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[EM] A week off from the Games
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Posted on Friday, April 30, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)



Posted to the EM news site;

Well, this post is late now, but we will be having a small break from the Games to accommodate a couple other larger events. We should expect to start it back up next week.

Sorry for the delay in informing you all.


The EM site itself is here [a new link to the old website].



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WRR's Dungeon Boogie Friday!! (April 30th)
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Posted on Friday, April 30, 2010, 12:12 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)

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Black Market Event, Sat. May 1st, 8pm EST
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Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,
Hawkeye Pike has just announced next month's Black Market event:
Again the United Pirates are calling all merchants and shoppers to visit our monthly Black Market and close a lot of good deals.

Merchants can take one of the market stands and enter the list of their wares into the locked down books. Make sure the prices are fair and below Luna level!

Shoppers can come and buy the contraband we offer; negotiating the price is encouraged. There usually are some good bargains available. I personally will sell a couple of gargoyle artifacts among some other items.

The Black Market will take place in the Red Skull Bay at the beach west of the Shrine of Honor.




For those unfamiliar with the Black Market, it happens every month on the first Saturday of the month.

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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Uproar in Jhelom!
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Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)


Upsqueak, upwhinny, upgrunt and upgrowl, too! All manner of noises last night from the pens in Jhelom as mages came from all corners of the land to try their hand at Mage Poker! EM Helios hosted the event and provided trophies for the triumphant magic users. The event began with all gathered attempting to win one of five rounds in order to qualify for the lightning round. With contorted bodies and stern concentration animal after animal was summoned to produce the winning hand, and as an added attraction a harbinger appeared in the midst of it all!



Eventually the field was whittled down to our five finalists:

TinkerBell
Zugu
Lady Xena
Bedouin
Quixzaspthl (and this name is as hard to type as it is to pronounce!)

EM Helios called out the final hand and the five went to work!



Taking third place was Bedouin and TinkerBell was second! Congratulations to the Mage Poker winner, Lady Xena, here proudly displaying her trophy!




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BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For April 25, Schedule For May 2
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Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Baja Taming Hour
sponsored by
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance
Recap For April 25, 2010
by BRPA hostess Kat MacBroeden Starting points: 11,213,220 (Tier 11)
Ending points: 11,363,460
Points earned: 150,240 Grey Eagle tried to fill in for the regular hostess, Proserpina, who had to be absent, but somehow his cheers and cheerleading outfit just weren't quite right! Kat MacBroeden's random prize point level this evening was 11,319,789, which was won by Tamar who got to pick a 200,000-point prize from the Zoo Rewards, and chose a snake statue. Congratulations Tamar! _________________________________________________________________ Tamers:
Shayla Keylley [SOB]
REAP [DWN]
Kat
HRH Elizabeth [D_S]
Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
Merciless Fierce [M!S]
Sally [[email protected]]
bryndel [RAGE]
Elissa
Tamar
Cairn Brega [TAO]
Lil Debi [M!S]

Gold Donations:
Feiht Next Taming Hour, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern). ________________________________________ If you would like to help support the Zoo but can not make it to the BRPA Zoo Taming Hour, please contact WildStar [DWN] or Sara [TAO]. We will make arrangements to record your donations and add you to the list of participants, making you eligible for one of the Kat MacBroeden's mysterious prizes. The Zoo crew has placed a Zoo Fund vendor at Sara's vendor house NW of the north Luna gate. All proceeds from the vendor are donated to the Zoo Maintenance fund. If you have items you would like to donate for sale on the vendor, please contact WildStar [DWN], Sara [TAO], or any BRPA member. There have been a lot of nice items donated for the Zoo vendor ... be sure to stop by and take a look! ________________________________________ Related Links:
Week 1: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 22
Week 4: Silver Steed Returns To Baja Royal Zoo, December 13
Week 7: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 3
Week 12: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For February 7
Week 13: No Taming Hour February 14
Week 16: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For March 7
Week 20: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For April 4
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May 2, at 3pm - Grand Re-Opening And Play Performance At The Golden Brew Tavern!
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Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010, 5:31 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Just in from Kita Talith

Hi everyone! Just a quick note to say that on May 2nd at 3pm Pacific (4pm Mountain, 5pm Central, 6pm Eastern) we'll have our Grand Re-Opening Celebration at the new Golden Brew Tavern, which is north of the Justice Shrine along the coast. Runes are available locked down at Sara of Baja's home, in the Welcome Brigade Center at the NW corner of Luna (white marble building), and anywhere you find WarderDragon's Travel Guide to RP locations (a runebook created by WarderDragon). OR, you can PM me here and I will arrange meet you and make sure you have a rune. THE EVENTS
(ALL TIMES PDT) 3pm - General Greeting/Beginning of Party. BARDIC SONGS BY BRYTT HEATHARD. (Bardic Songs of love, adventure, including some of the adventures of well-loved and well-known past residents in Baja).

3:30 - 4:00 pm: Group event with prizes -- details still to be determined but it'll be a fun event! Watch this space for details!!

4:00 - 4:15 pm: Reading by Kita Talith of the newest story of the dashing exploits of Lord British as written by Moses, an acclaimed and esteemed writer of tales

4:30 - 5:30 (ish): "NEO's DAY OUT" - A COMIC PLAY PERFORMED BY THE GOLDEN BREW PLAYERS -- Join Neo of Lothlore and a merry band of townsfolk and rogues for a rollicking look at life in the year 1997, when men were men, women were women, and guards were (still) never around when you needed them!

5:30 - ? After party at the Brew! related links: Golden Brew Players -- Cast Has Been Announced
Golden Brew Players to present "Neo's Day Out", May 2
Golden Brew Players Interview With Lysistrata
Golden Brew Players Interview With Lady Claudia Drusilla
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What Lies Beneath
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Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)


The hiss of an alley cat alerted Abernathy the Beggar to the presence of a man wearing a heavy cloak and top hat.  "Be careful with those barrels!"  Abernathy watched from the shadows as several thugs carefully rolled heavy barrels up the cobblestone streets from the docks and down into the Britain sewers.  The man paused checking a pocket watch.  "We're on time; we'll only have this cargo for a few more minutes."

"One spark and it all would... go boom!" the group of men burst into uneasy laughter.  "At least we're being well paid for this."

The thug leaned against the sewer wall which was thick with slime and watched the rats and alligators in the muck below.  A bluish magical light reflected off the walls as a monk clad in a coarse black cassock approached.  The monk acknowledged the men with an abrupt nod of his head "bring the barrels this way". 

Abernathy watched as the group cautiously made their way through the sewers and to a deserted section of the sewer wall.  The monk knocked on the wall and removed a brick.  The wall slid away revealing a tunnel.   In the tunnel thousands of barrels bobbed up and down in the thick smelly sewer sledge.  The men pushed their barrels into the tunnel.  The monk passed a heavy bag to the men and they departed.  

Abernathy waited but the monk did not move.  Soon a large group of robed men and women carrying torches passed through the sewers.  A dog followed the group with a tambourine tied to it's back, shaking in the cold damp tunnel.  The monk quietly followed them before revealing himself, Abernathy followed the monk. "You are the ones I have been expecting."

“Who are you if I may?”

“You will know soon enough.  The Sun Ruby Gem is almost restored.”

The others smiled and listened with glittering eyes as their leader continued to question the monk “See my fine Cabalists.  They seek to recreate what Mondain took from his father.  How can you be sure you won’t be killed for it as was he?”

“A worthy question” the monk muttered.

With a slanted nod the other replied “I will have to trust then.”

“The Gem is not for me alone, it is for all who hold true to the Promise.  Would you share in its power?  Join our cause against the false Queen who sits in Castle Britannia.  Even now she sits unaware of the danger that surrounds her, certainly never expecting the menace that will soon erupt beneath her feet.”

“What is the plan?  Flood the gates?  Let the streets run foul with plague?”  The leader of the Zog Cabalists replied.

“The sewers are to be packed with explosives so that the Castle may be breached causing a conflagration from beneath.  We are certain that the network of tunnels beneath the Castle were compromised that the whole thing and most of Western Britain could become a sink hole and ignite a huge fire.”

“Honestly I’d like the entire place to be a sink hole.  I wonder if I could watch from atop Lord Blackthorne’s Castle.  We can supply explosives.”

Amid the excited laughter and talk, Abernathy sneaked back into the sewers unnoticed.  “I must warn the Royal Britannian Guard.” He thought to himself.
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Tavern Night a Hub of Activity!
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Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010, 2:39 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Tavern Night a Hub of Activity!
Iron Bandit Inn, Kijustsu Anei Village
April 27, 2010
By: Luna Rossa

The Iron Bandit Inn was quite active by the time Luna Rossa had arrived and Bam Bam was busily attending to the patrons even some new faces seemed to be among the tavern crowd. Luna Rossa pleasantly greeted those already engaged in their merriment and took a seat at the table nearest the entrance.

More and more patrons wandered in and out and soon Kaiko arrived and joined Luna Rossa at the table. Kaiko, her boots still filled with water, had just returned from Zedland where she had been doing some preliminary work for the upcoming expedition.


Kaiko and Luna Rossa had been in deep discussion over the expedition when Kaiko called the Magistrate Mirt over to inquire about guards for the expedition. He replied that it sounded like it would be something that Commander Manshoon should address so he will be notified as such.

Luna Rossa said she would leave a note for Midnight Moon regarding the expedition on Friday as she was positive that the alchemist and scholar in Midnight Moon would be thoroughly intrigued.

Shortly after, Lady CaT had arrived she began to discuss openly about discovering an old spell at the Lyceum in Moonglow that could summon Sinthe from the Well of Souls. Sinthe had been tricked by Gareth into jumping into the well after a hat and she had not been seen or heard from since. Gareth, on the other hand, had now made strong enemies of the savages and the only way they would allow Gareth to remain living would be to have Sinthe returned.


Lord Jamlyn Hakkendyn of Arsylan Resurrection in at this time to voice his concerns at this ritual. The Arsylan people were all too familiar with the dealing of lost souls and the prospect of the undead. Lady CaT acknowledged his concerns and said they were noted but she felt this ceremony needed to be performed for the savages and to keep Gareth alive.


Lady Cat suggested that we all join her at her tower for the ritual in which she would attempt to retrieve Sinthe from the Well of Souls.

Cautiously all entered Lady CaT's Tower of Souls to witness the ritual which Lady CaT had discovered in the dusty tombs of the library. She advised all to move back given the powerful engeries she was about to release and ritual that would be performed.





With incantations and mystical activity filling the room slowly shapes began to form as Lady CaT continued to chant and attempt to pull Sinthe from the Well of Souls. Finally after many spells and incantations, Sinthe was grabbed and pulled from where she had been entombed. Quickly she needed her life force restored and her body healed. Sinthe was quite disoriented and lashed out at those she feared were responsible for her entrapment and Lady CaT needed to put her under a sleep spell so that she could be calmed and taken away to the savage huts to recooperate. Niva the Savage and Magistrate Mirt were assisting her and heading out the door when something else slipped through the rift which Lady CaT had opened in order to retrieve Sinthe. It had the shape of a minotaur and quickly fled through the open door and disappeared into the night.

This is but one of the dangers that had troubled Lord Jamlyn Hakkendyn about the risks involved in the performing of such a ritual. The Gods only know what else could and would follow in the days to come.
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This Month on Europa (April 2010)
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Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010, 12:53 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)

Edition 1: April 2010 written by Mapper Welcome This monthly article will wrap things up for the previous month, Missed an event? Read here to catch up on the entire months events. Have a suggestion? Send it to [email protected] it would be greatly received. EM Event News Yew was hit sideways by complete surprise on the Sunday the 18th this month by a large party of Insane Dryads and some fiery armies in the form of Fire Elementals. They appeared to come from the region surrounding the mysterious Yew Crypts. Everyone fought off the surprise attack at the Crypts and some guardsmen from Yew saved the lives of several Rangers from inside the Crypts.
Click to read the full report from this event. On the Thursday the following week Nathan Hawke ordered an investigation into what happened in Yew, We spoke with one of the rangers that was saved from the fires and he said a dragon swooped down on his party and they ran for cover in the Crypts. That's when it began to get nasty. As inflame trees began to fall, blocking their escape from the Crypts. Nathan pencilled in another meeting for the following day, Friday. Friday arrived and Nathan asked we create a pile of gold and meat to try attract these dragons we knew nothing about. We waited a while and swooping low came several baby dragons, bright pink they were but killed quick. Later their father came along, Called George according to Nathan, Worrying, Anyway. The battle raged on as more large Crimson dragons flew down into the army that had gathered outside the Crypts in Yew.
Click to read the full report from this event. Finally the battle was won, But with severe causalities on our end, Many people were healed when EM Emile Layne appeared and gated us away sharply into the Star Room. He said it was St. Georges Day and we were to be rewarded! Everyone got a Fire Fighter's Helmet. Was this whole event for St. Georges Day? Or should Yew look at getting some permanent dragon protection? Who knows, But the gifts sure are appreciated as well as the battle practice.   RP Event News This month was busy for the roleplayer's of Europa. On Sunday the 11th the Duke of Trinsic, Irvyn Middlethorn, Held a garden party in his new house just West of the paladin city of Trinsic. His house was one of unusual taste, the entire ground floor dedicated to a fantastic garden! Above which was his house, Sandstone of course. An Easter event was held at the party, Anyone who signed up would be able to search the city for Easter eggs, the person with the most in their basket would win a prize! I was a little reluctant to take part however the lady I was sitting next to grabbed my hand and insisted we partner up and take part. Myself and my partner, Lady Pauline Stoker, Came third in the competition! Not too shabby, We both got a magnificent bottle of Harvest Wine which went down lovely after such a long hunt throughout the city. The evening was capped off by EscaFlowne of Vesper proposing to Gwen Irima of Trinsic, She happily accepted! A wedding to look forward to indeed. Thank you to Trinsic for hosting the evening! Further North now, Vesper hold a Market outside the Swaggers Tavern every Tuesday at 7pm UK Time, I popped along on Tuesday the 13th this month to see what was on. What a surprise I got! I found the usual stalls you would expect at such a market, Armour and weapon repairs, Petals and enchanted fruits.. But an entire stall devoted to the luxurious leather wears of Mr Flowne! Also in attendance that week were an odd pair of ladies, Selling what I describe as death in a bowl, In an attempt to sway Vesperians off meat and onto Rot Worm Stew I think they may have permanently muted my taste buds. Apart from that displeasure it was a fantastic evening of gossip and browsing, I highly suggest it. Staying with Vesper, They held their Spring Carnival on Sunday the 18th, Anyone who attended shouldn't need to be told how colourful and enjoyable the evening was. With kissing stalls, fortune tellers and a whole portable zoo and maze who couldn't enjoy themselves, A perfect family day out. A huge thank you to Isabella for planning and of course the entire Vesper city, Along with a little magic touch by our EM's, A truly historic event.   Establishment Review This months establishment I went to review is extremely new, In fact, They were constructed this month! Of course I mean the two brand new outposts now firmly built in the Abyss, Deep below Underworld dungeon. First of all I visited the one near the Human entrance. Owned by Lady Vetinari it's been constructed 3 : Spike, Shadow, Frosty
2 : Midnight, BlueBlaze, Spot, Trinsic Steel, Lightning, Nari, Bernie
1 : Lime, ThrobbingGristle, SnotKlap, Nugget, Cerulean, Flash, Moonfeather, Dryad, Eric, Fir, Mixer, Quicksilver Cyanide is slowly creating a gap between the 2nd best Spike, Shadow and Frosty! We'll see how the league is looking in next months edition.  
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Where Are They Now?
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Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
In building on our rich history, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on those citizens of Britannia who no longer walk among us in a series called, "Where Are They Now?". Who -were- those hooded strangers who jumped us all as we left the woods of West Brit? Who defended people against them? Who helped take on our first champ spawns and what kinds of beasts are they now off hunting? Who built the Mage Tower, or Avalon, or Lumaria and what have they moved on to build? What ever happened to....?

We're asking for your help. We'd like as many retired players as we can find to tell us their story. For all of you who have connections with players who have moved on (hint, hint, to you talented forum trolls), we encourage you to reach out to retired players and see if they'll take a moment to send us a brief response to the questionnaire below.

We'll highlight some of the responses here on Stratics and try to find ways to incorporate many of the in-character responses back into Britannia in some form or another.

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What was your character name?

When did you play UO?

Which guild(s) did you belong to?

How did you originally come to Britannia? Interpret this how you like.

Please share a story with us from your days in Baja.
(In-character responses welcome!) Some ideas include:

-What did you originally intend your character to be? How did that change from your "mature" character? What changed you?

-Share a story about your character or from your character's perspective. Imagine you're telling this tale by the campfire or that your tale may be retold. What epic things happened to you or were you involved with?

-Who influenced you or helped you as you played?

-What's something (place, event, guild, etc) that you consider to be an important part of Baja history and how were you a part of it?

What are your best memories from UO?

Where are you now? Interpret this as you like. You could tell us what games you're playing now, what you've moved on to do, or "the fate" of the character we knew and how they left Britannia. Did you sail away in search of something? Step into a moongate to lands unknown? Is your body suspended in ether in someone's basement?

Anything else you'd like to relay to the current citizens of Baja?

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Please send responses to [email protected] Old dusty screenshots are welcome. Late responses as you stumble across this in a message board two years from now are also very welcome.

Our history is rich. We want to tell your story. Thanks for your help!
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Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 3:00 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)


This will be an occasional feature highlighting an aspect of the site. Today's topic is.

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If you are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of excellent information we have and can not find the particular piece you seek, this article is written with you in mind. First, please notice that on either side of the main http://uo.stratics.com page there are two index menus.



These menus are, in effect, the site directory. They contain links to a variety of articles and information pages and are arranged in what we believe to be logical groupings under headings. Click on the + signs to expand the headings and see the links. Following a link will take you to a page dealing with that topic, the page will probably also have links to related pages in one or more menulines at the top, as in this example.


In addition, at the top of the left menu, we have a custom google search box which will search the site. Simply put in your search criteria and go. This box searches UO.Stratics only and will not return results from the web at large. The downside to this is, it will find every page on the subject, regardless of age. Most recent pages are composed in Drupal and will have a url similar to this: uo.stratics.com/php-bin/show_content.php?content=30023, ie ending in a 'node number'. When viewing your search results, consult these pages first.

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We hope that you will now find it easier to navigate the site. Our staff are also happy to help point you in the right direction and will often post relevant links in answer to questions on our message boards. We are here to help and support our fellow travellers in that magical land of Sosaria.
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[EM] Farewell, EM Cernunnos
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 10:37 PM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

It seems we've lost one of our EMs. EM Cernunnos posted this on the Catskills EM Website:
People of Catskills,

It is with much sadness that this decision was made, but it is time for me to retire as your EM. Since I first found myself on your shard, picked up my Catskills Survival Guide, and stepped out into the midst of the chaos that is Catskills, it’s been an enjoyable trip. I knew before I started that Catskills had a long history of being unique amongst the shards, and you didn’t disappoint. It has been an honor to serve as an EM on a shard with so many great players and unique communities. It has been wonderful to hear your tales and share many stories with you. It has been a pleasure to work with EM Kasaven to bring the events and games we designed to you, help you bring your own ideas to life, and to have the honor of officiating some of your weddings.

I could list my favorite times and memories, but I’d rather share them with you in person. EM Kasaven will be hosting a going-away party, starting at 7pm Eastern on Thursday 4/29, at the Catskills Fairground. I hope to see you there.

Your horned EM,
Cernunnos

Although I am stepping down, I am not leaving my 12+ years of UO behind; so be good, as you never know when I’ll be watching!
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What Lies Beneath?
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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The hiss of an alley cat alerted Abernathy the Beggar to the presence of a man wearing a heavy cloak and top hat.  "Be careful with those barrels!"  Abernathy watched from the shadows as several thugs carefully rolled heavy barrels up the cobblestone streets from the docks and down into the Britain sewers.  The man paused checking a pocket watch.  "We're on time; we'll only have this cargo for a few more minutes."

"One spark and it all would... go boom!" the group of men burst into uneasy laughter.  "At least we're being well paid for this."

The thug leaned against the sewer wall which was thick with slime and watched the rats and alligators in the muck below.  A bluish magical light reflected off the walls as a monk clad in a coarse black cassock approached.  The monk acknowledged the men with an abrupt nod of his head "bring the barrels this way". 

Abernathy watched as the group cautiously made their way through the sewers and to a deserted section of the sewer wall.  The monk knocked on the wall and removed a brick.  The wall slid away revealing a tunnel.   In the tunnel thousands of barrels bobbed up and down in the thick smelly sewer sledge.  The men pushed their barrels into the tunnel.  The monk passed a heavy bag to the men and they departed.  

Abernathy waited but the monk did not move.  Soon a large group of robed men and women carrying torches passed through the sewers.  A dog followed the group with a tambourine tied to it's back, shaking in the cold damp tunnel.  The monk quietly followed them before revealing himself, Abernathy followed the monk. "You are the ones I have been expecting."

“Who are you if I may?”

“You will know soon enough.  The Sun Ruby Gem is almost restored.”

The others smiled and listened with glittering eyes as their leader continued to question the monk “See my fine Cabalists.  They seek to recreate what Mondain took from his father.  How can you be sure you won’t be killed for it as was he?”

“A worthy question” the monk muttered.

With a slanted nod the other replied “I will have to trust then.”

“The Gem is not for me alone, it is for all who hold true to the Promise.  Would you share in its power?  Join our cause against the false Queen who sits in Castle Britannia.  Even now she sits unaware of the danger that surrounds her, certainly never expecting the menace that will soon erupt beneath her feet.”

“What is the plan?  Flood the gates?  Let the streets run foul with plague?”  The leader of the Zog Cabalists replied.

“The sewers are to be packed with explosives so that the Castle may be breached causing a conflagration from beneath.  We are certain that the network of tunnels beneath the Castle were compromised that the whole thing and most of Western Britain could become a sink hole and ignite a huge fire.”

“Honestly I’d like the entire place to be a sink hole.  I wonder if I could watch from atop Lord Blackthorne’s Castle.  We can supply explosives.”

Amid the excited laughter and talk, Abernathy sneaked back into the sewers unnoticed.  “I must warn the Royal Britannian Guard.” He thought to himself.
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A Belated Thanks For The Pacific Rares Festival!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!

Starting on Friday, April 16th and running through till Sunday, April 18th, the Pacific shard welcomed all to show off their treasures. A sort of come all, community event that spanned across every world in our beloved game.



Although I wasn't able to attend their array of planned events, I did get a chance to pop over and take a look at the many goods on display. Some items were familiar as our shards often follow similar story lines, while others were unlike anything I'd ever seen. All of the event vendors were marked with the name, "Pac Rares Fest 2010", and wearing an electric blue robe.



























The schedule ran all day for the entirety of the event. From a daily lottery and raffle, to a UO style Antique Road show. They held an auction, as well as various tours of local sights and even a scavenger hunt and Mongbat tournament. The creativity and planning involved was quite impressive. Many thanks go out to the Pacific Rares Event crew, all 26 of you, who made this possible.

I caught up with a few of the Pacific Rares planning committee the night before all was slated to begin, and found them relaxing before the coming chaos. Dani gave me a few moments to ask a couple of questions, as I was curious if this would be something ongoing.



I was informed, very enthusiastically, that yes, it was something Pacific would be happy to do again. In fact, they had a great showing already and the event had not actually started yet. Amazingly, others had begun to arrive on Wednesday, all excited and rearing to go.

I was a bit concerned at some of the price jumps, although Napa Valley was really the only shard I was able to gauge. Dani informed me that it was to be expected as most were hoping to get top dollar for their wares, and to cover the cost of bringing items to the shard as well as the inflation on vendor fees due to the out of shard traffic. Taking all that into account, I can understand a bit of a hike in price.



Dani felt that the cost was applicable as, and I quote, "Having all the rares in one place is a nice thing." I couldn't agree more! It is also a chance to see items that you might never have had a chance to see otherwise and if you had the gold, you might have been lucky to return with something that no one on your home shard owns.


The above image taken of Stormy Skye's Yardville vendors.














I even ran into one of our own, there called Q-bert, though we know him as Hawk. He was nice enough to give me the guide book for the event. The tomb was literally 63 pages long. As I glanced through it, I honestly couldn't tell you how proud I was of the Pacific players who put in the work to host such an event. For those of you, who like me, couldn't make it, there is a brief thread here, that talks of a rather exciting influx of Harbingers, the total number speculated by one to be about 40. A couple of pics give the true nature of the fun, and I'm doubly sorry to have missed it!

Again, thanks Pacific for such a great idea, and for allowing all of us to come join you! I sincerely hope you do it again!

A salute to Pacific, high five to everyone in Napa who went, and Best Gaming Wishes to all,
Salya Sin




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[EM] Hall of Commons Notes (4/25/10)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 8:03 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Hall of Commons
April 25, 2010
Meeting Notes
By: Lady Laurel



Announcements

Congratulations
to The Red Jaguars of Moria
2010 Captain Bloodrum’s Challenge 1st Round Winners

Thank you
To
The Royal Guard
The Royal Guard has rescued Lord Balandar from the frozen sea
Though, the mysterious magician remains at large

Sosarian Solstice Fair
The Sosarian Solstice Fair once again opens on
Thursday, April 29, 2010
7:00 pm EST

Events are scheduled for the following order:
Equestrian Darts Competition
Frog Frying Competition
Sosarian Solstice Horse Race

Registration for the 1st event begins at 7:00 pm EST

Township Summit Meeting
The next Township Summit Meeting is scheduled for
May 12, 2010
8:30 pm EST

Next Hall of Common Meeting
May 16, 2010
9:00 pm EST

Reminder
EM Dudley will be on Vacation from May 1 – May 10, 2010
But we are not alone: EM Vladimere is still here and in charge during the week.
When EM Vladimere is not here, once again EM Ham will be in charge.
Though concerns were voiced about whether EM Ham would rot before Dudley's return.

Questions and Answers
Gareth of [email protected] asked if an NPC is killed, is there a way to lock down the corpse for our detectives to have a chance to evaluate the body for it decays.  EM Dudley stated that the game mechanics will not allow for him to be able to do that. Lady CaT of [email protected] asked when the next weigh in will be for the Son of the Sea Angling Tournament. EM Dudley states that it will help the week of May 10, 2010

The Return of Powerhour??
Not really



But a very special guest, Associate Producer Mesanna, joined us to answer a question posed by ChaosMage of [FY]
He asked if the Scrolls of Alacrity event could be re-introduced.

Mesanna stated that plans are in the works to bring them back, but not at the 15 time.
Instead they could be between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Though it was not officially announced.

Someone took the opportunity to ask Mesanna about Punkbuster and stopping the scripting and hacking in Ultima Online. Mesanna stated that they would not be touching Punkbuster but something else would be used and that speedhacking will be the first target.  No other details were given, as it would be really silly to let the cheaters know ahead of time.

Thank you so much for chatting with us, Mesanna!!

Feedback
EM Dudley inquired about the possibility of robes with the Cartography and Lockpicking skills being added to the Captain Bloodrum’s Challenge. This would be to try to open the event to participants without the currently needed skills. After many people gave their views, pro and con, options were weighed and it was decided against such robes to be added.

Remember, if you need to contact an EM:
EM Dudley - [email protected]
EM Vladimere - [email protected]
You can also post questions on the Bulletin Board, at the Hall of Commons, located north of the Britain Moongate
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[EM] Royal Guards Appointed
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 7:25 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Royal Guards Appointed
Castle Throne Room
Britain, Trammel
By: Merik


"May Truth Be My Sword, Courage My Shield, And Love Guide Them Both"
~Govannon Mac Lyr

Congratulations to all those who are helping shape the newly reformed Royal Guards. So far the guard has responded to well over ten different invasions of Scorpions, frozen creatures, undead and more.



The guard ranks are forming very well! So far the guard acts like a well oiled machine ready to defend the citizens and towns of the realm. They are ready to fight along side all those who fight to protect the realm. Everyone from the Deputy Commander to the defense guards should be proud of the work they have done. We hope to always have the guard around....unless some of us need to do some shadey dealings....












(If you are not pictured I give you my apology. Please contact me to be added to the Chesapeake Directory.)
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Investigating Zedland Lake
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Investigating Zedland Lake
Zedland City, Malas
By: Merik



Many have heard the rumors of a creature or creatures living within Zedland Lake. These stories have been told and retold for years. Now local fishermen really have a story to tell. A local fisher vessel was destroyed this past weekend by an unknown creature. A SHE Auction house customer claims to have seen the creature during the late night auction. These are their stories.

"Our fishing trip was going very well and we had just pulled in what would have been a 200lb fish at least. Once we got it on board it was only half a fish!!! Next thing we knew water flew up and our ship was struck violently. Next thing I remember I was at the local Bloodletter's in Umbra City."

“Now I want you to know that although I had spent some time bent over a vat stirring our latest brew I had not had one drop but what I saw last night was more frightening then what fills our minds in an intoxicated hallucination. Even the heavy mist that hung over the lake could not mask the monstrous shape and glowing eyes of the beast. If I had not gone to the SHE auction house, I would not have been witness to such a horrific sight one which will haunt my dreams forever.” -Midnight Moon of [email protected]

The Ethereal Void Imperium has requested to enter Zedland boarders with a surveillance team to confirm the reports and study the creature. All findings will be shared with Zedland officials. They also request for them to have two armed military officials for protection of the team should anything go wrong. Zedland officials responded to the request quickly. Rivi Ravenwynd dispatched a formal message to the Imperium.


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[News] Judge Erlington Abducted, Rescued
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Posted on Monday, April 26, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
In what would have normally been a factual closure of examinations and cross, the Honorable Judge Erlington was abducted from his courtroom over the weekend, during the examination of Aldagar Morr.

Earlier, the prosecution and defense had examined Cymidei Fier to determine whether there was any truth in the claims she may have ties to the Purity League.

Transcript from examination of Cymidei Fier.

Cymidei Fier denied involvement with the Purity League and expressed contempt for Queen Dawn and the gargoyles.

Aldagar Morr emphasized his background as a merchant and charity work. The Prosecution was able to show motives and circumstantial evidence linking both defendants to the Purity League but not conclusive evidence that the pair conspired to and successfully looted the Royal Treasury.



Suddenly a hooded stranger appeared and true to earlier threats abducted the screaming Judge, dragging him into a portal. Prosecutor William McCarthy urged the jury and everyone in the court room to help the judge. The moongate led to a deserted cave in Felucca with a crumbling floor.



Deep underground the judge was imprisoned inside a barricaded fort. Master Assassins and other Purity League forces fought against those who tried to rescue the judge.







The Cartel harassed the rescuers but was not able to secure the area in time to prevent Claudia Drusilla from slipping through an unguarded gate to where the judge was chained to the wall. Claudia freed Judge Erlington and escorted him through the cave. Judge Erlington was overheard shouting "they will hang for this!"

The Court of Truth later released a statement thanking Ms. Drusilla and all of the rescuers involved for the safe return of His Honor, Judge Erlington.

What effect these events may have on the highly anticipated jury deliberations remains to be seen.
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A Troublesome Tinker
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Posted on Monday, April 26, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)


Hastily placed lanterns called citizens of Legend to the Counselor Hall tonite. Not knowing what was in store folks geared up and headed to Britain. We were met by Candrin Devar, who told us of a man, a tinker by trade, in Minoc that was wanted for questioning regarding some illegal products he was creating. As Candrin explained, "Tonight we convene because the royal council has given me word that there is a matter of concern in Minoc that requires our attention. A tinker that resides in the town by the name of James Locke has been involved in illegal activities such as the manufacture of illegal weapons and machines. He is thought to be armed and dangerous, and thus I have called for the aid of fellow adventurers to help in this investigation. If he indeed guilty, he is to be brought to justice by any means necessary."



With arrest warrant in hand Candrin Devar led us to Minoc to seek out Locke and return him to the council. It seems that finding him was the easiest part of our adventure. Candrin told him of the purpose of our visit after James Locke's initial confusion in thinking that we were customers to pick up some goods. Realizing that we had him surrounded Locke said "I knew someone would eventually come for me… but… I also received ample warning and… I am afraid I have to respectfully decline your arrest!" And with that he grabbed a letter from the table and threw down a stone and vanished into a dazzling display of sparkles.



Searching the tiny hut we discovered a clue, the word 'recruitment' and a box that would transport us to, it seemed, the place that Locke had fled to, and tapping the box put us in the Gargoyle City of Ilshenar. Searching the area did not produce James Locke, but yet another clue..... this time a scroll which pointed us to the tinker shop of New Haven. A mad dash to Honor shrine and jump by moongate to New Haven and we gathered at the tinker shop there. Scowls from the shop owners did not deter us, and we found yet another clue, this time the word 'injustice' which led us to the paths in the mountains above Covetous. A Shadow Balron guarded the door, but was no match for the army of dragons that our tamers had brought along. A quick trip thru the dungeon brought us to a room with a long table, where lay our next clue. Candrin said "I think our search nears its end." and walked over to a scroll at the far end of the table. " I think this may be our clue… A workshop?... Go through and wait for me, I think we may have to prepare for battle…"

As we exited the moongate we found ourselves in depths of Exodus Dungeon and searching the area finally took us to Flux Chamber, where we found James Locke. He did not seem to be in any way afraid of being captured. If anything, he appeared to consider himself in control of the situation, and we soon found out why. Looking haughtily at us, and finally resting his gaze directly on Candrin, James Locke spoke, saying "Ahh! I see you all finally found me… But you see… you cannot harm me. These four crystals protect me with a shield… The four guardians of these crystals are scattered around this place, if you want to face me you’ll have to get them! Not that you have much of a chance anyway." To which Candrin replied "You had your chance Mr. Locke. I am afraid we will have to bring you in by force now. Everyone! Find the guardians and destroy them! This place is like a maze if you get lost meet up back here!"



James Locke looked at Candrin Devar and spoke low..... "I have been told about you. I have a surprise for you." He then raised up his hand and sent a bolt of lightning towards Candrin and said "This is not your fight. I will have to ask you to leave!" Candrin Devar was powerless against this spell and vanished. We didn't know where he went, but we knew that rescuing him would have to come after the battle with Locke's Guardians. James Locke taunted us by saying "Can you fight without your leader?"

I am happy to report that yes, altho we were worried about Candrin and his safety, we can defeat any sort of contraption that a tinker can think of, it seems! James Locke had created an Icebot Prototype, The Shocker, an Improved Exodus Minion, something called Technician and all were put down in short order by the gallant warriors of Legends. The battles were feverish, and some fell, but we prevailed.



Rushing back to the Flux Chamber we found a more humble tinker, and he shrank away on our approach. It seemed to be an easy task from here on out, simply deliver him to the council and then find Candrin, but it was not to be. There appeared a dark figure, totally unmindful of us, that began to speak to Locke. The Mysterious Figure, hooded and foreboding, said to the tinker "I have been watching you for a long time. Your skill in tinkering is unmatched by anyone else…You are truly a genius!" He then turned to face all gathered there and said "It was I who sent you that letter. I am starting an organization to free the minds of the hopeless servants to a false idea. This world has been poisoned for far too long…" He then made Locke an offer he could not refuse..... to join him, and use his skills as the dark one desired, or stay and be defeated by us. James Locke chose to join him and in parting said "I have a gift for you before I go…I have worked on this for months… " Bringing a device from his pocket he hollered "Firebot! Kill them all!" and at the same time a fiery golem appeared and the two men vanished in a pillar of flame.



The Firebot 1.0 was defeated and when it was all over Candrin Devar appeared again, a bit confused and puzzled, but really no worse for the wear. At the end of the night we were victorious in battle, but we had failed the mission. Candrin will make his report to the council and hopefully they won't be too harsh on him. Some magics are stronger and quicker than we can be prepared for, but I think the next time we meet James Locke, or the Mysterious Figure, they will not get the opportunity to slip away.


~ submitted by DevilsOwn, Legends News



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[EM] Congratulations to the Red Jaguars
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Congratulations to the
Red Jaguars of Moria Village
2010 Bloodrum Challenge First Round Champs
By: Merik



Saturday night at 7:30 EM Dudley and EM Faine Morgan held round 1 of the 2010 Captain Bloodrum's Challenge. The returning 2009 champions team Blue Barracudas faced off with the Red Jaguars. Both teams did a wonderful job during the event. The Red Jaguars finished first taking the first win in the 2010 challenge.

Team Name: Blue Barracudas
Township Affiliation: Dragons Watch
Treasure Hunter: Juliana
Team Members: Archlich Savaric, Merilonna, CharGar and Thera

Team Name:Red Jaguars
Township Affiliation: Moria
Treasure Hunter: Moon Goddess
Team Members: Tara Brin, Gareth, Gunga Din and Pain Prodigy

Teams must win 3 challenges to be crowned the Captain Bloodrum's Challenge champions. For rules and regulations you can Click Here. EM Dudley announces the rules at the beginning of the challenge as well. Special thanks to EM Faine Morgan from Origin for assisting in the event. It was a pleasure for all of us to see you on Chesapeake and EM Dudley for continuing the great event.

