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End of July Obits ~ Part Two
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 10:12 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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~ PART TWO ~








Faith twice


Faith again


Magnus










Uther


your snot


Vamp




Vixen




William


Wind of Hope...dead twice










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Looking for a Few Good Pens
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 10:07 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
Are your shoes worn thin from traveling from town to town? Your voice hoarse and sore from speaking with citizens across Britannia? Have a knack for putting pen to paper and writing an excellent story? Then mayhaps UOSS' Baja News Page is the place where you can not only show off your talent but help bring the community together with interesting, exciting stories and news items about the Baja Shard and her citizens.

UO Baja Stratics is currently looking for talented citizens of Baja to add to our crack team of top-notch Ultima Online reporters and forum moderators.

As a volunteer you are required to:
  • Be a talented writer
  • Be an active, knowledgeable member of the Baja community
  • Be willing to attend events and quests, interview VIPs, report news of interest to the community
  • Be able to dedicate a minimum of six hours per week to writing and/or posting news items
  • Have a familiarity with basic HTML
  • Be pro-active
Does the above describe you? Then what are you waiting for??? Apply... right now... do not hesitate! Simply fill out this brief questionnaire and fire off an email to [email protected] with Baja Application as the subject.

1. Real name
2. Contact email address
3. ICQ number (if applicable)
4. Character name (this must be the name of the character you will be using as your potential shard reporter)
5. Rate your HTML knowledge from 1-10, where 1 is poor and 10 is phenomenal
6. Answer this: Why do you wish to be a shard reporter for UOSS?
7. Include a brief writing sample, no more than 500 words (pictures are not welcomed and no attachments)
8. Any questions???

Good luck to all applicants!
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EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan Receive Letter From Blanche
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 6:11 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

 

from UO - Origin Events

A Letter Received

Posted By EMFaineMorgan on July 31, 2009

A letter was recently received in the offices of EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan. We publish the letter here in it’s entirety for the good citizens of Origin to draw their own conclusions. We have, however, found the following which is a bit disturbing and seems to lend credence to the letter.

 Dawn's House

A Memo from the Desk of Blanche, Notary to King Casca

Citizens of Origin,

Our one true Glorious King Casca wishes all to know that he still cares greatly for all of his poeple on Origin. However, it has come to his attention that some of the citizens refuse to honor his noble and worthy rule. This saddens our noble King greatly.

As any parent knows, children must be taught proper behavior through sometimes strict discipline. While it breaks our poor King’s heart to have to take a hard stand against his children, he knows that it is for their best and knows too that one day they will come to see the wisdom of his actions and his great love for his children of Origin. Often times, children cannot see the wisdom of their parents decisions until they are grown. But, just as it is not the place of children to question the acts of their parents, it is also not the place of subjects to question the acts and great wisdom of their rulers.

There are those who would seek to lead the good citizens astray from their duty to their King. These malcontents must not be tolerated as they set a poor example for the citizens and breed dissension among the population.

Our most wise sovereign has therefore declared that the ones known as Donal the Monk, Taryn Sullivan and Raelyn McKae are traitors to the crown and shall be arrested on sight. In addition, the dwelling place of the criminal Dawn has been found and set to fire as befits any enemies of the sovereign ruler of Britannia. The smoldering ashes of her house shall stand testament to the King’s great love for his children and desire to show them the true path of virtuous behavior.

All Hail our Glorious King Casca and his infinite wisdom!

Signed with devotion,
Blanche
Notary to the One True King

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These Boot's Were Made For Conquest
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 4:55 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Greetings, Britannians.

You may have noticed that in the past couple of weeks, boots have been showing up on the doorsteps of homesteads located throughout both Trammel and Felucca. No, they do not belong to the milk man. And we do not have time to debate why your first child looks like Super Ken and your second calls Seppo daddy.

The footwear in question once belonged to Casca's mercenary scouts and dragoons, who have been beaten back and slaughtered numerous times by our allies and friends located in the Kingdom of Dawn, the Barony of Darkmor, the Villages of Scythe and Heaven's Forge, the City of Avalon, and the Stronghold of Cartel Island.

A movement begun by the Duchess of the Kingdom of Dawn, the boots are a symbol of the rebellions defiance against the Britannian monarch and his soldiers of fortune.



A pair of boots rest at the foot of the Dawn Royal Palace, placed there by the Duchess herself.





Other pairs can be found in both Northern and Southern Dawn.



A more grotesque display can be found at the Castle of the Blue Rose, where a recently slain mercenary scout was cut down by Dawnite and Avalonian Defenders.



And even outside the Kingdom of Dawn, such displays are not uncommon. At the residence of the Count of Berg, a close ally of Dawn, more boots belonging to Casca's mercenaries can be found.

So in our defiance against this false king and his mercenary horde, I suggest a movement. If you are against Casca and his ideals, and wish to make your disapproval known, then display a pair of boots proudly on your doorstep and announce to the world your support of Operation Royal Flush!

Now, I must be off. I have places to go, alcoholic beverages to drink, and boots to leave on ladies doorsteps.

Joshua Harper,
Baja Stratics Reporter.
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Publish Update
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Publish Update


Chrissay Zeeman

31 Jul 2009 15:06:26 EST



This next publish will happen at your local shard's next maintenance cycle. The changes are:



  • Fixed an issue with Ghosts being teleported out of the Champ Spawn area while a corpse was visible.
  • Fixed an issue with Hirelings accepting money without actually working for them.
  • Treasures of Tokuno and the Shadowlord event will come to an end.

So buckle up and takedown those shadowlords before they disapear!

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FoF: Gargoyles Can Fly
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 12:57 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Gargoyles Can Fly

Chrissay Zeeman


July 31, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


You mentioned you have an intern working on stygian abyss. What all do you have interns for? Im sure many people are interested in working on UO or taking a look behind the scenes.


Electronic Arts has a great internship program. Ultima Online was able to get one of those interns this summer. He has been working directly with the engineering team on Stygian Abyss. For more information regarding Electronic Arts’ internship program you can go here: https://jobs.ea.com/students/usa/intern.aspx
-Supreem


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Are there any intentions of allowing reds into Ilshenar, Tokuno and Malas with SA (Still trammel rules)


There are no plans to allow reds into non-Felucca facets at this time.
-Sakkarah


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Will there be new peerless hunts in SA?


There are new peerless-type encounters in SA: the Slasher of Veils, the Stygian Dragon, Medusa and Navrey Night-Eyes.
-Sakkarah


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Will Gargoyles be able to use pack animals when mining and collecting wood if there crafters/gatherers?


Absolutely. Gargoyles can have the same pets humans and elves do. They simply cannot ride them.
-Sakkarah



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Will the SA expansion for 2d users be patched the same way that ML was patched?


We plan to patch up all existing classic (2d) client installs to support the Stygian Abyss expansion. In other words, you shouldn’t need to download a new installer to access the expansion content. This could change however. If it does, we will let you know!
-Supreem


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Announcements:



The developers participated in a House of Commons chat last night with Stratics. Click here to see the full chat log.
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We will still be accepting screeen shots for the contest over the weekend so if you haven't submitted one yet here are the details. Remember the winner will get 30 days game time added to their account!
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Do you have a question for the developers? You can submit it here.


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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 12:07 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight

Chrissay Zeeman

31 Jul 2009 14:18:19 EST


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



  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Lake Superior
  • Sonoma
  • Whispering Rose

If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.



You can read more HERE…



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Week 18
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 9:31 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

This week we bring you:


  • The first entry in a new section of the menu on the right, the Enhanced Client.Stygian Abyss Client - Command Action - ScriptsThank you Sahra Swift

  • More images in Hunter's guide - This week a further 97 creatures can be seen as they appear in the enhanced client, this brings the total number of entries so far updated to 148.
  • This week also saw the revival of the UO Stratics House of Commons Chat, Don't miss reading the log



Can you help with this project? We're currently particularly looking for a guide on training and using spellweaving. Please send submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or if you just want to say 'this page needs updating' send a pm to Petra Fyde.

Help us win the race to get it up to date before Stygian Abyss arrives!

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Last Obits of July
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 7:10 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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ENDING OBITS ~ JULY 2009





Noxeroxius


Rayek


Rouge


Sabrina


Sass


Sebastain






Sonnet










Suzuke


Terje




Thanatos Angelos




Tommy





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Winners of Sundays dungeon challenge
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 5:34 AM EDT by Nyte Doombringer (Europa)
Team WOY won the challenge. Congratulations to everyone.
The team members where:Metaxa, Daphene,
Brahma, T Hunter, Shadefox, Veterinari,
Maud, Andariel, Immolatus, Ozimandius.

It was great fun for everyone and we hope that the
EM's will take the time to do more fun stuff like this for us.
Once again many congrats to you guys!

EM Europa website link:
http://www.europa.uoem.net/
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UO Stratics House of Commons Chat Log
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009, 1:43 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)


UO Stratics House of Commons Chat Log




Zephenia - The Chat will start shortly. Only send your questions to [QT]Stiv and [QT]Kiminality and [QT]Dor - all others will be ignored. The focus of this chat will be on the SA Open Beta client and SA in general. Send questions to the QTs when you are ready! Thanks!
[QT]Stiv - Hello :)
Zephenia - Welcome to Stratics IRC and the Deveoper's chat with the crew from Ultima Online! Stand by for introductions!
* DenDragon growls*
Chrissay - Hi everyone I'm Chrissay the community coordinator for Ultima Online
Messana - Greetings, I am Mesanna Associate Development Manager
Kestrel - Heya. Jimmy here, QA knuckle-dragger extraordinaire.
Draconi - Hey everyone! I'm Draconi, your Lead Designer and resident pyro, and I can't tell you how happy I am to be here tonight! We've got a lot of great things to share, so please, get your ever-so-curious questioning selves ready!
Uriah_Mythic - I am Calvin Horder of cats :D
Uriah_Mythic - Herder too lol
Supreem_EAMythic - Hey guys! Derek "Supreem" Brinkmann Lead Engginer
Supreem_EAMythic - Engineer even
Draconi - We're supposed to use real names Mr. Engginer?
Draconi - Darnit. Some call me "Tim"
Sakkarah - Howdy folks, I'm Sakkarah, Associate Game Designer and your local noob
Axel - Howdy all! Billy Teng, software engineer
Supreem_EAMythic - and griefer
Sakkarah - that too! especially that actually
Draconi - uber-noober griefer.
Bleak - Hi everyone :) I2019m Stephen , Software Engineer
Zephenia - *Cear* So Far I have not seen weather in stygian abyss. the rain was lovely in KR will it return? along with snow?
Supreem_EAMythic - Our awesome Engineering Intern (Uke) has brought snow and rain back to the new enhanced client. You will be able to play in the rain once again in the next enhanced client patch.
Zephenia - *Basara* Question concerning crafting: Are the recent BOD changes permanent, and if so, when will the point system entries in the Knowledge base for them be changed to reflect the new system?
Draconi - Ah! The lack of updates to the Knowledge Base may be confusing - so let me clarify! Yes, these are permanent (for now!) and I'm sure our wonderful community representative and her cohorts will be happy to get that information updated for your viewing pleasure :)
Zephenia - *Cear* In stygian abyss, will things like explotion potions be able to deal "splash" damnage? or will it still be stuck with buggy 2d tile elevation damnage. In an area with rablidly changing elevation, the waste, delucia plains, there practically useless. the same goes with conflags and fields. will they be able to mold themselves to the contour of the terrain?
Draconi - (Before I started my answer, I made sure this was already bugged so I wouldn't go and forget it tomorrow :P Thanks Mesanna!)
Draconi - The first thing to know is that Stygian Abyss: the new Gargoyle homeland Ter Mur, the Tomb of Kings, the Abyss itself, and the Underworld level, all of these are full of all sorts of varying terrains and elevations
Draconi - There's also this crazy, evil, incorporeal monster called a Shadow Dweller that comes at you straight through the walls
Draconi - And can't be killed with anything except AOE attacks...
Draconi - (including explosion potions)
Draconi - So! As you can imagine, we will *definitely* look into the splash damage applying in 3D so it doesn't miss mobs at different elevations
Draconi - Thanks for bringing that up :)
Zephenia - *Timothy* Would it be possible to have an option for using the old 2D graphics in the new enhanced client? Though I do like some of the new creature models and spell effects (OMG @ Meteor Swarm), if it is an all or nothing, I'd rather be in the good ole 2D
Draconi - .> *whistles into the darkness*
Draconi - *looks desparately to Supreem for answers*
Draconi - *gets eaten by a grue (not featured in SA)*
Draconi - *takes off his top hat and does a little jig*
*Kestrel plays soft mood-music on the bagpipes.*
Draconi - doesn't want to do a jig to Kestrel's "mood-music"
* Kestrel hangs his head dejectedly, but DOES NOT STOP PLAYING.*
Draconi - Timothy broke the dev team.
Supreem_EAMythic - We are constantly looking at ways to enhance the game graphically. Right now we are going full steam on the expansion.
Supreem_EAMythic - After the expansion, we will take a second look at this.
Zephenia - *Timothy* Are there any plans in SA to make useful some of the "useless" skills? http://www.uoguide.com/Useless_Skill
Draconi - I love the fact that there's a wiki link for that :P
Sakkarah - Giving a purpose to all the useless skills is a long term project. But we are giving a bit of love to Item ID which will help you decide whether or not it's worth unraveling an item for imbuing.
Sakkarah - There will also be some use to Forensic Evaluation in the Underworld.
Zephenia - *Basara* Another crafting question: Will the crafting menus (2D & SA) be getting the "Mark as Quest Item", and "Make Number" options, that were present in KR? If so, any ETA?
Bleak - *Basara* We've made some improvements to the original crafting gump in Stygian Abyss. When the expansion is released players will have access to these options in both clients.
Draconi - I should mention that the only reason you don't have the updated crafting functionality when we released the SA client beta is because it's actually server-based code, which won't come out until we release SA :)
Zephenia - *sockpuppetsteve* Are you guys changing Throwing and Imbuing and Mysticism at all? Is what's on the website actually how its goin in?
Draconi - Aha! "Content may be subject to change during online play!"
Draconi - Yes, after working closely with our internal beta testers, we've begun making some pretty important changes for the new skills
Draconi - Our top goal is to make Throwing fun, interesting, and not just archery for gargs :) To accomplish that, we've added new special moves, fixed bugs, and made the system more interesting with tradeoffs based on your strength and distance to target
Draconi - Imbuing? Wow, let me tell you about Imbuing!
Draconi - I *love* Imbuing, so much, that we wanted to involve it even more in the world, and we're getting ready to deploy some changes internally that (while I can't talk about just yet) will really give you a reason to be running around our new lands
Draconi - Without, mind you, driving you insane
Draconi - So, stay tuned!
Supreem_EAMythic - He's lying.... We were actually done with the expansions months ago. We just like driving you guys crazy!
Uriah_Mythic - lol
Uriah_Mythic - shhhh
* Uriah_Mythic locks Supreem in the Bad Engineer Closet*
Draconi - grabs his soul glaive and aims over in Supreem's direction
Draconi - *too close*
Draconi - darnit!
* Draconi raises his Swordsmanship to 120.0
* Draconi SMACK*
* Sakkarah wonders why they ever let the Engineers out to begin with*
Draconi - Mwahaha. Awwww. Sweet melee boomerang action
Zephenia - Keep the questions coming folks! The more the merrier!
Zephenia - *Nhbdy* I have a question, and it is as follows - Will we ever see useful artifacts [torches, sextants, food] or items that are not A weapon or Wearable?
Draconi - Wow. Yes, I think we really will. There's actually a torch in the... wait a second! Spoilers!
Zephenia - *Dermott* Last SA patch was to enable Custom UIs and well, didn't... any word on that feature?
Supreem_EAMythic - I have a fix for the custom UI that is currently in QA testing. I was at the office till 9:30 last night getting it in! You should see it in the next patch.
Zephenia -*sockpuppetsteve* Are we going to have to go on a long quest like ML made us do for Spellweaving for Mysticism?
Draconi - No!
Draconi - ... wow, easy question.
Draconi - :)
Supreem_EAMythic - Well there is a quest. It's called the quest to buy the expansion. :)
Uriah_Mythic - hahaha
Uriah_Mythic - pwnd
Draconi - Quest of the Consumatar
Zephenia - *Cear* There are only three throwing weapons. Isnt that a bit too few? Maybe a sling is in order?
Draconi - Too few? Ha. With the amazing versatility and impact each of these weapons will have, believe me, I'm sure we'll all be fine! After all, I don't want some young upstart coming over and slinging a rock at my hand David/Goliath style, as much as I love the slings from Ultima 6.
Draconi - *eyes the other designers hiding slings behind their backs*
Draconi - er
Draconi - Hand? I meant my head
Draconi - That would hurt.
Draconi - It could even be fatal, wow, what a great story that would make
Zephenia - *JCtheBuilder* In the PVP zones within Stygian Abyss, will there be areas that players want to and are able to control? For example a special resource or champion spawn.
Sakkarah - The PvP zones are essentially the 2 new champ spawn areas. They will have new Replicas that will be unique to these 2 new champs and non-obtainable in any of the Trammel rulesets.
Sakkarah - here are also a number interactive features added to theses regions that will both help and hinder your efforts in leveling the spawn. Some will assist you in your PvP efforts.
Sakkarah - These features give access of a whole new set of rewards and goodies exclusive to these areas
Sakkarah - And yes, there's a T missing in the second "paragraph". I did say I was a noob :(
Zephenia - *Cro-Magnon* Question: Is SA going to have any long involved questlines?
Draconi - Certainly! Now, I'll admit, the quests kind of run the gamut from single-step to arcing across Ter Mur and into the heart of the Abyss. There are some to train up your skills, ala New Haven, (although we're looking to make them a little easier and rewarding), there's a short questchain for getting customized carpets, and a nice long set for finding out the truths behind the reappearance of the Abyss
Draconi - As with all things, we're still actively looking at how we can improve our current ones as we move forward with the beta :)
Zephenia - *Timothy* The zoom out feature of the Enhanced Client is really nifty, but it doesn't seem to increase the area of which objects to load. The end result is running through a huge area with houses popping up right in the middle of your screen which just looks bad. Most people's computers these days should be able to handle the additional load, and it could always be an option. Any chance of that?
Supreem_EAMythic - Increasing the range of these types of objects would have a significant impact on server performance. It may be something we can look at. But I would be concerned about causing server side lag.
Draconi - Lag? What laaa laaa laaa *user disconnected by peer*
Zephenia - *Cear* Will the fire island entrance be on trammel, felucca, or both.
Draconi - The current plan is to have the new volcano be on both facets, but the entrance and surrounding decoration will only be accessible from Trammel.
Draconi - Unless you're from Siege.
Draconi - Who, quite specifically for, the volcano was added to Felucca :)
Draconi - You must imagine... the powerful, incredible arcane forces that tore the world asunder, RISING FROM THE OCEAN!
Draconi - That remembered Siege too.
Zephenia - *Nhbdy[* With the lava flows solidifying all over The Isle of the Avatar, do you suspect housing will encounter errors?
Draconi - Gosh I hope not. :) No, the most destructive force should be centered on the boats parked in the way, that's all. *move your boats*
Draconi - The volcano will rise to fit in somewhat like a jigsaw to the existing island
Draconi - Without altering elevations (but adding that "Just Volcano'd" look to the terrain)
Zephenia - *Tazar* Is the Shadow Lord event leading up to the release of SA or will there be a different story arc?
Draconi - The defeat of the Shadowlords will usher in the collapse of the underworld dungeons, setting in motion a short chain of events that will pit the Gargoyles against Britannia. Hopefully, all will be resolved peacefully, considering the Gargoyles are peaceful by the launch date :)
Zephenia - *Nhbdy[* Will tinkers be given any love in SA? Or more specifically, will we have neat stone cups and worn stone ware to make set our Gargish Dinner Tables?
Sakkarah - Tinkers will be getting quite a bit of love in SA, so will pretty much every crafting classes. Yes including Cooks, Glassblowers and Scribes.
Sakkarah - I'm afraid no stone cups but you shouldn't be too disappointed with the new craftables :)
Zephenia - *Fallon* Of the changes slated to debut with SA, which are your favorites?
Mesanna - Floor Tiles!
Draconi - .<
Draconi - Gargoyles!
Chrissay - Gargoyles!!! i want to fly!!!
Supreem_EAMythic - I'd have to say my favorite is the highly anticipated new mob: The Chicken Lizard!
Chrissay - stopy copying me Draconi!!
Draconi - Fine fine
Sakkarah - Hey!! chickens are mine!
Uriah_Mythic - ummm the new music :D
Draconi - Chicken coops!
Draconi - Oh wait.
Draconi - DARNIT
Draconi - *thinks*
* Sakkarah kicks Draconi in the knee*
Uriah_Mythic - oh the smackdown from the Slasher of Veils!
Uriah_Mythic - *hides*
Bleak - Gargoyles :)
Draconi - I think my favorite part will be seeing everyone run through the Abyss from end to end, desparately trying to avoid bloodthirsty goblins on the one hand, and jumping right through a bunch of fire daemons.
Axel - Ya, the Abyss is definitely sweet
Draconi - And nowwwww. BONUS ROUND!
Zephenia - *Dragothien* While I know that Hythloth was the original Entry point into the Abyss, and that in UO it shall be on the isle of the Avatar...Is there any possibility we will see connections to different points in the abyss within the various original anti virtue dungeons? Something akin to the multiple, sometimes hidden passages to the lost lands?
Sakkarah - There will definitely be entry points to the Abyss through some of the anti-virtue dungeons, namely Hythloth and Deceit as alternate access route into the Champ Spawn areas.
Sakkarah - Even murderers need some love!
* Sakkarah ducks*
* Draconi brings Sakkarah a dagger.*
Sakkarah - Excellent!
Draconi - Now go have fun!
Chrissay - Don't listen to him he will blow you up!!
Draconi - How did you know it was a blackrock dagger?
Zephenia - Thanks for coming everyone! We hope you enjoyed tonight's chat and are looking forward to many more! Chatlog will be posted in the near future!
Supreem_EAMythic - Good night guys. See you in Ter Mur!
Draconi - Bye everyone! I only have one last thing to say: VAS KAL AN MANI IN CORP HUR TYM
Zephenia - And questions not answered tonight will be forwarded to the Dev Team for possible inclusion in the normal FoF questions
Sakkarah - Bye bye!
*Draconi explodes*
Axel - Night all!
* Mesanna waves!*
Chrissay - everyone!!
Zephenia - Join us in #ultima-online for more chatting about Ultima Online! Thanks for coming folks.


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Siege Fairground Design Contest
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009, 8:40 PM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)


Happy Anniversary Siege Perilous

July 16th, 1999 a new era in Ultima Online began, no it wasn’t the date of a new expansion, nor was it the date of a major publish. It was the Day that Siege Perilous went live. With that in mind I feel it’s time for the players to take another step into shaping Siege into their own image. So without further ado….

Siege Perilous: Luna Fairgrounds Design and Decoration Contest

Players will have until August 15th to submit Design Ideas.

Design must be made using existing artwork.

Design will be placed in the area of your choice, you must designate the area to be used with coordinates.

Design may be submitted via the “Event Submissions” link on this Page. www.EMQuantum.com/Siege

1 entry per person.

Entries without a Name will not be considered.

Submissions will be judged by all the Event Moderators (Not Just Siege’s) to determine the winner! So have fun and get designing
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Pol the Shepherd's Housewarming Party
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009, 4:55 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Wednesday, July 29, folks gathered at  Pol the Shepherd's Homestead for a housewarming celebration for the good shepherdess. 

The tables were laden with food from the menu prepared by Magdalena, the chef. 

Throughout the evening, many people stopped by with well wishes for our hostess, Pol. 

Numerous animals were in attendance to pay their respects to homestead's resident sheep, Agnes and Pickles.

James of The Mage Tower was on hand to serenade and entering the guests.

A very surprised Voluptuous happened upon the party while out looking for IDOC's.

Mama Faith brought a pole so she might demonstrate the fine art of Mama Faith's 'Pol Dancing'.

Bucko's turn. (Please note, although Bucko was wearing Air Urlik's, they didn't seem to enhance his ability to dance.)  Dance, Bucko, Dance!

Later in the evening, Xel the Monkey formed a Monkey Samba Line.

Even WildStar, Grand Duchess of Dawn, and the Count of Berg joined in the line dance!

Which almost proved to be too much for the typically reserved and dignified Count.

Xel the Bartender, inducing Bucko the Kid to sample a Succubus Cocktail.

As the evening wound down, Pol thanked everyone for attending her celebration.

Thank you to Pol, for hosting the wonderful celebration,  to Lady Magdalena for preparing and providing the wonderful banquet, to Xel for bartending, and to everyone who attended for all the fun.  Congratulations on your new home, Pol.

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No Smoke Without Fire!
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009, 2:07 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
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Taken from: The Golden Brew Tavern
No smoke without fire!

Thursday, July 30, 2009
By EMSeppo

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”

Lord Casca tried to calm his mind as he tried to digest the information provided to him by his spy. The humiliation that he felt at the escape of Aino Nystad, coupled with the ineffectiveness of his mercenary campaign, had left him frayed and frazzled.

So, the wench’s brother had formed an alliance with the rebels…

“Operation Royal Flush, sire!”, his spy had informed him.

But it was the mention of Dawn which really heckled him. In their current state, the rebels and their operation, remained a group of outlaws with little support amongst the aristocrats. However, this could change drastically if they managed to recruit Dawn. Not to mention, the popularity she still enjoys amongst the Royal Guards. The combination of Aino and Dawn could tilt the scales against him!

“Women! They will be the death of me!”, snorts Casca, as his mind races back to the words of Lady Oriana. He continued to pace back and forth, trying to compose himself.

“What has gotten into me!? It feels as if a wretched curse lies heavy on me, stealing any chance of solace!”

Suddenly realizing that the spy was still in his room, he stops in his track. And at that moment, he also makes up his mind about Dawn.

“Let’s see how Dawn feels about fire! After all, a small spark neglected has often kindled a mighty conflagration.”

[Reporter note: please take note that Seppo means the person named Dawn, and NOT the Kingdom of Dawn]

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House of Commons with Stratics
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009, 11:13 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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House of Commons with Stratics

Chrissay Zeeman
30 Jul 2009 13:06:52 EST

Tonight at 7PM EST we will be participating in the House of Commons chat with Stratics. For more details please click here.

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Gametrailers.com Rates UO as the #3 Breakthrough PC game
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Gametrailers.com Rates UO as the #3 Breakthrough PC game


Chrissay Zeeman

30 Jul 2009 10:46:38 EST



Check out the video here.


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Siege 10th Anniversary Event - Story Night Thursday July 30th 10PM EST
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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009, 4:00 AM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)


This Thursday, July 30th* will be the 10th anniversary of the birth of the Siege Perilous shard. In its honor, we will be holding a Story Night at the Golden Unicorn Tavern, located in Wispwood Shire. Let us all join together, for friendship, ales, recall memories of what this land was like many moons ago and tell stories of our favorite times on Siege.

Story Night will be held this Thursday, July 30th (tomorrow) at 10pm EST.

Story Night is open to all who wish to partake in its activities, friend or foe, new to this land or old.

For location of the Golden Unicorn Tavern, go to this link Here

Note that Siege Perilous is a dangerous place where you may be killed virtually anywhere, and we can not guarantee your safety while at Story Night. Please carry with you only what you can afford to lose.

* Our Sosarian historians have done their best to determine the exact birth date of this land and have come to a general consensus of this date.
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Fallen Fiend, Friend Found
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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 4:14 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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The King Pro-tempore has proven himself a callous and honorless piece of filth, operating secret prisons for his twisted version of 'Justice,' and filling them with those loyal to traditional Britannian ideals. His foul Enforcers roam the kingdom imposing the loathsome 'Virtue Laws' on any citizen daring enough to oppose them. These violations of the Britannian legal system should make every citizen's blood run cold...

Last night, a group of heroic citizens discovered the whereabouts of one of Casca's secret prisons - one of three such illegal detention centers. Casca used black marketeers to obfuscate their construction, and to keep the citizenry in the dark. He even contracted with daemons to torture the prisoners for information.

The Nightmare Shaper's Lair.The secret prison lay under Wrong, an ironic place to hide it - Wrong having once been a prison in antiquity before the injustices committed there made the walls ooze with evil. An altar located in the lair of the Sicarii granted access to the newly carved deep level which held the active prison. There, a daemon called the Nightmare Shaper attacked the group - its journal detailed its perverse love of torture.

Fighting the Enforcer Morton.Continuing deeper into the prison, they slew its many vile creature-guards until they neared the end of the northern tunnel. There they found none other but Enforcer Morton, Casca's chief toady, wielding his halberd. A rather long and brutal fight ensued, ultimately ending with Morton's final breath. As the celebratory cheer's echoed faded, the group rushed to the only occupied cell. Lord Magnus Grey, Minister of Agriculture, stood mute behind magically silenced bars. He was quickly released and informed of the last five weeks worth of events he missed during his captivity.

Lord Magnus Grey in his magical cell.In a pile of Morton's belongings lay a log of the prison. It detailed his recent activities, including the attacks against the High Council, Skara Brae, and Tokuno, as well as the 'purchase' of the Nightmare Shaper.

Casca has tried to blame 'Anarchists' for terrorizing the realm in a vain attempt to cover his own misdeeds as Pauper, tool of the Shadowlords. He has fabricated a lie to blame them for his counterfeit Bell of Courage - the real Bell is safely hidden away from his evil hands. He has put out yet another worthless piece of propaganda:

It is my sad duty to inform the citizens of Britannian that one of our best has fallen. Enforcer Morton, loyal and valiant, was cut down last night in a sneak attack by the group of anarchists that have troubled our land in recent weeks. The dangerous criminals he was guarding are now free and are a threat to all of us. I ask brave citizens to hear my call and join the Royal Enforcers! Keep Britannia safe!
- Lord Casca

When I informed the Chancellor of Enforcer Morton's demise, he stated: "Couldn't have happened to a more worthy man." Then he looked toward Britain and amended his comment, "Wait, aye, I can think of one..." A sentiment held by many.

At the last session of the High Council of Britannia, Decree 442-A - The Cascan Resolution was voted in unanimously. This decree, as well as 441-A - Blackrock Safety Act and 441-B - Virtue Law Denouncement, was written by High Chancellor DaKaren:

442-A : The Cascan Resolution

The High Council of the Kingdom of Britannia hereby demands that the King Pro-tempore, Lord Casca, immediately step down from the throne of Britannia for arrest and trial. The governing of the Kingdom of Britannia will henceforth return to the people.

The High Council of the Kingdom of Britannia demands this based on the following grounds:

That Lord Casca, aka 'Pauper,' has knowingly and willfully committed High Treason:

1) Plotted to lay siege to Britain as the entity known as 'Pauper'
2) Consorted with known Enemies of State, i.e. the Shadowlords, the Crimson Dragons, the Followers of Armageddon, Melissa, and Andrew
3) Trafficked in blackrock for use against Britannia and her people
4) Murder of the entire Ruling Royal Council, Clainin, Joseph Wainwright, and Danth the Meer
5) Attempted murder of Sherry the Mouse
6) Kidnapping of Captain Avery, Michael of Moonglow, Lord Magnus Grey
7) Creation of a secret prison system for political prisoners
8) Creation of a secret court system in violation of the spirit of Justice and Truth
9) Issued the repugnant 'Virtue Law' edicts
10) Nullified a valid Treaty of Peace with the Yew Orc Clan
11) Appointed of 'Paragons of Morality' whose warped views endanger Britannian unity
12) Illegally shipped weapons to a cyclopean clan during 'relocation efforts'
13) Misappropriated Royal Guard and Kingdom funds, people, and materiel
14) Endangered diplomatic relations with the sovereign Empire of Tokuno
15) Illegally shipped weapons, armor, and trainers to the Terathans
16) Perpetuated the conflict between the Terathans and the Ophidians
17) Attempted to infuse Mt. Sho with dangerously unstable blackrock infused crystals
18) Endangered the whole of Sosaria and associated facets, peoples, and creatures
19) Attempted to cover his evil deeds with intimidation, bribery, theft, and lies

The High Council of Britannia hereby declares that the entirety of the Cascan Regime is hereby null and void. Casca, his agents, and anyone found willingly serving them in acts against Britannia are henceforth declared Enemies of the State. No treaties, agreements, edicts, writs, warrants, or document of any kind written during Casca's administration is to be considered binding on the Kingdom of Britannia, her territories or outposts, or her citizens. All those arrested and tried for crimes of treason are to be retried by the High Court. All those arrested for violation of 'Virtue Law' are to be immediately set free and the charges expunged.

