February 2009

High Seas Adventure!

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on February 26, 2009 at 10:13 PM CST
Library of Sosaria

Arrr! Ahoy me maties! This Sunday, March 1st at 3pm CST, EM Malachi will be hosting a boat race starting in the city of Britain. He asks that's entrants meet at the Counselor's Hall in Northern Britain to hear the full details of the race.

Those wishing to enter may be in teams of up to five, and may use the style/size vessel of their choice. Throughout the course of the competition, sailors will need to travel from checkpoint to checkpoint and be prepared for obstacles and layovers. (The course of the race will not be revealed until the start.)

The winning team will have their accomplishment engraved onto trophies which will be displayed in the Counselor's Hall and on the Britain Docks.

So get ta swabbin' yer poop decks, hoist yer sails, and down a flagon o'rum landlubbers! Thar be booty to be won!

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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Orienteering Operatives

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on February 25, 2009 at 8:25 PM CST
Library of Sosaria

Tuesday evening, Royal Spymaster Magnus Grey conducted the second training for his nascent group of secret agents. Once again, the group gathered at the Counselor's Hall in Northern Britain and waited for his arrival. He appeared as if from thin air on a stool, greeted the crown, then strode to the back of the Hall where he climbed up onto a table and proceeded to quiet the crowd so he could speak.

He posed the scenario of being lost at sea amongst the isles of Tokuno, unable to see neither land nor beast, without a map or the navigational expertise of the average tillerman. How would one find their way back to land? The first to shout out the correct answer of 'sextant' was Dragons are Cute of -Y-.

The simple sextant would be the basis of the lesson that night, a tool that few outside of the Mariner's Guild use - let alone fully understand. The Spymaster wished his pupils to learn to correctly interpret the coordinates obtained from the device and use them to navigate across the facets.

To that end, he asked everyone to pair up to receive a satchel from him containing an instruction manual on sextants, and a book for recording information. Thirty checkpoints had been scattered across Trammel, Malas, and Ilshenar - each team needed to travel from point to point in sequential order and write down an item contained in a small box. A lantern at each point would give the coordinates and facet for the next location. A form of this exercise is considered a sport called orienteering on the world of Earth.

Starting in Trammel, the agents in training were led from Britain into the wilderness of the main continent. The safe sights of Malas were next, with the more dangerous locales of Ilshenar to come after... There the trainees faced brigands, balrons, and ancient wyrms just to open the box and obtain the next set of coordinates.

Wrapping up on Trammel, the last location was the cauldron in the sleepy hamlet of Paws south of Britain. There, Lord Grey waited to congratulate the trainees who successfully completed the course. As before, there were several people declared the 'winners' of the session and they received promotions. In the interests of national and operative security, I have been asked to withhold their names.

If you wish to have an adventure, the course starts at the Counselor's Hall in northern Britain. There is a sepia-hued lantern atop the display case along the eastern wall that will start you on your way. Don't forget a sextant!

Keep an eye open for the sepia-hued lanterns, or speak to Tybalt the ghostly Town Crier in front of the Counselor's Hall for upcoming events and announcements!

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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The Royal Spymaster Revealed

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on February 23, 2009 at 7:55 PM CST
Library of Sosaria

Rumors that the Minister of Agriculture, Lord Magnus Grey, wished to gather citizens at the Northern Britain Counselor's Hall this past Thurday evening had been circulating all week. A large assemblage of adventurer's had congregated at the Hall by 8 o'clock eagerly awaiting the Minister.

Upon his arrival, Lord Grey said that he wished us to get to know Britain better, and thus set us on an errand to find a specific location within the city. He said the first clue would be in front of the Sorcerer's Delight to the south. There we found a sepia hued lantern with the engraving 'Southeast of me'. The lanterns eventually led us to the guard barracks just north of the Unicorn's Horn tavern. Minister Grey was waiting on the roof.