Townships don't forget! It is always great to see other town teams enter in the challenge. So we hope to see you all out there next challenge!!! I will figure out a way to spam your icq with reminders.
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[EM] Congratulations to the Red Jaguars
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Congratulations to the
Red Jaguars of Moria Village
2010 Bloodrum Challenge First Round Champs



Saturday night at 7:30 EM Dudley and EM Faine Morgan held round 1 of the 2010 Captain Bloodrum's Challenge. The returning 2009 champions team Blue Barracudas faced off with the Red Jaguars. Both teams did a wonderful job during the event. The Red Jaguars finished first taking the first win in the 2010 challenge.

Team Name: Blue Barracudas
Township Affiliation: Dragons Watch
Treasure Hunter: Juliana
Team Members: Archlich Savaric, Merilonna, CharGar and Thera

Team Name:Red Jaguars
Township Affiliation: Moria
Treasure Hunter: Moon Goddess
Team Members: Tara Brin, Gareth, Gunga Din and Pain Prodigy

Teams must win 3 challenges to be crowned the Captain Bloodrum's Challenge champions. For rules and regulations you can Click Here. EM Dudley announces the rules at the beginning of the challenge as well. Special thanks to EM Faine Morgan from Origin for assisting in the event. It was a pleasure for all of us to see you on Chesapeake and EM Dudley for continuing the great event.

Townships don't forget! It is always great to see other town teams enter in the challenge. So we hope to see you all out there next challenge!!! I will figure out a way to spam your icq with reminders.
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[EM] Invasion of Skara Brae! Missing Healers!
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Invasion of Skara Brae! Missing Healers!
Skara Brae, Trammel
April 22, 2010
By: Merik



Chief Detective Sheffield sent out a call to arms to all available forces. They were dispatched to Skara Brae due to a large invasion force of Scouts and Exterminators.

These creatures were quiet powerful and able to strike deadly poison into anyone who stood in their way. Citizens from all around the land answered the call along with the Royal Guards Deputy Commander, Captains, Deputy Chief Detectives, Lieutenants and Sergeants.



The battle lasted well into the midnight hours. After three hours of battle the invading forces were defeated. Chief Detective Sheffield summoned those in the town to meet at the Skara docks for important information he has received.

"I have received word to what is happening. Seems that a couple of healers was kidnapped from Vesper last night and again tonight from Skara Brae. Last word was the healers are alive but who are they keeping alive is my question at this time."



From Deputy Commander Delta Butch

-Patrols of towns should continue. Report anything out of the ordinary.

-Many town guards return home for the weekend. We will
need to double our presence and patrols in each area.

-Tuesdays seem to be when most invasions occur. After consulting the
guard reports all citizens should be extra prepared for a call to arms.

-Keep an extra eye on any town that has a port.
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[EM] Invasion of Skara Brae! Missing Healers!
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Invasion of Skara Brae! Missing Healers!
Skara Brae, Trammel
April 22, 2010
By: Merik



Chief Detective Sheffield sent out a call to arms to all available forces. They were dispatched to Skara Brae due to a large invasion force of Scouts and Exterminators.

These creatures were quiet powerful and able to strike deadly poison into anyone who stood in their way. Citizens from all around the land answered the call along with the Royal Guards Deputy Commander, Captains, Deputy Chief Detectives, Lieutenants and Sergeants.



The battle lasted well into the midnight hours. After three hours of battle the invading forces were defeated. Chief Detective Sheffield summoned those in the town to meet at the Skara docks for important information he has received.

"I have received word to what is happening. Seems that a couple of healers was kidnapped from Vesper last night and again tonight from Skara Brae. Last word was the healers are alive but who are they keeping alive is my question at this time."



From Deputy Commander Delta Butch

-Patrols of towns should continue. Report anything out of the ordinary.
-Many town guards return home for the weekend. We will need to double our presence and patrols in each area.
-Tuesdays seem to be when most invasions occur. After consulting the guard reports all citizens should be extra prepared for a call to arms.
-Keep an extra eye on any town that has a port.
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What Lies Beneath?
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
What Lies Beneath? Thursday, April 29 2010, 7:00pm Message An anonymous letter is brought to Queen Dawn's council revealing the whereabouts of the fire ruby. The Royal Britannian Guards will be called upon to help retrieve the gem.
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SI Spawn Raided By ...
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
SI Spawn Raided by Girl Scouts
as told by Airhaun [SI]    A few weeks ago or so, (I forget the exact date as the events were so terrifying I have tried to put it out of my mind) SI was spawning Destard peacefully and undisturbed.  With visions of fame, fortune and a “Lieutenant of the Britannian Royal Guard” Sash or 120 Magery Powerscroll, we went about advancing the spawn. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a greenish glow.  At first glance I thought it was just another Lizardman.  But then I saw it…. “Would you like to buy some girl scout cookies?”  She was not alone!  There were at least 3 or 4 more skipping along behind her towards me.  A Girl Scout had somehow found her way inside Destard dungeon!! I could only assume she made it past the Greater Dragons by bribing them with her cookies.  I was crouched behind a rather large stalagmite hoping they hadn’t seen me.  I resisted the urge to run as to not give away my position; Girl Scouts are known to be notoriously persistent and no pouch of gold is safe.  Girl Scout cookies are known throughout the land for their delicious taste; even the most brave and noble knight or wise magician has been known to succumb to their allure.   When I felt I could escape, I ran back to warn the rest of my party.  If I could get to them in-time perhaps a mage could cast a spell of cookie protection to fight off the evil temptations for cookies.  The warning was heard and as we gathered together the spell was cast.  The spell’s strength was weakened dramatically by the combined forces of the cookie wielding girl scouts.  We were able to continue advancing the spawn but the Girl Scouts, undeterred continued their advance.   “Would you like to buy some delicious girl scout cookies?” The evening ended with the champ Rikktor slumped dead on the dungeon floor, our gold pouches empty and our stomachs full.  We did our best to resist the appeal of the Girl Scouts and their cookies and of their disastrous effects but in the end the Girl Scouts prevailed.  Heed the warning of this tale.  If ever you are out slaying beasts in the forest or dungeons and a Girl Scout comes skipping along, run away as fast as you can, lest you find another victim to delicious Girl Scout cookies and pants that don’t fit. ________________ The Girl Scouts would like to thank SI, [email protected], and everyone else
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[Report] Luring the Crimson Dragons into Yew (Friday 23rd)
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 8:35 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Luring the Crimson Dragons into Yew

What an evening! I barely got back alive, Infact.. I did die quite a few times so I guess that phrase doesn't work here.



Nathan Hawke arrived at the Crypts to a collection of guardsmen and fighters ready to defend Yew from whatever this Dragon creature was.



Nathan suggested we find a nice open area and began to lay down meat, chicken, gold and dead pack horses kindly, yet disturbingly, donated by some Yew guardsmen.



We gathered in a line and Nathan Hawke began barking the orders.
Nathan Hawke: "We are expecting an incoming very large dragon, possibly more than one. You will be expected to kill it, These are Queen Dawns orders."
Nathan uttered his, Quite famous by now remark. "This isn't a tea party." and sooner said small pink dragons began swirling above our heads.









The small dragons died quickly and Nathan ordered us to reline up, He began talking about a large dragon named George, What he was on about is anybodies guess...
Nathan Hawke: "The rangers were sent here to investigate something, possibly hints of some dragon, But this does seem strange at how badly prepared for a battle they were."


Unusual and somewhat odd, Nathan Hawke then suggested we hide, Everyone ran around and hid behind trees, bushes and anywhere they could find.



Suddenly a huge Crimson Dragon swooped down into the pile of gold, The fight was on, But sadly not for me, As my client crashed! :(



A change of client later, I was back, But dead.





The fight continued as several more huge Crimson Dragons came down from the evening sky.



When the last dragon had been slain EM Emile Layne appeared with a moongate and requested everyone enter.



After a little introduction by EM Emile Layne, We had gifts to collect!
Emile Layne: "I have come to commemorate this special day with you, St. Georges Day."

Nathan Hawke: "And you have gifts for them?"

Emile Layne: "Indeed I do!"




The gift everyone received in the Star Room was a 'Firefighters Helmet'

Across the Crimson Dragons were 2 full sets of 'St. Georges Day' armour, 5 pieces per set for those lucky few who managed to grab a piece.

Happy St. Georges Day!


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[Report] Learning About The Dragon in Yew (Thursday 22nd)
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Learning About The Dragon in Yew

At the Counselor's hall this evening Nathan Hawke arrived to a crowd of citizens wanting answers regarding the attack on Sunday night in the Yew forest.



Leo Madsen from Yew began to retell his accounts from the evening.
Leo: "When we got into the crypts, we were dragging rangers outside... And an elf, pure white, spikey hair.. purple robe and an axe started murdering them."
Nathan jumped in to remind the crowd the murderers were not necessarily the arsonists. Back to the Rangers, Nathan asked if Leo had managed to save any.
Leo: "Aye a few of them, We went back when the civilians had buggered off, Buried the dead."
Alexander Fraser in the crowd asked a question on a lot of peoples minds, What were the rangers doing there in the first place?
Nathan: "All I know is that the Queen sent them to the forest, My relations with the queen aren't brilliant as you know."
Leo said the survivors were taken to the Healers in the center of Yew, We would try and question them later Nathan said.

Before continuing with the talk Nathan made it clear he was disgusted by the actions of the citizens of Britannia on Sunday night, He warned everyone if anyone is linked to these crimes, the deaths of some of these Rangers, they would be punished severely.



A lot of people in the crowd agreed firmly and others nodded their heads, Nathan moved back to Leo and asked what happened inside the Crypts.
Leo: "We were in Stonekeep and a ranger came pegging it in, Claimed there was a fire to the north and that a bunch of rangers were trapped. We barely got outside Stonekeep and the flaming trees attacked us, and these naked bints wearing leaves in their hair. We fought our way to the crypts. We got inside and that's it... The rangers weren't in a chatty mood. So we got them out and took them to the healers."
Nathan thanked him and the guardsmen of Yew for their brave actions, He moved on to the fire and asked the crowd if anyone had seen such a type of fire.

Leo spoke up after a short silence and said Vesper often use fire in their battles.

Nathan asked the Duke of Trinsic, Irvyn to confirm Vesper were at their Spring Fesitval on Sunday evening.
Leo: "ALL of them?"

Irvyn: "Yes, or at least the vast majority of them."
Nathan dismissed the Vesper claim saying they would likely be bragging if it were them.

Talk went on about the creatures, Reapers, Similar to the fire trees are located North of Yew and the Dryads are from the Blighted Grove South of Yew.

Nathan moved back to the fire at the door of the Crypts.
Leo: "They may have been ambushed inside, or chased inside."


Nathan then brought the chatter to an end as he cast a gate to the healers in Yew.

Inside the healers was a ranger named Jonah.

Nathan asked Jonah what happened.
Jonah: "We were camping in the forest when it happened. It was terrible! We had been working in the forest from dusk. We shot a few hearts and rabbits for dinner. We were sat around the campfire; preparing the rabbits for dinner, when we heard the sound... The *whoosh whoosh* of flapping wings and the *sniff sniff* of a hungry beast! It was a monster... a giant.. a horrible Dragon! It came down from the dark sky..."
The Ranger said the Dragon swooped down and devoured a giant heart with a single gulp! Jonah had more to say!
Jonah: "It let out a deafening roar and flames burst from its maul, setting fire to the forest around us, We fled! We ran as fast as we could, into the first building we came across: The Crypts... But when we tried to go outside again we couldn't open the door! A burning tree had fallen over and blocked the door. If it weren't for Brydon who had been camping nearby our site and heard our cries..."
Brydon appeared to be the Ranger that had ran to Yew and alerted the Yew Guardsmen to the fire in the forest, Slowly, Things were coming together.

Jonah said after his story that other dragons have been attacking and stealing the food of many others lately!

A lady named Yelena said that not even a Crimson dragon have the power of flame that Jonah described.



Nathan asked us to step outside as Jonah told us he wouldn't be leaving the healers until the Dragon was gone.

Outside Nathan said although the man seemed in shock and slightly odd in the head, He had no reason to lie. Nathan asked the crowd if anyone had any ideas on what to do next.

Talk about looking for a dragon lair came up and went by, Yelena said that a forest are not an ideal location for a dragon to roam.

Nathan stopped the chatter, he seemed to have a plan.
Nathan: "I think we need to draw it out into the open, A pile of food, meat I think."
Leo offered up several footmen for the Dragon to chew on but Nathan was opposed to the idea and went back to meat, Meat and gold!
Nathan: "Alright, You gather up some meat and gold and tomorrow night we will make a pile of it. I will go and try get some sense out of the Queen."
With that Nathan took his leave and told us to meet at the Crypts tomorrow night (Friday 23rd) at 8pm UK Time.

Several questions were answered, But many more were opened up, Why was this Dragon hunting for food in the Yew forest and another, Where is this Brydon? Lets hope we will find out in coming days.


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April Obit Part Two ~ Drakmord Headlines
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 12:50 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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APRIL OBITS PART TWO



Drakmords first time in the Obituary Column




Stewie again


SKULLCLEAVER



Katrina


King of Pain



Kye Rayn




Lexi


Madison Jade dead 2 times


Madison




Manx


Manx and Stabytha






Miss Pied Piper






Nadeshiko and Anathema M Khash
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Caryn & Taryn Search For Their Heritage, Sunday, April 25
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 12:48 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
The EM Lanterns Are Lit
and
Jemma The Event Announcer Is Saying    Caryn & Taryn Search For Their Heritage
Sunday, April 25th
6pm Pacific (7pm Mountain, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern)
Meet at Britain Counselor Hall
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April Obituary Column
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Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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It is getting towards the end of the month and the screenshots are piling up. Enjoy the dead and dieing!


Acidbath












Caleb


CryptAngel


Desire


Dont-f-wit-me




Duff


Dworkin


Dworkin


Dyr Nox






FLOWER


GOLDBERG


Gremlok


Hitman


Helen


Ivelisse


Jazmine


Jazmine again


John Lennon




Justice


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Trial Continues, Saturday, April 24
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 Trial continues…
Saturday, April 24, 2010
By EM Seppo

Title: Trial Day

Location: Yew Court of Truth

Description: Come follow the Britannia vs. Dark Tower and Ravenshire.

Warning: Events could unfold during the trial which require you to go to Felucca. Please be wary that this would likely put you in a situation where you need to fend off murderers and oafs!

Note: Having your Karma status in positive can be useful during events as often mobs are brought into play that will attack characters with negative karma.

Start Time: 16:00 (4pm Pacific, 5pm Mountain, 6pm Central, 7pm Eastern)

Date: 2010-04-24 (Saturday, April 24)

End Time: 19:00 (approximate)
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Thinly Veiled Threats
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Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2010, 5:27 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
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Thinly Veiled Threats
Friday, April 23, 2010 By EM Crysania

Looking up at the knock on his chambers door, Judge Erlington bade the messenger to enter. The messenger entered and stood wide eyed at the books, papers, and scrolls that were heaped upon the Judge’s desk. “What is it man? Can’t you see I’m busy?” the Judge barked. “My pardon’s Sire, I have been dispatched with an urgent message from the Queen” he replied. The messenger placed the scroll in the Judge’s out stretched hand. Bowing the messenger took his leave.

Unrolling the scroll, Judge Erlington began to read. Soon a marked frown appeared on his forehead. His cheeks puffed out and a huge *HRUMP* came forth from his lips as he began pacing back and forth in his chambers. Muttering and waving his arms at the only other soul in the room, his pet magpie, Frody.”The Queen sends word of threats made, Frody, threats against the courts and myself!” he muttered. “Stop the trial…declare a mis-trial…Bah!” “You will be grievously hurt if not…” “Poppycock!” the judge yelled. “I’ll no more do that than Elias Ashmole would fight a Stygian dragon! This trial will continue!”

Going back around to his desk, adjusting his spectacles, Judge Erlington picked up his quill to resume his work. Glancing towards the scroll lying at the corner of his desk, the Judge slowly reached out and picked it up again.Thoughts of the continued trial for this Saturday ran through his mind. A worried frown creased his forehead. “What if…..”

 
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UO on Linux & Ter Mur Explored
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Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)


Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:





This week we extend our thanks to Nexus of Chesapeake, who has very kindly updated :

Ultima Online on Linux Thank you Nexus.
There's still time to enter our essay competition and win Jhall's 'cool goodies' (30 day time code or UO Legacy code). Closing date 27th April.
In response to several requests we have attempted to merge the 'skills' and 'professions' headings in our index menus to better bring skill information together. Feedback on whether this change is beneficial would be appreciated.
And finally, a promise kept, spawn maps for Ter Mur have been added to the atlas database.

Last Friday I (Petra Fyde) made a promise on Catskills board that I would attempt to create a spawn map for Ter Mur (This thread). Here's what fulfilling that promise involved.
I took my Siege stealth character over the landscape, making notes and detecting hidden for the kepetch ambushers and trapdoor spiders. Never before have I made such extensive use of that skill!
I had to devise some kind of reference for the areas. So with a little help from friends, I named them. Here is the map with the names I chose. I hope you approve of my choices.
I used the Ter Mur zoomable map that Xena Dragon made for us to create regional maps of the areas I'd named.
I made entries in the Grand Sosarian Atlas for each region, entering the details for the co-ordinates, which link back to the zoomable map, and the creatures that spawn there, with links to Hunter's guide, and of course the maps:

Atoll Bend
Chicken Chase
City Residential
Coral Desert
Fishermans Reach
Gated Isle
High Plain
Holy City Island
Kepetch Waste
Lava Lake
Lavapit Pyramid
Lost Settlement
Northern Steppes
Raptor Island
Royal Park
Slith Valley
Spider Island
Spiders Guarde
Talon Point
Treefellow Course
Void Isle
Walled Circus
Waterfall Point
Finally I updated all the relevant Hunter's Guide entries for the creatures I'd found.The Atlas database has a wealth of information, if you've never explored it, I urge you to go beyond the links I've posted here, to the many other links in the index menus either side of the main Atlas page.



To contribute information please email to: [email protected], [email protected], or you can just send a pm to Petra Fyde.

Thank you.

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Abyss House Now Open
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Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Abyss House Open To The Public

This evening I found exzorinitc [[email protected]], winner of the Abyss house, busily working on his new home in the Abyss.  As there is currently no recalling to the new house, he had spent the day moving items by Pack Beetle Express from his old home in the desert near Umbra and walking into the Abyss. Mesanna has told exzorinitc that recalling into the new location should be available in the next week or so. (You can recall out of the area, just not into it.)

exzorinitc plans to have an open house in the near future. He will also have vendor rentals available there, too.

Defense capabilities have also been added to the new house.

Meanwhile, Jinx [SI] has donated a set of house teleporters that enable easier traveling to exzorinitc's home by using the teleporter at Jinx's vendor house and museum in Luna. The teleporters are set to public, and exzorinitc invites all of Baja to come by. Congratulations exzorinitc! Thank you for the tour! And thanks, Jinx, for making travel to and from the house easier for visitors.
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Mesanna Story Contest Winner
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Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010, 3:53 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)




The Winning Entry: The Broken Chain
Written By:
Llewen Faerlyght

Congratulations to Llewen Faerlyght from the Catskills shard on a truly outstanding tale. We would like to thank EA Mythic for their help in promoting the contest, our readers for so many excellent entries and our judges for undertaking the difficult task of choosing a winner from amongst them. This competition has been the starting point for a three book series, look out for part two coming soon.


The Twin Oaks Tavern wasn't often very busy, but today was an exception. Bernholdt the Tavern Keeper had beaten Farnsworth the Bard three times in a row in backgammon, and when Farnsworth ran out of gold pieces, the price of failure had been to supply the music for an evening of dancing. But of course the one who really paid the price was Mesanna. It was always Mesanna who paid the price for Berholdt's successes and failures in backgammon.

There were going to be onions to be peeled and chopped up, potatoes to be peeled and washed, kegs of beer to brought up from the cellar, and but before all that something far worse had to be done. It was Peggle the Goat's turn to supply the meat for the stew and those wonderful skewers of roasted meat and vegetables that the Twin Oaks was so famous for.

Mesanna had known it was a mistake, knew it was a mistake the minute she did it, you never, ever, name a goat, or a sheep, or a cow, or a chicken. You just don't. They all have one purpose in life, and if you start to talk to them, and worst of all call them by name, you are destined for heartbreak. It's as inevitable as snow in winter. But Mesanna couldn't help herself.

She knew the minute she saw him, cold shivering and wet on the stable floor, that there was something special about this goat. Something in his eyes, in the way he fought to stand up, long after the others in the barn had been licked dry and were busy getting their first taste of warm milk. She understood him, and almost before she knew it, she had given him a name and the long conversation had begun.

Mesanna wasn't soft. She had lived and worked at the tavern for eight years, ever since her father had lost her in a game of backgammon to Bernholdt when she was very young. She had wrung the necks of more chickens, and used that mace on the heads of more sheep, goats and even cows, than she could count in that time. But none of them had been Peggle.

She delayed as long as she could, cleaned ferociously, pulled weeds in the gardens until there wasn't one to be found in any of the garden plots, organized and sorted, washed windows, aired linen and even made the long journey to Britain to buy flour and restock the wine cellar. But she couldn't procrastinate any longer, the dance was a week away, and Peggle would need to hang in the meat locker for a full week after he was dressed before he would be ready to be butchered and divided between the stews and skewers.

Mesanna had always been a hard worker and she never complained. She made up for her height and her slim build with energy and steely determination, just like Peggle had. And all the hard work had made her strong. She knew that she was stronger now than most of the boys her age that had stayed at the inn - not that there had been many of those. She did what she was told, and most of the time, she did it cheerfully.

Mesanna was also honest, but she had one great secret, a secret she had never shared with anyone other than her teacher. She could read. Markus the Cook had taught her to read during those long winters when there were very few patrons that made their way to the tavern. Bernholdt didn't think girls should be taught to read. He always said, “No girl of mine is ever going to learn to read under my roof, not while I live and breathe!”

It wasn't that Bernholdt was intentionally cruel. He had only beaten her twice when she was younger, once when she burnt his favorite shirt when she got distracted while ironing, and once on one of those rare occasions when he got drunk. He didn't often let himself get drunk because he knew what it did to him, and what he could do when he became drunk. He never apologized, but he wouldn't look Mesanna in the eye for a week after that incident.

But he didn't think that girls should be taught to read. Didn't think they'd ever have a use for it. “All women are good for is cooking, cleaning, and making babies, what use do they have for book learning?”

But Mesanna learned to read. It was her one act of rebellion, and it was Peggle that she practiced her reading on. When her chores were done, and she had some time to herself, she would go hide in the barn and read the books that Markus gave her to read aloud to Peggle. And after she read to him she would talk to Peggle about what she had read, and before she knew it Peggle had become her best friend, the one she shared all her hopes and dreams with. And it had all been a terrible mistake.

She wanted to convince Bernholdt to substitute one of the other goats for Peggle, but she knew that if she tried that he would ask questions, and her big secret would be in danger. And besides, she had already protected Peggle as long as she could; all the other goats that were the right age were already gone. Peggle was the last one.

She couldn't avoid it any longer. She knew it needed to be done. She felt sick to her stomach, but she gritted her teeth and headed toward the shed where the mace hung in a rack on the wall. But on the way a thought began to form in her mind. She knew from her reading that slavery had been abolished in the lands of Britannia a long time ago, but wasn't that what she was?

She had never been paid for all her years of hard work. She had been “lost” in a game of backgammon. Only a slave could be lost in a bet. What was she going to do, spend the rest of her life working at the Twin Oaks and receiving nothing but a bed and enough food to keep her alive in return? Maybe, even worse, Bernholdt would give her to be married to some ugly old man to pay off a debt, or cover his own losses in a game of backgammon.

She grabbed the mace and pulled it off the rack with more force than was necessary, gripped it tightly, and headed for the barn. It was early morning, so Peggle would be there with the other animals, waiting to be let out for the day. She could hear the cow complaining about a full udder that needed to be emptied of it's milk. She would do that first.

She turned to get the milk pail from the kitchen, but changed her mind and headed toward the barn again, her knuckles white around the handle of the mace. She already had the knife she would need; she always carried that with her. The rope she would need was hanging on the wall next to the barn door.

She opened the barn door, took the rope off the wall, but this time calmly. She was no longer gripping the mace as if her life depended on it. She made a loop on the end of the rope big enough to fit over Peggle's head and made her way to Peggle's stall.

“We're going to do something different Peggle, you and I.” And Peggle walked over to her, gave her a friendly nuzzle then looked at her the way he always did, as if he was the wisest goat in all of Britannia. “Nothing will ever be the same for us,” she said. And she choked a little and a tear ran down one cheek.

She put the rope over Peggle's head, and led him out of the stall. Hidden under a pile of hay was the last book Markus had given her to read. She dug the precious book out from under the hay and left it wrapped up inside the sack she had used to protect it. Then she opened the barn door and led Peggle outside.

But she didn't head toward that pole where she had slaughtered all those other goats. She headed in the opposite direction, toward the road that led away from the Twin Oaks Tavern. Something inside her had broken, and she felt lighter than she had ever felt. The world was beautiful, the birds were singing their early morning songs, and Mesanna was no longer a hard working slave girl, she was a free woman.



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Mesanna Story Contest Winner
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Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010, 3:33 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)




The Winning Entry: The Broken Chain
Written By:
Llewen Faerlyght
Congratulations to Llewen Faerlyght from the Catskills shard on a truly outstanding tale. We would like to thank EA Mythic for their help in promoting the contest, our readers for so many excellent entries and our judges for undertaking the difficult task of choosing a winner from amongst them. This competition has been the starting point for a three book series, look out for part two coming soon.


The Twin Oaks Tavern wasn't often very busy, but today was an exception. Bernholdt the Tavern Keeper had beaten Farnsworth the Bard three times in a row in backgammon, and when Farnsworth ran out of gold pieces, the price of failure had been to supply the music for an evening of dancing. But of course the one who really paid the price was Mesanna. It was always Mesanna who paid the price for Berholdt's successes and failures in backgammon.

There were going to be onions to be peeled and chopped up, potatoes to be peeled and washed, kegs of beer to brought up from the cellar, and but before all that something far worse had to be done. It was Peggle the Goat's turn to supply the meat for the stew and those wonderful skewers of roasted meat and vegetables that the Twin Oaks was so famous for.

Mesanna had known it was a mistake, knew it was a mistake the minute she did it, you never, ever, name a goat, or a sheep, or a cow, or a chicken. You just don't. They all have one purpose in life, and if you start to talk to them, and worst of all call them by name, you are destined for heartbreak. It's as inevitable as snow in winter. But Mesanna couldn't help herself.

She knew the minute she saw him, cold shivering and wet on the stable floor, that there was something special about this goat. Something in his eyes, in the way he fought to stand up, long after the others in the barn had been licked dry and were busy getting their first taste of warm milk. She understood him, and almost before she knew it, she had given him a name and the long conversation had begun.

Mesanna wasn't soft. She had lived and worked at the tavern for eight years, ever since her father had lost her in a game of backgammon to Bernholdt when she was very young. She had wrung the necks of more chickens, and used that mace on the heads of more sheep, goats and even cows, than she could count in that time. But none of them had been Peggle.

She delayed as long as she could, cleaned ferociously, pulled weeds in the gardens until there wasn't one to be found in any of the garden plots, organized and sorted, washed windows, aired linen and even made the long journey to Britain to buy flour and restock the wine cellar. But she couldn't procrastinate any longer, the dance was a week away, and Peggle would need to hang in the meat locker for a full week after he was dressed before he would be ready to be butchered and divided between the stews and skewers.

Mesanna had always been a hard worker and she never complained. She made up for her height and her slim build with energy and steely determination, just like Peggle had. And all the hard work had made her strong. She knew that she was stronger now than most of the boys her age that had stayed at the inn - not that there had been many of those. She did what she was told, and most of the time, she did it cheerfully.

Mesanna was also honest, but she had one great secret, a secret she had never shared with anyone other than her teacher. She could read. Markus the Cook had taught her to read during those long winters when there were very few patrons that made their way to the tavern. Bernholdt didn't think girls should be taught to read. He always said, “No girl of mine is ever going to learn to read under my roof, not while I live and breathe!”

It wasn't that Bernholdt was intentionally cruel. He had only beaten her twice when she was younger, once when she burnt his favorite shirt when she got distracted while ironing, and once on one of those rare occasions when he got drunk. He didn't often let himself get drunk because he knew what it did to him, and what he could do when he became drunk. He never apologized, but he wouldn't look Mesanna in the eye for a week after that incident.

But he didn't think that girls should be taught to read. Didn't think they'd ever have a use for it. “All women are good for is cooking, cleaning, and making babies, what use do they have for book learning?”

But Mesanna learned to read. It was her one act of rebellion, and it was Peggle that she practiced her reading on. When her chores were done, and she had some time to herself, she would go hide in the barn and read the books that Markus gave her to read aloud to Peggle. And after she read to him she would talk to Peggle about what she had read, and before she knew it Peggle had become her best friend, the one she shared all her hopes and dreams with. And it had all been a terrible mistake.

She wanted to convince Bernholdt to substitute one of the other goats for Peggle, but she knew that if she tried that he would ask questions, and her big secret would be in danger. And besides, she had already protected Peggle as long as she could; all the other goats that were the right age were already gone. Peggle was the last one.

She couldn't avoid it any longer. She knew it needed to be done. She felt sick to her stomach, but she gritted her teeth and headed toward the shed where the mace hung in a rack on the wall. But on the way a thought began to form in her mind. She knew from her reading that slavery had been abolished in the lands of Britannia a long time ago, but wasn't that what she was?

She had never been paid for all her years of hard work. She had been “lost” in a game of backgammon. Only a slave could be lost in a bet. What was she going to do, spend the rest of her life working at the Twin Oaks and receiving nothing but a bed and enough food to keep her alive in return? Maybe, even worse, Bernholdt would give her to be married to some ugly old man to pay off a debt, or cover his own losses in a game of backgammon.

She grabbed the mace and pulled it off the rack with more force than was necessary, gripped it tightly, and headed for the barn. It was early morning, so Peggle would be there with the other animals, waiting to be let out for the day. She could hear the cow complaining about a full udder that needed to be emptied of it's milk. She would do that first.

She turned to get the milk pail from the kitchen, but changed her mind and headed toward the barn again, her knuckles white around the handle of the mace. She already had the knife she would need; she always carried that with her. The rope she would need was hanging on the wall next to the barn door.

She opened the barn door, took the rope off the wall, but this time calmly. She was no longer gripping the mace as if her life depended on it. She made a loop on the end of the rope big enough to fit over Peggle's head and made her way to Peggle's stall.

“We're going to do something different Peggle, you and I.” And Peggle walked over to her, gave her a friendly nuzzle then looked at her the way he always did, as if he was the wisest goat in all of Britannia. “Nothing will ever be the same for us,” she said. And she choked a little and a tear ran down one cheek.

She put the rope over Peggle's head, and led him out of the stall. Hidden under a pile of hay was the last book Markus had given her to read. She dug the precious book out from under the hay and left it wrapped up inside the sack she had used to protect it. Then she opened the barn door and led Peggle outside.

But she didn't head toward that pole where she had slaughtered all those other goats. She headed in the opposite direction, toward the road that led away from the Twin Oaks Tavern. Something inside her had broken, and she felt lighter than she had ever felt. The world was beautiful, the birds were singing their early morning songs, and Mesanna was no longer a hard working slave girl, she was a free woman.



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[EM] Townships! Freeze!
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Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010, 3:11 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Townships! Freeze!
Multiple Towns
April 20, 2010
By: Merik



The following townships were attacked during the late hours of Tuesday the 20th by frozen creatures: Guardians Gate, Kijuistsu Anei Keys, Kijustsu Anei Village, Moria Village, PaxLair City and PaxOku City.

Royal Guards and township malitias came together to beat back the frozen armies that were invading. The townships of Guardians Gate and PaxLair required additional troops and more time to contain. Through the combined effort of these brave Guards and warriors the invasion forces were defeated for now......



Wednesday after the summit meeting townships found themselves under siege once again. Pitmuck settlement located on horse shoe island appeared to be another target added to the invasion. Kijustsu Anei Keys located North of Britain was once again invaded. The newly appointed Royal Guards secured the townships quickly. However Kijustsu Anei Keys proved to be more of a challenge as higher ranking invasion creatures made their way to the area.



After being accused of being behind the invasions by Magistrate Mirt of Kijustsu Anei Village. Chief Detective Sheffield left Delta Butch the Deputy Commander of the Royal guard in charge of security in Kijustsu Anei Keys. Detective Sheffield returned later looking for a "Time piece" he has misplaced. The UHOH guild reported weeks ago that Sheffield sent a grey Goblin army to their area. Is Chief Detective Sheffield behind these attacks? Or is he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Many questions remain unanswered... Who is sending frozen armies into the townships? Why does a Scarlet Rose sit on the post of the Pitmuck banner? What do the towns attacked have in common? Is this related to the frozen area through the Mirror? Frozen creatures? Frozen Balandar? Is the Image connected? Does Temptress yet again control frozen armies? Imperium undead attacks connected? Has someone or thing resurrected from the well of souls? Temptress? Time piece?
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Townships! Freeze!
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Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010, 3:10 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Townships! Freeze!
Multiple Towns
April 20, 2010
By: Merik



The following townships were attacked during the late hours of Tuesday the 20th by frozen creatures: Guardians Gate, Kijuistsu Anei Keys, Kijustsu Anei Village, Moria Village, PaxLair City and PaxOku City.

Royal Guards and township malitias came together to beat back the frozen armies that were invading. The townships of Guardians Gate and PaxLair required additional troops and more time to contain. Through the combined effort of these brave Guards and warriors the invasion forces were defeated for now......



Wednesday after the summit meeting townships found themselves under siege once again. Pitmuck settlement located on horse shoe island appeared to be another target added to the invasion. Kijustsu Anei Keys located North of Britain was once again invaded. The newly appointed Royal Guards secured the townships quickly. However Kijustsu Anei Keys proved to be more of a challenge as higher ranking invasion creatures made their way to the area.



After being accused of being behind the invasions by Magistrate Mirt of Kijustsu Anei Village. Chief Detective Sheffield left Delta Butch the Deputy Commander of the Royal guard in charge of security in Kijustsu Anei Keys. Detective Sheffield returned later looking for a "Time piece" he has misplaced. The UHOH guild reported weeks ago that Sheffield sent a grey Goblin army to their area. Is Chief Detective Sheffield behind these attacks? Or is he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Many questions remain unanswered... Who is sending frozen armies into the townships? Why does a Scarlet Rose sit on the post of the Pitmuck banner? What do the towns attacked have in common? Is this related to the frozen area through the Mirror? Frozen creatures? Frozen Balandar? Is the Image connected? Does Temptress yet again control frozen armies? Imperium undead attacks connected? Has someone or thing resurrected from the well of souls? Temptress? Time piece?

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[EM] Townships! Freeze!
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Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Townships! Freeze!
Multiple Towns
April 20, 2010
By: Merik



The following townships were attacked during the late hours of Tuesday the 20th by frozen creatures: Guardians Gate, Kijuistsu Anei Keys, Kijustsu Anei Village, Moria Village, PaxLair City and PaxOku City.

Royal Guards and township malitias came together to beat back the frozen armies that were invading. The townships of Guardians Gate and PaxLair required additional troops and more time to contain. Through the combined effort of these brave Guards and warriors the invasion forces were defeated for now......



Wednesday after the summit meeting townships found themselves under siege once again. Pitmuck settlement located on horse shoe island appeared to be another target added to the invasion. Kijustsu Anei Keys located North of Britain was once again invaded. The newly appointed Royal Guards secured the townships quickly. However Kijustsu Anei Keys proved to be more of a challenge as higher ranking invasion creatures made their way to the area.



After being accused of being behind the invasions by Magistrate Mirt of Kijustsu Anei Village. Chief Detective Sheffield left Delta Butch the Deputy Commander of the Royal guard in charge of security in Kijustsu Anei Keys. Detective Sheffield returned later looking for a "Time piece" he has misplaced. The UHOH guild reported weeks ago that Sheffield sent a grey Goblin army to their area. Is Chief Detective Sheffield behind these attacks? Or is he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Many questions remain unanswered... Who is sending frozen armies into the townships?
Why does a Scarlet Rose sit on the post of the Pitmuck banner?
What do the towns attacked have in common?
Is this related to the frozen area through the Mirror?
Frozen creatures? Frozen Balandar?
Is the Image connected?
Does Temptress yet again control frozen armies?
Imperium undead attacks connected?
Has someone or thing resurrected from the well of souls?
Temptress? Time piece?

