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VOLUME TWO, ISSUE THIRTEEN                              Feb. 16th, 1995
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                              ADDITIONS

                     - French-Indian War opening -

                              ARTICLES
                              
                      - EXPIES AWARDS RESULTS! -
                      -    fund drive status   -
                     
                            SOCIAL EVENTS
                     
                   - Mercenary and Khelleck duel -
                   -   Sylia and Bremmar murder  -

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                      FRENCH INDIAN WAR OPENING
                      
As I write this, we're trying to install the first version of Parrilyn's
French-Indian War area. Hopefully it will go in tonight, but it may not
be in till tomorrow.

This area is loosely based on James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking
Tales, and is an Industrial area. To get to it, look for a new sea route
heading west from the English Channel south of London.

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                    THE FIRST ANNUAL EXPIES AWARDS
                    
On Wednesday night the winners of the Expies were announced to a packed
house. Most of the winners were on hand to take their bows and bask in
the glory and adulation of their peers. Ceremonies took only two and a
half hours... and we didn't even allow thank you speeches. :) What follows
is a severely edited winners and runners-up list. Congrats to all the
winners! (...and how come there's no "Best Mud Newsletter category here,
huh? Hmm, not very fair... we could hold these results for ransom y'know...)

                          THE AREAS CATEGORIES
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                         ELESSAR MEMORIAL AWARD
                    (for best history in an area)
                    
                Winner:     CEM-ANAHUAC--AZTECS   by Kaige
               Runner-up:   ST. DENIS ABBEY       by Charity


                           H. G. WELLS MEDAL
  (for the place you would most like to visit if you could time travel)
                Winner:     CELTIC IRELAND        by Fionn
               Runner-up:   ARABIAN NIGHTS        by Kaige

                                BEST ROOM
              Winner:     A HIDDEN TUNNEL by Ptah, Seoni Jungle
    It feels like a feather, but you know it must be a leg. Probably a
    cockroach leg, long and spiny, delicately rubbing against your ear. You
    can't feel the beetles and larvae crawling over your hair except when
    they weigh down one strand or another and a lock dangles before your
    face, holding multifaceted eyes inches from your nose. Slimy trails of
    gunk drip from your hands as you climb, crushing bugs with every grunting
    inch you move. Long legged creatures whisper their trails along your
    cheek and brush the palm of your hand, bubbling and boiling all around
    you in a metallic refracting mass of black and brown and feathered
    antennae and pincer legs.

             Runner-up:  ATOP KILIMANJARO by Llew, African Savanna
    Your muscles ache from the exertion of the climb and your lungs cry out
    for lack of air, but as you stand in the snow at the edge of the crater of
    Kibo, you gaze out at the magnificent vista spread out below you and soon
    forget such mundane concerns. The few clouds that are in the sky seem to
    be but tiny sheep grazing across the entirety of the rich, verdant
    landscape. To the west, you catch a glimpse of Lake Victoria's sparkling
    blue waters, and to the east, the Indian Ocean stretches out to the far
    horizon. Other mountains, their rounded peaks jutting into the sky, can
    be seen to the north and south, but none approach the altitude at which
    you stand.


                                 BEST ITEM
                                 
                 Winner:     DERT BAG by Fionn, Celtic Ireland
                Runner-up:   RAT TURD by Charity, St. Denis Abbey


                   THE VAMPY SPECIAL AWARD FOR BEST MOB:
                   
               Winner:     GAN            by Fionn, Celtic Ireland
              Runner-up:   GIANT PYTHON   by Llew, African Savanna


                  THE LAMPY SPECIAL AWARD FOR BEST QUEST
                  
        Winner:     OODEYPORE QUEST      by Ptah, in the Seoni Jungle
       Runner-up:   BABY LLAMA QUEST     by Ptah, in the Ancient Andes


                             BEST SPECIAL EFFECT
     (this award goes to the best, most creative, and most interesting
          use of the mud's acts system to create a 'special effect.')