No citizen of Britannia is to give Casca or his allies any succor in any endeavor, and shall instead arrest them on sight. Those found to be actively participating in the continuance of this regime may find themselves subject to arrest for treason.

Once again I urge the citizens and patriots of Britannia to actively resist the scourge which falsely reigns over the kingdom. Join with the High Council (the Anarchists!) and help to overthrow Casca! Take back Britannia in the name of the true Virtues!

DOWN WITH CASCA!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

(As always, more information on the High Council of Britannia can be found at The Great Lakes Roleplaying Community site And the vile deeds of Casca/Pauper and Enforcer Morton at Great Lakes Event Moderator site.)

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Mondain's Legacy
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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 9:59 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Mondain's Legacy


Chrissay Zeeman

29 Jul 2009 11:05:20 EST



Take a look to your right and see any new. Ok waits for a second. If you didn’t catch it we have made Mondain’s Legacy free, including the seven expansions prior to it. Yes we said FREE! I’m sure you are asking yourself “so how do I get access to all of the expansions?” This is the easy part, all you have to do is log in and play. That’s it it’s that simple.


All players will now have access to:


  • Elves
  • Increased storage capacity
  • Spellweaving
  • All the current Dungeons
  • Much Much More

You can see all of the features available in Mondain’s Legacy here: http://www.uoherald.com/uoml.
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Screenshot Contest Reminder
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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 9:53 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Screenshot Contest Reminder


Chrissay Zeeman

29 July 2009



This is a reminder to submit your screenshots for the contest. The winner gets a 30 days game time added to their account. Submissions are due by Friday July 31st 2PM EST.

Contest details

Guess what?!?! We want you to take a screenshot of your desktop in the Enhanced client. The winner will get a 30 days of gametime added to their account. We are looking for cool looking monsters and/or creative ways to use the new client UI.


The rules are simple:



  1. Submissions to be sent to [email protected] (hosted screenshots will not be accepted)
  2. Include Name (character or real name), Shard you play on, and account you would like the 30 days added
  3. Submissions must be in .jpg, .gif, or .bmp with a minimal desktop resolution of 1024x768 (all other formats will not be accepted)
  4. Enter as many times as you like
  5. We will narrow down the submissions to 5 unique finalists
  6. The 5 finalists will be voted on by the players
  7. To ensure fairness to all players the finalist character names will be blacked out

Submissions will be accepted from July 24th to July 31st 2:00PM EST. At that point we will then elect the 5 finalists. Once the finalists are selected their screenshots will be posted on the Herald to be voted on. The vote will last 7 days and after 7 days we will announce the winner. The winner will be notified prior to the announcement.

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Evidence Against Our King!
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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 12:07 AM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

Evidence Against Our King
(July 26, 2009)


In recent adventures Omo Trovi discovered Casca had been working with the Agents of Corruption. Casca found out and declared Omo a traitor, wanted posters appeared throughout the lands. The Mysterious Stranger lead attacks resulting in the destruction of three bases controlled by Agents of Corruption. The Tokuno Treasury was saved by fighting off the forces of the Agents of Corruption. Many damaged maps were recovered from the slain creatures while the secret entrance of the Tokuno Treasury was protected.


Omo Trovi praised the citizens for their heroic deeds defeating the three warlords of the bases controlled by the Agents of Corruption. Vzar Lire, Grazu Lire, and Raum Fleus were all defeated by the fine citizens of Sosaria. Our "mission" was to check the bases of the fallen warlords in search of evidence that links them to Lord Casca. Omo decides to lead the citizens to scour the fallen bases.


First we ventured to the base formerly controlled by Vzar Lire which was deep inside the dungeon Wrong (122o 52'n, 50o 33' e). As we entered the dungeon we were greeting by a force that had been growing since our last encounter. A powerful group of Ancient Liches, Undead Minions, Ratmen and Minotaurs were ready to destroy us as we entered the dungeon. Nearly being pushed completely out of the dungeon Noble Paladins came to assist the citizens of Sosaria. Pushing to the second level of Wrong, hero's of the realm trampled over Hydras, Balrons and the Evil Mages who dwell in the depths of the dungeon. We made our way north through the entrance of level two to the red grave stone which marks the entrance of the first base of the Agents of Corruption. To enter one must speak the words Alpha Omega to pass into the base. Inside this chamber Yamandon's and Hydra's slowed our groups progression.


Inside the deceased commander's office in plain view, we saw bags from the Royal Tokuno Treasury. In the south west corner of the room we found a chest with four items inside. Two scrolls that read,
'A Letter From Casca To Vzar Lire "The Leaders have Called For A Meeting.',
'A Quick Scrawled Note By Vzar Lire "Meeting On 8/2/09, Cannot Miss."',
A Journal with a notable last entry,
'Journal Of Vzar Lire, Last Entry "Damn Casca! He Thinks He's The Leader But He Is Not!"'
One other item lay in the chest 'Pigeon Carrier Container Labelled "Casca"'


Though the evidence was quite damaging against Casca, we decided to hunt for more. Our next crawl lead us into the Orc Dugeon located in the forest, east of the city of Yew (16o 41'n, 21o 43'w). The citizens pushed quickly through the massive groups of orcs until we reached the third level. The third level is normally guarded by one Orc Brute, this time it seemed as if thousands awaited us. After pushing our way through we were almost to the location we had met "Grazu Lire", a small force of Hydra's kept our attention for a short period.


East of the forge near some aging mining equipment, lay a note and a journal. The note read,
'A Badly Burned Note "Meet...montor...8/2/09"'
and the journal read,
'Badly Burned Journal Of Grazu Lire:"My Brother Slain!...Casca...Venegance!"'


Onward to the island of Isamu-Jima, we exited the moongate and proceeded to the location we met "Raum Fleus". Venturing into the forest to the East, passing many Gaman's and a couple of Oni's, we came upon a small cottage located at the basin of Mount Sho (74o 31'n, 6o 7'w). The light forces guarding this cottage were quickly brought to a calm, as we searched the cottage we discovered more evidence on the third floor!


In plain view a scroll read,
'A Torn Letter "...Lords Not Happy, Lire's Failures Will Result In Delays, Tokuno..."
and a book which read,
'A Book Dropped In Apparent Haste "Meeting At Montor On 8/2/09 -Casca" Is Scrawled On Page.'


The citizens still thirsty for blood decided to see what lay ahead. We ventured to the ruined city of Montor. We went to the Chaos Moongate in Ilshenar and carved a path of carnage throughout the city. Paragon creatures appeared almost everywhere. Yamandon's stood along side of Quagmire, Balrons and Succubi.
The streets covered with a shallow stream of blood had finally brought us to the meeting location. A book lay on the table which read,
"...This Is The Best Location For The Meeting. Nobody In Their Right Mind Would Come Here..."
A chest with what would be the most damning evidence against Casca lay in it. A ring with etching on it that read "Casca Royal Signet Ring"

Had all this evidence been planted for a coup d'etat against our Lord? Is our Lord really aligned with the Agents of Corruption and the Shadow Lords? Warriors and inquisitive minds are requested to meet at the Counselor's Hall in the city of Britain to find out this Sunday, 8/2/09 5pm PST! Omo Trovi has asked us to meet there before going to the Chaos gate to catch Lord Casca red handed. Omo Trovi has also asked the "heroic insane" to not venture ahead to Montor without the group as we do not want to alert the eminent evil of our arrival.

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Enhanced Client Update
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Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 12:37 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Enhanced Client Update


Chrissay Zeeman

28 Jul 2009 14:14:55 EST



Updates:


  • Updated the look of the rune beetle


Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed crash caused by purchasing items from NPC merchants
  • Fixed issues with contents not displaying in Legacy Container view
  • Fixed issues with the custom user interface not loading properly





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Siege House of the Week #3
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Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 11:22 AM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
Siege House of the Week
submitted by Ian James




This week's featured home is The Hedge Maze owned by Loki. The hedge maze is a public home and a cleverly designed one at that. On two levels the maze takes you around. There are some books to give you clues, but can you find all four and make your way out?



My first few times around, I got lost



And then, I fell down a hole! Hey, what's that on the other side of the wall?



Upon further exploring I got stuck at the top of a tower



Only one way out of this one. . .I had to start over. . .and found a nice chair.



A bit more exploring and I found the secret! This room also has a rune to the Skara Brae hedge maze and several artifacts



Can you find your way out of the hedge maze too?



Visit the hedge maze and get lost! It's quite a good little puzzle and the first time I visited it many months ago it took me quite some time to figure it out. On the re-visit recently, it still took me a few tries to remember all it's secrets.

Congratulations to Loki for being selected for House of the Week #3

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Great Lakes Shard
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Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 9:12 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Great Lakes Shard


Chrissay Zeeman

28 Jul 2009 11:13:37 EST



On Great Lakes we will be doing a revert back to Monday morning maintenance. While the decision to do a revert is never an easy one, this is the only way to resolve an issue that caused items to disappear out of player's homes on Great Lakes. This revert will restore the items players have lost. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank the players for their understanding.



Great Lakes will be down for approximately 1 hour to perform the revert.






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Shard Revert!
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Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 8:27 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (GreatLakes)
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http://uoherald.com/news/
Great Lakes Shard
Chrissay Zeeman
28 Jul 2009 11:13:37

On Great Lakes we will be doing a revert back to Monday morning maintenance. While the decision to do a revert is never an easy one, this is the only way to resolve an issue that caused items to disappear out of player's homes on Great Lakes. This revert will restore the items players have lost. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank the players for their understanding.



Great Lakes will be down for approximately 1 hour to perform the revert.
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Party At Pol's Pen - Wednesday, July 29th
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009, 11:04 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Greetings all good gentles.

By my troth, 'tis news most splendid fer thine ears! On Wednesday e’en at 6PM PST, all goodmen an’ goodwives are welcome to partake in a wondrous-well affair an’ grand party at Pol the Shepherd’s new homestead!

T’was many weeks ago in goodly lengths past that Pol didst so commission a right-fine an’ world renowned architect named Straton Thales. He didst design th’ most beauteous country homestead fer resting mine head at night an’ a barn fer which’n Pol couldst be e’er tending to her flock. At th’ encouragement of Bucko the Kid an’ other friends, methinks it finally be a right fine time to share in drink an’ merriment with all good friends from hither to thither!

Alas, since Pol doth spendeth so much time knittin', stitchin', an' tending to Agnes, Pickles, an’ th’ rest of th’ flock, Pol wouldst admit to knowing little to nay nothins’ about th’ dark troubles facing th’ lands of late. But, it certainly doth seem like all good gentles mayest welcome an e’en to forget all thy worries an’ troubles an’ an excuse to make merry! So don thy finest breeches an’ come prepared to fill thy tummy with delicious treats an’ soothing beakers!

Sincerely,
Pol the shepherd

PS – Caterers needed. Please leave a message here if interested.

Day/time – July 29th, 6PM PST.
Location – Pol’s Pen (runes will be left at West Britain Bank)
(No housewarming gifts, please)
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Lord Balandar found in Ilshenar
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009, 7:51 PM EDT by Lady Katherine (Chesapeake)
In a shock for those going to attend the weekly Commons meeting with EMs Vladimere and Dudley, the Commons house was in ruins with one of the King's Own Guards standing in front of it. Commander Foxx met with those assembled there and had a verbal altercation with the guard. After some arguing back and forth, Foxx chased the guard away from his post. Those who followed were then beset by executioners and dragoons lying in ambush.

After fighting off the ambush, Commander Foxx reviewed with the assembled warriors/detectives the clues they had found regarding Lord Balandar's location. Using the three clues of an indecipherable map, a map that showed the location of the Compassion shrine in Trammel, and a pair of sandy boots, the party guessed that Lord Balandar might be found in the desert past the Ancient Citadel near the Compassion Moongate in Ilshenar.

The party set out in that direction and encountered a boatman who ferried them across the water, where they found the wreckage of a boat. Some exploration soon found a camp near a coconut grove where Lord Balandar had set up camp. Lord Balandar asked some questions and answered some in return. He said that they will need to check with Kildare, the royal excavator, about moving the sand that is covering the artifact. He will stay behind to guard the location.

Lord Balandar was able to share some information about the artifact. It is a device that can control the oceans! He stressed that it can not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Shadowlords.

After leaving Lord Balandar, the party was able to reach a magical teleporter that led them near the Spirituality Moongate to return to Britain. They were ambushed again by the king's men at both moongates. After defeating both ambushes, Commander Foxx said that they must speak with Kildare this Wednesday night. Those interested in helping should meet at Buc's Den at 8 PM by the Eastern sky.

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Cartel Factions vs Spawners Inc At Prime Time Harrower, July 16
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009, 5:09 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
Thursday, July 16, Cartel Factions [$CF$] invited the Baja Stratics reporters to a prime time Harrower at Despise.  Shae and I passed through Cartel's outer defense area

 

and into the area where the Tentacles had spawned.

Cartel was still unopposed when the True Harrower spawned.

As Cartel had the True Harrower down to almost half life, Shae, who had gone out to the Cartel defense line, informed me that Spawners Inc [SI], had arrived at Cartel's outer defense line. It wasn't long before I heard that the line was being 'Splintered' by SI and associates.

A ninja,  Splinter, Ultimate Power [PwR], took advantage of a weakness on the Cartel defense line, and opened a hole for SI and others to get into the Harrower area. 

As I tucked myself into a corner and tried to stay out of the way, SI began pouring in and taking control of the area, attacking any Cartel remaining in the Harrower area. 

Cartel Factions had reformed outside at the defense line, and began their retaliation attack against SI.

Meanwhile the SI inside took over killing the Harrower.

Then Cartel broke through SI's outer defense and started appearing in the Harrower area again.  SI started building a defense line inside.

Even though the Harrower was defeated, the battle was far from over. 

Cartel Factions was pouring into the area, blocking off SI's exit.

I began my way out of the Harrower area, trying to stay behind so I wouldn't inadvertently block anyone else's path.

There were so many fields blocking my exit, I finally decided to just walk through them so I could get further out into the area where the primary fighting had moved to.

Once outside, our Cartel Factions hosts were waiting for Shae and myself to get us rezzed and out of the area.  Once we were out, Cartel and SI members met with their respective guilds and began reviewing the battle to help prevent future mistakes and to plan strategies based on experience.

Thank you to Cartel Factions for the invitation and getting Shae and I into place before the big fight started; to Spawners Inc. for showing up; and to both for showing us what Cartel Factions and Spawner Inc do.

A special thank you to Teflon Don [$CF$] for snooping me on the way out to ensure I was not carrying out power scrolls for SI.

 

 

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The Execution of Lady Aino Nystad?
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009, 5:02 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
Stern faced and dressed in dark robes Corporal Brackus and the Town Guards stoically awaited the arrival of Lord Casca. A huge rowdy crowd formed of concerned citizens and rebels from the independent kingdoms crowded around the guillotine.

When Lord Casca appeared he was not met with the adoration of his subjects but with cold indifference from some and hatred by most. Only the guards offered a salute at his approach but this was out of duty, certainly not from the love of a loyal subject for his King.



Lord Casca began to speak:

"As we all know for every action, every deed, there is a price and no law or liege can deem it otherwise. And when Lady Aino Nystad first came to me her cause was material but ultimately noble. In her I saw a spirit of loyalty and determination.

I thought surely I could mold this fiery soul into a force of righteousness. A force so unyielding as to rekindle the hearts of my people during a time so fraught with death, and grief, and war. A ray of light to pierce the dark.

But Lady Aino has shown me my error. She has taken my generosity as weakness. She deals contemptuously with my other servants and plots secretly against me."



Lady Aino gripped the bars of the prison cart as Lord Casca spoke as if outraged by his words.

The Royal Guard Vizarr barked at her "Unhand those bars!"

Lady Wildstar broke her silence yelling out "Fake charges by a fake king!" At her words the crowd too yelled in agreement.

Undaunted Lord Casca continued his tirade: "And in another way, you who plot with her see the fruit of your labor for here she is suffering for your sins. And her recent actions have proven beyond a doubt that the suspicions of her were true. And for which the only price of her actions, her deeds, is death. *Looks into the crowd* No, you should have considered well what you have already started! See now, my wayward children, the price of your unrest?

You are charged with sedition, unrest, conspiracy against the crown, insubordination and a list of the offenses I am certain your allies here can attest to. At last, noble Lady..here before those who claim to be your friends."

At Lord Casca's command, Lady Aino was dragged out the prison cart and marched to the guillotine. The crowd errupted once again into a flurry of protests, some casting spells and potions, urging Lady Aino to escape.

The Royal Guard commented that if Lady Aino ran now, the charges against her would be justified. I could not help but think that if Lady Aino did not run, she would prove nothing in death save for the depth of Lord Casca's depravity and cruelty.

Lord Casca said "Do you have any final words Lady Nystad?"

Lady Aino replied with a gentle smile "Yes, my Lord I have three final words for thee KAL ORT POR!!!!" Lady Aino could not escape before because of the anti-magus crystallinus that prevented her from using magic. However, by following rumors in Britain we were able to locate the laboratory of Finneus Crick and obtain a blackrock dye that blocked the effects of the anti-magus crystallinus. Many adventurers worked hard to get access to the laboratory and to make Lady Aino's escape possible.



The King listened to the jeers of the jubilant crowd as they celebrated Lady Aino's escape with sullen rage. Seconds later he ordered his guards to attack the independent kingdoms. More to follow from the other reporters as I Lady Cymidei Fier had to return to the Dark Tower, one of my lowly minions set the carpet on fire and I was unable to attend!
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EM Event Dungeon Contest
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009, 3:39 PM EDT by Nyte Doombringer (Europa)


We meet at the Counselor in Britain. EM Emile had arranged a contest to take place in a dungeon,that is all we knew.
Originally we where to make up teams of 6 to compete against each other. However there was a big turn out, bigger then expected.



When we got to the start room Emile told us we would have to make teams of 10 instead.
At first there was a bit of confusing trying to restructure the teams. However eventually everyone got their teams sorted into 10.



Then we where told that it would be a time trial. Each team would go in one at a time and go to a room with mobs in it.
Here we would be times on how long it would take us to kill them all. So we waited our turns as each team went in.



There was an assortment of different mobs. I was healing and curing for our team so I never really even saw any of them.
I was too busy looking at health bars.



When we where done Emile took us out of the room and then gave us each a nice cream pie, the throwing kinda.
She said that the results would be published on their website soon as to who won.
All in all the event was alot of fun and it was nice to see so many people turn up for it.
Thanks to EM Emile for taking the time to host another event for us.

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Community Hunt - Week of July 27th
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009, 4:20 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


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

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




Britain Library Community Collections hunt
Date: Tuesday, July 28th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, July 29th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Yamandon Hunt
Date: Thursday, July 30th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken

Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, July 31st
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
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GOF Going Strong
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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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GOF Going Strong ~


Saturday evening I took a gate from the Luna Bank to the GOF Auction house. It had been some time since my last visit there and I was happy to see the place going strong and doing brisk business.

I was not the only one enjoying the event, a few others were Lord Gamblor, Margherita, Hannah, Lord Blain, Lord Henrik, Stardust, Erhnam, Necron, Arabus, Lady Princess of Pain, Xevei, Neptune, Sang Ting, Roehan, ZOE, Lord Ra'jan, Shifter, Kahlan Amnell, Kryptonite, Ubioz, Flash, The Lord, Satura, DragonClaw, Mojo, Ganon, Sebastian, Capt. Jack Sparrow, Lord Seth and Abigail, who did some hard core bidding and purchasing.



Hunter did a great job keeping things rolling with only one glitch and one banning.

Lexi and Chelsey assisted with great ease. There was a little confusion for several patrons however. Lexi dressed in the same colors/shades as the auction house floor and several patrons had a hard time spotting her. They kept going to the opposite side of the counter to pay. Lexi or any cashier needs to stand out more color wise.



Over a million was given out in gold to lucky patrons, great items passed hands and a good time was had by all, except for the one trouble maker that got booted, lol.

Keep up the good work GOF!

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Lake Superior's Newest EM!
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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2009, 12:48 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)

Hot of the presses! LS's EM's will be introducing the newest EM to our shard. Come one come all!

The newest addition to the EM team will be making his first public appearance at the weekly
Community Meet in the Skara Brae Community Center, at the usual 7:30 CST time.
Come by and give our new EM a greet!

Does this mean we will have three EM's?

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[NEWS] A Traitor in the Midst
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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2009, 8:56 AM EDT by Andrasta ()

A Traitor in the Midst


Today's gathering was quite gloom indeed. It is now believed that Lord Casca is in league with the agents of corruption. Casca is no where to be found, he is supposedly on "official business".


We were briefly filled in on this weeks passed adventures. The fine warriors of Sosaria have recently put the "Lady of the Snow's" soul at rest recently. While doing so these warriors battled a horde of creatures in the Tokuno Samurai Dojo. Each of the creatures carried torn and badly damaged maps. These maps show the location of the secret entrance to the Empress' treasuries! Our adventure today is to discover how these creatures obtained the maps.


The visions of our fine fortune teller "Amelia Varaeli'n" lead us to the Son of the Lady of the Snow. Yusuke Mihamori, Son of the Lady of the Snow, was thought to have died as a young boy. This is far from the truth as we know it now thanks to Amelia. Yusuke was separated by his mother after stumbling into a rift which took him into an icy wastelands. The rift took him to the northern Lost Lands in of the Trammel facet. Luckily some travelers from the city of Jhelom found him and raised him as their own.


Yusuke introduced us to a Tokunese nobleman, "Tomohori Uta". He spoke of an outsider who is half Tokunese that we may be interested in speaking to. The empress trusts this outsider with secrets of the Tokunese, due to this we will keep his name a secret.


The half Tokunese outsider told us only four people know of the existence of the entrance to the treasury. It is highly doubtful any of these people would share this secret with anyone. This half Tokunese outsider believed that the Empress has recently entrusted someone from the Britannian royal court with the location of this secret entrance.


We searched Castle British for any signs to a traitor. After a vigorous search we discovered a moongate that lead us to Blackthorn's Castle. Oddly enough this moongate was located in the room where Omo's arrest orders were originally found. Blackthorn's Castle is currently the location where Lord Casca himself resides. We decided to investigate the closed off Castle. Inside the master bedroom (Lord Blackthorns old bedroom), which we can only assume is where Lord Casca himself sleeps, we found two mostly burnt maps.
'A Map Draft: It Seems Someone Tried to Burn It... But You Can Make Out The Word "Secret"'
and
'A Map Draft: It Seems Someone Tried to Burn It... But You Can Make Out The Word "Zento"'
We were able make out the words "Secret" and "Zento" from these two maps. It appears someone did a poor job destroying these maps. It may be possible someone is trying to frame our .... Beloved ... Lord Casca, but with the evidence stacking our Lords future does not bold very well.



We returned to the dwell of the half Tokunese outsiders home to tell him what we had found. It is now believed either Lord Casca or someone close to him, perhaps a high ranking official in the Britannian royal court, is a traitor.

Tomorrow (July 26th 5pm PST) may be making an appearance while our adventures take us on the Hunt for Lord Casca. We will be meeting Britain Trammel at the Counselor's Guild as usual.
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A Traitor in the Midst
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Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2009, 11:29 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

A Traitor in the Midst


Today's gathering was quite gloom indeed. It is now believed that Lord Casca is in league with the agents of corruption. Casca is no where to be found, he is supposedly on "official business".


We were briefly filled in on this weeks passed adventures. The fine warriors of Sosaria have recently put the "Lady of the Snow's" soul at rest recently. While doing so these warriors battled a horde of creatures in the Tokuno Samurai Dojo. Each of the creatures carried torn and badly damaged maps. These maps show the location of the secret entrance to the Empress' treasuries! Our adventure today is to discover how these creatures obtained the maps.


The visions of our fine fortune teller "Amelia Varaeli'n" lead us to the Son of the Lady of the Snow. Yusuke Mihamori, Son of the Lady of the Snow, was thought to have died as a young boy. This is far from the truth as we know it now thanks to Amelia. Yusuke was separated by his mother after stumbling into a rift which took him into an icy wastelands. The rift took him to the northern Lost Lands in of the Trammel facet. Luckily some travelers from the city of Jhelom found him and raised him as their own.


Yusuke introduced us to a Tokunese nobleman, "Tomohori Uta". He spoke of an outsider who is half Tokunese that we may be interested in speaking to. The empress trusts this outsider with secrets of the Tokunese, due to this we will keep his name a secret.


The half Tokunese outsider told us only four people know of the existence of the entrance to the treasury. It is highly doubtful any of these people would share this secret with anyone. This half Tokunese outsider believed that the Empress has recently entrusted someone from the Britannian royal court with the location of this secret entrance.


We searched Castle British for any signs to a traitor. After a vigorous search we discovered a moongate that lead us to Blackthorn's Castle. Oddly enough this moongate was located in the room where Omo's arrest orders were originally found. Blackthorn's Castle is currently the location where Lord Casca himself resides. We decided to investigate the closed off Castle. Inside the master bedroom (Lord Blackthorns old bedroom), which we can only assume is where Lord Casca himself sleeps, we found two mostly burnt maps.
'A Map Draft: It Seems Someone Tried to Burn It... But You Can Make Out The Word "Secret"'
and
'A Map Draft: It Seems Someone Tried to Burn It... But You Can Make Out The Word "Zento"'
We were able make out the words "Secret" and "Zento" from these two maps. It appears someone did a poor job destroying these maps. It may be possible someone is trying to frame our .... Beloved ... Lord Casca, but with the evidence stacking our Lords future does not bold very well.



We returned to the dwell of the half Tokunese outsiders home to tell him what we had found. It is now believed either Lord Casca or someone close to him, perhaps a high ranking official in the Britannian royal court, is a traitor.

Tomorrow (July 26th 5pm PST) may be making an appearance while our adventures take us on the Hunt for Lord Casca. We will be meeting Britain Trammel at the Counselor's Guild as usual.
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House of Commons is back!!!
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Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2009, 2:19 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)


House of Commons is back!!!



Stratics IRC and UO Stratics proudly announce Ultima Online House of Commons is back.

HoC has had a long tradition throughout the years and has been missing in action for a good while.
Our staff had been hard at work with the EA team to get the ball rolling again.

The first of hopefully many more HoC is scheduled for Thursday July 30th, 7 pm EST. Please join us in the #straticshoc channel on the Stratics IRC network for another great hour of questions and answers with the UO team!

The HoC Topic of this week will be:
New Client’s open Beta and Stygian Abyss

You can connect to one of our IRC servers through the use of your favorite IRC client or you can visit our downloads section to choose a client. Connect to irc.stratics.com port 6668 or choose a server listed below that is closest to you:


  • stratics.frws.com USA - Colorado 6667 6668 7000
  • irc.glowfish.de EU - Germany 6667 6668
  • irc.us.glowfish.de USA - Missouri 6667 6668
  • irc.gamers-irc.org USA - Colorado 6667 6668 7000


Once connected, join the #straticshoc channel and you'll be able to submit your questions to the assigned question taker. You can also join us any time in #ultima-online on Stratics IRC for general chat about the best MMO ever - Ultima Online!

Newer readers that have not taken part before can find instructions and some information on the House of Commons below.

House of Commons:

http://uohoc.stratics.com/intro.shtml
http://uohoc.stratics.com/questions.shtml
http://uohoc.stratics.com/hocjavairc.shtml


IRC

http://chat.stratics.com/



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The Syndicate: Craftsman Day, Community, The Syndicate & More..
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Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2009, 10:32 AM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
This received from our friends at The Syndicate

Craftsman Day, Community, The Syndicate & More..

The Syndicate is one of the oldest gaming communities in all of online gaming. It has been involved with Ultima Online since the pre-alpha stage of the game back in the beginning of 1996. We have seen UO's growth ebb and flow over time and experienced all of the 'doom and gloom' bugs that some said would end the game, but never did, and the wonderful advances and improvements. As Stygian Abyss looms closer and closer, another evolution of those wonderful advances and improvements to UO is shaping up to come to pass. In that light, we would like to share several news related things.

Craftsman Day - For those on Atlantic Shard, we would like to remind all players that we offer a free service that is open to all players. Each Sunday at 4pm EST for more than a decade, we have offered what we call Craftsman Day. Once every month or so we offer an extended version that offers some of the less frequently asked for services and expands beyond the CD scope to offer other cool options such as taking out newer players to tame a mount. The core weekly Craftsman Day event offers item repairs, created and enhances. We do so free of charge. We offer the service as a way to help newer players get established in the game and as a way to give something back to the wonderful Atlantic shard community as a whole. All players are welcome and it takes place at our Tram castle (or you can look for gaters at the major banks with LLTS over their heads). When Stygian Abyss launches you can expect to see all of the new options being offered as well. You can get locks picked on chests. You can get potions made. You can get weapons sharpened. If its crafting related, we offer it free of charge to those attending the event.

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Lottery - About every other month (with the next one coming up in late August) we offer what we call the Lottery event. Perhaps a better name for it would be "lots of free stuff" because ultimately that is what happens. We give out 25 bags of prizes that include power scrolls, artifacts, rares, checks of gold, commodity deeds etc... Additionally there is always some kind of bonus for all who attend. One of the recent bonus rounds included us covering one of our castles in power-scrolls. More than 200 were laid out. After the core lottery was done, the doors were opened and it was a free for all to collect the scrolls. The whole idea behind these events is to generate community interaction and to make Atlantic shard a little more fun for those who live there. Look for more news soon about the late August lottery. We hope you can attend!

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Community - The Syndicate is an extremely large (more than 625 adult members) gaming community that spans several gaming worlds and has a large consulting and testing arm that does work for game developers. Our Ultima Online presence has about 200 adult members some of whom seemingly never log off and some of whom are less active and others who fall somewhere in between. We are based on Atlantic shard and have our only UO presence there.

Our core focus is Friendship and building our community and having a positive influence on the overall gaming community. In addition to huge logistics and friendship support in Ultima Online, we offer our members a multitude of other opportunities from writing strategy guides for Prima Games to consulting on future MMO development to testing changes to current MMOs in a structured and methodical manner. We offer a massive, private forum and private ventrilo servers and IRC servers. We offer every opportunity within UO and opportunities to grow and meet other members in a variety of gaming worlds and in real life. Coming up in just a couple of weeks, for example, we have our eight annual conference (discussed below).

If you are looking for a community where you can make a difference; where you matter as a person; and where you can build friendships that last for many years (more than 500 of our members have been with us for 1 to 13 years. Turnover is virtually non-existent within the guild) then you may want to check out our site and read more about us or seek out members in game and get their opinion.

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Success - There are many ways to measure success. One of the hallmark successes that we like to point to is our annual conferences. This year marks our 8th Annual conference. With more than 150 members and more than a dozen different developers attending, it will be our largest guild event to date. At our annual guild meeting on of the keynote speakers that is relevant to UO is Lord British himself. There will be tours of several developer studios; round table design and discussion sessions with some developers; a LAN party sponsored by Alienware; a massive charity raffle with thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs to support our chosen guild charity and much more. The conferences are one of the perks of Syndicate membership but more importantly they are a major reason why 600+ people can be so closely unified and have such low turnover. With a massive percentage of the guild having attended 1 or more of the conferences, very personal relationships have been formed that transcend the games we play. That is really how we measure success. The conference is a tool towards creating that success but the bonds of friendship that help us move forward as one unified team are the real payoff from those events.

So after many years in Ultima Online, The Syndicate remains a staunch supporter of this outstanding MMO. We are very excited for Stygian Abyss and looking forward to many years of UO fun for the whole community of players.

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FoF: 01010101 01001111
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009, 11:01 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: 01010101 01001111

Chrissay Zeeman


July 24, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


If a character is not in a guild and is in Trammel they should be able to see what combat flags (if any) they do have timing out in both 2d and KR/SA clients. Perhaps the buff bar can be adapted to list these?


