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VOLUME EIGHT, ISSUE SEVENTEEN                                August 5, 2001   
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

                           Calendar of Events

                       A Note from the Implementor

                            NEWS & REPORTS
                       July Connection Analysis
                         Helpfiles on the Web
                            Recent Updates
                            Q & A  Summary
                       Horoscopes from Mme. Decara
     
                             LEGENDITES
                       Announcements & Clan News
                   The Wedding of BlackLace & Carter
                            Mayhem in Wales
                      Snippets from a Burned Journal


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           [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]
    
                   +-+-+-+-+-+-+- August +-+-+-+-+-+-+-
                 
                        Summer Odyssey Continues
                     focusing on the Industrial Era!
   
  Thursday, August 9     7:00 pm         Q & A in the OOC Auditorium 
  Saturday, August 11    2:00 pm         Newbie Kit Challenge
  Thursday, August 16    7:00 pm         Q & A in the OOC Auditorium 
                   August 17-19 LegendMEET Chicago!


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A Note from the Implementor:

We've reached the Industrial Era in our Summer Odyssey. Many people over the
years have asked why we don't have any areas more recent than WWII; why we
don't have a moon colony; why we don't have any thing more current.  Of
course, these questions are also usually coupled with why we don't have
aliens in Atlantis and dinosaurs running around eating people too.

Legend's theme, "History as it was thought to have been", is best expressed
in our current eras that provide plenty of interesting events, myths and
legends to explore. Prehistory lacks surviving history, making it difficult
to depict. And with recent history, we can't adequately present events that
carry heavy emotional baggage and are solidly within contemporary memories.
Also, lasting legends and myths that make for interesting areas develop over
time.

The most recent area we've ever had planned was Ptah's 1950's Small Town
America. You'll notice that I actually opened that file recently and fixed
some typos in it. All this polish and minor fixing this summer has gotten me
interested in building something from the ground up again. I'm going to try
to talk Ptah into working on this again with me (I'll likely get all the
drudge work ;) but it'll be fun to see all those nifty plans finally in
action.) I've also been interested in working on an El Dorado area intended
for mid to upper levels, and I have a map and all sorts of grand plans for
that, but I was good and put that on a back burner until we're done with the
Odyssey.

Likewise, my coding work has been negligible this summer, but I plan to jump
back into the herb updates that have been gathering virtual cobwebs on my
computer now for far too long. And I've made a deal with myself that I can't
get sidetracked with other projects until that's done.

A number of people have expressed an interest in knowing not only what has
just been accomplished but what's in the works and in the planning stages.
I've co-opted one of my own web pages, the one that formerly just listed each
department's goals (http://www.legendmud.org/kaige/deptgoals.shtml) and I've
started keeping lists of known projects for each department there.  If you
notice the dates on the bottom of my pages are getting stale, bug me to get
them updated!

-Kaige

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                    LegendMUD Connection Analysis
                             July 2001

                       Peak Mortal Players 61
                         Average Peak was 45
                    Peak PKOK Enabled Players 31
             Pkokenabled Characters represent approximately
                       49% of active players.

                   Peak Accept All Characters 10
             Accept All Characters represent approximately
   8% of all active characters and 17% of active pkok enabled characters.

The first two tables below show the Average Mortal Players,  Average
PKOK Enabled Players, and the number that were "Accept All" connected
to Legend by hour of the day as polled approximately on the hour
system time during the period noted above.

The third table shows the same averages calculated by the day of week.

              hour  0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11
              ------------------------------------------
              avg  38 34 29 23 20 18 16 17 20 22 24 27
              pke  20 18 15 12 10  9  7  8  9 10 11 14
              aas   4  4  4  3  2  1  1  1  1  1  1  2


              hour 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
              ------------------------------------------
              avg  30 32 33 36 35 34 34 36 39 40 39 40
              pke  15 16 17 18 16 16 17 17 18 18 18 20
              aas   2  3  2  2  1  2  2  2  2  2  3  4


              day   MON  TUE  WED  THU  FRI  SAT  SUN
              ------------------------------------------
              avg    30   31   29   30   29   29   30
              pke    15   16   15   15   14   14   13
              aas     3    3    2    2    2    2    2


This table shows the breakdown by each hour for each day of the week.