                          Winner:     THE WILD HUNT 
                          by Fionn in Celtic Ireland
    Herne the Hunter's Wild Hunt of ghostly hounds sets off with much baying
    (and if you're not careful, slaughter) every night.

               Runner-up:  THE CRASHING ROCKS (edge of the world)
                           by Charity, Ancient Seas
    Where Scylla and Charybdis guard the entrance to the Mediterranean, you
    must navigate between crashing rocks as you pass through.


                                BEST DEATHTRAP
                                
                Winner:     SPITTED ON A STONE CRENNELLATION! 
                      by Charity, St. Denis Abbey Rooftop
    You walk right off the edge of the rooftop and plummet through the air!



    Your fall is stopped short of the ground by a spear-shaped stone
    decoration which neatly impales you, how nice.
    The shock of dying so horribly in a dream causes you to have a heart
    attack!
    This is no longer a dream. YOU ARE DEAD!

       Runner-up:  A FLOORLESS ROOM FULL OF SPIKES AND BOTTOMLESS DARK 
                           by Ptah, Seoni Jungle
    Agh! Spikes everywhere! Starting at a few inches below your feet and
    running all the way down into a darkness so deep that you just know the
    skeletons and savagely punctured half-decayed corpses down there must be
    your imagination. On the northern side of the room the pit of spikes ends,
    but how to get there? The prize is certainly worth it: for there lies the
    treasure of Oodeypore!
    *NOTE* This is a dt that can be disarmed in the process of doing a quest,
    in which case something else appears:
    A phantasmal bridge of transparent marble stretches across the pit.

                            GOLDEN SQUIRREL TROPHY
(In the early days of the mud, Fionn's vorpal squirrels caused innumerable
deaths. This award honors the mob whose design best epitomizes the spirit of
the vorpal squirrel.)
             Winner:     UNSEELIE SIDHE  by Fionn, in Celtic Ireland
            Runner-up:   BLACK SNAKES    by Fionn, in Celtic Ireland

                                    BEST AREA
                                (overall design)
                                
               Winner:     CELTIC IRELAND       by Fionn
              Runner-up:   SEONI JUNGLE         by Ptah

                                    BEST BUG
(given to the most interesting/conspicuous blooper in an area or in coding)

                          Winner:     DOPPELGANGER BUG
                               Kaige's fault
    Where mages could make unlimited doppelgangers with 100 for all stats.

                         Runner-up:   JESUIT BUG
                               Ptah's fault
    Where the Jesuit priest in Macao gave endless heals upon request, even to
    people he was fighting at the time.


                          THE IMMORTALS CATEGORIES
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                   BEST REASON FOR TURNING DOWN A REIMB REQUEST
              (given to the reason and to the immort who gave it)
Winner:     "If man were meant to know why equipment was lost, he wouldn't have
    created sausages."
    --confirmed of Sadist origin, cause unknown
    
Runner-up:  "The vampire is not a deathtrap."
    --allegedly Fionn to Birdy

                 IMMORTAL YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO ASK FOR HELP
                              Winner:     Ptah
                              Runner-up:  Kaige

              IMMORTAL YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO ASK TO COOK FOR YOU
                              Winner:     Kaige
                              Runner-up:  Fionn

                                 BEST POOFS
                              Winner:     Kaige
    A horde of gerbils scurries up and deposits Kaige at your feet.
    Kaige hands you a gerbil and is gone before you can protest.
    
                            Runner-up:  Fionn
    
    Fionn turns into a small squirrel and scampers off to kill some newbies.

