal herbs to his mother when suddenly he tripped (as he was known to do) and fell over the edge plummeting to the ground below. Without witnesses of his trip no one would have known it was our beloved Kemer for when his body finally hit the ground below he was torn to pieces as he landed on a tree.

Kemer will always be in our memories and our hearts; and will forever be known as one of the greatest guards who loved to eat, and even share with his fellow guards, cookies made by one Lady Magdalena. Magdalena, who was a close friend to Kemer, was there on his final day of guard duty, and with his final message of not knowing if he would be able to return to our lands, left her with a few messages -- One being of his love for one Lady Fern Goodfellow.

I shall always remember eagerly recalling to the West Bank of Britannia to see if Kemer were on duty or not so I may strike up a conversation with him. He talked about many things, especially of his love for Magdalena's gingerbread cookies and chocolate. Or about Xel and his never ending supply of sake.

Kemer will surely be missed, but I shall prefer to remember how he lived. So full of life and energy and and eagerness to help those in peril.

So, here is to thee, Lord Kemer!
* raises a glass of sake high above his head *
TO KEMER!


Please feel free to share your tributes and/or screenshots of our beloved Kemer.

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Attention Roleplayers! Baja Roleplayers Community Gathering 2.0
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 9:26 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Attention, Roleplayers!
Announcing the
Baja Roleplaying Community Gathering 2.0
By WarderDragon [BRPA]
 

Greetings, Citizens of Baja!

We had an awesome showing Friday Night, and I would like to thank each and every one of you for attending our Community Gathering. In all honesty, I was expecting maybe a handful, not a crowd lining both walls. Thank you!

Unfortunately, we only have just begun discussing how we plan to rebuild our shards roleplaying community, and barely scratched the surface of the agenda I had planned before WildStar was napping in her chair, Ceno was begging for the voices to stop, and Cicero was threatening me with a healthy dose of flogging if I went over 200 hundred words.

So, with that said, I would like to call a special meeting this Wednesday Evening. I know it is short notice, but there are a couple matters that need to be discussed shortly (The Avalon Question). Once again, everyone is invited, and I hope to see you all there.

Date: Wednesday, April 08th.
Time: 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern.
Location: The Event Moderator Office in Trammel.

We will start the evening with:
- An introduction by Nicholas the Old (WarderDragon).
- A moment for Alliance Guilds that were not present last time, to briefly introduce themselves if they wish.
On the agenda:
- The Avalon Question: What do we want to see happen to the Avalon Town Hall?
- Preserving Our History: The recovery of roleplaying-guild artifacts and books that have been lost.
- Sleath Shall Give Them Blood, And They Will Love Him For It: The Dark Tower Games.
- Roleplay Tavern Nights

You might notice that several items on the agenda, such as the Geopolitical Map of Sosaria and the New Spring Storyline, are mysteriously absent from this updated agenda. Don't worry, we'll be saving these for a meeting in the next week or two.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

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 Shipping & Trading Co. [S#C]
The Citizens of Old Trinsic [TRIN]
PaxLair [PAX_]
The Crest of Courageous Hearts [*CH*]
The Keepers of the Tower [K T]
The Twilight Fellowship [T.F]
Queen Shieba's Alliance [QSA]
The Sun Hawks [SUN*]

 __________________

** 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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Clainin's Memorial Service
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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009, 9:24 PM EDT by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com:

Clainin’s Memorial Service
Robert Mull
03 Apr 2009 19:02:29

In honor of our fallen friend we will be holding an in-game memorial service for Clainin. Please check with your the Event Moderator on your shard for a time, place and date.

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FOF: Spring Showers
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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009, 9:20 PM EDT by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:

FOF: Spring Showers
Chrissay Zeeman
03 Apr 2009 15:04:28

In this week's Five on Friday we cover additional tamables in Stygian Abyss and the Avatar.

For more information click here.

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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009, 9:12 PM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
03 Apr 2009 15:00:22

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

  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Sonoma
If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST

Read more here.

