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June 2010

A Strange Entrance
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
A careful observer will spot a bizarre hole which seems to have opened near the throne in the royal palace in Britain, as well as unearthed dirt and stone.



Royal Guard stand watch over the scene but have not, of yet, discussed the scene with reporters.

Dawn's whereabouts are unconfirmed at this time.
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Queen Dawn's Fighting Instincts
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)


I fear the hooded stranger is behind all of this....
Please, good people...! Keep alert to all happenings through out the lands.
I thank each of you defending the city and continued fighting in the Mercenary attacks.
We must work together to keep our realm safe. I will go have word with my advisers on this and make battle plans.
Take care, friends....

-Queen Dawn to gathered defenders of Britain
Oct 48, 377


As reported earlier, Trubo Saius, the former puppet of Casca, who had been imprisoned within the royal palace in Britain, disappeared during the invasion by winged putrefiers.

This attack was thought, at first, to have been a repercussion from the recent string of citizen statements, refusing to surrender to the invading mercenaries.



Later, it became apparent that the attack was merely a diversion to the escape (or kidnap) of Trubo Saius, the crystals guarding his room shattered.

Queen Dawn implored citizens to keep faithful lookout over the coming days to the kingdoms under mercenary attack. At that point, the invasions had been containable, at least. Defenders proved capable, and the lines of defense held.

Then, all of that changed....


In the afternoon hours following the invasion of the castle, citizens on patrol of the mercenary moongate near the Girl Scouts' Meeting House spotted an impending invasion. Mercenary Scouts appeared through the gate and watchful citizens approached and, almost casually, flung energy vortexes at the would-be invaders.

They were the first to die....



Something... came through. A mercenary, sergeants' insignia emblazoned on his dragoon armor, but with deeply hidden eyes that glowed an unnatural gold from beneath its helm. Carrying the standard of Castle Blackthorne, he was riding what at first appeared to be an armored lizard, but which all at once reared back on hind legs, spewing arcs of elemental fire that instantly vaporized living flesh within its reach!

This was not just another attack!

In a matter of minutes, the battlecries of defenders charged through the trees of the Spiritwood, moongates opening to bring warriors and mages, bards and necromancers and rangers.

...followed by the sounds of their screams.



Lashing its tail, the lethal lizard and its rider took only seconds to find new mark, and strike! Hero upon hero fell having barely seen movement in the distance, the rider's eyesight apparently surpassing a bird of prey as it claimed victim upon victim.

Energy vortexes found no chink in armor. Flamestrikes seemed to make him laugh. Arrows glanced away. From the call of a tamer's horn, the beastmasters came, bringing dragons and drakes and mighty creatures of force and awe. Their carcasses soon littered the ground.





Combat seemed unbearably long and difficult. Then impossible. As more and more defenders were called to the scene and the battle waged for hours. Weary combatants took shelter in the nearby Scouts' Hall as the hostesses revitalized wounded with aid and cookie medication.





There were many, many casualties. Bodies littered the ground. As the battle waged on, many began to abandon hope and flee. This was surely an hopeless battle. The Mercenary Sergeant, glowing unnaturally, raised his voice in a booming, rasping tone that shook the hillsides:

Hahaha! Got cookies? I've harvested plenty, along with plenty of your lives. You will die for insulting me. Your blades are dull, barely a tickle they give.... I am no god, but I am powerful enough to take all of your lives! *Wicked laugh* Are you mere gargoyle lovers soft? Are you asking to be spared? Hahaha, that will ne'er happen! Come, challenge me and enjoy the separation of your body from your soul... a reminder of tonight's wrath!


While the defenders voices cried out...
...need all hands on deck!...
Aren't making a dent...!
...been fighting for hours!!
Over here! Behind the house! I can't heal you here...
Don't get anywhere near it! Stay back behind the trees. Don't let it see you!
...does anyone know the words to Armageddon!??


Chip by chip, bit by bit, hour by hour, the battle waged on until at long last, the defiant, horrific abomination of a Mercenary Sergeant and its wicked steed collapsed in a lifeless slump.

Citizens inspected his armor, wondering where he had come from?? What under Virtue had brought this kind of power?!!?





The armor seemed to glow....

There was a weary relief among the people, but also the grief of tamers for their lost companions and the painful removal of bodies from the battlefield. Girl Scouts stayed secured in the meeting hall as corpses and shattered remnants of warriors were given their final rest.

Drained, depleted, citizens returned home to recover from what could only be described as a massacre.

Their rest would be short-lived.


The following afternoon, a patrol passed the moongate near the Defenders of the Shire, when ethereal gate rippled and an unholy armored terror, glowing oddly yellow, appeared riding a scaled steed snorting blue and yellow flames. There would be no rest today, and citizens still weary from the previous battle would rally to the Shire to once again, take on a demigod.

The battle began horrifically, and within minutes, it was clear that the defenders were far outmatched by the imbued Mercenary Sergeant. Healers (and one chicken) set up a medic station nearby the Shire, but could barely keep up with the wounded, at many points becoming victims themselves as the Sergeant charged, extinguishing life in a radius with each lizard's stomp.

It seemed that the Defenders of the Shire would fall, and the Shire with it.

...We must work together to keep our realm safe....


When all hope had gone, startled citizens turned to see a yolk-yellow cloak trailing a white dress, plunging into battle. Dawn, former Royal Knight, Queen of Britannia, lifted her grandfather's sword and threw herself into the melee, seeking out the Mercenary Sergeant himself, a patrol of Royal Guards chasing behind her...!



The Queen! Queen Dawn had come out into the battlefield herself!

There are those, late at night after an ale, who would say that Queen Dawn was a glorified secretary, a paper pusher. There are those who would say that while she was a fine ruler, she was more socialite than leader and in all respects, simply mediocre. Some would say that this woman had not earned the right to wear the crown but rather had inherited it by default....

...that woman was nowhere to be seen, the day that Dawn stepped on the fields of the Shire.

In her place stood something out of legend. A soldier of Virtue. A living weapon. Her blade gracefully flashed with the practiced dance of an artisan, swing after swing parrying an increasingly frustrated Mercenary Sergeant, whose eyes emanated golden hatred and who lashed violently out for bystanders. Even the fire breathing lizard seemed busy trying to reach acrid head around her lethal blade, attempting to spew death. All around, many continued to die, but some were spared who would not have been, and those who stood, invigorated by the presence of their leader in combat, rallied and increased their efforts. Dawn cheered them on!



Again, combat seemed to take an eternity. Those who came too close fell instantly. But through the stoic defense of a people's Queen and the persistent offense of a boosted citizenry, the glowing Sergeant's strength began to fade....



...until, at long last, Queen Dawn stood triumphant, bloodied, helping to pick her subjects from the ground and gather them around to praise their persistent defiance.



Well done Citizens! When I was told of the battle, I had to come help defend our land. I say to each: Well done. It seems the mercenaries have become more powerful. Perhaps... Trubo? No, it cannot be... Surely, he would not....

Peter Tarrant: ...and why not?

I cannot answer that, Peter... I am just in hopes he hasn't joined forces with these... people.

Peter Tarrant: Trubo was in Blackthorne's inner circle, was he not?

Yes. *Lowers eyes* He was. Ahh. I have a personal guard. Thank you, Handalf.

(A chicken in the crowd nodded his head.)

Peter Tarrant: Then I wouldn't put anything past the man, especially when Dragoons bearing Blackthorne's standard are involved.

I fear there will be more Blackthorne connections. Make your battle plans, people! Rally together. For Together, we shall beat them down.

(Victorious cheers and applause)

Now, I must return to the Castle. Once again, I congratulate you on your bravery.

...and, Thank You.


A grateful Queen departed the company of the survivors. All were left to ponder.

Was Trubo involved in whatever had made the mercenaries so powerful? If so, was it by his will or by the will of someone else? What was the limit of the mercenaries new powers and how could it be that a connection had been forged between Dragoons, Ninja mercenaries, and the standard of Castle Blackthorne?

Where would the wrath strike next??

One observation, however, was pondered little, to anyone who had been witness to the last couple of days:



This Queen had teeth and she knew how to use them. Perhaps the crown of Britannia that shone atop her head seemed to sit a little more naturally, today....
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A Dream Comes True For Lady Kiara * again *
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
* This is being re-posted with photos since the first post " got hosed " *

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... A Dream Comes True For Lady Kiara ~
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Lady Kiara has been in our fair lands of the Great Lakes for a very long time. One of her dreams was to have an amazing Luna vendor house and her dream has come true. Though she did a lot of help from Arnott with the plot design and Lord Colt made the oufits for the vendors, the place is all Lady Kiara.



This shop is a true gem right down to the water feature and upper level sitting area, not to mention a great place to shop!
When in Luna be sure to check this design marvel out.




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[NEWS] Exciting Weekend EM Events
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT by Joy Elf (Pacific)


Pacific's EMs have planned three fun events for this weekend starting on Friday July 2nd at 6:50p.m. PST with the opening of registration for the PvP Blood League at the EM Hall in Britain, Felucca and ending with a bang on Saturday night with Fire Cracker Night at the Fairgrounds south of Luna. Between the both of those events, there's something happening in the throne room at Castle British.

Here's a rundown of all the happenings as posted by EM Tailspin in the Pacific Events Forum:

Friday 2nd July (6:50 PST) - Blood League
On Friday we are holding our very first Blood League tournament in Felucca. Check out the official announcement here: (Linky), for all the details on how to enter.
This event is a great chance for first time PvPers as it should be a little more stable than your average Felucca event.


Then on Saturday we have a very full evening...

Saturday 3rd July(7:00 PST) - Britain Castle
Something is going on at Britain Castle! Royal servants and guards alike have been whispering in taverns that Queen Dawn is in an especially vexed mood. The target of her anger.. the very walls of the castle itself! She has been ordering workers to demolish sections of throne room all week, but they have had little success against the old stone. This may soon change however. Just this morning expert masons have arrived from distant lands to assist in the task. What could be the cause of all this commotion? Head on over to the Britain Castle at 7:00pm PST to find out.

(8:00pm PST) - Fire Cracker Night
Following the happenings at Britain Castle we will hold the "Fire Cracker Night" celebration at the fairground outside of Luna's south gate. The action will start at 8:00pm PST with a Fire Cracker hunt. Be sure to bring a fast mount and some good monster spank'n gear.



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Create A BBQ/Picnic Area!
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12:36 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Greetings Fellow Britannians! From the desk of Sangria comes the following:

Friday (July 2) – 6 pst - Meet at Counselors Hall for a few announcements then we will be off to the beach for a major renovation!

For more information see the Create a BBQ/Picnic area - 4th of July event thread.
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King Of The Throne? (aka Bar Room Brawl!)
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12:31 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Greetings Fellow Britannians! From the desk of Sangria comes the following:


Thursday (07/01) - 7 pst

At the Minoc mines, there is an entrance to a secret cave with a throne in the center. Come one come all to the most epic Bar Room Brawl. The rules are simple. The person who sits on the throne the longest will have their name engraved on a plaque placed in the Awards Hall and the PvP Hall as the “King of the Throne”. Sounds simple? *grins* The area is a no casting zone. Enjoy.


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[EM NEWS] Welcome EM Infinity to Origin!
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)

As EM Faine delivered the sad news to the citizens of Origin of the departure of EM Molly, she also quickly informed us that we would now be honored with the presence of a new EM - EM Infinity.

Arriving promptly in a cloud of magic to make his debut, EM Infinity wasted little time with formal introductions and went straight to the matter of showing us what we were in store for (Or should I say what we will be subjected to) by appearing to us in a pink (that's the good part) mankini. For those who don't know what this is, it is a bikini worn by a man.

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Although, I must say, he wore it well, and the color did highlight his skin tone, EM Faine dutifully, zapped his bikini and thrust him into more suitable attire - a straight jacket!

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Within a few minutes of speaking with the new EM, the citizens of Origin were at ease and we all knew that he was going to fit right in. (We also realized that the straight jacket was probably a really good move on EM Faine's part.)

I'm sure we have a lot more to learn about EM Infinity, and one question still haunts most of us...the true reason he is called "Buzz". But, we all hope he lives up to his name - and remains with us to "infinity"!


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[EM EVENT] "BIG" EVENT THIS WEEKEND, FOLKS...DON"T MISS IT!
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 6:54 PM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)

LET FREEDOM RING!

(Pre 4th of July Celebration)


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This is one you wont want to miss Folks, with activities and surprises going on for most of day.

Date: July 3rd, 2010

Place: West Britain Counselor's Hall

Time: 2 p.m. PST/3 p.m. MST/4 p.m. CST/5 p.m. EST

Closing Ceremony Time: 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST


More information is posted about this Spectacular Event on the Origin EMs Forums:


Come join us as we let Freedom, and laughter, ring!
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Taming Hour Recap for Sunday, June 27th
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Taming Hour Hosted by the BRPA Alliance
Hostess: Proserpina (C K)




Starting # 12, 259, 390
End # 12, 361, 905
Total points earned for the zoo this week: 102, 515

Random Prize # 12, 291, 234
Winner: James (MT)
Prize: Shadow Cloak of Rejuvenation

Donations:
Taliesin

Tamers:
Kat MacBroeden (DWN)
Katrina Cole (BRPA)
Lil' Debi (M!S)
Elissa
Son of OG (UTB)
Tamar
James (MT)
Lord Gabriel
Drakar
Lord Thee Avatar

Assistant Head Cheerleader/Security/Resident Wonder Chicken: Handalf (AfK)


It was a particularly warm Sosarian night as a group of dedicated tamers gathered for the weekly taming hour. A few had been wrangling animals before the official start time, and Baja's own grand chickenmage, Handalf, was also in attendance.

Though numbers were initially small, more tamers arrived as the evening passed. A few minor injuries were reported as the drakes brought in were being unusually cantankerous this night. However, undaunted and unafraid, the tamers headed back to wrangle more of the scaled, winged beasties.



In addition to providing security, Handalf also flapped his wings, strutted about and cheered. Perhaps there is a tailor out there talented enough to craft small pom-poms for him.

The winner of the zoo prize this week, a Shadow Cloak of Rejuvenation, went to James (MT). And a very generous check was donated by a zoo benefactor, Taliesin. Congratulations to James and many thanks to all of the tamers who came to support Baja's zoo.



There is no taming hour next week, the 4th of July (holiday in the U.S.) but we'll see you the week after on July 11th!

Proserpina also offers her apologies for the lackluster cheering these past couple of weeks. She's been busy training and preparing young necromancers for their end-of-the-year trials. (And I promise a very wild cheer for July 11th!)

GO TAMERS! *throws dread pom-poms into the air*

Thankye, Proserpina. See you in two weeks, tamers!
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[RP] Royal Academy of Virtues to Study Justice
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT by Phayde (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Yew Counselor's Guildfrom Academician Ra'Dian Fl'Gith of the Royal Academy of Virtue...

Royal Academy of VirtueNext Wednesday 7 July at 8:00 PM by the central skies, the Royal Academy of Virtue will host the second in its seminars on the Virtues, this time by studying the Virtue of Justice. A basic textbook on the subject of Justice will be provided, and there will be open discussion from all participants about what this particular Virtue means, how it fits in to the framework of the other Virtues, and what it means to each participant.

Participants from all walks of life are welcome to participate in the seminar, which will be held at the Counselors Guild in downtown Yew, just east of Yew's town center. Refreshments will be provided, and we look forward to a lively discussion!

Like our previous study on Compassion, this will be a two-part seminar, with the second part culminating on Wednesday 21 July at 8:00 PM. We will meet at the same Counselors Guild for a recap, and then venture into the Dungeon Wrong for a tour of some of its points of interest while discussing the Anti-Virtue that the Dungeon Wrong represents.
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The Return - Mazrim's Servant
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
The Return - Mazrim's Servant
Tower of Souls, Aryslan
Monday, June 28, 2010
By: Jamlyn and Enterprise



The evening started off just like every other Monday with the town of Aryslan having its weekly meeting at the Empty Tankard. They discussed possible ways to help their old friend Cordell Swiftmender, who played a pivotal roll in the Second Mazrim War, regain his memory since it seems it has been blocked by forces unknown.

After Aryslan's meeting concluded, members of the United Sosarian Alliance gathered with Aryslan's citizens to discuss a possible alliance and Mazrim's undead attacks. At the conclusion of the USA meeting, it was decided to make a surprise inspection of the Tower of Souls. Shortly after their arrival a Servant of Mazrim rose out of the Well of Souls.

The Servant told them how foolish they were for visiting, how they would never harness the Tower's power for themselves, and that they would now witness Mazrim's true power!



The undead rose up around the Tower once more, but this time, it was undead no one had ever seen before! Aryslan's militia and the Alliance members bravely waded into battle against the seemingly endless waves of the unknown undead.

And they emerged victorious!

As the allied forces searched the fallen undead looking for clues and valuables, the Tower of Souls started to change. The altars on the roof lifted off and floated to the ground on each side of the tower, and then a mysterious book titled “Ritual” appeared on the Western alter.



While they were still trying to figure out what the alters meant, word was received that Paxlair was under attack by the undead. The newly formed defense force quickly made their way to Paxlair and found the entire town drench in the stench of undead. It took some time, but eventually the allies again crushed the horde of undead. Realizing that a full scale invasion was underway, they sent out scouts to all the other player townships. Lord Enterprise arrived in Dragon's Watch and was almost immediately killed by an army of undead. He quickly retreated from the main army and sent word to the defenders that the undead army was laying siege to Dragon's Watch. While he waited for reinforcement, he tended to his wounds.



Since Dragon's Watch was just north of Aryslan, Lord Jamlyn Hakkendyn called for a rally at Aryslan. Once the force was assembled, they made their blitz into the Undead-held Dragon's Watch!

After securing Dragon's Watch, scouts reported an undead incursion into Moria, followed by Kijustsu Anei Village, and finally, Zedland. In each township, the defenders were able to drive back the legions of undead. It was noted at each township that a unique and much more powerful than normal undead creature was leading the charge. This is troubling because it implies Mazrim's presence in Sosaria may be much larger than originally thought.




Regardless, the defenders left no restless dead standing!

When all seemed to be quiet, the wary defenders returned to Aryslan to rest, but they did not get much. Shush, the Aryslan Emissary to Silvervale and Guardians Gate, suddenly became entralled with the western alter at the Tower of Souls and began to recite the words within the Ritual book. Lord Jamlyn Hakkendyn noticed her only as she completed speaking the final line in the Ritual book, and it was immediately apparently that he was too late to save her. She became possessed by an unknown force and the Servant of Mazrim appeared and lead her up into the Tower and into Mazrim's private chamber on the third floor, where he cast spells upon her. This is when the Crimson Fist of Mazrim revealed themselves, bringing supplies to Mazrim's Servant inside the Tower of Souls.




The undead arose once again to do battle with us, but this time Shush fought with the undead standing against her fellow Aryslan citizens and USA members. After receiving several spells and several wounds from her friends, she regained control of herself. Her friends and fellow defenders escorted her to the Aryslan Spring of Peace, hoping that the cleansing water would drive out whatever had possessed her. They also knew that whatever had possessed her might corrupt the Spring, but they could think of nothing else they could do.

As the group approached the Spring, a Polluting Beast sprang forth from it and attacked! It spewed great plumes of toxic gas all around it and was quite difficult to slay, but it was only one against many and was felled just like all the undead before it.



The group then quickly had Shush touch the water and she appeared to return to normal. Many others also used the water to cleanse themselves of the stench of undeath they had accumulated that night. While the citizens of Aryslan and the USA members attempted to catch their breath around the Spring of Peace, strange noises came forth from it. Some described it as a bubbling, others a gurgling, one thought perhaps the Spring was going to drain out! Lord Jamlyn Hakkendyn looked pale saying that in the previous two wars with Mazrim, this small spring was the only thing Mazrim did not corrupt with his evil and that appears to be no longer the case.

It is obvious now that Mazrim's followers are far more numerous than previously believed. They are also far more mobile than they had been in the past. (The previous two wars with Mazrim did not spread much father outside Aryslan than Vesper.) It is now up to every Sosarian to keep a lookout for any suspicious activity or undead and report it to the authorities.

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[EM] Colors, Colors, Colors!
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT by Phayde (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<from EM Elizabella...

The Colored CanvasBeginning at 8 p.m. (CDT), Thursday, July 1st, go to the Colored Canvas in Vesper. There's someone there who's out of place. Maybe you can help him with his colorful mid-life crisis?

This quest can be done at any time from its start until the end of the weekend.
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[EM] Meet With Queen Dawn
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT by Phayde (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Queen Dawn's Throne Roomfrom EM Elizabella...

Queen Dawn requests that all interested citizens meet with her in her throne room at 7:00 PM (CDT) on Thursday, July 1st.
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[EM] Guards Meeting and a Rebellion Gathering!?!
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)



Posted to the EM news site;


The Elite Archer Calls to Arms. The archer wishes to overrule the throne and take power away from Dawn, while avenging his lost commander.

Dawn Calls to arms. Dawn wishes for peace to all nations and attempts to bring balance. Both wishing to see who will choose their side.

To support Dawn and the Royal Guard, meet at Lord British Castle at 8PM eastern 7PM Central Trammel
To support the Archer, head through one of the EM created gates, which will be created near all major fel moongates. at 8PM eastern 7PM Central Fel.
Wednesday June 30th.

WARNING WARNING ATTENTION ATTENTION

The archer’s group will be in Felucca, as EM’s we can not say you will be safe, make sure you insure your items, and leave valuables at home. There are chances that there will be people who want to kill you, and will attempt to do so. There is also chances for thieves to steal your items. Be sure you are prepared!!!

WARNING WARNING ATTENTION ATTENTION




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


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Equine Tears (a guest recap)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Greetings Fellow Britannians!

As I was otherwise engaged last Friday night, I found myself with no information as to the outcome of that nights doings. In search of anyone who had gone, I put out the word and set off to find those who had a story to tell. I traveled and chatted, chatted and traveled. Unfortunately, the majority of Napa's citizens met my questions with blank stares, a few grunts, and several "It was a right fine evening!" None had much more to say. No lengthy tales, no details.

Dismayed, I sulked my way to the nearest tavern in Britain. Spotting an empty stool, I sat down heavily and stared through my blank parchment until my back ached and my eyes were blurring. Goodness, what was I going to do?

It was some time before a small child bumped my shoulder and gave me a toothy grin.

"For you Ma'am!" His outstretched hand held a roll of parchment tied with a red ribbon. He tossed it haphazardly onto the table.

"Umm, Thanks?" I replied, confused.

The boy giggled, and skipped quickly out the door. Blinking, I turned back to the scroll, wondering what it was. Tilting it a bit towards the candle light, I noticed a separate square of paper looped through the ribbon. Someone had written there in a fine hand.

~Heard you were looking for a tale.~

Just that. Nothing more. Curious, I slipped off the ribbon and quickly slid the roll to the bottom, looking for a signature. Yes, there it was! Suddenly I found myself grinning much the same as the deliverer. It would seem that Napa's most notorious scoundrel, King Fisher, had answered my plea. I copy his tale to you, written by his own hand.


Equine Tears


“So you want me to drudge up a tale of the events that occurred on the last bloody evening?”

Swipes an ale from the cobbler counting out his daily earnings at the bar, too oblivious to notice.

Chuckles to himself, “Gotta love trammel. Nobody sees me coming. Well now, where shall I begin? It’s a dramatic story for sure, filled with hands in pockets (namely my hands), love, loss (their loss), and a whole lotta running.”

It was a dull dreary day; the sky was as gray as a fresh death shroud. I woke in a pool of my own drool, on my favorite bar stool, in the Cat’s Lair bar. Groggy, with a head feeling like it was beat on by a pair of Ettin twins, I staggered outside. Cheering and yelling could be heard in the distance and was not complimenting my predicament. I grabbed some scruffy child running past.

“Boy, what day is this?!”

“Day Sir? Why its Friday and there is some goings on at the castle!”

“Well then I guess we should be off then eh?” Giving the kid a wink and patting him on the shoulder, sticking an ale covered gold piece to his tunic as he took off ahead. “Good, reliable information is worth more than any precious metal.” While searching for a rune to the castle in my pack with one hand, I guzzled some disgusting hangover remedy. In the midst of swearing to never drink again, I was transported to the castle.

Ah, the castle. A place of beauty, wonders, and home to a large contingent of Royal Guards. On arrival I stuck to the shadows like dung to a clean boot and made my way to the front of the crowd. Just as I hit the front of the seething throng, none other than the hard eyed Detective Jayden Marcus took to the podium. I was confident in my ability to remain unseen, but still double checked my items of invisibility just to reassure myself. I don’t like detectives, especially ones in flamboyant gold capes.

Jayden began his usual detective rant, about how smuggling things into Britannia was bad and that the good people of the Royal Guard should step up to stop them by any means necessary. I wasn’t really listening until he mentioned that the smugglers were transporting items of importance through Felucca. My ears perked up immediately.

“Check the shrines of Felucca for evidence of smugglers and begin fortifying your positions.”

Well, that’s all I needed to hear and zoom, off like a Paragon Mongbat with my head on fire, I began scouting shrines. Chaos... nope, Valor... nope, Justice... hmm, lots of action and people dying around this shrine but it just didn’t have the “Smugglers feel”. Off again as fast as my ill tempered llama (his name is Bill) could carry me. “To compassion!” I cried to the sky above, only to be met with nothing but eerie silence. I began pacing in circles talking with Bill.

“Bill! If I was a smuggler, and maybe I as well ought to be, where would I go?” Bill spat on a scorpion scurrying by. “Aha! Eureka!” Cracks Knuckles. “Good idea Bill ol’ chap, to Compassion!”.

I arrived at Compassion, which was mildly quiet; a few other scouts were scurrying about according to my keen tracking skills. I began searching the area for any sign of “Smuggler activities”. The female healer Glenda gave a mean whirlwind when I attempted to search under her robe.

“Just checking Ma’am, strict Royal Guard business!”

She threatened to call the guards so I slipped away peacefully. No need for more paperwork right? I continued my search to the South East of the gate where lo and behold, a greenish-blue moongate appeared! I dismounted Bill and sent him to go feast on a mushroom circle or two and begin lurking and skulking about the moongate. Just as I was about to enter the moongate, (out of sheer curiosity), suddenly a red moongate opens directly behind me. Murderers from LOAO and other guilds began swarming out like locusts. They devoured every living thing in sight. If it once breathed, it breathed no more. Except me of course, I stealthily slipped away momentarily while innocents were being slaughtered.

Shrugs. “Meh, what can ya do?”

Out of the corner of my eye I see a sight that didn’t seem quite right. A Paragon Unicorn with a team of Paragon Pixies flitting about. In the midst of being swarmed upon by the denizens of good, I misjudged my surroundings and ran smack into an invisible wall! Now being a person of “Questionable dealings”, these so called good creatures didn’t exactly enjoy my presence, and now, being visible to them and the murderers, didn’t help my situation. So I did what any thief facing a crowd of murderous people and Unicorns, I ran as fast as my shape shifting, wolf legs could carry me.

I ducked, I weaved, and danced around a few bolts and arrows, all the while attempting to get back into the stealthy shadows. Then I ran out of the most precious thing a running man could run out of, land. Pinned in on all sides with nothing but the ocean blue in front of me, I turned to my pursuers hoping my mad flight gave the chance for others to loot a precious item (so I may rescue it from them later). I then did what any person would do stuck full of arrows, with burnt hair, facing down a mage with lightning crackling around his fingertips.... I died.

Ahh death, a thief’s waiting room full of peace and quiet, a place free of worry. I began sauntering back to the shrine, past the self righteous Blues, past the murdering Unicorns and their Red friends, onto the cool stone platform, and touched the ankh. *Ding!* Round 2. Upon resurrection I immediately took to the shadows and donned my gear. It was an all out war now, Blues attacking Reds attacking Unicorns attacking me. Sigh. No love from the Fey. I ran into the midst of the Unicorns, and like a customs check at a guard crossing, I went through that Unicorn for items.

Grabbing a unique red parchment, I ran off again. This time no longer followed by the enemy and only leaving behind a severely upset Unicorn in my wake. I quickly recalled to the bank of Cove and banked my ill gotten goods, reloaded my supply of heal potions, and teleported back to the battle.

I arrived just as a new Unicorn burst from it hiding place with its crew of Fey cronies. I ran straight at the Unicorn searching it madly as the war continued around me. The Pixies gasped in horror and vomited, the Unicorn neighed in protest, as I rummaged through its hidden treasures with unbridled enthusiasm.

“Aha! Score two for the grey guys!” I proclaimed while running through the woods like a madman holding my newly acquired parchment at a distance. (Come on! Did you see any backpacks around their necks? Where do you think they hide all the treasure?!) Banking my goods (again), I stormed back to the battle zone.

Upon returning some guy in a fancy cloak jumps out at me. Detective Marcus! He goes on saying that some of the smugglers who were attempting to enter the gate, made it, while others limped off into the woods, crying. No idea why. I gingerly stepped over decimated Unicorn corpses and decapitated Pixies to receive my handshake of a job well done from none other than a thief’s worst enemy, a Royal Detective. As he reached the hand out I “tripped” and slid my hand into his backpack relieving him of a pair of Brightsight lenses (Ha! couldn’t resist). He failed to notice immediately as I dashed away thanking him for the opportunity to serve the crown. Till we meet again Detective! Hah!

“Hah! So what did ya think? Magical? Heroic? Romantic even?” Picking his teeth with a dagger, he stashes a couple of sausages from the table into his pockets, exciting the bar without paying. (He’s a thief what you gonna do?) Leaving a red parchment on the table with a note written on the back:

I would like to thank the following people who assisted in my thefts.
Jimmy Dean – for crucial heals at crucial moments
Hon – for running blocker and bait on steals
Elerose - for covering my escape
Twisted Sister- for being such a terrible shot.
Darklust – for giving up on the chase.
And for Sangria and Detective Marcus, for without their permission, I wouldn’t have done this legally!

King Fisher



I am sorry to have missed the excitement, though I couldn't be more pleased with the above tale. A special thanks to King Fisher for taking the time to write his account. I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I did!

Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin
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Spotlight On EM Drosselmeyer
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Spotlight On EM Drosselmeyer
Sosarian Bureau of Investigations
Sunday, June 27, 2010
By: Merik

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EM Drosselmeyer sat in what appeared to be an empty room that was pitch black and cold. The sound of a door opening echoed in the darkness along with the sound of Sandals, boots and platemail. A light turned on directly in front of Drosselmeyer, revealing a table in front of him. A folder was thrown onto the table and questions began to be shouted at EM Drosselmeyer!!!

"Where is Jimmy Hoffa?""Did you assist the Kennedys?""Were you in California on August 5th 1962?"

Special Agent Merik slammed his right hand down on the table.

"This is EM Drosselmeyer! Were here to question him about Ultima Online and being a Event Moderator."

The lights were turned on and the players of Chesapeake pulled out their notepads, full of wonderful questions.

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Let us start off with a classic question. When did you start playing Ultima Online?
Well, I and a friend had first loaded up the game in the first year, and we went around town trying to talk to people until this nice fellow came over and said if we just followed him, he’d show us something neat! So we did, only to be led out of town and murdered by the waiting reds. I started playing in earnest in late 1999, early 2000.

How were you introduced to Ultima Online? (Sent in by Lycan)
The previous question answered this, but the way I truly remember being introduced to the game as a whole was once I found my first guild and they showed me how to do things, and was brought into the community.

What are some of your favorite things to do in game as a player?
Depending on time restraints, I tend to either do house decoration, champion spawning, roleplaying, or just item/money grinding, though that last one is my least favorite. Out of all my favorite activity will always be exploring and learning new things about the world, especially finding areas that seem to be ‘forgotten’ to the majority.

What drew your interest to the EM program? (Sent in by Nexus)
I have always thought myself to have a bit of a flair for the dramatic, as well as fancying that I could tell a decent story, and on top of that I have a love of the world of Ultima Online that has kept me here for over a decade now, and I had always wanted to be a volunteer to give back to the community. When the EM program came up, I knew it was something I would love to be a part of.

When learning you would be assigned to Chesapeake what was your initial reaction? Did you know much about the shard at that time?
Well, I was very glad I was assigned to a shard that’s in my own time zone, that’s for sure. I didn’t know very much about Chesapeake, but as soon as I was told, I did all the research I could before being unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.

How did you come up with the name Drosselmeyer? Nutcracker? Racehorse? Something else? (Sent in by Wildstar)
I fear that the secrets of my name must remain a secret, but there are influences. I have had one player get very, very close to guessing, but I won’t spoil it by saying who…

wot you want us to calls yoo? yoo name to long for goblins (Sent in by Ozog Giantfart)
Dross is fine if you don’t want to type the whole thing.

Now that you are here what is your overall impression of the Chesapeake community?
I’m very pleased with the community, and it seems to be one where most of the people want to try and work together, even when they’re killing each other. There’s a lot of great people on Chesapeake, and the more people I meet, the more great people I know.

What are your favorite types of RP and regular events to create?
Roleplay wise, I don’t think I can pigeonhole myself into any single type of scenario, though I believe that all good stories must have conflict, and that’s always a goal. I also believe that our actions, whether good or bad, have consequences that are completely unknowable and often unpredictable, but once they occur, make sense. As for events, I want people to have fun, but I also want people to have a reason to come out time and again, and the biggest reason should be the story, and the main idea here is that YOU, the players, are what make this story. It’s your actions and reactions, your decisions and choices that make YOUR shard.

Many players seem to enjoy EM Event items. Some players like the items for museums, keepsakes, or to make a profit. What kind of EM Event Items do you like to create for players to obtain?
Personally, I’ve always been a fan of museums, but I prefer the ones that tell stories, instead of say ‘Look at me! I’m rare!’. With items, I strive to try and create a balance of things that could be used as a memento to help elaborate on a story, things that could be used outside of the single event they come from to expand on other stories, or things that could help to give ideas to players for their use aside from selling them. Although I do think that rares traders are a viable playstyle, it is always nice to see that storycentric items stay where the story is.

For the last several months, townships have been one of the major focuses on the shard. In general what are some great things you have seen them doing? And what do you feel should be focused on more?
Ah, Townships! You make lovely targe…I mean, places to visit! The greatest thing I have seen the townships do is communicate with each other. When monsters start to attack, even on a small scale, the reaction is much like you would see from a real militia; the initial ready troops, followed by reinforcements, and eventually heavy cavalry. The speed of the mounting of defenses is great, and I do love the player built hubs as well. As for things that should be focused on more, I’d have to say that at the current time I haven’t seen anything that jumped out at me as needing improvement.

What kind of impact would you like to have on the PVP community; and how do you plan to go about it? (Sent in by Lox) *High Five*
I’d like to show people that Felucca is a great place, and especially for storytelling. On Chesapeake we seem to have a large number of very cordial players, even when they’re killing each other. For the most part, I want the PvP community to help work with myself and EM Dudley as we bring you events in Felucca, and how to better them. I want most of all for those there to be reticent to our events, and the more we’re able to organize and set up without absolute event breaking disruptions, the better. Don’t get me wrong though, this is Felucca, and there is expected bloodshed. *grin*

Do you side with the bane forces and their unknown agenda or with the known ophidians (Sent in by Ryo-Ohki)
I’m undecided, as those nasty Ophidians were doing something with those bizarre Hybrids, and they’ve long been a menace…but the Bane Chosen are a completely unknown quantity, and they say the devil you know…

When would you like to learn how to brew Savage Ale? (Sent in by Greyylene)
Well, I don’t fancy myself much of a beer baron, but if you catch me around just ask if I have time!

How come wrong numbers are never busy? (Sent in by Nexus)
I believe this is because of Murphy’s Secondary Law, which is that if it can be awkward, it will be awkward.

How creative are you with coming up with ideas for community event story lines? (Sent in by Cheever)
I’d like to think I’m fairly creative, but I have to give major credit to my colleague EM Dudley. We work together on our storylines in order to bring you a stronger and more united collective effort that we could not achieve on our own. We hope to dazzle you and keep you on your toes.

What sets you apart from all the other EMs? What will you bring to Chessy (Sent in by Ransom)
My snazzy robe? Oh wait…My hairstyle? Darn it! Uhh….To answer the question, I’d like to say something impressive, like my ability to tell a story or the excitement I have to be part of the EM program, but all of the EM’s are wonderful and we all have strengths and weaknesses. I’d like to say my personal strength is being able to adapt and improvise whenever necessary. As for what I’ll bring to Chesapeake, I’m hoping to assist EM Dudley in bringing you tales of daring, danger, death defiance, deviousness, and devilishness; stories that will enthrall and capture your imagination, and drag you into their iterations; events that get you involved in ways you never thought you would be; and most of all, a fun and entertaining ride on this crazy coaster we call Ultima Online. Buckle your seat belts and hang on, because there will be rough patches. See you in game!

Thank you EM Drosselmeyer for taking the time to answer our questions!

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[RP] Sit Back and Relax at Whiskey McGinn's
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Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT by Phayde (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Whiskey McGinn's(Yew, Britannia) Whiskey McGinn's, favorite hangout of many of the members of the Yew Militia, is open this evening at 8:00 PM (CDT) for an evening of fun, drinks, and revelry. So come on down, kick back, and toss back a few with friends from the community, and hear about the many tales of adventure and intrigue throughout the land.

Whiskey McGinn'sWhiskey McGinn's alternates with the Wild Rose Inn of Newcastle in hosting the community on Monday evenings that the High Council of Britannia is not in session, and welcomes folks of all ages, sizes, races, and creeds to come and enjoy the fun and meet each other in a peaceful, non-combative environment (all bar fights should be taken to the curb!). So head on out, and have a great time!
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[RP] High Court Hearing on Seat of Jhelom
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Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT by Phayde (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<High Court of Britannia(Compassion Grove, Britannia) The High Court of Britannia is set to hear testimony and opinion from citizens of Britannia regarding the Seat of Jhelom on the High Council of Britannia. At question is whether the eccentric Lady Beauvina, who has been asked to serve by a small handful of Jhelom citizens has met the qualifications to serve upon the High Council. The hearing, presided over by High Justicar Ra'Dian Fl'Gith, is set to commence this coming Thursday (July 1) at 8:00 PM (CDT) at the High Court in Compassion Grove.

The Justicar has instructed that all parties with a vested interest in the matter please attend the hearing. If you are not able to attend the hearing, you may contact the High Justicar and arrange for a sworn affidavit that will be read into Court Record at the Hearing regarding the matter.
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A Wedding To Remember...
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Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
A Wedding To Remember...
Sorcerer's Dungeon & Aryslan
Monday, June 21, 2010

By: Merik

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Citizens gathered to attend the wedding of Lord Shef Sigurth and Lady Kitkitarria but you could tell something was not right by the expression on the face of Lord Enterprise when he stood in front of all the people gathered to witness the wedding. Everyone directed their attention on Lord Enterprise as he prepared to make a troubling announcement to the guests.

"The Bride has been kidnapped!!! Kitkitarria of Aryslan, the bride to Shef Sigurth has been kidnapped!"

Guests quickly suited up and were ready to join the Aryslan lead search and rescue team. The team was given orders to report to the Valor Shrine located in Ilshenar. From there they would be taken to the Sorcerer's Dungeon where they believed Kitkitarria was being held.

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Once inside the dungeon, vile creatures were seen gathering in the shadows waiting to launch surprise attacks upon the team, as they made their way down the long and dark corridor. With each step they found themselves engaged in battle. Creatures appeared to come from all different directions but despite all of this, the team continued to move forward. They knew the stakes were high and that they could not afford to fail.

As they made their way up the stairs and stood on the landing they stopped and listened for a moment. The only thing they could hear was the breathing of the other people around them. The hand signal was given to move forward. Once they began to move, two very loud and distinct sounds were heard coming from the shadows around them. They stopped once more to listen for signs of moment but it did not stay quiet for long. Manic laughing, bone cracking and ear piercing screams loudly filled the room all at once.

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The team looked to Aryslan Elders for orders. For a brief moment they saw a glimpse of the expression on each elders face. It was not an expression of fear but of one that could tell you horrific stories. Stories that no man, woman or child should ever have to live through. They charged into battle putting the undead back to rest over and over.

The team looked a bit fatigued and rightfully so after the countless battles they had won that evening. In a dungeon that felt like it was built to be a maze of rooms and dead end hallways. Just as some began to wonder if they would ever find Kitkitarria or make it out alive they found themselves in a very unusual room. It appeared to be a grand meeting hall with jail cells. A mummified body was laid out on a dark stone table. A book appeared to have been very carefully placed on top of the body. As they cautiously went deeper into the room a surprise undead attack was sprung upon them. The team mustered up enough strength to once again defeat the undead.

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Jamlyn Hakkendyn cautiously made his way over to the table to see what information was inside of the book. He slowly raised the book and as he began to read the title his eyes widened.

"What is this!? THE CRIMSON FIST OF MAZRIM!?
They are destroyed..HOW CAN THIS BE!? "

Members of the team standing around Jamlyn began to quietly whisper to one another wondering what the Crimson Fist was. Jamlyn answered their whispers loud and clear.

"The Crimson Fist of Mazrim were followers of Mazrim."