This is an excellent suggestion, and would be a great usage of the buff/debuff icon bar
-Draconi


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Currently spirit speak jewlry does not work. Are there any plans to fix this or is it intentional?


Hmm, pretty sure this is just broken, and not intentional
-Draconi


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On the publish update you guys stated Cloaks of Silence will be available from the EMs, does this mean that we can ask them for one and they give it out or are they going to be given out at em events?


They’re going to be given out as part of an event, so no, please don’t spam the poor EMs for them before their time
-Draconi


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Why did you choose to go with the original UO artwork instead of the KR (Kingdom Reborn) artwork for the new client?


Most players felt that the KR environment art did not capture the true spirit of UO. There were also a large number of problems with this art. The original UO art is great and is guaranteed to provide you with a consistent user experience. Our main focus with the new client was stability and ease of use. Now we haven’t thrown away the KR art. Keep in mind we do use some KR art for certain areas of the game, such as terrain, waterfalls and special effects. We are always investigating ways to continue to enhance the graphical experience of the new client.
-Supreem


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Any chances of releasing a new installer? Patching from version 5.x on the 9th Anniversary CD to the current build (especially 6.0.11, which fails for me and I have to do a full uninstall). The SE version offered on FilePlanet is even older!


A new installer for the classic client will become available when we launch the Stygian Abyss expansion. Players will be able to use this installer on both SA and non-SA enabled accounts.
-Supreem


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Announcements:


Enter into the Enhanced Client screenshot contest for your chance to win a 30 day game time code. Click here for the full article.
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Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here in the Community Spotlight.
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Do you have a question for the Five on Friday? You can submit it here.
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We have sent out another round of Beta invites so check your email!



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Stygian Abyss Expansion Beta Invitations
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009, 10:49 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Stygian Abyss Expansion Beta Invitations


Chrissay Zeeman

24 Jul 2009 17:33:43 EST



We have sent out the next round of invitations to the the closed content beta. Check your email!

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Enhanced Client Desktop Screenshot Contest
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Enhanced Client Desktop Screenshot Contest


Chrissay Zeeman

24 Jul 2009 15:57:32 EST



Guess what?!?! We want you to take a screenshot of your desktop in the Enhanced client. The winner will get a 30 days of gametime added to their account. We are looking for cool looking monsters and/or creative ways to use the new client UI.


The rules are simple:


  1. Submissions to be sent to [email protected] (hosted screenshots will not be accepted)
  2. Include Name (character or real name), Shard you play on, and account you would like the 30 days added
  3. Submissions must be in .jpg, .gif, or .bmp with a minimal desktop resolution of 1024x768 (all other formats will not be accepted)
  4. Enter as many times as you like
  5. We will narrow down the submissions to 5 unique finalists
  6. The 5 finalists will be voted on by the players
  7. To ensure fairness to all players the finalist character names will be blacked out

Submissions will be accepted from July 24th to July 31st 2:00PM EST. At that point we will then elect the 5 finalists. Once the finalists are selected their screenshots will be posted on the Herald to be voted on. The vote will last 7 days and after 7 days we will announce the winner. The winner will be notified prior to the announcement.


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And another Friday
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009, 1:29 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

A quiet week this week. We all played truant to try out the new client, but we did find time to:


  • Collapse Atlantic Shard's menu. This complements the work the Atlantic team have been doing to preserve their shard's history. Check out the list of old establishments.
    Other shard pages will be done shortly (or sooner if the shard staff nag a bit.)

  • Replace 50 - 3D images in Hunter's Guide with SA images

  • Add links to images showing the colors of Hiryu in both clients- Thank you Tina Small

  • Update - the page of Commands and

  • Update - information on Vendors, thank you kittykat




Can you help with this project? Please send submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or if you just want to say 'this page needs updating' send a pm to Petra Fyde.

Help us win the race to get it up to date before Stygian Abyss arrives!

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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
24 Jul 2009 14:55:17 EST

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

  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Lake Superior
  • Sonoma
  • Whispering Rose
If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.

You can read more HERE…

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A Broken Heart Headlines
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009, 7:17 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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A Broken Heart Headlines ~

The July Obituary Column continues with A Broken Heart headlining.

Naughty but nice Broken Heart had several corpses in the last Obituary Column and she seems to be all over Fel and Tram dead.
The image below she found death at the hand of one of her guildmates on a bet. Enjoy.






Captain Hunter






Double U Tee Eff


Fro Bro dead twice....Haven is a dangerous place...lol




KlorOx




Makai Jade










Ramalad the Dark


Rani and blanc De blanc


Rouge







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New Client Patch
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009, 3:01 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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New Client Patch


Chrissay Zeeman

23 Jul 2009 18:05:42 EST



Updates


  • Optimized client to reduce hitching while running/teleporting


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed skills not alphabetizing in the customized skill index of the character creation process
  • Fixed overhead text not relocating itself based on stance or avatar height
  • Fixed hotbar items adopting the hue of the last item that was clicked on
  • Ships are no longer flooded with water
  • Fixed doorway pathing issues in player housing for towers, keeps, and castles
  • Bottom portion of several Legacy Container contents are no longer get cutoff
  • Viewing contents of player-run vendors and pack animals no longer locks to Legacy Container view
  • Fixed Equip macro contents becoming inaccessible when scrollbar is removed

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Dungeon Crawl
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Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2009, 7:27 AM EDT by Nyte Doombringer (Europa)
Sunday, 26 July 2009, 19:30 by Emile Layne

EM Sarakan & Emile Layne invite you to take part in the Dungeon Challenge! Sharpen your swords and polish your armours... you will need them!

Be prepared to form teams of 5 to 6 players. You may do so in advance or on the spot. Gather at the Counselors Hall.
More info can be found on the Europa Stratics forums as well.

Location : Counselors Hall
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Shadowlords and ToT Extended
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Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2009, 2:00 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Shadowlords and ToT Extended


Chrissay Zeeman

22 Jul 2009 17:17:26 EST



Due to feedback regarding the dates we will extend the Shadowlords and the Treasures of Tokuno until the end of this month.

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A Spy Amongst Us (Event)
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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 5:12 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
from UO - Origin Events

Event: A Spy Amongst Us
Posted By EMLaurana on July 22, 2009

After last week’s disturbing discoveries of various notes implying Infel’s evil plans and an apparent meeting with somebody named “Lord C..,” Taryn Sullivan needs your help to investigate further. It is believed that the possible meeting place has been discovered, and this mystery must be settled once and for all.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00pm Mountain, 8:00pm Central, 9:00pm Eastern, 4:00pm Alaska, and 3:00am Wednesday in France

Where: Meet at the Counselor’s Hall in Britain, Trammel
What: PvM-style event – all fighters, tamers, and masters of the magic arts are welcome.

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Origin Shard
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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 11:11 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Origin Shard


Chrissay Zeeman

22 Jul 2009 01:05:04 EST



While preparing the shards for the next publish we encountered an error that caused a revert to the Origin shard. The revert is approximately 5 hours. The engineers were able to quickly identify and resolve this issue and prevented it from happening to other shards. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

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The Red and Purple Mini Mall
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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 8:46 PM EDT by Miriel.UO (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<The Red and Purple Mini Mall

Name of Shop : The Red & Purple Mini Mall
Location : Just North-East of the Yew Cemetery, first clearing in the woods. Atlantic Shard, Trammel, Yew.
Contact : See the house board in mall for contact info.
Website : None.
Description : Independent Super Vendor Mall.
Owner : Lady Frany Flame

Q - Please give me a history on the Red and Purple Mini Mall.

A - The R&PMM was originally started in the summer of 2001, on the road from Brit, near the Cove Swamp. This first location was using a friend’s house, do to the high price of housing at that time. Not too long after 9/11, the staff froze housing decay driving prices way out of reach for newer players and it took a little time to save up for the small marble shop that stood west of the desert of compassion for a whopping 6 million gold at that time. It was March of 2002 the mall was moved the first time, and very soon after the R&P was very popular with the shopping public thanks to the various goods offered by several different vendor masters. Packing a lot of bang into a tiny house.

We stayed in that location for 13 months, seeing over 32 thousand visitors, and surviving 3 invasions. At that time, the new modern housing system came along and with the new vendor system, we were forced to look at a maximum of 10 vendors where we had over 20 in the small house. Downgrading operations was not an option. It took time to find just the right new house to better serve our community.

At the new and current location, we could easily double available vendor space, along with adding space for a full set of public dye tubs, training dummies, a small public rune library, a peaceful garden, and several other minor improvements for public enjoyment. At this time of Luna, it was decided the fate of the R&PMM was to better serve the public and stay in Tram, away from the high prices of Luna where we currently have over 72k visitors and growing, with over 6 years in the same location… the mall will not relocate again.

Q - Clearly this mall has stood the test of time. But going back to the beginning, what made you decide to run a vendor mall in Sosaria?

A – At the time I started needing vendor space of my own, it was very hard to get space in bigger malls. Most big malls were in full towers or castles, and some of those malls demanded guild membership. Other malls were run by only the owner of the house, selling few goods. I had to make gold in a bad way to support my combat characters. Once I got a foothold in a super mall… it was clear I was meeting far more newer players needing vendor space then anyone could find, so I thought the next logical step was to find some space to open up a mall of my own… with the goal of helping everyone I could, not just myself. Malls can be a lot of work on the owner and we are lucky to find fellow merchants that have a love of running vendors. That’s as true then as it is today, even if it's harder to keep full vendors inside the mall now. It's far more then selling arrows and bolts out of 1 vendor in the back room of someone else’s mall. Those arrows I sold then are what the mall is built on today… why I picked the fletcher’s sign you’ll see on my buildings.

Q - What makes this establishment unique compared to others?

A - It may sound silly, but the first thing anyone will notice to the “Red & Purple” Mini Mall is the name itself. Way back then, no one was using colors for a marketing tool. Before I even opened up the first mall for people to share, I had 1 room in a castle and all the vendors were a cheerful Red & Purple to set them apart from everyone else’s vendors in that castle. Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a lot of malls using colors as a name, and some even call themselves whatever “Mini Mall”, but just having fun with the decorations and knickknacks we have available, I strive to keep the mall fun and interesting… ever changing no matter if it's normal gardening or seasonal. I also expanded the color theme to putting up banners and other decorations… people will know the long standing signature through the test of time. Even those players that return after years of absence remember the Red & Purple, relocated… redecorated, or redesigned. I strive to keep our establishment for “the people” of our shard. For everyone.

Q - Tell me some of the events you host here? (if any)

A - I believe it's been the last 4 Christmases now… we’ve hosted a Santa event in the mall’s rooftop garden. I love to see fun things happen in our game and at the time, there was no real Christmas spirit going on in our shard. I may have had too many cookies that day and got the crazy idea to decorate the mall like any other real mall would be for the season… and even have a jolly fat guy in a beard sitting on a throne visiting with all the kiddies. It was an overwhelming success! People really got into it. At that time, the garden was a little different with water and a bridge… cute, but not good for hosting events, so I redesigned it so it can be fully transformed with out disturbing the vendors. The idea was to have the ability to host more events, but the Christmas event seams to be what people like… so we hope to do it again next Christmas as well.

Q - The Red & Purple Mini Mall is just one of the buildings in that area that you’ve opened for public use. Can you give me a little information about the others?

A – Originally, when the new mall building was purchased, I had hoped the whole clearing would be different malls and establishments, owned by other people. Unfortunately, it never really came to pass. A few years later, a friend obtained a medium sized plot and asked me to design a cute little storage house for him… thus giving birth to the “First Church of Candy of the Red & Purple Mini Mall”. He has since retired from game play, however the church still stands. I totally love our custom house system and paying with decorations. I figured I would just have fun and make a smaller house that was something worth looking at. With the new Event Moderators being back in-game weddings… this church is open for anyone wishing to have their wedding. Just drop a note on the board.

It also took me several years to obtain the classic full tower that sat just south of the mall… where I ripped it down and replaced it with a larger custom plot. This being my own house, I’ve always collected rares and weird items and put most of them in a dungeon museum that’s also open to the public in the new house. The house, itself, is kind of a work in progress as I’m so busy doing other things, but it's all for fun. A museum of messes and oddities. Unfortunately, it's hard to find reliable rare sellers, so I don’t have very many big ticket items… but you never know what will be on display next.

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Faire Grounds Expansion Contest
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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
 

Taken from: The Golden Brew
Faire Grounds Expansion Contest

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
By EMSeppo

Things have been bit intense lately! So, it is a grand time to do another out of character design contest!

Unlike the previous two design contests, this contest is going to give you the most creative freedom,

1) There is no overarching theme that you have to work with. It is all up to you.

2) You are free to use items from InsideUO to design as you wish. However, do realize that if you do something extremely complex, you will lower your chances of winning as it can be a lot of work to build these things.

Some rules/observations

1) We are not giving you a theme but you should have a theme and you should let us know what that theme is with your submission.

2) Again no theme, but it has to have a functionality that jives with Faire Grounds!

3) Please supply all the item id’s in a list and quantity of each of those item to make it easy to implement your design.

4) As always, we are free to amend any winning design as we wish

5) You cannot remove any of the trees, except for the two palm trees

6) You are allowed to use the water few (4-6) tiles past the shore

7) Deadline: Provide a link to a screenshot via the CONTACT US link at GoldenBrewTavern.com by August 8th, Midnight PST

Now the most important part

The area that you will be designing is located by the coast north of the Faire Grounds by the outhouse. It is fenced in with the usual logs!

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Correct link for sending your quest reports
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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 12:13 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
 

Taken from: The Golden Brew
Correct link for sending your quest reports

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
By EMSeppo

Please use the feedback link at GoldenBrewTavern.com  for sending in your reports and for any other reason you would like to reach EM Seppo or EM Pallando.

The feedback at herald is not the appropriate forum.

Thank you!

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Please Welcome Europa's Newest Reporter!
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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 11:46 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Nyte Doombringer has joined the Europa news team so please welcome her on board.

If you have any news in this busy time in Ultima Online you can email it to [email protected] and myself, Kiminality or Nyte will be very glad to post it.
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Live Event Update
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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 8:37 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Live Event Update


Chrissay Zeeman

20 Jul 2009 13:43:03



It's getting to the end of the event where Treasures of Tokuno and the Shadowlords will be ending this week. So get some Marties and take down the Shadowlords while you can.

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TC1: Pub 59.01 Notes
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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 8:34 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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TC1: Pub 59.01 Notes


Chrissay Zeeman

20 Jul 2009 17:04:55 EST



Bug fixes


  • Fixed the ability to throw the cream pies at another player if they do not have one in their backpacks.

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Summerfest Schedule - Week Two
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Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)
from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page

Summerfest Schedule – Week Two
by EMCernunnos

Join us for Summerfest at the new Catskills Fairground! It’s a two-week festival of games and parties to celebrate summer, and you are invited! The fairgrounds is nestled in the farmlands North of Britain, but you can easily find your way there by going through a golden moongate located at the West Counselor Hall in Britain.

Keep an eye out for more events to be added and updated at the week progresses!

Tuesday 7/21
Come out to watch Hawkeye Pike’s Boat Race Challenge! Spectators or competators are advised to meet at the Counselor’s Hall in Britain at 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Although this isn’t an official Summerfest Event, rather than cross-book events we’re encouraging all the attend what promises to be an exciting race! More information about Hawkeye’s Event can be found here: http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=148574.

Wednesday 7/22
Have you seen strange mongbats causing trouble about the towns? Did a flashy showman invite you to taste mongbat crackers or dance with mongbats? Come see what it’s all about when we invite Honest Ed’s Mongbat Extravaganza to the Catskills Fairground. This is an all-ages mongbat circus and side-show which promises entertainment and audience participation! The event begins at 8:00 pm Eastern Time on the Main Stage of the Fairground.

Thursday 7/23
Ready the quill, as a Poetry Contest will take place at 7:00 pm Eastern on The Fairgrounds Stage. Immediately following the Poetry Contest, Kasaven will host a Comedy Contest, also on the main stage. Come to listen and laugh, or do your own stand up, but most certainly come ready for a memorable night.

 Saturday 7/25
Warriors, mages, those who practice the dark arts, come prepared for a glorious battle. At 8:00 pm Eastern, we will engage in a Team Battle to the Death at the Catskills Battleground. Come on a character that can leave his or her guild/faction to be guilded onto one of the teams. Also make sure all your items are insured before entering. NO pets, NO summons, NO mounts, NO leaving the battlefield. This will be a tournament format of teams depending on how many come to participate.

Sunday 7/26
Tamers and pet-lovers, bring your favorite pet to show off in the Animal Show at 6:30pm Eastern! Show off your pet, compare skills and training techniques with fellow tamers, and buy or sell to others. This isn’t a competitive event, just a gathering for those who love animals. Meet by the main stage.

Racers, to your places! A Horse Race will be held at 8:00 pm Eastern Time at the Fairgrounds Racetrack. The event will be a tiered tournament-style race. Please only horses and horse-shaped mounts for this event (nightmares, warhorses and faction horses are permitted). Ethereals and Chargers of the Fallen are not permitted. Natural horses are available for sale from the fairground animal trainer. Please be on time if you wish to participate!

Closing Ceremonies to follow horse race.

See you there Catskills!

 
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Chesapeake Fairgrounds Near Completion!
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Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009, 10:54 AM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
>>> Malas News <<< Fairgrounds                                                Chesapeake Fairgrounds Near Complete!

     
              Construction is well underway south of luna as the realms newest addition nears completion. The Chesapeake Fairgrounds inspired by the winning design of Lord Gareth will soon draw to a close as Lady Mesanna has worked night and day to bring the shard this true community area with in the realm.

          

              Located just outside Luna's south exit, right between it and the famed BagBall arena the area boasts grand architecture of sandstone as seen in the entrance above. Banners lining the walkway entrance lead one into the courtyard and stable areas.
          
           

          

               Venturing further inside there are Archery Buttes and Specially designed dartboard open for use for upcoming tournaments and community events. EM's Vlad and Dudley have been greeting guests as well as Mesanna as the construction itself has drawn attention from around the realm.

          

               Beautifully colored tents also adourn the landscape as a chess/checkers area and a yet to be determined area are still under construction. A statue of what looks to be a Deamon made of blackrock also line the sidewalks.

         

           

              

                 The grand courtyard is home to a tavern atyle area complete with a bartender named after the sites designer Gareth!

             

                                                                The first toast!

                              

                                                         and the final product!

            

                  Moving along visitors will next see the walkway bridge overlooking the lake stocked full of fish and other sea creatures even a stranded boat lingers nearby!

          

            

              

                   The rear of the fairgrounds is home to the dueling pit/ joust arena along with the grand stage for plays etc!

           

         

           

                   Stop by and pay a visit as the final touches are still underway. Tell those taking time to make this happen what a great job they're doin! We look forward to many great events and community interaction here in the fairgrounds with special thanks to Mesanna for getting us going as well as congrats to Gareth on his awesome design!

           

                                               

            










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Auctions for week of July 20th
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Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009, 5:09 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<

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

BEC Auction

Date:  Friday, July 20th

Time:  8:00 pm CST

Location:  South Gate of Luna City

Contact:  Lady Tia - ICQ 23944805

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Community Hunt - Week of July 20th
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Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009, 5:05 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


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

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




Lady of the Snow hunt
Date: Tuesday, July 21st
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, July 22nd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Fan Dancer Dojo dungeon crawl
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champion Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, July 24th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


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


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

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Attention Archers! June BSR Results, July Schedule
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Posted on Sunday, July 19, 2009, 4:46 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
June's BSR, a Misfits of Society Guild open shard event, held on a Friday night for only the 2nd time in this event's history, found another skilled group of archers competing for the coveted crown, an engraved bow, one-million gold, and a seat in the season's end Champion of Champions shoot off.

Screenshot and caption courtesy of Cymidei Fier:  'The crowd gathers and Motherclucker makes another mysterious appearance...damn that foul fowl!'

If a name were to be given to this night's event it could be called "The Cream Does Rise To The Top". Sixteen archers showed up on the warm Friday night.  Again not one archer was eliminated during the 1st round, with Morgance Fier showing she will be someone to watch when she posted a robin hood and a 200 score in not only this 1st round but the 2nd round as well.

The 2nd round found the shooters just using it as another 3rd round warm-up, with the exception of Cairn Brega and Maleki ... Two fine shooters who stunned the crowd with twin 30s, although it was later discovered their arrows were from a defective batch that was warped.

The 3rd round began with 14 shooters left.  This is a much more difficult round as only 3 bulls eyes will move you forward. One shooter who was temporarily delayed caused a break in the action. Toni Fierce, GM of M!S, called on Sandman, a longtime M!S member and the greeter at the BSR who keeps everyone in line, to entertain the gathering.  Well-dressed in his bright white BLING, a crowd pleasing dance ensued and the crowd cheered. When the archers were again ready, a shepherd's crook was used to pull Sandman off the greens and the contest continued.

Six archers advanced to the 200 round with Frigin Azim, Deon, Uverworld, Xel the Ronin, Ahebban and Thanin Quickbeam all in contention. Azim and Ronin were the 200 shooters, and a shoot off was in store for these two. In a wild, arrows all over the place, windy, moving buttes, crowd cheering finish, Frigin Azim edged out Xel the Ronin 170 to 130, and claimed the June prize. As stated earlier that "The Cream Rises To The Top", it should be noted that Frigin Azim is no stranger to winning these events, having won at least four monthly events over the years and a Champion of Champions year ending event.

Screenshot and caption courtesy of Cymidei Fier: 'The Magic moment where Lord Friggin Azim laughingly claims the title of BSR champ once again while Xel the Wanderer who finished 2nd place, applauds.'

Please note that M!S apologizes to those who missed the event by arriving late and were not allowed to compete. While any latecomer can still sign up during the 1st round, after the 1st arrow of the 2nd round is launched the entry list is closed. M!S has varied the nights of the event between Friday and Saturday and the starting times a bit to make the BSR available to more archers and any confusion is regretted. 

Congratulations to all the shooters and we hope to see everyone at the July BSR, Saturday, July 25th, 8:30 pm Pacific (9:30 pm Mountain, 10:30 pm Central, 11:30 pm Eastern), at the Skara Brae Faire Grounds.

 


June Score Sheet:
Round 1 - 70 minimum; Round 2 - 100 minimum, Round 3 - 150 minimum, Round 4 - 200 minimum.

Richard Lionheart: 150, 105, had to leave
Frigin Azim: 150,110, 150, 200, advance to shoot off
Count of Berg: 70, 110, 110, out
Morgance Fier: 200, 200, 70, out
Deon: 110, 110, 150, 110
Uverworld: 70, 110, 150, 150
Xel the Ronin: 110, 110, 200, 200, advance to shoot off
Broken arrow: 70, 150, 110, out
Cairn Brega: 150, 30, out
Cherokee: 150, 110, 70, out
Maleki: 110, 30, out
Levler: 150, 150, 110, out
Ahebban: 110, 150, 150, 150
llama: 70, 110, 70, out
Thanin Quickbeam: 70, 160, 150, 150
Bucko: 150, 200, 110, out

5-shot Shoot Off:
Frigim Azim: 170 -- June Winner
Xel the Ronin: 130


 
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Tick! Tock!
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Posted on Sunday, July 19, 2009, 1:39 AM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)

  Taken from: The Golden Brew Tavern

Tick! Tock!

Sunday, July 19, 2009
By EMSeppo

Hail,

Loyal citizens of Britannia,

I have a rather disconcerting news to share with all of you. Captain Nystad, the one that you have grown to trust and confide in, has been found guilty of high treason.

Several weeks ago, the Royal guards uncovered a plot to overthrow the ruling council of the land. Upon investigation, much to our chagrin, we discovered Aino Nystad to be at the helm of this unsavory plot. She has been working hand-in-hand with the rebels who would have us be divided into many small pieces, much to the delight of our greater foes.

People like Aino Nystad must pay a heavy price for their actions. If there was ever another amongst us that had plans for similar machinations, then they would look back to this day and be discouraged.

The actions of Aino Nystad are a capital offense. As such, her punishment will also be capital. With a heavy heart, I announce that less than a week from now, Aino Nystad – the shamed captain of the guards – will be executed.

Guardian of virtues,

Protector of people,

Lord Casca

Notes:

1) Few people have asked me if the event that was announced yesterday is in place now. The answer is yes.

2) The only hint I will give you is that you need to talk with thief-master using the word “Task” and then refer to the rumor provided by Yosh, The Town Guard, to get started. Besides that, it might be worthwhile to read this post that I saw on Baja Stratic Forums. There is some relevant lore and background information that could prove to be useful.

3) It is not always possible to accurately gauge the difficulty of such events. However, I believe that if you do not work together – you will likely fail! The plot will move on either way! Does anyone know a good name for an executioner? *grins*

4) Remember to turn in a summary of your quest. If you managed to achieve some measure of success, the thief-master will likely reward you with a notoriety point. Please state your character name in the summary using the feedback. If you are not certain what character name you used in a previous thief-master event, then refer to the book next to him.

5) The event will require you to visit both facets. There are not that many “hoops” to jump but each hoop can be fairly difficult.

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Bagball Explodes Back Onto the Scene
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Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009, 8:14 PM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
The Teams

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The Unstoppable
Hu Gadarn, Tido, Xzor, Blood Hunter, and Sissy Mary


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The Diligent Daemons
Tenchu, Hunt, Masculine Mayke, Orilear, and Hans


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The Jesters
Alana Myrwood, Draken, Delirious, Ritz Craker, and Kynthia Kathal


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The Bag Ballers
Blood Runner, Tirien Bear, Aurora Boralis, Kat, SupSoc Inc.

The Matches

Match 1: The Bag Ballers VS The Diligent Daemons
Results: The Bag Ballers by Two to One.

Match 2: The Unstoppables VS The Jesters
Results: The Unstoppables by Four to Zero.

Match 3: The Diligent Daemons VS The Jesters
Results: The Diligent Daemons by Two to One.

Match 4: The Unstoppables VS The Bag Ballers
Results: The Unstoppables by Three to One.

Winner : The Unstoppables!

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The Aftermath

After a long hard fought day of sportsmanship, the crowd and players were rewarded with freshly created confectioneries, handed to them by Emile the Referee and Lord Casca himself! Bagball seems to have found it's niche in the lands of Britannia once more. With talks of a league and even a royal team, it is surely here to stay. Good eve, and Sosaria Prevails.

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Bagball Match Tonight
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Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009, 10:37 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
New Page 1

"All Hail King Casca!"

proclaims the top line of a very neat and practiced hand atop a scroll bound with a red ribbon. Bob the Herald peers over your shoulder interestedly and looks apologetic as you notice him. "Oh, sorry.." he says, looking at you with a wry grin and shouldering his bag to return to his work "I don't see many enthusiastic renditions of All Hail the King is all.."

The rest of the scroll says the following:

King Casca wishes to invite everyone to attend and participate in an exhibition Bagball match tonight.

The event is to start at 8pm, Saturday 19 July at the Bagball Arena outside Luna.
Refreshments provided.

Choose yourself a team of five people and come prepared for some fun!

_______________________________________________

Aside from the scroll..
If you would be interested in participating in a league game with regular teams - please email [email protected] with your team name (keep it within guidelines please!), player names and preferred color, as well as a preferred time/day of the week. Some interest has been expressed in such an event and I would be happy to help it along

Yours,

EM Kanmare.

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The New and Improved Trial Account Page
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Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009, 12:57 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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The New and Improved Trial Account Page

Chrissay Zeeman
17 Jul 2009 21:07:32

We have updated our Trial account page. Check out the new page here .

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New Client Open Beta
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Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009, 12:51 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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New Client Open Beta


Calvin Crowner

17 Jul 2009 18:16:58 EST



With the release of UO’s 8th expansion pack around the corner we thought we’d give the community just a glimmer of the technology that’s been under development.


We’d like the community to take a look at our latest efforts to improve on the interface and user experience. Please understand that you do not need to use this client for the new expansion; however, we do think you’ll enjoy a lot of the features and improvements we’ve made. This client will maintain the “beta” tag as we continue to gather information and improve it based on community feedback.


We hope you’ll take a look, and more importantly, use it as a lens for future adventures as we open up the Stygian Abyss coming this Summer!
Please note: This is an open beta of the new client, but not the expansion content. This client will work on any shard, not just Test Center, so you can test it in a real environment.

Players can download the client here.

New Client Tips and Tricks


  • The new client is free to download and use (you will still have to pay for the expansion content once it is released)
  • The new client Installer download is only 18 megabytes. The first time you patch, it will download the bulk of the game (approximately 2.0 gb)
  • The new client patcher will automatically resume the next time you launch it if it is interrupted.
  • The first time the client is run, all of the settings will default to “legacy”. If you wish to use the Kingdom Reborn style targeting, chat (enter to type), and containers, you need to change this in the options under the “Legacy” tab.
  • The new client will try to adjust your graphics settings to match your computer but it may not always get it perfect. Here is an explanation of some of the important options you might not be aware of:

    • (Graphics) Max Framerate – Increasing this number will reduce overall performance, but the movement will feel smoother on powerful graphics cards.
    • (Graphics) Show Shadows – Turning off shadows can give a significant increase in performance on older systems.
    • (Graphics) Enable Vsync – Turning this on may reduce overall performance but will correct screen “tearing” when running in the game.
    • (Graphics) Particle Filter – Particle effects tend to slow down older and lower end graphics cards. This option allows you to specify what particle effects you see.
    • (Input) – Unlike the classic (2d) client many of the common commands can be bound directly to a key without creating a macro.
    • (Options) Enable UI Scale – Some players feel that the UI is too large. If you wish make the UI smaller, you can enable this option and adjust the scale with the slider.

  • Unlike the classic client (2d), you can adjust your in-game play window to any size by grabbing the arrow in the bottom right corner and dragging.
  • In windowed mode, you can also adjust the size of the client window like legacy. NOTE: Decreasing the size of the client window will increase performance.
  • To lock the chat window, right click on the orange button in the bottom left of the chat window and select “Lock Window”. This will cause it to appear more like the classic (2d) system window.
  • By default, the journal window is attached to the main chat window. With the chat window unlocked, you can drag this tab off to make it a separate window.
  • The macro editor can be accessed via the Main Menu. To add items to a macro, drag them from other places in the UI (such as the spell book, skill window, backpack etc). Many of the actions for macros can be found in the Actions Window.
  • Macros from the macro list can either be assigned to a hotkey or dragged to a hotbar slot.
  • Actions can be directly placed on the hotbar from the Actions Window without having to make a macro.
  • The icons for character stats in the “Character Sheet” window can be dragged to your hotbar for easy monitoring. The icon next to your tithing points in the Chivalry book can also be placed on your hotbar.
  • Any stackable item such as gold or reagents can be placed on your hotbar. The number on the hotbar will indicate how many total of this item you have on you.
  • You can monitor the progress of your skills by clicking on the "Show Tracker" button in the Skills Window.
  • There is no limit to the number of hotbars you may have. Spawn a new hotbar by right-clicking on an existing one and selecting “New Hotbar”
  • You can also resize a hotbar by grabbing the arrow in the bottom right corner and dragging. If you stretch it to be taller than it is long, it will turn into a vertical hotbar.
  • The mouse wheel can be bound to different targeting actions in the Input Tab of the Settings Window.
  • The Bug Report tool is a valuable asset to the development team and the best way to submit feedback about the new client. It can be accessed from the Main Menu.


Troubleshooting

  • There is a known issue on certain systems where the mouse will not correctly line up with UI elements. You can fix this by turning off the window frame (in the graphics tab of the options menu) or playing in fullscreen mode.





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Newbies in Training Present The Nude Race of The Dungeons
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 5:18 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

The Newbies In Training would like to present their first ever event!

Nude Race of the Dungeons
Tuesday, August 11th, at 6pm Pacific
(7pm Mountain, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern)

This event will be free to all who attend and participate.

The event will start at the Village of the Newbies, where everyone will be give detailed rules. Everyone will receive a book that will hold hints to where they must go in the first dungeon. After everyone has had a chance to read over the first set of clues, and all the rules have been gone over, there will be gates provided to the first dungeon. Once you get to the dungeon you must follow the hints that will lead you to your check point. At each check point your name will be recorded, you will receive another book, and a gate will be opened to the next dungeon. You will continue to follow the hints until you are finally gated back to the start point. This event will only be on the Trammel facet.
 
