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August 2009

An Interview With EM Emile & EM Sarakan!
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009, 7:10 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)

 

An Interview With Europa EM's Emile & Sarakan!

I recently had the chance to interview EM Emily and EM Sarakan about the EM Program and future storylines, I hope you enjoy the interview!

 

The first question is of course, What brought you into the EM program?

Emile: I just love organizing and running events, I always have. For years I wanted to be an EM. So when the program restarted I jumped at the opportunity and... here I am!

Sarakan: Purely by chance really. I have been playing UO for a long time on and off and I always keep a close eye on the forums and websites and noticed the EM advert. I put together an application exactly to the specific requirements and worked on it for a couple of hours and made it as tight as I could. Less is often more. I tried to make it concise, accurate, entertaining and truthful. I was honestly surprised and delighted to get the job offer as I really didn’t expect to. 
 



How long have you played UO?

Emile: About 6-7 years.

Sarakan: A long time since 2000 or 2001 or so? I started playing and I couldn’t work out how to self heal [on a warrior – bandages were a mystery to me!] and I ended up in Felucca [I am still not sure if Trammel existed when I started] and I kind of gave up after a month or two. New characters in Felucca don’t last long. I came back, found some players who helped me and the rest is history.
 



When planning events do you get help from EA?

Emile: We get a lot of freedom to write our own storylines and events and support from EA/Mythic to run them. Even the 'global' events we get to customize to a certain degree.

Sarakan: You can ask for help from EA but on the whole it isn’t necessary unless something needs doing which we can’t do ourselves. There are two types of events – official and un-official. Official events are the domain of EA and unofficial events are ones the EMs create which is shard specific [usually].

Or can you create your own storyline and own events?

Sarakan: Yes and we have done so with Mericles, Hannah and Dorian and some of the background stuff for the official story arc with Casca, One Eyed Pete, Brad the Assassin and some of the tales surrounding Nathan Hawke.
 



What type of event do you prefer doing? (e.g. kill so many monsters or a roleplay speech)

Emile: I like running events that require a little thinking on the player's part, that challenge them. Personally I really enjoyed the 'Infiltrating the Orcs' events. It required them to play their characters differently then they usually would, impersonating Orcs. We had them construct something that could pass as an Orcish war-machine and then explain how it works to the Orcish Blacksmith, in Orcish!

But I also like the big battles. During those Orcish events I was ready to spawn the Orc Caves to epic proportions if the players acted too much out of character (thus blowing their cover). And 'The Battle for Britain' event, that was one for the records. That event was even more awesome since it was driven by you, the players! We only had to play in to what you did.

Sarakan: I prefer “In Character” events which are part of a linear storyline. I particularly enjoyed the “rescue Nathan” trip to Ilshenar as the players showed a lot of ingenuity and played-along with everything we did that night. Also we like to sometimes coincide our events with player character expectations - like for example the Battle of Britain came from the players actions themselves.
 



How do you share the role as EM?

Emile: Most of the time Sarakan and I work together as a team.

Sarakan: We both have an EM account and we both try and do everything.

Do you take turns each week handling the event or do you both handle each event?

Sarakan: We do all sorts. Sometimes we work alone, sometimes together. Some events require two Ems [or more once or twice!] to work some can be done solo. It depends on the event type. Usually Emile and myself work as a team on an event before, during and after. 
 



How do you feel when people yell at events for an item or some sort of reward?

Emile: *Shrugs* I could do without it...
Seriously though, I've read the complaints but I really think it's not that bad on Europa. On the whole I think the Europa players are very well behaved and a great bunch to organize events for.

Sarakan: Mixed feelings. Rewards should be rare and handed out for exceptional play. 
 



Recently you held an event in Felucca of course were attacked with carnage ensuring, Are more events in Felucca planned, Perhaps designed towards the PvP characters?

Emile: *Grins* Carnage! Wasn't that fun?

We can't cater to everybody all the time but I feel we should at least try to cater to everybody some time. So yes, there will be events in Felucca again in the future.

Sarakan: The Felucca event went really well – everyone was really well behaved. I was surprised at the thread on Stratics Europa about it as it didn’t appear to be the same event. I will be honest we cut the event slightly short as tension was rising and we wanted to end it on a high. Being honest Felucca was high on my list of priorities but it hasn’t panned out as expected. It’s a difficult place to run events because we can’t interfere with the players’ experience of the game directly. We will be running more in due course.
 



With SA around the corner are storylines going to involve Gargoyles and the new lands?

Emile: Does a gargoyle crap in the woods?

Sarakan: No comment.
 



Do you have a schedule for events?

Sarakan: Yes we use an online shared calendar.
 



Do you try plan for at least one event a week?

Emile: Sarakan worded it very well. Only thing I have to add: If we don't do at least one event a week, I feel like we're slacking. 

Sarakan: It depends on the status of the official story arc, our own story arcs and real life and work commitments. At one point we were running up to 5 “events” per week – that was unsustainable from a time point of view. We were writing, reporting, attending, running and setting up for long periods of time and it didn’t give us much time to take stock of the situation or write new material. [This sounds like moaning but it isn’t – being an EM is a real joy and one of the best things to do as a job. But it is a job, and we both treat it as such.] Also we have to be able to react to player ideas and suggestions in character which may alter the flow of “events”. Ideally we would wish to run something every few days and for the bulk of our time as Ems we have achieved this. We have run over 60 events in 7 or 8 months – some have been small rp events, some large ooc events and some large ic events. 
 



Finally, As an average player, how would someone go about checking to see when the next event is on?

Emile: That's easy! Just keep an eye on the website: Europa.UOEM.net

Sarakan: check the website - http://europa.uoem.net/

 

Thank you so much EM Emile and EM Sarakan for this interview!

 

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Community Meet up - August 31st
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009, 4:16 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<



Community Meet Up – August 31, 2009
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


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


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

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

Bring a friend if you can make it, tell a friend if you can't!
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Community Hunt - Week of August 31st
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009, 4:10 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


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

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



Moonglow Community Collections contest
Date: Tuesday, June 16th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)<\font>
Date: Wednesday, June 17th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Resource-Gathering hunt (to be determined)
Date: Thursday, June 18th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, June 19th
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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Travel Warning: Skara Brae to Britain Highway
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009, 12:28 AM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<From my fellow Library of Sosaria reporter, Vivian Fellows:

From Skara Brae -

Local Skara Brae Authorities report that substantial brigand activity has been noted near the Crossroads to Yew & Britain and the Pass to Britain. It has reportedly culminated in the death of a female civilian and her ranger companion near the Pass. Wandering Healers were the first upon the scene, but it was too late to be of assistance. The ranger appeared to have been stabbed while the civilian's skull was cracked clean open from what could indicate the hilt of a sword.

This follows a week after the Royal Armed Forces reported a missing caravan with no located survivors. Royal Forces are requesting that all civilian traffic between Skara Brae and Yew or Britain be restricted unless urgent. There are no leads to the current location of the camp of brigands operating this far south. Citizens are encourage to be wary and be on the look out for suspicious forces that may not be loyal to the Crown. If found, please report such activity immediately to the Fortress of Spirituality in Skara Brae. Royal Armed Forces will be dispatched to handle the matter.

Vivian Fellows, Library of Sosaria

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The Girl Scouts' Lost Goods - Event, Thursday, September 3
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Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009, 10:11 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

 

Please note date has been changed to Thursday, Sept. 3

The Girl Scouts’ Lost Goods

Emergency meeting at Luna bank
Thursday, September 3rd, 6pm Pacific
(7 Mountain, 8 Central, 9 Eastern)

Reward for the return of the Girl Scouts' lost goods --
10-million gold

It was a normal Girl Scout meeting on Saturday, August 29, followed by a trip to town to sell cookies door to door, but ...

The scouts thought they would try to find new houses to sell to. This seemingly good idea was starting to look bad after they had a dozen doors slammed in their faces.

The scouts didn't want to give up though, so they kept pushing on. The sun was starting to set and the trees all looked bare, cold, and creepy. The wind picked up and a wolf howled in the nearby forest. The scouts all held hands and started to sing and whistle trying to drown out their fears.

A flash of lighting made them all jump and start to run dropping most of their cookies on the ground as they went.

Then it happened! They saw him on the path up ahead -- a man that looked bigger and meaner then anyone they had ever seen in all their lives. Their scout dog yelped and ran with a fireball following him.

The scouts froze for a moment … that moment seemed to last hours, and then they all went off in different directions.

Many of them found patches of woods to hide in while the others just kept running. The scouts were all found by a search party their parents sent out that night. Lucky none of them were hurt but they lost everything they had been carrying.

Now N^T is stepping up to try to help in anyway they can. There will be a ten-million gold reward for the return of a bag of the girl scouts’ goods that was dropped.

N^T spent hours with the scouts trying to figure out where they lost their bag, but they cowered in fear every time they tried to recall what had happen that night. We need everyone to come to the meeting to help us make sense of what the girl scouts are saying. At this point we know they were in Felucca and lost cookies, gold, and books along with a bag that they wish returned to them.

You will need to listen to the scouts to try to get a idea of where to start looking. You will know you in the right area when you start to see cookies, gold, and books laying around. You may keep any gold you find lying around. The person to bring back the lost bag will get a ten million gold reward.  

*Note: This is a Felucca based event and people will be killed*

 
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Rennie Underfoot Does The "Q"
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Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Today's guest is a player that has visited many shards, has called home many shards and Great Lakes is one of them.
Rennie Underfoot is the name.




I must ask about your name. Why Underfoot and what was the inspiration for this name ?
This character is actually named after my chow chow Rennie who sleeps on my feet while I play UO and is generally " UNDERFOOT" most of the time, she is like my shadow.

You belong to -Y- guild on Great Lakes but spend a lot of time on the Atlantic Shard.
What takes you to Atlantic?
I am a proud member of the Blue Lotus Clan which moved to AAtlantic shard to join a more active role play community.

What do you like most about Role playing ? As an old school dungeons and dragons player ( I remember when it was a paperback box set) role playing come easy and it adds depth to my gaming experience. It also became the "relief from the boredom of only dungeon crawling, don't get me wrong I enjoy PVM it's what I enjoy most about playing UO but it can get old after a while.

How long have you been a member of -Y-? About 3 years

How long have you been playing UO and how did you first hear about this game ? I started in June of 1999 when a friend in N.Carolina was showing me Diablo and then showed me UO and told me we could play together when I got back Home in Michigan.

What is your favorite location in the realm ? Wow, what a tough question, I like so many places throughout the lands. I have had people take me places that I still don't know where I was at, some of which are no longer accessible like the star room, but I guess if I had to pick someplace I would have to say anywhere in Ilishner, I enjoy so many places there.

Is there a difference between the Atlantic Shard and the Great Lakes Shard and if so what is it ? To answer this question I must tell you that I played on Chesapeake shard for 7 years and just recently decided to completely quit playing there, going so far as to sell my house on Ice Island. I in was several good guilds during that time, each of which I left due to long periods of inactivity. I'm not much for playing alone so I decided to try Great Lakes, where a local friend played for a while and told me about it, I was not disappointed. I found the Yew Archers led by Lord Arrow of Yew, (where I joined my archer) and about the same time I was invited to join -Y- guild. I was training a ninja character who was Invited to join the Blue Lotus where I was introduced to the world of role play in UO. When the RP community started to get stagnant, I guess you could call it, the Blue Lotus as a whole Transfered over to Atlantic Shard to join, and we were very pleased, one of the largest and most active RP communities in all of UO. As for the ultimate answer to your question, no all shards are the same, but how I play on the 2 shards is very different, on Great Lakes I'm into the PVM aspect of the game, and on Atlantic Shard I'm there for the RP and do a lot less dungeon crawling.

What is your favorite color ? Blue

What is your greatest fear ? That I will forget to insure something important or valuable and not be able to get back to my corpse in time to get it back.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in the game ? My Tower, it took me 8 years to find a spot big enough to put one.

Which living person do you most admire? Barak O'Bama for his courage to aspire to and achieve the position of president as a black man in our society.

What do you most admire in a friend ? Honesty

Who is you hero in real life ? Ummm, I don't have just one, Firefighters, Police, the US Troops around the world...., all of those that put their life on the line to make life good for the rest of us.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction ? For this one I will have to pick a real person, Gary Gygax, for creating the fiction that was the beginning of the things I enjoy most today, being D&D and culminating with the people who created UO.

What is your motto? "It's only gold, I can get more"


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Meeting with Brad the Assassin (Wednesday 2nd Sept)
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Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009, 10:54 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<WHEN? Wednesday the 2nd of September at 8pm
WHERE? Basement of the Tanner's Shop in Vesper, Trammel

You can read the article on the EM site below however no further details are available.

Article on EM Website
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A Note From Origin's EMs
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Posted on Saturday, August 29, 2009, 9:56 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

from EM Laurana & EM Faine Morgan's Official Website, UO - Origin Events

A Note from Origin’s EMs
Posted By EMFaineMorgan on August 29, 2009

Hail Citizens of Origin! We wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that we have not forgotten you, nor have we fallen into the Abyss. As you all probably know, as near and dear to our hearts as all of you are, being an EM is not our primary occupation. Unfortunately, at times, our other jobs intrude and things go a bit nuts. This appears to be one of those times.

Laurana’s job has been keeping her tied up and I find my job keeping me bouncing from coast to coast currently. This weekend, I’m home long enough to unpack and wash clothes just in time to repack and catch another flight.

But, fear not, this too shall pass and we shall be back harassing you unmercifully. *grins* There will be more opportunities to receive a cloak and pie. In addition, we are in the planning stages for the next PvP tournament to hopefully be held later in September along with a few other surprises.

In the meantime, if you have any events or suggestions you’d like to pass along, please be sure to use the feedback or event forms here on the website and we’ll read and make every effort to respond as quickly as possible.

Stay safe and we’ll be seeing you all soon.
Faine Morgan and Laurana

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FoF: TGIF
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: TGIF

Chrissay Zeeman


28 Aug 2009 16:47:22 EST


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


Love the shiny new Silver Sapling...may our gardeners grow one of those someday as a rare seed drop?


There are no plans to add the Silver Sapling to the gardening system at this time.
-Sakkarah


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How do you get to the SA lands through the new dungeon on Fire Island in Trammel?


Once you enter the Underworld, you must go to the center shaft (stairs) down into the Abyss. You must then trek through the Abyss until you reach the exit into Ter-Mur.
-Sakkarah


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Please clarify where exactly will be the PVP/PVM areas in the Abyss. And will those areas have instances where Trammies will be fighting against Fellucans (and vice versa), AND monsters/mobs/champs/mini champs, what have you?


The PvP areas are the Champ Spawns (Primeval Lich and Abyssal Infernal). There is a single instance of each so PvPers and non-PvPers alike will be sharing the same space. These areas can be accessed either via the Abyss (Trammel side) or through Felucca Dungeon entrances (Deceit and Hythloth).
-Sakkarah


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Any chance for a red reprieve quest/incentive in UO's future?


We are exploring ways of implementing something along those lines but there is nothing set in stone and no clear ETA on that.
-Sakkarah



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As imbued items won't be fortifiable with powder, will they be tagged in some way? Otherwise there's a danger in trading/buying from vendors that you won't know the full story behind an item


This is a great point, and we’re going to look into it before we launch
-Draconi


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Announcements:


Time to submit your Five on Friday question here.



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Dawn Requests !
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009, 1:13 PM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
¡ Dawn Requests !
Dawn is requesting that any brave souls interested in eradicating the threat of Pirates from our shores meet her Saturday August 29th in Serpents Hold’s Counselor’s Hall. She requests that all be present promptly at 6:00 PM EST.
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Looking Back and Moving Forward
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009, 12:29 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:



Something old and something new this week


  • Stupid Miner reminds us of the lore & Fiction of Age of Shadows

  • and Lord Blackthorn's Revenge


  • Meanwhile I (Petra) have been adding more new creatures to Hunter's Guide

  • The database has been given a new field, 'credits' in which I can list the names of those who have helped by providing images and data. Names so far in the new field are G.v P. and Tina Small - thanks to those two.



More SA content is being worked on, hopefully we'll be able to share it with you soon.

Can you help Stupid Miner? He's having some difficulty locating the Lore and Fiction relating to the discovery of the Tokuno Islands, and the release of Samurai Empire.
Please send any information or submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or send a pm to me, Petra Fyde.
Talk to me!
I'm listening!

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Enhanced Client (beta) Update
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009, 11:33 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Enhanced Client (beta) Update


Chrissay Zeeman

27 Aug 2009 17:28:49 EST



Updates:

  • Chat font selection moved from context menu list to its own window.



Bug Fixes:

  • Adjusting the game viewport will no longer alter the zoom level of the camera.
  • Key bindings with key modifiers (Ctrl, Alt, Shift) will now properly execute when pressed quickly.
  • Tooltips will display proper text after changing languages in the User Settings.
  • Enemy of One tooltip now display proper text after attacking a mob.
  • Helpful hints shown during the login process will now properly randomize.
  • Fixed issues with objects in Legacy container view occasionally becoming undraggable after becoming highlighted.
  • Fixed issues with players being able to pass through masts on ships.
  • Custom carpets will no longer display visible seams with placed together over the new housing floor tiles.
  • Virtue shrine symbols will no longer display visible seams.

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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009, 11:29 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight

Chrissay Zeeman

28 Aug 2009 13:33:51 EST


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



  • All Shards Player Contest
  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Lake Superior
  • Origin
  • 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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Got another Survey For You!
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009, 11:25 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Got another Survey For You!


Chrissay Zeeman

27 Aug 2009 16:52:32 EST



We would like to hear your oppinion on Pet Dyes. Please read the top of the survey and take a close look at the screenshots prior to filling it out. There are 2 pages to this survey so please ensure that you check out the second page.



You can take the survey HERE….


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Goodman Memorial - Sunday August 30th 2:00 pm EST Magincia Beach Trammel
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Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009, 6:39 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Goodman Memorial
2:00 pm EST Magincia Beach Trammel
Sunday August 30th, 2009

Four Candles for You
by Unknown

The first candle represents our grief.
The pain of losing you is intense.
It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.

This second candle represents our courage.
To confront our sorrow,
To comfort each other,
To change our lives.

This third candle we light in your memory.
For the times we laughed,
The times we cried,
The times we were angry with each other,
The silly things you did,
The caring and joy you gave us.

This fourth candle we light for our love.
We light this candle that your light will always shine.
As we share this day of remembrance
with our family and friends.

We cherish the special place in our hearts
that will always be reserved for you.
We thank you for the gift
your living brought to each of us.

We love you.
We remember you.


Please join us for a Memorial Service for Frank Campbell aka Goodman Sunday Afternoon August 30th at 2:00 pm on Maginica Beach Trammel. This year's Eulogist will be Aleena of Scots. There will be time for reflection and words from those in attendance at the end of the service.

Please be very careful traveling to the Memorial Beach House as the Red Ghosts still frequent the area. Security will be provided by Tazar and the members of the Britannian Coalition.

Runes and gates will be marked to come out behind the Memorial House for your safety. We will try our best to keep you safe during the service but please travel light and be prepared in case one of the beasties breaks through the security.

Thank you
Andrasta
GRL
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Briar Rose Does The Questionnaire
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Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009, 6:32 AM EDT by Andrasta (Baja)
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It has been some time since I posted a Questionnaire and it is time to start them up again. If you or anyone you think would be a good guest please contact me via PM or Great Lakes Stratics.

Todays guest is none other than the lady about town Briar Rose. ~




Briar Rose is a high profile character on Great Lakes. What are her skills ?

I'm a Necro/Mage! Gotta love raising the dead and healing guildies :)

How many characters do you have on Great Lakes and what type are they ?
I have Briar of course, also my crafter A MasterCrafter, my T|G auction alter ego Qwennie, and CelticNymph (shes got my love for growing plants)

T|G is a very visual force. For the readers that do not know what does this tag stand for and what does this guild do ?
T|G stands for The Tradesman's Guild. There is so much that our guild does but basicly we like to help members better themselves in game weather it be from a crafting aspect or PvM or PVP. We try to encompass all aspects of the game. And we strive to be a self sufficent guild, we encourage members to use guild resources so that they dont have to pay for them, and in return our members do their part by keeping the guild treasury stocked with said resources, and by doing this were able to provide our members with things they need for free.

You are the Guild Mistress. Tell us a little about the Guild Master.
Hmmm He's A Tuff One, lol no but really hes a great leader, always listen's to others concern's and Always has the best intrest of the guild at heart.

How long have you been playing UO?
Off and on since AOS.

What is your favorite thing about UO?
Other than Me Finding The Love Of My Life? hmmm Roses :)

What is your least favorite thing about UO?
A : hmm I would have to say the bad blood that splits friends (the drama kind)

Are you excited about the upcoming expansion? If so why ?
Oh Yes can we say Plant Growing will have a Purpose hehe

What is your favorite color?
Teal

What do you dislike most about your real life appearance ?
Hmm well im only 5ft 2 1/2 I cant reach all the things I need to (gotta love step stools) lol

What is the quality you like most in a woman ?
Being Able To Always Be There For Your Friends, Love ya sis (Alina)

What quality do you like most in a man ?
The way they always make you feel beautiful just by the way they look at you, (ok so im a hopeless romantic im a chick its allowed) lol

What was the last book you read ?
Wow hmm Harry Potter (ok so I'm behind I'll catch up one of these days)

What was the last movie you saw?
The Bucket List, I cried :(

What is your motto?
Life Is To Short To Wake Up With Regrets, So Love The People Who Treat You Right, Forget About The One's Who Don't, And Believe That Everything Happens For A Reason. If You Get A Chance, Take It. If It Changes Your Life Let It.

Briar, thank you so much for taking the time to do this questionnaire. It is always a treat running into you in the realm.
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Briar Rose Does The Questionnaire
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Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009, 6:07 AM EDT by Andrasta (Baja)
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It has been some time since I posted a Questionnaire and it is time to start them up again. If you or anyone you think would be a good guest please contact me via PM or Great Lakes Stratics.

Todays guest is none other than the lady about town Briar Rose. ~




Briar Rose is a high profile character on Great Lakes. What are her skills ?

I'm a Necro/Mage! Gotta love raising the dead and healing guildies :)

How many characters do you have on Great Lakes and what type are they ?
I have Briar of course, also my crafter A MasterCrafter, my T|G auction alter ego Qwennie, and CelticNymph (shes got my love for growing plants)

T|G is a very visual force. For the readers that do not know what does this tag stand for and what does this guild do ?
T|G stands for The Tradesman's Guild. There is so much that our guild does but basicly we like to help members better themselves in game weather it be from a crafting aspect or PvM or PVP. We try to encompass all aspects of the game. And we strive to be a self sufficent guild, we encourage members to use guild resources so that they dont have to pay for them, and in return our members do their part by keeping the guild treasury stocked with said resources, and by doing this were able to provide our members with things they need for free.

You are the Guild Mistress. Tell us a little about the Guild Master.
Hmmm He's A Tuff One, lol no but really hes a great leader, always listen's to others concern's and Always has the best intrest of the guild at heart.

How long have you been playing UO?
Off and on since AOS.

What is your favorite thing about UO?
Other than Me Finding The Love Of My Life? hmmm Roses :)

What is your least favorite thing about UO?
A : hmm I would have to say the bad blood that splits friends (the drama kind)

Are you excited about the upcoming expansion? If so why ?
Oh Yes can we say Plant Growing will have a Purpose hehe

What is your favorite color?
Teal

What do you dislike most about your real life appearance ?
Hmm well im only 5ft 2 1/2 I cant reach all the things I need to (gotta love step stools) lol

What is the quality you like most in a woman ?
Being Able To Always Be There For Your Friends, Love ya sis (Alina)

What quality do you like most in a man ?
The way they always make you feel beautiful just by the way they look at you, (ok so im a hopeless romantic im a chick its allowed) lol

What was the last book you read ?
Wow hmm Harry Potter (ok so I'm behind I'll catch up one of these days)

What was the last movie you saw?
The Bucket List, I cried :(

What is your motto?
Life Is To Short To Wake Up With Regrets, So Love The People Who Treat You Right, Forget About The One's Who Don't, And Believe That Everything Happens For A Reason. If You Get A Chance, Take It. If It Changes Your Life Let It.

Briar, thank you so much for taking the time to do this questionnaire. It is always a treat running into you in the realm.
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Briar Rose Does The Questionnaire
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 10:42 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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It has been some time since I posted a Questionnaire and it is time to start them up again. If you or anyone you think would be a good guest please contact me via PM or Great Lakes Stratics.

Todays guest is none other than the lady about town Briar Rose. ~




Briar Rose is a high profile character on Great Lakes. What are her skills ?

I'm a Necro/Mage! Gotta love raising the dead and healing guildies :)

How many characters do you have on Great Lakes and what type are they ?
I have Briar of course, also my crafter A MasterCrafter, my T|G auction alter ego Qwennie, and CelticNymph (shes got my love for growing plants)

T|G is a very visual force. For the readers that do not know what does this tag stand for and what does this guild do ?
T|G stands for The Tradesman's Guild. There is so much that our guild does but basicly we like to help members better themselves in game weather it be from a crafting aspect or PvM or PVP. We try to encompass all aspects of the game. And we strive to be a self sufficent guild, we encourage members to use guild resources so that they dont have to pay for them, and in return our members do their part by keeping the guild treasury stocked with said resources, and by doing this were able to provide our members with things they need for free.

You are the Guild Mistress. Tell us a little about the Guild Master.
Hmmm He's A Tuff One, lol no but really hes a great leader, always listen's to others concern's and Always has the best intrest of the guild at heart.

How long have you been playing UO?
Off and on since AOS.

What is your favorite thing about UO?
Other than Me Finding The Love Of My Life? hmmm Roses :)

What is your least favorite thing about UO?
A : hmm I would have to say the bad blood that splits friends (the drama kind)

Are you excited about the upcoming expansion? If so why ?
Oh Yes can we say Plant Growing will have a Purpose hehe

What is your favorite color?
Teal

What do you dislike most about your real life appearance ?
Hmm well im only 5ft 2 1/2 I cant reach all the things I need to (gotta love step stools) lol

What is the quality you like most in a woman ?
Being Able To Always Be There For Your Friends, Love ya sis (Alina)

What quality do you like most in a man ?
The way they always make you feel beautiful just by the way they look at you, (ok so im a hopeless romantic im a chick its allowed) lol

What was the last book you read ?
Wow hmm Harry Potter (ok so I'm behind I'll catch up one of these days)

What was the last movie you saw?
The Bucket List, I cried :(

What is your motto?
Life Is To Short To Wake Up With Regrets, So Love The People Who Treat You Right, Forget About The One's Who Don't, And Believe That Everything Happens For A Reason. If You Get A Chance, Take It. If It Changes Your Life Let It.

Briar, thank you so much for taking the time to do this questionnaire. It is always a treat running into you in the realm.
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Strange Monster Sightings
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 5:54 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<We’ve been receiving the rather…odd reports to say the least. Strange forms of undead popping up around Britannia. Be on your guard. We hope to be at Mondays community meet-up with some answers.
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End of the Month Fun
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 5:51 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

This Saturday we will be holding the “Dead Man Walking” Challenge. It will be a typical foot race . . .but all the participants must be dead! It will start from the primary entrance of Trinsic, and end at the Gung Farmer’s Bridge of West Britain.

Rules are simple. You may not deviate from the roadway. If you attempt to take a shortcut, you will be disqualified. You may not resurrect. You must remain “dead” for the entirety of the race.

If you can, stay in war mode so that all participants may get the ever fun image of a large group of ghosts running their little…ermm…what is it ghosts move with again?

Meet us Saturday August 29th, 7 PM CST, at the primary Trinsic entrance to participate! Hope to see you all there.

But that’s not all. On [B]Monday, August 31st, we will be doing another Cloak of Silence handout at the Hall of Champions for those of you that have missed out thus far. You may hit a rune to the Hall at both the Counselor’s hall in West Brit, as well as at the stage in the Luna fairgrounds. We will also be providing a moongate from Luna. We will start handing out robes at 6 PM CST.

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Victory at the High Seas!
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 12:09 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

Several days ago the Royal Navy was able to intercept 2 pirate vessels. The Navy’s cannons were able to wound the pirate ships. The pirates limped their way to Fire Island and quickly entered a previously hidden cave. The Navy was ordered by Lord Casca to seal the cave rather than pursue the pirates and brigands. The Navy aimed their cannons at the cave and sealed the pirates in. They searched for hours and found no other entrance. According to Lord Casca the Pirate threat has been removed from the seas and the Pirates will die a slow death

To be Continued...

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Duffield Defects!
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 9:05 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
>>> Malas News <<<After a long absence, the gathered Royal Britannian Guards were pleased to see Captain Ellis Duffield tonight as he joined us for an announcement.

"Greetings everyone...



The gathered people responded in kind. Viktor joined us walking in through the front door and rudely pushing past everyone to stand in front of Ellis. "Make way for the puppet!" DubZio voiced what we were all thinking..



"I've made up my mind Viktor." Ellis said, the resolve firmly in his voice.
"I wish you would reconsider, Ellis." Viktor replied.. obvious concern on his face.



"Don't you see? He must be stopped!"

"But he is the king! What proof do you have? Show me!" Viktor, also very strong in his convictions showed himself loyal to his station with his response. Perhaps we have misjudged the puppet?

"Hey Viktor, how close did you get to the traitor last week - I hear you nearly caught them..." Gandorf the Grey reminded us all of the Fandrel fiasco.. where Viktor did indeed fail to catch a traitor to the crown. Read about it here.

Ellis continued "I know in my heart it to be true."
"We have been over this, you have no evidence." Viktor stood his ground.

"Are you Blind Man! The Evidence is in the actions" DubZio replied. He speaks for all of us who were at the Luna invasions last week. We know that the King is not true to the realm or her subjects! How does he not see?



"This is treason! Knowing your intentions obligates me to arrest you! Dawn will be stopped, Ellis."

"I urge you, and you Lucy, to reconsider and leave the castle with me." Ellis tried.. to save his friends from the fate he knows will be theirs if they stay.


Viktor Cotume tried also, concern clear in his actions... He placed a hand on Ellis' shoulder as he spoke.
"Please old friend, I don't want to hang you along with Dawn."

Ellis angrily brushed it aside.



...He suspects me of treason too! I must go."


"Ellis.... please!" Viktor pleaded, concern in his voice. "I know the hearts of the Royal Guard present, they are not loyal to me." He looked saddened as he walked into the barracks, dragging his feet. He turned, as the doorwas closing and left a parting remark..
"You have the time from when I leave til I return with Casca's men. I am sorry"

Quickly!
Outside!
Outside!

Once outside, Ellis threw down his sash proclaiming his rank!

"We must leave! We must find Dawn! I wish to ally myself to her cause but I do not know where she is." once decided, Ellis moved quickly.

Daniella voiced a sentiment we all hoped was true.. "I know Fayaxion is with her. At all times." Just the thought of the Platinum dragon sends shivers down my spine. She is so beautiful.. powerful and our ally in this fight! We all hoped to see her again.

"You must help me looks for clues in Luna. I'm sure some scout has news" Ellis was decided on his course.

"Does she not reside in a cavern close to Luna City?" DubZio asked.

Ellis admitted he didn't know where she might be, but suggested that Luna would be a good place to start. He cast a gate for us and we all went to Luna.

We all spread out and began our search.



It was not long before Lyle was found atop the gate.



After speaking to Lyle, we decided to go and check out the cave. Ellis walked with us to the cave and gated us inside. We were ambushed! Several yellow skinned minotaurs and balrons! I know I was killed when one spawned right next to me! They were very difficult but we prevailed in the end!





After the battle, we were able to search around for clues. We found this journal, as well as several swords made by someone named Christopher. I have included screenshots of the pages as people are unable to enter the cave to look.



As you can see, the clues led us to Umbra. We searched for Christopher, finding him in the Blacksmiths, just to the North of the moongate.




A screenshot of his location taken afterwards..



From Christopher, we leanred that we needed to head to Verity Isle (Moonglow) to speak to a Professor named Nisaen. We found him in the Lycaeum.

He directed us back to Luna to a contact of his in the Luna Records office. His name was Thyme..



He was able to tell us the location where we could meet with Dawn.

After a short wait, Ellis joined us there and pledged allegience to her cause as he intended. We were all given Cloaks of Silence and asked not to publicise the password to her secret location. You will note I have kept my promise! You will need to go and find the password if you do not have it!

In the interests of security (Casca himself could be watching these news pages...) I would ask that no one else post the password either! We would not want to bring his wrath upon Lady Dawn.





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A Wedding Invitation!
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009, 10:25 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
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                                                                 An Invite to the Realm


           Citizens of the realm, join us in the celebration of  love between Lord Drakemoore and Lady Jazz set to take place inside the blazen tent in the newly constructed Chesapeake Fairgrounds.


                                                         

              
 At the six o'clock hour of Fridays Eve (est) August 28th, 2009 the two will be wed as one in holy matrimony by the ordained EM Vladmiere. Join us for the ceremony and celebration there after along the fairgrounds. Food and spirits as well as games will be available for all to play as the two begin their life together.

               


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Dawn Leads Another Successful Strike Against the Shadowlords!!
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009, 6:49 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Meeting on the marble chess board, the readiness of combat was thick in the air, sparring occurred about the ranks, and the idle chatter of conversation seeped through the gathering. It was not until Dawn strode to the center of the board that all fell silent, Lady Dawn gave a powerful oration.




The setting soon shifted to a peculiar fortress, lined with swamp land, seeming to be contained inside of a cave. A single scaled hand slammed against the opening, not noticing the ranks that were filing quickly out of a mage's gate. The action had begun before the occupying Ophidians knew of it, the first wave was battered and began to pull back.

Dawn's cadre of combatants made quick work of the carapace of the dread spiders, but evidence of their true quarry soon became evident. Strange creatures, seemingly tainted with shadow it's self! They came in many varieties, Terathan, Ophidian, Dread Spider, even creatures thought only native to the Tokuna Isles, the feared Yamadon came in this peculiar new form. Soon Dawn pushed onto a small landing, leading down into the fray of a Terathan Ophidian skirmish, she was quickly followed by the footfall of Britannians and the arcane movement of mages.

This battle was more difficult, even the unpredictable Shadow Fiends of the Unseen reared what could loosely be called it's head. As the swamp pit was cleared, the spiders seemed to finally be pushed out of the surrounding corridors, and so, Dawn urged her people forward.



The occupying forces rallied down a long winding corridor. Every inch won claimed the life of more of these strange shadow beings and Britannian alike. Like a stream swelled from rain, the force simply moved around it's bleeding comrades, allowing healers to work, finally bottle necking. A bard had provoked Shadow Terathan and Shadow Ophidian onto one another, pausing to watch the ponderous combat for a moment, an archers bolt soon brought the combat to a head, the fell within seconds. It was then that the shrill cry of a Yamadon echoed through the halls and made for the rather cramped force. Shields and sword raised alike, if not for the work of a mage, later identified as Cal Hurst of the Infinite Mercenary Company, the front line may have seen higher casualties.





Finally pushing to a small gulch, the final battle began against one of the most fearsome creatures to be sighted in this campaign. An Ancient Shadow Wyrm. Three of the horrible winged creatures reared their crested heads, but the determination, wit, and perhaps the very presence of Dawn won the day. Rewards were scare, an unidentified undead was cited to have captured two Cloaks of Silence from the inky corpses, this is unconfirmed, although the sight and lending of open ears on behalf of the mysterious Nestor and Eris may be enough for some.

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Veral's 27 Dress Send Off. Caution, Screenshot Intensive
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009, 3:27 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

27 Dresses -- A Cartel Event
Or How To Honor Veral Cartel Style

Friends and rivals alike gathered at the Cartel Factions guildhouse on Horseshoe Island to give Veral [$CF$], soon to be deployed, a PvP style send off. 

Super Ken [$CF$] explained the few and simple rules:  Kill Veral's character, Renavatio, by any means possible, and loot the dress he was wearing. Renavatio would not be wearing armor ... he would be relying on his wits and two healers to keep him alive. Once he was down and the dress had been looted, he would be given another dress, and the chase would be on again.

 

Renavatio (Veral) appeared, looked the crowd over, donned his first dress,

and was off and running in the blink of an eye, with the trophy hunters right behind him.

