March 2012

Make Way for Demons!

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM CDT

Daemon DuckieYou’re standing at the bank, meditating on the Virtues. Something crashes into your legs. Small green arms covered in soap suds wrap themselves around your knees. Wide eyes look up at you and a squeaky voice says, “Duckies is attacking!”

You grimly pry the goblin loose and she says, “Zox’s duckies wot she plays with in bath has goings insanes!”

Meet Zox Greatsnapper at the Counselor Hall, Sunday, April 1st, 3 p.m. CDT, to help her defeat her bathtrough duckies!

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Third B.A.F. Fundraiser

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM CDT
Britannian Armed Forces

From the desk of Grand Marshal Galen Knighthawke:

This Friday, the High Council's militia, known as the Britannian Armed Forces (B.A.F.), will host another fundraiser for the poor of our realm. Previous fundraisers have been very successful; many have been fed by our efforts.

Meet at 8pm Central/9pm Eastern, on Friday 30 March 2012 (this Friday), at the Trinsic Moongate in Trammel.

We might be continuing the use of treasure maps generously donated by champion treasure hunter Beryl Markham, or we might find another means, such as a raid on the nearby Painted Caves.

-Galen Knighthawke
Grand Marshal of Virtue,
Ministry of Britannian Armed Forces

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B.A.F. to Aid Meer in Recovery Efforts

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 25, 2012 at 6:28 PM CDT
Britannian Armed Forces

From the desk of Grand Marshal Galen Knighthawke:

Members of the Britannian Armed Forces and friends,

Meet tomorrow night (Monday, 26 March 2012) at 7:15pm Central/8:15pm Eastern, at the gypsy camp west of the Compassion Shrine in Ilshenar, to assist our allies the Meer in getting their ancient artifacts back from the grave robbers. As before, helping the Juka isn't forbidden, but isn't our primary purpose either. If you are not familiar with how to climb the mountain, ask me or someone else before the start time. It's anticipated this'll last for 30 to 45 minutes, followed immediately by the High Council Meeting.

-Galen Knighthawke
Grand Marshal of Virtue,
Ministry of Britannian Armed Forces

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High Council Hosts Vorpal Bunny Bash

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM CDT
GL High Council

Vorpal BunnyFrom the desk of Lord DaKaren, Chancellor of the High Council of Britannia:

The High Council of Britannia will be hosting a Vorpal Bunny Bash in the Jollier Fairgrounds Tournament stalls in mainland Skara Brae (56o 41'S 35o 26'W) on Saturday, April the 7th at 2pm CST.

Join your friends in relieving these daemonic bunnies of their colored eggs in time for the annual spring fertility festival!

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Royal Britannian Guard Meeting

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM CDT
Royal Britannian Guard

There will be a meeting of the Royal Britannian Guard on Friday, March 23rd, at 8:00 p.m. CDT. Meet on the second floor of the Warriors’ Guild in Britain, 9° 40′S, 1° 7′E.

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THE YEW TIMES - A Newspaper for Sosaria

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 15, 2012 at 8:09 PM CDT

Originally posted 15 Mar 2012 17:27:43 EST by the YEW TIMES Editoral Office on the UO Herald:

Written by members of the UO community

Issue 2 - Edition 3


Alchemist Labors for Naught

It was 12 years ago, that the great intellect and alchemist, Vig Parthus the Accomplished addressed the public before barring the door to his lab. He bid that no one disturb his work, for when he finally emerged from his bailiwick, he would present to the people that which mankind had been searching for since the beginning of time. After a decade of respecting the mages request, a concerned citizen determined that something was amiss, since no one had been bringing food to the alchemist for all those years. When the body was finally recovered, it was already in an advanced state of decomposition. There is only speculation of what Vig had been working on that would be such a boon to mankind. Scholars pointed out that Vig must have been working on a potion that would turn base metals into gold. Politicians were hoping for an elixir that they could give to their wives to make them believe their lies whenever they cheated on them. Women-folk lamented that they would never see the wonder-soap that would soften their hands while doing dishes.

To read the full article on the forums, click HERE.

The Awakening - Act II, Part 2

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 15, 2012 at 7:58 PM CDT

Originally posted 15 Mar 2012 13:13:42 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

Written by the EM Team

Intermission Fiction

Stumbling, he grasps onto the railing leading out of the cellar as the distant sounds of unrest echo throughout the empty building around him. Taking another drink from the somewhat depleted bottle of wine in his hand he makes his way through the corridors to the balcony, until the bottle slips from his grasp. In his attempt to grab it he falls, and knocks aside a piece of fabric with a jingle. His eyes are drawn to the weathered and tattered hat. A memory long past is conjured before his eyes as he feels a profound sadness, noticing the missing bell upon a lone corner. His hand reaches for it, fingers almost grazing the fabric before he stops, instead grasping once more for the bottle of wine. With a grumble he rights himself and staggers away from the hat, leaving it as forgotten as he had been, and heads back to the wine cellar once more.

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Library of Sosaria Closed for Remodeling

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM CDT
Library of Sosaria

Our apologies to library patrons, but the Library of Sosaria is undergoing an extensive remodeling.  This process may take several weeks, but it will be well worth the wait.

The Nameless Rune Library remains open to service your travel needs and will contain books pertaining to the current troubles in both Britannia and Ilshenar in the northeastern section of the first floor.

