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VOLUME EIGHT, ISSUE TWO                                    January 30, 2001

                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

                      A Note from the Implementor

                           Calendar of Events
                       NEWS, REPORTS, & UPDATES
                         Expies Nominations
                          The Legend Top 10
                            Recent Updates
                                 Q & A
                            Becoming a God
                             A debt made...
               From the diaries of the real Herbert West
                        Horoscopes by Mme. Decara


                      A Note from the Implementor

I was debating several topics this week, but an underlying theme surfaced,
like one of our goals for LegendMUD, something for everyone, if you will.
The recurring theme was leadership and organization to get what you want
out of the (mud/pkill/roleplay/clans) community.

Now, that doesn't mean 'formal,' IBM tie and straight-jacket organization,
but it does mean that you will get out of the community what you put into
it. So, if things haven't been quite living up to your expectations or
standards, you may find the following useful or at least interesting.

The Community Toolbox pages at the Univeristy of Kansas are more geared
toward real life communities, but many of the ideas and questions are quite
applicable here. It might be interesting to look at some topics in the
Troubleshooting ( section.

I think the first step is to identify the people taking on the role of
leadership in the community you wish to improve. Who is actively
participating and inspiring others to participate? Who wants to see change
happen? It might be you! Get in regular contact with other people with
similar goals and see how you'd answer some of the following questions
regarding some typical problems faced by communities.

PROBLEM: We don't have enough members.
    Are influential people participating? How can we get them to? Can you
    identify and invite more people in the community to participate? Are
    you effectively using the community's resources? Do most people in the
    community know about your group and what it does?

PROBLEM: We suffer from a lack of communication or coordination.
    Is open and full communication encouraged within your group? Have you
    taken steps to insure full coordination within your group? Do the
    current members and volunteers feel sufficiently supported and

PROBLEM: We haven't had enough community action.
    Is your group well organized? Do you have enough respect and power in
    the community to bring about changes? Do you know the specific changes
    you want to see made? Do you have enough members to carry out your
    actions? Have enough members had a chance to be part of the action?

PROBLEM: We aren't in agreement on what specific action we should be taking.
    Do you agree on what your community needs and is concerned about? Do
    you have a clear and effective strategy for action? Is your group
    unified and mostly free of internal conflicts? Do you have processes in
    place for resolving conflicts? Does your leadership team have a clear
    vision and mission for the group? Have members of the community had a
    chance to be part of the planning process? Is there a process for
    creating (or renewing) the group's vision and mission?

PROBLEM: We find that our actions are meeting resistance or opposition.
    Do you know why you are meeting with resistance or opposition? Do you
    have a plan for addressing resistance or opposition? Have you gotten
    your message out accurately to enough people?

PROBLEM: We've had community action, but we're not seeing any changes.
    Are you sure that you are attacking the real causes of the problem? Are
    your strategies appropriate for the community? Does your leadership
    team have a clear vision of how to effectively bring about change? Do
    you have enough participation from members of the community to
    effectively bring about change? Are you effectively using the
    community's resources and assets?

There's more questions like these and a wealth of information at the
Community Toolbox site if you're interested. There's also some
Legend-specific ideas about community building listed on my web pages
( anyone would like a sounding board or make
comments or suggestions, please drop me an email (


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/__|  LegendMUD Calendar of Events                                        |__\

            [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

          -\/-\/-\/-\/-\/-\/-\/-\/ February -\/-\/-\/-\/-\/-\/-\/-\/

     Thursday, February  1st,  7:00 pm        Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
                                              Focus: Immortal Applications
     Monday,   February  5th,  midnight  Expie nominations due!
     Thursday, February  8th,  7:00 pm        Q & A in the OOC Auditorium

               Immortal Applications are Due March 1st!

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/__|  News, Reports, and Updates!                                         |__\

                        Expie Nomination Ballots

The Expie Nomination Ballots have been sent out. If you didn't get yours,
drop LadyAce a note and ask for one!

                            The Legend Top 10

This week's topic: Things you can do today to make Legend a better place.

#10. Think before you chat. It's understandable to get mad at times. It's
frustrating to hit a DT, lose a unfair fight, have things not go right. But
OOC rants don't help anyone else enjoy the game. You can always pull your
hands off the keyboard and let yourself cool down.

#9. Learn your own way. The more you know about the world, the more others
will value what you have to say.

#8. Play fewer characters, longer. Take the time to develop your chars, build
up a reputation, and let other people feel as if they're not playing among
random strangers all the time.

#7. Random acts of kindness. They can be easy and fun! Use that leftover
poultice on an injured person, leave your orb when you rent, haul good newbie
equipment to hometown 'lost and found' boxes. Share a cookie.