Brigidane [SI] was the first to garner a trophy dress.

26 dresses left! 10-second count down, and off to hunt the next dress!

And so it went .. again ...

And again ... 

And again ...

And again ... 

We then moved from Horseshoe Island to Buc's Den, which, due to a work phone call, I had to miss. When I got back the group was in Despise ... Same rules, different territory.

And again ...

After Despise, the group moved to Britain. And Veral was still putting on dresses!

Ninety minutes later, all 27 dresses had been looted ... a trophy dress approximately every 3.33 minutes! It's a good thing Veral's stat loss wasn't multiplied by 27!

Baja Girl Scout Troop 1 presented Veral with a pan of Girl Scout cookies engraved especially for him.

In return, Veral gave each of the girl scouts a dress from his private wardrobe. (Kind of scary to think he had that many dresses on hand.)

Thank you, Cartel, for helping us tell Veral safe journeys, good luck, be careful,  you'll be missed ... Hurry back, Baja will be waiting for you.

 

Related link: A Cartel Event: 27 Dresses

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Frigin Azim and chocalot Exchange Wedding Vows
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 9:29 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

chocalot [TAO] and Frigin Azim [BoH]
Exchange Wedding Vows

On Thursday, August 20th, the Skara Brae Faire Grounds was a fitting backdrop for the wedding ceremony of legendary archers, chocalot and Frigin Azim. Friends gathered to witness the celebration of the marriage officiated by EM Seppo. Lord Orion, long time friend of the bride and groom, was present to give the bride away.

Lord Orion and some of the others present at the ceremony were dressed in studded Ranger Armor as a tribute to the couple's longstanding ties to Baja's history of archery.

EM Seppo began the ceremony with, 'True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen. We are here today to celebrate two who have found it ... love, not ghosts.'

The couple exchanged vows they had prepared, 'I stand before you because you have won my heart. From this day forward I promise to love, respect and honor you. I promise this now and all the days of my life.'

Congratulations, Frigin and chocalot!


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Blue Light Tavern Adventuer
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 7:21 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<
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PaxOku City
August 20, 2009

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In Attendance:
Sinthe [T_T], Sinhi [T_T], Lord Kire [OkuB], Lord mirt [TEB]
Lord Lee Merin [DWxC], Visago [Pax], Woodley [DWxC],
Lord Kire [OkuB], Lord Gareth [PaxO]

The Blue Light Tavern sent word again like every Thursday before it for a great outing
and adventure. Everyone is welcome to come to these events and encouraged to. If
you ever want a good hunt then join us in PaxOku on Thursday Nights 8:30 at the Blue
Light Tavern and Tuesday Nights 10:20 at Nivas Hunting Lodge. We sat for a few moments
chit chatting. Ale and food was stocked and hungry adventurers made their way to the
Blue Light Tavern.

After some ate a good meal they began to prep for a night at Lady Mels. Visago the leader
of the BLT adventure night, made a few announcements on how to take on Lady Mel. After
that the group was prepared and ready and made their way across the swamp to get the
keys to enter Lady Mel.

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After the keys were collected the group entered the domain of Lady Mel. Visago and
Gareth handled the leading of monsters from Lady Mel. Once that was complete everyone
quickly jumped into action. The adventurers did a fine job taking down Lady Mel. Good
work to everyone that was there and for allowing me to come with you. Those evil Flesh
things were not to nice of creatures to me.

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**Again the Blue Light Tavern hosts these events on Thursday Nights at 8:30pm EST. The
Blue Light Tavern is located in PaxOku City in the center of town (Homare-Jima) Moongate.
Nivas Hunting Lodge is located at the same moongate. Look for Savage buildings.**
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Inside Luna Walls Idoc
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 7:20 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Malas News <<< Luna Idoc
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August 22, 2009

In Attendance:

Ti-Double G-errr or for short Lord Tigger [SHE], Daria Blackmoore [RBG],
Blaine, Lord Roethlis [DWxC] Lay Pic, Lord Bily [qc], Allistair [DWxC],
Jadeite [BKL], Skidder, Destiny [&QC&], Fire Of Love [qc], Scandy,
Yvette [*V*], Lady TAMINGdeSHREW [TNP], Lord Billy [qc], Zmile


While running around I saw a bunch blue beetles. What does that mean?
Idoc time! It is IDOC but has vendors in it. I figured it is news worthy
since Luna idocs only come once every 1,000 years. So for you people
who have always wanted a Luna house here is your chance.

Also a congratulations is in order to Nexus for getting the other Luna house
once the fire and rubble was taken away. Congrats!

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Savage Sponsored Hunt
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 7:08 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<
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Cyclops and Titans
August 18, 2009


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In Attendance:
Niva The Savage [T_T], Sinthe [T_T], Yeoman,
Yokata, Mirt [TEB], Tanivar [GoS], Winfield [Pax]
Cymbria Devereux [DWxC]

The blood thirsty warriors and mages met up outside of Niva's Hunting Lodge in PaxOku City.
Normally they meet inside but, some seemed a little concerned about entering a Savages
home so late in the evening. Once everyone was gathered suggestions were taken on where
to go and hunt. Few ideas were tossed around then the Cyclops and Titan Valley was said.
Everyone seemed to be in quick agreement to engage those creatures. So the group saddled
up and made their way to Illish through the Homare-Jima Moongate. Or as Savages call it
The Island moongate.

The group ran into some smaller creatures along the way such as Gazars and Ettins. As they
reached the Titan Valley the twinkle of gold could be seen shimmering in some hunters eyes.
The Savages jumped quickly into action like they do. The entire group quickly worked
together to take down any Titans or Cyclops that came their way.

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After the dust settled and only a few remained the hunters noticed some special treasures
within their backpacks. Only a few reported to have these treasures. It was a very good
and successful event hosted by Niva The Savage. She hosts these hunts every Tuesday
at 10:20pm EST at her Hunter's Lodge in PaxOku City. All destinations are picked by the
group that is attending. If you have any questions seek Niva The Savage or anyone from
the T_T Tribe. Thank you again Niva The Savage for a wonderful time! A few others also
had something to say to you Niva.

Mirt:
It was wonderful Niva can't wait to do it again

Yeoman:
Thanks was fun!

Sinthe:
Sinthe Huve Fun!


Artifact Watch

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Mirt- A Wooden Steed
Sinthe- Heart of the Lyon
Yeoman- Luna Lance
Mirt- Paragon Chest
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Congratulations, Archery Winners!
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 6:26 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
from EM Laurana & EM Faine Morgan's Official Website UO - Origin Events

Congratulations, Archery Winners!
Posted By EMLaurana on August 20, 2009

Thanks to everybody that came out to the first Archery Tournament on Origin! EM Faine Morgan and I are pleased to announce that of the top 3 winners, two came to us with no previous archery experience.

Congratulations go to:
1st PLACE: Santa Baby
2nd PLACE: crafter guy
3rd PLACE: Toranaga

We had 20 contestants total. Thanks to everybody that came out, and congrats to the winners!

Plaques will be engraved and hung in the Award House on Origin for each of the top 3 places.


EM Faine Morgan testing the archery buttes before the tournament.

Round 1

Milk Man
akr -- advance

Crystal Canyon
Lord Loki -- advance

Baroness -- advance
Nezukou

Thulsa Doom
crafter guy -- advance

a dire wolf
Kohana -- advance

Sara
Toranaga -- Won Tie Shootoff -- advance

Frey -- advance
Hero

Absolute Zero
an ebil brat -- advance

Oriana
Lord TimberWolf -- advance

Santa Baby -- advance
Atlas


Round Two

akr -- advance
Lord Loki

Baroness
crafter guy -- advance

Kohana
Lord Toranaga -- advance

an ebil brat -- advance
Frey Wavestrider

TimberWolf
Santa Baby -- advance


Round Three

crafter guy -- drew a bye to Round Four

akr
Santa Baby -- advance

Lord Toranaga -- advance
an ebil brat

 


Round Four -- Championship Placement

Santa Baby -- 1st
crafter guy -- 2nd
Lord Toranaga -- 3rd


Congratulations to Santa Baby, crafter guy and Lord Toranaga.

Thank you to EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan for such a fun event!


Please let the EMs know if you have any ideas for future versions of this contest.

There will be future handouts of Mesanna's Cream pies, so please watch for the EM lanterns and Jemma the Event Announcer's messages.

 

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New Literature in Moonglow!
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 5:38 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
This just in!






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Storytelling Contest Returns Wednesday; Mongbat Wrestling Friday
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 2:16 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)
from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page

Story Contest and Mongbat Wrestling!
by EMCernunnos

Monthly Storytelling Contest Returns!

Wednesday 8/26/09 at 8:00 pm Eastern, at the Catskills Reward Hall.

The theme for this event is “Rogues”! Tell a tale of thieving adventures, capturing a thief, or anything else about the shadowy world of rogues. Stories will be judged on quality, presentation, and how well they fit the theme of “rogues”. All stories must be the original work of their tellers.

Come join us around the campfire and be entertained!


 

Mongbat Wrestling!

Honest Ed the Mongbat Trainer has posted notices around town inviting everyone to bring your tame and bonded mongbats to the West Brit Counselor Hall on Friday 8/28/09 at 9:00pm Eastern to join in the competition. More details will be announced at the event, but it is possible that your mongbats may need to go to Felucca to participate, so please insure yourselves accordingly!

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Lady Dawn Issues A Call To Arms!
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Lady Dawn asks all adventurers and Royal Britannian Guards meet at the Chessboard in Nujelm at 7:30 PM EST on Monday, August 24, 2009. The scouts have traced the Shadowlords and their minions to a new lair.
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Interview With EM Eris!
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<

Accompanied by my associate Andrasta, we made our way to the Event Moderator Reward Hall following the request by Dawn to see the heros that had not received one of the new cloaks. We viewed the new grounds, and after a short time spent conversing, we heard a strange sound downstairs. Descending, we found EM Eris chin deep in solid marble, a perked brow and Andrasta's "Hmm" were quickly followed by an enthusiastic greeting from Eris, the following is a transmission made on communication crystal, in it's unabridged and full form, including notation on movement and inflection.



Nh'bdy : Why Hello there
EM Eris : Hello!
Nh'bdy : By the all father's beard! It's a tremor!
Andrasta : We can stand on the white tiles.
Nh'bdy : Quick! Get me Kevin Bacon!
EM Eris smiles at this comment
Andrasta : I didn't like that movie
Nh'bdy : What? Really?
Andrasta smiles
Andrasta : Too scary
Andrasta laughs
Nh'bdy : Ooh, well as long as it wasn't the esteemed career of Mister Bacon.
Nh'bdy : Silliness aside, how are you today EM Eris?
EM Eris : Great!
EM Eris : Hello Lady Andrasta
Andrasta : Nice to meet you.
EM Eris : Lord Nh'bdy
EM Eris : Aye
Nh'bdy : Any location you'd prefer?
EM Eris : This should be fine
Andrasta : But you're in the floor tiles
Andrasta : Unless it's my eyes
EM Eris : Maybe the park would be nicer
After a short relocation the gathered assume their positions
Nh'bdy : Shall we then?
EM Eris : Aye
Nh'bdy : A very nice display you've crafted here.
Andrasta : I love the house cat.
EM Eris : It was here long before I
EM Eris smiled
Nh'bdy : Hrm, where to begin?
Nh'bdy : I suppose first and foremost, what brought you to the EM program?
EM Eris : Being an EM is a great opportunity to be creative and to give fun events to the UO Community!
Nh'bdy : Well you've certainly showing a willingness for such so far, in fact, we've been introduced to a new story character
Nh'bdy : Can you tell us anything about "[i]Xitara[/i]"?
EM Eris : Xitara is a procurer and broker of information who works on behalf of it's Masters.
EM Eris : From time to time Xitara will seek out specific information and may be, in a way, a herald of things to come.
Nh'bdy : An enlightening survey of a somewhat quizzical character. Any clues as to who her Masters may be?
EM Eris : Not as of yet, but more may be revealed in time.
EM Eris : Other entities may have an interest in Xitara's activities, and the information it's after.
Nh'bdy : You mentioned Xitara may be a broker, this speaks of plenty of interaction?
EM Eris : Definitely.
Nh'bdy : Speaking of interactions, how have yours been in your time on Atlantic?
EM Eris : So far, I have been very impressed with the folk of Atlantic.
EM Eris : Atlantic is one of the most populated and historic shards, home to many great guilds.
EM Eris : Many great players.
EM Eris : I am looking forward to getting to know everyone here.
Nh'bdy : In regards to history, although rather recent, do you plan to continue the arcs of the previous EMs?
EM Eris : Yes, I love not only the EM history, but Atlantic history as a whole.
Andrasta : Atlantic has a rich history, I am heartened you are interested in it.
EM Eris : I am, Lady Andrasta!
Nh'bdy : Aye, it's good to know someone up top has eyes to the past. That leads us nicely to my next question.
Nh'bdy : Do you have any favorite lore charaters?
EM Eris appears to be in thought for a moment
EM Eris : I liked Minax and Jou'nar the best.
Nh'bdy : Ahh! Good picks! The scorned companion of Mondain...any official statements about her whereabouts?
Nh'bdy : Last I heard she was still alive!
EM Eris : She likely could be.
Nh'bdy : If I may be so bold as to simply ask, what shard of The Gem do you hail from?
EM Eris : Unfortunately I cannot disclose that
Nh'bdy : Ahh, understandable.
Nh'bdy : We've seen a remolded EM Hall, which begs the question, any items or hues you prefer?
Andrasta laughs
EM Eris : Honestly, I don't like many rehued things and favor natural or metal hues.
EM Eris : I like things that look like they would in our world.
Nh'bdy : A refreshing opinion.
EM Eris : Personal taste.
Nh'bdy : I know I started on The Verity Isles, what town first felt the footfall of EM Eris?
EM Eris : I too, first set foot in Moonglow in many ages past.
Nh'bdy : Interesting
EM Eris : That was back before there were town guards and I wandered why there were dead bodies everywhere.
EM Eris : And why no one had killed me yet!
The following portion sounds distorted as if corrupted by some equipment failure
Nh'bdy : You seem to be a well versed Britannian, any time frame you can give us?
EM Eris : I recall the days before Town Guards and the Followers of Armageddon.
Nh'bdy : I'm sure you and my associate Cear Dallben can rekindled those days.
The distortion seems to cease
EM Eris : Ahh yes, I was just a youngling in those days.
Nh'bdy : If the lovely Andrasta has anything to add, I believe I have reached the end of my prepared query.
Andrasta smiles
Andrasta : Nothing to add to the interview.
Nh'bdy : Very well
EM Eris : I have some questions.
Nh'bdy : By all means.
EM Eris nods to Nh'bdy and to Andrasta
EM Eris : I would like to get to know Atlantic and players of all play styles would like to see from their EMs.
EM Eris : I want everyone to know they can contact us through the EM Website.
Andrasta : Perhaps a question Nh'bdy can pose at the end of his interview?
EM Eris : We'll listen, read and take to heart any feedback and requests we get. We'd like an open door policy to exist.
Nh'bdy : Then with that, I suppose we've come to the end of this interview, I thank you EM Eris for your time.
The Transmission cuts as a segment of talking about Goodman's Library, and a gate opening can be heard.


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Atlantic Fishing Contest August 27th!
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 8:56 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<After a long night of reporting, even the fishing poles have something to say!




This just in!! Full details!
Location: Skara Docks
Registration Time: 6:00 PM EST to 6:30 PM EST
Run time: Until 8:30 PM EST
Warning: The seas may be a bit more dangerous on this day!

Keep your eyes peeled around the hot spots for news! Luna! Brit Counselors Hall! Atlantic Event Moderators!
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EM Event Scheduled for Tuesday!
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009, 3:06 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
I was talking to EM Aeon in Luna tonight - he handed out some more Cloaks of Silence and announced the next event. It will be on Tuesday, 25 August at 7pm AEST. Meet at the guard barracks as usual! He said that Ellis may make an appearance.. I for one will be interested to see what he thinks about everything! We have not seen Ellis since before the invasion. Keep in touch with Lucy for details (although she does not yet have the date and time for Tuesday). Shiel :)
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There is Indeed Something Strange in Moonglow
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009, 9:23 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
After hearing the reports of a strange incorporeal being wandering about the Isles Verity, I made my way to the Lyceum, and as luck would have it, I was greeting by the being in question.



After some light discussion, having interrupted the few gathered, names were exchanged, and so instead of a gaggle of strangers the gathering became the company of Jarem Torom, Cal Hurst, Yasamin, Cayla Amidur and Davaran Skyfire standing about the glowing Xitara.

The events of the night could be called quizzical but would do them little to no justice. Xitara spoke of her master's wishing for her to, and I use to term her only with the permission of the esteemed creature, to locate a corporeal object.

The Object in question was loosely described, and was mentioned as a piece of information, or a container of such. Early postulation pointed to the Book of Truth, spell books, or perhaps the Codex of Ultimate Wisdom, these were dismissed.



The Wisp showed considerable difficulty in forwarding the next clue.
JULIANOS

After a considerable amount of searching, nothing seemed to match the determined creature's quarry. The party pressed onward, seeking whatever this "Julianos" was. Locations high and low were scoured



Alas, the wisp had captured but the eye of a curious few,and so with a final goodbye she dissipated into nothingness, leaving only a promise to return.



Any information regarding the Isles Verity and this peculiar incident, or any odd discoveries could be directed to this location;

Moonglow Town Counsil
Or
The Zog Cabal!
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Something Strange in Moonglow
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009, 8:48 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Xitara the Wisp



By the shadow of a streetlamp in Moonglow a shimmering shape slowly coalesced into a small blueish ball of light. The light drifted and bobbed it's way through the wide cobblestone streets.



The streets were empty except for a few townsfolk who ignored the wandering wisp. The Masters had told Xitara to seek the scholars, mages and wise ones of Moonglow; Xitara was certain it would find them in time.


It babbled and hovered near any who would listen speaking quickly in light musical tones:

"Hyxl t yy X ym Xxtyry frym thy Xyrxnxty Dxmynsxyn
X ypylygxzy fyr nyt byxng flyynt xn yyyr nytxvy tyngyy.
X ym tyld thyt thy wxsy ynys yf Myynglyw wxll yndyrstynd
X hyvy byyn synt by my Mystyrs ty fxnd syxtybly
Prycyryryrs yf xnfyrmytxyn thyt xs nyydyd xn
X ym syykxng yrcyny lyry whxch xs syxd ty by
Hxddyn xn Brxtynnxy ynd lyst lyng ygy
Syrvxng thy Xyrxnxty brxngs xncylcylybly rywyrds
Ty thysy why yry ybly ty prycyry whyt wy nyyd.
Xt xs syxd thy wxsy yf Myynglyw wyry thy lyst ty hyvy
Knywn yf thy lyry wy syyk.
Lxstyn ynd syyk yyt thy Lyry

Xt wxll lyyd yyy ty thy yny why knyws
Hyw ty fxnd thy lyst lyry yf Yyr'thy
Whyn yyy hyvy fyynd thy Lyry."


Then it lurked once again in the shadows awaiting a scholar who could understand the wisp's language. Until then it would wait, the task of the Masters was to important to be left to chance.

Origional Post
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The Assassins' Guild Meeting
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<WHEN? Sunday the 23rd of August at 8pm


WHERE? Basement of the Salty Dog, Britain in Felucca


You can read more about this invitation at the EM Website http://europa.uoem.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32:an-invitation&catid=8:default
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Chesapeake is Down
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Chesapeake is Down


Chrissay Zeeman

22 Aug 2009 11:14:24 EST



We are aware that Chesapeake is down. At this time we do not have an estimated time of when it will be back up. Keep an eye on the Herald for updates. We will update this post approximately every 2 hours until the shard returns. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


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Dawn Request
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Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009, 9:54 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Dawn RequestWritten by EM Nestor
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 05:00


Dawn requests to see those heroes that did not receive a cloak of Silence yet!

Dawn would like to meet with those who did not receive a Cloak of Silence.

Please assemble at the Counselor Guild Hall in Britain Sunday August 23rd at 11:00 AM EST


Should the assembly become disruptive the session will be ended.
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Stabytha Headlines as Savannah Follows
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MID JULY OBITS



Hotter than July and only a month away until Autumn.
I thought it fitting to headline a new player in the Obituary Column this week by the name of Stabytha. Only one month in the realm and she died countless times. A little death never hurt anyone. Enjoy!


Stabytha


Stabytha dies again






Borric and Mary Jane









HotSexyMomma


InValice




Itsmehehe






Mariah







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Stabytha Headlines as Savannah Follows
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MID JULY OBITS



Hotter than July and only a month away until Autumn.
I thought it fitting to headline a new player in the Obituary Column this week by the name of Stabytha. Only one month in the realm and she died countless times. A little death never hurt anyone. Enjoy!


Stabytha


Stabytha dies again






Borric and Mary Jane









HotSexyMomma


InValice




Itsmehehe






Mariah







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Stabytha Headlines as Savannah Follows
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MID JULY OBITS



Hotter than July and only a month away until Autumn.
I thought it fitting to headline a new player in the Obituary Column this week by the name of Stabytha. Only one month in the realm and she died countless times. A little death never hurt anyone. Enjoy!


Stabytha


Stabytha dies again






Borric and Mary Jane









HotSexyMomma


InValice




Itsmehehe






Mariah







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Stabytha Headlines as Savannah Follows
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MID JULY OBITS



Hotter than July and only a month away until Autumn.
I thought it fitting to headline a new player in the Obituary Column this week by the name of Stabytha. Only one month in the realm and she died countless times. A little death never hurt anyone. Enjoy!


Stabytha


Stabytha dies again






Borric and Mary Jane









HotSexyMomma


InValice




Itsmehehe






Mariah







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FoF: Imbuing Imbuing Imbuing
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Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009, 2:39 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (GeneralNews)
Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:



FoF: Imbuing Imbuing Imbuing
Chrissay Zeeman
21 Aug 2009 16:25:30


In this week's Five on Friday we cover Imbuing, Throwing, and Champspawns.

Please explain how allowing players to use Powder of Fortification on imbued items would be so horrible?

One of the design goals for imbuing was to create a steady demand for the items produced. Also, with the power to customize items to exact specifications, there needed to be a significant downside, which is that the items won't last forever. So, by not allowing powder to be used on imbued items, the crafters get a continuous demand for crafted items (the best imbued weapons will be created by other crafting skills), while non-imbued items have something unique - longevity.
-Wilki

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Will there be disadvantages with Throwing with distance..like if you're too close will you do less damage or none at all?

There are two things to keep in mind when using a throwing weapon, which are closely tied to distance to your target. Up close, you will find that it's harder to hit an opponent with a throwing weapon, while at the farthest ranges, your throwing weapon will have slowed down as it begins to return to you, so it will hit with less force and do less damage.

Having high dexterity will help you hit up close, while having high strength will not only allow you to throw farther, but you'll hit harder at far ranges.
For middle distances, you actually get a bonus to both hit chance and damage, so the best throwers will carry more than one weapon and switch them out to adapt to the current tactical situation. It will take a bit more player skill (the kind between the keyboard and the chair) to be really good at throwing, but for those who master it, the damage and hit chance bonuses will give them an edge in combat.
Finally, if you've taken a look at the throwing weapons, you'll notice that they have sharp edges, and look as if you could do some serious damage up close. If you're proficient with swordsmanship, then not only do you not have a hit chance penalty in melee range, but you get a 5% bonus to hit chance.
-Wilki

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The new expansion is mostly PVM any plans for pvp content?

The PvP content is centered on the Champ Spawn areas, which is why they will not be mirrored in Trammel so PvPers can also get some exclusive content. These Champ Spawns will be different than the traditional Champ Spawns as the environment will evolve as the spawn levels. From these environmental changes, players will gain access to interactive items/tasks, new unique loot, and you will even have a chance of taking home some of the environment as souvenir.
-Sakkarah

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How will the powerscrolls for imbuing and mysticism be obtained, via questing, champs, or?

Imbuing powerscrolls are obtained through a quest. Mysticism and Throwing powerscrolls can be obtained through Champ Spawns in both the Abyss and Felucca.
-Sakkarah

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Can someone please fix the Imbuing gump to make Reimbue Last (or whatever its named, can't remember right now) more like Make Last in the crafting (i.e, Tailoring, Smithing, etc.) gumps?

Changes are still being made to the imbuing gump including the option you mentioned. Reimbue Last will allow a player to reimbue the last item with the same property at the same intensity.
-Misk

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Announcements:

Remember that player run events and fansite news can be found in this week’s COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

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Click HERE to submit your question for the Five on Friday!
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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009, 2:25 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)
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In this week's community spotlight we have fansite news and player run events, from:

* Atlantic
* Baja
* Catskills
* Chesapeake
* Europa
* Great Lakes
* Lake Superior
* Origin
* 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.


More...
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Starting to Document SA
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Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009, 2:16 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:



Temporarily abandoning the update in an attempt to stay current, this week we bring you:


  • For anyone who missed it, the UO Stratics House of Commons Chat transcript can be found here


  • We will be adding more SA content as soon as we can. Submissions from beta testers will be most welcome. Please send submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or send a pm to Petra Fyde.

    You don't have to write a full page


    • Tell me what's out of date, and how to fix it.

    • Tell me what links are broken

    • Tell me what's so out of date it should be archived.


    I'm listening!

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    Open Beta Publish Notes
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    Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009, 3:07 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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    Open Beta Publish Notes


    Chrissay Zeeman

    20 Aug 2009 17:45:01 EST



    SA Content


    • Added Quests to the Underworld (Elder Dugan, Tobin the Tinkerer, Quartermaster Flint, and Gretchen the Alchemist)
    • Added Moongates
      Cavern of Discarded added
    • New Artifact Drops




    SA Content Bugfixes

    • Issues with Thepem and Zorilem Questline fixed
    • Additional imbuing enhancements
    • Gargish craftables can be dyed with natural dyes
    • Changed the charges on the Snake Charmer Flute
    • Fixed the Medusa spawning in all instances
    • Fixed some Artifact properties
    • Fixed some issues with the Trap Maze Puzzle
    • Imbuing Gump Improvements
    • Fixed an issue with Mystic Arc that was causing the NPC’s to agro
    • Fixed the Stomp attack for the Stygian Dragon
    • Added Wandering Healers across Ter Mur
    • Tamed chicken lizard should no longer go vorpal when told to attack
    • Fixed animation for the Halberd weapon
    • Fixed the location of Light in the Void for stealables
    • Fixed the timer on getting another Trap Maze puzzle to 24 hours
    • Fixing incubating egg reverting to stage 2 from stage 3
    • Fixed an issue with Skill Loss when claiming/stabling Chickens
    • Fixed Vorpal speedhacking battle chickens
    • Fixed an issue with the Primeval liche encounter not spawning (building) correctly.
    • Fixed an issue with the race change tokens
    • Fixed an issue with the 3rd puzzle, you can now solve it.




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    Enhanced Client Update
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    Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009, 2:36 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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    Enhanced Client Update


    Chrissay Zeeman

    20 Aug 2009 18:47:15 EST



    Bug Fixes:


    • Fixed weapon abilities not appearing properly for certain throwing weapons.
    • Fixed image flipping issues with the Character Abilities and Character Sheet buttons on mouse-over in the paperdoll.
    • Fixed issues with speech still being received from NPC’s after being added to the ignore list.
    • Tooltips for waypoints near the boundaries of the Atlas and Radar windows will now display properly.
    • Tooltips will now anchor properly when displayed near the boundaries of the screen space.
    • Fixed issues with context menus of mobile health bars not displaying the correct contents after switching targets.
    • Fixed issues with “MISSING STRING” text appearing in context menus.
    • Fixed issues with selecting targets that were near the player status window.
    • Fixed issues with skills in the custom tab of the skills window carrying over to other character profiles when switching characters.
    • The Atlas will now change facets and areas properly when “Center on Player” is enabled and the player moves to a new area.
    • The Pet Window will now display multiple pets properly.
    • Fixed issues with gates still remaining visible after its duration has expired.
    • Fixed issues with footstep sound effects playing for only half the footsteps.
    • Fixed issues with losing a target after the target changed notoriety.
    • Party health bars will no longer count against the max limit of mobile health bars that can appear on-screen




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    The Nature of Shadows
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    Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009, 2:31 AM EDT by Avenhar (QuestandEventNews)

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    Start Date: August 20, 2009
    End Date: To Be Determined


    Additional Information

    Britannia lay under siege, both from forces without and within. Her borders marred by intrusions by daemonic horde and mortal traitor, her fields in ashes, homes empty, deserted. The great cities still moved on, unheeding the carnage consuming the countryside even as voices rose in protest, only to be cut down by the merciless enforcers stalking the streets.


    The agents of the Shadowlords moved freely amongst the common people, subverting their will with insidious guile. Their earliest attacks had taken a toll on the will to fight, and now the very people of Britannia were becoming part of their own downfall. Every day the Shadowlords themselves grew stronger, preparing for the day they could convert the world into yet another dark jewel in their ever expanding collection of conquered shards.


    Worlds without number had fallen thus far, and now, this shard too would be stained with the darkness eternal. A few, a precious few, strove to fight back against this dying of the light. Hope had returned in our future leader Dawn, a savior in times beyond saving, who began rallying the faithful for our final stand.

    Unlikely allies appeared, and pieces moved across the great, unknowable battlefield of fate. Even then we were helped and hindered by forces beyond our reckoning.

    Amongst the chaos one man had sought out the secrets of the Shadowlords, willing to sacrifice anything to discern their true nature: to learn how to defeat them once and for all.


    I, Dexter, write the following account of the Elder Mage, Sutek, a man I was proud to call my mentor, and in those days in hiding, my only friend. These are his words, the words that taught us how to defeat the monstrosities by our own hand.


    “A bargain has been struck… we shall know what must be known.”


    Sutek’s eyes stared into the pool of liquid light, I remember his face, blank, serene, his eyes piercing through the very ether.


    “There are three, as we have known, and they are Astaroth, Faulinei, and Nosfentor. They are creatures of Hate, of Falsehood, and Cowardice.”


    “Yet they are not… creatures, they simply… are. Hate, Falsehood, and Cowardice.”


    “They are the very embodiment of the Anti-Virtue, they are everything… that the Virtues are not.”


    “They are… not eternal, they have been created, as an… archetype, a shadow of a greater… danger. One which has not yet turned towards us, not yet…”


    “Their mortal hosts… live, and yet live no longer.”


    “Slaves they shall become… these agents of chaos.”


    “Beware them, for though pawns they are yet power…”


    “The Murderer, the Betrayer, the Fool.”


    “Beware their masters greater, their shadows of shadows.”


    “Our world was shielded from… their influence, their power. The great rift, in Moonglow, allowed them to pierce the veil.”


    “Yes, it was then that the Lord of Time attempted to thwart them…”


    “And is now cut off from the ethereal void as are they. That is why they are weak, all of them! They are all trapped here, in our world, without…”


    He sagged, yet kept speaking, possessed of a stranger’s will.


    “They feed on us… they grow stronger while the Time Lord weakens.”


    “ The rift must be re-opened so they can be cast out…”


    “In another world there was One who was known, one, who, who fought them, and defeated them. For that world was saved.”


    “It is at once another world, and our own world. My mind… cannot…”


    “They are the antithesis of everything the Virtues are… and thus, they too have an opposite.”


    “This… Avatar, he is destined to defeat the greater… power. While we in our worlds…”


    “Yet we are aided, still.”


    His eyes tightened, as through blinded by an unseen brilliance. After this, his voice changed, the meaning of his words shifted as though another were speaking through him, and no longer merely to him. They echoed in rhythm, filling my mind with images.


    The dawn of hope comes; a light to fill the void,
    and with her ride legions forgotten.
    The cold of platinum against crimson fire,
    elder ones return to the world of men.
    She shall take in hand the icons of power,
    The Book, the Candle, and the Flame.
    She shall pledge herself to Virtue,
    She shall descend into the darkness, and with her,
    all the chosen kingdom, and there,
    end


    At this point, Sutek collapsed, and struck his head against the table as he fell into a crumpled heap atop the dirty floor. The scrying pool went dark as I rushed to his side. Only time would tell if he had said all he had hoped to say…


    He awoke some minutes after, barely remembering his ordeal, or his breakthrough. He seemed a bit muddled, but quickly took command, and soon enough we were on our way to meet up with the resistance movement.


    It was with this message I had written that we met our new leader, Dawn. And as she meditated upon these words a strange thing occurred, something we have never forgotten. A beautiful light seemed to enshroud her, transfiguring her before us into the very embodiment of our hopes. It was as though, in that moment, we all had a moment of perfect clarity, of what must be done, and the assurance we would succeed.


    And that’s when the Dragons came.





    Elsewhere, a filthy figure clawed at scraps in the gutter of the street, clutching a chewed apple core greedily. Grime was combed through her hair, her fingernails black with the detritus of a hundred nights without a warm bed or shower. She was dressed in a ragged kimono, out of place in the Britannia city, but uncaring.


    Inu the Crone’s eyes focused. She straightened, lifted her head slowly, and with a newly clear voice and unburdened eyes stared into the heavens. She had only two words, two words she had longed to say for many years, that now spilled out so humbly.


    “It’s gone.”


    -Tim “Draconi” Cotten

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    Misty Waters Wins "Best Shot in the Realm!"
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    Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009, 5:45 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
                                             Misty Waters (F*V) Wins "Best Shot in the Realm"

            With resounding accuracy as well as consistancy Misty Waters bested the field in last evenings archery tournament inside the city of Guardians Gate. Bullseyes were a plenty as competitors from around the realm gathered for a night of fun and community hosted by the Royal Britannian Guards. Sixteen shooters in all vied for the title as well as the 1,000,000 gold to the nights eventual champion. Finishing in second place was Wints Mar of (Oath) and in third Jonah (DWxC). Congratulations to our nights champion and special thanks to all who came out to have some fun! Here's a few pics of the nights action.


                 

                

                   
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    Blackrock Mining Investigation
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    Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009, 3:22 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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    From my fellow Library of Sosaria reporter, Vivian Fellows:

    Blackrock Bomb




    A Royal Demolisher arms the bomb outside the High CouncilBlackrock has once against been the rage of news reports across Britannia ever since a Royal Demolisher showed up on the doorstep of the High Council planted a rather large bomb near the Chambers. Fortunately, thanks to the work of the Britannian Armed Forces and citizens of Britannia, the bombs have been dismantled and moved to a secure location. However, it was not the startling appearance of the bombs, nor the sensational adventure to disarm them that gave us warning that those loyal to Casca were dabbling with Blackrock. A report submitted earlier from Whispering Winds had noted the appearance of mine shafts said to be hauling Blackrock from the depths of a rich vein that runs beneath the hamlet. It was just after the appearance of a second shaft, evidence of ramped up production, that the Blackrock bombs appeared. Wanting answers, I headed to the Council Chambers after hearing word that the Armed Forces had confiscated one of the bombs for studying.


    I unfortunately arrived too late to partake in the discussions, but Forrest was there and appeared to have some knowledge of the potent rock. He was locking up the bomb they had captured the night before, but said he had time to answer my questions.The southern and largest of the two mine shafts

    Vivian Fellows (VF): So I am clear, this is the bomb that was found outside the Council Hall?
    Forrest (F): It is, and we must be careful because it is indeed a live bomb, but we can rest easy it is only on a timer now that Lady Silverbrook has disabled the remote triggers.

    VF: You seem to know some about Blackrock, can you give Britannians an idea of just how powerful this bomb is?
    F: Phew, if this thing had gone off? It would have certainly taken out all of Compassion Grove. It may have even taken out the guard post on the road to the west. That was a large quantity that was densely concentrated.

    VF: Densely concentrated, I notice you stress that part, why...
    F: Because it is unusual. The amount of deposits that produce the large veins that could produce this amount are very rare...
    VF: How rare?
    F: Rare enough that the only deposits I know of are in the Lost Lands.

    VF: How about the mines that have been reported in Whispering Winds?
    F: I don't have any experience with those mines, however I have read of them in the Tribune. If it is indeed true and there is a large deposit, on Britannian ground... Well I must say, that would be a find.