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[EM] Fishing Competition
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Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010, 12:56 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)



Posted to the EM news site;

The fishing portion of the Britannian Games will be held this weekend. Participants will be supplied a ship, and will be given 2 hours to attempt to catch the largest “Big Fish”. Fishermen aren’t to leave their ships once the competition begins. A global chat channel will be set up so that participants may ask for assistance.

We do, in fact, have a method of determining if a fish was caught before or after the competition. Submitting a fish caught before the competition will result in disqualification.

Fishing Competition – Saturday, April 24th at 7pm CST. We will meet at the Trinsic docks (Trammel).


The EM site itself is here [a new link to the old website].



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[EM] Township Summit Report 3/31/10
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Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Chesapeake Township Summit Queen's Table April 21, 2010
By: Tancred RedStar



The Bi-weekly Chesapeake Township Summit was convened by Lady Tavalia Zodok, Ambassador of the Crown, April 21, 2010(Earth time) at 8:30pm in the evening and a roll call was taken.

Roll Call
Rivi Ravenwynd sat for Zedland
Tancred RedStar sat for Gyldenfeld
Tatania Karthina sat for PaxOku
Nanoc sat for Dragons Watch
Ozog for Pitmuck
Prowler sat for Templar
Miss Watson sat for Kijustsu Anei Village
Manshoon sat for Moria

Al Ellisande called absent.
Cimmerian Pass called absent.
Guardians Gate called absent
Silvervale called absent.
Nidaros called absent.
Colt called absent.
Kijustsu Anei Keys called absent.

Yoshi arrived late and sat for PaxLair City at 8:38.

Lady Zodok noted the higher than usual number of absences and stated: Those townships which show a period of inactivity and a prologned absence from this table without prior notification to the Crown shall be reevaluated for Diplomatic Relationship ath the discretion of this Office. Official business was then commenced as such:

Notification of Inspection Issued for Templar
Lady Zodok mentions someone brought brought complaint against the Village of Templar, stating Templar did not adhere to the public access requirements for homes in a community to be open to all, as required in the recognition treaty. As such, a Notification of Inspection was levied upon Templar.

Prowler of Templar replied to the request, saying the house in question has been subsequently re-opened after the owner's return from a long journey. Prowler then wished to further address the summit but was deferred by Zodok until the appropriate time.

Complaint by Guardians Gate regarding Sea Traffic and Obstructed Port
Since no representative for Guardians Gate had been seated the matter was deferred until such time one is present.

At this point, a mysterious person named Amos stepped forward to speak on the matter, but given his lack of recognition, as he would not avow or affirm any affiliation, merely stating anonymous benefactosrs, and absence of a Guardians Gate representative to acknowledge or deny his claims, the request to speak was deferred. He was allowed to submit a written statement and informed he would be allowed to speak once a Guardians Gate representative was present.

High Arcane Advisor to the Crown
Lady Zodok announces that the mysterious events surrounding the previous meeting's interruption and subsequent death of Lord Balandar are troubling the monarch. Until the fate of Lord Balandar is truly known, the Crown stands without a high advisor on arcane matters. If any citizen is knowledgeable and highly experienced in the arcane arts, the Queen would be most grateful for their counsel.

Additionally, Lord Commander Foxx is handling the investigation of Lord Balandar's fate and any infromation regarding the incident should be passed on to him.

Request for Military Support for Templar
Prowler of Templar requests military assistance as Templar is being raided by bandits in Felucca. They have been placing small structures near the Templar town banner and consigning them outhouses as humiliation.

Thakira arrived late and sat for Colt at 8:56

Prowler implies all other towns are required by law of the recognition treaty to the Crown to lend assistance as Templar is under attack.

Rivi Ravenwynd of Zedland departs the meeting and Naomie De'Layne takes the seat for Zedland at 9pm.

Amos steps forward once more, now claiming he has information on the topic of Templar's troubles. He states the guild Felucca Yewniversity has a blood feud with the Templars and accuses them with interfering with guild functions.

Prowler refutes this, stating Templar has never had run-ins with Felucca Yewniversity.

Tancred RedStar of Gyldenfeld requests clarification on the matter, asking if this is a guild vs guild or a town vs town matter.

Prowler and Amos begin exchanging words.

Lady Zodok bangs her gavel and immediately calls for order. She then goes on to state the summit meeting is not a forum to establish or deny legitimacy of such matters, only a place for communities to request assistance. Furthermore, it is then a matter for each town to decide on their own accord whether to lend assistance or ignore such requests.

Men of Aryslan
Tancred RedStar of Gyldenfeld speaks next and draws attention to the four armored men standing at the end of the table who have quietly and patiently been biding their time. Lady Zodok asks the men what is the nature of their presence and what business they might have.

Jamlyn Hakkendyn speaks and claims he is the original founder of Aryslan, an ancient town long reduced to ruin by the ravages of time and weather. He says it is their wish to bring back those memories of Aryslan and once again be active contributors to the realm.

Nyx arrives late and sits for Cimmerian Pass at 9:14. Nyx then just as quickly gets up and departs.

Tancred RedStar suggests the men visiting on behalf of Aryslan be informed of the petition process. Lady Zodok says they may meet with her at the conclusion of the meeting for more detailed discussion.

Tatania Karthina adds she has the books of Aryslan in safekeeping and would share it with the men of Aryslan.

Nameplates for Moria
Manshoon of Moria asks if the nameplate for Moria can be updated. Zodok says the shipment of new nameplates from Trinsic will arrive any day now.

Inclusion of Colt in the realm-wide Teleportation Hub
Thankria of Colt requests the inclusion of Colt into the realm-wide teleportation hub located in Luna. The device for Colt is currently present, but not activated.

Lady Zodok calls for a vote on the matter.

The votes were as such:
Zedland voted aye.
Gyldenfeld voted aye.
Paxoku voted aye.
Dragons Watch voted aye.
Pitmuck abstained from voting.
Templar voted aye.
Kijustsu Anei voted aye.
Moria voted aye.

Lady Zodok declares the measure for Colt's inclusion in the realm-wide Teleportation Hub is passed by vote and is the first to congratulate Colt.

Inclusion of Moria in the realm-wide Teleportation Hub
Lady Zodok then caled for a vote for Moria being included in the realm-wide teleportation hub.

The votes were as such:
Zedland voted aye.
Gyldenfeld voted aye.
PaxOku voted aye.
Pitmuck voted aye.
Templar voted aye.
Kijustsu Anei voted aye.
Colt voted aye.

Lady Zodok declares the measure of Moria's inclusion in the realm-wide Teleportation Hub is passed by vote and is the first to congratulate Moria.

Taxation Proposal
Tancred RedStar of Gyldenfeld speaks next and proposes an idea for taxation, further, the purpose being of which to put forth resources, be it lumber, ore, gold, etc. for construction projects around the realm. He points out that any such effort should be a construction for the benefit of all, both by purpose and location.

Lady Zodok is intrigued and asks him to elaborate further. Tancred replies that it is merely an idea at this point, whereupon Lady Zodok enjoins him to speak with the other communities to devise a more detailed proposal and to report back to her upon completion of the proposal.

Imperium Seating Change Request
Miss Watson states the Imperium wishes their seating be rearranged around the meeting table so all their representatives may sit together.

Tancred objects to this request, stating that with the recent history of conquests, perhaps it would just be a matter of time before the whole table ends up being one alliance or "side" sitting across from another. And, given how such alliances may shift and change, rise and fall over time, it would essentially end up being a game of musical chairs in the solemn chamber.

Merik Onn, the news reporter for Stratics sitting in the observation gallery calls Tancred RedStar a jackass and then runs out of the room.

Lady Zodok states the arrangement of chairs is solely at discretion of the monarch, evident given she bestows them in her castle.

Zodok then turns her attention to the outburst of profanity from the gallery and stands to look for the news reporter Merik Onn. Seeing he has fled the room, she says the Royal Guards will take up the matter with him.

Ice Creature Attacks Around the Realm
CaT is then recognized as a speaker and draws attention to the ice creature attacks around the realm. Lady Zodok tries to allay her concerns, mentioning this is a forum of matters of state and the communities of the realm, not necessarily random attacks outside that frame of discussion. CaT is unmoved and departs.

Next Chesapeake Township Summit Meeting
Lady Zodok announces the next Chesapeake Township Summit shall be convened on Wednesday, May 12 at 8:30 pm in the evening.

Lady Zodok adjourns the meeting at 9:46 pm.
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[EM] What Crawls Beneath The City
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Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010, 7:15 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
What Crawls Beneath The City
Luna City, Malas
April 16, 2010
By: Merik

Reports come in almost daily of Scorpion like creatures attacking Luna City. The first occurrence was at the Royal Guard information meeting a few weeks ago. Recently a creature known as "Widow Maker" has made claim to the land where Luna City is built.

Historical documents are unavailable to us at this time. Gorrow the Mayor of Luna has nothing to say on the matter. His only response has been brigand problems to the south. Deputy Commander Delta Butch of the Royal Guards has been reviewing different options to deal with the creatures. Sources tell us that the services of the Royal Surveyor Andrea Kildare may be needed in this matter. It is believed that the creatures dwell in areas underneath the land. This could explain how they seem to mass so quickly within one area. We will have more information as it becomes available .




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[EM Event] Meeting with Nathan Hawke (Thursday 22nd)
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Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010, 4:33 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Thank you Irvyn for this notice: [Posted on behalf of Nathan, he was having website trouble] There will be a public meeting in the Britain Counsellors' Guild at 8pm UK time tomorrow night, Thursday 22nd April. The purpose is to discuss and investigate the fire in Yew which occurred on Sunday.
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Detective Jayden Marcus, Our Esteemed Royal Guard, And A Band Of Miscreants!
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Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!

The evenings call to the castle started much as always. Early arrivals mixing with the harried late, all of them speculating on the outcome for the night. Also, true to form, let me not forget to mention the ever present, dissenting spectators calling out, "Fraud! Fake!"

Though there was one individual present who did seem to have a wish to be beheaded. Sir Tedley, not exactly a stranger in Napa Valley, nor is his cry of foul something we have not all heard. I only found it a bit daring to be shouting at this particular assembly, where it was rumored that a Detective for the Queen would be present.

Perhaps Sir Tedley held to his beliefs so strongly that he neither cared, nor feared what might come from his tirades?

The detective himself finally arrived, sauntering out with purpose. His stride, confident. His carriage, most dashing. He quickly assessed the crowd, sparing Sir Tedley the occasional scowl. Both Queen Dawn and Queen Zhah had requested, and authorized his investigation. The mutations, Professor Jenkins, and the core truth behind them all was a question in need of answers for both sides. I must suppose that with Lady Maya out of the way, and Gorn, now drinking himself into oblivion, a new avenue of searching was most apt.









The handsome Detective, Jayden Marcus, had been briefed on the Guards past adventures, and after a quick round of questioning, he set out, with us in tow, to see the beginning location. As the Guard piled in through the gate, both the sand and a band of Ronin stuck to us at once. The fight was harrowing and extremely violent, to say the least. It didn't help that the Ronin themselves were particularly skilled at dodging attacks. Not to mention their disconcerting cries and quick teleporting that had us all running around in confusion.









As I wandered in and out of the fighting areas, I noticed strange boxes set in strategic locations throughout the dock area. All of them magically sealed. Several members of the Guard attempted unlocking spells, and other incantations, but the boxes remained shut tight. I, myself, caught that wayward fiend, King Fisher, attempting to pick his way inside one box, and later he was scoping out a second, though pretending patriotism. For shame!







It wasn't until the first Ronin fell, his body showing a strange green pigment much like the mutations, that we were able to ascertain the boxes contents. A strange, explosive cloud jetting out from one of the boxes, signaled the fall of whatever enchantment held it closed. Thus having learned the secret, the battling continued until remaining Ronin were destroyed, slowly releasing the magic on all five boxes.













Within each box lay a book. The books themselves were nothing special, though opening them revealed a strange hint of something dire. They seemed to be directed at the Guard. Clues that almost seemed to be laughing at our attempts, while subtly hinting at some greater scheme.











It wasn't quick, and it wasn't easy but all came back safely, ready to discuss the clues with the great Detective Marcus. With such disturbing news, he left quickly to report back to the Queens. There were several who were a bit disappointed at his abruptness, yet as a reporter, I expected such. As with all Detectives, they gather intel, and disappear, leaving everyone to wonder, question, and imagine with little to go on.





Reminds me of a Detective I once admired who always said, "The facts, Ma'am, only the facts." He would jot them down, and walk away. He was a very diligent detective.

We have not heard the last of Detective Jayden Marcus. Perhaps his perspective will gain us new leads as to who and where our foe might be. Our great community will need to remain vigilant, and ready for any and all calls for aid. The time is near Napa Valley, we will have our culprit yet!

Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin

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Golden Brew Players Interview With Lady Claudia Drusilla
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Golden Brew Players
Stars of the Show
‘Neo’s Day Out’ interview

Budding thespian, Lady Claudia Drusilla, one of the stars of the upcoming Golden Brew Players production of ‘Neo’s Day Out’, is the second of the Stars of the Show to be interviewed about the upcoming play.

Q: Would you please introduce yourself and tell the readers which part(s) you’re playing?
A: Certainly. I'm Lady Claudia Drusilla, and my roles are Smith and PK1.

Q: Tell us a little about the play without giving too much away!
A: The play is about life before Trammel and before The Age of the Shadows from the perspective of a new and too-trusting man, Neo. My family found ourselves here during the Age of Shadows when Malas had just been discovered so this storyline shed light on some of the tales that we have heard over the years from the Veterans.

Q: Do you identify with your character?
A: Well, I have never had any interest in crafting so the Smith's physical strength is the only thing that we have in common. The PK character is more intriguing to me. I have always secretly wanted to enter the Red World but I am still a little skittish. The PK bug first bit when Aino Nystad held the contest for Champion of the Land - Warrior & Mage. I entered that contest & lost miserably; I have been training & tweaking my armor ever since. I think I could probably hold my own one-on-one so I feel comfortable enough visiting my friends in The Kingdom of Dawn.

Q: How did you come to be an actress/actor?
A: I believe that we all wear a social mask to help us survive in the world. But to answer more literally; this is my stage debut. Auditions were fun, especially with Fern, Peter & Magdalena around, but few people had shown up so I think Kita had to cast me. * chuckles *

Q: What's the toughest part of being an actress/actor?
A: The theatre becomes your life & family for awhile which makes the experience great & challenging at the same time. Getting all of the cast members to meet at one time is tricky. It is nice to have such a competent team to work with. Lysistrata, Brytt and Kita are amazing in their techniques, on and off-stage. Overcoming stage-fright & hitting my marks & cues ... heck, the whole thing is tough for me. Just give me my Night Reaper & point me at the Balrons, please. * laughs *

Q: Do you participate in performances on other shards?
A: No, I barely have enough time to keep up with this shard.

Q: Is it true that Kita won't serve you any ale until AFTER rehearsals?
A: This is true & NO CANDY is allowed on the day of rehearsal either. Although I am not calling anyone out. * coughs Emilia *   * grins *

Related Links:
Golden Brew Players To Present Neo's Day Out' May 2
Lysistrata's Interview

Sara's Note: Be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday, May 2, as the Golden Brew Players will be putting on a performance of 'Neo's Day Out' as part of the Golden Brew's Re-Opening Celebration.

Kita Talith regarding the tentative time:
'The event itself will probably begin at 3pm Pacific (4pm Mountain, 5pm Central, 6pm Eastern), with the play starting at 4:30pm Pacific, and ending with a post-play party at the Brew after 'Neo's Day Out' is finished, so probably the official hours will be 3 - 6pm Pacific.

I'll have details for the entire event later this week.'

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Heroes of the Abyss House Winners!
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


Posted to uoherald.com






Player Notice - Atlantic Shard


James Nichols
20 Apr 2010 20:45:05 EST



Hail once again!

As promised, here are the winners of the Stygian Abyss outpost event. As you can see not all the houses have been won yet, we will continue to update this page as they come in. If you are one of the lucky winners, please contact Mesanna at barmstrong AT ea.com.

We will be giving appropriate titles to the owners of these homes that they can proudly wear as long as they own the house, expect this in an upcoming publish. Until then, enjoy the house!

Oceania

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Axim

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Bourbon



Airarang

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Hung

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Juggernaut



Balhae

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): citronella

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Anvira



Formosa

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Optimus Prime

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur):



Europa

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia):

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Currito



Drachenfels

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Beor der Alte

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Nakor De



Lake Austin

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): TYME

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Malachi



Baja

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): asao

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): exzorinitc



Napa Valley

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): beauty

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): fos-gar



Sonoma

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Zeggg

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Shido Fuyuki



Pacific

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Obi-Wan Kenobi

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Tyeelor



Origin

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): emam

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Nana



Chesapeake

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Simon

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Gizmo



Atlantic

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Brandy Rae

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Aat'yoteg



Catskills

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Dutchman

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): NBG



Siege

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Sionbreia

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Sprago



Legends

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia):

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Monolith



Great Lakes

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Oberon Greybeard

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Trojan



Lake Superior

Ranger of the Abyss (Britannia): Aptile

Warden of the Abyss (Ter-Mur): Targor

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Korh's City of Noble's Hold is Recognized by Queen Dawn
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)
The City of Noble's Hold is Recognized On Monday, April 5th, in a grand ceremony lead by our fair Queen Dawn, The City of Noble’s Hold, developed by the members of the guild, Keepers of Ruatha Hold, was declared a proper city and hence forth, will be officially recognized by our Queen, and by the citizens of Origin. Although the ceremony to recognize The City of Noble‘s Hold just recently took place, this united group of Korh members had established their town over three years ago here on Origin and have long been considered a cornerstone of our community. Lead by the honorable Lady Tasmin Blight, Korh is 146 members strong and is in fact, the largest guild at this time on our shard. Founded on the concepts of honesty, trust, friendship, and honor, Korh members have always strived to provide a sense of community to Origin and to help those in need. Whether it be newcomers to the shard, or veteran citizens, Korh members go far and beyond their duty to be of assistance. After meeting with Queen Dawn and her secretary, Bertha Beaudreau, and declaring their loyalty to the throne, a tour and inspection of the town was lead by Lady Tasmin Blight and guild member, Lord Achilles. Lady Sara, Lady Crystal Canyon, and Lord Baciver also joined the group, anxious to learn more about the new city of Noble’s Hold. During the tour, much was learned about the vast history of Korh and how they came to be one of Origin’s oldest and most respected guilds. Originally established in 1999 on Baja, by Lady Sheela, Korh members were excited about the opportunities the new lands of Origin were to offer. Longing for new beginnings, the group migrated to Origin during the first week of it’s birth and established their first community in Felucca, near the Covetous entrance. One of the original castles still stands erect just north of Vesper and is occupied by Korh’s present Guild Leader, Lady Tasmin blight. During their first year on Origin, Korh’s guild underwent numerous changes and overcame many obstacles. Leadership changed and Lady Tasmin Blight was elected to lead the group as their new Guild Master in 2005. According to Lady Tasmin, this was a lively time for their members who often offered assistance to miners in the area that were being attacked. Given their location and the fact that the notorious guilds, BTH and The Killer Bees also occupied land nearby, Korh kept busy and soon was known throughout the land for their commitment to helping those in need. Many of the original founding guild members such as Lady Tasmin, Lessais, Samantha, Tink, Goodgulf, Lady Desdemona, Matthew, Achilles, Pilbywould, Moreta, and others, still remain loyal to the guild and continue to this day to provide services and assistance to the good people of Origin. At the present, 18 houses make up The City of Noble’s Hold and are open to the public for use in training, lodging, library searches, and other useful amenities. Below is a slide show that g
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EM NEWS - Schedule Change For Trial
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Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
from goldenbrewtavern.com
official website of EM Seppo and EM Crysania

 

Schedule change for trial
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 By EM Seppo

Thursdays – 8:00 PM PST (instead of earlier 7:00 PM)

Saturday: 4:00 PM PST (instead of 3:00 PM)

 
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[EM] Riddle Challenge! Thursday 4/22 at 9pm Eastern
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Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Some news from EM Cernunnos from the Catskills EM Website:
Since the last riddle contest was so successful, we are going to have a second go. This event will be held on Thursday 4/22 at the West Britain Counselors Hall in Trammel at 9pm Eastern time.

The rules are simple:
You will be given a book with riddles – solve as many of them as you can in the one hour time limit. The player with the most correct responses wins. You may also add a riddle of your own into the book – if you stump the EM with your riddle, then you get an extra point!

Hope to see you there!
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Golden Brew Players Interview With Lysistrata
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Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
First Golden Brew Players
Stars of the Show
‘Neo’s Day Out’ interview

This past weekend, with the help of Brytt, we were able to track down Lysistrata (one of the stars of the upcoming Golden Brew Players production of ‘Neo’s Day Out’), who graciously took time from a busy schedule to do an interview.

Q: Would you please introduce yourself and tell the readers which part(s) you’re playing?
A: Hi, I'm Lysistrata. I play the part of the Game Master and also the Harbormaster.

Q: Can you tell us a little about the play without giving too much away?!
A: ‘Neo’s Day Out’is a short play about what life was like back in Britannia in 1997, from the point of view of a hopelessly trusting young newbie.

Q: Do you identify with your character?
A: I've never been a GM, but I have been a board moderator, and I know that sometimes you misread the situation. The script plays that up for comedic effect, but I've got nothing but sympathy for the real GMs of that era. It was a tough job!

Q: How did you come to be an actress/actor?
A: I've been active with the Golden Brew Players from the very beginning. In that theoretical construct that we sometimes refer to as ‘real life’, I hold a degree in Theatre and have been involved in about fifty stage productions, some local television spots, and a low-budget vampire movie that went straight to nowhere... but which granted me a Bacon Index of 3 (I was in a movie with a guy who was in a movie with a guy who was in a movie with Kevin Bacon). The peak of my online career thus far was playing the role of Alice in the Golden Brew Players' production of ‘Through the Looking Glass’.

Q: What's the toughest part of being an actress/actor?
A: Performing online is pretty challenging. The tools you have to work with are limited to the text of the script, your emotes, and timing. It's almost like doing a film with subtitles where you're responsible for translating your own lines in real-time.

Q: Do you participate in performances on other shards?
A: The Golden Brew Players took Alice on tour to another shard, and it was a positive experience. The script for ‘Neo’s Day Out’ comes to us from Chesapeake, if I recall correctly. We're still getting our feet under us, returning to Baja after some years away, but once we're settled in I wouldn't discount the possibility of more cross-shard collaboration.

Q: Is it true that Kita won't serve you any ale until AFTER rehearsals?
A: To quote "You Can't Take It With You": I never drink during a performance. Once the curtain goes up, the bottle gets put away until intermission!

Sara's Note: Be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday, May 2, as the Golden Brew Players will be putting on a performance of 'Neo's Day Out' as part of the Golden Brew's Re-Opening Celebration. As soon as I receive a time for the production, I will post it!
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Attention Archers! March BSR Results, April Schedule
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Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 12:29 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Best Shot In The Realm March 2010
submitted by the M!S BSR Mystery Scribe The Best Shot in the Realm (BSR), a free archery contest held monthly by the Misfits of Society Guild is a long running Shard event previously held by the Society of Archers Guild, and held at the Skara Brae Faire Grounds on a Saturday night each month.

This month's event (which was announced on a short notice) had one of its lowest turnouts, but the talent of the archers present was not missing. The Baja weather this night was 'it is raining', however this open air event is run in any weather. Also on the Shard was another event scheduled that seemed to attract many of the regular archers, but still a new archer showed and could be one to watch in the future.  Nine archers were greeted by the matriarch of the M!S guild ,Toni Fierce, who presented with the night's rules, and with signups completed the 1st round began. Everyone breezed thru this early round with the new archer FISHIE shooting the night's 1st Robin Hood. It could be noted that the small crowd ohhed and ahhhed -- but then saw this RH shooter in the 2nd round post a 30 and was the night's early-out shooter. If the 30 was a fluke then this could be a person to watch in future events. Also in round 2, Cherokee, a monthly winner in 2009 also failed to make 100 points and was a surprise exit. Round 3 saw Lance and Aragon fail to move onward, with Ahebban posting his 1st 200 and maybe being a contender. The 4th (and usually final round) found 5 shooters vying for the month's crown, an engraved bow, a million gold check, and what everyone seeks ... a spot in the season's ending shoot-off of monthly winners, and a shot at the one-person-a-year title '2010 Champion of Champions'. Well this round was quickly claimed by Lil Debi (a long time shooter whose history goes back to those years when S|A ran this event and Sire Theoran was the Master of Ceremonies.) Lil Debi just stepped up early and posted the rare double Robin Hood -- 250 points in just 3 shots ... and could not be matched by any of the other shooters. Toni Fierce presented LIL DEBI with her prizes, then thanked all the shooters braving this rainy night, and the 3rd locked-in end of year shooter was proudly displaying her engraved bow as Toni invited everyone to April's event which will be held on Saturday, April 24th at 8:30 p.m. Pacific (9:30 p.m. Mountain 10:30 Central, 11:30 p.m. Eastern). Sara's Note: I was unable to attend March's BSR. If anyone has screenshots, and especially one of the monthly winner, Lil Debi, would you please post them? Thanks!

Misfits of Society would like to invite all citizens of Baja to come and compete or cheer on their favorite archer at April's Best Shot in the Realm contest. It will be held on Saturday, April 24th at the Skara Brae Faire Grounds at 8:30 p.m. PDT (9:30 p.m. MDT, 10:30 p.m. CDT, 11:30 p.m. EDT).
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BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap for April 18, Schedule for April 25
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Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Baja Taming Hour
sponsored by
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance
Recap For April 18, 2010
by BRPA hostess Proserpina [C K] Starting points: 10,980,614
Ending points: 11,259,770
Points earned: 279,156 Kat MacBroeden's random prize point level this evening was 11,234,069, which was won by Lord Grey Eagle who received a Ranger's Cloak of Augmentation. Congratulations Grey Eagle! _________________________________________________________________ Tamers:
James [MT]
Son of OG [UTB]
Tamar
REAP [DWN]
Merciless Fierce [M!S]
Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
Brydel [RAGE]
SheHitMeFirst [UTB]
Lord Grey Eagle [UTB]
Lil Arson Annie [K!T]
Herne [K!T]

Gold Donations:
Feiht
Sally [email protected]

Next Taming Hour, Sunday, April 25, 2010, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern). ________________________________________ If you would like to help support the Zoo but can not make it to the BRPA Zoo Taming Hour, please contact WildStar [DWN] or Sara [TAO]. We will make arrangements to record your donations and add you to the list of participants, making you eligible for one of the Kat MacBroeden's mysterious prizes. The Zoo crew has placed a Zoo Fund vendor at Sara's vendor house NW of the north Luna gate. All proceeds from the vendor are donated to the Zoo Maintenance fund. If you have items you would like to donate for sale on the vendor, please contact WildStar [DWN], Sara [TAO], or any BRPA member. There have been a lot of nice items donated for the Zoo vendor ... be sure to stop by and take a look! ________________________________________ Related Links:
Week 1: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 22
Week 4: Silver Steed Returns To Baja Royal Zoo, December 13
Week 7: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 3
Week 12: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For February 7
Week 13: No Taming Hour February 14
Week 16: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For March 7
Week 20: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For April 4
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Community Hunts - Week of April 19th
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Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010, 7:21 PM 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.

Group Naturalist Quest
Date: Tuesday, April 20th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt
Date: Wednesday, April 21st
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Ilshenar Elemental Mining Competition
Date: Thursday, April 22nd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, April 23rd
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


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

Posted by:
Lady Tia
LS News Manager


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Community Meet Up - April 19th
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Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)



Community Meet Up – April 19, 2010
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


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

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

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



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HoC Meeting Notes 4/18/2010
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Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 12:27 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
hoc41810                                                          HoC Meeting Notes 4/18/2010
                                                              from the pen of Strahd!

                      
                                                       Announcements:         The next meeting at the Queen's Table will be April 21st at 8:30pm ET         The Next Installment of Captain Bloodrum's Challenge will be Saturday, April 24th,
         beginning at 7pm ET.         Again, there will be some fiction leading up to the piggy backed event this week         So keep your eyes peeled for that.             The Sosarian Solstice Fair opens its doors. Originally that was scheduled for the 27th         That is going to be moved till that Thursday, which will be April 29th         7pm ET.         Congratulations to the winners of the Fish Identification Challenge         Most accurate list by Jonah         Most creative list Sarcon         And most creative fish, the Noobifin from Niallis         And remember Dudley will be on vacation May 1st, May 10th.         Rumple is now sitting in the garden. He will announce all events. So visit with him and listen to
        his ramblings.         We also have the Royal Postal Service, and the Mailboxes distributing news should you wish to
        get in touch with various notable persons throughout the realm.         Open Floor:         Phoenix: Anymore word from Santiago on the winners?         EM Dudley: The tournament is open until September. We won’t know until then.         I’ll keep a total of the fish count on the EM forums. The post has been updated.         We will have a leader board at the sons of the sea.         Zelda: I don’t want you to take this wrong...but can you please tell me why you keep planning   
        events against the auction?         EM Dudley: I plan events when my schedule allows, and Saturday nights are a popular night. I 
        apologize if there is a conflict.         Elijah Cross: I was just wondering who won the plot in the Abyss?         EM Dudley: I am unsure.         Winfield: Following up on Zelda’s discussion, there's been event timing conflicts on our shard  
        in the past, to get everything fit in for the week, our town meetings, our adventures, our events, 
        our auctions.         So I think that our shard auctions which are very important along with various meetings like    
        this one and Wed’s Summit meetings’, need a "protected time" if possible, so that all on the  
        shard can be involved as possible. Some come in each             week to go to auctions and such.
        So I support the ideas that our shardwide auctions have some ability for a protected                  
        time, if possible.         Thanks.         I am done, thank you.         EM Dudley: Unfortunately that is just not possible.         As I said I schedule events around my real life commitments. As well as all the behind the
        scenes stuff that takes place. In terms of set up and working with getting things that I cannot
        create myself. If there are restrictions on EM event times, then you will unfortunately see less of
        them, and that is not something I am willing, or prepared to do.         Tatania Karthina: Last Wednesday night was play auditions for "Gone to Wind"         I think everyone was busy! So, there are still parts open.         Please let me know if you're interested in a part, drop a book in my mailbox...library across
        from PaxOku banner, or contact me on the boards.         That’s all, thanks.         Morpheus Mardox: I'd like to announce that I am seeking to add reporters to the Stratics staff.
        If anyone is interested please let me know.         [email protected]         EM Dudley: And a huge thanks to our reporting staff. They do the best job of all the shards
        reporters.         Ado the Thief: The' all shards tavern night is this Tuesday at 9pm ET. S' located at the' iron
        bandit inn in Kijustsu Anei village (Homare *Jima)         EM Dudley: If there any townships that wish to have a book with their events place at the hub
        please leave a book in my mailbox. The second book shelf has free books.
        Tatania Karthina: Will they be where we can "update them"?         EM: I update them every two weeks. So put your events in for 2 weeks, I’ll delete them, and add
        new one.         Winfield: I don't think the Paxlair banner has a return teleport back to Luna?         EM Dudley: You can email Mesanna directly.         *note*-   The following is paraphrased         COLT: Seeking township status.         EM: Basically says to go through township process, and reminds that it will be on April 21st at
        8:30 pm ET ... in the summit meeting room.


                                                                 Great work Strahd!




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[Report] Mysterious Events at Yew Crypts
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Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Mysterious Events at Yew Crypts

I arrived at Yew Moongate to find quite a crowd gathering, In chat reports of Insane Dryads and Fire elementals sprouted. I rushed over south east of the gate and found a huge gathering near the Crypts.









The monsters seemed to lead to the Crypts, The entrance to the crypt was blocked with fire as more and more fire elementals spawned.





Once the elementals were dead Fire tree guardians spawned along with fire elemental guardians, They were very tough golden creatures.

After several rounds with the guardians they were dead, suddenly the crypt exploded as the fire at the entrance disappeared, We were able to enter the crypts!

Reports of a 'Ranger' in the crypts spread throughout the chat but I never managed to see the ranger and so cannot explain what it possible could have wanted.



After this everyone waited around the Crypt for any further news on what might be happening next. No further news came, So slowly people went back to their homes for the evening.


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Lord Dworkin of -Y-Guild Wins Abyss Plot !
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Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010, 4:00 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Lord Dworkin of -Y-Guild Wins Abyss Plot !


Lord Dworkin just informed me he was a winner in the Abyss plot quest that has been going on. Cloaks and talis were not enough for this guy.



Dworkin was in the kitchen ( as all men should be ) making cinnamin rolls. His wife was in his account and she yelled to the kitchen, " YOU WON THE HOUSE !" He ran to the computer in time to see a screen full of beautiful fireworks and a ticket in his pack. Needless to say the rolls got burnt.

At this time Dworkin is in the process of moving and has put his recent plot up for sale. Once sold he will start designing the abyss plot and once finished it will be open to the public. He plans on making it a showpiece. I asked if he would not find this dark treeless place depressing, not to mention recall issues. He is up for the change and noted that if he tires of it in the future it will a most desirable plot to sell as someone will always be interested in it.

CONGRATS DWORKIN!
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Ask the Devs Week in Review ending April 16th
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Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010, 1:05 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Ask the Devs Week in Review

This weeks Ask the Devs focused on housing questions with the Ranger of the Abyss quest. While some shards have seen contest winners at this time the questions were answered earlier this week.

Luc of Legends asked:
I was late last night on legends. I went did the quest on a couple of chars. I got up this morning and found that by accident you can redo the quest again after server on your shard.. is the as intedent or glitch? Seem wrong cause those that know this get to run 2x a day. I admit i did on one toon to see if actaully would let me do it and it did. Thank You

Mark_Mythic replied:
It's not a bug, you can do it each day. Not each 24 hour period.


In regards to the humane/elf house plot in abyss, Aroma asked:
Could it be turned 90 degrees east facing so steps face into abyss? Instead of the wall face as it does now?

Mesanna:
I am sorry that's just not possible, all houses face South.


There was also extensive Developer communication regarding the new faction system and a test shard set up, however that is being re-addressed at this time.
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[EM Event] Upheaval in the Forest
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Posted on Sunday, April 18, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
WHEN? Sunday the 18th April 2010, 8pm UK Time (9pm Central European Time)
WHERE? Yew Forest

The creatures in the forest of Yew seem agitated.... something is happening there.

Location : The Forest of Yew

Event taken from the EM Website
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Trial Update: Prosecution Cross Rescheduled
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Posted on Sunday, April 18, 2010, 7:15 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Today's court session, in which prosecution was scheduled to cross-examine the Widow, has been rescheduled, due to the mysterious absence of both the Judge and the witness.



Are they both safe?? Will any further witnesses be called? The prosecution seemed to indicate they have no further witness to call. And what of the defense? What of the lone guardsman who might have been witness to the Widow's statement of events, Calyndrell?

In His Honor's absence, the prosecution and defense engaged in the following exchange:

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William McCarthy: Well
William McCarthy: perhaps, we can convene on Thursday again.. and by then, maybe.
William McCarthy: the defense will have managed to find some poor fellow to be a witness.
Taliesin: Actually, on the contrary, I believe the prosecution is missing out on some potential witnesses.
Taliesin: There was a clear lack of guards on that night in question.
Taliesin: Calyndrell bumped into the Widow, and yet he's has nothing to say regarding his involvment.
William McCarthy: Calyndrell is away on a secret royal mission
William McCarthy: and is not available
Taliesin: Oh, is that so?
Cymidei Fier says: Convenient!
Taliesin: So we basically have one woman with questionable eyesight
Taliesin: AND questionable access to the treasury
Taliesin: that others don't have
Taliesin: as being the only claim against my clients.
Taliesin: How odd, don't you think?
William McCarthy: We also had a witness place your clients
Taliesin: Sid Vicious? Pfft.
William McCarthy: at a questionable meeting
Taliesin: There is evidence that he actually works for the Purity League.
Taliesin: Wouldn't trust a word out of that one.
Taliesin: Wildstar herself wouldn't vouch for him at trial.
William McCarthy: Yes, we should rather trust the self-proclaimed mistress of the dark, instead
Taliesin: So, lots of hearsay, and not a ton of evidence.
Taliesin: *grins*
Taliesin: Being a Mistress of the Dark doesn't make you guilty to any old claim brought up by just anyone
Taliesin: *grins*
Moses: in theses days ... it just might.
Taliesin: And yet, how unfair would that be?
Taliesin: Surely a Court of JUSTICE can do better, don't you think?

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Only the jury may answer, Taliesin.

Court will reconvene on Thursday, April 22nd, at 7:00PM PST.


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Trial Update: The Widow Testifies
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Posted on Saturday, April 17, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
The case of Britannia vs the Dark Tower and Ravenshire continued last night with questioning of perhaps one of the most critical witnesses to the case: the Widow, Fazhnjell.

Full court transcript can be found here.