#6. Have fun with the details. Insist on high quality food and drink -- no
more swill and water for you! Take the time to write a full (look-at)
description. Use your coupons or your practices.

#5. Be a tourguide! Take a newbie on an adventure. Journeying deep into a
foreign land to check on something? Take along some company, and walk a
little slower so they can see the sights. Or play welcome wagon. You might
say hello to everyone you pass on the road, comfort every death, or flirt
(IC!) with every man in the bar.

#4. Push yourself. See how long can you stay IC on channels and when
interacting with others. You may have the greatest backstory for your
character, but if you only talk about RL, no one may ever know it exists.

#3. Try something new. Seek out the best cafe, play with a mob, hang out in
a new spot.

#2. Turn in an idea, bug, or make a typo report with the channels for each.
See something you like, don't like, would like to see? Tried something and
didn't get the expected results? Wish you could find out more about a topic?
Don't be shy, tell the imms about it.

#1. Support somebody else's effort. The news/discussion/war boards are all
full of other players trying to make things better. Pitch in!


                               RECENT UPDATES
   /  \   
  /    \                 CODE UPDATE for Jan 26 2001
 /_    _\ 
   |  |     Balance Changes
   |  |       o hp/ma/mv formula changed to give greater benefit to those
   |  |         with higher requisite stat(s)
   |__|       o crash formula with blind no longer based on attacker's dex
   /  \     Bug Fixes
  /    \      o When you put an item that's too large to fit in a container
 /_    _\       it now says so
   |  |       o system time in prompt now updates correctly
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |__|                 AREA UPDATES for Jan 26 2001
   /  \     Updates were made to the following installed areas:
  /    \    
 /_    _\   17th Century Salem, 1930's Pittsburgh, African Savanna,
   |  |     Ancient Egypt, Ancient Nazca, Arabian Nights, Celtic Ireland,
   |  |     Gypsy Carnival, Hospitaller Malta, Legends of the Past,
   |  |     Tortuga, and Vikings.
    /\      As part of the HP/MA/MV changes, the following items have been
   /  \     changed in the area files:
  /    \    
 /_    _\   black horseshoe, skull-headed ring, garnet ring, the Kraken
   |  |     trophy belt, a silver arcane symbol on a blackened leather
   |  |     thong, an iron broach, an amethyst ring, a swan cloak, and a
   |  |     beautiful bouquet of wild roses.
    /\      On February 9th, the 9 pieces of equipment listed above will be
   /  \     updated in pfiles. Any old versions of the equiptment will be
  /    \    replaced with the new version. If the item is strung it will
 /_    _\   remain strung. The only thing that will change is the stats,
   |  |     rent, price, etc.
   |  |     
   |  |     At that time, if you are overrent when you log into the game
   |__|     you will receive a message telling you that information.

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

                               RECENT TOPICS
   o Can EQ Change Put Us Overrent?
   o Why aren't last Year's Expies Posted?
   o Why is the rent so high on the SSS?
   o Immortal Apps
   o More about Str Fighters
   o Some Legend Urban Legends
   o Why can't you build houses some places?
   o How can players help improve quests?
   o Backstab Skill Ideas
   o Can EQ Change Put Us Overrent?
   o What's Next Big Thing? Expies.
   o How many arrows in a quiver?
   o Can we get a list of bugs we submit?
   o More on Backstab Skill
   o Combat Starting Skills Besides for Dex?
   o When will we see those Dex Changes?
   o What's next new area?
   o More on Combat Skills
   o High Perc and See Hidden
   o Is Base HP Changing?
   o Headbutt Staggering Too Often?
   o User Defined vs Absolute Color Codes
   o Is Tumble Overpowered?
   o Paralyze Spell?
   o More on User defined colors
   o Breaking Rage Affect
   o Trivia Games

O    o Scaling Damroll for Str?         o Inspire Bug?
L    o Group Pkill Restrictions?        o Surgeon Ideas
D T  o Accept/Reject All Only?          o Mounts & Vehicles
E O  o Str vs Dex                       o Hometown Based EQ Bonus?
R P  o Upcoming Feature Additions?      o Bigger & Better Clanhalls?
  I  o HP/MA/MV Code Changes?           o What do you mean by "balance"?
  C  o Bonuses for Pure Char Types?     o PK & Healing?
  S  o Get Rid of PK XP Loss?



  Tired of the same old style of dueling pk? Tired of not getting jumped?
  Ever pictured yourself as a stealthy assassin who sweeps in on your
  target, makes a clean kill and leaves no witnesses?