Once everyone had arrived, Lord Grey announced that he was not the new Minister of Agriculture at all, but was, in fact, the Royal Spymaster. He had led us to this rooftop because he wished to recruit a new generation of operatives...and we were to be his trainees. He said that Britannia needed protecting and that this was a way for us to contribute. I was not alone in my skepticism as to why a 'spymaster' would reveal himself so publicly, and several wondered for who he was spying.

Without answering any overtly personal questions, Spymaster Grey informed us that he wished to test our creativity, deduction, and problem solving skills. He handed each of us a book with a brief description of a fictional event and a list of evidence that we needed to gather and separate into bags for motive, weapon, tools of escape, and location the criminal escaped to. We were then to present the bags to him at a location that would be deduced from the items. (A copy of this book may be found in the Luna white box in the Library of Sosaria.)

The criminal had escaped to the Ye Olde Winery in Yew, and there Lord Grey awaited us. The first three to present him their bags were Striker of the Dragons of Honor, Loki Bhey of the Yew Archers, and Madman. They were promoted in 'rank' and given access to a secret lair where they had their names engraved on a commemorative kryss.

Spymaster Grey will hold another training session this Tuesday, February the 24th, at 8pm CST starting at the Northern Britain Counselor's Hall.

Some say that a spy is a patriot who sacrifices a normal life to do what it takes to ensure the safety of his kingdom... Others, however, believe that a spy is a criminal who has been sanctioned by a dishonorable government. On whom will these new spies inform...and to whom?

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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GL Events Calendar is back!

Submitted by DaKaren on February 22, 2009 at 9:22 PM CST

A new and greatly improved version of the Great Lakes Events Calendar is back up and running. Use the Calendar button on the navigation bar above to view it.

Please use the 'Submit an Event' button on the Calendar to get your event listed. I have added all the recurring events for the shard.

Thank you.

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Events Calendar Issues

Submitted by DaKaren on February 18, 2009 at 11:51 PM CST

The Great Lakes Events Calendar is currently having issues.

Due to this, and my general irritation in using this calendar package I have elected to replace it with something simpler and less cluttered.

I hope to have this completed before the weekend is over.

Upcoming events:

2/19/09 8pm CST: Something is happening at the West Britain Counselor's Guild. (Trammel)

2/19/09 8pm CST: MoA Thursdays, MoA auction House west of Vesper. (Trammel)

2/21/09 8pm CSR: Chicken Fight Club, Malas.

2/22/09 7:30pm CST: Holy Light Auctions, Malas.

2/23/09 8pm CST: Tavern Night at the Wild Rose Inn & Cafe in Newcastle Township. (Trammel)

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Library of Sosaria to Hold Literary Contest

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on February 18, 2009 at 12:37 AM CST
Library of Sosaria

Literary Contest!

I would like to announce that the Library of Sosaria will be holding a Literary Contest on Saturday, February 28th at 8pm CST. What I hope is the first of many such events to spark the author in each of you shall be... Short stories!

Submissions for the contest must be an original work not previously entered into any prior literary contest on Great Lakes, must be relevant to our world, and should be thoroughly proofread. Only one submission per person, but you may fill up to three large blue books with your story. (OOC: Please keep stories in-character. One 40 page blue book is approximately 2 pages of 12pt text. Please use some form of spell-check if possible.)

Please submit your entry either via Stratics PM or in person by midnight Thursday, February 26th. There will be three winners chosen by Kazola of Kazola's Treetop Keg & Winery, Lady Silverbrook of Magincia, and myself.


First Place - 2 million gold

Second Place - 1 million gold

Third Place - 500,000 gold

Winning entries will also be displayed in the Library of Sosaria for all to enjoy until the next literary event.

All submitted entries will be available to the public to peruse during the event.

The Library of Sosaria Complex is located directly south of the Yew moongate in Trammel (72* 26'N 39* 18'W) and is open to the public every day.

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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