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 VOLUME TEN, NUMBER TWENTY-TWO                               June 29, 2003

                          TABLE OF CONTENTS
                          The Editor's Note

                        NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                          Calendar of Events
                            The PR Outlook
                            Recent Updates
                           Recent Q&A Topics

                     The Retrieval of Soulcrusher               
                           A Hot Line From Hell

                              Clan News
             Vae Victis Disbands, Faction of the Great Forms
                The Syndicate Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
                  Seven Circles Toast New Members

                            The PK Front
                            One Fine Day
                     Regaining a Bit of Normalcy
                       Fire and Dreams, part IV
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/__|                      The Editor's Note                          |__\

This week we leave the ancient era and move the medieval era. The games,
articles and plenty of updates will continue only showcasing the medieval

We are still encouraging players to write up short travelogue type
articles on their favorite area in the medieval era and submit it to (3-5 paragraphs/500 word max). What's interesting/fun to
do there, what makes this your favorite area, what's your favorite thing
to show off there to new players, etc. No spoilers or other in game info

The following keywords can be used with the HELP command online to find
out more information about these medieval areas:


We also have a section on the web pages that is dedicated to providing
basic information and related links that may be of interest. To visit,
that page, please point your browsers to:  

If you're planning an adventure to go explore any of these areas for the
first time, we like to recommend that you read the helpfile on the area
first, turn brief off, check exits often and check out HELP MAPPING, and
enjoy the experience!

We hope that you are enjoying our journey this summer and that everyone
is having a good time exploring our world's history!

Have a great week!

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/__|                   LegendMUD Calendar of Events                  |__\
          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]
                    [NOTE: new time for Q&A is 7:30 pm]

           JUNE: ANCIENT ERA            JULY: MEDIEVAL ERA
          S  M Tu  W Th  F  S           S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
          1  2  3  4  5  6  7                 1  2  3  4  5
          8  9 10 11 12 13 14           6  7  8  9 10 11 12
         15 16 17 18 19 20 21          13 14 15 16 17 18 19
         22 23 24 25 26 27 28          20 21 22 23 24 25 26
         29 30                         27 28 29 30 31

Sunday,    June 29th          5:00 pm           June PK Event, TBA

Tuesday,   July  1st                            Canada Day
Thursday,  July  3rd          7:30 pm           Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
                              9:00 pm           Medieval Scavenger Hunt
Friday,    July  4th                            Independence Day, US
Tuesday,   July  8th         10:00 pm           Recalltag  
Thursday,  July 10th          7:30 pm           Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
                              9:00 pm           Trivia! with LadyAce
Sunday,    July 13th          5:00 pm           July Tinyplot in Medieval
Thursday,  July 17th          7:30 pm           Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
                              9:00 pm           Flag Hunt
Sunday,    July 20th          5:00 pm           July PK Event, TBA
Thursday,  July 24th          7:30 pm           Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
Thursday,  July 31st          7:30 pm           Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
                              9:00 pm           Trivia! with LadyAce

Coming in August: Summer Odyssey continues, focusing on the industrial era!
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/__|                         The PR Outlook                          |__\

                      Prize Machine Project Review

The prize machine project is currently under review, and player comments
are needed to make the machine even better into the future. Please share
your thoughts via the poll currently available on the menu you see after
logging in (and after renting), or join the discussion board thread (the
discussion board is located OOC U). Your ideas, gripes, and comments are
very welcome!

                        June PK Event : 2 on 2

 Today, Sunday, June 29th, a 2 on 2 PK tournament will be held at 5pm!

Pre-registration is not required, but if you want to have special items
available, please be sure that the items are in your inventory and that
you can save by 4:30 pm. Pick a partner in advance, or come without one
and throw in your lot with another soldier of fortune to see what might
come your way. See you on the battlefield!