    I thanked Forrest for taking the time to answer my questions and caught a glimpse of a crest bearing the Silver Serpent beneath his coat as he recalled away. Another question for another time. It was time to go to the source. After a short ride and a ferry crossing, I found myself in Whispering Winds. The village was largely deserted. Pamphlets announcing the evacuation were still posted for all to see. The rafters of an extensive system of rope and pulley's stood rearing against the skyline. This mine was fully functional. I noticed a pile of Blackrock and moved towards the ladder to climb up and inspect when I found a notice posted for all to see.


    Citizens of Whispering Winds, you are to immediately cease and desist all harassment of the Minoc Consortium's contract to mine Blackrock from this site for the King's army. Forces loyal to the King will patrol this site to maintain law and order. Citizens are expected to remember the Virtue of Humility as passed by our Lord and King, Casca. Know your role in society and mind your place. Be subservent to the classes above you.

    Any citizen not attached to the Minoc Consortium or Armed Force caught on the premises will be arrested and held without bail or trial. Justice will be swift.


    Viktor Price
    Serpent Major of the Fortress of Spirituality



    After inspecting the note and stockpile of Blackrock, I tried to find Lord Lore Denin, Commander of True Britannian Forces and a local Lord of Whispering Winds. However, he was not in the town at the time, most likely due to having to assist with the evacuated citizenry. I will not be deterred though, look to see an interview with Lord Denin in the next Politics! Britannia!

    Vivian Fellows, Library of Sosaria

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    A Deathly Example (August 23rd, 8pm CST)
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    Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009, 7:15 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<In a stunning show of mercy, Lord Casca has decided to make a deal with Markett. Lord Casca has decided that Markett shall be forced to fight vicious beasts brought in from lands throughout Britannia. If he survives, he will win his freedom. If not, his public death will be an example to all to not disobey the orders of the King.

    For those of you not familiar with Markett (previously Lord Markett)…he was a Royal Recruitment Officer credited with bringing many volunteers into the ranks of the Royal Guard. Lord Casca believes the man directly disobeyed his orders (though this has seen much debate) by going to the lands of Felucca to combat piracy. As an example our King decided the man shall be sentenced to death.

    Lord Casca invites all to come and watch. The event will be held Sunday (August 23rd) at 8pm CST. A special moongate will be opened at the West-Britain bank to take everyone to the arena.

    Taken from [URL="http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/"]http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/[/URL]
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    So it seems Casca has shown his true nature: he's a sadist. Could someone please put this sick bastard out of our misery?

    Good luck to Markett. Here's to hoping that he's as good a fighter as he is a recruiting officer.
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    8th Annual Syndicate World Conference takes place in Texas
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    Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009, 6:34 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
    8th Annual Syndicate World Conference takes place in Texas


    This past weekend marked the 8th Annual Syndicate World Conference. Taking place in Austin, Texas, the event brought in a host of guests and Syndicate members totaling more than 170 people. Guests this year included John Smedley and Nathan Pearce (SOE), Curt Schilling (38 Studios), the team at Kings Isle Entertainment, Prima Games, Playxpert, Bioware, G4TV's MMO Report, Pure West Media (the Second Skin movie guys), the Beef and Pie film documentary team, Ten Ton Hammer, Microsoft, Alienware (sponsoring a LAN party), Dell, and the legendary Richard Garriott (aka: Lord British).

    The event lasted 5 days and included tours of development studios, round table discussions with developers, play testing some new products coupled with feedback sessions, interviews, panel discussions and a massive annual meeting with guest speakers. One of the featured speakers at the meeting was Lord British himself. Richard spoke for about an hour and has a simply amazing story to tell.

    From a UO standpoint he went back to the very earliest days and discussed how it all began. He shared one anecdote that went something like this: 25 years ago when his father was an active astronaut earning $60K per year while flying in space, Richard was just getting into programming. He worked for 7 weeks in his after school hours and came up with his very first marketable game Akalabeth. Akalabeth is the father of the Ultima series. The game sold about 50,000 units and he earned $3 per unit. So when all was said and done, he had earned $150,000 for 7 weeks of afternoon work and clearly learned you can make a killing designing good video games.

    It was indeed an honor to meet and talk to the legendary Lord British without whom The Syndicate probably wouldn't have come into existence nor would this website or Ultima Online. Richard was a very genuine person taking the time to pose for pictures, sign various Ultima artifacts and tell anecdotes going back many years. And while he did not reveal any news about a future game he also was clear not to rule it out saying instead that for the next year or so he is focused on his space related work but that there is plenty of interest out there to work with him again on something new.


    Submitted by Dragons, GM of LLTS
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    Siege House of the Week, August 20, 2009
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    Siege House of the Week
    The Siege Perilous Museum
    submitted by Patty Pickaxe



    The Siege Perilous Museum is located just west of the Luna gate. This public building houses an enormous number of artifacts and rares. The owner, Lub'grub, has done a great job of organizing the items so they are easily seen and identified.



    The dungeon of the museum houses the more macabre items that can be found in UO. This includes various statuettes, the iron maiden, and blood and skulls. In particular, I like the goat carcass on the pentagram. Very clever.



    The second floor is set up as a tavern displaying various items of decor. I'm not sure exactly what's supposed to be happening over at the east end where the stage is, but it looks interesting. . .



    Take a moment to step out of Luna and visit the Siege Perilous museum. It's a great place to see so many items that you may never own!

    Congratulations to Lub'grub for having the Siege Perilous museum selected as House of the Week. If you have a submission for house of the week, please PM to IanJames, or email to [email protected]

    *these screenshots were taken in the enhanced client*




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    UO Stratics House of Commons Chat
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    Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009, 6:21 AM EDT by Andrasta ()

    The 118th UO Stratics House of Commons Chat was a lively event. The full log can be found by following This Link
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    UO Stratics House of Commons Chat
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    Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009, 6:20 AM EDT by Andrasta ()

    The 118th UO Stratics House of Commons Chat was a lively event. The full log can be found by following This Link
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    UO Stratics House of Commons Chat
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 11:41 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

    The 118th UO Stratics House of Commons Chat was a lively event. The full log can be found by following This Link
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    Savage Sponsored Hunt
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 2:10 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
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    Click the image to open in full size.Savage Sponsored HuntClick the image to open in full size.
    Cyclops and Titans
    August 18, 2009


    Click the image to open in full size.

    In Attendance:
    Niva The Savage [T_T], Sinthe [T_T], Yeoman,
    Yokata, Mirt [TEB], Tanivar [GoS], Winfield [Pax]
    Cymbria Devereux [DWxC]

    The blood thirsty warriors and mages met up outside of Niva's Hunting Lodge in PaxOku City.
    Normally they meet inside but, some seemed a little concerned about entering a Savages
    home so late in the evening. Once everyone was gathered suggestions were taken on where
    to go and hunt. Few ideas were tossed around then the Cyclops and Titan Valley was said.
    Everyone seemed to be in quick agreement to engage those creatures. So the group saddled
    up and made their way to Illish through the Homare-Jima Moongate. Or as Savages call it
    The Island moongate.

    The group ran into some smaller creatures along the way such as Gazars and Ettins. As they
    reached the Titan Valley the twinkle of gold could be seen shimmering in some hunters eyes.
    The Savages jumped quickly into action like they do. The entire group quickly worked
    together to take down any Titans or Cyclops that came their way.

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    After the dust settled and only a few remained the hunters noticed some special treasures
    within their backpacks. Only a few reported to have these treasures. It was a very good
    and successful event hosted by Niva The Savage. She hosts these hunts every Tuesday
    at 10:20pm EST at her Hunter's Lodge in PaxOku City. All destinations are picked by the
    group that is attending. If you have any questions seek Niva The Savage or anyone from
    the T_T Tribe. Thank you again Niva The Savage for a wonderful time! A few others also
    had something to say to you Niva.

    Mirt:
    It was wonderful Niva can't wait to do it again

    Yeoman:
    Thanks was fun!

    Sinthe:
    Sinthe Huve Fun!


    Artifact Watch

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    Mirt- A Wooden Steed
    Sinthe- Heart of the Lyon
    Yeoman- Luna Lance
    Mirt- Paragon Chest
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    Evacuation Order Rescinded **UPDATED**
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<From the High Council's Office of Britannian Public Safety:

    The Office of Britannian Public Safety is pleased to report that the evacuation order issued yesterday has been rescinded. Due to the heroic actions of many brave citizens the issues threatening Compassion Grove, Empath Abbey, the Lycaeum, the Isle of Deeds, Whispering Winds, and the city of Trinsic have been neutralized.

    Residents and business owners may freely return to these areas and go about their normal routine. The High Council of Britannia does ask, however, that any suspicious activities similar to the reports of the last few days be communicated to your City Councilor or any member of the Britannian Armed Forces.

    UPDATE:

    From the Desk of Lore Denin-

    Although the bombs have been diffused throughout Britannia, the mines located within Whispering Winds remain a danger. The Order of Evacuation remains in effect for Whispering Winds until the mines can be shut down and the large quantities of blackrock safely removed.

    I am also issuing a travel advisory for any seeking passage to or from Skara by way of the main road, We recommend using a detoured route though the Fairgrounds to by pass the mines in Whispering Winds.

    -Lore Denin, Lord of Whispering Winds

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    History of Atlantic
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 10:16 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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    History of Atlantic
    Written by Nestor
    Tuesday, 18 August 2009 11:14


    The History of the Atlantic Shard:

    Recently we have redesigned the reward hall, so that there is more usable space. We had an idea for the 3rd floor of the Hall to be a library that could house books that describe the history of the Atlantic shard. I had thought that perhaps the best authors for these books would be the players themselves. So we will be asking for submissions on historic topics and selecting the best ones to be placed in the Library. The first topic is the Atlantic Mage Tower. So please email your submissions to [email protected] please place Mage Tower in the subject line. We would also like to request suggestions for other topics to help build the Library.

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    Missing Ships!!!!!!!
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 10:06 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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    !...Missing Ships...!
    Written by Nestor
    Tuesday, 18 August 2009


    REWARD!!!

    The Vesper Merchants’ Association is looking for information about two ships that that were supposed to have docked two weeks ago in Vesper. The names of the ships are the SS Eclipse and the SS Shadow; one was carrying bottles of rum, the other clothing. If you have any information, please contact the Vesper Merchants’ Association. The reward is 25,000 gold coins.


    More to come..........

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    Explosive Situation Defused
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 11:15 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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    Blackrock Bomb.

    Tonight, a rather large group of concerned citizens gathered at the Counselor's Hall in northwestern Britain to discuss the distressing blackrock bomb situation. The head of the Britannian intelligence community stepped forth to guide the group to those people who might be of aide in locating the hidden detonators.

    Several informants, who shall remain nameless, led us to Eldroth the Royal Guard under the lighthouse in the Lost Lands. Eldroth led us to an elite royal guard in Britain who in turn pointed us toward five maps he had used to deliver 'magic panels.'

    Blackrock Bomb Detonator.These maps led to the detonator for each of the five blackrock bombs. The detonator for the bomb located just south of the High Council of Britannia's chambers was located in the brigand fort farther to the south. The detonator for the bomb placed at Empath Abbey was found at the Yew Crypts. The detonator for the bomb at the Lycaeum was located in the Moonglow graveyard. The detonator for the bomb in Serpent's Hold was found in the evil mage tower in Fire Dungeon. Lastly, the detonator for Trinsic's bomb was found in the hidden valley to the west.

    Lady Silverbrook poses with a defused Blackrock Bomb.Each detonator was guarded by a powerful Elite Enforcer and a few mechanized henchmen. While the bulk of the group distracted the Enforcers to death, Lady Silverbrook of Magincia managed to be the one to successfully dismantle all five detonators. The entire world can breathe a sigh of relief.

    Each detonator site also had an identical note resting by the trigger panel:

    Orders
    by Enforcer Xavier

    Install the controls. When I return we will blow up the targets. If the low-level grunts did their jobs well, no one will suspect anything. If it looks like the bomb is noticed, detonate.
    - X

    Unsurprisingly, Enforcer Xavier planned to destroy these five sites all along. Yet another piece of direct evidence for the case against the Cascan Regime, and five more charges of High Treason. Justicar Ra'Dian Fl'Gith of the High Court of Britannia has already put out a warrant for Enforcer Xavier's arrest, and amended the warrant against Casca to include these heinous crimes.

    How Casca dared to think that these weapons of mass destruction would go unnoticed, let alone unchallenged, is beyond reason. He has placed the citizens of Britannia in harm's way innumerable times, while labeling those who stand against him as anarchists - rebels who would see Britannia in ruins. Yet he is the one plotting acts of mass murder and destruction. Casca must be ripped off the throne he stole from the Virtuous People of Britannia and held to account for his wicked actions..

    Rise up Britannia! Cast off the yolk of madness that burdens our fair land. Rally behind one who will lead us to victory over Casca and his Shadowlord masters, one who has previously slain a great evil of yore: Lady Dawn!

    DOWN WITH CASCA!
    DEATH TO THE SHADOWLORDS!

    LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!
    ALL HAIL LADY DAWN!

    Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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    Message from your local EM
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 3:03 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Tokuno Islands News <<<
            Click the image to open in full size.Message From Em VladimereClick the image to open in full size.
    August 17, 2009
    PaxOku City


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    In Attendance:
    Ares [OkuB], Bam Bam [PaxO], Niva The Savage {T_T]
    Gareth [PaxO], Merik [UOSS], EM Vladimere, Winfield [Pax],
    John Duke [Pax], Bozydar [TEB], A Garden HO [TEB],
    Lord SmithinWesson [OkuC], Lord Mirt [TEB], CharGar [F*V]

    Em Vladimere came to the PaxOku City Community meeting by invitation. He filled us in with much
    valuable information. He addressed the assembly of people towards the end and had the following
    things to say.

    Luna Invasion:
    The invasion of Luna is over but the big fight has yet to be fought. Dawn sided with the Platinum
    Dragons. Casca sided with the Crimson Dragons. They will battle. The citizens will decide the out
    come. The battle will take place. This battle is important and will be the cause of the SA it ties into
    it. The battle takes place before SA goes live. Enough on SA.

    Player events:
    If you want me to come around you must invite me. I do not know when or where you have them
    until you tell me. So if you see me at one its from an invite or I happen to be around at the time.

    Cloaks:
    They are free when we get them to give away. I cant push a button and they appear. If I run out don't
    be made and cuss me out. That will only dig your grave. Pass the word around. cussing and harassing
    me is a violation of the ToS. I do not cuss you and give you respect. Enough on that.

    Temptress and Jessica:
    Jessica is still dead and has been seen for a second or two. She can be resurrected. Temptress has
    grown quite powerful and is now RED. She is in Fell and can be killed but, beware when you try to
    kill her. Last report was she was attacked by about 12 citizens and they all left as ghosts and her
    famous standing over the corpse and collected more souls happened. She appears at random. No set
    time or place.

    I believe that's all from me tonight. I came cause I was invited.

    Questions from those in attendance:

    Gareth
    The shard gems. Can you give us any information
    on those? Or is that topic secret?

    Em Vladimere
    My understanding is they are to be found. I do not know the full
    details yet about them. I am not sure if they will appear when the
    big fight happens.

    Niva the Savage
    EM commons hut fixes soon?

    Em Vladimere
    Dawn ordered the House of Commons to be rebuilt. I do not know the date that will happen.
    There is a rumor now I say rumor and not fact remember rumor. That to be rebuilt the citizens
    might need to bring building materials like boards, stone, seats. Again this is a Rumor. Not fact.
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    Evacuations Ordered
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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    From the High Council's Office of Britannian Public Safety:

    It is hereby ordered that the areas surrounding Compassion Grove, Empath Abbey, the Lycaeum (northwestern Verity Isle), the entire Isle of Deeds, Whispering Winds, and the city of Trinsic be immediately evacuated by all citizens and foreign nationals.

    The Britannian Armed Forces will assist you in exiting these areas in a safe and orderly fashion. Please take only those belongings deemed essential. You will be allowed to return after the situation has been contained.

    Refugee stations have been established in Skara Brae, Vesper, Jhelom, and Luna.

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    The hunt for One-Eyed Pete's Treasure Resumes
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 8:07 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<The hunt for One-Eyed Pete's Treasure has Resumed.

    For the details visit the Europa EM Website. http://europa.uoem.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25:one-eyed-petes-treasure&catid=2:general
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    Cascan Regime Endangers Entire World!
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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    319th Session of the High Council of Britannia.As tonight's session of the High Council of Britannia wound down its discussion on what to do about High Chancellor's DaKaren's abduction by forces loyal to Casca, a massive murder of crows surrounded the Civic Center in Compassion Grove. Knowing these birds to be portends of doom, we all ran outside to end their spying.

    Royal Demolisher, dressed like an Enforcer.As the crows fell to arrow, blade, and spell alike, a darkly armored man was spied through the trees. Wanting to quickly put down any potential Enforcer attack, the man was quickly surrounded. He claimed to be a Royal Demolisher sent there to set up a weapon capable of thwarting a future invasion. The weapon sat innocently next to a tree, its ebon casing belying its sinister construction. This was no mere explosive, no dear readers, it was a blackrock bomb - one of five 'casually' strewn about fair Britannia.

    Blackrock Bomb.

    The shock that such a device existed was palpable; the anger that it be placed within spitting distance of the only legitimate government left in the kingdom was downright electric. The man claimed that these weapons had been ordered by Casca himself, and that they could be detonated remotely from an undisclosed location. He said there were four others that were being placed, and that they were of identical construction. He had only the skill to place and activate the devices, but could not disarm them.

    The Royal Demolisher obtained his orders from Enforcer Xavier:

    Orders
    by Enforcer Xavier

    You are to setup the following high-power magical explosive in the location provided to you. We will be using these explosives in the case of invasion to stop armies. The detonation centers will be setup separatly. Do not tell anyone about this as it is a matter of kingdom security.

    -X

    Fortunately, he seemed concerned that he had been ordered to place his device so near the High Council chambers and acknowledged that the Cascan Regime had been acting suspiciously. After he left to bring the Council's concerns to his superior's attention, a leading member of the Britannian intelligence community appeared to spread warning about the movements of large explosives.

    When he saw the bomb, and fathomed the true scope of the destruction just one such device could unleash, his face went ashen. He knew that five large explosives had been moved across the realm to unknown locations. He bade us to discern their location to facilitate future endeavors...

    A systematic search of the Kingdom commenced. Knowing that Casca works directly for the Shadowlord Faulinei, and ultimately for all three, we focused on the Principles they opposed.

    Compassion Grove Blackrock Bomb. The first bomb is located at 10o 49'N 38o 6'W, just to the south of the Jerred Ghyss Civic Center and Compassion Grove, seat of the High Council of Britannia.
    At 67o 41'N 50o 50'W, the second bomb was located in the vineyard to the east of Empath Abbey. This weapon would obliterate the Abbey, and the Candle of Love in the cavern beneath. Empath Abbey Blackrock Bomb.
    Lycaeum Blackrock Bomb. At 60o 55'N 149o 38'W, the third bomb was located near the apartments north of the Lycaeum. A detonation here would destroy both a great center of learning and the Book of Truth secured beneath.
    At 157o 35'S 115o 31'E, the fourth bomb was located between the Dog and Lion Pub and the Broken Arrow Inn in Serpent's Hold. This device would devastate the Fortress of Courage, home of the Bell of Courage, and cut the head from the Order of the Silver Serpent who remains loyal to the Virtues. Serpent's Hold Blackrock Bomb.
    Trinsic Blackrock Bomb. At 100o 16'S 40o 13'E, the fifth bomb was located in the park south of the Trinsic Meeting Hall. This weapon would tear the heart out of Trinsic, ending the lives of many a Paladin. The City of Honor destroyed by one who cannot comprehend the meaning of the Virtue.

    It is unknown if these devices are related to the two blackrock mineshafts which have been dug on either side of the road leading to Skara Brae from Whispering Winds. However, it is known that these mines are controlled by Order of the Silver Serpent garrisons which are loyal to Casca.

    Blackrock Mines in Whispering Winds.

    We have seen the dangers of blackrock revealed in the catastrophe in Haven and the temporal rift in Moonglow. With explosives of this size, the damage to our world could be sufficient to crack it like an egg, or shatter our reality forever. These weapons must be disarmed and destroyed. The men responsible for their creation and placement must stand trial for crimes against the entire shard.

    Casca's insanity must be brought to an end.

    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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    Searching the Wind
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    Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009, 10:24 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
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    Searching the Wind
    Monday, August 17, 2009
    By EMPallando

    You turn with a start, hearing a heavy knock at your door or feeling a firm tap on your shoulder as you sit at the bar. A messenger, his dark clothes mud caked from the long road, hands you a small folded letter without even a whispered word. He then bows his head only for a moment and then quickly departs, as if pressed by some great urgency.

    You watch him leave, closing your door or turning back to your drink, then look to the letter held in your hand. Finding an empty table or retiring to your room, you quickly unfold it:

    Hail friend!

    It is I, Dawn, formerly of the Royal Knighthood, and you will please forgive me if this letter has interrupted you, but the matter is urgent. I am writing to those whom I believe are trustworthy and capable, and if you are reading this letter, then know that I hold you in my loftiest thoughts and highest regard.

    The work of Operation Royal Flush is not yet over. Casca recoils from his defeat, wounded but not defeated or submissive. But for the moment we turn our eyes to his most powerful servant, Lord Emissary Trubo Saius. Of him, we can be certain of nothing, save his devotion to the King. And in these now desperate times that both the King and his Man find themselves in, we do not yet know who he is or what he is ultimately capable of.

    After having conferred with several others, I ask that you, my trusted friend and comrade, aid me in the endeavor of finding out what we can about Trubo. If you have previous arrangements or are in a tenuous position and do not wish to risk it, then please stop reading now and, for security of course, burn this parchment. I hold it not against you and it is my sincere hope that we have the opportunity to work together again in the future.

    However if you have reached this part of the letter, then you have decided to help me, and you have my thanks. I ask only a few things before you begin:

    Be discrete. We must skim the surface first.

    Confine yourself to the Trammel facet for now. If this proves fruitless or inadequate, I will call for an expansion of the search in the near future.

    Do not press anyone too much for information. The last thing we need are Casca’s servants becoming wise to our actions.

    Find out what you can from whoever you speak to and then report to me, by messenger, your findings. Do not only give me the facts, but your own observations as well. I do not expect this to be easy, but it will serve us, I think, when the time comes.

    Thank you once again friend, and may the blessings of the Virtues be upon you.

    Dawn

    (OOC: As the letter says, simply ask around for anything about Trubo then write and mail a report similar to the ones written to the thiefmaster, except addressing it to Dawn. Make sure to include what facts you find out as well your own observations or connections)

    The final date to send in your report will be this coming Sunday, August 23rd. Good luck.

    Pallando

     
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    Frigin Azim and chocalot To Exchange Wedding Vows
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    Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009, 7:07 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    Lady Kai, GM of TAO, takes great pleasure in announcing the engagement of Legendary Archer chocalot [TAO], and Legendary Archer Frigin Azim [BoH].

     

    You are cordially invited to witness our dear friends, chocalot (also known as Weezie) and Frigin exchange wedding vows on Thursday, August 20, 2009, 11 a.m. Pacific (noon Mountain, 1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern), at the Skara Brae Faire Grounds.

     Love Conquers All

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    Open Beta Survey
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    Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

    Posted to uoherald.com




    Open Beta Survey


    Chrissay Zeeman

    17 Aug 2009 11:54:23 EST



    We want to hear what you have to say about Open Beta so far.
    Click HERE to take the survey.




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    Archery Tournament, Thursday, August 20
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    Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009, 6:54 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
    from UO - Origin Events:

     Archery Tournament!

    Come out and show your prowess with a bow.
    Enjoy the quiet while Casca is away!
    No archery skill required!

    WHEN: Thursday, August 20, 2009
         6:00pm Pacific
         7:00pm Mountain
         8:00pm Central
         9:00pm Eastern
         5:00pm Alaska
         3:00am Friday in France

    WHERE: Luna Fairgrounds, just outside the South Luna exit

    Bows and ammunition will be provided.

     
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    Community Hunt - Week of August 17th
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    Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009, 5:14 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.


    Doom Gauntlet hunt
    Date: Tuesday, August 18th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
    Date: Wednesday, August 19th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Blood Dungeon crawl
    Date: Thursday, August 20th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Community Champ Spawn Hunt
    Date: Friday, August 21st
    Time: 9:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank
    Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken



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


    Sabina Nikolai,
    High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
    The Order of the Silver Rose
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    Community Meet up - August 17th
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    Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009, 5:08 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<



    Community Meet Up – August 17th
    Date: Every Monday Night
    Time: 7:30PM CST
    Location: Counselor Guild Hall, North Britain


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


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

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

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

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    Fayaxion and Lady Dawn Team up With Rebel Forces
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    Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009, 2:18 AM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
    "Pssst...the rebels are meeting with Captain Aino Nystad, use the switch in the Inn." The rumor given to me by one of the thief master's minions brought a sly smile to my face. Operation Royal Flush had gained momentum! Rumors now flourish that the Royal Knight Dawn herself may join the cause.

    At the appointed time, I made my way to the Dog and Lion Inn in Serpent's hold, with a nod to the waitress, I slipped into the backroom and turned the secret switch with a flick of my finger. Moments later, my surroundings changed and I was in a crowded basement in Vesper.

    One by one the other leaders of Operation Royal Flush arrived along with other prominent rebels trickled in one by one: Xel the Wanderer, Magdalena of Queen Shieba's Alliance, Duchess Wildstar of Dawn, The Widow, Mama Faith of AFK, Oriana, Nicholas the Old of the BRPA, Zacharias, Bucko, Nomad of SI, Alyssa of SI, The Sphinx, Anya the Gypsy, Sally, Yalp, Lady Samantha of UTB, Handalf, Sara of Baja and many others came. I studied those who gathered in the secret room intently while I waited for the meeting to begin.

    Lady Aino Nystad quietly waited until we were all present. Lady Nystad expressed her regrets that her brother Kullervo was unable to attend. Then Lady Nystad said that Lord Casca had thrown a tantrum after her escape and that the mercenary forces he lead had been dealt a severe defeat. Additionally the fiasco with the mercenaries has left the King's coffers empty so he would not be able to pay the huge bounty on Kullervo's head!

    A few minutes later, a robed figure entered the room and revealed herself as the Lady Dawn. Dawn told us that Lord Casca's tyranny and despicable act of burning her home in Yew had convinced her to join the cause of the rebels, she and Lady Aino Nystad discussed their plans with the rebel leaders.



    Yet another strange robed figure entered the room. Unlike Dawn, this stranger seemed darker and more menacing, especially since it refused to remove it's disguise. The stranger gave us words of warning about a dread power moving against us.

    Many of the warriors in the room, reached for their blades, fearing an ambush from Lord Casca's minions. The stranger told us it could not reveal itself in the cramped underground room so we followed it outside. I expected to see a platoon of royalist soldiers waiting there but there was only the stranger, standing quietly by the bridge.



    In an instant the robe was cast aside revealing Fayaxion, a noble platinum dragon. Even I was amazed by the beauty and majesty of Fayaxion. The platinum dragons, the Nystads and Lady Dawn the Royal Knight now stand with the Independent Kingdoms and rebels of Operation Royal Flush to drive out both Lord Casca and the Shadowlords. Victory seems certain for the forces of light....
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    The night of the silent pies
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    Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009, 7:51 PM EDT by BlindOtto (SiegePerilous)
    >>> Felucca Facet News <<<
    Hail Siege!

    Tis late at night, I fear, and I have forgotten the workings of the vile NewsPro device.Come to think of it, I am not sure if it even still exists... but tonight, I have spent a good hour in Luna - if there can be such a thing as a good hour in Luna - and felt I should share it with thee!
    And so, here is a short article.

    I did not manage to attend the earlier events, but they have been very capably covered. Here, then, is a conclusion to them, for those who have nothing better to do than read this article!

    EM Quantum arrived, as promised, and handed out a good many Cloaks of Silence, as well as a few tasty pies.
    I am told my cloak makes me look ill, so I shall save it for occasions when I am desperately seeking sympathy.
    The cloak, as I am sure most of ye know by now, gives its wearer ten points of skill in stealthiness. Not terribly useful to a blind man, but I am sure many of ye will find it helpful!

    Another Event Manager arrived, he of many names, who I shall call EM Auto for simplicity's sake. He seemed to be a most unfortunate EM, having both his name, and apparently his hue changed several times, as well as being saddled with a dunce's helmet.

    After a good many pies had been thrown, and EM Auto was reduced to being squelched, it was announced that next weekend will see the announcement of the Fairground Design Contest winner! How soon after that it will be built is unknown - it will probably depend on how many of Mo'gluk's orcs we can enslave in the near future.

    Discussion then turned to future events. The general concensus was that events that grow our population, grow it well, and in a lasting way, are needed. So, with luck and sheer hard work, let us hope that pays off!

    As I said, a short news article, but tis better than a poke in the eye with a stale pie crust.

    *splat*

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    Highlights of EM Meet and Greet, Sunday, August 16
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    Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009, 7:38 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

    Meet & Greet With EM Seppo and EM Pallando
    Held at EM PVP House, Felucca
    Sunday, August 16


    from goldenbrewtavern.com

    Highlights of the Meet and Greet

    1) The current EM arc will be wrapped up during the next several weeks. We will start with a new arc, with some familiar faces and some new faces, after that.

    2) The next couple of weeks are likely to be slow in terms of events.

    3) EM Seppo will be going on vacation from August 24th till August 30th. EM Pallando will be around.

    4) EM Pallando announced that, throughout the coming week, citizens interested in gathering information about Trubo for Lady Dawn will be able to do so.

    5) Cloak of Silence are likely to be handed out again in future, along with the pies.

    A note regarding M&G’s in Felucca

    Meet and Greets are a great opportunity to converse with the event moderators and present your point of view on things. This time the gathering was held in Felucca so that all players can attend, regardless of their hue.

    However, some chose to treat the gathering as a Yew gate PvP session. This not only resulted in them losing the opportunity to participate but also wasted our time. We have no problems with people indulging in PvP at an event in Felucca. However, there is a time and place for everything and it is definitely not an appropriate time when we have specifically requested against it. In case there is some prevailing confusion, fighting outside of the house and preventing others from entering was not the point.

    Shortsightedness can be a curse.


     My meeting notes:

    Having a 'light weekend' after all the current scenario events, EM Seppo and EM Pallando decided to hold a Meet & Greet to get some feedback and to say Hello to the Baja residents, as the last Meet & Greet had been several months ago.

    At the earlier Meet & Greets, people had asked for events with 'more deaths', and laughingly announced, 'I think that request has been fulfilled.'  Then went on to discuss the current 'transition period' with Stygian Abyss soon to be released, and current loose threads to wrap up before then so there may be more SA focused events ... including 'a new place to die!', and more events on both facets.

    The next couple of weeks may be slow for events as EM Seppo is going to disappear in the mountains for a vacation the last week of August and will not be reading email or messages during that time, however EM Pallando will be around and 'on duty'.

    EM Pallando, beginning tomorrow and throughout the week those interested will be able to follow up on Dawn's request for more information on Trubo by asking townsfolk such as the guard, and other NPCs including the workers at the Faire Grounds . As we have done in the past, we will report whatever we discover, not to the thief master this time, but to Dawn. And, unlike the thief master, Dawn does not require us to request a 'task'.  A more complete announcement will be on EM Seppo and EM Pallando's official website, goldenbrewtavern.com, Monday.

    The EMs congratulated those who fought against the mercenaries ... 'A well fought and very hard earned victory.

    EM Pallando reminded us, 'Remember mercenaries are driven back, scattered and leaderless, but things may not just be done yet.' We were told all shadowlords remain, but 'this arc is coming to a close with the coming of Stygian Abyss and a new one will open up.'

    A question and answer session was opened:

    Q: When is the next mercenary fight?
    A: The mercenaries have been defeated. The mercenaries in Casca's employ have been utterly defeated, and the leaders are dead, and the Blue Scorpions were driven back to Tokuno.

    Q: Is the Casca event over?
    A: No, Casca is very much king still. Casca is indeed not over and done with

    Q: Is there going to be more done with the trade thing that started with Gideon?
    A: Yes, we planned to use Gideon, it's just difficult to say when, though, not enough time to use him.

    Q: Has a winner for the Faire Grounds Expansion Contest been chosen?
    A: We are going to combine the two, as was suggested by most people.

    Q: Have the EMs been enjoying their time on Baja?
    A: Yes! Definately! I get to spawn ninjas on people. (Pallando)

    Q: I'm curious about blackrock information, is there going to be more about it? Will we actually be able to use it?
    A: That is a dev thing.

    Q: Will there be more events by the Thief Master?
    A: Yes.

    There were several questions regarding the EMs attire
    EM Seppo reminded us he started 'the bandana trend of Fall 2009'

    The EMs then asked for suggestions for future events. The crowd's replies included:

    Fishing
    Boat race
    Chicken fights
    A survival event
    A maze event
    Small events when the bigger events have died down
    An event celebrating SA
    A celebration for the EMs first anniversary in December

    The EMs brought up they have been discussing a celebration for the victory against the mercenaries, and perhaps they could use the crowd's suggestion of events during that celebration, then again reminded us there will be future handouts for the Cloaks of Silence and Mesanna's Cream Pies.

    EM Seppo stated, 'There might be a taming event in the near future.', and that he keeps meaning to drop in on Sunday Night Taming Hour, however the usual time is very inconvenient for him.  A suggestion was made that Toni Fierce, GM of [M!S], be contacted about arranging a taming hour around the EMs schedules.

    With that, the Meet & Greet concluded.


    While EM Seppo and EM Pallando did not mention this, I would like to remind everyone that guilds and individuals are more than encouraged to host events, too, such as the recent Nude Dungeon Run that was sponsored by The Newbies In Training.

     

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    Mage Tourney
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    Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009, 1:05 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
    >>> Felucca Facet News <<<

    Mage Tournament
    September 13th 6pm est




    Entry fee- 2mil

    1st place -100mil
    2nd place- gets all entry fees.
    There will be no third place.

    Rules-
    Mage spells only
    No protection/precast
    No Potions/Apples/Petals/Magic Reflect Items
    No Specials
    No Wands
    No Necromancy/Spirit Speak/Chivalry/Healing/Spellweaving/poisoning/Bushido
    No Weapons/-mage weps
    Spell books/Lanterns
    No Summons/Pets
    No Walls/fields

    Cheating = disqualification.
    Disrupting the tourney = disqualification.


    As the tourney gets closer, I'll announce where all participants will meet. Once all there, we'll gate two different times until we reach the dueling arena. There will be NO spectators. Aside from the duelers, there will be myself (recording/matching up each duel.), and Shaman(Referee). I might get one other Referee that's trust worthy.


    Icq, or Pm to sign up. ICQ# 553468619.
    Be sure to tell me your characters name that you'll be using, and where/when to meet for the entry fee.

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    Another HoC
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    Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009, 7:58 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)


    House of Commons is back!!!




    UO-HoC Chat next Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 7pm eastern (No time change in the US yet so it is the same time as the last one for those doing conversions).

    The topic of the night will be "SA Content: Open Beta Questions".

    Hope to see you all then and there!


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    UOGuide Stygian Abyss Updates
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    Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009, 2:01 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

    Posted to uoherald.com






    UOGuide Stygian Abyss Updates

    During the Stygian Abyss open beta, UOGuide will be adding expansion related information as quickly as it comes out. Be sure to check frequently for updates. If you will be participating in the open beta please consider contributing any information you come across.

    www.uoguide.com/Stygian_Abyss

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    EM Meet & Greet, Felucca, Sunday, August 16
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    Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, 10:28 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    from goldenbrewtavern.com

    Meet & Greet Announcement
    Sunday, August 16, 2009
    By EMSeppo

    A Meet & Greet is planned for this Sunday starting at 12:30 PM PST.

    Facet: Felucca
    Location: The EM house through the vortex outside Jhelom moongate.
    When: 12:30pm Pacific (1:30pm Mountain, 2:30pm Central, 3:30pm Eastern)

     Note: There will be no fighting or stealing allowed. Doing so will get you kicked out of the house.

     
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    Strange Fires on Moonglow Island
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    Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, 7:44 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
    >>> Felucca Facet News <<<
    Strange Fires on Moonglow Island
    Reported by: Shae [S*RE] of TB


    While stealthing around in the Lands of Old (Felucca) this reporter had found herself near the Mage Tower located on Moonglow Island where I had felt a very strange wave of heat. Upon further investigation I came to find there was a blazing fire near the steps of the Mage Tower but the licks of the flames did NOT feel like ordinary flames! It sent dark chills down my spine which told this thief...Erm, liberator of goods...to get out, and to get out fast!


