December 2013

Happy New Year!

Submitted by DaKaren on December 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM CST

Happy New Year 2014 from everyone at!

Season's Greetings!

Submitted by DaKaren on December 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM CST

Merry Yule!

Submitted by DaKaren on December 21, 2013 at 2:42 PM CST

Merry Yule!

Britain Snowball Battle

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on December 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM CST

From the desk of Countess Dot Warner, Governor of Britain:

Britain Snowball Battle

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Election Results for Third Council of the King!

Submitted by Vivian_Fellows on December 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM CST
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The results have come in and once again, Election Day was a flurry of activity. 

Before diving into the results, I must note that the following candidates running for re-election were unopposed and retained their seat:

  • Jhelom - Lady Alista Laleyan
  • Minoc - Lady Tanda Knighthawke
  • Moonglow - Lord Walter Tyrell
  • New Magincia - Lady Miss Kitty
  • Skara Brae - Lord Neptune
  • Yew - Lady Willa of the Yew-wood

Vivian and WalterI took a moment to speak with one of the unopposed incumbents. Moonglow was relatively calm compared to other cities on election night when I found Governor Tyrell near the Moonglow Mint.

Vivian Fellows (VF): How does it feel to be an a re-elected public servant?

Walter Tyrell (WT): It is satisfying to be able to serve.

VF: Do you already have any plans for your second term?

WT: I hope to convince the King that we deserve an arcane circle. I also have plans to hold a New Years celebration in Moonglow.

VF: That sounds exciting! Any teasers about what we can look forward to at the celebration?

WT: Food, drink, some entertainment, prizes, perhaps a few games of chance!

VF: Well thank you for your time governor, good luck in your new term. 

WT: Thank you.

While the election in Britain drew most of the attention, a close race in Trinsic and a newly elected governor in Vesper also created their own news. After speaking to Governor Tyrell, I took off for Trinsic where it was a close race until the very end. Former chancellor and current governor of Trinsic, Ra'Dian Fl'Gith was in a dogfight with Shanny of the Order of the Knights Templar. For most of the week, Shanny held a large lead over the incumbent, but as election night grew closer, Ra'Dian managed to slowly chip away at the lead. On the final night, Governor Ra'Dian was able to overtake Shanny and close with a 53.8% to 46.2% victory. Congratulations to both in what was a very close election.

Aornis being announced GovernorWith the polls closed, I headed to Vesper and found the new governor, Aornis of the Den of Stone Dragons. She had just been informed of her victory when I caught up to her.

VF: Congratulations on your victory.

Aornis (A): Thank you, Vivian!

VF: How does it feel to be the newly elected governor of Vesper?

A: It feels wonderful! I can't wait to start working for the people of Vesper!

VF: The city has been marred in the past, first the pirate mayor Sweet Maid Sally. Then accusations of treason against former governor O'Hare. Is it safe to say you will bring the steady hand of order to the city?

A: Yes, I'm looking to give Vesper a clean slate, bring our great city back to glory!

VF: Do you already have any plans for your first term?

A: Great question. Yes, I do. I plan to work on further improving Vesper's relationships with the other cities while meeting with the citizens to see what they need.

VF: Thank you governor! Good luck in your first term in office!

Dot Warner celebrating in Britain

With the evening coming to a close, I took the moongate to Britain where I found many in a celebratory mood. Most of the revelers were celebrating Dot Warner's crushing re-election victory over Superspot. According to her supporters, people were still lined up to vote when election officials turned them away and closed the polls. Shortly thereafter, governor Warner's thunderous result of 57.9% to 40.1% was announced to cheers. In the middle of the celebration, I found the Lady Dot Warner dressed festively and in quite the jovial mood.

VF: Good evening governor, congratulations on your victory!

Dot Warner (DW): Hello and thank you.

VF: Another election, another come from behind victory in the polls. At the beginning, many were certain you were likely to lose.

Dot nods her head

VF: How does it feel to prove your naysayers wrong?

DW: My supporters take their time... Naysayers?

VF: Even some of your supporters weren't sure if the electorate would turn out for you. Those naysayers.

DW: Ah, well, I have patience. Never a good idea to count your chicks before they've hatched.

VF: Always true in life... On another topic... do you have any events you're planning that you might want to spill a secret about?

DW: There will be a snowball battle next week. I'm hoping the Yuletide season will keep the citizens in good spirits. Then, of course, there is the horse race. Though that is still in the planning stage.

VF: That should be fun! Thank you governor for your time and good luck during your new term.

DW: Thank you and you're welcome!