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[NEWS]Report on the Shadowlord Event
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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009, 12:38 PM EDT by Oriana (Baja)

This will be mostly a pictorial report as most of them tell the story better than I could. And as there was so much going on there was no way to get everything that happened.

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Auctions for this week - April 6th
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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009, 4:56 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)

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

NeXt Auction

Date:  Tuesday, April 7th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  South of Luna City

Contact: Meani – ICQ 65-689-918

YGV Auction

Date:  Thursday, April 9th

Time:  7:00 p.m. CST

Location:  Northwest of Yew Moongate

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254th Assembly of the 7th High Council
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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009, 4:34 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<254th Assembly of the 7th High Council

Date: Monday, April 6th
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Note Location change: West Counselor's Guild, Britain, Trammel Facet

Meeting Agenda:

-A moment of silence for Clainin.

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

-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 Hunt - Week of April 6th
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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009, 4:27 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.




Britain Library Community Collections Hunt
Date: Tuesday, April 7th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

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

Solen Friendship Quest
Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champion Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, April 10th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
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Community Meet Up - April 6th
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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009, 3:43 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
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Community Meet Up – April 6th
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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Holy Light Auctions Fly!
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Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2009, 8:18 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Holy Light Auctions Fly!
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Holy Light Auctions has been around several months but this was my first visit to this fast paced auction house.
When I say fast pace I mean there was no chit chat between items on the block, it ran smoothly which allowed more items for the patron/shopper to bid on.

When I first arrived there was a decent amount of patrons in the house but as the event went on it was very full. Many new faces and some of my favorite old faces like Lord Loki Bhey, Lady Chelsee Lynn and OZ were in the house.

Virginal in white but sexy at the same time in a very skimpy outfit Vixen kept the flow smooth the entire evening.



Not only was Vixen in white so was the auction house itself. The design is tasteful and functional. As with most auction houses items, rares and semi rares are on display. My favorite item was a whispering rose from BITE ME. I would love to design the decor for the front porch sitting area at this location. It has only a chair, parrot and sad fern.

On the subject of items, a wide range went on the block including a sigil lantern, marble statue maker, potted plants, roses, hair dyes, uber weapons, The Wanderer gear which went for 5.5 mill and Orni of the Magician for 10.7 million.

Pure Luck did the trivia and seemed to have a spelling problem but that was all part of the evenings plan.



Gates were provideed non stop during the entire event from several locations and Luna was hopping.

One of the many things I found nice about this auction house is that they take comments and a survey after each event from the patrons to better serve. A great idea!

Don't leave too either because at the end there is a special trivia/chest game. There are several more weeks before this end event is over.



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Fire and Ice
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Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2009, 4:42 PM EDT by Oriana (Baja)

Casca: Hail mighty defenders! That you should be gathered with me on this glorious day!

*straightens himself, planting his staff to the ground*

*looks around to those gathered, raising his voice*

Casca: It is said that fortune smiles upon the brave and shines upon the wise!

Casca: And in this we are twice blessed.

Casca: Our own Lord Clainin is safe, through both your efforts and my own!

Casca: And now we have the key we have sought!

*looks at Aino then back to the crowd*

Casca: Gather to me soliders of the throne and hear!

Casca: We have the key to end this war!

Casca: Our efforts have come to this, and there is no time to waste.

Casca: Our enemy bares his neck to us!

Casca: He has shown a moment of vulnerability, that we must take advantage of!

*Pauses to recover himself*

Casca: Even now they gather in defense, cowering in their dark cave!

Casca: The one we will invade! The one you will destroy!

Casca: Captain Aino will send us there!

*Aino nods*

Casca: Send us to our destiny!

Casca: Our spells recited and our blades sharpened!

 

*Casca looks to Aino and nods his head*

Aino Nystad: As you wish, sire. *casts a spell*

  

Casca: To battle!

As the defenders reach the cave:

 

and

As the defenders gather in the crystal cave.

 

Csaca: and it is fitting we should wait for them

Kemer: *eyes Casca bitterly*

Casca: Make room around the crystal.

Kemer: Please stand away… I don’t want any of you to be hurt.

Kemer: Please step back, this thing is dangerous.