    Click the image to open in full size.


    Upon further inspection of the Island I came across two more similar fires blazing and when back at my news desk to write this report non other than Joshua Harper heard me mumbling to myself about my adventure to which he had me show him the locations. He confirmed that these locations are the same locations that either once held a Mage Tower, or still hold a Mage Tower on another shard!


    Click the image to open in full size.



    Click the image to open in full size.


    What does this all mean? I do not know, but this reporter will be looking into it!

    [Out of character note]:
    This is NOT part of any EM event, this is purely "fan fiction" which will be part of an upcoming player run event
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    Mongbat Tournament: Uncancelled
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    Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, 2:15 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
    Dawn is pleased to announce that the Mongbat Tournament that Casca banned will be held still!! This tyrannical beast holds little over these lands and as such fear not people to bring forth your mongbats and battle to see who is the finest!! Friday August 28th, 6pm PST (7 MTN, 8 CST, 9 EST) Bring your mongbats to the PvP house in Felucca. There will be a portal available via the Vortex at the Counselor’s Hall/EM Office in northern Britain and one in Feleucca located at the Jhelom Moongate.


    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 cannot 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 veoterinary 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 mongbat dies. The last mongbat standing is the winner for that fight.
    * Matches will continue until all but one mongbat is eliminated. The last mongbat 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
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    A Note From The Thief Master
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    Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, 11:10 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    from goldenbrewtavern.com official website of EM Seppo and EM Pallando

     A note from the thief master
    Saturday, August 15, 2009
    By EMSeppo

    Hail, fellow shadow lurkers,

    Lady Dawn has made a note of the contribution made by the thieves towards the success of the rebellion and kindly provided me with some of the vaunted Cloaks Of Silence. I will, in turn, reward all the citizens who are in a good standing with the thieves this Sunday at 2:00 PM Pacific (3pm Mountain, 4pm Central, 5pm Eastern) by giving them a cloak.

    Signed,
    Britain’s Thief master

     
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    Features of the Stygian Abyss
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    Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009, 3:19 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

    Posted to uoherald.com




    Features of the Stygian Abyss


    Chrissay Zeeman

    14 Aug 2009 17:21:07 EST



    Click on more to see the features available in the Stygian Abyss.


    • Ter Mur
    • Holy City
    • Tomb of Kings
    • Abyss
    • Underworld
    • Gargoyles
    • Imbuing
    • Throwing Weapons
    • Staining
    • Holy City Percolem Quests
    • New Gargoyle wearables
    • Additional crafting enhancements
    • Chicken Coop/Battle Chicken Breeding
    • Scroll Binders
    • Silver Sapling
    • Sutek
    • Chamber of Virtue
    • Lucky coins
    • New stealables
    • New Creatures
    • New champ spawns
    • New Boss encounters
    • Volcano
    • New housing tile sets
    • Snake Charming
    • New Music
    • Basketweaving
    • Custom Carpets
    • NPC and Potion Pet Resurrection
    • New Craftable pet recipes



    Still in Testing:

    • Trap Maze
    • Underworld Puzzle Room
    • New Artifacts
    • Cavern of Discarded



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    FoF: Open Beta FAQ
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    Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009, 1:39 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

    Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


    FoF: Headline

    Chrissay Zeeman


    August 14, 2009


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


    How do I get to the Stygian Abyss Areas?


    There are special gates in New Haven that will allow players to access the Stygian Abyss areas. If you create a Gargoyle you will start in Ter Mur and have instant access to the new areas. And if you are a brave soul, you might try to traverse the underworld dungeon that leads from the old lands to the Stygian Abyss.

    --


    I can’t log into retribution what’s happening?


    Most likely you are using the live version of the Classic Client (2D). In order to gain access to retribution you will need to use the Enhanced Client or download a special version of the Classic Client HERE. The Kingdom Reborn client is not able to connect to Retribution.

    --


    I’ve never played on a Test Center how do I skill up and get items?


    If you type “help” on Retribution you will see a list of commands on getting items and setting your stats and skills.

    --


    If I place a house on Retribution will I lose my house on my home shard?


    You will not lose your house on your home shard. However, if you have placed a house on TC1 this house will be condemned.

    --


    How do I report a bug or provide feedback?


    The best way to report a bug is through the Enhanced Client bug report feature. If you are using the Classic Client you are welcome to email [email protected] with the following information:


    • Your UO account name (do not include your password)
    • The time, date, shard, and facet of the occurrence
    • What steps you took that led up to the bug
    • Whether or not you tried to repeat the bug, and if you succeeded


    --


    When Stygian Abyss launches will I have to purchase the Enhanced Client(beta)?


    The Enhanced (beta) and Classic client are free to download and use even if you do not purchase the Stygian Abyss expansion.

    --


    What can I do if I see someone breaking the Terms of Service?


    Just like any other shard the GMs can be paged on Retribution to investigate any TOS violations. If it’s a page on an individual please ensure that you have targeted the player in the page.

    --



    Announcements:


    Keep an eye out on the UO Herald for further announcements regarding the Open Beta.

    --


    Do you have questions for the Five on Friday? You do?!?! Click here.



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    Lost the Race!
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    Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

    Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:



    Stygian Abyss is upon us, and we didn't get the site updated. However the work goes on, this week's new and updated items include:


    • A new, comprehensive guide to Cooking

    • The first chapter in, Sirideain's Fictional History of Britannia

    • More SA images added to Hunter's Guide bringing the total number of new images added to 225 - thanks again to Stupid Miner for his camera work.



    Also we have a special UO Stratics House of Commons Chat on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 7pm eastern US time. The topic will be "SA Content: Open Beta Questions" Information on how to connect to irc can be found by following the link under the 'Stratics Central' heading on http://uo.stratics.com or by clicking here

    We will be adding SA content as soon as we get the green light. Submissions from beta testers bursting to 'tell all' will be most welcome . Please send submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or send a pm to Petra Fyde.


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    Community Spotlight
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    Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009, 12:42 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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    Community Spotlight

    Chrissay Zeeman

    14 Aug 2009 13:23:03 EST


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



    • Atlantic
    • Baja
    • Catskills
    • Chesapeake
    • Europa
    • 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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    Reward Hall Reconstuction Challenge *Update* Extended to Sept. 15th!
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    Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009, 6:29 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Malas News <<<Taken From: http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/

    Reward hall Reconstuction Challenge!

    The “Hall of Champions” is in need of a face lift. As such, we are asking you, the players, to submit their own design of what you think the reward hall should look like.

    The hall is an 18×18 building that needs to appear grand and lush. There shouldn’t be a lot wasted space, or unusable space. Fountains, Rock garden, waterfalls, ponds, and other decorative things are okay. It would be preferable to have all 4 floors usable/accessible, since we need to place trophies down.

    It is suggested you use a Test Center shard to place an 18×18, so that you don’t have to modify your existing player house.

    Send all entries to [email protected] with a CC to [email protected] . Pictures showing every floor and part of the house will be required. You may enter as many designs to this contest as you wish.

    The winner of the reconstruction event will receive a permanent plaque honoring them as the architect of the the building in the Hall of Champions.

    The deadline for submissions will be September 15th.


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    Will be extending the deadline for submissions to this event to September 15th. Two reasons go into this. One, we feel some players may need more time. But mostly, to give you all the oppurtunity to work the new housing tiles that’ll be released with SA into the design.

    Good luck!

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    Enhanced Client Update
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    Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009, 1:45 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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    Enhanced Client Update


    Chrissay Zeeman

    13 Aug 2009 21:21:04 EST



    Updates:


    • Messages from Game Masters will now appear in red and can no longer be squelched.
    • Players can now respond to Game Masters using “[“ or “/gm”.
    • Audio no longer plays when the client is minimized.
    • Added ‘Toggle Circle of Transparency’ macro action.
    • Added vertical scrollbars to numerous drop-down menus that exceed over ten items.


    Bug Fixes:

    • Fixed numerous client crash issues.
    • Boats displayed on the radar now keep up with the player when in motion.
    • Ladders can once again be used to traverse to upper floors of homes.
    • Fixed issues with the +/- buttons in the merchant purchasing window continuously updating the quantity of items.
    • Fixed issues with player profiles not properly saving.
    • Fixed issues with short and mullet hair styles for Elves looking identical in the character creation process.
    • Fixed issues with outlines appearing on female faces in the character creation process.
    • Container slots in grid-view no longer remain highlighted when dragging items of quantity.
    • Pets will now respond to commands when whispering from more than one tile away.
    • Fixed issues with the “Toggle Circle of Transparency” key binding not properly updating the user setting.
    • Chat tabs now properly highlight based on the active chat window.
    • The empty space in the player status window is no longer clickable.
    • Fixed issues with base foundation and floor tiles in customized houses appearing over the customized portions.
    • Players can now toggle between grid-view and list-view when viewing vendor contents.
    • Fixed issues with hued objects sometimes not displaying as hued when placed on the hotbar.
    • Players can now use the Esc key to make objects not-for-sale when interacting with vendors.
    • Text is no longer cut-off when viewing the contents of the mouse wheel configuration drop-down menus.
    • Fixed issues with overhead names still appearing after turning the option off.
    • Items of quantity will now stack with similar items when dragged to a container.
    • Drop-down menus will now open upwards when contents open beyond the lower bounds of a window.
    • Foliage will no longer display when in Felucca.

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    EMs, Cloaks 'n Pies
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    Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009, 3:50 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

     

    Wednesday, August 12, EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan hosted their first Cloak and Pie event.

      

    The Event Moderators explained how the Cloaks of Silence and Mesanna's Creme Pies would be distributed.

    Everyone lined up to await their turn to be receive their gifts from the EMs. Ironically, Have Mercy was the first to be tossed from the roof of the Origin Awards House.

    Outside the house, everyone passed the time by ... what else ... throwing pies at each other!

    As the evening was ending EM Laurana and EM Faine Morgan told us, 'Keep an eye on the announcements for future cloak handouts.'

    The EMs also hinted we have not seen the last of Casca when Laurana remarked, 'Let's just say Casca does not have friends in high places.', then went on to ask, 'Who here likes Dawn?' And, with that, the evening was over.

     

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    Whispering Winds Public Safety Announcement
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    Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009, 7:12 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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    Whispering Winds Public Safety Announcement








    A Report of a blackrock mining operation being conducted within the Whispering Winds town limits has been brought to the attention of the Whispering Winds Town Council.

    The building in question is a Blackrock Mining Facility registered to a Brother Cephas. Although mining blackrock is not illegal (as far as we are aware) conducting a Blackrock Mining operation in close proximity to the Whispering Wind’s central square where residents live, gather and conduct business has been deemed "an extreme danger to the Residents of Whispering Winds, Citizens of Britannia and Visitors to the area as well as a danger to town property including but not limited to private homes, public roads and community facilities".

    Therefore, the Mining of Blackrock within The Town of Whispering Winds without an approved mining permit has been deemed ILLEGAL. All Blackrock mining facilities are ordered to cease operation immediately. Any individuals who operate, oversee or facilitate blackrock mining within Whispering Winds are subject to arrest and will be persecuted to the full extent of the law.

    A Blackrock Mining Permit MAY be granted to a mining company that demonstrates their facility and its operation posses "no reasonable threat to the safety of the citizens and physical structure of the town". Each permit is evaluated on a case by case basis and is subject to approval by the Whispering Winds Town Council.

    All business permits should be submitted in writing to Duke Greenspan, Whispering Winds Minister of Finance and Business, either in person at the Whispering Winds Town Hall or by carrier pigeon [ICQ: 82049051].

    -Lore Denin, Lord of Whispering Winds



    [Whispering Winds is a player run town located outside the City of Skara Brae. For more information about the town, or becoming part of the Town community. Visit our Forums at: http://uorpc.net/phpBBB/viewforum.php?f=47 ]
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    EM Event Reminder
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    Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009, 5:16 AM EDT by Nyte Doombringer (Europa)
    Just a reminder that tonight Thur August 13th we have another event.
    Preparing for Battle: Dawn inspects the troops
    Dawn will be inspecting the troops. Gather at the Counselors Hall.
    For more info you can go to the EM web site here:
    http://www.europa.uoem.net/

    Also I posted some screens from the big Luna Invasion from this past Sunday night. You can find the link to them on the Europa Stratics forums here:
    http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=151928
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    Check out the Live Events section
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    Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009, 2:16 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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    Check out the Live Events section


    Chrissay Zeeman

    12 Aug 2009 17:54:23 EST



    Tim "Draconi" Cotten has something up his sleeve with this new fiction. Check it out here.

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    Peering into the Past
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    Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009, 2:13 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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    Peering into the Past


    Tim “Draconi” Cotten

    12 August 2009



    Peering into the Past
    Start Date: August 12, 2009
    End Date: To Be Determined

    Additional Information

    Dexter’s brow creased in worry.


    Across from him sat the elder mage Sutek, his constant companion in their self-imposed exile from Britannia. Not exile, he thought, bitterness welling up, but their flight. After Moonglow’s devastating events Sutek had latched onto the younger mage and the injured stranger, rushing them into hiding.


    But why?


    Sutek let out a soft groan – he had been hunched over the scrying pool for hours now, eyes unblinking, locked in an endless stare with nothing. It had given Dexter plenty of time to consider their plight, and the recent freedom they had found in the resistance movement.


    The “why” had become obvious when Casca’s men had come for him: not guards, he remembered, no, these were people who ended… threats. He shivered, recalling their dark armor as they surrounded him in the small, cramped home. He remembered slamming into a chair, rocking back, the knife at his throat, the questions –

    Sutek had gotten him out then, and they hadn’t looked back.


    The third member of their trio, Sutek called him Hawkwind, was still unconscious. Then again, Dexter wasn’t sure the word applied to… him. He looked human, but the vision of the glorious personage he had seen inside the rift persisted in his mind. He could still see the white robe, the burning eyes, and the pillars of fire he had unleashed on the Shadowlords so long ago.


    Yet this was no immortal, at least, not anymore. All Dexter saw was the husk of a mortal man laid across a stained bed, propped up by pillows smuggled to them by loyal sympathizers.


    Dexter turned back towards the bowl just in time. It came on quickly, without forewarning, as magic flowed into the bowl and out from it, enveloping the tent in a diffused glow. A light blossomed beneath the surface of the rippling liquid mirror.


    And then Sutek could see.
    -Tim “Draconi” Cotten

    Link

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    STYGIAN ABYSS RELEASE DATE!
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 1:44 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)



    -8th expansion!
    -4 years since the elves came to Britannia!
    -Introduction of the Gargish Peoples of Ter Mur!
    -$29.99 USD!
    -Largest Dungeon in UO history!
    -And much much more!
    -Tuesday! TUESDAY! TUESDAY!

    EA will sell you the entire seat, but you'll only need...

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    Stygian Abyss Expansion
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 1:15 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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    Stygian Abyss Expansion


    Chrissay Zeeman

    12 Aug 2009 12:53:55



    Starting on September 8th players will be able to purchase the newest expansion Stygian Abyss. The cost for the expansion will be $29.99. New players can purchase the full game at $39.99 with 30 days game time added.

    For the full press release click here.

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    Screenshot Contest Winner
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 1:12 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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    Screenshot Contest Winner


    Chrissay Zeeman

    12 Aug 2009 10:01:45



    Congratulations to MissEcho from Oceania her screenshot received the most votes!



    Number 1

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    Stygian Abyss Expansion Open Beta
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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    Stygian Abyss Expansion Open Beta


    Chrissay Zeeman

    12 Aug 2009 13:21:00



    Get your calendars out and clear your schedule between Friday August 14th and Sunday August 23rd players will have access to the Stygian Abyss Expansion. Check back here on August 14th for up to date details.


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    Enhanced Client Survey
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 1:05 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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    Enhanced Client Survey


    Chrissay Zeeman

    12 Aug 2009 14:12:57



    We would like to hear what you think about the Enhanced Client in this next survey. Even if you haven't tried the client we would still like to hear your feedback. Click here to take the survey.


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    Cloak of Silence
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 12:07 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<


    There will be two Cloak of Silence handouts at the Hall of Champions this Friday. The first will take place at 12pm (Noon) CST, the second taking place a 8pm CST. You can find a rune to the Hall out front the West Brit counselors hall, as well as at the stage in the Luna Fairgrounds.

    If you cannot make it this Friday, fret not. We will have more handouts in the future.

    Taken from: http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/
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    The Sovereign Order Welcomes All To There Open House Event
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 10:03 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<
    Click the image to open in full size.
    The Sovereign Order Welcomes All To There Open House Event


    This will take place on the 15th day of August at 9 by the eastern sun.

    Gates will be sent from the Bank In the city of Yew.

    enjoy games, door prizes, food, wine and much more.

    *Please leave all weapons behind as we are A purely neutral sanctuary.*
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    Baja Girl Scouts Troop 1 Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 12
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 8:49 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    I have received the following message from Baja Girl Scouts 1 troop leader Girl Scout Edith:

     "[BS1] will have a special meeting tonight, Wednesday, August 12, 9pm Pacific (10pm Mountain, 11pm Central, Midnight Eastern) to pass out the new uniforms and to discuss the Girl Scout Cookies fund raiser for the upcoming trip to Trinsic.

     

    I have also invited a surprise guest speaker to give us advice on how to boost our cookie sales, such as the best places to sell the cookies, people to be wary of, and other helpful information so we my achieve our sales goal for our upcoming field trip to Trinsic.

    To ensure we have no distractions at this meeting, please contact me (Girl Scout Edith) for the location of tonight's meeting."

     

    "Earning gold to realize their dreams."

    "This cookie season, girls will have world of fun…while making a world of difference."

     
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    Shadowlords Defeated in Luna!!
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 6:12 AM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
    Shadowlords Defeated in Luna - Siege Style


    A call from Fayaxion and Dawn brought the warriors of Siege to the city of Nu'jelm.


    Once the word got out, even more came


    Sufficient numbers were present, and Fayaxion believed we could defeat the terrible shadowlords. A gate to their underground lair was opened and the warriors of Siege Perilous bravely ran through with shouts of Armageddon






    They just kept coming, more shadowlords, moving quickly and repeatedly targeting the same players. . .as though they were controlled by someone else. . .

    But the warriors gained the upper hand





    With the Shadowlords of the underworld defeated the warriors gathered around Fayaxion and Dawn



    The task was not complete. It was time to liberate the City of Luna from the terribly influence of Shadowlords and their army of Balrons



    All congregated on the steps to Luna as the final Paragon Slayer was defeated.



    Afterwards, the warriors were directed upstairs where, exhausted, they waited patiently for their reward.



    Cloaks of Silence were distributed quickly throughout the group!

    For those who may not have been able to attend. Cloaks will be distributed throughout the week. More information will be forthcoming.







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    3 hours unattended
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 12:19 AM EDT by Sebrina (Chesapeake)

    It was a very interesting day! I serendipitously found myself ONLINE, several hours after I walked away. Well, I had some "real life" things to take care of.

    I left my Avatar without logging out at the "Magic Mushroom" on Moonglow Isle, after many hours of scribing recall scrolls for Patrons of our Vendor Shop. Wow, & I was still on after 3 hours of non-attendance. I had not done anything or had any scripts going. I just thought that I would have to log back in.

    Hmm, no, my character was still there and ready. My thoughts are, "What could I have done unattended for 3 hours, with a script of any kind running?" I might put up some pictures on this, in the next few hours, but the concern is still there. See, These little details disturb me, where it used to (Auto-log a player OUT,) after 10-15 minutes after no attention or movement, now I've let the character sit (Online- doing nothing,) for 3+ hours. Where is the old thing about, "Your Character has been Idle too long."?

    I was shocked and amazed at this. I DO believe in fair play. I thought that after a short period, that my character would auto-log off. To see this was amazing, after all the times that I've been bumped-off for what-ever reason over the years.*wipes blood from both cheeks and other body parts* - *Thanks the gods that it is all only Virtual-Reality, and 2D at that.* I had nothing to fear then, nor now, but simply contemplate, what exploit someone else might have used during those unattended hours.

    *Things that make you wanna-go "Hhhhmmmm?"*
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    Community Driven Scavenger Hunt (8/13/2009 7pm)
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 12:07 AM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

    Scavenger Hunt Notice!
    (Thursday August 13, 2009 7:00pm)


    The Ancient Order of Elves is running a Scavenger Hunt this Thursday at 7:00pm PST. Participants can meet in the Elf City of Eldador at the "Tel Ereg Ar Cu" tavern located south of the Ice Dungeon, and east of the Dungeon Wrong. The Taverns coordinates are 128o 19'n 54o 29'e runes should be available near popular travel routes, cities and banks throughout the land. Gates will be available roughly 15 minutes before the event to provide travel for willing participants.

    The participants will have 45 minutes to gather as many of the items on the list as possible and return to the tavern. I'd advise bringing blank runes to mark at the tavern if you want to win!

    Ok Ok!, yes they will have prizes, I know most of you pacificans salivate when you hear the word PRIZES. So here it is the run down for prizes.
    First Place : 1 MILLION GOLD!
    Second Place : 500 Thousand GOLD!
    Third Place : 250 Thousand GOLD!

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    Luna Invasion
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 11:02 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)
    >>> Malas News <<<

    Luna Invasion
    (August 4-9, 2009)


    The initial attacks in Luna came just days after the failed meeting between Casca, The ShadowLords and Agents of Corruption. Omo Trovi warned us of the coming events, the desperation shown by Casca is now apparent. The intial waves of Hydras, Balrons, Fetid Essences, and Devourer of Souls took the towns people by surprise. Blackrock Elementals were the most difficult to destroy, many players did not realize the life leaching powers that fed these creatures. When a massive force of townsmen attacked the beasts at half health they become ferocious and nearly destroy any player near them with one blow. These Blackrock Elementals feed off the corpses of those they kill at half health they easily replenished their energy from the corpses that lay beneath them.


    The guards tried to hold their ground at the inner Luna walls. The Minotaurs were not as strong as the Blackrock Elementals, though the devastation they created was nearly as menacing. Only the strongest paragon Minotaurs were sent against the town. The healers had to work very hard to keep the wounded warriors healed.


    A platoon of Devourer of Souls marched the streets attacking anything that stood in their path to the heart of the Paladin city. Balron Generals and Ancient Wyrms followed in their footsteps. The invading hordes division was lead by ShadowLord (Manifestation) Generals.


    Massive Invasion
    (August 9, 2009)


    Word had sprung that a massive invasion was due to occur. Omo gathered the warriors of Sosaria at the bag ball field just south of the Paladin City Luna. Our mission was simple, save the City of Luna from total destruction. Before we could save the city we had to pay a visit to the Shrine of Sacrifice where assistance was waiting.


    At the Shrine of Sacrifice we found the Legendary Dawn, surprised by our arrival we told her of the forseen attack. Dawn barely had enough time to digest the news when out of no where a Platinum Dragon appeared. The Platinum Dragon spoke in a bellowing voice, and had told us he, or she, was here to help us fight for our lands against the greatest evil we were about to face. It was later that we discovered we had placed our faith in the Platinum Dragon Fayaxion. In the passed Fayaxion stood their ground against Crimson Dragons and Casca himself. Platinum Dragons were first seen during the earliest sightings of the Agents of Corruption.


    A gate was opened to the center of the city. A small but powerful gathering of enemy forces initiated the battle. Our forces were able to slaughter the opposing generals which included Balrons, Ancient Wyrms and ShadowLord Manifestations.


    The entire city became a battle ground. The rush of enemies pushed us back into the walls of stone which felt like feathered pillows compared to our attackers. The healers did a great job keeping the warriors in battle. Many appeared dead but our ability to harness the power of magics kept our fighters raging. Every corner, every alleyway, every path became part of the battle. The forces of Sosaria along-side Lady Dawn and the Platinum Dragon pushed the enemy to the outer southern gates of Luna.


    The Commander of the ShadowLords was spotted south of the city walls. The waves of destructive forces scattered our troops. After clearing most of the Commanders minions our forces swarmed the ShadowLord Commander. It appeared as if the hells below the Commander were opening at our feet. Lighting came rushing out reaching up into the heavens destroying the weakest who tried to stand their ground.


    Dawn talked briefly to us after we defeated the ShadowLord Commander. Those who survived were praised for their valiant efforts fighting the evil that stood before us. Dawn Proclaimed this day was her proudest while fighting along-side of the fine citizens of Sosaria.


    We gathered at the reward hall and were told a special item would be given to those who fought in today's battle. A massive line formed from the front of the reward hall to the edge of the crumbling content. Some of the anxious pushed others in the line out of the way, causing breaks in the formation causing mild chaos. Eventually all who showed up were given one of these robes. As the line faded more citizens appeared for a free robe, but were turned down as they were not waiting patiently like the others. For those who did not notice Fayaxion, in human form, was the one who assisted Dawn while passing out the gifts.

    I must say the EM's of pacific did a great job forming the line and banning players from the reward hall after items were received. They were extremely lenient handing out gifts even to young players who did not attend the main battle. I saw very few complaints from the populous.



    The reward item was a "Cloak of Silence" which gives the wearer a bonus of +10 to their stealth skill!


    Both Dawn and Fayaxion praised us for our efforts. I saw no sign of Casca during the invasion. It is uncertain what his next plans will be, perhaps we will see more of the Crimson Dragons in the near future. Rumors have started that these green Cloaks of Silence will be available again in the future.
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    EM Event - Aug 11 9PM EST
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 5:58 AM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
    Fayaxion rushed towards the City of Yew faster than most humans can imagine yet only slightly faster than her thoughts, "This one must be saved, it is rare to find one so virtuous and noble, let so strong of will and arm, one worthy of our friendship and assistance!" Powerful as she was, Fayaxion knew she could not stand alone against the combined might of the human's captors , but perhaps she could rally the mortals that were worried over the on going chaos to help free the woman.

    Please Meet with Fayaxion tomorrow Night (8/11/09) at Yew Abbey to embark on a rescue mission at 9pm EST. And May the Virtues Guide you.

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    A Message To the Citizens of Origin
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 4:20 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
    from UO - Origin Events

    To the Citizens of Origin
    Posted By EMFaineMorgan on August 10, 2009

    From your grateful Event Moderators, Laurana and Faine Morgan:

    We have spoken with Dawn and Fayaxion and we both want you all to know how very proud we are of you all. We also want you all to know how very thankful we are to be allowed the great honor and priviledge of being Origin’s Event Moderators.

    Even when your numbers were small, you never gave up the fight. You defended Luna daily and, when called to arms for the final battle to free Luna, fought with more Valor than anyone could ask of any group. Above and beyond the courage you all displayed, you showed a true courtesy to Dawn and Fayaxion that is seldom seen in today’s world. Words simply cannot convey how our hearts soared to hear of your deeds and your graciousness.

    We are, therefore, more pleased than you know to tell you that more cloaks have been provided for you. We would like to see all the citizens who make Origin the special place it is receive a cloak.

    To that end, there will be several opportunities to meet and obtain a cloak. Please keep an eye out for the lanterns in the usual spots as well as the Event Oracle. Saying the word “Cloaks” to her will inform you of the next designated time. At that time, please assemble at the Origin Award House and you will be met and the cloaks dispersed. We will make every effort to put the notice up 24 hours in advance of the next meeting.

    Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to be part of your community.

    EM Laurana
    EM Faine Morgan

     
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    Cloaks Of Silence & Pie
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    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, 8:27 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<< Cloaks Of Silence & Pie
                    Cloaks Of Silence & Pie
    August 10th, 2009



    After making my way around Luna I couldn't find anything much going on. Just the regular buying
    and selling and the cloaks of silence for sale for 2.5million. I went to Britain to see if I could find
    anything going on. Seems I came at the right time as cloaks of silence were being given out by
    Em Vladimere from his house.



    After each person was given a cloak of silence they were banned from the home. This was
    to ensure that people would not switch characters to try to get another cloak.



    While Silence of OATH was outside directing people conversations were going on
    outside of the EM's home. Durable Darkness had this to say while standing outside
    of the EM's home in Britain.



    "Damn the more people that get cloaks, the less likely people will buy
    them from me!The nerve of some people, they'd rather get one for free
    than pay me."

    EM Vladimere wrapped it up around 9:45pm saying farewell to the gathered crowed
    outside. Silence was thanked for the help. Unfortunately no one tipped the poor man
    who was trying to inform the new people arriving.

    The Cloaks of Silence will also be given out tomorrow, Tuesday the 11th at 9:00pm
    Est at Em Vladimeres home in Britain.



    (Meriks Revenge on Em Vladimere *Hugs Vlad*)

    After people disbursed I made my way back to Luna to do some writing. To my surprise
    EM Vladimere popped into the bank and started to give away Mesanna's Cream Pies.
    The EM was quickly smashed into the center of a mob trying to obtain the great tasting
    pies. It was a miracle no one was trampled besides a few Squirrel and Rabbit pets.



    Vladimere asked for the crowd to please backup if they got a pie. Unfortunately people
    didn't listen. Em Vladimere then went upstairs and sat upon the white throne and had
    the crowd line up to receive a cream a pie.



    The crowd grew smaller as all the people who wanted a pie got one. One thing didn't seem
    right to me as a naked man kept running in to get a Pie about 5 times. So I started to
    hit the man whos bar remained the same on my screen but with a new name. Twas a
    greedy man who wanted nothing more then to sell the cream pies. Em Vladimere caught
    on quickly as he started hitting people with pies. He nicely told people
     "You already got one thats why we hit you with a pie."



    To bad for this greedy fellow they didn't read about the pie changes. You can only hit
    someone with a cream pie that has a cream pie in their backpack. People began to laugh
    at the oversight this incognito man made. Once caught he had something to say.



    "Fool you once shame on you, fool you 5 times. I dunno what to say :p"

    With that said Em Vladimere made his way home and the Luna bank went
    back to normal selling Pies and Cloaks of Silence.
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    Invasions Over, Kasaven on Vacation
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    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)
    from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page

    Invasions Over, Kasaven on Vacation.
    by Kasaven

    After about a week of grueling invasions, Luna was saved by Dawn and the Platinum Dragon Fayaxion on Sunday night. As a gift, cloaks were given out as a thanks for protecting Luna throughout the invasions. Casa made an appearance on Saturday night to belittle Dawn and express his ’shock’ that she was still alive, before summoning more manifestations and making his exit.

    I will be on Vacation the next two weeks, so do not expect to see me about or reply to email, but I’ll try to make up for it when I return.

    Until then!

     
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    Lady Dawn Appears in Luna
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    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
    >>> Malas News <<<

    The battle for Luna, and for loyalties, seems to have come to an end here on Legends. Lord Casca appeared, on his swamp colored horse, at the east gate declaring the fair Lady Dawn an outlaw and promising to have her "brought to justice" along with any that supported her.





    Lady Dawn then appeared and a heated discussion ensued with Casca finally saying that he would prevail and show Lady Dawn for the usurper she is, at which point he called upon his minions and fled the scene!





    The battle that ensued lasted long into the night with many of Legends finest falling at the feet of shadow wyrms, chaos dragoons, night-cloaked paragons and eventually manifestations of the Shadow Lords themselves. Thru it all the valiant Lady Dawn led the way, urging all to hold tight their ground. At times there appeared beside her a warrior named Fayaxion, fighting as gallantly as the Lady Dawn. The deaths of many of our wise, tame dragons pulled at his heart and he revealed himself as none other than a Platinum Dragon, entering the fight in his true form to aid his bretheren.





    The fighting slowly died down, people and pets began to heal, and the Great Dragon congratulated us all, pride in his voice.






    Lady Dawn and Fayaxion urged all warriors to travel to Castle British. Once there, Lady Dawn again expressed her thanks in helping to defeat Lord Casca's vile hordes, vowing that he would be found and dealt with. Dawn and Fayaxion then began to award Cloaks of Silence to the mighty warriors of Legends, to mark the occassion of Lord Casca's resounding defeat.

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    Cloaks of Silence
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    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, 10:32 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

    Posted to uoherald.com




    Cloaks of Silence


    Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstron

    10 Aug 2009 10:46:49 EST



    If you did not get a cloak this weekend do not worry, the EM’s will be handing these out during the week also. I know on several shards the EM’s ran out of the cloaks several times and had to be replenished. I hope everyone enjoyed the event, it was great to see so many people. I would like to thank everyone for making it so much fun for the EM’s!

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    Siege House of the Week Aug 10, 2009
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    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, 10:07 AM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
    Siege Perilous House of the Week
    Stonehaven Chapel
    submitted by Patty Pickaxe


    Stonehaven Chapel is located in Stonehaven at 5.16S 54.25E. From Umbra, exit the east gate and head south through the mountain passage to the desert city of Stonehaven, continue South until you hit the mountains.



    The chapel is two storeys. The first floor holds the "sanctuary"



    The second floor holds what appears to be choir loft. You can get there via a hidden teleporter in the back of the sanctuary



    Inside the chapel are a couple of hidden storage areas



    The lawn areas on each side of the building are accessible via hidden stone doorways. The owner has cleverly decorated with some soulstones



    Congratulations to Noc'guille for having their "Stonehaven Chapel" nominated for "Siege House of the Week"

    Submissions for House of the Week may be made via PM to IanJames or via email to [email protected]





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    Community Hunt - Week of August 10th
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    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, 5:15 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


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

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



    Vesper Museum Exhibit tours
    Date: Tuesday, August 11th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Community Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
    Date: Wednesday, August 12th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Shadow Wyrm Hunt
    Date: Thursday, August 13th
    Time: 8:00PM CST
    Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
    Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

    Community Champ Spawn Hunt
    Date: Friday, August 14th
    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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    263rd Assembly of the High Council
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    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, 5:02 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<263rd Assembly of the 7th High Council

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

    Meeting Agenda:


    - The High Court has issued an arrest warrant on "Lord" Casca on the charges of treason, and attempted murder, and is wanted on questioning for conspiracy to commit piracy.

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

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

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

    -Other items to be announced at the meeting.

    John Cainbridge
    Chancellor of Virtue,
    High Council of Britannia


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    Attention Archers! July BSR Results, August Schedule
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    Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2009, 5:27 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    July's Best Shot in the Realm, sponsored by Misfits of Society and hosted by Toni Fierce, GM of M!S, brought out a great collection of shooters with 29 residents of Baja vying for the elusive crown, engraved bow, one-million gold, and the chance to join the other monthly winners in the seasons finale, "The Year ending Champion of Champions shoot."

    If again we were naming these monthly BSRs, this one could be called ""The Marathon", as the eventual winner and second place shooter had to step up to the line and fire arrows at elusive buttes no less then 6 times, with untold pressure building each and every time as any errant shots could send them to spectator status.

    The 1st round found only one shooter falling prey to the buttes, with Nanoc of DWxC [PAX-] being awarded the early out consolation prize of 50,000 gold. This round also showed the crowd gathered that winning would not be so easy with five shooters piercing the buttes with robinhoods and ten others being merely perfect.

    The 2nd round started with the evil buttes selecting shooters to fail with talented shooters such as Wrath, Xel the Ronin, Richard Lionheart, and Chango falling by the wayside. Any one of these would of been no surprise to be seen in the finals.

     The 3rd round, where only three bulls eyes would move you further in your quest, found 12 shooters still in the hunt. Notable shooters such as llama, Count of Berg ,Cherokee, and Aragon having not missed the bulls eye through three rounds, throwing in robin hoods on occasion, were the favorites at this time to take it all and the crowd was buzzing with anticipation.

    The 4th round with a required 200 score via a robin hood and 2 bulls eyes usually brings the event to a close or at least puts you in a narrowed group started. Would Nikita, Urza, or llama just end it now with a repeat of their 3rd  round scores? Or would one of the other nine shooters finish it as three others in earlier rounds showed they were capable of putting a 200 on the boards? Well in a not recently seen BSR, not one of these shooters found their mark, and NO 200's were shot. A person in the crowd hollered out "Did no one win?" Toni Fierce, in a quick council of BSR officials, quickly determined that a 5-shot shootout between 4th round shooter would be held, and the highest score would be awarded July's title.