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/__|                          Recent Updates                         |__\

    /\                            CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    Misc Changes:
 /_    _\     o Changes topple crit slightly.
   |  |       o IP address is now given with the site/newbie/guest ban
   |  |         messages so it can be sent with polite inquiries.
   |  |     
   |__|     Typo Fixes:
    /\        o Double message about being affected with poison fixed
   /  \       o Numerous changes to moods with actions.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   
   |  |                         HELP FILE UPDATES
   |  |     
   |  |     General Topics:
   /  \     
  /    \                         SUMMER ODYSSEY
 /_    _\                      ANCIENT ERA UPDATES
   |  |                 
   |  |     If you want to suggest specific improvements or new additions
   |  |     to existing areas please don't hesitate to submit them on the
   |__|     idea/bug/typo channels or drop mudmail to the builder 
    /\      currently responsible for the area (check AREAINFO to find 
   /  \     out!) And please don't limit your ideas and suggestions to 
  /    \    just these three months! 
 /_    _\   
   |  |     Numerous NPCs no longer try to HEADBUTT nonhumans nor will
   |  |     they try to CHOKE or ELBOW the undead. There were also many
   |  |     fixes for fights acts that could fire if the victim had fled.
   |__|     Also some acts where you were killed, weren't setting hp
    /\      down, now do.
   /  \     
  /    \    ANCIENT EGYPT
 /_    _\        Be careful with the Heka-khaswt, his body guards should
   |  |          be more on the ball. The merchants recognize mundaned
   |  |          burkos and won't do business with people who they don't
   |  |          recognize as wearing one.
    /\      ANCIENT GREECE
   /  \          Some changes for a little more variety. New skill
  /    \         teacher.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     ARABIAN NIGHTS
   |  |          New mini quest. Fixes for the steam room.
   |  |     
   |__|     CELTIC IRELAND
    /\           Fixes in the Temple of Dana. Be careful with the black
   /  \          chest, Gawain got grumpy about people snooping in it.
  /    \         Various minor typos fixed.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     ROMAN BRITAIN
   |  |          Bulletproofing for ACT_GIVEs. Updated the gambling acts
   |  |          for the drunks. New mini quest.
 /_    _\        Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |  |                        Other Area Updates
    /\                The Prize machine has been updated.
   /  \     
 /_    _\        If target fails, they'll try again. Various minor fixes.
   |  |     
   |  |          Various minor fixes.
    /\      PARIS
   /  \          Changes the rifle to be in spec. Various typo fixes.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   
   |  |                    In Progress Area Updates
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |__|     This section is intended to share what builders are working
    /\      on behind the scenes. It is not a perfect record of progress
   /  \     as all builders do not commit updates every week. Badgering
  /    \    builders about their progress will get you flogged. 
 /_    _\   
   |  |     
   |  |             Kae           Larderello (Dante's Hell)
   |  |             LadyAce       Kleinstadt (Update)

  _______   ____    _______
 /  ___  \ / __ \  /  ___  \  Logs of Q&A sessions are available on the
 | /   \ | \ \/ /  | /   \ |  web pages for those who are unable to attend
 | |   | |  \  /   | \___/ |  or had to leave early. The most recent ones
 | |   | |  /  \/\ |  ___  |  are listed on the sitemap page or you can
 | | /\| | / /\  / | /   \ |  get a complete list on the Q&A index page
 | \_\ \ | \ \/  \ | \   / |  at the url below.
  \___\/_/  \__/\/ \_/   \_|

                              RECENT TOPICS

 o Max Length on Look At Descs?      o High Con Longer Stun with Headbutt?
 o Prize Machine Discussion          o A Laugh With Social?
 o Klein Update ETA?                 o Recognition/Wizinvis/New Areas
 o Dress Wounds?                     o ETA on Affects Saving Over Rent?
 o Thoughts on Pure mages?           o New Mobs/Hell Ramble
 o Sustained Breath and Realism?     o Perm PKE if You Leave a PKE Clan?
 o What are Clan Hall Guards?        o Do Not Attempt This At Home
 o Better Keywords on Vials?         o General Suggestions/Questions

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/__|      LEGENDITES: Information Regarding the People of Our World   |__\

                Raewyn has reached 100 million experience!
                Vanion has reached 300 million experience!