Casca: Dispel the vortexes!

Aino: Lord Casca all but a few are here now.

Casca: This crystal… Their center of power…

 

Aino: *studies the blood sigil*

Casca: *looks around at the crowd*

Casca: Here now at last!

Casca: the power to end this war is within our grasp!

Casca: *places his hand on the crystal, closing his eyes*

Aino: Is that wise?

Casca: *whispers inaudibly*

Aino: Please m’lord be careful.

Casca: Now!

Casca:  *opens his eyes, a white light flooding from them*

Casca: Begone!

Casca: *blinks his eyes, looking around* *smiles, catching his breath* *raises his staff*

Casca: It is done! The darkness has washed away!

Casca: Let us return to Yew where this began.

Captain Aino opens a gate as the warriors return to where they where rallied.

After taking a while to settle down the crowd, Casca began to speak again. His voice was overwhelmed a bit with many of the citizens calling him a coward.

Casca: Unbreakable warriors!

Casca: Here now the war has ended!

Casca: Your King has shattered the anchor of our enemy on this world.

Casca: and his subjects carved the bloody path!

Casca: The Crimson Dragons are no more! Cast down!

Casca: No longer will our cities choke on the evil that was once thick in the air!

Casca: Our families and friends can sleep peacefully.

Casca: And our armies, while always vigilant, can now rest in ease.

Casca: Celebrate tonight friends, for you have deserved it.

From the south a Great Crimson Dragon came forth to confront Casca. Many prepared for another fight, drawing swords casting spells. Some greeted the Dragon Syrak.  But Syrak seemed to have little interest in fighting or being greeted.

Syrak: Who amongst you can claim the power to banish me?

Kemer: Casca?!

Syrak: *Laughs*

Kemer: *looks dismayed*

Kemer: C-casca! He left me!

(Citizens look around and Casca is no where to be found.)

Syrak: Your pathetic magic has no effect on me!

Syrak: Where is your king now?

It was at that point many spoke against Casca, calling him a coward, a false king, and that he was a selfish man that only planned this for himself.

*Syrak laughs*

Syrak: Who is your true king then?

Kemer bravely offered himself to the dragon.

Kemer: Dragon if you have to eat someone, eat me.

Suddenly a lady appeared and began speaking to the citizens.

Fayaxion: Citizens! If you value your lives, leave now!

Syrak: YOU! What are you doing here?

Syrak: SPEAK TO ME!!

Fayaxion turns to Syrak.

Fayaxion: Do not make me laugh.

Syrak: How dare you ignore me?

Fayaxion: There is no reason I should pay you any kind of heed, young cousin!

Syrak: Your race holds no power on me!

Torrents of electricity gather around Fayaxion’s hands, her eyes glow a deathly white.

Syrak: This world is ours!

Suddenly Fayaxion’s form changes to that of a platinum dragon.

Fayaxion: Willful but foolish Crimson, it is for you to leave.

Fayaxion: Mortals!

Syrak: Impossible!

Fayaxion: This is your last warning, leave quickly!

Fayaxion: Your kind is gone!

Syrak: Do you really want to fight me and risk the lives of these people?

Fayaxion: Your power is overshadowed! You think yourself more powerful than I?

Fayaxion: I who watched you scream into this world?

Syrak: We will have to wait for the when we can test that.

Fayaxion: Indeed.

Syrak: I am done here!

As he suddenly disappears.

Fayaxion:*Snorts*

Fayaxion: We will hear from him soon.

Fayaxion: Well done today, mortals. Your victory was well deserved.

Fayaxion: Do not ease your vigilance, things are not quiet over.

And with that she vanished.

With that the citizens were left to contemplate amongst themselves as to what may happen and a general consensus remained that Casca was indeed a false king and a cowardly one at that. 

 

 

Into personal mode here: There maybe parts left out due to various language and/or spam and otherwise noted problems. I believe I got the most of the general gist though. If anyone has anything to add please feel free to do so.