    Count of berg , Nikita, Urza, Vengance, Aragon, Dellathan, Bucko, Jonah, llama, McThugger, Cherokee and Someone all had another round to shoot and their nerves were being frayed as the arrows were being selected with care and bow strings were waxed and stretched. Toni Fierce again called them to the lines in pairs for the 5th time, but this courteous group each time wished their opponent good luck and would wait one-by-one to shoot, the crowd cheering each and every one of them. Nikita and Bucko (a crowd favorite) each posted 310's and a 6th unheard of round was scheduled.

    In another 5-shot shootout, Nikita edged out Bucko and claimed July's title, the M!S engraved bow,  1,000,000 gold and a prestigious spot in the year's end Champions shoot.

    BSR Monthly Winners To Date:
    February  - Lady Kathryn
    March - Arlon
    April - Zanza
    May - Tsukiko
    June - Frigin Azim
    July - Nikita

      Scoresheet:

    Count of berg 150---150---150---70---in 5th round shootoff----->210
    Nikita 110---150---200---150--in 5th round shootoff---->310
    Urza 110---150---200---110--in 5th round shootoff ---->300
    Deltron 200---150---110
    Nanoc of DWC 20------->awarded 50k consolation prize
    Vengance 100---110---150---110--in 5th round shootoff --->220
    Wrath 150---70
    Aragon 200---150---150---150--in 5th round shootoff --->260
    Sphinx 110---110---70
    Xel the Ronin 150---70
    Richard Lionheart 70---70
    Farnin Berkun 150---150---70
    Dellathan 110---200---150---150--in 5th round shootoff --->250
    Bucko 110---110---150---70----in 5th round shootoff --->310
    Tsukiko 200---110---110
    Kathryn 150---150---70
    Jonah 110---150---150---150--in 5th round shootoff --->300
    Chango 110---30
    Fredrick 150---110---110
    Maleki 200---150---110
    llama 200---150---200---150--in 5th round shootoff --->250
    Aldwin Malignas 150---160---70
    Robin Hood 110---110---70
    Ahebban 150---110---110
    McThugger 110---150---150---150--in 5th round shootoff --->260
    NewbiusMaximus 150---110---110
    BruceLee 70---110---110
    Cherokee 150---200---150---110--in 5th round shootoff --->260
    Someone 70---110---150---150--- in 5th round shootoff -->210

    6th Round Shootoff
    Nikita--->250 WINNER
    Bucko-->130

    The next Best Shot in the Realm will be held on Saturday, August 29 at 8:30pm Pacific (9:30pm Mountain, 10:30pm Central, 11:30 pm Eastern).  M!S encourages all archers of the land to come out and compete for their chance to win!

     

     

     

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    Luna Preparing For Invasion Today, Sunday, August 9
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    Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2009, 10:59 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    Luna is starting to prepare for a major invasion today ... There is an EM Lantern on the east steps of Luna Bank, and crates are being placed around Luna.

     Defend Luna, Today, Sunday, August 9
    2pm Pacific, 3pm Mountain, 4pm Central, 5pm Eastern

     

    Crates and Moongates

     East of Luna Bank

     Inside Luna Bank

     

    West of Luna Bank

     


    Kullervo Nystad and Operation Royal Flush volunteers are preparing first aid and rez stations outside of the Luna walls.

     


     WildStar, Grand Duchess of Dawn, has informed me that if necessary, she will be setting up an additional rez and first aid station at the Bag Ball Arena southwest of the south Luna gate.

     

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    Faire Grounds Expansion Entries ... EMs Seppo and Pallando Want Feedback
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    Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2009, 9:05 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    from goldenbrewtavern.com

    Faire Grounds Expansion Entries
    Sunday, August 9, 2009
    By EMSeppo

    Two entries were received for the Faire Grounds Expansion, shown below. Both of them have a lakeside dock/picnic theme, which should make for an excellent addition to the Faire Grounds!

    We will be looking for feedback from players and also other EM’s before making the final selection. The player names are not included, for now, on purpose.

    1) Entry 1

     

    2) Entry 2

     


     To leave your feedback for the entries, please use the reply form on goldenbrewtavern.com

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    EM Event Sunday 9th - Dawn: Call to Arms! at 7:45pm
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    Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2009, 8:11 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<Dawn: Call to Arms!

    Sunday, 09 August 2009, 19:45

    Call to Arms to liberate the city of Luna. Gather at the Counselors Hall. (Britain)
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    Big Bear Renaissance Faire & Luna Invasion Obits
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    Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2009, 7:06 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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    Big Bear Renaissance Faire & Luna Invasion ~




    August is the month that Renaissance Faires take place all over world and very popular in the United States.

    Yesterday I made the two hour trip from my home to Big Bear California. This city has a healthy Renaissance Society so I had a feeling this faire would be a good one and it was! The photo above I took of the queen and some of her staff.

    When living in Michigan I attended the faire held there every august which was larger than the Big Bear Faire but the staff and vistors at Big Bear were much more into the role play aspect which made it more complete. If you like UO chances are you would enjoy a Ren Faire so look for one in your home town or state. To learn more about the Big Bear Faire check out the link below.

    http://www.bigbearcityrenaissancefaire.com/


    I took this photo just before battle


    On the topic of battle....the Luna Invasion in our world has been going strong and below are a few images of the dead and dieing over the last week.
    WARNING......Today at 2:30 PM CST avoid Luna unless you are ready for battle. It will be so intense warnings have been given out all over Luna to NOT be AFK!







    Buffy






    Evlar twice


    Harry Hood






    kenny


    Loki Bhey ( looks like someone was afk )




    Moloch, TupacII and Victor


    Neptune


    NightStriker


    Nomad


    Ocho


    Polynikes of Yew


    Princess of Pain


    Siren


    Stewie






    Victor, Wolfthane, Lui and A Broken Heart


    Wilhelm, Chyna, Nikard, JaSaloran and Max Pain


    Willard Wonker








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    The Blaze Tent, The Dawn and The Battle
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 10:41 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Malas News <<< The Blaze Tent, The Dawn and The Battle
    Click the image to open in full size.The Blaze Tent, The DawnClick the image to open in full size.
    and The Battle


    August 8th, 2009


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    In Attendance:
    Arrow [TNP], ABRACADABRA [IAN], Autolycus, Bud Miser, Bridgette [TNP],
    Bella of Zed [SHE], Bravo Kitty, Blackguardian [VTG], Blackthorns [MOB],
    BeastMaster [H^TE], Callisto, Count Zero [SHE], Drucilla Frost [RAZE],
    Droop [RAZE], drakemore [RBG], Doopliss [DWxC], Deth Karail [RBG],
    Earik, ExiledConnections [KFC], Ebenezr Wildweed [$GS$], EnFiNeT [OATH],
    Fairfax [S|A], FURIO, Genocide Junkie, Gothic Knightwind [RAZE], GRIM [[email protected]],
    Human, HITMAN [CKS], HachiMan, Hudson [DWxC], hause [NC-17], Ivan [TEB],
    Indian Chief Joe RBG, Julius Michaels [P8V], Jigo [RBG], Kristina [KDS],
    knight Wolf, KallasBR, Keebler, KingHen [KFC], KallasBR [P8V],
    Lord Gareth [OkuC], Lady Jade [[email protected]], Lazy Man H^TE, Lady Thera [-CF-],
    Lord Mirt [TEB], Limerence [S*D], Lady Emma Silvermane [RBG], Lord Ryce [FwD],
    Lord Kenndrix VI [P8V], Lord Nostadamus [SHE], Lineus [TEE], Lord Tolek,
    Lord Gramps [F*V], Lady SantanaII [IAN], Lord taselholf, Lord Celestial Knight,
    Mynn [CAT], Malia [DWxC], Murmandamus, Niva the Savage [T_T], NANOC [DWxC],
    Nancy Drew [DREW], Prometheus [H^TE], Promathia [FoA], Pink, Pets'R'us,
    Phoenix [DWxC], RAGNAR, Ry, Raven [FwD], Radaghast [DmG], Radaghast [DmG],
    Sami [S*D], Sage Delta [H^TE], Silence [OATH], San Grellon, Sherry [KFC],
    TinkerBell, Tobi [RAZE], TriX, Vampiro [SHE], WitchBlade [Kai]


    Click the image to open in full size.

    Sherry:
    "From whence she come we do not know, only that she has returned!
    And together we shall fight this evil king. and the vile Shadowlords shall be pushed
    back into the hell they come from!

    Lady Dawn has returned to us!"

    Click the image to open in full size.

    Dawn:
    Greetings Citizens
    I hath heard of Casca proclaimed himself ruler
    of this land. He wants to take over Luna with the help
    of the Shadowlords and destroy this fine city. We have
    seen what evil can destroy. I hath called upon the Platinum
    Dragons to assist in fighting the Shadowlords and Casca.
    I shall also need you the citizens to assist me too.

    If we are successful and thy citizens want me to be your
    Queen and Ruler then I shall.

    Click the image to open in full size.

    Dawn:
    Greetings old friend.

    Fayaxion:
    Hath been to long indeed M'lady.

    Dawn:
    The citizens need thy assistance.

    Fayaxion:
    You no doubt are aware. The vile elf hath allied himself
    with the Crimsons and the Shadowlords. A pox upon this land
    they are. Together we shall overcome this Tyranny.

    Dawn:
    The Shadowlords and Casca art trying to destroy Luna.

    Fayaxion:
    Never! Together we shall rise up. The Crimsons and Shadowlords
    shall fear the name Fayaxion! I offer you the aide of my race.
    We shall unseat this unjust king!

    Dawn:
    Their are many foul creatures to slay but, not the ones here
    that need a bath. Together we shall destroy evil.

    Fayaxion:
    And let all citizens of this land be free of those Evils!

    Dawn:
    I hath word of the Crimson Dragons assisting Casca.

    Fayaxion:
    And so they shall be crushed!

    Dawn:
    I heard that Casca departed extremely fast when things got tough.

    Fayaxion:
    His Cowardice Knows no Bounds!!

    Dawn:
    I shall fight to the Death if needed to save these lands.

    Dawn:
    Art thou with me... If So Yell Aye!!

    (THE CROWED SCREAMED WITH AYE!!
    Dawn turned to KallasBR who did not say Aye!)

    Dawn:
    Hath thee Nothing to say or art thou a spy?
    I shall turn his lights out permanently if needed.

    Dawn:
    Thy enemy is already advancing toward the gates,.
    Thy enemy comes in droves. The guards are doing all they can but
    still need help. To the gates and defend thy City!!
    Farewell and Safe Journeys my friend.

    The gathered forces marched back into the city and began to battle
    many different creatures at the East Luna Gate. They were joined
    shortly by Dawn and Fayaxion.

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    After the invasion force was beaten back. Lady Dawn spoke to the gathered force.
    The remaining invasion forces needed to be cleaned out of Luna City.

    Dawn:
    Not too close or thy shall feel the cold of my steel sword.
    (She said to Nancy Drew)

    Dawn:
    Loot thy corpses and collect thy rewards.

    (With that said people Scrambled to get to the corpses
    in hopes to find a special EM item.)

    Dawn:
    Citizens go in groups of four and circle thy city to make
    sure their is no more invasion.

    Everyone mounted up and followed along side Dawn to inspect
    all the entrances to Luna City.

    Click the image to open in full size.

    Once all forces were gone from the city Dawn stood at the famous Escus mall and
    addressed the men and women who defended Luna city.

    Dawns Speech

    Click the image to open in full size.

    "Citizens we have beaten back part of the invasion.
    Their will be one last battle to come with the fighting of
    the Crimson and Platinum Dragons. I feel that battle will be very soon.

    I fear that battle shall be in the morrow sometime.
    The battle shall be within 24hours. Casca hath gotten word by
    now that we beat back his attempts.

    The battles winners shall be determined by your Event Moderators.
    They will monitor the outcome.

    The times for battle will be when Casca decides to show his pitiful self.
    The Event Moderators will monitor who is winning and who is losing.
    Not all shards will be the same.

    Some will side with the Platinum Dragons.
    Some shards the Crimson dragons.

    Its you the citizens who decide the fate of this shard.

    The house of Commons was destroyed and by my creed I proclaim
    it to be rebuilt. By your winning the battle against Casca I shall become
    your Queen.

    I fight with you and not against you. I am no dictator.
    I let you decide the outcome of tomorrows battle.
    You get the honor of knowing you destroyed Casca.
    Destroy Casca and Luna Stands."

    ExiledConnections Screamed: "BRING BACK LORD BLACKTHRON!!!!"

    "Lord Blackthorn is no longer in this realm.
    If spilling my blood to save you is what it takes then I shall see
    tomorrow in battle. Till tomorrow Citizens who from now on I will
    refer to as Friends. Hail Friends!"

    (A Hail came from all over the crowed gathered outside of Escus.)

    "Safe Journeys to all my friends."

    With all of that said, Dawn left the group to gather her strength for the
    coming battle tomorrow night! While still gathered people had something
    to say as well.

    Julius Michaels
    "Let Dawn be Queen and let Luna Burn"

    CharGar
    "Tes! Let Luna Burn!"

    Ebenezr Wildweed
    "DOWN WITH THE FZERG"

    Promathia
    "I challenge you right now Dawn!"

    Genocide Junkie
    "I better get a fricken drop in my pack."

    Arrow
    "Were with you Dawn"

    Lord Gareth
    "Dawn Wins Luna Stands? Hmmm...."

    Bravo Kitty
    "I LIKE DAWN"

    Ebenezr Wildweed
    "DOWN WITH WALMART ERR LUNA"

    ExiledConnection
    "Bring Back Lord Blackthorn!!!"
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    PaxLair Emergency War Meeting
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 10:35 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Tokuno Islands News <<< PaxLair Emergency War meeting
    Click the image to open in full size. PaxLair Emergency War Meeting Click the image to open in full size.
    August 8th, 2009


    Click the image to open in full size.

    In Attendance:

    Bozydar [TEB], CharGar [F*V], Cherokee [H^TE], Cor Mal'ian, Droop [RAZE],
    Gareth [OkuC], Gregur [*V*], Hells Angel, Hudson [DWxC], Lord Mirt [TEB],
    Lady TAMINGdeSHREW [TNP], Lord Celestial Knight, Lord Nostadamus [SHE],
    Lucien Snow [S*D], Lord Scavenger [UTB], Lazyman [H^TE], Limerence [S*D],
    Lady Angelica, Lord Nostadomus [SHE], Lissa Eldi [*V*], Niva The Savage [T_T],
    Nanoc [DWxC], Of The Thighs [TNP], Phoenix [DWxC], Raven [FwD],
    Savannah [DWxC], Tiny [C-F], Uphir, Vran [DWxC], Wints-Mar [OATH], Yarmond,



    A message went out around the world from the PaxLair Statehood. People passed it
    along to other friends and guildmates. Those who could attend showed up in PaxOku
    city or took the moongate from Luna provided by Lady Tayor [OATH].

    Click the image to open in full size.

    Acting Governor Nanoc, Angelica of Luna and Lord Gareth of PaxOku city hosted the event
    in the City Hall of PaxOku City. They provided the people come came with information
    on the Dragons, Battle plans and Healer areas. Below you will find the information
    presented by each person and also suggestions from the crowed.


    Lord Gareth:
    Thank you all for coming on such short notice.
    Id also like to thank Nanoc, and Angelica
    for helping throw this together at the last minute.
    and to thsoe of you who passed along the message.
    This is to discuss and inform you all about the
    final battle and what we have setup so far.
    With that said ill turn it over to Nanoc the
    acting Governor of the PaxLair Statehood.


    Mayor Nanoc:
    Greetings. We usually have these battle strategy meetings. We have
    a history here of different cities from time to time coming under siege. Its
    best to get together and talk about the best battle fronts.We have had to
    assess rather quickly the tactics needed to fight the invasion. With a plan
    maybe we will have better success. You all are battle veterns. We would like
    to take some time and hopefully get some plans for the near future so I
    shall first try to bring some history. The crimson Dragons and the platinum
    Dragons. Were introduced not long ago and they seem to be on our side. As
    far as Casca he seems to be heading toward the position of a tyrant and
    seems Dawn is here to help us stop that. This is all I have for now.
    Lady Angelica will speak about vendors and healers.

    Healers Information - Lady Angelica

    Lady Angelica:
    Thank you.
    We have had several enhances bandaids and bandages donated already
    and we are hoping to set up a rez center at Angelica's Attic. If we can
    keep it clear of spawn. If anyone needs a rune or where it is let me know.
    Lord Gareth if you have anything else to add.

    Lord Gareth:
    We are also looking for people to be healers to keep our forces alive.
    As most know we do have the luna healers and moongate You also
    will know that everyone seems to insta die after res there. So we are
    useing the Angelica's attic to form a healers area. It has been setup with
    two anks of Sacrifice already. So we still need bandaids all kinds and kegs
    We will run through them quickly so the more the better. See Lady Angelica
    or myself to donate, Bandaids, Kegs, Enchanted food and Petals.

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    Tamers Information - Lord Gareth

    If we can find a few to use a Beetle and Mare this would help out tons.
    Beetles can hit lower defense on the monsters making them easier for all
    pets and warriors to take them down. Also not all monsters have magery
    skill and the DP Posion they wouldn't be able to cure.

    Another thing tamers can help with is cross healing.
    Try to find a few dexers and pull up their health bars.
    Obviously keeping people alive longer will help ensure success.

    Lady CharGar:
    if I may Lord Gareth. Last time the crimsons were here. we used archers,
    mages and cusidhes

    Droop:
    Hiryus worked ok too.

    Lady CharGar:
    So the mages would primarily be used for greater heal on the dogs.
    Would take 5-6 people at lest. If we had a disco tamers we could use those
    on the tormented Minotaurs I guess thats all the info I have. Oh!

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    Use enchancted Apples!
    Use enchancted Apples!
    Use enchancted Apples!
    Use enchancted Apples!

    I cant stress that enough and orange petals.

    Melee and Mage Information - Mayor Nanoc

    Nanoc:
    Okay for you melee people and mages. Mages should watch out for guards.
    If in guard zone no Evs. The guards are active during the invasion so be careful.
    Fields spell to keep invading forces grouped.

    CharGar:
    I lead them to guards the Skele Drags

    Nanoc:
    Aye good thought. Try and lead what you can to the guards. Melee people
    stay away from the tormented Minotaur. Try and lead other invaders away
    from if you can. Also remember proper preparation.
    Thanks you and goodluck Dragon Speed.


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    Q&A

    What type of slayer should I use against Minotaurs?
    Bovine Slayers

    Can we use Dragons?
    I wouldnt! Crimson Dragons will unbond your pet and eat it!

    What should we use then?
    Hyru and Cu.

    Where can we put EVs so we don't get whacked?
    Cast them down on the East exit gate of Luna. Its unlikely they will
    get the chance to go into guards territory.

    When and where is the invasion?
    We believe it is somewhere between 7-9pm. Our best guess for the
    location is East side of Luna or the entire city.

    Can you update us on Commander Foxx?
    Seems Commander Foxx is going to put down scrolls in Buc's Den.
    We are unsure of when.

    What about glass daggers?
    We haven't heard anything. BUT you can always come prepared.

    Blackrock?
    Just be careful is your carrying it you might infect things. It may be a good
    idea to have some handy for the Shadowlords.

    Partner up for cross heals?
    You should try to partner up with someone to cross heal eachother.
    The longer you stay alive the more damage you can do. So try to group
    up with someone before entering the battle grounds.

    Minotaurs Tip
    An alliance member on Baja made an observation when he was fighting
    them one on one. He was going fine but the minute a dragon started to
    help he was getting one shot killed.The more pets and players attacking
    it the more special damage it did.

    Where To Meet

    Healers meet in Angelicas Attic. It is on the East side of Luna. Marble building by
    the main East Luna gate.

    Most of PaxLair will try to meet at the second floor meeting area if it is safe.
    If not meet at Loopy's at the Fair vendor mall which is located right across
    the street from the Luna City Fair Grounds.
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    Alliance Dawning
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 9:37 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<

    Last evening Lady Dawn was scheduled to lead a party destined for a meeting with the mysterious silver-robed seers. Unfortunately, she never arrived at the Britain Counselor's Hall. The strange bird seen scavenging the corpses after the Shadow Army's unsuccessful attempts to conquer Luna flew into the building and directed attention to a letter laying on a display case.

    Strange BirdDawn left a letter asking that we meet her 'at the place mentioned in Sherry's story.' The story she references is not Sherry's well-known My Story, but a lesser-known work called Cat and the Mongbat. However, the copy which had been left for the group to read had been pilfered by the vile avian. It forced the crowd to chase it all the way to The Cleaver butchershop before relinquishing the tome.

    Sherry's tale told of her day at a fair in mainland Skara Brae and her outsmarting a hungry tabby. A mad stampede to the Jollier Fairgrounds ensued, causing many to rush headlong into a battalion of the Shadow Army.

    In the center of the chaos at the Fairgrounds stood Dawn, motionless as a statue - because she was one. Surrounding her current form were golden statues similar to the ones found in Deceit when Casca was using the Moongate Control Crystal in the secret chamber.

    Statuesque Dawn at the Jollier Fairgrounds

    True Shrieking GrotesqueAfter the army's defeat, a statue called the True Shrieking Grotesque cried out to those gathered that a lich named Pygmalion had turned Lady Dawn into statue, and that he currently resided in the dungeon of Covetous where he practiced necroartistry.

    Pygmalion the Insane ArtistWe found Pygmalion in the crypts deep in Covetous, surrounded by many lich lords and skeletal warriors. The lich's demise came following a protracted battle, but eventually it was safe enough to peruse a book he had written about his passion. It described his work, and the foul act he perpetrated on Lady Dawn:

    Lady Dawn Statue

    Excerpt from My Art, My Genius
    by Pygmalion

    This current masterpiece was a request. I don't usually lower my art to the whims of others, but these Shadowlords understand my vision. Each one is singularly devoted to an artistic metaphor. Even the people they choose to associate with fit this theme. Astaroth has his hatred and his thug Andrew. A beautiful motion of aggression and despise. Nosfentor uses his kitten Melissa to kill from the shadows, a performance piece of cowardice. Faulinei's lies are poetry. I wish I could paint the many faces of his man, the Pauper, the Prince. The masterpiece they want shows their vision.

    While petrification isn't my usual route, I understand why they want this heroine's curse to be temporary. They want to wake the stone of her form after they have won, to gloat and show the mastery of their vice. They need a paragon of virtue to juxtapose with their own metaphors. To follow their goals, I have cast a simple petrification spell on this Dawn. When the time comes, I will deliver the three mallet and chisel sets I have made to seal the curse. Each Shadowlord will take hold of a set and strike against the stone human, passing the magic to her stone form to reawaken it. A few spell words are necessary as well Vas An Ort Rel Ylem In Mani. Beautiful. Such artistry if I do say so myself. Now where in my studio did I put those mallets?

    Somehow, I was fortunate enough to retrieve one of the mallet and chisels myself from the putrid corpse of the necroartist. A similar mallet had been located by Thanatos Angelos of the Legacy of the Fallen, and the third was retrieved by an unknown individual. We returned to the Fairgrounds to free Lady Dawn of her condition before she began to attract pigeons.

    Unfortunately, this is where things went began to go awry. Several misguided citizens decided to take it upon themselves to be as juvenile and disruptive as possible, causing it to take far longer to revive Dawn then necessary. Once back amongst the flesh and blood, she urged us onward to the Shrine of Spirituality where the meeting with the mysterious seer was overdue.

    Unsurprisingly, the Shrine was guarded by minions of the Shadowlords intent on preventing access. Once their corpses rested peacefully on the forest floor, Dawn chanted the Mantra of Spirituality triggering the magic which would allow us to access the seer's location.

    In reality, the seer turned out to be Fayaxion, a majestic Platinum Dragon. Sadly, the children in the crowd behaved deplorably - swarming the dragon and interfering with its attempt to speak with Dawn.

    Fayaxion the Platinum Dragon

    Shouting over the stupidity, the pair came to an agreement of alliance to defend the realm from the Shadowlords, Casca, and the Crimson Dragons. Lady Dawn will lead the Virtuous citizens in the crusade against the forces of evil.

    Their first joint action will be to end the Shadow Army threat against Luna tomorrow afternoon. Lady Dawn asks that all able bodied warriors and mages assemble by 2:30pm by the Central Skies (2pm CST, August 9th, 2009).

    (OOC: Those who disrupted this event and acted like spoiled brats should be ashamed, their guilds should be ashamed, and the shard of Great Lakes should be ashamed. Spamming, crowding, and trash talk have no place at an EM event - or any event for that matter. Grow up.)

    LONG LIVE DAWN!
    LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

    Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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    Paladin Intelligence Penned by Squire of Luna Second Watch, Hiss.
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 4:13 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
    >>> Malas News <<<

    If you are reading this report, it is undoubted that you are preparing for the invasion that Dawn foretold. My name is Darrius Hiss, and I am a former resident of Britain. I witnessed a few of the forward attacks on Luna over the past few days, my Commander has ordered me to distribute what little information we have on the possible combatants this evening, I shall do so.

    It has been reported that the beats of Doom has been witnessed. More accurately, the creatures within The Gauntlent. These include, but may not be limited too, The Abysmal Horrors,The Darknight Creepers,The Flesh Render, The Impaler. I have included separate bound scrolls on each of the beings, they contain more information than I could ever pen.

    A tightly bound scroll marked "Abysmal Horror"*
    A tightly bound scroll marked "Darknight Creeper"* A tightly bound scroll marked "Flesh Renderer"*
    A tightly bound scroll marked "Impaler"* A tightly bound scroll marked "Shadow Knight"*

    I have also personally sited the following creatures, Strange Ethereal Wyrms, also known as Shadow Wyrms, Minotaur of all manner, both Paragon and "Shadow Infected", a multitude of undead, and another "Shadow Infected" creature resembling a Hydra, I have also heard rumors of any myriad of monster in this new infected state.

    There is, of course, the possibility of the presence of a the dreaded Crimson Dragon. I witnessed them in my time in Britain, I am including whatever I could muster on the aforementioned creatures and a few Tenants of Battle.



    Tenants of Battle
    1.Do not bring tamed Dragons, if a Crimson does appear it will untame it.
    2.Summons are not recommended when fighting the Shadow Hydra, it appears to consume then and regenerate.
    3.Running around any Paragons that may appear is not advised, it draws their attention.


    Goodluck to you all.

    A tightly bound scroll marked "Shadow Wyrm"* A tightly bound scroll marked "The Hydra"* A tightly bound scroll marked "The Minotaur and related forces"*



    But the smallest amount of death, and a noble mage taking cover behind a minotaur corpse.

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    The Excavation Continues
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<< The Excavation Continues
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    August 08, 2009

    Written by Lady Phoenix [DWxC]
    Pictures by NANOC [DWxC]


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    The group gathered on the shores where the Posiden's Fury lays in wreckage and grew impatient waiting for Lady Andrea Kildare to arrive. Slowly she made her way through the awaiting crowd and with much hemming and hawing and a most embarrassed look on her face she had bad news to tell us. It seems the Royal Engineers were unable (was it they were unwilling?) or unattainable at the moment to make the much needed winch. She went on to explain it may have something to do with the Luna invasions and all help is needed there. She promptly sent us over to the coconut grove where Balander has taken up residency in a tent.

    Balander informed the gathering of volunteers that this artifact was indeed spawned by the hand of the great god Posiden so that mortals would not be able to find it nor of the power to use it. What could this artifact be that controls the seas? The great mage wanted to know if we all remember the password that we had gotten from a simple riddle. Yes, Yes we yelled and then the word GOLDFISH could be heard. Balander needed to return to his home in Moonglow, that he so hastily left when first hearing of the finding of this artifact. Having been to his home months ago few could remember where it was located. Suddenly shouts from the group said it lays southeast of Moonglow..take the east gate out of town. With no encounters, quite surprising as Lord Casca still wishes to see this man Balander, we safely returned to his home. Balander pulled several books from the shelves, flipping pages and muttering but obviously we had been followed for out of no where executioners and evil mages appeared surrounding us. The battle raged on both inside and out. Our group fought hard, telling Balander to continue looking for this tome of knowledge, while we kept the forces back.

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    I have found it ..he cried...most disturbing it is for it seems we need a magical energy crystal to recharge the battery. Lady Crystal offered him a power crystal asking if this would work.. he sadly shook his head. Another offered him a communication crystal...muttered Nay this is not the crystal. The crystal you seek is in a magical place, an ancient magical crystal of this type would not be found easily. Balander went on to say.. I will send word to Commander Foxx so that he might plan how we are to obtain such a crystal and where it perhaps is located. Commander Foxx will leave a scroll telling all when and where we are to gather. We are to check the Pirates Den located in Buc's Den (trammel) word will be left there for us.

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    **(Please note the Andrea Kildare scroll is old and should not be taken as the scroll left.)**


    *Special Thanks to Lady Phoenix and Lord Nanoc for covering the story while I was away. Also a thanks to the owner of Loopy's At The Fair. Id be lost trying to get around without your rune books.*
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    Meeting With Dawn Tonight
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 3:13 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Malas News <<< MeetingwithDawnAtLunaFairgrounds
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    August 8th, 2009


    Sherry the Mouse appeared at WRR Deal or No Deal and Lord Joseph
    appeared at the Luna Bank to inform the citizens of Chesapeake about a
    meeting to take place at the Luna Fairgrounds. The Luna fairgrounds was
    reported completed a few weeks ago. Designed by the EMs and Lord
    Gareth of PaxOku City. The fairgrounds has Three main tents on the North
    side. We are unsure exactly which one we will be meeting at.


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    Dawn Calls All Willing to Arms!!
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
    >>> Ilshenar News <<<The call had been answered!



    The sound of hissing steam and flapping wings only made Dawn's appearance more grand. Cascading across the pure white gaseous background, she stood as the beacon of hope and courage that she had in the times before.


    Dawn's addressed the eager masses, but before her rhetoric found it's stride a new figure made it's presence known, a robed figure, draped in a peculiar gray cloak..



    However this soon proved to be a facade for a much more powerful form. This, Fayaxion was revealed, or as the populous may more commonly refer to as a Platinum Dragon.

    The discussion seemed brief yet informative, it was made clear that he Shadowlords had set their gaze unto the Paladin Stronghold of Luna, and that the attacks that had been occurring were merely forward scouts and raiding parties, the real force had yet to be seen. Dawn raised her glinting sword to the air and proclaimed her intentions above the hiss of steam and the hammer fall of the native Gargish people's toils.



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    Casca Outlaws the High Council!!
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 7:02 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<Yesterday evening, at 7:29pm, citizens of Britannia began to gather at the castle awaiting Casca’s speech.



    Lord Casca arrives. . .



    His speech is as follows:
    Greetings fine people of Britannia, in whom I serve!
    I have requested you all here tonight…
    To be informed upon the many things happening in our kingdom.
    I wish there was but a touch of news to bring me elation . . .
    Unfortunately it pulls terribly upon my heart.
    The situation in Luna is dire . . .
    Dark beasts of all sorts have been marching on this great merchant city.
    The paladins and brave citizens have held out fairly well . . .
    But the death toll is climbing, I fear Luna will not hold out.
    The recent pirate raids have been escalating in an incomprehensible fashion.
    What began as small raids on Vesperian merchant ships . . .
    Has turned into full invasions in many towns.
    As of yet, these invasions have been limited to the Felucca facet . . .
    Where Dupree and his True Britannians have held out strong.
    Now a recent happening that makes me very sad indeed . . .
    Was the attempted murder of a woman and the torching of her house.
    This woman, Dawn, has been suspected of leading a sort of resistance against me.
    But the people who took such false justice into their own hands shall not be tolerated.
    One of my most trusted scouts of the Royal Guard witnessed the action . . .
    And informs me that it was none other than several members of the High Council, itself!
    Such a rogue governmental body simply cannot exist!
    So, for the safety of us all, from this day forth the High Council is outlawed!
    All councilors should turn themselves in, or face extreme punishment . . .


    One citizen asked Casca a very good question, to which they received no answer. . .of course.




    The outlawing of the High Council was met with disbelief and much anger.





    The speech ended with a Royal Guard announcing that the city of Luna was once again under attack and the brave citizens rushed to defend Luna once again. Although there was no sign of Casca OR the Royal Guard within the defense force…

    The High Council and Dawn must be protected at all costs. This self-proclaimed “king” has finally shown his true colors. This next step in an effort to overturn the true governing body of our fair land was not completely unexpected, but of course, shocking to say the least. What will be his next step in complete domination?
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    Travel Advisory: Luna
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 2:42 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
    >>> Malas News <<<Travel Advisory Warning: Luna

    Please be advised that the Mayor of Luna, is issuing a warning to the citizens of Luna and the kingdom of Britannia that Luna is no longer a safe haven.

    Increase in attacks and their ferocity have made the city deemed unsafe for travel.

    Particular caution must be observed on Monday 10th of August, around 7pm AEST.

    DO NOT enter Luna lightly. Beware! Luna is NOT safe.

    You have been warned.

    Signed,

    Mayor of Luna

    Gorrow.

    Gorrow of Luna sent this message today and I am passing it on to you.
    Be Careful People!!

    Shiel.
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    Tax Man Heralds Invasions!
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    Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 2:20 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
    >>> Malas News <<<Lord Casca has seen fit to follow up on the raising of the taxes within the provinces and towns by sending a Royal Tax Collector to Luna for the first time last Wednesday, then again last night, in order to try and pry tax money from the Mayor, Gorrow.



    "Hello, Gorrow" he said in a flat voice. "I said, hello Gorrow. The King wants his money." his very voice bespoke menace and I am sure that Goorow did not like the look of that club either. Certainly he seemed to keep his distance as much as he could...

    Tezza chose to address Wez.. "Hail oh mighty one!"
    He blinked in surprise.."Are you talking to me?"
    Tezza repsonded.. "Well I am facing you."



    Morgan, Prophet and myself among the crowd vehemently denied that WE would be paying any tax. Wez surprised me by his response..



    He then went on to clain he was here to collect what GORROW had been collecting from us..




    "A big bag of gold. That's what I was told to collect."

    The confused populace tried to determine the exact amount that should be contained in this big bag of gold, but to no avail.

    "The money should be coming from him, he is the Mayor."

    "Well collect it then and buy yourself some decent clothing." said Morgan derisively.

    "He is not paying up... and seems to be ignoring me." said Wez. "What is wrong with my clothing?"

    "Dress appropriately." said Morgan.

    "This is appropriate.. " he said, in an injured tone..

    "For killing zombies in New Haven.." Morgan responded.

    "z..zzombies?" said Wez, looking very unsure of himself now.. then he straightened and made an effort to look menacing again "Zombies.. they do not bother me.."

    Wez tried to turn the conversation back to the reason for his visit. "Gorrow! The king wants his money!" He looked around at the crowd, with a look on his face that said he wished they would leave him alone to do his job.

    Daniella asked how much Gorrow owed the King, but Wez did not seem to know the answer to that.

    Morgan tried to install a better sense of fashion on poor Wez at this point. "This is not gold!" he said desperately.. "Try these.." she wheedled. "I will not!" he said. "I prefer what I am wearing."

    "I am here for one thing.. and it's a big bag of gold. Gorrow needs to pay the town taxes."

    "He isn't paying up."

    "He is useless" Morgan said.. "Like Casca and Costume. So kill him!"



    "He can't guarantee the towns safety if you don't pay up."

    "He doesn't protect the town.. " Morgan said. "I'm afraid he does." Wez responded.

    After some heckling by the crowd Wez obviously grew impatient with the conversation. Some had offered to pay what was required but that request also fell on deaf ears. "So I won't be leaving with a bag of gold, eh?"

    "I won't be attacking Gorrow, but he will pay. One way or another." he sighed, as if he wished he didn't know what came next. "I have other towns to visit. Beware Citizens, your Mayor has put you in danger. Grave and imminent danger."

    "Do we look scared?" Morgan asked.

    "No, but best you leave. I would not stay here. It is now unsafe. Take Heed." Wez took one last look around as if it would be the last time he saw it this way.

    With that, he left us through the moongate.
    Then the invasion began. For the sake of brevity I have only included one or two pictures from each night. Feel free to post any you took below.




    On Friday night, he returned to Luna and I joined the conversation slightly after he started. When I arrived, Lethality had just offered to pay the taxes of every man there and had asked who the cheques were to be made out to. Looks like we know who to go to if we need a loan!