Within her testimony, the Widow disclosed several secrets, including the complex truth of her age and rumor of a hidden housekeeping passageway to the Royal Treasury. Could this passageway have been used by the thieves to gain access? While details of the mechanism of the passageway were shared only with the Judge within the courtroom, reporters with escort of Castle guard were shown the location of the empty Britannian vaults, robbed clean of their treasures.

The Widow also gave her account of the night of the burglary, in which she accused the defendants of pillaging Britain's storerooms and threatening her to keep silent on threat of harm to the citizens of Britannia at large.

Attorneys for the defense brought into question the Widow's eyesight and the matter of the Widow's discovery. How does one hear commotion in an underground stone vault from above in a study? There is also the matter of the Widow's prior dealings with the defendants. Does the Widow hold a grudge?
Both the Widow and the defense mentioned a troubling fact: the Guard seemed surprisingly absent the night of the crime. Where was the Guard the night of the burglary? The Widow claimed to have made report of the attempted crime to Colonel Brackus, who is known to regularly keep guard logs. What might this guard log say? Guardsmen questioned knew not of any entries within the guard log relating to the crime. Could information contained within the log corroborate or refute the Widow's testimony?
And what of Pepta, the Royal Food Tester, poisoned the night of the crime? Who would poison her, and to what purpose? How did she recover so quickly?



Multiple testimonies in this court case have mentioned seeing another hooded figure in the secret meetings preceding the crimes. Is there more to this crime than meets the eye? How credible is the Widow? Where was the Guard that night? What does Pepta know and why would someone want her out of the way? Will the jury find the defendants guilty or will the Widow's testimony create more questions than it answered?

The jury watched on with fixed expression.

Court is scheduled to resume tomorrow, April 17th, at 3:00PM PST in the Court of Truth. Court agenda reflects the Prosecution's cross-examination of the mysterious Widow. The Court asks trial visitors to observe decorum when court is in session.

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[EM] Horse Race postponed
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Posted on Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)



Posted to the EM news site;

The Archery Tournament portion of the Britannian Games ran late tonight (Friday). Thus the horse race that was scheduled to take place after has been postponed until Sunday.

Horse Race – Sunday April, 18 at 7pm CST / 8pm EST. We will meet at the race track behind Empath Abbey in Yew, Trammel.


The EM site itself is here [a new link to the old website].



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Of Skills and Macros
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Posted on Saturday, April 17, 2010, 2:11 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)


Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:





This week we have for you: New, and rather badly overdue, Snooping Updated, The skills master list with new Skill Titles Also updated Creating Macros. Including information on how to map macros to the keypad numbers. There's still time to enter our essay competition and win Jhall's 'cool goodies' (30 day time code or UO Legacy code). Closing date 27th April And finally, a reminder that we recently opened two new forums. First, UO Test Center, currently buzzing with discussion of the proposed faction changes; live on a special test shard - 'factions'. Second The Feluccan Residents Forum, for the discussion of life and problems under the Felucca ruleset.

To contribute information please email to:
[email protected], [email protected], or you can just send a pm to Petra Fyde.

Thank you.
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Queen Dawn Requests Your Attendance.
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Posted on Saturday, April 17, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians. From the desk of Fiorella comes the following:



Good Citizens of Britannia!! Queen Dawn has requested all to come to
Castle British on April 18th at 5:00pm PST to meet with the new Royal
Detective Jayden Marcus.

Detective Marcus will be questioning some of you in regards to the goings on of the past few months. Perhaps investigating a few key spots.




Hope to see all of you there!
Best gaming wishes!
Salya Sin

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Kijustsu Anei Keys Banner Completed
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Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Kijustsu Anei Keys Banner Completed
North of Britain, Trammel
April 15, 2010



Kijustsu Anei Keys (Part of the Ethereal Void Imperium) is pleased to announce the construction of their Township banner has been completed. The Kijustsu Anei Keys community has been working hard on building up the location for months under the great leadership of Luna Rossa and the rest of the Imperium Founders. What started off as a simple outpost for homes due to limited spots on the Homare-Jima Island, has shaped into a functioning Village with a great active RP Shipping Company.

The community of the Ethereal Void Imperium invites everyone from all over to join them on Friday the 16th at 9:30pm ET for a massive Net toss. They aren’t just throwing normal nets either. They have a good stock of Fabled fishing nets to throw as well. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to get that ghost ship anchor drop.



If you do not know how to get there just use the township teleport hub recently constructed in Luna. It is Located on the South exit of Luna city, across the road from the Sosarian Solstice Fairgrounds. Double click the ice blue statue to be taken directly to Kijustsu Anei Keys.

Kijustsu Anei Keys and Kijustsu Anei Village is happy to announce new liquor, wine and other spirits are ready to be shipped. The Sages have been brewing and are now ready to take orders for:



Message from Grace O’Malley
[Skeleton Key Shipping Company]
*Please note the below message is a RP IC message*

Our shipping and trading Company transports goods across land and sea for profit. We hire the best men and women to handle our shipments and to complete various jobs.The Skeleton Key Shipping Company is located in the Kijustsu Anei Keys.


Transportation and Shipping of Goods and Merchandise

*Rates*
Small crate – 1000 gold pieces per crate
Medium crate – 1500 gold pieces per crate
Large crate – 2000 gold pieces per crate

*By Sea *– 50,000 gold pieces per ship includes crew
*By Land *– 100,000 gold pieces includes charge for 4 pack
animals. Additional pack animals, additional gold pieces.

1. All goods or merchandise to be shipped must be delivered to the Skeleton Key Shipping Company Headquarters one full day prior to departure.

2. All goods must be crated and clearly labeled with shippers name and destination.

3. All crates to be transported _will_ be inspected by the Skeleton Key Shipping Company so the ships manifest can be duly documented.

*Terms*
All shipping contracts are to be paid in full prior
to departure. Any loss is yours, not ours. Any retribution regarding a loss will be our privilege, not yours. Any costs incurred by the Company during retribution will be the responsibility of the Shipper not the Company and are to be paid promptly and in full. Failure to compensate the Company for any charges or losses incurred will be tended to promptly and severely.
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Vivid Dreams
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Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
Vivid Dreams Since drinking the last of Garkin's elixir, Seth's dreams had become sharp. He had actually been having two dreams recurring all week. Seth was confident that these locations would bring him closer to destroying the final pages of the Tome of Curses . His first vision did baffle him some, the name on the page was different each time, first it was the Curse of Rain, then it was the Curse of Fire and at times it was also the Curse of Ice. He would resolve the issue Friday night when he would lead the Cove Militia to the area and retrieve the page. He would then on Saturday Lead the Militia to the second vision's location and destroy that page as well. Seth hereby requests the Cove Militia gather Friday April 16, 2010 at 8:00 PM EST Seth also request that the Cove Militia gather Saturday April 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM EST Each evening the meeting place will be outside the Cove healers.
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[EM] PvP Two on Two Tournament – Sunday, April 18th, 5pm EST
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Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Some news from EM Kasaven through the Catskills EM Website:
Good eve, Catskills!
I will be holding a Two on Two tournament, so get in a bit of practice with your partner and meet at the Counselor’s Hall in Britain, (Fel or Tram, depending on your murderer status) on Sunday, April 18th, at 5 p.m. EST.
The rules are as follows -
Because of factions and stat-loss, we’ll keep this a best-of-one tournament.
No pets, sorry tamers. This includes no mounts.
No forms (animal, wraith, etc) what-so-ever.
No Summons.
No fields of any sort.
No Conflag nor Explosion potions.
No hiding nor stealthing.
No Disarming.
Once your partner is dead, he is out. No resurrecting.
Rules are subject to change by the 18th.
Everyone participating will receive a memento.
Any questions or concerns, send to [email protected] I hope to see a large turnout!
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[EM] Hear Ye, Townsmen! Gather ‘Round!
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Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Well, this is fairly big news...

Posted to the EM news site;

Hail,

Auto and I are now in the boat with a bunch of other crazy people and are going to be doing our best to recognize your player run towns. How will we be doing this? Well….

Firstly you need to qualify and to do so you need a few things,

1) Buildings
5-10 Village/Hamlet
11-20 Town
21-30 City
31+ Kingdom/Empire/City-State

2) An active community.

Simple right? ^_^

So you are now qualified to get recognized as a town, now the hard part comes… We need to meet up with you and talk, and see the locations and verify that your numbers are correct, and that there is houses. (IE. You say you have 38 people but really only have 21)
Next we need you to find a lovely open spot and design a banner, now you need to be sure that this wont block major housing placement, and that it is rather small, no building a tower as your banner. Some examples can be seen here… http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1025 and here! http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1024

Now you have finished your banner so you need to contact us, Make sure you contact both of us, since this is a slow process if you don’t it can become a lot longer.
@

[email protected] and [email protected]


Can see why they were excited to post this.

The EM site itself is here [a new link to the old website].



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BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap for April 11, Schedule for April 18
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Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
  Baja Taming Hour
sponsored by
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance
Recap For April 11, 2010
by BRPA hostess Proserpina [C K] Starting points: 11,019,655 (Tier 11)
Ending points: 11,217,127
Points earned: 197,472 Kat MacBroeden's random prize point level this evening was 11,172,456, which was won by Katrina Cole who received a Heritage Token. Congratulations Katrina! Hostess Proserpina introduced The Official Zoo Drinking Song: (Grab your mug of milk, hold it high, and sing really loud!) Give a cheer!
Give a cheer for the tamers who are here ...
at the gates of the ol' RBZ! They are Brave!
They are bold for foul beasties they can hold ...
at the gates of the ol' RBZ! For it's conquer, curb,
restrain as you grab
those strays and tame! Give out the orders
loud and clear ....
MORE DEER! And if Seppo should appear, yell ... 
HEY! An EM's here!
At the gates of the ol' RBZ! _________________________________________________________________ Tamers:
Lady HRH_Elizabeth [D_S]
Lil Debi [M!S]
Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
Shayla Keylley [SOB]
Katrina Cole [BRPA]
Tamar
Lady Luna Tic [TAO]

Gold Donations:
Feiht

Next Taming Hour, Sunday, April 18, 2010, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern). ________________________________________ If you would like to help support the Zoo but can not make it to the BRPA Zoo Taming Hour, please contact WildStar [DWN] or Sara [TAO]. We will make arrangements to record your donations and add you to the list of participants, making you eligible for one of the Kat MacBroeden's mysterious prizes. The Zoo crew has placed a Zoo Fund vendor at Sara's vendor house NW of the north Luna gate. All proceeds from the vendor are donated to the Zoo Maintenance fund. If you have items you would like to donate for sale on the vendor, please contact WildStar [DWN], Sara [TAO], or any BRPA member. There have been a lot of nice items donated for the Zoo vendor ... be sure to stop by and take a look! ________________________________________ Related Links:
Week 1: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 22
Week 4: Silver Steed Returns To Baja Royal Zoo, December 13
Week 7: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 3
Week 12: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For February 7
Week 13: No Taming Hour February 14
Week 16: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For March 7
Week 20: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For April 4  
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Factions Test Shard - Opening Today!
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Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)



Factions Test Shard - Opening Today!
Mike “Phoenix” Moore
14 Apr 2010 14:19:45





Greetings!

We have been working hard on making some major updates to the Factions system, and we are now commencing public testing of these changes. They represent some significant changes to the Factions system. As such, we feel it is important to do extensive public testing and gather as much feedback as we can.


Later this afternoon we will open a Test Server named “Factions”. You are invited to jump in and playtest this early version of Factions system changes, which include new fortresses, an updated score and ranking system, and in-game leaderboards.


Details of the test have been posted on the Stratics forums here: http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=194079. The Factions test server is scheduled to open at 3:00 PM ETD on 14 April 2010.


We hope to see you there!
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Please Join Me in Welcoming Brytt's Return as Baja News Reporter!
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT by AirmidCecht (Baja)
Please Join Me in Welcoming Brytt's Return as Baja News Reporter!

Brytt of the Golden Brew has returned not only to his fair shard but also to his duties as reporter. It is with happy hearts we welcome him back the community. There is much to report on along with Sara, Ceno and WarderDragon and we look forward to many grand stories shared!


With Warm Welcome,
AirmidCecht
UO Stratics News Administrator

*If you would like to join the Stratics News Team for Baja please feel free to contact me for an application!
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Anok Libertine and Dyr Nox Wed ~ Die in Khaldun April 16th
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)




This past weekend the well known Anok Libertine and Dyr Nox tied the knot.

The night before this wedding I picked out a pretty AoS pink dress and was ready for the wedding and reception to follow. Real life once again got in the way, it happens sometimes, and I was not able to attend. I rarely miss a Great Lakes wedding and was sad to miss this one as both have a long history on our shard.

WE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT WISH THEM MUCH HAPPINESS AND LONG LASTING LOVE! ~



On a different note below are the details on an upcoming event, Die in Khaldun. Friday, April 16th, at 8 p.m. CDT


You can get to Khaldun on your own (and even arrive early) if you like, but there will also be gates from these locations in Felucca:

A few steps southeast of the Britain moongate
A few steps southeast of the Minoc moongate
A few steps southeast of the Buc’s Den moongate
A few steps east of the Chaos Shrine

The first pair of gates will be cast first, the second pair about a minute later. They will remain open throughout the event. I have placed four lanterns in Khaldun to show you where the gates will go. Plan your strategies accordingly. You will know the event is over when the lanterns disappear.

___________________________________________________

You hear the workers of Khaldun in your nightmares:

We call to you from the Tomb of Khal Ankur. We who sweated and toiled for the glory of the expedition leaders. We who are forgotten.

We challenge you! Our spirits grow strong in bitterness and rage as we gather for battle. Can you outwit us? Can you outwit those who trapped us here? Some of you may escape this hell, but we will force even those to carry our memories with them.

For centuries we've mouldered, enduring the fanatical rantings of the zealots and the bluster of the expedition leaders. We crave the company of new spirits to entertain us with stories of their lives and adventures. Come die with us...
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[EM] Britannian Games – Week 2
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 7:38 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;

This Friday we will be holding the next two events for the Games. The archery competition and the horse race.

Archery competition -Friday, April 16 at 7pm CST / 8pm EST at the Luna Fairgrounds.

Horse race – Friday, April 16 at 8pm CST / 9pm EST at the race track behind Empath Abbey, Yew.


You can find more information, including the scheduling for futher games when they become available, as well as descriptions of all of the events that will eventually be held, here [a new link to the old website]



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In the Shadow of Virtue - Lost and Found Part 2
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 5:09 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)


In the Shadow of Virtue - Lost and Found Part 2
Mark Steelman
13 Apr 2010 16:21:05



In the Shadow of Virtue - Lost and Found Part 2Mark Steelman13 Apr 2010 16:21:05 EST
This is a continuation of Lost and Found Part 1
Captain Avery stood before Queen Dawn at attention, even though with Lord Francesco dead he wasn’t technically a member of any militia.   Old habits from old identities die hard, thought Sherry.
A few moments earlier, Captain Avery had entered the chamber and found Queen Dawn and Dexter the Mage in an animated debate.  He didn’t seem to notice Sherry the mouse, with whom they had also been speaking, because she was under the edge of the sofa by one of the legs.  All three of them had stood as he entered the room; their shame in his presence was palpable.

“Oh, I’m sorry to interrupt, your highness.  I will come back later.”
“Please come in.  We are discussing something that concerns you.” said Dawn, almost apologetically.
“Yes, your highness.” And thus he had sprung to attention.
“At ease, Captain.” Dawn’s usual verve was returning and she smirked.  “This isn’t an inspection.”  She extended her hand to him to welcome him.  Avery stepped forward, took her hand and bowed until his forehead touched the back of it.  Well, at least he managed not to salute her again, Sherry thought.

The queen blushed at his gallant, if awkward, gesture.  “I trust that your accommodations here at the castle have been acceptable?” she fumbled.
“Yes your highness, it is far above what I am accustomed to.”  Avery said with a pleasant smile.  He quickly added, “I meant to refer to when I was living in the barracks of Lord Francesco, of course.”
Wow, thought Sherry, Now I bet Dawn and Dexter wish they were hiding under the sofa….  Avery is truly a remarkable man to resist bitterness after so much hardship, Sherry thought to herself. 

Eight months ago, after a distinguished military career, Avery had been framed by Casca for the murder of the royal council and thrown in Yew Prison pending execution.  Only recently had he been absolved of the crime and released.  It seemed that with all that had happened he had simply been forgotten.  In an obvious attempt to say, “I’m really really really sorry we accidently left you in prison for eight months for a crime you didn’t commit,” Queen Dawn had made Avery her personal guest at the castle.
Prison has changed him, thought Sherry.  He seems more serene now.  In earlier times when Sherry’d seen him in the castle, he was always rushing by, saluting, reporting, listening to new orders, and rushing off.  Since his return from Yew, Avery spent most of his days in the gardens or out by the shore.  He seemed to avoid the more bustling parts of Britain and preferred the grass and the sun and the sea.  Even his clothes were more relaxed; linen shirts and soft leather boots were his uniform these days.

“One of your charming tales led Sherry to make an important discovery.”  Sherry noted that Dawn was becoming skilled at recovering from awkward social moments.  It must come with practice.
Sherry smiled to herself as she recalled the tale that had begun her quest.  Avery certainly can do a spot-on imitation of Ricardo, she mused.  Well, I suppose they spent enough time together in prison.
In her mind, Sherry could see Avery hunched over, one eye wide, the other squinted, his fingers waving near his head to resemble Ricardo’s shaggy and disheveled hair.  “Lord British’s Vault is a place of legend among us thieves!  It contains expensive things, things what have the added value of belonging to Lord British himself!  Among its treasures be items such as The Crystal of Duplicity; the very one which Lord British took from Minax when she infiltrated Trammel…”

Avery turned from Dawn and looked directly at her, “Uh-oh, Sherry, what have you been up to?”  His sudden acknowledgement snapped her out of the daydream and spooked her.  Was she so easy to spot?  She resisted the urge to scurry farther under the sofa.
“I found the vault… and the crystal.”  said Sherry, holding her ground.
“Surely you are joking.” Avery turned back to Dawn with a quizzical look.  “That was just a mad story from a poor wretch of a man.”

“Mad or no, the crystal exists, and it is here.  We’re just trying to decide if we should let the cat out of the bag.” said Dawn.  “And, of course… how to get the bag open.”
Sherry frowned.  She had asked Dawn to stop using that expression.  It was inconsiderate.
“But there is more,” said Dawn with a look of glee.  “Tell him, Dex.”

“Oh, um, ok.” said Dexter, eyeing both Dawn and Avery.  “Well, my research suggests that the crystal Sherry describes matches one owned by Nystul… The Nystul… the one that split Trammel from Felucca and created a spell over Trammel to protect it…”
“I know who Nystul is, Dexter.” said Avery, nodding.
“The short version, please, Dex.” said Dawn impatiently.
Dexter grimaced but continued, “Well, if my theory is correct, this crystal actually…”
“He thinks he can use it to break the curse and restore Magincia!” blurted Dawn.  “We have been trying to rebuild there for so long I can hardly believe it!  Avery, I want you to lead the team to get this done.”

Dexter’s mouth hung open in mid sentence and Avery’s eyes opened wide.  “Oh” sputtered Avery.  Then he composed himself and cast his eyes to the floor.  “My dear queen, while I am deeply honored by this offer, I cannot accept.  I had actually come to tell you I am leaving….  I think I need time to know I am free before I can take on the yoke of service again.”
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A short time later, Sherry and the Queen watched Avery leave the palace and walk out the gate.  Sherry felt a tear come to her eye.  She had briefly considered going with him.  She knew she would miss him and she always felt better when he was around.  She could tell that Dawn felt that way too.
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[EM] Hall of Commons 4/12/10
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Hall of Commons
April 12, 2010
By: Merik



EM Announcements
(Announced by EM Dudley)

Santiago's Fishing Challenge Thursday, April 15th 6 - 12am ET
Details will be explained by Santiago Guildmaster of the Sons of the
Sea. You may gather at the Sons of the Seas in Trinsic for the event.
(Directions)

Captain Bloodrum's Challenge The weekend of the 23rd.
Exact day and time has not been announced yet.
(Directions)

Sosarian Solstice Fair Tuesday, April 27th at 7pm ET
(Directions)

Township Summit Meeting Wednesday, April 21st at 8:30pm ET
(Directions)

Open To The Floor
(Announcements)

The detective ranks are forming. You must be a GM detective
and display it overhead at all times. If you meet this criteria
hand me a book with your name. Thank you. ~Ole Solskjaer

I am looking for 2 lieutenants. Fill out a book with your name,
skill's and let me know why you would like to join. ~Celestial Knight

Three News vendors have been setup at the Hall of Commons.
They will have Stratics News & Hall of Commons meeting minutes
The vendors work for the Royal Postal Service ~Merik

Open To The Floor
(Q&A Summery Form)

The Ice Cream shop sign will be placed soon. Due
to height issues Mesanna will be contacted to place it.

Contacting EM RP Characters can be done through
the mailboxes at the Hall of Commons.

The winners of the Ice Cream shop and Fair Ground
naming will have a plaque in the Hall of Victory.

EM Events aimed towards thieves is something being
worked on. Maybe next month.

Any townships requiring recognition can do so at the
next Summit Meeting on April 21st. For Banner construction
and town tour email EM Dudley at: [email protected]
The Cryosphere (Double click for a Easter Basket)
probably can not be stolen it is frozen to the pedestal.

Stories about Commander Drake Foxx can be
found on the Stratics EM Forums.

It is unknown if Gareth did or did not kill Balandar. It's being
investigated. You'd of thought out of everyone there would be
a decent healer. Let the poor guy die though... Seems everyone
was to concentrated on the Cryosphere and it's gifts. Guess
you'll have to wait and hope you can get him back. Doubt if
there is anyone else who can help you find the Artifact.

EM Dudley was a little shocked that we could not save Balandar.
If you had saved Balandar one thing would have happened but he
died, so something else happened. When EM Dudley says "you" he
means the collective playerbase of the event. You is each and every
person in the event. Gareth was the only one that tried to help.
He is not healer though he is a Mage. Remember EM Roleplay
Characters (RPC) will react to what you do. Special EM locations
for story lines that cannot be marked in, will remain that way.

Please remember the deco you have become accustomed too takes
time And frankly, at this point, I'm not about to put out anything
worse than what we've done. That would be so disappointing. Also
EM events are rarely scheduled on actual holidays. There's a reason
they are holidays...
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Looking For A Few Good Pens!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
Reporter Ad      Chesapeake News Team Expanding!  

       The UO Stratics Chesapeake News Team is Currently Seeking A Few Good Pens! Have a knack for putting pen to paper and writing an excellent story? Then perhaps UO Stratics' Chesapeake News Page is the place where you can not only show off your talent but also help bring the community together with interesting, exciting stories and news items about the Shard and it's citizens.
UO Stratics is currently looking for active, talented citizens of Chesapeake to add to our team of top-notch Ultima Online reporters.

As a volunteer you are required to:

* Be a competent writer
* Be an active, knowledgeable member of the [Shard] community
* Be willing to attend events and quests, interview VIPs, report news of interest to the community
* Be able to dedicate a minimum of three hours per week to writing and/or posting news items
* Have a familiarity with basic HTML
* Be pro-active

Does the above describe you? Then what are you waiting for??? Apply... right now... do not hesitate! Simply fill out this brief questionnaire and fire off an e-mail to [email protected] with “[Shard] Reporter Application" as the subject.

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

Thanks and Good luck to all applicants! 

Morpheus Mardox
UO Chesapeake Shard
News Manager




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[EM Event] Meet & Greet
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
WHEN? 13th April 2010 at 8pm UK Time, (9pm Central European Time)
WHERE? Counselor's Hall in Britain

The Meet & Greet will be at the Counselors Hall in Britain. EM Sarakan and EM Emile Layne will adress questions regarding the recently launched Town Recognitions program.
Location : Counselors Hall in Britain

Event taken from the Europa EM Website.
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Stratics and IGG Team Up To Offer A 26'' Samsung Monitor And Tales of Fantasy Closed Beta!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 3:33 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (NetworkNews)


Stratics and IGG have teamed up to offer our users something special this month! One grand prize winner will win a Samsung T260HD Touch of Color HDTV LCD Monitor and anyone who enters this contest will receive exclusive access to the closed beta for Tales of Fantasy, the newest MMO from IGG!






About Tales of Fantasy
Tales of Fantasy is a massive 3D Fantasy game centered on inter-faction warfare with an immersive history and storyline. The game promises to be highly fun to play, even having the option to tame a wide variety of different beasts. And to top of it off, the engine has impressive graphics - an amazing feature considering it's free! Yes, that's right - Tales of Fantasy is a free to play MMO!



Some of the main features include:

Mounted Combat System

With a diverse collection of mounts available, TOF features a meticulously designed mounted combat system. Players can attack while perched atop their favorite mounts.



Real-time Horse Racing Competition
For those racing fanatics out there, TOF has even incorporated a Horse Racing system. Players can use their mounts to race other contestants across a designated racecourse passing through various locations in the world of Elterra. Do you think you have the best mount out there? Does it feel like your opponent's mount is always just slightly faster than yours? Now's the time to find out!



Special Offer For Stratics Users
Just as an additional thank you to our loyal users, Stratics users who signup for beta will receive a free in-game exclusive mount!




You can view and download Tales of Fantasy videos from the IGG website at http://tof.igg.com/download/video.php








Grand Prize

One lucky participant in the Tales of Fantasy beta event will win a Samsung T260HD Touch of Color HDTV LCD Monitor!



This HDTV monitor is beautiful inside and out. It features our stunning Touch of Colorô design and 1080p digital HDTV tuner for the highest resolution images. Youíll also experience a vivid, realistic picture with the incredible 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The T260HD has a 25.5" screen, supports Dolby Digital Surround and has dual HDMI inputs (in addition to DVI and VGA). The monitor also has lower power consumption than other monitors in its class, making it more economical and ecological to use. Combined with its beautiful design, the T260HD is unlike any monitor you've ever seen.










 

 




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Community Hunts - Week of April 12th
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Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:39 PM 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.

Medusa Hunt (Stygian abyss)
Date: Tuesday, April 13th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt
Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Stygian Dragon Hunt (Stygian Abyss)
Date: Thursday, April 15th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, April 16th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


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

Posted by:
Lady Tia
LS News Manager


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280th Assembly of the High Council
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Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
280th Assembly of the High Council

Date: Monday, April 12, 2010
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Note Location Change: Parliament Building, Magincia, Trammel Facet
(the parliament building is found on the south eastern most corner of the island)

Meeting Agenda:

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

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

- Other items to be announced at the meeting.

High Council of Britannia


Posted by:
Lady Tia
LS News Manager



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Community Meet Up - April 12th
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Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)



Community Meet Up – April 12, 2010
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


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

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

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



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The DOT Insists on Seatbelts in All Easter Baskets in the Future
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Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)
The DOT Insists on Seatbelts in All Easter Baskets in the Future When the EMs notified the citizens of Origin that there was a “vewy confused wabbit” on the lose, they all knew instantly that they were going to be called upon to help with the situation. Unaware of the complexity of this mission, many arrived at the EM hall very early on Easter morning, fighting off waves of sleepiness and fatigue, yet ready to take instruction from their fearless leaders, EM Faine and EM Molly. EM Faine took the floor and began to explain that the Easter Bunny had gotten very confused and was dropping items out of his basket as he roamed aimlessly about the lands of Sosaria. Of course, the first thought of many, was that maybe the poor fella had somehow gotten into EM Faine’s stash of the Ole Irish spirits. As it turns out though, this was not the case. Before EM Faine went into great detail of what had actually happened, she took the opportunity to assure us this was not going to be a treacherous ordeal, but would positively require at least two items to complete…a brain and very fast shoes! Many were quite certain that there were those that were having doubts as to whether they possessed these items at 7 in the morning, although EM Faine quickly added the suggestion of an additional resource that might be of great help in this situation - Coffee! Now feeling a bit more confident in their abilities to help retrieve all of the goodies that the Easter Bunny had lost from his basket, the citizens, still gathered around the EMs, were anxious to find out exactly why this had happened. EM Faine promptly directed their attention to two books which were placed on the floor near the entrance of the Hall. “The greenish colored book, she said, should explain what had prompted the Easter Bunny to become so confused that he had lost all of his basket’s belonging.” Reading the book as quickly as possible, they soon learned that the problem had all started when the poor Easter Bunny had eaten some carrots that were tainted with failed fertilizer that Donal had whipped up during his captivity to appease Selago. The fertilizer was intended to be incorrect and was supposed to have been destroyed. However, apparently the guards had tossed at least one mixture of it into a field of carrots… Carrots, that the Easter Bunny had evidently partaken of, thus causing his confusion and making him lose all of the items in his basket. Lying next to the green book, there was also a pink book that would serve to aid the citizens in their search for the belongs, by giving them clues to the whereabouts of the bunny’s trail. Hopefully, if the searchers were to find the path that the Bunny was taking, they would also find his belonging along the way. Armed now with knowledge of the possibilities of the bunny‘s whereabouts, the group soon began to leave, some on their own, some in groups, yet all det
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Seth's Sleepless Nights
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Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010, 4:37 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
Seth awoke Wednesday morning; something was not right, it felt as if he had lost an entire day of his life. He had a feeling he had done his normal routines, but alas there was no signs that he had. It was as if the day had never existed. Seth could also not recall his nightly visions. Since losing a day, Seth had not been able to sleep. Seth had decided to drink the last bit of his Uncle Garkin’s Elixir and see if both sleep and the visions would return. The Cove Militia should rest this week, the visions will likely not become clear for around 7 days.

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[EM] In The Reflection Of My Minds Eyes
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 9:39 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
In The Reflection Of My Minds Eyes
Balandar's House, Moonglow
April 10, 2010
By: Merik



They say a mirror will never lie to you...look into a mirror and
what do you see? A reflection of ones self? Ones true nature?
As you stare into a mirror is it always your reflection looking
back at you? Or is it someone or something else?

The discovery of a mirror was reported earlier. What is this
mirror showing me? Does this mirror go somewhere? Is this
mirror connected to the rumors of small furry creatures? Well if
you consider these creatures small and furry you were correct!!!

*You Look Into The Mysterious Mirror And See A
Land Of Delicious Treats And Unknown Danger*




Mages, Warriors, Tamer and more flooded into the gate only to
find instant death!!! On the other side of this mirror was true
horrors. The creatures sliced through the assault lines like a knife
into butter.... Mmm butter...*Refocuses* Sorry... Where was I?

Oh yes everyone being beaten around like a rag doll!!! Those who
had not yet entered this mirror world, saw the masses of spirits
pouring out from the Mirror. They were resurrected and right back
into the thick of the chocolate.... I wonder if it was Dark chocolate
or Milk chocolate....Mmmm chocolate.... Or that white chocolate
with mint...... Cocosaurus *Refocuses*



The Image once again made an appearance. This unknown
Image was seen before on Wednesday night at the Queen's
Table in the Castle.

"A Clever mage indeed to bypass the maze... Would it prove to
be wise? Or would it prove to be foolish... Wise yet you huddle
here while your comrades die? No matter....."

*Swirls hands around the Crysosphere*


A Magicians Nightmare
A Magicians Dream

The Image summoned great beasts of wonderful color but deadly
powers. Not only did they have to deal with new creatures they
had to deal with the left over creatures the Mages had bypassed.
Once all the creatures were taken care of Lord Balandar was
found... coughing up blood and passing out onto the floor.

Royal Guards, Powerful Mages, Citizens from townships loyal to
the Crown and more stood around just staring at the dieing
Balandar. Lord Gareth of Kijustsu Anei Village assisted Balandar
to his feet but were Gareths intentions to help Lord Balandar?



Balandar was pulled to the Cryosphere... The Elixer and then
put on the throne... however it would be the last place Lord
Balandar would sit, as his body went cold and lifeless.

Was Lord Balandar destined to die? Or was it due to the
incompetence of Lord Gareth? One man was not to pleased
to hear the news of Lord Balandar not surviving. Commander
Drake Foxx made his way to the area and he wanted answers!



Commander Drake Fox grabbed a hold of Gareth and
raised him up against the ice, shaking him Violently!

"What did you do?"
"You let him die!?"

"Sir no Sir!"
"I tried to do everything I could."

Daktari Zinn responded
"Yes he did, he tried allot of things."

Commander Drake Foxx lowered Gareth
back down releasing his powerful grip on Gareth.



Commander Drake Foxx left the area but
not before saying what was on his mind.
"You have let the realm down this evening...."

Gareth responded with... "What else is new?"

I hope our readers realize if you do not know what you
are doing then you are not helping. What you do could
make matters worse or even result in the assumed
death of Lord Balandar....
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Imperium Towns Under Siege
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Imperium Towns Under Siege
Kijustsu Anei Village and Keys
April 3-8 , 2010

By: Merik
The towns of Kijustsu Anei Village and Kijustsu Anei Keys have been
invaded by Undead Armies not once but twice this week!! Through
the combined effort of the Imperium, Allies and other townships
the Undead armies were beaten back in record time....



After the Undead were slayed once again the people began to
chat. Is the well of souls becoming unstable again? Does
Lady CaT and her Tower have anything to do with recent
undead uprising? Is the well damaged and allowing different
creatures to enter and reenter our realm? Or is something or
someone else behind these attacks?

I made my way around the towns to get an idea of what might be
going on. A few were willing to go on the record but not many...
It is unknown if the Undead waves within the Imperium towns have
anything to do with the Undead attacks upon Balandar's home.

Dread Lady CaT
I was in my tower looking at new books I got from the
Museum curator in Tel Mur. A book about the underworld.
I was standing near my sacrificial alter. I looked out the
window and see....undead approaching. They literally
surrounded the tower Lichs trying to breach the Tower of
Souls defenses. I scrambled to get my spell book to deal
with the undead. Summoned energy vortexes to send the
Undead back to the Abyss and meteor strikes to turn the
skeletal hordes to ash. I could hear village alarms being
sounded. I saw other citizens fighting the undead hordes
and made my way to assist...after carefully putting the
Book of the Underworld away for later use...

Niva The Savage
Niva wake up! Niva see Walking Bones! Walking skin!
Bad Not Dead! Niva Smart Savage! Niva hide! Call help!

Mirt
I was just finishing my appointed rounds when suddenly a
horrific stench assaulted me from my office in the jail. Then
I saw the ghost of Ado and knew something was either
going very right or very wrong. Poor Ado had been killed by
menacing undead that had invaded the village. I grabbed
my sword and ran out to defend my home. After beating
back the invasion a runner appeared with word that the Keys
were under attack as well and I went off to defend my sisters
home. After that attack too was beaten back I checked to see
if Moria too was besieged by vile undead, but thankfully it was
safe and quiet.



The local Tonkaweya Savage Tribe found a mysterious container
strapped to the back of a Ancient Lich. The container held many
unknown spells inside of it and appeared to be rather old and
burnt. The Savages brought the container to the "CaT Lady."
They thought she might have a better use for it then they would.

Lady CaT examined the contents of the container and found twelve
unknown spells inside. Once the Savage heard the word spell she
asked if it could help retrieve Sinthe from the Well of Souls? Lady
CaT needed to further study the spells before knowing....


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Imperium Towns Under Siege
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Imperium Towns Under Siege
Kijustsu Anei Village and Keys
April 3-8 , 2010

By: Merik
The towns of Kijustsu Anei Village and Kijustsu Anei Keys have been
invaded by Undead Armies not once but twice this week!! Through
the combined effort of the Imperium, Allies and other townships
the Undead armies were beaten back in record time....



After the Undead were slayed once again the people began to
chat. Is the well of souls becoming unstable again? Does
Lady CaT and her Tower have anything to do with recent
undead uprising? Is the well damaged and allowing different
creatures to enter and reenter our realm? Or is something or
someone else behind these attacks?

I made my way around the towns to get an idea of what might be
going on. A few were willing to go on the record but not many...
It is unknown if the Undead waves within the Imperium towns have
anything to do with the Undead attacks upon Balandar's home.

Dread Lady CaT
I was in my tower looking at new books I got from the
Museum curator in Tel Mur. A book about the underworld.
I was standing near my sacrificial alter. I looked out the
window and see....undead approaching. They literally
surrounded the tower Lichs trying to breach the Tower of
Souls defenses. I scrambled to get my spell book to deal
with the undead. Summoned energy vortexes to send the
Undead back to the Abyss and meteor strikes to turn the
skeletal hordes to ash. I could hear village alarms being
sounded. I saw other citizens fighting the undead hordes
and made my way to assist...after carefully putting the
Book of the Underworld away for later use...

Niva The Savage
Niva wake up! Niva see Walking Bones! Walking skin!
Bad Not Dead! Niva Smart Savage! Niva hide! Call help!

Mirt
I was just finishing my appointed rounds when suddenly a
horrific stench assaulted me from my office in the jail. Then
I saw the ghost of Ado and knew something was either
going very right or very wrong. Poor Ado had been killed by
menacing undead that had invaded the village. I grabbed
my sword and ran out to defend my home. After beating
back the invasion a runner appeared with word that the Keys
were under attack as well and I went off to defend my sisters
home. After that attack too was beaten back I checked to see
if Moria too was besieged by vile undead, but thankfully it was
safe and quiet.