 

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Champion's Duel Semifinals Results, by EM Seppo
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Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2009, 7:40 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

From EM Seppo's website

Champion’s Duel
Semifinal Results

By EM Seppo

I would like to sincerely apologize to all of the participants and the audience members for my absence. I had a lousy day with technology being clearly against me.

However, based on the early reports from Lady Wildstar and Lady Sara, it seems like most of the duels went without a hitch. That really puts me at ease and I would like to thank everyone (Lady Wildstar, Lady Sara, Taslin Hoffstah, Sir Guildes, etc.) for their patience.

So, here is the verdict:

1) Mage ladder is finished and we have our two finalists

2) Melee ladder has been changed a bit. It was decided to make it 3 semifinals of two players each with the finals being a bracket of 3.

At the time of writing this report, all semifinal duels have been finished except for the one between Stel and Demogorgon. Their fight is scheduled at 8 PM PST on Sunday April 05.

Based on the report that I received from Lady Sara and after talking with most of the people involved in the duels, this are the final results:

Mage Semifinal 1
Briseis Sadow vs. Chushingura –> Chushingura moves to the final

Mage Semifinal 2
Taslin Hoffstah vs. Nikki –> Taslin
Taslin Hoffstah vs. Sephiroth –> Taslin
Taslin Hoffstah vs. Kario -> No result
Taslin Hoffstah vs. Kario (Death Match 1) -> Taslin
Taslin Hoffstah vs. Kario (Death Match 2)-> Taslin

Taslin Hoffstah advances to the finals

Melee Semifinal 1
Taslin vs. Mad Mardigan 1 -> Taslin
Taslin vs. Mad Mardigan 2 -> Taslin

Taslin advances to the finals

Melee Semifinal 2
Sir Guildies vs. Raza -> Raza

Raza advances to the finals

Melee Semifinal 3
Stel vs. Demogorgon (to be held at 8PM PST Sunday 5th)

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Clainin's Memorial Service
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Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2009, 1:41 AM EDT by Katlene (Oceania)
Viktor Cotume:
Good to see a few of you about.
King Casca should be joining us shortly.



a short while later

The King has asked me to transport you all to the site of the memorial.
If you could all please follow me in an orderly fashion.

Everyone followed Viktor to a courtyard inside castle Brittish

The King is on his way.
Behold, our benevolent King Casca!

Casca:
Hello everyone
It is a pleasure to see so many friends of Clainin
*gestures grandly out to the crowd*



My esteemed citizens of Britannia, Thank you for coming today.
I have accomplished many things in my lifetime…
Great things.
What I regret most is not achieving the ability to save this man…
This Hero.
We have gathered here today to celebrate the life of Clainin, beloved mage of Britannia and friend to many.
Apprenticed to Nystul himself, one could see early on that Clainin was a remarkable young man. Upon Nystul's mysterious departure, Clainin was promoted to Royal Court Mage.



During Clainin's tenure in this austere position he overcame many challenges.
His assistance with the machine on these grounds to detect Minax and bring about the end of her evil plans to destroy Sosaria, was astounding and successful.
His position on the Royal Council let him contribute his ingenious thoughts and ideas for the betterment of Britannia.
Clainin became an ambassador to our Ilshenar allies, the Meer.
His involvement was instrumental to curing Yew of its poisonous swamp infection with the assistance of the Meer.
*coughs lightly*
Clainin's power was growing. He was approaching his prime. He alone was able to reveal the shadowlord Ramuz's true form from his disguise as Odric.
This enabled the Royal Guard to banish Ramuz for a time and ensure the continued safety of our beloved land.
Clainin became bold and adventerous. He began to relish the excitement garnered from leading the Royal Guard against our dangers.
*His voice becomes grave*
It was no secret though, that Inu the Crone had developed feelings for him. But was a private man and was quite successful in keeping his private life private.
I'm sorry that Inu could not be here today, she declined my invitation and gave no reason but to grieve in private.
It was a truly disastrous the day Haven exploded into ruins.
Clainin was investigating why so much blackrock was being collected into such a confined area. It was truly remarkable that he survived.
The survivors of the explosion selflessly saw to his needs and for many years tended to him.
It was truly great and joyfull news that Clainin was reviving!
I had received reports he was in danger and did my best to see to it he was kept safe.
*nods gravely*
To prove my reports right, an attack was indeed made on his life with transporting Clainin to a safer location.
*sighs*
But evil won out.
Struck down by the Shadowlords faction and their murderous leader, Melissa. She saw to it there was nothing left to recover or resurrect.
*sighs sadly*
The explosion of the building was absolute. Melissa had destroyed Clainin.
And we are left to mourn the passing of a courageous friend and ally of the land.
Ashes to ashes.
Dust to dust.