    Wez replied that Gorrow should be in receipt of all taxes. Gandorf the Grey demanded to see the books and was told to go and seek audience with the King in Britain. Several people asked how to do this, but he did not seem to know. As he travels from town to town, he says he is not privy to the daily running of the castle.

    "Your Mayor has cast your lot to the Fates" intoned Wez.
    "Blame him for any deaths."

    "You have been warned!" and walked to the moongate and disappeared through it.

    With that the invasion began anew! All types of Daemons and dragons, wraiths and a bone dragon decended upon Luna again Friday night. This particular shot, the daemons flew down from the wall to attack us standing below!



    Perhaps most terrifying of all, a Crimson Dragon was seen right inside Luna Bank! The town guard seemed to ignore it. After a running battle, where it moved all over the bank causing much Chaos in its wake, it finally lay dead in the upstairs room. I hope the maids manage to get the blood out of the inn sheets!






    The Citizens combined together to beat them back, but it was some time before they were able to do so.

    May this be halted soon!

    * How does the tax collector become the Herald for these Invasions?

    * As he works for Casca, does Casca actually order them, or know who does?

    * Who will help us bring a permanent end to the fighting so the Citizens of Luna can live in Peace once more?

    So many questions.. the answers remain yet to be seen.

    In hopes everyone remains safe,

    Shiel.
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    Pastry is Top Priority!
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    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009, 10:06 PM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<This is your reporter on the spot - catching up with the news for the last week. This is the first in a series of reports to bring you up to speed with the latest on Oceania. Things are happening so fast it has been difficult to keep up!

    On Tuesday evening, Lord Casca appeared to us in Lord British's Castle, the ruling seat of Britannia. Being an impartial news reporter is difficult for this article.. Down with the King!! He would never measure up to the Great Lord British! There thats the last opinionated comment I will make!

    Casca announced he had called us here to announce the new taxes.



    "The increase was a fair and just one, a decision the Royal Council stamped with their seal also" he said.

    "The money will help fund the increase in costs to help protect our kingdom."

    He described the recent Shadowlord attacks within towns as reason to assume there will be more attacks.

    "If a province or town were to fall short in payment, I could not guarantee their protection, as I could not afford to allocate appropriate resources."

    I commented at this point... "I don't see you bearing arms, oh mighty king..."

    To which the reply was "I could not put myself in danger, that is not what a king does. I rule and manage the kingdom. I am not here to be liked and I understand there are some out there who feel the same way."

    He was, of course, not in Britannia when the likes of Lord British himself roamed the lands and fought with us, or even Ailis Faolain or Dupre. Do we want an administrator as King? With only his taxes so far to show for his rule he is not making a good impression.

    Prophet suggested that he should be replaced! The general feeling in the room was in agreement.

    "Those who outwardly and publicly denounce the new scheme will be made an example of.." he continued. "I have brought you here to show you an example of one such person."

    Viktor did not try very hard to mask his glee.

    "Dawn, of Yew, has been chastised, royally, for speaking out against her king. Captain Cotume, at his leisure, will be gating you to show you what becomes of those dissidents."

    Lady Dawn is a figure from history - Knight of the Realm and member of the old Council (most of whom were murdered so Casca might ascend to the throne). She fought in the war against the Juka and landed the killing blow on Lord Blackthorn himself! You can read more of her exploits with links to the old BNN articles here.

    Viktor, the lapdog, then gated us to a small house in the outskirts of Yew that is on fire! The sign proclaimed it to be the house of Dawn.
    "This is what will become of all whom oppose the King!" he said.



    "There is another matter we must discuss. Earlier today someone of great value disappeared. King Casca's favourite pastry chef."

    Konge responded with "Nay, I shall not unite with a Shadow Lord Pig and tool!"

    Davin Forsosa was of a similar mind.. "Yes... because as a member of the Royal Guard I'm more concerned about a pastry chef than the murder of a daughter of a knight of Lord British!"

    As was Konge.. "You kill a hero and want us to save a pastry chef..."

    However, at this point, with no body at the scene, we will have to hope that Dawn herself is still alive. I also cannot imagine that a fire could kill such a figure as Lady Dawn. We will hope, for Britannia's sake this is not the case.

    Viktor said that the chef was traveling to Skara to meet with the Mayor and gated us to Skara Brae to begin our search. He told us the chef's name was Fendrel and that we may need to get aggressive with people. He said we have the King's permission.. although I would not say that we need his permission!

    Everyone spread out to begin the search. The first clue was held by Brun the Mayor's Aide in the Council Office in Skara.



    He finally told us, after being begged, cajoled and finally punched that he was escorting Fendrel and Rosco to see the Mayor in Skara. Rosco was a scribe that lived somewhere exclusive in Yew. He apparently fled back to Yew and Brun reported to the Mayor that they didn't turn up. So off to Yew to look for Rosco and see what else we could find out :)

    Rosco was located in the Yew Courts. I think I missed part of the message, but he told us there was a guardhouse along one of the roads leading from Yew where a guard named Mac is stationed. He may be of further assistance.



    Mac the Guard has been stationed here a long time it seems.. he was found on the road between Yew and the Britain swamp.




    HORUS was talking to him when I came in.. when he asked about Fendrel that was the response he was given. He informed us that orcs were paid to drag Fendrel away! Strange behaviour for orcs.. they came in and took just him from them, without laying a finger on either Rosco or Mac. He had heard rumors of a large colony somewhere near Yew.

    By the time I had found all three of these, I was informed that Fendrel had been rescued. I will post more pictures of the battle when I have access to them.. send them in to [email protected] or post them for all to see.



    He rewarded all present with one of Mesanna's Cream Pies! If you manage to get hold of one of these.. you are able to throw them at others who have one (like snowballs) :)



    It seems Fendrel is now on the run as he tried to poison the King's pie! There is hope for us yet if even the elves disapprove of his taking the Britannian throne. He asked us not to reveal his location and some enterprising individuals led by Tezza, took Viktor away down to the docks so that Fendrel could hide in safety.



    Viktor was understandably annoyed with us for letting such a dangerous criminal escape! *cheers for the Citizens of Britannia!* i am sure we will "harbour" him quite happily *chuckles*

    There is more to come! Stay tuned.

    Shiel.
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    The Path of Nightmares
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    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009, 8:37 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<The Revenge of the Scythians Chapter 3: The Path of Nightmares

    As the last evanescent rays of amber light dipped beneath the western horizon, and the crimson sickle of the Feluccian moon arose to take its hallowed place, a mournful silence descended upon the lips of those brave few and bloodied souls, who by some trick of Tyche or by the blessing of the Holy Light, had managed to survive that days betrayal and the merciless horrors that followed.

    The Battle of the Black Gates. Yes, that is what the chroniclers shall one day call it. Old men, centuries from now, who know nothing of its glory or its sorrows, for such words can never truly describe the evils done that day.

    The Order of the Royal Flush, as the rebellion against the tyrant king had come to be known, was now broken by whispers of betrayal and divided amongst its various factions and orders. Where was the Grand Alliance that had bravely stood against the Shadowlords themselves? But there they gathered, a handful of bloodstained and battered survivors, at the J'helom moongate in Trammel. There to await the King of Thieves. There to await the location of their next battle.

    They would break Casca's mercenary horde. Or they would die trying.



    Nicholas, the one called The Old, closed his eyes as he stepped through the blue portal, summoning to his mind an image of J'helom. A moment later, there he stood amongst them, his wolflike eyes watching the battered knights and weary sorcerers that surrounded him.

    Before him stood a disorganized band of mercenary knights and adventuring companies, the badges and banners of their various orders catching the breeze that lifted off the sea. To his left, he saw old friends and allies. Lady Wildstar, surrounded by Knights of the Blue Rose. Lady Drusilla, and others. Soviet Knuckle loaded a bolt into his crossbow. To his right, mounted on her black charger, was Cymidei Fier, flanked by members of her own order. Never was there a more villanous looking woman, he thought to himself as he stepped towards Wildstar and Drusilla.

    The Widow appeared first, stepping from the gate amongst the crowd. Lady Fahnzjell British, who according to her own accounts, was the wife of Lord Cantabrigian. Although there were skeptics, the Scythian Bretheren and the True Sosarians had chosen to back her claim. She offered a few words of support to the weary men and women who stood there, rousing them with portents of victory. While few doubted the foresight of Lady British, few could imagine taking victory this day.

    And it was then that Talus appeared to them.



    Talus stepped from the azure portal, where Nicholas the Old and the Widow had stepped from only moments before. The man, an unimposing figure garbed in an ebon shroud, announced that he had been sent by the Thief Master and had discovered the secret lair of Casca's second army.

    "I will meet you at the Gate of Minoc," he announced, disappearing through the portal from whence he came. The Order of the Royal Flush, and their various allies and companions, followed him.

    A moment later, they emerged one by one in the forests west of Vesper. The Windemere, the natives call it.



    Talus awaited them as they streamed through the portal into the circle of stones, and readied their weapons for battle.

    "Casca has sealed this door with another password," Talus announced. "I think you know it. It is the name of Casca's favorite pet."

    "Trubo," someone jeered, sending bellows of laughter throughout the crowd.

    "Close," he replied with a smile.

    Lord Asimov, known to some as the Cabal of Death, stepped towards the blue door. "Bartalbe," he mouthed with contempt.

    The azure portal shifted before their very eyes, turning dark, revealing a crumbling stone staircase that wound into the black abyss below. The Cabal smiled, shifting his gaze to the Old Priest, his Mistress, and then to his young Apprentice. "I will be right back," he hissed.

    The Dryad stepped through the portal into the darkness below. They watched as he descended the crumbling stairs, swallowed by the blackness.

    "Master?" his apprentice called after him. Nothing. They waited another moment.

    "This is bad," a voice finally answered from the darkness. An explosion erupted in the darkness beneath them, sending a section of the ancient stair collapsing into the sea of black beneath them. The Cabal backed up the steps, his twin swords drawn. He swung, beheading a Controller, only to have another step forward to take its place, lashing out at the necromancer. A fireball launched over his head, whistling up through the portal before erupting in a shower of sparks and embers into the skies above.

    Asimov fell back through the portal into the crowd, acrid smoke rising from his armor.

    "You were saying," Nicholas replied, murmuring the words to a healing spell.

    "Kill them all," a feminine voice hissed from behind them. Together, The Knights of the Royal Flush and the Scythians descended into the darkness below.

    They emerged in a crowded antechamber, surrounded by Mercenary Ninja's and Fan Dancers. The warriors went to work, hacking and slashing at any who stood in their way. A few immidiately made for the door.



    Two men began hammering their maces into the door, attempting to break the lock that held it closed.

    Mama Faith heard voices on the other side. "Do NOT open that door," she shrieked.



    But it was too late.

    The door swung open with a loud, thunderous crack. The Controllers, Casca's mercenary wizards, began swarming into the hall. Before anyone realized what had happened, lightning rained down from the cealing above, striking down the combatants below.



    "Get the dragons back, you fools," Sleath shouted, beheading a mercenary ronin with one clean swipe. "You'll get us all killed."

    The Dragons, who had followed their human masters into the battle, seemed to be setting off some sort of anti-draconian mechanism, causing even more lightning to rain down upon them. The bodies of the mighty lizards began collecting at the door.



    Nicholas gazed up at the cealing in confusion, a streak of blood running down his forehead. A bolt of lightning had exploded nearby, he remembered, and he had been thrown to the wall and knocked unconcious.

    As he looked up, a man in a dark robe stood over him.

    "I can heal you," the man smiled. "But it will cost you."



    "You've got to be blinkin' kidding me," the old man groaned.

    After several moments of intense fighting, The Knights of the Royal Flush watched in amazement as the few surviving ronin retreated through the doors into the darkness. They quickly gathered their weapons, knowing they only had moments before the retreating ronin would warn their masters. The gift of suprise was no longer on their side.

    "Ladies," Xel grinned, stepping towards the shattered doorway. "It's been a real pleasure knowing each and every one of you." The Wanderer winked at the Duchess of Dawn, and then at Cymidei Fier. "I expect a sixty-nine gun salute at my funeral."

    The Legendary Wanderer reached beneath his cloak, producing two bottles of Sake. Quickly, he bit off the caps, guzzling down the contents. When he was done, he wiped his chin, and lept into the darkness.

    Malthonion looked to Lorenzo. "I think I just saw his forearms grow to the size of tree trunks," he mouthed in amazement. "And what the hell is a gun?" The other just shrugged in confusion.

    "What a man," one lady breathed, fanning herself.

    The Knights of the Royal Flush lept after the Wanderer, charging down the corridor and into the merciless hordes that awaited them.



    After what seemed like hours to some, mere moments to others, the bodies of hundreds lay strewn throughout the Halls of the Mercenary Horde. An ankle deep river of their crimson blood snaked languidly amongst the scattered remains and dismembered parts of Casca's personal army.

    It beckoned to them. Follow me.

    Nicholas gripped his two blood-stained katanas, his eyes seeming to flicker red in the darkness for a moment. There he found them. Asimov, Sleath, Cymidei, Proserpina, and several of who he did not recognize. They were at the controls of a strange, complex panel with glowing buttons and strange switches and levers.

    The Old Priest ground his teeth as he sheathed his blades, watching as his old enemies worked the strange device.



    A massive, dark crystal rest atop the controls, three black cables snaking their way down from the device to a glowing projector. And atop his projector, hovering in the darkness, was a portal. It was not unlike the moongates of the Britannians, but this one seemed strange to the eye, as though it consumed the light itself.

    Nicholas gazed through the portal, a familiar woodland visible on the other side. The Village of Scythe, a small community of hovels and lean-tos surrounding the infamous Dark Tower.

    "Here," Asimov hissed, shoving someone out of the way. The necromancers patience had worn thin. He laid his hand on the machine, closing his eyes. The transluscent crystal began to shake, a crack running up its surface. A series of clicks and snaps rang out in the darkness, as the portal began to implode upon itself. Without warning, an explosion sent the gathered, including the necromancer, reeling backwards.

    When the dust had settled, they pushed themselves to their feet, the wind knocked out of them. The Black Portal leading to Scythe was gone, only the shattered remains of the crystal standing where the machine once stood.

    It was now time to end the Siege on Heaven's Forge.



    They hacked their way through the defenders, visiting upon them the same cup of sorrows they had delivered upon the helpless peasants and gypsies of Dawn only a month before.

    Vengance was theirs, and oh how sweet it tasted.



    The Oracle appeared in their midsts, watching silently from the shadows as the Knights of the Royal Flush and their Scythian Bretheren burst into the Control Room of Heaven's Forge.



    The Knights wearily summoned the last of their strength. One by one, they began working the complex machine, pressing buttons, pulling levers, seeking the key that would lead to the clockwork monstrosities destruction and end this evil war.



    The Portal to Heaven's Forge finally collapsed, sending shockwaves throughout the ancient corridor.

    When the dust settled, the Knights stood. They laughed together. They cried together. They embraced one another, having snatched victory from the jaws of certain defeat.

    But as they celebrated their victory, they never noticed the echos that reverberated throughout the halls, or the silent trap that awaited them there.



    "I think I heard something," Proserpina announced excitedly, bouncing off her armored charger. The announcement fell on deaf ears, as the weary warriors and exhausted magi celebrated their victory, hugging some unrecognized hero in the center of the crowd. The Poison Girl finally shrugged to herself, bounding off past the distracted Duchess and into the darkness beyond.

    Asimov and Nicholas stood on opposite sides of the hall, watching silently as the Knights talked amongst each other. Neither the Priest, nor the Necromancer, seemed interested in joining them. Their cold eyes seemed to be searching for something.

    The sound of grinding gears and steam suddenly caught Nicholas' attention. He looked across the room, catching the Necromancers gaze. They had both heard it. They both realized at the same time something was missing.

    Nicholas nodded at the Necromancer, signaling up the Hall. The Necromancer sneered, and began sprinting, his divided riding skirts allowing him an ease of movement most ordinary mage robes did not allow.

    "Stay here," The Priest murmured to the Duchess, bounding after the Necromancer.

    Nicholas quickly caught up to Asimov as they rushed up the Hall. And at the same moment, something caught their eye. Proserpina. She was walking towards them.

    And the two watched in horror as a shadow formed behind her. The Clockwork Golem swung its massive arm, dealing a blow to her back that knocked her to her knees. She fell on her face. The Golem lifted its arm again, ready to grind the Necromancer's Apprentice into the dust.

    Suddenly, Prosperpina disappeared. The Golem stood their in confusion as two balls of fire slammed into its mechanical arm, melting the gears inside.

    Nicholas and Asimov stood over the invisible, unconcious form of the young woman, their swords drawn. Several axe wielding thugs emerged from the darkness.

    "So," the necromancer hissed with a cold rage. "Casca set a trap. How quaint."

    The Priests eyes flashed red, a dark smile forming on his lips. "We'll just have to kill them all, won't we?"

    "I don't mind if I do."



    The two men stood back to back, hacking down any who came near the unconcious Proserpina.

    Suddenly, out of the darkness emerged a man in a bright blue robe, sprinting past the two men. "It's a trap," he screamed.

    "Wait!" Nicholas howled in anger, grinding his pronounced canines in anger. He quickly threw an arm around an executioners head. He pulled, a sickening pop emiting from the mans body. He collapsed in a heap. He turned, watching as the Knight of the Royal Flush ran up the hall in terror.

    A moment later, the man began racing down the hall back at them. "It's a TRAP!" he screamed again, followed by a column of mercenary ronin, armed to the teeth.

    "Get her out of here," Nicholas growled as the horde of soldiers slammed into him. "In Vas Por!" he growled in rage, bringing the hilt of his sword down on one of the ronin's skulls.

    Wildstar and Claudia felt the ground beneath their feet shake. They looked to one another. "It's a trap."

    The Knights of the Royal Flush stopped their merrymaking, also having heard the sounds of the earthquake. Suddenly, a side door opened from the wall, and masked men streamed into the unprepared body of warriors.



    The Knights of the Royal Flush retreated back up the hall, hacking their way free of the mass of ninjas and mercenary ronin. There in the hall they found a bloodied Asimov and Nicholas, standing over the form of a green haired woman, barely able to hold the onslaught back.

    "We make out stand here," someone shouted from the darkness.

    The Knights rushed to surround the two defenders, a healer inspecting the unconcious Proserpina.

    It seemed like hours before a handful of remaining Knights, bloodied and shaken, stood in empty halls, having for a third time snatched victory from the jaws of absolute defeat. But at what price, one must ask himself?

    Lady Drusilla helped the limping form of the Old Priest over the bodies, back into the antechamber where the battle had first begun. As they emerged from the darkness into the chamber, they found a brilliant blue portal awaiting them. The Oracle stood beside the magical door.

    Lord Casca the Tyrant would soon learn the meaning of fear. The Oppressor would soon pay for every life lost on that day.
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    Letter From A Stranger (Event Sunday, August 9)
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    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009, 6:51 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
    from UO - Origin Events

    Letter from a Stranger
    Posted By EMLaurana on August 7, 2009

    Taryn Sullivan writes:

    My friends, I have heard rumors of a Stranger seen lurking around Dawn’s burning house! While I can only investigate at night (that Casca has got the entire town’s militia searching for me!), I can confirm that indeed, footprints have been found in the woods near Dawn’s home. While investigating the mysterious footprints I stumbled upon a stranger in the woods. Although I suspected she was hunting to arrest me, instead she gave me a letter to send to the citizens. It certainly is strange:


    Good People,

     It is with great urgency that I request your attention. Grave danger lurks in the shadows of these lands – evil forces of immeasurable magnitude. It will take more than your swiftest swords, your deftest marksmanship, to defeat these forces. It will take more than the strongest beasts at your command, the most noxious spells from thy palms. You do not know me, but I know you. I have come to help. I seek the one called Dawn and request your assistance in finding her. Time is of the essence, and the future of Britannia may very well rest in the balance.

    Respectfully,

    A Stranger to Your Lands


    After the deceptions we’ve seen from Infel and now Casca, I’m afraid that, although she did me no harm, it is not wise to take this Stranger’s word at face value. That said, she seems to know a bit of our recent hardships. I believe we should meet with this Stranger and seek more information! But, my friends, I cannot come out of hiding now. It is not safe. Please, for the sake of our lives and the lives of our children, investigate this letter and find out who this Stranger is and what she has to say. We are much too vulnerable to decline help in these tumultuous times.

    The stranger has requested that any who are able meet her behind the Empath Abbey in Yew, Trammel at 2pm Pacific time (3pm Mountain, 4pm Central, 5pm Eastern) on Sunday, August 9th. Do be careful, though, and come prepared. We are not yet certain of this Stranger’s intentions.

    Signed,
    Taryn Sullivan

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    Has Casca Gone Mad?
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    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009, 6:38 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
    Thursday, August 6, Casca appeared at Luna Bank to address the citizens of Origin, and the self-proclaimed king was not well-accepted by the crowd.

    'My children - Yes, my children - I have a tale to tell you. Once upon a time I rescued this Throne from the clutches of Evil. I brought evil to justice with the imprisonments of the scoundrels Ricardo and Avery. I warned you then that Hatred, Falsehood and Cowardice would not be tolerated in this great Kingdom of ours.

    Together we buried our friends - Archmage Clainin - and fought on the onslaughts of the Crimson Dragons, and I alone destroyed them! I alone held back the Shadowlords when they would have devoured your lands! These are fantastic feats completed under my Rule.

    Why then, my children, do you doubt me now? I am here now. Nevermind that you should trust my judgment and honor my rule, regardless of your own opinions.

    AkasahWStrider reminded Casca he tried to lock up Sherry, to which he retorted, 'Mice are meant to be trapped.'

    This, my children, is a tale of disrespect and disobedience.  You have seen what happens to those who deceive the Throne. That monk, those girls - Who is next? Is it you? Or you?

    I treat you like children because you act like children. Where are the few capable of bearing the responsibilities put upon you by the hardships of this land? I chose this grand City of Luna to represent the ideal. Alas, this city is corrupt with the stench of disloyal fools. The Paladins - keepers of Honor - have failed.

    Do you see what happens when you disgrace the Throne? Look around you! Death and danger loom at each turn because you have lost faith in your King.  Your beloved Luna is covered in the blood of your own people because you continue to disrespect your King. Feel the shame that is yours alone!

    I have kept these lands safe, but failure to uphold the virtues will NOT be tolerated! All will learn! Mark my words!"

    With those demented words, Casca unleashed his fury on the citizens of Origin ....


    Related Links:
    Stratics Forum: Casca to Speak At Luna Thursday, August 6
    UO - Origin Events: King Casca to Address the People

     

     

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    FoF: 01010011 01000001
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    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009, 2:45 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (GeneralNews)
    Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


    FoF: 01010011 01000001
    Chrissay Zeeman


    August 7, 2009


    Why don't tamers have one or two extra pet slots? It took me little over a year to get to natural 120 tamer and I still only have 5 slots for pets. Am I the only one that don't think that's fair? Plus with the new pets and bigger slot numbers I think a tamer should get more slots like they get in the stables, not as many but more than non-tamers!


    The amount of slots each pet, summon, etc, uses is balanced so that you can't have, say, two dragons out at the same time. If some characters had more slots than others, then we'd have to rebalance that entire system. While everyone might have the same number of slots available, tamers get access to much more powerful pets that makes each of those slots more valuable.
    -Wilki

    --

    Will there be disadvantages with Throwing with distance..like if your to close will you do less damage or none at all?


    Yes, distance plays a role in how effective you are at throwing a weapon at a target. Each throwing weapon has a "sweet spot" where you have no penalty to hit chance or damage. If the target is too close, then your chance to hit goes down. If the target is too far, the damage you do goes down. You can negate much of this penalty with high dexterity and strength. For those who want to specialize in throwing, you can use throwing weapons in melee combat, with the hit chance penalty being reduced to nothing if you also have maxed swordsmanship skill. Those edges sure do look sharp!
    -Wilki

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    When tailoring BODs were first introduced, Hanse stated that the chance to get an exceptional BOD was 50% for a GM tailor. I've gotten a lot of BODs since then, and the actual chance to get an exceptional one seems lower than that. How come?

    You're right! The chance is actually 33%.

    Here is a summary of how a specific BOD is chosen, for a GM or above tailor.



    1. Choose the quantity needed (10, 15, 20) randomly

    2. 33% chance to be exceptional

    3. 92% chance to be small, 8% chance to be large

    4. Randomly choose from among all available types. Should be 55 types for smalls, 14 for larges. Notice there is no distinction made between cloth or leather at this point other than how many are in the list of each.

    5. If the type from step 3 is leather, then it has a 70% chance to be colored leather.

    6. If if is colored leather, the chance for each color is:


      • 60% spined

      • 30% horned

      • 10% barbed


    That's the order in which each attribute of the BOD is chosen, so you can derive the percentage to get any one specific BOD from there.

    I don't know why the exceptional bonus differs compared to what was stated years ago, but it's been the same since as far back as early 2004. If I had to guess, I'd say that it was originally intended it to be that, but it was changed based on testing or feedback at the time.
    -Wilki

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    When are Custom House ladders going to get fixed in the new clients, they have been broke since the KR release?


    You’ll be happy to know that we have a fix for this coming in the next patch! In terms of the enhanced client, we will be focusing on bugs and stability in the coming weeks. So expect a lot of long awaited and highly anticipated fixes over the next couple of weeks.
    -Supreem

    --

    Is there a story arc still planned to usher in the SA expansion?


    You bet! The collapse of the underworld dungeons will usher in a veritable Age of Enlightenment between Britannia and the Gargoyles.
    -Draconi

    --

    How many keyboards have you all busted over getting frustrated with Ultima Online?

    Since beginning work on the project; none destroyed. Before working on the project; more than two destroyed - I will leave it at that.

    -Misk

    Announcements:

    Remember to vote for your favorite screenshot here. Voting closes On Monday August 10th.

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    If you have a question you would like to submit to the Five on Friday click here.

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    Community Spotlight
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    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)
    Posted to uoherald.com



    Community Spotlight

    Chrissay Zeeman
    07 Aug 2009 14:03:57

    In this week's community spotlight we have fansite news and player run 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.

    More...

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    Check it out!
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    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009, 11:54 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

    Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:



    This weeks new and updated items include:


    • Information on what commands and resources are available on Test Center. A page many feel is long overdue?

    • Updated, Barkeeps The final (?) page in updating the house information

    • Updated, Veteran Rewards listing all the rewards currently available

    • More SA images added to Hunter's Guide bringing the total number of new images added to 204 - thanks to Stupid Miner for help with some of the camera work.
      Voted the best piccies of the week were Ice Fiend and Serpentine Dragon.


    Still fervently hoping someone with the right knowledge will help with a spellweaving guide. Please send submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or send a pm to Petra Fyde.


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    Mongbat Pucks for Tasty Treats in New Haven
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    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009, 10:08 AM EDT by Miriel.UO (Atlantic)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<Mongbat Pucks for Tasty Treats in New Haven

    Upon entering New Haven via the moongate this morning my nose detected something tasty happening in the little city. I followed the alluring scent to the town square & there I found Mongbat Puck, a lovely blonde gal, cooking up treats for the passers by. A few benches in a row & tables piled high with mouthwatering goodies was all it took to create the simple set up for Mongbat Puck's restaurant!

    I settled myself onto a bench to join in the lively chatter & munch some cookies.

    'So Mongbat, what are you up to this morning?' I asked. 'Feeding the masses?'

    'I love well fed masses,' the lively girl replied with a laugh & then shouted into the crowd, 'Fuel your adventure at Mongbat Pucks Restaurant!’

    Many people came & went from the little food stand, grabbing breakfast & brunch before heading off to their days work. The talk at the tables ranged from working up skills, which guilds to join and how to become a greater dragon’s toothpick! Mongbat Puck shouted greetings to passers by, lured in hungry customers & kept the conversation flowing.

    When I was stuffed full of cookies I stood to excuse myself. ‘Thanks for the treat, Mongbat! See you tomorrow?’

    With a twinkle in her eye the girl replied, ‘I hope so! Tomorrow is pizza day: meat lovers, sausage & cheese!’

    I love pizza! Guess I will be heading back to Mongbat Pucks little restaurant again tomorrow! Maybe I will see you there! The first pizza pie is on me!

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    The Second Gathering of Operation Royal Flush
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    Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2009, 11:16 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<
      Taken from: The Golden Brew Tavern
    The second gathering of Operation Royal Flush
    Friday, August 7, 2009
    By EMSeppo

    Another meeting of Operation Royal Flush is arranged for this Friday evening. While the first meeting was marked with secrecy and whispers of rebellion, things have changed since then. Lord Casca grows weaker by the day and the seeds of rebellion have long since sprouted to turn into a proud and strong oak tree.

    So, while secrecy is still of import, fear not and spread the word across the realm. Let all our allies meet to chart out a battle plan, lest we risk losing momentum due to caution.

    Use the secret passageway from the Broken Arrow Inn located in Serpent’s Hold to reach the destination.

    Time: Friday, 9:05 PST

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    Chesapeake Player Events
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    Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2009, 5:18 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Tokuno Islands News <<<
    Chesapeake Player Events
    August 2009

    I have gotten a few pms, emails and icqs from players that are running events. I wanted to
    list them with the location, days and times to keep everyone informed. These events are RP,
    PvP, PvM, and Auctions. If you are having an event that re-occurs daily, weekly, monthly
    or yearly please message me so I can post it up on here. As we get in more events the
    Chesapeake community will find that we have a range of activities for you to attend or even
    become apart of it.

          The list to be fair to all between RP, PvP and PvM will be random. The auction houses will be at the bottom of the list to keep them all together.
    Chesapeake Events As Of August 2009


    Thursday Night Hunts


    Date: Recurring Thursday nights
    Time: Meeting at 8:30pm, leaving around 8:45pm est
    Location: The Blue Light Tavern
    Host: Visago or a member of House Ellindale

    Description:

    As in the past, the Thursday Night Hunts are a chance for people to get together and
    participate in a group hunt when they might otherwise not be able to. Locations are
    chosen prior to the event and I'll do my best to give people ample warning of where we
    are going before the event. Featured destinations include the Tokuno and Ilshenar
    Champion Spawn, high end Paragon hunts such as Balrons and Succubi, Peerless, lvl 6
    treasure maps, Ancient net tosses, and explorations of the Abyss when that region
    becomes available.
    There is no limit to the size of the group, though the destination may change based on
    the number of people present. We have had outings ranging from 4 to 25 people for
    example.

    Directions:


    USA Alliance Events


    Date: Recurring Monday nights
    Time: 9pm EST
    Location: Guardians Gate, Silvervale and Gyldenfeld City
    Host: USA Alliance (Guardians Gate, Silvervale and Gyldenfeld)

    Description:

    Come and take part in a variety of events from Archery, Darts, Cow Tipping and more!
    The USA alliance is proud to host these events not only for our communities but for
    anyone interested. If you have questions ask any RBG, *V* or SovS member.

    Directions:



    Help Rescue The Nobles Of The World!

    Date: Daily
    Time: 8pm EST
    Location: Angelica's Attic in Luna (East Side of Luna)
    Host: Lady Angelica and PaxOku City

    Description:
    Gain in compassion by doing escorts from the Orc dungeon. Lady Angelica will provide
    gates for warrior class characters to gain in this virtue. For about 30mins a day you can
    start to gain in this virtue which will help you in the battle field by being able to resurrect
    comrades with half life status. Good to have for champ spawns and other outings.

    Directions:




    Lady Darth Oni's Ball

    Date: Every second and fourth Saturday in the month.
    Time:10 pm east!
    Location: Silvervale City
    Host: Lady Darth Oni and WRR


    Description:
    Gates to the Dance floor at Luna Bank few minutes before also runes around!

    We have live music with DJ Exiled tune in for listen. Come take an look bring friend's have
    fun by talk, dance, drink and maybe win some gold!

    Directions:



    DWxC NEW HAVEN CRAFTING NIGHT


    Date: Every Wednesday
    Time: 8-10pm EST
    Location: New Haven Smiths
    Host: DWxC Guild

    Description:

    Need to grind from 0-120, but don't want to sit alone at your house? Have a question about
    what to make at what skill, or which ore gives what bonuses? Looking for that one BOD to
    finish out your clothing bless deed, but having no luck (and don't want to pay Luna prices?)
    Dragon's Watch (DWxC) will be holding regular craft nights at the New Haven Blacksmith Shop
    (the Forge and Anvil), where you can ask questions, get free armor/weapon repairs, put in
    resource orders for ingots, feathers, leather, boards, or whatever your heart desires, work on
    your crafting skills, or just plain hang out.

    Directions:
    City of New Haven

    PaxLair Statehood Weekly Meeting


    Date: Every Tuesday
    Time: 9pm EST
    Location: Changes (Use rune at PaxLair Tea House)
    Host: Winfield

    Description:

    PaxLair statehood meeting updates citizens on its cities activity,
    storyline and progress. Also covers Em event information and other shard
    city information at times.

    Directions:


    House of Commons (Meet the EMs)


    Date: Every Sunday
    Time: 9pm EST
    Location: House of Commons (Brit)
    Host: Em Dudley & Em Vladimere

    Description:

    Come learn the new events they have to offer. Also take part
    in Q&A. You can also give your suggestions to the EMs.

    Directions:


    Savage Sponsored Hunt


    Date: Every Tuesday
    Time: 10:20pm EST
    Location: Niva's Hunting Lodge (PaxOku City)
    Host: Niva The Savage

    Description:

    The group gets to vote on where we will hunt so you never know where we will
    need up - Reverant Lions (undead roars), Titans and Cyclops (one-eyes), Tsuki wolves
    (wolves), and more.

    Directions:


    Community Zoo Project


    Date: Every Saturday Night(Update)
    Time: 5:20pm EST(Update)
    Location: PaxOku City (Homare-Jima Island) Blue Light Tavern
    Hosts: Bander (UTB) and Lord Gareth

    Description:

    The Blue Light Tavern, UTB and the PaxOku City Council is proud to host
    the Community Zoo Event this Sunday at 5pm est. This will be a re-occurring
    event. The Blue Light Tavern is located on the Tokuno Island of Homare-Jima.
    North side of the road with the Blue Lamp posts out front.

    Directions:




    Auction Houses


    SHE Auction House

    Date: Every Saturday
    Time: 7:00pm EST
    Location: Malas
    Host: Zelda Of Zed
    Description:
    Serving the Chesapeake Community for almost 5 years.
    Gates from Luna starting at 6:45pm est Lotto/ Door Prizes
    MILLIONS in GP prizes given away each week.

    Directions:
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    Dark Clouds Gather On City Of Paladins (Dawn Of Hope)
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    Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2009, 8:28 AM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
    >>> Malas News <<<
     

    Taken from: The Golden Brew Tavern
    Dark clouds gather on City of Paladins (Dawn of Hope)

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009
    By EMSeppo
    Dawn of Hope
    Start Date: August 4, 2009
    End Date: To Be Determined
    Author: Draconi

    She kneeled in front of the wooden chest, gently brushing her fingers atop the aged mahogany.  The corner of the house was quiet; her only company the tiny motes of dust spinning in gentle pirouettes down an errant shaft of light.

    Pulling the old brass key from her skirt sent a glancing ray around the room to play across the ceiling. She gazed at it for a moment, remembering, and lowered it towards the chest. A sound, suddenly familiar, greeted her efforts with a soft click.

    The chest began opening upwards, revealing the treasures she had placed within so long ago. In her mind the familiar refrain of an old song began: a song of strange places, of lost peoples, and of Stones.

    The jewels and gold atop the velvet sparkled in the light returned, but her hands slipped beneath them, gently setting them aside. As the tales of her Lord and King awoke within her the humble tune carried on, rising in fervor. She lifted aside the smooth cloth, her fingers grazing against the cherished treasure beneath.

    The door crashed inwards.

    One hand had already ripped her armor from its resting place within the chest, the lid snapping closed, as the other leveled a sword towards the intruder before she realized this was no foe who had interrupted her impromptu reverie.

    “We must go!”

    She picked herself up, holding up the iron and oiled leather armor, shining despite the years. The man paused then, her determination, her calmness blunting his message. He realized what she held and turned around, suddenly modest, but spoke on.

    “The madman let them loose on Luna,” he moved to make a spitting motion, and frustrated by the indoors, jerked his head to the side instead. “No place is safe, not even here.”