The local Tonkaweya Savage Tribe found a mysterious container
strapped to the back of a Ancient Lich. The container held many
unknown spells inside of it and appeared to be rather old and
burnt. The Savages brought the container to the "CaT Lady."
They thought she might have a better use for it then they would.

Lady CaT examined the contents of the container and found twelve
unknown spells inside. Once the Savage heard the word spell she
asked if it could help retrieve Sinthe from the Well of Souls? Lady
CaT needed to further study the spells before knowing....


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Zento Station (USN)
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Zento Station [USN]
April 8, 2010
By: Merik



Admiral Greyylene of the USN invites citizens of the realm to join
her on Thursday nights around 9:00pm ET at the Zento Station
located on the outer walls of Zento City. During this Thursdays
event a lone Savage known as Sai'ge brought Admiral Greyylene
a recipe for the worlds famous "Savage Ale" or at least she
thought that was what she had. Sai'ge handed over the recipe
allowing Greyylene to read it. The Admiral seemed confused....

"This Recipe is for Orc Love Potion."

Sai'ge became angry and violent. She knocked liquor bottles off the
ground and over turned furniture. Sai'ge pulls out some paper and
attempted to set fire to the banner on the back wall. Greyylene
warned the Savage again and again. This time Greyylene had no
choice but to fire arrows at the Savage. Sai'ge was no match for
a USN Admiral and quickly withdrew to outside of the house.

Savage Ale Back Story
{Written by Greyylene}



Well on the way to making a name for herself Greyylene carried out the orders of the Pirate Captain with enthusiasm and vigor. Great lands were claimed in the name of Red Daggers, so much that they were almost far too spread out to maintain order, even by pirate standards. None of that stopped Greyy. She was fierce and driven by an inner turmoil that not even she could understand. The discovery of new lands and peoples seemed to ease her heart and vexed spirit.

Across distant seas and around forgotten islands Captain Greyy and her crew found civilizations and settlements along with great fishing waters. Some that were found became the territory of Greyy and her Pirate clan, others were left uncharted and never mentioned. Such became the fate of a Savage Tribe known as Meer.
Buried deep in the hidden mists of a small island chain live a race of humanoids so stealthy and cunning that the ability to describe them is impossible. Sailors who would get lost in these waters would swear they were being watched by an eerie presence. The lush green of the high trees and thick undergrowth always beckoned to be explored, but the few who would venture ashore never made it back.

Crystal blue sky kissed with fluffy white clouds wrap an envelope of untainted serenity around the thick mass of foliage of the Meer home land. They are tall sleek and elegant remarkably feline in appearance an have a deep intelligence and understanding of their world. Their clear yellow eyes with hints of gold and bronze have a clear view through the undergrowth and an uncanny ability to see in dark places. Long bodies and fierce retractable claws make high tree tops the desired vantage points for observation and ambush. These Savage felines speak in the language of their ancestors, but with a growling purr have adopted the language common to Man. They have a hierarchy and established rules and order along with a deeply spiritual reverence for the world in which they live.

Surrounded by the sea and separated from clans the Cat Race are uniquely adopted by the water. Uncommon for felines these people enjoy the water and will often be seen playing in tide pools or bathing in small inlets and fresh water springs hidden deep within the jungle home. Primitive in their life style and surroundings but sly in the use of environment their tools and toys echo the nature of the habitat.

How Greyylene happened upon this unique people was quite accidental. They had given chase to a small merchant vessel of the king’s personal service, when it suddenly vanished into a large fog bank and thicket of trees grown from the very seabed itself. They enter after them but was given no sign of their presence, not even a ripple of the wake. The winds died and the sound of surf and life itself ended quite abruptly. For having no wind in the sails they moved at the pace of a deep and quiet current. The “Vharcan” is no small vessel and yet it did not risk running aground, not even the anchor drop would catch bottom. They were quite at the mercy of the drifting water as they rode quiet deeper into this ‘hedge’ of an obstacle.

The canopy above became thick blocking light from sun or stars. Silently they were drawn in deeper, hardly daring to breathe or even speak expecting at any moment an ambush. Behind the sea was lost and aft was no sign of anything other than thick branches. Suddenly, more of a feeling than a sight, many eyes peering down from all around them. At full alert the crew stood prepared to battle and most certainly to die, for all thought it would be the last voyage.

Opening ahead to a large flat ‘meadow’ (for want of another term) in the midst of the water a village tucked away neatly in the barrier of floating woods came into view. As they drew near to the harbor the current stopped bringing them to a stand still. With burning green eyes stood a tall grizzled feline witch doctor with a tall staff in hand and robes flowing full to the ground. His voice said nothing yet spoke in loud clear tones all of the purpose and desires of the entire crew. When they next looked at the surroundings Greyy and the first mate were in a small hovel lined with shelves and bottles. Each was handed a cup and commanded to drink. Immediately after partaking of his vicious ale they both became violently ill. Secrets and ambitions were revealed with great degree of heartache and agony.

After what seemed days in his presence the first mate was in no condition to realize his name much less survive the open seas. He became the first fatality of the damned ship. Apparently his heart was not up to the challenge of harnessing revenge and exacting justice, either real or perceived. The Captain faired better only for her own will and desire to continue. She took a very long time to recover from the encounter. At the end of our trial by liquor the witch doctor set Greyylene by a fire and showed not only the ingredients to the Savage Ale but also the incantation to which flows its power to loosen tongues and spirits. The ingredients are rather easy to acquire, the charm is all together another matter. Over and over she was commanded to repeat the incantation making sure it was said correctly and with proper intonations and accent to ensure the brew was made correctly.

When they were done with this witch of the watery Meer lands the grove vanished and the course reset. The only evidence of the detour was the keg of Savage Ale marked quite clearly in an electric green keg and the ripping headache that laid the Captain wasted in quarters for almost a week.
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[EM] Township Summit & More
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Township Summit Meeting
The Queen's Table
April 07, 2010



Tavalia Zodok congratulated Tatania Karthina on her recent
appointment and apologized for not being able to attend the
ceremony personally. Her majesty offers you a sincerest
congratulations.

This office has received the revised treaty for the Village of Moria.
As well as the documentation of the Ethereal Void Imperium I have
discussed at great length the conditions of these decrees with Her
Majesty. As such, Her Majesty has decided to recognize these
affiliations, as well as the Village of Moria as it exists currently.

-The Village of Moria now stands Neutral with the Crown
-Ethereal Void Imperium stands Neutral with the Crown

Tancred RedStar pointed out the south end table has
no speaker. Tavalia quickly fixed the issue.

Are there any who wish to bring business before this table?

Angus
[Guardians Gate]
"In light of KA Keys unable or unwilling to move their ships Guardians
Gate has set a quarantine around the Keys with a small fleet.
Those ships should be moved while they can still do so under
their own sail."

Manshoon/ Miss Watson
"They are in place to protect our routes and help
train our cannoners and war wizards. How are we
suppose to be able move your ships with yours
in the way? We have not been given clearance
by the engineers to move the ships yet."

Angus
[Guardians Gate]
"Your engineers are no concern to us."

Tavalia Zodok
[Crown]
"Apologies. My original query stands. To Guardians Gate.
Am I to understand that free passage of ships from your
waters has been restricted still?"

Tavalia Zodok took out a few maps and began to review.
Guardians Gate, Kijustsu Anei Key, Kijustsu Anei Village,
Moria and Silvervale began to toss threats between each
other. Tavalia Zodok called the room to order. However
one town representatives mouth could not be brought to order

Manshoon
[Moria]
"The crown has little to no power to enforce anything!
Just recently undead attacked numerous holdings with
no sign of your precious guards!"

Manshoon had a few more things to say to the crown
and seemed to be angered by Lady Tavalias replies.
Wat The Tyler left the table in protest.

Tavalia Zodok
[Crown]
"Shall you test that claim? With words of such disdain?
I assure you that our tolerance for your government
And Her Majesty's acceptance of your right of claims.
I believe I have heard all I need to hear. Neutrality is
no disguise for hostility. It is clear you are seeking such.
By the grace of the crown do not forget that."



The crown adjourned to the Throne room for the appointment of a
new Deputy Commander. Some went to witness this event, while
others remained in their chairs uninterested. Once Delta Butch was
appointed Commander Drake Foxx pushed his way through the
crowd to dispatch the guard to the island of Moonglow.

After the battle at Balandar's home on the island of Moonglow
citizens began to regather at the Queen's Table. Commander
Drake Foxx did not seem to please as he addressed those in
attendance.

Available Information

-Appeared in his Estate, following
an invasion of Undead.

-Spoke of a Mirror and the Fade

While discussing the recent events it was noticed that
Tavalia Zodok was no where to be found. Not only was a
Royal Mage missing but the Royal Ambassador was as well!!



According to Commander Drake Foxx They were the only ones to
witness this figure within this chamber... Curious indeed...

However it was noted previously that the Imperium townships were
not the only ones to be witness to this figure. Ambassadors to the
crown from Colt, Glydenfeld and Templar were in the chambers of
the Queen's Table at the time as well.

Commander Drake Foxx thumbed over the rest of Tavalia's notes.
He asked for those who witnessed this figure to speak up. It went
rather silent in the room. Commander Drake Foxx made his way
to the other side of the table to lay pressure down upon those he
knew had information. The new Intendant of Kijustsu Anei Village
did not have much to say. Until the Commander leaned upon his
halberd the information just seem to flow out freely to him.

"Sit idly and watch his house burn. You trust in his magics blindly. It
is funny really... If you wish to see your precious Mage again... you
will figure it out Muhahaha"



The Commander listened carefully and quickly made his way back
to the other side of the table. Orders were given to the Deputy
Commander to assemble the guards and meet in his chambers
on the double!!

The Royal Guard should be a little more careful with information
written down. You never know who may be looking over you
shoulder. Sources tell us that the Imperium Townships have been
put under investigation. The Orders come directly from
Commander Drake Foxx himself......
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A Heated Discussion on Mt. Sho!
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
A Heated Discussion on Mt. Sho Lady Masako finished the long ritual of conjuration at the edge of Mt. Sho's deepest lava pit. A column of smoke pierced through the boiling lava and a fire spirit of Mt. Sho ascended out of the pit. The protective outline of chalk and sacred herbs Lady Masako had used kept the fire spirit constrained within the large summoning circle. "How may I pass the fire to pursue the Oni?" Masako asked. A few days ago, Oni had stolen the Golden Lotus and taken it into Mt. Sho to awaken Kai Da the Destroyer. The Fire Spirit replied in a guttural language that Lady Masako had never heard before. The Lady Masako sent her companions to Makato-Jima on an urgent mission to seek a sage who can understand the language of fire. Submitted by EM Eris
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[EM] Player Town Teleporters, More on Banners
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Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010, 12:18 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Some news from EM Kasaven on the Catskills EM Website:
The Crown is accepting requests from player run towns for construction of teleporters.
In order for a town to be qualified for teleporter construction, they must be recommended by two other play run towns. To recommend another town, contact the queen or one of her emissaries via the mailbox at the wedding office, which is next to the Counselor’s Hall in Britain, or here, to set up a meeting with Queen Dawn.
The teleporters will be directly outside the southern gate of Luna, with town flags and a double-clickable statue on top of a bar, crafted in town colors, as shown below.

((Visit the Catskills EM Website for the image))

Also, those interested in Town Banners should use the same means of contact, see here for more information on banners, and also see the book on top of the Counselor’s Hall mailbox. I’m waiting for templates from a few towns so that Mesanna can begin construction.
At the moment, two towns are verified for teleporter placement, Pirate Bay and Dragon’s Icefall – Bedlam. Leave a book in the mailbox, or use one of the other mentioned methods of communication, which also includes the Catskills EM forum on stratics, so that we can verify coordinates and flag designs.
I look forward to hearing from every play run town, if you haven’t gotten a banner yet, make sure to inquire!
Thanks,
Kasaven.
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The DOT Insists on Seatbelts in All Easter Baskets in the Future
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 4:52 AM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)
The DOT Insists on Seatbelts in all Easter Baskets in the Future

When the EMs notified the citizens of Origin that there was a “vewy confused wabbit” on the lose, they all knew instantly that they were going to be called upon to help with the situation. Unaware of the complexity of this mission, many arrived at the EM hall very early on Easter morning, fighting off waves of sleepiness and fatiuge, yet ready to take instruction from their fearless leaders, Em Faine and EM Molly.

EM Faine took the floor and began to explain that the Easter Bunny had gotten very confused and was dropping items out of his basket as he roamed aimlessly about the lands of Sosaria. Of course, the first thought of many, was that maybe the poor fella had somehow gotten into EM Faine’s stash of the Ole Irish spirits. As it turns out though, this was not the case.

But, before EM Faine went into great detail of what had actually happened, she took the opportunity to assure us this was not going to be a treacherous ordeal, but would positively require at least two items to complete…a brain and very fast shoes! Many were quite certain that there were those that were having doubts as to whether they possessed these items at 7 in the morning, but EM Faine quickly added the suggestion of an additional resource that might be of great help in this situation - Coffee!

Now feeling a bit more confident in their abilities to help retrieve all of the goodies that the Easter Bunny had lost from his basket, the citizens, still gathered around the Ems, were anxious to find out exactly why this had happened. EM Faine promptly directed their attention to two books which were placed on the floor near the entrance of the Hall.

“The greenish colored book,“ she said, should explain what had prompted the Easter Bunny to become so confused that he had lost all of his basket’s belonging.”

Reading the book as quickly as possible, they soon learned that the problem had all started when the poor Easter Bunny had eaten some carrots that were tainted with failed fertilizer that Donal had whipped up during his captivity to appease Selago. The fertilizer was intended to be incorrect and was supposed to have been destroyed. However, apparently the guards had tossed at least one mixture of it into a field of carrots… Carrots, that the Easter Bunny had evidently partaken of, thus causing his confusion and making him lose all of the items in his basket.

Lying next to the green book, there was also a pink book that would serve to aid the citizens in their search for the belongs, by giving them clues to the whereabouts of the bunny’s trail. Hopefully, if the searchers were to find the path that the Bunny was taking, they would also find his belonging along the way.

Armed now with knowledge of the possiblitiies of the bunny‘s whereabouts, the group soon began to leave, some on their own, some in groups, yet all determined to figure out the clues and to retrieve the lost Easter items. Surprisingly, their first stop was to none other than Elmer Fudd himself. When prompted with questions, Elmer more that willingly gave out the information he had gotten about the whereabouts of the Easter Bunny. But, he quickly, corrected anyone that used the word “bunny”in their inquiries by asking if they meant “the wabbit”. He also assured them that it wouldn’t be very hard to find the “wabbit” because he had dropped things all over the place. Things like a pretty Easter Dolly!

“Yep,” he said, “dropped that dolly right on the ground,” “That’s how I knew we needed to track him.”

He then said that the dolly had told him the strangest thing when he had picked her up. She had told him that the Easter Bunny had said something to her about finding a lake. A lake with strange turtle creatures by it.

Elmer looked a bit confused himself at this point, but continued with his clues, “I actually think though, he took a wrong turn and ended up just opposite of where he should be. Who has ever seen a lake with a roof over it? More like a well actually. At least there is a bucket beside it. Or maybe he was just thirsty! But anyway, that is where you will find the dolly.”

On the trail once again, the search party had decided that Elmer must be speaking of a well along the roadside in Tokuno, so off they went in search of the Easter Doll.

Sure enough, at the well they found the Easter Doll, all in one piece, but obviously upset at being abandoned. Her main concern though, was that other friends had also been dropped by the Easter Bunny. Her good friend “the Bonnet” for example.

“The Bunny was mumbling something about carrots and elves,” she told them. “I just hope she is not in the field with any of the “special carrots,” Isn’t that what started this madness in the first place?” she said with a frown on her face.

“I’m sure looking in the fields near elves you will find the bonnet, unless someone is wearing it. But, it doesn’t make sense to me. Where will you find Carrots AND elves?”

That was a very good question indeed, but once again the group thought that they had a logical idea where they may find the bonnet and they continued on their way, more determined as ever to collect the Easter goodies.

Arriving at the carrot field in Yew, it didn’t take long for the group to spot the lovely blue bonnet. And just as the Easter Doll had predicted, it was being worn…by a scarecrow!

When asked about the bonnet, the scarecrow admitted that she had picked it up after a very strange bunny had dropped it out of his basket. “The bunny, she said, never noticed that he had dropped it. In fact, he seemed very distracted and more interested in the carrots that were growing in the fields.”

Thinking about it for a moment, the scarecrow also recalled that the bunny was muttering something about catching a ship.

“If I only had a brain,” she confessed, I could figure this out. You know, a brain, something like that weird stuffed creature he had in his basket. But anyway, I think he must have been talking about going to a dock somewhere.”

A weird stuffed creature? The citizens pondered on this a moment. What was the Easter Bunny doing with something like this? It didn’t matter really, they just knew they should find him before he lost it also, so off they traveled to the docks in Cove.

Cove docks were buzzing with the usual activities. Fisherman, gear, and fish, covered most of the deck, yet it wasn’t difficult to spot the strange, pink pile of stuffing that lay in a heap on the floor of the pier.

The peculiar little creature began to speak at once when they approached. She told them of how the Bunny had brought her there, intending for them to go on a boat ride, but at the last minute he had changed his mind and was talking about playing ball.

“I tried to tell him that we didn’t have a ball“, she said, but he refused to listen and kept saying something about the glory days and the cheering crowds in the stands. You see, it seems that he was quite an athlete before the all the chocolate and eggs. Captain of the Team he said, but that could have just been bragging. The Bunny IS pretty confused, so allowances must be made I suppose. But, the last thing he said was that he wanted to play ball.”

Now the searchers were quite certain that they were on the right track and headed out to the Bag Ball Arena in Luna, hoping that their intuitions were correct.

It had been a long day already and so many very confusing clues as to where the Easter Bunny was headed, that some of the weary searchers were becoming quite agitated. Upon arriving at the arena, though, they recognized the large chocolate squirrel standing alone on the field. Lil Boy Blue approached him and instantly demanded that he tell the group just where the Bunny was now headed. The poor squirrel, a bit stunned by Blue’s apparent frustration, stood quietly for a moment, deep in thought. And, before he could give him an answer, Lil Boy Blue threatened to bite his ear off if he didn’t tell us where the Easter Bunny was.

Trying his best to ignore Lil Boy Blue now, the Chocolate Squirrel welcomed the rest of the group and said that he was very glad to see them. He was more worried with the fact that he was melting there in the sun than to the whereabouts of the Easter Bunny, and he politely asked if anyone had an umbrella he could borrow. Unfortunately, no one had one and this seemed to add more anxiety to the already stressed out squirrel and he began to ramble.

“I should have held on tighter to the basket handle, he said frowning. If I had of, I would be safe and sound right now in a nice warm bed. Alright, so someone forgot to make the bed up and put the books away….” But, I bet the rugs would be really comfortable for reading.”

Now looking closely at Lil Boy Blue, the squirrel squinted his tiny eyes and quipped, “ You DO know how to read don’t you?”

Realizing now that the squirrel had had as much stress as he could take, the group decided it was time to move on and try to figure out where the last clue to the Bunny’s trail would lead them.

Unmade beds, books, and rugs. Several places came to mind, but it was the unmade beds that caught their attention the most. There was a 9th Anniversary house in Brit that was known for showing off it’s great decorating ideas, but yet, the beds there always remained unmade.

As the group approached the Deco House, a cry was heard coming from near the front steps.

“Do not even THINK about eating me!” yelled the Easter Dinner, as he glared at them with fear in his eyes. And he nervously began to speak:

“There I was,” he said, Just sitting in the Easter basket, minding my own business, while the Easter Bunny hopped all over creation. You know, bounce , bounce, bounce = hopping. But, he promised me that we were going to bounce through the park. Instead, I’m stuck here on the grass in the middle of nowhere, and the grass is even worse than it was in the basket! Well at least the basket grass didn’t have bugs, though. Not at all like this grass, that is full of bugs, ants, grasshoppers, and flies.”

As if deep in thought, the Easter Dinner then gave the search party another clue as to where the Easter Bunny may have gone from here.

“Yes, he hopped right over to town, to the lights, the theater, to the culture, right to where royalty lives!” “ I wonder if the Queen ever walks in the park? I’d really like to see the Queen myself someday. Maybe if I could get to the park, I might see the Queen walking by…..”

Growing very tired now of their searching, the group then headed to Brit Park, hoping this would be their final destiny and that the Easter Bunny would be there playing. But, alas, he was no where to be found, and only a very lonely looking Easter cake sat on the walkway of the park near the fountain.

The poor little cake looked up sadly, as the searchers came near and asked, “ I do look yummy, don’t I ? But, I don’t suppose I will get to be dessert now. The Easter Bunny said that he had a very special spot picked out for me and that I would look so pretty with the other colors around me on the roofs. Easter colors he told me. Pastels colors, sand, and dead stuff.” Thinking hard then, she continued, “On second thought, maybe I’m better off here in the park anyway, the bunny was a bit confused. Why, Ill bet by now he’s lost his basket even!”

Taking a deep breath and seeming to perk up a bit, the little cake began to speak once more. “It would be wonderful if you could find his basket! He was suppose to give a basket to every good boy and girl in Sosaria. I’m sure that everyone will have a sad Easter if they don’t get a basket.”

Thinking now that many would have a sad Easter without a Easter Basket, the group gained new vision, and promptly headed out towards the Dessert Outpost, south of the Ancient Citadel.

Once there, they bravely fought their way through the masses of undead, Efreets, and paragons, intent on finding the Easter Bunny and his basket. When they reached the compound and entered the double doors, much to their delight, there, lying on the ground, was the Easter Bunny’s basket, safe and sound. Beside the basket lay a book written by their leaders, EM Faine and EM Molly, congratulating them on finding the basket and instructing them on how to receive their rewards for doing so.



A cheer arose from the brave group as they all quickly began gathering their just rewards from the Easter basket that lay on the ground. But, they soon became concerned again, as one of the searchers reminded them that even though they did indeed find the bunny’s trail and his basket, The Easter Bunny himself, was still missing!

There were no clues this time as to the whereabouts of the confused bunny, but talking among themselves, they came to the conclusion, that sooner or later that bunny would surely appear in Luna Bank.

Off to Luna the searchers went, rewards in hand, and determination still navigating their course. Their intuition paid off nicely though, as when they entered the bank they saw the Easter Bunny in the middle of the crowd, demanding to be petted, by the onlookers.

Everyone was happy now, knowing that they had found the Easter Bunny before Elmer Fudd had and all the good little boys and girls did get their Easter Baskets on Easter morning. The adverse effects of the tainted carrots that the Easter Bunny had eaten finally wore off and he was back to normal…well, as normal as Origin’s Easter Bunny could be, and all was well once again in the lands of Sosaria.

*Notice*

The events depicted in this story are true and accurate but names have been changed to protect the innocent. (Yeah right! Like EA Mythic, Mesanna, and EM Faine and EM Molly are INNOCENT!)

________________________

posted by Crystal Canyon
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EM NEWS - The Trail Of A Vewy Confused Wabbit Fel Style
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 12:54 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
  On The Trail Of A Vewy Confused Wabbit Early Easter morning a small group of people (Purple Skunk, Jinx and myself) gathered at Serpent's Hold Counselor's Hall, Felucca, to await the arrival of EM Molly O'Malley to hear what she had to say about 'A Vewy Confused Wabbit'. EM Molly quickly explained, 'To make this short and sweet, while Donal was in captivity he was playing with potions again ... Quite a trouble maker! Anyway, he threw some away and the Easter bunny ate it, and now he's dropping his items out of the Easter Basket. Because there's a greater risk in Felucca the clues are easier.' Then EM Molly pointed to a book that explained the plight of the East Bunny: A Confused Wabbit: It would seem that Easter Bunny has eaten some carrots that were grown with a failed fertilizer mixture that Donal whipped up during his captivity to appease Selago. The fertilizer was intended to be incorrect and was supposed to have been destroyed. However, apparently the guards tossed at least one mixture in a field of carrots which the Easter Bunny ate! This has resulted in a VERY confused Easter Bunny! He's been wandering the lands, apparently aimlessly, dropping things as he went. He's even managed to lose his Easter Basket! Your task, should you wish to help, is to follow his trail, unravel the clues and find the Basket. Pay close attention to any strange books or items you see laying around. You may need to talk to someone or read something in order to pick up the trail and continue. You may also notice strangely painted rocks on your journey. It would seem that the Easter Bunny was so confused he colored rocks instead of eggs! While you will not be able to pick up the rocks, should you see one, you'll know you are definitely on the trail of this very confused Easter Bunny. After we read the book, EM Molly pointed to an Easter Basket on a table. 'Do you see this Easter Basket? That is the reward. Ten charges will be on it! And it gives you 10 cool items. This event will run at LEAST 24 hours! You can do the quest once per character, and you can do multiple characters.'   The first clue book (Felucca) was then placed for everyone to read: Clue 1: This town earned its reputation for being a den of murderers by being one of the very few "safe" towns they could freely show themselves in. Even the most unsavory of the population need to deposit their ill gotten gains from time to time, and, for many years, they found that this place met their requirements quite nicely. Once a clue was solved, we were off to find the next. Clue 2: Traveling between lands can be quickly accomplished through the use of these strange glowing circles. However, at this one you notice something even stranger. It appears to be a death vortex! Would a bunny, especially one under the influence of mutant carrots, be able to resist taking a look at what's on the other side? Clue 3: As you look around, you can't help but wonder why the Easter Bunny would come here, and how on earth he got from Mesanna, EA Mythic, Molly and Faine At the final location we found the Easter Bunny and EM Faine Morgan waiting for us. She explained the Easter Bunny would be randomly dropping carrots throughout the day, and gave us a final warning on the edible rewards obtained from the Easter Baskets. ____________________ posted by Sara of Baja
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[EM] The Britannian Games
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Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010, 12:01 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)



Last night kicked off the start of the 2010 Britannian Games with the Opening Ceremony and a footrace from Umbra to Luna!

Both representing team Ilshenar, Hildebrand and Jerard Slasher came in first and second place in the footrace, respectively. Third place was declared a tie between Draken deVans of the Felucca team and Don Killa of the Malas team.

The games continue tonight with the perennial favorite Naked Dungeon Run at 8pm EST / 7pm CST, and a Darts tournament at 9pm EST / 8pm CST. The starting location for all events is the Luna Fairgrounds unless otherwise stated, so come on by and join in the fun!

The Fairgrounds are located here, as denoted by the reddish marker:



You can find more information, including the scheduling for futher games when they become available, as well as descriptions of all of the events that will eventually be held, here [a new link to the old website]



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A Short Interview with EM Emile Layne & EM Sarakan
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
The Interview is a little out of date because of scheduling issues between myself and the EMs, Apologies beforehand.

It's been over 6 months since our last interview with the Europa EMs ([URL="http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=154679"]You can read it here[/URL]) So it was about time I had another.

A Short Interview with EM Emile Layne & EM Sarakan

Since our last interview One-Eyed Pete’s treasure has been found! Lady Dawn has been crowned Queen of Britannia, We’ve met Queen Zhah from Ter Mur and we’ve discovered and seemingly removed the Orcs that threatened our lands from beneath Britain.

It’s been a very fun year having you both as our EM’s so I’d just like to personally thank you!

EM Sarakan: Its been fun making up the stories and watching how they pan out.



As your first major long term storyline away from the EA stories, Did you enjoy the Orc storyline? Were there any challenges you came across?

EM Emile Layne: I loved doing the Orc story. It was pretty diverse; infiltration missions, destroying machines, interrogations and of course plenty of battles!

The biggest challenge was translating the story into a series of events that work.

EM Sarakan: Actually it was the second. The first sprang out of the Valentine Event 2009 and became the story of Hannah and Dorian which “ended” with the marriage of Hannah and Dorian and Dorian’s subsequent death.

As to the Orc storyline it presented a number of challenges – keeping things fresh, keeping things moving, keeping it interesting. Some of those we failed in at times and some we excelled at. Emile came up with some very innovative ideas – the incubator event, the dragon taming event and more and I think they went down well with most of the players.

The major drawback with a longer storyline is it ties up a lot of time and can get stale if it goes on for too long and it’s hard to “break out” from one storyline to another.

Did I enjoy it? Mostly yes.



It would be fair to say the quality and complexity of the events has increased, The event where we destroyed the Orc Incubator Machine looked very complex, How long did it take you to create that, And did you need help from other EMs?

EM Emile Layne: That particular event took a lot of time to prepare for indeed. I'm not sure exactly how long but just the design for the Incubator Machine took several hours. It was totally worth it though.

Mesanna, the 'boss', helped us a lot with that event as well.

EM Sarakan: Complexity yes definitely. That’s born out of experience and Emile’s fantastic grasp of the game mechanics and also the fact that at times we slowed down the pace of events to free-up time to construct more complex events. Our first story arc had us doing 4+ mini-events per week at times which was unsustainable and left little time for writing.

As to quality – no I disagree. The quality of events has varied over the past year and sometimes things “work” and sometimes they don’t. Building the false void gate was a very fun event that was impossible to judge in terms of quality. There was zero setup from us just locking down your design etc. Quality is a subjective word that implies comparison and in the case of events it isn’t easy to make that comparison. The events I remember more I suspect range across the entire time of our EM program – what sometimes at the time seems a little dull often becomes a fond memory with hindsight.



Compared to early last year, There’s been an overall increase in attendance at events, I would say mainly due to the rewards that are given out, Do you feel you have reached a middle ground between reward and storyline/roleplay?

EM Emile Layne: Honestly, I don't think of rewards in terms of balance or as a way to increase attendance. To me the story is most important, rewards are secondary.

EM Sarakan: That’s a hard one to answer. I think event attendance has snowballed a little due to returning players looking for something to do and generally the entertainment the events provide is unique in terms of MMOs. Some events are just glorified “hunts” based on a story line which everyone can get involved with and which remind me of my early days of UO exploring and adventuring.

Is it down to rewards? At the last “talky” event there were maybe 40 players and only 3 were there for potential loot. That’s quite a crowd to attend and stay at a complete talking event for over an hour so I have to assume most of those players are genuinely interested in the storyline and not the items.

Conversely at the gathering in Vesper Market Square I think there were about 60+ players of whom 15-20 were Vesperian or from Kha. That means we probably had a similar amount of players [excluding Vesper and Kha] at an action event.

I am not naïve enough to think our story arcs are so wonderful that items are irrelevant or unnecessary and items do bring players to events and this may have been a contributing factor.



There has been a lot of involvement with the Roleplay Community on Europa, Such as the Trinsic plagues, Have those been fun for you? And are we going to see Trinsic become engulfed in another of Arysoun Takhista’s Plagues.

EM Emile Layne: We love playing with the Roleplay Community! And yes, it'd probably be a good idea for Trinsic to stay on guard.

EM Sarakan: We have mostly run in character events and less ooc events more by chance than by design. It’s the way my mind works for sure. No comment (on the trinsic plagues) but the plagues seem to be over now.



Nathan Hawke has been acting rather odd lately and has caused worry within the Royal Guard and even with Queen Dawn, What would you like to see happen with Nathan? Do you see a finale for him coming up, Perhaps his death?

EM Sarakan: Nathan is a complicated character and he has many layers and many facets to his personality and he essentially gives us [as Ems] the opportunity to explore the middle ground between good and evil. I like to think of him a bit like Dirty Harry crossed with Doctor Who. And no I wont give you any spoilers but some players have spotted some designed flaws and some “un-designed” flaws.



A few shards have a coloured lantern placed at Luna Bank which signals an event for that evening, Have you considered trying that? Some people don’t read Stratics or the official Europa EM website.

EM Sarakan: We have 125+ players at some events. I think there is enough prior warning via the website and Stratics as it is. If there is a genuine feedback that we don’t use enough tools to spread upcoming events we will address it.



Instead of events where an outcome is predetermined, Either we win or we loose, Have you considered events where what we do affects the outcome in the long run? For example, If you remember the Yew Swamps some shards got a swamp, others did not.

EM Emile Layne: Long term effects of that magnitude are beyond what we can do as EMs. On a somewhat smaller scale I think you, the players, have had a lot of influence in what happened and how.

EM Sarakan: Most of our story arcs have no predetermined ending. But something which affects the whole shard for ever would be very cool and its definitely something we would look into.



Thank you both for a fantastic interview, It was hinted in a question about the Easter Event we should keep St Georges Day clear in our diaries..

Before that however if you have a player city you may wish to consider applying for the Player Town Recognition system the EMs have started. You can read the full details by clicking [URL="http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=189858"]here.[/URL]

Thank you again to both our EMs!
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Opening A New Forum
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Proudly Announce The Opening Of


'The Feluccan Residents Forum'


This forum is intended for the discussion of issues and events as they affect characters in a Feluccan ruleset, without the personal and shard rivalries that cloud such discussions on shard boards.




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Shame With Everyones Uncles And More Than A Little Ale!
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!


After a bit of confusion, though I swear I do have the capacity to read, I managed to find where I was supposed to be for WRR's Dungeon Boogie. Luna Bank specific... not out by the stables, not chatting at the moongate, but inside the bank itself. Just as the notice they put up stated... clearly. Yeah, yeah, how accurate am I?

Being late is always my forte and not just fashionably late in this case, but luckily they were running a bit late themselves and had not yet embarked on tonight's strange adventure. DJ Peace and DJ Sandman, thanks to our great citizens for aiding me, stood attempting to solve a technical difficulty with their broadcasting software. Hail! the gods of bad code... I would be able to attend.





By this time a had tuned into their station, Whispering Rose Radio and was listening to them chatter and wondering how they could talk in chat with us and still carry on over the airwaves. Talented gents.. yes?

If you've not listened to these two, let me share my take on them. They were a riot. Like those two laid back Uncles at your otherwise stuffy, family gatherings. You know who I mean. The ones the elders scowl at and wish they could disinvite. The ones your mom tells you to stay away from or ignore, but you secretly wish you could move in with them. Seriously.

After correcting their error and rebooting the station, they next had a dungeon/rune/gate problem, in that order. What dungeon tonight folks? Anyone have a rune? Can anyone gate? It sounds messy at this point, but I can't tell you how absolutely delightful it all was. Thanks to Gus Of Llanowar for the use of his library. The D.J.s were quit impressed by the house, and even gave a shout out to your shop!

Having decided, and announced to all who were listening, that Shame would be the chosen dance floor, DJ Peace took a quick trip to check it out. And died. It would be the start of his career for the night. We all soon followed to give aid, with him laughing the whole time on the air. Apparently he was carrying the prize drops.

Lanthil, Piper, Skylla and myself followed DJ Sandman into Shame. The group went in through the main entrance and was soon met by the self-saving DJ Peace. Let the check dropping start. Kuddos to MMO Source for their sponsorship! The D.J.s would be dropping over a million in checks throughout the dungeon run!







Throughout the run, from level one on through to the end, DJ Peace would continue his conviction to die by as many different foes as he could find. I tell you, that man has talent.







Moving through the levels, it was strangely exciting to once again sweep through Shame. DJ Peace meet his end upon reaching the barrier to level 3. Before crossing through, we were joined by two others, Majesty and Bryana. What happened when getting them to us? You guessed it, DJ Peace would take another one for the team.





Everyone remembers the Halloween event for the cloaks, but whens the last time any of you ran all the way through just for fun? Just be careful what you say aloud in the mage tower. Even a subpar mage can say the wrong thing and cost DJ Peace his life and I was only singing along with the song that was currently playing!





I was informed that DJ Sandman is usually the token death guy for these events but alas, he didn't die once. In fact, no one else died either. Now, I'm not making fun of DJ Peace, but it was immensely entertaining! Especially considering he was the guy holding the loot! He seemed to find it all equally hilarious!

Making it all the way through took some time. The Blood Elementals were just as I remembered with that same explosion of red gore at the end. The same annoying traps of green, bubbling gas and jagged spikes in the ground. The Krakens still reach for you from areas you can't reach them and the Water and Air Elementals have the same abundant numbers as always. It was Shame as I remembered, but somehow, these two guys made it fun. Funny. In fact, when they decided to pull out and make a run for the tavern, I was almost sad to leave.









What was I thinking? If these guys were fun on the run, you can't imagine the antics when given ale! Get the whole group liquored up and let the party begin! The checks got bigger... and a sort of crazed out mosh pit emerged! It was definitely the lighter side of Ultima. My camera did not do it justice. Thanks to Lanthil, the drinks were on him!





"News Flash, People seen at WBB!" was jokingly declared by a hiccuping Piper, and so few there to witness it. For all of you who missed this event, I urge you to not miss the next one. It's a great opportunity to meet two great hosts who provide an eclectic mix of background music, run a dungeon with some equally wonderful players, and most of all, you support Napa as a community!