Thank you for your attention

Viktor Cotume: Well spoken, M'lord!

Casca: I have sponsored the building of this memorial in Clainin's memory

Viktor Cotume: You truly honor our fallen brother.

Casca: The royal masons are at work on something grander as we speak. I shall instruct my guards to pass word around that the memorial is finished

Viktor Cotume: We will see to it, M'lord. Once it is constructed.
Casca: Good, Viktor. Please, if you wish a token of this occasion, perhaps you might like some fruit from the trees. They are quite delicious
He pointed to a book on a stone column
This was a tome oft held by Clainin in his younger days





Thank you again for coming to celebrate the life of Clainin with us

Viktor Cotume: Allow me to escort you, My King.

And with that the King walked away with Viktor and the service was over.
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Advanced Champion April 4th Spawn Location
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Posted on Saturday, April 4, 2009, 5:03 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (LakeSuperior)
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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:
Twisted Wield, Spirituality 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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"Questing in Ultima Online" Now Available
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Posted on Saturday, April 4, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)


Ultima Online Stratics is Pleased to Announce

Questing in Ultima Online is now available. You can access great detailed information on quests within UO by following the link under Essays & Guides (right side of main page). The guide includes information on Escort, Heritage, Crafting, Spellweaving, Dungeon Access, Monster Slaying and many more quests.

Our sincere thank you to Petra Fyde for all her hard work.
We hope you enjoy the guide and have fun!

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Clainin Memorial Wednesday April 8th
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Posted on Saturday, April 4, 2009, 11:40 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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The Clainin Memorial for Great Lakes will be Wednesday April 8th at 6:15 CST. The exact location is not known yet, but there will be gates from the West Britain Counselor's Hall and will have the location posted at the hall as well as soon as it is known.

For future events ( as I cannot always post them in time ) there is a webpage where Iatu and Malachi will be posting information (http://greatlakes.uoem.net/).

Be sure to write/save this website so you can always stay in the know.

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A Community Boon: The Give and Take Pub
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Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009, 10:22 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
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A Community Boon: The Give and Take Pub



Need something? Or perhaps need to unload something? Want to help out the community and sponsor other players just like yourself? Well then, have I news for you! Sponsored by the Ancient Conclave of Wisdom and housed by Lord Nabin, the Give and Take Pub is just the place. Where to find it? Look no further than the southeast corner of Luna, on the inside belt (93o 25’N 19o 41’W).

There are many chests located throughout the house for you to use at your disposal. Don’t have anything to give or to take? Well then! Relax and have a game of chess with some friends, or just enjoy the hearth fire as you rest after a long day of work.

So next time you you’re looking for someone to unload your extra items on, look no further than the Give and Take Pub! Or, if you need something, check here first! It's a great way to help support the Napa Valley community. And of course, spread the word! The more people who take part, the better it is for everyone involved!



Regards,

Lady Mana
Napa Valley News Manager
Lieutenant of the Royal Britannian Guards

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COCOPUFF Does The Questionnaire
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Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009, 7:22 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Lady Lava's Questionnaire has returned after a long absence. Todays guest is COCOPUFF ~






No doubt everyone wonders the origin of your name, COCOPUFF. Why this name for a character and does it have special meaning for you ?