                     The Retrieval of Soulcrusher               

While on a run in the frigid arctic, Senix was attacked by a gang of
zombies and Frostmorn was stolen from him. After escaping, he returned to
the tomb of his ancestor, Eric the Red, and retrieved the fabled hammer,

Senix will no longer be recognized as:
Short: a snarling Viking warlord
Long:  A snarling Viking warlord of ungodly strength is here, sharpening

but rather as:
Short: a demented Viking warlord
Long:  A demented Viking warlord of ungodly strength is here, leaning on


       L|J(_)             Mistress Briarwen, barmaid extraordinaire,
   )    | (")      (      finally succeeded in netting in Aidan, Grand
   ,(.  |`/ \- y  (,`)    Master of the Knights of Legend, into an
  )' (' | \ /\/  ) (.     hour-long dinner date in the mansion of the
 (' ),) | _W_   (,)' ).   former in exotic Melbourne. An interesting
                          development, moreso viewed in the light of how
  A Hot Line From Hell    Briarwen previously has managed to get Knights
                          to pay her daily bills. Word has it, though,
that she has her eyes set on Sir Percy Blakeney of the Seven Circles
next, probably much to the lack of amusement on behalf of Lady Aemilia

And while on the subject of Briarwen, champion of ladies' free
enterprise, rumor has it that she finally allowed Sir Lawrence Windstrom,
-- yet another knight in her net -- to undertake a quest to redeem himself
after he so ferociously attacked her months ago. So who called her

And that brings us from demons and their followers to those who hunt us,
or at least claim that they do. There seems to be a new demon hunter in
town, going by name of Jin. Can't wait to have a chat with the fellow
myself, see what he's worth!

And finally, my personal apologies to the esteemed Sterling Silver for
overlooking his unbeaten record of five jackpots in the token affair;
won't happen again, old chap. Say, how's life, having a soul, and the
princess treating you these days?

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     /__|                      Clan News                         |__\

             Vae Victis Disbands, Faction of the Great Forms

The Vae Victis clan was disbanded on Monday, June 23, 2003 for low

The Faction of the Great was formed on Monday, June 23, 2003 to fight the
evil and purge the world of the foul.


                The Syndicate Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

This week, The Syndicate will be celebrating their second anniversary of
forming on July 3rd.

In true mafioso fashion, their purpose is their concern, not ours. If
you're interested in a mafia RP, note that they're very up front about
their expectations:

      'If you can't handle strict rules and not good at taking
      orders from someone higher up then you, then don't bother
      seeking for us. However, if you can then contact one of
      The Syndicate for more information or ask for the Don.'

For more information about these clans of Legend, check out the CLANS
command, try a search for Warlords and Order of the Scroll on the web
pages, ( and enter your keywords in
the SEEK box).


                  Seven Circles Toast New Members

Be sure to toss a drink for Iris and Drom, who recently joined the
Seven Circles of the Inferno. We'll keep you posted on future mischief
caused by this pair of lovely ladies.


There are currently 21 RP clans and 2 PK clan. This leaves open slots
for nine (9) more clans to form. For more information, read HELP CLAN and
see the clan information list via the CLANS command while logged into the
game. For a basic handbook and reference guide for players interested in
starting and running a clan, we recommend that before you even type FORM,
you visit:

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     /__|                    The PK Front                        |__\

The Infernals and Wardens tied for the most active members in pkill this
week. The Grendels tied for second, but were possibly handicapped by a
bug which outcast all but two of their members one day but caught up with
those two lucky souls the next day. (The bug is with the CLANTIMER
command which has been turned off until it can be fixed) The Knights of
Legend also had as many members active as the Grendels this week closely
followed by the Seven Circles members. Clan Smashum had a pair of members
involved in pkill this past week and The Agrabah Mafia, The United
Surgeons of Legend, The Society of Allies, The Hermetic Order and The
Institute of Healing Arts all had at least one member involved in some
sort of pkill activity this week.


In the past week there were 38 pk-related deaths involving 36 different
characters. Of those 36 characters, 8 of them were accept all and 14 of
them were PKE at the time. There were 11 pke vs pke battles that ended in
death. There are 38 PKE characters total. So come on, let's get YOUR name
up in lights! We can't report on it if you don't tell us about it!