It was silent as Jamlyn threw the book inside of his backpack until a faint cry for help was heard from the northern room. As they made their way over to the next room they found Kitkitarria locked in one of the jail cells. Just as they freed her they caught a glimps of more undead forces making their way towards them. They grabbed Kitkitarria and quickly made their way north out of the room and up the stairs. They found themselves in one of the most beautiful areas resting on top of the dungeon. There Kitikarria and Shef Sigurth were reunited and ready to be married.

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The guests made their way to the seats waiting for the wedding to behind. EM Dudley and Shef Sigurth stood at the alter. Best man, Lord Enterprise and Maid of Honor Silvermoonbeam, made their way down the isle and took their positions on each side of the alter.

The beautiful bride Kitkitarria lite up the room as she gracfuly made her way down the isle escorted by Jamlyn Hakkendyn. The bride and groom looked at each other for a moment. With just one look and not a single word spoken they had conveyed to each other something that can't even be put into words.

EM Dudley
"Friends and Family, we are gathered here to witness the union of two souls. They join this day to continue the circle of life. They join a never ending linkage, A never ending continuation of the Love's power to endure through good times and bad. Through torment and torture. Through joy and revelry. It is by this virtuous union that we witness their commitment to one another. And so the cycle continues The circle of love lives on, now and forever.

Shef Sigurth. Do you take Kitkitarria to be your wife, your comrade in battle, your partner in love Now and for never ending and everlasting?"

Shef Sigurth
"Do I really have to ride with her in battle, She likes to flamestrike me instead of the enemy, Although she is the love of my life, so yes I think I will."

EM Dudley
"And do you Kitkitarria take Shef Sigurth To be your comrade in battle, your partner in love. Now and for never ending and everlasting?"

Kitkitarria
"I do"

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EM Dudley
"Turn and face one another please. Then so these two willingly and joyfully enter this union And continue on the for everlasting circle of love. The continuation of love and virtue. We signify the never ending nature of this union with a ring.Take this ring and give it to Shef. Signify your love for him and wear it dutifully and wholly"

Kitkitarria took the ring and placed it on Shefs finger.

EM Dudley
"And now Shef. Take this ring and slide it unto the finger of Kitkitarria. Signal your love for her with this token. Be true to her always and always be true to the love you have. Today and always."

Shef took the ring and placed it on Kitkitarria's finger.

EM Dudley
"May the exchange of these rings be forever remembered as the By which it was decreed the love these two have for one. By that mutual exchange I now pronounce you, Husband and Wife.You may kiss your bride!"

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EM Dudley
"Ladies and gentlemen! For the first time....Mister and Misses Shef Sigurth!!"
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[Player Stories] Umbra Hosts A Merchant’s Fair
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Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Lady Pandora has sent me a copy of a story written by one of her guild mates, Carolina von Hatter:
It was just barely the clock's strike when our lady arose. She had summoned the elders to the Dark Tower for an important meeting and the event coordinator, Thomas Bladswell — a human, was at her side already spewing off about problems that did not much concern Pandora. As she walked, he followed... I followed. The meeting hall was soon filled with the Centurians and Ancients of the coven; those that could well sustain the light of day. I quickly took my chair at the desk made for the scribes, I listened and I wrote.

"M'lady, we have acquired word from the merchants that two previously confirmed are unable to make the date." The fair Roslyn stated.

Lady Roslyn Bosworth had once been a lady in waiting to great Queen Elizabeth the I. She came of royal blood and her poise and composure always showed her high society. She had been unfortunate one evening as she encountered a rogue that turned her into a vampire and left her almost immediately; disshelved, confused, and with an extreme thirst she did not understand. Much like the famed Lestat, she had to learn what she was on her own. Having met Pandora and Marius, it was he that urged Pandora to take up her care. Marius was very fond of Roslyn, but she barely knew him as anything more than a mentor that taught her the new ways of immortality that we all share. Through the many centuries Roslyn developed a more unique closeness to Pandora. As one of the oldest living female vampires, Pandora was a role model to many.

(more)

You can read the rest at the Children of Darkness website (warning: it's long!).
If you want your own stories shared with your fellow Catskillians, send them along to [email protected]

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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Lost News
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Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010, 7:17 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Unfortunately, we lost some of our news posts over the weekend. They are all still listed on the forums though.

For those who may have missed some of them, and don't check the forums...

June 15: [News][EM] An official letter from Queen Dawn and Royal Guard Promotion
June 16: [News]The First Annual Great Fair of Umbra, June 19th @ 2 PM EST
June 21: [News][EM][Player Stories] Captain Olivia Kanlocke accepts her new charge...
June 24: [News][EM] A Meeting with the Royal Britannian Guard Regiments

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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Queen Dawn Defends Balron Invasion, Trubo Saius Gone!
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
The chaos... the reprocussions.... We were not prepared.

Disheveled, bloodied, worn, I returned to the news desk to try to put some semblance of order to the tale of what had transpired over the weekend. To say that, perhaps, the recent wave of defiant denouncements against mercenary demands for surrender had brought retribution was an understatement beyond belief.

And Trubo Saius...!

Sitting down, I began to put quill to parchment. It began, after all, with a note:



Missives like these had been found outside the Royal Palace of Dawn, the Girl Scouts, Elf Clan Zanthes, indeed, all who had earlier made declarations refusing to surrender to the mercenary attackers. Chilling, but the banded forces of those defending the gargoyle supporters had proven capable. The defenses held.

Then, yesterday morning, I had gone to the Royal Palace in Britain to visit a potential witness to the treasury robbery when I turned corner to find a winged balron at the door to Trubo Saius's sealed room!



I called out in alarm to any in the palace who might be within earshot. Several of the palace guard heard the commotion and approached the beast, but were quickly overpowered.



The Queen...! Must summon help!

I fled the palace as quickly as I could, to rally the cry for help and summon aid to the royal palace, but found my path blocked!



Turning back the way of the Fountain of Life, my shaking hands flipped pages of a runebook as quickly as they could and I felt the shiver of Kal Ort Por effuse from my body as I whisked away from my pursuers to the bank, where similar chaos had descended.



All around, the heat of flamestrikes and the sounds of clanging steel competed for attention in a sudden furor of adrenaline. Putrefiers chased citizens around the bank and about town, scattering bodies and envenoming combatants with a toxic bile. Was the whole city under siege??!

Then, from the direction of the Royal Palace, an unguarded Queen Dawn herself ran with wielded blade, descending into the melee!



Without a hesitation, the former Royal Knight and now ruler of Britannia hurled herself between the nearest balron and the citizens it chased, wielding the sword given to her grandfather by Lord British. No stranger to combat, for she fought in the great war against Blackthorne alongside Dupre and Clanin, Dawn maneuvered her blade as though she'd never set it down. With the hand of Justice, she carved the putrefier inert, then tore the hem from her dress so as not to become tangled and ran to join the next fight.

When the bank was secured, the Queen rallied citizens surrounding her to join her in reclaiming the Royal Courtyard.



Balron after balron fell as the Queen and her gathered companions reclaimed first the courtyard, then the halls of the Palace. Turning the corner, the Queen's hand jumped to her chest when she saw that the door to Trubo Saius's room stood open, the Anti-Magus crystals securing its barrier shattered!



Citizens will well recall Trubo Saius, the former Lord Emissary to Casca, was declared by Queen Dawn to be a criminal and fugitive wanted for questioning by the Crown, suspect to the murder of a castle servant and assassination of the late Captain of the Guard, Aino Nystad.


A defiant Trubo Saius, in what would be a bloody conflict in the Exodus Dungeon in Ilshenar

He had been captured by vigilant citizens and brought to the palace, secured in a room by anti-magus crystals with armed guards and the ex-disciple, Zephera (whom some suspected may be very close or even romantically involved with Trubo Saius).

As Queen Dawn surveyed the scene, citizens interviewed a shaken, tearful Zephera, who insisted that Trubo was kidnapped and had not gone voluntarily....



The palace reclaimed, Dawn thanked the citizens who had gathered to defends its walls, and proclaimed that she believed the hooded stranger to be responsible before retreating to private council with her advisers to discuss the recent events and plan for further incursions.



What connection did this have to the recent mercenary attacks?
What purpose would anyone have for Trubo Saius?
Did Trubo go voluntarily, or was he indeed kidnapped as Zephera insisted?

Little did any of us know this was only the beginning....

To be continued....
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June Best Shot in the Realm Results
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Summer winds brought an evening heat and perhaps butte curses to June’s Best Shot in the Realm, which took place Saturday night at the Skara Brae Fairegrounds.

Toni Fierce, GM of Misfits of Society, and Master of Ceremonies for the BSR contests, welcomed the fourteen archers who attended the event and set out the rules.

In what would mark the start of an evening of mixed results and shifty targets, the archery buttes immediately disqualified Richard Lionhart, professional marksman and past BSR winner in the first shoot-off. James would also be disqualified in the first round, while SoMeOnE and Ahebban wiped sweat from their brows, barely clearing the required seventy points. Meanwhile, Debi and Lazarus each kept their cool, splicing robinhoods each to advance to the next round.

In Round Two, a jittery Felina resolved to face down the curse of the buttes and scored two bullseyes to clear the hurdle of 100 points needed to make Round Three. Rufus, Aerowyn Faeryn, and SoMeOnE each shot perfect rounds (SoMeOnE’s victory especially impressive despite a faulty butte which claimed his unscored robinhood), while the buttes consumed four more archers, including Debi who had been the clear victor of the first round.

Round Three began with Toni frowning at the buttes, and asking participants not to leave if they didn’t clear the 150 point requirement. The way the night was going, it seemed possible that there might not be clear victors to advance to the fourth round. Sure enough, it seemed to be headed in that direction until Aerowyn Faeryn and Chango cleared perfect round, only two of the eight remaining archers to make it to the final round.

Defiant, the targets seemed to dodge the shafts as neither Chango nor Aerowyn could come up with the 200 points necessary to move to a fifth round, but instead tied with 110 points apiece, resulting in a final shoot-off.

In the final pairing, each archer given five shots, a resolved Aerowyn finally overcame the curse of the buttes and achieved four perfect shots, with a robinhood as her fifth, for 300 points and the win of June’s Best Shot in the Realm.



Congratulations to Aerowyn Faeryn, whose purse included an engraved bow, a 1 million gold check and a seat in the season-ending Champion of Champions shoot-off.



July’s BSR will be held Saturday, July 31st at 8:30 pm PST, 10:30PM CST, 11:30PM EST. See you then!



Archer Score Sheet

Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Shoot-off
Frigin Azim15070   
Richard Lionhart30    
Llama150110110  
Felina110150110  
Lazarus15070   
Ahebban7011070  
Kitty110110110  
Rufus110150110  
Debi20070   
Aerowyn110150150110300
Chango100110150110170
James25    
SoMeOnE70150110  
Cherokee11070   
      
Points needed70100150200 
Shots33335

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[NEWS] Please Welcome Falseprophet as a News Reporter for Origin!
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)

Yes, you read that right! Our very own, cookie baking, trouble making, nekkid running, Falseprophet, is now a Reporter for Origin.

I know he will be very welcomed here in his official capacity as a Reporter for Origin, and we are all in for some good time reading.

Please remember that if anyone has something that they want published to the Stratics site, be it shard news, guild news, or just something for fun, send us an e-mail to: [email protected].
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[NEWS] Tailspin's Breakfast Safari Round Two
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT by Joy Elf (Pacific)

Yesterday morning marked the second installment of EM Tailspin's Breakfast Safari. This time, the event was held in the home of Ashley Walker or Dark Messenger of EOTD. Attendance started out light with three, but quickly grew to the level of standing room only at the bar.





Red Ridinghood was also present for this event and lent her cooking skills at Tailspin's request, making very tasty breakfast Pizza to balance out the cookies. There was even a tour of Ashley's colorful rooftop garden, in which the bear-hat garbed EM was nearly lost.



Fortunately, Tailspin found his way out of the flowers and will be bringing another round of breakfast to the shard next week. Where will we end up next? Come find out next Wednesday from 6-8am PST. Gates will be available at Luna bank near the Event Announcer.

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Tavern Night Recap for Tuesday, June 22
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Last Tuesday's All Shard Tavern Night featured a tour of the Blessed Areas of Baja, past and present.



Many immediately think of places like Avalon's fallen town hall, or the Justice Wedding Grove. But there are some smaller gems as well! Have you been to Meredith's Song and Tale shop or the Lumarian Bridges?



Nicholas the Old: The Lumarian Bridge was founded by Sara Ohm Galen Kai Tan.

Pasque: Originally, the bridge was made of boats!

Nicholas the Old: The Lumarians were a race of Sea Elves that claimed to be from a land known as Luminate. They inhabited the Eastern shores around Sacrifice. When they expanded westward, they would lock a bridge of ships here, using two more locked ships to prevent them from moving. The seers saw this and decided to bless them with a bridge.

After the tour of the areas of old, out-of-towners were treated to current wonders of Britannia: the sunken pirate ship in Davy Jones' Locker, and as a special treat, inside the Yattering's Tree, where the Yattering himself was home and mischievously social, popping in and out of shadows and calling Duchess WildStar of Dawn, "Red!" for reasons which are not worth mentioning in a news story.





Thanks to all who came to Tavern Night! A reminder that next Tuesday's Tavern night will be over on Chesapeake. The next Baja Tavern Night will be held Tuesday, July 6th.
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[EM News] A Puppet Again
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)


From the Baja EM Website:

The hooded stranger cursed as she entered the humid caves which had become the base of operations for her campaign. She longed for a proper bath in a proper house. Walking past the odd mercenary, she swiftly made her way to her chambers.

Once in her chambers, she took out a crystal from under her hood. By the looks of it, it resembled the common communication crystals. However, it had a strange aura around it which made it seem to be a device of far greater complexity and reach.

Placing the crystal on her desk, she peered deeply into it. Nothing happened for few minutes. But then, a demonic voice came from the crystal,

"Do you have him?"

"Aye! Saius is in our custody." Then, biting her lips… "However, there is a problem."

The voice snarled… "Problem!?"

The hooded stranger shivered and lowered her gaze.

"Saius seems to have undergone a change of heart… Ever since Casca’s control over him ceased. He seems to be of two persons, changing between the Saius we expected and his old persona."

"Destroy his old persona then! You are capable of this, why bother me?"

"Aye. However, there is a danger that he might not survive the process."

"He is useless to you in his current condition. You need him to rally the followers of Blackthorne and use his powers to boost the mercenaries!"

Nodding to herself, she whispered back… "I understand. I will weed out whatever is left of Saius’ true persona. He will be dancing to our tunes shortly."

"Failure is not an option! If you do not meet your end of the bargain…"
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Producer's Update - June 2010
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 5:07 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (GeneralNews)
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Producer's Update - June 2010


Calvin Crowner
24 Jun 2010 18:22:34 EST




The developer/player relationship is an interesting one. There is a delicate balance between the developer as player, developer as psychologist, and developer as creator/annihilator. We have to balance each one of them in order to maximize what each of you think is acceptable.

As players of our own game, we have a passion and interest for the legacy of Ultima Online, and how we interpret that and convey it through story, or prioritizing what systems and bugs to fix. We then think about what the player wants. Next, as creators and annihilators, we remove and add as necessary. Not unlike chefs, sometimes the mix of ingredients is acceptable, sometimes bitter and unpleasant. However, if we want you to return we’ll keep improving our skills.

This summer we’ve chosen to take the story arc a different direction. So often it’s been easy to show you good, and say “Hey, this is good, we are all good-natured at heart, this is obviously what life is about … “

Well as some of you have figured out … that is not always the case in life. When there is a decision to make when Evil is appealing, how do you choose? When developers have to make decisions for 10s of thousand of players, and many 10s of thousands watching, choices are even more difficult.

From my perspective no game is anything without substance. Ultima Online, in my opinion, has more substance than many interactive worlds with which I’ve been involved. In the next several months, we ask you to look beyond the surface of what we’ve given you, and what the purpose is. We are nowhere close to the middle of this saga. This is just the beginning. You will be going through many stages of battles. Evil is always the same, it just changes its face from time to time.

Quickly, an update on core systems:

As of this recent update the extensive download to your clients for gargoyle animations, weapons and wearables should be done. We still have user interface elements to update, but we’re moving progressively through our checklist of items each publish.

On the 3rd party program detection: as stated we’ve already put in tracking to determine different apps working through the client. We’ve had to continue to update how we parse the information so that we don’t take unfounded action.

What’s coming?

July, we are putting together a small present for new players, and those who wish to reactivate some of their under-developed or forgotten young accounts. There are some minor tech hurdles we are working through, but right now we are planning to press the visibility and accessibility of Ultima Online from multiple fronts.

We are updating treasure maps: updating the items in each level, and varying the skill level needed for lockpicking. Also, Logrus is putting together something spicy that will give Treasure chest an interesting little challenge.

In the interim, check your local Event Moderators, and gamemasters in Japan for local events. EMs will also support the ongoing arc in several weekend events between now and the launch of Pub 67. And yes, we also have plans for 4th of July celebrations across all shards.

From the feedback we’ve seen, you really appreciated the fiction installment this week. Again, we do have a plan with the arc and interaction with both Event Moderators and scripted/developer-driven events. The Ophidians are a much much smaller piece of this story.

Some of you may have heard that our wonderful matron Mesanna was in surgery last week. Thanks to the Event Moderators and community for their gifts, and well-wishes. She is up and cranky – which means things are all as they should be in the world of the UO team.

See you on the boards!

- Cal

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The Events Council of Oceania Scavenger Hunt
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 4:52 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (Oceania)


The Events Council of Oceania is finally up and running with the successful completion of our Scavenger Hunt. A small but enthusiastic group assembled at ECO headquarters to receive their instructions.


Participants ready and waiting for the event to start

To register the contestants had to receive an ECO cloak made by ECO Scavenger and were asked to wear the cloak as they completed their tasks. To kick the event off the contestants were taken to the roof of ECO headquarters where they were given access to a wooden crate to obtain a book which contained their clues. Then it was pandemonium as the contestants scattered to all parts of the known world in search of their clues.

The hunt was to be completed within an hour and a half. Items could be gathered in any order and by whatever means was available to them. Some would have been stored in houses and castles, some had to be bought and others claimed as loot from creatures in the wild. The list was divided into three sections:

First section was a straight list of items.
Second section was a set of anagrams and riddles for the contestants to decipher
Third section was a mini quest.


Entrant receiving clue in the Third section: Mini Quest


The ECO library was constantly in use as was the airwaves of the Chat Channel. ECO members were on hand at all times and could be contacted via the Help Channel. During the Hunt ECO Headquarters was graced by a visit from EM Dexter, who called in to see how the event was progressing. Very pleasing indeed.


ECO Rune Library


As the closing time was drawing near, contestants returned to ECO Headquarters with their loot. The winner of the 5 million GP was Lord Ascot D'Scar who was very excited and surpised to win and receive his prize. All those who were in attendance at the conclusion of the event were given an entry into a raffle to be drawn at a later date - with 1.5 million as prize money.


The end of the event back at ECO Headquaters

The ECO Committee of management would like to thank both Isaac and Quinva for their generous donations toward the prize pool.

Thanks everyone, and we will see you all again when we host our next event.
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[News] Bane Chosen Vs The Obhidians.
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 4:41 AM EDT by Frarc (Drachenfels)
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Bane Chosen VS The Obhidians

I have been told that there was a disturbance in the desert North of Papua.
Sighting of large groups of Obhidians could be a sign of a big problem heading our ways again.
I don't have to remind everyone on the attacks on the towns of Vesper and Papua by the Obhidians after Ricardo stole a very important artifact from them.
A lot of friends lost there lives to defend the cities and retake them.
We can only hope that the Obhidians are not planning another war against us.I armed myself well know knowing what i could come across on my way to the desert.
I knew one place where a lot of obhidians always gathered. I have been there before.
When i approached the building only three Obhidians where inside.

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Strangely enough the obhidians where not hostile.They even spoke about being friends with them.When i ask what going on they tried to explain what was happening.

My name is-s-s Ophidian Delphi.
I s-s-seek to reward those who help us-s-s.
The Bane chos-s-sen attack us-s-s. They s-seek our crys-s-stalline blackrock.
The Ophidians-s-s want peace with the humans-s-s. They attack us-s-s unprovoked... again.
This-s-s ches-s-st. It contains-s-s s-s-some of our mos-s-st valuable treas-s-sure.
If you help us-s-s drive away the Bane Chos-s-sen, we will pay you from it.
Our alchemis-s-st trade for crys-s-staline blackrock.
But they will not trade with those who s-s-seek to hurt us-s-s.
Thos-s-se who are loyal to us-s-s would drive away the Bane Chos-s-sen.
Help us-s-s on the front lines-s-s of the battle and you will be rewarded well.
The s-s-shattering potion caus-s-ses-s-s crys-s-stal and glasssss to shatter!
We use it against the Bane Chos-s-sen.
The fear potion caus-ses-s thos-se who are affected to be paralyz-s-zed with fear.


Who are the Bane chosen?
Maybe if i travel more to the south i would come across these men.When i moved more to the south, i am finding myself between a army of obhidians.
It feel strange that i can walk between them without any of them have a interest on attacking me.
I know obhidians for years and find these new development very interesting.
Only a short distance to the south i walked into the bane chosen camp.
Men dressed in dragon armor
.One of the recruits pointed me to wards there leader of the camp.
He was Lieutenant John.I want to know what he was and what he and his army was doing here.


Lieutenant John of the Bane Chosen army.
It is my duty to recruit new soldiers for the Bane Chosen cause.
We seek to take back the land of Sosaria from the uncivilized races, such as the Ophidians.
The Ophidians are a vile race. I lost several members of my family when they attacked Britannia.
If you commit to our cause and help us drive out the Ophidians, I will pay you and the other soldiers from this chest.
The bounty collector is collecting crystaline blackrock to keep it from the Ophidians but he will only discuss it with those who have proven their loyalty.
If you want to prove yourself, go up to the front lines where the banners are and start killing Ophidians.
Telling me you're loyal proves nothing.
A hell hound trained by our hound masters bond to them supernaturally, the hound will defend its master to the death.
We use the Bane dragons because they are powerful and loyal mounts, our bane dragons cannot be stolen.


Both sides want to recruit people into there army to defeat the others
.What side should we choose?
The Obhidians have been trouble for years, so it would seems normal to choose the side of the Bane chosen.
But something inside me give me a odd feeling to take side with these Bane chosen.
But then i saw a group of bane recruits marching to wards the north.

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The two faction engaged each other in a heavy battle.
Both side seemed to be of equal strength.
But then several tamers , mages and warriors joining the battle.
They joined the side of the Bane chosen.
The hatred against the obhidians can be seen in there eyes.
Many of them did not forget the attack on our towns.
But then it was provoked by the theft of a important artifact.
The Obhidians had no chance.
The combined army of the Bane chosen and powerful tamers mages and warriors was way too much for the obhidians.
A even more bad feeling came over me when i saw all the corpses of the obhidians all over the battle field.

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Is this really the right thing to do?
But can we really stay neutral in this war?
On what moral ground we choose what side we will join?

I spoke with one of the tamers and asked why they join up with the Bane chosen.He told me that they can own a bane dragon them self.
But bane dragons only eat Blackrock stew.The stew is giving by the Bane chosen as a reward if you are loyal enough to them.

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Is this the way the bane chosen bribe tamers to be there recruits?
A stew only they have and the only thing the bane dragons eat.
I have been told that the bane dragons appear in the center of the Abyss.
My best friend Elspeth went down the Abyss to tame one of these dragons.
She is very skilled and with MJ the bard they got one in no time.
Elspeth did confirm that the bane dragon refused any other normal food.
I hope we find a solution soon to feed the bane dragon.
Joining a army and fight a war just for the stew to feed these dragons don't feel right.
My friend did show her new pet with proud.

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I must keep my eyes open on the development of this war.




New Frarc, Drachenfels News reporter.


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Decorations and Dragons
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 4:29 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

flowerrule

Bane Dragons that is


Mistral and Tempest remain elusive, Grim and Flurry stats are still unavailable. I'll offer a prize for this. Anyone providing pictures of the first two and one set of lore figures for each of the four I will reward with any veteran reward up to and including year 10.


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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[EM] FAQ for the Royal Britannian Guard Regiments
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Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 7:10 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

EM Nathael has posted an FAQ on the :
A Helpful Guide and FAQ for the Royal Britannian Guard Regiments.

Q: Can you provide an example of the duties of proposed Royal Britannian Guards regiments?
A: Assuming there was, for example, a local Royal Britannian Guard regiment located in Britain, the RBG regiment stationed there would be responsible for defending the town of Britain and protecting its citizens against threats leveled against the town. For example, helping to repel an invasion from sinister and malevolent forces, or helping to gather specific information upon request from the Commander of the Royal Guard as it relates to a potential larger, overall threat, to the Crown and to Britannia. Local RBG regiments will likely also assist the town guards (currently NPCs) in maintaining order and enforcing town laws and edicts, helping the town guard solve crimes, etc.

Q: Will the local Royal Britannian Guard regiments ever perform duties outside of their designated areas?
A: At times, the various RBG regiments may receive orders from the Commander of the Royal Guard to defend areas outside of their normal jurisdiction. Furthermore, the Captain of the local RBG regiment may take it upon themselves to rally the troops in defense of other towns or city-states. For example, assuming there was a regiment of Royal Britannian Guard located in Britain, the local Captain of the RBG may order his troops to aid in the defense of New Haven, or perhaps a player-run town when the need is great.

Q: If players create local Royal Britannian Guard regiments, is there a possibility that EMs may create role-playing events and storylines around the guards?
A: Possibly, but there are no guarantees. We encourage players to take a proactive approach towards enhancing the role-playing and community experience for all players of Catskills. Creating local Royal Britannian Guard regiments can help achieve this goal.

Q: If players create local Royal Britannian Guard regiments, does this mean players will automatically receive special attention, items, or rewards?
A: No. Any possible EM involvement with storylines for the local Royal Britannian Guard regiments will be in direct accordance with their activity level and promoting open involvement within the community. There MAY be opportunities in the future to mimic what some other shards have done as it relates to recognizing the guards (other shard have provided sashes, for example), but the focus for the RBG should be community involvement and improving the role-playing experience for ALL Catskills players - NOT focusing on trying to get rewards/items.

Q: Are Event Moderator RPCs (Role Playing Characters) allowed to join a player's RBG guild?
A: No, EM's cannot join a player's guild.

Q: Can players join an Event Moderator's guild?
A: No, players cannot join an EM's guild.

Q: Can you please explain in detail how the structure of the Royal Britannian Guard is organized?
A: Yes, a guide was put together to show how the Royal Britannian Guard and various player-run Royal Britannian Guard regiments are structured. This information was put together as a best-effort means to clarify the role of the RBG regiments currently formed by Catskills players. If you have comments or concerns, please forward them on to
[email protected].

http://catskills.uoem.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/RBG-and-RBG-Regiment-Structure.jpg

While this Guide only lists the (4) current RBG regiments formed by players on Catskills, additional RBG regiments may be created by players in the future as they see fit. Players are strongly encouraged to speak with one of the current RBG regiments to find out more information regarding joining the guard, training, or creating additional RBG regiments.

- EM Nathael

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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New Black Out
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Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)


We apologise for the distinct absence of news on the site,to quote my technical advisor 'it got hosed'.

The situation will be returned to normal as soon as humanly possible, meantime our RSS feed bots, not being human, are seriously confused and may regurgitate ancient missives unexpectedly.



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Queen Dawn Weighs In On The Mercenary Attacks
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Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
Queen Dawn Weighs In On The Mercenary Attacks
By Elias Ashmole

Copies of this letter are being distributed throughout New Britannia and the neighboring states.

Several representatives of the Gargish-friendly groups have met with the Royal guards in the past several days concerning attacks on their homes. After discussing the matter with her advisors, Queen Dawn has promised full support against the mercenaries employed by Britannian Purity League. The following measures have been or will be taken,

1) Under the leadership of Robert the ranger, the elite Skara Brae rangers have been directed to turn their attention towards discovering the current location of the mercenary armies.

2) The prison guards at Yew have been informed to keep a close eye on the prisoner Cymidei Fier. Also, negotiators have been empowered to see if they can obtain any information regarding the current menace from the mistress.

3) Both the royal guards and the town guards of Britain have been directed to lend a helping hand in the fight against the mercenaries. The same has been asked of any who consider themselves allies of the crown.

4) Queen Dawn will be touring the various sites of the attacks in the coming days to find out what else can be done by the crown.

5) The court also seeks to employ Brytt of the Golden Knights and any other bards willing to report any news regarding the current happenings.

Signed,

Elias
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Publish 66.2 Update - 06/24/10
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Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010, 3:37 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


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Publish 66.2 Update - 06/24/10

James Nichols 23 Jun 2010 14:16:36


Greetings!

The following changes will go live to all shards during tomorrow's scheduled morning maintenance, thank you.

Publish 66.2 Update - 06/24/10

Bane chosen soldiers are now vulnerable to Repond slayers
Hell hounds from event will no longer be tameable.
Existing hell hounds from the event that are tamed will be removed from the game.
Disbanding a party will now work correctly in all situations

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Player Notice - Abyss Hell Hounds
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Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010, 3:36 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


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Player Notice - Abyss Hell Hounds

James Nichols 23 Jun 2010 14:16:36


Greetings!

The Hell Hounds from the Abyss are currently tamable. This was not the intent of the creature protecting the Bane Dragon. Later this week we will be correcting this over sight and deleting all tamed hell hounds tamed in the Abyss preventing them from being tamed in the future.
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[EM] A Meeting with the Royal Britannian Guard Regiments
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Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010, 2:36 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,
Some news from the Catskills EM Website:
Commander Kanlocke waited impatiently for Sergeant Zeke Goldmoon to arrive. It was strange for the young Sergeant to be late for a meeting as he was typically prompt. She tapped her fingers against the desk repeatedly thinking to herself that he had better have a good reason for his tardiness. When her patience had nearly ran out and she was about ready to leave her office for the general barracks to inquire as to his whereabouts, the door to her office opened and the Sergeant entered.

He hurriedly stepped to the front of her desk and offered a salute. She looked at him and saw an expression of angst on his face. She made him hold his salute a moment longer before returning it. Relaxing slightly and returning his arm to his side, Sergeant Zeke Goldmoon apologized profusely for being late.

"My apologies Commander. I did not wish to keep you waiting. Unfortunately, I was detained longer than expected in Cove and the return trip was met –"
She interrupted him. "Spare me the excuses, Sergeant Goldmoon. If you cannot manage to keep your schedule when given such a simple task, perhaps I should see fit to replace you with someone else who can? I need disciplined solders serving underneath me. You have gotten off to a rocky start with your new duties, I expect this to change – immediately. Understood?"

"Yes, Commander. Understood", he responded to the obvious reprimand with a gulp.

She weighed carefully how harsh to be with the young Sergeant, seeing strong potential in him as an officer, and hoping to draw it out in a constructive way without coddling him along. New officers needed to be shaped, molded, and developed, and she would find a way to do just that.

Commander Kanlocke continued, "Sergeant, the reason I asked you to come here today is because I need you to contact the various RBG regiments stationed at New Haven, Umbra, Wind, and the Abyss Outpost. It is imperative that I speak with them. Go there and inform the local Captains, and others within their local regiment, that I require their presence here in my office on Tuesday the 29th at 9:00PM EST. Once they arrive, I will be demanding to see, in person, the specific areas these regiments patrol and defend. I will also be inquiring as to any specific threats currently facing each regiment and how the Royal Guard can continue to provide adequate support for these regiments. See to it, Sergeant."

"Consider it done, Commander.", replied Sergeant Zeke Goldmoon, "And what of the task given earlier in Cove, shall I finalize my report for your review by tomorrow morning?"

"I want your official report on my desk by sundown, Sergeant. Mind you, I said sundown. Not a moment later or you and I will have something more to discuss..." The Commander flashed him a look that displayed her serious demeanor when she spoke those words. "That is all for now, Sergeant. Dismissed".

Raising his right hand to his heart, the young Sergeant saluted the new Commander, turned around, and walked from Commander Kanlocke's office towards the general barracks where he would begin writing his official report about his earlier assignment in Cove.

Event Name: Meeting with the RBG Regiments
Event Day: Tuesday June 29th
Event time: 9:00PM EST
Event Location: Commander Olivia Kanlocke's office in Castle British
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[EM EVENT] The Continuing Search for Family
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Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)


Taryn and Caryn are still in search of any information they can find about their family, and it is our duty as loyal citizens of this realm to help them out. EM Faine and EM Infinity have sent out this request to guide us in the search: "Gather what information you can starting with Andrew in Buc's Den in Trammel. Ask Andrew if he knows anything more about Captain Barbossa. Then, meet Taryn Sullivan Saturday night, June 26th at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST, at the West Britain Counselor's Guild to pool whatever information you and she are able to uncover." More information concerning this event can be found on the Origin EM Forum: Origin EM Forum
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Beach Party, Saturday, June 26th, at 3 p.m. CDT
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Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
Beach Party, Saturday, June 26th, at 3 p.m. CDT





The weather is beautiful. Let’s go to the beach! We can fish and have a barbecue! We’ll ignore all those reports of monsters slithering out of the water and eating sunbathers.

Wear your cutest beach outfit*!

*In which you still have some hope of not taking a “sandnap”.

For the weigh-in, please bring your largest fish, caught during or prior to this event (it must not be mounted), to the weigh-in. If it does not win, you may have it back.

If you’re a chef, please bring a cooking tool.

There will be a gate from the Counselors' Hall.

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[EM] Message from Guard scout
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Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;

“The moongate at Kos Heb has been showing an inconsistent structure. It periodically collapses, and when visible seems functionless. Last night a small ship appeared. I have no doubt in my mind they are the group we’re looking for. The gate opened for them, and to my amazement they were able to pass through. I slipped closer to the shore, to eavesdrop on the remaining crew. They spoke of a rough alliance with a group of ‘dog-faced mongrels’, among a few other colorful terms used in description. They fear their return trip in six days. Be ready.”

Grand Vizier Rescue: 8:30 CST (9:30 EST) June 28 at the Castle Britannia Throne Room



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



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[EM] Necessary information found
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Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;

The Guard thanks your efforts and they will be using your gathered intel to move on with the operation to discover the fate of the Grand Vizier.



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



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[EM] Come Sun at the Beach, Bring Your Platemail Bikini
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Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010, 2:39 AM EDT by Phayde (GreatLakes)

This just in from EM Elizabella...

The weather is beautiful. Let’s go to the beach! We can fish and have a barbecue! We’ll ignore all those reports of monsters slithering out of the water and eating sunbathers.

Wear your cutest beach outfit (in which you still have some hope of not taking a "sandnap")!

For the weigh-in, please bring your largest fish, caught during or prior to this event (it must not be mounted), to the weigh-in. If it does not win, you may have it back.

If you’re a chef, please bring a cooking tool.

There will be a gate from the Counselors' Hall.
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[RP NEWS] Report from the True Britannians to Queen Dawn, Page 2
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)


As submitted by Lord Denin: In formulating a comprehensive economic and strategic defense plan for Felucca, the Commanders of the Britannian forces have designated Cities into four categories: Strategic, Specialized Trade, Free Trade and Allied Protectorate. Strategic Cities: Cities that have this designation are of the utmost military importance to the protection and security of Felucca. These cities are heavily guarded and have a strong military presence. Taxes and the cost of goods are highest in these cities because of the great cost required to fortify the towns from invasion and maintain large standing militias. Trade permits to merchants wishing to sell additional goods over the standard allotment are granted only in emergencies because of the draw from the town’s treasury. Cities of Strategic Status: Britain: The City of Compassion is both the Capital of Britannia and Headquarters of the True Britannian Armies. (True Britannian Forces defending Castle Britannia in times of War) The defense and protection of Britain is a prime directive of the military forces. All available funds are sent directly to the capital to ensure its security. Funds are dispersed to other cities only when Britain is secure and has adequate finances in its treasury for its defense. Tithe rates for the True Britannian Forces are set directly in accordance with the financial stability of the capital. When defending Britain, guards are placed at all the city’s major access points to defend against invading armies and provide citizens safe and secure town to live and conduct business. If the city falls under siege, citizens take shelter in Castle Britannia and the guards are pulled back in defense. Many of the soldiers are familiar with the old war adage that states, “As goes Britain, so go the True Britannians”. Trinsic: The City of Honor is home to the Paladins of Britann and the gateway to the island of Magincia. In times of war, Trinsic is the only city that stands in the way of armies invading from the south as well as the Magincia ruins. An enemy army that controls Trinsic can completely cutoff the southern stretches of Britannia from the rest of the Kingdom. Trinsic’s strategic geographic location was evidenced when the Lady Minax, chose the City as her first point of attack in her attempted conquest of Felucca. If not for Lord Dupre and his initial Feluccan army that would later become known as the True Britannians, the City of Honor might still be in the hands of the Dark Temptress. (True Britannian Forces defending Castle Britannia in times of War) When defending Trinsic, military units are place at all major Access points leading into the city. Guards are stationed both on the ground and on Trinsic’s great sandstone walls. The gate to Magincia is of particular concern as invading forces can by pass the protective walls and attack t
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New Fiction! - In the Shadow of Virtue: Good Neighbors
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


In the Shadow of Virtue: Good Neighbors
James Nichols
22 Jun 2010 16:21:27 EST


Today was the first Ter Mur/Britannia summit since the completion of the Stygian Abyss outposts and Queen Zhah was saddened that she already had bad news to share. She studied the soft, non-distinct face of her guest trying to decide how to proceed. Humans are very hard to read, she thought. Queen Dawn was sitting across from her and staring into the reflection pool, watching the fish swim. The beauty of this indoor palace garden was blurred in Zhah’s mind by her melancholy. It was at once a meticulously preserved artifact of the once-great Gargoyle Empire and a constant reminder of everything they had lost. My people have lost so much, have paid such a high price. I wonder if we will ever have good news again.

Seated comfortably in her low backed chair, her large wings naturally expanded to balance her as Zhah reached out and took the waxy leaf of a nearby plant between her long fingers and contemplated its beauty. Pushing past her melancholy, Zhah broke the silence. “I would like to congratulate you on the completion of your outpost in the Stygian Abyss. Honestly, I had thought your mage’s theory of virtue nodes was a dead end but your results prove otherwise.”

Dawn seemed annoyed and retorted, “I would like to congratulate you on yours as well, Queen Zhah. The people of Britannia have long known the power of the virtues. You might want to study them yourself some day.”

How had she insulted Dawn this time? Humans are very emotional, thought Zhah. They seem half wild animals. The Gargoyle people have real problem. Our world is on the precipice of total destruction and I don’t have time for petty rivalries with allies. Zhah raised her eyebrow but did not let Dawn’s aggravation annoy her.

Zhah handed Dawn a scroll. “This is a report from my Warden in the Stygian Abyss. We wanted to inform you that a host of hellhounds and some black dragons have begun appearing near the fissure."

Dawn took the scroll and laid it beside her. “Thank you for telling us, our Ranger has given a similar report,” she said defensively. “Apparently some adventurers have been seen taming the dragons and hellhounds found there. They call themselves the ‘Bane Chosen’ and the dragons ‘Bane Dragons.’ So far, my Rangers have not been able to determine the meaning behind these titles or what these ‘Bane’ adventurers might be.”

“I presume you know they are recruiting then? My guards drove all of their recruiters from Ter Mur.” Zhah thought a moment and then decided to risk a bit of candor, attempting to smooth Dawn’s ruffled feathers. “My people have lost a great deal to the void, Dawn. Some of them have lost everything and everyone they cared about. I fear that they may align themselves with these deep-pocketed strangers for the promise of riches and a better life without examining their motive.”

“Yes, well,” began Dawn. She paused and studied Zhah’s face a moment as though deciding something. She seemed to make a decision because she leaned forward and continued with a more confidential tone. “Their motives are definitely suspect. Apart from the obvious fact that they have ‘Bane’ in their title and seem to employ hellhounds, The Bane Chosen uniforms remind me of the old Chaos uniforms; a faction that once tried to take over Britannia. It could be that they are just washed-up Chaos soldiers trying to reorganize under a new banner, but that is only speculation at this point. I have people spying on them, of course. They have not been seen near any of my cities so far… they seem to be at war with the Ophidians in the Lost Lands.”

Zhah leaned in, “Who are the Ophidians?” she asked with genuine curiosity. Zhah found the human civilization complicated with various factions but as a sorceress and eternal student of all things, Zhah was energized by complicated things.

“I think the Ophidians are more of a ‘what’ than a ‘who.’ They are an evil race of snake people who always seem to be at war with someone. They attacked Britannia once when an artifact was stolen from them. They came in droves and we were only able to get rid of them by finding the thief and returning the artifact.”

“I’m going to throw a glaive in the dark here and ask if someone named Ricardo was the thief?”
Dawn leaned back and rolled her eyes, “How do you know about Ricardo?”

“My dear Dawn, who doesn’t know about Ricardo and his research into Lord British’s Vault?”

Dawn sighed, “Yes, unfortunately it seems everyone in the world and beyond knows about it. We are now forced to try to open the vault before someone else does. One of our initial fears about the Bane Chosen was that they were going to come after it, but they don’t seem to be interested.”