  The idea of running regular games of "Assassin," came up at a Q&A. The
  game is played by group of people who put their names in a hat and each
  draw one, and the goal of the game is to kill your mark without witnesses
  and be the last person alive. There are several ways that this could be
  organized and several variations exist on the game.

  If you're interested in either helping to organize something like this or
  are interested in joining a game, please drop Kaige mudmail or email

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      o O | Wonder what folks are   |
 `\|||/   | doing over at LegendMUD?|
 (o o)    \________________________/

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


The Ministry of Darkness Clan was disbanded for low membership.

Wolfram has reached 100 million experience! 

Zeratoul has reached 200 million experience! 

Stick has reached 400 million experience!    



Rumor would have it that the lady Malicious is once again blessed in the
maternal sense -- though some might question the accompanying rumor that the
breed stud this time around is not her usual choice of sire, Blackthorne, but
rather the notorious "Uncle" Chaykin. This should turn out -- interesting --
in the weeks to come.

A matter of more bite, if you'll excuse the pun, is that of young Alejandro's
teeth having been removed in a scene of most horrid surgery by Kyla and
Doctor Mertjai -- and the unfortunate victim is now reducing to pathetically
nibbling people with his empty gums, rather than take a healthy sample of
their flesh. Be kind to the lad, he's hardly stricken by evil fates this

The missing imp Ed has finally been discovered whilst enjoying himself
immensely at a children's party at the house of Blackthorne.  Protesting
loudly to little avail, the imp was returned to his proper master, Lord
Marcel Alexander, who did have to promise to let him come on play dates with
the kids in the future. The two gentlemen at the same time arranged to
continue their chess game at a later date, preferably after Blackthorne's
bishop has been liberated from Bedlam Hospital, and Lord Marcel has managed
to put down the peasant revolt among his game pieces.


                             Becoming A God

After a number of years went by, living near Sherwood Forest, an event
occurred that totally changed my life. . .

One day as I was in my study, researching the eq requirements for the Rudh
quest (as it was, not as it is. I really need to learn that one), I was
interrupted by a pounding on my cottage door.  Reluctantly pushing myself
away from the desk, I went to see what was the ruckus. Hanging onto the wall
outside, beat silly and half dead, was a young man.  His clothing was in
tatters, blood streaming from his injuries.  I immediately pulled him inside,
trying to favor his wounds. After getting him settled on the couch, I began
using what skills and spells I had at the time to ease the worst of his
pain.  Bandaging the most serious of his injuries, I began chanting 'vina
drva ex' over him until my voice failed. I then stumbled across the room and
fell asleep at my desk. I awoke a few hours later, mana mostly restored; my
voice, such as it is, had returned.  My mysterious visitor was still
sleeping, so I got him into clean, dry clothing and covered him with a
blanket. I then made myself a mug of hot cocoa, and got situated on my
beanbag chair. Drinking cocoa, and making liberal use of my blown-glass bong,
I spent the remainder of the night in meditation.

		***                         ***

I was brought out of my trance by the sunlight streaming in through the east
window. My young visitor had awakened, and was sitting sprawled on the couch
watching me.  'Well, my young friend,' I muttered, Ya look a damn site better
than you did last night.'

'I feel a lot better too,' he replied.

'What happened to ya,' I muttered. '. . ya looked like ya'd fought an army.'

'Almost,'he said. 'I ran into Will o' the Green and his buddies, and they
roughed me up pretty good.'

'Yeah,' I muttered cynically. '. . I dont much care for him and his goons
either. They think they own that damn forest.'

'It wouldn't have been so bad,' said he, 'Except I don't generally carry a

'WHAT?' I said to him, 'Ya oughtta know better than to wander around without
a weapon! Not only is there Will and his goons, there are a number of
beasties who would like nothin better than a nice juicy person to eat!'

'Well, I know that,' he growled, 'I normally travel in company, and forego
carrying a weapon in favor of a greater stock of healing herbs and bandages.'

'Ahhhh. . . so yer a druid,' I muttered.

'Yeah I am,' he said softly, 'Doing the work of the Mother is my life, it is
hard for me to bring myself to kill, even on the occasions when I do carry a

I muttered in return, 'A noble sentiment I'm sure, but not one conducive to
long life. I, too, live as close to Nature as I can, though I learned many
years ago that there is such a thing as holding life too sacred.' 'Stay for a
while, til ya regain yer strength,' I muttered, 'And maybe I can teach ya a
bit about Life, and Balance, that'll help keep ya out of these kinda spots.'

'. . .By the way, I'm Gondar. . .' I muttered.