If you witnessed or commit any glorious or nefarious deeds, send a short
report to us at the LT. If you are looking for a fight, recruiting, or
anything else related to PK (not necessarily PK Clan related), send it
in! It's free AND you'll get a prize token! Be a celebrity, the envy of
all your friends! Tick off your enemies or just tell your side of the
story! The possibilities are endless -- act today!!
             /                       \
        o O | Wonder what folks are   |
  `\|||/    | doing over at LegendMUD?|
   (o o)     \_______________________/

                            One Fine Day

Briarwen tugged at her low cut blouse irritably. Things just were not
going as she had planned. She had thought all Knights would be as easy to
dupe as Robar had been. Apparently she had been wrong.

Okay, so that Lawrence was a real dimwit, offering to do anything in
retribution for that little scratch he gave her. What a sucker! And he
didn't seem to be impressed by her advances, either. Of course, if one
believed what Robar had said about him...

After slamming a mug of ale down on the table and splashing a nearby
customer she stormed back to the bar, her thoughts in turmoil.

That Aidan! What sort of Knight was he? He wasn't hiding any deep dark
secrets that she could tell. Maybe she just had to try harder. He almost
seemed immune to her charms. Maybe she was losing her touch? Nahhhh. Must
be something wrong with HIM.

Thoroughly frustrated, Briarwen all but threw the mug of ale at the next
patron and received a sharp blow from the tavern keeper for her
insolence. Sullen and moody, she decided she'd find a different tavern to
work in tomorrow night and went back to her musings.

And don't even get her started about Percy - okay, so she'd cornered him
in Marcel's closet once - but was he going to hold that against her
forever? All she wanted was one little dinner... and enough dirt on him to
make him pay through the nose...

A leather-faced man came up to her and slipped a handful of coins into
her pocket, giving her a sly wink he headed towards the back stairs.
Great. A fisherman. Could this day GET any better?


                     Regaining a Bit of Normalcy

'We've got 'im!' The panting guard had shown up by their side in Lima.

Queen MoiraGwyn and Lady Emrysia exchanged glances before walking briskly
to the boats to follow the guard back to the castle.

The scenery towards Aleppo seemed to dart by, all concentration on the
gates of Carian Trag and what might lay inside.

'Help! I- no, no nooo really, you don't understand! Helllllp!' A
heavily-accented Arab was bellowing from just inside the gates.

MoiraGwyn grimaced at Emrysia, her amused face reading that this should
be interesting.

The sound of locks opening and bars sliding and the gates opened to a
scene of a cuffed, fidgety man surrounded by annoyed guards.

'Please let us beat him I have never met anyone so...' The newest of the
guards stared helplessly at the ranting man before him

'Look Emrysia, Ashimar has returned home! Isn't that nice?' MoiraGwyn
poised a smile at Emrysia.

Emrysia's annoyance narrowed down upon the Financial Advisor. Her voice
was thick with her thoughts.

'Oh... yes..,' Her words dripped. 'SO nice to see him back. I DO hope he
brought back a souvenir from his vacation, don't you MoiraGwyn?'

The Queen smiled ever-so-sweetly at her friend.

'Well are we sure he had enough money on him? I mean after all...-' Her
words were cut by the pleading sounds of Ashi.

'Nooo no, just a misunderstanding, truly! Why, I would NEVER think to-
Ow! No, don't touch me there, BAD guard! Put that sword from my throat!
Help!!' He turned back towards the women who eyed him coolly. 'Your
Highness, surely your most trusted and.. and LOYAL, oh yes, so very very
loyal servant, man... I would NEVER- No, dont tighten the shackles, ow!
My wrists they are delecate! Please get these guards off of me!!'

'Somehow I think he forgot to bring us back anything from his trip,'
Decided Lady Emrysia.

'How much money was left?' The Queen turned to the guard who found him,
he was holding his sword to Ashimar's neck in an attempt to quiet him

'It was not like that at all, I simply forgot I had your money on me!'
Ashi quickly interrupted. 'The Kingdom's local treasury has 825,929
coins! See I have even polished them for you!'

'We suspect that he left with over 850, 000 on him, Your Highness,' The
guard bowed his head respectfully.

'It's my mother, she is old and feeble and sick.. and- Oh! My poor
sister, she needs a doctor and yes, of course I was looking for a perfect
gift while I was away, because I care so much for you all. And.. and..
and I needed a new table for my room, something more fitting for the
castle of such prominent royals! Something jeweled and.. Hey, this guard
is way too close! HELP!'