“So, this man Ricardo, some of my reports say he is a thief but some say that he is your advisor. Would you be willing to explain that to me?” After she said this, Zhah realized that with Dawn’s temper such a statement might end the meeting, but her curiosity had outweighed her diplomacy.
Somewhat surprisingly, Dawn wasn’t provoked, “Ricardo did indeed steal that artifact from the Ophidians. He served a good deal of time in prison but eventually received a pardon from me for his help in a desperate battle against the Shadowlords last year. After the war he remained one of my advisors until he went mad.”

Zhah was leaning forward at this point, her wings adjusting slightly, fascinated by the bizarre story, “Is madness common among humans?” she asked innocently.

Dawn seemed annoyed, again. “No, it is not common. That is why we ended up putting him in Yew prison; we don’t really have a better facility for those who go mad. He left the castle one morning saying that he was going to visit some old friends. A few weeks later he turned up on Fire Island completely out of his mind and covered in blood… not his own blood… and nothing else. To make a long story short, we are holding him in Yew prison because it was determined that he was a danger to himself and possibly others. I think something happened to him, possibly an enchantment, and we are hoping he can be cured.”

“So, what are you going to do about this new faction?”
Dawn leaned back in her chair again and looked up at the high ceiling of the gargoyle palace. She took a deep breath and then looked at Zhah. “In the old days, I would be griping to my commanding officer that we should go up there and do something.”

“So, why don’t you?” queried Zhah.

“Well, I’d like to think I’m just wiser now.” Then she let out a brief laugh. “Though I think I was happier brandishing a sword than diplomacy. Do you ever wish you weren’t queen, Zhah?”

“No.” said Zhah, with more than a little astonishment on her face.

“Well… I have been advised that any official military action against these “Bane” adventurers would be “unpopular”. The last thing I want right now is to create yet another faction within Britannia… some kind of “Anti-interference with the affairs of the Lost Lands” faction. So… for now… we do nothing except keep them out of the borders of Britannia and remain neutral. Our bards have been making some advancement in their magic recently. Maybe I can keep my people from joining the wrong side by supporting the arts,” said Dawn with more than a little irony. “But my fear is that if this all goes awry, we may find ourselves fiddling while the Lost Lands burn.”

Zhah found human society confusing; Dawn seemed to have very little control over her people. However, Zhah was pleased that her candor had gained so much information from Dawn. Dawn had always been uncomfortably formal with her in the past. She seemed to have connected with her at some level and this could only strengthen the Gargoyle alliance with this important ally. Whatever else happened today, Zhah could consider the meeting a success.
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Archery Tournament Results!
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!

The other night was easily one of the most relaxed, and enjoyable evenings in Napa yet! As usual, both EM Sangria, and EM Fiorella arrived in good spirits, and our great citizens were in rare form as well. It was a very fun evening! I'll skip my usual flowery prose, and just cut straight to the heart of the matter.



To start the event off, the unskilled and skilled were split up. With the unskilled archery wannabe's, my twin dexer included, to go first.




For the unskilled portion, the rules were as follows:

1)The players would be called at random, two competing at a time.
2)Three shots allowed, additional shots only in case of a tie.
3)The winner, whomever had the highest points, would go on to the next round.
4)Fiorella would supply the bow to keep it fair and even.

Seeing as how we were all horribly clumsy, you can image how high the winning points were. The results for the unskilled portion of the tournament were as follows.

Round 1



King Fisher 25
Bookmaster 35

Cerulean Song 60
Lady Kate 15

Quicksilver 5
Quirt 10

Nublet 2
Nep 5

Sir Tedley 10
Da Vinci 15

Peaches 57
Lord Brew 15

Epoch 20
uu 25

Flames Honey 2
Glorfindel 0

Ugly Mule 10
Cyluss 7

Vlad Tepes 20
Duke Wellington 10

Jamie 25
Pickles 10

Graymore 7
Kara 12

dada 12
Blackfoot Bo 7

Anti 25
A Stick of Brown 12

Why 14
Morton Ccrumby 7

Heaven 7
Linky 17

Absynthe Decatur 20
Thump 5

Melissa 50
Jimmy Dean 15



Round 2



Bookmaster 7
Cerulean Song 5

Quirt 52
Nep 2

Da Vinci 0
Peaches 10

uu 70
Flames Honey 10

Ugly Mule 12
Vlad Tepes 17

Kara 60
dada 20

Anti 60
Why 20

Linky 30
Absynthe Decatur 22

Melissa 0
Joob 9



Round 3



Bookmaster 20
Quirt 5

Peaches 5
uu 20

Vlad Tepes 17
Kara 2

Anti 7
Linky 15


The 4th and final match was a shoot out. Out of the four remaining shooters, whomever had the highest score after three shots, won and their name would be added to a bow placed in the Awards Hall.





Bookmaster 15
Vlad Tepes 57
Joob 20
Linky 17

And the winner was Vlad Tepes. Congratulations Vlad!



Now for the skilled division. The rules were as follows:

1)The players would be called at random, two competing at a time.
2)Three shots allowed, additional in case of a tie.
3)Each round had a specific point total to go on to the next round.
4)Fiorella would supply the bow to keep it fair and even.


Round 1
100 pts needed.



Lord Gilanthus 200
Lord Shawn Quickfly 110
Chip 110
miss betty 150
a wolf 70
Vixen 150
Whim 110
Ander 150
Unstable Quark 200
Snappy 110
Kiss of Death 110
Odin Firefly 110
Treebeard 110
Gridlock 150
Death Arrow 160
Guts 150
Mark of Death 150
Otis Firefly 150
US Marshal 150
Naruto Uzumaki 110
Paige 110
Lady Levi Firefly 150
Shauna 150
G loc Nine 150
Sir X 200
Lord Fat-D 110
Elerosse 110
Edinburgh 150
stusthemage 110
Eowyn Elf-Lady 110
Sproggo 200
Lady Kristian 25
Conan 110
Aria 30
High Voltage 160



Round 2
150 pts needed



Lord Gilanthus 110
Lord Shawn Quickfly 200
Chip 110
miss betty110
Vixen 150
Ander 150
Whim 110
Snappy 150
Unstable Quark 110
Kiss of Death 110
Odin Firefly 110
Treebeard 150
Gridlock 70
Death Arrow 150
Mark of Death 150
Otis Firefly 110
Guts 70
US Marshal 70
Paige 150
Lady Levi Firefly 110
G loc Nine 150
Shauna 150
Sir X 30
Lord Fat-D 110
Elerosse 150
Edinburgh 110
stusthemage 110
Eowyn Elf-Lady 150
Sproggo 160
High Voltage 110



Round 3
200 pts needed.



Lord Shawn Quickfly 150
Vixen 250
Ander 150
Snappy 150
Treebeard 200
Death Arrow 150
Paige 110
G loc Nine 70
Mark of Death 110
Shauna 150
Elerosse 70
Eowyn Elf-Lady 110
Sproggo 110


The 4th and final round was a shoot out between Treebeard and Vixen. Highest score in three shots with the winner getting their name on a bow placed in the Awards Hall. This time, there was a tie after the three with 150 points, and they had to each shoot one more arrow. The final score:



Vixen 250
Treebeard 200

And Vixen won! Congratulations Vixen!





Now for the hard part of the evening. As everyone knows, this was not just an Archery Tournament, but a farewell party for one of our Event Moderators. Fiorella, always chipper and absolutely wonderful to chat with, has left the EM program. She spent this one last evening with all of us, and I can't think of a better way to have said this (hopefully) temporary goodbye. She also added one touch, a gift to all who participated. The bows that each of the participants received were inscribed. Both a play on words, and a nice parting gift!



For the interim, EM Sangria will be acting alone, as she is not allowed to run screaming... err... leave us as well. I hope everyone gives her the support she needs until a temporary replacement can be found, though I do believe it will be difficult to top the team we already had.

I am including a letter to the citizens of Napa Valley from Fiorella below, and I know I speak for all of us when I say, it was a pleasure to get to know you Fiorella, and we all wish you the best! Take care of yourself and come back soon!



To my dearest friends on Napa Valley,

I wanted to say thank you for the last year of excitement and insanity. :)

Stepping down from the program was not an easy choice and hopefully only a temporary one. You guys really have made me feel welcome as an EM and a fellow Ultima Online player.

I leave you in the very capable hands of EM Sangria and my yet to be announced replacement. I know Sangria will kill you often and for many reasons and ways. :)

Perhaps soon I can return and on that day I will be delighted. But until then...

May the UO gods and virtues guide your way, may your insurance never run dry and may your deaths be noble or at the very least fun :).

I love you all,
EM Fiorella



Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin




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Aid the Ophidians!
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
Tonight at 9:30PM EST and Thursday at 9:30PM EST I Call on thee to support the Ophidian race and slay the bane chosen! Many of you will remember the teachings of Lord Blackthorn. Or perhaps his book, on the diversity of our land! Sentient races should be investigated and understood! Not erradicated. The ophidians need our help! SLAY THE BANE CHOSEN! Picture by D'thal Morlith
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UOStratics Readers are Neighborly
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT by Watchertoo (GeneralNews)





         UOStratics Readers are “Neighborly”



Many of you noticed the thread in UHall requesting feedback from UO players for the web-based strategy game Lord of Ultima . With your input, Jeremy Preacher, of Neighborly Games and former UO Community Mananger, has completed her review. You can read more here and reviews by two of our very own players are featured on the Front Porch Chat!

Jeremy warmly thanked the members of our community and the staff of UOStratics for helping to coordinate the feedback.
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Publish 66.2 - Available on all Shards!
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 4:40 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


Posted to uoherald.com




Publish 66.2 - Available on all Shards!

James Nichols 22 Jun 2010 15:36:53


Greetings!

Welcome to Publish 66.2 - The following changes have gone live today during daily maintenance, thanks and have fun!

Endless Decanter of Water
To obtain, throw a full water pitcher at a water elemental (non summoned) there is a slight chance the elemental will throw back to the player a Endless Decanter of Water. The Decanter can then be linked to a water trough, as long as the player is within 5 tiles outside of a house or anywhere inside a house the Decanter will continuously refill itself.

Live Event:
In the Shadow of Virtue: Rise of the Bane Chosen

Bane Chosen forces are battling the Ophidians in the lost lands. Players may join either side and the faction will reward them for their help. Both sides are most appreciative of players who push back the front line of the enemy (look for the army battle flag to find the front line). Speak with the recruiters in each faction camp to find out what they are fighting about. For each point of loyalty that you gain with a faction at war, you will lose 3 points of loyalty with their enemy so it does not pay to switch sides often. “Peril bonus” is a bonus to loyalty gain (and loss) when other players are assisting the enemy army. Double clicking the flag at each faction’s front line will tell you the progress of the spawn. Special quests are available at the faction camp when players reach 2000 loyalty to that faction. Special rewards are available if players assist a faction in routing the other faction from the field, but be warned, these armies are stubborn and will return! Quests are not available while a faction is routed.

Additional Changes

Bane dragon's special attack is now capped at 200.

Healing stones now correctly track which stone is in use.

Items with limited lifespan can no longer be altered

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Gorn Tries His Hand At Smuggling! (Fel Event)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Gorn Tries His Hand At Smuggling (Fel Event)

Monday, June 21, 2010
By Sangria

Queen Dawn was doing (the much hated but had to be done or the kingdom would fall apart or so she was told) paper work at her desk when Jayden Marcus strode in with the attitude of justified righteousness. Queen Dawn groaned inwardly as she set aside her quill and wondered what trouble Maya and Gorn had gotten into this time.

“Queen Dawn! I beg your pardon at interrupting you, but there is a matter of urgency that needs a moment of your attention” Jayden rattled off as he bowed.

Queen Dawn hated people bowing to her. Jayden knew this, but just couldn’t seem to help himself. “Go on,” she said.

“This note was found at Yew Fel gate.” Jayden dropped a grimy, torn, and possibly blood stained note on top of her other paperwork then rubbed his hand fastidiously against his sleeve.



Wanted: Those who are willing to transport goods from Fel to Tram. Must be able and willing to fight. Meet me at Ter Mur moongate Friday (June 25) at 7:15 pst. Gorn



”He damn well better not be transporting potions! I’m sick to death of potions!” Queen Dawn said then remembered the strange crystal Sherry the Mouse had found a few months earlier. Queen Dawn had an uneasy feeling that in the near future potions would be the least of her worries…

Jayden unknowingly pulled her back to the here and now, “Harry got those potions, or at least the ingredients, from somewhere. Those mares were nasty!! Harry’s supplier could very well be Gorn.”

Queen Dawn didn’t think so. Gorn was probably just sending Maya some love letters. Since he had been banished back to Ter Mur, anything he sent to Britannia would have been destroyed or returned. So if he wanted to communicate with Maya, that left only one option – smuggling. But Jayden had one very good argument. Gorn was in a perfect position to get Harry what he needed. If that was true… Oh lord she thought, I’m getting as paranoid as Jayden. “Okay Jayden, what did you have in mind?”

Jayden grinned….



ATTENTION: The Royal Guard has been summoned to Brit Castle Friday (June 25) at 7:00 pst.

***OOC note to thieves: all items in this event are stealable.***
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A Twenty-One Bun Salute!
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 12:53 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Dear Mr. News Manager Person:

As we do not know how to reach the merceanary sargent
the mercianery the mercerniary
the leader of the bad men who keep attacking our Meeting Hall,
we wondered if you could please post our Official Response
to their demands for surrender.

Thank you.

Baja Girl Scout Troop #1






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The Mercenaries Press On
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Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)


Deep within a tangled jungle of serpents, the wizened Glinmiali, of the Eight of the Circle of the Zanthes, brought up an arrow shaft to her eye as she carefully lined up the fletching. Rest came only for moments, of late, and it was her turn to stand guard while her sister, Queen Elevere of the Zanthes, caught fitful, guarded slumber while it was to be had. The medic station set up near Creoso A'baramin was extremely helpful, but that moongate never seemed to close, never seemed to weary.

Another arrow ready. The stack seemed endless, but it might last but a single assault, perhaps two, then it would be time to begin again. Did this cycle have an end? Whatever end it held, surrender was not on the table!

The moongate shuddered and shadows breached its mists.

Here we go again. Glinmiali roused her sister and the Zanthes clan sprang out into combat.

***

In what was one of the bloodiest days in the mercenary invasions yet, new attacks sprang up against Elf Clan Zanthes, Dawn, the Girl Scouts and Covenant of the Dark Moon.





Edith, Scout Leader of Baja's Girl Scout Troop #1, submitted the following report of their invasion:

Tonight we were attacked again! The mercenaries had attacked with a stronger force but when the call for help was sent out many good people responded. For that we would like to thank each and every one of you.



It was only until after the battle that someone noticed that our cookie message to the mercenaries was changed! The photo shows the message that the mercenaries sent back to us. (Editor's note: The message reads, "Give Up".) But we decided the best thing to do was to eat it! So everyone who helped us ate their message!

Thanks to all who continue to resist the relentless forces from the moongates. But the mercenaries press on....
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Dawn Response to Surrender Demand
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Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)


Official Response of the Kingdom of Dawn to the Britannia Purity League Terms of Surrender

The Royal Council of the Kingdom of Dawn declares that the Kingdom of Dawn rejects the Terms of Surrender proposed by the Britannia Purity League (BPL) and furthermore, that threats made against the Royal Family, especially Prince Riain, should be made with extreme caution.

The Royal Council
Kingdom of Dawn
Thankye, Duchess! Battle on, Dawn!
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House of Commons Notes 6/20/10
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Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                      House of Commons Meeting Notes - 6/21/10        The realm gathered at the the House of Commons last night for the weekly roundtable with EM's Dudley and Drosselmeyer. Many topics were covered during the evenings discussion as listed below:    EM Announcements for week of 6/21 - 6/27:       ~ Tuesday 6/22/10 10pm EST - PvP Bagball  (Felucca facet), see the EM Forums                                                                               here  for further TBA details!       ~ Wednesday 6/23/10 8:30pm EST - Biweekly Township Summit, The                                                              Queens Table inside Castle British

      ~ Tuesday 6/29/10 Time TBA - Sosarian Solstice Fair Night , Shard Fairgrounds

                           

   Recaps of the previous weeks two events were also noted as the EM's reminded folks of the random nature of events and welcomed feedback both good and bad from all events as they continue to pursue groundbreaking and original events on the shard.

                                                      

   Other announcements included The Rare's Fest taking place July 16th -18th and the desire for cities included in the festivities be spared of any and all invasions to which the EM's agreed they both would never interupt a player event with such action especially one involving commerce.

                               

   A big Congrats headed out to the Newlyweds by now , Shef Sigurth and Kitkjtarria!
   Ferret Fights to be added to Sosarian Solstice Fair Night along with the installation of a color changing dance floor!

                                                  

  To which ,as we spoke all the while of the different music tracks available Dudley began to get his groove on! The crowd on hand was treated to the one man show that is EM Dudley. Busting out all the moves he wowed those in attendance with his legendary fleet of foot. A link to the full video by Nexus is available here.
   As always we were employed to Stay Toon'd as the night's end drew near, we thank the EM's for the dedicated efforts. Safe travels!

                

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[EM][Player Stories]
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Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Corvak sent in this report on Captain Kanlocke's promotion yesterday:
Captain Olivia Kanlocke accepts her new charge as the Commander of the Royal Britannian Guard.

This evening, the citizens of Catskills were summoned to the throne room to witness the promotion of the
newest Commander of the Royal Guard. Recently, many cities within Britannia have been forming new
regiments for their own protection, and the Queen has assigned Commander Kanlocke to ensure that they follow
the laws and virtues to the best of their ability, and to help them organize against possible threats.

The ceremony went smoothly, with many there to congratulate her on the promotion. Many there were present
at the recent battles with Ix Tab, and supported the efforts to create a more organized defense. Some seemed less trusting
of the Crown of course, but after Casca, that's to be expected. Hopefully Commander Kanlocke shall win them over
though actions, and not just words.

Captain Kanlocke bowed before the Queen and accepted the new sash and it's new color signifying the rank of
Commander.

Finally, she addressed those of us gathered, and announced that she would be present in her new office, near the gates of the castle,
and that any citizen or guard member could then come to her with any questions of concerns they might have.

Following the meeting, EM Nathael met with us in his meeting hall, to take questions or comments on the introduction
of the new and upcoming storyline related to Commander Kanlocke and the royal guard. There were few questions,
but lots of interest as to where the story was going. He did mention he wished to keep the meeting short as it is Father's Day.

Whatever happens, I think this means exciting times are in store for Catskills!
Many thanks to Corvak for this report.
If you would like to see your own reports or stories posted as news here on Stratics, don't hesitate to send them to [email protected]

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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Community Hunts - Week of June 21st
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 7:16 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.

Wisp Dungeon Crawl
Date: Tuesday, June 22nd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt
Date: Wednesday, June 23rd
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, June 24th
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, June 25th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


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

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Lady Tia
LS News Manager


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285th Assembly of the High Council
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
285th Assembly of the High Council

Date: Monday, June 21, 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


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Lady Tia
LS News Manager


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All Shard Tavern Night, Tuesday 6PM PST
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)

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Harbinger Invades Luna
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
In a late night scare, a harbinger strayed into the holy city of Luna. Citizens already on edge from the recent waves of mercenary attacks were startled and quickly looked around for moongates or other signs of impending invasion.



No moongate was found and upon felling the dark angel, the most logical conclusion appeared to be that this incident was unrelated to the recent mercenary attacks.

However, citizens are reminded to continue to report such incidents with diligence as even the most unseeming events may afford connections.
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Defenders Establish Medic Stations
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Greetings,

I want to remind the defenders currently fighting back against the Scorpion Clan Mercenaries that the Kingdom of Dawn (and the Baja Roleplaying Community) has established two battlefield medic stations to help in the defense of our sovereign states.

One has been established on the roof of the Dawn Town Hall which can be found just South of the Palace. There is an Ankh of Sacrifice and boxes with Bandaids, Potions and other necessities for our warriors.

The Kingdom of Dawn has also left a medical barge on the shores of the Isle of Peace (Elf Clan Zanthes) with bandaids and food in the hatch. I'll try to keep the ship stocked and people are welcome to contribute supplies. Put it to good use.



And don't forget that the Grateful Rune Library in Northern Luna now has a book that can lead defenders to each of the major battlefields.

Thankye, WarderDragon. Those who can make donations to the medical stations are appreciated!
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Taming Hour Recap for Sunday, June 20th
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)


In a somber, dreary taming hour that barely seemed to get by without regular hostess Proserpina (get feeling better!) the tamers of Britannia nevertheless earned an impressive 98,175 points for the Moonglow Zoo!

Stats for Sunday, June 20th:
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Starting Level: Tier 11, 12,505,330

Ending Level: Tier 11, 12,603,505

Earned: 98,175

Random Prize Level: 12,579,969 - This Week's Winner: Katrina Cole (BRPA). Congratulations, Katrina!



Prize: A Legendary Scroll of Power (+20 Maximum Stats)

This Week's Tamers:
HRH Elizabeth (D_S)
James (MT)
Calypso
Kat MacBroeden (DWN)
Tamar
Katrina Cole (BRPA)
Elissa
Reap (DWN)

Gold: Feiht

Thankye to all you tamers who work so hard to keep the Moonglow Zoo populated. Citizens, be sure to visit the zoo and see the rare Silver Steed and other exotic zoo creatures only available to well-funded zoos.
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EM Dudley gets a little loose...
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
By: Nexus
EM Dudley showed off his dance floor skills at the EM HOC tonight. For those that missed it here is a video, btw that is an actual audio track used by the client most of us have never heard it.

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[NEWS] Testing of EM Blood League Events
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT by Joy Elf (Pacific)
EMs Tailspin and Cyno Razik gathered a few willing guinea pigs last night to test his PvP event ideas for the upcoming Blood League. Six brave souls showed up to led themselves to the EMs' experiments and a few others showed up to watch(myself included). They were divided into teams, Red: Chrome Shadow, Winter Soul, Made For This- and Blue: Lazarus, Arrakis, Balka.



The first test of the night was "Best of Three" where players from each team dueled each other. The winning team was as the event title says - the best of three.





Next came the event known as "Twin Treasures" in which each team had to loot a colored box surrounded by four titan guardians. The team that managed to loot all the bonnets first was deemed the victor.







After the Twin Treasures came the Mortal Relay. In the first version, teams were caged and one member from each was released at the same time to run around a course in opposite directions. The team whose members completed the most laps alive won. in the second type of relay, the team members were allowed to obstruct the other team. Running the right direction is helpful with this event.





The third event was an EM version of ElFball. Each team designated a "Mark" to hold a special bagball, and they were released from two separate locations in a deserted copy of Khaldun. The "Mark" was to remain visible at all times during the match. The object of the game: kill the Mark, take his bagball, and make it through the exit gate in the dungeon's center alive.





To wrap up the evening, the EMs hosted "Gorilla Guard". A last minute change found each team guarding colored sphynxes instead, but the rules were the same regardless. The team that could keep its sphynx alive the longest would be the winner.





You can read more about these events and post your ideas and suggestions on the Pacific EM Forum here on Stratics.
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In the Shadow of the Money
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Citizens continue to defend themselves from mercenary attacks all over the realms.



Those targeted have been communities who aligned themselves in support of the gargoyle race. Mercenary Assaults or the immediate threat of assault have been brought against The Kingdom of Dawn, Spawners Inc., The Ancient Order, Covenant of the Dark Moon, Defenders of the Shire, Misfits of Society, Baja Girl Scout Troop #1, Elf Clan Zanthes, and the Fellowship of Peace. Watchful citizens patrol these communities, looking for new signs of invasion or threat.

Many of them have received surrender demands, including a demand for the outright revocation of any gargoyle support and extermination of the one called... The Yattering.

But as the assaults continue, and defiant citizens continue to raise battle standard and defend their homelands, one has to wonder...

Where is the money for all of these mercenary assaults coming from??

Anyone who has fought the mercenaries knows that these men put up a strong fight, and would demand heavy wage. As wave after wave pours through the moongates, the clear toll on a funding source would seem evident. But who would have that kind of limitless financial reserve??

....

It was Nicholas the Old who reminded this reporter recently of the recent depletion of the Royal Treasury. You may recall that the Purity League was involved in the raiding of the treasury of Castle Britain.



Any who could have pulled off such a heist would have a seemingly endless financial reserve! Readers may also recall that The Dark Tower and Ravenshire were found guilty in the Court of Truth for their parts in the heist.



Yet, where is the money?

As more communities state their intentions to defy the surrender demands and hold out in hope that the attacks abate, it becomes clear that unless other means of relief present themselves, the only ways out may be to either surrender, or cut off the supply of funding to the mercenary invaders. After all, these are not the kind of men to work for free, and someone holds the purse strings. But who??

Surely, then, there would be footprints. Perhaps a large deposit at a financial institution or across several financial institutions within a few nights of the robbery? It would also seem to be clear that an equally large withdrawal would likely have been made shortly before the mercenary invasions began, within the last several weeks.

I began my inquiries at the West Britain Bank, to little avail.



Spreading out my search, I began to inquire with financial institutions, large and small, looking for any who might be willing to divulge that they had both received extremely large deposits and extremely large withdrawals during the periods in question. Many were either unwilling to cooperate or simply had nothing of relevance to share.

However, one or two large off-shore banks held several disturbing discrepancies in their books that warrant further investigation:







Citizens, keep your eyes open for any clues that could lead to the discovery of the mercenaries' funding. Anything unusual, such as large withdrawal requests by suspicious persons, massive food or military supply requisitions, or clandestine large-scale market activities should be reported to the Town Guard or Britannia News Network immediately.

But what of the terms of the surrender and the demand that the Yattering be extinguished? For what purpose does it serve to put out such a large ransom on such a seemingly inconsequential creature?



Some could maintain that the surrender notice is simply what it appears to be. A scathing demand for the purification of race and the exile of those unlike humankind. Yet there are those who speculate that the Purity League's intentions go beyond "purity" motivations. Some speculate that the intent could be to break a powerful alliance. To turn humans against gargoyles, and humans against humans with it.

If that were to be true, could there also be more to the reason to extinguish the Yattering? What secrets does his Tree hold? Note:Citizens who have not yet visited the Yattering Tree behind the Town Guard Watch Post should do so. You must say: it's simply adorable.



It seems that this reporter recalls that the Yattering was near Britain the night of the Treasury robbery. Could it be that the Yattering saw something he was not meant to see? Could the Yattering hold the next clue to follow in the shadow of the money? Why is the Purity League expending so much energy to see him eliminated?



Perhaps this reporter shall wait for the Yattering to return and see if he has answers to be shared....




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Township Summit & Zodok Recovery Pt.1
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 5:23 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Township Summit & Zodok Recovery Pt.1
Queen Table, Castle Britannia
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
By: Merik



Ange von Serif filled in for Tavalia Zodok at the summit meeting on June 9th. Zodok had been kidnapped by Scarlet Von Trinsic and others at the previous summit meeting. Serif opened the meeting with a greeting that came across mumbled, broken and a bit intimidated. As she looked at the documents her eyes widened as if she had seen a ghost. Everyone in attendance could tell she was nervous as she shuffled through the papers like a mouse trying to find cheese in a maze.

Aryslan Officially Recognized

She set the papers down and looked around the table. She asked if anyone was there from Aryslan. Jamlyn Hakkendyn raised his hand and Serif acknowledged him asking Jamlyn to please take a seat at the table.

Passing The Time

Serif once again greeted the chamber.
"So...I'm new at this, and I wasn't filled in that well, because we had hoped...To have found Lady Zodok by now But thats obviously...not happened"

Serif flipped through the papers for a second time. She stopped for a moment and laughed quietly to herself and smiled nervously.

Tatania Karthina offered Serif some advice, "Just growl and look impatient now and then and you'll do fine."

Public Works Project

"There's some notes here.....If I can find them...It seems that there was a proposal for a public works project...." Her Majesty is taking it into consideration.

Commander Drake Foxx

While Serif scrambled though the papers attempting to find something to discuss, Commander Drake Foxx entered the chambers. Serif looked up at the commander, "Oh by the virtues I'm going to be arrested for doing badly..." Serif began to slide down into her chair as the Commander locked his eyes upon her.

Commander Drake Foxx adressed the summit saying the meeting is over. There is work to be done. Serif whispered something to the commander and slipped out the door quietly as possible. The Commander continued on announcing he has orders from Her Majesty and a possible lead on the location of the Ambassador.

A few remarks came from across the table directed at the Commander. He responded by saying, "The Queen who invites you to sit at her table...so I trust you will respect that". Drake Foxx continued, "Her Majesty calls upon all able body citizens To aide in the rescue of Lady Tavalia Zodok Prepare for battle. And rendezvous at the Warrior's Guild".

Before those in attendance left for the Warrior's Guild. Shef Sigurth of Aryslan commented, "To the ambassadors rescue or perhaps a trap by Fox".

Zodok Rescue Mission



Commander Drake Foxx
"No telling what vile evils may you encounter. Lieutenant Irina It has been a while. No doubt you have received the post from Headquarters outlining your mission?"

First Lieutenant Gwen Irina
"SIR, YES SIR!"

Commander Drake Foxx
"Good then. Good. This is an opportunity to put your past behind you. Do not let the Guard down. You're taking point on this one. Lead on!"

First Lieutenant Gwen Irina
"Right, everyone, you heard that one. I think you know who your priorities are around here. Follow me, let's go! Keep an eye out for any clues."



First Lieutenant Gwen Irina lead the group North-East from Papua towards the Terathan Keep. Along the way they discovered a pair of sandals with the initials T.Z etched in them. The guard now knew they were on the right track. Once they arrived at the keep they engaged Avengers, Drones and warriors in battle.

After a bloody battle they began to explore the keep further. They made their way down to the lower parts of the keep. There they ran into Ophidian Gladiators and Terathan Keepers.



In the North-East corner room a journal was discovered. Written by Jamison Tort. The journal appeared to be rather worn and torn.

Journal

I've been taken prisoner by the foul creatures that nearly wiped us out not so long ago. All over that damn Ricardo business. I thought this was all over?

Curse these reptilian terrors! They're barely keeping me fed, and I've already been in here longer than a day. What's even stranger is the noises coming from the next room over, and I can't tell what it is, but the shrieking sounds awful!

Was able to dig a small hole into the wall between the cells using a stout femur left here. and the things I've seen are terrible! They've been...doing something to these ophidians. They're so odd...they seem to be part Ophidian and part Terathan. They aren't showing the weaknesses associated with the Ophidian part.

I've seen them testing them...flamestrikes, energy bolts, it all seemed useless. The creatures didn't flinch at the strongest blades, or the most devious poison. But when they had brought in anything icy, they immediately shield away. I wanted to learn more, but they're taking them out. There is a man here, I can barely tell that he is human, his clothes blend with the guilded sandstone. He said they had to be guards for...something's coming... *the writing has abruptly ended...*

Upon reading this journal they knew where they had to head next. The Ophidian Lair located in the desert north of the Keep.



Unusual creaters called Ophidian Champions and Hybrid Guards were found inside of the Ophidian Lair. Perhaps these creatures were those written about in the journal. A man was being held in a second floor room who was later identified as Jamison Tort.



Upon freeing Jamison Tort First Lieutenant Gwen Irina ordered everyone to return to Papua. Although they did not find Tavalia Zodok they at least found someone who may have the information they need to retrieve her. Once back in Papua the Lieutenant had some questions for him.

So you're from around here, what's your name?
Jamison Tort

Alright, Mr. Tort. Did you write the journal that was in the Ophidian Fortress?
Yes... I had hoped someone would find it and come looking for me

Was there a woman imprisoned with you at either that location or the one we found you at?
Woman? I don't know anything about a woman. I only saw a man, in the desert. He was talking to the snake creatures.

Was he a prisoner like yourself?
No...they obeyed him. It was so horrible. *cries*

What did he look like? What can you remember?
Just his clothes. They blended with the sandstone.*sniffles*

Did they call him anything? A name, a title?
*shakes head* Nothing, he just commanded them. He seemed to be responsible for that....thing. It was so horrible! *cries**sniffles*

You mean those Ophidians that looked a bit like Terathans? This man did that?
Yes...

What's your profession, Mr. Tort?
I'm a mycologist

So you...study mushrooms?
*nods* Yes

Can you think of any reason that the Ophidians or this man would've kept you alive?
I was out looking for specimens when those vile creatures accosted me! To eat me for sure! I've answered your questions!

You said in the journal...That the Ophidians this man made Shied away from something 'icy' What was this 'Icy' thing? Was it a glacial staff?
Oh I don't know...the man commanded it. The snake creatures were afraid of it. Shy'd away from it...Like they were afraid

What did it look like? Was it a staff, a blade, an axe?
I didn't get a good look... It was just cold...creatures of a reptilian nature naturally shy away from the cold

Where in town do you live if we have any more questions?
I live near the Inn. No more questions! I'm going home!

Right. You can go, but don't change residence without letting us know.
Thank you for rescuing me



The Lt. asked if anyone found any clues. One person spoke of finding a piece of paper about a debt.

Well, if the debt is his, then that explains why he leaves town so often. So far we know that a man was working with the Ophidians.In charge of them.With an icy...something. And has the power capable to use enough magic to create something that seems part ophidian, and part terathan.

First Lieutenant Gwen Irina presented the information to Commander Drake Foxx. Once completed the commander addressed the Lieutenant and those gathered around.

Commander Drake Foxx
"The presentation of this evidence will be of great value to Detective Sheffield. See you provide him with a full report. Fine work tonight Lieutenant. As for the rest of you, Her Majesty thanks you for your bravery and your actions have been noted"

"I think your time in Papua is over Lieutenant. I'm reassigning you to Britain. Report there immediately. Disssssmiiisssed!"

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Zoo Taming Hour Tonight, 8PM PST
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 5:02 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Zoo Taming Hour, Sunday, 6/20/2010, @ 8 PM PST (11 PM EST)

Moonglow Zoo, Trammel

WildStar

Thankye, WildStar. Thanks to all the tamers who attend to keep our Zoo populated!
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A Sweet Defense
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 4:54 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Baja Girl Scout Troop 1, in true Girl Scout fashion, has taken steps to fortify their meeting house should the mercenaries attack again. We hope that when they eat the cookies and see how good they are they won't attack us. If that doesn't work then maybe they will be too full and go take a nap instead.



Sending the mercenaries a message:



Thankye, Girl Scout Edith.
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[NEWS] SHE Auction House
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 3:33 AM EDT by Armand (Chesapeake)
SHE Auction House By Lord Armand


  I was out and about Saturday night and looking for a new adventure. While I was debating on what to do, a moongate suddenly appeared next to me so I decided to follow a person through it to see where it went. When I came through the other side I was standing in front of a large home on a lake. There was a lot of nose emitting from inside and since the door was open, I decided to wander in and see what all of the ruckus was about. As I entered I realized that I had happened onto an auction house with the auction already in motion. I quickly found a seat and tried to take everything in. First thing to really stand out were all kinds of red bags scattered across the floor throughout the entire room. As I was wondering what this was about, I hear someone yell golden pop! I couldn’t believe my eyes, in front of me was a vendor with a lot of checks of different amounts being given away to the auction participants. WOW!! This was my lucky day as I was able to retrieve a check for 50,000 gold. As quick as the vendor appeared, he was gone and the auction had resumed. There were many rare and beautiful things being auction off along with weapons, armor, powerscrolls and other useful items. Most of the prices seemed very reasonable though I am not a merchant so that is pure opinion on my part. A short time later, I saw that some of the red bags were no longer secured to the floor and during the mad rush to them I was able to retrieve one of the bags and it contained a 25,000 gold check. The auction ran smoothly and as time elapsed the golden pop vendor appeared again as well as more of the red bags being released. It made for a very enjoyable evening. After the auction had ended and people had cleared out I was able to approach the wonderful auctioneer, Zelda of Zed. She was very pleasant and agreed to being interviewed.



  Armand : How long have you been playing Ultima Online? Zelda of Zed : I started playing for about a year when the game first came out, then left for about a year and half, and have been back since. Armand : How long have you been part of Shadow Hunters Empire (SHE)? Zelda of Zed : Seven awesome years now. Armand : How long have you been doing auctions? Zelda of Zed : Will be six years in September. Armand : When was your first auction with SHE? Zelda of Zed : It was September of 2003. Armand : Where can you find the SHE auction house? Zelda of Zed : Our auction is in Malas, North West of Luna. Near Zedland Lake (formally known as Luna Lake). We are also the 3rd banner in the Luna hub. You can also ask any SHE-SHOT/TNP/or VIP member, and they will get you to the Auction house. Armand : What day and time is the weekly SHE auction? Zelda of Zed : Saturdays 7pm est. (very rare we have done it on Sunday night and we start at 6pm on Sundays as not to interfere with the HOC meeting.) Armand : I hear that you have give a ways during auctions, what kind of events does your auctions offer?  Zelda of Zed : We have an awesome sponsor, UORedneck. We have 100 mil to give away each week. A SHE Auction house original is the “Golden-Pop up Vendors”, we also have red bags that through the night I will let go and they have gold prizes between 100k-1mil gold prizes. Other events we have had are our Icy Maze. This has always been a fan favorite, and we plan on doing another one for the Rare’s Fest coming up in July.

Armand : What is the funniest thing that happened to you while running a SHE auction? Zelda of Zed : We had a bottle of very rare wine, and I had just regular old wine in my bag… I put the rare one on the table and drank some of the regular wine, then starting going *HIC* *HIC*. Poor Rivvy, and a few folks thought I drank the rare stuff. I about fell out of my chair laughing, but after 6 years I have so many fun memories. Anything thing that makes Riv freak out, I’m up for. (Just kidding Riv...) Armand : What is your favorite memory of the SHE auction house? Zelda of Zed : Well, any time we get Daktari in pink, I am rolling. Over 6 years it’s hard to pick out one thing, but watching Zedland grown around the Auction house has been amazing. Armand : What was the most expensive item that you ever sold? Zelda of Zed : A Keep Home sold for 52 million one night. Armand : 11. What was the rarest item that you have ever sold? Zelda of Zed : Clainias Spell book and few older things.. We have sold so much it’s hard to remember it all, or to pick out one item. Armand : How much time goes into preparing for the average auction? Zelda of Zed : A couple of DAYS! There is so much to do, but I have an awesome team that helps me pull stuff together Armand : How does one submit an item for auction? Zelda of Zed : Get a book and bag; put your name icq and starting price in book, we start taking items at 6:30pm est. Armand : What would you like to mention about the SHE auction that people might not know? Zelda of Zed : We are the longest running auction house on the Chesapeake shard. We also now have a link to the abyss, thanks to our guild leader and my favorite little brother Tigger. Armand : Who assists you during the auctions? Zelda of Zed : I have the best team, and I love them dearly, and there is no way I could do the auction without them! Rivvy Shelra & Daktari (Lotto Boy), they ROCK!!!!!!!!
If you run an auction house and would like me to attend please pm me or e-mail me at [email protected]  
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Spotlight on: Maps & Locations
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

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



Maps & Locations





Undoubtedly every player has found themselves both lost and wondering “where am I” or off for adventure and wondering “how do I get there”. UOStratics is pleased to provide an excellent guide to locations with a zoomable map feature including coordinate entry feature. We would like to show you some of the “how to” of this feature.



On the UOStratics home page you will notice menu items on either side of the page. On the right side you will find the Maps & Locations. Click on that link and it will expand to give you options of maps/locations to view (below left).



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From this main menu you can navigate to specific location information. Today we will explore Atlas – Complete Guide, Treasure Maps and Zoomable Map (above right).


         Atlas – Complete Guide         


The Atlas is accessed by clicking on Maps & Locations, then Atlas – Complete Guide. The page displayed gives you explanation of what you will find on each of the location pages.



Once you select your destination or area of interest from the menus located on either side of the page click the link and the page with specific information is presented.

                                         


This page includes Sextant Coordinates, UOAutomap Coordinates, Facets the locations can be found, Closest Gate and Inhabitants. Clicking on the Sextant or UOAM coordinates will take you to the zoomable map which we will explore later in this post. This atlas is cross-referenced in our Hunter's Guide, under the field 'Found At'. For example a Corel Snake lists that it can be found at Corel Desert



The second menu item under Maps & Locations is:



         Treasure Maps         



From the Maps & Locations menu click Treasure Maps. This opens the Treasure Hunters of Britannia Treasure Map Archive.



If you hover over the map with your cursor you will find general destinations for treasure maps. By clicking on one of those locations (Cove, etc) you will open a numbered location map and from there by clicking on a pin (numbered map) a more detailed map will open showing coordinates.


                             


Now that you have the coordinates of your treasure map destination, a nice way to find the exact location would be handy! You are in luck, we just happen to have:



         Zoomable Map         



From the Maps & Locations menu, click Zoomable Map. The following page opens:



If you click on the map, it will zoom to that location and give you the coordinates:



Or if you are someplace, maybe lost (not that we would know anything about such an occurrence) and have your sextant, you can double click your sextant, put the coordinates into the zoomable map and find your way to civilization. Ok, maybe it isn’t all that dramatic but it works!




Thanks to all the Stratics staff and supporters who contributed to make the Maps & Locations such a complete and useful part of UOStratics. We hope it is of help to our you, our readers, as you seek adventure in Sosaria.


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Attention Guildmasters: Need your Runes!
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)


There is now a mailbox up for anyone who would like to include their Guildhall in the Guilds of Baja runebooks, or their Vendor house in the Vendors of Baja runebooks.