Prizes:
3rd Place 1 Million GOLD
2nd Place 2 Million GOLD
1st Place 5 Million GOLD

The Village of the Newbies is located to the north of Luna, right outside the wall.



Rules:

1. You MUST be completely nude from start to finish: You may not wear any armor, robes, cloaks, tallies, shields or jewelry. You may wear shoes (that do not have stats), and you may use a weapon or spell book.

2. You MUST run the race alive from start to finish: Everyone must
complete the race alive. This does not mean you will be disqualified if you die. Everyone will be given an item, which cannot be insured, that they must bring to the end of the race. So in the event that someone is killed you must find a rez and get back to your body to continue the race. You may rez each other or get a rez from the people at the checkpoints.

3. You MAY carry any item you wish as long as it is not on your person: This includes, but is no limited to, regs, band aids, pots, apples, trap boxes, and petals.

4. You are NOT allowed to stealth: There will be no stealthing. You MAY hide or invis but you may not stealth at all.

5. No Animal forms allowed: You may NOT use any animal or necro form.

6. No pets, or mounts: You may NOT use any pets to help you through out the race. You may not use any type of mount. This race is to be done on foot only.

7. You MAY use summons such as earth eles, energy vortex, and demons.

8. Peacemaking will be allowed: You may peace and/or area peace as long as no cheats are used to break the timer. Just remember you will not only be helping yourself but anyone else who follows you if you use peace.
 
9. Any form of cheating or exploit is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification, as well as banning from this and any future N^T tournaments or events.

These rules are just basic guidelines. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone from the event for any form of nuisance, at our discretion.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT by IanJames ()

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Chrissay Zeeman


July 17, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Is there a plan to start the blackrock turnins again or is the blackrock showing up for a diffrent reason?


It’s showing up for a different reason, as it can be used to weaken the barriers around the Shadowlords
-Draconi


--


I missed out on both personal bless deeds and item bless deeds and have been sorry ever since i played before and after :O( will you ever give those out again?


Objects of such exceptional power should only be available in the most rarest of events – perhaps such a day will come again.
-Draconi


--


When do you come to be able to see Fur Salong/Fur Cape/Formal/Gilded Dress Shirt in PD and Fields?


I’m afraid there’re no current plans to make new paperdoll and animation art for those items, as much as we’d love to, we’re focused on all the new additions to SA
-Draconi


--


Why are most of the threads dropped in magnecia not stackable? Some of them will stack and some will not, will this be fixed in any publish coming up soon?


There are no plans to change this. They all CAN stack; it is just a matter of finding the right threads to allow stacking.
-Misk


--


Does the Bushido spell Honorable Execution, when successfully used really give you the bonus it is supposed to? I don't notice anything such bonus.


I’ve dug into the code to make sure this spell is working as advertised and this is what I found:


When the spell is first cast, you get a increase to hit chance based on your bushido skill level regardless of your target’s honor.


If you have successfully honored your opponent with the honor virtue, you will also gain a damage bonus based on your skill level and perfection bonus. Perfection bonus increases each time you hit your honored opponent. This damage bonus is in addition to the normal bonus you get to damage for honor perfection.


If the hit kills the enemy, the player gets healed and swing speed is increased for approximately 20 seconds. If you miss, your resists and magic defense is penalized for approximately 7 seconds. You are also unable to use special moves while the negative effects are on you. You can also remove the negative effects with a successful parry.


The part that might be confusing is that you cannot honor another player in PvP. So this spell will not give you any bonuses (outside of the initial hit chance increase) in PvP combat.
-Supreem


--



Announcements:


Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here in the Community Spotlight.
--
We are still accepting applications for the Stygian Abyss Expansion Closed beta. Submit yours here.
--
Do you have what it takes to stump the Devs? Submit your Five on Friday questions here.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT by IanJames ()

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Headline

Chrissay Zeeman


July 17, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Is there a plan to start the blackrock turnins again or is the blackrock showing up for a diffrent reason?


It’s showing up for a different reason, as it can be used to weaken the barriers around the Shadowlords
-Draconi


--


I missed out on both personal bless deeds and item bless deeds and have been sorry ever since i played before and after :O( will you ever give those out again?


Objects of such exceptional power should only be available in the most rarest of events – perhaps such a day will come again.
-Draconi


--


When do you come to be able to see Fur Salong/Fur Cape/Formal/Gilded Dress Shirt in PD and Fields?


I’m afraid there’re no current plans to make new paperdoll and animation art for those items, as much as we’d love to, we’re focused on all the new additions to SA
-Draconi


--


Why are most of the threads dropped in magnecia not stackable? Some of them will stack and some will not, will this be fixed in any publish coming up soon?


There are no plans to change this. They all CAN stack; it is just a matter of finding the right threads to allow stacking.
-Misk


--


Does the Bushido spell Honorable Execution, when successfully used really give you the bonus it is supposed to? I don't notice anything such bonus.


I’ve dug into the code to make sure this spell is working as advertised and this is what I found:


When the spell is first cast, you get a increase to hit chance based on your bushido skill level regardless of your target’s honor.


If you have successfully honored your opponent with the honor virtue, you will also gain a damage bonus based on your skill level and perfection bonus. Perfection bonus increases each time you hit your honored opponent. This damage bonus is in addition to the normal bonus you get to damage for honor perfection.


If the hit kills the enemy, the player gets healed and swing speed is increased for approximately 20 seconds. If you miss, your resists and magic defense is penalized for approximately 7 seconds. You are also unable to use special moves while the negative effects are on you. You can also remove the negative effects with a successful parry.


The part that might be confusing is that you cannot honor another player in PvP. So this spell will not give you any bonuses (outside of the initial hit chance increase) in PvP combat.
-Supreem


--



Announcements:


Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here in the Community Spotlight.
--
We are still accepting applications for the Stygian Abyss Expansion Closed beta. Submit yours here.
--
Do you have what it takes to stump the Devs? Submit your Five on Friday questions here.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT by IanJames ()

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Headline

Chrissay Zeeman


July 17, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Is there a plan to start the blackrock turnins again or is the blackrock showing up for a diffrent reason?


It’s showing up for a different reason, as it can be used to weaken the barriers around the Shadowlords
-Draconi


--


I missed out on both personal bless deeds and item bless deeds and have been sorry ever since i played before and after :O( will you ever give those out again?


Objects of such exceptional power should only be available in the most rarest of events – perhaps such a day will come again.
-Draconi


--


When do you come to be able to see Fur Salong/Fur Cape/Formal/Gilded Dress Shirt in PD and Fields?


I’m afraid there’re no current plans to make new paperdoll and animation art for those items, as much as we’d love to, we’re focused on all the new additions to SA
-Draconi


--


Why are most of the threads dropped in magnecia not stackable? Some of them will stack and some will not, will this be fixed in any publish coming up soon?


There are no plans to change this. They all CAN stack; it is just a matter of finding the right threads to allow stacking.
-Misk


--


Does the Bushido spell Honorable Execution, when successfully used really give you the bonus it is supposed to? I don't notice anything such bonus.


I’ve dug into the code to make sure this spell is working as advertised and this is what I found:


When the spell is first cast, you get a increase to hit chance based on your bushido skill level regardless of your target’s honor.


If you have successfully honored your opponent with the honor virtue, you will also gain a damage bonus based on your skill level and perfection bonus. Perfection bonus increases each time you hit your honored opponent. This damage bonus is in addition to the normal bonus you get to damage for honor perfection.


If the hit kills the enemy, the player gets healed and swing speed is increased for approximately 20 seconds. If you miss, your resists and magic defense is penalized for approximately 7 seconds. You are also unable to use special moves while the negative effects are on you. You can also remove the negative effects with a successful parry.


The part that might be confusing is that you cannot honor another player in PvP. So this spell will not give you any bonuses (outside of the initial hit chance increase) in PvP combat.
-Supreem


--



Announcements:


Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here in the Community Spotlight.
--
We are still accepting applications for the Stygian Abyss Expansion Closed beta. Submit yours here.
--
Do you have what it takes to stump the Devs? Submit your Five on Friday questions here.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT by IanJames ()

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Headline

Chrissay Zeeman


July 17, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Is there a plan to start the blackrock turnins again or is the blackrock showing up for a diffrent reason?


It’s showing up for a different reason, as it can be used to weaken the barriers around the Shadowlords
-Draconi


--


I missed out on both personal bless deeds and item bless deeds and have been sorry ever since i played before and after :O( will you ever give those out again?


Objects of such exceptional power should only be available in the most rarest of events – perhaps such a day will come again.
-Draconi


--


When do you come to be able to see Fur Salong/Fur Cape/Formal/Gilded Dress Shirt in PD and Fields?


I’m afraid there’re no current plans to make new paperdoll and animation art for those items, as much as we’d love to, we’re focused on all the new additions to SA
-Draconi


--


Why are most of the threads dropped in magnecia not stackable? Some of them will stack and some will not, will this be fixed in any publish coming up soon?


There are no plans to change this. They all CAN stack; it is just a matter of finding the right threads to allow stacking.
-Misk


--


Does the Bushido spell Honorable Execution, when successfully used really give you the bonus it is supposed to? I don't notice anything such bonus.


I’ve dug into the code to make sure this spell is working as advertised and this is what I found:


When the spell is first cast, you get a increase to hit chance based on your bushido skill level regardless of your target’s honor.


If you have successfully honored your opponent with the honor virtue, you will also gain a damage bonus based on your skill level and perfection bonus. Perfection bonus increases each time you hit your honored opponent. This damage bonus is in addition to the normal bonus you get to damage for honor perfection.


If the hit kills the enemy, the player gets healed and swing speed is increased for approximately 20 seconds. If you miss, your resists and magic defense is penalized for approximately 7 seconds. You are also unable to use special moves while the negative effects are on you. You can also remove the negative effects with a successful parry.


The part that might be confusing is that you cannot honor another player in PvP. So this spell will not give you any bonuses (outside of the initial hit chance increase) in PvP combat.
-Supreem


--



Announcements:


Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here in the Community Spotlight.
--
We are still accepting applications for the Stygian Abyss Expansion Closed beta. Submit yours here.
--
Do you have what it takes to stump the Devs? Submit your Five on Friday questions here.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT by IanJames ()

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


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Chrissay Zeeman


July 17, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Is there a plan to start the blackrock turnins again or is the blackrock showing up for a diffrent reason?


It’s showing up for a different reason, as it can be used to weaken the barriers around the Shadowlords
-Draconi


--


I missed out on both personal bless deeds and item bless deeds and have been sorry ever since i played before and after :O( will you ever give those out again?


Objects of such exceptional power should only be available in the most rarest of events – perhaps such a day will come again.
-Draconi


--


When do you come to be able to see Fur Salong/Fur Cape/Formal/Gilded Dress Shirt in PD and Fields?


I’m afraid there’re no current plans to make new paperdoll and animation art for those items, as much as we’d love to, we’re focused on all the new additions to SA
-Draconi


--


Why are most of the threads dropped in magnecia not stackable? Some of them will stack and some will not, will this be fixed in any publish coming up soon?


There are no plans to change this. They all CAN stack; it is just a matter of finding the right threads to allow stacking.
-Misk


--


Does the Bushido spell Honorable Execution, when successfully used really give you the bonus it is supposed to? I don't notice anything such bonus.


I’ve dug into the code to make sure this spell is working as advertised and this is what I found:


When the spell is first cast, you get a increase to hit chance based on your bushido skill level regardless of your target’s honor.


If you have successfully honored your opponent with the honor virtue, you will also gain a damage bonus based on your skill level and perfection bonus. Perfection bonus increases each time you hit your honored opponent. This damage bonus is in addition to the normal bonus you get to damage for honor perfection.


If the hit kills the enemy, the player gets healed and swing speed is increased for approximately 20 seconds. If you miss, your resists and magic defense is penalized for approximately 7 seconds. You are also unable to use special moves while the negative effects are on you. You can also remove the negative effects with a successful parry.


The part that might be confusing is that you cannot honor another player in PvP. So this spell will not give you any bonuses (outside of the initial hit chance increase) in PvP combat.
-Supreem


--



Announcements:


Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here in the Community Spotlight.
--
We are still accepting applications for the Stygian Abyss Expansion Closed beta. Submit yours here.
--
Do you have what it takes to stump the Devs? Submit your Five on Friday questions here.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT by IanJames ()

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


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Chrissay Zeeman


July 17, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Is there a plan to start the blackrock turnins again or is the blackrock showing up for a diffrent reason?


It’s showing up for a different reason, as it can be used to weaken the barriers around the Shadowlords
-Draconi


--


I missed out on both personal bless deeds and item bless deeds and have been sorry ever since i played before and after :O( will you ever give those out again?


Objects of such exceptional power should only be available in the most rarest of events – perhaps such a day will come again.
-Draconi


--


When do you come to be able to see Fur Salong/Fur Cape/Formal/Gilded Dress Shirt in PD and Fields?


I’m afraid there’re no current plans to make new paperdoll and animation art for those items, as much as we’d love to, we’re focused on all the new additions to SA
-Draconi


--


Why are most of the threads dropped in magnecia not stackable? Some of them will stack and some will not, will this be fixed in any publish coming up soon?


There are no plans to change this. They all CAN stack; it is just a matter of finding the right threads to allow stacking.
-Misk


--


Does the Bushido spell Honorable Execution, when successfully used really give you the bonus it is supposed to? I don't notice anything such bonus.


I’ve dug into the code to make sure this spell is working as advertised and this is what I found:


When the spell is first cast, you get a increase to hit chance based on your bushido skill level regardless of your target’s honor.


If you have successfully honored your opponent with the honor virtue, you will also gain a damage bonus based on your skill level and perfection bonus. Perfection bonus increases each time you hit your honored opponent. This damage bonus is in addition to the normal bonus you get to damage for honor perfection.


If the hit kills the enemy, the player gets healed and swing speed is increased for approximately 20 seconds. If you miss, your resists and magic defense is penalized for approximately 7 seconds. You are also unable to use special moves while the negative effects are on you. You can also remove the negative effects with a successful parry.


The part that might be confusing is that you cannot honor another player in PvP. So this spell will not give you any bonuses (outside of the initial hit chance increase) in PvP combat.
-Supreem


--



Announcements:


Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here in the Community Spotlight.
--
We are still accepting applications for the Stygian Abyss Expansion Closed beta. Submit yours here.
--
Do you have what it takes to stump the Devs? Submit your Five on Friday questions here.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 1:13 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Chrissay Zeeman


July 17, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Is there a plan to start the blackrock turnins again or is the blackrock showing up for a diffrent reason?


It’s showing up for a different reason, as it can be used to weaken the barriers around the Shadowlords
-Draconi


--


I missed out on both personal bless deeds and item bless deeds and have been sorry ever since i played before and after :O( will you ever give those out again?


Objects of such exceptional power should only be available in the most rarest of events – perhaps such a day will come again.
-Draconi


--


When do you come to be able to see Fur Salong/Fur Cape/Formal/Gilded Dress Shirt in PD and Fields?


I’m afraid there’re no current plans to make new paperdoll and animation art for those items, as much as we’d love to, we’re focused on all the new additions to SA
-Draconi


--


Why are most of the threads dropped in magnecia not stackable? Some of them will stack and some will not, will this be fixed in any publish coming up soon?


There are no plans to change this. They all CAN stack; it is just a matter of finding the right threads to allow stacking.
-Misk


--


Does the Bushido spell Honorable Execution, when successfully used really give you the bonus it is supposed to? I don't notice anything such bonus.


I’ve dug into the code to make sure this spell is working as advertised and this is what I found:


When the spell is first cast, you get a increase to hit chance based on your bushido skill level regardless of your target’s honor.


If you have successfully honored your opponent with the honor virtue, you will also gain a damage bonus based on your skill level and perfection bonus. Perfection bonus increases each time you hit your honored opponent. This damage bonus is in addition to the normal bonus you get to damage for honor perfection.


If the hit kills the enemy, the player gets healed and swing speed is increased for approximately 20 seconds. If you miss, your resists and magic defense is penalized for approximately 7 seconds. You are also unable to use special moves while the negative effects are on you. You can also remove the negative effects with a successful parry.


The part that might be confusing is that you cannot honor another player in PvP. So this spell will not give you any bonuses (outside of the initial hit chance increase) in PvP combat.
-Supreem


--



Announcements:


Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here in the Community Spotlight.
--
We are still accepting applications for the Stygian Abyss Expansion Closed beta. Submit yours here.
--
Do you have what it takes to stump the Devs? Submit your Five on Friday questions here.

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EM Seppo Announces Weekend Events
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 1:12 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
From the Golden Brew

Weekend event announcements Friday, July 17, 2009 By EMSeppo

1) Race against time!

As Lord Casca builds a case of high treason against the erstwhile captain, figure out a way to rescue Aino… or witness her execution! This event will also count as a task given by the thief master – say “task” to the thief-master!

Remember, to turn in a summary of the event at end of a thief-master task using the feedback option to gain notoriety points. Please state your character name in the feedback. If you are not certain what character name you used in a previous thief-master event, then refer to the book next to him.

Lady Nystad’s fate now rests squarely on your shoulders. Do not assume for a moment that Lord Casca will even hesitate to decapitate her pretty head!

(Notes: Although, it is not possible for you finish the quest now – you can definitely start already – but don’t forget to revisit any clues you find as they might have additional information when everything is setup. The quest will require you to visit both Trammel and Felucca facets)

Start Date: Saturday, 18th Start Time: 3:00 PM PST End Date: Friday 23rd End Time: 10:00 PM PST

2) Revenge is sweet!

Watch out for more mercenary activity as the mercenary commander seeks to extract revenge for earlier losses and Lord Casca continues to utilize them as distractions

Start Date: Saturday, 18th Start Time: 3:00 PM PST
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What We Did This Week
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:

This week we:



Can you help with this project? Please send submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or if you just want to say 'this page needs updating' send a pm to Petra Fyde.

Help us win the race to get it up to date before Stygian Abyss arrives!

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Siege House of the Week #2
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
Siege Perilous House of the Week


Old Gilfane Town
submitted by Patty Pickaxe

Old Gilfane Town is a public building located just north of Hanse's Hostel in Malas on the continent between Luna and Umbra.  Old Gilfane town is a representation of Gilfane in antiquity featuring several "mini-houses" on an 18x18 custom plot.



The facade of the buildings are typical of the buildings of 1400's Britain.  You can see from the outside a stream running through the center of the little village.


The first building in the southeast corner of the plot is a flour mill. This is where the village stream is diverted to.


Downstairs in the southwest corner is a bakery shop and upstairs above is the kitchen




Upon entrance to the plot, you can see a secret underground area, some careful exploring will allow you to find your way in!



The second floor reveals the "main" path through Old Gilfane Town. From here you can enter the house in the NorthEast corner.


Upstairs is another bedroom and eating area.




If you're the fortune type, you can stop off for a reading.


And lastly, a room I nearly missed. A hidden teleporter will take you to this bedroom above the bakery and kitchen.

Congratulations to Horace Swill for having Old Gilfane Town nominated for House of the week. The design is very clever and is a great model for customization of these types of plots.  Hope to see you all in Gilfane checking this one out!
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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 11:33 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight

Chrissay Zeeman

17 Jul 2009 13:50:50 EST


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



  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Lake Superior
  • Sonoma
  • Whispering Rose

If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.



You can read more HERE…


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Stygian Abyss Expansion Site Updated
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009, 2:07 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Stygian Abyss Expansion Site Updated


Chrissay Zeeman

16 Jul 2009 17:54:06 EST



We have added additional screenshots, images, and updated the game overview section.



Check it out here.




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Shadowlord (Manifestations) in Tokuno
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Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009, 11:48 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<

Shadowlord (Manifestations) in Tokuno


Shadowlord Manifestations have been spawning in the lands of Tokuno. They have appeared in three locations in the lands of Tokuno, "The Waste", "Mt. Sho" and "Winter Spur". Rumors are they started appearing one day ago (July 15th). Many are attempting to harness the corrupted powers of black rock to do an insane amount of damage to this vile creature. A barrage of humans and elves chant "Kal Vas An Mani In Corp Hur Tym" even before the evil creature appears.


Like clockwork they appear in the three locations one after another. Our first encounter is in "The Waste" (59o 56'N 55o 3'W). They appear out of thin air similar to a hail of cannon fire!

Dressed only in a cloak of corruption the Shadowlord makes its presence known to all who wait for it.


The Hero's on Pacific make short work of the evil at "Mt. Sho" (85o 41'N 13o 0'W).


Continued chanting of the black rock magics at "Winter Spur" (133o 9'N 27o 50'W) can be heard all the way to the sake fountain in the City of Zento.


It may be hard to find the corpse of this being quickly. Being quick to sift through the debris and fellow warriors, and with some luck, may reward you with some fair items on the corpse of the Shadowlord (an evil one's corpse)


Those who survive have reported many Tokuno artifacts appearing in there bags, along with the cloak of corruption to the top damage dealers. Hearsay tells us its even possible with a bit of luck on your side to get your hands on "Leurocian's Mempo Of Fortune".



In other news the Crystal outside of the Counselor's Guild in Britain speaks of Amelia's Prediction for the coming weekend!
(I was out last weekend hope this isn't late.)
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Strengthening of the Guard
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Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Taken from http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/

A Royal Guard recruitment officer will be on hand Sunday, at 8pm CST in front of Castle Blackthorn.

He will merely be taking names, for registration as a Royal Guard volunteer, and giving a briefing on an upcoming mission handed down by Lord Casca himself.
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The bell tolls for thee, Casca
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Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 10:15 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

Another edict from our reigning tyrant regarding the famous Bell of Courage wormed its way out of Blackthorn's Keep yesterday evening...

By Royal Edict, the Bell of Courage has been removed from the secure location it was being kept at. It now rests on a balcony at Castle Blackthorn, ready to inspire and encourage Britannia's armies in the coming days.
-Lord Casca

Traditionally kept in the fortress of Serpent's Hold on the Isle of Deeds, the Bell symbolizes one of the Three Principles which form the Virtues - Courage. The Bell was kept on display until shortly before the first appearance of the Followers of Armageddon when it was used in B.Y. 310 by Sage Humboldt to help defeat the lich twins, Laithari and Kyrnia. Rumor has it that it resurfaced briefly during the creation and exodus to Trammel, but no factual evidence can be found.

In today's era of unrest, one must question the sanity of removing a valuable relic from 'secure storage' to be placed on an easily accessible balcony. The Shadowlords have already gone after the Book of Truth and the Candle of Love. The Bell of Courage is a logical target. However, since Casca is in league with these champions of evil it is little wonder he would want to secure the Bell for his masters...

Fortunately for Britannia, many valiant citizens deemed this state of affairs unacceptable and wished to return the Bell to its proper resting place. Unfortunately, Casca's infinite cowardice has meant that access to Blackthorn's Keep has often been blockaded by magical gates leading to Deceit.

Secret chamber in Deceit.It was deduced that something in Deceit must be the source of these gates, thus an expedition was readied. They learned that an archeologist named Walter Drake had embarked on an expedition to the dungeon and discovered a secret chamber within. He had returned to the dungeon to learn more at the behest of Casca.

Following a notebook which Drake had left in Castle British, Deceit was thoroughly searched for clues. Once the hidden room was breached, they found a blue Moongate Control Crystal guarded by powerful undead creatures. After they fell, the crystal was easily shattered by a powerful spell utilizing several pieces of blackrock. Another notebook written by the Drake was found detailing the torture and starvation he endured by Casca's own hand.

Casca's counterfeit.Since the gates protecting Blackthorn's Keep disappeared with the crystal's destruction, the angry mob stormed up to Casca's bedchamber balcony. The bell resting there was obviously a poorly crafted fake which only the most inept of simpletons might accept as genuine.

Does Casca truly believe the bell on his balcony to be authentic? He may be a cruel despotic scheming coward, but I scarcely believe him an idiot. Where is the real Bell of Courage? We must find this potent symbol before it falls into his hands, and thus the Shadowlord's vile grasp.

Keep your eyes open friends, the Bell must be found! I fully expect Enforcer Morton to attempt tricking people into locating it for Casca - you must resist his corrupting influence and hamper his efforts in all matters!

DOWN WITH CASCA!
DOWN WITH MORTON!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

(As always, more information on the High Council of Britannia can be found at The Great Lakes Roleplaying Community site And the vile deeds of Casca/Pauper and Enforcer Morton at Great Lakes Event Moderator site.)

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Mongbats and more!
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Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 1:33 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
Attention denizens of Britannia! There's two new bits of news from our EMs. One, they have established a Wordpress site dedicated to Napa Valley's EM's and events: .

Secondly, a greater mongbat battle! Interested? Readon for more information:

Tame up your greatest mongbat and pit them against your fellow Britannians to find out Who has the Greatest Mongbat on Napa Valley!!

Date: Aug 1st, 2009
Time: 5pm PST, 6 MTN, 7 CST, 8 EST

Location: PvP Arena in Felucca - enter via the Vortex at the Bucs Den entrance, Felucca
Note: There will be NO PvP or player killing tolerated at this event! It must be held in Felucca due to combat restrictions in Trammel, but this is NOT a Human PvP event!!



Players will pit their mongbats against one another.

* Anybody can tame a mongbat (no taming skill required). If you desire to tame and train a great mongbat then there will be a seperate bracket.
* Mongbats can be tamed in several places, around the Moonglow Moongate is probably the most convenient.
* Bonded pets are recommended.
o To bond a pet , tame one. Then, buy some meat or create meat to feed your new pet. Feed the meat to your mongbat. Then, go to the nearest stable and say the word stable, then target your mongbat. Keep your mongbat in the stable for 7 full days. After that point, go back to any stable and say claim list. This will show any pets currently in your stable. Pick your mongbat to claim it, then feed it another piece of meat. You should receive a message that your pet has bonded with you, and the word bonded should appear when you mouse over your pet. If not, put your pet back in the stable and try again tomorrow. Once your pet is bonded, you can begin training it. We recommend using a bonded pet because if the pet dies, it will become a ghost and can be resurrected. If the pet is not bonded, it will suffer a more traumatic death - one from which it cannot return to life.
* Fight brackets will be determined at random by the EMs at the start of the event.
* Fights will occur at the EM PvP house in Felucca.
* EMs will pull each competitor and their mongbat into the ring at fight time.
* Players cannot heal or vet their pets.
* No use of peacemaking (neither area nor targeted).
* Professional veterinary services (heals and resurrections) will be provided after each fight for trainers that are unable to perform such tasks on their pets.
* A magic wall will be cast. When the wall falls, players command their mongbats to attack the opposing mongbat.
* Fighting will continue until one chicken dies. The last chicken standing is the winner for that fight.
* Matches will continue until all but one chicken is eliminated. The last chicken standing at the end of the fight Rules the Roost.
* Players may not kill other players or other players mongbats (aside from the EM-sanctioned mongbat fight) before, during, or after this event. Offenders will be immediately removed from the PvP Arena house and denied re-entry.


Regards,
Lady Mana
Lieutenant of the Royal Britannian Guards
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Emergency Maintenance
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Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 12:49 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Emergency Maintenance


Chrissay Zeeman

14 Jul 2009 17:53:45 EST



We will be bringing all of the shards down in approximately 30 minutes for an emergency maintenance. Shard will be down for approximately 45 minutes.



We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Cloaks Cause Commotion
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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 11:31 PM EDT by Miriel.UO (Atlantic)
Cloaks Cause Commotion

Publish 59 hit the shards yesterday beginning the end of the Shadowlord event plan & while everyone’s curiosity is peeked about the events to come (What do you mean Crimson Dragons VS Platinum Dragons!? Sweet!) it’s the newly released cloaks that have caught everyone’s attention!

I decided to go out & see what all the hubbub was about & my first stop was Moonglow’s Lycaeum, where Bartholomen the Seer will give you the quest for the Cloak of Power. There I found people popping in & out, finishing up or starting the quest for cloaks, & I tried to chat with a few to see how everyone was enjoying this new quest.

A very kind warrior in white, Alexander, stopped to chat with me about the event. ‘I think it’s good that they are making special clothing. I love the cloaks & the clothing replicas.’ Though he did note that he wasn’t fond of the cloaks being elfish in style, he mentioned that they would sell well.

Lanfear, of the guild MSI, was also hanging around the Lycaeum & had a few moments to spare. She told me that she would be collecting all of the cloaks & hoped to get two of each style for her collection. ‘I will probably use the one with dci for my red tamer.’

After watching people turn in their threads for Cloaks of Power I headed off Empath Abbey to where I met up with Serenity of ODE & Death Bringer of @[email protected] who had just turned in their threads of life to Graham the Seer for a Cloak of Corruption! They told me they had just come from what is left of our once beautiful Magincia. ‘It’s a hassle to beat people to the souls because everyone is there,’ they confided! Then they offered to take me along with them to turn in the rest of their threads! (Thanks guys!)

Off we went to Serpent’s Hold to get a Cloak of Death from Gorman the Seer. Threads were exchanged & quick as could be Serenity had herself a lovely night black cloak for her collection. Then it was full circle (for me), back to the Lycaeum where the pair turned in their last threads for a Cloak of Power. The seer there had his hands full as people flooded him either requesting the quest or filling the pockets of his robe with threads of thought. Among the crowd was Vion, of UWF, who was the only person I spoke to all night who had killed a Shadowlord! (Everyone else had saved the cloaks needed to complete this section of the quest, from the Black Detector event that was held last March 2008. ) Vion (whose guild title is ironically ‘If It Moves Kill It’) claimed to have killed the first Shadowlord to spawn on Atlantic. ‘Two of us killed it with the help of a greater dragon. I got the first hit in & the first kill on the shard!’ He said that the Shadowlords pretty easy to kill, even ‘solo-able.’ After chatting with a few more people & watching the crowds ebb & flow around the seers, I decided to check out Magincia. I popped through the gate & ran down to the rubble of what was once a great city. Piles of souls lay in the streets. Warriors & mages were running here & there, racing to release the souls from their torment & hopefully be rewarded with a thread. I watched for awhile as people darted around dispatching the wandering souls with whatever means necessary. I have to say that it looked a bit like chaos but everyone seemed to be having a great time.

I decided to call it a night but I wanted to make one more stop before I hit the sack, Luna. Sure enough, I found what I was looking for, already citizens were standing at the cramped bank trying to sell the newly obtained cloaks! & I am sure they will be a hot item for quite awhile.

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Casca Visits the High Council
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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 6:48 PM EDT by Watchertoo (LakeSuperior)
Lord Casca Visits the High Council                                                       

”I know what I saw … and what I heard. I don’t care that no one believes me, I will be at the High Council meeting to see if it is true.” The little elf thief slipped quietly through the streets of West Britain on her way to the Councilor’s Hall.

She entered, unnoticed and smiled at how unaware people could be. All was quiet. The Council members were in their seats, the audience listening politely to the speaker of the moment. She sighed in relief but her breath caught in her chest as the doors opened.

“CASCA”, she exhaled.

The gathering was a mixture of stunned silence, mumbled “oh mys” and stammered greetings as Casca strolled forward and accepted the floor. The thief didn’t twitch, barely dared to breathe for fear she would reveal her presence as Casca began to speak…

Casca’s visit to the High Council may be viewed here. The video is 21 minutes long so for those of you with limited time or issues viewing videos here is a transcript.

Greetings, High Council.

As you all know, Britannia has fallen on dire times. The Shadowlord threat… The assassination of the great Clainin… and most recently the surge of pirate activity off the coast of Vesper.

To try to restore stability, certain changes have been taking place.

The new body of Royal Council has been moved to an advisory position, as intended when it was formed.

A new Captain of the Royal Guard has been chosen. When all is finalized he shall be introduced to the populace.

In order to stabilize the continent, the Guard must be strengthened. I shall see an open recruitment within the week, for any volunteers to the Guard to register.

The pirate threat to the Merchant Navy of Vesper must be dealt with. This fleet is very important to the economy of Britannia. I have assigned Marcus Murphy, scout for the Royal Guard, to investigate the matter. He is currently looking into Lady O’Malley… The head of the City of Pleasure Trading Company in Nujel’m. It goes without saying she is a person if interest in Mr. Murphy‘s investigations. The Guard will use physical force to stop the pirates, if necessary.

