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 VOLUME ELEVEN, NUMBER ELEVEN                        August 22, 2004

                         TABLE OF CONTENTS
                         The Editor's Note

                       NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
            Immortal Application Deadline: September 1st             
                         Calendar of Events
                      Naked Brawl PK Tourney                    
                           Recent Updates
                             CLAN NEWS

                             PK Front
                             PK Runs

                 Dino's Autobiography, Chapter One
                   The One Boy and the Kidnapper

                       A Word from Our Sponsor
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/__|                      The Editor's Note                      |__\

There's only a little over a week left of this year's Summer Odyssey.
As we're winding up this year's events, please keep in mind that the
builders welcome your ideas and comments throughout the year, so as
you explore, please tell the builders about the things you find that
you like as well as the things that bother and annoy you. 

This goes for code changes and other scheduled events as well. If you
sit back and take the things you like and appreciate for granted, we
won't know what type of things you like and appreciate or even miss
when they're not done for a while. So positive feedback is just as
necessary as negative comments, even if it's not as "fun to needle
the imms" with.

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/__|        Immortal Application Deadline: September 1st         |__\

September 1st is the deadline for Immortal Applications. If you are
interested in applying to become an immortal, the next round of apps
will be in March. Be sure to speak to the appropriate department head
about your proposed project _before_ you submit your application.

Additional information on becoming an Immortal at LegendMUD can be
found by reading HELP APPLICATION online as well as pointing your
browser to:

The individual links to take you directly to the important pages are:







Apologies for forgetting to run this notice again during the past
month. =(
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/__|                LegendMUD Calendar of Events                 |__\
          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

          Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa          Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
           1  2  3  4  5  6  7                    1  2  3  4
           8  9 10 11 12 13 14           5  6  7  8  9 10 11
          15 16 17 18 19 20 21          12 13 14 15 16 17 18
          22 23 24 25 26 27 28          19 20 21 22 23 24 25
          29 30 31                      26 27 28 29 30
Saturday,   August    21st,    3:00 pm   Industrial Trivia Challenge
Sunday,     August    22nd,    3:00 pm   Naked Brawl PK Tourney 
Wednesday,  August    25th,   2pm-10pm   PK BattleZone 
Thursday,   August    26th,    7:30 pm   Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
Saturday,   August    28th,    3:00 pm   Industrial Trivia Challenge
Sunday,     August    29th,    2:00 pm   Industrial Tinyplot 
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/__|                   Naked Brawl PK Tourney                    |__\
Sunday, August 22nd! 3:00 in the afternoon! Bring nothing but your
sweet self and prepare to battle to the finish!

No need to sign up in advance, but please learn any skills you will
want before I do the copy at 2pm.

My guess is that most participants will be level 50 or thereabouts,
but if 5 or more people of level 40 or below want to participate, I'd
be happy to make a separate competition bracket for you. Bring your
friends! No PK experience required :)

Q: What about invis?
A: Oh right. Invis makes pk tourneys realllly boring. No casting

Q: What about weapons? Mages can have weapons from spells. Combat is
too much based on specials if there are no weapons.

A: I've decided to include weapons, you're still naked if you have no eq
and a sword, after all :)

Q: What about snipers?
A: I have to draw the line at snipers. People can have one thing in the
<wield> slot, nothing else worn and nothing else in inventory.

Q: What about lights?
A: Lights will be provided.

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/__|                       Recent Updates                        |__\