Just label your runes either with you guild's abbreviation, for Guildhall/HQ, or with the name of the vendor shop, I will get it into the appropriate set.

Please, one rune per guild for your guild's main building. Multiple vendor runes that all end up at the same house, will be consolidated to one rune for the actual building. Talk to your guild leader(s), or guild leaders you know ... talk to your favorite shopkeepers ...pass the word ... any and all are welcome to be included.

Thankye, Xanth. Guildmasters, please consider donating a rune to your primary location or main building. We'd love to have a rune to all guild headquarters on file, from any of the realms.

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R&PMM Summer Décor Contest Submissions Deadline Extended to 6/26!
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010, 12:49 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
[UPDATE #3] R&PMM Summer Décor Contest Submissions Deadline Extended to 6/26! The Red & Purple Mini Mall “Very-Very Special Non-Event” decoration contest has been extended… so don’t panic! You have some more time to enter. NEW DEADLINE IS JUNE 26!! That’s a whole extra week. It's super easy to enter and odds are you will win something! Prizes valued well over 35 million total, and could be as many as 10 different awards. Participants must provide: 1. The name of their house normally. 2. How this house normally functions. (Be it your residence or a mall, whatever.) 3. What the special theme is for this event decoration. 4. The theme’s name. 5. Location. (Tram, Malas, whatever). 6. Submit a picture! PROVIDE a URL so we can submit in an official area. Please submit your information + picture(s) via PM on this system to “Evil Pixie Works”… or we have a mailbox set up at the “First Church of Candy” next to the Red & Purple Mini Mall. Your official Judges, also sponsors to the contest: Lady Frany Flame, owner - Red & Purple Mini Mall. Lady Kero, owner - Mystic Gardens. Andrasta, owner - Goodman's Rune Library Prizes: First Prize - Eleventh Year Collection, MASTER Token. You get; Fallen Log deed, Lamp Post, Hitching Post, Armor Engraving Tool, Earring of Protection, Ancestral Gravestone, Bulk Order Covers, Wooden Bookcase, Snow Tree, Maple Tree, Willow Tree. A boat-load of goodies. (35 Million Gold Value) Second Prize - Legacy Token. You choose between; The Hooded Shroud of Shadows, The Charger of the Fallen (like an ethereal, but anyone can ride regardless of account age) or the Full Green Soulstone (Use forever, no charges). (12 Million Gold Value) Third Prize (3x max) – Green or Red Lady Bug. Great for the garden. (9 Million Gold Value) Runner-Up Prize (5x max) – 1 Million Gold. *Only 1 prize per contestant! The amount of prizes depends on the number of participators. All item prizes can be found in the official Game Code Store. So... don't wait for the last second! Show your community pride and enter. :-D
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New Crew On The Block!!!
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
New Crew On The Block!!!
Ocllo City Felucca
June 17, 2010
By: Merik



Scarlet Von Trinsic has once again been underestimated by the Royal Guards!! Commander Drake Foxx should have left Lieutenant Gwen Irina in Papua. Not only did she fail to locate Tavalia Zodok on June 9th, she also failed in her mission to retrieve important Heirlooms belonging to the Mornwok family.

Scarlet Von Trinsic and those who would soon join her crew met in the basement of the Artist Guild building located in Britain. Von Trinsic guaranteed safe passage to the city of Ocllo but could not guarantee their safety while in the city. The thieves entered public establishments and private homes (NPC) to search for these wondrous items. Guards and murderers patrolled the streets of Ocllo attacking anyone who looked suspicious.



Scattered reports came in that around 12 or more objects were obtained by Scarlet Von Trinsic and her team. Once back at the basement Scarlet offered each person to join her crew. She offered them ranks depending on how many items they obtained.

Captain
Enforcer
Cutpurse
Highwaymen
Henchman

Lady Tavalia Zodok once said, "Scarlet Von Trinsic is nothing more than a common thief, A hiwaywoman as it were. She gives empty promises."

A common thief? common? well... next time Tavalia Zodok wants to speak of Scarlet Von Trinsic she might want to bite her tongue!!! Look out Britannia! Scarlet and her Crew might pick ye clean!

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Chesapeake Fight Night Results
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Chesapeake Fight Night Results
Fighting Pit, Moria Village
June 16, 2010
By: Merik


(Last man Standing Caption)

Moria Village once again hosted the Bi-weekly fight night on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Felucca and Trammel guilds came together to challenge one another to One vs One and Team vs Team duels. Below you will find the match listing and winners. We hope to see everyone back on Wednesday the 30th!


Match 1: J-U-I-C-Y[TB] VS Tom[]FY[]
Winner: Tom[]FY[]
Rematch Winner:Tom[]FY[]



Match 2: Demon Slayer[VIPs] vs Dracula
Winner: Demon Slayer[VIPs]
Rematch Winner: Demon Slayer[VIPs]



Match 3: dabombpiny[A51] vs Demon Slayer[VIPs]
Winner: dabombpiny[A51]
Rematch Winner: dabombpiny[A51]



Match 4: JUICY[]FY[] vs abombpiny[A51]
Winner: dabombpiny[A51]
Rematch Winner: JUICY[]FY[]



Match 5: Benito Vs John Doe[UHOH]
Winner: John Doe[UHOH]



Match 6: dabombpiny[A51] vs Tom[]FY[]
Winner: dabombpiny[A51]


Last Man Standing Winner


dabombpiny[A51]
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Lemonade with EM Dosselmeyer
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Lemonade with EM Dosselmeyer
Friday, June 11, 2010
By: Merik



After the Community Hunt on Friday June 11th the adventurers gathered at the Lemonade Stand located in Kijustsu Anei Village. CaT, Mr Clean, Bam Bam and Gareth were discussing the newly remodeled Lemonade stand. After each person gave their opinion Mr Clean sat quietly for a few moments. He informed the others around him that he could hear some wonderful music playing. Everyone became silent and started to listen as well. Once everyone was listening the music quickly changed tracks over and over. They all appeared to be rather confused about what was happening, until EM Drosselmeyer appeared. Dosselmeyer appeared to have received a new toy. The first thing out of his mouth was….

“The counter pattern is positively dreadful!”

Everyone laughed because they knew it was true. (It really was dreadful) They invited Dosselmeyer to sit and have some lemonade with them and what a perfect time to pick his brain for some information!!!

Do you want feedback from the last event?

I’m always open to hear it, though you may want to repeat it. At the HoC so that everyone may benefit from it but please, go ahead.

I was thinking a logistics person would help. Someone who knows where to go and makes sure the shortcut gate is current. A few people took it and ended up in the Terathan Keep and died. You guys are busy with the event. Maybe have someone who just did that?

That gate should not have still been there, so I apologize for that. Yes, and while we are, we were attempting to tell people where to gather in the “EM Event” chat. However, there are only so many times we can speak there during the event.

Someone wants to start a guild to do that sort of thing.

I would not see anything wrong with doing that, but we could not make it “Official”.

One thing you may want to watch is the Talisman on the paperdolls. Unless all of the RP characters are suppose to have them?

The talismans do not have any bearing upon things. So please do ignore them story wise. I am not sure if we can say more on that.

How many people can fit in one place at a time, before it becomes a problem?

Well, technically there’s no real limit. The choices of fighting areas for past events were to gauge your group reactions and tactics as a whole. There are smart ways to attack and defend both in wide open areas and small areas. Especially in trammel where, the push throughrules do not apply to players, like they do to monsters. I didn’t particularly see anyone having much problem in either area, save for the transition which was a bit of a mess.

One of the things we are hoping to do with our events is make them dynamic. Various choices and actions by players WILL have consequences on the story. Some choices may do minor things, such as giving information, while others could alter entire storylines.

So what you are saying is… “Don’t touch the red button”?

Well, there is no right or wrong actions merely East and West or North or South. A journey can begin from one point, and end up at the same point but take any millions of different paths to get there.

Do you guys ever do a mystery? Where people have to find clues?

We plan to do many, many different types of events. One of our other goals is to try and have an event at least once that works with nearly every playstyle. While this may take time to get to your favorite we are trying. It’s one of the reasons we made it clear that I am not here to be “The PVP EM”. While I did introduce some PvP event ideas they are merely some of the first fully fleshed out events that we had ready.

Think you kind of shocked some people with EM items on the bodies.

I do not plan to give rewards at all of my events. However, I wanted to show what kinds of things would be rewarded mainly, story centric and museum pieces. While rare traders are a valid playstyle and one I do not condemn. I do not want to be seen as an “Items Vending Machine”. When the story suits the purpose that there may be things to be found, or retaken they may or may not be there.

Like the Valentine ’s Day thing? I thought that was kinda bad.

I do not know about any Valentine ’s Day thing. As I was not here for that, I apologize.

(Confusion happened when Mr Clean was still talking about the V-Day event and EM Dosselmeyer was responding about the Zodok event. Since it becomes confusing I am merging information into one large response from EM Dosselmeyer.)

This is a vast and amazing world, Sosaria and knowledge will come in handy in future events. This may not require you to be a veteran but it may require you to be an adventurer, an explorer, or someone who merely knows their way. All events are always welcome to all who wish to join them. We do not run “Private” events.

(The EM Items being spoken of are from the Township Summit/Zodok event held on June 9th)

There were many dozens of people at the event on Wednesday and I believe that one particular player said he made off with six of the rewards dropped. Quite a haul and a bit of luck for him.

I know how many items had dropped. However, I make it a policy not to say how many of each, nor how many in total dropped. I prefer a bit of mystery in all things. What I’m saying is, you will never have me say after an event, “There are this many of X item dropped, this many of Z item, and this many of Y”.

(Questions about what monsters carry the items, where to look and if finding items is part of the quest.)

No, it is an extra bonus. These items can be used either by people to sell, or they could be used for story purposes and even used for your own purposes. Something like the “Debt” deeds could be used for any number of things. Things such as the engraved/personalized items could easily be used as museum pieces, or merely mementos around which to center a story for it.

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Be on the lookout for a more detailed interview with Em Dosselmeyer soon!!!


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The EM's and GM Mesanna ROCK!!
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010, 6:18 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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"The EM's and GM Mesanna ROCK!!", is what Rachel of the Chicken Fight Club has been saying non stop since the CFC has gotten its new banner.



Like the FCB, the CFC has a new banner and it is located just infront of the fight club plot. The fights are held on saturday nights as most of the fine folks on Great Lakes know. Next time you are at the fights be sure to check out the banner. I love the Rockin Beak Juice and Battle Cider!


* The FCB banner infront of the FCB Fishmarket Vendor Shop *


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[EM] Meet and Greet
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010, 3:45 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;

Hail and well met,
This Sunday June 20th at 8PM eastern – 10PM eastern (7-9PM central)

Both EM Autolycus and EM Aname are going to be sitting down in the EM Hall in West Brit. and talking about tons of things dealing with current events, things to come, and much much more!!!

We look forward to seeing you.



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



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[EM] Festival of Masks is Postponed!
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010, 3:43 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site (yesterday);

The Sultan of Nujel’m sent a messenger to Dawn, this morning, informing her that the annual Festival of Masks in his town would have to be postponed. It would be a year ago today that the Grand Vizier to the Sultan was kidnapped by pirates, as the previous Festival was coming to an end (some of you that were at the 2009 Festival of Masks may remember it).

The Festival cannot go on until the fate of the Vizier is finally determined. Dawn was hoping that aspiring members of the Royal Guard would aid in this manner, with a bit of detective work. Visit Lancepesade Kimmel in Castle Britannia and ask him for “Orders” and some “Details” on where to start.



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



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A Meeting With Ornok the Cyclops
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT by Joy Elf (Pacific)
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview the leader of Britannia's newest allies, a group of peaceful Cyclopes rescued from titans and given refuge in Ilshenar by Queen Dawn. In their gratitude, these gentle fellows constructed a Cyclopian Stadium off the coast of the Meer city of Lakeshire and brought their traditional game of Forge Wars to Sosaria. The elder, Ornok, was kind enough to answer some nosy questions from me about his people after a tour of the stadium grounds.



Interview:



Joy: Are these types of arenas are common with Cyclopes?

Ornok: Yes tey is very common. Forge Wars is played all over my home lands.

Joy: Does your tribe have a leader? like a chief or a council?

Ornok: We is not actually tribes like te savages or Lizard kin. But I can see how the people of Sorasia is tinking tat.Back on our home we build great towns and cities. It a shame we can never show tem to you.

Anyways Cyclopes usually have one elder tat leads the community. I was te elder tat watched over my village back in our homelands. My kin here have asked me to do te same wit our new settlment.

Joy: What is a typical day like here for you?

Ornok: Well...We all get up wit te sun and eat a big meal. Te morning meal is te largest one for us, and we don usually eat again till te sun goes down. Ten we go about our crafting for te day. Each cyclopes works tere own craft. Tese days we has been working on te stadium mostly and our own rooms. But tere are days when we just have some fun and walk te lands around us. Ten as te sun sets we prepare and eat a small evening meal. After tat we pratice our combat by a big fire most nights.

Joy: What types of foods do you normally eat?

Ornok: Well we is not great hunters.So we get most of our food and oter tings by trade.Tere are many kins who are wanting some good crafting or building. Most of our traditional foods are cooked on an open fire. It ain't just roasted meat too. We trade for spices and flavorings, and we is taking care to cook tings right. Some of te most tasty foods you could imagine is prepared over a cyclopes fire pit.

Joy: Your village was invaded by Titans here recently...why did they invade your home?

Ornok: Tats someting I could not answer until tese times in sosaria. In my homland, tey don know why te Titans come or why tey take us since we come to Sosaria we has leared a lot more tan we knew. We tink te Titans are te ones tat created us in te begining. Tey is a very old and powerful kin. We tink tey is breeding us on our hidden homelands. So ten tey come to harvest us when we are skilled up. We see te cyclopes here.

Joy: Is that why we don't see any females of your people?

Ornok: Yes. Tey don take te wemon from our homeland. When te Titans come, te wemon of te village are killed or left behind. in my old village we sometimes would take in wandering wemon and children. Tey was always left from a Titan attack on ter homes. I lost my wife and son tis when tey came for me. I don know if tey survived.

Joy: Hopefully they did

Ornok: Yes. Te cyclopes here Tey has had tere minds tamed and tey work like wit no toughts for te Titans. Tey use tem for crafting and building and fighting. Tat is where me and my kin here were going when we was ambushed. I is sure of tat

Joy: But the Juka attacked...what was it like being imprisoned in Mistas?

Ornok: Te Juka don know what to do wit me. Tey are always waiting for me to kill tem but i dont So tey put me to work. Tey tell me to make titan weapons and armor. I don know why but tey was scared. Tat was all on tere faces - everyone.

Joy: Strange, they couldn't possibly wear or use titan things, could they?

Ornok: tey ask me to size tem down of course but te craft it is te same It is te craft te Titan scrolls teach us.

Joy: is it any different from the crafts we use?

Ornok: I tink so, but I is not seen all of your crafters here. Te titans know everyting, everway to do everyting. Tey never die. Te Cylcopes kin is made for crafting

Joy: On a lighter note, how is the new village coming along?

Ornok: We was first living on te shore by te Meer kin near te Zoo and lake. Tey is very good to us. We shouldn't trouble tem like we is. So we is decided to live here instead. We is bulding rooms in here for ourselves to live in. Tis stadium will be our home in sosaria.

Joy: What was it like having the meer as neighbors?

Ornok: Tey is kind like we is never seen When tey saw us first tey don run, and tey don scream, and tey don toss stuff at us. Tey can see us for our hearts so tey welcomed us and helped us. Tey gave us every kindness. Te queen of te dawn did good to send us here, Now we is trying to return tat help

Joy: This seems like a great place for you

Ornok: Yes, Not even te titans come here wit all te fairies and etheral kin

Joy: Those pixies scare off most anything evil

Ornok: tey is very fun

Joy: I don't have anymore questions for you at this moment.....is there anything you'd like to say?

Ornok: Yes. We know tat te cyclopes you have seen are not very nice, but tey are not true cyclopes anymore. Tey is broken by te Titans. Please don fear te cyclopes kin you meet here. And soon, We is going to open tese doors again very soon.

Ornok: Did i do good?

Joy: yes, you did good

Ornok: *smiles*

Joy: Thank you for speaking with me.


Be sure to watch the Pacific EM Website: Pacific.uoem.net and the Pacific EM forum on Stratics for upcoming events at the Cyclopian Stadium featuring the different crafting skills.
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Mesanna Requests Atlantic Development Ideas
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT by Fallon Valor (Atlantic)
ATLANTIC--UO Game Developer Mesanna, who directs the Event Moderator program, has offered Atlantic a "blank check," according to a statement released by EM Nestor. Mesanna is offering to implement development ideas from the Atlantic community. Nestor has requested that Atlantians post their constructive thoughts here.

If you have ideas for developing the Atlantic shard, please let Nestor know.
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Archery Tournament and Farewell Party
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!

Archery Tournament/Farewell Party

Friday, June 18, 2010
By Fiorella

Here ye, here ye!!! All citizens are invited to The Archery Tournament to be held at the the Luna Fairgrounds!! This Sunday June 20th at 6pm PST.

This tournament is meant for one and all, even those without archery skill. There will be 2 divisions one for those with the archery skill and one for those without, just for fun.

1. One for those with skill

* each participant will have three shots, 2 participants at a time
* to make it to next level will go in increments, to go to round 2- 100 total from 3 shots, round 3- 150, round 4- 200
* EM’s will be taking care of butte’s and recording scores

2. One for those without skill

* each participant will have three shots, 2 participants at a time
* this will be held by elimination, 2 participants winner goes to next round til everyone has had their chance
* next rounds same thing, winner goes to next until we have a winner.
* Again, EM’s will be taking care of butte’s and recording scores

Please join EM Sangria and EM Fiorella for Fio’s last round of events. Real life has been a bully and she is having to step down from the program.

I want to thank all of Napa Valley for the past years fun. You guys have been a fantastic shard to work for and I will miss you all dearly.

-Fio
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Security Breach!
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Security Breach!
Multiple Townships
Thursday, June 17, 2010
By: Merik



Lady CaT spotted a dark orc scout making its way through the street of Kijustsu Anei Village. She quickly reported this to Lord Gareth who prematurely sounded the village alarm. Clans, guilds and Tribes waited for the invasion but none came. Annoyed by the false alarm fighting broke out amoung the inhabitants. Mage and Savage bodies littered the streets of Kijustsu Anei.

After what seemed like hours of bloody battle. The inhabitants made their way to the local healers. This left Kijustsu Anei Village defenseless and that was taken advantage of by the Orcs!



MR Clean, Gareth and Benito were first to engage the enemy. The village alarm was sounded once again but only a few inhabitants responded. Lord Gareth made his way to the Imperium Hall and used the Alliance and World emergency broadcast crystals to call for help.



The call was answered by the guilds, UHOH, RBG, TEB, Only, Ary, ACT, Fryr, TWOD, Wis, TIPS, $CG$, A51 and others. The invasion started out with just simple creatures like Orc bombers Orc scouts and Orc mages. As more came to the defense of the town Orc Brute and Orc Lords made their way in.



Dexer Necromancers and Mysticism casters slaughtered 5-10 Orc Brutes in seven or less with only a few spells. *Cough* Overpowered Skill! *cough* Nerf! *cough* Devs! *cough* Moving on... The purple grape Je... erm an ORK CHAMP appeared between the two Savage Tribe huts just as the invasion forces were put down like a pack of wild dogs.



Those engaged in battle witnessed the ORK CHAMP devastating the militia lines and local Savage buildings. Lord Broli of the UHOH guild quickly jumped into action, taking command of the Southern village defenses. The ORK CHAMP was attacked from all different directions, driving it South-West towards the Gaman Planes.



Once the ORK CHAMP was taken down, the Orc Captain made a rather brilliant move. He used the Community Teleport System in Kijustsu Anei Village to launch attacks into Kijustsu Anei Keys, Guardians Gate and Zedland.



The Orc invasion was quickly driven out of the Keys by the newly formed militia under the command of Lord Benito. The Orc captain once again returned to the teleport hub and sent the invasion forces to the heart of Guardians Gate's commerce area.



Lord Jamlyn Hakkendyn of Aryslan took command of the unsecured community teleport hub. Under his command the teleport hub was secured within minutes just as the Orc Captain sent order to invade the city of Zedland.



The sneaky Orc Captain made his way North-East trough Kijustsu Anei Village and into PaxOku. There the Captain used the unsecured PaxLair Statehood hub to launch invasions into the Pitmuck Settlement!



A bloody battle was had in the drawn out borders of Pitmuck. Attacks forced were found in the banner, woods and center areas of the settlement. Another ORK CHAMPION was spotted at the Goblin Playground and quickly dispatched.



The invading forced were beaten back from each township invaded. The invading orc forces were seen retreating to the Cove Orc fort. A job well done by all who answered the call. Kijustsu Anei Village and PaxOku officials are being contacted about teleport hub security. We will report any official announcements and security improvements they plan to implement to you.



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Terms of Surrender delivered to Queen Elevere of Elf Clan Zanthes
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
This is a copy of the message delivered to Queen Elevere Zanthes of the Isle of Peace.

Surrender Terms

In accordance with the goals of BPL, I propose to receive the surrender of the representatives of Elf Clan Zanthes on the following terms, to wit:

1) Immediate withdrawal of support, material or political, to the Gargish presence in the lands of Britain, Malas, Tokuno, and Ilshenar.

2) Public condemnation of Queen Dawn for endangering the fabric of our society by allowing Gargish presence in Britain.

3) Supporting actions leading to the cancellation of all diplomatic relationships between Britain and Ter Mur.

4) Hunting down the one known as Yattering and any similar abominations from our land.

This done, your lands will be free of attacks, not to be disturbed by BPL authority as long as your members follow the terms of surrender in both letter and spirit.

Britain Purity League
The Queen of Elf Clan Zanthes delivered her response as follows.

I, Queen Elevere of the Elf Clan Zanthes, hereby decline to surrender our lands, our clan and our right to co-exist with whomever we please to ANYONE, let alone the BPL. If 'Purity' is defined by you to be only those you agree with and support, then we wish to remain 'Impure' in your eyes and will hardily and steadfastfully defend any that fall under your misguided attacks, now and in the future.

With Warm Regards. Over the corpses of your many fallen:

Elevere, Queen of Elf Clan Zanthes (EcZ)


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Cartel Helps to Defend M!S
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 3:56 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
This report from the mercenary battlefront just in...!

Reports from all across the fair lands of Britannia have spotted mercenaries, formerly under the employ of Lord Casca, in attacks on kingdoms and groups who have been deemed to be in favor of the Gargoyles.

Yesterday, one such report located the Mercenaries on the southwest corner of Ice Isle, at the Guildhouse of The Misfits of Society (M!S).

It appeared that the lands of M!S were in danger from mercenaries but the good people of Baja rallied to protect their friends. As the Mercenary Scout bellowed challenges and threats from outside the towers and keeps of M!S, it became clear that the members of M!S were not present to defend their own lands. The snowy terrain of M!S filled with elite ninjas from distant lands as mercenary scouts prowled the premises, their loud boasts the only audible echos in the howling winds.

Brave souls Nicholas the Old, Proseperina, Claudia Drusilla & Someone came to the rescue and began their valiant uphill battle against the mercenary forces. Joining them were Twista and SuperKen of the Cartel, and Turtle of GSE.

With their forces combined, the mercenaries fought back, but to no avail. The swords and knives of the mercenaries fell from their hands upon the drifts, covered in their own blood. One by one they fell, easily dispatched by the withering spells of the necromancers and heavy firepower of the mages. Despite the overwhelming numbers of the mercenaries, the combatants showed no fear and would not be easily bullied.

After the last mercenary uttered his final gasp, the combatants healed themselves and silently thanked each other for the hard work. Though they had united in their efforts this time, all knew that the rapidly changing political climate meant they might find each other at each others' throats the next time. With knowing nods, the combatants left, secure in their victory both against the mercenaries and for the good of the citizens of Baja.

Thankye, SuperKen, for the report... You can read the rest of the report in context following the Discuss this Article link....
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Dead & Buried
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 2:51 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

flowerrule



A look at this week's updates to the site



  • Updated Necromancy

  • What becomes which when you cast Animate Dead

  • The The Treasure Hunter essay, updated by Dreadlord Lestat, thank you.

  • Saved for posterity An Ancient Diary

  • Enhanced with links and stats Replica items and SA Artifacts

  • The 'pic of the week' has been updated.


We are still in need of:- Images of Mistral and Tempest. Data for those two, Grim and Flurry


Does no one ever see these creatures to snap their portrait?



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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The Grateful Rune Library Opens In Luna
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)



I would like to announce the official opening of The Grateful Rune, a rune library dedicated to hosting the runes of Baja. Every set of runebooks, isn't separated by facet, but set up per location, all facets included. If you are looking for banks, you won't find a book of Trammel banks, a book of Felucca banks, a book of Malas, Tokuno, and Ter Mur banks, just books of banks. All alphabetized and sorted to the best of my abilities, we try to cover every accessible location per category. Though a perpetual work in progress, The Grateful Rune carries many of the runes needed to get around to almost anywhere. We are constantly adding new books, whether they're more landmark locations, or more specialty books, the shelves fill a little more by the day. The Grateful Rune has been a library in the works since 2001. After many, many houses, the rune library has finally found a home in Luna. Originally a humble sandstone house in the center of Avalon, the Rune has come a long way, from a personal collection of runebooks, tucked away in the home of a disorganized young scribe, to a library full of locations from across lands. In it's present location, the library can grow into what it was always intended to become, a reliable location to find runes, to wherever it is you want to go. The Grateful Rune is an all access, four story building dedicated to the housing of runes and runebooks. Each floor is designated to a particular style of rune, or location. On the 1st floor, are the Specialty Runes.

Though sparse at the moment, many books are in the works, be sure to check back for new books soon, as we are always updating. On the 2nd floor, are the Town Runes.

Including NPC shops, Moongates, Shrines and more. On the Third floor, are the Dungeon Runes.

Dungeons and monster locations throughout Baja. Also currently in the process of updating many books. On the top floor we have the Rooftop Garden.

A complete set of Veteran Reward Dye Tubs, is available to all, not to mention a place to rest with a nice view over the walls of Luna. The Grateful Rune is always open, and always open to suggestions. I want this rune library to be useful to as many of the citizens of Sosaria as I can, not just myself, so if there is something you would like to see, just let me know, and I will do everything in my power to make that happen. Within reason that is ... I mean .. I would love to reactive my runes to the Star Room for all to use, but that is simply out of my control ...

Safe Travels!

- Xanth de Orlig
Historian, Citizens of Avalon

- Xax Tsaroth
Keeper of the Rune, Purple Llama Society


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UOGuide has a Newsletter coming soon to a Mail Box near you!
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 12:53 AM EDT by Andrasta (CommunityNews)
UOGuide has a Newsletter coming soon to a Mail Box near you! UOGuide will begin sending a monthly newsletter. It will be full of information about UO events, UOGuide updates, news and whatever else we can think of. To subscribe to the newsletter visit this link: UOGuide:Newsletter Note: You must confirm your subscription by clicking the link sent to the email you provide. The first newsletter will be sent out at the end of June. It will feature lots of recent changes to UOGuide, the (hopefully) big UO event in Publish 66.2, a contest and more. I hope you will sign up. Submitted by JC The Builder
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May Best Shot in the Realm Recap
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
The BSR this evening was held on a very pleasant night with nary a storm in sight and saw a few unique happenings . This evening found 21 archers competing for the title of “May Champion” and the winners check of 1,000,000 gold, an engraved bow, and what most seek, the spot in the seasons ending Champion of Champions yearly event.
 
Tonight saw six rounds of competition before a winner was crowned, a “Someone” and a “SoMeOnE” both shooting (which at times confused this person except the latter shot topless), a pleasant showing of a number of archers wearing the guild tag of Society of Archers (S|A) (the original guild of the BSR) which would have made Sire Theoran proud, an archer named Sharp who I think showed everyone that in this level of shooters you can’t shoot drunk, and the pleasant reappearance of Grey Holland , a member of an old ago guild , Rangers of the Realm (RoR).
 
Toni Fierce, GM of Misfits of Society, greeted all the archers and explained the few rules and the first round was on. To no ones surprise most saw that the buttes were tight this night and many an inner ring shot replaced a bulls-eye and only those with stretched bows and straight arrows and perfect feathers were comfortable this eve.. ShyOne failed in this round and two archers showed their mettle when Count of Berg and Lil Debi both stepped up and owned the buttes with Robin Hoods (RH) and 200 scores. These two, as we will see later, were the class of the field.
 
Round two brought closer attention from many of the archers with Someone, Kitty, Frigin Azin, and Aragon showing that they also should be considered contenders with RHs while nine others posted 3 bulls-eyes. Failing to make it to round three were Grey Holland (her first BSR with promises to return), Sharp and Araevin Teshurr.
 
Round three where again only three perfect shots moves you to a possible champion round saw seven more archers failing to shoot the 3 bulls-eyes with the surprise exit of Wrath, always a contender, with a 30 which I’m sure shocked the field. Aragon posted his second in a row RH, but both of these included the dreaded inner ring 10 point shot, while Lil Debi stepped up and shot a double RH posting a 250 this time. A butte failure while Zurakin was shooting called for a re-shoot and another butte failure had the crowd and Toni Fierce in a quandary so a compilation of his shots gave him the required 150 and he moved on to round four.

Round four, usually the crowning round where two bulls-eyes and a RH gives you the title, saw nine shooters all smoothing their feathers and finding three perfect arrows, but these tight buttes weren’t giving it up easy this eve and not one shooter could complete the task. Lil Debi, still showing she was the class of the field, came closest with a RH but included an inner ring shot for a score of 160, her fourth RH in four rounds, but not yet the title.
 
Toni Fierce gathered all the shooters and explained that a five-shot shoot-off would be the last round, with the highest score becoming May’s Champion. Archers were called up one at a time and the hunt was on. First up was Zorax who posted a 300, very commendable, but eight shooters were still to be called. Three shooters later, Count Berg, an archer we’ve been watching since the first round, put it on the top shelf with a score of 350, three bulls-eyes and two RH s. Bucko, a crowd favorite and always a contender, posted a 300 and then Lil Debi stepped up and the 350 was tied!
 
Round six was called for and the two shooters that everyone should have been watching since round one stepped up and another five-shot shoot-off was called by Toni Fierce. Nerves were frazzled, errant shots were a worry, tight buttes a concern, and Lil Debi just out distanced Count of Berg 210 to 170. To get this far these two talented archers showed their mettle and while Lil Debi got the month’s Crown, Count of Berg gets our Honorary Mention as a great archer. During May’s contest, 256 arrows were shot, six rounds of competition were completed, and 78 archers stepped in front of the buttes.
 
Congratulations and applauds went to Lil Debi, as Toni Fierce presented her with a check for one million gold and an engraved bow that said “Best Shot in the Realm, May 2010.” With this win, Lil Debi has secured two seats in the end of the year shoot-off, she was also March’s winner.

Misfits of Society would like to invite all citizens of Baja to come and compete or cheer on their favorite archer at June’s Best Shot in the Realm contest. It will be held on Saturday, June 26th at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds at 8:30 pm pst.

Editor's note: Thankye, Mystery Scribe! Our apologies that we spilled a little Trinsic Pale Ale on the sketches.... If you still have them, send to [email protected] or feel free to PM them to me and I'll get them added.
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Mirage Does The Questionnaire
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)

Mirage is todays guest on Lady Lava's Questionnaire ~



* Mirage and Lady Lava chatting at MOA before the auction begins *

Things change often in this game. What seemed like the biggest change for you when you returned ?
I think I started playing UO about 10 years ago, a friend of mine had just received the game and invited me to play. I was immediately hooked! He left shortly after, but I was having a blast. I don't remember the guild, but they were well organized, and we all lived in a little community outside of Trinny. When i came back, the biggest change was all the stuff you could make. The furniture was much prettier, and of course all the different woods and the designs. This was right up my alley! I love being a craftsman and the new items made it more interesting.

You go back to the days of Fel and Tram moonstones like myself. Which facet do you see yourself playing the most in the future ? I really loved the old UO, but I could never PVP, whenever I got attacked, I'd shake so bad, I would just give up and say take it. Haha! I definitely like Tram the best.

I ran into you at the MOA auction house and you were shocked to see me and even more shocked that I remembered you. Have you always been a patron of MOA ?
I started going to the MOA auctions several months before I left UO. I felt they were very well run, and I love to bid on stuff. It's a thrill when you win. When you lose, there's always a next time. Just part of the game.

You sought out the GoF Guild upon your return because you remembered them from the past. That guild has always been helpful to young/new players. What has been your impression of that guild since your return ?
My new guild is exactly as I thought it would be. Well run, and generous in nature. The member give up there play time so they can sit down and actually try to get to know you. I've been very well received, and I look forward to my first meeting. They have good rules and I'm sure that's why they have been around as long as they have.

What is your favorite type/skill of character and why?
I'm a workhorse. I love to make things. The way it's all set up for instance. If you're a miner, you should have some tinker ability so you can make your shovels and hammers. Of course you want to make something with the ingots, so there's your blacksmith. Just can't be a blacksmith, so you pick up carpentry, have to chop the wood then too. On and on.. I love it!

Share with us one funny or memorable time from your past in UO.
When I first came back, I couldn't make up my mind how I wanted the house. I'd build it, then tear it down. My friend who helped me start back, gave me quite a few things for the house. Well things started disappearing. I was so embarassed to have her come into the house and not see the things that she had given me. I finally came clean with her. Then she asked me if I had checked the moving crate. I promptly said, "What moving crate!" Presto!! There it was.. All of it!! Whew!

Do you play any other computer games and if yes which ones?
I was playing Star Wars for a bit. They changed some of the stuff and I didn't like the change. I left after a year or so.

What is your favorite color?
Blue

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sharing it with family and good friends

What is your most treasured possession in game?
I don't own any now, but I loved the bells

What is your most treasured possession in real life?
A pin that has been passed down from my great grandmother.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Dagney Taggert - Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

What was the last movie you saw?
The last Harry Potter film

What was the last book you read?
Atlas Shrugged. I've read it at least 4 times.

What is your motto?
What goes around, comes around.




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[EM News] Just Warming Up....
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
This haunting post appeared from EM Seppo on the subject of the mercenaries and some of the moongates which had been reported as having closed....

Posting here to clarify that invasion has not ended.

1) Gates during the last invasion were powered by blackrock. Its awesome power allowed them to stay up even after the machines were destroyed, albeit non-functional. The current gates are work of magic, powerful but non-comparable to blackrock infused gates. They will be back up soon enough. I hear that the mercenaries are just warming up.*

2) Runes were taken out by someone. A pity. Means more work for us to go around and mark them.
*Emphasis added. Sharpen thy swords, Britannia. Please follow the Discuss link to see the post in context.
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Breakfast Safari with EM Tailspin
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT by Joy Elf (Pacific)
EM Tailspin began hosting his weekly "Breakfast Safari" this morning at ElF's Tel Ereg ar' Cu tavern in Trammel. He arrived a few minutes early armed with a box of food and beverages and began mixing up his cookie batter with an intense focus. Fortunately for the guests, cookies were all he cooked on his own. Fried eggs, bacon, and fruit graced the menu for this morning's meal.





Once everyone was sufficiently stuffed with artery clogging food and fresh milk, the patrons discussed regular shard meetings and various PvP events that are in the works.



These early morning meet-ups are from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. PST every Wednesday. The location will change every week, so check the Pacific EM forum and website(http://pacific.uoem.net/) for more information and for other event announcements.

Thanks to EM Tailspin for having this event and for the cookies!
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[NEWS] Queer Eye for the Samurai - June
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 8:07 AM EDT by Lady_Kat (Oceania)
Queer Eye for the Samurai In an age of neon hair, shapeless robes and two-toned pantaloons, crimes of fashion are being committed all over Britannia on a daily basis. Last month a valiant soul braved the neon-clad host of Luna and Britain to locate equally courageous folk dressing and accessorising with style amidst their questionably dressed comrades. Once again our anonymous stealth trained ‘fashion expert’ has reported in with his findings. Under his watchful eye did our fellow Britannia’s learn from his advice and remedy their passé ways? Witness the expert’s findings here, learn how you can replicate the look and join us in celebrating the truly fashionable souls of Sosaria! ToXeN Back in black! Universally renowned for its slimming capabilities and ability to go with any hue, ToXeN proves that males too should have a little black number in their closet. ToXeN's look features: The Inquisitor's Resolution Mythical Detective of the Royal Guard [Replica] boots Conjurer's Garb Primer on Arms and Damage Removal Talisman Hot Tips: Use a black garment as a centre piece to tastefully wear those items you just couldn't resist using those expensive pigments on. Brightly hued items draw the viewers attention but it's imperative not to overdo it. ARES Yes, the hooded robe is back in another attempt to win over the sceptics with its chic elegance. ARES' look features: Shield of Invulnerability Library Talisman - Birds of Britannia Random Summoner Cloak of Death Tome of Lost Knowledge Hot Tips: Attire such as the Cloak of Death has a lovely natural tone and pattern which make it a perfect accompaniment for vibrant colours. Hooded garments add a hint of mystery and intrigue! Shaherezade A radiant and feminine example of the matching ensemble. Shaherezade's look features: Arcane Shield Shadow Cloak of Rejuvenation Scrapper's Compendium Fancy Dress Hot Tips: Use a subtle Pigment or Natural Dye to achieve this rounded, all over colour scheme. It's a lot easier on the eye than a full neon outfit and the natural darkening of some items adds different levels and intensities of the single colour. Want to look feminine whilst battling your foes? Simple! Replace that tired old veteran reward robe with a shapely frock. Dress to impress Oceania... you never know who is watching!
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EcZ Under Mercenary Siege
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 7:59 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Citizens, we have received word that the EcZ Island is currently under siege by the mercenaries!

It is reported that occasionally a mercenary sergeant has left his helm behind in battle.



What else may be found? What clues as to who hired the mercenaries??

Thankye, Zanthes, for sounding the alarm. Any citizen who discover clues relevant to identifying the parties responsible for hiring the recent waves of mercenaries are asked to contact the Town Guard or the Britannia News Network immediately.
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[EM] FAQ for the Royal Britannian Guard Regiments
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

EM Nathael has posted an FAQ on the Catskills EM Website:
A Helpful Guide and FAQ for the Royal Britannian Guard Regiments.

Q: Can you provide an example of the duties of proposed Royal Britannian Guards regiments?
A: Assuming there was, for example, a local Royal Britannian Guard regiment located in Britain, the RBG regiment stationed there would be responsible for defending the town of Britain and protecting its citizens against threats leveled against the town. For example, helping to repel an invasion from sinister and malevolent forces, or helping to gather specific information upon request from the Commander of the Royal Guard as it relates to a potential larger, overall threat, to the Crown and to Britannia. Local RBG regiments will likely also assist the town guards (currently NPCs) in maintaining order and enforcing town laws and edicts, helping the town guard solve crimes, etc.

Q: Will the local Royal Britannian Guard regiments ever perform duties outside of their designated areas?
A: At times, the various RBG regiments may receive orders from the Commander of the Royal Guard to defend areas outside of their normal jurisdiction. Furthermore, the Captain of the local RBG regiment may take it upon themselves to rally the troops in defense of other towns or city-states. For example, assuming there was a regiment of Royal Britannian Guard located in Britain, the local Captain of the RBG may order his troops to aid in the defense of New Haven, or perhaps a player-run town when the need is great.

Q: If players create local Royal Britannian Guard regiments, is there a possibility that EMs may create role-playing events and storylines around the guards?
A: Possibly, but there are no guarantees. We encourage players to take a proactive approach towards enhancing the role-playing and community experience for all players of Catskills. Creating local Royal Britannian Guard regiments can help achieve this goal.

Q: If players create local Royal Britannian Guard regiments, does this mean players will automatically receive special attention, items, or rewards?
A: No. Any possible EM involvement with storylines for the local Royal Britannian Guard regiments will be in direct accordance with their activity level and promoting open involvement within the community. There MAY be opportunities in the future to mimic what some other shards have done as it relates to recognizing the guards (other shard have provided sashes, for example), but the focus for the RBG should be community involvement and improving the role-playing experience for ALL Catskills players – NOT focusing on trying to get rewards/items.

Q: Are Event Moderator RPCs (Role Playing Characters) allowed to join a player's RBG guild?
A: No, EM's cannot join a player's guild.

Q: Can players join an Event Moderator's guild?
A: No, players cannot join an EM's guild.

Q: Can you please explain in detail how the structure of the Royal Britannian Guard is organized?
A: Yes, a guide was put together to show how the Royal Britannian Guard and various player-run Royal Britannian Guard regiments are structured. This information was put together as a best-effort means to clarify the role of the RBG regiments currently formed by Catskills players. If you have comments or concerns, please forward them on to [email protected]

http://catskills.uoem.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/RBG-and-RBG-Regiment-Structure.jpg

While this Guide only lists the (4) current RBG regiments formed by players on Catskills, additional RBG regiments may be created by players in the future as they see fit. Players are strongly encouraged to speak with one of the current RBG regiments to find out more information regarding joining the guard, training, or creating additional RBG regiments.

