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VOLUME SIX, ISSUE THIRTEEN                                March 26th, 1999
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                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

          -                  The Editor's Note                       -
          -             Upcoming Calendar of Events                  -

                                  ARTICLES
          -                 The Immortal Report                      -   
          -             Prize Machine Contest Results                - 
          -                  Gladiators Sought                       -
          -                HOL Mob Survey Results                    -
         
                                 LEGENDITES
          -                    Announcements                         -
          -                      For Imp--                           -
          -                  An Unholy Reading                       -
          -                 Dragon Eyes: An Epic                     -
          -              Who? -- CLeo interviews Dupaq               -
            

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 Hello All,

 This editor's note is composed of a note posted by Satsu on the
 welcome board. I know that not everyone who receives the LT is able to
 log in regularly, but that you would all like to know about this.



Dear Friends and Virtual Family,

Having spent much of my adulthood and a significant portion of my
teenage years, such as they were, on Legend, I feel like I owe (read: I
want) to give a bit of warning regarding my personal affairs as they
stand and are developing.

As some of you know, five months ago, I was diagnosed with a highly
aggressive form of glioblastoma multiforme. My positive outlook and
can-do attitude (read: bullheaded stubbornness) have taken me far in the
battle with this dreadful disease.  Unfortunately, I am losing the
war. I regret to say that, in an effort to spend a majority of my
limited remaining time with my family and close friends, I will be
resigning my position here. I want you all to know how much you have
meant to me.

While I regret the circumstances of my leaving, I am pleased with the
time that I have spent here. I have learned much, and hopefully, I
have left Legend a little better than I found it.

I wish you all the best.
Sincerely,

Zack Karlsson




 In the face of such an immense tragedy, my own words can do nothing to
 express the profound loss that has been imposed upon us all, by a
 force outside of our control. The strongest lesson Satsu has taught me
 is that we each have immense power over our own lives, that we are
 never as weak as we may feel. It is an ultimate irony that this
 disaster shows us the limitations of that power. 

 And still, we must go on. We who knew him, who loved him, who cried on
 his shoulder, who found comfort in his kindness -- his message is now
 our message. Though we cannot hope to carry his words with the same
 fire and vivacity that he could, we must try.

                                     Love to All,
                                         LadyAce

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         [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

Thursday, April  8, 7:00 pm  - Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Saturday, April 10, 4:00 pm  - Scavenger Hunt!
                    5:00 pm  - Semi-Annual PKill Tournament! 
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 pm  - Q & A in the OOC Auditorium


 

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                            The Immortal Report 
                    (For the Week of March 17 - March 23)

     Kaige gathered bugs and typos, worked with Sandra to figure out
     and clean up the reappearing corpse problem, and talked with Ea!
     about how to solve it.


ADMIN:

     Sandra pkenabled a couple of people, warned some people for
     multiplayers and others for harassment, and reimbursed some people
     for some nasty crashes. She also purged entirely too much eq lying
     around from the latest ownership bug. She also answered some
     questions regarding the pkill tourney and did various online
     stuff.

     Chocorua did a few online things, including explaining the
     restring process to a couple people.  Flagg warned some people for
     harassment and some others for multiplaying. He discussed with a
     few people how to start a clan and helped reimb houses.  Zandy
     pkill enabled a player, did some strings and re-strings, deleted a
     player at his request, unarchived 2 characters, and archived 1.
     LadyAce set a lot of people's xp down to 0, handed out a few
     warnings, and did a few pkenables.


BUILDING:

     Rufus added some analytical tools for builders.

     Charity made some changes to mob acts, and added a few things to
     housing in Egypt. Cheyla added in a few acts and got a couple more
     mob descriptions done. Croaker finished up work on Greece (yay!)
     and is now looking for imm testers. Flagg finished the new
     recalltag system and tested it out. He also put in some fixes to
     Hell which some new acts made possible. Kae added several
     atmospheric items and mobs, smells in most rooms, look-ats for
     directions in most rooms. She also tweaked combat acts on a number
     of high level mobs and acts in general.  She also got Crusades up
     and running on her testmud. Kheldar worked on his area and fixed a
     small typo in Romania.

     Rusalka reimbed the contents of several houses; answered player
     questions about ownership as best she could. She also helped
     Natalia get started with testing Pittsburgh, did more Pittsburgh
     and Crusades testing, and fixed a bug in Tudor.  Sandra fixed some
     bugs and typos in Pittsburgh from Rusalka's first and second walk
     through and tested Crusades some more, sending the report to
     LadyAce. She also helped Kae with some little things in her area
     and started work on medieval France. Kaige improved the way the
     cave entrance in arabia works, made typo/bug fixes and did some
     docs corrections.