      MON       TUE       WED       THU       FRI       SAT       SUN
   AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA
------------+---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+---------
 0: 35 19  4| 38 20  5| 41 21  3| 38 20  4| 44 21  4| 35 19  4| 37 18  4
 1: 30 17  4| 34 17  5| 37 18  3| 35 21  4| 39 19  5| 31 17  4| 33 16  3
 2: 27 15  3| 26 12  4| 31 16  4| 29 15  3| 29 16  4| 26 16  4| 31 16  4
 3: 22  9  2| 23 11  2| 25 12  3| 25 13  2| 24 13  4| 20 12  2| 24 11  3
 4: 18  7  1| 22 12  3| 20  9  2| 19 10  2| 21 11  3| 18 10  2| 23 11  3
 5: 18  8  1| 19 10  2| 20  9  1| 14  6  0| 18  9  1| 18 10  2| 18  8  1
 6: 14  5  0| 18  9  1| 17  8  1| 14  6  0| 16  8  1| 17  9  1| 15  7  1
 7: 17  7  0| 19  9  2| 18 10  2| 16  6  0| 18  9  2| 16  9  1| 14  6  1
 8: 18  8  1| 24 10  2| 21 10  1| 19  8  1| 21  9  2| 18  9  1| 15  6  0
 9: 23 12  2| 25 12  1| 19  8  1| 20 10  1| 23 11  2| 22 10  1| 20  8  0
10: 27 14  2| 26 12  1| 19  9  1| 24 12  1| 26 13  2| 23 11  1| 23 11  0
11: 29 16  3| 31 17  2| 24 12  2| 26 14  2| 22 11  2| 29 12  1| 26 12  0
12: 32 16  3| 32 16  2| 27 15  3| 33 17  2| 25 12  3| 32 16  2| 29 13  0
13: 33 16  4| 34 20  3| 30 17  3| 28 15  2| 29 14  2| 34 16  2| 32 15  1
14: 34 16  3| 36 18  2| 33 19  4| 31 17  3| 31 15  1| 31 15  2| 36 18  1
15: 36 17  2| 39 20  3| 36 20  3| 37 20  4| 30 14  1| 37 19  2| 37 16  1
16: 33 14  2| 38 20  3| 38 19  2| 33 15  1| 31 15  1| 38 18  2| 36 13  0
17: 34 15  2| 36 19  3| 34 18  2| 32 16  2| 31 15  1| 32 15  1| 38 15  1
18: 36 17  3| 34 19  3| 33 18  2| 33 16  2| 33 17  2| 32 15  1| 35 15  1
19: 36 17  3| 36 20  2| 35 20  2| 34 15  1| 34 15  1| 33 14  1| 40 17  2
20: 42 21  3| 40 20  2| 37 20  3| 37 16  2| 32 13  1| 39 17  1| 42 17  3
21: 40 19  3| 41 20  2| 40 20  1| 42 18  3| 41 16  2| 39 17  2| 40 16  3
22: 39 20  4| 39 21  3| 35 18  3| 45 21  4| 35 15  2| 38 17  2| 40 17  3
23: 42 22  6| 39 21  4| 41 22  3| 42 20  3| 35 17  2| 39 19  3| 41 18  4

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                         Helpfiles on the Web

The general helpfiles are now accessible via the LegendMUD website.  They can
be found at www.legendmud.org and by clicking on the "Reference Library" link
on the left or on the "The Known World" on the center of the page. On the
next page, click on the "Advanced Reference" link and behind there you will
find the general helpfiles link.

The help files for skills and spells have not been posted yet as they are
undergoing review for a possible update to their structure in the future.

All of the helpfiles are automatically updated on the website as any
additions or changes are made to the help files.  Special thanks to Chocorua
for all the help he gave me in getting these helpfiles to the website.