Many independent governments and non-sanctioned townships have been abolished, to consolidate and maintain order in such times. The Sultan of Nujel’m and I have worked hard to make their independence work…but their future is uncertain. I understand the Sultan’s Vizier was kidnapped by the very same pirates plaguing Vesper, And I fear for any destabilization the pirates may cause this island.

This High Council, followed and respected by many throughout Britannia, has thus far been excluded from this decree. My advisors insist you are too influential to abolish. For the time being, I have decided to allow this Council to go on existing. But I must hold your utmost loyalty, as now is a time for unity in Britannia.

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Publish 59
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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Publish 59


Chrissay Zeeman

14 Jul 2009 10:00:59 EST



All shards will be brought down in aproximately 2 hours for Pub 59.

Once the shards are back up you must patch your client or you may not have access to the game.

Bug Fixes


  • Players will receive an error message when trying to create multiple gates at one location
  • Exceptional crafted food will now display the maker’s mark
  • Camp fires will no longer block house placement
  • Fixed an issue with the Crystalline Ring removing 20 modified skill points
  • Criminals are unable to stable their pets
  • Criminals will now get an error message when trying to open bank boxes
  • Issue with vendor penalty was fixed, should vanish after 25 hours and/or removed by the owner
  • Thomas O’Neerlan has been leashed to his spawn area so he won’t run off
  • Passage from Trinsic to Delucia has been fixed
  • Murderers can now use the Help/Stuck feature
  • Pets will no longer disappear if standing in a house that decays
  • Fixed the ability to repair the following: Earrings, Arcane boots, Elven boots, bracelets, necklaces and talismans
  • Fixed an issue with the Norton the Fisher Quest
  • Fixed the issue with Holiday Trees, they should no longer revert to a deed after maintenance.




Champ Spawns and Ghost Cam Fixes


  • Altar will no longer remain stuck when boss despawns or disappears instead of being killed
  • Players can no longer log out without repercussions in Champ Spawn regions
  • Players that log out in a champ spawn region will get teleported to a shrine
  • If a player logs out in a champ spawn area all the non equipped “cursed” items on them will drop to the ground
  • This will only affect players who log out beyond the 10 minute grace period; accidental disconnections will not be punished
  • Ghosts without corpses cannot enter Champ Spawn regions or log in to them
  • Ghosts without corpses will be automatically exorcised periodically


Shadowlord Finale Event Plan


Key Plot Lines:

Distracting Decisions

  • The Shadowlords mislead the people of Britannia to fight monsters and hunt treasure in Tokuno while they comb the world for their sought after Artifact. The monsters have the treasure, of course, because the Shadowlords are providing the distraction.

Strangers Bearing Gifts

  • Grey robed strangers appear at Empath Abbey, the Lycaeum, and Serpent’s Hold called “Seers.” Unlike the event manager versions, these NPCs foretell the future, and offer players a way to convert the Cloaks of Corruption into the Cloaks of Life, Death, or Power.
  • Cloaks of Command also become available in faction strongholds

Manifestations

  • Manifestations of the Shadowlords appear in Tokuno, searching for the Artifact after exhausting the other facets. They spawn at halfday intervals in three locations. Once dead, they drop Cloaks of Corruption to the top three attackers, and give ToT minor artifacts to all.

Dawn of Hope

  • Dawn returns to the land, vowing to save Britannia
  • Cloaks of Silence will be available from the EMs

Armageddon

  • The location of the Artifact is revealed. The Crimson Dragons are prepared for a great battle with the Platinums for dominion over Britannia, as the Shadowlords make their move. The outcome of this fight (which the players can assist in) will determine if the Chaos aligned factions (Shadowlords, Minax) receive benefits after the event arc, or whether Order does. This battle is the prelude to the finale.
  • The final battle with the Shadowlords. Rewards include three “Shards of the Gem of Immortality” (one per Shadowlord), and major artifacts.


Rewards:

Treasures of Tokuno, Minor Artifacts

Major Doom Artifacts

Cloak of Life

  • HP Bonus: 3
  • HP Regen: 1


Cloak of Death

  • HCI: 3
  • DCI: 3
  • SDI: 3


Cloak of Power

  • Str Bonus: 2
  • Dex Bonus:2
  • Int Bonus: 2


Cloak of Silence

  • Stealth: +10


Cloak of Command

  • Faction item, no rank requirement
  • Can only be used in Felucca
  • Can be used once a day to summon a faction monster
  • Minax: Ogre Lord
  • CoM: Wisp
  • TB: Silver Serpent
  • SL: Daemon
  • Summoned monster will last for one hour
  • Displays lifetime remaining on item properties
  • Cloak must be worn in order to be used
  • Summoned monsters act the same as monsters/animals from the "Summon Creatures" command with the following details:
  • Requires one control slot
  • Cannot friend/unfriend or transfer
  • Summoning requires the same base requirements as the "Summon Creatures" spell (mana/skill, chance of success), but doesn't consume reagents
  • The Ogre Lord's summoned version, however, is *much* weaker than its wild counterpart


“Shard of the Gem of Immortality”

  • An exceptionally rare item that responds to the user’s karma to play upon the fate in the worlds within


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Mid July Obituary Column ~ Bailey Bugs Headlines
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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 6:58 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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MID JULY OBITS




Bailey Bugs


A Broken Heart








Caleb


Cavil


Cierra


Clark dead 2 times and KK Starr






Deizil




Emerald Lynn


Evil Spirit


French Tickler




Gail twice


hihi


Horus Semerkhet


Jordyne


Kelly


Lady Miss Delila







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Bell of Courage Monument
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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 5:09 AM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)

From the Town Council of Serpent's Hold this news!

Bell of Courage Monument now Available!

The monument has now been constructed and sits in downtown Serpent’s Hold! The monument is dedicated to the three virtues derived directly from Courage, and features special security to prevent the bell from ever again being stolen. The special power crystals that citizens helped Clarence to collect were converted into a barrier that surrounds the monument at all times. Only those with authorized access may enter the area.

We hope this monument will continue to protect the bell for all time!

-Serpent’s Hold Town Council



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Help Needed!
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Posted on Monday, July 13, 2009, 6:52 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
from UO - Origin Events

Disturbing Deviations
Posted By EMFaineMorgan on July 13, 2009

A letter stamped with the wax seal of Lady Taryn Sullivan has been received. It reads as follows:

Dear Friends,

It is with great worry I write this to you now. Having heard rumors of strange corpses, missives and oni pelts, I felt it my duty to inform Donal and see what he could make of these. While I found no corpses myself, I have it on good authority that they were corpses of Mercenary Messengers hired for their ruthlessness in completing their delivery mission. The question remains, however, what were they delivering? And to whom?

Upon finding Donal and explaining all of this to him, he set off to check for himself and gather what evidence he could. I received a message from him a short time later that things are indeed grave and there were whisperings in the wind that bode no good.

We must investigate further and I’m begging for your help. Please meet me at Zento Bank on Tuesday, July 14th, at 6:30 P.M. PST/9:30 P.M. EST. Come prepared as there are Disturbing Deviations in the creatures of Tokuno that could spell great danger. But we must get to the bottom of this latest threat.

Your Humble Servant
Lady Taryn Sullivan


 The EM lanterns are lit!
'Help Needed! Meet Taryn Sullivan at Zento Bank, Tuesday, July 14th, 6:30PM Pacific.' (7:30PM Mountain, 8:30 PM Central, 9:30PM Eastern)

When Jemma, the Event Announcer was queried for news, her reply was:

'Yes, I have news, but I'm afraid it may not be good. Do you wish to hear more?'

Donal is still studying the missives but he believes your help will be needed.

Meet Taryn Sullivan at the bank in Zento. Donal will send all the information he knows.

Meet Lady Sullivan, Tuesday, July 14th at 6:30PM Pacific.'


Related articles:

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UO - Origin Events: Disturbing Deviations

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The Battle For The Ivory Throne
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Posted on Monday, July 13, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<In the days and weeks leading up to this most heinous of attacks upon our independent neighbors sovereignty and right to self-determination, a series of pamplets and correspondeses were discovered to have been distributed amongst the soldiers and scouts of Lord Casca's vile mercenary horde. The writings clearly specified the punishment for complaints about ones pay, and for arguing about the presence of what many believe to be a resurgent faction of the Exodus Controllers and their massive mechanical monstrosities.





It would seem that even amongst our enemies, discord and disharmony is the rule rather than the exception.

It remains mostly unclear how the word of their plans was leaked to the outside world, but it wasn't long before rumors of an attack upon the Skara Brae Faire Ground, namely the outhouse tauntingly dubbed "The Kingdom of the Ivory Throne," had begun to spread throughout the taverns and social centers of not only Britannia; but its rivals in Scythe, Horseshoe Island, and even the far away Kingdom of Dawn and Avalon.

Lord Xel of the Ivory Throne tacked this message to the bulliten board sitting outside the Stratics Herald Office.

As the King of my 2 x 2 Kingdom which has a magically enchanted, self-cleaning, luxurious porcelain throne a.k.a. toilet, I humbly ask that the citizens of Sosaria raise their voices, their hearts, and their arms to halt this dastardly tide. The Ivory Throne is not just an outhouse, it is a beacon of hope for those who are subjugated by tyranny, oppression, and that bad portion of fish that you had at the Cat's Lair Tavern. The Ivory Throne is equality, understanding, confidentiality, compassion, a sanctuary and haven for ANY and ALL citizens of Sosaria. It is our FREEDOM!

As the water clocks reached the sixth hour past midday, a mildly inebriated gathering of warriors and magi from all corners of the realm collected around the Outhouse at Skara Brae Faire Grounds, fully expecting this to be some hoax precipitated by some mischevious fellow. A rumor or no, these brave men and women were ready to give their lives for our nations only working toilet.

And lo, much to our intoxicated amazement and awe, the rumors possessed a grain of truth. Offended by even the secession of a mere privvy, the mercenary horde of Lord Casca of Heartwood descended with fury upon the Historic Faire Ground, ready to reclaim it in the name of the Tyrant King.

We quickly gathered our weapons, and stumbled in our drunken haze towards the mass of disgruntled dragoons and mercenary ronin that amassed before us, ready to die for the Sacred Flush.



The Defenders of the Ivory Throne fought valiantly, despite their drunken state, knowing full well that if they lost this most necessary of battles, what else could Casca take away? Our homes? Our women? Or worse, our alcohol?!



But it would be these defenders who, in what can only be described as a miracle, managed to push back wave after wave of the mercenary onslaught. The Disgruntled Mercenaries, the Exodus Controllers, and the Ronins of Tokuno were driven west into the sea by our small army of alcoholics, crazies, and loons. After dusting ourselves off, we returned to the Outhouse en masse, many of us needing to relieve ourselves of the pre-battle beverages that had been distributed earlier.



Xel, called the Wanderer, offered a rousing speech to thank the gathered defenders for their assistance and great sacrifice in defense of the Ivory Throne.



The Queen and Leader of the Rebellion, Lady Fahnzjell British the Widow, arrived to bless the defenders and to honor Sir Xel, whom she dubbed "The Lord of the Ivory Throne." Hail to the King, baby!



She turned to the others, and asked that they remove their hats and bow their heads in solemn silence. There, she Knighted each and every defender as Sirs and Dames of the Royal Flush. And so the Knighthood of the Royal Flush was born.



She left, but not before declaring the event the most scatalogical victory in the History of Sosaria, and taking a moment to relieve herself in the Outhouse. Long Live the Kingdom of the Ivory Throne!

WarderDragon,
Baja Stratics Reporter.

Screenshots Credit Cymidei Fier,
Baja Stratics News Manager.
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Royal Decree
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Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009, 11:38 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Royal Decree


Dracomi

12 July 2009




Royal Decree
Start Date: June 18, 2009
End Date: July 31, 2009
Rewards

New Items




Pigments of Tokuno (minor)


  • Fresh Peach
  • Silver
  • Deep Brown
  • Burnt Brown
  • Light Green
  • Rose
  • Pale Blue
  • Noble Gold
  • Pale Orange
  • Chaos Blue



Leurocian's Fortune Mempo

  • Mana Regenration 1
  • Luck 300
  • Physical Resist 15%
  • Fire Resist 10%
  • Cold Resist 10%
  • Poison Resist 10%
  • Energy Resist 15%



Weapons

Peasant's Bokuto (Bokuto)

  • Self Repair 3
  • Snake Slayer
  • Swing Speed Increase 10%
  • Damage Increase 35%
  • Hit Lower Defense 30%



Exiler (Tetsubo)

  • Demon Slayer
  • Hit Dispel 33%
  • Swing Speed Increase 20%
  • Damage Increase 40%
  • 100% Energy Weapon



Dragon Nunchaku (Nunchaku)

  • Self Repair 3
  • Hit Fireball 50%
  • Damage Increase 40%
  • Swing Speed Increase 20%
  • Fire Resist 5%



The Destroyer (No-Dachi)

  • Strength 6
  • Hit Chance Increase 10%
  • Damage Increase 50%
  • Hit Stamina Leech 40%



Pilfered Dancer Fans (Tessen)

  • Spell Channeling (no Penalty)
  • Faster Cast Recovery 2
  • Swing Speed Increase 20%
  • Damage Increase 20%
  • Defense Chance Increase 5%



Demon Forks (Sai)

  • Defense Chance Increase 10%
  • Reflect Physicial Damage 10%
  • Damage Increase 35%
  • Fire Resist 10%
  • Poison Resist 10%



Hanzo's Bow (Yumi)

  • Self Repair 3
  • Ninjitsu +10
  • Damage Increase 50%
  • Hit Life Leech 40%



Sword of Prosperity (daisho)

  • Luck 200
  • Mage Weapon -0
  • Spell Channeling
  • Faster Casting 1
  • 100% Fire Damage



Sword of the Stampede (no-dachi)

  • Cold Damage 100%
  • Hit Harm 100%
  • Hit Chance 10%
  • Damage Increase 60%



Wind's Edge (tessen)

  • 100% Energy Damage
  • 50% Swing Speed Increase
  • 50% Damage Increase
  • 40% Mana Leech
  • +10% Defence Chance Increase



Darkened Sky (kama)

  • 50% Cold Damage
  • 50% Energy Damage
  • Swing Speed Increase 25%
  • Damage Increase 50%
  • Hit Lightning 60%



The Horselord (yumi)

  • Elemental Slayer
  • Reptile Slayer
  • Luck 125
  • Mana Regen 1
  • Damage Increase 50%
  • Dexterity Bonus 5



Armor

Black Lotus Hood (Cloth Ninja Hood)

  • Self Repair 5
  • Hit Chance Increase 6%
  • Lower Mana Cost 6
  • Cold Resist +6%
  • Fire Resist +6%
  • Energy Resist +6%
  • Poison Resist +6%



Daimyo’s Helm (Platemail Battle Kabuto)

  • Self Repair 3
  • 10% Swing Speed Increase
  • Mage Armor
  • +8 Cold Resist
  • Lower Requirements



Arms of Tactical Excellence (Leather Hiro Sode)

  • Tactics +12
  • Dexterity 5
  • Cold Resist +10%
  • Fire Resist +5%
  • Poison Resist +5%



Ancient Farmer’s Kasa (Kasa)

  • +5 Animal Lore
  • +5 Strength
  • +5 Stamina
  • Stamina Regeneration 5
  • Cold Resist +10%



Gloves of the Sun (Ninja Leather Mitts)

  • Night Sight
  • Hit Point Regeneration 2
  • Lower Mana Cost 5
  • Fire Resist +20%
  • Lower Reagent Cost 18%



Legs of Stability (Platemail Suneate)

  • Self Repair 3
  • Physical Resist +15%
  • Poison Resist +15%
  • Stamina Increase 5
  • Mage Armor
  • Lower Requirements



Ancient Samurai Do (Platemail Do)

  • Physicial Resist +10%
  • Fire Resist +9%
  • Cold Resist +8%
  • Poison Resist +8%
  • Energy Resist 6%
  • Parry +10
  • Mage Armor
  • Lower Requirements



Rune Beetle Carapace (platemail do)

  • Lower Mana Cost 15%
  • Mana Increase 10
  • Mana Regeneration 3
  • Cold Resist +12%
  • Energy Resist +12%
  • Mage Armor
  • Lower Requirements



Kasa of the Raj-in (Kasa)

  • Fire Resist +12%
  • Cold Resist +12%
  • Energy Resist +12%
  • Poison Resist +12%
  • Spell Damage Increase 12%



Stormgrip (leather ninja mitts)

  • Physical Resist +8%
  • Cold Resist +15%
  • Energy Resist +15%
  • Intelligence Bonus 8
  • Luck 125
  • Damage Increase 25%



Misc. Items

Pigments of Tokuno (1 use)

Removes Hue

Flute of Renewal

Random Super Slayer Instrument

Replenishes charges (300 charges, 1 charge per game hour – 5 minutes)

Ancient Urn (ashes of a random Tokuno character)

Honorable Swords of (random Tokuno Character)

Chest of Heirlooms

Tome of Enlightenment

  • Not Blessed
  • Spell Damage Increase 10%
  • Faster Casting 1
  • Intelligence Bonus 5
  • 0 Spells



Tome of Lost Knowledge (spellbook)

  • Not Blessed
  • Spell Damage Increase 15%
  • Magery +15
  • Lower Mana Cost 15%
  • Intelligence Bonus 8



Additional Information

Aiding the Empire of Tokuno


It is hereby declared by royal decree that the people of Britannia shall assist the Empire of Tokuno with the incursion of hostile beasts that once again have begun roaming their lands, stealing their wealth and spreading destruction.


The Treasures of Tokuno must be redeemed from these foul monsters by any means, be it blade or spell! Speak with Ihara Soko, the Imperial Minister of Trade in Zento, should you recover any lost artifacts of the Empire.


By the hand of your Sovereign and Lord, Casca

-Tim

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Kullervo Nystad Arranges Secret Meeting With Rebels
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Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009, 9:49 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
Rumors of a secret meeting with Kullervo Nystad, the mysterious brother of Lady Aino Nystad, were circulating widely yesterday. Kullervo Nystad is a Ranger who lives a simple life in the fringes of the Skara Brae wilderness.

After he heard about Lady Aino's arrest, Kullervo quickly gathered his belongings and fled before Lord Casca's men could find him and strike the farming family who had sheltered him. Kullervo's trail lead to the Dog and Lion Pub in Serpent's Hold where it was said he would appear in the afternoon. The Royal Guards heard the rumor also and were searching the pub for Kullervo. Two Royal Guards appeared and demanded to know why we were gathered in the pub.



Royal Guard Leoric, the same guard who arrested Lady Aino Nystad, said that Lord Casca had told him to prevent any scenes from occuring. A clever bar wench whispered that we should use the switch in the next room when the guards weren't looking.

One after another, we discretely filed out of the room and used the switch. The switch lead to a tavern in Buccaneer's Den where we waited for the arrival of Kullervo Nystad.



Kullervo urged the crowd of rebels, gathered adventurers and delegates from the Independent Kingdoms to unite under his banner to free Lady Aino Nystad, overthrow Lord Casca, capture Lord Saius and to restore freedom to the people of Britannia. The rebels want a good name to call our group that will unite us all as one.

We all agree that the time for diplomacy is at an end! Lord Casca's brutality and willingness to use taxes to hire mercenaries to eliminate the Independent Kingdoms shows that he is a tyrant who must be overthrown.

Lord Casca has also seized Lady Aino Nystad and held her in a cage, exposed to the elements without benefit of a trial, even though the cage is just outside the Court of Yew. Lord Casca has also erected a guillotine next to the cage and held the former Captain without food or water, there are even skeletons in the cage with her. Kullervo also said that there is one who may be able to greatly help the rebellion who we must seek out and win to our cause, the warrior Dawn who fought against Lord Blackthorn. Kullervo said that Dawn could be found near Yew.

Kullervo is also seeking information from scholars on the black gates that have appeared in the Independent Kingdoms and the anti-magus crystals that Lord Casca is using to detain Lady Aino Nystad because attempts to remove Lady Nystad from her cage have failed by use of force alone.
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Morton's Fools Fell Fey Freedom Fighters!
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Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009, 5:28 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<

Enforcer Morton lured many gullible citizens to the Counselor's Hall in northern west Britain today and bad them follow him through a gate to the unfinished Volunteer Royal Guard training facility. Once there, he explained that he wanted them to go through another gate and attack a force deemed threatening to Britannia.

Battle in Isamu-Jima Woods.The gate led to a wooded area on Isamu-Jima in Tokuno where the foolish people began to attack anything that moved. I watched in horror from the shadows as vile acts were committed, spurred on by the demented Morton as the group moved steadily towards a small tea house to the north. They were ruthlessly killing creatures typically aligned with Britannian interests... Ethereal warriors, meer, dryads, satyr, wisps, unicorns, and pixies all fell before their bloodlust.

Tea house massacre.Within the house, unnoticed by most, lay a small book. Its contents prove quite damning for the attackers, for they were not slaying enemies of Britannia - but enemies of evil.

Meeting Notes
by Fae Council

We along with the Meer have noticed a darkness gathering. We do not know its goal, only that it will destroy our way of life if we do nothing. We are gathered today to discuss the role we will play in stopping this future.

Those who did take note of the tome and its contents questioned Morton as to why they were killing allies. He answered by calling them traitors for daring to question Casca's orders.

The group returned to the VRG training facility in the pass north of Shame where Morton was questioned once again. This time, however, he responded by summoning evil creatures to attack them. Morton opened another gate saying he would abandon the 'traitors' to die to his juka and revenant minions.

Traitors!The gate led back to the Counselor's Hall where Morton said he was leaving to 'protect the King.' The crowd followed him towards Blackthorn's Keep but found the northern half of the bride had once more been covered with gates. The gates led to Deceit as before, where dozens of liches appeared to assail his foolish followers.

As before he opened another gate saying he would leave these people to die, and anyone near to him who was loyal should follow. Morton then spoke in the Counselor's Hall, saying that Casca must be obeyed and those questioning him were violating the Humility law.

Jason Drake, the OSS member who harassed the High Chancellor on the bridge during the protest last Wednesday, decried the High Council and pledged to support Morton with troops. Morton said that he had wished that he had been there for the protest, and stated that there would be other Enforcers soon.

Those of you who would follow this srow are traitors to Britannia, and I shall see that you are publicly exposed as such! Morton's every action has brought the kingdom closer to war, violated the spirit of the Virtues, and darkened the souls of those around him. This man is a blight on our society, and must be brought to Justice along with the treasonous Casca!

These people have willingly participated in Morton's evil schemes and should not be trusted with Britannia's future. May they rot in the Abyss:

Sir Jason Drake, OSS
Exodus, TDR
Alyas Sunclan, G-V
Archie Deadeye, G-V
Godfather, G-V
Halhan, G-V
Lord Sir Knight, G-V
Lynchmob, G-V
Robin, G-V
Apathy
Buttercup
Grendel the Monk
Kryptonite
Little Brittle
Lucifer
Neoptolemus

DOWN WITH CASCA!
DOWN WITH MORTON!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

(As always, more information on the High Council of Britannia can be found at The Great Lakes Roleplaying Community site And the vile deeds of Casca/Pauper and Enforcer Morton at Great Lakes Event Moderator site.)

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IDOC Event Disrupted!
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AnnieNox of The Mystic Circle guild loaded a tower with goodies and dropped it after gathering a crowd of anxious looters. Much running, laughing and head bumping followed as everyone rushed about gathering treasures (and some trash!) so what happened next caught most of us quite off guard!

Sitting astride a not quite pea green horse was Lord Casca. Remarks were made by the gathered citizens about their doubts as to his sovereignty which seemed to anger Lord Casca. In return he called forth a small band of his minions, clearly under his control, and when that failed to produce fear he proclaimed that the diagram for the future that he had laid out when placing the crown of Britannia on his head would now be enforced, and... well, read his words for yourself in these hastily sketched records of the event.




Lord Casca was challenged by Captain Morgan and many in the crowd hailed the good Captain much as they would a dearly loved monarch. This affection did not go unnoticed by Lord Casca, who then retreated, amid some taunting, into a purple moongate which could not be passed by any of the citizens.



Congratulations on another fun event to AnnieNox and the TMC guild. We can only hope that this failed attempt to subjugate the citizens and interfere with frivolity was a one-time thing.





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4th of July Recap and Contest Winners!
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Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009, 9:57 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Malas News <<<A week of 4th of July Fun

Last week instead of the usual list of community hunts scheduled, Sabina organized some fun events to celebrate the 4th of July week.

Starting with Tuesdays event we met at Luna Fairgrounds and from there were gated to the Silver Rose Tavern for the dart tournament. We had a nice showing and everyone participated with the following results.

Mongbat Darts Tournament Winners!

-First Round
Bavmorda (36pts) Vs Cathbad (40pts) = Cathbad Wins
Luna du Selene (47pts) vs Cutting Edge (18pts) = Luna du Selene Wins
Nathan Winfall (21pts) Vs Locke Cole (46pts) = Locke Cole Wins
Snowdog (26pts) Vs Airmid (20pts) = Snowdog Wins

-Second Round
Cathbad (42pts) Vs Luna du Selene (42pts) = Tie breaker = Luna du Selene Wins
Locke Cole (51pts) Vs Snowdog (41pts) = Locke Cole Wins

-Third Round (Third place battle)
Cathbad (27pts) Vs Snowdog (27pts) = Tie
Cathbad (5pts) Vs Snowdog (5pts) = Tie
Cathbad (1pt) Vs Snowdog (0pts) = Cathbad Wins

-Third Round (First place battle)
Luna du Selene (16 pts) Vs Locke Cole (70pts) = Locke Cole Wins

-First place = Locke Cole (250K)
-Second Place = Luna du Selene (100K)
-Third place = Cathbad (50K)





On Wednesday there was a “Patriotic Costume Contest” The contestants dressed up in a way that they believe described patriotism, and then gave a short speech explaining their costume, and what patriotism means to them.

Patriotic Costume Contest Winners!

-First place = Shadow Wisp (250K) As Benjamin Franklin
-Second Place = Rachel (100K) As a Stripper
-Third places = Green Army Man / Sabrina (50K each) As an army man, and a lumberjack respectively.




On Thursday we had the Archery Contest at Luna Fairgrounds. There were two brackets: One for GM+ Archers and one for lower than GM Archers. In addition to the gold prizes the 1st place winner of each division got his or her name inscribed on a bow in front of the archery range.
Archery Contest Winners!

First Bracket (Above GM)

-First Round
Luna (300 pts) Vs Gaijin (300pts) = Tie breaker = Luna Wins
Kubla Kahn (220 pts) Vs Ari Gold (310pts) = Ari Gold Wins
Matilda (130pts) Vs Omega Blue (210 pts) = Omega Blue Wins

-Second Round
Luna (210 pts) Vs Ari Gold (250pts) = Ari Gold Wins
Omega Blue (260 pts) vs Elendil Felagund (220pts) = Omega Blue Wins

-Third Round (Third place battle)
Luna (260 pts) Vs Elendil Felagund (300 pts) = Elendil Felagund Wins

-Third Round (First place battle)
Ari Gold vs Omega Blue = Ari Gold forfeits match = Omega blue Wins

-First Place = Omega Blue (200K)
-Second Place = Elendil Felagund (75K)
-Third place = Luna (35K)

Second Bracket (Below GM Archery)

-First Round
Kawazu Lothar (67 pts) Vs Briam (77 pts) = Briam Wins
Anita (50 pts) Vs Sept'r Wavebreak (20 pts) = Anita Wins
Dark Elves (20 pts) vs Callistra (27pts) = Callistra Wins

-Second Round
Briam (32 pts) Vs Anita (35 pts) = Anita Wins
Callistra (12 pts) Vs Retired (30 pts) = Retired Wins

-Third Round (Third place battle)
Briam (69 pts) Vs Callistra (75pts) = Callistra Wins

-Third Round (Frist place battle)
Anita (175 pts) Vs Retired (35 pts) = Anita Wins

-First Place = Anita (200K
-Second Place = Retired (75K)
-Third place = Callistra (35K)




On Friday we met again at Luna Fairgrounds for a Chicken Fight with untrained, unbonded chickens. It was fun to watch as each chicken took their turns pecking away until finally the other would give out. EM Autolycus came for a visit and locked down a
lantern to congratulate 1st place winner Mr. T and his chicken, Exotic.

Chicken Fight Winners!

-First Round
Saber Vs Bear = Saber Wins
DoLittle vs Crysta = Crysta Wins
Exotic vs Elora = Exotic Wins

-Second Round
Saber Vs Crysta = Crysta Wins

-Third Round
Crysta Vs Exotic = Exotic Wins

-First place = Exotic (250K)
-Second place = Crysta (100K)
-Third place = Saber (50K)





On Saturday there was a Barbecue and fireworks display in front of Luna Fairgrounds. Sabina provided the food, Autolycus provided the booze, and Stupid Miner provided the tables and decorations. Good times were had by all.




Even during the Summer lull we find community gathering just for fun and thank Sabina for coordinating all of these events!
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Special Orders
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Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009, 2:30 AM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
 

Taken from: The Golden Brew Tavern

Special Orders

Sunday, July 12, 2009
By EMPallando

Jerik pushed and shoved through the crowded armory at a snail’s pace, the clanking sound of platemail suited mercenaries, all barking nonsense at each other as they equipped themselves, and snorting of freshly tamed swamp dragons filling his large helmet. It was not long before he found the Commander standing between several weapon racks, seemingly hiding from the rest of the crowd, conversing with a nameless arcane controller, the likes of which Jerik and his mates had come to despise. It wasn’t just the silence they kept or their shadiness that got to him, it was the unseen pall that shrouded every one of them. Jerik had done some evil things in his time, but these coal skinned, red eyed jesters of magic and machine had done far worse.

And for that, Jerik feared them.

“Boss?”, said Jerik, removing his helmet, his eyes not acknowledging the controller that stood by.

The Commander did not turn, standing there adorned in his helmetless suit of impeccable platemail and girt with a sword that always emitted a strange red glow seen even through its sheath. The two continued to speak as if Jerik was not there.

“Boss, its important”, Jerik said in a slighter higher tone.

Letting out a sigh, the Commander asked pardon of the controller and turned to Jerik.

“What is it Captain?”

Jerik nodded in the direction of the controller, “Should this one be present?

The Commander gave a dismissive gesture, “I ain’t got time for niceties Captain, out with it”.

Jerik cleared his throat, straightening his shoulders, “It’s the men boss. They’ve been gossipin’ like housewives again, and the wrong whispers are goin’ about this place. They think they’re concerns are bein’ passed over, thrown away. I need somethin’ to tell ‘em boss, ease their worries. Ease my worries.”

The Commander removed one of his gauntlets and wiped his face in frustration.

“Jerik, if this is about the contract, I already put out orders. There’ll be no bitchin’ on the subject, and the men would do well to remember that.”

“It ain’t just the contract boss.”

The Commander cut into his next words, “The Blue Scorpions then?”

Jerik smiled, “Boss you know we ain’t no one to shy back from competition, especially from these lanky, prancing, Tokunite pansies”.

“Then by all the King-forsaken Virtues, what is it?”

Jerik looked around, feeling his stored emotions well up, he let out a frustrated sigh.

“Its these jesters for one, boss”, Jerik said motioning toward the controller, whom responded only with a dark grin,”They mosey on in unannounced, bringin’ those machines, wanting only to nose into the fight. They stalk our boys, work with demon-spawn, refuse pay, and the worst part is, no one even questions it! Not the King, not you!”

The Commander took in a breath to speak but Jerik cut him off.

“And the device boss, you know it as well as I do. We are all top notch, crack mercs, but this piecemeal strategy is foolish! When can be bring our full strength into the open? Already our attacks make them run fer their homes, but our forces are sufferin’ when they don’t have to! Lets put the hammer to the anvil boss, we are ready! What –”

“Enough Captain! Your worries are heard!”, the Commander interrupted. Jerik’s body stiffened.

Exchanging a moment of silence, the Commander then spoke in a calm and confident voice.