It was a very exciting election and it was my pleasure to bring you a detailed report on the events of election night. The first meeting of the Third Council of the King will be on Tuesday, Dec 17th at 9 PM CST. Look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to the Governors

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on December 16, 2013 at 3:34 AM CST

Originally posted Sunday, December 15th, 2013 by an EM on the Great Lakes EM Site:

His Majesty King Blackthorn congratulates the newly elected governors of Britannia. His Majesty looks forward to meeting with them, and all interested citizens, at the previously announced seventh meeting of the Council.

Governors and Governors-Elect
Britain – Dot Warner
Jhelom – Alista Laleyan
Minoc – Tanda
Moonglow – Walter Tyrell
New Magincia – Miss Kitty
Skara Brae – Neptune
Trinsic – Ra’Dian Fl’Gith
Vesper – Aornis
Yew – Willa of the Yew-Wood

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Holiday Greetings From Gov. Dot Warner

Submitted by Vivian_Fellows on December 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM CST

I received the following from the Governor of Britain, Dot Warner:

Holiday Card from Dot Warner

Election Cycle For Third Council of the King Begins!

Submitted by Vivian_Fellows on December 11, 2013 at 1:32 AM CST
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The time has come for people to take to the city stones and cast their governor! Citizens in the cities of Britain, Jhelom, Minoc, Moonglow, New Magincia, Skara Brae, Trinsic, Vesper, and Yew continue to turn out and vote for their preferred nominee.

I took a moment to tour the cities and found the following election posters scattered throughout the realm.

Dot Warner for Britain

Alista Laleyan for Jhelom

Tanda for Minoc

Walter Tyrell for Moonglow

Neptune for Skara Brae

Aornis for Vesper

Willa of the Yew-wood for Yew

Looks like several members are campaigning hard to retain their seats as well as a newcomer for the city of Vesper.

Good luck to all of the candidates and happy voting!

Dot Warner Celebrates Harvest Day in Britain

Submitted by Vivian_Fellows on December 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM CST

The holidays have had us all busy as of late, but a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being invited to the Harvest Day celebration being held in Britain by Governor Dot Warner. A dual purpose event where citizens could come express their ideas for the city as well as participate in the Harvest Day Raffle.

FitzOwen Green, located in Compassion Park on the outskirts of Britain, had been prepared to host a great feast. Turkey, mash potatoes, and assorted pies battled for space on the table. I took a moment to prepare a photograph of the lavish spread.

Lavish Food Spread at FitzOwen Green

Before turn the table over to open discussion, Governor Warner informed the citizens that several of her submitted requests to King Blackthorn had been denied, including a sprucing of the park near the East Bank and a moongate at the Britain bank. She promised that she would continue to press for a moongate near the bank since citizens have complained about long travel times to the current moongate due to the partial collapse of the underground cavern that runs between the bank and moongate.

When asked if there was an event they would like to see, the citizenry responded that they would appreciate a horse race. After brainstorming, it was agreed that Governor Warner would approach the other governors of the King's Council to organize a horse race that would run from city to city. With elections underway, Dot noted wouldn't be until January at the earliest that such an event could be held, but a race from Minoc or Yew through Britain to Trinsic has great potential.

Governor Dot Warner Sitting At the TableAt the end of the question phase, I took an opportunity to question the current governor of arguably the most important political city about the continuing feud between the towns of Skara Brae and Jhelom. Here is an excerpt of the conversation.

"They both need to calm down and talk out their problems. Governor Neptune needs to let go of the sins of the past and embrace his fellow citizens."

The governor's face turns to a frown.

"I'm hoping that his talk of explosives is just that. Talk."

The wariness of the governor on the topic is evident as she sighs and leans forward.

"I don't know Governor Laleyan well enough to comment on how she might deal with the issue."

After the session was over, it was time for the Harvest Day Raffle. Upon arrival early that evening, guests were handed out gift bags holding several Harvest Day related gifts and a raffle ticket number for a drawing later in the evening. Several gold checks from 250k to one million gold were handed out, with the grand prize being a 90 charge heartwood runic Fletcher's tool.

The governor would like to thank all that attended. It was a great time and turnout. She also appreciates all the good ideas provided by the community and hopes to hear more in the future.

A Winter Wish

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on December 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM CST

Originally posted December 10th, 2013 by EM Elizabella on the Great Lakes EM Site:


What are Princess Mirendel and her baby brother Selkestal plotting? Find out at the Counselor Hall on Tuesday, December 17th, at 8 p.m. CST.


Immediately followed by the Royal Council meeting, at 9 p.m. CST.

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