Whispering Rose Radio does their Dungeon Boogie every Friday night, followed by Deal or No Deal-UO style on Saturday. This event changes shards every week and will be back to Napa Valley once it makes the rounds again. To them this is a great way to "meet a lot of nice people," for us, this is a chance to show them how amazing our citizens are!

And if you are now so excited to play along that you can't wait? The D.J.s want everyone to know, next week they will be live in Pacific. Come for the games, the rares festival, and a chance to mingle with people from all over the uoverse!

Best gaming wishes,
Salya Sin








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[EM] Fade To Black
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Fadetoblack4/7/10 Fade to Black Balandar's Moonglow
April 7, 2010
By: Merik

All was not quiet and peaceful in the Queen's Castle on Tuesday
night. The townships were in session trading blows and threats
between one another. The new Deputy Commander was being
appointed in the throne room and during all this one of Britannias
most famous and beloved mages was in trouble....



The Royal Guard unit was dispatched to Moonglow Island to
investigate. They were met by a powerful army of undead creates,
Skeletons, Ancient Lichs, Skeleton Dragons, Lich Lords and more
were engaged around the house of Lord Balandar.

Mean while back at the Chambers....



Miss Watson and Manshoon of the Imperium reported a dark blurry
image appearing before them on the table. It snapped its finger and
looked around the table. He piqued the interest of Tancred RedStar
(Glydenfeld), Manshoon (Moria), Miss Watson (Kijustsu Anei
Village), CoolhandLuke (Colt) and Prowler (Templar)

"Sit idly and watch his house burn. You trust in his magics blindly. It
is funny really... If you wish to see your precious Mage again... you
will figure it out Muhahaha"

The Image then disappeared. That is all of the information that
could be retrieved from those at the summit table.



The battle at Balandar's home in Moonglow was going well. The
Royal Guards and other Militias beat the hordes of undead back to
the outer walls of the home. A few forces were able to breach the
undead lines on the West side of the house and enter the house of
Balandar.

Once inside they were faced with a few small groups but were able
to defeat them quickly. Some stealth citizens could be seen
checking all over the place for any special items to grab while
everyone was distracted by battle. A few eyed the Books for the
Alchemical Devastation Enchantment.




Balandar appeared for only a few moments at a time. He began to
fade in and out rapidly. Those around him reported, "He looked like
a sort of Image that faded in and out quickly." Good thing they
were also excellent at making out the world Balandar said quickly
between fades.

"Mirror....."
"Follow...."

Balandar spoke these two words a few times before fading out
completely. Everyone searched the room once again. Commander
Drake Foxx entered the home a few moments later to investigate.



The commander thought for a moment. Earlier in the week
Balandar was yapping about how one might enter this mystical
land and a mirror. He thought it was rubbish. He spoke of a land
made of chocolates and Candies....some tried to contain their
laughter. It is not often you hear Drake speak about such silly things.

A few days later I wandered back to Balandars house to find a
mirror with a curtain in front of it. With such magics going on
perhaps it was invisible and the spell has finally worn off.

Where does this mirror go? Is this mirror connected
to the rumors of small furry creatures?





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Delta Butch Appointed as Deputy Commander
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Delta Butch Appointed as Deputy Commander Delta Butch Appointed as Deputy Commander Castle Throne Room
April 07, 2010

By: Merik


Delta Butch [RBG] was sworn into the office of Deputy Commander on Wednesday April 7, 2010 by Chief Detective Sheffield. Witnesses to this appointment were Queen Dawn, Crown Ambassadors, Township leaders, Guildmasters and different citizens from all over the realm. Once Delta was sworn in he had the honor to appoint two Captains. Sheffield suggested he look to those that were in the running for the Deputy Commander position. Delta Butch agreed and asked each one to fill a Royal Guard Captain position.

Winfield [Pax] declined due to his Governorship now requiring
more time and thanked Delta Butch for the opportunity.

Celestial Knight [ACT] would be honored to accept the position
and was sworn in as the first Royal Guard Captain.

Ole Solskjear was sworn in as a Royal Detective.

The ceremony was cut short as Commander Drake Foxx entered
the throne room calling for the Royal Guard to investigate the area
of Moonglow Island where the famous mage Balandar's resides.
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Ask the Devs Week in Review ending April 9th
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Ask the Devs Week in Review

Publish 65 is live on all shards with many in the community busy trying out new things.

In the meantime two questions were addressed in this week's Ask the Devs forum:

Talween asked what happened and why did Paperdoll titles just disappear.

Along with this question it also brought up the issue of how to display guild titles with reward tiles as asked by BigEv, "I mean i like the new option to choose our titles but i hate that you all took away the ability to have my guild title and reward title used at the same time. Will you all take a look at this and give that option back please? I and many others have spent a long time turning in items to get our reward titles and now hate to have to choose between a reward title and a guild title. It should be like of old to have the ability to have both on there. Any response is appreciated thx."


BTeng_Mythic replied: A titles customization menu was put into place that allows you to customize your titles in various locations including the paperdoll. There are more details about it in the Publish 65 notes. Since you are now granted the ability to pick the titles you want to display, we're letting you decide what you want to show in your paperdoll. We're still evaluating all the feedback related to the titles customization feature.




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Puzzles & Granite
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 3:38 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)


Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:
flowerrule





This week's offering for your enlightenment includes:

A very welcome contribution from a Stratics poster, Uther Pendragon The Primeval Lich Lever Puzzle Thank you Uther.
New items have been added to the database, thereby updating Tailoring.
A needed update to Enhancing had a 'knock on effect'.
This lead on to adding enhancing information to Stonecrafting.
and colored granite to Material Bonuses
We would like to further extend our thanks to Uthar Pendragon and to Luke Carjacker for the 'Super Champions' titles for eleventh and twelfth levels. (we still need the individual title sets for the two new spawns).
Also updated, Hunter's Guide, with the addition of the Holy City nightly spawn.

There's still time to enter our essay competition and win Jhall's 'cool goodies'. To contribute information please email to
[email protected], [email protected], or you can just send a pm to Petra Fyde.

Thank you.

flowerrule

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EM NEWS - The Trail Of A Vewy Confused Wabbit Fel Style
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 12:14 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
  On The Trail Of A Vewy Confused Wabbit Early Easter morning a small group of people (Purple Skunk, Jinx and myself) gathered at Serpent's Hold Counselor's Hall, Felucca, to await the arrival of EM Molly O'Malley to hear what she had to say about 'A Vewy Confused Wabbit'. EM Molly quickly explained, 'To make this short and sweet, while Donal was in captivity he was playing with potions again ... Quite a trouble maker! Anyway, he threw some away and the Easter bunny ate it, and now he's dropping his items out of the Easter Basket. Because there's a greater risk in Felucca the clues are easier.' Then EM Molly showed us a book that explained the plight of the East Bunny: A Confused Wabbit: It would seem that Easter Bunny has eaten some carrots there were grown with a failed fertilizer mixture that Donal whipped up during his captivity to appease Selago. The fertilizer was intended to incorrect and was supposed to have been destroyed. However, apparently the guards tossed at least one mixture in a field of carrots which the Easter Bunny ate! This has resulted in a VERY confused Easter Bunny! He's been wandering the lands, apparently aimlessly, dropping things as he went. He's even managed to lose his Easter Basket! Your task, should you wish to help, is to follow his trail, unravel the clues and find the Basket. Pay close attention to any strange books or items you see laying around. You may need to talk to someone or read something in order to pick up the trail and continue. You may also notice strangely painted rocks on your journey. It would seem that the Easter Bunny was so confused, he colored rocks instead of eggs! While you will not be able to pick up the rocks, should you see one, you'll know you are definitely on the trail of this very confused Easter Bunny. After the three of us had read the book, EM Molly pointed to an Easter Basket on a table. 'Do you see this Easter Basket? That is the reward. Ten charges will be on it! And it gives 10 cool items. This event will run at LEAST 24 hours! You can do the quest once per character, and you can do multiple characters.'   The first clue book (Felucca) was then placed for everyone to read: Clue 1: This town earned its reputation for being a den of murderers by being one of the very few "safe" towns they could freely show themselves in. Even the most unsavory of the population need to deposit their ill gotten gains from time to time, and, for many years, they found that this place met their requirements quite nicely. Once we solved a clue, we were off to find the next clue book. Clue 2: Traveling between lands can be quickly accomplished through the use of these strange glowing circles. However, at this one, you notice something even stranger. It appears to be a death vortex! Would a bunny, especially one under the influence of mutant carrots, be able to resist taking a look at what's on the other side? Clue 3: As you look around, you can't help but wonder shy the Easter Bunny would come here and from Mesanna, EA Mythic, Molly and Faine At the final location we found the Easter Bunny and EM Faine Morgan waiting for us. She explained the Easter Bunny would be randomly dropping carrots throughout the day, and gave us a final warning on the edible rewards obtained from the Easter Baskets. ____________________ posted by Sara of Baja
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EM Meet and Greet at the Brit Counselor's Hall!
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Calling All Atlantic Players! This Saturday, April 10th at 8:00 PM EST, there will be an EM Meet and Greet at the Brit Counselor's Hall. There will be an opportunity for players to ask questions of EM Eris and EM Nestor. If you cannot attend you may email your questions/complaints/comments to EMNestor This is a great chance to provide input.
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BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap for April 4, Schedule for April 11
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Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
  Baja Taming Hour
sponsored by
The Baja Roleplaying & Event Alliance
Recap For April 4, 2010
by BRPA hostess Proserpina [C K] Starting points: 11,020,141 (Tier 11)
Ending points: 11,270,679
Points earned: 250,638 Our very dedicated tamers and generous gold donators made this a worthwhile and amazing night. 250,538 points were earned for the Zoo! Kat MacBroeden did not have a random number prize, however Taliesin [$C$] was awarded with a red Member of the Royal Zoo Sash for his ongoing support of the BRPA Taming Hour and the Royal Zoo. I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter holiday or at least hunting the Seppo Bunny! _________________________________________________________________ Tamers:
Kat MacBroeden [DWN]
Tamar
HRH_Elizabeth [D_S]
Katrina Cole [BRPA]
Lil Debi [M!S] Gold Donations:
Taliesin [$C$]
Sally [[email protected]]
Proserpina [C K]
Feiht Same time next week -- Proserpina promised to make up for the lack of cheering then!

Next Taming Hour, Sunday, April 11, 2010, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern). ________________________________________ If you would like to help support the Zoo but can not make it to the BRPA Zoo Taming Hour, please contact WildStar [DWN] or Sara [TAO]. We will make arrangements to record your donations and add you to the list of participants, making you eligible for one of the Kat MacBroeden's mysterious prizes. The Zoo crew has placed a Zoo Fund vendor at Sara's vendor house NW of the north Luna gate. All proceeds from the vendor are donated to the Zoo Maintenance fund. If you have items you would like to donate for sale on the vendor, please contact WildStar [DWN], Sara [TAO], or any BRPA member. There have been a lot of nice items donated for the Zoo vendor ... be sure to stop by and take a look! ________________________________________ Related Links:
Week 1: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 22
Week 2: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For November 29
Week 3: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 6
Week 4: Silver Steed Returns To Baja Royal Zoo, December 13
Week 5: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 20
Week 6: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For December 27
Week 7: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 3
Week 8: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 10
Week 9: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 17
Week 10: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 24
Week 11: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For January 31
Week 12: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For February 7
Week 13: No Taming Hour February 14
Week 14: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For February 21
Week 15: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For February 28
Week 16: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For March 7
Week 17: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For March 14
Week 18: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For March 21
Week19: BRPA Sunday Night Taming Recap For March 28 ________________________________________ posted by Sara of Baja
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Rare Ceremony (PaxOku)
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Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010, 3:58 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
New PaxOku Mayor Appointed 4/8/10 New PaxOku Mayor Appointed
PaxOku, Homare-Jima Island
April 08, 2010



The PaxLair Statehood held its regular meeting on Tuesday night at 9pm ET. The meeting was attended by citizens and allies of PaxLair, Dragons Watch, PaxOku and Gyldenfeld. Governor Winfield of the PaxLair Statehood opened the meeting welcoming any new people to introduce themselves. Before moving onto city reports Winfield requested for everyone to meet outside at the PaxOku banner for a rare ceremony....

"My ceremony tonight is the appointment of one of our City Mayors within our Statehood. It is not very often we have a change in leadership of one of our cities. PaxOku will have a new Mayor tonight! ... to replace my role here as the Acting Mayor. I know everyone is happy about that..."

The crowd busted out with cheering and applauds from all of the townships.

"Tatania Karthina is no stranger to use of course. She was previously a Mayor of PaxOku and is still the Curator here. Then and now, she demonstrates superb abilities to lead and inspire people. She can even get an orc or two to take a dip in a nearby pool of water, if she tells them how they might get some shinies or pyktur buuks. I am extremely pleased to once more give my highest confidence to Tatania to be the Mayor of PaxOku."



Tatania was asked to come forward and stand next to Winfield as he would administer an Oath that would place her in a spot of responsibility and accountability to not only PaxOku and PaxLair but the entire realm as well.

"Do you swear fealty unto me, the Governor of the PaxLair Statehood and to lead PaxOku with all its riches and treasures of people, citizens, friends and allies. To bring forth within this realm the camaraderie and spirit that is truly in the nature of PaxOku and PaxLair Statehood to the best of all your abilities?"

Tatania Karthina spoke Clearly saying "I do"

"Very well, then by the power vested in me as the Governor of PaxLair and with the Power of the Ancients, I appoint you, Tatania Karthina, as Mayor of PaxOku."

The crowd could hardly contain itself any longer and once again busted out in Cheer, Shield banging and applauds. Excitement and joy could be felt all around as Tatania Karthina stood in front of her peers, now as the Sixth appointed Mayor of PaxOku.



"Thank you very much! As I was Mayor before, I had my learning experience then... and trust me in that I learned too. I hope to learn now, if in a calmer and more serene way. PaxOku, I will strive to keep a peaceful city and one where anyone can come to learn or enjoy culture of many kinds."

Ashlynn spoke up quickly asking, Awww, so not a new age of ambition? and expansion!
Jobe starlight whispered a rumor that he heard the new mayors hand out 1mill checks.
Mayor NANOC of Dragons Watch offered their assistance should Tatania ever need it.

Again congratulations to Mayor Tatania Karthina on her new position within PaxOku and the PaxLair Statehood. Tatania not only has the respect and admiration of the PaxLair Statehood cities she also has it from many different groups, guilds and townships on the shard. Tatania has been very active over the years with many different projects, government, establishments and organizations. Here are a number of examples....

Deputy Viceroy of PaxOku
Viceroy of PaxOku
Mayor of PaxOku (x2)
Acting Governor of the PaxLair Statehood
PaxLair Reporter
Stratics Reporter
Curator of PaxOku
Ambassador of the PaxLair Statehood

Founder of The Silent Rose Library
(Chesapeakes Largest library, with over 1,000 books.)
Silent Rose Stage
Chesapeake Bagball Association
PaxLair Theatre Company
Chesapeake Theatre Company
Chesapeake Play Season
The PaxLair Times
Jeopardy Game


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Rare Ceremony (PaxOku)
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Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010, 3:56 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
New PaxOku Mayor Appointed PaxOku, Homare-Jima Island April 08, 2010 The PaxLair Statehood held its regular meeting on Tuesday night at 9pm ET. The meeting was attended by citizens and allies of PaxLair, Dragons Watch, PaxOku and Gyldenfeld. Governor Winfield of the PaxLair Statehood opened the meeting welcoming any new people to introduce themselves. Before moving onto city reports Winfield requested for everyone to meet outside at the PaxOku banner for a rare ceremony.... "My ceremony tonight is the appointment of one of our City Mayors within our Statehood. It is not very often we have a change in leadership of one of our cities. PaxOku will have a new Mayor tonight! ... to replace my role here as the Acting Mayor. I know everyone is happy about that..." The crowd busted out with cheering and applauds from all of the townships. "Tatania Karthina is no stranger to use of course. She was previously a Mayor of PaxOku and is still the Curator here. Then and now, she demonstrates superb abilities to lead and inspire people. She can even get an orc or two to take a dip in a nearby pool of water, if she tells them how they might get some shinies or pyktur buuks. I am extremely pleased to once more give my highest confidence to Tatania to be the Mayor of PaxOku." Tatania was asked to come forward and stand next to Winfield as he would administer an Oath that would place her in a spot of responsibility and accountability to not only PaxOku and PaxLair but the entire realm as well. "Do you swear fealty unto me, the Governor of the PaxLair Statehood and to lead PaxOku with all its riches and treasures of people, citizens, friends and allies. To bring forth within this realm the camaraderie and spirit that is truly in the nature of PaxOku and PaxLair Statehood to the best of all your abilities?" Tatania Karthina spoke Clearly saying "I do" "Very well, then by the power vested in me as the Governor of PaxLair and with the Power of the Ancients, I appoint you, Tatania Karthina, as Mayor of PaxOku." The crowd could hardly contain itself any longer and once again busted out in Cheer, Shield banging and applauds. Excitement and joy could be felt all around as Tatania Karthina stood in front of her peers, now as the Sixth appointed Mayor of PaxOku. "Thank you very much! As I was Mayor before, I had my learning experience then... and trust me in that I learned too. I hope to learn now, if in a calmer and more serene way. PaxOku, I will strive to keep a peaceful city and one where anyone can come to learn or enjoy culture of many kinds." Ashlynn spoke up quickly asking, Awww, so not a new age of ambition? and expansion! Jobe starlight whispered a rumor that he heard the new mayors hand out 1mill checks. Mayor NANOC of Dragons Watch offered their assistance should Tatania ever need it. Again congratulations to Mayor Tatania Karthina on her new position within PaxOku and the PaxLair Statehood. Tatania not only has the respect and admiration of the PaxLair Statehood cities she also has it from many different groups,
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EM NEWS - Court Summons
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Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)


 

from goldenbrewtavern.com
official website of EM Seppo and EM Crysania

Court Summons
Thursday, April 8, 2010 By EM Seppo

The following people are being requested by the prosecution to serve in their capacity as a witness for the trial on Thursday April 8th at 7 PM and/or Saturday April 10th at 3 PM PST,
1. Widow
2. Mama Faith
3. Lady WildStar
4. Sid Vicious
5. Teknicz
6. Corporal Brackus
7. A representative from Spawners Inc (SI)
8. A representative from The Ancient Order (TAO)
9. A representative from Covenant of the Dark Moon (CTDM)
10. A representative from Defenders of the Shire [D_S]
11. A representative from Misfits of Society [M!S]
12. A representative from Baja Girl Scout Troop 1 (BS1)
13. A representative from Elf Clan Zanthes (EcZ)
14. A representative from Fellowship of Peace [PAX]
15. Strider
16. Queen Dawn

Anyone else with any information related to Cymidei Fier or Aldagar Morr or Britannian Purity League is requested to contact the prosecution at the earliest opportunity.

Note:  There have been changes in the tentative schedule and an extra day has been added. Further changes are not ruled out depending on how much time the defense needs etc .

_______________________

posted by Sara of Baja

 
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King Of The Hill Event - April Tenth.
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Posted on Thursday, April 8, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
King Of The Hill Event - April Tenth- Hello fellow Atlantians! CoW/TDT would like to cordially invite you to a King Of The Hill PvP Tournament on Saturday, April 10th at 5:30 EST. We will be gating from Moongates before the event starts (more to be announced on meeting places). For those of you that don't know "King of the Hill" is an any template but stealthers (tamers are welcome) fights against everyone else. Last man standing wins. We will be allowing "Full backpack" (Potions, aids, apples etc...) We would love to have both Facets represented with players from Felucca and Trammel Guilds present. EVERYONE is welcome, skilled in PvP or not. Prizes will be as followed: 1st-125mil 2nd-100mil 3rd-75mil 4th-50mil 5th- 30mil There is no entry fee required. RULES: No hiding/stealth. We will have detectors there. Invis is allowed only to get a pet off you.Anyone caught staying invis'd will be killed and kicked out immediately. NO FIGHTING/DUELING PRE TOURNAMENT. Monies will be distributed to the winners from an undisclosed location after the tournament. For any questions please icq Tiny Dancer of TDT at 226-052-592.
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The Escapist Showdown - Vote for Bioware!
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Posted on Thursday, April 8, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


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The Escapist Showdown - Vote for Bioware!


James Nichols

07 Apr 2010 18:28:33



The Escapist has been running a 2010 March Mayhem: Developer’s Showdown where the top 64 developers go head-to-head to see who is best (by the Escapist Community). BioWare has come out on top against Rare, Gearbox, Epic Games, and Blizzard and now we’re pitted against Valve in the Final Round.

If you have an account on The Escapist and want to vote for whom you think should win, simply go here: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/532.185761-Poll-Final-Showdown-1-Valve-vs-1-BioWare

For extra credit (counts as second vote and you make your followers aware of the voting), you can also “tweet” who you voted for:

* Follow @TheEscapistMag
* Tweet any of your match-up choices using our tournament link http://bit.ly/aANIUR and the hashtag #escMM. You must tweet referencing the developer's Twitter account.

So get out and show your support for our good friends at Bioware!
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Player Notice - Atlantic Shard
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Player Notice - Atlantic Shard


James Nichols
07 Apr 2010 10:25:22



Greetings!

As some players may have discovered early this morning Atlantic encountered an error. Due to this we were required to restore player data from yesterday to resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience this situation may have caused and appreciate your cooperation and patience, thank you.
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Explorers of the Stygian Abyss Event
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Posted on Thursday, April 8, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


Explorers of the Stygian Abyss Event
James Nichols
06 Apr 2010 12:23:29 EST




Hail Adventurers!

The kingdoms of Britannia and Ter-Mur are attempting to build outposts in the Stygian Abyss where they can get early warning of any new dangers that might spring from its depths. There is much work to be done and they need your help! Will you become the new Ranger of the Abyss for Britannia or Warden of the Abyss for Ter-Mur?

This quest series will give a number of new rare items as well as other prizes. The grand prize is a special housing plot in the mysterious Stygian Abyss! There are two Stygian Abyss housing plots per shard and one lucky human or elf will win one and one lucky gargoyle will win the other.

This event is divided into two quest lines of three parts each. Each character may do only one quest line. The event begins on April 5th with parts one and two; part three will begin on April 12th. Parts two and three may be repeated daily to give you a new chance to win something rare and glorious. The Stygian Abyss houses can only be won during part three of the series and are rewarded by chance for completing the quest. Each quest line will end separately when someone wins the grand prize. We will be posting the winners of the houses for each shard on the UO Herald each day as they are discovered.

To begin the quest, humans and elves should visit Dexter on the second floor of Castle Britannia in Trammel. Gargoyles should visit the Lens Maker at his home in the Holy City of Ter Mur (the city near the entrance to the Abyss). If you are playing on Siege, Dexter and Sir Geoffrey have been moved to Serpent’s Hold fortress.

Both quests will take players around the world and through the Stygian Abyss and require the Stygian Abyss expansion to participate. If you win one of the houses on your shard, you will receive a ticket that will entitle you to the prize and that ticket is tradable or sellable within the game. When you have the ticket and you are ready to have the house transferred to you, contact Mesanna at barmstrong AT ea.com.
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Player Notice - Atlantic Shard
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Posted on Thursday, April 8, 2010, 1:25 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)
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Player Notice - Atlantic Shard


James Nichols

07 Apr 2010 10:25:22



Greetings!

As some players may have discovered early this morning Atlantic encountered an error. Due to this we were required to restore player data from yesterday to resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience this situation may have caused and appreciate your cooperation and patience, thank you.
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EM NEWS - New Prosecutor Announced
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Posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)


 

from goldenbrewtavern.com
official website of EM Seppo and EM Crysania

Here Ye! Here Ye! New Prosecutor Announced! Wednesday, April 7, 2010 By EM Crysania

In light of recent unforeseen events, Queen Dawn has appointed William McCarthy, Nujel’m based prosecutor, as the chief prosecutor to oversee the trial against Ravenshire and Dark Tower.

Prosecutor McCarthy has made the following Request:

All parties who assisted in reclaiming Orobas’ castle in the lost lands are summoned by the prosecutor for a short interview. The interview will take place at Town Guard garrison in Britain at 7pm (pst) on  Wednesday April 8th, year of our Queen. Please assist Prosecutor McCarthy by coming forward at this time. If anyone has any information of the whereabouts of anyone who assisted in the reclaiming of the castle, please inform them of the above summons.

_________________________

related link on Stratics Baja EM Discussion Forum: New Prosecutor Named!! Parties called in for interview!

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Explorers of the Stygian Abyss Event
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Posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 12:54 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)


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Explorers of the Stygian Abyss Event

James Nichols
06 Apr 2010 12:23:29 EST



Hail Adventurers!

The kingdoms of Britannia and Ter-Mur are attempting to build outposts in the Stygian Abyss where they can get early warning of any new dangers that might spring from its depths. There is much work to be done and they need your help! Will you become the new Ranger of the Abyss for Britannia or Warden of the Abyss for Ter-Mur?

This quest series will give a number of new rare items as well as other prizes. The grand prize is a special housing plot in the mysterious Stygian Abyss! There are two Stygian Abyss housing plots per shard and one lucky human or elf will win one and one lucky gargoyle will win the other.

This event is divided into two quest lines of three parts each. Each character may do only one quest line. The event begins on April 5th with parts one and two; part three will begin on April 12th. Parts two and three may be repeated daily to give you a new chance to win something rare and glorious. The Stygian Abyss houses can only be won during part three of the series and are rewarded by chance for completing the quest. Each quest line will end separately when someone wins the grand prize. We will be posting the winners of the houses for each shard on the UO Herald each day as they are discovered.

To begin the quest, humans and elves should visit Dexter on the second floor of Castle Britannia in Trammel. Gargoyles should visit the Lens Maker at his home in the Holy City of Ter Mur (the city near the entrance to the Abyss). If you are playing on Siege, Dexter and Sir Geoffrey have been moved to Serpent’s Hold fortress.

Both quests will take players around the world and through the Stygian Abyss and require the Stygian Abyss expansion to participate. If you win one of the houses on your shard, you will receive a ticket that will entitle you to the prize and that ticket is tradable or sellable within the game. When you have the ticket and you are ready to have the house transferred to you, contact Mesanna at barmstrong AT ea.com.




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A Talking Toad, A Death Shroud, And A Bunny To Call Home. (recap)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!


It was a very exciting weekend! My final report for the Holiday follows the exciting search for where that elusive Easter Bunny calls Home. Yes I found his home, and no he wasn't in it. Mores the pity because after everything it took to get there, I expected at least a cup of coffee.

I started my adventure in Luna, where things always seem to happen. Cyrus was standing where he always is (I personally wonder if he wants to run through the gate screaming, as much time as he spends standing there) and I made the mistake of mentioning the Easter Bunny aloud to myself. Don't ask, I'll never tell.

Typical of Cyrus, he starting yapping of some rumor about a bunny that bites in his den. I usually ignore his incessant ramblings but well, I was bored and Leon always has refreshments!



Barging up to the counter is never a good idea, in fact, Leon can be quite slippery if he knows you want something. The trick is to lead with gold that clanks.



How does a Toad always figure into these scenarios? Anyone else sometimes find themselves asking some talking amphibian questions on a Sunday night? Or is it just me?





Zento is lovely this time of year, though traveling there just to ask some FlowerGirl about a Bunny Den seems a bit awkward.



Now here is where it got really interesting. Of course I went to the Dungeon. Of course I traveled alone. Did any part of this adventure give the impression that I was anything but insane? Of course, after I was ushered into the land of the infinite gray a couple of times, I called in for backup.



The guys from The Holy Reserve [THR]: Lord Caramon, Nosmo King, Death Arrow, and Shania were fabulous escorts. They were even kind enough to introduce me to Sudiva, the dragon that time forgot, err, that Mythic forgot!





If not for them, I would never have known there were four blue eggs by that lake. Thanks! Of course, it's never as easy as it seems, right? Go down into an undead infested chamber and follow the directions given. Right...



Sooo, if not for my "photographic" memory... umm... that's it, I would have had to return to the Dungeon. I think THR might have left me there by the lake if that were the case. Oops, count the green eggs because they go better with the lilies. Sure lady, 2 green eggs... dug from my, umm... memory. By now though, I'm wondering... Does anyone actually know where this Bunny lives? The FlowerGirl tried to have me killed, just so I could go to The Hidden Valley?



And William definitely needed to get out more himself. Just my humble opinion.



Gregor Holmes was not actually near Yew bank. For the record. In fact, I ran right past him twice coming out of the Yew moongate and he didn't so much as wave at me. Although, to be honest, I don't think he wanted to talk to me at all. It wasn't anything specific, just more of a feeling.






I've spent this whole weekend running it seems and there I was, at it again. Luckily, this was the last jaunt. Zipping along, because I do that when I see even one Lich, much less a forest full of them, I made it to the mentioned ruins and spied a neat, little hole in the ground.



Of course, I moved to climb down and fell in. No worries though, it happens to me all the time and no one was there to see it.

When I came to, I found myself in a dazzling, brightly colored, Easter wonderland of sorts. Here there be Bunnies! Or a work station where a bunny could color eggs.



Down in a corner I found a large, magic egg with a nice lantern declaring it clickable. Sunday and Monday, both days yielding a different colored basket.





Gus of Llanowar was more than happy to show me what
clicking the egg would yield. It was magic indeed. The baskets went from Plain on Sunday to Purple on Monday. The baskets themselves carried an assortment of goodies: Easter Grass, jellybeans, robin's egg candy, and colored chocolate bunnies!


















I made it safely out of the Bunny Den with all my limbs intact, and had a great time too! I hope everyone in Napa Valley saw the Easter Bunny's Den and more importantly, had a lovely Holiday! See ya when next the lantern calls!

Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin














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The Easter Bunny Visits The Naughty As Well! (recap)
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Posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!

I received word of a special Easter surprise early Sunday evening. One slated for our beloved PvP community, those dastardly Reds that could not make it to find the Bunny's Den.

As I had some time before the anticipated Easter Dungeon trip, I decided to run and take a look. The rumors said that a certain crossroads outside Britain was the place to be.

And it was lovely! Completely done up in colored eggs, decorative pastel stones, and the sparkling gleam of a murderers eyes to mix it up. Who would brave Felucca to click the magic stone for an Easter Basket? Why, Book Master of course!





After chatting it up a bit with Debbie Does UO from the Council of Mages, I made my way back to Luna to await the Dungeon announcement with the rest of Britannia. Funny, the Easter Bunny must have decided all of us daft humanoids waiting were taking too long to notice the Fire Dungeon alert, and popped in to laugh at us! HA! That got us moving!



Upon entering the Dungeon, I once again met up with Debbie Does UO [CoM] and this time, he had backup! All of them waiting for anyone who had an inkling of meeting with the Easter Bunny inside. I begged clearance as an observer, and with grace, they allowed me to pass unharmed. I shuddered at the thought of what everyone else faced.



I wandered around for some time, looking for any sign that the festive furball had passed through. Sadly, I also ended up where not even the magical Easter Bunny had gone before and had to backtrack. Amazingly, it was safer to stick with Felucca's finest, also a lot more entertaining. So when I ran into the Council of Mages once more, I took on the stickiness of marshmallow and stuck to their shoes!





It wasn't long before a few Shadowlords braved the fiery cesspool and the clash of swords competed with the zing of energy being thrown about! Our lands great Faction guilds had come to battle and not even the site of a hippity, hoppity rabbit could curtail the war.









Caught in the middle of it? Indeed, the sightseers. Those brave souls who truly just wanted the chance to meet this Holidays star icon. I felt zebralove's [K^NV] pain at the hands of Debbie Does UO. Killing Shadowlords was apparently not enough for this blood thristy crowd.



You'll be happy to hear, I have it on good authority that zebralove is once again alive and thriving in Napa! That really did look like it hurt, though!

In the end, I did finally see a sign that the Easter Bunny was roaming about and as there was no one else in sight, I snagged it and hid it under a pile of books like every good UO player knows how to do.



I was still grinning about my find when who should pop in? I was so excited that I had finally caught site of the cute, little ball of fluff that I completely missed that sneaky thief, KingFisher! Did he take my pretty Easter carrot? YES! Where are all those blasted Red's when you need them, eh?



After, everyone met back in Luna in hopes that the Easter Bunny might stop back in on her way out. I was happy to get another look. It's odd, but the Easter Bunny always seemed taller when I was a kid! Suddenly, our lovely EM, Fiorella, burst out of that sweet, little bunny with a grin and a Happy Easter to all of us in Napa Valley.





Hawk was kind enough to show me what he had nabbed over the course of the event, while that wicked King Fisher smirked over my lost treasure.



Happily, I was left a card by the wayward thief that made me smile. He also returned a carrot! Maybe the guilt was eating him up, maybe he'll now turn over a new leaf and take up tailoring... NAH! It was all in the spirit of Easter! Thanks Fisher!

Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin
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Club Night Eyes, Easter Baskets and a NEW REPORTER!
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Posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 12:12 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Easter week run down and more ~




I would like to start out with a screenshot a Great Lakes player sent in to me. It appears several times during the past week " Club Night Eyes " was set up in the lair of Navrey.

After months of the long slow spawn rate and out of boredom players turned the place into a night club, even dancing took place. In the photo sent in there are several characters featured with niaC, Sadden Paradise and Red Neck being a few. The club was so hot it was on fire! After todays publish chit chat and dance parties will be less with the shorter spawn timer. I have a feeling since this is such a popular location the party will still carry on.



Carrots, carrots and more carrots...everyone had carrots on the mind this past holiday weekend. Last year it was eggs but 2010 was the year of the carrot. I did both Tram events and a Fel one. To my dismay not a single carrot was mine on the first Tram event and only death on the Fel one. Luck was on my side during the second Tram carrot hunt and I wound up with eight carrots and all four colors! I was jumping up and down with joy. The text on my carrots are, " "A Secret Decoder Carrot From A Royal Spy Rabbit", " Habanero Carrot Of The Hythloth Devil Bunny ", " Happy Easter 2010 From EM Elizabella and EM Malachi", and my favorite and the most odd, " Fairy Princess Nissa's Pretty Candy Carrot'.

The Hall was jammed before the event. So jammed Alina shouted out from the crowd wondering if Lady Lava was there and if she was taking screenshots. The answer is yes and below are few images of the crowd before the event took place.





Today , Monday 4/5, the postponed squirrel event took place. This was great to have this for the easter holiday because everyone could get a basket. Many on the carrot hunt fell victim of the lag monster and ended with not a single carrot. This way everyone got a memento of easter 2010 if they wanted it.




I would like to take this time to personally welcome Lady Alice to the Great Lakes News Team. Many of you may already know her as she has been playing UO ten years plus off and on. She was also an auctioneer back in the day for the T/G Auction House. As a woman active on our shard and also an english major in real life I know she will bring a lot to the News and to our community.

Fondly, Lady Lava





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Saturday Made For a Fabulous Easter Kick-off! (recap)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!

As I seemed to have missed the rune drops in Luna, this event began with me running. And running. And running. All the way from the Britain moongate to a little alcove tucked back in the mountains to the North of town.

I arrived just in time to see Kouhei Kuulas come bouncing in. Yes. He was bouncing. Definitely in the spirit of things, Kuulas appeared as a tiny, whiskered bunny. Our little furry host had just finished tucking away his hidden "eggs" and stood ready, eagerly awaiting the finders.



One by one we were joined by others wanting to start the Easter festivities early. Some were quiet, some boisterous, another who wore a very adamant "I hate reporters!" smile for the camera. All in all, though a small group, they were pleasant company.

We were assembled back near a cave. Adesteria, StarFire, Lord Benjamin, Solaman Kain, Book Master, WackyWizzard, Lady Resorsoress, and Mrs Claws all gathered around the itty-bitty, rabbittish Kuulas, who would direct tonight's adventure.

A short time was spent rehashing the rules (the egg limit was lifted due to attendance) and explaining the seeking zones. Kuulas had split the searching areas into two triangles. One in the area of the town of Britain, the other far to the North between Minoc, Vesper, and Cove.









At the word "GO!", everyone... well... they went. FAST! So fast in fact that as I was once again running, trying to keep up, I didn't see which direction most of them went.





I caught up with Book Master and Mrs Claws for a second. I'm not sure which one got the "egg" inside the cemetery but I have it on good authority that there was one placed.



I caught up again with Mrs Claws, just in time to see her snag one of the coveted runes.



After running around the Britain area until I was sure my ethereal unicorn would truly disappear in protest, I decided to take my search to the second site. I can honestly say that I didn't see a single searching soul. I did find another "egg" though. Spotted it just inside the Vesper fisherman's tent.



Giddy, I left it for the next to find, Props to Soloman Kain for snagging that one, I only wanted the picture. With that, I had only a few minutes left to get back to Kuulas before the 45 minute whistle blew!

So again, I ran. Making it back with a minute or two to spare. I think runebooks have made me lazy because I was ready for a nap!

As everyone came rushing back, Solaman Kain showed me his find and what a find it was! Two others were also happy to show me their "eggs".