Please look for a reopening notice posted on the Great Lakes Tribune and you may always visit our ethereal annex for all your literary needs.

~Lady Martyna Z'muir
Head Librarian,
Library of Sosaria Complex

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Bleed Green

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM CDT

You’re walking along, minding your own business, when a green envelope falls out of the sky and hits you on the head. You see stars! And hearts and clovers… A tiny fairy in a Speedy Wings courier uniform giggles and flies away. You read the invitation and remember meeting the mischievous pixies and leprechauns last year. What magic is afoot in the land this spring?

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Legends "Gold Diggers" Defend Treasure Hunt Championship

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 12, 2012 at 6:57 AM CDT
Treasure Hunt Challenges

Originally posted 9 Mar 2012 16:25:33 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

So just what happened at the Legends vs. Lake Superior T-hunt challenge?

Legends’ defending champions, the Gold Diggers were geared up and ready to rock and roll! You could tell this was a team prepared for anything. Well almost anything as would soon been seen, but I’m getting ahead of myself… The Gold Diggers members included, Hawk Eye, Casper, InViSiBlE, Bulldog, and Nadalia.

Lake Superior’s team drifted in, no team color, no name and one or two of their members had been recruited only an hour or two before. Did any of this bother them? Not in the least! They were here to battle for their shard, and they intended to win! Their newly acquired team name reflected their attitude; team Awesome Sauce. The members of this team were, Taeara Mi'aken, Rockhound, Draken, All Mighty, and Kalina.

Introductions made, rules read and it was game on! Both teams were off like a shot, but Murphy and his law of ‘what can go wrong, will go wrong’ always seems to come into play during the first few maps.

For Lake Superior’s Awesome Sauce, it was finding that first chest. Dig here, dig there, dig dig dig. Where’s the chest??

Legends’ Gold Diggers had no problems with map one. It was map two when Murphy showed himself. The Gold Diggers decoded the map, and then realized they didn’t have a rune to the general location of the chest. There was only one way they would be able to get to the chest – by boat. Did any of them have a boat? No. So off they went on a shopping spree in Luna.

This allowed Lake Superior’s Team Awesome Sauce to catch up and get ahead (slightly) of Legends’ Gold Diggers. But Murphy wasn’t done yet. Lake Superior’s team Awesome Sauce was his next victim.

With map three completed the team Awesome Sauce is waiting to trade the completed map for the next map. Their t-hunter had one problem, ‘I lost the map!’ The verdict was passed down to give the team the new map and let them go. ‘Take the map and go!’ The trade window drops. ‘Take the map and go!’ By then the t-hunter had found the completed map and drops it into the trade window, maps exchanged, they were off!

The two teams were now neck and neck right to the very end when Legends’ team Gold Diggers gated in and sat down a mere 35 seconds – that’s right, seconds before Lake Superior’s team Awesome Sauce.

Congratulations to Legends’ team Gold Diggers the winners of this t-hunt match! And to Lake Superior’s team Awesome Sauce, a job well done!

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Second High Council Militia Treasure Hunt Fundraiser

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 7, 2012 at 7:04 PM CST
Britannian Armed Forces

From the desk of Grand Marshal Galen Knighthawke:

This coming Friday (March 9) at 7pm Central Time/8pm Eastern Time, the militia of the High Council of Britannia (known as the Britannian Armed Forces or BAF) will host a treasure hunt to raise money for the poor of our cities.

The gold will be distributed evenly among those who attend, with the understanding that you will then re-distribute it to the poor of your favored city. We will use an informal system to divide the other loot, as we did last time.

Unless her schedule suddenly interferes, our treasure hunter will be the renowned champion treasure hunter Beryl Markham. Beryl also graciously donated many treasure maps of various levels for this effort. I'm attempting to make arrangements for another hunter in the event that Beryl proves unable to make it.

We will meet at the Library of Sosaria banner, located due south of the Yew Moongate in Trammel, at compass point 70o 30’ N, 40o 17’ W.

I anticipate this will last roughly an hour, we'll do as many maps as we can in that time. It is doubtful we'll be able to do all the maps Beryl donated, as she was very generous. (This is the second round of fund-raising using the same map donation.)

-Galen Knighthawke
Grand Marshal of Virtue,
High Council of Britannia

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The Awakening - Act II

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM CST

Originally posted 1 Mar 2012 12:32:48 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

“Look, if you listen to me and stick close and keep your mouth shut we’re not going to have any problems. And now that you’ve gotten us this far, I’m taking the lead.” Callie grumbled quietly to her guide as they crept silently through the metallic passageways and past numerous sentries. She wiped a hand across her brow and brushed her blonde bangs from her face. “We just need to make sure we don’t get spotted”. As they passed near one of the far walls of the mapped area, Balthan the guide found his attention caught by a long rusted wreck of machinery and slagged walls. Just as he was about to comment he felt himself run into the back of the archaeologist in front of him who turned and glared at him. “Watch where you’re going.” She hissed fiercely under her breath. She gestured for Balthan to turn around and began to remove some special equipment from his pack, tools that were not fashioned by human hands. With the tools in hand, she began to dismantle the mounting of one of the peculiar glowing wall panels, and removing a large console nearby with multicolored buttons. She spoke excitedly and quietly while she did so. “This will be the find of the century, you know. It’ll be put in the Vesper museum with our names on it and they’ll never forget us.”

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