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VOLUME EIGHT, NUMBER TWENTY-ONE                          September 29, 2001 
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

                          NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES 
                             Recent Updates
                              Q & A Topics

                              LEGENDITES
                             Announcements
                               Clan News
                   Overheard In a Confessional Booth
                            Dias-jax's Quest  


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   |  |     Bug Fixes
   |  |       o Earthquake spell will now start the caster fighting with
   |  |         all of the people it hits
   |__|       o Tells to people use their name instead of their description
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   /  \     Balance Changes
  /    \      o Average move on homunculi raised
 /_    _\     o Elementals now have more mana/mv on average
   |  |       o Hp formula for elementals totally rewritten
   |  |       o Each elemental type has it's own strengths/weaknesses
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   |__|     Misc Changes
    /\        o emote and emoteat now no longer put a space after the name
   /  \         if the first character is a coma
  /    \      o prompt help now points to help prompt
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   |  |                          AREA UPDATES
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   |  |     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!
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   |  |     ANCIENT GREECE
   |  |       Increases the herb resets for the witches some.
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   |__|     HOSPITALLER MALTA
    /\        Puts back in the act for Dragut to return boxes given to him.
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  /    \    1802 ALASKA
 /_    _\     Russians won't respond to NPCs talking about Stenka anymore.
   |  |       Various bugs and typos fixed.
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   |  |     ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME
   |__|       Various bugs and typos fixed. Lots of acts clean up that
    /\        should be invisible.
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  /    \    THE ALHAMBRA
 /_    _\     The Soldiers assist Governor Manco and the guards assist the
   |  |       Captain-General more overtly now. Their fight strategies are
   |  |       a bit smarter as well. Various bugs and typos fixed.
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   |__|     AFRICAN SAVANNA, ANCIENT NAZCA, ARABIAN NIGHTS, AZTECS,
    /\      BEOWULF, CELTIC IRELAND, FRENCH & INDIAN WAR, MEDIEVAL SEAS,
   /  \     PARIS OPERA HOUSE, PORT OF LONDON, SAN FRANCISCO, SHERWOOD,
  /    \    SOUTHSEAS, TORTUGA, VICEROYAL PERU
 /_    _\     Various bugs and typos fixed.
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   |  |     If you find any bugs/typos or have ideas for new items, mob
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                               RECENT TOPICS
 
 o Create Healing Changes?           o Problems with Quests?
 o New Imms Announced Yet?           o Info on the Elementals?
 o Rerolling Chars?                  o Spirit & Mages
 o Cause Charms & Spirit?            o Skill Trees Progress?
 o Changes for Fighters?             o Any Quests Never Done?
 o Bug with Cure Light?              o Different Sized Gloves?
 o Dispel Bug Fixed?                 o Testing Spirit Changes
 o Earthquake Dam Changes?           o Create Watery/Fiery Changes?
 o Dex/Perc & Balance?

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|Announcements|
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Varnel has reached 100 million experience!

Lachesis has *finally* hit level 50!


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|Clan News|
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Congratulations to Bahan Sopeh, which celebrated its 1-year founding
anniversary last week! Congratulations also the Clan Smashum, which will
celebrate the 1 year anniversary of its founding this coming week!

The Mercenaries have been disbanded for low membership. There are currently
20 RP clans and 10 PK clans in the game, leaving 2 slots for new clans to
form. For more information about clans, check the clans helpfile.

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                    Overheard In a Confessional Booth


Having given the slip to the guards who wanted to arrest me, I spied a
church.  Quickly I dashed in, noted its apparent emptiness, slipped into a
confessional booth, and pulled the curtain closed, hoping to remain hidden
long enough to catch my breath and plan my next move.  Next thing I knew this
woman comes in to the adjacent booth, sits down, and starts giving me her
confession ... what was I to do? .... Listen and mumble in the right places I
guess ....

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Father, forgive me for I have sinned.  This matter weighs heavily upon my
conscience, and I seek absolution.

I heard some evil rumours concerning a man of God, rumours I could scarce
comprehend.  They said he hoarded the donations for his own personal gain,
and that he had ensorcelled an object used in holy communion so that it
vanished if one did not know the spells to maintain its evil state, and worst
of all ... that he was a teacher of various magics to witches and others of
evil nature.

I did not know what to do.  Should I, as a good Christian, turn him in to the
Inquisition? I was fearful of doing so, for they have the fierce reputation
of never investigating the innocent, and all I had heard were rumours of
evils, I had no proof.  On the other hand, if I did not report him, and it
became known that I was aware of the rumours, I could be under
investigation.