Actually it was just a random name I thought of years b4 I even created the character COCOPUFF it was somthing that just stuck

Your guild title reads POOF. What does it stand for and when was it born?
POOF I guess you can say is like "magic" well me and poff himself had other abbs we wanted only one would fit and that was PooF itself

I noticed in your character profile you have text in Japanese and English. Please give our readers some insight into your profile.
My profile has Japanese and also the English meaning in it which is from my favorite artist Tupac and it says imperfection is inherited. There for we all sin but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end no matter how hard we fight

When and how did you first learn about UO?
I started playing UO during beta in 97 on my brothers account later owned my own account in Feb 2002

Give us a history of the computer games you have played in the past and currently play.
I don't play much atm. I am reconstructing my own ff tactics game for ps1 with new sprites and a story mode

Do you own a plot on Great Lakes and if so where is it and describe its style.
My plot is about 4 screens from Brit moongate. I own the whole area. I live in one house, one is a bank for my gold and storage the other is for my living space it is very secluded just the way I like it.

Rumor has you hang at banks a lot and like to entertain. Is this true?
True in some ways. I guess you can say nothing like showing off a set of phoenix armor/ sigil plate suit/ the rare pink plate helmet and somtimes even royal zoo plate set I like to be a icon at the eyes of others

What is your favorite color in the realm and in real life?
In the realm I can say blaze and well com blue, why I don't know I just feel like it shows off the best even above glacial and I've been enough glacial from head to toe to know how that feels.

If you could travel to any place in the world right now where would it be?
mmm.... Brazil that is where the most beautiful women are =P

If you were stranded on a desert island and could pick one and only one CD which would it be?
Most def a 2pac cd because I can rock out 2 some pac anytime

How many developed characters do you have on Great Lakes and what are thier skills?
I have a 6x120 tank a 6x 120 tamer 6x 120 dexxer as for the rest on the account are just storage chars and that other accounts are there to hold housing and gold

What is your favorite junk food?
Not too big into junk food actually but I guess you could say I favor 3muskateer over any candy bar

What do you admire most in a friend?
Courage, strength and honesty

What was the last movie you saw?
mmn.... Hard on 2 say I've seen a lot of movies. My most memorable is Iron Man

What is your motto?
Takes gold to make gold


Thank you COCOPUFF for taking time for this Questionnaire.

* note : If you or anyone you know would like to be a guest on Lady Lava's Questionnaire please contact me.


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Britannian Coalition Auction ~ Saturday April 4, 2009
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Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009, 6:01 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
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Britannian Coalition Auction House Grand Opening!

First Auction Saturday April 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm EST


Your host, our very own Tazar, invites the citizens of Atlantic Shard to the newly opened Britiannian Coalition Auction house located on the lovely Malas facet. Co-ordinates: 8°S, 0° 21'E

Directions: The Britannian Auction House is located near the edge of the world on Malas. Situated near Gravewater Lake, the auction house is a series of houses tied together with a river flowing on the roof.

On the first floor, you will find a very simple crafting area, which allows you to pass the time away or make some quick alterations before the auction begins. On the floor, under the bear rug, is a magical transporter that will take you to the auction seating area.

The second floor contains a few game tables in which you can use to pass the time before the auction begins. You will find a Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, and Mahjong Board.

The fourth floor is the action packed Auction Floor. This is where the auction will take place. Billy Mays will be your auctioneer. Sparkle Seller will be your item lady, and Cyr Isis is Billy Mays's security guard.

Near the auction house, you will find the Britannian Alliance Guild Hall, where meetings are held regarding alliance business. Also, you will find a rune library rich in many locations. (Please be aware that the library is still a work in progress). To the south of the auction house, you will find the houses of the great home designer, Vladimir, who won the decoration contest for West Bank Britain.



Rules of Auction


  • Always ensure you listen to Billy Mays. If he asks you to stop spamming, then stop.

  • No Stealth, stealing, macro spamming, projectile throwing.

  • No spell casting of any type.

  • No white text (Billy Mays wears glasses, and cannot see the white on his screen).

  • No idle chatter while bidding is occurring.

  • There will be 2 different types of starting bids. One of these is a open bid. The first bid in will be considered the starting bid. The second is the minimal selling value that the seller wishes to see this item go for. Bid increments for items less then 50,000 UO Gold will be 5,000 UO Gold minimal increase. Any bid over 50,000 UO Gold but under 1 million UO gold requires a 5,000 UO Gold minimal increase. All bids over 1 million gold require a 100,000 UO Gold minimal increase.