CODING:

     Ea! worked on attempts to reduce the lag/crashability/potential
     losses of a crash of the mud. He also threw in a few small bug
     fixes.

     Snapper fixed bugs, did a few restrings and reimb'd some money for
     housing file corruption. Rufus did lots of investigating and bug
     fixes to improve stability. Kaige made some bugs fixes and added
     in random level announcements.


PLAYER RELATIONS:

     LadyAce ran the irish casino game for St. Patrick's Day, ran Q &
     A, and put out an LT. She also talked about crashes, housing, and
     character generation with players. She also did a lot of strings,
     restrings, descriptions, and stacks of reimbs for the housing
     bug.

     Flagg had his first Casino experience, and did lots of strings,
     restrings, descriptions. Natalia did strings and restrings, helped
     do housing reimbursements, and talked with several people about
     things ranging from rules to complaints to new ideas. She also
     started playtesting Pittsburgh.  Stile has been unable to be
     around the last few weeks because his computer and his local
     server have taken turns exploding. The time he has spent here he's
     answered questions about this and that, rules, housing, rent
     system, but mostly he's just been doing strings and restrings.


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                      Prize Machine Contest Winners!


The prize machine contest drew a lot of participation this year --
thank you to the 17 players who entered, most of them contributing 8-12
ideas each! This made the judging very difficult, but I hope that these
selections will provide a nice mix for you to look forward to. The
winning suggestions will be placed in the prize machine -- check the
welcome board to find out when the update is put into the game.

And the winners (in no particular order!) are:

Ana
short: a funky little monkey
long: A cheeky monkey makes faces at you from atop $N's head.

Marauder
short: a wide-brimmed sombrero
long: A rather large sombrero lies on the ground, waiting to be danced around.

Drako and Glimer (both suggested this item or a variation on it)
short: a multi-colored beanie with a propeller on top
long:  A small, brightly colored beanie whirrs merrily in the breeze.

Adolfus 
short: a leopard skin pillbox hat
long: A round-brimmed hat of yellow and black fur lies here on the ground.

Warrl 
short: a pounding headache
long: A blinding light shines in your eyes, followed by the pounding of a 
jackhammer.

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                            Gladiators Sought        

To all pkillers or former pkillers:

Do you have a character that you are thinking of perma'ing, deleting or
otherwise retiring? Consider this.

From the pen of Erato, head trainer at the Ludus Magnus,

Fame, fortune, hard work and, if you are not good enough, death.  Rome
is looking for fighters of all types, ages and abilities to feed the
appetite of her bloodthirsty population. They scream for for more
carnage. Are you up to the challenge? If so mudmail my agent in this
matter, Matrix. Be sure to include the following information so your
application can be processed swiftly.

Name
Level you intend to be upon your retirement
Any notable achievements
Type of fighter
Ancestry
Your favorite tactic used by this character in pkill

Remember, only those who are or were pkill enabled may apply.

Editor's note:  Matrix is working to finish up his Rome area, and seeks
to model some of his mobs after players.


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                         HOL Mob Survey Results                   

I ran a survey on everyone's favorite HOL mob and reasons why.

My results are as follows:

Augustus - 6
Rachael - 5
Eva - 4
Deathstalker - 4
The Keeper - 4
Ainur - 3
Janitor - 3
K'mala - 2
Sune - 2
Sansaria - 1
Harkon - 1
Dagney - 1
Ramadan - 1

Reasons for voting:

Rachael, because she is so sexy.
Rachael, because she hunts the fastest.
Eva, for making fun of you when she kills you.
Eva, for her earring collection.
Sune, for her loyalty to Dew.
Deathstalker, because he likes wearing thongs.
Janitor, for his special black market operation.
K'Mala, because of her cute belly button.
Augustus, because I like to see him dead.
Ainur, for being so darn friendly.
and finally, The Keeper for paying all our bills!

-DEiCiDE
Note that it was out of 32 participants.


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                              Announcements!

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Advertisements:
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The house of pain is now located in the Wazizi guest house, and is
offering the deal of the century! That's right, I've made very little
money in my efforts and my healing will now be free, until I post
otherwise on the news board. I will also bandage and praise for free.
So, while your on that great Africa xp run, drop by, have a cup of
coffee, and get healed up all for free!