I sought out the wisdom of another man of God, known for his efforts in
converting the pagans.  Sir Tancred was much troubled by my concerns, and
muttered of dark rumours he had heard about the Benedictines.  Sir Tancred
told me that indeed this matter bore investigation, although he was inclined
to dismiss the rumours of teaching witches as a misunderstanding.  Possibly,
he explained, the man was simply trying to convert them to the Way of the
Lord.  Much reassured that the matter was in competent hands, I retired to an
inn to recover from the shock of having heard such evil things said of a man
of the cloth.

It was only when I was fully rested, that I realised I had mentioned neither
the name or the location of this priest.  Wise and learned he may be, but
surely he could not know which of the many priests I was referring to.  I
looked for Sir Tancred to further inform him, but in vain.  He must have been
in some distant realm converting heathens.

I was in a quandary.  What to do?  All I needed was a key, then I could
investigate this matter of profaning a Holy Communion item on my own.  If I
only had some proof for myself ... I could then go to the Office of the
Inquisition, and report the gossip I had heard, with no fear I was condemning
an innocent man.

I decided to seek the aid of a man who seemed comfortable with evil magics
(although the Lord had sent an angel to assist him ... I am puzzled as to
why), but he demanded a heavy price.  He wanted any loot we may find in our
search for the key.  This money (if it indeed existed) was no doubt the
donations made to the Abbey to assist in it's many good works.  How could I
employ someone who would take from the poor in this manner?  But I did,
Father.  I have indeed sinned.

Regretfully, in the course of our enquiries, the priest died.  I had started
the chain of events that led to the death of a servant of our Lord.

At first the evidence seemed to back up the stories.  There was indeed a
considerable sum of money that was not properly in the care of the Almoner.
It looked like the gossip had been right in part.  I acquired the key I
sought, but there was no communion chalice.  I pondered the multitude of
possibilities.  Was the second part of the gossip true?  Had it indeed
vanished due to dark enchantments? Was someone else investigating these
rumours and had taken the same line of reasoning and steps that I had? Was it
possible the gossip I had heard was misinformation, and this key did not give
access to the Communion cup I had heard of? Or horrifying thought, had I just
contributed to the death of an innocent man of God?  Mayhap he had recently
sold the chalice to fund further good works, perhaps to replace it with one
of lesser value in the eyes of man, but as sacred in the eyes of God, this
would explain both the money and the absence of the chalice.

I prostrated myself before the altar for hours, considering this matter,
Father.  Until I saw your confessional curtain was closed, indicating your
presence.  Father, have I done the right thing, what shall I do?  What is my
penance for my sins?

---

She was crying at this point.  The poor kid ... she was clearly hooked on
this religion thing and hung up with guilt... what was I to do?  I'm no
churchman, and this was the first time since I was a kid that I'd been near a
church (well apart from that time I stole some silverware).   If I didn't do
something though, she was going to wonder why I didn't answer ... and that
could be risky for a man on the run.

Thinking fast, I spun some story about her doing the Lord's work, why else
would an angel have been present, blessed her, told her no penance was
required, and suggested she go get a good night sleep (she sounded young
and had a sweet voice, and naturally, I pondered the tempting possibilities
-- but decided she was probably too innocent for my tastes).

Perhaps she could seek further assistance from this Tancred guy if she was
really worried, since he seemed reliably informed.

After the years I've spent conning people, convincing this innocent was a
piece of cake.

When she was gone, I slipped out the back way and hightailed it out of the
area as fast as I could.  If there was a dead body about, and a priest's at
that, I wasn't going to get caught anywhere near it, no sirree, not with my
record.


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                          Dias-jax's Quest  

Dias-jax was born deep within the lands of Skatha, the true home of the fey
creatures. The 3 evil demon kings were born of magic gone awry, magic that
brought forth creatures such as Erin the hound master, the hounds of Cullen
and Cuchullain.  He was raised as all the fey who remained in the Land of
Skatha, to fight and kill, to do it effectively and to do it consistently.

After years of oppression, he finally stood up to the evil that had taken his
homeland. He was allowed to keep his life, he was well-trained and they
hoped he would one day see things the way they did. And so instead of being
killed, Dias was outcast into the land of mortals.

That day he made a vow to return to the lands of his birth and destroy the
evil rooted deep within.  He seeks the Dagger of the Sun, which is created
only once per year on December 25th in the ancient mortal lands of Mexico.
With this power, he believes he will be able to destroy the evil which has
taken his home and his life from him and return the fey creatures to their
rightful home.

Upon being thrown from the lands of Skatha, Dias was presented with a dagger
called Nightfang, a dagger based after Skatha's own Gae-Bolg. Its evil is
obvious, the dagger pulsates with it. The dagger constantly pulls at him,
causing him to kill those who are innocent, bringing out the true evil in him
which the Demon Kings wanted in the first place.

He constantly fights against its pull but often finds himself in the company
of those who do not follow the paths of good, the pulls of the dagger were
what brought him to the world of battle, and eventually led him to the Dark
Enforcers and their ways.

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