March 2014

Trinsic Banquet of Honor

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 31, 2014 at 7:41 PM CDT

From the desk of Ra'Dian Fl'Gith, Governor of Trinsic:

Trinsic Banquet of Honor

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MOA Weekly Update

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM CDT
Majestic Oaks Auctions

From the desk of Melian, CEO of Events Majestic Oaks Auction:

Spring must be in the air even if outdoors it can't make up it's mind. Spring cleaning must be in the air judging by the older items which are making into the auction house.

3.27.14 was a crazy night, wrapping up March's auction action. We saw a Lavaliere necklace, Skull mug, Rift Pillar, 120 Fishing Scroll, Mesanna Glacial Rose, assorted house deco, Minax pieces,footwear, race change tokens and get this a HUMAN Trophy yuck! What they won't think of next. Any how, total receipts for the night were *drum roll* 384,875,000 gold crowns. Not to bad for a couple hours on a gray march evening.

Top Bidders were Vashadra and Shadius!! With many many more in on the action. The night's trivia winners were Alice (2), Ra'Dian Fl'Gith (2), Dot Warner and Xevei. Always good to see Xevei in the house!

Next week we have a Great Lakes Trammel Yew Keep up for auction. Broker is still out on what else is going out the door. There will be trivia as always.

See you April 3, 2014 8 p.m. CST (that's 9 for all you east coasters)

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Forge Wars

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM CDT

Originally posted March 26th, 2014 by EM Elizabella on the Great Lakes EM Site:

Teams of two are invited to participate in Forge Wars! Meet behind the Award Hall on Saturday, March 29th at 8:00 p.m. CDT.

Forge Wars

  • This event is for teams of two.
  • Each team must have GM or better blacksmithy and mining. These two skills may be on separate players, though, of course, it is better to have both skills on one person.
  • The first half-hour will be for registration. Please bring a book with the team members' names on the first page, blacksmith first.
  • All participants must be naked, except for jewelry.
  • You may bring one weapon of your choice, which must be equipped rather than in your backpack.
  • All participants must have empty backpacks, except for spellbooks (magery, paladin, necromancy, spellweaving, samurai, ninja, and/or mystic). Try to keep this limited to what you'll actually need, since we'll have to check them.
  • Participants are not permitted to bring or summon pets. However, you may cast EVs, demons, vampire bats, etc.
  • Participants are not permitted to use mounts (including ethereals).
  • The blacksmith will be given smith hammers. Please do not bring special or expensive hammers of your own.
  • The fighter will be given bandages.
  • Upon request, reagents, necro reagents, arrows, and/or bolts will be provided to those who plan to use the related skills.

Two teams will compete against each other at a time, with the winning team moving on to the next round.

Each team will be brought into the enclosed area and elementals will appear. One teammate will fight the elemental and gather the ore from the corpse. S/he will bring the ore to the blacksmith. Whichever of them has mining skill will smelt it down. When the fighter enters the smithing enclosure, a new elemental will spawn in the fighting area.

The blacksmith will craft a suit of platemail. The platemail does not need to be exceptional. When the suit is completed, the blacksmith will say "DONE" in chat. An EM will go to the blacksmith, who must then give the completed platemail suit to the EM.

Thanks to EM Crysania for advice on this event.

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10th Royal Council Meeting

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 27, 2014 at 7:47 PM CDT

Originally posted March 26th, 2014 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 tenth meeting of the Council. It will be held in the Council Room at Castle Blackthorn on Friday, March 28th, at 8:00 p.m. CDT.

Governors and Governors-Elect
Britain - Dot Warner
Jhelom - Thom Jameison
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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MOA Weekly Update

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM CDT
Majestic Oaks Auctions

From the desk of Melian, CEO of Events Majestic Oaks Auction:

Hello fellow auction lovers!

Another week is upon us and I am pleased to announce auction is on schedule March 27th 2014 8 p.m. CST (9 Eastern) Outside Vesper near the Buc's Den Portal. We do have a banner connect from the park out the south side of Luna look for the Oak tree. A staff person should be gating in Luna.

There are NEW ATM (tellers) on the front steps first vendor left to right begins with 5k, 10k and 25k checks and the far right vendor has 1 million gold checks you can buy them as any other vended item.You do have the ability to ask for a token to be placed on an inside vendor to make your payment as well. As always a bag of gold checks for the correct amount is also acceptable.

This week we have:
A Human Trophy from the 3.25.14 EM event on Great Lakes (per EMs it is 1 of 15) a great minimum bid of 5 mil.
A 120 fishing scroll so hard to come by with a min of 19.8 million
A Glacial blue and pink Napa mesanna rose min of 100k!
A non replica Embroidered Oak Leaf cloak min of 30 mil

There will be much, much more as well as trivia for gold and bragging rights!