  • All final bids are considered to be final. If found to be bidding then leaving without paying for your item, you will be banned from the auction house.

  • Once a final bid has arisen, you will be required to purchase a book with your name and final selling value from a merchant. After this, you can deliver the book to Sparkle Seller to retrieve said item. This is done to ensure security.

  • Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

  • We will be auctioning items for characters outside of the alliance eventually for a small fee. Please check with a member of the Britannian Coalition for details.




I look forward to revisiting the area and all it's fine homes! (Runes to the Britannian Coalition Auction House be found at Goodman's Rune Library & Winterbreeze Rune Library)
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United Pirates Announces: April Black Market Event!
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Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2009, 8:47 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<The United Pirates of Catskills announce the Black Market event for Saturday Apr 4, 8 pm EST!

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.


And if I'm not mistaken, Hagrid has a plan for a moment as well.
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EM Cernunnos Surprises Catskills Players!
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Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2009, 8:38 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
This morning a new shield was found locked down in the Britain Councilors (EM) Hall, on it was written “Cernunnos Will be Here 8:00 Eastern, Thursday 4/2”. At the appointed time a small group of players had gathered waiting to see what Cernunnos wanted. Cernunnos appeared and chatted to the group for a short time. During that time he spent a little while taking in a few questions from those gathered and asking a few to them in return. He then said he has a surprise for everyone and asked them to follow him outside. Once there he opened a gate and ushered everyone into it.

On the other side of the gate the first thing people noticed was a new building under construction. Cernunnos then declared that the new building was the foundation for Catskills Rewards Hall. Because there were complaints about how EM rewards were given out to players. It was decided that be that most of the new EM event rewards will now be displayed in a museum rather than being handed out to the players. All the shards will have their own version of the Rewards Hall because this will be the standard policy for all shards.

EM Cernunnos then asked for some help with a special project for the new Catskills Reward Hall to help make it the best one out of them all. He pointed out three crates and asked the group to encourage people to donate Plants (such as nice flowers), or other tasteful decorations, to help decorate the Hall and the area around it. The three crates can be found in the middle of the new structures floor and a rune to the Rewards Hall can be found placed on the ground outside the Councilors (EM) Hall in Britain.

So let us work together to make our new Rewards Hall the best out of them all by dropping off pretty plants and nice decorations. This is a shard wide effort so fill those three crates to the top and show that we are the best community out of all the shards!

Also I want to include the following statement by EM Cernunnos in picture form.
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The March for Answers!!!
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Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2009, 3:19 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Monday evening concerned citizens came to the call of Beleg Megil in an attempt to get answers to the many questions left about Lord Casca’s rise to power. Beleg had distributed parchments all over the land requesting those who questioned Casca’s right to rule and the council that whom had given him that right to meet at the “Shattered Skull tavern” in Skara Brae. From there the plan was for the people to march in protest to the gates of Castle Blackthorn. The castle that Lord Casca had claimed as his seat of power. Once there the gathered throng would demand answers and proof from Casca and his new royal council.

The tavern slowly filled with concerned members of the populace as it neared the appointed time for the march to start. Even Owain Surrey, who was Lord British’s his Royal Augur before he ventured into the void, showed up to take part in the march. At precisely 8:30 Beleg stood in the center of the room and gave a quick speech and then called for the start of the march. The gathered protestors then started the march heading first to the Skara Brae Moongate, and then through it to the Britain Moongate. From there they followed the road into Britain and pushed on through the city proper to Castle Blackthorn’s closed portcullis.