-Haley


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    /\                          RECENT UPDATES
   /  \   
  /    \                         CODE UPDATES
 /_    _\   
   |  |     Bug/Typo Fixes
   |  |       o owned items restrung to storage items now retain original
   |  |         ownership
   |__|       
    /\      Misc Changes
   /  \       o jump social reworded
  /    \      o save now saves players houses as well
 /_    _\     
   |  |       
   |  |                       HELP FILE UPDATES
   |  |     
   |__|     The following helpfiles were recently added or updated!
    /\      
   /  \     General Info:
  /    \      afk, alt, aprilfools, character, christmas, comedy, corpse
 /_    _\     recovery, description, easter, elevator, family flaghunt,
   |  |       games, garden of remembrance, getting coupons, halloween,
   |  |       holidays, interference, item hunts, level to 5, newbie kit
   |  |       challenge, news board, patrick, photobooth,s piratetreasure,
   |__|       player, pledge, prdaemons, prize machine, roster, scavhunt,
    /\        seek, stringrules, time played
   /  \     
  /    \    Skills:
 /_    _\     incite, inspire, mend, parry, peek, repair, root, tan
   |  |     
   |  |     Spells:
   |  |       allspells, bind, greater summoning, spellbook, strength
   |__|       spell, stun, wall of thorns
    /\      
   /  \     Thanks to all the players & imms who assisted in this update!
  /    \    
 /_    _\   
   |  |                          AREA UPDATES
   |  |     
   |  |     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!) And don't limit ideas to just these three months!
 /_    _\   
   |  |                         Summer Odyssey
   |  |                     Industrial Era Updates
   |  |     
   |__|     PORT OF LONDON
    /\        Be careful, Jim Southland was tweaked slightly. Sailors
   /  \       should no longer harass anyone with keywords child or kid.
  /    \      Various bug & typo fixes.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     PARIS OPERA HOUSE
   |  |       Couple of adjustments to the fops, the chorus singers and
   |  |       the ticket seller. Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |__|     
    /\      SAN FRANCISCO
   /  \       Some minor tweaks to fight acts. Various bug and typo fixes.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   CASABLANCA, SEONI JUNGLE, SOUTH SEAS and CHINA TEA ROUTE
   |  |       Various bug and typo fixes.
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |__|                      Other Area Updates
    /\      
   /  \     HOSPITALLER MALTA
  /    \      Fix for Sailing into a Storm -- everyone should be moved
 /_    _\     now. Fixes a problem where stat items could be gotten
   |  |       repeatedly. Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |  |     ANASAZI AMERICA
   |__|       Makes the AC on Pulunhoya's shield more competitive, no
    /\        change in rent. Various bug and typo fixes.
   /  \     
  /    \    ARABIAN NIGHTS
 /_    _\     Fixed problems with newbie eq for male beggars.
   |  |     
   |  |     THE ALHAMBRA, BEOWULF, CELTIC IRELAND, F & I WAR,
   |  |     LEGENDS OF THE PAST, SHERWOOD, TORTUGA, and VICEROYAL LIMA
   |__|       Various minor bug fixes.
    /\      
   /  \     If you find any bugs/typos or have ideas for new items, mob
  /    \    interactions, quest hints or anything else for any of the
 /_    _\   areas, please make use of the bug/idea/typo channels.
   |  |     
   |  |                      In Progress Area Updates
   |  |     
   |__|     This section is intended to let everyone know what builders
    /\      are working on behind the scenes. It is not a perfect record
   /  \     of progress as not all builders will make an update every
  /    \    week. Players who badger builders about their progress or a
 /_    _\   perceived lack thereof will be flogged. Remember, the more
   |  |     time spent answering questions, the longer that project will
   |  |     take to complete.
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   |__|            Ptah/Kaige   1950's Small Town America