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Site Update

Submitted by DaKaren on March 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM CDT


The menu system running the GL pages has received an overhaul. Navigation has been streamlined and related pages have been grouped together in sub menus. There are also quite a few new pages, though not all of them are fully complete yet. Please check them for updates in the near future.

If you find a problem with a page or part of the menu, please inform me via ICQ or in vent. Additionally, you may contact me if you would like to contribute something to one of the pages or have a request for a new page.

Thank you.

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Saturday Night Fight Club March 22nd!

Submitted by Francois_Dumont on March 20, 2014 at 11:57 PM CDT
Saturday Night Fight Club

From Holy Moses:

This week's Saturday Night Fight Club will start at 8 PM CST. Location will once again be at Ocllo Arena in Felucca. Once again, the reward will be 20 Million Gold split among the top finishers.

Ocllo Arena

Participants are highly encourage to register prior to the fight. You can do so by accessing the S.N.F.C. link on the left under the Upcoming GL Events calendar or by clicking here. By registering, you are definitely excused from any entrance fee if one is instituted for people who show up late without registering prior. It also really helps with the filling of brackets so that the fights can get started quicker!

Those who just want to watch are reminded that while the Ocllo Arena is in Felucca, it is also in a guard zone. Please feel free to attend and watch the event, there is a rune for the arena near the front entrance of the Nameless Rune Library in Trammel southwest of the Yew Moongate.

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Greetings and Hello!

Submitted by Francois_Dumont on March 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM CDT

Hello all! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Francios DuMont and I hail from the city of Britain. I moved to the city with my parents from Magincia (before the city was destroyed) at a very young age. In Britain, I found myself obsessed with the world of print. News has become both my occupation and hobby. I am happy to say I have now found my dream job.

I will now be covering general stories in the realm. Hopefully, I can help alleviate Martyna and Vivian so that the two can get back to mostly focusing on library and political topics. Mostly, I want to help spread the news about the fight nights that will be happening. My goal is to provide pictures of some of the most intense tournament fights and write of their epic clashes.

In time, I hope you will enjoy the articles I provide. I wish all of you a happy day!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Submitted by DaKaren on March 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM CDT

Happy St. Patrick's Day from everyone at

The Luck o' the Leprechaun

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 14, 2014 at 7:42 PM CDT

Four Leaf CloverOriginally posted March 12th, 2014 by EM Elizabella on the Great Lakes EM Site:

The leprechauns need your help! Meet Sunday afternoon, March 16th, at 4:00 p.m. CDT at the Counselor Hall.

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MOA Weekly Update

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 14, 2014 at 7:31 PM CDT
Majestic Oaks Auctions

From the Desk of Melian CEO of Events Majestic Oaks Auction

It was clear to see that the Leprechauns had been busy, the building was full of green color and piles of gold, scattered checks. The house was packed, it's amazing the allure of some truly tasty rares can do.

The bidding on a few items was fast and furious The Chicken Blood did well drawing attention from many bidders. With an opening price of 65 mil the item went back and forth until finally the winning bid of 195,000,000 gold landed Fat Kids LaG IRL a trophy display in their collection (or whatever they wish to do with it)

The biggest attention getter was the Mesanna Lantern from Lake Austin I believe. It too drew heavy bidding from many people, in the end our own Great Lakes Hearts Desire won out with a bid of 200,000,000.

The final big ticket winner was a Spittoon which after some disappointment over it's opening price came back with a lower open and sold to Rathgar for 125,000,000.

Large crowds and bidding wars do tend to drive the patrons into a frenzy we saw great bids on an Ethereal mount, a set of Tokuno Major dyes, some old nostalgic items worth many turn in points.

Thank you to all who attended! It was a great time for patrons and staff alike.
A special thanks to all who followed the posts on stratics and came from far and wide for a chance to bid!! Majestic Oaks is happy to see some of you back on Great Lakes even briefly.

Next auction will be Thursday March 20th 8 p.m. CST.

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Submitted by Ad_Weasel on March 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM CDT

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Mondain O's

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Fishing Council of Britannia to Hold Net Toss

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 10, 2014 at 5:56 PM CDT

From Gem of the Fishing Council of Britannia:

The Fishing Council of Britannia (FCB) invented the public net toss many years ago.

It's long past time for us to host one.

Join us at the New Maginica dock Sunday March 16 at 8:00 PM EST. We'll bring the nets and the get to kill and be killed...and keep any loot you get.

Courtesy of those fun-loving salty dogs...the FCB!

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Can Ya Out Drink a Leprechaun?

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 10, 2014 at 12:43 AM CDT

From the desk of Chancellor DaKaren of the High Council of Britannia:

Can Ya Out Drink a Leprechaun?

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Re-Elect the REAL Dot Warner for Governor of Britain!