- EM Nathael

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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A Wedding Invitation!
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5:06 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)


Be sure to arrive early or on time to the Hall of Commons at 8:00pm ET. There will be a mini storyline before the wedding

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The First Annual Great Fair of Umbra, June 19th @ 2 PM EST
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 12:49 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Lady Pandora just sent me this information about a fair:
The Children of Darkness will be sponsoring the first annual "Great Fair of Umbra" on June 19th @ 2 PM eastern. ALL are welcomed to join this peaceful event and enjoy --- free food, free booze, fun games, and a mini-raid of Bedlam. (Please do the Bedlam quest if you have never been there before: http://www.uoguide.com/Aernya_Mistress_of_Admissions)

If you or your guildmates run vendor houses, please see me about getting a "booth" at the fair for you to display runes to your shop and talk to folks about your shop to help increase traffic and assist the economy of Sosaria. You can contact me via ICQ 608083009 or email, pandora @ childrenofdarkness . com --- ALL vendors are welcomed, RP or Non.
Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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(Felucca) Festival of Masks, Saturday, June 19th, 8:30 p.m. CDT
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Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 9:53 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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This just in from Elizabella


(Felucca) Festival of Masks, Saturday, June 19th, 8:30 p.m. CDT


In many worlds, the Eye of Dahsk went missing 144 Britannian years ago. In some realities it was recovered. In others it was not. On the shard of the greatest lake, it remained hidden. The Jaskinor family passed the gem down from father to daughter, mother to son, for seven generations. Always, it brought its curse. Disaster in deep red. Fire, debt, murder, and worse.

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"The Eye of Dahsk will return to you this year, your majesty" the astrologer said, "during the Festival of Masks."

"Then I shall order the Festival to be held on the traditional date."

"No, your majesty. One who holds the Eye on that day will die. Might I suggest the 19th?"

"So if I host the festival on the 19th I won't die that day?"

"I didn't say that."

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The Sultan of Nujel’m invites all to his island for the Festival of Masks on Saturday, June 19th at 8:30 p.m. CDT. This will be a lighthearted street party with food, drinks, and shameless thievery. Please wear a mask and pretend not to recognize anyone else who is wearing a mask.

"The Game" will be played. The goal is to figure out who has the Eye of Dahsk, steal it, and return it to a grateful sultan.

To steal the Eye of Dahsk, your character must be a member of the Thieves’ Guild. To join you need 60+ stealing. Also, the character must be at least 48 hours (in-game time) old. Find a thief guildmaster and say his/her name and 'join' (e.g. “Mary join”). Cove and Moonglow, on either facet, are good places to look for a thief guildmaster, because they’re relatively small.

You can recall or sail to Nujel'm. Also, gates will be available from a few steps southwest of the Felucca Brit. and Minoc moongates. These moongates will go directly into Nujel’m, a guard zone.

Reward – The name of the first to return the Eye of Dahsk to the sultan will be displayed on a suitable plaque at the Award Hall.

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EOC Scavenger Hunt Saturday June 19th!
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Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT by Andrasta (Oceania)
Events Council of Oceania EOC Scavenger Hunt, 2.00 pm, Saturday 19th June EST. EOC Building 1, East Street, Luna City. Registrations from 1.30 EST Event Description: Participants will compete to obtain a specific list of items and be first back to the Event Hall. The winner (ie first back with all correct items) receives 5,000,000 gp. The registration fee is 20,000 gp, this amount will be used to help provide a "jackpot" in a future Super Hunt, the fee will be paid prior to the event start. Once paid, participants will be issued a robe which allows them access to the secure area in the Event Hall. Once all paid participants are assembled they will be given access to the chest containing the official scavenger hunt list to ensure all participants start at the same time and no unfair advantage is given to any participant. Rules: * Participants may enter as individuals or as teams. There is only one prize so teams would need to split the reward. If entering a team, only the team leader will be issued a robe to give them access to the list. The robe must be presented with the items at the end of the event to ensure that only those who have paid are eligible for the prize. * How participants obtain the items is up to them. However, some items will need to be collected from particular spots and locations and instructions will be given accordingly. You may be required to find some of these items by solving a particular riddle or puzzle to find the location. All items collected remain the property of the ECO. * Items must be IDENTICAL as that asked for eg: One "Smiths Hammer with 42 uses" You must collect a hammer with the exact number of uses. * If a participant arrives with an incorrect item, they will be advised as such, however which item is incorrect will not be revealed to them and they will need to recheck against the list issued. * The winner will be the first individual or team to return with all identical items. * In the event that no one returns within the allocated time with all required items, then the winner will be deemed the individual or team with the most correct items. In the event that there are two or more participants with the same number of correct items the prize will be divided equally. Allow 1.5 hrs to complete the event from the official start time which is when the list is issued to participants. The official closing time will be announced at the start of the event. All participants should return at that time. Good Luck Everyone! Submitted by EOC Director
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Mage Tower Meeting Friday June 18th, 2010
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
Atlantic Mage Tower Meeting A meeting to discuss the new Mage Tower that is being built in northern Moonglow will be held Friday, June 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM EST at the Counselor's Hall in Britain. This is an important meeting for all citizens of Atlantic. If you cannot attend please email EM Eris, EM Nestor or Mesanna your input before Friday.
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False gets Nekkid and Swings Sharp Object
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Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 11:27 PM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)


Whew... I'm certainly glad I wasn't there to see this, but from what I hear everyone had a great time. (Now everyone really needs to get their minds out of the gutter for a moment and read on.) This actually took place at the "Drunken Dagger Toss" that EM Faine and EM Infinity held on Origin a while back. Falseprophet has managed to win a number of these Dagger Tosses and once again he proved his talent at hitting the target dead center with a dagger to emerge victorious. A trophy will be place at the EM's Awards Hall in honor of False's achievement as first place winner! (Many speculate that his knack for bagging first place in these events have something to do with all the cookies he consumes.) Below is a link to a video that was sent to me by a person that was in attendance of this great event. Please follow the link to see just how the Dagger Toss played out. Drunken Dagger Toss on Origin
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[EM] An official letter from Queen Dawn and Royal Guard Promotion
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Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Some news has been posted to the Catskills EM Website. It seems there will be a Royal Guard Promotion event on Sunday, June 20th at 7:30PM EST in Castle British (Trammel).
Here is the news post:
Captain Olivia Kanlocke had always been an early riser in the morning and eager to face the days challenges ahead. She sat at the edge of her bed, pulling on her boots, and donning the rest of her Royal Guard uniform. Her specific duties this week proved to be exhausting, yet rewarding. She visited each of the major cities in Britannia and spoke directly with the town guard stationed there. It was important for the Royal Guards serving under Queen Dawn to be in regular communication with the town guard garrisons. Her inquiries and meetings with the town guards served as a way to piece together intelligence related to threats that could potentially affect the safety of the entire Kingdom of Britannia. This task was something she had been doing almost bi-monthly for years now in her position as Captain.

This week however, she also spent time gathering information about the various Royal Britannian Guard contingents that were recently formed in some of the various cities. The Royal Guard had recently deemed it wise to leave a small, permanent regiment of Royal Britannian Guards, in places such as New Haven, Umbra, Wind, and even the Abyss Outpost. The Crown felt, by having a permanent contingent of Royal Britannian Guards stationed in these various cities, any potential threat facing those specific locations would be better handled with the accompanying aid of the local Royal Guards contingent, than by just merely the town guards alone. There was several heated discussions between high ranking officers in the Royal Guard as to whether or not the town guards, and Royal Britannian Guards, could co-exist without too much bickering between the two groups. Thus far, preliminary assessments have shown that no issues have arisen but the situation will be continuously monitored.

Having donned her uniform, Captain Olivia Kanlocke was now ready to speak with the Royal Guards underneath her direct chain of command, as she did every single morning. She prepared, in detail, the written orders for her subordinates last night before drifting off to sleep, as was her usual routine. She grimaced momentarily, anticipating yet more grumbling from Sergeant Zeke Goldmoon when he finds out what duty she is tasking him, and his patrol, with today. While the young Sergeant has proven himself to be a valiant man on the battlefield, he has yet to prove his worth in his newly appointed position of Sergeant – often lacking the patience needed to lead. She reminds herself to set aside time to speak with the young Sergeant privately, and offer him some helpful advice learned from her many years while serving in the Royal Guards. An officer, especially one as young as the Sergeant, can greatly benefit from the experience and wisdom shared by ranking superiors.

(more)
To read the entire post, head over to the Catskills EM Website.
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Test Center - New Changes Publish 66.2
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Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


Posted to uoherald.com




Test Center - New Changes Publish 66.2

James Nichols 15 Jun 2010 00:41:47 EST


Greetings!

The following changes are now live with the new client on Test Center, have fun and we look forward to yourfeedback!
Endless Decanter of Water
To obtain, throw a full water pitcher at a water elemental (non summoned) there is a slight chance the elemental will throw back to the player a Endless Decanter of Water. The Decanter can then be linked to a water trough, as long as the player is within 5 tiles outside of a house or anywhere inside a house the Decanter will continuously refill itself.

Live Event:

In the Shadow of Virtue: Rise of the Bane Chosen

Bane Chosen forces are battling the Ophidians in the lost lands. Players may join either side and the faction will reward them for their help. Both sides are most appreciative of players who push back the front line of the enemy (look for the army battle flag to find the front line). Speak with the recruiters in each faction camp to find out what they are fighting about. For each point of loyalty that you gain with a faction at war, you will lose 3 points of loyalty with their enemy so it does not pay to switch sides often. “Peril bonus” is a bonus to loyalty gain (and loss) when other players are assisting the enemy army. Double clicking the flag at each faction’s front line will tell you the progress of the spawn. Special quests are available at the faction camp when players reach 2000 loyalty to that faction. Special rewards are available if players assist a faction in routing the other faction from the field, but be warned, these armies are stubborn and will return! Quests are not available while a faction is routed.

Patch 4.0.7.5 (Enhanced Client)
Bug Fixes

Fixed animation issues with female Gargoyles

7.0.7.3 (Classic Client)
Bug Fixes

Fixed animation issues with female Gargoyles
Updates to Gargoyle Wearables and Weapons
Community Collection NPCs: The Treasure Hunter and Thief NPC gumps do not open when players have an item in their inventory that can be turned in to them

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Hit The Deck! (Net Toss)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Hit The Deck! (Net Toss)
Kijustsu Anei Keys
Sunday, June 13, 2010



The Fishing Council of Britannia and Kijustsu Anei Keys hosted the bi-weekly net toss this past Sunday. Twenty-five green nets and Two white fabled nets were thrown this week. One lucky participant had a special item drop from one of the Leviathans. The event was made to gather people for a "Hack and Slash" before the weekly Hall of Commons meeting on Sunday at 9:00pm EST. If you wish to partake in this Net Toss just show up to the Pier at 8:15pm and be ready to take on the sea creatures at 8:30pm. You just might be luck enough to get a Ghost Ship Anchor or Seahorse drop! Gates will open from the Pier to the Hall of Common at 8:50pm.



Thank you to everyone who made this event possible

Lestat - Kijustsu Anei Keys Portreeve (Nets)
Poseidon - FCB Fleet Captain (Nets & Anicent Nets)
Tiger Lily - TIPS Guildleader (Advertisement Runes)
Gareth - OOC Imperium Leader (Poster)
Jonah - (Nets)
Geos Cook - (Nets)
Orin - FCB MasterChief (Nets & Net Tosser)
Mirt - KAV Inhabitant (Nets)
Trillo - KAV Inhabitant (Nets)
Nixi - RBG Royal Spellbinder (Pictures)


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[RP] Knight's Rest Tavern - Tuesdays at 9 PM EST
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Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:00 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Did you know that the Knight's Rest Tavern is open every Tuesday night at 9 PM EST? I didn't!
Ok... well I used to know... then I got busy and forgot.
But I have been reminded!

Lord Aedon Durreah has invited all people of Sosaria (except for undead and... erm... "really smelly folks") to stop in, have a pint, and share their tales.
He asks that people respect the Knight's Rest as neutral grounds, and keep all fighting outside of the Tavern.

Sir Durreah has also let it be known that he is seeking guest bartenders. Contact Aedon if you wish to arrange use of the tavern for an event for your group or guild.

Safe travels,
Sahra Swift
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[News] The Jigsaw Games! Part Five and Six!
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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010, 11:46 PM EDT by Frarc (Drachenfels)
The Jigsaw Games! Part Five and Six. Game Five. The Lair. The Games continue and Jigsaw and another dangerous game in his mind.Ones again the players gathered at the Marktplatz in Drachental. Jigsaw took the players to one of the most dangerous places in Sosaria.He wanted to see how skilled some of the tamers are. They had to face and tame one of the most feared beast of the world. Jigsaw wanted to see three freshly tamed greater Dragons. The players Had again only one hour time to get the task done. Lorien showed himself a incredible tamer and only after five minutes brought the first Greater Dragon outside.It seems ones again that Jigsaw underestimated these people! A second Greater dragon was tamed after twenty minutes. This game seemed much to easy for the skilled tamers. The fourth ingredient was revealed : Fifty Chaga Mushrooms. Game Six Doomed!. For game six Jigsaw took the players to Dungeon Doom. He knew a lot of danger is lurking in the dungeon. He was almost sure this time the players would fail this time. He wanted that the players killed three bone daemons and give him the golden skulls. Again he only gave everyone just one hour.three thousand bones Had to be collected to summon the three bone daemons.This could be only done if everyone worked together.It took a while before the first bone daemon was summoned. Defeating the daemon was a lot less difficult then gathering the bones.But everyone worked hard together to get all the bones to summon two more bone daemons. But these people are determined to win this event again to get another ingredient for the cure.With only five minutes left the third daemon was killed and the third golden skull was given to Jigsaw. Jigsaw knew they won the event ones again and he had to reveal the fifth ingredient.He tried to talk him out of it but they wanted to know the ingredient.To everyones surprise the fifth ingredient was just a pitcher of water. Jigsaw has to do better to keep the players winning the game. Maybe next time he will try to make sure the will fail!
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Community Hunts - Week of June 14th
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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010, 6:59 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.

Destard Dungeon Crawl
Date: Tuesday, June 15th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt
Date: Wednesday, June 16th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Navrey Night Eyes Hunt
Date: Thursday, June 17th
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, June 18th
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 - June 14th
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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)



Community Meet Up – June 14th
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 First to Feel the Wrath!
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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
A well trained fencer fell backward to the stone floor, grunting. He then shook with laughter, shaking his head as his sparring partner helped him to his feet. The younger man turned away, lifting his mask.

"Was that all right, Duchess?," young Prince Riain called out.

WildStar, Grand Duchess of the Kingdom of Dawn, smiled and nodded, seated across the hall with a book alongside her royal guest for the afternoon, Proserpina. "You may well best your father when he returns."

The prince beamed, turning to clap the fencer on the shoulder in thanks, who was still laughing. WildStar stood, smoothing her dress, preparing to cross the hall to ask the young prince to join her for lunch when the fencer's laughter stopped. Something had caught his attention outside the window.

A hooded stranger, face concealed, stood outside the castle. WildStar approached the window cautiously. The stranger stood motionless for a moment, simply watching. Then, slowly, it raised a robed arm and pointed toward the Royal Palace. Toward Dawn. And toward WildStar and the prince.

A mere moment later, grass behind the hooded stranger parted, a dark moongate cleaving the air.



WildStar spun around. "Take him to safety," she ordered the older fencer. "Get him out of here. Go. Go."

The fencer nodded, seizing Riain by the arm, rushing him back into the depths of the palace. With a look to an attendant, WildStar sent the girl flurrying to raise the palace alarm and call for help. WildStar and Proserpina then stepped outside the main gate to watch in horror as first armed scouts, then privates began pouring through the moongate.







Dawn has been attacked, citizens! WildStar and Proserpina successfully held off the attackers until reinforcements could arrive. When the reinforcements came, the moongate seemed to empty larger and larger amounts of dark troops from an unknown location. Several of the reinforcements threw their hands in summons of energy vortexes, only to be slain from behind by mercenary assassins, who had slipped through the moongate undetected!



The first wave of invaders was quelled, thanks to many who came to defend the Royal Family and the Kingdom of Dawn.



But citizens began spreading word of impending danger to other communities when the following set of orders was found:







The hooded stranger was not among the bodies found outside the Royal Palace when the fighting subsided, and the moongate remained open, shimmering in the afternoon light.

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The First to Feel the Wrath!
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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
A well trained fencer fell backward to the stone floor, grunting. He then shook with laughter, shaking his head as his sparring partner helped him to his feet. The younger man turned away, lifting his mask.

"Was that all right, Duchess?," young Prince Riain called out.

WildStar, Grand Duchess of the Kingdom of Dawn, smiled and nodded, seated across the hall with a book alongside her royal guest for the afternoon, Proserpina. "You may well best your father when he returns."

The prince beamed, turning to clap the fencer on the shoulder in thanks, who was still laughing. WildStar stood, smoothing her dress, preparing to cross the hall to ask the young prince to join her for lunch when the fencer's laughter stopped. Something had caught his attention outside the window.

A hooded stranger, face concealed, stood outside the castle. WildStar approached the window cautiously. The stranger stood motionless for a moment, simply watching. Then, slowly, it raised a robed arm and pointed toward the Royal Palace. Toward Dawn. And toward WildStar and the prince.

A mere moment later, grass behind the hooded stranger parted, a dark moongate cleaving the air.



WildStar spun around. "Take him to safety," she ordered the older fencer. "Get him out of here. Go. Go."

The fencer nodded, seizing Riain by the arm, rushing him back into the depths of the palace. With a look to an attendant, WildStar sent the girl flurrying to raise the palace alarm and call for help. WildStar and Proserpina then stepped outside the main gate to watch in horror as first armed scouts, then privates began pouring through the moongate.







Dawn has been attacked, citizens! WildStar and Proserpina successfully held off the attackers until reinforcements could arrive. When the reinforcements came, the moongate seemed to empty larger and larger amounts of dark troops from an unknown location. Several of the reinforcements threw their hands in summons of energy vortexes, only to be slain from behind by mercenary assassins, who had slipped through the moongate undetected!



Whose villainy was this assault the work of? Why was the Kingdom of Dawn assaulted? Does this have anything to do with Dawn's declarations in support of the Gargoyle race? If so, there could be other communities in danger!

The first wave of invaders was quelled, thanks to many who came to defend the Royal Family and the Kingdom of Dawn. But the hooded stranger was not among the bodies found outside the Royal Palace when the fighting subsided, and the moongate remained open, shimmering in the afternoon light.



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I hope to serve you well Lake Superior! *new reporter incoming*
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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010, 5:07 AM EDT by Derium of LS (LakeSuperior)
Hi all! This is Derium of LS letting you all know that I will be annoy...er, reporting for you on Lake Superior! Some of you know me as a founder of the LS Mage Tower. Some of you know me as the creepy guy who stares at you while standing at Brit West Bank. Some of you do not know me at all, so let me tell you a bit about me and my goals.

I have played on Lake Superior since 1998. I spent a big deal of time PvPing, hosting events, and even standing at the blacksmith shop. Oh, and I also littered my corpses all over the cross roads more times that I care to remember...

I hold dear to me the old days of Ultima Online, and I feel history is important to us all. As such, I wish to cover the goings on of current Fel and also interview people who were there for great moments such as the Trinsic invasion. I wish to encourage newer players to immerse themselves into what it was like back before they played.

I also care deeply about the current community and making it stronger. I will do everything in my power to not only report on, but assist in helping people come together for a common cause. So please do not hesitate to contact me! I am here to serve you - the community, and the great shard of Lake Superior!

Until next time, this has been Derium. I hope to bring you some good news soon!
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Taming Hour Tonight, 8:00PM PST
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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010, 3:27 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Zoo Taming Hour tonight (6-13-2010) @ 8 PM PST (11 PM EST)

Moonglow Zoo, Trammel.

Thankye, WildStar!
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Campfire Tales and Stories Night Takes a Strange Turn
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Posted on Sunday, June 13, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
Last evening I had the honor of joining both EM Nathael and EM Kasaven along with many others for a nice quiet time listening to campfire tales and stories (or at least that’s what I thought when I arrived.). The group had gathered around the campfire that sits right outside the EM Rewards Hall in Malas and enjoyed some lighthearted banter in the shadowy dark of a woods on an warm summers evening. The flames from the fire illuminating the small area as we waited for Nathael to decide to time was right to start the tales.

Nathael asked if anyone was willing to share a story of their own before he told his. Rotep and Va'lis Razele both chimed in stating they each had a tale to share with everyone. After a few minutes of jokes gone wild about axes, acid vomit, crazed attacking deer and wild fires the group got settled down enough for Rotep to tell his tale.

The Tale of Jimmy a mischievous lad who loved to pull pranks on everyone around him. Till a elderly gentleman named Jangle Bones whom was known for his pranks in his youth decided to teach Jimmy a lesson. So he planned a elaborate joke involving Jimmy tripping face first into a pie. Only thing is Jangles prank went hideously wrong and Jimmy ended up scarred from injuries incurred during the prank. The tale then went on to escalate to murder and deadly haunting before it came to its end. Leaving Wild to guess the moral must have been. “That small pranks can get escalated into serious attacks.”, but Rotep said it really was “Don't abuse pie.” Though EM Nathael referred to the tale as the story of Jim and the Face Stabbing.

Next up was Va'lis Razele and most everyone who knows him can guess what his tale was about… Blackrock. He told the story of a man who wanted power and saw blackrock as his way of achieving it. From trying to force the rock to bend to his will to seeking out wisps in the hope of learning their secrets. Va’Lis then tossed a piece of Blackrock on the ground and chanted the words to cast the Armageddon spell causing a giant explosion that blew poor EM Nathael up into the trees.

At long last it was EM Nathaels turn to share his tale with us. I know I personally had waited all evening to see what kind of story weaver our new EM was. So I leaned a bit forward and watched and listened to him. He pointed at the book he was holding. The same one he had carried the night before at the RBG meeting. He then said “As you can see, this is “The Tale of Tobias and Razzle.” Natheal then flipped open the book and took a deep breath. Followed by clearing his throat and taking a small sip of water before he spoke again.

EM Nathaels told an enthralling tale of a poor boy named Tobias who lived in a underground hideaway who befriended a common brown rat and named him Razzle. The boy and the rat, who enjoyed riding on the boys shoulder, were inseparable for years and a strong bond grew between them. Like most great stories tragedy struck and the rat became ill and died, causing Tobias to become a shell of the happy person he was before. Till he rediscovered a book titled “Magic Lessons Volume One" along with a rucksack of discarded withered reagents he had found in Trinsic years before and has put away and forgot he had in his possession.

Wanting to bring back to life his rat friend Razzle he studied the book and thought he found a way to do it. As Nathael read the words of power from the book a swarm of ratmen, spiders and snakes appeared out of the thin air around the story enthralled group and attacked us. Most of the listeners were quick to grab arms and fire off spells at the new threat, as soon as one foe was slain another one seemed to just appear to replace it. Many brave listeners fell in battle only to have returned to reengage the magically spawned horde. The battle lasted for quite a while before no more foes were to be found in the area to slay.

After the last monster fell the party gathered around the fire once again and Nathael acted like he was surprised of what just happened. He questioned if he should keep reading the tale or just toss the book straight into the fire. He asked the gathered people what they thought he should do, and most everyone asked him to continue with the story.

So Nathael once again started reading the story to the gathered people making it a point not to reread the part that had caused the spawn of monsters. He read of Tobias coming to an decision to sneak into Trinsic and steal a more advanced spellbook from the Encyclopedia Magicka shop. Breaking into the shop through a window Tobias found the book he was looking for “Magic Lessons - Volume Four, Advanced Edition.” Along with that he also found a small pouch of reagents that he took too. Taking the tome back to just outside his lair Tobias ignored the warnings in the front of the book and dug for the powerful spell he wanted to return his beloved friend back to him. He found the spell he thought would do it and started to cast it. Unfortunately Tobias Ignoring the directions on how many reagents to use and overdid one of them. Once again Nathael read the magic words Tobias had found in the book out loud and more monsters spawned around the listening group.

The difference this time was the assemblage was ready for a fight with many having gone and gotten their pets just in case. While others had friends join us just in case this would happen again. It was a quick and very bloody battle but once again The story listeners won the day.

Everyone now wanted to know what happened to Tobias so EM Nathael was encouraged to finish the tale. When he found his place in the book again Nathael read that Tobias had summoned the denizens in the story just like the assembly of people around the campfire had just fought. Tobias in fear had retreated into his hideaway and worried about what trouble the creatures he caused to spawn would make. In anger over what he had done Tobias ripped pages out of the book till he saw a spell on one page that gave him an idea. He would become a rat just like his long lost friend. At this point Nathael didn’t want to read the words of power from the book, but the gathered group pushed him to read them in hopes of more combat. So he read the words and unexpectedly transformed into a rat himself. EM Kasaven quickly took control of the situation because all poor Nathael could do was squeak at everyone.

Kasaven picked up the dropped book and finished reading the book to the gathered people in the hopes of finding a way to return Nathael to his former human form, but there was no clue there. That’s when Kasaven realized the clues to return him to his former self were in the story itself. Kasaven then remembered that there was a type of wand found at the Encyclopedia Magika, in Trinsic that could return Nathael to his former self. Everyone then gated to Trinsic and found Merlu the mage in the magic shop, where he was questioned about the wand. We wanted a wand of transformation but he informed us that they were out of stock. He did suggest we go to the Sorcerers Delight in Northern Britain, and seek out Cann the Mage.

Once again the party gated to Britain and searched down Cann who informed us that the new wands had not been inventoried yet and were in the upstairs of the shop. Everyone rushed up the stairs and found the needed wands in a box on an table along with a book telling how to use them.

Everyone then returned to the campfire where Nathael the rat waited for help. Everyone motioned their wands and said the chant to return him back into his human form. EM Nathael was grateful to everyone for helping him become human again and thanked all those who took part in it.

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[RP NEWS] Report to Queen Dawn from Carinthian
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Posted on Sunday, June 13, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
The following report was received from a courier **Report to Queen Dawn from Carinthian,
Elected Commander of the True Britannian**                                     Queen Dawn,       I begin with an introduction.  My name is Carinthian WorldWalker.  I am a sworn Order Knight in the service of the Hidden the Kingdom of Lore. Our Kingdom is a small, independent nation of Virtue located outside the borders of Britannia in distant Malas.    I am the captain of a small intershardal expeditionary force sent on a mission to find the world known as, "First Shadow". Our quest has taken us across the multiverse, spanned countless years, and until we arrived in these lands a few months ago; met with little success.  It is our belief that this Sosaria, is in fact the land we have been seeking.     Since that discovery, our mission has changed from one of aimlessly searching the worlds of the multiverse, to one of focused preparation in anticipation of the arrival of our King to this land. I can not go into details but a key aspect of that preparation involves supporting Britannia in re-establishing virtue, law and order to the Dark Facet.      To that end we have joined forces with the True Britannan Army and have successfully liberated Felucca from enemy hands.                                     Magincia remains under the protection of the Council of Mages in your name.  After initial skirmishes with the Council, and the Field Commanders of the Council and True Britannian forces came to terms that would grant uncontested control of the ruins of Magincia to the Council Soldiers provided they swore oaths to serve as the Wards of Queen Dawn over the Magincia territory while agreeing to establish and abide by Britannian law.  We are unsure whether the Commanders of the Council were working independently or under the direct orders of the Council hierarchy.  It is our hope that this is a sign of political progress with the Council and such an alliance can be made more permanent. The following pages of the report that outline a Strategic Defense and Economic Recovery Plan aimed at: 1) Establishing firm military control of Crown Cities 2) Rebuilding the Feluccan Economy.  [To Be Continued]

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Strange Mares Found And The Threat To Napa Continues! (recap)
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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings Fellow Britannians!


Since the colored Mares fiasco with Harry, I've had a run in with a band of Orcs. They've kept me so darned busy, including setting fire to my quill stash and using my scroll stock to line their floorboards. Neighbors, what's a girl to do? I sure hope they move soon...

But, on with the News!

That night was a bramble patch. Lady Maya, so newly back from her illness, was given leave to gather the Royal Guard to investigate a rumor of some unusual colored Mares being brought up in Trammel. This information, we were told, came from Gorn. The gargoyle himself, though currently banned by Queen Dawn from Britannia for his decidedly dangerous and ill conceived bargain with Mesanna, is still seeking the culprit behind the mutations.

Detective Jayden Marcus was unfortunately absent from this affair, though Lady Maya assured us that he would be wanting answers from us soon and had not given up hope that we would locate the who behind it all.





Opening a gate to the location Gorn had given, the Guard piled through expecting a herd of horses, ponies, mounts, trusted steeds. We were greeted by their caretaker, one by the name of Harry that was rudely on alert at our intrusion.



Instantly upon arrival it was apparent that these were anything but normal horses. Not only did their coats boast a rainbow assortment of bright colors, but they viciously attacked like the dreaded Nightmares in Malas. I must tell you that their magery rivaled that of our most feared dungeon opponents. It was quickly clear that these “mares” were no ordinary horses. It was several deaths later that we were able to organize and ready ourselves for attack. And attack we did.









One of the Mares launched an area attack that meant instant death to every Guard member within range. One second they were battling, the next, the gray haze of the afterlife. Truly horrendous creatures, these Mares.



Another Mare, a bright blue, moved like a paragon in Ilshenar. How had this madman Harry done this? Surely he must be a cohort of Jenkins and those who hired him.







I followed a second Guard force moving off from the first and found another insanely mutated breed. A Unicorn. But instead of a glowing white coat, I found something blackened and shining like a creature from the void. Britannia's Guard was fighting it off as best they were able.





I did not see the caretaker, Harry, running up behind me yelling and carrying on as if his herd were something normal seen running around our land. I could only stare and wonder at what this man had been playing at breeding these monstrosities.



The battle with the Unicorn continued, roaming over the area as the others joined in. It was by far the hardest battle of the evening. The creature carried the ability to summon dark copies, turning the Guard against itself as Lady Maya watched it all with grave concern.











As a high level Tamer, I moved to a more advantageous location to study the true capacity of this being. It was unlike any Unicorn we'd ever encountered.





After the last beast fell, Lady Maya bade us all return to the Castle. Harry hastened through the gate and followed her to the platform. Discussions ranged throughout about the keys the Mares carried about their necks. Some had found those keys fit Harry's personal chests. Bottles holding a strange purple liquid were found inside. These potions had been responsible for the strange beasts we had just witnessed.

Upon hearing this, Lady Maya moved to question Harry, he stood with smug indifference before her.
When asked who he was working for, he refused to answer. Saying instead, 'You and your people will pay dearly!' His laughter followed.

Lady Maya attempted to soothe him by apologizing but he ignored her and continued on, 'And you thought Mesanna was evil?' A gasp from Lady Maya and he was gone. Vanished before all present.



Does he know the one we seek? Is he the next tool on our culprits list? It would be a small list of suspects were we to include only those whose evil went beyond the Dark Queen, Mesanna's. I tremble with dread at one such person, for there is few that would fit that bill. Has she returned to our land after so long being gone? I pray I am mistaken.

Lady Maya retired shortly after that. Worn no doubt, and in need of taking the news to both Queen Dawn and the esteemed Detective Marcus.

We must keep watch. For Britannia may well be in greater danger than we supposed. Be ready Napa, be ready.



For this event, there were three available items. I spoke briefly with 'Lady Maya' regarding the drop information and she assured me that damage had absolutely nothing to do with the loot received. If you were able to get looting rights, then you stood an equal chance of getting one of the items. It also had nothing to with in game luck... more luck of the draw. This was intentional, I assume the decision was made due to issues of lag and other.

For each of the Mares fought a key dropped, I believe this could be found in a satchel on the body. Also, for each Mare, there was a horse statue mirroring the Mare killed. Again, the drop was entirely random and followed the looting rules of say, killing Lady Mel. Each his own until the timer drops whats left to the body.









The keys fit the boxes at the site, and inside the looter found purple potion bottles. These were timed and were to be turned in to Lady Maya. I had a difficult time getting images of the items and unfortunately, I did not get them all. The key included.



'Lady Maya' did allow me to take a shot of the bottles... THANKS! And to everyone who allowed me to get one of your statue... thank you and congrats!

Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin
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Rosa the Brigand Hosts Benefit Dinner
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Posted on Sunday, June 13, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)


On the evening of Friday the 11th of June, a few gullible souls began to gather at the First Bank of New Britain to attend a fund raiser hosted by the Old Brigands Home [OBH]. (Really? Is there such a thing?)



In exchange for a hundred gold coins you could help yourself to an engraved meal sack containing watermelon, sugar cookies, and your choice between Quiche or Britannian Meat Pie (rumored to be made of 100% Lean BDA Choice Sewer Rat). Geriatrics, Oracles, Slaves, Snowball Throwing Tamers, and a Brigand who wished to invest in his retirement came from far and wide to indulge in the feast for a (good?) cause.

Strangely, the Town Guard of Britain was no where to be seen. (And sure enough the storehouse for the Salty Dog Tavern was robbed a couple hours before the Fund Raiser). But even more alarming is the disappearance of "Ol' Gran," a senile old brigand who is known for wandering out on his own without pants on.

If you see a elderly man wandering the streets without any pants on, please contact Rosa the Brigand.
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Notes on the Royal Britannian Guard Introductory Meeting June 10th, 2010
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Posted on Sunday, June 13, 2010, 6:49 AM EDT by Vallend (Catskills)
The other evening I received word that there was a large group of individuals, along with both of the EMs, at the EM hall. This piqued my curiosity so I jumped on my mount and headed over there to see what was going on. I entered the hall to find some sort of meeting going on, and noticed the EMs were sitting in the crowd along with everyone else listening to a single person standing in front of them all talking to the gathered group. I quietly took a seat to listen in on what was being said so I could find out what the meeting was about. (later I did find out that it was the Royal Britannian Guard Introductory Meeting organized by players who wish to more actively roleplay.)

Glancing through the gathered people I noticed EM Nathael , Catskills new EM, sitting in the second row paying attention to what was being said. I took a quick visual measure of our new EM because this was the first time I had saw him in person. He wore a simple green robe with only a black sash across it and had a book grasped in his hands. Leaning forward in my seat I could see a title on the book.. “The Tale of Tobias and Razzle”. Not a book I had heard of before. I wondered if it had special meaning to Nathael? I made a mental note to someday soon get together with Nathael and interview him to find out more about him.

I noticed then that the speaker was a vampire and was talking about coming to the aid of all the mortals in this land. That will teach me to come into a meeting in the middle of it. I normally don’t socialize with vampires, it may be because of the whole “I want to drink your blood!” thing. That made me ponder for a split second if my blood would taste like acid to an vampire being that I was a Paladin from a holy order. My attention quickly snapped back to what was being said in the room as I put off my wandering thoughts for another day.

Pandora: I assure you, we are not unclean. Most in our coven are very ancient, very powerful. So we will prove to be valuable in battle. At the calling of the Lords Kasaven and Nathael, we shall come to the aid of all mortals in this land. My city lies just south west of Umbra, a bit past the evil city of the LICH. I have a feeling they will prove to be adversary to our goal of unification. Does anyone have any questions for us?
Marius: *raises hand*
Pandora: Marius?
Marius: A "good" vampire you say?
Pandora: More of a repentful one. *winks*
Marius: Ah, thank you.
Wild: they don’t drink human blood..... anymore
Pandora: We've been awoken to help and assist to unify Sosaria. Actually, we do not drink human blood by force anymore. Mortals are on occasion willing donates.
Wild: ohhh, got it
Marius: and you feel up to dealing with LICH and Ix Tab?
Pandora: Our lady, Cherry Spy encountered her already in Luna
Pandora: And we assisted in pushing back her forces off Red Skull Bay.
EM Kasaven: Aye, I saw thus.
Pandora: And I haven't met a lich that has taken me down yet, so... I am confident.

The Vampire who I learned was named Pandora took her seat and Catlord stepped up front to introduce the next speaker.

CatLord: new haven mayor Dove Reanna
Dove Reanna: *smiles* Thank you! I have not spoken in front of so many..
CatLord: small detail. New haven deputy mayor. The mayor came from the future so he won’t ever lose his rank. He won’t lose his pension... you have the floor.

You could hear a slight murmur of confusion from those gathered as many who were in the room wasn’t sure of whom CatLord was speaking of.

CatLord: background! The mayor in Haven came from the future. That is all.
Dove Reanna: Thank you. I am Dove Reanna. I was given the honor to be deputy mayor of haven. I have been to see the whole town now, I was used to the old Haven. Very different *smiles* If anyone has anything to bring up to me feel free to ask. *looks around*
EM Nathael: *raises hand*
Dove Reanna: *looks over* yes?
EM Nathael: Can you clarify what happened to the mayor? The um, one from the future? *scratches head in bewilderment*
Dove Reanna: hmmm
EM Kasaven: *Always thought James was mayor*
Rotep:No better excuse to just grab power than saying you're from the future
Dove Reanna: I was told he’s locked in his room *laughs*
EM Nathael: Perhaps he lost the key!
Rotep: James is mayor there was an election
Dove Reanna: *smiles*
Rotep: we had a corrupt politician and everything
EM Nathael: (is the original mayor an NPC?)
Kalmar: Pardon...
Rotep:(no one said the corrupt politician didn't win)
Dove Reanna: James had been elected and vanished for a long time
Kalmar:Who is James, m'lady?
Rotep: James has been around the whole time
Dove Reanna: *looks to Catlord*
Rotep: you just started holding meetings without telling him
Dove Reanna: honestly I am not fully sure of the past mayor
Wild: 9 months went by without James around before meetings were held. I believe…
CatLord: the mayor is a npc in haven
Rotep: James has always been around
CatLord: his story is he came from the future. Like the entire town did then there was an election on Stratics, not in game, and James won on Stratics again. So we decided better a bunny man than none. Then we worked on improving the town and held meetings each month on the top of the warrior building. To which bunny never showed.
Rotep: the elections were held in the game
CatLord:nope
Rotep: he did. There was a book in aegis
CatLord: so when we saw him missing.. Aegis isn’t haven, and if you check his title it says Aegis enemy
Rotep: No one said it wasn't an incredibly corrupt election
CatLord: maybe he is getting double pay. Silly rabbit.
Dove Reanna: *giggles*
CatLord: anyhow……
Rotep: what title?
CatLord: We all got together and voted and again we got deceived. The uss baat'leb voted on themselves. So we got 7 clones to share deputy mayor rank, and last week dove arrived, and before she had time to say cawabunga. We voted her for deputy mayor and that is it.
Rotep: Well no one said anything about deputy mayor
Rotep: James is mayor
CatLord: npc has title. Haven has an electoral circle and dove got the entire vote of the electoral college. Don’t blame me.
Rotep: that guy is shady
EM Kasaven:Does the current mayor know about the...
CatLord: I don’t make the rules
EM Kasaven: deputy mayor?
CatLord: the current mayor is a npc. We didn’t want to take over the town: so all we elected was a deputy mayor and kept the mayor rank in a npc. You know the old story. Power corrupts... specially if you are a rabbit. So she got 1005 of the electoral votes. 100% into deputy mayor
Dove Reanna: yes?
EM Kasaven: So what happens to James, who claims to be mayor?
CatLord: he can do anything he pleases. ooc of character. He said he is working a lot. new job: and can’t do it. However.. We did not step on him. We waited months. Real months. Not game months
CatLord: when there was no other option
EM Kasaven: Thinks will absolve themselves I suppose.
CatLord: we established new deputy and also James is one of the best rpers in the shard. At no point in our history he will be dismissed ignored or aggravated, but we do need an active town leader. So the lady got the job.
Wild: please continue dove
EM Kasaven:I am sure we are in good hands.
Dove Reanna: thank you. I would like to meet him yes..
Rotep: Wednesdays at 9pm at Ques tavern James is always there
Dove Reanna: well I had put a couple things out to CatLord mostly for the enjoyment of Sosaria. One being a guild day, bringing guild together into haven for a sort of festival. Oh.. Let new travelers see different people and find out about the guilds. That is my basic thought.
EM Nathael: Ah-ha! Here we go.
Dove Reanna: please contact me should you have any concerns about Haven. Thank you.

Dove then took her seat and Catlord stood up to introduce the next speaker.

CatLord: And the new haven captain. Cyric Algadon Thank you for coming
Cyric Algalon: First off, sorry for my lateness. Secondly, I am both the captain and quartermaster for the New Haven chapter- anyone needing their gear should contact me or any of the corporals. A big welcome to Dove, as well. Haven is a lucky town! Basically, the role of the New Haven RBG is to support Dove in any of her endeavors, as well as train to fight off any threats, such as Ix Tab...and I hear the ophidians are all stirred up out in the Lost Lands again.
Pandora: I heard that myself, sir.
Pandora: Phidian blood is most tasteful.
Cyric Algalon: Eesh. well...to each their own.
Rotep: they have a reason
Cyric Algalon: If anyone has any questions about our role in Haven, or about joining the guard, please feel free to contact me. Our office is currently located in the EyE, outside of Vesper. As currently housing is not permitted on the island of haven itself. *bows*

Cyric then took his seat and CatLord announced the next speaker.