“Jerik, go and tell the men that the presence of the controllers and their creations is essential to our success with this contract. Tell them that less pay on their part is more on ours, especially now that we got the Scorpions on the move. And for British’s sake, remind them they ain’t paid to voice their opinions! They get paid to keep their mouth shut, do what you and I say, kill what I point at, and serve me dinner at the victory table!”

Jerik nodded, “And what of the device sir?”

“Tell them to shut their traps and strap their swords on tight. Everythin’ is coming together and soon they won’t have a reason to be complainin’.”

Jerik nodded again, “Yes boss”.

Jerik backed away and turned to go carry out his orders.

“Oh, and Captain”

Jerik turned back around.

“Once you’ve counselled the men, be fully suited up and find a pretty swamp dragon to plant yerself on, then report back to me.”

“Is it about the next attack boss?”

The Commander gave a wide smile.

“No, Captain. I have a special assignment for you. It involves a certain claim we had overlooked out near Skara Brae. I’ll need you to see to it.”

Jerik nodded, half understanding.

“Now quit wastin’ my time. Off with ya.”, said the Commander, turning back to the red jester.

Overlooked? But it was me who laid out our preparations. What place could we have possibly overlooked?, Jerik thought as he pressed back into the multitude.

(Mini-Event Date and Time: July 12th, 2009 at 6:15pm PST- 9:15PM EST)

(Location: Skara Brae Fairegrounds)

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Chesapeake Welcomes Merik ONN As Shards Newest Reporter!
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Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009, 9:40 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                         Chesapeake Welcomes Merik ONN as New Shard Reporter!

                Would like to take this opportunity to Welcome Chessy's newest reporter to our ranks one whos work can already be seen here and around the realm. It's my pleasure to offer you Merik ONN as our new shard reporter! Welcome aboard old friend! Looking forward to working with ya!

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Vigilantes in Yew Attempt to Free Lady Aino Nystad
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Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009, 9:26 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
Tonight a vigilante mob disguised as hooded monks gathered in the Miller's shop in the City of Yew. After swearing an oath of secrecy to the other brethren to never reveal their true identities or the identity of their ringleader; a plan was set in motion to free Lady Aino Nystad from the clutches of her jailer.



Scouts reported that four Royal Guardsmen were stationed around the prison cart holding Lady Nystad outside of the gates of the Yew Prison. The brethren agreed to not slay a Royal Guard unless absolutely necessary to free Lady Nystad. We daubed savage kin paint on our faces to enhance our disguise and then slowly walked up the road to the prison cart.



At the prison cart, we secured the area, searching for reinforcements that the Royal Guards may have called after seeing such a large armed group of men approach. When no reinforcements arrived, our leader attempted to parlay with Jailer Brice.



Jailer Brice unleashed a tirade of scorn in response, claiming that Lady Nystad was no longer a Captain or able to receive visitors and blamed her fall from the King's grace on associating with the King's enemies such as thieves, weak barons, dark temptresses and others. Since it was impossible to convince the Royal Guards to stand down, abandon their posts or release Lady Nystad, the brethren killed all of them!



When the smoke cleared there were four dead Royal Guards! The brethren tried all manner of ways to free Lady Aino Nystad while keeping a watchful eye for reinforcements. Some tried to pry and bend the bars of the cart, others tried to smash the anti-magus crystals keeping Nystad from escaping by magical means, others tried to startle the beasts of burden that pulled the cart. However, we failed to release Lady Nystad and she remains the King's prisoner.



By a brother of Yew's Empath Abbey
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FoA Victorious Over EMs and Tram Players
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Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009, 8:51 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                 FoA Victorious Over EMs and Tram Players
                                                                    Fel Jehlom Pits And Brit Healers
                                                                               7/11/09

                                                           In Attendance:
                              Iveisse [DWxC], Faith [}--D], IchiBan KichiGai [}--D], Lootu Too [DWxC],
                               Lord Gramps [F*V], CharGar [F*V], Lady Sami [DwB], Limerence [S*D],
                            Lord Gareth [RBG], Lord Al [OATH], Nox Vandal [FoA], E-LoomiNaToR [FoA],
                               Denathar [FoA], Bubbles [FoA], AhmZirah [FoA], Credrick Dubois [FoA],
                                                      Braunstein Frese [FoA], Sir Lancelot [FoA]

 
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                                  Tonight Em Vladimere held a !!!! and Dragon Fight at the Fel Jehlom pits.
                                  What was to be a night of fun entertainment for people turned into a fun
                                   night for the PvPers of the shard. FoA mounted up and waited for the
                                   unsuspecting Tram players and Em Vladimere to enter the dueling pits.

                                 Before anything could get underway FoA unleashed its most deadly pvpers
                                 upon the crowed. Many died quickly, some put up a good fight. Not many
                                           were a match for E-LoomiNaToRs deadly greater dragon.

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                                You could say that E-LoomiNaToR won the Dragon fight tonight since his
                                was the last one standing at the end of all the mayhem and bloodshed.
                                Em Vladimere trying to be sneaky created a blue gate to the Brit Healers
                                in fel. FoA quickly caught on that the tram players were resing there and
                                sent in a few reds to clean up the area. Em Vladimere had no idea that
                                the guards zone in Brit was not on. Tram blues were quickly slaughtered
                                                                after being freshly resed.

                                After the dust settled the reds returned to where they came from and the
                                blues regrouped at New Haven bank. They laughed about what had taken
                                place. They also worked on new ideas for make sure disruptive people would not
                                be able to attack the next event held in fel. For those Blues that stuck around
                                Em Vladimere made them cream pies and Em Vladimere Sashes for coming
                                                                        out to the event.

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                                                              Comments from the Tram Side

                                    Nanoc: I think the EM should of had better control over the situation.
                                               If its a pet fight it should be a pet fight, not a gank fest.
                                        A feeding frenzy for the reds. Especially when its not expected.
                                       Most players I'm sure didn't think that the event would be raided.

                                   Gramps: Thats why no one does fel.

                                   CharGar: I guess we should have expected it.

                                   Gareth: What do you expect from the fel players of Chesapeake?
                                                 I die all the time. Res killing eh thats just low.

                                   Sami: FOA need to take a look in the mirror next time they !!!!! about
                                              people (trammies) never wanting to go to fel
    
                                                            Comments from the Fel Side 

                                                Solus- good fights and sorry for the rezkills.

                                                           (Others were unreachable.)
                                    
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Orders from Lord Casca!
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Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009, 7:25 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Attention Royal Guards and Volunteers! I have received the following missive regarding an official order from Casca, himself!:
Citizens! Word has reached me that there are envoys carrying important documents through the Felucca lands. I need those documents! But be forewarned, these documents can be stolen! Meet at Lord British's Castle in Trammel on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00pm PST!
Regards, Lady Mana Lieutenant of the Royal Britannian Guards
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Summerfest Schedule - Week One
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Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009, 11:24 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)
from EM Kasaven & EM Cernunnos' Website

Summerfest Schedule – Week One

by EMCernunnos

Join us for Summerfest at the new Catskills Fairground! It’s a two-week festival of games and parties to celebrate summer, and you are invited! The fairgrounds is nestled in the farmlands North of Britain, but you can easily find your way there by going through a golden moongate located at the West Counselor Hall in Britain.

Sunday 7/12
Opening ceremony begins at 8:30 pm Eastern Time
at the main stage, located at the Southwest corner of the fairgrounds. There will be a Footrace Across Britannia to commemorate the opening and kick -off the events.

After the race, a Speech by Robert of the Royal Guard will mark the occasion, and he is expected to make an announcement about the restructuring of the Royal Guard. Don’t miss it!

Monday 7/13 – Hunter’s Night!
The events begin with an Archery Contest at 7:30 pm Eastern Time at the northwest corner of the new fairgrounds. The event will be a single elimination tournament. No archery-enhancing jewelry or clothing is permitted to be worn during the contest.

Where has the golden stag escaped to? One of the fairground petting zoo’s prize specimens, a rare golden stag, has escaped! Join Cernunnos in a hunt across the land to recapture the elusive creature and convince it to return to the zoo. The hunt will follow the archery contest.

Wednesday 7/15 – Day Event!
Join us at the Trackside Cafe located at the southeast corner of the fairgrounds for fresh bakery and snacks, and take part in a Checker’s Contest at 12:00 Noon Eastern. The contest is single elimination tournament. No checkers-enhancing clothing or jewelry is permitted!

Wednesday 7/15 – Sailors Night!
The fairground becomes a raucous party as the sailors come into town. The evening’s events begin with a Ship Race at 8:00 pm Eastern Time. Participants and spectators are encouraged to gather at the main stage for transport to the race location. Bring your own ship and join in the race.

Following the race, One-Eyed Jack’s Tavern Tent will be serving half-price drinks all evening at the center of the fairgrounds. Be sure to get yourself a few to steady your hands for the Darts Tournament at 9:00 pm (or after the ship race if goes beyond 9pm). The tournament will be single elimination, and is held at the darts booth in the Northwest corner of the fairgrounds.

Thursday 7/16 – Scholar’s Night!
The fairgrounds welcomes the intellectuals and scholars to test themselves in a Chess Tournament at 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Kasaven welcomes all to join in the contest, which will take place in the chess tent, located just north of the main stage.

See you there Catskills!

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Another Man's Trash, A Thief's Treasure?
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Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009, 9:52 AM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

  Another Man's Trash, A Thief's Treasure?
Reported by: Shae [S*RE] [TB]

Today I will share with you all some pages that I just so happened to stumble upon, quite by accident mind you! It is very interesting on what one may find in certain areas while innocently stealthing around the streets of Britain. Below are pages that were written by Brackus [a town guard] regarding a speech he prepared for a Town Guard meeting.


(Scribbled on these pages seems to be a prepared speech Corporal Brackus of Britain’s Town Guards had written in anticipation for Friday night’s meeting of the guards. Many pages have been burnt to a crisp in what looks to be an attempt to set the entire book aflame. The legible bits and pieces of this transcript were found while digging through the trash barrels near the Castle barracks after the Corporal was sound asleep)

I am hoping tonight’s meeting will shed some light on an otherwise
darkened week. I imagine the reason for us meeting in private is
obvious enough to those who are in attendance. Consider it an order,
that any discussion heard this evening is to be kept strictly confidential
and secure. Do not let your tongues become loosened, adding to the
rumors already being whispered throughout the streets of Britain of
outright rebellion against the Crown.

Before I comment any further with what I have planned... I feel it wise
to remind all guards of the objective of any town guard, and what the
objective of this garrison is.
Our purpose...
The reason we are here.
The reason we wear the uniform.
The reason we serve as town guards, is simple.
It is our sworn duty to uphold the writ laws of the town and
to act as protectorate to the good citizens of Britain - helping to
preserve peace throughout the streets and maintain order. That is our
duty. And, in accordance to that, that is how I base my decisions as
an officer of this garrison. Furthermore, let me remind you all of the
wisdom of Captain Nystad when she once said, “There will come a time
when certain parties will try to bend us one way or the other. We must
not forget why we are here, and remain true to who we are, and what we
do.” My fellow guards... That time is now upon us when certain parties
would seek to bend us to their own way, in one direction, or the other.

The events that transpired Wednesday evening have left us all shaken
and seemingly on unsteady ground. Our Captain has resigned her post,
publically, and has been imprisoned in an unknown location at the
behest of King Casca. I understand that all gathered here tonight
may feel a strong allegiance, and bond, to our Captain, as do I. I also
understand that, some of you, may seek vengeance upon the King for his
actions, and seek to disrupt his rule over the Kingdom. I understand
that, some of you, perhaps even considered joining the rebellion
rumored throughout the streets. To those of you of that mindset, I
say to you here and now, as your superior, and as the current ranking
officer of this garrison... I am commanding that each and every guard
set aside any misguided thoughts of vengeance or speaking openly
against the King. Need I remind you of the garrison’s purpose once
more? It is our sworn duty to uphold the writ laws of the town and to
act as protectorate to the good citizens of Britain - helping to
preserve peace throughout the streets and maintain order. That, fellow
guards, is our duty. Our duty does NOT encompass us to support any
rebellion against the Crown. Yet, our duty also does NOT encompass us
to take up arms against any such rebellion. That is the duty of the
Royal Guards who serve directly under the King and his Court. We act
only within the confines of laws relating to the town, NOT the Kingdom.

(the pages here are now becoming charred and burnt and often difficult to read)
The King views the town guards as a neutral force as it relates to the
affairs of the Kingdom and he has no reason to currently think otherwise.
Hence, we have been left alone to perform our duties with little interference
from the Crown. If however, this garrison is looked upon as openly hostile
towards the King and his Court, and word reaches the King of any attempt
to assist the rebellion, or rescue the Lady Nystad from his grasp, have no
doubt... Have no doubt fellow guards... that the same mercenary attacks
directed towards the independent Kingdoms will likely be directed
towards the innocent citizens in the streets of Britain in a desperate attempt
to crush us, and those we are sworn to protect. If that happens, we will
have failed utterly In our solemn duties as guards.
We cannot let this happen.
We must not let this happen.
We will not.... Let this happen.

With that being said. Damned if I am goin (unreadable text for the next 8-10 pages as a result of fire damage to the transcript)

(the only remaining legible parts of the transcript reads as follows)
…Know that a house divided against itself, will not stand.
Know that tonight, the guards will not falter.
Know that tonight, the guards will stand strong.
Know that tonight, the guards will stand united.
Know that tonight, a course of acti (unreadable text follows due to more burnt pages)

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Siege House of the Week July 9, 2009
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 6:51 PM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)

Siege Perilous
House of the Week 


July 9, 2009

Submitted by Kelmo






Our very first House of the
Week is
Ikichet's School for the Proper Upbringing Of Fine Young
Ladies, and Rehabilitation of Creepy Teens
Located in
Makoto just
outside of the west gate.  Ikichet has quite a collection of
items in the house but the real attention grabber is the name of the
house. I didn't even know you could have a house name that long!



This custom 18x18 has a unique nearly symmetrical design.  The
front "lawn" is a swamp filled with swamp tiles and flowers. You can
see Ikichet's extensive rune library in the northwest upper corner of
the house.  While the house is public, I could not find my way
up there! All those trees, flowers and swampy floor must have blocked
something hidden!





Inside the first floor we can see the beginnings of the vast collection of rares and veteran items







The Second floor reveals even more items, there are just too many to list!







Who knows?! Maybe Ikichet will sell some of the extra rare items at their front yard vendors







Congratulations Ikichet on being nominated for House of the Week! Your
house is to quote Kelmo, "a study in organized clutter."



If you have a house of the week submission, send the name and location
of the home, preferably with coordinates, to
[email protected]



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EK Auction
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 3:42 PM EDT by AtlanticVlad (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<

EK Auction

Vladimir here, one of your other new shard reporters. I've been a little busy of late working on a UO related project, renovating EK's Auction House. The next auction is scheduled for this Sunday July 12 at 6:00pm EST and is a reoccurring weekly function. Please everyone come, check it out, bring your friends.

Rules are posted at the auction as well as whom to turn your items in to. If you have any questions please find Goliath, Marty McFly, Casey, or Kellogs. These folks will be happy to help you.
Please enjoy your bidding =)
EK Auction is located in Malas, South of Luna and North of Hanse's Hostel on the East side of the road.

34° 6' N, 22° 4' W

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Merchants, Pirates and Rebels Unite Against Lord Casca
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 3:25 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
The meeting at the Highway Man Tavern in Scythe village was very productive! Vasco of the L' Renor Shuk, Wildstar and Zacharias of The Kingdom of Dawn, The Dark Tower, Mikie of the Redcaps, Bucko, Lord Xel the Ronin, Hearthfire Village, Dante Lamprouge, Anya the Gypsy, Ceno and Prosperpina of the Keepers of the Tower agreed to band together to stop Lord Casca and Lord Gideon from shipping anymore goods in or out of Britan to further the rebellion against the King.

Vasco will head up the embargo against Lord Gideon and will report to the leader of the rebellion, the Widow. The Widow has claimed to be the true Queen of Britannia and has earned quite a following of supporters.

Other things that were talked about in the meeting included how to deal with hungry civilians in Britain and the most effective method of stopping Lord Casca and his agents including the Town Guards of Britain. It was agreed that the Town Guards will not be directly targeted because they are honorable and serve the people but may come under attack if they interfere with the activities of the rebels.

It was agreed by all that the civilians of Britan will be fed and encouraged to rise up against Lord Casca. The harbors and waterways of Britain will be blockaded by Vasco's fleet. Lord Gideon's caravans and merchants going overland will be dealt with by more secretive and nefarious methods.

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FoF: Jack of all Trades
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 2:15 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Jack of all Trades

Chrissay Zeeman


July 10, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


I casted two Energy Vortex llamas in a row. What is the chance of casting them?


One in five hundred :)
-Draconi


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Will the SA client allow for all the appropriate titles to be read on the paper doll? Currently many champ spawn titles or skill titles get clipped or omitted.


While I don’t believe the SA client will handle the titling different, we’re exploring options for giving players the option to directly choose their available titles!
This has come into focus because the Champ Spawn title system only tracks the top titles available, and none of the others you’d qualify for at lower levels. It would be great to allow you to choose whichever ones you’d earned, even the lower ones. Some people might like “Torment of the Pit” (Middle Level, Abyssal Infernal) more than “Agony of the Pit” (Top Level, Abyssal Infernal).
-Draconi


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You posted the table displaying titles for defeating Champ bosses and the Harrower, but how do you get the Harrower titles? I have completed all of the Champs with my tamer and numerous Harrowers, but have yet to get the Harrower titles.


The Harrower titles *should* take precedence over the other titles, and become available when you defeat a Harrower. The Harrower title levels are based on how many additional Champions you’ve defeated, with the first one starting at “Spite of Evil” working upwards.
However, if you’ve defeated the Harrower, turned on your titles, and defeated at least one Champion and *still* don’t see “Spite of Evil” or “Opponent of Evil” then it sounds like something is broken!
-Draconi


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Will there be a new set of steal-ables with SA? If so, can you give us any hints as to whether they are going to be useable, deco or weapons?


Yep! We’re planning to seed them all over the Underworld, Stygian Abyss, Tomb of Kings, and a few in Ter Mur itself.
-Draconi


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How does jack of all trades work is it passive? like does it give you 20+ skills until you surpass 20 skill or does that 20 skill stack ontop of 120 skill? or are elves just in the hole 20? can i be a gm and have used a 120 scroll and it be the same as having 120 skill?


A human with the Jack of All Trades ability is treated as having 20 "free" points in each skill. Once the player surpasses the 20 "free" points, the player is treated as having their actual skill level. A player that has used a 120 skill scroll and has 100 natural skill points is treated as having 100 points in the skill as they have already surpassed the 20 "free" points limit.
-Misk


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Announcements:


Fan Site news and Player run events can be found here.


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If you have questions for the Five on Friday submit them here.


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All Change on the Front Page
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:


Some people may have noticed a slight change to the left and right menu lists this week, other updates include:


  • A new section of the item database: Quests The data base is searchable, so if you've got a quest item and you don't know which quest it fits in, or you want an item that is a quest reward you can look it up.
    Please be patient, this section is only just started and incomplete as yet. Creating transparent background gifs for each item is time consuming.

  • A number of items in the 'miscellaneous' section have been updated:

  • Also updated Tactics (thanks for the alert, Connor)
  • Expanded The Strange Plants page from last week, additional information by kittykat.


More help is needed, there's still a lot to do. Please send submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or if you just want to say 'this page needs updating' send a pm to Petra Fyde.

Help us win the race to get it up to date before Stygian Abyss arrives!

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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Posted to uoherald.com

Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
10 Jul 2009 13:34:51 EST

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

  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Great Lakes
  • Lake Superior
  • Legends
  • Sonoma
  • Whispering Rose
If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.

You can read more HERE…

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Q&A For Baja's EMs
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

Q&A For Baja's EMs
Reported by: Shae of [S*RE] [TB]

A few weeks ago we reported a Q&A that the Baja News Staff was given the chance to ask EM Seppo and EM Pallando questions and were able to respond to us so we may share them with you. Many people thought this was a great idea and so I asked EM Seppo and EM Pallando if they were willing to do one more Q&A but this time from the citizens of Baja, to which they have agreed!

So please feel free to PM me with any questions that you may have for our EMs. Please keep in mind that some questions are not allowed to be answered as part of the EM rules (Stuff like what their char names are on their servers and such).

I would prefer PMs and/or Emails instead of having them posted on the forums that way our EMs dont get to peek!  *Grins*

So please gather any and all questions you have ever wished to ask our hard working EMs and put them in either a form of a PM or Email.

Email: [email protected]

Deadline to have all questions turned in: 7/31/09
This should give everyone plenty of time to come up with questions. And please do try to send one PM/Email instead of multiples.

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The 1st Annual Festival of Proclamation
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 9:57 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
New Page 1

Announcement Posted Across The Lands....

The 1st Annual Festival of Proclamation
Hosted By: Republic Of Jhelom

Hosted By: Republic Of Jhelom

On Saturday, 7:00pm eastern on the 25th of July at the Jhelom Theater on the Southern Island.



AGENDA

- Announcement from the Chief Magistrate of Jhelom
- Invocation by The Reawakening
- Final Signature by the Chief Magistrate on Charter Declaration
- Preparation for Boat Race & last chance to submit to the Festival Auction & Lottery
- Triple Isle Boat Race
- Jhelom Scavenger Dash
- Prize Reward Ceremony for Events
- Gate provided to The Yendorin Loft
- The Yendorin Loft Auction
- The Lottery
- Closing Statements by the Chief Magistrate of Jhelom
- Closing Invocation by The Reawakening

If you would like to:

Reserve a Seat, Register for an Event listed, Submit an item to Auction, and/or Enter the Lottery early please send a message to Chief Magistrate Yendorin.
If you hold an executive seat in any organization and wish to attend, just notify the Chief Magistrate by sending a missive to 327229050, and your seat will be respectfully reserved.


1.) Triple Isle Boat Race

- You must bring or purchase your own ship prior to the Event (strategy will be key based on small or large ships)
- Registering for the Race will end 24 July 7:00pm eastern
- You may not change any part of the course displayed below
- You may not use any assist program to navigate. If it is found that you are you will be disqualified
- You will make two (2) laps around before you finish
- 1st Place will receive: 1 million Gold
- 2nd Place will receive: 250,000 Gold
- 3rd Place will receive: 100,000 Gold
- Below is the Triple Isle Boat Race Course




2.) Jhelom Scavenger Dash

- You must bring or purchase your own bag prior to the Event
- Registering for the Dash will end 24 July 7:00pm eastern
- You may not leave the three islands of Jhelom to gather the items requested
- You may purchase or seek the items requested
- You may use any items all ready in your backpack for the requested items
- You will be given a book listing all the items you must collect
- You will have 15 minutes to find as many items on the list as you can
- 1st Place will receive: 400,000 Gold-
- 2nd Place will receive: 150,000 Gold-
- 3rd Place will receive: 25,000 Gold-




3.) The Yendorin Loft Auction

- If you have not all ready supplied the item and book with details you wish auctioned ahead of time please bring it with you for the Event
- You may submit an item for Auction up to 10 minutes prior to starting
- There will be a 25 item limit
- All items submitted must be at least 75,000 gold for starting bid
- Items worth less in game, but submitted as a starting bid of 75k will be disqualified for the Auction
- Your book must have: Your Name, Item(s) being auctioned, Starting Bid




4.) The Yendorin Loft Lottery

- Entry for lottery will be 500,000 gold
- The Lottery must have at least 10 entries to be valid
- All whom enters will receive a book with a special coded number
- Lottery Prize will be: 8 million gold (Donated by Lord Kain Elderan & Ashford Yendorin)
- Entry fee will go towards future festivals and events sponsored by Jhelom

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Seance To Be Held Monday Night
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 6:40 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
.
This just in from the folks at MOA ~



In honor of the new Harry Potter movie, coming out, Majestic Madness will be holding a séance. Come prepared to ask questions of the ghosts.

Your jobwill be to figure out how, where, when, why, etc they died, gold will be handed out for valid participation. Come have a hauntingly good time at the MOA castle, Monday, July 13, 8 pm central, Great Lakes Shard.
Gates will be available in Luna.

Thanks,

Will
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Origin to be Published
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 2:57 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Origin to be Published


Chrissay Zeeman

09 Jul 2009 16:43:40 EST




Origin will be coming back up with Pub 59.

Click more to read the notes.

Bug Fixes


  • Players will receive an error message when trying to create multiple gates at one location
  • Exceptional crafted food will now display the maker’s mark
  • Camp fires will no longer block house placement
  • Fixed an issue with the Crystalline Ring removing 20 modified skill points
  • Criminals are unable to stable their pets
  • Criminals will now get an error message when trying to open bank boxes
  • Issue with vendor penalty was fixed, should vanish after 25 hours and/or removed by the owner
  • Thomas O’Neerlan has been leashed to his spawn area so he won’t run off
  • Passage from Trinsic to Delucia has been fixed
  • Murderers can now use the Help/Stuck feature
  • Pets will no longer disappear if standing in a house that decays
  • Fixed the ability to repair the following: Earrings, Arcane boots, Elven boots, bracelets, necklaces and talismans
  • Fixed an issue with the Norton the Fisher Quest
  • Fixed the issue with Holiday Trees, they should no longer revert to a deed after maintenance.




Champ Spawns and Ghost Cam Fixes


  • Altar will no longer remain stuck when boss despawns or disappears instead of being killed
  • Players can no longer log out without repercussions in Champ Spawn regions
  • Players that log out in a champ spawn region will get teleported to a shrine
  • If a player logs out in a champ spawn area all the non equipped “cursed” items on them will drop to the ground
  • This will only affect players who log out beyond the 10 minute grace period; accidental disconnections will not be punished
  • Ghosts without corpses cannot enter Champ Spawn regions or log in to them
  • Ghosts without corpses will be automatically exorcised periodically


Shadowlord Finale Event Plan


Key Plot Lines:

Distracting Decisions

  • The Shadowlords mislead the people of Britannia to fight monsters and hunt treasure in Tokuno while they comb the world for their sought after Artifact. The monsters have the treasure, of course, because the Shadowlords are providing the distraction.

Strangers Bearing Gifts

  • Grey robed strangers appear at Empath Abbey, the Lycaeum, and Serpent’s Hold called “Seers.” Unlike the event manager versions, these NPCs foretell the future, and offer players a way to convert the Cloaks of Corruption into the Cloaks of Life, Death, or Power.
  • Cloaks of Command also become available in faction strongholds

Manifestations

  • Manifestations of the Shadowlords appear in Tokuno, searching for the Artifact after exhausting the other facets. They spawn at halfday intervals in three locations. Once dead, they drop Cloaks of Corruption to the top three attackers, and give ToT minor artifacts to all.

Dawn of Hope

  • Dawn returns to the land, vowing to save Britannia
  • Cloaks of Silence will be available from the EMs

Armageddon

  • The location of the Artifact is revealed. The Crimson Dragons are prepared for a great battle with the Platinums for dominion over Britannia, as the Shadowlords make their move. The outcome of this fight (which the players can assist in) will determine if the Chaos aligned factions (Shadowlords, Minax) receive benefits after the event arc, or whether Order does. This battle is the prelude to the finale.
  • The final battle with the Shadowlords. Rewards include three “Shards of the Gem of Immortality” (one per Shadowlord), and major artifacts.


Rewards:

Treasures of Tokuno, Minor Artifacts

Major Doom Artifacts

Cloak of Life

  • HP Bonus: 3
  • HP Regen: 1


Cloak of Death

  • HCI: 3
  • DCI: 3
  • SDI: 3


Cloak of Power

  • Str Bonus: 2
  • Dex Bonus:2
  • Int Bonus: 2


Cloak of Silence

  • Stealth: +10


Cloak of Command

  • Faction item, no rank requirement
  • Can only be used in Felucca
  • Can be used once a day to summon a faction monster
  • Minax: Ogre Lord
  • CoM: Wisp
  • TB: Silver Serpent
  • SL: Daemon
  • Summoned monster will last for one hour
  • Displays lifetime remaining on item properties
  • Cloak must be worn in order to be used
  • Summoned monsters act the same as monsters/animals from the "Summon Creatures" command with the following details:
  • Requires one control slot
  • Cannot friend/unfriend or transfer
  • Summoning requires the same base requirements as the "Summon Creatures" spell (mana/skill, chance of success), but doesn't consume reagents
  • The Ogre Lord's summoned version, however, is *much* weaker than its wild counterpart


“Shard of the Gem of Immortality”

  • An exceptionally rare item that responds to the user’s karma to play upon the fate in the worlds within
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Fiddler’s Green Auction House, Sat. 11 July
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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009, 2:14 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<


Fiddler’s Green Auction House, Saturday 11,July



Atlantic--Fiddler's Green auction house will be hosting an auction this weekend. The auction will begin Saturday, 11 July at 6:00pm EST.

To submit an item, please see Lura of United We Fight [UWF] any time before 4:00pm EST the day of the auction.

With your submission, please include a book listing your name, the item, and the minimum bid desired.

The auction house will hold your gold or unsold goods for 5 days. After this time, your gold and items are forfeit, unless special arrangements are made prior to the beginning of the auction.

Fiddler's Green auction house does not charge a percentage of the sale: instead, tips and donations are accepted.

Expect gates to the auction from downtown Luna shortly before and throughout the duration of the auction. Books and runes will be distributed in the days prior to the event. Should you wish to arrange your own travel to the auction, you may find Fiddler's Green auction house in the Malas desert at the following coordinates: X: 1696, Y: 1490.



http://www.uoledger.com/auction-fidd...e-sat-11-july/




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Cantankerous Crowds Congrigate at the Scene of Cattle Mutilation!!
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Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009, 10:40 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
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The city of Minoc hosted what can only be called the most startling event in the tranquil mining town's otherwise spotless history. The town awake to the usual smells of the morn, with an overwhelming aroma of deliciously fried meats. Curiously, the morning's vittles had not been prepared!

Curious townsmen made their way to the square and amongst the unfinished statues found this horrid scene.




Details are scarce and the only member of the crowd willing to comment, a peculiar man with a healer's robe and a crook has very little to say.

Mysterious Healer/Shepard
"I have very little to say in regards to this incident"



After a few hours of cleaning, the scene remains grim, to say the least. More to come in the following days, good day and Sosaria Prevails.




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Lord Kendrick and Lady Lootu Tie the Knot!
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Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009, 8:25 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                                               Kendrick VII and Lootu Wed!


             In a wonderful ceremony along the falls near the Justice Shrine Lady Lootu and Lord Kendrick VII of Historic Dragons Watch (DwxC) were wed on Tuesdays eve among friends as EM Dudley offciated. Among those in attendance were EM Vladimere, along with dignataries and well wishers from around the realm.


             

             

            The bride was walked down the isle by Dragons Watch's own Mayor Nanoc (Card Shark) as the ceremony began.


                 

            The two exchanged vows of love and forever binded themselves to one another in a true sign of devotion as EM Dudley pronounced them man and wife introducing them as one for the first time in the realm.

               

             A reception was held immediately following the ceremonies inside the city of Dragons Watch's Lost Dragon Tavern where food wine and spirits were served guests greeted the newlyweds showering them with gifts and praises of good fortune. The traditional bouqet toss was even honored as Lady Crystal Skye snagged the prize (look out fellas).


            

                 

              Congratulations to the realms newest "official" lovebirds. May the light of the virtues bless you and yours for many moons to come. Special thanks to our awesome EM's for a great ceremony and all those who made this fine evening possible
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Protest of a Tyrant
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Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009, 8:00 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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Last evening's protest march drew quite a crowd of like-minded citizens to the First Bank of Britain. Many came dressed in Honor's hue, purple, or were given robes by the protest organizers - The High Council of the Kingdom of Britannia. "DOWN WITH CASCA!" seemed to be the favored phrase.

Bridge to Blackthorn's Keep.Golden Lich Statue in Deceit.Before the protest I investigated the route the march would take from the bank to Blackthorn's Keep, and found that the bridge to the keep had been booby trapped. In an act of unmitigated cowardice, the northern end of the bridge had been blocked by magical gates. Each gate led to a single room in Deceit which had been decorated with Golden Lich Statues. When approached, these statues would come alive and begin casting lethal magicks...

Before the march, High Chancellor DaKaren took a few moments to speak to the purple clad protesters from astride his ethereal polar bear:

"Greetings, citizens, and thank you for coming to this protest march!