    Dawn stepped beside him, cinching a band of leather across her waist, and strapping her sword to her hip.

    “Then we ride for Luna.”


    After the pair had left the old farmhouse a cloaked figure stepped from the shadows to regard the empty room. They never would have felt his presence, let alone seen him, and yet he had been there throughout. White hair with streaks of platinum spilled from beneath the hood as he pushed it back. He regarded the lonely chest, now emptied of its great charge.

    “Such things should not be left to perish,” he mused, waving his hand, “When her work is done she will have need of you again.”

    The chest vanished, and then so had he.

    --------
    Reporter's note:
    Sorry this wasn't put out on time!

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    EM Event Reminder
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    Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2009, 6:55 AM EDT by Nyte Doombringer (Europa)
    This is just a reminder that we are having a meeting with Nathan Hawke this evening and as always the location is the Counselors Hall.
    For those of you that might not be following the ongoing events you can read about them on the EM Website here:
    The story so far.
    http://europa.uoem.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=7&Itemid=6
    So those of you that have been thinking about joining us please do. Its great fun and a good ongoing storyline.

    For more info:
    http://europa.uoem.net/
    Also for a recap on a great time the other night Kraken has written and posted pictures on Europa Stratics Forums
    http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=150413
    Great story Kraken, thanks.
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    Good Deeds Never Go Unnoticed
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 11:03 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Malas News <<< Good Deeds Never Go unnoticed
                            Good Deeds Never Go Unnoticed
    August 4th 2009



    While in Luna I came upon a returning vet. They haven't played for years and wish to return
    to our realm. After speaking with this person I helped him accept a gold check and how to
    buy a horse. After that my expertise was done. I sent word to Lady Phoenix of Dragons
    Watch. DWxC guild is a well known guild that helps returning vets and helps new players
    learn the game.

    Within minutes Phoenix found us in the Luna stables. I introduced them to each other. Lady
    Phoenix began asking him questions to be able to help him better.

    Phoenix: "Are you returning Hennessey or just starting off?"

    Hennessey: "Returning."

    Phoenix: "Welcome back."

    Phoenix: "How long have you slept sir?"

    Hennessey: "About 6-7years."

    Phoenix: "Seems many are awaking from that spell that was
    cast over us."

    Hennessey: "hahah."

    Phoenix: "Don't know how much Merik told you about DWxC
    but were a guild of about 95% returning vets so you will find a fine fit."

    Hennessey: "Thats great."

    Phoenix: "We use guild and alliance chat allot so don't be shy and ask
    your questions or for assistance. Now if you wish will offer you and
    invite to DWxC."

    Hennessey: "Certainly"

    Phoenix: "Are you in 2d or SA?"

    Hennessey: "SA"

    Phoenix directed him how to access the guild page in the SA client.
    What stands out most about the DWxC guild is not just what they
    do, but how they make the player feel comfortable in joining the guild. Phoenix
    went on to explain a few things to Hennessey about DWxC.

    Phoenix: "Welcome to DWxC You are under no obligation to remain in DW but
    we hope that you will chose to do so. We only want you to find your type of
    play and enjoy the game. If you find something more suitable to your style
    then we consider we have made a new friend."

    You can find DWxC in New Haven city almost every night. They welcome New Players,
    Returning Vets and regular players. They also host a DWxC Crafters night at the
    New Haven Smith shop located just above the Haven bank.



    I think I can speak for most of the community when I say, Thank you DWxC for
    all that you do. Your deeds do not go unnoticed.
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    Hostile Forces March On Luna
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 10:27 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Malas News <<< Hostileforcesmarchonluna
              Hostile Forces March On Luna
    August 4th 2009




    In Attendance:
    Absynthe [FwD], A Chick [RBG], Alyssa, Amon [OkuB], Amnesiac [DMG], Angel of Death [RBG],
    Ariel Faith, Arin, Ash [TEB], Bam Bam [PaxO], Beastmaster [H^TE], Brinley, CharGar [F*V],
    CHEEVER [K~S], Chickalatta [CKS], Christina, Dara Riatha [CAT], Daria Blackmoore [RBG],
    Dick Dixon [CALI], Drakken [[email protected]], Durable Darkness [NUB], Ebenezr Wildweed [$GS$],
    Elmoras [DWxC], Exodus, Felonius [KFC], Gareth [PaxO], Gabon [OATH], Genocide Junkie,
    Gramps [F*V], HITMAN [CKS], Homicide, Hudson [DWxC], Hunter [co5], indien du QUEBEC [MOB],
    JADE [[email protected]], Jamila [RBG], Jayden, JONATHAN [RBG], Julius Michaels [P8V], KallasBR,
    Kenndrix VII [DWxC], KingHen [KFC],Kosaten [TEB], Kyra [DWxC], Lady Brosephine [H^TE],
    Lady Temtation [GFO], LADY TO EASY [$CS$], Lazy Man [H^TE], Lord Demon Slayer II,
    Lord Fire Fly [DWxC], Lord Merlock [DWxC], Lord Soren Rhodri [RAZE], Lord Sturm Briteblade [H^TE],
    Lord Zanku [DWxC], Maintsorc, Malicious Destin [RBG], Mellisa Eir [RAZE], MsCravin Morhead [KFC],
    Nanoc [DWxC], Pain Prodigy [SHE], panoramix [qc], Parser, Phoenix [DWxC], Pink, RAGNAR,
    Resis Fredricks [F&C], Rodrigo, Ryce [FwD], Sabrina [FoA], Savaric [ARA], Schism [FoA],
    Skeeter [OATH], SLIMSHADY [CKS], Smoke [FoA], Soreen Rhodri [RAZE], Static [RBG], Tiny [-CF-]
    Whisper [FPD], Wind wolf [Dwb], Winfield [Pax], Winmere [Pax], Woodley [DWxC], Zelda of Zed [SHE]

    Luna 9pm EST (East Side)

    Small forces penetrated the Luna outer walls on August 4th around 9pm est.
    The forces were easily beaten back at first. Hydras and Skeleton Dragons attacked citizens
    near the famous Escu malls and Angelica's Attic. Few deaths were reported on the East side
    of Luna. Unsuspecting Luna vendor owners such as Homicide were caught off guard when
    going to get sales reports from the vendors. Lord Ozzy current owner of the malls was seen
    protecting his establishments during the massive invasion as well. People from all over the
    world began to come together in force to beat them back outside of the walls and beyond.
    Once successful Lord Casca came to speak to the brave warriors of Chesapeake.



    "I am Casca. King of Britain.
    By my order I hath ordered
    the house that Dawns lives in
    to be burned. Any citizen that
    comes to Dawn's aid shall be swiftly
    dealt with.

    I also hath ordered a Kill On Sight
    order for Temptress. Tempress hath
    been spotted in Felluca and marked
    a Murderer!

    Rumor hath be know that an Invasion
    Force ist headed tis way."

    Our Brave! and Glorious! King stood by his loyal
    subjects. Then gave out his Brave battle cry!

    "Guards Come Protect Me Now!!
    Your All On Your Own Now!!"

    Casca quickly made his way out of Luna just as Tormented Minotaurs barged into the Eastern
    Gates of Luna and attacked the forces that were gathered around where Lord Casca was.
    Many fell quickly and the powerful force had been taken down to only a few people and
    greater dragons.



    Fallen warriors quickly went to the Healers at the Main Eastern Gate of Luna but were quickly
    killed once again by the shear power of the Tormented Minotaurs. The group began to lose
    the struggle and be pushed all the way back to the moongate. Even the guards had trouble
    dealing with the Minotaur army.



    More people became aware of the invasion as they came to the city via moongate. Even the
    PaxLair statehood citizens were caught off guard as meeting notes could be seen flying
    around the area. They were planning to have the meeting in the new fair grounds. Defense
    procedures were being put into action from all areas around the world. Guardians Gate
    mobilized its RBG unit, PaxLair mobilized guards from Dragons Watch, PaxOku and PaxLair.
    Even the Felluca guilds sent in its warriors to defend the Paladin City. As word got around all
    major Chesapeake guilds such as TEB, SHE, KFC, H^TE, *V*, FOA, DMG, OATH, DWXC and
    more sent in their own forces. It was a fight for Luna and they didn't plan on losing.



    The battle lasted for what seemed to be forever. All hope seemed to be lost until the tamers
    got together and took on the Minotaurs. Since close ranged warriors were of no effect it was
    left to long range mage attacks and the tamers. The Minotaurs did not go as easy as the first
    round of the invasion but they were defeated in time.



    It seemed peaceful and quiet for now. People began to disburse and go about their normal
    days shopping in Luna and yelled buying artifacts and such. What they didn't know was
    that the Shadowlords during the invasion breached guards territory from the West side of
    Luna city. They came without warning and mounted an all out assault on the main bank area.



    Crafters could be seen running with bods and materials. Bank sitters such as Lucien Snow
    didn't even see it coming as they quickly died. Business men could be seen grabbing property
    deeds and gold checks out of the Luna bank to transfer to another bank. All fighters quickly
    came to the aid of the bank area with blackrock in hand casting the Armageddon spell. The
    Luna walls shook during each spell but remained stable.



    More and more Shadowlords entered the bank area and pushed into the Eastern gates as
    well. They brought Slayers with them as well. People fought them quickly and swiftly. They
    left behind to those lucky enough a Cloak of Corruption.



    As the forces waves became weaker and weaker people could see all of the destruction
    caused the the massive invasion. Corpses of Human, Monster and pets could be seen all
    over the streets of Luna . As the smoke from the spells cleared more, no more invasion
    forces could be seen on the East or West gates of Luna.

    I spoke with two people that helped defend against the invasion they had this to say.

    "We won! yay us!" Ming Lee [SHE]
    "They won so they left." KyxxKiena [KFC]

    Did they win? or did we win? The battle was over for now.......





    **Special Thanks to Sage for trying to res me. I didn't know I was showing
    which got her killed. So a thank you to Sage for attempting to res.**


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    Operation Royal Flush Strikes Back
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 8:52 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
    >>> Felucca Facet News <<<Operation Royal Flush Strikes Back

    After a series of climactic sieges that left parts of Northern Dawn in flames and the Barony of Darkmor covered ankle deep in the blood of Zentoese mercenaries, it became abundantly clear to both the surviving members of Operation Royal Flush and the Scythian Delegation that they could no longer simply repel the attacks against their sovereign states if they hoped to overcome Britannia and win this gruesome war of attrition.

    The constant incursions into their lands had left realms such as Dawn and Scythe dangerously taxed. And to add to their growing list of troubles, the Britannian armada would soon be returning from Tokuno. Although the sieges had managed to briefly unite old enemies and long-time rivals into two separate, powerful coalitions not seen since the days of Juo'nar and the Grand Alliance of Britannia, a battle of that scale waged against the combined forces of the Britannian army and the Zentoese condoterri they had already been forced to fight was not a possibility that either the Scythians or Operation Royal Flush wished to entertain.

    If that was not enough to convince them of the necessity of action, The Shadowlords had once again made their prescence known to the world. Although the Dark Ones were no longer seen as impervious to assault, one having been had its barrier stripped away by Xel the Wanderer in the Siege of Northern Dawn, only the most skilled of warriors and powerful of draconians could hope to stand toe-to-toe with these mighty revenants and wak away intact. And the blackrock used to defeat the shadowy terrors was growing scarce, the known veins having gone dry.

    But the worst news of all came with the revelation of a secret pact between the two enemies of the coalitions. The Dark Tower's suspicions had been confirmed with the appearance of Nosfentor in Yew and Astaroth in Dawn. Casca was in league with the Shadowlords. Of that, there could be little doubt.

    It was during these most ominous of times that a rumor began spreading. A rumor designed to reach the ears of those few Independents who might strike back against the elven despot and the Shadowlords themselves. The Legendary King of Thieves, who had previously aided the brief alliance of independent merchants and traders against Gideon, was not prepared to offer his services to the Sosarians. On Sunday, he would reveal the way to the mercenaries secret lair. Operation Royal Flush prepared their weapons, gathered what remaining blackrock they could find, and readied themselves for a fight that would determine the fare of all, for better or for worse.

    The Scythians spread the word to their own warriors. On Sunday, the hammer would drop. The bastard elf wouldn't know what hit him.

    As the sun reached its noon-day peak in the cerulean skies above, members of the Cartel, the Spawning Companies, Operation Royal Flush, and the Scythians gathered around the moongate of Old Trinsic, where the password to the Feluccian lair was revealed to them.

    "CascatheGreat," they mouthed with contempt and hatred in their voice. One by one, the defenders were wisked away to the secret underground lair of Casca's mercenary horde.

    And that is when all hell broke loose.



    As darkness fell over the eyes of the Sosarians, a cacophony of noise and the screams of the dying filled the invaders ears. Was it the mercenaries? No. In the confusion, the Sosarians realized that they were not being attacked by a legion of angry mercenary guards, but by their own companions. A traitor was in their midst. The Cartel.



    The fighting intensified for several long minutes as the band of perverse thrill seekers and uncouth ruffians clashed with the Spawners and the Scythian Lords, leaving some to question who was truly on whose side. Was it betrayal? Or was it some curse of the Shadowlords like the one that had plagued the cities last Winter? Old Rivalries, perhaps? Or simply the desire for personal fame and vain glory? Whatever the reason, it became abundantly clear to the Operation that the Cartel was not on their side.

    The mercenaries themselves wasted no time, gathering their weapons and launching themselves at the divided armada. The Sosarians did not realize how close they had come to defeat until defeat was almost upon them.



    While the fighting raged around them, three solitary individuals used the distraction to their advantage. They knew their purpose, and no amount of betrayal or infighting would prevent them from saving the Independents from certain doom.



    Shadow, the Sphinx of the Britain Town Guard, and Lady Cymidei Fier of Wind split from the main battle, each rushing into the depths of the mercenaries lair, seeking the rooms that contained the black portals. The Sphinx melded with the shadows, creeping around the blackrock engineers and their clockwork creations until she discovered the Black Portal that led to Darkmor's Keep. Quickly, she took to the controls, and activated the mechanism that would lead to the gates destruction. Shadow did the same, discovering the gate to Avalon hidden in a similar room. Cymidei Fier on the other hand chose a different tactic, cutting down any who stood in her way as she and her followers entered the third room, setting the strange advanced mechanism to self-destruct.



    Meanwhile, The Cartel realized that it was long past time that they ended this troublesome siege upon their sacred isle. A small contingent of the band of pirates and ruffians broke away from the main fighting, and hacked their way into the western room, discovering none other than the gate to Cartel Island.



    A moment later, an explosion caught the attension of the fighting groups, knocking everyone from their feet. The Gate to Horseshoe Island was destroyed.

    While the Black Gates had been shattered and their mission was complete, Casca's mercenaries were far from defeated. They regrouped after having initially been pushed back, and now under the command of an awakened mercenary commander, they launched themselves at the divided attackers. Still, the various factions continued to focus on killing one another, even while the mercenaries assailed their flanks.

    The Spawners regained control of the entrance for a short while, allowing Operation Royal Flush to engage the Commander. But it would not be long before the Cartel would regroup and take the entrance. They wanted the Commanders head, and were willing to slaughter any who stood in their way.



    The Commander revealed himself to be a deadly foe, nearly impervious to most forms of assault. While he looked in every way like a man, the monster devoured the bodies of the fallen in gluttonous rage, replenishing his own life by cannibalizing the remains of others. This made him a nearly unstoppable foe.



    The battle raged for several hours, control frequently being traded back and fourth between the Spawners, the Cartel, and the Mercenary armada. The injured dragged themselves through a magical door that had been prepared by one of the Sosarians, leading them to a hospital and makeshift aid station in the City of Moonglow.



    But even that was not to last, as Knights dressed in the colors of the True Britannian faction arrived. To everyones suprise, they began to hack down those who had emerged from the gate seeking healing, and executing the few clerics and sorcerers who had chosen to remain in Moonglow to tend to the wounded. Had the faithful servants of Cantabrigian British fallen into brigandry and darkness as well?

    The battle did not end for many hours. It is believed that the Spawners, having briefly secured the entrance from the Cartel, managed to defeat the mercenaries and the commander. But it wouldn't be long before the Cartel would return yet again. As the survivors retreated through the gate into Moonglow, the clash resumed, quickly taken to the streets as members of the various orders began to seek revenge upon one another.



    While countless many had fallen in battle, and their loyalties to one another were now uncertain, one thing remained clear: The Black Gates had been destroyed. Casca's forces in Felucca had been defeated, and he could no longer use the Dark Portals to bypass the defenses of the Independents and enter directly into the heart of the Independent Kingdoms.
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    Casca's Treachery
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 8:03 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

    Casca's Treachery
    (August 2, 2009)


    The time has come, battle forces lead by Omo Trovi and the Mysterious Stranger began preparations to attack Casca's meeting in the ruined city of Montor. Omo wore a suit of Ancient Battle-Worm Armor while wielding the Mercaerin Expurgator, a finely crafted katana suited for the most powerful tank mage in the realm.
    Our goals were set, first Capture Casca preferably alive, second eliminate every Agent of Corruption that exist! The reasoning for capturing Casca was simple, to put him on trial for his crimes against Sosaria. If Casca was accidently killed no punishment would be sought for those responsible.


    Battle at Montor
    We entered the moongate in Britain and entered Ilshenar through the Chaos Gate. The first to arrive were met by a group of Balron Paragons, Lich Lords and Valorite Elementals. The forces at the gate were a very small portion of what lay ahead. Our main forces pushed west sloshing through Monstrous Interred Grizzle's, Skeletal Dragons and Demons. The infernal ooze seeped from the corpses damaging our forces more than the monstrosities.


    Coming to a bend we prepared to head South, and were greeted by pure evil. An "Agent of Corruption Warleader" attempted to stop us at the bridge, slowing us down just long enough for a reinforcement of more Warleader's and "Corrupted Royal Paladin's".


    The meeting point was nearly upon us, barely seeing a moongate through the thick grouping of opponents. The minotaur's nearly destroyed us in groups, the screams of death could be heard throughout the ruined city. While regrouping near a small house just North of the newly spawned gate we held our make shift fortification valiantly against our enemies forces.


    Sighting of Casca
    As we licked our wounds through the settling dust Casca appeared at the black moongate. His attempts to demoralize our troops were futile, we were ready to taste the blood of a Lord. Before we could capture our former Lord he told us that he had destroyed Dawn's house.

    Why would Casca target Dawn? When Lord Blackthorn's soul was lost to the Exodus, Dawn a simple peasent lead the people of Sosaria to oppose and slay Lord Blackthorn. What relation does Casca have to Blackthorn perhaps kin?, a student of Blackthorn's teachings?, revenge of the Exodus?


    Manifestation
    Casca vanished into the moongate as a Shadowlord Manifestation appeared. Our forces made short work of this Manifestation as we had recently plundered many of them in Tokuno.


    Dawn's House
    We quickly gathered the troops and entered a gate to Dawn's house. She was nowhere to be found but her house was engulfed in flame. Our battle had ended for the day, we now lay in wait for the presence of Dawn. We gathered at the Counselor's hall for a quick update on what had just happened. A surprise visitor dressed in all black was Mesanna, for those who don't know Mesanna makes the best cream pies in the land!


    Pies
    We had depleated Casca's army. Omo Trovi now expects Casca to make a move in desperation against the citizens of Sosaria.
    Those who waited around were greeted with another surprise. Cyno decided to pass out some more cream pies! The pies are labeled "Mesanna's Cream Pie".


    We were also given an update the Cloak of Silence may be coming soon. It is unsure at this time if this will be a loot-able item or passed out like the cream pies.
    For those interested the EM's have created a website for Pacific Events! pacific.uoem.net This will be a great resource for players to find out about upcoming events and quick updates on events that have passed.


    Additional Information about items, looting, etc


    A tip from the EM's to the players of Pacific. Event items obtained from battling creatures can only be obtained by opening the corpses and grabbing the items from within. Item's will only spawn in your bag with the occurrence of a client side publish.
    Obtaining loot from creatures follows normal looting rights, top damagers or enough damage to loot a corpse and some luck with the Random Number Generator (RNG).



    Two item types were loot-able from the creatures at Montor. An "Agent Of Corruption Slave Necklace" and a Blessed Red Viking Sword. This slave "collar" seems very similar to items used by the Exodus to control their slaves......

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    Casca to Speak At Luna Thursday, August 6
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 5:02 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)
    from UO - Origin Events

    King Casca to Address the People
    Posted By EMLaurana on August 5, 2009

    EM Faine Morgan and I have just received this message to our office from Blanche, Lord Casca’s notary:

    Citizens of Origin:

    It is with great gratitude that I announce the coming of our Lord, King Casca, to the great city of Luna. In light of recent events, our noble King would like to clarify his intentions and make certain that all of his children understand what has been done to preserve the safety and integrity of our fine lands.

    Please come witness our most fair Ruler speak on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 6pm Pacific time (7pm Mountain, 8pm Central 9pm Eastern) in the city of Luna. King Casca will address all citizens in good standing upstairs, above the Luna bank. Offer our King the respect and loyalty that he so muchly deserves for keeping our lands safe from harm’s way.

    Signed,

    Blanche, Notary and Humble Servant to King Casca

     
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    Dawn Rising
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 3:24 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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    Seer AdelaisCitizens troubled by the arson at the Yew home of Lady Dawn gathered tonight in Britain. They traveled to her home to discover that there was now someone to speak to concerning the crime. A guard named Lars had been station at the nearby Court of Truth.

    However, before they could head there a silver cloaked seer named Adelais revealed himself and stated that he knew this group would be looking for Lady Dawn and that he had message to be delivered to her. His 'order' wished to speak to her about an important matter later in the week, he wished her to meet them at a special location.

    Lars the GuardAfter taking down the message, we dashed off to Lars who was located in the first floor courtroom at the Court of Truth. He informed the seekers that the local farmers had seen an 'orange man' fleeing from the scene of the arson towards the moongate. Three pieces of evidence had been discovered around the blazing house: a letter to Dawn from Sherry the mouse, a strange fire horn with the words chaos and fire inscribed on it, and a Montor Lava Stone necklace.

    Charbon the PyromancerA rush to the Yew moongate followed, retracing the steps of the man's escape to the ruined city of Montor in Ilshenar. After fighting from the Chaos gate through the fiery denizens of the ruins, Charbon the Pyromancer appeared and led the group on a merry chase. Once cornered, the fire obsessed mage divulged that he had been hired by two men wearing heavy plate armor. The Enforcers immediately came to mind, perhaps a direct link between the arson and the duplicitous Casca?

    Running with that hunch, Blackthorn's Keep was the next stop. There, we found damning evidence on the floor of Casca's bedchamber. Within a box engraved with 'Problems to Solve', rests two letters between Dawn and Sherry along with an admission from Enforcer Xavier that he executed a man for a nonexistent crime. Yet another senseless murder in furtherance of Casca's mad scheme to subjugate our realm in the name of the despicable Shadowlords.

    Warrant
    by Royal Enforcers

    Warrant for Arrest and Execution of Robert of Yew

    Crime: Unauthorized Mail Delivery

    Notes:
    Lord Casca,
    I have captured and executed the scum. I'm sending you all the letters he was carrying.

    -Enforcer Xavier

    Within the letters lay the current location of both Dawn and Sherry. Dawn had gone on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Justice, while Sherry had set off to hide amongst the tomes of Terort Skitas in Ilshenar.

    Dawn at the Shrine of Justice
    Terort Skitas
    Lady Dawn, Hero of BritanniaHeading to the Shrine, we located Dawn meditating on the mantra of Justice. Recent events had been weighing heavily upon her, and she was once more eager to wield her family sword in defense of Britannia.

    Sherry's well being was her first priority, so we headed through the Valor gate and into Ilshenar. We found that Terort Skitas overrun with Pauper's agents, Casca obviously wanted Dawn to walk into a trap and hoped Sherry would be a casualty as well. Fortunately, the group deftly dealt with the agents and determined that Sherry had escaped to a safe location.

    A great Hero of the Realm has returned to Britannia's aid, and once more Casca's treachery has been exposed. Dawn helped to rid Sosaria of the last would-be-leader gone rogue; we must rally to her side to help bring down the corrupt Casca.

    Queen Dawn, anyone?

    DOWN WITH CASCA!
    DEATH TO THE SHADOWLORDS!
    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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    The Battle of Northern Dawn & Darkmor Keep
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
    >>> Felucca Facet News <<<The Battle of Northern Dawn & Darkmor Keep

    On Saturday, July 25th, The King of Britannia summoned his subjects and loyal followers to witness the public beheading of Lady Aino Nystad, the disgraced former Captain of the Royal Guard and Commander to the Town Watch of the City of Britain.

    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.
    Once again, the unpopular foreign despot seemed poised to make an example out of one of our own. Casca would use the execution to strike fear and self-doubt into the hearts and minds of his detractors, both Britannian and Sosarian alike, while feeding into his own apparent paranoia.

    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 citizens and representatives of a number of Britannian villages and Sosarian city-states arrived to watch in disgust and horror as someone whom they had come to respect and admire was being dragged unceremoniously through the mud to the executioners block, the spectators helpless to stop Lord Casca's evil charade or to do anything to help the beleagured woman. Or were they? Oriana, Lady Governess of Heaven's Forge, flung herself at one of the Royal Guardsmen, but was shoved back into the crowd. Also in attendance, standing in open defiance against the Britannian crown even on Britannian soil, was Lady Wildstar of Dawn and Lady Cymidei Fier of Wind, both warning Casca of the consequences of his actions, much to the elven monarchs chagrin.

    But were they so helpless to stop this paranoid scheme? Or was this defiant spectacle merely the precursor to something more? As the former captain was marched to the guillotine, several noticed in awe the strange dark dress that she wore. Although it was not unlike the simple but elegant dresses that she was known for wearing, the shadowy cloth was a sharp contrast to the bright colors that many were accustomed to seeing her wear. And to the sorcerers and thaumaturgists that stood in attendance, it seemed as though the mana was being sapped from the very air surrounding her, properties that belonged to only one substance: Blackrock.

    As she was forced down onto her knees before the chopping block, Aino smiled defiantly at the elven king. Casca asked her if she had any last words for him, to which her response was threefold: "Kal Ort Por." The anti-magus barrier that surrounded her shattered with a loud and deafening crack, and when the spectators regained their senses, Aino was gone. Operation Royal Flush had struck again.

    Casca howled in outrage, clawing at his elven shirt and shrieking that the War between Britannia and the Sosarians would end now. A flash erupted, briefly blinding the gathered audience. When the haze lifted from their eyes, Nosfentor the Shadowlord stood in Lord Casca's place. Without a moment of hesitation, the battle-hardened and well-trained Town Guards, who had suspected trouble, drew their weapons and lept into action, leading their brave friends and old rivals into battle. Dawnite Knights of the Blue Rose and Red Caps, Necromancers of the Dark Tower and Priests of the Holy Light, Spawners and Keepers of the Dark Moon, setting aside old rivalries to launch themselves at the Shadowlord, who summoned an army of warriors and controllers to her aid.

    When the dust had settled in the wake of the ensuing battle, those gathered realized with sudden and ominous horror that the execution itself had been a ruse, meant to draw them away from their homes and villages. The Independant Kingdoms themselves had been left unguarded and defenseless. Lady Wildstar shouted that Dawn had come under attack. The mages wasted little time, opening gates and magical doors to the Realm of the Blue Rose, leaving behind a smoking battlefield and the charred remains of countless mercenaries and a single fallen Shadowlord in their wake.

    The Battle of Northern Dawn, as it came to be known later that evening, raged for more than two hours. Tokuno mercenaries and Chaos dragoons flooded the Northern City and the Hordelands, while leaving Southern Dawn relatively unscathed. Although many near-deaths would occur that evening, the healers were quick to drag the injured to safety and revive the fallen.

    But just as they thought they finally had the upper hand, yet another Shadowlord emerged in their midsts. Astaroth, the Shadowlord of Hatred. This time though, it did not catch the defenders off-guard. Xel the Wanderer and Nicholas the Old launched themselves towards the creature, armed with the same volatile substance that had saved Aino earlier that day.

    "Vas Kal An Mani In Corp Hur Tym!"

    The resulting explosions sent shockwaves through the northern hills, leveling trees and small buildings on the Rouvale Peninsula as the Old Priest and the Lord of the Ivory Throne destroyed the Shadowlord's magical defenses, leaving the Dark One bare and vulnerable to the defenders who quickly swarmed around it, using every ounce of their magical prowess to fell the ancient evil. The mercenary army fell soon after the defeat of the Shadowlord and their Captain.

    The defenders, bruised, battered, and beaten, had thought they had won the day, but at what cost? The Duchess of Dawn and the Mistress of the Dark Tower were no where to be seen, leading some to worry that the two Scythian leaders might have fallen in battle.

    They had only just begun to collect their weapons and inspect the bodies of the fallen for clues of Casca's plans, when the very air began to crackle to life in the midsts, revealing another magical blue portal. From it a sorcerer emerged, announcing in a hurried voice that the Barony of Darkmor had nearly fallen to Casca's mercenary horde.

    Worn and exhausted from the previous clash, the defenders forced still found the strength to limp through the gates provided for them, completely unprepared for the sudden onslaught that would await them there. Countless mercenaries swarmed around them as they emerged in from the portals, cutting down man and woman indiscriminately as they stepped into the Covian Woods. But after minutes of intense fighting, the defenders managed to push the Zentoese soldiers back to their own dark portal.



    The defenders - Knights of the Royal Flush and members of the Scythian Covenant, the Cartel, the Spawners, and many others - engaged the mercenary captain, a powerful foe that seemed to be impervious to most attacks, and capable of hurling spheres of pure elemental energy at the defenders. Only by cutting off the head of the army could they ever hope to crush the army that swelled through the dark portal into the Covian Woods.



    The Captain and his hordes used a noxious gas to choke the defenders, causing many unsuspecting souls to fall to the strange and choking poison. Only the quick thinking of several healers prevented a full-scale retreat from Baron Darkmor's hold.



    He would shout to the defenders, taunting them by name, as though he knew them personally.

    But healers from the previous battle arrived through the gates, and began tending to the fallen warriors at the steps of Baron Darkmor's Keep. Over time, even the Mercenary Captain found his strength failing him, and when he showed the first signs of weakness, the defenders struck hard and fast. By the time he had fallen, the arrows that riddled the mans corpse, if he could be called a man, left him nearly unrecognizable.

    When the dust once again had settled, the defenders expected another attack, but the sorcerers discovered that the four remaining realms had been left untouched and unharmed. The Town Guards quickly returned to Britain in secret, while the Knights of the Blue Rose and the Order of the Crimson Staff returned to Dawn to re-enforce its holdings. The Captains remains were hung from the walls of Darkmor Keep, a warning to any who might strike at the Barons lands.

    All knew that, should another strike of that magnitude land again, no one would have the manpower to push it back. Only by stopping these attacks before they could be launched could the Independent kingdoms be saved. It was determined that a counter-attack must occur, and that is when the King of Thieves knew it was time to throw his support behind Operation Royal Flush, and end the War of Many Nations once and for all.
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    Upcoming Luna Invasions and Dawn is Burning
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    Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 5:22 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)
    from EM Kasaven and Cernunnos’ Catskills Events Page

     

    Upcoming Luna Invasions and Dawn Is Burning
    by Kasaven

    Keep aware for invasions of Luna in the coming days. Would you idle in a war-zone? Be wary and take utmost caution when traveling the area. Look for monsters at random times throughout the evening.

    Also, it has been announced by Casca that Dawn is a wanted woman. He has set up a moongate outside the Britannia Counselor’s hall which leads to a house own by Dawn. The house is engulfed in flames, casually set by Casca, as he assumes full responsibility. Her whereabouts are not known, but it is though that she is injured or deceased. Either way, Casca has exiled her from Britannia.

    Keep an eye out for Dawn and other unnatural events in Luna, among the invasions.

    (Also I’d like to thank everyone for attending the Summerfest events, they all went beautifully, recaps of a few along with screenshots will be up soon.)

     
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    Luna Invaded
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 10:21 PM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
    >>> Malas News <<<



    Luna has been invaded by mysterious, dark creatures! The force seems to have been rather small, so there is a chance that it was merely an advance guard, or possibly a scout group. If it were, I don't think any made their way out of the city: warriors in Luna made quick work of them, and the streets were littered with their malevolant corpses.

    Casca has already burned the house of a Britannian hero to the ground, and rumours are flying that he is behind the attack on Luna, as well. If this is true, what are his intentions? Perhaps the Shadowlords are responsible? Or both? Regardless, it would probably be wise to keep a close eye on Luna: more attacks may be immenant!


    Regards,
    Lady Mana
    Lieutenant of the Royal Britannian Guards
    Napa Valley News Manager

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    Trying Times
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 3:48 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
    >>> Malas News <<<

    318th High Council Session.Last evening the Shadow Army's attack on Luna took center stage in the minds of many of the realm's citizens. Heralded by the arrival of a vast murder of crows, the army marched on the city from a camp to the south.

    As the army marched northwards, the 318th session of the High Council of Britannia's was underway in Compassion Grove. The town hall-style discussion of recent events was interrupted by a reputable emissary from the intelligence community bearing a message warning of the impending invasion.

    High Chancellor DaKaren ordered the crows investigated and the citizenry protected. He remained at the Civic Center to converse with his adoptive daughter Dot Warner, and the previous High Chancellor, Max Von Bayer. The Britannian Armed Forces quickly donned their gear and headed for Luna.

    Perched on the sandstone walls, the crows watched the battle unfolding around the city. The Shadow Army tried to overwhelm Luna's defenders with their 'elite' creatures, ultimately they failed. The army was driven back to their camp at the northern end of the bridge south of the city. There, the defenders discovered a book:

    Orders
    by ...

    For the Shadow Army:

    1. Attack Luna with demoralizing attacks. Surround the city blocking exodus during the attacks.

    2. Crush any resistance. 3. The attack must cause maximum damage. Raze the city. Pillage and loot.

    4. Fall back when the other side gets organized. Start preparations to repeat this until other side leaves Luna.

    Shadow Army Camp.

    A strange bird, seen at the Enforcer attacks on the High Council and other criminal actions of the twofaced Casca, had been witnessed pecking at the eyes of the fallen. When cornered or caught it actually spoke, indicating that the army would return again and again.

    High Chancellor DakarenAs the bird disappeared into the trees, Max Von Bayer rushed up to the gathered B.A.F. members with troubling news. Two men dressed in the regalia of the Order of the Silver Serpent had appeared at the High Council Chambers in the Civic Center and arrested Chancellor DaKaren in the name of Casca. They shoved him through a hastily cast moongate and disappeared.

    A return to the Civic Center yielded no clues as to where the trio went. The B.A.F. searched the traditional stronghold of the Order of the Silver Serpent, Serpent's Hold, without result. The B.A.F. will continue to search for the Chancellor's whereabouts and asks that anyone with information come forward.

    Casca has penned yet another piece of drivel attempting to garner false accolades for his Enforcers:

    Last night, the city of Luna was attacked by an army of considerable strength. Due to the courage of loyal citizens and the Royal Enforcers, this attacking force was pushed out of the city. We live in a time of strife and chaos, but as these brave heroes have shown, the road to victory requires obedience and sacrifice.
    -Lord Casca

    Reality, of course, is completely different. The vile Enforcers were not present for any part of the battle, and had absolutely nothing to do with the victory. The defending citizens are the reason the Shadow Army was routed, they deserve the credit. The Enforcers be damned.

    Britannia faces a two front war my friends. On one side, we have the external threat of Shadow Army and the creatures they command representing a concrete malevolence. On the other, we have a malignancy on the throne undermining the fabric of our society from within. Both threats want Sosaria beaten and afraid, they want you cowering in your homes while darkness overwhelms the land.

    The Shadowlords are the guiding forces on both fronts. Their plans must be thwarted at all costs. The Shadow Army must be resoundingly crushed, and Casca must be forcibly removed from power. You can make the difference!

    (OOC: Luna WILL be invaded again, probably multiple times. Go AFK at your own risk.)