MoiraGwyn zoned out, watching the rather animated man chatter away. He
was reminiscent to the time Rowane and she visited the zoo... The day the
monkeys were hyper and hopping about chittering. She blinked back to
reality, Ashimar droning on and on pitifully, his voice taking on a high,
whiney nature.

'When is the last time we went shopping together?' MoiraGwyn turned to

A smile played upon the lips of the former Chancellor, they both knew it
was before they had stopped speaking. Such a thing was long over due to
assist in the repairs of the friendship. And the Queen certainly did
still need to replace articles stolen recently.

Emrysia wryly turned to the team of guards, who seemed ready to beat Ashi
merely for being a nuisance.

'Handle it as you will. And please make sure he puts the money back.'

'No!' Ashimar choked. 'Don't leave me with these people, I don't know
where they have been! ARG help! Help! Sparky, remember when I gave you a
key?!! Noooo woohoo- don't touch me, I am a gentle man! Please, I beg of
you don't put me near Masha!!' They watched as he was dragged off

'Chocolate ice cream cone on the way to Paris?' MoiraGwyn asked Emrysia.

'Oooh yes!' Her face lit up.

Off they went to start the rebuilding of their friendship, with
chocolate, shopping, and a Frenchman named Jacques who happened to be a
magnificent seamstress.


                      Fire and Dreams, part IV

She walked back into the shop and went quietly to the back corner where
the counter of fish was located. She stood there silently watching the
two men. She was struck by the similarities in them, but it was not that
they looked so much alike, though she did admit that they did. The young
man shared many of Gad's characteristics, but his stature and features
were more finely tempered. He was definately a good looking young man. 
The young man was smaller than Gad, but exuded no less confidence and
power, but where Gad's was size and strength, the young man's had a sense
of power from within. Almost as if he could ask the sky to stop raining,
or cause fire to rain down from above, and would be obeyed. Yet his eyes
were much like Gad's, a certain kindness to them. She tried to listen,
pretending to be looking at the fish and pies. They talked quietly and
quickly in Gad's tongue. She understood a little, but only in pieces,
and was still confused. She heard the words Odin, serve, and fight from
the young man and Gad sighed and shook his head. She made out the words
peace, and fjellbrann. The young man looked at the wall opposite the
forge. She found herself drawn to look as well, and blinked when she saw
a huge warhammer hanging there, almost like a decoration.

The young man began speaking louder, and she was able to understand more
of it. 'What do you mean, you will not fight? This is to preserve the
life you know! Odin told me that you were to fight. Do you think that
the gods gave you that hammer so that it could sit on a wall, collecting
DUST??' He stopped abruptly when he noticed her staring at him.

The huge man looked at her with an apologetic, sad smile and said, in
english, 'Bjorn, this is Syrin. Syrin, this is my son, Bjorn, a priest
of Odin. I missed ya comin' in. There be anythin' more I can be gettin'

'Just some fish, Gad,' she said. Gad crossed the road and got her some
more salmon. The huge norseman sighed as he walked back across the room.
He took the warhammer from the wall and said, 'Ja, ok Bjorn. I will
fight... find yer Ma, gonna need her too, eh.'

The young man nodded triumphantly and turned to go. He stopped and
looked directly into her eyes. A odd feeling ran through her, and then he
smiled and nodded to her as he walked out the door.

She began to feel dizzy again... she walked out the door and fell to the
ground, her vision blurred again. Her head began to hurt, so she closed
her eyes, trying to will the pain away. When the pain was gone, she
opened her eyes again, only to find herself back in her cottage by the
fire. She shook her head and started to rise when she noticed her son
looking at her. He smiled and held up a pair of carved ravens for her to
see. 'Ma! Raven...'

'Hello, little bear, What are you doing?' He grinned and made the birds
fly and land on his shoulder, all the while smiling broadly. When he ran
off to his room again to play she gasped at the thought that ran through
her mind. 'He couldn't know what I saw, could he? No, that's crazy...'
Yet she couldn't help but to wonder....

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