All but 7 of the hidden runes were located and most were able to find at least one. The prizes were outstanding! Thanks to Kuulas and the donations he received. From what I was able to gather, everyone seemed pleased with their rewards!





At the end of the evening, it was a success. Kuulas did a fantastic job setting this up and everyone who didn't make it. YOU MISSED A VERY ENERGETIC EVENT!

As Kouhei Kuulas explained to me at the beginning, player run events are about "community action, keeping us in Napa Valley, and our own happiness!" THANKS KUULAS!


Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin

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Hall of Commons Notes (4/4/10)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 7:09 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Hall of Commons Notes April 4 2010 Hall of Commons Notes
Britain Trammel
April 4, 2010


Opening Statement
The rules of the Hall are posted outside on the bulletin board. Remember
 this is an open forum. However we must respect each other so that
 information flows freely.

Em Events

Wednesday, April 7
Time: 8:30pm ET
Next summit meeting at the Queen's Table

Saturday, April 10
Time: TBA
the White Rabbit return. Where will you follow him this time?

Tuesday, April 13th
Time: 6:00pm ET
Santiago once again will open the fishing season.
This year the rules will chance a bit. Stay toon'd for details!

Tuesday, April 27th
Time: TBA
The next installment of the Sosarian Solstice Fair.
Events to include the Frog Frying competition and others!

Weekend of April 23-25
Exact Day and Time: TBA
Return of Captains Bloodrum's Challenge. As with last time I'm piggy backing it with a twist.
I could tell you all, but then I'd have to eat you. So stay toon'd for fiction.

Announcements

If you entered the fish ID contest from the Fair, winners will
be recognized during the fishing contest on April 13th.

Dudley will be going away in May to far away lands. Fear not!
he will return but not until Mid May. Dudley is going to find more
underwater excitement for your entertainment. In the far away
lands of Bonaire! He will return on.... May 12th



In his absence Dudley hereby recognizes this ham to be his
 faithful substitute. May all rejoice in its salty goodness.
(The Mac [RBG] ate the faithful substitute)

Bulletin Board Check
No questions on the board

Open Floor

Demon Slayer [ViPs]
Well I was wondering if you were ever going to give out a body sash
with your name on it. Many EMs do it and I like to collect them for
sentimental reasons. Vladimere has done this a long time ago.

EM Dudley Lightfinger
That's right Phoenix, I am no tailor And you're right Demon Slayer, that
 makes Dudley very very special. And Dudley likes to be special. I'm not
 saying it will never happen But I will tell you this much It will not be given
 away lightly. As a matter of fact

*Dudley pulled a Purple Sash out. The end of its
inscription was written  1 out of 1*

One day maybe But until then, It belongs to Dudley.

Strahd [:+:]
This may already be known but the teleporters in some towns
aren't working correctly. PaxLair City for instance is 1 way.

EM Dudley Lightfinger
Aye yes. The Royal Engineer's Office is still
tweaking the connections.

Strahd [:+:]
Secondly I suggest maybe some street signs in Malas that
direct to the teleporter area? So that maybe new people
could find them easier. People who don't know
about the teleporters.

EM Dudley Lightfinger
Ooo That's not a bad idea at all. I will pass it along
The teleporter will be in the same spot on all shards. So
that will make it easier.

Strahd [:+:]
And finally. There are player towns that have from what I saw only
private buildings... not much of a player town in my opinion. If there
are not buildings that are open to all. Just my opinion thank you.

EM Dudley Lightfinger
Some buildings should be public in towns. It's always been the long
 standing policy that you be allowed to enter at least one even in Fel.
I would ask that all townships adhered to this. I would hate to alert
her majesty's Ambassador. We all know how she can get... Was
there anything else Strahd?

Phoenix [DWxC]
It was mentioned they would only be one way if located in fel
to prevent leaving. That was said at one of the first meetings
because of the Felucca ruleset.

EM Dudley Lightfinger
I will check with Mesanna to see how it is going to work.
With Fel, and get back to you.

Tatania Karthina [PxR]
I just wish to announce that auditions for Gone to Win will be at
8:30pm ET April 14th. Everyone is welcome to help that's all.

Josey Wales []FY[]
I was wondering about any pvp events that you might have
coming up, I saw a 3v3 on Catskills. Was curious about any
pvp type events we maybe able to have

EM Dudley Lightfinger
The next PvP event I will host will be something on the
seas. Once I get a confirmation the pet bug is fixed.
That's the next PvP event due to popular demand. I soft
tested the PvP area events. Which basically was gearing
up to be a tournament. There were issues though. I would
very much like to do a joust And tie that in, so I may work
that into a future fair games.

Noblet
No Bunny?

EM Dudley Lightfinger
The bunny is next weekend.

EM Dudley Lightfinger
(Directed to Demon Slayer)
I saw you posted about scheduling events on Holidays.
I generally don't because I have to actually celebrate
said holiday. Ergo this event is next weekend.

Demon Slayer [VIPs]
Yup I appreciate that. Annoyed at the responses by
many people in that thread.

Vladimir [TLK]
Any chance we can get our pictures taken with the easter bunny?

EM Dudley Lightfinger
If you can catch him, sure! I will warn you, he is very
fast. As anyone will tell you from last year. He was
quick to jump into his hole!





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[EM Event] Happy Easter (Starting Monday!)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 7:05 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Happy Easter!

The Easter Bunny has been seen in the garden of Castle British!



Happy Easter everybody!

EM Emile Layne & EM Sarakan



If you go out in the woods today...

You're sure of a big surprise!
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic...



The teddy bears will be having their picknick shortly after tonight's publish near Hedgemaze, Felucca.


Events taken from the Europa EM Website.



I spoke with EM Emile Layne and he said the event will run for a few days, Both the Bunny at the castle and Bears in Felucca are entirely different things not just for Trammel/Felucca players.

Thanks EM Emile Layne and EM Sarakan!
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Publish 65 - Going Live to all shards Today!
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Publish 65 - Going Live to all shards Today!


James Nichols

05 Apr 2010 17:05:19 EST



Greetings!

At 5:30PM EST all shards will be brought offline for the release of Publish 65! If you haven't checked out the great features Pub 65 brings be sure to check out the notes below.

While we anticipate this deployment to only take a couple hours it may require additional time, we'll be sure to update this post in the event of additional downtime being required. Thank you and have fun!

Publish 65 Notes

Mysticism Revamp

* Cleansing Winds
o Changes
+ Cleansing Winds will now affect players in a small area around the target as well
+ Players or creatures may be the direct target of the Cleansing Winds spell, however, players in the area must be in the casters party in order to receive the beneficial effects of the spell.
+ Pets can be directly targeted, but will not receive the spell benefits as part of the area effect.
+ WARNING: This spell will flag the caster as a criminal if a criminal or murderer party member is close enough to the target to receive the benefits from the area of effect (be very careful of who you party with, especially in town)
+ This effect can hit up to 3 additional players beyond the primary target
+ The effectiveness of the spell is reduced by the number of targets affected
+ The total healing, cure chance, remove curse chance are based on the skill of the caster.
+ If a target is cured the healing they received will be reduced proportionately to the level of poison that was cured. If the cure fails, the target will not be healed.
* Spell Plague
o Changes
+ Spell Plague hits the target with an explosion of chaos energy.
+ The residual energy from the chaos explosion can continue to erupt when the target takes additional damage.
+ Each subsequent explosion does decreasing amounts of damage, until the residual energy has been dissipated in a maximum of 3 explosions or after a duration of 8 seconds. There is a minimum of 1 second between each residual explosion.
+ If a target is already affected with a spell plague, each additional spell plague will take effect after the previous one expires. (The initial chaos explosion takes effect immediately and can trigger the secondary explosions of spell plague)
* Sleep/Mass Sleep
o Changes
+ Sleep will no longer prevent targets from casting spells or attacking
+ Sleep will place the target in a state of stupor for a period determined by the caster’s skills and the target’s Resist Spells skill.
+ While in this state they will have their casting, casting recover, attack, and movement speed severely reduced.
+ If target receives damage during this period, the stupor effect will be broken
+ Immunity has been changed to the following scale, 3-12 second scaling by player Magic Resist skill. Player must have 30 or more resist to extent sleep immunity beyond 3 seconds.



* Enchant
o Changes
+ Base duration has increased
+ Duration of the enchanted effect will scale based on the level of the spell enchanted
* Purge Magic
o Changes
+ Players can be purged based off the immunity timer which is calculated off the skills mysticism and focus vs the targets resisting spells skill (This value range is from 1 to 6 seconds)
+ If the target re-applies a purged buff or buff that contains a purged buff the target can be immediately purged of that buff (example: bless after a strength purge)
+ Players must have mysticism and focus/imbuing close to the level of the spell they are attempting to purge



New Effect

· If there are no valid beneficial wards that can be purged, the target will have their mana requirements to increase based on the skill of the caster for a duration of 8 seconds. Upon ending the disruption, magic energy will rush into the target causing an explosion of chaos energy

· The target can remove the disruption to their mana flow by doing damage to any other player or creature before the effect dispels itself. Additionally the damage taken by the target scales with how long the disruption has been in effect

· The target will be immune to purge effects for an additional 16 seconds if they are affected by the mana disruption.

* Healing Stone - This spell summons a healing stone into the caster’s backpack which is only usable by the caster and will heal the caster instantly upon use.

Changes:

· The healing stone will have stored life energy or healing points which determine how many times the stone can be used before being destroyed. (The life energy is determined by the casters mysticism and focus/imbuing skills)

· The maximum amount the stone can heal for in a single usage is determined by the caster’s mysticism and focus/imbuing skills)

· The stone now has healing energy which determines how much of the maximum healing can be used at a time. This healing energy is completely consumed with each use and must take time to recharge before being able to heal for the maximum amount.

· The cool down on healing usage for the stone is 2 seconds, and it takes 15 seconds to replenish the stone’s energy completely..

· The healing stone can now be used to cure poison. The chance to cure is based on the user’s mysticism and focus/imbuing skills. The life energy cost to cure poison is based on the level of poison. Failing to cure poison only costs 1/3rd of the life energy as curing.

· Curing will not affect the stone’s energy.

· Summoning time for the Healing Stone has been increased significantly

Gargoyle Wearable Alterations and Crafting

* Wing Armor was added to convert the back slot (currently only leather is available)
* Gargish Leather Talons have been added for conversion from footwear. (other material types will be in the future)
* Gargish half apron has been added to the gargoyle wearables
* Gargish glasses has been added to the gargoyle wearables
* Gargish sash has been added to the gargoyle wearables

Navrey Adjustments

* Navrey’s respawn timer has been reduced to 10 minutes
* Navrey’s drop rate has been increased

Gargoyle Racial Abilities Update

Berserk

· Once a gargoyle has lost 20% of his/her health, he/she gains 15% damage bonus and 3% SDI. This increases damage another increment for each 20% additional damage (maximum 60% damage bonus and 12% SDI).

Deadly Aim

· All Gargoyles are trained from childhood in the skill of Throwing, giving them a basic competence with missile weapons (minimum gargoyle skill in throwing is 200).

· Gargoyles receive a 5% bonus to hit that stacks with HCI and skill bonus.

· Gargoyle’s hit chance cap has been increased to 50%.

Mystic Insight

· Gargoyles have an intuitive understanding of Mysticism, allowing them to cast Mysticism spells without further training. (minimum gargoyle skill in Mysticism is 300).

· Gargoyles receive +2 Mana Regeneration which stacks with Meditation and Focus.

Titles Customization

* New titles customization menu is now available through the “Open Titles Menu” choice in the context menu on your paperdoll
* Titles may now be customized in the following locations
o Paperdoll Name (prefix)
o Paperdoll Name (Suffix)
o Overhead Name (shown in your All Names and first line of your item properties tooltip)
o Subtitle (shown in the second line of your item properties tooltip

Each title location will have different categories available, including

o Monster (Champion Spawns)

o Guild (Abbreviation & Custom Title)

o Reward (Community Collections & Special Events)

o Skills

o Fame/Karma (Reputation)

Additional Changes

o Skill Titles may now be used in your Overhead Name location (as a suffix, such as “the swordsman”) and required skill levels be above 90.0 to be available.

o Skill and monster titles may now be used in your Subtitle Location

o Several skills which have similar titles have been updated



Tents have returned to Gyspy Camps

· Gypsy Camps now spawn with their tents.

· The tents are now persistent and are no longer instantly deleted after creation

· The spawn locations of the treasure chests, campfire and kettle, trash pile, and gypsies are now randomized

· The template now spawns 4 to 6 gypsies instead of 4

· The gypsies and their treasure chests now occasionally spawn with enhanced loot. (Reagents, Gems, Checks or new jewelry pieces)

Bug Fixes

* Forced walk was removed from Stone Form and Reaper form
* New Artifacts will be dropping on Renowneds – Jade War Axe, Cavalry’s Folly, or the Basilisk Hide Breastplate have been added
* Added human artifacts to the following mobs in addition to the ones already on them, Abyssal, Medusa, Primeval Liche, Slasher, Stygian Dragon
* Renowned Ratmen’s loot has been adjusted, plus an imbuing gem will drop.
* Purple Potions will no longer teleport to the target location if the target has moved since the potion was thrown.
* You are now able to engrave the Gargish Chest
* Gems from the gem cart can now be used with Imbuing
* When planting the sugar cane seed you will no longer see A bowl of soft dirt with a Vibrant Peculiar Seed when using poppy dust, you will see A bowl of soft dirt with a Vibrant Peculiar Sugar Canes
* Players will be able to reach their bodies when they die on the ferry from the Chyloth’s Bell in Doom
* Fixed the Gardener’s Toolbox.
* Player’s are able to combine Abyssal cloth through the menu, and can use combined cloth for Imbuing
* Gargoyle Warrior template includes swords but they were entering the game with a fencing weapon, this was fixed and they will now enter with a dread sword
* Putrid Undead Gargoyles were given their own unique hue to identify them easier
* Cavern of the Discarded should no longer clog and stop working.
* Fame and Karma can now be viewed through the loyalty gump.
* Purge Magic will no longer dispel Animal Forms
* Putrid Undead Gargoyles are spawning in the Holy City
* Stacked Pepta’s Satiety Cures will no longer remove a charge from every cure
* We have adjusted the SA clients ability to rapid throw purple potions by adding a cooldown timer.
* You can now buy Skin Tingeing Tincture from the Alchemist in Ter Mur
* All major and minor artifacts are no longer imbueable
* Players can no longer make stone and plate wing armor or plate talons
* Woodworker bench no longer deducts 5 skill points when logging out and back into the game
* SA Artifacts are no longer imbueable
* All new Gargish equipment is now dyable
* Gargoyle items can be repaired with Repair Deeds
* Gargish glasses are meditatable now
* Added the ability to bless the appropriate Gargoyle items using clothing bless deeds
* Players with 50+ Inscription skill gets a 1% casting focus bonus for every 10 points over 50 inscription (5% at 100 inscription)





Added Human Artifacts
Weapons

Ironwood Composite Bow (Composite Bow)

* Hit Lower Defense 30
* Velocity 30
* Fireball 40
* Swing Speed Increase 25
* Damage Increae 45
* Dex 5
* Fey Slayer

Claws of the Berzerker (Tekagi)

* Hit Lightning 45
* Hit Lower Defense 50
* Faster Casting 1
* Battle Lust
* Damage Increase 60
* Swing Speed Increase 25

Resonant Staff of Enlightenment (Quarterstaff)

* DI -40
* Swing Speed Increase 20
* Magic Arrow 40%
* Defense Chance Increase 10
* Intelligence 5
* Lower Mana Cost 5
* Resonance 20%
* Spell Channeling (No Penalty)
* Mage Weapon -10

Standard of Chaos (Double Bladed)

* Faster Casting 1
* Damage 100% Chaos
* Swing speed increase 30%
* Hit Harm 30%
* Hit Fireball 20%
* Hit Lighting 10%
* Damage Penalty -40%
* Hit Lower Defense 40%

Axe of Abandon (Large Battle)

* Hit Chance Increase 15
* Defense Chance Increase 10
* Hit Lower Defense 40
* Faster Casting 1
* Battle Lust
* Damage Increase 50
* Swing Speed Increase 30

The Impaler's Pick (Hammer Pick)

* Repond Slayer
* Hit Lightning 40%
* Hit Lower Defense 40%
* Swing Speed increase 30%
* Damage Increase 45%
* Hit Drain Mana 10%

Demon Hunter's Standard (Spear)

* Demon Slayer
* Hit Lightning 40
* Hit Lower Defense 30
* * Swing Speed Increase 25
* Stamina Leech 50
* FC 1
* Damage increase 50%
* Chaos Damage 100%

Vampiric Essense (Cutlass)

* Blood Drinker
* SSI 20
* Di 50
* Life Leech 100%
* Dmg Cold 100%
* Hit Harm 50%

Cavalry's Folly (Bladed Staff)

* Hit Chance Increase 10%
* Hit Point Regeneration 2
* Hit Fireball 40%
* Hit Lower Defense 40%
* Swing Speed increase 35%
* Damage Increase 45%

Jade War Axe (War)

* Reptile Slayer
* Fire Eater 10%
* Hit Fireball 30%
* Hit Lower Defense 60%
* Swing Speed increase 20%
* Damage Increase 50%

Shields

Wall of Hungry Mouths (Heater Shield)

* Fire Eater 20
* Cold Eater 20
* Poison Eater 20
* Energy Eater 20
* Resist Physical 5%
* Resist Fire 1

Sign of Order (Order Shield)

* Chivalry +10
* Defense Chance Increase 10%
* Hit Chance Increase 5%
* Faster Casting 1
* Faster Cast recovery 1
* Physical Resist 1
* Resist Poison 5%
* Resist Cold 5%

Sign of Chaos (Chaos Shield)

* Hit Chance Increase 5%
* Defense Chance 10%
* Faster Casting 1
* Soul Charge 20%
* Resist Physical 3
* Resist Fire 2
* Resist Cold 2
* Resist Poison 2
* Resist Energy 2

Defender of the Magus (Metal Shield)

* Resonance 10%
* Spell Chan No Penalty
* Faster Cast Recovery 1
* Defence Chance Increase 10%
* Resist (matches resonance resist type) 10%
* Fire Resist +1

Armor

Animated Legs of the Insane Tinker (Plate Legs)

* Swing Speed Increase 10%
* Dexterity Increase 5
* Fire resist 15
* physical resist 17
* poison resist 15
* cold resist 7
* energy resist 2
* Damage Increase 10%
* Stamina Regen 2
* Lower Requirements 50%

Protector of the Battle Mage (Leather Tunic)

* Lower Mana Cost 8
* Lower Reagent Cost 10
* Mana Regeneration 2
* Spell Damage Increase 5
* Casting Focus 3%
* Physical Resist 10
* Fire resist 16
* Cold Resist 10
* Poison Resist 8
* Energy Resist 8

Basiliks Hide Breastplate (Dragon Breastplate)

* Damage Eater 10%
* Mana Regen 1
* HP Regen 2
* Stam Regen 2
* Defense Chance Increase 5%
* Dexterity Increase 5
* Lower Mana Cost 5%
* Physical 12
* Fire 14
* Cold 6
* Poison 11
* Energy 5

Misc

Fallen Mystic's Spellbook (Mysticism Spellbook)

* Faster Casting 1
* Faster Cast Recovery 1
* Lower Reagent Cost 10
* Lower Mana Cost 5
* Mana Regeneration 1
* Slayer Fey
* Mysticism +10
* Spell Damage Increase 10

Stealable

Crown of Arcane Temperament (Circlet)

* Casting Fous 2%
* Mana Regen 3
* Mana Increase 8
* Lower Mana Cost 6%
* Spell Damage Increase 8%
* Physical 10
* Fire 14
* Cold 4
* Poison 12
* Energy 7

Added Gargoyle Artifacts

GARGOYLE ARTIFACTS

Mantle of the Fallen (Cloth Shirt)

* Physical Resist 5
* Fire Resist 8
* Cold Resist 11
* Poison Resist 12
* Energy Resist 8
* Casting Focus 3%
* Spell Damage Increase 5
* Mana Regeneration 1
* Int Bonus 8
* Mana Increase 8
* Lower Reagent Cost 25

Void Enfused Kilt (Plate Kilt)

* All Damage Eater 10%
* Strength 5
* Dex 5
* Mana Regeneration 1
* Stamina Regeneration 1
* Hit Chance Increase 5%
* Physical Resist 13
* Fire Resist 12
* Cold Resist 8
* Poison Resist 9
* Energy Resist 9

Dragon Jade Earrings (Earrings)

* Fire Eater 10%
* Physical Resist 9%
* Fire resist 16%
* Poison Resist 13%
* Cold Resist 5%
* Energy Resist 3%
* HP Regeneration 2
* Stamina Regeneration 3
* Lower mana cost 5
* Strength Bonus 5
* Dexterity Bonus 5

Torc of the Guardians (Necklace)

* Lower Mana Cost 5%
* Mana Regeneration 2
* Stamina Regeneration 2
* Energy Resist 5
* Fire resist 5
* Physical Resist 5
* Cold Resist 5
* Poison Resist 5
* Strength Bonus 5
* Dex Bonus 5
* Int Bonus 5

Obsidian Earrings (earrings)

* Casting Focus 4%
* Mana Regen 2
* Spell Damage Increase 8%
* Mana Increase 8
* Stamina Regeneration 2
* Energy Resist 13
* Cold Resist 10
* Physical Resist 4
* Poison Resist 3
* Fire Resist 10

Spined Bloodworm Bracers (Cloth Arms)

* Reflect Physical 30%
* Kinetic Eater 10%
* Physical 11
* Fire 10
* Cold 15
* Poison 15
* Energy 10
* HP Regen 2
* Stamina Regen 2
* Damage Increase 10%

Patch 4.0.6.2 (Enhanced Client)

New Options in the User Settings

* Detailed Hotbar Tooltips (Default: On) – Displays additional tooltip information for items placed on the hotbar.
* Enable Autorun (Default: On) – Allows you to move without holding down any mouse buttons. To start autorun, hold down the right mouse button and single-click the left mouse button. To stop autorun, single-click the right mouse button. (This is an already existing feature, but now the option is available to turn this off.)
* Auto-Navigate Around Objects (Default: On) – Allows you to automatically navigate around impassible objects. (This is an already existing feature, but now the option is available to turn this off.)
* Cursor Target Queuing (Default: Off) – Allows you to queue a cursor targeting action via macro, mouse wheel, or keyboard before the targeting cursor appears.
* Shift-Right Click to Open Context Menus (Default: Off) - Use shift-right click (instead of left click) to open context menus for creatures and objects in the world. This does not affect user interface context menus, which still use right click. (This was previously determined by the “Legacy Targeting” option. Now, you can choose the method you want for opening context menus in either targeting modes.)
* Display Pop-Up Window for Party Invitations (Default: On) – Displays pop-up dialog when party invitations are received.

Hotbar Locking

* Hotbars may now be locked by right-clicking on a hotbar slot and selecting “Lock Hotbar”. To unlock a hotbar, right-click on a hotbar slot and select “Unlock Hotbar”.
* When a hotbar is locked, you will not be able to move the hotbar, move items from the hotbar, or resize the hotbar. Items may still be placed onto the hotbar.

Additional Changes

* Added tooltip descriptions for all macro actions.
* Added tooltip descriptions for all stats in the Character Sheet window.
* Added tooltip descriptions for all skills in the Skills window.
* Added tooltip descriptions for all options in the User Settings.
* Corpses now highlight on mouseover.
* Added a “Log Out” macro action and key binding.
* Added cursor targeting actions to the key bindings.
* Macro Editor now has all icons available in the game.
* Camera zoom settings now save across play sessions.
* Shard and character selections can now be double-clicked on during the login process.

Bug Fixes

* Fixed hotbar tooltip display issues with the Gargoyle “Flying” ability.
* Containers were not closing at the correct distance away from the player, resulting in “too far away” messages when trying to pick up items in the container.
* Gargoyles were not able to use the Dual Short Axes in the “Target by Resource” macro action.
* Items were not highlighting properly when shown within the Circle of Transparency.
* Player waypoint in the Atlas was not updating when “Center on Player” was turned off.
* Party member waypoints were not updating until the player moved.
* Players got stuck in autorun mode when releasing the right mouse button over an interface element such as the hotbar or container.
* Screenshots were not saving correctly for all game resolutions.
* Screenshots were not saving the lighting conditions properly (such as nighttime shots).
* Quickly clicking on one interface element then another falsely triggered a double-click on the second element.
* Key bindings text was not display for macros placed on the hotbar.
* The “Accept” button in the Trade Window sometimes required multiple clicks to properly accept the trade.
* Gumps for Animal Lore, Bulk Order Books, and Crafting had invisible space that prevented the gumps from being dragged to the edge of the screen. (*)
* Conflagration potions played sound effects at extremely high levels. (*)

Please Note: Items with (*) require Publish 65 to be fully operational.

Patch 7.0.6.3 (Classic Client)

Bug Fixes

* Containers were not closing at the correct distance away from the player, resulting in “too far away” messages when trying to pick up items in the container.
* Backpacks no longer close when moving

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Producer's Letter - April 2010
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Producer's Letter - April 2010


Calvin Crowner

02 Apr 2010 13:09:11 EST



So we’ve been busy.

At this moment Publish 65 is baking on Test Center and soon you’ll be enjoying all of the work we put into it.

Before I tell you what’s next and discuss what we missed I want to let everyone know where I’ve been.

Tokyo!

We have part of the UO team in Shinjuku. I actually love visiting Tokyo, this is the fourth time I’ve been, and I managed to pick up a few more phrases and words without getting in trouble.

The coolest part of the visit was actually seeing the production shards. It was a very Matrix “coppertop” moment knowing there were players in Japan and Korea all playing UO. Perhaps at any given moment there was someone stealing, begging, destroying, building, gardening, or connecting with someone they had not seen in a long time. It was truly surreal.

I’d like to introduce the Associate Producer and Lead Designer for the Japan team Daisuke Maruyama. While Daisuke is fairly quiet in terms of major features, much of his work is felt throughout the community. We rely on him and his team to make certain we are addressing not only North American and European players, but also the playstyle of our Japanese players. He’s been part of UO for over seven years, and has an amazing breadth of knowledge that keeps us on track.

Something Daisuke brought up that we may explore further is surveys on playstyles. During the Expansion surveys, we found that certain regions were more interested in certain aspects and features of the game than others. For example, Japanese players did not particularly test throwing but were very vocal about the quests. North American and European players were very vocal about throwing and play of boss mobs. Imbuing was important to everyone. As we continue through the year it will be interesting to find out more about who plays how across cultures, and how we can improve gameplay.

Also, I’ve found that there are aspects of both cultures that mix very well. The most important thing is BOTH teams and the entire community “heart UO!” For every person on both teams -- we don’t do this for the scads of cash, or the promises of Ferraris. We do it for the love of the game that began this genre. We really do it for the satisfaction in knowing that when we do get it right (and we’re trying to get it right more often …). But if anyone has a Skyline they are not using please contact Derek.

Members of the team have often compared delivering a publish to going out on stage in front of a live audience with a fresh monologue. You hope the audience likes it. It takes a lot of guts to go out on stage. The difference we have is it’s like performing Hamlet. Ultima Online is a legacy with many who have their opinions on how it should be “performed.” And as in the days of olde … if we get it wrong … you will throw vegetables … but when we get it right … you throw roses. We got more roses than salad this last publish. And we hope to keep the trend going. Gardens make me happy.

So with that … what did we miss?

Factions: Not yet.

We bit off more than we could chew and it’s not ready. We got the three strongholds done and tested. The leaderboards and scoring systems are done with updates to the faction items … but… we are not done. There are so many little things to take into account for balance and play that we couldn’t in good faith release what we had with all the other things going on with Pub 65, so we focused on the Abyss Event quest, bugs, Gargoyles, Titles, updates to the EC and Mysticism … and a few other things.

Also, you got a taste of the live story arc. I’m hoping this week you’ll see more of that, and the event will be fully pressing forward for Pub 66.

If the opportunity comes available that factions is ready for Test Center we’ll make a community announcement for you to all come try it out.

Movement: Movement is ready for Test Center. Again, we wanted to get the gremlins off test center before introducing more things for players to work on.

Third Party program detection: is through internal test. Now for hacks and exploitive scripters we are not going to tell you it’s on. We’re going to implement, test, iterate and see what happens. We have the first stage of program detection done, and we’ll be putting out updates as needed. This is not a one-shot and done process. It takes time, but we’ve started our timer.

So what’s next?

Derek and a couple of his engineers are right now in the middle of a three week feature sprint for the Enhanced Client. The bug and feature list is fairly expansive, and we are trying to address a bulk of the items brought up in the last House of Commons chat and prominent on the boards.

In addition, we’re turning our attention to Bards. I’m not mentioning WHY we are, but let’s just say there are some tales will need to be told with a bit of style, and the there will be some things done best with a “well encouraged” group.

We’ll continue the Gargoyle weapon and armor conversion in the next publish, and fleshing out more areas in the Abyss.

There are two other major features on the list, but I’d rather not mention them until we’re closer to implementation. Then why bring it up? Because I think when you see the features we’re focusing on you’ll be very pleased … and your brains will certainly churn churn churn.

We also have some infrastructure things we’re working on. For example, upgrading our player DB and account age as well as login servers are high on the priority list right now.

This is a good time to be part in Britannia. I’m looking across the 100s of titles that call themselves massively multiplayer and frankly … I don’t see much play in their multi. Personally and professionally, I’m proud to be part of this team and this legacy.

See you on the boards.
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Community Hunts - Week of April 5th
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Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010, 6:53 PM 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.

Navery Night-Eyes Hunt (Stygian abyss)
Date: Tuesday, April 6th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt
Date: Wednesday, April 7th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Slasher of Veils Hunt (Stygian Abyss)
Date: Thursday, April 8th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

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


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


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

Posted by:
Lady Tia
LS News Manager


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Community Meet Up - April 5th
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Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)



Community Meet Up – April 5, 2010
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


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

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

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



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The Easter Bunny and its Nifty Carrots
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Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)
The Easter Bunny and its Nifty Carrots Sunday April 4th, 2010

Throughout the weekend the Easter Bunny was sighted in the lands of Sosaria. It appeared to be afraid of most of the citizens and dropped many carrots while running away from the hordes of citizens wanting to pet the cute fuzzy white bunny rabbit.

The fair grounds were swarmed with citizens wanting to see the little bunny rabbit up close. As a gift the little Easter goblins rabbits have been busy making everyone Easter baskets. Word is "Mysterious Easter Bunny Gift Generator" have been placed throughout the land to receive these baskets. An extra bonus is being added to these machines and they will not be available for about a day (next client patch, so the gifts can be hued to pretty colors).

While EM Cyno Razik kept the excited mob of citizens busy the Easter Bunny scurried off to the south placing carrots for the masses. As soon as we were told where the carrots were a swarm of citizens rushed to the southern portion of the bag ball arena. Many citizens were trampled in the race, thankfully none of the citizens were mortally injured in the stampede.

We were sent to the ends of Sosaria in search of the carrots the cute fuzzy white rabbit dropped carrots for excited citizens. The yew gate was swarmed with what seemed to be thousands of people. A handful of the citizens were attacked while searching for the carrots, some were not very lucky.

Huge crowds surrounded EM Cyno Razik trying to anticipate his next step. While attempting to open gates to locations the Easter Bunny was hopping about a few lewd players took advantage of the chaotic mob gathering.

Mesanna came to give us a special treat while we waited for the Easter bunny to set up the final location. Working hard for nearly an hour to accommodate the newly created characters and cross sharders Mesanna clicking finger gave out and she had to leave. I remember last year I waited in line and as I got to the front of it the Easter bunny stopped passing out its special eggs (reference: http://oev.hilands.com/events-easter.html). I thought it was because of my bad karma I brought upon myself killing others while filling my Easter basket with a plentiful amount of eggs. This year I was on good behavior and decided not to attack anyone hunting for the bountiful carrots. Unfortunately many of the players that waited did not receive a special dyed pie. I must say it is not the fault of the EM's but that of the pixel crack addicted players hogging the pixel crack all to themselves by switching to a different character and creating new characters taking the EM's time. Your actions in game can create or destroy a community. If everyone in game was a jerk there would be no one to play with. I'm not saying you have to bend over backwards to help others just be courteous to others, especially to the overwhelmed EM's. Also the pvp land in Ultima Online is spelled F-E-L-U-C-C-A it only has ONE "L" in it. If you want to whine to the EM's about having more events in F-E-L-U-C-C-A and talk smack about bluebie nub trammelites getting owned in F-E-L-U-C-C-A learn how to spell it for ***** sake! ****SPOILER ALERT**** ****SPOILER ALERT****

Both of the "Mysterious Easter Bunny Gift Generator" have been spotted. The orange colored generator is located in Felucca. I have withheld the location to impede the plans of players preparing to slaughter those who find it. If any non pvp type would like assistance getting to the Felucca generator please let me know I would be more than happy to assist. The other located is located in Ilshenar North of the Spirituality moongate. The coordinates are 50o 14'n 8o 55'w. These machines will be available after the next server publish until server down.
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First Ever Lumarian Spring Faire
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Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
Ladies and Gentlemen of All Races

You are formally invited to the First Ever
Lumarian Spring Faire
Saturday April 10th at 8pm cst.

Come and enjoy the evening with some new or old friends

There will be Three Events for your enjoyment:

1. A Colored Bonnet Hunt
Whoever claims the most
bonnets in a 10 minute window
wins the prize for this event.

2. An Easter Rabbit Obsticle Race
(Please bring one tame rabbit
available at most all stables.)
An Obstacle Race will be
set up for contestants to race
their furry friends though.
First one to finish wins the
prize.

3. Find the Missing Travelor
The participants will have to
navigate through a special
uncommon ground to find a lost travelor. First one to reach said travelor will be grand Champion
of the Spring Faire.

There Will be Various Door Prizes as
well as a Full Tavern for your Enjoyment
between the Events.

This is a ARPC Event, however
all players are welcome to attend.

Gates will be provided in the Cities of
Luna
Britain
Haven

starting at 7:45 Central Time

I look Forward to Seeing everyone.
Vendira to All.


Azguard of Lumaria
Kai Tan, Lumarian Order
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An Interview of [EMMS]
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Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
Evolution of Madness Medical Services!

I arrived at Trinsic's Healers as I had arranged with the strange men as one tried to kill the other with a particularly festive horse known as a Kirin, they welcomed me atop their delightful banner!


Quote:





Originally Posted by That Interview I did


Nhbdy:Good Evening Gentlemen! Thank you for being punctual, and a nice welcome indeed. Shall we move inside? I have a number of questions for you both.
Hawk:Yes sir,
Falcon:Alright, we'll try our best!
Hawk:Come on in
Falcon:Sorry about the blood
Hawk:Your chair
Nhbdy:You are a prepared sect. Thank you. Introductions, who exactly are you?
Falcon:I'm Falcon
Hawk:I'm Hawk
Nhbdy:And you represent a guild, aye?
Falcon:We represent Evolution of Madness Medical Services [EMMS]
Nhbdy:You've certainly proven your worth as medics at the recent Tome of Curses event cycle. Can you tell us some history on The [EMMS]?
Hawk:We started the guild because we found it was hard to find someone who would heal or resurrect you. We also want to host our own events and bring people together.
Nhbdy:So this was a recent founding?
Hawk:Aye
Falcon:Yep
Nhbdy:What are your numbers looking like?
Falcon:Well right now it's just us two...but we're thinking of expanding.
Nhbdy:Well you've both put in a fine job, you pulled me back on my feet at least twice as Curse of Darkness last night. What about you two? How did you come together in this cause?
Hawk:We've played together for years
Falcon:On Lake Superior, they had a strong community there.
Nhbdy:So you come from off this shard of the gem?
Falcon:Yes, we're still pretty new here.
Nhbdy: How are you liking your time here on Atlantic?
Falcon: It's been great, besides not seeing any other healers at the events, that is.
Nhbdy: It seems your deeds are being well received, Event Moderator Nestor gave you some recognition at Curse of Darkness, aye?
Hawk: Yes he did.
Nhbdy: That had to be a suprise!
Hawk: Yeah it was, coming from him.
Nhbdy: I've noticed your banners next to large stacks of band aids and food, tell me, what is the X for?
Falcon: A red cross, so people know it's relatively safe there, and they can always come for a cure or heal.
Nhbdy: So you're both mages, I'll take?
Hawk: Yes sir
Falcon: I dabble in the arts.
Hawk: Mage tamers
Nhbdy: Tamers as well? Do you keep any companions worth mention?
Falcon: I like to use my Ki-rin when I can, but I use my Greater Dragon when it is needed.
Hawk: My cu, the healing dog and blue beetle the firstaid, who holds aids and other stuff.
Nhbdy: You mentioned expansion, any plans you'd be willing to speak of?
Falcon: We're thinking of having a try out, of sorts.
Nhbdy: Try outs, do tell.
Falcon: We've allied with Sanctuary [SANT] recent and formed Events Inc. Well the try outs would probably be to bring in a volunteer to die, and see how they can res them.
Nhbdy: Well if you need a dummy to patch up, no better way to get a scoop than to be in the middle, consider that my volunteer.
Falcon: Excellent
Falcon grins
Nhbdy: Well gentlemen, anything you'd like to say while you have the world's ears?
Hawk: Medic Station Here
Falcon: If someone runs up who needs a cure or a res, don't be THAT guy, help a little! And don't do prescription drugs!