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  | LEO           (Jul 23 - Aug 22) | VIRGO         (Aug 23 - Sep 22) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | As a sunflower follows the sun, | Your inner needs for completion |
  | you follow others for motivation| and continuing adaptation to the|
  | so creative essence will shine. | world is an influential force.  |
  +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
  | LIBRA         (Sep 23 - Oct 23) | SCORPIO       (Oct 24 - Nov 22) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Balancing your many one-to-one  | To the chagrin of your enemies, |
  | relationships takes time, but   | you are motivated by all facets |
  | your reputation shines for it.  | of transformation and secrecy.  |
  +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
  | SAGITTARIUS   (Nov 23 - Dec 21) | CAPRICORN     (Dec 22 - Jan 19) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | By defining & re-adjusting your | Fueled by your ever practical & |
  | identity, you seek to understand| methodic approach to life, your |
  | your place in the universe.     | organizing skills are renowned.|
  +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
  | AQUARIUS      (Jan 20 - Feb 19) | PISCES        (Feb 20 - Mar 20) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Free and equal to all, your     | Believing a loss in your sense  |
  | friendly and out-going nature   | of self, you surrender to the   |
  | wins over unknown enemies.      | greater force of the universe.  |
  +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
  | ARIES         (Mar 21 - Apr 19) | TAURUS        (Apr 20 - May 20) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Forming an identity is easy,    | Others see you as either strong,|
  | expressing it in non-offensive  | and dependable or stubborn and  |
  | ways is challenging for you.    | plodding and set in your ways.  |
  +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
  | GEMINI        (May 21 - Jun 20) | CANCER        (Jun 21 - Jul 22) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Exploring and learning your new | Closer connections can be more  |
  | surroundings is an often used   | easily made if you willingly    |
  | skill when you rarely stay put. | expose your vulnerable sides.   |
  +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

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                    Announcements & Clan News

Tobias has reached 100 million experience!
UggaBagugga has reached 100 million experience!

The Tiphareth have been disbanded. 

Dear readers,

thanks to the miracle potions of Druid Baron, I am now cured of the terrible
disease that has ridden me for so long. My stomach is finally back to
normal, and I can once again pursue my goals in life, which are to dance in
all the discos of the world and bringing home a souvenir from the places I
have been. My illness was very painful for me, and I thank Druid Baron for
his assistance and I can do nothing more to repay my debt to him than to
strongly recommend his services as a druid and prepper. Thank you again
Baron,

Yours truly,
Sultan Uggabagugga, the Sultan of Swing and Disco King, no longer
constipated.


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                The Wedding of Willy Carter and BlackLace

A Tiny Chapel
A feeling of peace surrounds you as you enter this holy place. Two sets of
pews along each wall face a small altar at the north end of the room and a
colorful tapestry lends some color to an otherwise austere room. A pulpit
stands to one side of the altar and overlooks the pews.

Welcome to the wedding of Blacklace and Carter!!

Rows of cedar pews form lines across the chapel.
A sparkling fountain brings the sweet sound of water into the dusty interior.
A wooden arch stands at the front of the chapel, woven with wild flowers.
A large terra-cotta pot full of pink-flowered cacti sits by the wall.

The brides sister and a certain family member plot at the beginning of the
wedding. A wispy, graceful enchantress whispers quietly to Giovoni "The
Sandman" Santiago. Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago nods his agreement with a
wispy, graceful enchantress.

'Who's dying?' Tobias Veleda says, with a playful tone, to a wispy, graceful
enchantress. 'Carter if he doesn't show up again,' a wispy, graceful
enchantress says, in a soft tone, to Tobias Veleda.

Willy Carter has arrived from the south.
A wispy, graceful enchantress smiles at Willy Carter.
'Now behave yourself your soon to be wife's here -- don be makin a dork of
yourself,' Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago says subtly to Willy Carter.

A playful youth with bright blue eyes says, mischievously, 'Where me poseta
bes?' 'Your the ring bearer,' WhiteSatin says, cooing, to a playful youth
with bright blue eyes.

Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago whispers quietly to Willy Carter.

'Where me poseta stands or sits?' a playful youth with bright blue eyes 
says, with a mischievous grin, to WhiteSatin.

A wispy, graceful enchantress says in a tranquil voice to a playful youth
with bright blue eyes, 'You stand right by my side sweetie..then when they
ask for the rings you hand them to them.'

A playful youth with bright blue eyes smiles up at BlackLace.  A playful
youth with bright blue eyes says, mischievously, to a wispy, graceful
enchantress, 'Kaykay.'

LadyAce says, 'Please, let us be silent.'

The fiddlers strike up a bouncy tune as the the groom walks down the aisle of
the chapel. Sheriff Scannell takes a few steps forward.
A wispy, graceful enchantress smiles at Willy Carter.
Willy Carter looks nervous.