    /\                      CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
 /_    _\     o Pkok surgeons will no longer inherit their victim's
   |  |         timer when its less than 38 ticks.
   |  |       o Empathy will still check if you are able to fight
   |  |         your target but won't reset the timers since its a
   |__|         healing activity.
    /\        o Objects casting dispel magic will have a slightly
   /  \         higher chance of effecting things.
  /    \      o If you use an object to dispel something and it
 /_    _\       fails, you'll now see a failure message.
   |  |       o Improved ride/mount messages.
   |  |       o Prompt option @n added for character name.
   |  |       o You can now create stone walls in water rooms at
   |__|         double the mana cost.
    /\        o GROUP ALL functionality added.
   /  \       o Mend will now work on magical items if so desired by
  /    \        the builder.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     BUG FIXES
   |  |       o Blindfighting message will now display to the correct
   |  |         person.
   |__|       o You can now re-FILL partially full drink containers
    /\          from non-water fountains.
   /  \       o Post titles should no longer appear twice in long
  /    \        descs.
 /_    _\     o Synchronization problem with FASTCOMMANDs fixed.
   |  |       o Commands that can use commas for seperation of args
   |  |         should now work when fast commands are enabled, instead
   |  |         of disappearing.
   |__|       o Potential crashing bugs squashed.
   /  \     TYPO FIXES
  /    \      o Typo fix for bash's kill message.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     
   |  |                   HELPFILE UPDATES
   |  |     
   |__|     Updated Topics:
   /  \     
  /    \    
 /_    _\                     SUMMER ODYSSEY
   |  |     
   |  |     If you want to suggest specific improvements or new
   |  |     additions to existing areas please don't hesitate to
   |__|     submit them with the idea/bug/typo commands or drop
    /\      mudmail to the builder currently responsible for the area
   /  \     (check AREAINFO to find out!). Please don't limit ideas
  /    \    to just these 3 months!
 /_    _\   
   |  |     Thanks to everyone that submitted bug/typo/idea reports!
   |  |     
   |  |     As part of the Summer Odyssey this year, the new
   |__|     materials added to the code a while ago are being used in
    /\      the areas. Many items are changing to meet the new
   /  \     materials spec. The material type of an item will limit
  /    \    the amount of AC the item can have and contribute to the
 /_    _\   amount of rent the item will cost. Some items will cost
   |  |     less rent, others will cost more. Items in playerfiles
   |  |     and housing have NOT been changed.
   |  |     
   |__|     The resistances code has also been changed to allow
    /\      builders to specify the percentage of benefit or
   /  \     disadvantage. Mobs are still being converted to the new
  /    \    system.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     Paul in the Wild Boar Tavern (OOC) will be offering skill
   |  |     reimb packages from now until Sept 17th, 2004. There are
   |  |     two options to choose from: BACKSTAB and CHANT which take
   |__|     all the appropriate skills if known. All 1st circle
    /\      spellwords are reimbed at 1 practice per word and all 2nd
   /  \     circle words wil be reimbed 2 practices. ASK PAUL UNLEARN
  /    \    for character specific eligibility.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     
   |  |                    INDUSTRIAL AREA UPDATES
   |  |     
   |__|     1930'S PITTSBURGH
    /\           The cops have been working out and may be a little
   /  \          tougher than before. Be careful.
  /    \     
   |  |          Some older items have been updated to make more
   |  |          worth your while. Fewer mobs  will see invis, and
   |  |          Sameer should be selling properly again. Various
   |__|          bug/typo  fixes.
   /  \     PORT OF LONDON
  /    \         Some mobs tweaked, be careful! Fishing section
 /_    _\        added. Various bug/typo fixes.
   |  |      
   |  |     SAN FRANCISCO
   |  |          Converts items to the new materials. New mobs added.
   |__|          Some mobs tweaked, be careful! Twiddles some resets.
    /\           More available disguises. Dreams section added. New
   /  \          post title. Forage section expanded. Various
  /    \         bug/typo fixes.
 /_    _\    
   |  |     SOUTH SEAS
   |  |          Fishing section added. Various bug/typo fixes.
   |  |      
   /  \          Various bug/typo fixes.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   
   |  |                   Other Area Updates
   |  |      
   |  |     ANCIENT SEAS
   |__|          Some changes to the serpent - be careful!
   /  \     ANCIENT EGYPT
  /    \         Dreams added. Faience bracelets should not beak so
 /_    _\        easily anymre, and it should be more clear what
   |  |          faience _is_. Priests of Amon should know something
   |  |          about their God now. Various bug/typo fixes.
   |  |      
   |__|     BEOWULF
    /\           Some mobs tweaked, be careful! Various bug/typo fixes.
   /  \      
  /    \    CELTIC IRELAND
 /_    _\        Some mobs tweaked, be careful! Various bug/typo fixes.
   |  |      
   |  |     KLEINSTADT
   |  |          Otto has a new service.
    /\      LOTP
   /  \          Some fixes to Kiera, be careful! Various bug/typo
  /    \         fixes.
 /_    _\    
   |  |     MEDIEVAL SEAS
   |  |          Fishing section added. Various bug/typo fixes.
   |  |      
   |__|     MISC
    /\           Tweaks prices on some food items.  Various bug/typo
   /  \          fixes.
  /    \     
 /_    _\   PR
   |  |          Updates the prize machine sticker. Various bug/typo
   |  |          fixes.
   |  |      
   |__|     ROMAN BRITAIN
    /\           Fishing section added. Various bug/typo fixes.
   /  \      
  /    \    SHERWOOD
 /_    _\        Tweaks some mobs, so be careful! Various bug/typo
   |  |          fixes.
   |  |      
   |  |     TORTUGA
   |__|          More variety when fishing. Various bug/typo fixes.
   |  |     SKANDINAVIA
   |  |          Various bug/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.
   /  \            Firefly       Japan
  /    \           Kae           Larderello (Dante's Inferno)
 /_    _\          Kaige         1950's Americana
   |  |            Kaige         El Dorado
   |  |            Kaige         Port of London Expansion
   |  |            Nestor        Ancient Carthage
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/__|  LEGENDITES: Information Regarding the People of Our World  |__\