-It

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Ello, it's me, Sidd -the Sniper-,
I would just like to tell you about all my services.

Free Services:

Sniper for SL
Hitter for any group
Healer for any group
Of course, the xp will have to be what I can normally get or, more.

Mending- 25 coins
Repair- 25 coins
Poisoning- 1k without root, 2k with.
Forging- depending on what, from 25-100 coins.

Sidd -the Sniper-
 
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Family News:
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Ieralasa and Fuzzey have recently adopted a sponge named 'Spot' in a
private adoption by Natalia. The addition of Spot's 3 new siblings will
be held soon at a yet undisclosed location.

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Ieralasa and Ronnie are at odds due to the Paternity of Scruntchy, who
Ieralasa hopes to adopt as her daughter.... Rumors are circulating that
poor orphaned Scruntchy may be one of the illegitimate daughters of
Lord Ronnie. Refusing to pay child support either way, Ronnie was found
attempting to trade with Ieralasa for better terms... 


(Sources Withheld by Request)


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For Imp--

Tender and trembling,
Petals open to the sun.
Seeking its caress.

Leilani

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                            An Unholy Reading

And now, Storytime corner. Todays reading is from the Book of Blood, of
the Dark Testaments, by your very own Ronnie Valthalas!

Book of Blood, 1:1
'All things die, for that is the way of Darkness
Everything rejoins the stream of Evil
All serve the Dark Lord, whether in life or in death as his very own Power'
1:2
'To resist is to meet pain and misfortune
As any who resist must reach the final conclusion in their end, so must
all who believe help the non-believers reach this end
This is the Law of the Darkness'
1:3
'Take up arms against those that scoff, and those that scorn
Against those that deny, those that lie, and those who would resist the
fate that awaits all
The fate of darkness'
1:4
'There is no sanctity in means of bloodshed, only the bloodshed itself
is important
Blessed be the knives, the swords, the staves
Blessed be the pistols, the shotguns, and thine tommy guns
As the blood of the non-believer is spilt, so does the world become a
Darker place'
1:5
'and in your course, may you die
There is no greater satisfaction that upholding the Dark Lord's will
and becoming his servant
For as you may fall to fulfill his desire
The World will by thrown on your funeral pyre'

That will conclude your enlightenment, kiddies!
-Grand Avatar Ronnie Valthalas, the Great One

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                           Dragon Eyes: An Epic                    
                                Chapter 9

I walk along the mud-spattered path.  There are some pebbles
obstructing my feet, so I kick them out of the way irritably, sending
them careening to land in their respective puddles, drowning.  I can
almost hear them scream.  Oddly, this simple act makes me feel
powerful, though they are just pebbles.  I notice that my shoes are
wearing thin, though I just bought new ones.  I shall have to have a
talk with that fat weaver.  I hope she doesn't eat me.

The day is beautifully dreary.  Warm, comfy, and safe under my
water-proof cloak, I can happily watch the torrents of water cascading
from the heavens.  The gentle pitter-patter of the droplets soothes me,
removing all thoughts of the offending pebbles.  I walk, not watching
the path, mesmerized by the gleeful leaves drooping happily in the
rain, their green upsides smiling with satisfaction as the life-giving
water smites their surfaces.  Involuntarily, I smile too.

I look about, realizing that my path has brought me exactly where I
wanted to go.  I'd returned to the druid compound, unsatisfied with the
knowledge previously imparted to me.  So what if the druids said the
world was indeed split into three parts?  I knew that already.  No, my
goal is to find those three parts, maybe reunite them.  It was kind of
my doing that they got all split up in the first place.  I know the
druids knew more than they said, they're the keepers of lost lore.  I
intend to find out how much more.

I meander in, noting how the weeds seem to encroach upon the
cobblestone path with with amazing, almost visible, rapidity in this
downpour.  I walk to the great oak tree, avoiding Olympic-sized
puddles. 'What's the Olympics?' I think.  I gaze at the magnificent
tree, as awestruck as when I first beheld its towering trunk, its
gargantuan branches, its millions of glittering leaves.

Entering the corridor via the front door, I ascend the stairway.  The
oak's lifeblood permeates the air, creating an overcoming feeling of
immortal vitality.  A door opens on my right and I peek in, seeing no
one. I advance to the next such door, and peek in once more, pleasantly
happy to find one of the druids.  He affords me no more than a glance
before diligently resuming his task.  I watch for a moment as he
crushes a few small yellow herbs and plunks them in a clear vial.  He
adds a bit of water, sniffs the vial.  The druid grabs a handful of
some purplish plant, probably nightshade, and rips off a leaf, tearing,
crushing, and squelching the life out of it.  This also he adds to the
vial.