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM CST

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

Re-Elect the REAL Dot Warner for Governor of Britain!
Since we have an election marred by impersonation, please ensure that you cast your vote for the Dot Warner of the City-State of Britain. Accept no impostors!

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Weekly MOA Update

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM CST
Majestic Oaks Auctions

From the desk of Melian, MOA CEO of Events:

Wow, what else can I say? Since Emerald Ices return the crowds have increased last nights group was a lively bunch! We saw twenty-five (25) items hit the auction table with two items getting the NO Sale gavel and total auction sales were $208,180,000 gold coins!! Trivia winners were Alice, Shadius, Thut, Piero and Aslan congrats to them all! Most of the trivia topics were given to DJ this week by audience suggestion. The night was full of bidding wars and top bidders were Rathgar, RoodyTamer, Zandor, Wrigley and Hybris.

Next week March 13th look for the St. Patricks Day theme to be present both in attire and trivia.

Also next week brings some great items: Whispering Roses, Spittoon, NON artifact Bamboo Stool, Chicken Blood, and Mesanna Lantern. Items are on display in the auction pit for the next several days. See you then 8 p.m. Central time, Majestic Oaks Auction, Trammel facet Great Lakes!

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Britain Trivia Night

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM CST

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

Britain Trivia Night Announcement

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Minoc Attacked by Hythloth Conclave!

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 5, 2014 at 10:03 PM CST
Library of Sosaria

Late last night, citizens of Minoc found themselves under siege by warriors of the Hythloth Conclave who had tunneled under their city with the intent to prepare it for invasion by daemonic forces. These daemons, or sappers as they are called, were to weaken Minoc's infrastructure and create a means of ingress behind defensive lines.

Fortunately for Minoc, agents of the Crown caught wind of this plot and were able to thwart the invasion before it could begin in earnest. The sappers broke through to the surface and encountered a withering barrage of swords, spells and hungry dragons. The daemon's tunnels were quickly traced to the mines of Mt. Kendal to the east across the Glimmering River where their leader was lured to its death.

Minoc Attacked by Hythloth Conclave!

Governor Tanda Knighthawke of Minoc released the following statement:

Governor Tanda Knighthawke"My feelings toward all beings tend to be ones of individual evaluation as opposed to generalized guilt by birth or association. However, after last night, I better understand Minoc's past hatred of all magical beings and corruptions of nature. That's saying a lot coming from a witch. While I suppress the anger over the attack on my home, and I fear for the safety of its citizens, I must try to remain focused on the guiding direction the virtue of Sacrifice offers. We as a people, strong in our work ethics, trades, and families must unite for the good of all. Be steadfast my friends in your loyalty to family, friends, and city. Watch over each other, while resisting the urge withdraw in fear.

As Governor, I would personally like to thank everyone who came to the aid of Minoc in a moment of great need. Minoc stands at the ready. My commitment to this great city is unwavering. I greatly appreciate: my husband John for all his efforts on our behalf, all those who stand with the Britannian Armed Forces and everyone else whether you drew your sword or cast a spell in our defense, even if your motive was not to aid Minoc. Huzzah! Strength and Honor!"

This marks the fourth time in recent weeks that the Hythloth Conclave, now under the rule of a balron named Balinor, has sought to seize Britannian holdings. After several years of peace with Britannia after the defeat of Virtuebane, the Conclave unsuccessfully attacked both Serpent's Hold and the underworld colony of Ariel Haven. Just last week, an attack on New Magincia was prevented before it could form as a cohesive threat.

Rumor has it that Balinor is presently seeking to consolidate his power by eliminating all 'diluted,' sub-daemon members of the Conclave before grinding Britannia beneath his cloven hoof.

When approached for a comment, Chancellor DaKaren of theHigh Council of Britannia had this to say,

Chancellor DaKaren"The High Council of Britannia is aware of the Conclave's renewed aggressive posturing and views them as an imminent threat to public safety. As always, the Britannian Armed Forces stand ready to assist the Crown in the defense of the realm. While we hope for a diplomatic détente with the Conclave leadership, we must be prepared to stridently protect our way of life.

At this time, the Council cautions citizens against traveling near known daemon territories and to report any daemonic activity to their local authorities immediately."

Stay safe, Britannia!

Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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Clue: Who, Where, and What

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 5, 2014 at 9:15 PM CST

Originally posted March 5th, 2014 by EM Elizabella on the Great Lakes EM Site:

Lady Lilac, in the Study, with the Explosion Potion.

Contessa Cadavera danced in the Ballroom between seven and eight o’clock, as did Lady Lilac. Between eight and eight-thirty, Lady Lilac played the harpsichord in the Music Room, as witnessed by Lord Saffron. Lady Lilac then got Lord Saffron out of the Music Room by claiming she had to tune the harpsichord. Lord Saffron went into the Library and settled down in a comfy chair.