Do you all know why the High Council asked you to attend?

Our regent, Casca the King Pro-tempore, has acted with criminal intent against the kingdom and its neighbors. He has sought to further the agenda of the Shadowlords and destabilize the realm. It is good that so many have attended, as I fear we shall not go unchallenged.

As Lady Z'muir stated earlier, we asked you to wear purple to represent Honor... Something Casca and his minions have proven they do not possess.

Let us march on Blackthorn's Keep and show this tyrant that the People shall not be subjugated!

Are you with me?

To the Keep!"

The protestors took off at a gallop for the keep, not quite understanding the intention or impact of a stately march...

At the bridge leading to the keep, the increased guard presence was barely noticed as people shoved past them ignoring their timid cries of "Halt!" Many plunged unthinkingly into the gates and the inevitable fight that waited beyond.

OSS members harass High Chancellor DaKaren.Once High Chancellor had reached the gates, he found two men standing before them dressed in the armor of the Order of the Silver Serpent. They both threatened the Chancellor for 'daring to stand against Lord Casca' and branded all those attending as heretics to the Virtues. The Chancellor merely laughed at them and declared "'Tis better to be declared a heretic by a madman, then to turn your back on Britannia's heritage in the destructive pursuit of power." The two men threatened arrest and 'dire consequences' for the High Council should they continue oppose Casca before they ran away.

Those who hadn't jumped into the gates to Deceit proceeded to the Keep's courtyard via boat or mage-cast gates. The keep itself was empty of all but guards, Casca and his Enforcer having fled before the Britannian People could arrive.

Once more, High Chancellor DaKaren said a few words before the crowd dispersed.

"Do not think we have won a great battle today... There is a long fight ahead to rid the throne of Casca's unfit person.

You must all thwart Casca's plans as they come to light. Actively discourage your friends from going along with Morton's criminal actions...

Trust in the true Virtues. Keep them in your hearts and we shall succeed in ending this tyrant's corruption!"
High Chancellor DaKaren speaks in the courtyard of Casca occupied Blackthorn's Keep.

Casca's poison pen wasted no time in drafting a laughable lie-filled piece of propaganda that even the dimmest of headless would see through easily...

Last evening, a group of anarchists attacked Castle Blackthorne in force. Breaching newly installed security measures, they caused some minor property damage and vandalism. Fortunately, most of the Castle staff was home for the evening, and there were no reported injuries. Since the Royal Enforcers and I were on state business last night, we were unable to arrest or identify this group. Any information the public can provide about these brigands is appreciated.

Because of this and several related incidents, I feel I must take steps to protect the citizens of Britain who seem to be the frequent targets of attacks by such thugs. I am implementing a curfew and putting more Enforcers on the street. Citizens are urged to provide information about possible criminal activity. Remember there is no Honor in protecting criminals, and reporting a crime is a matter of Honesty.

Hopefully we can work together to prevent future incidents.

-Lord Casca

Casca obviously thinks the Britannian People are oblivious sheep for him to herd in any manner his Shadowlord masters desire. The proof that he is the criminal known as Pauper is concrete! His desecration and perversion of the Virtues can be seen across Britain - the very city he wished to see occupied by the forces of evil! The tactics and methods employed by those who enforce his nefarious will are without Honor.

Fellow Britannians, we are past the point of turning a blind eye, or pretending the despicable acts this regime perpetrates do not affect us. Rise up friends! Protect your lands, your family, and your Virtue from the evil Casca represents!

DOWN WITH CASCA!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

(As always, more information on the High Council of Britannia can be found at The Great Lakes Roleplaying Community site And the vile deeds of Casca/Pauper and Enforcer Morton at Great Lakes Event Moderator site.)

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Summerfest to Begin Sunday, July 12 - REVISED
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Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009, 6:10 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)
from EM Kasaven and EM Cernunno's Website

Kick Off Summerfest Sunday the 12th, 8:30 p.m. @ Catskills Fairgrounds.

by Kasaven July 7

Please Note The Starting Time Has Been Changed

Opening Ceremony for the Summerfest Event — Two weeks of fun, games, and mayhem – starting Sunday the 12th.

The event will start with a race around Britannia, hosted by Kasaven and Cernunnos.

A letter has been sent to Robert, Warden of the Royal Guard, requesting him to give a commemorative speech to open the fairground, officially, following the race. More events will start the following week, keep an eye on the EM website and the counselor’s hall for information.

 
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Robert to Speak at Fairground Opening; Royal Guard to be Restructured
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Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009, 4:29 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)
from EM Kasaven & Cernunno's Website

Robert Accepts Request to Speak at Fairground Opening

by Kasaven
July 9

I have received a return letter from Robert, and he wishes to speak not only to commemorate the opening of the Fairgrounds, but also to announce a restructuring of the ‘Royal’ guard.

His speech will take place following the 7 p.m. foot-race around Britannia. Come all, and come prepared with sword and shield (or spellbook) if you are interested in becoming a part of the new guard.

A yellow moongate will be created outside the Counselor’s hall, right by the death vortex, that will take you to The Fairgrounds.


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Kick Off Summerfest Sunday the 12th, 7 p.m. @ Catskills Fairgrounds

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News of Maya and Fredrick
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Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
Citizens of Britannia! I bring you the recent goings-ons of Maya Demeter, and Fredrick Clairmont. In lieu of the orc mines being ransacked and stripped of ore, Maya holds a less than savory opinion on Fredrick Clairmont. Even so, both Fredrick and Maya hold a similar dislike of a certain crowned half-elf. What could this mean? Read on for more details!

Maya stared at the docks through the small window in her dockside accommodation. She had grown up in Cove and always loved the sea. But recent events had kept her from her beloved city and waters. This Fredrick Clairmount was beginning to take steps against her beloved friends, the orcs. This she could not stand for. It was a catch twenty two. Clairmount although annoying, was at least beginning to have an understanding of how awful Lord Casca, the so called king, really was. But he also was taking advantage of the orcs, and this Maya could not just sit by and watch.

Perhaps an alliance could be made with Clairmount to move against this false king? Maya was uncertain. After all he did not seem to be deterred by the orcs claim to the mines. What was it he saw in that ore in particular she wasn't certain? This was all new to her. Diplomacy she was good at with the orcs, she had managed a truce years ago with the orcs at the fort near Cove. After many years of battling between the city and the orc clans, she finally managed a sort of peace. The orcs respected her and she them. She wondered if there was some way to make Clairmount understand that the orcs were peaceful if just left alone or perhaps even spoken with instead of just taking what he wants.

However this Casca character had even less scruples. He claims everything as his own. That man has some nerve to take what is not his. Maya held a report of what happened after she left Digdug to take care of the would be miners. She felt bad for having to resort to that but they wouldn’t heed her warnings to leave the orcs mining camp alone. But it seems that Casca showed himself as the evil man he is and took the ore away from Clairmount for himself. Maya hoped that this would make Clairmount angry enough to speak with her one on one and at least have a temporary truce.
Time would tell what would happen. But Maya hoped she would be seeing more of the seas soon. She missed fishing for that ever elusive large fish.

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Fredrick sat staring at his ale fuming. 'King' Casca took the ore. All of it. As soon as he got it to the bank he decided to lay low. It didn't work. Casca's guards found him and 'convinced' him that it would be in his best interest to hand the ingots over. Irritating. But without the Orc recipes he doubted that Casca's people could unlock the secrets of the ore. The recipes... those were something he hoped Casca and Maya would never learn about. Casca would do his best to take them and as for Maya, he might have to work with the woman at some point in the near future so it would definitely be best she never learned of them... *sigh* Those recipes weren't safe at their current location. They had to be moved. Not good, not good at all. But it had to be done.



Regards,
Lady Mana
Lieutenant of the Royal Britannian Guards
Napa Valley News Manager
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Seeds of Rebellion II [Event]
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Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009, 10:26 AM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

  Seeds of Rebellion II
Reported by: Shae of [S*RE] [TB] & Lady Cymidei Fier [DT]

Last night the citizens of Sosaria were called to Lord Brittish's throne room by one Lady Aino Nystad regarding the mercenary attacks on the independent kingdoms. To date the independent kingdoms have all been able to defend themselves and two of which were attacked by a mass army that went to The Dark Tower in Trammel, and Avalon in Felucca. Avalon had indeed the tougher fight since you were not able to use pets or summon help from the abyss [EVs and such] for the mercenary captain would devour the life source and in turn heal himself.

This lead to many members of the resistance to take arms against their fellow man since few were not so fast as to pick up on what was going on and refused to listen to warnings causing many unrest and ended up leaving. But in the end Avalon was indeed saved. A restoration crew to help assist in damages to the new Avalon sight has been assembled and have already begun work on repairing any damages left behind from the attacks.

As far as the Dark Tower, their fight was just as hard but it seemed to this sneaky thief that the Tower itself gave off an uneasy feeling of some strange magical energy after every death as if the souls of the fallen were being eaten away by the Tower making it grow even stronger and helped to defend itself. In fact, this reporter's sandals still shake at the thought when thinking back about what she felt!

And so the people of Sosaria gathered once again to hear Lady Aino and was greeted by a new guard, Leoric. Who is apparently well versed in more than just guard duty and is a Grandmaster in tailoring!


Shortly after, Lady Aino appeared and this is what was said.


Aino: As Promised, I have been investigating the mercenary attacks
and in a few moments will be the culmination of the investigation. I hope all of my questions answered.

Shortly thereafter, Lord Casca appeared.

Aino: I would like to recount some of the events of the past week.

Lord Casca and Aino discussed how she fell under attack by mercenaries at Mount Sho. Lord Casca dismissed her statements and said that such things were to be expected. Tension mounted between Captain Aino Nystad and Lord Casca as their discussion turned to the fate of the independent kingdoms.

Aino: At the same time the kingdoms Lord Saius unsuccessfully negotiated with were attacked as well.

Lord Casca: Well, repercussions for their defiance have been a long time in waiting Captain.

Aino: I have stumbled into some evidence...supplied by someone I would rather not name...that suggest the royal treasury is behind the attacks on the kingdom. I fear Lord Saius might have gone behind your back.

Lord Casca: It was I who order the mercenaries to attack. It was I who hired them.

 

Aino and Lord Casca argued but Lord Casca who is slicker than a greased mongbat, claimed that he only promised Aino not to commit the army to fighting the independent kingdoms not that he wouldn't hire mercenaries.

At this, Captain Aino Nystad quit the King's service because she felt she could no longer trust him but as she tried to escape, her exit was barred by anti magic crystals. Nystad was wracked in pain, presumably by Lord Casca's antimagic barrier as a result of her spell casting and was clapped in irons by Royal Guard Leoric and taken to Yew prison where she has since been moved to an unknown location.


After Captain Aino left, Lord Casca addressed the crowd with scorn! Casca's lies and delusions about the independent kingdoms were apparent with every word he spoke.

He accused one and all of defying him for hubris alone and causing great suffering to the people. Lord Casca also expressed his displeasure at the sufferings that befell Aldragar Morr, the missing prophet. He accused the gathered people of Britannia of being mindless vultures and far worse!
One person, who we shall keep them nameless for their safety, shot back at Casca's comment the known piracy that has swept our lands recently.


After the event at the throne room had ended, the people gathered outside of Lord Blackthorne's castle led by The Widow. Who many have come to know and has since declared herself Queen of Sosaria and that she was in fact married to our beloved King who is believed to be missing, or worse, dead. The Widow then declared Xel the Wanderer the protector of the fortress until Lord Casca is driven out.


And when things calmed down some went to visit Lady Aino in the Yew jails before she was moved buy seemed to be under some sort of magical barrier which made it so no one could hear her words. As of right now no one knows just where Casca has taken the fair Lady but most do pray for her safety and quick release.


As for this reporter, I was deeply offended when Casca had said the herald's did not report the truth normally I return stolen...I mean...Dropped goods but I shall not be returning this nicely engraved gold ring with a bright blue gem that I found next to Casca while giving his irate speech!

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Quick Note from EM Seppo
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 11:50 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
  Taken from: The Golden Brew Tavern


Quick note

Thursday, July 9, 2009
By EMSeppo
Captain Nystad is supposed to respond to people from her prison. In fact, she does respond. However, we did not realize that if you are standing outside, then you cannot hear anything said from inside the cell.
We will get it squared tomorrow!
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Corporal Brackus Calls Emergency Town Guard Meeting
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 11:42 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
*This message was found nailed to the guard tower just South of the West Bank of Britain *

To all town guards and recruits, The meeting last evening between the King and Captain Nystad led to an unexpected turn of events. In short, the Captain attempted to resign her post and was immediately placed under arrest.

Town guard Yalp and myself had a brief discussion, then immediately left for the Yew Prisons where we found Captain Nystad jailed. She was incoherent and unable to speak.

There will be a mandatory meeting for ALL town guards and recruits this Friday evening at 6PM PST. We will meet in Britain and travel to an unspecified place to meet in private.

I urge all town guards and recruits, be wary, and watch your tongue. Do not openly speak out in favor, or against, these rumors of rebellion against the King which now fill the streets. Friday’s meeting will set forth our path as it is now laid before us.

Corporal Brackus of Britain's Town Guard

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CoM Reigns Over Despise
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 9:12 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<                                                                    CoM Reigns Over Despise!

   
                   As the ever changing face of Felucca continues to evolve in our little neck of the woods the balance of power between the factions of good and evil have quite possibly at last evened out somewhat here on the Chesapeake. Intense battles and raids between the clans of the Council of Mages, the True Brits, and The Followers of Minax have grown in recent weeks as the struggle for dominance carries on. Evident it was as my journey to Despise on Mondays eve soon proved.
                   Always with an ear to the happenings in and around the Felucca facet myself like many Monday night were alerted to the prescence of Minax troops inside the dungeon Despise as the always eager Followers of Armagedon (FoA) mulled about in search of battle. The site of many courageous encounters this hollowed ground has proven by far the preferred proving grounds for any and all who engage in PvP.
                   My arrival and subsequent offering of the preverbial death robe found the Baccaroon almost readied for his arrival as the FoA were in control of the island as they looked to the distant corridors for any sign of insurgency. Slowly but surely the combined forces of the Council of Mages began to emerge as busniess would soon pick up for all who braved the carnage.


                

                   Holding off the emerging intruders all seemed to be working well for Minax as the rat champion soon showed himself and the real fun began.

               

                                   

                 The fighting underway the island was soon engulfed in warfare as titanic waves of spell and sword pounded the two forces. Losses felt on both sides the tide would soon turn in favor of the Council of Mages as Minax was fallen and the island eventually gained. Chaos ensued as the FoA was turned away in short order soon after.
                                                    
              

                 Even the mighty True Britannians of (UHOH) felt the fury of the CoM as they attempted in vain to flank the attackers as thier deeds were almost done. Unsuccessful their troops fled to avoid death or worse!


             

              

             

                 

                  The night won by the Council of Mages I hastily made my exit to the Star Room and Luna's safety. Another grand fight in the books I commend everyone for yet another stellar performance. Until next time my friends........

           



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Purple Robe Protest at Brit Bank and Wulfy Returns
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 8:01 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Wulf returns ~


Wulf returns to MOA this week after a long absence.

Arriving at MOA a few minutes before auction time it was shocking how few patrons there were in the house. Pigeons were coming my way that a protest was being held at the Brit Bank. I quickly departed from the auction heading towards Brit. Indeed there was a anti Casca protest being held at the bank. To show unity in the cause everyone donned purple robes. Lord Goran questioned if purple was a intimidating color and the answer was , "more so than pink". Many laughs followed.



As my goal for the evening was to celebrate Wulf's return to MOA I did not find out how this anti Casca movement played out. Hopefully bloodshed took place.



The auction house was pretty empty for the first forty five minutes then it started to pick up. Everyone gave Wulf a warm welcome back including MOA staff members Melian and Ethereal.

Lee'Lee, Hanna, Beethoven, Emerald Lynn, Sir Christopher, Kryptonite, Sandy McGriver, Lady Raven, Dani, Lucifer, Valium, Lord Dravenn, hihi, Siren, Princess of Pain, Beet, Marshall, Ganon, Amy Lee, Princess Flowers, Uther, Lord Tiggermcat, Buttercup and Kinky were a few enjoying the evenings event.


*first 30 minutes were very slow then it picked up*


Wulf did a great job as always and the trivia of the night was UO Virtues inspired. On the subject of trivia....Mack donated several million for trivia.

Thank you Mack, Wulf and MOA for another fun night!


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3rd Edition of The Britain Bugle Hits Newsstands
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 12:53 PM EDT by Miriel.UO (Atlantic)
The Britain Bugle is a player written newspaper, released bi-weekly, with new editions coming out on the 7th & 21st of each month. The paper consists of news, public service announcements, interviews with community members, polls & all other things that the community of Sosaria might find interesting & humorous!

This week marks the 3rd Edition of The *BB* being released! The issue is called 'Perversion Must Stop' by Nesun Dorma. If you want to know what it is about, you will have to get a copy of the paper!

Grabbing a copy of the paper is easy! The Britain Bugle is distributed by newsies throughout the land. Watch for them shouting ‘Extra! Extra! Read all about it!’ & snag a free paper from them anytime.

There are also Britain Bugle Newsstands at the following player run establishments: Goodman’s Runelibrary, Pixel Pleasures Auction House, Zen Gardens Vendors, TDT Auction House, Mercantile of Tara & The Red & Purple Mini Mall! These newsstands offer free the current edition of the paper & older editions! Though if you wish to show your support for The Britain Bugle, you may purchase feathered caps & engraved statues from these newsstands!

(Photo of Adelaide at the *BB* Newsstand located at Goodman's Rune Library. Goodman's Runelibrary can be found by following the main road out of Zento North, the building is directly outside of the city's gates.)

The Bugle was started by Adelaide of Britain, a bubbly & inquisitive elf who can regularly be found distributing the paper, digging up new stories & scouting for reporters. Nesun Dorma & Minerva are both reporters & newsies for the paper! If you are interested hosting a Newsstand for The Britain Bugle at your player run establishment or writing a story for the paper, please pigeon Adelaide (ICQ 27266875)!

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Client Versions
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 2:04 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Client Versions


Chrissay Zeeman

07 Jul 2009 18:12:19 EST



We have updated the client versions.

Kingdom Reborn Version is 2.59.0.1

Legacy is 6.0.14.1


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TC1: Pub 59 notes
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Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 1:58 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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TC1: Pub 59 notes


Chrissay Zeeman

07 Jul 2009 16:33:14 EST



TC1 has been published with the following notes:

Bug Fixes


Fixed the missing effects from Lightning Arrow special attack
Players will receive an error message when trying to create multiple gates at one location
Ferrets will now spawn in the Felucca Prism of Light healer room
Exceptional crafted food will now display the maker’s mark
Camp fires will no longer block house placement
Fixed an issue with the Crystalline Ring removing 20 modified skill points
Criminals are unable to stable their pets
Criminals will now get an error message when trying to open bank boxes
Issue with vendor penalty was fixed, should vanish after 25 hours and/or removed by the owner
Thomas O’Neerlan has been leashed to his spawn area so he won’t run off
The purchase message when buying a repair service contract deed has been fixed
Passage from Trinsic to Delucia has been fixed
Murderers can now use the Help/Stuck feature
Pets will no longer disappear if standing in a house that decays
Fixed the ability to repair the following: Earrings, Arcane boots, Elven boots, bracelets, necklaces and talismans
Fixed an issue with the Norton the Fisher Quest


Champ Spawns and Ghost Cam Fixes


Altar will no longer remain stuck when boss despawns or disappears instead of being killed
Players can no longer log out without repercussions in Champ Spawn regions


  • Players that log out in a champ spawn region will get teleported to a shrine
  • If a player logs out in a champ spawn area all the non equipped “cursed” items on them will drop to the ground
  • This will only affect players who log out beyond the 10 minute grace period; accidental disconnections will not be punished

Ghosts without corpses cannot enter Champ Spawn regions or log in to them
Ghosts without corpses will be automatically exorcised periodically


Shadowlord Finale Event Plan


Key Plot Lines:


Distracting Decisions

  • The Shadowlords mislead the people of Britannia to fight monsters and hunt treasure in Tokuno while they comb the world for their sought after Artifact. The monsters have the treasure, of course, because the Shadowlords are providing the distraction.


Strangers Bearing Gifts

  • Grey robed strangers appear at Empath Abbey, the Lycaeum, and Serpent’s Hold called “Seers.” Unlike the event manager versions, these NPCs foretell the future, and offer players a way to convert the Cloaks of Corruption into the Cloaks of Life, Death, or Power.
  • Cloaks of Command also become available in faction strongholds


Manifestations

  • Manifestations of the Shadowlords appear in Tokuno, searching for the Artifact after exhausting the other facets. They spawn at halfday intervals in three locations. Once dead, they drop Cloaks of Corruption to the top three attackers, and give ToT minor artifacts to all.


Dawn of Hope

  • Dawn returns to the land, vowing to save Britannia
  • Cloaks of Silence will be available from the EMs



Armageddon

  • The location of the Artifact is revealed. The Crimson Dragons are prepared for a great battle with the Platinums for dominion over Britannia, as the Shadowlords make their move. The outcome of this fight (which the players can assist in) will determine if the Chaos aligned factions (Shadowlords, Minax) receive benefits after the event arc, or whether Order does. This battle is the prelude to the finale.
  • The final battle with the Shadowlords. Rewards include three “Shards of the Gem of Immortality” (one per Shadowlord), and major artifacts.



Rewards:
Treasures of Tokuno, Minor Artifacts


Major Doom Artifacts


Cloak of Life

  • HP Bonus: 2
  • HP Regen: 1



Cloak of Death

  • HCI: 1
  • DCI: 1
  • SDI: 1



Cloak of Power

  • Str Bonus: 1
  • Dex Bonus: 1
  • Int Bonus: 1



Cloak of Silence

  • Stealth: +10



Cloak of Command

  • Faction item, no rank requirement
  • Can only be used in Felucca
  • Can be used once a day to summon a faction monster
  • Minax: Ogre Lord
  • CoM: Wisp
  • TB: Silver Serpent
  • SL: Daemon
  • Summoned monster will last for one hour
  • Displays lifetime remaining on item properties
  • Cloak must be worn in order to be used

Summoned monsters act the same as monsters/animals from the "Summon Creatures" command with the following details:

  • Requires one control slot
  • Cannot friend/unfriend or transfer
  • Summoning requires the same base requirements as the "Summon Creatures" spell (mana/skill, chance of success), but doesn't consume reagents
  • The Ogre Lord's summoned version, however, is *much* weaker than its wild counterpart



“Shard of the Gem of Immortality”

  • An exceptionally rare item that responds to the user’s karma to play upon the fate in the worlds within


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Wanted!
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Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 10:05 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
From the High Council of the Kingdom of Britannia:

These men are wanted for crimes against the Britannian People by order of the High Council of the Kingdom of Britannia, and the High Court of Britannia. Assume they are armed and dangerous at all times.
-Chancellor DaKaren

Wanted! Casca of Heartwood, a.k.a. Pauper.Wanted! Enforcer Morton.

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Hello from Miriel & her Mailbox
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Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 9:01 PM EDT by Miriel.UO ()
Hello from Miriel & Her Mailbox Hail & Well Met, Atlantic!

Miriel here, your newest reporter, to introduce myself & tell you about an weekly 'event' (of sorts) that I have put together.

I have been playing on Atlantic for about 3 years. I started on Great Lakes in 1999 & played for 5 years there before taking a break from UO. I own a tiny little vendor house outside of Zento, Zen Garden Vendors & I collect mushroom rubble! I love decorating houses, killing stuff with my greater dragon & doing treasure maps (even though I never get anything good!). My favorite place in the world is the telescope outside of Moonglow City. I remember the first time I ever saw it & how much it made me smile!

I have been assigned to update the player run establishments section of Atlantic. I hope to be bringing you lots of interviews with shop owners, auctioneers & runebook librarians. Please feel free to contact me if you run any of the long standing establishments! I can't wait to talk to you!

Also, I am starting an ongoing, weekly 'event' of my own called Miriel's Mailbox!

I have placed a ballot box at my vendor house (Zen Garden Vendors) & I will be updating it each Monday with a new question. There is also a 'mailbox' at the vendor house that is open to the public for you to leave notes, runes to your player run establishments, trinkets & other things. (Complete instructions on how to use the mailbox are located in the book on top of it.) Each Monday I will post the results of that week's poll & any interesting things that were left in my mailbox & by who! I hope many of you will participate & make this weekly update something fun!

Cheers,

Miriel

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Hello from Miriel & her Mailbox
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Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 9:01 PM EDT by Miriel.UO (Atlantic)
Hello from Miriel & Her Mailbox Hail & Well Met, Atlantic!

Miriel here, your newest reporter, to introduce myself & tell you about an weekly 'event' (of sorts) that I have put together.

I have been playing on Atlantic for about 3 years. I started on Great Lakes in 1999 & played for 5 years there before taking a break from UO. I own a tiny little vendor house outside of Zento, Zen Garden Vendors & I collect mushroom rubble! I love decorating houses, killing stuff with my greater dragon & doing treasure maps (even though I never get anything good!). My favorite place in the world is the telescope outside of Moonglow City. I remember the first time I ever saw it & how much it made me smile!

I have been assigned to update the player run establishments section of Atlantic. I hope to be bringing you lots of interviews with shop owners, auctioneers & runebook librarians. Please feel free to contact me if you run any of the long standing establishments! I can't wait to talk to you!

Also, I am starting an ongoing, weekly 'event' of my own called Miriel's Mailbox!

I have placed a ballot box at my vendor house (Zen Garden Vendors) & I will be updating it each Monday with a new question. There is also a 'mailbox' at the vendor house that is open to the public for you to leave notes, runes to your player run establishments, trinkets & other things. (Complete instructions on how to use the mailbox are located in the book on top of it.) Each Monday I will post the results of that week's poll & any interesting things that were left in my mailbox & by who! I hope many of you will participate & make this weekly update something fun!

Cheers,

Miriel

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Seeds of Rebellion II, Wednesday, July 8
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Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 7:01 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
from goldenbrewtavern.com

Seeds of Rebellion – II

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
By EMSeppo

Event announcement

Location: Throne room, Trammel
Day: Wednesday, July 8th
Duration: 9:05 PM PST – 10:00 PM PST


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Krystal of Siege Perilous - 10,000 Murder Counts
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Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 5:03 AM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)

Krystal's 10,000th Murder Count

June 24, 2009, Siege Perilous, Stonehaven Fight Arena, Umbra, Malas

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A celebration of a monumental achievement occured Wednesday June 24, 2009 on Siege Perilous. The infamous Krystal achieved her 10,000th murder count in a journey that took several years. The regulars of Siege all came out, some brave enough to step into the arena for a chance to be the 10,000th count.

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As the brave stood in the arena taunting the killer, EM's Eira, Faine Morgan and Cyro arrived along with Mesanna. Mesanna started handing out blessed cream pies to all in attendance. The new cream pies were a great source of entertainment for all while waiting for the events to start. The pies are blessed and can be thrown at anyone, ghosts, npcs and live players.

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Once about 40 players were in attendance, the festivities began quickly with Krystal firing shots from her bow into the group of martyrs.

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They fell quickly one by one, until the 10,000th victim, Elmer Fudd was vanquished.

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After reaching the 10,000th count, there was a celebration with fireworks.

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Congratulations to Krystal on a super achievement. You have to admit, if you like Krystal or not, this is something to cheer on Siege Perilous, and she's not stopping yet, from this screenshot, we can see that she's still going and moving on towards another milestone:

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Morton Attacks High Council Again
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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009, 11:27 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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Once again Enforcer Morton proves just how little Honor he possess by daring to attack the High Council this eve. As if his sound defeat at the 315th session wasn't humiliating enough, for a second time he sent Casca's Secret Police to try and slay the Council and those attending. Their elite ninjitsu failed them as one by one they fell outside the Jerred Ghyss Civic Center in Compassion Grove, their blood turning the grass to slick crimson mire.

Casca's Secret Police attack the 316th High Council session

A note slipped out of the pack of their leader, a Juka Lord dressed in the armor of Pauper's forces, as he lay gasping his last breath. A strange bird not seen since the first stirrings of Pauper rustled in the trees near the bloodshed as the note was rushed to Chancellor DaKaren. The note contained the battalion's orders from Enforcer Morton...

Orders
by Enforcer Morton

You are to attack the meeting tonight. Leave none alive, but leave evidence that a third party (brigands, orcs, etc.) was responsible. You will be outnumbered, so use deceit and trickery.

So Casca no longer wishes the Council simply arrested, he wants them dead! Men and women who were elected to serve the Britannian People. Ah, the ways of the tyrant...

Why bother with the pretense of Justice when death can silence your enemies so much quicker? Especially when the uncomfortable reality is that they know who and what you really are, and they have that annoying truth thing on their side... What is the scheming power-mad despot to do? Poor Casca... or Pauper... whichever mask his blackened soul wears today...

The High Council will continue to be a thorn in Casca's side until the traitor either relinquishes the throne to the Britannian People, or lies in a spreading pool of his own effluence as his Shadowlord masters abandon him.

In fact, after the battle the Council listened to the gathered citizens and agreed to hold a protest march this Wednesday, July 8th at 8pm under the Central Skies.

From the secretary to the High Chancellor:

Join the High Council of the Kingdom of Britannia on a march against the tyranny and oppression of Lord Casca!


We march to show our solidarity to the true Virtues of Lord British in the name of Truth, Love and Courage. Join us and show your support and that you have the Valor to rise up against despotism. Show Britannia that you have the Honor to do what is right!

Do not be swayed by the false promises of a fork-tongued dictator! He, who has taken up arms against his own citizens and orchestrated the murder of the celebrated hero Clainin. He who has plotted to make the citizens of Britain suffer. He, who seeks to make war with our neighbors in Tokuno. He, who served the Shadowlords in their stratagem to consume Sosarian Virtue!

Wednesday night, July 8th at 8pm by the Central Skies we will march from The First Bank of Britain to the gates of Blackthorn's Keep and declare our solidarity against Casca! Show Britannia your Honor by dressing in purple and joining our march!

High Council defiantly announce protest march from the courtyard of Blackthorn's Keep!

Abandon the drudgery of Luna bank for an evening to walk with the High Council and take a stand for Britannia! The peoples of this kingdom are where it's true power and will lies. Let us remind the beastly Casca that he is but a mere man, an evil despicable man, but a man nonetheless.

To those who would follow Casca, or his lackey Morton, and aid them in their illicit ventures - Know you this: you reap what you sow, and the Abyss cometh for you...

DOWN WITH CASCA!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

(As always, more information on the High Council of Britannia can be found at The Great Lakes Roleplaying Community site And the vile deeds of Enforcer Morton at Great Lakes Event Moderator site.)

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Britain's Merchants Turn To Piracy
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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009, 8:51 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
Vasco, Merchant Guild Leader of L' Renor Shuk, is seeking to aid the rebellious leaders of the Independent Kingdoms by bringing down Lord Casca and his minion Gideon through piracy and free trade. Defy Lord Casca and bring an end to the high tariffs and taxes imposed by Gideon! Come to the Highwayman Tavern, next to the Shrine of Chaos in Trammel to get in on Vasco’s plans on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 8 PM PST.

Slipping through the back alleys of Britain, Vasco circulated the following letter to the unemployed traders, captains and pirates suffering from Gideon’s draconian trade policies.

"We are screwed by Gideon’s dealings with Lord Casca! Gideon’s got our tariffs so high we can’t turn a profit, it’s time to take the trade routes back and stir up some business. The King’s armies have suffered a blow from the Dark Tower and Avalon, many of Gideon’s thugs and privateers now work for the rebels instead of the King.

The time’s right to strike at Gideon and for privateers to seize his shipments on the high seas and trade caravans by land. Once we take the goods, we sell to the rebels so they can get the arms and supplies they need to defeat Lord Casca right out of the King’s own pocket and we’ll turn a profit.

Let’s use Gideon’s greed to be his undoing and as we take him out, we’ll make sure Lord Casca won’t raise another in his place, because the King is going down too!

My fleets already got Britan Bay sealed off, now it’s time to put the noose around the King’s neck. If you like what you hear come to the Highwayman Tavern on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 8 PM PST."