There the gathered mob chanted their protests and yelled their demands for Lord Casca to come out and face them. It was then decided if Casca would not come out to speak to his people then they would have to go inside to see him. Problem was no one could figure a way in until Owain spoke up and stated that he could get everyone in. Owain then opened a gate and the throng of angry citizens rushed through it and into the Castles courtyard, but they did not stop there. The possessed horde flooded forward and through the doors of the castle looking for Casca or the members of his Royal Council. They searched every room till they found some of the council members in one of the upstairs rooms. There they vehemently started asking them questions, but the members did not answer and seemed not to even notice the growing swarm of people in the room around them. That prompted Owain to grab one of the council members shoulders to get his attention only to find him cold to the touch. Using a spell taught to him by Clainin Owain cast a spell that revealed the council members to be not living humans, but mindless undead. Owain then voiced his opinion that the new council was clearly a setup, a diversion. Leaving many to wonder if this was the true council all the time or were the undead placed here in their place so they could be elsewhere? Nor was King Casca found in the castle so the gathered protestors held a discussion and decided to head over to Lord British’s Castle to see if either Casca or Sherry the mouse could be found there.

Once again the small mass of people rushed into Lord British’s Castle and poured over every inch looking for Casca, Sherry or any clue as to where they could be. Once everyone was sure they had not missed a clue the group gathered in Lord British’s throne room to openly discuss what they had found out that evening. Many thought Sherry the Mouse was the key to solving this mystery and finding her should be a top priority. Other considered finding where Casca really is the most important thing that should be accomplished. Other questions left hanging in the air were, was that the Casca’s Royal council or decoys? What hand did the Shadowlords have in all this? With the rumors of Clainins death who would fill that void for the people? Who has the right and deserves to be the King? Where is Casca holding Avery? Whatever happened to Ricardo?

One thing was for sure the people had come looking for answers and by the end of the evening was left with many more burning questions than answers.
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Champion's Duel Semifinals Schedule Announced
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Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
From EM Seppo's Website:

Champion’s Duel Semifinals

By EMSeppo

Here are the final times based on the feedback that I received. I have not heard from couple of people so I apologize if it does not work for you.

Note that the semifinals will take place inside the Champion’s Arena at kingdom of Avalon. There will be a rune locked down to the arena on top of Britain bank (Felucca and Trammel).

Friday, April 3, 5:50 PM to 6:15 PM PST
Opening ceremony

Friday 6:15 PM to 8 PM PST
(Sephiroth, Chushingura, Briseis Sadow)

Saturday, Saturday, April 4,  12 to 2 PM PST
(Raza, Demogorgon, Sir Guildes)

Saturday 7:00 to 10 PM
(Mad Mardigan, Taslin, Stel)
(Taslin Hoffstah, Nikki, Kario)

Please note the following changes for semifinals:
1) Scrolls are not allowed
2) Death match will be now best of 3 

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Tunna of FCB Wins First Place in Annual Archery Contest
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Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 6:50 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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The Forth Annual April Fools Archery Contest Has Winners ~



The Annual April Fools Archery Contest was conducted by Arrow of Yew and Lady Temple of Yew and it was great fun for those bow and arrow lovers.



The charming Sweet Angel of SOR came in fourth place, Clark came in third, Ludwig Van Foltz of RKV came in second and Tunna of the FCB came in first place. No doubt Gem will be proud as will the rest of the FCB gang. I spoke with Tunna right after her win and she informed me she was most excited about the prize chest filled with goodies not to mention a one million gold check. Congratulations to all the winners.





Others that attended this event were, Goran of Yew Archers wearing his infamous yellow hat, Ren of YA, Erendur Celeborn of C*T, Ramalad the Dark, Hostile of DC*, Decker the Black, Duels of NBG, Hackel, Malag Aste of RKV, Sylance Raynes of YA, Bhupu Da Kook of -Y-, Ryak, Bran Ap Brychan of C*T and Rezn Fenix of G^F.

Thank you patrons of Yew and we look forward to next April Fools.





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Britannian Games Schedule - Week of 3/30
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Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 4:04 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Ilshenar News <<<Credit goes to Crysta for this post.

On the Evening of April 2nd, the Britannian Games will continue as following




http://www.emquantum.com/EventForums/

http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/

Talk to the EMs in person! EM meetups held most thursday nights, 7pm Central (6pm Eastern), at the northwestern Britain Counselor's Guild, directly next to the bridge to Blackthorn's Castle!
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