Between eight-thirty and nine, Contessa Cadavera walked into the Library to get some papers and said she was going to lock herself in the Study to write a letter*. She was heard and seen by Professor Snow, Captain Cobalt, and, to a lesser extent, a somnolent Lord Saffron. There was a secret passage between the Music Room and the Study. Lady Lilac went through the passage and threw the explosion potion at Contessa Cadavera. The contessa and her letter were both blown to bits. The contessa’s orange citrine ring** landed at Lady Lilac’s feet. Lady Lilac had once demanded the ring as part of the payments for her silence. Contessa Cadavera had refusing, saying she would “part with this ring over my dead body.” Lady Lilac scornfully threw the ring into the Study fireplace.

Lady Lilac has confessed to the murder and given the Royal Guard full details. A reporter at the scene of the arrest heard Lady Lilac’s confession, which ended with, “It was almost the perfect crime. I plotted it so carefully. Ah well, as they say, most of the fun is in the planning.”

Acting upon information from several citizens, the Royal Guard has also attempted to arrest the seven other suspects for blackmail. Sir Burgundy has confessed and will receive a light sentence. Professor Snow and Lord Saffron are in custody. Captain Cobalt, Madame Sable, and Mr. Mint have disappeared. Nanny Flamingo was seen to fly away, singing about kites and sprinkling rock hard peppermints on innocent bystanders.

*This would have been the letter to the Royal Guard, to report that all her guests had been blackmailing her.
**Contessa Cadavera was not an overly sentimental—nor even a nice—person. However, the little ring had been a gift from her impoverished parents and she treasured it, even to the extent of refusing an engagement ring from either of her husbands***.
***Because no one in Britannia wears more than one ring. It’s just not the done thing, dear.

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Zox’s Monthly Fishing Contest! Still Seeking Blue Marlin!

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on March 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM CST
Zox's Monthly Fishing Contest

Originally posted March 5th, 2014 by EM Elizabella on the Great Lakes EM Site:

Zox has extended the fishing contest until Tuesday, April 8th at 11:59 p.m. CDT. She would like a blue marlin, which can be found in Trammel deep water. It must be caught between January 21st and April 8th.

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BMV Tiderunner Sank Off Coast of Jhelom! Citizens In a Panic!

Submitted by Vivian_Fellows on March 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM CST
City of Jhelom

News from Jhelom. The BMV Tiderunner was intercepted and sank by an unknown band of pirates off the coast of the largest Valorian Isle in plain sight of the citizenry. Sailors contracted by the Vesper Shipping Co. to return the previously impounded ship to Vesper were overwhelmed by cannon fire and arrows. Wounded and facing superior firepower, they retreated from the ship to the shore and into the city. Cheers sprang from the pirates as no other ship showed to challenge them. They eagerly plundered what was left in the hold before the ship went down.

One of the contractors, his identity obscured by his hood, demanded double payment for what was considered a death trap. With the crew claiming injuries, the representative for the company was forced into providing hazard pay because of the conflict with the pirates and a payout of 200,000 gold each was distributed to the contractors to settle all disputes and possible court action.

We caught up with Thomas, now a former representative of the Vesper Shipping Co. who gave this statement:

Since I am no longer with the shipping company I am not bound to keep quiet. This mission was originally supposed to be a simple return to origin of the seized vessel. Any captain is wise enough to avoid a route around the pirate infested southern seas and rather head towards Verity Isle. Then the plans were changed at the last moment. I received word that the non perishable cargo for Jhelom and Trinsic were to be delivered. I was also told not to make the Governor or Port Authority of Skara Brae aware of this. The tensions in the area are not lost on anyone, our ship was shadowed by a fishing vessel from Skara Brae until we were closer to the Valorian Seas. From this moment on, I agree, this mission was a death wish. The fact all aboard managed to survive in the end is a blessing of the virtues.

We also interviewed a local who watched the entire battle unfold from the shore.

It was a horrific, and at the same time amazing, sight. At first we saw the Tiderunner appear on the horizon. She appeared to be slightly damaged, it looked like grapeshot had shot much of her sails. We thought she was alone and making for the harbor for repairs. Then we saw her, another ship closing fast behind her. She was close to shore when she came into range of the pursuer's guns. The Tiderunner gave as good as she got, but she was already damaged and obviously taking on water with how low she was riding. In the end, the battle got close enough to us that I could hear the captain give the call to abandon ship. The crew swam ashore and many were visibly wounded. In anger, many scrambled after the captain into the city. The pirates seemed to get a large deal of the cargo before she went down. This is getting out of control. Pirates are getting bold enough to attack right off our shore and no ship from our King's royal navy dares to respond. I've already heard of some citizen relocating from the outer isles to the main isle. Some of the main islanders have already fled through the moongate leaving considerable holdings unguarded.

With issues spiraling out of control in the region, let us hope either the King or Council intervenes soon.

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