             Zeirath has reached 100 million experience!
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  /__|                     Clan News                          |__\

There are currently 19 RP clans and 3 PK clans. This leaves open
slots for ten (10) 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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  /__|                     PK Front                           |__\

                           PK Runs

Runs are Difficult enough, Having Pkill characters on runs getting
attacked just makes them more difficult. Pkillers going on runs with
triggers are just askin for trouble.  When you dont have a mob
specified as a target with your triggers you more often then not goin
to hit a pkiller in the group and while its funny to the guy who
lives its not really all that fun for whomever lives.  Having to
re-enter into the area with agg mobs and such is a pain and as you
die 2 or 3 times from somebody making a little mistake its often not
very fun so if you must go on runs with triggs and your PK you should
prolly at least watch your screen :P


If you witness 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 PKill (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! Get YOUR name up in lights! We
can't report it if you don't tell us!
             /                       \
        o O | Wonder what folks are   |
  `\|||/    | doing over at LegendMUD?|
   (o o)     \_______________________/


As I looked out the frost tinted window of the cold asylum I thought
of my escape. I slowly glanced nearer to the cold metal door, sitting
up looking sideways through the thin steal bars I could still see the
enormous guard waiting just outside. I once again concentrated on the
outside, I had tried escaping twice before but I thought to myself
today it would happen today I would escape.

I struggled and freed myself from the terrible white prison of a
jacket they made us wear and hid near the doorway covered in a small
white sheet. I let out a loud shriek, as the guard looked up and
walked nearer to my room I began to grin and just waited. The guard
looked in the window realizing nobody was in there opened up the door
and saw me under the small sheet. I jumped up throwing the sheet over
his head. His loud screams were muffled by the sheet and he began to
fall as he hit the ground I had realized he was dead I snickered to
myself as I looked over his dead body.

I quickly grabbed his baton and walked down the dark grayed hallways
of the Asylum. I saw another guard, I quickly hid behind the wall as
he walked further in my direction. To his surprise I jumped out from
behind the wall and hit him in the face with the baton. I cackled
loudly throughout the halls as I beat him over and over again. I
started to run faster and faster through the halls i was almost
freed. I saw the the bright doors and the light shining through I was
almost there with the last of my energy i sprinted to the doors.

As I reached the glistening doors I slowed down to open them as my
hand touch the handle I felt a small sting in the back of my
neck....THUMP...I had blacked out.

I awoke to the screams of the terrible Asylum as i glanced about
nervously I realized that I was strapped to a chair and was being
watched by three terrifying guards. I let out a loud scream echoing
through the entire Asylum. I thought to myself with a grin on my face
next time... Next time I will be Free!


                  Dino's Autobiography, Chapter One

It was a beautiful March morning. The snow was still frosty and white
from a recent blizzard but today the sun had come out and the sky was
an incredible shade of light blue. I was born. Yeah, gross, huh? Well
I was the average kid. Kind of evil I might add. I enjoyed hitting my
uncle on the head with a rattle, pulling my aunts hair and earrings,
painting the living room with shaving cream (that was my favorite)
and bringing in mud pies and putting them on my parent's bed! It was
a wonderful childhood. One day when I was around 4 years of age, I
was taken away from my parents and put into a small cell in some
child prison. The doctors suspected my vicious behavior as a symptom
of rabies. My parents did put up quite a fuss when I was taken away
but nothing could get me out now. So I lived in this cell. Filthy.
Dusty. Dark. Murky. No windows. Nothing. Days were long. It was like
being in a coma. Nothing. Nobody. Rarely would I get fed, and when I
did on special occasions, it would only be some moldy bread on a tin
plate. I didn't eat that. I started to lose track of days, forget
what the outside looked like. Birds, people, trees. Well let me tell
you, sitting in a metal box for a really long time is not fun! I
started to develop this thing. My beautiful sparkling blue eyes
turned to an eerie crimson color. I craved blood since I wasn't fed.
If I were let out of my cell, anyone within eye distance would flee
with horrible bite marks all over! The doctors and workers decided to
put me into a part of the building called 'Intempesta Nox' for people
like me. I was happy there. Received food every day. Had a nicer
cell. I found out that I had lived in this prison for almost four
years. I was now eight years old.