CatLord: you tell them... Let’s see… Alan. Your abyss outpost force
Alan Jenks: Yes sir?
CatLord: want to share with us, its purpose? Even if you have no clue.. Come and make up. *chuckles*
Alan Jenks: Good Evening. I am Alan Jenks, Captain of the Abyss outpost
Alan Jenks: Yes Lord Podolak?
Podolak: Alan I hear you have linked many guilds and communities to your outpost
Alan Jenks: yes
Podolak: So this is a gateway to allow much of the community to interact and protect the area as originally designed? Also, wonderful construction might I add.
Alan Jenks: Though The Queen has not chosen to reveal her purpose in the Abyss just yet. Thank you. We have chosen our location wisely.
Podolak: Well I must say how you've interconnected various guilds and communities is quite amazing. I'd like to personally applaud your efforts. Well done good man.
Alan Jenks: It was the will of the Queen. I am just a means to exorcise that will. Besides, it wouldn’t make a very good vendor mall. *smiles* Our defenses are quite adequate for now..
Pandora: Alan?
Alan Jenks:Yes Miss?
Pandora: Count on my coven to provide assistance if need be.
Alan Jenks: By all means. All are welcome and needed
Kalmar: Aye, I am the lady's liaison to the RBG, can send word out to her in no time.
Alan Jenks: Indeed. We have fast access for all. Our location is well chosen. We have found a small valley on the southwest border only accessible from the East. With a large pixie camp on our Northeast flank, and a series of valleys to the east protecting us from the Daemon camp. So what few stragglers make it to the outpost are obliterated, but we cannot be too proud. Are there any questions so far?
CatLord: thank you brother
Alan Jenks: My pleasure
CatLord: Next. We received a letter from the Oracle... So the Letter introduced an Order of Magi its spokesman is Va'lis

That is when yet another vampire stepped forward this one well known by many.

Va'lis Razele: So, some of you I know...some I don't. So for those I don't, I’m Va'lis Razele. For those that do... *grins* Yes I’m carrying blackrock. Anyway, I am in need of several bodies strong in magic and even those that are only beginning to show their powers, they can be taught. For in the days to come, it is easy to see that magic will change what we see, as it always has. In Wind, the haven of magic, we will reside and train those new to using their gift. So that when the lands are threatened, we will be able to prove a powerful force when combined.. with our brothers in arms. Now then, are there any questions for me?
Wild: did you have any luck on acquiring that parcel of land?
Va'lis Razele: Not as of yet.
Mallick the Mad: would you train both the dark and light of the weave
Va'lis Razele: Though if I do, I intend to create a place for young mages to be.
Va'lis Razele: Yes, I will train both magery and necromancy. Anything else? I take that as a no..
CatLord:and to wrap this up each captain has the support of the other captains. Each deputy mayor or town leader, supports the others and each of us support the rest. If haven is attacked we use the network and move there. If the abyss outpost is attacked we go there. If umbra or wind is attacked we can roll there. Each of us... alone... just a piece... together... we're a tsunami! Finishing this so last sentence. Alone I would have given up on all of this long ago, but thanks to having blood brothers like gilbert and mathena.. a great gm like oriana, and new friends showing up each day. Plus a partner in crime... wild there. So my thank you to all of you. All would be pointless. Any last questions?
EM Nathael: *raises hand*
CatLord: nathael?
EM Nathael: Not so much a question, but just a brief thought regarding the royal guard idea overall. May I?
CatLord: all yours the floor is yours

Nathael then moved to the front of the room to address the gathered group.

EM Nathael: I would just like to take a brief moment to mention that, as was stated before, Kasaven and I cannot guarantee EM involvement in your stories as they unfold, however! The more active your independent RBG groups are, and the more each group tries to actively involve the Catskills community as a whole, the more likely we will be able to work some fiction in for you in the future to support your ongoing stories and events. Fair enough? And as much as we'd like to be able to, we will not be able to have a training grounds built that is the equivalent of the one on Sonoma Shard. *frowns* The work involved for Mesanna would be way to taxing.

After that point the meeting broke up with many going with Pandora to visit the new Vamp’s Lair. Those of you who may want to try your hand at Roleplaying can find RBG members in New Haven. As for the mystery book carried by EM Nathael, well I found out about it the hard way the following night. That is a tale I will share soon with everyone…

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Sara & JINX's New Museum Now Open!
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Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)



Last night, citizens gathered for "ooh"ing, "aah"ing, and more than one kind of helping of pie as Sara and JINX unveiled the long awaited New Museum and Vendor House in Luna. EM Crysania made an appearance, and did her fair share of "ooh"ing.

Visitors for the grand opening were treated to pies and ale but an unexpected provocation resulted in a museum-wide pie-throwing fight! It's not every day that you're treated to being able to see items virtually impossible to see anywhere else, and certainly not every day you do so while trying to dodge flying custard. Fortunately, only a handful of museum artifacts were broken during the fight, and none of value.

The first floor contains book and tavern rares, as well as a rune library and the house teleporter to the Abyss:



The museum's second floor:



A much more darkly themed third floor:



And the roof!



But, hold... who was this with pie in her face? Not refined, distinguished EM Crysania... Whose righteous retribution might she have provoked that knocked her to the ground and left her picking crust out of her hair?

*pauses, momentarily afflicted with writer's block*

Citizens! Be sure to stop by Sara and JINX's New Museum and Vendor Mall in Luna. Here is an extremely short, random list of some of the unique things you'll see! Be sure to note the Minstrel's Harp, which may make many a bard envious, for there are only three known remaining in existence (Seppo's doesn't count!).



A Shard of the Gem of Immortality
A Minstrel's Harp
Cotton Spun from Bits of Santa's Scruffy Beard
A Knitting
Daemonic Pain Needles
Grim Warning
A Dragon Egg
Goblin Finger Paints
Goblin Paint Spill
Goblin Oil
Goblin Bedroll
Ghost Ship Anchor
Essence of Empowerment
Essence of Destiny
Essence of Divinity
Essence of Renewal
Yatterberry Bush
Death Vortex
Void Core
Tear of Sacrifice
Ettin eyeballs
Crude Corroded Manacles
Obsidian
A Diseased Seed



Nest with Eggs
Sugar Apple
Jawbreaker Gum
Naughty Switches
Figgy Pudding
Lemon Fudge
Lemon Lime
Sasparilla
Basin of Crystal Clear Water
Cave Dweller Fur Robe
Arachnid Libram
A Blackrock Engineer's Toolbox
Moonberry Rose
A Brief collection of Fictitious Works Related to Ter Mur
Irish Dancing Shoes
Golden Brew Tavern's Pumpkin Wine
Yule log
Calm "...before the storm"
Ornithologist's Map
Deed to a Green Tent
Deed to a Blue Tent
Legu Ryi the Malevolent Demonic Claws
A petal from the Golden Lotus of Heaven
I Died Multiple Times on Baja and All I Got Was This Lousy Shirt!



Thankye, Sara and Jinx for creating such a marvelous public service building!
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Barding the Dragon
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Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2010, 3:38 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

flowerrule


Or 'what the best dressed swampy is wearing this year'



  • With the recent changes to Dragon Barding we felt that it needed a dedicated page. You can find it listed under 'miscellaneous' or linked from the item catalogue page.

  • Work is now completed on Public Rune Libraries, All shards now have at least two current rune library listings, however if anyone else would like their library included I'm happy to add them. Please send me the following details

    • House name

    • Your name (sponsor)

    • Co-ordinates of the house and facet

    • Brief description of the facilities available

  • The 'Hunters for Hire' listings are now open.
    If you wish to be added please send me the following details:

    • Your name

    • Guild abbreviaton

    • Level of map you are willing to dig

    • Contact information (eg icq#)

    • Will dig for a fee (yes/no)

  • More statistics have been entered into Hunter's guide many thanks to Gortman.

  • The 'pic of the week' has been updated. Apologies for neglecting that recently


We are still in need of:- Images of Mistral and Tempest. Data for those two, Grim and Flurry




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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[EM News] *Hands a Posey in Thanks*
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Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
From the Baja EM Website:

I want to say a big thank you to those who have donated flowers and seeds to Seppo and me! They are beautiful and most appreciated! Back to work planting! *Hands Seppo gardening gloves*

Thankye, citizens, for helping Crysania and Seppo recover from their recent house fire. You can find their latest domestic efforts by taking the portal outside the EM Office in north Britain. The white mailbox is for the EMs.
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[EM] Regatta and Closing
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Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;

This Sunday we will be finishing off the Britannian Games (finally!) with the Sosarian Regatta. A ship race around Tokuno. Afterwards we will be closing the Britannian Games at the Fairgrounds with an announcement of the winners.

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




Sosarian Regatta – Sunday, June 13 at 8 pm CST. Meet at the Luna Fairgrounds.


You can find more information here [a new link to the old website]


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The Prophecies Foretold, Part 3
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Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010, 3:27 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
From the Baja EM Website:

Looking down at the two fragments of map lying side by side on the small table, Beh-lem walked slowing around it. He bent closer to examine first one side and then the next.

Sighing, he straightened up and flexed his wings out to release the tension he felt growing in his shoulders. Standing once more at the table he decided it was just no use trying to figure out where the Scroll was hidden by studying just these two pieces. The other two fragments needed to be found... and soon. The pendant he wore was growing brighter each day and colder to the touch. Time was growing short in the race to find the scroll and prevent the extinction of the Gargoyle race.

Beh-lem had been to speak with the Thief Master just this day and the words he was told were not such as he wanted to hear. The Thief Master had learned the name of the 3rd person who held a fragment, but that was the extent of his news. It seems that the man had disappeared into the dark voids of the realm. No one knew where he was or anything about the map fragment he supposedly held.

“How are we to find this man if no one knows of him?” he had asked the Thief Master.

The Thief Master hand answered saying that He needed more time to ask others further out in the realms. Indeed he would do a thorough search of the whole of the realm until he had answers for Beh-lem.... He would find out more, but the task of finding information about this one was proving more difficult than the previous two had.

”I must let the citizens of the realm know about this”, Beh-lem decided. They had fought bravely and endured much bloodshed and deaths in the previous battles for the map fragments. They needed to know that as soon as the ThiefMaster had word from the people he seeked in the search for this man, they would be told and to be ready for battle once more.

Turning, Beh-lem walked out the door, headed towards Castle Britannia to give word to Queen Dawn, Queen Zhah, and the Brave Citizens the latest news in this desperate search.

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Editor's note: Based on this latest report from Beh-lem, we speculate that there will not be an EM event on Friday unless the EM website is updated otherwise. We shall keep thee posted, citizens!

To Beh-Lem and the Thief Master: Our thanks, and continue your diligent search for clues to the next map fragment!
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Notice posted in certain unsavory spots
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Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010, 2:07 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
FAQ for this upcoming ongoing event: 1) Nestor, are these assignments available in Trammel? NO! This is a Fel event. 2) How do we gather proof the assignment was completed? There will be documents to be looted either on the corpse of from a red chest. 3) What are the rewards? How Many will be given out. I am still trying to get the rewards “cleared”, at minimum there will be a scoreboard area for recognition for bragging rights. 4) How long will this event run? I envision a few months. 5) What type of assignments will there be? This organization engages in many illegal activities, gambling, loan sharking, etc. , these assignments will be to clear the balance sheet by spilling the target’s blood.
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[EM][Player Stories] The Rage of a Daemon Queen, as told by Pleb
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Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

I have just received another report on the events of last Saturday, from another member of the Children of Darkness. This report is from Pleb. (You know... all you non-Children of Darkness out there can send me stuff too!)
Pleb hadn't been in Britain much recently, having journeyed to the island states to learn of its histories and traditions. But was back now at the bidding of his recently returned Dark Queen.

Pleb robe through the streets of Britain, summoned by the Dark Queen he had long thought lost to Sosaria.

He was travelling to a meeting at the Counsellor’s Meeting Hall to hear Lord Kasaven speak to the masses about a new dread menace that was threatening the whole world.

Upon arriving at the hall he dismounted and entered to see a large crowd jostling for space in the cramp building. Spotting a familiar sight not seen for many a year, he pushed his way through to stand by Pandora.
"Hail Dark Lady, tis an honour to serve at your side again" then a little quieter added "Even if it is at the side of the living".
After pleasantries were exchanged Pleb sat down next to Pandora and waited for the Arrival of Kasaven who was expected to arrive shortly to start this unusual meeting.

Pleb watched as many more of the living entered and found places for them selves, taking special attention when the United Pirates swaggered into the room. Thinking to him self "Pirate have a reputation for drinking too much, what use did they have in this gathering". But kept his thoughts to himself as Pandora seemed to be interested in their arrival.
Kasaven eventually arrived and started the meeting and proceeded to explain about a demoness called Ix Tab and her recent theft of a crystal fragment that in the wrong hands could be devastating to the world as a whole and that all the peoples of the land needed to put aside their differences and stand as one against this menace.

Kasaven reported that there were reports of attacks on Luna and I was shocked and then heartened to learn that our very own Cherry Spy had been instrumental in defying the beast and defeating her minions.

He also reported the rumours of dead pirates returning to life and attacking coastal communities, and that through his investigations had discovered that an attack was going to take place shortly and was requesting that all present would accompany him and help him drive off this attack.
The meeting finished with Kasaven opening a portal straight to the threatened community and following Pandora I stepped into the swirling mists.
Upon arriving we set up ambush for the attack and as it wasn't long before we saw the long sunk ships of dread pirates and their crews rise from the depths and start to attack the town. The stout defenders of Sosaria attacked with full fury and determination to defeat this foul uprising and we were soon knee deep in blood and the dieing. Surprisingly the United Pirates stood side by side with Pandora and the other defenders and were as ferocious as any around them.

I stationed my self at the rear of the battle were the attackers were lightest to aid the fallen with my dark healing powers and to defend others who were doing a similar duty in patching fallen comrades and sending them back into battle.

I wasn't present at the retrieval of the crystal fragment, and was informed by my Dark Queen that the battle was long and fierce. Unfortunately the foul creature escaped but her ability to wreck mayhem and carnage had been weaken for now, though I suspect that she will lick her wounds and make her diabolical plans to enslave and destroy us when she is ready.
When this will be, nobody can guess but it is sure to be brutal and without warning.

Don't forget, EM Nathael is holding an event he has named Campfire Tales and Stories tomorrow night! You know what would be really nice? If somebody sent a message to [email protected] with a transcription of all of the stories told, just in case I can't make it!
You know what would be even nicer? If other people also sent in their opinions of these stories!
(while negative reviews will be accepted, make sure they're still nice and constructive - blatant insults will be rejected)

Oh! And you know what is happening after Friday? The weekend! Lots of stuff happens on the weekend! Let us all know about it by sending stories of what fun things you do this weekend to, you guessed it, [email protected]

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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Sara & JINX's New Museum/Mall Opening, Friday @ 6PST
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Sara & JINX would like to cordially invite you to the Grand Opening of their New Museum/Vendor House this Friday night, June 11th, from 6 to 7 PM PST. Stop on by and check out the new place, and visit with friends. There will be drinks, snacks, and prizes. (Vendors will not be assigned during the Grand Opening.)



Hope to see you all there.

JINX & Sara
___________

Thankye for the invitation, JINX and Sara! The new Museum & Vendor mall is located in east Luna, directly across from Sara & JINX's current, popular vendor mall.

Citizens, Friday looks to be packed with activity. Don't forget:

Friday, June 11
5-6PM PST (8-9 EST) - Old Brigand Home Benefit Dinner, WBB.
6-7PM PST (9-10 EST) - Sara & JINX New Museum/Vendor Mall Opening, Luna.
8PM PST (11 EST) - EM Event? (subject to change, awaiting the Thiefmaster's confirmation), LBB Throne Room unless posted otherwise.


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Test Center - Publish 66.2 Available Today!
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


Posted to uoherald.com




Test Center - Publish 66.2 Available Today!

James Nichols 09 Jun 2010 17:35:19


Greetings!

We have the following changes coming to Test Center today. Please note that we are not doing a client update with this publish so those on Test Center may receive client errors while playing over the next week. Other than that have fun and we look forward to your feedback!

Publish 66.2 Notes

Endless Decanter of Water
To obtain, throw a full water pitcher at a water elemental (non summoned) there is a slight chance the elemental will throw back to the player a Endless Decanter of Water. The Decanter can then be linked to a water trough, as long as the player is within 5 tiles outside of a house or anywhere inside a house the Decanter will continuously refill itself.


Live Event - In the Shadow of Virtue: Rise of the Bane Chosen
Bane Chosen forces are battling the Ophidians in the lost lands. Players may join either side and the faction will reward them for their help. Both sides are most appreciative of players who push back the front line of the enemy (look for the army battle flag to find the front line). Speak with the recruiters in each faction camp to find out what they are fighting about. For each point of loyalty that you gain with a faction at war, you will lose 3 points of loyalty with their enemy so it does not pay to switch sides often. “Peril bonus” is a bonus to loyalty gain (and loss) when other players are assisting the enemy army. Double clicking the flag at each faction’s front line will tell you the progress of the spawn. Special quests are available at the faction camp when players reach 2000 loyalty to that faction. Special rewards are available if players assist a faction in routing the other faction from the field, but be warned, these armies are stubborn and will return! Quests are not available while a faction is routed.

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Official Very-Very Special Non-Event Update (#2):
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT by Fallon Valor (Atlantic)
ATLANTIC--And now the time has come to shed some light onto the judges and the prizes of the “Official 2010 Red & Purple Very-Very Special Non-Event Décor Contest”! What is this summer contest all about? The love of the game! Just have fun and put a little time in… and ENTER! Pick a theme… pick up some decorations… even the smallest prize will be worth your time. Your official Judges, also sponsors to the contest: Lady Frany Flame, owner - Red & Purple Mini Mall. Lady Kero, owner - Mystic Gardens. Andrasta, owner - Goodman's Rune Library Prizes: First Prize - Eleventh Year Collection, MASTER Token. You get; Fallen Log deed, Lamp Post, Hitching Post, Armor Engraving Tool, Earring of Protection, Ancestral Gravestone, Bulk Order Covers, Wooden Bookcase, Snow Tree, Maple Tree, Willow Tree. A boat-load of goodies. (29.99$us) Second Prize - Legacy Token. You choose between; The Hooded Shroud of Shadows, The Charger of the Fallen (like an ethereal, but anyone can ride regardless of account age) or the Full Green Soulstone (Use forever, no charges). (9.99$us) Third Prize (3x max) – Green or Red Lady Bug. Great for the garden. (7$us) Runner-Up Prize (5x max) – 1 Million Gold. *Only 1 prize per contestant! The amount of prizes depends on the number of participators. All item prizes can be found in the official Game Code Store. See? Even the Runner-Up prizes are more then the first place prize of other décor contests. The only way to guarantee you’ll loose is not make an effort and enter! Submissions must be in before June 18th, when the judging will begin. Reminders: New Event Center on the Step of the First Church of Candy, just to the east of the Red & Purple Mini Mall. Live event by Hawk of Atlantic: Event Date June 16th, that’s a Wednesday!
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Announcements From Gregory The Town Crier
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:42 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Announcements From Gregory The Town Crier Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Hall of Commons, Britain
By: Merik




Wednesday, June 9th @ 8:30pm ET
The next Summit at Her Majesty's Table will be held within Castle British. With Tavalia Zodok's whereabouts currently unknown who's to tell what may happen...?

Thursday, June 10th 6pm-10pm ET
Santiago announces another window for the Angling Tournament. Registration is open for this tournament. Please refer to the original Sons of the Sea Angling Tournament post for full details. Meet at the Sons of the Sea in Trinsic.

Sunday, June 13th @ 9pm ET
There will be a Hall of Commons meeting at the Hall of Commons north of the Britain Moongate.

Thursday, June 17th @ 8pm ET
An event geared towards the skills of the Rogue will be held. Details to follow. This will be in Felucca!

Saturday, June 19th @ 8pm ET
The Royal Guard will attempt to rescue Tavalia Zodok from her captors. Watch for fiction and further details!

Sunday, June 20th @ 9pm ET
There will be a Hall of Commons meeting at the Hall of Commons north of the Britain Moongate.
Tuesday, June 22nd @ 10pm ET
There will be a PvP Bagball contest. This will be in a Feluccan ruleset land. Details to follow.

Wednesday, June 23rd @ 8:30pm ET
A summit at Her Majesty's table will be held in Castle British. Watch for fiction and further details as this event approaches.

Sunday, June 27th @ 9pm ET
There will be a Hall of Commons meeting at the Hall of Commons north of the Britain Moongate.

Tuesday, June 29th @ 7pm ET
The Sosarian Solstice Fair opens once again. Bill of events to include Buc's Den Roulette, Arctic Arcanery, and Duck Hunting! Details on each event to follow as the Fair nears!

Guardians Gate
Reports of pending Orc offensive targeted at
Guardians Gate! Orc scout captured and questioned!
Orc offensive continues against Guardians Gate!
Orcs claim responsibility for Zodok's kidnapping!



Royal Guard Captain
Gareth defects from Royal Guard!
Declared enemy of the Crown!






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[EM] The Rage of a Daemon Queen, as told by Lady Pandora - Corrections
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 4:09 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

It has been brought to my attention that there was a mistake in Lady Pandora's recent report. It seems that, while Aedon was in Britain before the group left for Red Skull Bay, he did not follow and was not present during nor after the battle.
Pandora must have mistaken another warrior with Aedon because of the chaos of the battle... or worse! Perhaps there is an impostor attempting to steal the Aegis from Lord Durreah! No, no... that is just ridiculous - why would anybody want to pretend to be Aedon? It must have just been a simple case of mistaken identity.

My apologies to all, especially to Lord Durreah and Lady Pandora, for not being able to catch this mistake before printing the story.

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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[EM] The Rage of a Daemon Queen, as told by Lady Pandora
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Lady Pandora has written up a nice summary of the events that occurred this past Saturday, and has asked to share it with everybody.
The Unification of Sosaria for the Common Good began late on the eve of June 5th to defeat the menace known as Ix Tab and recover the crystal fragment that was now in her possession. The dreaded lady had issued warnings a few nights before, as reported previously by Cherry Spy, and has plans to attack one of Sosaria's prominent towns. The leaders of the land were now converging upon our great capital, Britain. Lord Kasaven would soon address us.

The room quickly filled. Soon only standing room was available. The pirates made their entrance, led by Hawkeye Pike, with an uncommon restraint and took their seats. Rotep and Kodoz, elders of the Guardians, brought many of their fold prepared for the fight that would soon follow. Aegis' main commander, Aedon Durreah, also brought those in his charge to the table. CatLord and the RGB were also in full attendance. We, the unwelcomed undead, stood front and center unafraid of the reactions our pale white skin and fierce eyes might get.

Before Lord Kasaven took the podium, I introduced myself. "Greetings and good eve'. I am Pandora, coven leader for the Children of Darkness, vampire." Many gasps were heard among the whispers that humans believe cannot be heard filled the room. Some leaders were polite, even amiable. The first sign of what is to come.

The existence of vampires has long been shunned by the mortals that inhabit Sosaria. It is my endeavor for our kindred to come out amongst mortals, stand with them side by side and to learn a peaceful co-existence. After all for ancients like us, it is imperative to be able to survive eternity, and that eternity is filled with mortals. They must understand that our affliction is often not of our own doing. Acceptance of this fact has been slow coming.

Nonetheless, we stood there waiting to be addressed by the great Lord Kasaven. Waiting to take to our swords and extinguish the life from this unearthly creature, Ix Tab.
...

To read Pandora's full report, including a couple pictures from the night, visit the Children of Darkness website (warning: the report is long!).

If you had a different view of this event and would like your version of that night's events posted, or if you have a report on any other noteworthy occurrence on Catskills, don't hesitate to send them to us at [email protected] - if we don't post it for you within a couple days, or tell you why we haven't, keep bugging us!
I know we have many talented writers on this shard, as well as many things that people could write about. It would be great if we could all have something new to read about at least once a week (or even better, every day!). So please, send us your news!

Safe Travels,
Sahra Swift
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Tuesday Tavern Night Recap
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Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Tuesday's Tavern Night featured the invasion of the Golden Brew by gypsies. A bit slow to get started tonight, the pace picked up when gypsies from afar joined the camp and some of the stronger female personalities vied for the attention of the greatly outnumbered male population.





The camp migrated north to a gypsy tent where a turbaned gypsy mutt slobbered on a crystal ball and pawed fortunes from a slightly-chewed deck of Tarot.





The staff wants to thank everyone who came out and pitched in while the owners were away. See you in two weeks!
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Old Brigands Home Benefit Dinner
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Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
Old Brigands Home Benefit Dinner
By Duchess Wildstar of Dawn

When? 5PM PST (Paws Standard Time) on Friday, June 11th.
Where? West Britain Bank in Trammel.
Who? The Staff of the Old Brigands Home [OBH]

Come join us at West Britain Bank, Trammel on Friday, June 11, 2010 from 5 to 6 PM PST (8 to 9 PM EST) for the Old Brigands’ Home Benefit Dinner. All funds will go to help the old brigands in the Old Brigands’ Home (Is there really such a thing as an old brigand?). For 100 GP you will get, your choice of a tasty baked meat pie or baked quiche, a quarter slice of watermelon fresh from the garden of Billy Scranton’s father’s Farm, an engraved pan of cookies and the drink of your choice.

(OOC Note: This is meant to be a fun event and only 100 GP will be accepted for the dinner plate.)

The Staff of the Old Brigands’ Home [OBH]
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All-Shard Tavern Night, Tonight, 6:00PM PST
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Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 1:21 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
This week, All-Shard Tavern Night is at the Golden Brew. Kita and Thorin are away, and forgot to lock the doors when they left. Imagine their horror when they return to find that the Brew has been taken over by gypsies!

Bring your earrings, your cheap watches, and your mangy mutts, and come join the Golden Brew for an evening of Bohemian brouhaha and beer. Rumor is that a fortune teller has set up camp north of the Brew and will be divining your futures (and bonds and bank account information).

This week, we're told we have visitors from Chessy and Siege coming down, so we're hoping to put out the Baja welcome mat. Finally, don't forget that while all are welcome at the Brew, bloodshed isn't, so keep those swords sheathed, or at least wait until you're outside and off the front lawn.

Event time: 6:00PM PST, 9:00PM EST

Directions for off-shard visitors:
The easy way to find the Brew is to give your character a little magery and pop down to Luna. You'll find a rune to the Golden Brew at the Baja Welcome Brigade Community Center in NW Luna (marble building with the "Hiya" on the roof). The rune is locked down on your right.

The tougher way is walking. Best bet is to find your way to the Justice Shrine, then head northwest along the coast. The Brew is on the western shores of Candelabra Point, which looks on a map exactly like it sounds.

Hope to see you there!
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All Shards Tavern Night Recap (Boat Race)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
All Shards Tavern Night Recap
Iron Bandit Inn, Kijustsu Anei Village
Tuesday, June 01, 2010



The All Shards Tavern Night was hosted on Chesapeake by the Iron Bandit Inn located in Kijustsu Anei Village. This event runs between the tavern on Chesapeake and the Golden Brew Tavern on Baja. The hosts of this event put on one of its largest Tavern Night events to date. Niva the Savage and Ado the Thief were tending bar. Lady Angelica crafted clothing for those visiting from others shards and Lord Gareth prepared for the Boat Race Challenge.



Townships from Baja, Catskills and Chesapeake made their way from the Iron Bandit Inn to the Kijustsu Anei Keys Pier. Everyone in attendance seemed very excited about this race. One contributing factor to the excitement of the race was it did not just involve townships from one shard. The main event involved townships from multiple shards.

Boat Race Challenge Town Participants S.S. Zeke Stargazer, Guardians Gate [Chesapeake]
United Pirates, Red Skull Bay [Catskills]
Golden Compass, Town of Golden [Baja]
Void, Kijustsu Anei Village [Chesapeake]
Prince Riain's Yacht, Kingdom of Dawn [Baja]
Poseidon's Fury, Kijustsu Anei Keys [Chesapeake]
Demon Sun, Moria Village [Chesapeake]
RBG, Haven [Catskills]
Honor Bind Thee, City of Olympus [Catskills]
Oath Marauders, Cimmerian Pass [Chesapeake]


The ship Keys and Survival Packs were distributed to the racers. Instructions and rules were announced to everyone. The racers could hardly wait to get underway and show off their great sailing skills. Chesapeake Event Moderator Dudley Lightfinger appeared on the Golden Compass vessel to lend assistance. It was very kind of Dudley to assist but it was not very kind of Gareth to push him overboard!! Luckily Dudley came prepared for such a thing by bringing his famous... Waterwalking Shoes! Way to plan ahead Dudley! The Ship captains and crew sat in awe for a moment once they saw the amazing shoes.



EM Dudley used the Waterwalking shoes to place the starting boxes for the race. The boxes were placed on the water in front of every other vessel. Once completed Dudley waited for the go ahead to light the fuse. Captains could be seen scanning the ships next to them. Some smirked knowing they would soon leave the other races in their water mist. Lord Gareth gave a nod to EM Dudley who lit the fuse. A few moments later the boxes exploded in a massive ring of Yellow and orange fire. Before the flame burnt out the ships were already off.



The race course named the Bladmor Run was used in this competition. The hardest part of this course is closely sailing around Bladmor Island and making sure you pass just right between the southern part of Bladmor Island and the Northern part of the other island. Should you take the turn to sharp you will hit the island. If you were to take it to wide you could hit the southern island or get passed by another vessel. Four vessels were neck and neck around the Baldmor turn. These ships placed in the first, second, third and fourth place spots. It was a very exciting race and fun was had by all.



Race Results

First Place - Demon Sun, Moria Village [Chesapeake]
Second Place - S.S. Zeke Stargazer, Guardians Gate [Chesapeake]
Third Place - Golden Compass, Town of Golden [Baja]
Fourth Place - United Pirates, Red Skull Bay [Catskills]
Fifth Place - Void, Kijustsu Anei Village [Chesapeake]
Sixth Place - Prince Riain's Yacht, Kingdom of Dawn [Baja]
Seventh Place - Oath Marauders, Cimmerian Pass [Chesapeake]
Eighth Place - Honor Bind Thee, City of Olympus [Catskills]

Congratulations to each captain and crew for a job well done. All of you showed great skill in commanding a racing vessel. Look for the rematch race on Catskills!!! The creators of this event will be contacting The United Pirates in the coming days to be the hosts of the next Boat Race Challenge.

Special Thanks
(To all of the people who made this event possible)

Rotep [PGoH]
Niva The Savage [T_T]
EM Dudley [EM]
Tiger Lily [Tips]
Katherine [PGoH]
Schuyler [UP]
Ado the Thief [-Y-]
Daria Blackmoor [RBG]
Mirt [TEB]
Benito [Fryr]
Angelica [CCS]
Magdalena [QSA]
All Ship Captains and Crews
Stratics Forum Moderators
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All Shards Tavern Night Recap (Boat Race)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
All Shards Tavern Night Recap
Iron Bandit Inn, Kijustsu Anei Village
Tuesday, June 01, 2010



The All Shards Tavern Night was hosted on Chesapeake by the Iron Bandit Inn located in Kijustsu Anei Village. This event runs between the tavern on Chesapeake and the Golden Brew Tavern on Baja. The hosts of this event put on one of its largest Tavern Night events to date. Niva the Savage and Ado the Thief were tending bar. Lady Angelica crafted clothing for those visiting from others shards and Lord Gareth prepared for the Boat Race Challenge.



Townships from Baja, Catskills and Chesapeake made their way from the Iron Bandit Inn to the Kijustsu Anei Keys Pier. Everyone in attendance seemed very excited about this race. One contributing factor to the excitement of the race was it did not just involve townships from one shard. The main event involved townships from multiple shards.

Boat Race Challenge Town Participants S.S. Zeke Stargazer, Guardians Gate [Chesapeake]
United Pirates, Red Skull Bay [Catskills]
Golden Compass, Town of Golden [Baja]
Void, Kijustsu Anei Village [Chesapeake]
Prince Riain's Yacht, Kingdom of Dawn [Baja]
Poseidon's Fury, Kijustsu Anei Keys [Chesapeake]
Demon Sun, Moria Village [Chesapeake]
RBG, Haven [Catskills]
Honor Bind Thee, City of Olympus [Catskills]
Oath Marauders, Cimmerian Pass [Chesapeake]


The ship Keys and Survival Packs were distributed to the racers. Instructions and rules were announced to everyone. The racers could hardly wait to get underway and show off their great sailing skills. Chesapeake Event Moderator Dudley Lightfinger appeared on the Golden Compass vessel to lend assistance. It was very kind of Dudley to assist but it was not very kind of Gareth to push him overboard!! Luckily Dudley came prepared for such a thing by bringing his famous... Waterwalking Shoes! Way to plan ahead Dudley! The Ship captains and crew sat in awe for a moment once they saw the amazing shoes.



EM Dudley used the Waterwalking shoes to place the starting boxes for the race. The boxes were placed on the water in front of every other vessel. Once completed Dudley waited for the go ahead to light the fuse. Captains could be seen scanning the ships next to them. Some smirked knowing they would soon leave the other races in their water mist. Lord Gareth gave a nod to EM Dudley who lit the fuse. A few moments later the boxes exploded in a massive ring of Yellow and orange fire. Before the flame burnt out the ships were already off.



The race course named the Bladmor Run was used in this competition. The hardest part of this course is closely sailing around Bladmor Island and making sure you pass just right between the southern part of Bladmor Island and the Northern part of the other island. Should you take the turn to sharp you will hit the island. If you were to take it to wide you could hit the southern island or get passed by another vessel. Four vessels were neck and neck around the Baldmor turn. These ships placed in the first, second, third and fourth place spots. It was a very exciting race and fun was had by all.



Race Results

First Place - Demon Sun, Moria Village [Chesapeake]
Second Place - S.S. Zeke Stargazer, Guardians Gate [Chesapeake]
Third Place - Golden Compass, Town of Golden [Baja]
Fourth Place - United Pirates, Red Skull Bay [Catskills]
Fifth Place - Void, Kijustsu Anei Village [Chesapeake]
Sixth Place - Prince Riain's Yacht, Kingdom of Dawn [Baja]
Seventh Place - Oath Marauders, Cimmerian Pass [Chesapeake]
Eighth Place - Honor Bind Thee, City of Olympus [Catskills]

Congratulations to each captain and crew for a job well done. All of you showed great skill in commanding a racing vessel. Look for the rematch race on Catskills!!! The creators of this event will be contacting The United Pirates in the coming days to be the hosts of the next Boat Race Challenge.

Special Thanks
(To all of the people who made this event possible)

Rotep [PGoH]
Niva The Savage [T_T]
EM Dudley [EM]
Tiger Lily [Tips]
Katherine [PGoH]
Schuyler [UP]
Ado the Thief [-Y-]
Daria Blackmoor [RBG]
Mirt [TEB]
Benito [Fryr]
Angelica [CCS]
Magdalena [QSA]
All Ship Captains and Crews
Stratics Forum Moderators
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All Shards Tavern Night Recap (Boat Race)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
All Shards Tavern Night Recap
Iron Bandit Inn, Kijustsu Anei Village
Tuesday, June 01, 2010



The All Shards Tavern Night was hosted on Chesapeake by the Iron Bandit Inn located in Kijustsu Anei Village. This event runs between the tavern on Chesapeake and the Golden Brew Tavern on Baja. The hosts of this event put on one of its largest Tavern Night events to date. Niva the Savage and Ado the Thief were tending bar. Lady Angelica crafted clothing for those visiting from others shards and Lord Gareth prepared for the Boat Race Challenge.



Townships from Baja, Catskills and Chesapeake made their way from the Iron Bandit Inn to the Kijustsu Anei Keys Pier. Everyone in attendance seemed very excited about this race. One contributing factor to the excitement of the race was it did not just involve townships from one shard. The main event involved townships from multiple shards.

Boat Race Challenge Town Participants S.S. Zeke Stargazer, Guardians Gate [Chesapeake]
United Pirates, Red Skull Bay [Catskills]
Golden Compass, Town of Golden [Baja]
Void, Kijustsu Anei Village [Chesapeake]
Prince Riain's Yacht, Kingdom of Dawn [Baja]
Poseidon's Fury, Kijustsu Anei Keys [Chesapeake]
Demon Sun, Moria Village [Chesapeake]
RBG, Haven [Catskills]
Honor Bind Thee, City of Olympus [Catskills]
Oath Marauders, Cimmerian Pass [Chesapeake]


The ship Keys and Survival Packs were distributed to the racers. Instructions and rules were announced to everyone. The racers could hardly wait to get underway and show off their great sailing skills. Chesapeake Event Moderator Dudley Lightfinger appeared on the Golden Compass vessel to lend assistance. It was very kind of Dudley to assist but it was not very kind of Gareth to push him overboard!! Luckily Dudley came prepared for such a thing by bringing his famous... Waterwalking Shoes! Way to plan ahead Dudley! The Ship captains and crew sat in awe for a moment once they saw the amazing shoes.



EM Dudley used the Waterwalking shoes to place the starting boxes for the race. The boxes were placed on the water in front of every other vessel. Once completed Dudley waited for the go ahead to light the fuse. Captains could be seen scanning the ships next to them. Some smirked knowing they would soon leave the other races in their water mist. Lord Gareth gave a nod to EM Dudley who lit the fuse. A few moments later the boxes exploded in a massive ring of Yellow and orange fire. Before the flame burnt out the ships were already off.



The race course named the Bladmor Run was used in this competition. The hardest part of this course is closely sailing around Bladmor Island and making sure you pass just right between the southern part of Bladmor Island and the Northern part of the other island. Should you take the turn to sharp you will hit the island. If you were to take it to wide you could hit the southern island or get passed by another vessel. Four vessels were neck and neck around the Baldmor turn. These ships placed in the first, second, third and fourth place spots. It was a very exciting race and fun was had by all.



Race Results

First Place - Demon Sun, Moria Village [Chesapeake]
Second Place - S.S. Zeke Stargazer, Guardians Gate [Chesapeake]
Third Place - Golden Compass, Town of Golden [Baja]
Fourth Place - United Pirates, Red Skull Bay [Catskills]
Fifth Place - Void, Kijustsu Anei Village [Chesapeake]
Sixth Place - Prince Riain's Yacht, Kingdom of Dawn [Baja]
Seventh Place - Oath Marauders, Cimmerian Pass [Chesapeake]
Eighth Place - Honor Bind Thee, City of Olympus [Catskills]

Congratulations to each captain and crew for a job well done. All of you showed great skill in commanding a racing vessel. Look for the rematch race on Catskills!!! The creators of this event will be contacting The United Pirates in the coming days to be the hosts of the next Boat Race Challenge.

Special Thanks
(To all of the people who made this event possible)

Rotep [PGoH]
Niva The Savage [T_T]
EM Dudley [EM]
Tiger Lily [Tips]
Katherine [PGoH]
Schuyler [UP]
Ado the Thief [-Y-]
Daria Blackmoor [RBG]
Mirt [TEB]
Benito [Fryr]
Angelica [CCS]
Magdalena [QSA]
All Ship Captains and Crews
Stratics Forum Moderators
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EM Meet And Greet!
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Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Hi there Napa Valley!!

EM Sangria and I haven't had a lot of spare time to chat with you guys. So Wednesday June 9th at 7pm PST, we're calling a bit of a meet and greet at our Office/Counselors Hall in North Britain.

A few topics we'll be covering are memorials, upcoming arcs and craziness. As always, we look forward to your feedback. So get your notepads ready and let us know what's on your mind as well.

See you all there!!

EM Fiorella and EM Sangria
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Taming Hour Recap for Sunday, June 6th
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Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Taming Hour Hosted by the BRPA Alliance
Hostess - Proserpina (C K)



Start # 13, 118, 400
End # 13, 169, 410
Total points earned for the zoo: 51, 010

Random prize # 13, 139, 678
Winner: James (MT)
The prize was a Jade Snake Head.



Tamers:
Lady Katrina Cole (BRPA)
Lord Malus Ferrarius
Lady Tamar (RAGE)
Lil' Debi (M!S)
Kat MacBroeden (DWN)
James (MT)
Elissa


Proserpina grabbed the dread pom-poms and gave a rousing cheer that went something like this:

Calm a drake, soothe a bear,
Grab a dragon, bring a mare,
Wrangle wolves and stomp and shout -
That's what taming's all about!


Despite a low turn-out for taming hour this week our tamers earned a whopping 51,000 points for the zoo. Thank you for your dedication and all that you do for Baja!

Also of note this week, something fishy was definitely afoot during taming hour. Cows, horses, sheep, deer, chickens and many others in this odd menagerie kept parading back and forth.



Perhaps Xel was throwing a party somewhere....



Thankye, Proserpina. See you next week, tamers!