'DarkWind,' he replied.

And the fabric of reality sang.

                     ***                              ***

So he stuck around, wandered Sherwood with me, and learned what I could teach
him of Balance, and Majick.

The months passed, as they are wont to do, and the teaching continued; I
finally got him to carry a weapon, a staff, as that was the only weapon I had
any proficiency with in those days.

When it came time for DarkWind to leave, as that time always does, it was a
difficult thing. After all, when you live so close with a person for months,
you develop a rapport that goes beyond mere friendship (get yer mind outta
the sewer, and back up here in the gutter with the rest of us). We could
communicate easily without words, and often finished each other's sentences.
But, as I said, the time always comes.

Before he left though, there was one mission that had to be completed. . . We
went to have a little 'discussion' will Will about his habit of rousting
travellers. And I must say, out of what may be construed as 'filial pride,'
DarkWind kicked arse.

On the day he left to continue his journey, we went off on a walk down a
little used path near Nottingham, talking of this and that; I guess we were
delaying the inevitable. As we neared the north gate, we stopped to watch a
rabbit playing in a small clearing.

'You know,' DarkWind said to me, 'When I pounded on your door that night, I
never would have believed that what has happened, would happen. I honestly
think I might not have pounded on your door otherwise.'

'I know the feeling,' I replied, 'Change is always scary; changes in your way
of Life scarier still.'

'Yeah, you got that right,' he said, 'But in all I think it was a change that
would have happened later anyway, so I reckon it's probably better that it
happen while I'm young and resiliant.' Then he grinned evilly.

'Aye, yer prolly right on that,' I muttered,' Ya certainly don't wanna wait
til yer my age to do it.'

'This has been such a mind-opening time for me,' DarkWind said, 'And has
caused such a profound alteration in my Life, that I have decided to dedicate
myself to teaching others this message of Balance and Life.' 'I,' he said in
a voice that seemed to echo with Power, 'Hereby offer myself up as your
Disciple, if you'll have me, to live my Life in a Balanced way, neither that
of Light, Nor of Dark, but in that place where the Light and Dark meet!'

At that, he fell to his knees in worship.

I was struck mute in astonishment! I stood there, rooted in place, unable to
speak or move.  After an indeterminable amount of time, I regained enough
control over myself to croak, 'I accept.'

Again, the fabric of reality sang, in a booming voice that knocked me to the
ground in a dead swoon.  When I came to, many hours later, I was alone. And a
change had come over me; where before, I had just been a sorcerer, the son of
a beggar (and it showed in my dress), I was now something more. I had become
a God.

New desc: 
short: The Gray God
long: A venerable old man stands here, wrapped in the nimbus of his own Power


                             A debt made...

As witnessed by a tired serving maid and her patrons:

Mademoiselle Rosaline reports: 139/139 hp 201/201 mana 170/189 mv.
'How much you want?' Mademoiselle Rosaline says dreamily.
'How much do I want?' queries a grinning, malpracticing surgeon.
'Money,' Mademoiselle Rosaline says dreamily.
'Millions and Millions,' the fine feathered fraudulan replies.
Mademoiselle Rosaline throws her head back and cackles with insane glee!
'I dont' got that much,' Mademoiselle Rosaline says from a million miles 
The doctor with a big orange bill states, 'I'll take an IOU.'
Mademoiselle Rosaline nods solemnly.
Mademoiselle Rosaline buys a small piece of paper.
Mademoiselle Rosaline pricks her finger and prepares to write.

A small piece of paper from Rosaline has the following message written on it 
in blood:

IOU millions and millions


>>>From the diaries of the real Herbert West.

Tuesday - I have been travelling the world for almost five months since I
awoke in London all these months past, with only dim recollections of my
death and resurrection. There have been a lot of sightings of a strange young
man who bears my name and even some of my notes but looks nothing like me.
This concerns me greatly as the things that I know have been so jealously
guarded for so very long and could be horribly misused in the hands of this
imposter.  The few simple peasant folk I have spoken with have told me that
he acts almost exactly as I do and has the same foreign accent that I have,
but he is much younger than I.  How could this be? and what can be done to
prevent the eventual release of my many dark secrets. Well tomorrow we shall
see as I travel the trail of his many friends and loved ones.

Wednesday - I travelled through the night as my dreams were filled with
visions of the girl that i care so greatly for in the arms of the imposter,
his arms wrapped tenderly about her shoulders, his warm breath caressing her
neck, oh please my darling Trixie do not let it be true.  After searching all
through the day I found not a clue as to his current residence and the people
all looked at me with a strange terror in their eyes.  Have I become such a
monster that i cannot hide it?