                            SNAZZIEST DRESSER
                            Winner:     Flagg
                            Runner-up:  Breton

                              BEST BUILDER
                               (a tie!)
                       Winners:    Kaige & Ptah

                           BEST ADMINISTRATOR
                            Winner:     Ptah
                            Runner-up:  Kaige

                               BEST CODER
                           Winner:     Sadist
                     Runner-up:  Sadist's Evil Twin

                            PLAYER CATEGORIES
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                               MOST HELPFUL
                            Winner:     Eretz
                           Runner-up:  Dominic

                                BEST CLAN
                     Winner:     Order of the Scroll
                    Runner-up:  The Knights of Legend

                            BEST GUILDMASTER
                Winner:     RUSALKA of the Hermetic Order
             Runner-up:     ERETZ of the Order of the Scroll

                       BEST ROLEPLAYING MELODRAMA

                Winner:     BART'S QUEST FOR RUSALKA
    It all started when Bart fell in love with Rusalka and she set him a
    few quests to earn her hand. To discover her origins; to obtain five
    poems from bards; and to get tokens from five Knights. A month later,
    much battered, Bart succeeded, and now a wedding date is set.
    
     Runner-up:  DUSTY AND DEATHSTALKER AND IS THE DARK LORD A GUPPY?
    On a day when Deathstalker was stalking the land, slaying people who
    refused to join the Antipaladin clan, Dusty challenged him, demanding to
    know whom he served. The answer was the Astral Fish, and things went
    downhill from there in an absurdist battle of words and puns.


          BEST SUPPORTING PLAYER IN A ROLEPLAYING MELODRAMA
(given to the best performance by a peripherally involved character or mob)

                             Winner:     SILK
    For her involvement in the Bart/Rusalka story ("you sent him to get pomes?
    Apples? Or potatoes, pomme de terres? Oh, he gave you poems to get your
    fruit? Neat barter system.") and in the Dusty/Greyscot saga, where she
    played the part of a woman jilted by Greyscot's false promises of marriage
    (or else someone incredibly naive about flirting).

                       Runner-up:  THE DARK LORD/GUPPY
    ...or Astral Fish or supertuna or what have you, the secret master of the
    Antipaladins and also the butt of Dusty's jokes as she and Deathstalker
    debated his true nature.

                           BEST ROLEPLAYER (MALE)
                           Winner:     Mercenary
                           Runner-up:   Greyscot

                          BEST ROLEPLAYER (FEMALE)
                             Winner:     Dusty
                            Runner-up:  Rusalka

                           BEST HACK 'N' SLASHER
              Winner:     SYLIA and earlier incarnations thereof
           Runner-up:  DEATHSTALKER and other incarnations thereof

                          BEST MUD CITIZEN (MALE)
                            Winner:     Dominic
                      Runners-up:  Gwystel &  Khelleck

                          BEST MUD CITIZEN (FEMALE)
                            Winner:     Rusalka
                             Runner-up:  Birdy

                                 BEST DEATH
     Winner:     OBMIG getting those in his gorup killed, especially Magda
                  Runner-up:  SADIST permakilled by Wobble

                              BEST STRUNG ITEM
               Winner:     K'MALA: a razor-sharp wit (a weapon)
                   Runner-up:  EVA: Charity (a weapon)

                                BEST WARCRY
     Winner:     Conrad: "Look out behind you, giant mutant ants!!!!!"
                         Runner-up:  Ptah: "SQUAWK!"

                              BEST DESCRIPTION
                              Winner:     SO
                           a man in a plaid suit
          A man in a plaid suit is fiddling with his camera here.
    You see before you a man dressed entirely in plaid.  In one hand he
    carries a book of spells, and in the other he carries a camera to capture
    all his adventures.  Before you know it you hear a click, and part of your
    soul is forever imprinted on his film.  With a smile he searches for his
    next subject.
    
                            Runner-up:  KHELLECK
                             an Arabian Knight
    A raven-tressed Arabian is here, eyes burning with the love of Allah.
    The avatar of Allah.  Khelleck's olive skin, long raven hair, and warm
    chocolate eyes turn your toughts to the enchanted land of Arabia.
    But the laughing eyes of this Arabian prince hold a deeper secret:
    sometimes the will of the One God can be mysterious and painful.