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Interview with Myrddin of Stonegate
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Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT by Cherry Delite (Atlantic)
Your staunch reporter, Cherry Delite, had a chance to sit down with the Wolf King, Myrddin Ab’Arawn, leader of the Stonegate Guild. “We left Umbra seeking to find a place to call our own.” Stonegate lies in the midst of the mountains north of Luna and spreads over nearby valleys. The kingdom is made up by people of many races: human and lycan, as well as others. Stonegate is a warrior nation, not by profession but by way of life, beliefs. Everyone in the kingdom is a warrior from the soldier on the battlefield to the cook. The Kingdom of Stonegate seeks to rid the world of weakness. Not weakness of strength but weakness of character: political corruption, greed, cowardice. They firmly believe in reason, self-discipline and strength of will. Strength of arms is as important as strength of character. “A balance as it were, that every warrior should strive for. “ Myrddin was chosen as leader because he can trace his lineage to the great Wolf King. This king held a Stone of Power and united the lycan. Myrddin now holds the same stone and seeks to continue his ancestors work. He was converted to lycan before he joined Umbra by another of the same bloodline. He left Umbra to found Stonegate. Being bitten is the most common means of conveying lycanthropy. “It is a carefully regimented and controlled blessing. Lycanthropy is not meant for all.” But lycanthropy can also be passed down from a parent. If both parents are lycan, it is an almost certainty the offspring will be lycan as well. The members of Stonegate not only seek to be strong, but to live strong.
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[EM] Campfire Tales and Stories - Friday, June 11th
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Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:16 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

Some news from EM Nathael (from the Catskills EM Website):
Campfire Tales and Stories
Date: Friday, June 11th
Time: 9:00PM EST
Where: EM Rewards Hall in Malas

Please join us at the EM Rewards Hall in Malas as we gather to share tales and stories of adventure while enjoying the warmth of a roaring campfire under the moonlit starry night. Players who wish to share a short story or tale of their own are encouraged to sign up ahead of time by sending an email to [email protected] Please try to keep your storytelling to a duration of no more than ten minutes so there is ample time for all players to participate. So join us, storytellers and spectators both, for some good old fashioned storytelling, delicious food, refreshing drinks, and community spirit.

(Players can find the EM Rewards Hall in Malas by going through the black vortex located outside the EM Meeting Hall in Britain, Trammel)
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Community Hunts - Week of June 7th
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 6:54 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.

Enslaved Goblins mini-champ hunt (Stygian Abyss)
Date: Tuesday, June 8th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

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

Fire Beetle Taming Run
Date: Thursday, June 10th
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, June 11th
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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284th Assembly of the High Council
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
284th Assembly of the High Council

Date: Monday, June 7, 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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Q&A with Seppo and Crysania
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
EM Seppo and EM Crysania dropped into the EM Hall, then led attendees to the Golden Brew for drinks and an informal social hour.



During the visit, several questions popped up. Here are some of the highlights:

On the subject of Roses:
Q: Can you summon Mesanna to fix my rose?
EM Seppo: [He] is just being funny. It's not actually misspelled!
Q: I'm dead serious.
EM Seppo: I can't. :P

On Events:
Q: Can we get more rewards at events?
EM Seppo: There were actually no special rewards at yesterday's event. We don't like to drop things at every event; we like to mix it up. Usually the reward bit takes only 0.05% of our time that we spent on the event.
Q: It didn’t seem that yesterday’s event was much different than fighting Sphinx, except Sphinx gives more gold. Why was that?
EM Seppo: Well, to be honest we had some technical difficulties with yesterday's event. Some of the things we wanted to do did not pan out and it was too late to change it. It should have been more of a show and interesting. Mowdley was supposed to get hit by a lightning bolt and then die.. and say something as his spirit escaped from his body with some effect. But all that did not really work out.
EM Crysania: Did you enjoy the ship blowing up?
Shocker: YES
Shocker: i liked the boat
Shocker: blowing up
Brytt: The ship blowing up was amazing.
Shocker: it was cool
Amber Witch: Oh man I wish I could have seen it
Sitting Bull: i got ported to Brit
WildStar: Player lost Bonded pets
EM Crysania: Well you guys get ported... but the pets… well, we didn’t want you to lose them. [We warned against bringing pets] three times, in fact.
EM Seppo: There is nothing that annoys a Seppo more than dragon spam heh.
EM Seppo: I don't think the third thief [event] will involve boats.
EM Crysania: You guys did great finding the ghost crew..and chasing and blocking

On the subject of weird moongates and other event leftovers:
EM Seppo: There are lot of random places and things in Baja that we don't know still. A fair bit of it probably needs to be removed. There are also lot of things from EM Sameerah's unfinished arc that needs to be cleaned up probably but.. its not fun to do clean up!

Q: How about finishing some of the earlier story arcs?
EM Seppo: Eh, can't really finish them. We have no idea what Sameerah was planning to do with it. It is not so easy to finish up another EMs arc.

Q: What's up with the moongate in Jhelom Fel?
EM Seppo: The moongate in Jhelom fel takes you down to the "PvP arena". We have not really used it because we did the PvP competition in character (mostly) and in the arenas that already exist. We hold M&G in Fel there at times.

More on Events:
Q: Was an invasion a while back. Loot included Mystic, Vanq, and power weapons--are they useless going forward?
EM Seppo: That was a global event by developers.. I have no idea. Aye, I have no clue if they will make something more out of those weapons. I can only give you an opinion as a player. heh.

Q: Can you change our looks? Clothing, etc, [during EM events]? I was thinking about being turned into a pirate.
EM Seppo: No, we can't.

Q: Does the book near the thiefmaster work?
Claudia Drusilla: It's not readable but state the name of the person and it will give you their notariety points.
EM Seppo: We haven't updated your notoriety points from finding Mowdly... yet.

Q: What are the notariety points for?
EM Seppo: I am not telling that!
WildStar: Future evil plan, I suspect.

On the upcoming Town Banner system, for Baja:
Q: What's the next step in the Town Banner discussion?
EM Seppo: Oh! Ya, we could use some ideas regarding how it should be setup. On some shards you petition to Queen Dawn but seeing how Dawn has no authority over many parts of Sosaria, we do not favor that. We were thinking of launching an an independent Urban Something Something Registrar. Need a cooler name.
Q: OOC or IC?
EM Seppo: IC.
Q: As it stands now... how many towns etc do you think are eligible?
EM Seppo: I am not going to guesstimate! I hate being wrong. :P
Brytt: I think there should be a new division of Urban Development that springs up somewhere other than Britain.
EM Seppo: Maybe Minoc, it could use some love. Hopefully we will have it setup this week and people can apply by start of next week.
Brytt: Will things be too busy with the current story arc going?
EM Seppo: Yes, it is quite busy. Luckily half the fragments are found.

On the subject of puking:
EM Seppo: I was never a fan of puking

A tragic event!:
EM Seppo: Something tragic happened few weeks ago!
EM Crysania: It did indeed.
EM Seppo: The bug that had hit the houses on Baja had also wiped everything from our house.. except that it was a day before so we were not restored.
EM Seppo: Yea, we lost everything!
EM Crysania: Everything ,,,*poof*
Sitting Bull: ur the EMs u can create most of anything u want
EM Seppo: yea but we also lost all our books and such
Amber Witch: Do you need help with anything?
EM Seppo: Hmm I think Crys wanted seeds
EM Crysania: Plants!
EM Seppo: or rather plants
EM Crysania: or yes seeds!
EM Crysania: any kind
EM Crysania: The mailbox is at the Reward museum. The vortex beside the EM Hall takes you to it.
EM Seppo: On the bright side
EM Seppo: before, me and Pallando used to live in a "plot"
EM Seppo: this gave an opportunity for me to transfer the house to Crys
EM Seppo: and I am happy to report that she made a nice little house out of it
EM Crysania: The house is clean!

Wrapping up:
Q: Are you giving out any sashes today?
EM Seppo: no, I don't have any sash

Q: Pie, or cake?
EM Seppo: Ice cream

Thanks Seppo and Crysania, for popping in for the chat!
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Second Map Piece Found!
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
On Saturday night, citizens who had found the location of Mowdly's Ghost gathered together in Castle Britain's Throne Room. Beh-lem greeted the gathered citizens and thanks them for delivering reports of their findings to the Thiefmaster.



Beh-lem then confirmed that the moon phase was right and that the pirate crew who bore Mowdly's curse should be mortal. They had been seen sailing away from Davy Jones' Locker (the small dock in the center of Moonglow, Vesper, Nujel'm and Ice Island). Crews sailed in search of the elusive pirate crew, who were finally caught northwest of Davy Jones' Locker.



The pirate crew were indeed cursed! Skin white as ghosts and sunken eyes, they launched assault on any citizens who drew near. And none of these pirate crew were going down without a fight! This proved a difficult battle, as the ghostly crew seemed capable of regenerating health and it was up to the citizens to inflict damage faster than the crew could recover.



Once again, the crews summoned clones of nearby citizens. It's eerie, you know, watching yourself die over and over again at the hands of friends and neighbors. Hmmm....

Mirrored warriors, medusas, and ghostly crew all fell... eventually. When the last fell, the ship the ghostly crew sailed on suddenly exploded and sank to the bottom of the sea! Unfortunate adventurers unlucky enough to have been on the ship when it sank awoke on the shores of Britain, lucky to be alive.



Back at Mowdly's Ghost, Beh-lem congratulated the adventurers on their fine work... but congratulations were interrupted by the arrival of the Ghost Captain himself, Benito De Soto!



A valiant fight ensued, and the Ghost Captain received his final release. Upon his death, Beh-lem informed Mowdly that the task had been completed and the curse lifted.



Bloody Mary found the second map fragment and handed it to Beh-lem.



The second piece! I shall place this together with the first. We are growing ever closer to finding out the location of the scroll.
I will study this and we shall meet again on Friday. Perhaps then the thiefmaster will have clues as to the third piece.

I thank you all for your diligence tonight.

Stay diligent, citizens, and return Friday to see what news the Thiefmaster brings....
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Aryslan Banner Ruins Constructed
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Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 12:47 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Aryslan Banner Ruins Constructed
Aryslan, Felucca
Saturday, June 05, 2010




Staff of Tempests

Grandmage Elindor for some time had been the wielder of the artifact known as the Staff of Tempests which is a powerful work of artifice capable of controlling the winds, summoning localized storms, and raining lightning the likes of which few people have ever seen. Zephyr sought to use it in what he claims would be the destruction of Mazrim. Zyrn the Elementalist sought it in the hopes that it may be corrupted and used as a means of binding Zephyr to Mazrim's will and command. In the end, the healer named Cordell Swiftmender used it to finally put an end to Zyrns attacks on Aryslan, and set his soul free of Mazrim.

Zephyr

With sapphire scales shining in the sunlight, he made his way to Aryslan. Origionally with reasons unknown to Aryslan, Zephyr was mysterious. Before he would arrive, air elementals would be found in Aryslan. At first the citizens thought it was the work of Zyrn the Elementalist, but indeed it was the work of Zephyr, the Wind Dragon. These were in fact, tests for Aryslan citizens. Zephyr wanted to put an end to the evil mage known as Mazrim, and became a trusted ally in the second Mazrim war in Aryslan.

The Order of the Sapphire Rose

The Order of the Sapphire Rose was the founders of Aryslan. Its members originated from the city of Vesper and its surrounding forests. The guildmasters, Lexia and Jamlyn Hakkendyn, placed a large tower just Northeast of Vesper in the forest to housing for the guild. Other OsR members built houses around this tower, which then became the town center of Aryslan.

Zyrn the Elementalist

Zyrn the Elementalist was summoned by the evil mage known as Mazrim from the Well of Souls. Before Zyrns death, he was a powerful mage, and Mazrim used this against the town of Aryslan. Under Mazrims control, Zyrn was just another undead servant, leading hordes of undead attacks against Aryslan and its citizens. It was found that Zyrn studied within the depths of Shame in Felucca, where some of his journals can still be found. Eventually Zyrn was defeated when the Aryslan citizens along with Cordell Swiftmender used the Staff of Tempests against him. His spirit was then free from Mazrims control, and his remains were taken to a shrine to purify them. Unfortunately the shrine was corrupt, and the remains of Zyrn still remain in Aryslan
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Taming Hour Tonight, 8:00PM PST
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 6:48 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Zoo Taming Hour Tonight (6/6/2010) @ 8 PM EST (11 PM EST)
Moonglow Zoo, Trammel

WildStar

Thankye, WildStar
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[Report] Yewish Drow Mine Invaded (Sunday 6th)
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Yewish Drow Mine Invaded

A crowd had gathered at Yew, Much to the displeasure of the Yewish guardsmen.

Nathan Hawke arrived and had words with Bladius Dart, Of Yew.


Nathan Hawke: "The Queens orders are simple, She wants the dragon kind in the mines killed."


With permission from the Yewish Army everyone headed South east from Stonekeep and stood near the Drow Mine Hole.





Two miners I saw were sadly killed in the battle.







After saying the magical password of 'defgrud' we found ourselves in a large crumbling cavern, deep inside, Dragon Egg Incubators and, Sadly, Dragons!

Inside was a book (that was found earlier this afternoon, Report here) it said:
These caverns are extremely weak and crumbling. Use of explosives is STRICTLY prohibited! Anyone caught using explosives will be executed immediately! These are your commanded! Accomplish not fail your House!


After the dragons had been killed Nathan yelled for us to evacuate the caverns before they collapsed, Outside people waited for Nathan.

At this point the crowd slowly dispersed.


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Cyclopian Stadium Opens with Forge Wars
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)
Cyclopian Stadium Opens with Forge Wars

Cyclopes liberated from titans a week ago unveiled a grand Cyclopian stadium this evening. The game of choice to break in the new arena - Forge Wars! Rulebooks were handed out by the cyclops, Unozok, and from there EM Tailspin registered the four teams and handed out uniforms and supplies. Players were not allowed to have anything in their backpacks other than spell books and EM given items.

Once everyone was dressed and situated, Unozok explained the rules of the competition. They were simple enough: the teams were to kill the elementals spawned in the stadium's center and use the gathered ore to craft ten plate mail tunics of the colors shadow, gold, agapite, verite, and valorite. The tunics were to be placed in color coded chests and turned in. The first team to complete all 50 tunics would be deemed the winner.

The winner of this inaugural game was the Green Gorillas: Sassy, Exar Kunn, Chainer, and Alexis. They were presented with special Cyclopian crafted helmets and had their names engraved on the trophy outside the stadium.

Congrats to the winners, and thanks to EM's Tailspin and Cyno Razik for hosting this fun event!

Thank you Joy for this writeup!
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[EM News] Seppo in the House
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 2:57 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
This just in from the Baja EM Website:

It just occurred to me that I haven’t been able to talk with you all lately on EM robes. So, I will be in the EM office in West Britain today between 2PM PST – 3PM PST. Maybe Crysania will be there as well.
If you are around, please do stop by!

-EM Seppo

Thankye, Seppo.
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[EM Event] Fighting Back - Meet in Yew (Sunday 6th)
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Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
WHEN? Sunday the 6th of June at 8pm UK Time, 9pm Central European Time
WHERE? Stonekeep (South of Yew)

Meeting with Nathan Hawke in Stonekeep [Yew Crossroads] 8pm Sunday 6th June
Be prepared to fight and bring any intelligence gathered with you!

[As this is Yewish Territory please respect their ways]

Event from the EM Website.
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[Fiction] Attack!
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Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Attack!
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The Dark Elves were very annoyed - the Guardsmen of Yew had managed to blow up the mine entrance close by the mountains by their sheer persistence and the aid of some of the more colourful characters of Sosaria. It had taken the Dark Elves some time to re-open the entrance. But still the password hadn't got through and time was running out. The dragons were breeding and growing and needed to be released and fed properly and given free rein to increase the terrible attacks on Yew and then the other cities of Sosaria.

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The orders were sent out to increase the ferocity of the attack and to finally secure the Yewish entrance so the dragons could be given the room to grow further.

The attack would continue on Yew until all resistance was crushed.

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Nathan Hawke muttered to himself and cursed the leg injury which was making it difficult for him to walk. Replacing the bandages he stood unsteadily and flexed his leg. It would have to do. On SUnday night he would make the journey to Yew to assess the situation and with the aid of the Yewish and whoever else turned up he hoped to be able to enter the mines and deal a fatal blow to those who resided there.

There must be dragons down there - and there must be a lot of them he surmised.

Nathan only hoped that the peoples of Sosaria were up to this challenge...

Fiction from the EM Website.
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Attention Royal Guard!
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Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010, 12:36 AM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Attention fellow Britannians!

An unusual missive has been doled out...



From the desk of Sangria comes the following:

The Royal Guard is summoned to investigate unnaturally colored mares and unicorns. Meet at Brit Castle at 7pst on Sunday (6/6).



Hope to see you all there!
Salya Sin


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Prophecies Fortold Part 2
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Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2010, 6:38 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
The original post can be found here.

The search continues for the second piece of the map fragment. Mowdly has been found and Beh-Lem requests that you meet him in the throne room tonight (June 5th at 9PM PST) to help in the recovery of the second map fragment. Come prepared for a fight.

Notes:

1. Bring pets at your own risk.

2. Ranged (Mages and Archers) will again have an advantage in the first part of the event.

3. Again, the event will involve boats in the first part of the event.

Reporters Note: Mowdly previously reported that the event would take place at 6PM PST. I will visit the throne room at the previously announced time and confirm via Global Chat if the event time has changed or not.
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RED ALERT! All PvPers To Battle Stations, Captain Dudley To The Bridge!
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Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2010, 6:01 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
RED ALERT! All PvPers To Battle Stations, Captain Dudley To The Bridge! Saturday, June 05, 2010 Felucca PvP Meeting





That is all.....
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Free Mowdly's Ghost: Saturday at 6:00PM PST
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Posted on Saturday, June 5, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Citizens of Britannia! Mowdly, the pirate, and custodian of the location of the second of four map fragments vital to the preservation of human and gargoyle civilizations has been slain! The ghost of Mowdly entreated citizens to avenge him tomorrow, Saturday, June 5th, at 6:00PM PST, when the moons shall turn the Ghost Captain and crew responsible for Mowdly's Curse mortal.

Citizens will recall that earlier in the week, Beh-Lem the Gargoyle requested that citizens once again seek out the Thief Master of Britain, in the sewers below the city, to ask about Mowdly's last known whereabouts.



The Thief Master revealed that Tessa, Mowdly's wife, may know more and that she took up work as a tavern maid in Skara Brae, having to work now that her husband disappeared.



Tessa, heartsick and worried for her husband, didn't know what happened to Mowdly but suggested contacting Tobias in Buccaneer's Den who may know more.



Tobias was found in the Buccaneer's Den Baths, and confessed to knowing where Mowdly had been seen, but demanded a price for the information. Love, it seemed, had struck him, for he was besotted with Mowdly's wife, Tessa. Tobias agreed to help the citizens in return for bringing Tobias some of Tessa's favorite flowers.



Asking Tessa about her favorite flowers rewarded questioners with the name of a rare, budding rose: the Moonberry Rose. But this would not prove as easy as simply plucking a flower from a hedge! Tessa revealed that the Moonberry Rose only grows on the outskirts of the Ophidian Lair in Felucca.




Adventurers had to brave desert, serpent-men, and assassins lurking in shadows to pluck a Moonberry Rose from the middle of three bushes on the right of the outside of the lair. (This is an exceptionally difficult area, and only stealthers should attempt it solo.)

Returning a moonberry rose to Tobias rewarded adventurers with a name: Fergus, the Harbormaster, who it seems was to be found in Serpent's Hold (Cheat: Clever adventurers may have discovered that Tobias is not especially bright and--having very little familiarity with botany--cannot tell the moonberry rose from whispering roses or other kinds of single-stemmed roses. It was possible to cheat Tobias out of his treasured information!)



Fergus the Harbormaster then said that Mowdly had joined up with a very odd band of crewmen aboard a ship rumored to have been cursed. They had set sail, never to be seen again, and last seen midway between Vesper, Ice Island, Moonglow, and Nujel'm.



At the point indicated on the map, there is a tiny dock with a dead crewman posted as a warning and instructions that only true pirates may "enter" by speaking the pirate word for "friend".



Utter the phrase, "Matey" to descend to the remains of the sunken pirate ship, and discover that Mowdly has perished! His ghost remained to tell his sad story, of a cursed crew and a Ghost Captain who alone hold the keys to releasing Mowdly from the curse.



Avenge him, Mowdly said, and he would reveal the location where he hid the second map fragment. The Ghost Captain is turned temporarily mortal when the moons hit a certain phase. The next time the moons will align in such a way is tomorrow at 6:00PM PST!



Adventurers! Seek out the Ghost Captain tomorrow at 6:00PM PST and avenge Mowdly's Ghost! All four map fragments must be obtained to avert the impending disaster awaiting Britannia.
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Publish Notes - 6/5/10
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Posted on Saturday, June 5, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GeneralNews)


Posted to uoherald.com




Publish Notes - 6/5/10

James Nichols 04 Jun 2010 17:29:32


Greetings!

The following change will go live during regularly scheduled server maintenance. Thank you and have a great weekend!

Publish Notes

We have disabled the grid swapping feature for the Enhanced Client due to stability issues. We plan to reintroduce this feature in a future publish once these issues have been resolved.



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[EM] Upcoming Games
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Posted on Saturday, June 5, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT by Crysta (LakeSuperior)


Posted to the EM news site;

Both the Cooking and Mining portions of the Britannian Games will be held this weekend. Some slight changes have been made to both events from what was original proposed at the onset of the Games.

The Mining competition will no longer be a race to pull up and kill ore elementals. There simply aren’t enough combat miners, these days. Instead it will be conducted like the lumberjack competition. Miners will have 1 hour to mine ore and turn it into us at collection boxes. You may not smelt, it must remain in ore form, the higher quality the ore the more points, based on the community collection scale.

The cooking competition will not be a race to bake cakes as previously mentioned. Players, instead, will not find out what they must cook until the event begins, at which point their order and ingredients will be provided.

Mining Competition – Sunday, June 6 at 7 pm CST. Meet at the Luna Fairgrounds.

Cooking Competition – Sunday, June 6 at 8:30 pm CST. Meet at the Luna Fairgrounds.

An updated medal count can be found at the LS EM forum.


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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Hunting for Treasure
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Posted on Saturday, June 5, 2010, 3:24 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)


Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:





Or more accurately, treasure map rune libraries.

Work continues on updating Public Rune Libraries, All entries up to, and including, Great Lakes are now checked and current.
Many thanks to the players of Great Lakes who so graciously helped me with that, both on the shard message board and in game.
If anyone would like their library included please send me the following details
House name
Your name (sponsor)
Co-ordinates of the house and facet
Brief description of the facilities available
The restoration of Treasure Hunters of Britannia continues.
We have made a decision to move the section away from focusing on the THB guild and towards a more general listing for the profession, To this end the 'Hunters for Hire' listings will be open to any treasure hunter who wishes to be listed as willing to dig for clients.

If you wish to be added please send me the following detals:
Your name
Guild abbreviaton
Level of map you are willing to dig
Contact information (eg icq#)
Will dig for a fee (yes/no)
More statistics have been entered into Hunter's guide many thanks to Gortman.
Additional information has been added to Stygian Abyss Artifacts Thank you Stupid Miner for your continuing work on this topic

We are still in need of:- Images of Mistral and Tempest. Data for those two, Grim and Flurry
Input from keen treasure hunters and current or previous members of THB. If you have anything to tell us please visit the UO Fishing and Treasure Hunting Forum
We very much want to have this section updated and relevant in time for the promised changes this summer.
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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The Dark Queen Saves Lady Maya! We Fulfilled Our Contract! (recap)
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Posted on Friday, June 4, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT by Salya Sin (NapaValley)
Greetings fellow Britannians!

A bit late in showing, I know. But it took time to collect my thoughts to prepare for this report. Over several days, our community was under attack. The most horrifying creatures, known only in our darkest pits, were brought to the surface. They were as strong as the mighty Crimsons, and as fierce as the Shadowlords. We fought hard, long, and we stood our ground. We refused to bow to the tyranny of evil, we refused to abandon one of our own. In the end, we won but only because the evil we had aligned ourselves with kept her part of the bargain.

My time spent over the last week has brought me to wonder at the risk we took. For the love of one for another, we gave more of ourselves then ever before. I was left with several troubling questions. If our past adventure together brought us this close to darkness, how close would we willingly have to go in the future? Will our courage and strength be enough to rise above it? Will we continue to conquer? I pray that the day comes that we never truly have to answer those questions. Our future may depend on our choices. May we make them wisely.


The Dark Queen, Mesanna backed our entire community into a corner. From a previous report, I spoke of Gorn's agreement. Our blood in exchange for the Lady Maya's cure. We were informed that she would require these “donations” over several days. The attacks would be sporadic. They would be difficult. Most of all, we would be unable to back away. To not fight, meant Lady Maya would be forever trapped in her frozen state.

Over several days we rose tirelessly to the front line. Our community came in great numbers to meet The Dark Queens cry of battle. The ground shook as an army of Hydras sprung up around us.



I am sad to say that it would get far worse from there. For next she called down the wrath of Medusa, who appeared quite angry to be leaving her Abyssal abode.



When that failed to end our persistence, she brought forth a Paragon like nothing we had faced. The Stygian Dragon, he came close to ending it all! A very alarming second encounter, though nice to look at, was quite the ordeal. Next time Mesanna asks if you would like to see something pretty, for the love of all that is holy, do not say yes.





Not an ending she apparently hoped for, as next in line came The Primeval Lich! A formidable foe indeed. Yet victorious we were.



The Slasher of the Veil is murderous enough, but The Dark Queen tweaked and twisted until she coerced him into Paragon form as well. These battles would take everything we could throw at it.



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The evil one received her blood payment in full each night, and with a couple of Navrey Twins here and there to take the last few drops we had left to give, we retreated many times to await the next round.





On one such day, we found ourselves facing Mesanna's newly appointed minions. She had not only taken over our beloved Britain, but the very essence of evil in our land!















In the end, we gave Mesanna the blood she requested, though I fear what use she will have for it. And yes, in the end, she did as she said she would. She cured Lady Maya. I truly had my doubts till the very end. I believe our beloved Queen Dawn did as well, for Detective Marcus stayed close to Mesanna on that final evening.







With Lady Maya free from Professor Jenkins madness, and the taint of evil now gone from Napa, we look to the future. Will the Dark Queen return? What in all that is holy would she need that much blood for? Anyone who has been around for long knows that Mesanna's evil has a purpose. She didn't help Lady Maya to be helpful. It was a means to an end. I fear to what end that may be.

For whatever future awaits us, I would that we all show the same courage. The same light against the darkness. The same sense of protectiveness and survival. May we have what it takes to face the future.




For this event, there were several items dropped as loot as well as items handed out on a ticket type system. Also, with the spawned bosses, items were dropped in packs as they would normally. Unfortunately, I can not tell you everything that was looted, fell to pack, or was won through getting a book. I will also not waste time showing the roses or pies as I believe everyone in the shard most likely has one, or two, or thirty. The only rare in the gifted items would be the red dyed roses. I know of three only and they were colored the day after the event was over.

I regret that I did not get images of the second round of book handouts, through a glitch called “Windows program is not responding”, the images were, well... not responding either.

This was a very large event, with a lot of things to cover. So lets get started, eh?

Each attack cycle could be accessed by either running to the Crossroads, or taking Mesanna's lovely, unusual colored gate. The gate would appear at the West Britain Bank when it was time for the battle.





Now for the books, all of them were numbered. This is a second round book borrowed from Sir Tedley! Thanks!





Next, a few of the items that were handed out both times. They could be found and seen by all at the West Britain Bank. In addition to these images, there were blood tears, a darkened portrait of Maya, and I'm sure others that I have missed.

















One particular item at the second handout, there were two of them, I want to note. The aptly named Ticks. They were colored much like the other items but for all the objects available, they were indeed the most disgusting. One Napa resident said they looked like giant cockroaches. I agree. Ewww.

There were several clothing items to be found on the bodies. Mesanna named a few of the dresses from the first one. The second one held named robes that were looted as such. In addition, one bow was named by Mesanna.

Again, I am sure there were many more items that were looted. This event had a large, boisterous showing, and it was impossible to get a list or images of most of it. A few of the winners for the book turn in that I was able to catch:

Gray Mouser, who was kind enough to PM me, received the Blood Donation.
High Voltage, I have no idea what he received.
BookMaster, again, I do not know what he received.
Alex Summers, received Blood Donations. I know because he typed it out.

There were many more recipients but I could not get confirmation for a few reasons. One, just too many individuals, and two, our dastardly resident thief, King Fisher.

Yes, but what did he do, you ask? How did his brilliance touch us this time? Allow me to show you. Though I am sure there were many who found themselves in the grips of his plan.





Indeed. Forgery. They were dropped discreetly on the ground beside corpses to be picked up by frenzied looters trying desperately to get the bank item of their dreams. Dashed hopes for some when it was discovered they had been had, hilarious to others who found it bothersome but otherwise a great way to play the system. So to end this report, I salute King Fisher once again. Always a nuisance, ever clever.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and doubly so to Mesanna and our EM's for hosting and playing along.

Best Gaming Wishes,
Salya Sin
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UO Stratics House of Commons Chat 3rd June 2010
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Posted on Friday, June 4, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)
House of Commons 122nd Chat Log

 

 

Zephenia - Welcome EVERYONE to the 122nd Ultima Online House of Commons chat on Stratics. The team will introduce themselves and we will begin! Remember, only send your questions to the 2 [QT]'s. Mesanna - Hello everyone, I am Mesanna, Associate Producer Mythic_Uriah - *waves* ... I bring the bagels MythicMark - This is Mark (sometimes know as Shade) and I'm a designer on Ultima Online Axel_Mythic - Hey all! I'm Billy, software engineer. Mythic_Phoenix - Howdy folks! I'm a designer-type as well. Logrus_Mythic - I'm Logrus supposedly a designer and I break stuff. Bleak - Hey Everyone, I2019m Bleak, Software Engineer brian - I'm Brian, another software engineer. Nightcrawler - What is the status of the faction test server? Will we be seeing more attention to factions in the next few months? Mythic_Phoenix - Factions updates are currently on hold while we go over the feedback we've received thus far. I can't offer a firm answer on when we'll be making further updates. Xevei_GL - Additional House Storage upgrade? I desperately need one. Support your local packrats! Mesanna - That is a subject we are discussing and its something we should have an answer on before the end of summer. Adesteria - A question for Mesanna. If she going to be doing another event? And Is she coming back to Napa? Mesanna - Yes I will be doing an event on every shard sooner or later, and yes I do want to return if they will have me. Nightcrawler - Is the possibility of a classic shard under consideration? If so, what time period would it be geared towards? Mythic_Uriah - The classic shard is under consideration, As stated in the letter earlier this year we would have an answer before the end of the year, There is no other update to its status PotionMaster - So I hear you guys are going to activate all old player accounts.. Are you guys also thinking about reactivating a pre Trammel server? Supreem *gears grinding* MythicMark - see previous question on that last one Supreem *chuckles* Mythic_Uriah - o.O GvP - With party-enabled features such as Mysticism's cleansing winds and the new bardic abilities, can we get a party option for instanced looting? MythicMark - There is not a plan to do instanced looting right now but it is not out of the question. Basara - Question for the server tech types: I was in the Underworld on Lake Austin, killing Gray Goblins for music gears last friday, when I had UO lock up, and I had to abort out of the program. When it restarted, I was by Ter Mur moongate, hidden on a character with no means to hide. Did something happen to the server that resulted in my being "Telestormed" to safety, like at old-school events? Supreem - I'm not exactly sure what happened there. It sounds like the server might have crashed and you were restored back to your last saved location.\ Supreem - If it happens again, send in a bug report with as much information that you can come up with. :) Axel_Mythic- We got a large art patch coming up for Pub66.5 to fix some of the Gargoyle armor issues. For
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Forge Wars this Saturday! (06/05/2010 7:00pm PST)
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Posted on Saturday, June 5, 2010, 12:21 AM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)
Forge Wars this Saturday! (06/05/2010 7:00pm PST)



An invitation written in stone has arrived. The Cyclopes Bossman has invited YOU to a team event called "Forge Wars". The invitation is inscribed with the following text :

Big Greets Kin of Sosaria! I is writing to offer tanks from the cyclopes again for helping us escape te titan slave masters. We will never forget our debt for all tat kindness. Te queen of te dawn has given us good lands. Next to te fine meer kin in te southeast of Ilshenar. We is building and gathering and laughing again. We is exploring tis valley and everyday we find more and more pretty tings to meer kin are friendly and tey is teaching us to swim in te lake tey keep a fine zoo of creatures here too. We ain't never seen no animals like tat before and tey let us pet tem anytime we want and tere is crazy mad pixies across te lake tey is always good for some funny tricks it is great ting you have done for us and we is happy and free. But most of all we remember our promises and we is working hard to keem tem. So I is happy to write te cyclopes stadium will soon be ready for you and your kin to join in te challenge of a forge war. I has talked with te other cyclopes and we all agree. It would be a great honor if te kin of our new land came to swing hammers in te maiden bout of te killing floor. You might know te cyclopes are a kin of craft and combat. Te forge wars is te same. If you is wanting to enter you must be strong in battle or good with a forge and hammer. Come wit tree others to make a team of four strong, and you is ready to join te bout, and don mind nuttin. We has lots real big bandaids. We is going to get everyting ready and host te event for you when you arrive. All of it should be good for tis saturday eve. I is sending a kin to meet tose who wish to compete and tose who want to just watch. A cyclops is going to wait on Trinsic docs from seven as te sun is setting. I is much happy to be seeing you again. Rock steady! Ornok Te Cyclopes Bossman

To participate in "Forge Wars" on June 5th you will need the following. * A team of up to four players. Having less than four will put you at a severe disadvantage. If you have trouble filling your team, try your luck with a forum post or perhaps seek out solo players on the night. * Your team must have GM or better Blacksmith and GM or better Mining. These two skills may be on separate players. The rest of the skills are open, but you will need good firepower and tactical co-operation. * For team registration on the night, please prepare an in-game book with your member's names listed on the first page. Your blacksmith should be listed first. * You may wear any equipment you wish, excepting bracelets of binding or other summoning items. * All members must have empty backpacks with the exception of spellbooks. All other items need to be equipped. * No pets or mounts will be allowed, this includes ethereal types. (My apologies to tamers. I'll make it up to ya!) Note : A general combat resource kit will be supplied at the event. It contains regents, bandages, and a tithing stone. (The contents of the kit are open for discussion) Finally I wanted to say thank you for your excellent participation in the prologue last week. This week, if things go smooth and you guys have a good time, I'm hoping we can turn it in to something regular, perhaps doing one every other month. Also we can easily modify it for other crafting professions. I know Ornok would be in to it! See you on Trinsic docks guys. :) EM Tailspin Find out more at http://pacific.uoem.net/
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The New Ethereal Vortex on Baja Stratics
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Posted on Friday, June 4, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
I am pleased to announce the latest version of Baja's Ethereal Vortex Page.

Baja's Ethereal Vortex - Councils and Clans of the Five Worlds

To those unfamiliar with our shards Ethereal Vortex; the page is a listing used to document and feature our communities historic and roleplayed Kingdoms, Villages, Estates, Land Claims, Establishments, and Governments. While some shards have chosen to discontinue use of their Ethereal Vortex, we here at Baja Stratics News wished to update ours to reflect the changing needs of our small corner of the Ultima Online Community.

To those who are familiar with the Vortex, you might notice several significant departures from the old version.

* We've discontinued the 'Councils of Virtue' and 'Clans of Sin' Theme. It became clear as I was updating the system that not all guilds can be cleverly pigeonholed into divisions of 'Good' and 'Evil.' And not all Lawful and Good individuals associate themselves with Lord British's Virtues. Therefore I changed the system to reflect their geographic region of that claim (Trammel, Felucca, Tel Mur, etc.) rather than their Alignment (Good, Evil, Lawful, Chaotic, etc.).

* I've changed 'Base Area' to 'Geographic Region.' It could easily be confusing when the 'Base Area' of Avalon was identified as 'Avalon.' So we changed it instead to reflect the Ultima Prime Name of each region (i.e. Spiritwood being the forest between Skara Brae and Trinsic, the Bay of Lost Hope being the body of water separating Minoc from Wrong, etc.) I've also chosen to list some of the player created names of some regions (i.e. Cochese Pass is the name given to a landmass near the Village of Avalon).

* We've identified with brackets those regions or landmasses which belong to a greater Kingdom (i.e. the Count of Berg is a loyal servant of the Kingdom of Britannia, while the Gulgeth Clan of the Hordelands profess their alligience to the Duchess of Dawn). The current major, identifiable multi-region empires are the Britannian Kingdom, the Dawnite Kingdom, and the Vassals of the Dark Tower.

* We've added those regions and claims which have a major significance to the event moderator storyline. New Britain (Trammel) has been divided into three regions; the Southern being under the administration of the Town Guards, while the Eastern is under the administration of Roberto the Town Ruffian.

* We wanted to reflect that each major town can and often does possess several major guilds as opposed to just one. Avalon hosts not only the Citizens of Avalon but the Gypsys of Sosaria as well. Golden is occupied by the Golden Knights, the Rangers of the Realm, and the Protectors of All Wildlife. Therefore we replaced the contact person with a listing of each major guild.

* We've rid the Vortex of the Status Number. I've always felt that the number could be used to suggest some guilds or communities are more important than others.

Over the next couple evenings we will continue to update the Vortex with webpage links and contact information.

If you have any questions or would like your town or village added to the Ethereal Vortex, please contact me at [email protected] or leave me a private message here on UOStratics.

WarderDragon,
Baja Stratics Reporter

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[EM] The Rage of a Daemon Queen - June 5 @ 9 PM EST
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Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,
We just got some news from EM Kasaven:
Ix Tab sat restless, accompanied only by her thoughts. The dim red glow of the crystal adjacent to her was the only thing illuminating the small, barren room. The cold, dank walls that surrounded her seemed to be the only things containing the seething anger that ran through her mind. She pushed herself up from the iron ore chair and walked over toward the pulsating crystal which consumed her thoughts. She raised the tip of her sword to the crystal, as if challenging it.

The crystal had not reacted to her previous incantations as it should. The power of the Conversion Crystal was great, and should have been made greater by the lives lost by obtaining it from Aegis. It was not for lack of power that the crystal would not respond. There was something else that had eluded Ix Tab’s understanding, something about the crystal was not as it should be.

She pressed the sword closer to the crystal, probing it, coercing it to reveal its true reality. Inside the crystal the visage of a trapped soul glared outward at Ix Tab, its grotesque, eyeless sockets peered through her to the blank wall at her back, as if refusing to recognize her existence. Splotches of gray, decomposing skin clung hopelessly to its glowing blue skull as bright orbs of light emerged where eyes once rested. The orbs seemed to pace back and forth frantically before resting themselves on the black-armor clad figure before them. The skull’s loose-hanging jaw tightened as its shattered, long-dead teeth gnashed and its face contorted wickedly as if to express its abhorrence and revulsion with Ix. She threw back her head and laughed, grabbing the Crystal between her claws. The figure inside seemed to convulse violently, its mouth forming a noiseless wail.

“You are only a pawn, a lost soul. In defending the glade, you have empowered me.” Ix said, staring into the lifeless eyes of the writhing blue skull. “Your death brings the conversion crystal closer to its ultimate goal. You will damn all that you once loved.”

And for a moment, as if decrying her statement, as if refusing to obey her whims, the crystal faded from sight. The room become pitch black, and Ix’s sword fell to the ground with a metallic clang that echoed throughout the room, affirming its emptiness. As quick as it had faded from sight, the crystal reappeared, the vengeful soul still staring into Ix, as if enjoying her shock.


Rotep looked on as James lifted Aedon from the grass-covered ground with the help of the black-clad Clive. As Rotep uttered words of power, the sleeves of his blue robe undulated as he waved his arms, directing his healing incantations toward Aedon. Aedon’s eyes opened and took in his surroundings. He blinked, unbelievingly.

“Have I, where is,” Aedon shook his head, trying to compose himself. “What has occurred??”

Clive turned to him with a worried look on his face, “You were outside, chanting to this pond of yours, when we arrived. You looked fatigued, to say the least, and you collapsed without warning.”

“That cannot be!” “I was upholding the wards, to prevent Ix from discovering the truth about the false crystal she has obtained!” Aedon’s face turned pale.

“Perhaps you require my assistance?” James said, his staff bursting into flames as he turned to Aedon, nearly causing his robe to catch fire. Rotep let out a laugh, yet the look of horror remained on Aedon’s face.

Rotep turned back toward Aedon, “What’s the bi—” a hand tightly grasped around the back of his neck prevented him from finishing his thought, as James’ eyes widened. A tall woman clad in dark armor bearing a large daemon insignia stood behind him where only moments ago stood naught. She unleashed a fierce kick to Rotep’s spinal-cord that sent him airborne. The blow caused him to crash into James at a blinding speed, both flying forward until a nearby tree halted their progress, splitting in half.

Aedon immediately drew his sword from its scabbard and rushed toward Ix. Clive raised his shadow-smithed ornate axe far above his head and thrust it, spinning, at the daemon he knew all too well. The axe whirled acutely toward its target as Ix merely stared in its direction as if she meant to coerce it to turn from its path. A moment before it struck her, she touched her clawed hand to her chest and flicked her hand outward as if rolling a pair of die to cast her fate. In an instant, the axe split into a dozen sharp-edged pieces and flew back toward her assailants. Aedon rolled out of the way as he advanced, and Clive jumped backward, barely avoiding a shard of the axe as it ripped vehemently through his black robe.

“I am no fool, Durreah, do you think your damn knight’s tricks can stop me??” Ix screamed, “I live for your deaths, hellfire will consume you!”