Thursday - The trail is hot with blood! I was told by many that the imposter
is dead and that I should not seek to defile his grave, but as I know well
being dead does not necessarily mean being gone.  As I wandered through the
crypts and graves of Paris and Romania - places i myself am fond of and know
the child will be too - I found hidden beneath one of the crypts an empty
syringe dripping the same luminescent green fluid I had devised so many years
before.  So he has used the very techniques I had spent my life perfecting to
once again save himself from the ravages of death, well we shall have to see
for how long he can run the snivveling coward.

Friday - The dreams returned and were more graphic this time round, I saw
them visit the Abbey, laughing and holding hands as though they had been
together forever, how could this be? Is this real or a dream, am I finally
losing my mind?  I spent the entire morning searching the cemetary for
further clues until i was approached by a strange catholic priest who asked
me what it was that I was looking for. I explained that I thought I had seen
a young man fitting the description I had been given only days ago run into
the cemetary covered in blood.  The priest looked deathly pale as the
recollection flashed over his eyes and he took a step back, signing the shape
of the cross over his chest.  I asked again if he had seen the child as I was
worried that maybe he had hurt himself in the dangerous path to the castle
nearby.  The priest told me to seek him at the Royal Stag in England, this
apparently was an Inn that the youth frequented.  And so I left for England
that day.

Saturday - Looking back on my week i realised that i have spent too much time
searching and not enough time thinking, if this child is really a form of
myself it will do things as I would do them, if not in some more chaotic
way.  And so today i relax and attempt to remember my youth.  (Later) I
realised that i have stopped putting the dates into my journal, am I getting
so old that I fear the passage of time?

Sunday - Ahhh the day of rest, well not for me, not this time.. Today I found
a most curious example of this imposters work, an ex-landlord had forwarded
rather a lot of mail to the Royal Stag which I had the joy to discover I
could collect with just the simple signature I had used since I was a child.
In these letters were several from my beloved to this child proclaiming her
love and organising a rendezvous in the gardens near the Abbey.  And so I
waited, watching in the shadows of the massive stone walls of the Abbey, and
at the appointed time I watched them arrive hand in hand and sit to speak
quietly in the pleasant afternoon sun.  I heard them whisper sweet words of
affection in one anothers ear for many an hour until I could take it no more,
so I slit the throat of a nearby pardoner and wore his cloak and strolled as
simply and quietly as I could past them and slipped a note into the boys
bag.  As I recall the note read simply and efficiently "I know you, you are
me, and you will die" And so I walked out of the Abbey sad of heart but
quietly satisfied that revenge would come... soon.


                      .+'''+.            .+'''+.
                      Horoscopes by Mme. Decara
  | CAPRICORN     (Dec 22 - Jan 19) | AQUARIUS      (Jan 20 - Feb 19) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Saturn's ruling influence gives | Be wary of how you come across  |
  | motivation to carry through on  | in groups. What you think is in |
  | your resolution to be organized.| group's interest may seem bossy.|
  | PISCES        (Feb 20 - Mar 20) | ARIES         (Mar 21 - Apr 19) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Jupiter & Neptune pull at you in| Some sort of birth looms in the |
  | different directions. One leads | future. It could be a new life, |
  | to an end, the other beginnings.| job, project, or experience.    |
  | TAURUS        (Apr 20 - May 20) | GEMINI        (May 21 - Jun 20) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | You feel uneasy as comfortable  | Your wanderlust kicks into full |
  | and the familiar changes around | gear with a strong urge to seek |
  | you. Be creative, not stubborn. | new ways of seeing the world.   |
  | CANCER        (Jun 21 - Jul 22) | LEO           (Jul 23 - Aug 22) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Your loyalty may be called into | Lions shine best when they can  |
  | question. Don't isolate yourself| gain the approval of others. But|
  | & your ties will bond stronger. | you have broadcast your talents.|
  | VIRGO         (Aug 23 - Sep 22) | LIBRA         (Sep 23 - Oct 23) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Completion. Adaptation. These   | Looking ahead may improve your  |
  | goals seem at war lately. Your  | chances at achieving the perfect|
  | critical eye helps improve both.| balance that you are seeking.   |
  | SCORPIO       (Oct 24 - Nov 22) | SAGITTARIUS   (Nov 23 - Dec 21) |
  |                                 |                                 |
  | Transformations-death & rebirth-| Explore all forms of growth to  |
  | may assist in a gain of depth & | adjust, and complete you sense  |
  | intensity; ego may be casualty. | of identity and understanding.  |

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