Signed
Vasco of L' Renor Shuk
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Rumors, from GoldenBrewTavern.com
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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009, 2:30 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
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Small announcement

 Monday, July 6, 2009
By EMSeppo

Some of the NPC’s, especially the ones that you may have encountered in the past events, will respond to the keyword RUMORS from now on.

The NPC’s might have useful news at times that you can access in this manner. However, like an old proverb goes, “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.”

Don’t believe everything you hear!

 

 

 
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Miners and Warriors Needed!
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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009, 12:02 AM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)

Miners and Warriors Needed!!



Good citizens of Napa! I, Fredrick Clairmount, have discovered something very exciting! Shadow ore that has been mined in the Orc Cave holds special properties which could be useful in the making of weapons and armor! To create the weapons and armor, much experimentation is still needed... which means large amounts of shadow ingots will be used. To obtain the ingots needed I'm going to need your help.

If you are willing, meet me at West Britain Bank, on Wednesday (7/8/09) at 7:00pm PST.

Signed,

Fredrick Clairmount

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Aldagar Morr Missing or Dead?
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Posted on Sunday, July 5, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
Aldagar Morr, the devoted prophet and supporter of Lord Casca, has gone missing! Those who go to Britain often have likely encountered the boisterous prophet at the West Britain Bank or Castle British, supporting the King’s causes and petitions. Witnesses report that the prophet was accosted by Cymidei Fier, Sleath, Black Metal and an unknown assailant from the Dark Tower and savagely beaten in broad daylight at the bank.

The Dark Tower members accused Aldagar Morr of supporting Lord Casca and dragged the elderly man to the Castle draw bridge and hung him upside down by his feet over the gate. Eyewitnesses stated, under the condition of anonymity, that the Dark Tower tortured Aldagar Morr and demanded that he denounce Lord Casca.

Aldagar Morr refused to do as the Dark Tower asked hoping that he would be rescued either by the Town Guards or the Royal Guards, both stationed mere feet from where the hanging took place. However, neither faction of guards emerged to drive off the Dark Tower. Sleath, Baron of Darkmor and Cabal of Darkness of the Dark Tower, said “The King’s best men can’t even kill us in our own lands, the guards aren’t going to come out and save you.”

Cymidei Fier, Mistress of the Dark Tower, left a vial of deadly poison within the reach of the hanging man, and said “If no one rescues you and the pain becomes too great, drink! Let it not be said that I am without mercy.” Sleath, agreed but said that he would have preferred to take the head of Lord Trubo Saius, instead of beating Lord Casca’s lackey. The Dark Tower members left the drawbridge leaving Aldagar Morr hanging over the castle gate.

The next day the Town Guards received sketchy reports from witnesses that a body had been found but it is not known if it is Aldagar Morr. One sighting placed the prophet as in the care of the Britain healers; others speculate that the prophet has gone into hiding. Anyone with additional information is urged to come forward to the Town Guards.

Cymidei Fier later released a letter stating as follows: “Those who swear fealty and devotion to Lord Casca, the False King of Britannia will pay for it with their blood and souls!”

Lord Casca and his court, made no comment.

By Belledix May, Associate Town Crier
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Enforcer Morton shames Britannia
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Posted on Saturday, July 4, 2009, 11:42 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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Enforcer MortonOver the last two days, Enforcer Morton has been a busy little minion of the evil tyrant who threatens to corrupt the very foundations of Britannia... The vile Casca apparently sent him to Skara Brae yesterday to 'arrest several brigands who were plotting crimes against our fair land.' I'd wager these poor souls did little more than hold a meeting to voice concerns over Casca's slimy ways.

A piece of propaganda made its way off the King Pro-tempore's desk regarding the incident:

Royal Enforcers Arrest Traitors

Tonight, several loyal citizens broke up a meeting of several brigands who were plotting crimes against our fair land. Lead by Enforcer Morton, they entered the Skara Brae Ranger's Guild and arrested the traitors. They have my thanks. They are paragons of Justice and Honor that should inspire all of us.
- Lord Casca

Galen, who stumbled onto the slaughter and later reported the incident to me, had this to say, "It was a gruesome scene. I have no confidence that any of the victims did anything wrong. Morton is more a monster than a man, hiding behind a brutal army. It's very clear at this point that Casca is a traitor to the realm and to the Virtues. All I can do is pray that the tide turns soon and that, if it does, I'm there when the hammer falls on them both."

Enforcer Morton and four traitors to BritanniaThere is no Justice or Honor in a mob, only chaos and bloodlust. An image depicting those who helped Morton in this despicable act was published with Casca's manure-laden drivel. The four pictured to the right are the true traitors to Britannia, they and Enforcer Morton should be brought up on charges!

Earlier today, Enforcer Morton once again duped a group of people into doing Casca's dirty work. The Enforcer led an attack on the Yomotsu mines to 'recover several stolen items.' A second piece of propaganda trash slithered its way off Casca's desk:

Stolen Items Recovered from Yomotsu

Once again, I would like to thank the citizens of Britannia and Enforcer Morton for a job well done. Coordinating with Tokuno authorities, these valiant warriors were able to recover several stolen items from the Yomotsu Mines.
-Lord Casca

Royal Staff removed from Yomotsu mineMy investigation of the mine after the Enforcer bullied his way through revealed that the Royal Staff, which had been given to Yometsu in exchange for his Blade, had been taken away. 'Stolen items' indeed. Casca merely had his lackey clean up evidence of his continued betrayal of the Britannian People!

General Takehiko Yamamoto of the Imperial GuardI spoke with General Takehiko Yamamoto of the Imperial Guard in Zento regarding the raid, and he seemed less than pleased - mainly due to the fact there had been no 'coordinating' at all. In fact, the Empire is most upset with Casca for his unwanted edicts and diplomatic interference. Since the cyclops incident several weeks ago, the Empress has taken a very dim view of Casca - and of Britannians in general.

The High Council was unsurprised by Morton's actions. Since his feeble attempt to arrest them two weeks ago, they have hired Virtuous citizens to help guard Compassion Grove from danger. The High Chancellor reaffirmed that they "will continue to hold session in defiance of Casca's illegal warrants, and serve as a rallying point for those loyal to the true Crown of Britannia." (The next meeting of the High Council of Britannia will be Monday, July 6th at 8pm CST in the Jerred Ghyss Civic Center, 12o 35'N 37o 58'W)

Those who chose to aid Morton in his continued attempts to pervert Virtue and clean up after his two-faced master, I will say this: You are traitors to Britannia, and deserve the same punishment as shall be wrought on Casca. Return to the side of Virtue, or die like the sniveling filth Morton helps you become...

DOWN WITH CASCA!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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The King Pro-tempore and the Pauper
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Posted on Saturday, July 4, 2009, 6:11 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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Casca's favorite book Over the course of the last few months, a criminal known only as 'Pauper' has carried out a plot to cripple Britannia, and seize control of Britain. His activities have largely been kept quiet, and I have only mentioned this Pauper a few times in my articles as his true identity has largely been a mystery. This has changed....

Before I reveal that, however, I believe a recounting of the villain's fell deeds is in order - as the citizenry should know the full depth of this man's evil.

Pauper kills his pawn Pauper's first known act was to turn a Royal Intelligence operative stationed in Trinsic, Felucca to his will. This traitor played a small part in Andrew and Melissa's assassination of the Royal Mage Clainin. In a cowardly attempt cover his tracks, Pauper lured his new follower into a lethal trap.

The next time his influence could be felt was during a state dinner held in Castle British where Danth, a Meer dignitary, was poisoned. Pauper's pawn in this act was one Elizabella Prospero, an ambitious mage from Moonglow, who used a new form of blackrock poison. Elizabella's life came to an abrupt end in the Malas pyramid; this would become a running theme for those who aided the Pauper.

Strange blackrock ore Further activity from Pauper involved the smuggling of a strange blackrock ore. The ore made it into the hands of the orcs who live in the mine southeast of Yew, along with a book detailing the construction of an advanced war machine: a blackrock golem. The threat was swiftly destroyed, as the orcs had only managed to construct one prototype.

Michael of Moonglow's Notebook on Blackrock Michael of Moonglow, a mage researching the unusual properties of blackrock, was the Pauper's next target. Pauper thought the mage's research could be valuable and had him abducted and taken to the Pass of Karnaugh in Ilshenar. Michael was rescued and went into hiding after his ordeal.

An undercover source learned that Pauper's plans were part of the Shadowlord's greater machinations to despoil Sosaria. Pauper worked with Andrew, the unpleasant man who dwelt in the void accessible briefly in Moonglow. Pauper instantly turned from powerful criminal to instrument of evil.

A part of Pauper's larger plan was revealed in the Central Dungeon in Ilshenar. There, a massive force laid in wait for a siege on Britain. More blackrock golems had been created by his minions, along with a substantial gathering of powerful evil entities. After many great battles, these forces were defeated - or so was thought...

Royal Signal Lantern Three armies had already been dispatched to Despise, the Hedgemaze, and Buccaneer's Den in preparation for the siege on Britain. Each army had been given explicit instructions to not destroy the city, but to cut it off from the rest of Britannia and make the life of its citizens miserable. Pauper's instructions showed a disturbing degree of familiarity with the functioning of the Royal Guard and the capitol's defenses. Once more, these armies were valiantly defeated before they could launch the attack. Britain was spared. Upon the corpses of the army's leaders, Royal Signal Lanterns were discovered - identical to the one which rests on Casca's balcony.

The next time Pauper's hand could be detected was during an ill-advised diplomatic endeavor conceived of by Casca. The King Pro-tempore ordered that the Diplomatic Corps help to relocate a cyclops tribe from the Lost Lands to a location in Ilshenar. The gate provided to the cyclops for their journey actually opened into the desert north of Zento. Since the cyclops had been foolishly provided with supplies by the Royal Guard, the people of Tokuno saw this as an invasion - an act of Britannian aggression. War was averted when the cyclops' leader was slain.

Armor given to the terathans by Casca Since the Shadow War had ended so abruptly after the crystal allowing the Crimson Dragons to enter Trammel was destroyed, many questions have remained. Why did daemons and ophidians join in the attacks against Yew and Vesper? Fortunately both questions would be answered... The daemons joined in the attacks because Pauper and Andrew promised that a book significant to their history could be found in Yew. They believed this lie and helped attack the forest town. The ophidians who attacked Vesper were a rogue group who believed Britannia had betrayed the peace treaty after the Scion War. As it turned out, Britannia had indeed betrayed them - or rather its King Pro-tempore had. Evidence has been discovered that Casca sent weapons, armor, and trainers to the terathans to help them in their endless war with the ophidians.

Blackrock experimentation site Blackrock veined crystals Rumors of dark goings-on spread from Zento to Britain. Through investigation, it was learned that people had been abducted from Zento and taken to a small island north of Homare-Jima. That island was controlled by many powerful beings loyal to Pauper. A costly battle was waged to wrest it from them; and once secured, it was discovered that experiments with blackrock had been conducted there. Explosive crystals veined with blackrock had already been tested in Mt. Sho, projecting blackrock into the nearby environs. A larger cache of the crystals had been scheduled to enter the volcano in one week's time.

Forces were sent to the volcano to ensure that Pauper's plan would be thwarted, and ensure the safety of the peoples of Tokuno. Waves of creatures duped into serving Pauper's interests marched on the caldera, eager to throw the crystals veined with blackrock into the lava. Fortunately, very few crystals made it to their destination, and nothing dire occurred. However, this is where our story gets truly interesting...

Kapa's reward Each of the creature groups had been promised something in return for their assistance to Pauper. The kappa were given a feast of gourds, a paltry reward for their aid. The Yama-uba was promised human flesh to quell its undead hunger, a truly beastly payment. When it came to the yomotsu... Well, their words speak for themselves...

The Deal
By Yometsu, High Elder

Tenaga-Ashinaga, our ally and father of death, comes with a man dressed as a king. We do not kill him, despite his form being almost human. He talks to us of our mines and our ways. He offers us new weapons and new methods of war. All he asks is one favor, a small ritual related to the volcano. We will gather crystals from Tenaga-Ashinaga's home south of the moutain and bring them to the lava flow. Tossing them in, a debt will be owed to us. To seal the deal, I have traded weapons with this man. I have his staff; he has my blade.

Kapa's reward

The staff spoken of in the text is a Royal Staff... Curious, no? And what of the blade given to the 'man dressed as a king'? Ah, well, this is the piece I have been waiting for... As I have been questioned about my articles critical of Casca...of not showing the proper deference to our King Pro-tempore. My loyalty to Britannia has been called into question, and even a warrant issued for my arrest by that tonaik srow... I shall no longer hold back all that I know, for the blade of Yometsu decorates the bedchamber of Lord Casca in Blackthorn's Keep. Pauper the puppet of the Shadowlords, and Bane of Britain, is none other than Casca himself!

Yometsu Blade in Casca's Chamber

For those who cling to the false notion that Casca has Britannia's best intentions in mind, I call you fool. Of Casca, I call him TRAITOR!

Again I call on all Britannians loyal to the memory of Lord British to rise up and depose this tyrant, this e'trit who works for the Shadowlords to defile our kingdom. We must end Casca's reign, truly make him the pauper he fancies calling himself.

DOWN WITH CASCA!
DEATH TO PAUPER!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

(To see all the evidence and every book from the EM plotlines, please head to the Library of Sosaria, directly south of the Yew moongate, and look in the three colored boxes stacked on the western wall.)

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Event Notice SUMMERFEST 2009!
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Posted on Saturday, July 4, 2009, 12:10 AM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)
>>> Malas News <<<

SUMMERFEST 2009 is coming this weekend.

Come join the fun this weekend at the Luna's Fairgrounds on July 5th at 3pm PST!

From the Luna Moongate Head out the South exit of the City. As soon as you find yourself on the dirt path exiting the city head west.
View the location on the stratics Zoomable Map!
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Mercenary Captains Launch Devastating Attack On Rebels!
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Posted on Saturday, July 4, 2009, 12:01 AM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
Tonight marked a violent escalation in the war between Lord Casca and the independent kingdoms. The people of the realm joined together as one vast fighting force to defy Lord Casca. As warned of in books found on fallen mercenary warriors, Lord Casca’s armies poured out of the strange portals, lead by powerful Mercenary Captains and brought war on the Dark Tower and Avalon.

First, the mercenary armies lead an intense assault against the Dark Tower. The Dark Tower, Chaos Shrine and Scythe Village provided a refuge for the Dark Tower’s defenders as the King’s armies rapidly fell to spells, swords and dragons. The Mercenary Captain roared and charged out of the gate, leaving death in his wake. As he fought the Mercenary Captain urged his troops to fight harder and taunted individual defenders.



The battle raged up and down the road leading to the Dark Tower and the surrounding forests of Samlethe, strange creatures such as shadow fiends, executioners, controllers and mercenary scouts joining into the fray. The defenders suffered staggering casualties and were hard pressed to drive off the Mercenary Captain but at last, the vicious champion of Lord Casca’s armies was dead. For now the Dark Tower is victorious over the King’s threats of annihilation.



Meanwhile, word came that the City of Avalon was under attack. Quickly regrouping, the defenders went to the aid of the fabled City of Destiny. Joined by the armies of the Cartel, the defenders from all over the realm assaulted Lord Casca’s army.



The fighting raged first around the Avalon Commissary and Avalon Tower and then the defenders pushed Casca’s men back to the shores of Northern Avalon. Just as the King’s mercenaries had their backs to the sea and all hope of a royalist victory lost. Lord Casca’s second champion appeared through the black gate!



There was confusion in the ranks of the defenders as fighting broke out between the Cartel reds and Dawn. Fortunately Superken and Wildstar were able to negotiate a truce on the field and once again the defenders united against the King’s minions. Lord Casca’s Mercenary Captain was almost invincible and lashed the defenders with wave after wave of lightning bolts and lethal poison.

The Mercenary Captain healed himself several times over, draining life from summoned creatures and pets. Finally, working together as a team the Reaver of Avalon was slain and victory for the free people of Britannia was claimed. Baron Sleath Von Darkmor still wants to kill Lord Turbo Saius and chop off his head! Speculation abounds as to what Lord Casca and his cronies will do next.

Meanwhile, EM Seppo took comments from the participants back at his office. EM Seppo encouraged everyone to read the Golden Brew and watch for more books at the bank, warning that more attacks from the mercenary armies and their captains are likely in the future. Copies of the event rewards will be in the Baja Rewards Hall for all to enjoy.



Thank you once again EM Seppo and EM Pallando for all your hard work, planning and effort that went into bringing us this spectacular event.
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Seeds of Rebellion
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Posted on Friday, July 3, 2009, 2:11 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
 

Taken from: The Golden Brew Tavern
Seeds of Rebellion

Friday, July 3, 2009
By EMSeppo

Ursula watched as the thief master paced next to the table in a small room deep below the city of Britain. Last she was here, they had planned a bold move of sabotaging the alliance of Lord Casca and Gideon. However, that had failed miserably and now Lord Casca was stronger than ever.

As she watched the thief master, she could almost see the schemes being hatched in his mind. There were many questions that needed to be answered… events to be discussed.. but she did not dare to speak first…

Thief master: *halts and turns towards Ursula* As we suspected, Lord Casca is behind the mercenary attacks.

Ursula: *thumps her hand on the table* This is unacceptable! Hiring of mercenaries to do his dirty work is unbecoming for the person meant to replace Lord British.

Thief master: *nods* Our worst fears are coming to life.

Ursula: *scans through the scroll in front of her* Kingdom of Dawn, City of Avalon, Heaven’s Forge,… those names fit with your theory, master thief. But, Dark Tower, Cartel, and that snob of a baron?

Thief master: *shrugs* Perhaps, the lord has gone stark mad. Perhaps, they are all pieces of a greater plan that we have not unraveled yet or maybe, it is all meant to be a distraction.

Ursula: You provide few answers today, thief master. Tell me, have your spies not discovered anything?

Thief master: *looks grim* This war is slowly bleeding its targets. Sure, they have defended their territory well but rumors circulate of bigger attacks planned against the rebels.

Ursula: *leans forward*

Thief master: If my sources are true, then this very night there will be two major attacks launched; one in Trammel and another in Felucca. An attack that might very well overwhelm any resistance the rebels can muster.

Ursula: *looks gravely* Is there anything we can do to help?

Thief master: *smiles slightly* There is little that can be done to help the rebels at this stage. They will… have to learn to band together and seek aid… or be stripped of their holdings. But, if this is to end well, we will have to play our part as well.

Ursula: What do you suggest?

Thief master: We need to weaken Casca’s grip on power by fermenting rebellion at a larger scale. And this cannot happen without providing an alternative to the throne.

This is what I propose. First, we must…


Event Announcement

Location: Two of the six black gates

When: Attacks will begin shortly after 8:00 PM PST, Friday July 3rd

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At 14 Weeks and Counting
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Posted on Friday, July 3, 2009, 1:26 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:





This weeks new and updated items include:



More help is needed, there's still a lot to do. Please send submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or send a pm to Petra Fyde.



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FoF: Happy 4th of July
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Posted on Friday, July 3, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Happy 4th of July

Chrissay Zeeman


July 03, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover Champ/Harrower titles, Faction Stat Loss, and Gargoyle flying.

For the full article click here.

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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, July 3, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Posted to uoherald.com

Community Spotlight
Chrissay Zeeman
03 Jul 2009 12:55:48 EST

In this week's community spotlight we have contest announcements, and events, from:

  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Great Lakes
  • Lake Superior
  • Sonoma
  • Whispering Rose
If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.

You can read more HERE…

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The Final Stand...?
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Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)

  The Final Stand...?
Reported by Shae [S*RE] of TB Faction

While protrolling the gates looking for things to ste....liberate...I stubbled upon the steps of the grusome Dark Tower where it is believed that many unspeakable rituals have accured, I found Lady Tara O'Reagan and her pet in the heat of battling a scout. Once the scout was...persauded...to tell her all the information he knew, he offered Tara O'Reagan a book.

    

Upon receiving the book Tara O'Reagan passed it along to the Mistress of the Dark Tower, Lady Cymidei Fier who had this to say;

"The King's hirelings are nothing but a feast of souls, meager offerings for the Old Gods.  Let the fool Lord Casca come in all his power and rage for he is but a pawn of greater powers."

As she spoke those words I felt a surge of dark energies emitting from her so I thought it best to stealth away! Also, if anyone happens to see the Lady Fier...Please do tell her she ought to be more careful with her belongings as I sto....found....some strange dagger that needs to be returned to her!

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Time: 8:00pm Paciffic Standard Time
Where: ???

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Story Telling Contest, July 9
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Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)
from EM Kasaven and EM Cernunnos' Catskills Events Page

Story Telling Contest, Thursday, July 9, 8 p.m. EST

by Kasaven
July 1

The subject is “Catskills History” Tales to be told around the fire at the Reward Hall.

Come with tales of days long gone, glorious battles, better times and tragedies.


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Blue Rocket Weds Lady Lil Missy
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Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2009, 9:23 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

Lady Lil Missy ["R"] and Blue Rocket ["R"]
Exchange Wedding Vows

Decorations by Lil Missy and Morgaine


 

On Wednesday, July 1, at 9:30 p.m. Eastern, friends gathered at the waterfall north of Justice Shrine, Felucca, to witness the celebration of the marriage of Blue Rocket and Lil Missy in the beautifully decorated outdoor setting.

Upon arrival guests were greeted by the bride's maid of honor Morgaine ["R"] and the groomsmen, best man Santa Claws ["R"] and William Wallace ["R"] .

Lil Missy, attired in sigil purple and white, walked across the bridge to join the waiting Blue Rocket. They then walked up the aisle together.

EM Faine Morgan performed the beautiful, time-honored ceremony.

After the couple exchanged their vows and rings, Blue Rocket kissed his bride, and EM Faine Morgan presented the newlyweds to the crowd.

A reception was held in a private residence immediately following the ceremony:

Following the reception, the bride and groom were treated to a harrower by their guild.


Congratulations, Blue Rocket and Lil Missy!

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Dawn And Avalon Invaded By Mercenaries. The Knights Of The Blue Rose React.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 10:29 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Greetings, Britannians.

As no doubt many of you have already heard, The Kingdom of Dawn and its protectorate, The Village of Avalon, were recently struck by a series of suprise attacks and lootings in what appears to be an organized guerilla invasion by rogue Chaos Dragons.



Dawn, which has historically been a close friend and ally of the Kingdom of Britannia, was recently involved in a long dispute over the realms sovereignty and right to rule. Lord Casca felt that Dawn and Avalon's long-standing claim to independence was invalidated by his ascension to the throne. The Britannian King prompty demanded that the Duchess-Regent of Dawn and the Royal Court concede his authority and surrender themselves to his rule.

In Casca's own words, he wished to be the Great Uniter of the Five Worlds. An argument that he presented was that the Citizens of Dawn could not be properly defended by stubborness alone, but with the aid and authority of the Britannian Crown. When Dawn defied these claims, his calls for peace and protecting the citizenry were quickly forgotten when he staked his banner into the ground and proclaimed that he was bringing the sword to Dawn.

The Dragoon's struck swiftly. Obviously, they knew the history and ways of the Kingdom of Dawn, for they patiently for its knights and soliders to leave on an expedition to Tokuno to covertly aid the Britannian Royal Guard before striking at the heart of the Kingdom.

As the reports come in, one cannot help but be shocked and horrified by the sheer brutality of these mercenaries. They attack warrior and peasant alike with reckless abandon, and have massacred the local gypsy population in droves. A series of attacks has been made on the Royal Palace itself, which appears to be an attempt by the Dragoons to capture or kill the Prince and the Duchess-Regent of the Kingdom.

All is not lost though. The Knights of the Blue Rose and the Order of the Crimson Staff have recently returned from their expedition, along with mercenaries and knights of their own to help the belegured statehood.

I went to investigate, and discovered a vast armada docked along the shores of the Duskwood between Dawn and Avalon.



A total of ten ships were docked, while several more seemed to be bringing supplies into the fortified pass between Dawn and Avalon. Another few ships, including several merchant freighters, arrived to carry refugees from the two cities to an unknown location.

The Ships were as follows:
- DWN Cerulean Skies
- DWN Blue Roses
- DWN Hilde Garde
- DWN Vixen's Luck
- DWN Persephone the Beautiful
- DWN Na'Kruls Bane
- DWN Dragonheart's Lance
- DWN Highwind
- DWN Green Goblin
- DWN Invincible

I proceeded west, hoping to stay away from the bulk of the fighting and perhaps find refuge. It was there that I discovered the Castle of the Blue Rose, a fortified tower that had been reconstructed by the Avalonians and the Dawnites specifically for the defense of both realms.

On the steps, I discovered a Knight of the Blue Rose and a Avalonian Militiamen facing the southern road.





I proceeded inside, to find none other than Sir Zackarias of the Knights of the Blue Rose speaking with a blacksmith. After making sure that I was no threat, he opened up to talking to the Britannian Press.



Jacob Vampa: Are these mercenaries the work of Lord Casca.?

Zackarias: Who else could it be?

Jacob Vampa: Why do you think mercenaries would be sent, rather than the Britannian Army?

Zackarias: The Royal Britannian Guard and the Knights of the Blue Rose have fought together. We've bled together. We've died together. It would be a fatal mistake trying to set us against each other.

Jacob Vampa: Why do you think these mercenaries would invade in such a manner?

Zackarias: It is as Father Nicholas foretold. Lord Casca wishes to make an example out of us. If he were to crush the Kingdom of Dawn, who would dare oppose him? Luna? Zento? We must not fall, not only for ourselves but for all the Free Peoples of Sosaria.

Jacob Vampa: What is your personal reaction to this invasion?

Zackarias: My reaction? Well now... While sitting in at some of Casca's speeches, I always seemed to have a weird feeling about him, especially when he just came in and took command of Blackthorne Castle unannounced. And in one his speeches, I sensed that through his words, he, Casca, would try to pull something from his pocket to enslave the free cities, even if it was wrong. As for the invasion, I had no doubt in my mind that something like this would happen, it was all a matter of time. And with my skilled hand at fighting these, demons, I feel that we will need all the free cities to join in togather and fight side by side to fight back the hordes of Casca. And for Casca hiring demons to do his dirty work, and for the demons aiming their weapons at my appointed Duchess, the fool has something coming to him.

Zackarias took me north, and showed me several of the half-completed fortifications built to protect Dawn and Avalon. Although the Black Gate had somewhat nullified these defenses, the hope is that the gate can be dispelled, which would force any invader to pass through the Castle of the Blue Rose or the Avalonian Wall.

The Dragon's Breath Guard Tower, which overlooks the Hordelands and the site of the Black Gate, seemed to be fortified to the max. I found the tower empty, but if the battle cries just over the trees were any indication, battle was engaged.



Jacob Vampa,
Stratics Independant Press Contributor.
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Britannian Imperialism Threatens Zenite Sovereignty
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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 7:59 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<Greetings, Britannians.

As I am sure most of you are already aware, just this last month our benevolent sovereign and monarch, Lord Casca of Heartwood, issued a decree mandating that all citizens of good health and able body proceed immediately to the Land of Feudal Lords to aid its Empress in the retrieval of her lost treasures and codices.

It is hereby declared by royal decree that the people of Britannia shall assist the Empire of Tokuno with the incursion of hostile beasts that once again have begun roaming their lands, stealing their wealth and spreading destruction.

The Treasures of Tokuno must be redeemed from these foul monsters by any means, be it blade or spell! Speak with Ihara Soko, the Imperial Minister of Trade in Zento, should you recover any lost artifacts of the Empire.

By the hand of your Sovereign and Lord, Casca

While one would think that such a declaration, which on the surface appears to be little more than an offer of aid and goodwill to the Zentoese government, would be welcomed by one and all, such is not the case. One need only visit the City of Zento, enter its shops and sake houses, and speak with its citizens to discover the vast and widespread changes coming over the society as a result of Britannian Imperial Dominance.

When I first arrived in the City of Splendors, surrounded by the cherry blossom trees and being overwhelmed by the scents of steamed rice and shochu wafting through the early morning air, one of the first things that struck me odd was the Town Crier that greeted me at the gates.



As fate would have it, Leif the Town Crier is a Britannian from the woodlands surrounding Vesper. While I thought it was strange that a Britannian would be tending to the position in Tokuno, I assumed that perhaps the Empress was hiring a foreign worker to help communicate with the incoming Britannians? I truly thought little of it.

I would be even more surprised by what I found next.



I strode into the Fletchers Shop of Zento, a native greeting prepared on my lips, when I was met by another two Britannians dressed in the native regalia. Fergus and Beradine, a couple from the Tradeport of Valoria, identified themselves as the new proprietors of the shop. I thought this was strange, but it didn’t really hit me until I began to look through the various shops and tea houses dotting the small city. As it turns out, almost two thirds of the businessmen and women within the city were Britannian. I still saw many Zenites strolling through the streets, but an alarming number of them were carrying bowls and begging for charity.





So, what does a good reporter do? I began asking questions.

I eventually came upon the Zento Magick Shop, and discovered a native Zenite who appeared to be familiar with our tongue.



Joshua Harper: When did the Britannians begin taking over the businesses of the City of Zento?

Hotane: It began many years ago, although it was never this bad. Occasionally, an…oh whats the word? Enterprising! Britannian would come here to make his fortune, which never troubled us. But now it has gotten much worse.

Joshua: What do you mean?

Hotane: Your Casca and his court think they rule the world. They force their traders into our ports, and demand we carry Britannian goods. Just look around you. How many shopkeepers are Zenite? How many Zenites currently starve in the streets? He invades the realms of any who defy his authority, while sending his men to slowly encroach upon ours. How long before he declares Tokuno a vassal of your kingdom as well?

After several days of questioning Zenites and Britannians alike, I attempted to contact one of the magistrates of the city. Wouldn’t you know it, he was Britannian as well.

I tried to interview the man, but he demanded that he not be questioned, and quickly jumped in the fish pond.



When I turned to leave, I discovered an even more alarming sight. Alongside maps of Zento and the Tokuno Islands were replicas and plans for what appeared to be none other than Britannian-style Villas. What are they planning, I must wonder?



While the exchange of ideas and the sharing of culture along regional lines is a good and desirable thing, one cannot help but be gravely concerned for the Citizens of Zento in light of recent events. Will they maintain their sovereignty, or will they slowly be swallowed up by Casca’s growing appetite?

I’m sure we’ll soon find out.

Joshua Harper,
Stratics Independant Herald.
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Report: Attack on Trinsic
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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 11:35 AM EDT by Kiminality (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

As word spread that Casca was planning a attack on Trinsic on Sunday Eve armies over Sosaria where readied. Citizen's as well came to join the defense of their beloved city. Blockades where built at both the West and South gates in case the worst happened and Casca's attackers broke through.

As the time grew closer you could feel the energy and anticipation from everyone as they readied for battle. There where scouts posted on the roads leading into the West and South gates of the city. Then out of no where Casca stuck and he struck hard. On the West he had his brigands and on the South he had his evil possessed daemons attack at the same time. What he didn't count on was that we where ready as well.

The battles where long and bloody. As he sent in more attackers we as well sent in more reinforcements. Finally the attacks stopped and we succeeded in preventing Casca from making it into the city. Hanna appeared and opened a gate to a evil dungeon where Casca's evil deamons where and we finished them off as well.

However Casca had a little trick set in place there just in case we found the lair. He had placed another gate there. Of course many of us thought it was a way out and as we went through we ended up imprisoned in the old part of Haven. This gate was then magically dispelled and many of our comrades where trapped in the dungeon. After some time another gate appeared in the dungeon and everyone went through this gate which lead to Old Haven as well. So now everyone was trapped together.

We ran around every corner trying to figure a way out. Every entrance and exit was blocked. Then out of nowhere a big black Daemon called "The Beast" appeared. So was this how it was going to end? The coward Casca has sent in his beast to do his dirty work. As we gathered around the daemon wondering our fate he opened a magical gate and said "In the gate or stay trapped forever". So we all hurried through the gate back to Trinsic where we celebrated in our latest victory over Casca however short lived it might be. We all knew full well that there would be more battles coming in the not so far future.

Report by NyteDoomBringer
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