    DOWN WITH CASCA!
    DEATH TO THE SHADOWLORDS!
    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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    Of Anarchists and Arson
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 11:46 AM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<

    The latest fecal-smeared page of propaganda penned by Casca to wend its way through the sewers of Britain:

    More Sad News: Arson in Yew Another attack by these anarchists occurred in Yew today. Anyone with information on this group should contact a Royal Guard or Enforcer in your area. Only together can we stop these foul brigands! -Lord Casca

    Knowing that Casca oft confuses 'anarchists' with the Virtuous Peoples of Britannia, and that anything the man says is not worth a tinker's dam, I decided to investigate.

    Lady Dawn's home.As I live in Yew, it did not take long to locate the column of dark smoke denoting a fire. I traveled to the western most point in Yew to find a lonely thatched roof cottage, flames licking hungrily at its sides. I attempted to douse the fires, but they seemed magical in origin and refused to be put out. The front door was securely locked, and from what I could see through the windows it appeared to be unoccupied.

    Lady DawnI ventured to the Yew City Hall and determined that the plot of land belonged to a long retired Hero of the Realm, Lady Dawn. Dawn gained fame during the Jukan invasion, later landing the killing blow on the half-machine Lord Blackthorn. She served on the Royal Knights for a time, and was the leading candidate to succeed Lord British on the Throne of Britannia after his departure. Those plans never came to fruition, however, and she returned to Yew for an early retirement.

    Why would someone wish to set fire to her home, occupied or not? Knowing that Casca has pinned the moniker of 'anarchists' on the High Council of Britannia, I tracked down High Chancellor DaKaren in his tower in Newcastle. His reaction to the news of the fire was one of surprise and suspicion, "The High Council, nor any other entity similarly deemed 'anarchist,' would wish to harm Lady Dawn or her property. I would look to the source of this announcement with a highly critical eye."

    My source in another organization considered anarchists by the Cascan Regime asked that the matter be looked into further, and I personally believe they had no involvement in the arson.

    The only entity left with something to gain from this crime would be Casca himself. This act may have been perpetrated either by the malevolent Enforcers, or by the creatures he commands as the villainous Pauper.

    Keep your eyes not on your fellow citizens, but on the malignant cancer which has spread its foul tendrils out from Blackthorn's Keep. Help find a way to end the reign of this tyrant before he or his Shadowlord masters devastate Sosaria.

    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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    Dawn's Home Found Burning in Yew!
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 11:01 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<< New Page 1

    Dawn's Home Found Burning in Yew!

    I was on my way to West Yew University last night to steal student records

    and perhaps find an old "mark" of mine. Well alchemy certainly doth take its toll

    on an old meer. For by the time I did come across the sight I realized.... I was on the

    wrong facet. But I did not care any more.  It seemed that I had stumbled across another

    assassins mark. The small cottage was burning slowly. I didn't bother to look in the windows.

    With these so called shadow lords around. and all the evil that exists in Sosaria. Its best I didn't get

    to involved. Yes, I would let it burn. As I about-faced, the glow of the flames sent light right from the sign to mine eye, and it read:

    "The Home of Dawn"

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    'Come' See Something Beautiful
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 9:29 AM EDT by Miriel.UO (Atlantic)
    'Come' See Something Beautiful

    One of my absolutely favorite things about our world is that it is so interactive. We can change (albeit temporarily) things around us.

    Rather it is taming a bunch of polar bears and naming them, 'I love Pudding' or creating elaborate designs with water barrels in a field, the world is your oyster. You can never be bored if you just get a little creative! Or maybe these odd little creations stem from being bored. Either way, I really enjoy them!

    Where am I going with this? Well, yesterday I popped into a bank for a brief moment & noticed several plain brown runes on the cobblestone. 'Come' they said.

    Curiosity overcame me so I snatched up the rune & an 'Kal Ort Port' port later I was standing in the middle of something lovely. Someone had decorated the Wisp Garden (circle of tall marble pillars in Trammel) with light & twinklies. Then they dropped runes at the banks just so other people could come smile at their endeavor. Fantastic.

    To that mystery person I say, 'Thank you for the smile & the surprise.' I am sure I am not the only one who enjoyed your creation!

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    Ready for the next boat race? August 5, 7pm EST
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 7:39 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

    Captain Hawkeye Pike challenges you to race against him on
    Wednesday, August 5th at 7pm EST!
    Meeting place is the Counselor's Hall in Britain.

    The race will be held on a predetermined route. The participants have to bet at least 300,000 gold pieces on their victory. Higher bets or donations are welcome!! If Hawkeye Pike beats the landlubber, the prize goes into a pot. This way, the pot will accumulate and raise until someone manages to outsail the pirate! If someone beats Hawkeye, he will win the whole pot. The location of the race will be disclosed prior to the race. Participants will receive a map with the course. The location may change with every race.
    Spectators are welcome! May the fastest seafarer win!

    The current pot: 2,700,000 gold pieces!

    It would be great if one of our EMs would be available as referee! __________________

     

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    Excavation and Hall Of Commons
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    Posted on Monday, August 3, 2009, 10:29 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<< Excavation
    DudleyExcavation and Hall Of CommonsVladimere
    August 3rd 2009

      Title


    In Attendance:
    FLINT [[email protected]], NANOC [DWxC], Niva The Savage [T_T], Kenndric VII [P8V]
    Woodley [DWxC], Lord Fire Fly [DWxC], To Die For [DWxC], Cara [DWxC]
    Lady Kitsune [RBG], Angel [DWxC], Vran, Hudson [DWxC], Finrod [RBG]
    Lord Julius Michaels [P8V], Phoenix [DWxC], Lord Popeye [L&L], Sidra [COH]
    Bear [RBG], Lady Crystal [MotV], Daria Blackmoore [RBG], Andariel De Fran
    Finrod [RBG], Desire [RBG], Lord Buffas Vale [RBG], Lord Mori'naur, Mach [DWxC]

    Emhouseofcommons

    On my way to the Sunday Night House of Commons. I ran into Niallis [*V*] and
    Niva The Savage [T_T]. When I came upon the building it was in ruins. It looked like
    someone tied tons of Greater Explosion kegs together and blew it to pieces.

    The scroll laying on the ground in front of the building had writing on it. I opened the
    scroll and it had written inside, "All Realm Gatherings At This Location Are Cancelled By
    Order Of Lord Casca, King Of Britannia."

    Niallis informed me that this happened last week. It seems our King Lord Casca had some
    reason behind the destruction of the Hall of Commons. Niallis also informed me of a scroll
    in New Haven. Saying an event was set for 10:45pm EST. Phoenix of Dragons Watch was
    reported to have been on her way to the Hall Of Commons to give us more information.

    Phoenix arrived and we wondered where the group might gather. Her idea was Buc's Den
    at the assassins hall. More ideas began to be talked about. As we stood by the destroyed
    hall of commons some anger came over the group. A new idea sprang up which was to
    protest in front of Blackthrones Castle.

    I asked Phoenix if Lord Casca resided at Blackthorns Castle and she replied,
    Aye, Casca resides at Blackthorns castle. Niallis left us in search of information.

    Nanoc brought the group back down by changing the subject back to the event going
    on somewhere at 10:45pm EST. The group again thought on where to meet or find a
    place that had the information.

    I suggested the EM Hall. Nanoc said he would go to Britain to see if he could find
    out any information. Niallis returned right as Nanoc finished speaking saying,
    "Nada at EM Office."

    Phoenix chimed in saying That perhaps EM Dudley and Vladimere are  heeding the warning of
    Casca. I would say that is where  Foxx would look for us. Assassin guild hall in Buc's Den.

     
    Ruben

    The group then saddled up and made their way to Buc's Den. I made my way to Luna hoping
    to see Em Vladimere pop up in the bank area as he normally does. I tried speaking to Ruben
    the event announcer in Luna. Saying Hall of Commons, Lord Casca, and Excavation. All
    Reuben had to say was a possible invasion in Luna.

      Loopys

    I then thought to seek Marcy by the EM hall and try to speak with her. I didn't have a
    runebook so I made my way to Angelica's Attic to obtain one. But alas she was out.
    I made my way to another great mall South of Luna called Loopy's At The Faire but, they
    were out as well. Then I noticed the public runebooks on the steps and recall to the city
    of Britain. Niva The Savage must have had the same idea as I saw her pass by in the streets.

    Marcy


    After speaking with her she only had information about the Duelists Edge, The Kings Own,
    Drake Foxx and Lord Casca. She could not provide me with the information I needed about
    tonights event or the reason for the Hall Of Commons Destruction. I then took a deep breath
    knowing Id have to ride all the way to the moongate once again. Then I remembered that the
    lovely 1/4 done Britain Bank had its own Moongate!

    Britmoongate

    Since the Moongate didn't go to Buc's Den except Fel I made my way back to Loopy's At
    The Faire and used the public runebooks once again and also a rune to the shop to get
    back. Once I arrived I quickly tightened my purse and double sealed my backpack.
    Buc's Den was no place to have unsecured things. I searched the city for the Assassins
    guild that Phoenix spoke of earlier. I would have found it faster if the residents didn't keep
    trying to send me down a dark path that lead into the woods.

    I slowly opened the door not knowing what thief or assassin I may find. As I crept in I saw
    Mayor Nanoc and Niva The Savage. I felt a bit more safe with Nanoc there. Niva I was
    unsure about.

    Bucsden


    Nanoc said nothing anywhere but, would send a pigeon to let me know if he finds anything
    else. I bowed to the savage Lady and left the buildings as quickly as I could. Not to fast
    to alarm the Savage Lady.

    I made my way once again back to Luna and decided to stay put for an hour or so. After
    that I went to New Haven and ran into Cara, Lord Woodley, Nanoc, Mach of [DWxC] and
    also Crystal of [MotV]

    newhaven bank


     Nanoc announced they had to go to the Compassion shrine in Illish. The group saddled up
    once again but was a much larger group. After getting lost we ran into Tucker who wanted
    the company name which was vvcs.

    Tucker


    After walking to beech we ran into Andrea Kildare. Andrea got right down to business
    and addressed the crowd. "Well it seems as though a good deal of the excavation is
    complete. However, We'll need some supplies to complete the excavation however.
    We are going to require the following items."

             List Number One:
       ·Pickaxe
      ·Shovel
    ·Crate
                  ·Surveyors Tool
    ·Rope
     ·Torch
         ·Lantern
                 ·Bolt Of Cloth
             ·Black Staff
          ·Kindling

    People began to write the items and go off and search for them. A large part of the group
    stayed at the site awaiting for them to return. Searching about the beach I found a Monolith
    and strange Pulsating Crystal.

    monlift

    Once I returned, Andrea Kildare informed us that Casca and his goons may try to get the
    artifact first. Evil Mages popped out of no where attacking the group but they made short
    work of them. After the battle things seemed calm until Spiders, Scorpions and Earth
    elementals attacked the group. Paragons spawned as well.

    spawnmages


    A short while after Lady Crystal of MotV showed up with a Rope, Cloth and Black Staff.
    Mach returned with a pickaxe. Nanoc brought the create, Daria Blackmoor brought a torch
    and surveyors tool.

    Andrea Kildare yelled a loud "Aha! It seems we have all the items required on this list!
    Next we will require.

              List Number Two:
                 ·100 Boards
     ·Saw
            ·Hammer
      ·Nails
                        ·100 Cuts of Ribs
        ·Liquor
       ·Staves
             ·Barrel Tap
        ·Basket
                     ·Skinning Knife

    Lady Phoenix of Dragons Watch took charge telling who was getting what. MACH would get
    the 100 boards. Daria Blackmoore a Hammer and Nails. Nanoc Ribs. Crystal the bottle of
    Liquor, Staves and Barrel Tap. Kenndrix Skinning Knife and Cara a Basket.

    All the items were brought back Then Juka Mages, Warriors, and Executioners attacked. The
    Third attacked claimed the lives of Lord Bear, Daria Blackmoore and Myself.

    jukacaosdragon

    After the battle Andrea Kildare announced the next set of items we will require.

                       List Number Three:
                  ·Thigh Boots
       ·Whip
                   ·Empty Bottle
    ·Tub
            ·Lockpick
     ·Map
                   ·Forged Metal
                  ·Copper Wire
              ·Backpack
                        ·Deed for a Forge

    People set out once again for the third time. Almost all the items were brought back
    except no one could find a deed for a forge. Another attack came down upon the group.
    Ancient Wyrms, Juka Mages, Chaos Warriors, Executioners and Blackthorn Juggernauts
    quickly surrounded the group. The battle lasted awhile with only a few deaths.
    Bear, Daria Blackmoore, Buffas Vale, Kenndrix VII, myself and, Niva The Savage
    fell to the final attack upon the group.

    sopawnujuka

    After the major battle Andrea Kildare said we just needed that forge deed! People regrouped
    and Lady Kitsune set off to find the forge deed. Once she returned Andrea Kildare addressed
    the group.

    Yes Yes. These will come in handy indeed. We'll need to gain access to the lower holds.
    Seems to be sealed though....

    She attempted to pick the lock but, it would not budge.

    Lowerhold


    Daria Blackmoore suggested Blackrock.

    She quickly responded. Blackrock may destroy the lower holds and we'll never be able
    to recover the artifact. Balandar would have our heads for this!

    Hudson suggested Gold Fish.

    Goldfish? Hmm. Doesn't seem to be responding Andrea replied.

    Crystal said from the materials required, it would seem we have the tools necessary
    to build a winch. Or some other tool to pry the hatch open.

    Andrea responded. Exactly! A fine idea Lady Crystal! We'll have that built at once.
    We'll have to commission the engineers to construct one.

    Crystal asked if we could bring the engineers here. Or will this be a special commission for them.

    Twould be a special commission indeed she responded a few moments later. Minute or so
    later she said she will send word to the engineers at once and we'll have a device built to
    remove the hatch. Thursday Evening. We make our entry into the hatch! Nine Pm ET!
    Until then stand sharp! Casca's goons will no doubt try to acquire the artifact!!
    Good eve to you all!

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    Breaking News !! Luna Under Attack!
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    Breaking News !! Luna Under Attack!

    Luna needs you. The city is under attack! We don't know why or by whom but help defend the city. These photos taken just minutes ago!










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    Sunday Night Taming Hour Recap For July 26 and August 2
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    Posted on Monday, August 3, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
    Sunday, August, 2

    Sunday Night Taming For The Zoo was cancelled so everyone could participate in the Black Gate Finale events.


    Sunday, July 26

    Instead of turning in tames to the zoo, M!S held treasure hunts, with all proceeds to go to the Royal Zoo.

    Two teams were formed to hunt the maps. Team One, led by Dixie LoneStar, completed two level six maps, and collected 129,041 gold in loot plus 4 million gold in donations

    Neptune led Team Two, who completed 3 maps level six maps, and collected 186,515 gold in loot plus 2 million gold in donations.

    There was a grand total of 315,556 gold collected from 5 hunts and 6 million gold in donations, all of which has been donated to the upkeep of the Royal Zoo.


    The next Sunday Night Taming Hour sponsored by M!S will be August 9.

     
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    Catskills Summerfest 2009, Opening Event, Sunday, July 12
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    Posted on Monday, August 3, 2009, 5:20 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

    Summerfest 2009 Opening Day
    First Event - Foot Race

    On Sunday, July 12, the air was electric with excitement as the residents of Catskills gathered and waited with anticipation for EM Kasaven and EM Cernunnos to appear for the opening event of Catskills' Summerfest 2009.

    The Dark Revelations guild made a great showing with their precision drill team movements.

    EM Kasaven and EM Cernunnos were warmly greeted by the crowd.

    In EM Cernunnos' opening speech he announced the footrace opening event, " The fairgrounds are a place to have fun ... Remember Honor ... That is a part of the theme of tonight's race .. to bring the Light of Honor from Trinsic to the Fairgrounds."

    The runners were to carry torches, symbolic of the Light of Honor, as EM Cernunnos asked for a show of hands from those who were there to race,  EM Kasaven announced, The Golden Stag had gone missing, but we would search for him another day. "Tomorrow we hunt the stag. Tonite we race."

    EM Kasaven explained that in addition to Honor there were some 'more physical' rules for the race:
    No teleporting
    No mounts ... strictly an on-foot race
    No animal form
    No recalling, unless a person was forfeiting
    The red lanterns, markers to designate the trail, and the invisible observers along the course were then explained.
    Stay on the trail, each competitor must pass each lantern.

    The racers lined up to receive their symbolic Torches of Honor:

    The racers were then gated to their starting point, while the spectators were asked to remain behind to be gated to an 'observation room' which held six moongates ... One to each of five observation areas and one to the finish line.  The observation areas were a stroke of genius on behalf of the Catskills' EMs and made following the status of the race so much more convenient for non-participants!

    Observation Area One

    Observation Area Two

    Observation Area Three

    Observation Area Four

    Observation Area Five

    Finish Line

    Winners of the Light of Honor foot race:  1st place Spert, 2nd pace Eratai II, 3rd place Kodoz. Congratulations to all!

     


    I apologize for the lateness of the Summerfest 2009 Opening events ... I am back home from my mom's and trying to get caught up with real life and UO. I'm on a month of medical restrictions as my doctor can be very cranky.  I have one more article to finish up and post on Catskills, then you won't be seeing me for the month of August ... I've come to the conclusion that since I pay for that cranky doctor's opinion I should do as he advises. 

     

     

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    Water-Barrel Haven Event
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    Posted on Monday, August 3, 2009, 12:53 PM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<< New Page 1

    20k per Water Barrel

    Water-Barrel Haven Event
    Fill a barrel with water in Haven Square for 20k
    Saturday Noon, August 15th, '09


    The scientific debate over how many barrels of water would it take to fill Haven Square will be decided this month. "Inquiring minds need to know stuff," said DeadBob, Interim Director of the Haven Water Dept. "Besides, we need more water. This summer has been dry and drought has destroyed our beautiful green square. It's just dirt, now."

    EVENT: Bring barrels to Haven Square. Fill each with 20 pitchers of water. Get 20k for each full barrel.
    TIME: Noon Saturday, August 15, until Haven Square is full of barrels or the Water Dept. runs out of funds.

    HOW TO GET & FILL BARRELS:
    Barrels spawn throughout Sosaria in woods, fields and deserts, even in dungeons. Barrels hold up to 20 pitchers of water and can be emptied with a water pitcher. Water pitchers can be purchased from tavern owners & barkeeps. Just pick up an empty barrel, drop it in Haven Square, and fill it with 20 pitchers of water. Pitchers can be filled with water from the water troughs in Haven.

    20k will be paid by Water Dept. Staff Members for each full barrel of water.
    (BYOB)

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    Event Scheduling FAQ from EM Seppo
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    Posted on Monday, August 3, 2009, 11:11 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
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    Event scheduling FAQ

    Sunday, August 2, 2009
    By EMSeppo

    Just a few notes regarding event scheduling:

    1) There are many factors that go into event scheduling. But one of the primary factor is generally about our own availability.

    2) Baja is a West Coast shard. This means that events can and will be scheduled anywhere up to 11 PM PST. However, we have largely gravitated towards late afternoon event times as it works out for almost all the time zones… (except perhaps for some talking chickens)

    3) We do want everyone who calls Baja home to enjoy events. As a result, we do try to spread out our event times. However, this also means that there will always be some who cannot attend for whatever reasons. But fear not, there will be an event in the near future coming at a more suitable time near you!

    4) Don’t forget to try out the week-long puzzle quests that are organized every few weeks which can be done at the comfort of your own timezone.

    If an event time does not work for you then read the excellent news reports prepared by the Baja Stratics News Reporter team. BTW, I hear they could use some volunteers to keep up the good work.


    To reply to EM Seppo's post on goldenbrewtavern.com, use this link. (You'll notice a 'talking chicken' has already posted a reply there. )

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    Of Anarchists and Arson
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    Posted on Sunday, August 2, 2009, 11:42 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (GreatLakes)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<

    The latest fecal-smeared page of propaganda penned by Casca to wend its way through the sewers of Britain:

    More Sad News: Arson in Yew

    Another attack by these anarchists occurred in Yew today. Anyone with information on this group should contact a Royal Guard or Enforcer in your area. Only together can we stop these foul brigands!
    -Lord Casca

    Knowing that Casca oft confuses 'anarchists' with the Virtuous Peoples of Britannia, and that anything the man says is not worth a tinker's dam, I decided to investigate.

    Lady Dawn's home.As I live in Yew, it did not take long to locate the column of dark smoke denoting a fire. I traveled to the western most point in Yew to find a lonely thatched roof cottage, flames licking hungrily at its sides. I attempted to douse the fires, but they seemed magical in origin and refused to be put out. The front door was securely locked, and from what I could see through the windows it appeared to be unoccupied.

    Lady DawnI ventured to the Yew City Hall and determined that the plot of land belonged to a long retired Hero of the Realm, Lady Dawn. Dawn gained fame during the Jukan invasion, later landing the killing blow on the half-machine Lord Blackthorn. She served on the Royal Knights for a time, and was the leading candidate to succeed Lord British on the Throne of Britannia after his departure. Those plans never came to fruition, however, and she returned to Yew for an early retirement.

    Why would someone wish to set fire to her home, occupied or not? Knowing that Casca has pinned the moniker of 'anarchists' on the High Council of Britannia, I tracked down High Chancellor DaKaren in his tower in Newcastle. His reaction to the news of the fire was one of surprise and suspicion, "The High Council, nor any other entity similarly deemed 'anarchist,' would wish to harm Lady Dawn or her property. I would look to the source of this announcement with a highly critical eye."

    My source in another organization considered anarchists by the Cascan Regime asked that the matter be looked into further, and I personally believe they had no involvement in the arson.

    The only entity left with something to gain from this crime would be Casca himself. This act may have been perpetrated either by the malevolent Enforcers, or by the creatures he commands as the villainous Pauper.

    Keep your eyes not on your fellow citizens, but on the malignant cancer which has spread its foul tendrils out from Blackthorn's Keep. Help find a way to end the reign of this tyrant before he or his Shadowlord masters devastate Sosaria.

    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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    Siege 10th Anniversary Story Night
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    Posted on Sunday, August 2, 2009, 7:04 PM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)


    Story Night

    To kick off the Siege 10th Anniversary Celebration, Bruin of Citizens of Wispwood Shire, Siege's oldest guild, hosted Story Night at the Golden Unicorn Tavern.

    The theme of the evening was the Birth of Siege


    With the instructions for the evening given, it was off to the races. Corvus spoke first telling of his early days on Siege as Kodiak with his friend Thunderlips. They worked constantly picking locks in dungeons to get gold and placed the very first home on Siege Perilous which is still located at Moonglow gate just to the North.


    Bruin spoke of his first days as well, escorting individuals from town to town to collect gold.



    Tiberius spoke of his early days and helping to found the Citizens of Wispwood Shire



    Then Yahaxathonix slept walk to the stage and told a rather scary and apocalyptic tale of what is to come



    During our intermission, EM Quantum stood up and announced the contest for designing the new Siege fairgrounds, details here



    Following the contest announcement, Mesanna appeared and spawned several ShadowLord Manifestations for the crowd to kill outside the Golden Unicorn. Sadly, the reporter was killed and had to get resurrected and his camera was damaged during the melee.

    Many people came out to enjoy the evening of stories and drinking.




    All of Siege is looking forward to the next 10th Anniversary event in the series.



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    EM Meet and Greet With EM Nestor! Tonight at 7:00PM EST
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    Posted on Sunday, August 2, 2009, 12:51 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
    >>> Trammel Facet News <<<

    Swing by the Counselor's Hall in North West Brit to have a sit down with our newest Event Moderator!

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    !News Flash! Lord Casca Announces Rising Taxes for the Benefit of All Peasants of Britannia!
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    Posted on Sunday, August 2, 2009, 9:37 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
    >>> Malas News <<<Lord Casca met with the citizens (or peasants as he continually referred to us) of Luna recently (within the last few days) accompanied by his faithful hound... err Captain.. Viktor Cotume.

    I received this report from a bystander at the scene.

    "As I walked down the stairs, I heard the King say that as Luna is one of the most prosperous provinces of the Kingdom, it will be the most heavily taxed..."

    We were most interested to find out that these taxes will be used to cover the costs of the Royal Guard, town guard and regional patrols. A war was also mentioned although at this time we do not know who the King intends to make war on. Despite direct questioning, the amount of these taxes was not forthcoming from either Viktor or Casca himself. It was stated that the amount of this tax has not yet been decided by the Council and a further announcement will be made once they reach their decision and it passes into law. Tax collectors will be visiting all major centres once the law has been passed.



    The reactions of the populace were unanimous, although to varying degrees. The most profound reaction was from Lady Morgan of EOB, who was understandably upset at being called a peasant. She tried to insist that she was a Lady and should be treated like one, although she also claimed that Casca, as an elf, was no King of hers and that he was beneath her. As a reporter, I request that the Citizens provide protection for Lady Morgan if she is indeed hunted for treason as Viktor and Casca himself claimed she would be.



    Kayako insisted that he would complain to a higher authority should taxes be imposed upon us by the King.

    Hunter also refused to pay the taxes, insisting that an army would be needed in order to collect anything from him or the Citizens in Luna..



    All Praise King Casca!! Captain Viktor's words rang through the bank at Luna..

    All Praise everyone who is not Casca!

    All Boo Casca!

    BOOOOOOOO!


    Matters started to get more personal after that, where Casca was accused of all manner of things with his faithful lackey, due to his lack of a wife.. although the comment was also made.. Who would have him?

    Casca decided to retreat to Britain at this point, although he could not be found for further comment when pursued.

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    Trademan's Guild IDOC Event
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    Trademan's Guild IDOC Event ~


    The Trademan's Guild IDOC Event took place saturday but I was not able to attend as I had a dinner party at my place. BriarRose and I had a nice chat and I told her to send me a few screenshots and a recap and I would be more than happy to report on it.



    This Tram event took place at @ 7pm eastern. The house was packed full with lots of goodies/rewards/and over 10 mil in checks. This drew a lot of people needless to say.

    There was placed a red book in the house titled "Winner" that had a red leaf used on it to make sure nobody else would make a duplicate. They did not announce about the book until most of the items were picked up, that way people had a better chance of grabbing it (unknowningly).




    Also they asked questions and the person with the correct answer got allowed access into the house before others that way they could pick their spot (otherwise it was private).
    The First question was asked by BriarRose and Subzero won. Second question was asked by Ermac Firebrand (guild leader) and Hash Brownie answered correctly. Abigail was the last one to ask a question and the winner for that was Sylance Raynes.

    It was a very fun event and many enjoyed it including Hannah and Xuri. How this event all came about was that Abigail moved into a new house. She was just going to drop her old house and they asked her if we could use that house as a guild event and it just spun from there. What great spinning that was.




    *note: T/G auction house now starts at 8PM EST on tuesdays





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    Blackgate Finale, Sunday, August 2
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    Posted on Saturday, August 1, 2009, 7:01 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
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    Blackgate Finale
    Sunday, August 2, 2009

    By EMSeppo

    Breaking news: With the aid of his vast network of spies, the thiefmaster has ascertained the whereabouts of the secret base used by the mercenaries for launching the attacks. In fact, it seems like there is a base on both Trammel and Felucca facets of the world, likely to support the blackgates on the respective facets. In face of their recent defeats, the mercenary force is reeling and this is the perfect time to strike back before they can recuperate.

    So, for a change, thiefmaster is going to provide you information, instead of asking you to figure it out for him. All you have to do is use it to access the base and destroy the source of the blackgates. Simple!

    Note: check the calendar on goldenbrewtavern.com for the times. The thiefmaster or his agent will meet you at Trinsic moongate in Felucca for the Fel invasion and Jhelom moongate in Trammel for the Trammel invasion. 

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    Blackrock Lab Quest Walkthrough
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    Posted on Saturday, August 1, 2009, 6:41 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)
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    Walkthrough of Blackrock Lab quest

    Saturday, August 1, 2009
    By EMSeppo

    This event took place the week before the dramatic escape of Aino Nystad. It was first advertised on here under the title “Tick! Tock!

    Many of you solved the puzzle and sent in your reports. I am going to use one of your reports to write the walk-through for anyone who might not have been able to finish it.

    The event started by saying “Task” to the thiefmaster, at which he told you to aid Kullervo in rescuing his sister, the former captain.


     I asked Yosh the Town Guard if he had heard any rumors about the Nystads and he gave the following information:
    Kullervo Nystad was almost caught at Lycaeum! He apparently fell asleep reading books!

     On hearing this I headed to the Lycaeum located on Verity Island in search of further clues. In the southwest corner of the library I found Merrick the Naturalist who gave the following information when asked about any current rumors he had heard:
    (Rumors) There seems to be a growing interest in Finneus Crick’s study on Blackrocks!
    (Finneus Crick) Hmm.. there used to be an eccentric Geologist by that name, but this was before my time!
    (Geologist) Hmm, Aye! Rocks.. Blackrock, specifically! It is said he used to be a leading authority on it!
    (Blackrock) He believed that blackrock was the key to discovering the ancient secrets from the time of Zog!
    (Zog) Come now! I am too busy to charm you with fairy tales of the old world!
    (Lab) Hmm. Aye! It is said that Finneus established his own lab. Likely near a source of blackrock!
    (Study) You can find a report of that study inside the library on top of one of the bookcases.

    I made a copy of this book then looked for others who may have had information on Finneus Crick and found Erwin the Naturalist in the southeast section of the library. He provided the following information:
    (Finneus Crick) Now that is a name I have not heard in a long time! Do you have tidings from him or Jamie?
    (Tidings) *sigh* I searched for them for many years! Him and his damned secret lab!
    (Lab) Only thing I know about it is that it is somewhere in Felucca and [Continue]
    (Continue) There was some talk about entrance to lab near lodes of Blackrock on both facets!
    (Entrance) Knowing Finneus, it is probably protected by magic or encryption or both!
    (Encryption) Eh! I am not an expert on that matter. Refer to Vigenere’s book on that subject in the library!
    (Jamie) The little girl who used to be with him… his niece, perhaps?

    Just inside near Justin the Naturalist were two code books written by Vigenere. I made copies of these books and placed them in my bank box for when I would need them later after I found the lab.

    I remembered that a long time there were blackrock veins in the Lost Land where miners could find large pieces of blackrock, so I spent many, many hours searching both Felucca and Trammel until I found the entrance to the lab near the Ophidian Lair in Trammel.

    There was a sign with the following information:
    Finneus’ Lab: To gain entry, use the KEY to Unlock GpWeBmWuGtWeBeWiGuW.

    Here is a screenshot of the entrance found in Felucca:

    On saying KEY near the Blackstone Induced Runestone a short distance away from the sign and translating the runic letters, I discovered the key word to be Scientia.

    After using it on the encrypted word above and the information in Vigenere’s Code Books, the password Naturalis appeared and I was able to gain entry to the secret lab.

    In the secret lab there were many interesting and unique items such as a blackrock staff that allows you to dye clothes, a blackrock coated anti-magus crystal and several books with information related to the research done in the lab.

    Also in the lab was Jamie, Fenneus Lab Assistant and the skeleton of Finneus Crick on the floor. When spoke to Jamie provided the following information:
    (Hail) Get out! Get out! You do not belong in here! Wait till I tell my master!
    (Master) Finneus Crick, a living legend! His studies of blackrock will change our lives forever!
    (Blackrock) Master believes that blackrock holds the key to discovering the secrets of zog’s civilization!
    (Staff) I finished it! I finished it! The gate is working again! Everything will be alright now! *sobs*
    (Dead) *slaps* How dare you!? Master is not dead! Get out!

    Poor Jamie, she must not see the skeleton of her master on the floor.

    I keep coming back to the blackrock staff. Perhaps cloth dyed with this may allow Captain Aino Nystad to escape her prison cart. It certainly seems possible based on what was written in the one book, Finneus’ Journal by Finneus Creek. It was certainly worth a try, so I left the lab using the functioning black moongate and returned with several pieces of clothing to dye with the staff.

    After leaving the lab again, I headed to the Trammel Yew Court of Truth and tried to give Captain Nystad a blackrock staff dyed plain dress, which she accepted to my great surprise saying the following:
    *raises her eyebrow* I thank thee *casts a confused look at you*

    I then whispered that she need to wear it and she replied with
    *nods slowly* I think I understand, I will do so at an appropriate time! *glances around*

     Not wanting to arouse the suspicions of the guard on duty, I quickly left the scene hoping that my efforts would pay off.

     I hope this information is helpful to you.

     


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    I Survived The Luna Great Lakes Revert 2009
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    I Survived The Luna Great Lakes Revert 2009


    Thursday evening I attended the MOA auction and the buzz was all about the new shirts with the slogan, " I Survived The Luna Great Lakes Revert 2009 ". As a person directly affected by the Luna drama and a very proactive person in getting something done about the issue I just had to have one of these shirts!



    People were asking outrageous amounts of gold for these shirts and I witnessed one sell for 65 million at the Luna Bank yesterday.
    When I heard there was going to be a EM Event today with a shirt handout at the end I stopped my house cleaning and made sure I was there.



    I did part of the event but this old girls feet were tired so I headed back to Brit and chatted with some old friends waiting for the event to end. It is always fun to chat up Lord M-One and that fishy gal of the sea Aridas.



    EM Malachi appeared for the handing out of shirts but the crowd was so large it had to be moved to another location to make it easier for all involved.



    Thank you for the shirt and thank heavens for the revert!




    Wallenstein was kind enough to post a link with more details to this event and I have reposted here.


    http://www.uoledger.com/hunt-for-imperus-noxum/
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    The Wrath of Casca: A Step Too Far
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    Posted on Saturday, August 1, 2009, 7:33 AM EDT by Lady Mana (NapaValley)
    *you see a hastily written note posted to the city walls, and signed “L.M”*

    Attention members of the Royal Guard, volunteers, and citizens of Britannia! Much has transpired recently, and not all for the best. As we all know, Lady Dawn is one of the few true heroes left in our lands, and helped aid our fight against Exodus and Lord Blackthorn some 6 years ago. However! ‘Lord’ Casca is making an attempt to smear Lady Dawn’s name, and also claiming the Royal Guard disloyal to his cause. Currently, these message boards seem to be a safe mode of communication – but if you stand against Casca – all related activities may be monitored. So guard yourself with secrecy.

    The mysterious lady Sangria has managed to retrieve a report written by Casca on the most current affair. Read on for more details:


    Last night (July 31), I attempted to make a piece of Orc Armor using the information and ingredients my Royal Guard had gathered for me. For those who were present know that the outcome was... disastrous to say the least. Many lives were lost and worse, the recipe was destroyed.

    The question comes to mind, why didn't the recipe work? The right words were said, the correct ingredients were used, so why did it fail? The answer is simple - sabotage! An attempt upon my life was made last night and failed! There is only one person who would gain from my demise - Lady Dawn. Lady Dawn will be dealt with as will those who support her!

    An investigation is currently underway! For security reasons all public events have been postponed or canceled until further notice! The Royal Guard shall be disband with the exception of the following Guards who have proved their loyalty to me this past week by bringing me the information and ingredients required of them!

    My thanks and gratitude goes out to my Royal Guard!

    Misery Pieter II Bronwyn Van Yon Gold Digger NightRider
    Ares Fortunata Extacy The Wanderer Trinidaddy
    MerLin Salya Sin Brian Blackstone Steve Erwin Thorongil
    Saphira Cutbow sir tdog Liath Eclipse
    Sadra Dawn Heinz von Weez Muir Sweet Melissa Annia
    Allanon ajax Joelle King Solomon Mordread
    Stephen Shaydo Cutty Sark Radagast Napa Man
    Gray Mouser Thunderz sir zared dracon Book Master Tolllandjr
    Levi Firefly Helix Athena Hawk


    Former Royal Guard members, if you wish to be reinstated you must first be investigated and questioned about your loyalties.


    Lord Casca,
    King of Britannia


    As you can tell from the notice above, Casca is carrying a vendetta. Concerned, I went to share this news with Lady Dawn herself: but something horrifying!


    Dawn’s house, just west of Yew, was set aflame! Aside from Casca himself, I am unaware of anyone who holds a grudge against the noble lady. Casca is currently investigating the Royal Guard and supporters of Lady Dawn, and will undoubtedly smear their honour in the process. Perhaps it is time we took action and began our own investigation! We have always had reason to distrust Casca, and now more than ever, we must throw aside the reeking wool he attempts to cast over our eyes. Down with Casca!

    Regards,
    Lady Mana
    Lieutenant of the Royal Britannian Guards
    Napa Valley News Manager

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