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The Chesapeake Play Season Has Begun!
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Chesapeake Play Season By: Tatania Karthina



The Chesapeake Play Season has begun! Last evening we kicked off the 2010 Play Season with the first Chesapeake wide Play Planning meeting. It was decided to perform a play that was a hit in Chesapeake in early 2006. "Gone to Wind" will be making it's comeback with some minor Script changes. Below, you'll find the schedule as well as some production notes.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this production. Anyone wishing to just be there to observe all aspects of the production are welcome as well. This Production is meant to not only entertain, but also to be a learning experience for those wishing to enter their own play for the coveted Gammy Awards at the end of the Season.

To further enhance this learning experience, I have a surprise to announce! Directly following Gone to Wind, we'll be traveling to another Stage location for the brand new production of "Gone to Wind 2 - Starlet". The Script is finished for the narrator's part with more notes, but the caste and crew will finish writing it. Their lines still need to be added to the outline!

Come Join the FUN!!!

Production Notes

Production Schedule:
Audition: April 14th, 2010 - 8:30 PM Eastern
Rehersals: April 28th and May 5th, 2010 - 8:30 PM Eastern
Production: May 12th, 2010 - 8:30 PM Eastern

Production Location: Silent Rose Library, PaxOku, Tokuno - Library is located directly across the road from PaxOku's

Banner.

Cast:
Narrator [Acts 1, 2 and 3]
Starlet O'Skara [Acts 1, 2 and 3]
Bret Butter [Acts 1, 2 and 3]
Ashton Silks [Acts 1, 3 and 3]
Kelly Hammer Silks [Acts 1, 2 and 3]
twin 1 [Act 1 and 2]
twin 2 [Act 1 and 2]
Sammi [Act 1 and 3]
Priest [Act 2]
Optional Actors:
Chuck Hammer [Act 2]
Men [Act 2]
Women [Act 2]

Stage Hands
Wardrobe
Program Printers
Advertising
Cook


Stage Decoration:
Act 1:
large white marble backdrop with columns, balcony, porch and bushes. Outside of building shown. to the side, an

open stable, showing inside... Actors enter from teleporter near audience.

Act 2:
stage hands add a few picnick tables on stage with benches between scenes

5 minute intermission - stage change

Act 3:
inside 2 houses in Magincia - sittng room settings... one fancy one plain
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Township Summit Report 3/31/10
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Township Summit Report 3/31/10
By: Tancred RedStar

(all times Earth time, EST)
The Bi-weekly Chesapeake Township Summit was convened by Lady Tavalia Zodok, Ambassador of the Crown, March 31, 2010(Earth time) at 8:31pm in the evening and a roll call was taken.

Roll Call
Rivi Ravenwynd sat for Zedland
Wat the Tyler sat for Al Ellisande
Nyx sat for Cimmerian Pass
Tancred RedStar sat for Gyldenfeld
Lord Angus sat for Guardians Gate
Tatania Karthina sat for PaxOku
Winfield sat for PaxLair City
Ozog for Pitmuck
Darth Oni sat for Silvervale
Miss Watson sat for Kijustsu Anei Village
Manshoon sat for Moria
Poseidon sat Kijustsu Anei Keys

Lord Coolhand Luke arrived late and sat for Colt at 8:35pm.
Nanoc arrived late and sat for Dragons Watch 8:35pm.
Lady Lootu Too arrived late and sat for Templar at 8:36pm as Prowler was afk.

Al Ellisande called absent.
Nidaros called absent.
Kijustsu Anei Keys called absent.

Benito the Fryr gave seating trouble but was eventually convinced to sit in the observation gallery.

Official business was then commenced as such:

Treaty of Moria to the Crown
Lady Tavalia Zodok brings up the matter of the treaty petition of Moria, given it's recent political turmoil, and asks if the new treaty has been prepared. Miss Watson indicates it has and a copy already delivered to the crown. Lady Zodok says she will have a page check the post.

PaxLair diplomatic tour of Moria
Winfield, Governor of PaxLair, reports of a diplomatic tour. He calls Ben, Ambassador for PaxLair Statehood, to present the report. Lady Zodok acknowledges him as a speaker. Ben recounts the tour, saying a PaxLair delegation toured Moria, hosted by Manshoon of Moria, who showed them a wonderful time, full of lore and history. He ends his report speaking of a hope for better relations between PaxLair and Moria.

Poseidon arrived late and sat for Kijustsu Anei Keys at 8:42.

Wat the Tyler arrived late and sat for Al Ellisande at 8:49.

Lady Zodok briefly revisits the business of the new treaty between the Crown and Moria, saying a decision will be pronounced at the next meeting.

Chesapeake Theater Season Commences
Tatania Karthina of PaxOku extends an invitation to all to partake of the Chesapeake Theater as it's season has begun. She then proceeds to pass out books containing additional information about the same.

Zedland Grows
Rivi Ravenwynd of Zedland announces Zedland now has 25 buildings. Lady Zodok acknowledges this by stating the register of records shall be updated.

Maritime Dispute
Lord Angus of Guardians Gate lodges a complaint that Kijustsu Anei Keys has too many ships blocking sea access from their bay. Miss Watson of Kijustsu Anei immediately objects. Lady Zodok quickly calls for order after accusations begin to fly and asks for proof of a "blockade". Nanoc of Dragons Watch mutters merely to "sink them" if the ships interfere.

Poseidon of Kijustsu Anei Keys asks to formally refute the claims, to which Lady Zodok asks him to proceed. Poseidon attempts to clarify the matter, saying while there are ships in the bay, they are not meant as a blockade, they were placed there merely in haste as the Kijustsu Anei Keys docks are currently under rennovation. This explanation is met with renewed grumbling from around the table.

Lady Zodok states that the Royal Navy is presently tied up in Jhelom dealing with the mysterious whirlpool situation and so little aid is currently available. Thus, in that regard, each city should seek to secure their home waters as necessary.

Tancred RedStar of Gyldenfeld interjected he similarly saw the Imperium fleet off the coast from Gyldenfeld, questioning why a fleet would sail so far from home for manuevers and especially right outside the harbor of another town. Winfield of PaxLair City adds that he too witnessed the same group of ships in that vicinity.

Lady Zodok pronounces that any action Guardians Gate may take, including aggressive actions, will not be construed specifically as aggressive towards the crown, but on the same note, the seas are a wild place and all are still yet bound to directives issued by the Royal Navy.

Manshoon of Moria retorts that in this light, by not enforcing law by force, the Crown has little sway over such matters. He then quietly continues that, nonetheless, the ships shall be moved, darkly adding that had it been a "real blockade", it would have been readily apparent.

Lady Zodok concludes the discussion saying: "It is the policy of the Crown to not involve itself in the dealings of individual Townships. Lest the interest of the Crown fall into question, or a township peitions the crown for such support, as bound by treaty, that request of course may be honored or denied at the bequest of her Majesty."
After more protracted accusals, posturing and rebuttals, Lady Zodok seeks to move business forward onto other matters.

Prowler of Templar interjects, saying Templar warships have received dispatch orders for war. Manshoon says the blockade was an act of war to begin, and their sinking shall be an act of enjoyment.

Lady Zodok reminds everyone that the High Seas are open to the wilds of conflict unless it directly imperils the interests of the Crown. However, conflicts on land, Lady Zodok continues, are an entirely seperate matter and may warrant decisive action from the Crown.

Brief recess called at 9:35pm.

A Royal Engineering Corp representative adjusts the address system.

Recess adjourned at 9:43pm.

Prowler of Templar announces all ships from Kijustsu Anei Village will be stopped, inspected and sent back.

Deputy Commander of the Royal Guard Voting
Winfield of PaxLair City asks how the results of the vote for Deputy Commander of the Royal Guard shall be announced. Lady Zodok says the Chief Detective shall make that announcement.

Current Status of Township Relations with the Crown
Winfield inquires as to the loyalty of certain communities. Lady Zodok clarifies the matter a reading through of the current register of communities and their self-proclaimed loyalties.

Sovereign Rights of Crown Treaty Partners in Tokuno Islands
Winfield asks about the sovereign status of PaxOku as it lays in the Tokuno Islands, a region of the world nominally overseen by the Empress of Tokuno. Lady Zodok indicates that PaxOku is recognized as a political entity under jurisdiction of the Crown. Furthermore, the Empress is aware of this and takes no issue with the fact.

As a follow-up question, Winfield asks if the Crown would at some point be willing to hear upon the matter of the designation and acceptable use of a shared area of land, formerly of PaxOku but now of Kijustsu Anei, should treaty discussions fail to settle the matters. Lady Zodok indicates she does not see this as an issue, but would consider it if necessary.

Lady Zodok formally adjourns the meeting at 10:09pm.

Next Township Summit/Assembly Meeting currently scheduled for 8:30pm on Wednesday, April 7
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[EM Event] Britannian Games – Opening Ceremony
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;

Next week we will be kicking off the 2010 Britannian Games with an Opening at the Luna Fairgrounds. This will immediately be followed with the foot race event. The following day we will again meet at the Luna Fairgrounds to get ready for the naked dungeon run and dart tournament.

Opening ceremony and Foot Race – Friday, April 9 at 8pm EST/7pm CST at Luna Fairgrounds.

Naked Dungeon Run – Saturday, April 10 at 8pm EST / 7pm CST at Luna Fairgrounds.

Dart Tournament – Saturday, April 10 at 9pm EST / 8pm CST at Luna Fairgrounds.



For those that know not, the EM site is here


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Where Does The Easter Bunny Call Home You Ask?
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
From the desk of Fiorella comes the following...

The Easter Bunny's Den!

Hmm... we've all seen that rascally rabbit jumping around dropping carrots.

Well, how about we find where he lives? Maybe, just maybe Cyrus will start you on an adventure to find the Easter Bunny's Den?

Ask Cyrus about the news at 3:30pm pst, April 4th.

There is a catch and those on the hunt will remind you... If you want a plain something....double click on Sunday the 4th....if you want a special color something...wait til Monday the 5th.

See you all out there on the Hunt for the Bunny!!


(side note) No shotguns please...no bunnies will be hurt during the course of this event. *grins*




Best Gaming Wishes and Happy Hunting All!
Sayla Sin
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The Easter Bunny To Visit Napa!
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Easter Bunny Visits

Saturday, April 3, 2010
By Sangria

Sunday April 4th the Easter Bunny will be visiting two Tram towns and one Fel dungeon.

12pm pst – Tram town, will not be announced.
3pm pst – Tram town, will not be announced.
6pm pst – Fel dungeon, location will be announced in Luna and a lantern will be placed at Yew Fel gate. (fyi, the goodies given out can not be insured. Enjoy.)



HAPPY EASTER NAPA!
Salya Sin
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PRT NEWS - Noble's Hold Petitions For Town Status
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 7:43 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)


 

The following player run town announcement has just been received:

"The Keepers of Ruatha Hold (KoRH) have made formal application to Queen Dawn for inspection of the City of Noble's Hold. Please join us, Monday April 5th at 5PM Pacific (6PM Mountain, 7PM Central, 8PM Eastern) in the Throne Room of Castle British from which the tour and formalization party will depart."

Many thanks in advance for your kind attentions,
From The Ladies Tamsin Blight and Desdemona"

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posted by Sara of Baja

 
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Tales of Crimson and Gold
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 5:14 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
Widow Ninja and Lotus respectively.

It is not often that Tokuno summons what they refer to as mainlanders, let alone openly extending sell sword contracts to such outsiders. Lady Masako's foot fall was barely heard as she landed atop the small cover that Zento's bank allowed. The lady informed us of a recent theft and through what the crowd seemed sure was torture a member of the Red Widow Ninja had been indicated to be behind the theft. Some elements of the gathered noted Lady Masako grimacing at the mention of the practice.

The gathered were ordered to attack the fortress at the foot of Mount Sho and to locate The Golden Lotus. Luckily the same location had hosted one of the Tome of Love texts from the past, traveled adventurers quickly located evidence of the Lotus.



True to their nature ninja materialized from the shadows, wearing peculiar baubles and glowing with what seemed like an unholy Aura, a local produced a weapon and challenged their nature as human, calling out "Oni!!"

After a prolonged session of combat and the subsequent looting, Lady Masako inspected the lotus and directed us to Mt.Sho to speak with a mysterious figure only referred to as Joachim.

After some prying, the Artificer satiated us with a tale of Crimson and of Gold.

Quote:





Originally Posted by Joachim the Artificer


The "Golden" lotus is a sacred legend of the people of Tokuno.

He-Who-Sleeps-Beneath-The Mountain can only be awoken by the "scent" of the golden lotus.

Long ago "Raijen" the God of Thunder learned that his daughter fell in love with "Kai Da"

Kai Da is the God of the Underworld, Raijen's most hated enemy and rival.

When Raijen learned of his daughter's betrayal he slew her in a "rage"

From the hand of the lifeless goddess, fell the Golden Lotus, "Kai Da" her "lover" caught it

Kai Da was so angry that he took his true form a "dragon" and flew into heaven.

Kai Da burned the lands of Tokuno and sundered the mountains with his "tail"

The islands were broken as Kai Da took his "revenge" on all living things

Raijen battled Kai Da for eight days and nights, until he cast Kai Da back to the "Earth"

Raijen put Kai Da into a deep sleep in the depths of Mt.Sho for he could not "slay" him

Kai Da is part of the soul of the land, he lies sleeping in the "mountain"

If Kai Da is awoken by the Golden Lotus, no one knows what will "happen"

If the Old Gods awaken and fight again, it would be disasterous for the "Empire"

After impsisoning Kai Da in the mountain Raijen g ave the Golden Lotus to the first "Emperor"

By tradition, the Emperor's daughters guard the Golden Lotus from "harm"

The Golden Lotus must be taken from the Lord of Oni! We must find a "way" into Mt.Sho

I must meditate on this problem, perhaps find a way to pass trough the "fire"

Fire flows from the top of Mt. Sho to the deep caves, if only we could pass the fires.




Cast:


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Chesapeake Community Teleporter Hub Up and Running!
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                            Chesapeake Community Teleporter Hub Up and Running!           The realms newest addition is open for travel as the community teleporter hub is up and running! Wonderfully designed the area just across the road from the Sosarian Solstice Fair now hosts teleporter links to all player run cities and towns on the  Chesapeake Shard. The following cities, towns, and villages are currently linked to the hub:                                                       Guardians Gate                                                       Cimmerian Pass                                            Zedland                                                       Al Ellisande
                                                      Moria                                                        Kijustsu Keys                                                       Village of Colt                                                       Nidaros                                                       Kijustsu Anei                                                       Village of the Templar Stronghold                                                       Silvervale                                                       Pitmuck                                                       Dragons Watch                                                       Pa
          If your city or town is not listed above it's not too late to get yours added or even form up your own city in the realm. Attend the weekly House of Commons Meeting on Sundays at 9pm just north of the Brit Gate for further info! Here's a few pics of the new tele!
                                                                
          

          

         To visit a city, simply find the corresponding banner to the city you seek and double click its statue as seen below! Most cities have return teleport tiles however work is still being done in some areas. Also some areas are in the Felucca facet so travelers be alert!

         

        Thanks to all the cities for permitting travel into thier respective estabishments and special thanks to Our EM Team and Lady Mesanna for taking this vision for the community and making it a reality! Well done!
 
                                                             


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Delta Butch (RBG) Elected Deputy Commander!
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 1:52 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                  Delta Butch (RBG) Elected Deputy Commander!

     Voting has been concluded and the results are in! Delta Butch (RBG) has been selected by the people as the leader of the player militia royal guard. Assembled by the Commander Drake Foxx in recent weeks the militia is to be the first line of defense in times of need throughout the realm. In a decisive vote Delta won in sweeping fashion over Celestial Knight (ACT) and Governor Winfield of Paxlair. Honorble mention to all our candidates as even being considered as a leader among your peers in quite an honor indeed. Look for more in the coming weeks as the militia gets underway!

                     

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EM NEWS - Down a Rabbit-Hole ...
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010, 1:31 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)


from goldenbrewtavern.com
official website of EM Seppo and EM Crysania Down a rabbit-hole… Saturday, April 3, 2010 By EM Seppo

I almost wish I hadn’t gone down that rabbit-hole – and yet- and yet- it’s rather curious, you know, this sort of life! – Alice


Faine cursed as she rode through the woods donning a cloak darker than her mount. Everything was falling apart, all her plans coming to naught. Ever since the failure to take over Orobas’ castle, it had been one ill-fated news followed by another.

Now, with her allies  charged with conspiracy and treason – dragged in front of a common court, she was shunned by even those who might have otherwise held sympathy towards her cause. Even at the spring festival, she was mocked and laughed at. Only one, Lady Kat, spoke in favor.

The hooded stranger had lost her aura and appeal.

It was clear that unless she acted in a manner that would aid her supporters, she would be left with little credibility and even fewer cards.

These were the thoughts that went through her head as she reached her destination, Yew Court of Truth. Quietly slipping in, she took a seat in the back, maintaining a low profile. Scanning the room she saw some familiar faces, mostly of foolish Gargish supporters. She sighed as she judged Erlington, the presiding judge, to be not the corrupt type. She was running out of ideas!

It was only at the end of the proceedings of that day, she noticed Erlington calling out for the girl whose name she had learned earlier to be Alice.

Must be his daughter!

As she watched the father and daughter embracing each other, the wheels started turning in her mind.

Could this be done? And would it work? Hmmm…

And then all the pieces fell in place when Alice ran off saying, “Alright I’m off to find the hatter again”.

Faine almost betrayed herself as a short gasp escaped her mouth.

Could it be? It is not possible! But, how else?…

Standing up hurriedly, she slipped out of the courtroom with a twinkle in her eye, going down the direction in which the girl had wandered off…

Event Announcement

3:00 PM Pacific (4:00 PM Mountain, 5:00 PM Central, 6 PM Eastern)

Yew Court Of Truth

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EM NEWS - A Vewy Confused Wabbit
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Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)


 

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

A Vewy Confused Wabbit
Posted By EM Faine Morgan on April 3, 2010

It seems the Easter Bunny is having some “issues” this year! Come meet the EM’s and find out what’s going on and what you can do to help!

Meet with EM Molly O’Malley at the Serpent’s Hold Counselor’s Hall (Fel) or with EM Faine Morgan at the West Britain Counselor’s Hall (Tram) on Sunday, April 4th at 7 a.m. Pacific (8 a.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Eastern.)

Some special notes regarding this event:
1. If you miss the initial meeting with Faine and Molly, fear not! Books will be locked down at each location explaining the event and giving you full instructions.
2. This event will run in Fel and Tram simultaneously. You can do one or the other. The choice is yours. The end goal will be the same for both so no one will miss anything by choosing one facet over the other.
3. This event will be active all day and all night. You can enjoy any Easter plans you have with your family and do the event at your leisure.
4. We don’t have any particular plans to kill ya’ll but we won’t promise this will be easy. *grins* (And we won’t promise you won’t die, just that WE won’t kill you.)

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Also posted on the Stratics Origin EM Forum: http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=188683

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posted by Sara of Baja

 

 
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[EM Event] Wabbit!
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Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
WHEN? Sunday the 4th of April 2010 at 8pm UK Time, (9pm Central European Time)
WHERE? Trammel & Felucca

Flopsy ran for her life and cowered in fear for the bigger rabbits were coming and they had stolen all of her carrots!

In the mind of a rabbit there is only one thing more important than carrots - and that is lettuce.

But these were no ordinary carrots, they were special ones the farmer had been growing in his most prized carrot patch and it had taken her weeks to find a way in. And now they were gone! She had hoped to give them to the Easter Bunny, who it was rumoured was on his way but now it had all gone wrong.

She wrinkled her little rabbity nose, pulled herself together and made her way back to her three small kittens and explained the whole sorry tale to them.

She only hoped those nasty rabbits would be caught and cooked in a big stewpot by the long legs and that the special carrots would be taken care of and looked after by the nice long legs.

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Sunday April 4th look out for the nasty rabbits and see if you can find a "special carrot" [Around about 8pm Trammel and Felucca facets until all the bad rabbits are found and *coughs* sent to a happier place - remember rabbits prefer to live underground]

Event taken from the EM Website.
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Curse of Darkness
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Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
Curse of Darkness Seth was starting to hate sleep. The visions were becoming darker in nature. Knowing his own family caused this danger drove him to continue. Seth was energized by the bravery of those that joined him in destroying these curses. He hated to ask for their help knowing that some may not return, but the danger was far too great and required a large group to succeed. This week he would ask all those that dared to meet Saturday April 3 at 8:00 Pm EST outside the Cove healers. He would lead them to recover and destroy the Curse of Darkness.
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Why Are Baja's Royal Guards Out Of Uniform?!
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Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)


On the evening of April 2, 2010, Amber Witch summoned me to West Britain Bank as she had sighted an oddly dressed Royal Guard.



Perry would not answer any of our questions, and promptly hid in the shrubbery surrounding the bank.



Our curiosity led us to seek out other Royal Guards to find out how they were attired:





None would tell us if Queen Dawn is aware of the casual attire the Royal Guards are sporting, or if possibly the guard uniform budget has been cutback, or if they were attending a Royal Guard costume party!

 
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Town Guards Transformed!
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Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)


On the evening of April 1, 2010, three of the Town Guards, Guard Leithia, Guard Ric Flair, and Guard Alfred, requested to speak with their lead Garrison officer, Corporal Brackus. As the three gathered before the Corporal, they were transformed into goblins!



Not only were the guards physically transformed, they behaved like goblins, too, and began hugging the guardy, splashing finger paints around and unraveling the befuddled Corporal's uniform cloak.



A bit later, when the three guards regained their senses (and physical appearance), they realized they were inside the Yattering's tree house.



Once they found the exit, the guards again gathered around the Corporal, trying to find out what had just happened to them -- mentioning the possibility the rotworm stew they had consumed for lunch might have been 'bad'. (Like rotworm stew is ever good?)









Ultimately, Guard Ric Flair, had to fess up ... the guards had pulled an April Fool's trick on their Corporal!



 
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Essays and Arties
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Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010, 4:52 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)


Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

flowerrule





Professions essays abound this week, along with new Artifact information and updated insurance. Included is the debut piece from our newest Content Editor, Trevelyan:

Taking a new and more positive slant on The Tinker
From our hardworking Stupid Miner, Stygian Abyss Artifacts with thanks
Updated with new information,The Scribe
That debut piece we mentioned, The Paladin
Updated to publish 64, Item Insurance
Also updated, pic of the week.

Could you write an essay like these, or better? Enter our competition and win Jhall's 'cool goodies'
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Ask the Devs Week in Review ending April 2nd
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Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010, 4:35 AM EDT by AirmidCecht (GeneralNews)

Ask the Devs Week in Review

With a publish going out most of the Dev posts the past few weeks have been on test shard. We'll alter the review this week to include messages from Test Shard as well as an update from Cal on Memorials in UO:

Messana posted a list of New Artifacts found over on UO Test Center These include:
Weapons:
Ironwood Composite Bow (Composite Bow)
Claws of the Berzerker (Tekagi)
Resonant Staff of Enlightenment (Quarterstaff)
Standard of Chaos (Double Bladed)
Axe of Abandon (Large Battle)
The Impaler's Pick (Hammer Pick)
Demon Hunter's Standard (Spear)
Vampiric Essense (Cutlass)
Cavalry's Folly (Bladed Staff)
Jade War Axe (War)

Shields
Wall of Hungry Mouths (Heater Shield)
Sign of Order (Order Shield)
Sign of Chaos (Chaos Shield)
Defender of the Magus (Metal Shield)

Armor
Animated Legs of the Insane Tinker (Plate Legs)
Protector of the Battle Mage (Leather Tunic)
Basiliks Hide Breastplate (Dragon Breastplate)

Misc
Fallen Mystic's Spellbook (Mysticism Spellbook)

Stealable
Crown of Arcane Temperament (Circlet)

GARGOYLE ARTIFACTS
Mantle of the Fallen (Cloth Shirt)
Void Enfused Kilt (Plate Kilt)
Dragon Jade Earrings (Earrings)
Torc of the Guardians (Necklace)
Obsidian Earrings (earrings)
Spined Bloodworm Bracers (Cloth Arms)

Phoenix_Mythic commented on feedback I offered on Gypsy camps and whether they would interfere with existing houses as well as new loot being offered:

Tent's can't spawn in such a way that any part of the tent intersects anything that blocks movement. They can spawn *over* things that block movement, so long as nothing pokes through the top and no part of the actual tent appears in a place a player can't normally step on. The terrain for the tent doesn't have to be flat, but it can't be too uneven either.

This means they can appear in places that houses can't, and they won't pop in over someone's house.

If the tent can't spawn, the camp can't spawn.

This means Gypsies will tend to appear on the fringes of civilization, on open areas or lightly wooded areas away from heavily populated areas.
There is something new in the loot list for Gypsy camps that is very rare. I'd be surprised if anyone finds one on Test Center before the publish is rolled out. But, who knows?

Good luck!

Reporting as a bug with faction title menus, A Rev asked: When in factions, if you try to alter your subtitle...you lose all except your faction rank title.

There is no way that i can find to put it back, no guild title...no skill title just the faction title.

Billy Teng replied:
This was not mentioned anywhere, but Faction titles will always be displayed when in Factions and traveling in a PvP facet.

Finally Cal Crowner opened discussion on Memorials in UO with his post:

Hey all,
I just wanted to let you know this is still on the radar. We're still discussing how to implement this.

We can find the area, and we can find a good method for making certain players are sincere about their intent ... the question remains:

How do we handle those from Felucca who wish to honor their friends and family?

There has been plenty of feedback discussing this delicate issue. Please give it some thought and add your input!

- AirmidCecht
UO Stratics News Administrator
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End of March Obits ~ Part Two ~ Anok Libertine Headlines
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Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010, 12:13 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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PART TWO ~ END OF MARCH





Filth


JoRel






Mad JACK








Saint Anger








Strakken


T-Pain


Victoria


Winter Rain



Worth




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CFC Auction This Saturday
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Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010, 11:54 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
CFC Pet Auction



Join Chicken Fight Club for another great pet auction Saturday April 3rd at 7 CST!

We’ll have a wide selection of fully trained pets up for auction this time around including pure white, coal and ice blue cu sidhes as well as a number of fine greater dragons and other pets as well. Come on out for bidding, trivia and easter gift giveaways!

Gates will be provided from Luna Bank.














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Pitbull Bouncer at -Y- Auction, April Fools, & Squirrel Search Date Moved
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Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010, 11:36 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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*Lady Lava sending greetings from her Luna estate*

The -Y- Guild held their monthly auction this past tuesday which I attended. Savannah was at her high speed auctioning and was assisted by Krisandra and Samantha. Gates were provided by Manx.



The house was filled with -Y- members which is the norm for this auction house. It is nice to see a guild that really supports itself on many levels. Needless to say the house was filled with many other patrons, Hannah, Alina, Lady Kathrina, Lord Akera, Evista, Tiny Tim, Sir Joe, Dead Guy, and my favorite, Pickle, to name a few.

Akera made this comment during the auction, " It's hard to find rares or items I don't already have as a 12 year vet in game".
I can relate to this comment as I am sure many older players can also. The fact that we still attend auctions really speaks of community.

There was no hanky panky going on at this auction. Mistakin Death who is the "pitbull bouncer" was banning, threatening and reprimanding anyone that got a little out of line. This auction house is all business until it comes to trivia time.



Below are a few screenshots of the pitbull bouncer in action! I was afraid to even adjust my foundation garments, lol.









Someone did get banned that night.

I also made it to one of the MOA auctions this week where Melian was large and in charge. It was a mini auction as there was a Easter Egg Hunt planned. Leave to MOA to celebrate the season, any season in style. Logging in to attend the auction I soon realized a April Fools joke was being played on me in the form of a very blue avatar, which I liked very much by the way.


* A group gathering at MOA of April Fools avatars including Uncle Ben, Marduk, Bahila, Mikita, Darigaaz and Lady Lava*

Also I would like to let our readers know that the Squirrel Search event I posted about earlier this week from EM Elizabella has been moved to monday from noon to midnight.

For those that celebrate Easter I hope it is a blessed fun one.

Fondly, Lady Lava
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Cookies, Bad Milk, And You Want WHAT For Easter? (image intensive)
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Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings Fellow Britannians!

This evenings Meet and Greet had a fairly large showing of the usual suspects and well, a few of the more odd members of our community. Some remembered the date and prepared accordingly, while others, like myself... well... we expected the typical ask and answer session.

"Yes, we know you like Silver Steeds and Dread Mares."
"No, we can't make them spawn. "



So it was a bit of a turner to have Sangria arrive on stage with a big smile and a jubilant "Good Evening Everyone!" Only to have Fiorella saunter through the door and well, I missed a cue because Sangria suddenly expressed dismay, then everyone was rushing from the building to follow Fiorella.





At the risk of digressing a bit from tonight's happenings, I feel I must do the citizens of Napa Valley justice and backtrack a bit to explain what we encountered this evening.

Now, I'm not sure if everyone is aware of the current state of affairs in Britannia and I wouldn't be doing my job if I allowed some to remain uninformed. Upon my recent return I spoke with two guards that had it on good authority that Lady Maya was still not well, and to my surprise, she had forced Gorn from her side. The Guards I spoke with had mixed opinions. Though both were uncomfortable with telling me of Gorn's attempt to thwart every ones demands for him to stay away, neither had problems expressing their real feelings about Gorn's obvious anger. At least the Guards were able to talk some sense into Gorn, and per their instructions, I later found him in The Cat's Lair Tavern down the way.

A bit of a recap is necessary here, in that it explains two discoveries I made towards the end of this evenings "meeting". You can ascertain the precariousness of both Lady Maya's and Gorn's position in all this and to some extent, the driving force behind what we discovered wandering around a shop in West Britain.













Recently I had heard a rumor that Lady Maya's further experiments with a cure for the mutation had caused some interesting side effects with her chosen specimen. In following Fiorella, we would all meet that specimen tonight upon our arrival at the The Good Eats Bakery.



A very demanding creature, yes, but more importantly, it appeared to be a talking Horde Minion. The rumors coming from Castle British were, for once, quite accurate.



Before any of us had a chance to truly grasp what we were seeing, the creature took off out the door towards some rather odd manifestations. As crazy as it sounds, I swear I'm not making this up, our group was attacked by an array of Dairy products. Seriously folks!

Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Milk, Soured Milk, Soured Strawberry Milk, Chocolate Milk Gone Bad and to make matters worse, The poor Cookie Monster just kept running us to them! Perhaps the lure of coupling cookies with its favorite beverage was just too much temptation?











After the fight, The tainted Minion pretty much declared us all the villains in this story.



Good thing someone slipped him a cookie, because who knows where he might have led us next? Munching happily, The Cookie Monster instead decided he was ready to head home. Where's that you ask? Well, I certainly wasn't surprised to have him lead us to Britain Castle. Though the room he entered certainly threw me off. As well as the room across the way.





They appeared to be the office and laboratory that Lady Maya spoke of in her letter. I wish I could say that I felt at ease with what I found. Quite the opposite in fact. Several of the writings those rooms contained would make even the staunchest mage shudder. What in the world is Lady Maya thinking? I fear it is a dangerous path she treads.





Continuing on, we met up with the Lady in question in the Throne Room where she expressed concern for The Cookie Monster and thanked us for our aid. After chasing it around a bit, she tossed it another cookie. One I assume was meant to counteract the mutation she caused, as after eating it, it seemed to be nothing more than a typical Horde Minion. Though I have to wonder at her sadness. I pray Lady Maya does not go the way of The Mad Professor Jenkins, whom as all of you know, was hired by an unknown person or persons that we have yet to discover.



And what did we find when once again we returned to The EM Counselor's Hall?



Yes indeed. It is the day of fools, April 1st and whereas a meeting was called for, the EM's had not actually planned for one. Though they did agree to answer a few questions before retiring for the night.

The first question answered involved tonight's event and its Stolen Cookie loot. How many were dropped? A total of 12. Though I believe the bulk of the cookies stolen were claimed by one individual. Lucky, Lucky!





Yet, by far the most important question of the evening and one that took up the bulk of the EM's time. What is planned for Easter this year? Well, it would seem we may be in for a combination holiday. An event with both the EM's and Mythic behind the planning. It is unclear how the actual event will run, what will be occurring, any how's or why's, but the evil grins displayed by Fiorella and Sangria hint at some great fun on the horizon.

There was even a lengthy discussion on Easter prizes, though for the record, there will be no Easter Egg hunt. To clarify, their exact words were, NO EGGS. But the prize suggestions the EM's received were enough to make all of us giggle. Bunny Slippers, bunny ears, chocolate bunnies, a visit from the Easter Bunny (a player dressed up in costume), even an off topic Paroxy Milk that would drop an unlikely mount. Yeah, it was funny and fun! Just say yes to Bunny Feet, we all did!

Big plans ahead Napa Valley... hope to see you all soon! And umm... judging by the slips of the tongue here and there, DON'T wear your finest or you might be buried in it!

Thanks to Sangria and Fiorella for tonight's entertainment!
Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin


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Orion the Haunted
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Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)


Orion the Haunted



In recent weeks travelers of the Felucca facet have been witness to random attacks by an unknown evil. Disappearances have been reported in the area of the Yew tombs along with murderous attacks of citizens in and around the Yew Moongate. This, while almost a daily occurrence in this area, became a much more suspicious activity as large hordes of beasts and otherwise uncontrolable creatures have been seen in the areas forests. Eyewitnesses and survivors have attributed these heinous acts and otherworldy abilities to one called Orion the Haunted. Spotted for the first time mere weeks ago, accounts proclaim the dark warrior showed himself along the battle lines of the Yew Gate, challenging those in eyes view to witness his coming and tremble in its wake. Shaking him off as if the areas newest boastful warrior their naiveness was their undoing as soon the entire areas' forces lay in waste along the fields.

Attempts to follow the dark one has led scouts to the Yew Crypts. As days past his emergence grew more often and soon he willingly bared the mark of the Shadowlords. Adorning armour and weapons seemingly crafted by the omnipitent ones themselves several attacks by the lone warrior were carried out. Opponents are seemingly unable to even lay a hand on this foe. Growing in confidence open warfare soon emerged with attacks on all opposing faction forces in the realm. Unknown were the purpose of the attacks, the scene of chaos feeding the frenzy of battle seemed the only thing to please the dark one. With the recent defeat of the Shadowlord plot in the realm one can only hope our victory was complete. Such evil wandering the realm cannot bode well.

Garnering the realms attention was this most recent attack. Otherwise almost unnoteworthy, this week's attack on the headquarters of the True Britannians showed the growing power of Orion as he lay siege on the city of Britain. Grasping the sigils from their monoliths around the realm and guarding them with monstrous undead bone daemons, attention was drawn to the Crypts as Orion himself and his forces of daemons and giant black scorpions took control of the base ransacking it in Britain. Guards were no match as the castle was turned upside down as the evil leader seemed to search for an unfound item. Cursing and furiously waging war bodies soon covered the streets and forces of the True Brits fought well to the end to hold off the coming of certain death as Orion's objective was not met. Late arrivals from the forces of Minax and the Council of Mages were able to clear the town upon his departure. Reports of a curious necklaced gem being recovered have yet to be confirmed. Word has been sent to the Queen in hopes of reinforcements and information regarding this dark warriors identity or origins.



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Stratics UO Guide Writing Contest!
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Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010, 3:23 AM EDT by Andrasta (CommunityNews)
Stratics UO Guide Writing Contest We've been hard at work updating sections of the site to improve your experience here at Stratics! We love updating and adding new content, but we can't do it all ourselves, so JHall and Petra put their heads together and decided to hold a contest to increase the number of guides we have and allow you to win some cool goodies! We are looking for excellent guides/walkthroughs/how-tos for each of the following professions: The Artificer The Bladeweaver The Fencer The Healer The Merchant The Necromancer The Samurai The Treasure Hunter A well written guide uses pictures, statistics, easily navigable highlights, and is useful to the reader. All submissions will be judged by Stratics staff and winning guides will be displayed proudly in the appropriate sections in the UO pages! Winners will receive their choice of a 30 day time card or a UO Legacy Code! Entries should be sent to [email protected] by Closing date for entries - 27th April, 2010 (Midnight EST) Please do not use materials or guides from other sources. All work must be original content. All winning posts become property of Stratics. Winners will be announced May 1st, 2010.
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