I quickly jump back as the room explodes with a magnificently
luminescent burst of light.  When the residual smoke clears, he looks
up, face newly begrimed with soot, ears nice and crispy.  He looks
delighted, eager to continue this apparently dangerous experiment, and
I decide that I don't want worldly advice from this pyromaniac, however
much of a druid may be.

The next door seems more inviting.  A bit of silver trim lines the
doorframe, and a welcome mat greets me.  Hrmm, homely.  I step in, and
a small, spectacled druid clad in a green cloak looks up at me.  I
study the man, and he studies me. It's hard to explain these things,
but I think we form an unspoken bond. I clear my throat, hoping that he
will break the silence with words before I do.  However, he seems
content to sit there and patiently watch me.  I realize it must be me
to break the serenity.  I do.

"Er.  Um.  I was kinda wondering if you could sorta help me with this
task I have?  Jeez, that was stuttering and stupid.  I try to mentally
compose myself, hard as that is with him sitting meditatively, not
replying.  Here goes.  "You see, I kinda split the world into three
parts...  You remember the Shatterstorm, right?  Of course you do.
That was kinda...no mostly...my doing."  Phew, it's out.  Eek.  "Not
that I didn't have reason to do it," I hastily add.

A bit of light glimmers in the depths of his eye.  I take that as a
sign of interest and run with it.  "I was wondering if you could help
me find the rest of the world...  You know, so I could reunite it and
all..." Finished with my plea, I sit back.  It's his turn to say
something.

After a few minutes he disappoints me.  "Orkney," he mumbles, and 
returns to his work.  I sit there a little longer, him ignoring me all 
the while.  Finally, I get up and storm out.  Peeved and disgusted with 
that waste of time, no good druid and his no good tree and his no good 
compound, I leave, forgetting for the moment what will be the first of my 
greatest discoveries...  Discoveries that will change my ideals of the 
world forever...

If you missed previous chapters of this epic, you can mail a request to
Drako at gmdrako@usa.net.


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Hello everyone!

     A couple of days ago, I was taking a walk along the paths in
Sherwood and I found this little boy, sitting alone and playing with
toy trucks.  It looked like he was planning some things about building
a house and organizing quite a lot of things there.  Quite the young
entrepreneur!  Enjoy the reading!

Name: Dupaq
Occupation: Gm and founder of The Children of Legend


Q - 'What is your favorite meal?'
A - 'I's like chicken!  With cheese, lotsa cheese!'

Q - 'What would you like to become in the future?'
A - 'I's wansa be big!  Hard ta kill!  Wantsa take on big ol 
mean sidhe's that scaped my knee!  Eitha that or a fireman.'

Q - 'If you could be an animal, what animal would it be?'
A - 'A doggy!' *bounces* *barks like a dog*

Q - 'What do you think clouds are made of?'
A - 'I's know!  Ta dreams that haven't been dreamt yet!  Nasty 
dark clouds is nightmahs!'

Q - 'If you could do a magic trick, what would it be?'
A - 'I wansa read minds!'

Q - 'What is your favorite toy?'
A - 'Fire engine!' *plays with a little fire engine, making 
siren noises*

Q - 'Why do you think elephants are so tall and big?' 
A - 'Uh? hmm... Cuz... Cuz... Cuz they's eat lotsa lil things?'

Q - 'If you could go on a trip, where would you like to go?'
A - 'I wansa see the stars!  They's pretty and gotsa be nice 
up an close!'

Q - 'If I could grant you a wish, what would it be?'
A - 'Life long choc'late supply!  Choc'late!!!'

Q - 'A piece of advice for our readers?'
A - 'Take care of you's kids cuz... Cuz...  Theys' gonna take 
care of you in dah futah.  And watch out for dah firetrucks!'

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That concludes another edition of "WHO?".  I would like to remind you 
that most of the people interviewed were picked randomly.
  
I am open to interviewing people on requests as long as there is a 
good reason (example: the person is well known, is a GM, is an old 
legend player, is a person who achieved something extraordinary or 
other valuable reasons).  I do give myself the right to decline 
requests if be needed, but doubt I will decline any. 

Do not forget that you may send in some questions that you would like
my guests to answer.  Just take a piece of paper, write them down, 
and mud mail it to me.  

Until next time...  May luck be on your path forever!
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