A wispy, graceful enchantress gently takes a playful youth with bright blue
eyes's hand and holds it - isn't that sweet?  The musicians play a sweet
rendition of the Bridal Processional as BlackLace and her sister arrange
themselves to stand at the front of the chapel.  Giovoni "The Sandman"
Santiago taps a tommy gun.

LadyAce says, 'Brothers, sisters, pardners, we are gathered here for one
purpose.' Sheriff Scannell whispers too loudly, 'Yup, Willieboy is getting
HITCHED!' Black Jake chuckles politely.  Sheriff Scannell says to BlackLace,
'Right smart lassoo job of yours, this is.' A wispy, graceful enchantress
peers at Sheriff Scannell, looking him up and down.

LadyAce frowns at Sheriff Scannell.  Willy Carter grins evilly.  LadyAce
clears her throat.

LadyAce says, 'Marriage is a happy institution, and the most joyous bond
possible between two people.'

'We are here to celebrate the love which has drawn these two together, and
which will keep them strong partners eternally,' LadyAce says.  'Who will
stand forth as a witness to this commitment?' LadyAce says.  'One from each
of the two, if you please.'

'I stand forth with my sister,' a wispy, graceful enchantress says softly to
LadyAce.  Sheriff Scannell says reluctantly, 'I reckon I will.' Sheriff
Scannell says bitterly, 'But I'm losing the best poker pardner I ever did
see.' Sheriff Scannell tries to hide a bit of a tear in his eye.
A kind and gentle practitioner comforts Sheriff Scannell.

BlackLace says tenderly to Sheriff Scannell, 'If your good i might let him
play.' Willy Carter says, glancing around nervously, to Sheriff Scannell, 'I
reckon I can slip out some times.'
Sheriff Scannell nods solemnly.

'Sheriff, WhiteSatin, yours is a special duty,' LadyAce says.  'You are
charged with the stewardship of this fledgling bond, to watch over the couple
and make their life together as easy as it might be,' LadyAce says.
A wispy, graceful enchantress nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Willy Carter says nervously to LadyAce, 'Really?' Willy Carter peers at a
wispy, graceful enchantress, looking her up and down.  LadyAce says,
'Indeed.'

A wispy, graceful enchantress grins evilly at Willy Carter.. wonder what
she's thinking...  But they might kill each other,' BlackLace says lovingly
to LadyAce.

'Encourage them, support them, and give them your love as they give it to
each other,' LadyAce says.

'You thought you'd get rid of me after the wedding huh?' a wispy, graceful
enchantress says in a tranquil voice to Willy Carter.
LadyAce chuckles politely.

Willy Carter says, stuttering, to Mayor Casey, 'Did yer see the hitman in the
back?' Willy Carter points at Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago.  An aura of
heavenly light appears above Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago's head.  Black
Jake says, 'That there's my idea of a proper shotgun wedding.' A wispy,
graceful enchantress nods her agreement with Black Jake.  ''cept I want ter!'
Willy Carter says to Black Jake.

LadyAce says, 'Blacklace, do you take this man Willie Carter to be your
lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer,
through drunkenness and rowdiness, until death or a slower draw separates
you?'

'I do,' BlackLace says lovingly.  Willy Carter beams at BlackLace
delightedly.

'And Willie Carter, do you take this lovely woman Blacklace, for as long as
she can tolerate your mangy hide, through sickness and health, riches or
poverty, to love and cherish always?' LadyAce says.

'I reckon I do!' Willy Carter says, beaming at BlackLace again, who returns
his smile with beautiful enthusiasm.  Sheriff Scannell loudly yells,
'YEEEEEEHAAAAA!!!!!'

'Ring bearer, please step forward,' LadyAce says.  A playful youth with
bright blue eyes takes a few steps forward.  LadyAce smiles happily.  'I
hereby discharge you of your duties as caretaker of these symbols of earthly
commitment,' LadyAce says to a playful youth with bright blue eyes.  'May
the brightness of their fidelity never fade.'