One day, after a year of Intempesta Nox, as I was talking to a clan
member, a group of workers came into the cell and announced that
someone was here to see me. I was immediately put on chains and
walked to the lobby. The lobby was a large room with many pictures
and papers hanging on the wall. A large desk stood in the right
corner. There were many stacks of papers on it and a chair behind it.
There were two doors; one leading to the outside world and one
leading to the cells. In front of the desk stood a couch and a couple
of chairs. Behind the couch I noticed a man. He was pretty tall, dark
hair, sparkling blue eyes like I had a while ago, well built, fairly
strong, not too old but older then me, decent weapon and equipment to
go with it. He had a caring smile on his face. I knew him
immediately. From where? I don't know. When did I meet him? I also
don't know. Just somehow, he seemed very farmiliar to me. I
considered espcaping all the chains and guards but I wouldn't get far
so I just stood still. The guards removed my chains and left the
room. I guess that was a signal that I can start talking. I
approached him uneasily and cautiously.

'Who?' I said to him as I walked in circles around him.

'Jaenrik' He answered back, not scared at all!

'Purpose?' I questioned again.

'To get you back into the real world' He said. At this moment, it
seemed exactly like a fairy tale. Well not exactly but similar. The
girl was stuck somewhere, and someone came to rescue her. Except
usually the girl is a princess and is stuck in some tower and the
person who rescues her is a prince. I was definitely not a princess,
and I was definitely not stuck in a tower. And I'll tell you that the
person in front of me was definitely not a prince.

'Who?' I asked again with confusion.

'Sit' He ordered sternly. I sat down and waited for an explanation.

'I am Jaenrik. I am your father.' he told me. 'Five years ago you
were taken away from your mother and me and ever since, I have been
trying to find you and get you back.' This was hard to believe. It
took him five years?

'Well you found me.' I said with some attitude. I stood up and looked
at him. There was some family resemblance. 'Well you're my father.' I
stated. 'What of my mother?'

'I haven't heard from her since the day you were taken away.' He
said, obviously still disappointed. 'Well not exactly that day. I
woke up the next morning and she wasn't there. I searched the whole
house and she wasn't there. I searched parks and looked around the
house for any signs that might mean that she'll come back and I found
nothing.' He looked down at his feet and continued. 'I called the
police and some neighbors and they said that they haven't seen her.
That was five years ago.' Jaenrik looked up. 'I assume that she's not
coming back.' He sighed heavily. I was quite disappointed too.

'What do you think happened to her?' I asked curiously.

'I don't know and I don't wish to think about it.' He stated. I
wasn't exactly happy that he was here and I'm getting out. It was
pretty nice after I moved over to the Intempesta Nox group.

'Well I guess that we should get moving then, eh?' I said quietly.

'Well then.' He paused. 'Let's go.' He stood up and I stood up and we
were off.

                        -End of Chapter One-


                    The One Boy and the Kidnapper

Once apon a time, a boy woke up and like always put on his shoes and
all his clothes and one day he told his mom, "I'm going to go to pick
some strawberries" and his mom said, "Ok". So the boy went outside
and was picking strawberries and a guy drove by and said, "Come get
in the car I'll show you where to pick some real strawberries." So
the boy got in the car, but the boy didn;t know the man was a
kidnapper. The man took the boy to his house and threw him down in
his basement with no food or water. He was down there for several
days until his mom got really worried and called the police. The
police came and the mom told them everything and they put out a
search warrant on the boy. After they looked for a few days they gave
up. The boy was really scared and it was a good thing he knew how to
pick locks and at night time the boy picked the lock very carefuly
and escaped. He ran to the police and told them, "There is a very bad
person who lives down the road at the cemetery and the police went
and checked and they found the man after searching his house -- he
was hiding in a hole in his wall. The boy got taken back home to his
mother and his mother always watched when he got strawberries. 
The End


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