                         MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
                            Winner:     Sylia
                           Runner-up:  Rachael

WRITE-IN CATEGORIES
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Special Recognition for the mud WWW page
ARKENSTONE

Special recognition for the Pkill tourney
PTAH, CHARITY, MATRIX, SADIST, KAIGE, WARBIRD

MOST LIKELY TO FLIRT:
Greyscot

MOST LIKELY TO LOSE LINK:
Sylia

BIGGEST PACKRAT:
Parrilyn

MOST LIKELY TO DROWN:
Mole

MOST LIKELY TO LOSE EVERYTHING TO BEING OVERRENT:
Joram & Caesar

THE TOP DT AFICIONADOS
Dominic, Rusalka, Greyscot, & Ptah

Judge Ito Look alike:
Ptah

Most likely to inflate Auction Prices
Obmig, Silk and Flagg

Best Aussie Player
Bart and Dutch

BEST ILLUSION
Mecenary's unseelie sidhe at the crossroads of in Ireland where the
sidhe headbutted you and knocked you down...  *sigh*

Best Questmeister:  
Dominic

Best Commander of a Golem Army:
Peleg

Best Comeback:
Greyscot

Nobility in the Face of Adversity: 
Tigger

Best Line from a Newbie: 
Why I die, lose all equipment? (name withheld)

Best line from a mobile: 
Outfitter laughing at your equipment

Best background story:
Ptah's London

Scariest newbie experience: 
Trying to get out of Tara and live

Best store stock: 
Curio shop

Best automatic line (I did see it): 
An insane Goth joins Psychotic's group

Funniest eq item: 
Llama Treats

Most boring activity: 
Waiting for the bellydancer to give something

Most embarrassing room: 
Falling in pig sty

Biggest lack: 
The absence of proper sanitary facilities and showers from the mud

MOST TWISTED CONCEPT OF 5 MINUTES UNTIL REBOOT: 
Sadist

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                            FUND DRIVE STATUS
                            
We'll be using the Legendary Times as the way of keeping you updated on
the status of the fund drive to buy a new site. Many thanks to all those
who have already sent in their addresses in order to request a form for
donation. We'll keep you updated on all the statistics in this section of
the LT.

First off, the good news: we have gotten a pledge of a 200mb hard drive.
This pretty much reduces the cost of the machine by a considerable amount.
We nonetheless will keep pressing for the full total goal of $1500 so that
we can get the best machine possible. In general, if funds exceed the
goal, we will spend the monies that way to ensure that we get the nicest
site we can.

TOTAL CASH IN HAND:    $120
TOTAL DONORS:           1
ROUGH TOTAL PLEDGED:   $600
TOTAL PLEDGES:          8
NUMBER OF FORMS MAILED: 0

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Well, it seems that player killing is in the air on LegendMUD! Not only are
the Antipaladins active, but other forces are stirring as well. Edith
was attacked by at least one invisible attacker who blinded her. She
survived and managed to escape, but the attacker remains unidentified.
Perhaps she incurred some enmity with her killing of the semi-popular Dusty...

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...semi-popular, I say, because many folks heard Bremmar boo her winning of
the Best Female Roleplayer award at the Expies. Bremmar himself has been
very active as well, along with Sylia, whom he now calls 'partner.' The
two of them got into a little two-on-two scrap with Bards Peleg and Byron.
It's worth noting that Byron is Dusty's Champion... the end result was two
dead bards. How long before the Order of the Scroll arms itself? Sylia was
until recently a member of the Hermetic Order, but left after the incident
with Greyscot a few issues back. She presumably went rogue, but now who
knows? Nobody knows the clan affiliation of Bremmar either. A new clan
forming? Have the assassins tipped their hand? Snitch isn't saying...

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...nor are older faces entirely absent. Mercenary and Khelleck fought a duel
to the death today! Khelleck managed to defeat the Merc after a protracted
battle, the last segment of which Mercenary fought without the help of a
weapon. When the dust settled, however, it turned out to have been all
for a bet--to be exact, the princely sum of 50,000 pieces of gold. One supposes
that the days of open enmity between the Knights and Mercenary are now
past...

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...no other gossip since two days ago--but isn't that enough? Whew! Any more
deaths and we'll need to open a cemetery on Legend...

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