A playful youth with bright blue eyes gives BlackLace a ring of Black Hills
gold, engraved 'All My Love, BlackLace'. A playful youth with bright blue
eyes gives golden thread woven into a lacy wedding ring from Carter to Willy
Carter.  LadyAce smiles happily.

'Place the ring upon his finger, and repeat these words: With this ring, I
thee wed,' LadyAce says to BlackLace.

A flirty young lass places the ring on Carters finger.  She says, cooing, to
Willy Carter, 'With this ring, I thee wed.'

'Place the ring upon her finger and repeat after me: With this ring, I thee
wed,' LadyAce says to Willy Carter.

Willy Carter puts the ring on BlackLace's finger.  With this ring, I reckon I
wed yer, ayup?' Willy Carter says.

LadyAce says, 'By the powers vested in me by this realm, I declare you
husband and wife.' LadyAce says, 'Go forth and bring joy to one another.'
Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago fires a few rounds in the air.  Willy Carter
pulls BlackLace close to him and gives her a tender kiss.

As the newlyweds head off on their honeymoon. WhiteSatin and Sandman
finish their business and all is well.


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Part 1 of 2:       Mayhem in Wales

  Accounts of the mayhem in Wales have begun to trickle in. Our own reporters
were on the scene and will attempt to give an unbiased account, and following
that, we will examine the (oft-conflicting) tales of the witnesses. What
really happened?  We report, you decide!


    The events of that day were complex and varied, but one thing went
through them all: murder.  Angharad Clwyd entered Lincoln quite happily,
wandered around, jocularly argued with Patrick about the merits of
Christianity, and had a picnic of laverbread and bara brith on the beach.
He then proceeded to have a walk around the castle...
    The next thing anyone knew, Angharad's corpse had been found, and fished
from the well.  The citizens were shocked, and the Lincolnshire Sheriff
rounded up all suspicious characters in the town - Boreas, panicky and
frightened.  Baron, a wandering bard.  Witte, a somewhat strange surgeon,
and  Patrick, the wandering preacher.  Then the corpse slowly began to
revive...
    He was taken to the Salutation Inn, much to Thomas' dismay and
complaint.  Clwyd looked around - Baron had his money pouch!  Could he be the
murderer?  His frightened questions alerted the sheriff, who promptly took
the pouch from Baron, failing to return it to Clwyd, whilst Pinion snuck in
and attempted to smother him with a poisoned rag over his face.  He managed
to get the attention of the bickering crowd, and was saved, though a dart
flew in from nowhere and hit him.
    Witte, the sheriff, and Boreas left to investigate, leaving Clwyd under
the sharp eyes of Baron, Patrick, and Thomas.  It was not long before the
atmosphere grew so oppressive that he shouted for help, which eventually
arrived.  He was taken to safety in Sherwood forest, watched over by Rowane
and Boreas...  Suddenly, his dazed mind recalled - Boreas had been there at
the time of the murder, a horrified expression on her face....  He
questioned her - It had been Lira, with an arrow at close range.  But
meanwhile... this had been learnt by the sheriff, as the Syndicate suddenly
realised a problem with their contract, and began to turn the blame onto
Thomas.
   Unfortunately, the Sheriff soon learned upon questioning the weak and
broken Clwyd was a soldier in the army of Owain Glyndwr, sent to find out if
Lincoln was raising an army, so the Welsh could hide if needed.  He promptly
pardoned all who had tried to hurt the Welshman, and threw him into jail.
    The dark, cold, damp and filthy cell would likely have killed him long
before the trial, had Witte not attempted to rescue him, and  once the two
were caught, had Rowane and Boreas promised their own heads that he would
remain in the Royal Stag.  Guards were posted, and he was allowed to sleep a
fitful sleep, tormented by the trial the next day...

    The new day dawned, all too soon.  The sheriff came for him.  Fairfax, a
doctor staying there, and Witte swore that he was not fit to stand trial,
and attempted to close his wounds, but the sheriff refused, and dragged him
off, forcing him to walk quickly with great pain, to the courthouse in
Lincoln.
    A peasant, invested with the powers of executioner waited next to the
sheriff, sharpening his axe.  

-=|=- In the next edition: The thrilling conclusion of this drama!

A Statement from Clwyd, the spy and near-victim of murder himself!