Before Aedon could regain his footing, Ix’s eyes began to glow a crimson red. The ground beneath her began to pulsate, and the grass underfoot burst into flames. Her armor began to crack as a horrid transformation overtook her figure. As she let out a scream of pain and fury, a pair of horns grew from her skull, and her body flashed between its flesh color and a wave of crimson. Her black chain mail tunic exploded from her chest as her muscles grew into those of a giant. A flash of demonic pleasure ripped through her visage like orgasm as a pair of wings burst forth from her back, splattering the ground in fresh daemon blood that dripped from her wing tips like the tears of a hopeless mortal.

“Do you see what you have done? Now everyone will suffer!” Ix rose her fists into the air and entwined her fingers around a pair of gem fragments she produced as if from no where. Aedon and Clive stood up to oppose her. Before they could react, a bolt of lightning struck her raised fists as she thrust it downward into the heart of the pond. Earth shattered like thin glass beneath her as fragments of the pedestal once holding the great crystal flew in every direction. Aedon and Clive were sent crashing in opposite directions, and Ix thrust her fists downward again, with a great crash of lightning. Repeatedly her fists crushed the ground with the rancor of a mad daemon queen, unrelenting and unforgiving. Rubble and earth flew in every direction as she destroyed her surroundings, the impact began to excoriate the flesh from her hands as daemon blood splattered about the glade, yet it only caused her to increase her maddening pace.

Then she saw it, gleaming in the reflection of the dirt-covered, blood-splattered pond. The crystal she so sought after began to form, the wards began to fade. As she reached to retrieve it, Aedon began uttering words of warding between gasped breaths, spitting blood from his mouth that leaked from a gash on his forehead. The crystal disappeared from Ix’s sight as Aedon continued his incantation. Ix turned around, her red eyes glaring at him with an intense malice. He sought to keep her from what she desired most, he would destroy everything he loved rather than see her succeed. Ix snarled and slammed the ground, sending a wave of earth toward both Aedon and Clive. The wall of stone struck Aedon in the chest, sending him backward to hit his head against a nearby stone, falling unconscious. Clive rolled backward, to no avail, as the wall struck him in the side, sending him writhing to the ground.

Ix looked back to the pedestal as the crystal finally began to form a complete entity. She let out a shrieking, maniacal laugh as she looked at her prize lustily, grabbing it between bloodied hands. She took flight and looked back, proud of the flames and chaos she had left behind.

I will test the potential of this Conversion Crystal against those who refuse to join the uprising. Join or Die! They were warned!

Ix Tab grinned as she thought of the first town that should fall to her newfound might.

Come to the Counselor’s Hall, Saturday 6/5/10 at 9 p.m. EST. This menace must be countered as soon as she strikes!

(Thanks for reading this extended fiction, I got carried away, hope you enjoy it.)

For the original, and a picture, look at the Catskills EM Website.

And a friendly reminder - just because you aren't a Stratics reporter doesn't mean you can't send us news of your own! All you folks who are lucky enough to have the time to attend these EM events are encouraged to send us your reports so that those who cannot can stay informed.
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[Report] Yewish Blow Up Drow Mine Entrance (Wednesday 2nd)
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Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010, 10:52 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Remember when Nathan Hawke said this:

Nathan Hawke: I see your point (about blowing up the mines) But I am unsure it will work, Besides if there are trapped people down there they may get blocked in for ever.

Well it seems the Yewish have ignored his advice, Last night (Wednesday 2nd) they blew up the Drow Mining Hole to the southeast of Stonekeep.

This all started when a bunch of Drow Guardians, sharply followed by a group of mean looking dragons descended, Or perhaps ascended if they came from their mines? Anyway, They made their way into Stonekeep and began attacking.

From what I was told, And this is just their word, I wasn't there at this point, After the Drow attacked first the Yewish then blew up their mine.

When the mine entrance was blown up the Dragons went crazy and began furiously attacking the Yewish guardsmen, and at this point myself and a few others who had came from other towns to lend a hand.









The battle was tough, These bright red dragons were tough and it took a dozen or so guardsmen and several pet dragons and a white wyrm to take down.




The blown up Mine Entrance

I didn't find anything unusual on the loot however I was informed drowish books were found that evening, If anyone has a copy of them It would be fantastic if you could add them on this thread. Thanks!
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[EM Event] The mysterious disappearance of Lady Rose
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Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT by Frarc (Drachenfels)
The mysterious disappearance of Lady Rose Jason got a letter from Lady Rose’s Family with the please to clarify her disappearance. Nachtalb will support the searching with the help of his dark forces. It was a Sunday evening when a group of adventurers where waiting for Jason the monk at the Counselor’s Guildhall in Britain.Jason seem to be in need of help to search Lady Rose. Jason said: "Good Evening!Thank you for your numerous appearance tonight! I got a letter from Lady Rose’s Family with the please to clarify her disappearance.She was on the hunt to find and catalogue new species and plants.On her last journey she disappears and no one saw her again.Balthazar is on a seminar for gravediggers and can't support us today but he mentioned a strange one who is able to lead us.I will use the spells Balthazar gave me to call the stranger." *checks the book* AN MANI HUR VAS CORP NACHTALB. VAS KAL BET MANI IN CORP NACHTALB. Nachtalbs appeared in a impressive way! Nachtalb seemed not in a good mood when he was summoned. Nachtalb: " Who is calling me?" Jason: "My name is Jason and Balthazar told me that you can help us today to find the missing Lady." Nachtalb: "Oh Balthazar gave you the secret words to call me? He knows the words are only for emergency.But i trust Balthazar And i will help you to find the Lady.I hope you don't fear the dark powers i will use." Jason: "Balthazar didn't tell me about your dark powers but I'm sure he knows whom we can trust.Here is the letter and the map where Lady Rose had planned to go." Nachtalb: " I know the first place where we have to go but we can't go alone because its very dangerous. Jason: "I'm sure we have here a lot of hero's who help us.Will you help us on this adventure,acquire glory and fame and find the missing Lady Rose?" Of course that was a silly question. All these brave people who gathered in the counselors hall are always ready for some action and adventure! Jason: "Very good!We knew we could count on you! *happy face* Nachtalb: *Looks at the crowd* "they don't look very strong to escort us but we will see.I bet we can scratch their weak body's from the ground." Jason: "Don't do the mistake and underestimate this brave hero's.Please, follow and escort us and don't run away in front of us,otherwise people get lost and we would be defenseless! If anything is clear,i would say we could make a move,right nachtalb? Nachtalb: "If there no questions,we could meet outside for the first gate." We where all ready, not knowing where Nachtalb would take us. When we stepped trough the first gate we where somewhere North west of Luna. Brigands and some strange elementals where waiting for us. It was a a fierce and hard battle but eventually
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Point Driven
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Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT by Tiny Dancer (Atlantic)
"Point Driven"

By

Tiny Dancer











Factions are an integral part of Player versus Player in Ultima Online. These days, PvP basically revolves around factions. Putting the enemy in stat when doing spawns or harrowers is a good way to ensure you will walk away successfully with your power or stat scrolls in hand.





There are other reasons Factions have become so popular.



(1). You honestly can't beat being able to put your opposition in stat for 20 mins, it adds a whole new level of excitement to PvPing.



(2). Guarding sigils is a great way to get lots of people in one area. It can make for some very interesting fights.



A little over a year ago UO introduced new faction armor in order to get more people involved in factions. That was a huge encouragement for people to join. Basically, faction armor pieces are "arties" with extra mods on them. They make it incredibly easy to build killer suits (literally) with these pieces. Especially if you incorperate imbued armor.



There are 4 different factions (2 evil and 2 good) that are constantly at war with each other to encourage good healthy PvP. The factions are: The Shadowlords(Evil),The Followers of Minax(Evil), The Council of Mages(Good), and The True Britannians(Good).



Ultima Online keeps a scoreboard of the top ranked guilds and players in each faction (http://town.uo.com/factions/factions_0.html) In order to give these hard working individuals some much deserved attention, I had a little chat with each of them.





I first sat down with Mordecai of TF+R (TB), ranked number one for his faction but also the point leader on Atlantic.





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First of all, congrats on being ranked number 1 for your faction and the Atlanic shard!



Mordecai: Thanks, a lot of killing involved lol!



What template do you play?



Mordecai: I play a Mystic Mage with Ninja!




What is your favorite thing about factions?



Mordecai: I honestly like how you can put a person out of a fight for 20 mins, not only that but the faction arties are really too good to pass up!



What do you dislike about factions?



Mordecai: I dislike the faction point system ranging out of control. When I say that, I mean having millions and some cases billions of points is just way too much! So I guess what I'm trying to say is the point system is a little awkward.



What would you like to see implemented in the new faction system?



Mordecai: I would be pleased to see a different scale on the points, also maybe different faction animals would be really nice! What I mean by that is not just faction horses, maybe add ozzys,llamas etc.




Good idea! You like the colors or you think they should be different?



Mordecai: I don't think the colors are equal at all, I mean the Minax faction horses obviously look the best but they ruined the Shadow Lord horses. Maybe new colors would be a great idea!



Who do you admire the most in your faction and your opposing factions and why?



Mordecai: I admire Chad the most AKA Muffin McNasty, simply because hes a west coast pvper yet he can out play just about anyone I know in this game east and west pinging 100's+. He really is a great guy. Opposing faction I would have to give it to Ngraskel for the soul reason he actually will fight you on any terms 1vs1 and to be honest, he is actually a really good pvper himself. I think he just plays with the wrong group of people!



If you only had one word to describe your faction fighting style what would it be?



Mordecai: I would have to say I have a rather mellow pvp style. I'm usually really calm and collective, taking into my surroundings really well, just trying to get a feel of how everyone else plays. One word? GREATNESS.








Thunder, $lap (MIN): Unavailable for comment.









Next I had the pleasure to talk to Draco, of TDT (CoM).



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First, congratulations on being ranked number #1 for your faction!




Draco: Thank you



What template do you play?



Draco: I play an archer tamer. Even though people don't like it much, it does the job by putting them into stats, and thats what I care about.



What is your favorite thing about factions?



Draco: My favorite thing would be that you get to fight more people! There aren't that many reds anymore for my blue to kill. I like to fight, that's my main thing in the game, and yes I do have other templates for those who are wondering!



What do you dislike about factions?




Draco: That if you die you gotta wait 20 minutes for your stats to go back to normal.



What would you like to see implemented in the new faction system?



Draco: I would like it for them to make it so that you can fight factions in Fel and Tram, that would make the game more interesting in my opinion.




Who do you admire the most in your faction and your opposing factions and why?



Draco: Hmm, who do I admire the most, thats a hard one. For my guild, definately Verdivier. When it comes to opposing factions I respect those who fight legit. Most of the time you can tell who is speedhacking, or using some type of script or art mod, when they pass through tombstones, so on and so forth. I have no respect for those people. Its a game play it legit!



If you only had one word to describe your faction fighting style what would it be?




Draco: ANNOYING =P







Last, but definately not least! Sexy Sonja of HHS! (SL).



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Congrats on being ranked number 1 for your faction!



Sexy Sonja: Thanks!




What template do you play?



Sexy Sonja: Well the template that I play that seems to make so many people angry is Sexy Sonya, she is a Stealth Spirtspeak Ninja Archer..



What is your favorite thing about factions?



Sexy Sonja: My Favorite thing about factions would be the huge fights and teamwork! Teamwork is a must in factions!



What do you dislike about factions?



Sexy Sonja: Hmm, I really dont have any dislikes about factions you can say stat lost but I think that is nice 20 min break hehe.




What would you like to see implemented in the new faction system?



Sexy Sonja: I would really like to see defenses at the bases like a tier system where you can place cannons at the front of the bases and different kinds of traps through the base as your base ranks up in tier!



Who do you admire the most in your faction and your opposing factions and why?



Well I really have to say I admire everyone in my faction. they're a great group of people, fun to play with. For the opposing factions well I would have to say TDT has came a long way in factions, they seem to have the teamwork down pat.



If you only had one word to describe your faction fighting style what would it be?



REZ-KILLS :P






Thank you to the gentlemen who took time out of their busy schedules to sit down and talk to me.



If you are interested in finding out more about factions, I would suggest visiting the following sites:




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Chesapeake Fight Night Results [6/2/10]
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Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Chesapeake Fight Night Results
Moria Village, Felucca
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
By: Merik



Fight Night in Moria Village, all are welcome to attend even if you don't know the first thing about pvp! Come to learn and you will have a lot of fun!!! You may challenge anyone in attendance to a fight. The options available are One Vs. One, One Vs. Team and Team Vs. Team. Challenging can also take place on UOChesapeake Stratics. Each Fight Night ends with a last man standing where all participants fight each other in a free for all, the winner of this event gets a 1 MILLION GOLD PRIZE !!!! Blues can enter the Fight Night house safely, through the Community Teleport Hub located next to the Homare-Jima Moongate, inside Kijustsu Anei Village. Pets are not allowed in the fights but summoning spells are.

MATCHES


KaLaDin Vs Mammon Onryo
Winner: KaLaDin


Euraviel Vs Drakon
Winner: Drakon


KaLaDin and Angus Vs Mammon Onryo and Drakon
Winners: KaLaDin and Angus


KaLaDin and Drakon Vs Mammon Onryo and Angus
Winners: Mammon Onryo and Angus


Mammon Onryo Vs Demon Slayer
Winner: Mammon Onryo


Sinthe Vs Angus
Winner: Angus


KaLaDin Vs Demon Slayer
Winner: KaLaDin

Killian Vs Drakon
Winner: Drakon

Mammon Onryo and KaLaDin Vs Demon Slayer, Drakon and Killian
Winner: Mammon Onryo and KaLaDin

Last Man Standing Winner: Mammon Onryo




See you in two weeks!!!! Every other Wednesday at 8:00pm EST!!!

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Chesapeake Fight Night Results [6/2/10]
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Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Chesapeake Fight Night Results
Moria Village, Felucca
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
By: Merik



Fight Night in Moria Village, all are welcome to attend even if you don't know the first thing about pvp! Come to learn and you will have a lot of fun!!! You may challenge anyone in attendance to a fight. The options available are One Vs. One, One Vs. Team and Team Vs. Team. Challenging can also take place on UOChesapeake Stratics. Each Fight Night ends with a last man standing where all participants fight each other in a free for all, the winner of this event gets a 1 MILLION GOLD PRIZE !!!! Blues can enter the Fight Night house safely, through the Community Teleport Hub located next to the Homare-Jima Moongate, inside Kijustsu Anei Village. Pets are not allowed in the fights but summoning spells are.

MATCHES


KaLaDin Vs Mammon Onryo
Winner: KaLaDin


Euraviel Vs Drakon
Winner: Drakon


KaLaDin and Angus Vs Mammon Onryo and Drakon
Winners: KaLaDin and Angus


KaLaDin and Drakon Vs Mammon Onryo and Angus
Winners: Mammon Onryo and Angus


Mammon Onryo Vs Demon Slayer
Winner: Mammon Onryo


Sinthe Vs Angus
Winner: Angus


KaLaDin Vs Demon Slayer
Winner: KaLaDin

Killian Vs Drakon
Winner: Drakon

Mammon Onryo and KaLaDin Vs Demon Slayer, Drakon and Killian
Winner: Mammon Onryo and KaLaDin

Last Man Standing Winner: Mammon Onryo




See you in two weeks!!!! Every other Wednesday at 8:00pm EST!!!

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[EM EVENTS] Two Days of EM Events Starting This Weekend!
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Posted on Friday, June 4, 2010, 12:27 AM EDT by Crystal Canyon (Origin)


Em Faine and EM Molly have been hard at work again conjuring up activities for the Citizens of Origin! Have you ever felt like getting drunk and then going to a Q&A session with a sharp knife in your pocket...just in case you don't get the answer the wanted? I'd like to tell you that is what is planned, because personally, I think it sounds like a lot of fun. But, I think I have the events and times a bit mixed up. Everyone better head over to the EM's Forums and see what these two have planned for us this weekend. Origin EM Forums


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End of May Obits
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Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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~ END OF MAY OBITS ~





Arris


Ballistic






Dempsey


Deserie


Dworkin




Frog Sage







Justice and Daslo


Mack Truck, Sookie and Miss Pied Piper


Madara



Manx


Matthias






Morgana


Oog



CryptAngel, Sin vos bar, Justice, Mickie, Morgana, Manx


Sinister Sister


Temptress




Sookie



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Stratics House of Commons Chat - Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
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Posted to uoherald.com




Stratics House of Commons Chat - Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

James Nichols 01 Jun 2010 14:02:58


Greetings!

Its our pleasure to announce our participation in the upcoming Stratics House of Commons chat tomorrow, Thursday, June 3rd. For information on how to join the IRC chat visit Stratics at the link below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stratics HoC IRC Chat - 06/03/2010
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Black Market on June 5th, 8pm EST
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Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010, 2:30 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

News from Hawkeye Pike:
"Good contraband for fair prices" - again, that's the motto of the monthly Black Market on Catskills. Come to shop and to have fun!

Merchants can claim a personal market stand where they can advertise and sell their products. The merchants should enter the list of their products into the book locked down on their market stand (at least one day prior to the event, so people can come by and check on the items).The prices should be LOWER than the regular Luna vendor prices! Bargaining is encouraged!Are you looking for a certain item? You can post your request on the bulletin board out front of the Black Market. Merchants can check the board beforehand and have the appropriate items ready for sale. The board will be wiped after the Black Market is over.

If you want to sell contraband, you can simply come to the Black Market building prior to the event and enter your name and your item list into one of the (empty) books on the market stands. By doing that you have claimed the market stand and may use it exclusively during the event. The Black Market building is located next to our Jolly Roger Inn.

A map for those who don't know where the Jolly Roger Inn is:

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Interview with Ransom of BiC
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Posted on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 7:09 AM EDT by Armand (Chesapeake)
While traveling around, I bumped into Ransom of BiC. I knew that she and her guild had just recently returned to UO and I decided to ask for an interview. She accepted and it was an enjoyable experience, I even made it out of the BiC compound alive.   I enjoyed this experience and decided that it might be fun to interview other active felucca guilds. If you are a GM of an active felucca guild and would like to be interviewed, please pm me or e-mail me at [email protected] Without further adou, I give you Ransom of BiC.   Armand:          What is your character name and what guild do you belong to?
Ransom:          Ransom/Benevolent Insurgency of Chesapeake also known as Born in Chaos

Armand:          What is your position in that guild?
Ransom:          Guildmaster

Armand:          I heard that you just came back to UO. How long were you gone and why did you leave?
Ransom:          Word travels fast! BiC left UO officially back at the end of 2004. At the time, I'd been playing UO for roughly 5 years, and to be perfectly frank, I think most of us were bored. World of Warcraft launched and several of our guild members had beta tested the game and said some good things about it. After trying it for a couple of weeks, most of us decided that it was time to make a change. Strangely, most of us were just killing time until Darkfall launched, as we felt that it would be the closest thing to UO we  could find, with the sort of graphics that we expected. Of course, it would be many more years until Darkfall released, but none of us knew that then.            

 I think the bottom line was that most of us were just disgusted with AoS and the changes it brought. While much of our guild tends to take the 'Adapt!!' standpoint, it seemed to us that everything just changed from being at least 'mostly' skill dependent, to being almost all gear dependent.

Armand:          What are some of the major changes that have happened while you were gone?
Ransom:          5 years is a long, long time. I can't really even answer the question.

Armand:          What are some of the biggest adjustments that you have had to make since coming back?
Ransom:          Trying to remember how the heck to do everything is probably the biggest challenge. That and the fact that a lot has changed in 5 years. The specs we ran aren't the same as they are now. Trying to get our gear up to par has been a challenge for us as well. Additionally, when BiC left UO all those years ago, we had more members that I could possibly count. It was rare that we had less than 20 in our ventrilo channel, and not uncommon to have double that at any given time. Right now, we are running spawns with 4 or 5 of us at a time, some of which are under geared, some of us who are rusty, and a couple who have never before played UO. There's a large learning curve going on here, but we are starting to warm up now.

Armand:          What was your favorite PvP template before you left?
Ransom:          Oh my goodness. This is such a trick question!! If you asked every member of our guild this question, you'd get every single one of them answering differently. Our guild was always divided into a 'spawn team' and a 'protection' team. Our protection team was comprised solely of pvp'ers. At the time, it seems like most of the guys on that squad were nox mages and scribe mages. It seems we had a handful of dexxers but they were the minority.

Armand:          What is your favorite PvP template since coming back?
Ransom:          Personally, I'm looking forward to the bard changes. I *still* play a mage/bard, even though it's less effective in PvP. My men are telling me right now that the most interesting pvp spec is an archer.  Back in the day, archers were almost always pvm'ers, but right now it seems that archers are pretty hot. However, this is one of those questions that is almost impossible to answer, because everyone has such different opinions. You could start a 3324324234 page flame war with this very question.

 To me, the great thing about UO is that someone can take just the most ridiculous spec you can think of, and make it work effectively in a group environment. In BiC, we rarely are out running around alone. We tend to stay together as a group, and having a variety of different specs and templates keeps our group well rounded, with just enough tricks up our sleeve.

Armand:          Worst UO memory to date?
Ransom:         Age of Shadows. 'Nuff said.

Armand:          Favorite UO memory to date?
Ransom:          I can't pick one! Seeing Green Acres for the first time. The 13 hour Harrower fight between BiC/Champs. The night we blocked off the ENTIRE island spawn with 3 rings of boats---GM's came and removed them and we got fussed at, but oh lord how  we cackled in vent. I could go on forever and ever, because the favorite memories is just too long.

Armand:          Favorite non PvP char?
Ransom:         Still my bard.

Armand:          Do you prefer choke point fights, duels or all out field fighting? 
Ransom:         All out field fighting. Choke points are a ridiculous exercise in futility. Dueling is for your guild to practice combos. All out field fighting absolutely tests your opponents ability to stay together, heal together, move together and basically their cohesiveness as a team.

Armand:          What is your favorite way to get your PvP fix? Yew Gate? Despise Spawn Battle? Battle at another spawn location? Ransom:           I have some guild members who are, and have always been "Gate Trash" as we lovingly call them. For me and most of the other BiC'ers, we prefer spawns. I don't care if it's Despise or Bog, or Desert spawn-- we just LOVE to spawn, and love to battle over them. We most certainly are not the best pvp'ers out there, but we sure do love to do it.

I also just adore when other guilds come to visit us at the BiC Compound. I love, love, love to battle it out on our home turf.

Armand:          If you could bring one thing back to PvP, what would it be?
Ransom:         I'd dump all the damn arties, all the doom gear, all that nonsense and go back to GM created gear/weapons. I'd probably consider stat loss as well.

Armand:          Is your in game persona different from your irl self or do you portray yourself the same in game and out?
Ransom:         I'm pretty much the same in game and IRL. I probably swear a little more in real life. I guess you'd probably have to ask the other BiC'ers this question to get a real feel of me and how I lead my guys. Most of them have met me IRL many times, but I'm pretty confident they'd agree that I'm about the same.

Armand:          How old were you when you started playing UO?
Ransom:         25 or so.

Armand:          Why do you think UO is still around after 12 yrs?
Ransom:         There's no other game like it. No other game allows you the freedom to pick templates the way UO does. No other games offers the free will that UO has. Rune books and the ability recall wherever you want is just win sauce. Customizable housing. The list goes on and on.

Armand:          There’s been some talk about players wanting power scrolls moved to Ilish and Tok spawns. Do you agree or disagree with this and why?
Ransom:         DISAGREE!!! Once you stop having Risk vs. Reward, you begin to lose the 'magic' of what makes those items so special. If just anyone could go in there and spawn, then EVERYONE would be spawning all the time and EVERYONE would have a billion scrolls. What would be the use? You end up messing with the economy and all sorts of stuff.  There is enough PVE/PVM content in UO to not mess with the one real Risk vs. Reward scenario in fel.

Armand:          Which client do you prefer for PvP? Why?
Ransom:         Classic. Enhanced is laggy and buggy.

Armand:          One thing you would like to see change about UO?
Ransom:         I'd like to get rid of all the 'stuff'.  Just back on up to pre AoS and we'd be set.

Armand:          What do you do in UO when you're not PvPing?
Ransom:          LOL. I'm like a trammy at heart. I shop, decorate our house, stock our Supply House, fill out random interviews for Stratics... :)

Armand:          Do you have a UO “Hero”? Who and Why? Ransom:          One of my BiC'ers 'Jebidya'. Back in the day this kid was virtually impossible to kill. He recently returned with us, and I tell you what, he's just as amazing as he always was. He's calm under pressure, not a smack talker, and just really, really good. He's still a bit rusty, but I can remember it would sometimes take 6+ people to take Jeb down back in the day.

Armand:          Where was your original BiC Compound?
Ransom:         We were 'north-ish' of Minoc back in the day. Since our return, we are located where the road ends at the swamp outside of Brit.

Armand:          What are some of the best memories you have from the original BiC Compound?
Ransom:         Oh my goodness. Battles that lasted hours in that compound. Sadly, 'encouraging' many of the locals to 'relocate' out of our compound so that we could put bic'ers in their homes. Running from the caves and dragging Champs into the compound to try to trap  them between our homes. Designing our homes so that they were the ULTIMATE pvp houses...the list goes on and on.
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[EM Event] Meeting with Queen Dawn
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Posted on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 3:13 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
WHEN? Thursday the 3rd of April 2010 at 8pm UK Time, 9pm Central European Time
WHERE? Castle British, Britain Trammel

Audience with Queen Dawn in the Throne Room of Castle British. All citizens of the Kingdom are invited to raise issues, express their concerns or make suggestions.

Location : The Throne Room of Castle British

Event from the EM website.
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Loki Does Lady Lava's Questionnaire
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Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Toadys guest is someone I have known for many years and have finally brought him to the questionnaire and his name is Loki Bhey.


Loki chatting with Lady Lava at her Luna Manse


It seems as though I have seen you around forever on Great Lakes. How long have you been playing and when did you first hear/learn about UO?
I started back in early 99 and have played on and off since then. I first heard about UO through a former teacher (Kaydon Bhey.

Do you have more than one character with the name "Loki" in it and if so how many ?
Nope..just Loki Bhey.




What are Loki's favorite haunts in the game ?
No one single favorite. Im pretty much down for anything, but lately Ive had a lot of fun killin the Stygian Dragon.

Which location do you think is the most beautiful in the realm ?
My Keep..haha. Only because I finally got one after 10 years.

I know for a fact Loki is always on the hunt for taint. What are you doing with all this taint ?
Trying to make myself a nice set of Slayer Scrappers. Its not workin out so well. Haha

Do you play any other computer games and if so which ones ?Nope, UO is the only PC game I play. I play a few consoles games but not that often.

Do you belong to any guilds at this time ?
Indeed, I am currently in the SOB guild.

What was the very first guild to joined?
It was GLS, the Great Lake Savants of Honor. Located on Dagger Isle in Fel.

Do you remember the very first time you every died in game and if so to what or whom ?
Oh man theres no sayin. I prolly got guard whacked in Brit tryin to pull off some shenanigans.

What is you favorite color in game and in real life?
In game Chaos Blue and Shadow dancer black. In rl...blue.

If you could change one thing about UO what would it be?-Well..they just recently fixed my biggest gripe in game and that was bein able to turn in mass spellbooks at the library without clickin each one individually. So with that taken care Id have to say..as played out as it is..I would really love to see a pre-tram shard.

If you could change one thing about your real life what would it be?
I wouldn't mind movin back South..New York winters aren't that great anymore.

What is your favorite junk/snack food ?
Not a big junkfood/snack guy.

What was the last book you read?
Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

What was the last movie you saw?
Iron Man 2

What is your motto?
Don't let the b*stards grind ya down. Taken from Lemmy Kilmister
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Find Mowdly!
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Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
In Lord British's throne room, the Gargoyle, Beh-Lem, once again appeared to address crowds, the results of a week's studying disclosed:



Beh-lem: Hail Citizens!
Beh-lem: I have called you together tonight
Beh-lem: Because I have recieved information
Beh-lem: on the 2nd piece of the map
Beh-lem: I have studied the one fragment
Beh-lem: but..not yet am I able to recognize where it is
Beh-lem: It is very important
Beh-lem: that we find all 4 fragments
Beh-lem: You fought well and bravely
Beh-lem: in finding the first piece
Beh-lem: and I know you shall work together again
Beh-lem: to find the second fragment
Beh-lem: Once again, I ask you to investigate
Beh-lem: and find the whereabouts
Beh-lem: of the second person holding the Fragment
Beh-lem: I was told that the Thiefmaster is the one to ask once again
Beh-lem: He has learned the name
Beh-lem: 'of the one..and it is Mowdly
Beh-lem: Seek out the Thiefmaster in Brit Sewers
Beh-lem: yes
Beh-lem: Mowdly
Beh-lem: and sucess will be ours again
Beh-lem: Report your findings
Beh-lem: as you did before
Beh-lem: So that we can keep records of the investigations by you
Beh-lem: Go now..and seek the Thiefmaster
Beh-lem: and ask for his help once more
Beh-lem: We meet again
Beh-lem: I will send word
Beh-lem: Of the next date we meet
Beh-lem: Safe journeys to you
Beh-lem: and be careful as you seek.



Return to the Thief Master in the Britain Sewers, citizens! (Hint: Follow the left wall.) Persuade him to reveal the location of Mowdly so that the second of four map fragments may be found, which together reveal a way to avoid the impending disaster awaiting Britannia.

Report your findings to the Event Moderators through the Baja EM Website Contact Form in order to receive full credit.

Be careful, adventurers. And:

FIND
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Luna Teleporter to Dawn!
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Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
Over the weekend, the magicians and scholars of Dawn emerged from closed doors, hoisting with pride a teleportation tile designed to link the historic Kingdom with the modern Baja Welcome Brigade Community Center in Northwest Luna. The housing tile is clearly labeled with a statue of Dawn and reminder that the kingdom resides in Felucca.

If you haven't yet taken a tour of the Kingdom of Dawn and its (to date) thirty-one buildings, you may wish to step through and start your journey. WildStar, Grand Duchess of Dawn, is an excellent tour guide and Dawn contains more history than can be absorbed in a single visit.



Keep an eye on the Baja Welcome Brigade Community Center, as it is rumored that other townships have eyed the trendsetting Dawn magicians and sent their researchers into closed doors.


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[EM News] A Fond Farewell
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Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT by Brytt (Baja)
From the Baja EM Website:

A fond farewell to the Royal Beastmaster.

EM Eira of Sonoma will be saying farewell to the program at end of this month. While she has been the lead EM of Sonoma since day 1 of the current program, she also helped out on Baja on numerous occasions. Her recurring character on Baja was the Royal Beastmaster who tried her level best to kill the Town Guards during the Standard Recruitment Tests.

On behalf of Baja, I would like to extend best wishes to EM Eira in her future endeavors. She will be surely missed both on and off Sonoma.

Best of luck, Eira. Thanks for your part in the Baja story!
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[News] This Month on Europa (May 2010)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 6:47 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)

Edition 2: May 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.

There is no interview or establishment review this month because of the extreme length of the article!


EM Event News

Blackrock. Yes Blackrock, It's back and it really is hitting towns hard. At the beginning of May citizens infected with blackrock were spotted in Trinsic, Yew, Skara Brae and Vesper.

At Yew odd citizen guardians surrounded a box, When the box was finally opened a book inside it said:

I am sending you this message to let you know that things are progressing well. We have opened up the central shaft all blackrock can now be extracted. The slaves continue to die after exposure to the blackrock. We require more slaves soon


Click to read the full report from this event.

Immediately Nathan Hawke called an emergency meeting on the 5th of May, Discussions went deep through the evening as Nathan said whoever wrote the book was looking to use Orcs for the mining, Aron suggested we visit the Orc Mines however we found no evidence of mining in the caves or inside Mericles old workshop.




Later in the week Nathan sent a message to his guards telling of secret Dark Elf cells that have appeared over the lands, We were to find the remaining two and destroy them. One of the cells was located in the Yew Orc Fort, The other remained unknown.




On the 10th of May, a new week, new mysteries as entrances to dark underground spaces appeared near Yew, Vesper and on Bald Island. These holes were guarded by a Dark Elf which on saying mine would tell you:

No one may enter the mine without the correct password.

On Friday the Duchy of Trinsic, with help from the Yewish, reported the Dark Elves responsible for these holes were using Dragons to guard the entrances.

A week later Nathan Hawke arranged a meeting to sum up events and setup the next move. He told everyone what had happened, The Dark Elves had managed to setup entrances to mines throughout the lands and were using Dragons some how. They were also using passwords to enter the mines via the books people were finding, However on knowing that, The Dark Elves have began sending the passwords in code.




Suddenly an Orc burst into the Counselor's Hall and yelled to Nathan that his home at Yew Orc Fort was under attack, Everyone rushed over and the attack quickly stopped, A book was found at the Fort, It read:

Seize the Orcs to the myself immediately! Make sure you deliver the decoder book! Deliver the Orcs and the decoder book to Elvssynkacha immediately! Your caravan must not fail us! Any failure will lead to your death!


Click to read the full report from this event.

Nathan asked us to follow the road North to try catch up with the caravan, Not far up the road dozens of blackrock infected Dragons were found and quickly killed. Back at the Counselor's Hall Traveler had found a decoding book for the passwords, Something that would come in handy!

Another week had passed and Nathan had his next set of plans ready, He had learnt the Dark Elves were using Sudiva to breed special dragons so our first visit was to Sudiva's Lair where we found the entire area filled with Dark Elf Tamers.




With the tamers killed we found a coded password and map in a box, The map led to our next stop, A remote island.

The island seemed to be the headquarters of a special dragon, The Pack Dragon. After they had been killed another password had been found, It said 'Bald Island' and was the final stop on our adventure.


Click to read the full report from this event.

At Bald Island we lowered ourselves into the mine and spoke the magical password to gain access, Inside were a dozen or so miners and 3-5 blackrock infected Dragons.

Back at the Counselor's Hall the guard had only managed to rescue three miners however Nathan was pleased with the result, He asked us to try find out the other passwords to the mines and with that he left.

Those who were lucky looted a Blackrock Pickaxe, 10 were given out among the monsters.





RP Event News

Another busy month for the Role Playing community! All month the nations of Vesper and Cove have united and hosted four huge events each week. Beginning on the 2nd of May in Vesper with Golem Wars & Vodka N Stool Races! The next event in Cove was a rather rude, but somewhat entertaining Insult Competition!




Back in Vesper on the 16th the Twin Nation event continued with a horse race ending with duel battles in the centre of Vesper City.




Finally on the 23rd of May Cove hosted a Bagball game and a Jousting session. The Twin Nation Games ended with a party in the Swaggers Inn on the Sunday the 30th.

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On Wednesday the 19th I was invited to take part in something I have never seen before! A full scale Chess game in Nujelm.

With 22 of the 32 chess pieces being fully talking, moving and generally rude human beings it sure was a blast!




The Chess game was between Angelica Wish and Thomas Jericho, The game ended with a checkmate and Angelica winning, Congratulations!

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Finally I bring you some rather upsetting news, Emre Khaldun has went missing from the Trinsic Hospital on the 30th of April, It has been an entire month now and still no sign. If you have spotted him please contact any of the Vesperian Guards, Trinsic Guards or Waterfay Eversky directly.


Emre is about 40 years old, Dark skin, Bald and of medium build.


House of the Month

May's House of the Month is a shop, But one that related very well to 'House of the Month'. If you're in need of a peeled banana, some barrels or cheap daily rares this shop is the place! Mountain Hollow owned by Hollywood.




Located just south of Ice Dungeon in Trammel (123o 34'N, 39o 26'E) it has all your needs if your in the decorating mood!


Events Coming Up in June

There are several player taverns open throughout each week, See the full schedule here to see when one is open, The recently opened Yew Tree Tavern has been added to the schedule this month.

Don't forget the Vesper Swaggers Market every Tuesday at 7pm UK Time, Outside the Swaggers Tavern near Vesper, Full details here.

Finally we have the the fortnightly ECL Chicken Fight on Monday the 14th and the final battle of the season on Monday the 28th at 8pm UK Time at the ECL Arena, West Zento.

Note: Any events that are announced after this is posted will be in two places, Either the Europa Forum or the Europa Events Forum. EM events have the tag [EM Event] at the start so keep an eye out!


Any Additional Notices

ECL League Scores



After 9 weeks of deadly battling the scores stand as follows:

6 : Cyanide.
4 : Trinsic Steel, Nari.
3 : Spike, Shadow, Frosty.
2 : Midnight, BlueBlaze, Spot, Lightning, Bernie.Trinsic Rose, PeckyBalboa.
1 : Lime, ThrobbingGristle, SnotKlap, Nugget, Cerulean, Flash, Moonfeather, Dryad, Eric, Fir, Mixer, Quicksilver, Sky, Silver, Sango

Cyanide's gap has remained the same as Trinsic Steel and Nari play catch up. Other good performers such as Spike, Shadow and Frosty remain at a respectable 3 points with new comers Sky, Silver and Sango sitting at 1 point.

The next chicken battle is on the 31st of May at 8pm UK Time! You can find the Arena west of the city of Zento. Gates are also available between 7:45pm and 8pm at Luna Bank.

New Towns!

By order of Queen Dawn the following settlements have been recognized by the Crown!

Jendar, The Elven Quarter and Deeprock Cove.

Congratulations to all three of these settlements! If you wish to submit your settlement to the Queen you can find all the details at the Europa EM Website here.

See you next month for another edition of This Month on Europa!
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[News] This Month on Europa (May 2010)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 6:46 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Edition 2: May 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. There is no interview or establishment review this month because of the extreme length of the article! EM Event News Blackrock. Yes Blackrock, It's back and it really is hitting towns hard. At the beginning of May citizens infected with blackrock were spotted in Trinsic, Yew, Skara Brae and Vesper. At Yew odd citizen guardians surrounded a box, When the box was finally opened a book inside it said: I am sending you this message to let you know that things are progressing well. We have opened up the central shaft all blackrock can now be extracted. The slaves continue to die after exposure to the blackrock. We require more slaves soon Click to read the full report from this event. Immediately Nathan Hawke called an emergency meeting on the 5th of May, Discussions went deep through the evening as Nathan said whoever wrote the book was looking to use Orcs for the mining, Aron suggested we visit the Orc Mines however we found no evidence of mining in the caves or inside Mericles old workshop. Later in the week Nathan sent a message to his guards telling of secret Dark Elf cells that have appeared over the lands, We were to find the remaining two and destroy them. One of the cells was located in the Yew Orc Fort, The other remained unknown. On the 10th of May, a new week, new mysteries as entrances to dark underground spaces appeared near Yew, Vesper and on Bald Island. These holes were guarded by a Dark Elf which on saying mine would tell you: No one may enter the mine without the correct password. On Friday the Duchy of Trinsic, with help from the Yewish, reported the Dark Elves responsible for these holes were using Dragons to guard the entrances. A week later Nathan Hawke arranged a meeting to sum up events and setup the next move. He told everyone what had happened, The Dark Elves had managed to setup entrances to mines throughout the lands and were using Dragons some how. They were also using passwords to enter the mines via the books people were finding, However on knowing that, The Dark Elves have began sending the passwords in code. Suddenly an Orc burst into the Counselor's Hall and yelled to Nathan that his home at Yew Orc Fort was under attack, Everyone rushed over and the attack quickly stopped, A book was found at the Fort, It read: Seize the Orcs to the myself immediately! Make sure you deliver the decoder book! Deliver the Orcs and the decoder book to Elvssynkacha immediately! Your caravan must not fail us! Any failure will lead to your death! Click to read the full report from this event. Nathan asked us to follow the road North to try catch up with the caravan, Not far up the road dozens of blackrock in
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[EM] Demons, Ninja, and Dead Spies
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Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 4:14 AM EDT by Phayde (GreatLakes)

[Britain, Trammel] Last Tuesday eve, Lord Magnus Grey, Commander of the Royal Spies, sent his men into the field to search for information about the Evening Star Clan and a demon known as Bertrand. Bertrand, son of the late demon Bartholomew, is said by Lord Grey to have "intellectual disagreements with demonkind," and is currently providing information to the Royal Spies. Lady Martyna Z'muir noted that Bartholomew -- who eventually became an enemy of Britannia -- had previously provided information to the Royal Spies as well.

Bertrand's current situation involves translating an ancient daemonic tome known as the Principia Daemonis in exchange for sanctuary. Lord Grey tells that the tome "is a demonic history plus spellbook of some sort." Enter the Evening Star Clan, a group of ninja who apparently do not wish this information to be shared, or perhaps seek the information themselves. Underpining rumors abound that this clan is affiliated with Travesty, thus making a potential connection to the Dark Lady Minax herself.

In addition to this connection, Lord Grey noted that the clan "has also been hired to kill as many of the Royal Spies as possible." He went on to reveal that a top secret list of the names of Royal Spies has fallen into these enemy hands, and that a few of the Royal Spies have already been lost. While he gave no specifics, Lord Grey did indicate that measures had been taken to help ensure the safety of future spies.

When asked what key piece of advice he would give to incoming members, Lord Grey responded, "Never stop. Learning. Running. Thinking. Fighting. Never get complacent."

The Royal Spies meet on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM (CDT) at the Counselors Guild in northern Britain, near the bridge to Lord Blackthorn's old keep. If you wish to aid Britannia from the shadows, then perhaps this elite group of secret spies is for you! They are always looking for aid, and it sounds like they could use it!

Next Royal Spy Mission: Tuesday, 1 June 2010 at 8:00 PM (CDT).
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