As I slowly recover from my horrible injuries, being thrown down a well,
shot in the stomach, poisoned, hacked with an axe, and all the other
torments of today, my only consolation is the few people who helped me, who
I shall always look up to.  My wounds slowly heal, and I am assured that
soon, soon I shall be able to walk once more.  And then I may flee this foul
country, to the green hills of Wales, to the rolling fields of Ireland, and
back to serve noble Owain Glyndwr - and then, then I will be safe.  Never
again shall I leave my home for the foul town of Lincoln - Perhaps I shall
eventually tour the rest of the world... but never again the murderous
Sherwood.

- Angharad Clwyd

An Account From Zambula:

I had been informed that the family might be receiving a request for givin
some poor sucker the big sleep.  So I had positioned myself within easy
striking range of the possible future target when the message came that the
contract was taken. The family Consigliere chose to fulfill the contract
herself but some nosy sorseris (sic) witch happened to witness the shot that
blew the target's vital organs out and would you believe he lived through it.

So my assignment changed to keepin the witch's trap shut. So through
intimidation I keeped her quiet...along with keepin an eyeball on the future
stiff. That man must have had cat in him because he survived 3 more
attempts.  When our Don finally arrived he decided to collect our fee and
depart but the fool of an Innkeeper that was our client refused to settle up
and with the family our brilliant Consigliere Lira turned the tables and got
the client to admit infront of the Sheriff that he was the one that had tried
to kill the wretched target with 9 lives.

Then would you believe when Clwyde was accused of bein a spy he was fool
enough to say "No I was here to check on the size and condition of the troops
in the area." ...well that sounds like spy to me. And that was enough for the
Sherrif too, who arrested the broken, twice shot, poisoned Clwyde for a
speedy trial and execution that I was unable to attend due to other pressing
family business.

Zambula Ake'Zantan Ballo  

-=|=- In the next edition: More eyewitness accounts!

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The Following are parts of a burned journal found at a ruined campsite far
into the forest of Ireland.

	Strange ____ings today. A man in a r_be approached my camp t___
(Possibly today)  He was calm and not afraid of me despite my reputation as a
m____ ____or. (Mighty warrior?) I stood and drew my sword only to find that I
could not lift it. My muscles were slack and no amount of force could rouse
them to ______(This part is lost and no portion remains.  Possibly he
continued to tell about the druid and what happened to him. We know the druid
did not harm him, because he continues to write in this journal)

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	Camp is odd with a druid in it. Everything become almost magical.
Even the simplest things such as waking up to a bright sun pouring in through
the tr___. (Trees) When I was cooking a rabbit for mid-day the druid sat
there and for a bit and then muttered a few words and threw some herbs onto
the meat. Maybe i___ ___ my eyes, but it seemed the rabbit glowed a bit. All
I'm sure of is that I n____ ______t better. (never felt better?) After our
meal, he gazed intently at my facial tattoos. He said my tattoos held great
power and that who ever did them had knowledge of the druidic arts.
H______________ (The rest of this page is lost to fire)
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(It seems that Nanok did not write in his journal for some time after the two
entries above)
	      My training is going well. My knowledge grows with each
passing day. The druid requests that I go to the druid encampment for the
winter. I am still rather nervous ________________ (Lost to fire) Though a
warm bed would be nice... It is something to think on. Maybe then I could get
my tattoos deciphered. The more I think about them the more they seem to
pulse upon my skin.
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(Many pages were lost due to fire. The next page bearing an entry is closer
to the end and is heavily burned. We can only surmise what it says, but my
educated guess has something to do with the druidic ritual of rebirth.)

_________th. My body pulses with the earth, flows l________he water, and
shifts like the w_____________onger the man I used to be. I have b______me
(Become) a creature of the earth. No longer superior to it, but one with it.
I have c__t (Cast) aside my old name and have been give a new title.
N____onger am I a Conquerer, but am now a S___. (The remainder of the page is
lost to the flames.)

(What fate befell Nanok, what is his new name, and will anyone hear from him
again? Only time will tell. Next time you see him count yourself luck to have
glimpsed a man who has traveled from one world to the next and still remains
on earth.)


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